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23 October 2009

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  • Al Jaber foundation launches campaign to restore Regent Street cinema

    A campaign to restore London’s landmark Regent Street cinema has been launched after the $1.6m (£1m) from the MBI Al Jaber Foundation.
  • Bankside Films acquires This Beautiful Fantastic ahead of AFM

    London-based sales outfit Bankside Films has announced its acquisition of This Beautiful Fantastic ahead of next week’s American Film Market.
  • Belgian distributors bid to end box office dispute

    The ten-month dispute over Belgian box office figures is close to being resolved after the Belgian Society of Film Distributors proposed a new scheme that could be introduced early next year.
  • BFI to offer classic movies through Blinkbox

    Blinkbox, the film and TV aggregator, has signed a licensing deal with the British Film Institute (BFI) that will allow it to stream films from its library of classic titles.
  • Can the writers change the script?

    On paper, these cash-conscious times look particularly tough for screenwriters. But, as Geoffrey Macnab reports, the sector is also developing a powerful sense of collective identity which may help to redefine the writers’ role in the film-making process
  • Chile heat

    Oscar-winning Spanish director Fernando Trueba unveiled his first new dramatic feature in seven years, the Chile-set The Dancer And The Thief, at San Sebastian last month. Chris Evans reports
  • Considine, Hawkins board Submarine

    Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine and Sally Hawkins will star in Warp Film’s Submarine, which started shooting today in Cardiff, Wales (October 26).Michael Sheen, who was originally connected with the project, is no longer attached.Submarine is the debut feature of British director and Screen Star of Tomorrow Richard Ayoade.  Adapted from Joe Dunthorne’s coming of age novel set in Swansea, it follows 15 year old Oliver Tate (played by newcomer Craig Roberts) through
  • Creative Coalition welcomes Mandelson's anti-piracy plan

    The Creative Coalition Campaign has welcomed plans to crack down on internet piracy outlined by Lord Mandelson today (October 28).
  • Film4 promotes Sam Lavender to head of development

    Film4 has promoted Sam Lavender to head of development. He replaces Katherine Butler, who was promoted to senior commissioning executive in September.
  • Fish Tank leads BIFA pack with eight nominations

    Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank dominated the nominations for the 12th British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), which were announced today (October 26).
  • Former Kinowelt marketing chief launches new venture

    Georg Miros, the former head of marketing and sales at Kinowelt Filmverleih, has joined forces with local distributor Eduard Barnsteiner to launch distribution and production outfit Projektor Filmverleih und Filmproduktion.
  • Gilliam's Imaginarium storms Italian box office

    Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus has taken $2.7m (€1.8m) in its opening weekend in Italy, denied the top spot only by Walt Disney SMPI’s Up in its second week.
  • Greater China at AFM

    Box-office growth boosts new action and comedy projects
  • High Point Films closes further sales on Koolhoven's Winter In Wartime

    London-based High Point Films has closed further deals on Martin Koolhoven’s Winter In Wartime.
  • Hollywood Middle East

    Imagenation Abu Dhabi has laid the groundwork to become a major backer of international features, striking partnerships with three well-capitalised US independents to co-finance slates of films. Chief executive Edward Borgerding and COO Stefan Brunner talk strategy with Mike Goodridge
  • Imax Transformed

    As exhibitors and studios alike strive to make the theatrical experience one worth leaving the house for, the long-struggling Imax Corp is finally finding its groove and is set to go into the black for the first time. Jeremy Kay spoke to CEO
  • International Screenwriters' Festival

    “Each time I’ve been, I’ve been really astonished at how rewarding it is. It makes you realise how isolated writers are on the whole,” says screenwriter Olivia Hetreed of the International Screenwriters’ Festival in Cheltenham, UK.The fourth edition of the festival runs from October 26-29 this year, moving from its July spot to the closing days of the London Film Festival (LFF) and its Production Finance Market. Guests from the LFF will be passing through Cheltenham, including writer M
  • Japan, caution

    The collapse in Japan’s independent distribution sector has made the territory one of the most difficult for foreign films to crack ‹ and nor are Hollywood studio films working. Jason Gray reports
  • Japanese lessons

