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14 November 2008

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  • 14 projects to be pitched at Cottbus East-West co-production market

    New films from Romania, Slovenia, Austria and Bulgaria are among 14 projects from 13 countries selected for presentation at this year's Connecting Cottbus East-West co-production market. The projects include Romanian filmmaker Gabriel Achim's black comedy Adalbert's Dream; first-time writer/director Martin Turk's A Gram Of Love; Alexander Hahn's 1970s drama Stopover; and False Witness by Bulgarian director Iglika Triffonova.The
  • Acne, Kassim take top prizes at AFI Fest

    AFI Fest 2008 has awarded its grand jury prize for best international feature to Federico Veiroj's Acne. A special mention went to Igor Voloshin's Nirvana.Acne premiered at Cannes Directors Fortnight. Veiroj's feature directorial debut, which he also wrote, is a co-production between Uruguay, Argentina, Spain and Mexico. The story follows insecure 13-year-old Rafael dealing with family problems who year
  • Affleck and Alba star in Winterbottom's Killer Inside Me for Wild Bunch

    Prolific UK director Michael Winterbottom is to hit the film noir trail with The Killer Inside Me, a $13 million adaptation of a novel by Jim Thompson (The Grifters) starring Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba. Wild Bunch has worldwide sales rights on the film excluding the US which Endeavor is handling. A third major actor will be announced shortly. Shooting will begin in Jan.A relentless psyc
  • A-Film takes Benelux rights on four-film package from HanWay

    Re-energised Dutch distributor A-Film has snapped up a four film package from London-based HanWay Films. The films acquired are Harry Brown starring Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer, Sam Taylor-Wood's Nowhere Boy about the young John Lennon, Christine Jeff's Sunshine Cleaning starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, and Jon Amiel's Charles Darwin project,
  • AFM Briefs Nov 10

    Scandinavian sales outfit TrustNordisk has announced deals closed here. Cold Prey II has gone to Indonesia (MT Entertainment) and Brazil (Flashstar). The Candidate has been sold to Indonesia (Mt Ent) and Poland (Syrena Films). Dark Floors has gone to Indonesia (MT Ent) and Love At First Hiccup has been swallowed up by Kino Swiat (Pola
  • AFM Briefs Nov 8

    Firaaq, the directorial debut by revered Indian actress Nandita Das, has been sold to the Middle East. Distributor Daxar Multimedia Limited has snapped up all rights to The Middle East to the film from sales agent Wide Management while Suraya has taken Malaysian, Indonesian, Singaporean and Vietnamese TV rights.Another Wide Management title, That Should Not Be, a documentary about organic food, has been sold to Spanish outfit, Eurocine Contrap
  • AFM Briefs Nov 9

    Alki David's London-based production, distribution and sales outfit 111Pictures has taken worldwide distribution rights to two new projects, the drama Look by Adam Rifkin and the Asian-American independent comedy American Fusion starring Esao Morales. Look, written and directed by wr
  • Alcine takes Japan from Rai Trade on Avati pic

    In its first major Asian sale of the market, Italian outfit Rai Trade has closed a deal on Pupi Avati's new feature Giovanna's Father with Japan's Alcine. The film premiered in official selection in Venice earlier this autumn, picking up the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor for Silvio Orlando. Deals had previously closed with France (Paradise), Benelux (Cinemein), and Switzerland (MFD). The Japanese deal at AFM comes as broadcaster Rai renews its co
  • Altadena takes on AFI pick A Necessary Death

    Los Angeles- and London-based Altadena Films has taken on sales for A Necessary Death, written and directed by Daniel Stamm and produced by Brian Udovich (The Wackness, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane) and GJ Echternkamp.The completed film is screening during AFM; it world premiered at SXSW and will also screen Saturday and Sunday at the AFI Fest.The cast features Gilbert John, Matt Tilley, Val
  • Anchor Bay starts new theatrical arm; taps Kasha for acquisitions

    Home entertainment company Anchor Bay Entertainment is launching a new theatrical film arm, Anchor Bay Films, headed by Anchor Bay Entertainment President Bill Clark.Anchor Bay Entertainment CEO Chris McGurk said the new division will aim to release 8-10 films per year as platform releases. 'While many entertainment companies are now dissolving or scaling back their independent film divisions and the independent video industry is experiencing major consolidation, Anchor B
  • Arclight adds Australian ghost story Lake Mungo

    Arclight Films has added the Australian ghost story Lake Mungo to its AFM sales slate and is exploring a US remake.Lake Mungo is screening at the market and tells of the paranormal activity that plagues a family following the drowning of a teenage girl.Joel Anderson wrote and directed the Darclight title, which stars Talia Zucker, Rosie Traynor, David Pledger and Martin Sharpe. Georgie Nevil
  • Arsenal on board for Rob Schneider comedy Small Apartments

    Yarek Danielak's Arsenal Pictures has boarded the Rob Schneider comedySmall Apartments based on Chris Millis' darkly comic novella.Filming is scheduled to begin in Sofia, Bulgaria, in January. DirectorMichael Philip's Film Tiger is collaborating with producers DavidHillary and Timothy Peternal of Deviant Films.Small Apartments charts the comedic chain of events that ensue a
  • Arthouse picks up worldwide rights to Cajori's Chuck Close

    Arthouse Films has picked up worldwide rights to the late Marion Cajori's documentary Chuck Close and will release in early 2009.Arthouse will distribute through its output deals with Mongrel Media in Canada, Revolver Entertainment in the UK and Ireland, Madman Entertainment in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and on Apple iTunes.David Koh and Lilly Bright negotiated the deal on behalf of Arthouse Films and Curiously Bright E
  • Aspect strikes AFM deals, plans LA-based production partnership

    John P Aguirre's college comedy The Utopian Society starring Malin Akerman is already out on DVD in the US via Warner Bros and now Hugh Edwards' Aspect Film has closed new deals for Scandinavia (Scanbox), Romania (Globcom), and the Middle East (Front Row).Monty Lapica's festival hit Self Medicated, about out of control youth, has sold to Benelux (Homvision) and North America (THINKFilm). Lon
  • Bahamas Festival to close with Spike Lee's Miracle Of St Anna

    Spike Lee's second world war saga Miracle At St Anna will close the fifth Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which runs from December 4-11.'I am so pleased to be welcoming Spike Lee's wonderful film back to Nassau, Bahamas, as Miracle Of St Anna was shot on Rose Island,' festival founder and executive director Leslie Vanderpool said.As previously announced Bahamian film-maker Maria
  • Blowtorch recruits Danny Leiner for Corporate Zombie Killers

