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10 April 2009

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  • Alta Films to distribute Tornasol's films in Spain

    Alta Films hasformed a deal with leading Spanish production company Tornasol Films to handle the local release of its projects.
  • Asian film industry in mourning for Barendrecht

    The Asian film industry was in shock on Monday at the news of the death of Fortissimo Films founder and co-chairman Wouter Barendrecht. During the 12 years he hadlived in Hong Kong, and before when based in Europe, Barendrecht had worked with and built up close friendships with many of the leading producers, distributors and filmmakers across the region. He was a highly respected figure who had championed Asian cinema on a global stage and his unexpected death p
  • Australian film andacting schools unite for One More Day

    The two best-known institutions in Australia for preparing people for a career in film and television are gearing up to shoot a feature film together, One More Day, in June/July. The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) approached the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) about doing a project together to celebrate NIDA’s 50th anniversary but it was AFTRS that came up with the concept.‘It was a challenge to think of an idea that
  • Australian governmentinitiative to boost online film distribution

    Australian companies wanting to download film and television direct to homes stand to gain enormously from the Australian government’s decision to take over the project to build a major national broadband fibre network. ‘This is the single largest infrastructure decision in Australia’s history,’ said Prime Minister Kevin Rudd today at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra.‘The government will move ahead and build and operate, in partnership w
  • Australia's Aurora programme selects seven projects

    Aurora, the Australian script programme that has been integral to the development of critical successes such as The Black Balloon and Somersault, has announced the sevenprojects it has accepted for this year.
  • Babelgum takes on Downstream and TheLinguists

    Online content platform Babelgum has acquired internet and mobile rights to Leslie Iwerks’ big oil documentary Downstream and to language documentary The Linguists directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger.Downstream follows a doctor’s fight for the rights or aboriginalpeople in Alberta, Canada, whose lives are being jeopardised by theentry of oil into their water system from the oil business. PhilipAlbe
  • BAFTA/LA to honour Tracey Ullman with inaugural Charlie Chaplin award

    Tracey Ullman will receive BAFTA/LA’s inaugural Charlie Chaplin Lifetime Achievement Award For Comedy at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles on May 8 marking the culmination of BritWeek 2009.
  • Black Box (Caja negra)

    Dir/prod:Ariel Gordon.Mexico, 2009. 78mins
  • Bona Entertainment, JC Group team on Chan's Big Soldier

    Beijing-based Bona Entertainment is teaming with Jackie Chan’s JC Group International and Singapore fundLM Media on action comedy Big Soldier (working title), starringChan, Wang Lee-hom and Korean singer Yoo Seung-jun.
  • Cannes Marche scraps 2.5% exhibitor price increase

    Cannes Marche has scrapped plans to levy a 2.5% increase on exhibitors and will revert to 2008 prices for this year’s market.
  • Cannes News 2009

    Screen brings you a digest of all our Cannes-related stories.
  • Central Partnership brings in law firm to protect online content

    Central Partnership (CP), one of Russia’s top distributors, has signed a deal with law consultancy firm and rights agency, O,B&Ps to protect and secure its library rights on theInternet.
  • Certified Copy back on track after delays

    Certified Copy , the up-coming feature from Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, is back on track after being hit by delays. The film, starring Juliette Binoche and produced byFrance’s MK2, will begin shooting in Tuscany on June 8.
  • Children Of Invention to open 25th LA Asian Pacific Film Festival

    Tze Chun’sChildren Of Inventionand Yojiro Takita’s Oscar winningDeparturesbookend the 25th Anniversary Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, set to run from April 30-May 7.A roster of 35 features and 146 shorts will
  • Coproduction Office, Katapult Film Sales merge sales business

    France-based The Coproduction Office and US-based Katapult Film Sales have merged their sales business and will operate together for the first time at MIPTV.Both entities will keep their catalogues and acquisitions separate andcontinue to nurture their respective profiles and brands. Coproduction’s strength is world cinema while Katapult focuses on English-language fare.Philippe Bober and Vanja Kalurjercic remain in charge of acquisitionsfor Coproduc
  • Digital and 3D discussions dominate ShoWest

