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2 October 2008

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  • How can international projects access the region's slowly increasingnumbers of subsidies and incentives' JEAN NOH explores the key entrypointsFilmindustries in Asia are comparatively young and less developed thantheir Western counterparts, where government subsidies and taxincentives are available more readily.Therefore the major reasons for shooting in Asia have usually had more to do with tapping into growth markets an
  • 14th Encounters Short Film Festival is launched

    Encounters hosted a preview party as a prelude to the Encounters Short Film Festival (Nov 18-23) at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden on Tuesday.BAFTA-award-winning actor and director, Paddy Considine, triple Oscar winner, Richard Williams, and Clare Kitson, the former Channel 4 commissioner, are among the guests confirmed for the five day festival of international short film and animation in Bristol.There will be screenings of over 300 international short films and animations
  • 513 films, 102 world premieres lined up to screen at AFM

    Organisers at the 29th AFM have announced a line-up of 513 films in 35 languages including 102 world premieres and 375 market premieres to screen at the event, set to run in Santa Monica from November 5-12.World premieres include QED International's drama Powder Blue starring Jessica Biel, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Liotta and Patrick Swayze, as well as Yari Film Group's crime caper The Lonely Maiden starr
  • 90% of digital screens not adequate for 3D experience, film-maker claims

    Only one-in-10 of digital screens is adequate for 3D screenings, claims pioneering 3D film-maker Ben Stassen.Stassen is CEO of Brussels-based nWave which has been behing a series of successful IMAX projects and this year released 3D animation Fly Me To The Moon. But although he claims 3D is the 'second revolution in the history of the cinema after sound,' he told
  • A French Gigolo (Cliente)

    Dir: Josiane Balasko. France. 2008.102mins.Nathalie Baye gives a classy, nuanced performance as a successful divorced woman who pays young male escorts for sex in A French Gigolo (Cliente). Writer, director and co-star Josiane Balasko's intelligent take on how the need for money and/or sex dictates human behaviour is consistently engaging and never sordid. As an excellent conversation starter and press topic, the film should enjoy a high profile in France and has art hou
  • Abbott Vision in talks to acquire Tightrope Pictures

    Writer's think-tank Abbott Vision, headed by Paul Abbott, aims to buy out producer Hilary Bevan Jones from her share of their independent production company Tightrope Pictures and rename it Abbott Productions.Abbott, creator of Shameless, aims to expand Abbott Vision through production of new drama and other content, for which Tightrope Pictures will become the production arm.The potential buy out reflects Bevan Jones' (Deputy Chair of Bafta) move from TV production into
  • Adams relocates to Australia to produce studio-financed films

    Former Participant Productions executive Chris Adams is planning to relocate from Los Angeles to Brisbane, Australia, and expand his business interests to encompass financing features developed by Melbourne-based actor, writer and filmmaker Steve Kearney. 'Steve is the creative genius and I'm the deal maker,' said Adams, who is American. Asked whether the move was motivated by the 40 per cent offset that is now available to producers of Australian films, he said: 'I'm interested in making
  • Argentina opts for Pablo Trapero's Lion's Den as Oscar entry

    The Argentinian Academy of Film Arts and Science has selected Pablo Trapero's fifth feature Leonera (Lion's Den) as its submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 81st Academy Awards.Trapero's film received 29 votes; Leonardo Favio's Aniceto, 19, and Daniel Burman's Empty Nest, 14Leonera tells th
  • Asia Film Finance 2008

    ASIAN FILM FINANCESpecial features Introduction: The world turns EastThe rise of Asian film fundsKorea opportunities
  • Asia Film Finance: Korea opportunities

    Now the local bubble has burst, Korean funds are starting to invest in foreign films. JEAN NOH reportsInthe late 1990s, South Korea's government came to the realisation thatit takes a comparatively vast number of Hyundai car exports to equalthe profits of a single Hollywood hit. Economic motivation to createemployment, coupled with a cultural policy to develop national cinema,spurred the government to create several film funds through t
  • Asia Film Finance: The world turns East

    From an investor's point of view, the East Asian film industry is an exciting story: large markets across the region, lower production costs relative to the US and Europe, and the major growth engine of China, where box office has quadrupled to $459m in five years. Due to the rising box office and the strength of local product in many territories, there is no shortage of deep-pocketed individuals and corporations, both within and outside the industry, willing to invest in production.
  • Asian Film Finance: Asia opens up

    How can international projects access the region's slowly increasingnumbers of subsidies and incentives' JEAN NOH explores the key entrypointsFilm industries in Asia are comparatively young and less developed than their Western counterparts, where government subsidies and tax incentives are available more readily.Therefore the major reasons for shooting in Asia have usually had more to do with tapping into growth markets and l
  • Asian Film Finance: Asian Film Funds

    The Asian film funds targeting international co-productionsThe following is a selection of film funds that are either up and running or in the process of being established in Asia. The list focuses on funds that are open to international co-productions and other projects from outside their country of origin. It is not comprehensive due to constraints of space and the fact some funds have not been publicly announced.
  • Asian Film Finance: Asian film funds on the rise

    Outside of Korea, where the influx of funds and venture capital helped the local film industry grow to become a regional force, film funds have had a few false starts across the rest of Asia. Several funds have been announced but failed to leave the starting blocks or to fill their coffers. And the longer-established funds that invest in filmed content - such as the IDG China Media Fund and Taiwanese entrepreneur Alan Lin's Media Vantage - only dabble in film, while they focus on int
  • Asian Film Finance: Debt financing

    In a region awash with equity, where film-makers and banks eye each other with caution, it is not surprising the Asian film industry does not use debt financing to a great degree. In general, banks are not familiar with production companies and distributors so do not know how to measure risk, while the film-makers are unwilling to burden themselves with the rigours of accounting and scheduling that banks and completion-bond companies demand.
  • Asian Film Finance: Government Organisations

    Asian national and regional governmentorganisations that offer locations support and/or monetary incentivesto international co-productions or foreign films shooting in eachterritory CHINA China Film Co-production CorpNo incentives but offers a range of services to facilitate Sino-foreignco-productions including sourcing local par
  • Asian Film Finance: Korea opportunities

    Now the local bubble has burst, Korean funds are starting to invest in foreign films. JEAN NOH reportsIn the late 1990s, South Korea's government came to the realisation that it takes a comparatively vast number of Hyundai car exports to equal the profits of a single Hollywood hit. Economic motivation to create employment, coupled with a cultural policy to develop national cinema, spurred the government to create several film funds throug
  • Asian Film Finance: Ventures Into China

