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Mexico’s Most Wanted

Mexico: 2014 hot picks

Buzz titles for 2014 from the rising stars of Mexico’s film industry.

César Chávez

Mexico: taking off

Beyond Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar win, Mexico’s growing film industry has much to celebrate, from a new wave of talent to steady box-office growth and smart global partnerships. Jeremy Kay reports.

3D audience

US exhibition: the people’s choices

John Hazelton examines how US exhibitors are changing along with audiences, including offering an enhanced cinema experience with more varied options


Tribeca 2014: hot picks

Previews of some anticipated world premieres, from Libyan rebels to killer beavers.


UK film finance: BFI backs joined-up approach

A new joint-venture scheme from the BFI aims to drive up investment in UK independent films by helping producers and distributors to share the risks and rewards of distribution.

House of Cards

Filmart 2014: China’s online video boom

Boasting a mix of local and foreign content, online streaming is big business in China. Liz Shackleton reports on the consolidation in the sector and what the future holds.

The Nightingale

Filmart 2014: Relationship status

What are the biggest challenges faced by European producers when teaming up with Chinese partners to gain access to the territory’s $3bn box office? Melanie Goodfellow reports.

Filmart 2014: hot titles: Japan

Japanese companies attend Filmart with a strong line-up of titles. Jason Gray highlights some of the most eye-catching productions.

Under the Skin

Under The Skin: at any cost

13 years, £8m+ and an unenviable email to Brad Pitt. Andreas Wiseman talks to the creatives and financiers behind the remarkable journey of Under the Skin.

Hong Kong

Filmart 2014: Screen's features

Browse Screen International’s Filmart 2014 features including a spotlight on the hottest titles from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, and an interview with film-maker Pang Ho Cheung.


Filmart 2014: destination Hong Kong

Filmart 2014 is expected to draw record numbers of attendees. Jean Noh looks at the special allure of Hong Kong as a market that works across borders

Night Flight

Filmart 2014: hot titles: Korea

Korean cinema continues its strong run at home and abroad. Jean Noh profiles some of the highlights

The Midnight After

Hong Kong Film Festival: highlights

The 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) opens March 24 with two films: the world premiere of Pang Ho Cheung’s family drama Aberdeen and the Asian premiere of Fruit Chan’s black comedy The Midnight After.

Black Coal, Thin Ice

Filmart 2014: hot titles: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan

Liz Shackleton spotlights the hottest productions from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan

HAF/Fox Award: finalists 2014

An award supported by HAF and Fox International Productions nurtures new voices in Chinese-language cinema. Liz Shackleton introduces this year’s finalists

Snow Queen 2 The Snow King

Filmart 2014: Russia steps it up

The territory is responding to China’s growing interest in Russian films by establishing a pavilion to raise its profile at Filmart.

Japan at Filmart 2013

Filmart 2014: Three eyes on Japan

With no fewer than three pavilions on offer, Japan is making the most of the opportunities to do business and network at Filmart, writes Jean Noh.


CinemaCon 2014 preview

When they descend on Las Vegas later this month for their annual CinemaCon convention, US exhibitors and distributors should have reason to celebrate, with official figures expected to confirm that 2013 produced another record gross at the North American box office. 


Call For Submissions: Screen's Cannes 2014 Product Guide

Screen International Presents: Cannes 2014 Product Guide

Shooting Stars 2014

EFP Shooting Stars 2014

Sarah Cooper talks to the ten actors to be showcased at this year’s Berlinale.


Spain: Bust. Or Boom?

Will Spain’s economic crisis actually prove a good thing for its film industry in the long term?


Spain: Hot titles 2014

The hottest Spanish productions of 2014 range from a $50m sci-fi epic to a Penelope Cruz tragicomedy to a live-action film with talking dogs.


Territory Focus: Spain

Explore Screen’s overview of the Spanish film market, the hot films coming out of the country in 2014 and a focus on low-budget filmmakers.

