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Mark Johnson

  • Belgium prepares new film tax shelter legislation


    Belgium's proposed tax-shelter legislation is to be readied for parliamentary debate at a meeting between finance minister Didier Reynders and film producers this week (Oct 3).
  • Hundred Steps clinches Brussels' Golden Iris


    Marco Tullio Giordana's The Hundred Steps (I Cento Passi) was awarded top honours at the 28th Brussels International Film Festival, which closed Saturday night.
  • Belgium close to accord in rental terms war


    Belgian exhibitors' federation, the FCB, and distributors' association, the ABDF, appear to be nearing an agreement in a two-year battle over the distributor-exhibitor split of box office grosses.
  • Netherlands launches Internet film festival


    The Netherlands Film Festival (September 20-29) is launching a virtual event - the Netherlands Internet Film Festival - which is designed to give greater exposure to Dutch film-makers.
  • The Nine Lives Of Tomas Katz


  • UGC acquires Gaumont's Antwerp multiplex


    French exhibition giant UGC is buying rival Gaumont's 17-screen multiplex in Antwerp, Belgium for $22m (FFr150m), as part of its Europe-wide expansion plan kickstarted by the acquisition of the UK's Virgin circuit last year.
  • The Nameless wins Brussels Golden Raven


    Spanish title The Nameless, directed by Jaume Balaguero, was awarded the Golden Raven at the 18th Brussels Festival of Fantasy, Thriller and Science Fiction Films (March 17 - April 1).
  • Kinepolis bullish on expansion despite losses


    Belgian exhibitor Kinepolis Group is planning to open six new multiplexes throughout Europe by December after reaching its legal investment limit in Belgium with 125 screens.
  • Bzz, Suburbanites win at Brussels Animation fest


    Short animated features Bzz, directed by Benoit Feroumont, and Suburbanites, directed by Stefan Vermeulen, emerged as the big winners at the Brussels Animation Festival (Feb 29 - March 11).
  • Alone scores double Iris in Brussels


    Benito Zambrano's directorial debut Alone (Solas) was awarded both the Iris d'Or for best European film and Iris d'Argent for best actress (Ana Fernandez) at the 27th International Film Festival in Brussels.