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14 November 2013

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  • 120dB backs Reclaim, Barely Lethal

    120dB Films closed film loans on the John Cusack thriller Reclaim and Barely Lethal starring Samuel Jackson and Hailee Steinfeld.
  • 7 & 7 falls for Shirin

    EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit 7 & 7 Producers’ Sales Service has boarded sales on US romantic comedy Shirin in Love, written and directed by Ramin Niami.
  • Abu Dhabi sets 2014 dates

    This year’s Abu Dhabi Film Festival attracted more than 40,000 attendees, an 11% increase.
  • AFI Fest 2013’s welcome returns

    AFI Fest director Jacqueline Lyanga talks to Jeremy Kay about a strong 2013 line-up, links to the AFM, and why directors such as Steve McQueen and Asghar Farhadi return to the festival.
  • AFI launches China fellowship

    The American Film Institute on November 11 unveiled the AFI/IDG China Story Fellowship to develop feature-length screenplays that foster “greater understanding of Chinese history, culture and literature.”
  • AFM buyer attendance climbs

    AFM top brass claimed this year’s event, which wraps on November 13, registered a 3% gain in
  • AFM panel hears of global challenges

    Cultural differences can make dealing with China feel like “the Wild West”, a senior Constantin executive advised attendees at the AFM Finance Conference.
  • AFM relies on trusted talent

    The comings and goings of familiar faces dominated the agenda as the market bid farewell to a beloved friend.
  • Afrika Eye unveils new talent winner

    Self-taught filmmaker Michael Jenkins [pictured] becomes inaugural winner of new talent award.
  • Ajyal unveils Made in Qatar line-up

    Doha’s youth festival to showcase Qatari filmmakers; unveils competition titles.
  • All-girl horror XX heads to AFM

    MPI/Dark Sky Films and XYZ Films have announced XX at AFM, styled as a “landmark all-female horror anthology” with each segment featuring a female director and female lead.
  • American Film Market 2013: Screen's dailies

    Browse Screen International’s daily magazines from the American Film Market here.
  • Angelina Jolie in Maleficent trailer

    First trailer and images from Disney’s “untold story” of the Sleeping Beauty villain, played by Angelina Jolie.
  • ASC to honour trio

    The American Society of Cinematographers’ (ASC) 28th annual Outstanding Achievement Awards will honour Dean Cundey, Eduardo Serra and Richard Rawlings on February 1 2014.
  • Bahamas fest unveils line-up

    Top brass at the 10th Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) have announced the full programme ahead of the opening night on December 5.
  • Bahamas to honour Glover

    Danny Glover has been selected to receive the Bahamas International Film Festival’s (BIFF) Career Achievement Award.
  • Banshee Chapter sells at AFM

    EXCLUSIVE: Richard Guardian’s international sales company Guardian Entertainment has announced at AFM a slew of further sales on Before The Door’s horror-thriller The Banshee Chapter.
  • Begg to receive BAFTA craft award

    Outstanding Contribution to Craft award recognises excellence in one of the craft areas of film and television.
  • Belgium entices British producers

    Cinema Made in Belgium event held to encourage co-production.
  • Berlinale accreditation fee up 25%

    The Berlinale has introduced a 25% price hike for festival accreditation for next year’s film festival (Feb 6-16).
  • BFI appoints Johnson to Young Audience role

    The BFI has appointed Justin Johnson to the new role of Specialist Programme & Project Advisor (Young Audiences).
  • Bille August readies Quiet Heart shoot

    Ghita Nørby stars in family drama to be shot on Danish island of Funen.
  • Bone Tomahawk flies to the UK

    EXCLUSIVE: The Works takes UK, new US deal cooking for Celluloid’s Kurt Russell western.
  • Bullets sequel shoot underway

    Shooting commenced last month in Beijing on Sony’s local language 3D production Gone With The Bullets, the second in Jiang Wen’s trilogy.
  • Buyers drive Autobahn sales

