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25 March 2010

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  • 22 Bullets in France, Germany experiences Gravity

    ScreenDaily’s weekly round-up of the local and independent openings in key markets this week.
  • AAM secures $66m to support European digital conversion

    Arts Alliance Media, the provider of digital services and content, has secured new funding to support its plans to create the largest European digital cinema network.
  • After the storm

    Financing for independent films has been battered by the credit crisis and turmoil in the marketplace. Here, John Hazelton assesses the damage and explores the state of equity and debt financing in the US.
  • Ann Hui’s All About Love tops Mega-Vision slate

    Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Jing’s Mega-Vision Pictures has announced a slate of new projects including All About Love the latest film from director Ann Hui which is a love triangle between a lesbian couple and a heterosexual man. Sandra Ng, Vivian Chow and William Chan star in the comedy which is now in post-production.Mega-Vision previously backed Hui’s award-winning dramas Night And Fog and The Way We Are.Mega-Vision is also lining up its first 3D acti
  • Asian Film Archive to premiere restored Moon Over Malaya

    Singapore-based Asian Film Archive, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, has announced the premiere of its newly restored and digitized version of the only surviving print of 1957 film Moon Over Malaya.The most acclaimed of the “Nanyang Trilogy,” the film was produced by Kong Ngee Company, the third major studio of the era alongside Shaw Brothers and Cathay Keris. The romantic drama starred Patrick Tse, Nam Hung and Patsy Kar Ling before their heydays of stard
  • At A Glance: 2009 In Figures

    A breakdown of the international box office from 2009.
  • Ausfilm approves London co-production forum

    Australian and UK film bodies ro encourage co-productions through two-day event in London.
  • Australia

    Australia’s annual gross box office exceeded A$1bn - around $891m - for the first time, propelled by the increase in 3D screens and rising ticket prices.Mainstream releases mostly over-performed: Australian audiences enjoy US comedies, such as 17 Again which stood-out backed by an Easter campaign from Roadshow.Local films also held their heads helped by good budgets. However, Hopscotch’s much-anticipated UK-Australia co-production
  • BAFTAs set date for Feb. 13, 2011

    This continues the pattern of the BAFTAs being two weeks before the Oscars.
  • Beckinsale, Del Toro to join Tim Burton on Cannes jury

    Actress Giovanna Mezzogiorno and writer-director Emmanuel Carrere also confirmed.
  • Bel Ami

    The Full Monty producer Uberto Pasolini has just wrapped production in Budapest on costume drama Bel Ami, with Twilight star Robert Pattinson in the lead role.
  • Bermuda's top prizes go to Girls on the Wall, Music on Hold

    Bermuda International Film Festival (March 19-25) awards US documentary and Argentine comedy.
  • Betting on the box office?

    This week, a US Commission will vote on whether a film’s projected box office takings should be traded on a futures exchange. Jeremy Kay looks at the implications.
  • Big Cinemas opens New York theatre

    The company hopes the BIG Cinemas Manhattan will become a major destination for the city’s Indian community.
  • Blue Valentine woos Palace Films

    The distributor has picked up Derek Cianfrance’s Sundance title for Australia and New Zealand.
  • Brazil

    The Brazilian box office edged close to the Real1bn - around $550m - mark in 2009, hitting $533m (Real970m), thanks to the country’s overall economic growth, the expansion of 3D theatres and the excellent performance of Brazilian films at the local box office.A wave of local hits, mostly comedies, garners a market share of 14.2%, the highest since 2004. Daniel Filho’s If I Were You 2 was the second highest grossing film of the year, behind
  • Cannes Competition critical reaction

    Safe selection of established auteurs; Love for Brits over Americans
  • Cannes Competition line-up unveiled

    Screen brings you the 2010 Cannes Competition line-up, which includes Mike Leigh’s Another Year and Mathieu Amalric’s Tournee.
  • Cannes unveils 18 films in Un Certain Regard section

    The 2010 Cannes Un Certain Regard line-up features Hideo Nakata’s Chatroom and Jean-Luc Godard’s Film Socialism.
  • Chasing the VoD tail

