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23 October 2008

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  • 67 countries submit titles for foreign language film Oscar

    A record 67 countries, including first-time entrant Jordan have submitted films for consideration in the foreign language film category for the 81st Academy Awards.Nominations will be announced on January 22, 2009 and the Oscar will be presented on February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre.Click on bold films for reviewAfghanistan: Opium War Siddiq
  • AFI Awards to celebrate 50th edition with audience vote

    The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, The Castle, Gallipoli, Lantana and Muriel's Wedding have been voted Australia's favourite films in an online poll conducted to celebrate 50 years of Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards. The films are listed alphabetically, not in order of their popularity; the biggest vote winner will not be revealed until this year's AFI Awards presentation, to be held in Melbourne on December 6. Australia Post was pa
  • Amsterdam Filmmuseum and Thought Equity Motion in $40m project

    The Amsterdam Filmmuseum has entered into a partnership with US company, Thought Equity Motion.The move is part of the Netherlands' hugely ambitious 'Images For The Future' project to digitise the country's entire film, radio and TV holdings. The Filmmuseum has around $40m (Euros 30 m) to spend on its digitisation and restoration projects of film.Spread over a period of seven years, the Government's FES (Fund for the reinforcement of Economic Structure) is providing an overall b
  • Asia PacificFilm Festivalpostponed due to lack of delegates

    The 52nd Asia Pacific Film Festival, which was scheduled to run November 18-21 in Jakarta, Indonesia, has been postponed due to a lack of overseas visitors, organisers have announced. The Federation of Motion Pictures Producers of Asia, which organises the event, cited the global economic downturn as the reason for low visitor numbers. The festival was expected to host more than 300 delegates, but around 200 cancelled in the run-up to the event.Founded in 1953, the festival is host
  • Ballast earns four nominations atGotham Independent Film Awards

    Lance Hammer's Ballast is nominated for best feature, director, breakthrough actor and ensemble performance at IFP awards, 22 films nominated in six categories. Lance Hammer's Ballast leads the pack in the 18th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards with four nominations for best feature, director, breakthrough actor and ensemble performance.Six titles earned two nominations apiece. They were:
  • Berenice Fugard joins Optimum as head of acquisitions

    Berenice Fugard has been appointed as head of acquisitions for StudioCanal and Optimum Releasing. She will be based in London and will report both to Optimum Releasing CEO Will Clarke, and Ron Halpern executive vice-president, international production and acquisitions for StudioCanal.Fugard will be responsible for acquiring films for Optimum Releasing for distribution in the UK and will also source multi-territory film rights to be distributed in all three countries where StudioCanal o
  • Berlinale doubles festival accreditation fee

    The Berlinale has introduced a 100% price hike for festival accrediation next year (February 5-15).The fee for the general festival accreditation will increase from $64 (Euros 50) to $ 128 (Euros 100). The charges for the market badge and festival accreditation and EFM Screening Pass will remain stable at the 2008 prices of $513 (Euros 400) and $385 (Euros 300), respectively.Commenting on the price increase exclusively to ScreenDaily, fest
  • Canada's Evokative picks up Korean drama Crying Fist

    Evokative Films has picked up Canadian rights to Ryoo Seung-wan's boxer drama Crying Fist, following negotiations at the recent Asian Film Market in Pusan. Starring Choi Min-sik, Crying Fist premiered in Cannes' Directors Fortnight in 2005 where it won the FIPRESCI award, and also screened at numerous other festivals including Karlovy Vary, Melbourne and Vancouver.Evokative struck the deal with Michelle Son from M-Line Distribution, which now handles the ShowEast cata
  • Canada's Telefilm anoints Gross, Martinelli, Vince for slate development

    Telefilm Canada has selected three Canadian production companies for its Slate Development Pilot Program (SDPP): Gabriella Martinelli's Capri Films, Paul Gross' Whizbang Films and Robert Vince's Keystone Pictures.Financed under the Canadian Feature Film Fund (CFFF), the slate development pilot program was established last year to match Canadian producers with Canadian distributors. The goal is to develop more projects with commercial prospects. Eligible producers cannot have received e
  • Captain Abu Raed wins Heartland's grand prize

    Amin Matalqa's Jordanian foreign-language Oscar submission Captain Abu Raed won the 17th Heartland Film Festival's grand prize at the weekend for best dramatic feature and a $100,000 prize. Click here for review. The annual Crystal Heart Awards Gala anointed Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker's Pray The Devil Back To Hell
  • Chinese director Xie Jin dies aged 84

    Revered Chinese director Xie Jin died of sudden cardiac arrest on Saturday, Oct 18 in Shangyu city in China's Zhejiang province at the age of 84. The Shanghai-based filmmaker is seen as one of the most prolific in Chinese film history. He was also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and of the Directors' Guild of America.Xie is known for his realistic style, a strong sense of history and his excellence in depicting women's stories. He has directed more than
  • Czech documentary Rene wins Prix ARTE

