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7 November 2013

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  • 19 animated features submitted for Oscar race

    Nineteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 86th Academy Awards.
  • 3 Mills appoints Tom Avison

    The UK’s 3 Mills Studios has appointed Tom Avison as client an sales manager.
  • ACI revs up on Snake And Mongoose

    American Cinema International (ACI) has come on to handle sales on family action film Snake and Mongoose and is screening the drama at the AFM.
  • AFM 2013 Product Guide

    Browse Screen International’s American Film Market (AFM) product guide here.
  • AFM 2013: Market forces

    This year’s American Film Market (Nov 6-13) will take place against a backdrop of US economic instability, but it’s the small screen that is likely to be the hot topic of conversation, as Jeremy Kay reports
  • AFM Briefs: News from Aspect, Jinga, Carnaby

    News on a new adaptation of Hedda Gabler, a new film about the Kray brothers, and more.
  • AFM deals round-up

    News from Universe Films, Intandem, Global Screen, Studio 100, Jinga, Stealth, Roar Entertainment and more.
  • AFM rocked by FFI closure

    Market attendees woke up to the grim reality of Hollywood on Thursday after it emerged that Focus Features International (FFI) is to close at the end of December.
  • Altitude spies Spooks film

    AFM slate also includes Brit-List sci-fi The Call-Up, horror The Last Word and a documentary about alt-rock band Pulp.
  • Alvernia pacts with San Fu Maltha

    Studio looks to ramp production activities, pacts with Dutch producer.
  • Anderson, Jonze to meet Rome audiences

    ‘Movie Talks’ will also feature John Hurt, Jonathan Demme and Roman Coppola among others.
  • Atlas

    Dir/scr: Antoine d’Agata. France. 2013. 76mins
  • Barber’s Tales

    Dir/scr: Jun Robles Lana. Philippines. 2013. 120mins
  • Beta inks deals on Oscar contenders

    German sales-outfit Beta Films has inked a string of deals on its Oscar contenders Two Lives [pictured] (Germany), The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier) (Hungary) and Child’s Pose (Romania).
  • Beyond the Edge picked up for UK

    Agreements signed with Metrodome in the UK among others.
  • Blanchett in SBIFF honour

    Cate Blanchett will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2014’s Outstanding Performer Of The Year Award.
  • Bonds put safety first

    Traditionally regarded with wariness by European and Asian producers, completion bonding is an increasingly important part of any production. Geoffrey Macnab explores the landscape
  • Breaking through in China

    The most striking fact I learned about the Chinese film industry this year is that more than 700 local films are produced each year.
  • Buyers board Bruce Willis thriller

    EXCLUSIVE: Corsan books a slew of deals on Emmett/Furla co-pro action-thriller Expiration.
  • Cargo boards Lost In The Sun

    EXCLUSIVE: Cargo Entertainment sales head Mark Lindsay and his team will kick off international nsales at the AFM on the thriller Lost In The Sun starring Josh Duhamel.
  • China: a digital domain

    Digital marketing has become critical in China’s increasingly competitive movie market, but it’s a battle in which local films currently hold an advantage.
  • China: Battle for independents

    Non-studio foreign films can gross big numbers in China, but the business is getting tougher as risks increase alongside the rewards.
  • China: Buzz Titles

    Hot projects from Hong Kong and China include Jackie Chan’s Police Story and a two-part epic from John Woo. Liz Shackleton previews the buzz titles
  • China: Journey to the East

    Independent film companies are increasingly setting up shop in China, and using their ability to distribute Chinese films overseas to open doors in the territory.
  • Cinecliq lands KRU, Eye on Films deals

    EXCLUSIVE: Cinecliq’s studio-compliant VOD service in-demand with global distribs.
  • Circus Road Films launches Diggit

    Circus Road Films has traditionally provided strategic counsel to filmmakers and producer’s sales rep services but now the company has moved into distribution.
  • Content brings Nightmare to AFM

    EXCLUSIVE: Content will commence sales here on The Nightmare, the latest genre title from its Preferred Film & TV joint venture with producer Ross Dinerstein and Kevin Iwashina.
  • Content Media: Crossover traffic

    Content Media Corporation’s John Schmidt and Jamie Carmichael talk to Jeremy Kay about their multi-platform strategies, the importance of sequels and building lasting relationships
  • Content strikes Street Fighter online deal

    Heading into AFM, Content has sold worldwide online rights for Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist to a major global online channel for a short first window.
  • Craziest thing you’ve seen at AFM?