    ShoWest 2009 News Roundup
  • Digital conversion of theatres delayed by credit crunch

    A thawing in the credit markets is key to kick-starting the sluggish digital conversion process and should occur within the next quarter, a leading banker told attendees on the third day ofShoWest.
  • Elberg, Canty launch online distributions services company

    Former CinemaNow executives Bill Elberg and Jessica Canty have launched VLADICast to offer a portfolio of online distribution services.Among the new company's services is GoScreening Public, which allowsany company or film-maker to build and maintain a branded VOD huband/or an ad-supported video sharing site that enables film-makers toshowcase work to buyers while saving costs on printing and shippingscreeners.US production and distributi
  • Empire takes North America on Thru The Moebius Strip

    Empire Film Group has acquired North American rights from Fantastic Films International to the $16m CGI adventure Thru The Moebius Strip.
  • European box office's mixed start to 2009

    Italian box office dips in first quarterThe Italian box office has reported a sluggish start to the year with box office receipts down by 3.2% over the first quarter. Ticket sales have also fallen by 5.3% to 30.2m tickets compared to 31.9m for the same period last year.Spanish box office takes $160m in first quarterThe Spanis
  • Fakir Of Venice to premiere at Indian Film Festival of LA

    The World Premiere of Anand Surapur’s conmen drama The Fakir Of Venice and Megan Doneman’sYes Madam, Sir bookend the seventh Annual Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles, which runs April 21-26.
  • Fast & Furious

    Dir: Justin Lin. US. 2009. 107 mins.
  • Fast And Furious speeds to $100m global opening for Universal

    The on-screen reunion of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in Fast & Furious delivered the biggest launch of the year-to-date with a spectacular $72.5m estimated gross reminiscent of summer launches that also set a new April opening weekend record and produced the biggest debut in Universal’s eight-year action franchise.Diesel and Walker blew away any doubts that this latest pairing would revive the franchise, which took a dip three years ago when The Fast & Th
  • Finnish Film Foundation receives $6.7m funding boost

    The Finnish Film Foundation will receive $6.7 million (Euro 5m) of state funding in addition to the 30% increase in production funding it received following last year's conflict with the industry. The new money was announced today (March 31) as part of a package to support the Finnish economy. Stefan Wallin, the Culture and Sports Minister, says the Finnish government wants to avoid job cuts in the industry and retain 'the level of know-how'. It has allocated $1.6
  • Five US studios sign with Scrabble for digital screens in India

    Indian company Scrabble Entertainment has signed a deal with five of the six US majors to deploy digital screens in India.
  • Fourth X-Men film leaked online a month before official release

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which is due for its US release on May 1, has been leaked online exactly one month before its official release.
  • Gabriel's Passion (La pasion de Gabriel)

    Dir:Luis Alberto Restrepo. Colombia, 2009. 86 min.
  • GC Corp, Killer Films take over Betsy And The Emperor

    New York-based Killer Films has boardedBetsy And The Emperorbased on Napoleon’s final years in exile, which Patrice Chereau had previously been lined up to direct for AzorFilms and BackUp Films.
  • German Federal Film Fund gives $2m to new projects

    New films by Leander Haussmann, Benedek Fliegauf and Isabelle Stever will receive $2m (Euro 1.5m) from incentive scheme German Federal Film Fund (DFFF).
  • German films take 30% of local market in first quarter

    German films took almost 30% of the local box-office over the first quarter of 2009, according to figures from Nielsen EDI. It is down from 33% for the same period last year.
  • Gigantic, Skin among key winners at AFI Dallas festival

    Matt Aselton’s Gigantic won the unrestricted $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature as the AFI Dallas International Film Festival came to a close, while Paul Saltzman’s Prom Night In Mississippi won the corresponding documentary prize and the unrestricted $25,000 cash prize from Target.Joe Berlinger’s
  • Golden Globes set 2010 timetable, moving back to Jan 17

