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Geoffrey Macnab

Geoffrey Macnab covers the UK for Screen.

  • 'Silence' backer Corsan upbeat despite restructure

    26-Jul-2016

    Belgian financier of films including Third Person and Killing Season filed for protection from its creditors last month.
  • Jeremy Isaacs talks Channel 4 privatisation, 'The World At War' and director Jack Gold

    25-Jul-2016

    Founding chief executive of Channel 4 discusses potential privatisation and career highlights.
  • Christine Langan exit: industry reacts

    20-Jul-2016

    Screen canvasses industry opinion on Langan’s tenure and the prospects for one of the UK’s cornerstone funders.
  • John Carpenter talks Halloween sequel, video games and his band

    12-Jul-2016

    Horror master talks video game adaptations of his films, his music career and the possibility of composing the music for the Halloween sequel.
  • Mia Hansen-Love interview

    11-Jul-2016

    French director Mia Hansen-Love talks about the joy of working with Isabelle Huppert, avoiding melancholy and a new project inspired by her relationship with her husband, Olivier Assayas. Geoffrey Macnab reports.
  • In Focus: Jerusalem Film & TV fund

    8-Jul-2016

    The dynamic Jerusalem Film & Television Fund has a wide brief that includes attracting local and international production to the city and jump-starting its animation and VFX sectors. Geoffrey Macnab reports.
  • Chris Smith and 'Detour' producer Julie Baines team on 'The Undertaker'

    7-Jul-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Team behind Triangle and Detour working on thriller; Dan Films slate includes $2-20m projects.
  • Israeli funds: For the love of film

    7-Jul-2016

    For a relatively small country, Israel boasts a multitude of film funds. Geoffrey Macnab discovers how vital these are to both local and international film-makers 
  • Could the UK rejoin Eurimages following Brexit?

    30-Jun-2016

    Eurimages executive director Roberto Olla reiterates that the door remains open.
  • Dardenne brothers re-edit Cannes drama 'The Unknown Girl'

    28-Jun-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Final version of Cannes Competition title is now seven minutes shorter following critics response.
  • Brexit: UK and European industry react

    24-Jun-2016

    UPDATES: BFI & BFC COMMENTS. There has been a shocked and dismayed response to the news of Brexit in almost every sector of the British film industry; responses in Europe have also been extremely downbeat.
  • Aardman talks next film 'Early Man', a new TV series and VR

    23-Jun-2016

    Aardman talked to Screen in Annecy about future projects - including the Eddie Redmayne-voiced Early Man - BFI support and learning curves.
  • Guillermo Del Toro and Jeffrey Katzenberg talk animation in Annecy

    17-Jun-2016

    Netflix and DreamWorks have 16 TV series in development, says DreamWorks CEO.
  • Seth Green's Stupid Buddy Studios preps movie push

    17-Jun-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Irreverent Burbank-based animation company behind TV series Robot Chicken is set to push into features.
  • 'Secret Of Kells' duo, Mockingbird to tackle 'My Father's Dragon'

    17-Jun-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Directors Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey to re-team on children’s story; The Song Of The Sea secures China deal.
  • VFX firm Cinesite talks animation push at Annecy

    16-Jun-2016

    With special effects credits including Harry Potter, X-Men and Assassin’s Creed, the firm is now pushing into animation production.
  • From film to TV series: Annecy spotlights 'Ernest & Celestine'

    15-Jun-2016

    Producer Didier Brunner talks updating the Oscar-nominated animation into a TV series backed by Canal+ and France Television.
  • The crest of nWave: Ben Stassen interview

    14-Jun-2016

    Ben Stassen, the founder of Brussels-based nWave, has established his company as a European animation powerhouse backed by Studiocanal. It is now looking to conquer the US with The Wild Life.
  • Annecy: the big draw

    14-Jun-2016

    Annecy’s spectacular setting and convivial environment make it one of the most popular events on the circuit. But just how good is it for doing real business? Geoffrey Macnab reports.
  • Ken Loach: Keeper of the flame

    13-Jun-2016

    Interviewed in the Wardour Street offices of his company Sixteen Films on a damp June morning, Loach is still clearly delighted at having won his second Palme d’Or last month for I, Daniel Blake.
  • Ken Loach doc to offer 'pay what you can' tickets

    2-Jun-2016

    UK distributor Dogwoof is pioneering a new “pay what you can” release for Louise Osmond’s feature documentary about British filmmaker Ken Loach.
  • Bill Nighy to star in 'Triple Word Score'

    25-May-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Comedy-drama scripted by Frank Cottrell Boyce.
  • Belga raises €5m for animation 'The Son Of Bigfoot'

    19-May-2016

    Belga Films Fund (BFF) has raised more than $5.6m (€5m) for Ben Stassen’s new animated feature, The Son Of Bigfoot.
  • Dutch producer unveils film education project CinesCool

    19-May-2016

    Pan-European initiative aims to “bring film to the classroom”.
  • 'Toni Erdmann' racks up key sales for The Match Factory

    19-May-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: UK, Italy, Australia, Spain among a host of key sales on Cannes Competition hit.
  • Ghent film fest to honour 'Revenant' composer Ryuichi Sakamoto

    18-May-2016

    Festival’s soundtrack awards will have a TV focus this year, including performances of the Fargo and House Of Cards [picturted] soundtracks.
  • Cannes: Screen's VOD panel

    17-May-2016

    The discussion at Screen’s VoD panel centred on the relative virtues of different platforms and subscription models, and why the industry remains tight-lipped on viewing figures.
  • Ansip offers Digital Single Market reassurance in Cannes

    17-May-2016

    Talking to Screen in Cannes, the European commissioner said that there had been scaremongering around the issue.
  • 'Stalingrad' team line up sci-fi 'Attraction'

    17-May-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Fedor Bondarchuk and Dmitry Rudovsky have revealed their production slate in Cannes.
  • Sally Sussman talks 'Midnight Returns'

    16-May-2016

    The Cannes Classics selection follows Billy Hayes, the subject of Midnight Express, as he returns to Turkey.
  • Cannes hits 'Toni Erdmann', 'Sieranevada' secure sales

    16-May-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: German comedy Toni Erdmann is attracting buyers following a strong critical reception.
  • IFFR's CineMart, Holland Film Meeting launch co-pro initiative

    16-May-2016

    BoostNL will aim to increase support for Dutch features and international co-pros presented at the two festivals.
  • 'The Doo Dah Man' sells to US

    16-May-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: The Thing Is… has picked up the road movie from director Claude Green.
  • Animation 'The Stolen Princess' sells to Bulgaria, Iran

    16-May-2016

    Film.UA Group has closed more deals here in Cannes for Ukrainian animation The Stolen Princess.
  • Bucharest’s Film Studios relaunches ahead of Romanian tax breaks

    16-May-2016

    Directors including Cristian Mungiu and Terry Gilliam have voiced support for the expanding studio.
  • 'Home' receives e-Mission sustainability label

    16-May-2016

    The initiative launched by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund aims to reduce the Co2 emissions of film productions.
  • Glagoleva's 'Friend From Afar' leads Russian Cannes showcase

    15-May-2016

    Roskino revealed the project, amongst others, at a Marche presentation today.
  • Aaron Brookner to direct 'Black Deutschland' adaptation

    15-May-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Uncle Howard director to helm an adaptation of Darryl Pinckney’s novel.
  • ICM Partners takes Kusturica’s 'On The Milky Road' for US

    15-May-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Emir Kusturica’s latest stars the director alongside Monica Bellucci.
  • Cannes: Michele Russo talks 'The Family Whistle'

    15-May-2016

    Michael Russo tracks the history of the Coppola clan in doc The Family Whistle.
  • Iranian animation faces censorship challenge

    14-May-2016

    Film features its female protagonist not wearing her hijab, which has fallen foul of Iranian censors.
  • Park Circus to sell Handmade Films library

    14-May-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Library features more than 100 titles including The Long Good Friday and Withnail And I.
  • New Sochi film festival to showcase Russian, international talent

    14-May-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Inaugural December event announced in Cannes by Roskino.
  • Lady Gaga to play Cilla Black in Dionne Warwick biopic

    13-May-2016

    LaToya Luckett will play Warwick in the forthcoming film from the writer of The Doors.
  • Doc specialist Autlook moves into narrative features

    13-May-2016

    Documentary specialists launches new label with Fly Away Home [pictured].
  • Central Partnership strikes 'The Crew' deals

    13-May-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: IMAX-shot disaster movie has sold to multiple territories.
  • Ex-con Francois Troukens to co-direct 'Above The Law'

    13-May-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Former gangster Francois Troukens will co-direct the $7m crime thriller.
  • Adam Driver set to star in Terry Gilliam’s 'Don Quixote'

    12-May-2016

    The Force Awakens actor is circling the passion project alongside Monty Python’s Michael Palin.
  • 'Handmaiden' heads to Benelux with Cineart

    12-May-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Distribution outfit has picked up Park Chan-Wook’s latest, which is in Competition at Cannes.
  • Match Factory orders Jim Jarmusch’s 'Coffee And Cigarettes'

    12-May-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Film becomes the seventh Jarmusch title in the company’s classic collection.
  • Russian Revolution feature to mark centenary

    12-May-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Portmanteau film will feature segments from young Russian directors.
  • SPC swoops on Paul Verhoeven's 'Elle'

    11-May-2016

    Early in the market, in one of the first major deals for a competition title, Sony Pictures Classics has swooped to acquire Paul Verhoeven’s Elle.
  • FX drama 'Snowfall' signs Belgian directors of 'Black'

    11-May-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Hard-hitting TV drama will recount the crack cocaine epidemic of 1980s LA.
  • Paul Verhoeven, 'Elle' producer runite for French resistance movie

    11-May-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Verohoeven’s next film will be a Second World War French resistance movie.
  • Beta launches Ruzowitzky, Holland, Dresen, Netzer films

    11-May-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Titles on Beta’s slate include films from Agnieszka Holland and Stefan Ruzowitzky.
  • Netflix acquires four from Dutch Features

    11-May-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Acquisitions by SVOD giant include Ivona Juka’s You Carry Me.
  • Wizart's 'Sheep And Wolves' secures China release

    11-May-2016

    Flame Node to handle Chinese release of animation.
  • Paul Verhoeven talks returning to Cannes with 'Elle'

    11-May-2016

    The Dutch director, whose Basic Instinct opened the Cannes Film Festival in 1992, discusses his Competition title Elle.
  • Splendid opens Benelux distribution arm

    10-May-2016

    Former A-Fim exec Erik Engelen will head the new company.
  • UK Private Financiers: Adventure Capital

    9-May-2016

    Investor confidence in the UK film industry is growing thanks to the country’s embedded tax credit and the efforts of an increasing number of dynamic private financers. Geoffrey Macnab reports
  • M-Appeal picks up duo for Cannes Marché

    25-Apr-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Berlin-based sales outfit scores films from Home Sick director and Lav Diaz protégé.
  • Spielberg fund backs Warsaw Ghetto documentary

    25-Apr-2016

    May shoot for Who Will Write Our History about the Oyneg Shabes archive; Nancy Spielberg produces with support from Steven Spielberg-chaired fund.
  • Lord Puttnam calls for greater VPF transparency and new BFI distribution fund

    13-Apr-2016

    The Labour Lord and former producer has addressed VPFs, Brexit and the potential for a new specialised BFI distribution fund in a wide-ranging speech to industry.
  • Industry reaction: Daniel Battsek to head Film4

    8-Apr-2016

    Room producer Ed Guiney and Number 9 Films’ Stephen Woolley among those to voice reaction to the appointment of David Kosse’s successor at Film4.
  • 'Broken Circle Breakdown' star Veerle Baetens to direct 'The Melting'

    8-Apr-2016

    Award-winning Belgian star to make directorial debut on novel adaptation.
  • UK industry react to David Kosse's departure from Film4

    2-Apr-2016

    Screen canvassed the UK industry for reaction to the surprise news.
  • Nelleke Driessen to leave Fortissimo

    31-Mar-2016

    Driessen has been involved with the sales company since it was founded in the early 90s, and has been MD since 2004.
  • Training: Diversity - an attainable dream

    29-Mar-2016

    The UK’s diversity challenge is being tackled by both film schools and high schools. Geoffrey Macnab reports on the efforts being made to ensure every child and teenager in the country considers the creative industries a viable career choice
  • Matthias Schoenaerts, Erik Van Looy thrillers to press on with Brussels shoots

    24-Mar-2016

    Belgian thriller The Prime Minister, about a terrorist plot to kidnap the US president, is currently filming in and around Brussels.
  • Brexit: Together… for how long?

    24-Mar-2016

    A devastating loss of influence and financial support or a liberating release from knotty European regulations? Geoffrey Macnab plunges into the Brexit debate to explore the potential impact of a UK withdrawal from the EU on the country’s film industry.
  • Virtual Print Fee: cold comforts

    24-Mar-2016

    As the UK industry eyes the end of the controversial Virtual Print Fee, Geoffrey Macnab looks at how well it has worked, and asks whether it has adversely affected foreign-language and specialist film distribution
  • European co-production treaty set for radical overhaul

    9-Mar-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Co-pro treaty could be opened to non-European countries, making it easier for the likes of Argentina and Brazil to find co-pro partners.
  • AAM responds to VPF claim

    26-Feb-2016

    Integrator AAM and exhibitor Picturehouse clarify VPF positions.
  • Picturehouse ends Virtual Print Fee

    25-Feb-2016

    UK exhibitor made final payment to its integrator around four weeks ago.
  • Berlin Q&A: Steve Coogan, 'Shepherds And Butchers'

    16-Feb-2016

    Comedian and film star Steve Coogan plays a crusading lawyer taking on a seemingly unwinnable case in Apartheid era South Africa in Oliver Schmitz’s Shepherds And Butchers (sold at EFM by West End Films).
  • Terence Davies reveals details of next projects

    15-Feb-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: British director is working on an adaptation of Mother Of Sorrows and a biopic of Sigfried Sassoon.
  • Italy to remake comedy 'Off Course'

    15-Feb-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Italian company picked up rights from Spanish outfit Deaplaneta.
  • Raven Banner secures 'It Came From The Desert' pre-sales

    15-Feb-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Video game adaptation sees mutant ants wreacking havoc in the New Mexico Desert.
  • Topkapi boards Babak Jalali's 'Land'

    15-Feb-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Dutch outfit signs up for IFFR Tiger Award-winner’s follow-up to Radio Dreams.
  • Hurricane whips up storm with Berlin slate

    14-Feb-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: A Quiet Passion producer is working on an Emily Dickinson documentary.
  • Attraction snaps up Berlin Generation titles

    14-Feb-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Canadian distributor takes Blue Bicycle and Fortune Favors The Brave from Berlin’s strand aimed at teenagers and children.
  • Madonna dancer doc 'Strike A Pose' strikes deal

    14-Feb-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Film premieres in Berlin’s Panorama Documentary strand.
  • Felix Van Groeningen readies Fellini-esque drama

    13-Feb-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Ensor will see the Oscar-nominated director return to Europe, while his Sundance film Belgica has had its poster banned.
  • Turkish animation 'Bad Cat' sells to Germany

    13-Feb-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Animation based on Turkish comic strip.
  • M-Appeal inks deals for 'Paradise Trips'

    11-Feb-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Artcam has taken Raf Reyntjens’ film for the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.
  • Coproduction Office scores 'Creative Control' deals

    11-Feb-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Euro sales outfit inks additional deals after Amazon Studios took US rights.
  • Fortissimo secures 'Ants On A Shrimp' deals

    11-Feb-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: In advance of the film’s Berlinale premiere, the sales company has announced multiple deals.
  • Gender issues tackled at Rotterdam fest

    3-Feb-2016

    International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) to deal with the zeitgeist topic in “a playful and provocative way”.
  • Hany Abu-Assad set to move 'Mountain Between Us'

    3-Feb-2016

    Double Oscar nominee has been in Rotterdam with his new feature, The Idol, a biopic of Palestinian singer Mohammad Assaf.
  • Sergei Loznitsa reveals details of WWII projects

    3-Feb-2016

    Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa, at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), has revealed details of his new projects.
  • Shuttered A-Film back catalogue finds distributors

    3-Feb-2016

    As the dust settles after the shock closure last year of A-Film, details have emerged as to what has happened with the back catalogue of the blue-chip Dutch distribution company.
  • 'Paint Drying' director in talks to screen protest film

    1-Feb-2016

    British director Charlie Lyne has provoked a debate in the UK about censorship and the inner workings of the BBFC with his film/provocation, Paint Drying. 
  • Dutch films to get investment boost

    31-Jan-2016

    Fewer Dutch films with more production investment and marketing clout behind them. That is what Doreen Boonekamp, director of the Netherlands Film Fund, is promising in the next four-year funding cycle, 2017-2020. 
  • IFFR's Art:Film to showcase 'The Notebooks', 'What If Women Ruled The World?'

    31-Jan-2016

    This is the fifth year that IFFR has included an Art: Film platform within the CineMart as part of an ongoing attempt to bring art world professionals closer together with their colleagues from cinema. 
  • Tiger directors: Pieter-Jan De Pue, 'The Land Of The Enlightened'

    31-Jan-2016

    Pieter-Jan De Pue, whose debut feature The Land Of The Enlightened screens in Rottedam’s Tiger competition, first visited Afghanistan after leaving film school.
  • IFFR unleashes VOD initiative

    31-Jan-2016

    IFFR Unleashed is the festival’s new attempt to reach audiences through VOD platforms.
  • IFFR: Udo Kier talks 'Iron Sky 2'

    31-Jan-2016

    Hitler is back  - and he will be sharing the screen with The Pope, Osama Bin Laden, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Putin and Jesus Christ, as well as various dinosaurs .
  • Rotterdam launches second IFFR Live

    31-Jan-2016

    The second edition of the festivals’ hugely ambitious, border crossing IFFR Live launched on Friday with a showing of Leyla Bound’s As I Open My Eyes in 46 screens across 17 countries. 
  • Waterland producers launch The Film Kitchen

    31-Jan-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Leading Dutch producers Jan van der Zanden and Ineke Kanters have launched a new production company, The Film Kitchen.
  • CineMart prepares to launch 33rd edition

    29-Jan-2016

    Some 25 projects from 21 countries are featured in CineMart 2016, IFFR’s much vaunted co-production market.
  • Hubert Bals Fund finds stable footing

    29-Jan-2016

    Anyone doubting the effectiveness of Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund need only look at the make-up of next month’s Berlinale competition.
  • Tiger directors: Fiona Tan, 'History's Future'

    29-Jan-2016

    The filmmaker reveals the challenge of making her debut feture.
  • 'Beyond Sleep' opens IFFR as new festival director strikes political note

    28-Jan-2016

    Dutch royalty attend opening, which kicked off with Boudewijn Koole’s new feature; Bero Beyer hails Rotterdam diversity.
  • Reel Suspects teams with 'Broken Circle Breakdown' producer

    25-Jan-2016

    EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based sales outfit adds Rotterdam premieres and sales manager.
  • Rotterdam: the new-look festival

    19-Jan-2016

    Ahead of this month’s International Film Festival Rotterdam (Jan 27-Feb 7), new artistic director Bero Beyer talks about the radical changes he has introduced.
  • Odeon & UCI sale: a second chance

    6-Jan-2016

    Will an upswing in the fortunes of the UK and European cinema industry in 2015 mean the long-awaited sale of Odeon & UCI may finally happen?
  • 'Spirited Away' (2001)

    21-Dec-2015

    Director: Hayao Miyazaki (Japan)
  • 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' (2000)

    21-Dec-2015

    Director: Ang Lee (Taiwan-Hong Kong-US-China)
  • The changing face of festivals

    21-Dec-2015

    Over the past four decades, the festival landscape has been in a state of constant evolution, with events coming and going all over the world.
  • Forty Years of British Film

    21-Dec-2015

    Over the past 40 years, the UK film industry has had its share of creative and financial ups and downs. Screen tracks its progress from the depression of the mid-1980s to the highs of recent years.
  • 'First Blood' (1982)

    18-Dec-2015

    Director: Ted Kotcheff (US)
  • 'Sex, Lies And Videotape' (1989)

    18-Dec-2015

    Director: Steven Soderbergh (US)
  • Documentary: US flourishing while Europe struggles

    18-Dec-2015

    While Netflix and Amazon among others are revitalising the documentary sector in the US, it’s a different story in Europe, where factual film-makers are fighting for funds.
  • Stun Originals, Paula van der Oest team for US mini-series

    11-Dec-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Dutch director to remake 2014 feature with US outfit Stun Originals.
  • The changing face of the European Film Awards

    10-Dec-2015

    The role of the EFAs is changing as they become more than just a chance to celebrate the best in European film-making. They now have a part to play in campaigning on important issues and bringing collaborators together.
  • Dubai: Meet the jury

    10-Dec-2015

    DIFF has assembled an eclectic group of international film-makers to take a seat on the festival juries, Screen meets Deepa Mehta [pictured], Nujoom Alganem, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Ali F Mostafa and Kim Magnusson.
  • 'Don Juan', 'Ukrainian Sheriffs' win at IDFA

    26-Nov-2015

    Festival also confirms Michael Moore set to compile next year’s ‘Top 10’.
  • CPH:DOX moving to March

    25-Nov-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: In a major shift to the documentary festival landscape, CPH:DOX has announced it is to change dates.
  • Dogwoof to handle sales of Jennifer Peedom's 'Mountain'

    23-Nov-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Feature documentary made by the Australian director of Sherpa [pictured].
  • Ulrich Seidl readies trophy hunter doc

    23-Nov-2015

    Austrian filmmaker’s new documentary to be ready in time for Cannes.
  • IDFA: Autlook strikes doc deals; reshuffles structure

    20-Nov-2015

    New appointments and sales of titles including Toto and His Sisters.
  • Eagles of Death Metal doc pulled from IDFA

    20-Nov-2015

    All screenings cancelled of a film following the frontman of Eagles Of Death Metal, who were on stage at the Bataclan.
  • Laszlo Nemes talks Hungary's Oscar submission 'Son Of Saul'

    13-Nov-2015

    Since its debut at Cannes, Laszlo Nemes’ Son Of Saul has become one of the most admired films of recent years. So why did so few financiers want to back it?
  • Riots cancel 'Black' screenings

    13-Nov-2015

    Two screenings in Brussels of the Toronto award-winner cancelled over age-rating dispute.
  • Beta fired up for Hitler comedy sales

    4-Nov-2015

    German sales outfit Beta is reporting huge buyer interest in Look Who’s Back; also launching Hevn.
  • Digital Single Market: winds of change

    2-Nov-2015

    SCREEN SUBSCRIBERS: The initial reaction to the European Commission’s digital single market proposals was dismayed panic among Europe’s film industry. While emotions have cooled, deep unease and distrust still linger. Geoffrey Macnab outlines the EC’s proposals, gathers industry reactions and assesses whether common ground can be found
  • Creative Scotland launches $2.7m fund

    29-Oct-2015

    The fund will target productions that bring benefits to the Scottish film sector and economy.
  • Iceland's Pegasus reveals project slate

    6-Oct-2015

    Snorri Thórisson, CEO of Reykjavík-based production outfit Pegasus Pictures (Icelandic line producer of Game Of Thrones), has revealed details of the company’s latest feature projects.
  • German director Margarethe von Trotta reflects on career

    6-Oct-2015

    SCREEN SUBSCRIBERS: In Reykjavik to collect a lifetime achievement award, Margarethe von Trotta reflects on an illustrious career with ScreenDaily.
  • Former A-Film exec reveals struggles at Benelux distributor

    6-Oct-2015

    In an outspoken interview, Erik Engelen, former director of acquisitions at Benelux distribution outfit A-Film (and still a consultant there), has given his views on what has brought one of the region’s most respected independent companies to its knees.
  • Talent agent Richard Cook calls for film fund/festival rethink

    6-Oct-2015

    Leading European talent agent Richard Cook has called for a radical re-thinking of both the European film festival system and of public funding bodies like Eurimages and MEDIA.
  • Reykjavik festival director reflects on growing event

    2-Oct-2015

    When RIFF (Reykjavik International Film Festival) was founded in 2004, expectations for the new event were far from high.
  • Dutch execs launch distribution company, Periscope

    29-Sep-2015

    Dutch industry veteran San Fu Maltha of Fu Works has partnered with Bruno Felix and Femke Wolting of Amsterdam-based Submarine Films to launch a new distribution company.
  • Netherlands Film Festival kicks off amid drama

    28-Sep-2015

    At the Holland Film Meeting (HFM) several new projects and new policy initiatives have been announced.
  • Curzon boss reveals ‘Beasts’ UK release details

    25-Sep-2015

    SCREEN SUBSCRIBERS: Philip Knatchbull talks about Curzon’s theatrical deal with Netflix for Cary Fukunaga’s festival hit.
  • Dutch distributor A-Film "close to bankruptcy"

    18-Sep-2015

    A-Film, for many years one of the leading independent arthouse distributors in the Netherlands, is teetering close to bankruptcy.
  • TIFF 2015: Jeremy Irons talks 'The Man Who Knew Infinity'

    13-Sep-2015

    The British actor discusses his role as a brilliant mathematician alongside co-star Dev Patel in Matthew Brown’s period drama.
  • In focus: screenwriting

    11-Sep-2015

    Ahead of the eve of the sixth Bafta and BFI Screenwriters’ Lecture Series (Sept 23-Oct 3), four celebrated screenwriters discuss how the Netflix era has put them back in control.
  • Venice: ‘Mediterranea’ still hunting domestic deal

    11-Sep-2015

    Award-winning Italian immigration film struggling to find distribution on director’s home turf.
  • Fonda replaces Lee, Stone replaces Thurman in 9/11 drama

    10-Sep-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Peter Fonda is to replace the late Sir Christopher Lee in ensemble 9/11 drama The 11th, which is closing financing in Toronto.
  • 'Looking For Grace' director Sue Brooks reveals two new films

    7-Sep-2015

    Australian writer-director Sue Brooks, whose latest feature Looking For Grace has premiered at the Venice Film Festival, has revealed details of her upcoming projects.
  • Cinecitta Studios reveals upswing from 'Ben-Hur', 'Young Pope'

    7-Sep-2015

    Cinecitta Studios in Rome is reaping the benefits of the generous new Italian tax credit, which has recently been extended to all audiovisual activity, including high-end TV drama.
  • M-Appeal acquires Venice Biennale College film 'Blanka'

    7-Sep-2015

    Berlin-based sales outfit M-Appeal has swooped to add Venice Biennale College title Blanka to its autumn market slate.
  • Lumiere acquires new Marion Cotillard, Terrence Malick films

    7-Sep-2015

    Benelux distributor Lumiere has been on an acqusition drive, ramping up its release slate for next year.
  • September Films to combine production, distribution, exhibition

    4-Sep-2015

    September Films boss Pim Hermeling has revealed details of his ambitious plans to remould his company as a vertically integrated outfit, combining production and exhibition with distribution.
  • Venice Film Market: Chinese presence declines

    2-Sep-2015

    Venice Film Market director Pascal Diot has confirmed that Chinese involvement in the event has decreased markedly since last year.
  • Venice's Barbera heralds success of Biennale College initiative

    2-Sep-2015

    Venice Festival artistic director Alberto Barbera has hailed the success of the Festival’s groundbreaking Biennale College - Cinema programme in nurturing new work from young filmmakers around the world.
  • LevelK to launch Hong Kong office

    28-Aug-2015

    Scandinavian sales outfit LevelK is expanding eastward.
  • Venice 2015: Alberto Barbera, festival director

    28-Aug-2015

    Festival director Alberto Barbera tells Geoffrey Macnab about the 72nd line-up, the Toronto détente and forging ties with the streaming giants.
  • Eastern Europe: Reinventing the reel

    17-Aug-2015

    Ahead of the European Film Forum’s exhibition panel in Sarajevo, Geoffrey Macnab looks at how fresh thinking is leading to new opportunities for cinemas in eastern Europe.
  • Digital Single Market: Breaking borders

    17-Aug-2015

    The potential European digital single market is a major challenge facing European productions. Geoffrey Macnab previews a Sarajevo co-production panel that will examine the controversial proposals.
  • Laszlo Nemes talks 'Son of Saul'

    23-Jul-2015

    Screen talks to the Hungarian director about his harrowing Cannes debut.
  • Ulrich Seidl, 'In The Basement'

    20-Jul-2015

    Film-maker Ulrich Seidl speaks about how a fascination with Austrians and their cellars led to his lauded documentary In The Basement.
  • Jeremy Saunier’s 'Green Room' wins at Neuchatel

    13-Jul-2015

    Also… Chris Carter reopens The X-Files and Sion Sono discusses his Fukushima-set sci-fi.
  • BFI launches Britain On Film archive

    7-Jul-2015

    Thousands of unseen films digitised and made available online including world’s earliest home movies; new film commissioned from Penny Woolcock.
  • 'Downfall' director plans First World War drama

    2-Jul-2015

    After making two high profile movies set during the Hitler years, Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel is hatching plans for a new film that will unfold during the First World War.
  • Drawing power: animation special

    25-Jun-2015

    While Hollywood continues to dominate animation globally, European distributors and producers are increasingly looking to grab a slice of the pie. Geoffrey Macnab looks at the state of play.
  • Creative Scotland's head of film talks need for funding

    22-Jun-2015

    When she joined Creative Scotland as Director, Film And Media, last summer, Natalie Usher already had an intimate involvement with several of the films that Creative Scotland was backing. 
  • Kapadia responds to Winehouse doc criticisms

    19-Jun-2015

    Director also talks about an extended cut of award-winning Senna.
  • Grant Gee's 'Innocence Of Memories' set for autumn fest

    18-Jun-2015

    Feature is based on Orhan Pamuk’s novel The Museum Of Innocence.
  • Animation admissions 14.2% in North America, report

    16-Jun-2015

    Groundbreaking research “mapping” the European animation industry is to be presented at the Annecy Festival.
  • David Puttnam talks return to producing

    1-Jun-2015

    Chariots of Fire producer reveals how Greenpeace activists brought him back to filmmaking.
  • Cineart acquires Cannes winner 'Mustang'

    28-May-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor Cineart has confirmed several Cannes acquisitions.
  • Curious unveils further details of slate

    20-May-2015

    Titles in development include Virginia Heath’s Mystery Ride and Taika Waititi’s Hunt For The Wilderpeople.
  • Luc Jacquet talks climate change for Cannes closing film

    19-May-2015

    The French filmmaker talks to Geoffrey Macnab about Ice and the Sky.
  • Storm Saulter lines up 'Sprinter'

    19-May-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Jamaican director’s new drama aimed to be ready by the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
  • Park Circus acquires classic British films

    19-May-2015

    UK company acquires Woodfall Library which includes titles such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Tom Jones and A Taste of Honey.
  • Projects to Czech out in Cannes

    19-May-2015

    Czech production companies partnering on new projects from the likes of Kristian Levring, Per-Olav Sørensen and Bohdan Slama.
  • David Puttnam returns to production with 'Arctic 30'

    18-May-2015

    Chariots Of Fire producer David Puttnam is returning to filmmaking for the first time in more than 15 years
  • Uma Thurman signs for 9/11 drama 'The 11th'

    18-May-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Uma Thurman and Christopher Lee are among the ensemble cast to have signed for a Copenhagen-set drama set during the 24-hours before 9/11.
  • 'Pride' star Ben Schnetzer to play tragic journalist Dan Eldon

    18-May-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Ben Schnetzer, star of gay activist drama Pride, is to play a tragic Reuters photojournalist who was stoned to death in Mogadishu in 1993.
  • Swedish Minister defends Film Agreement plans

    18-May-2015

    Swedish Culture Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke has defended her decision to scrap Sweden’s Film Agreement.
  • Andy Vanya toasts Hungary Fund

    18-May-2015

    A bullish Andy Vajna has hailed the work of the Hungarian Film Fund in galvanizing film production in the country and “cleaning up the mess” left after the dissolution of the debt-ridden Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation (MMKA).
  • Film4Climate, Ecoprod call on producers

    18-May-2015

    The World Bank Group’s Film4Climate programmme and Ecoprod are inviting film producers to join forces in the development of a  plan to reduce the environmental impact of film production and to raise more awareness about climate change. 
  • Kevin Williams closes classic Almodovar deals

    18-May-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Williams Associates has closed some eye-catching deals on its remastered Pedro Almodovar film, Labyrinth Of Passion.
  • Roskino unveils projects in Cannes

    17-May-2015

    At its annual presentation of Russian projects looking for co-production partners earlier this week, Roskino provided a platform for producers to present new projects in the Cannes market.
  • Kristian Levring readies Prohibition-era drama 'Devil’s Lake'

    17-May-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Danish director Kristian Levring (The Salvation) is set to make a new Prohibition-era drama.
  • Galaxy Studios secures Richard Elfman deal

    17-May-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Wilfried Van Baelen’s Belgium-based, post-production outfit, Galaxy Studios has finalised a three-film deal with filmmaker Richard Elfman (Modern Vampires).
  • Latvia adds $8.5m film funding

    17-May-2015

    Latvia has raised cash rebate levels and added $8.5m (€7.5m) in funding. Details of the boost in national film support were revealed here in Cannes.
  • 'Terminator' set for 20 territory release

    17-May-2015

    UK classics specialist Park Circus is to give its re-mastered version of James Cameron’s Terminator, from MGM, a 20 territory release on close to 1,000 screens this summer.
  • Ingrid Bergman doc confirms five territories

    16-May-2015

    Early during the Cannes market, buyers have rushed to snap up Stig Björkman’s feature doc Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words. 
  • Child 44's Daniél Espinosa to direct 'The Emigrants'

    16-May-2015

    Child 44 director Daniél Espinosa is to helm a new adptation of period epic The Emigrants for Scandinavian major Svensk Filindustri.
  • Finance panel: Friends in high places

    16-May-2015

    Panel was moderated by Nigel Sinclair, CEO of White Horse Pictures, along with film-makers Ariel Vromen and Lone Scherfig.
  • 'Buena Vista' producer readies four new Cuban docs

    16-May-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Buena Vista Social Club producer Rosa Bosch is in Cannes with a slate of four new feature documentaries, all of which are to be made in Cuba as the country begins to open itself up to international production.
  • Pagafantas to get German remake

    16-May-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Spanish sales outfit Cinema Republic together with Cienfuegos Films has closed a deal on its feature Pagafantas, directed by Borja Cobeaga.
  • Liam Neeson follows 'Christmas Star'

    16-May-2015

    Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People has produced its first feature, featuring Irish action stars Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan.
  • Scandinavian production outfit Avanti Film launches

    15-May-2015

    New Scandinavian production outfit launches at the Cannes Marche.
  • “Healthier” Hubert Bals Fund unveils spring selection

    15-May-2015

    International Film Festival Rotterdam’s resurgent Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) has announced its spring 2015 selection.
  • Beta Cinema scores sales on 'Ghosthunters', 'Umrika'

    15-May-2015

    Beta Cinema’s Cannes market titles Ghosthunters On Icy Trails and Sundance Audience Award winner Umrika have been selling briskly.
  • VoD service MUBI on Cannes hunt

    15-May-2015

    Efe Cakarel’s fast expanding VOD service MUBI is in Cannes looking to make global distribution deals for selected titles in the Cannes Marché.
  • Emmanuelle Seigner joins 'Stalin's Couch'

    15-May-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Venus In Fur star Emmanuelle Seigner has signed on to appear opposite Gerard Depardieu in Fanny Ardant’s new €2.5m feature, Stalin’s Couch.
  • Be For launches Galloping Mind

    15-May-2015

    Benelux sales outfit Be For Films is launching international sales on Galloping Mind, the new feature from ballet star turned filmmaker Wim Vandekeybus.
  • Greenaway's 'Guanajuato' racks up sales

    15-May-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Eisenstein in Guanajuato by veteran British director Peter Greenaway has been racking up sales.
  • Yellow Affair scores US deal on 'The Girl King'

    14-May-2015

    Mika Kaurismaki’s costume epic is set in 1633.
  • Cannes title 'Rams' scores sales

    14-May-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: New Europe Film Sales secures deals for Benelux, Greece, Taiwan.
  • Coproduction Office gets 'Creative Control'

    14-May-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Philippe Bober’s Coproduction Office has boarded world sales rights on Benjamin Dickinson’s SXSW award winner Creative Control.
  • Autlook to sell 'Songs of Lahore'

    14-May-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Vienna based Autlook Filmsales has snapped up international sales rights to Songs Of Lahore, the new feature doc from Sharmeen Obey - the first Pakistani ever to win an Oscar - and Andy Schocken.
  • 'Battle For Sevastopol' sold into Asia

    14-May-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Female sniper movie marks first Russia-Ukraine co-production in years.
  • Cinephil takes controversial 'Among The Believers'

    14-May-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Tribeca title explores radical Islamic school.
  • New Dutch fund backs 'Code M', 'Playboy Priest'

    14-May-2015

    Details have emerged of the new regional film fund being set up in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
  • Gabriel Clarke, 'Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans'

    13-May-2015

    A new documentary from British directors Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna explores the film that “almost destroyed” Steve McQueen. Clarke talks to Geoffrey Macnab about the making of ‘Steve McQueen: The Man And Le Mans’
  • Aalbæk Jensen plots 'Angelic Avengers' adaptation

    13-May-2015

    Danish producer and Zentropa co-founder Peter Aalbæk Jensen is plotting a new English-language feature based on a novel by revered Out Of Africa author Karen Blixen.
  • Russia's Central Partnership retuns to sales

    13-May-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Leading Russian distributor Central Partnership is returning to sales after several years away and is in Cannes with a slate of big budget genre movies including sci-thrillers and historical action fare.
  • Cineart snaps up Cannes selection

    13-May-2015

    Benelux distributor Cineart has been on its usual pre-Cannes buying spree, picking up several high profile arthouse and US indie titles both in official selection and in the market.
  • Sundance secures Killing Joke doc from KWA

    13-May-2015

    Kevin Williams Associates has closed a multi-territory deal with the Sundance Channel for its music doc, Killing Joke - The Death & Resurrection Show.
  • World of Locations: Slovenia

    8-May-2015

    Slovenia is a country on the verge. Geoffrey Macnab reports on its stunning locations and efforts to introduce a financial incentive
  • World of Locations: Croatia

    8-May-2015

    Croatia’s enthusiasm and chameleon-like ability to look like other places are helping to woo international productions.
  • World of Locations: Austria

    8-May-2015

    Austria has emerged as an attractive location in the last 12 months — and not just for film-makers looking for snow.
  • World of Locations: Netherlands

    8-May-2015

    A new cash rebate is making the Netherlands an attractive location and partner for mid-sized international productions.
  • World of Locations: Russia

    8-May-2015

    Russia has extraordinary potential as a location for international filmmakers but, as insiders acknowledge, this is a tough place to set up a production.
  • World of Locations: Poland

    8-May-2015

    Poland is making up for lost time.
  • World of Locations: Czech Republic

    8-May-2015

    Medieval and modernist locations lie just an hour away from forests and mountains.
  • World of Locations: Hungary

    8-May-2015

    Diverse cityscapes and cost-effective crew are drawing in Hollywood film-makers.
  • Cannes: Dutch Features raises 'Dummie the Mummy' sequel

    8-May-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Dutch Features Global Entertainment (DFGE) is to begin pre-sales in Cannes on a Dummie the Mummy sequel.
  • Curzon defends pulling 'Force Majeure' from Showroom Cinema

    17-Apr-2015

    Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema prevented from showing the film on its UK release date; Curzon defends move; BFI issues statement.
  • Michael Sheen to play Everest climber George Mallory

    7-Apr-2015

    Frost/Nixon star to be joined by Andrew Scott and Kelly Macdonald in a biopic of the 1920s British mountaineer.
  • Alicia Vikander to be "voice" of Ingrid Bergman

    30-Mar-2015

    A Royal Affair, Ex Machina star to voice documentary set for Cannes Film Festival.
  • UK's Bertha DocHouse cinema details revealed

    23-Mar-2015

    In advance of this week’s launch of the new, refurbished six-screen Curzon Bloomsbury (formerly the Renoir), further details have emerged of the UK’s first cinema devoted to documentary.
  • Krzysztof Zanussi on Scorsese, censorship and his new film

    23-Mar-2015

    Veteran Polish director talks to Geoffrey Macnab ahead of a major UK tour of restored Polish film classics, programmed by Martin Scorsese.
  • Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson's final film nearing production

    26-Feb-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: A Christmas Miracle was in the works before the British filmmaker died in 2012.
  • Volkswagen inventor doc hits the road

    13-Feb-2015

    Feature documentary to tell the story of the Jewish inventor behind Hitler’s favourite car.
  • Bouckaert talks Belgian tax shelter shake-up

    13-Feb-2015

    There has been a shake-up to the Belgian tax shelter - one intended to squeeze out the “middlemen” perceived to have abused the system.
  • John Pilger film breaks Indiegogo record

    13-Feb-2015

    The Coming War will tell the unreported story of the new “Cold War” between the US and China.
  • Polak reveals Vita and Virginia details

    13-Feb-2015

    Dutch director Sacha Polak has revealed further details of her first English-language project, Vita and Virginia.
  • Havas: Hungarian film on the mend

    13-Feb-2015

    Enhanced tax rebate has resulted in a mini-production boom.
  • NEO closes first two acquisitions at EFM

    11-Feb-2015

    New UK distribution company NEO has made its first two acquisitions in Berlin.
  • Snow Queen 2 heads to Brazil

    10-Feb-2015

    The Snow Queen 2 has been snapped up for release in Brazil, one of several deals closed at Berlin’s EFM by Russian studio Wizart.
  • Battle For Sevastopol sets major Russian release

    10-Feb-2015

    Second World War epic first Russia-Ukraine co-production for several years.
  • Iraqi Odyssey sold in Europe, MENA

    10-Feb-2015

    Autlook’s Panorama selected Iraqi Odyssey has now gone to iWonder (Italy).
  • Olla: Eurimages funding must back risk-takers

    10-Feb-2015

    Roberto Olla, executive director of Eurimages (the Council of Europe’s film fund) is calling for a re-think of how the organisation reaches its funding decisions and, in particular, how it defines “quality”.
  • Brisk run for Nature

    9-Feb-2015

    Potsdamer Place was the location of a unique marketing stunt for Out of Nature on Sunday [Feb 8].
  • Soda adopts Berlin-Sundance title Second Mother

    9-Feb-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Distributor takes UK and Canadian rights to Anna Muylaert’s Panorama title.
  • Lunanime, Folimage to make third feature

    9-Feb-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Companies are currently in post production on second feature Phantom Boy [pictured].
  • Wim Wenders to shoot new film in June

    8-Feb-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Les beaux jours d’Aranjuez is an adaptation of the play by Peter Handke.
  • Lunchbox director in talks for next film

    8-Feb-2015

    Ritesh Batra, director of Indian hit The Lunchbox, is in advanced talks to direct an adaptation of award-winning novel The Sense of An Ending.
  • NonStop acquires seven at EFM

    8-Feb-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Swedish distributor picks up The Duke of Burgundy, X+Y and This is England ‘90, among others.
  • Wide sells ballet doc to Japan

    8-Feb-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Ballet movie sells for Wide House, who are also beginning pre-sales on Unpleasant Truths directed by Marcel Opuls.
  • Troll fairytale secures $2.2m boost

    7-Feb-2015

    The Norwegian Film Institute has announced a sizable $2.2m production award for upcoming troll movie The Ash Lad in the Hall of the Mountain King.
  • Dutch-German treaty ratified

    7-Feb-2015

    Government officials due at the Berlinale for the signing of the treaty.
  • Timothy Spall to star in The Special One

    6-Feb-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: British actor set to star in prison-based comedy-drama.
  • Alien doc The Visit scores sales

    5-Feb-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Madsen documentary sells to Italy and Poland, with further deals close.
  • ZDF takes Mr Twister film franchise

    5-Feb-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: Dutch Features Global Entertainment sells German-speaking rights and secures additional French deal.
  • Tom Barman planning Alcoholics feature

    27-Jan-2015

    Antwerp musician Tom Barman, founding member of cult rock band dEUS, is setting aside time to devote to his film work and has three film projects at early stages.
  • Wilson sisters bring Undead Sun Rotterdam

    27-Jan-2015

    Turner nominated artists The Wilson sisters, Louise Wilson and Jane Wilson, have been in Rotterdam this weekend for the international premiere of their new piece Undead Sun, originally presented in London’s Imperial War Museum last year.
  • Pummell preps William Gibson adaptation

    27-Jan-2015

    BAFTA-winner to adapt short story Dogfight, from cult sci-fi writer; currently in Rotterdam with Brand New-U.
  • Amour Fou developing films with Nobel prize-winner

    27-Jan-2015

    Production outfit Amour Fou is in development on two projects - including a “feminist vampire” film - with Nobel prize winning Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek.
  • Rotterdam: Meet and Greet

    25-Jan-2015

    “Meet And Greet” is IFFR’s new initiative to allow the public and industry visitors to encounter filmmakers in an informal setting.
  • Tiger directors: Britni West, Tired Moonlight

    25-Jan-2015

    The US director talks about her tribute to small-town Montana, which receives its international premiere in competition at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
  • Tiger directors: Nicolas Steiner, Above and Below

    25-Jan-2015

    The Swiss director talks about “underground dwellers”, which receives its international premiere in competition at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
  • Girard seeks Euro support for Cunningham

    25-Jan-2015

    French producer Ilann Girard, boss of Arsam International and exec producer on March of the Penguins, has revealed further details of his new CineMart project Cunningham.
  • Rotterdam director talks festival future

    25-Jan-2015

    International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is expecting to record 280,000 cinema visits over the festival period, making it one of the biggest public film festivals in Europe.
  • IFFR: Iranian film flourishing

    25-Jan-2015

    Iranian writer-director Reza Mirkarimi’s Today, Iran’s Oscar submission, has been screening at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) this week.
  • IFFR: Reel Suspects sells German Angst

    24-Jan-2015

    Sales include Taiwan and Scandinavia.
  • Dutch rebate driving up production

    24-Jan-2015

    Speaking in Rotterdam, Netherlands Film Fund director Doreen Boonekamp has delivered an upbeat assessment of the state of the Dutch film industry.
  • Hannewijk takes Zeeland film commissioner role

    24-Jan-2015

    Leo Hannewijk, festival director at Film by the Sea in Vlissingen, has taken up a new, additional role as film commissioner in Zeeland.
  • Rotterdam: Savage Film brings new projects

    24-Jan-2015

    Savage Film presents new projects at Rotterdam; Oscar-nominated Flemish director Michaël R. Roskam’s Belgian-set feature The Faithful planning shoot.
  • Belgian festival cancelled over terror threat

    23-Jan-2015

    Palme d’Or winners the Dardenne brothers issue statement following the cancellation of the Ramdan Film Festival over terrorist threats and the evacuation of a cinema.
  • Tiger directors: Kyros Papavassiliou, Impressions Of A Drowned Man

    22-Jan-2015

    The Greek-Cyrriot director talks about his poetic meditation on the nature of time and identity, which receives its world premiere in competition at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
  • Tiger directors: Remy van Heugten, Gluckauf

    22-Jan-2015

    The Dutch director talks about his father-son story, which receives its world premiere in competition at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
  • Greenaway talks new film Walking To Paris

    22-Jan-2015

    British director will premiere Eisenstein in Guanajuato at the Berlinale next month.
  • Stienette Bosklopper reveals screenwriting plans

    22-Jan-2015

    Veteran Dutch producer Stienette Bosklopper, owner and MD of Circe Film, is turning screenwriter and has written two projects already in advanced development.
  • Woman in Black director criticises BBFC rating

    22-Jan-2015

    EXCLUSIVE: British director Tom Harper has sharply criticised the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC) over its decision to give his Hammer horror sequel The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death a 15 certificate.
  • Rotterdam opens with talk of propaganda and feminism

    22-Jan-2015

    Outgoing festival director Rutger Wolfson opens his final IFFR; War Book screened to packed theatre.
  • War Book producer reveals development slate

    22-Jan-2015

    Stray Bear Productions, producer of IFFR opening film War Book, has features lined-up including the story of a gay miner in 1980s Yorkshire.
  • Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund extending reach

    22-Jan-2015

    HBF+Europe to support co-productions with emerging territories.
  • CineMart Rotterdam: all change

    18-Jan-2015

    Only projects with 25% of their financing in place have been selected for Rotterdam’s CineMart.
  • Cinema bookers: the show business

    18-Jan-2015

    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
  • Ex-Cineworld exec joins Everyman

    9-Jan-2015

    Veteran cinema programmer Roy Gower is to take over as head of film at Everyman Cinemas.
  • UK documentary: big-screen truths

    7-Jan-2015

    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
  • Nyqvist joins Kenyeres' Hier

    22-Dec-2014

    Swedish star takes the lead in debut feature from Hungarian auteur Balint Kenyeres.
  • Andy Whittaker & Anna Godas, Dogwoof

    19-Dec-2014

    UK distributor Dogwoof Films is celebrating a decade of championing its socially conscious films across multiple platforms. Company founders Andy Whittaker and Anna Godas tell Geoffrey Macnab about their vision.
  • HBO Europe renews doc commitment

    27-Nov-2014

    HBO Europe has re-emphasised its commitment to feature documentary as a core part of its original programming.
  • Ulrich Seidl reveals new film details

    25-Nov-2014

    Midway through International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the In the Basement director has talked about his period drama; while George Takei has revealed details on his WWII project and Autlook and picked up new titles.
  • IDFA 2014 opens with concert film

    20-Nov-2014

    Documentary festival to include a Q&A with CitizenFour director Laura Poitras and a strand dedicated to women in docs.
  • World of Locations: Mexico

    5-Nov-2014

    Varied locations and hard-working local crews are putting Mexico on the map.
  • World of Locations: Brazil

    5-Nov-2014

    From Rio’s beaches to the Amazon rainforest, Brazil has everything to offer.
  • World of Locations: Nordic Region

    5-Nov-2014

    Spectacular geography and enticing towns all play their part.
  • World of Locations: Belgium

    5-Nov-2014

    Caves, castles, forests and port cities make Belgium very appealing.
  • Claudia Landsberger to leave EYE

    3-Nov-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Head of Dutch film promotion outfit to step down after 20 years.
  • Ingenious court case: what lies ahead

    3-Nov-2014

    The Ingenious v HMRC tribunal kicks off today in London.
  • Good Films secures backing; Danis Tanovic to direct Invisible

    22-Oct-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: British producer Miriam Segal of Good Films has secured backing from Bank Leumi for her slate of seven new features.
  • Alison Thompson: Sales are tougher than ever

    15-Oct-2014

    During her keynote at Film London’s Production Finance Market, Alison Thompson remarks on the glut of films made today, but also sees some bright spots like the arrival of Netflix.
  • Stacy Martin joins Childhood of a Leader

    13-Oct-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Nymphomaniac actress to co-star with Robert Pattinson, Tim Roth and Berenice Bejo.
  • Headline Pictures reveals TV slate

    7-Oct-2014

    London-based Headline Pictures, the outfit behind Quartet and The Invisible Woman, has revealed further details of its slate of high end TV dramas. 
  • Fernando Trueba talks film career

    29-Sep-2014

    Spanish Oscar-winning director, Fernando Trueba was the subject of the Binger/Screen International Interview at the Holland Film Meeting in Utrecht this weekend.
  • Trueba reveals details of Penelope Cruz film

    29-Sep-2014

    Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba has revealed further details of The Queen Of Spain (La Reina De Espana), the new comedy drama he is planning to make with Spanish star and fellow Oscar winner Penelope Cruz.
  • Yalom's Cure taken across Europe

    27-Sep-2014

    Swiss feature doc Yalom’s Cure, which premiered at the Locarno Festival in August, has been snapped up by a number of European distributors.
  • James Schamus on life after Focus

    8-Sep-2014

    Schamus is working on screenplays including Zealot: The Life And Times Of Jesus of Nazareth and an adaptation of Philip Roth’s Indignation.
  • Venice Market finds niche with gap financing market

    7-Sep-2014

    Several projects in Venice’s inaugural European Gap-Financing Co-Production Market are on the verge of completing their financing.
  • Buyers move into Seidl’s Basement

    5-Sep-2014

    In the Basement sells to Austria, Denmark and Germany, among others, for Coproduction Office.
  • Netflix's Italian challenges; IQIYI's Chinese boom

    31-Aug-2014

    Is Netflix coming to Italy? Not any time soon if the comments at yesterday’s Venice Film Market panel, “VOD in China and Europe - What is the strategy for Netflix arrival”, are taken as the measure.
  • Words With Gods to launch with inter-faith campaign

    31-Aug-2014

    Further details have emerged of the marketing and release plans for religious-themed portmanteau picture Words With Gods, which features contributions from such directors as Guillermo Arriaga, Emir Kusturica, Mira Nair and Hector Babenco.
  • Cinephil strikes Italian deal for The Look of Silence

    31-Aug-2014

    Follow-up to the Act of Killing goes from Venice to Telluride and Toronto.
  • Iran's Tales selected for int'l festivals

    29-Aug-2014

    Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s feature, which upset Iranian censors, is in competition at the Venice Film Festival.
  • Frederick Wiseman, National Gallery

    29-Aug-2014

    Boston-based 84-year-old Frederick Wiseman, who will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival tonight (Aug 29) is one of the greatest living documentary makers – and one of the most unobtrusive.
  • Villa Touma director surprised by controversy

    29-Aug-2014

    Few films in Venice this year have arrived trailing as much controversy in their their wake as Palestinian-Israeli filmmaker Suha Arraf’s new feature Villa Touma, which screens in Venice Critics Week.
  • Francesco Munzi, Black Souls

    29-Aug-2014

    Francesco Munzi talks about the extensive research behind his Venice competition tilte Black Souls, about the Calabrian mafia.
  • Coproduction Office boards Fires On The Plain

    28-Aug-2014

    Shinya Tsukamoto’s film plays in Venice Competition and Toronto Wavelengths.
  • Venice 2014: Competition, Orizzonti, Critics' Week, Venice Days titles

    27-Aug-2014

    The Competition line-up for this year’s Venice Film Festival marks the return of mavericks such as Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Fatih Akin, with a wealth of talent represented in the Orizzonti, Critics’ Week and Venice Days sections
  • Venice Film Market on the rise

    27-Aug-2014

    Entering its third edition, the Venice Film Market is ramping up.
  • Cineart reveals ownership changes

    26-Aug-2014

    Leading Benelux distributor Cineart has announced details of a change in its ownership structure and confirmed new acquisitions.
  • Sarajevo: Beyond Europe

    14-Aug-2014

    The Regional Forum will explore how European film-makers can forge international relationships and open up new markets to build on existing co-production partnerships. By Geoffrey Macnab.
  • Sarajevo: The youth movement

    14-Aug-2014

    A pan-Europe film education policy would help to develop future audiences and invigorate the region’s film industries. Geoffrey Macnab reports 
  • Sarajevo: The viewers' discretion

    14-Aug-2014

    A far-reaching study, to be discussed for the first time in detail at the Regional Forum, reveals the eclectic viewing habits of Europeans. Geoffrey Macnab talks to experts about its findings.
  • Bela Tarr slams CineFest's ‘Roma ban’

    8-Aug-2014

    Hungarian filmmakers criticise festival for refusing to screen material relating to Roma people. 
  • Reactions: David Kosse joins Film4

    4-Aug-2014

    UPDATED: Producers Stephen Woolley, Kris Thykier, Jeremy Thomas, Andrew Macdonald and Eric Fellner as well as BBC Films, the BFI, FDA and Pact comment on the appointment of Universal Pictures exec David Kosse as the new head of Film4.
  • Locarno 2014: Brazil in the spotlight

    31-Jul-2014

    For its fourth edition, Locarno’s Carte Blanche showcases the country of the moment - Brazil.
  • Locarno 2014: Open Doors projects

    31-Jul-2014

    Some 12 projects have been selected for Open Doors, from a sci-fi desert odyssey to a civil war story to a fishing adventure tale.
  • Fox, A Company to release Corrections Class

    18-Jul-2014

    The two distributors will jointly release Ivan Tverdovsky’s Corrections Class in a groundbreaking move.
  • Housebound, Blind win at Neuchâtel

    12-Jul-2014

    Kiwi comedy horror wins the “Narcisse” for best feature; Eskil Vogt’s Blind wins Silver Melies.
  • Curzon to push VOD service

    10-Jul-2014

    UK independent cinema group Curzon is giving a major push to its recently relaunched VOD service Curzon Home Cinema with the release of Joe, starring Nicolas Cage.
  • George RR Martin advocates Game of Thrones movie

    8-Jul-2014

    Speaking at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, Game Of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin has acknowledged that he would like to round off the epic TV series with a feature film.
  • Kevin Smith, Tusk

    7-Jul-2014

    US director Kevin Smith talks about the state of independent film, his upcoming horror Tusk, meeting Game of Thrones author George RR Martin and why the Weinsteins passed on Clerks 3.
  • Kevin Smith talks Tusk spin-off

    7-Jul-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: US director Kevin Smith is at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF), where he is subject of a special tribute.
  • Rinkel unveils A Real Van Meegeren

    30-Jun-2014

    Rudolf van den Berg’s feature stars Tygo Gernandt [pictured] as the notorious art forger Han van Meegeren.
  • Refreshed London Screenings launches

    23-Jun-2014

    London’s biggest film export event returns with a new name and strong selection of upcoming titles.
  • Netherlands Film Fund names commissioner

    20-Jun-2014

    Bas van der Ree will take up the job at the beginning of July. 
  • Buyers takes Absolutely Anything

    12-Jun-2014

    GFM records deals out of Cannes on Terry Jones’ comedy [pictured], among others.
  • Nyman Libson Paul launch new film funding initiative

    30-May-2014

    Entertainment accountancy firm Nyman Libson Paul has launched an innovative new funding initiative called The Movies Begin Ltd (TMB), intended to help producers at the early stages of financing their films.
  • Arrow targets Amour Fou for UK

    28-May-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Philippe Bober’s Coproduction Office has secured further buyers for Austrian auteur Jessica Hausner’s morbid “romantic comedy” Amour Fou, which screened in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival last week.
  • Talking hockey in Cannes

    22-May-2014

    Legendary Russian ice hockey star Slava Fetisov, in Cannes with Gabe Polsky’s doc Red Army, has poured scorn on the notion that sports like ice hockey and American Football are becoming too violent.
  • John Boorman, Queen and Country

    21-May-2014

    Geoffrey Macnab speaks to the English film-maker about the sequel to his autobiographical feature Hope and Glory.
  • Yellow Affair sells Heart of a Lion

    21-May-2014

    Company closes multiple sales on Heart of a Lion [pictured].
  • Screen Flanders awards nine titles

    20-May-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: A total of €2m is to be distributed in the first round of 2014 for Screen Flanders Economic Fund.
  • The Wonder first China-NZ co-pro

    19-May-2014

    Beijing-based company comes on board ambitious fantasy adventure as investor/producer.
  • Buyers take LevelK's My Mistress

    19-May-2014

    Erotic drama sells to UK and Russia.
  • Filmax knows Who You Are

    19-May-2014

    Spanish outfit prep new TV series I Know Who You Are following success of The Red Band Society.
  • Russia, Ukraine unite for Battle

    19-May-2014

    Russian producer says detoriating political relations between Russia and Ukraine hasn’t damaged production.
  • Andrew Hulme, Snow In Paradise

    18-May-2014

    The veteran editor talks about moving into the director’s chair with his story set in London’s East End.
  • Von Trier producer plans Viking epic

    18-May-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Maverick Danish producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen has announced details of his new $15m Viking movie The Long Ships – and that long-term collaborator Lars von Trier is planning an action movie.
  • Branco to produce Conrad's Outpost

    18-May-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Veteran producer to adapt Joseph Conrad’s novel.
  • Cannes title Force Majeure makes sales

    18-May-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Coproduction Office confirms raft of pre-sales on the Un Certain Regard title.
  • Hugh Dancy joins Happy Prince

    18-May-2014

    BBC Films and Lionsgate UK board the Oscar Wilde film.
  • Film London launches eighth PFM

    18-May-2014

    This year’s edition runs Oct 15-16, with the Micro Market to run on the second day.
  • Mixed reaction to EC's VOD experiment

    18-May-2014

    European exhibitors have complained about the lack of consultation with cinemas during the research.
  • Bille August talks new projects

    17-May-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Double Palme d’Or winner is to begin production on 55 Steps in October.
  • Hitchcock-Truffaut doc finds backers

    17-May-2014

    New French-US documentary is based around the interviews conducted by the French film-maker with his British counterpart.
  • Iron Sky producer talks sequel

    17-May-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Sequel will be directed by Timo Vuorensola and will see several of the original cast return.
  • Buyers descend on Alps

    17-May-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Box office hit has sold to Benelux, Japan and Canada.
  • Terez Hollo-Klausen preps Dryads

    17-May-2014

    Film is inspired by cult Norwegian band and stars Alan Hyde and Alba August.
  • SPC takes Wild Tales for US

    16-May-2014

    Sony Pictures Classics has snapped up buzzed about competition contender Wild Tales for North America, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Amour Fou sold to four territories

    16-May-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Coproduction Office closes a number of major sales on Jessica Hausner’s Un Certain Regard title.
  • Turkish disaster impacts Cannes plans

    16-May-2014

    A planned trip to Cannes by Turkish Minister of Culure and Tourism Mr Omer Gelik has now been cancelled.
  • Dutch to push 30% rebate

    16-May-2014

    €20m scheme aims to bring international production to the Netherlands.
  • Medient reveals $700m Studioplex plans

    16-May-2014

    A total of $700m will be invested in construction and infrastructure at the US-based facility over its initial five year development plan.
  • Eurimages to hold Cannes meeting

    16-May-2014

    Council of Europe’s co-production fund is looking at how to admit non-European countries to its ranks.
  • Spartacus star to lead Umedia's Riders

    16-May-2014

    Company is expected shortly to announce a partnership with a major Benelux distributor.
  • 7th Dwarf sells for Global Screen

    16-May-2014

    3D animation sells to Poland, Estonia, Russia and CIS, among others.
  • CineMater casts DxM

    15-May-2014

    Sam Neill and Melia Kreiling [pictured] will star in the thriller, directed by Andrew Goth.
  • Nordisk partners with Miso Film

    15-May-2014

    New distribution and production partnership will initially run for three years.
  • Kasander, Greenaway unveil projects

    15-May-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Dutch producer to resume his long-standing relationship with Peter Greenaway.
  • Joffe’s Lovers recaptures spark

    15-May-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Roland Joffe’s long gestating time travel romance will receive its market premiere in Cannes.
  • Sola Media unwraps Santa project

    15-May-2014

    Australian 3D animation [pictured] is the Stuttgart-based sales outfit’s biggest ever project.
  • Curzon takes 45 Years for UK

    15-May-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: New feature from Weekend director Andrew Haigh has just finished shooting.
  • Zero Motivation sells to US

    15-May-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Zeitgeist Films picks up Tribeca winner.
  • Beta takes German riots drama

    14-May-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Munich based Beta Cinema has arrived in Cannes with new pick-ups that could provoke heated debate. 
  • Cineart snaps up Cannes titles

    14-May-2014

    Benelux distributor Cineart has acquired a raft of high-profile titles in Competition here in Cannes
  • Films Boutique takes 'Michael Jackson' film

    14-May-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: German sales company Films Boutique has snapped up world rights to several new titles.
  • Match Factory strikes for Martel's Zama

    14-May-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: The Match Factory has boarded Lucrecia Martel’s new feature Zama and will begin pre-sales on the period drama in Cannes.
  • Match Factory unveils Cannes slate

    8-May-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Leading art house sales outfit The Match Factory has revealed details of its packed Cannes slate.
  • Tranter talks BBCWW US strategy

    9-Apr-2014

    The head of BBC Worldwide Productions also discussed the creation of sister company Adjacent Productions.
  • Film production levels on the rise

    9-Apr-2014

    Update on the global movie market at the British Screen Advisory Council’s annual conference also claimed that box office remains the major driver of revenues for US studios; older audiences are increasingly important; and physical media remains ahead of digital - for now.
  • UK industry reacts to Tessa Ross leaving Film4

    26-Mar-2014

    Kevin Macdonald, Stephen Woolley, Ken Loach and others speak about their respect for Tessa Ross.
  • Mike Bassett sequel in the works

    17-Mar-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: A sequel to Mike Bassett England Manager, the 2001 cult comedy, is planned to shoot later this year.
  • Hirst adapting Hemingway’s Moveable Feast

    6-Mar-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast is being adapted for the big screen by Elizabeth screenwriter Michael Hirst and actress Mariel Hemingway.
  • Belgium to reform tax shelter scheme

    27-Feb-2014

    The Belgian Government has moved to reform the country’s highly lucrative but controversial Tax Shelter system.
  • Feng Xiaogang launches BFI China season

    25-Feb-2014

    Chinese director helps launch a year of business, creative and cultural collaborations between the UK and China.
  • Jennifer Connelly talks Aloft

    12-Feb-2014

    Actress talks to Geoffrey Macnab about her role in Claudia Llosa’s Berlin competition entry and Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming epic.
  • Autlook sells Rijksmuseum to Japan

    10-Feb-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Austrian sales agent also reporting interest on feature doc and TV project from France, Germany and the UK.
  • Bijkers plans big budget Reformation drama

    10-Feb-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Dutch company working on big budget historical family film dramatising the events behind the Reformation of 1517.
  • Hurd-Wood boards Second Origin

    8-Feb-2014

    Sci-fi romance was originally slated to be directed by the late Spanish director Bigas Luna.
  • GFM boards Hear My Voice

    8-Feb-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: London-based company to handle international sales on Thorsten Schmidt’s modern fairytale.
  • Ad Vitam acquires Difret

    7-Feb-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: French distribution company picks up world rights, excluding North America.
  • Mahnaz Afshar, From Tehran To Heaven

    29-Jan-2014

    Mahnaz Afshar, whose new feature From Tehran To Heaven, receives its European premiere at IFFR, is a movie star - Iranian-style.
  • New Europe takes Above Us All

    29-Jan-2014

    New Europe Film Sales has picked up innovative 3D feature Above Us All for worldwide distribution.
  • Thailand's Mosquito Films reveals plans

    29-Jan-2014

    New Thai sales agent Mosquito Films, launched at IFFR, has revealed further details of its plans.
  • Creative Europe head reveals expectations

    29-Jan-2014

    Xavier Troussard, Head of Unit Creative Europe Programme, has been at IFFR this week, telling industry professionals what they can (and can’t) expect from the new €1.46bn fund.
  • IFFR reflects on State of Europe

    29-Jan-2014

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has used film to reflect on European culture, politics and identity.
  • Tiger directors: Lee Su-Jin, Han Gong-Ju

    29-Jan-2014

    South Korean director Lee Su-Jin’s feature debut is the story of small town girl who is sent to a different school in a remote city after being involved in a horrific incident.
  • Tiger directors: Ikeda Akira, Anatomy Of A Paper Clip

    29-Jan-2014

    Japanese filmmaker Ikeda Akira’s second feature, shot in a small town outside Tokyo, is inspired by old folk tales.
  • Lemming unveils 2014 slate

    28-Jan-2014

    At IFFR this week, Dutch production outfit Lemming has revealed full details of its 2014 slate.
  • Wide to sell Supernova

    28-Jan-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: French outifit takes world sales rights to Tamar van den Dop’s teen drama.
  • Alice Creed gets Dutch remake

    28-Jan-2014

    Kidnap thriller The Disappearance Of Alice Creed remade for Dutch audiences.
  • Binger Filmlab reveals 2014 plans

    28-Jan-2014

    Binger Filmlab may have lost its Government funding (once worth €1.8m a year) but the Amsterdam-based film training and development centre is still as active as ever.
  • Dutch film set for production boom

    28-Jan-2014

    After years of cutbacks and uncertainty, there is a new surge of optimism running through the Dutch industry.
  • Doc duo join Linklater's Mr Limpet

    28-Jan-2014

    Directing duo Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta have been recruited to work on the upcoming Warner Bros fantasy adventure.
  • Rotterdam reviews VoD initiative

    28-Jan-2014

    A year after its launch, VOD initiative IFFR In the Cloud is looking to boost viewers by increasing its online visibility.
  • Vikander in talks for thriller Alina

    27-Jan-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: Anna Karenina star in talks to play lead in Rotterdam CineMart project.
  • I'm The Same secures sales agent

    27-Jan-2014

    EXCLUSIVE: New Europe Film Sales signs second feature by Belgian filmmaker Caroline Strubbe.
  • Wolfson returns for IFFR Live! launch

    27-Jan-2014

    As he continues to recover from illness, Rotterdam artistic director Rutger Wolfson made one of his first public appearances of the festival at an event to launch the festival’s bold new distribution venture, IFFR Live!.
  • IFFR's CineMart spotlights artistic cinema

    27-Jan-2014

    Prominent figures from the art world are heading to Rotterdam to rub shoulders with producers and film financiers for the latest CineMart event showcasing “artistic cinema”.
  • LevelK boards Fantail

