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14 March 2013

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  • A new animal kingdom

    One family-friendly title at Filmart features Gregory Popovich sharing the spotlight with dozens of rescued cats and dogs.
  • Adventures In Zambezia

    Dir: Wayne Thornley. South Africa. 2013. 83mins
  • ARRI, Trixter form animation alliance

    Cinematography technology group ARRI and Munich-based animation studio Trixter have forged a strategic alliance to co-produce and sell animation internationally.
  • Asian Film Awards 2013 pre-ceremony reception

    The 7th Asian Film Awards are being held March 18 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
  • Asian Side Of The Doc unveils project line-up

    Asian Side Of The Doc (March 19-22), which takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the first time this year, has unveiled the projects that have been selected for this year’s edition.
  • Australia’s movie convention moves to October

    Move will highlight Christmas line-up and is hoped to attract new international delegates.
  • Autentic takes Oscar winner Inocente

    Documentary producer-distributor Autentic has acquired the international sales rights to Academy Award-winning short documentary Inocente.
  • Autlook finalises EFM doc sales

    Documentary distributor Autlook has secured sales of five films in the wake of the EFM.
  • BFI to celebrate Warp Films

    The BFI is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Warp Films at its second annual Made in Britain strand with events including a live musical accompaniment of Dead Man’s Shoes.
  • Big Ass Spider

    Dir: Mike Mendez. US. 2013. 85mins
  • Blancanieves, Casting By to open RiverRun

    For the first time two films will open the festival in Winston-Salem in North Carolina. At Any Price will close the 15th annual event, set to run from Apr 12-21.
  • Buyers adopt Gabrielle from eOne

    EXCLUSIVE: Coming-of-age tale about a mentally challenged girl is latest production from Incendies production house micro_scope.
  • Camerimage to honour Slawomir Idziak

    Slawomir Idziak, the Polish cinematographer behind Gattaca and Black Hawk Down, is to receive a lifetime achievement award at the 21st Plus Camerimage festival.
  • Chinese hits may have trouble travelling

    Filmart panel explores selling and branding of Chinese-language films.
  • CinemaCon lifetime award for Ford

    Harrison Ford will receive the CinemaCon Lifetime Achievement Award at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas on Apr 18.
  • Clandestine Childhood wins at Guadalajara

    Benjamin Avila’s debut feature scooped the top prize in the Iberoamerican competition at the 28th Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG).
  • CPH PIX reveals line-up

    Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise trilogy is to be screened in full as part of the 5th CPH PIX-Copenhagen International Film Festival.
  • CreateHK launches First Feature Film Initiative

    Pilot programme will spend $1.28m.
  • Curzon Artificial Eye rebrands

    EXCLUSIVE: Curzon Artificial Eye, the parent company of Curzon Cinemas and Artificial Eye Film Releasing, is rebranding as Curzon World. 
  • Dallas unveils full programme

    Programmers at the Dallas International Film Festival have selected 42, Decoding Annie Parker and Sweetwater as the Centerpiece Films.
  • Django to open in China

    China has approved the release of Django Unchained after authorities make what is expected to be a small cut, marking the first time a Quentin Tarantino film will be released in the territory.
  • Dogwoof takes sales on The Network

    Dogwoof Global has picked up international sales rights to Eva Orner’s directorial debut The Network, the story of Afghanistan’s first independent television network.
  • Drinking Buddies

    Dir: Joe Swanberg. US. 2013. 90mins
  • Dutch thriller Taped sells to Japan

    EXCLUSIVE: New Select has acquired Japanese rights to the Dutch thriller Taped from Australian sales agent Odin’s Eye Entertainment at Filmart.
  • Edinburgh reveals Network participants

    The second edition of EIFF’s development and mentoring programme for screenwriters, directors and producers runs until November.
  • EMP, UA partner for Chinese multiplexes

    Hong Kong studio Emperor Motion Pictures is joining forces with Hong Kong-based exhibitor UA Cinemas to invest in and operate cinemas in mainland China.
  • eOne to release Turner biopic

    EXCLUSIVE: eOne will release Turner biopic, a Momentum acquisition, in 2014.
  • Eugene Domingo joins Barber's Tales

    EXCLUSIVE: Filipino director Jun Robles Lana’s HAF project Barber’s Tales has confirmed actress Eugene Domingo in the lead role.
  • Eurimages unveils doc development prize

    Theatrical documentaries are to benefit from a new Co-Production Development Award being launched by the Council of Europe’s support fund, Eurimages.
  • Eurocinema strikes Miramax VoD deal

    VoD network Eurocinema has signed a multi-year deal with Miramax to bring European films to North American audiences. Separately, Brainstorm Media will curate a monthly horror series in a Fangoria VOD folder.
  • Evil Dead

