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25 September 2008

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  • 3Rosen Filmverleih and Alpenrepublik join German distribution scene

    New German distribution companies, 3Rosen Filmverleih and Alpenrepublik to release Love Comes Lately and My Friend From Faro Two new names have joined the ranks of Germany's distribution companies. Berlin-based 3Rosen and Munich-based Alpenrepublik will both distribute films domestically in the next few months.3Rosen Filmverleih represents an expansion of activities by Jürgen Fabritius' 3Rosen agency which had previously handled the marketing of films in cinemas
  • 3Rosen Filmverleih and Alpenrepublik join German distribution scene

    New German distribution companies, 3Rosen Filmverleih and Alpenrepublik to release Love Comes Lately and My Friend From Faro Two new names have joined the ranks of Germany's distribution companies. Berlin-based 3Rosen and Munich-based Alpenrepublik will both distribute films domestically in the next few months.3Rosen Filmverleih represents an expansion of activities by Jürgen Fabritius' 3Rosen agency which had previously handled the marketing of films in cinemas
  • A Mouse's Tale winner of Cartoon d'Or

    French-born Benjamin Renner's graduation film from La Poudriere animation school A Mouse's Tale has been named the winner of this year's Cartoon d'Or at the 19th Cartoon Forum in Ludwigsburg.The four-minute short using silhouette animation, beat competition from four other finalists including UK animator Matthew Walker's John And Karen and Belgian Arnaud Demuynck's Breakout.The Cartoon d'Or distinction, which is the only pan-European prize in the field of an
  • AFI FEST will open on Oct 30 with Joe Wright's The Soloist

    Theworld premiere of DreamWorks and Universal's drama The Soloist starring Robert Downey Jr and Jamie Foxx will open AFI FEST in Los Angeles on October 30.Joe Wright directed the story of a journalist who comes across a former musical prodigy living rough on the streets of Los Angeles.The Working Title-produced drama was produced in association with StudioCanal and Participant Media and will open in North America on November 21 thro
  • Arthouse acquires worldwide rights to Beautiful Losers

    Arthouse Films has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary Beautiful Losers directed by Aaron Rose and co-directed by Joshua Leonard.Arthouse will partner on the distribution strategy with Sidetrack Films, which has already opened the film in conjunction with Nike Sportswear in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.Arthouse plans to support and expand Sidetrack Films and Nike Sportswear's theatrical release pattern throughou
  • Australians In Film launches Heath Ledger Scholarship

    Los Angeles-based Australians In Film (AiF) has launched the Australians In Film Heath Ledger Scholarship.The scholarship will be awarded to an emerging Australian actor for up to US $10,000 plus a return airfare from Australia to pursue their career in the US. Applications will be accepted from October 1-November 28 and the first beneficiary will be announced by mid-February 2009.'We as a family are pleased with the establishment and progress of the AiF scholarship award
  • Award winning director McPherson starts shoot for The Eclipse

    Shooting has started on the latest feature-length drama from Tony-award winning Irish playwright and director Conor McPherson.Based on a supernatural love story by Wexford writer Billy Roche, the film stars Aidan Quinn, Ciaran Hinds and Iben Hjejle. Rob Walpole of Treasure Entertainment is producing.Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning costume designer Consolata Boyle and award-winning production designer Mark Geraghty are working behind the camera.The film follows Mich
  • Banderas to star in Mexican drama La hija Del Ruisenor

    Antonio Banderas has revealed that his next project will be the supernatural thriller La Hija Del Ruisenor from Mexican director Luis Mandoki.Banderas will star as the father of a young girl with supernatural powers. Filming is set to begin in January in Mexico where the actor has already made seven films throughout his 26-year career.'It will be great to work in my own language again,' Banderas told ScreenDaily. 'Mandoki is a good friend of mine and I look for
  • BBC Films says it's 'business as usual' despite Tranter's move

    BBC Films contends it will be 'business as usual' despite the news earlier this week that BBC Head of Fiction Jane Tranter will leave the UK to join BBC Worldwide in Los Angeles next January.Joe Oppenheimer, Executive Producer BBC Films, said day-to-day operations at BBC Films wouldn't be impacted by Tranter's move.Tranter's widely predicted move to the US comes almost exactly a year after she announced a new structure for BBC Films following the departure of David Thompson, the
  • Belgium - Saying it like she means it

    Fien Troch's new feature Unspoken, starring French actors Emmanuelle Devos and Bruno Todeschini, screened at Toronto and is now heading to San Sebastian. This may provide a logistical challenge for the young Belgian writer-director who - like Lars von Trier - has a fear of flying.Unspoken, which is being sold internationally by The Works, was conceived even before Troch's debut feature Someone Else's Happiness had started shooting."I wanted to avoid that sit
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina submits Snow to Oscars

    Aida Begic's Snow has been chosen by the Association of Film Workers of Bosnia and Herzegovina as its submission for the best foreign language film at the 81st Academy Awards. The film has already won this year's Critics' Week prizeat the Cannes Film Festival. Snow is co-produced by Sarajevo's Mamafilm, Germany's Rohfilm, French Les Films d'Apres-midi and Iranian Documentary and Experimental Film Center. Pyramide International handles the world sales and the fil
  • Bullet In The Head (Tiro En La Cabeza)

    Dir/scr: Jaime Rosales. Spain-France. 2008. 85mins.
  • Burleigh 'Bo' Smith named executive director of Denver Film Society

    Burleigh Smith has been named executive director at the Denver Film Society (DFS), ending a six-month search to replace DFS co-founder Ron Henderson.Smith will take the reins on October 14. He has served the last 21 years as the head of film/video and concerts for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he was responsible for programming, promoting, presenting and funding a packed calendar of film and concerts.Prior to his work in Boston, Smith spent six years in St Paul,
  • Cage, Sena on board for Relativity, Roven's medieval epic

    Nicolas Cage will reunite with his Gone In 60 Seconds director Dominic Sena for Relativity Media and Atlas Entertainment's supernatural thriller Season Of The Witch.Production is scheduled to start in Austria and Hungary in early November on the story of 14th century knights who transport a girl suspected of being the witch who spread the Black Death pandemic across Europe. Bragi Schut Jr wrote the scre
  • Camino

    Dir/scr: Javier Fesser. Spain. 2008. 142 mins.
  • Cannes winner The Class enters Oscar race for France

    In an expected move, Cannes Palme d'Or winner The Class has been chosen to represent France at this year's Oscars.Laurent Cantet's semi-documentary about life in a tough Parisian high school will vie for a shot at a best foreign language film nomination. The candidates will be announced in January. Click here to see Screen review.
  • Cloverfield's Matt Reeves to direct Let The Right One In remake

