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Wes Craven

Wes Craven dies aged 76

31-Aug-2015 | By

The prolific filmmaker who revolutionised horror with wry takes on the genre like the Scream franchise and A Nightmare On Elm Street died on Sunday from brain cancer.

Straight Outta Compton

'Compton' stays top in US on $13.2m

30-Aug-2015 | By

With no real pretenders to usurp it, Universal’s Straight Outta Compton held on to top berth for the third consecutive weekend and climbed to $134.1m.

Terminator Genisys

PPI pair cross $300m international

30-Aug-2015 | By

The seemingly indestructible Terminator: Genisys generated $23.6m from 25 markets and climbed to $320.1m and $409.5m worldwide.

Diane Nelson to head Warner Bros Consumer Products

28-Aug-2015 | By

Diane Nelson has added oversight of Warner Bros Consumer Products to her responsibilities as president of DC Entertainment and president and chief content officer of Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment.

Screen Awards

Screen Awards 2015 shortlist revealed

28-Aug-2015 | By Screen staff

Fox/Fox Searchlight, Universal and Metrodome lead the nominations; Amy Winehouse documentary is the most nominated film.


Lionsgate teams up on video game adaptation 'Borderlands'

28-Aug-2015 | By

The studio is partnering with the game’s publisher and creators Gearbox Software and Take-Two Interactive Software’s 2K as well as producers Avi and Ari Arad.

Bryce Dallas Howard joins 'Gold'

28-Aug-2015 | By

Hot off the global summer smash Jurassic World, the actress has joined the adventure from Black Bear Pictures and HWY 61 currently shooting in New Mexico.

Christopher Nolan and Tacita Dean

Christopher Nolan, Tacita Dean to launch new LFF industry series

28-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Nolan to debate future of film as part of a new series of talks on the industry side of the BFI London Film Festival.

Michael Ryan

Incoming IFTA chair attacks DSM

28-Aug-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: On the eve of his third term as the trade association’s chairman, Michael Ryan has fired a broadside at European Commission proposals for a Digital Single Market.


M-Appeal sells ‘Daddy’ to UK, France

28-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Gerald McCullouch’s feature debut set to world premiere at Montreal.


LevelK to launch Hong Kong office

28-Aug-2015 | By

Scandinavian sales outfit LevelK is expanding eastward.

Oscars 2016: Swiss submit 'Iraqi Odyssey'

28-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Samir’s 3D documentary submitted to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film.

The Bride La Novia

Fortissimo acquires San Seb title 'The Bride'

28-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sales of Paula Ortiz’s drama to begin at Venice.

Berlin Drama Series Days

Berlin's Drama Series Days to return in 2016

28-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EFM’s TV initiative to return for a second year with a documentary element.

Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones' 'Delirium' begins shoot

28-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Love story completes a trilogy of features.

Straight Outta Compton

‘Straight Outta Compton’ holds buzz chart lead

28-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sinister 2 and The Bad Education Movie also chart.

Rubble Kings

UK label Sharp Teeth Films to launch with Jim Carrey-produced doc

28-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Asian film specialist Terracotta Distribution expands with new label to focus on titles outside the continent.


'Jack' to open Oldenburg fest

28-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

True story of the notorious killer and poet also set to screen at Toronto.

PPI eyes further gains for 'Genisys'

27-Aug-2015 | By

Paramount Pictures International executives will look for another strong international weekend following last weekend’s one-two punch.

Sam Worthington

Sam Worthington, Ruth Wilson board 'The Titan'

27-Aug-2015 | By

Theis sci-fi feature scheduled to commence production in Europe on January 18.

luc besson

Luc Besson mulls Hungary shoot for 'Valérian'

27-Aug-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Director courts controversy in France amid tax credit stand-off.

By The Sea

'By The Sea' to open AFI FEST

27-Aug-2015 | By

The Los Angeles festival has weighed into awards season with an eye-catching world premiere slot for Angelina Jolie Pitt’s marriage drama.

Tim Roth

Tim Roth joins 'The Brits Are Coming'

27-Aug-2015 | By

New cast additions to the film, currently shooting in New York, include Parker Posey, Maggie Q, Alice Eve, Stephen Fry and Sofia Vergara. Fortitude International handles international sales.

Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words

Ingrid Bergman Cannes doc set for US release

27-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Pretty Pictures snaps up raft of international rights; Rialto Pictures to release documentary in the US and Canada.

Labyrinth Of Lies

Oscars 2016: Germany submits 'Labyrinth Of Lies'

27-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Giulio Ricciarelli’s Nazi conspiracy drama submitted to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film.

Cinema Europa Zagreb

Arthouse exhibitors criticise EU bonus scheme

27-Aug-2015 | By

Arthouse exhibitors from Poland to Venezuela have added their voices to the chorus of disapproval about Europa Cinemas’ new bonus payment scheme to promote partnerships between cinemas and online distribution platforms.

Geena Davis

Bentonville Film Festival unveils 2016 dates

27-Aug-2015 | By

Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment have announced the second annual Bentonville Film Festival.

Spike Lee

Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds, Gena Rowlands in Governors Awards

27-Aug-2015 | By

The Academy board of governors announced on Thursday three special honours ahead of the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on November 14.

Moscow Premiere Festival

Russia cancels Moscow Premiere film festival

27-Aug-2015 | By Tom Grater

The event will be replaced by a government-backed Youth Festival of Life Affirming Film.


'Paddington' breaks StudioCanal records

27-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Title crosses 1 million DVD and Blu-Ray sales in record time.

Martin Gallery

Odin’s Eye hires Martin Gallery to oversee sales, acquisitions

27-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sales exec joins Australian outfit from Pinnacle Films.


Oscars 2016: Kazakhstan submits 'Stranger'

27-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Submission marks Yermek Tursunov’s third film to be selected for the Oscar race .

Cate Blanchett to receive BFI Fellowship

27-Aug-2015 | By Tom Grater

The actress will receive the award at the London Film Festival, where her new film Truth wil have a special presentation.

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Amazon Prime Video follows Netflix into Japan

27-Aug-2015 | By

The online retailer joins Netflix in moving into the Japanese video streaming market.

Arturo Ripstein

Venice to honour Mexico's Arturo Ripstein

27-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Director’s La calle de la amargura to be presented Out of Competition.


Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar submissions 2016

27-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Entries for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.

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Robert Pattinson to star in Claire Denis sci-fi

26-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Robert Pattinson is attached to play the lead role in Claire Denis’ upcoming English-language sci-fi film, written with British writer Zadie Smith.

Angry Indian Goddesses

Mongrel Int’l to sell 'Angry Indian Goddesses' at TIFF

26-Aug-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Heading into Toronto, Jungle Book Entertainment and One Two Films have brought on Charlotte Mickie and her team to kick off world sales on what they have described as India’s first female buddy movie.

John Buffalo

Cinema Management Group hires John Buffalo

26-Aug-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner has beefed up his sales force coming off a slew of sales on Toronto selection Born To Dance and other titles.

Universal sets North American box office record

26-Aug-2015 | By

The studio continued to sweep aside all before it on Wednesday as executives announced an industry-high $2.113bn with four months still to go.

Malachi Kirby

Malachi Kirby to star in 'Roots' remake

26-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK actor cast as Kunta Kinte in A+E Networks’ scripted event series.

'Hyena Road', 'Beeba Boys' bookend Atlantic Film Festival

26-Aug-2015 | By

Paul Gross’ war film Hyena Road will open the 35th annual edition in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from September 17-24.

High Rise

Soda picks up rights to 'High-Rise', 'Disorder'

26-Aug-2015 | By Tom Grater

Soda has picked up three Toronto titles, including Ben Wheatley drama-thriller.

Paul Hanson

MCC, Paul Hanson launch Covert Media

26-Aug-2015 | By

The co-founder and former COO of QED International has teamed up with Media Content Capital on the production, financing and distribution company.

Working Title eyes larger-scale films

26-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

The UK’s biggest film production company has its eyes on larger-scale films.

Agathe Valentin

Agathe Valentin heads to France's Pyramide

26-Aug-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Sales veteran to debut in new role at Venice Film Festival.


Seville International to sell 'Parched' at Toronto

26-Aug-2015 | By

Vice-president of international sales Anick Poirier has assembled a sales slate that includes five festival selections including the world premiere of Leena Yadav’s tale of four ordinary women in India.

Sunset Song

Terence Davies' 'Sunset Song' sold to Spain

26-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Fortissimo Films’ sells Spanish rights to the Toronto-bound period drama.

oleg sentsov

International outrage at Oleg Sentsov verdict

26-Aug-2015 | By

The sentences handed down by a Russian military court to the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov and activist Alexander Kolchenko have provoked a wave of international protest.

Steven Polster

RightsTrade, BondIt strike deal

26-Aug-2015 | By

Steven Polster’s online film and television market has signed a strategic partnership with the entertainment financing firm to provide upfront liquidity from online licensing agreements.

Mountain Cry

Fortissimo picks up 'Mountain Cry'

26-Aug-2015 | By

Fortissimo Films has acquired global rights to Larry Yang’s Mountain Cry, which will receive its world premiere as the closing film of this year’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) on October 10.

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway joins 'The Shower'

26-Aug-2015 | By

The Oscar winner will produce and star in Andrew Lauren Productions’ subversive comedy based on Jac Schaeffer’s Black List screenplay.


'Truth' to open Hamptons fest

26-Aug-2015 | By

James Vanderbilt’s ‘Rathergate’ scandal drama starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford will open the 23rd annual event on October 8.

Too Late

Content boards John Hawkes noir 'Too Late'

26-Aug-2015 | By

Content Media has acquired international sales to Dennis Hauck’s neo-noir detective thriller and will host a private buyers screening in Toronto.

star men

Cambridge Film Festival reveals full line-up

26-Aug-2015 | By Tom Grater

UK premieres include Palio, The Company You Keep and Infinitely Polar Bear.

Oleg Sentsov

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov sentenced to 20 years

25-Aug-2015 | By

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has been sentenced to 20 years in a verdict passed today (Aug 25) by a military court in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don.

Andrea Iervolino, Monika Bacardi

AMBI Distribution hires Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard Rose

25-Aug-2015 | By

Heading into Toronto the former president of international sales and distribution at Voltage Pictures will serve as a consultant, effective immediately.

Tomas Jegeus

Tomas Jegeus to head Fox International Productions

25-Aug-2015 | By

The studio has recruited from within to fill the vacancy left by Sanford Panitch’s departure to Sony and appointed its former co-president of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution.

Annie McDonough

Annie McDonough rises at Falco Ink

25-Aug-2015 | By

Janice Roland and Shannon Treusch, partners at the film, TV and digital content PR specialists, announced the promotion on Tuesday.

I Am Malala

Toronto unveils Discovery, TIFF KIDS

25-Aug-2015 | By

Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) has completed its line-up with the Discovery, New Wave TIFF Kids and In Conversation With… strands and has confirmed the return of Festival Street.

Stone Cold Jane Austen

Arsenal Pictures boards 'Stone Cold Jane Austen'

25-Aug-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Heading into Toronto Arsenal Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the film about the South African punk rockers.

Lost In Hong Kong

Well Go USA acquires 'Lost In Hong Kong'

25-Aug-2015 | By

The deal has triggered a September 25 day-and-date release that will see the distributor open the film in North America on the same day as its Chinese launch.

A Patch Of Fog

Toronto thriller 'A Patch Of Fog' gets international sales deal

25-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: LA-based 13 Films picks up Michael Lennox’s Toronto-bound thriller.


Partners plot 'Shield Of Straw' remake

25-Aug-2015 | By

All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW) and Japanese partner Nippon Television (Nippon TV) are teaming with Chris and Paul Weitz’s production company Depth Of Field on an English-language remake of the Takashi Miike’s thriller.

Semana Santa

Mundial to launch sales on 'Semana Santa'

25-Aug-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The sales agent will introduce worldwide buyers to Alejandra Márquez Abella’s Mexican feature directorial debut ahead of its September 10 world premiere in Toronto.

The Sand

Icon, FrightFest confirm first films for new genre label

25-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: The Sand and Aaaaaaaah! among first FrightFest Presents acquisitions.

J.K. Simmons

'The Late Bloomer' begins Los Angeles shoot

25-Aug-2015 | By

Los Angeles-based Eclectic Pictures and Ineffable Pictures have begun production on Kevin Pollak’s feature directorial debut.


Reel Suspects takes on Toronto title 'Demon'

25-Aug-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Wedding-set supernatural tale to premiere in Vanguard section.


Busan to open with India's 'Zubaan'

25-Aug-2015 | By

The 20th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced its line-up of 304 films from 75 countries with 121 world and international premieres.

Toronto 40

Toronto film festival 2015: full line-up


Films set to show at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), updated as announcements are made in the run up to the event.

'The Man Who Knew Infinity' to open Zurich

25-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Maths genius biopic stars Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons.

The Meddler

SPC to release 'The Meddler'

25-Aug-2015 | By

The distributor will schedule a North American release on the family drama starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and JK Simmons.


AMPAS votes on student winners

25-Aug-2015 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced its 15 winners of the 42nd Student Academy Awards competition.


Raindance Film Festival to open with 'Newcomer'

25-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

World premiere of US spy thriller to open independent film festival.

Seville inks deals on Hany Abu Assad’s 'The Idol'

25-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

eOne’s art-house sales arm Seville International has secured several deals on Hany Abu-Assad’s Toronto-bound The Idol.

EFP at Busan 2015

EFP reveals Busan 2015 line-up

25-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

European Film Promotion (EFP) has unveiled the list of titles it will support at this year’s Busan International Film Festival (Oct 1-10) in South Korea.

Chris Menges

Chris Menges to receive Camerimage honour

25-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Oscar-winning cinematographer worked on Kes, The Killing Fields and The Reader among others.

Only God Forgives

AMC signs film deals ahead of UK launch

25-Aug-2015 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Channel launching exclusively for BT’s TV subscribers on Friday with titles including Only God Forgives.

Green Porno

Norika Fujiwara to voice Tokyo-bound 'Green Porno Live'

25-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Norika Fujiwara to narrate and provide voiceover for the Japanese version of Isabella Rossellini’s series.


Lionsgate eyes 'Brothers' follow-ups

24-Aug-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Hot off the $15m-plus triumph of its Warrior adaptation in India, the US studio is understood to be lining up further Hindi-language features for 2016.

UPI sets new international high

24-Aug-2015 | By

Universal Pictures International (UPI) brass on Monday declared another milestone in a year that has seen the studio shatter records left and right, earning $3.78bn in international receipts.

The Lady In The Van

SPC plots 'The Lady In The Van' awards run

24-Aug-2015 | By

Sony Pictures Classics will schedule a qualifying run for its Toronto-bound Maggie Smith starrer The Lady In The Van.

Only Yesterday

GKIDS acquires 'Only Yesterday'

24-Aug-2015 | By

The studio will distribute Isao Takahata’s revered animation early next year following a deal with regular collaborator Studio Ghibli.

Oleg Sentsov

Sokurov, Fedorchenko show solidarity with Sentsov

24-Aug-2015 | By

 Russian filmmakers Alexander Sokurov and Alexey Fedorchenko are among the latest to speak out in public in support of their Ukrainian colleague Oleg Sentsov.

In Jackson Heights

NYFF unveils doc programme

24-Aug-2015 | By

The 53rd New York Film Festival’s Spotlight on Documentary launches on September 27 and features new work from Frederick Wiseman, Laura Poitras, Walter Salles and Joaquim Pinto.

I Am Belfast

New Europe Film Sales picks up Mark Cousins’ 'I Am Belfast'

24-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Documentary played in competition at Karlovy Vary.

Robert Pattinson

Deauville to fete Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Olsen

24-Aug-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

French beachfront festival unveils full line-up.

Producers Lab Toronto participants unveiled

24-Aug-2015 | By

Twenty-four producers from Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have been selected for the programme.

Omar El Hussein

Film planned on Copenhagen terror attack

24-Aug-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Danish Zentropa producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen reported to the police for racism, when announcing Closed Eyes by Afghan-born director about the Copenhagen terror attack


AFI Conservatory unveils graduate grants

24-Aug-2015 | By

Five graduates from the class of 2014 will receive funding for excellence in their thesis work.

Paper Towns

'Paper Towns' tops UK with $3.3m debut

24-Aug-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s Inside Out again tops Fri-Sun market as it becomes the sixth 2015 release to hit the £30m mark.

Hanan Kattan Despite The Falling Snow

Producers Lab Toronto unveils 2015 line-up

24-Aug-2015 | By

The UK’s Hanan Kattan, Germany’s Peter Rommel and Canada’s Chantelle Kadyschuk  are among those selected for this year’s Producers Lab Toronto (PLT).

Tales From the Slums

Films Without Borders heads to Slum Film Festival

24-Aug-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Films Without Borders’ latest production Tales From The Slums will screen this week at Nairobi, Kenya’s fifth-annual Slum Film Festival (Aug 24-29).


S Korea's 'Assassination', 'Veteran' continue box office rise

24-Aug-2015 | By

In South Korea, Choi Dong-hoon’s period action thriller Assassination has become the 9th biggest local film in box office history.

Netflix Softbank

Netflix partners with Softbank ahead of Japan launch

24-Aug-2015 | By

Japan’s SoftBank Corp will offer Netflix subscriptions to its 37 million mobile phone customers when the global streaming service launches in Japan on September 2.

JT Bioscopen

Vue Cinemas acquires Dutch exhibitor JT Bioscopen

24-Aug-2015 | By Tom Grater

Vue has purchased the second-largest cinema chain in the Netherlands in a $97 million deal.

Azize Tan

Istanbul fest director steps down after censorship scandal

24-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Azize Tan has stepped down after nine years following protests over censorship at the latest edition in April, which led to the cancellation of the festival’s competitions and closing ceremony.

luke treadaway

Luke Treadaway to star in 'A Street Cat Named Bob'

24-Aug-2015 | By Tom Grater

Treadaway to appear alongside Ruta Gedmintas in the adaptation of James Bowen’s best-selling novel.

Terminator Genisys

'Genisys' storms China on $27m

23-Aug-2015 | By

AUGUST 24 UPDATE: The Hollywood-China marriage resumed after the summer blackout as Terminator: Genisys delivered a confirmed $27m debut in China on 25,000 screens and the Bride Wars remake arrived on $23.6m via Fox International.

Straight Outta Compton

'Compton' extends US rule on $26.4m

23-Aug-2015 | By

AUGUST 24 UPDATE: Universal’s NWA biopic held on to top berth in its second weekend as an estimated $26.4m boosted the running total to an impressive $111.1m.

Mike Downey

Oleg Sentsov appeal renewed at Sarajevo awards

23-Aug-2015 | By

Mike Downey warns the film-making community of imminent sentence for Oleg Sentsov at Sarajevo Film Festival awards ceremony

Jasmila Zbanic

Zbanic reveals ‘Srebrenica’ drama details

23-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Bosnian director and winner of Berlinale’s Golden Bear plans to shoot her film about the wartime massacre next autumn.

Sarajevo Film Festival Open Air Cinema

Sarajevo Film Festival attendance “up 10%”

23-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Festival director Mirsad Purivatra says “quality over quantity” in the programme has led to a boost in figures.

To The Hilt

Sarajevo: Serbia's Taramount acquires 'To The Hilt'; Avant Premieres wrap

23-Aug-2015 | By

Macedonian period epic to be released in first quarter of 2016

Deniz Gamze Erguven

'Mustang' wins best film at Sarajevo Film Festival

22-Aug-2015 | By

Acting awards split between casts of Mustang and Chevalier, Son Of Saul wins Special Jury Prize.

Sarajevo Co Production panel

DSM threat to co-production debated in Sarajevo

22-Aug-2015 | By Natasha Senjanovic

Panel discussed the future of co-production in the proposed Digital Single Market.

