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July 6

China releases films for 70th anniversary of end of WWII
Over the next three months, the Chinese government will release a number of documentaries, dramas, and animated programs in an effort to strengthen ‘nationalism and culture.’
Zee News

Tanzania’s film industry suffers due to poor sales, piracy
According to the Audio-Visual Works Distributor’s Association, a decline of nearly 50% has been documented due to piracy and online streaming. 

Silvercup Studios purchases Bronx property
The production company plans to build a 120,000 square foot production facility to expand the company and meet the growing demand for film and television in the area.
Wall Street Journal

July 2

Indian film market evaluates progress halfway through the year
Of the 100 films that Bollywood has released this year, eight of them have brought in a significant profit at the box office.
Micro Finance Monitor

MPAA comes under fire for “gifts” to U.S. embassies
Calls for an investigation into the donations that big Hollywood companies have given to the State Department.
The Daily Beast

New ‘London Has Fallen’ trailer receives criticism
Criticism after trailer that depicts an attack on the capital is released a week before the 10-year anniversary of the 7/7 bombings.
The Guardian

First extended trailer for Steve Jobs biopic is released
Michael Fassbender is ‘unrecognizable’ in his portrayal of the Apple creator.
Irish Central

July 1

Alibaba further invests in Chinese entertainment market
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., DMG Entertainment and Hunan Satellite Television are reportedly making a deal that will expand subscription-based internet in China, as well as cable and mobile entertainment.
The Wall Street Journal

Korean film industry returns post-MERS outbreak
Cinema attendance rates were reported to have returned to their previous numbers after the end of the recent MERS outbreak that caused film attendance to plummet and impacted attendance at the Shanghai Film Festival. 
The Korea Herald

Screen Australia gives rights back to producers ahead of schedule
The production company handed back rights to 1200 projects six months early in an attempt to boost the industry and maximize potential for the titles. 

June 30

China box office increases by 50% in first half of 2015
$3.3B in tickets have been sold since January, and imported films accounted for 52% of the ticket sales.
LA Times

Documentaries become more mainstream thanks to television
More attention for docs on TV is helping the theatrical push.
OC Register

South African start-up company tackles virtual reality
The first trailer for SenseVirtual’s program will launch in July in Cape Town.
Venture Burn

Star Trek 3 title confirmed
Director James Lin confirmed the title of the third instalment of the new Star Trek film and reports that both Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have signed on for a fourth film.
Science Fiction

June 29

Australia’s green filming rules becoming stricter
Due to the lasting environmental damage that filming can create, local Australian authorities have established clear-cut policies for filmmakers to ensure conservation of local ecosystems. 
Asia One

‘Interstellar’ dominates Saturn Awards

Interstellar took 6 awards, including Best Science Fiction Film Release; Guardians of the Galaxy and Hannibal were also successful. 
Science Fiction

New Manila documentary about islands incites China
Chinese officials have accused the Philippines of “playing the victim” in a new documentary regarding the disputes in the South China Sea.
The Japan Times

‘Song of the Sea’ hopes to change lukewarm Irish reception of films about Irish heritage
Animator Tom Moore’s film Song of the Sea is set for release in Ireland July 10 after a warm reception from American audiences and an Oscar nod.
Irish Examiner

June 25

New film studio in South Korea confirmed
$5.9m has been set aside for a film studio that will house three filming spaces. Construction is set to begin in 2017.

Star Wars film could become third-highest grossing film in history
Analysts predict the film could bring in $1.95bn overall, behind Avatar and Titanic.
The Malaysian Insider

Chinese production company and Canberra sign deal
Film about the only Chinese bushranger is closer to becoming reality after deal is signed with Chinese production company Yuezhong Pictures.
Brisbane Times

June 24

Women in Australian film industry say change is occurring too slowly
The number of female producers in Australian film has increased from 10% to 32% since 1971, but many say this isn’t high enough.
The Guardian

Alibaba pairs with Paramount for new Mission: Impossible film
The company makes its first Hollywood investment to promote the film in China.

New Zealand tops list of film locations to visit
Lord of the Rings filming location came in first on the list; New York City and Northern Ireland followed.
Belfast Live

June 23

Leaked letter threatens those who illegally downloaded Dallas Buyers Club
Downloaders will be given the option to either settle the matter with Voltage or take their chances in court.
Triple M

Film and television union creates hotline for workers to report safety violations
After the death of a camerawoman while filming on set, the ITSE launches hotline.
Sun Times

MPAA reveals employment, international stats
New results reveal that the film industry creates 1.9m jobs in the US, and that 72% of revenue is generated in overseas markets.
Oregon Live

June 22

New visual effects technology presents challenge
Actors describe the struggle of filming scenes with characters that aren’t there in the digital film age.
The Australian

New Zealand and China in talks with Hollywood
A general trade alliance was signed last November, but discussions about other film partnerships are underway.
Global Post

Hindi film industry sees success in 2015
After only four films brought in significant profit in 2014, the industry has experienced more success in 2015.
Business Standard

June 18

Cinemas react to change with innovation
Despite recession and new home-viewing practices, changes in content and theatre design are having an impact.
Business Quarter

Chinese goals for film industry rival Hollywood
Country is seeking to build “soft power” by producing films that appeal to a global audience, not just domestic viewers, claims The Star.
The Star

Trailer released for Robin Williams’ final film
Williams’ final film will be released on July 17 in the US.
9 News Australia

June 17

New VFX film facility in Mumbai announced
Prime Focus World (PFW) and Double Negative’s facility will contain a training hub for new employees.
Business Standard

Residents ask Louisiana governor to veto bill that caps tax credits
A recent bill that would cap filming tax credits at $180M per year is receiving criticism amid fears that it would harm the local economy.

Ninth annual Vancouver Taiwanese film festival takes on environmental issues
This year’s film festival addresses environmental concerns and aims to influence environmental decisions being made in British Colombia.
Vancouver Sun

June 16

Scotland voted top filming location
USA Today readers have selected Scotland as the “world’s best destination” for film lovers.
The National

Furious 7 director signs on for Aquaman
James Wan has agreed to direct Aquaman, which will star Jason Momoa.
Venture Capital Post

Asia’s first smartphone festival to be held in September
The first smartphone film festival will be held in Pakistan later this year with aim to showcase young Pakistani filmmakers.
The News Teller





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