    The European Film Academy has announced that Rene, by Czech director Helena Trestikova, will receive the 2008 Prix ARTE for documentary film.The recipient of the award is chosen by an independent jury, which this year was made up of Danish producer Karoline Leth, Moscow Film Festival programme director Kirsi Tykkyläinen, and British producer Alan Hayling.The film follows the life of Rene Plasil, a petty criminal and self-styled desperado, in and out of prison even as
  • Dardenne's Lorna's Silencewins European Parliament Lux Prize 2008

    Lorna's Silence by the Belgian director brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne has won the European Parliament's Lux Cinema Prize.The Prize was first introduced in 2007 with the aim to promote European culture and languages, and to foster the circulation of European films within the EU.'The European Parliament has always recognised the pivotal role culture plays in our society and the award of the second LUX Prize reflects this',
  • Denmark - Madsen burns bright

    Ole Christian Madsen, director of Danish smash Flame & Citron, is modest about the remarkable success of his Second World War epic which has grossed more than $9m at the local box office, and is the most popular Danish film for 10 years."I'm surprised it did so well in Denmark," he confesses. "There were a lot of moral discussions about the film, people either loved it or hated it. It was the first time a film has shown the Resistance could do something wrong. I was in the media
  • Eagle Eye perches at top of international box office

    Paramount-DreamWorks' paranoia thriller Eagle Eye dominated the international charts with an estimated $12m haul, thought the story of the weekend was Mamma Mia!, which capped a fine overseas run by crossing $400m. Click here for more.Eagle Eye's weekend haul from 3,779 sites in 49 territories through PPI was power
  • Editorial - New models armies

    The crowning, deposing and re-crowning of "content" as "king" has become a ritual over the last few years. Wondering where on earth the industry is heading has given the old cliche a new lease of life. It's possible even to identify camps here: content as king is the mantra of the cinematic cavaliers, while those who see the future as ruled by the "customer" are roundheads.Anyway, this week content was back on its royal throne, courtesy of Michael Eisner, former CEO at Disney, who has
  • Festival Talk - 'Be brave in the selection and close to the business'

    Which festivals do you particularly rate and enjoy'Detassis: "I love Cannes above all the other festivals because it's like breathing cinema day and night; even if you happen not to go to a film for two days, cinema is in the air. I love mixing up seeing the films in official competition and the market and particularly love to go out of the Palais du Cinema and into the cinemas on rue d'Antibes. Cannes is the only place that gives you everything together: quality, innovation, market an
  • Film-makers need direct relationship with audience, says LFF conference

    The creation and nurturing of direct relationships with audiences is critical to the digital future, delegates to the Power To The Pixel conference were told yesterday. The event, which was held as part ofThe Times BFI London Film Festival, was streamed live on ScreenDaily yesterday.Audiences are becoming fragmented as they consume content across different platforms, according to speakers on day one of the summit.Slava Rubin, co-founder of IndieGoGo proposed that f
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  • Fipresci to award prize at the Dubai International Film Festival

    The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) today announced that it will launch an annual international critics prize awarded by Fipresci, the International Federation of Film Critics.The award will be given to the best feature film in DIFF's Muhr Awards for Excellence in Arab Cinema and is the first time it will be granted to an Arab film. It will be presented at DIFF 2008, the festival's fifth year.Fipresci, regarded as the foremost body of film writers, academics and critics
  • Fortissimo Films appoints Kees Koot to Chief Finance Officer

    International film, TV, and sales outfit Fortissimo Films has appointed Kees Koot as its Chief Finance Officer. Koot will head Fortissimo's finance department out of its head office in Amsterdam. Koot joins Fortissimo from Dutch distributor A-Film Distribution where he was Finance Manager and helped create the company's Accounting and Royalty Administration Department.From 2000 to 2003, Koot was Finance Manager at Fine BV, an investment fund for Dutch film projects and from 1996 to 200
  • Fortissimo to handle worldwide sales for Telstar

    Fortissimo Film will handle worldwide sales for Nick Moran's directorial feature film debut Telstar. Fortissimo will take the film to the upcoming AFM in November and the world premiere will take place at The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival on October 25.Directed by Nick Moran and financed and produced by Simon Jordan, Telstar is an Aspiration Films production starring Con O'Neill as the legendary independent record producer Joe Meek. O'Neill stars alongside Kevin Spa
  • Four Nights With Anna is best film at European Cinema Festival

    Polish master Jerzy Skolimowski's Polish-French co-production Four Nights With Anna, has won the best film award and $8,000 (Euros 6,000) at the 21st Panorama of European Cinema Festival in Athens.The purse, intended to back the local release of the film, was offered by festival organizer Athens daily, Eleftherotypia.Skolimowski's film received another $4,000 (Euro 3,000) to cover the striking of a new print and its subtitling in Greek. This award was offered
  • Four young film-makers join Cinereach 2009 programme

    Cinereach, the non-profit media organisation set up in 2006 and dedicated to supporting socially-conscious film-making, has selected four young film-makers to take part in its 2009 Reach Film Fellowship Programme. Now in its second year, the Fellowship is an intensive six-month programme that assigns mentors to help four promising film-makers take their projects from script or treatment through completion. The four Fellows - Brendan McQueen, Jules Monteyne, Dena Greenba
  • High Point Films takes rights to East, West, East - The Final Sprint

