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28 February 2013

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  • DeAD

    Dir/scr: Sven Halfer. Germany. 2013. 104mins
  • 3D Everest story starts shooting

    Production started yesterday (March 3) on 3D drama/thriller Beyond The Edge, about Sir Edmund Hillary’s 1953 ascent of Mount Everest.
  • ABCs of Death: alphabet soup

    Screen sat down with Lee Hardcastle and Jake West, two of the directors of horror anthology The ABCs of Death, ahead of its UK premiere during FrightFest at Glasgow Film Festival.
  • Abu Dhabi fest sets 2013 dates

    The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) will return for its seventh edition this year from Oct 24 to Nov 2.
  • Admissions down 4.3% in Iceland

    Box office revenue in Iceland climbed 1.2% on 2011 but admissions took a dip. Skyfall topped the charts while Black’s Game proved the most popular domestic title.
  • Amour wins five Césars

    Michael Haneke’s Amour clinches five Césars. Argo wins best foreign film César.
  • Andy Goddard to direct Blunderer

    Sierra Pictures is financing the Patricia Highsmith adaptation and produces alongside Ted Hope and Killer Films’ Christine Vachon [pictured, right]. Goddard directed the two-hour season finale of Downton Abbey. Sierra/Affinity handles international sales.
  • Argo wins best picture Oscar

    Argo took the best picture award in an Oscar ceremony that spread its prizes around, with Life of Pi taking four statuettes, Argo three and four other films two apiece.
  • Arri launches XT range of Alexas

    ARRI’s Alexa line of cameras is being revamped with new features inspired by feedback from industry professionals.
  • Art Directors Guild launches apprenticeship

    The art directors council of the Art Directors Guild will issue a wide call for the first intake to colleges, universities and recent graduates on Mar 4.
  • Avid appoints new CEO

    The Avid board of directors has appointed Louis Hernandez as the new president and CEO of the company. Outgoing president and CEO, Gary Greenfield, will remain on Avid’s Board.
  • Berlinale reports record ticket sales

    Despite reports of a slow European Film Market and a subdued reaction to the festival selection, figures were up at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.
  • BFI launches UK doc pitches

    BFI Film Fund to work with Sheffield Doc/Fest to bring two annual public pitching sessions to Sheffield and London.
  • BFI to certify TV, animation, games tax credit applicants

    The British Film Institute (BFI) has been appointed by the UK government as the certification unit for the upcoming creative content tax reliefs, spanning high-end TV, animation and video games.
  • Blackwood

    Adam Wimpenny, a Screen International Star of Tomorrow, has just wrapped his directorial debut feature, Blackwood. Screen’s Maria Sell visited the set of the supernatural thriller in Surrey.
  • Blue Caprice to open ND/NF

    Alexandre Moors’ Sundance hit Blue Caprice and Penny Lane’s Our Nixon bookend the 42nd edition of New Directors/New Films in New York, set to run from Mar 20-31.
  • BPX brainstorms funding issues

    BPX (Best Practice Exchange), the new initiative that brings together heads of film agencies from around the world to brainstorm on “best practice in public funding for filmmaking,” has held its inaugural meeting.
  • Broken Song wins Dublin audience award

    Vanishing Waves wins Dublin Film Critics Circle’s best film prize.
  • Cartagena winners include Tabu, Anina

    Vibrant 53rd edition of the festival sees Colombian president touting importance of filmmaking and filmgoing in the country.
  • CBS plots Kings release

    The distributor announced on Wednesday [27] it will release Sundance acquisition The Kings Of Summer (formerly Toy’s House) on Jun 14.
  • Cinedigm takes on Absence

    Cinedigm has acquired worldwide rights to Absence, while in a separate deal Oscilloscope Laboratories will distribute About Sunny in North America.
  • Cinesite working on Iron Man 3

    London-based visual effects house Cinesite have announced they are working  on Marvel’s Iron Man 3, set for release in April.
  • Colombia unveils cash rebate details

    International producers can qualify for 40% rebate of film service expenditures.
  • Cotillard to star in new Dardennes

    Wild Bunch is selling upcoming production due to shoot in Belgium this summer. 
  • Cutting Edge hires VFX producers

    Australian post-production company Cutting Edge has appointed Felix Crawshaw and Simone Clow.
  • Darclight finds Entity

    Darclight Films has acquired international rights to the horror thriller Entity and closed a US deal with Brainstorm Media and Fangoria.
  • Die Hard 5 top dog on $36m

