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24 June 2006

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  • $1.2m Gaelic language feature shoots on Scottish island

    BAFTA-nominated producer Chris Young is currently shooting the Gaelic language feature Seachd-The Inaccessible Pinnacle on the Scottish island of Skye. The $1.2m (£655,000) production is being financed by BBC Alba, Serbheis Nam Meadhannan Gaidlhlig(GMS), Scottish Screen and the Glasgow Film Office.Directed by Simon Miller is tells of a young boy who is sent to live with his grandfather after the death of his parents in a climbing accident.The grandfather claims to be 800-years-ol
  • 12:08, East Of Bucharest (A Fost Sau N'a Fost)

    Dir/scr: CorneliuPorumboiu. Rom. 2006. 89minsLittle more than a vignette, but nevertheless asuccinctly astute one at that, Corneliu Porumboiu's 12:08, East Of Bucharest is a spare, low-budget production whichhits the nail right on the head in its depiction of Romania just before thefall of the Ceausescu dictatorship. At the same time, this auspicious debutprovides a clever insight into how hard facts eventually become historical myth
  • Aardman content goes to M1 in Singapore

    Mobile content company Starcut has struck a deal on behalf of AardmanAnimations for Singapore-based M1 to distribute Aardmancontent.M1's Watch-A-Video service,available to 3G customers, will now carry Aardman clipsfrom Wallace & Gromit,Angry Kid and Creature Comfortsas part of its distribution deal with Starcut formobile content in Southeast Asia. "Aardmanhas looked to embrace the wireless platform, investing time and mone
  • Arcand's Dark Age gets Telefilm Canada funding

    New productions fromQuebecois auteurs Denys Arcand and Bernard Emond are among seven new featurefilms greenlit by Telefilm Canada's Quebec office - five in French, two in English.Arcand's project, L'AgeDes Tenebres (Dark Age), is a majority Canada/France co-production betweenDenise Robert's Cinemaginaire and Paris-based Monvoisin Productions. In thevein of Arcand's Barbarian Invasiontheme, the decline of empire has lead to a new Dark Age. Alliance AtlantisVivafilm
  • Basil-Jones returns to Sony to head Australia, New Zealand

    StephenBasil-Jones will return to Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) asmanaging director of Australia once he completes his tenure as DreamWorks International'smarketing and distribution chief at the end of the year.
  • Bawke and The Danish Poet among top winners at Worldwide Short Film Festival

    The Canadian Film Centre'sWorldwide Short Film Festival wrapped this weekend, handing out 10 awards andmore than $125,000 in cash and prizes. Best Live-Action Short wentto Hisham Zaman's Bawke from Norway, with an honourable mention to Charles Williams' The Cow Thief from Australia. The C.O.R.E. DigitalPictures Award for Best Animated Shor
  • Bird's Eye View takes women's shorts on UK tour

    The Birds Eye View FilmFestival, held in London earlier this month, is taking highlights of itsprogramme on a summer tour of the UK. The tour, which presents shorts made by women, willgo to cinemas in East Finchley, Dalston and Croydon and will bepresented at the Cambridge Film Festival, Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, the BigChill Festival, Landj
  • Capitol promotes Schoukroun to head of sales

    Capitol Films has promotedEve Schoukroun to head of sales and has recruitedJames Norrie as its new sales director. Schoukroun replaces Simon Crowe, who has been with Capitolsince October 2004 and is leaving at the end of June to work with new UK-basedsales company Velvet Octopus.Schoukroun has been at Capitol for five years, most recently assenior sales manager. Norrie joins Capitol at the endof July from Icon Entertainment International, where he had been sales manager."We are
  • Cappon appointed new RAI chief

    Italianstate broadcaster RAI has named Claudio Cappon as itsnew director general. He replaces former chief Alfredo Meocci.RAI's board members are nominated by the Italianparliament. Cappon, currently head of the Italian TVproducers association APT, was previously directorgeneral of RAI between 2001 and 2002.Inhis role, Cappon will be responsible for theday-to-day running of RAI, including its three TV networks and radio stations.Cappon's
  • Cars finishes first on $31.2m in US, despite stiff competition

    Buena Vista/Pixar's Cars remained in pole position in its second weekend onan estimated $31.2m, despite respectable debuts for Paramount's comedy NachoLibre on $27.5m in second place andUniversal's The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift in third on $24.1m.Overall business climbed forthe fifth consecutive weekend as the top 12 titles grossed $139.1m, up 7%against the same weekend last year.Cars now stands at $114.5m and had just too much in thetank for
  • Cars, Tokyo Drift post powerful international debuts

