International Bulletin: Jerusalem Film Fest Cancels Summer Edition, Strategies for December

After numerous efforts to postpone this year’s Jerusalem Film Festival, organizers have scrapped plans for a summer variant following a current spike in COVID-19 instances in Israel, which has led to new limitations from the Ministry of Health on parties of large groups, expected to last a few months.

Rather, a winter version is presently in the works for Dec. 10-20. The new event includes several movies selected for the first summer festival in addition to new titles prepared to start this winter. JFF is also creating a set of online applications meant to showcase festival chosen titles around the Jerusalem Cinematheque-Israel Film Archive’s streaming stage.

“That is a difficult and painful decision as we’ve been focusing on the 37th edition of the Jerusalem Film Festival over the year,” said Noa Regev, director of the Jerusalem Cinematheque and Jerusalem Film Festival, along with Elad Samorzik, artistic director of the Jerusalem Film Festival, at a joint announcement.

According to the launch, over 150 films from 60 nations were screened and chosen to take part in the festival’s previously finalized program.

“We think there’s not any substitute for the bodily experience made using a movie festival and its viewers, filmmakers, and film to the big screen, and so, we’ll do everything in our ability to maintain the winter Jerusalem Film Festival variation through December,” the announcement said.

Locarno Film Festival has declared the 43 brief films in this season’s Pardi di Domani Korean and international contest parts of Locarno 2020 — To the Future of Films. The shorts will soon be available to stream online internationally, with theatrical screenings in Locarno and Muralto.

Over 2,200 shorts were filed for consideration this season, with the colossal job of deciding upon the last 43 left into a selection committee led by Charlotte Corchète. The shorts will compete for the 2020 Pardino d’oro and Pardino d’argento, in addition to other awards. This year’s jury includes Filipino visual artist, movie and documentary maker Kiri Dalena, Senegalese author and manager Mamadou Dia, and Claudette Godfrey, senior developer at SXSW.

Locarno has also established a fresh initiative partnering 14 promising abilities with filmmakers known into the festival public due to their prior looks at Locarno. A set of discussions between the multi-generational skills will probably be made available on the festival’s electronic stage Aug. 5-15.

Further information and the comprehensive contest lineup are available on the festival’s site.


Sarajevo Film Festival will award Mexican director, author, and producer Michel Franco using its Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts and beyond the support of this Balkan festival.

A retrospective of this filmmaker’s job will also be held as part of this festival’s Tribute To app.

He’s since returned jury president in 2017, when his most recent feature”April’s Daughter,” that a Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury Prize winner, screened in Sarajevo’s Open Air program.

Franco joins an elite list of former champions such as countrymen Alejandro González Iñárritu and Gael García Bernal.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Games Federation Partnerships (CGFP) have appreciated international sports broadcast manufacturers Sunset+Vine since the host broadcaster accountable for attracting what is the maximum TV coverage in the games’ history into a worldwide audience of over 1.5 billion. The deal includes a choice to extend coverage into the ’26 and ’30 games.

By July 28-Aug. 8, 2022, Sunset+Vine will broadcast 19 sports in addition to the opening and closing ceremonies for at least 2,000 hours of overall coverage, now readily available to rights-holding broadcasters for global distribution. The business will also offer you a selection of services such as a 24/7 station recapping the day’s greatest activity and six uninterrupted feeds comprising a mixture of live and postponed content.

Included in this bargain, Sunset+Vine will even lead the Host Broadcast Training Initiative from the West Midlands area of the U.K. intended to cover the lack of diversity in the creative industry. Some 200 young men and women, half of the underrepresented communities, could take part in the 12-month instructional app. Throughout the matches, at least 15 percent of the production and technical workforce will come in the Birmingham region, leading to 150 new creative industry jobs for the duration of the matches.

Red Arrow Studios Intl. has offered two string to Germany’s ZDF, crime thriller”The Bank Hacker” and Season 1 of this factual string”The Weekly,” already accredited in Australia, Spain, and Portugal.

“The Bank Hacker” follows a con man out of prison because he tries to rebuild his private wealth, captured by police two decades before. After meeting with a young computer hacker in a conference, he cracks a strategy and both put together a group to pull off a bold electronic heist. De Mensen creates for VTM in Belgium.

In The New York Times and Red Arrow firm Left/Right, “The Weekly” brings global NYT posts from the webpage to the screen featuring the journalists that wrote them.

French broadcaster M6 has commissioned Endemol Shine France to generate a local variant of Tuesday’s Child and The LEGO Group’s hit traveling amusement arrangement”LEGO Pros,” which makes it the eighth broadcaster to purchase a local variant following the U.S., U.K., Australia, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Sweden.

Since launching on Fox in February,” LEGO Experts” became the top-rated new series from the U.S. with over 36 million unique audiences throughout Season 1. From the Netherlands and Belgium, it directed the Saturday night slot as the most-watched entertainment program and on Nine in Australia, Season 2 was the most-watched entertainment premiere of this year up to now.

The LEGO Group and Endemol Shine Group would be the exclusive providers of this format and all completed tapes of”LEGO Pros” worldwide.

Channel 4 at the U.K. is prepared to liven up your life with its recently announced documentary series by 72 Films titled”Girl Powered: The Spice Girls,” that will use countless hours of archival footage and interviews to recount the background of one of pop music’s most influential actions.

Starting with the team’s creation in the mid-’90s and crossing through their latest reunion world tour, the series will probably aim to contextualize the group’s history paralleled with evolutions in contemporary feminism based on the life stories of its associates.

Rob Coldstream and Clare Cameron (“Jade: The Truth Star Who Altered Britain”) will direct and executive produce the new show, commissioned by Alisa Pomeroy, Channel 4 commissioning editor, documentaries.