    As China’s production levels and boxoffice are booming, the nascent local industry is starting to attractoutside capital and bank financing.
  • Atom Egoyan to receive Douglas Sirk award

    Filmfest Hamburg will honour Canadian writer-director Atom Egoyan this weekend with the Douglas Sirk Award.Egoyan will be recognised for his outstanding services to film cu
  • Australia - Blind Ambition

    Matthew Newton has a passion for stories about male relationships. Three Blind Mice, which he wrote, directed and starred in, follows three young Australian navy officers who have one last night in Sydney before going to Iraq. It won a special commendation when it premiered at the Sydney Film Festival and received positive reviews at Toronto earlier this month. Prior to that was the 2004 experimental feature, Right Here, Right Now, about friends who intervene with a suicidal you
  • Ayres' Scratch The Surface one of ten at SPAAmart

    Tony Ayres is attached to direct Scratch The Surface, which is inspired by the murder of two-year-old James Bulger, who was brutally murdered by the two youngsters that calmly lead him away from a UK shopping centre 15 years ago. The film is one of ten projects given the thumbs up from selectors for the financing market SPAAmart, being held on November 13 and 14 alongside the annual conference of the Screen Producers Association of Australia on Queensland 's Gold Coast.'The
  • Belgium - Jungle fever

    How do you shoot an epic Apocalypse Now-style drama in the Far East on a budget of $5.1m (EUR3.5m)' That was the challenge Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz set himself with Vinyan, the follow-up to his critical hit, Calvaire.The new film, shot in English and starring Emmanuelle Beart and Rufus Sewell, follows a couple who have lost their child in the Asian tsunami. In their search for him, they travel from Thailand into Burma.Apocalypse Now famously t
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua

    Dir Raja Gosnell. US. 2008. 86mins.Disney's Beverly Hills Chihuahua is amediocre family comedy, mixing cute banter between CGI-enhanced talking pooches with message-laden adventure and a dollop of travelogue. But while it doesn't work particularly well on any of those levels, it is a colourful addition to the always popular talking dog genre. So, with a pack of adorable mutts to drive the marketing, a studio as expert in this area as Disney (think 101 Dalmatians, Eight B
  • Boxing clever

    UK distributor Revolver Entertainment is planning the territory's first all-platform day-and-date release.The Boxing Day release of Steven Sheil's low-budget horror film Mum & Dad will open simultaneously in theatres, video-on-demand, electronic sell-through and rental. A similar US release is planned for Mother's Day 2009.The move will reopen the often fractious discussion about release windows but managing director Justin Marciano says the company was not courting contr
  • Cape No. 7 becomes Taiwan's top-grossing film of the year

    Taiwan's Cape No. 7 has become the number one film at the Taipei box office in 2008, grossing over $4m. Wei Te-sheng's debut film surged ahead of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and The Dark Knight at the weekend, but figures were not immediately available as Taiwan endured its biggest typhoon of the year. Nationwide figures now exceed $8m.As the film approaches its seventh weekend on release, there are no signs that interest in Cape
  • Captain Abu Raed wins inaugural Finnkino Prize

    Jordanian film-maker Aman Matalqadebut feature Captain Abu Raed has won the inaugural Finnkino Prize at the Helsinki International Film Festival. Click here to see review.The audience-voted prize- the first to be awarded at what for the last 20 years has been a non-competitive event - includes a Finnish distribution deal via Finnkino.Captain Abu Raed beat nine competitors to the top honour, adding to its previous audi
  • Cheadle, Swinton, Frears join Penn in Britannia Awards lineup

    Don Cheadle will receive the BAFTA/LA Humanitarian Award, Tilda Swinton the Britannia Award For British Artist Of The Year and Stephen Frears the John Schlesinger Britannia Award For Artistic Excellence In Directing at the 17th Annual BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards on November 6 in Los Angeles.Cheadle's humanitarian efforts include co-founding Not On Our Watch, a non-profit organisation dedicated to ending genocide. In 2007, he co-authored Not On Our Watch
  • China's launches legal film streaming network

    Beijing-based has launched an online film distribution network, which will stream around 1,500 films from the US, Hong Kong and Korea. Shao Yiding, CEO of Voole, announced at the China Internet Conference that Voole has signed digital distribution deals with Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers Pictures, Koreanbroadcaster MBC and Hong Kong companies Media Asia, Sundream Motion Pictures, Universe Films, Mandarin Films and Filmko. Most of the deals were closed earlier this year.C
  • Chinese domestic films reach record 57% market share

    Chinese authorities have announced that the territory's box office revenues reached $347.21m (RMB2.368bn) up until the end of August, which is a 31% increase from the same period in 2007. In addition, the market share of local films (including co-production films) was much higher than in the past, accounting for 56.6% of the total market with $196.48m (RMB1.34bn), during the period from January to August.La Peking, the newly promoted deputy director of the Film Bureau, under the St
  • Clint Eastwood named director of the year at Hollywood Awards

    Clint Eastwood will receive the Hollywood Director Of The Year Award at the 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards Gala on October 27 in Beverly Hills.'Just when you think Clint Eastwood is about to take a breath, he shoots two films in a year and starts prepping a third and barely thinks any of that is worth mentioning,' film-maker and awards gala co-chair Paul Haggis said.'He brings dignity, grace, humility, humour, quiet confidence and a sense of ease t
  • Danish production Valhalla Rising completes shooting

    After ten weeks in the Scottish highlands, shooting on Nicolas Winding Refn's Valhalla Rising has been completed. The film stars Bond villain Mads Mikkelsenk as One-Eye, a savage warrior held captive by a clan leader. With the help of a young child, he escapes on a Viking ship which leads to a new land rich with secrets. Danish director Refn was behind the Pusher trilogy and also wrote Valhalla Rising along with Roy Jacobsen. The Danish, Scottish, French co-p
  • David J Anderman named general counsel for Lucasfilm

    David J. Anderman has been named general counsel for Lucasfilm Ltd and will now oversee all business affairs and legal issues for the privately held company.Anderman has been a key member of Lucasfilm's legal team since he joined the company in 1998 as associate director of business affairs. He was named director of corporate business affairs in 2001 and was promoted in 2005 to senior director of business affairs.Since joining Lucasfilm, he has overseen legal matters rela
  • Deepa Mehta to be honoured by LA's Loyola Marymount SFTV

