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25 April 2013

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  • Ari Folman’s The Congress to open Directors’ Fortnight

    Israeli director was last at Cannes in 2008 with Waltz with Bashir.
  • 3D Creative Summit videos online

    Videos include interviews with Ang Lee, David Attenborough and Phil ‘Captain 3D’ McNally.
  • Aardman, StudioCanal team on Shaun the Sheep film

    Aardman Animations is to partner with StudioCanal on the production of a feature based around claymation character Shaun the Sheep.
  • ACID reveals Cannes 2013 line-up

    20th anniversary line-up includes films from the UK’s Andrew Kötting, German Ramon Zurcher, Moroccan Hicham Lasri and Franco-American Gabriella Kessler.
  • After Earth to open May 31

    Sony Pictures executives introduced the film to attendees at CinemaCon this week.
  • Agnieszka Holland to head KV jury

    Oliver Stone to attend festival and receive lifetime achievement award.
  • Anchor Bay buys small time

    Anchor Bay Films has picked up North American rights to small time starring Christopher Meloni, Bridget Moynahan and Dean Norris
  • Annecy unveils full 2013 line-up

    New artistic director Michel Jean reveals his first edition at the helm.
  • BBC1 drama set for first tax credit

    Tony Jordan’s BBC1 drama By Any Means has become the first production to pass the cultural test to qualify for high-end TV tax breaks in the UK.
  • British Film Commission at Tribeca

    BFC hosted its annual UK Film Reception on April 19.
  • Bron, Indigo line up Tumbledown

    Bron Studios and Indigo Films are partnering on the rom-com starring Jason Sudeikis and Rose Byrne.
  • Buscemi joins Khumba cast

    Steve Buscemi and Anika Noni Rose have joined Liam Neeson, Laurence Fishburne and AnnaSophia Robb on South Africa-based Triggerfish Animation Studios’ Annecy-bound Khumba.
  • Canadian editors announce nominees

    Canadian Cinema Editors has announced the 2013 nominees for the nominees in the 3rd Annual awards on Jun 6.
  • Cannes Critics' Week 2013 line-up

    Films selected for the 52nd Critics’ Week in Cannes have been announced, including British film For Those in Peril and a special screening of David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.
  • Cannes Directors’ Fortnight line-up

    After a poor showing for the UK in Official Selection, Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant and Ruari Robinson’s sci-fi adventure Last Days on Mars make it into parallel Cannes section.  
  • Cargo goes along for Free Ride

    The company has acquired international sales rights to the Anna Paquin film and will screen in Cannes next month and kick off sales. Paradigm represents US rights.
  • Cinema Guild lands Cousin Jules

    The Cinema Guild announced on Thursday [25] that it has acquired all distribution rights to a digitally restored version of Dominique Benicheti’s 1972 documentary Cousin Jules.
  • CNN Films, Cinedigm acquire Our Nixon

    Penny Lane directed the documentary that CNN will broadcast in August and Cinedigm will release theatrically.
  • Curzon hires Fremantle’s Mel Alcock

    Mel Alcock has stepped down as CEO, EMEA for FremantleMedia Enterprises to become the new chief operating officer at UK independent cinema group Curzon World.
  • David O Russell named LAFF guest director

    Los Angeles Film Festival top brass made the announcement on Friday [19]. Russell will also receive the Spirit Of Independence award during the festival, set to run from Jun 13-23.
  • Departed writer in le Carré talks

    Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan is an advanced talks to pen a feature adaptation of new John le Carré spy novel A Delicate Truth.
  • DepicT! launches new award

    Encounters’ micro short filmmaking competition has introduced a cinematography award and boosted its overall prize fund to £3,000, in partnership with the Royal Photographic Society.
  • Diamond switches roles at QED

    EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Diamond has segued from president of international sales into a production deal with QED International. The first project under the deal will be the ensemble comedy Mothers.
  • Disney switches IM3 China date

    UPDATE: Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 — now at $37m after two days in international release — will now open on May 1 and not May 3 as previously stated, Disney executives confirmed on Friday [26].
  • Dogwoof announces Vimeo initiative

