What’s happening in the International Film World February 2020. Two very positive developments.

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Netflix finally rating their top 10 films or series 

I have personally being hoping for this development for some time. It will help people choose the series or film that everyone is talking about. There will be more to talk about at the Water Cooler.  With Netflix and the streaming giants creating a smorgasbord of product, this is a great move.  

The Top 10 badge on individual films is so “you can easily see what’s in the zeitgeist, whether you’re browsing by genre or through your personal list – or when searching for specific shows or films,”   
It will be rolled out in Australia in the very near future. 


The European Film Market is in full swing in Berlin. 

The Film market takes place in unison with the Berlin Film Festival where many great films have their world premieres.
The new trend that has started at Sundance and now continuing at the EFM is co-operation between streamers and film distributors. This is a very positive and welcome change.  With huge acquisitions such as the $17.5 million rights buy for Palm Springs movie, the indie film market is on the way up. 

The international Film industry is moving to a very healthy place as Streamers and Indie Film distributors/ cinemas are beginning to work together for their big titles.  This trend took off last year and is now continuing in 2020.  

Big quality films will now once again get a decent cinema release and there will be so many more hybrid deals. With the success of Parasite now showing everywhere in cinemas and also streaming on Amazon Prime in the US, there is a happy alliance occurring between streamers and film distributors.

This trend will continue to grow this decade and cinema can thrive again with great films, screening  theatrically  and of course on your favourite streaming service. 

Streamers are motivated by subscriptions and Film Distributors via big releases and rights and big sales to the streamers. Everyone is finding a way to win again.  

Streaming service  founder Efe Cakarel says the streamer-exhibitor team-up is mutually beneficial because they share “all the data on our users we possibly can” with exhibitors so they can better promote and market their movies. “We want the entire industry to grow, online and off,” he says. “We want to champion great cinema.”

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Colm O’Murchu is a passionate Indie Filmmaker and owner of the production company, International Film Base. He has directed and produced three successfully released feature films worldwide and one documentary.  

His most recent film Tabernacle 101 has been released in 2019 in the US and will be released in Australia in late 2020 premiering at the Sci Fi Film Festival. He is currently in development on his next feature film Absolute Freedom, an action adventure film set in the outback.

He has spoken at Indie Film Seminars all over the world and created online and offline film courses 

 He lives in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia and loves the outdoors and the mountains.

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