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The Locarno Film Festival Returns to Pre-Pandemic Glory for Its Diamond Anniversary

On Aug. 23, 1946, just a few months after the inaugural Cannes Film Festival, the very first Locarno International Film Festival opened with a screening of Giacomo Gentilomo’s Italian neorealist classic O sole mio. From the start, the festival aimed to represent the full spectrum of cinema, showcasing what current festival managing director Raphaël Brunschwig […]

The Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Central Europe’s Biggest Cinema Party, Returns in Style

In a region of the world — central and eastern Europe — that hasn’t had much to celebrate recently, the news that the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is returning in full force this year (the 56th KVIFF runs July 1-9) is truly a reason to party. “We had a physical event last year but […]

Ukrainian Works-in-Progress, Scheduled for Odesa Fest, Premiere in Karlovy Vary

In a typical year, fans of Eastern European cinema, after enjoying the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in early July, would hop on a two-hour flight to Odesa, Ukraine for the Odesa International Film Festival, the No. 1 annual event for Ukrainian cinema. 2022, of course, is far from typical. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. […]

Five Karlovy Vary Hot Spots Not to Miss

No trip to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival would be complete without a visit to some places to eat, drink and be merry in the legendary Czech spa resort. Here is a closer look at five local hot spots. Hotel Thermal The Hotel Thermal is the heart of the Karlovy Vary Festival: a pearl […]

Why Netflix Is Betting Big on Poland (and You Should Too)

When, earlier this year, Netflix unveiled that it had picked Poland as its new regional headquarters — the company’s new Warsaw office, set to open in late 2022, will serve as a hub for the streamer’s operations across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) — the choice seemed obvious. Since Netflix launched operations in Poland back […]

China Eyes “Restart” of International Cooperation Post-Pandemic

The Chinese film industry is pointing to a rebound in box office receipts and attendance over the past 12 months as it arrives in Cannes not so much in person, but in the spirit of cinema’s gradual recovery from the global pandemic. The China Film Pavilion has been set up at the Marché du Film […]

Inaugural Pioneertown Film Fest Celebrates the Legacy of Westerns While Looking to the Future

Western films transport their audiences to another time and place — dusty ranches, wide open deserts, small-town mystique. But it’s rare for fans to have the opportunity to quite literally immerse themselves in these cinematic landscapes … until now. The Pioneertown International Film Festival, holding its inaugural iteration this Memorial Day weekend, aims to do […]

Hong Kong Filmart: Streaming Giants Expected to Drive Sales and Industry Discussion

“The world has changed in the last two years, and the entertainment industry has changed enormously,” says Peggie Liu, associate director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the organizer of the Hong Kong Filmart. As is by now overwhelmingly familiar to the industry, arguably the biggest beneficiaries of the changes brought on by the […]

Hong Kong Filmart Puts on Brave Face for 3rd Virtual Edition Amid Local Omicron Wave

For the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, organizer of Asia’s largest content market, Filmart, the default mode in the pandemic era is to devise an array of contingency plans to ensure that the convention will proceed without a hitch no matter how the situation changes, Peggie Liu, associate director of the HKTDC, tells The Hollywood […]

Malta Is Ready for Its Close-Up as a Prime International Shooting Destination

When Colin Trevorrow took the stage to receive the Film Commissioner’s Award at the inaugural Malta Film Awards on Saturday night in Valletta, he joked that when his new film Jurassic World: Dominion premieres next June, “all around the world, there will be children that are going to believe that there are dinosaurs on this […]

How BAFTA’s Breakthrough Program Is Helping Support the Next Generation of Talent (and Superheroes)

Aside from now being major cogs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s something else that links Florence Pugh, Tom Holland and Letitia Wright. Before they were catapulted into superhero blockbuster megastardom, the trio were all part of BAFTA Breakthrough, an initiative set up by the British Academy in 2013 to help support future talent across […]

South Korea’s BCWW Content Market Rides Streaming Wave to New Global Relevance

The disruptive forces remaking much of the global entertainment industry have proved surprisingly beneficial to South Korean content market BCWW, which will host its 21st annual edition Sept. 6-10. The rapidly growing industry confab, whose humble origins stretch back to 2001, has seen virtually every recent industry trend bend to its advantage, whether it’s the […]