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21 November 2005

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  • ...and brings in mighty $80m haul in 19 international territories

    Just as it did in North America, Harry Potter And The Goblet OfFire re-wrote the recordbook with a superlative international launch that generated an estimated $80mfrom 5,300 prints in 19 countries.
  • 10 films make animated feature shortlist

    Ten pictureshave made the Academy Awards' animated feature shortlist and will vie for thethree coveted nominee slots to be unveiled on Jan 31 2006.The pictures areChicken Little, Gulliver's Travel, Hoodwinked, Howl's Moving Castle,Madagascar, Robots, Steamboy, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, Valiant and Wallace & Gromit: The CurseOf The Were-Rabbit.Of these, onlyGulliver's Travel andHoodwinked are yet toopen in North America.To qualify forconsiderat
  • 15 titles named on Oscar documentary shortlist

    The Academy OfMotion Picture Arts & Sciences unveiled a fiercely competitive shortlist of15 documentaries today [Tuesday] that will vie for the five nominee slots inthe 78th annual Academy Awards.The rosterfeatures Luc Jacquet's record breaking March Of The Penguins, Jessica Sander's miscarriage of justiceexpose After Innocence,Marilyn Agrelo's Slamdance hit Mad Hot Ballroom, and Alex Gibney's Enron: TheSmartest Guys In The Room.Also making thecut are
  • Allegro joint slate with F&ME reaches Fever pitch

    Austrian production outfitAllegro Films is joining with London's Film and Music Entertainment on a slateof three films including a new project, Fever,to be directed by Bruce Beresford (DrivingMiss Daisy). First up is the latestproject from Swiss-born director Simon Aeby,titled MulberryCrossing. This will shoot in English,with a British cast. Currently ca
  • Australian VoD licenses Granada International films

    Australianvideo-on-demand company Reeltime has signed a dealwith Granada International to license select film and television programmesfrom Granada's library.OnceReeltime launches in early 2006, the Granada content will be made available to all of its ISPpartners.
  • Battle lines drawn for Prix Screen International

    The European Film Academy has announced 11 nominations for the Prix ScreenInternational for non-European film.The awards, backed byScreen International, reflect the wide geographical spread of this year's top films, taking in every continent.Three of the films - C.R.A.Z.Y., Be With Me and Tsosti - have also been nominated to represent their respec
  • Blank Slate for UK ethnic minority film-makers

    The UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund and b3 mediaare launching a new digital short film project to support black and ethnicminority filmmakers. The Blank Slate scheme, funded by the NationalLottery, is expected to commission eight shorts to be produced by spring 2006.Filmmakers from across the UKcan apply to make films up to £9,000 in budget and 10 minutes in length. Live action,animation or doc
  • Bridge opens for Fortissimo

    Dutch-HK-based sales agent FortissimoFilms has reported a string of sales on documentary The Bridge, which itpicked up at AFM. Directed by Eric Steel and following the stories of peoplewho decided to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate bridge in 2004,the film has already sold to Japan (Tornado), Village Roadshow (Australia andGreece), Brazil (Imagem) and Mexico (Film House), apart from Matalon in Israeland Portugal's Lusomundo.Other Fortissimo titles which soldat the m
  • Brooks' Muslim comedy to world premiere in Dubai

    In an unusual move, AlbertBrooks' new film Looking For ComedyIn The Muslim World will have its world premiere at the Dubai InternationalFilm festival ahead of an early-2006 US release through Warner IndependentPictures.The film, which sees Brooksbeing sent to India and Pakistan by the US Government to find out what makesMuslims laugh, will screen on December 15 in Dubai's "Operation CulturalBridge" section; certainly the subject matter will have resonance in the UnitedArab Emira
  • Brothers Of The Head

