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13 December 2013

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  • CineMart unveils 25 selections

    New projects from Peter Webber, Naomi Kawase [pictured], Alessandro Comodin, Eran Kolirin are in the 2014 selection.
  • 275 films entered for 2014 BAFTAs

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has released the list of entries for the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014.
  • 8 Minutes Idle confirms release after Kickstarter success

    EXCLUSIVE: Kickstarter fundraising paves the way for theatrical release after Revolver’s shuttering.
  • A24 to release Tusk

    The New York-based distributor will release Kevin Smith’s horror film backed by Demarest Films in the third quarter of 2014.
  • AARC teases Lakhdar-Hamina’s Crepuscule

    Algerian cultural agency AARC is showing first images of Mohamed Lakhdar-Hamina’s Crépuscule des Ombres at the Dubai Film Market.
  • Abu Dhabi's Shepheard joins Film London

    Former Abu Dhabi Film Commission executive David Shepheard has joined Film London’s inward investment team.
  • Academy names 114 scores for Oscars

    Senior executives at the Academy announced on Dec 12 that 114 scores have been submitted for the original score Oscar category.
  • AFI unveils best of 2013

    The American Film Institute has announced its 10 films of the year and TV programmes of the year.
  • Al Turki, Golubovich to launch film fund

    Saudi-born Hollywood producer Mohammed Al Turki is setting up a film fund, RAV Raw Artist Vision, with Russian producer Arcadiy Golubovich.
  • Aldamisa Int'l to sell Vivien

    Aldamisa International will commence pre-sales in the run-up to Berlin on the horror-romance Vivien Hasn’t Been Herself Lately. 
  • Alfons joins Mostafa’s A To B

    EXCLUSIVE: Egyptian comedian Shadi Alfons will join Saudi stand-up comic Fahad Albutairi in the cast of Emirati filmmaker Ali F Mostafa’s road film A To B, which starts shooting in February.
  • Alfonso Cuaron gives NFTS masterclass

    Director reveals inspiration behind Gravity to NFTS students.
  • Ari Folman plans Anne Frank animation

    Ari Folman, the Israeli director behind Waltz With Bashir and The Congress, is set to script and direct a family driven animation film based on Anne Frank’s life and diary.
  • Australian firms strike China film deal

    Agreements set to produce seven family features worth $78m.
  • Avatar trio confirmed for New Zealand

    New Zealand increasing financial incentives for international films.
  • Baftas: Brits putting on the glitz

    The EE British Academy Film Awards are a cornerstone of the awards season. Andreas Wiseman looks at how the Baftas keep a British flavour while growing globally.
  • Ballpark acquires Mariaci Gringo for UK

    Ballpark Film Distributors has acquired UK rights to comedy Mariachi Gringo and is planning a theatrical launch on May 30.
  • Becky named partner at Management 360

    Lainie Sorkin Becky has been promoted to partner at Management 360.
  • Berlin reveals competition titles

    ‘71, Life of Riley and Aloft selected. A Long Way Down, The Turning among Berlinale Special titles.
  • Berlin unveils first Generation titles

    Stuart Murdoch’s God Help the Girl among 12 films announced for next year’s Berlinale.
  • Berlin's Perspektive strand selects six

    The first six films for the 2014 Perspektive Deutsches Kino programme of the Berlinale include four feature films and two documentaries.
  • Bezucha to direct Priceless remake

    The Family Stone director to remake French hit for Umedia.
  • BFI: 7% stat misleading in healthy UK industry

    BFI chief executive Amanda Nevill and Film Fund head Ben Roberts talk about why the controversial 7% profitability statistic doesn’t reflect the full picture of UK film success.
  • BIFAs 2013

    Gallery of award-winners and guests at the 16th Moet British Independent Film Awards in London.
  • Blockbuster to close last UK stores

    DVD rental chain Blockbuster is to close down completely after failing to attract a buyer.
  • Borg exits Abu Dhabi’s twofour54