    Cloverfield director Matt Reeves (pictured) will write and direct the English-language adaptation of Tomas Alfredson's acclaimed Swedish contemporary vampire feature Let The Right One In for Overture Films and London-based Hammer Films.Let The Right One In will be the first in a new two-film co-production, financing and distribution deal between Overture Films an
  • Czechs, Poles name Oscar submissions

    The Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) has chosen Petr Zelenka's The Karamazovs as the Czech Republic's submission in the Academy Award contest for Best Foreign Language Film.The film is a Czech-Polish co-production between by Prvni Verejnopravni and Ceska Televize on the Czech Side and Warsaw Pact Filmproduction on the Polish side.CFTA director Petr Vachler noted that this year's crop of Czech films has proven exceptionally strong. Zelenka's film narrowly beat out
  • Dark Knight producers, Shanley among Hollywood Awards honourees

    The 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards has addedThe Dark Knight film-makers Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven and EmmaThomas to its lineup of honourees.All three will receive the Hollywood Producers Of The Year Award whileJohn Patrick Shanley will receive the Hollywood Screenwriter Of TheYear Award for his adaptation of his own play Doubt. The honours will be handed out
  • Denmark's Nimbus Film on the defensive as jobs are cut

    Leading Danish film company Nimbus Film is taking steps to respond to today's tougher financial climate in the film industry. Around a third of Nimbus staff will be cut from the company's Filmbyen offices, according to film magazine EKKO.As former CEO, Jørgen Ramskov, who will in future head up the TV-fiction leg of the firm, explained, 'The willingness to loan money is not as high in the banks right now as in recent years and we have to acknowledge that ticket sales are on the va
  • Dream Weaver selected as China's Oscar entry

    China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has announced that it has selected documentary Dream Weaver - Beijing 2008 as the country's contender for best foreign-language film at the Academy Awards. It is the first time China has chosen a documentary for the category. The film, produced by state-owned Central Studio of News Reels Production, recruiting hurdles athlete Liu Xiang, basketball star Yao Ming and the Chinese gymnastic team, is a documentary about
  • DreamWorks closes investment deal with India's Reliance

    The long-in-the-works deal between DreamWorks and Mumbai-based media conglomerate Reliance closed today [September 19], paving the way for Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Stacey Snider to leave the Paramount fold following a difficult relationship.Paramount waived any requirement for DreamWorks executives and staff to stay at its Melrose Avenue headquarters in a move that allowed Spielberg and his cohorts to begin their new life immediately. It remained unclear whether Geffen woul
  • Elliott Associates increases minority stake in Relativity Media

    New York based private investment firm Elliott Associates has increased its minority stake in Relativity Media in the second major financing story of the day following Media Rights Capital's deal for a $350m revolving credit facility.Elliott decided to increase its investment on the heels of a profitable summer for the Beverly 2 films, named after the co-financing partnership between Relativity and Elliott's joint venture Relativity Capital and Universal Pictures.Beverly
  • Erin Corbett promoted to president of Imagi Studios US

    Erin Corbett has been promoted to president of Imagi Studios US; she will continue to report to Imagi Studios CEO Douglas Glen.The pair will oversee development and distribution of the CG-animated theatrical slate led by Astro Boy, which features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy, Eugene Levy and Freddie Highmore and is scheduled for release in 2009.Executive vice president of production Cecil K
  • EuropaCorp begins shoot on From Paris With Love

    EuropaCorp has announced the start of principal photography on the $55m (Euros 38m) From Paris With Love, starring John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Director Pierre Morel began filming Monday near Annecy and will carry on to Paris and its environs for a total 12-week shoot. The film is based on an original idea from EuropaCorp principal Luc Besson, along with Adi Hasak, and tells the story of a young insider and an American secret agent who are thrown together in a risky mission
  • F&ME kicks off shoots for three new UK co-productions

    Mike Downey and Sam Taylor's UK production company Film And Music Entertainment (F&ME) pushes its busy slate forward with the start of principal photography on three new features: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre, Donkey and Beneath The Surface.All three are co-productions, shooting - respectively - in Iceland, Croatia/Herzegovina and China/Sudan. All three will do post in London.Julius Kemp's $2.8m (Euros 2m) horror/thriller Reykjavik Whate Watching Massa
  • Festival review: Toronto brings cold comfort for US indies

    When Marco Mueller programmed The Hurt Locker and The Wrestler on the last two days of this year's Venice film festival, he might have anticipated a flurry of attention from US buyers. These new films from Kathryn Bigelow and Darren Aronofsky had been pre-sold around the world but neither had a domestic deal in place.But for most domestic buyers, the Venice world premieres served just one purpose, that of heightening anticipation for the Toronto screenings of the films a
  • Film London to grow audiences for African and African-Caribbean film

    Film London has launched The New Black a funding and training programme to increase opportunities for African and African-Caribbean film exhibitors in London.At the launch eventAdrian Wootton, Film London's CEO, Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney and Stoke Newington, and Kanya King MBE, founder and CEO, MOBO, revealed details of the two year initiative.Film London, along with the UK Film Council and Skillset, is investing in African and African-Caribbean film as part of a strategy
  • Film Movement takes domestic rights to The Country Teacher

    Film Movement has picked up North American rights to Bohdan Slama's Czech drama The Country Teacher and will release in 2009.The film follows a gay teacher whose jealous ex-boyfriend causes trouble when he arrives in town. Pavel Liksa and Zuzana Bydzovska star.Film Movement president Adley Gartenstein negotiated the deal with Laurent Baudens of Wild Bunch.'[Slama] has proven once again that he can get incredibly nuanced
  • Filmaka teams with Ford, JWT for Mustang short film contest

    Online film destination Filmka has teamed up with Ford Motor Company and advertising agency JWT Team Detroit on a short film competition to mark the launch of Mustang's 2010 model.Nearly 400 Filmaka community members have already submitted scripts reflectingpersonal stories chosen by Mustang enthusiasts or based on thefilm-makers' original ideas.Twenty-two semi-finalists were selected toproduce their films, from which ten will feature as part of the 2010Mustang launch.One
  • Final Word: Toronto International Film Festival

    Screen International looks back at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Click section to see more.Festival and market reviewToronto reviews Toronto salesToronto stories and festival dailies
  • Focus names five winners in Africa First programme

    Focus Features CEO James Schamus announced late today [September 24] the five winners in Focus' Africa First Programme designed to support emerging film-makers of African nationality and residence.Earlier this year Focus offered participating film-makers the chance to win financing for production and/or post-production on their narrative short films made in continental Africa and tapping the resources of the film industry there.The winning film-makers, each of whom will r
  • Fortissimo Films picks up Parque Via