    Are the numbers beginning to add up for video-on-demand? Robert Marich takes a look at the figures being generated in the US market, which is acting as a testing ground for global VoD patterns
  • China

    China’s gross box office reached a six-year high in 2009, up 43% on 2008, thanks to a boom in the multiplex construction and a fast-growing trend to build shopping malls alongside cinemas.A trip to the cinema before or after shopping has become the leisure activity of choice for the country’s burgeoning middle class.A trop of films passed the RMB400 mark - around $60m - for the first time: Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
  • China launches official English language film website

    The Chinese government has announced that it will launch an official English-language website to provide information on Chinese-language films and the Chinese film industry.The website is co-established by the Film Bureau under State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) and Chinese Radio International (CRI), a state-owned radio broadcast company which broadcasts radio programs globally outside of China.China Film Promotion International (CFPI)
  • China: Film, Revenue Sharing, Sex

    China Film Group reaps big profits from the country’s growing cinema audience, but there is a dark side when local authorities deem a film unpatriotic or too sexually explicit.
  • China's Lumiere gets investment from Mousse Partners

    With the new backing, Lumière plans to open 40 to 60 cinemas in China, and seek IPO status in coming years.
  • ContentFilm takes on Age Of Heroes starring Bean, Dyer

    WWII actioner will start shooting April 6 in UK and Norway.
  • Cooking With Stella to open Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles

    Dilip Mehta’s Cooking With Stella will open the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) in Hollywood on April 20.
  • Cool eye on a warm reception

    Kicking off a new monthly column, Screen’s chief critic reports from the Hong Kong International  Film Festival ? and finds that watching films with local audiences is not the best way to assess a title’s international appeal.
  • CPH PIX reveals celebration of Serge Gainsbourg

    The festival will open with Joann Sfar’s film and dedicate a sidebar to the late French actor and singer.
  • Croisette menu

    Screen highlights the Cannes regulars and rising talents who are offering up a rich and varied diet of new works for the 2010 festival’s selectors
  • CTV buys France on CJ's thriller No Mercy

    Korean distributor CJ Entertainment has sold thriller No Mercy to CTV for French-speaking territories.“It’s an edgy film with the pacing of The Chaser and a heartbreaking twist like Oldboy. No Mercy generated buzz in Berlin after its market debut and there was a bidding war,” says Kini Kim, senior vice president, head of international sales and distribution at CJ. “CTV previously [distributed] Bong Joon-ho’s
  • Curzon, HMV partner to jointly develop up to 20 more in-store cinemas

    After a successful trial of the hmvcurzon in Wimbledon, London, Curzon Cinemas will work with HMV to jointly develop more new cinemas.
  • Cut and thrust

    With some sophisticated CGI houses and a world-class studio facility, Hong Kong’s services sector is one of the strongest in the region. Liz Shackleton reports
  • De Lane Lea opens new division for low-budget films, TV

    The outfit is due to reopen in April following a major refit which includes six new sound stages.
  • Distributor Dogwoof signs deal to create social network

    Socially conscious distributor Dogwoof signs new technology deal to create an online community around its films and the issues they raise.
  • Dream Home to open 12th Far East Film Festival

    Fortissimo Film’s bloody homage to Hong Kong will open the 12th Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy next month.
  • DVD sales in UK up 31% in first quarter of 2010

    The British Video Association says the first quarter of 2010 was strong for the UK home entertainment market, up 31% compared to last year.
  • Eastern European Acquisition Pool opens Prague office 

    EEAP TV sales manager Christine Daoudova will run the Prague office.
  • Edinburgh, and EIFF, to benefit from creation of Scotland's largest cinema

    Edinburgh is planning a new world-class cinema facility, seating 1,600, at the Festival Theatre.
  • EM Media backs 9 new projects, including Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur

    Other media projects backed with support of emda include Jim Loach’s Oranges and Sunshine.
  • Equity players

    US finance and production companies with their own equity to invest have had mixed fortunes during the recession. John Hazelton reports
  • France

