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Frontières returns to Brussels

Screen reports from the fifth edition of genre film market Frontières, which returned to BIFFF for its second European edition.

The Treacherous

Filmart 2015: Hot titles - South Korea

Sales agents from South Korea are in town with a line-up of intriguing character-driven dramas, period action titles and offbeat stories. Jean Noh profiles a selection

Make Room

Filmart 2015: Hot titles - Japan

Japanese companies are at Filmart with a strong line-up of literary adaptations, tear-jerkers and a comedy set in the make-up room of a porn shoot.


Filmart 2015: US falls for appeal

Filmart offers US sellers the chance to establish and maintain relationships with Asian buyers outside the frenzy of the bigger markets in the calendar.

Dragon Blade

Filmart 2015: Hot titles - Hong Kong, China

Liz Shackleton spotlights the hottest productions at Hong Kong Filmart.

Hong Kong

Filmart 2015: Beyond China

Filmart is the centre of the world for global buyers and sellers focused on Asian content. As it enters its 19th edition, Louise Tutt examines its enduring appeal.

HAF Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum

Filmart 2015: HAF profiles

Profiles of projects from the 13th Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF).

Song of the Sea

Filmart 2015: Is there Asian appetite for European films?

With sales companies out in force at Filmart, how much of an appetite do Asian audiences really have for European films?


Call For Submissions: Screen's Cannes 2015 Product Guide

Screen International Presents: Cannes 2015 Product Guide

Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen

Chinese box office: taken by storm

Which films will triumph at the box office over Chinese New Year? Liz Shackleton looks at the high-profile releases vying for the top slot.


Berlin 2015: Panorama Dokumente

Screen previews the Berlinale’s premieres in this year’s Panorama Dokumente section.

54 The Director's Cut

Berlin 2015: Panorama

Screen previews the Berlinale’s premieres in this year’s Panorama section.

Breathe Umphefumlo

Berlin 2015: Berlinale Special

Screen previews the Berlinale’s premieres in this year’s Berlinale Special section.

Big Father Small Father And Other Stories

Berlin 2015: Competition

Screen previews the Berlinale’s world premieres in Competition.

Nobody Wants the Night

Berlin 2015: the coolest premieres

Screen previews the Berlinale’s world premieres in this year’s Competition, Panorama and Berlinale Special sections.

Territory Focus: Spain

Spain is not an easy territory to categorise. In many ways, it is a cinema industry of contrasts.

Battle for the box office

Spain: battle for the box office

Spain has seen a box-office boom in 2014 but admissions were driven by discount ticket schemes. Distributors and exhibitors are looking for new solutions, Juan Sarda reports.

Spain: hot projects

A preview of some of the most-anticipated Spanish productions and co-productions of the year, from big-budget English-language dramas to Pedro Almodovar’s next women-centric tale. By Juan Sarda.

A Spanish Affair

Spain: Overview - a torrid affair

Why are some Spanish producers struggling when home-grown titles are enjoying unprecedented success at the local box office, asks Juan Sarda.

Screen February 2015

Screen February 2015

Download the February 2015 edition of Screen International here including a focus on the European Film Market, a preview of the Berlinale’s world premieres, an Irish tax special, interviews with Arts Alliance and Fortitude International and a territory focus on Spain…

Berlin 2015: a window on EFM

After a relatively low-key 2014, will this year’s European Film Market spark some life back into the independent sector? Jeremy Kay looks at the prospects for deal-making in Berlin.

Robert Redford George Lucas Sundance

Robert Redford, George Lucas

SUNDANCE: Robert Redford and George Lucas helped kick off Sundance’s new Art Of Film Weekend programme with the Visions Of Independence panel at The Egyptian Theatre.

Serious Ladies

Serious Ladies, funny girls

Comedians Lena Dunham (Girls), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black, Weeds) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, SNL) spoke about women in television and film on Saturday (January 24) at the Serious Ladies panel.

Draken Goteborg

Goteborg Film Festival: Nordic showcase

Goteborg Film Festival (Jan 23-Feb 2) has always offered the best of Nordic cinema but is now attracting more international industry attention. Andreas Wiseman previews the 2015 edition

Backstreet Boys: Show ’Em What You’re Made Of

Backstreet Boys: Backstreet’s back

On the eve of its much-anticipated US opening, director Stephen Kijak and producer Mia Bays reveal why an ambitious event theatrical release is the right strategy for their Backstreet Boys documentary.

