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12 December 2008

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  • 15 UK production companies receive $1,500,000 in Lottery funding

    More than $1,500,000 of Lottery moneyis tobeinvested in 15 British film production companies through the UK Film Council's Development Fund. The new initiative is to help producers to develop projects that broaden the quality, range and ambition of films and talent being developed in the UK.Tanya Seghatchian, Head of the Development Fund, said 'We want to provide a supportive arena for creative producers with forward-thinking UK production companies who have a c
  • 3 Seasons wins Canadian competition at Whistler

    Jim Donovan's 3 Seasons won the C$15,000 Borsos Competition for Best New Canadian Feature as the 8th annual Whistler Film Festival wrapped over the weekend. Marie-Helene Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu's Before Tomorrow, was given special mention by jury president Donald Sutherland and his fellow jurors, filmmakers Sturla Gunnarsson and Patricia Rozema. Before Tomorrow
  • Aida LiPera joins Visit Films as manager of acquisitions, festivals

    Former Edinburgh Film Fest programmer Aida LiPera has joined New York-based Visit Films as manager of acquisitions and festivals.LiPera is a native New Yorker who spent five years in the UK and co-produced Edinburgh's Mirrorball strand, curating a variety of cinemas programmes and live events.In September 2007 she served as head of the jury for the inaugural MusicXine International Film Contest in Finland, awarding Eu10,000 to the be
  • Andrew Rona confirmed as Silver Pictures president

    Former Rogue Pictures co-president Andrew Rona has been confirmed as the new president of Joel Silver's Warner Bros-based Silver Pictures.Rona will also join Steve Richards as co-president of Silver's genre banner Dark Castle Entertainment and starts work in his dual post in January 2009.Silver Pictures is currently in production on Sherlock Holmes directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams and
  • APEX secures funding for Chinese cinema chain

    New York-listed Entertainment Properties Trust (EPR) has established a strategic alliance with start-up multiplex operator, APEX International Cinemas Investment (HK) Ltd, and its Chinese joint venture partner to open a chain of cinemas in mainland China. EPRisproviding capital of $25m to APEX to build an initial ten multiplex cinemas. APEX said it couldn't name its Chinese joint venture partner due to contractual obligations. However, it's likely that the company, descri
  • Are there upsides to the downturn for film'

    'The film market needs to change. I have been told it will never change but two years ago the same thing would have been said about the financial markets.'So says Gennaro Buonocore, managing director of media markets at electronic interdealer broker Icap. The company has put its money where its mouth is and is turning its attention to independent film.The notion there are upsides to the downturn is intriguing. For all the wishful thinking that cinema can ride th
  • Arts Alliance Media gains $56m boost to D-cinema ambitions

    Arts Alliance Media's (AAM) ambitions for digital conversion of Europe's cinemas hasreceived a $56m (Euros 43m)boost with the signing of a financing agreement with European services company Econocom and various private investors.The company has also announced a strategic partnership with Arqiva Satellite & Media for the satellite distribution of content.Bothdeals will besignificant steps forward for AAM, whichhas been anxious toadvance a digital cinema switchove
  • Australia: box office 2008

    Baz Lurhmann's epic romance Australia has only been open for aweek but is already the most successful local film of 2008, with agross of $5.1m (a$7.9m). Whether it will overtake the highest grossingfilm of the year so far, The Dark Knight, starring the late Australian-born Heath Ledger, is yet to be seen. The Dark Knighttook $29.4m (a$45.7m) in Australia, making the territory
  • Awards Countdown - Best actress/Best supporting actress - Best supporting actress: the top 10 contenders

    The top 10 contenders for Best Supporting Actress.
  • Awards Countdown: Meryl Streep, Doubt

    Meryl Streep, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
  • BAFTA Preview: Best Film frontrunners

    ADULTHOODCipher Films, DJ Films, TMC, UK Film Council, Pathe, LimelightUK DISTRIBUTOR: Pathe.NOEL CLARKE SAYS: 'Technically I'm a statistic - council estate, single parent family. I should be in jail or dead or whatever, but I'm not, I'm making films. Why is it the guy that grew up with me is in
  • BAFTA preview: the Battle of Britain

    The British economy may be in crisis but the quality of British film-making has rarely looked healthier.
  • BAFTA preview:The Britbusters

    Bafta members have never shied away from embracing popular commercial film-making.The awards often salute mainstream favourites and this year sees a slew of high profile UK-US co-productions including Mamma Mia! The Movie and Quantum Of Solace, as well as Hollywood blockbusters with significant UK elements such as Prince Caspian and The Dark Knight.The nine nominations for Casino Royale in 2006 represented a breakthrough for the James Bond seri
  • Barbara Broccoli and Tilda Swinton honoured at WFTV Awards