    Driven by US films with a few local gems, total admissions were the highest since 1982, with 200.9 million tickets sold.Little Nicholas (Le Petit Nicolas) was boosted by audience awareness of the books and strong word of mouth to become the fourth highest-grossing film of the year.By contrast, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s long-awaited Micmacs, released five years after the director’s
  • France: the centre of Europe

    Home to some of the continent’s only movie majors and a production and sales sector which embraces the world, France is the cinema centre of Europe.
  • French Box Office 2009

    France’s top 20 films over 2009 and the top ten French films at the box office.
  • FrightFest founder joins newly rebranded Horror Channel

    Also, Horror Channel strikes five-film deal with Revolver Entertainment.
  • Gamila Ylstra tapped to replace Ido Abram at Binger Filmlab

    Ylstra is a veteran of NPS, Fine BV, and Dutch Ministry of Culture.
  • German funds back new projects from Kusturica, Wright, von Garnier

    Projects backed in $15m funding round include Joe Wright’s thriller Hanna, now shooting at Babelsburg Studios.
  • Germany

    For German cinema-owners, 2009 was one of the most successful years ever thanks to 3D which boosed the theatrical performance of already big releases such as Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs and Up.The last two weeks of December then saw Avatar attract more than 3.9 million cinema-goers, of which 2.5 million were the
  • Glickman, Fithian trumpet strong 2009 box office at ShoWest

    Motion Picture Association of American chief Dan Glickman and John Fithian, head of the National Association of Theater Owners, deliver positive state of industry speeches at ShoWest; Glickman bids farewell.
  • GMX platform signs up a further 40 companies at MIPTV

    B2B video marketplace Global Media Exchange (GMX), part of the Ascent Media Group, has signed up a further 40 new companies for its service here at MIPTV in Cannes.
  • goEast unveils competition for April festival

    Alexey Popogrebsky’s Silver Bear winner How I Ended This Summer, Peter Calin Netzer’s Medal Of Honor and Robert Glinski’s Piggies are in the programme.
  • Good Films Workshop seals Asian deals on Zoom, Road

    Taipei-based sales company Good Films Workshop has sold Taiwanese filmmaker Cho Li’s thriller Zoom Hunting to Hong Kong’s Lighten Distribution. The film, produced by Taiwanese Ocean Deep, stars Ning Chang and Wen Shenghao and will be released in Taiwan on April 16.Lighten has previously bought and distributed Taiwanese hits such as Leon Dai’s No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti, Wei Te-sheng’s Cape No. 7 and Chung Mong-hong’s Parking. Lighten is scheduled to relea
  • HandMade Films International cuts sales team by half

    The sales arm of HandMade Films loses sales chief and cuts jobs amid a strategic review of the parent company.
  • Hessen extends film funding scheme until 2013

    The German state has extended its film investment programme for a further four years.
  • High Court rules against content indexing site

    Usenet index site Newzbin loses its High Court battle against Hollywood studios, Judge rules it does infringe copyright.
  • Hollywood majors in Japan boost mobile streaming as DVDs decline

    Hollywood studios in Japan bolster mobile streaming activities to counter decline in DVD sales.
  • Hong Kong turns up the volume

    On the eve of the 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival and Filmart, Liz Shackleton looks at whether the current surge in Hong Kong cinema really amounts to a revival.
  • Hoyts launches new loyalty scheme to encourage more visits, gather customer data

    Major Australian exhibitor Hoyts has launched a points-based rewards system notable for its flexibility and its capacity to gather information about customer habits.
  • IMAX to open first Croatian site in December 2010

    IMAX has struck a deal with Blitz-Cinestar to build a new stand-alone IMAX theatre as part of the new Cinestar Arena Commercial 10-screen multiplex in Zagreb, Croatia.
  • India's FICCI predicts media, entertainment sectors recovery in 2010

    New report from FICCI and KPMG predicts that the growth of digital services will put the Indian media and entertainment sectors on the road to recovery in 2010.
  • Intandem Films raises $749,000 through share placing

    Proceeds will be used to to repay an outstanding loan and to fund working capital.
  • International Box Office Review 2009

    ScreenDaily’s review of the top 11 international territories at the box office over 2009.
  • Italy