    26-Jan-2014

    Early during IFFR, adventurous Danish sales agent LevelK has snapped up world rights to New Zealand film Fantail, a premiere in the Bright Future section at Rotterdam.
  • Tiger directors: Dick Tuinder, Farewell To The Moon

    24-Jan-2014

    The Dutch artist and filmmaker’s second feature is set in 1970s Amsterdam.
  • Tiger directors: Ester Martin Bergsmark, Something Must Break

    24-Jan-2014

    The Swedish director talks about his first foray into fiction.
  • IFFR, sales cos go LIVE! to boost European films

    24-Jan-2014

    Today, Rotterdam is launching IFFR LIVE!, a collaboration with Fortissimo, TrustNordisk and Doc & Film intended to boost the circulation of European films.
  • UK panel urges broadcasters to invest

    23-Jan-2014

    Lord Chris Smith has again called on British broadcasters to invest in UK film acquisition and production.
  • Rotterdam Film Festival 2014

    22-Jan-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.
  • Laila Marrakchi, Rock The Casbah

    12-Dec-2013

    The Moroccan filmmaker talks to Geoffrey Macnab about her new family drama, which received a gala screening at DIFF.
  • Simon Pegg joins Pythons in sci-fi comedy

    11-Dec-2013

    Directed by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, Absolutely Anything features the voices of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Robin Williams.
  • UK industry cheers tax break changes

    5-Dec-2013

    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.
  • NFTS gets £5m for Digital Village

    5-Dec-2013

    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.
  • UK govt boosts co-pro opportunities

    5-Dec-2013

    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.
  • First Hand Drive-s off with first release

    5-Dec-2013

    First Hand to release its first film in Swiss cinemas in January 2014.
  • NLP launches Goldfinch Pictures

    2-Dec-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Entertainment accountancy firm Nyman Libson Paul (NLP) is launching new venture Goldfinch Pictures Ltd, dedicated to supporting British films.
  • Song From The Forest wins at IDFA

    29-Nov-2013

    The awards winners for the 26th IDFA were announced in Amsterdam on Friday night.
  • Smith, Nevill talk Film Policy Review

    27-Nov-2013

    As the Film Policy Review is being examined again, Panel leader Chris Smith and BFI chief executive Amanda Nevill talk about progress made since 2012.
  • Hitchcock's Holocaust project restored

    26-Nov-2013

    A long unseen Holocaust documentary, on which Alfred Hitchcock had an advisory role, is being restored with the support of filmmaker Stephen Frears.
  • Doc heavyweights head to IDFA

    20-Nov-2013

    Kevin Macdonald, Marcel Ophuls, Fred Wiseman and Claude Lanzmann are among the top directors attending the 26th International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) (Nov 20 - Dec 1).
  • Belgium entices British producers

    8-Nov-2013

    Cinema Made in Belgium event held to encourage co-production.
  • Bonds put safety first

    6-Nov-2013

    Traditionally regarded with wariness by European and Asian producers, completion bonding is an increasingly important part of any production. Geoffrey Macnab explores the landscape
  • Netherlands launches $27m film fund

    1-Nov-2013

    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.
  • AFM debut for Greencard Warriors

    31-Oct-2013

    The Little Film Company is to give a market premiere to Miriam Kruishoop’s Greencard Warriors at the American Film Market (AFM).
  • Digital development site to launch

    25-Oct-2013

    Development guru Phil Parker is using this weekend’s London Screenwriters’ Festival (Oct 25-27) to launch an ambitious new website, BCre8ive.
  • Hiam Abbass, actress/director

    25-Oct-2013

    Screen speaks to the Palestinian actress and director ahead of receiving an honorary award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
  • Ali Al Jabri, director, ADFF

    23-Oct-2013

    The festival director talks to Screen about this year’s event.
  • SPC's Barker delivers PFM keynote

    16-Oct-2013

    The beleaguered community of film critics has received strong support from an influential source in the shape of Sony Pictures Classics Co-President and Co-Founder Michael Barker.
  • New distrib plans Walesa release

    4-Oct-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Walesa will be in attendance at LFF screening of Wajda’s film.
  • Dutch report say A/V provides 32,000 jobs

    1-Oct-2013

    In advance of next month’s crucial Dutch Parliament decision on Dutch film financing, a wide ranging report from Oxford Economics has highlighted the importance of film and the audio-visual sector to the Dutch economy.
  • Pinewood looks upbeat for future

    30-Sep-2013

    At today’s Annual General Meeting today for Pinewood-Shepperton PLC, Chairman Lord Grade has given an upbeat assessment of the company’s current performance and future prospects, even as a final decision is awaited on Pinewood’s expansion scheme.
  • Netherlands Film Festival fights budget cuts

    29-Sep-2013

    Netherlands Production Platform hands out awards during Holland Film Meeting.
  • Paula van der Oest, director

    29-Sep-2013

    The Oscar nominee talks about her career during the Binger-Screen International interview in Utrecht.
  • Davies, Greenaway projects set for Holland Film Meeting

    26-Sep-2013

    Projects from Terence Davies and Peter Greenaway among the titles being pitched at the Netherlands Production Platform (NPP).
  • La Terriere to head EFB UK

    18-Sep-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Appointment signals European Film Bonds ambition to establish a stronger foothold in the UK market.
  • Venice best director Pasolini talks new projects

    15-Sep-2013

    UPDATED & EXCLUSIVE: Beta closes a number of key deals on Venice award-winner Still Life.
  • Corman to cameo in Dante’s biopic

    10-Sep-2013

    Joe Dante set to direct a long-gestating biopic about legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman.
  • Reel Suspects comes to Ruin

    9-Sep-2013

    Matteo Lovadina’s Reel Suspects has picked up international rights on Venice Orizzonti special jury prize winner Ruin.
  • Cinephil journeys to Congo

    7-Sep-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Mission Congo is about televangelist Pat Robertson during the Rwandan refugee crisis.
  • Amr Waked receives death threats

    5-Sep-2013

    Egyptian actor-producer Amr Waked - serving this week on the Venice Film Festival’s Orrizonti Jury - has revealed that he received death threats because of his outspoken criticism of the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Italy backtracks tax credit scrapping

    4-Sep-2013

    ANICA president Riccardo Tozzi has welcomed the Government’s decision to back track on its threat to scrap tax credits for the film industry.
  • Schrader: working with Lohan was "exhausting"

    30-Aug-2013

    The air of anti-climax at today’s Venice Film Festival press conference for Paul Schrader’s The Canyons was palpable.
  • EIS takes recovery position

    29-Aug-2013

    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.
  • Autlook takes Master of the Universe

    29-Aug-2013

    Vienna-based sales outfit Autlook has snapped up worldwide rights to Locarno Critics Week winner, Master of the Universe.
  • Venice to launch co-pro market

    29-Aug-2013

    As the Venice Film Market seeks to establish itself as a key autumn networking event for European professionals, market head Pascal Diot has revealed plans for a coproduction market at next year’s event.
  • Robin Hardy to complete Wicker Man trilogy

    25-Aug-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Wrath of the Gods will complete a trilogy that includes cult classic The Wicker Man and The Wicker Tree.
  • Cineart's Eliane Dubois dies aged 65

    20-Aug-2013

    Leading figures in the European film industry have paid tribute to Eliane Dubois, the pioneering founder of Benelux distributor Cineart, who died today [Aug 20] following a long illness. She was 65.
  • UK-China producers launch Wonder Pictures

    20-Aug-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Chinese film producers Chun-Yi Yueh and Changyu Li and UK writer-producers Robert and Ashley Sidaway together with the UK’s Iain Brown and Brown Films have launched the $5m funded SZ Wonder Pictures.
  • Reel Suspects close Fantasia film sales

    9-Aug-2013

    Matteo Lovadina’s sales outfit Reel Suspects has reported brisk business on its Fantasia Film Festival titles.
  • Neve Campbell starts Division 19

    5-Aug-2013

    Detroit may just have filed for bankruptcy but that hasn’t stopped filmmakers arriving in the troubled US city in their droves, among them British writer-producer-director Suzie Halewood.
  • DCMS defends BFI cuts; industry responds

    12-Jul-2013

    DCMS says it’s ‘baffled’ at BFI complaints; industry says Government is sending mixed messages.
  • Cliff Martinez

    11-Jul-2013

    Composer Cliff Martinez talks about working with Steven Soderbergh and Nicolas Winding Refn.
  • Trufflepig, November Films to release Moo Man in 45 cinemas

    10-Jul-2013

    UK distributor November Films has revealed further details of its release plans for The Moo Man, Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier’s feature doc about Sussex dairy farmer Steve Hook.
  • Buyers to descend on UK for LUFF

    21-Jun-2013

    Around 200 European and international distributors and festival programmers are expected in London next week for the 10th edition of the London UK Film Focus (LUFF), running June 24-27.
  • Studios: the UK's capacity crunch

    17-Jun-2013

    With a host of big budget films gearing up to shoot in the UK this summer, the country’s studios are busier than ever. But with the new TV tax credit threatening to bring in even more business, Geoffrey Macnab asks whether the UK has the capacity to cope.
  • Flanders fund backs 20 films with €5m

    13-Jun-2013

    Former Oscar winner Mike van Diem’s The Surprise and BBC backed series The White Queen [pictured] are among the recipients in the first funding round from the new Screen Flanders economic fund.
  • Temple's Marvin Gaye film stalls

    13-Jun-2013

    Fresh questions have been raised about the likely completion date for Julien Temple’s Marvin Gaye film Sexual Healing.
  • New Molinare head outlines strategy

    7-Jun-2013

    Molinaire managing director Julie Parmenter has told Screen about how business at the UK post-production house has turned around since being placed in administration last summer.
  • Belgium: Fighting fit

    1-Jun-2013

    Belgium is increasingly prominent on the world stage as a source of hot films and talent that can travel. Geoffrey Macnab explores the rise of a territory with big potential
  • Belgium: In the money

    1-Jun-2013

    Belgium’s Tax Shelter is vital to production in the territory. So why are some in the industry calling for it to be revised? By Geoffrey Macnab
  • Belgium: The rising tide

    1-Jun-2013

    From Marion Cotillard uniting with the Dardenne brothers to the latest from rising new directors, Geoffrey Macnab explores the hottest new Belgian films in the works
  • Benelux buyers reveal Cannes deals

    30-May-2013

    Benelux distributors have revealed the results of a buying spree at Cannes’ Marché du Film, including Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary and David Cronenberg’s upcoming Maps to the Stars.
  • Erik Skjoldbjærg, Pioneer

    28-May-2013

    Erik Skjoldbjærg shot his 1997 thriller Insomnia in the midnight sun above the Arctic Circle. Now, the Norwegian is going deep underwater in his new thriller Pioneer [pictured], sold by Trustnordisk and now in post-production.
  • Robert Redford joins 3D Wenders project

    24-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Wim Wenders has announced that Robert Redford is to direct one of the films in the 3D/2D series Cathedrals Of Culture project.
  • Molinare moving away from equity

    23-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Molinare managing director Julie Parmenter has confirmed that the London co-production house is stepping away from film investment.
  • Film finance site launches

    23-May-2013

    New online platform will offer producers exhaustive data on European and global film funds.
  • Mandela biopic scores major sales

    22-May-2013

    Pathe International and Distant Horizon have done roaring business on an upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic.
  • Music Box takes Oh Boy for US

    22-May-2013

    Beta has closed a US deal with Music Box for German box office hit Oh Boy.
  • UK's Arrow targets thriller Pioneer

    22-May-2013

    UK distributor Arrow has bought Erik Skjoldbjærg’s 1980s set thriller Pioneer, set at the height of Norwegian “oil boom”, from TrustNordisk.
  • Webber to direct The Colour

    22-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Director [pictured] boards adaptation of Rose Tremain’s novel of the same name.
  • Sugar Man exec making God of Driving

    22-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Maggie Monteith’s Dignity Film Finance is pushing ahead with a movie version of Vanity Fair journalist Amy Fine Collins’ [pictured] autobiographical God of Driving.
  • Independent boards Pussy Riot doc

    22-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: London-based company takes UK rights to Maxim Pozdorovkin and Mike Lerner’s documentary [pictured].
  • Miss Julie producer plans incest drama

    22-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Company has attached newcomer Ine Wilman to star.
  • Paulo Branco reveals new projects

    22-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Veteran Portuguese producer and sales agent Paulo Branco has revealed further details of his new projects with Mathieu Amalric and Monte Hellman through his company Alfama Films.
  • Love Is In The Air for Swipe

    22-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: UK indie takes rights to French box office hit.
  • Yellow Affair embraces The Carer

    22-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Swedish company acquires international rights to the late Gilbert Adair’s last film.
  • Kevin Williams acquires Zomblogalypse

    22-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Madrid-based company takes world sales rights to feature adaptation of the cult zero budget British web series.
  • Producers to finish last Luna film

    21-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Carles Porta, already on board the film for four years as writer and producer, will take on directorial duties in place of Bigas Luna
  • Metrodome gets Moodysson

    21-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: A short promo was presented to buyers on Saturday at the Marché du Film. TrustNordisk has now closed a number of deals on the film.
  • Cinenord planning heroic husky film

    21-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Heroic husky Balto famously led an expedition across the Alaskan ice carrying a life-saving serum for the victims of a diphtheria epidemic.
  • LUFF 2013 titles revealed

    21-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: London UK Film Focus to screen the likes of Powder Room, Johnson, In Fear and Good Morning Karachi.
  • Royal Affair star joins Serial Killer

    21-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Swedish actor boards Thomas Quick - The Making of a Serial Killer.
  • Eyewell gets into bed with Nymphs

    21-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Local distributors who board Nymphs will be able to use green screen and CGI technology to provide customised ads in their own territories.
  • Corsan sends Haggis film global

    20-May-2013

    New Paul Haggis movie Third Person has been sold by Corsan to over 20 territories.
  • Wenders: loss of 'cultural exception' would be disaster

    20-May-2013

    German director Wim Wenders has waded into the increasingly fractious debate about the “cultural exception” possibly being abandoned in new trading relations between the EU and US. Wenders has insisted that the European film industry must have state subsidy and support if it is to survive.
  • Kusturica to direct Love and War

    20-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Double Palme D’Or winner Emir Kusturica is to direct and star alongside Monica Bellucci in Love And War, a new feature to shoot next month in southern Bosnia.
  • Black Book star to play Garbo

    20-May-2013

    EXLUSIVE: On the day [May 20] that the Swedish Film Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary, details have emerged of an ambitious new biopic of Sweden’s greatest ever film star, Greta Garbo.
  • Clio Barnard in talks for Tusk

    19-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: British director Clio Barnard is in talks to direct Tusk for Origin Pictures.
  • Ex-Intandem boss launches new firm

    19-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Intandem boss Gary Smith has revealed details of his new production and financing company Blue Ocean Media.
  • Macfadyen joins A Miracle

    19-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Brit actor Matthew Macfadyen is to play the lead in Ben Hopkins’ A Miracle, the new German-Turkish-French-British coproduction being put together by Paul Raphael’s Starfield Productions.
  • Russia unveils new titles at Cannes

    19-May-2013

    The Russian Federations’ Ministry of Culture and film promotion body Roskino has showcased nine new and completed Russian films to the international media, distributors, and festival directors.
  • Sonet launches TV production arm

    19-May-2013

    Swedish film production outfit Sonet Film has launched a new production arm, Sonet Television, complete with a slate of crime dramas.
  • Corsan on board for Silence

    19-May-2013

    Paul Breuls’ Belgian-based financing and production outfit Corsan has come on board new Martin Scorsese film Silence (sold in the market by IM Global and based on the acclaimed 1960s novel by Shusaku Endo).
  • Tre Vänner joins forces with ZDF

    19-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Tre Vänner (Snabba Cash/Easy Money) has joined forces with German powerhouse ZDF Enterprises.
  • Hungary pumping $4.2m into trio

    19-May-2013

    Among the projects invested in is the latest feature from Children of Glory [pictured] director Krisztina Goda.
  • Benelux distribution majors merge

    18-May-2013

    In a major shake-up to the Benelux distribution sector, major players A-Film and Benelux Films Distribution plans to join forces.
  • Clio Barnard plans Trespass

    18-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Fast-rising UK director Clio Barnard [pictured], who has been earning rave reviews for her Quinzaine entry The Selfish Giant, is to direct The Trespass, an adaptation of the novel by Rose Tremain. 
  • Arrow goes with Kore-eda

    18-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor Arrow has take UK rights to Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Competition entry, Like Father, Like Son [pictured].
  • Tautou lends voice to Phantom Boy

    18-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: French actress (and star of Amelie) Audrey Tautou has come on board Phantom Boy, the new animated feature by Oscar-nominated directors Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli (A Cat In Paris).
  • M-Appeal sign Two Mothers deals

    18-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: German sales outfit M-Appeal has closed some eyecatching details on its new Cannes slate.
  • Reel Suspects books deals

    18-May-2013

    Early in the market, sales outfit Reel Suspects has already announced multiple deals on its Cannes slate.
  • Beta sells Berlinale winner Child's Pose

    17-May-2013

    German sales powerhouse Beta has reported a roaring start to the market. Distribution rights for Berlinale-winner Child’s Pose [pictured] and German box-office hit Oh Boy are almost sold out. 
  • Level K blasts off with US deal for The Rocket

    17-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Kino Lorber acquires Tribeca winner [pictured].
  • Werner launches new sales company

    17-May-2013

    Veteran Scandinavian sales agent Michael Werner [pictured], formerly at NonStop Sales, has launched a new outfit called Eyewell which is in Cannes with its debut slate.
  • Entre Chien & Loup picks up Betancourt memoirs

    17-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Former FARC hostage Ingrid Betancourt is to executive produce a major new film based on her memoir Even Silence Has An End.
  • Attraction drawn to Dragon Girls

    17-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Canadian sales outfit Attraction Distribution (formerly Delphis Films) has gobbled up world sales rights to much hyped doc Dragon Girls [pictured], winner of the Best International Feature Documentary at Hot Docs in Toronto earlier this month.
  • Peter Greenaway returning to UK

    17-May-2013

    Director’s adaptation of Thomas Mann’s Death In Venice to shoot in early 2014.
  • Wiley launches film finance application

    17-May-2013

    London-based former Woody Allen producer Gareth Wiley [pictured] (Match Point, Scoop) is in Cannes this week to launch Screen Advantage, the new online tool for financiers and producers.
  • Celluloid, uConnect start with Genesis

    17-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Early in the market, new partners Celluloid Dreams and uConnect have picked up James Napier Robertson’s Genesis, currently shooting in New Zealand and starring Cliff Curtis.
  • Ghent to honour Scorsese

    16-May-2013

    To mark its 40th anniversary edition, Film Fest Ghent (Oct 8-19) is staging a major Martin Scorsese exhibition and retrospective.
  • Nymphomaniac gets Christmas launch

    16-May-2013

    First part of Lars von Trier’s anticipated feature to receive its world premiere in Copenhagen.
  • Silver Reel pacts with Firth's Raindog

    16-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Increasingly ambitious Zurich-based film financier and producer Silver Reel Partners is to join forces with Raindog Films, the new production company set up by Oscar winning actor Colin Firth and former Sony UK Chairman Ged Doherty.
  • Autlook punches with Ali doc

    16-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Company acquires world rights to Bill Siegel’s The Trials of Mohammad Ali [pictured].
  • Buyers dig for Films Boutique's Oro

    16-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Berlin based sales company Films Boutique had closed its first deals on new feature La Jaula De Oro [pictured] by Diego Quemada-Diez. 
  • Cineart gets buying early in Cannes

    16-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor Cineart has revealed details of its early Cannes acquisitions, including Only God Forgives [pictured].
  • Cape Town launches new film market

    16-May-2013

    The inaugural Cape Town Film Mart will run Nov 4-6, 2013.
  • Imagina's Flowers spread to UK, Germany

    16-May-2013

    Deals closed on the UK independent feature [pictured] with Metrodome and X-Verleih AG.
  • Nordic genre producers join forces

    16-May-2013

    Blind Spot Pictures and Tappeluft Pictures among those in Cannes with latest projects.
  • Kevin Williams heads to Venezuela

    16-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Madrid-based sales outfit Kevin Williams Associates is branching out into Venezuela as the country’s filmmakers react to the death of former President Hugo Chavez earlier this year.
  • uMedia plots Black Op, Priceless remake

    16-May-2013

    Belgian outfit to produce and finance both features.
  • Films Boutique visits the Louvre with Sokurov

    15-May-2013

    Berlin-based sales outfit Films Boutique is back in business with celebrated Russian auteur and Golden Lion winner Alexander Sokurov [pictured].
  • Match Factory rises with Phoenix

    15-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: German sales outfit The Match Factory has launched sales on Phoenix, the new feature from Silver Bear winning director Christian Petzold.
  • Sola holidays with Anderssons

    15-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Sola Media, the German sales agent specializing on family entertainment, has snapped up world rights on Swedish box-office hit, The Anderssons In Greece - All Inclusive [pictured].
  • Eurimages to study itself

    15-May-2013

    Research will be carried out on Eurimages’ behalf by London based media consultants Olsberg SPI.
  • Picture Tree grows slate

    15-May-2013

    Company boards Wayne Holloway’s Untitled Punk Movie.
  • Tiberius acquires four for Cannes

    14-May-2013

    German independent distributor acquires Best Night Ever, Gallows Hill, The Visitors and The Wedding Pact.
  • The keys to unlocking film finance

    13-May-2013

    Financing independent films is notoriously tough, so how can new producers attract backing? Geoffrey Macnab speaks to the seasoned professionals
  • GFM boards Toei's Space Pirate

    10-May-2013

    London-based GFM is partnering with Japanese powerhouse Toei Animation on $30 million animated feature Harlock: Space Pirate, a 3D sci-fi motion capture animated film praised by James Cameron.
  • Marvin Gaye biopic shoot pauses

    7-May-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Julien Temple’s film will resume shooting in early June.
  • Chancellor launches UK tax credits

    29-Apr-2013

    Chancellor George Osborne was today [29] tub-thumping on behalf of the UK’s creative industries and calling for film and TV producers to help revive the UK economy.
  • Sundance London: The Eagles

    26-Apr-2013

    After the acrimonious break-up of The Eagles in 1980, Don Henley, co-founder of the rock band, famously quipped that they would play together again “when hell freezes over”.
  • Redford launches second Sundance London

    24-Apr-2013

    At a subdued press conference at London’s O2 arena this morning, Robert Redford helped launch the second edition of Sundance London (April 25-28).
  • Eureka upping UK theatre presence

    19-Apr-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor Eureka, best known for its Masters Of Cinema DVD releases, is upping its presence in the UK theatrical marketplace.
  • Thatcher's film legacy

    16-Apr-2013

    A look back at how Thatcher-era policies impact the UK film industry of today, from the elimination of the Eady Levy to the founding of Channel 4 and British Screen. Geoffrey Macnab talks to the experts and re-examines the history.
  • Supermarkets bring hope to UK video market

    5-Apr-2013

    As Hilco swoops to rescue HMV, Geoffrey Macnab reports on how optimism is returning to the UK video market.
  • Puttnam calls for online monetization

    2-Apr-2013

    Lord Puttnam has called on young filmmakers to pioneer the online monetization of movies – and used All the President’s Men to defend new press regulation.
  • WHSmith set for DVD push, distributors claim

    27-Mar-2013

    British retailer WHSmith has sought to distance itself from persistent rumours that it is poised to head back into the DVD business.
  • Producers jailed over film fraud

    25-Mar-2013

    The producers behind a low budget film designed to cheat the taxman out of £2.7m ($4.1m) have received jail sentences at Southwark Crown Court in the UK. Screen has spoken to director Paul Knight about the project.
  • Details of 3D Last Emperor revealed

    22-Mar-2013

    Oscar-winning producer and Recorded Picture Company boss Jeremy Thomas has revealed details of his plans for the 3D version of Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor (1987).
  • Vertigo acquires Hip Hop Hoax

    13-Mar-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Vertigo Films has snapped UK rights to new feature doc The Great Hip Hop Hoax by director Jeanie Finlay.
  • Gentlemen and Gangsters begins shoot

    8-Mar-2013

    Scandinavian feature film and mini-series Gentlemen and Gangsters, based on Klas Östergren’s best-selling novels and directed by Mikael Marcimain (Call Girl), has begun shooting.
  • BPX brainstorms funding issues

    28-Feb-2013

    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.
  • Turner's NonStop Sales to close

    26-Feb-2013

    Scandinavian-based international sales outfit NonStop Sales AB is to close at the end of March.
  • Northwest to open CPH PIX

    19-Feb-2013

    The fifth edition of Danish film festival CPH PIX will open with the Danish premiere of Michael Noer’s film Northwest.
  • Dutch Features plans Sylvia Kristel biopic

    14-Feb-2013

    The feature project, tentatively called Sylvia Kristel: Object of Desire, aims for a 2015 release.
  • Zykov pushes Russian doc series

    13-Feb-2013

    Veteran producer Eugene Zykov is handling sales on Old Russian Cities, a series of documentaries designed to present a positive image of Russia abroad.
  • Mezey talks up Cinereach

    13-Feb-2013

    New York-based independent producer Paul Mezey of Journeyman Pictures has revealed further details of his work with Cinereach - the non-profit organisation with which he worked on the Oscar-nominated Beasts Of The Southern Wild.
  • Wide slate lures copious buyers

    13-Feb-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Doc sales specialist Wide House is reporting a roaring trade on its EFM titles.
  • Gloria racks up raft of sales

    13-Feb-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Sebastian Lelio’s Gloria, the buzz film in this year’s Berlinale Competition, has provoked a mini-stampede among buyers.
  • Urban closes Berlin slate deals

    12-Feb-2013

    Paris and New York-based Urban Distribution International has closed multiple deals on its Berlin slate.
  • Reel Suspects sells Lose Your Head

    12-Feb-2013

    Reel Suspects’ Berlin Panorama title Lose Your Head has been snapped up by Open Reel for Italy.
  • Le Pacte makes sales of The Nun

    12-Feb-2013

    Le Pacte is racking up sales on Berlinale Competition entry The Nun, the period drama directed by Guillaume Nicloux and starring Pauline Etienne, Isabelle Huppert and Louise Bourgoin.
  • Banana shoots for Robert Capa biopic

    12-Feb-2013

    The film, Capa In Israel, is to be directed by Eduardo Rossoff and scripted by Robert Butler.
  • Eye On Films goes to Brasil

    12-Feb-2013

    EoF now has over 80 partners, among them 45 festivals and 39 distributors.
  • Griffiths' Illuminations readies busy slate including Duane Hopkins' Bypass

    12-Feb-2013

    Bypass, backed by the BFI and Film I Vast, is being produced by Third Films in Newcastle and is due to shoot in March.
  • Rinkel reunites with Cool Kids team

    12-Feb-2013

    The €3m ($4m) Secrets of War will again be directed by Dick Dennis Bots and written by Karen van Holst Pellekaan.
  • Ipso Facto gains Nothing to Lose

    11-Feb-2013

    Christine Alderson’s UK production company Ipso Facto has snapped up remake rights to Pieter Kuipers’ thriller Nothing To Lose from Dutch production outfit Pupkin Films.
  • StudioCanal secures Traitor sales

    11-Feb-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Bucking the trend in a tough Berlin market, StudioCanal has closed significant pre-sales on new John Le Carré adaptation Our Kind Of Traitor.
  • Camille Claudel sold to Canada

    11-Feb-2013

    Wild Bunch has sold two titles at the EFM in Berlin.
  • Hope spreads for Seidl

    11-Feb-2013

    Buyers are continuing to beat a path to Paradise since the final instalment of Ulrich Seidl’s trilogy Paradise: Hope screened in Berlinale’s Competition earlier this week.
  • Rossellini joins Carriere project

    11-Feb-2013

    Actress and film-maker Isabella Rossellini is collaborating with legendary screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrier (The Artist and the Model) on a new project.
  • FuWorks kicks off Dutch football doc

    11-Feb-2013

    The “total football” exploits of the celebrated Dutch team of the 1970s are to shown on screen in a new feature documentary being put together by San Fu Maltha’s Fu Works.
  • Iron Sky producers talk US plans

    11-Feb-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Blind Spot Pictures, the Finnish outfit behind cult hit Iron Sky, has revealed further details of what is likely to be its first US project, Jeremiah Harm.
  • Pirate Bay doc gets online boost

    11-Feb-2013

    Controversial feature documentary The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard (about the notorious file sharing website) has been watched by half a million people since its premiere in Berlin on Friday [Feb 8].
  • Robinet named BAC Films chief

    10-Feb-2013

    The appointment was confirmed by BAC Majestic’s Roch Lener. 
  • Flanders Fund backs projects including Roskam gangster thriller

    10-Feb-2013

    Belgian auteur Felix van Groeningen’s new feature Belgica is also among the projects to receive support from the VAF.
  • First Hand reels in doc deals

    10-Feb-2013

    Among the deals, Kinosmith has taken Canadian rights to hard-hitting doc Shadows of Liberty [pictured], which has also sold to DBS TV in Israel.
  • Girl King crowns new deals

    10-Feb-2013

    Transmission has come on board for Australia while Maywin has pre-bought Russian rights.
  • Cinephil sells The Act of Killing

    10-Feb-2013

    In advance of its Berlin screenings, Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act Of Killing has been sold to multiple territories.
  • Sigourney Weaver joins Body Art

    10-Feb-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Sigourney Weaver is joining the cast of Body Art, Luca Guadagnino’s new film based on the novel The Body Artist by Don DeLillo.
  • UK deal for Johnny Cash doc

    10-Feb-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Wide House has closed a UK theatrical deal for Johnny Cash doc My Father And The Man In Black with Ballpark Film Distributors.
  • Gaumont boosts 'France' export

    10-Feb-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Gaumont has struck multiple sales on Vive La France by Michael Youn, starring Jose Garcia and Michael Young and billed as “a crazy, extremely funny and politically incorrect postcard of France.
  • Adriana Chiesa moves into production

    10-Feb-2013

    Italian sales agent Adriana Chiesa has established a new production company and is already underway on their first project.
  • Wild Bunch Benelux agrees tie

    10-Feb-2013

    Pim Hermeling’s Wild Bunch Benelux has entered into a buying alliance with new Scandinavian outfit Selmer Entertainment.
  • Baetens reads The Verdict

    9-Feb-2013

    The Verdict is produced by Peter Bouckaert for Eyeworks Film & TV Drama.
  • New Czech film fund launched

    9-Feb-2013

    The new Fund is expected have approximately €8m ($11m a year) at its disposal; this year’s EFM contains screenings of several Czech productions and coproductions, including IFFR Tiger winner My Dog Killer [pictured].
  • Open Reel debuts at EFM

    9-Feb-2013

    Italian sales company was founded last November by Cosimo Santoro and has already built up a catalogue of more than 25 titles.
  • Soda blasts off with art label

    9-Feb-2013

    The company is to be run by curator/producer Elena Hill, who will work closely with Soda principals Eve Gabereau and Ed Fletcher.
  • Mads Mikkelsen saddles up for Zentropa Western

    8-Feb-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Zentropa is again saddling up with Mads Mikkelsen. The Danish powerhouse production company is hatching its first Western, which sales company TrustNordisk is launching at the EFM.
  • Mauritius launches 30% film tax incentive

    8-Feb-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Island nation also plans to sign co-production treaties.
  • Kaurismaki partners with Yellow Affair

    8-Feb-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Company is selling Mika Kaurismaki’s The Girl King.
  • Match Factory strikes deal for Snow in Paradise

    8-Feb-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Control editor Andrew Hulme makes his directorial debut.
  • Autlook sails with Pirate Bay doc

    8-Feb-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: TPB-AFK screens in Berlin Panorama and will also be made available free online.
  • Wide smiles with Carbone film

    8-Feb-2013

    Wide Management has added a new title to its roster, Daniel Patrick Carbone’s Hide Your Smiling Faces.
  • Buyers swim to Reel Suspects’ Vanishing Waves

    8-Feb-2013

    Matteo Lovadina’s Paris-based sales outfit Reel Suspects has confirmed a raft of deals on its new sci-fi melodrama Vanishing Waves.
  • Film Factory ties knot with Three Many Weddings

    7-Feb-2013

    Spanish sales outfit Film Factory Entertainment has snapped up worldwide rights to Three Many Weddings (Tres Bodas De Mas), the new romantic comedy from Javier Ruiz Caldera (Ghost Graduation).
  • uConnect and Celluloid Dreams strike partnership

    6-Feb-2013

    uConnect, the sales arm of Belgian powerhouse uMedia, has struck a multi-film partnership with French sales outfit Celluloid Dreams ahead of the European Film Market.
  • Lanthimos, Martel, Nyholm scoop Rotterdam’s CineMart prizes

    31-Jan-2013

    Established art house directors Yorgos Lanthimos and Lucrecia Martel won cash prizes as International Film Festival Rotterdam’s 30th coproduction market CineMart announced its prizes last night.
  • Agnieszka Holland, Burning Bush

    29-Jan-2013

    The Polish director talks to Geoffrey Macnab about her three part drama series for HBO Europe.
  • Media Luna scales Matterhorn in first wave of Rotterdam deals

    29-Jan-2013

    Mid-way through the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), details of the first pick-ups and sales have emerged.
  • Hungarian Film Week cancelled after 47 years

    28-Jan-2013

    The war of words between the Hungarian Film Fund and Bela Tarr, president of the Hungarian Filmmakers’ Association, is continuing following the cancellation of Hungarian Film Week for the first time since 1965.
  • High street blues

    24-Jan-2013

    HMV and Blockbuster have gone into administration in the UK, yet the physical sale of DVDs is still a viable market. Geoffrey Macnab looks at the implications for distributors and what the future could hold.
  • Rotterdam addresses cuts on opening night

    24-Jan-2013

    The 42nd edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) opened last night with the world premiere of Guido van Driel’s Resurrection Of A Bastard (De wederopstanding van een klootzak.)
  • Koch Media launching UK theatrical push with Arbitrage

    14-Jan-2013

    EXCLUSIVE: Entertainment group Koch Media - one of German’s leading independent media companies - has revealed its intention to become a major player in UK theatrical distribution. Koch plans to release 25 films a year into British cinemas.
  • Stewart Mackinnon

    3-Jan-2013

    Headline Pictures co-founder Stewart Mackinnon talks to Screen about Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet and the growth of the company
  • Out of the shadows

    2-Jan-2013

    Awards can play a big role in helping feature documentaries connect with audiences. Geoffrey Macnab explores the leading contenders for recognition this year.
  • Goldcrest offers three docs at Sundance

    19-Dec-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: World premieres include Sebastian Junger’s Tim Hetherington documentary [pictured]; company talks about its ‘comeback.’
  • Will investors join EIS club?

    13-Dec-2012

    The boosted Enterprise Investment Scheme was expected to be a big bonus for the UK film industry, but financiers say times are tougher than expected. Geoffrey Macnab talks to the experts.
  • Ingenious responds to Commons questioning

    11-Dec-2012

    Spokesperson says committee hearing was “completely unsatisfactory.”
  • Baftas’ glory

    11-Dec-2012

    As Bafta season intensifies, Geoffrey Macnab looks at the streamlined voting process and how this year’s nominations will be revealed just before those of the Oscars.
  • UK film financiers grilled by Commons over tax

    6-Dec-2012

    Two of the UK’s most prominent film financiers endured a fierce grilling at the hands of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee exploring Tax Avoidance.
  • IDFA winners include First Cousin Once Removed, Searching For Sugar Man

    26-Nov-2012

    Plus hot sellers from the market side of IDFA.
  • Roast Beef to tell the story of Pussy Riot

    21-Nov-2012

    Roast Beef Productions, the UK indie behind Afghan Star, is working on a feature doc about Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot.
  • Dogwoof collars international partnerships

    21-Nov-2012

    UK doc distributor Dogwoof has struck a series of new partnerships with distributors around the world.
  • Julien Temple’s Rio doc to feature Ronnie Biggs

    19-Nov-2012

    Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs is to appear in a new documentary about the city of Rio, directed by Julien Temple.
  • Jarecki adopts “grassroots” release for The House I Live In

    16-Nov-2012

    US director Eugene Jarecki has spoken about the grassroots campaign for documentary The House I Live In - and the part that Brad Pitt has taken in promoting the film.
  • IDFA director: Dutch cuts are “a slap in the face”

    15-Nov-2012

    The world’s biggest doc bazaar International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) marked the beginning of its 25th edition last night (Wednesday) with a fiery speech from festival founder and director Ally Derks.
  • Pirate Bay film to be distributed for free

    9-Nov-2012

    File-sharing website The Pirate Bay is at the forefront of the pro-piracy movement. It’s only fitting then that new feature doc about them, TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard, is to be given away for free.
  • Brügger planning controversial "assassination" doc

    8-Nov-2012

    Controversial Danish journalist and film-maker Mads Brügger, whose exposé of African diamond smuggling in The Ambassador provoked fury and lawsuits, is working on another Africa-set documentary that is set to be equally explosive.
  • Daniel Dencik plans his first dramatic feature about slave trade

    8-Nov-2012

    Likely controversial project is about slave trading Danish officer in the 1830s.
  • Autlook takes on Mussels In Love

    8-Nov-2012

    Also at CPH: DOX, Taskovski Films announces several deals.
  • Caroline Rowland in talks to make New York Cosmos film

    6-Nov-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Director [pictured] of official London 2012 Olympics film First could make film about revival of New York football team.
  • Ulrich Seidl pitches doc about sex tourism

    5-Nov-2012

    Revered Austrian auteur Ulrich Seidl’s new feature doc Old Ist Gold is among the projects being presented at CPH: Forum, the coproduction event at CPH Dox in Copenhagen this week.
  • CPH: DOX hosts 65 world premieres

    4-Nov-2012

    With 65 world premieres, 25 international premieres and audience figures expected to be in the region of 50,000, CPH: DOX, the largest documentary festival in Scandinavia, is continuing to grow.
  • Negri defends Cornelius Cinema in Kasander financial controversy

    25-Oct-2012

    Livio Negri, the Italian-based executive producer of Ben Sombogaart’s To Be King, has responded to remarks made about financial problems on the production by the film’s Dutch producer Kees Kasander [pictured].
  • Through the window

    25-Oct-2012

    Recent VoD releases in the US have underlined the potential of shrinking release windows for independent distributors. Geoffrey Macnab explores the UK market, where excitement about multiplatform releasing is tempered by a wariness of alienating exhibitors.
  • London Film Festival deals emerge

    23-Oct-2012

    A raft of distribution deals were secured throughout the London Film Festival, it has emerged, including controversial title Compliance.
  • Mountain Road strikes German deal for The Rotterdam Blitz

    22-Oct-2012

    As it becomes more aggressive in handling Dutch feature films in the international market, Hilversum-based sales and production outfit Mountain Road Entertainment has closed an all rights German deal on Ate De Jong’s wartime drama The Rotterdam Blitz (formerly titled Bombardment) with distributor KSM Film.
  • Producer Kees Kasander dismisses claims of unpaid bills in Italy

    18-Oct-2012

    Dutch producer Kees Kasander has angrily dismissed reports from Italy that his latest production, Jan Terlouw adaptation To Be King (Koning van Katoren), has been impounded by an Amsterdam court because of unpaid bills in Italy.
  • BFI's Ben Roberts promises 'open access' to funding during PFM keynote

    17-Oct-2012

    Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund, today promised far greater transparency in the way public funding decisions are made.
  • Schwarzenegger makes a Stand

    15-Oct-2012

    Arnie was back in London last night (Oct 14) to discuss his return to the big screen.
  • Abu Dhabi Media Summit: Gawdat explains the nine rules key to Google's success

    11-Oct-2012

    A Senior Google executive offered attendees an intriguing glimpse into the secrets of the multinational internet company’s workplace culture.
  • Abu Dhabi Media Summit: How to get Arabic content online

    11-Oct-2012

    At today’s Abu Dhabi Media Summit session, Sami Mustafa Mubarak and Mina Nagy Takla, the co-founders of Taghreedat, illustrated their revolutionary plans for putting Arab content front and central on the internet.
  • Abu Dhabi Media Summit: Talking failure

    11-Oct-2012

    Entrepreneurs address the notion that ‘innovation starts with failure and ends with growth.’
  • Abu Dhabi Media Summit: When greed is good

    11-Oct-2012

    Outspoken Rashid Al Ballaa of N2V talks about smart long-term investments
  • Ben Roberts to deliver keynote at Production Finance Market

    11-Oct-2012

    The sixth Film London Production Finance Market (Oct 17-18) has confirmed its keynote speaker will be the new Director of the BFI Film Fund, Ben Roberts.
  • Abu Dhabi Media Summit: Real time news challenges

    11-Oct-2012

    Experts talk about how news gathering has been transformed in the digital age.
  • Abu Dhabi Media Summit: Transformers Universe game previewed

    11-Oct-2012

    Jagex CEO says gameplay works as a ‘short, sharp experience.’
  • Abu Dhabi Media Summit: 83% of Arab Digital Generation uses web daily

    10-Oct-2012

    Groundbreaking new research from global management consulting firm Booz & Company, in partnership with Google, has provided the most illuminating snapshot yet of the habits and aspirations of the Arab Digital Generation (ADG).
  • Abu Dhabi Media Summit: The creation of Internet is 'biggest event' in human history

    10-Oct-2012

    Experts call for heavy investment in infrastructure.
  • Abu Dhabi Media Summit: Collapsing windows still not working, studios say

    10-Oct-2012

    The vexed issue of theatrical windows was again raised in today’s Abu Dhabi Media Summit roundtable, Tablets Rising.
  • Abu Dhabi Media Summit: Google's Kyncl says YouTube will charge for content

    10-Oct-2012

    YouTube to charge subscription fees for content; he says Google is ‘complementary’ to broadcasters, not at war with them.
  • Abu Dhabi Media Summit: eMarketer's Ramsey says a third of planet is on web

    10-Oct-2012

    Geoff Ramsey, (Founder & CEO, eMarketer) dazzled the Abu Dhabi Media Summit audience with an 18-minute presentation that allowed them at least to peer into the digital future.
  • Abu Dhabi Media Summit: Media growth seen in region

    9-Oct-2012

    Al Mubarak says 3000 new jobs in media sector have been created in last four years.
  • Beardsall and Minghella's Island Pictures goes on road trip with Kirk Jones

    9-Oct-2012

    Island Pictures, the new London-based film and TV production company set up by Sarah Beardsall and Dominic Minghella, will partner with director Kirk Jones on Are We Nearly There Yet?.
  • Tom Courtenay talks about being a 'matinee idol'

    8-Oct-2012

    50 years after winning a BAFTA for Best Newcomer for his performance as the borstal kid in The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner (1962), Tom Courtenay is enjoying an Indian summer in his film career.
  • Shadow Dancer wins big at Dinard

    8-Oct-2012

    James Marsh’s Shadow Dancer was the big winner at the 23rd edition of Brittany’s Dinard British Film Festival.
  • Wasteland producers eye new projects

    8-Oct-2012

    The producers behind Rowan Athale’s acclaimed heist thriller Wasteland (sold by Bankside in Toronto to Momentum for the UK and a host of other distributors) have revealed details of their future projects.
  • Marjane Satrapi plans to shoot The Voices in Babelsberg starting in April

    5-Oct-2012

    Paranormal Activity’s Michael Perry wrote the script.
  • Lassie heads to Canada in new feature-length film

    5-Oct-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Charles Sturridge writing Lassie Leaves Home.
  • Dinard director calls for more British support

    5-Oct-2012

    Dinard festival artistic director Hussam Hindi has made an impassioned plea for the British to resume their support of the event (which showcases British films to French audiences).
  • BFI Future Plan to invest £500m over next five years

    3-Oct-2012

    Three areas of concentration are education and audiences, filmmaking and film heritage; Film Fund will rise to £24m annually by 2017.
  • Bullhead's Roskam talks Buda Bridge, The Tiger, The Faithful

    2-Oct-2012

    The Belgian director discusses forthcoming projects at Binger-Screen interview in Utrecht.
  • River Phoenix's last film Dark Blood could see mainstream release

    30-Sep-2012

    Director George Sluizer has revealed that he expects the legal issues surrounding Dark Blood to be resolved within the next “four weeks.”
  • Stewart Mackinnon's Headline grows with busy slate, new Edelman partnership

    28-Sep-2012

    Stewart Mackinnon’s London and Newcastle-based film and TV production outfit Headline Pictures (the outfit behind Quartet and The Invisible Woman) has confirmed details of a groundbreaking new strategic partnership
  • Holland Film Meeting, NPP launch with upbeat mood despite film funding questions

    28-Sep-2012

    Sister event Netherlands Film Festival opened with Nono, The Zig Zag Kid [pictured]; River Phoenix’s last film finally unveiled.
  • Stevan Riley talks about James Bond doc Everything or Nothing

    28-Sep-2012

    Director talks how he found out Bill Clinton was a Bond fan, and how Skyfall director Sam Mendes questioned Daniel Craig as 007.
  • Andrew Macdonald

    19-Sep-2012

    DNA Films co-founder Andrew Macdonald has just completed one of his most ambitious films yet, Dredd 3D.
  • DNA talks future of Dredd trilogy

    9-Sep-2012

    DNA Films boss Andrew Macdonald has given further details about the screenwriting plans for the next installments in the Dredd trilogy.
  • Amr Waked ramps up Zad slate

    7-Sep-2012

    Company in talks with Egyptian distributor for Winter Of Discontent; hoping to put Ahmed Maher’s In Which Land You Die into production next summer.
  • Takeshi Kitano considers making a third Outrage movie

    5-Sep-2012

    Takeshi Kitano, the Japanese director/star of hardboiled yakuza thriller Outrage Beyond (sold in Toronto by Celluloid Dreams), is contemplating a third Outrage movie.
  • GFM Films board Australian animation Stonerunner

    5-Sep-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: British company working for the second time with FG Film Productions.
  • Bela Tarr: Hungarian Film Fund 'unacceptable and illegitimate'

    5-Sep-2012

    Hungarian director [pictured] responds to confirmation that the Film Fund - run by Andy Vajna - was to take over the property of the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary.
  • Experts welcome new Venice market but suggest some improvements

    4-Sep-2012

    Pascal Diot to expand digital video library in 2013.
  • Susanne Bier on 'the beauty of romantic comedy'

    4-Sep-2012

    Cancer-themed movies tend to be grueling and very heavy affairs. Oscar winning Danish director Susanne Bier’s crowdpleaser Love Is All You Need is surely one of the only forays into the genre that can be labeled a romantic comedy.
  • Swipe takes UK rights to Tu Seras Mons Fils

    4-Sep-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: During the Venice market, Frank Mannion’s production, sales and distribution outfit Swipe has confirmed it will handle the UK release of Gilles Legrand’s French wine-themed drama Tu Seras Mons Fils, which is about a family running a vineyard in Bordeaux.
  • Wadjda director vows to keep working in Saudi Arabia

    1-Sep-2012

    Saudi Arabia’s first female film director Haifaa Al Mansour, whose debut feature Wadjda was enthusiastically received in Venice, has made an outspoken plea for women’s rights in her homeland.
  • Eurimages confirms Canada and Israel in talks to join fund; Gulf countries could follow

    1-Sep-2012

    Roberto Olla, executive director of Eurimages (The Council of Europe’s film fund) has again raised the possibility that Eurimages will become a fund “that goes beyond the geographical limit of Europe.”
  • Swipe Films boards Winter Of Discontent

    30-Aug-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Company to handle international sales for Ibrahim El Batout’s film centred around the Arab Spring.
  • Venice kicks off today with boosted industry attendees

    29-Aug-2012

    Festival opens with mixed-to-positive critical response to Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
  • Venice's new market to include promo of Agnes B's debut, footage from new Carlos Sorin film

    29-Aug-2012

    The newly launched Venice Film Market (Aug 30-Sept 3) has announced that it is to show promo reels and footage from selected films.
  • Clip filmmakers respond to Russian ban of film

    26-Aug-2012

    Russian Ministry of Culture accused the Rotterdam winning film of being child pornography.
  • Taxing times

    20-Aug-2012

    The UK has a popular film tax credit and newly boosted investment schemes. But are controversial tax avoidance stories hurting film finance? Geoffrey Macnab reports
  • The UK public funding boom

    16-Aug-2012

    Are we in a golden era for public film funding? The UK is stumbling through a prolonged recession and yet the film industry has seemingly emerged largely unscathed from the ongoing cuts. Geoffrey Macnab analyses where the cash is headed.
  • Bullhead's Roskam to direct HBO's Buda Bridge Bitch

    9-Aug-2012

    Rising young Belgian auteur Michaël R. Roskam has signed up to write and direct the pilot for a new Belgian-set but English language series for US powerhouse TV network HBO.
  • London hosting shoots for Fast 6, Jack Ryan, Kick-Ass 2

    9-Aug-2012

    At a reception at London’s Barbican Centre last night, Film London took the opportunity to announce the many high-profile international films that are currently shooting or about to shoot in the city.
  • Footballers strike for Kicking And Screening Festival

    8-Aug-2012

    A host of legendary ex-Arsenal FC stars from the Highbury club’s 1988-89 First Division winning team will be in attendance at the opening night of the second The Kicking And Screening Festival in London (September 28 to October 4).
  • GFM Films takes on Blowback

    25-Jul-2012

    London-based company to handle sales on Kimble Rendall’s [pictured] thriller.
  • HMRC draft guidance raises doubts over EIS schemes

    19-Jul-2012

    The HM Revenue and Customs has issued a draft guidance which could disqualify the majority of creative businesses from accessing the relief.
  • The UK tax debate

    18-Jul-2012

    Geoffrey Macnab asks why years-old UK film investment schemes are coming under attack and how investor confidence in UK film is being shaken by the allegations.
  • James Purnell unveils future plans as producer

    16-Jul-2012

    In his new guise as a film producer, former Labour Cabinet Minister (and one time Culture Secretary) James Purnell has revealed that he has several film projects as well as documentaries in development.
  • Olympic tremors

    13-Jul-2012

    With a fortnight to go to the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, the UK film industry is buckling down for what promises to be a daunting Olympic fortnight (27 July to 12 August.)
  • Caroline Rowland to make official feature film of London 2012 Olympics

    12-Jul-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: 12 first-time Olympic athletes will be chronicled in the feature film.
  • Ingenious says it plans legal action against The Times and HMRC over tax avoidance story

    11-Jul-2012

    As the controversy over the tax arrangements behind various UK film finance schemes continues, leading UK film financier Ingenious has confirmed today that it is beginning legal action against both The Times and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
  • Responses published to EC Consultation on State Aid for film

    5-Jul-2012

    Producers and film agencies have rejected the idea that there is “a subsidy race” going on across Europe.
  • Kevin McKidd, Ashley Jensen attached to star in Ward's Indian Summer

    4-Jul-2012

    Michael Hamlyn’s Specific Films (the outfit behind Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert) is planning to begin production early next year on its new $4 million feature Indian Summer.
  • BFI reassures industry about UK's film tax schemes after Times scandal story

    3-Jul-2012

    In a letter to the Editor of The Times, the British Film Institute has sought to reassure international producers that the UK Film Tax Credit is both stable and safe.
  • Edinburgh's upbeat 2012 paves the way for rebuilding festival

    1-Jul-2012

    The Edinburgh Film Festival closed this weekend on a relatively upbeat note - and with new festival Director Chris Fujiwara (whose one year contract ends in September) eager to stay at the helm.
  • Peter Strickland

    29-Jun-2012

    Screen talks to British director Peter Strickland, who is in Edinburgh this week for the world premiere of his second feature Berberian Sound Studio.
  • Margaret Matheson's Bard partnering on new Chidlow film

    28-Jun-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Margaret Matheson’s London and Scotland-based Bard Entertainments is to partner with writer-director David Chidlow’s Campfire Productions on a new film to shoot in Scotland.
  • Psychic Octopus doc team plans zombie project

    22-Jun-2012

    Exhibit A Pictures, the outfit behind new doc The Life And Times Of Paul The Psychic Octopus (a world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival today), is now stretching its tentacles into zombie land.
  • UPDATE: UK industry responds to The Times article alleging tax avoidance in film business

    21-Jun-2012

    Future Capital Partners says it will “stand absolutely behind the investments”; Ingenious battles allegations by saying that a “rogue inspector” made a “misinformed statement.”
  • LUFF's growing crop for 2012

    21-Jun-2012

    On the eve of this year’s London UK Film Focus (LUFF), running June 25-28, the organisers are in upbeat mood.
  • Alan Maher to leave Irish Film Board in July

    19-Jun-2012

    Alan Maher has said that his departure from the Irish Film Board won’t affect any of the projects on which he is currently working.
  • Paul Haggis

    14-Jun-2012

    Screen talks to Paul Haggis about his new feature, Third Person, which is being backed by Belgian outfit Corsan.
  • Xpand 3D CEO Maria Costeira talks about challenges facing 3D

    1-Jun-2012

    Speaking in Cannes, where XPAND 3D signed a new three year contract renewing its role as the technical partner, company CEO Maria Costeira, considers some of the main challenges facing the 3D market.
  • New UK EIS rules get EU approval

    1-Jun-2012

    UK film industry sources have expressed their relief that EU State Aid approval has finally been given to the new UK EIS rules.
  • Sluizer works to resurrect Dark Blood, River Phoenix's last project

    30-May-2012

    Dark Blood, the movie River Phoenix [pictured] was working on at the time of his death, is set to be completed almost 20 years after it was abandoned.
  • Coproduction office reports busy sales on Ulrich Seidl trilogy

    29-May-2012

    Philippe Bober’s Coproduction Office has reported bumper Cannes sales on its Cannes competition title Paradise: Love directed by maverick Austrian Ulrich Seidl.
  • New UK distributor Showcomotion launches with focus on children's films

    28-May-2012

    Sheffield-based Showroom Cinema has set up a new UK distribution arm, Showcomotion Films, to concentrate on children’s cinema from around the world.
  • Bellocchio's Dormant Beauty stirs political controversy in Italy

    25-May-2012

    A mini-squall has hit the Italian film industry over the controversial decision to cut the entire 2012 funding of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission.
  • The Documentary Company on board for Green Prince

    23-May-2012

    The Documentary Company, launched by Sheryl Crown and Maggie Monteith last year to back feature docs with EIS funding, is expanding its slate.
  • Phanta launches new Dutch finance scheme

    23-May-2012

    In Cannes, Dutch producer Petra Goedings from Phanta Vision has revealed further details of a groundbreaking film financing scheme in the Netherlands.
  • Match Factory strikes groundbreaking distribution initiative

    23-May-2012

    €400,000 initiative is backed by the EU’s Media Mundus.
  • Media Luna picks up Student, Kid

    23-May-2012

    Midway through the market, Media Luna has taken international rights to three new films.
  • Wild Bunch Benelux goes on buying spree

    23-May-2012

    Mid way through the market, company boss Pim Hermeling has confirmed a raft of market and festival acquisitions.
  • Per Fly shooting Monica Zetterlund

    22-May-2012

    Swedish singer Edda Magnason [pictured] plays the leading role.
  • Film I Vast welcomes projects including new Moodysson

    22-May-2012

    As-yet-untitled feature from Lukas Moodysson [pictured] is one of five titles set to do post-production at Film I Vast’s base in Trollhättan.
  • Topkapi, Waterland selected for Hubert Bals Fund Plus

    22-May-2012

    Both Dutch production outfits will now receive grants of 50,000 Euros.
  • Ayres plans Marilyn Monroe doc

    22-May-2012

    Writer-filmmaker has already spoken to and filmed many Monroe associates.
  • Norway boosts new Jo Nesbo adaptation

    22-May-2012

    Two high profile new Norwegian features are being fast-tracked - Morten Tyldum’s historical drama Tordenskjold, and Arild Fröhlich’s family feature Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder. They will receive $20 million and $17 million state funding, respectively.
  • Beta takes on Rupert Everett's Happy Prince

    22-May-2012

    Everett will star as Oscar Wilde.
  • Vinterberg moves into The Commune; Hunt sales heat up for TrustNordisk

    22-May-2012

    Thomas Vinterberg is poised to make a feature film version of his play, The Commune, which he staged successfully at the Burgtheater Vienna.
  • Latido thinks up Thesis with Darin

    21-May-2012

    Thriller is based on the novel by Germán Paszkowski and also stars Alberto Ammán [pictured].
  • Verhoeven works with audience for Tricked

    21-May-2012

    FCCE will be handling the thriller in the market.
  • CinemaChile touts R. Lorena, Hijo De Tranco

    21-May-2012

    Chilean delegation also set to hold tribute to Raul Ruiz today in Cannes.
  • South Africa and Ireland to seal co-pro treaty

    21-May-2012

    Treaty is the eighth co-production treaty that South Africa has signed.
  • Kingsley, Payne, Skarsgard line up for Beta's Physician

    21-May-2012

    International stars including Ben Kingsley, Tom Payne and Stellan Skarsgård have joined the cast of Beta Cinema’s film adaptation of Noah Gordon’s bestseller The Physician.
  • LUFF to host premieres from Whitecross, Temple

    21-May-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: The London UK Film Focus (25 to 28 June), the annual screening event that brings the world’s top buyers to London, has announced a raft of high profile premieres for this year’s event.
  • Iron Sky director revives Hitler in 3D

    21-May-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Adolf Hitler is to be recreated in digital 3D in I Killed Adolf Hitler, the new live action sci-fi feature from the team behind hit Iron Sky.
  • Cannes deals roundup for Atrix, Hungarian National Fund, Cinema Republic

    21-May-2012

    Hot titles include The Children From Mount Napf and 18 Meals.
  • Finnish showcase planned for September

    21-May-2012

    The Helsinki International Film Festival will launch the Finnish Film Affair, the first industry showcase for new domestic films.
  • Italian regions boost support of foreign production

    21-May-2012

    The Apulia Film Commission Foundation in Italy is has launched a new international Fund in support of foreign film productions.
  • Scherfig, August team for Serious Game

    20-May-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Lone Scherfig and Swedish actress-director Pernilla August are to collaborate on €5 million costume epic/love story
  • Yellow Affair starts pre-sales on Kristina

    20-May-2012

    Film’s star Malin Buska [pictured] presented to international press in Cannes.
  • Weide plans Vonnegut doc

    20-May-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Robert B. Weide, whose Woody Allen: A Documentary is in official selection) is looking to revive his long-gestating feature doc on sci-fi author Kurt Vonnegut.
  • Iron Sky getting prequel and sequel

    20-May-2012

    On the eve of Cannes, Blind Spot Pictures’ Tero Kaukomaa, the producer of cult Third Reich in space movie Iron Sky, has confirmed that he is plotting not one but two sequels.
  • Blind Spot plans prequel and sequel to Iron Sky

    20-May-2012

    Stealth Media has sales rights to the first Nazis on the moon film.
  • Annila, Kaukomaa, Giddings partner for babysitter thriller

    20-May-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: English-language project to shoot in 2013 in Finland and Sweden.
  • Icon strikes UK deal for TrustNordisk's Easy Money II

    19-May-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: A work-in-progress version of the film is screening exclusively for buyers only at the market in Cannes and has already been sold.
  • Lumiere animates sales on Phantom Boy

    19-May-2012

    Benelux distributor Lumiere’s new sales arm, Lumiere International Sales, is at its first Cannes Market with a promo of its first major project.
  • Svensk introduces buyers to Marie Kroyer

    19-May-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Svensk’s sales arm SF International has sold Bille August’s new feature Marie Krøyer to Greece (Hollywood) and to  CIS (Cinema Prestige).
  • Matthias Schoenaerts cops to Wasteland

    19-May-2012

    Rust And Bone actor Matthias Schoenaerts is confirmed to star as a tormented Brussels cop in Wasteland, the new feature from young Flemish director Pieter Van Hees.
  • Sola shakes with Jelly

    19-May-2012

    Sola Media is handling sales on Jelly T, the sequel to Freddy Frogface.
  • uMedia wages sci-fi War

    18-May-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Company also working on thrillers Maelstrom and The Scent of Adam.
  • Silver Reel lines up busy financing slate including Grace of Monaco

    18-May-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: The Zurich-based film financier also eyeing Guilermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio and Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs project.
  • Freida Pinto dances into Desert

    18-May-2012

    Richard Raymond to direct story of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian.
  • Arri goes to Marrakech with Caroline Link

    18-May-2012

    At the start of Cannes, German outfit Arri Worldsales has announced it will handle international sales on Exit Marrakech, the latest feature from Oscar winning German director Caroline Link (Nowhere In Africa.)
  • Buyers swoon to Chiesa's Poet

    17-May-2012

    Early in the market, Adriana Chiesa is enjoying brisk sales on Andrea Segre’s Shun Li And The Poet.
  • TrustNordisk strikes French deal with Pretty Pictures for Call Girl

    17-May-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Mikael Marcimain’s polticial thriller stars Pernilla August.
  • Hard times for soft money

    17-May-2012

    Are Europe’s film tax credits under threat from the European Commission? Geoffrey Macnab reports on the truth about controversial new rules under discussion.
  • Schoenaerts in talks for The Treatment

    17-May-2012

    Fast-rising Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts (the Bullhead star who also appears alongside Marion Cotillard in Cannes competition entry Rust And Bone) is in talks to star in new thriller The Treatment.
  • Savage strikes on Roskam’s Faithful

    16-May-2012

    Roskam’s film noir is one of several projects that the Belgian production outfit is working on.
  • Beta's Cannes slate includes The Notebook, Orange Honey, Two Lives

    16-May-2012

    Slate also includes Toke C. Hebbeln’s Shores Of Hope.
  • Agnes B catwalks to Films Boutique with feature debut

    16-May-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Berlin-based sales outfit Films Boutique has just snapped up worldwide sales rights to My Name Is Hmmm, the debut feature from French fashion designer Agnès Troublé (better known to the outside world as Agnès B.)
  • Autlook geeks out with Spurlock's Comic-Con doc

    16-May-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Autlook Filmsales has snapped up worldwide rights - except North America - for Comic-Con: Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, the latest film from Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden?)
  • Al Mansour reveals struggles of directing Wadjda

    15-May-2012

    Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour reveals the difficulties she faced while making Wadjda, the first feature to be shot in Saudi Arabia.
  • Tiberius grabs four titles for Germany

    15-May-2012

    German independent distributor Tiberius Film has been on an early Cannes buying spree.
  • Intramovies boards sales for A Flat For Three

    15-May-2012

    Carlo Verdone directs recession-themed comedy.
  • A celebration of Zentropa

    15-May-2012

    After 20 years, the iconic Danish production outfit Zentropa is going stronger than ever, with historical drama A Royal Affair packing out Danish cinemas and Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt in Competition here in Cannes.
  • Amanda Nevill

    14-May-2012

    BFI head Amanda Nevill talks through the thinking behind the BFI’s new five-year plan.
  • BFI unveils new five-year plan including Lottery annual production funding boost to £28.2m

    14-May-2012

    Three “strategic priorities” have now been identified: education and audiences (£17 million per year), filmmaking (£28.2 million) and Heritage (£3 million.)
  • Martin Carr and Neil Thompson, Formosa Films

    4-May-2012

    The producers talk about their EIS experiences and their busy slate.
  • Celsius on board for Kasdan's The First Time

    4-May-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Celsius takes on world sales (excluding North America) for the teen romance which premiered at Sundance.
  • IDFA head calls on Dutch government to support Jan Vrijman Fund

    3-May-2012

    IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam) director Ally Derks has made an outspoken plea for the Dutch Government to continue to support the Festival’s Jan Vrijman Fund.
  • Arrow takes UK rights to Peter Norman doc Salute

    2-May-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Film about sprinter set for UK theatrical release in July.
  • Di Bonaventura, Seven Arts, Prodigy pact for Natali's $60m Neuromancer

    30-Apr-2012

    Renowned US producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Transformers, Constantine) is to partner with Seven Arts Entertainment Inc and Prodigy Pictures on William Gibson adaptation Neuromancer, it was confirmed this weekend.
  • Robert Redford launches Sundance London

    26-Apr-2012

    Sundance founder says London event a chance to grow audiences for independent films at press conference on opening day
  • Lars von Trier to make Nymphomaniac in two feature-length parts

    26-Apr-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: The project, tracing the erotic life of a woman from the age of zero to 50, will shoot in Germany this summer
  • Europa International backs EC move on digital plan

    20-Apr-2012

    Europa International, the organisation representing the interests of international sales agents, has given an enthusiastic welcome to The European Commission’s recently published call for proposals related to a new preparatory action Circulation Of European Films In Digital Era.
  • Moviehouse takes on ActionFest award winner I Declare War

    18-Apr-2012

    Sales company also working with Samaritan Entertainment on Repatriate.
  • Formosa plans thrillers, film noir via its first Seed EIS development slate

    18-Apr-2012

    EIS specialist Formosa Films has announced details of its inaugural Seed EIS (SEIS) Development slate.
  • Autlook, Films Transit to jointly handle sales on Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview

    17-Apr-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Feature documentary shows Bob Cringely’s 1995 interview with Jobs.
  • Dardennes to be guests of honour at Bergman Week

    10-Apr-2012

    Double Palme D’Or winners the Dardenne brothers are to be guests of honour at this year’s Bergman Week (June 25 to July 1) on the island of Fårö in Sweden.
  • Roland Joffe

    5-Apr-2012

    Screen talks to the veteran director about the challenges of shooting Singularity and looking ahead to forthcoming films including The Archbishop And The Antichrist.
  • Moviehouse takes on Stuart Urban's May I Kill U?, Simon Phillips' Riot

    4-Apr-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Bishop [pictured] stars in satirical comedy-thriller; Nick Nevern stars in crime thriller.
  • Joffe's Singularity administration issues addressed; film to be launched in autumn

    29-Mar-2012

    Corsan chief-executive Paul Breuls has told ScreenDaily that Roland Joffé’s big budget romantic time travel drama Singularity starring Josh Hartnett, Neve Campbell and Bipasha Basu will now  be “positioned” for the autumn festivals.
  • All eyes on the Netherlands

    29-Mar-2012

    Ahead of its public opening, Geoffrey Macnab visits the EYE in Amsterdam and looks at how the museum and the EYE Film Institute can boost the Dutch film industry
  • Mixed blessings

    29-Mar-2012

    Dutch films have been booming in recent years, but public spending cuts are threatening future success. Screen examines the current state of Dutch production, including 10 hot films.
  • BBC Films joins RPC for Julien Temple's Kinks feature

    27-Mar-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: BBC Films is partnering with Jeremy Thomas’s Recorded Picture Company on You Really Got Me, Julien Temple’s feature film about British band The Kinks.
  • Vertigo eyeing StreetDance 3, another Horrid Henry film

    26-Mar-2012

    If release of StreetDance 2 performs well, StreetDance 3 would follow after Giwa and Pasquini’s Walking On Sunshine.
  • The Associates PR company to close

    23-Mar-2012

    Six months after the death of its founder Richard Larcombe last August, London-based film PR company The Associates is to close its doors.
  • London 2012 film plans include Ramsay's The Swimmer, Kapadia's The Odyssey

    23-Mar-2012

    Olympics shorts — including one by Mike Leigh — to premiere in Edinburgh on June 24 before screening in London; Woolcock, Temple and Eyre projects also planned.
  • BSAC conference tackles topics including VOD, decline in UK co-productions

    22-Mar-2012

    Speakers include Stephen Garrett [pictured], Ben Roberts, Mark Herbert and Josh Berger.
  • Knatchbull outlines vision for Curzon's future

    22-Mar-2012

    Speaking at BSAC conference, CEO talks about future growth plans for physical venues and on demand platforms.
  • UK Budget 2012: UK film industry welcomes TV tax relief, but wants update on EIS approvals

    21-Mar-2012

    Leading UK film industry figures have given a broadly enthusiastic response to the UK Budget. There have been widespread expressions of delight at the promised tax relief for high-end TV drama, animation and video games. 
  • Machulski and Bromski's Zebra plans several new comedies

    12-Mar-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Zebra Film Studio, the outfit behind Agnieszka Holland’s Oscar nominated In Darkness, has revealed its current production plans.
  • Kevin Macdonald

    9-Mar-2012

    Oscar winning director Kevin Macdonald talks about the challenges of making his latest documentary about reggae legend Marley.
  • Benelux distributor Lumiere moves into international sales

    9-Mar-2012

    To handle animated feature Phantom Boy from team behind Oscar nominated A Cat In Paris.
  • Brits abroad

    23-Feb-2012

    A string of global successes has underlined the breakout potential of British films. But how easy is it to sell UK projects around the world? Geoffrey Macnab reports
  • The hard sell

    23-Feb-2012

    Selling arthouse cinema from anyone other than a major-name director can be tough, reports Geoffrey Macnab, but can multi-platform releasing help breathe new life into this market?
  • Belgium film commission backs new projects from Hansel, Mariage, Garbarski

    23-Feb-2012

    A host of familiar names have received public backing for new films from the Film Selection Commission of the French community of Belgium.
  • Peter Greenaway plans new Death In Venice project

    21-Feb-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Peter Greenaway is to make a new film version of Thomas Mann’s Death In Venice.
  • The Coproduction Office secures more sales on Meteora