The High Sun

Sarajevo: 'The High Sun' wins CICAE award

22-Aug-2015 | By

Docu Rough Cut Boutique prizes also revealed.

Ran Huang

Sarajevo: Ran Huang receives Katrin Cartlidge bursary

22-Aug-2015 | By

Chinese film-maker’s short The Administration Of Glory was in competition at Cannes in 2014

Andreas Ohman

Ohman to direct remake of 'Simple Simon' with 'Breaking Bad' producer

21-Aug-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Swedish director working with Breaking Bad producer Mark Johnson.

Avengers Age of Ultron

UK film industry tax breaks approved by EU

21-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Chancellor George Osborne wants more projects like Gravity and Avengers: Age Of Ultron to shoot in the UK.

Benicio del Toro

Benicio Del Toro accepts Sarajevo honour

21-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award for actor who attended the festival with new film A Perfect Day.

Sarajevo CineLink Work In Progess

Sales agents, film funds speak at Sarajevo's CineLink

21-Aug-2015 | By Natasha Senjanovic

Elle Driver, Wide Management and European film funds on what brings them back to the Sarajevo Film Festival’s development and financing platform.

Directors Guild of Bosnia and Herzegovina,

Bosnian film directors to call for government support

21-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Award-winning filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic hopes to see tax breaks introduced to encourage film production in the country.

venice vfm market

'The Norm' adaptation to be pitched at Venice Market

21-Aug-2015 | By

An adaptation of Vladimir Sorokin’s bestselling novel The Norm is among eight film projects to be presented at a pitching forum in Venice by Roskino in cooperation with the Venice Film Market on Sept 6 .

Sarajevo Cinema Exhibition panel

Sarajevo: debate divided over cinema exhibition

21-Aug-2015 | By Natasha Senjanovic

The first session of the 2015 Sarajevo Film Festival’s Regional Forum saw panellists and audiences divided over trends in local cinema exhibition

Craig Fairbrass Gunned Down

Red Rock, Impact tie on Sacha Bennett-Craig Fairbrass thriller

21-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Craig Fairbrass to star in action-thriller Cartel.

Straight Outta Compton

‘Straight Outta Compton’ tops social buzz chart

21-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Hip hop biopic scores nearly double the second place film, Paper Towns.

'Rogue Nation' crosses $250m int'l

21-Aug-2015 | By

Paramount and Skydance’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation stands at $254m and is expected to dominate for a third weekend.

BAFTA LA to honour Meryl Streep, Sam Mendes, James Corden

20-Aug-2015 | By

The first honourees for the 2015 British Academy Britannia Awards presented by American Airlines on October 30 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel have been announced.

Stephen Frears and Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Stephen Frears, Nuri Bilge Ceylan among Toronto industry speakers

20-Aug-2015 | By

Top brass at the Toronto International Film Festival industry office on Thursday revealed further details of next month’s line-up of sessions scheduled to run from September 11-17.


'Carol', 'Dheepan' among Chicago line-up

20-Aug-2015 | By

US premieres of Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth and Charlie Vundla’s South African drama Cuckold are among the initial roster of 24 films announced by programmers at the Chicago International Film Festival on Thursday.


'Dheepan' duo to reunite in Tamil-language film

20-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Stars of Jacques Audiard’s Cannes winner to lead new feature, which is set to shoot in India later this year.

Kino Lucerna Czech Republic

EC's "ill-conceived idea" under fire from exhibitors

20-Aug-2015 | By

The European Commission has come under fire from exhibitor associations for the introduction of a new bonus payment scheme in the Europa Cinemas network’s deadlines to promote partnerships between exhibitors and online distribution platforms.


PSIFF announces 2016 dates

20-Aug-2015 | By

Organisers at the 27th Palm Springs International Film Festival have unveiled the dates for their next edition.

Michael Winton

Cohen Media Group hires marketing, PR executives

20-Aug-2015 | By

Former IFC Films marketing director Michael Winton has joined as vice-president of marketing, while publicity consultant Laura Sok has been named vice-president of publicity.

Our Everyday Life

'Our Everyday Life' enters Oscar race for Bosnia

20-Aug-2015 | By

Ines Tanovic’s film, which screened in competition of Sarajevo Film Festival, has been chosen as Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Oscar submission

Mike Hopkins of Hulu; Jim Packer of Lionsgate

Lionsgate TV chief in MIPCOM keynote

20-Aug-2015 | By

President of worldwide television and digital distribution Jim Packer will take part in an on-stage conversation with Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins on October 5 opening day.

black mass

'Black Mass' writer joins Chicago Mafia drama

20-Aug-2015 | By

Producer-financier Black Label has hired Mark Mallouk for the story based on the Kurt Calabrese life rights.


India’s Zee launches VOD service DishFlix

20-Aug-2015 | By

Dish TV, the direct-to-home (DTH) satellite service of India’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises, has launched a satellite VOD service, DishFlix, which offers US and Indian movies for a monthly fee.

the brand new testament

Jaco Van Dormael's 'The Brand New Testament' wins in Haugesund

20-Aug-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

The festival also handed awards to Danish director Bille August and actress Ghita Nørby for Silent Heart.

Susan Boehm

Susan Boehm leaves Icon Film Distribution

20-Aug-2015 | By Tom Grater

IFD Australia’s head of acquisitions and development will leave the company after three years.

welcome back

Bollywood sequel 'Welcome Back' to premiere in Dubai

20-Aug-2015 | By Tom Grater

Anees Bazmee’s sequel to 2007’s Welcome will screen in Dubai ahead of its worldwide release.

Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan accepts Honorary Heart of Sarajevo

20-Aug-2015 | By

Canadian film-maker received the honour before a screening of Exotica as part of the Tribute To… programme

san sebastian works in progress

San Sebastian reveals Films in Progress titles

20-Aug-2015 | By Tom Grater

New projects from Alejandro Fernández Almendras, Eliane Caffé and Daniel Hendler are included in this year’s Films in Progress selection.

Jiang Wen in Rogue One

Leeding Media launches US-China talent management firm

20-Aug-2015 | By Tom Grater

Star Wars: Rogue One actor Jiang Wen will be amongst the first clients at Leeding Management.

Buttercup Bill

Sadie Frost to talk women in film at 'Buttercup Bill' premiere

20-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

London premiere to be hosted with Women In Film & Television.

Shooting Stars

Restored 'Shooting Stars' to premiere at BFI London Film Festival

20-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Anthony Asquith’s 1928 film to get a new score from John Altman.

James Buckley

Comedy starring The Inbetweeners' James Buckley underway

20-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

The Comedians Guide To Survival also features Paul Kaye, MyAnna Burin and Neil Stuke.


Sales team takes shape on 'Viva'

19-Aug-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The team representing Paddy Breathnach’s Havana-set drama has come together and will present the film to market buyers in Toronto next month.

Regal Cinemas

Regal Entertainment Group introduces bag checks

19-Aug-2015 | By

The biggest exhibitor chain in the US this week responded to the spate of deadly gun attacks inside US cinemas.

Andrew Currie

Seville International boards 'The Steps'

19-Aug-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Anick Poirier and her team will commence world sales in Toronto on Quadrant Motion Pictures’ film about a dysfunctional family reunion.

Charlie Hunnam

'Lost City Of Z' begins production

19-Aug-2015 | By

James Gray’s long-gestating adventure has commenced shooting in Belfast and stars Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland.


'Neruda' wraps nine-week shoot

19-Aug-2015 | By

Pablo Larraín’s latest film starring Luis Gnecco and Gael García Bernal has completed principal photography in Chile, Argentina and France.

Garm Wars

ARC acquires 'Garm Wars: The Last Druid'

19-Aug-2015 | By

The distributor has picked up US rights to Mamoru Oshii’s sci-fi and plans an October 2 day-and-date theatrical and VOD launch.


Sarajevo: strong female presence and austerity trend at CineLink

19-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

CineLink head Amra Baksic Camo discusses the trends around this year’s edition.

Ruben Ostlund

Force Majeure director, actress ready new films for Swedish Film Institute

19-Aug-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Ruben Ostlund’s new film The Square is among a host of intriguing projects in development in Sweden.

trinidad + tobago Film Festival unveils Panorama

19-Aug-2015 | By

Asif Kapadia’s Amy, Anna Muylaert’s The Second Mother, Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu, John Maclean’s Slow West and Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood are among the fiction and documentary line-up.

Shane Smith

Shane Smith joins Hot Docs as director of programming

19-Aug-2015 | By

The new hire arrives from the Toronto International Film Festival and will start on October 5.

'Pride' gets Russian release despite anti-gay laws

19-Aug-2015 | By Tom Grater

Screen spoke to Russian distributor Arthouse, which has pushed through Pride’s release despite marketing challenges.

Simon Perry

Simon Perry talks Film Vast slate

19-Aug-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Former UK and Ireland production executive talks growing international ties and incoming projects at Swedish funding body.

Wieland Speck

Busan fest to honour Berlinale's Wieland Speck

19-Aug-2015 | By

South Korean film festival also announces Wide Angle juries.

Oleg Sentsov

State prosecutor calls for 23 years for Sentsov

19-Aug-2015 | By

Oleg Sentsov and co-defendant Aleksandr Kolchenko are currently standing trial in Rostov, Russia.

the clip

Sweden’s SVT houses booming doc slate

19-Aug-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Sweden’s national broadcaster is lining up a host of docs that could garner international appeal.

david cooke

BBFC director Cooke to retire

19-Aug-2015 | By Tom Grater

David Cooke will step down in March 2016 after 12 years in the position.

I Saw The Light

TIFF announces City To City, closing night

18-Aug-2015 | By

Potential awards season contenders Truth from James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham’s I Saw The Light starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams land world premiere slots, while Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right will close the festival.

Kilo Two Bravo

Metro Int'l strikes North American deal on 'Kilo Two Bravo'

18-Aug-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The London-based sales agent has struck a US and Canadian sale on the BAFTA-nominated war story ahead of next month’s North American premiere in Toronto.

Pinup Dolls On Ice

108 Media boards 'Pinup Dolls On Ice'

18-Aug-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Toronto-based company has picked up US distribution and world sales rights to the second film in BGOI Film’s ‘On Ice’ slasher series.

Sharon Stone

Casting: Sharon Stone joins 'Running Wild'

18-Aug-2015 | By

The star has joined the drama from Forrest Lucas and Ali Afshar’s recently launched ESX Entertainment. Separately, Ving Rhames is on board Alcon’s comedy Bastards.

Aleksandr Sokurov's 'Francofonia' sold into Europe, Japan

18-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Drama from the Russian Ark director scores pre-sales ahead of Venice world premiere.

Bud Yorkin

Bud Yorkin dies aged 89

18-Aug-2015 | By

The film and television director, producer and writer died of natural causes at his Bel Air Home. He was 89.


'Freeheld' joins San Sebastian competition

18-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New films by Liu Hao, Joachim Lafosse and Peter Sollett join line-up.

Freddie Highmore

'Holding Patterns' cast bulks up

18-Aug-2015 | By Angela Lee

AUGUST 26 UPDATE: Gary Ray Moore from House Of Cards has joined Freddie Highmore, Odeya Rush and Haley Joel Osment on Animus Films’ coming-of-age film.

Excess Flesh

Acort International to sell 'Excess Flesh'

18-Aug-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Phoenix-based sales agent will represent worldwide rights to Patrick Kennelly’s SXSW psychological thriller.

Go Away Mr Tumor

'Mr Tumor' topples 'Monster Hunt' at China box office

18-Aug-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Edko Films’ Monster Hunt finally relinquished the top spot at the China box office, as Wanda Pictures’ Go Away Mr Tumor opened in pole position with $29.75m in four days.

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson's 'Hacksaw Ridge' sold to China

18-Aug-2015 | By

YooZoo acquires Second World War drama starring Andrew Garfield.

Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh to receive Zurich honour

18-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

BAFTA Award-winning director to deliver a masterclass at the festival, which will programme a retrospective of his work.

Music docs take centre stage at Way Out West

18-Aug-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Sold-out screenings for Amy Winehouse documentary and Cobain: Montage of Heck.


Movio signs pacts with National CineMedia, VOX

18-Aug-2015 | By Angela Lee

AUGUST 19 UPDATE: Movio on Wednesday signe a long-term deal with National CineMedia for its ‘Movio Media’ market research software.

Euro flag

EU to support S Med filmmakers with $2.2m

18-Aug-2015 | By

A total 120 projects from Morocco to Syria are set to be supported over the next three years by the new $2.2m (€2m) ICAM programme co-funded the European Union.

buzzfeed and nbc

Universal's $200m BuzzFeed investment confirmed

18-Aug-2015 | By Tom Grater

The deal is set to include collaboration on television and movie content between the two companies.

Venice Film Festival 2015 poster

Venice reveals Sala Web titles

18-Aug-2015 | By Tom Grater

Venice’s “virtual festival” will feature 15 world premieres this year.

Pernilla August

Pernilla August to introduce 'Serious Game' at Haugesund works-in-progress

18-Aug-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Pernilla August’s new adaption of A Serious Game, scriped by Lone Scherfig, is among the 11 works-in-progress set to be introduced at Haugesund’s New Nordic Films

oleg sentsov

Industry renew call for Sentsov release

18-Aug-2015 | By Tom Grater

Ukrainian director faces 20 years in jail despite retraction of key witness testimony.

Cohen Media Group acquires 'Rams'

17-Aug-2015 | By

Chairman and CEO Charles Cohen announced the North American deal for the Cannes Un Certain Regard prize winner on Monday.

Samuel Goldwyn Films buys 'Yakuza Apocalypse'

17-Aug-2015 | By

The North American rights deal for Japanese genre master Takashi Miike’s comedic vampire action thriller precedes the Midnight Madness screening in Toronto next month.

The Inbetweeners Movie

'Inbetweeners' duo exit Bwark to launch new company

17-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Iain Morris and Damon Beesley depart Bwark to set up Fudge Park with former Bwark execs.


Todd Haynes' 'Carol' set for BFI London Film Festival

17-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Period drama starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara to receive UK premiere at LFF; new trailer released.

Niels Lind Larsen

Niels Lind Larsen returns to CPH PIX

17-Aug-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Niels Lind Larsen has been appointed head of programme at CPH PIX in Copenhagen.

Uncle John

FilmBuff boards world rights to 'Uncle John'

17-Aug-2015 | By Angela Lee

The digital distributor has acquired worldwide rights to Steven Piet’s SXSW drama thriller.

Sylvia Chang

Busan unveils New Currents Jury; top 10 Asian films

17-Aug-2015 | By

South Korea’s 20th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced iconic Taiwanese actress and filmmaker Sylvia Chang will lead this year’s New Currents jury.


'Pixels' leads UK box office with $4.2m debut

17-Aug-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s Inside Out leads Fri-Sun with $3m (£1.91m) after just a 3% drop; Warner Bros’ The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is the best of the other new entries with $2.3m (£1.44m).


'Assassination' beats 'Avengers' record in S Korea

17-Aug-2015 | By

Korean feature tops 10.5 million admissions.

O.D Welch

O.D Welch named Digital Domain president

17-Aug-2015 | By

The new arrival previously served in senior executive roles at Cameron Pace Group, Prime Focus Limited and 525 Studios among others.


Serbia joins tax incentive club

17-Aug-2015 | By

Serbia has become the latest country to offer tax incentives to international film and television productions when they shoot in the territory.

Sunset Song

Terence Davies’ 'Sunset Song' gets UK deal

17-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Fortissimo locks UK deal with Metrodome for Toronto title; BBC boards TV rights.


'Børning' wins at Norway's Amandas

17-Aug-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Norwegian director Hallvard Bræin’s action comedy Børning received both the jury and the audiences’ film prize at the ceremony in Haugesund’s Maritim Hall

Star Wars Disney Parks concept art

Disney parks adding 'Star Wars'-themed lands

17-Aug-2015 | By Tom Grater

The new Star Wars lands will be built at its Orlando and Anaheim theme park locations.

Sarajevo gender equality conference

Gender equality declaration adopted for European film industry

17-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Declaration on gender equality in the European film industry adopted during a conference at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

JK Rowling

Filming begins on Harry Potter spin-off 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them'

17-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Highly-anticipated new film, written by J.K. Rowling, directed by David Yates and starring Eddie Redmayne, starts production.

‘The Club’ to open San Sebastian’s Horizontes Latinos

17-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Pablo Larraín’s The Club one of 14 titles in competition.

Sarajevo Film Festival

Sarajevo Regional Forum to debate exhibition, co-production

17-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Exhibition and co-production in the borderless world to be discussed at Sarajevo’s Regional Forum.

Neil Bhatt

StudioCanal's Neil Bhatt to join DDA

17-Aug-2015 | By Tom Grater

Bhatt joins DDA’s board in the role of president, film & television.

Straight Outta Compton

'Compton' soars to $60.2m on US debut

16-Aug-2015 | By

AUGUST 17 UPDATE: The year when Universal Pictures can seemingly do no wrong continued as the NWA biopic brushed Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation aside. Warner Bros’ The Man From U.N.C.L.E. flopped in third place.

Mission Impossible

'Rogue Nation' grosses $46m int’l

16-Aug-2015 | By

AUGUST 17 UPDATE: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation maintained winning ways thanks to a strong showing in 62 territories that propelled the running total to a confirmed $235.3m after three sessions.

Hong Sang soo

S Korea's 'Right Now, Wrong Then' wins top prizes at Locarno

15-Aug-2015 | By

The Golden Leopard of Locarno Film Festival’s 68th edition went to Right Now, Wrong Then by South Korea’s Hong Sang-soo.

Court postpones Relativity sale

14-Aug-2015 | By

A New York U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Friday approved a $2.5m interim financing loan for the bankrupt company and pushed back the sale timetable by two weeks.

'The President' acquired by Swipe for UK

14-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s film centres on a dictator’s final days in a country taken over by revolutionists.

Norway faces local admissions challenge

14-Aug-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Norwegian cinema is garnering success abroad but attendance for national films has plummeted this year.

Years Of Living Dangerously

FilmRise launches on demand service

14-Aug-2015 | By

The Brooklyn-based film and TV distributor has partnered with streaming video applications provider ViewLift to launch CoolFlix.

'Rogue Nation' crosses $300m global

14-Aug-2015 | By

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation stands at $184.6m through Paramount Pictures International and is expected to dominate for a third consecutive session.


Alejandro Amenábar's 'Regression' to open San Sebastian

14-Aug-2015 | By Juan Sarda

Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson star in thriller from director of The Others and The Sea Inside.

'Fantastic Four' trumps 'Pixels' on social media

14-Aug-2015 | By Samuel Joyce

Holdover Fantastic Four significantly outperformed the latest Adam Sandler comedy in generating online buzz between August 6-12.


Alchemy snaps up TIFF selection 'Evolution'

13-Aug-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights from Wild Bunch to Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s French horror film ahead of its world premiere in Toronto’s Vanguard strand.

High Rise

'High-Rise' to premiere in first Toronto Platform competition

13-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Twelve titles also include films by Pablo Trapero, Joaquim Lafosse, He Ping and Fabienne Berthaud.

Heroes Reborn

TIFF unveils first Primetime roster

13-Aug-2015 | By

Toronto brass on Thursday paid homage to arguably the most dynamic and provocative content format in entertainment, announcing the festival’s inaugural slate of six TV projects from the likes of Baltasar Kormákur, Jason Reitman and Lucía Puenzo.

J.K. Simmons

'Bastards', 'The Promise' add cast

13-Aug-2015 | By

J.K. Simmons and American Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw are to join Ed Helms and Owen Wilson on the Alcon Entertainment comedy.


A24, David Goyer to develop elevated horror

13-Aug-2015 | By

Marc Munden, the British director behind the TV series Utopia, will direct for the ambitious New York-based film company, Goyer and his Phantom Four.