    Fledgling LA-based finance and production company Blowtorch has acquired the horror comedy script The Corporate Zombie Killers and attached Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle's Danny Leiner to develop and direct.The story tells of a group of temps that try to escape a corporate office park after an outbreak of a zombie virus. Paul Schiff and Tai Duncan will produce with Blowtorch CEO Kelly Rodriques and
  • Bregman's Likely Story to film The Amateur American with Ross Katz

    Likely Story has acquired feature rights to the upcoming political thriller novel The Amateur American and set Ross Katz to adapt the screenplay and direct.New York-based Likely Story and the production company's founder Anthony Bregman will produce the story based on J Saunders Elmore's novel about a young American in France who gets involved in murder when he takes a translating job for a shady powerbroker.'
  • Brisseau's erotic arthouse Aventure defies market blues

    In what is by common consensus a cautious market, controversial French auteur Jean-Claude Brisseau is continuing to lure buyers with his crossover brand of erotic/art house cinema. During the AFM, Brisseau's latest feature A L'Aventure, sold internationally by Films Distribution, has gone to the UK (Axiom), Japan (Zazie), Germany (A La Mode) and Greece (Rosebud). These deals follow on from the US pre-buy of the film by IFC in Cannes in May.L
  • Business review: American Film Market

    Film buyers are not easily impressed. They like to bemoan the lack of inspiring new product at markets. Their plaintive cries have been particularly loud this year and to be fair the familiar gripes that echoed through the corridors of the Loews and Le Merigot hotels at last week’s AFM did so with good reason.
  • Buyers, sellers navigate perils at quiet AFM

    Caution has been the watchword of the AFM as buyers and sellers navigated a course through a perilous landscape in the wake of the global financial collapse.As the market headed into its final stages, only the bigger US sales agents were selling out as buyers sought to fill 2010 slots with sure bet product.Beaten back by a resurgent dollar and fears over Hollywood’s shaky independent production and financing base, international distributors inevitably migrated towards
  • Capri gears up for Stefaniuk's vampire comedy Suck

    Toronto production house Capri Films is set to begin principal photography on Rob Stefaniuk's vampire comedy Suck. Writer-director-star Stefaniuk made waves with his quirky 2004 feature debut Phil The Alien. Cameras roll on November 24 on location in Toronto.Joining Stefaniuk in the ensemble cast are veteran actor Malcolm McDowell, Jessica Pare and comic Dave Foley along with a host of top-line musical
  • Cinema Libre picks up US rights to Jean-Jacques Beineix library

    Cinema Libre Studio has acquired all US rights to eight films from French auteur Jean-Jacques Beineix.The deal includes the director's cut of Betty Blue, comedy Mortal Transfer, dramas IP5: The Island Of Pachyderms, Roselyne And The Lions, The Moon In The Gutter and
  • Cinetic's CRM launches online venture with Amazon, CreateSpace

    Cinetic Rights Management (CRM) has launched an online distribution venture with Amazon Video On Demand and CreateSpace DVD On Demand.Select titles will be made available to consumers exclusively as CRM and Amazon Video On Demand will curate a slate of approximately 20 films each month.The venture launched on November 13 with an Amazon exclusive of writer-director Dave McLaughlin's 2007 drama On Broadway starring Joey McIntyre and
  • CJ Entertainment sells Mother to France, Thirst to UK

    CJ Entertainment has pre-sold Bong Joon-ho's Mother to Diaphana for France and Park Chan-wook's Thirst to Palisades Tartan for UK. Diaphana previously distributed CJ's Secret Sunshine which it picked up immediately before last year's Cannes - where it took best actress for Jeon Do-yeon, opening it in France on 65 prints. Palisades Tartan is a subsidia
  • Content takes on Japanese Oscar submission Departures

    ContentFilm International has taken on international rights to Yojiro Takita's Departures, which is Japan's submission for the foreign-language Oscar race. Departures (Okuribito) is already a box-office hit in Japan, taking more than 3m admissions ($25m) and it also won Best Film at the Montreal Wrold Film Festival in August. Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryo
  • Cottbus gives boost to German-Russian film relations

    Relations between the German and Russian film industries have been given a boost at this week's FilmFestival Cottbus - Festival of European Cinema.At the opening ceremony, Germany's Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier voiced his support for a German-Russian co-production treaty, saying that negotiations should be brought to a swift conclusion.He also announced his support for the creation of a German-Russian Master Class in the state of Brandenburg
  • Defiance

    Dir: Edward Zwick. US. 2008. 129 mins.In trying to add a new chapter to the long history of films made about the Holocaust, Defiance can barely move a narrative muscle without bumping into another, better movie that covers some of the same ground. Based on the true story of three Eastern-European brothers who led a ragtag army of fellow Jews to fight back against the Nazis, this action-drama from director Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai
  • Disney's Anthony Peet is new chairman of British Video Association

    Anthony Peet, vice president and general manager of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has been elected chairman of the British Video Association.He replaces outgoing chairman John Stanley, Managing Director of Warner Home Video.Peet said he steps into the role at a time of 'almost unprecedented economic turmoil''But our industry has shown previously it can ride out economic challenges and so far this year it continues to show that when consumers tighten their belts,
  • Epic sells Blood River to Germany, Russia, Brazil and Argentina

    Epic Pictures has closed key sales at AFM on Leonidas Films' horror tale Blood River from director Adam Mason.Rights have gone to MIG Film for Germany, Vox for Russia, Five Stars for Brazil and Argentina, Spentzos Films for Greece and Carisma Films for Poland.Further deals closed with Ster-Kinekor for South Africa and Gulf for the Middle East.Blood River stars Andrew Howard in th
  • Euromed II opens final conference in Cairo

    The Euromed Audiovisual II programme has opened its final conference in Cairo as its three year mandate nears to a close.The $19.2m (Euros 15m) EU funded programme was established to bring European and Mediterranean cultures together, through the medium of audiovisual and cinema.The two day conference runs from November 10-11 and will focus on the increasing professionalisation of the region's audiovisual sector in terms of development, distribution and audiences.150 part
  • Film Agency for Wales apppoints two new execs

    Two executives have joined the Film Agency for WalesBBC Wales Producer Kate Crowther has been appointed production executive while Eve White, joins as Exhibition and Education Executive. Crowther produced two series of the BAFTA Cymru nominated drama Belonging and has since produced award-winning short films for network television
  • Filmax to produce horror Exorcismus, following success of [REC]