    The UK's Women in Film and Television honoured women in the industry at their annual awards held at London's Park Lane Hilton, hosted by style-guru Gok Wan.The awards, now in the 18th year, honoured the professional achievements of 10 women, each in different areas of the industry. Producer Barbara Broccoli was presented with The Olswang Business Award, while Tilda Swinton won The Skillset Creative Originality Award. Tessa Ross who
  • blinkbox signs new digital deals with Hollywood studios

    blinkbox, the film and TV website, has announced two new digital video deals with leading Hollywood studios, 20th Twentieth Century Fox and Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI). blinkbox has also extended its partnership with Warner Bros. digital distribution, securing a digital distribution deal for the studio's TV catalogue.The new agreements bring the number of Hollywood studios distributing through blinkbox to five and th
  • Brazil: box office 2008

    Warner Bros' The Dark Knight was the big story in Brazil thisyear, earning $13.7m (r32.7m), making the territory the eighth biggestmarket for the film. The highest grossing local film was Meu Nome Nao E Johnny,based on the true story of an infamous drug dealer, which grossed $7.5m(r18m). These success stories have not been enough to prevent a slidein admissions to 76.9 million to the end of October, compared with 85.5million for the whole of 2007.
  • Brothers win UK's The Big Pitch award with psychological thriller

    Brothers David and Keith Lynch have won The Big Pitch, a UK film production prize, with their film Different Shades Of Graham. The brothers, along with producer Simon Thomas and director Brad Watson, joined four other finalists at the closing night of the Northern Lights Film Festival.The finalists had been selected from 200 up-and-coming UK filmmakers and were given 15 minutes in which to sell their film.UK industry body Skillset had provided trai
  • Chen's Forever Enthralled has strong China opening

    Chen Kaige's Forever Enthralled, a biopic about Peking opera master Mei Lanfang, grossed $6.13m (RMB42.18m) on its opening weekend, which sets a new record for non-action dramas in the mainland China market. According to China Film Group spokesperson Weng Li, the film took in around $1.45m (RMB10m) on the opening day, from midnight of Thursday night, and the sales grew steadily over the next three days until Sunday. It is so far the best-performing film during the
  • China Film Group to release Disney filmBolt in 3D outside quota

    China Film Group Digital Cinema Line Co, a subsidiary of state-owned China Film Group Corporation, has said that it will release Disney animation Bolt in digital 3D in the latter half of December. The film will be imported as a revenue-sharing film but is not counted as one the 20 revenue-sharing films of the year. Instead it is being imported with a special approval from the authorities which is designed to promote high-definition screening technology.A spo
  • Christmases top in North America, Twilight rallies in third weekend

    Warner Bros' comedy Four Christmases stayed atop the charts in its second weekend while Summit's indie phenomenon Twilight surged past Buena Vista's Bolt to claim second place in its third weekend as the top 12 releases amassed $77.5m, driving overall box office to a 6% climb on last year.Four Christmases added $18.2m for $70.8m, follo
  • CineAsia kicks off with focus on India's growing exhibition sector

    The CineAsia exhibition conference in Macau (Dec 9-11)got off to a surprisingly robust start, given the current global financial crisis, with a focus on India's growing exhibition market and the announcement of a funding deal for a new Chinese cinema chain. Speakers including Tushar Dhingra, COO of Reliance-owned Big Cinemas,outlinedprospects in the Indian marketwhich is still massively under-screened although, due to multiplex development, box office is growing at an ann
  • CineMart announces 2009 titles

    CineMart, the Rotterdam film festival's co-production market, has announced its 2009 selection.There are 35 titles in all. New projects from established autuers like Zhang Yuan, Rodrigo Moreno and Pablo Stoll nestle alongside films from newcomers.There are animation films (Alois Nebel from the Czech Republic), dark-themed family dramas and thrillers. Confirmed sales agents attending already include Fortissimo Films, Wild Bunch, The Match Factory, The Works International, Bavaria
  • Disney takes majority stake in India's UTV

    Walt Disney Co and the founders of UTV Software Communications have jointly acquired an additional 23% stake in the Indian company. The move gives Disney a majority stake of 59.94% in UTV and haslifted the partners' combined holdings to 83%. However, Disney is not taking management control of the company and will keep an unchanged three seats on the 12-person board. The agreement also allows UTV CEO Ronnie Screwvala to buy back Disney's UTV shares to the point where he an
  • Dominic Harari and Teresa Pelegri to shoot The Food Guide To Love

    Dominic Harari and Teresa Pelegri will shoot The Food Guide To Love with Spain 's Tornasol Films. They will work with UK producer Kevin Loader and a French co-production partner on the romantic comedy.London born Dominic Harari and his Spanish wife Teresa Pelegri will write and direct the romantic comedy The Food Guide To Love, which is due to shoot in London and possibly Spain next summer.The film will be a co-p
  • Dubai International Film Festival and Market opens

    The fifth Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) opens today with Oliver Stone's W ., kicking off a week long programme that includes 181 films, 11 world premieres and runs parallel to the inaugural Dubai Film Market. Dubai Film Market For Ziad Yaghi, director of the Dubai Film Market, the market was a natural extension of the festival.'We thought, all of the big companies are here and they want
  • Eastwood to receive Palm Springs career achievement award