    Wayne Borg, chief commercial officer of Abu Dhabi’s twofour54, is leaving the government-backed organisation to relocate to his native Australia.
  • Bouchareb readies Enemy Way

    French-Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb is close to completing post-production on his upcoming drama Enemy Way, starring Forest Whitaker and Harvey Keitel.
  • Box Office: Finding the funny

    With Anchorman 2 about to start its international roll-out, Ian Sandwell looks at the performance of comedies at the box office in 2013 and examines the prospects for Ron Burgundy’s return.
  • Broken Circle Breakdown wins EU's Lux Prize

    Three shortlisted films for the European Parliament prize have been on seven week Europe-wide tour.
  • C Plus casts The Confines

    Production has wrapped in New York on C Plus Pictures’ psychological thriller starring Louisa Krause, Jason Patric and Mark Margolis. Arclight handles international sales.
  • Captain Phillips: High seas adventure

    Jeremy Kay talks to the team behind Captain Phillips about the challenges and rewards of recreating a real-life drama for the big screen.
  • Catching Fire adds $43m int'l

    UPDATED DEC 10: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire generated a confirmed $42.9m through 83 Lionsgate international markets in its third weekend to push the running total to $340.6m. The global tally has reached $673.4m.
  • Champ Of The Camp

    Dir: Mahmoud Kaabour. UAE-Lebanon-Qatar. 2013. 75mins
  • Charlotte Mickie to depart eOne

    The executive vice-president of eOne Films International is leaving the company in mid-January 2014 as top brass announced they were launching the division Séville International.
  • Christine Langan, BBC Films

    Wendy Mitchell talks to BBC Films head Christine Langan about its upcoming slate of projects and establishing a creative hub of writers, directors, producers and actors to deliver outstanding content.
  • CinefestOZ launches $100,000 prize

    Australian films and co-productions are eligible, if they have not had a theatrical release locally.
  • Coote, Tan launch Dragonslate

    Former Village Roadshow Pictures CEO Greg Coote and Malaysian producer Leon Tan have launched DragonSlate Media.
  • Coppolas to adapt Fairyland

    American Zoetrope announced today that it has acquired feature rights to Alysia Abbott’s memoir Fairyland: A Memoir Of My Father.
  • Creativity Capital cash-flows croc horror

    London investment firm Creativity Capital has made its first production commitment since teaming with venture capital fund SMI, cash-flowing the tax credit on The Hatching.
  • Dabis to make Arabic debut with Mother-in-Law

    EXCLUSIVE: Palestinian American filmmaker Cherien Dabis is set to adapt Suad Amiry’s Sharon And My Mother-in-Law, a humorous account of life in Ramallah during the Second Intifada. It will be her first feature set in the West Bank and in Arabic.
  • Danish critics orgasmic for Nymphomaniac

    The Danish Film Critics are paying tribute to Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac in a very special way.
  • DayDream developing docs slate

    Mohamed Samir’s DayDream Art Production is developing a slate of documentaries and short films to follow its debut feature, Mohamed Khan’s Factory Girl, which premiered at DIFF last night.
  • DFTC report: need for more incentives

    The Middle East film and TV industries need more film incentives, a bigger talent pool and a reliable TV ratings system in order to be able to compete on an international level, according to a white paper released at DIFF this week.
  • DIFF winners take short cut to Oscars

    Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has been granted status as a qualifying film festival in the eligibility criteria for the short film category of the Academy Awards.
  • DIFF: docs growing in strength

    A strong line-up of documentaries including Mahmoud Kaabour’s Champ Of The Camp and Jehane Noujaim’s The Square, about the Egyptian revolution, were attracting as much critical and public attention as the dramas at this year’s DIFF, highlighting the growing strengh of factual filmmaking in the region.
  • Distributors: Screen battles

    Distributors throughout the MENA region face a spectacular range of challenges, including a lack of screens, curfews and soaring piracy. Melanie Goodfellow profiles the major players.
  • Dubai Docs: Let the real world in