    Filmax is to produce horror film Exorcismus with Luis De La Madrid directing and The Devil's Backbone writer David Munoz working on the script.Currently at the pre-production stage, the film will explore the popular horror theme of exorcism, focusing on a young girl, Suzy, whose erratic behaviour forces her family to bring in a priest to try and resolve the problem through hypnosis. The disturbing results
  • Fine Cut picks up sales on Break Away and Searching For The Elephant

    Seoul-based Fine Cut has picked up international sales rights to LeeSong Hee-il's Break Away and SK Jhung's Searching For The Elephant (working title) starring heartthrob Jang Hyuk (Volcano High).Break Away is LeeSong's second feature after the controversial gay drama No Regret, whi
  • Finnish hit Christmas Story picked up for US by Lightning Media

    Finnish director Juha Wuolijoki’s Christmas Story has been picked up for the US by Lightning Media.
  • First Independent takes US rights to Aselton's Gigantic

    Gary Rubin's First Independent Pictures has acquired US rights to Killer Films and Epoch Films' offbeat comedy Gigantic.Matt Aselton directed the film starring Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel as a mattress shop worker and his foul-mouthed girlfriend who try to adopt a baby. John Goodman, Ed Asner and Jane Alexander round out the key cast.Killer Films' Christine Vachon and Mindy Goldberg produced and Scott Ferguson, Jeff Preiss, Jerry
  • Gary Hill, co-founder of PR firm Falco Ink, dies after illness

    Gary Hill, a founding partner in New York PR consultancy Falco Ink, died on November 7 following a brief stay in hospital.Hill's career in the entertainment industry spanned 25 years. He started out as the assistant to Brian DePalma, working on such films as Scarface, Blow Out and Dressed To Kill.He segued into publicity in the mid-1980s and co-founded Falco Ink in January 1999, serving a pa
  • German Federal Film Fund pays out $72.5mon 91 projects

    Germany's incentive programme German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) has been so popular with local and international producers that only $ 3.8m (Euros 3m) are now left to pay out for the final two months of 2008.According to the Berlin-based fund, $72.5m (Euros 57m) of its 2008 $76.4m (Euros 60m) budget was paid out to 91 projects up to the end of October.The latest projects to be supported have included Michael 'Bully' Herbig's family entertainment film Wick
  • Gold View returns to homeland with The Clone

    Japanese sales and production company Gold View has picked up the Wim Wenders executive-produced film The Clone Returns To The Homeland for international sales.When astronaut Kohei Takahara dies in the line of duty he is resurrected as a clone, but he and those around him find they face unexpected spiritual and existential consequences.Kanji Nakajima (Hako-The-Box, Fe) wrote and directed the
  • GTH horror Coming Soon to Eastern Europe

    Thailand's GMM Tai Hub (GTH) has announced a raft of AFM sales led by horror title Coming Soon, directed by Shutter co-scriptwriter Sophon Sakdaphisit, which sold to Mido Films Brno for the Czech Republic, Bir Film for Turkey and Queen Films for Indonesia. After opening Oct 30, the $1.2m film clocked up $1.42m (50m baht) in its first week and is currently still on release. It tells the story of a horror film that follows its audience members back home from the theatre.
  • here! takes on domestic rights to Lemhagen's Patrik, Age 1.5

    here! Films has acquired North American rights from Svensk Filmindustri to Swedish director Ella Lemhagen's Patrik, Age 1.5.here! sister company Regent Releasing plans a limited release next summer on the adaptation of Michael Druker's stage play about a gay married couple who accidentally adopts a homophobic teenager.Patrik, Age 1.5 premiered at Toronto and recently received its US premiere a
  • Hollywood power names line up for first PGA conference next June

    James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, Rob Lorenz, Lucy Fisher, Doug Wick, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Gale Anne Hurd will take part in the Producers Guild Of America's (PGA) first annual Produced By Conference in Los Angeles next summer.Kathleen Kennedy, Mark Gordon, Marshall Herskovitz, Chuck Lorre and the producing teams from Marvel and Pixar will also participate in the event, to be held on the Sony lot in Culver City from June 5-7.The event will feature presentations on fin
  • Hollywood power names line up for first PGA conference next June

    James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, Rob Lorenz, Lucy Fisher, Doug Wick, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Gale Anne Hurd will take part in the Producers Guild Of America's (PGA) first annual Produced By Conference in Los Angeles next summer.Kathleen Kennedy, Mark Gordon, Marshall Herskovitz, Chuck Lorre and the producing teams from Marvel and Pixar will also participate in the event, to be held on the Sony lot in Culver City from June 5-7.The event will feature presentations on fin
  • Il Divo and Gomorrah top European Film Academy nominations

    Paolo Sorrentino's Il Divo and Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah have picked up five nominations for this year's European Film Academy Awards.The Italian hits, which both played in competition in Cannes, compete for best film, best director, best screenpla
  • Image takes US rights to Jennifer Aniston-starrer Management

    Image Entertainment has acquired US rights to the Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy Management following its world premiere at Toronto.Image plans to release the Sidney Kimmel Entertainment film on approximately 200 prints. Kimmel International pre-sold overseas rights.Sidney Kimmel, Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen produced and Aniston served as executive producer with William Horberg, Bruce Toll, Jim Tauber and Nan Morales.
  • In Focus: Australia opens for film business (Part 2)

    For the last few years the best Australian films have been personal and dark, limiting audience appeal, while those that have aspired to hit the mainstream have tended to miss the mark at the box office. But there is a palpable sense of excitement about a new crop of films which Australian film-makers hope signal a turnaround and international buyers are watching closely.Australia's
  • Indian shoot for $1.9m Australian drama The Waiting City

    Shooting begins in Calcutta this week on he Waiting City, a $1.9m drama directed by Claire McCarthy and produced by Jamie Hilton.Radha Mitchell (Melinda And Melinda), Joel Edgerton (Kinky Boots) and newcomer Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen) are the Australian cast who begin filming on Tuesday. H20 Motion Pictures has signed on to handle international sales for the film about a childless middle-class Australian couple after they hit a
  • International - Bond's push pays off