    Execs from Exclusive Media, Protagonist, SC Films and more spill the beans.
  • Cutie among Cinema Eye honourees

    Cinema Eye Honors has announced its nominees for the 7th Annual Nonfiction Film Awards. Forty feature films and six shorts will vie for this year’s Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking.
  • Daniel Radcliffe joins Tokyo Vice

    FilmNation Entertainment will finance and commence international sales at the AFM on the thriller.
  • Dean Devlin

    Electric Entertainment’s Dean Devlin tells Jeremy Kay what makes the company spark and what’s buzzing at AFM.
  • Disney sets int'l box office record

    The strong opening three days of Thor: The Dark World has propelled Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International to a new company record.
  • Diversify: 'As an industry we should be ashamed'

    At Screen International and Broadcast’s Diversify conference today, Aaqil Ahmed, commissioning editor for religion at the BBC, has said the UK film and TV industries should be “ashamed” of the decline in BAME representation in the creative media industries.
  • Diversify: BFI could introduce diversity obligations

    BFI Film Fund director Ben Roberts said at today’s Diversify conference that in the future the BFI might introduce diversity obligations for producers to receive their full amount of Lottery funding.
  • Diversify: To quota or not to quota?

    The question of quotas for diversified talent in the UK film industry was a hot topic at Screen International and Broadcast’s Diversify conference today; experts’ views were decidedly mixed.
  • Diversify: What are the actions to move forward?

    Experts at Screen International and Broadcast’s Diversify conference suggested a number of concrete ideas of how the UK film and TV industries can move forward.
  • Double Dutch boards 6 Figures

    Jason and Ron Moring’s Double Dutch International will handle international sales on the Fishbowl Films thriller.
  • Drafthouse, Cinedigm find The Dog

    Drafthouse Films and Cinedigm have jointly acquired North American rights to documentary The Dog.
  • Drones

    Dir: Rick Rosenthal. UK. 2013. 82mins
  • Edinburgh to introduce new strands

    A new Gala strand is designed to present major UK premieres.
  • EFA reveals documentary nominees

    The European Film Academy has announced the three nominations in the European Documentary 2013 category.
  • EFOF lines up Bus 757

    Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films will produce and finance the action thriller Bus 757 from Stephen Sepher and has lined up a 2014 shoot.
  • Elysium tops AFM piracy list

    A report out this week highlights the 100 films to attract the most piracy since they were presented at AFM 2012.
  • Ender's Game rules US on $28m

    Ender’s Game debuted top of the North American charts through Lionsgate-Summit to deliver a timely success for the independent space heading into the AFM this week.
  • Eschbach’s Indie Sales expands team

    Former Le Pacte sales executive joins sales veteran’s fledgling Paris-based sales company.
  • Everyday Rebellion

    Dirs/scr: The Riahi Brothers. Austria-Switzerland. 118mins
  • Exchange to sell Allman biopic

    The Exchange has added Randall Miller and Jody Savin’s upcoming Midnight Rider: The Gregg Allman Story to the AFM slate.
  • Exclusive to sell Shomer, Dark, Cat

    Exclusive Media has picked up international rights to the supernatural thrillers Shomer and Out Of The Dark and the crime caper Murder Of A Cat.
  • Fidalgo takes Norway for Moebius

    Norwegian distributor acquires Kim Ki-duk’s controversial new film.
  • Film finance partner joins Lee & Thompson

    New hiring hoped to significantly boost the team’s film finance offering.
  • Film Hub London appoints experts