    Admissions dipped slightly in 2009 to 99.1 million from 99.4 million in 2008.However thanks to a boom in 3D screens (from 40 in January 2009 to 416 in January 2010) and the increased ticket price these rbing, Italy’s gross box office increased by 4.9% year on year, even before Avatar’s release on January 15, 2010.Local films struggled in 2009 following a two-year boom, with the blame pinned on weak produc
  • ITV sells 100-film package to Italy's Rai

    Also, ITV will introduce restored This Sporting Life to buyers at MIPTV.
  • Japan

    After 2008 saw foreign films earn their lowest figures of the decade ($885.7m) and loest market share since 1969 (40.5%), 2009 bought some relief.Foreign films saw a 12.3% increase in grosses and 2.6% more of the pie. Red Cliff Part 2 bcame the territory’s most successful Asian flm ever and Slumdo Millionarie also secured a rare spot in the Hollywood-dominated forign top 20.But 2009 porved disastrous for small-msedium distributors. The contraction of the DVD market leav
  • Jasmila Zbanic's On The Path travels round the world

    Zbanic’s Berlin competition entry has been sold to 19 territories; local tour support strong home market release.
  • Jeonju lines up eight-film competition of Korean independent films

    The 11th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF), which this year runs from April 29 to May 7, has announced its Korean feature film competition line-up of eight independent films, including She Came From, directed by Kim Sung-ho (Into The Mirror).The surrealistic story is about a film director in Busan who runs into a mysterious woman on a motorcycle and another woman who is searching for her daughter after leaving her family 20 years ago.The other films in
  • Jeonju to open with Park Jinoh's Should've Kissed

    South Korea’s 11th annual JIFF will close with Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio’s To The Sea.
  • John Rabe arrives in the UK, Soul Kitchen warms up Spain

    ScreenDaily takes a look at the local and independent openings in key markets this week.
  • John Travolta: At The Box Office

    John Travolta’s top 20 films at the international box office and gross by selected territory.
  • Just Cause brings 3D expertise to China

    Los Angeles-based Just Cause Productions, the 3D company set up by Avatar stuntman Rueben Langdon (pictured), is set to expand its business in Greater China. The first projects it has boarded are Yuen Tak’s action drama Mr And Mrs China and an action film produced by action star Sammo Hung.Mr And Mrs China will be produced by Beijing-based Qilin Pictures and Hong Kong’s Taklung Film, and will b
  • Korean stars line up for Grand Prix from Sidus

    Sidus FNH has announced that top Korean stars Kim Tae-heen (pictured) (Iris, The Restless) and Lee Joon-ki (King And The Clown) have been cast in Grand Prix, directed by Yang Yun-ho (Iris, Fighter In The Wind).The film is a sports drama with comedic undertones that highlights the indomitable sportsmanship of a female horse racer.The $5m film is produced by Lee Jung-hak (Lump Of Sugar) and the production company Never Ending Story, wit
  • Latvia to woo producers with 15% rebate

    Latvia looks to attract production to its capital, Riga, with new film fund.
  • LevelK turns to the dark side

    Tine Klint’s new Danish sales outfit LevelK is getting into the film noir business.
  • Lionsgate takes Self-Medicated for the UK

    The distributor has taken the UK rights to Monty Lapica’s drama.
  • Lionsgate UK takes on Trust, Stone, Drive Angry 3D

    Lionsgate UK has added the three new titles to its 2011 slate, all acquired from Nu Image.
  • Lisa Opie

    EM Media chair Lisa Opie explains why Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood is putting the spotlight on the UK city of Nottingham
  • Local films from a global giant

    Fox Filmed Entertainment’s two-year-old local production unit, Fox International Productions (FIP), started the year with local hits in China and India. President Sanford Panitch tells Jeremy Kay about FIP’s expanding ambitions
  • London Consortium, London Film School start first graduate degree in film curating

    The MA in Film Curating will be a year-long course under the direction of journalist/academic Nick Roddick.
  • Lou Reed to present his directorial debut film at Visions Du Reel