    Dirs: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe. UK. 2005. 90mins.Keith Fulton and Louis Pepetake a small step from documentary to mockumentarywith Brothers Of The Head, a bizarreriff on the source novel by Brian Aldiss.The story of conjoined twinbrothers and their brief rush of rock star fame during the 1970s is technically beyo
  • BVI hits $1bn gross for 11th consecutive year

    Buena VistaInternational (BVI) passed $1bn in annual tickets sales yesterday [Tuesday],marking the 11th consecutive year the distributor has achieved the distinction."We're thrilledto be able to keep this going," BVI president Mark Zoradi said. "Theinteresting thing about the theatrical business is that the shelf is emptyevery year. Through good product years and lean product years we have been ableto pull out this $1bn."2005 has turnedout to be one of the distributor's leaner y
  • Churches out to boost the lion's share of the box office

    Disney and Buena VistaInternational are working with Christian groups to spread the word about theforthcoming release of The Chronicles ofNarnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The film, due out December9, has been promoted to UK religious groups and businesses since early thissummer, through an independent consultant. In the US, Disney haspartnered with Christian products company Outreach as its "official churchresource provider,
  • Constantin raises sales forecast but theatrical still down

    German producer-distributor ConstantinFilm has raised its forecast for the current financial year to a sales targetof around $235m (Euros 200m) for 2005.But the good news was largely due to home entertainmentandTV service production operations rather than theatrical.In its third-quarter results,Constantin did report an improvement in the performance of its theatricaldivision thanks to the box-office successes of Siegfried and
  • Cronenberg, Gyllenhaal, London added to Palm Springs honours roster

    David Cronenberg willreceive the Visionary Award, Jake Gyllenhaal will receive the Desert PalmAchievement Award and Michael London will collect the Producer of the YearAward at the 17th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) inJanuary.Cronenberg's latest picture AHistory Of Violence has grossed morethan $30.5m since opening through New Line. His credits include Spider,eXistenZ, Scanners, Videodrome and The Fly.Gyll
  • Cvitkovic and Takushi share honours at Turin

    Slovenian film Gravehopping shared top honoursat the 2005 Torino Film Festival with Clouds of Yesterday, anostalgia-soaked paean to the silent film era which represents the featuredirecting debut of Japanese actor and composer Tsubokawa Takushi.
  • Danish box-office stronger than much of Europe

    Denmark's box office is faring better than the rest of Europe. With many European countries seeing ticket sales dip 15-20%, Denmark is only down about 7% over last year, and with blockbusters such as Harry Potter and King Kong forthcoming, Danish box-office performance could be on par with last year by the end of December. The main reason for the relative health of the Danish industry is a record sale of 3.7 million tickets for local films. That's the highest number of ad
  • Darker Potter still promising box-office magic

    The 12A UK and PG-13 US certificates for Harry Potter And The Goblet OfFire won't damage its box-office strength when it opens tomorrow,according to Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, president of distribution Warner BrosPictures International.In fact, she believes the older certification may even prove to be a benefit by attracting teenagers."The movies have remained true to the books, and as thecharacters have matured, we have also seen over time that the audience hasmatured with t
  • de Hadeln to head Damascus festival jury

    Moritz de Hadeln, artistic director of this year's FestivalInternational de Film deMontreal (FIFM), hasbeen named president of the international jury of the Damascus International Film Festival (November 20-27).Acceptingthe offer from the Syrian event, the former head of the Berlin, Venice and Locarno festivals said: "Inthe difficult international
  • European industry event hopes to build East-West links

    The Belgrade International Film Festival FEST is to launch a forum to boost links between film professionals from Western and Eastern Europe and neighbouring countries with a strong European influence and heritage.Speakingexclusively to, project manager Miroslav Mogorovic explained the focus of the B2B Industry Meetings (March 3-5, 2006) would be on the public pitching of10 projects looking for co-production partners from Western Europe. Eightwill be selected from 1
  • Favela, Brand win top IDA honours

