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13 June 2013

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  • BAFTA, Sargent-Disc pact for Filmmakers’ Market

    UK event for budding filmmakers includes a directors masterclass and a session on crowdfunding.
  • After Earth edges out Fast 6

    UPDATED JUN 10: In a close contest for international box office supremacy Sony’s After Earth overcame Universal’s Fast & Furious 6 as a confirmed $45.8m prevailed over a confirmed $43.2m — while Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 crossed $800m internationally.
  • After Earth tops UK box office

    Sony’s sci-fi starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith scores $3.5m (£2.25m) debut to dethrone The Hangover Part III; eOne’s Behind the Candelabra debuts with $797,000 (£512,604) from 131 sites.
  • Agyness Deyn starts shoot for Electricity

    Principal photography has started on Electricity, starring Agyness Deyn [pictured], Lenora Crichlow, Christian Cooke, Paul Anderson, Tom Georgeson and Alice Lowe.
  • Amazon unveils Storyteller tool

    Amazon has launched a free online tool that enables writers and filmmakers to quickly turn their scripts into storyboards.
  • American Dreams in China hits big

    Peter Ho-Sun Chan’s American Dreams In China has posted more than 9.7m admissions in China, crossing the equivalent of $82m in the territory.
  • BAFTA voters get extra week for noms

    BAFTA nominations are to be announced on January 8, 2014.
  • Barroso labelled "dangerous" for Euro culture

    The European film industry and European Commission (EC) at loggerheads over the question of the “cultural exception”, as director Costa-Gavras and The Artist actress Bérénice Bejo weighed in to the debate.
  • BBC3 doc initiative goes multiplatform

    BBC3 new documentary director initiative Fresh is being extended online and will now acccept short form documentaries.
  • Berlinale Residency launches second round

    The international Berlinale Residency fellowship programme is inviting six filmmakers with their latest film projects to Berlin to finalise their screenplays, and develop production and distribution strategies.
  • Blue Zoo taps into Skillset Fund

    Creative Skillset has announced that animation production company Blue Zoo has become the first company to co-invest in its Skills Investment Fund, which is matched pound for pound by the UK government.
  • Bradford ties with Bollywood school

    BFI hosts launch of Bradford-Whistling Woods International Film School.
  • Britdoc launches Euro film fund

    Britdoc has unveiled a new fund open to independent documentary filmmakers across Europe – and revealed the first two recipients.
  • British delegation heads to Shanghai

    The British Council, in partnership with the BFI, is supporting an increased presence for British film at the Shanghai International Film Festival (June 15-23).
  • Buyers download Boermans' App

    EXCLUSIVE: Highpoint secures deals on Bobby Boermans’ interactive thriller.
  • Cinelabs acquires Bucks Media Services

    David Webb has been appointed as European sales director for the group.  
  • Compromise possible for AV sector in EU-US talks

    France may be stopped from using its veto to stop free-trade talks beginning soon with the US.
  • Conjuring to screen at LAFF

    Festival top brass announced the line-up addition on Monday [10] and said the New Line horror film would play as a special screening. The film received its world premiere on Sunday [9] at the Nocturna International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain.
  • Content secures Milius rights; StudioCanal takes UK

    Content Film has snapped up international sales rights (excluding Spain) to a documentary about John Milius, the director of Conan the Barbarian and screenwriter behind Apocalypse Now.
  • Davis to head production administration at Columbia

    Andrew Z Davis has been named president of production administration at Columbia Pictures, replacing Gary Martin, who retires after overseeing production on more than 600 films and serving 51 years in the industry – 32 of them at Columbia.
  • Debbie Tucker Green wraps shoot for Second Coming

    Nadine Marshall and Idris Elba star in London-set family drama.
  • Disney sets Mr Banks for Dec 13

    Buena Vista will open the awards season hopeful Saving Mr Banks in limited release on Dec 13, one week earlier than initially announced.
  • Dolby, Regal unveil Atmos deal