    The Da Vinci Code ruled the roost and became the 13th biggestinternational release in history at the weekend as it reached $480m andovertook Shrek 2 and Star WarsEpisode III.Sony Pictures ReleasingInternational chiefs reported an estimated $15.2m weekend haul from 7,800screens in 83 territories. The adventure is by far Sony's biggest internationalrelease of all time and is expected to cross $500m within 10 days.In its fifth weekend thepicture settled in Euro
  • Cedric The Entertainer joins cast of Talk To Me for Focus, Kimmel

    US comedian Cedric The Entertainer, Mike Epps and Taraji P Hensonhave joined the cast of Focus Features' Talk To Me, which began shooting last week.As previously announced Kasi Lemmons is directing and DonCheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in the story b
  • Change Of Address (Changement D'Adresse)

    Dir/scr: Emmanuel Mouret. Fr. 2006. 85mins.As light and frothy as a Feydeau farce, ChangeOf Address (Changement d'Adresse) is aParisian romantic comedy whose charm is all in its peppy performances and deft,old -school take on one of the oldest genres in the book. Halfway in tonebetween a Gallic take on the British CarryOn franchise and a more
  • Click

    Dir: Frank Coraci. US. 2006. 95mins.The raunchy man-boy of Adam Sandler'searly hits has grown up to become an overworked young dad in Click, a predictable yet sneakilyeffective comedy from the writers of the similarly high-concept Bruce Almighty. Less of a departure for Sandler than Spanglish or Punch-DrunkLove, but not as straightforwardly comical as 50 First Dates or Big Daddy,
  • Darryl Hunt, Simple Curve are favourites at Nantucket

    AubreyNealon's A Simple Curve won the 11thNantucket Film Festival's Writer/Director Award, and Ricki Stern and AnnieSundberg's The Trials of Darryl Hunttook the audience award for best feature as the event wound down at theweekend.
  • Echo Lake launches management division under Marcus

    EchoLake founder and president Doug Mankoff has launched a management venture underthe expanded and newly renamed umbrella company Echo Lake Entertainment.
  • EFP adds four more European films to New York screenings

    Another four new European films will be shown to select US buyers, festival scouts and important cinema programmers in European Film Promotion's (EFP) third Industry Screenings in New York.The four titles chosen for the screenings from June 27-28 at the Tribeca Grand Hotel's screening room are David Lammers' Northern Light (Netherlands), Jan Verheyen's Gilles (Belgium), Gerardo Olivares' The Great Match (Spain/Germany) and Detlev Buck's Tough Enough (Germany).
  • Egoli Tossell gears up for bigger English-language films

    Berlin-basedEgoli Tossell Film (ETF) isexpanding into higher-budget English-language productions with a slateincluding new projects by Agnieszka Holland andMichael Hofmann. Shootingis scheduled to begin by the end of the year on Holland's Peter & Catherine from a screenplay by IrakliKvirikadze about the love story between Peter the Greatand a Polish battlefield whore who becomes Tsarina Catherine I. Chloe Sevigny is attached to play Catherine, but the produce
  • F For Film closes deals for Alicia Scherson's Play

    French sales house F For Film has closedseveral deals on the award-winning Play by director Alicia Scherson.The film, 2006's official Oscar entry from Chile, has sold to the UK's Dogwoof Pictures, Germany's Kairos and Greece
  • Few major international openings as World Cup rages on

    As the World Cup enters the second round this weekend with morehot weather forecast for most of Europe, distributors are looking toconsolidate their gains.
  • Fifth Potter will have IMAX release, may contain 3-D sections

    Harry Potter And TheOrder Of The Phoenix, the fifthinstallment of the Warner Bros. franchise, will be released simultaneously inconventional and IMAX cinemas next summer. Warner Bros. and IMAX areconsidering converting parts of the film into IMAX 3D, according to GregFoster, chairman and president of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. The third Pottertitle to be converted for thelarge-format market, the film opens July 13, 2007. In a statement, Dan Fellman, president of do
  • First Look secures $80m credit facility with Merrill Lynch