    20-Feb-2012

    Philippe Bober’s production and sales outfit The Coproduction Office has announced a raft of new sales of Meteora, which screened in competition in Berlin last week.
  • Oticons grows composer roster with Craig Gannon

    20-Feb-2012

    Munich-based film composers’ agency Oticons has added Craig Gannon, former Smiths and Aztec Camera guitarist, to its roster.
  • Beki Probst: EFM numbers up in 2012 despite economic issues

    16-Feb-2012

    Statistics released by the European Film Market suggest that this has been a bumper Berlin. Bucking economic trends, the EFM is reporting increased attendance and screenings.
  • Roland Joffe lands Forest Whitaker as Desmond Tutu

    15-Feb-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Roland Joffe is plotting a prison movie set in South Africa that will deal with the Truth and Reconciliation hearings.
  • Vajna puts emphasis on new Hungarian talent

    15-Feb-2012

    Speaking in Berlin this week, Hungarian film commissioner and troubleshooter Andy Vajna has responded to criticisms from members of the Hungarian Filmmakers’ Association (led by Bela Tarr) that film artistry and culture is being stifled under the film regime he now heads.
  • M-Appeal goes Electrick with Aussie deal

    15-Feb-2012

    Rebecca Thomas’s Electrick Children is generating a buzz with buyers.
  • Dutch Film Works takes on top titles including The Tomb and Pierre Pierre

    14-Feb-2012

    Benelux buyer Dutch Filmworks has been on an acquisition spree at the EFM, picking up several of the most highly sought after titles in the market.
  • EC Culture Minister keen for budget boost

    14-Feb-2012

    European Commissioner for Culture Androulla Vassiliou has been in Berlin presenting the Commission’s proposal for the new “Creative Europe” programme.
  • Buyers hail Caesar for Rai Trade

    14-Feb-2012

    Caesar Must Die, the Taviani brothers’ Competition entry and early critics’ favourite has US buyers circling.
  • Kevin Macdonald travels to Black Sea and Eastern Europe

    14-Feb-2012

    Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald is working with writer Dennis Kelly, writer of Matilda The Musical, on a project called Black Sea.
  • Filmax closes Japan deal for Childish Games

    14-Feb-2012

    Filmax launches special Valentine’s Day trailer for Rec 3.
  • Reel Suspects has busy deals for Dolly Parton, X-Femmes, Vanishing Waves

    14-Feb-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Matteo Lovadina’s Reel Suspects has been closing multiple deals on its EFM slate.
  • Highmore meets Bardot

    13-Feb-2012

    Carol Polakoff’s production slate also includes Eran Riklis project.
  • Norwegian South Film Fund to encourage co-productions

    13-Feb-2012

    The new fund, modelled on Rotterdam’s Huber Bals Fund and Berlin’s World Cinema Fund, will invest in film-makers from developing countries,
  • Brugger takes on Quatraro Mystery

    13-Feb-2012

    Zentropa’s Peter Engel producing.
  • BFI restores silent Hitchcock films

    13-Feb-2012

    Here in Berlin, the British Film Institute (BFI) has revealed further details of its major Alfred Hitchcock restoration project, which is being mounted for the London 2012 Festival (part of the Cultural Olympiad to tie in with the Olympic Games.)
  • Call Girl double booked

    13-Feb-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: TrustNordisk’s political thriller Call Girl, shown here on a three-minute promo, has sold to Benelux (Lumiere) and Korea (Sonamu).
  • Memento strikes with Cannibals, Sister

    13-Feb-2012

    Midway through the market, leading arthouse sales agent Memento Films International has reported brisk sales on its EFM titles.
  • Lucky Red mans up with Man Down

    13-Feb-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Italian producer/distributor Lucky Red is back in the buying groove, closing deals on four major new films during EFM.
  • StudioCanal thrills with Serena sales

    13-Feb-2012

    Pan-European powerhouse StudioCanal is reporting an “incredible response” to Serena, its $25 million thriller/romance starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.
  • Berlin sellers roundup: Deals from Delphis, Locomotive, Jinga, Stealth and more

    13-Feb-2012

    The latest sales news from the European Film Market.
  • TLA takes Kiss from Yellow Affair

    13-Feb-2012

    Distributor also takes Four More Years.
  • Urban's Love spreads

    13-Feb-2012

    French sales and production outfit Urban Distribution International has sold One Love (Un Amor) by Paula Hernandez to a number of territories early in the EFM.
  • Jan Troell

    13-Feb-2012

    The Swedish film-maker talks to Screen about his first digital film, Truth & Consequence, and how he has no plans to retire at age 80
  • Bettany eyes 3D film by Popogrebsky

    12-Feb-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Paul Bettany is in advanced negotiations to star in the new film from Alexei Popogrebsky, Lost Rooms.
  • Russian Film Commission coming to LA

    11-Feb-2012

    Roskino/SEF is to create a Russian Film Commission in Los Angeles to build relationships with American distributors and producers.
  • True life cow story comes to big screen

    11-Feb-2012

    US producer Max Howard and Munich based Papa Löwe Filmproduktion are partnering with Torsten Poeck and UK-based writer/producer Kirsty Peart on the development of the partly animated family feature film, Cow On The Run, in collaboration with Gut Aiderbichl.
  • LevelK climbs Devil’s Staircase

    11-Feb-2012

    Synchronicity Films and Macgwoan Films, in association with Del Rio Films, have announced they are co-producing psychological thriller The Devil’s Staircase.
  • Pellegrino, Myller revisit The Robbers

    11-Feb-2012

    Roland Pellegrino, producer of more than 35 international films (among them Enemy At The Gates) and writer-director Hagen Myller, are teaming up to make an adaptation of Friedrich Schiller’s classic play, The Robbers.
  • Other Angle takes on hot buddy comedy

    11-Feb-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: French sales outfit Other Angle Pictures has picked up French buddy comedy The Other Side Of The Tracks (De l’autre côté du périph).
  • Buyers fall for TrustNordisk's Fjallbacka

    11-Feb-2012

    TV series and features adapted from Camilla Lackberg [pictured] bestsellers.
  • Bachelorette party spreads for Elle Driver

    11-Feb-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Deals include Icon for UK and Telepool for Germany.
  • Backup's draws Crowd for Heysel drama

    11-Feb-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: The story of the Heysel Stadium football disaster, when 39 Juventus fans died just prior to the 1985 European Cup Final against Liverpool, is to be told in an ambitious new €7 million feature film.
  • Imagina takes on I Want You

    11-Feb-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Spanish outfit Imagina is starting sales on I Want You (Tengo Ganas Di Ti), the follow up to runaway Spanish hit, 3 Meters Above The Sky.
  • Leijonberg to direct Swedish remake of Ben X

    10-Feb-2012

    Shoot set to start in late March in Sweden.
  • Doc & Film travels with The Minister, A Woman

    10-Feb-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Doc & Film is reporting brisk sales on several of its EFM titles.
  • Cassel, Seydoux get Beastly with Pathe

    10-Feb-2012

    Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, Brotherhood Of The Wolf) is to make a new version of Beauty And The Beast.
  • Elena travels for Pyramide

    10-Feb-2012

    Company also handles Manoel De Oliveria’s Gebo.
  • Bela Tarr flies Hungarian flag

    10-Feb-2012

    Bela Tarr has made an impassioned plea on behalf of Hungarian film culture.
  • Cineart goes on buying spree with Princess Diana, Renoir, Carax

    10-Feb-2012

    Voracious Benelux buyer Cineart has pre-bought Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Caught In Flight, which focuses on the relationship between Princess Diana (played by Naomi Watts) and the heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan.
  • Elle Driver reigns with Queen deals

    10-Feb-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: French sales outfit closes a slew of deals on Berlinale opening film starring Diane Kruger as Marie Antoinette.
  • Bier's Love spreads for TrustNordisk

    9-Feb-2012

    Pierce Brosnan stars.
  • Cohen Media takes US rights to Farewell My Queen from Elle Driver

    9-Feb-2012

    Berlinale opening film Benoit Jacquot’s Farewell, My Queen (sold by Elle Driver) has been snapped up for US distribution by by Cohen Media Group.
  • Bober's CoProduction Office blasts off with Meteora

    9-Feb-2012

    Company also handling Ulrich Seidl’s sex tourism story Paradise, now a three-feature project.
  • M-Appeal strikes Spanish deal for Baikonur

    9-Feb-2012

    EXCLUSIVE: M-Appeal closes deal on Veit Helmer film Baikonur with Spanish outfit Pirámide Films Distribución.
  • GFM takes on BB King; Cassavetes’ Yellow

    9-Feb-2012

    London and LA-based seller GFM Films has added blues doc BB King: The Life Of Riley to its EFM slate.
  • Diane Kruger

    8-Feb-2012

    Diane Kruger stars as doomed French Queen Marie Antoinette in Berlinale opening night film, Farewell My Queen (sold by Elle Driver.)
  • HanWay takes on sales for Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir

    7-Feb-2012

    Polish director talks openly in the film made by friend Andrew Braunsberg.
  • Rotterdam's CineMart prizes go to Tsangari's Duncharon and Ljuca's Humidity

    2-Feb-2012

    Rotterdam deals include Autlook taking on Shock Head Soul and Intramovies boarding The Legend of Kaspar Hauser.
  • Netherlands Film Fund overhauls model in wake of funding cuts

    1-Feb-2012

    The Netherlands Film Fund today published its proposals for a new streamlined film policy for 2013 to 2016, introducing three funds.
  • Rotterdam roundup: new plans from Odoul, Kaurismaki; Raul Ruiz's widow takes over project

    30-Jan-2012

    With the start of International Film Festival Rotterdam’s coproduction market (the CineMart), the pace of the festival picked up dramatically over weekend — and news has emerged of deals and new projects.
  • Rotterdam opens 41st edition with with Belvaux's 38 Witnesses

    26-Jan-2012

    38 Witnesses actress Nicole Garcia talks about her own directorial projects.
  • Hungary announces first wave of investments under Vajna's new Fund

    18-Jan-2012

    Also, Hungarian Film Week revived by association led by Bela Tarr.
  • Autlook, Films Transit partner on sales of Big Boys Gone Bananas

    18-Jan-2012

    Peter Jager’s Vienna-based Autlook and Jan Rofekamp’s Quebec-based Films Transit (two of the leading doc sales outfits) have confirmed that they will be jointly selling the Sundance-bound Big Boys Gone Bananas.
  • UK industry welcomes Film Policy Review but cautions that words must be followed by action

    17-Jan-2012

    Industry experts bullish on policy report but say that the BFI has a huge job ahead to deliver on proposed action points.
  • Cameron's comments draw dismay ahead of Film Policy Review; Mike Leigh has 'no comment'

    11-Jan-2012

    UK Prime Minister David Cameron has riled up the British film community today with a statement emphasising that the BFI should support “commercially successful pictures.”
  • The inbetweener

    2-Jan-2012

    To be European or not to be European? That is the question facing the UK industry as it debates whether to re-enter the Eurimages co-production fund. Geoffrey Macnab considers the issues at stake.
  • UK's EIS proposals still await EU approval

    16-Dec-2011

    HMRC officials have acknowledged today they don’t know when or if EU State Aid Approval will be given to proposals to lift the cap on the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) ifrom £2 million to £10 million ($15.7 million) next April.
  • The Dark Knight's prologue rises

    14-Dec-2011

    Meeting Tom Hardy as leather-bound terrorist Bane.
  • Effie producer debunks Twitter claims about production troubles

    13-Dec-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: Donald Rosenfeld says Emma Thompson period piece is almost finished shooting.
  • EIS boost for UK industry coming closer as draft legislation published

    7-Dec-2011

    Barriers to film investment dropped from plans, yet EU State Aid approval still needed.
  • Turning British film upside down

    1-Dec-2011

    Have UK producers hijacked the debate on public funding in Britain? Geoffrey Macnab reports on calls for a more distribution-led approach as the Film Policy Review panel prepares to unveil its findings
  • Amr Waked talks about directing Arab superhero project, co-producing R for Revolution

    30-Nov-2011

    Egyptian actor and filmmaker Amr Waked has revealed further details of Antara, his ambitious new “Arab superhero” project.
  • Financiers react to Osborne's new EIS proposals

    30-Nov-2011

    UK film financiers have given a guarded welcome to UK Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement yesterday of a new scheme offering investors a 50% tax relief for investing in business start-ups.
  • Dogwoof picks up four IDFA titles, including winner Planet of Snail

    28-Nov-2011

    Other acquisitions include The Island President, about a carbon neutral politician in the Maldives.
  • Hungary confirms National Film Fund to get €13.3m for 2012

    23-Nov-2011

    Andy Vajna promises greater transparency in funding process.
  • IDFA deals include StudioCanal taking UK on Vreeland doc

    22-Nov-2011

    Other deals done for Girl Model, The Story of Film and more titles.
  • EIS backing for films in UK could be hampered by new Treasury consultation

    15-Nov-2011

    There could be a sting in the tail for British film financiers when the cap on the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) is raised from £2 million to £10 million ($15.7 million) next April.
  • The £10m question

    10-Nov-2011

    Will changes to the EIS scheme help lure wealthy individuals back into UK film financing?
  • Tabloid subject Joyce McKinney sues Errol Morris

    8-Nov-2011

    Morris also talks about his biological weapons project and dramatic feature with Ira Glass.
  • Errol Morris talks about 'investigation' side of documentary filmmaking

    8-Nov-2011

    Morris says that documentary filmmakers can pick up some of the slack as investigative journalism declines.
  • Dutch fund offers backing for international distributors, sellers

    7-Nov-2011

    Public agencies Eye International and the Dutch Film Fund have confirmed details of a groundbreaking new scheme to offer financial support to international distributors and sales agents handling Dutch movies.
  • Films Boutique closes Faust deals in UK, Spain, France, beyond

    3-Nov-2011

    After winning the Golden Lion in Venice, Alexander Sokurov’s Faust has been sold to multiple territories by Films Boutique.
  • Bond 23's title confirmed as Skyfall

    3-Nov-2011

    British actress Naomie Harris and French actress Berenice Marlohe to star as Bond girls, Javier Bardem confirmed as villain.
  • Beta takes on Van Den Berg's Suskind

    2-Nov-2011

    On the eve of the AFM, German sales powerhouse Beta Cinema has taken on world sales rights to Dutch movie Süskind, from director Rudolf Van Den Berg.
  • Can Doha strike gold?

    24-Oct-2011

    As this year’s Doha Tribeca Film Festival gets underway, Geoffrey Macnab explores the strategy of the Doha Film Institute and looks at its impact on film-making in the region.
  • Momentum eyes 100-screen release for Steve McQueen's Shame

    21-Oct-2011

    UK distributor Momentum Pictures is planning an ambitious 100-screen release for Steve McQueen’s Shame and will be pushing the film hard for BAFTA and other awards consideration.
  • David Puttnam

    20-Oct-2011

    After his recent FDA keynote speech, Lord Puttnam spoke to Screen about some of the current challenges facing the British film industry.
  • Yellow Bird's Gray talks about importance of producer-author relationships

    19-Oct-2011

    The Sweden-based producer says that the US version of Headhunters could shoot as soon as 2012.
  • Lord Puttnam calls for bigger UK P&A Fund as part of Audience Development Fund

    18-Oct-2011

    Puttnam also calls for BFI to create special events and media promotions to stimulate audiences.
  • Redgrave, Ganz, Laurent join cast of Bille August's Night Train To Lisbon

    18-Oct-2011

    An all-star cast has come aboard Night Train To Lisbon, the new Bille August film which is being sold by K5 International with PalmStar Media Capital and EFish Entertainment who are co-financing.
  • Artificial Eye circles 360; company builds on Paramount ties

    14-Oct-2011

    UK distributor Artificial Eye is thought to be in final negotiations to acquire Fernando Meirelles’ 360, whichopened the BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday.
  • Blackburn in pre-production for Elstree shoot of Dream On

    13-Oct-2011

    The Fades director Farren Blackburn makes his feature directorial debut; golfer Sam Torrance [pictured] to have a cameo.
  • RioFilme in talks to back Noyce's Bloodsport remake

    13-Oct-2011

    Underlining its growing enthusiasm for supporting high profile international productions, Brazilian outfit RioFilme is in talks to back Phillip Noyce’s remake of martial arts film, Bloodsport. This follows on the city-owned audiovisual investment company’s $500,000 investment in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.
  • Production Finance Market's offerings include Maybury's Atomic Blonde

    13-Oct-2011

    New projects from Gillian Armstrong, John Maybury and Sally Potter [pictured] will be talked up to financiers at this month’s PFM.
  • Stephen Evans moves ahead with Princess Diana biopic

    4-Oct-2011

    Renaissance also developing Seve Ballesteros biopic.
  • UK distributor Cooltura launches with focus on Polish films

    29-Sep-2011

    New UK distributor Cooltura — an offshoot of the London-based Polish weekly magazine of the same name — is launching to handle Polish movies in the British marketplace.
  • Bodega takes on Policeman for France

    28-Sep-2011

    Highly feted Israeli thriller Policeman has been picked up by Bodega Films for France.
  • Netherlands Film Festival showcases 'rich year' of Dutch production

    26-Sep-2011

    Organisers have been striking a defiant note about future prospects for the Netherlands Film Festival, the main festival showcase for Dutch cinema.
  • Verhoeven plans user-generated project

    23-Sep-2011

    Paul Verhoeven, the 73-year-old Dutch director of Basic Instinct and Robocop, will be attending MIPCOM next month to explain the concept behind his new “user generated” movie that will be made in collaboration with the general public.
  • Wild Bunch Benelux goes on mini-acquisition spree

    22-Sep-2011

    Speaking on the opening day of the Netherlands Film Festival (21-30 September) in Utrecht, company M-D Pim Hermeling revealed that he has pre-bought Only Decent People, the new film from IDTV producer Frans van Gestel (a guest of honour at the festival this year.)
  • Dutch industry calls for regional film funds in wake of government cuts

    22-Sep-2011

    Hot topic at this week’s Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht will be how the industry can cope with government cuts.
  • Hamish McAlpine's Generation unveils busy production slate

    19-Sep-2011

    Former Tartan boss Hamish McAlpine is taking the leap back into the film business.
  • Flach Film boards sex comedy The Anatomist

    13-Sep-2011

    Veteran Paris-based producer Jean-François Leptit of Flach Film Production has come on board as French co-producer of new sex comedy The Anatomist from writer-director Gabriela Tagliavini.
  • The dating game

    12-Sep-2011

    There is a fine art to matching 600 films a year with just 52 release slots. Geoffrey Macnab looks at the elaborate game of musical chairs that results when a big film suddenly changes its schedule
  • Producers doing it for themselves

    12-Sep-2011

    An increasing number of producers are choosing to bypass sales agents altogether and negotiate directly with international buyers. As a producer points out, it can make sense to sell your own film — but only in special cases.
  • Mountain of evidence grows for UK Film Policy Review

    12-Sep-2011

    Film trade bodies and organisations were scrambling Friday to complete their submissions to the UK Government’s Film Policy Review consultation.
  • HanWay taking on Bertolucci's Me and You

    5-Sep-2011

    Jeremy Thomas has long working relationship with Bertolucci going back to The Last Emperor.
  • Speleers, Szohr, Pasqualino sign on for Love Bite

    5-Sep-2011

    WestEnd handling sales on the Andy de Emmony-directed comedy/horror.
  • Autlook takes international rights to Beats, Rhymes & Life

    5-Sep-2011

    Vienna-based sales outfit Autlook has taken worldwide rights to Michael Rapaport’s Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe CalledQuest.
  • Stellan Skarsgard lines up for von Trier's Nymphomania

    5-Sep-2011

    Von Trier says he is doing extensive research for the project.
  • Bac takes on sales for Provost's The Invader

    5-Sep-2011

    French sales outfit Bac has swooped to take international sales rights on Nicolas Provost’s The Invader — a world premiere in Orrizonti (Horizons) in Venice this week before going on to Toronto.
  • Soderbergh details next three films, starting with male stripper movie

    3-Sep-2011

    Speaking in Venice this weekend, Steven Soderbergh has revealed when he will be shooting his next three projects.
  • Frederick Wiseman plans documentary about UC Berkeley

    2-Sep-2011

    As he unveils Crazy Horse in Venice, Wiseman talks about new project about a large university.
  • Groups stake their positions for UK Film Policy Review

    1-Sep-2011

    With a Sept 9 deadline looming, industry groups are readying their submissions for the government’s review about future support of film.
  • Turn Me On Goddammit closes more deals for Celsius

    31-Aug-2011

    Buyers are tuning into hit Norwegian film, Turn Me On Goddammit, which is sold by Thierry Wase-Bailey’s London-based Celsius Entertainment.
  • Sky could be forced to loosen grip on Pay TV rights in UK

    25-Aug-2011

    UK independent sales agents and distributors have given a cautious welcome to the report from industry watchdog the Competition Commission recommending that Sky’s grip on premium Pay TV movie rights in the UK should be loosened.
  • Heather Stewart, BFI

    18-Aug-2011

    The new creative director of public programme at the BFI talks to Screen about the changing role of the BFI and her long term plans for the organisation.
  • London riots: Ealing Studios impacted, some cinemas closed under police advisory

    10-Aug-2011

    Ealing says damage has already been repaired; Film London advises productions to ‘exercise caution.’
  • Fiennes confirmed to direct The Invisible Woman for Headline

    9-Aug-2011

    Headline’s slate also includes Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet, The Recycler, and The Drivers.
  • Locarno 2011: Key World Premieres

    4-Aug-2011

    Hot titles include Headhunters (pictured).
  • Locarno finds a new voice

    4-Aug-2011

    This year’s Locarno Film Festival has a distinctly French flavour as the event stakes its claim to become the perfect stepping stone between Cannes and Venice.
  • Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac being lined up for summer 2012 shoot

    1-Aug-2011

    Nymphomaniac now looks certain to be Lars Von Trier’s next feature project, with production slated to begin in the summer of 2012.
  • BFD was "victim of own success"

    29-Jul-2011

    Details have emerged of the shock decision last month to break up Benelux Film Distributors (BFD).
  • Jeremy Thomas, Paul Berczeller developing film about Kim Jong-Il

    25-Jul-2011

    Leading British producer Jeremy Thomas (Crash, The Last Emperor) has confirmed that he is working on a project about North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il.
  • An eye on Sky

    14-Jul-2011

    With Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation under intense pressure in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal, the UK industry is once again discussing BSkyB’s lack of investment in British film – and whether now is the time to push for change.
  • Comes A Bright Day

    14-Jul-2011

    The directorial debut of award-winning commercials director Simon Aboud is a romantic thriller set in the heart of London’s West End. It is produced by Christine Alderson of Ipso Facto and sold internationally by Intandem.
  • Locarno announces more than 30 world premieres, including Morten Tyldum's Headhunters

    13-Jul-2011

    US titles include Piazza Grande opening film Super 8 and Cowboys & Aliens, with Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig expected to attend
  • Eli Roth's next projects include producing Chilean earthquake film

    7-Jul-2011

    New projects include producing next film by young director Nicolas Lopez; he also talks about radical solution to film piracy.
  • Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, Number 9 Films

    7-Jul-2011

    Number 9 producers Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen talk to Screen about Mike Newell’s adaptaiton of Great Expectations and the challenges of running an independent production company in the UK.
  • Cineart takes on titles including Winding Refn's Drive and Only God Forgives

    3-Jul-2011

    Leading independent Benelux distributor Cineart has revealed details of its latest round of acquisitions.
  • No badge required

    1-Jul-2011

    Informal and fun, Ireland’s Galway Film Fleadh (July 5-10) is also becoming a significant European co-production hub.
  • Cell 211 director Monzon gears up for The Kid, Murder Weekend

    30-Jun-2011

    Multi-award winning Spanish writer-director Daniel Monzón has revealed further details of his new projects to follow his hit Cell 211.
  • UK distributor Crabtree prepares first theatrical release

    23-Jun-2011

    New UK distributor Crabtree Films has revealed details of its plans for its first theatrical pick-up, Kevin Asch’s Holy Rollers starring Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha.
  • Amid UK upheaval, LUFF stands strong

    23-Jun-2011

    Now in its eighth edition, London UK Film Focus 2011 (27-30 June) is an event which, on the face of it, seems to have been remarkably untroubled by the recent upheavals in public film funding in the UK.
  • GFM to handle world sales on Malkovich-starrer Drunkboat

    22-Jun-2011

    Project will screen at the London UK Film Focus next week.
  • UPDATED: Dutch industry worries about minister's plans for support organisations

    20-Jun-2011

    The Dutch film sector has been dismayed by Deputy Culture Minister Halbe Zjilstra [pictured]’s response to last month’s “advice” from the Council of Culture on how 30% cuts in public funding should be achieved in the culture sector. Groups under threat include Binger Filmlab.
  • Holliday Grainger cast in Mike Newell’s Great Expectations

    17-Jun-2011

    Number 9 Films production also stars Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter; starts shooting in the UK on October 10
  • Schumacher, Spielhoff promoted as Haslam leaves HanWay

    14-Jun-2011

    Following CEO Tim Haslam’s departure from HanWay Films last week, company Chairman Jeremy Thomas has announced two senior appointments at the London-based sales company.
  • Holdom lines up Marcel, Deathtrap Dungeon

    26-May-2011

    Mark Holdom, Inc., the Los Angeles-based production and financing company run by Mark Holdom in Italy and Sam Braslau in LA, has announced further details of its slate.
  • Dutch Courage

    26-May-2011

    With the Dutch government recommending 30% cuts in the culture sector, local film industry experts brace for film spending cutbacks and potential job losses and bankruptcies.
  • LevelK's Lost In Africa gets African release

    24-May-2011

    Danish/Kenyan co-production stars Connie Nielsen.
  • A-Film picks up slew of Cannes titles for Benelux

    24-May-2011

    Amsterdam-based Benelux distributor A-Film, which buys both arthouse and mainstream fare, has been on an acquisition drive in Cannes.
  • Hermeling plans to open new art-house cinema in Amsterdam

    24-May-2011

    The new 16CC, will include a bar, a club annex and a screening theatre.
  • Zentropa, TrustNordisk speak out about Lars von Trier Cannes controversy

    21-May-2011

    Lars von Trier’s business partner and producer Aalbæk Jensen says Nazi comments 100% crossed the line but ‘he’s just a Danish guy trying to be funny’; sales company says only one distributor has pulled out of releasing Melancholia.
  • A-Film on board for Rutger Hauer-starring Kidnap

    20-May-2011

    Dutch distributor A-Film is aboard The Heineken Kidnap, featuring Rutger Hauer’s first major role in a Dutch language movie in 30 years, and is planning a substantial release for the movie across Benelux in late October of this year.
  • Danish Film Institute on von Trier: 'Great artists make stupid remarks'

    20-May-2011

    UK distributor stands by release; Susanna Bier’s Italian co-producer shows solidarity with her.
  • Wallonian Fund grows to €10 million per year

    20-May-2011

    Frédéric Delcor, the General Secretary of the Communauté Française in Belgium, has revealed further details of the cultural fund to support French-speaking filmmakers in Belgium.
  • Rome based Indiecinema proposes new funding model

    19-May-2011

    The venture proposes a new model for indepedent cinema in Italy.
  • Urban's My Little Princess travels well

    19-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: Other sellers are Las Acacias and Hard Labor. Soda pre-buys
  • Norway's Motlys announces slate

    19-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: New projects include US family drama from Joachim Trier
  • Match Factory boards Duane Hopkins’ Bypass

    19-May-2011

    The Match Factory has announced an international rights deal with Third Films for Duane Hopkins’ upcoming feature Bypass.
  • RT announces Julian Fellowes-scripted Motherland

    19-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: Brazilian company also working on project with David Seidler
  • MEDIA head Silver defends industry consultation

    19-May-2011

    Silver dismissed the charge that industry was “not part of the process” in planning the new MEDIA programme.
  • Urban Distribution announces sales on Princess and other titles

    19-May-2011

    Company has also picked up two new projects
  • Film House Germany, Lemming launch Hamster

    18-May-2011

    New venture aims to broaden scope of family films in Germany
  • Barbarian strikes deals at Cannes

    18-May-2011

    3D animation produced through Einstein Film
  • Reel Suspects continues Q sales

    18-May-2011

    Accent takes Australia and New Zealand.
  • Headhunters goes to Alta for Spain

    18-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: Action-thriller has been picked up in a host of territories
  • Bullhead star joins Loft remake

    18-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: Matthias Schoenaerts cast in remake, which starts shooting in June in New Orleans
  • NonStop sells 3D Magic to Spain, Germany and others

    18-May-2011

    Film is a sequel to Norwegian hit
  • Film London partners with Rio Film Commission

    17-May-2011

    Film London and Filme Rio-Rio Film Commission have  signed a partnership agreement to develop the exchange of trade, talent and culture within their cities’ film industries.
  • New Swedish prize aims to boost female directors

    17-May-2011

    Resulting film will premiere at the Stockholm International Film Festival
  • John Lydon goes Norwegian in Sons Of Norway

    17-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: Former Sex Pistols frontman to cameo in Jens Liens’ film
  • Moviehouse sharpshoots Gunned Down with Fairbrass

    17-May-2011

    Film to be directed by Alexander Soskin
  • Celluloid Dreams finds Bliss

    17-May-2011

    Berlin-set love story is currently shooting
  • CPH:DOX names Lab participants

    17-May-2011

    Film-making initiative pairs international and European filmmakers
  • Christian Baute joins Headline as company confirms Ridley Scott project

    17-May-2011

    Scott will produce and direct Reykjavik
  • AV Pictures thrills buyers with Sket

    17-May-2011

    Buyers are swarming over girl gang movie Sket, on the AV Pictures slate.
  • Winding Refn partnering to produce Black's Game

    17-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: Winding Refn and production company Zik Zak (Volcano) are partnering on thriller Black’s Game.
  • Buyers hungry for Autlook's El Bulli doc

    17-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: Buyers are feasting on El Bulli, Cooking In Progress, being sold by Autlook.
  • Buyers take HanWay's Expectations, Psychopaths

    16-May-2011

    UK sales outfit HanWay Films has been doing a roaring trade on its Cannes slate.
  • Hubert Bals Fund backs projects including UCR selection Goodbye

    16-May-2011

    The Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has announced the 22 projects it will be supporting in its Spring Selection Round.
  • Jinga does more sales on A Serbian Film

    16-May-2011

    On the eve of its North American theatrical release through Invincible Pictures, Jinga films has closed several territories for Srdjan Spasojevic’s uber controversial A Serbian Film.
  • Andy Vajna unveils further details of Hungarian funding overhaul

    16-May-2011

    Previous deals struck with Hungary’s MMKA will not all be honoured
  • GFM links up with Seven Arts

    16-May-2011

    New company has also linked up with Seven Arts
  • Swedes plan huge Long Ships franchise

    16-May-2011

    “Ultimate Viking movie” to comprise two features and a TV series
  • Film London’s PFM sets dates for Oct 19-20

    16-May-2011

    Production finance event aims to set up over 800 meetings
  • Wentworth Miller joins US remake of Loft

    16-May-2011

    Film based on 2008 Belgian hit
  • Raul Ruiz plans Portuguese War And Peace

    16-May-2011

    Lines Of Wellington is currently casting
  • Intandem partners with Mary Alice Productions

    16-May-2011

    Intandem Films Los Angeles-based Mary Alice Productions will produce and finance slate of films in the $20-$40 million budget range.
  • Reel Suspects heats up deals on Q, Meat

    16-May-2011

    Matteo Lovadina’s new sales outfit Reel Suspects has been doing a roaring trade at its first Cannes.
  • Minds Meet finds itself Deep In A Dream Of You

    16-May-2011

    Belgian outfit to start production on Caroline Strubbe’s follow-up to 2009 feature Lost Persons Area
  • Swinton, Fassbender and Wasikowska line up for Jarmusch's vampire story

    16-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Thomas and Reinhard Brundig producing; HanWay to handle sales.
  • Locarno to honour Abel Ferrara

    15-May-2011

    Maverick director to receive career achievement award, Leopard Of Honour
  • Film auditing veterans Fisher and Okkersen come together

    15-May-2011

    Christa Okkersen’s License Control and HW Fisher & Company have announced the launch of their new outfit
  • Wavelength takes on Defurne's North Sea, Texas

    15-May-2011

    London-based company has taken on sales duties for Belgian auteur Bavo Defurne’s title
  • Number 9's slate includes new Neil Jordan vampire film

    15-May-2011

    Number 9 Films, the production company run by Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen, is set to have three films in production by the end of the year including a Dickens adaptation, a new Neil Jordan vampire picture, and a British gangster movie.
  • Hallstrom leaves The Danish Girl, casts Persbrandt for The Hypnotist

    15-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: Lasse Hallstrom leaves Nicole Kidman sex change feature but ramps up plans for The Hypnotist.
  • Rohrwacher plans satirical comedy about slow food

    15-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: Carlo Cresta-Dina’s Tempesta Film, the outfit behind Alice Rohrwacher’s new feature Corpo Celeste (screening in the Quinzaine and sold by RAI Trade), has revealed details of its next projects.
  • Neil La Bute checks into UK's Crooked House

    15-May-2011

    Neil La Bute (In The Company of Men) is to direct an adaptation of a novel by British crime writer, Agatha Christie.
  • Russia, China create new film fund

    15-May-2011

    The Russians and the Chinese film industries are coming together.
  • Film Factory gets Inertia

    15-May-2011

    Vicente Canales’ aggressive new sales outfit Film Factory Entertainment has taken international sales rights on Inertia, a feature film to be directed by Gonzalo ...
  • Manila-set Snow White finishes shoot, gets new supporters

    15-May-2011

    Dutch Production house Springfilm and UK producer Film and Music Entertainment have completed shooting on Manila-shot fiction feature Snow White (aka Lilet Never ...
  • Saint sells for Film Factory

    14-May-2011

    Dick Maas’ controversial horror film Saint (Sint), which has been accused of traumatizing kids and of sullying the Saint Nicholas Day celebrations in the Netherlands, is proving a hot seller in the Cannes market place
  • Melancholia kicks off sales in Cannes for TrustNordisk

    14-May-2011

    Lars von Trier film now sold to over 30 territories
  • Charles Dance lines up Fanny Ardant for Starfield’s Now And Then

    14-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: Starfield also working on projects with Bahman Ghobadi and Ben Hopkins
  • Horrid Henry leads premieres at 2011 LUFF

    14-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: Horrid Henry: The Movie 3D headlines the premieres at this year’s London UK Film Focus (LUFF)
  • The Yellow Affair swings with She Monkeys sales

    14-May-2011

    Sales company also closes US deal on Parked
  • Ranvaud launches Italy-based Buena Onda International

    14-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: Upcoming projects include Dix and For Richard
  • Cosmos finds Place, strikes Nordisk deal

    14-May-2011

    Film set in the aftermath of the Second World War
  • Egyptian actor to boycott Cannes screening

    13-May-2011

    Amr Waked cites filmmaker ties to Mubarek.
  • Lionsgate UK takes two from Nu Image

    13-May-2011

    Lionsgate UK has been on the acquisitions trail picking up deals on a number of titles including rom com Playing The Field with Gerard Butler and Simon West’s action thriller Medallion, starring Nicholas Cage, from Nu Image.
  • SPC takes US on Palme d'Or hopeful Footnote

    13-May-2011

    Sony Pictures Classics tales North and Latin American rights for Joseph’s Cedar’s Palme d’Or contender from WesEnd Films
  • Location Flanders launches $36,000 grant

    13-May-2011

    Once every year, thegrant will go to a foreign film or television series that extensively puts Flanders in the spotlight
  • Night falls for Celluloid Dreams

    13-May-2011

    Cristina Comencini film is in post
  • Intandem updates Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot

    13-May-2011

    Project to start shooting in September
  • Down and dirty

    13-May-2011

    Israeli actress Hagar Ben Asher’s feature directing debut The Slut is screening in Critics’ Week.
  • K5 on board for indie thriller Phantom

    13-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: K5 is to handle international sales on writer-director Todd Robinson’s supernatural thriller Phantom, it was confirmed in Cannes.
  • Morena ramps up The Last Days

    13-May-2011

    Apocalyptic thriller set in Barcelona
  • High Point takes on My Wedding, Surviving Georgia

    13-May-2011

    Carey Fitzgerald’s High Point Media Group has snapped up two new films, both from emerging female directors.
  • Reel Suspects gets Happy

    13-May-2011

    International sales and coproduction company Reel Suspects is racking up sales
  • Future of Venice’s new Palazzo del Cinema in question

    12-May-2011

    Italian government appears unlikely to pick up bill of removing asbestos
  • Fandango Portobello closes slew of deals on Habemus Papam

    12-May-2011

    Le Pacte take France; Cineart, Benelux;
  • Ealing Metro, Prescience team for Winterbottom’s Jack Black comedy

    12-May-2011

    Bailout expected to start shooting in August
  • Sola Media takes on sales for When Santa Fell To Earth

    12-May-2011

    Family Christmas adventure currently in post
  • Rossellini signs on for The Zigzag Kid

    12-May-2011

    Novel adaptation to shoot this summer
  • Von Trier, Scorsese confirm plans to work on another Obstructions

    12-May-2011

    In a long rumoured collaboration, it has now been officially confirmed that Martin Scorsese is to join forces with Danish maverick Lars Von Trier on a follow-up to The Five Obstructions (2003), Von Trier’s  collaboration with Jorgen Leth.
  • Optimum, Kinowelt drive off with K5's Vehicle 19

    12-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: Paul Walker stars in the action thriller directed by Mukunda Michael Dewil.
  • WestEnd chomps on Andy de Emmony's Love Bite

    12-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: Ecosse Films is producing the story of a werewolf in a British seaside town.
  • The Works rocks with Good Vibrations

    12-May-2011

    Cast will feature Richard Dormer, Michael Fassbender [pictured], Steve Coogan, Robert Sheehan and Bronagh Gallagher.
  • Moviehouse builds slate, strikes US deal for Dead Cert

    12-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: UK vampire film has sold to several territories
  • Jinga goes extreme with busy new slate

    12-May-2011

    New titles include Ghett’A Life
  • Intandem gets Bright with Craig Roberts, Imogen Poots project

    11-May-2011

    EXCLUSIVE: UK outfit Intandem Films has snapped up international rights to Comes A Bright Day, the new British love story/thriller starring Craig Roberts [pictured] ...
  • Zentropa launches VOD platform

    11-May-2011

    Danish powerhouse Zentropa is launching its own VOD platform, zentropaondemand.com, available internationally. Prices start at 3 Euros per film.
  • Beta takes on four new films including Huntgeburth’s Tom Sawyer

    11-May-2011

    On the eve of this year’s Cannes Festival, German sales outfit Beta Cinema has snapped up international sales rights to four new projects.
  • Cineart, Lumiere kickstart Belgian deals

    11-May-2011

    Continuing its longstanding relationship with Ken Loach, Belgian distributor Cineart has confirmed that it will release Loach’s latest The Angels’ Share (currently ...
  • Trinity X label starts with Red, White and Blue

    11-May-2011

    UK independent distributor Trinity Entertainment has announced a X-rated label, Trinity X.
  • The new European studios

    6-May-2011

    What has happened to the dream of a European studio? Screen looks at the new model for pan-regional buying partnerships and discovers the challenges in releasing independent films across multiple territories
  • Something to defend

    6-May-2011

    As the British Film Institute takes over the distribution of public film funds to UK producers, Screen asks what makes a good national film fund and how can success be measured?
  • SC Films takes on sales for Bad Ass starring Danny Trejo

    5-May-2011

    Simon Crowe’s UK-based SC Films has snapped up sales rights to all-action film Bad Ass, starring Danny Trejo (Machete), and will be introducing the project to buyers in Cannes.
  • Cannes 2011 Market Buzz: UK and international sellers

    5-May-2011

    Hot projects from UK and international sales companies include two Kevin Macdonald films, Mike Newell’s Great Expectations, and Margaret Thatcher story The Iron Lady.
  • Frans J Afman, pioneer of indie financing, dies at 77

    4-May-2011

    Afman, the executive credited with revolutionising independent film financing during his time as an executive at Credit Lyonnais Bank in Holland in the 1980s, has died after a long illness. He was 77.
  • Fu Works, Samson team for coming of age film Milo

    3-May-2011

    Dutch-Irish coming of age film Milo is about to go into production this week in Ireland.
  • Lotte Verbeek replaced in van den Berg's Suskind

    25-Apr-2011

    Dutch actress Nyncke Beekhuyzen takes over lead in war drama
  • Icon confirms UK deal for Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive

    21-Apr-2011

    Ryan Gosling thriller will be in competition in Cannes.
  • Ken Loach to start The Angels' Share shoot on April 25

    20-Apr-2011

    Bittersweet comedy will be shot in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
  • Paris-based Umedia builds production slate, rebrands as Urban

    15-Apr-2011

    Umedia, the Paris based international sales and co-production outfit launched in 2004 by Frédéric Corvez, is expanding into production and theatrical distribution - and is being rebranded in the process.
  • Arrow strikes UK deal for Mackenzie's Perfect Sense

    12-Apr-2011

    TrustNordisk handled the sale — IFC previously bought US rights after Sundance premiere.
  • Trudie Styler plans The Harder They Come remake

    11-Apr-2011

    Trudie Styler’s Xingu partners with Conquering Lion Pictures and Jamaican producer Justine Henzell.
  • Luciano Barisone

    7-Apr-2011

    The new director of Swiss documentary festival Visions Du Réel which runs April 7-13, talks about his plans to boost the festival’s international profile.
  • Europe calling

    7-Apr-2011

    Some vocal British producers hope that the UK could re-join Eurimages, at a time when the organisation is booming with the new addition of Russia.
  • Coproduction Office takes on Blue Bird from hot Belgian director

    31-Mar-2011

    Philippe Bober’s The Coproduction Office has come on board for world sales on Blue Bird, the second feature from highly rated young Belgian director Gust Van den Berghe [pictured].
  • Luc Besson

    24-Mar-2011

    The French film-maker talks to Screen about the EuropaCorp strategy following the departure of Le Pogam and his new project The Lady, starring Michelle Yeoh.
  • Team spirit

    16-Mar-2011

    Do European screenwriters enjoy closer involvement with projects or do tensions with directors remain? Geoffrey Macnab discovers whether writers are receiving enough recognition for their work
  • Troubled Magma looks set to appoint a liquidator

    15-Mar-2011

    A creditors’ meeting will be held in Galway later this week for troubled Irish-based production outfit Magma European Scripting House (MESH), which now looks set to appoint a liquidator.
  • I, Anna

    10-Mar-2011

    Debut feature director Barnaby Southcombe is currently shooting this moody, noirish London-set thriller starring Charlotte Rampling and Gabriel Byrne.
  • Icon UK Group sees restructuring; hires Vince Holden

    2-Mar-2011

    Following Access Industries acquisition, Icon UK lays off 15% of workforce but plans to invest in new hires before Cannes; company to have greater emphasis on international sales while maintaining 15 theatrical releases per year.
  • King's Speech: BFI gets king’s ransom?

    24-Feb-2011

    The UK Film Council invested £1 million ($1.6 million) in The King’s Speech through its now defunct Premiere Fund (then run by Sally Caplan) and is believed to have a net profit position as high as 34% in the film.
  • Alex Agran and Tom Stewart, Arrow Films

    24-Feb-2011

    Alex Agran and Tom Stewart discuss the changing strategy at UK distributor Arrow Films, which is beginning to take a more active role in the UK theatrical market.
  • CPH PIX plans new editing initiative

    23-Feb-2011

    As a 2011 pilot project, CPH PIX has created a new platform for knowledge-sharing and creative professional cooperation between filmmaker and film editor.
  • A-Film picks up slew of titles for Benelux at EFM

    23-Feb-2011

    Benelux distributor A-Film Distribution has been on an acquisition spree, picking up a number of titles for its Quality label.
  • Buyers travel to Ruiz's Lisbon; Giamatti, Binoche join Cosmopolis

    17-Feb-2011

    Veteran producer and Alfama boss Paulo Branco also talks about new productions including Cosmpolis’ growing cast.
  • Swish reps Birmingham music documentary

    17-Feb-2011

    Swish Films likes the sound of music doc Made In Birmingham - Reggae, Punk, Bhangra.
  • Latido reveals a number of deals for EFM slate

    17-Feb-2011

    Hot titles include No Return and Free Birds.
  • Berlin competition heats up with hot seller Nader & Simin

    16-Feb-2011

    Asghar Farhadi’s feted Competition title Nader & Simin: A Separation has closed a number of deals.
  • Kravitz, Rourke head to Brazil for Blind Bastard Club

    16-Feb-2011

    Ash-Baron Cohen to direct the $6m film.
  • Weerasethakul checks into Mekong Hotel project

    16-Feb-2011

    Palme D’Or winner Apichatpong ”Joe” Weerasethakul is hatching a new project. The film, at an early stage, is to be called Mekong Hotel.
  • Savor sets Spanish remakes for Moccia projects

    16-Feb-2011

    Adriana Chiesa has confirmed that Spanish remakes are in the offing for its Italian smash hit series of romantic comedies, Sorry If I Love You,  Sorry I Want To Marry You and Amore 14.
  • Werner Herzog

    15-Feb-2011

    The German maverick talks about working in 3D for his new documentary The Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
  • Toby Jones hears Berberian Sound

    15-Feb-2011

    UK producer Keith Griffiths has revealed further details of Peter Strickland’s new project Berberian Sound Studio (working title).
  • Werner Herzog exits Cave, goes to Death Row

    15-Feb-2011

    Maverick German director Werner Herzog is unable to attend the Berlinale screening of his 3D film Cave Of Forgotten Dreams this year because he’s in a “tense” period of shooting for a new documentary about death row in the US.
  • Buyers check into Wide's Mill

    15-Feb-2011

    WideManagement closes a number of eyecatching deals on The Mill And The Cross.
  • Ghent festival to honour Ronni Chasen

    15-Feb-2011

    The Film Festival Ghent 2011 (October 11-22) is to hold a special tribute to publicist Ronni Chasen, who was murdered in Los Angeles last November.
  • Revolver takes UK rights to Creation Records doc

    15-Feb-2011

    The feature doc tells the story of music impresario Alan McGee and the Creation Records label he co-founded.
  • Vajna promises swift action on Hungarian film crisis

    14-Feb-2011

    Newly appointed Hungarian Film Commissioner Andy Vajna says Hungary won’t duck its co-production obligations despite the current crisis in the local film industry.
  • Benelux buyers strike string of deals

    14-Feb-2011

    Deals for Cineart, Lumiere and
  • Young sailor gets documentary, drama treatment

    14-Feb-2011

    Filming has started for projects about 15-year-old Dutch girl Laura Dekker.
  • Spring, F&ME to shoot Manila child prostitution story

    14-Feb-2011

    Jacco Groen’s Spring Films teams with Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) to produce
  • Antonia Bird's Cross My Mind to shoot in May

    14-Feb-2011

    The film marks a further collaboration between Film & Music Entertainment and Rotterdam-based Kasander Film.
  • Zentropa, Nordisk, Network pact for crime thriller series

    14-Feb-2011

    Trio partner on new series based on successful novelist Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Danish series about a Danish police force.
  • Irvine Welsh's Eleven closes financing

    13-Feb-2011

    Stealth Media Group closes financing on The Magnificent Eleven.
  • Films Distribution chats up The Slut

    13-Feb-2011

    Israeli-German co-production is directed by Hagar Ben Asher.
  • Greenaway readies Goltzius, Eisenstein projects

    13-Feb-2011

    Two new Peter Greenaway features are in the pipeline.
  • StudioCanal sees 'incredible response' for African Safari 3D

    13-Feb-2011

    Other hot sellers at EFM include Tinker, Tailor and Blackbird.
  • Sola closes US deal on Turtle documentary

    13-Feb-2011

    Nick Singer’s feature documentary Turtle: The Incredible Journey has closed a US deal for Sola Media.
  • Jinga signs Russian deal for Iron Doors 3D

    13-Feb-2011

    Thriller also sells to Erkul for Turkey.
  • Films Transit, Autlook join forces on select films

    13-Feb-2011

    Jan Rofekamp’s Quebec-based Films Transit and Peter Jager’s Vienna-located Autlook, two of the leading sales agents for feature docs, are to join forces on selected projects.
  • Lara, Hogg join cast of Jakimowski's Blind Watching

    12-Feb-2011

    The shoot will start in early May in Lisbon.
  • Marvin Gaye biopic slated to shoot later this year

    12-Feb-2011

    British director Julien Temple is set to make a biopic, tentatively titled Sexual Healing, about legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye.
  • Late Bloomers sells to US

    12-Feb-2011

    Gaumont also closes a batch of other territories on Julie Gavras’ Berlinale Special title.
  • Ben Stassen readies African Safari 3D

    12-Feb-2011

    Belgian animation supremo and nWave boss reveals further details of his first live-action 3D venture.
  • Huppert Captured by Brillante Mendoza’s next film

    12-Feb-2011

    French sales outfit Film Distribution is to handle sales on new Brillante Mendoza project Captured.
  • Isabelle Huppert Captured by Mendoza project

    12-Feb-2011

    French sales outfit Film Distribution will handle sales on the new Brillante Mendoza project Captured, which stars French acting legend Isabelle Huppert. The film is being produced through Swift Productions.
  • Julien Temple, F&ME head to Brazil for rockumentary

    12-Feb-2011

    UK-based Film & Music Entertainment teams with Julien Temple for rock doc.
  • Buyers blow into PTZ’s Headwinds

    12-Feb-2011

    Universal is handling Headwinds in France while Cineart will be releasing the film in Benelux (on behalf of Movies Benelux).
  • Flowers to bloom with Iraqi release

    12-Feb-2011

    Fariborz Kamkari’s The Flowers Of Kirkuk, being sold by Adriana Chiesa in the EFM, is set to be released in Iraq in late March.
  • Lumiere takes Benelux rights to Fjållabacka Murders

    11-Feb-2011

    Underlining its appetite for Scandinavian crime fare, Benelux distributor Lumiere has snapped up the rights to writer Camilla Läckberg’s bestselling The Fjållabacka Murders.
  • TF1 flies with Santa's Magic Crystal

    11-Feb-2011

    Finland’s Antti Haikala directs the 3D animated feature.
  • Icon takes UK rights to The Devil's Double

    11-Feb-2011

    Icon Film Distribution has snapped up UK rights to €15 million The Devil’s Double , the Lee Tamahori film that proved one of the stand out hits in Sundance last month.
  • Hopscotch strikes double deal with WestEnd

    11-Feb-2011

    London-based WestEnd Films has secured high-profile sales to Hopscotch in Australia for two of its main EFM titles, Albert Nobbs and the recently announced A Late Quartet.
  • Buyers ride with Goldcrest’s Dark Horse

    11-Feb-2011

    Todd Solondz’s latest finds suitors in Scandinavia and Australia; Goldcrest readies A Thousand Kisses.
  • TrustNordisk closes French deal for Mackenzie’s Perfect Sense

    11-Feb-2011

    French outfit Pretty Pictures attracted to David Mackenzie’s romance-drama.
  • Metropolis’ sales for The Guard include Optimum for UK

    11-Feb-2011

    UK based sales company Metropolis International Sales has closed multiple deals on John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard (screening in Panorama.)
  • K5 takes on Nattiv's prizewinner Mabul

    11-Feb-2011

    K5 International, the worldwide sales company based in Munich, London and LA, has picked up the rights for Israeli helmer Guy Nattiv’s second feature Mabul (The Flood).
  • TrustNordisk takes on Christiansen’s ID: A

    11-Feb-2011

    Danish sales outfit is handling Christian E. Christiansen’s thriller.
  • Epic Pictures takes on Julian Richards' Shiver

    11-Feb-2011

    Here at the EFM, Epic Pictures Group, headed by Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berensen, is handling foreign sales on Shiver, the new “woman in jeopardy” thriller from Julian Richards (The Last Horror Movie).
  • Atrix takes on Remembrance

    11-Feb-2011

    Munich based  Atrix has taken on all international rights for Anna Justice’s drama Remembrance starring Alice Dwyer, Mateusz Damiecki, Dagamar Manzel and David Rasche ...
  • Optimum takes UK rights to Beyond The border from NonStop

    10-Feb-2011

    Optimum swoops on Swedish WWII drama.
  • WestEnd tunes up Late Quartet with Hoffman, Walken

    10-Feb-2011

    London-based sales outfit WestEnd is introducing new project A Late Quartet to buyers at the EFM.
  • Celluloid Dreams takes on Panorama title Bullhead

    10-Feb-2011

    Celluloid Dreams has snapped up international rights to Panorama entry and critical/box-office hit Bullhead, from debut Belgian director Michael R. Roskam.
  • Funny Balloons sells Sundance hit Circumstance to France

    10-Feb-2011

    Hit Sundance title Circumstance (handled in the EFM by Funny Balloons) is continuing to generate buyer buzz following its successful premiere in Park City.
  • Reel Suspects checks into Club Zeus

    10-Feb-2011

    Reel Suspects, the new Paris-based sales and coproduction company set up by Matteo Lovadina, has picked up international rights to David Verbeek’s Club Zeus.
  • Film Factory gambles with Winning Streak

    10-Feb-2011

    Daniel Brühl (pictured) to star.
  • Ealing turns a page with New York Times documentary

    9-Feb-2011

    Ealing Studios International takes rights to Andrew Rossi documentary.
  • Digging for gold

    9-Feb-2011

    The ambitious $55m oil epic Black Gold is emblematic of the rising ambition of film-making in the Middle East. Geoffrey Macnab speaks to producer Tarak Ben Ammar about mounting an international epic on which he first started work more than 30 years ago
  • Berlin buzz: non-US sellers

    7-Feb-2011

    From auteur fare by big-name directors such as Polanski and Besson, to directorial debuts and genre titles, Geoffrey Macnab previews the new projects available for sale for the first time in Berlin’s market
  • WestEnd takes on Panorama title Invisible

    7-Feb-2011

    Michal Aviad’s feature tells the story of two women haunted by a shared experience.
  • Rotterdam Tigers go to Journals of Musan, Finisterrae, Eternity

    5-Feb-2011

    Return of The Tiger Award goes to Oki’s Movie and Club Zeus.
  • Rotterdam CineMart awards go to Touch Me Not and Kid

    3-Feb-2011

    Deals during CineMart include Le Pacte handling sales on Carlos Reygadas’ Post Tenebras Lux.
  • Albert Nobbs

    27-Jan-2011

    Glenn Close’s long awaited passion project Albert Nobbs is now shooting in Dublin, with Rodrigo Garcia directing an all-star cast including Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
  • Sheryl Crown launches new EIS Fund for documentaries

    27-Jan-2011

    The Documentary Company, the new EIS Fund geared toward producing socially relevant feature and TV documentaries, is now up and running - and looking for projects to support.
  • Rotterdam kicks off with private funding drive, support for Panahi

    26-Jan-2011

    The 40th anniversary IFFR opened with Greek drama Wasted Youth [pictured].
  • New $400,000 fund will support distribution of Dutch films abroad

    26-Jan-2011

    The Netherlands Film Fund is setting up a new fund worth $410,500 (€300,000) to support the distribution of Dutch films abroad.
  • Rotterdam recruits The Fighter as new closing film

    25-Jan-2011

    The 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam has moved quickly to plug the hole left in its schedule by the surprise last-minute withdrawal of The King’s Speech as closing film on Feb 5.
  • The King's Speech pulled from Rotterdam

    24-Jan-2011

    International Film Festival Rotterdam now searching for a new closing night film.
  • Cineart pre-buys Polanski's Gods of Carnage

    19-Jan-2011

    Benelux distributor also takes on Luc Besson’s The Lady starring Michelle Yeoh.
  • Stewart Till

    19-Jan-2011

    Stewart Till talks to Screen about his new role as chair of Skillset and the importance of training in the film industry.
  • MUBI raises further $2.4m in financing

    13-Jan-2011

    Fast-growing online cinema platform MUBI has just completed a new round of financing to strengthen its balance sheet and has raised $2.4 million  from individuals who’s been following the site’s progress.
  • John Smithson

    13-Jan-2011

    The creative director of London-based factual production company Darlow Smithson talks about working with Danny Boyle on 127 Hours.
  • Paramount takes German, Swiss rights to Chalet Girl

    10-Jan-2011

    More buyers are checking in to Chalet Girl, the British romantic comedy directed by Phil Traill and starring Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Tamsin Egerton, Brooke Shields, Bill Bailey and Bill Nighy.
  • Adventure land

    6-Jan-2011

    Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the International Film Festival Rotterdam remains a major champion of indie and experimental cinema — despite a difficult climate for arts funding in the Netherlands.
  • Spreading the word

    6-Jan-2011

    Cannes Grand Prix winner Of Gods And Men was a breakout success in 2010, earning more than $30m. Key European distributors met at Les Arcs to discuss how they helped Xavier Beauvois’ film to attract audiences.
  • The Lars picture show

    6-Jan-2011

    The independent landscape may be tougher than ever but Lars von Trier’s films attract financing and pre-sales — despite their unpredictability. In the first of two case studies held at Les Arcs European Film Festival (Dec 11-18) and moderated by Geoffrey Macnab, some of the director’s associates discuss his forthcoming Melancholia.
  • On The Campaign Trail

    23-Dec-2010

    A Bafta win or nomination can bring prestige and financial benefits for UK distributors. Geoffrey Macnab explores the realities of campaigning for a Bafta
  • Alan Maher

    23-Dec-2010

    Irish Film Board production executive Alan Maher talks about the resilience of Ireland’s film industry and the rise of Irish documentaries.
  • Marc Price now shooting The Coffin in London

    22-Dec-2010

    Low budget maestro Marc Price, the Welsh filmmaker behind the “£45 zombie movie” Colin, has begun work on a new feature, The Coffin.
  • Frederick Wiseman

    16-Dec-2010

    Boston-born documentary film-maker Frederick Wiseman talks about his new project, Crazy Horse, which he shot in the legendary erotic cabaret club in Paris.
  • Benelux eyes cuts

    9-Dec-2010

    Production has been brisk but producers are bracing themselves for cuts. By Geoffrey Macnab
  • WestEnd heats up with deals on Garcia's Albert Nobbs

    7-Dec-2010

    Joining Glenn Close in the cast will be Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Brendan Gleeson and Brenda Fricker.
  • Arrow picks up three for UK, including Hatchet 2

    3-Dec-2010

    Growing UK distributor Arrow has announced three more all-rights acquisitions.
  • League of nations

    1-Dec-2010

    The 2010 European Film Awards, held December 4 in Tallinn, Estonia, is trying to open doors for the continent’s film-makers — both within and beyond Europe. Geoffrey Macnab reports
  • Position Among The Stars takes top awards at IDFA

    26-Nov-2010

    The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) announced its prize winners on Friday evening.
  • Celsius continues sales on Freakonomics

    26-Nov-2010

    Thierry Wase-Bailey’s sales outfit Celsius has been doing brisk business with its feature doc Freakonomics.
  • Dogwoof strikes deal for Client 9, The Oath, Blood In The Mobile

    26-Nov-2010

    UK distributor Dogwoof has been on the prowl for feature-docs at this week’s IDFA.
  • Wide House strikes pact with First Run Features

    22-Nov-2010

    French sales outfit Wide House (the doc arm of Wide Management) has struck an alliance with US outfit First Run Features.
  • IDFA kicks off with pleas against Dutch cultural budget cuts

    19-Nov-2010

    The 23rd International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) opened this week with Festival director Ally Derks making an impassioned plea for the new Dutch coalition Government to rethink its planned budget cuts in the cultural sector.
  • Arrow snaps up titles to boost UK theatrical presence

    15-Nov-2010

    The distributor has acquired a raft of new films at AFM that it plans to release theatrically.
  • Wide signs raft of deals at autumn markets

    12-Nov-2010

    The French sales company reveals deals on Laure Charpentier’s Gigola (pictured), René Féret’s Nannerl and more.
  • Ria Jankie

    11-Nov-2010

    Atrium Productions president Ria Jankie reflects on how the business has changed since the early 80s and the challenges of the digital era.
  • Art Pictures will start pre-sales in Berlin for Stalingrad

    8-Nov-2010

    Increasingly ambitious Russian production and distribution outfit Art Pictures has revealed further details of its upcoming projects.
  • NonStop flies with Wings of Fear sales

    8-Nov-2010

    Scandinavian sales outfit NonStop has been doing brisk sales on its horror titles during the AFM. Sales executive Teresa Allden has now confirmed a multi-territory deal on Wings Of Fear, which has gone to Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia (Star Films).
  • Ichnos strikes library deal with FilmSharks

    8-Nov-2010

    Ichnos, the new digital distribution network launched during this year’s Venice Film Festival, has announced details of its latest projects.
  • Jinga sells The Hunt to Japan

    8-Nov-2010

    UK sales outfit Jinga Films has sold Thomas Szczepanski’s debut horror The Hunt to New Select for Japan.
  • Wild Bunch reports flurry of AFM sales, led by The Grandmasters

    8-Nov-2010

    French powerhouse Wild Bunch has announced multiple sales on its AFM slate. Wong Kar-Wai’s $25 million The Grandmasters will close in several major territories by the end of the market.
  • Moviehouse unearths Cavegirl to star Jennifer Stone

    7-Nov-2010

    Here at the AFM, UK outfit Moviehouse is to handle sales on teen pic Cavegirl The Movie, starring fast rising teen Disney star Jennifer Stone.
  • CinemaNX cranks up TT3D

    7-Nov-2010

    TT3D (working title), the hugely ambitious 3D event movie about the Isle of Man’s celebrated motorcycle race, is likely to receive its market premiere in Cannes.
  • Tele Munchen strikes German deal for thriller Ticket Out

    7-Nov-2010

    Spotlight Pictures has closed a deal for action-thriller Ticket Out with Tele Munchen Group (TMG) for Germany.
  • StudioCanal has "strongest" AFM, led by Tinker, Tailor sales

    7-Nov-2010

    By late Saturday afternoon, major deals were closed with Italy (Medusa) and Canada (eOne).
  • LevelK starts deals for Ronal The Barbarian

    6-Nov-2010

    Here in Santa Monica, LevelK will be presenting buyers with English and Spanish-language teasers.
  • SC Films strikes deals for Swinging with the Finkels, F

    6-Nov-2010

    US deal for Finkels; Wild Bunch takes multiple territories on hoodie youth film.
  • Pedersoli's Smile widens with US projects

    6-Nov-2010

    Giuseppe Pedersoli’s Rome-based Smile Production has taken the leap into US production.
  • Icon's Till reveals details of Weinstein partnership

    6-Nov-2010

    The Icon boss has outlined more details of the distribution during at the American Film Market.
  • BAC's Sleepless Night wakes for German deal

    6-Nov-2010

    BAC aso talking to buyers about Borderline and The Sandman and The Lost Sand of Dreams.
  • Buyers start biting for Celluloid's vampire hit We Are The Night

    6-Nov-2010

    Five deals already closed and buyers lining up for other major territories.
  • Independent distributors have increased opportunity, AFM panel says

    6-Nov-2010

    With the studios making fewer films and concentrating on higher budget “four quadrant” fare, the indies have the chance to step into the breach, panelists said.
  • IFC Midnight strikes deal for thriller Choose

    5-Nov-2010

    Psychological thriller Choose (handled internationally by Simon Crowe’s SC Films) has been snapped up for the US by IFC Midnight.
  • Invincible takes North American rights to A Serbian Film

    5-Nov-2010

    The distributor plans to release the controversial film in the US next year.
  • Jinga snuggles up to Bedways

    5-Nov-2010

    The UK sales company is handling Rolf Peter Kahl’s erotic thriller at AFM
  • Lumiere strikes deals for Rabbit Hole, The Iron Lady

    5-Nov-2010

    The distributor has been seeking bigger movies after securing extra financing
  • WestEnd dance with Jessica Biel's Devil

    5-Nov-2010

    In another high-profile acquisition, London-based WestEnd Films will handle international rights on The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, which stars Zach Braff, Jessica Biel and Chloe Moretz and boasts a score and music supervision by Justin Timberlake.
  • Celluloid dances with Honore's star-studded musical

    5-Nov-2010

    Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Ludivine Seigner, Louis Garrel, Milos Forman and Paul Schneider star in Les Bien-Aimés.
  • Warner takes UK rights to ContentFilm's Ironclad

    5-Nov-2010

    Warner Bros. UK has taken all UK rights to the medieval action thriller Ironclad from ContentFilm International.
  • Works strikes Japanese deal with Paramount for Countdown To Zero

    5-Nov-2010

    London-based The Works International has sold Japanese distribution rights for Lucy Walker’s Countdown To Zero to Paramount Pictures. 
  • UK signs new coproduction treaties with Israel, Palestine

    4-Nov-2010

    UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has this week signed two bilateral film coproduction treaties - one with Israel and one with the occupiedPalestinian territories. 
  • WestEnd sings for Vadim Perelman's Song Of Names

    4-Nov-2010

    Anthony Hopkins and Dustin Hoffman set to star.
  • Jinga takes on 3D thriller Iron Doors

    4-Nov-2010

    UK sales outfit Jinga is at the AFM launching its first 3D film, Stephen Manuel’s claustrophobic thriller Iron Doors starring Axel Wedekind.
  • Celsius strikes pre-sales for Down and Dirty Pictures

    4-Nov-2010

    Cast to include Vincent D’onofrio, Andy Serkis.
  • Sola introduces buyers to Sola Media

    4-Nov-2010

    Sola Media us using the AFM to rope buyers for Twigson Ties The Knot, its latest kids’ movie.
  • Weinstein Company takes US, UK rights to Santa's Apprentice

    4-Nov-2010

    At the start of this year’s market, The Weinstein Company has taken North American UK rights to Santa’s Apprentice, the Christmas movie from Gaumont.
  • Screen Media strikes US, Canada deal for Zombie Women

    4-Nov-2010

    Helen Grace’s UK sales outfit Left Films has confirmed the acquisition of Zombie Women Of Satan by Screen Media Films for release in the US and Canada.
  • Premiere Stealth Rights launches as joint venture

    3-Nov-2010

    UK-based film financier, Premiere Picture,  has announced the the creation of joint venture Premiere Stealth Rights with the London and LA based Stealth Media Group.
  • Protagonist plunges into Davies' Deep Blue Sea

    3-Nov-2010

    Cast is led by Rachel Weisz.
  • Metropolis burns with Trap for Cinderella

    3-Nov-2010

    UK sales company Metropolis has added Iain Softley’s thriller Trap for Cinderella to its slate for the AFM.
  • Lorber takes US rights to kidnap thriller Rapt

    3-Nov-2010

    Lorber Films, the theatrical releasing arm of Kino Lorber Inc., has taken all US rights to Rapt, the French thriller starring Yvan Attal.
  • Memento on board for Laurent Cantet's English-language debut

    3-Nov-2010

    Cantet to adapt Joyce Carol Oates bestseller Foxfire.
  • Protagonist is ship shape with more key deals on Submarine

    3-Nov-2010

    On the eve of the AFM, Protagonist Pictures has announced sales to key territories of Richard Ayoade’s coming-of-age comedy, Submarine.
  • Revolver takes UK rights to A Serbian Film

    3-Nov-2010

    Revolver Entertainment has snapped up UK rights to A Serbian Film, sold by Jinga Films.
  • Gaumont launches pre-sales on Untouchable, A Gang Story

    3-Nov-2010

    Gaumont also announces staffing changes to sales team.
  • Unifrance vacates Loews; Wolf says he hopes to present AFM options

    3-Nov-2010

    Companies cite expense compared to Cannes or Berlin; AFM notes that other French companies still work out of Loews.
  • Incentives survive global cutbacks

    28-Oct-2010

    Austerity measures may be kicking in around the world, but governments are keener than ever to use financial incentives to attract inward investment from international film productions. Geoffrey Macnab reports
  • The powerhouse

    27-Oct-2010

    BSkyB pioneered the lucrative UK pay-TV market for movies. But there are concerns about the power it wields when it comes to premium movie rights, and some critics argue the broadcaster should be doing more for UK production. Geoffrey Macnab reports
  • The hit crowd

    27-Oct-2010

    The UK theatrical market was worth $1.5bn in 2009 — but with more than 90 companies releasing  films, and some of Europe’s lowest rental rates, competition is cut-throat. Geoffrey Macnab reports
  • UK independent distributors step up

    25-Oct-2010

    With screen space so tight for foreign-language, arthouse and specialised fare, the UK independents are stepping up their game when promoting their product. Geoffrey Macnab reports
  • Jeremy Thomas at PFM Keynote: UK should re-enter Eurimages

    20-Oct-2010

    Oscar-winner Thomas also says producers should get enhanced recoupment positions so they aren’t paupers; he says festival heads are more crucial contacts than studio heads.
  • Abbie Cornish replaces Emily Blunt in The Girl

    19-Oct-2010

    Australian actress Abbie Cornish has stepped in to take the leading role in The Girl, which Goldcrest will be pre-selling at the AFM nextmonth.
  • LFF Keynote: Ken Loach says UK TV industry is 'enemy of creativity'

    15-Oct-2010

    In his London Film Festival industry keynote, the filmmaker also calls for reform of cinema exhibition.
  • Anxious? Healthy? Both.