    Fortissimo Film Sales has picked up world sales for Mexican filmmaker Enrique Rivero's feature debut Parque Via. The film is currently screening in the Horizontes Latinos sidebar at this week's San Sebastian International Film Festival. Parque Via won 32-year-old Rivero the Golden Leopard in the International Competition at the Locarno International Film Festival last month.Writing in Screen, critic Dan Fainaru said it was 'an uncompromising piece of minimalist film-m
  • Funny Balloons seals raft of territories for Louise-Michel

    French sales outfit Funny Balloons has sold Benoit Delepine and Gustav Kervern's black comedy Louise-Michel to Ad Vitam in France, Pony Films (Austria), Columbus (Switzerland), Cirko (Hungary), Independenta (Romania), UTV (India), Vendetta (New Zealand/Australia), and Maywin (CSI and Baltics). The deals were closed on the back of the film's world premiere at San Sebastian today.Screening in competition at the festival, Louise-Michel is a comedy about a group of factory wo
  • Gaga to handle sales of Shunji Iwai production Halfway

    Gaga Communications has acquired world sales rights for high school drama Halfway, produced by famed director-producer Shunji Iwai (All About Lily Chou-Chou). Eriko Kitagawa makes her directing debut on the film and also wrote the screenplay. The story follows the trials and tribulations of a high school couple as their graduation approaches. Kie Kitano and Masaki Okada star.Kitagawa previously gained recognition as the writer of popular TV dramas such as Beautiful
  • Hammer resurrection as production of The Wake Wood begins

    The long-awaited resurrection of British horror label Hammer Films has finally happened. Production has just begun on The Wake Wood. This is Hammer's first horror movie since To the Devil a Daughter starring Christopher Lee in 1976 and its first feature of any sort since The Lady Vanishes in 1979.The cast of the new film, which is now shooting in County Donegal, is headlined by Timothy Spall (Harry Potter, Secrets And Lies), Aidan Gillen (best known internat
  • Hamptons teams with EFP to present three Shooting Stars

    The Hamptons International Film Festival has partnered with European Film Promotion to showcase talent from the European Shooting Stars programme, marking the first time the talent campus will come to the US.The festival runs from October 15-19 and will present three stars from the Shooting Stars programme, now in its 12th year. They are: Maryam Hassouni from the Dutch drama Dunya & Desie, Anamaria Marinca from the Romanian comedy-drama
  • Haruki Kadokawa returns to directing with Laughing Policeman

    Famed Japanese film producer Haruki Kadokawa has returned to the director's chair after an 11-year absence. Kadokawa is currently shooting suspense drama Laughing Policeman, based on the first of Jo Sasaki's series of novels released by Kadokawa's publishing arm. The story depicts the internecine struggles of a corrupt police department. Japanese character actor Nao Omori (Achilles And The Tortoise) stars.Sasaki was unhappy with the original director's violent action-
  • HBO's Sheila Nevins will receive Gotham Award Tribute

    HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins will be the subject of a Gotham Award Tribute at the 18th Annual Gotham Awards on December 2 in New York.'Sheila has unquestionably been one of the most influential forces in documentary film-making,' IFP executive director Michelle Byrd said. 'She is almost single-handedly responsible for bringing documentaries into mainstream popular culture. Her work has not only changed the documentary landscape, it's opened minds and spurred change.'
  • High Point takes on Pieter van Hees' debut horror Left Bank

    High Point Films has taken on world rights outside of Benelux to Pieter van Hees' debut feature Left Bank.The psychological horror film, in the vein of Rosemary's Baby and The Wicker Man, is about a young athlete who moves into her new boyfriend's disturbing apartment block.The film showed in Edinburgh, Sitges, and Austin Fantastic Film Festival.'We have a strong tradition of handling horror films of note, including classics like George A Romero's
  • Hong Kong submits Painted Skin as Oscar entry

    Hong Kong has selected Gordon Chan's fantasy epic Painted Skin as the territory's contender for this year's foreign-language Oscar, the Federation of Motion Film Producers of Hong Kong (FMFP) said at a press conference on Wednesday. 'We think this film has something very special,' FMFP chairman Crucindo Hung said. 'It is a very interesting portrayal of Chinese culture that is different to the usual.'The film, starring Donnie Yen, Zhou Xun, Vicky Zhao Wei, Chen Kun, Sun Li an
  • Hypernia, Brave New Films team for online distribution of Moore film

    Hypernia Hosting Corp has signed up as global online partner to distributor Brave New Films headed by activist and film-maker Robert Greenwald in the distribution of Michael Moore's Slacker Uprising.Earlier this week Brave New Films launched a free download of the Oscar-winning film-maker's latest feature, which it claims is the first major feature to be released for free on the internet and broke downloa
  • IFP gives $130,000 in cash and in-kind awards to emerging talent

    IFP presented $130,000 in cash and in-kind awards in support of emerging talent at the group's annual annual Independent Filmmaker Awards yesterday [September 18].In the juried awards, IFP presented the inaugural $50,000 Independent Filmmaker Lab Finishing Grant to Joseph Cashiola for his debut drama A Thing As Big As The Ocean and the $10,000 Adrienne Shelly Director's Grant to Dia Sokol for her debut Sorry,
  • In Focus: Filmanthropy

    The British Beekeepers' Association, the National Pig Association and the Women's Institute might not be the most obvious partners for documentary makers but it is a sign of a growing crossover between the film world and the third sector that all attended this summer's inaugural Good Pitch.Held during the UK's Britdoc festival in July, the Good Pitch event attracted a wide range of film-makers with social-purpose projects and the charities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and fou
  • In focus: Marco Bechis' Birdwatchers

    Marco Bechis' fourth feature Birdwatchers, was one of the most talked about films at this month's Venice film festival. The powerful drama about the effects of globalisation and colonisation on the indigenous Guarani-Kaiowa people of Mato Grosso do Sul, a southern, forested region of Brazil provoked much conversation for the way the film reverses traditional casting: the natives star, with the seasoned European actors taking the supporting roles.But this was not without its prob
  • In Focus: Rio and Sao Paulo film festivals

    The Brazilian selections at the international film festivals in Rio and Sao Paulo are a good barometer of the hot new local projects. Jose Padilha's Elite Squad opened last year's Rio film festival and went on to win the Golden Bear at Berlin.Who to knowat Rio. Click here for moreThe Brazilian wave. Click here for moreThis year sees Bruno Barreto's Last Stop 174
  • In focus: Taking stock of the Wall Street shock

    The US financial crisis may have come as a shock to much of the world, but in Hollywood it almost seemed like the inevitable culmination of a continuing trend. That is because the relationship between Wall Street and the Hollywood film-finance business - one that was hot and heavy just two years ago - has been cooling for at least the past 12 months.'The film business is being impacted the same way as every other business in the US right now,' says P John Burke, entertainment group hea
  • In Focus:Riding the brazilian wave