    Dir: Fede Alvarez. US. 2013. 91mins
  • Fear spreads for StudioCanal

    EXCLUSIVE: StudioCanal has sold Sundance Film Festival title In Fear to Umbrella for Australia and New Zealand at Filmart.
  • Film Movement takes The Iran Job

    Film Movement has acquired North American rights to Till Schauder’s documentary about the year Kevin Sheppard played basketball in a professional league in Iran in the lead-up to the Green Revolution.
  • Finecut sells New World to France, Germany

    Korean sales company Finecut has sold crime thriller New World to TF1 for French-speaking territories and MFA Film Distribution for German-speaking territories.
  • Fortissimo acquires Rigor Mortis

    Fortissimo Films has picked up international rights outside Hong Kong and China to Juno Mak’s directorial debut Rigor Mortis.
  • Fresh Meat film in the works

    EXCLUSIVE: Channel 4 sitcom Fresh Meat is set to be adapted for the big screen, according to co-creator Sam Bain.
  • Gentlemen and Gangsters begins shoot

    Scandinavian feature film and mini-series Gentlemen and Gangsters, based on Klas Östergren’s best-selling novels and directed by Mikael Marcimain (Call Girl), has begun shooting.
  • Greyhawk completes shooting

    Principal photography on micro-budget feature Greyhawk has wrapped.
  • Guadalajara International Film Festival

    Photos from the 28th edition of the Guadalajara International Film Festival, which ran March 1-9.
  • HanWay takes Dirty Wars rights

    The deal with sales agent Submarine bulks up HanWay’s Cannes war chest and follows the previously announced North American acquisition by Sundance Selects.
  • Hawking

    Dir: Stephen Finnigan. UK. 2013. 86mins
  • Hell Baby goes to Millennium

    Millennium Entertainment has acquired all US rights to the horror-comedy that premiered in January at Sundance in the Park City At Midnight strand.
  • High Point acquires second-screen horror App

    High Point Media Group has picked up the international sales rights to Dutch horror App, which encourages audiences to interact with their smartphones during the film.
  • Hours

    Dir/scr: Eric Heisserer. US. 2013. 97mins
  • IFFLA unveils 2013 line-up

    Celluloid Man and Filmistan are among the roster at the 11th annual Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles, which this year celebrates the 100th anniversary of Indian film.
  • IMAX, Yash Raj to release Paani

    IMAX Corporation and India’s Yash Raj Films announced on Wednesday [13] they were expanding their partnership to release Paani and one other as yet unannounced Yash Raj Films title in IMAX theatres across India and other key markets.
  • Jameson First Shot names winners

    The three winners of the international short film competition were selected from a shortlist of 20 entrants and will now commence production in LA on their short films.
  • Jim Gillespie to direct Take Down

    Radiant Films International has signed on to represent the teen thriller Take Down, to be directed in the UK later in the year by I Know What You Did Last Summer director Jim Gillespie, from a script by Ransom writer Alexander Ignon.
  • Just Like A Woman selling well for Doc & Film

    EXCLUSIVE: Company also strikes deals for Berthe Morisot, Tenderness, Violette.
  • Knight Rusty charges for Sola Media

    3D family film already a hit in Germany and sells widely.
  • Korean company eyes Rhythm & Hues

    The beleaguered Oscar-winning Los Angeles-based VFX house has caught the eye of South Korean entertainment and media company JS Communications.
  • KV to host Borderline retrospective

    Karlovy Vary (June 28 - July 6) will this year host a retrospective of Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin and Josh Mond’s New York-based production collective Borderline Films.
  • Lee Chang-dong named Asian Film Academy dean

    Busan’s Asian Film Academy (AFA) has appointed Korean director Lee Chang-dong as dean of the workshop this year.
  • Lord Puttnam event covering TV to tablets

    British film producer Lord David Puttnam is to consider the “health of screen industries” at an event later this month.
  • Maxine Peake to star in Keeping Rosy

    Maxine Peake is to star in psychological thriller Keeping Rosy with Inbetweeners actor Blake Harrison.
  • Meetings on the Bridge selects projects

    Meetings on the Bridge, which runs within the Istanbual Film Festival, has announced the participants of the 2013 Film Development Workshop.
  • Miguel San Miguel

    Dir: Matias Cruz. Chile. 2013. 80mins
  • Mumbai /Sundance lab selects eight

    The second Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab is underway with eight feature projects under the spotlight.
  • Nat Geo Ventures takes Jerusalem

    National Geographic Cinema Ventures announced on Tuesday [12] that it will handle worldwide distribution on the giant screen film Jerusalem, on giant and 3D screens.
  • Oz debuts top of UK box office

    Disney’s 3D prequel scores $5.5m (£3.7m) debut to comfortably land at number one.
  • Oz powers to $70m int'l