    Loyola Marymount University's School Of Film And Television (SFTV) will honour Deepa Mehta with the 2008 Infinite Power Of Story Lifetime Achievement Award.Mehta will receive the award during the univesity's Film Outside The Frame Festival on October 13 at the DGA in Los Angeles.. She will also be the first recipient of the Cosgrove Distinguished Visiting Artist appointment at SFTV. Her credits include Water, Sam & Me and
  • DiLorenzo named evp of strategy and business development at FFE

    Marc DiLorenzo has been named executive vice president of strategy and business development for Fox Filmed Entertainment (FFE).DiLorenzo will take an active role in extending the brand of FFE properties into digital and other revenue channels both inside and outside the studio. He will also oversee deal analyses for all FFE titles.He previously served as COO and managing director for Citigroup's private bank division and prior to that served as a strategy and business dev
  • Disney announce record advance bookings in UK for High School 3

    Three weeks before its release of The Disney Channel adaptation High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK has announced the film has recorded the biggest advance bookings for a film in the UK.As of October 1 cinemas across the UK have taken bookings valued at more than £500,000 ($889,740). The UK's largest chain Odeon Cinemas has reported advance bookings of £245,205 ($436,337), beating the record set by
  • Distribution Workshop kickstarts slate with Rain Fall

    Distribution Workshop, the new Hong Kong-based production and sales outfit founded by Nansun Shi and Jeffrey Chan, has picked up international rights outside Japan to upcoming Japanese thriller Rain Fall, starring Gary Oldman. The $12m film, directed by Australian Max Mannix and produced by Japan's Satoru Iseki and Megumi Fukasawa, is currently in post-production in Australia after shooting in New York and Tokyo.Based on the best-selling novel by Barry Eisler, the film stars
  • Dream (Bi Mong)

    Dir: Kim Ki-duk. Korea-Japan. 2008. 93mins.
  • Eagle Eye

    Dir: D.J. Caruso. US. 2008. 117 mins.A slickly-packaged yet ultimately-unpersuasive political action thriller, Eagle Eye collapses under the weight of various story incongruities, in large part because its sprawling, conspiratorial plot and mode of storytelling don't ever fully align. A re-teaming of Disturbia director D.J. Caruso and star Shia Labeouf, the movie represents a crucial test of commercial leading man viability for the young act
  • Eagle Eye lifts Sept box office in North America with $29.2m opening

    The paranoia thriller Eagle Eye starring Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan stormed to the top of the charts over the weekend, grossing an estimated $29.2m and helping overall box office climb 12.3% against the same weekend last year.Overall ticket sales amounted to $102m compared to $90.8m in the same weekend in 2007. If estimates stand up on Monday the Eagle Eye launch will become the fourth biggest S
  • Eleven Arts indulges in Daytime Drinking

    Ahead of the upcoming Asian Film Market, South Korea's Fine Cut has announced deals for Toronto Discovery section film Daytime Drinking, which sold to Eleven Arts for North America, and horror film Hansel And Gretel, which went to Terracota Media for the UK and MFA+ Distribution for Germany and Austria. Earlier this month, Evokative Films also picked up Hansel And Gretel for Canada, and it had also previously sold to France, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Greece, Ben
  • Elissa Down wins Australian Directors award for The Black Balloon

    The director of The Black Balloon, Elissa Down, has won the highest feature film accolade for 2008 from her peers at the Australian Directors Guild (AWG). Click here for review.But the film's producer, Tristram Miall, collected the award on her behalf at a dinner last night (Saturday) in Sydney because she is where many Australian directors go to work after making a successful first film: Los Angeles.An autistic character is cen
  • Empty Nest (El Nido Vacio)

    Dir: Daniel Burman. Argentina-Spain-France-Italy. 2008. 90mins.A quietly humorous study of the late-life crisis afflicting a no longer young married couple, Empty Nest represents a return to form for Argentinian director Daniel Burman after the humdrum Family Law. Already big in Argentina - where it notched up 150,000 admissions in its first two weeks on release - the film has a cross-borde
  • Entertainment One plans North American stock exchange listing

    Multi-national content company Entertainment One (E1) is planning a reverse takeover of Canadian television producer and distributor DHX Media, a move that will give E1 a listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange. E1 currently trades on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM), a sub-market of the London bourse.E1 CEO Darren Throop will be appointed CEO of the combined business, which retains the E1 trademark. Senior DHX executives will report to the television division under E1's president
  • First Branchage Jersey Film Festival heralds possible tax credit

    The first Branchage Jersey Film Festival (Sept 25-28) kicked off last night with a gala screening of the multiple-festival-winning Man On Wire at the Jersey Opera House.Following the screening, producer Simon Chinn revealed that he isworking on another documentary project with Man On Wire director James Marsh.The festival aims to promote Jersey as a potential location for international film makers, as well as showcasing local talent. In addition, UK producers and
  • Four festival favourites nominated for European Film Award

    The directors of Hunger, Snijeg, Tatil Kitabit and Tulpan have been nominated for a European Film award. The European Discovery award is given to a young, upcoming director for a first full-length feature film.Steve McQueen has been nominated for Hunger, which covers the events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike in the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland. Written by Enda Walsh and McQueen, it won the Camera d'Or Prize in
  • Franklin, Milano promoted to vps of production at Columbia

    DeVon Franklin and Adam Milano have been promoted to vice presidents of production and Lauren Abrahams has been named creative executive for Columbia Pictures.Franklin joined the studio in 2005 from MGM where he served as an executive and shepherded such projects as Be Cool and Beauty Shop. During his tenure at Sony Pictures he has helped to oversee The Pursuit Of Happy
  • Ghent boasts 130-strongline-up with major film music events

    The 35th Ghent International Film Festival (October 7-18) will screen 131 films from 45 countries.The event will also feature industry events, five major film music concerts and an exhibitions devoted to Harold Lloyd.Ghent begins with a screening ofWoody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona before its official opening night film, Tom McCarthy's The Visitor.The event closes on October 17 with Darren Aronofsky's Golden Lion winner The Wrestler.Am
  • Global Film Initiative has Getting Home, Mutum in 2009 series

    The Global Film Initiative has announced its Global Lens 2009 series of touring films, a typically cosmopolitan selection that features entries from as far afield as Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Macedonia and Mozambique.The series includes three North American premieres for Nan Triveni Achnas' Indonesian drama about a struggling prostitute The Photograph, Teresa Prata's family quest set in war-torn Mozambique in Sleep
  • Heaven On Earth to open eighth MIAAC Film Festival in New York