    Inspired by the global success of Walter Salles, Fernando Meirelles and now Jose Padilha, a new generation of Brazilian producers and directors is emerging with its eye firmly on the international market.Production companies such as Gullane Filmes, Bananeira Filmes and Ginga Eleven Producoes are branching out beyond the social dramas the international market knows so well, keen to present a different image of Brazil to the world.The Gullane brothers, Fabiano and Caio, run Sao Pa
  • International - Money money money

    Universal's Mamma Mia! The Movie has crossed $300m internationally, keeping its top spot in Screen's international chart.Still playing in 4,303 screens, the Abba-inspired musical took $20m after opening in six more territories, including France, Hong Kong, India and Belgium, where it topped the chart.Takings improved 24% week on week. More than $100m of the $300m-plus takings have come from the UK and Ireland.Japanese films made their presence felt in the c
  • Jack Green to receive ASC Lifetime Achievement Award

    Jack Green will receive the American Society Of Cinematographers' (ASC) 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 23rd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards in Los Angeles on February 15, 2009.Green earned an Oscar nomination for Unforgiven in 1993, and an ASC Outstanding Achievement Award nomination for The Bridges Of Madison County in 1996.His first cinematography credit was for
  • Japanese director Jun Ichikawa dies at 59

    Japanese film director Jun Ichikawa has died at aged 59, local media has reported. According to Ichikawa's office, he passed away suddenly in the early hours of Sept 19. He collapsed during a late night meal after working on the editing of his latest film, Buy A Suit.The news comes only one day after it was announced that the 47-minute self-produced film would have its world premiere at the 21st Tokyo International Film Festival, in the Japanese Eyes program.Born in F
  • Johnny Depp to star in The Lone Ranger, Pirates 4 for Disney

    Johnny Depp will play Tonto in Disney's previously announced The LoneRanger project and has signed on to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in a fourth Pirates Of The Caribbean instalment, attendees heard at today's [September 24] Walt Disney Studios Showcase in Hollywood.Depp, who will also star as The Mad Hatter for Tim B
  • Kisses

    Dir: Lance Daly. 2008. Ireland/Sweden. 76 mins.A small Irish charmer about two children who run away from their abusive homes and spend an eventful night in Dublin, Lance Daly's Kisses is so slight and whimsical that sometimes it feels more like a fairy tale than a dramatic feature film. Running to a mere 76 minu
  • La Belle Personne

    Dir: Christophe Honore. France. 2008. 98mins.
  • Lakeview Terrace tops North American box office with $15.6m

    Focus Features' Burn After Reading remained in contention in its second weekend despite slipping to second place behind Sony's thriller Lakeview Terrace, which stars Samuel Jackson as a menacing police officer and launched on an estimated $15.6m.However it is Burn After Reading that will capture the lion's share of attention as the screwball comedy followed up last
  • Little Moscow takes grand prize at Polish Film Festival

    Romantic drama Little Moscow received $22,000 (PLN 50,000) and the Golden Lion award for best film at the 33rd Polish Film Festival on Sept 20. An international jury chaired by Polish director Robert Glinski selected the winners from among 16 competition films at the festival in the seaside town of Gdynia.Directed by Waldemar Krzystek and produced by Pawel Rakowski, Little Moscow is set at a Soviet army base in Poland in the months leading up to the 196
  • Lotus and Harbour Light announce two Akira Kurosawa projects

    Tokyo 's Lotus and Los Angeles-based Harbor Light Entertainment have announced two projects based on Akira Kurosawa properties, slated for release in 2010.One project will be a modern-day Hollywood remake of Akira Kurosawa's famed 1950 film Rashomon. Under the working title of Rashomon 2010 , the action will be relocated to a modern-day small US town, centring on the murder of an affluent businessman and the rape of his wife. The director and cast have yet to be an
  • Louise-Michel

    Dirs: Benoit Delepine & Gustave Kervern. France. 2008. 95mins.
  • LoveFilm UK strikes marketing deal for Lionsgate UK titles

    Online DVD rental company and entertainment website LoveFilm has struck a multi-title marketing partnership with Lionsgate UK.The pact kicks off with Righteous Kill, the new thriller starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.The six-month media deal continues into 2009 for titles also including I've Love You So Long, Midnight Meat Train, Saw V, My Best Friend's Girl and The Spirit.Lionsgate titles will be boosted by branded LoveFilm envelopes, newsl
  • Magnet acquires North American rights to Thai Chocolate

    Magnolia Pictures' Magnet has acquired North American rights to Prachya Pinkaew's martial arts action film Chocolate following its recent world premiere in Toronto's Midnight Madness genre sidebarThe film played in Austin's Fantastic Fest last weekend and took runner-up prize in the Audience Award.Magnet closed the deal on Monday night for a mid-six figure sum and plans to release in 2009. Pinkaew, whose credits include the
  • Magnet draws Thai martial arts hit Chocolate

    Magnet, the recently launched genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has acquired North American rights to Thai martial arts action title Chocolate from Sahamongkolfilm International. Directed by Prachya Pinkaew (Ong Bak) and starring newcomer Jeeja Vismistananda, the film recently screened in the Midnight Madness section at Toronto and took the Audience Award runner-up prize at Austin's Fantastic Fest.North American rights to the film were previously sold to The Weinstein C
  • Mandragora starts production of first feature Dark Nature

    Glasgow-based Mandragora Productions has started production on its first feature film, Dark Nature, directed by Marc de Launay.Mandragora's previous productions include shorts such as Contorted Hazel in 2006 and The Last Noel in 2004. De Launey's work as director on Channel 4 television series Vids , earned him a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Director New Fiction 2001. He is producing Dark Nature along with Ted Mitchell, who worked as first assistan
  • Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah enters Oscar race for Italy

    Gomorrah, Matteo Garrone's Cannes Grand Prix winner, will represent Italy in the Foreign Language Oscar race, the film's producer Domenico Procacci announced during a press conference in Rome today.The film is an original and unglamorous look at the Naples crime organization known as Camorra.'I am particularly happy that the film was selected unanimously,' Procacci said of the selection. Gomorrah was up against, among other films, Paolo Sorre
  • Media Rights Capital scores $350m revolving credit facility

    Media Rights Capital (MRC) co-CEOs Asif Satchu and Modi Wiczyk announced today [September 22] a three-year $350m revolving credit facility for the company's feature, television and digital content business.The arrangement, which comes in the midst of one of the most severe systemic collapses in US financial history, was provided by leading entertainment lenders led by JPMorgan Chase and Comerica.The first closing was $295m last week with up to a year to close the remainin
  • Metrodome and Rialto strike double deal for Seraphine

