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6 December 2013

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  • Abdel Aziz joins Film Clinic’s Two Rooms

    EXCLUSIVE: Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, the legendary Egyptian actor who was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award at last year’s DIFF, will headline an adaptation of Two Rooms And A Parlour, a new high-profile addition to the production slate of Arab talent hothouse Film Clinic.
  • Academy names FX shortlist

    Ten films remain in the running for the visual effects Oscar that will be handed out at the 86th Oscars Academy Awards on March 2 2014.
  • Academy selects docs shortlist

    The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has announced the 15 films in the documentary feature category that will advance in the voting process for the 86th Oscars.
  • ADG honour for Scorsese

    Martin Scorsese will receive the Art Directors Guild’s highest honour, the Cinematic Imagery Award, at the 18th Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence In Production Design Awards.
  • Aflamnah expands with DIFF duo

    Dubai-based crowd-funding platform Aflamnah has announced that it has raised $200,000 across 47 projects since its launch 18 months ago, including two films that are premiering at DIFF.
  • Al Shehhi scoops IWC Filmmaker Award

    Emirati filmmaker Waleed Al Shehhi has won the $100,000 IWC Filmmaker Award for his project Dolphins.
  • American Hustle

    Dir: David O. Russell. US. 2013. 129mins
  • American Hustle in PSIFF award

    The cast of American Hustle will stop into Palm Springs to collect the 25th anniversary edition’s Ensemble Performance Award on January 4 2014.
  • American Hustle wins NYFCC prize

    The New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) honoured American Hustle with three awards on December 3 for best picture, screenplay for Eric Singer and David O Russell and supporting actress for Jennifer Lawrence.
  • Australia India fund to offer $4.5m+

    Sydney-based Anupam Sharma has been appointed head of film for the Australia India Film Fund (AIFF) and expects to be able to name the first film to be financed by the new fund by the end of February.
  • AV closes Let Us Prey deals

    EXCLUSIVE: Horror starring Liam Cunningham sells in Europe, Middle East.
  • Baltic Event hands out five awards

    Producers from Lithuania, Romania, Denmark and Finland were the recipients of five awards presented at the Baltic Event’s Co-Production Market (Nov 26-29).
  • BBC making Laurel and Hardy biopic

    BBC has ordered a biopic of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy produced by the BBC’s comedy arm and Harvey Weinstein’s US indie.
  • BIFAs to honour Julie Walters

    Actress to receive the Richard Harris Award at this weekend’s British Independent Film Awards.
  • BIFAs: Independent's day

    The Moet British Independent Film Awards celebrate the diverse output of the UK film industry, and provide a significant platform for films and film-makers.
  • Blockbuster to close 62 more UK stores

    Beleaguered DVD retailer Blockbuster will close a further 62 stores in the UK, with the loss of 427 jobs.
  • Bona Film Group secures credit line

    China’s Bona Film Group has secured a $13m (RMB80m) credit facility from Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, which it will use to fund expansion of its multiplex business.
  • Brand expert joins Medient board

    Charles Koppelman has joined entertainment content creation company Medient Studios as vice-chairman.
  • Bruckheimer finalises Paramount production deal

    Paramount Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer have reached a three-year, first-look agreement for theatrical films that will begin in April 2014. 
  • Bushra, Badreya headline trafficking drama

    EXCLUSIVE: Egyptian star Bushra has signed up to play opposite compatriot actor Sayed Badreya in English-language thriller Bride Of The Nile, about the trafficking of young girls in the region, which Badreya will also direct.
  • Buyers book into Starred Up

    EXCLUSIVE: David Mackenzie’s well-received prison drama clocks deals for UK seller Independent.
  • Castlight buys rights to sea survivor story

    Days after footage of the remarkable rescue of a shipwrecked Nigerian sailor went viral, LA-based Castlight Pictures has snapped up worldwide rights to the story.
  • Catching Fire retains UK lead

    Lionsgate’s sequel takes $9m (£5.5m) to hold onto the top spot for the second consecutive week; Fox’s Philomena becomes Stephen Frears’ best-ever UK performer at $16.1m (£9.8m).
  • Catching Fire, Thor cross $600m

