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21 November 2013

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  • Alex Garcia's Residue begins shoot

    Futuristic paranormal thriller to star Harry Potter’s Natalia Tena and Misfits/Game of Thrones actor Iwan Rheon.
  • American Hustle to close Dubai fest

    David O. Russell’s American Hustle has been selected for the closing night gala of the 10th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), which runs December 6-14. 
  • Another Me

    Dir: Isabel Coixet. UK-Spain. 2013. 86mins
  • Barron to produce Q’s English debut

    Kolkata-based filmmaker Q (aka Kaushik Mukherjee) is gearing up to make his English-language debut, Brahman Naman, to be produced by Steve Barron’s UK-based Riley Productions.  
  • Berlinale World Cinema Fund selects eight

    The Berlinale World Cinema Fund has awarded production and distribution funding of €165,000 ($223,000) to eight films.
  • Bloody Beans wins at CPH:DOX

    Other winners include Everyday Rebellion, Dirty Wars and A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness.
  • Brian Tyler, composer, Thor: The Dark World

    Composer Brian Tyler talks to ELBERT WYCHE about his musical process and how scoring Thor: The Dark World was a dream come true.
  • Bruce Dern to collect PSIFF honour

    The star of Nebraska will attend the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala on January 4 2014 to receive the Career Achievement Award.
  • Child's Pose producer wins co-pro award

    This year’s European Co-Production Award – Prix Eurimages will go to Ada Solomon from Romania.
  • CinemaCon sets 2014 dates

    The official convention of the National Association Of Theatre Owners will return to Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
  • Cineworld boss Steve Wiener to step down

    Founder and CEO to leave UK cinema chain in 2014.
  • Clio Barnard wins at Stockholm

    Bronze Horse for best film goes to The Selfish Giant. More wins for Fruitvale Station, Miss Violence and Screen Star of Tomorrow George MacKay.
  • Creative Europe approved by European Parliament

    The European Union’s Creative Europe framework programme has been given a resounding vote of confidence by the European Parliament.
  • Diversify conference

    Slideshow from Screen International and Broadcast’s Diversify conference on Nov 13.
  • Doc heavyweights head to IDFA

    Kevin Macdonald, Marcel Ophuls, Fred Wiseman and Claude Lanzmann are among the top directors attending the 26th International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) (Nov 20 - Dec 1).
  • DOC NYC unveils winners

    Mahdi Fleifel’s A World Not Ours (pictured) won the Viewfinders Competition’s Grand Jury Prize on the eve of the final day of programming.
  • Dogwoof acquires Manakamana

    Documentary set high above the Nepalese jungle won Golden Leopard.
  • Emma Thompson in SBIFF honour

    The star of Saving Mr Banks will receive the Modern Master Award at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) on February 8 2014.
  • EuropaCorp to sue over embezzlement claims

    French newspaper reported company is under investigation over public investment into Cité du Cinema. EuropaCorp “surprised” and “outraged” by claims of misappropriated funds.
  • Film Bazaar: Appetite growing for Indian cinema

    Films nurtured by Film Bazaar are beginning to secure distribution both at home and overseas, but challenges remain for independent Indian cinema. Liz Shackleton reports.
  • Fox Star acquires Lucia remake rights

    Fox Star Studios has bought the Hindi-language remake rights for crowd-funded Kannada-language drama Lucia.
  • Frontera, Watermark find homes

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired US rights to the crime drama Frontera, while eOne Films US has picked up the documentary Watermark.
  • German distribs close AFM deals

    EXCLUSIVE: New films by David Cronenberg, Quentin Dupieux and Lone Scherfig are among the titles acquired by German distributors at this year’s AFM.
  • Get Santa, Bill get £1m from BFI

    Family film from exec producer Ridley Scott and a feature from the team behind Horrible Histories both set to shoot early 2014.
  • Glasgow unveils new strands

    New strands include pop-up events, a focus on Chile and Oscar nominated Hollywood films from 1939.
  • Gotham tribute for Gandolfini

    Steve Buscemi will present an award in honour of the late James Gandolfini on December 2 in New York, Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) top brass said.
  • Gravity pulls early $13.2m in China

    UPDATED: Early numbers from Warner Bros Pictures International put the tentpole at an estimated Rmb 80.5m after the first three days.
  • Gravity stays top of UK box office

    Warner Bros’ sci-fi records second consecutive week at number one with a strong $7.7m (£4.8m); Fox’s The Counsellor is the week’s highest new entry with $1.3m (£815,051).
  • Halcyon to adapt Ost memoirs