    Deepa Mehta's Heaven On Earth will open the eighth Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festival in New York on November 5 while Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire is the centerpiece screening and Sooni Taraporevala's Little Zizou will close the event on November 9.Heaven On Earth references Indian mythology and mag
  • here! buys worldwide rights to gay marriage doc Saving Marriage

    here! Films has acquired worldwide rights to John Henning and Mike Roth's 2006 gay marriage documentary Saving! sister company Regent Releasing has moved up the release date to October 10 in select cities as part of the push to defeat Proposition 8 in California. If passed, the controversial ballot measure will ban same-sex marriage in the State by amending the California Constitution to say that only marriage between a man and a
  • Hicks starts production on Boys Are Back In Town

    Scott Hicks has started shooting UK-Australia co-production The Boys Are Back In Town, which is billed as a love story between a single parent, played by Clive Owen, and his two sons. The producers Tim White (Two Hands) and Greg Brenman (Billy Elliott) have sold North American rights in advance, which is rare for a film made in Australia. Miramax has these and other key European rights and Hopscotch Films will distribute locally. HanWay Films is the international sale
  • Hollywood mourns passing of screen legend Paul Newman

    Tributes have poured in all weekend for Paul Newman, who died at his farmhouse home near Westport, Connecticut, on Friday [September 26] following a long fight against cancer. He was 83.'There is a point where feelings go beyond words,' Robert Redford, a longtime friend who famously starred alongside Newman in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and The Sting, said. 'I have lost a real friend. My life -
  • How To Lose Friends & Alienate People

    Dir: Robert Weide. 2008. 109mins.The big-screen translation of Brit journalist Toby Young's doomed sojourn at Vanity Fair is a slick package that recalls everything from The Devil Wears Prada to A Fish Called Wanda (mainly for the dead dog gag). It's a breezy interpretation which should turn out the crowds at home in the UK and may well attract some of the Prada crowd in the US; ultimately, it's a great bet for ancillary and a commercially s
  • IFC Films picks up Man From London for direct to VOD service

    IFC Entertainment has acquired US rights from Fortissimo Films to Bela Tarr's Hungarian drama Man From London starring Tilda Swinton.The film, which premiered in competition in Cannes 2007, will go out through IFC's Festival Direct VOD service.Tarr adapted the screenplay with Laszlo Krasznahorkai from Belgian writer Georges Simenon's novel about a railway worker trapped in a bleak routine who chances upon a suitcase filled with cas
  • In Focus: Epoch and Killer join forces for Gigantic

    Gigantic, which saw its world premiere in Toronto recently, represents the first co-production between Epoch Films run by Mindy Goldberg and Killer Films run by Christine Vachon.Epoch Films is a prosperous 19-year-old commercials production company which was created by Goldberg in 1989 as a place where talented young directors could gain a foothold in the competitive commercials mainstream. Now with offices in New York, Los Angeles and London, the company is a market leader.
  • In Focus: Is Asia Crunch proof'

    On a macro level, the credit crunch is only just starting to bite in Asia, a year after North America and Europe, but is not expected to have the same impact. Most pundits agree the major economies of the region will continue to grow in 2009, albeit more slowly than in previous years, while Japan remains flat as it has for decades. China, which relies heavily on exports, may see its GDP growth slide into single digits but it is still likely to hover around 9.5%.Deal-making across
  • India rolls out three big titles for Eid, Gandhi holidays

    Two big Hindi movies and a Pakistani film are set to open on Thursday, October 2, in India in order to capitalise on the Eid and Gandhi Jayanti (Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary) holidays. Traditionally, the Muslim festival of Eid and the Hindu festival of Diwali are the two big holidays that distributors in India eye for strategic releases. This year they come three weeks apart with Diwali taking place on Oct 28.The two Hindi films that will open in cinemas across India and the
  • International - Springboard for Hitler

    Russian comedy Hitler Kaput! enjoyed a $6m opening weekend in three territories, and was the highest new entry in this week's Screen International chart. Distributed by Central Partnership, it played across 773 screens in three territories.The film, directed by Marius Balchunas, stars Sam Arutunian and Andrei Baliakin. Despite a good performance at the box office, the parody about the Nazi occupation of Russia did not come close to Russia's biggest opener The Very Best
  • International sales for Chinese Lala's Gun picked up by Three Dots

    Taipei-based Three Dots Entertainment picked up international sales rights to Chinese director Ning Jingwu's Lala's Gun, at the annual Beijing Screenings held last week.The deal marks the first time that Three Dotsis handlinginternational sales for a film directed by a mainland Chinese filmmaker.Three Dots follows Peggy Chiao's Arclight Films as a Taiwan company representing a mainland Chinese film in the international market. It will bring the film to the upcoming Asian
  • Interview: Pusan festival director Kim Dong-ho

    Which festivals do you enjoy'Cannes and Berlin are huge and they can be complicated, but they have the advantage of letting you meet lots of people. I like Rotterdam for the same reason. As for a smaller, quieter but well-run festival with substance, I would pick Karlovy Vary. Locarno has its industry slant and I personally like going there, too.What is the blueprint for a good festival'The selected films have to b
  • Irish exhibitors to receive grants for switch to digital

    Ireland's Cultural Cinema Consortium has announced a scheme which will provide funding for the purchase and installation of digital projection equipment in Irish cinemas. The consortium comprises the Arts Council and the Irish Film Board (IFB),The grants will be made available to full-time cinema operators who can demonstrate that they already offer 'a clear majority of diverse programming on a year-round basis.' Grants made through the scheme will cover 85% of the installation costs f
  • James Earl Jones to receive SAG lifetime achievement award

    James Earl Jones will receive SAG's most prestigious accolade the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award For Career achievement And Humanitarian Accomplishment at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 25 2009 in Los Angeles.SAG presents the annual award to a recipient it feels embodies the 'finest ideals of the acting profession' and the organisation's president Alan Rosenberg hailed Jones for an acting career and a vocal presence 'without peer'.'His l
  • Japan's Avex and Docomo establish mobile contents company

    Avex Group film subsidiary Avex Entertainment and mobile communications giant NTT Docomo have partnered to establish a company to create mobile contents. Under the name Avex Broadcasting & Communications Inc, the company will incorporate next February and begin operations in March. Avex will contribute 70% and Docomo 30% of start-up capital totaling $33m (Y3.5bn), with an additional $33m of capital reserve.Mobile market leader Docomo brings its vast cellular network and cutting edg
  • Japan's Toy-be changes names, launches Singapore co-production