    Red Shirley is an affectionate portrait of Reed’s 100-year-old cousin.
  • Luc Besson's Adele Blanc-Sec to world premiere in Brussels

    The Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival reveals programme highlights including the premiere of Luc Besson’s comic book adventure.
  • Lucky Red takes Italian rights to Campanella's Secret

    Lucky Red has taken Italian rights to Juan Jose Campanella’s foreign-language Oscar winner The Secret In Their Eyes (El Secreto De Sus Ojos).
  • Market share of UK films slips at global box office

    The market share of UK films at the global box office in 2009 was at an eight-year low according to UK Film Council figures.
  • Melissa George, Ed Speleers line up for Gilbey's Angel's Peak

    Carnaby Films’ Michael Loveday is producing the thriller.
  • Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac draws more deals

    LA-based Arsenal Pictures will handle US and European sales; Toei closes more territories at end of FilMart.
  • Metrodome defends Motherhood UK release; says 6,000 DVD units sold in first week

    After press reports about “flop” on one-screen theatrical release, distributor says it still has hopes for release to be profitable.
  • Mexico

    Family films propelled the Mexican box office to a 9.5% increase in 2009, boosted by the likes of local animation Otra Pelicula De Huevos Y Un Pollo.A further homegrown title, El Estudiante, was one of the year’s off-beat hits, thanks to female word of mouth.The year’s big disappointments included Universal Pictures’s Cirque De Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant. Released on 301 prints, it was expected to reproduce Harry Potter’s success but inste
  • Mikel Lejarza appointed president of Antena 3 Films

    Lejarza moves over from TV businss with the intention of investing in more commercially minded European films.
  • New Producers Alliance closes

    New Producers Alliance hit by declining membership and competition for training provision.
  • Nyon's Visions du Reel to present 30 world premieres

    Festival will open with Kinshasa Symphony on April 15.
  • Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, screenwriters, Clash Of The Titans

    The writing team behind Clash Of The Titans talk about how their childhood love of the original informed the remake.
  • Pinewood Shepperton's film revenues slip in 2009

    The overall revenue for last year was $61m (£40.3m) compared with $65m (£42.9m) in 2008.
  • Planet Green takes on 14, including The Garden, Collapse

    US cable channel Planet Green has picked up 14 series, specials and feature films for its 2010 slate.
  • Pretty Pictures takes on The Housemaid for France

    Korean producer/distributor Mirovision has pre-sold Im Sang-soo’s (pictured) remake of Kim Ki-young’s classic erotic thriller The Housemaid to Pretty Pictures for France.“Having successfully released Im Sang-soo’s The Old Garden, and since Im Sang-soo is considered in France to be in the top 5 of well-known and highly considered Korean directors, and being a fan of the original film, how could we not jump at the opportunity to pre-buy The Housemaid!” said Jam
  • Protagonist scares up US deal for SXSW hit Monsters

    Gareth Edwards’ debut feature Monsters set to receive US release through Magnet Releasing.
  • Reliance MediaWorks, Imagica form alliance for Japan

    Reliance MediaWorks forms alliance with Japan’s Imagica to provide services to the Japanese market.
  • Reliance, UFO pact for digital film operations in India

    Strategic business alliance will be largest gateway for digital film releases in India.
  • Revolver sets new company opening weekend record with Shank

    Action thriller Shank, the company’s first production from Gunslinger, brought in $417,736 across 86 screens.
  • Ridley Scott's Robin Hood confirmed to open Cannes

    The Universal Studios action-adventure starring Russell Crowe will screen out of competition.
  • RTL strikes Dutch TV deal with E1 Entertainment Benelux

    E1 Entertainment Benelux and RTL Netherlands have struck a multi-year film deal. The RTL channels get the Dutch TV rights to films such as Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past, 17 Again, Fame and Disaster Movie.
  • Salon, MDA team on integrated media fund from Singapore

    Hong Kong production outfit Salon Films has established Singapore-based SIMF Management Pte Ltd which aims to raise an integrated media fund of SG$100m in partnership with the Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore. Fred Wong, chairman of Salon Films, will serve as director of SIMF.SIMF will partner with two Singapore-based companies: Widescreen Media Pte Ltd, which specialises in Stereoscopic 3D productions and recently worked on Amphibious 3D, as well as with CGI and
  • Sandrew Metronome faces cost reductions