    The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards will take place on Jan 17th 2010 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
  • Good Pitch at Hot Docs selects five social issue projects

    The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival’s Toronto Documentary Forum (TDF) will welcome five projects as part of The Good Pitch at Hot Docs, inpartnership with the Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation and Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and also supported by the Fledgling Fund and Working Films.
  • HandMade hires Tara Gaule and Carlos Rodriguez

    HandMade Films International has boosted its sales and marketing team with two key appointments. Tara Gaule joins as senior sales executive and Carlos Rodriguez has beenappointed as senior vice-president in the marketing department.
  • IFC to handle US on Pattinson comedy How To Be via VOD platform

    IFC’s VOD platform IFC Festival Direct will releaseUK comedyHow To BefeaturingTwilightstar Robert Pattinsonon April 29.
  • Indian producers strike against revenue-sharing terms

    Percept Picture Company’s Hindi film 8x10 Tasveerand Paramount Pictures’ Fast & Furious 4, both released in India today (April 3), might be the last two films to open before India’s United Producers Forum begins its strike against multiplex owners from April 4.Producers and distributors are demanding a 50:50 revenue-sharing deal with the multiplexes, regardless of cast or production budget, as opposed to the current variable week-on-week percentag
  • Industry pioneer Wouter Barendrecht of Fortissimo Films dies at 43

    Fortissimo Films confirmed yesterday that company co-founder and co-chairman Wouter Barendrecht died of heart failure on Sunday April 5 in Bangkok, Thailand , where he had gone to screen a rough cut of Fortissimo’s upcoming Thai co-productionNYMPH.Barendrecht was a passionate advocate of independent cinema for the last 19 years at Fortissimo Film
  • Industry pioneer Wouter Barendrecht of Fortissimo Films dies at 43

    Fortissimo Films confirmed yesterday that company co-founder and co-chairman Wouter Barendrecht died of heart failure on Sunday April 5 in Bangkok, Thailand, where hehad gone to screen a rough cut of Fortissimo’s upcoming Thai co-productionNYMPH.
  • Inhabited Island: Part II to hit Russian screens on April 23

    The second part of the $36.6m Russiansci-fi blockbuster, Inhabited Island: Part II will be released on April 23.
  • International revenues now account for 65% of studios' box office pie

    Global box office in 2008 surged 5.2% on 2007 from $26.7bn to a new high-water mark of $28.1bn, according to figures released by the Motion Picture Association of America, while international revenues climbed 7% to $18.3bn and accounted for 65% of the worldwide total.The statistics were part of a salvo of information released by Hollywood’s trade body on the second day of ShoWest, although the delay in announcing key data had prompted speculation that the organisation’
  • Italian box office dips in first quarter

    The Italian box office has reported a sluggish start to the year with box office receipts down by 3.2% over the first quarter. Ticket sales have also fallen by 5.3% to 30.2m tickets compared to 31.9m for the same period last year.Hollywood films currently account for a 58.1% of the market, which has increased by 6.3% over the first quarter, while local films have lost share falling by 5.8% year-on-year from 36.7% to 31%.The lack of interest in local films is bei
  • James quits Pacific Film and Television Commission

    As expected for several weeks, Robin James has parted company with Queensland’s state film agency, the Pacific Film and Television Commission (PFTC), where he has been chief executive for many years. ‘Robin James has decided to resign from his position to pursue other career opportunities, effective 31 March 2009,’ Phil McDonald, a director on the PFTC board, said in a statement released today.‘Mr James has denied recent allegations made against him and r
  • John Hart teams with Smuggler Partners to form Smuggler Films

    Veteran independent film producer John Hart has teamed up with Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody of commercial and music video outfit Smuggler Partners to form Smuggler Films, a production company designed to produce content in film, theatre, television and other media.With offices in New York, Los Angeles and London, the new company plans to offer artists the opportunity to work in multiple media. In its first year, for example, Smuggler
  • Justin Chadwick to direct The First Grader

