Producing Foreign Films in Portugal: Opportunities for Industry Growth and Current ChallengesThe Offices of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP, 575 Lexington Avenue @ 51st Street. NYC
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Jason Kliot, NY-based producer of over 50 feature films, has filmed in the U.S., France, Turkey, Senegal, Vietnam, Jordan, and Germany. He started his career as an assistant director in Europe, and worked on three productions in Portugal. He is currently shooting his first feature as a producer, "Cabaret Maxime," in Lisbon. Although filmed entirely in Portugal, the film is mainly an English language film, and was filmed with the support of ICA and the Mayor’s office of Lisbon, along with pre-sales to RTP television and the Portuguese film distributor NOS, along with private equity investment.
Kliot has produced over 40 feature narrative and documentary films by such acclaimed directors as Jim Jarmusch, Brian De Palma, Steven Soderbergh, and Nicole Holofcener. Kliot has produced a wide variety of films, ranging from auteur-driven projects to commercial box-office successes, as well as award-winning theatrical documentaries. Kliot's films have won several awards at the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, The Cannes International Film Festival, and the Venice International Film festival, including two Sundance Grand Jury Prizes and Venice's Silver Lion for Best Director. His films have also been nominated for over 25 Independent Spirit awards, and he has been nominated for an Academy Award.
Kliot is recognized as a leading figure of the digital film revolution. His digital production companies Blow Up Pictures and HDNetFilms, which he launched with partners Joana Vicente, Marc Cuban, and Todd Wagner, ushered in a new era of digital filmmaking, transforming American independent film production and distribution.
Kliot has extensive cross-platform experience in interactive media. He has developed a proprietary platform for distribution of video content, and in the process has worked and consulted with the Hearst Corporation, Conde Nast, HBO, The Wall Street Journal, and other media companies on new media content and platforms.
A graduate of Amherst College, Kliot was a post-graduate fellow at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and is an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Film Department of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and Columbia University's School of the Arts.
He is a founder of City Harvest, the nation's oldest food rescue organization.