London Road

Rufus Norris' 'London Road' to close San Sebastian

13-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Musical based around the 2006 Ipswich murders stars Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy.


'Victoria' submission for German Oscar entry awaits decision

13-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria awaiting a decision over the proportion of English in the film.


'Superbob' to get UK release through Signature

13-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Superhero comedy starring Brett Goldstein and Catherine Tate set for UK theatrical release.

Duck Duck Goose

China's Original Force opens US animation hub

13-Aug-2015 | By

The Chinese animation studio has launched a Los Angeles-based production office and brought on industry veterans and longtime producing partners Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox.


Vertical acquires world rights to 'Terminus'

13-Aug-2015 | By

The global rights deal on Marc Furmie’s sci-fi becomes the second such pact for the LA-based distributor as it continues its strategic expansion.

Talkhon Hamzav

'Wonderland' producers in Hot Spot with Oscar winner

13-Aug-2015 | By

Producers plan feature debut of Student Academy Award winner Talkhon Hamzavi.

Brian De Palma

Brian De Palma to receive Venice honour

13-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary De Palma by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow to screen out of competition.


UKTI launches Talent Goes To Hollywood Competition

13-Aug-2015 | By Screen staff

Winner to be flown to LA and teamed with experts to help realise their project.


Alibaba Pictures appoints Zhang Wei as president

13-Aug-2015 | By

Alibaba Pictures has restructured its management team with the appointment of Zhang Wei as president and Deng Kangming as COO.

Curzon Home Cinema to launch on Virgin Media TiVo

13-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

App will give Virgin Media customers access to independent films.

Amazon reverses declines as Netflix extends lead

13-Aug-2015 | By Alex Farber, Broadcast

Amazon Prime Instant Video reversed declines during 2014 to reach 1.2 million UK homes this year - but it remains well behind rival VoD service Netflix, according to the latest Ofcom study.

Bridge Of Spies

Spielberg's 'Bridge Of Spies' to premiere at New York Film Festival

12-Aug-2015 | By

Steven Spielberg’s espionage thriller starring Tom Hanks has found its awards season launchpad as the New York Film Festival (NYFF) confirmed it had landed the world premiere.

Alexis Kendra

'Goddess Of Love' seduces buyers

12-Aug-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Automatic Entertainment has closed key territories on upcoming Film4 FrightFest world premiere.


Vertigo takes over 'Bill' release after Koch restructure

12-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Shakespeare comedy, featuring the stars of Horrible Histories, set to be released in September.


'Messi' to open FICG In LA

12-Aug-2015 | By

Top brass at the Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles (FICG in LA) announced on Wednesday the line-up of Mexican and Latin American films at the festival, set to run from August 27-30.

Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca, Cartagena set 2016 dates

12-Aug-2015 | By

Top brass at the annual New York and Colombian festivals separately announced on Wednesday their festival dates for next year.

Sir Stephen Spender

Sir Stephen Spender drama in the works

12-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Documentarian Cosima Spender plans feature about her grandfather, the 20th Century writer.

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson to play US war hero in Korea's 'Operation Chromite'

12-Aug-2015 | By

Taken star Liam Neeson is set to play US Army General Douglas MacArthur in John H. Lee’s upcoming Korean War film about the Incheon Landing Operation.

Ajay Virmani

Ajay Virmani joins Canadian Academy board

12-Aug-2015 | By Jeremy Berkowitz

The president and CEO of Canadian cargo airline Cargojet has been appointed to the Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television’s board.

Chris Moll

Ex-Creative England head of film Chris Moll joins Catalyst

12-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Industry veteran to take executive producer and producer duties at new firm.

Guadalajara Swiss focus

Locarno round-up: Swiss films headed to Mexico, Brazil

12-Aug-2015 | By

Swiss cinema is to be put in the spotlight in Mexico and Brazil over the next two years.

'Black Mass', 'Son Of Saul' head to San Sebastian

12-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Venice titles and award-winners from Cannes, Berlin and Sundance included in Pearls strand.

Short SKin

Breaking Glass Pictures acquires 'Short Skin'

12-Aug-2015 | By

The US rights deal on Duccio Chiarini’s Italian sex comedy leads into an October 9 premiere followed by a director Q&A at Cinema Village in New York.


Uggie, canine star of 'The Artist', dies

12-Aug-2015 | By Samuel Joyce

Uggie the dog, star of The Artist, has been put to sleep due to difficulties stemming from a prostate tumour.

Europa Distribution

MAD Solutions named Europa Distribution's first Arab member

12-Aug-2015 | By Samuel Joyce

MAD Solutions have joined distributor network Europa Distribution, becoming the association’s first member from an Arab country.

Martijn Bal

Martijn Bal joins Film Fest Gent

12-Aug-2015 | By Samuel Joyce

Bal named managing director of Belgian festival.

UK Jewish Film Festival secures 'Suffragette', 'Son of Saul'

12-Aug-2015 | By Samuel Joyce

UK, international, Israeli and documentary titles revealed.

UKTI hunts production firms for Philippines mission


UKTI is hunting for independent TV production companies and TV technology companies to take to the Philippines on its latest trade mission.

Doha Film Institute co-finances Hany Abu-Assad's 'The Idol'

12-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New film from the director of Oscar-nominated Omar to premiere at Toronto.

Zurich Film Festival 2015 galas

Zurich adds 'Black Mass', 'Colonia' to galas

12-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Toronto-bound dramas added to Zurich line-up.

Bolshoi Babylon

Toronto unveils Docs, Midnight Madness, Vanguard

11-Aug-2015 | By

Organisers unleashed their latest volley of programming, an embarrassment of riches featuring new non-fiction work about education activist Malala Yousafzai, Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre, the immediate aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks and the iconic tango pairing of María Nieves and Juan Carlos Copes.

Christopher Guest

Netflix boards Christopher Guest comedy

11-Aug-2015 | By

The streaming giant announced the new original film Mascots on Tuesday.

The Breadwinner

Angelina Jolie Pitt joins 'The Breadwinner'

11-Aug-2015 | By

The multi-hyphenate and her Jolie Pas Productions have joined the filmmaking team on the upcoming animation.

Oldenburg International Film Festival

Oldenburg fest to host EFA nomination jury

11-Aug-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Germany’s Oldenburg International Film Festival is to play host to the nomination committee for the European Film Awards’ European Discovery - Prix Fipresci for the first time this year.

Monster Hunt

'Monster Hunt' becomes China’s second biggest film ever

11-Aug-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Monster Hunt topped the China box office again last week, reaching a cumulative gross of $330.32m (RMB2.51bn) to become China’s second highest-grossing film of all time.

Le Fort Des Fous

Locarno: Algeria wins trio at Open Doors

11-Aug-2015 | By

Algerian filmmakers were the big winners when the awards were handed out today (Tues) at Locarno’s Open Doors co-production lab, this year dedicated to the Maghreb region.

Film Independent

Film Independent sets 2016 awards show date

11-Aug-2015 | By

Film Independent president Josh Welsh announced on Tuesday the date for this season’s awards show.

Locarno: 'Sand Storm' wins First Look on Israel

11-Aug-2015 | By

Film about female empowement in a conservative Bedouin community wins showcase.

Sundance Institute

Sundance Institute, TWC unveils Fellows

11-Aug-2015 | By

AUGUST 12 UPDATE: Sundance Institute and Time Warner Foundation announced on Tuesday the ten artists selected for the 2015 Sundance Institute | Time Warner Foundation Fellowship Program.

Jane Fonda in Santa Barbara honour

11-Aug-2015 | By

Santa Barbara International Film Festival top brass will present the actress with the tenth annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at a gala dinner on October 3.

Production begins on 'Fifty Shades Of Black'

11-Aug-2015 | By

Marlon Wayans’ spoof has started shooting in Los Angeles, financier and international sales agent IM Global announced on Tuesday.

Adrian Sitaru

Adrian Sitaru in Sarajevo's Work In Progess

11-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The Fixer among five projects selected for the CineLink Work in Progress sessions.

Lance Henriksen

Lance Henriksen joins 'Cut To The Chase'

11-Aug-2015 | By Angela Lee

Blayne Weaver’s film noir will also star Lyndie Greenwood, Erin Cahill, Patrick Day and Weaver himself.

Kaili Blues

Shanghai's CFI picks up Locarno title 'Kaili Blues'

11-Aug-2015 | By

Shanghai-based China Film International (CFI) has picked up worldwide rights to Chinese filmmaker Bi Gan’s Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can), which receives its world premiere in Locarno’s Cineasti del Presente section today (Aug 11).

Doctor Zhivago

'Doctor Zhivago' set for UK re-release

11-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

BFI to release new 4K digital restoration of David Lean’s epic starring Omar Sharif as part of its upcoming Love project.

Michael Cimino Locarno

Michael Cimino tells Locarno audience "I’ll never stop"

11-Aug-2015 | By Matt Mueller

The director of The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate revealed that he often wonders “why I made the crazy, suicidal turn in the road that I did”.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Jodorowsky crowdfunding to complete 'Endless Poetry'

11-Aug-2015 | By Samuel Joyce

Cult director sets $150,000 goal to fund post-production.

The Wolfpack

Sundance unveils second Hong Kong line-up

11-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Newly added to this year’s festival will be a workshop for young filmmakers and film music composers.


Raindance launches StreaMART to partner creatives with platforms

11-Aug-2015 | By Samuel Joyce

Raindance’s Web Fest launches event to connect online filmmakers with distribution platforms.

Barbara Boyle

UCLA TFT honours Barbara Boyle

11-Aug-2015 | By

The UCLA School Of Theater, Film And Television has established an award named after the former executive and Women In Film Crystal Award recipient.

Pitching Tents

'Pitching Tents' begins shoot

11-Aug-2015 | By

Principal photography has begun on Los Angeles-based Meritage Pictures’ 80s-themed comedy.

Ryan Kavanaugh

Relativity Media outlines sale process

10-Aug-2015 | By

A spokesperson for the bankrupt company outlined the imminent sale process on Monday, with the auction set for September 16.


Well Go USA snaps up Chinese hit 'SPL 2', 'The Timber'

10-Aug-2015 | By

The distributor has picked up North American rights to SPL 2: A Time For Consequences and The Timber.

Indie Sales acquires Venice title ‘Rabin: The Last Day’

10-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Amos Gitai’s drama about the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to world premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival.

Point Zero Ponto Zero

Locarno round-up: Film Republic takes Carte Blanche title

10-Aug-2015 | By

In other news: Doc Alliance winner revealed; Viennale boss signs to 2018; update to reports of Tunisian filmmakers pulling titles.

Lana Read

Helios festival to launch with Female Filmmaker Challenge

10-Aug-2015 | By Gabrielle Altheim

The inaugural Cincinnati-based Helios Film Festival set to run from October 9-11 has announced the launch of a Female Filmmaker Challenge in partnership with film website TentSquare.

Made In NY fellowship

Made in NY Media Center launches diversity fellowship

10-Aug-2015 | By

Media and Entertainment Commissioner Cynthia López, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, and NYCEDC announced on Monday a year-long programme to expand resources and opportunities for New Yorkers.

Marge Dean

Marge Dean named Stoopid Buddy Stoodios GM

10-Aug-2015 | By

The Daytime Emmy-winner and entertainment veteran will oversee day-to-day business operations as general manager at the animation studio.

Solveig Anspach

Solveig Anspach dies aged 54

10-Aug-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Filmmaker was in post production on comedy Aquatic Effect.

'Fantastic Four' leads UK box office with $4.2m

10-Aug-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation leads over Fri-Sun with $3.7m (£2.4m); Universal’s Jurassic World becomes the eighth biggest film of all time with $97.9m (£63.32m).

In The Room

Khoo, Salles, Sokurov join San Sebastian line-up

10-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Zabaltegi strand of the festival will feature 24 titles.

'Rogue Nation' top of world on $93.5m

9-Aug-2015 | By

AUGUST 10 UPDATE: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation retained the global, international and North American crowns with ease as the second session generated a confirmed $65m from 58 territories and $28.5m in North America.


'Rogue Nation' tops US on $28.5m

9-Aug-2015 | By

AUGUST 10 UPDATE: The Tom Cruise roadshow rolled on with gusto as Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation stayed top in its second weekend on a confirmed $28.5m that propelled the Paramount-Skydance film’s running total to $107.8m.

Century 16 theatre

Colorado theatre shooter to get life sentence

7-Aug-2015 | By

James Holmes, who massacred 12 people during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in the Colorado suburb Aurora three years ago, is to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.

The Moving Creatures

Cinema Slate, Fandor in Brazilian film pact

7-Aug-2015 | By

Cinema Slate, a new distributor focused on Latin American cinema launched by Rodrigo Brandão, has struck a deal with streaming service Fandor to release four films.

Tunisian filmmakers exit Locarno in Israel protest

7-Aug-2015 | By

Tunisian filmmakers have withdrawn projects destined for Locarno’s Open Doors co-production lab in protest at the festival’s refusal to drop the Israeli focus in the Industry Days’ revamped First Look showcase.

'Amy' to become biggest ever British documentary

7-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Director of Amy Winehouse documentary set to beat his own record.

High Rise

'High-Rise', 'Sunset Song' join San Sebastian competition

7-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Other new titles in competition include Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Sparrows and the first animated film to play in San Seb’s official selection.

Kate Mara

'Fantastic Four' star Kate Mara to play war hero Megan Leavey

7-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Biopic to be directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the filmmaker behind damning SeaWorld documentary Blackfish.

Michelle Dockery

'Downton Abbey's' Michelle Dockery, Charlotte Rampling join 'The Sense of an Ending'

7-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) to begin shooting next week.

La Vanite

Locarno round-up: Swiss cinema goes international

7-Aug-2015 | By

Swiss filmmakers’ activities at home and abroad are to be given a welcome boost by the introduction of new financial instrument - the Film Standort Schweiz (FiSS) – and a new government decree for  international cooperation.

Sarajevo Film Festival

Poland named Sarajevo Film Festival partner country

7-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Polish delegation headed for Sarajevo’s co-production market CineLink.

Sarajevo Open Air

Sarajevo Regional Forum to tackle gender equality

7-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Conference on gender equality to be held at Sarajevo Film Festival’s Regional forum

‘Fantastic Four’ rules buzz chart

7-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Mission: Impossible ranks second.

Mission Impossible Fantastic Four

'Mission 5' battles 'Fantastic Four'

7-Aug-2015 | By

Paramount/Skydance’s Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation heads into the second session and will have to muster all its charm to resist the advance of Fantastic Four.

Hannah Minghella

Hannah Minghella moves from Columbia to TriStar


The Columbia Pictures co-president of production has become president of TriStar Pictures as Tom Rothman shuffled his Sony executive pack on Thursday.

Winter On Fire

Netflix dates 'Winter On Fire'

6-Aug-2015 | By

The streaming service has set its worldwide digital release date for Evgeny Afineevsky’s documentary about the birth of the civil rights movement in Ukraine.

Pay The Ghost

RLJ Entertainment acquires 'Pay The Ghost'

6-Aug-2015 | By

The distributor has taken all US rights to the Nicolas Cage horror film from the international sales agent Voltage Pictures.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Bold Films, Jake Gyllenhaal in pact

6-Aug-2015 | By

The Los Angeles-based producer-financier has struck a first-look production deal with its Nightcrawler star.

Tom Quinn and Jason Janego

RADIUS co-heads exit company

6-Aug-2015 | By

Screendaily has confirmed that Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, the pair who founded the theatrical and VOD day-and-date enterprise four years ago under the auspices of TWC, have left the mothership.

Steve Jobs

'Steve Jobs' to close BFI London Film Festival

6-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Danny Boyle’s biopic, starring Michael Fassbender as the Apple visionary, to receive its European premiere in London.

Led Zeppelin

Warner Music readies biopics, docs with Catalyst

6-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Warner Music artists include Prince and Led Zeppelin.

Todd Haynes

Todd Haynes to receive Gothams honour

6-Aug-2015 | By

The filmmaker, in awards contention this upcoming season for Carol, will receive the Director Tribute at the 25th Annual IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York on November 30.


XLrator Media acquires 'Mateo'

6-Aug-2015 | By

XLrator Media has acquired North American rights to the SXSW documentary Mateo by Aaron I. Naar.

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F

'Dragon Ball Z' scores US opening day hit

6-Aug-2015 | By

FUNimation Entertainment announced a mighty opening night for the theatrical release of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F.

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Busan's new co-director Kang Soo-youn talks censorship controversy

6-Aug-2015 | By

A month after her appointment as co-director of Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Kang Soo-youn was on stage in Seoul speaking with the press alongside her co-director colleague Lee Yong-kwan.


ScreenSingapore launches new project market

6-Aug-2015 | By

ScreenSingapore (SS) has announced the inaugural Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market, which will run Dec 2-4.


Camerimage readies TV competition

6-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Prestigious Polish festival readies pilot and first episode strand.


BIFA launches first events programme for students and graduates

6-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: British Independent Film Awards’ Insider Series supported by Creative Skillset.

Stalins Funeral

Vyborg to show Stalin drama

6-Aug-2015 | By

Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s 1990 drama Stalin’s Funeral, starring Vanessa Redgrave as an English journalist, will be shown at Vyborg’s “Window on Europe” Film Festival of Russian Cinema (Aug 7-13)

Danny Huston

Danny Huston set for Sarajevo Film Festival return

6-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

US actor/director to curate the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation award and present new feature Tigers alongside director Danis Tanovic.

San Sebastian Industry Club

San Sebastian co-pro forum titles unveiled


Projects selected from across South America and Europe.

Eddie Redmayne backs film education charity

6-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Oscar-winning star named Ambassador of Into Film.

Uni hits record global box office

5-Aug-2015 | By

Universal Pictures top brass announced on Wednesday that after seven months the studio had reached $5.53bn, overtaking $5.52bn set by Fox in 2014 for a new industry record.

Into The Forest

Toronto announces Canadian line-up

5-Aug-2015 | By

World premieres for Patricia Rozema, Guy Édoin and Stephen Dunn are among the selection scheduled to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Miles Ahead

SPC picks up awards contender ‘Miles Ahead’

5-Aug-2015 | By

Sony Pictures Classics has pounced on a hot awards prospect, acquiring US rights and all available territories on Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic and feature directorial debut.

Sony Pictures unveils 2016, 2017 slates

5-Aug-2015 | By

The studio, urgently in need of lucrative franchises and facing the possibility it could lose the James Bond series in a competitive auction later this year after it releases Spectre, has announced 16 key releases over the next two years.


Tennessee theatre gunman shot dead

5-Aug-2015 | By

UPDATE: Police have identified the man they shot dead at a Nashville suburban multiplex as 29-year-old Vincente David Montano. They also said he had been carrying what turned out to be an air pistol and not a gun.

'Doctor Strange' set for "dark", "psychedelic" look

5-Aug-2015 | By Samuel Joyce

Doctor Strange DoP Ben Davis discussed the visual palette and context of the anticipated superhero film starring Benedict Cumberbatch at BAFTA.

'Class Of 92' director readies Ibiza feature

5-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Fulwell 73 to produce Ben Turner’s first scripted feature.


Sion Sono's 'Tag' wins at Fantasia

5-Aug-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Montreal’s genre film festival wraps with over 100,000 spectators attending across its 23 days of screenings.

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne, Ashley Tisdale, G.E.M. join 'Charming'

5-Aug-2015 | By Jeremy Berkowitz

The trio have joined star Demi Levato on 3QU Media’s animated musical comedy, which has begun shooting in Montreal at Cinesite’s new animation studio.


Big World Pictures acquires 'Aferim!'

5-Aug-2015 | By

Big World Pictures has acquired US rights from Beta Cinema to Romania’s foreign language Oscar submission.

Origin Unknown behind the scenes

Sci-fi thriller 'Origin Unknown' readies in UK

5-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK feature to be directed by vfx supervisor Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull.