    14-Oct-2010

    The UK industry still awaits clarity about Government’s new plans for film, but there are successes still to cheer. Geoffrey Macnab takes the temperature of the industry at this week’s Screen Film Summit.
  • Hannah Rothschild

    14-Oct-2010

    UK writer/director Hannah Rothschild talks about her documentary Mandelson: The Real PM, which is world premiering at the LFF on Oct 24.
  • Screen Film Summit: Woodward says Lottery money to broadcasters would be 'insanity'

    14-Oct-2010

    In what is likely to be one of his last public appearances as UK Film Council chief executive, John Woodward has made some outspoken remarks about the prospect that Lottery money might be channelled through a UK broadcaster such as the BBC or Channel 4.
  • Screen Film Summit: Upbeat Vaizey says plans for UK industry will be known 'by end of year'

    13-Oct-2010

    Vaizey apologises for ruining the industry’s summer with the shock announcement to close the UK Film Council, but says there is a “good story” currently in the UK film industry.
  • Warner, Universal strike deals for Ben Ammar's Black Gold

    13-Oct-2010

    Tarak Ben Ammar’s Quinta Communications has signed multi-territory distribution deals with Warner Bros and Universal Pictures for the $55 million epic adventure Black Gold. Warner Bros will distribute the film in France, the United Kingdom, Latin America and the Middle East.
  • LFF's increased ambition

    13-Oct-2010

    The UK industry may be in a state of upheaval but the programme of the 54th BFI London Film Festival (today through Oct 28) underlines the scope and quality of UK film-making. Geoffrey Macnab reports
  • South Africa's film rebate cap is doubled

    11-Oct-2010

    South Africa’s two-tier Department of Trade and Industry rebate system for filmmakers has received a major boost with the approval last week of proposals to extend the “cap” for the system.
  • Patrick Keiller

    7-Oct-2010

    Screen talks to elusive British film-maker Patrick Keiller, whose latest feature Robinson In Ruins is screening at the London Film Festival on Oct 19.
  • Some UK producers question Freeway fee

    5-Oct-2010

    Freeway maintains that it has received mostly positive feedback from clients.
  • Artificial Eye buys 11 including Essential Killing, Silent Souls, Route Irish

    29-Sep-2010

    Artificial Eye has been on a buying spree. The voracious UK distributor has announced 11 high profile  acquisitions including a number of award winners from the recent Cannes, Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. 
  • Netherlands Film Festival ticket sales up despite Dutch doubts

    24-Sep-2010

    Netherlands Film Festival Director Willemien van Aalst has called on any new Dutch Government to respect the “social significance” of Dutch cinema.
  • Loft

    23-Sep-2010

    Producer Rachel van Bommel of Millstreet Films and director Antoinette Beumer discuss their new feature Loft, a Dutch remake of Erik Van Looy’s runaway Flemish hit of the same name. As they reveal, the film, currently in post-production, was an eventful and sometimes very hazardous shoot.
  • Can Eye galvanise Dutch film culture?

    23-Sep-2010

    It could be rocky times ahead for Dutch public spending. A figure of 22% is bandied about as the possible hit that Dutch cultural organisations may have to take. As the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht begins, the prospect of such savage cuts is inevitably causing alarm.
  • Charlize Theron takes remake rights to Two Eyes Staring

    22-Sep-2010

    Charlize Theron has taken remake rights to Dutch psychological thriller Two Eyes Staring (Zwart Water) by Dutch writer/director Elbert van Strien.
  • Soda Pictures takes Norwegian Wood

    20-Sep-2010

    The UK distributor has also confirmed a number of other recent acquisitions.
  • Vaizey confirms BFC, regional screen agencies will stay

    15-Sep-2010

    UK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has stated that the government will retain the regional screen agencies and the activities of the British Film Commission, and that wider film support plans will be in place by November.
  • European digital distribution network Ichnos launches with Venice titles

    13-Sep-2010

    A new plan for a pan-European digital distribution network specially for festival films was announced in Venice.
  • Some UKFC activities to continue, says culture secretary

    9-Sep-2010

    The Culture Secretary, who was speaking in London today, said that the Government had a “very clear idea” about its plans for public investment in the UK film industry.
  • Sofia Coppola

    9-Sep-2010

    Sofia Coppola talks about the inspriations for her latest film, Somewhere, which is playing in competition in Venice.
  • British films in spotlight as LFF programme announced

    8-Sep-2010

    The programme for the 54th BFI London Film Festival also includes 11 world premieres, 23 international premieres and 33 European premieres.
  • New media: End of the paper trail?

    6-Sep-2010

    Auditors argue that in the electronic age there will be a new transparency
  • Check the small print

    6-Sep-2010

    Audits are becoming common practice for producers and rights holders looking to ensure they are getting what they’re owed. Geoffrey Macnab explores the process
  • Contracts — clause and effect

    6-Sep-2010

    The success of an audit can depend on the wording of a contract. Geoffrey Macnab looks at common contract flashpoints — and how they can be avoided
  • Old money

    6-Sep-2010

    Library titles can hold a wealth of hidden revenue potential. Geoffrey Macnab reports
  • Following the money trail

    6-Sep-2010

    Rights holders are becoming more proactive about using collection agencies to process revenues from around the world. Geoffrey Macnab explores how revenues can be maximised in the global film business
  • Ozon defends Potiche star Gerard Depardieu

    6-Sep-2010

    Speaking in Venice this weekend, François Ozon has launched an impassioned defence of actor Gerard Depardieu, who co-stars in Ozon’s new film Potiche, a competition contender on the Lido.
  • Pyramide has strong sales on Venice titles

    5-Sep-2010

    Titles sold include Angele Et Tony and Naomi.
  • Paul Verhoeven, San Fu Maltha reunite for The Hidden Force

    23-Aug-2010

    Story will be set in year 1900 in Java in Dutch East Indies.
  • UK veteran James Lee proposes creation of Government-backed film distributor

    23-Aug-2010

    Ex-UK Film Council Board member and former Chairman of Scottish Screen James Lee has called for the creation of a State-backed “British National Distribution Company.”
  • Vaizey accuses UKFC of 'overzealously' promoting its own interests

    17-Aug-2010

    Amid signs of increasing tension between the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the UK Film Council, the DCMS has effectively accused UKFC of briefing against it — a charge that the Film Council has strongly denied.
  • Mike Leigh involved in London 2012 Olympics project

    17-Aug-2010

    A number of top British filmmakers, including Palme D’Or and Golden Lion winner Mike Leigh, look set to participate in the cultural events being staged across Britain in 2012 to celebrate London’s hosting of the Olympic Games.
  • Looking inward

    12-Aug-2010

    The current uncertainty about the office of the British Film Commissioner is one worrying sign that US studios could soon find the UK less attractive for production.
  • Belgian distributor Belga set to move into production

    11-Aug-2010

    The news of Belga’s forthcoming foray into production and development comes as the company’s ownership structure has changed.
  • Ealing hands

    5-Aug-2010

    One of the UK’s most commercially successful producers, Ealing Studios chief Barnaby Thompson has ambitious plans to bring a slate of big-budget commercial films to the independent marketplace. Geoffrey Macnab reports.
  • Locarno's Grande ambition

    5-Aug-2010

    Under new artistic director Olivier Pere, the 63rd Locarno International Film Festival (which kicked off last night) is building its industry appeal with a wide-ranging programme that emphasises young talent.
  • Loft remake goes ahead despite injuries to director, cinematographer

    2-Aug-2010

    The Dutch remake of Belgian box-office hit Loft suffered a freak setback late last month when both the director Antoinette Beumer and the cinematographer Danny Elesen sustained serious injuries during shooting.
  • UKFC bombshell: What will it all mean?

    29-Jul-2010

    Geoffrey Macnab examines the possible reasons for the government’s planned shutdown of the UK Film Council; and looks at what the future might hold.
  • UK industry reacts with shock to UKFC closure plans

    26-Jul-2010

    Members of the UK film industry have reacted with anger, bafflement and dismay at today’s shock DCMS decision to abolish the UK Film Council.
  • New Belgian distributor Starway strikes output deal with E1

    26-Jul-2010

    New Belgian outfit Starway Film Distribution is to launch in September and will be handling exclusively E1’s films.
  • Lyn Goleby and Richard Eyre

    22-Jul-2010

    City Screen Managing Director Lyn Goleby and acclaimed theatre and film director Richard Eyre reflect on the growing appeal of the “live” cinema experience.
  • Benelux distributor Lumiere ramps up with new investment

    21-Jul-2010

    Brussels-based distribution outfit Lumiere has secured extra financing from one of Belgium’s biggest banks, KBC, and is now looking to acquire bigger movies.
  • Don Boyd's Hibrow launches with plans for theatre, music and poetry events

    21-Jul-2010

    UK-based filmmaker and producer Don Boyd has revealed details of his new venture Hibrow, billed as “the world’s first comprehensive online platform for the performing and visual arts.”
  • Tender Son, Le Quattro Volte continue deals for Coproduction Office

    19-Jul-2010

    Post-Cannes deals include French acquisition of Le Quattro Volte and Czech deal for Tender Son — The Frankenstein Project.
  • BFI to start building new Archive storage facility in autumn

    13-Jul-2010

    Work is finally set to begin in the autumn on the building of the British Film Institute’s new £12 million National Film Archive “sub-zero storage facility.” The aim is to have the new facility, housed at Gaydon in Warwickshire, by early 2012.
  • UKFC clarifies position on quango high earners list

    2-Jul-2010

    The film industry body points out a significant restructure means only two members of staff should be included on the list.
  • Hattie Dalton

    25-Jun-2010

    The director of Third Star, which the Closing Night Gala at EIFF, talks about her experiences of shooting the low-budget film in a remote part of Wales and how she set out to confound genre expectations.
  • British Invasion

    25-Jun-2010

    Geoffrey Macnab previews the seventh London UK Film Focus, which is including non-British films for the first time.
  • Now appearing in theatres

    23-Jun-2010

    The cinema is being redefined by alternative content - screenings of opera, theatre, sport and rock concerts to bring in new audiences. And with digital expansion, it is an area set for further growth.
  • UK film industry breathes sigh of relief over Budget

    22-Jun-2010

    Lottery funding to remain in place, only one small change made to film tax relief.
  • UKFC/BFI merger called off

    22-Jun-2010

    Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey said in a written statement that there were “no current plans to merge” the two bodies.
  • Stassen plans 3D wildlife doc in Africa

    21-Jun-2010

    The Belgian film-maker plans to shoot in November this year.
  • Soda Pictures plans September launch for SoulBoy

    18-Jun-2010

    UK outfit Soda Pictures is to release new Northern Soul movie SoulBoy under its recently launched distribution fund, Soda Film Fund.
  • UK government pulls funding for BFI's National Film Centre

    17-Jun-2010

    The British Film Institute has reacted with a mix of stoicism and dismay to the news (confirmed today) that the new UK coalition Government has scrapped plans for a National Film Centre. UKFC-BFI merger now looking shakier.
  • Le Pacte continues sales on Amalric's On Tour

    14-Jun-2010

    Mathieu Amalric’s On Tour, which won Best Director and Fipresci awards after its Cannes competition screenings last month, has now been sold to a host of international buyers.
  • Artificial Eye takes four top titles from Cannes

    31-May-2010

    Buys include Of Gods And Men, Certified Copy, Love Like Poison, We Are What We Are.
  • UK's New Wave acquires Palme d'Or winner Uncle Boonmee

    24-May-2010

    New Wave is likely to seek to launch the film (sold by The Match Factory) at the London Film Festival in October before releasing it in the UK in late 2010 or 2011.
  • Coproduction Office does more deals on Le Quattro Volte

    24-May-2010

    Deals have been done with UK, Taiwan, Former Yugoslavia and Iran.
  • Jinga expands with horror genre label

    20-May-2010

    UXB is currently has two horror projects - The Maddening and Suicide Solution.
  • Soda Pictures snaps up Spiderhole

    20-May-2010

    The horror film features a cast of rising British stars including Emma Griffiths Malin
  • Topol takes on The Golem

    20-May-2010

    The legendary actor is attached to star in a remake of the Frankenstein-style tale.
  • Christmas comes early for Films Boutique

    20-May-2010

    The company has sold Radu Muntean’s Un Certain Regard title in France and Swizerland.
  • A-Film gets in the groove with Body Language

    20-May-2010

    The first Dutch dance film is due to start principal photography next spring.
  • LFS, Skillset reveal Hothouse candidates

    19-May-2010

    The scheme is focused on writers and directors looking to make their “signature” film.
  • Match Factory sees Future with Miranda July

    19-May-2010

    The feature has just completed shooting in Los Angeles
  • Wild Bunch insists Mikhalkov had final cut on Burnt By The Sun 2

    19-May-2010

    Vincent Maraval hits back at suggestions that company made the cuts without the director’s blessing.
  • Olive Films takes US rights to prison drama R from TrustNordisk

    19-May-2010

    Scandinavian powerhouse TrustNordisk has announced a US deal on Danish prison drama R.
  • Ranvaud trumpets Brautigan projects

    19-May-2010

    A string or projects based on the American author and his books are in the works.
  • Hidden Agenda kicks off E1 deal with Cuts Throats Nine

    19-May-2010

    A remakes of the classic horror flick, starring Harvey Keitel (pictured), has sold to new outfit Hidden Agenda.
  • Vandervorst, Koolhoven launch N279

    19-May-2010

    The Dutch producer and Oscar-nominated director will take over the former Isabella Films’ slate and develop new projects.
  • Match Factory strikes US deal for Honey

    19-May-2010

    The German sales outfit has sold the Berlin Golden Bear winner to Olive Films.
  • Scotland screen industry receives £1.3m boost

    19-May-2010

    The investment is part of a long-term strategy to support people and companies working in the local screen industry.
  • Elisa Salinas joins board of Filmax

    18-May-2010

    She has previously produced films including Borderland and Contracorriente.
  • Sony PlayStation strikes MUBI deal for arthouse titles

    18-May-2010

    Sony Playstation users to get access to auteur titles, including from legendary French film-maker Agnes Varda (pictured).
  • BBC Films reteams with Iannucci for voyeurism film

    18-May-2010

    BBC Films reveals a raft of new projects and partnerships including its second project with Scottish comedian Armando Iannucci.
  • Danish doc Armadillo stirs controversy

    18-May-2010

    The film’s producer Ronnie Fridthjof has now confirmed that the Danish army is commissioning an official inquiry into alleged misbehaviour by Danish soldiers.
  • Berkeley Square works on Dennis Lehane, Channing Tatum projects

    18-May-2010

    The new company says it aims to give artists creative autonomy.
  • Good News Group to shoot Assassins

    18-May-2010

    Marwan Hamad (pictured) is set to direct an ambitious project that will examine the origins of Islamic terrorism.
  • Starfield eyes 2010 shoot for new Vikas Swarup project

    18-May-2010

    The UK-based production company is also working on an adaptation of The Night Climbers with Marek Losey.
  • Co-producers line up with Marina

    18-May-2010

    The film will tell the life story of Italian singer Rocca Granata (pictured), who had a worldwide hit with Marina.
  • Location Flanders launches scheme to promote WW1 locations

    18-May-2010

    The film commission also wants to support film-makers planning productions to mark the first centenary.
  • Ray Winstone lines up for British thriller A Silent Bark

    18-May-2010

    Directors are Karl Howman and Etham Cetintas through Fog Films.
  • Sheryl Crown’s Documentary Company completes initial funding

    18-May-2010

    The company is close to completing is first round of investment and is now in talks with film-makers.
  • Carlo Di Palma to get major exhibition, retrospective

    17-May-2010

    Niemeyer Centre in Aviles next year to launch exhibition, which will travel to Rome and New York.
  • WestEnd soars with Little Birds starring Juno Temple

    17-May-2010

    Up and coming actresses Juno Temple (pictured) and Jay Panabaker are attached to star in the lead roles.
  • Ealing’s slate led by Dustin Hoffman’s Nightwork

    17-May-2010

    The London studio reveals a raft of forthcoming projects including Hoffman’s Nightwork and the third instalment of St Trinian’s.
  • Autlook snaps up Reindeer Spotting

    17-May-2010

    The controversial film as already become Finland’s highest grossing documentary ever.
  • Bankside takes on genre thriller This Little Piggy

    17-May-2010

    Hunger producer Laura Hastings-Smith (pictured) plans an autumn shoot.
  • Cineart takes on A Screaming Man, All Good Children

    17-May-2010

    Benelus buyer also takes on Salles’ On The Road and Sorrentino’s This Must Be The Place.
  • London’s PFM to concentrate on single films, not slates

    17-May-2010

    The event is expanding its offer for financiers; increasing its focus on producers with a single project.
  • Michael Fassbender gears up for summer shoot of A Single Shot

    17-May-2010

    CinemaNX, Hanway Films and Unanimous Pictures has announced a summer shoot for the poacher story.
  • TrustNordisk trades in Cash

    17-May-2010

    Daniel Espinosa’s Swedish Hit Easy Money continues to sell; Trust begins pre-sales on the sequel.
  • New Holland joins Iron Sky team

    17-May-2010

    Nazis on moon project to shoot studio parts in Australia.
  • Latido signs on for Norman Foster documentary

    16-May-2010

    The Spanish salesc company will handle internationa rights on the acclaimed documentary.
  • The Works strikes US deal for Glorious 39

    16-May-2010

    UK sales outfit The Works has announced details of its recent sales deals. Stephen Poliakoff’s Glorious 39 has gone to the US, to E1 Entertainment.
  • Santana Brothers plan films with Fiennes, Kurylenko, Lewis

    16-May-2010

    The British brothers are going into production on Coronet and thriller Man Is Wolf To Man this autumn.
  • Hilary Swank Dreams with Killer Films, Intandem, Laureate

    16-May-2010

    UK sales outfit Intandem Films is to handle sales on Dreams of a Dying Heart, the film that reunites two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank (pictured) with her Boys Don’t Cry producers Killer Films.
  • Russia's $30m epic Stalingrad goes 3D

    16-May-2010

    Dmitry Rudovsky has confirmed in Cannes that Fedor Bondarchuk’s (pictured) forthcoming $30 million epic Stalingrad will now shoot in 3D.
  • Filmax wakes up buyers with thriller Sleep Tight

    16-May-2010

    James Balaguero’s pyshological thriller has sold to a crop of territories.
  • Aurum takes Spanish rights to Agnosia

    16-May-2010

    Alliance Film has now secured sales in three territories - UK, Canada and Spain.
  • Freeway takes on UKFC’s NFTC

    16-May-2010

    The UKFC is selling off the National Film Trustee Company in a bid to reduce overheads.
  • Stealth Media comes on for 7 Lives, finds cast for Wild East Trilogy

    16-May-2010

    7 Lives is being billed as an urban re-telling of It’s A Wonderful Life.
  • Amalric, Rossellini line up for Satrapi's Chicken With Plums

    15-May-2010

    Celluloid Dreams is handling sales; the film will start shooting at Babelsberg in Berlin.
  • Jinga strikes deals for Finale, Disappeared

    15-May-2010

    The sales and production company has closed a number of deals as the Cannes Market gets underway.
  • Kusturica to produce mafia comedy

    15-May-2010

    The award-winning director will produce dark comedy Mozzarella Stories by debut director Edoardo De Angelis.
  • LUFF to host premieres including Cherry Tree Lane, Ways To Live Forever

    15-May-2010

    The next edition of the British export event will feature a raft of high profile premieres including Paul Andrew Williams’ Cherry Tree Lane.
  • Luke and Lucy travel for Delphis

    15-May-2010

    Delphis has closed a number of home entertainments rights deals on the Belgian CG animated feature.
  • Tennant, MacDonald, Eve walk down the aisle with Decoy Bride

    14-May-2010

    Ecosse Films, CinemaNX, Scottish Screen and HanWay Films announced the project today in Cannes.
  • WestEnd finds love with Meirelles, Jim Sheridan

    14-May-2010

    Cities of Love series, sold by WestEnd, will next travel to Shanghai, Rio and Jerusalem.
  • The Works takes international rights to Carney's Zonad

    14-May-2010

    Once’s John Carney co-write and co-directed the Tribeca hit with his brother Kieran.
  • WestEnd flies on Albatross

    14-May-2010

    WestEnd Films has added another title to its Cannes slate.
  • Cast fires up for Gens' The Divide

    14-May-2010

    Cast has been confirmed for the new Xavier Gens project The Divide (previously titled The Fallout), which has just started principal photography in Winnipeg.
  • Coproduction Office signs on for Play, Meteora

    14-May-2010

    Cannes slate grows with new feature films by Ruben Östlund (pictured) and Spiros Stathoulopoulos (PVC-1).
  • Mary J Blige sings as Ealing's Nina Simone

    13-May-2010

    William Morris Endeavor’s Global Finance & Distribution Group brought the film to Ealing Studios to finance, produce and sell internationally.
  • The buzz from Europe

    13-May-2010

    3D family movies are all the rage in the market but there are also new horror, comedy and drama titles being introduced by Europe-based sellers at Cannes. Geoffrey Macnab reports.
  • Funny Business

    13-May-2010

    A string of French comedies, led by Dany Boon’s Welcome To The Sticks, have scored recent hits overseas bucking the widely accepted trend that local comedies don’t travel. Geoffrey MacNab reports.
  • AV Pictures closes key deals on Josh Reed's Primal

    13-May-2010

    AV Pictures kicks off Cannes Market with key deals on Josh Reed’s Primal.
  • Hubert Bals Fund gives $570,000 in latest round

    13-May-2010

    Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund supports 29 films from 22 countries.
  • WestEnd takes on sales for Lohan's Lovelace project, Inferno

    13-May-2010

    London-based WestEnd Films has taken on worldwide sales on Inferno, the story of notorious porn actress and Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace.
  • Bankside slate adds Peter Greenaway, Famke Janssen, Antonia Bird films

    13-May-2010

    UK sales and film financing outfit Bankside Films has struck a first-look deal with Dutch producer Kees Kasander and will be handling worldwide sales on Peter Greenaway’s new feature.
  • Revamped, rebranded uMedia backs Stassen’s World

    13-May-2010

    Motion Investment Group is metamorphosing into a fully integrated financing, production and distribution company.
  • Sola Media launches Freddie Frogface

    13-May-2010

    The German sales outfit has taken on world sales for the animated 3D feature, currently in production.
  • Metrodome takes on The Last Seven

    13-May-2010

    The film stars Danny Dyer and Tamar Hassan.
  • SC strikes German deal for The Romantics

    13-May-2010

    Wild Bunch Germany takes on the Sundance hit.
  • The Works takes international sales on Nuummioq

    12-May-2010

    The film is directed by Otto Rosing and Torben Bech and stars Lars Rosing and Angunnguaq Larsen.
  • Sean Penn finds his Place with Sorrentino

    12-May-2010

    Sean Penn and Paolo Sorerentino are collaborating on Sorentino’s English-language debut, This Must Be The Place, which Pathé International is introducing to buyers.
  • 6 Sales goes behind the scenes with Almodovar documentary

    12-May-2010

    6 Sales also announces deals on The Dancer And The Thief, Locked, and Malice In Wonderland.
  • Jinga Films scares up A Serbian Film

    12-May-2010

    Other films in Jinga’s Cannes line-up include Federico Zampaglione’s Shadow and Darren Ward’s A Day Of Violence.
  • Revolver loves Zombie Women

    12-May-2010

    The film follows a group of misfits trapped in stocking-clad zombie cult.
  • HanWay promotes Westerhoff

    12-May-2010

    UK sales company HanWay has promoted Fabien Westerhoff to lead its multi-media division. Mark Lane has also been promoted to Sales Manager and Kate Hide brought in as Business & Content Manager.
  • Atrix books sales on In The Beginning There Was Light

    12-May-2010

    The documentary is made by the team behind We Feed The World and Let’s Make Money.
  • Bankside takes on project from Richard Kwietniowski, Gael Garcia Bernal

    10-May-2010

    London-based international sales company Bankside Films has taken international rights on Richard Kwietniowski’s Regret Not Speaking, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and co-starring John Hurt.
  • ContentFilm barks for Dog Squad 3D

    6-May-2010

    Principal photography is due to start in late summer 2010 in Canada.
  • Georgina Lowe, producer

    6-May-2010

    The producer of Mike Leigh’s Cannes competition title Another Year talks to Geoffrey Macnab about her long collaboration with the British director.
  • UK's Soda Pictures sets up new $3m fund, acquires Tetro and Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

    28-Apr-2010

    The London-based distributor has set up a new $3m (£2m) distribution fund called the Soda Film Fund to bolster its acquisitions and optimise their release campaigns.
  • UK industry has mixed response to Pact producer recoupment proposals

    23-Apr-2010

    Broadcasters and the UK Film Council have been non-committal while regional screen agencies have expressed wariness. However, producers themselves have given expectedly full backing to Pact’s blueprint.
  • Universal takes multiple territories on Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method

    22-Apr-2010

    UPI has acquired the film, starring  Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Vincent Cassel, to distribute in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and South Africa. HanWay handles sales.
  • Festivals cope with ash cloud chaos

    22-Apr-2010

    Festivals on both sides of the Atlantic had to scramble to re-organise events in light of the volcanic travel chaos; Cannes says it will watch “the evolution of the situation.”
  • The specialised space race

    19-Apr-2010

    The UK’s specialist distributors are competing to secure screens for their arthouse and foreign-language fare in a squeezed exhibition sector. Geoffrey Macnab reports.
  • Metrodome announces appointments as part of restructure

    19-Apr-2010

    The UK distributor has made three key appointments following the departure of its general manager and CEO.
  • Independent picks up SUS

    15-Apr-2010

    UK based production and sales outfit will release Robert Heath’s political film to coincide with General Election
  • Metrodome's theatrical distribution arm to stay open

    14-Apr-2010

    The UK outfit says it has no intention of closing its theatrical distribution arm, despite redundancies.
  • UK producers very upbeat about UKFC's new three-year plan

    1-Apr-2010

    Producers and industry execs cheer UK Film Council’s new fund setup and executive appointments; hopeful that operations will be ‘more effective.’
  • David Baddiel

    1-Apr-2010

    Writer-comedian David Baddiel talks about The Infidel, the film he wrote and produced, and explains why many risk-taking British comedians are turning from TV toward the big screen.
  • LevelK turns to the dark side

    29-Mar-2010

    Tine Klint’s new Danish sales outfit LevelK is getting into the film noir business.
  • WestEnd makes 11-title Woody Allen library play

    26-Mar-2010

    Fast-growing London-based sales outfit WestEnd Films has snapped up exclusive international rights to an eye-catching batch of 11 films from Woody Allen.
  • UK's Metrodome to scale back theatrical business; CEO Peter Urie resigns

    26-Mar-2010

    No details yet on job losses; Urie will consult with the company.
  • Lionsgate takes Self-Medicated for the UK

    22-Mar-2010

    The distributor has taken the UK rights to Monty Lapica’s drama.
  • UK investors

    19-Mar-2010

    Geoffrey Macnab looks at some key financiers currently active in the UK
  • ‘The years of largesse and exuberance are over’

    19-Mar-2010

    With more films than money in the marketplace, the situation in Europe is tough - budgets are contracting and fewer major deals are being made. But there are plenty of financiers still active, reports Geoffrey Macnab
  • The Salt Company closes further sales on The Infidel

    18-Mar-2010

    The London-based sales company has now closed sales on the provocative comedy in 14 territories.
  • Protagonist scares up US deal for SXSW hit Monsters

    16-Mar-2010

    Gareth Edwards’ debut feature Monsters set to receive US release through Magnet Releasing.
  • Dustin Hoffman teams up with BBC Films for directorial debut

    16-Mar-2010

    Finola Dwyer to produce Quartet alongside Stewart Mackinnon of Headline Pictures
  • HandMade Films International cuts sales team by half

    15-Mar-2010

    The sales arm of HandMade Films loses sales chief and cuts jobs amid a strategic review of the parent company.
  • Puttnam hails "outstanding" year at British box office

    11-Mar-2010

    Film Distributor Association chief uses Yearbook launch to celebrate strong 2009, calls for new social contract on copyright.
  • Summer arrives early for New Wave

    9-Mar-2010

    UK distribution outfit New Wave Films picks up Berlinale prize winner
  • TrustNordisk sells The Candidate to China

    8-Mar-2010

    Scandinavian sales company TrustNordisk has sold Danish thriller The Candidate to China
  • Tamara goes to Village Roadshow

    5-Mar-2010

    WestEnd Films has secured more deals on forthcoming Stephen Frears film Tamara Drewe
  • The Works picks up The Messenger

    4-Mar-2010

    The Works has picked up The Messenger with Woody Harrelson
  • The trouble with money

    4-Mar-2010

    The introduction of the UK tax credit in 2006 was meant to end the war between the film financiers and the UK’s Inland Revenue. So why is the battle still raging over Section 48?
  • UK Screen launches report into facilities sector

    4-Mar-2010

    Trade association launches a major new report into the scope of the UK facilities sector
  • Altiplano sells to US

    2-Mar-2010

    Meridiana Films secures US distribution deal for lyrical tragedy Altiplano.
  • Hanway secures multi territory sales on Wuthering Heights

    1-Mar-2010

    UK sales company Hanway Films has secured multiple pre sales on Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights
  • The Illusionist leads brisk EFM sales for Pathe

    23-Feb-2010

    Pathé International did brisk business on its European Film Market slate in Berlin last week.
  • Rai Trade marries with Gabriele Salvatores' Happy Family

    18-Feb-2010

    Rai Trade is handling Happy Family, the new film from Oscar-winner Gabriele Salvatores.
  • NonStop gets Between The Sheets

    18-Feb-2010

    Kevin Williams Associates close deal on two Berlin titles with NonStop.
  • EFM News In Brief

    18-Feb-2010

    News in brief from the European Film Market.
  • Chiesa bags Spanish sale on teen Sorry trilogy

    18-Feb-2010

    Italian outfit Adriana Chiesa Enterprises has sold its Federico Moccia’s teen trilogy to Savor for Spain.
  • StudioCanal enjoys bumper EFM

    17-Feb-2010

    StudioCanal has enjoyed a bumper EFM. Since selling The Last Exorcism (formerly known as Cotton) to Lionsgate for the US last week, the French major has racked up multiple major deals on its eclectic slate.
  • Fortissimo's Reign of Sales

    17-Feb-2010

    Fortissimo Films have completed several major deals on their EFM slate titles. John Woo produced Reign Of Assassins has gone to Lionsgate for UK distribution here at the EFM.
  • BBC, AL under starter’s orders on Coe/Ovett pic

    17-Feb-2010

    Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett, one of the great athletics rivalries of the 1980s, are coming to the big screen in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
  • Redgrave In Ruins for Keiller

    17-Feb-2010

    Vanessa Redgrave has signed on as Narrator for Robinson In Ruins, the long-awaited follow-up to Patrick Keiller’s celebrated 1990s films London and Robinson In Space.
  • Trust’s hot Revenge

    17-Feb-2010

    Scandinavian sales powerhouse TrustNordisk has revealed details of more EFM deals. The Revenge, directed by Susanne Bier (pictured), has gone to Spain (Golem) and Poland (Vivarto)
  • Perfect Circle signs up to Blind Spot werewolf picture

    17-Feb-2010

    Vancouver’s Perfect Circle Productions has boarded AJ Annila’s new project Human as co-producers with Blind Spot Pictures.
  • Europe should stop looking to US, says panel on indie film finance

    17-Feb-2010

    Oscar-nominated producer Nicolas Chartier, whose Voltage Pictures was behind The Hurt Locker, has issued a stark warning that old models of financing independent films no longer work
  • Micro-budget UK horror sells to Japan, Germany

    17-Feb-2010

    The film, which marks the debut of Welsh film-maker Marc Price, has sold to Eden Entertainment for Japan, and to MIG Film for German-speaking territories.
  • Treasure trove of sales for Double Edge

    17-Feb-2010

    Taiwan-based Double Edge Entertainment has announced today a cluster of European and Asian sales, all closed at the European Film Market, on The Treasure Hunter (pictured).
  • Memento does brisk sales on Puzzle, Woman In The Fifth

    16-Feb-2010

    Memento has done a roaring trade on its Berlinale slate.
  • Strickland Sounds out horror flick

    16-Feb-2010

    Multi award-winning director Peter Strickland, who was in Berlin competition last year with Katalina Varga(pictured), is plotting a new Italy-set horror film.
  • Taxi for von Trier?

    16-Feb-2010

    It was a meeting of heavyweights. Over the weekend, Martin Scorsese and Lars von Trier came face to face here in Berlin.
  • Films Distribution locks down Cell 211 deals

    16-Feb-2010

    Films Distribution has clinched a deal on its Spanish thriller Cell 211 with CCV for Scandinavia.
  • Momentum, Square One take Agnosia

    16-Feb-2010

    Filmax International has closed a pair of major territory deals on its romantic thriller Agnosia, from the producers of The Orphanage and Pan’s Labyrinth.
  • Buyers still falling for Guadagnino's I Am Love

    16-Feb-2010

    Buyers are continuing to lap up Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love, starring Berlinale favourite Tilda Swinton, which is being sold by The Works.
  • Wide closes further sales on Beginning To End, Gigola

    16-Feb-2010

    French sales outfit Wide Management has closed yet more deals on its Berlinale slate.
  • Asian buyers lift Sheets with Kevin Williams Associates

    16-Feb-2010

    Asians buyers are getting into bed with Madrid-based sales outfit Kevin Williams Associates.
  • San Fu Maltha slate headed up by Westerling, Nadra, Portable Life

    16-Feb-2010

    Prolific producer/distributor San Fu Maltha, whose Amphibious 3D is a hot seller for Celsius at EFM, has revealed details of his packed production slate.
  • Slippery streets of Berlin claim Star victim

    16-Feb-2010

    The icy streets of the German capital have claimed their first victim.
  • Haneke abandons 'old age' project

    15-Feb-2010

    Oscar-nominated Austrian director Michael Haneke has abandoned his planned film about “humiliation and the physical deterioration of the aged” after seeing a Canadian project on a similar subject.
  • MK2 signs distribution deal with Israel's Orlando

    15-Feb-2010

    MK2 has signed a distribution output deal with Israeli distributor Orlando Films.
  • ContentFilm dances off with Every Little Step

    15-Feb-2010

    ContentFilm has picked up international rights to Endgame Entertainment’s feature documentary Every Little Step, the critically acclaimed look behind the scenes at the Broadway smash A Chorus Line.
  • Cineart swoops on top arthouse pics

    15-Feb-2010

    Benelux distributor Cineart has snapped up many of the most high-profile arthouse titles on offer at the EFM over the past few days
  • High Point warms to third London Microwave title

    15-Feb-2010

    High Point Films, the international theatrical sales arm of Carey Fitzgerald’s High Point Media Group, has snapped up world rights to Freestyle, the third feature to emerge from Film London’s Microwave stable.
  • Millennium trilogy continues to entice buyers

    15-Feb-2010

    International buyers’ love affair with Stieg Larsson shows no sign of abating, with Zodiak Entertainment Distribution closing a further nine territories on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (aka Men Who Hate Women).
  • Peace Arch takes Spungen doc for US

    15-Feb-2010

    Peace Arch has swooped on North American rights to Who Killed Nancy?, the feature doc about the deaths of punk icons Nancy Spungen and Sid Vicious.
  • The Manipulators hatch first plot

    15-Feb-2010

    Waiting For Azrael, the first live-action feature from Persepolis directors Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, will be the first project from new European production powerhouse The Manipulators.
  • Wide seals deals on End, Room

    14-Feb-2010

    French production and sales outfit Wide Management has confirmed a wave of deals on Portuguese-language drama From Beginning To End (Do Comeco Ao), Enrique Buchichio’s Leo’s Room (El Cuarto De Leo) and Laurence Charpentier’s Gigola.
  • Thomsen reveals Embryonic directing career

    14-Feb-2010

    Danish star Ulrich Thomsen is moving behind the camera and is presenting his directorial debut, In Embryo, at Berlin’s Co-Production Market.
  • AV sells Shank for France, Germany

    14-Feb-2010

    AV Pictures has closed two major territory deals on urban action title Shank, with Wild Side taking France and Ascot Elite handling Germany. Further sales have also been closed with Benelux (Moviebank) and the Middle East (Falcon).
  • Buyers to meet Hoff's Ninja

    14-Feb-2010

    CJ Entertainment will be introducing buyers to Dancing Ninja, starring David Hasselhoff and HIgh School Musical’s Luke Grabeel.
  • Campanella’s Eyes still attractive

    14-Feb-2010

    Spanish sales agency Latido has sold Juan Jose Campanella’s The Secret In Their Eyes to Filmware International for Taiwan and is in advanced negotiations for Japan, Germany and Switzerland.
  • Rome on collision course with AFM

    14-Feb-2010

    The fifth edition of the International Rome Film Festival is set to clash with the American Film Market.
  • Imagina takes on Leon de Aranoa’s Amador

    14-Feb-2010

    Imagina is handling international sales on Amador, the new film from critics’ darling Fernando Leon de Aranoa.
  • Oscilloscope goes Bananas for Gertten

    14-Feb-2010

    Oscilloscope has snapped up US rights to Bananas!*, directed by Sweden’s Fredrik Gertten, who also executive produced.
  • ContentFilm snares The Uncatchable Cowgirl Bandits

    13-Feb-2010

    ContentFilm International has taken worldwide rights to The Uncatchable Cowgirl Bandits Of Nottingham, Texas from director Jess Manafort and writer Michael Tabb.
  • We Distribution closes deals on Bodyguards And Assassins

    13-Feb-2010

    World sales outfit We Distribution has closed deals for the $23 million budget Peter Chan produced Bodyguards And Assassins. Metropolitan took France and TMC took Turkey.
  • Metrodome joins industry spoof

    13-Feb-2010

    On the opening day of the 2010 European Film Market, UK distributor Metrdome picked up film industry mockumentary Just For The Record
  • F&ME embarks on biggest project yet

    13-Feb-2010

    Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME), the London-based feature film production outfit led by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor, is embarking on its biggest project yet.
  • Kaurismaki to make new movie in France

    13-Feb-2010

    Finnish maverick Aki Kaurismaki is hatching a new movie in France called Le Havre. The film, a dramatic comedy about “a shoeblack who tries to save a refugee” has received script development funding from The Finnish Film Foundation.  
  • Lars von Trier readies Melancholia as pre-sales close to Russia, Poland

    13-Feb-2010

    Lars Von Trier’s next feature Melancholia is set to start shooting in Sweden in June with Meta Foldager (Antichrist) again producing.
  • Nimbus reveals upcoming slate

    13-Feb-2010

    Prolific Danish outfit Nimbus, in Berlin with competition titles Thomas Vinterberg’s Submarino and Alice de Champfleury Sun Shine (Sol Skin), has announced details of its upcoming films.
  • Wild Bunch Benelux kicks off EFm with spending spree

    13-Feb-2010

    Wild Bunch Benelux has been on a mini-acquisition spree, company boss Pim Hermeling has confirmed three new pick-ups.
  • Protagonist takes on Monsters

    13-Feb-2010

    UK sales outfit Protagonist is commencing sales on sci-fi pic Monsters, which it has just added to its EFM sale. 
  • Jinga scares up US deal horror Finale

    13-Feb-2010

    UK-based production and sales outfit Jinga has closed a North American deal on its supernatural horror film Finale with Image Entertainment. It is scheduled for May 2010 release.
  • Intramovies chooses Life

    13-Feb-2010

    Intramovies, the Rome-based sales outfit, has picked up world sales rights on Berlinale Panorama selection One Life Maybe Two by Alessandro Aronadi.
  • Content Extracts UK deal with Paramont on Mike Judge comedy

    12-Feb-2010

    London and LA-based ContentFilm has snagged a UK deal with Paramount for new Mike Judge comedy, Extract.
  • Gaumont closes sales on The Round Up

    12-Feb-2010

    French powerhouse Gaumont has announced key sales on its $29 million Holocaust drama, The Round Up.
  • High Point takes on Cardiff doc

    12-Feb-2010

    High Point Films, the theatrical sales arm for Carey Fitzgerald’s High Point Media Group has just snapped up world rights to feature documentary, Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff. It will be handled by the company’s recently launched feature doc arm, Horizons.
  • Revolver falls for Pascal Chaumeil’s Heartbreaker

    12-Feb-2010

    Revolver Entertainment has acquired Pascal Chaumeil’s directorial debut Heartbreaker from Gregoire Melin’s French sales company Kinology.
  • Wide closes wave of sales on Godard doc

    12-Feb-2010

    Tale of friendship and enstrangement between French cinema masters Godard and Truffat proves hot seller.
  • Close, Garcia bring Nobbs to the screen

    12-Feb-2010

    Multi Oscar nominee Glenn Close is to reprise one of her most famous stage roles on screen.
  • Spain's Imagina unfolds Paper Birds at EFM

    11-Feb-2010

    Madrid-based outfit Imagina will be introducing buyers to Spanish buzz title Paper Birds (Pájaros de Papel) during the EFM.
  • Haut et Court picks up Williams film

    11-Feb-2010

    French distributor takes rights for France and French-speaking Europe to Paul Andrew Williams’ third feature.
  • LevelK sells The Temptation Of St Tony to Olive Films for US

    11-Feb-2010

    Tine Klint’s LevelK sells Veiko Öunpuu’s second feature to Olive Films for US distribution.
  • Cavaye's Point Blank shoots for Gaumont

    11-Feb-2010

    Fred Cavaye to direct $14m action thriller Point Blank for Gaumont.
  • Benelux, Russia get Amphibious

    11-Feb-2010

    Celsius Entertainment has closed key deals on Brian Yuzna’s 3D creature feature Amphibious 3D with Dutch Film Works/BFD in Benelux and Leopolis in Russia/CIS.
  • Buyers amused by Spanish Movie

    11-Feb-2010

    Spoof film Spanish Movie racks up sales ahead of the European Film Market.
  • Ealing scores with hockey comedy What The Puck

    11-Feb-2010

    UK sales outfit goes back to its “feelgood” comedy roots with new Peter Cattaneo feature.
  • ContentFilm takes international rights to Jake Scott's Rileys

    9-Feb-2010

    ContentFilm takes international rights to Jake Scott’s Sundance premiere ahead of EFM.
  • Fabrega, Suwichakornpong and Rubio scoop 2010 Tiger Awards

    5-Feb-2010

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam reveals the winners of this year’s Tiger Awards for first and second time directors.
  • The Work Media Group restructures to cut overheads

    5-Feb-2010

    London-based sales and production company restructures to “improve efficency”.
  • HandMade joint chiefs Patrick Meehan and David Ravden step down

    5-Feb-2010

    UK company HandMade Plc reveals senior level departures and interim chief executive.
  • ContentFilm boards Gabriel Range's untitled thriller

    4-Feb-2010

    ContentFilm take worldwide rights to untitled Gabriel Range project ahead of the European Film Market.
  • Pia Marais, Anocha Suwichakornpong take CineMart prizes

    4-Feb-2010

    Awards winners announced as Rotterdam’s co-production market draws to a close.
  • Protagonist reveals further cast, sales for Bel Ami

    2-Feb-2010

    Protagonist Pictures confirms new female cast members and international sales for Bel Ami adaptation.
  • Emir Kusturica, film-maker and founder of the Kustendorf Festival

    1-Feb-2010

    Emir Kusturica speaks to Geoffrey Macnab about Kustendorf Film Festival, which he founded three years ago, and honouring Johnny Depp, who is set to star in his forthcoming film, Pancho Villa.
  • Choosing wisely

    28-Jan-2010

    In the two years since it was founded, WestEnd Films has prospered in backing titles which have scored theatrical sales in a tough global marketplace. The principals talk to Geoffrey Macnab.
  • ICA Films pulls out of distribution

    28-Jan-2010

    Independent UK distributor ICA Films is to stop buying new films as part of structural review of the company.
  • Park Chan-ok's Paju opens 39th Rotterdam film festival

    28-Jan-2010

    The 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) opened last night with the world premiere of South Korean director Park Chan-ok’s Paju.
  • Introducing the market

    27-Jan-2010

    The festival’s 10-year-old Lab teaches a select group of international producers how to navigate their way through a film festival and market. By Geoffrey Macnab
  • CineMart highlights

    27-Jan-2010

    Geoffrey Macnab highlights some handpicked projects at the co-production market.
  • More2Screen takes theatrical and TV rights to White Stripes doc

    26-Jan-2010

    London-based More2Screen has taken the theatrical and TV rights to Under Great White Northern Lights, a film about US rock band The White Stripes. It is planning a spring release.
  • Will the Tiger earn its stripes?

    22-Jan-2010

    How is the Rotterdam Film Festival (Jan 27-Feb 7) adapting to a market where it is more difficult than ever for a film to secure a theatrical release? Geoffrey Macnab reports
  • Making movies the main event

    22-Jan-2010

    The lines between producers, distributors and exhibitors are blurring as independents attempt to stand out in a crowded theatrical field with innovative event and selfreleasing strategies. But do the figures add up? Geoffrey Macnab reports
  • Emir Kusturica set to start work on Pancho Villa biopic in 2011

    18-Jan-2010

    Double Palme d’Or winner Emir Kusturica will start shooting his biopic of Mexican revolutionary figure Pancho Villa on February 15 2011.
  • Ido Abram leaves Binger Filmlab to join new Dutch film body

    12-Jan-2010

    Ido Abram, the director for training and development centre Binger Filmlab, is leaving to join Eye, the new national film agency for the Netherlands.
  • LevelK picks up Ounpuu's The Temptation Of St Tony

    11-Jan-2010

    Tine Klint’s new sales outfit LevelK has picked up Estonian director Veiko Öunpuu’s The Temptation Of St Tony (Püha Tonu Kiusamine). It is the Copenhagen-based company’s first acquisition.
  • High Point boards Czech war movie Protektor

    11-Jan-2010

    High Point Films has snapped up world sales for Marek Najbrt’s Second World War movie Protektor.
  • Rotterdam reveals 15 contenders for 2010 Tiger awards

    7-Jan-2010

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has announced the line-up for the VPRO Tiger Awards Competition. The festival’s 39th edition runs January 27 – February 7.
  • Icon appoints Erica Motley as acquisitions consultant

    4-Jan-2010

    Icon Entertainment International has appointed Erica Motley as international acquisitions consultant. She will report to the company’s new chief executive Stewart Till (pictured).
  • Colin MacCabe calls for BFI to handle industry statistics

    18-Dec-2009

    Outspoken British academic and film producer Colin MacCabe has called for the British Film Institute (BFI) to take over the research and statistics work currently carried out by the UK Film Council.
  • HMRC clampdown on EIS to hit mid-budget UK films

    17-Dec-2009

    The clampdown on Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS) is expected to have an immediate impact on UK film financiers, with mid-budget films set to be the worst hit.
  • Former TrustNorsdisk sales chief Tine Klint launches new outfit

    8-Dec-2009

    Tine Klint (pictured), the former head of sales of Nordisk Film and TrustNordisk, has launched a new Scandinavian sales company.
  • New Wave picks up Wild Grass, Kicks

    7-Dec-2009

    UK arthouse distributor New Wave Films has snapped up British rights to two new titles.
  • Rotterdam Film Festival turns to audiences for film funding

    3-Dec-2009

    International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is stepping up it move into the digital future with a new scheme that will encourage audiences to help finance new films
  • Julien Temple reveals plans for Kinks feature

    2-Dec-2009

    British director Julien Temple is plotting a feature film about legendary British band The Kinks.
  • Last Train Home takes top prize at IDFA

    30-Nov-2009

    Lixin Fan’s Last Train Home carried off the main prize at the 22nd International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), which closed on Saturday (November 28).
  • War Games opens International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

    19-Nov-2009

    The 22nd International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), opens today (November 19 ) with the world premiere of War Games And The Man Who Stopped Them by Polish director Dariusz Jablonski.
  • Protagonist Pictures closes further sales on Wild Target

    16-Nov-2009

    UK sales outfit Protagonist Pictures has announced a raft of new sales on Magic Light Pictures’ comedy Wild Target.
  • Bondarchuk lines up Winter Queen, Stalingrad epic

    9-Nov-2009

    Fedor Bondarchuk, director of Russian blockbuster Inhabited Island, is making his English language debut on Seven Arts Pictures’ Winter Queen and will follow that with a $30m epic about the battle of Stalingrad which will likely be shot in both Russian and English versions.
  • Buyers jive with Protagonist's Streetdance

    9-Nov-2009

    UK sales outfit Protagonist Pictures is enjoying a bumper crop of sales for its teen dance movie Streetdance 3D backed by Vertigo, BBC Films and the UK Film Council.
  • Ribbon, Prophet, Slumdog lead EFA Award nominations

    9-Nov-2009

    Cannes favourites The White Ribbon and A Prophet and last year’s Oscar sensation
  • The Auteurs unveils membership, visits data

    8-Nov-2009

    Online movie venture The Auteurs, a global VOD platform that bills itself as “a virtual cinematheque,” has revealed  details of traffic and activity on its site. Its “executive summary,” published this month, indicates that the platform now has 145,000 registered members.
  • The Works International, Mann Made team on The Drought

    8-Nov-2009

    The Works International is partnering with Mann Made Films on The Drought, an ecological action horror set in a terrifying post-apocalyptic world.
  • Beta Cinema takes on sales rights to Stolz's Goethe!

    8-Nov-2009

    Blue-chip German outfit Beta Cinema has taken on international rights to North Face director Philipp Stölz’s next feature film, Goethe!, which comes billed as a “modern pop fairytale” biopic of Germany’s most celebrated writer in the vein of Shakespeare In Love and Amadeus.
  • Till’s Icon makes first acquisition with The Way 

    7-Nov-2009

    In one of its first acquisitions since Stewart Till’s takeover of the Icon Group was completed last week, Icon Entertainment International has confirmed that it will handle worldwide sales for The Way, the new film from director Emilio Estevez.
  • Mulligan in talks to board Ealing’s Effie

    7-Nov-2009

    Carey Mulligan, the UK sensation who is being tipped for awards glory in An Education, is in advance discussions to star in the title role of Effie, being sold here by Ealing Studios.
  • Schumacher's Twelve flies for Gaumont

    6-Nov-2009

    Joel Schumacher’s new film Twelve is proving a hot seller for Gaumont based on a promo reel being screened in Santa Monica.
  • McGuigan signs to T Leaf for Quickfire, The Works

    6-Nov-2009

    The Works International is partnering with James Atherton’s Quickfire Films on T Leaf, a rom-com caper movie  about the aftermath of a heist gone wrong that will be directed by Paul McGuigan.
  • White Lightnin' strikes US deal with Sundance Selects

    6-Nov-2009

    Sundance Selects, a new label from Rainbow Media, has picked up US rights to Dominic Murphy’s White Lightnin’, a winner of the Hitchcock D’Or at the Dinard Film Festival and the winner this week of the international competition at the Mumbai Film Festival.
  • Exam gets UK deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

    6-Nov-2009

    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has picked up UK rights to Stuart Hazeldine’s directorial debut, the UK thriller Exam, and is collaborating with the producers on a theatrical release for the film in January.
  • Image takes domestic rights to Accidents Happen

    6-Nov-2009

    Image Entertainment, Inc. has snapped up all North American rights to Bankside Films’ bittersweet drama Accidents Happen starring Geena Davis.
  • Istvan Szabo’s The Door lands at Bankside

    5-Nov-2009

    London-based Bankside Films has taken worldwide rights to The Door, the new feature from Academy Award-winning director Istvan Szabo. It will star Helen Mirren.
  • SC closes key Euro deals on Gunslinger

    5-Nov-2009

    Simon Crowe’s ambitious new sales outfit SC Films closed a slew of deals on its Josh Hartnett vehicle Gunslinger ahead of AFM.
  • Stars align for Abe Sylvia's Dirty Girl

    5-Nov-2009

    Juno Temple, Sally Hawkins and Lisa Kudrow are joining William H Macy and newcomer Jeremy Dozier in Abe Sylvia’s debut feature Dirty Girl, which is being sold at AFM by Salt.
  • 6 Sales closes territories on UTV’s Ex Terminators

    5-Nov-2009

    Spain’s 6 Sales has closed deals with Ascot Elite for Germany, Four Corners in Benelux and Horizon One in Australia for comedy Ex Terminators which stars Heather Graham, Jennifer Coolidge and Amber Heard as three women who meet in an anger management class.
  • Julien Temple to direct F&ME’s Fake!

    5-Nov-2009

    British director Julien Temple has joined forces with Film & Music Entertainment (F&ME), the London-based production company run by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor, to direct the company’s long-gestating $15 million art heist movie Fake!
  • Wide Management embraces The Belgrade Phantom

    5-Nov-2009

    Paris-based sales outfit Wide Management has snapped up rights to The Belgrade Phantom, the docufiction that is being described as the “Serbian Mesrine.”
  • Intandem takes worldwide on Ways To Live Forever

    5-Nov-2009

    London-based film finance and international sales company Intandem Films has taken worldwide rights to family drama Ways to Live Forever.
  • United Kingdom at AFM

    4-Nov-2009

    Action thrillers galore, a 3D musical and a virgin comedy.
  • Metropolis, Timeless board six new films for sales at AFM

    4-Nov-2009

    A slate of six titles for the AFM has been announced by the two newly formed international sales companies, Metropolis International Sales and Timeless Films.
  • Pattinson, Kidman board Bel Ami for Protagonist

    4-Nov-2009

    In an intriguing star pairing, Twilight sensation Robert Pattinson is teaming with Nicole Kidman to star in Bel Ami, the film of Guy De Maupassant’s erotically charged story of ambition, power and seduction.
  • Gerard Butler joins Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus

    4-Nov-2009

    Scottish star Gerard Butler is to beef up the cast of Ralph Fiennes’ directorial début Coriolanus.
  • Dead Cert gains Momentum for Moviehouse

    4-Nov-2009

    On the eve of the AFM, UK distributor Momentum Pictures has acquired UK rights to vampire thriller Dead Cert from Moviehouse Entertainment.
  • Intandem takes on Evie's Apple with Kurylenko

    4-Nov-2009

    London-based film finance and international sales company Intandem Films has picked up worldwide rights to $8m romantic comedy Evie’sApple starring former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko.
  • Barnes headlines Bono's Doppelganger for Salt

    4-Nov-2009

    Finance has closed and pre-production begun on I Was Bono’s Doppelgänger, Nick Hamm’s Irish comedy based on Neil McCormick’s autobiography. The film is being sold at the AFM by London-based Salt.
  • Amphibious 3D heats up with Celsius

    4-Nov-2009

    London-based Celsius has taken international rights on Dutch-Belgian-Indonesian coproduction, Amphibious 3D. A promo of the film, which has just entered post-production, will be screening here at the AFM.
  • Revolver to handle Sacha Bennett’s Bonded By Blood

    2-Nov-2009

    UK distributor Revolver Entertainment is to distribute Sacha Bennett’s gangland feature Bonded By Blood, which begins shooting next month.
  • High Point Films closes further sales on Koolhoven's Winter In Wartime

    28-Oct-2009

    London-based High Point Films has closed further deals on Martin Koolhoven’s Winter In Wartime.
  • Revolver takes Adrift and The Limits Of Control for UK

    28-Oct-2009

    UK distributor Revolver Entertainment has picked up two new Focus Features to be distributed in the UK - Heitor Dhalia’s Adrift and Jim Jarmursh’s The Limits of Control.
  • Bankside Films acquires This Beautiful Fantastic ahead of AFM

    28-Oct-2009

    London-based sales outfit Bankside Films has announced its acquisition of This Beautiful Fantastic ahead of next week’s American Film Market.
  • Large UK cast lines up alongside Giamatti, Purefoy in Ironclad

    28-Oct-2009

    Jonathan English’s Ironclad has completed its casting and has now begun principal photography on location and at Dragon International Film Studios.
  • Schamus attacks US security agencies in provocative LFF speech

    28-Oct-2009

    In a provocative speech at the London Film Festival last night (October 27), Focus Features CEO James Schamus launched an outspoken attack on what he referred to as “America’s vast homeland security bureaucracies”.
  • Belgian distributors bid to end box office dispute

    28-Oct-2009

    The ten-month dispute over Belgian box office figures is close to being resolved after the Belgian Society of Film Distributors proposed a new scheme that could be introduced early next year.
  • Xavier Gens to direct action thriller The Fallout for ContentFilm

    27-Oct-2009

    On the eve of the AFM, ContentFilm International has taken worldwide sales rights to action thriller The Fallout to be directed by Xavier Gens (Hitman). The film is due is due to start principal photography in Feb 2010 in Eastern Europe.
  • Handmade launches kids' production division

    23-Oct-2009

    The UK’s Handmade PLC today announced it is going into partnership with the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, as it trains its focus increasingly on the children’s market.
  • Momentum, PPI strike up UK distribution alliance on six-film slate

    23-Oct-2009

    UK independent distributor Momentum Pictures and Paramount Pictures International have struck a six-picture deal whereby Paramount will book the films and Momentum will handle marketing and publicity, as on their traditional releases.
  • Can the writers change the script?

    22-Oct-2009

    On paper, these cash-conscious times look particularly tough for screenwriters. But, as Geoffrey Macnab reports, the sector is also developing a powerful sense of collective identity which may help to redefine the writers’ role in the film-making process
  • International Screenwriters' Festival

    22-Oct-2009

    “Each time I’ve been, I’ve been really astonished at how rewarding it is. It makes you realise how isolated writers are on the whole,” says screenwriter Olivia Hetreed of the International Screenwriters’ Festival in Cheltenham, UK.
  • Protagonist takes international rights to Wild Target

    22-Oct-2009

    London-based sales company Protagonist Pictures has taken international rights to Magic Light Pictures’ feature comedy Wild Target, directed by Jonathan Lynn. It will have it first marketing screening at AFM.
  • Dutch film body merger confirmed

    20-Oct-2009

    Plans to create a single nation film agency for the Dutch industry have been confirmed by Ronald Plasterk, the Dutch minister for Education, Culture and Sport.
  • Independent picks up international rights to Barafundle Bay

    20-Oct-2009

    London-based sales and production outfit Independent has picked up international rights to award-winning director Hattie Dalton’s first feature Barafundle Bay.
  • Ana Kokkinos' Blessed added to LFF programme

    19-Oct-2009

    San Sebastian-winner Blessed, directed by Ana Kokkinos, has been added to the programme at The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival, which opened last week.
  • Where to find the serious money

    15-Oct-2009

    Heavyweight international financiers will be in London this week to discover the best UK and European projects in search of investment at this year’s Production Finance Market (Oct 21-22). Geoffrey Macnab looks at what’s on offer.
  • Holland Film calls for clearer Oscar rules as Army is disqualified

    15-Oct-2009

    Holland Film, the national film body, has called for the rules for the foreign-language Oscar to be clarifed after the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences disqualified Jean van de Velde’s The Silent Army.
  • The Works picks up UK rights to When You're Strange

    15-Oct-2009

    The Works UK Distribution has picked up all UK rights to Tom DiCillo’s documentary about rock group The Doors, When You’re Strange. It will be released next year.
  • The European Perspective

    15-Oct-2009

    Leading producers tell Geoffrey Macnab what they hope to achieve at this year’s Production Finance Market
  • Clooney and Murray strike positive note ahead of London Film Festival opening

    14-Oct-2009

    George Clooney and Bill Murray struck a resolutely upbeat note about The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival today (October 14).
  • Dutch film industry set for major shake-up

    13-Oct-2009

    Ronald Plasterk, the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, is expected to announce plans for a major shake-up of Dutch film with the launch of a single national film agency.
  • AV Pictures takes worldwide rights to Menhaj Huda's Comedown

    13-Oct-2009

    Vic Bateman’s London-based sales outfit AV Pictures has snapped up worldwide sales rights to Comedown, an urban horror picture from Kidulthood director Menhaj Huda.
  • Lars Von Trier ventures into disaster genre with next project

    9-Oct-2009

    Having ventured into horror with Antichrist, the bad boy of Danish cinema Lars Von Trier is to make his next foray into genre cinema with a disaster movie.
  • London stakes its claim as gateway to Europe

    8-Oct-2009

    The London Film Festival (Oct 14-29) has long been a good place to launch films into the UK market. Now, with a budget increase and a pivotal slot in the autumn calendar, it hopes to become the gateway into Europe for some of the biggest films of the year.
  • LFF reveals nominations for inaugural best film award

    6-Oct-2009

    Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox, Jane Campion’s Bright Star and Sam Taylor-Wood’s Nowhere Boy are among the nine contenders for The Times BFI London Film Festival’s inaugural best film award.
  • Soda takes Double Take, La Danse, The Paris Opera Ballet

    2-Oct-2009

    UK arthouse buyer Soda Pictures has snapped up three more films ahead of this month’s London Film Festival.
  • High Point takes international rights to A Passionate Woman

    30-Sep-2009

    High Point Films, the theatrical sales arm of High Point Media Group, has taken international rights to the feature version of Kay Mellor’s A Passionate Woman.
  • WestEndFilms closes raft of sales on Tamara Drewe

    29-Sep-2009

    WestEnd Films, the London-based sales and film financing outfit, has closed a number of deals on Stephen Frears’ new feature, Tamara Drewe.
  • Zurich Film Festival stunned by Polanski arrest

    28-Sep-2009

    The Polish director was the subject of a special tribute at this year’s festival and was en route to Zurich to take part in a masterclass with young filmmakers when he was taken into custody.
  • Magnolia acquires North American rights to I Am Love

    23-Sep-2009

    In the latest North American deal to come out of Toronto, Magnolia Pictures has picked up Luca Guadagnino’s much fancied I Am Love (Io Sono L’Amore), starring Tilda Swinton.
  • Protagonist signs “manufacture on demand” deal

    21-Sep-2009

    UK-based sales agent Protagonist Pictures has signed a pioneering “manufacture on demand” DVD deal with Amazon.com-subsidiary Createspace for the US.
  • TrustNordisk closes raft of sales on Last Word, Mammoth

    17-Sep-2009

    The lure of Eva Green and Ewan McGregor is leading to a flurry of pre-sales on TrustNordisk’s new drama, Last Word (working title).
  • New Wave picks up Rivette, Dumont films for UK

    14-Sep-2009

    UK art house distributor New Wave Films has picked up a title apiece from Venice and Toronto.
  • Hausner's Lourdes sells to Palisades in the US

    14-Sep-2009

    Philippe Bober’s CoProduction Office has closed a raft of deals on Jessica Hausner’s Lourdes, which earlier this week won the FIPRESCI Award in Venice.
  • Jean van de Velde speaks out over Oscar row

    11-Sep-2009

    The furore over the Dutch Oscar entry The Silent Army has been fuelled after the film’s director Jean van de Velde hit back at producers criticising its selection.
  • Eva Green to star with Ewan McGregor in Last Word

    11-Sep-2009

    Fast rising European star Eva Green signs to play the female lead in Last Word (working title), the new feature marking the reunion between director David Mackenzie and actor Ewan McGregor.
  • When will two become one?

    10-Sep-2009

    A possible merger between the UK’s two flagship film bodies is provoking much debate both for and against the movie. But will it even ever happen?
  • London Film Festival injects extra $1.5m into 53rd edition

    9-Sep-2009

    The Times BFI London Film Festival is pumping half of its $3m (£1.8m) cash windfall from the UK Film Council into this year’s edition.
  • Rotterdam film festival reveals Africa focus for next edition

    8-Sep-2009

    International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has announced a major new focus for its next edition, Forget Africa.
  • Revolver to launch standalone production arm

    7-Sep-2009

    UK distributor Revolver is launching a standalone production arm – Gunslinger – to develop, finance and produce feature films.
  • Goldcrest appoints Penny Wolf as head of film sales and distribution

    4-Sep-2009

    The Goldcrest Group has appointed respected industry veteran Penny Wolf as head of film at its sales and distribution business.
  • Larry Clark to direct troubled teen drama Wild Child

    3-Sep-2009

    Larry Clark, the controversial director of Kids and Ken Park, is hatching a new film about troubled American youth.
  • The means of production

    3-Sep-2009

    UK distributors are moving into local production. But, on the eve of the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-19), will it be at the expense of their acquisition of third-party and international titles?
  • Odyssey Entertainment ceases trading

    1-Sep-2009

    Odyssey Entertainment, the London-based sales and financing company, ceased trading on August 28.
  • Stephen Woolley to remake Dickens' Great Expectations

    27-Aug-2009

    Maverick British producer Stephen Woolley is planning a big screen version of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations.
  • Revolver picks up UK rights to Dead Man Running

    24-Aug-2009

    Revolver Entertainment has taken all UK rights to Alex De Rakoff’s Dead Man Running, the London-set thriller co-financed and executive produced by England football stars, Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole.
  • Optimum prime

    21-Aug-2009

    Ten years old in 2009, Optimum Releasing is now one of the UK’s leading independent distributors and a key part of StudioCanal’s European network.
  • Merger is not a "done deal", says BFI's Dyke

    21-Aug-2009

    The proposed merger between the UK Film Council and the British Film Institute (BFI) will not go ahead unless the BFI’s brand and core activities are protected, according to BFI chairman Greg Dyke
  • Perfect pitch

    31-Jul-2009

    One of the biggest challenges facing the producers of a wave of new low-budget UK music films is how to afford the crucial soundtrack rights.
  • Perry gears up for fight

    23-Jul-2009

    As the Irish government considers scrapping the Irish Film Board, Simon Perry tells Geoffrey Macnab why the board is vital to Irish film culture.
  • The strength of independent ties

    23-Jul-2009

    Metrodome and Palisades Tartan are the latest to strike a deal, as distributors are forced to make alliances in a changing market.
  • Optimum backs edgy Brit flick Here Comes The Summer

    17-Jul-2009

    Distributor Optimum Releasing is backing edgy new British movie Here Comes The Summer, which is due to begin shooting on location in London in September.
  • Working Title to make redundancies

    13-Jul-2009

    Flagship UK production company Working Title is understood to be making up to six redundancies from its 45-strong workforce.
  • Future Films and Aramid Capital hit by Soho blaze

    10-Jul-2009

    A major fire broke out in the London offices housing leading film financiers Future Films and Aramid Capital earlier today.
  • The end of the Russian gold rush?