Me and My Moulton

Short Films: short change

Short films are more visible than ever thanks to promotional showcases in theatres and online distribution opportunities, but is this translating into more revenues for the format? Melanie Goodfellow investigates

International Film Festival Rotterdam

Rotterdam 2015: artful vision

Rutger Wolfson, festival director of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), tells Wendy Mitchell how the event stays true to its cinephile roots while also having an openness to changing forms and digital models


CineMart Rotterdam: all change

Only projects with 25% of their financing in place have been selected for Rotterdam’s CineMart.

Sundance Film Festival

Sundance 2015: going wild

Sundance Film Festival’s John Cooper and Trevor Groth talk to Jeremy Kay about the ‘exhilarating’ selections in the 2015 edition (Jan 22-Feb 1)


Sundance 2015: hot properties

Screen International’s picks of the hot films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival (Jan 22-Feb 1).


Cinema bookers: the show business

Time and trust goes into the relationship between distributor and cinema booker. As several influential UK programming directors leave their posts, Geoffrey Macnab looks at the possible impact on the local market


Oscars 2015: Acting nominations in pictures

Slideshow of actors up for leading and supporting Academy Awards.

American Sniper

Oscars 2015: Best Film nominations in pictures

Slideshow of Best Film nominations at the 87th Academy Awards.

The Imitation Game

BAFTAs 2015: Acting nominations in pictures

Slideshow of actors up for leading and supporting awards.

Under the Skin

BAFTAs 2015: Best Film nominations in pictures

Slideshow of Best Film and Outstanding British Film nominations.


XLrator Media boards Amnesiac

Barry Gordon’s distributor has acquired North American rights to the psychological thriller starring Kate Bosworth and Wes Bentley.

Picturehouse Central cinema

UK documentary: big-screen truths

With the UK market growing for theatrical documentary releases, Geoffrey Macnab looks at how distributors and exhibitors are planning event releases and dedicated screens to appeal to documentary lovers

A Patch of Fog

Set Report: A Patch of Fog

Michael Lennox’s debut feature, A Patch Of Fog, is a darkly comic psychological thriller. Sarah Cooper visits the Belfast set

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Weta Digital: Maximum effect

Weta Digital has grown from one computer to a global VFX powerhouse employing 1,000 people. John Hazelton talks to key executives Richard Taylor and Joe Letteri

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything, the making of...

The Theory Of Everything is far more than a Stephen Hawking biopic - it’s a ‘triple helix’ of scientific breakthrough, debilitating disease and a one-of-a-kind love story. Wendy Mitchell talks to the team behind the film

World of Locations: California

States with prime urban, historic and natural locations are providing globally competitive production incentives.


World of Locations: United Kingdom

The UK’s heritage locations are bolstered by its renowned visual-effects industry, skilled crews and expanding studio facilities

World of Locations: Israel

Ancient deserts and modern metropolises provide a background to stories set in this world and in others.

Girlfriends' Getaway

World of Locations: Trinidad and Tobago

Once a go-to destination for Hollywood, Trinidad & Tobago continues to attract international shoots.

The Passing Bells

World of Locations: Poland

With its competitive prices and highly trained crews, Poland is an attractive partner, even without a tax incentive.

A Good Day to Die Hard

World of Locations: Hungary

Diverse cityscapes and cost-effective crew are drawing in Hollywood film-makers.

JK Simmons on set of Whiplash with Damien Chazelle

Whiplash: Cracking the whip

Whiplash represented a tough story on and off screen. Michael Rosser talks to the creative team about bringing Damien Chazelle’s personal experiences to life.


Bafta takes the spotlight

The biggest challenge for the organisers of the Bafta Film Awards is to never become complacent. Louise Tutt reports on the ever-evolving plans for the 2015 event.

The Lesson

Palm Springs: World appeal

Palm Springs International Film Festival (Jan 2-12) will screen a broad selection of awards contenders for both the industry and the public, and includes a special focus on central and eastern Europe. Elbert Wyche reports.


Palm Springs: Special focus

Palm Springs is showcasing 19 features as part of its central and eastern Europe focus. Screen meets the film-makers behind two of the titles.

