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Beyond entertaining audiences, these films told amazing stories, supported local economies, surfaced critical conversations about diversity and inclusion, and highlighted new technology and innovation on the vanguard of filmmaking. Explore each of these films and the insightful interviews that tell the story behind the stories.


      Chinese Capital Bringing New Film
Productions to B.C.
    Film Industry Seeks Bump in New Mexico
Tax Incentives
A proposal to boost New Mexico's maximum annual payout of tax incentives for film and television productions moved forward Friday afternoon with a do-pass recommendation ...
  Norway's Films From the South Fund to
Include the Whole of Europe

Locals land co-production deals as China pursues North American market ambitions. New girl in town meets local boy. They fall in love. Her parents don't approve. It's one of those universal stories told in cinemas across the ...

Norway's Films from the South - Oslo's largest film festival, which has since 1991 presented an annual showcase of 100 features from Asia, Africa and Latin America - is ...
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      Goteborg: Finland Readies Incentives
for International Shoots
    Lights, Camera, Surrey!  

Goteberg, Sweden the third Nordic country after Iceland and Norway to introduce an incentive programme to attract international film shoots, Finland will shortly award the first projects through the Tekes-Finnish ...

Film and television productions broke records last year in Surrey, capping off five consecutive years of growth for the sector. In 2012, the City of Surrey issued 56 film permits.
      Cuomo Hopes to Extend Tax Credit to Keep
Film and TV Production in NY
    21st Century Fox to Produce 20,000+ hrs
of Entertainment Programmes in 2017
Governor Andrew Cuomo is hoping to extend a film and television tax credit to help keep production in New York. Zack Fink filed the following report. Those in the film and television industry say things have never been better ...

This year, global media conglomerate 21st Century Fox will produce almost 500 original series, over 20,000 hours of entertainment programmes. Speaking to analysts after the ...
      Fox International Productions Lines up
First Indonesian Co-production
    'A Star Is Born' Among 22 Films Getting
California Tax Credits

Deal sees Fox partner with Lifelike Pictures. Fox International Productions (FIP) is teaming with Jakarta-based Lifelike Pictures on its first Indonesian co-production, action title 212 Warrior.

The projects are expected to spend $800 million in the state. Twenty-two film projects, including Warner Bros.' A Star Is Born remake starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, ...
      Croatia to Continue Production Incentives
Despite Film Center Crisis
    Legislation Would Offer Tax Incentives
to Movie and TV Production Crews
That Film in Indiana

There's a push to help make Indiana more movie-making friendly and lure filmmakers into the state with tax incentives. There are currently 39 states that offer tax incentives ...

Malta Film Commission Launches
Consultation Process

'Game of Thrones' is among the high-profile projects that have shot in Croatia. The government of the Eastern European country confirms its commitment to "maintaining and strengthening" its tax breaks for ...


The Malta Film Commission plans to implement new legislation regulating the film industry within one year. The legislation particularly affects the film service industry.


Foreign Tourism Boards Offer SOPS to Attract Indian Filmmakers

        Foreign tourism boards and film commissions are stepping up their efforts to woo Indian production houses to film in their countries by offering tax incentives and free hotel stays. Yash Raj Films made Swiss locales famous through its movies, and Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara brought Spain closer to the Indian audience - boosting arrivals of ...

J&K Showcases Tourism, Film Shooting Potential in OTM Mumbai

      The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department has showcased the state's scenic beauty and film tourism potential in one of the country's largest travel show OTM that begun at Bombay Exhibition Centre from today. The State's Tourism Department, which is also one of the participants, has decorated its space beautifully highlighting the pristine glory and scenic beauty of ...

Patal Pani Waterfalls Make a Splash in Oscar-Nominated Film Lion

        Till now, the scales were heavily tilted in the favour European destinations with Bollywood filmmakers and their chiffon-clad heroines' pirouetting on top of snow laden peaks, leaving the cinegoers bewitched. There were a few exceptions, with desi locations in Banaras and Kolkata showcasing a cliched profile of India to the West. But now, the tables seem to be turning with ...

Repackaging Bengal's Sweetness: West Bengal Tourism Attempts to
Woo NRI and Foreign Nationals

      In its first ad film since an identity shift to Experience Bengal, West Bengal Tourism attempts to woo NRIs and international tourists, but Shah Rukh Khan's presence seems to be a force-fit. The Ad: The TVC traces the journey of a young foreigner who has come to attend a wedding and decides to explore Bengal. Through the course of her visit, she sees different facets of the ...