    Los Angeles-based First Look Studios has closed a three-year $80m creditfacility with Merrill Lynch as it continues its push to become a majorvertically integrated entertainment company.
  • Fox Korea chief Lee to take over at Fox Japan

    Fox Korea managing director Jesse Lee has been named generalmanager for Fox Japan and will replace Toshiharu Karaki, who is leaving to pursueother interests.
  • France's OSS 117 wins top audience prize at Seattle

    The 32nd annual Seattle International FilmFestival (SIFF) closed its epic, 25-day run on Sunday with a gala screening ofMichel Gondry's The Science Of Sleep atwhich Gondry was in attendance.418 films were screened at the festival, 19 of them worldpremieres and 41 of which were North American premieres. The festival isexpecting an increase of 12% in box office and admissions to over 160,000 underthe leadership of artistic director Carl Spence and managing director DeborahPerson.
  • French court says no plagiarism in Syriana

    Paris' high court has handed down a decision in favour ofWarner Bros. and George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh'sSection Eight, knocking down a French screenwriter's claims that theirOscar-winning production Syrianahad plagiarised her work.Stephanie Vergniault had brought the suit earlier this year claimingthat the script for Syrianawas based on her original screenplay entitled Oversight.The judg
  • Friday, June 30 - Professional Day 3

    The programme is subject to changesSWF 2006 // FRIDAY 28 JUNE 2006 Overview10:00 PRESSURES FOR CHANGEWriter Terry Loane,Producer Mark Huffam (Goal, Goal II) andScrip
  • Ganz to receive tribute at Montreal World Film Festival

    The Montreal World FilmFestival will pay tribute to veteran German actor Bruno Ganz. The star of suchfilms as Oliver Hirschbiegel's Downfall and Silvio Soldini's Bread And Tulips will be on hand to celebrate the MWFF's 30thanniversary. The festival will present the North American premiere of his latest film, Fredi M. Murer's Vitus,a Panorama Special title at Berlinearlier this year.A favoured player of manyinternational auteurs, with a career spanning 80 films and
  • German federal states support new tax rebate model

    Germany's film tax landscape could change with a new initiative by the federalstates (Laender) who are championing a tax rebatemodel similar to the UK's new film tax credit.This comes just two weeksahead of the July 1 deadline when State Minister for Culture Bernd Neumann wasdue to announce his own proposals for incentives toreplace the abo
  • GI Jesus takes grand jury prize at CineVegas

    Carl Colapert's Iraq Wardrama GI Jesus was awarded the2006 Cinevegas Film Festival's Grand Jury prize as the event wound down at theweekend.Joe Arquette, Patricia Mota,Maurizio Farhad, Mark Cameron and Telana Lynum star in the tale of a returningMexican national who fought in the conflict in exchange for US citizenship andsuffers post-war trauma.Kurt Voelker's Park received The Audience Award. It follows a group ofLos Angelinos who experience dramatic changes on a
  • Hong Kong's EMP teams with Shanghai Film Studio

    Hong Kong's Emperor Motion Pictures and Shanghai Film Studiohave formed a joint venture encompassing film production and talent management.The joint venture, SFSEmperor Cultural Development Co, aims to produce five features and at least oneTV series by the end of 2007, with the first films to be announced next month.It will be headed by EMP's recently appointed production chief Philip Chan andShanghai Film Studio's Wang Tin-yun. EMP chairman Albert Yeungsi
  • Huesca's top prizes go to Melodramat and Electrodomestica

    Spain's Huesca International Film Festival closedits 34th edition Saturday night with top honours going to Poland's Melodramat and Brazil's Electrodomestica, qualifying both automatically in thepre-selection for the Oscar for best short film.Director FilipMarczewi
  • Icon promotes Buckner to senior sales manager

    IconEntertainment International has promoted Anthony Buckner to the post of senior salesmanager, effective immediately. Bucknerhas worked at Icon since 1996, most recently as international sales manager. Inthe new position, he will be responsible for new territories including Spain, Latin America and Benelux. He replac
  • IFC teams with stablemate fuse on US release of Head

    IFC Films is teaming up on the domestic release of rockmockumentary Brothers Of The Head with Rainbow Media stablemate and music and online televisionnetwork fuse.
  • India's Adlabs makes move into Hollywood production

    Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Entertainment and Anil Ambani's Mumbai-based Adlabs have signed a deal in Dubai to co-produce feature films in Hollywood. Adlabs will invest $30m of the $50m budget of the first co production, the David Ellis-directed Asylum, which is expected to begin shooting in the next two months. The deal covers a total of five films with around $150m investment, although details of other films are not yet available. Adlabs Films Ltd was founded by current CEO Manm
  • Jesus Camp gets Sterling Award at Silverdocs festival

    HeidiEwing and Rachel Grady's Jesus Camp wonthe Silverdocs Sterling Award for a feature film as the week-long event came toa close in Maryland.
  • Joe Wright starts UK shoot for Atonement

    Working Title Films startedprincipal photography on Monday for Joe Wright's Atonement, the follow-up to his debut film Pride & Prejudice. In addition to thepreviously announced Keira Knightleyand James McAvoy, the cast also includes youngnewcomer Saoirse Ronan, RomolaGarai, Brenda Blethyn,Vanessa Redgrave, Benedict Cumberbatch,Patrick Kennedy, Juno Temple, Peter Wight, Daniel Mays and Non
  • Kercher named to senior European post for Kodak Digital Cinema

    Brian Kercher has been appointed general manager for Kodak DigitalCinema covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
  • Komma

    Dir: Martine Doyen. Bel-Fr. 2006. 90mins.A mystery within a riddle wrapped in an enigma, orperhaps just your averagely cryptic existential romance, Komma is an initially tantalisingdream-like oddity that doesn't sustain its interest. A story of two traumatisedoddballs getting together in a subtly unreal Brussels, this debut from multipleshorts prize-winner Martine Doyen is
  • Lionsgate International reports monster sales business at Cannes

    Lionsgate International hasjoined the list of US sales agencies reporting an unprecedented volume ofbusiness at Cannes last month, led by monster sales on Saw III and the recently announced vampire project Daybreakers. Saw III inspired a flurry ofdeals on the Croisette as rights went to: Japan (Asmik Ace), Germany(Kinowelt), Australia and New Zealand (Hoyts), France (Metropolitan), Italy(RAI), South Korea (Showtime/Asia), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Benelux (Films DeL'Elysee),
  • Locarno opens doors to 11 projects from Southeast Asia

    Eleven projects from Southeast Asia have been selected for this year's Open Doorsworkshop to be presented to potential producers and co-producers during the Locarno International Film Festival in August.Commenting on the selectionmade from 50 projects entered from Thailand, Malaysia, Sin
  • London Film School hosts panel featuring Mike Leigh

    The London Film School's 50thanniversary celebrations continue on Wednesday with a topic that hits close tohome. At the National Film Theatre at 6:15, the school willhost Rebels Without A Course, a discussion about theimpact of formal film education and what film schools should be in the 21stcentury.The panel f
  • Lucy Moore wins new UK horror prize

    Writer Lucy Moore has wonthe inaugural Golconda Films Horror ScreenwritingCompetition with her script Lullaby.Moore was recently featured as one of Screen International's 2006 Stars of Tomorrow.She will receive a $1,845 (£1,000)advance on a script option to make the horror film and will work with producersGolconda Films during the development process. Theproject is about motherhood and sudden infant de
  • Luxury Car

    Dir/scr: Wang Chao. Chi-Fr. 2006. 88minsIf Luxury Car,Wang Chao's old-fashioned Franco-Chinese melodramaabout a man looking for his son in the big city, turns out so much better thanits contents seem to promise, then it is mostly due to the gently restrainedtreatment it receives from its writer/director and a remarkable cast that neverputs a foot wrong.Raising the kind of issuesthat have often concerned Chinese cinema in r
  • Madrid Screenings deals continue to rack up

    Summer Rain,Antonio Banderas' second directorial effort now inpost-production, has pre-sold to two territories in the latest of dealsannounced out of the three-day Spanish Film Screenings of Madrid (June 18-20).Based on a two-minute promo,Strada picked up the Spanish-language coming-of-agetale Summer Rain (El Camino De Los Ingleses), for Greece and Cyprus
  • Madrid's new Screenings ends with strong turnout and sales

    The first edition of theSpanish Film Screenings of Madrid (June 18-20) closed Tuesday night with astronger turnout than the six previous editions of its predecessor in Lanzarote.More than 100 of theexpected 105 buyers from 37 countries travelled to Madrid, where 51 recent Spanish features screened and anadditional 100-plus catalogue titles were available on video.Numerous sales wereannounced during the three-day e
  • MDA reports strong Cannes sales tally for Singapore