    Panel to include representatives from Vue Entertainment, Picturehouse Cinemas and the BFI among others.
  • Film London awards Jarman prize

    London-based artist film-maker John Smith has won the 2013 Film London Jarman Award.
  • FilmSharks picks up Of Horses

    Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks International has picked up sales rights to Iceland’s foreign-language Oscar submission Of Horses And Men.
  • FremantleMedia takes stake in Miso

    FremantleMedia has signed a deal to buy a majority stake in Miso Films, the Danish producer behind drama series Those Who Kill.
  • George Sluizer, Dark Blood

    The director talks about completing Dark Blood, which halted production following the death of lead actor River Phoenix.
  • Gilliam backs Borowczyk restoration

    Terry Gilliam is leading a Kickstarter campaign to restore Walerian Borowczyk’s classic 1968 film Goto, Island of Love (Goto, l’île d’amour).
  • Global Screen acquires Trenk feature

    Global Screen has picked up worldwide distribution rights to animated family film.
  • Grand Budapest Hotel to open Berlinale

    The 64th Berlin International Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.
  • Gravitas to release Stay

    Gravitas Ventures has acquired US rights from international sales agent Visit Films to Wiebke von Carolsfeld’s recent Toronto world premiere Stay.
  • HanWay boards Nick Cave doc

    EXCLUSIVE: HanWay Select boards 20,000 Days on Earth; Madman pre-buys Australia.
  • Harvey joins Inception Film Partners

    The popular executive has joined as head of sales and distribution and will head to AFM this week with a slate that includes Eisner and Almost Heroes 3D.
  • Here Be Dragons

    Dir/scr: Mark Cousins. UK. 2013. 77mins
  • Highland picks up Mind

    EXCLUSIVE: Highland Film Group has picked up international sales on Your Right Mind starring Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes and will introduce to buyers here. CAA represents North American rights.
  • Hitting close to home at AFM Pitch Conference

    Experts Tobin Armbrust and Cassian Elwes advised aspiring filmmakers to be specific in their pitches to executives, as they listened to the aspiring filmmakers propose their passion projects at the AFM Pitch Conference yesterday.
  • Hulu preps 20 original series

    US online video service Hulu plans to launch 20 original titles next year with the UK firmly in its sights as a primary source for content. 
  • If You See Her casts up

    Alex Kingston, Peter Firth and Tom Cullen have joined Paragraph Pictures’ If You See Her.
  • IFT's Voices resonates with buyers

    IFT has secured several deals for Your Voice In My Head, starring Emma Watson, including Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA).
  • Image revs up with Drive Hard

    EXCLUSIVE: Image Entertainment has acquired all US rights to the action film Drive Hard starring John Cusack and Thomas Jane. Voltage Pictures handles international sales at AFM.
  • Intandem goes orbital

    Ahead of the American Film Market (AFM), Intandem Films has picked up Gagarin First in Space, the story of iconic Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
  • ITA lines up four with Heather Brothers

    Martyn Hall of ITA Productions will produce four films written by The Heather Brothers.
  • Jinx!!!

    Dir: Naoto Kumazawa. Japan. 2013. 122mins
  • John Pilger, Utopia

    Veteran journalist and BAFTA-winning filmmaker John Pilger returns to the screen with new documentary Utopia, about the plight of indigenous Australians.
  • K5 taking Dirty Weekend to AFM

    Neil LaBute comedy drama stars Matthew Broderick and Alice Eve.
  • K5 to sell 'Big Bang Theory' Simon Helberg's debut

    K5 to begin sales of We’ll Never Have Paris at AFM this week.
  • Katselas, I-Bankers Direct line up Somewhat Dead

    BAFTA-nominated producer Lisa Katselas is using a pioneering equity investment crowdfunding model to finance her next production, Somewhat Dead.
  • Lion Men roars in Singapore

    Singapore-based mm2 Entertainment is in the final weeks of shooting on The Lion Men, a two-part action comedy that involves martial arts.
  • Lionsgate boards Point Break

    EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate International has added the high-octane thriller to its crop of new AFM titles alongside Mortdecai, Gods Of Egypt and Love & Mercy.
  • Lotte finds trio for Friend sequel

    Kwak Kyung-taek directs sequel to his 2001 gangster story Friend.
  • Marisa Tomei joins La Vida Robot

    The star has signed on opposite George Lopez in the story, based on Joshua Davis’ WIRED magazine story.
  • Meet young Pele

    This first image from Pele, now shooting in Rio, shows Leonardo Lima Carvalho, who plays the young Pele aged 10-13.
  • Mia Wasikowska as Emma Bovary

    This first image from Madame Bovary shows Mia Wasikowska in the lead role.
  • Mongrel picks up Bethlehem

    Mongrel Media has acquired all Canadian rights to Israel’s foreign-language Oscar submission.
  • Myriad adds Frontera to AFM slate

    Myriad Pictures has come on to handle international sales on Ocean Blue Entertainment’s Frontera starring Ed Harris, Eva Longoria and Michael Peña.
  • Netflix to premiere The Square

    The streaming giant’s original documentary from director-producer Jehane Noujaim and producer Karim Amer chronicles the Egyptian protest movement through the eyes of young activists.
  • Netherlands launches $27m film fund

    In a major boost to the Dutch film industry, a new €20m ($27m) annual scheme is being set up with the aim of attracting international production back to the Netherlands.
  • Noble Family debuts in US

    Mexican social satire The Noble Family (Nosotros Los Nobles) has grossed approximately $200,000 through Cinelatino in its first weekend in the US.
  • Nordic film fest returning to London

    Festival will take titles on tour to Edinbugh and Glasgow.
  • North America is Having You

    Film Movement has picked up North American rights to Sam Hoare’s debut Having You from High Point Films and TV.
  • Partners launch US-UK Unlimited

    EXCLUSIVE: London-based producer Diana Phillips has teamed up with LA’s talent agency Claire Best & Associates and Peter Lang’s Production Company Pictures In A Row to form Unlimited Pictures.
  • Patty West named AFI DWW head

    Producer Patty West has been named director for the AFI Directing Workshop For Women (AFI DWW).  
  • Polish genre festival unveils line-up

    Poland’s first international genre film festival to host European premiere of Tsui Hark 3D Sea Dragon
  • Pomi snags 108 Media's Trap

    108 Media’s new Asian office headed by Ryo Ebe has pre-sold Taiwanese rights on Camera Trap to Pomi ahead of the AFM world premiere on November 7.
  • Pounding Heart wins at DOK Leipzig

    DOK Leipzig’s Golden Dove for Best International Documentary went to the US, while Norway scored a hat-trick at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck.
  • Premiere boards Silent Mountain

    Premiere Entertainment Group is handling worldwide sales at AFM for the Austria-Italy romance.
  • Project Involve participants announced

    Film Independent has selected 30 filmmakers for its Project Involve dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.
  • QED to sell Strange But True

    EXCLUSIVE: QED International arrives at AFM with worldwide rights to the noir thriller Strange But True starring Imogen Poots, Bill Paxton and Melissa Leo.
  • QED, Worldview partner on Term Life

    QED International and Worldview Entertainment are teaming up on a project for AFM for the second time and will jointly finance and produce Term Life starring Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld. Universal will distribute in the US.
  • RAM boards Hide And Seek

    Film Movement’s nascent genre label RAM Releasing has acquired South Korean smash Hide And Seek.
  • Raven Banner picks up Beautiful People

    Toronto-based Raven Banner has acquired worldwide rights to Doghouse Pictures Beautiful People and is talking up the project at AFM.
  • Red Sea flies with Eighth

    EXCLUSIVE: Red Sea Media has come on to handle international sales at AFM on WWII film The Mighty Eighth, which David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of The Fighter are on board to produce.
  • Refn to host Marrakech masterclass