Story of My Death

Spain: Living the low life

An underground cinema is emerging in Spain and injecting the territory with a shot of vitality. Juan Sarda reports on the low-budget film-makers earning international plaudits.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Berlin 2014: hot titles

Screen previews the world premieres of Berlin’s 2014 Competition and Berlinale Special.

Dhoom 3

Indian box office: Local films race ahead

Hollywood hasn’t yet maximised the potential of the Indian market, where 2013 saw some record-breaking Bollywood hits despite a slowdown in box-office growth. Liz Shackleton reports.

European Film Market

European Film Market 2014

The current market is focused on smart money and smart deals, not volume of product. Jeremy Kay examines the prospects for deals and new packages at Berlin’s European Film Market (Feb 6-14).


Awards: They want your consideration

Behind the films in the running for awards every season are the teams ensuring they are seen and talked about by the right people. Louise Tutt meets the awards whisperers who help great work to stand out from the pack.

American Hustle

American Hustle: the American way

The hustling started a year and a half before David O Russell’s American Hustle hit cinemas. Jeremy Kay speaks to the director and producers about the film’s high-speed, high-stakes production.

Rotterdam Film Festival

Rotterdam Film Festival 2014

The 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam celebrates its usual independent, global spirit — as well as marking the 25th anniversary of the Hubert Bals Fund. Plus, a preview of this year’s CineMart selections.

God Help the Girl

Sundance 2014: Ones to watch

Screen profiles a selection of the hot filmmakers at this year’s Sundance Film Festival

Sundance 2014: The winter's tale

Sundance’s John Cooper and Trevor Groth celebrate the US and international independent scene ahead of the festival’s 30th anniversary. Jeremy Kay reports.

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.


Oscars 2014: Animation

With 19 films submitted for the animated feature Oscar, John Hazelton explores how this year’s crop points to the way animated features might evolve.

12 Years

12 Years A Slave: Freedom fighters

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave is a box-office hit in the US and has been attracting major awards attention, including 10 Bafta nominations. Andreas Wiseman speaks to the film-maker, star Chiwetel Ejiofor and other key members of the team about creating an unflinching film about slavery.

French cinema in crisis

On the eve of the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris, Melanie Goodfellow examines why the French film industry looks set for a challenging 2014.

Anchorman 2

Box Office: Finding the funny

With Anchorman 2 about to start its international roll-out, Ian Sandwell looks at the performance of comedies at the box office in 2013 and examines the prospects for Ron Burgundy’s return.


Palm Springs: World champions

As the Palm Springs International Film Festival (Jan 3-13) marks 25 years of bringing the best global cinema to California, Jeremy Kay discovers how it has become a key staging post in the awards season.

Set report: Trash

Stephen Daldry’s Trash built an enormous dump filled with fake rubbish. Martin Blaney visited the set on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.


Baftas: Brits putting on the glitz

The EE British Academy Film Awards are a cornerstone of the awards season. Andreas Wiseman looks at how the Baftas keep a British flavour while growing globally.

Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips: High seas adventure

Jeremy Kay talks to the team behind Captain Phillips about the challenges and rewards of recreating a real-life drama for the big screen.

The Mice Room directors

Egypt: Face forward

A new generation of Egyptian film-makers are at DIFF to showcase the films they are making despite - or perhaps thanks to - the ongoing upheaval at home. Melanie Goodfellow reports.

The Lone Ranger

UAE box office: Riding to the rescue

Hollywood films of every stripe can take the UAE box office at a canter. But specialist titles, except for Bollywood films, tend to fall at the first hurdle and are increasingly pinning their hopes on VoD. Colin Brown reports.


VoD: How to triple the gross

Premium video-on-demand is beginning to help independent and local film-makers find an audience in a region dominated by free-to-air broadcasters and internet portals. Colin Brown reports.