    Metrodome has joined forces with Rialto on a deal for Martin Provost'sSeraphine.Metrodome takes on all UK and Ireland rights while Rialto takes on New Zealand and Australia rights.The deal was brokered by Metrodome's CEO Peter Urie, general manager distribution Sara Frain and head of acquisitions James Brown with Yohann Comte for Roissy Films.Serpahine is about the troubled life of French artist Seraphine Louis, who works as a maid before art critics discover her
  • Metrodome to distribute Beta Film's North Face in the UK and Ireland

    Metrodome has acquired full UK and Irish rights to Beta Film's North Face in a multi-territory deal which also saw Rialto distribution acquire Australian and New Zealand rights The deal was negotiated by Metrodome's CEO Peter Urie, General Manager Distribution Sara Frain, Head of Acquisitions James Brown and by Beta Film's Andreas Rothbauer.Directed by Philipp Stolzl, North Face tells the story of two Bavarian soldiers who climb the north face of the Eiger, one of the
  • Michael Winterbottom begins work on Naomi Klein'sShock Doctrine

    Michael Winterbottom and Road To Guantanamo collaborator Mat Whitecross are working on documentary The Shock Doctrine.The film is based on a book by Naomi Klein whichaims to expose what she calls 'disaster capitalism'. The theory is that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, warand terror to establish its dominance.Klein herself willnarrate the film, as she did ashort film of the same name last yea
  • My Prison Yard (El Patio De Mi Carcel)

    Dir: Belen Macias. Spain. 2008. 95 mins.
  • Netherlands Production Platform presents 20 European co-productions

    The 20th Holland Film Meeting will this year present 14 International projects and six Dutch projects at the Netherlands Production Platform (NPP).The NPP encourages co-production between the Netherlands and other countries by pitching selected projects to international film professionals in order to assess their market potential.Among the projects to be presented this year are: the Swedish project The Pigsties directed by Cannes award winning actress Pernilla
  • Nights In Rodanthe

    Dir: George C Wolfe. US. 2008. 110 mins.Novelist Nicholas Sparks seems to have single-handedly resuscitated the women's picture in the last few years with films of his bestsellers including The Notebook, Message In A Bottle and A Walk To Remember. Nights In Rodanthe, which teams up Richard
  • No One's Son enters the Oscar race for Croatia

    Ostojic's No One's Son has been nominated as Croatia's entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar despite not having an official distributor. Arsen Anton Ostojic's No One's Son (Niciji Sin) has been chosen by the Croatian Association of Film Workers as Croatia's foreign language film candidate for the 2009 Academy Awards.The crime drama tells the story of a crippled soldier in search of his true national and paternal identity. Although the film won six Golden Arenas at
  • Norteadocompletes hat trick at San Sebastian's Films In Progress

    Mexican director Rigoberto Perezcano has won all three awards in the Films In Progress section of the San Sebastian film festival for his debut feature Norteado.The Industry award will allow Perezcano to complete post production on the film, in particular to establish a English subtitled 35mm copy. It is supported by several leading Spanish outfits, including Kodak, Technicolor Entertainment Services Spain and Titra Film.The Casa De America award provides a $15,000 (Eu10,
  • Norway names O'Horten as Foreign-Language Oscar submission

    Norwegian director Bent Hamer's O'Horten will fly the Norwegian colours for the Oscar nominations as Best Foreign-Language feature, it was announced today (Sept 18) by the Norwegian Film Institute.The film was also scripted and produced by Hamer, for his own BulBul Film and was co-produced with Scanboxfilm, Pandora Film, and Memento Films.O'Horten marks Hamer's return to Norwegian filmmaking after his US feature, Factotum (2005). Adapted from Charles Bukow
  • Olivier Pere named as Locarno artistic director from 2009

    Olivier Père has been named as the next artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival, succeeding Frederic Maire, and will take up his post from September 1, 2009.Père has been artistic director of the Cannes’ Directors Fortnight since 2004. His replacement will be chosen by France’s Societe des Realisateurs des Films in the autumn.There has been continued speculation on Maire’s successor since his June announcement that he would be stepping down after Locarno’s 2009 edition.
  • Once Upon A Time...

    Dir: Breno Silveira. Brazil. 2008. 117 mins.A Romeo And Juliet tale about the doomed love between a Rio favela boy and a rich girl from Ipanema, Once Upon A Time (Era Uma Vez...) is a glossier, sudsier take on crime and poverty in the favelas than we have seenin films like City Of God, City Of Men and
  • Oscilloscope buys North American rights to Dear Zachary

    Oscilloscope Pictures has taken North American rights to Kurt Kuenne's Slamdance and SXSW documentary Dear Zachary.The New York-based company will release Dear Zachary in theatres in partnership with the newly formed MSNBC Films on October 31 in New York, marking MSNBC Films' first release.Dear Zachary is Kuenne's attempt to investigate the murder of his
  • Paramount signs digital production deal with Milchan/Van Eyssen

    Paramount Digital Entertainment has signed a three-year digital production deal with the producing team of Milchan/Van Eyssen to create exclusive original genre content for the internet and other digital media platforms.Milchan/van Eyssen is led by Alexandra Milchan and David Van Eyssen. Milchan's producing credits include the current release Righteous Kill, Street Kings and Mirrors as well as upcoming
  • Parking to open Taipei Golden Horse film festival

    The Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival is stepping outside the art house for its 30th edition. Taiwan's main film festival will introduce crowd pleasers alongside award-winning art house titles from the Berlin, Cannes and Venice film festivals under new programming director Patrick Jia, formerly a senior marketing publicist at the Taipei branch of 20th Century Fox.The event opens on November 6 with Chung Meng-hung's local black comedy Parking, which premiered at Cannes, and c
  • Plum options feature rights to Harlan Coben's The Innocent

    Plum Pictures has acquired feature rights to Harlan Coben's bestselling thriller The Innocent.Coben wrote Tell No One which Guillaume Canet adapted into the acclaimed thriller and went on to gross more than $27m in France and $5m in the US and earned four Cesar Awards including best director.The Innocent follows an expectant father whose efforts to get h
  • Profile: Anne Francois

    This is a big year for Anne Francois and her company Tactics. The producer, who divides her time between Los Angeles and Paris, has been actively developing four projects for the last few years and she says the scripts are ready to go; 2009 is her target year to move into production on at least one.It has been a long journey for Francois since her last feature, Peroxide Passion, shot in 2001 but she has invested a lot of time in the development process.'It's so difficult
  • Profile: Uberto Pasolini