    Singapore's Media Development Authority (MDA) has announced astring of sales on the Singapore films presented at Cannes, including multiple deals on MediaCorp RaintreePictures' noir thriller One Last Dance.US sales outfit BleibergEntertainment sold the film to Germany (EMS), Poland (Carisma
  • Melbourne keeps opening film under wraps

    James Hewison has taken anunusual approach to the opening night of his last Melbourne International FilmFestival (MIFF): in order to give the audience a "virginal cinema experience"he will not tell them what they will be seeing on July 26."Cinema seems to infiltrateour lives so much, that I often wonder whether it's possible to see a filmwithout a sort of predetermined point of view," Hewison said. He also promisedthat his audience would not forget and not be unmoved by the chosen film
  • New US distributor to focus on faith-based, urban films

    Lang Elliott's Sunn Classic Pictures and Los Angeles attorneysLeroy Bobbitt and Virgil Roberts have set up Sunn Allied Releasing todistribute urban and faith-based pictures.
  • Oxfam Novib signs on as IDFA principal sponsor

    Anti-poverty organisation Oxfam Novibhas become the principal new partner of the International Documentary FestivalAmsterdam (IDFA). The partnership is set for one year with the optionfor a three-year extension. Oxfam will contribute $90,198 (Euros 72,000) to thefestival's organisers. IDFA is now planning Oxfam NovibDay, with proceeds to benefit the charity, to take place during the festival onDecember 1. That day, fi
  • Palace in talks to buy Budapest's Hollywood Multiplexes

    Palace Cinemas says it isnegotiating to purchase the Hollywood Multiplexes in Budapest owned by Andy Vajna'sproduction, distribution and exhibition company InterCom.Neither Palace Cinemas nor InterCom would comment on the price, date of handover,number of facilities involved or whether the purchased cinemas would remain inoperation. Admissions have beendropping precipitously in Hungary
  • Palm picks up domestic rights to New York post-punk doc KIll Your Idols

    Palm Pictures has acquired North American and Caribbean rights toSA Crary's documentary Kill Your Idols and plans a summer theatrical release followed by DVD inthe autumn.Kill Your Idols chartsa course through New York's downtown underground post
  • PIFF steps up support for documentaries

    The Pusan International FilmFestival (PIFF) is launching five film funds to invigorate Asian documentaryproduction. Grouped under the title ofthe "Asian Network of Documentaries" (AND), the combined funds will award up to$50,000 to documentary filmmakers.Four previously establisheddocumentary funds - the Youngsan Fund, Unikorea Fund, Kyungsung Fund andDongseo Asian Fund - will continue to provide support, bringing the total PIFFawards this year for long-form documentaries to app
  • Piracy in China cost the industry $2.7bn last year

    The Motion Picture Association (MPA)released a new research result on piracy in China onMonday, which suggested that local filmmakers and industry players are sufferingmuch more from widespread film piracy than foreign film companies. Few localindustry members, however, expect the situation to improve anytime soon.The research suggests that in 2005, thetotal industry loss caused by piracy in
  • Previd launches entertainment marketing firm in New York

    Nevette Previd has launchedthe entertainment marketing firm Nevette Previd Inc, which will focus onstrategic partner development and integrated grassroots marketing and socialaction campaigns tied to film campaigns. The client roster currentlyincludes clients Participant Productions, Elevation FilmWorks, ProcessProductions, Plum Pictures, The San Francisco Film Festival, and the NY AidsFilm Festival. Previd also serves asco-director along with Richard Paradis
  • Programme hots up for Screenwriters Festival

    With just days to gobefore the UK's inaugural Screenwriters Festival in Cheltenham, the organizerscontinue to add to the impressive roster of speakers and estimate that morethan two hundred new and established screenwriters from across Britain will flockto the three-day event (June 27-30).Among the latestadditions to the Festival, which is being held in association with FilmFour andis supported by Screen International among many others, is p
  • Report says film business will hit $104.5bn in 2010

    Spending on filmedentertainment in key territories will rise at a 5.3% compound annual ratereaching $104.5bn in 2010, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' new GlobalEntertainment and Media Outlook.That figure compares to$80.5 bn in 2005, in the US, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and
  • Rising Star starts building Russia's largest multiplex