    Clint Eastwood will receive the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival's Career Achievement Award on January 6.Eastwood directed the current awards season contenders are Gran Torino, in which he stars, and Changeling, which stars Angelina Jolie.He will next direct and produce The Human Factor about Nelson's Mandela's first term as presid
  • Entertainment One backtracks on DHX acquisition

    Canadian entertainment company Entertainment One (E1) has reversed its planned reverse takeover of Halifax production company DHX Media.Announced in September, the move would have given E1 a listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange; E1, financed by the UK-based hedge fund Marwyn, currently has a listing on the LSE's AIM.In a release, E1 said its senior lenders would not consent to the DHX transaction, set to close January 31, 2009. The transaction was conditional on such con
  • Firaaq scoops top honours at Singapore's AFFF

    Firaaq, directed by award-winning Indian actress Nandita Das, scooped best film and best screenplay at the Asian Festival of 1stFilms (AFFF) in Singapore on Wednesday night (Dec 10).The film, which looks at the impact of the 2002 riots in Gujarat on ordinary people, also took the Foreign Correspondents Association Purple Orchid Award for Best Film.First-time actor Bosco Francis took the best actor award for Singaporean director Eric Khoo's My Magic
  • First four films named in Swedish Rookie initiative

    The Swedish Film Institute has announced the first four films in the Rookie project, instigated last year with Swedish Television (SVT) and regional film centre, Film i Väst, to invigorate Swedish film. Set up as one of the institute's counter-measures to meet declining admission figures for domestic cinema, the project should support first, eventually second-time directors with a personal voice and the urge to reach audiences through alt
  • Fox Star to release Slumdog Millionairein India, Pakistan

    Fox Star Studios is set to release the Danny Boyle-directed, Mumbai-set Slumdog Millionaire in India and Pakistan in January, 2009. The English and Hindi-language film, starring Anil Kapoor, Dev Patel, Irfan Khan and Freida Pinto, will also be released in a Hindi-dubbed version entitled Slumdog Millionaire - Kaun Banega Crorepati' (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire').Based on the novel Q&A by Vikas Swarup, the film follows a Mumbai slum boy
  • Fox, Khanna to receive IFFLA Industry Leadership Awards

    Warner Bros International executive vice president Richard Fox and Reliance BIG Entertainment chairman Amit Khanna will receive the 7th Annual Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles' Industry Leadership Awards.Fox heads up all of the studio's non-US initiatives across all sectors of the entertainment industry.Khanna's Reliance BIG Entertainment is the media arm of the $75bn Ambani Group that recently completed its purchase of DreamWorks and announced that it
  • Fox's Day The Earth Stood Still set for world takeover

    Aliens will rule the world this weekend when Fox International unleashes The Day The Earth Stood Still day-and-date with North America in approximately 90 countries.The sci-fi remake stars Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly and touches down in France, Belgium and Switzerland on December 10 and arrives a day later in Germany, Russia, South Korea, Holland, Singapore and New Zealand.December 12 sees launches in the UK,
  • France: box office 2008

    Pathe's comedy Welcome To The Sticks saw off all-comers in 2008, garnering a record-breaking 20.5 million admissions. The second biggest film of the year was Pathe's Asterix At The Olympic Games with 6.8 million admissions. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull is the highest non-French film with 4.2 million admissions, but Sony's
  • Frost/Nixon, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Doubt lead Golden Globe Nominations

    The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, a co-production between Paramount and Warner Bros, and Frost/Nixon, an Imagine/Working Title production for Universal led the pack in the 66th annual Golden Globe nominations which were announced this morning in Los Angeles. Both films took five nominations each. Benjamin Button, one of the season's costliest titles, was cited for best picture (drama), best director for David Fincher, best acto
  • Fuji TV to produce two-part feature of Nodame Cantabile

    Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV has announced details of a two-part feature film adaptation of hit television series Nodame Cantabile. Reprising their roles from the TV version, Nodame Cantabile will star Juri Ueno and Hiroshi Tamaki. Hideki Takeuchi, who directed the television series, will also direct both feature films.The story follows brilliant but quirky piano student Megumi 'Nodame' Noda (Juri Ueno) and her aspiring conductor love interest (Hirosh
  • GDC signs VPF deals for Asia with three US studios

    GDC Technology has signed separate virtual print fee (VPF) financing deals with three US studios - Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures International and Universal Pictures International - for the deployment of digital cinema across Asia. Under the terms of the non-exclusive agreements, the three studios will supply Asian exhibitors with digital feature film content, as well as make financial contributions towards the costs of DCI-compliant digital cinema equipment d
  • Germany: box office 2008

    Based on figures to the end of October, German admissions and ticketsales are facing a decline in 2008. Admissions stand at 87.7 million toOctober 31 compared with 125.4 million for the whole of 2007, while thetotal box-office gross to October 31 was $687.1m (EUR544.4m) comparedwith $968.2m (EUR767m) for the whole of last year.The highest grossingfilm of the year is Warner Bros Germany's local comedy Rabbit Without Ears with $40.4m (EUR32m), but
  • Gianni Amelio is new director of Turin Film Festival