    Schibsted brings about ”strategic change and reorganisation” but all existing productions and distribution agreements will continue as usual.
  • Sara Johnsen's Upperdog take Grand Priz in Rouen

    The Norwegian director scoops the festival’s Grand Prix, making it the second year in a row the country has won the award.
  • Screen at the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FilMart)

    Miss out on a daily? Catch up here with the digital edition.
  • Screen's Global Top 10 - March 19-21

    Screen International’s top 10 films worldwide this weekend.
  • Second ScreenLit festival to honour Armando Iannucci

    Other special guests to include Chris Morris and Rob Brydon.
  • Sex 2, Green Zone among 12 US films confirmed for Chinese release

    China Film Group, China’s only film importer, confirmed that it will import 12 US films as the initial batch of the 20 revenue-sharing films for 2010.Among the films are Warner Bros’ Sex And The City 2 which is the first time the characters have been officially introduced to the country; neither the TV series nor the first feature film were imported.Also on the list is Universal’s Green Zone, which argues that t
  • Shineshow to produce China’s first film contest TV reality show

    Shineshow Co. Ltd, a joint venture between Shanda Pictures Limited and Hunan Broadcasting and Television Group, is to produce a reality TV show I Want to Make Movies, which plans to scout new filmmaking talents in the Chinese-speaking region.The winner of this film project pitching and financing contest will be given RMB10 million as the first funding for the project which will then be the first film production from Shineshow in 2011.According to Long Danni, CEO of Shin
  • Showgate sells Yukisada's Parade to Taiwan

    Japanese sales agent Showgate has sold ensemble drama Parade, directed by Isao Yukisada (pictured) (Crying Out Love At The Center Of The World) to Bees Factory for Taiwan.The film world premiered in Pusan last year, won the FIPRESCI award in the Berlin Panorama section, and was nominated for best film at the Asian Film Awards. Based on a novel by Yoshida Shuichi, the film stars Tatsuya Fujiwara fromBattle Royale and Death Not
  • Signs of strength at FilMart 2010

    Busy Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FilMart) draws to a close with several deals completed and record attendance.
  • Small is beautiful

    It’s inconceivable that even 10 years ago, an actress of the calibre of Kate Winslet and a film-maker as world-class as Todd Haynes would be working together in television. But that is exactly what the two cinema luminaries are doing in a five-hour mini-series of James M Cain’s 1941 Mildred Pierce that is now in production. Haynes is returning to the Cain source material rather than the classic 1945 Michael Curtiz film and has cast Evan Rachel Wood as Mildred’s daughter Veda along wi
  • Sony plans innovative Twitter campaign for Moon in Japan

    Sony Pictures Entertainment plans an innovative internet campaign employing Twitter to promote the April 10 release of Duncan Jones’ film.
  • Sony's Lynton kicks off ShoWest

    The film exhibition industry’s biggest convention kicks off in Las Vegas in an uncertain mood despite a strong year of 3D successes.
  • South Korea

    South Korea’s box office hit a record high in 2009 grossing $940m, up 12.7% year on year. Admissions rose 5.1% to 154.9 million.Audiences watched more films - 3.15 per capita, up from 3.03 in 2008 - and ticket prices were raised in the middle of the year from an average $5.74 to $6.34 to coincide with the release of Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen.Local films’ market share also went up from 42.4% the previous year to
  • Spain

    The Spanish boix office enjoyed a boost later int he year from a string of local films, including Agora, Planet 51 and Cell 211, as well as the Avatar juggernaut.
  • SquareOne Entertainment moves into German theatrical market

    The Munich-based outfit will start by co-distributing StreetDance 3D with Universum Film in June.
  • Swedish hit Easy Money inspires two sequels; US remake deal being discussed

    Director, producer and cast to reunite for at least two new films based on Jens Lapidus’ Stockholm Noir Trilogy.
  • Taiwan to increase subsidy on foreign shoots