    Quantum of Solace firmly defended its position at the top of Screen's international chart, grossing $107.3m over the November 7-9 weekend, after expanding to over 10,000 engagements in 60 territories. Quantum held onto the top spot for the second week in France, Sweden and the UK, where it added $15.1m from the three-day weekend to its $49.5m tally. It also seized first position in every new territory it opened, including Germany with $15.1m and Russia with $9.7m. Sony Pi
  • Interview: Aamir Khan

    When the Indian film industry selected Hindi film Stars On Earth (Taare Zameen Par) as its official entry for best foreign film for this year's Academy Awards, it was a triple celebration for Aamir Khan. A Bollywood superstar, Khan has produced, directed and acted in this drama about a dyslexic
  • Interview:Hamish Mykura, head of docs at UK's Channel 4

    'Each year at Sheffield people come here prepared to bury documentaries and at the end of each year I think documentaries are in healthier shape than ever,' says Hamish Mykura, head of documentaries at Channel 4 and head of digital channel More4. 'Docs did definitely take a bit of a dip for a few years but I think they're really back with a bang.'Mykura has been commissioning documentaries at the UK terrestrial channel for seven years. One of the slots he is
  • Isabel Coixet to start Map In Tokyo with Lopez, Kikuchi

    Isabel Coixet, the Spanish auteur behind Elegy and The Secret Life Of Words, is to start shooting her next film Mapa De Los Sonidos De Tokyo (Map Of The Sounds Of Tokyo), on November 16, in Tokyo. Madrid-based Imagina International Sales is handling international sales here.The film will be produced by Mediapro and Versátil Cinema, and willstar Sergi Lopez
  • Italy - Home-Grown Heroes

    For the past two years, Italy has been able to celebrate its national cinema on several fronts. Last year was a record year for local films, which grossed 31% of the overall box office, while 2008 has been a year of artistic recognition, with Paolo Sorrentino's Il Divo and Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah picking up the Jury Prize and the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.Both continue to receive recognition and each took five nominations at the upcoming European Film Award
  • Japan's Sabu returns to director's chair with The Crab Cannery Ship

    Japanese filmmaker Sabu is returning to the director’s chair after a three-year hiatus with an adaptation of Takiji Kobayashi’s famed literarywork The Crab Cannery Ship (Kanikosen).
  • Jay Fukuto named head of studio at Film Roman

    Jay Fukuto has been promoted to head of studio at animation creators Film Roman and will oversee the company's animation production operations for features, home entertainment, TV and visual effects.Fukuto most recently served as head of production for Film Roman and will report directly to by Kent Rice, the CEO of Film Roman's parent company Starz Animation. He is based in Burbank.Prior to joining Film Roman in 2006 Fukuto was vice president of entertainment at MGA Enter
  • Korea's UP sells Frozen Flower to Germany and Japan

    Korea's United Pictures (UP) has sold director Yu Ha's upcoming period piece A Frozen Flower to Splendid for Germany and the Benelux, and to KNTV for Japan - for a cumulative total of $1.5m at the AFM. The Japan deal was said to have been for more than $1m.Lee Tae Hun, CEO of UP and executive producer of the film said: 'Buyers not only showed a high level of confidence in director Yu Ha, who previously directed A Dirty Carnival, but after seeing the short promo we had
  • Last Chance Harvey

    Dir: Joel Hopkins. UK/US. 2008. 99 mins.
  • Les Plages D'Agnes sold to Zazie for Japan, Cineart for Benelux

    As the AFM reaches the midway stage, Les Plages D'Agnes from veteran French auteur Agnes Varda, has been sold to a handful of new territories.Deals have been closed by French sales Roissy Films with Zazie Films for Japan, Cineart for Benelux and Seville Pictures for Canada. A UK deal is expected shortly. Roissy is in advanced discussions on Portugal and South Korea and has received offers for the US, Austria and Spain.
  • Madagascar 2 has powerful $63.5m opening in North America

    DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa dominated the North American landscape after launching in a super-wide 4,056 sites and grossing an estimated $63.5m through Paramount.Approximately 6% of that amount, accounting for roughly $3.6m, came from 130 North American IMAX screens, which IMAX chairman and president Greg Foster highlighted as a clear indicator that filmgoers associate the IMAX experience with tentpole releases.
  • Magnolia scores with The Girl From Monaco for US

    Magnolia Pictures has pounced on US rights to The Girl From Monaco, Anne Fontaine's French box office hit which played at Locarno and Toronto this year.The deal was confirmed yesterday by Yoann Ubermulhin of French sales agent Pyramide International.'We are really glad to have our first collaboration with Magnolia on a film which has already been sold to many territories,' Ubermulhin commented.'
  • Mandate offers more Night to buyers at AFM

    Mandate International is bringing the vampires back and talking to buyers at AFM about a sequel to the worldwide hit 30 Days Of Night.Steve Niles, who created the graphic novel on which last year's film was based and wrote the original screenplay, will return to writing duties alongside Ben Ketai.The original story starred Josh Hartnett and Melissa George and centred on a remote Alaskan town that gets overrun by blood sucking villa
  • Mannheim Meetings co-production market selects 50 film projects

    The Mannheim Meetings has selected 50 projects from Europe, Canada, Latin America, and Africa for this year's edition of the co-production market for arthouse films, which runs from November 12 to 16. Almost half of the selected projects are from Western Europe including UK film-maker David Andrew Ward's wry thriller New Instruction, to be produced by Lightvalve Media.The Polish Bride director
  • Maya to produce American Tragic to star America Ferrara

    Maya Entertainment has boarded the drama American Tragic starring America Ferrera, Melissa Leo and newcomer Ryan O'Nan.Ryan Piers Williams will direct from his own screenplay about a disillusioned veteran who goes on a road trip in search of happiness. June Diane Raphael also stars. Production is set to begin in New Mexico in February in time for an autumn 2009 release.Heather Rae is producing and Sergio Aguero will serve as execut
  • Media 8 makes AFM sales on Dali biopic, A Film With Me In It

    LA-based production, finance and sales company Media 8 Entertainment has completed sales on several key titles led by Simon West's upcoming Salvador Dali biopic.MGN/Paradis took rights for Russia, Horizon for Turkey and Revolutionary Releasing for Eastern Europe. Horizon also took A Film With Me in It and Everybody Wants To Be Italian.A Film With Me In It
  • Media Luna closes deal with Call Girl to Only Hearts in Japan

    Cologne-based Media Luna Entertainment has closed a Japanese deal onPortuguese drama Call Girl, a drama about a high class prostitute who is hired to seduce the local mayor.Only Hearts Co. Ltd has taken all Japanese rights to the film, which is directed by Antonio-Pedro Vasconcelos and stars Soraia Chaves. Media Luna has also closed an Australia/New Zealand deal on Jens Hoffman's 9to5Days In
  • Men's Group takes best feature at Australia's Inside Film Awards

