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NEWS                                                                                                   Tuesday 8 May 2018
                                                                                                                                   DAY 1

                 THE BUZZ
                 OF THE DAY

                 MARCHÉ DU FILM

                 JUMPS INTO THE FUTURE                                                                        BILL AND TED
                                                                                                              ARE BACK FOR
                                                                                                              MORE EXCELLENT
                                                                               NEXT is running a Blockchain Corner
                                                                               from May 8 to May 17. And a series of   ADVENTURES
                                                                               conferences have been programmed to
                                                                               further understanding of how blockchain
                                                                               is becoming, “the new opportunity
                                                                               for the film business”.
                                                                               Meanwhile, the Goes to Cannes
                                                                               works-in-progress initiative has expanded
                                                                               to include nine film festivals, including                   © DR
                                                                               the Annecy International Animation
                                                                               Film Festival, International Film Festival
                                                                               of Panama, Doc Alliance, Hong
                                                                               Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum
                                                                             © ALEXANDRA FLEURANTIN  (HAF), New Horizons International Film   © DR  BLOOM Media is presenting the highly
                                                                                                                   Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter star once
                                                                                                              again as Bill and Ted
                                                                               Festival, Los Cabos International Film
                                                                               Festival, Guadalajara International Film
                                                                               Festival, Vilnius Film Festival and
                                                     The 2018 Marché du Film gets under way  Thessaloniki International Film Festival.   anticipated third Bill and Ted film to
                                                                                                              potential buyers at the 2018 Marché du
                                                                               For the first time this year Doc Alliance
                  11,100                        and these countries are celebrating their   will take part in the programme and   circulated for years, after the premiere
                                                                                                              Film. Rumours about this project have
                                                first pavilions in Cannes.
                                                                               present a strong line-up of five feature
                                   have so far
                                                                                                              of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey in 1991.
                 for the 2018 edition of the Marché   Keeping abreast of changes in the market,   docs selected by its members. Doc   Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will be
                                                the Marché’s dedicated NEXT venue
                                                                               Alliance is the result of a partnership of
                                                                                                              returning as Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan
                 du Film, and Executive Director Jérôme   will, this year, have a corner dedicated to   seven European documentary film   and Bill S. Preston, respectively,
                 Paillard expects a whopping 12,000   blockchain technology. It has also   festivals.  In terms of trends, Paillard   according to materials sent out to
                 registrations come the close of   expanded its virtual reality remit.   noted the increase of the number of   buyers by Bloom. Dean Parisot
                 the market this go-round.      “Blockchain is an important new   documentaries at the Marché from eight   is directing the script from the original
                 Notable increases, per territory, says   development,” Paillard said.  percent a few years ago, to 12 percent.  franchise creators, Ed Solomon and
                 Paillard, include China which is up a full   The Marché’s Cinema Virtual Reality    Always keen to innovate and entertain,   Chris Matheson. Scott Kroopf,
                 one percent on last year. “This is   Experience (VRE) now covers 1,500 sq   the Marché is turning over the Plage   Alex Lebovici and Steve Ponce are
                 remarkable given the changes in China,”   m, showing more than 150 VR   de Palme venue in the evenings to serve   producing, according to Bloom Media.
                 he said. New faces within the Marché   screenings. More than 25 VR screenings   as the home of its new Music on   Steven Soderbergh is attached as
                 framework, meanwhile, include   will be screened at the market. NEXT   the Rocks piano bar. “This should be   an Executive Director.
                 Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia and Palestine,   also features three VR libraries.  interesting,” said Paillard. ✦ Liza Foreman  This film’s plot follows the previous
                                                                                                              story from nearly 27 years ago, which
                                                                                                              has Bill and Ted as two time-travelling
                 FILM.UA GROUP OPENS PRE SALES                                                                teenagers, destined to save the
                                                                                                              universe with their rock and roll music.
                 FOR MAVKA. THE FOREST SONG                                                                   Believing that they have failed so far
                                                                                                              in their quest to write a great song,
                                                                                                              In Bill and Ted Face the Music, a visitor
                                                                               ANIMAGRAD, Ukraine’s largest   from the future adds to the pressure
                                                                               full-cycle animation studio, is already   by warning the heroes that only their
                                                                               at work on the art and animations for   song can save the world as we know it.
                                                                               the film, designing the 3D characters   With the help of their daughters,
                                                                             © ALEXANDRA FLEURANTIN  and participants attending the Marché   and supportive music legends,
                                                                               and main locations. Potential partners
                                                                                                              a range of historical figures,
                                                                               du Film will be able to see concept art,
                                                                                                              the middle-aged Bill and Ted set out
                                                                               3D characters, turnarounds and
                                                                                                              on their adventure — and find more
                      Mavka. The Forest Song                                   the first shots of the finished animation.  than just a song. ✦  LF and Chloe Teboe
                                                                               MAVKA. The Forest Song is the second

                 UKRAINE-BASED FILM.UA Group, one   “WE HAVE written and re-written the   full-length animated film by Animagrad.
                 of the largest Eastern European media   script for over two years, polishing it   The first was The Stolen Princess,
                 groups, opens pre-sales for Mavka. The   with the best European and American   which became a record holder among
                 Forest Song at the Marché du Film.  script doctors, and in collaboration with   Ukrainian-produced films.
                 BASED on Lesia Ukrainka’s play of the   the best experts in Ukrainian mythology   “OUR first animated film has   NEWS  THE  OFFICIAL  DAIL Y
                 same name, the animated film draws   and literature,” said Anna Eliseeva, the   established Ukraine as a producer of
                 heavily from traditional Ukrainian lore.   project’s Creative Producer. “At the   good animation content,” said Egor   JOIN US ON US ON
                 The production team is also partnering   same time, one of our strongest points   Olesov, producer of both films.
                 with the World Wildlife Fund, using the   is our original and mesmerising art,”   “Mavka has to show that we are a   FACEBOOK
                 film in part to raise awareness about the  she added. “We shall dedicate all of   strong, stable and competitive producer
                 ecological issues in Ukraine.  2018 to drawing animatics.”    of category-A content. ✦ Brenna Donovan

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