    8-Jul-2009

    The days when Russian buyers would pay big money for small films are over (for now) as the Russian market adjusts to a weak ruble and declining box office. Geoffrey Macnab looks at what this means for international sales agents and producers
  • ING Belgium withdraws from film financing

    7-Jul-2009

    Financial services company ING Belgium has scrapped its film financing activities to concentrate on its core business.
  • Tilda Swinton takes Scottish film festival on tour

    1-Jul-2009

    Actress Tilda Swinton and Mark Cousins, the former director of the Edinburgh Film Festival, are hitting the Highland trail with the first travelling film festival ever staged in the UK.
  • BBC Films and Origin Pictures to make Ordinary Thunderstorms

    1-Jul-2009

    David Thompson’s production company Origin Pictures and BBC Films have secured film rights to William Boyd’s new novel Ordinary Thunderstorms, ahead of its publication in September.
  • London UK Film Focus retains its pull with international buyers

    1-Jul-2009

    The London UK Film Focus, the annual showcase for new British Films, launched Monday (June 29) attracting more than 100 international buyers to the capital.
  • HandMade Plc shares suspended as it fails to produce accounts

    1-Jul-2009

    Shares in HandMade Plc, the UK-based film company, were suspended yesterday (June 30) as it emerged the company has yet to publish audited accounts for the year to December 31, 2008.
  • Netherlands Film Festival appoints new director

    26-Jun-2009

    In a move that has been warmly received in Dutch film circles, Willemien van Aalst has been appointed as the new director of the Netherlands Film Festival (NFF).
  • Theatres of opportunity

    18-Jun-2009

    The UK’s ambitious exhibition sector is pioneering new release concepts to defy the credit crunch and harness the territory’s cinema-going boom.
  • The market paradox

    11-Jun-2009

    What does the growing conservatism among even specialist distributors mean for smaller sales agents with no obvious commercial fare and untested film-makers trying to break through?
  • Meridiana closes European deals on Altiplano

    2-Jun-2009

    Cannes Critics’ Week entry Altiplano has been racking up sales since its premiere on the Riviera last month.
  • Oppostion grows to the sale of Ingmar Bergman's Faro home

    1-Jun-2009

    There is growing disquiet over plans to auction off Ingmar Bergman’s iconic home on the Baltic island of Fårö.
  • Paul Schrader to attend Nottingham's first ScreenLit fest

    29-May-2009

    Writer-director Paul Schrader is to attend the inaugural ScreenLit, Film, TV & Writing Festival at Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema (29 June to 5 July).
  • Artificial Eye snaps up Cannes prize winners

    29-May-2009

    UK distributor Artificial Eye has taken UK rights to Mia Hansen-Love’s Father Of My Children (Le Pere De Mes Enfants).
  • Bjorkman’s Ingmar Bergman short to get British premiere next month

    21-May-2009

    Stig Bjorkman’s Images From The Playground: Ingmar Bergman At Work will receive its British premiere at the Barbican next month.
  • TrustNordisk signs deals on Antichrist despite mixed reviews

    21-May-2009

    Days after the stormy screening of Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist, a film that fiercely divided critics, two major deals have been concluded on the film.
  • Buena Onda, Orient Group collaborate on Latin American features

    21-May-2009

    Buena Onda producer Donald K Ranvaud has formed a partnership with Syrian company The Orient Group, headed by humanitarian and Unesco award winner Nabil Toumeh.
  • Italian cinema bodies combine to create film industry super agency

    20-May-2009

    Italian national cinema has moved into a new era with the merger between two of Italy’s most venerable cinema organisations, Cinecitta Holdings and Instituto Luce.
  • NonStop sells Magic Silver ahead of first screening

    20-May-2009

    NonStop Sales has closed a deal on Nowegian family drama Magic Silver despite not yet screening the film. The deal has been signed with Korean buyer Rich Entertainment.
  • Scorsese and Schoonmaker return to British cinema doc

    20-May-2009

    Martin Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker will resume work on their long-gestating feature documentary about the history of British cinema.
  • South Africa’s DV8 kicks off football projects

    20-May-2009

    DV8, the South African production and financing project, is planning to harness the football mania already descending on the country in advance of the 2010 World Cup.
  • Latido lures buyers with Sex, Party & Lies

    20-May-2009

    Spanish sales outfit Latido has been racking up yet more sales on its Cannes titles.
  • Zentropa recruits trio of Norwegian directors

    20-May-2009

    Norwegian film directors Unni Straume, Petter Næss and Jens Lien have joined Zentropa International Norway, it was announced in Cannes yesterday (May 20).
  • Alejandro Jodorowsky plans October shoot for King Shot

    20-May-2009

    UJ Budapest FilmStudio’s Laszlo Kantor has revealed further details of one of the more colourful projects currently being hatched in the market, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s King Shot.
  • EFP elects Eva Vezer as president

    19-May-2009

    European Film Promotion, the EU-funded film marketing body, has elected a new president and vice president at its General Assembly meeting at the Cannes International Film Festival.
  • Sola continues on its journey with Turtle

    19-May-2009

    Sola Media is continuing to do business on Turtle: The Incredible Journey and closed deals after the second screening for Greece (PAS Distribution) and Korea (Line Tree) and is about to sign on further for Middle East and South East Asia.
  • Audiard plans "dark and tragic" follow up to A Prophet

    19-May-2009

    French film-maker Jacques Audiard, whose new prison drama A Prophet is one of the buzz films in this year’s competition, is plotting a new film that promises to be in the same gritty, hardboiled groove
  • Greggory, Depardieu and Garrel cast In Four Winds

    19-May-2009

    Globetrotting Portuguese producer Paulo Branco has announced casting on the new Jacques Doillon feature, the Bergman-style drama In Four Winds.
  • Match Factory sells Ajami in UK and France

    19-May-2009

    Match Factory has concluded two major deals on Ajami, the film that will close this year’s Cannes Quinzaine later this week.
  • Provocateur Von Trier remains true to form with Antichrist

    19-May-2009

    As ever, provocateur Lars von Trier is stirring strong emotions on the Croisette. Depending on which newspapers you read, his new Competition title Antichrist is either a six-star special or a “big fat art film fart”.
  • Russian World's St Petersburg studio gets Dolby distinction

    19-May-2009

    Russian World Studios has announced that its St. Petersburg studio has started construction on a Dolby Premier studio.
  • Scope Invest unveils details of latest film projects

    19-May-2009

    Scope Invest, the Belgian tax shelter financier, has revealed details of its new film projects.
  • The Match Factory acquires three Christian Wagner titles

    19-May-2009

    Further ramping up its library, German outfit The Match Factory acquired three films by German writer-director Christian Wagner.
  • Yellow Bird reveals dates for Millennium Trilogy release

    19-May-2009

    The dates have been set for the release of the second and third instalments of Scandinavian box-office sensation, The Millennium Trilogy.
  • Nadel and Federer square up in new Jose Luiz Lopez-Linares doc

    18-May-2009

    Tennis titans Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, yesterday (May 17) doing battle on the court in Madrid, will be the focus on a new crossover documentary by Jose Luiz Lopez-Linares.
  • Servillo to star as compulsive gambler in Gorbachev

    18-May-2009

    Italian actor Toni Servillo is to star in Gorbachev – The Cashier Who Liked Gambling (Gorbacio – Il Cassiere ColVizio Del Gioco), a new drama being introduced to buyers by RAI Trade at the Cannes Market.
  • Hungarian director Kenyeres reveals first feature

    18-May-2009

    Young Hungarian auteur Balint Kenyeres, whose short The History Of Aviation screens in The Quinzaine, has announced details of his first feature, Hier.
  • Freeway and RevCheck launch revenue recovery service

    18-May-2009

    Freeway Entertainment Group and German-based distribution auditor RevCheck have launched a new joint venture offering worldwide revenue reconciliation services to the international film industry.
  • Tuscany launches $12.1m production fund

    17-May-2009

    The Toscana Film Commission has announced a new $12.1m (€9m) fund to attract productions to the region.
  • Beta Cinema closes deals on Princess Lillifee

    17-May-2009

    Blue chip German sales outfit Beta Cinema has closed further deals on kids’ movie Princess Lillifee, screening in the Cannes Marche today (May 17).
  • Universal Music rocks with Around The World In 50 Years

    17-May-2009

    In an unusual deal, Universal Music Group has swooped to take all North American rights to Belgian director Ben Stassen’s forthcoming 3D animated feature Around The World In 50 Years.
  • Russian distributors hit US sellers with ultimatum

    16-May-2009

    Russian distributors have issued a stark warning to US sales agents – renegotiate deals on films acquired before the economic crisis or else they will stop buying altogether.
  • Ewan McGregor to star in Mackenzie's The Last Word

    16-May-2009

    Scottish star Ewan McGregor, currently winning plaudits for his performance in Angels & Demons, will team up with director David Mackenzie on the forthcoming film, The Last Word.
  • Luc Besson dives in The Cove

    16-May-2009

    Filmmaking giant Luc Besson has acquired French rights to award-winning documentary The Cove.
  • Latido gets off to roaring start at Cannes

    16-May-2009

    Early in the Marche, Spanish sales outfit Latido is reporting roaring trade on its Cannes slate.
  • Europa Distribution looks toward Latin America

    16-May-2009

    Europa Distribution, the pan-European network of independent distributors, is seeking extra EU funds to forge closer ties with Latin America.
  • Sarajevo selects 19 for CineLink

    15-May-2009

    The Sarajevo Film Festival has selected 19 projects for its 2009 CineLink and CineLink+ co-production market.
  • Next Vikas Swarup adaptation underway

    15-May-2009

    Six Suspects, the new film project based on the next novel by Slumdog Millionaire writer Vikas Swarup, is picking up speed.
  • Phyllida Lloyd to direct "banker to the poor" biopic

    15-May-2009

    Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd is to make a $20m movie about Nobel prize winner Professor Muhamad Yunus, the so-called “banker to the poor”.
  • Irish Film Board escapes public spending cuts

    15-May-2009

    The Irish Film Board (IFB) has escaped the worst of the ravages currently affecting public spending in Ireland in the wake of the global economic crisis.
  • Umedia hears Alidi’s Whisper

    15-May-2009

    Kurdish-Iraqi director Shahram Alidi’s Whisper With the Wind, which is screening in Critics’ Week, has been picked up for international sales by UMedia.
  • The UK private film funds

    14-May-2009

    Who are the leading players at the UK film funds and what are they backing?
  • Who’s got the money?

    14-May-2009

    The UK’s private film funds are becoming increasingly important to cash-strapped independent producers. But are investors interested?
  • D3 Vue join forces with NX

    14-May-2009

    UK multiplex operator Vue Entertainment is to join forces with financier and producer CinemaNX (NX), to release at least three movies directly into Vue cinemas and other theatres across the UK, from the end of this year.
  • Hubert Bals Fund invests in 31 new film projects

    14-May-2009

    The Hubert Bals Fund (HBF), the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s fund aimed at supporting filmmakers from developing countries, has announced its latest investments in 31 new film projects.
  • Cineart snaps up Amreeka, L’Armee Du Crime

    13-May-2009

    Independent Belgian distributor Cineart arrives in Cannes with two new pickups, Amreeka and L’Armee Du Crime.
  • Sola Media takes on Lotte sequel

    13-May-2009

    Solveig Langeland´s Sola Media has taken on all international rights to animated feature Lotte And The Moonstone Secret, directed by Janno Poldma and Heiki Ernits.
  • Russia forms organisation to promote local films abroad

    13-May-2009

    The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation is to create a government-sponsored, non-commercial organisation for the promotion of the Russian cinema abroad.
  • Gaspar Noe goes hardcore

    13-May-2009

    Maverick director Gaspar Noe, whose feature Enter The Void is screening in competition, is hatching a sex film.
  • Yellow Bird to adapt Jo Nesbo’s novel Headhunters

    12-May-2009

    Fresh from its success with its screen adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best selling Millennium trilogy, Swedish production outfit Yellow Bird has optioned Jo Nesbø’s novel, Headhunters.
  • Iwana Chronis joins Hubert Bals Fund

    29-Apr-2009

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam has appointed Iwana Chronis as manager of the Hubert Bals Fund (HBF), which supports filmmakers in developing countries.
  • Netherlands Film Fund appoints Doreen Boonekamp as director

    27-Apr-2009

    Doreen Boonekamp, currently the festival director at the Netherlands Film Festival, has been appointed as the new head of the region’s film fund.
  • HMV, Curzon Artificial Eye to create in-store cinema venues

    26-Apr-2009

    HMV and Curzon Artificial Eye (CAE) are to partner in a highly unusual venture - setting up new cinemas in selected HMV stores.
  • UK Film Council at the crossroads

    24-Apr-2009

    How will budget cuts and a new chairman impact on the UK industry?
  • London Film Festival set for cash windfall

    23-Apr-2009

    The UK Film Council (UKFC)’s Festival Fund is poised to inject $2.7m (£1.88m) of extra funding into theThe Times BFI London Film Festival. A decision on the new money is expected in the next two weeks.
  • British cinematographer Jack Cardiff dies aged 94

    22-Apr-2009

    Jack Cardiff, the cinematographer, died at his home in Kent today (April 22) after a short illness. Hepassed away surrounded by his family.
  • Europe embraces 3D, but will it pay off?

    17-Apr-2009

    The Cannes film festival’s surprise choice of Pixar’s Up as its opening film this May sends a symbolic message. By embracing a 3D film, the world’s most prestigious film festival is underlining the point that 3D is now not only part of the mainstream but that it is respected by programmers and critics too.
  • Tim Bevan seen as frontrunner to be UK Film Council chairman

    17-Apr-2009

    Working Title co-chairman Tim Bevan is emerging as a front-runner to become the new chairman of the UK Film Council when current chair Stewart Till leaves at the end of July.
  • Geoff Gilmore and Jane Rosenthal discuss Tribeca's new direction

    17-Apr-2009

    Geoff Gilmore had one of the film world’s most coveted jobs as director of the Sundance Film Festival. So it was a surprise to many when he announced in February he would leave after nearly two decades to join Tribeca Enterprises, the for-profit media company which operates the Tribeca Film Festival (at home and abroad) and Tribeca Cinemas.
  • Visions du Reel moves into distribution

    17-Apr-2009

    In Switzerland, they take their documentaries very seriously. The films are frequently seen in cinemas and are given the respect accorded elsewhere to fictional features.
  • Film co-operative TheMoviesClub poised to make acquisitions

    14-Apr-2009

    TheMoviesClub, the UK co-operative set up last summer to enable movie fans to buy the rights toindependent movies, is ready to make its first acquisitions after raising $22,360 (£15,000).
  • Cannes Marche scraps 2.5% exhibitor price increase

    7-Apr-2009

    Cannes Marche has scrapped plans to levy a 2.5% increase on exhibitors and will revert to 2008 prices for this year’s market.
  • Unanimous Pictures pulls out of UK distribution market

    2-Apr-2009

    Unanimous Pictures is pulling out of UK distributionless than a yearafter launching into the market. The company, formerly known as Halcyon Pictures, will now concentrateexclusively on production.
  • Small wonder - are straight-to-TV deals on the rise'

    27-Mar-2009

    This year's MIPTV (through April 3) will take place in the midst of very turbulent times in both the film and TV industries. In early March, UK broadcaster ITV shed 600 jobs. Its smaller rival Five announced around the same time it would be making around a quarter of its 354 staff redundant. Advertising revenue has been shrinking. The cuts at the broadcasters come at a time when film slots on UK TV are already decreasing. (It remains to be seen how this upheaval will affect film buying ...
  • Plans for franchise of $12.8m Benelux animation Luke and Lucy

    23-Mar-2009

    Plans have been revealed for the release and possible franchise of Luke and Lucy - The Texas Rangers one of the most ambitious animated features ever produced in Benelux.
  • Keith Griffiths & Simon Field - nurturing creativity

    20-Mar-2009

    At the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January, the public could watch three films on permanent night-time loop, high above the city, broadcast on big screens attached to the side of tower blocks: these were a Carlos Reygadas film about a women's football match in the Andes, a Guy Maddin film featuring Isabella Rossellini in the electric chair and a Nanouk Leopold picture, filmed entirely in close-up. All were produced on behalf of the festival by UK outfit Illuminations.
  • Rhys Ifans becomesMr Nicefordirector Bernard Rose

    13-Mar-2009

    Howard Marks is counterculture Britain's answer to a Renaissance man: an Oxford-educated drug smuggler and libertarian with a strong rebellious streak. His autobiography, Mr Nice, chronicling his journey from a small village in Wales to Oxford University and his subsequent emergence as, in the words of one UK newspaper, 'the most sophisticated drugs baron of all time', is now, after several false starts, being made into a film.
  • Helen Loveridge returns with sales company Meridiana

    5-Mar-2009

    The Meridiana is the hotel in Venice in which sales agent Helen Loveridge stayed when she was working on Hou Hsiao-hsien’s 1989 Golden Lion winner, City Of Sadness. In recognition of that triumph, it is the name she has given to her new, London-based sales outfit Meridiana Films, which aims to handle between six and eight films a year.
  • Dutch government reveals future funding plans for Hubert Bals Fund

    25-Feb-2009

    Details have finally emerged of how the Dutch government will continue to support the Hubert Bals Fund, with private investment playing a more key role than previously.
  • Berlin's raw deals for bear traders

    20-Feb-2009

    In the wake of a slow Sundance and a very difficult American Film Market (AFM), distributors turned up in Berlin in expectation.
  • Sweden - The big time

    13-Feb-2009

    Has the Swedish wunderkind rediscovered his box-office lustre' In advance of its gala screening in competition at the Berlinale, Lukas Moodysson's Mammoth, his first English-language film, was already on top of the Swedish box-office charts. The film was outperforming The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. This was the first time Moodysson had been number one in Sweden for almost a decade. (His last big local hit was back in 2000 with his comedy-drama Together.)
  • Waisbren: Don't hesitate - consolidate!

    13-Feb-2009

    In times of trouble, the big beasts always herd together. 'Consolidate or die' has been the frequent mantra when the independent film business is under threat. It was very much the message given by Ben Waisbren, president and chief executive of Continental Entertainment Capital, during his keynote speech at the Screen International European Film Summit in Berlin last week. 'Don't hesitate - consolidate!' he told the audience of financiers and producers assembled at the ...
  • Era New Horizons to offer cash prizes

    12-Feb-2009

    Polish film festival Era New Horizons 2009 is to introduce financial rewards for its winners with four of the five competitive sections of the ENH 2009 to offer $90,300 (Eu70,000) in cash prizes and distribution guarantees.
  • Eurimages plans contribution systemrestructure

    12-Feb-2009

    A clearer picture is beginning to appear of how Eurimages (the Council of Europe fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works) might change its contribution system.
  • Wild Bunch swims in Oceans of Berlin deals

    12-Feb-2009

    Wild Bunch was striking an upbeat note as the company announced its EFMdeals yesterday. Despite the credit crunch, it emerged that the French powerhouses has closed multiple territories on its packed Berlin slate. 'I think the worst is still to come. We were all afraid that Berlin would be a very bad market because of the credit crunch but I didn't find that at all,' Wild Bunch's Vincent Maraval commented of the impact of the economic ...
  • Doc Alliance launches online distribution portal

    11-Feb-2009

    Doc Alliance, the partnership between five leading documentary festivals (CPH: Dox Copenhagen, DOK Leipzig, IDFF Jihlava, Planete Doc Review and Visions Du Reel) has launched its own online portal.
  • Intra's Tobruk lands in UK with Hi-Fliers

    11-Feb-2009

    Italian sales outfit Intra Movies has closed a UK deal in Berlin with Hi-Fliers on Czech World War Two film, Tobruk.
  • Gosetti returns to Venice

    10-Feb-2009

    Giorgio Gosetti is on the way back to Venice. The much-travelled festival programmer and curator is to return to the Lido as Delegate General of Venice Days, the event he founded in 2004 as the Venice Festival's answer to the Cannes Director's Fortnight.
  • Independents must consolidate, says Ben Waisbren

    10-Feb-2009

    In a hard-hitting keynote speech at yesterday's Screen International European Film Summit, film financier Ben Waisbren, who is president and CEO of Continental Entertainment Capital, predicted that the independent film business will go through a prolonged period of contraction and restructuring. 'Don't hesitate - consolidate,' he urged.Fewer films will be made. There will be increased vertical integration. It will 'take years' for new ...
  • Paolo Branco plots Cosmopolis

    10-Feb-2009

    In his most ambitious project to date, international producer Paolo Branco is plotting a $10m-12m film based on the novel Cosmopolis by legendary US writer Don DeLillo.
  • Wellcam welcomes Taras Bulba to Korea

    9-Feb-2009

    Early in the EFM, Russian outfit Central Partnership has closed a Korean deal for its historical epic Taras Bulba with Wellcam.
  • Noble picks up two from Vantage

    9-Feb-2009

    Scandinavian buyer Noble Entertainment has picked up Scandinavian rights to Gela Babluani's 13 and Joel Hopkins' Last Chance Harvey from Paramount Vantage International.
  • Centurion strides out for Pathe

    9-Feb-2009

    Pathe International has pre-sold Neil Marshall's Romans in Britain yarn Centurion to Constantin in Germany, Aurum in Spain, Hopscotch in Australia, Scanbox in Scandinavia and Odeon in Greece.
  • 3D fails to fly, says Stassen

    9-Feb-2009

    nWave Pictures' Ben Stassen, who produced 3D feature Fly Me To The Moon, is warning that the 3D revolution has failed to materialize.
  • Festival titles find sales berths midway through Berlinale

    9-Feb-2009

    French outfit Les Films Du Losange has closed a deal to take worldwide sales on Sweet Rush (Tatarak), the latest feature from venerable Polish auteur Andrzej Wajda which screens in competition on Friday.
  • Negativ gets animated with Alois Nebel

    9-Feb-2009

    Czech production outfit Negativ is venturing into feature length animation with a film version of cult graphic novel Alois Nebel, by Jaroslaw Rudis and Jaromir 99.
  • Other Angle collars Bambou

    9-Feb-2009

    New Paris-based sales outfit Other Angles Pictures has added a new title to its inaugural EFM slate, the company is to handle world rights on Didier Bourdon's new feature Bambou.
  • Wintour doc a hot issue for Elle Driver

    9-Feb-2009

    The September Issue is flying off the shelves asParis-based sales outfit Elle Driver racks up sales on RJ Cutler's fashion documentary including a UK deal with Momentum Pictures, a French sale to Diaphana and a Japanese sale to Klockworx.
  • Filmmuseum ramps up acquisition business

    8-Feb-2009

    Amsterdam's Filmmuseum has taken Dutch rights to a slew of films led by Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy sold by Memento, Edwin's Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly which premiered in Rotterdam last month, and Swiss master's Peter Liechti's The Sounds Of Insects - Record Of A Mummy.
  • Arrow Cuts Loose with Verheyen

    8-Feb-2009

    Canadian outfit Arrow Entertainment has taken world rights excluding Benelux to Cut Loose, from the prolific Flemish director Jan Verheyen.
  • Dragon Tattoo set for European rollout, English version

    8-Feb-2009

    In Berlin this weekend, Yellow Bird's Soren Staermose has revealed further details of the hugely ambitious roll-out plans for the film of Stieg Larsson's world bestseller The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, sold here by Zodiak International.
  • KWA adds four to slate

    8-Feb-2009

    Madrid-based Kevin Williams Associates has picked up Albert Arizza’s thriller Ramirez about a lonely young night stalker and drug dealer, preying on young women he can pick up and seduce.
  • Noble snaps up Nine, Expendables

    8-Feb-2009

    Aggressive Scandinavian distributor Noble Entertainment has taken Scandinavian rights for Rob Marshall's Nine from The Weinstein Company.
  • Thoretton plots YSL art auction doc

    7-Feb-2009

    The story of legendary French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Berge's life together is to be told on screen in a new film produced by Films Du Lendemain, the outfit co-founded by billionaire Francois Pinault, the owner of Christie's.
  • Umedia has Double Take, enlists Rachel

    7-Feb-2009

    Attending the EFM for the second time, French outfit Umedia (Urban Media International) has come on board as international sales agent on artist and filmmaker Johan Grimonprez's provocative new feature, Double Take.
  • Fallon partners on ambitious Auteurs

    7-Feb-2009

    London-based advertising agency Fallon has come on board as a partner, as ambitious online movie venue/internet distribution platform The Auteurs to develop branding and sponsorship opportinities.
  • Cineart goes on pre-Berlin buying spree

    7-Feb-2009

    Benelux distributor Cineart/Cinelibre has picked up three titles in official selection in Berlin: Francois Ozon's competition entry Ricky from Le Pacte, Simone Bitton's Forum documentary Rachel from UMedia and Philippe Lioret's Panorama title Welcome sold by Films Distribution.
  • Celluloid to handle sales on Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut

    6-Feb-2009

    Celluloid Dreams has signed on to handle international sales of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut,Jack Goes Boating,billed as an unconventional romantic comedy.
  • Pathe seals deals on Frears' Cheri with Lumiere, Nordisk

    6-Feb-2009

    On the eve of EFM, Pathe International announced deals on two major territories for Stephen Frears' Cheri which screens in competition here on Feb 10. Lumiere has taken the film for Benelux and Nordisk for Scandinavia.The film, written by Christopher Hampton from Colette's novel stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Felicity Jones and ...
  • Wide gives Hand to Strand for US

    6-Feb-2009

    French sales outfit Wide Management has announced a raft of new sales on its new slate including Give Me Your Hand and Ah! The Libido.
  • Autlook takes world on Panorama doc War + Love

    6-Feb-2009

    Vienna-based sales outfit Autlook has swooped to take world rights on Berlinale Panorama entry War + Love in Kabul directed by Helga Reidemeister.
  • Thai master Weerasethakul lines up Uncle Boonmee

    6-Feb-2009

    Thai master Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who has won multiple prizes for previous films like Syndromes And A Century, Blissfully Yours and Tropical Malady, is preparing Uncle Boonmee: A Man Who Can Recall His Past Lives, which will be handled internationally by The Match Factory.
  • Yes Men land at Rezo

    6-Feb-2009

    The Yes Men are back in town and they're promising to wreak mischief in Berlin. New film from the merry pranksters The Yes Men Fix The World, which screened at Sundance and is opening this year's Berlin Panorama, has been picked up for international sales by Rezo.
  • Dean Spanley goes to US with Miramax

    6-Feb-2009

    Miramax Films has taken US rights to Toa Fraser' much feted comedy-drama Dean Spanley starring Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam and Peter O'Toole.
  • Loveridge launches Meridiana with first slate

    6-Feb-2009

    Industry veteran Helen Loveridge, who co-founded Fortissimo Film Sales, has announced details of her new, London-based sales outfit, Meridiana Films.
  • Memento closes on Larrieu brothers' This Is The End

    6-Feb-2009

    Paris-based Memento Films International has taken on international sales to This Is The End, the new $13m (Euros 10m) end-of-the-world epic from Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu.
  • In focus - Festival buzz - Bright outlook in Berlin

    6-Feb-2009

    French director Gaspar Noe will be in Berlin this week to explain to distributors the concept behind his film Enter The Void, which is being sold at the European Film Market (EFM) by Wild Bunch. The title of Noe's effects-driven new feature seems strangely apt given what many buyers and sellers are feeling as the market gets underway. After a slow Sundance and a Rotterdam where little real business was done despite the brisk CineMart meeting schedule, there is trepidation about ...
  • Sally Potter on the 'poor cinema' of Rage

    6-Feb-2009

    Sally Potter's new feature Rage, which had its world premiere in competition at Berlin this week, has a cast to make distributors sit up and take notice. Actors involved in the ensemble comedy-thriller include Judi Dench, Jude Law, Steve Buscemi, supermodel Lily Cole and comedian Eddie Izzard.
  • Baker Street to launch international sales division under Lansley

    5-Feb-2009

    UK production and media financing outfit Baker Street Media Finance has launched its own sales arm. Baker Street International - as the new division is called - will be attending the EFM informally before beginning selling in earnest in Cannes in May.The new outfit is head by former Lakeshore executive Phillida Lansley.Baker Street’s founder and managing-director Keith Evans describes the move into sales as part of the ...
  • Memento closes pre-Berlin sales on Katalin Varga, Treeless Mountain

    4-Feb-2009

    Aggressive French sales outfit Memento has announced a raft of deals on films on its EFM slate.
  • Rotterdam claims success despite slight drop in visitors

    1-Feb-2009

    The 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) ended this weekend on a more muted note than in previous years.
  • Films from Turkey, Iran and Korea claim Rotterdam Tiger Awards

    30-Jan-2009

    Films from Turkey, Iran and South Korea took the Rotterdam VPRO Tiger Awards at the 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam.
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam 2009 update

    28-Jan-2009

    More than midway through the 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), there is a clear feeling of relief among industry delegates.
  • Fassbender, West and Kurylenko to headline Neil Marshall's Centurion

    28-Jan-2009

    Pathe and Celador have confirmed casting on Neil Marshall's Roman era Centurion with Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Hunger), Dominic West (300) and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum ...
  • High Point Films picks up Dutch hit Winter In Wartime for EFM

    26-Jan-2009

    Winter In Wartime, the biggest Dutch box-office hit of recent months, has been picked up for international sales by London-based High Point Films.
  • Holland and Italy threaten to withdraw from Eurimages fund

    26-Jan-2009

    A potentially serious rift is building at the heart of Eurimages, the Council of Europe fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works.
  • United Kingdom - Fresh blood

    23-Jan-2009

    Is Hammer really "rising from the dead" again' The UK company that made Dracula, Prince Of Darkness, the Quatermass movies and The Devil Rides Out has often seemed on the verge of resurrection. As 2009 begins, it is clear the long-predicted revamp is happening for real. And in its new incarnation, Hammer promises to be even more powerful than in its Christopher Lee prime.
  • United States - Atlantic crossing

    23-Jan-2009

    Overlook, as any self-respecting horror fan should know, is the name of the hotel in The Shining. It is also now the name of the sales outfit set up by Verane Frediani and Franck Ribiere.
  • 38th edition of Rotterdam opens with plea for Hubert Bals Fund

    22-Jan-2009

    Rutger Wolfson, director of the International Film Festival Rotterdam made an impassioned defence of the work of Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) at the opening of the 38th edition of the festival last night.
  • 38th International Rotterdam Film Festival opens

    21-Jan-2009

    The 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) will open tonight(January 21) with outdoor screenings of three specially commissioned films by Carlos Reygadas, Guy Maddin and Nanouk Leopold.
  • Eye on the tiger: Rotterdam International Film Festival preview

    16-Jan-2009

    When Rutger Wolfson was named director of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in autumn 2007, his appointment was on an interim basis. His contract was for only one edition and many expected him to return to his job as director of De Vleeshal, a Dutch centre for contemporary art, after the 2008 edition.
  • The co-production market - 'We had to Kill a lot of our darlings'

    16-Jan-2009

    "We want to maintain the exclusivity of being in CineMart and to give more space and attention to the projects," says CineMart manager Marit Van Den Elshout, of the 36 projects being showcased at this year's event.
  • Lars Bredo Rahbek leaves Denmark's Nimbus

    18-Dec-2008

    In a surprise move, producer Lars Bredo Rahbek (the man behind Denmark's biggest box-office hit of the year Flame & Citron) is to leave Nimbus after 11 years to take up a new position as Chief of Fiction at state broadcaster DR TV.
  • CineMart announces 2009 titles

    12-Dec-2008

    CineMart, the Rotterdam film festival's co-production market, has announced its 2009 selection.
  • In Focus: Film Festivals brace for the recession

    12-Dec-2008

    As the 2009 festival cycle approaches, organisers are huddling down, hoping the economic storms will pass them by. However, at a time when both state funding and sponsorship for arts events is under increasing pressure, most acknowledge film festivals are bound to be buffeted eventually.
  • Burma VJ - Reporting From a Closed Country wins Amsterdam top prize

    1-Dec-2008

    Burma VJ - Reporting From a Closed Country has won the VPRO Joris Ivens Award 2008, the main competition at IDFA (the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam).
  • Expose of the Burmese dictatorship win Amsterdam doc award

    30-Nov-2008

    Burma VJ - Reporting From a Closed Country has won the VPRO Joris Ivens Award 2008, the main competition at IDFA (the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam).
  • 21st IDFAaward nominees announced

    28-Nov-2008

    The nominees for this year's International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Joris Ivens Award and $16,000 (Euros 12,500) have been announced. Burma VJ - Reporting From a Closed Country by Anders Ostergaard; Necrobusiness by Fredrik von Krusenstjerna, Richard Solarz and Monika Sieradzka; and Yodok Stories ...
  • In Focus: Erik Van Looy's Flemish hit Loft

    28-Nov-2008

    With 500,000 admissions already posted and the Christmas holidays still to come, Erik Van Looy's Loft is the runaway local hit of the autumn in Belgium. Four weeks after its release on October 22, it had not only outperformed Quantum Of Solace and left Mamma Mia! The Movie gasping in its wake - it had entered the top-10 of all-time Flemish box-office hits.
  • Profile - Pim Hermeling

    28-Nov-2008

    At the AFM in Santa Monica, several Dutch distributors were heard to grumble about the prices being charged by international sales companies for Benelux rights.
  • In focus: Marketing theatrical documentaries

    27-Nov-2008

    We don't do documentary,' was the response from Wouter Barendrecht, co-founder of Fortissimo Films, when John Sloss of Cinetic Media approached him to see if Fortissimo might be interested in handling a small-scale film about child abuse called Capturing The Friedmans in 2003.
  • Episode 3: Enjoy Poverty opens 21st International Documentary Festival

    20-Nov-2008

    The 21st International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has opened with the world premiere of Renzo Martens' Episode 3: Enjoy Poverty.
  • A-Film takes Benelux rights on four-film package from HanWay

    10-Nov-2008

    Re-energised Dutch distributor A-Film has snapped up a four film package from London-based HanWay Films. The films acquired are Harry Brown starring Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer, Sam Taylor-Wood's Nowhere Boy about the young John Lennon, Christine Jeff's Sunshine Cleaning starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, and Jon Amiel's Charles Darwin project,
  • Media Luna closes deal with Call Girl to Only Hearts in Japan

    10-Nov-2008

    Cologne-based Media Luna Entertainment has closed a Japanese deal onPortuguese drama Call Girl, a drama about a high class prostitute who is hired to seduce the local mayor.Only Hearts Co. Ltd has taken all Japanese rights to the film, which is directed by Antonio-Pedro Vasconcelos and stars Soraia Chaves. Media Luna has also closed an Australia/New Zealand deal on Jens Hoffman's 9to5Days ...
  • Siritzky gets science with Bogdanov twins

    10-Nov-2008

    Veteran producer/sales agent Alan Siritzky, owner of the Emmanuelle erotic franchise, is to partner with the controversial French twins Igor and Grichka Bogdanov, physicists best known for their popular TV series on science, on a feature documentary based on the brothers' 1991 best-seller God And Science (Dieu Et La Science). Siritzky also plans to develop TV projects with them.The brothers ...
  • Alcine takes Japan from Rai Trade on Avati pic

    9-Nov-2008

    In its first major Asian sale of the market, Italian outfit Rai Trade has closed a deal on Pupi Avati's new feature Giovanna's Father with Japan's Alcine. The film premiered in official selection in Venice earlier this autumn, picking up the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor for Silvio Orlando. Deals had previously closed with France (Paradise), Benelux (Cinemein), and Switzerland (MFD). The Japanese deal at AFM comes as broadcaster Rai renews ...
  • Brisseau's erotic arthouse Aventure defies market blues

    9-Nov-2008

    In what is by common consensus a cautious market, controversial French auteur Jean-Claude Brisseau is continuing to lure buyers with his crossover brand of erotic/art house cinema. During the AFM, Brisseau's latest feature A L'Aventure, sold internationally by Films Distribution, has gone to the UK (Axiom), Japan (Zazie), Germany (A La Mode) and Greece (Rosebud). These deals follow on from the US pre-buy of the film by IFC in Cannes in May.
  • Les Plages D'Agnes sold to Zazie for Japan, Cineart for Benelux

    9-Nov-2008

    As the AFM reaches the midway stage, Les Plages D'Agnes from veteran French auteur Agnes Varda, has been sold to a handful of new territories.Deals have been closed by French sales Roissy Films with Zazie Films for Japan, Cineart for Benelux and Seville Pictures for Canada. A UK deal is expected shortly. Roissy is in advanced discussions on Portugal and South Korea and has received offers for the US, Austria and Spain.
  • Wild Bunch Benelux buys Boheme, takes Imagine package

    9-Nov-2008

    Wild Bunch Benelux Distribution, the new Amsterdam-based distribution operation set up by Pim Hermeling, has revealed further details of its initial slate.The new company is a joint venture between Hermeling and French powerhouse Wild Bunch, which has long been seeking to build up a pan-European distribution network. Jan Van Aert has now joined Hermeling's team. Under the new alliance, Wild Bunch Benelux will make certain acquisitions on its own. Meanwhile, Wild Bunch France ...
  • Affleck and Alba star in Winterbottom's Killer Inside Me for Wild Bunch

    8-Nov-2008

    Prolific UK director Michael Winterbottom is to hit the film noir trail with The Killer Inside Me, a $13 million adaptation of a novel by Jim Thompson (The Grifters) starring Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba. Wild Bunch has worldwide sales rights on the film excluding the US which Endeavor is handling. A third major actor will be announced shortly. Shooting will begin in Jan.A relentless ...
  • Isabel Coixet to start Map In Tokyo with Lopez, Kikuchi

    8-Nov-2008

    Isabel Coixet, the Spanish auteur behind Elegy and The Secret Life Of Words, is to start shooting her next film Mapa De Los Sonidos De Tokyo (Map Of The Sounds Of Tokyo), on November 16, in Tokyo. Madrid-based Imagina International Sales is handling international sales here.The film will be produced by Mediapro and Versátil Cinema, and willstar Sergi ...
  • Magnolia scores with The Girl From Monaco for US

    8-Nov-2008

    Magnolia Pictures has pounced on US rights to The Girl From Monaco, Anne Fontaine's French box office hit which played at Locarno and Toronto this year.The deal was confirmed yesterday by Yoann Ubermulhin of French sales agent Pyramide International.'We are really glad to have our first collaboration with Magnolia on a film which has already been sold to many territories,' Ubermulhin commented.'
  • Ondamax lines up Latin titles for festivals in 2009

    8-Nov-2008

    Miami-based production and sales outfit Ondamax will be targeting Sundance and Berlin early next year with a slew of new Latin American projects. The lineup includes Ana Luiza Azevedo's Brazilian drama Before The World Ends, San Sebastian prizewinner Gasolina and documentary, Oso Blanco about the most notorious prison in Puerto Rico. However, one of Ondamax's ...
  • Tokyo Theatres takes Japanese rights to Cantet's The Class

    8-Nov-2008

    Laurent Cantet's Palme D'Or winner The Classis Asia-bound. Here at the AFM, Paris-based sales agent Memento Films International hasclosed a Japanese deal with Tokyo Theatres and is reporting interestfrom Singapore and Thailand.Cantet's film, about a teacher in a high school in a tough part of theParis suburbs, was one of the sensations of this year's Cannesfestival. In the summer, Sony Pictures Classics took the North Americanrights ...
  • Celluloid Dreams sells Let's Make Money to Ad Vitam in France

    7-Nov-2008

    Early in the market, Paris-based Celluloid Dreams has closed a deal with Ad Vitam in France for Let's Make Money, its timely new feature-documentary about global finance and its woes. The film is directed by Erwin Wagenhofer and produced by Allegro's Helmut Grasser. Filmladen is handling its release in Austria while Delphi opened the film in Germany last month.With the world on the brink of a global financial crisis, Wagenhofer's film ...
  • Elle Driver goes zombie with Dead Snow pickup

    7-Nov-2008

    Fledgling French sales outfit Elle Driver has added a Norwegian Nazi zombie movie to its AFM slate. Tommy Wirkola's Dead Snow, now in post-production, is a comedy horror film about a group of eight medical students who are attacked in their cabin by a battalion of German zombie soldiers. All rights are available excluding Norway. Elle Driver will be screening a promo reel during the market.Dead ...
  • Ivan Fila to direct Bella Luna for Eyeworks

    7-Nov-2008

    Eyeworks Film and TV drama, the aggressive Dutch production outfit behind Oscar winner Antonia's Line, is to partner with Czech auteur Ivan Fila on new romantic comedy, Bella Luna. Fila has scripted and will direct the project, which follows twoelderly movie stars who had a torrid affair many years before and howthey re-ignite their relationship. The film will be produced by Hans DeWeer.
  • Rex Media kicks off sales on Russian Interceptor trilogy

    7-Nov-2008

    A Matrix-style trilogy is being planned around stories by cult Russian sci-fi writer Vasily Golovachev, led by the first film The Interceptor which is currently in post-production. The $10m film is being sold here by George Lascu's Rex Media. Lascu is also beginning pre-sales on the next two installments. The Interceptor (aka ...
  • Profile: Bernd Eichinger

    7-Nov-2008

    German producer Bernd Eichinger is one of the titans of European film production. With credits ranging from Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer to Downfall and Resident Evil, he is responsible for some very big movies.
  • French blockbuster Welcome To The Sticks triumphs in Germany, Italy

    6-Nov-2008

    Defying conventional wisdom that local comedies don't travel, Dany Boon's French mega blockbuster Welcome To The Sticks (Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis) is doing a roaring trade in both Germany and Italy. The comedy - released last weekend in Germany by Prokino under the title Wilkommen Bei Den Scht'is - has grossed $1,225,334 from 160 prints and 143,664 admissions. The film was perched at number two ...
  • AFM kicks off with record world premieres and solid footing in November

    6-Nov-2008

    Whatever the economic woes in the outside world, the American Film Market (AFM) remains in robust health. That was the message yesterday as the 29th edition of the market got underway.'There are 527 films are screening here in Santa Monica, among them 102 world premieres, the highest we've ever had,' said Jonathan Wolf, managing director of the AFM. Sales company attendance is marginally down (by about 2% according to Wolf), but the event is still at full capacity.
  • Central Partnership launches new Russian spy franchise

    6-Nov-2008

    As the latest Bond movie Quantum Of Solace is launched worldwide, the Russiansare hatching their very own spy franchise.Here at the AFM,Moscow-based Central Partnership is introducing buyers to spy movie ManOf The East, starring Sergey Astakhov and Vladimir Epifantsev. Thefilm chronicles the adventures of Russian special intelligence agentYegor Kremnyov. It involves fugitive oligarchs, western crimesyndicates and top-secret papers.
  • Christopher Hampton returns to directing with White Chameleon

    6-Nov-2008

    Christopher Hampton is to return to directing. The Oscar-winningEnglish writer/filmmaker, who picked up a Special Jury prize in Cannesfor Carrington in 1995 and also won plaudits for his Atonementscreenplay, is now to write and direct White Chameleon.The new project is being put together by UK producer Chris Curling'sZephyr Films and by Hampton's Ashenden ...
  • Miranda Richardson to narrate Turtle's Incredible Journey

    6-Nov-2008

    Long-gestating wildlife feature documentary The Turtle's Song, on Sola Media's slate here, has been given a name change and has recruited Miranda Richardson as narrator.The film will now be known as The Turtle's Incredible Journey. It should finally be ready in time for the Berlinale in February.Just prior to the market, Sola Media closed further deals on animated feature
  • Stormare doubles up with Gnomes and Trolls

    6-Nov-2008

    Swedish actor Peter Stormare (Fargo, Bad Boys II) is to voice a schizophrenic hedgehog in NonStop Sales' Gnomes AndTrolls The Secret Chamber. The versatile Stormare is then to voice acompletely different role, that of Leif The Gnome King, in the sequel.'The hedgehog will be not be part of number two,' producer Carl JohanMerner of White Shark AB commented of Stormare's role switch.Svensk ...
  • La Fabrique De Films launches NY sales outfit for low-budget films

    5-Nov-2008

    In a bold move underlining the growing market appetite for competitively priced genre fare, French independent distributor La Fabrique De Films is setting up its own sales outfit Overlook Entertainment, devoted to lower budget horror and cult comedies in English and foreign language.The aim is for Overlook, which will be based in New York, to partner with producers and distributors working in this field. Overlook will be open to cinema, TV and digital entertainment. The new ...
  • Wide's Ex-Drummer goes to Mongrel Media

    5-Nov-2008

    Koen Mortier's controversial Ex-Drummer, the Flemish film about an abrasiverock band formed by disabled musicians, has been snapped up by Mongrel Media for Canada. The film is sold by Loic Magneron's Paris-based Wide Management.Wide Management arrives in Santa Monica with a bulging slate headlined byVolker Schlondörff's Gigola, starring Asia Argento. Gigola ...
  • 6 Sales enters Narrows, surfs Wave

    4-Nov-2008

    On the eve of the AFM, 6 Sales has taken international rights to The Narrows, directed by François A Velle and starring Kevin Zegers (Transamerica), VincentD'Onofrio, Sophia Bush and Eddie Cahill. Deals already closed after the film's Toronto world premiere include to Movie Bank in Benelux and Koba Films in France. The film tells the story of a young man (Zegers) from one of Brooklyn's ...
  • Revolver takes UK rights for Synecdoche, New York

    28-Oct-2008

    Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut Synecdoche, New York is British-bound. On the eve of the film's London Film Festival screening, UK distributor Revolver has taken rights for UK and Eire.
  • Erik Van Looy's Loft soars to top of Belgian box office

    27-Oct-2008

    Erik Van Looy's new feature Loft, which was recently picked up for international sales by London-based The Works, is becoming a bona fide box office smash in its home territory of Belgium.Loft, which opened last week, has now posted 125,000 admissions, five times more than the number two film in the charts, Mamma Mia!, in the same period.This compares ...
  • Too many specialty films being released says Miramax's Daniel Battsek

    20-Oct-2008

    Too many specialty films being released, according to Miramax President Daniel Battsek.
  • Fortissimo Films appoints Kees Koot to Chief Finance Officer

    17-Oct-2008

    International film, TV, and sales outfit Fortissimo Films has appointed Kees Koot as its Chief Finance Officer. Koot will head Fortissimo's finance department out of its head office in Amsterdam. Koot joins Fortissimo from Dutch distributor A-Film Distribution where he was Finance Manager and helped create the company's Accounting and Royalty Administration Department.
  • Amsterdam Filmmuseum and Thought Equity Motion in $40m project

    17-Oct-2008

    The Amsterdam Filmmuseum has entered into a partnership with US company, Thought Equity Motion.
  • United Kingdom - Quantum leap

    17-Oct-2008

    A London hotel a month before the worldwide roll-out of Quantum Of Solace, the 22nd James Bond movie, from October 31, and Marc Forster is looking exhausted. He signed on to direct the film in the summer of 2007 - in other words, he had a little over a year in which to make a Bond movie with all the bells and whistles.
  • Alki David's 111 Pictures options Jeffrey Archer novel

    15-Oct-2008

    A Prisoner Of Birth, the latest novel from flamboyant and controversial ex-politician Jeffrey Archer, is to be brought to the screen. The book has been optioned by 111 Pictures, the London-based production, distribution and sales company run by Alki David.
  • London Film Festival opens today with Frost/Nixon premiere.

    15-Oct-2008

    The Times BFI London Film Festival (15-30 October) begins today with the world premiere of Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon. Click here for full preview
  • UK producer Mark Shivas has died aged 70

    14-Oct-2008

    Film-makers have paid tribute to British producer Mark Shivas, who has died of cancer aged 70.
  • UK producer Mark Shivas dies age 70

    14-Oct-2008

    British producer Mark Shivas has died aged 70 from cancer, it was confirmed today.
  • MIPCOM focus: Is TV tuning back into film'

    13-Oct-2008

    The relationship between Europe's film distributors and their local TV broadcasters is peculiarly vexed and complicated.
  • Festival talk: Sandra Hebron - 'As the name implies, a degree of festivity is important'

    10-Oct-2008

    Which festivals do you rate and enjoy'
  • In Focus: Lance Daly's Kisses

    10-Oct-2008

    Lance Daly's crowdpleaser Kisses began its festival journey in Galway this summer, where it won the best Irish film award. Click here for review.
  • Preview: The Times BFI London Film Festival

    10-Oct-2008

    There is a fierce debate about the future and the identity of The Times BFI London Film Festival (LFF). Stewart Till, chairman of the UK Film Council (UKFC) has made no secret of his desire to see the LFF transformed into a 'bigger, louder festival' with 'more impact on the worldwide film stage'.
  • Episode 3 by Renzo Martens opens 21st edition of IDFA in Amsterdam

    9-Oct-2008

    The 21st International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is to open next month with the world premiere of Episode 3 by Renzo Martens.
  • BAFTA rejects new best feature doc category

    9-Oct-2008

    BAFTA has ruled out a new Best Feature Documentary category at this year's Orange British Academy Film Awards.With the growth of interest in the theatrical documentary, some film-makers have been calling for their own award. That sense of missing out has been exacerbated by BAFTA's decision to introduce an 'animated feature' award in 2007. But Finola Dwyer, Chair of BAFTA's Film Committee, has defended BAFTA's decision: 'We have looked at it and we are not in a ...
  • Rotterdam Festival undergoes revamp

    1-Oct-2008

    Rotterdam is going in for a revamp. The 38th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), running 21st Jan to 1st Feb 2009, is to get a new and simplified format with three main sections - Bright Futures, Spectrum and Signals.
  • Belgium - Jungle fever

    26-Sep-2008

    How do you shoot an epic Apocalypse Now-style drama in the Far East on a budget of $5.1m (EUR3.5m)' That was the challenge Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz set himself with Vinyan, the follow-up to his critical hit, Calvaire.
  • United Kingdom - Positive Signs

    26-Sep-2008

    The world of visual effects has changed immeasurably since London's Double Negative set up shop 10 years ago.
  • BBC Films says it's 'business as usual' despite Tranter's move

    24-Sep-2008

    BBC Films contends it will be 'business as usual' despite the news earlier this week that BBC Head of Fiction Jane Tranter will leave the UK to join BBC Worldwide in Los Angeles next January.
  • Hammer resurrection as production of The Wake Wood begins

    22-Sep-2008

    The long-awaited resurrection of British horror label Hammer Films has finally happened. Production has just begun on The Wake Wood. This is Hammer's first horror movie since To the Devil a Daughter starring Christopher Lee in 1976 and its first feature of any sort since The Lady Vanishes in 1979.
  • Belgium - Saying it like she means it

    19-Sep-2008

    Fien Troch's new feature Unspoken, starring French actors Emmanuelle Devos and Bruno Todeschini, screened at Toronto and is now heading to San Sebastian. This may provide a logistical challenge for the young Belgian writer-director who - like Lars von Trier - has a fear of flying.
  • Profile: Uberto Pasolini

    19-Sep-2008

    Uberto Pasolini produced one of the biggest hits in recent UK history, 1997's The Full Monty, but he struggled to find UK finance for his feature directorial debut Machan, and took the project to Italy's Rai Cinema instead.
  • Russia's Central Partnership partners with Paramount

    15-Sep-2008

  • Festival review: Venice leaves best to last

    12-Sep-2008

    The best was saved for last at the 65th Venice film festival. Darren Aronofsky's Golden Lion-winner The Wrestler was the final film to screen while artistic director Marco Mueller snagged the headlines with the revelation he intends to push back the start of future Venices - to potentially overlap with the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff).
  • London boasts 14 world premieres, plus Bond, W and Frost/Nixon

    10-Sep-2008

    With 14 world premieres and screenings for the new Bond, Oliver Stone's W and opening film Frost/Nixon, artistic director Sandra Hebron says The Times/BFI London Film Festival has become an international launch pad for major films.
  • Interview: British Film Institute chairman Greg Dyke

    4-Sep-2008

    When Greg Dyke was appointed chairman of the British Film Institute (BFI) earlier this year, he was asked why he wanted the job. Why would the former director-general of the BBC and one of the most powerful figures of the UK media industry want to throw in his lot with the BFI'
  • Erik Van Looy signs deal with Woestijnvis

    3-Sep-2008

    Erik Van Looy, the Belgian TV personality and director of hit TheAlzheimer Case (also knownasThe Memory Of A Killer), has signed an exclusive seven-year deal with production outfit Woestijnvis.
  • Norwegian government affirms commitment to film

    2-Sep-2008

    Speaking in Venice this weekend, Norwegian Minister of Culture Trond Giske has outlined the country's long-term plans to boost film production and to attract foreign movies.
  • Wild Bunch Holland plans take shape

    31-Aug-2008

    Former-A Film boss Pim Hermeling has revealed details of the distribution operation he is setting up in the Netherlands with Wild Bunch.
  • Pasolini's Redwave plans films with Taylor, Donnellan & Ormerod

    29-Aug-2008

    Uberto Pasolini, who unveiled Machan, his first film as director, in Venice earlier this week, has revealed further details of projects he is developing through his company Redwave Films.The Full Monty producer is riding ahead with director Alan Taylor, withwhom he worked on Palookaville and The Emperor's New Clothes, ...
  • US Che sale expected alongside Venice deals for upbeat Wild Bunch

    29-Aug-2008

    During a torpid start to this year's Mostra, some industry figures have been questioning the expense and inconvenience of Venice, but French powerhouse Wild Bunch has given the festival a ringing endorsement. The company is in the process of closing a deal with Italian distributor Lucky Red for its new Hayao Miyazaki film, Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea (a premiere in Venice this year.)
  • Germany - Partner in climb

    29-Aug-2008

    German writer-director Philipp Stolzl is famous for music videos for such talents as Madonna, Mick Jagger and German metal band Rammstein, and he directed the video for James Bond theme song The World Is Not Enough.
  • 3D film-maker warns of difficulty in cracking US market

    28-Aug-2008

    Producer-director Ben Stassen has warned that the US remains a tough market to crack for independent 3D films.
  • Interview: Barbet Schroeder

    24-Aug-2008

    Now in his mid-60s, film-maker and self-proclaimed iconoclast Barbet Schroeder is busier than ever. His new feature, Inju, The Beast In The Shadow, will be in competition at Venice and will screen in Toronto, just a year after his documentary Terror's Advocate, about controversial lawyer Jacques Verges, screened in Cannes. And he is now preparing A Very Simple Crime, which reunites him with writer Nicholas Kazan, with whom he collaborated on 1990 Oscar winner Reversal ...
  • The Works takes on Belgian titles Unspoken and Loft

    21-Aug-2008

  • Focus Features takes on world sales for Lance Daly's Kisses

    19-Aug-2008

    Focus Features International has come on board to handle world sales on Lance Daly's festival crowdpleaser Kisses. The film, which won the Best Irish Film Award at the Galway Film Fleadh, screened earlier this month in competition in Locarno and will also show in Toronto.
  • Alex Cox on Repo Chick

    1-Aug-2008

    Alex Cox clearly relishes his reputation as UK cinema's 'oldest enfant terrible'. The now Oregon-based film-maker is plotting a sequel to his 1980s cult hit Repo Man. He has already completed the screenplay for Repo Chick, which comes billed as 'a 21st century look at the issues of Repo Man'. That's to say, it will unfold against the backcloth of the credit crunch and repossession boom, with a female protagonist.
  • Locarno's Buzz Films

    1-Aug-2008

    North Face (Nordwand) (Ger)Piazza GrandeDir: Philipp StolzlThe story: An all-star German cast of Benno Furmann, Florian Lukas and Ulrich Tukur play climbers attempting to scale the Eiger in the 1930s. The plot touches on love, political conflict during the Nazi era and the mountaineers' obsession.The buzz: Such an epic narrative sweep combined with awe-inspiring location cinematography may make North Face this year's breakout ...
  • Grande ambitions: Locarno preview

    31-Jul-2008

    On the eve of this year's 61st Locarno International Film Festival (August 6-16), the organisers are in bullish mood. Festival director Frederic Maire is clearly delighted to secure Julian Jarrold's Evelyn Waugh adaptation Brideshead Revisited as the festival's opening film.
  • Italy/United Kingdom - It takes three to fandango

    25-Jul-2008

    New Italy-UK sales outfit Fandango Portobello Sales made a splash in Cannes this year with Matteo Garrone's Naples-set Mafia drama Gomorrah. The title won the Grand Prix, was one of the most coveted films in the Marche, and one of the few Italian films in recent years to sell worldwide.
  • Intramovies takes on Bondi's Locarno premiere Black Sea

    18-Jul-2008

    A day after the official announcement of this year's Locarno Festival programme, Italian sales outfit Intramovies has swooped on competition title Black Sea (Mar Nero) from new director Federico Bondi.
  • In focus - No middle ground for UK indies'

    11-Jul-2008

    When Tartan Films Distribution went into administration in late June, the rest of the UK independent distribution sector shuddered. International sales agents also winced, especially those handling Asian fare.
  • Profile: ambitious Eon look beyond Bond

    11-Jul-2008

    British screenwriters need to become more ambitious. That is the message behind the Eon Screenwriters' Workshop (ESW), an initiative set up last year by the James Bond franchise's famed production company Eon Productions.
  • Halcyon takes on UK for Critics Week title Moscow, Belgium

    9-Jul-2008

    As it ramps up its UK distribution activities, Chris Coen's Halcyon Pictures has added another title to its fast growing release slate. The new acquisition is Christophe Van Rompaey's Moscow, Belgium (sold by Bavaria Film International).
  • Alex Cox plans Repo Man sequel Repo Chick

    4-Jul-2008

    Maverick British writer-director Alex Cox (Sid & Nancy, Walker) is plotting a follow-up to his 1984 cult hit, Repo Man.
  • Tilda Swinton launches unusual film festival in Scotland

    4-Jul-2008

    Actress Tilda Swinton has unveiled plans for the newest, most unusual film festival in the UK. The Ballerina Ballroom Cinema Of Dreams, as the event is currently called, will take place over 8 1/2 days in a Ballroom in Nairn, in the north-east of Scotland, next month (Aug 15-23).
  • Buyers chasing Tartan Film' back catalogue

    1-Jul-2008

    Buyers are clamouring to acquire the back catalogue of Tartan Films, theindependent UK distributor that went into administration last week.
  • United Kingdom - if it ain't broke..

    27-Jun-2008

    Nothing." That's what Film London's head of international Helena MacKenzie says has changed in plans for this year's London UK Film Focus (Luff). The sales event runs June 30-July 3.
  • Bandit country

    20-Jun-2008

    The death in May of Paul Reyes, one of the leaders of the Colombian terrorist group, Farc (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), lends a timely appeal to Victor Gaviria's new project about the origins of the movement.
  • Edinburgh: This summer's new destination

    13-Jun-2008

    At the grand old age of 62, the Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff), the world's longest continually running film festival, is having a makeover. Edinburgh has shifted its dates from its traditional August slot to June (18-29). The event has also received an injection of $3.7m (£1.88m) in public funding from the UK Film Council (Ukfc) over the next three years.
  • Mammoth challenge: Lars Jonsson on producing Lukas Moodysson

    13-Jun-2008

    When 20 minutes or so of footage from Lukas Moodysson's English-language debut Mammoth was screened in Cannes recently, there was a mini stampede among buyers. Sales agent TrustNordisk reported huge interest in the project, which stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Michelle Williams.
  • EON Screenwriters Workshop signs up four new films

    9-Jun-2008

    The EON Screenwriters' Workshop (ESW), the initiative set up last year by James Bond production company EON Productions, has announced details of four new projects with new feature film writers.Christopher Hill's teen comedy Rules of the Game is about three teenage videogame designers who get the chance to go to America to preview their new game which they think will make their fortunes. Once in America, they are robbed of their design ...
  • Sydney Pollack dies of cancer at age 73

    27-May-2008

    Film-maker Sydney Pollack died of cancer in Los Angeles on Monday, aged 73.
  • TrustNordisk racks up sales for projects including Mammoth, Dark Floors

    23-May-2008

    At its first Cannes as a joint operation, TrustNordisk has reported multiple sales on its Cannes slate. Deals closed include Dark Floors to Japan (Presidio Corporation) and Germany (MIG), Go With Peace Jamil to Portugal (Pantheon), The Green Butchers to Hungary (Cirko), and Heaven's
  • Zentropa plans new features with Per Fly

    22-May-2008

    Zentropa producer Ib Tardini is plotting two new features with Per Fly (the director of The Inheritance and Manslaughter). First off is $4m drama The Woman That Dreamed About A Man (working title.)Reflecting Zentropa's new-found European focus, it will shoot in Berlin, Paris and Warsaw. It tells the story of a woman who dreams about ...
  • Bavaria Film International sales blossom

    22-May-2008

    Bavaria Film International made Cannes sales on Doris Dörrie's Berlinale competition entry, Cherry Blossoms - Hanami was sold to Canada (Mongrel Media), Brazil (Mostra International de Cinema), India (Allience Lumière) and Russia (Maywin Media). Maywin Media also picked up Bavaria's second Berlinale competition entry, Restless by Amos Kollek as well as Let ...
  • Hubert Bals future remains uncertain

    21-May-2008

    Long-term funding arrangements for International Film Festival Rotterdam's prestigious Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) remain shrouded in doubt. The Fund supports filmmakers from developing countries. It currently has close to $1.9m (Eu1.2m) a year at its disposal. It has backed several films in official selection in Cannes this year.In 2006, the Dutch Ministry Of Foreign Affairs turned down HBF's application for funding. At the time, this was seen a simply a ...
  • Telepool picks up The Volcano

    21-May-2008

    Munich-based Telepool has acquired international rights to The Volcano, a joint production from the producers of teamWorx (Nico Hofmann) and RTL. Budgeted at $14m (9m Euros), the two-parter is the second joint project from RTL and teamWorx after Storm Tide, which attracted 11 million TV viewers in early 2006. Uwe Janson is to direct. The cast includes Yvonne Catterfeld, Katja Riemann and Katharina Wackernagel, Heiner Lauterbach ...
  • A-Film on Cannes buying spree

    21-May-2008

    A-Film Distribution has been on a Cannes buying binge. The Benelux Distributor, which is in the market again acquiting aggressively, has picked up a host of Cannes titles, including Milk (Gus van Sant, starring Sean Penn), The Other Man (Richard Eyre, starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney), Mammoth (Lukas Moodysson, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Michelle ...
  • Zentropa launches Young Europeans production scheme

    21-May-2008

    Danish powerhouse Zentropa has launched a new pan-European production initiative.Zentropa's partners are Young Europeans - as the initiative is called - aims to make eight films over a two year period. Budgets of each film will be in the $2.5m (1.5m Euros) range. The partners include IDTV in Holland, Slot Machine in France, uj Budapest in HBungary, Ripple World Pictures in Ireland, heimatfilm in Germany, STI Studio in Poland and Sigma Film in Scotland. The rights ...
  • Spike Lee shoots for Michael Jordan documentary

    21-May-2008

    Inveterate sports fan Spike Lee is hatching a new feature documentaryabout basketball legend Michael Jordan. The project should be ready intime for next year's Cannes Festival.Lee's Jordan project is the latest in a line of high-profile auteurdriven sports docs, following on from James Toback's Tyson, about boxerMike Tysson, and Hand Of God, Emir Kusturica's film about DiegoMaradona.Lee announced the Michael Jordan project in Cannes after apress conference to promote ...
  • Juppiter back in business at Cannes

    19-May-2008

    Italian production outfit Juppiter is back in business. Here in Cannes, the production outfit behind several classic Italian movies including key works by Ettore Scola and Tornatore has relaunched with a three film slate.Roberto Bessi, CEO of Juppiter Generale Cinematografica, is aiming to take advantage of new fiscal incentives likely to be available in Italy from the autumn onwards to drive Juppiter forward.The biggest project that Juppiter is pushing is
  • Rome will go ahead after film fest head and Mayor

    19-May-2008

    Following a meeting between the President of the Rome Film Fest Goffredo Bettini and the new Mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, it has been confirmed that the third edition of the Rome Film Fest will go ahead as planned from October 22-31.This meeting follows the outspoken criticisms of the festival made by Alemanno after his election in April.The talks between Alemanno and Bettini were reportedly positive and held in a spirit of collaboration. The Mayor's ...
  • Cineart snaps up competition titles

    19-May-2008

    Belgian arthouse distributor Cineart has been snapping up titles in Cannes official selection. New acquisitions include Waltz With Bashir (on The Match Factory's Cannes slate) and Korean title The Chaser (sold by Fine Cut.)Among the films it has already acquired are Brazilian competition title Linha De Passe from Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas as well ...
  • Entertainment One's RCV bags hot titles for Benelux

    19-May-2008

    Entertainment One, the fast growing Canadian media group, has announced recently bought Benelux distributor RCV Entertainment has closed distribution deals on some of the most anticipated projects on this years market.RCV's managing directors Jan A. Kouwenhoven and Joke Wartenbergh confirmed a selection of the titles they have secured. Among them are Fame, the spoof Disaster Movie ...
  • Hans Christian Schmid prepares $9m political drama

    17-May-2008

    Hans Christian Schmid (the award-winning director of Requiem) is to start shooting a new, as-yet-untitled political drama in July. The $9m project starring Kerry Fox tells the story of Hannah Maynard, a prosecutor at The Tribunal in The Hague who manages to convince a young Bosnian woman to testify against an alleged war criminal.TrustNordisk is handling international sales on the film, which is produced by 23/5 Films (the ...
  • A-Film still in the arthouse buying game

    17-May-2008

    New A-Film boss Wilco Wolfers has arrived in Cannes in acquisitive mood and keen to dispel the idea that the Dutch distribution outfit is in a period of retrenchment and is moving away from releasing arthouse fare.New acquisitions include Pablo Trapero's competition title Lions Den (Leonera) and Gregor Jordan's thriller Unthinkable starring Samuel L. Jackson ...
  • Troubled German VIP fund back in business

    17-May-2008

    VIP Medienfonds, the financier of such hits as Monster, Black Book and Perfume, is back in the film production business, says Thierry Potok, who took over as CEO of the German private media fund at the beginning of this month.VIP has more than $31m (20m Euros) in funding from VIP Medienfonds 3 and VIP Medienfonds 4 still available, both of which are still ...
  • Footage from Moodysson's Mammoth set for Cannes screening

    17-May-2008

    Producer Lars Jönsson of Memfis Film has revealed further details of Swedish wunderkind Lukas Moodysson's $12m English-language debut Mammoth (on TrustNordisk's Cannes slate.) On Sunday, there will be a closed screening for selected distributors of the first footage from the film, which stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Michelle Williams. Veteran US distributor Bob Berney, one of a number of international buyers who have ...
  • After box-office boost, Norwegian film looks to future

    16-May-2008

    Norwegian films have reached a record high of 32% market share in the first quarter of 2008. The figure was announced in Cannes this week by Wiegard Harsvik, deputy minister in Norway's Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs. 'The first quarter was way beyond target,' Harsvig commented of figures that were given a major boost by the robust box-office performance of Nils Gaup's The Kautokeino Rebellion (on NonStop's Cannes slate.) Gaup's historical saga has already been seen ...
  • Ghengis Khan conquers new territories

    16-May-2008

    Buyers are galloping after Oscar nominated Byambasuren Davaa's feature documentary The Two Horses Of Genghis Khan (on Atrix's Cannes slate). Spanish rights have now gone to Madrid-based Karma Films. Meanwhile, Benelux rights have gone to Contact Films.The film begins shooting in June in Mongolia and is set for a theatrical release in 2009. It will follow singer Urna as she travels to Mongolia in search of the origins of folk ...
  • Co-productions - Wish you were here'

    16-May-2008

    The need to make international co-productions work is more compelling now than ever. Film-makers looking to work on a certain scale - and not just to make low-budget movies for local consumption - are rarely able to raise their budgets in their own countries.
  • Germany - Funding station

    16-May-2008

    Look, it's not Speed Racer. It's not Iron Man. But this is a quality film, it's really fun and it's an amazing cast," says Jens Meurer of Egoli Tossell, the German producer of Michael Hoffman's English-language The Last Station, now shooting in Cologne.
  • United Kingdom - Hard truths, soft money

    16-May-2008

    Earlier this spring, when the UK government clamped down on "sole trader" schemes, it seemed like the last hurrah for a gold rush era in UK film financing. The old Section 48 and Section 42 tax reliefs were no longer in place. A period in which hundreds of millions of pounds had been raised for UK production through tax funds supporting elaborately structured sale-and-leaseback deals was definitively over.
  • Ben Stassen announces further sales on 3D title Fly Me To The Moon

    15-May-2008

    Early in the market, it is clear that buyers' appetite for 3D fare shows no sign of waning. Ben Stassen, director/producer of Fly Me To The Moon, has announced further sales on the animated 3D adventure, which is being released in the US later this year by Summit.Stassen has confirmed that Momentum will be releasing the film in the UK after a mini-bidding war among British buyers and that Les Films Seville has picked up Canadian rights. ...
  • TrustNordisk acquires $10m Norwegian war drama

    14-May-2008

    Scandinavian powerhouse TrustNordisk has picked up $10m Norwegian war drama Max Manus directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.
  • NonStop takes biteNonStop takes bite of Swedish vampire film

    13-May-2008

    Underlining its continuing appetite for genre fare.NonStop Sales hastaken on world sales for Swedish vampire movie Not Like Others.
  • Davaa's Two Horses Of Dschingis Khan race to market

    13-May-2008

    The Two Horses of Dschingis Khan, the latest project from Oscar nominee Byambasuren Davaa (The Story Of The Weeping Camel, The Cage Of The Yellow Dog), is stirring up interest in the market. Splendid's documentary division Polyband has taken German and Austrian rights to the film, which is on Atrix's Cannes slate. The film, which begins shooting next month in June, is produced by Munich based ...
  • Hunger to open Cannes Un Certain Regard

    29-Apr-2008

    Steve McQueen's Hunger about IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands is to open the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.
  • Carlos Acosta to star in $3m feature for Rosa Bosch

    22-Apr-2008

    Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta is set to star in a dramatic feature inspired by his own life story. The film, based on the Acosta biography No Way Home, will shoot in Cuba and the UK. Acosta's nephews will play him as a younger man.
  • Antonia's Line team back with My Father's Notebook

    18-Apr-2008

    Marleen Gorris and Hans de Weers, the director/producer team behind Oscar winner Antonia's Line, are reuniting on a new feature, My Father's Notebook. The film, based on the bestseller by Kader Abdolah, is set at the time of the revolution in Iran and then in Holland a generation later. It comes billed as 'a timeless tale of the bond between a father and a son set at the time of Iran's troubled ...
  • Revamped Baker Street partners with Darkside on Kitchen Games

    14-Apr-2008

    UK producer and film financier Baker Street Entertainment is partnering with London based animation studio Darkside Entertainment on ambitious new $8m (£4m)CGI animated feature, The Kitchen Games. The film comes billed as 'a tale of cutlery from opposite sides of the table, which compete once a year to decide who will rule the kitchen.'
  • Profile: Zentropa co-founder Peter Aalbaek Jensen

    11-Apr-2008

    Last month, Scandinavian major Nordisk Film acquired 50% of the shares in Denmark's Zentropa - backing that will enable the company founded by Lars von Trier and Peter Aalbaek Jensen to expand internationally.
  • UK landscape shifts as Warner moves to same-day VOD/DVD

    4-Apr-2008

    Amid signs that the UK distribution market is in an increasing state of flux, British distributors are testing out more and more new ways of getting their movies in front of spectators.
  • Space man: Duncan Jones talks about his feature debut

    4-Apr-2008

    It is an early March morning at Shepperton Studios and Sam Rockwell is in a spaceship, shaving. He stars in Moon, an unusual and ambitious film which is being made in the spirit of classic 1970s sci-fi such as Ridley Scott's Alien and Douglas Trumbull's Silent Running.
  • Producer Iain Smith tapped to chair UK's new Industry Training Board

    3-Apr-2008

    Famed UK producer Iain Smith (Children Of Men, Cold Mountain) has been appointed to chair the Film Industry Training Board (FITB).The appointment was confirmed today by The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). Under Smith, the FITB will have statutory levy powers. Its role is to ensure that the quantity and quality of training are adequate to meet the skill needs of the industry. It will oversee the delivery ...
  • UK financiers don't see disaster with closed tax loophole