    Japanese film and media company Toy-be Entertainment is being renamed and relaunched as Adways Entertainment Co, following a capital alliance with Tokyo-listed mobile and internet advertising agency Adways Group in August. Adways Entertainment has also announced the first project for its 2008/2009 slate, which is a Japan-Singapore co-production tentatively titled Thunderboys.Toy-Be's core producers such as founder Taku Ushiyama, Beijing-based film producer Lim Young Chien an
  • Korea's Gwangju Citygets promotionboost from October,Metafive

    Hong Kong-based October Pictures and Korean visual effects company Metafive Art, Science And Magic have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOU) with South Korea's Gwangju Metropolitan City to promote Gwangju as an Asian hub for international CGI projects. The two companies are also collaborating with Kinomotive Studio - founded by Hong Kong CGI veteran Frankie Chung (Kung Fu Hustle, Curse Of The Golden Flower) - to do VFX on upcoming production Beverly Hills Ninja 2 in Gwangj
  • Kristina Warner joins RealD as vp of marketing

    Kristina Warner has joined 3D provider RealD as vice president of marketing and will oversee the global expansion of the brand.Warner previously served as vice president of exhibitor relations for New Line Cinema and started her career in 1995 at Columbia Pictures International.'Kristina's background and her solid relationships with exhibitors and distributors make her the perfect candidate to lead our marketing efforts as we get ready for '09, which is shaping up to be a
  • Loveridge joins Eastwest Filmdistribution

    International film industry stalwart Helen Loveridge has joined the sales team of EastWest Filmdistribution working out of its London office.Speaking to Screendaily at this week's Zurich Producers Forum, Eastwest's co-founder Sasha Wieser explained that Loveridge will be working alongside the head of sales Alan Rudoff and be responsible for sales to Germany, France, Benelux territories and Scandinavia.One of the founders of sales agent Fortissimo Films, Loveridge also served fro
  • Mackiewicz joins Wright as co-president of Regent Worldwide Sales

    Liz Mackiewicz has been named co-president alongside Adam Wright of Regent Entertainment's sale division Regent Worldwide Sales.Mackiewicz recently served as senior vice president of international sales at Morgan Creek International and will share with Wright oversight of all management and distribution initiatives as the ten-year-old company looks to expand.'We are incredibly fortunate to have Liz join the Regent team,' Regent co-founder and president Paul Colichman said
  • Madman takes Oz rights to The Good, The Bad, The Weird

    Leading Korean distributor CJ Entertainment has announced the sale of the international version of Kim Jee-woon's The Good, The Bad, The Weird to Madman for Australia. It was noted in the beginning of the 'working version' of Kim's Oriental Western which screened in Cannes earlier this year that post-production was unfinished. The film was re-edited for local audiences - adding comedic elements and some scenes with anti-Japanese independence fighters, and was released to local box
  • Maggie Q heads cast of Tian's Warrior And The Wolf

    Maggie Q has been cast to play the lead role in Chinese Fifth Generation director Tian Zhuangzhuang's epic drama The Warrior And The Wolf, which is being produced by Hong Kong's Bill Kong and partners from Japan, China and SingaporeShe will star opposite Japanese actor Joe Odagiri (Tokyo Tower, Shinobi) and the cast also includes Taiwan's Tou Chung-hua (Lust, Caution). Based on a short novel by renowned Japanese writer Inoue Yasushi, the project is currently fi
  • Mamma Mia! continues to sing with Italian opening this weekend

    Universal's international champion Mamma Mia! has reached a staggering $361.9m through UPI and studio top brass will expect another command performance when the musical adaptation opens in Italy on October 3.However Mamma Mia! faces a strong challenge for its international crown from DreamWorks-Paramount's thriller Eagle Eye, which begins a major roll-out this we
  • Men's Group, Son Of A Lion and The Black Balloon vie for Australian awards

    The Black Balloon is the stand-out nominee in Australia's 10th Inside Film Awards with 10 nominations including best film, director and script. Director Elissa Down's story, based on her own family, was produced by Tristram Miall.The Black Balloon 's two rivals for best film are Men's Group, produced by director Michael Joy and John L Simpson, and Son Of A Lion
  • Momentum Pictures acquires rights to The Crew

    Momentum Pictures has acquired all UK and Irish rights to The Crew, a thriller based on the novel Outlaws by Kevin Sampson.The Crew stars Scot Williams (Backbeat, The Tulse Luper Suitcases), Kenny Doughty (Elizabeth, Crush) Rory McCann (Alexander, Hot Fuzz) and Stephen Graham (This is England and Michael Mann's forthcoming Public Enemies).It is directed by Adrian
  • National Federation of the Blind condemns Meireilles' Blindness

    The US-based National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has condemned Fernando Meirelle's Cannes opener Blindness as 'harmful' to the blind because it portrays blind people as 'monsters'. The interest group plans to stage protests at 79 cinemas across the US where the film is screening. The Canada-Brazil-Japan coproduction opens October 3 through Miramax in the US and Alliance Films in Canada. The allied Canadian Federation of the Blind (CFB) will
  • NATO welcomes digital agreement between five studios, exhibitors

    The National Association Of Theatre Owners (NATO) has hailed the agreement between five leading studios and North American's three largest exhibitors that paves the way for the long overdue conversion to digital cinema.Disney, Paramount, Fox, Universal and Lionsgate are understood to have reached an agreement with AMC Entertainment, Cinemark and Regal Cinemas on the structuring of virtual print fees to pay for the conversion process in a deal that complies with the requirements of Di
  • Pandora's Box wins the Golden Shell at San Sebastian

    Yesim Ustaoglu's coming home drama Pandora's Box has won the Golden Shell for best film at the 56th edition of San Sebastian.An international premiere at the festival, Ustaoglu's Turkish-French-German-Belgian co-production tells the story of three siblings forced to put their differences aside to find their missing mother.The film beat off strong competition from the likes of Kristian Levring's Fear Me No
  • Paramount signs to handle worldwide on next five Marvel films

    Buoyed by the $574m global success of the sumer tentpole Iron Man, Paramount Pictures has signed a deal to handle worldwide distribution on the next five films from Marvel Studios.The deal extends the original agreement between Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey and Marvel and covers territories previously served by local distributors in Japan, Germany, France, Spain and Australia/New Zealand. Having said that,
  • Paramount signs two-picture deal with Padilha and Prado's Zazen