    Rising Star Media has broken ground for construction of its St Petersburg cinema complex KinoStar City. The 10,000square meter multiplex and entertainment centre is part of the Piter Raduga Shopping Center.Construction will be comp
  • Screenwriters Festival - introduction

    The International Screenwriters' Festival is dedicated to the art, craft and business of writing for the screen.Bringing together professional industry delegates, high profile guests and new talent from around the world, the Festival provides a unique forum to debate and discuss writing dramatic scripts for film, television and new media.The Festival will be held at Cheltenham Film studios which is in the beautiful English spa town.The Manor House with its Jazz Bar is at the centre of C
  • Screenwriters Festival - registration and booking

    To register for the event click here
  • Senator sets up US office, plans to absorb Streamline

    Following a number of high-profile buys at Cannes, Germany'sSenator Entertainment AG has established a US office in Hollywood to findpictures with international crossover appeal for its distribution pipeline.
  • Shanghai film festival gets off to glittering start

    Judging by the openingweekend, the Shanghai International Film Festival (June 17-25) is finallystarting to take advantage of its position as mainland China's leading film festival and industry platform.Past editions have struggledto attract stars or premieres - mostly because of restrictions and otherproblems in the Chinese movie market - but the US studios an
  • Shanghai unveils plans for new studio facility

    Shanghai Media andEntertainment Group has unveiled ambitious plans to build a studio andentertainment complex on the outskirts of the city as competition to lure overseasproductions heats up. Located in Songjiangdistrict in the south-west of the city, the proposed Shanghai Studios Entertainment Citywill encompass full-service production stud
  • Spanish exhibitors threaten to escalate Scary Movie row

    A stand-off between leading Spanish exhibitors and BuenaVista over the local release of Scary Movie 4 could have ramificationsfor the majors in Spain.Four of Spain's biggest exhibition chains - Cinesa, YelmoCineplex and the newly merged Abaco-Cinebox - have refused to carry ScaryMovie 4 because of a disagreement over rental fees and conditions, which reportedlystart with more than 50% of first-week receipts.The Spanish exhibitors' federation FECE has now weighed in
  • Steinbichler's Winter Journey to open Munich Filmfest

    HansSteinbichler's second feature Winter Journey (Winterreise) will be theopening film of this year's Munich Filmfest (July15-22) just a week after the film had has its world premiere in Karlovy Vary's InternationalCompetition.Thiswill be a kind of homecoming for Steinbichler whosedebut Hierankl,which also starred Bavarian actor Josef Bierbichler,was shown in Munich in 2003 when it won theGerman Film Promotio
  • Stephen Frears joins board of EM Media

    UK regional screen agency EM Media has added several new boardmembers: film-maker Stephen Frears, TIGA CEO Fred Hassan, Lincoln University professor John Simons, consultant Barbara Benedek and ITV Central'sMike Blair. Alison Ford, head of journalism at
  • Superman Returns

    Dir: Bryan Singer. US.2006. 150 mins. Like Sam Raimi did with Spider-man and Christopher Nolan with Batman Begins, Bryan Singer invests his new Superman movie withemotional intensity and high passions, creating a love triangle scenario whichis even more gripping than Lex Luthor's latest plot to destablise the world.Made with the intelligence and elegance that Singer brought to his X-Men films and filled with visual and thematicinventi
  • Telefilm Canada faces Inuit distributor controversy

    Telefilm Canada is underfire from a Canadian aboriginal distribution company seeking assistance inscreening The Journals Of Knud Rasmussen for aboriginal audiences in remote communities. Isuma Distribution Inc.(IDI), the releasing arm of Rasmussen filmmakers Zacharias Kunuk's and Norman Cohn's Igloolik IsumaProductions, has requested nearly $500,000 (C$550,000) to fund a travelingdigital projection unit that would tour Canada's far north and present the filmto audiences who have
  • The Devil Wears Prada

    Dir: David Frankel. US.2006. 109 minutes.
  • Thursday, June 29 - Professional Day 2

    The programme is subject to changesSWF 2006 // THURSDAY 28 JUNE 2006 OVERVIEW09:00 TESTING THE WRITERMarket testing of films before release is increasing. SeanSteele of test scree
  • To Get To Heaven First You Have To Die (Bihisht Faqat Barqi Murdagon)