    Matt Mochary and JeffZimbalist's Oscar shortlisted cultural activism story Favela Rising and Rachel Boynton's expose of Bolivian politicalintrigue Our Brand Is Crisis havebeen awarded joint top honours in the International Documentary Association's(IDA) feature competition. The filmmakers will collecttheir prize at the 21st Annual IDA Awards Gala Benefit on Dec 9 at the DGATheatre in Los Angeles. Marshall Curry will collectthe Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary
  • Ferrara to be honoured at Sarajevo festival

    TheSarajevo Film Festival will celebrate the work of Abel Ferrara during thefestival's 12th edition, to be held August 18-26, 2006. Ferrara isexpected to attend the festival and present a selection of his films, includinghis latest feature, Mary."This courageous filmmaker makes no concessions - in hismovies as well as in the persona he presents to the world. He speaks his mindand, very openly, doesn't care if he looks and talks like some of
  • Fifteen films compete for Swiss Film Prize

    Michael Steiner's comedy Mein Name Ist Eugen, which with 500,000 admissions has become the third most successful Swiss film in the last 30 years, is among the nominated films for the 2006 Swiss Film Prize.A nine-person nomination commission selected 15 films for the best feature film, documentary and short film categories and six names for the best lead and supporting actor categories from 95 submitted films.The judges included Federal Office of Culture's new Film Section head Nicol
  • Fifth annual animated feature Academy Award

    The question of who will be the winner of the fifth annualanimated feature Academy Award is a hotly contested and intriguing one. Four films stand out as the frontrunners - Howl's Moving Castle, Chicken Little,Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbitand Tim Burton's Corpse Bride - and each represents a different form of animation.
  • Fifth annual animated feature Academy Award

    Competition to be one of just three nominees for this year'sanimated feature Oscar is stiff with such an eclectic bunch of high- budget,critically- acclaimed films - and creepy - films in the runningThe question of who will be the winner of the fifth annualanimated feature Academy Award is a hotly contested and intriguing one. Four films stand out as the frontrunners - Howl's Moving Castle, Chicken Little,Wallace & Gromit:
  • Film-makers to pitch 55 projects at Mannheim Meetings

    New feature projects by Ireland's Johnny Gogan, Georgia's Nana Djordjadze, Poland's Robert Glinski and Nigeria's Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda are among 55 films from Europe, Canada, Latin America and Africa with a total production volume of Euros 84m being pitched at this year's Mannheim Meetings co-production market. From November 21-25, 600 pre-arranged one-to-one meetings will be held with potential co-production or co-financing partners, and another 200 informal discussions are likely.
  • Final hopes for German media funds are dashed

    German media funds are now all but dead, with the incoming government announcing it will backdate reforms to last week.Some German media fund managers had hoped to continue signing up investors until new Chancellor Angela Merkel officially begins business next week.But FinanceMinister designate Peer Steinbrueck says he intends to retain theoriginal cut-off point of November 11 for the planned changes to the Income Tax Code at his first cabinet session.What that means is that old
  • First Run acquires domestic rights to Mengele doc

    First RunFeatures has acquired domestic rights to Bob Hercules and Cheri Pugh's ForgivingDr Mengele and plans a2006 theatrical and DVD release.The documentary charts the extraordinary spirit ofreconciliation adopted by Auschwitz survivor Eva Mozes Kor, who was one of thevictims of the Nazi doctor's brutal medical experiments."Forgiving Dr. Mengeleis an entirely unique and provocative film about one of the toughest challengesfacing any human bein
  • Frears wraps shoot for The Queen

    Stephen Frears has completed principal photography on his new feature The Queen. Shooting wrapped in Paris on November 10 after a nine-week shoot on location in Scotland and around London.The film looks at the way the British royal family and Prime Minister Tony Blair responded to the death of Princess Diana.The Queen stars Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, and the cast also includes Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Helen McCrory, Alex Jennings and Sylvia Syms. Pet
  • Galway Film Fleadh names McDermott as programmer