Bill Lee

Alchemy boosts board, hires strategy and planning exec

5-Aug-2015 | By

Pat Fitzgerald and Mitch Lowe have joined the board of directors while Kelly Summers arrives as svp of strategy and planning.

Sky confirms UK broadcast of controversial Scientology doc

5-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Captions to be added to Alex Gibney documentary Going Clear for its UK broadcast, which will also air across Ireland.

'Brooklyn' UK release brought forward

5-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Lionsgate UK brings release forward by three weeks.

Marco Solari

Locarno's Marco Solari slams corruption claims

5-Aug-2015 | By

Locarno Film Festival president Marco Solari has hit out claims that festival sponsors’ invitations to more than 80 Swiss politicians could be construed as corruption or trying to curry influence.

Wimbledon Studios

Wimbledon Studios reopens for business

5-Aug-2015 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

The tenant of Wimbledon Studios has reopened the facility for hire by TV and film productions.

BAFTA sets 2016 awards dates

5-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Key dates for entry, screenings and nominations announcement confirmed.

'Ultron' drives Disney studio unit in 3Q

4-Aug-2015 | By

The Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger hailed strong performance of “unparalleled brands, franchises and creative content” as the entertainment giant reported third quarter earnings of $2.5bn.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Cheryl Boone Isaacs re-elected Academy president

4-Aug-2015 | By

The board of governors announced the news on Tuesday night adding that 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos will embark on his first officer stint as treasurer.

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Donna Gigliotti’s Levantine Films options John Niven satire

4-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Silver Linings Playbook producer options UK novel from Kill Your Friends writer.

The Hateful Eight

'Hateful Eight', 'John Wick 2', 'Gold' among Ascot buys

4-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Deals with TWC, Sierra Affinity, Lionsgate/Summit and Mister Smith for Ascot Elite.

Bone Tomahawk

RLJ Entertainment snaps up 'Bone Tomahawk'

4-Aug-2015 | By

The Caliber Media Western stars Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons and Richard Jenkins.

High Rise

Zurich fest galas include 'High-Rise', 'The Program'

4-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

First wave of galas also include Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America and Lance Armstrong biopic The Program.

Andrea Grau

Canada’s Touchwood PR opens LA office

4-Aug-2015 | By

Former president of District PR Kevin McLean will lead the operation as director while international film publicist Kara MacLean is manager and previously worked with Touchwood PR in Toronto.

Woody Allen bulks up cast on latest project

4-Aug-2015 | By

Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll from Ant-Man and Ken Stott have joined the cast ahead of a production start later this month in New York and Los Angeles.


Gramercy sets 'Sinister Weekends'

4-Aug-2015 | By Angela Lee

In anticipation of the release of Sinister 2, Gramercy Pictures has scheduled a midnight screenings programme to run over August 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23.  

Dean Devlin

Dean Devlin to give VES Summit keynote

4-Aug-2015 | By Angela Lee

The Electric Entertainment founder and president will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Visual Effects Society’s (VES) 7th annual Summit on October 17 in Hollywood.

Captain America

'Captain America: Civil War' benefits from new German funding

4-Aug-2015 | By

Studio Babelsberg’s co-production of the upcoming Captain America sequel and Steven Quale’s action film The Lake are to benefit from new German funding specifically targeted at VFX studios.

Hope Dickson Leach

Campaign launched to support parents in film industry

4-Aug-2015 | By Tom Grater

New initiative Raising Films launches crowdfunding campaign in a bid to hire a project manager.

A Few Best Men

Screen Australia backs 'A Few Best Men' sequel

4-Aug-2015 | By

Backing also allocated to China-Australia co-production The Nest.

Screen owner MBI acquires trio of media brands


Screen publisher Media Business Insight (MBI) has acquired three media database brands from business intelligence publisher Wilmington plc for an undisclosed sum.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' set for sing-a-long release

4-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sing-a-long re-release will mark 40th anniversary; Monty Python troupe to film special introduction.

Calin Peter Netzer

'Child's Pose' director to head Sarajevo jury

4-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Calin Peter Netzer won the Golden Bear at the 2013 Berlinale.

Louder Than Bombs

'Louder Than Bombs' to close Norwegian fest

4-Aug-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

World premiere of Nordic disaster movie The Wave to open festival in Haugesund.

London Film School withdraws from Barbican move

3-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Private funding shortfall and tough economic climate halt move.

HanWay in time with Skolimowski’s '11 Minutes'

3-Aug-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit to handle Venice-bound thriller starring Richard Dormer.

Julie Delpy's 'Lolo' to premiere at Venice Days

3-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

French comedy added to sidebar’s competition.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

'Mission: Impossible 5' leads UK on $8.36m

3-Aug-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ Hot Pursuit lands with soft $486,000 (£311,000) from its 329 sites; Altitude Film Distribution’s Amy will hit £3m today.

Chloe And Theo

ARC acquires 'Chloe And Theo'

3-Aug-2015 | By

Ezna Sands directed the drama starring Dakota Johnson, Mira Sorvino and Theo Ikummaq.

Abbey Lee

'Rabbit', starring 'Fury Road’s' Abbey Lee, to be pitched at PFM

3-Aug-2015 | By

Abduction thriller voted to UK market by Melbourne’s 37º South Market.

Hana Makhmalbaf

Busan unveils Asian Project Market 2015 line-up

3-Aug-2015 | By

Titles include London Stories from Hana Makhmalbaf [pictured].

Oleg Sentsov

"Breakthrough" for defence in Oleg Sentsov trial

3-Aug-2015 | By

Key prosecution witness retracts testimony.

6 Days

Embassy siege thriller '6 Days' begins London shoot

3-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

First images of Jamie Bell and Mark Strong revealed.

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin elected HIFF co-chairman

3-Aug-2015 | By Gabrielle Altheim

Alec Baldwin and Randy Mastro have been elected co-chairmen of the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF).

Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn to voice animation 'Ethel & Ernest'

3-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Voice cast of Raymond Briggs’ adaptation also includes Luke Treadaway and Virginia McKenna.

Jerzy Skolimowski

'Wakhan Front' takes top prize in Motovun

3-Aug-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Iceland’s Gunnar Jonsson gets a special mention; Jerzy Skolimowski  [pictured] is honoured as Motovun Maverick.

Gigi Pritzker

Gigi Pritzker in Chicago fest Industry Days honour

3-Aug-2015 | By Angela Lee

The OddLot founder and CEO will receive an industry tribute to start the four-day conference section of the

'Lucifer' wins Wroclaw Grand Prix

3-Aug-2015 | By

Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights wins FIPRESCI Jury prize at New Horizons festival.


Arthouse driving 'Mustang' to Russia

3-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Turkish film won prizes at the Cannes Film Festival and Odessa.


UK's Creative Skillset launches film census

3-Aug-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Marks first industry-wide census since 2012.


Tom Cruise rules world on $120m

2-Aug-2015 | By

AUGUST 3 UPDATE: The action icon who defies the slide of age returned to the fray over the weekend as Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation dominated the international arena on a confirmed $64.5m from 40 territories and ruled North America on $56m.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

'Rogue Nation' tops US on $55.5m

2-Aug-2015 | By

AUGUST 3 UPDATE: Tom Cruise returned to pole position at the North American box office and bucked the trend of diminishing debuts for the last two episodes in the spy franchise, playing his part in helping 2015 box office stay 8.1% ahead of last year by the same stage.

Court approves $9.5m Relativity loan

31-Jul-2015 | By

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has granted permission for the bankrupt company to pay staff and maintain day-to-day operations.


SPC throws 'Truth' into awards ring

31-Jul-2015 | By

The ‘Rathergate’ drama starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett will open in New York and Los Angeles on October 16.

Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman joins STX sci-fi romance

31-Jul-2015 | By

Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino and Britt Robertson have also joined the untitled intergalactic love story that Peter Chelsom will direct.

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'The Crow' remake "suspended"

31-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Pinewood Cardiff shoot for Relativity-backed remake put on ice.


IFC Midnight acquires '#Horror'

31-Jul-2015 | By

Tara Subkoff’s genre film stars Chloe Sevigny, Tim Hutton, Natasha Lyonne, Balthazar Getty and Taryn Manning, among others.

Bill Wyman

Bill Wyman doc leads slate for former Pulse exec

31-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Profile of Rolling Stones bassist leads London-based outfit’s doc slate.

Ewa Puszczynska

'Ida' producer readies first project with own company

31-Jul-2015 | By

Ewa Puszczynska, a producer on Pawel Pawlikowski’s Oscar-winning Ida, is preparing the first feature project of her own new company.

Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe joins Noomi Rapace sci-fi; shoot begins

31-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

What Happened to Monday? has begun production in Romania; new cast additions include Kon-Tiki’s Pal Sverre Hagen.


Cinedigm appoints four to board

31-Jul-2015 | By

The distributor announced on Friday that Blair Westlake, Andy Schuon, Zvi Rhine and Patrick O’Brien have joined as independent directors and will serve on the board, effective immediately.

Pippa Harris

Pippa Harris to chair BAFTA Film Committee

31-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

Co-founder of Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions replaces Nik Powell, stepping up from her role as deputy chair.

The Dvor Massacre

Sarajevo Film Festival unveils full line-up

31-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Newly announced strands include 1995-2015 Dealing With The Past.

Eclair Group

Ymagis takeover of Eclair Group cleared

31-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

Ymagis to acquire Éclair’s operating activities, assets and holdings in subsidiaries in France, Germany and Morocco.

Inside Out

'Inside Out' beats 'Southpaw' in buzz chart

31-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation ranks third.


World prepares for 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation'

31-Jul-2015 | By

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation arrives in 40 territories day-and-date with North America in an opening salvo that should result in a new weekend champion.

Ryan Kavanaugh

Relativity files for bankruptcy

30-Jul-2015 | By

Ryan Kavanaugh’s embattled studio ended months of speculation on Thursday, initiating a voluntary Chapter 11 filing it said would allow it to strengthen the balance sheet and recapitalise.

David Glasser

David Glasser to exit TWC

30-Jul-2015 | By

The seven-year veteran who arrived in September 2008 to head the international division and climbed to president and COO has resigned and will leave in November.

Beasts Of No Nation

'Beasts Of No Nation' to open in Landmark venues

30-Jul-2015 | By

Netflix, Bleecker Street and Landmark announced a partnership on Thursday that will put Netflix’s first original film in 19 of the US exhibitor’s markets.

Regal Theatres

Regal rejects Paramount windows experiment

30-Jul-2015 | By

The largest exhibitor in the US has declined to take part in Paramount’s bid to shorten the traditional 90-day window between theatrical and home entertainment viewing.

New Regency closes $200m financing

30-Jul-2015 | By

The new capital commitments will support the upcoming pipeline and as well as TV growth.

Arabian Nights

Kino Lorber acquires 'Arabian Nights'

30-Jul-2015 | By

The distributor has picked up North American rights to Miguel Gomes’ six-hour trilogy about social and economic woes in Portugal.

Atom Egoyan

Sarajevo fest to honour Atom Egoyan

30-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Director’s latest feature Remember to screen at Venice and Toronto.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Mohsen Makhmalbaf to preside over Russia's On The Edge jury

30-Jul-2015 | By

Filipino director Lav Diaz among jury members.

Off Road. Mugaritz Feeling A Way

San Sebastian's Culinary competition mixes Spanish, Asian flavours

30-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Section to open with Pep Gatell’s documentary about leading restaurant Mugaritz.

Russell Simmons

HBO, Russell Simmons strike first-look pact

30-Jul-2015 | By

HBO has struck a first-look deal with Russell Simmons’ new All Def Digital (ADD) for what the parties called a wide range of television projects.

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Venice’s Sala Web set for Festival Scope

30-Jul-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

The fourth edition of Venice’s Sala Web will stream selected Horizons Competition & Biennale College titles from the festival online. 

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Pope visit delays NYFF opening night

29-Jul-2015 | By

The New York Film Festival (NYFF) world premiere screening of The Walk has been moved back one day to September 26 in anticipation of the Pontiff’s visit to the city.

Awards posse get US release dates

29-Jul-2015 | By

Room, Secret In Their Eyes and Carol have been dated for the autumn corridor as their distributors bolster the films’ awards credentials.

The Danish Girl

Venice film festival reveals 2015 line-up

29-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne, and Atom Egoyan’s Remember among the 21 competition titles.

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S Korea's Jeonju names Lee Choong-jik festival director

29-Jul-2015 | By

Lee previously headed the Korean Film Commission.


First look at Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy in 'Anthropoid'

29-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Toby Jones, Harry Lloyd, Bill Milner and Alena Mihulová join Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Anna Geislerová and Charlotte Le Bon in Sean Ellis’ Second World War thriller.

Cat Power

Cat Power to narrate Janis Joplin doc

29-Jul-2015 | By

The musician also known as Chan Marshall has boarded Janis ahead of the film’s out-of-competition world premiere in Venice. Content holds worldwide rights.

Zurich Iran focus

Zurich Film Festival to spotlight Iran

29-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Festival to highlight features and docs from the new generation of Iranian filmmakers.

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Beta Cinema picks up 'The People vs. Fritz Bauer'

29-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

Lars Kraume’s Nazi-hunting drama has been sold in France and Switzerland; further deals are in “final negotiations”.

Alex Ranarivelo

Alex Ranarivelo to direct 'Running Wild'

29-Jul-2015 | By

Forrest Lucas and Ali Afshar of newly launched ESX Entertainment made the announcement on Wednesday.

Relativity lays off 75 employees

29-Jul-2015 | By

A spokesperson for the beleaguered company confirmed the development on Wednesday as speculation mounted that there would be an imminent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.


Toronto to open with 'Demolition'; world premieres for 'Trumbo', 'The Program'

28-Jul-2015 | By

TIFF 40 to open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

Keith Richards

Morgan Neville's Keith Richards doc to debut on Netflix

28-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary on the Rolling Stones guitarist made by the director of Oscar-winner 20 Feet From Stardom.

The Walk

Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk' to open Tokyo film festival

28-Jul-2015 | By Chris Gallagher

Director Bryan Singer to head the main competition jury.


Telefilm Canada pledges C$8.1m for 14 films

28-Jul-2015 | By

The funding body’s Canada Feature Film Fund allocation applies to the 2014-15 cycle and includes films from Kim Nguyen and features actors such as Dane DeHaan and Catherine Keener.

Tom Gilroy

Tom Gilroy wins screenwriting grant

28-Jul-2015 | By Angela Lee

The writer has been awarded the 2015 Djerassi Residency Award / San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship to work on his script Our Lady Of The Snow.

Ode To My Father

Korean box office rises 2.6% in first half of 2015

28-Jul-2015 | By

Box office tops $653m… but admissions fall 1.5%.

Moon Dogs

'Moon Dogs' begins Scotland shoot

28-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Coming-of-age film marks feature debut of Downton Abbey director Philip John.


San Sebastian unveils New Directors titles

28-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The 13 films competing for a $55,000 prize include Scott Graham’s Iona and Hans Christian Berger’s After Eden.

The High Sun

'The High Sun' is big winner in Pula

28-Jul-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

The 62nd Pula Film Festival wrapped in Croatia on Saturday with its Best Croatian Film of the year award going to Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun. 

Martine Reicherts

Martine Reicherts named Creative Europe head

28-Jul-2015 | By

Xavier Prats Monné to take a new EC role.

Kill Time

CTE renews output deals with Hong Kong studios

28-Jul-2015 | By

Hong Kong-based Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE) has renewed its exclusive, multi-year output deals with Hong Kong studios Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP), Mega-Vision Project Workshop (MVPW) and Universe Entertainment.

'Amy' set for Sarajevo Summer Nights

28-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sarajevo Film Festival’s Laško Summer Nights line-up revealed.

Monster Hunt

'Monster Hunt', 'Monkey King' break records

28-Jul-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Monster Hunt continuted to break records at the China box office office last week, becoming the highest-grossing Chinese film ever with a gross of $221.41m after 11 days.

Toronto 40th press conference

VIDEO: Toronto 2015 press conference


The first titles for the 40th Toronto International Film Festival have been announced. Watch the press conference here…

Steve Jobs

‘Steve Jobs’ to screen at NYFF

27-Jul-2015 | By

Danny Boyle’s biopic starring Michael Fassbender as the digital age visionary who changed the face of personal computing, telephony and music will screen on October 3 as the centrepiece screening of the 53rd New York Film Festival.

Film admissions surge in UK, production spend wobbles

27-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

BFI stats reveal surge in admissions in 2015 but potential fall in production spend of UK independent films in past year.

Elle Fanning

Elle Fanning eyed for 'All The Bright Places'

27-Jul-2015 | By

Miguel Arteta will direct Demarest Media and Mazur/Kaplan’s adaptation of the Jennifer Niven YA novel.

Diane Kruger

Venice reveals 2015 juries

27-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Competition jury includes Elizabeth Banks, Lynne Ramsay, Diane Kruger and Hou Hsiao-hsien.

'Second Mother' to open Sarajevo Film Festival

27-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sundance award-winner to open festival; Dagur Kári’s Tribeca winner Virgin Mountain to close.

Death Valley

Indican Pictures acquires 'Death Valley'

27-Jul-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has picked up all North American rights to the noir thriller and has set an October 20 release.

Sadie Katz

Sadie Katz to star in 'Blood Feast' remake

27-Jul-2015 | By Gabrielle Altheim

The actress joins Robert Rusler and Caroline Williams on US-based Gundo Entertainment’s splatter film remake.


Cuba's 'Behavior' wins at Skip City in Japan

27-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

The Japenese festival that focuses solely on digital cinema reveals its 2015 winners.

Inside Out

'Inside Out' leads UK box office with $11.4m

27-Jul-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s latest posts sixth biggest UK opening for Pixar outings from an industry record release of 608 sites.

Monster Hunt

'Monster Hunt' rules int’l on $46m

26-Jul-2015 | By

JULY 27 UPDATE: Edko Films’ announced early on Monday that its 3D fantasy had reached $217.7m (RMB 1.349bn) after 11 days to become the highest grossing Chinese film in history.


'Ant-Man' stays top in North America on $25m

26-Jul-2015 | By

UPDATED JULY 27: Marvel Studios’ latest slice of superhero action held on to its top bunk over the weekend to beat Sony’s new arrival Pixels in a photo finish.

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Angelina Jolie Pitt, Netflix line up Khmer Rouge drama

24-Jul-2015 | By

Star finds home for her long-gestating Cambodian genocide drama.

black mass

'Black Mass' to get Venice world premiere

24-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

Johnny Depp crime-drama biopic will play out of competition at the 72nd Biennale.

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Michael B. Jordan to star in 'Just Mercy' for Broad Green

24-Jul-2015 | By

The company announced on Friday it is adapting Bryan Stevenson’s memoir Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption.

The Daughter

Saura, Celestini, Stone among Venice Days line-up

24-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman, Tom Grater

Luis Tosar thriller to open strand; Laurent Cantet to chair jury; programme includes Agnès Varda, Alice Rohrwacher shorts.

El Gigante

Raven Banner boards 'El Gigante'

24-Jul-2015 | By

The Toronto-based company announced from Fantasia it has come on to handle world sales and direct distribution in Canada on the Luchagore Productions title.

venice vfm market

Venice reveals Gap-Financing Market line-up

24-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

The Venice Film Market will showcase 15 projects seeking completion financing.

gore verbinski

Verbinski, Barron, von Trotta backed by German funds

24-Jul-2015 | By

Funds MDM and FFF Bayern are providing more than $9.4m (€8.6m).


SPRI unleashes 'Pixels'

24-Jul-2015 | By

Sony’s action-comedy will vie for the international box office crown this weekend against Chinese smash Monster Hunt — although it holds a few territories itself — as well as Disney-Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and Universal-Illumination’s Minions.