    Dolby and Regal Entertainment Group will announce on Friday morning [14] that the exhibitor has installed Dolby Atmos in 20 of its large-screen RPX: Regal Premium Experience theatres in time for the launch of Man Of Steel.
  • Domestic

    Dir/scr.: Adrian Sitaru. Romania. 2013. 85mins
  • Doppelgänger bites into Evil

    EXCLUSIVE: Doppelgänger Releasing has acquired North American rights from FilmSharks International to the Greek zombie horror Evil: In The Time Of Heroes.
  • Drafthouse, Films We Like enter Congress

    Drafthouse Films and Films We Like have jointly acquired North American rights to Ari Folman’s follow-up to Waltz With Bashir.
  • Echo Lake Management staffs up

    Dave Brown and Zadoc Angell have joined Echo Lake Entertainment division Echo Lake Management.
  • EFA masterclass to spotlight animation

    The European Film Academy’s masterclass will this year will focus on animation.
  • Elba to produce Caton-Jones drama

    Idris Elba [pictured] will be one of the producers of new UK feature One Square Mile.
  • eOne to acquire US brand agency Art Impressions

    Entertainment One (eOne) is expanding its licensing business by announcing plans to acquire US-based brand and licensing agency Art Impressions, led by founder and owner Cindy Bailey.
  • Epstein rises at Arclight Films

    Arclight Films has promoted Clay Epstein to svp of sales and acquisitions.
  • Fantasia unveils Off-Frontières line-up

    Selection includes three projects from Québec and the latest projects from Josh Johnson and Boris Rodriguez [pictured].
  • Film tax avoidance scheme closed

    A film tax avoidance scheme which routed profits of a tax advisory business through employee benefit trusts has been closed by a tribunal.
  • FilmDistrict pays $10m for US rights to Rocketman

    Rocket Pictures and Icon/AI Film’s red-hot Cannes market project about the life of Elton John has found its US home, sources confirmed to Screendaily on Wednesday evening [12]. Good Universe handles international sales and introduced to buyers on the Croisette.
  • FilmDistrict sets Selfess date

    FilmDistrict top brass announced on Wednesday [12] they will release the upcoming thriller Selfless starring Ryan Reynolds wide in the US on Sept 26, 2014.
  • Financier not guilty in Revolver case

    CORRECTED: UK financier and actor found not guilty of harassment.
  • Flanders fund backs 20 films with €5m

    Former Oscar winner Mike van Diem’s The Surprise and BBC backed series The White Queen [pictured] are among the recipients in the first funding round from the new Screen Flanders economic fund.
  • FrightFest to open with The Dead 2: India

    Genre festival to close with Big Bad Wolves.
  • Full Circle trials 360º iPhone film

    An interactive iPhone film that allows viewers to browse a scene panoramically has been produced by 360º video specialist Full Circle.
  • Future Leaders 2012 Cannes reunion

    A group of Screen’s 2012 Future Leaders of Sales and Acquisitions had an informal reunion in Cannes at Canvas on the beach.
  • Harmony Lessons tops Seattle awards

    Emir Baigazin’s Harmony Lessons won the 39th Seattle International Film Festival’s Best New Director grand jury prize on Sunday [9] as top brass handed out jury and audience awards.
  • Hart earns EBHE senior stripes

    Nathan Hart has been named president of Echo Bridge Home Entertainment (EBHE) and will oversee all financial, sales, operations and acquisitions decisions.
  • Heather Croall, Sheffield Doc/Fest

    The 20th Sheffield Doc/Fest promises to be one of its biggest and most “mind-blowing” to date, festival director Heather Croall tells Michael Rosser.
  • Hercules shoot gets underway

    Shooting has commenced in Budapest, Hungary, on MGM and Paramount’s adventure starring Dwayne Johnson. Brett Ratner directs.
  • IMAX, Disney plot Ranger roll-out

    Upcoming Disney release The Lone Ranger is to be digitally remastered and released in IMAX in select markets including the UK and Japan on Aug 2.
  • Indiegogo moves Chuck forward