    The pilot Dubai Docs programme (Dec 10-12) is turning the spotlight on creative documentaries to help train film-makers in how to pitch and raise the finance for their projects. Louise Tutt reports.
  • Dubai Film Connection hands out prizes

    The Dubai Film Connection (DFC) handed out $115,000 in prize money on Thursday night, including the top three prizes of $25,000 which went to Ahmed Ibrahim’s Kharouf (Egypt), Leyla Bouzid’s God Protect My Daughter (Tunisia) and Ghada Terawi’s The Forgotten (Palestine).
  • Dubai Film Market enjoys growth spurt

    The Dubai Film Market (DFM) enjoyed one of its buzziest editions to date this year, with a big increase in screenings, deals and meetings.
  • Eastwood, Malick, Aronofsky fight Iceland film cuts

    As the Icelandic Film Fund is battling proposed government cuts of 40% for 2014, a group of filmmakers has signed a statement of support for the Icelandic industry.
  • EC's Vassiliou sets out 2014 agenda

    Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, and Youth, has outlined key elements of her agenda for the European audiovisual industry in 2014.
  • Edinburgh to boost prize money

    EXCLUSIVE: EIFF to significantly boost prize money, introduce a documentary award and double the number of galas.
  • EFO Films opens Dubai office

    US producer-financier Emmett Furla Oasis Films (EFO Films) has opened an office in Dubai and will shoot two productions in the region within the next 18 months.
  • Egypt: Face forward

    A new generation of Egyptian film-makers are at DIFF to showcase the films they are making despite - or perhaps thanks to - the ongoing upheaval at home. Melanie Goodfellow reports.
  • El-Batout’s Cat heads to Paris for post

    Egyptian director Ibrahim el-Batout’s human organ-trafficking thriller The Cat will go into post-production at Paris-based Knightworks in January.
  • English National Opera strikes distribution deal

    Agreement with Altive Media will include a production from director Terry Gilliam.
  • European Film Awards 2013

    Gallery of winners and guests at the 26th EFAs in Berlin.
  • Factory Girl

    Dir: Mohamed Khan. Egypt-UAE. 2013. 92mins
  • Film London finds new drama spaces

    Film and media agency Film London has identified 1.25 million sq ft of alternative stage space in the capital in a bid to satisfy growing demand.
  • Filmi financing Martyr, Dolphins

    Dubai-based film funding initiative Filmi is financing Emirati animated feature Martyr Of The Flag and Waleed Al Shehhi’s IWC Filmmaker Award winner Dolphins.
  • FindAnyFilm teams with PlayStation

    VoD service has secured a new partnership with PlayStation.
  • First Channel swimmer biopic wraps

    Justin Hardy’s feature about the first man to swim the English Channel shot on location in Dover and London.
  • FIRST IMAGE: The Inbetweeners Movie 2

    First look at the boys on set.
  • Fleifel to kick off Oscar bid on Aflamnah

    Danish-Palestinian filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel is set to launch a crowd-funding campaign on Dubai-based platform Aflamnah this January to finance a 2015 Oscar race bid with his award-winning documentary A World Not Ours.
  • Foodie delights in Berlin

    The Berlinale’s Culinary Cinema strand is taking to the streets.
  • Front Row, KNCC take Helmy project

    EXCLUSIVE: In a ground-breaking deal, the Kuwait National Cinema Company (KNCC) and Dubai-based Front Row Filmed Entertainment have jointly acquired worldwide rights to popular Egyptian comedian Ahmed Helmy’s next film.
  • Frozen extinguishes Catching Fire at UK box office

    Disney’s animation debuts top with $7.7m (£4.7m); Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire surpasses The Hunger Games’ final UK result.
  • Frozen skates to top on $32m

    Heading into the holidays Buena Vista’s animation climbed one place to the pinnacle of the North American charts on an estimated $31.6m for $134.3m. Inside Llewyn Davis arrived on a superb limited debut.
  • Full Moon Night gets greenlight