    UPDATE: Lionsgate’s sequel to The Hunger Games and Thor 2 have both reached $600m at the worldwide box office.
  • CIS plots path as industry grapples with digital reality

    Technological changes are challenging traditional funding models but also opening up new ways to make, finance and distribute features, said Hollywood veterans at the Cinematic Innovation Summit (CIS) in Dubai yesterday.
  • Continental Media sells Unknown Caller

    EXCLUSIVE: Continental Media has closed early sales on the thriller Unknown Caller that the company boarded during the recent AFM.
  • Critics Choice sets timetable

    The 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will take place on January 16 2014.
  • Cross Channel Film Lab reveals projects

    CCFL also unveils development scheme for low Budget VFX and 3D films.
  • Daniel Radcliffe, Kill Your Darlings

    Given the gap between first auditioning for the role and the completion of the film, Kill Your Darlings could almost be considered a passion project for Daniel Radcliffe.
  • Dave Gibson to head NZFC

    Dave Gibson, one of the country’s most high profile producers, has been appointed chief executive of the New Zealand Film Commission.
  • De Luca earns Columbia stripes

    Captain Phillips producer Michael De Luca has been named president of production at Columbia Pictures, formalising a successful union spanning a number of years.
  • Devil's Bargain to receive digital release

    Drew Cullingham’s horror will be available to watch from Jan 17 via Distrify.
  • DIFF unveils Enjaaz, Filmi recipients

    The Dubai International Film Festial (DIFF) has unveiled the latest recipients of its Enjaaz funding programme, along with a new initiative, Filmi, which aims to support Emirati filmmakers.
  • Dogwoof acquires Web Junkie

    Shosh Shlam & Hilla Medalia’s documentary [pictured] about internet addiction has been selected for Sundance 2014.
  • Dominic Cooper in talks for Warcraft

    Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures are in final negotiations with the UK star and have closed deals with Ben Foster and Paula Patton.
  • DreamWorks: bright future for directors

    DreamWorks Animation producer Jane Hartwell and senior VFX supervisor Markus Manninen explained how new production processes are empowering the vision of the director, in a session on ‘The Future of Animation’ at the Cinematic Innovation Summit (CIS) in Dubai yesterday.
  • Dubai 2013: Screen's dailies

    Browse Screen International’s daily magazines from the Dubai International Film Festival here.
  • Dubai Film Market: Fishing for talent

    Dubai Film Market is expanding with an increase in exhibitors and the introduction of the Dubai Docs initiative. Liz Shackleton reports.
  • Dubai goes back to its roots

    The Dubai International Film Festival (Dec 6-14) is celebrating its 10th anniversary by shining a spotlight on Arab cinema.
  • Egypt’s MAD reveals Family Secrets

    Cairo and Abu Dhabi-based MAD Solutions has picked up worldwide rights to Hany Fawzy’s Family Secrets, described as Egypt’s first gay-themed film.
  • Egypt’s Zad set to let Cat out of the bag

    EXCLUSIVE: Egypt’s burgeoning independent film scene will be the subject of a new documentary being produced by Amr Waked and Salah Al-Hanafy’s Cairo-based Zad Communication.
  • eOne US takes Decoding Annie Parker

    Entertainment One Films US has secured US rights to Decoding Annie Parker starring Samantha Morton and Helen Hunt and has set a theatrical and VOD release for summer 2014.
  • Event cinema will be 'saviour'

    SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Event cinema will be the “saviour of cinema”, according to Curzon Artificial Eye CEO Philip Knatchbull, and Lionsgate UK’s CEO Zygi Kamasa, who called it “the future of cinema”.
  • Ex-Central Partnership boss launches Dreamteam

    The Russian distribution sector is gaining a new player with the launch of Dreamteam.
  • Expanding storytelling through convergence

    SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Understanding the differences between platforms is key to unlocking the potential of a converging world, attendees at Screen’s Film Summit at the BFI Southbank heard today (Dec 2).
  • Experts: Go for experience, not money, in China

    Having plenty of moneybags isn’t always a good thing, say producers at ScreenSingapore’s conferences this week.
  • Fandor strikes streaming deals