    13-Mar-2008

    UK film financiers have been striking a philosophical note about yesterday's Budget 2008 government announcement that 'sole traders' who spend fewer than 10 hours a week on film-related activities will no longer be able to offset predicted losses on film investment.
  • MK2 blasts off with nWave's 3D Fly Me To The Moon

    13-Mar-2008

    Ben Stassen of nWave Pictures has sold another major territory on animated feature Fly Me To The Moon, which made history in Berlin last month as the first 3D film to screen as part of the European Film Market.
  • Duncan Jones wraps shoot on Moon starring Sam Rockwell

    11-Mar-2008

    Sci-fi feature Moon has just wrapped principal photography at the UK's Shepperton Studios.The film, which marks the feature directorial debut of Duncan Jones (formerly known as Zowie Bowie), stars Sam Rockwell. Moon is being made through London-based production outfit Liberty Films. The producers are Stuart Fenegan, Nicky Moss and Trudie Styler, whoseXingu Films is co-producing.
  • France - Critical faculties

    7-Mar-2008

    "He would never talk about his problems but it was impossible not to feel his anxiety," says young French director Mia Hansen-Love of producer Humbert Balsan, who she worked with on her debut feature, Tout Est Pardonne, winner of the prestigious Prix Louis Delluc in France last year.
  • As Hermeling departs A-Film, Wolfers said to be tipped as MD

    29-Feb-2008

    Following Pim Hermeling's departure from Dutch distributor A-Film (announced yesterday), Wilco Wolfers of Warner Bros Netherlands is being strongly tipped to be appointed managing director in his stead.
  • FilmIndustry Training Board: the next steps

    28-Feb-2008

    Thefilm Industry Training Boardwill administer the mandatory levy on behalf of the film industry.
  • UK mandatory training levy wins support despite concerns

    28-Feb-2008

    Senior UK industry figures are strongly supporting a new mandatory training levy on producers proposed by Skillset and government, despite criticism from some producers.
  • Shooting begins on Salvage in Liverpool

    27-Feb-2008

    Shooting begins today in Liverpool on British horror film Salvage, one of the three features commissioned under the Digital Departures scheme set up to celebrate Liverpool's year as Capital of Culture. All three films will premiere in Liverpool later in the year.Salvage marks the feature directorial debut of Lawrence Gough. The film is scripted by Colin O'Donnell and is produced by Julie Lau with ...
  • NonStop seals EFM sales on Gnomes And Trolls

    20-Feb-2008

    Scandinavian-based NonStop Sales is continuing to cultivate deals on its animated features, Gnomes And Trolls I and Gnomes And Trolls II. Following the European Film Market in Berlin, the films have now gone to 14 territories.Further deals on both titles confirmed yesterday include Media Film (Slovenia + Croatia), P.C.V (Greece + Cyprus), and Flashstar/Five Stars Distribution (Brazil, Argentina, ...
  • Andrzej Wajda lines up Tatarak with Krystyna Janda

    14-Feb-2008

    Further details have emerged this week about Tatarak, the next project from revered octogenarian Polish auteur Andrzej Wajda whose Oscar-nominated Katyn screens out of competition in Berlin on Friday.Production will begin later this year on the film which is an adaptation of the book by Polish novelist and poet Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz. The film will again be produced by Wajda's regular collaborator ...
  • French Film Festival UK to welcome Lola Doillon, Jean Becker

    14-Feb-2008

    The French Film Festival UK (7 - 20 March 2008) has revealed details of itsprogramme and guests. The event, likely to have added prominence as a showcase for French cinema in the UK this year following the cancellation of the Unifrance London 'Rendez-Vous,' takes place in Edinburgh, Glasgow,Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Cardiff, Warwick, Birmingham, Manchester and London.'The festival has expanded this year in response to demand,' commented festival director ...
  • New Wave takes Ceylan's Cannes-bound Daydreams for UK

    14-Feb-2008

    New Wave Films, the new UK distribution company set up by former Artificial Eye bosses Robert Beeson and Pam Engel, has made its second acquisition of the Berlin market, taking Daydreams, the latest feature from Turkish maestro Nuri Bilge Ceylan from Pyramide International.Like New Wave's first pick-up - the Dardennes' The Silence Of Lorna - Daydreams is in post-production and is a strong candidate ...
  • Niels Arden Oplev preps Scandinavian detective opus

    14-Feb-2008

    Danish director Niels Arden Oplev, whose Worlds Apart screened in official selection in Berlin, has revealed further details of his big budget new project Men Who Hate Women, an adaptation of the first part of Stieg Larsson's 'detective trilogy.' Oplev is directing the first part as both a feature film and as 2 x 90 minute TV episodes. The second and third books will be made solely for TV as two ...
  • Nordisk/Trust rack up sales on Lordi horror, Von Trier, Moodysson

    14-Feb-2008

    As the EFM draws to a close, Nordisk and Trust are continuing to rack up sales on their Berlin slate. One heavy seller is their English-language horror film Dark Floors, starring Finnish rock band and Eurovision Song Contest winners, Lordi. Deals announced yesterday (Wednesday) included Turkey (Umut Sanat/Ozen FilmTAS), Benelux (Indies Film Rights), Poland (Maamund II Productions), Brazil/Argentina (Five Stars Distributora), ...
  • Five European festivals form 'Doc Alliance'

    13-Feb-2008

    Five documentary festivals have hatched their very own pan-European programming initiative. 'Doc Alliance,' as the scheme is called, involves Switzerland (Visions Du Reel), the Czech Republic (Jihlava International Doc Festival), The Poles (Doc Review Warsaw), The Germans (Dok Leipzig) and the Danes (Copenhagen Documentary Festival). The idea is for each partner to select an 'outstanding' documentary which will then screen at all five festivals.Here in Berlin, Visions ...
  • Hungaricom has sales success with Egon & Donci, CATcher

    13-Feb-2008

    Ambitious Hungarian distribution and sales outfit HungariCom has announced a raft of deals on its EFM slate.Its cartoon features are selling especially briskly. Here in Berlin the companyhas closed deals on Egon & Dönci and CATcher - Cat City 2 to HGC Entertainment for China and Media International Pictures for the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Intercinema picks up two French titles from Films Distribution

    13-Feb-2008

    Russian sales agent and distributor Intercinema, which is screening a promo reel of Fedor Bondarchuk's two-feature $36.5 million sci-fi opus The Inhabited Island here at the EFM on Thursday, has picked up a package of two of films from French seller Films Distribution.Intercinema's Raisa Fomina confirmed that she has bought Gael Morel's Apres
  • Ceylan's Daydreams are happy for Pyramide

    12-Feb-2008

    Pyramide has been enjoying a strong response at EFM to Daydreams, the latest film from Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan which, like his last two features, is expected to be in competition at Cannes.BIM bought the film for Italy, Imagine for Benelux, Rosebud for Greece, Filmcoopi for Switzerland, Maywin for CIS and the Baltic States and Alliance for India.Imagine has also taken Benelux rights for Karin Albou's
  • Beeson, Engel launch new UK distributor New Wave Films

    12-Feb-2008

    Robert Beeson and Pam Engel have launched a new UK distribution company called New Wave Films. The London-based outfit is planning to release films theatrically while also setting up a label for 'classic' DVDs.Here at the EFM, New Wave has already made its first acquisition, picking up UK rights to The Silence Of Lorna, the new feature from double Palme D'Or winners, The Dardenne brothers. The film, sold internationally by Celluloid Dreams, ...
  • Nordisk, Trust rack up EFM sales, with US deal on Bornedal thriller

    12-Feb-2008

    Nordisk Film has sold Ole Bornedal's Just Another Love Story to Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment and Koch Lorber Films in the US following on from its screening in world dramatic competition at Sundance last month.The deal was negotiated by Thom Zadra of Red Envelope Entertainment, Richard Lorber of Koch Lorber Films, Mark Ankner of Endeavor and Tine Klint for Nordisk Film. The film has already sold to Canada (Seville ...
  • Norwegian Film Institute bids farewell to Vigdis Lian

    12-Feb-2008

    As she steps down today from her position as managing director of the Norwegian Film Institute, Vigdis Lian is being honoured tonight (Tuesday Feb 12) with a farewell reception in Berlin on her last working day.Her departure from the Institute follows from the decision to merge The Norwegian Film Fund, The Norwegian Film Institute and the Norwegian Film Development Agency into one institution as of April 1.'What I have enjoyed is to see a growing self-confidence ...
  • Slingshot Hip Hop finds sales home in Celluloid Dreams

    12-Feb-2008

    Celluloid Dreams has picked up international sales rights to Sundance documentary competition entry Slingshot Hip Hop.The film was directed by Jackie Reem Salloum and produced by Rumzi Araj, Jackie Reem Salloum and Waleed Zaiter. Featuring the Palestinian Artists: DAM, Abeer, PR, Mahmoud Shalabi and Arapeyat. The deal was brokered between Celluloid president Hengameh Panahi and Steven Beer of Greenberg Traurig. In ...
  • Wild Bunch fields offers for Che films after footage screens at Berlin

    11-Feb-2008

    Three US buyers, including The Weinstein Company, are vying to acquire US rights to Steven Soderbergh's two-picture Spanish-language Che Guevara biopic which is currently in post-production.Wild Bunch screened ten minutes of footage on Friday to buyers here and sent DVD copies of the Soderbergh's promo to US buyers who haven't made it to Berlin.'They understand it is going to be an event film. Their reference was Apocalypse Now, ...
  • Filmax picks up world sales on Gutierrez's Before The Fall

    11-Feb-2008

    Berlinale buzz Panorama title Before The Fall (3 Dias) from rising young Spanish auteur Francisco Javier Gutierrez has been picked up for world sales by Filmax Entertainment. The thriller, which was 'godfathered' by Spanish star Antonio Banderas, is coproduced by Maestranza Films, Green Moon Spain and Pentagramma Films.The deal was concluded by Carlos Fernández (CEO), Carles Rojano ...
  • Deckert picks up sales on Vaclav Havel documentary

    11-Feb-2008

    Citizen Havel, the groundbreaking feature-length documentary about Vaclav Havel, has been picked up for world sales by German sales outfit Deckert Distribution. Deckert has taken all rights on the film excluding Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia. North American rights will be handled by the film's US co-producer Michael Wolkowitz.'This film will have a long festival life,' said Hans Deckert, who will be selling ...
  • Delphis seals slew of international deal for Winky's Horse sequel

    11-Feb-2008

    Buyers are galloping after Where Is Winky's Horse', the sequel to Dutch box-office hit, Winky's Horse. The film, on Montreal-based Delphis Films' EFM slate, has gone to Norway (Arthouse), Sweden (Folkets Bio), Denmark (Ost For Paradis), Luxembourg (PT Coms), Germany (Telepool) , Italy (Imago) and Spain (Films Y Piniculas.)Where Is Winky's Horse' ...
  • EuropaCorp transforms Sagan miniseries into theatrical feature

    11-Feb-2008

    French powerhouse EuropaCorp has made a late decision to transform DianeKurys' TV mini-series Hello Sagan - about legendary French writer François Sagan - into a theatrical feature.The aim now is to turn the biopic, starring Sylvie Testud, Pierre Palmade and Jeanne Balibar, into this year's answer to last year's runaway box-office hit La Vie En Rose.The film version of
  • Roissy sells Seraphine to Joint Entertainment in Taiwan

    11-Feb-2008

    Mid-way through the market, Roissy is reporting strong buyer interest inSeraphine. Martin Provost's drama has now gone to Joint Entertainment for Taiwan, Roissy's Yohann Comte confirmed over the weekend.A French-Belgian co-production, Seraphine is the story of French artist Seraphine De Senlis. Born in the mid-19th Century, she worked as a shepherd and housewife before going mad. The cast is headlined by Yolande Moreau and Ulrich ...
  • 3D animated adventure Fly Me To The Moon sells to four

    11-Feb-2008

    Ben Stassen, the film-maker behind 3D animated adventure Fly Me To The Moon, has closed four more deals on the film which will be released in late summer in the US by Summit.PlayArte has bought Brazil, Intersonic has taken Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary, R Films has taken Turkey and SamFilm has come in for Iceland. Stassen says is fielding offers from the UK, Russia and Canada to the film which has its second market screening today ...
  • A-Film pulls out from Indie Circle buying alliance

    11-Feb-2008

    It has emerged during the EFM that Dutch distributor A-Film has withdrawnfrom pan-European buying collective, Indie Circle. Henceforth, blue-chip Belgian distributor Cineart will handle Indie Circle projects across all of Benelux.This move follows on from A-Film's hook-up with French powerhouse Wild Bunch.Indie Circle's latest acquisition The Escapist, will be represented by Cineart in both Belgium and Holland
  • NonStop's Gnomes & Trolls sell to Intersonic, Five Stars

    11-Feb-2008

    NonStop's two animated films Gnomes And Trolls 1 & 2 have been sold to Intersonic for Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary and to Five Stars Distribution for Israel. The films are both being presented here at 72 mins and 75 mins respectively. These follow on from deals already done prior to the market with Turkey, China and CIS for Gnomes 1. Here ...
  • Films Distribution closes EFM deals on Lemon Tree

    10-Feb-2008

    Buyers are swarming round Panorama entry, Lemon Tree. The film, being soldat the EFM by Paris-based Films Distribution, has been picked up for a number of territories following its first official screening earlier in the week. Deals confirmed include Benelux (Cineart), Switzerland (Agora), Seville Pictures (Canada), Teodora (Italy), Film Trade (Greece) and Golem (Spain). Other territories are pending with strong interest from US ...
  • Italy-Iraq co-production Flowers Of Kirkuk set to shoot for April

    10-Feb-2008

    The Flowers Of Kirkuk, the first-ever co-production between Italy and Iraq,is to shoot in April, it was confirmed at the EFM yesterday. The film, to be directed by Fariborz Kamkari, has now received support from Regione Lazio. It is being produced by Fabrizia Falzetti's Far Out Films. Istituto Luce has confirmed it will handle Italian distribution of the film. The French coproducer is Vincent Macheras of Lorival. Meanwhile, ...
  • NonStop Film Sales hook into No Network - A Modern Adventure

    10-Feb-2008

    Stockholm-based NonStop Film Sales has confirmed that it will be handling world sales on Icelandic director Ari Kristinsson's adventure drama No Network - A Modern Adventure. The film was made through Kristinsson's production company Taka Film Production. Kristinsson, a veteran of the Icelandic film industry, has scripted and directed two previous features, The Adventures Of Paper Peter and
  • Soloplan takes Polish rights to Sayles' Honeydripper

    10-Feb-2008

    Solopan has taken Polish rights to Honeydripper, the latest film from acclaimed indie film director John Sayles. The deal was concluded with sales agent Rezo early during the EFM."'It is an audience pleaser - the kind of film that has a long life. We keep doing sales (on Honeydripper) at market after market,"' Rezo's Head Of International Sales, Sebastien Chesneau, commented of the deal.
  • Vuoerensola prepares Finnish Nazi sci-fi comedy Iron Sky

    10-Feb-2008

    In 1945 the Nazis went to the Moon in 2018 they are coming back! That isthe pitch for macabre Finnish sci-fi comedy Iron Sky, the new feature being plotted by Timo Vuorensola.The film, which will be made by many of the same team behind Star Trek parody, Star Wreck: In The Pirkinning (2005) is being produced by Energia Productions, Blind Spot Pictures ...
  • Adriana Chiesa adds three including Sorry If I Love You

    9-Feb-2008

    Rome-based sales outfit Adriana Chiesa has picked up three new titles. The films, all added to Chiesa's slate in the last week, include Italian box-office hit Sorry If I Love You (Scusa Me Ti Chiamo Amore), which racked up $15m within the first fortnight of its Italian release. A romantic comedy about a teenage girl who starts an affair with an older man, the film was directed by well-known novelist Federico Moccia and was produced by ...
  • Celluloid Dreams takes on von Trotta's mediaeval story Vision

    9-Feb-2008

    Celluloid Dreams has announced its acquisition and co-production partnership on German auteur Margarethe von Trotta's new feature, Vision.Barbara Sukowa will take the leading role in the film, based on the life ofmediaeval mystic Hildegard von Bingen.A mystic, healer and composer, von Bingen was one of the most famous womenof mediaeval times. In the 12th century, she founded her own monastery against all odds ...
  • Delphis lands first big deal for Fighter, to R Films for Turkey

    9-Feb-2008

    Montreal-based Delphis Films has closed a deal with R Films for Turkish rights to Fighter (screening in Berlinale's Generation14Plus programme.)This is the first major international deal on Natasha Arthy's film, which was made through Danish production outfit Nimbus Films.'It is a film that Turkish audiences can relate to - it is about a young girl who tries to find a place between her passion for action and her Islamic background,' ...
  • Endeavor to represent Russia's Central Partnership

    9-Feb-2008

    Central Partnership Group has signed an agreement with the Endeavor talent agency to represent the Group's interests in North America. Under the agreement, Endeavor will act as sales agent for rights to Central Partnership movies and will organize joint production projects with major US studios.Should Endeavor clients film in Russia, Central Partnership has right of first refusal to become a partner in these projects. The agreement also states that Endeavor will act as representative ...
  • NonStop slides on Frozen River for Sweden

    9-Feb-2008

    Voracious Swedish distributor NonStop Entertainment has snapped up SundanceGrand Jury winner Frozen River.NonStop will be releasing the film in in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway,Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.Filmed in sub-zero weather in upstate New York, Frozen River is CourtneyHunt's directorial debut. The film is set in a real-life smuggling zone on ...
  • Roissy continues Caramel sales with Taiwan deal with Joint

    9-Feb-2008

    Nadine Labaki's Caramel is continuing to entice buyers. The Lebanesedirector-star's crowd pleaser, which premiered in the Cannes Quinzaine last year, has sold steadily throughout the year.Here at the EFM, French company Roissy Films has announced another deal on the title. Joint Entertainment has now taken the film for Taiwan.Caramel is a romantic comedy-drama set in a women's ...
  • 6 Sales launches sales of 20% Fiction to star Val Kilmer

    8-Feb-2008

    Madrid-based 6 Sales Entertainment Group has announced that Val Kilmer will star in 20% Fiction, the Barry Primus film to be executive produced by Robert De Niro along with Deco Entertainment. The film tells the story of an acting coach to the stars (Kilmer) who learns a few tricks about truthfulness from amateurs. Primus wrote and directs. Now in pre-production, the film is due to shoot in the spring.Also in pre-production ...
  • Kragh-Jacobsen readies costume drama about Chopin

    8-Feb-2008

    Fresh from his political thriller What No One Knows, which is screening in Berlin'sPanorama, Danish auteur of Soren Kragh-Jacobsen is looking to make a costume drama about the composer Chopin. The film, which has the working title Incognito C, will be produced by Lars Bredo Rahbek at Nimbus Film. It is likely to be put together as a Danish-Polish-French co-production.The project ...
  • Primer Piano buys Wood's La Buena Vida for Argentina

    8-Feb-2008

    Madrid-based sales outfit Latido has confirmed a number of new pre-sales on La Buena Vida, the new film from fast-rising Latin-American auteur AndresWood (Machuca.) Just prior to Berlin, deals were concluded for the film with Argentina (Primer Piano), ex-Yugoslavia (MCF) and Greece (AMA). A number of other territories are pending - evidence of the interest that Wood now generates among ...
  • Tarak Ben Ammar spells out vision for European distribution network

    8-Feb-2008

    Quinta Communications boss Tarak Ben Ammar has spelled out his bold newvision for a pan-European distribution network supported by his partners at bankers Goldman Sachs. Speaking by videolink at yesterday's Screen International's European Film Financing summit in Berlin, the Franco-Tunisian mogul outlined ambitious plans which inevitably reminded many in the audience of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment's empire building in the 1990sAmmar is on the board of directors ...
  • Valhalla finally rises for Nicolas Winding Refn

    8-Feb-2008

    Valhalla is finally rising. Nicolas Winding Refn's long-in-the-works Viking yarn Valhalla Rising, starring Mads Mikkelsen as One-Eye, is now fully financed and will begin shooting in Glasgow and on the Isle Of Skye in the summer.'We closed the gap this week and we're headed to start shooting in June,'producer Johnny Anderson of Nimbus Film commented of the bloodcurdling $6.8 million epic which Refn and Norwegian writer Roy Jacobsen ...
  • Wide Management picks up Victoire Terminus, Summer Book

    8-Feb-2008

    Loic Magneron's Paris-based Wide Management has picked up world sales rights on Berlinale Forum title, Victoire Terminus, directed by Renaud Barrett and Florent De La Tullaye. All territories are available on the African boxing drama.Also new on Wide's EFM slate is another Forum title, Summer Book from Turkish director Seyfi Teoman.Both titles were acquired by Wide on the eve of the ...
  • Argentina - Out of the past

    8-Feb-2008

    "I am 100% French...and I am 100% Argentinian," says the Buenos Aires-born writer-director Lucia Cedron. Her family story played an important part in her debut feature Lamb Of God, the opening film at this year's Rotterdam International Film Festival. Cedron is the daughter of film-maker and political activist Jorge 'The Tiger' Cedron. In 1976, during the Argentinian dictatorship, her family went into exile in France. Jorge Cedron died in shadowy circumstances in Paris in 1980.
  • European dreams: review of Rotterdam 2008

    8-Feb-2008

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam ended last weekend on a more upbeat note than many would have predicted when the festival began a fortnight ago. There had been mutterings among staff about cutbacks to its budget. Some outsiders had questioned the coherence of the programming and what appeared to be a lack of direction at the top. Rotterdam, already squeezed between Sundance and Berlin, was now facing competition from a trio of Middle Eastern festivals (Abu Dhabi, Dubai and ...
  • Nordic giant Nordisk buys 50% stake in Zentropa

    7-Feb-2008

    At 9.45am today [Feb 7], in a deal likely to have far-reaching implications for Scandinavian cinema, Nordisk Film bought a 50% share in Danish outfit Zentropa. The alliance is expected to provide extra resources for Zentropa, which was founded in 1992 by Peter Aalbaek Jensen (pictured above) and Lars Von Trier, as the company embarks on an ambitious production drive.The deal comes weeks after the announcement that Zentropa's sales arm Trust Film Sales had established an informal ...
  • Celluloid Dreams takes on Sundance audience favourite The Wackness

    7-Feb-2008

    As the Berlin EFM gets under way, Celluloid Dreams has announced it is to handle international sales of the Sundance Dramatic Audience Award Winner The Wackness. Click here to see review.Written and directed by Jonathan Levine, The Wackness stars Ben Kingsley,Josh Peck, Famke Janssen, Mary Kate Olsen, Olivia Thirlby and Method Man. The film was produced ...
  • Gaumont scores key sales on Auteuil thriller MR73

    7-Feb-2008

    As the EFM opens, Gaumont has confirmed a host of deals on Marseilles-setthriller MR73 directed by Olivier Marchal and starring Daniel Auteil.The film, being shown privately to buyers in Berlin, has gone to Italy (Medusa), Eastern Europe (Monolith/Best Hollywood), Central Partmnership (CIS), Brazil (California Filmes), South Korea (Sponge) Canada (Chrystal) Hong Kong (Golden Scene) Taiwan (Flash Forward Ent) Portugal (Lusomundo), ...
  • Stassen, nWave launch sales of 3-D movie Fly Me To The Moon

    7-Feb-2008

    Ben Stassen's Fly Me To The Moon will be making history as the first 3D Imax film to screen in EFM and is hoping to ride a wave with buyers after the sensational US opening of Disney's 3D concert film Hannah Montana.Fly Me To The Moon, which is being released in the US by Summit in August, is being sold here by its producers, nWave Pictures, founded in ...
  • Trust closes first deal on Rotterdam hit Jamil for Greece

    7-Feb-2008

    Fresh from picking up a Tiger award in Rotterdam last week, Trust FilmSales' Go With Peace Jamil has clinched its first international sale. The bloody thriller, set in Copenhagen's close-knit Arab community, has gone to Seven Films for Greece.The deal comes as Trust arrives in Berlin for its first market since the company announced its alliance with fellow Scandinavian sales outfit, Nordisk Film Sales.Speaking this ...
  • Roissy takes on new films from Amos Gitai, Agnes Varda

    5-Feb-2008

    On the eve of the European Film Market, Paris-based sales outfit Roissy Films has announced two new acquisitions, both of features from long-established auteurs.Roissy is to represent Amos Gitai's One Day You'll Understand (Plus tard tucomprendras), based on the book by Jerôme Clement. The film, starring French acting legend Jeanne Moreau, receives its world ...
  • Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience

    5-Feb-2008

    Dir: Richard Robbins, USA, 2007, 81mins
  • European Film Market preview

    1-Feb-2008

    For Berlin world premieres click hereFor this year's buzz titles click hereFor the critic's choice click here
  • Go with Peace, Jamil

    28-Jan-2008

    Dir: Omar Shargawi, Denmark 2008, 90 minutesHigh on testosterone and sweaty machismo, Omar Shargawi's debut feature is let down by a lack of subtlety and some shallow characterisation. This is a revenge thriller set in the immigrant Arab community in Copenhagen. Sunnis are pitted against Shias. Shargawi shows plenty of flair for staging fights and chases. The juddering handheld camera work and in-your-face performances have a rough intensity about them, but Shargawi ...
  • Rotterdam opens with Lamb of God, speculation about future head

    24-Jan-2008

    The 37th IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam) opened last night with the world premiere of Argentinian director Lucia Cedron's Lamb Of God. At a packed screening in concert hall, the Doelen, the festival's new director Rutger Wolfson spoke of his vision for the festival.
  • Lamb Of God (Cordero de Dios)

    24-Jan-2008

    Dir: Lucia Cedron. Argentina/France/Chile. 2008. 91minsFirst-time feature director Lucia Cedron makes an assured debut with Lamb Of God, a skillfully told and affecting tale which straddles the line between political thriller and family melodrama. The elaborate flashback structure - the film is set in Argentina in 1978, when the country was still under the control of the military Junta, and in 2002, during the economic crisis - is initially ...
  • Staying on the map: Screen previews Rotterdam

    20-Jan-2008

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) in the Netherlands has long held a reputation as a cinephile's delight.
  • Keeping Rotterdam on the festival map

    18-Jan-2008

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) in the Netherlands has long held a reputation as a cinephile's delight. 'Rotterdam is one my favourite festivals for movies,' says James Schamus, head of Focus Features and one of its many illustrious supporters.The buzz filmsCinemart celebratesCinemart buzz films
  • Rotterdam - CineMart Buzz

    18-Jan-2008

    22nd Of May dir: Koen Mortier (Belgium, Ger-Neth)
  • Rotterdam - CineMart Celebrates

    18-Jan-2008

    Rotterdam is not the kind of festival to be big on celebrating numbers," says CineMart head Marit van den Elshout of the co-production market's 25th anniversary this week. "We'll do something but we won't be making a huge celebration."
  • United Kingdom - Next top model

    18-Jan-2008

    It is looking like a good year ahead for the Bristol-based animation powerhouse Aardman. The company, formed back in 1976, had a notable 2007 after ending its relationship with DreamWorks and signing a first-look deal with Sony Pictures. Now the company behind Wallace and Gromit, Flushed Away and Chicken Run is likely to have at least two feature projects greenlit this year.
  • Piracy undermining opportunities for exhibition, says Vue boss

    16-Jan-2008

    Piracy remains the 'biggest threat' to cinema exhibition. That was the message yesterday from Tim Richards, Chief Executive Officer Of Vue Entertainment.
  • Live action and animation divideis blurring, says Sony digital boss

    16-Jan-2008

    As audience demand for effects-driven blockbusters grows, the lines between animation and live-action, already blurred, will come close to disappearing.
  • Vandierendonck steps down from Eurimages post

    16-Jan-2008

    In a surprising move, Jan Vandierendonck has announced that he will be quitting his position as Executive Secretary of Eurimages. He is expected to step down in April or May. His replacement is likely to be confirmed by autumn 2008.
  • UK film industry remains upbeat despite US strike worries

    15-Jan-2008

    Leading figures in theUK film industryare remaining upbeat about the prospects for the territory despite theimpact oftheHollywood writers' strike on shoots.
  • Iain Smith plans $20m rugby drama The Originals

    15-Jan-2008

    UK-based producer Iain Smith (Cold Mountain, Children Of Men) is in advanced development on The Originals, a Chariots Of Fire-style drama about the exploits of the famous 1905 New Zealand All Black rugby team during their tour of Great Britain. The team was known as 'The Originals.'
  • United Kingdom - English Patience

    11-Jan-2008

    'When Paris sneezes, all Europe catches a cold,' Austria's Prince Metternich famously quipped in the wake of the French Revolution. When Hollywood sneezes, the global film industry catches a cold. That, at least, is the suggestion of British film commissioner Colin Brown as he surveys prospects for UK film production in 2008.
  • BAFTA organisers don't expect WGA strike chaos

    8-Jan-2008

    In the wake of Monday’s announced cancellation of the Golden Globes big awards show, industry observers have been asking how other awards events, including the UK’s BAFTAS, will be affected.
  • 2008 Preview - The future is rewritten

    4-Jan-2008

    A Hollywood producer takes a shine to an up-and-coming European screenwriter. "I'm going to set you to work on the rewrite of my next film," the producer tells the writer. "Who wrote the first version'" the writer asks. "We haven't hired anyone yet," the producer replies.
  • United Kingdom - Coming up for chair

    4-Jan-2008

    It is almost a decade since Colin MacCabe left his position as head of research and education at the British Film Institute (BFI). He is still an active producer - his latest project, Isaac Julien's Derek Jarman documentary, Derek, premieres in Sundance. Yet MacCabe cannot hide his dismay at what has happened to the BFI over the intervening years.
  • Caramel

    12-Dec-2007

    Dir: Nadine Labaki. Lebanon-France. 2007. 96mins. Nadine Labaki's debut feature is an assured and wonderfully engaging romantic comedy. ...
  • Under The Bombs (Sous Les Bombes)

    11-Dec-2007

    Dir: Philippe Aractingi. France-Lebanon-UK. 2007. 98mins.
  • Brussels Fund starts $1.17m lab for maverick film-makers

    11-Dec-2007

    In a move designed to ensure that maverick filmmakers do not slip through the net, Brussels-based VAF (The Flanders AudioVisual Fund) is setting up a new fund targeting new talent. The Filmlab, as the new scheme is called, will invest $1.17m (Euros 800,000) in supporting adventurous new film projects. This will include seed money for expensive projects as well as funding for lower-budget films.
  • Colin McCabe demands end of 'tragic decade' for British Film Institute

    10-Dec-2007

    Distinguished British academic and producer Colin MacCabe has today (Monday) publicly announced his candidature for the post of Chair of the British Film Institute (BFI).
  • Belgium - Extra dimension

    7-Dec-2007

    Earlier this autumn, Summit Entertainment acquired North American distribution rights to 3D animated feature Fly Me To The Moon. Following three stowaway flies inside the helmets of lunar astronauts, the film was directed and produced by Ben Stassen, also co-founder of Belgium-based nWave Pictures. "It makes it easier to control things," he says of his multiple roles.
  • Free Roaming: UK producer Kevin Loader

    7-Dec-2007

    Kevin Loader has an increasingly international outlook. The prolific UK producer (whose forthcoming credits include Good and Brideshead Revisited) is in post-production on The Oxford Murders, a co-production with Spain's Tornasol Films.
  • Participant, Magnolia back Gibney's new lobbying documentary

    3-Dec-2007

    Participant Productions (the outfit behind Oscar winner An Inconvenient Truth) is partnering with US distributor Magnolia on Burning Down The House, a new Alex Gibney feature-documentary about the murky world of political lobbying.
  • Gonzalon Arijon's Stranded takes top prize at IDFA

    1-Dec-2007

    Gonzalon Arijon's Stranded (France) has won the VPRO Joris Ivens award, the top prize at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).
  • Wide sells Sabine to a dozen territories including US, UK

    30-Nov-2007

    Underlining that there is still an appetite among theatrical buyers for feature documentaries, Paris-based Wide Management has been racking up sales on two of its titles that screened this week at International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).
  • After Bergman: the death of arthouse'

    30-Nov-2007

    The American Film Market (AFM) has never been especially fertile territory for auteur cinema. This has always been a market for mainstream product and straight-to-video fodder, not arthouse titles. Nonetheless, one trait was very noticeable among independent sales agents in Santa Monica earlier this month.
  • Profile: Philip Knatchbull, Curzon Artificial Eye

    22-Nov-2007

    Philip Knatchbull, CEO of Curzon Artificial Eye, has a distinguished film background to live up to - his father, John Brabourne, produced the likes of Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo & Juliet and David Lean's A Passage To India.
  • Central Partnership sells Revenge, Wolfhound to Weinstein Company

    22-Nov-2007

    Russian sales company Central Partnership has struck a number of deals in the wake of the American Film Market earlier this month.
  • Curzon Artificial Eye, NFTS back Ahmed's The Last Thakur

    22-Nov-2007

    Shooting will begin next month in Bangladesh on Sadik Ahmed's The Last Thakur, the 'Spaghetti Eastern' that is being co-produced by Curzon Artificial Eye and the UK's National Film & Television School.
  • Documentaries - IDFA - And nothing but the truth ..

    16-Nov-2007

    The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Idfa) (November 22 to December 2) in the Netherlands will celebrate its 20th anniversary in some style with five world premieres in its feature competition line-up and what are bound to be some very heated debates.
  • Portugal - 'Thirty years of contacts'

    16-Nov-2007

    When details were first announced of the inaugural European Film Festival Estoril (November 8-17) in Portugal, predictably some on the festival circuit were unenthusiastic about another autumn date. Nonetheless, under the direction of Portugal's best-known producer, Paulo Branco, the new event looks set to attract plenty of big-names.
  • Dent and McQueen join new team at Curzon Artificial Eye

    8-Nov-2007

    London-based exhibitor-distributor Curzon Artificial Eye has appointedLouisa Dent as its new Managing Director. Dent, the former MD of UGCFilms UK, will take up her position full-time from January 2008.Curzon Artificial Eye has also confirmed that Alan McQueen (who formerly ran UK independent distributor Downtown Pictures) has beenrecruited to help increase the number of DVD titles the companyacquires.The new appointments come at a time of aggressive expansion ...
  • Anonyma, Effi lead Beta's AFM sales push

    5-Nov-2007

    Following on from its success with Downfall and The Lives Of Others, German sales outfit Beta Cinema is scoring global heat on two new German epics.Max Faerberboeck's $17.5m Anonyma - A Woman In Berlin is a Second World War drama produced by Constantin Film and starring Nina Hoss and August Diehl. It has now gone to A-Film (Benelux), Shapira (Israel), Monolith ...
  • NonStop deals CG-animated Gnomes & Trolls to CIS

    5-Nov-2007

    Scandinavia's NonStop Sales has sold Gnomes And Trolls, the 3D-animated comedy fairy tale executive produced by Toy Story writers Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolo, to Ukranian Rights Management in Kiev for the CIS and is in advanced negotiations with China and Turkey.As soon as Gnomes And Trolls is delivered in early 2008, Swedish production outfit White Shark will ...
  • Ondamax takes on sales for prison doc White Bear

    5-Nov-2007

    Ambitious new Latin American outfit Ondamax has taken on sales for documentary White Bear chronicles the story of one of the world's most notorious jails, the 'White Bear' in Puerto Rico. The film, now in post-production, was co-financed by Buena Onda Americas and the Puerto Rican Film Commission. Directed by Christian Suau and Ramiro Millan, the film features two key characters - a prisoner who has been behind bars for 45 ...
  • Sun Distribution swoops on Latin American rights for Mammoth

    5-Nov-2007

    In the first major deal on Lukas Moodysson's $17 million English language debut Mammoth, Sun Distribution has swooped to take all Latin American rights. The deal was signed at the weekend by Thomas Mai for Trust Films Sales and Diego Halabi for Sun Distribution.Mammoth begins shooting in Thailand today (Monday). The film stars Latin superstar Gael Garcia Bernal and Michelle Williams. It is produced ...
  • Nimbus plans modern version of Miss Julie with Staermose

    5-Nov-2007

    Danish production outfit Nimbus is plotting a new film version of August Strindberg's Miss Julie with plans to shoot in late 2008.Here at the AFM, the film's producer Jesper Morthorst has revealed details of the project, about the destructive relationship between an aristocratic woman and her valet. The idea is to rework Strindberg's original story in a modern-day context. The film will be directed by Birgitta Stærmose, whose short ...
  • Belgium's MMG plans Alzheimer Case sequel The K File

    4-Nov-2007

    Belgian production outfit MMG is hatching a follow-up to its smash hit The Alzheimer Case aka The Memory Of A Killer. The new film, titled The K File, will again be directed by Erik Van Looy. MMG's Erwin Provoost has confirmed that The K File, based on the novel by Jef Geeraerts, will feature the same actors from ...
  • Fissures sold to Lifesize in US by Wide Management

    4-Nov-2007

    Midway through the AFM, Loic Magneron's Paris-based Wide Management has closed a raft of deals on its market line-up, including an all rights US sale on Atlante Kavaite's Fissures starring Emilie Dequenne to Lifesize Entertainment. Fissures, produced by Antoine Simkine of Les Films D'Antoine, is a psychological drama about a young sound engineer investigating the murder of her mother deep in the ...
  • Media Luna seals AFM deals on Vitus, Bog Of Beasts

    4-Nov-2007

    Ida Martins' Media Luna Entertainment has closed an all rights Scandinavian deal for Fredi Murer's Vitus with Sunrise.Meanwhile, early in the AFM, the German sales outfit has also confirmed a sale of Rotterdam Festival Tiger award winner Claudio Assis' Bog Of Beasts to Deusfilm for Italy.Just prior to the market, Media Luna came on board to handle world sales on
  • San Fu Maltha lays out Fu Works production slate

    4-Nov-2007

    San Fu Maltha, the Dutch producer of Black Book, has unveiled his upcoming production slate through his Amsterdam-based production outfit Fu Works.In post-production and likely to be ready for Cannes is The Real Life, the latest film from Robert Jan Westdijk (Siberia, Little Sister) which stars Loes Haverkort and Ramsey Nasr in the story about a young director ...
  • Rome's Business Street hopes to move further away from AFM

    3-Nov-2007

    The Rome Film Fest's Business Street is not aspiring to become the new Mifed. That was the message at the AFM this week by Sylvain Auzou, The Business Street Manager. Some have been suggesting that Rome could eventually become a replacement for the old Mifed (which ended in 2004) but Auzou insisted that this was not the intention.'People don't need it,' Auzou stated. 'There are three or four big markets in the year: Toronto, AFM, Berlin and Cannes and one more would be too ...
  • EFP to present foreign Oscar submissions in New York

    3-Nov-2007

    In a new departure for the organisation, European Film Promotion is to present five foreign language film Oscar submissions to buyers as part of its sixth New York 'Industry Screenings,' which take place in New York on November 12th and 13th.The Oscar candidates from Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway and Denmark will all be showcased. The films screening are: from Belgium, Nic Balthazar's Ben X on Films Distribution's ...
  • FilmExport launches co-production initiative with Dudu

    3-Nov-2007

    Rome-based sales and production group FilmExport recently embarked on its first co-production The Thirteen Roses, with Spanish companies Enrique Cerezo PC and Pedro Costa PC, and is now planning further co-productions. Upcoming titles include Dudu - A Friend To Save, a $10 million English-language family drama about a panda which will shoot in China and Italy. It is beingset up as ...
  • Nordisk sells Bornedal's The Substitute to Grindstone in the US

    3-Nov-2007

    In its second US sale of AFM, Nordisk has sold Thura Films' thriller The Substitute to Grindstone Entertainment.The deal follows on from the announcement earlier this week that Grindstone had also bought ghostly thriller Room 205 from Nordisk.Grindstone will be working in partnership with producer Ghost House Pictures on the release. Ghost House Pictures' recent releases include
  • Atrix takes on world rights to Hof title Beautiful Bitch

    2-Nov-2007

    Beatrix Wesle's Atrix Films has taken on worldwide rights for Martin Theo Krieger's A Beautiful Bitch, starring Katharina Derr, from Hamburg Riva Film. The deal was negotiated between Wesle, CEO of Atrix Films, and Michael Eckelt CEO of Riva Filmproduktion GmbH, Hamburg. A Beautiful Bitch, which screened recently at the Hof International Film Festival, is about Bica (Katharina Derr), a young woman ...
  • HungariCom hits the ground running at AFM

    2-Nov-2007

    Budapest-based sales outfit HungariCom has announced sales on its animated feature, Egon & Dönci, at its first AFM. The film, about an eccentric rocket scientist and an overfed, cat-like creature, has gone to Focus in Brazil, Amazonia in Venezuela, Provision for ex-Yugoslavia and Best Hollywood in Eastern Europe excluding ex-Yugoslavia.The new outfit has arrived in Santa Monica with a bulging slate of Hungarian films in every genre. ...
  • KWA takes on Carlos Saura's latest music project Caribe

    2-Nov-2007

    Madrid-based Kevin Williams Associates is handling international sales on Caribe (Caribbean), the latest music project from revered Spanish director Carlos Saura.The film marks a reunion between Saura and Seville-based producer JuanLebron, with whom he collaborated on Sevillanas and Flamenco.Saura ...
  • Onoma guns for Depardieu gangster pic Kalach

    2-Nov-2007

    Pascale Diot's Paris-based sales outfit Onoma announced yesterday that it has taken world rights to new $15 million gangster film Kalach, starring GerardDepardieu, Gerard Lanvin, Francois Berleand and Mathilde Seigner. The film, which will shoot in France and Thailand, is directed by Yves Renier, an actor, writer and filmmaker who has appeared in such films as Roman Polanski's Frantic and ...
  • Rezo seals Sayles on Honeydripper for UK, Spain, Brazil

    2-Nov-2007

    Paris-based Rezo Films has sealed some major territorial deals on John Sayles' latest feature Honeydripper to Axiom in the UK, Seville/Entertainment One in Canada, Golem in Spain, Immovision in Brazil and Orlando Films in Israel.Meanwhile Alcine Terran in Japan bought two films from Rezo - veteran auteur Eric Rohmer's The Romance Of Astrea And Celadon and Manoel De Oliveira's
  • Tartan buys US rights to Silent Light from Bac International

    2-Nov-2007

    Bac Films International has sold Carlos Reygadas' Cannes prizewinner Silent Light to the newly revitalized Tartan Films for the US. Tartan had previously handled the US on Reygadas' Battle In Heaven.Bac has also sold the film to Canada (Seville), Spain (Golem), Benelux (Lumiere), Switzerland (Look Now), Greece (Strada), Denmark (Ost For Paradise), Russia (Intercinema), Poland (Gutek) and Norway ...
  • Wang Xiaoshuai's latest lands at Films Distribution

    2-Nov-2007

    Paris-based Films Distribution has closed a deal during AFM to represent In Love We Trust, the latest film from Wang Xiaoshuai, one of the leading figures in China's sixth generation of filmmakers. The new film is now in post-production and will be ready in time for Berlin. Given Xiaoshuai's glittering festival record - a Silver Bear at Berlin for Beijing Bicycle in 2001 and a Jury Prize in Cannes ...
  • Curzon Artificial Eye expands product scope with Hunt buy

    1-Nov-2007

    Signaling its increasing appetite for mainstream fare, UK distributorCurzon Artificial Eye has taken UK rights to Helen Hunt's Then She Found Me, starring Hunt, Colin Firth, Bette Midler and Matthew Broderick.Then She Found Me is one of five new titles that Curzon Artificial Eye has picked up on the autumn festival circuit. An adaptation of Elinor Lipman's 1991 novel, Hunt's directorial ...
  • Gaumont sells Natali's Splice to Senator, Seville

    1-Nov-2007

    Gaumont has sealed deals early at AFM on its horror movie Splice with Senator in Germany and Seville/Entertainment in Canada.Directed by Vincenzo Natali, Splice stars Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley. The producer is Steven Hoban (Black Christmas, Ginger Snaps). The executive producers are Guillermo del Toro and Don MurphyThe $26 million yarn, billed ...
  • Lars von Trier's Antichrist pre-sells widely for Trust

    1-Nov-2007

    Lars Von Trier, the ageing enfant terrible of European cinema, clearly hasn't lost his allure for the international buyers. His new project Antichrist isn't cast yet.It hasn't been decided where the horror picture will shoot and the financing has still to be put together but that hasn't stopped distributors from pouncing. Producer Meta Foldager has confirmed that the film will shoot in English. A new version of the script ...
  • New buyers have a taste for Roissy's Caramel

    1-Nov-2007

    Early in the AFM, Paris-based Roissy Films has confirmed new deals on its Cannes hit Caramel.Deals signed include Argentina & Chile (Alfa Films), Mexico (Cine Video Y TV) and India (Alliance). A deal is pending with South Korea. and Roissy is also in advanced negotiations with Japan & Taiwan.Directed by Nadine Labaki, Caramel premiered in the Cannes Quinzaine. Itstitle comes from a method of removing bodily hair by ...
  • Ondamax picks up world rights to English-language Coyote

    1-Nov-2007

    In its first English-language pick-up, Miami-based Latin American specialist Ondamax has taken world rights to Brian Petersen's Coyote. The film, a Grand Jury Award winner at the Big Bear Lake Film Festival and an Audience Award Winner at the San Diego Film Festival, is about two young Americans who try to help smuggle a deported friend back across the border from Mexico to the US. Prior to the AFM, Ondamax sold
  • Pyramide sells Fontaine's Monaco to Seville in Canada

    1-Nov-2007

    Paris-based Pyramide Films has closed a deal with Canada's Seville Picturesfor Anne Fontaine's latest feature, Monaco.The film, starring Fabrice Lucchini and Roschdy Zem, is shooting and should be ready by next summer.Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Pyramide is also handling Daydreams, the latest feature from revered Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
  • Wide scores UK deals on Youssou N'Dour, Subsitute docs

    1-Nov-2007

    French outfit Wide Management has closed UK deals on two titles on its AFM slate.
  • Celluloid sells North America, Germany on Miike's Django

    1-Nov-2007

    Celluloid Dreams has announced the sale of Takashi Miike's western Sukiyaki Western Django in North American and German speaking territories. The North American deal was signed with Gary Hirsch of First Look Studios and brokered by Celluloid president Hengameh Panahi. Walter Rehm's Universum picked up the German speaking territory rights. The initial acquistion was brokered between Christina Iso of Pacifica International and ...
  • Anja Uecker to join Telepool in January

    31-Oct-2007

    German outfit Telepool has appointed a new coordinator, Anja Uecker. Uecker, who will start in January 2008, succeeds Justyna Musch.She has 10 years of experience ininternational licence trading.Uecker comes to Telepool after stints at EM.TV Merchandising AG and more recently at Kinowelt.
  • Ghost House inks North American deal for The Tattooist

    31-Oct-2007

    Ghost House Pictures has acquired North American rights to The Tattooist, the supernatural thriller starring Jason Behr and Mia Blake.Sony, who has a longstanding relationship with Ghost House, will handle the North American theatrical release. Ghost House Pictures is owned by Robert Tapert and Spiderman's Sam Raimi, who recently visited New Zealand to talk with the film's director Peter Burger and producer Robin Scholes about ...
  • Grindstone checks into Nordisk's Room 205

    31-Oct-2007

    Grindstone Entertainment Group has acquired all North American rights for Nordisk's ghostly thriller Room 205.Grindstone will be working in partnership with Ghost House Pictures on the release.
  • Lionsgate UK banks on British films from Donaldson, Ozon

    31-Oct-2007

    Following the company's acquisition of John Maybury's The Edge of Love at Cannes this year,Lionsgate UKhas underlined its continuing commitment to British Film by snapping up two further Brit titles, Roger Donaldson's The Bank Job and Francois Ozon's Angel.The Bank Job was acquired from investment group Omnilab and Arclight ...
  • Trust dances for Fischer Christensen's A Soap follow-up

    31-Oct-2007

    Trust Film Sales has taken on Pernille Fischer Christensen's Everybody's Dancing, now in post and being readied for in time for potential premiere in Berlin (Christensen won the 2006 Berlinale's Silver Bear and best debut prizes with her debut A Soap.)
  • Wild Bunch takes on Tokyo! triptych, Ferrara doc

    31-Oct-2007

    French powerhouse Wild Bunch is handling sales at AFM on Asian portmanteau picture Tokyo!, featuring three films set in the Japanese capital by auteurs Michel Gondry, Leos Carax and Bong Joon-Ho. The film, currently shooting, is available in all territories excluding France, Japan and South Korea.Wild Bunch is also resuming its relationship with Abel Ferarra (Go Go Tales) on his feature ...
  • In Prison My Whole Life

    25-Oct-2007

  • Unrelated

    24-Oct-2007

  • Schamus calls Oscar snub of Lust, Caution 'unjust and capricious'

    23-Oct-2007

    James Schamus, CEO of Focus Features, has expressed his dismay at the decision last week of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) in Los Angeles to reject Ang Lee's Lust, Caution as Taiwan's official submission for the Foreign Language Oscar.
  • Tranter welcomes six-year stability of new BBC Films budget

    18-Oct-2007

    'Discreetly celebratory' was how Jane Tranter, Controller BBC Fiction, described the state of mind at BBC Films, where a $4m (£2 m) increase in the current annual budget of $20m (£10m) was confirmed Thursday. There was also the added news that $2m (£1m) of the BBC's film acquisition budget would be ring-fenced for British films.The news of the increase comes as part of BBC Director General Mark Thompson's six-year plan for the Corporation and has been confirmed by the BBC Trust.
  • UK film minister upbeat on industry but co-productions drop

    18-Oct-2007

    UK Minister of State for Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism Margaret Hodge defended the industry's position during her keynote speech atthe Screen International annual UK Film Finance Summit.
  • Branco's new Portugal festival score two world premieres

    18-Oct-2007

    The first European Film Festival in Estoril, Portugal (Nov 8-17) has attracted some high-profile names thanks to Portugal's best-known producer, Paulo Branco, serving as festival director.
  • Into the Arthouse: how artists like Sam Taylor-Wood move into film

    12-Oct-2007

    There has always been an overlap between art and film. From surrealists such as Man Ray, Jean Cocteau and Salvador Dali to Cindy Sherman (Office Killer), Matthew Barney (Cremaster) and Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell And The Butterfly), a steady stream of artists have crossed over into film-making.
  • The match-makers - new co-production markets

    12-Oct-2007

    It is a truth acknowledged universally that an international producer in possession of a good project must be in want of a backer.
  • Films and slates worth $500m to be pitched at new London market

    8-Oct-2007

    A formidable list of delegates and producers has been announced for the inaugural Production Finance Market (PFM) being held in London later this month (Oct 22-23).
  • Big squeeze on the small screen

    5-Oct-2007

    Are the UK's leading broadcasters falling out of love with film' In the multichannel digital era, scheduling a popular movie in primetime can no longer guarantee a sizeable audience and there is an increasing sense that viewers do not want to consume movies on terrestrial TV.
  • BBC Films restructures with new board working under Jane Tranter

    2-Oct-2007

    In London this morning, Jane Tranter, Controller BBC Fiction, spelled out her vision for a newly revamped BBC Films. 'The BBC's commitment to BBC Films is as absolute as it ever has been,' Tranter said.
  • Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead

    25-Sep-2007

    Dir: Stuart Urban. UK 2007. 83 minsStuart Urban's documentary is the latest in an increasingly lengthy list of films made by children about their fathers (Mark Wexler's Tell Them Who You Are, Nathaniel Kahn's My Architect and Doug Block's 51 Birch Street are three other recent examples.) Tovarisch, however, is neither an intimate family confessional nor a son's anguished account of not being able to live up to an illustrious parent. Rather, ...
  • In focus - 'What about the day job''

    21-Sep-2007

    It feels like it has got a bit out of control. It feels like there are a lot of useless festivals,' lamented a US sales agent recently. It is hard not to sympathise. On the face of it, the festival calendar seems wildly overloaded.
  • United States - The Focus Puller

    21-Sep-2007

    It is a matter of pride for James Schamus, CEO of Focus Features, the specialised division of Universal Pictures, that he never misses a class at Columbia University, where he teaches film courses full-time in the autumn.
  • Robert Beeson leaves managing director post at Artificial Eye

    20-Sep-2007

    Ending a 30-year relationship, Robert Beeson has stepped down as Managing Director of UK distribution company, Artificial Eye.His decision to leave follows on from the acquisition of Artificial Eye in the summer of 2006 by Act Entertainment Group, owner of Curzon Cinemas, and Knatchbull Communications Group. 'With the changes in the marketplace and the opportunities that creates, Curzon Artificial Eye has ...
  • The Queen producer in running for top BBC Films job

    18-Sep-2007

    UK media reports have tipped Christine Langan, the producer of The Queen, to be the new head of BBC Films, in a newly created position of 'editor'.
  • Ben X selected as Belgian Oscar candidate

    14-Sep-2007

    Nic Balthazar's debut feature Ben X has been chosen as this year's Belgian Oscar candidate. The decision was made on Friday and was agreed on unanimously by both Flemish and French-speaking communities. Since its world premiere last month in Montreal, where it won the audience prize and shared the Grand Prix, Ben X has been generating considerable buzz. It has been picked ...
  • Dardenne brothers ready to shoot new feature

    14-Sep-2007

    Shooting is to begin on Oct 1 on Le Silence De Lorna, the latest feature from Palme D'Or winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.The new film stars Arta Dobroshi as a young woman from Albania who wants to emigrate to France even if that would mean that she has to marry a total stranger to obtain permanent residence.Also appearing are Jeremie Renier and Fabrizio Rongione. It is expected that the film will be ready next spring. ...
  • Thompson departure leaves questions about future of BBC Films

    14-Sep-2007

    After a decade as head of BBC Films, the 'great survivor' David Thompson is to move on. Thompson will be standing down as BBC Films boss in four weeks' time to start up his own independent production company. The move comes following the summer announcement that BBC Films is to leave its standalone West End premises and head back to BBC Television Centre, where it will come under the control of Head of Fiction Jane Tranter (who oversees Drama Commissioning, Comedy ...
  • Rome Film Fest reschedules future to avoid London clash

    13-Sep-2007

    In a move welcomed by exhausted sales agents, distributors and journalists, the London and Rome film festival dates are to set apart.
  • Affleck feature pulled from London Film Festival

    13-Sep-2007

    The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival has pulled Ben Affleck's directoral debut Gone Baby Gone from its programme because of fears of similarities to the case of missing girl Madeleine McCann.
  • The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival boosts its industry profile

    13-Sep-2007

    At the launch of The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival's full programme, itwas clearthat the festival is looking to a higher industry profile, with the introduction this year of the Production Finance Market (PFM).
  • Cargo 200 (Gruz 200)

    13-Sep-2007

    Dir: Alexey Balabanov, Russia 2007, 86minsAlexey Balabanov's eleventh feature is one of his bleakest. Set in provincial Russia in 1984 as the USSR enters its death throes, it portrays a society that is sickly, violent and cynical. The title refers to the name given to corpses of Russian soldiers being flown home in regular consignments from the war in Afghanistan. Shot in grey, desaturated colours, the film expertly recreates the Soviet Union of the mid-1980s.
  • Jia Zhangke plans factory worker film before 2008

    7-Sep-2007

    Golden Lion winning director Jia Zhangke, whose new documentary Useless about the fashion industry screened in Venice's Horizons last week and in Toronto this week, has revealed further details of his next dramatic feature, which he is planning to have ready in time for the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.The project, tenatively titled 24 Cities, follows four women who lose their jobs in a state-run ...
  • Soderbergh plans Girlfriend Experience with HDNet

    7-Sep-2007

    Steven Soderbergh, who directed Bubble for HDNet, has committed to making another digital film for the company. He will start shooting The Girlfriend Experience, set in the world of high-class escorts, in February 2008.Details remain skimpy on the new project. Soderbergh is currently in Latin-America filming his two Che Guevara films. 'The film will be filmed much in the way
  • Loach's Free World lands more buyers in Venice

    6-Sep-2007

    In advance of its Toronto screening, Ken Loach's It's A Free World has closed several more deals for Pathe Pictures International in Venice.The immigration-themed film has gone to Japan (Cinequanon), Portugal (Lusomundo), and Greece (Audiovisuel).Pathe's Mike Runagall is also reporting strong US interest in the film. 'Venice was very positive for us. It was a great launch for the film and now we can go on and do some good business on Toronto on the back of it,' ...
  • Gurinder Chadha ready to start Snogging

    5-Sep-2007

    Production will begin on Sept 17 on Gurinder Chadha's latest feature, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, based on UK author Louise Rennison's best-selling Confessions Of Georgia Nicolson series. Georgia Groome (star of London To Brighton) is to play the lead. Also appearing are Eleanor Tomlinson and Aaron Johnson (who both featured in The Illusionist). The trio were chosen after an exhaustive casting ...
  • Swedish tribute plans to screen Bergman rarities

    5-Sep-2007

    Within a month of the director's death, a Bergman tribute plans to gather many of the auteur's key collaborators and screen rare and unseen Bergman works.The one-off Bergman tribute was announced this week in Venice by Jannike Ahlund, the organizer of the annual Bergman Week on Bergman's home island, Faro.Long Live Bergman!, as the event is called, will be staged at the Swedish Film Institute in Stockholm on Oct 6-7. Supporters include Svensk, the Ministry ...
  • Wolfson named as part-time director of Rotterdam

    4-Sep-2007

    In a surprise move, the Board of the International Film Festival Rotterdam has appointed Rutger Wolfson as director of the forthcoming January 2008 edition.However, the 37-year-old Wolfson will be doing the job on a part-time basis and his appointment is for one year only. While overseeing IFFR, Wolfson will also remain in his present job as director of De Vleeshal, a centre for contemporary art in Middelburg, The Netherlands. The festival board has also appointed ...
  • Jia Zhangke on track with Chinese doc 24 Cities

    4-Sep-2007

    Golden Lion winning director Jia Zhangke, whose new documentary Useless about clothing designer Ma Ke screened in Venice's Orizzonti, has revealed further details of his next dramatic feature, which he is planning to have ready in time for the Olympic Games.
  • Venice exodus begins as international players head to Toronto

    3-Sep-2007

    As Venice's first weekend wraps and Toronto's opening looms on Thursday, the traditional mid-Venice festival migration has already begun.
  • Ridley Scott to tackle religion and politics with Body Of Lies

    3-Sep-2007

    Ridley Scott, in Venice at the weekend for the special screening of Blade Runner: The Final Cut, has revealed further details of his new Warner Bros film, Body Of Lies, which starts shooting on Wednesday.
  • Italian distributor cancels Woody Allen screenings in Venice

    3-Sep-2007

    There were angry scenes in Venice over the weekend when it emerged that Italian distributor Filmauro had cancelled three of the five screenings planned for Woody Allen's new feature, Cassandra's Dream, starring Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor.
  • Ang Lee plans safer edit of Lust, Caution for Chinese audiences

    3-Sep-2007

    Since its Venice world premiere, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution has created whatFocus boss James Schamus is calling 'a tidal wave of interest' across Asia.The Asian response has been largely positive. Lee's steamy espionagethriller will be given a major Asian release later in the autumn. However,controversy is already dogging the film - and not just because of theexplicit sex scenes that have earned it a NC-17 certificate ...
  • De Palma's Redacted won't get Bubble-style release

    31-Aug-2007

    HDNet Films, which pioneered day and date multi-platform releasing with Steven Soderbergh's Bubble, has decided to give Brian De Palma's controversial new digital feature Redacted a more traditional release.The film, produced for HDNet Films, received its world premiere in Venice this week. It tells of the rape and murder of a young Iraqi woman by American soldiers in Iraq in 2006.The story is ...
  • Belgium - Back in the habit

    31-Aug-2007

    It is 15 years since Belgian director Stijn Coninx was Oscar-nominated for his feature Daens in 1992. Now, he is preparing a new feature likely to pique the curiosity of European buyers. La Vie Extraordinaire De Soeur Sourire - to star Cecile De France - will tell the story of Sister Luc-Gabrielle (aka Jeanine Decker), the so-called 'singing nun' and the only Belgian performing artist to have a number one hit in the US.
  • Sugarhouse

    29-Aug-2007

    Dir: Gary Love, UK 2007, 92mins A claustrophobic psychodrama that never quite shakes off its stage origins, Sugarhouse is performed with ferocious intensity by its three leads. First-time director Love creates a genuine sense of menace. He also effectively cranks up the tension even if the plotting ultimately seems contrived Notable as the first of a slate of 10 or so low budget digital features being made over the next three years by new ...
  • Belgium - Sacrifices made for the gods

    10-Aug-2007

    The news their debut feature Small Gods has been selected for Venice's Critics' Week will have come as a huge boost to the Karakatsanis brothers. Dimitri and Nicolas, who come from a Greek-Belgian background, have not had an easy ride with their movie, which took three years to complete. Like their co-producer Koen Mortier (director of the controversial but wide-selling Ex-Drummer), they do not fit into the conventional model of Flemish film-makers that churn out local comedies and ...
  • Brett Morgen works with Courtney Love for new Cobain documentary

    8-Aug-2007

    US director Brett Morgen, whose new feature Chicago 10 screens on Locarno 's Piazza Grande on Friday, has revealed further details of his new 'official' feature documentary about Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of rock band Nirvana who died in 1994.
  • Extraordinary Rendition

    8-Aug-2007

    Dir: Jim Threapleton. UK . 2007. 77mins. Extraordinary Rendition is a direct and powerful treatment of a subject that has caused huge indignation in the west - namely the kidnapping of a suspected terrorist and his transfer to a country that allows torture. Clearly made quickly and shot on a small budget, the film has an impact that belies its modest origins. The film is generally inventively shot and packs real punch.
  • Josh Hartnett to star in George Ratliff's End Zone

    6-Aug-2007

    George Ratliff, writer-director of psychological thriller Joshua (which debuted at Sundance and is in Locarno's competition this week) has recruited Josh Hartnett to appear in his next feature, End Zone. Hartnett will play a star player at a West Texas College who becomes increasingly obsessed with the threat of nuclear war.The film is adapted from the novel of the same name ...
  • Anthony Hopkins says bigger festivals are like 'circuses'

    5-Aug-2007

    Speaking at the Locarno Film Festival this weekend, Anthony Hopkins revealed that he bypassed several other European festivals, including Rome and Venice, to bring his directorial debut Slipstream to Locarno.'We lost the Rome Festival but we thought it would be better to come here,' Hopkins said. 'It is much more civilized. I have no disrespect to Rome or Cannes or Venice. They tend to be circuses, like Berlin. It's crazy.'
  • Rise Of The Footsoldier

    1-Aug-2007

    Dir: Julian Gilbey. UK. 2007. 120mins tbc Goodfellas comes to Essex in Julian Gilbey's gangster thriller Rise Of The Footsoldier. Luridly violent, full of macho posturing and often mired in cliche, the film nonetheless has an epic sweep and relentless narrative drive that show Gilbey is more than just another lightweight Scorsese imitator. He possesses visual flair of his own as well as an ability to tell a complicated story in a compelling ...
  • Gandhi My Father

    1-Aug-2007

    Dir: Feroze Abbas Khan. Ind. 2007. 128mins. 'To his nation, he was a father. To his son, he was a father...he never had.' Thus reads the tag line for Feroze Abbas Khan's Gandhi My Father, a film which never seems entirely sure whether it wants to be a sweeping historical epic along the lines of Richard Attenborough's celebrated biopic of the Indian leader or a closely focused family drama. Rather it tells the sad, and very chequered, story ...
  • Locarno: nurturing the new

    31-Jul-2007

    For its 60th anniversary edition, the Locarno International Film Festival (August 1-11) is underlining its strengths as an event of discovery. Geoffrey Macnab reports.
  • Locarno International Film Festival 2007: line-up

    30-Jul-2007

    COMPETITION
  • Ingmar Bergman dies at 89

    30-Jul-2007

    Influential director Ingmar Bergman has died.
  • Cause and effects

    27-Jul-2007

    From Harry Potter to Sunshine, the UK's post houses are creating world-class effects work. But how is the sector being affected by the exchange rate and increasing competition from India' Geoffrey Macnab reports.
  • FX and tax credit

    27-Jul-2007

    How does the UK's new tax credit affect the post sector' Geoffrey Macnab reports.
  • EC approves Belgian Tax Shelter system

    19-Jul-2007

    There were sighs of relief in the Belgian production community withthe official announcement today (Thursday) that the EuropeanCommission has renewed its approval of the Belgian Tax Shelter system.Earlier this summer, the Commission had sent back proposals for therenewal, expressing concern about the lack of 'cultural' documentationin the proposals. Those concerns have apparently now beensatisfactorily addressed.Producers in Belgium were quick to express ...
  • Julie Delpy: a woman to be reckoned with

    10-Jul-2007

    Julie Delpy is set to start shooting The Countess, her second feature as director, in Eastern Europe in October. Geoffrey Macnab reports.
  • London UK Film Focus to screen 40 films to about 150 buyers

    22-Jun-2007

    The London UK Film Focus (LUFF), which runs from June 25-28 at the revamped BFI Southbank, is expected to attract around 150 buyers to London. Around 40 films will be screening.
  • When LUFF comes to town

    21-Jun-2007

    Cementing its place in the international calendar, the London UK Film Focus (June 25-28) is attracting influential buyers and a growing number of premieres. Geoffrey Macnab reports.
  • BFI says funding issues will cause job losses but no catastrophe

    14-Jun-2007

    Amanda Nevill, director of the British Film Institute (BFI), has responded to recent speculation in UK newspapers that the BFI is on the verge of a major withdrawal of the services and resources it offers to the research and teaching community.
  • BBC Films: a drama or a crisis'

    8-Jun-2007

    The planned relocation of BBC Films back to BBC headquarters has provoked a panic in the UK, where producers fear the future of one of the territory's most important financiers is under threat. Geoffrey Macnab reports.
  • Velvet Octopus strikes major deals for The Moon Princess

    5-Jun-2007

    UK sales outfit Velvet Octopus, which will be unveiling Peter Howitt's Dangerous Parking to buyers at the London UK Film Focus (June 25-28), has done brisk business on its Cannes slate.
  • BBC Fiction boss Tranter spells out her plans for BBC Films

    4-Jun-2007

    Controller of BBC Fiction Jane Tranter has defended the recent decision to move BBC Films out of its West End offices and back into BBC Television Centre.
  • Trust closes its new local Danish distribution arm

    1-Jun-2007

    Zentropa has pulled the plug on its recently launched Danish distribution outfit, Trust Film Distribution. The division, set up late last year, is now being disbanded. Jimmy Bredow and Maja Giese, who oversaw the distribution arm's activities, will be leaving the company.
  • Artificial Eye picks up three Cannes Competition titles

    25-May-2007

    UK arthouse distributor Artificial Eye has acquired three Competition titles at Cannes.
  • Magicians

    24-May-2007

    Dir: Andrew O'Connor. UK-US. 2007. 90mins.These are boom times for British TV comedy. There is a wealth of talent working on the small screen. The continuing paradox is that so few of the best British comedians (Sasha Baron Cohen notwithstanding) make a successful transition to cinema. Magicians, made by the team behind the popular Channel 4 series Peep Show, is the latest in an increasingly long line of underwhelming British comedies featuring TV ...
  • European MEDIA Programme plans investment in VOD and digital

    24-May-2007

    MEDIA 2007 is setting aside $5.4m(Euros 4m) this year to invest in Video On Demand and Digital Cinema Distribution. The money will be invested in six projects, with applications open until July 9 and services expected to be running by June 2008.'We think it is important that Europe gets off on the right foot and that we don't end as we did in DVD with an 80% US market share in DVD,' the Media Programme's Aviva Silver said. 'We want the European industry ...
  • Vertigo plans to unleash Cage Rage

    24-May-2007

    Vertigo (the UK outfit behind Football Factory and Outlaw) is to partner with Cage Rage Championships to co-produce the new movie, Cage Rage, likely to have a budget of around $9 million. It is envisaged that this may be the start of a Rocky-like franchise.Brock Norman Brock is writing the screenplay, the central theme of which is a combat sport now globally established as the most popular of all ...
  • Revolver pockets Loose Change for UK

    23-May-2007

    Controversial documentary Loose Change (Final Cut) has been picked up for UK release by Revolver to be shown to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11. The feature doc was financed by Alex Jones' Prisonplanet.com. The original versions of Loose Change are among the most downloaded films in internet history. The film is represented in Cannes by Tim Sparke of London-based Mercury Media.
  • Ruiz ramps up $36m epic Love And Virtue

    23-May-2007

    Raoul Ruiz has revealed further details of his $36.3m (Euros 27m) historical epic, Love And Virtue (on Echo Bridge Entertainment's slate). Damian Lewis, Saffron Burrows, John Malkovich, Virginie Ledoyen, Darryl Hannah, and Jonathan Rhys Meyer are all attached to appear in the film, scripted by Mia Sperber and Stefano Pratesi.The film, set at the time of Emperor Charlemagne and inspired by the The ...
  • Germans woo Cannes producers with film fund