    Justin Chadwick, whose credits include The Other Boleyn Girl, is to direct The First Grader. Ann Peacock has written the screenplay.
  • Katzenberg tells ShoWest: '3D is great and it's here'

    As expected the slow roll-out of 3D across North America and the world dominated the agenda of the opening day of ShoWest as delegates looked ahead to a gradual easing of the credit crunch and DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg flew into town to deliver a triumphant rallying cry to exhibitors.Katzenberg's presence at the condensed annual convention was by nomeans guaranteed and hinged on the results of last weekend's 3D launchof
  • Kino City plans to double 3D screens in Russia

    Kino City, the Russian cinema initiative to open 122 new screens in mid-sized cities, is planning to nearly double the number of 3-D screens in the country. The company is looking to install 3-D screens and digital equipment at all of the planned Multimedia and Education Film Centres. The initiative, led by Russian cinema heavyweights Eduard Pichugin, the CEO of Cinema Invest and founder of the Kronwerk Cinema Chain, and the director and business man Fyodor Bondarchuk,
  • KOFIC hands out $1.82m under two funding schemes

    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced it will award a total of $1.82m (KW2.4bn) to the 24 winning projects of its Korean Film Production Support Program and its Korean Film Development Support Program. All together, the films will receive an accumulative $5.46m in funds, benefits-in-kind (use of equipment, post-production facilities etc) and matching fund investments led by KOFIC.With a recent drop in local admissions (down 5% year-on-year in 2008
  • Korea's Jeonju film festival launches indie projects market

    South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) is celebrating its tenth edition with a number of events including the launch of a Korean indie projects market and anniversary screenings of JIFF previous awardees and first films. The projects market aims to support Korean filmmakers with low-budget and independent films by improving their ties to the Korean film industry.‘The Jeonju Project Market will be divided into the Jeonju Project Promotion
  • Lion Rock abandons Woo's historical epic 1949

    John Woo and Terence Chang’s Lion Rock Productions has decided to abandon shooting epic drama 1949 due to a dispute over the script rights.
  • Love The Beast

    Dir: Eric Bana. Aust. 2009. 92 mins
  • Luis Tosar joins cast of Spanish biopic Lope De Vega

    Spanish actor Luis Tosar has joined the cast of Brazilian director Andrucha Waddington's historical biopic Lope De Vega about the Spanish playwright and poet. Tosar will play Frey Bernadino De Sahagun, a Franciscan missionary who wrote the first encyclopedia of the new world and The General History of New Things Of Spain in the 16th Century. Daniel Bruehl (Goodbye Lenin, The Bourne Ultimatum) plays Lope De Vega, who was famous for his
  • Madrid puts plans forlocal film incentive on hold

    A film incentive aimed at supporting the distribution and promotion of Spanish films and co-productions has been put on hold by the local government agency in Madrid due tolack of funding.
  • Mike Newell to direct The Box Of Delights

    Mike Newell is to direct TheBox Of Delights, a film based on the children’s novel of the same name by John Masefield.
  • Monsters Vs Aliens takes top spot at Russian box-office

    DreamWorks' Monsters Vs Aliens continues its dominance of the global box-office becoming the highest-grossing foreign film in Russia so far this year. The film could break box-office records after attracting 2.6m admission in just two weeks. It has already become the highest grossing original animation opener (not a sequel) this year with $5.9m (Roubles 196m) beating last summer's DreamWorks hit, Kung Fu Panda, which grossed $5.8m (Roubles 193m) in its fi
  • Monsters Vs Aliens wins international box office with $34.2m

    In a vibrant weekend in which both PPI’sMonsters Vs Aliensand UPI’sFast & Furiousgrossed more than $30m it was the former that ran out the winner as it debuted in 43 territories and grossedan estimated $34.2m overall from 6,991 sites to raise the early international running total to $47.7m.
  • Monsters, Aliens Versus Fast, Furious at international box office