    Gianni Amelio will replace Nanni Moretti as artistic director of the Turin Film Festival. Amelio has stepped in to lead Turin's 27th edition in 2009 just four days after Moretti stepped down.Filmmaker Gianni Amelio's credentials include winning Venice's 1998 Golden Lion for the Turin-set period drama The Way We Laughed (Cosi Ridevano) as well as the 1992 Cannes Grand Prix for The Stolen Children (Il Ladro Di Bambini). Most recently Amelio's
  • Golden Globe nominees respond around the globe

    Honourees greeted news of their Golden Globe nominations from locations both exotic and prosaic onThursday in the hours following the dawn nominations announcement in Los Angeles by theHollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).
  • Gomorrah dominates European Film Awards

    Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah was named best European film at the 21st European Film Awards in Copenhagen.The film, which exposes the Neapolitan mafia, also won best director (Matteo), best actor (Tony Servillo), best cinematography (Marco Onorato) and best screenplay. Servillo's award also recognised his performance in Paolo Sorrentino's Il Divo.
  • HandMade makes Hedman head of sales

    Fred Hedman has been promoted to head of sales at HandMade Films International. Hedman, who has been with the company for six years, will oversee the company's sales operation alongside chairman, Guy Collins, and Marketing Director, Amanda Kenyon.The company has a busy schedule for next year with projects including Eloise In Paris, The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa going into production.Hedman will be looking to recruit a TV Sales Executive in the New Year
  • High-street recession bites backat UK DVD sales

    A high street retail crisis in the UK has crashed into what was shaping up to be a bumper holiday season for distributors.UK film distributors were preparing to release DVD titles such as Mamma Mia!-The Movie, Hancock, Wall-E, The Dark Knight, Wanted and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.Mamma Mia! in particular has been breaking records at the box office and snatched the record as the fastest selling DVD launch ever in the UK.
  • Huayi Bros to produce Francis Ng martial arts comedy

    Beijing-based Huayi Bros Pictures is producing a martial arts comedy Zhui Ying to be directed by Hong Kong actor Francis Ng. Jaycee Chan (The Sun Also Rises), actor and son of Jackie Chan, will be the leading cast in the film playing a martial arts fighter Xu Sanguan. Huayi is yet to announce the English title of Zhui Ying, which literally means 'chasing the shadows' in Chinese. According to Wang Zhonglei, CEO of Huayi Bros Pictures, the film will
  • Hunger takes top prize at Black Nights Film Festival

    Steve McQueen's Hunger won the Grand Prix at the 12th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF).The EurAsia competition included 18 films with the jury headed by film director Jos Stelling from the Netherlands.The first Tridens Baltic Film Award went to Three Men And Fish Pond from Latvian documentary film makers Laila Pakalnina and Maris Maskalans
  • I Sell The Dead to open 15th Slamdance Film Festival

    The US premiere of Glenn McQuaid's comedy horror I Sell The Dead starring Dominic Monaghan and Ron Perlman will open the 15th Slamdance Film Festival, which runs from January 15-23.As always the festival will run concurrently with Sundance and screen roughly 100 features, short films and music videas. Twenty features from the narrative and documentary sections will compete in the main competition dedicated to first-time directorial entries tha
  • IMAX reorganises management structure

    IMAX Corporation is reorganising its management structure with long-time co-chairmen and co-CEOs Brad Wechsler and Richard Gelfond assuming sole title to the respective roles of chairman and CEO.In a release, IMAX said chairman Wechsler will focus on corporate strategy, governance and business development while CEO Gelfond will handle day-to-day responsibilities.The move anticipates an executive head-hunt for a chief operating officer to buttress strategic chang
  • In Focus: Cinetic's new world

    When Wayne Wang's feature The Princess Of Nebraska streamed for free on YouTube in mid-October, it was not a leak, it was the official digital release - and world premiere - of the film.The YouTube experiment, which attracted 220,000 views in the US (access from elsewhere was blocked), was one of a growing number of innovative releases negotiated by Cinetic Rights Management (CRM), the new sister company to New York-based indie film sales and financing po
  • In Focus: Film Festivals brace for the recession

    As the 2009 festival cycle approaches, organisers are huddling down, hoping the economic storms will pass them by. However, at a time when both state funding and sponsorship for arts events is under increasing pressure, most acknowledge film festivals are bound to be buffeted eventually.'In these times, sponsorship is not always immediately impacted because contracts are often only midway, so the real effects won't be visible for a year or two,' notes Ginnie Atkinson,
  • IndiePix announces partnership with iTunes

    Internet-based independent film distributor signs exclusive deal with iTunes for Apple customers to download films to iPods and iPhones.The two companies aim to bring independent films to a younger generation of film enthusiasts.'Time and time again we have seen that the traditional distribution models just do not work for independent films - so over the last few months, we have formed some really strong alliances
  • Inkheart

    Dir. Iain Softley. Ger/UK/US. 2008, 106 mins.A long, long time in the releasing - first it swerved The Golden Compass, then was caught in the New Line merger - fantasy adventure Inkheart chases down the Stardust/Princess Bride audience, with a bit of bibliophile Nim's Island thrown in to the mix. Old-fashioned and often awkward - a turbaned Helen Mirren saving the day on a unicorn won't be a clip she treasures - this could generate small measu
  • International - Animal magnetism

    DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa was king of the jungle in Screen's international chart this week, ending Quantum Of Solace's five-week reign at the top.Escape 2 Africa enjoyed a 281% increase week on week to gross $51m from the December 5-7 weekend. It played on more than 5,000 screens in 33 territories, garnering the highest screen average with $10,100 per screen.The animated adventure debuted in the number one slot in each of the
  • Ireland tax break to offer 28% net benefit to producers

    Martin Cullen, Ireland's arts and film minister has confirmed that improvements to Ireland's Section 481 film and TV tax break are to be introduced as amendments to the country's 2009 Finance Bill.It is proposed that the cap on individual investments will increase to $65,000 (Euros 50,000) per annum (up from the current limit of $41,000 (Euros 31,750) and that there will be a 100% relief on that investment. The current relief is set at 80%.The proposed changes f
  • Italy: box office 2008

    The Italian box office is also down so far this year with the total standing at $645.1m (EUR510.8m) as of November 30, compared to $779.4m (EUR617m) for the whole of 2007.Admissions to date are 86 million compared to 103.6 million in 2007. However, the Christmas season is lucrative in Italy (December 2007 generated $109m (EUR86m)) and this year sees the launch of Medusa's Il Cosmo Sul Como, a bi-annual comedy franchise referred to locally as 'Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo'.
  • Japan: box office 2008

    Estimated box-office earnings and admissions in Japan have remainedflat in 2008 compared to 2007. The total box office is $1.8bn(Yen166.8bn) up to the end of October, compared to $1.79bn (Yen166.6bn)for the same period in 200447. Similarly, admissions stand at 137.2million to October 31, compared to 136.9 million for the same period in2007. The biggest film of the year to date, by far, is StudioGhibli/Toho's Hayao Miyazaki animation Ponyo On
  • Jerry Lewis to receive Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

    Jerry Lewis will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 81st Academy Awards on February 22.The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award is given to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.'Jerry is a legendary comedian who has not only brought laughter to millions around the world but has also helped thousands upon thousands by raising funds and awareness for th
  • Jim Donovan's 3 Seasons wins at Whistler Film Festival

    Jim Donovan's 3 Seasons won the $12,000 Borsos Competition for best new Canadian feature at the 8th annual Whistler Film Festival. Before Tomorrow Marie-Helene Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu's Before Tomorrow, was given special mention by jury president Donald Sutherland and his fellow jurors, filmmakers Sturla Gunnarsson and Patricia Rozema.Before Tomorrow , produced by Isuma Productions' Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Coh
  • Jim Fredrick moves to Screen Gems as evp of marketing

    Jim Fredrick has joined Screen Gems as executive vice president of marketing, effective immediately.Fredrick replaces Marc Weinstock, who has transitioned to co-president of worldwide marketing for the studio.Reporting to Sony's worldwide marketing and distribution chairman Jeff Blake, Fredrick will get to work on campaigns for such 2009 Screen Gems titles as Underworld: Rise
  • Kate Winslet to receive award at Santa Barbara Film Festival

    Kate Winslet will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Montecito Award on January 23.The five-time Oscar nominee is a contender this awards season for The Reader and Revolutionary Road and receives the award in recognition of her 'series of classic and standout performances.'Her credits include Sense And Sensibility, Quills,
  • KOFIC awards Filmmakers Development Lab grant to Danny Lee

    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced Danny Lee as the winner of the 2008 KOFIC Filmmakers Development Lab (FDL) grant of $15,000 for his feature film script Winter War. Winter War is a gritty thriller about Paul, an ambitious young commodities trader who gets sucked into the underworld of a European drug syndicate.Born and raised in Los Angeles, Danny Lee made his film debut with the critically-acclaimed Rock Fresh, a documentary about
  • Korea's Gyeonggi province retools incentive programme

    South Korea's Gyeonggi province has announced a 10% rebate incentive for film and TV drama productions shooting on location in the region, to replace its previous incentive programme. The new incentive programme goes into effect Jan 1, 2009 - replacing the outgoing programme that offered up to $100,000 for two films a year that shot 25% or more of footage in Gyeonggi province.With Gyeonggi's new 10% rebate incentive, productions must spend at least KW200m ($138,000
  • Lion's Den, Cold Lunch take prizes at Bahamas Film Festival

    Pablo Trapero's Lion's Den won the 5th Bahamas International Film Festival's Spirit Of Freedom: Narrative award while Cold Lunch by Eva Sorhaug of Norway collected the New Vision Award.The Spirit Of Freedom: Documentary prize went to Chai Vasarhelyi's Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love and Darier Hentsch's Gone Fishing ear
  • Los Angeles critics name Wall-E best picture as Oscar race begins

    In a bold move that defies traditional thinking, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) named Wall-E its best picture of the year while The Dark Knight was runner-up.Danny Boyle took the best director prize for Slumdog Millionaire, with The Dark Knight again taking the silver medal for Christopher Nolan.
  • Metrodome takes rights to The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life