Grand 16

Three dead in Louisiana theatre shooting

24-Jul-2015 | By

UPDATE: Police in Lafayette said on Friday the two women who died in Thursday’s shooting at the Grand 16 theatre in Lafayette were Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33. The gunman was identified as 59-year-old John Russell Houser.


Lux Prize trio unveiled

24-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

Mediterranea, Mustang and Urok (The Lesson) to get distribution support.

benicio del toro

Sarajevo to honour Benicio Del Toro

24-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award for actor who is attending the festival with new film A Perfect Day.


'Ant-Man' crushes rivals in UK social media buzz

24-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

Marvel’s latest comfortably fended off Inside Out and Southpaw to top this week’s social media buzz chart.

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BiFan awards winners revealed

24-Jul-2015 | By

Port Of Call wins best feature; Turbo Kid team take Best Director.

the memory of water

Global Screen picks up 'The Memory Of Water'

24-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

German sales outfit acquires Spanish-speaking drama starring Elena Anaya.

'Inside Out' crosses $500m at global box office

23-Jul-2015 | By

The Disney-Pixar hit became on Tuesday the eighth consecutive Pixar film to reach the milestone and its 11th overall.


'Neruda' shoot underway in Chile

23-Jul-2015 | By

Participant Media has officially confirmed that Pablo Larrain’s follow-up to No, currently shooting in Chile and starring Gael García Bernal, is the second title under its Participant PanAmerica initiative.

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Alchemy strikes content deals

23-Jul-2015 | By

Bill Lee’s ambitious distributor has bulked up its supply line, striking deals with Archstone, CineTel Films, Hollywood Media Bridge and The Little Film Company.


Starz picks up 'Momentum'

23-Jul-2015 | By

Starz has acquired all North American rights to the action thriller following its world premiere AT Fantasia on Wednesday night.

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Telefilm Canada readies Canada Cool tour

23-Jul-2015 | By

The national film body is behind a US tour this autumn of 10 new comedies without US distribution.

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Alex Winter lines up Frank Zappa doc

23-Jul-2015 | By

The star of Bill And Ted turned director is preparing to make a film about one of rock’s most iconoclastic figures with the full cooperation of the late musician’s family.

'Knight Of Cups' to open in spring 2016

23-Jul-2015 | By

Terrence Malick’s film starring Christian Bale and Natalie Portman will open in the US via Broad Green Pictures on March 4 2016.

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Donald Sutherland to star in 'Milton’s Secret'

23-Jul-2015 | By

Buck Productions, Riverside Entertainment and Hulo Films announced on Thursday that the Canadian icon will star in the coming-of-age drama.


EU targets Sky, six studios in antitrust case

23-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

European Commission launches case against broadcaster and studios for potentially “serious violation of EU rules.”

'Teenage Girl' certificate frustrates director Heller, Vertigo

23-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK distributor left ‘disappointed‘ by BBFC 18 classification.

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Icon appoints head of theatrical sales

23-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Universal exec Dave Jarmain joins UK outfit Icon Film Distribution.


San Sebastian reveals competition films

23-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Spanish-language titles from Pablo Agüero, Asier Altuna, Cesc Gay among line-up.

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Blackmagic partners Media Production Show

23-Jul-2015 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

Blackmagic Design has signed up as the headline partner of the Media Production Show, as support for the two-day exhibition and conference gathers momentum.

Uni dates 'Jurassic World' sequel

23-Jul-2015 | By

Executive producer Steven Spielberg, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World Sequel.

Bertrand Tavernier

Tavernier warns of EC's "carte blanche for US cinema" 

23-Jul-2015 | By

Veteran director Bertrand Tavernier has criticised vice-president Andrus Ansip’s intentions for the Digital Single Market.

Lucy Boynton

'Don’t Knock Twice' begins Wales shoot

23-Jul-2015 | By

Lucy Boynton from Miss Potter and Nick Moran of Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels fame have joined Katee Sackhoff on the supernatural horror. Content Media represents worldwide sales.

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'Miles Ahead' to close NYFF

23-Jul-2015 | By

The world premiere of Don Cheadle’s directorial debut will close the 53rd New York Film Festival on October 11.


Way Out West to host Jonas Akerlund world premiere

23-Jul-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Festival’s world premieres include Roxette Diaries, Taikon, Odödliga and Drottninglandet.

'Jurassic World' becomes third-biggest release of all time

22-Jul-2015 | By

The Universal hierarchy announced on Wednesday that its monster smash has overtaken The Avengers on $1.52bn to reach $1.522bn worldwide.

John Friedberg

STX launches sales division

22-Jul-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Top brass at Robert Simonds’ studio have ended weeks of speculation and confirmed to Screendaily the hire of John Friedberg as president of international sales.

Sony, Transmission partner on home ent pact

22-Jul-2015 | By

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) and Transmission Films on Wednesday announced a multi-year distribution agreement for Australia-based Transmission’s library and future releases. 

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Jonathan Demme, Saverio Costanzo head Venice juries

22-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

The two directors will preside over the Orizzonti and Lion of the Future award, respectively.


High female count among 140 Project Forum entries

22-Jul-2015 | By

More than half of the Independent Filmmaker Project’s (IFP) 140 titles at the upcoming Project Forum in Septembers’ IFP Independent Film Week hail from women.

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Broad Green, Uni strike home ent deal

22-Jul-2015 | By

Under the multi-year distribution services agreement Universal Pictures will exclusively manage back-room distribution services for all Broad Green titles for Blu-ray and DVD.

Open Road acquires 'Mother’s Day'

22-Jul-2015 | By

The distributor has picked up all US rights to rom-com to star Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis.

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Ensemble cast joins '37'

22-Jul-2015 | By

Regner Grasten Film and Game 7 Films on Wednesday announced the ensemble cast for their fictional account of the night Kitty Genovese was murdered in 1964.

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Screen Awards entry deadline extended until July 31

22-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

The Screen Awards, returning for its sixth year in 2015, has extended the deadline for entries until July 31.

Takeshi Kitano

Locarno to fete Office Kitano

22-Jul-2015 | By Madison Antus

Takeshi Kitano’s Office Kitano to receive Premio Raimondo Rezzonico award.


Tobis Film to return to production

22-Jul-2015 | By

German distributor of Southpaw, Transcendence to return to production.

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BiFan It Project winners revealed

22-Jul-2015 | By

Gun Women: The Patriots scoops top award at NAFF event.

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Asif Kapadia, Jia Zhangke among TIFF industry guests

21-Jul-2015 | By

The Toronto International Film Festival’s industry office announced on Tuesday the first raft of participants confirmed to attend the seven-day conference.


Roadside Attractions sets 'Stonewall' date

21-Jul-2015 | By

The drama about the 1969 Stonewall riots will open on September 25. Separately, Sundance Selects has acquired A Ballerina’s Tale and Gravitas Ventures has picked up Unbranded.

AMC Theatres

Gerry Lopez to step down as AMC CEO

21-Jul-2015 | By

In a sudden move, the president and CEO of the second largest exhibitor in the US is to depart the company on August 6 “to pursue another opportunity.”

Teri Everett

Teri Everett to head Uni corporate comms

21-Jul-2015 | By

The executive will start work as evp of global communications for Universal Filmed Entertainment on August 17 and replaces outgoing Kori Bernards, who is leaving after seven years.

Christina Lazaridi

Christina Lazaridi joins ttff industry team

21-Jul-2015 | By

Top brass at the 2015 trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) announced on Tuesday that the Oscar-nominated short film writer will serve as facilitator for this year’s RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion in September.

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Cargo Film & Releasing boards Tony Vaccaro doc

21-Jul-2015 | By

New York-based sales company Cargo Film & Releasing has acquired worldwide rights to the upcoming documentary.

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Bob & Co join Film London on Microwave International

21-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

The UK firm will raise around $310,000 (£200,000) in UK production finance for Microwave International: Shakespeare India; projects, teams, mentors announced.

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'Monster Hunt' rules China box office

21-Jul-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Edko Films’ 3D adventure Monster Hunt broke a string of box office records on its opening weekend in China, according to EntGroup figures, grossing $107.58m in four days.

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Skolimowski, Bajon in Gdynia competition

21-Jul-2015 | By

New films by Jerzy Skolimowski, Filip Bajon and Marcin Wrona are among selected titles.

Nemes, Tsangari, Tanovic among Sarajevo competition

21-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Debut features dominate this year’s competition lineup; Radu Jude, Radu Muntean among In Focus lineup.

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‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ breaks records in India and overseas

21-Jul-2015 | By Madison Antus

Bollywood film clocks biggest overseas-grossing weekend for a Salman Khan film.


Rosamund Pike joins 'High Wire Act'

20-Jul-2015 | By

The Oscar-nominated star of Gone Girl joins Jon Hamm on Radar Pictures’ political action-thriller that Good Universe represents internationally.

Scott Duncan

Producers tee up Moe Norman golf biopic

20-Jul-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: David Carver Films and Scott Duncan are developing a feature based on the life of the man whom they claim was one of the most misunderstood golfers in history.

Aaron Gilbert

Bron Studios launches The Realm

20-Jul-2015 | By

Garrick Dion will head the new label focused on director-driven films across multiple genres, managing director Aaron L Gilbert of the British Columbia-based Bron announced on Monday.

Molly Moon And The Incredible Book Of Hypnotism’

ARC Entertainment acquires 'Molly Moon'

20-Jul-2015 | By

The North American rights deal has cued up an August 14 release on VOD and in select theatres for Christopher N Rowley’s adaptation.

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry joins ‘Brain On Fire’

20-Jul-2015 | By

The multi-hyphenate joins Chloë Grace Moretz and Carrie-Anne Moss on the Broad Green, Denver & Delilah and Foundation Features adaptation. Separately, Clea DuVall lines up a directorial debut and Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings is the subject of a documentary.

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'Monster Hunt' rules int’l on $72m

20-Jul-2015 | By

UPDATED JULY 20: The $30m Chinese-language fantasy adventure secured top berth at the international marketplace ahead of Hollywood’s Minions, which was the biggest global earner of the session, as well as China’s superhero spoof Jian Bing Man and a bona fide US superhero in the shape of Ant-Man.

Marc Quinn: Making Waves

Starline appoints sales and marketing staff

20-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales and distribution outfit adds TV and digital sales executive.

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Women directors victorious in Odessa

20-Jul-2015 | By

Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang and Eva Neymann’s Song Of Songs among winners; industry awards.

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Venice Classics to include 21 restorations

20-Jul-2015 | By Madison Antus

Akahige, Amarcord, Aleksandr Nevskij among Venice Classics titles; Bertrand Tavernier selects four films.

'Wild Tales' dominates Platino Awards

20-Jul-2015 | By Juan Sarda

Damian Szifrón’s Wild Tales swept the 2nd Platino awards, launched to boost Spanish and Latin-American cinema.

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Thanatos, Drunk sweeps Taipei Film Awards

20-Jul-2015 | By

Chang Tso-chi’s Thanatos, Drunk swept the Taipei Film Awards on Saturday night, winning six prizes including the Grand Prize and best narrative feature.

Andre Rieu

André Rieu concert breaks UK records

20-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Maastricht Concert takes more than £1m in one night for CinemaLive.


DocFest delegates up 4.9% in 2015

20-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

Sheffield DocFest hosted 3,422 industry from 57 countries, according to festival.

'Ant-Man' leads UK box office with $6.2m debut

20-Jul-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal becomes first distributor to have four films hit the £30m mark in a calendar year as Minions reaches $50.3m (£32.3m).

'Taxi', 'Tikkun', 'The Lobster' make Sarajevo Kinoscope cut

20-Jul-2015 | By

Non-competitive sidebar features 19 films; Brillante Mendoza tribute on festival slate.

‘Ant-Man’ swarms over US box office on $57m

19-Jul-2015 | By

JULY 20 UPDATE: The final film of Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe debuted top in North America as Universal comedy Trainwreck arrived at number three on $30.1m.


'Sin Mover', 'The Contestant' prevail in BAM awards

19-Jul-2015 | By

Carlos Osuna’s two projects El Concursante and Sin Mover Los Labios earn BAM Projects and Screenings prizes; seven other titles headed to Locarno and San Sebastian.

'A Sinner In Mecca' among 2015 Outfest winners

19-Jul-2015 | By

Parvez Sharma’s pilgrimmage to Mecca shot on an iPhone picked up a prize as the LGBT festival in Los Angeles came to a close on Sunday night.

Bold acquires spec script ‘The Edge Of Normal’

17-Jul-2015 | By

The production and finance company has acquired the spec script by Matt Venne based on the novel by Carla Norton.

‘Tikkun’, 'Hotline' win in Jerusalem

17-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

Avishai Sivan’s religious drama wins Best Israeli Feature while Hotline scoops Van Leer award for Best Documentary.

A Christmas Horror Story

Image snaps up ‘A Christmas Horror Story’

17-Jul-2015 | By

The RLJ Entertainment label has acquired US rights from Paradigm Talent Agency on behalf of the filmmakers.


Õunpuu's 'Roukli' to world-premiere in Palić

17-Jul-2015 | By

Estonian director’s new film will be part of Serbian festival’s 14-strong competition including My Mother, 45 Years and Heil; festival to fete five Spanish directors.


Georgia and Ukraine to join tax rebate club

17-Jul-2015 | By

Hosts of Michel Hazanavicius’s The Search and Transporter 3 set to add rebates; Ukraine to join Creative Europe framework.

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BAFTA Crew 2015 participants revealed

17-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

EXCLUSIVE: New film and TV participants include crew from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Spectre and The Martian.


'Ant-Man' leads UK social media buzz

17-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

Marvel’s latest tops chart ahead of release this week.

'Ant-Man', 'Minions' to clash at box office

17-Jul-2015 | By

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s animation Minions has raced to $339.9m and at its current rate will soar past $400m by Sunday.

Peter Mullan

Peter Mullan, Jack Lowden to star in golf drama Tommy’s Honour

17-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

August shoot for drama about golfing pioneer Tom Morris and his son Tommy; Timeless to handle sales.

Men Go To Battle

Film Movement picks up ‘Men Go To Battle’

16-Jul-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired all North American rights to Zachary Treitz’s debut feature and Tribeca 2015 selection.

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‘Grace Of Monaco’ gets Emmy nod


After a brief and tumultuous career as a feature film the Nicole Kidman starrer earned a nomination on Thursday for best television movie.

Patrice Theroux

Patrice Théroux, Leif Bristow move ahead on Shakespeare series

16-Jul-2015 | By

The former head of eOne’s global film operation Patrice Théroux and Leif Bristow of Leif Films have hired My Left Foot screenwriter Shane Connaughton to write The Family Shakespeare.

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Guilty verdict for Colorado theatre killer


Prosecutors in Colorado are pushing for the death penalty after James Holmes was found guilty on Thursday of first-degree murder of 12 people during a rampage at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises three years ago.

Richard Armitage

Carrie-Anne Moss, Richard Armitage join 'Brain on Fire'

16-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Chloë Grace Moretz stars in drama currently in production in Vancouver.

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Devilworks to ‘Follow the Money’

16-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Genre sales outfit adds UK doc in push for diversified slate; cuts international deals on genre lineup.


Atia, Hamoud, Shumunov triumph at Jerusalem Pitch Point

16-Jul-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Debut feature directors Yossi Atia, Maysaloun Hamoud and Roman Shumunov pick up prizes.

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BiFan opens as Mers scare fades

16-Jul-2015 | By

Opening film Antoine Bardou-Jacquet’s Moonwalkers sold out 3000-capacity crowd in 8 seconds.

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Arcade Fire doc to get autumn release through Arts Alliance

16-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

The Reflektor Tapes chronicles the making of the band’s 2013 album Reflektor.

Baahubali: The Beginning

Tabaillon to edit 'Baahubali' international cut

16-Jul-2015 | By

Internationally-renowned editor Vincent Tabaillon has joined the crew of Telugu hit Baahubali: The Beginning to oversee the film’s international cut.


Carlos Moreno to direct $5m Black River

15-Jul-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The English-language thriller is among several exciting Colombian projects in development revealed to Screendaily at the Bogota Audiovisual Market .

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'Chi-raq' first Amazon Original Movie

15-Jul-2015 | By

Top brass at the digital sleeping giant have confirmed Spike Lee’s film about the inner city violence in Chicago as their first Amazon Original Movie and hinted at an accompanying theatrical release.

Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM)

Industry heads reveal top tips at BAM

15-Jul-2015 | By

Film and festival executives offered insights into how to make projects stand out, gain traction at festivals and achieve box office success.

Two Days One Night

SPHE, Criterion Collection extend home ent deal

15-Jul-2015 | By

The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) on Wednesday announced a multi-year extension to their distribution agreement. 

Claire Denis

Denis, Jia, Holland to lead first TIFF Platform jury

15-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

EXCLUSIVE: Festival selects trio to judge first competitive section, aimed at ‘auteur films’; Cameron Bailey talks strand.


'Court' among Day For Night acquisitions

15-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

EXCLUSIVE: Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court and Dominga Sotomayor’s Mar among trio set for UK/Ire release.

Buffalo Returns

Tribeca Digital Studios, Amex short films get launch date

15-Jul-2015 | By

The partners have teamed up with Morgan Spurlock, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady plus Gini Reticker on a trio of shorts celebrating entrepreneurs that will go out on VOD, Vimeo and other platforms on July 15.

Jake Gyllenhaal

'Demolition' gets 2016 release

15-Jul-2015 | By

Fox Searchlight announced the release date on Wednesday for Jean-Marc Valleé’s upcoming drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.

Jesse Chow

Warner Bros, MACCS International strike software distribution pact

15-Jul-2015 | By

The studio has brought its global theatrical distribution operations under one technology platform and licensed MACCS Theatrical Distribution Software to run its North American operation.

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Stuart Brown appointed BFI head of programme & acquisitions

15-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

Brown makes step up from head of events; will help coordinate BFI audience strategy.

The Walking Dead

TV dominates social media at Comic-Con

15-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

Batman v Superman topped social media mentions, but was one of only two films to make the top 10; women dominate social media audience.

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Youth dramas rule at China box office

15-Jul-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Tiny Times 4.0 topped the China box office last week, according to EntGroup figures, grossing $58.39m, while another youth drama, Forever Young, came in second with $41.42m.

Ricki and the Flash

Locarno to open with Demme's 'Flash'; 14 world premieres in main competition

15-Jul-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

World premieres for new films by Athina Rachel Tsangari, Hong Sangsoo, Ben Rivers; Southpaw, Trainwreck among Piazza Grande titles.

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Locarno's Open Doors gets new awards

15-Jul-2015 | By Madison Antus

MAD Solutions among backers of Maghreb films in Co-pro Lab lineup.


'Baahubali' breaks box office records

14-Jul-2015 | By

Telugu-language epic Baahubali: The Beginning, directed by S.S. Rajamouli, has grossed $20m on its opening weekend in India and broken a string of box office records in both India and the US.

The Noble Family

Fox in talks on 'Marquez Castillo’

14-Jul-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: In a tantalising development to emerge from the BAM market in Colombia this week, the studio is in discussions on the period comedy with the team behind Mexican smash The Noble Family.

Lawrence & Holloman

108 Media acquires ‘Lawrence & Holloman’

14-Jul-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: 108 Media has picked up US rights to the award-winning Canadian comedy and plans a one-week theatrical run in August.

Russell Peters

Russell Peters, Faizon Love join Pelican Point’s ‘Ripped’

14-Jul-2015 | By

Brad Epstein will direct the stand-up comics in the stoner buddy comedy.

Peter Webber

Peter Webber returns to BAM with 'One River' docu-drama

14-Jul-2015 | By

More than 30 film projects in development set to be presented at the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM).

James Andrew Felts

The Industry & Co bolsters staff ranks

14-Jul-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The entertainment venture that launched earlier this year as a sister entity to James Andrew Felts and Matthew Shreder’s Concourse Media has announced two key hires.

