Market Report: Cannes 2017. Netflix faced off against the festival, female stars and female directors were kicking ass, there were some to die for serial killer films and why is Diane Keaton the American answer to a British dame? Find out the inside film distribution scoop, the future festival winners to watch and rising stars to see on your screens.

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A new year, another circuit of the film market travelling circus begins at Berlinale. What were the latest trends and hot projects at European Film Market 2017? Which are the two films which are defining the new projects in the market?

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Cannes 2016 was a subdued one, with quieter crowds and few big ticket buys at the market. Bag checks at the Palais and armed guards on the Croisette cast an uneasy feel over the festival. But the sun defied forecasts and the Competition line up was the best in years, much to the delight of critics. Which were the hot titles for distribution? What were the trends in the projects on the market? Who are… 

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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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Christmas is a couple of days away, so it’s time for an end of year review. What were the top trends in film distribution in 2015? From boxing to biopics, piracy problems and star shortages, the market keeps changing in the traditional film distribution world.

This year, I was on the film market and finance circuit, working with distributors and production companies to find the best content out there. Here’s my view from the inside on this year’s top trends and hot projects.

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Back from TIFF 2015. Here’s my round up from the inside on distribution trends

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Welcome to the circus. Tomorrow, the Marché du Film opens its doors for the largest film market in the world. Over 11,000 attendees will flood the Croisette – distributors, sales agents, financiers, festival programmers and producers, all hustling for business, space, money and time.

How do you get people’s attention and make a great impression as an independent filmmaker? Professionalism, professionalism, professionalism. Here’s a few pointers.

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Film sales and distribution is a year-round business, and film markets are the engine which drives it all. Film markets are the film version of a trade show, but with more champagne, canapés and celebrities. Every couple of months, thousands of buyers and sellers descend on cities around the world, ready to do business and hunt for the best films.

Film markets are the busiest times of year for both sales agents and distributors. In the weeks before, sales agents are frantically working the phones and hustling for meetings with buyers, to showcase their newest acquisitions, with the end goal of closing distribution deals. At the market, they set up shop in stands, emblazoned with carefully designed film posters, stacks of sales sheets at the ready, and TVs and iPads queued up with slick trailers to hook buyers into going to a screening or taking a screener to view at home.

If you’re an independent filmmaker, particularly if you’re a producer, you should go to a least one film market to see how distribution works first hand. Your film has to fight for space and attention against thousands of others for a shot at distribution. Once you start to understand what the market wants, you’re in a better place to make a film that’s going to have an audience and hopefully make money.

Below is a list of the major film markets in the distribution landscape.

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