    High Point Films, the theatrical sales division of Carey Fitzgerald's London based High Point Media Group, has taken international rights to Albanian/Italian co-production, East, West, East - The Final Sprint by Albanian Gjergj Xhuvani.Francesco Tagliabue (Sandokan, Don Milani) is producing out of Italy for Fast Rewind srl, along with Arben Taselliar (Dear Enemy, Slogans) for Albanian General Vision.High Point 's chairman, Ronald de Neef said 'Gjergj Xhuvani
  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year

    Dir: Kenny Ortega. US. 2008. 109 mins.Testing the maxim that happiness can't be contrived, High School Musical 3: Senior Year sets off a joy bomb, and attempts to charm tween audiences through an explosion of primary colours, bright production design and sheer, indefatigable force of will. The first film in the Disney Channel's hit TV movie series to receive a theatrical release is a relentlessly chipper toe-tapper, bluntly effective in its staged cathartic moment
  • High School Musical ready to rock international marketplace

    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (WDSMPI) will seek to mobilise the tweens this weekend as Disney Channel's smash High School Musical brand makes its first foray into theatres in the form of High School Musical 3: Senior Year.Zac Efron and his posse of all-singing, all-dancing friends step into more than 20 territories day-and-date with North America this weeken
  • In focus - Asian Film Funds Forum - New approaches needed in Asia

    The Asian film business should avoid over-supply and ensure the interests of distributors and investors are aligned, said panellists at a seminar on Asian film funds at Pusan's Asian Film Market.The seminar, co-hosted by Screen International, also examined how film financing has become more difficult due to the credit crunch, and more specifically, the glut of product that has slowed business at recent markets such as Cannes and Toronto.Ben Waisbren, CEO of New York-based
  • In focus - Asian Film Market - Mixed messages at market

    Pusan's Asian Film Market (October 3-6) closed its third edition last week with most delegates agreeing it had been a quiet event, but many saying they had still found it productive. Certainly there was not much footfall at the market, held for the first time on three floors of the Seacloud Hotel, and few deals were announced or reported. Market organisers said 4,640 participants - or 128 companies from 28 countries - attended the market and accompanying locations showcase Bifcom. But it felt
  • In focus - Pusan Review - Pushed for space in a crowded scene

    Everybody says it, everybody knows it: the autumn festival circuit, which bows out with Rome and London this week, is too crammed. Yet the situation staggers on from year to year, with festivals pointing frantically to their record numbers of world premieres. Even after Venice, Toronto and San Sebastian had unveiled their debuts, Pusan hit the fray with 85 world premieres out of 315 features screened - a higher tally than ever before.As the Asian Film Market went on around it, the Pusa
  • International - Sea Change at the top

    Russia's Admiral sailed to the top of the international chart this week, following its world premiere on October 6, amassing $12.5m from 1,223 engagements in two territories and ending the reign of Universal's dancing queen, Mamma Mia! The Movie, which dropped 41% to $8.4m.With Twentieth Century Fox distributing, the Channel One/Solyaris co-production Admiral took $11.3m in its home territory alone, making Andrei Kravchuk's film the biggest Russian opener of all ti
  • Interview: Star Media founder Vlad Ryashin

    In the latest of her interviews with senior figures in the Russian film industry, Olia Hercules talks to Vlad Ryashin, founder of the Star Media film and TV company and former-director of the largest Ukrainian TV channel, Inter.ScreenDaily: Why did Star-Media, a Russian media company open an office in the UK'V.R: Star Media is
  • I've Loved You So Long opens AFI EU film showcase

    Philippe Claudel's drama I've Loved You So Long featuring an acclaimed turn by Kristin Scott Thomas as a woman blighted by a terrible secret will open the The 2008 AFI European Union Film Showcase in Washington DC on November 6. For the first time, the AFI EU Showcase will feature three Centerpiece Screenings:Arnaud Desplechin's French family drama A Christmas Tale (November 8)Ma
  • James Newton Howard named Film Composer of the Year at Ghent

    James Newton Howard has been names film composer of the year at the World Soundtrack Awards at the 35th Ghent International Film Festival. The prize came for work including Charlie Wilson's War, Michael Clayton and I Am Legend.The best original score honour went to Dario Marianelli for Atonement, while Mar
  • Joe Dante ready to enter the 3D Hole

    Joe Dante will commence shooting the 3D supernatural thriller The Hole starring Teri Polo, Chris Massoglia and Haley Bennett for Bold Films and Benderspink in Vancouver on December 2. Bold Films International will commence pre-sales at AFM next month on the story of two brothers and their neighbour who discover a mysterious hole in the basement of their new home that forces them to confront their deepest fears. Mark Smith wrote the screenplay
  • Khamsa and Still Walking take top awards at Eurasia Film Festival

    Tunisian-born filmmaker's Karim Dridi's Khamsa was named Best Film at this year's International Eurasia Film Festival at the Turkish resort of Antalya.The International Jury, under president Paul Verhoeven, named Japan's Hirokazu Koreeda Best Director for his family drama Still Walking (Aruitemo Aruitemo).Prizes by other juries included the Siyad Award for Nuri Bilge Ceylan's
  • Komandarev takes Grand Prix at Bergen International Film Festival