    The Galway Film Fleadh has announced that FelimMcDermott will be the new programmer for the July event which marks itseighteenth edition in 2006.Having studied filmproduction at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design& Technology, McDermott has worked for 10 years in numerous capacities witha variety of film organisations.
  • Gilbert Taylor gets international award from ASC

    Gilbert Taylorwill receive the 2006 American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) InternationalAchievement Award at the 20th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards in LosAngeles on Feb 26.During thecourse of a career spanning eight decades, Taylor's credits have included DrStrangelove, A Hard Day's Night, The Omen and Star Wars. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Societyof Cinematographers in 2001.'Gil Taylor's artistry co
  • Global Film Initiative names eight features in US touring series

    The Global Film Initiativehas unveiled its third annual Global Lens touring film series featuring eightfeatures and five shorts from developing-world countries.The series will screen incities across the US beginning in January through partnerships with major culturalinstitutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of FineArts in Boston, and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.The Global Lens 2006 areLucia Murat's Brazilian crime drama Al
  • Go West

    Dir/scr: Ahmed Imamovic. Bosnia-Herzegovina.2005. 100mins.Coming after his successful short, 10 Minutes, Ahmed Imamovic's debut feature Go West shows definite promise, as he attempts to present a solidfolksy melange of sex, politics and violence in the best traditions of Balkancinema.Focussing on the gaycommunity, atrocities against w
  • Goblet Of Fire prepares to light a fire under box office

    Warner Bros Pictures International unleashes Harry Potter AndThe Goblet Of Fireday-and-date with North America in a number of key territories this weekend, 17months after launching the last instalment The Prisoner Of Azkaban.The fourth episode in J KRowling's fantasy saga is set to r
  • GreeneStreet reteams with Polson on Tenderness

    GreeneStreet Films isreuniting with Swimfan directorJohn Polson on the upcoming thriller Tenderness. Principal photography isscheduled to begin in early 2006 on the adaptation of Robert Cormier's novelabout a teenage serial killer and the 16-year-old runaway seduced by his charm.GreeneStreet will financeand is serving as producer along with Howard Meltzer of Turtleback Productions.Charles Randolph will serve as executive producer.GreeneStreet FilmsInternatio
  • Harry's Goblet runneth over in US on $101.4m...

    As expected Harry PotterAnd The Goblet Of Fire paralysed thecompetition at the weekend with a staggering estimated $101.4m three-day haulthat swatted away concerns over the higher PG-13 rating and surely exceededeven the expectations of Warner Bros.The result is the biggestopening in the franchise to date and will remain so even after the studio confirmsits figures this week. The previous biggest debut was Harry Potter And ThePrisoner Of Azkaban in 2003 on$93.7m.
  • Hopkins to receive HFPA DeMille Award

    Anthony Hopkinswill collect the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B DeMille Awardfor lifetime achievement at the 63rd annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan 16,2006.Hopkins hasreceived six Golden Globe nominations including four as best actor for Nixon,The Remains Of The Day, The Silence Of The Lambs and Magic.He won the bestactor Academy Award for The Silence Of The Lambs in and earned subsequent nominations inthat category for The Remains Of The Da
  • Hostel

    Dir: Eli Roth. US. 2005.95mins.A serpentine thriller likely to both repulse andexcite, Roth's second feature - and follow-up to Cabin Fever - plays like a shotgun marriage of Eurotripand Saw, starting out confidently as an European road sex adventure beforedevolving into a mutilation splatter flick.It is not always easy totake, and at
  • IFC offers ten minutes of Manderlay on iPod

    IFC Films has launched anovel long-lead marketing strategy for Lars von Trier's Manderlay by offering the first 10 minutes of the filmexclusively for iPod users. The clip will becomeavailable on Nov 18 as the distributor aims to generate world of mouth on thesecond instalment in the Danish enfant terrible's USA Trilogy before the Feb 3theatrical release. IFC Films set up theinitiative with New York-based Mammoth Advertising, whose client rosterincludes The Weinstein Compa
  • India film festival to host Merchant tribute