    Following a successful crowdfund raise, production will kick off this summer on Chuck Hank And The San Diego Twins, the follow-up from the filmmakers behind Sundance 2011 hit Bellflower.
  • Jason Weiss named Myriad svp production

    The executive will oversee a slate that includes the recently announced Jessica Alba drama Weightless, action thriller Caught Stealing with Patrick Wilson and Alec Baldwin and comedy Guidance starring Seann William Scott and Leslie Bibb.
  • Level K ignites Rocket sales

    Kim Mordaunt’s Tribeca and Berlinale winner The Rocket has been snapped up in the UK and Middle East among others.
  • Lightning promotes Will Weissman

    Santa Monica-based sales, production and distribution company Lightning Entertainment has bolstered the international sales and distribution ranks and promoted Will Weissman to director of marketing and acquisitions.
  • Liotta joins Octane’s Dragons

    Top brass at IM Global’s genre division announced on Wednesday [12] that Ray Liotta has joined the Triad thriller Revenge Of The Green Dragons as production got underway.
  • Locarno to honour Sergio Castellitto

    Italian actor, director and screenwriter Sergio Castellitto is to be honoured at the 66th edition of the Locarno Film Festival (August 7-17).
  • Mann starts shoot on cyber theft thriller

    Principal photography has begun on Michael Mann’s untitled feature starring Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom for Legendary Pictures.
  • Metrodome goes on buying spree

    EXCLUSIVE: Buys include Gerard Johnson’s Hyena from Number 9 and Film4, latest film from Lukas Moodyson, and FrightFest closer.
  • Millennium buys Countryman

    CEO Bill Lee announced on Monday [10] that Millennium Entertainment had acquired US rights to The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman.
  • Miramax, Screen Gems partner on comedy

    The companies are collaborating on an untitled comedy to star Kevin Hart and Josh Gad in a rare original project to go into production involving Miramax.
  • Miss Christina

    Dir: Alexandru Maftei. Romania. 2013. 100mins
  • Moby relaunches free film music site

    Musician Moby has relaunched his free music resource for independent filmmakers, Mobygratis.
  • Monsters University

    Dir: Dan Scanlon. US. 2013. 102mins
  • Moo Man hits Kickstarter target

    Directors of the Sundance hit succeed in raising finance for a UK release through Kickstarter.
  • Morgenthaler's Petit starts shooting

    Kim Basinger (pictured) stars.
  • Moscow Co-Pro Forum unveils line-up

    New projects by Peter Greenaway, Pavel Lungin and Valeria Gai Germanika are among 18 feature films selected to be pitched at the fifth edition of Moscow Business Square’s Co-Production Forum.
  • MovieChainer reports growth since Cannes

    Backup Media’s new original content and rights management software has reported steady growth since launching in Cannes.
  • MTG completes DRG acquisition

    Broadcaster Modern Times Group has acquired British distributor DRG for an undisclosed sum.
  • New London film event set for Battersea Power Station

    EXCLUSIVE: Organisers in talks with studios and indie distributors for October film event.
  • New Molinare head outlines strategy

    Molinaire managing director Julie Parmenter has told Screen about how business at the UK post-production house has turned around since being placed in administration last summer.
  • NFTS entrepreneur course recruits second class

    The UK’s National Film and Television School’s new Entrepreneurship and Producing for the Creative Industries (EPCRI) is open for applications for its next class of students until July 11.
  • NFTS launches Attenborough fund

    Sir Ben Kingsley and Lord Puttnam among those to honour the veteran British actor-director at the launch of a young filmmakers fund created in his name.
  • Odessa reveals competition line-up

    Fredrik Bond’s The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman among the 11 films competing for the Golden Duke award at the 4th OIFF.
  • Online film piracy costs industry $3.3bn

    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has published a report which estimates the online film piracy market to be $3.3bn (KW3.75 trillion won) a year.
  • Open Road bites into Chef

    Open Road Films will release the Jon Favreau comedy over Mother’s Day Weekend on May 9, 2014. Aldamisa Entertainment is financing and introduced the project to international buyers in Cannes.
  • Palm Springs ShortFest announces line-up

    Work featuring Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning, Ian McKellen, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson and Hugo Weaving will be on show at the 2013 Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market, set to run from Jun 18-24.
  • PiFan unveils Spotlight on the Philippines

    Fantastic Film School tutors also revealed.
  • Pixel Lab 2013 projects named

    Power to the Pixel has selected more than 30 participants for its cross-media workshop.
  • Polanski’s Venus in Fur to open Paris Cinema

    Belgium is country of honour at summer festival in French capital which also hosts the industry-focused Paris Project co-production market.
  • Production begins on And So It Goes...

