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Hobbit finale eyes gains in China

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies stands at $630.7m through Warner Bros Pictures International and continues to rampage through China.

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The Japanese director talks about her second feature, which receives its world premiere in competition at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).

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Hideaki Anno, Evangelion

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Japanese animator and creator of the Evangelion series, Hideaki Anno, talks to Liz Shackleton about the joys of destruction.

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Afia Nathaniel, Dukhtar

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Afia Nathaniel talks to Liz Shackleton about the challenges in funding and shooting a female-centric film in a remote corner of northern Pakistan.

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Film Bazaar: India builds an ecosystem

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Liz Shackleton looks at how organisers of Goa’s annual Film Bazaar are following on successes with new initiatives and closer ties to finance. But where are the Indian audiences for independent Indian films?

Christopher J. Dodd, MPAA

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MPAA chairman and chief executive Chris Dodd talks to Liz Shackleton about Japanese audiences, China’s quotas and the impact of digital distribution on the film business.

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Gong Yu, iQiyi

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iQiyi founder and CEO Gong Yu talks to Liz Shackleton about the company’s production plans and how it is working on its film business with parent company Baidu.

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