    Men's Group , a little-seen drama about a group of troubled men who meet regularly to talk through their problems, has won best feature at Australia's annual IF (Inside Film) Awards. The producer, John L. Simpson and director Michael Joy, also won the prize for best script, and Grant Dodwell took the award for best actor.It is the second consecutive year that a very low-budget drama, filmed without government assistance, has taken the top prize. Coincidentally,
  • MGM to take domestic on Purple's 2012-ish

    MGM is in negotiations to buy US distribution rights to end-of-the-world comedy 2012-ish: The Day The Earth Bent Over, formerly known as Armageddagain. Odd Lot International meanwhile has closed key territories coming into AFM including DeA Planeta in Spain, Hoyts in Australia, Quality in Latin America, Nordisk in Scandinavia, Mirovision in South Korea and Mediafilm in Italy.The MGM deal is being negoti
  • Mickey Rourke gets American Riviera Award at Santa Barbara

    Mickey Rourke, receiving rave reviews for his performance as a washed-up fighter in The Wrestler, will receive the 24th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival's American Riviera Award on January 30.Rourke will join a pantheon of previous recipients that includes Tommy Lee Jones, Forrest Whitaker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Bacon and Diane Lane.'America is all about second chances,' the festival's executive director Rog
  • Morgan Matthews' The Fallen wins audience award at Sheffield

    The Sheffield Doc/Fest's audience award went to Morgan Matthews' The Fallen about servicemen and women killed in action while James Marsh's acclaimed tale of a tightrope walker Man On Wire was named runner-up as the event came to a close.Festival organisers said the event drew a record number of 1,545 film submissions and screened a record 154 films during its four-day run. All in all 1,300 delegates atte
  • Myriad Pictures signs output deals with Turkey, Portugal

    Kirk D'Amico's production and sales outfit Myriad Pictures has signed output deals with D Productions in Turkey and VC Multi-Media in Portugal.The first titles include Bruno Barreto's Brazilian foreign language Oscar entry Last Stop 174, the Simon Baker and Paz Vega thriller Not Forgotten, drama The Cry Of The Owl starring Julia Stiles and Paddy Considine and the
  • Nanni Moretti announces 15-film line-up for Turin competition

    The twenty-sixth edition of the Turin Film Festival (November 21-29) has announced its line up under the artistic direction of Nanni Moretti. It is Moretti's second year as artistic director of the event, which is dedicated to auteur and cutting edge fare. As previously reported - the festival will kick off with director Oliver Stone on hand to present W., (Stone's portrait of outgoing US President George W. Bush) and which curren
  • New financing outfit MMG boards Gela Babluani's 13 remake

    New Beverly Hills financing outfit Magnet Media Group (MMG) has boarded the crime thriller remake 13 that Paramount Vantage International is pre-selling here.13 is the first project to be co-financed by Barbarian Films, Oceana Media Finance and MMG and stars Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Sam Riley Ray Winstone, Ray Liotta and 50 Cent.Gela Babluani, who directed the original French 2005 thril
  • New Year's Day release for Russia's most expensive film

    Russia's most expensive film, the $36.5m Inhabited Island, will be released on January 1.The New Year's Day opening comes against a background of financial difficulties which have led to other local films being delayed.'None of our projects were put on hold. We only have a couple of films in the pipeline anyway, and those were all very carefully and securely financed,' said Alexander Rodnyansky, the film's producer and President of
  • Nicolas Winding Refn's Bronson breaks out for Protagonist

    UK-based sales company Protagonist Pictures has closed a slew of sales on Nicolas Winding Refn's Bronson. Deals have been done with Canada (Alliance), France (Wildside), Australia (Madman), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Portugal (Lusomundo), and Middle East (Front Row). Vertigo Films produces with 4DH in association with St8jacket Creations, EM Media and Aramid. Vertigo will also handle the UK release.Tom Hardy (
  • Ondamax lines up Latin titles for festivals in 2009

    Miami-based production and sales outfit Ondamax will be targeting Sundance and Berlin early next year with a slew of new Latin American projects. The lineup includes Ana Luiza Azevedo's Brazilian drama Before The World Ends, San Sebastian prizewinner Gasolina and documentary, Oso Blanco about the most notorious prison in Puerto Rico. However, one of Ondamax's big
  • One Eyed Films scares up Mud Zombie

    Betina Goldman's One Eyed Films has boosted its slate by adding the first Brazilian zombie film, Mud Zombie (Mangue Negro), the feature directorial debut of Rodrigo Aragao. The film is about a fishing community in remote Espirito Santo, Brazil, that is plagued by zombie-like creatures from the muddy swamp.One Eyed's slate also includes Adrian Garcia Bogliano's I'll Never Die Alone, a revenge thriller se
  • O'Shaugnessy, Bond launch production & sales outfit Mission Pictures

    American Cinema International president Chevonne O'Shaughnessy and Promenade Pictures president and COO Cindy Bond have launched the faith-based production, marketing and sales company Mission Pictures.The partners plan to release six to eight films a year and have been talking to AFM buyers about the initial slate, headed by the CGI feature Noah's Ark: The New Beginning featuring the vocal talents of Michael Keaton, Marcia Gay Harden, Rob Sch
  • Oudney's French Film wins US and UK deals

    The Works International has struck a US deal with IFC Festival Direct for Jackie Oudney's French Film. Vertigo has taken UK rights. The film has also sold to Australia and New Zealand (Madman), Canada (Mongrel Media), and the CIS/Baltic States (Russian Report). The US deal was brokered by The Works International head Joy Wong with IFC's Arianna Bocco and Elizabeth Nastro.The UK deal was negotiated between producers Arvi
  • Paris Hilton, Charlotte Rampling join cast of new Solondz picture

    Charlotte Rampling, Allison Janney, Ciaran Hinds and Paris Hilton have joined the cast of Werc Werk Works' upcoming Todd Solondz companion piece to his dark comedy Happiness.The 'part-sequel, par variation' to the 1998 release will also star Shirley Henderson, Renee Taylor, Michael Lerner, Michael Kenneth Williams, Chane't Johnson, Paul Reubens, Eric Wareheim and Chris Marquette.East Coast-based Werc Werk Works is fully financing an
  • Peter Block's A Bigger Boat kicks off with thriller Frozen