    UK distribution company Metrodome Distribution has picked up full UK & Irish rights to French drama The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life. The deal was negotiated between CEO Peter Urie, general manager distribution Sara Frain and head of acquisitions James Brown for Metrodome, and by executive vice president Harold Van Lier and Anna Marsh, vice president international sales for StudioCanal.
  • Milk to receive Stanley Kramer Award from Producers Guild

    The Producers Guild Of America's annual Stanley Kramer Award recognising work that 'dramatically illuminates provocative social issues' will be presented to Focus Features' drama Milk.The film stars Sean Penn as the real-life slain gay San Francisco city official and was directed by Gus Van Sant. Josh Brolin, James Franco and Emile Hirsch also star.
  • Milk, Benjamin Button lead nominations for BFCA Awards

    Milk and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button entered the awards fray today [December 9] with eight nominations apiece from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA).The Dark Knight, Doubt and Slumdog Millionaire tie with six nominations each and will contest the best picture prize with
  • Milk, Happy-Go-Lucky are top picks of New York critics

    The New York Film Critics Circle has named Milk its best film of 2008 and honoured that film's Sean Penn and Josh Brolin with the actor and supporting actor awards.Sally Hawkins was named best actress for Happy-Go-Lucky and Penelope Cruz best supporting actress for
  • Moget new managing director of Paramount Pictures France

    Andrew Cripps, President of Paramount Pictures International, has announced the appointment of Frederic Moget as Managing Director of Paramount Pictures France (PFF). Frederic Moget will move shortly from 20th Fox (France) where he is currently director of the marketing division. Steve Summersby will continue as Acting Managing Director of the PPF operation in the interim.Commenting on the appointment, Andre Cripps said, 'We are delighted to welcome Frederic to
  • Moodysson's MammothjoinsBouchareb, Potter, Ade, Miller at Berlinale

    Lukas Moodysson's Mammoth, with Gael Garcia Bernal, Michelle Williams, and Sophie Nyweide, and world premieres of new films by Sally Potter, Maren Ade, Rebecca Miller and Rachid Bouchareb are among ten titles confirmed so far for the Competition programme of the 2009 Berlinale international film.The four world premieres selected for the Competition programme by festival director Dieter Kosslick are:Alle Anderen by Maren Ade (Germany)Londo
  • Nanni Moretti to step down as Turin Film Festival head

    Rome-Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti has said he will not continue on as director of the Turin Film Festival in 2009. Moretti took over the festival in its 25th edition in 2007 and remained at the helm in 2008. Alberto Barbera, President of Turin's Cinema Museum and Steve Della Casa who is President of the Turin Piedmont Film commission confirmed the news. Both are members of the board of directors of the Northern Italian festival
  • New talent to be honoured at Berlin Film Festival

    European Film Promotion (EFP) has named the ten Shooting Stars of 2009 to be honoured at the annual new talent forum, which takes place at the Berlin International Film Festival.The group of young actors who come from across Europe have been chosen from a broad list of potential candidates identified by the European Film Promotion's pan-European member organisations.The jury has selected the following actors:Cyron Melville (Denmark,
  • Nick Phillips promoted to svp of production at Screen Gems

    Screen Gems has promoted Nick Phillips from vice president of production to senior vice president of production.Phillips will oversee production on select titles including the remake of the 1971 thriller Straw Dogs, which Rod Lurie will write and direct.Phillips will continue to report to Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper. He will also oversee the production of
  • Ong Bak 2 opens at top of Thai box office

    Tony Jaa's Ong Bak 2 topped the box office in Thailand over its opening three-day weekend (Dec 5-7), grossing an impressive $2m (70m baht) despite the political unrest that has rocked the country in the past few weeks. According to local distributor Sahamongkolfilm International, the opening is the biggest in Thailand so far this year ahead of The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor (61m baht) and local comedy Luang Pee Teng 2 (42m baht).The film, directed by and
  • Paramount to release JJ Abrams' Star Trek on IMAX

    Paramount Pictures will release its Star Trek prequel day and date worldwide in conventional cinemas and IMAX on May 9, 2009. The latest in a long and successful run of television and film series, the new film in the franchise chronicles the early days of Starship Enterprise Captain James T. Kirk and his crew. Paramount is the exclusive distributor in the IMAX format worldwide. Directed by JJ Abrams, the film showcases a number of
  • PPI's Madagascar 2 scores sensational $50.2m international weekend

    Madagascar 2 dominated the international box office this weekend with an estimated $50.2m haul through PPI from 5,129 sites in35 territories that raised the relatively early tally to $125m.The animated sequel opened top in Germany on $11m from 820 venues including previews and produced the biggest single day for any DreamWorks Animation title with $4.1m on Saturday.Number o
  • Profile: Spain's OscarEntryThe Blind Sunflowers

