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12 June 2009

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  • 2009 to kick-start 3D revolution in Japan

    The Japanese film industry has dubbed 2009 “year zero” for 3D with high-profile releases and new screens expected to finally kick-start local interest in the format.
  • Actress Meera Syal to host Trailblazers masterclass at EIFF

    Meera Syal, the actress and comedienne, will host a masterclass at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) as part of Skillset’s Trailblazers scheme.
  • Besson's Cite du Cinema to open in 2012

    Luc Besson’s long-gestating studio project is kicking into high gear. The Cite du Cinema (Cinema City) project - first discussed by Besson seven years ago - will break ground this year for a planned opening in the first trimester of 2012.
  • Call of the Roman empire

    Neil Marshall’s historical action thriller Centurion is the first in a wave of Romans-on-the-rampage projects to go into production. Sarah Cooper visits the set.
  • Canadian documentary-maker Allan King dies at 79

    Allan King, the veteran documentary-maker, has died aged 79 years old following a battle with brain cancer.
  • Chinese Stories

    Fresh off a prize win at Cannes for Spring Fever, controversial film-maker Lou Ye tells Liz Shackleton why any portrait of Chinese people in cinema also involves politics.
  • Danny Boyle signs three-year deal with Pathe and Fox

    British filmmaker Danny Boyle has signed a three-year deal with Fox Searchlight and Pathe Pictures. Under the terms of the agreement, Fox Searchlight and Pathe will co-finance and co-produce Boyle’s projects.
  • Delivering the goods

    With traditional film distribution in trouble, 10 industry players discuss new ways to reach audiences and make money.
  • Digital Britain: Key Proposals

    The highly-anticipated Digital Britain report has been unveiled and includes key proposals for the future of the licence fee, broadband and a potential tie-up between BBC Worldwide and Channel 4.
  • Easier With Practice wins top CineVegas prize

    Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s Easier With Practice won the 11th Annual CineVegas Film Festival’s grand jury prize as the festival came to a close on June 14.
  • Edinburgh: World Premieres

    Screen brings you stills and details on the upcoming world premieres at the Edinburgh International Film Festival June 17-28, 2009.
  • First-class post

    The nations’ facilities are a draw for international productions, says Matt Mueller.
  • Freestyle takes on US release of My One And Only

    Freestyle Releasing has struck a deal with production company Herrick Entertainment for the US theatrical release of My One and Only.
  • Ghent festival plans Asian focus including Anime exhibit

    The 36th Ghent International Film Festival (October 6-17) will have a continent-specific themed programme for the first time, focusing on Asia.
  • How to negotiate the net's legal minefield

    The future for film may be on the internet, but marketers and distributors who want to exploit it face a multitude of legal issues, says new-media lawyer Andrew Sparrow
  • Iranian film-maker Ghobadi released from prison

    Iranian Kurdish film-maker Bahman Ghobadi, whose film No One Knows About The Persian Cats opened the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival, has been released from an Iranian prison.
  • ISPs must cut filesharing by 70% over next year

    UK media watchdog Ofcom and internet service providers (ISPs) have been charged with cutting online piracy by 70% over the next year under plans revealed in the Digital Britain report today (June 16).
  • Joe Wright to head up Edinburgh’s Michael Powell jury

    Atonement and Pride And Prejudice director Joe Wright has been named as president of the Michael Powell jury for best British film at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).
  • Kwan to shoot Chinese musical in Shanghai

    Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan is gearing up to shoot Chinese-language musical Energy Behind The Heart (working title) in Shanghai, with a top-flight cast and crew including DoP Christopher Doyle.
  • Les Petits Mouchoirs  

    Every year a group of friends spend the month of August together at one of their holiday homes on the Cap Ferret. But this year, one member of the group is in a coma and as they pack their bags, the atmosphere is already tense.
  • Made in the UK, owned by the US