    Stefan Komandarev's The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner has received the Grand Prix in the Cinema Extraordinaire competition at Norway's Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF).The film also took the Special Jury Prize at Warsaw last week, Saturday October 19.Produced by Pallas Film (co-founded by German producer Karl Baumgartner), The World is the story of Alex's return to Bulgaria, after many years in Germany. Suffering from amnesia after a c
  • Laurence Fishburne to be honoured at Bahamas festival

    Laurence Fishburne will receive the Bahamas International Film Festival's (BIFF) Career Achievement Award in Nassau in December 7. Festival patron Sean Connery will present the honour, which was set up to recognise film-makers whose work has had a 'major impact and has advanced the frontiers of cinematic artistry around the world.' Previous winners include Nicolas Cage and Daryl Hannah. 'Mr Fishburne is one of the great actors of our time and is nothing less than an ico
  • Lightning Entertainment picks up crime thrillerLa Linea

    Santa Monica-based sales and distribution company Lightning Entertainment has acquired international rights to the crime thrillerLa Linea starring Andy Garcia and Ray Liotta.Lightning Entertainment co-president Richard Guardian will commencesales at AFM next month on the story of a veteran assassin on thetrail of a Mexican cartel leader. Endeavor holds North Americanrights.James Cotten directed from a screenplay by R Ellis Frazier,
  • London Mayor to make filming in capital easier

    London 's Mayor Boris Johnson has pledged new legislation to make filming in the capital easier and greater investment in grassroots film-making across the capital. The promises have been set out as part of a new set of priorities for Film London, the capital's film and media agency.At a summit held today, October 22, at London's City Hall, Johnson announced new powers to the London Local Authorities and Transport Act 2008 to minimise traffic disruption during shoots. It is hoped that
  • Magnolia claims YouTube success with Wayne Wang's Princess

    Magnolia Pictures' The Princess Of Nebraska from Wayne Wang drew more than 165,000 hits in its first two days following its launch on YouTube on October 18. The free release was launched on YouTube's Screening Room, a new channel
  • Mamma Mia! crosses $400m international mark

    Abba musical adaptation Mamma Mia! passed another milestone in a phenomenal run in international markets, crossing the $400m mark. Universal's dancing queens added $5.9m this weekend through UPI from 3,789 locations in 49 territories to reach $400.1m.In so doing became it became Universal's second biggest international release behind Jurassic Park. It is now the fourth biggest overseas hit of
  • Max Payne

    Dir: John Moore. US. 2008. 100 mins.As shiny and hollow as its used shell cases, Max Payne doesn't have much to offer beyond a recycled noir attitude and a progressively violent story that plays out rather predictably. Based on the popular video game of the same name, this action-thriller starring Mark Wahlberg borrows liberally and almost desperately from Sin City and The Matrix for its tale of an antihero cop out to avenge the death of his wife and
  • Medusa to remake Welcome to the Sticks for Italy

    Rome-Italian powerhouse Medusa has bought the remake rights for France's run-away box office success Welcome to the Sticks (Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis) a Medusa spokesperson confirmed to Screen Daily.The film will be in development and production in 2009 for a potential 2010 release. Everything about the Italian re-make has yet to be decided, from cast to locations.Medusa will also be handling the Italian rollout of the original
  • Meirelles attends charity gala screening of Blindness in London

    Fernando Meirelles is to attend a charity gala of his film Blindness in London in aid of charity ABC (Action for Brazil's Children) Trust.The screening at Apollo Cinemas Piccadilly Circus on October 31 will be the first time the film has played in the UK, coming a month before the territory premiere.Meirelles is patron of ABC which supports street children in Brazil. His
  • Mickey Rourke and Jason Statham among cast for 13 remake

    Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham, Sam Riley and 50 Cent will star in 13, Gela Babluani's remake of his 2005 French thriller 13 Tzameti that Paramount Vantage will begin to pre-sell at AFM. Endeavor represents North American rights on the story of a young man who steals a mysterious package and unwittingly gets involved in a gambling ring concerning a multi-player Russian roulette tournament.Pro
  • Mike Gabrawy named head of production for ambitious Arclight

    Constantin Film production executive Mike Gabrawy has been named head of production for Arclight Films as the company steps up its slate. Gabrawy will be based in Los Angeles and oversee development and production of the company's slate of eight-to-10 productions per year and co-ordinate Arclight's international productions in Europe, Australia and Asia. Among the new projects with which he will be involved are the adaptation of of Top Cow's comic book
  • MK2 sells Rumba to Koch Lorber Films for the US

    France 's MK2 has sold Rumba to Koch Lorber Films for the US.The Belgian slapstick dance comedy was directed by the trio known as Abel, Gordon and Romy. It ran in this year's Critics Week in Cannes as a special screening.Released in France in September, the film has sold over 100,000 tickets thus far for MK2 at home. It has also been sold in over 30 territories including the UK (Network Distributing), Benelux (Cineart), Germany
  • New York Women In Film & Television honours Linney and Sedgwick

    Laura Linney and Kyra Sedgwick will be among the honourees at the New York Women In Film & Television's (NYWIFT) 28th annual Muse Awards on December 9.Linney earned an Academy Award nomination this year for The Savages and won an Emmy for the HBO miniseries John Adams. She has wrapped filming on the James Ivory drama City Of Your Final Destination opposite
  • North American box office soars with Max Payne