    Harrowing dramas and horror films, including the like of Pan's Labyrinth, (Rec) and The Orphanage, are enjoying their success at the Spanish and international box office. Now Jose Luis Cuerda's The Blind Sunflowers (Los Girasoles Ciegos) has emerged to join that illustrious group.The drama, about a persecuted Republican family in Spain during the Second World War, has taken $5m in the territory since its release on August 29.'I want the largest
  • Quickie Express wins best Indonesian film at JIFFest

    Indonesian sex comedy Quickie Express and psychological thriller Fiksi. took top honours at the tenth edition of the Jakarta International Film Festival (JIFFest). A three-member international jury awarded Dimas Djayadiningrat's Quickie Express $2000 as the best Indonesian feature of the past year for 'its mixture of lively irreverent humour expertly matched with a firm narrative structure and a professional sheer that compares with the best of intern
  • Raymond Depardon's La Vie Moderne wins France's Louis Delluc prize

    The Louis Delluc prize has gone to Raymond Depardon's La Vie Moderne, it was announced in Paris on Friday.The prestigious Delluc award is given to the best French film of the year by a jury presided over by Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob.La Vie Moderne , a documentary, was originally presented in Cannes this year and was released in French cinemas in October by Ad Vitam. It has thus far garnered just over 200,000 admissions.The film is a sort of
  • Roadside Attractions takes US theatrical on Alien Trespass

    Roadside Attractions has acquired US theatrical rights to RW Goodwin's homage to 1950s sci-fi alien invasion films, Alien Trespass.The film stars Will & Grace's Eric McCormack in his first leading film role since leaving the series and will receive its world premiere at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival in January.Roadside will release the film theatrically in 22 markets on A
  • Roissy Films concludes sales on Martin Provost's Seraphine

    Roissy Films has concluded sales on Martin Provost's Seraphine; Arsenal Filmverleih take all rights in Germany, Austria and Switzerlandwith Austria goes to Filmladen releasing Seraphine in Austria and Xenix in Switzerland.Other recent sales on the film, which is based on the life of painter Seraphine de Senlis, include Cineplex in Colombia and Folkets Bio in Sweden. Roissy says that US, Argentine and Japanese buyers are circling.Among distributor
  • Screen opinion: Transparency is key issue for film

    The much-touted notion of recession-proof cinema can look like a bad joke for much of the business. The queues that have been exciting attention at theatres in large parts of the world are a million miles from the experience of most of the industry.There is little more than a passing acquaintance between blockbuster box-office success and the health of any given national industry, never mind individual producers.What limited degree of trickle-down exists from bo
  • South Korea: box office 2008

    Local films, which drive the South Korean box office, are struggling tofind an audience and look likely to finish the year with a market shareof less than 50%. Total admissions look set to be down to 133.8 millionfor the year to December 2, compared with 152.9 million for the wholeof 2007. The total box office to December 2 is $591.5m compared to$652.8m for the whole of 2007. As usual, the highest-grossing film is alocal title: The Good, The Bad, The Weird which to
  • Spain: box office 2008

    Spanish films struggled to hit their stride in 2008, with Alex de la Iglesia's English-language, UK-set thriller The Oxford Murders the most successful local film of the year at $10.2m (EUR8.1m). Paramount's Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skulltopped the charts with $26.4m (EUR20.9m). Admissions have plummeted,reaching 93.6 million to the end of November, co
  • Summit moves US release of Brothers Bloom from Dec to May 2009

    Summit Entertainment has pushed back the North American release of Rian Johnson's adventure romance The Brothers Bloom to 2009. The film was originally scheduled for an Oscar-qualifying run in Dec and an expansion on January 16 but has now been moved to a limited opening on May 15 that will expand wide on May 29.According to a statement issued by Summit, distribution chief Richie Fay made the move to avoid 'a glut of similar up
  • SXSW winning shorts to qualify for Academy Award consideration

    Winning short films at the South By Southwest Film Festival will qualify for consideration in the Oscar short films category.The winners will qualify without the standard theatrical run provided the film otherwise complies with Academy rules.The final deadline to submit a film for the 2009 South By Southwest Film Festival is December 12. The festival will announce its line-up in early February.
  • Tarantino to receive Legend Award at Capri, Hollywood festival

    Quentin Tarantino, currently racing to get his wartime action story Inglourious Basterds ready for a Cannes world premiere, will receive the 13th Capri, Hollywood - Honda International Film Festival's Capri Legend Award.'Quentin Tarantino is one of Hollywood's most prolific film-makers, revered and respected by the entertainment industry and movie a
  • The Black Balloon rises above the rest at Australian AFI awards

    The Black Balloon won best film at the 50th annual Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards in Melbourne. Producer Tristram Miall accepted the award, surrounded by many of his collaborators, several of whom had already been up on stage. They included Elissa Down, who won best director and best ori
  • The Day The Earth Stood Still

    Dir: Scott Derrickson. US. 2008. 105 mins.Rarely has an alien invasion (or the possible eradication of humanity) seemed less gripping than in The Day The Earth Stood Still, a sluggish reboot of the 1951 science-fiction classic starring Keanu Reeves as an ambassador for the invading extra terrestrials. Updating the 'message' from a call to end the Cold War to a cry to protect the environment, director Scott Derrickson positions his remake as an ungainly merger of
  • The Film Workshops International to open training centres in Europe