    Uberto Pasolini produced one of the biggest hits in recent UK history, 1997's The Full Monty, but he struggled to find UK finance for his feature directorial debut Machan, and took the project to Italy's Rai Cinema instead.'In Italy, I am known as the guy lucky enough to have made The Full Monty. I am known as the guy who made Palookaville, which was very successful,' he says of his record as a producer.Rai immediately agreed to put up about half of t
  • Pusan's Asian Film Market to host Asian Film Funds Forum

    The Pusan International Film Festival's 3rd Asian Film Market will be holding a three-day film financing event, the Asian Film Funds Forum (Oct 3-5), which is being co-hosted by Screen International. 'Participants will be able to obtain the key information on film financing in Asia, in addition to a general understanding of the film funds in the region,' said Lim Ji-yoon, head of marketing & sales at the Asian Film Market.The Asian Film Funds Forum will first see a panel dis
  • Regent continues Fortissimo ties with domestic deal for $9.99

    Regent Releasing has picked up North American rights from Fortissimo Films to Tatia Rosenthal's comedy $9.99 following its world premiere at Toronto.Regent plans a limited spring 2009 release on the film, which uses stop-motion animation to portray the existence of apartment residents in Sydney searching for the meaning of life.The voice cast includes Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia, Joel Egerton and Barry Otto. Emile Sherman and Am
  • Regent Releasing picks up Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Tokyo Sonata

    Regent Releasing has acquired North American rights to Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Un Certain Regard Jury Prize winner Tokyo Sonata, which received its North American premiere at Toronto recently.Tokyo Sonata will get its New York premiere at the 46th New York Film Festival along with Regent's other Toronto pick-up from Fortissimo, Serbis.Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyok
  • Relativity Media, Universal extend, expand co-financing partnership

    In the third major financing deal to be announced this week against a backdrop of tumultuous financial upheaval in the US markets, Relativity Media and Universal Pictures have extended and expanded their co-financing partnership.Under the terms of the arrangement Relativity Capital Holdings, the financing entity Relativity set up with New York-based investors Elliott Associates, will co-finance approximately three-quarters of Universal's slate until 2015. The announcement
  • Revolver scares up multi-platform holiday plans for Mum & Dad

    Revolver Entertainment is planning an innovative UK multi-platform release for Steven Sheil's Mum & Dad.The distributor says the film's Dec 26 release will be simultaneous in theatres, DVD, VoD, electronic sell-through and rental. A similar US release is planned timed for Mother's Day 2009.Sheil's low-budget horror film is described as a 'Heathrow Chainsaw Massacre' because of its setting near the airport. The film, backed by Film London's Microwave digital production s
  • Robert Fisher promoted to evp at Warner Bros Pictures

    Robert A Fisher has been promoted from senior vice president of financial investments at Warner Bros Pictures to executive vice president.Fisher held the post of senior vice president since 1994 and will continue to spearhead the studio's film financing activities and work with government agencies on policies that promote film production.He joined the studio in 1983 and three years later was named vice president of financial investments. Prior to joining Warner Bros he wo
  • Roger Corman among new officers elected to IFTA board

    The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) has announced the results of its board of directors election in which four industry leaders will join the global trade organisation's executive committee.Elected to two-year terms on the IFTA executive committee are: Roger Corman, vice chairperson (New Horizons Picture Corporation); Elisabeth Costa De Beauregard Rose, chairperson of the Export Alliance (Lakeshore Entertainment Group); Albert Lee, vice chairperson (Emperor Motion Pictu
  • San Sebastian announces Cinema In Motion award winners

    San Sebastian's Cinema In Motion programme has selected Najwa Najjar's romantic drama Pomegranates And Myrrh, Mohamed Chrif Tribak's political tale Le Temps Des Camarades and De Gaulle Eid's moving film Chou Sar' as this year's winners.The three were chosen from a shortlist of five projects all from the Maghreb region and Portuguese-speaking African countries.Set in Palestine, Najjar's Pomegranates And Myrrh tells the story of a free spirited dancer w
  • San Sebastian deals for Still Walking and Pandora's Box

    Golem Distribucion has acquired the Spanish theatrical rights to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda's Still Walking (Aruitemo, Aruitemo). The deal was done with Celluloid Dreams at the San Sebastian film festival. The film had its international premiere at Toronto.Still Walking is a family drama about grown-up siblings returning to their family home to be with their elderly parents and to commemorate the death of the eldest son who drowned accid
  • Screen opinion: Balancing finance, talent and distribution

    In film, we have buckets of creative talent but scarcely any business capacity,' Patrick McKenna, chairman of Ingenious Media Group, told a meeting at Bafta in London this week. This relatively brief aside, specifically about the UK, came during a generally upbeat talk about the prospects for the British creative sector.The UK obviously has its own unique set of issues, most obviously the dominance of the BBC and a powerful television sector. But the bare facts about independent film l
  • Screen opinion: Call in the pros

    There was an interesting line of argument at a recent conference in Germany about the supposed 'professionalisation' of the industry. It's an odd notion for an industry that is more than 100 years old but the contention is that the soft money has begun to harden, the hedge funds have scarpered and any residual 'easy money' finance has dried up.The argument follows the Francis Fukuyama 'end of history' line: until now film finance has veered wildly between sugar daddies, tax evasion, ta
  • Sean Penn to receive BAFTA/LA's Stanley Kubrick Award

    Sean Penn will receive BAFTA/LA's most prestigious honour when he collects the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award For Excellence In Film at the 2008 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards on November 6 in Los Angeles.Penn won the lead actor Oscar for Mystic River and is expected to figure in this season's awards race for his portrayal as the slain gay San Francisco official Harvey Milk in Gus Van Sant's Milk, which Foc
  • Serbia adds Markovic's The Tour to the Oscar poll

    The Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences has chosen Goran Markovic's The Tour as its submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Academy Awards.Markovic's film was in competition with 10 other films for the nomination. The shortlisted films were: Berlinale panorama entry Love And Other Crimes (Ljubav I Drugi Zlocini) by Stefan Arsenijevic; Huddersfield (Hadersfild) by Ivan Zivkovic; On The Beautiful Blue Danube (Na Lepom Plavom Dunavu) b
  • Serbia adds Markovic's The Tour to the Oscar poll

    The Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences has chosen Goran Markovic's The Tour as its submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Academy Awards.Markovic's film was in competition with 10 other films for the nomination. The shortlisted films were: Berlinale panorama entry Love And Other Crimes (Ljubav I Drugi Zlocini) by Stefan Arsenijevic; Huddersfield (Hadersfild) by Ivan Zivkovic; On The Beautiful Blue Danube (Na Lepom Plavom Dunavu) b
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest's pitching forum attracts record submissions.