    Other masterclasses to be held by Dumont, Gray, Kiarostami and philosopher Debray.
  • Remstar, Universal sign home ent deal

    Remstar Films has signed a long-term home distribution deal with Universal Studios Home Entertainment Canada.
  • Roadshow takes US/UK on Hours

    EXCLUSIVE: Roadshow Films adds rights to apocalyptic thriller by Zak Hilditch.
  • Rome reveals Business Street details; co-pro line-up

    A total of 24 co-production projects and sections devoted to China, digital and remakes help make up Rome’s industry events.
  • Rotterdam to examine 'State of Europe'

    The 43rd edition of the International Film Festival Rotteram (IFFR), which runs Jan 22 to Feb 2, will offer a special programme called ‘The State Of Europe.
  • Sacha Baron Cohen goes for laughs at Britannia Awards

    One of the many highlights of the star-studded BAFTA LA Britannia Awards on Saturday night was a stunt pulled by Sacha Baron Cohen.
  • Salt, Splendid join Saw duo's horror

    EXCLUSIVE: Germany-Benelux deal for new horror from Saw franchise writer.
  • Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award winners announced

    The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation president Samuel Goldwyn Jr unveiled the recipients of the 58th annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards recognising excellence in dramatic writing on November 4.
  • Samuel L. Jackson joins Cusack in Cell

    The star takes his place alongside John Cusack in Benaroya Pictures’ apocalyptic Stephen King adaptation. International Film Trust represents international sales at the AFM.
  • 'Save Our Scripts' producers chosen

    Six emerging producers selected to join upcoming writers and support development of their stories.
  • Saving Mr Banks to open Camerimage

    Screening at cinematography festival to be Polish Premiere.
  • Schlessel unveils Focus hires

    Incoming Focus CEO Peter Schlessel has announced several senior hires ahead of the January 2014 launch of the reconfigured company.
  • Set report: Wolf Totem

    French director Jean-Jacques Annaud takes on one of China’s most beloved novels — while raising his own pack of wolves.
  • Sierra/Affinity takes FFI genre duo

    Sierra/Affinity has come on to handle international sales on Somnia and Oculus in the wake of the announcement that Focus Features International (FFI) will close.
  • Solution talks up Fade Out

    Aaron Eckhart will star in the psychological thriller Fade Out which The Solution Entertainment Group introduces at AFM this week.
  • SPC, Stage 6 partner on The Raid 2

    Sony Pictures Classics and Stage 6 Films will theatrically release The Raid 2 in the US.
  • Stalingrad has record-breaking China opening

    Russian war epic Stalingrad had the biggest ever opening for a non-US, non-local film over the weekend in China, grossing $8.3m over four days (Oct 31-Nov 3).
  • Stalled M.I.A. doc begins shoot

    BRITDOC backs feature that was on hold due to funding issues.
  • Stars of Tomorrow 2013: Brits in LA

    Introducing the rising talents among US-based UK actors, writers and directors whose work is destined to grace our screens for years to come.
  • StudioCanal takes Tom Hardy thriller

    EXCLUSIVE: StudioCanal takes UK rights to Takashi Miike’s Yazuka thriller from QED.
  • Tai Chi to kick off China-US screenings

    The Motion Picture Association will host film-makers and representatives from the American and Chinese film industries in Los Angeles for the third China International Co-Production Film Screenings.
  • Takao Dancer

    Dirs/scr: Ouchul Hwang, Ho Wen-shing. Taiwan-Japan. 2013. 100mins
  • Tapped sells for Screen Media

    Screen Media has licensed Latin America and Brazil to Sato Company and Benelux to Three Lines on Canadian MMA thriller Tapped.
  • Territory Focus: China

    Browse Screen’s focus on China including features on distribution, setting up in the territory and the hottest new titles.
  • The Double sets UK release date

    StudioCanal sets date for Richard Ayoade’s follow-up to Submarine, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska.
  • Thessaloniki kicks off with Only Lovers

    Alexander Payne’s Nebraska to close the 10-day festival in the Greek city.
  • Thor 2 plunders $109m int'l

