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Gomez returns to guide FIAPF

CANNES — Oscar-winning producer Andres Vicente Gomez of Spain was re-elected Tuesday as president of the International Federation of Film Producers Assns. Argentinean producer Luis Alberto Scalella was elected first vp alongside representatives from Asia and Australia, Europe, North and South America. FIAPF, which gathers 26 producers' associations from 23 countries, celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2008. First elected president in 2003, Gomez is Spain's most prolific producer, with a list of credits including "Manolete," starring Penelope Cruz and Adrien Brody, now in postproduction.



RomaCinemaFest goes digital

CANNES — The market event at this year's RomaCinemaFest will include a special sidebar event called World Going Digital, which will discuss the international distribution and financing of digital content. Co-sponsored by the Italian Association of Independent Authors and Producers, the event will take place Oct. 22 after the close of the Business Street, the Rome festival's version of a market. The Rome festival is set for Oct. 18-27, with Business Street open Oct. 18-21.



Paris offers cinema bargains

CANNES — French filmgoers can again catch their favorite summer movies for bargain prices as the fifth edition of "Paris Cinema" kicks off in the capital July 3. Chaired by actress Charlotte Rampling, the 12-day fest around 10 movie theaters in Paris will offer screenings of 20 still-to-be confirmed films in the official selection of the Festival de Cannes program in addition to out-of-competition premieres. The public will vote on a Paris Cinema Audience Award winner and a Paris Cinema Award of the Future.



TV highlights Constantin figures

CANNES — Germany's top indie producer-distributor Constantin Film boosted sales 15% to €82.8 million ($112 million) but saw net profit slip to €600,000 ($816,000) in the first quarter of 2007, the company said Tuesday. TV service production, which Constantin Film CEO Fred Kogel has made the focus of expansion at the Munich-based company, accounted for €51.1 million ($64.5 million), or 62% of total sales. In contrast, theatrical sales — hurt by the performances of titles like the German comedy "Neues vom Wixxer" and French pickup "La vie en rose" — earned just €5.5 million ($7.5 million), compared with €7.9 million over the same period last year. Constantin said German boxoffice revenue fell almost 20% in the first four months of 2007, meaning it would be a challenging year.



Hirshfield develops Participant

CANNES — Lynn Hirshfield has been appointed vp business development at Jeff Skoll's political film company Participant Prods. She will lead the launch of a Participant publishing division and marketing efforts to support the company's films and social action campaigns. Hirshfield reports to Participant marketing heads Buffy Shutt and Kathy Jones. She arrives at the company after consulting on their docu campaign for "An Inconvenient Truth" and holding development positions at Web startups and television productions.



Montage adds Final Draft feature

CANNES — Minneapolis-based Mariner Software announced the upcoming release of Montage 1.3, screenwriting software developed exclusively for Mac OS X. Montage 1.3 introduces a new feature, Save as Final Draft. Screenwriters will be able to write scripts in Montage, then export to Final Draft — users already can import Final Draft scripts into Montage. No ship date has been announced.
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