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BOOM! A Film About The Sonics heads to Indiegogo

14-Jul-2015 | By Angela Lee

The makers of the punk band documentary have launched a campaign on the crowdfunding site as they bid to tell the tale of a seminal musical influence little-known outside the US. 

Shlomi Elkabetz

Elkabetz joins Hamoud’s Palestinian party girls

14-Jul-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Producer Shlomi Elkabetz is onboard for director Maysaloun Hamoud’s debut feature.

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Shoval’s 'Shake Your Cares Away' takes shape

14-Jul-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Director Tom Shoval is planning his second feature, which will shoot in Israel and France.

Sarajevo announces documentary competition titles

14-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

Jasmila Žbanic film among 23 competing in doc strand.

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Polish Days titles announced for New Horizons

14-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

Marcin Koszalka’s The Red Spider among 26 titles in local showcase.


SGIFF announces second Southeast Asian Film Lab

14-Jul-2015 | By

Terence Chang, Yong Mun Chee, Sherad Anthony Sanchez to mentor at lab event.

Ip Man Legend is Born

Spackman, NEA launch partnership

14-Jul-2015 | By

Singapore outfit Spackman Entertainment Group teams with Hong Kong-based National Arts Entertainment and Culture Group (NEA).

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'JeruZalem' pair plot Nazi revenge thriller

14-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

EXCLUSIVE: The Paz brothers are eyeing their first European production, titled Plan A.


Yossi Atia to bring Jaffa Road terror tour work to big screen

14-Jul-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Israeli performance artist Yossi Atia revisits Second Intifada a decade later in dark comedy.

Jessica Brown Findlay

Jessica Brown Findlay to star in 'This Beautiful Fantastic'

14-Jul-2015 | By Madison Antus

Principal photography for the film, directed by Simon Aboud, starts this week in London.

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Gitai's Rabin film eyes fest path

14-Jul-2015 | By Matt Mueller

Amos Gitai is hoping to screen Rabin: The Last Day at festivals in autumn.

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Historic Kiev cinema eyes return after arson attack

14-Jul-2015 | By

Zhovten cinema was victim of arson attack during festival’s LGBT sidebar; Baltic to Black Sea development network launched in Odessa.

Bill Lee

Alchemy boosts distribution operations

13-Jul-2015 | By

The distributor announced on Monday corporate acquisitions and a strategic alliance that builds its annual content flow to more than 1,300 films and 3,000 TV episodes.  

Jean Prewitt

IFTA heads extend contracts through 2018

13-Jul-2015 | By

The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) announced the news on Monday concerning CEO and president Jean Prewitt and executive vice-president and American Film Market (AFM) managing director Jonathan Wolf.

Dave Saxena

Dave Saxena to lead Broad Green Investments

13-Jul-2015 | By

The executive will serve as Chief Investment Officer of the new private equity and venture capital arm launched by Broad Green Pictures.

Forrest Lucas

Forrest Lucas, Ali Afshar launch ESX Entertainment


The founder and owner of Lucas Oil Products, cable network MAVTV, Lucas Cattle Company and the naming rights to the Indianapolis Colts’ Stadium Lucas Oil Stadium has teamed on the entertainment venture with the professional racecar driver, actor and producer.


Universal scores historic treble at UK box office

13-Jul-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Distributor becomes the first to record the first, second and third chart positions, as Minions holds off Ted 2.

Stuart Ford

IM Global Television launches distribution arm

13-Jul-2015 | By

Eli Shibley has joined from Electus as president of international distribution and co-productions.

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Jerusalem 2015: Screen's dailies


Register with ScreenDaily to read our daily magazines from the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival here.

Takeshi Kitano

Wayne Wang, Takeshi Kitano wrap 'While The Women Are Sleeping'

13-Jul-2015 | By

Director Wang talks to ScreenDaily about working with Takeshi Kitano.

Chen Kaige, 'Monk Comes Down The Mountain'

13-Jul-2015 | By

Chinese director Chen Kaige talks to Liz Shackleton about balancing commercial and creative concerns in the world’s fastest-growing film market.

Green Room

Jeremy Saunier’s 'Green Room' wins at Neuchatel

13-Jul-2015 | By

Also… Chris Carter reopens The X-Files and Sion Sono discusses his Fukushima-set sci-fi.

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'Bob And The Trees' wins at Karlovy Vary

13-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Other winners include documentary Mallory from Helena Treštíková.

Snowfort Pictures

Snowfort Pictures hires three to boost production

13-Jul-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Production company behind Cheap Thrills and Oscar shortlisted Jodorowsky’s Dune hires three.

Talya Lavie

Israel's Spiro Films readies Lavie, Bergman, Moaz

13-Jul-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Spiro chief Eitan Mansuri will be in Toronto with final draft of Lavie’s The Current Love Of My Life.


'Darkroom' wins Jerusalem's Sam Spiegel prize

13-Jul-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Israeli film-maker Itamar Alcalay’s Darkroom, revolving around a young gay Armenian man forced into an arranged marriage, has won the top $50,000 prize at the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab’s pitching event.

Sarajevo Film Festival

Talents Sarajevo unveils 2015 line-up

13-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Names include actors, directors and producers.


‘Minions’ leaps to top of US on $115.2m

12-Jul-2015 | By

The Universal bandwagon rolled on as Minions - its Despicable Me spin-off with Illumination Entertainment - delivered the second biggest animated launch ever at the North American box office.


‘Minions’ takes over the world

12-Jul-2015 | By

UPDATED JULY 13: The Despicable Me spin-off grossed a confirmed $130.7m from 56 territories after launching top in 29 of 30 new regions to reach $287.8m.


Greek film industry reeling from Eurozone crisis

12-Jul-2015 | By

Greek distributors and exhibitors face uncertainty as the country’s financial future hangs in the balance.

Disney hits $2bn at int'l box office

12-Jul-2015 | By

This marks the fastest time Walt Disney Studios has accomplished the feat, overturning the previous mark set last year on August 30.

Philippe Lacote

Lacote to direct street-gang drama 'Zama'

12-Jul-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Run director explores post-war Ivory Coast.

‘Star Wars’ panel feels the Force

11-Jul-2015 | By

As has happened so often in recent years, a Disney-owned property delivered a Comic-Con show-stopper as JJ Abrams rounded off Friday’s Star Wars love-fest by inviting the entire 6,000-plus capacity of Hall H to a live concert.

The Hateful Eight

Tarantino teases TV ambitions

11-Jul-2015 | By

COMIC-CON: Quentin Tarantino hinted at a possible move into television as he riffed on one of his bête noires – digital filmmaking – during Saturday’s The Hateful Eight panel.


'X-Men', 'Deadpool' delight Hall H

11-Jul-2015 | By

COMIC-CON: Fox executives love their traditional end-of-day slot at Comic-Con and kept their appointment with the early evening crowd to good effect in a raucous finale to Saturday’s Hall H programme.

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Warner Bros lights up San Diego

11-Jul-2015 | By

COMIC-CON: Warner Bros set the bar high with the first Hall H session of Saturday, unleashing a slick and loud session that suggested it has begun to execute on a long-term strategy to exploit the treasures that lie within the DC Comics vaults.

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Del Toro: 'Crimson Peak' is my most beautiful film


COMIC-CON: In a typically passionate yet uncharacteristically expletive-free panel during Saturday’s Legendary session, Guillermo del Toro showed footage from his upcoming ghost story.

'Game Of Thrones' cast reflect on roles

11-Jul-2015 | By

COMIC-CON: The panellists from HBO’s smash series took to the hallowed Hall H on Friday with their hands – and mouths – tied.

john turturro

Turturro delivers masterclass in Jerusalem

11-Jul-2015 | By Matt Mueller

The actor spoke about working with Michael Cimino, William Friedkin and Woody Allen in a masterclass at Jerusalem Film Festival.


Italian film and TV industry launches Rome-based market

10-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

International audiovisual market MIA to to held during Rome Film Festival.

Oded Davidoff

Davidoff preps Jerusalem news community farce

10-Jul-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

English-language farce revolves around correspondent who stages ISIS-style kidnapping in bid to stay in Jerusalem.


‘Minions’, ‘Genisys’ eye big weekend

10-Jul-2015 | By

Universal and Illumination’s Minions has reached $159m and will vie for international supremacy this weekend with Paramount and Skydance Productions’ sci-fi reboot.

Miri Regev

Israeli culture minister jeered at Jerusalem Film Festival

10-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

Israel’s minister for culture and sport Miri Regev jeered during speech.

Omar Sharif

Omar Sharif dies aged 83

10-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Actor best known for roles in Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago.

Dear White People

BFI backs 'Dear White People' theatrical release

10-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Support follows change of distribution strategy for the Sundance award winner.

Taxi Driver

MUBI, Sony Pictures Television strike content deal

10-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Online service inks first major studio deal; titles include Taxi Driver, Dr. Strangelove, Snatch.

Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan talks war movie 'Anthropoid'

10-Jul-2015 | By Laurence Boyce

Fifty Shades of Grey star joined by director Sean Ellis at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.


Luc Besson talks ‘Valerian’ plans

10-Jul-2015 | By

The French filmmaker and EuropaCorp head flew into Comic-Con on Thursday for a rare and deeply personal presentation that featured concept art from his upcoming $180m space opera.


EU project spotlights Arab women filmmakers

10-Jul-2015 | By

Arab women filmmakers will be one of the key priorities in a new European Union-backed initiative, the MedFilm Programme, for the South Mediterranean countries from Morocco to Syria.


'Ivy' wins best film at East End fest

10-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Other winners include documentary Welcome To Leith.


Karlovy Vary launches distribution label with 'Youth'

10-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New label to distribute international titles in the Czech Republic.

Emma Greenwood

Way To Blue hires eOne's Emma Greenwood

10-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Greenwood joins global communications agency as UK publicity director.

Terminator Genisys

Terminator blows away rivals on social media

10-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Magic Magic and Ant-Man no contest for Arnie sequel.

Jennifer Lawrence and Bill Murray

Jennifer Lawrence, Bill Murray wow Comic-Con

9-Jul-2015 | By

Two pop culture superstars took part in separate panels in the legendary Hall H for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and Rock The Kasbah as the San Diego jamboree got underway on Thursday.

Dominic Cooper

Dominic Cooper replaces Henry Cavill in ‘Stratton’

9-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Full cast for GFM Films-produced action thriller to also include Harry Potter star Tom Felton and Whiplash’s Austin Stowell; SquareOne takes German rights.

La Dolce Vita

Fellini estate clear new 'La Dolce Vita' film

9-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Modern take on classic film in the pipeline from AMBI Group.

Abramorama to re-release ‘Montage Of Heck’

9-Jul-2015 | By

Richard Abramowitz’s distribution platform will release Brett Morgen’s documentary in select US theatres on August 7.

Marc Danon

Marc Danon to oversee acquisitions at Broad Green

9-Jul-2015 | By

The company has hired the former Lionsgate senior executive as president of acquisitions and co-productions.

Sundance Institute

Sundance Institute Native Filmmakers Lab selects two

9-Jul-2015 | By

Razelle Benally and Randi LeClair will take part in the Lab, set to run in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from July 10-14.

Films of City Frames

Armani's Films Of City Frames partners with BFI London Film Festival

9-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Project supports new film talent from leading international film schools.

Matthew Greenfield

Production duo rise at Fox Searchlight

8-Jul-2015 | By

The studio’s president of production Claudia Lewis has promoted Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum to executive vice-presidents of production, effective immediately. 

Downward To The Earth

Humanoids, sci-fi icon strike deal

8-Jul-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based graphic novel publisher has made its latest move in an aggressive push into film and TV, teaming on the eve of Comic-Con with multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Robert Silverberg.


UPI sets $3bn industry record

8-Jul-2015 | By

Universal Pictures International (UPI) has reached the $3bn ticket sales milestone faster than any other studio in history, obliterating the previous mark set by Fox International in October 2014.

Paramount Pictures

Paramount, AMC in windows pact

8-Jul-2015 | By

In the boldest move yet by a studio and exhibition partner to challenge the traditional distribution structure, Paramount has struck a revenue-share deal with AMC Theatres and Canada’s Cineplex Entertainment that will see it roll-out two autumn releases digitally 17 days after the films dip below 300 theatres.

Ellen Page

Ellen Page to star in ‘Lioness’

8-Jul-2015 | By

The actress will play a US Marine in the drama inspired by the real-life female soldiers who deployed alongside Special Forces under the Lioness Program.

Andre Picard

André Picard earns NFB stripes

8-Jul-2015 | By

The former director general of the National Film Board of Canada’s French Program has been named its director general, creation and innovation.


'Everest' to open Venice Film Festival

8-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Mountaineering drama starring Jason Clarke and Jake Gyllenhaal to world premiere at Venice.

Rhys Meyers

Drama 'London Town' underway in UK

8-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway in London on drama featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as frontman for The Clash, Joe Strummer.

Monk Comes Down The Mountain

Chen Kaige’s 'Monk' tops China box office

8-Jul-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Chen Kaige’s Monk Comes Down The Mountain topped the China box office last week, grossing $38.25m in it opening four days, according to EntGroup figures.


'Park' wins Karlovy Vary's works in progress prize

8-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Drama set in a decaying contemporary Greece wins prize.

Secret Cinema The Empire Strikes Back

Live cinema report in the works

8-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Research will explore the growing live cinema industry in the UK.

The Tribe

Odessa presents new projects by Slaboshpytskiy, Mansky, Bartas

8-Jul-2015 | By

New film from The Tribe director among projects at Odessa.


Cinema On The Edge to show banned Chinese films

8-Jul-2015 | By

Organisers behind a New York-based festival highlighting films from the Beijing Independent Film Festival (BIFF) that fell foul of local authorities have turned to Kickstarter.

Future Frames

Future Frames spotlights emerging filmmakers at Karlovy Vary

8-Jul-2015 | By Laurence Boyce

New Karlovy Vary programme showcases European film school talent.

Michael Cimino

Michael Cimino to receive Locarno award

8-Jul-2015 | By Madison Antus

Deer Hunter director to receive Pardo d’onore.

Guiding Lights 2015

Guiding Lights selects 2015 candidates

8-Jul-2015 | By Madison Antus

Fifteen candidates selected from 250 scheme applicants; previous mentees include Laura Hastings-Smith.

Chris Miller Phil Lord

Christopher Miller, Phil Lord board Han Solo film

7-Jul-2015 | By

The red-hot writer-directors behind The LEGO Movie and 22 Jump Street will direct the next episode in the anthology series of Star Wars films set to open on May 25, 2018.

Barry Ward to star in ‘Never Walk Alone’

7-Jul-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The star of last weekend’s US release Jimmy’s Hall from Ken Loach has come aboard KPI Entertainment and Deadpan Pictures’ Ireland-set contemporary generational drama.

Chloe Moretz

Broad Green, Denver & Delilah, Foundation team on ‘Brain On Fire’

7-Jul-2015 | By

Screen LA Star Of Tomorrow Gerard Barrett will direct the adaptation of Susannah Cahalan’s memoir to star Chloë Grace Moretz.


Academy publishes 2015-16 deadlines

7-Jul-2015 | By

Submissions for the foreign language category in the 88th Academy Awards are due by 5pm PT on October 1.

Ryan Kavanaugh

Relativity moves back ‘Masterminds’

7-Jul-2015 | By

The crime caper starring Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis and Zach Galifianakis moves back two months to October 9.

Attack on Titan

Fantasia to close with 'Attack on Titan'

7-Jul-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Montreal’s genre film festival to showcase 135 features and almost 300 shorts across its three-week run from July 14-Aug 4.

Kai Wessel

StudioCanal to sell Nazi euthanasia drama 'Fog In August'

7-Jul-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: StudioCanal to handle world sales on Kai Wessel’s wartime drama.

Elizabeth Williams

Signature appoints head of acquisitions, head of marketing

7-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Sky Movies exec joins UK distributor.

BFI launches Britain On Film archive

7-Jul-2015 | By

Thousands of unseen films digitised and made available online including world’s earliest home movies; new film commissioned from Penny Woolcock.

Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary: Space missions, Greek dramas among works in progress

7-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Central and Eastern European projects seeking finance, distribution and festival partners have been presented to industry at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF).

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story

Cinedigm dates ‘A Brave Heart’

7-Jul-2015 | By Angela Lee

The SXSW audience award-winning documentary will open nationwide on September 25.


Virgin Produced, Infinitum Nihil, City Entertainment ready ‘Muscle Shoals’ TV series

7-Jul-2015 | By

Richard Branson, Jason Felts and Justin Berfield’s Virgin Produced, City Entertainment’s Joshua D Maurer and Alixandre Witlin and Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski’s Infinitum Nihil will produce the drama series inspired by Greg Camalier’s Sundance 2013 documentary.

Jeremy Baxter

Jeremy Baxter joins Riverstone Pictures

7-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Pinewood exec joins finance and production outfit, backers of Genius and Sleepless Night.


Film London to host Rio Production Forum

7-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

London-based industry figures to meet South American producers at new event.

Beasts Of No Nation

Netflix sets release dates for first original movies

7-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Bleecker Street to partner with Netflix to distribute Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation theatrically.

Jerry Weintraub

'Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub dead at 77

6-Jul-2015 | By

The producer of The Karate Kid and the Danny Ocean franchise who won an Emmy in 2013 for Behind The Candelabra has died of a heart attack in Santa Barbara.

Catalyst Capital in $320m Relativity bailout

6-Jul-2015 | By

Ryan Kavanaugh will remain CEO and chairman of his embattled entertainment company after it emerged on Monday that he had struck a deal with the Toronto-based distressed asset specialist.

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of The National Lampoon

Magnolia acquires National Lampoon doc

6-Jul-2015 | By

The deal for Sundance 2015 selection Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of The National Lampoon excludes television rights.

'Amy' sets new record; 'Minions' tops UK box office

6-Jul-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s Terminator Genisys lands with $5.9m (£3.8m), as Warner Bros’ Magic Mike XXL posts $2.4m (£1.5m) debut.

Andrew Renzi

'Franny' director Andrew Renzi plots next films

6-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Upcoming projects include a ‘reimagining’ of Billy Wilder classic Sunset Boulevard.

Milan Popelka Douglas E Hansen

US financiers talk China, TV opportunities in Karlovy Vary

6-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

The growing business opportunities afforded by China and the TV sector were among subjects discussed by US finance heavyweights FilmNation and Endgame Entertainment during an industry panel at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF).

For Some Inexplicable Reason

'For Some Inexplicable Reason' wins Grand Prix at VOICES 

6-Jul-2015 | By

Germany’s Burhan Qurbani wins best director prize for We Are Strong. We Are Young.

Kang Soo youn

Busan fest names actress Kang Soo-youn co-director

6-Jul-2015 | By

Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Organization Committee has confirmed veteran actress Kang Soo-youn as festival co-director today at a special assembly in Busan City Hall.

The Harder They Come

trinidad+tobago fest unveils first 2015 films

6-Jul-2015 | By

Top brass at the 2015 trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) said on Monday they have selected ten classic Caribbean films in the first programming wave of this year’s edition.

'45 Years', 'Son Of Saul' among LUX Prize finalists

6-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Other finalists shortlisted for distribution support include Rams; audience winner also revealed at Karlovy Vary event.

Seetha Kumar

Seetha Kumar named Creative Skillset CEO

6-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Former BBC exec to replace Dinah Caine.

Outdoor screening

Film Hub London to invest $170,000 in audience growth

6-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

Film Hub London, the exhibitor network managed by Film London, unveils plans for its second year.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indiana Jones set for Royal Albert Hall debut

6-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Screening to mark 35th anniversary will include John Williams’ score performed live.