    EXCLUSIVE: The car chase thriller Autobahn has sold to a raft of territories led by eOne for the UK, Canada and Benelux.
  • Buyers find Exclusive's Dark Places

    Exclusive Media and Cuatro Plus Films’ thriller Dark Places starring Charlize Theron has sold in a slew of deals including Mars for France and Remstar for Canada.
  • Camerimage unveils competition juries

    Hunger Games DoP Tom Stern and 12 Years a Slave cinematographer Sean Bobbitt among those chosen for jury duty.
  • Cate Blanchett to head Dubai jury

    Four project by Gulf directors nominated for $100,000 prize.
  • Cheerleaders secures Canada release

    Video Services Corp (VSC) will release recent Toronto Midnight Madness premiere All Cheerleaders Die next spring in Canada through its output deal with Modern Distributors.
  • Cite sells Faith to Madman, Contact

    France’s Cite Films has sold Pan Nalin’s documentary Faith Connections to Madman Entertainment for Australia & New Zealand and Contact Films for Benelux at the AFM.
  • Creative England's second anniversary party

    Ed Vaizey and Vince Cable praise the work of Creative England.
  • Cymbeline sells wide for IFT

    EXCLUSIVE: International Film Trust (IFT) announced at AFM it has closed key sales on Cymbeline including Koch Media for the UK and KSM for Germany.
  • Dasym launches $100m fund

    Exclusive Media head of international sales Alex Walton and his team will handle sales on the Dasym Media family multimedia fund.
  • David Tennant’s Richard II scores at UK box office

    More than 80,000 admissions, £1m for first ‘live from Stratford-Upon-Avon’ screenings.
  • Delivery Man

    Dir/scr: Ken Scott. US. 2013. 99mins
  • Digital distribution debated in Rome

    Execs from Curzon and Magnolia Pictures discussed digital models at the Rome Film Festival.
  • Disney eyes box office record

    Fired up by the antics of Thor 2, Walt Disney Studios top brass said the company was on course to break its previous global box office record of $3.791bn set in 2010.
  • Diversify: Call for racial quotas

    Television and film stars including Lenny Henry and Kwame Kwei-Armah have called for broadcasters to implement quotas to increase racial diversity on UK screens.
  • Double Dutch reports strong AFM

    EXCLUSIVE: Double Dutch International has concluded further business at the market with a slew of deals on Detour, Saving Santa and Dorfman In Love, among others.
  • Dubai Film Connection unveils projects

    Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has unveiled the 16 projects that will take part in its annual co-production market Dubai Film Connection (DFC).
  • EFA 2013 nominations revealed

    The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Great Beauty and Adele: Chapters 1 & 2 among nominees.
  • EFP's Shooting Stars jury unveiled

    The jury will select ten actors to be showcased at next year’s Berlinale from a 24-strong shortlist.
  • Eli Roth meets horror maestro

    Horror filmmaker joined by Cannibal Holocaust director at Italian premiere of The Green Inferno.
  • eOne finds Hunted, Apocalypse

    eOne Films US has pounced on North American rights to horror thriller The Hunted and zombie comedy April Apocalypse.
  • Exclusive talks Moon, Front Row

    Exclusive Media has partnered on Untitled Keith Moon biopic under an expanded relationship with Da Vinci Media Ventures and has also extended its Middle East output deal with Front Row by four years.
  • Factory 25 takes All The Light

    Factory 25 has acquired US rights to director Joe Swanberg’s All the Light in the Sky.
  • Famke Janssen joins Kickback

    The Dutch star takes her place on the crime thriller alongside John Cusack, Sean Astin, Misha Barton, Michael Biehn, John Hannah, Rutger Hauer, Stelio Savante, Tom Sizemore and Sean Young.
  • Fear Of Falling