    The Film Workshops International (FWI), a media training company with training centres in the USA, will open new training centres in Europe in 2009.The FWI, established 30 years ago in the USA, has developed one-week workshops for writers, directors, actors, cinematographers, editors and producers to respond to developments in digital and new distribution platforms.Training centres will be opened in Liverpool in the UK and on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The new centres will
  • The UK's London Film School honours director Lynne Ramsay

    BAFTA-winning director Lynne Ramsay was made an honorary associate of the UK's London Film School at the school's annual graduation ceremony today. The ceremony took place at London's National Gallery today.Ben Gibson LFS Director said ' It's a great honour to count among the school's associates a filmmaker of the courage and individuality of Lynne Ramsay. Lynne's films are consistently what LFS aims to be -- distinctively and defiantly local -- and so truly int
  • Tim Connors named COO at Marvel Studios

    Tim Connors has been named Marvel Studios COO and will manage the company's day-to-day business affairs and transactions.Connors previously served as executive vice president of business affairs and operations since December 2006 and his in-tray includes managing a slate that includes Iron Man 2 on May 7 2010, Thor on July 16 2010, The First Avenger: Captain America
  • UK embraces 3D ahead of Avatar release

    With Avatar’s arrival in the UK imminent, ScreenDaily looks at which 3D films have made an impact in the territory.
  • UK: box office 2008

    It was going to be a big year even before Bond hit the screens.Year-to-date figures put UK admissions at 138 million to October 31, up0.1% on the same period in 2007, with box-office gross up 8.7% to$1.2bn (£821m). These figures only include the first day of Quantum Of Solace,which opened on October 31, and estimates put the UK on track tosurpass 2007's year-end total of £904.9m. With the exception of WarnerBros'
  • United Kingdom - Cult viewing

    Screening to acclaim at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival, documentary Three Miles North Of Molkom marks the feature debut of UK producer-directors Corinna McFarlane and Robert Cannan. The pair met on the 2005 UK film The Great Ecstasy Of Robert Carmichael (Cannan was assistant director and McFarlane assistant producer). "The film did well," says McFarlane. "But as a consequence of talking about the things we would do differently, we found an affinity."The
  • United Kingdom - New dimensions

    The first cinemas in Europe to use the new Imax digital projection system have opened in London: two Odeon multiplexes in Greenwich and Wimbledon feature in a partnership between the Odeon and UCI cinema chains and Imax.The retrofitted auditoria at the two sites can now show Imax digital and digital 3D presentations. These are the first in a 200-location Imax digital roll-out, and Odeon is investing $2.2m (£1.5m) in the digital cinema technology.The vote of confidence in the con
  • Untitled Sam Mendes comedy now has a name - Away We Go

    Focus Features has announced that Sam Mendes' upcoming contemporary comedy will be called Away We Go.The film follows the journey of an expectant couple as they travel the US in search of a place to put down roots and raise a family.John Krasinski from TV's The Office and Saturday Night Live cast regular Maya Rudolph star as the parents-to-be.
  • UTV to handle distribution of Disney releases in India

    Following news that the Walt Disney Co is taking a majority stake in India's UTV Software Communications, the two companies have announced that subsidiary UTV Motion Pictures will now exclusively handle sales and distribution of all Disney releases in India. The agreement begins January 1, 2009. Among the forthcoming titles are Bedtime Stories, Bolt and G Force. Disney will continue to handle its own marketing.'The combined offering of UTV and
  • Valkyrie

    Dir: Bryan Singer. US/Ger. 2008. 120 mins.
  • Wall-E ends Red Cliff's long run at the top of Japanese box office

    Pixar's Wall-E opened at the top of the Japanese box office this past weekend, dethroning John Woo's Red Cliff after five weeks at number one. Although films typically open on Saturdays, distributor Walt Disney released Wall-E on Friday (Dec 5) in Japan. Opening on 461 screens, Wall-E earned $4.84m (Y450m) on the weekend and $5.49m (Y510m) over the three-day period.Japan was the last remaining territory for release after Wall-E ea
  • Warlords wins best film anddirector at Golden Horse awards

    Peter Chan's Warlords secured best film and best director at this year's Golden Horse Awards held in Taiwan on Saturday night (Dec 6). Chan's epic was a frontrunner with twelve nominations this year, securing three including best visual effects. Taiwan blockbuster Cape No. 7, the second most nominated film with recognition in nine categories, only received minor awards including best supporting actor, best score and best original song.Th
  • Warner Bros signs three-picture deal with India's People Tree

    Warner Bros Pictures India has entered into a deal for the production and distribution of three films from Nikhil Advani and Mukesh Talreja's People Tree Films. Advani directed Warner's first Hindi production, Chandni Chowk To China, which is scheduled for release on Jan 16, 2009.The three-picture slate includes rom-com Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai directed by newcomer Milap Zaveri and starring Riteish Deshmukh, Jacqueline Fernandez and Ruslaan Mumt