    Distributor has offered the DVD extras of The Spirit of ‘45 as online content via Vimeo’s on demand platform.
  • Dogwoof takes Muscle Shoals

    UK distributor Dogwoof has picked up Sundance music doc Muscle Shoals ahead of its premiere at Sundance London.
  • Doha, Tribeca end partnership

    The Doha Film Institute and Tribeca Enterprises have announced that they have ended their partnership, which started in late 2008.Tribeca had pacted with the Qatar Museums Authority to launch the inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival in November 2009. The Doha Film Institute was formed in 2010.DFI will announce the new format for its festival during Cannes.Tribeca Enterprises said in a statement: “We partnered with Doha Film Institute to help launch an event that would cre
  • Dom Rep studio gets $20m investment

    Pinewood Indomina Studios in the Dominican Republic has received a $20m investment from World Bank Group member IFC.
  • Double Dutch take Winter of Discontent

    Canadian sales outfit Double Dutch international (DDI) to screen controversial picture at Cannes market.
  • EFAs add comedy award

    The 26th European Film Awards (EFAs) will include the launch of a new European Comedy award.
  • EFP selects Producers on the Move for Cannes

    European Film Promotion (EFP) selects a record 29 emerging producers for the networking initative, with the Kosovo and Montenegro represented for the first time.
  • Emergency Room China to open Visual fest

    Festival’s film section runs May 24 to June 2 at King’s College London.
  • Eureka upping UK theatre presence

    EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor Eureka, best known for its Masters Of Cinema DVD releases, is upping its presence in the UK theatrical marketplace.
  • Eva Green joins The Salvation

    Former Bond girl among latest additions to Kristian Levring’s western [pictured].
  • Ex-Revolver execs launch consultancy

    EXCLUSIVE: Panizzo, Clark launch London-based distribution consultancy and creative agency.
  • FFI to sell Amy Winehouse doc

    Focus Features International (FFI) will handle worldwide sales on the new documentary from Senna and The Warrior director Asif Kapadia and will kick off pre-sales next month in Cannes.
  • Film Education to close after 26 years

    Film resource for UK schools to close; redundancy for 15 staff; National Schools Film Week to cease.
  • Focus takes Dallas Buyers Club

    The distributor has bolstered it awards season war chest and acquired the Matthew McConaughey drama for the US and Latin America in a deal brokered with CAA. Voltage Pictures handles international sales.
  • French sales agents lament Alta closure

    French sellers ask who will distribute Audiard, Frears, Polanski, Leigh, and Moretti in Spain following news that Alta Films faces closure.
  • Garth Davis joins Saroo Brierley biopic

    EXCLUSIVE: Top of the Lake co-director boards See-Saw’s true story about an orphan reunited with his mother after 25 years.
  • GE, Cinelan cut new partnerships

    GE and Cinelan have announced partnership deals with Cinedigm, Virgin America, Gathr and LodgeNet to further distribute the Global Film series.
  • Global Screen sells Wilder's Fedora

    Global Screen is handling international sales for the restored version of Billy Wilder’s Fedora, which is screening in Cannes Classics.
  • Godzilla slated for Dolby Atmos

    EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. Godzilla and Disney’s Need for Speed are the latest titles to be slated for mixing in Dolby’s immersive audio format Atmos, ScreenDaily has learned.
  • goEast

    13th edition of the goEast festival wrapped on April 16 in Wiesbaden, Germany.
  • Hiddleston, Atwell join Close Enough

    Romantic drama about two war photographers will be directed by Song for Marion’s Paul Andrew Williams.
  • Hooper to head Shanghai jury

    UK director Tom Hooper has been appointed jury president for the Golden Goblet Award at this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (June 15-23).
  • Hot projects on Screenbase

    Marjane Satrapi’s new film The Voices has started shooting in Germany and a big screen adaptation of Shaun the Sheep will be made.
  • Iconic gets Deadly Focus

    Los Angeles-based Iconic Productions has optioned the horror thriller Deadly Focus.
  • IMAX, Picturehouse cut Metallica deal