    San Francisco-based Fandor has signed streaming partnerships with Cinedigm, Factory 25 and Oscilloscope Laboratories.
  • Felix Van Groeningen, The Broken Circle Breakdown

    Belgian drama The Broken Circle Breakdown was a major European breakout in 2013. Writer-director Felix Van Groeningen tells Wendy Mitchell about making the unusual love story.
  • Film Movement bites into Cannibal

    Manuel Martin Cuenca’s dark romance [pictured] to open theatrically in US and Canada in Q3 2014, followed by VOD and DVD release.
  • First Hand Drive-s off with first release

    First Hand to release its first film in Swiss cinemas in January 2014.
  • Focus pushes Selfless to 2015

    Tarsem’s Ryan Reynolds thriller previously set up at FilmDistrict will now go through parent company Focus Features on February 27 2015.
  • Frozen leads UK buzz chart

    Frozen leads this week’s Way to Blue UK Movie Buzz Chart.
  • Gatsby, Rocket lead AACTA noms

    Other best film nominations include Dead Europe, Mystery Road, Satellite Boy and The Turning.
  • Genre kings target Park City

    Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow sequel, Adam Wingard’s The Guest and XYZ Films’ Killers from The Mo Brothers are among the Park City At Midnight line-up as festival heads also unveiled Spotlight selections and the inaugural Sundance Kids section on December 5.
  • Great Beauty wins EurAsia Grand Prix

    Sorrentino’s Cannes hit wins at Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival.
  • Halle Berry producing History miniseries

    US cable network History is developing Hannibal, a miniseries produced by Red Arrow Entertainment and Monster’s Ball star Halle Berry.
  • Hoffman joins Frears' Armstrong biopic

    Dustin Hoffman has joined the cast of Stephen Frears’ untitled Lance Armstrong film, which is moving from Europe to the US for its final stages of shoot.
  • Huace pacts with Tiny Times creator

    Shanghai-based production company Huace Film & TV has signed a $30m five-year deal with Guo Jingming, the novelist turned filmmaker behind the hugely successful Tiny Times franchise.
  • IM Global hires new COO

    Former MGM/US executive Chris Bosco has joined IM Global as COO, effective December 1.
  • In any event

    There’s an elephant in the room, or indeed an elephant-sized opportunity in the cinema: ‘event cinema’ — those non-film offerings that were also formerly tagged ‘alternative content’.
  • Inbetweeners 2 sets shoot date

    Creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley take over directing duties.
  • Inside Llewyn Davis wins Gotham

    The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis was named best film at the 23rd annual Gotham Awards on Monday night (Dec 2) at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.
  • Investors clear on Powder Room

    SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: As MJ Delaney’s low-budget Powder Room heads into its opening weekend with all investment already recouped, producer Damian Jones has confirmed that his next project will be a remake of TV perennial Dad’s Army.
  • Iran directors devise Edinburgh strand

    Edinburgh, Fribourg to fete Iranian cinema.
  • Iraq’s Children Of The Future debut at DIFF

    DIFF has added a new section, Iraqi Legacy: Children of the Future, which will screen six short films from Iraq’s new generation of filmmakers.
  • Iron Sky director moves into ads

    Director Timo Vuorensola to move into commercials.
  • Jeremy Irons joins biopic Infinity

    Edward R Pressman-produces biopic of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, to be played by Dev Patel.
  • Keating joins Postman Pat

    Boyzone frontman to provide the singing voice of Postman Pat in upcoming film.
  • LatAm market hails Blood Window

    Blood Window, the first Latin American Fantastic Film Market, has been attracting plenty of interest at the fifth edition of Ventana Sur (Dec 3-6) in Buenos Aires.
  • Les Arcs: Mountain high

    France’s Les Arcs (Dec 14-21) combines screenings and skiing and has a growing industry profile. Michael Rosser previews the fifth edition.
  • MAD Solutions unwraps DFM slate

    Cairo-based MAD Solutions is presenting a slate of ten high-profile Arabic-language pictures at this year’s Dubai Film Market (DFM).
  • Mandela death confirmed at UK premiere of biopic

