The Watch List – Spring 2017. With Sundance, Berlinale and the Oscars behind us, which directors and stars are rising to the top of packaging list for 2017? Who’s bankable for financiers and gets distributors interest?

I tease out the trends from Q1 and track the people and projects to follow for the year.

I tease out the trends from Q1 and track the people and projects to follow for the year.

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With the #OscarSoWhite controversy, I’m looking at the challenges faced by diverse independent films to get financed and distributed.

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I’m back from this year’s European Film Market, with the inside skinny on the latest distribution trends. Which movies were hot sellers at the market? Why were Netflix and Amazon frozen out of big deals? Are we heading towards a less white Oscar season for 2017? Which stars are packing a commercial punch? How are first time directors landing their gig?

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What does diversity really mean at the movie box office? Does international really matter? And why Idris Elba won’t be James Bond?

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Is film distribution institutionally racist? Why is it harder for films with actors of colour to get distribution? The answer partly lies in the importance of the international market and audience preferences.

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