    In a move that illustrates the growing must-see cachet of the giant screen company, Nimród Antal’s Metallica Through The Never will be digitally re-mastered into the IMAX 3D format and released wide in North America exclusively in IMAX theatres for a one-week run starting on Sept 27.
  • In The House, I Am Breathing win at RiverRun

    Audience awards go to Picture Day, Rising From Ashes and Remote Area Medical.
  • Iron Man 3

    Dir: Shane Black. US. 2013. 130mins
  • Iron Man 3 tops UK box office

    The latest Marvel outing debuts to an impressive $21.3m (£13.7m) through Disney to dethrone Olympus Has Fallen.
  • Just A Sigh

    Dir/scr: Jerome Bonnell. France-Belgium. 2013. 106mins
  • K5 takes Cutie and the Boxer

    K5 International has secured the rights to Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer, screening this week at the Tribeca Film Festival.
  • Kidman, Ramsay on Cannes jury

    Nicole Kidman and British filmmaker Lynne Ramsay will join president Steven Spielberg in deciding the winner of the 66th Palme d’Or next month.
  • Killer's Vachon, Koffler talk VOD opportunities

    At a masterclass at the RiverRun film festival, Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler talk about the challenges and opportunities of indie filmmaking today, and how financing something like Happiness might be impossible in 2013.
  • Kim Novak named Cannes guest of honour

    Star of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo has been named the guest of honour at the 66th Cannes Film Festival.
  • KinoSmith acquires at Hot Docs

    Canadian distributor KinoSmith has acquired two titles out of Hot Docs on opening day, company fonder Rob Smith announced on Thursday [25].
  • Korea’s UP relaunches sales team

    EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s United Pictures (UP) is re-launching its sales team at Cannes with Eye In The Sky remake Cold Eyes.
  • Kormakur to develop EVE project

    Filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur has struck a creative partnership with multiplayer game company CCP Games.
  • Letters to Jackie to open AFI Docs

    Letters To Jackie will open AFI Docs (formerly Silverdocs) while Documented will be the centerpiece screening. The festival is set to run in Washington DC from Jun 19-23.
  • LevelK signs Tale of a Forest

    Finnish box office hit to be sold at Cannes by LevelK.
  • Louisiana Fest hands out Golden Boots

    The inaugural Louisiana International Film Festival and Mentorship Program wrapped on Sunday [21] with a Golden Boot awards ceremony.
  • Magnolia takes Freda, GoDigital gets Motivation

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Ryan White’s documentary about The Beatles’ lifelong secretary Freda Kelly, while separately GoDigital has swooped on Tribeca selection The Motivation.
  • m-appeal takes Cannes title The Major

    Berlin-based sales outfit secures Yury Bykov’s Russian crime drama, set to screen at Cannes Critic’s Week.
  • Mars Ent CEO wins exhibitor award

    Muzaffer Yildirim to receive International Exhibitor of the Year Award at the CineEurope Awards Luncheon on June 27.
  • Mistaken For Strangers opens Tribeca

    Tom Berninger doc about The National’s rock tour kicks off festival.
  • Mood Indigo

    Dir: Michel Gondry. France-Belgium. 2013. 130mins
  • NBR sets 2014 gala for Jan 7

    Leadership at the National Board Of Review announced the date of their awards gala on Monday [22].
  • Netflix closing on HBO subscriber level

    Netflix said in a first quarter earnings call on Monday [22] that its US subscriber base grew by more than 2m in the first quarter of 2013, putting the service within range of HBO in the territory.
  • Netflix to stream up to 20 originals

    Netflix could launch up to 20 original commissions in the next couple of years, according to Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings.
  • OddLot, Summit line up Draft Day

    Shooting on the dramedy is set to commence on Apr 25 in New York, Summit Entertainment and OddLot Entertainment announced on Wednesday [24].
  • Olympus topples Oblivion in UK

    Lionsgate’s action-thriller debuts top with preview-boosted $3.4m (£2.2m); StudioCanal’s Evil Dead scares up $2.1m (£1.4m) to chart third.
  • Osiris enters theatrical arena