    Tunisian director Fares Naanaa’s A Full Moon Night, winner of the top Dubai Film Connection (DFC) prize last year, will start shooting in February 2014.
  • George MacKay among Shooting Stars

    The star of How I Live Now and For Those In Peril will be feted at the Berlinale alongside stars of Waltz for Monica, Kon-Tiki and Beyond the Hills among others.
  • German-French fund backs Pitts, Sokurov

    New films by Rafi Pitts [pictured], Alexander Sokurov, Benoit Jacquot and Volker Schlöndorff are among 12 projects backed by the German-French “Mini-Traité” Co-production Fund in 2013 with a total of over €3m.
  • Golden Globes: nominees react

    GOLDEN GLOBES: Cinema’s leading lights express gratitude, surprise
  • Good Films takes Nymphomaniac

    Italian distributor Good Films has acquired Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac from TrustNordisk.
  • Granier-Deferre replaces Goligher at iFeatures

    Christopher Granier-Deferre succeeds Tristan Goligher who is currently overseeing post-production and delivery on films previously greenlit under the scheme.
  • Greenlight Films planning genre trio

    EXCLUSIVE: Emirati director-actor Abdullah Aljunaibi’s Greenlight Films is planning a slate of three genre films, kicking off with action thriller Run, which is scheduled to start shooting in March, 2014.  
  • HanWay promotes Mark Lane, Westerhoff departs

    EXCLUSIVE: Lane promoted to head of sales for specialty arm HanWay Select, Fabien Westerhoff departs.
  • Her

    Dir/scr: Spike Jonze. US. 2013. 120mins
  • Hobbit 2 scores $135m int'l launch

    UPDATE: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug brought in $135.4m — some $4m higher than initial weekend estimates — from Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) and select MGM markets as the global haul reached $209m on opening weekend.
  • Hobbit 2 storms to $85m global BO

    The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug pulled in a further $29.3m on Friday (December 13) and more than 3m admissions from 15,950 screens in 49 markets.
  • Hobbit 2 triumphs despite Korean distribution discord

    In South Korea, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug topped the box office its opening weekend in spite of discord between local distributor Warner Brothers Korea and exhibitors CJ CGV and Lotte Cinema about profit sharing.
  • Hobbit desolates UK buzz chart rivals

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug leads this week’s Way to Blue UK Movie Buzz Chart.
  • Hobbit, Anchorman battle for UK buzz

    Anchorman 2 leads new openers in Way to Blue’s UK buzz chart this week, while The Hobbit is still leading overall chart.
  • Holland: Europe's “mental Iron Curtain”

    A “mental Iron Curtain” has formed between Western and Eastern Europe, according to Polish film director Agnieszka Holland.
  • Hollywood Classics inks Miramax deal

    EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Classics to licence more than 250 titles from Miramax library.
  • Hoop Dreams to screen at Sundance

    Festival top brass will mark the 20th anniversary of Steve James’ celebrated basketball documentary with a screening in From The Collection.
  • Hot projects on Screenbase

    New films on Screenbase this week include Absolutely Anything starring Simon Pegg alongside the reunited Monty Pythons team, as well as a new Ari Folman animation based on Anne Frank’s life and diary.
  • Hubert Bals Fund reveals 14 projects

    Harmony Lessons director Emir Baigazin and Uncle Boomee… director Apichatpong Weerasethakul among those selected by the Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) to receive grants for post production and for script and project development.
  • Imaginarium wraps Assaf’s Curve

    Jordanian director Rifqi Assaf is in post-production on his debut feature The Curve, co-produced by Jordan’s The Imaginarium Films and Egypt’s Film Clinic.
  • Indie generation plans to make Alexandria great

    Cairo may be the traditional hub for the cinema industry in Egypt but an independent scene is also growing in the country’s second city of Alexandria.
  • Joan Collins, Pauline Collins to lead comedy road-movie