Terminator Genisys

'Terminator Genisys' king on $73.3m

5-Jul-2015 | By

UPDATED JULY 6: Terminator: Genisys usurped two of Universal’s heavy hitters to rule the international and global box office. Jurassic World became the fifth biggest global release in history and Disney crossed $3bn worldwide in a new speed record for the studio.

‘Inside Out’ rules July Fourth weekend on $29.8m

5-Jul-2015 | By

UPDATED JULY 6: Disney/Pixar’s latest release usurped the Universal behemoth over the July Fourth holiday weekend in North America.

Avengers Age of Ultron

Disney hits $3bn worldwide

5-Jul-2015 | By

The studio reached the milestone on June 30 in its fastest time, powered by Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Inside Out and Cinderella.

Hello Kitty

'Hello Kitty' movie set for 2019 release

3-Jul-2015 | By

Japanese character and lifestyle business Sanrio is planning to launch a Hello Kitty movie for global release in 2019.

A Dream of Iron

KOFIC launches reformed arthouse film support initiative

3-Jul-2015 | By

In reaction to protests from specialist exhibitors, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced it is going ahead with the launch of a new support programme for arthouse film distribution.

Nicolo Donato

'Brotherhood' director readies wartime movie about Danish Jews

3-Jul-2015 | By Screen staff

Nicolo Donato’s feature about the escape of Danish Jews in 1943 to star Danica Curcic and David Dencik among others.

Jerome Holder and Jonathan Pryce in Dough

Menemsha takes Umedia's 'Dough' for North America

3-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Culinary drama stars Jonathan Pryce.

Terminator Genisys

Tentpoles primed for int'l clash

3-Jul-2015 | By

JULY 3 UPDATE: Jurassic World faces its sternest test yet as Terminator Genisys leaps to an early $28m heading into its first major weekend. Inside Out continues to build momentum and crosses $300m worldwide.

The Reflecting Skin

Soda acquires cult classic 'The Reflecting Skin'

3-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Philip Ridley’s 1990 horror featured Viggo Mortensen in one of his first starring roles.

Li’l Quinquin

Motovun fest plans French, Danish focuses

3-Jul-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Main programme to include Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster and Carol Morley’s The Falling.

Magic Mike XXL

'Magic Mike' terminated on social media chart

3-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Terminator Genisys tops chart ahead of release.


Film4 FrightFest scores 20 world premieres

2-Jul-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

The 16th edition of genre film festival unveils full line-up.

Oliver Hirschbiegel

'Downfall' director plans First World War drama

2-Jul-2015 | By

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.

Creative Europe

Creative Europe's 'level playing field' plans under fire

2-Jul-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Plans by the European Commission (EC) to create a level playing field between high and low production capacity countries in its Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme have come increasingly under fire from film distributors in the larger EU Member States.

Captain Webb

'Captain Webb' set for August release

2-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New images also released of the feature centred on the first person to successfully swim the English Channel.

Rasmus Heisterberg

Heisterberg begins 'In The Blood' shoot

2-Jul-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Marks directorial debut for Danish screenwriter behind A Royal Affair and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Dressed As A Girl

Peccadillo secures 'Dressed As A Girl' for UK

2-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Colin Rothbart’s documentary explores east London’s alternative drag scene.


Heretic Outreach acquires 'Babai'

2-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Kosovar film to play in competition at Karlovy Vary.

Ben Mendelsohn to present 'Mississippi Grind' at Karlovy Vary

2-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Feature debuted at Sundance Film Festival.

Tom Avison

3 Mills Studios expands team

2-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Two senior appointments made at London-based studios.

The Double

Molinare acquires Hackenbacker

2-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Audio facility recently worked on Richard Ayoade’s The Double.


‘Monopoly’ passes Go for Hasbro, Lionsgate

1-Jul-2015 | By

The studio has struck a deal with the toy manufacturer to adapt the beloved board game and has brought on Andrew Niccol.

Solomon Nwabueze

Creative England appoints director of content

1-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Former FremantleMedia executive Solomon Nwabueze to spearhead commercial push.

Hong Sangsoo Andrzej Zulawski

Locarno secures Hong, Zulawski world premieres

1-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New films from South Korean and Polish directors to play in international competition.


Image captures US rights to ‘Uncaged’

1-Jul-2015 | By

The RLJ Entertainment brand has acquired first-time filmmaker Daniel Robbins’ genre tale.

Billy Elliot

Event cinema revenue grows 35%

1-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New report reveals the growing sector was worth nearly $300m in 2014.


Jerusalem announces Israeli films line-up

1-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

Titles in the Feature and Documentary Film competitions unveiled.

Bloodsucking Bastards

Scream Factory Films sets ‘Bloodsucking Bastards’ US release

1-Jul-2015 | By

The genre theatrical imprint of Shout! Factory will open the film in select cinemas across top US markets and on VOD on September 4.

Oleg Sentsov

Oleg Sentsov trial “not before end of July”

30-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The trial of the detained Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov is expected “not before the end of July”, according to his cousin Natalja Kaplan.

Christine McCarthy

Disney promotes two senior executives

30-Jun-2015 | By

The Walt Disney Company hierarchy has named Christine McCarthy senior executive vice-president and Chief Financial Officer and Kevin Mayer senior executive vice president and Chief Strategy Officer, effective immediately.

Alain de Greef

Canal Plus co-founder Alain de Greef dies

30-Jun-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Creator of iconic French TV programmes such as Les Guignols de l’Info loses battle with cancer.

Beast MG launches 'Paranormal Activity' VR game

30-Jun-2015 | By

Industry veteran Alex Barder and his partner Russell Naftal at Burbank-based entertainment company Beast Media Group are lining up a virtual reality game based on the horror franchise.

Sundance Institute

Sundance Institute unveils Music and Sound Design Lab fellows

30-Jun-2015 | By Angela Lee

Independent artists Kris Bowers, Germaine Franco, Danielle Eva Schwob and Jeremy Turner are among the select few for this summer’s Music and Sound Design Labs held at Skywalker Ranch in northern California.

Pinewood Studios

'Star Wars', 'Spectre' boost Pinewood revenue to record high

30-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Annual results show revenue increased by more than £10m year-on-year.

Julie Candelaria

Gravitas Ventures adds marketing, PR brass

30-Jun-2015 | By

Julie Candelaria has been promoted to svp of marketing for Gravitas Ventures, while AJ Feuerman has been added to the team as director of public relations and Nancy Sanchez joins as marketing manager.


UK creative industries see employment growth

30-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

DCMS report highlights BAME gains but gender imbalance in industries.

Edinburgh film fest figures up 9%

30-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Edinburgh International Film Festival tops 50,000 admissions.

Errol Morris

Errol Morris to compile IDFA top 10

30-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

US documentary director to also be subject of a retrospective.

Attack On Titan

FUNimation picks up 'Attack On Titan'

30-Jun-2015 | By

Toho’s highly-anticipated live action manga adaptation to receive world premiere in Los Angeles

'Jurassic World' retains top spot in China

30-Jun-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World reigned over the China box office for the third week straight last week, passing the $200m benchmark, and holding off local opener Hollywood Adventures, produced by Justin Lin.

Paul Dano

Tadmor, Cold Iron ready ‘Swiss Army Man’

29-Jun-2015 | By

Paul Dano, riding high on critical acclaim for his portrayal of Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy, will star alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the surreal drama.

Barry Gordon

XLrator, Parkside, Tadross unveil pact

29-Jun-2015 | By

XLrator Media, Parkside Pictures and Tadross Media Group have signed a multi-film production slate that the parties will jointly produce and distribute worldwide.

Los Cabos International Film Festival

Cabos In Progress to offer $185,000 in prizes

29-Jun-2015 | By

The Los Cabos International Film Festival initiative will present five awards at this year’s event, set to run from November 11-15 in Mexico.

Tina Fey

Tina Fey talk on PBNY roster

29-Jun-2015 | By

The writer and performer will take part in the “Conversations With…” series during the one-day Produced By New York conference run by the Producers Guild Of America on October 24.

Stand Clear of The Closing Doors

‘Stand Clear’ earns El Foro slot

29-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Fleischner’s drama will screen in the prestigious annual round-up by Mexico’s Cineteca Nacional as it emerged that sales agent Curator Films has secured a Mexican distribution deal.


'Minions' ends Jurassic era at UK box office with $18.1m debut

29-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

It’s a Universal one-two at the top of the chart as Jurassic World becomes year’s biggest film with $76.8m (£48.9m) haul to date.

francis ford coppola

Francis Ford Coppola to head Marrakech jury

29-Jun-2015 | By Tom Grater

The Godfather director will lead the jury at the 15th Marrakech International Film Festival.

Claire Denis

Claire Denis, Zadie Smith, Wild Bunch on space mission

29-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: French director’s first English-language film is set in space; artist Olafur Eliasson among collaborators.


'Minions' tops social media buzz

29-Jun-2015 | By Tom Grater

The animated spin-off sequel topped Entourage and Terminator Genysis

Royal Variety Performance

Entertainment charity EABF changes name, expands remit

29-Jun-2015 | By Madison Antus

Charity founded in 1908 alters name to reflect changes within organisation, expands remit to support disadvantaged youth entering industry.

Jurassic World

'Jurassic' rules int'l on $84.3m

28-Jun-2015 | By

UPDATED JUNE 29: Jurassic World stayed top of the global food chain for the third consecutive session as a confirmed $84.3m from 66 territories propelled the international tally to $745.5m and combined with a confirmed $500.4m in North America for $1.246bn worldwide.

‘Jurassic World’ crosses $500m in US

28-Jun-2015 | By

UPDATED JUNE 29: Universal’s global smash held on to pole position in its third weekend and used a confirmed $54.5m to become the fifth film to cross the half-billion mark.

The Hateful Eight

Village Roadshow circles ‘The Hateful Eight’

26-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The distributor is believed to be close to an Australian deal for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Western as the director and cast prepare to hit Comic-Con next month.

Wide UK contingent invited to join Academy

26-Jun-2015 | By

Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Daniel Radcliffe, Rosamund Pike, Tom Hardy and Martin Freeman are among 322 artists and executives invited to become members of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.

Elizabeth Karlsen

Elizabeth Karlsen to deliver Strategic Partners keynote

26-Jun-2015 | By

The Carol producer will take centre stage when the 18th edition of the co-production market within Canada’s Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax opens on September 17.


'Losers' triumphs in Moscow

26-Jun-2015 | By

Veteran Bulgarian actor Ivaylo Hristov’s third feature film as director, the coming-of-age tale Losers, won the Golden St. George Prize for best film on Friday at the 37th edition of the Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), which ran from June 19-26.

45 years

Edinburgh 2015 winners revealed

26-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film goes to Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years.

Marina Cordoni

Marina Cordoni to sell ‘The Tailor’s Apprentice’

26-Jun-2015 | By

Toronto-based Marina Cordoni Entertainment will represent international sales on Jeff Lehman’s The Tailor’s Apprentice.

Daniel-Konrad Cooper

Burn, Burn, Burn producer joins Bill Kenwright Films

26-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Staff addition forms part of production push for London outfit.

Locarno gets investment boost

26-Jun-2015 | By

Festival gets five-year commitment from regional government.

Punters Prayer

One Eyed bets on ‘Prayer’

26-Jun-2015 | By Tom Grater

EXCLUSIVE: Sales deal for UK comedy crime-drama with Dexter Fletcher among cast.

Woody Harrelson talks Rampart at LFF 2011

Fox Searchlight starts ‘Wilson’ shoot

25-Jun-2015 | By

President of production Claudia Lewis announced on Thursday that principal photography has begun in Minnesota on Craig Johnson’s follow-up to The Skeleton Twins starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern.

Yukiyoshi Ozawa

Yukiyoshi Ozawa joins ‘The Forest’

25-Jun-2015 | By

The Japanese film and television star makes his English-language debut in Lava Bear Films’ supernatural thriller, currently in production in Japan.

Chris McGurk

Cinedigm, Shout! Factory strengthen ties

25-Jun-2015 | By

Cinedigm Corp has acquired a minority stake as the partners prepare to relaunch Shout! Factory’s AVOD OTT channel Shout! Factory TV.

Uncle Kent 2

Factory 25, Fandor to release seven

25-Jun-2015 | By

The independent distributor and streaming service announced at BAMcinemaFest they will partner on the slate.

Cherry Tree

'Cherry Tree', 'Tales of Halloween' to bookend FrightFest

25-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Both films to receive their European premieres at this year’s 16th edition; FrightFest co-director Alan Jones reflects on the festival’s first year at the Vue and what’s to come.

Sarajevo CineLink

Sarajevo CineLink selection revealed

25-Jun-2015 | By

Tinatin Kajrishvili, Aida Begic, Hüseyin Karabey films among lineup.

Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation

Alibaba to invest in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

25-Jun-2015 | By

China’s Alibaba Pictures is making its first move into Hollywood, partnering with Paramount Pictures on Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.

'Jurassic World' soars past $650m

25-Jun-2015 | By

Universal Pictures International executives anticipate another mighty session as the behemoth heads into its third weekend, already well past $1bn worldwide.


eOne to boost regional drama

25-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Entertainment One (eOne) and Creative England will plough a combined £500,000 into regional drama development as they bid to unearth a hit on the scale of Broadchurch.

TIDE launches festival-VOD scheme with Mark Cousins film

25-Jun-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Films will launch at European festivals and on VOD platforms.


Academy revises Oscars rules for 2016 show

24-Jun-2015 | By

Under new rules, qualifying producers for a best picture nominee must be eligible for a Producers Guild Of America award for the film or have appealed the PGA’s refusal of such eligibility. 

Sundance NEXT FEST unveils line-up

24-Jun-2015 | By

Top brass at the Los Angeles event set to run from August 7-9 in Los Angeles have announced the film and music roster.


Cinedigm acquires ‘Meadowland’

24-Jun-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired all North American rights to the recent Tribeca world premiere about the psychological toll of a tragedy on a New York couple.

AP McCoy

eOne rides with Tony McCoy doc

24-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Doc about champion jockey to get UK-Ire cinema release later this year.


Todd Solondz’s ‘Wiener-Dog’ starts shoot

24-Jun-2015 | By

Annapurna Pictures has commenced principal photography in New York City on the drama that will feature characters from the director’s 1995 cult release Welcome To The Dollhouse.

Anthony Quintal

Beachside Films, Gilbert Films to produce ‘Miss Stevens’

24-Jun-2015 | By

Lily Rabe, Timothee Chalamet, Lili Reinhart and Anthony Quintal star in Julia Hart’s feature directorial debut, which has commenced production in California.

seth laderman

Lionsgate appoints Seth Laderman to head Comic-Con SVOD service

24-Jun-2015 | By

The multi-platform production executive has been hired as evp and general manager of the service that Lionsgate and Comic-Con International announced recently.

Torrey DeVItto

Production begins in New York state on ‘Amy Makes Three’

24-Jun-2015 | By Angela Lee

Torrey DeVitto of The Vampire Diaries, Mike Doyle and Ursula Parker have joined Monolith Pictures’ psychological thriller that has commenced principal photography in Dutchess County in upstate New York.

Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning, Kit Harington join ‘Brimstone’

24-Jun-2015 | By Tom Grater

Principal photography is underway in Europe on Martin Koolhoven thriller.

UK deal for Silva's Nasty Baby

24-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Network takes UK rights to Sebastián Silva drama, co-starring Kristen Wiig and Tunde Adebimpe.

Andrey Silvestrov

Silvestrov's 'The Ice Hole' wins Screen's first Moscow prize

24-Jun-2015 | By

Producer-director Andrey Silvestrov’s The Ice Hole was named the winner of the first Screen International Best Pitch Award at the Moscow Business Square (MBS).

Gwendoline Christie

Gwendoline Christie, Harry Enfield join 'Swallows and Amazons'

24-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Principal photography underway in the UK on book adaptation.

Noma My Perfect Storm

Buyers dine with TrustNordisk's 'Noma' doc

24-Jun-2015 | By Madison Antus

TrustNordisk sells foodie documentary to Germany, Austria, Korea, Benelux.

Matt Kaplan

Matt Kaplan to head Awesomeness Films

23-Jun-2015 | By

AwesomenessTV is ramping up its film business in the wake of the 2014 social success of Expelled and has brought on the Chapter One Films founder as president of Awesomeness Films.

Tom Holland cast as Spider-Man; Jon Watts to direct

23-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Star of The Impossible is a former Screen Star of Tomorrow.

Amazon Studios, Bleecker Street buy ‘Elvis & Nixon’

23-Jun-2015 | By

Ted Hope’s expanding team at the digital platform alongside Andrew Karpen’s fledgling distributor have snapped up US rights with the latter in line to handle the theatrical release.

Benedict Cumberbatch's 'Hamlet' in Event Cinema first

23-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Shakespeare adaptation will become the first ever live 4K broadcast to multiple cinemas under Sony, Vue and NT Live partnership.

Tim Palen

Marketing guru Tim Palen rises at Lionsgate

23-Jun-2015 | By

The long-standing executive has been named Chief Brand Officer and president of worldwide marketing.

Life on the Road

Open Road acquires Ricky Gervais' 'Life On The Road'

23-Jun-2015 | By

Worldwide sales agent eOne Features has struck a US deal on Ricky Gervais’ comedy charting the post-The Office life of mockumentary sensation David Brent.

Ralph Fiennes Rudolf Nureyev

Ralph Fiennes to direct Rudolf Nureyev drama

23-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: David Hare script to be produced by Philomena producer and BBC Films.

Jurassic World

Marketing the 'Jurassic' beast

23-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Universal heads orchestrated a precisely calibrated marketing campaign in support of the release that played a critical role in driving the tentpole past $1bn worldwide in record time on Monday.

The Walking Dead

eOne, Creative England partner on drama slate

23-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

The Walking Dead distributor and UK funding body launch slate for regional producers.

Uni soars past $3.8bn box office

23-Jun-2015 | By

Worldwide tickets sales for the year-to-date reached a new high for the studio of $3.819bn on Monday.

Only You

China Lion takes IM Global trio

23-Jun-2015 | By

China Lion Film Distribution has acquired rights for North America, Australia and New Zealand to three titles handled by IM Global – Only You, The Wasted Times and Mr Six.

Kathleen Kennedy

Kathleen Kennedy joins USC film school board

23-Jun-2015 | By

The Lucasfilm president has joined the board of councilors of the USC School Of Cinematic Arts.

SPL2: A Time For Consequences

Jurassic World, SPL2 top China box office

23-Jun-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World chomped through another $68.49m to top the China box office last week, although local action thriller SPL2: A Time For Consequences opened strongly with $43.36m.

James Horner

'Titanic' composer James Horner dies in plane crash

23-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

UPDATED JUNE 23: Hollywood composer also wrote the soundtracks to Avatar, Braveheart and the upcoming Southpaw.

Liza Marshall & Kris Thykier

Warp Films' Alex Marshall named Archery Pictures COO

23-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Exec joins Liza Marshall and Kris Thykier’s growing company.

Ellen Page

‘Tallulah’ begins NYC shoot

23-Jun-2015 | By

Tammy Blanchard and Zachary Quinto are among a slew of new cast to join Route One Entertainment and Ocean Blue Entertainment’s dramatic comedy Tallulah, which has begun shooting in New York City.

Geena Davis

Geena Davis to launch gender inequality event at London Film Festival

23-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Partnership struck between Geena Davis Institute On Gender In Media, Women In Film And Television (UK) and BFI London Film Festival

Marc Forster

Marc Forster boards Stanley Kubrick war script

22-Jun-2015 | By

The Downslope will be the first in a trilogy that producers Lauren Selig, Barry Levine and Reneé Wolfe are planning based on the iconic director’s unproduced original 1956 screenplay.

Ken Loach

'Dark Horse' director Louise Osmond boards Ken Loach documentary

22-Jun-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: BBC Films and BFI also set to board as core funders on theatrical documentary.