    The US economy may be in dire straits but Hollywood remains recession-proof as the North American box office climbed for the fourth consecutive weekend against the same period last year after Fox's videogame adaptation Max Payne starring Mark Wahlberg opened top on an estimated $18m. Fox Searchlight's Civil Rights era drama The Secret Life Of Bees parlayed its recent Toronto world premiere and a number
  • Odyssey has taken rights to Wickie And The Mighty Vikings

    Odyssey Entertainment has struck a deal with Rat Pack Filmproduktion (The Wave, Hui Buh) and Constantin Film (The Baader Meinhof Complex, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) to handle worldwide sales and distribution (excluding German speaking Europe) on the family adventure film Wickie And The Mighty Vikings.The film is based on the award-winning children's book Vicky
  • Pacino screens preview of work-in-progress Salomaybe' at Rome

    Al Pacino has screened a seven-minute preview of his in-progress project entitled Salomaybe' during opening day of the Rome Film Festival.Pacino also announced he would like to bring the completed film back to the Rome festival next year. 'It's coming along, and maybe next year we could bring it here,' the actor said to Mario Sesti, Rome's L'Altro Cinema/Extra section artistic director, at a press conference.Pacino is writing, directing and acting in Salomaybe', wh
  • Paramount pulls AFI opening night screening of The Soloist

    Paramount has pulled world premiere of The Soloist from AFI Fest opening night, due to new 2009 release date for potential awards vehicle. Paramount has pulled its world premiere AFI Fest 2008 opening night screening of The Soloist that was due to screen next week, October 30, citing the new 2009 release date as the key reason for the withdrawal.The drama about a journalist who finds a musical prodigy living homeless on the streets of Los Angeles had been eyed as a po
  • Pearce joins cast of Oz drama Animal Kingdom

    Guy Pearce (Memento) will play a troubled police officer in Animal Kingdom, written and to be directed by short filmmaker and former Australian film magazine editor David Michod. Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton and Jackie Weaver are also on board the debut drama which goes into production for Australian distributor Madman and international sales agent Maximum early next year. Liz Watts is producing under her Sydney production company banner, Porchlight Films.The film's

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  • Preview: European Film Awards

    It became clear at Cannes: 2008 has been a terrific year for European films. A French film, The Class, won the Palme d'Or for the first time in more than 20 years, while two Italian films, Gomorrah and Il Divo, confirmed Italy is back to its best as a film-making force. UK title Hunger picked up the Camera d'Or and Tur
  • Promotional Feature - Focus Europe

    Illegal (Bel)Dir/scr: Olivier Masset-DepasseBudget: $3m (EUR2.2m)Funds raised: $1m (EUR750,000)Tackling one of the world's most challenging issues, Illegal looks at immigration. "It's the first time we will see how an immigrant holding centre functions on the inside," claims Olivier Masset-Depasse. He says he wants to inform audiences of what he calls one of the biggest social problems of the past century. "It will be fictional but based on facts." The direc
  • Promotional Feature - NCN International Projects

    The Invisible Collection (Braz)Dir: Bernard AttalScrs: Attal, Sergio Machado, adapted from the short story by Stefan ZweigBudget: $1.1m (EUR800,000)Funds raised: $438,000 (EUR320,000)The Invisible Collection is an adaptation of a short story by Austrian writer Stefan Zweig about a young man whose life changes dramatically when he tries to get his mother out of debt by striking a dangerous deal with an old man."Although the adaptation is set in
  • Promotional Feature - New Cinema Network - The right direction

    One of the most exciting aspects of the three year-old International Film Festival Rome is the New Cinema Network - Fabbrica Dei Progetti (NCN), which runs this year from October 23-27. A two-tier event, the NCN's Focus Europe fosters emerging directors from the continent, while the NCN International section promises continued exposure for 12 projects in various stages of production.Focus Europe annually showcases directorial talents whose debut films made something of a splash. This y
  • Protti renamed president ofItaly's cinema body with reform agenda

    Paolo Protti has been reappointed president of Italy's exhibitor organisation ANEC or the National Association of Cinema Exhibitors for a second three-year term.Protti, who oversees the concerns of the nation's some 3,000 screens, says his aims include restructuring ANEC by merging ANEM (National Association of Multiplex Exhibitors) into ANEC. FICE (Art House Cinema Association) already works within ANEC's structure. He also intends to reinforce ANEC's ties with Italy's p
  • Q3 2008 box office: Distributor market shares

    INTERNATIONALUniversal 921.1 19.80%WB 601.2 13.00%CTSI 523.3 11.30%Paramount 428.1 9.20%BV 368 7.90%Toho 332.2 7.20%Fox 282.5 6.10%New Line 141.1 3.00%StudioCanal 55.9 1.20%Summit 54.6 1.20%Pathe 38.9 0.80%Weinsteins 36.4 0.80%Shochiku 32.3 0.70%DOMESTICWarner Bros. 784.1 29.70%Sony 499.8 18.9
  • Quantum Of Solace