    Sheffield Doc/Fest's MeetMarket has received 385 entries from documentary film-makers, an increase of almost 200% from last year.The initiative, which launched in 2006, is a pitching forum that uses online systems to match film-makers' project ideas with UK and international buyers.Submissions have been received from first-time and established filmmakers, including New York based film-making team Pennebaker and Hegedus. 40 to 50 of the submissions will be shortlisted for conside
  • Side Effect takes best short film award at Oldenburg

    Side Effect by Liz Adams' has won in the Best Short Film category at the 2008 Germany's Oldenburg International Film FestivalThe Oldenburg victory is Adams' second major win for Side Effect. In April this year it won the Cutting Edge Short Film Competition at Scotland's international horror genre festival, the Dead by Dawn Film Festival.Side Effect is the first horror movie to come out of the American Film Institute's (AFI) prestigious Directing Workshop f
  • Slamdance to offer features two hours after festival premieres

    Organisers at the 15th Slamdance Film Festival have signed a deal with online distributor to stream features two hours after their theatrical premiere at the festival.Viewers will be charged $9 per stream with one-third of profits going back to the film-maker. Each selection will be available in two bandwidths and films will be encrypted to protect against piracy.'Streaming the Slamdance Festival with allows our showcase to be shared with a muc
  • Son quits Show East to launch M-Line Distribution

    South Korean film company Show East's head of international business Michelle Son has left to launch a new sales outfit, M-Line Distribution. The new company will make its debut at the upcoming Asian Film Market during the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF).'We have to look harder for good Korean titles these days - which we are doing - but M-Line will also be diversifying with co-productions and English-language films,' said Son, who is now managing director of M-Line.
  • Speech: Ingenious boss Patrick McKenna on the digital future

    Ingenious chairman Patrick McKenna has spent 30 years on the finance and business side of the UK film and television industries. His BAFTA Annual Television Lecture looks at the landscape for the creative sector in a rapidly changing business environment.I'd like to discuss four interconnected subjects but in no particular order:First I'll talk abo
  • Summit sets Oct 23, 2009, as Astro Boy release date

    Summit Entertainment will release Imagi Studios' animated feature Astro Boy in North America on October 23, 2009, on more than 3,000 screens.Summit and Imagi are putting together the final details on a marketing plan targeting family and adult audiences. The marketing strategy includes a commitment from a major fast food restaurant as well as partners in toys, games, books and others areas.Summit Entertainment holds worldwide rights
  • Swiss selectLewinsky'sThe Friend as Oscar entry

    Micha Lewinsky's feature debut The Friend (Der Freund) has been selected by an expert group convened by the Federal Office for Culture to be Switzerland's entry for the Foreign Language Oscar.The drama about a shy outsider who poses as the boyfriend of a woman after her sudden death and is welcomed into her family was named Best Film at this year's Swiss Film Awards.In addition, the newly created prize of Best Emerging Actor or Actress we
  • Taare Zameen Par is India's Oscar entry

    Hindi language film Taare Zameen Par is to represent India in this year's Oscars.The filmisproduced and directed by and stars Aamir Khan whoseLagaan earned a best foreign film nomination in 2001.Suneel Darshan, chairman of the 10-member jury set up by the Film Federation of India to select the entry said Taare Zameen Par beat the competition because 'it has universal appeal and all the elements that make a good film in terms of its production value, script
  • Taiwan starts subsidy for film-makers with box-office hits

    Taiwan's Government Information Office (GIO) has announced a new production subsidy for film-makers who score box-office success.The announcement follows the phenomenal success of Wei Te-sheng's Cape No. 7 which has made over $1.6m in Taipei and an estimated $3m nationwide after three weeks on release. Interest shows no signs of waning with 45% of its gross made in the past seven days alone.Taiwan filmmakers can qualify for the new subsidy if their movie makes more than N
  • Takeshi Kitano to be honoured atThessaloniki

    Takeshi Kitano will receive a life time achievement award at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.The acclaimed Japanese director and actorwill make his first trip to Greece to receive the festival's Honorary Golden Alexander and to present his last film Achilles And The Tortoise (Achilles To Kame). Click here to see Screen's review.He will also offer a masterclass.Achilles and the Tortoise, premiered last month in Ven
  • The critical view: reading classics

    To mark its 75th anniversary, the British Film Institute asked 75 key figures 'from the world of film and current affairs' to choose the one film they would most like to share with future generations.It's an interesting line-up - not one of those utterly predictable critics' selections that are always won by Citizen Kane, nor one of those equally guessable readers' polls that are always led by Lord Of The Rings. In fact, neither title features on the list.One thing
  • The Day After Peace toscreen at Dubai International Film Festival

    The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) announced that the documentary feature film, The Day After Peace, has been chosen as part of the line up for 2008. The choice of film reflects the organisers support for film-makers who promote worldwide peace.'The film has a cultural bridge theme furthering the Festival's mandate to create intercultural understanding through the language of Cinema. DIFF is an ardent supporter of films that address issues of conflict and promote globa
  • The Mermaid is Russian submission for Oscar

    Russia has submitted The Mermaid (Rusalka) by Anna Melikyan for nomination for the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film. It was selected from eight films by the Russian Federation's Oscars National Selection Committee.The Mermaid has already received international recognition, winning the FIPRESCI Prize at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival and the World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.T
  • TwentyTwenty Vision to co-produce Rafi Pitts' The Hunter

    Berlin-based production house TwentyTwenty Vision will be the German co-producer on Iranian-British director Rafi Pitts' fifth feature The Hunter.Speaking exclusively to, Pitts explained that the drama will be produced by AMA Media Productions - which co-produced his 2006 Berlinale competition film It's Winter (Zemestan) - and Aftab Negaran Productions, the production company of the 2006 Berlinale Forum film Men At Work by Mani Haghighi.
  • Two films from Ole Bornedal set for US remakes

    Two features from Danish director Ole Bornedal have been sold for US remakes.Mandate Pictures have secured rights to Just Another Love Story and The Substitute. Both films were shown at the Sundance Film Festival.Mandate Pictures will co-produce the remakes with Thura Film's Michael Obel whose work with Ole Borneda
  • UK effects studio Framestore looks to outside investment

    Framestore, the Oscar-winning provider of visual effects, animation and computer generated imagery announced that it plans to consider interest in the company from potential new investors.The company hopes to aid the growth of its business and has instructed Hawkpoint Partners to investigate options, including the introduction of an external investor.William Sargent, Chief Executive of Framestore, said 'With the demand for visual-rich content driving growth in all the sector
  • UK government won't bail out digital cinema stragglers