'Year of Georgia Film' to Shine Lights on Tourism-Boosting Industry

        Tourism is undoubtedly big business in Georgia, with the sector generating an economic impact of $59 billion. For Columbus, its slice of that pie in 2016 was $340 million, that impact generated by 1.8 million visitors to the city. They shopped, they ate, they played and they dropped their heads into the beds of local hotels to generate that cash. Georgia Gov. Nathan ...
      Chris Dodd: MPAA to Support Europe
Industries Against E.U. Digital Plans
    British Film Industry Earns $2 Billion
in Record-Breaking Year
Film production in Britain last year earned a record-breaking $2 billion for the country's economy, a new report revealed on Sunday. Xinhua news agency quoted the Department ...
The Future, by Mark Zuckerberg  

The Motion Picture Assn. of America will stand "cheek by jowl" with European film and TV industries in their battle to preserve territorial licensing in Europe, MPAA chairman Christopher Dodd said Wednesday at the ...

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's manifesto for the future is audacious - but it also raises difficult questions given the pushback against globalization. History is the story of how we've ...
    New Chinese Online Platform Makes Bold
Claim of Quota-Free China Releasing
  Union Budget 2017: Siddharth Roy Kapur
President of Film and Television
Producers Guild Reacts

A new Chinese tech startup is launching what it says will be a digital distribution hub that can feed foreign films and TV shows to non-theatrical outlets across China - without fear of import quotas - while offering an ...

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's announcement of the Union Budget 2017, has garnered diverse reactions from politicians, industry leaders and experts. The budget which was aimed at ...
    Ministry Report: 'COTPA Implementation
Poor in Films, TV Shows'
  Film and Television Industry Lobbies
for Lower GST Rate

The latest report released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) finds television shows and films lacking in implementation of "film rules" under the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) ...

On behalf of the Indian film fraternity, the Film and Television Producers Guild of India has argued for a GST (goods and services tax) rate of 5% for making the film industry more ...
    Discovery to Boost its Short Form Production
in Deal With Snapchat
  YouTube Woos Tollywood for Film Marketing  
Discovery Communications will increase its involvement with so-called "mobile first" shortform programming in a deal announced today to develop shows for Snapchat's Discover platform. The lineup will include shows they ...

Riding high on the success of Baahubali that used YouTube effectively to engage with its audience much before the release of the movie, the US-based video-sharing website is now ...
    How Digital India Will Foster VoD Growth   Hotstar Breaks Norm, Introduces CinePlay

India is a market with enormous potential for digital services, and it is expected to continue to grow with a very rapid speed and much higher than many other markets in the world, as far as data traffic is concerned.

Hotstar, India's leading streaming platform today announced that it is expanding its Premium Service and offering a new storytelling format, CinePlay, under its Originals banner.
    Amazon Spends Top Dollar to Win Prime
Spot in Digital Content Race
  Here's What Netflix Has to Offer in '17  
Amazon's video streaming service has so far committed at least Rs 500 crore to creating original content in India, outspending its top domestic rivals as it signs up some of the country's most high-profile production houses.

Netflix subscribers are in for a treat. The subscription based video-on-demand service has announced the premiere dates for its original shows in 2017. The shows include new ...
    Virtual and Augmented Reality Investment Hit
Record $2.3 Billion in 2016
  YouTube Opens Mobile Live Video to Big
Creators, Along With Paid Chat Option

It's time to do a reality check on VC and corporate investors in emerging technologies. "Virtual reality will be big, augmented reality will be bigger and take longer" has become accepted wisdom. But now that we have ...

YouTube is now letting creators with at least 10,000 subscribers live-stream mobile video - and it's giving them a new way to make money from their most ardent fans.
    FB to Make TV-Style Video App   Snapchat to Add Time Inc.'s Entertainment
Weekly, Essence to Media Menu

Facebook is seeking publishers to make specific and niche content and also working on a TV-style video app. FB has no definite model of video programming except for live streams posted by its users and short video clips.

Snapchat is bringing two more media partners - Entertainment Weekly and Essence - to its Discover service under an expanded deal with Time Inc. EW and Essence join Time Inc.'s ...

Lohita Sujith
Director - Corporate Communications
Motion Picture Dist. Association (India)

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