Venice Film Festival to Host Ukraine Day



On August 24, Ukraine’s Independence Day, the Venice Film Festival revealed that it will hold a ukraine day September 8, as part of the festival Venice Production Bridge initiative. The day will begin with a panel discussion presented by Biennale President Roberto Sicato and the 79th Festival’s Artistic Director Alberto Barbera.

The panellists included Yaroslav Melnik, the Ukrainian ambassador to Italy; Marina Kudchuk, director of the National Film Academy of Ukraine; director of the film “Luxembourg, Luxembourg” (which will compete in the Horizons section of the festival) Screening in) Antonio Lukic; Director Yevgeny Affinevsky of the film Burning Freedom: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (screened out of competition); Director of the Ukrainian Pavilion of the 59th Art Biennale Participating artist Pavlo Makov; Director of the Ukrainian Pavilion at the 59th Art Biennale Boris Filonenko; Polina Tolmacheva, representative of the Ukrainian State Film Support Committee; Ukrainian Cultural Commissioner, actress and filmmaker Daria Tregubova; and civic organizations Producer and director of Andre Nogin. The panel will be moderated by Volodymyr Ostapchuk.

Topics discussed include cooperation between Ukraine and Italy; the plight of the Ukrainian film industry today; the situation of co-production; the role of artists and filmmakers; media platforms; and the future of Ukrainian cinematography.

Subsequently, Ukrainian projects at different stages of production will be presented, followed by commercial networks.


This Busan International Film Festival It has been announced that the jury for its New Trends competition section will consist of French critic Serge Toubiana (chairing the jury), director Alain Guiraudie, director Kamila Andini, actor Kase Ryo and Korean producer Lee Eugene. They will award two $30,000 prizes for the best picture. The jury for the Kim Ji Suk Award will also include French critic Jean-Michel Froden, as well as Japanese director Naoko Ogigami and South Korean director Kim Hee Jung (Where Do You Want to Go?). – Patrick Frater


This Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (November 2-20, 2022) A retrospective exhibition of ten films will be held, reviewing the works of Japanese actor and director Itami Juzo. Nine of the ten will be presented as the 4K digital world premiere of the newly restored film. They include: “The Funeral” (1984); “Tampopo” (aka “The Dandelion”) (1985); “A Taxed Woman” (1987); “The Return of the Taxed Woman” (1988); ” A-Ge-Man X A Golden Geisha Story” (1990); “Minbo or the Gentle Art of Japanese Blackmail” (1992); “The Last Dance” (1993); “The Quiet Life” (1995); “Supermarket” Woman” (1996); and “Marutai” (1997). – Patrick Frater

“Good luck, Rio Grande”

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international distribution chain BFIof Global Screen Fund Updated to now provide two types of support. Film Sales Support is now open for applications, awarded to UK sales agents presenting UK independent films to international buyers, with the aim of securing international distribution deals. Funds are available for specific sales and marketing activities, including the production of qualifying marketing materials. The maximum funding available for each eligible film is £25,000 ($29,500). Print and advertising support, under final project development and open for applications in autumn, awarded to UK producers or UK sales agents of UK films to cover P&A costs for a group of international distributors with the aim of increasing the film’s distribution, audience size and box office potential. The chain will be piloted in 2022/23.

The international business development section of the fund is also now open, with grants ranging between £50,000 and £200,000, with funding split between two allocations, a film-specific business transformation track and a general international business growth track, open to all screen sectors.

The fund’s international co-production arm will reopen in spring 2023, with grants of up to £300,000 for a small number of UK feature film co-productions and a few or most UK TV co-productions.

During the pilot year, the fund awarded a total of 75 awards in all three areas, totalling £5.2 million, to support promotional films including Good Luck, Rio Grande, Enys Men and Ali & Ava.


Asian Network KC Global Media The world premiere has been set for “Secrets of the Lacanus Cellou Trail”, a film by Hakka Affairs Committeesuperior axis September 27 in Asia and globally on AXN Asia’s YouTube channel on September 28. The four-part podcast series of the same name will be available on September 27 on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, SPH Radio’s AWEDIO app, Astro Radio’s SYOK app, and international community radio station Radio Taipei app.

Hosted by British photographer Chris Stowers and Taiwanese food and travel writer Danny Wen Shi-Kai, this one-hour special takes viewers through Danny’s ancestral family’s journey through the forgotten Raknus Selu Trail. There, they unravel the intricate customs and stories of the Hakka tradition, revealing the cultural influence on modern Taiwan.

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Creator of “Peaky Blinders” Steven Knight Production has been created, written and executed Disney+ 12-episode series “A Thousand Strikes” (tentative title), starring and executive producer Stephen Graham (“help”). The series follows two best friends from Jamaica, Hezekiah and Alec, who find themselves drawn into the violent melting pot of post-industrial East London. Hezekiah is drawn into the criminal underbelly of the boxing scene, encountering Mary Carr, leader of the Forty Elephants (a notorious all-female London gang) while fighting for survival on the streets. As Hezekiah continues to improve his new skills, he meets Graham’s dangerous boxer Sugar Goodson, and the two soon enter into a bitter rivalry that spreads beyond the ring.

Tinge Krishnan (“WeCrashed”) will serve as lead director and executive producer, and the series will be executive produced by Lee Mason, Disney+ Scripted Content EMEA Director. It is produced by The Story Collective in association with Matriarch Productions and Water & Power Productions.It will premiere on Disney+ worldwide, Star+ in Latin America and Hulu in the US

Venice Film Festival to Host Ukraine Day Playing Dirty cast

(LR) Gorka Otxoa, Hugo Silva, Dafne Fernández and Miguel Ángel Solá

Meanwhile, production in Madrid is underway HBO Max Original “Playing Dirty” (“Monos con Pistola”), a 7 x 30 foot comedy series about the world of football, created by Jorge Valdano Sáenz and Pablo Tébar based on ideas from Carolina Bang and Álex de la Iglesia (“30 Coins”) . The series is produced by Pokeepsie Films (Banijay Iberia) for HBO Max.

The show follows the life of football agent Alberto Martin Ruiz (aka “Beto”), who leaves the comforts of working at a major football agency to start his own business on his own. It is composed by Hugo Silva (“Los hombres de Paco”), Daphne Fernandez (“Perfectos desconocidos”), Oscar Casas (“Jaguar”), Gorka Otxoa (“Velvet”), Miguel Ann Ger Sora (“Minions of Midas”), Kira star in Miró (“Ferpet Crime”) and Diogo Sales (“Game of Thrones”). Adolfo Martínez (“Zona hostil”), Secun de la Rosa and Rodrigo Ruiz-Gallardón will direct the series.

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elsewhere, Amazon Prime Video The trailer for ‘The Jungle’ launched, looking at the interconnected lives of several strangers through the prism of British rap and drill, each facing their own struggles. The collection features some of the UK’s top drill and rap artists, including Tinie Tempah, Big Narstie, Unknown T, Jordan McCann, Jaykae, IAMDDB, Double Lz, Bandokay and M24.

Jungle is made by Nothing Lost. The creators and executive producers are Junior Okoli and Chas Appeti.

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