    UPDATED MAR 10: In the first blockbuster launch of 2013, Oz The Great And Powerful stormed into action across the world to earn an estimated $69.9m from 46 territories through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.
  • Production begins on Pompeii 3D

    Constantin Film announced that the romantic adventure had begun production on Wednesday [13] in Pompeii. The shoot will move to Toronto on Mar 28. Summit International pre-sold rights to the Canada-Germany co-production in Cannes 2011 and Summit Entertainment will distribute in the US.
  • Raro Video, Lorber strike deal

    Raro Video US, the American branch of the Italian boutique home video company, has signed an exclusive, multi-year distribution deal with Kino Lorber.
  • Releases, P&A spend rocket in UK

    FDA figures reveal increasingly congested and competitive marketplace.
  • Remstar takes The DNA Of GSP

    Remstar Films has acquired Canadian rights to documentary The DNA Of GSP.
  • Rewind This!

    Dir: Josh Johnson. US. 2013. 94mins
  • Rewind This! signs to CRM

    EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of its world premiere at SXSW today [March 11], the VHS documentary has signed with Cinetic Rights Management for US representation.
  • Ridley Scott partners with Machinima

    Ridley Scott And Associates has struck a deal with the video entertainment portal to produce 12 original shorts.
  • Rugaru lines up Heinous shoot

    Tony Severio of Louisiana-based Rugaru Productions is preparing a summer start on the found-footage horror about a family terrorised by an evil entity in their new house.
  • Sagoo joins Celestial Tiger

    Hong Kong-based Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE) has appointed Rupi Sagoo as director of content sales and distribution for Japan and Korea.
  • Scenic Route

    Dirs: Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz. US. 2013. 85mins
  • Sci-fi Dreck nears completion

    Shooting is close to completion on Dreck, a British sci-fi thriller starring Elliot Cowan and Jonathan Pryce.
  • Singapore's mm2 to partner with HK's Smart

    Singapore’s mm2 Entertainment today at Filmart is announcing a partnership with Hong Kong’s Smart Limited to co-produce at least two films a year.
  • So Much Water wins Miami

    Organisers at the Miami International Film Festival presented their awards on Sunday [10] prior to a screening of the documentary Venus And Serena.  
  • Soderbergh to give SIFF keynote

    The director is schedule to deliver the State Of Cinema Address on Apr 27 at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival.
  • Some Girl(s)

    Dir: Daisy von Scherler Mayer. US. 2013. 90mins
  • Summit dates Red 2, See Me

    Summit Entertainment has changed the dates of two of its wide upcoming releases.
  • Sundance Channel orders The Descendants

    US cable network Sundance Channel has commissioned six-part series The Descendants as its third ever drama.
  • SXSW: Awards for Windmill, Short Term 12

    Film festival organisers announced on Tuesday night [12] the jury and special award winners.
  • SXSW: IFC Midnight takes Haunter

    Sparking life into a slow business side to the Austin festival, IFC Midnight announced the US acquisition on Monday [11] following a deal with CAA on behalf of the film-makers.
  • Thailand to launch destination festival

    The Thailand Film Office is planning to hold the inaugural Thailand International Film Destination Festival in Bangkok from April 1-10.
  • The Call

    Dir: Brad Anderson. US. 2013. 94mins
  • The Great Gatsby to open Cannes

    The festival announced early on Tuesday [12] that a 3D screening of The Great Gatsby will open the event on May 15, the same day as its nationwide release in France.
  • The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

    Dir: Don Scardino. US. 2013. 100mins
  • Tombstones shoot underway

    Principal photography is underway in New York on A Walk Among the Tombstones, writer-director Scott Frank’s crime thriller starring Liam Neeson.
  • Tribeca unveils shorts line-up

    New work from Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Nastassja Kinski, Elijah Wood, Cécile Fontaine, Rodrigo Prieto and Zao Wang are among the roster of 60 short films announced by Tribeca Film Festival top brass on Monday [11].
  • Under The Milky Way moves into Japan

    Free Stone Productions partners with digital distribution outfit.
  • Vertigo acquires Hip Hop Hoax

    EXCLUSIVE: Vertigo Films has snapped UK rights to new feature doc The Great Hip Hop Hoax by director Jeanie Finlay.
  • Vertigo picks up SXSW doc Hawking

    EXCLUSIVE: Vertigo inks UK rights to Darlow Smithson-Channel 4-PBS biopic about Stephen Hawking.
  • Visit closes key EFM sales

    The New York-based Visit Films has reported a slew of sales on its Berlin slate, led by Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color.
  • Warners, Paramount unite with Nolan

    The studios announced on Friday [8] they will jointly handle production and worldwide distribution on Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi Interstellar.
  • Zurich fest to focus on Brazil

    The 9th Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) is to showcase Brazilian cinema in its New World View section.