    23-May-2007

    The German film industry has been in Cannes bullishly promoting its 'lean, straightforward' new Federal Film Fund to an audience of international producers. The Fund, worth $240 (Euros 180m) from 2007 to 2009, is open to international co-productions. In the five months of its existence, it has already backed 24 projects, spending around $23.4m (Euros 17.4m). This has included a $12m (Euro 9m) grant to the Wachowski brothers' Speed ...
  • Big Sister dances with Johnny Clegg documentary

    23-May-2007

    South African musician Johnny Clegg is the subject of a major new feature documentary, The Last Dance Of A White Zulu. The film, due for release, is a French-South African co-production. It is being put together by French outfit Big Sister and Big World Cinema.The film will tell the story of how Clegg, a white kid growing up in the Apartheid era, became obsessed with the hidden world of Zulu migrant culture, formed the first non-racial ...
  • Cyclops and Little Mo forecast Hitler's Weatherman

    23-May-2007

    Pint-sized UK comedian Lee Evans (Mousehunt, There's Something About Mary) is to star as Adolf Hitler's personal meteorologist in $8m comedy, I Was Hitler's Weatherman, being produced by Cyclops Vision with Little Mo Films.The part of Hitler is under offer to Stanley Tucci.The film is scripted by Stuart Silver and by Evans. The director is Stuart Urban (Our ...
  • Kensani starts first institutionally backed South African fund

    23-May-2007

    Kensani Entertainment, a subsidiary of Kensani Capital has announced details of the first institutionally backed film fund in South Africa.The Kensani Film & Television Fund (KEF) will make available an initial sum of R200 million ($28.5m) for the production and acquisition of film and television projects to be made or part-made in South Africa, reflecting total aggregate production budgets of up to R 2/3 billion ($95m). The fund has entered into an exclusive relationship ...
  • Latido pre-sells The Horn Of Plenty to CNC

    23-May-2007

    Spanish sales outfit Latido has pre-sold The Horn Of Plenty, directed by Juan Carlos Tabio (Guantemara, Strawberry and Chocolate), to Belgium (CNC).Latido has also sold its Arnold Schwarzenegger documentary Running With Arnold to Madman (Australia) and Turkey (Barbar) and is in advanced negotiations with Italy, Switzerland and German. The Spanish ...
  • New German $242m fund already backs 24 projects

    23-May-2007

    The Germans were in bullish mood in Cannes yesterday, talking up their 'lean, straightforward' new Federal Film Fund to an audience of international producers. The Fund, worth $242m (180m) Euros from 2007 to 2009, is open to international co-productions. In the five months of its existence, it has already backed 24 projects, spending around $23.2m (17.4m Euros).This has included a 9m Euro grant to the Wachowski brothers' Speed Racer - 5m Euros more than the usual ...
  • Scanbox co-produces three new Swedish features

    23-May-2007

    As it gets more involved in Swedish production, Scanbox Entertainment has announced details of three new Swedish features it is co-producing. The move into co-production includes the films Iskariot, directed by Miko Lazic and produced in cooperation with Ironwood Films, Tjuvarnas Marknad by Jan Guillou, which will start shooting in the winter 2007/2008 and produced in cooperation with Omega Film, ...
  • Spain's Gomez re-elected as FIAPF president

    22-May-2007

    Oscar-winner Andres Vicente Gomez from Spain has been re-elected as FIAPF's General Assembly as FIAPF President. Argentinean producer Luis Alberto Scalella was newly-elected as 1st Vice-President, alongside representatives of Asia and Australasia, Europe, North and South America. The International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF), which gathers 26 producers' associations from 23 countries, celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2008.First ...
  • Irish Film Board backs new Glawogger film

    22-May-2007

    The Irish Film Board has committed $404,785 (Euros 300,000) to Michael Glawogger's new feature, Das Vaterspiel, about a man developing a computer game in which players kill their fathers.
  • Bavaria slides onto Finland's Black Ice

    22-May-2007

    Munich-based Bavaria Films International has picked up all rights outside of Finland and Norway to thriller Black Ice by Finnish director Petri Kotwica.
  • Belgian tax shelter looks shaky

    22-May-2007

    Is the Belgian tax shelter in danger' This week, the EU sent back proposals for the renewal of the shelter, the fiscal incentive that has provided a major boost to the local industry as well as supporting international production.
  • F&ME strikes with White Lightnin'

    22-May-2007

    Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) the London-based production and distribution outfit run by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor, has begun production on three feature films all shooting in the US and with a fourth slated to start in October in Canada.
  • Cronenberg swarms to executive produce Woodley's Drone

    22-May-2007

    David Cronenberg will executive-produce horror Drone, the next film by Aaron Woodley (being pre-sold in Cannes by Global Cinema Group.) The film is being produced by Joel B. Michaels and Garth H. Drabinsky.
  • Maths murders add up for Filmworks partners

    22-May-2007

    Odeon and Sky have announced The Oxford Murders, from cult director Alex de la Iglesia and starring Elijah Wood and John Hurt, as the second release under their new joint venture Odeon Sky Filmworks.Based on Guillermo Martinez's award winning novel, Oxford Murders sees Hurt and Wood star alongside each other as student and professor. The duo join forces to try and stop a number of murders, which are mysteriously linked by mathematical symbols.Odeon Sky Filmworks was set up in 2006 by broadcaster
  • Cillian Murphy joins Bounty in hot 9 slate

    22-May-2007

    Cillian Murphy is poised to star in $9.4m dark comedy Perrier's Bounty, scripted by Mark O'Rowe and directed by Ian Fitzgibbon. A co-production between Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen's Number 9 Films and Alan Moloney's Parallel, the film will shoot in Spring 2008. Intandem is handling sales.Perrier's Bounty is one of a number of projects on Number 9's slate. In pre-production is Son of Eurovision, a feature ...
  • Sony picks up North America on Long Good Friday remake

    22-May-2007

    Sony Pictures Entertainment has acquired rights to North America and several other significant territories to Handmade's US-based remake of British gangland classic The Long Good Friday.Screen International revealed last week that the Classic UK gangster film The Long Good Friday ...
  • Niki Caro uncorks Vintner's Luck

    22-May-2007

    Niki Caro (Whale Rider) will direct a screen adaptation of The Vintner's Luck. Caro scripted with Joan Scheckel from the New Zealand novel of the same name by Elizabeth Knox. The cast is led by Jeremie Renier (The Child), Gaspard Ulliel (Young Hannibal), Vera Farmiga (The Departed), ...
  • Revolver takes rights to Luchetti's Brother

    22-May-2007

    Voracious UK distributor Revolver has taken rights to That My Brother is An Only Child, the Un Certain Regard title directed by Daniele Luchetti.The film was acquired from Think Film.Revolver has also picked up documentary Chavez, by actor Diego Luna, about the illustrious career and turbulent life of Mexican boxing champ, Julio Cesar Chavez. (The film, sold by Katapult, recently premiered ...
  • AV Pictures' crocodile thriller Black Water sells widely

    22-May-2007

    Buyers are swarming round crocodile thriller Black Water, being sold by AV Pictures. Buyers snapping down on the film are The Works (UK), Brazil (PlayArte), Indonesia & Malaysia (Ram Indo), Middle East (Falcon Films), Philippines (Pioneer), Thailand (J-Bics) and Turkey (Horizon International) have also bitten on the film. Deals had previously been closed in Berlin for Japan (Presidio), Spain & Portugal (Notro Films) and Benelux (FEG). ...
  • UK's Jowell kicks off South African treaty with news of Skin production

    21-May-2007

    UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa Jowell was in Cannes to declare the new UK/South Africa film co-production treaty operational.
  • Bleiberg closes key sales on Kollrin title

    21-May-2007

    Bleiberg Entertainment has closed key sales here on Eran Kolirin's Un Certain Regard entry Band's Visit following a rapturous screening on Saturday night.The film's co-producer Sophie Dulac has taken French rights and plans to release on a minimum of 80 prints.Deals also closed in Italy (Mikado), Spain (Manga), Latin America (Swen Do Brazil), Australia and New Zealand (Madman), Greece (Audiovisual), and Switzerland (Xenix).
  • Fernandes makes Anxious follow-up to Magnus

    21-May-2007

    UK-based producer Donal Fernandes whose first production Magnus is playing in Un Certain Regard is currently in advanced stages of post-production on black comedy Anxious Dave.Fernandes who wrote and directed the $190,000 UK-production, describes Anxious Dave as 'a scary film about loneliness that evolves into a comedy'. The film, which is being made through Anxious Dave Productions, was shot before Fernandes became involved in the production of Magnus, is due for completion in August.UK-Estonia
  • Muhe and Tukur join cast of One Woman

    21-May-2007

    Ulrich Muhe and Ulrich Tukur, two of the stars of Oscar-winner The Lives Of Others, are to appear alongside Marie Bonnevie (The Banishment) in One Woman. The $3.5m drama written and directed by Mauricio Mendiola, will offer a fictionalised history of Monika Ertl, a heroine of the Bolivian revolution.Monika is a young German woman who moved to Bolivia after the Second World War with her family. Her father, a German filmmaker for the Third Reich, is friends with Klaus Altman ...
  • Menahem Golan brings Festival to Cannes

    21-May-2007

    Cannes veteran Menahem Golan is to direct Holocaust comedy Le Grand Festival, starring Gerard Depardieu. The film, set up as an Austria/Italy/Hungary/Israel co-production begins shooting in Budapest in August. Producers are Norbert Blecha, Laura Susanne Ruedeberg, Jeno Hodi, and Doran Eran. The executive producer is Bernhard Wolschlager. In the film, Depardieu plays the director of a music festival in spa town, Badenheim, somewhere in Austria.Depardieu ...
  • Murphy to star in $9.4m comedy Perrier's Bounty

    21-May-2007

    Cillian Murphy is poised to star in $9.4 million dark comedy Perrier's Bounty, scripted by Mark O'Rowe (Intermission) and directed by Ian Fitzgibbon. A co-production between Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen's Number 9 Films and Alan Moloney's Parallel, the film will shoot in Spring 2008. Intandem is handling sales.Perrier's Bounty is one of a number of new projects being pushed Number 9's slate.In pre-production is Son ...
  • Roberts to play lead in Working Title's Joan Root biopic

    20-May-2007

    Working Title is to produce a film with Julia Roberts based on the life of African wildlife conservationist, Joan Root. The film (as yet untitled) tells the story of wildlife conservationist Joan Root who was murdered in her Kenyan home in January of this year. Julia Roberts will play the role of Joan Root. Inspired by a Vanity Fair article by Mark Seal entitled A Flowering Evil, the film will follow Joan's earlier life with ...
  • Buena Onda works with Sardi and Max on Buena Onda Americas

    20-May-2007

    Miami-based producer Donald K. Ranvaud (Central Station, City Of God) is in Cannes with a slate of 10 films from the top young Latin-American talent. The new films are being packaged and produced through Ranvaud's new outfit Buena Onda Americas, which recently set up in association with Silvio Sardi Communications and Max Pictures.
  • Dreamachine gets animated for three films

    20-May-2007

    Dreamachine has announced details of three animation projects Fear (s) Of The Dark is produced by Valerie Schermann and Christophe Jankovic of Prima Linea Productions with animators under the artistic directorship of Etienne Robial. Mia & Migoo, by Jacques-Remy Girerd. The film is produced by Folimage together with Jacques-Remy Girerd and Emmanuel Bernard. Meanwhile, Les Armateurs is currently in production on
  • Dane Bornedal to deliver $5m thriller

    20-May-2007

    Prolific Danish film-maker Ole Bornedal (Deathwatch) is to direct Deliver Us From Evil, a $5m thriller due to shoot later in the year. Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) is poised to join the cast.Bornedal describes it as 'an extremely violent story' in which a family man is thrown together with a refugee who has survived torture and imprisonment in the Yugoslavian ...
  • Max crosses Borderline to Korea

    20-May-2007

    Roger Frappier's Montreal-based Max Films International has pre-sold Lynn Charlebois' Borderline to Lime Tree Entertainment for Korea. The film, now in post-production, is due to be delivered in October. A five-minute promo reeling has been screening in the market.Borderline, is a drama about a woman at three different stages in her life, based on the novel by Marie-Sissi Labreche, stars Isabelle Blais and Jean-Hugues Anglade.
  • Zentropa expands beyond Danish homeland

    19-May-2007

    Denmark's flagship film company Zentropa is cutting many ties to its homeland with founder Lars Von Trier in talks to shift his next film abroad.In Cannes, company boss Peter Aalbeck Jensen told Screen that the company he and Von Trier founded it will be opening further facilities in Sweden where it has long been supported by regional fund Film I Vast. Zentropa is also in advanced negotiations with a regional fund to set up Von Trier's planned English-language horror ...
  • Headline on track for first western

    19-May-2007

    Ambitious UK production outfit Headline (which recently snapped up the film rights to Peter Pan sequel, Peter Pan In Scarlet) is plotting its first western. The company has taken rights to Geraldine McCaughrean's bestseller Stop The Train!, set in the Oklahoma land rush.Stop The Train! Is the third McCaughrean project on Headline's slate (following on from Peter Pan In Scarlet and Kite Rider.) Headline is also ...
  • A-Film picks up Small Gods for Benelux

    19-May-2007

    Following its acquisition of Koen Mortier's controversial Ex-Drummer (sold by Wide Management), Benelux distributor A-Film has picked up another equally offbeat film from the same stable.Small Gods, made by brothers Dimitri and Nicolas Karakatsanis, is described by A-Films' Erik Engelen as 'extremely well shot and it is definitely a movie that can play worldwide in different festivals.'
  • Haneke's White Ribbon to tie up in February 2008

    19-May-2007

    Further details are beginning to emerge of Michael Haneke's next project, The White Ribbon, being made through Les Films Du Losange, X-Filme and Vega.Legendary screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere has been working on the screenplay of the film, a period piece set during the last days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
  • Olympic role for film in 2012

    18-May-2007

    UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa Jowell (inCannes to declare the new UK/South Africa film co-production treatyoperational) gave an undertaking yesterday that film will be includedin the 'Cultural Olympiad' planned in London for the 2012 Olympics.'It is absolutely certain that film and British film success will be part of the Olympics,' Jowell stated.Speaking to journalists in the British Pavilion, The Minister wasstriking a bullish note ...
  • Black Book producer Maltha plans new WWII project with Isabella

    18-May-2007

    Following his success with Black Book, producer San Fu Maltha is tackling another World War II-themed project. Maltha's company Fu Works is to partner with Els Vandevorst's Isabella Films on a film adaptation of bestseller, Winter in Wartime (Oorlogswinter), by former Dutch politician Jan Terlouw.
  • Bridges steps up to join cast of $25m Weide film

    18-May-2007

    In a move which is already whetting buyers' appetites, Jeff Bridges has joined the cast of Bob Weide's How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, the $25 million adaptation of Toby Young's bestselling satirical memoir about his time as a British journalist abroad, working in Manhattan. Bridges will be playing Clayton Harding, a character loosely based on magazine editor Graydon Carter. He joins Kirsten Dunst (Spiderman), ...
  • Carnaby crawls into the Doghouse with Jake West

    18-May-2007

    London-based Carnaby International has picked up worldwide rights to Jake West's comedy horror picture Doghouse, it was announced in Cannes.The company will introduce the project, due to shoot in the autumn, to buyers during the Cannes market.Also making its market debut is Welsh comedy, Bridge Of Lies, from Bafta-winning director Matt Lipsey (Little ...
  • Joffe takes Corsan passage to India

    18-May-2007

    Roland Joffe is India-bound. The Oscar winning British director (The Killing Fields, The Mission) is to direct $35 million epic Singularity with Aishwarya Rai (Provoked, Bride and Prejudice) in the leading role. The film, due to begin production early next year, is being produced and co-financed by Belgian outfit Corsan and by Indian company Neelmudra Entertainment. The producers are Corsan CEO ...
  • Lumina strikes The Workshop deal with UK's Revolver

    18-May-2007

    In the run-up to Cannes, increasingly aggressive UK distributor Revolver has been on a buying spree.Among a handful of titles it has picked up in recent weeks is Jamie Morgan's provocative documentary The Workshop, one of the buzz titles at last month's Tribeca Festival. (Lumina is selling the film in the market.) Revolver will give the film a theatrical release in the UK later in the year.Another recent Revolver acquisition ...
  • India - Mother figure

    18-May-2007

    Fresh from The Namesake, prolific Indian director Mira Nair is working on two very different projects. She is set to direct the epic $100m Shantaram on four continents for Warner Bros. An adaptation of Gregory David Roberts' autobiographical novel, it is being produced by Initial Entertainment Group's Graham King and will star Johnny Depp (who will co-produce alongside Brad Pitt) and Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan.
  • More cast lines up for Wrathall's Good shooting in Budapest

    17-May-2007

    Jason Isaacs, Jodie Whittaker and Mark Strong have joined Viggo Mortensen in the cast of Good, John Wrathall's screen adaptation of the CP Taylor stage play, directed by Vicente Amorim.Principal photography has begun in Budapest on the film, in which Viggo Mortensen plays the lead role of John Halder, a seemingly decent professor in Hitler era Germany who fails to recognise the evil around him and becomes embroiled in the Nazis' genocidal ...
  • Mira Nair to executive produce Taraprevala's Little Zizou

    17-May-2007

    Sooni Taraprevala, the award-winning screenwriter of The Namesake, Salaam Bombay and Such A Long Journey, is at work in Mumbai on her directorial debut, Little Zizou.
  • Flanders Audiovisual Fund gets new injection of cash

    17-May-2007

    In a move that will provide a major boost to Flemish film production, the Flanders Cultural Affairs Minister Bert Anciaux has announced plans to increase Government support for State film body, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF). Details of the funding emerged here in Cannes.
  • Dreamachine picks up Link's Aftermath.

    17-May-2007

    In one of its first major pick-ups since its launch earlier this spring, Dreamachine has announced start of production on Oscar winner Caroline Link's Aftermath. The film is co-produced by Constantin Film and Bavaria Film and will be shot on location in Germany. Dreamachine will handle worldwide sales. Writer-director Link (Nowhere In Africa) has adapted the screenplay from the novel ...
  • Moodysson to make first English-language film

    17-May-2007

    Swedish director Lukas Moodysson is to begin work later this year on Mammoth, his first English-language feature.
  • Future Films and Celsius come on board for Vivaldi biopic

    17-May-2007

    Boris Damast's Vivaldi biopic is picking up momentum. Producer and financier Future Films has now boarded the project, being made by Hand Picked Films and Mechaniks'. In Cannes today, it was confirmed that Celsius Entertainment will be handling sales.
  • Nordisk to handle Sandrew Metronome's Swedish features

    17-May-2007

    Nordisk International Film Sales has signed an eye-catching deal to handle all Sandrew Metronome's upcoming Swedish feature films. Lena Rehnberg, head of production at Sandrew Metronome, signed the deal with Tine Klint, head of international sales at Nordisk. Through the new alliance, Nordisk will be handling sales on Sunstorm, a thriller starring Izabella Scorupco and Mikael Persbrandt, and on romantic drama Ciao Bella by Mani Maserrat Agah.
  • Portobello moves into sales through Fandango alliance

    17-May-2007

    Eric Abraham's Portobello Pictures (the company behind Kolya and Dark Blue World) is taking the plunge into sales. Here on the Croisette, the British-based outfit has combined forces with Italian outfit Fandango to set up sales banner Portobello-Fandango. Each company has two films in the market.
  • Diving Bell makes waves for Pathe

    16-May-2007

    Before the market has even begun, Pathe Pictures International is reporting a roaring trade on Julian Schnabel's competition entry, The Diving Bell And The Butterfly. In advance of its world premiere next week, the adaptation of author Jean-Domninique Bauby's memoir about his life after he was incapacitated by a stroke, has sold to a number of territories. They include Italy (Bim), Japan (Asmik Ace), Taiwan (CMC), Poland ...
  • Miami makeover for London gangster classic

    16-May-2007

    Classic UK gangster film The Long Good Friday is to be re-made, it was confirmed in Cannes, with the action shifting to Miami. Handmade Films and Impact Pictures are partnering on the $50m project, written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Co-producers will be Patrick Meehan for HandMade Films and Jeremy Bolt for Impact Pictures. The action in the new film is to be re-located from its original 1980s London ...
  • Rotterdam's Bals Fund invests $590,000 in 33 projects

    15-May-2007

    The Hubert Bals Fund - the International Film Festival Rotterdam's fund for supporting filmmakers from developing countries - has announced details of its latest investments. The Fund will invest $589,369 (Euros 435,500) in 33 film projects and initiatives from 23 developing countries.
  • Becker takes on sales for new Bobby Sands feature

    15-May-2007

    Twenty-six years after he died on hunger strike, IRA martyr Bobby Sands is to be the subject of a new feature film, Hunger. Becker International has picked up worldwide rights to the project, which is being directed by Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen.
  • Seeing the light

    11-May-2007

    The UK film finance sector gets a hopeful boost from a new $80m investment fund with producers David Parfitt and Christopher Figg on board. Geoffrey Macnab reports.
  • 28 Weeks Later

    9-May-2007

    Dir: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. UK-US-Sp. 2007. 100mins. 28 Weeks Later is superior genre fare, directed and performed with such gusto that you scarcely notice its creaks. Atmospheric and creepy production design, excellent use of London locations and a succession of bloodcurdling chase sequences keep the tempo high, even as the improbabilities and contrivances mount.
  • Intandem takes on sales to Julie Delpy's thriller The Countess

    7-May-2007

    London-based Intandem Films has taken worldwide sales rights to Julie Delpy's Gothic thriller The Countess.
  • Digital Rights - Territory report - The UK

    4-May-2007

    The UK's film unions regard the digital revolution with a mix of excitement and trepidation. In the short term, there is the threat of job losses. Lab technicians and cinema projectionists are among those already affected by moves away from celluloid. Production crews are also experiencing change as new technology blurs job definitions. However, digital promises new distribution outlets as well as a shake-up of the way rights are handled.
  • Kosovo/Macedonia - Dogme learns new tricks

    4-May-2007

    In late April, Aneta Lesnikovska screened her debut feature Does It Hurt' - The First Balkan Dogma in Skopje, Macedonia. The screening in her homeland followed various festival outings, starting with the world premiere in the Tiger Competition in Rotterdam and also including the Bermuda International Film Festival where the jury (including Richard Dreyfuss and Carrie Fisher) gave it a special jury award for innovative film-making. It will also screen in Buenos Aires, Barcelona, ...
  • $80m investment fund to cashflow UK tax credit

    1-May-2007

    An $80m (£40m) investment fund has been set up to cashflow the new UK tax credit.
  • Cannes: the price of a weak dollar

    26-Apr-2007

    In April, the UK pound moved through the $2 mark for the first time since 1992. The euro has also grown in strength against the US dollar. On one level, Cannes-bound US companies are bound to suffer. Bringing staff to the Riviera is not cheap, even when the dollar is strong. When it is as weak as it is now, an expedition to the Marche begins to look painfully expensive.
  • Market forces and buzz titles

    26-Apr-2007

    At first glance, this year's Cannes Competition has a lopsided look. It comprises a handful of US films from well-known film-makers (almost all of which are already pre-sold everywhere) and some vintage European arthouse fare, on most of which all territories are available.
  • 'It would be good if there was a new leadership'

    25-Apr-2007

    In a move which took even her staff by surprise, Sandra Den Hamer today confirmed that she will be leaving her position as director of the Rotterdam International Festival to take over as director of Amsterdam's Filmmuseum.
  • United Kingdom - Warrior Spirit

    20-Apr-2007

    At a recent ceremony at the Kenyan Embassy in London, producer Simon Channing Williams was awarded the Order of the Grand Warrior. The honour came his way primarily for his efforts in Kenya on behalf of The Constant Gardener Trust, the charity he helped set up after shooting that John Le Carre adaptation in Kenya in 2004.
  • Distribution - TV and film sales - Two's company

    13-Apr-2007

    Not so long ago, film and TV markets were different worlds. Independent film sales agents who attended the American Film Market (AFM) and Cannes might attend events such as Miptv and Mipcom to exploit their library, but theatrical buyers were rarely seen. That position is now changing as film-makers and distributors look to exploit both markets simultaneously.
  • Provoked: A True Story

    6-Apr-2007

    Dir: Jag Muhndra. India-UK. 112mins. Provoked is based on the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a Punjabi woman living in London who, in 1989, killed her abusive husband and was imprisoned for murder. Her battle for freedom eventually ended in the British legal definition of 'provocation' being re-defined in the case of battered women.
  • Germany - Enduring labour of love

    6-Apr-2007

    Philippe Bober's sales, financing and production outfit The Coproduction Office is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The company was set up in 1987 in Berlin with the aim of supporting maverick auteurs with strong personal visions. Over the last two decades, Bober has championed the work of (among others) Lou Ye, Carlos Reygadas, Ulrich Seidl, Jessica Hausner, Takashi Miike, Kornel Mundruczo, Cristi Puiu and Roy Andersson.
  • Germany - Enduring labour of love

    6-Apr-2007

    Philippe Bober's sales, financing and production outfit The Coproduction Office is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The company was set up in 1987 in Berlin with the aim of supporting maverick auteurs with strong personal visions. Over the last two decades, Bober has championed the work of (among others) Lou Ye, Carlos Reygadas, Ulrich Seidl, Jessica Hausner, Takashi Miike, Kornel Mundruczo, Cristi Puiu and Roy Andersson.
  • Pinewood: studio tour

    6-Apr-2007

    No-one knows what caused the fire that burned down the famous 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios in July 2006, but its rapid rebuilding symbolises the upturn in fortunes at Pinewood Shepperton.
  • UK tax breaks:a cultural revolution

    6-Apr-2007

    As producers begin to grapple in earnest with the UK tax incentives, the local industry is eyeing the new system with a mix of anticipation and trepidation. Most acknowledge the credits will not compensate for the investment lost to the UK film industry following the scrapping of Section 48 and Section 42 tax relief but they also see new opportunities.
  • United Kingdom - Studio Tour

    6-Apr-2007

    No-one knows what caused the fire that burned down the famous 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios in July 2006, but its rapid rebuilding symbolises the upturn in fortunes at Pinewood Shepperton.
  • Industry has mixed reactions to HanWay-Celluloid merger

    4-Apr-2007

    The announcement yesterday of the merger between HanWay Films and Celluloid Dreams to create a new combined company, dreamachine, has provoked a mixed response from the European film industry.
  • Sunshine

    4-Apr-2007

    Dir: Danny Boyle. UK-US. 2007. 107mins.
  • Film commissions: friends in hired places

    30-Mar-2007

    What is a film commissioner' 'On one end of the spectrum, they can be basically not much more than civil servants allocated film as part of their portfolio but they can also be people who have worked in the industry and know how we think and what we need. The range is very wide indeed,' says UK producer Iain Smith, whose credits include Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain and Alfonso Cuaron's Children Of Men (pictured).
  • Malta: inward production

    30-Mar-2007

    In recent years, Malta has successfully attracted some ambitious projects, such as Troy and Munich. The Mediterranean island may offer tax credits, ocean-side water tanks, sunshine and plenty of spectacular locations but the challenge now is to lure big US projects in the face of heavy competition from Eastern European rivals.
  • Potboiler to follow Gardener with Le Carre's Mission Song

    29-Mar-2007

    Following its successful adaptation of John Le Carre's The Constant Gardener, Simon Channing Williams and Gail Egan's London-based Potboiler Productions is preparing a new film based on Le Carre's latest book, The Mission Song.
  • As You Like It

    28-Mar-2007

    Dir: Kenneth Branagh UK-US. 2006. 127mins. Kenneth Branagh's fifth Shakespeare adaptation (after Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet and Love's Labour's Lost), As You Like It is a curiously undercharged affair. Handsomely and fluidly shot and intelligently performed, it nonetheless lacks spark. What should be a playful and magical sojourn in the Forest of Arden turns into a test of endurance as we wait for lovers to recognise ...
  • Pinewood Shepperton sees turnover up 22% in 2006

    27-Mar-2007

    Pinewood Shepperton today released its preliminary results for the year ended Dec 31 2006. It was a robust year for the company, with turnover up 22% at $80m (£40.7m) and operating profit 'before exceptional items' up 70% at $17.9m (£9.1m).
  • United Kingdom - Soho story

    23-Mar-2007

    Sam Garbarski freely admits that his second feature, Irina Palm, is a cosmopolitan endeavour.
  • War Is Hell - interview with Mark Munden

    23-Mar-2007

    When Channel 4 broadcasts Marc Munden's The Mark Of Cain, British audiences are likely to be startled by the film's frank depiction of UK soldiers humiliating and bullying Iraqi prisoners. Audiences may also be surprised by the way British senior officers are shown trying to avoid responsibility for events that took place on their watch.
  • Pinewood Studios stage rebuilt and ready for Bond

    22-Mar-2007

    Less than a year after the fire last July that destroyed the celebrated 007 stage at Pinewood, the stage has been fully rebuilt and is back in action. The news comes as Pinewood makes its case to keep the next 007 film, Bond 22, in Britain.
  • Gurinder Chadha in pre-production on Full-Frontal Snogging

    22-Mar-2007

    The hunt is on for a teenage actress to star in Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. Casting is getting underway in London this week on the $18 million adaptation of the first in UK author Louise Rennison's best-selling Confessions Of Georgia Nicolson series about adolescent angst.
  • Denmark - Overthrowing the old guard

    16-Mar-2007

    Based on the memoirs of James Gregory, Goodbye Bafana tells the story of the white South African who guarded Nelson Mandela on Robben Island. But while it is a South African story, the $20m project is directed by a Dane, Bille August, and has an international flavour in terms of financing and casting.
  • Princess Of The Sun to become first film screening at Pyramids

    12-Mar-2007

    French animated feature Princess Of The Sun is to receive its world premiere tomorrow at a special outdoor screening in Egypt, at the bottom of the pyramids of Giza. This is the first time the Egyptian Government has sanctioned such a screening.
  • Gone (aka Middle Of Nowhere)

    8-Mar-2007

    Dir: Ringan Ledwidge. UK-Aust. 2006. 88mins Young British travellers should steer well clear of the Australian Outback. Having suffered at the hands of a deranged and sadistic bushman in Greg McLean's ferociously unpleasant Wolf Creek, the Brits Down Under are again put through the wringer in Gone.
  • European - Aardman animations - 'We feel liberated in a delightful way'

    2-Mar-2007

    Peter Lord, a founder of Aardman Animations, is in optimistic mood following the company's recent divorce from DreamWorks.
  • European - Selling European animation - Drawing the battle lines

    2-Mar-2007

    Television looms large over European animation. "The biggest problem in selling animation in Europe is that the market is primarily for (TV) series - 30-minute episodes," says Czech-based producer and sales agent John Riley, who has sold the work of Czech master Jan Svankmajer.
  • European animation - Case Study: Arthur and the Invisibles - 'We had no clue how tough it was going to be'

    2-Mar-2007

    In making Arthur And The Invisibles, Luc Besson (pictured) refused to accept the conventional wisdom that European animation was a cottage industry. It looks as if his gamble has paid off, with the film already scoring more than 6.2 million admissions in France. The aim now is to shoot the two sequels, Arthur And The Vengeance Of Maltazard and Arthur And The War Of Two Worlds back to back, taking advantage of economies of scale.
  • European animation - Drawn to Europe

    2-Mar-2007

    It may boast an abundance of talent, but European animation has always been little more than a cottage industry. And in a global market dominated by the likes of Disney and DreamWorks Animation, Europe's lack of marketing clout, branding and distribution is painfully obvious.
  • The casting cash

    16-Feb-2007

    Stars can be important elements when it comes to packaging elaborate European co-productions. Obviously, casting a German lead may help sell the film in German-speaking territories or raise funding in those territories. The Weinstein Company's Colin Vaines acknowledges that with lower-budget European films, directors are often what sell the work internationally. 'But if you're going out seeking funding with a patchwork of money from different countries, it can be enormously helpful ...
  • The European name game

    16-Feb-2007

    Even the most cursory list of Europe's best-known actors reveals a continent stocked with starry talent: Ewan McGregor, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Judi Dench and Helen Mirren from the UK; Eva Green, Isabelle Huppert, Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche from France; Monica Bellucci and Roberto Benigni from Italy; Franka Potente from Germany; and from Spain, Antonio Banderas, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz.
  • United Kingdom - Filmworks' ethic

    16-Feb-2007

    When broadcaster Sky and UK exhibitor Odeon joined forces in a 50-50 venture to create new distribution company, Odeon and Sky Filmworks, some eyebrows were raised. Why, observers asked, did the two companies want to venture into an overcrowded and overly competitive field such as theatrical distribution'
  • Delpy's latest sparks sales boom for Rezo

    15-Feb-2007

    The Works UK Distribution has taken UK rights on Julie Delpy's Two Days In Paris, one of the buzz titles in this year's Berlinale.
  • Norwegian Culture Minister pledges extra funds for local films

    15-Feb-2007

    In Berlin this week, Norwegian culture minister Trond Giske has promised increased Government support of the local film industry.Since coming to power in late 2005, Norway's left-centre alliance has pumped an extra 6.2 million Euros into the Norwegian Film Fund, taking the overall spending to 32 million Euros per annum. Asked if he planned to find further money, Giske commented:'Yes, definitely. It's one of the areas within the culture budget that we are increasing ...
  • Wolfe takes Shelter for US from Wide

    15-Feb-2007

    Loic Magneron's Wide Manaagement has closed a slew of deals as the EFMwinds down, including a US deal on Marco Simon Puccioni's Italian Panorama entry, Shelter.The film, about two young Italian women who find a Moroccan immigrant hiding in their car, has sold to Wolfe Releasing. The film stars Portuguese siren Maria De Medeiros (Henry and June, Pulp Fiction) and Antonia Liskova.Meanwhile, ...
  • Hot Fuzz

    14-Feb-2007

    Dir: Edgar Wright. UK/USAt its best, Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's follow-up to Shaun Of The Dead, is wildly funny and very inventive. The film-makers take the conventions of the British cop drama and subvert them entirely. They ...
  • Starfield, Maybe team on Lebanon drama

    14-Feb-2007

    Paul Raphael's London-based Starfield Productions is working on After The Summer Rain, a new drama that was partly shot in Lebanon during the war last year. The project, which is already in post-production and will be vying for a slot in Cannes, is directed by Philippe Aractingi, whose Bosta was the high-grossing Lebanese film last year.Aractingi was living in Beirut during the Israeli ...
  • Englund to direct The Vij in Hungary for ReDark

    14-Feb-2007

    Freddy Kreuger is back - but this time he is behind the camera. At the EFM this week, ReDark's Loris Curici has announced two new projects including one that will be directed by Robert Englund, the star of the legendary Nightmare On Elm Street films.Production is due to begin in Hungary next month on The Vij, an adaptation of a Nikolai Gogol story that will be helmed by Englund. This will be Englund's ...
  • Intercinema lands deal for The Island

    13-Feb-2007

    Aki Kaurismaki is Russia-bound. The Finnish director's work is rarely seen in the country, but thanks to Raisa Fomina' sales and distribution outfits Intercinema, Russian audiences will soon be able to lap up almost every movie Kaurismaki has ever made.First, Intercinema released A Man Without A Past and Lights In The Dusk theatrically. Now, it has acquired Kaurismaki back catalogue from Match Factory.'I decided I had to introduce the whole library of this fantastic ...
  • Cavalier lined up for Visions Du Reel

    13-Feb-2007

    Visions Du Reel, the Swiss documentary festival running this year in Nyon from 20-26 April, has confirmed its first competition title - the latest feature from Alain Cavalier.
  • Wild Bunch seals deals with Picturehouse, Magnolia, Goldwyn

    13-Feb-2007

    Wild Bunch may have broken off official relations with the Berlinale and set up shop in a jerry-built cabin, but the French sales powerhouse has had its best EFM ever, including three US deals.
  • Schafer's gay and lesbian film doc finds buyers

    12-Feb-2007

    Andre Schafer's Here's Looking At You, Boy is tickling the fancy of buyers worldwide. Schafer's documentary, telling the story of the coming-out of gay and lesbian cinema, has sold worldwide in advance of its premiere in Panorama later this week.Amsterdam-based sales agent Sydney Neter of SND Films has closed deals with SBS (Australia), Finland (YLE), Denmark (DRTV), The Sundance Channel (US), Italy (GANA) and several other territories. ...
  • Faroutfilms teams with Talabani on Iraqi love story

    12-Feb-2007

    Rome-based production outfit Faroutfilms is partnering with Iraqi politician and producer Hero Talabani, the wife of Iraq's President Jala Talabani, on Italian/Iraqi co-production, Kirkuk. The film is a love story set in Iraq during the late 1980s during the 1986-87 Anfal campaign - when chemical attacks were ordered by Saddam to cleanse northern Iraq of Kurds Talabani's company Suli Films has already raised 50% of the budget for the ...
  • London and Rome Film Festivals face off over dates clash

    12-Feb-2007

    The London and Rome Film Festivals are on collision course. Both events have now confirmed their slots - and they overlap almost exactly. Rome's second edition runs from Oct 18 to 27 October. London, meanwhile, runs from Oct 17 to Nov 1. What's more, the clash in dates comes as both festivals are planning co-production markets and ramping up their industry activities.'For industry folk it is irritating and inconvenient,' London's artistic director Sandra Hebron commented. She ...
  • Lucky Red buys two from Trust including Trier horror

    12-Feb-2007

    Lucky Red has pre-bought the Italian distribution rights to Lars Von Trier's first horror film Antichrist as well another film from Trust Film Sales - How To Get Rid Of The Others by Anders Rønnow Klarlund. Trier is enjoying something of a renaissance in Italy. His last film The Boss of it All has notched up around 200.000 admissions and still going ...
  • Mundrunczo recasts, to restart Delta in spring

    12-Feb-2007

    Hungarian auteur Kornel Mundrunczo, the award-winning director of Pleasant Days (Szep Napok) and Johanna, is set to re-start shooting his new feature Delta in the late spring. The film is being produced by Viktoria Petranyi through Proton Cinema, the company sheco-founded with Mundrucz.. The film is a revenge drama set in the Danube Delta in the future. ...
  • Tartan, Prokino among buyers wooing Chaotic Ana

    11-Feb-2007

    Julio Medem''s Chaotic Ana is stirring buyers'' juices. Early in the EFM, Sogepaq has closed deals on a number of major territories. The film has gone to the UK (Tartan), Germany and Austria (Prokino), Benelux (Cineart and A-Film) and Greece and Cyprus (Prooptiki).Starring Manuela Velles and Charlotte Rampling, the $6.5 million drama is the story of Ana over four years of her life, from 18 to 22. Ana''s existence seems to ...
  • Aku Louhimies back on his feet with She-Wolf

    11-Feb-2007

    Finnish director Aku Louhimies is is pushing ahead with his next project, She-Wolf, putting controversy over his last film behind him.Produced by Aleksi Bardy of Helsinki Film, the new film begins shootingin April. Based on a novel by Leena Lander, it is a love story set inthe Finnish civil war. Greek and German co-producers are on board the $2.2m drama which was presented in Rotterdam's CineMart lastyear.Once
  • Lovers, Lies And Thieves resurrected by Girard

    11-Feb-2007

    Lovers, Lies And Thieves - a comedy caper whichfell apart five weeks into pre-production in 2001 - is back on themarket courtesy of Arsam International's Illann Girard, producer ofBerlinale competition entry Goodybe Bafana and executive producer ofMarch Of The Penguins. The project is a comic take on the true story ofthe theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911 and was written by top Hollywoodscreenwriter Jeremy Leven (The
  • Israel's The Bubble picked up by Strand

    9-Feb-2007

    Strand Releasing has snapped up US rights to Israeli director Eytan Fox's Panorama title, The Bubble, it was confirmed this week. The deal was negotiated between Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing and Pierre Menahem of Scalpel Films. Strand Releasing plans an August opening for the film across the US.
  • The Escapist starts shoot with Brian Cox and Joseph Fiennes

    9-Feb-2007

    Rupert Wyatt's debut feature The Escapist has begun filming in Dublin with a sterling cast of British and Irish character actors and stars.
  • The Escapist starts shooting with Brian Cox and Joseph Fiennes

    9-Feb-2007

  • Celluloid Dreams acquires Emotional Arithmetic

    9-Feb-2007

    Celluloid Dreams has acquired international rights to Emotional Arithmetic, it was announced today (Friday) in Berlin. The movie, produced by Triptych Media and BBR Productions, directed by Paolo Barzman and starring Susan Sarandon, Christopher Plummer, Gabriel Byrne, Roy Dupuis and Max von Sydow is currently in post-production.Acquisitions and sales executive Charlotte Mickie brokered the deal with producer Anna Stratton. ...
  • Trust ramps up international sales with Bier, Troell films

    9-Feb-2007

    Oscar-nominated Danish director Susanne Bier (After The Wedding) is to make an international drama about a Holocaust survivor. Julius - the project's working title - is about a former prisoner at notorious death camp KZ who moves to Israel. Here, his past eventually catches up with him.
  • Thinking outside the box office - the future of UK independents -

    9-Feb-2007

    These are turbulent times for independent distribution in the UK. The British market may be the third most valuable in the world after the US and Japan, but with 450 films released every year, there is a fear the territory is beginning to suffer from over-supply.
  • Rai Trade's Caravaggio heads to Japan with Tokyo Theatres

    8-Feb-2007

    On the eve of the European Film Market in Berlin, Rai Trade has announced an eyecatching Japanese deal on its new title, Angelo Longoni's Caravaggio. On the basis of the rushes, Tokyo Theatres have picked up all rights to the biopic, which tells the story of the troubled but brilliant Italian artist.Rai's head of cinema and fiction international sales Sesto Cifola also reports strong US interest in the $7.8 biopic, currently in post-production. ...
  • Odeon and Sky Filmworks strike first deal for UK rights to Kenny

    6-Feb-2007

    Odeon and Sky Filmworks, the new joint venture between broadcaster Sky and UK exhibitor Odeon, has announced details of its first acquisition.
  • Paul Trijbits joins Alison Owen's production company Ruby Films

    2-Feb-2007

    Paul Trijbits, whose six-year stint as head of the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund ended last autumn, has joined Alison Owen's London-based Ruby Films.
  • Paul Trijbits joins Alison Owen's production company Ruby Films

    2-Feb-2007

    Paul Trijbits, whose six-year stint as head of the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund ended last autumn, has joined Alison Owen's London-based Ruby Films.
  • Dutch Film Fund explains details for $16.8m Matching Fund

    31-Jan-2007

    As the Rotterdam film festival continues, local film-makers are seeing several signs of encouragement from the Dutch Film Fund. The fund has announced $1.26m (Euros 975,000) backing in three art-house features as well as unveiling details for its groundbreaking $16.8m (Euros 13m) Matching Fund.
  • Rome aims to lure 300 buyers to second Business Street event

    30-Jan-2007

    The Rome Festival's industry event Business Street is looking to target buyers and sellers yet more aggressively. Speaking in Rotterdam, Sylvain Auzou, who runs Business Street with Diamara Parodi, has explained just how the market will be expanded further.
  • Klimt finally gets UK release

    30-Jan-2007

    Raoul Ruiz's film Klimt, about the fin de siecle Austrian painter, is to be released in the UK in the summer by Soda Pictures.
  • Negativ lines up shoots for Country Teacher and Protektor

    30-Jan-2007

    Reflecting the recent upswing in Czech producers' fortunes, Prague-based independent production outfit Negativ has revealed further details of a bulging development slate.
  • Wide gets on board for controversial Belgian feature Ex Drummer

    29-Jan-2007

    In one of the first pick-ups of this year's Rotterdam Tiger competition, French outfit Wide Management is to handle international sales on Koen Mortier's Ex Drummer. The news was confirmed on Sunday in Rotterdam, just prior to the film's world premiere. All territories are open, except for Benelux, which is being handled by A-Film.
  • DV8 plans multi-platform release for cell-phone feature

    29-Jan-2007

    Jeremy Nathan and Joel Phiri's Johannesburg-based DV8 is planning a global, Bubble-style, multi-platform release for its new feature, SMS Sugar Man. 'We are busy putting in place all the distribution pipelines,' Nathan said of the plans to make Sugar Man available worldwide simultaneously on internet, mobile phones and DVD. 'We've got the technology partners to do it.'
  • Ex Drummer

    28-Jan-2007

    Dir: Koen Mortier. Bel. 2007. 101mins.
  • The Aerial (La Antena)

    25-Jan-2007

    Dir: Esteban Sapir. Arg. 2007. 90mins.Esteban Sapir's second feature is an intriguing and beautifully-made oddity - a largely silent, black-and-white fantasy that seems inspired in equal measure by Fritz Lang's Metropolis, FW Murnau's The Last Laugh
  • Rotterdam director bemoans lack of local films in festival

    25-Jan-2007

    Where have the Dutch films gone' With 44 world premieres, the 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam is showcasing a wealth of new work, but the line-up is notably light on local movies.
  • Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund refused funding

    25-Jan-2007

    'Stormy weather is expected,' Festival director Sandra Den Hamer warned yesterday at the opening of the International Film Festival of Rotterdam. The cause of the disquiet is the growing uncertainty that surrounds Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund, which supports filmmaking in developing countries.
  • Ex Drummer stirs controversy among Belgian exhibitors

    24-Jan-2007

    In advance of its world premiere in the Tiger Competition in Rotterdam this weekend, Koen Mortier's Ex Drummer is provoking controversy in Belgium. One leading arthouse exhibitor, Studio Skoop in Ghent, has refused to show the film, which features scenes of graphic violence, rape and self mutilation. Industry sources have even suggestions that exhibitors are nervous about the crude references in the film to former Belgian monarch, King Baudouin, who died in 1993.
  • Co-production markets - 'A good hub where people can meet'

    19-Jan-2007

    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Rotterdam's CineMart must be one of the most admired events in the film world.
  • Netherlands Production - In search of Dutch masters

    19-Jan-2007

    From the outside, it looks as if these are boom times for Dutch production. Paul Verhoeven's Black Book, released in the Netherlands by A-Film in the autumn, is closing in on a million admissions at home and has been sold around the world by London-based sales agent ContentFilm International. Oscar nominee Ben Sombogaart (Twin Sisters) has done brisk business with his family film Crusade: March Through Time, which has posted more than 300,000 admissions in the local ...
  • The Monastery: Mr Vig & The Nun

    17-Jan-2007

    Dir Pernille Rose Gronkjaer. Den. 2006. 84mins A slow burning, lovingly crafted documentary with a melancholy undertow, The Monastery benefits from a wonderfully eccentric protagonist. JorgenLauersen Vig is an 82-year-old Dane whose last goal in life is to turnhis castle into a monastery. If Spike Milligan and Andrei Tarkovsky ...
  • BAFTA reaches for operatic heights

    12-Jan-2007

    If you are looking for a Wagnerian spectacle, the next Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) may well provide it.
  • International rescue: UIP's history and new reorganisation

    6-Jan-2007

    'If there is any growth in this business globally it's in international,' says Tim Bevan of the UK's Working Title Films. One company that has consistently underlined the truth in Bevan's remark over the last 25 years is United International Pictures (UIP).In late 1981, when UIP was formed in London, the Hollywood studios were still making the vast majority of their revenues at home. As UIP's president and chief operating officer Andrew Cripps recalls: 'Certainly in 1986, when ...
  • Michael Apted: master of adaptability

    6-Jan-2007

    Michael Apted is something of a chameleon of the film world: the 65-year-old director changes colours with remarkable facility. On the one hand, he is a member of the Hollywood establishment - a Brit who has blossomed in the studio system and currently serves as president of the Director's Guild. Alongside Stephen Frears and Mike Newell, he is also one of that generation of workaholic Brit directors who went to Oxbridge, trained at the BBC or Granada, and can seemingly ...
  • 4 Elements

    1-Jan-2007

    Dir/scr: Jiska Rickels. Neth. 2006. 89mins.Jiska Rickels' makes an impressive debut with feature-documentary 4 Elements, a self-consciously poetic film essay that has limited narration and little in the way of dialogue. Consisting of four self-contained segments, each representing one of the ...
  • Miss Potter

    20-Dec-2006

    Dir: Chris Noonan. UK-US. 2006. 93mins.A period feature about a popular children's writer enduring a traumatic life, Chris Noonan's Miss Potter may follow in the footsteps of Shadowlands (about CS Lewis) and Marc Forster's Finding Neverland (about JM ...
  • Dragon Tiger Gate (Lung Fu Mun)

    20-Dec-2006

  • Notes On A Scandal

    11-Dec-2006

    Dir: Richard Eyre. UK-US.2006. 91mins.
  • Danes dominate IFDA doc prizes

    3-Dec-2006

    The 19th International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), proveda triumph for Danish documentary makers.
  • Greenaway plans doc and game after Nightwatching

    29-Nov-2006

  • IDFA launches with film by new talent Rickels

    24-Nov-2006

    The 19th InternationalDocumentary Film Festival Amsterdam began last night (Thursday) with ascreening of Jiska Rickels' 4 Elements. The film, a debut feature, was producedand partly financed by Black Book producer San Fu Maltha through his company FuWorks. Along with 17 other feature documentaries, it is in contention forIDFA's most prestigious prize, The Joris Ivens award.
  • Almodovar and Loach head EFA nominations

    21-Nov-2006

    Nominations for the European Film Awards were announced on November 4, with Pedro Almodovar's Volver leading the field, appearing in six of the seven major categories.
  • Producers warn next Bond film may be shot outside UK

    13-Nov-2006

    There is no guarantee that the next James Bond film will shoot in the UK. That was the message today from Casino Royale producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
  • Donati, Infascelli team for Mikado's La Pistola

    6-Nov-2006

    Legendary Italianscreenwriter Sergio Donati, whose credits include Sergio Leone's Once Upon ATime In The West, A Fistful Of Dynamite and For A Few Dollars More,is to partner with maverick director Alex Infascelli (Hate20) on a new $5 million genre project provisionallytitled La Pistola.
  • IFC Films buys Honore's In Paris from Gemini

    6-Nov-2006

    Paris-based Gemini Films has closed a US deal on ChristopherHonore's In Pariswith IFC Films. The deal was negotiated by Elizabeth Perlie for Gemini andJonathan Sehring for IFC.
  • NonStop sells Mikkelsen-starrer Exit to Germany

    6-Nov-2006

    Underlining Danish actorMads Mikkelsen's increasing profile in the marketplace, NonStop Sales hasclosed a deal for all German-speaking territories on Mikkelsen's new thriller Exit with Galileo Medien AG.
  • Red Envelope gets US rights to to Strike from Telepool

    6-Nov-2006

    Munich-based Telepool hasclosed a deal with Netflix-owned Red Envelope Entertainment for US rights toVolker Schloendorff's Strike, thestory of a female crane operator who co-founded the Solidarity movement inSoviet-era Poland in the 1980s.The film had its world premiere at the TorontoInternational Film Festival in September.
  • San Fu Maltha buys slew of films at AFM for new Indonesian operation

    6-Nov-2006

    San Fu Maltha, the Dutch producer of Holland's Oscar entry BlackBook, has a dualexistence as joint managing director of new Indonesian distributor andexhibitor, Blitz. Through Queen, the acquisition arm of Blitz, he has picked upa raft of titles in the market.
  • Mortagne and Terryn get new posts at Benelux distributor Paradiso

    6-Nov-2006

    Benelux distributor ParadisoFilm Entertainment has named Olivier Mortagne as its new head of international acquisitionsand Patrick Terryn as chief operating officer. The appointments come in thewake of Erich Engelen's departure from the company earlier in the summer. Asannounced earlier this week, Engelen has now joined A-Film.
  • Rotterdam festival increases international industry reach

    6-Nov-2006

    International Film FestivalRotterdam (IFFR) has launched a major initiative to raise its internationalindustry profile. At AFM this week, IFFR's new head of international PR Marnixvan Wijk has been assiduously courting sellers and buyers in a bid to lure themto the Netherlands for next year's event, which takes place Jan 24 to Feb 4.
  • Writer/director Leonard Schrader dies of heart failure

    6-Nov-2006

  • Celluloid banks on Asian directors, strikes studio deals

    5-Nov-2006

    Paris-based sales andproduction outfit Celluloid Dreams is to handle sales on Camera D'Or winnerNaomi Kawase's new feature, provisionally titled Mogari No Mori. The film, in post-production and likely to be vyingfor a place in official selection in Cannes, is about an old man saying goodbyeto his dead widow. This old man copes with his grief by writing letters to hisdead wife. Celluloid Dreams is co-producing the film with Kawase.
  • Frappier prepares English-language remake of La Grande Seduction

    5-Nov-2006

    Roger Frappier'sQuebec-based Max Films, whose The Secret Life Of Happy People is screening in AFI FEST, has announced details of aslate of new English and French-language projects.
  • Jinga closes Netherlands deal on Winstone-starrer Everything

    5-Nov-2006

  • Others and Volver lead European Film Awards noms

    5-Nov-2006

    German hit The Lives Of Others, which was controversially snubbed by both Berlin and Cannes, has won six European Film Award nominations including those for film, director and screenwriter. The only other title with six nods was Pedro Almodovar's widely loved Volver.
  • Six Sales sells titles to Beverly Hills, Quality in Latin America

    5-Nov-2006

    Madrid-based sales outfitSix Sales has sold Latin American rights to Beverly Hills Enterainment for itsnew CGI animated feature Noah's Lark. The film is directed by LA-based Raul Garcia, whose previous creditsinclude Aladdin, through new company Kandor Graphics. Itwill be ready for delivery in 2008.
  • Trust takes on sales of Kormakur's Jar City

    5-Nov-2006

    Danish salesoutfit Trust has taken on international sales of Baltasar Kormakur's JarCity. The film hasalready enjoyed the biggest opening in Icelandic history, racking up admissionsof over 60,000 - representing one in five of the population - since its releasein mid-October.
  • Canet's Tell No One has smash opening in France

    3-Nov-2006

    Guillaume Canet's Tell No One, which is headlining EuropaCorp's AFM slate, has enjoyed aspectacular opening in France, posting over 205,000 admissions on its openingday.
  • Reeve, Parkhouse launches tax credit financing group IFF

    3-Nov-2006

    UK industry veteran JimReeve, the founder of UK film financier Visionview, has teamed with TomParkhouse to launch a new financing outfit, International Film Finance Ltd(IFF).
  • NonStop reps Sandrew library

    2-Nov-2006

    NonStop Sales is to handle worldwide sales on around 500 films from Scandinavian powerhouse Sandrew Metronome.
  • A-Film taps Erik Engelen for Belgium office

    2-Nov-2006

  • Celluloid Nightmares goes Inside

    2-Nov-2006

    Underlining its increasingappetite for genre fare, Celluloid Dreams' is to handle world sales on new French horrorpicture, Inside, through itsgenre arm Celluloid Nightmares.
  • EFP may face budget cuts from EU's Media Programme

    2-Nov-2006

  • IFC strikes US deal for Brisseau's Exterminating Angels

    1-Nov-2006

  • Latido sells Your Life In 65 Minutes to Strand in US

    1-Nov-2006

    Madrid-based Latido Filmshas snared a US buyer for Maria Ripoll's comedy, Your Life In 65 Minutes. Strand Releasing has taken North American rights tothe film, which is on Latido's AFM slate.
  • M6 racks up sales on Siri's Intimate Enemies

    1-Nov-2006

    Following the success of Rachid Bouchareb's Days Of Glory, another French film dealing with thetrauma of the Algerian experience has been piquing buyers' interest. In therun-up to the AFM, Florent Siri's Intimate Enemies has been racking up deals.
  • Wild Bunch boards new films from Macdonald, Roeg, Gordon Green

    1-Nov-2006

    Ever-aggressive Frenchoutfit Wild Bunch has added new films by Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald, veteranBritish auteur Nicolas Roeg, US indie darling David Gordon Green and Frenchmaster Alain Corneau to its AFM slate.
  • Bavaria sells Sweet Mud to Canada, Brazil

    1-Nov-2006

    On the eve of the AFM, Bavaria Film International has sold IsraeliOscar entry Sweet Mudto Mongrel Media in Canada and Imovision in Brazil. The deals were concludedduring the Business Street Days of the Rome Film Festival earlier this month
  • EC says it will rule on UK film tax by end of year

    26-Oct-2006

    The European Commission has offered further clarification asto what has caused its delay in EC approval for the new UK film taxlegislation. The EC now says it is aiming to make a decision "by the endof the year."
  • UK tax credit stranded while Europe ponders approval

    19-Oct-2006

    Screen International's UK Film Financesummit meets today amid growing evidence that the European Commission may be uncomfortable with aspectsthe UK's new film tax plans.
  • The History Boys

    11-Oct-2006

  • Initial Entertainment plans Queen Victoria film

    25-Sep-2006

  • Pyramide strikes deals for Darratt and Seven Years

    7-Sep-2006

  • Artificial Eye gets UK rights to latest from Alain Resnais

    7-Sep-2006

    UK distributor Artificial Eye has picked up UK rights to Alain Resnais' Private Fears In Public Places, which premiered in competition in Venice and will also play in Toronto.
  • Mueller says Venice needs bigger theatres and more buyers

    7-Sep-2006

    Venice Festival directorMarco Mueller has again repeated his calls for the festival to "solve itsinfrastructural problems" and ramp up its industry facilities. "We need biggertheatres," Mueller told ScreenDaily.com as this year's festival heads into itsclosing weekend. "We need the capacity of those theatres to be bigger. We needthe autonomous sidebar sections to play in a totally different theatre so wehave more space for our screenings. We need a few smaller market and industryscreenings." ...
  • Venice deals emerge for The Island and Falling

    6-Sep-2006

    As theVenice Festival ends the final stretch, there has been a small flurry ofdeal-making on the Lido. Russiansales agent Intercinema has soldits competition title The Island by Pavel Longouine to Metropole Pathe for Switzerland and hasdeals ...
  • Beirut Film Festival makes plans for October event

    6-Sep-2006

  • Bobby's Estevez grateful for Weinstein support

    6-Sep-2006

  • A-Film looking for Dirk De Lille's replacement

    5-Sep-2006

  • Sellars hopes to bring New Crowned Hope idea to other cities

    5-Sep-2006

    Globe-trottingopera director Peter Sellars is in talks with twocities about the possibility of overseeing further events along the lines ofthe New Crowned Hope Festival, which has already yielded a handful of films competingin Venice and Toronto."Theseare ...
  • Smith hopes to bring Universal's Wanted to UK

    5-Sep-2006

    UK producer Iain Smith (in Venice with two competitionfilms, The Fountain and Children Of Men)is in advanced negotiations to bring Wanted,a big-budget studio feature, to the UK. The project is beingfinanced by Universal. Adapted from a comic book, it is set in a contemporary US ...
  • Consultant questions Venice's industry credentials

    3-Sep-2006

    With 300 buyers in attendance and 80 market screenings, this year's Venice Festival would appear to be catering to industry demands as thoroughly as it can, given the Lido's awkward infrastructure. But Edith Grant, consultant to Venice's industry office, has questioned how deep the Biennale's commitment to staging a meaningful industry event really is.
  • Frears' Queen is royally received

    3-Sep-2006

    Regal mania gripped the Lido following this weekend's world premiere of Stephen Frears' The Queen in competition at the Venice Festival. Frears, Helen Mirren and the film's producers received a standing ovation at their press conference.
  • Granada steps up film commitment after Queen success

    3-Sep-2006

    Following its success with The Queen, UK TV company Granada is to step up its commitment to feature film.
  • San Fu Maltha ready to fly with De Bernieres bestseller

    3-Sep-2006

    BlackBookproducer San Fu Maltha has optioned bestseller BirdsWithout Wings from Louis De Bernieres, whose Captain Corelli's Mandolin was filmed in 2001 by WorkingTitle.
  • The Queen

    3-Sep-2006

    Dir: Stephen Frears. UK2006. 97mins.
  • Oliver Stone and Spike Lee get political in Venice

    1-Sep-2006

    It was a day of fiery pressconferences in Venicewith Oliver Stone, Paul Verhoeven and Spike Lee allpresenting new films. A belligerent and upbeat Stone, on the Lido with World Trade Center, surprised onlookersby attacking the "cultural problem" of violence in US movies,chastising films such as Black Hawk Down and Pearl Harbor for "promotingshock and awe" and "worshipping the machinery of war."Flanked by William ...
  • Nordisk to handle sales for Boe's Offscreen

    1-Sep-2006

    Nordisk Film is to handle international sales on Camera D'or WinnerChristoffer Boe's latestfilm Offscreen,it has just been announced in Venice.Offscreen received its internationalpremiere in Venice Days earlier this week. The story of a man obsessed withputting his life on camera, the film was produced by AlphaVillePictures Copenhagen with support from New Danish Screen, the Danish FilmInstitute's ...
  • Gil Rossellini plans two romantic comedies

    1-Sep-2006

    Italian film-maker GilRossellini, whose latest film Kill GilII premiered in Venicethis week, is hatching two new feature projects. RaiCinema has already committed to boarding romantic comedy Once Upon A Time In Parma, set in the communitywhere parmesan cheese is produced. Rossellini is co-writing and will alsoproduce. It is yet to be decided whether the film will be shot in Italian orEnglish.
  • McGrath says Infamous offers distinct Capote portrait

    1-Sep-2006

  • Seung-wan Ryoo stages Korean protest in Venice

    1-Sep-2006

  • Williamson to team with Big Beach for Sunshine Cleaning

    1-Sep-2006

    Former Focus Features production chief and now independent producerGlenn Williamson (whose latest film Hollywoodland received its world premiere in Venice yesterday) is to partnerwith Big Beach, the outfit behindbox-office hit Little Miss Sunshine,on Sunshine Cleaning.
  • Black Dahlia gets enthusiastic response in Venice

    31-Aug-2006

    Brian De Palma's James Ellroy adaptation TheBlack Dahlia yesterday received a mixed but largely enthusiastic receptionas it opened the 63rd Venice Festival yesterday. Maverick crime novelist Ellroy himself - who attended the opening press conferencealongside stars Scarlett Johansson, Josh Hartnett,Aaron Eckhart, Mia Kirchner and director De Palma -was clearly delighted by the movie.
  • Venice opens with more talk of Rome rivalry

    31-Aug-2006

    As the 63rd VeniceFilm Festival opened yesterday with the world premiere of Brian De Palma's TheBlack Dahlia, the rumbling row about what impact the upstart new Rome Festival(due to be held for the first time in October) will have on Venice's long-termfuture showed no sign of dissipating.
  • Roger Michell opts out of next Bond film

    15-Aug-2006

    Britishdirector Roger Michell has confirmed that he will notbe directing the next Bond movie, the 22nd in the 007 franchise."I'vedecided not to do it," Michell told ScreenDaily.com. "I was very tempted. Ispent a long time working on it but I wasn't tempted enough to actually jumpin. At the last minute, I looked ...
  • Severance

    10-Aug-2006

  • The Lives Of Others director to host special screening for Attenborough

    9-Aug-2006

  • Kazakh epic Nomad racks up sales in Locarno

    8-Aug-2006

  • The Lives Of The Saints

    4-Aug-2006

    Dirs: Rankin/Chris Cottam.100mins. UK. 2006.
  • Stormbreaker (aka Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker)

    20-Jul-2006

    Dir: Geoffrey Sax. UK-US-Ger. 2006. 93mins.
  • First ThinkTank draws 170 international delegates

    26-Jun-2006

  • London UK Film Focus to host 12 premieres

    26-Jun-2006

    The London UK Film Focus(LUFF), the annual showcase of British films for invited UK and international buyers, is looking to set up aco-production market along the lines of Rotterdam's CineMart.
  • Vue's buyout should help with flexible planning

    23-Jun-2006

    Following its managementbuyout earlier this week, UK exhibitor VueEntertainment is aiming to open as many as 20 cinemas over the next threeyears. "We are continuing with a very aggressive expansion programme in the UK," Tim Richards, CEO of Vue,told ScreenDaily.com.
  • Hauer plans directorial debut Changing Fortunes

    14-Jun-2006

    Dutch star Rutger Hauer is to make hisdirectorial debut feature with ChangingFortunes, a drama set in occupied Holland during World War II.The $11.3 million projectis being put together as a UK/Dutch/Belgian co-production by Glasgow-based AlbaFilm Productions.
  • Raindance Festival to go ahead with new investors

    9-Jun-2006

    UK indieshowcase The Raindance Film Festival has been saved, it has emerged thisweek. The festival was previously organised through writer and producer ElliotGrove's Raindance Film Festival outfit. When the Raindance organisation went into receivership earlier thissummer, it looked as if the festival might have been dragged down too.
  • UK's Aquarius adds international partners

    31-May-2006

  • Congorama gone to UGC for France

    26-May-2006

    Philippe Falardeau's Congorama,the closing film at the Directors Fortnight, has been sold to UGC for France.
  • Czech producers protest funding cut in Cannes

    25-May-2006

  • Danish Film Institute's THINKTANK could become policy body

    25-May-2006

  • Danish Film Institute's THINKTANK could become policy body

    25-May-2006

  • Israel Film Fund backs new film from Koshashvili

    25-May-2006

  • Julian Richards prepares for Summer Scars

    25-May-2006

    Prolific British filmmaker Julian Richards, whopreviously directed The Last Horror Movie, has completed the financing of hislatest project.
  • Scottish producers criticise Scottish Screen

    25-May-2006

    Scottish producers in Canneshave issued a stinging rebuke to national film agency Scottish Screen over itsdelay in revealing its long-term plans for feature film production.
  • Celsius racks up deals on Paris Je T'aime

    24-May-2006

    Buyers have fallen head overheels for Paris Je T'Aime.Mid-way through the market, the portmanteau picture (which opened Un CertainRegard) has been snapped up by more than 20 buyers. The French release throughLa Fabrique is scheduled for June 1. Celsius Entertainment, which co-financedthe film and is handling world sales, is in advanced negotiations with both UKand US buyers, but has already closed the following territories:
  • Trust books several deals for Red Road

    24-May-2006

    Andrea Arnold's Red Road, one of the buzz titles in the Cannes competition,has closed multiple deals following its premiere earlier this week, with Spain,France and a host of other smaller territories already gone. The film is alsoattracting strong interest from the US.
  • Films Distribution takes rights to new Leopold film

    23-May-2006

    Fran'ois Yon's FilmsDistribution has taken worldwide rights to Wolfsbergen, the latest feature fromhighly acclaimed Dutch director Nanouk Leopold (whose Guernsey screened in the Quinzaine last year.) The new film --a kaleidoscopic drama about four generations of a family -- re-unites severalof the stars from Oscar-winning Character.
  • Hawke. Finney and Tomei sign to Lumet film

    23-May-2006

    Oscar-winning director Sidney Lumet is moving aheadwith new thriller, Before The Devil Knows You're Dead.
  • London Film Festival plans 50th anniversary events

    23-May-2006

  • NonStop Sales gets Irreverent Media slate

    23-May-2006

    Stockholm-basedinternational sales agent NonStop Sales has struck a multi-picture deal withVancouver-based Irreverent Media Ltd.
  • TV producer Red to make film debut with Mark of Cain

    23-May-2006

    Nicola Shindler's UKtelevision drama production outfit Red Production Company is to venture intofeature film production. Red, whose TV credits include Queer as Folk and Clocking Off, will make its big-screen debut with The Mark OfCain, a hard-hitting film aboutBritish soldiers' experiences in the Iraq War. Shooting starts this month inTunisia and the UK.
  • Verhoeven's Black Book continues shoot in Israel

    23-May-2006

  • BBC Films' slate includes US-set film by Lynne Ramsay

    22-May-2006

    "We're in very bullishmood. We've got some great films," says head of BBC Films David Thompson. Threemonths ago, it was announced that the Beeb's investment in film production isset to rise from $17m to $26m a year, subject to the favourable settlement ofthe current licence fee negotiations.
  • Cillian Murphy and Natalie Press to star in Telepathy

    22-May-2006

  • Serbia, Norway plan new film tax incentives

    22-May-2006

  • Danes and Cubans bed down with Marquez whores

    21-May-2006

    The Danes and the Cubans are getting into bed together on ascreen adaptation of Nobel-prize winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez's mostrecent novel, Memories of My Melancholy Whores.
  • Tartan picks up Invisible Waves from Fortissimo

    21-May-2006

    UK distributor Tartan hastaken UK and Irish rights to Pen-ek Ratanaruang's thriller Invisible Waves fromFortissimo Film Sales.
  • London Film Focus will feature a dozen world premieres

    20-May-2006

    A dozen world premieres are among around 40 filmsscreening at this year's London UK Film Focus (LUFF).
  • Moviehouse takes on sales for Jerusalema

    20-May-2006

    London-based salesoutfit Moviehouse Entertainment has boarded the new South African film Jerusalema, by writer-director Ralph Ziman.
  • Shepperton Studios set to host Pullman film

    20-May-2006

    The new UK tax credit looksto have already paid dividends, luring New Line's $150m adaptation of PhilipPullman's His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass away from the Czech Republic to Shepperton Studiosjust outside London
  • Beyond takes on sales for Broomfield's Ghosts