    During the BBC Films drinks reception in Cannes last month, I fell into a conversation with a UK film executive who told me her private hobbyhorse was to persuade Screen International to describe films such as the Harry Potter series or Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight as “British”.
  • Mary Dickinson and Charlene Fisher launch indie studio venture

    Entertainment finance and business development team Mary Dickinson and Charlene Fisher have launched DF Indie Studios, a talent-friendly enterprise with guaranteed US distribution.
  • Millennium: a new era for Europe

    Sweden’s Millennium Trilogy could mark a watershed moment in the way producers think about scoring a pan-continental hit - and it doesn’t involve thinking about the US market
  • Mumbai fest changes dates, increases prize money

    The International Film Festival of Mumbai has changed its dates and introduced a series of cash prizes totalling $200,000.
  • Nation building

    Boosted by significant pots of regional financing, thriving production hubs in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are increasingly tempting international film-makers away from London. Matt Mueller looks at what’s on offer.
  • Noyce draws Mixed Blood with Jackson thriller

    Phillip Noyce will direct Mixed Blood, which will co-star Samuel L Jackson.
  • Park Circus acquires UK rights to Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno

    Park Circus Films has acquired all UK rights for Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno from international sales company MK2.
  • Producer Stephen Woolley named as patron of EIFF Directors Lab

    Producer Stephen Woolley has been named as patron of the Directors Lab at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) for the second year running.
  • Quebec to introduce blanket 25% tax credit

    The province of Quebec has introduced an enhanced film and television production credit that will return 25% of all Quebec-based spending to foreign producers.
  • Rising stars take centre stage

    This week’s Edinburgh International Film Festival (June 17-28) is turning the spotlight on first-time UK film-makers.
  • ScreenDaily offers a free iPhone application

    ScreenDaily has launched a free iPhone application so readers can access the latest news and reviews from the international film business on the move.
  • Small Crime to open Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

    The third annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival will open on June 25 with Christos Georgiou’s Small Crime and close on June 28 with Alexis Kardaras’ Guinness.
  • Sony maintains overseas lead with Terminator, Angels & Demons

    Sony maintained its overseas lead as Terminator Salvation pulled off the sixth biggest weekend of the year with an estimated $44.5m haul that raised the tally to $141.1m while Angels & Demons eased past $300m.
  • Sony picks up Spanish drama Agallas amid wave of activity in Spain

    US studio Sony has taken Spanish distribution rights to Agallas from Spanish sales outfit Latido Films.
  • Spain gets 7 Minutos, Looking For Eric reaches the UK

    ScreenDaily takes a look at the local and independent openings in key markets this week.
  • Spanish film industry woos public with cheap cinema tickets

    Spain’s leading film industry association’s have joined forces to encourage people to go to the cinema rather than illegally downloading films.
  • The Hangover rages past $100m in ten days

    The Hangover kept everyone smiling at Warner Bros as the breakout hit held on to the number one spot in its second weekend and soared past $100m in a record ten days for an R-rated comedy.
  • The market paradox

    What does the growing conservatism among even specialist distributors mean for smaller sales agents with no obvious commercial fare and untested film-makers trying to break through?
  • The Other Bank awarded Grand Jury prize in Seattle

    George Ovashvili’s Georgian-Kazakh drama The Other Bank won the 35th Seattle International Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize as Barbara Schroeder’s US entry Talhotblond took documentary honours.
  • The Web Today

    Mar. 11An appreciation: Lena HorneThe ground-breaking actress, singer and activist dies aged 92Los Angeles Times
  • Tim Bevan confirmed as UKFC chairman

    Tim Bevan, co-founder and co-chairman of Working Title Films, has been appointed as chairman of the UK Film Council. He will take over from outgoing chief Stewart Till. 
  • Tout Ce Qui Brille

    Two sisters live on the other side of the bridge that separates them from Paris and will do anything to gain access to the glamorous world that is not their own. But, all that glitters….
  • UK comedy Huge starts shooting in London

    Huge, the directorial debut from British comedian Ben Miller, has started shooting in London.