    Television and home entertainment distributor Osiris Entertainment is to make its first foray into theatrical.
  • Pain & Gain

    Dir: Michael Bay. US. 2013. 129mins
  • Paris cinema, TV jobs takes dip

    Employment in film, television and advertising production in the Paris region jumped a record 8% in 2011 but dipped in 2012, according to an Ile de France Film Commission report released on Monday.
  • Participant, Image Nation find Dark

    Shooting is underway in Colombia on the supernatural thriller Out Of The Dark financed by Participant Media and Image Nation and starring Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman. Colombia’s Dynamo and Spain’s Apaches produce.
  • Pitof, Lang board Dragon Angel

    EXCLUSIVE: French-American director Pitof (Catwoman) and US actor Stephen Lang (Avatar) have signed on to Chinese-German family adventure film The Dragon Angel.
  • Produce By Conference adds trio

    Jerry Bruckheimer, Roland Emmerich and Curtis Jackson will participate as speakers at the 5th annual Produced By Conference on the Fox lot.
  • Radical, Le Vision form joint venture

    Radical Studios has formed a joint venture with China’s Le Vision Pictures to produce “international commercial films with Chinese elements”.
  • Rainmaker begins Ratchet And Clank

    Animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment has teamed up with Blockade Entertainment to producen, based on Insomniac Games’ PlayStation video game.
  • RealD opens Latin America office

    The 3D cinema specialist has set up a hub in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Reliance plans Graceling franchise

    The Indian giant has acquired rights to Kristin Cashore’s bestselling young adult fantasy trilogy in partnership with Kintop Pictures.
  • Revolver enters administration

    UK distributor Revolver appoints ReSolve Partners as administrator.
  • RGH adds Santa to Cannes slate

    RGH Entertainment has begun production on the 3D animation Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus and will represent worldwide rights in Cannes.
  • Salem to handle Millennium sale

    Millennium Entertainment’s management team has retained Los Angeles-based investment bank and wealth management firm Salem Partners to sell the company.
  • Salon Pictures commissions scripts

    EXCLUSIVE: Nick Taussig’s outfit commissions Churchill biopic script from Alex Von Tunzelmann and a comedy from a NFTS graduate.
  • Scorsese to talk Silence in Cannes

    EXCLUSIVE: IM Global will commence pre-sales at Cannes on Martin Scorsese’s Silence as the Oscar-winning director gears up for a trip to the Croisette and mulls over a second deal with the same parties for The Irishman.
  • Sierra/Affinity to sell Nightcrawler

    Jake Gyllenhaal will star in the dark drama that Dan Gilroy will direct.
  • Strange Little Cat wins CPH PIX

    German film from director Ramon Zürcher wins the top prize at the Copenhagen International Film Festival.
  • Student Critics Jury returns to EIFF

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has confirmed the return of the Student Critics Jury for a second year.
  • Sundance London Party

    Photos from the Big Sundance London Party, held at The Langham on April 26.
  • Sundance London: The cows come home

    Sundance hit The Moo Man gets a warm welcome at its UK premiere.
  • Suzanne to open Cannes Critics’ Week

    Director Katell Quillévéré won prestigious Prix Jean Vigo for her debut feature Love Like Poison.
  • Tall begins shoot for SPWA, AFFIRM

    Principal photography started on Monday [22] in New Orleans on the high school football film When The Game Stands Tall, produced by Mandalay for Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) and its AFFIRM Films division.
  • TFF unveils first Ephron winner

    Top brass at the 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) said on Thursday [25] that Meera Menon received the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize at the annual Women’s Filmmaker Brunch.
  • TFI unveils TAA, Sloan winners

    Terence Nance’s narrative project The Lobbyists and Lyric R Cabral and David F Sutcliffe’s documentary (T)ERROR prevailed at the 10th Annual Tribeca All Access (TAA) Creative Promise Awards on Wednesday night [24]. Newton’s Laws Of Emotion won the inaugural TFI Sloan Filmmaker Prize.
  • The Arquette family business