    Dir. Marc Forster. UK/US. 2008. 106mins
  • RED Digital Cinema to have a UK base at Pinewood Studios

    The digital cinematography camera company, RED Digital Cinema, will launch RED Europe at Eastside Complex, Pinewood Studios from 1 November 2008. RED will offer technologically-advanced digital capture, over 4 times the resolution of HD video.Alan Piper of RED Europe said: 'Outside of the US, the European market is RED's largest. I n an effort to support that customer base, we felt that there was no better place to headquarter the facility than in Pinewood, one of the most important ce
  • RED Digital Cinema to have a UK base at Pinewood Studios

    The digital cinematography camera company, RED Digital Cinema, will launch RED Europe at Eastside Complex, Pinewood Studios from 1 November 2008. RED will offer technologically-advanced digital capture, over 4 times the resolution of HD video.Alan Piper of RED Europe said: 'Outside of the US, the European market is RED's largest. I n an effort to support that customer base, we felt that there was no better place to headquarter the facility than in Pinewood, one of the most important ce
  • Rio International Film Festival

    Should Nothing Else Work Out (Se Nada Mais Der Certo)Brazil. 2008. 120 mins. Director: Jose Eduardo Belmonte. Production company: Film Noise. International sales: Film Noise (+ 55 11 2589-2098). Screenplay: Jose Eduardo Belmonte, Luis Carlos Pacca. Main cast: Caua Reymond, Caroline Abras, Joao Miguel, Luiza MarianeCuriously pertinent in light of the world financial crisis, Jose Eduardo Belmonte's film follows a big-spending journalist whose inability to p
  • Rome opens on a high

    Being the new kid on the block may have its challenges but the three-year-old Rome International Film Festival is rising to them with aplomb. In its first two editions, Rome's ability to squeeze its 10-day festival into the logjam of the autumn calendar raised eyebrows, as did its ability to attract high-wattage stars (Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry) and directorial talent (Francis Ford Coppola, Jason Reitman). Then last spring, the festival had to fight an unexpected local battle when Gianni Ale
  • Ron Perlman joins cast of Season Of The Witch.

    Ron Perlman has joined Nicolas Cage in Relativity Media and Atlas Entertainment's supernatural thriller Season Of The Witch. Mandate International will commence pre-sales at AFM on the story of a 14th century knight who escorts a suspected witch across Europe. Production is set to begin in Austria and Hungary in early November. Dominic Sena, who directed Cage in Gone In Sixty Seconds, will
  • Scott Nemes takes production role at Film Department

    The Film Department has appointed former Adelstein Productions film chief Scott Nemes as vice president of production and development. Nemes, who reports directly to The Film Department's president of production Robert Katz, previously set up projects at Adelstein with a range of studios and financiers. He also served as executive producer on Dimension's Black Christmas and is a producer on The Experiment, the English-language remake of Oliver Hirschbiegel's 2001
  • ScreenDaily to host live webcast of digital conference

    ScreenDaily will carry a live webcast of the Power To The Pixel conference in London - one of the world's leading events on digital distribution.The two-day event, which begins tomorrow, is one of the industry highlights of the T
  • Singapore's Raintree partners with Irresistible Films

    Singapore's MediaCorp Raintree Pictures is to become the third partner inHong Kong-basedfilm fund, Irresistible Films, alongside producer Bill Kong and Japan's Avex Group. Raintreewill contribute a third share of the $25m fundwhich aims to invest in four to six Asian films a year, with budgets ranging between $1m-$3m, directed by new filmmakers making their first, second or third films.Irresistible Films' first production, Ivy Ho's Claustrophobia, starring Karena Lam and E
  • Slingshot and Pathe announce low budget multi-picture pact

    Pathe and Slingshot have signed a deal which will see Pathe distribute a slate of four films produced by Slingshot, and co-financed with BBC Films and Screen West Midlands.The deal provides guaranteed UK theatrical distribution and international sales representation for no less than 4 titles, which will be selected from Slingshot's slate of low budget movies being co-developed with BBC Films.Commenting on the partnership, Arvind Ethan David of Slingshot said: 'Even the smartest
  • Spain - Speeding bullet

    Award-winning Spanish director Jaime Rosales has sparked huge controversy with his latest film, Bullet In The Head (Tiro En La Cabeza). It follows the everyday life of an ETA member, with no dialogue within earshot and little action until the explosive closing scenes.During the film's world premiere in competition at the San Sebastian International Film Festival last month, some audience members walked out. Those that stayed were rewarded by a dramatic denouement."
  • Steve Jacobs' Disgrace wins $200,000 Black Pearl prize at Abu Dhabi

    Steve Jacobs' Disgrace has picked up the $200,000 Black Pearl prize for best narrative film at the Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) in Abu Dhabi.The adaptation of J.M. Coetzee's award-winning novel offers a disturbing insight into the soul of modern South Africa. Click here for review.The $150,000 best documentary went to Gonzalo Arijon's
  • Stockholm International Film Festival dedicated to Sydney Pollack