    Peter Block's A Bigger Boat has greenlit the thriller Frozen that Adam Green will commence shooting early next year based on his screenplay.A Bigger Boat will produce with Green's ArieScope Pictures and has already closed key pre-sales at AFM through sales partner GreeneStreet Films International (GSFI).Rights have gone to Momentum in the UK, Aurum/Alliance in Spain, Metropolitan in France, Svensk in Scandinavia, Playarte in Brazil,
  • Phillip Noyce makes Bold move with Above Suspicion

    Bold Films has signed Phillip Noyce to direct the true crime thriller Above Suspicion about the only FBI agent to be convicted of murder after an affair with an informant threatens to destroy his marriage and career.The LA-based company holds worldwide rights and worldwide distribution president Stephanie Denton is talking to buyers here about the story of Mark Putnam based on New York Times writer Joe Sharkey's book. Chris Gerolmo, whose cred
  • Pindorama wins best film prize at Brazilian Film Festival Of Toronto

    Pindorama - The True Story of the Seven Dwarves, a documentary about a family of so-called little people who run a circus, won the prize for best film at the 2nd Brazilian Film Festival of Toronto last night. Directed by Roberto Berliner, Lula Queiroga and Leo Crivellare, the film will be released in Brazil on November 21st. It has also been screened at SilverDocs, AFI Fest and MoMA Exhibition of Contemporary Brazilian Cinema in New York.
  • Production - Buzz projects - In from the outback

    BALIBODir: Robert Connolly. Scr: Connolly, David WilliamsonNow in post-production, the buzz from this project centres around fine performances from Anthony LaPaglia and Oscar Isaac. The drama is about the disappearance of five Western journalists in East Timor in 1975. Producer John Maynard describes Balibo as both a political thriller - an unusual genre for Australia - and a buddy movie. It is Maynard and director Robert Connolly's third film together, following T
  • Production - The names to watch

    Many of Australia's most promising directors do not get enough opportunity to practise their craft on the big screen unless they head for Hollywood, as Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford) and Rowan Woods (The Boys, Little Fish, Winged Creatures) have both recently done. There is high demand for the limited money available for feature production and Australia has had a tendenc
  • Profile: Arclight Films

    Gary Hamilton's Australian-US company Arclight Films is no stranger to the circuit but buyers may have detected a change in tone over recent months. Hamilton was at the AFM in Santa Monica this week with the first fruits of his new direction away from being primarily a financing and sales company.'Basically we're moving more into production,' says Hamilton. 'There are a number of films we will always do as a sales agency but more and more we have been involved as executive producers ov
  • Profile: Ole Bornedal

    Director Ole Bornedal is enjoying something of a comeback. After the success of his debut film Nightwatch in 1994, Bornedal went to Hollywood to remake the thriller with Ewan McGregor for Miramax. But the film disappointed on its release and Bornedal decided to focus on theatre work at home in his native Denmark. He directed the 2002 English-language film I A
  • Promotional feature - Standing tall

    The Encounters Short Film Festival, held November 18-23 in the UK town of Bristol, is a leading international short film event and a key hub for talent discovery. It has previously screened the first shorts from directors such as Lynne Ramsay and Simon Beaufoy."Encounters is the highlight of the shorts calendar in the UK," says Rebecca Mark-Lawson of Lifesize Pictures, which manages the UK Film Council's short film initiatives. "The programme is outstanding, giving the film-making comm
  • Quantum Of Solace to hit six new territories including Mexico

    Quantum Of Solace will race towards $250m in international markets this weekend and should cross $300m worldwide when 007 brings the mayhem to North America.MGM/Sony's latest entry in the James Bond canon has been on devastating form since it launched two weeks ago and has amassed more than $190.1m from 60 markets through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI).Quantum arrives in six in
  • Richard Jenkins joins Tatum, Seyfried in Relativity's Dear John

    Richard Jenkins, attracting Oscar buzz for his performance in The Visitor, has joined Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried on the cast of Relativity Media's romance Dear John.Lasse Hallstrom has started principal photography in South Carolina on the project based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks, whose work has spawned the big screen version of current release Nights In Roda
  • Richie Mehta's Amal wins best film at MIAAC Film Festival

    Richie Mehta's Amal won the Indira Mahindra Award for best film and a $5,000 cash prize as the eighth Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festival in New York came to a close.The premiere of Sooni Taraporevala's Little Zizou played on the night and also earned Taraporevala the best screenplay and best director prizes.Ashish Avikunthak was also named best director for
  • Ron Howard to receive lifetime achievement award at Palm Springs

    Ron Howard will receive the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival's (PSIFF) Director's Lifetime Achievement Award on Jaunary 6.Howard's latest film Frost/Nixon will open through Universal on December 5 and follows a long line of credits that includes A Beautiful Mind, which earned him the Oscar in 2001, The Da Vinci
  • Sahamongkol closes deals for Ong Bak 2, Chocolate

    Thailand's Sahamongkol has sold Tony Jaa's upcoming Ong Bak 2 and hit action flick Chocolate to Madman for Australia and New Zealand, CP Digital for Russia/CIS, and Mirax for Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Czech Republic.Star TV also picked up all rights for Chocolate in Taiwan. Magnolia Pictures' genre label Magnet picked up US rights in Toronto.
  • Savage to star with Ge You in Chinese drama Gasp

    US actor John Savage (The Thin Red Line) is joining Chinese star Ge You (The Banquet) in the cast of Chinese comedy drama Gasp, which is being directed by scriptwriter-turned-director Zhen Zhong. Hong Kong actress Kelly Lin, Taiwanese actor Chen Bolin and China's Liu Hua will also star in the $6m production. Backers include Beijing-based Shengshi Huarui Film Investment and Beijing Zhengtian Media, amongst other unannounced investors.Savage will portray a frustr
  • Screen Australia to review what constitutes an experienced producer

    Screen Australia has been forced to revisit its plans to strongly favour experienced producers when it hands out development finance. The move is a result of increasing industry dissatisfaction over the agency's definition of experience. As a result, the agency has decided to re-examine that part of its guidelines.Speaking exclusively to Screendaily.com, Screen Australia's deputy chair Ian Robertson said: 'Our aim is to ensure that producers have sufficient expe
  • Screen opinion: animated film rises above the waves

