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15 April 2010

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  • 22 Bullets (L'immortel)

    Dir: Richard Berry. France. 2010. 116mins
  • A few dollars more

    Australia may have scenic locations and world-class studios, infrastructure and facilities, but the exchange rate is deterring overseas shoots. Sandy George looks at what the industry is doing to end the drought.
  • A sporting chance

    The soccer World Cup in South Africa (June 11-July 11) will attract global audiences in their billions. How will international distributors compete? Jeremy Kay reports
  • A tale of three cities

    The rise of mainland China as a massive market could have stubbed out originality across Chinese-speaking Asia, but production centres in Taipei and Hong Kong have ensured diversity and fresh vision.
  • Abu Dhabi Festival launches $500,000 production fund

    The newly rebranded Abu Dhabi Film Festival is launching a fund totalling $500,000 per year to support productions from the Arab region.
  • Aruba International Film Festival plans green initiatives in first year

    AIFF, founded by Giuseppe Cioccarelli and Jonathan Vieira,said it wanted to “play an active role in preserving and protecting the beautiful ecosystem that defines the beautiful island nation of Aruba.”
  • As the volcanic dust settles

    Perhaps the only thing that is clear following the travel chaos that engulfed Europe last week is just how enmeshed the US film industry has become with the rest of the world.
  • Australia: a brand new day?

    Editor Mike Goodridge introduces Screen’s Australia territory focus.
  • Cemetery Junction in the UK, Spain welcomes The Maid

    ScreenDaily’s weekly round-up of the local and independent openings in key European markets this week.
  • Direct response unit

    The UK Film Council’s latest three-year plan, launched on April 1, is designed to meet the needs of an industry facing mounting market challenges. Chief executive officer John Woodward explains strategy to Mike Goodridge
  • Happy together

    Australian producers are looking to team up with foreign partners to exploit the benefits of the country’s co-production incentives. Sandy George reports.
  • IIFAs headed to Sri Lanka in June

    The 2010 International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from June 3-5.
  • London-based Berkeley Square launches as production, finance, sales outfit

    Film and finance veterans launching the venture are Paul Tamasy, Daniel Figuero, Justin Howard, Stephen Metcalfe, John Tibbs and Star Wars star Mark Hamill.
  • Mod Producciones boards Arevalo’s comedy Primos

    Agora producers Mod Producciones have joined Daniel Sanchez Arevalo’s new $4m comedy project Primos as co-producers alongside Atipica Films.
  • Paramount takes UK rights to Killing Bono from Salt

    Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan star in Nick Hamm’s Irish comedy; Paramount will release in UK and Ireland.
  • Pearl & Dean acquired by Thomas Anderson subsidiary Image Ltd.

    Thomas Anderson created the newly incorporated Image Ltd. specifically for this deal, which is subject to shareholder approval.
  • Producing results in Australia

    Australia’s generous producer offset incentive is giving local film-makers a major boost, with a range of ambitious projects in the pipeline. But films with foreign elements are at the mercy of a shadowy discretionary system which is causing controversy, reports Sandy George.
  • Screen's Global Top 10 - April 09-11

    Screen International’s top 10 films worldwide this weekend.
  • Shooting for the stars

    Despite a tough market, event film and mini-series still make sense for European broadcasters keen to build audience loyalty. But attracting high-profile talent can be vital for financing and sales. Andy Fry reports
  • The bigger picture

    Blacklight Transmedia has ambitious plans to create original franchises that can be exploited across multiple platforms ? and has a rare first-look deal with Imagine Entertainment. Jeremy Kay reports.
  • The European property market

    This month, Screen begins ongoing coverage of the European book scene - always a fertile hunting ground for movie producers. Patricia Dobson previews 30 of the tastiest unoptioned books and graphic novels set for publication in 2010-11.
  • The small screen’s big guns

    High-end TV movies and mini-series are becoming more ambitious in scope, and increasingly use high-profile theatrical talent on both sides of the camera. On the eve of MIP-TV (April 12-16), John Hazelton explores the evolution of the event TV business in the US.
  • The specialised space race

    The UK’s specialist distributors are competing to secure screens for their arthouse and foreign-language fare in a squeezed exhibition sector. Geoffrey Macnab reports.
  • The track record behind the Title

    The last year may have seen some costly underperformers in The Boat That Rocked and Green Zone but, as Leonard Klady reports, Universal-owned Working Title Films can draw on a stellar track record and a series of franchises to move forward.
  • Tribeca takes on distribution

    The ambitious Tribeca Film Festival (April 21-May 2) is exploring ways of reaching out to audiences far beyond its New York base. Jeremy Kay reports
  • UK box office up 16% in first quarter of 2010

    Between January and March this year, the UK box office took $448.3m (£291.1m), compared with $386m (£250.80m) in 2009, according to new FDA figures.
  • Weekly International Box Office April 14

    ScreenDaily brings you the weekly international box-office news.
  • Why libraries are losing value

    With the MGM and Miramax catalogues both on the block, John Hazelton explores the health of the dwindling library business and looks at whether emerging platforms will improve revenues