The One Man Village

Dubai Docs: Let the real world in

The pilot Dubai Docs programme (Dec 10-12) is turning the spotlight on creative documentaries to help train film-makers in how to pitch and raise the finance for their projects. Louise Tutt reports.

Palestine: Expressions of hope

Despite huge challenges, Palestinian film-makers, led by Hany Abu-Assad and Annemarie Jacir, are taking the international festival circuit by storm. Melanie Goodfellow reports.

No Woman, No Drive

Online channels: The YouTube generation

Young Arab film-makers and audiences are turning to the web to create and watch relevant, stimulating content - bypassing television altogether. Melanie Goodfellow reports on the exciting online prospects ahead.


Distributors: Screen battles

Distributors throughout the MENA region face a spectacular range of challenges, including a lack of screens, curfews and soaring piracy. Melanie Goodfellow profiles the major players.


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.

Saving Mr Banks behind the scenes

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.

Love Is The Perfect Crime

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.

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.

Ian Lewis

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.

European Film Awards 2012, Malta

European Film Awards 2013: the contenders

The upcoming European Film Awards (Dec 7) will celebrate the diversity of European film-making, thanks to a voting body that refuses to follow the crowd. Louise Tutt looks at this year’s contenders


Visual effects: the spectacular now

With effects-heavy films more visible than ever and films across the board including more individual visual-effects shots, John Hazelton surveys this year’s crowded field of awards contenders

The Silent Storm

Production report: The Silent Storm

From the challenges of shooting on a remote Scottish island, to finding a window in Damian Lewis’s busy schedule, Nicky Bentham talks to Maria Sell about producing period love story The Silent Storm.

Diversity matters

Key industry figures at Screen International and Broadcast’s Diversify event called for speedier change. By Andreas Wiseman

Singapore’s attraction

The third edition of ScreenSingapore and the Asia TV Forum & Market brings pan-Asian buyers and producers together.

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Profiles: foreign-language Oscar submissions

From Afghanistan to Venezuela the submissions for the foreign-language film Oscar bring together work from both newcomers and established names. Screen profiles the submissions from a record 76 countries

Soongava - Dance Of The Orchids

South Asia’s road to Oscar glory

From tales of lesbian romance, errant villagers and unwanted pregnancy to a road movie and dreams of escape, Screen profiles the five South Asian films submitted to the Oscars’ foreign-language film category.


Film Bazaar: Appetite growing for Indian cinema

Films nurtured by Film Bazaar are beginning to secure distribution both at home and overseas, but challenges remain for independent Indian cinema. Liz Shackleton reports.

With You, Without You

Sri Lankan filmmakers wait for peace dividend

A lack of government support, digital cinemas and professional producers are hampering the development of the film industry in post-war Sri Lanka.

TIFF: Tokyo’s finest

Tokyo International Film Festival provided a launch pad for a number of rising Japanese talents. Wendy Mitchell met seven of the directors.

London Film School: class action

As the London Film School plots its 2016 move to the Barbican, school director Ben Gibson tells Andreas Wiseman about the challenges ahead.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Rome Film Festival 2013

Rome’s Marco Müller tells Michael Rosser about the 2013 programme’s mix of challenging cinema alongside red-carpet crowdpleasers.

AFI Fest 2013’s welcome returns

AFI Fest director Jacqueline Lyanga talks to Jeremy Kay about a strong 2013 line-up, links to the AFM, and why directors such as Steve McQueen and Asghar Farhadi return to the festival.

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

Young Detective Dee - Rise Of The Sea Dragon

Territory Focus: China

Browse Screen’s focus on China including features on distribution, setting up in the territory and the hottest new 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.

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: 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.

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.

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

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

AFM bumper 2013

AFM 2013 Product Guide

Browse Screen International’s American Film Market (AFM) product guide here.

Life Of Pi

Cause and effects

With Hollywood VFX companies in trouble, the industry is looking at its business practices and the need for a lobbying body.