    UPDATED FEB 25: John McClane held on to the number one international spot in its second weekend through Fox International after a confirmed $35.5m from 10,587 screens in 67 markets propelled the tally to $132.8m.
  • Digital spin-off for Loach's Spirit of '45

    Film4.0, BFI and Creative England launch ‘digital companion’ My ‘45.
  • Drafthouse courts Death

    Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s distribution arm Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino’s SXSW-bound documentary A Band Called Death.
  • EU pledges $5.6m to digital distribution

    The European Union is to pledge $5.6m (€4.2m) to VoD platforms and digital cinema distribution (DCD).
  • Exclusive Media to rep Icon library

    Library totalling more than 200 titles includes What Women Want, Coriolanus, Hunger, Mean Streets and Project Nim.
  • Fibre to the Home Conference wrap

    London’s ExCel Centre hosted a gathering last week to discuss issues that may not have been the most glamorous, but are some of the most important for the media industries.
  • Film London creates Artists unit

    Film agency appoints Maggie Ellis head of Artists’ Moving Image, a new department to support artists who want to make films.
  • Financier Aver builds presence in UK

    EXCLUSIVE: Financier sees scope for growth after Bank of Montreal acquisition; executive Jenna Seguin relocates to London.
  • Finding Mr. Right

    Dir/scr: Xue Xiaolu. China, Hong Kong. 2013. 121mins
  • FrightFest 2013: Frightful findings

    Screen reports from the two-day FrightFest event, which took place during Glasgow Film Festival from Feb 22-23 and included premieres of Byzantium [pictured] and Aftershock.
  • Full Frame gets Academy boost

    The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival said on Monday night [25] that it has been named a qualifying festival in the documentary short subject Oscar category. 
  • Gary Smith departs Intandem

    Founder departs London sales group as Robert Mitchell becomes CEO; company revises distribution policy.
  • Gilberto Gil doc set for TIDE "day-and-date" release

    Operation is part of European Commission-funded media chronology experiment.
  • Glasgow fest admissions up 12%

    The ninth edition, which closed with the UK premiere of Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, recorded a 12% rise on 2012 figures.

    Dir/scr: Jeremy Seifert. US. 2013. 90mins
  • Hardy Bucks strikes gold in Ireland

    Universal’s local comedy acheives eighth biggest opening weekend of all-time for an Irish comedy at the Irish box office.
  • Hefzy named artistic director of Ismalia

    Egypt’s Ismalia International Film Festival has named producer and writer Mohamed Hefzy artistic director.
  • Hong Kong Filmart expecting 8% growth

    Hong Kong’s contents market Filmart has signed up nearly 700 exhibitors and 6,000 visitors for this year’s edition (March 18-21), an increase of around 8% on last year’s event.
  • Identity Thief reclaims US title

    Oscar weekend is never heavy-hitter and so it proved to be this year as Snitch opened in second place through Summit, allowed Universal’s Identity Thief to climb back to number one in its third weekend on an estimated $14.1m.
  • iLL Manors wins film music prize

    British crime drama iLL Manors has picked up the best film score prize at the Music+Sound Awards.
  • In Bloom sold to UK, Australia, Benelux

    EXCLUSIVE: Artscope, the specialist art film label of Paris-based Memento Films International, is handling international sales.
  • Interactive 3D promo created for Disney’s Oz

    RealD, Vue Cinemas, and Walt Disney Pictures have created a one-off interactive 3D experience at the Vue Westfield in London to promote Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful.
  • ITV pre-tax profits near £350m

    ITV’s pre-tax profits grew 6% to £348m in 2012 after the company recorded impressive jumps in digital and production revenues.
  • Jack The Giant Slayer

    Dir: Bryan Singer. US. 2013. 114mins
  • Lightcatcher readies narrative slate

    Arkansas-based documentary creator Lightcatcher Productions has begun production on six narrative features to be released over five years.
  • Love And Honor

    Dir: Danny Mooney. US. 2013. 96mins
  • Madrid Uni adopts Mistika systems

    The Image Processing Group  (GTI, Grupo de Tratamiento de Imágenes) of the Technical University of Madrid has invested in a Mistika 2K system with stereo 3D capabilities and a Mistika Live application.
  • Mary Callery joins IFB in reshuffle

    Recent staff restructure includes Emma Scott becoming production and distribution executive; IFB in pact with WME.
  • Match Factory reveals deals avalanche

    EXCLUSIVE: The Broken Circle Breakdown and Prince Avalanche among hot EFM sellers, with both selling to France, Germany and Australia among others.
  • Miami unveils Florida Focus