    Dir: Jonathan Demme. US. 2013. 126mins
  • Few Best Men sequel in works

    EXCLUSIVE: Arclight has been talking to buyers on A Few Less Men, the sequel to its 2011 hit comedy A Few Best Men.
  • Fifty Shades moves to 2015

    Highly anticipated adaptation moves to Feb 13, 2015 from Aug 2014 release.
  • Film Movement acquires Sarnos

    Film Movement has picked up US rights at AFM to The Sarnos – A Life In Dirty Movies.
  • Film4 digital arm to be integrated

    Digital opportunities and multiplatform innovation are so at the heart of Film4’s future plans that they are banishing the Film4.0 label.
  • Filmax inks US deal on zombie thriller

    EXCLUSIVE: LevelFILM has picked up US rights to zombie thriller The Returned from Spanish genre hub Filmax.
  • FIP, Ivanhoe partner up

    Fox International Productions (FIP) and Ivanhoe Pictures have signed a four-year, multi-film co-financing deal for local language films in India, South Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan.
  • Firestorm to open ScreenSingapore

    Andy Lau to attend world premiere.
  • Foosball kicks off Baja fest

    The second edition of the Baja International Film Festival 2013 kicked off on November 13  with the opening night screening of Juan Jose Campanella’s Latin American box office hit.
  • Fox Star teams with Illuminati Films

    Mumbai-based Fox Star Studios is partnering with Dinesh Vijan and Saif Ali Khan’s Illuminati Films to produce comedy Finding Fanny.
  • French films made $282m in 2012 

    Taken 2, Intouchables and The Artist were key French exports and more than 144 million spectators for French films last year.
  • Frozen

    Dirs: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee. US. 2013. 102mins
  • Geographer wins Cottbus top prize

    Films from Russia, Kosovo and Serbia were the main winners at this year’s FilmFestival Cottbus and its parallel East-West co-production market Connecting Cottbus.
  • Gods Behaving Badly

    Dir: Marc Turtletaub. US. 2013. 90mins
  • Goldcrest touts Ovredal's Autopsy, docs at AFM

    UK sales outfit Goldcrest is at the AFM with Troll Hunter director Andre Ovredal’s anticipated English-language debut The Autopsy of Jane Doe as well as two prestige documentaries.
  • Golden Dream wins at Thessaloniki

    Mexican feature The Golden Dream (La jaula de oro) and French drama Suzanne take top prizes at Greek festival.
  • Gravity floors Thor at UK box office

    Warner Bros’ sci-fi soars to a stunning $9.9m (£6.2m) debut, including previews, from its 543 sites; StudioCanal sets second best year ever at the UK box office as Rush crosses £10m.
  • Gun violence in film rises

    The level of gun violence in PG-13 films in 2012 exceeded that of R-rated releases in the same year, according to a report out this week.
  • High Court issues site blocking Orders

    Orders require the six largest UK ISPs to block access to two illegal streaming sites, SolarMovie and Tubeplus; MPA’s Chris Marcich [pictured] says “we have an obligation to take action against illegal websites”.
  • Highland buyers find Mind

    EXCLUSIVE: Highland Film Group has closed key territories at AFM on the contemporary romance Your Right Mind starring Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes.
  • Hollywood Classics signs Halas and Batchelor

    EXCLUSIVE: Deal with former UK animation studio includes 1954 classic Animal Farm.
  • IDFA unveils Wallonia Brussels lineup

    Three productions from the French-speaking area of Belgium to be presented at upcoming IDFA, which runs Nov 20-Dec 1.
  • Image snaps up Wolf Creek 2

    EXCLUSIVE: Wolf Creek 2 has found a US home after Image Entertainment swooped on rights at the AFM.
  • Kino Lorber takes Dayani

    The distributor has acquired US rights to Marc Silver’s Sundance 2013 documentary Who Is Dayani Cristal?
  • Lee & Thompson adds to film group