    This year's edition of the InternationalFilm Festival of India (IFFI), to be held in Goafrom Nov 24 - Dec 4, will pay a special tribute to Indian-born filmmaker IsmailMerchant who died in May this year.The retrospective will screenIn Custody, which Merchant directedhimself, and three films that he produced with James Ivory as director - A Room With A View,
  • Lehmann attached to direct Gold Circle's romcom

    Michael Lehmannwill direct Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore in Gold Circle Films' comedy BecauseI Said So, which will bereleased domestically through Universal and is being sold internationally byMandate Pictures.Lehmann'scredits include Heathers, 40 Days And 40 Nights and The Truth About Cats And Dogs; he replaces Gillian Armstrong who waspreviously attached.Gold Circlepresident Paul Brooks will produce along with Jessie Nelson. Gold Circle's NormWaitt and Scot
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  • Memoirs Of A Geisha

    Dir: Rob Marshall. US. 2005.137mins.
  • New film agency to be established in Wales

    The Welsh Development Agency and the Arts Council of Wales(ACW) have announced plans to establish a new film agency, Ffilm Wales. Theagency will operate under the Welsh Assembly Government's new CreativeIndustries initiative.The film agency will aim to "ensure that Wales can be moreeffective in developing talent and in making feature films." It is expected tobe operational by April 1, 2006.Currently, the ACW and Welsh Development Agency currentlyare recruiting board members for
  • New Saw ready to make the cut next Halloween

    LionsGate Films has announced it will release a third Saw film for Hallowe'en next year. Currently scheduled for an October 27, 2006 release, the news of Saw III mirrors last year when the surprise success of the low budget original quickly prompted the announcement of a sequel for this year.Produced by Twisted Pictures on an estimated $1.2m production budget,2004's Saw grossed $55.2m in North America for Lions Gate and $47.4m internationally. Itproved pa
  • Northern Ireland enjoys a production boom

    Northern Ireland is enjoying a production boom with several filmsbacked by the Northern Ireland Film & Television Commission (NIFTC) beginning shoots.Seven films are due to start principal photography between now andnext Spring start in Belfast and along the border with the Republic of Ireland.Alreadyshooting is 48 Angels, a low-budget feature set in contemporary NorthernIreland, which has just started filming on the Donegal border. It's the story of two boys from
  • Northern Lights shine on UK production issues

    The UK needs to focus on building a low-budget production base and to stand up more strongly for its interests, visitors to this year's Northern Lights FilmFestival's Industry Summit, held in Newcastle upon Tyne heard.The future of UK production was among the hottest topics at the event, which attracted an impressive group of filmindustry experts - including executives from Qwerty Films, Icon, Revolution,and the UK Film Council.During the opening panel on Friday n
  • Online rental to take half the home DVD market by 2009

    By 2009, more than half of the UK's home videorentals will be online transactions, according to a new report from ScreenDigest. Currently, online rentals (ordered via theInternet and delivered by post) are just over 10% of the UK market. The report predicts that similar patterns willemerge in Europe, with Germany's rentals predicted to be 40% online by 2009.There are also thriving markets in France and Scandinavia. In the US, Screen Digest predicts that onlinerental will
  • Passion and preparation keys to indie success, say experts

    Professionalism, preparation and passion are the key toselling and marketing independentfilms, a Screen International conference was told yesterday.New technologies, new distribution methods and new financechannels all seem to offer new routes to success.But industry experts were united on the need to stayfocussed on the product and the customer at every stage of development."In the main not enough homework is done," says BillStephens, owner of international film s
  • Peace Arch announces AFM deals on new slate