    Two minutes of silence observed during Royal Film Performance.
  • Monuments Men UK release date set

    Twentieth Century Fox announces UK release date for George Clooney’s Second World War adventure.
  • Moshi Monsters: The Movie

    Dir: Wip Vernooij. UK. 2013. 81mins
  • Natural Sciences wins in Ventana Sur

    Argentina’s Natural Sciences (Ciencias Naturales), directed by Matías Lucchesi, on Friday (December 6) won Ventana Sur’s main Primer Corte Award, the competitive section of films still in post-production.
  • New Century, CNC to present DFC awards

    Egyptian production company New Century Production and France’s National Cinema Centre (CNC) will each present a new award at this year’s edition of Dubai Film Connection (DFC).
  • NFTS gets £5m for Digital Village

    Britain’s National Film & Television School’s Digital Village received a major boost today when the UK Chancellor George Osborne announced £5 million in funding for the initiative in his Autumn Statement.
  • NLP launches Goldfinch Pictures

    EXCLUSIVE: Entertainment accountancy firm Nyman Libson Paul (NLP) is launching new venture Goldfinch Pictures Ltd, dedicated to supporting British films.
  • No Man’s Land has strong China opening

    Chinese filmmaker Ning Hao’s long-delayed road movie No Man’s Land has grossed $3.2m (RMB19.5m) on its opening day in China (Dec 3).
  • Nymphomaniac gets US date

    Lars von Trier’s anticipated two-part erotic journey will open in March 2014.
  • Only 7% of UK films make profit

    SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Statistics from the British Film Institute (BFI) also show the need for UK growth in Asia.
  • Panama to host LatAm awards

    The Ibero-American film industry will get its own award ceremony starting in 2014.
  • Panel: SE Asia should think locally

    At ScreenSingapore/ATF, producers from Japan, South Korea, China and Singapore talked about the rise of regional finance and markets while identifying primary audiences and developing local stories.
  • Peter Possne leaves Sonet Film

    Peter Possne, CEO and producer at Sweden’s Sonet Film is to leave the company after 29 years.
  • Proaction to launch Syrian Film Institute

    EXCLUSIVE: Producers Orwa Nyrabia and Diana El Jeiroudi of Proaction Film have launched a new Syrian Film Institute in Berlin to act as a hub for Syrian filmmakers, who are either exiled or still in the country.
  • Rags & Tatters Egyptian box office hit

    Egyptian independent production Rags & Tatters has grossed an impressive $30,000 following a two-week run in Egyptian cinemas. The film was originally slated to run for only one week.
  • Reach for the skies

    High-profile international productions are starting to make use of Dubai’s burgeoning facilities and bespoke financing options. But where are the Arab feature film-makers? Colin Brown reports.
  • Roger Deakins, Prisoners

    Acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins talks to Jeremy Kay about creating a brooding, wet atmosphere for Prisoners.
  • Saunders, Dixon promoted at Film4

    Hannah Saunders [pictured] and Harry Dixon are promoted to new posts at Film4.
  • Saving Mr Banks: There's something about Mary

    Saving Mr Banks tells the inside story of how Walt Disney persuaded reluctant author PL Travers to let him film Mary Poppins. Sarah Cooper speaks to the film-makers about a project which, like the story, spanned Australia, the UK and Hollywood.
  • Screen Australia backs Kenny followup

    Anton Corbijn’s Life also set to get direct government investment from Screen Australia.
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  • Screen Film Summit: Know your audience

    The UK’s top experts came together at the Screen Film Summit in London to talk about the current state of the industry and the exciting developments for the future. Wendy Mitchell reports.
  • SE Asian producers launch association

    At ScreenSingapore, a group of producers from the ASEAN region announced the launch of the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) yesterday (Dec 5).
  • Serkis to shoot Animal Farm in 2014

    Performance capture pioneer Andy Serkis has revealed he plans to shoot his directorial debut, an adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, in the second half of 2014.
  • Sheridan Smith, Pippa Harris among WFTV honorees