    Taiwan’s Government Information Office (GIO) has announced that it will increase the subsidies to foreign productions in Taiwan to encourage more international productions to shoot there.Frank Chen, GIO’s director of Motion Pictures Department, says that the GIO has just changed its policy “Subsidy Guidelines on Foreign Film Production Companies Shooting Films in Taiwan”. The subsidy for a foreign production shooting in Taiwan and hiring Taiwanese cast or crew will rise from 15%
  • Tampere starts cross-festival initiative to digitise shorts

    They hope to have more than 10,000 short films digitised by the end of 2010 by working with other festivals.
  • The unpredictable star

    John Travolta is unique among marquee-names for the breadth of genres he has tackled, his lack of reliance on sequels and his ability to play both good and bad guys to equal effect. In the first of a series looking at the box-office track records of producers, film-makers and stars, Leonard Klady assesses Travolta’s performance outside the US.
  • The White Ribbon leads nominations for Germany's Lola awards

    Michael Haneke’s award winning film scores the best nominations at the German film industry awards.
  • The Works adds Countdown To Zero to Cannes slate

    The Works has bulked up its Cannes slate and acquired international sales rights from Submarine to the nuclear proliferation documentary, according to people close to the deal.
  • UK investors

    Geoffrey Macnab looks at some key financiers currently active in the UK
  • UK shoot starts for Ghost starring John Lynch, Martin Compston

    Craig Viveiros is starting principal photography this week in London on his feature film debut, Ghost.
  • UK's iFeatures initiative shortlists six projects

    South West Screen will give three film-makers the chance to shoot a $447,000 (£300,000) feature in Bristol.
  • UK's Metrodome to scale back theatrical business; CEO Peter Urie resigns

    No details yet on job losses; Urie will consult with the company.
  • United Kingdom

    Total box office revenue in the UK and Ireland surpassed the $1.5bn (£1bn) mark in 2009 for the first time.Admissions reached a seven-year high of 173.5 million, helped by 3D. While the box office boomed, the crowded independent distribution sector was under pressure to consolidate. Even though Slumdog Millionaire became Pathe Distribution’s highest-grossing film ever in the UK ($52.2m) at the start of the year, the company cut
  • Upperdog, North lead winners at Norway's Canon Awards

    Sara Johnsen’s Upperdog and Rune Denstad Langlo’s North lead Norway’s Kanon Award winners as the Kosmorama-Trondheim International Film Festival closes.
  • Venice Biennale to promote local films in China

    The Biennale will travel to China to continues it campaign to promote local film-makers internationally.
  • Vera Glagoleva's One War wins top prize in Sofia

    Vera Glagoleva’s Russian film One War won the Grand Prix at the 14th Sofia International Film Festival, which ran March 5 to 14.The film tells the story of a woman forced into sex slavery by occupying soliders during the Second World War and then later accussed of treason by Soviet troops.The best director award went to Serbia’s Miroslav Momcilovic for Wait For Me And I Will Not Come, while Julia Solomonoff’s The Last Summer Of La Boyita won
  • Video-on-demands: Facts and figures

    A breakdown of the video-on-demand in the US over 2009.
  • Waititi's Boy grows into New Zealand's second biggest local hit

    The New Zealand film-maker scores a local hit with his second feature after Eagle Vs Shark.
  • Warp Films Australia utilises barrel murders for first feature

    Warp Films and Madman plan to make Australia’s notorious “Bodies In The Barrels” case into a feature; Australian arts minister launches review of production industry.
  • Weekly International Box Office - March 24

    ScreenDaily brings you the weekly international box-office news.
  • Wendy Mitchell named Head of News at Screen International

    Mitchell previously worked at Screen as UK Reporter and Senior Editor.
  • Workplace short film contest names judging panel

    Judges include British Film Commissioner Colin Brown, festival producer Helen de Witt, and director Paul Weiland.
  • Yonathan Levy's Das Kind scoops top prize at Independent Film Festival

    Yonathan Levy’s documentary feature wins the best independent film award at the 2010 edition of the European Indepedent Film Festival awards.