    19-May-2006

  • Haneke plans English remake of Funny Games

    19-May-2006

    Revered Austrian auteurMichael Haneke is to take his English-language bow, it was announced in Cannesyesterday. He is remaking his 1997 film Funny Games, but the setting will now be the Hamptons. NaomiWatts is to star.
  • Kasander options Chinese novel K The Art of Love

    19-May-2006

  • The Wind That Shakes The Barley

    19-May-2006

    Dir: Ken Loach. Ire-UK-Ger-It-Sp. 2006.124mins.
  • UK financiers gear up to cash flow new tax credit

    19-May-2006

  • Bondarchuk Jr to complete his father's And Quiet Flows The Don

    19-May-2006

    Like father, like son. Fyodor Bondarchuk announced yesterday that he iscompleting his late dad's Sergei Bondarchuk's unfinished epic film And QuietFlows The Don.''
  • Roeg's IFS adds London To Brighton to Cannes slate

    18-May-2006

  • Weinsteins ring in Bell love story

    18-May-2006

    The Weinstein Co will produce produce $20m love story,Alec & May - the US-set story ofthe Scottish inventor of the telephone Alexander Graham Bell.
  • Intandem on board for sales of new Carry On film

    17-May-2006

  • An Inconvenient Truth

    15-May-2006

    Dir: Davis Guggenheim. US. 2006.98mins
  • Act, Knatchbull acquire UK distributor Artificial Eye

    12-May-2006

    In a further shake-up to the UK distribution market,Artificial Eye Film Company, for 30 years the UK's leading distributor of arthouse and foreign language films, has been acquired byAct Entertainment Group, owner of Curzon Cinemas, andKnatchbull Communications Group.Terms ...
  • StudioCanal deal will help Optimum become bigger

    5-May-2006

    Furtherdetails have emerged of how UK distributorOptimum Releasing is going to expand following its acquisition by French major,StudioCanal. Optimum'smanaging director Will Clarke refused to say how much StudioCanalpaid for the company he founded in 1999, but rival distributors ...
  • Optimum deal marks shift in UK distribution

    4-May-2006

    Studio Canal's acquisition of Optimum, just a few months after Lionsgate's takeover of Redbus,marks a major shift for the UK indie distributionbusiness. ...
  • Confetti

    4-May-2006

    Dir: Debbie Isitt. UK.2006. 100mins.
  • Da Vinci Code backer pulls out of film business

    26-Apr-2006

    InvictaCapital is to quit the UK film business, says managing director Niall Bamford.TheLondon-based ...
  • Da VInci Code backer pulls out of film business

    26-Apr-2006

    InvictaCapital is to quit the UK film business, says managing director Niall Bamford.TheLondon-based ...
  • Chadha to shoot JR in Dallas remake

    22-Apr-2006

    Gurinder Chadha has confirmed that she is to direct Twentieth Century Fox's screen adaptation of TV series Dallas(which ran from 1978-1991.)
  • UK distributor sets eyes on Lights In The Dusk

    13-Apr-2006

    In the run-up to Cannes, UK distributorArtificial Eye has taken UK rights to Aki Kaurismaki's Lights In The Dusk (Laitakaupungin Valot).The film,strongly tipped for a Cannes competition berth, is the third part ofKaurismaki's trilogy that started with Drifting ...
  • New UK Film Council measures embraced by producers

    13-Apr-2006

    British producershave given an enthusiastic response to two new measures that the UK FilmCouncil (UKFC) is putting into place with effect from April 15.
  • Stephen Fry teams with Dev Benegal for Ramanujan

    12-Apr-2006

    British actor, filmmakerand novelist Stephen Fry is to join forces with leading Indian auteur Dev Benegal in making Ramanujan, a biopic about the "genius" Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. The film isgearing up just as the UK-India co-production treaty is on the verge of beingsigned.The idea is that Fry willdirect the Indian ...
  • UK gets more detail on new film tax system

    7-Apr-2006

    As the UK Government'slong-awaited Finance Bill was finally published on Friday, accountants andlawyers went into over-drive to analyse what implications the Bill holds forthe UK film industry.
  • Alien Autopsy

    5-Apr-2006

  • Pernille Fischer Christensen's A Soap sold to the US

    24-Mar-2006

    Pernille Fischer Christensen's Silver Bear winning debutfeature A Soap has been acquired byStrand Releasing for US and by Theodora Films for Italian rights. The US deal was struck between Jon Gerransof Strand Releasing and Natja Rosnerof Trust Film Sales."We're thrilled ...
  • Wilderness

    21-Mar-2006

  • Revolver acquires UK rights to Tideland

    15-Mar-2006

    Aggressive new London-based distributor RevolverEntertainment has taken UK rights to Terry Gilliam's Tideland. Revolver will be releasing the film (represented by Hanway) in British cinemas later this summer.A US ...
  • Michael Winterbottom options controversial memoirs

    22-Feb-2006

    Fresh from the controversy ofhis Berlinale Silver Bear winner The Road To Guantanamo,prolific British director Michael Winterbottom is setto tackle an equally contentious project. Winterbottomrevealed this week that his company Revolution has optioned Murder In Samarkand, the memoirs of Craig Murray, the former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan.
  • Nordisk racks up sales for action-adventure feature

    17-Feb-2006

    Danish based sales outfit Nordisk has been racking up sales at Berlin's European Film Market. As the market in the Martin Gropius-Bau closes its doors, the company has confirmeddeals on action-adventure The LostTreasure of the Knights Templar to Medallion Media for Japan,A-Film for the Benelux,Ukrainian DVD Company for CIS, D-production ...
  • Iran exporters blossom at the European Film Market

    16-Feb-2006

    New Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may haveunsettled western governments with his fervid anti-western rhetoric but thathasn't affected the continuing international push of Iranian cinema.
  • Latido wraps up sales on its Berlin slate

    16-Feb-2006

    As the European Film Market(EFM) enters its final furlong, Massimo Saidel'sMadrid-based Latido has been wrapping up sales on anumber of titles on its Berlin slate.
  • Trust sells Guerrilla Girl to Colombia

    16-Feb-2006

    Copenhagen-based sales agent Trust has closed a deal withColombian distributor Cineplex for Frank Piasecki Poulsen's feature documentaryGuerrilla Girl.
  • Marilyn Manson film impresses buyers

    15-Feb-2006

    Lured by the presence in Berlin of Goth rocker MarilynManson, buyers have been buzzing round Manson's Phantasmagoria The Visions Of Lewis Carroll.Wild Bunch subsidiary Pan-Europeene will handle the French release of the film, Lucky Red has taken Italy,Triangel for Scandinavia, SPIfor Eastern Europe with Tarantula poised to board asSwiss ...
  • Judelewicz preps My Life As A Dog sequel

    15-Feb-2006

    Pascal Judelewicz'sParis-based Les Films De Cinema, the production outfit behind Panorama entry BirdsOf Heaven, has announced a slate ofprojects all to shoot this year.
  • Nimbus slate to include two Kragh-Jacobsen features

    14-Feb-2006

    Prolific Danish production house Nimbus Film is pushingahead with a slate of new projects including two features from Kragh-Jacobsen (Mifune) which may shoot back to back.
  • Wajda to tackle feature on wartime massacre of Poles

    14-Feb-2006

    Revered 79-year-old Polish auteur AndrzejWajda, in Berlin to receive an honorary Golden Bear,has revealed details of what promises to be one of the most ambitious andcontentious films he has ever made.
  • Woody flirts with France

    13-Feb-2006

    IsWoody Allen going Gallic' In the Martin-Gropius-Bau, there have been strongrumours that the much-travelled US filmmaker is looking to shoot a new featurein France as early as this spring.
  • Ambitious Rome festival to launch co-production event

    12-Feb-2006

    Theinaugural Rome Film Festival (Oct 13-21) is looking to set up aco-production event along the lines of Rotterdam's CineMart which will includea cash prize for the best project presented."TheCineMart structure is so far the best one," explained Rome's internationalprogramme manager Teresa ...
  • DOCker five pool EFM resources

    12-Feb-2006

    Five of thebest-known sales outfits in the documentary arena are pooling resources in theEuropean Film Market in Berlin.
  • Auteurs are New Crowned Hope for Vienna

    12-Feb-2006

    Furtherdetails are emerging of the six new features being prepared as part of Vienna'sNew Crowned Hope Festival (November 14-December 13) to celebrate the 250thanniversary of Mozart's birth.
  • Brisseau explores his own story in Exterminating Angels

    11-Feb-2006

    Controversial Frenchfilmmaker Jean-Claude Brisseau is at work on what promises to be his mostcontentious feature yet.
  • Famke Janssen to star in Juraj Jakubisko's Bathory

    11-Feb-2006

    Famke Janssen is toplay the notorious Countess Bathory in Juraj Jakubisko's $12.6 million epic, Bathory.
  • Trier hits 50 and decides to 'narrow down'

    11-Feb-2006

    Lars Von Trier is to downsize. Themercurial Dane yesterday issued another of his 'statements.' The subject thistime was his own 'Revitality.' 'In my fiftieth year Ifeel I have earned the privilege of narrowing down,' he declared.
  • Wild Bunch back Marc Caro's new sci-fi action film

    10-Feb-2006

    Marc Caro, the French film-makerwho collaborated with Jean-Pierre Jeunet on Delicatessen and The City Of Lost Children, is preparing anextravagant new sci-fi action movie called DanteXXI that is being represented for worldwide sales by Wild Bunch.
  • Gilliam goes west with McMurtry's Billy The Kid

    9-Feb-2006

    Terry Gilliam is to team up with Brokeback Mountain co-screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry McMurtry on AnythingFor Billy, a new feature inspired by wild west anti-hero, Billy The Kid.
  • Troubled German media fund will fight on, says CEO

    9-Feb-2006

    Andy GroschCEO of beleaguered German media fund VIP, made a defiant defence ofhis company at the Screen International Europe Film Finance Summit, shruggingoff a new lawsuit being prepared against the company as pure nonsense. Eventhough his business partner Andreas Schmid has beenin custody on charges of tax evasion since Sept 29,and the Bremen ...
  • Gitmo

    17-Jan-2006

    Dirs: Erik Gandini,Tarik Saleh. 78mins. Den-Swe. 2005.
  • KZ

    16-Jan-2006

    Dir/sc: Rex Bloomstein. UK.2005. 97mins.
  • Running Scared

    16-Jan-2006

    Dir/scr: Wayne Kramer. US-Ger. 2006. 122mins.Film-maker Wayne Kramer follows up hisOscar-nominated film noir The Cooler withRunning Scared, a hyper-charged,ultra-violent thriller that opens in frantic fashion and never slows down.
  • Director Joe Wright collaborating on Hangover Square

    13-Jan-2006

    Sought-after young Britishdirector Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice)and writer David Nicholls (Starter forTen) are collaborating on a new version of Patrick Hamilton's classic 1941novel, Hangover Square, for Fox/DNA. Dixie Linder is to producethe feature, currently in development at DNA.
  • Wild Bunch to launch sales for Leconte feature

    5-Jan-2006

    French outfit Wild Bunch is to launch sales on Mon Meilleur Ami,(My Best Friend), Patrice Leconte's latestfeature at the Paris Rendez-Vous later this month.
  • Lassie

    16-Dec-2005

  • Atmo and Zentropa to partner on animation film

    15-Dec-2005

    Swedishproduction outfit Atmo and Lars Von Trier's Zentropa are partneringon an unusual new cartoon venture - an adult-themed, English-language animatedsatire which promises to lay bare the political tensions at the heart of modernEurope.Metro, asthe animated ...
  • Peter La Terriere to produce Quiver

    15-Dec-2005

    Ex-Trainspotting hardman and former Bond villain RobertCarlyle is to star as Cupid in a new romantic comedy, Quiver, being set up by London-based First Foot Films. Frenchactress Virginie Ledoyen (The Beach) will play the woman whobreaks his heart. Also ...
  • Keeping Mum

    6-Dec-2005

    Dir: Niall Johnson. UK. 2005. 103mins.
  • Drouot takes MD role at Flemish Audiovisual Fund

    29-Nov-2005

    PierreDrouot has been appointed managing director of the Flemish Audiovisual Fund(VAF), it was announced late last week.
  • Dutch doc festival focuses on freedom of speech

    25-Nov-2005

    AyaanHirsi Ali was a surprise guest at the opening of theInternational Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).
  • Allegro joint slate with F&ME reaches Fever pitch

    21-Nov-2005

    Austrian production outfitAllegro Films is joining with London's Film and Music Entertainment on a slateof three films including a new project, Fever,to be directed by Bruce Beresford (DrivingMiss Daisy).
  • Verhoeven steers new course for shipwreck tale

    21-Nov-2005

    Paul Verhoeven and his regularscriptwriter Gerard Soeteman are pushing ahead again with Batavia's Graveyard, their blood-curdlinghistorical epic about the shipwreck of the Bataviain 1629. The film was previously set up at FilmFour.
  • Flemish fund terminates managing director's contract

    9-Nov-2005

    The Board of Governors of the Flemish Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has terminated the contract of its managing director Luckas vander Taelen.
  • New Serko deals for Diot's Onoma

    9-Nov-2005

    Pascale Diot's Paris-basedOnoma has closed new deals on Serko,the 19th Century-set Russian adventure on which it is co-producer aswell as sales agent. Italy's Lucky Red and Switzerland's Monopole Pathe have joined distributors announced at AFM such as Seville Pictures for Canada and Cineartfor Benelux.
  • Content sells Mee Shee to VCL/Warner and others

    7-Nov-2005

    Content Film has closed adeal with VCL/Warner for German rights to its new family adventure, $25 millionMee-Shee The Water Giant. Thedeal was the first major territory closed on the film, which features specialeffects from Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
  • Kilmer joins Silverstone, Gallo in Luna's Moscow Zero

    7-Nov-2005

    Val Kilmer has beenconfirmed as the third major lead in Moscow Zero, the psychological horror picture from cult directorLuna. Appearing alongside Vincent Gallo and Alicia Silverstone, he will play anunderground dweller fighting demons in the Moscow subway. Shooting begins nextmonth in Russia and Spain.
  • Von Trier plans documentary about Dreyer's Gertrud

    7-Nov-2005

    Lars Von Trieris hatching a documentary about one of his favourite films - legendary movie auteur Carl TheodorDreyer's 1964 feature Gertrud.
  • Celluloid to sell Eltringham's east Berlin 60s comedy

    7-Nov-2005

    Celluloid Dreams' everexpanding English-language slate continues to swell. Yesterday at the AFM,Celluloid confirmed it is to handle international sales on Mrs Ratcliffe'sRevolution, the bittersweet newBritish comedy from Leslee Udwin's Assassin Films.
  • Vindelow, Muasya team on Sunshine And A Funeral

    7-Nov-2005

    Lars Von Trier's regularproducer Vibeke Vindelow has revealed details of an intriguing new project sheis hatching with Danish director Vibeke Muasya. Together, the two Vibekes areputting together A Bit Of Sunshine And A Funeral.
  • Wild Bunch continues roaring trade on Arctic doc

    7-Nov-2005

    Paramount Pictures has addedFrance to its collection of territories acquired on National Geographic'sArctic documentary Call Of The North, while Shochiku has won a ferocious bidding war for Japanese rights,according to sales company Wild Bunch.
  • Betafilm sells Genghis Khan project to Hopscotch, LNK, Lumiere

    5-Nov-2005

    Early on in the AFM, Germansales outfit Beta is doing a roaring trade with Mongol - Part One, Sergei Bodrov's new feature about the hirsute andbloodthirsty warrior leader Genghiz Khan.
  • Silverstone, Gallo sign on for Luna's Moscow Zero

    4-Nov-2005

    Alicia Silverstone andVincent Gallo have been confirmed as leads in $12 million psychological horrorpicture Moscow Zero, the new feature from Luna (Whore, Stranded). The film, due to shoot next month, is the firstproject from aggressive new Spanish production and sales outfit ValentiaPictures.
  • Celluloid boards Oz mockumentary Razzle Dazzle

    4-Nov-2005

    A newmockumentary Razzle Dazzle promises to lift the lid on the spangle-clad world of children'sdance troupes. The project, just added to Celluloid Dreams' AFM slate, is beingscripted by Carolyn Wilson and longtime Ricky Gervais collaborator Robin Ince.from an original story by Daren Ashton and Carolyn Wilson.
  • Asterix conquers AFM ahead of world premiere

    3-Nov-2005

    Inadvance of its world premiere at the AFM on Friday, M6's Euros22m animatedfeature Asterix And The Vikingshas been selling widely. Thecartoon ...
  • Campfires Burning at Celluloid Dreams

    3-Nov-2005

    Underlining its growing appetite for upscale English-language fare,Paris-based Celluloid Dreams is taking up sales duties on US road movie CampfiresBurning, the debut feature from Mary Sweeney. The $5 million feature, shootingnext summer for delivery in 2007, will be shot by Diego Vignatti Martinez (BattleIn Heaven) and cast by Johanna Ray (The Black Dahlia).
  • Sales sizzle for Nordisk on hot Scando festival titles

    3-Nov-2005

    In the run-up toAFM, Nordisk has closed deals on several titles that screened on the autumnfestival circuit.
  • New Benelux distributor BFD hoovers up Hannibal, Bobby Z

    3-Nov-2005

    In the run-up to the AFM,voracious new Dutch and Belgian-based outfit Benelux Film Distributors (BFD),is hoovering up product. Along with titles already announced, the company hasconfirmed it will be releasing Young Hannibal: Behind The Mask, The LastMogul, Hurricane Chasers, The Life And Death Of Bobby Z, Running Scared and The Last Hangman.
  • Siritzky introduces Chinese Emmanuelle to AFM buyers

    3-Nov-2005

    Veteran producer and salesagent Alain Siritzky is hatching a new $5 million Emmanuelle-style erotic drama to shoot in Beijing and Shanghai.
  • Korine's Mr Lonely features Pallenberg, Morton, Luna

    2-Nov-2005

    Colourful details have emerged of Mister Lonely, the latest feature from Tennessee and London-basedmaverick Harmony Korine (Gummo, Julien Donkey Boy). 60s icon Anita Pallenberg is to play the Queen OfEngland, Denis Lavant will portray Charlie Chaplin, Samantha Morton is MarilynMonroe and Diego Luna will play a Michael Jackson ...
  • Rezo takes on sales for Finnish martial arts movie Jade Warrior

    2-Nov-2005

    Paris-based Rezo FilmsInternational is to handle sales on AJ Annila's Jade Warrior, the Scandinavian-Chinese co-production billed asFinland's first ever martial arts movie.
  • Casablanca picks up Brazilian rights to Shadow Of The Sword

    1-Nov-2005

    In the run up to the AFM, German sales outfit Sola Media/AtrixFilms has sold Simon Aeby's historical epic Shadow Of The Sword to Brazilian distributor Casablanca Films. Benelux rights have been taken by F.E.G. and AQS acquired allrights for Czech Republic and Slovakia. Shadow Of The Swordcomes billed as "a tale about love, courage and faith put to the test by theruthless arm of the Church Inquisitionin its drive to ...
  • Daldry, Dornford-May partner on South African pics

    24-Oct-2005

    Golden Bearwinner Mark Dornford-May (U-Carmen eKhayelitsha) and Oscar-nominated director StephenDaldry (The Hours, Billy Elliot) are to partner on a series of three new films in South Africa.
  • UK directors take issue with government's tax proposals

    21-Oct-2005

    As theclosing date beckons for responses to the UK Government1s proposals forreforming film tax incentives, certain sectors of the industry are claimingthat their voices are not being heard. One lobby group determined to ensure its concerns are addressed is TheDirectors Guild of Great Britain (DGGB), which today (Oct 21), will besubmitting its own document to the Treasury and the Department of Culture,Media and Sport (DCMS).'When you see the forums in which people from ...
  • UK tax plans get some credit

    13-Oct-2005

    Ever since the Government published its consultation document for thereplacement of Section 48 and 42 in July, accountants and producers have beenquick to run their slide rules over the new tax credit proposals to see whatthey are really worth.
  • Altman lines up Tortoise shoot in London

    12-Oct-2005

    Followinghis success with murder-mystery Gosford Park, US directorRobert Altman is set to return to the UK. He isattached to direct The Tortoise And The ...
  • Woodward speaks out to defend Film Council role

    12-Oct-2005

  • Storm brews over Venezualan Oscar choice

    10-Oct-2005

    A storm is brewing overVenezuela's choice as Foreign Language Oscar candidate. The cause of therumbling is the decision by El Centro Nacional De Cinematografia (CENAC) tooverlook the claims of Secuestro Express, the country's biggest box-office hit in history. Some, notably thefilm's 27-year-old writer director Jonathan Jakubowicz, believe the decisionmay be politically motivated.
  • Gromit success hit by Aardman warehouse blaze

    10-Oct-2005

    A firehas broken out at the Bristolwarehouse of UKanimation maestros, Aardman Animations.Theblaze, which began early on Monday morning, has destroyed many irreplaceable Aardman sets, props, storyboards and models as well as somefestival ...
  • Golconda Films completes Camille financing

    6-Oct-2005

    London-based Golconda Films looks to have completed thefinancing on its twisted honeymoon adventure, Camille, to star SiennaMiller, Nick Stahl and Harvey Keitel.
  • Heroes And Villains cranks up in London

    4-Oct-2005

    Shooting is underway in London on romantic comedy Heroesand Villains, the directorial debut of Selwyn Roberts, the producer ofBAFTA-winning TV drama Shackleton..
  • The Wild Blue Yonder

    4-Oct-2005

  • Jobson reteams with Tartan for New Town Killers

    29-Sep-2005

    Writer-director Richard Jobson is re-teaming with HamishMcAlpine's Tartan Films on his next project, The New Town Killers, dueto shoot in Edinburgh early next year. This will be the third collaborationbetween Jobson and McAlpine following on from 16 Years Of Alcohol and A WomanIn Winter.The £1 million thriller is set against the backdrop of Edinburgh's prosperousNew Town. Two private bankers in their 20s, both ex-pupils at elite publicschool Fettes (Tony ...
  • Barney's Restraint draws buyers for Celluloid

    26-Sep-2005

    Paris-basedsales outfit Celluloid Dreams is stirring up buyers' interest in artist MatthewBarney's film Drawing Restraint 9, an experimental epic set aboard a Japanese whaling ship.
  • Laxton takes over as Life 'n' Lyrics director

    26-Sep-2005

    Life 'n' Lyrics, the London-set rap drama from new British outfitFiesta Productions, has secured a new director.
  • Drawing Restraint 9

    26-Sep-2005

  • Vinterberg to return Home to Dogme roots

    21-Sep-2005

    Dear Wendy directorThomas Vinterberg is set to return to his Dogme roots with A Man Comes Home,a new project due to shoot in Denmark next spring.Vinterbergis billing the film, which will be made through production company Nimbus, as"a tragic love story but in an uplifting party surrounding...it will be inthe spirit of Dogma ...
  • Bauer Martinez to herd Lau's Flock into Louisiana

    13-Sep-2005

    Andrew Lau's The Flock, which had been due to go intoproduction in New Orleans later this autumn, may still shoot in Louisiana inspite of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. Philippe Martinez, CEOof Bauer Martinez Studios (BMS), told ScreenDaily.com that the plan nowis to see if it will be feasible to re-locate the production from New Orleansto nearby Baton Rouge."We have been talking to the film commissioners in Baton Rouge. On the onehand, the more ...
  • Beauvois' Lieutenant wins Europa Cinemas Label prize

    11-Sep-2005

    Cult Frenchdirector Xavier Beauvois has won the 'Europa Cinemas Label' for hiscop thriller, Le Petit Lieutenant which screened in the Venice Festival's 'Venice Days'sidebar last week.
  • Park swaps Vengeance for Cyborg sci-fi

    9-Sep-2005

    Cult Korean auteur ParkChan-wook is set to take the sci-fi route. The director (whoseSympathy For Lady Vengeance screened in Venice last week) is to make I Am A Cyborg for CJEntertainment.
  • The Sun rises in Japan for The Works

    8-Sep-2005

    On the eve of thisyear's Toronto Festival, UK sales agent The Works has closed a deal with Japanfor Alexander Sokurov's The Sun, his film about Emperor Hirohito's last days of power beforeJapan's surrender to the US in 1945.
  • Goal!

    8-Sep-2005

    Dir: Danny Cannon. UK.2005 110mins
  • Sienna Miller signs for Golconda's Camille

    4-Sep-2005

    Golconda Films, the London-based production and financing company headed by Gregory Mackenzie and Brett Walsh, has recruited rising British actress Sienna Miller to star in its forthcoming dark comedy, Camille.
  • Citizen Dog (Ma Nakorn)

    22-Aug-2005

  • The Piano Tuner Of Earthquakes

    11-Aug-2005

    Dirs: The Brothers Quay.UK-Ger-Fr. 2005. 99mins.
  • Jeremy Thomas readies Royle's Director's Cut

    10-Aug-2005

    Britishproducer Jeremy Thomas, who picks up the Locarno Film Festival's prestigiousRaimondo Rezzonico award today, has revealed further details of what looks setto be his second film as a director.
  • Dellal readies On A Clear Day follow-ups

    9-Aug-2005

    British filmmaker Gaby Dellal, whose film On A Clear Dayscreened to an enthusiastic response at the Locarno Film Festival at theweekend, is to team up with producers Dorothy Berwin and Sarah Curtis on asecond project.
  • 20 Centimetres (20 Centimentros)

    8-Aug-2005

    Dir/scr: Ramon Salazar.Sp-Fr. 2005. 113mins.
  • Da Vinci Code set to join Maltese influx

    1-Aug-2005

  • Grosvenor Park weighs in behind Highlander trilogy

    1-Aug-2005

    The new trilogy of Highlander films being prepared byDavis-Panzer Productions and Sequence Films are to use a "one-stop"financing structure created by Grosvenor Park.
  • Da Vinci Code set to join Maltese influx

    1-Aug-2005

    The Malta FilmCommission Act, which came into force on July 15, has already attracted a raftof high-profile international films to the island, led by Steven Spielberg's Munichand now a confirmed one-week shoot for The Da Vinci Code thisNovember.
  • UK announces new tax proposals: Section 42 to go

    1-Aug-2005

    The UK Government has signaled its intent to do awaywith Section 42 as well as Section 48 in a set of long-awaited proposals fornew tax incentives for the British film industry. In future, low- andhigh-budget films would be be dealt with under a "single coherent regime".At the same time, the Department for Culture, Mediaand ...
  • On A Clear Day

    29-Jul-2005

    Dir: Gaby Dellal. UK2005. 99mins.
  • UK announces new tax proposals: Section 42 to go

    29-Jul-2005

    The UK Government has signaledits intent to do away with Section 42 as well as Section 48 in a set of long-awaitedproposals for new tax incentives for the British film industry. In future, low-and high-budget films would be bedealt with under a "single coherent regime".
  • UK Film Council boss responds to 'unrealistic' Kuhn speech

    28-Jul-2005

    UK FilmCouncil chief executive John Woodward has written a strongly worded letter toMichael Kuhn following the ex-Polygram Filmed Entertainment boss' speech to UKproducer's association, PACT.
  • The Skeleton Key

    25-Jul-2005

    Dir: Iain Softley. US.2005. 104mins.
  • Festival

    13-Jul-2005

  • The Descent

    5-Jul-2005

    Dir/scr: Neil Marshall.UK. 2005. 96mins.
  • London Film Focus closes on a high

    3-Jul-2005

    The second London UK Film Focus (LUFF) has closed on a generally upbeat note.Screenings were well attended and buyers clearly supported the event, which nowlooks set to become an annual fixture in the calendar"I do think we've stepped up a rung this year. The quality of the filmswas better by far," project manager Helena Mackenzie commented.Among the titles generating the most positive buzz were Breakfast On Pluto,The Business, The Proposition and ...
  • Rourke, Nighy, McGregor enlist for Stormbreaker

    29-Jun-2005

    An impressive cast isgathering for the $40m-plus teen superspy adventure Stormbreaker, whichbegins shooting in the Isle of Man next week.
  • Cuaron film promises to 'remove hex' on Pinewood

    23-Jun-2005

    After a week of profitwarnings and falling share prices, Pinewood-Shepperton studios can finallyannounce some good news.
  • Lions Gate pounces on The Descent

    23-Jun-2005

    Lions Gate has snapped up NorthAmerican rights to Neil Marshall's British gorefest The Descent from PatheInternational.
  • Working Title reshuffles its senior executive pack

    20-Jun-2005

    Working Title has restructured its creative executive team. Natascha Wharton,head of low-budget arm WT2, will take over the development departments of bothWorking Title Films and WT2.
  • Stargate, Magic Hour launch£30m 'protected' UK fund

    20-Jun-2005

    A new £30m "capital protected" film financing fundhas been launched in London. MagicGate is a joint venture between fund managerStargate Capital Management and UK production company Magic Hour Media whosecredits include MIke Barker's A Good Woman.MagicGate aims to invest in four films in the £5m to £10m range over the next18 months. It will cover around 30% of the budgets of the projects it backs,but is likely to board films only in advanced states of development."It ...
  • Marshall, Pathe eye autumn shoot for Outpost

    13-Jun-2005

    Writer-director Neil Marshall, one of the leading figuresbehind the new wave of British horror films, is at work on another horror filmfor Pathe Pictures.
  • London UK Film Focus lines up 12 world premieres

    13-Jun-2005

    The second London UKFilm Focus (LUFF) (June 27-30) has unveiled its programme for this year'sevent, which includes 12 world premieres - up from 8 last year.
  • Buyers take plunge for Pathe's Descent

    1-Jun-2005

    Buyers have been lapping up Neil Marshall's gorefest TheDescent, one of many new British horror films being touted at last month'sCannes market.
  • Cinelibre stacks up with Cannes titles

    1-Jun-2005

    Celebrating its 30thanniversary, voracious Belgian indie distributor Cinelibre-Cineart has beenstacking up on new titles.
  • DreamWorks wins Match Point as UK buyers circle

    1-Jun-2005

    After a ferocious bidding war, DreamWorks has picked upNorth American rights to Woody Allen's Match Point for a reported $4m.The deal comes as UK buyers continue to circle what is considered one ofAllen's strongest commercial prospects in several years. The film, his first tobe made in England, is being sold internationally by London-based Hanway Films.A co-production with BBC Films, it is produced by Letty Aronson, LucyDarwin and Gareth Wiley."We received multiple ...
  • The Works closes multiple deals on Cannes slate

    25-May-2005

    As the dust settles onanother Cannes market, UK-based sales agents The Works announced yesterday thatit had closed multiple deals on its Cannes slate.
  • Zelenka's Wrong Side Up wins Moscow slot

    25-May-2005

  • Artificial Eye loads up with Cannes titles

    24-May-2005

    Leading UK independent distributor Artificial Eye has comeaway from Cannes with a haul of six titles in official selection including thisyear's Palme D'Or winner, the Dardennes brothers The Child, andDirector's prize winner, Hidden, by Michael Haneke.The other Artificial Eye pick-ups are Francois Ozon's Le Temps Qui Reste,which screened in Un Certain Regard, Dominik Moll's Lemming (this year'sopening film in Cannes), as well as competition entry Three ...
  • Viggo Mortensen takes lead in Nazi drama

    24-May-2005

    Viggo Mortensen is to star in Good, the screen adaptation of CP Taylor's award-winning stage play set during the Nazi era.
  • Julian Richards gets Prolific with new slate

    19-May-2005

  • Kaurismaki embarks on Nightwatchman shoot

    19-May-2005

    Shooting has begun inFinland on Nightwatchman, thethird part of Aki Kaurismaki's Finland trilogy.
  • Menzel ready to Serve The King

    19-May-2005

    Oscar-winningCzech director Jiri Menzel is edging ever closer to a starting date for hislong-gestating I Served The King Of England.
  • Verhoeven's Black Book closes financing

    19-May-2005

    VIP Mediafondshas boarded Black Book,Paul Verhoeven's long-gestating $20m wartime thriller, as majority financier,finally giving a start-date to the project in August on location in TheNetherlands and at Studio Babelsberg.
  • Blue Star launches Tracker, My Favourite Game

    18-May-2005

  • Petit embarks on Unrequited Love shoot

    18-May-2005

  • Svankmayer project headlines Barrandov Studios slate

    18-May-2005

  • Bond plots shooting defection from UK to Prague

    17-May-2005

    Having boosted the Britishproduction sector for decades, James Bond is in advanced negotiations to headto Eastern Europe for his next outing, Casino Royale.
  • Lucky Red embarks on Cannes buying spree

    17-May-2005

    Upscale Italian arthousedistributor Lucky Red has been on a buying spree in Cannes, snapping up rightsto three new titles. It has picked up Korean gangster drama A BittersweetLife from CJ Entertainment, Thaihorror hit Shutter from GMM ThaiHub and Carlos Reygadas' competition entry, Battle In Heaven from The Co-Production Office.
  • Starfield's Rabbit sex comedy arouses interest

    17-May-2005

  • Alzheimer Case wins China entry deal

    16-May-2005

  • High Point scores Vinci sales to Japan, US

    16-May-2005

    UK outfit High Point Filmshas announced sales on Juliusz Machulski's Vinci, which screened at Cannes earlier in the week.
  • Participant gobbles up Fast Food Nation

    16-May-2005

    eBay mogul Jeff Skoll'sParticipant Productions has munched up North American rights as well a healthymouthful of equity in Fast Food Nation, it was announced in Cannes yesterday by Participant ProductionsPresident Ricky Strauss. The deal was done with London-based Hanway Films.
  • Slimline Rotterdam festival to roll back the years

    16-May-2005

    The Rotterdam Festival(IFFR) is to downsize, festival director Sandra den Hamer has confirmed inCannes.
  • Storitel funding rouses horror Arising

    16-May-2005

  • Basic Instinct 2 star revs up Merseyside movie shoots

    16-May-2005

  • Four Horsemen ride with lads mag icon Ellison

    15-May-2005

  • Bristol Media handles Greek drama

    15-May-2005

  • Fiennes uncovers Mata Hari

    15-May-2005

  • Stars gear up for Driving Lessons

    15-May-2005

    Oscar nominees Julie Waltersand Laura Linney are to star alongside Harry Potter's Rupert Grint in Driving Lessons, writer Jeremy Brock's directorial debut.
  • Ashley Walters to star in Fiesta's Life 'N' Lyrics

    14-May-2005

    UK rap star Ashley Walters(So Solid Crew's Asher D) has signed to play the lead in Life 'N' Lyrics, the first feature from new British production outfitFiesta Productions, headed by producers Esther Douglas and Fiona Neilson.
  • FilmFour fast-tracks Glazer's Under The Skin

    14-May-2005

    In Cannes with three filmsin official selection, the UK's FilmFour has confirmed it is fast-tracking UnderThe Skin, the new project fromwriter Milo Addica (The King) anddirector Jonathan Glazer.
  • Major coo for British bird Valiant

    14-May-2005

    A plucky Britishwartime carrier pigeon hopes to ruffle feathers in America.
  • Caplan goes on spending spree for UK Film Council

    13-May-2005

    Weeks after she was appointed as the head of the UK Film Council'sPremiere Fund, Sally Caplan has already made a handful of sizable investments.
  • Indie Circle snaps up Iron Island

    13-May-2005

    Pan-Europeandistribution collective Indie Circle has snapped up multi-territory rights toMohammed Rasoulof's Iron Island, this year's closing film in the Quinzaine.
  • UK Film Focus shapes up for London Screenings status

    13-May-2005

    Neil Jordan's BreakfastOn Pluto, which is tipped forcompetition slots in Venice and Toronto, headlines a slate of over two dozenBritish films, many of them world premieres, at next month's second London UKFilm Focus (LUFF), running June 27-30.
  • ...as Weinsteins ride with Capitol Films' Stormbreaker

    12-May-2005

    Bob and Harvey Weinstein are back in the spy kids business, with TheWeinstein Company taking North American rights to Stormbreaker, based on Anthony Horowitz's popular novels about reluctant14-year-old superspy Alex Rider.
  • Britney Spears adds heat to Celsius slate

    12-May-2005

    A new Britney Spears project,the Janis Joplin biopic starring Pink and a $16m portmanteau picture featuringauteurs old and new headline an impressive debut slate for ThierryWase-Bailey's start-up sales outfit Celsius.
  • F&ME forges Balkan alliance for The Border Post

    12-May-2005

    UK-based production companyFilm and Music Entertainment (F&ME) has forged a Balkan alliance for TheBorder Post, the first feature onwhich all the new nation states created by the break-up of the SocialistFederal Republic of Yugoslavia are collaborating as co-production partners.
  • High Point Gay in Amsterdam with Van Gogh

    12-May-2005

  • O'Toole, Morton run with Sturridge's Lassie

    12-May-2005

    Peter O'Toole and SamanthaMorton have signed up to head the all-star cast for Charles Sturridge's new Lassie movie, due to shoot later this month in Ireland andthe Isle of Man.
  • Tax financier Scope widens Euro goals

    12-May-2005

  • Brits on pre-Cannes shopping spree

    11-May-2005

    UK companies picked up several titles from theCannes official selection before today's festival opening.
  • Elton John to exec produce It's A Boy Girl Thing

    11-May-2005

    SirElton John is to executive produce high school comedy It's A Boy Girl Thing through his company Rocket Pictures, it was announced this week.
  • Frears set for The Queen and Di

    11-May-2005

    In a move likely to ruffleestablishment feathers in the UK, Stephen Frears is going ahead with TheQueen, his long-gestating featureabout the death of Princess Diana, "the people's princess." Co-financed by Pathe Pictures and Granada Screen, The Queen is scheduled to shoot in September. It is likely toair first on TV in the UK before being released theatrically in the rest of theworld. Pathe International is handling world sales. Scripted by Peter Morgan, ...
  • Icon does brisk business with Clear Day

    11-May-2005

    UK sales outfit Icon International has been doing brisk business on therun up to Cannes with Gaby Dellal's On A Clear Day, securing salesto MK2 (France), Degeto/ARD for free TV in Germany as well as wrapping dealswith Portugal (Lusomundo), Israel (Shapira) and Iceland (Skifan.)
  • Warner Bros boards Ant and Dec's Alien

    10-May-2005

    Warner Bros is to handleinternational distribution on Alien Autopsy, the new feature showcasingthe acting talents of diminutive British TV presenters Ant and Dec.
  • Dubrovnik Film Festival unveils competition line-up

    10-May-2005

  • Willemsen parts company with Maurits Binger Institute

    18-Apr-2005

    In a surprise move, it was announced last week that DickWillemsen's contract as director of the Maurits Binger Film Institutewill not be renewed.
  • Intandem mulls distribution move with Woolley's Stoned

    15-Apr-2005

    A new entrant looks set to join UK's already crowdeddistribution sector.
  • UK exhibitors call for cinema rentals rethink

    12-Apr-2005

    Thevexed issue of UK cinema rentals - the sums paid to distributors by exhibitors- has come into sharp focus following remarks by John Wilkinson, chiefexecutive of the Cinema Exhibitors' Association.UKrentals are reputed to be among the lowest in Europe, but Wilkinson has told ...
  • Storitel launches $1m fund to back UK talent

    6-Apr-2005

    Manchester-based producer Storitel Films, the company set upby software tycoon Paul Sherwood, has established a $1m development fund toback new British talent.
  • UK set to lose Paramount's $120m Watchmen

    4-Apr-2005

    In a move underlining justhow tough it is to keep big budget Hollywood movies in the UK, theproducers of Paramount's superhero thriller Watchmen are on the verge of taking the film away fromPinewood Studios.
  • Pinewood Shepperton acquires Teddington Studios

    1-Apr-2005

    The UK's largest studio player, Pinewood SheppertonPLC, has acquired Teddington Studios, it was announced to the London stockmarket today (April 1.)
  • Schrader defiant as Exorcist prequel unveiled

    21-Mar-2005

    Paul Schrader was indefiant mood as his Exorcist The Prequel was finally unveiled this weekend at the Brussels InternationalFestival of Fantastic Film.
  • Exorcist: The Prequel

    21-Mar-2005

    Dir:Paul Schrader. US. 2005. 111mins.
  • Sony Pictures Classics swallows Jordan's Breakfast

    14-Mar-2005

    Sony Pictures Classics has taken North American, LatinAmerican, German and South African rights to Neil Jordan's latest film, BreakfastOn Pluto.
  • Sokurov plans 'free fantasy' version of Faust

    23-Feb-2005

    Having tackled Hitler, Leninand Hirohito, Russian director Alexander Sokurov is to round off his four filmproject on "Men Of Power" with his own version of Faust.
  • Loach sounds off over Iraq, Tsunami relief

    21-Feb-2005

    Speakingin Berlin last week, Ken Loach (one of the three co-directors of portmanteaupicture Tickets) berated the double standards in western responses todeath and disaster. "Your country and mine have killed over 100,000 peoplein Iraq," Loach told a US journalist. "And we are encouraged to showno sympathy, to collect no money, to show no feelings or human sympathy andwarmth to those people we have killed."
  • Market gets animated about Euro-toons

    21-Feb-2005

    European-madeanimated feature films are at last beginning to crawl out from underHollywood's shadow and establish a foothold in the international market. Thatwas the message in Berlin earlier this week as details of Cartoon Movie 2005,the three-day co-production forum and market, were announced.
  • Exorcist exhumed: Schrader's prequel gets world premiere

    18-Feb-2005

    Provingthat in this era of DVDs, re-issues and special festival screenings, no footageis ever safely in the grave, Paul Schrader will bring his version of TheExorcist: The Beginning to the Brussels International Festival of FantasticFilm on March 18 in a precursor to what looks like a limited theatricalrollout.
  • US pack circles Dog Day doc

    18-Feb-2005

    Based On A True Story, Walter Stokman's documentary about thereal events and characters behind Sidney Lumet's classic film, Dog DayAfternoon, is being circled by a small pack of US buyers currently inBerlin.
  • Fox sinks its teeth into Night Watch vampire franchise

    17-Feb-2005

    20th Century Fox has unveiled its plans to build a global blockbusterfranchise out of Timur Bekmambetov's Night Watch (Nochnoj dozor), theRussian-language smash hit vampire thriller, playing at the Berlinale tomorrownight as a special screening.
  • Menzel serves up King Of England

    17-Feb-2005

    Oscar-winning Czech directorJiri Menzel is finally set to direct his long-gestating adaptation of IServed The King Of England, one of the greatest novels by Czech writerBohumil Hrabal.
  • Football fever spreads across int'l film industry

    16-Feb-2005

    Withthe "Kaiser" Franz Beckenbauer in town yesterday and the World Cup tobe held in Germany next year, football fever is breaking out in the filmindustry. From Europe to South America, new football-themed films are beingplanned.
  • Trust clinches int'l on Vinterberg's Wendy

    16-Feb-2005

    ThomasVinterberg's controversial drama, Dear Wendy has been hitting the targetat the European Film Market. Followingpacked screenings in Berlin earlier this week, the film, scripted by Lars VonTrier, has been sold to Germany (Legend), the UK (Metrodome) Canada (TVA)films, Argentina (Distribution Company) and Peru (Gateno Films) Peru.
  • Classic film out-takes lost in studio clear-out

    15-Feb-2005

    Though a restored version ofMichael Cimino's epic Heaven's Gate has been screening in Berlin thisweek, it is now looks as if its out-takes will never be found - thanks to aclear-out at UA which saw discarded footage from this, and several other filmclassics, destroyed.
  • Massway leads the way for Chinese sales companies

    15-Feb-2005

    In a move bound to boost the profile of Chinese filmabroad, independent companies from mainland China are now being allowed totravel abroad to represent films at international markets.
  • Missing Tati title makes world bow

    15-Feb-2005

    Exactly 47 years after itwas made, the English-language version of Jacques Tati's 1958 film, MonOncle, is receiving its world premiere in the Berlinale's retrospectivetoday.
  • European Shooting Stars hit Berlin

    14-Feb-2005

  • Funds dry up at Euro Media Programme

    14-Feb-2005

  • Gavin Films strikes US deal for Mothers And Daughters

    14-Feb-2005

  • Malta unveils new financial incentives to woo film-makers

    14-Feb-2005

  • Obituary: Humbert Balsan

    11-Feb-2005

    TheBerlinale began under a cloud with the news of the sudden death yesterday ofFrench producer and European Film Academy chairman Humbert Balsan.
  • Mackenzie readies post-Asylum projects

    10-Feb-2005

    Rising young Scottish director David Mackenzie,whose latest film Asylum screens in Berlin's main competition, ishatching two new Scottish-based projects.
  • Michell set to embark on London Marathon

    7-Feb-2005

    In Rotterdam last week for the festival screening of EnduringLove, British director Roger Michellrevealed further details of two future projects he is working on with WorkingTitle.
  • 06/05

    4-Feb-2005

  • Hanks options Cold Feet writer's Understudy

    24-Jan-2005

    Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone Productions hassnapped up film rights to The Understudy, the second novel from Britishwriter David Nicholls who is best known for his work on hit TV series ColdFeet.
  • Sokurov's Sun to shine with The Works

    24-Jan-2005

    In advance of what looks bound to be the busiest Berlinalefor British sales companies in recent memory, London-based The Works hasannounced it is handling international sales on Alexander Sokurov'sBerlin competition entry, The Sun.
  • Fellowes to adapt best-selling novel Snobs

    17-Jan-2005

    Oscar-winning British writerJulian Fellowes (Gosford Park) is to adapt his best-selling novel Snobsfor UK television - having been commissioned by the BBC's Gareth Neame.
  • Random Harvest teams with Hammer, Winston on horror deal

    14-Jan-2005

    In a move underliningthe growing market for quality, low-budget horror, British production andfinancing outfit Random Harvest is starting a new Enterprise InvestmentScheme (EIS) Company, Harvest PicturesIII, with Hammer Films and LA-based Stan Winston Productions.
  • 2004: A taxing year in the UK

    24-Dec-2004

  • Marrakech mulls film market launch

    13-Dec-2004

    The Marrakech International Film Festival is likely to setup its own market, artistic-director Bruno Barde has told ScreenDaily.com."We will organise a small market for theArabic countries," Barde said, but declined to give further details ofwhat form such a market might take.
  • Alexander doesn't fit Hollywood formula, says Stone

    10-Dec-2004

    Despite Alexander's failure to conquer the US,writer-director Oliver Stone was in bullish mood at the Marrakech Festival,where his three hour sword and sandal epic was presented earlier this week.Stone told the press that the film would nothave been possible to finance or shoot in the US. 'The script was just tooambiguous, too questioning about an action-hero who was ...
  • The Moon shines at IDFA

    29-Nov-2004

    Despite the cloud cast over proceedings by the murder offilmmaker Theo Van Gogh earlier this month, the mood as the 17th InternationalAmsterdam Documentary Festival (IDFA) drew to an end at the weekend was upbeat.Audience figures were up to 120,000 (from 116,000 last year) and moreinternational visitors (2300) were in town than at any previous edition of thefestival.
  • ...as 43 projects are presented at IDFA pitching market

    22-Nov-2004

    Legendary US documentary maker Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter) is among the 43 filmmakers presenting new projects at the Forum, the "pitching market" which starts today at the Amsterdam Documentary Festival (IDFA).
  • IDFA debates free speech in wake of Van Gogh killing

    22-Nov-2004

    IDFA, the world's biggest documentary festival, began on Thursday with a rousing address from festival director Ally Derks addressing the recent murder of the filmmaker Theo Van Gogh.
  • A Way Of Life

    8-Nov-2004

    Dir: AmmaAsante. UK. 2004. 91mins.
  • London Film Festival wraps on a high

    5-Nov-2004

    Asthe London Film Festival closed last night with a screening of David O.Russell's I Heart Huckabees, the festival organisers were claiming thatthis has been the best attended LFF yet.
  • Frozen

    4-Nov-2004

    Dir: Juliet McKoen.UK-Den. 2004. 90minsWintry and melancholic, writer-director Juliet McKoen'sdebut feature is a mood piece, exploring loss and obsession. Despite somestarkly beautiful imagery, it's a strangely cumbersome affair which soon beginsto sink under the weight of its own symbolism.
  • BAFTA voters prepare for 'mystifying' campaign season

    29-Oct-2004

    BAFTA voters are preparing for 'mystifying' campaignseason in the UK following the delay in plans to distribute anti-piracy DVDplayers to every BAFTA member.The move has led to predictions in certain quarters thatthe late arrival of the DVD players will cause a repeat of last year's chaosamong film voting members as the 2004-5 awards season beckons.Earlier this month, Dolby subsidiary Cinea delayed plansto send out ...
  • Direct Cinema 'godfathers' lined up for IDFA fest

    29-Oct-2004

    FrederickWiseman, Albert Maysles, D.A. Pennebaker, Richard Leacock and Robert Drew, thelegendary 'godfathers' of the Direct Cinema movement, are all toattend the seventeenth IDFA, the world's biggest documentary festival, inAmsterdam next month.
  • Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason

    28-Oct-2004

    Dir: Beeban KidronUK-US-Fr 2004 107mins
  • Bullet Boy

    25-Oct-2004

  • UK Film Council chief takes on 'merchants of gloom'

    22-Oct-2004

    UKFilm Council CEO John Woodward yesterday launched an outspoken attack on the'merchants of gloom' who continually snipe and spread bad news aboutthe British film industry.
  • Cassandra joins burgeoning FAME slate

    13-Oct-2004

    Saul Metzstein (Late Night Shopping) is to direct Cassandra At The Wedding for Film andMusic Entertainment (FAME), the prolific UK-based production outfit run by SamTaylor and Mike Downey. Written by Peter MIlligan, Cassandra is a comedy about two identical female twins whosepersonalities are very different.
  • Butterfly (Hu Die)

    12-Oct-2004

  • Joseph joins Udwin's Revolution

    8-Oct-2004

    Francesca Joseph (TomorrowLa Scala) has been confirmed as director of Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution,the latest feature from East Is East producer Leslee Udwin.
  • London Film Festival to launch 'mini-market'

    5-Oct-2004

    The Times bfi London Film Festival (Oct 20-Nov 4) is set tostage its own, unofficial mini-market.
  • Bride And Prejudice

    4-Oct-2004

    Dir: Gurinder Chadha.UK-India-US. 2004 111mins.
  • Chomet readies Tati screenplay for Scottish shoot

    20-Sep-2004

    Oscar-nominated Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets OfBelleville) is to direct an animatedversion of a screenplay by legendary French comedian Jacques Tati.
  • 4Way lines up Western Story

    17-Sep-2004

    4Way Pictures, the UK-based company co-run by Antonia Bird,Mark Cousins, Robert Carlyle and Irvine Welsh, has announced details of ahandful of new projects.
  • Wimbledon

    17-Sep-2004

  • Pinewood confirmed for Malick's New World

    15-Sep-2004

    In recent years, severalbig-name US auteurs have beaten a path to Britain. Robert Altman shot Gosford Park in the Home Counties. WoodyAllen has recently completed a film in London. Now, Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, Badlands, Days Of Heaven)is UK-bound.
  • London cherrypicks festival favourites for 2004 line-up

    15-Sep-2004

    "They don't openthe London Film Festival with films like Vera Drake...but they donow!" Mike Leigh, fresh from his Golden Lion triumph in Venice, quippedyesterday at the official launch of this year's Festival programme.
  • Miike cooks up Soup as English debut

    14-Sep-2004

    Cult Japanese director Takashi Miike - who unveiled hislatest bloodcurdling epic Izo in Venice last week - is to make the jumpinto English-language film-making.
  • Nair develops Namesake project

    6-Sep-2004

    In Venice for the festival screening of Vanity Fair, Mira Nair has revealed details of her next project, an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's 2001 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Namesake.
  • Robbins speaks out against Bush at the Biennale

    6-Sep-2004

    In Venice for the festival screening of Embedded Live (the film version of his play about the US march to war in Iraq), Oscar-winning actor-director Tim Robbins has again launched a ferocious attack on the Bush administration. Speaking yesterday to the international press, Robbins expressed his fears that George W. Bush may "steal another election" and warned that another Bush term would be disastrous for US democracy.
  • Vanity Fair

    6-Sep-2004

    Dir: Mira Nair US/UK2004 140 minsAdapting classic Nineteenth Century novels for the screenis invariably a thankless task. If filmmakers are too brutal paring down bookswhich run to hundreds of pages, they risk straining out the wealth of detailand description which makes the originals memorable in the first place. Ifthey're not brutal enough, they end up with baggy, unfocused affairs likely totax the most indulgent audiences' patience. Mira Nair's ...
  • Jayanti to direct Ellroy's Killer On The Road

    2-Sep-2004

    Award-winning filmmaker Vikram Jayanti (Deep Blue, WhenWe Were Kings) is to direct a movie version of one of James Ellroy's mostgruesome novels, the gay serial killer/buddy novel, Killer On The Road.
  • Tartan adds five films to release slate

    2-Sep-2004

    Prolific UK distributorTartan Films has picked up a string of films in advance of the early autumnfestival season.
  • Dead Man's Shoes

    20-Aug-2004

    Dir: Shane Meadows. UK.2004. 90mins
  • Blackwell's Palm funds epic music documentary

    16-Aug-2004

    Ondi Timoner (pictured), director of Sundance Jury GrandPrix documentary winner Dig!, is todirect a "History Of Jamaican Music" for Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures. Theepic documentary, which will encompass dub, ska and reggae, will be given atheatrical release.
  • McDull embarks on martial arts extravaganza

    10-Aug-2004

    McDull,the clumsy but lovable piglet first seen in hit Hong Kong animated feature, My Life As McDull, is to take up kungfu.
  • Glenaan readies football project

    6-Aug-2004

    Scottish director Kenny Glenaan (whose new feature Yasmin premieres in competition inLocarno today, prior to its screeningat the Edinburgh Film Festival) is shortly to go into pre-production on a filmabout the exploitative, cut-throat world of football agents.
  • Chadha looks to cast $90m Jeannie

    2-Aug-2004

    Anglo-Asian director Gurinder Chadha is shortly to start casting on Jeannie, her first big-budget studio film. An Arabian Nights-style fantasy adventure which is also a prequel to the long-running TV series, I Dream Of Jeannie, the film is set in Persia in 200 BC and in the contemporary US.
  • The Village

    30-Jul-2004

  • UK Film Council extends slate scheme deadline

    26-Jul-2004

    The UK Film Council has extended its deadline forapplications for "super slate" development funding by three weeks,from September 10 to September 30 2004.
  • UK producers express Development concerns

    12-Jul-2004

    The UK's production community has issued an urgentcall to public funding body the UK Film Council to revise its ambitious"Slate Development Scheme." A strongly worded statement circulated byproducers' trade body PACT has expressed fears that the Film Councilplans will "destabilise the market."
  • Stage Beauty

    9-Jul-2004

  • DVD specialist Anchor Bay goes theatrical

    8-Jul-2004

    Anchor Bay UK is to take the plunge into British theatricaldistribution. The DVD company, which has built its reputation on the back ofits restorations of classic and cult pictures, has three titles already slatedfor release in British cinemas later this year.
  • Thumbs up for inaugural UK Film Focus

    8-Jul-2004

    Last week's inaugural UK London Film Focus (June 30-July 2)has received a qualified thumbs-up from the filmmakers, buyers and sales agentswho participated. Few deal memos were signed, some distributors questioned theoverall strength of the selection of British movies on display, but there hasbeen widespread praise of the way in which the event was organised.168film buyers attended, ...
  • Winslet drops out of Woody Allen project

    25-Jun-2004

    Kate Winslet has dropped out of the new Woody Allen projectwhich is shooting in London, it was confirmed today (June 25).
  • Ladies In Lavender

    18-Jun-2004

    Dir/scr: Charles Dance.UK. 2004. 108minsCharles Dance's directorial debut is a stilted andold-fashioned romantic drama which would be heavy as suet were it not for thedeft and lively performances of its two Dames, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Inrecreating 1930s Cornwall, Dance throws in all the elements associated withBritish heritage cinema - picture postcard imagery of the landscapes lovinglylensed by Peter Biziou, kind hearted yokels in tweed, ...
  • UK Film Focus unveils inaugural programme

    14-Jun-2004

    180 international buyers from 30 countries are expected inLondon at the end of the month for the inaugural UK Film Focus.
  • New lobby group attacks UK film archive plans

    9-Jun-2004

    A withering attack has been launched on UK Government-backedplans to restructure the National Film and Television Archive (NFTVA). In astrongly worded document entitled "An Impending National Catastrophe: TheFate Of Britain's Film Heritage," a new lobbying organisation, theCuratori Lucis Group, has accused the UK Film Council and the British FilmInstitute (the bodies entrusted with the care of the NFTVA) of drawing up planswhich will "diminish the archive in every way."
  • Chabrol's Flower to blossom with UK's CineFile

    7-Jun-2004

    Edinburgh-based CineFile has picked up the UK rights to TheFlower Of Evil, venerable French auteurClaude Chabrol's 50th feature, and will be releasing the film next monththrough its subsidiary, CineFrance. This is the second Chabrol picture thecompany has acquired. (It also released The Colour Of Lies.)CineFileis one of an increasing number of new British distributors handling art houseand foreign language fare. It was founded four years ago as ...
  • Duck Season (Temporada De Patos)

    1-Jun-2004

  • Edinburgh sets a date for Motorcycle Diaries

    28-May-2004

    The Motorcycle Diariesis to open this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival, it was announcedyesterday.
  • ICA bags Cannes titles for UK

    27-May-2004

    Afterone of the busiest Cannes markets in recent years for UK independentdistributors, the ICA (Institute Of Contemporary Arts) has arrived back inBritain with four festival titles in the bag.
  • ICA bags Cannes titles for UK

    27-May-2004

    Afterone of the busiest Cannes markets in recent years for UK independentdistributors, the ICA (Institute Of Contemporary Arts) has arrived back inBritain with four festival titles in the bag.
  • Godard provokes at Cannes

    19-May-2004

    In Cannes yesterday, Jean-Luc Godard (unveiling hisnew film Notre Musique out ofcompetition) was in typically provocative and gnomic form. Asked to comment onMichael Moore's work, he compared it unfavourably to the "great movies" 25 years ago of Frederick Wiseman. "Ofcourse he (Moore) says he is attacking Bush but my feeling is that he helpsBush in a way," Godard told Screen.
  • Reding spells out Media Programme future

    19-May-2004

    "Filmeducation and training are to be put at the heart of the next version of theEuropean Union's Media Programme," said EU culture and education commissionerViviane Reding yesterday.
  • Salles to tackle football-themed film

    19-May-2004

    Walter Salles,whose Motorcycle Diaries screens incompetition in Cannes today, is to make a low budget football-themed film forDonald K. Ranvaud's new production and sales collective, Buena Onda.
  • UK Film Council eyes up Loach

    19-May-2004

    Is the UK Film Council rediscovering the auteur bug'
  • The Edukators

    19-May-2004

  • Fangoria spills into US distribution with Last Horror

    17-May-2004

  • Moore pressure on White House

    17-May-2004

    The White Houseput pressure on Mel Gibson's Icon not to back Farenheit 911, Michael Moore claimed yesterday.
  • Tarnation creates Cannes buzz

    17-May-2004

    JonathanCaouette's Tarnation, which isscreening in Directors' Fortnight, has emerged as one of the buzz titles ofthis year's festival. The film, handled by Wellspring Media, has been licensedby Optimum for the UK and Dendy for Australia.
  • UIP boards Attenborough's Ring

    17-May-2004

  • Prolific slate for post-Troy Kruger

    14-May-2004

    Fresh fromplaying Helen of Troy, the face that launched 1000 ships, in WolfgangPetersen's $200 million epic, Troy, German-born actress Diane Kruger isto appear alongside Ed Harris in Agnieszka Holland's low-budget, US independentfilm, Copying Beethoven. "I think this year I'm going to try to dosmaller films and more character work," Kruger told Screen.
  • The Football Factory

    14-May-2004

    Dir: Nick Love. UK 2004. 90minsNick Love's low-budget, digitally shotadaptation of John King's novel is an energetic and creditable addition to whatseems to what seems to be blossoming into a mini-genre in its own right - thefootball hooligan film. Other forthcoming additions to the genre include TheYank, ...
  • Enjoy Cinemas dives into diva material

    13-May-2004

    EnjoyCinema, the UK distribution outfit set up by former HanWay executive SimonGosling earlier this year, has caught the diva bug.
  • Enjoy Cinemas dives into diva material

    13-May-2004

    EnjoyCinema, the UK distribution outfit set up by former HanWay executive SimonGosling earlier this year, has caught the diva bug.
  • Troy director lays siege to US foreign policy

    10-May-2004

    On the eve of the worldwide release of his $175 millionepic, Troy, German director WolfgangPetersen has waded into the dispute over current US foreign policy in Iraq bydrawing some provocative comparisons between the behaviour of Agamemnon, theGreek tyrant who launched the assault on Troy 3000 years ago, and contemporaryworld leaders.
  • Last King Of Scotland gathers momentum

    7-May-2004

    Andrea Calderwood's London-based Slate Films is at lastmaking headway on its long-gestating project, Last King Of Scotland.Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald is attached to direct the film, which isnow being fast-tracked. Calderwood will co-produce with Lisa Bryer of CowboyFilms.Slate's partners on the project are FilmFour, with whom the project wasoriginally set up with Joe Penhall as writer during the Paul Webster era, andDNA, run by Macdonald's older brother Andrew ...
  • Elstree studios lease goes up for auction

    6-May-2004

    The turbulent history of the UK's Elstree studios, wherefilms from Star Wars to Indiana Jones have been filmed, is set totake another dramatic turn. Earlier this week, a public meeting was held todiscuss the future of the studio site, currently owned by Hertsmere BoroughCouncil, who bought the freehold studios in 1996 from the debt-riddenBrent-Walker Group.The Studios are run by Elstree Film and TV Studios Ltd (EFTVS). The hitch,though, is that the lease runs out in ...
  • Perry quits The Works for independent career

    25-Apr-2004

    The Works' chief executive,Aline Perry, is to leave the company to pursue an independent career in theindustry, it was announced yesterday. The surprise move comes only a few daysafter the Cannes world premiere of Olivier Assayas's prize winning Clean, which headed up The Work's Cannes slate."My departure couldn'tbe more amicable ...
  • London acts to tackle shooting 'nightmare'

    23-Apr-2004

    At a swanky reception in the heart of London's financial district, Film London yesterday announced a range of measures designed to turn the new film and media agency into a body with the same scope and power as the New York Film Commission."It has been a nightmare trying to make films in London, let's be honest," the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone told a packed audience of sponsors and filmland grandees.
  • Rotterdam, IDFA expansion plans quashed by Dutch review

    20-Apr-2004

    There were mixed fortunes for the Dutch film industry yesterday as the Government's advisory council, the "Raad voor Cultur", announced its spending recommendations for 2005 to 2008.
  • Woody Allen's Anything Else finally finds UK home

    20-Apr-2004

    Woody Allen's Anything Else has at last found a home with a UK theatrical distributor, it was announced yesterday.
  • City Screen looks to expand UK arthouse circuit

    12-Apr-2004

    Arts Alliance Media (AAM), the venture capital firm which owns a majority stake in City Screen, is looking to expand the art house cinema chain yet further.
  • Media Programme, Eurimages merger 'inevitable'

    5-Apr-2004

    Jacques Toubon,head of the Eurimages production aid scheme, thisweek told Screendaily.com that mergerwith the Media programme may become "inevitable".
  • British Film Institute unveils plans to 'open up'

    5-Apr-2004

    The British Film Institute (bfi) is to receive one of thebiggest shake-ups in its 70-year-history.
  • Capitol racks up Big sales on high profile slate

    29-Mar-2004

    Capitol Films is racking up sales on the high profile, threepicture slate - comprising Mark Mylod's The Big White, Robert Towne's Ask The Dust and Robert Altman's Paint - that it is co-financing with German media fund VIP.
  • ContentFilm hits the acquisitions trail

    29-Mar-2004

    ContentFilm is on theacquisitions trail. The London and New York based company, which formallycompleted its takeover of Winchester Entertainment on Friday (March 26), hasconfirmed it is now looking to buy distribution companies and libraries.
  • Verve takes UK rights to Winterbottom's Code 46

    19-Mar-2004

    Fledgling UK distributor Verve Pictures has acquired Michael Winterbottom's Code 46 and is planning a 60 print release for the film in September.
  • New UK distributor builds release slate

    17-Mar-2004

    Enjoy Cinema Ltd., the new UK theatrical distribution outfit set up earlier this year by Simon Gosling (ex-HanWay), has announced details of its first acquisitions.
  • Lords lash out at tax loophole closure

    5-Mar-2004

    Thecontroversy over the government's decision to close down film taxloopholes last month erupted in the House of Lords this week.
  • Winchester finally becomes Content

    4-Mar-2004

    The name Winchester Entertainment PLC is set to disappear, it was confirmed yesterday as further details of the merger between Winchester and Ed Pessman and John Schmidt's ContentFilm inc. were announced.
  • New indie collectives preach cost efficiencies

    23-Feb-2004

    Is small beautiful' Certainly not was the verdict of the panellists on "Collective Power: Buying and Selling Alliances," speaking this month at Screen International's Modernising European Cinema Summit at the Berlin Film Festival - all of whom are involved in the new wave of indie-combos set up across Europe in recent years.
  • Learning to love the critics

    16-Feb-2004

    Is there a crisis in European film criticism' That was one key question being asked during Friday's European Film Academy event, "How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Critics."
  • Delpy lines up dark directorial debuts

    13-Feb-2004

    In Berlin with competition title Before Sunset, actress Julie Delpy has revealed further details of her two new directorial projects, both of which are slated to feature roles for her Before Sunset co-star, Ethan Hawke.
  • Smith rides Intandem with August

    13-Feb-2004

    Ex-Winchester boss Gary Smith yesterday announced that he was back in the film business with a new sales and production outfit, Intandem Films.
  • Hanway tipped to handle Foresight slate

    12-Feb-2004

    HanWay (owned by Jeremy Thomas) is emerging as the prime candidate to handle international sales on many of the films made through Foresight Film, the new Section 48 production fund launched by Prescience Film Finance that aims to raise £10m for a £40m film slate in the 2004/2005 tax year.
  • British industry rocked by $375m equity cull

    12-Feb-2004

    The British filmindustry has been left in a state of shock following the surprise announcementthis week that tax authority the Inland Revenue is pulling down the"guillotine" on the UK's tax equity funds.
  • Sisters sales boost Highpoint's Dutch ties

    11-Feb-2004

    London-based outfit High Point Films, in Berlin for the first time, has concluded another sale on its Oscar-nominated Dutch title, Twin Sisters. The film (which is being released in the US by Miramax) has now gone to Sweden (Atlantic Film) following earlier deals with Germany (Kinowelt) and Japan. The major territories still available are France, Spain and the UK.
  • UK's Soda scores with German Miracle

    11-Feb-2004

    Effervescent new UK outfit Soda Pictures, set up in 2002 by Eve Gabereau and Edward Fletcher, confirmed yesterday that it has taken UK rights to The Miracle Of Berne from Bavaria Film.
  • Content fields Beautiful offers

    10-Feb-2004

    Following the Berlinale competition screening of Hans Petter Molland's Beautiful Country earlier in the week, Content International's Jamie Carmichael has received firm offers from the three major territories left unsold, Japan, Germany and Italy, and is expected to close deals in the next imminently.
  • Greenaway goes to battle in search of human soul

    10-Feb-2004

    Speaking in Berlin following the screening of Tulse Luper's Suitcases, Part II, maverick British director Peter Greenaway revealed details of his next major project - a Russian language epic set in the aftermath of the 30 Years War.
  • Berlin rekindles the spirit of Che Guevara

    9-Feb-2004

    Last month, Che Guevara's old Cuban friend and travelling companion Alberto Granado was denied entry to the US for the Sundance World Premiere of Motorcycle Diaries, Walter Salles' film based on his 1952 journey round South America on the back of a Norton 500 with Guevara.
  • UK Film Showcase unveiled

    9-Feb-2004

    Further details have emerged of The UK Film Showcase, the new screenings initiative for British films being launched in London this summer.
  • Sex drama entices Winterbottom

    6-Feb-2004

    With $30,000 in development money from United Artists, last year's Golden Bear winner Michael Winterbottom has started shooting what promises to be his most contentious project yet - a fully sexually explicit relationship drama.
  • UK Film Council tickled by Spanish comedy

    6-Feb-2004

    The UK Film Council is to make its first ever investment in a Spanish language film as part of a bid to extend ties with mainland European partners.
  • Mountain buffeted by cold US wind

    5-Feb-2004

    Speaking yesterday at Screen International's Modernising European Cinema Summit in Berlin, Anthony Minghella expressed his dismay at the continuing criticism he faces in the US for shooting Berlinale opening film Cold Mountain in Romania.
  • Momentum spells out European expansion plans

    15-Jan-2004

    Momentum Pictures, the independent UK distributor which last year had a market share of 1.3%, is set for a growth spurt. Xavier Marchand, the new managing director, has revealed further details of the company's plans to move into Europe and to beef up its British presence."The onus is on us to expand the company," Marchand told ScreenDaily.com. "We have to look at opportunities to buy distribution companies and libraries."Marchand will have plentiful funds for ...

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