    Foresight Unlimited in association with Castle Rock announced on Tuesday [11] that production has begun in Connecticut on And So It Goes…
  • Production starts on Cut Bank

    Shooting has begun in Edmonton, Canada, on the Kilburn Media thriller, which now stars Liam Hemsworth in place of Armie Hammer due to scheduling conflicts. eOne will distribute in Canada and eOne Films International handles sales outside North America.
  • Production wraps on Galapagos Affair

    Production has wrapped on the documentary murder-mystery The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden featuring Cate Blanchett, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann and Diane Kruger.
  • Q&A: Vermont College Of Fine Arts

    Earlier this year the Vermont College Of Fine Arts announced the appointment of a host of new faculty members to its new Masters In Film programme. The inaugural class at the school’s Montpelier campus will take place this autumn. Tyler Pukatch pays attention.
  • Raindance debuts indie web film festival

    Independent film festival Raindance is launching the UK first independent web film festival this autumn.
  • Relativity gets Romeo & Juliet

    Relativity has acquired US rights to Julian Fellowes’ adaptation of Romeo & Juliet directed by Carlo Carlei and starring Hailee Steinfeld (pictured in True Grit) and Douglas Booth. Separately, Open Road and Endgame Releasing will partner on Homefront.
  • Sadie Frost, Emma Comley launch production company

    EXCLUSIVE: Blonde to Black Pictures kicks off with psychological drama Buttercup Bill.
  • Samsung strikes open-air cinema pact

    Three open-air cinema producers have partnered with Samsung to host a series of summer screenings in the UK.
  • Screen Media corrals Running Wild

    Screen Media Films plans an October release after it acquired North American rights to Suzanne Mitchell’s documentary Running Wild: The Life Of Dayton O Hyde.
  • Secretly Greatly

    Dir: Jang Cheol-soo. South Korea. 2013. 123mins
  • Shanghai to honor Tsui Hark

    Festival to offer Chinese premiere of Man of Steel.
  • Shanghai to kick off with Monsters University

    Guests will linclude Helen Mirren, Taylor Hackford, Oliver Stone, Tom Hooper.
  • Ship of Theseus triumphs at Transilvania

    The debut feature of India’s Anand Gandhi adds to prizes won in Dubai and Tokyo.
  • Sohonet adds cloud storage

    Sohonet has launched of a private cloud storage platform that can be accessed via Sohonet Media Network.
  • Spotlight boards Lords Of London

    Spotlight Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the UK gangster thriller Lords Of London starring Ray Winstone.
  • Student Academy Awards names winners

    Miss Todd, directed by Kristina Yee from the UK’s NFTS, wins Best Foreign Film - the first animated feature to ever win the category.
  • Studios: the UK's capacity crunch

    With a host of big budget films gearing up to shoot in the UK this summer, the country’s studios are busier than ever. But with the new TV tax credit threatening to bring in even more business, Geoffrey Macnab asks whether the UK has the capacity to cope.
  • Summer In February

    Dir: Christopher Menaul. UK. 2013. 93mins
  • Sundance Channel expands to DirecTV Latin America

    September launch will make Sundance Channel available for the first time in seven Latin American countries.
  • Sundance, TED unveil inaugural award winner

    Filmmaker Jerry Rothwell has won the first annual Sundance Institute | TED Prize Filmmaker Award, Institute senior executives announced on Tuesday [11].
  • SundanceNOW, First Run sign pact