    This weekend Paramount Pictures International (PPI) should dominate the overseas arena when it unleashes DreamWorks Animation’sMonsters Vs Aliensin more than 45 territories. The distributor will face a stiff challenge from Universal Pictures International (UPI), however, which launches its action thrillerFast & Furiousin more than 31.Monsters Vs Aliens has grossed $13.3m so far and will add considerably to that amount when it opens in Chi
  • Moscow Belgium wins best feature at Bermuda Film Festival

    Cannes prize-winnerMoscow, Belgium, directed by Christophe Van Rompaey added another to its mantelpiece of awards by picking up Best Feature Film at the Bermuda International Film Festival, which wrapped at the weekend (March 28), at the end of one of the coldest March weeks in the mid-Atlantic island’s history.Best Documentary went to SXSW hit Garbage Dreams. Directed by Mai Iskander, the film tells the remarkable story of the ‘Zaballeen’ who, in the abs
  • My Life in Ruins holds world premiere in Athens

    My Life in Ruins, produced by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s Playtone, is holding its world premiere in Athens two months before it launches in the US. It is thought to be the firsttime a Hollywood production backed by industry heavyweights has opened in Greece.
  • Noah Baumbach starts production on new film with Ben Stiller

    Production began last week in Los Angeles on Focus Features’ untitled film starring Ben Stiller for writer-director Noah Baumbach.
  • Overture to handle Sundance screenplay winner Paper Heart

    Overture Films has taken over financing and worldwide theatrical distribution on Nicholas Jasenovec’s award winning comedy Paper Heart from sister company Anchor Bay Entertainment.
  • Pact chief to give evidence to House of Lords inquiry

    John McVay, the chief executive of cinema and TV industry body Pact, will give evidence to the House of Lords Communications Committee inquiry into British Film and TV.
  • Palace Cinemas adds 12 digital 3D screens

    Palace Cinemas has added 12 new 3D-capable digital screens at its sites in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.
  • Paramount Digitaland Gaumont create Web series

    Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) and French film company Gaumont are developing an interactive Web series to be distributed in the U.S. by MySpace. Endemol will handle worldwide distribution. Section 8, a supernatural thriller, will tell the tale of an ill-fated cast, all but one of which will be killed off over the series. It will then be redistributed as a full length feature. The deal was announced yesterday (March 30) at MipTV in Cannes. U.S. audiences
  • Park Circus signs deal with Sony Pictures to distribute classics

    Park Circus Films has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Repertory to handle the worldwide theatrical distribution of its classic film back catalogue. It includes David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia and Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver.The deal, which does not include North America, covers 3,500 classic and modern titles from 1924 onwards. It covers films from Colombia Pictures, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Animation and Tristar and contains 11 Academy Award Best Picture winners.
  • Passchendaele wins Best Picture at Canada's Genie Awards

    Paul Gross’ WWI epicPasschendaeletook six awards, including best picture, as the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced the 2009 Genie Award winners in Ottawa on Saturday.The film, which premiered at Toronto in 2008, also won the prizes for art direction, costume design, sound editing and overall sound. It was also presented with the Golden Reel Award as the highest-grossing Canadian film of the year, with C$4.4m ($3.6m).Benoit Pilon’s
  • Pathe UK reveals structure of in-house distribution team

    Pathe UK has confirmed the structure of its in-house distribution team, following its move to pull out of third party distribution and tie up with Warner Entertainment UK (WEUK)to handle sales in the UK.
  • Perfect Life takes Golden Digital award at HKIFF

    Emily Tang’s Perfect Life, about people coming to terms with the new social and economic realities of mainland China, was awarded the Golden Digital Prize in the Asian Digital Competition at this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). The Silver Digital Prize went to Malaysian director James Lee for gangster tale, Call If You Need Me, which was praised by the jury for being ‘testimony to the strength of the Malaysian new wave’.
  • Pinewood vying to take over Toronto's FilmPort studio

    Pinewood Studios Group is attempting another move into Toronto’s studio business following two earlier bids, one in 2007 and one in 2005.
  • Producers say NY tax credit extension is good news, if a temporary fix