    Organisers at the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) have announced the line-up of films shot and set in Miami. The festival is set to run from Mar 1-10.
  • Munro takes Eye of the Storm

    Australian family drama, starring Geoffrey Rush and Charlotte Rampling, set for UK/Ireland theatrical release in May.
  • nWave buys Penguins 3D

    nWave Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Atlantic Productions’ Penguins 3D (working title) written and narrated by David Attenborough.
  • One Direction sells for Kaleidoscope

    Music title I Love One Direction sells for UK distributor at EFM.
  • Oscars 2013: Winners

    Full list of winners (and nominees) from the 85th Academy Awards.
  • Oscars: Argo charges to victory

    The 85th Academy Awards lived up to its promise of sure-things, surprises and stumbles… and Screen US editor Jeremy Kay was at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles to bear witness.
  • Paul Schrader: Film undergoing ‘total systemic change’

    The writer/director talks about The Canyons and the current ‘crisis of form’ in filmmaking.
  • Peaches film set for Sundance London

    Controversial musician will also perform at the film and music festival.
  • Phantom

    Dir/scr: Todd Robinson. US. 2013. 98mins
  • Pinewood launches studio management diploma

    Partner on course is Amersham and Wycombe College.
  • Quvenzhané Wallis is Annie

    Sony Pictures said the youngest Oscar nominee in history will star in its upcoming version of Annie, a timely announcement in the hours leading up to the Academy Awards on Sunday [24].
  • RealD heading into UK hospitals

    Onsite hospital cinemas to be equipped with Real 3D technology.
  • Resnais, Pialat in COL•COA honour

    The City Of Lights, City Of Angels film festival announced on Wednesday [27] preliminary programming for its upcoming 17th edition.
  • Solar, Hardy eye Samarkand

    Tom Hardy has teamed up with LA-based Solar Pictures to play an SAS veteran returning from the Middle East who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as he tries to reintegrate into society.
  • Spandley joins Metrodome in reshuffle

    EXCLUSIVE: Damian Spandley joins as head of theatrical, TV and new media sales, Joel Kennedy joins eOne.
  • Spanish distributors rack up sales

    Filmax International and Latido Films are among the Spanish sellers to secure deals in Berlin, despite reports of a slow market.
  • Spielberg to head Cannes jury

    Steven Spielberg is headed for the Croisette in May to serve as president of the jury at the 66th festival, Gilles Jacob and Thierry Frémaux confirmed on Thursday [28].
  • Spirits honour Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook ruled the roost at Saturday’s [23] Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, winning best feature, director, screenwriter and lead actress. Amour was named best foreign film.
  • Strategic Partners focus on UK, India

    The 16th edition of the Canadian co-production/co-financing market set for September.
  • Sundance, TED launch prize

    The Sundance Institute and TED, host of the multi-disciplinary conference and online lecture series, are collaborating for the first time to offer a $125,000 prize for a short documentary project about the work of Sugata Mitra, winner of the annual TED Prize.
  • SundanceNOW adds 5 Cameras

    SundanceNOW has licensed Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi’s 5 Broken Cameras for its subscriber video-on-demand service Doc Club.
  • Susan Boyle, Samantha Barks start film shoot

    Production started this week on The Christmas Candle on location in the UK and the Isle of Man.
  • The Hardy Bucks Movie

    Dir: Mike Cockayne. Ireland. 2013. 89mins
  • The power of free

    How free screenings have revitalised the Cartagena Film Festival and could inspire struggling festivals.
  • Transcendence, Mass for Depp

    Contrary to recent speculation that Johnny Depp’s casting in Black Mass might disrupt his participation in Transcendence, the star’s representatives confirmed on Wednesday [27] that he is on board both projects, which are already well known to international buyers.
  • Turner's NonStop Sales to close

    Scandinavian-based international sales outfit NonStop Sales AB is to close at the end of March.
  • TWC buys Mandela biopic

    The Weinstein Company has fortified its awards war chest by taking North American, Australian and New Zealand rights to Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom starring Idris Elba [pictured]. Pathe will release in the UK and France and handles international sales.
  • Welcome To The Punch

    Dir/scr: Eran Creevy. UK. 2013.  100mins
  • Women ruled the Oscars

    The women killed it at the musical variety show that was the 85th Academy Awards.
  • Wreck-It Ralph regains high score

    Disney’s 3D animation has leapt back to the top of the chart following a $5.2m (£3.4m) weekend; Universal’s Mama is the week’s highest new entry with a $2.4m (£1.5m) debut.