    EXCLUSIVE: Franco Nero, lyricist Tim Rice, designer Eve Stewart also attached to Roger Goldby project.
  • Kaleidoscope moves into The Square

    The Oscar-shortlisted film will be released in July 2014.
  • Kaouther Ben Hania, Challat Of Tunis

    Louise Tutt talks to the Tunisian writer and director about her second feature, which screened in the Arab Muhr Feature Competition at DIFF.
  • Keanu Reeves, Man Of Tai Chi

    Keanu Reeves talks to Screen about his directorial debut, the joys of playing a villain and his love of martial arts in film. 
  • Khan to star in Fan for Yash Raj

    India’s Yash Raj Films has announced that Shahrukh Khan will star in its upcoming tentpole picture Fan.
  • Kiarostami to give Cartagena masterclass

    Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami will give a masterclass at the 54th edition of the International Film Festival of Cartagena de Indias –FICCI.
  • Korean box office breaks 200m record

    South Korea’s box office has topped a record 200 million admissions, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) integrated ticketing website.
  • LAFCA honours Gravity, Her

    Warner Bros duo share top prize from Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
  • Laila Marrakchi, Rock The Casbah

    The Moroccan filmmaker talks to Geoffrey Macnab about her new family drama, which received a gala screening at DIFF.
  • Latido picks up Seed

    Latido Films has acquired international rights at Ventana Sur to Colombian director Felipe Cano Ibañez’s upcoming debut La Semila Del Silencio (The Seed Of Silence).
  • Like Father, Like Son wins APFF awards

    Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Like Father, Like Son won best film and best director at the 56th Asia Pacific Film Festival (APFF), which wrapped in Macau on Sunday night (Dec 15).  
  • Lionsgate picks up Zealot

    Lionsgate has acquired film rights to Dr Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life And Times Of Jesus of Nazareth.
  • London's new exhibition network to award £200,000 per year

    A new network of film exhibitors has called for membership to help expand film culture in London and boost audiences.
  • Mahmoud Kaabour, Champ of the Camp

    The Lebanese filmmaker talks to Liz Shackleton about his documentary, which premiered at DIFF.
  • Make-up, hairstyling Oscars shortlist

    Academy hierarchy announced on December 14 that seven films remain in contention for the make-up and hairstyling Oscar.
  • Malick producer unveils Country Called Home

    Terrence Malick producer to team with award-winning musician Ryan Bingham on comedy-drama, set to star Imogen Poots.
  • Marking doc to probe Tamim murder

    EXCLUSIVE: UK filmmaker Havana Marking is developing a new documentary about the brutal murder of Lebanese pop star Suzanne Tamim in Dubai in 2008.
  • Medwyn Jones moves to Wiggin

    Bafta trustee Medwyn Jones is leaving Harbottle & Lewis after more than 20 years to join media law firm Wiggin’s film and TV group.
  • Memento picks up Aractingi’s Heritages

    Memento Films International (MFI) has picked up Philippe Aractingi’s creative documentary Heritages, which is screening in DIFF’s Muhr Arab Documentary competition.
  • Metermann quits Global Screen for Odeon Film

    Britta Meyermann joins German independent production company.
  • Metro Manila wins top BIFA

    Other winners included actors James McAvoy and Lindsay Duncan, For Those In Peril director Paul Wright and Blue is the Warmest Colour.
  • Metrodome acquires Attila Marcel

    EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor also secures Big Sur, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, Almost Human, Enter Nowhere and The Battery.
  • Miami Jewish fest unveils line-up

    When Comedy Went to School will open the 17th annual Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF), set to run from January 23-February 3 2014.
  • Middle West prepares for Madness

    Egyptian filmmaker Wael Omar is developing a sequel to his documentary, In Search Of Oil And Sand, which captured the lives of Egypt’s elite at the moment of Gamel Abdel Nasser’s coup d’état in 1952, entitled Madness At Noon.
  • Mirror preps Eileen Atkins’ Virginia Woolf biopic