    Paramount Pictures announced today a two-picture co-production deal with Jose Padilha and Marcos Prado`s film company Zazen Produções. Signed during Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, the deal includes Nunca Antes Na Historia Deste Pais, the new feature film by Padilha, who won the Golden Bear in Berlin this year with Elite Squad which was also distributed in Brazil by Paramount Pictu
  • Passchendaele to screen for Canadian troops in Afghanistan

    Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) opener Passchendaele will be presented to Canadian military personnel serving in Afghanistan at an advance screening Oct. 3 in Kandahar. The WWI saga is released across Canada Oct. 17 through Alliance Films. Paul Gross, writer, director and star of the film, said the screening acknowledges the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers past and present. A group of Canadian soldiers participated in the film as backg
  • Peter Webber to direct The Spider's House

    Peter Webber, who directed the Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated Girl with a Pearl Earring and Hannibal Rising, will direct Timothy Burrill's next production The Spider's House. Burrill's co-producer credits include La Vie En Rose and Swimming Pool.The screenplay for The S
  • Peter Webber to directThe Spider's House

    Peter Webber, who directed the Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated Girl with a Pearl Earring and Hannibal Rising, will direct Timothy Burrill's next production The Spider's House. Burrill's co-producer credits include La Vie En Rose and Swimming Pool. The screenplay for The Spider's House is by Laurie Cooke is ba
  • Peter Webber to directThe Spider's House

    Peter Webber, who directed the Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated Girl with a Pearl Earring and Hannibal Rising, will direct Timothy Burrill's next production The Spider's House. Burrill's co-producer credits include La Vie En Rose and Swimming Pool. The screenplay for The Spider's House is by Laurie Cooke is ba
  • Peter Webber to directThe Spider's House

    Peter Webber, who directed the Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated Girl with a Pearl Earring and Hannibal Rising, will direct Timothy Burrill's next production The Spider's House. Burrill's co-producer credits include La Vie En Rose and Swimming Pool. The screenplay for The Spider's House is by Laurie Cooke is ba
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman to voice Oz animation Mary and Max

    Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) has joined the cast of the new claymation feature Mary and Max, to voice the role of Max.Mary and Max is the first film from writer/director Adam Elliot and producer Melanie Coombs, since their Oscar winning animated short Harvie Krumpet, winner of the 2004 Oscar for Best Short Film - animated.Seymour Hoffman joins Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine) as Mary. The film is narrated by Australian star Barry Humphr
  • Pierre Morel to direct action thriller Hunter-Killer for Relativity

    District B13's Pierre Morel is in talks to direct the action thriller Hunter-Killer for Relativity Media, who acquired the screenplay from producer Arne Schmidt based on the novel Firing Point by Don Keith and George Wallace.Kavanaugh will produce with Original Film's Neal Moritz and Toby Jaffe. Relativity's Tucker Tooley will serve as executive producer.
  • Polish Film Institute announces more than $4m in production support

    The Polish Film Institute (PISF) has awarded funding to four projects in its third funding session this year and has tagged a number of films as eligible for support in the coming months.Husband and wife film-makers Krzysztof Krauze and Joanna Kos-Krauze (Saviour's Square, My Nikifor) will receive $1.9m (PLN 4.5m) for their project Ptaki spiewaja w Kigali (Birds Sing In Kigali). The film is a Polish-US co-production between Warsaw-based Studio A and Deco Ent
  • PPI's Eagle Eye to challenge Mamma Mia! in international

    Can Mamma Mia! keep the momentum going and stay atop the international charts for another weekend' Universal's musical arrives in three new markets including Russia on September 25 and currently stands at $340.2m through UPI.The biggest competition for Mamma Mia! will come from DreamWorks-Paramount's thriller Eagle Eye when it launches day-and-date with North Americ
  • Preview: Pusan International Film Festival

    Screen's team looks forward to this year's Pusan. Click on reports for more.Pusan: Asia's Sundance'Pusan Markets: A launch pad for Asian projects Profile: Pusan Promotion PlanInterview with Pusan festival director Kim Dong-hoSPECIAL REPORT: Is Asia
  • Profile: Music Box Films

    At the end of summer 2007, William Schopf, Ed Arentz and Brian Andreotti had a drink in the bar of a dazzling Chicago Loop skyscraper for a low-key launch of their new distribution concern.In the film business, timing is everything - and their timing seemed fairly perverse, pouring start-up money into a fledging business during a period in which many other similar companies were abandoning arthouse distribution in the face of market fatigue, overcrowded release schedules and increasing
  • Profile: Pusan Promotion Plan

    The Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) co-production market has long been one of the main draws at Pusan. This year it is showcasing 30 projects from 17 countries (the Co-production PRO, launched last year, has been absorbed into PPP).A slew of established Asian directors are producing projects featured in the PPP. Jia Zhang-ke is presenting A Long Afternoon Nap by Cinefondation director Chen Tao, Singapore's Eric Khoo is producing Sandcastle by Asian Film Academy alumnus Boo Jun
  • Public Enemy Number One: Part 1/Part 2 (Mesrine: L'Instinct De Mort/Mesrine: L'Ennemi Public N1)

    .Dir: Jean-Francois Richet. 2008. Fr-Can-It. Part 1: 113mins, Part 2: 132mins.
  • Pusan Markets: A launch pad for Asian projects

    The era of the film festival with history and/or a competition is gone. What matters is whether you have a market function or not,' says Kim Ji-seok, executive programmer, Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF).PIFF and its Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) together are widely acknowledged internationally as must-attend events for their networking value, but many have questioned the necessity of PIFF opening a formal market in a crowded calendar. However, the Asian Film Market,
  • Pusan opens with fanfare but mourns death of local star

    The 13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) opened tonight (Oct 2) at the Outdoor Theatre of the Haeundae Yachting Center with fireworks and fanfare, a star-studded red carpet, opening film Gift To Stalin and an announcement of a death and an absence. The death was of much-beloved local actress Choi Jin-shil (The Letter) who was found dead in her Seoul apartment earlier today. Festival director Kim Dong-ho, who was visibly disturbed, made the announcement at the end of
  • Pusan Special: Asia's Sundance'

    Is Pusan becoming the Sundance Film Festival of Asia' South Korea's leading film event certainly takes pride in showcasing independent discoveries from the region.The Hong Kong International Film Festival and Filmart in April have the Chinese-language market covered, and next month's Tokyo International Film Festival and Tiffcom, although growing in clout, are firmly rooted in the local Japanese market. In turn, this month's Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) (O
  • Pusan tips Korean producers' projects, co-production conference