    UPDATED: Thor: The Dark World powered to an estimated $109.4m launch from 36 territories through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International to register the fourth biggest international launch of the year-to-date.
  • Thor: The Dark World tops UK chart

    Disney’s latest Marvel outing records $13.8m (£8.65m) debut, including previews, to dominate the UK chart; Fox’s Philomena posts Stephen Frears’ best-ever UK opening at $2.4m (£1.5m).
  • Tom Loftus joins Myriad

    Tom Loftus has joined Myriad Pictures as svp, business affairs & general counsel.
  • Top Dog begins London shoot

    Shooting has begun on London crime drama, with a cast including Leo Gregory, Ricci Harnet and Vincent Regan.
  • Tribeca Film takes Starred Up

    Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights for a 2014 release on David Mackenzie’s prison drama Starred Up. Independent represents international sales at the AFM.
  • TrustNordisk goes for Ride

    TrustNordisk has boarded Mystery Ride, the debut feature of writer/director Virginia Heath.
  • UK distributor Koch adds staff

    EXCLUSIVE: Former Artificial Eye, LoveFilm execs join London-team.
  • Umedia’s moment of Grace

    The fast-growing production, financing and distribution company has rebranded its multiple operations under one name and is ramping up its production slate. Michael Rosser reports
  • Universal kicks for Chinese Zodiac

    EXCLUSIVE: Jackie & JJ International has sold Jackie Chan’s action adventure Chinese Zodiac to Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE) for territories including North America, UK and Eastern Europe.
  • Universal to release Class of 92

    Documentary about footballers including David Beckham to get UK theatrical release.
  • Vertical acquires Dark Hearts

    Vertical Entertainment has picked up all US rights from Vision Films to the pulp thriller in a guaranteed theatrical release deal.
  • Vertical lines up Abu Ghraib

    Vertical Entertainment announced at AFM it has acquired North American rights to the military thriller Boys Of Abu Ghraib. Electric Entertainment handles international sales.
  • Vertical takes US on Hairbrained

    Vertical Entertainment has acquired all US rights to the college comedy Hairbrained starring Brendan Fraser and Alex Wolff. Premiere Entertainment will handle international sales at AFM.
  • VIDEO: Screen Awards 2013

    The winners of the Screen Awards 2013 celebrate their success after stepping off stage.
  • Vincent Cassel in Rio, I Love You

    This first image shows Vincent Cassel in new omnibus Rio, I Love You.
  • Vision adds Identical to AFM slate

    Vision Films has picked up international sales rights to The Identical starring Blake Rayne, Erin Cottrell, Amanda Crew, Brian Geraghty, Seth Green, Ashley Judd, Joe Pantoliano and Ray Liotta.
  • Vision boards 10 Things

    Vision Films has come on to handle worldwide rights to 10 Things I Hate About Life starring Evan Rachel Wood and Thomas McDonell.
  • Weinstein acquires Peaky Blinders

    TWC takes US rights to British drama starring Cillian Murphy.
  • Weinsteins pick up Regression

    Bob and Harvey Weinstein have signed on to distribute Alejandro Amenabar’s upcoming thriller Regression in 2015 in the US through their fledgling TWC-Dimension label. Separately, Sundance Selects has acquired the German Oscar entry Two Lives.
  • Whispers Of The Cities

    Dir: Kasim Abid. Iraq-UAE. 2013. 62mins
  • Wilson, Brosnan begin 'The Coup' shoot

    Principal photography has commenced on thriller, directed by John Erick Dowdle.
  • Worldview acquires The Search

    Worldview Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Michel Hazanavicius’s drama The Search starring Bérénice Bejo and Annette Bening. Wild Bunch handles international sales at the AFM.
  • XLrator revs up on Don Peyote

    XLrator Media has acquired North American rights to the comedy Don Peyote starring Dan Fogler, Josh Duhamel and Jay Baruchel. Highland Film Group will handle international sales in Santa Monica this week.