Territory Focus: Gulf States

Browse Screen’s features on the Gulf States including an overview of the industry, distribution, production finance and the Abu Dhabi Media Summit.

Empire Cinema (Screen 1)

UK distribution and exhibition

Browse Screen’s features on the major and independent UK distributors, multi-platform releases and exhibition.

LFF opening night

LFF 2013: London steers successful course

In her second year heading up the BFI London Film Festival (Oct 9-20), Clare Stewart tells Sarah Cooper about consolidation, competition and LFF’s place in the international calendar.

Bald Mountain

Set report: Bald Mountain

Brazilian film-maker Heitor Dhalia’s latest project is a modern-day gangster film set during a famous gold rush.

The Kiyosu Conference

Tokyo's show of support

As Tokyo International Film Festival (Oct 17-25) enters a new era, the focus will be on backing home-grown talent.

Gulf states: Collective spirit

For the first time, the Gulf States are coming together to promote themselves as a cohesive regional film hub. By Colin Brown

Fast and Furious 6

Gulf states: Film-making at a crossroad

The Gulf continues to cement its reputation as a film-making hub, but the growing presence of big budget international shoots serves to highlight the lack of local production, says Colin Brown.

Man Of Steel

Gulf states: Narrowing the Gulf

The Gulf may have taken Egypt’s place as Arab cinema’s financial powerhouse but the challenge remains to connect local audiences with home-grown releases, as Colin Brown reports.


UK distribution: Show time

After the rise of event cinema and the near completion of digitisation, the UK exhibition sector now needs to focus on increasing admissions, as Michael Rosser reports


UK distribution: Letter of intent

The current state of the UK’s virtual print fee negotiations is examined by Andreas Wiseman.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

UK distribution: Independent spirit

The UK remains a challenging market for independent distributors, but the mood is one of cautious optimism, as Sarah Cooper discovers.


UK distribution: A date with VoD

Do ‘innovative’ VoD releases offer UK distributors a worthwhile revenue stream or are they just tinkering at the edges? Andreas Wiseman reports

The Great Gatsby at Harrods

UK distribution: Big hitters

The UK’s studio heads tell Wendy Mitchell about how they cut through the clutter in a crowded marketplace, whether huge blockbusters are too risky, and if theatrical windows will ever change.


Gulf states: Abu Dhabi’s digital domain

Wayne Borg of twofour54 explains to Wendy Mitchell how the Abu Dhabi Media Summit has become a must-attend event for global media leaders; and how Abu Dhabi Film Festival is building connections.


Set report: Pressure

Danny Huston, Matthew Goode and Joe Cole just wrapped the shoot at Pinewood Studios and in Scotland on underwater thriller Pressure, which is directed by Ron Scalpello and sold by Embankment Films. Screen visited the set to take a first look.


Toronto 2013 profiles

Screen profiles selected world premieres from the major sections.


Territory Focus: Canada

Screen profiles world-class film hub Canada, including the pick of buzz titles coming out of the country this year and interviews with eOne chairman Patrice Theroux and Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee.


Canada: Buzz titles

The hottest new projects coming out of Canada this year include works by David Cronenberg, Denis Villeneuve and Xavier Dolan.


Canada: Top billing

With its first-class infrastructure, attractive tax credits and state backers, Canada continues to live up to its reputation as a world-class film hub.


EIS takes recovery position

The EIS gold rush for UK film finance has not materialised, but the experts tell Geoffrey Macnab the scheme can still be a very viable tool for UK producers.

Under the Skin

Scotland's new film-making landscape

Thanks to ambitious shoots for films such as World War Z and Under The Skin, Scotland’s reputation as a film-making hub is growing. Leon Forde reports.


Toronto: Galas, Documentaries

This year’s Toronto line-up features a bumper crop of new works from established directors as well as exciting directorial debuts. Screen profiles selected world premieres from the major sections.