    The days of big MGs from Japanese distributors may be over, but there is still a market in Japan for a certain kind of movie that is sold at the right price.
  • Kamen Kalev's Eastern Plays takes top prize in Tokyo

    Director Kamen Kalev’s Eastern Plays was awarded the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix at the closing ceremony of the 22nd Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), which closed on Sunday (October 25).
  • Michael Jackson's This Is It

    Dir: Kenny Ortega. US. 2009. 112 mins.
  • MIG Films acquires rights to Jakubisko's Bathory

    MIG Films has picked up the rights to Bathory, the most expensive Eastern European film to date, for German-speaking territories. It will be released in January.
  • MPA and Chinese copyright group collaborate to fight illegal camcording

    Motion Picture Association (MPA) and China Film Copyright Association (CFCA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to encourage closer collaboration between the two organisations, particularly on illegal camcording.
  • New German government pledges support for film

    Angela Merkel’s new government confirmed its support for the local film industry as it prepared to be sworn in on Wednesday (October 28). 
  • Peter Cowley

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  • Protagonist takes international rights to Wild Target

    London-based sales company Protagonist Pictures has taken international rights to Magic Light Pictures’ feature comedy Wild Target, directed by Jonathan Lynn. It will have it first marketing screening at AFM.
  • PVR Pictures appoints Deepak Sharma to boost overseas distribution

    Indian company PVR Pictures has appointed Deepak Sharma as head of distribution – worldwide as part of a move to boost it presence in the distribution and production.
  • Reading between the numbers

    How do we know whether a film is a hit?
  • Revolver takes Adrift and The Limits Of Control for UK

    UK distributor Revolver Entertainment has picked up two new Focus Features to be distributed in the UK - Heitor Dhalia’s Adrift and Jim Jarmursh’s The Limits of Control.
  • Rotterdam film festival reveals nominees for 2010 Tiger Awards

    The 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam has announced that Ben Russell’s Let Each One Go Where He May, Anocha Suwichakornpong’s Mundane History and Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio’s To the Sea have been selected for the VPRO Tiger Awards Competition 2010.
  • Small European sellers opt for Rome over AFM

    Rome’s Business Street confirmed its position on the autumn festival ­calendar as it closed this week, reporting a 16% increase in attendance and gathering support from the European arthouse market.
  • South Korea at AFM

    Leading ladies are set to dazzle
  • Spain’s Antena 3 joins Woody Allen’s Stranger

    Spanish broadcaster Antena 3 has boarded Woody Allen’s new London project as a co-producer. You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger is currently in post-production.
  • Staermose to receive Seville's new industry prize

    Swedish producer Soren Staermose (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) to be honoured at the Seville European Film Festival, which will run on November 6-14.
  • Stockholm to honour Besson and Sarandon

    French film-maker Luc Besson and actress Susan Sarandon to be honoured at The 20th Stockholm Film Festival, which will run on November 18-29.
  • UK receives An Education, The White Ribbon in France

    ScreenDaily takes a look at the local and independent openings in key markets this week.
  • Village Roadshow sells Greek division for $74.9m

    Dimitris Kontominas, the media tycoon that acquired Village Roadshow’s Greek business earlier this month, has revealed plans to invest $30m (€20m) in the company over the next two years.
  • Weekly international box office – October 23

    Screen brings you the weekly international box-office news.
  • Whistler film festival to honour Ivan Reitman

    Canadian director and producer Ivan Reitman will be honoured by the Whistler Film Festival with a special tribute for his lifetime achivement. He will also attend the festival as president of 2009 Borsos jury, which recognises home grown talent
  • White Ribbon wins Screen International Hollywood World Award

    Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon won the Screen International Hollywood World Award last night at the Hollywood Awards gala in Los Angeles.
  • World premiere of Koepp’s Berlin-Stettin opens Leipzig

    Veteran German documentary film-maker Volker Koepp’s latest project Berlin-Stettin will open the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film tonight (October 26).
  • World Standard

    Screen highlights the films shortlisted for this year’s Hollywood World Award.