    Actress Sheridan Smith, producer Pippa Harris, and director Penny Woolcock are among the honorees at the 23rd annual Sky Women in Film and TV awards in London.
  • Shoot begins on Dynamite

    Tate Steinsiek has begun shooting his feature directorial debut Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale.
  • Sky Movies: Netflix not a competitor

    SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Sky Movies boss Ian Lewis has said that Sky does not see SVOD services Netflix and Amazon’s LoveFilm as competitors in the UK.
  • Slamdance unveils feature line-up

    Top brass at the upcoming 20th Slamdance Film Festival have revealed their narrative feature and documentary line-up, one day before the first programme announcements are due from Park City neighbour Sundance.
  • Song From the Forest

    Dir/scr: Michael Obert. Germany. 2013. 96mins
  • Spider-Man 2 trailer swings in

    Teaser trailer launches for superhero sequel, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan.
  • Strand acquires Cat Fish

    Strand Releasing has acquired US rights to Claudia Sainte-Luce’s The Amazing Cat Fish from Pyramide International.
  • StudioCanal buys Red stake

    French film producer and distributor StudioCanal has acquired a majority stake in Red Production Company as part of its drive to move into UK TV production.
  • Subtitles for Christmas campaign

    Action on Hearing Loss has gotten 10,000 signatures on its petition for LoveFilm to provide subtitles for people with hearing loss.
  • Sundance unveils first wave

    Festival top brass announced on December 4 the US and world cinema dramatic and documentary competition entries as well as 11 NEXT titles for the upcoming 30th edition of the Sundance Film Festival, set to run in Utah from January 16-26 2014.
  • Sundance unveils New Frontier

    Sundance Institute executives announced on December 5 that the festival will feature new work from artist Doug Aitken as well as Klip Collective’s external projections on the Egyptian Theatre.
  • The Harvest

    Dir: John McNaughton. USA. 2013. 104mins
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

    Dir: Peter Jackson. US-New Zealand. 2013. 161mins
  • The Square triumphs at IDAs

    The International Documentary Association’s 2013 IDA Documentary Awards honoured Jehane Noujaim’s Egyptian activism story The Square with the best feature award on Friday night (December 6) in Los Angeles.
  • TIFF selects top 10 Canadian films

    Enemy, The F-Word, Sarah Prefers To Run make it on to annual list.
  • Tobin Armbrust & Simon Oakes, Exclusive Media

    Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust and Simon Oakes tell Wendy Mitchell about plans to extend production strategy in the UK, making non-genre fare in addition to the company’s output through Hammer Films.
  • TWC to re-release Butler

    The Weinstein Company is seeking to boost the ensemble drama’s awards profile and will re-release it this week.
  • UK govt boosts co-pro opportunities

    UK Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement has several pieces of good news for the film industry, such as ‘modernising’ the film tax credit, boosting the VFX sector and allocating £5m for the NFTS’ digital village.
  • UK industry cheers tax break changes

    There has been an overwhelmingly positive response from the UK film industry to the new measures for UK film tax relief included in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.
  • UK remains tough film market

    SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Financing film projects in the UK are increasingly challenging as the struggle to turn a profit becomes harder, according to funding experts.
  • UK Screen launches visual effects Code

    Trade association’s first ever Code of Practice for VFX members comes as Chancellor announces further changes to UK tax relief.
  • Ventana Sur boosts Cannes' LatAm presence

    The presence of Latin America films in Cannes has grown by 40% since 2009, when Ventana Sur was created by INCAA (Argentina’s film institute) and Marché du Film/Festival de Cannes.
  • Walden Media restructures

    Walden Media has announced a restructure as it emerged that David Weil, current CEO of parent company Anschutz Film Group (AFG), will leave the company at the end of the year.
  • Weinsteins board Veronica’s Room

    Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s fledgling TWC-Dimension label will finance, distribute and serve as executive producer on the adaptation of Rosemary’s Baby author Ira Levin’s 1973 Broadway thriller.
  • Wide House sings along with Champ

    Paris-based sales company Wide House has picked up international rights to Mahmoud Kaabour’s Champ Of The Camp, a musical documentary capturing life in the UAE’s labour camps, which premieres at DIFF tomorrow (Dec 7).