    Richmond Arquette talks about Sundance award-winner This Is Martin Bonner.
  • The Attack prospers at COL•COA

    Ziad Doueiri’s drama was the big winner as the 17th City Of Lights, City Of Angels French film festival concluded, earning the audience award, the Critics Special Prize and the Coming Soon Award.
  • The Big Wedding

    Dir/scr: Justin Zackham. US. 2013. 90mins
  • The Exchange buys Camden

    The Exchange has closed what it said was a low-to-mid six-figure deal for the action film as it builds its production slate backed by the recently announced Exchange Peaks Film Capital fund.
  • The German-Texas connection

    Bastian Gunther, the writer-director of Houston, talks about the film’s journey to screen.
  • The Interval wins best film at Bolzano

    Leonardo di Costanzo’s The Interval was named the best feature film at this year’s Bolzano Cinema Festival with a special mention for Stefano Lodovichi’s feature debut Aquadro.
  • The Mercy List starts shoot

    Producers Jan Wilson of Happy Frog Films and Scarlet Karimian of Escargo Productions have partnered up for psychological thriller The Mercy List.
  • Thierry Fremaux, Cannes Film Festival

    Cannes Film Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux announced the Official Selection for the 66th edition on Thursday (April 18). He talked to ScreenDaily afterwards about the selection, why he doesn’t think micro-budget filmmaking is the way forward and Lars von Trier.
  • Three promoted at Sundance Selects / IFC

    Lauren Schwartz will head film publicity and Shani Ankori will head marketing for the company’s distribution labels, Sundance Selects and IFC Films.
  • Tribeca triumph for The Rocket

    Kim Mordaunt’s Australian entry [pictured] has won The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature, Tribeca Film Festival top brass announced on Thursday evening [25].
  • uConnect boards Close Enough

    Sales division of uMedia picks up international rights to Paul Andrew Williams’ film, starring Tom Hiddleston and Hayley Atwell.
  • UK releases update: World's End, Muppets

    Edgar Wright’s The World’s End moved forward to July, swapping places with Kick-Ass 2; The Muppets… Again! moved back to March 2014
  • UK struggles in Cannes selections

    New British film-making talent have been selected for Cannes’ parallel sections, but does the UK’s omission from the main competition line-up point to a wider problem?
  • Universal dates Dracula for Aug 2014

    The studio announced on Thursday [25] that the origins story will open on Aug 8, 2014.
  • Universal UK leashes Top Dog

    Universal Pictures UK, part of Universal Pictures International Entertainment - the home entertainment division of NBC Universal – has taken rights to UK crime thriller Top Dog, due to star Leo Gregory.
  • Voltage sparks to Home Invasion

    Voltage Pictures will finance the micro-budget thriller Home Invasion for Joel Silver.
  • Von Trier welcome back at Cannes

    EXCLUSIVE: Lars von Trier was never declared ‘persona non grata’ forever, says Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremaux
  • Vue testing Dolby Atmos

    EXCLUSIVE: UK cinema chain Vue is testing Dolby Atmos at some of its large format sites.
  • Warner Bros launches UK training

    Studio to offer scholarships, apprenticeships and trainee roles on Warner films shooting in UK.
  • WIDE adds six titles pre-Cannes

    WIDE Management has boarded several new titles ahead of Cannes market.
  • Woo’s Flying Tigers set for takeoff

    Netherlands-based Cyrte Investments and China Film Group are backing John Woo’s long-gestating Flying Tigers, which is set to shoot next year as two-part feature film and six-hour television series.
  • XLrator enters Warhouse

    XLrator Media has acquired all US rights to the psychological thriller Warhouse for release later this year. 
  • Yellow Affair partners on Marriage

    The Yellow Affair has taken on international sales for romantic comedy 21 Ways To Ruin A Marriage.
  • Zach Braff turns to Kickstarter

    UPDATE: Hot on the heels of Kristen Bell’s Veronica Mars campaign, Zach Braff has targeted a $2m raise to get his directorial follow-up to Garden State off the ground and had already received $1.54m or 57% in pledges as the end of the first day [24] approached.