    Law firm adds partners Sam Tatton-Brown, Mary Burrows.
  • Les Arcs unveils co-pro and work-in-progress titles

    Fitzgibbon, Sitaru, Vicari, Huddles, Runarsson and van Geffen will be at Les Arcs this December.
  • Lionsgate gets Angriest Man

    The distributor has swooped on North American rights to The Angriest Man In Brooklyn. Cargo Entertainment handles international sales. Separately, Film Movement has taken For A Woman.
  • London Film School: class action

    As the London Film School plots its 2016 move to the Barbican, school director Ben Gibson tells Andreas Wiseman about the challenges ahead.
  • Marrakech announces 2013 tributes

    13th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival takes place Nov 29-Dec 7.
  • MoliFilms: On the Rise

    The team behind UK production outfit MoliFilms looks for films with heart and credibility, and the new EIS-funded slate includes its biggest project yet.
  • Monuments Men heading to Berlin

    George Clooney’s war adventure to receive its international premiere at the 64th Berlinale.
  • MPAA hires Steven Fabrizio

    The new senior evp and global general counsel is a leading copyright and content protection lawyer and played a critical role in the MPAA’s recent legal victory over cyberlocker
  • MPI enters Willow Creek

    MPI Media Group has taken all US rights to Bobcat Goldthwait’s Bigfoot title Willow Creek starring Bryce Johnson and Alexie Gilmore.
  • Nas joins Continental's Dust

    Continental Media’s AFM documentary Shake The Dust has received a fillip with news that hip-hop star Nas is on board as executive producer and will provide original music.
  • Netflix orders five Marvel series

    Netflix has commissioned five series, including an adaptation of Daredevil from Marvel Television.
  • Night sells for XYZ Films

    XYZ Films has closed a raft of deals at AFM on The Night Comes For Us, its Indonesian and English-language action-thriller collaboration with Gareth Evans’ PT Merantau Films.
  • Nun on the run for Arclight

    EXCLUSIVE: Arclight Films has been at AFM talking up The Letters starring Juliet Stevenson as Mother Theresa.
  • NYFCC sets vote date

    The New York Film Critics Circle will stage its annual awards ceremony on January 6 2014 at The Edison Ballroom.
  • Oldboy

    Dir: Spike Lee. US. 2013. 103mins
  • Olive launches Martini Entertainment

    Olive Films used the AFM to announce its new division Martini Entertainment and unveiled Eric D Wilkinson as evp of production, development and acquisitions.
  • Omar, Television among APSA nominees

    Palestine’s Omar and Bangladesh’s Television among best feature nominees in the upcoming Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
  • O-Scope finds Coherence

    Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired US rights to James Byrkit’s feature directorial debut as Independent continues talks with international buyers at the AFM.
  • Out Of The Furnace

    Dir: Scott Cooper. US-UK. 2013. 115mins
  • ParisFX to spotlight Gravity, WWZ, Spivet

    Ile de France Film Commission unveils ParisFX line-up. Filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Dreamworks animation chief Kristof Serrand among speakers.
  • Partners to release Anonymous

    Screen Media Films and Starz Digital Media have partnered on North American rights to Ellie Kanner’s comedy Authors Anonymous starring Kaley Cuoco, Chris Klein, Dennis Farina, Jonathan Bennett, Dylan Walsh, and Teri Polo.
  • Phase 4 acquires Made In America

    Phase 4 Films has picked up North American rights to Ron Howard’s first documentary Made In America.
  • Philomena earns PG-13 rating

    The Weinstein Company’s (TWC) latest ratings battle has resulted in a victory after the MPAA overturned Philomena’s R classification.
  • Prince William launches BAFTA campaign

    Prince William was at BAFTA in London this morning to formally launch a new campaign to encourage young people from all backgrounds to enter the film, TV and games industries.
  • Professor Brian Cox on Gravity