    Toronto-based Peace Arch Entertainment has reported strong pre-sales during AFM on the nine new titles on its slate.Momentum in the UK, itssister company Aurum in Spain and Odeon in Canada have each taken rights to theromance Delirious starring SteveBuscemi, Michael Pitt and Alison Lohman, as well all five titles from PeaceArch's new genre label Archetype Films.The Archetype title are WarriorOf Terra starring Edward Furlong, TheLast Sect starring David Carra
  • Pool signs to direct Mort for Equinoxe

    Montreal-based EquinoxeProductions has signed Lea Pool to direct and co-adapt a film of GilCourtemanche's second novel Une Belle Mort, published this autumn in Quebec. Author Courtemanche will co-write thescreenplay. Equinoxe recently completedpost-production on Un Dimanche A Kigali, the film based on Courtemanche's Rwandan genocide drama which shot inRwanda in earlier this year. Equinoxe's Lyse Lafontaine and Michael Mosca willrepeat as producers on the new project.
  • Post-Soviet comedy takes Etoile D'Or at Marrakech

    Aco-production from Kyrgyzstan and Germany has taken the top prize at the fifthannual Marrakech International Film Festival.ErnestAbdyshaparov's Saratan wasawarded the Etoile d'Or on Saturday night.
  • Pressman revives Mutant Chronicles with Thomas Jane

    Thomas Jane will star in thelong-in-development sci-fi environmental thriller The Mutant Chronicles for Pressman & Company based on ParadoxEntertainment's board game of the same name. The UK's Simon Hunter willdirect the project after Ed Pressman financed a $70,000 seven-minute trailedshowcasing the young filmmaker's talents and screened it for Jane, other actorsand sales company Voltage Pictures. Voltage will handle allforeign sales on the title, as it already does with
  • Record numbers apply for Berlinale Talent Campus

    The Berlinale Talent Campus (BTC) has received a record3,516 applications from 121 countries for its fourth edition to be held fromFebruary 11-16.The number of entries is up 1,105 on last year and includesfirst-time applications from countries as far flung as Benin,Madagascar, Tajikistan Gambia, Fiji and Nepal. In addition, the number of entries from the UK grew by 247,while 116 more talents applied from Germany compared to 2004."We are happy about the increasing internat
  • Rent

    Dir: Chris Columbus. US.2005. 130mins.The zeitgeist 1996 Broadway musical Rent gets a faithful and energetic filmadaptation from an unlikely film-maker in Chris Columbus, and an in-builtaudience of Rent-lovers won't bedisappointed. Columbus also has a fair shot at pulling in a new generation ofkids who don't know the show an
  • Sogepaq takes on Banderas' Spanish project

    Sogepaq has picked upinternational rights to Antonio Banderas' second film as director, The WayOf The English, which beginsshooting next Monday in Spain.The film is a co-productionbetween Banderas' own Green Moon Producciones and Sogepaq sister companySogecine.It marks Banderas' return tothe Spanish film industry, where he also plans to begin producing local filmsthrough the Spanish offices of Green Moon. That company's Antonio Meliveo isexecutive producing.Way
  • Syriana

    Dir/scr: Stephen Gaghan. US. 2005. 123mins.Writer-director Stephen Gaghan'sSyrianasets out to do for the global oil industry what Steven Soderbergh'sTraffic - which Gaghanscripted - did for the international drug trade. But while Traffic managed to mix affecting
  • The British Academy prepares for 2005 awards

    For an indication of how important the BAFTA film awardshave become, look no further than this year's campaign trail.The scramble for BAFTAs started inearnest on August 31, when the UK'sacademy members were emailed with details of a screening of AngLee's Brokeback Mountain, followed by a Q&A withstar Jake Gyllenhaal and producer James Schamu
  • THINKFilm picks up Boys Of Baraka

    THINKFilm has acquired NorthAmerican theatrical and home video rights to Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's TheBoys Of Baraka and will roll it outin New York on Nov 30.The story follows fourchildren as they are transplanted from the mean streets of Baltimore to aprivate boarding school in Kenya and recently won best documentary at the 2005Chicago, Newport and Atlanta film festivals, among others.Ewing and Grady produced andThe Independent Television Servic
  • Too Good To Be True Film-makers bank on pixel sell