    The 19th edition of the Stockholm International Film Festival has unveiled its 2008 programme, screening more than 170 films from 40 countries.'And we are keeping up the momentum,' explained festival director Git Scheynius at today's (Oct 22) press conference in Stockholm; 'no less than a third of the entries are made by newcomers.'This year's festival is dedicated to the late US director Sydney Pollack, and will also honour UK-French actress Charlotte Rampling. At the festival
  • Strong Austrian presence as 2008 Viennale opens

    Austrian filmmakers will have an unprecedented presence at this year's Viennale (Vienna International Film Festival).The festival opens today (October 17) with the Golden Palm winner The Class (Entre Les Murs).More than 20 local feature-length and short films have been programmed by festival director Hans Hurch including the world premieres of Erwin Wagenhofe
  • Strong European representation under EFP's AFM umbrella

    28 European sales agents and production companies from 13 countries have registered at European Film Promotion's (EFP) umbrella office in Santa Monica's Loews Hotel for the forthcoming AFM.The companies working out of the European Film Promotion office will include: the UK production houses Zephyr Films, Foundation Films and Reach Up High Entertainment Ltd; Berlin-based sales company m-appeal; Belgian producers Banana Films and Saga Film; French producer-packager Arsam Internationa
  • Summit picks up rights to romcom Kicked, Bitten And Scratched

    Summit Entertainment has acquired feature rights to the romantic comedy Kicked, Bitten And Scratched, based on Amy Sutherland's books Kicked Bitten And Scratched: Life And Lessons At The World's Premier School For Exotic Animal Trainers and What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love And Marriage.Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky
  • Summit signs with Anders, Morris to develop untitled comedy

    On the eve of Summit Entertainment's release of the teen comedy Sex Drive, the company has signed a deal with the film's screenwriters Sean Anders and John Morris to develop an untitled comedy.Anders will direct and Morris will produce the film about a wild college sophomore who inherits a stubborn baby after a one-nigh-stand is killed in a car crash.Summit's president of production Erik Feig said the pair 'were two of the coolest,
  • Telepool lines upfive market premieres at AFM

    The Munich-based sales agent Telepool will screen Lilly The Witch - The Dragon and The Magic Book by Stefan Ruzowitzky at AFM, his first film since the Oscar winning The Counterfeiters.The $12m family entertainment film combining live action and CGI will be released by Walt Disney theatrically in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Spain early in 2009.Telepool'ssecond market premiere for AFM will be Sven Unterwal
  • The Band's Visit takes top prize at Cinemanila fest

    The 10th Cinemanila Film Festival awarded its top prize to Israeli film The Band's Visit, directed by Eran Kolirin, it was announced on Monday night (Oct 20). The bittersweet comedy about an Egyptian police band arriving at a wrong destination in Israel beat six other films in the main competition to bag the festival's Lino Brocka Grand Prize.The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela, a Cinderella story with a transsexual character, received the Grand Jury Prize. The semi
  • The Man Who Loves and Eight/Huit open International Rome Film Festival

    Actor Al Pacino provides star presence for the festivities of the International Rome Film Festival, which kicks off its third edition today, October 22, in the Italian capital.Pacino will receive the Gold Marco Aurelio career honours and appear at a sold out panel in front of the local cinema-going community to discuss his work. The actor will discuss his relationship with the Actors Studio and show the film Chinese Coffee that he directed, but which has never been
  • Third-quarter international box office barely moves from 2007 figures

    Cinema may indeed be recession proof but the third-quarter figures for international markets do not suggest a rush to the multiplex escapism. Global box office for Q3 generated approximately $7.28bn in ticket sales compared with 2007. That translated into roughly a 0.5% revenue decline and a drop in admissions in the neighbourhood of 6% or 7%. Given the economic difficulties, comfort can be drawn from a relatively flat picture year-on-year. But there are worries in the n
  • TIFFCOM: Asia strives for regional, multi-platform content

    Asian territories need to work together to create content that can work across national borders and different distribution platforms, said delegates at a TIFFCOM seminar organised by UniJapan and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC). 'Economy-wise, we have Europe, the Americas, and Asia, and we need to try to create an Asian contents bloc - a comprehensive Asian culture community, by promoting exchange and linkages,' said Masahiro Yoshizaki, from the media and content industry di
  • TIFFCOM: Japan's Hexagon unveils five-picture slate

    Japan's Hexagon Pictures, a distributor that has recently entered production and international sales, unveiled its new line-up of five market premieres at a presentation held during the first day of the TIFFCOM market (Oct 22-24). The slate includes animated feature Chocolate Underground, based on Alex Shearer's children's novel Bootleg, which is scheduled for local release in Feb 2009. The other four titles are:* Opera drama Pride (Jan 2009) which stars Death Note
  • TIFFCOM: Tokyo delegates talk Japanese remakes

    US studio and independent producers spoke about the challenges and realities of negotiating, buying and producing remakes based on Japanese properties at the 'Hollywood Remake Business Talk Session' held in Tokyo today. The seminar was conducted under the umbrella of the TIFFCOM contents market, now in its fifth edition, which runs from October 22-24 in Roppongi Hills.The panel was moderated by Steven Paul, chairman and CEO of Crystal Sky, which is producing the upcoming live-actio
  • Too many specialty films being released says Miramax's Daniel Battsek