    BBC science presenter says: “Einstein would’ve loved it.”
  • PSIFF honour for McConaughey

    Matthew McConaughey, an Oscar frontrunner for Dallas Buyers Club, will collect the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Desert Palm Achievement Award on January 4 2014.
  • Ramsay denies lawsuit rumours

    Director Lynne Ramsay has responded to reports that she has been served with a lawsuit after quitting Western movie Jane Got A Gun a day before shooting.
  • Rasoulof misses AFI, Stockholm

    Concerns are growing for Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof who had his passport confiscated and was banned from travelling outside of his native Iran by local authorities in September.
  • Reclaim hot seller for Arclight

    Arclight has closed sales on its thriller Reclaim starring John Cusack, Ryan Phillippe, Rachel Lefevre, Jacki Weaver and Luis Guzman.
  • Red Compass lines up vampire horror

    William Sadler (pictured), John Heard, James Russo, Andrew Keegan and Thomas Ian Nicholas will star in Red Compass Media’s found footage film Living Among Us.
  • Relativity boards Hope

    Relativity Media has acquired worldwide rights to finance, produce and distribute Not Without Hope (working title) with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson attached to star.
  • Rex Media boards Serena

    Rex Media has picked up worldwide sales for AFM on the $40m animation.
  • Richard Dreyfuss, Mark Montefiore: Cas & Dylan

    Screen speaks to Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss and producer Mark Montefiore about Jason Priestley’s directorial debut.
  • RLJ finds The Suspect

    EXCLUSIVE: RLJ Entertainment subsidiary One Village Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to psychological thriller The Suspect. ITN Distribution handles international sales at AFM.
  • Rocket, Giant triumph at AFI FEST

    As the festival comes to a close on November 14, top brass have announced the grand jury short film and audience award winners.
  • Rome Film Festival 2013

    Rome’s Marco Müller tells Michael Rosser about the 2013 programme’s mix of challenging cinema alongside red-carpet crowdpleasers.
  • Sainsbury’s funds Christmas in a Day

    Supermarket chain backs Oscar-winner’s Christmas Day documentary compiled from footage submitted by people from across the UK.
  • Screen Film Summit adds funders panel

    The forthcoming Screen Film Summit has added an ‘ask the funders’ panel.
  • Screen Yorkshire launches talent scheme

    National film talent scheme, funded by Creative Skillset, is open to applications from writers, directors and producers.
  • Sharon 1.2.3. starts shoot

    Second feature from Forest Whitaker’s digital studio JuntoBox Films was greenlit last year at AFM.
  • Soda finds Vivian Maier

    EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor inks deal for Toronto doc about US photographer; HanWay select confirms more deals.
  • SPC finds Third Person

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired US, German and Scandinavian rights from CAA and Paradigm to Paul Haggis’ Third Person.
  • Stalingrad 3D

    Dir: Dyodor Bondarchuk. Russia. 2013. 132mins
  • Star Wars VII gets date

    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures have announced the release date for the next instalment in the iconic franchise.
  • Starred Up leads BIFA nominations

    Starred Up leads British Independent Film Awards noms, followed by The Selfish Giant. Scarlett Johansson and Judi Dench among Best Actress nominees.
  • Stockholm International Film Festival 2013

    Directors and actors at the Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 6-17).
  • Summit takes Hercules for US

    Summit Entertainment has picked up Millennium Films’ Hercules: The Legend Begins starring Kellan Lutz.
  • Tallinn market projects revealed

    New projects from Pakalnina, Louhimies and Kilmi at Tallinn market.
  • The Hunger Games hits Rome

    Director Francis Lawrence talked about how Star Wars influenced The Hunger Games sequel alongside stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    Dir: Francis Lawrence. US. 2013. 146mins
  • The Stone River

    Dir/scr: Giovanni Donfrancesco. Italy-France. 2013. 88mins
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2013