    New York State has unveiled a Budget that extends the state’s 30% film and TV production tax credit. The state has now set aside $350m for the extension of the incentive, as part of the $132bn budget presented by Governor David Paterson (given final approval by the state Senate on April 4).
  • Protagonist signs deals on In The Loop, Bronson and The Children

    London-based sales company Protagonist Pictures has sealed furtherdeals on its Sundance hit In The Loop.
  • Rising Sun insists it had nothing to do with Wolverine leak

    One of Australia’s leading visual effects companies, Rising Sun Pictures (RSP), has published a statement saying it had nothing to do with a copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine appearing on several file-sharing websites.
  • Roissy takes on international sales to Singing Nun tale Soeur Sourire

    Roissy Films has acquiredSoeur Souriredirected by Stijn Coninx for international sales. Produced by Ocean Films’ Eric Heumann and Marc Sillam, the film will be released byOcean on April 29 in France.
  • Rum Diary starts shooting for GK Films, Infinitum Nihil in Puerto Rico

    Principal photography began in Puerto Rico on March 25 on GK Films and Infinitum Nihil’s The Rum Diary starring Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard and RichardJenkins.
  • Russian musical Hipsters scoops best film at Nika Awards

    Valery Todorovksy’s Hipsters has won the best film award atthe 22nd Nika Awards. The musical also took awards for best cinematography, costume design and sound editing.
  • Safari adventures in France, The Boat That Rocked launches in the UK

    ScreenDaily takes a look at the local and independent releases vying for attention against animated 3D blockbuster Monsters Vs Aliens this weekend.
  • Sally Hawkins stars in It's A Wonderful Afterlife

    Sally Hawkins, Jimi Mistry and Zoe Wanamaker have joined the cast of Gurinder Chadha’s It’s A Wonderful Afterlife. The comedy has already begun shooting and a 2010 release is expected.
  • Sarasota's top prizes go to The Maid, Winnebago Man

    Sebastian Silva’s Sundance award winner The Maid continued its winning spree by taking the honours for Best Narrative Feature at the 11th annual Sarasota Film Festival. The Best Documentary Feature was Ben Steinbauer’s Winnebago Man.For the first year, Sarasota’s awards came with distribution prizes. The narrative feature gets a DVD/VOD/TV and first-look theatrical offer for US distribution from Film Movement and will be screened at BAMcinema
  • SBS signs longterm free TV deal for new and library films with MGM

    SBS Broadcasting in The Netherlands has signed an exclusive free TV deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) for a package of titles including Quantum Of Solace,Valkyrie, Rocky Balboa, Lions For Lambs and Pink Panther 2.
  • Scarlet joins Middle East International Film Festival

    The Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) has appointed Peter Scarlet, the former artistic director of the Tribeca Film Festival, as executive director. Scarlet, who resigned from Tribeca in February after six years, has been bought in to develop the MEIFF's regional and international standing. Its third session will be held between October 8 - 17. Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of MEIFF, said: 'The Festival is working on a continuous ba
  • Scorsese named recipient of MPAA's Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award

    The Motion Picture Association Of America (MPAA) has decided to give this year’s Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award to Martin Scorsese at a dinner to cap of the day-long industry symposium The Business Of Show Business on April 21 in Washington DC.The award is presented every other year to an individual whose work ‘exemplifies a dedication to humanity and community.’‘The MPAA and its member companies are honored to recognize Mr. Mar
  • Scorsese reveals World Cinema Foundation partnerships

    Martin Scorsese, founder and chairman of the World Cinema Foundation (WCF), announced two key partnerships.
  • Slumdog Millionaire has strong opening weekend in China

    Slumdog Millionaire grossed $2.93m (RMB20m) during its first four days on release in mainland China, which marks the biggest opening for a non-US foreign filmfor the past ten years.The film was released on Thursday, March 26 with 400 film prints and more than 200 digital screens across major Chinese cities. The first day gross was $510,000 (RMB3.5m), which is also seen as a strong result during the low season in the Chinese film market.
  • South East European Film Festival set for April 30 to May 4 in LA