    Too many specialty films being released, according to Miramax President Daniel Battsek.Giving the keynote speech at Film London's second Production Finance Market (October 20-21), Battsek addressed the continuing problem of oversupply in a market that is not expanding.Asked whether Miramax had been helped by the recent closure of Warner independent Pictures, Picturehouse
  • Troubled Water wins Hamptons' Golden Starfish

    Erik Poppe's Norwegian-Swedish film Troubled Water won the 16th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival's Golden Starfish Best Narrative Feature and an awards package of more than $185,000 of in-kind production services. Megumi Sasaki's US entry Herb And Dorothy took the documentary award and a $5,000 cash prize while special recognition went to Chao Gan's Chinese-German film
  • TrustNordisk takes on US remake Love at First Hiccup

    TrustNordisk will handle international distribution of Love at First Hiccup, the US remake of Danish box-office franchise success, Anya & Victor. Danish sales agency, TrustNordisk, will handle international distribution of Love at First Hiccup, an American $2.4 million re-make of Danish romantic comedy Anya & Victor.'A world in crisis needs a strong, but easygoing story about love. It was a smash hit in Denmark, and I am sure it will perform internationa
  • Tulpan takes top prize at Montreal's FNC

    Sergei Dvortsevoy's Un Certain Regard-winner Tulpan took the top prize as Montreal's 37th Festival du Nouveau Cinema wrapped over the weekend. The debut feature, a Kazakstan-Germany coproduction, has been gathering laurels since its Cannes debut.Meanwhile the festival's jury, composed of Charlotte Laurier, Robert Levesque and Michel Savoy, was impressed with other Cannes titles. Aida Begic Zubcevic's
  • UK Film Council takes six UK film companies to TIFF and TIFFCOM

    For the first time, the UK Film Council (UKFC) is taking a delegation of UK film companies to exhibit at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Tokyo Film and Content Market.The companies are Film and Music Entertainment, Headline Pictures, Screen West Midlands, Velvet Octopus Independent and Starfield Productions. The delegation of producers, sales agents, and screen agency representatives will use their attendance at TIFF and TIFFCOM to develop existing and new trade relations
  • UK initiative to bring female led comedy features to the big screen

    Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones' Diary) and Olivia Poulet (Margaret, Killing me Softly) are among 13 women selected to take part in Last Laugh: Women Create Comedy, the new feature film development initiative from Warp X and Birds Eye View, supported by industry body Skillset.The initiative aims to bring female led comedy feature films to the big screen. The selected participants will have the chance to pitch film ideas to Warp X for its low-budget feature developmen
  • UK Opposition party promises more Lottery money for film

    A Conservative government would increase National Lottery-funded spending on film by 10%, shadow cultural secretary Jeremy Hunt told the Screen International UK Film Finance Summit.He said the oppositon - currently leading the government in opinion polls - was committed to the creative sector.'We recognise that the film industry is extremely important,' he told delegates to the annual conference in London.What's more, Hunt said the party recognised that the fr
  • United Kingdom - Girl uninterrupted

    Berlin competition title Julia is to be released simultaneously in the UK in cinemas and on Sky television. Chelsea Films and Sky will open Erick Zonca and Camille Natta's film in theatres and to 9 million Sky subscribers via Sky Box Office (SBO) on December 5.Plenty of other titles have had multi-platform releases. In the UK, Michael Winterbottom's The Road To Guantanamo was shown on Channel 4 on March 9, 2006 and the following day it was released in cinemas, on DVD and
  • United Kingdom - Quantum leap

    A London hotel a month before the worldwide roll-out of Quantum Of Solace, the 22nd James Bond movie, from October 31, and Marc Forster is looking exhausted. He signed on to direct the film in the summer of 2007 - in other words, he had a little over a year in which to make a Bond movie with all the bells and whistles.Ask him how easily he fitted into the Bond "family" and Forster replies he was initially reluctant to make the movie. "One of the things was that I had to bring my
  • United States - Hard Times In Rio

    Even though Bruno Barreto is one of Brazil's most celebrated film-makers, he had trouble finding finance to complete his latest film, Last Stop 174, a well-received drama which had its world premiere at Toronto and two weeks later opened the Rio International Film Festival.The irony was not lost on Barreto that the Rio screening was in a packed house at the city's grand Odeon Petrobras theatre, since Petrobras - the Brazilian oil giant which is a staple of local film investment
  • United States - Social partners

    When Social Capital launched three years ago, headed by musician and real-estate entrepreneur Martin Shore and production and finance specialist Christopher Tuffin, its goal was to make two to three films a year in the $15m-$35m range.The company quickly sealed a partnership with The Steel Company, the veteran buyers' representation and deal-making boutique led by longtime agent, sales representative and financier Gordon Steel and production and finance expert John Baca.Together
  • Yuri's Day wins Grand Prix at Warsaw Film Festival

    Russian-German co-production Yuri's Day won top honours at the 24th Warsaw Film Festival.Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz presented the Warsaw Grand Prix at the festival's closing ceremony on October 18. Yuri's Day tells the story of a self-centred opera singer whose son disappears when she takes him to visit her provincial home town.The film had its world premiere in Locarno, where it won the Ecumenical Jury Prize. It is the fourth feature from the