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ROME — Pantham Thongsangl's "Ma mha 4 khaa khrap" (Mid-Road Gang) was voted best film at the Giffoni Film Festival, which featured the Italian premiere of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." "Gang" — about a pack of stray dogs in Bangkok — screened in the category for ages 6-9. "Keith" from U.S. director Todd Kessler won in the 15-19 category; Sweden's Catti Edfeldt and Ylva Gustavsson topped the 9-12 age group with "Forostsungar" (Kidz in Da Hood); and French helmer Thomas Gilou won the 12-14 category with "Michou d'Auber."
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch Film Fund has developed a new subsidy system for supporting local art house productions, it announced Monday. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science will grant €1.5 million ($2.1 million) over the next three years to stimulate screenings of local Dutch films. The new deal is pitched at theater owners who can use the funds for local promotion. They also will get an additional bonus for prolonging the run of selected titles. Nanouk Leopold's "Wolfsbergen" will be the first film to benefit from the new program.
NEW DELHI — Disney-ABC International Television (Asia Pacific) on Monday announced the appointment of Swati Shetty as director, India, effective next month. She will be responsible for Disney-ABC International Television's TV distribution business across all platforms in India. Shetty, previously Disney Channel associate director of ad sales, will be based in Mumbai and replaces Amit Malhotra, who was promoted in June to regional sales director, Pan-Asia, India and Singapore.