    The UK government will not bail out cinemas left behind in the switch to digital cinema, Stewart Till, chairman of the UK Film Council has warned.Speaking at Screen International's annual digital cinema summit, Till said public money could not and would not pay for the installation of digital equipment at cinemas which could not afford to make the switch.'There's a slight sense that the public sector will come galloping to the rescu
  • UKagencies seize 8,000 counterfeit DVDs and arrest 17

    Four UK law enforcement agencies joined forces earlier this week to target illegal immigrants also suspected of producing and selling counterfeit DVDs. The agencies seized 8,000 counterfeit DVDs, including current cinema release Tropic Thunder and the yet to be released Death Race.17 Chinese nationals were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences in Swanley, Kent on Sept 21. All of the offenders are being dealt with by Trading Standards on suspicion of the sale o
  • UK's independent film sector still failing, warns Ingenious Media boss

    Ingenious Media chairman Patrick McKenna has warned that UK film lacks the business model to match a wealth of creative talent.Delivering the Annual Television Lecture at BAFTA, the entrepreneur and financier, warned that film was stuck in the same rut identified five years ago in a highly-critical select committee report on the industry.'The report cited a devastating critique of the industry that submitted by the UK Film Council. This evidence talked about the 'scatter
  • United Kingdom - Enlightened approach

    It could be said the output from London's Enlightenment Productions is like the old adage about buses: you wait a long time for one and all of a sudden, two show up.Writer-director Shamim Sarif and producer Hanan Kattan are in the unusual position of finishing two features within several months of each other: romantic comedy I Can't Think Straight and drama The World Unseen.Both films - budgeted under $10m - also share leading ladies Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth. "It
  • United States - The Brothers Boom

    Mark and Adam Kassen do things their own way. The gregarious New York writers and producers emerged from the theatre world to teach themselves about the film business without any formal film school education. As a result they have been prolific in the low-budget independent arena, culminating in 10 Emmy nominations for HBO's Bernard And Doris.The brothers' 81 Pictures benefits from a small development fund backed by entrepreneur Nikolai Amburgey and the way they put together
  • United States - The yes man

    One of Ryan Harrington's first priorities as the head of the new IndiePix Studios is to make sure people understand exactly what he is doing there. Bob Alexander founded IndiePix as a film download and DVD distributor in 2004 (known especially for documentaries including Billy The Kid) but IndiePix Studios is the new production arm that will work on both fiction and documentary features."We will have an official production slate to invest in films, and film-makers know they can
  • UPI leads international weekend with Mamma Mia!, Wanted

    Mamma Mia! extended its international supremacy courtesy of another solid weekend as Universal's stage musical adaptation reaped a further $14m from 4,359 sites in 48 territories to raise the running total to $334m.The latest estimate combines with the $141m North American tally for a $475m worldwide running total. The film's extraordinary success looks set to continue: there are 12 territories to go including Russia on September 25, Italy on O
  • US independent Liberation signs video deal with RYKO

    LA-based independent Liberation Entertainment has signed a deal with RYKO Distribution for exclusive rights to all Liberation video releases in the US beginning October 1.The agreement covers all catalogue titles as well as new releases. Upcoming titles include Eden, TOKYO! and Just Buried.'We view this new partnership as a perfect fit for both companies and we are proud to be partnered with
  • Vertigo Films and NFTS look for film-makers of tomorrow

    Vertigo Films have joined forces with The National Film and Television School (NFTS) to find talented film-makers. The Vertigo School Project (VSP) will give three teams of students or graduates of the NFTS the opportunity to make micro budget feature films with a budget of $185,000 (£100,000). Vertigo and the NFTS will consider live action, animation and documentary submissions from students or graduates and select three proposals. The successful projects will go through three mo
  • VIP lounge Who to know in Brazil

    Gullane FilmesContact: Manuela Mandler, and Fabiano Gullane aim to make artistic and technically proficient projects that appeal to Brazilian and international audiences. They are now working on Mano, based on the script by Luiz Bolognesi, writer of Birdwatchers.Favela Hi Tech (Braz-Jap)Dir: Karim AinouzThe director of Madame Sata and Suely In The Sky is developing thi
  • Vue to host one-night Arctic Monkeys film screening

    Vue and other independent cinemas in the UK will host a special one-night presentation on Oct 14 of Arctic Monkey At The Apollo, a Warp Films Production presented by Warp Films, Domino and Bang Bang.Vue will host the night in 33 venues across the UK, alongside other cinemas including the Ritzy in Brixton, Glasgow Film Theatre and Sheffie
  • Waltz with Bashir takes six Ophirs at the Israeli Film Academy Awards

    As expected, Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir took no less than six Ophirs (Israel's version of the Oscar) at the Israeli Film Academy's annual awards ceremony last night.Folman's animated documentary officially competed as a fiction film and won all the categories it was nominated in including best film, director, script, editing, sound design and art direction. The best film distinction means Folman will be carryin
  • Warner Brothers' case against Mirchi Movies dismissed

    The Delhi High Court has rejected Warner Bros' plea that Indian film Hari Puttar - A Comedy Of Terrors, produced by Mirchi Movies, sounds too similar to their franchise series Harry Potter. The Hollywood studio had moved the court for an interim restraining order on the release of the Punjabi comedy, on the basis that the producers were 'guilty of infringing the Warner Brothers trademarks' as the name Hari Puttar is 'visually and phonetically similar to Harry Potter'.
  • Wide Management sells La Vida Loca to Siren Visual for Australia/New Zealand

    Wide Management has sold Christian Poveda's documentary La Vida Loca to Siren Visual for theatrical distribution in Australia and New Zealand.The deal was struck following the film's world premiere at the San Sebastian film festival on Saturday. In addition, Wide Management is negotiating the rights to La Vida Loca for the US and UK.Poveda's film about rival gangs in El Salvador is a co-production between Spain's El Caiman, La Femme Endormie in France and Mexico's Aquel
  • With A Little Patience nominated for the European Film Awards

    Turelem (With A Little Patience) has been announced as the final of 14 shorts nominated for the European Film Awards 2008. The announcement was made at the International Short Film Festival in Greece.The Hungarian short was written and directed by Laszlo Nemes and produced by Hungarian studio Inforg. Nemes teamed up with award winning cinematographer Matyas Erdely and producer Andras Muhi.The story follows an office clerk during her daily routine. Young theatre talent Vir
  • Wrestler, Good get gala screenings at Chicago Film Festival

    Darren Aronofsky's Venice Golden Lion winner The Wrestler starring Mickey Rourke will screen as a gala presentation and Vicente Amorim's Good will close the 44th Chicago International Film Festival, which runs from October 16-29.Slumdog Millionaire gets a gala screening slot alongside the world premiere of Jada Pinkett Smith's Th