    Pusan's Asian Film Market has announced five projects for its Korean Producers In Focus (KPIF) and events for the Busan 2008 International Co-production Conference, in partnership with the Producers Guild of Korea (PGK). With the goal of supporting the ailing Korean film industry, the KPIF will showcase producers and their projects,in comparison with PPP's director-driven projects. The event offers cash awards, a pitching event Oct 3, and opportunities for business meetings with investmen
  • PVC-1 takes top prize at Bangkok's Golden Kinnarees

    Colombian feature PCV-1, directed by Spiros Stathoulopoulos, took the grand prix in the main competition of the Bangkok International Film Festival's Golden Kinnaree Awards on Sunday night. The three-person jury, comprising South-East Asian filmmakers Eric Khoo, Lav Diaz and Aditya Assarat, applauded the film for its 'raw, original and relentless vision combined with the creativity of technique using one continuous take'.The jury gave its special prize to Iranian filmmaker N
  • Quantum Of Solace to open in India one week before US

    Sony Pictures Releasing India has announced that Quantum Of Solace will be released in India on November 7, one week before the US opening on November 14. The latest film in the Bond franchise will be released in the UK on October 31. However, this marks the first time that a Hollywood film will premiere in India before the US opening.Kercy Daruwala, managing director, Sony Pictures Releasing India, said: 'Previously all markets other than the UK were to have a day-and-date
  • Reliance subsidiary signs video deal with Paramount

    India's Big Music & Home Entertainment, owned by Reliance ADAG group, has entered into a video licensing deal with Paramount Home Entertainment for library titles from Paramount and DreamWorks in India and Sri Lanka. Titles included in the deal include classics such as the Godfather films, The Ten Commandments and Roman Holiday to blockbusters such as the Mission: Impossible series and Transformers. DreamWorks titles include the Shrek serie
  • Rome announces titles for Extra and Eye on the World sidebars

    The fifth Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) has announced the titles for two of this year's side bar sections L'Altro Cinema (Extra) and Occhio sul Mondo (Eye on the world).The Altro Cinema line up, curated by Mario Sesti, has ten features and fifteen documentaries. The documentaries will compete for the $29,000 (Euros 20,000) Cult prize.Highlights among the ten features presented in the section include:
  • Rome includes 12 world premieres in 20-film competition

    The third edition of the International Rome Film Festival has announced the line-up for the upcoming edition that runs October 22-31.The edition is shaping up to be a showcase of European talents and directors.The official competition has 12 world premiere titles, six of which are Italian.There are also five world premiere special screenings (of which four are Italian titles) and an additional four world premieres in the youth oriented sidebar Alice in the City (one is It
  • Rome pushes 2009 date closer to Venice

    The fourth edition of the Rome International Film Festival in 2009 will open a week earlier than this year - bringing it even closer to its Venice rival.The news comes before the third edition of the International Rome Film Festival officially kicks off (October 22-31). While the dates for the 2009 edition were not officially confirmed by organisers itself, the Business Street industry event that runs concurrently with the festival has has announced that it will run from
  • Rotterdam Festival undergoes revamp

    Rotterdam is going in for a revamp. The 38th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), running 21st Jan to 1st Feb 2009, is to get a new and simplified format with three main sections - Bright Futures, Spectrum and Signals.The overhaul comes amid criticisms in recent years that the Festival's programme has grown increasingly unwieldy and has split into too many sections. The intention now, festival organisers say, is 'to make the programme clearer and do more justice
  • Rudin & Weinstein announce that The Reader will be released in 2008

    Harvey Weinstein and Scott Rudin appear to have buried their differences over Stephen Daldry's Oscar contender The Reader starring Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet as The Weinstein Company announced it will release the film in North America on December 12.The move ends debate over whether the drama would get a 2008 release and gives Weinstein a much coveted Academy Awards contender to add to his stable alongside Woody Allen's well received
  • Screen International trailer park

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  • Second 'Brit List' highlights year's best unproduced scripts

    The second annual 'Brit List', which lists the most liked and recommended unproduced screenplays in the UK and Ireland, has begun circulated across the local film community.Compiled from a survey of 40 producers, acquisitions executives, agents, sales agents and public funders, the list is intended to echo the success of the US Black List in drawing attention and perhaps finance to these projects.This year's table is topped by a project which should go into production in
  • Seven world premieres compete in big money MEIFF competition

    Seven world premieres are included among the 15 films competing in the $200,000 narrative competition Abu Dhabi's Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) (October 10-19).The world premieresare mostlyfrom film-makers fromthe region, stretching from Lebanon to Morocco, highlighting the festival's aim to be a beacon for Arab and Middle East talent.The MEIFF has four competitions with total prize money of more than $1m.Narrative competition. World premieres are in
  • Six film-makers begin Cannes Residence de la Cinefondation

    The Cannes Residence de la Cinefondation has started its autumn session with six new film-makers. The group will spend the nextfour and a half months in Paris whilst honing their first or second feature with the support of the local film industry.Contrary to recent editions which seemed particularly female-heavy, this go round boasts only one woman along with five men, selected from over 160 candidates.A jury led by Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob has chosen:
  • Slovaks submit Blind Loves for Oscar

    The Slovak Film and Television Academy will submit Juraj Lehotsky's documentary Blind Loves for consideration for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.Blind Loves, which screened in Cannes' Directors' Fortnight, follows four blind people as they experience love in their everyday lives. The film also screened at London BFI, Toronto, Karlovy Vary and Ab
  • Slovenia enters Rooster's Breakfast in Oscar race

    Marko Nabersnik's love story is submitted by The Slovenian Union of Film Workers to represent Slovenia as best foreign film at the next Academy Awards. Marko Nabersnik's Rooster's Breakfast (Petelinji Zajtrk) is Slovenia's entry for the best foreign language film at the next Academy Awards.Nabersnik's film is a rare domestic blockbuster, coming third in the Slovenian box-office charts only to Titanic and Troy.A love story, the film revolves around a youn
  • South Korea, New Zealand sign co-production treaty

    South Korea and New Zealand have signed a co-production treaty that will allow films from both countries to enjoy the same benefits for financing, incentives and support programmes. The treaty also provides for the importation of film equipment and visas for location shoots.Recent Korean films shot in New Zealand include hits Silmido and Old Boy, and the upcoming US-Korea co-production Laundry Warrior, on which Lord Of The Rings producer Barrie M. Osborn
  • Sparrow, Monkeys lead nominees for Asia Pacific Screen Awards