Abood Kandaishan

Emirati film scene gathers steam

The Emirati film scene is celebrating a bumper year but does it have the makings of an industry? Melanie Goodfellow talks to local filmmakers about what is needed to help UAE cinema grow.

Sherif Elbendary

Robert Bosch Stiftung builds bridges

Sherif Elbendary’s Dry Hot Summers and Dalia Al-Kury’s Possessed By Djinn are among the projects currently being produced with support from Robert Bosch Stiftung, which aims to build bridges between Germany and the Arab world.

The Sleeping Tree

Enjaaz supported films shine at DIFF

A total of 17 films supported by Dubai’s Enjaaz programme are screening at this year’s edition of the festival, including Waleed Al Shehhi’s Dolphins and Mohammed Rashed Buali’s The Sleeping Tree, which are both receiving gala screenings.


The hunt for Best Picture

The best picture nominations race is on the final lap. Jeremy Kay analyses the contenders.

On set of Inherent Vice

Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice director Paul Thomas Anderson talks to Andreas Wiseman about ego, fear and the real Joaquin Phoenix.

Richard Linklater on set of Boyhood with Ethan Hawke

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Writer-director Richard Linklater was surprised by how emotional he found shooting Boyhood, his ballad of family life. Jeremy Kay reports.

Xavier Dolan

Xavier Dolan, Mommy

At the age of 25, Xavier Dolan has already made five features. He tells John Hazelton why Mommy is illustrative of the kind of storytelling he’s most interested in and why he finds the female psyche so compelling.

On set of Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller & Jon Kilik, Foxcatcher

Director Bennett Miller and producer Jon Kilik reveal why Foxcatcher - their murderous story of class, power and brotherly love - was so many years in the making. Jeremy Kay reports.

Scherzo Diabolico

Ventana Sur: LatAm spreads its wings

In the six years Ventana Sur has been running, the Buenos Aires market has become an essential platform for making global connections with Latin America. This year’s edition had plenty to offer, says Jeremy Kay.


IWC Award helps Gulf cinema to grow

Now in its third year, the IWC Filmmaker Award is fast becoming an effective launchpad for projects from filmmakers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

Morten Tyldum on set of The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game: Cracking the code

The Imitation Game brings the story of a little-known hero, who changed the course of the Second World War, to the big screen. Andreas Wiseman talks to the team behind the film.

The Theory of Everything

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory Of Everything

Eddie Redmayne tells Wendy Mitchell about the emotional and physical challenges of playing theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.


Michael Keaton, Birdman

Michael Keaton tells Jeremy Kay he’s not that similar to Birdman’s washed-up Riggan Thomson.

Jake Gyllenhaal on set with Dan Gilroy

Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal tells Jeremy Kay why it was important for him to get under the skin of Nightcrawler’s sociopathic anti-hero, Lou Bloom.


Boyhood: A family portrait

When Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane were cast in Richard Linklater’s audacious coming-of-age film, Boyhood, they soon realised each had the role of a lifetime. Jeremy Kay reports.

Screen Film Summit: Industry taps market value

At the Screen Film Summit, the UK film industry’s top experts debated the big issues of the day, such as declining box-office admissions, new models of financing and supporting talent.

BIFA 2013

BIFA: Night of the independents

This year’s Moët British Independent Film Awards will toast the best of 2014’s independently produced home-grown titles. Ian Sandwell reports.

EFAs: European champions

The European Film Awards’ 2014 contenders show off a breadth of work. Sarah Cooper reports.

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

European box office: Laugh track

Comedies hit big for European films at the global box office in 2014. By Louise Tutt.

Dubai film festival draws on Arab talent

The winds of change are blowing through Dubai International Film Festival (Dec 10-17) which, after a period of strategic upheaval, has emerged with a renewed focus on local fare.


The making of Boyhood

The team behind Richard Linklater’s Boyhood talks to Jeremy Kay about the challenges and rewards of bringing to life this extraordinary 12-year project

Big Hero 6

Don Hall & Chris Williams, Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams tell Jean Noh about building the world of San Fransokyo for their Marvel comic superhero adaptation

The Book of Life

Jorge Gutierrez, The Book of Life

Despite a disastrous first pitch to Guillermo del Toro, Jorge Gutierrez succeeded in making a unique animated feature inspired by Greek mythology and Mexico’s Day of the Dead.