    Gallery of pictures from the 64th Thessaloniki IFF, including Alexander Payne, Jim Jarmusch, Valeria Golino and winner Mariana Rondon among others.
  • Thomas Gammeltoft, Copenhagen Film Fund

    The new Copenhagen Film Fund is looking to back international film and TV projects. Wendy Mitchell talks to CEO Thomas Gammeltoft about how the fund can help lure projects to Denmark.
  • Thor 2 adds thunderous $94m

    UPDATED: Thor: The Dark World continued to impress as it generated an estimated $94m from 66 territories through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International to boost the running total to $240.9m.
  • Thor delivers $86.1m hammer blow

    Marvel Studios’ Thor: The Dark World stormed to the top of the North American charts on an estimated $86.1m to produce the ninth biggest November debut in history.
  • TIFF unveils strategic plan

    TIFF director and CEO Piers Handling has announced the organisation’s vision through 2017 in an ambitious document that aims to transform TIFF into the global centre of film.
  • TIFF: Tokyo’s finest

    Tokyo International Film Festival provided a launch pad for a number of rising Japanese talents. Wendy Mitchell met seven of the directors.
  • Tiger's Tail at AFM

    Thursday’s queues at the Loews weren’t for In-N-Out burgers, but instead for the tiger cubs making an appearance at the Epic Pictures office to promote Michael Sarna’s A Tiger’s Tail.
  • TrustNordisk closes deals on Ragnarok

    Family adventure sells to China, Indonesia, Spain, Brazil and Thailand.
  • Under the Skin sets UK release date

    StudioCanal has announced when it will open the alien drama starring Scarlett Johansson.
  • Uni denies Relativity-Focus reports

    EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Media made enquiries last month to buy Focus Features after the corporate shake-up at Universal was announced, according to several well placed sources.
  • Universal clocks into Hooligan Factory

    EXCLUSIVE: Altitude sells hooligan spoof to Universal’s international home ent division.
  • UPIE catches Elijah Wood's Cooties

    Universal Pictures Entertainment has taken UK, Germany, Benelux and Brazil rights from Synchronicity Entertainment to horror comedy Cooties.
  • Virgin Media Shorts reveals winner

    Judges Shane Meadows, David Tennant and Mat Whitecross attend ceremony at the BFI IMAX in London.
  • Vision finds Comedy Warriors

    Vision Films has acquired worldwide sales rights and to Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor and will distribute directly in the US and Canada.
  • Vladar sells Generation Iron

    EXCLUSIVE: New York-based The Vladar Company has closed a trio of high-profile deals at AFM on the documentary.
  • Walter Mitty to close Camerimage

    Terry Gilliam to present The Zero Theorem as the festival’s second opening night film.
  • Well Go USA bulks up with Muscle

    Well Go USA has acquired all North American rights to Snowfort Pictures and Automatic Entertainment’s American Muscle.
  • Wes Anderson “would” make 3D movie

    Moonrise Kingdom director says he would consider making a 3D film; and would like to turn his new short for Prada into a series set around the world.
  • What's ahead for Creative England

    In her speech at Creative England’s second anniversary celebration, chief executive Caroline Norbury said talented creatives across the country need support to drive the creative industries’ economic contributions.
  • Will Ferrell tribute, Viennale

    Photos from a tribute to comic actor Will Ferrell at the Vienna International Film Festival.
  • Winfrey for SBIFF honour

    Oprah Winfrey will collect the Montecito Award at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 5 2014.
  • Winterbottom's 'Angel' begins shoot

    Drama is a fictionalised adaptation of Angel Face, the bestselling book about Amanda Knox, the US student accused on the murder of her UK flatmate Meredith Kercher.
  • Youku Tudou's Zhu to keynote at ATF

    Youku Tudou’s Chief Content Officer, Sunny Xiangyang Zhu [pictured], will deliver the opening keynote at the 2013 Asia TV Forum & Market on Dec 3 in Singapore.