    Five films - two co-productions and one each from Hong Kong, India and China - are in the running to be crowned best feature at the second Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSAs), being held in early November in Australia.The films are Tulpan (Kazakhstan/Russia/Switzerland/Poland/Germany), Uc maymun (Three Monkeys, Turkey/France/Italy), Men Jeuk (Sparrow, Hong Kong),
  • Stanford appointed to role of General Manager, IMAX

    Julian Stanford has been appointed as IMAX's General Manager, Theatre Development for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).Based in London, Stanford will be responsible for accelerating IMAX's growth and increasing its presence throughout EMEA. IMAX currently has 55 theatres open in EMEA with 15 additional theatres scheduled to open in the region by the end of 2011.Stanford joins IMAX from Aristocrat Technologies, a global video gaming company. Prior to that he was head of sale
  • Thai Entertainment Expo wraps brave but quiet first edition

    The first ever Thailand Entertainment Expo (Sep 24-28) wrapped on Sunday, after a slightly busier weekend as the event was opened to the public, but overall business and buyers were thin on the ground. Organised by Thailand's Department of Export Promotion (DEP) and Ministry of Commerce, the five-day event brought together 147 film, TV, music and animation companies and trade associations in the cavernous Royal Paragon Hall in downtown Bangkok.Delegates agreed the event, which appe
  • Thanos Anastopoulos' Diorthosi is Greek Oscar entry in policy switch

    Thanos Anastopoulos' second featureDiorthosi (Correction) is the Greek official submission for the foreign-language Academy Award.The decision reached by the Cinema Department of the Culture Ministry marks a change from the current film law which stipulates that the filmsubmitted should have won the best film trophy at the State Cinema Awards (SCA).That honour went to Yiannis Smaragdis'El Greco, a biography of the famous Greek origin painter of the 16th c
  • The Baader Meinhof Complex (Das Baader Meinhof Complex)

    Dir Uli Edel. Ger. 2008. 149mins.
  • The Gift To Stalin

    Dir. Rustem Abdrashev. Kazakhstan/Russia/Poland/Israel 2008. 97 mins.
  • Tigerlily wraps production on Guo Xiaolu's La Chinoise

    The UK's Tigerlily Films has wrapped production on London-set drama La Chinoise (working title), which is directed by Chinese writer and filmmaker Guo Xiaolu. Produced by Tigerlily's Natasha Dack through the Warp X Low Budget Initiative, the film follows a Chinese girl who moves to London and her encounters with a series of men.The cast is headed by Chinese actress Huang Lu who previously starred in Li Yang's Blind Mountain and Cai Shangjun's Red Awn. Andrew Bi
  • Tiziana Finzi steps down from Locarno team

    Italian-born Tiziana Finzi is to leave her post at the Locarno Film Festival team after nine years citing 'personal reasons.' A graduate in Architecture and History of Cinema at the universities of Venice and Trieste, Finzi joined Locarno in 1999 when she became the chief programmer for the Filmmakers of the Present, Video Competition and In Progress sections. In 2006, she became Head of Programming, a delegate of the Artistic Direction, and the director of the Play Forwa
  • UK exhibitors urged to boycott Revolver's all-platform release

    The UK's Cinema Exhibitors Association (CEA) has called on members to boycott Revolver Entertainment's planned Boxing Day release of Mum & Dad simultaneously on theatrical, DVD and online platforms.In a letter leaked to ScreenDaily, CEA chief executive Phil Clapp says that while the film was 'clearly only of at best minor importance' it was still an unacceptable breach of a 'point of principle.'The letter said any attempt to break
  • United Kingdom - Positive Signs

    The world of visual effects has changed immeasurably since London's Double Negative set up shop 10 years ago.Co-founders Alex Hope, Peter Chiang and Matt Holben had all joined the industry when editing was done on videotape. "It was a world apart from the wonderful things we can do today," says Holben of the mid-1980s, before the digital revolution.The company was set up in Soho as a unit of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, with an initial staff of 30 and early credits including
  • United Kingdom - Spirit of the ages

    Jamie J Johnson, a former Screen International Star of Tomorrow, had an unusual tour of Europe making his debut feature documentary, Sounds Like Teen Spirit: A Popumentary, which had its world premiere in Toronto.The film, about several contestants in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, took Johnson to Romania, Belarus, Ukraine, Cyprus, Belgium, Malta, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Georgia and Greece."It was really exhausting," says London-based Johnson of all the
  • UPI celebrates as Mamma Mia! stays top and passes $350m

    Mamma Mia! swept past $350m as yet another dominant display saw Universal's musical adaptation exceed last weekend's gross by 1% and take an estimated $15.3m from 4,562 sites in 48 territories through UPI to raise the international running total to $356.4m.Combined with the $142.2m domestic gross the worldwide figure stands at the brink of $500m on $498.6m and is expected to surge past the half-billi
  • Venezuela names The Colour Of Fame its Oscar submission

    Alejandro Bellame Palacios' The Colour Of Fame (El Tinte De La Fama) has been selected as Venezuela's foreign-language Oscar submission from a shortlist of ten.In related news, Los Angeles-based Cinevolve Studios has acquired all worldwide rights excluding Venezuela and plans a limited theatrical release between now and early 2009.The Colour Of Fame stars Elaiza Gil as a woman who is pressur
  • Wajda, Krauze & Kos-Krauze receive funding from PISF

    The Polish Film Institute (PISF) has awarded funding to four projects in its third funding session this year and has tagged a number of films as eligible for support in the coming months. Husband-and-wife film-makers Krzysztof Krauze and Joanna Kos-Krauze (Saviour's Square, My Nikifor) will receive $1.9m (PLN 4.5m) for their project Ptaki spiewaja w Kigali (English translation '
  • Wall to Wall CEO to lead media literacy taskforce

    Alex Graham, CEO of BAFTA winning production company Wall to Wall, has been appointed the new Chair of the Media Literacy Task Force.The group was set-up by the UK Film Council, Channel 4, the BBC and the BFI to empower the public to be media literate and participate in today's convergent digital world. It has been spearheaded by Heather Rabbatts CBE since it was established in 2004.Commenting on his appointment Alex Graham said 'I think Media Literacy is one of the key politica
  • White Wedding Night is Icelandic submission for Oscar

    Comedy White Wedding Nigh, Baltasar Kormákur's fifth feature film, which he scripted, directed and produced, has been submitted as Icelandic Oscar entry Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur's White Wedding Night (Brúdguminn) has been selected by the Icelandic Film and TV Academy as Iceland's official candidate for the Oscar nominations as Best Foreign-Language Feature.Kormákur also represented Iceland in last year's Oscar submissions with