    Sundance Selects’ digital label has agreed terms with First Run Features to bring select titles from the latter’s documentary library to SundanceNOW’s subscription VoD service Doc Club.
  • Superman flies into first weekend

    Spurred on by Wednesday’s record opening day in the Philippines, Warner Bros Pictures International’s Man Of Steel bursts into 24 markets day-and-date with North America.
  • Superman soars in Philippines

    Warner Bros Pictures International senior executives reported on Wednesday night [12] that Man Of Steel opened on $1.7m to set the biggest opening day in the territory’s history.
  • Swan Lake leaps into 3D

    St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre staged the first ever 3D live ballet, filmed using James Cameron’s ground-breaking technology as seen in Avatar, and Peter Colley pulled on his 3D glasses to check out the results.
  • Temple's Marvin Gaye film stalls

    Fresh questions have been raised about the likely completion date for Julien Temple’s Marvin Gaye film Sexual Healing.
  • TFI, Gucci unveil fund recipients

    Tribeca Film Institute and Gucci announced the recipients of the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund on Thursday [13].
  • The Cronenberg Project takes shape

    The Toronto International Film Festival original exhibition is being touted as an “ambitious, multi-platform celebration of the work of the iconic Canadian filmmaker” and runs from Nov 1 to Jan 19, 2014.
  • The Purge takes $36.4m on US debut

    Universal’s annus mirabilis continued apace as low budget horror The Purge opened top on $36.4m and Fast & Furious 6 ensured a one-two finish as it crossed $200m in its third weekend.
  • Thomas Jane joins Hard Drive

    Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures announced the casting on Monday [10] after launching pre-sales in Cannes. Production commenced on Jun 8 on the Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Three Exercises Of Interpretation

    Dir/scr: Cristi Puiu. France. 2012. 158mins
  • Tornatore, Honey among Ischia honourees

    Giuseppe Tornatore’s romance The Best Offer and Valeria Golino’s drama Honey (Miele) will be honoured at the upcoming 11th annual Ischia Global Film & Musical Festival in Italy.
  • Trans Atlantic Partners names 26 producers for 2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Participants include Germany’s Sol Bondy, Jennifer Fox [pictured] from the US, and Canada’s Lauren Grant.
  • Transilvania International Film Festival

    Photos from the 12th Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) , which ran from May 31 to June 9.
  • Trenchard Smith to direct Weekend Warriors

    Brian Trenchard Smith will direct Australian action film Weekend Warriors.
  • UniFrance to receive first CineEurope award

    Award will recognise more than 60 years of promoting and distributing French films around the world.
  • US indies hit the Champs-Elysees

    US in Progress initiative to showcase five features by independent US filmmakers.
  • Venus In Fur to open Ischia

    Roman Polanski’s recent Cannes premiere Venus In Fur will open the upcoming 11th annual Ischia Global Film & Musical Festival in Italy.
  • Vision launches ancillary sales

    The worldwide sales company announced on Monday [10] its DVD and VoD label, formalising an expansion that has been operational since April.
  • Vue Entertainment sold for $1.5bn

    Vue Entertainment is to be sold by private equity group Doughty Hanson for £935m ($1.5bn), a move that Vue CEO Tim Richards has described to ScreenDaily as “very postitive”.
  • Wanda adds Christie digital projectors

    Wanda Cinema Line, Asia’s largest cinema chain, has added 350  Christie Solaria Series 2K and 4K digital projectors to its expanding screen base in China.
  • WWZ to open on IMAX in Australia, HK

    IMAX, Paramount and financing partner Skydance Productions announced on Tuesday that the zombie thriller World War Z will be digitally re-mastered into IMAX and released on Jun 20 in Australia and Hong Kong.
  • XLrator gets Conspiracy for US

    XLrator Media has acquired all US rights to the political thriller written and directed by Christopher MacBride and produced by Lee Kim.
  • Ziad Doueiri, The Attack

    Ziad Doueiri’s The Attack, a drama about a Palestinian surgeon in Israel who discovers secrets about his wife in the wake of a suicide bombing, impressed the critics when it launched in Telluride and Toronto last year.