    EXCLUSIVE: Atkins develops feature with UK outfit Mirror Productions, first film to shoot in 2014.
  • Mohamed Khan, Factory Girl

    Liz Shackleton talks to Mohamed Khan about his romantic drama, which received a gala screening at DIFF.
  • Montana sells to 14 markets

    EXCLUSIVE: Salt inks multi-territory deal with eOne for action-thriller starring Lars Mikkelsen and Michelle Fairley.
  • Mostofa S. Farooki, Ant Story

    After winning a special mention last year for Television, the Bangladeshi filmmaker returns to DIFF with Ant Story.
  • Mother, I Love You sells to India

    Latvia’s candidate for the Oscars picked up for all rights distribution.
  • New Century plans Décor with Abdalla

    EXCLUSIVE: Cairo-based New Century Production is putting together an ambitious six-picture slate featuring some of Egypt’s leading veteran and independent filmmakers, including the next project from Rags And Tatters director Ahmad Abdalla.
  • New Europe Coalition planned

    A coalition of film professionals from the EU’s new Member States is likely to be one of the results of the Audiovisual Summit in Warsaw this week.
  • NFTS, Sky launch digital content course

    The UK’s National Film And Television School (NFTS) is teaming with pay-TV broadcaster Sky to create a new course called digital content & formula which will provide a job for one graduate at Sky.       
  • Numbers up at Singapore market

    The second combined ScreenSingapore/Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) event wrapped with organisners at Reed Exhibitions saying attendance numbers were up by the second day of the three-day event.
  • Omar wins best film at APSAs

    Omar, set in the occupied West Bank, has won best film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSAs).
  • Omar, Ilo Ilo win top prizes at DIFF

    Hany Abu-Assad’s Omar won best film in the Muhr Arab feature competition at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), while Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo won best film in the Muhr AsiaAfrica section.
  • Online channels: The YouTube generation

    Young Arab film-makers and audiences are turning to the web to create and watch relevant, stimulating content - bypassing television altogether. Melanie Goodfellow reports on the exciting online prospects ahead.
  • Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis

    Oscar Isaac is one of 2013’s breakout stars for his role as the titular conflicted musician in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. He talks to Jeremy Kay.
  • Palestine: Expressions of hope

    Despite huge challenges, Palestinian film-makers, led by Hany Abu-Assad and Annemarie Jacir, are taking the international festival circuit by storm. Melanie Goodfellow reports.
  • Palm Springs honours Nyong’o

    Lupita Nyong’o, tipped for an Oscar for her supporting role in 12 Years A Slave, will receive the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Breakthrough Performance Award.
  • Palm Springs: World champions

    As the Palm Springs International Film Festival (Jan 3-13) marks 25 years of bringing the best global cinema to California, Jeremy Kay discovers how it has become a key staging post in the awards season.
  • Pantelion, Indomina strike deal

    Pantelion Films, the feted joint venture between Lionsgate and Mexico’s Grupo Televisa, has signed a multi-picture agreement with Dominican Republic-based Indomina Media to co-finance and distribute films.
  • Parkes/MacDonald options Denial

    Parkes/MacDonald Productions has acquired feature film and television rights to League Of Denial: The NFL, Concussions And The Battle For Truth.
  • PGA to honour Fruitvale Station

    Ryan Coogler’s feature directorial debut will receive Producers Guild Of America’s 2014 Stanley Kramer Award.
  • Physician producers open to sequels

    Beta sells other territories on the film based on Noah Gordon’s trilogy of books.
  • Pillow Secrets

    Dir/scr: Jillali Ferhati. Morocco-Qatar. 2013. 87mins
  • Production over on He Never Died

    Shooting has concluded in Toronto on Alternate Ending Studio’s He Never Died starring Henry Rollins. 108 Media handles world sales.
  • PSIFF to spotlight Canada

    Top brass at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) have announced a new programme on Canadian Cinema as well as the traditionally strong roster of foreign-language films eligible for the FIPRESCI Award in the Awards Buzz section, and Modern Masters. 
  • Railway Man's UK release pushed back

