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Havana Film Festival NY and National Association of Latino Independent Producers-NY(NALIP)


The Business of Filmmaking: LATIN AMERICA – USA

The Legal and Business Aspects of Motion Picture Development, Finance, Production and Distribution.
The director / distributor / lawyer perspectives.

The impact of copyright and intellectual property rights on the filmmakers.  A panel designed to enable filmmakers to understand how copyright, trademark, defamation, and privacy/publicity rights affect their projects. Working with financing, sales agents and distributors of independent films in the United States and Latin America.  What are the circumstances that really require a lawyer's involvement.

Day/Time/Place: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 – 7:00 pm 
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center – 53 Washington Square South (Between Sullivan and Thompson Streets)

About the participants: Alfredo Calvino, CEO of Latino Fusion, a distribution company based in Guadalajara; Jeff Levy-Hinte, president and founder of Antidote Films, an independent film production company based in New York City; Fernando Ramirez, an entertainment law attorney who represents a range of industry professionals in the industry; Maria Marta Antin, director of Talent Campus Buenos Aires and Academic Director of Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires. Moderated by Sandy Lieberson, Chair, Film London. Simultaneous translation provided by LART.  Reception to follow.

Co-Sponsored by King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, Mexicana Airlines and U.S. - Mexico Chamber of Commerce


Sandy Lieberson
(Chair, Film London) has been a major figure in the film industry in Europe and America since the 1960s, having acted as an agent for Sergio Leone, Peter Sellers, Lindsay Anderson and the Rolling Stones. He formed Goodtimes with David Puttnam in 1970, going on to produce some of the most significant films of the 1970s and 1980s. From 1977 Sandy was first vice president of International Pictures and Marketing and later president of production at 20th Century Fox, supervising the international launches of, among others, the early Star Wars films, and supervising the production of films by Herzog, Roeg, Bertolucci, Zinneman, Kurosawa and Ridley Scott. Sandy is currently an advisor and contributor to a wide range of organizations and projects dedicated to the development of talent and skill in the film and media industries.

Jeff Levy-Hinte
Jeff Levy-Hinte is president and founder of Antidote Films, an independent film production company based in New York City. Antidote Films completed several documentaries, including Soul Power (produced and directed by Mr. Levy-Hinte) and The Dungeon Masters both of which premiered at the 2009 AFI Dallas International Film Festival, the 2009 South by South West Film Festival and the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. The company is also preparing production for The Kids Are All Right, written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko. Most recently, Jeff produced Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, a documentary directed by Marina Zenovich. Winner of the Documentary Editing Award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, the film was released domestically by HBO and THINK Films and internationally through The Weinstein Company and the BBC. Additionally, Jeff produced the critically acclaimed eco-horror thriller, The Last Winter (released by IFC Films) and the documentary Bomb It, a comprehensive investigation of graffiti, covering street art from all around the world.

Fernando Ramírez
Fernando Ramirez is an entertainment law attorney. His office represents a range of industry professionals including film producers, writers, directors, media personalities, executive producers, composers, musicians, songwriters, managers, music producers, independent labels, and book authors. Many of his clients have garnered Emmy, Oscar, Peabody, MacArthur, Sundance, and Grammy nominations and awards.  Fernando has been a guest panelist or lecturer at universities, as well as industry festivals and conferences. His articles have been published in entertainment trade magazines, and he has served as an adjunct professor in The New School University’s Department of Media Studies and Film.

Alfredo Calvino
Alfredo Calvino is chief executive of Latinofusion, a distribution and international sales company of Latin films that handles, among others, Pablo Fendrik´s movies El Asaltante and La Sangre Brota, Camila Guzman’s internationally acclaimed documentary The Sugar Curtain, and more recently the commercially successful Mexican movie Cinco Dias sin Nora by Mariana Chenillo. His previous experience includes marketing and sales at ICAIC (Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos); advising on the establishment of Brazil’s Escola Brasileira de Cinema e Televisão, created upon the model of the International Cuban Film School; and founding and co-directing Projeto Pro@rte Brasil, an international coalition of media artists.  He has helped design and implement the international promotion and sales campaigns of some of the most successful Latin films, among them: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s Fresa y chocolate (Strawberry and chocolate), Humberto Solas’ Cecilia, Juan Carlos Tabío’s Plaff, Jose Padilla’s Onibus 174 (Bus 174), Luiz Fernando Carvalho’s Lavoura Arcaica (To the left of the father), and Vicente Ferraz’s Soy Cuba - o mamut siberiano.

María Marta Antin
María Marta Antin has led the Communications area at the Fundación Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires since 1991 where, among other things, she is responsible for promoting the output of the University on local and international levels.  Director of the publication Magacine, house organ of the Universidad del Cine and founder and director of the International Festival of Film Schools, FIEC, organized biannually since 1993 by the Universidad del Cine. The Festival is one of a kind in the southern cone of South America and has had eight successful editions. Director of Talent Campus Buenos Aires, event held in cooperation with the Berlin Film Festival - Berlinale Talent Campus and the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI), which has had four editions since 2004. She is also responsible for the corporate image of the Fundación Universidad del Cine and in charge of the creative development of all the promotional graphics. She is an architect from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and Master in Communication Management for Organizations from the Austral University, 2009.