    Those whom the gods of film wish to destroy, they first declare the next big thing. Nowhere is that fact clearer than in the declaration of 'waves' - a supposed shift in audience taste.Just think back to a couple of years ago and you will recall that we were on the brink of the theatrical documentary boom. If one counts the number of documentaries made, there's an element of truth there. On the other hand, the number of even first-class docs that ever made it
  • Sensational Solace soars for SPRI with $106.5m weekend

    MGM's Quantum Of Solace left the overseas market shaken and stirred as it expanded into 60 markets and grossed a stunning $106.5m estimated weekend for $160.3m after ten days through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI).Playing in 9,870 screens, the James Bond action saga ranked number one everywhere and scored the 11th biggest international debut in history and the second biggest of the year behind In
  • Serenity Entertainment buys Paco for Taiwan from Showgate

    Japan's Showgate has sold the hit 3D and live action film Paco And The Magical Book to Serenity Entertainment for Taiwan. Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima (Kamikaze Girls, Memories Of Matsuko), the film has an all-star cast including Satoshi Tsumabuki (Dororo), Koji Yakusho (Babel), and Anna Tsuchiya (
  • Sergei Bodrov to direct Marco Polo movie for Endgame, Hollywood Gang

    After bringing the life of the Asian warrior Genghis Khan to the big screen, Mongol director Sergei Bodrov is training his sights on Marco Polo for Hollywood Gang Productions and Endgame Entertainment.Hollywood Gang's Gianni Nunnari and Endgame's James D Stern will produce The Silk Road: The Adventures Of Marco Polo and Hollywood Gang's Craig Flores and Endgame's Adam Del Deo and Douglas E Hansen will s
  • Shoreline strikes five-picture deal with IFC Festival Direct

    Morris Ruskin's Shoreline Entertainment has completed a five-picture deal with IFC Films that will go through VOD platform IFC Festival Direct.The titles include Matthew Wilder's drama Your Name Here starring Bill Pullman and Taryn Manning, Amir Mann's political thriller Fifth Patient starring Isaach De Bankole and Nick Chinlund and Ben Hackworth's drama Corroboree
  • Siritzky gets science with Bogdanov twins

    Veteran producer/sales agent Alan Siritzky, owner of the Emmanuelle erotic franchise, is to partner with the controversial French twins Igor and Grichka Bogdanov, physicists best known for their popular TV series on science, on a feature documentary based on the brothers' 1991 best-seller God And Science (Dieu Et La Science). Siritzky also plans to develop TV projects with them.The brothers were invol
  • SPAA's Ginnane points to opportunities for Australian industry

    Antony Ginnane, president of the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) delivered an up-beat welcome address at SPAA's annual conference in Queensland, Australia.Despite describing the feature film industry as 'spectacularly unsuccessful' of late and 'the cultural equivalent of ethnic cleansing', Ginnane went on to describe the new producer offset as a 'magnificent opportunity... to move the power centre in the industry from government bureaucracies to produc
  • SPWAG confirms multi-territory acquisition of The Book Of Eli

    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) has unveiled further territories in its multi-territory acquisition at AFM of the apocalyptic thriller The Book Of Eli.Screendaily reported last weekend [Nov 9] that the studio had acquired Australia, Latin America, Spain, Scandinavia and select territories in Eastern Europe from Summit International.A press release issued by the studio last night [Nov 12] revealed it has also lice
  • Stylejam sells Fine, Totally Fine to Third Window in UK

    Japanese independent Stylejam has sold director Yosuke (Tora) Fujita's comic love triangle story Fine, Totally Fine to Third Window Film for the UK. Stylejam also sold two films starring Joe Odagiri - humorous wedding feud story Then Summer Came to Cinema Valley for Korea, and Satoshi (In The Pool) Miki's walk-across-Toky
  • Summer shines At BAFTA Scotland Awards

    Contemporary drama Summer was the toast of the annual BAFTA Scotland Awards on Sunday evening, securing Best Film and Best Director for Kenny Glenaan.
  • Summit scores big AFM deals on Eli, Baaria

    Reporting brisk business despite the challenging financial climate, Summit International has virtually sold out Albert and Allen Hughes' $85m upcoming action tale The Book Of Eli.Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group took rights to Australia, Latin America, Spain, Scandinavia and select territories in Eastern Europe.Tobis acquired rights for Germany, Metropolitan for France and Paradiso for Benelux. Summit International chief
  • Sverak's Bottles picks up top prize at Damascus fest

    Czech director Jan Sverak's Returnable Bottles was awarded with Gold in the feature competition of the 16th Damascus International Film Festival (November 1-11) on Tuesday night. French actress Catherine Deneuve attended the Syrian festival to present the award, although she handed it to the local Czech ambassador, as Sverak had left before the end of the 11-day event.The Silver award went to German director Doris Doerrie's widely acclaimed Cherry Blossoms - Hanami, w
  • The Class among seven films shortlisted for Louis Delluc Prize

    Seven films have been short listed for France's Louis Delluc Prize, one of the local industry's most prestigious awards. Among the titles is Laurent Cantet's The Class which is also France's entry for the foreign-language Oscar and was this year's Palme d'Or winner in Cannes.The other films rounding out the list are Raymond Depardon's La Vie Moderne; Arnaud Desplechin's
  • The Class among seven shortlisted for Louis Delluc Prize

    Seven films have been shortlisted for France's Louis Delluc Prize, one of the local industry's most prestigious awards. Among the titles is Laurent Cantet's The Class which is also France's entry for the foreign-language Oscar and was this year's Palme d'Or winner in Cannes. The other films rounding out the list are Raymond Depardon's La Vie Moderne; Arnaud Desplechin's A Christmas Tale; Martin Provost's Seraphine; Jacques Doillon's Le Premier Venu; Olivier
  • Thessaloniki opens with The Wrestler

    The 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival opens today with Daren Aronofsky's The Wrestler as the opening gala film, which will be introduced by its star Evan Rachel Wood.The festival features two world premieres as well as six international and three European premieres.The festival's international jury is headed by: Canadian writer Michael Ondaatje; screenwriter Diablo Cody; director Yesim Ustaolu; producer Lita Stantic; actress Emilie Dequenne;
  • Tilda Swinton to be jury president at Berlinale 2009

    Actress Tilda Swinton has been named as president of the international jury for the next edition of the Berlinale (February 5 - 15 2009) by festival director Dieter Kosslick.'I'm pleased that the wonderful Tilda Swinton will be our Jury President in 2009,' Kosslick said. 'Her commanding screen presence has made an indelible impression in contemporary, innovative filmmaking.'Tilda Swinton's film career has had close ties with the Berlinale over the years. Since h
  • Timbaland enters film business with Duly Noted's Vinyl