    Lionsgate moves drama starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, avoiding clash with Mandela biopic.
  • Remstar picks up Drones

    The Canadian distributor brokered the deal with Voltage Pictures, which produced the Andrew Niccol film and handles international sales.
  • Reynor, Colette lead Barrett’s Glassland

    Transformers star Jack Reynor, Toni Colette, Will Poulter, Michael Smiley aboard Element Pictures drama.
  • Rotterdam confirms Bright Future, Spectrum selections

    Picks include the latest documentary from Ai Weiwei [pictured].
  • Rotterdam names first competition films

    First five films selected for the Hivos Tiger Awards announced.
  • Saratov to expand nationwide

    Saratov Films, Three Coin Productions and Purdie Distribution announced on December 10 they will expand the limited run of the thriller.
  • SBIFF names Virtuoso honourees

    Seven actors will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s annual Virtuosos Award.
  • Screen Australia backs 15 features

    Two music-themed films and a love story from The Rocket director Kim Mordaunt are among the 15 features to secure new development money from Screen Australia.
  • Screen December 13 2013

    Browse the latest edition of Screen International here…
  • Screen partners on NFTS 2014 Gala

    Baroness Floella Benjamin [pictured] will chair the event, which is about improving diversity.
  • Searchlight boosts 'Slave' release

    Fox Searchlight is to boost the number of US screens showing 12 Years A Slave in January.
  • Selling Isobel casts up

    Matthew Marsden and Alyson Stoner have joined the thriller Selling Isobel.
  • Set report: Trash

    Stephen Daldry’s Trash built an enormous dump filled with fake rubbish. Martin Blaney visited the set on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Siberia, Mon Amour wins BIFF

    In other major awards handed out at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Jono Oliver’s Home (US) won the Spirit Of Freedom: Narrative prize and Nicolas Cuellar’s Cast The First Stone (US) took corresponding documentary honours.The Short Film prize went to Live - Vivre (Guadeloupe-Martinique) from MJ Maharaki while the 2013 BIFF Audience Award was presented to John Burgess’ One Small Hitch (US).This year the festival showcases 108 films from
  • Siddarth triumphs at SAIFF

    Richie Mehta’s Siddharth took home South Asian International Film Festival’s grand jury prize at the event’s awards gala on December 7 in New York.
  • Simon Pegg joins Pythons in sci-fi comedy

    Directed by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, Absolutely Anything features the voices of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Robin Williams.
  • Skillset awards funds to LFS

    The new home of the London Film School has secured its first tranche of funding from Creative Skillset.
  • Skyfall, Expendables co-producers team

    EXCLUSIVE: Newly minted UK production outfits Magnetik and Reelart to produce original comedy script.
  • Slamdance lines up shorts, specials

    Festival heads announced on December 9 the Special Screenings, Beyond and Shorts programmes for the 20th anniversary event.
  • Slave leads London Critics nominations

    Other multiple nominees include Philomena, Blue Jasmine, Filth, Gravity and The Wolf of Wall Street
  • 'Slave' leads SAG nominations

    12 Years A Slave leads this year’s SAG nominations with four nods followed by August: Osage County, Dallas Buyers Club and Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
  • Slave, American Hustle lead Golden Globes nominations

    Other films to secure multiple nominations include Nebraska, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Her, Philomena and Inside Llewyn Davis.
  • Spider-Man 2 gets IMAX treatment

    Superhero sequel to be remastered in IMAX 3D.
  • Stable Unstable

    Dir/scr: Mahmoud Hojeij. Lebanon-Qatar. 2013. 87mins
  • Steve McQueen: UK industry 'hugely behind' on diversity

    12 Years a Slave director says British executives need to be held accountable for lack of diversity.
  • Storyville orders Daisy Asquith doc

    EXCLUSIVE: Storyville, Irish Film Board commission is first production from Alan Maher at Roads Entertainment.
  • Summit dates film trio