    Dir/scr: Djamshed Usmonov. Fr-Ger-Switz-Russ. 2006. 93mins.Narratives rarely come crisper and more to the pointthan To Get To HeavenFirst You Have To Die - and audiences rarely get taken on suchsubtly unpredictable rides. The new film from DjamshedUsmanov, the Tajik director of Angel On The Right, begins as adeceptively gentle, tragic-comic tale of a young man's sexual
  • Tuesday, June 27 - New Writers Day

    The programme is subject to changes10:30 NEW WRITERS DAY - OPENING SPEECHVeteran comedy writers Lawrence Marks and Maurice Gran are responsible fromsome of British television's most enduring comedies. From
  • Turkish distributor embarks on Winter Journey

    Turkish producer-distributor Limon Program Yapim Tanitim has picked up Hans Steinbichler's second feature film (Winter Journey (Winterreise) which will have its world premiere in the International Competition of the forthcoming Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.Beta Cinema's Andreas Rothbauer told ScreenDaily the film had been sold on the strength of the film's female lead German-Turkish actress Sibel Kekilli who shot to international fame with her breathtaking performanc
  • UK film to get same proportion of Lottery funds from 2009-2019

    Tessa Jowell,the UK's Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, hasannounced that the percentage of National Lottery funds allocated betweensport, arts and film and heritage recipients won't change for the period2009-2019. The Lottery's "good causes"funding gets $.58 (28p) from every $1.84 (£1) Lottery ticket. Sport, arts andfilm, and heritage each receive 16.6% of the good cause funds, with the
  • UK's Slingshot plans 10 digital features in 3 years

    Slingshot, a new UK-baseddigital film production and distribution company, hasannounced plans to finance, produce and distribute a slate of 10 low-budgetfeature films over the next three years. Arvind Ethan David, Rachel Connors and Thomas Hoegh have founded the company, which will be based atEaling Studios. David previously served as managing director at productioncompany Ruby Films and also founded digital animation studio Hahabonk; Connors previously worked at Scorpio Films onfilms
  • USC student King wins BAFTA/LA student film award for animated short

    Adam Parrish King has won BAFTA/LA's third annual Student FilmAwards for his animated short The Wraith Of Cobble Hill.The Brooklyn-set coming-of-age fable beat out sixfinalists from a pool of 30 submissions from Los Angeles County colleges.
  • Uwe Boll's Boll AG starts trading on Frankfurt Exchange

    Trading in Germanproducer-director Uwe Boll's publicly listed Boll AGopened at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange's Entry Standard on Thursday morningwith shares valued at $38.39 (Euro 30.50), above the previously fixed issueprice of $37.14 (Euros 29.50).Boll expected to raise around $11.3m (Euros 9m) from the stock marketflotation to invest, among other things, in an international sales structurefor the handling of his own productions as well as those of third parties.Mo
  • Vue in management buyout worth $645m

    UK exhibitor Vue Entertainment has announced amanagement buyout in partnership with Bank of Scotland Corporate.The bank is backing thecurrent management team in a deal valued about £350m and also is taking aminority stake in the company. Previous investors BostonVentures, Clarity Partners and Legal & General Ventures have sold theirshareholdings to Vue and Bank of Scotland. Vue's management team,
  • Vue's buyout should help with flexible planning

    Following its managementbuyout earlier this week, UK exhibitor VueEntertainment is aiming to open as many as 20 cinemas over the next threeyears. "We are continuing with a very aggressive expansion programme in the UK," Tim Richards, CEO of Vue,told The new cinemas will be ineithe
  • Wagner & Cuban to receive tribute at Nov Gotham Awards

    2929 Entertainment founders Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban will bepresented with a Gotham Award tribute at the IFP's 16th Annual Gotham Awards onNov 29.
  • Wednesday, June 28 - Professsional Day 1

    The programme is subject to changes09:30 COMMERCIAL BREAKSFestival Director David Pearson opens the festival followed by Oscar Winner Julian Fellowes in conversation with Colin Brown ofScreen International on why writers should become morecommercially minded.
  • Woody Allen casts Hayley Atwell in next film

    WoodyAllen has cast Hayley Atwell, one of Screen International's 2006 Stars ofTomorrow, to star opposite Ewan McGregor, ColinFarrell and Tom Wilkinson in his next film.TheUntitled Woody Allen Project will behis third consecutive film to shoot in London following Match Point and Scoop, which both starred ScarlettJohansson. "There'sa girl I'm hoping to discover named Hayley Atwell whoI think is very, very beau