    Rapper and music producer Timbaland is getting into the film business as his Mosley Media Group and production company Duly Noted Inc announced last night [Nov 12] that production will begin in spring on Richard Zelniker's Vinyl.Duly Noted's Effie T Brown and Mosley's Marcus Spence and Monique Idlett-Mosley will produce the story of five women and their relationship with the members of a rising rock band.Brown and Timbaland plan a
  • Tokyo Theatres takes Japanese rights to Cantet's The Class

    Laurent Cantet's Palme D'Or winner The Classis Asia-bound. Here at the AFM, Paris-based sales agent Memento Films International hasclosed a Japanese deal with Tokyo Theatres and is reporting interestfrom Singapore and Thailand.Cantet's film, about a teacher in a high school in a tough part of theParis suburbs, was one of the sensations of this year's Cannesfestival. In the summer, Sony Pictures Classics took the North Americanrights as well as
  • Top buyers sign on for Oren Peli's Paranormal Activity

    IM Global chief Stuart Ford has closed key territories on Oren Peli's supernatural shocker Paranormal Activity following a packed market screening on Thursday night.Rights have gone to Icon for the UK, Australia and New Zealand,Metropolitan for France, Svensk for Scandinavia and RCV for Benelux.Deals closed with Korea Screen in South Korea, Village Roadshow inGreece, Golden Village in Singapore and Eco Films in Portugal.
  • Tulpan wins highest accolade at Asia Pacific Screen Awards

    Kazakhstan director Sergei Dvortsevoy's debut drama Tulpan continued its run of worldwide accolades by winning the best feature film award at the second Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) onQueensland'sGold Coast in Australia.Producer Karl Baumgartner, representing the big team of producers on the film, accepted the award.The film tells the charming and funny story of a young nomadic shepherd hoping to marry and get a herd of a
  • UK digital piracy consultation out of tune with the needs of industry

    The UK government's focus on enforcement is missing the bigger picture in peer-to-peer file sharing problems, a new study argues.Andy Frost, Director of Media at Detica, the UK- based business and technology consultancy, said in a statement that the UK Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) needs to rethink its consultation on illicit peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing.Frost said; 'While we commend BERR's focus on upholding copyright, we b
  • UK, Thailand take on Ip Man from Mandarin

    Mandarin Films has sold biopic Ip Man, about the celebrated kung-fu master of Bruce Lee, to Showbox Media Group for the UK and Rose Media & Entertainment for Thailand.Directed by Wilson Yip Wai-shun (Dragon Tiger Gate), the film stars Donnie Yen - star of recent hit Painted Skin and award-winning action choreographer. Veteran Sammo Hung, who previousl
  • United Kingdom - Plugging UK film into the digital network

    In an effort to help UK film companies navigate their way through the brave new world of digital, the UK Film Council (Ukfc) has teamed up with the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta) to create Take 12. It is a digital innovation programme designed to encourage independent UK film companies to embrace digital technology and make money."We selected a broad range of companies, from production companies to sales agents and distributors, to VoD start-ups," says
  • United States - The matchmaker

    Script-to-screen project development organisation DreamAgo began life four years ago in Switzerland and still holds its core event, an annual screenwriting workshop, in a chateau in the quiet town of Sierre, close to the Swiss borders with France and Italy.But the non-profit group has always had an international mandate and now it is planning to expand its international reach through a series of events at festivals around the globe, beginning with last week's AFI Fest/AFM in Los Angele
  • UPIE acquires majority stake in Dentsu's DVD outfit Geneon

    Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE) is acquiring a majority stake in Japanese media conglomerate Dentsu's DVD company Geneon to create a home entertainment marketing and distribution entity in Japan.The transaction is expected to be completed by early 2009. Under the terms of the agreement, Geneon will merge with UPIE subsidiary Universal Pictures Japan (UPJ).UPIE will own 80.1% of the interests in the newly combined entity with Dentsu taking a 19.9% int
  • Wall-E, Panda, Bashir among 14 films on animated feature Oscar shortlist

    Fourteen features will vie for the animated feature Oscar when the 81st Academy Awards are announced on February 22.The contenders are Bolt, Delgo, Dr Seuss' Horton Hears A Who!, Dragon Hunters, Fly Me To The Moon, Igor, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, $9.99, The Sky Crawlers, Sword Of The Stranger, The Tale Of Despereaux, Wall-E and Waltz With Bashi
  • Warlords, My Magic to open India's IFFI Goa fest

    Peter Ho-sun Chan's The Warlords and Singaporean director Eric Khoo's My Magic will open this year's International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which is taking place in Goa from Nov 22-Dec 2. The closing film will be Majid Majidi's Berlin Silver Bear winner The Song Of Sparrows.About 5,000 delegates from India and abroad are expected to attend the festival which carries total prize money of $175,000 for the competitive sections for Asian, African and Latin Ame
  • Warner's Richard Fox to receive honour from Italian government

    Warner Bros' executive vice president of international Richard Fox will receive the honorary title Commander Of The Order Of Merit Of The Italian Republic at a ceremony in Rome on November 17.Fox will receive the honour from Gianni Letta, Undersecretary Of State for the Prime Minister, during an event at the Prime Minister's offices in the historic Palazzo Chigi.The title is bestowed by the Italian President on Italian and foreign citizens who have 'shown great merit and
  • Wild Bunch Benelux buys Boheme, takes Imagine package

    Wild Bunch Benelux Distribution, the new Amsterdam-based distribution operation set up by Pim Hermeling, has revealed further details of its initial slate.The new company is a joint venture between Hermeling and French powerhouse Wild Bunch, which has long been seeking to build up a pan-European distribution network. Jan Van Aert has now joined Hermeling's team. Under the new alliance, Wild Bunch Benelux will make certain acquisitions on its own. Meanwhile, Wild Bunch France distribu
  • Wolff, Ross launch new North American distributor Rich Releasing

    Rich Wolff and Richard Ross have launched the North American distributor Rich Releasing, set to begin operating in early spring.The company will handle a wide variety of genres and will offer producers a broad choice of distribution channels from theatrical, DVD and TV to VOD, mobile, internet and IPTV.Wolff was previously a partner and director of acquisitions at TLA Releasing where he oversaw the acquisition of more than 300 titles, while Ross worked alongside him as ex

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