    Terminator Salvation producers Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson have partnered with style icon Beatrix Ost to adapt her two memoirs My Father’s House: A Childhood In Wartime Bavaria and the forthcoming More Than Everything.
  • Hammer reboot Abominable Snowman

    Woman in Black producer and Hammer to offer modern take on the Yeti myth.
  • Hospital 100 unveils Film list

    BAFTA CEO tops film list of UK creatives.
  • Huffman, Leguizamo join Stealing

    Dallas Buyers Club producer Rachel Winter has lined up the cast on her long-gestating next project, Stealing Cars.
  • Imogen Poots to star in Ruins

    The UK actress is attached to star in the 1960s Ligurian drama for Cross Creek Pictures and Smuggler Films.
  • Indiegogo, IndieReign team up

    Online marketplace IndieReign has announced a partnership with crowdfunding platform Indiegogo
  • ITV wins back James Bond

    James Bond will return to free-to-air television in the UK this year after ITV snatched the rights to the Ian Fleming franchise back from Sky.
  • Just Friends? gets Korean court approval

    The Supreme Court of Korea yesterday (Nov 14) overturned a teenager restricted rating given to Kim Jho Gwang-soo’s gay romance Just Friends? by the Korea Media Ratings Board (KMRB).
  • Katzenberg, Spielberg in museum pledge

    Two of the Academy’s deep-pocketed friends have each donated $10m to the forthcoming Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures.
  • Kenyan films go on UK tour

    Bristol’s Watershed is teaming up with Afrika Eye to present two new Kenyan films in UK cinemas through March 2014.
  • Larrikin launches Catalina Capital

    The Weinstein Company has secured first-look privileges on the $50m fund announced by former Dune Entertainment chairman Greg Coote and private equity executive David Calvert-Jones.
  • Last day: Screen Summit early bird rate

    Dec 2 Summit also adds new ‘ask the funders’ panel.
  • Mapa wins online festival award

    EXCLUSIVE: Leon Siminiani fiction-doc wins at MUBI’s Dialogue of Cultures festival, which plans expansion.
  • Max Irons, Samantha Barks go for Harvest

    Max Irons and Samantha Barks are currently shooting The Devil’s Harvest, in production in the Ukraine.
  • Member, Documented in US deals

    Drafthouse Films has picked up North American rights to Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math’s documentary The Final Member, while in a separate deal CNN Films has acquired US broadcast rights to Documented.
  • Monsoon Shootout to open SAIFF

    The South Asian International Film Festival will open on December 3 with the New York premiere of Monsoon Shootout.
  • National Archives honour for Spielberg

    Steven Spielberg collected the 2013 Records Of Achievement Award from the Foundation for the National Archives this week.
  • Oberoi’s Island City starts production

    Principal photography has started on Island City, written and directed by Indian filmmaker Ruchika Oberoi, which participated in NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab in 2012.
  • Palm Springs to fete McQueen

    Steve McQueen, a red hot Oscar contender for 12 Years A Slave, will receive the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Director Of The Year Award.
  • Palm Springs to honour Bullock

    Sandra Bullock, riding high on critical acclaim for her role in the global hit Gravity, will receive the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress.
  • Paul sparks to Voltage's Fathers

    Aaron Paul has signed on to Voltage’s epic romance Fathers And Daughters starring previously announced Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried.
  • 'Peril' wins BAFTA Scotland awards

    For Those in Peril and Screen Star of Tomorrow George Mackay picked up top awards.
  • Peter Wintonick dies aged 60

    The Canadian film-maker, journalist and documentary advocate has died in Montreal following a battle with cancer. He was 60.
  • Pinewood Studios backs first short

    Film centres on a civil war in the future based around gender.
  • PNP checks in to Le Week-End

    Pacific Northwest Pictures (PNP) has acquired all Canadian rights to Roger Michell’s rom-com Le Week-End starring Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum.
  • Primexchange hunts Indo-European ties

    The Primexchange co-production workshop (Nov 18-24) is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year with a strong line-up of ten projects, along with guest project In Search Of A Miracle, based on William Dalrymple’s book Nine Lives.
  • Producer Michael J Kagan dies aged 87

    Former Cannon Films exec and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves co-producer dies aged 87.
  • Pulse pacts with Sony/ATV

    EXCLUSIVE: Music giant to rep rights to Pulse’s originally commissioned film and TV music, TV shows in the works.
  • Rai Trade seals AFM, Rome deals

