The independent film market is in constant flux. That much we all know. But sometimes those industrial shifts reverberate more heavily than usual, as they did at this year’s American Film Market. An advance mood of cautious bullishness - stemming as much from unexpected indie successes this year as from the expected blockbuster returns of this weekend’s opening of The Hunger Games sequel - was tempered by a rude awakening. Focus Films International, the foreign sales force that has fed independent distributors such marquee titles as Brokeback Mountain, The Constant Gardener, Moonrise Kingdom, Eastern Promises, Blue Jasmine and Lost In Translation over the years, will be closing down next month.
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The clock has officially started counting down to the arrival of citizen fundraising in the US. The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) this week laid out proposals for Title III of the JOBS Act that could pave the way for low-budget films and early-stage film startups to raise money from ordinary, not-so-wealthy individual investors in small increments.
Has the Ban on General Solicitation Been Lifted?
The general media coverage of the JOBS Act might perhaps have resulted in a bit of a misunderstanding. The JOBS Act does not generally "lift the ban on general solicitations". That ban continues to exist, and indeed for good reason.