Dean DeBlois & Bonnie Arnold, How To Train Your Dragon 2

How To Train Your Dragon 2 director Dean DeBlois and producer Bonnie Arnold talk to John Hazelton about the film’s more mature themes and making the most of the latest animation technology

The Lego Movie behind the scenes

Phil Lord & Chris Miller, The Lego Movie

Phil Lord and Chris Miller talk to Michael Rosser about their animated hit, The Lego Movie, which far exceeds its commercial spin-off roots to become an emotional story that celebrates human creativity

Kajaki: The True Story

Kajaki: Rally the troops

Minefield drama Kajaki: The True Story has adopted a unique distribution model for its release. Producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin talks to Michael Rosser about the mission

Rocks in my Pockets

Oscars: Best Foreign-Language Film interviews

Directors of foreign language Oscar submissions talk to Screen about the thinking behind their films. Interviews by Laurence Boyce, Sarah Cooper, Melanie Goodfellow, Wendy Mitchell and Juan Sarda


Oscars: Best Foreign-Language Film

Details on all 83 submissions for the foreign language Oscar race including contact details.

Ventana Sur

Ventana Sur: Limelight for LatAm

Jérome Paillard tells Jeremy Kay about how Ventana Sur is expanding its scope.


Film Bazaar: India builds an ecosystem

Liz Shackleton looks at how organisers of Goa’s annual Film Bazaar are following on successes with new initiatives and closer ties to finance. But where are the Indian audiences for independent Indian films?

Urban Hymn

Set Report: Urban Hymn

From the London set of Urban Hymn, Adam Woodard talks to writer Nick Moorcroft and director Michael Caton-Jones about the drama.

The Ones Below

Set report: The Ones Below

David Farr’s feature directorial debut, The Ones Below, is a study of contemporary London, the loneliness of motherhood and the anxiety of the modern world. Wendy Mitchell visits the set.

Meeting Dr. Sun

Buzz titles: Taiwan

The year’s hottest Taiwanese films are being sold here at AFM. Sarah Cooper profiles a selection of the key titles, at all stages of production.

AFM Buzz Titles

American Film Market buzz titles

As international sales companies arrive in Santa Monica, Screen correspondents profile a selection of key titles, at various stages of production, available in the market.

Little Big Master

Buzz titles: Hong Kong

A host of films from Hong Kong are lining up at AFM, including Pang Ho Cheung’s return home, Soi Cheang’s sci-fi action thriller and Tsui Hark’s hotly tipped 3D spy movie. Sarah Cooper reports

The Con Artists

Buzz titles: Korea

Some of South Korea’s hottest films are being sold at this year’s AFM, from Im Kwon-taek’s 102nd film to the Detective K sequel. Jean Noh reports.


AFM: Ready for business

As A-list projects become more difficult to package, talent heads to TV and the Netflix effect remains uncertain, can AFM offer a silver lining, asks Jeremy Kay.

Star Wars: Episode VII Abu Dhabi

World of Locations: Gulf States

Ancient deserts and modern metropolises provide a background to stories set in this world and in others.


World of Locations: Jordan

Ancient deserts and modern metropolises provide a background to stories set in this world and in others.

Star Wars: A New Hope

World of Locations: Tunisia

Tunisia is aiming to reignite its once thriving studio and locations industry.


World of Locations: Canada

Locations from Arctic tundra to major cities are a magnet for major productions.


World of Locations: Oklahoma

States with prime urban, historic and natural locations are providing globally competitive production incentives.

World of Locations: New York State

States with prime urban, historic and natural locations are providing globally competitive production incentives.

World of Locations: Michigan

States with prime urban, historic and natural locations are providing globally competitive production incentives.

The Equalizer

World of Locations: Massachusetts

States with prime urban, historic and natural locations are providing globally competitive production incentives.

12 Years

World of Locations: Louisiana

States with prime urban, historic and natural locations are providing globally competitive production incentives.

The Walking Dead

World of Locations: Georgia

States with prime urban, historic and natural locations are providing globally competitive production incentives.

Eisenstein In Guanajuato

World of Locations: Mexico

Varied locations and hard-working local crews are putting Mexico on the map.


World of Locations: Brazil

From Rio’s beaches to the Amazon rainforest, Brazil has everything to offer.

The Water Diviner


There is much to champion in Australia this year, and Screen is thrilled to highlight a few of these talents and trends.