    Following in the footstepsof a startlingly simple online marketing scheme launched this year,two UK screenwriters are raising funds online to develop theirfeature films. Screenwriters Talia Channon and Lee Curle of Lucre Films have launched, asite based on the successful Million Dollar Homepage, developed by 21-year-old UK student Alex Tew.
  • Trio feted at NZ producers' conference

    New filmmaker RoseanneLiang, independent producer Elizabeth Mitchell and industry champion DaveGibson were all honoured at New Zealand's annual producers' conference on Friday evening(Nov 18) in Wellington.Gibson produced thecommercially successful feature TheIrrefutable Truth About Demons but is better known for the hours of televisionof
  • UK Film Council to support South African writers

    Ahead of the planned signing of a UK-South African co-production treaty, the UK Film Council has announced a partnership with South Africa's National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) to launch a new initiative for South African writers.The new competition aims to fast-track "high concept screenplays which are aimed at the international market and have commercial appeal." The scheme builds on the UKFC's 25 Words or Less competition, in its third year in the UK. South African writ
  • UK film 'parliament' to debate industry's global role

    The UK's Independent FilmParliament is hosting a forum November 30 at the Insitut Francais in London.Among those expected to debate film policy will be Nik Powell of theNational Film and Television School, John Woodward of the UK Film Council,producer Chris Atkins and author Peter S. Grant. The forum will featuresessions on "British versus global film culture", the UNESCO Convention,digital exhibition, EU audiovisual policy and audience education. "This Parliament is anexcellent
  • US Producers Guild to honour Eastwood, Corman

    Clint Eastwood and RogerCorman will be honoured at the Producers Guild of America's (PGA) annual awardsceremony on Jan 22 2006 in Los Angeles.Eastwood, whose producingcredits include the Oscar winning Million Dollar Baby and Unforgiven, will receive the Milestone Award and Corman, whose prolific career hasspawned The Wild Angels and Deathrace3000 among many others, will collectthe David O Selznick Achievement Award.The PGA will ann
  • Vandierendonck set to take leading role at Eurimages

    Belgium'sJan Vandierendonck is set to take over from Renate Roginas as ExecutiveSecretary for the Council of Europe's pan-European co-production fund Eurimagesfrom the beginning of January.Vandierendonckis currently the Director of International Relations and European Affairs atthe Flemish Audiovisual Fund. Duringhis career in the film industry, which began in the mid-1980s, he has worked asa festival director, distributor, writer, director and producer and served aschairman of
  • Verhoeven steers new course for shipwreck tale

    Paul Verhoeven and his regularscriptwriter Gerard Soeteman are pushing ahead again with Batavia's Graveyard, their blood-curdlinghistorical epic about the shipwreck of the Bataviain 1629. The film was previously set up at FilmFour."It's a story in the directionof the Bounty but it's much more about the development of a fascist regime," Verhoeven told ScreenDaily
  • Water reaches watershed level at box office

    Deepa Mehta's Water passed the C$500,000 ($419,000) mark this pastweekend, achieving the milestone in 10 days on 41 screens for a screen averageof approximately $7000. It was enough to earn 10thspot on the nation's box office Top Ten, a rare feat for a Canadian filmproduced outside of Quebec. That said, the film was shot entirely in Sri Lankain Hindi, hardly a ringing endorsement of the potential of Canadian film athome. On the other hand, the film has benefited from the large s
  • Yours, Mine & Ours (Tuya)

    Dir: Raja Gosnell. US. 2005. 90mins.Looking to follow the Cheaper By The Dozen formula to box officesuccess, Yours, Mine & Ours is atiresome kids comedy that's never as funny as it is loud and oddlymean-spirited.Opening Nov 23 inthe US, the film (with its PG rating) will be hoping to attract younger totswary of t