    The fourth annual South East European Film Festival will take place in Los Angeles from April 30 to May 4.Designed to showcase films from the region but also educate about its troubled history and cultural diversity, the festival will feature titles such as Zrinko Ogresta’s Behind The Glass from Croatia, Monica Lleo’s documentary Tunnel’s End from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Adela Peeva’s documentary Divorce Albanian Style, Huseyin
  • Spanish box office takes $160m in first quarter

    The Spanish box office took a total of $160m (Euro 120m) in the three months to March 29 compared with $180m (Euro 136m) in the same period last year.Warner Bros’ The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button took the top spot with $16m, followed by Sony’s Seven Pounds ($13m), Filmax’ Slumdog Millionaire ($11.9m) and Warne
  • Spanish prime minister appoints film-maker as culture minister

    Spanish film-maker Angeles Gonzalez Sinde has been appointed as the new minister of culture for Spain in a radical shake-up of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’scabinet.
  • Swedish film centre receives $1m in EU funding

    Filmpool Stockholm-Mälardalen, a new regional film centre in the Swedish capital, has received $1m (Euro 755,000) in funding from the European Union’s regional developmentfund. The money aims to improve the competitiveness of the local industry.
  • The Enemy (El enemigo)

    Dir/scr: Luis Alberto Lamata. Venezuela, 2008. 82 mins.
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo drives Danish box office

    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Niels Arden Oplev’s film, has single handedly driven ticket sales in Denmark over the first quarter of the year. The movie accounted for 20% ofall ticket sales in the first three months of 2009 and led to a 3% rise compared to the same period last year.
  • The Investigators, Cherry Blossoms among winners at Cleveland

    Dorris Dorrie’sCherry Blossomswas the winner of the audience choice award at the 33rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival which ended last week.Sean Baker’s Prince Of Broadway won the $2,500 cash prize American Independent Award also determined by audience vote from the films in the American In
  • The Web TodayApril Archive - International film news on the web

    April1Splice of life - film festival drops a week- The Sydney Morning HeraldGilliam denies distribution glitch for Heath Ledger film- The Guardian
  • Toronto Documentary Forum unveils 25 project pitches

    The Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival has announced the 25 projects to be presentedduring the Toronto Documentary Forum (TDF), to be held May 6-7. The tenth anniversary of TDF featureprojects from 13 countries selected from 160 submissions.
  • Trejo, Laas to star in evangelist comedy Pastor Shepherd

    Harbor Light Entertainment will commence principal photography this spring on Edwin Marshall’s comedyPastor Shepherdin Wimberly, Texas.
  • UK Actors to give evidence to House of Lords inquiry

    Quantum of Solace actor Rory Kinnear and actress Maggie Steed will give evidence to the House of Lords Communications Committee's inquiry into British film and television tomorrow (April 1). The Committee will question the pair on the prospects for the UK film and TV industries and particularly on employment and how to support and encourage the production of original content in the UK. Christine Payne, general secretary of actors union Equity will also give evidence.
  • UK Film Council faces $33m drop in funding

    The UK Film Council is facing a $33m (£22m) cut in lottery funding over the next five years as money is diverted away from film to pay for the London Olympics.
  • UK's Recorded Picture Company promotes Alainee Kent

    Recorded Picture Company has promoted Alainee Kent to the role of senior development executive.
  • Unanimous Pictures pulls out of UK distribution market

    Unanimous Pictures is pulling out of UK distributionless than a yearafter launching into the market. The company, formerly known as Halcyon Pictures, will now concentrateexclusively on production.
  • Weinsteins promote Laine Kline to evp business and legal affairs

    Laine Kline has been promoted to executive vice president of business and legal affairs at The Weinstein Company, president of business and legal affairs Andrew Kramer announced today [April7].
  • Winterbottom's The Killer Inside Me saved by last-minute funding deal

    The Killer Inside Me, the latest collaboration between director Michael Winterbottom and producer Andrew Eaton, has been saved after securing new funding. The $13m projectwas close to collapse after it lost key financial support.