    Summit Entertainment’s Step Up All In will open in 3D through Lionsgate on July 25 2014.
  • Sundance unveils Premieres

    Festival top brass announced on December 9 the Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections.
  • Sundance unveils shorts line-up

    Rose McGowan’s directorial debut Dawn and The Lion’s Mouth Opens by Lucy Walker are among 66 shorts set to premiere in Park City in January.
  • Sundance USA titles announced

    The Sundance Institute hierarchy announced on December 12 the nine films from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival that will screen in independent theatres across the country on January 30.
  • Ted Hope to lead Viewster fest jury

    Viewster festival will offer total prize money of $100,000.
  • The Class Of '92

    Dirs: Benjamin Turner, Gabe Turner. UK. 2103. 99mins
  • The Exchange options Girls

    CEO Brian O’Shea announced on December 13 the company has optioned screen rights to How To Pick Up Girls.
  • The Great Beauty wins top EFA

    Other winners included Love Is All You Need, The Act of Killing, The Congress and The Broken Circle Breakdown.
  • The Mice Room

    Dirs/scr: Ahmed Magdy Morsy, Hend Bakr, Mayye Zayed, Mohamad El-Hadidi, Mohamed Zedan, Nermeen Salem. Egypt-UAE. 2013. 85mins
  • The Price Of Desire wraps

    EXCLUSIVE: Principal photography has wrapped on Mary McGuckian’s The Price Of Desire, about modernist designer Eileen Gray.
  • The problem with the 7% stat

    Producer Ken Marshall responds to the recent BFI statistics and calls for more support for the UK’s independent producers.
  • UAE box office: Riding to the rescue

    Hollywood films of every stripe can take the UAE box office at a canter. But specialist titles, except for Bollywood films, tend to fall at the first hurdle and are increasingly pinning their hopes on VoD. Colin Brown reports.
  • UK police close 40 ‘pirate’ sites

    Websites accused of piracy have been suspended this week as part of a new initiative by police in the UK.
  • VoD player icflix targets film production

    The MENA region’s first online streaming media service, icflix, which launched last summer, has already started reading scripts with a view to producing as many as eight Arab-language movies a year intended for theatrical release.
  • VoD: How to triple the gross

    Premium video-on-demand is beginning to help independent and local film-makers find an audience in a region dominated by free-to-air broadcasters and internet portals. Colin Brown reports.
  • Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie

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  • Wanda, Arts Alliance Media ink deal

    Software from Arts Alliance Media will manage Wanda Cinema Line’s cinema screens in its new build sites in China.
  • Warner Bros selects UK young talent

    Scholars, apprentices and trainees selected for first year of investment in UK creative industries’ skills and training.
  • Way To Blue reshuffles top level

    Global communications agency promotes Marc Berry Reid to chief operating officer and Daniel Heale to chief client officer.
  • Welsh talent receives funding boost

    Emerging Welsh film talent is set to receive support from a new fund.
  • Westerhoff joins sales outfit WestEnd

    Former HanWay exec joins as head of sales from January 2014.
  • WGAW to honour Thomas S Cook

    The late writer of The China Syndrome and an active member of the Guild will be posthumously awarded the 2014 Morgan Cox Award in recognition of his service.
  • What we've learned from the SAG and Globes noms

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  • When life interrupts art

    The timing couldn’t have been more surreal — it was during the December 5 Royal Film Performance of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom that Nelson Mandela’s death was confirmed.
  • Wolfe boards Mankind's Anna

    George C Wolfe has come on to direct Mankind Entertainment’s adaptation of playwright Nilo Cruz’s Broadway hit Anna In The Tropics.
  • XYZ acquires The Dead Lands

    XYZ Films has picked up world rights excluding Australia and New Zealand to the upcoming New Zealand-set action thriller featuring traditional Maori hand-to-hand combat.
  • Z for Zachariah heads to New Zealand

    Chris Pine, Amanda Seyfried and Chewitel Ejiofor to star in Craig Zobel’s thriller.