    EXCLUSIVE: Titles include The Mercury Factor, Neverlake, L’Intrepido and Song e’ Napule.
  • RAM picks up Moebius for US

    RAM Releasing has picked up North American rights on the controversial Kim Ki-duk film Moebius from South Korean sales company Finecut.
  • Recyclewala unveils slate, tech labs

    Anand Gandhi and Sohum Shah’s Recyclewala Films is branching out with a slate of new projects and the launch of several tech-oriented initiatives, including a transmedia arm.
  • Rigor Mortis sells for Fortissimo

    Fortissimo Films closed key territories at AFM on Juno Mak’s Chinese vampire film and Hong Kong box office hit.
  • Robert Patrick joins Hellions

    The actor has joined the cast of Toronto-based Whizbang Films and Storyteller Pictures’ thriller, currently shooting almost entirely in digital infrared.
  • SAG mails awards ballots

    Ballots for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations will be posted to the SAG Awards film and television nominating committees on November 20.
  • San Francisco Film Society: Fall Celebration

    Outgoing San Francisco Film Society executive director Ted Hope joined film-makers at the inaugural Fall Celebration on November 14 at new hot spot The Battery.
  • Sarah, Amazing Catfish triumph at Baja

    Chloé Robichaud’s Sarah Prefers To Run prevailed in the $15,000 Los Cabos Competition section as the second Baja International Film Festival came to a conclusion in Los Cabos, Mexico.
  • Screen November 22 2013

    Browse the digital version of Screen International here…
  • Screenwriting guru Syd Field dies

    Writer of several influential books on screenwriting dies aged 77.
  • Skills can redress diversity imbalance

    Creative Skillset executive director Kate O’Connor has vowed the organisation will help to improve diversity across the creative industries following Broadcast and Screen International’s Diversify event last week.
  • Sri Lankan filmmakers wait for peace dividend

    A lack of government support, digital cinemas and professional producers are hampering the development of the film industry in post-war Sri Lanka.
  • Starred Up sets UK release date

    Fox Searchlight to release BIFA nominee, starring Jack O’Connell and Homeland’s Rupert Friend.
  • Sundance hires doc leader

    Tabitha Jackson has been appointed director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.
  • Tallinn welcomes 36 industry speakers

    Black Nights Film Festival kicks off 17th edition with Canadian Oscar submission Gabrielle.
  • The Mole Song – Undercover Agent Reiji

    Dir: Takaski Miike. Japan. 2013. 120mins
  • The Seventh Code

    Dir/scr: Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Japan 2013. 60mins
  • Thessaloniki pays tribute to Wintonick

    Documentary festival to rename audience award in honour of the filmmaker who died last week.
  • Thor 2 adds $39m in US

    Thor: The Dark World held on to the North American crown for its third and most likely final weekend ahead of the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
  • Thor 2 crosses $500m globally

    Marvel Studio’s Thor: The Dark World surged past the milestone on November 20 and has reached $504.2m, Disney executives have reported.
  • Thor 2 extends int’l rule on $53m

    UPDATED: Thor: The Dark World used launches in Argentina, Paraguay and Hungary and a string of solid holds to boost the running total to $332.8m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.
  • Thor 2 set to rule again

    Thor: The Dark World is expected to extend its domination to a third consecutive weekend when it will soar past the $325m mark.
  • Tir

    Dir: Alberto Fasulo. Italy-Croatia. 2013. 85mins
  • 'Tir' wins at Rome Film Festival

    Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson win actor prizes.
  • Traverse to release Treachery

    Traverse Media has acquired North American digital rights to the Blanc/Biehn Productions thriller starring Michael Biehn.
  • TrustNordisk busy with Bier sales

    TrustNordisk has closed a number of deals on Susanne Bier’s upcoming feature A Second Chance, which will start shooting later this month.
  • Uni dates The Purge 2

    Universal Pictures has set the release date for its follow-up to this year’s micro-budget horror hit.
  • Universal breaks company record

    A spokesperson said on Monday (18) the studio had broken its previous best North American box office for a calendar year of $1.335bn set in 2012.
  • Virgin Produced India launches

    Virgin Produced has partnered with Cinema Capital Venture Fund and Tantrik Group to launch Virgin Produced India.
  • WATCH: Winfrey, Whitaker, Daniels talk The Butler

    Director Lee Daniels and stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey discuss their work on acclaimed drama The Butler at an exclusive Q&A event in London.