‘Jurassic World’ hits $1bn global

22-Jun-2015 | By

Universal and Legendary’s juggernaut will become the fastest film in history to reach the milestone on Monday, its 13th day in release.

6 Years

The Orchard strikes Duplass Brothers deal

22-Jun-2015 | By

In a significant statement of its ambitions to forge ties with a stable of regular collaborators, the distributor has closed a deal with Duplass Brothers Productions on worldwide theatrical and ancillary rights to seven titles.

Dear White People

'Dear White People': will the UK listen to race comedy?

22-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Well-received race and identity comedy Dear White People marks the first acquisition for The New Black Film Collective but the film faces significant challenges in the UK.

Independence Day Resurgence

'Independence Day' sequel title unveiled

22-Jun-2015 | By

Roland Emmerich’s follow-up to his 1996 blockbuster that launched the film career of Will Smith will be called Independence Day Resurgence.

Richard Gere

Richard Gere to receive Karlovy Vary honour

22-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Festival to open with Gere-starrer Time Out Of Mind. Other guests include Harvey Keitel, 50 Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan and George A. Romero.

Dynamite: A 60's Love Story

BGP acquires 'Dynamite: A 60's Love Story'

22-Jun-2015 | By

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to drama-thriller Dynamite: A 60’s Love Story starring Ian Harding and Evanna Lynch.

'Jurassic World' retains UK box office lead

22-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s sequel records second biggest second weekend ever with $17.6m (£11.1m); ScreenLive Entertainment’s Take That Live sets new record for biggest one-night-only concert event.

Andrey Zvyagintsev and Sophie Marceau

'Night Watchman' wins top prize in Shanghai

22-Jun-2015 | By

Pierre Jolivet’s France-Belgium co-production The Night Watchman won best feature in the Golden Goblet competition of this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (June 13-21), while Cao Baoping’s The Dead End won best director and actor.

Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor admits he is not a 'Star Wars' fanatic

22-Jun-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EDINBURGH: Scottish actor gives talk about 22-year acting career including new role as Jesus in Last Days In The Desert.

Kate Goodson Thomas

Fox Searchlight names Katie Goodson-Thomas director of production and acquisitions UK

22-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Exec to take on production and acquisitions role.

Dolby Cinema, JT Bioscopen unveil Netherlands deal

22-Jun-2015 | By Angela Lee

The companies have announced JT Hilversum as the second Dolby Cinema location in the Netherlands, six months after Dolby Cinema opened one of its first theatres at JT Eindhoven.

Schipper's 'Victoria' victorious at German Lolas

22-Jun-2015 | By

Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria was the big winner at this year’s German Film Awards, taking home six statuettes from its seven nominations including the Golden Lolas for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Lead Actor.

Blood Cells

Blood Cells gets live-score screenings

22-Jun-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Blood Cells, which has its UK premiere in Edinburgh on Tuesday (and competes for the Michael Powell Award), is planning a UK launch in cinemas from June 27.

Natalie Usher

Creative Scotland's head of film talks need for funding

22-Jun-2015 | By

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. 

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Busan, Youku launch masters and newcomers project

22-Jun-2015 | By

South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and China’s Youku have initiated their Asian collaboration project to nurture new filmmakers with master directors.

‘Jurassic World’ rules North America on $106.6m

21-Jun-2015 | By

JUNE 22 UPDATE: A monster North American session saw Universal-Legendary’s smash produce the second biggest second weekend ever to reach $402.8m, while Inside Out scored the biggest opening for an original property on $90.4m.

Jurassic World

‘Jurassic World’ nears $1bn global

21-Jun-2015 | By

Universal and Legendary’s Jurassic World continued to dominate the globe as a muscular second session propelled the smash within swiping distance of $1bn. Warner Bros’ San Andreas crossed $400m worldwide.

Carry On

‘Carry On’, ‘Submarine’ among 2015 Palm Springs ShortFest winners

21-Jun-2015 | By

Festival brass hailed a record turnout for the renowned event and honoured a range of international filmmakers at the awards ceremony on Sunday night.

Casper Van Dien

Image acquires US rights to ‘June’

19-Jun-2015 | By

Kennedy Brice, Casper Van Dien (pictured) and Victoria Pratt star in the sci-fi thriller.

Going Clear

Scientology doc to get UK release despite pressure

19-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Controversial Alex Gibney doc Going Clear to get release despite legal pressure.

Elliot The Littlest Reindeer

'Littlest Reindeer' flies for Double Dutch

19-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Animation sells to Middle East, Asia, Africa.

Amy Winehouse

Kapadia responds to Winehouse doc criticisms

19-Jun-2015 | By

Director also talks about an extended cut of award-winning Senna.

Jurassic World

‘Jurassic’ crosses $400m int'l

19-Jun-2015 | By

The adventure reboot stood at $412m by the end of Wednesday via Universal Pictures International as executives anticipated an emphatic follow-up session despite the day-and-date release of Inside Out in several key markets.


UK deal for Edinburgh-closer Iona

19-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Verve picks up UK rights to Scott Graham’s Shell follow-up.


National Geographic joins Searchlight on Malala doc

18-Jun-2015 | By

National Geographic Channel has joined Fox Searchlight to distribute He Named Me Malala.

Luke Parker Bowles

Luke Parker Bowles to chair BAFTA NY

18-Jun-2015 | By

Parker Bowles previously served as vice-chairman and is the head of production at Story Mining & Supply Co.


West Ham chairman invests in distributor Signature

18-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

David Sullivan, chairman of London football club West Ham United, has invested in UK distributor Signature Entertainment.

Phantom Boy

GKIDS picks up ‘Phantom Boy’

18-Jun-2015 | By

The animation specialist has picked up North American rights to A Cat In Paris directors’ Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s latest work.


K5 gets 'Orthodox'; Kaleidoscope takes UK

18-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Crime drama stars Stephen Graham and Michael Smiley.


Paramount hires Tara Yin to head China office

18-Jun-2015 | By

Paramount Pictures has appointed former IMAX China manager Tara Yin as general manager of its new China office in Beijing.

Viktoria – A Tale Of Grace & Greed boosts early portfolio

18-Jun-2015 | By

Bunyik Entertainment’s new VOD platform has signed agreements with the Hungarian National Digital Archive MANDA for US VOD rights to 46 Hungarian classics.

Busan International Film Festival

Korean industry protests KOFIC budget cuts

18-Jun-2015 | By

Korean film industry representatives visited the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) in Busan on Tuesday to protest the organisation’s budget decisions on funding for the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and independent and arthouse specialty cinemas.

Gigi Pritzker

Sundance Institute names five new trustees

18-Jun-2015 | By

Fred Dust, Philipp Engelhorn, Caterina Fake, Gigi Pritzker and Alejandro Ramírez Magaña have joined the Institute’s board of trustees.

CJ Obasi

British Council launches UK-Nigeria screenwriting programme

18-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The British Council is launching a new UK-Nigeria screenwriting partnership programme at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) titled Script Junction.

Grant Gee

Grant Gee's 'Innocence Of Memories' set for autumn fest

18-Jun-2015 | By

Feature is based on Orhan Pamuk’s novel The Museum Of Innocence.


Cannes chief to present 'Lumiere!' at Odessa fest

18-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Thierry Frémaux to provide live commentary on restored films by Louis Lumière.

Secret Cinema Presents Dead Poets Society

Secret Cinema launches Secret Cinema X

18-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Cult classics and exclusive previews to be screened in locations around the world.

Hollywood Adventures

Star Chinese Movies buys trio from Enlight Pictures

18-Jun-2015 | By

Fox International Channels (FIC) unit Star Chinese Movies (SCM) has acquired TV and digital media rights to three of Beijing-based Enlight Media’s biggest current titles.

Herz Frank

Jerusalem fest threatened by government over 'Beyond The Fear' screening

18-Jun-2015 | By Edna Fainaru

Minister for Culture and Sport Miri Regev threatened to cut off subsidies if the documentary was not pulled.

The Hateful Eight

Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' scores first sales

17-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The first international deals on Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Western have emerged, more than seven months after The Weinstein Company (TWC) formally introduced the project to buyers.

Creative Europe

Creative Europe set for 8% budget boost

17-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: European Union plans to increase Creative Europe’s budget by 8% for 2016.


Edinburgh title 'Swung' swings deals

17-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: The Works closes UK, Germany, Asian deals on romance.

Hana Makhmalbaf

Hana Makhmalbaf launches 'Single Mother' at Paris Co-pro Village

17-Jun-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Italian-language film could shoot this autumn in Southern Italy.

Michael R Roskam, Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini

Karlovy Vary: top Euro, Asian directors to present favourites

17-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Six selected directors include Michaël R. Roskam [pictured], Kim Ki-duk and Sion Sono.

Tom Grater

Screen appoints Tom Grater web assistant/reporter

17-Jun-2015 | By Screen staff

Screen International has appointed Tom Grater as web assistant/news reporter.

Pierre Louis Manes

Parkland's Pierre-Louis Manes joins Screen

17-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Manes named International Account Manager at Screen International.

Rooney Mara

'Blackbird' shoot takes flight with Rooney Mara

17-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Relationship drama to shoot for five weeks in the UK.

Jonathan Pryce

'The White King' begins Hungary shoot with Jonathan Pryce, Agyness Deyn

17-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Cast of dystopian drama includes Jonathan Pryce, Greta Scacchi and Agyness Deyn.

Amma Asante

BIFAs names first board of directors

17-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Members include Belle director Amma Asante and Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa.

Chester Performs Moonlight Flicks

UK regional organisations secure film funds

17-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Funding will bring independent and British film to audiences across the North West and Central England. 

Laura Pettitt

Untitled Communications opens for business

17-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Integrated entertainment PR agency launches in London

Dartmoor Killing

Soda takes UK home ent rights to 'Dartmoor Killing'

17-Jun-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

British psychological thriller Dartmoor Killing is using an innovative distribution, starting with self-distribution in cinemas from September 18 followed by a DVD and VOD release by Soda Pictures later in the autumn. 

God Loves The Fighter

'God Loves The Fighter' to get day-and-date UK release

17-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

FilmDoo to debut Trinidad’s God Loves the Fighter at East End Film Festival; signs New Wave and Eureka for VOD.

Alik Sakharov

TWC signs first look with Alik Sakharov

16-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sakharov has directed episodes of Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and Marco Polo.

Extraordinary Tales

GKIDS acquires 'Extraordinary Tales'

16-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Animation features a voice performance from the late Christopher Lee.


AFM to launch China Conference

16-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Leaders from China’s film industry to attend new initiative at American Film Market.

Pleasure Island

Crime-thriller Pleasure Island gets UK deal

16-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK thriller comes from writer-director Mike Doxford, Achilles Entertainments.

The Look Of Silence

'Look Of Silence' wins Doc/Fest audience award

16-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Marketplace pitch and competition winners also announced; 2016 dates set.

Gong Yu

China's iQiyi announces 5 million paid subs

16-Jun-2015 | By

Baidu-owned online video company iQiyi announced that its paid streaming subscribers reached 5 million as of June 15, an increase of 765% over the past year.


Film London names new board members

16-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Metrodome’s Jezz Vernon and Genesis Cinema’s Tyrone Walker-Hebborn on Board.

The Pirates! Band Of Misfits

Animation admissions 14.2% in North America, report

16-Jun-2015 | By

Groundbreaking research “mapping” the European animation industry is to be presented at the Annecy Festival.

Imax China

IMAX, CMC launch $50m China film fund

16-Jun-2015 | By

IMAX Corporation is partnering with China Media Capital (CMC) to create a fund, initially capitalised at $50m, to produce Chinese-language movies.

'Jurassic World' takes $100m in China opening

16-Jun-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World roared into China with an opening gross of $100.1m in five days, topping the box office and pushing San Andreas into second place.

Stuart Ford

IM Global chief predicts China digital boom

16-Jun-2015 | By

Speaking at the Shanghai International Film Festival, IM Global chief Stuart Ford predicted that China digital and pay-TV revenues could become the biggest driver of the global movie market within five years. 

Coin Locker Girl

S Korea's Bucheon fest unveils 2015 line-up

16-Jun-2015 | By

World premieres include closing film The Chosen: Forbidden Cave from Kim Hui; competition line-up includes Coin Locker Girl, which played in Cannes Critics’ Week.

New funds boost German, French film industries

16-Jun-2015 | By

Co-production between Germany and France is set to be given an additional boost with the creation of two new development funds.

Fifty Shades Of Black

Cannes: Germany's SquareOne takes 'Fifty Shades' comedy

16-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

SquareOne Entertainment acquires Cannes Marche titles.

Mark Romanek

MadRiver lines up ‘Norco’ heist thriller

15-Jun-2015 | By

Marc Butan’s new company is in final talks with Mark Romanek to direct the film based on the 1980 California bank robbery and manhunt.

James Schamus

Likely Story adds cast on ‘Indignation’

15-Jun-2015 | By

Tracy Letts, Linda Emond and Danny Burstein have joined the cast of James Schamus’ directorial debut as production begins this week in and around New York. FilmNation handles international sales.

Mary Burke

BFI hires Warp Films' Mary Burke

15-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Producer of Submarine and Berberian Sound Studio to take key role in the BFI Film Fund.

Jurassic World

'Jurassic World' roars to record-breaking $30.2m UK debut

15-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s sequel posts biggest opening of the year, sixth biggest of all time at the UK box office and distributor’s biggest of all time.

The Queen Of Versailles

Sundance Institute announces Doc Edit and Story Labs

15-Jun-2015 | By

Sundance Institute today announced the eight projects selected for the annual Documentary Edit and Story Labs in Utah from June 19-27 and July 3-11.


Telefilm Canada unveils 15 Micro-Budget Production finallists

15-Jun-2015 | By

Executives today announced the 15 finallists in the Micro-Budget Production Program for 2015-2016 representing all regions of the country.

The High Sun

Pula fest unveils 2015 line-up

15-Jun-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Innovations include showing Utopia as part of first TV offering at a Croatian festival.

Arabian Nights

Tucuman Filmes snaps up three from Cannes

15-Jun-2015 | By

The Rio-based distributor has returned from the Croisette with a trio of titles.

Bona Film Group

Bona unveils 26-picture slate, Huaxia deal

15-Jun-2015 | By

China’s Bona Film Group has unveiled an ambitious 26-picture slate to celebrate the company’s 15th anniversary, along with a strategic cooperation with Huaxia Film Distribution.

Halloween Returns

‘Halloween Returns’ in July shoot

15-Jun-2015 | By

Dimension Films and Trancas International Films have set a July start date on the horror reboot featuring the infamous Michael Myers.

April And The Extraordinary World

GKIDS acquires US rights to ‘April’

15-Jun-2015 | By

April And The Extraordinary World will screen in competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival that started today and features the voice of Marion Cotillard in the lead.

Chris Eyre

Chris Eyre to direct ‘Soul Catcher’

15-Jun-2015 | By

Producer Dimitri Villard, whose credits include Flight Of The Navigator and In Love And War, is moving ahead with his Frank Herbert adaptation with the hire of the Sundance-winning filmmaker.

My Mother Mia Madre

Nanni Moretti's 'My Mother' to open Jerusalem fest

15-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Actor John Turturro to visit Jerusalem and take part in opening ceremony

PiFan It Project

BiFan's It Project Spotlight on Chinese, Nordic genre films

15-Jun-2015 | By

Asia’s largest genre film fest, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) in South Korea has announced this year’s It Project Spotlight on China and is tentatively launching a new programme titled Nordic Genre Invasion.

Al Ovadia

Former Fox exec launches Los Angeles Beijing Labs

15-Jun-2015 | By

Former Fox marketing executive Al Ovadia is heading production and marketing company Los Angeles Beijing Studios (LABS), which has sealed a $300m joint venture with Shenzhen-based fund Hotland Film Ventures.


Shanghai fest shines light on internet, finance models

15-Jun-2015 | By

Alibaba revealed further details of its streaming service and crowdfunding platform at SIFF Forum, where talk revolved around the convergence of China’s movie and internet industries and new financing models.

The Lobster

'The Lobster' UK release date set

15-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Colin Farrell starrer won Jury Prize at Cannes last month.


Kirin Media launches $25m China-backed fund

14-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based finance and management outfit Kirin Media Ventures has launched a $25m fund, with initial backing from Chinese investors, to finance a slate of US theatrical features.

‘Jurassic World’ snaps up $524.1m global

14-Jun-2015 | By

JUNE 15 UPDATE: An exceptional year for Universal Pictures vaulted to another level as the latest episode in the tentpole Steven Spielberg created 22 years ago set opening weekend records in North America, international and worldwide.

‘Jurassic World’ scores $208.8m in North America

14-Jun-2015 | By

JUNE 15 UPDATE: An extraordinary weekend for Universal Pictures saw the revival of Steven Spielberg’s action-adventure franchise confirmed on Monday as the highest North American release in industry history.

'Jurassic World' spurs two Uni records

14-Jun-2015 | By

An explosive start for the dinosaur romp has resulted in a box office trifecta for the studio as its films crossed $1bn in North America and $3bn worldwide in industry record time following last week’s $2bn international feat.

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights wins Sydney Film Prize

14-Jun-2015 | By

Miguel Gomes’ three-volume epic wins eight on the closing night of the Sydney Film Festival.

Mike Tyson and Donnie Yen

SIFF opens with stars, controversy

14-Jun-2015 | By

Stars including Mike Tyson, Donnie Yen and Jackie Chan walked the red carpet at the opening of the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) last night, along with three Korean jury members who are attending the festival despite the controversy surrounding MERS.

The Hateful Eight

‘The Hateful Eight’ in 70mm US December roadshow

12-Jun-2015 | By

The Weinstein Company (TWC) has unveiled its plans for the distribution of Quentin Tarantino’s next film.

Son of a Gun

Koch scales back UK film operation

12-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK film arm of European distributor withdraws from theatrical.

Olympus Has Fallen

Focus shifts ‘London Has Fallen’ to 2016

12-Jun-2015 | By

The distributor’s Gramercy Pictures genre label has moved its action sequel out of the busy October 2 slot.


James Morrison’s 'Diverge' wins US in Progress prize

12-Jun-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Sci-fi thriller wins fourth edition of US indie showcase in Paris.

Michael De Luca

Michael De Luca hires three

12-Jun-2015 | By

Elishia Holmes, Lucy Kitada and Johnny Pariseau have joined Michael De Luca Productions.

Secret Cinema The Empire Strikes Back

Secret Cinema: ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, REVIEW

12-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The world of Star Wars has been re-created for the latest immersive experience by Secret Cinema. Michael Rosser headed to a galaxy far, far away to find out if it would prove a trip into hyperspace… or hypersleep.

Stan McCoy

Digital Single Market on MPAA agenda

12-Jun-2015 | By

The European Commission’s plans for a Digital Single Market (DSM) were high on the agenda as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) held its annual strategy meeting in Berlin for first time.

Rupert Murdoch plots succession

12-Jun-2015 | By

The 84-year-old mogul is preparing to relinquish his CEO role at 21st Century Fox and will hand over the reins to his son James, according to a story by CNBC on Thursday.

Strategic Partners

Strategic Partners to spotlight Latin America, US

12-Jun-2015 | By

The 18th edition of the co-production market within Canada’s Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax will run from September 17-20.

Jurassic World

'Jurassic World' to stomp over box office

12-Jun-2015 | By

Universal’s latest tentpole in a year that has already delivered a new speed record to the $2bn mark arrives in 66 territories this weekend.

‘Jurassic World’ leaps to $66m

12-Jun-2015 | By

Universal’s annus mirabilis showed little sign of slowing down on Friday as studio brass said the dinosaur adventure added an estimated $41.6m from 45 international markets on Thursday to reach $65.5m.

‘Jurassic World’ tops social media chart

12-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Dinosaur sequel tramples over the competition.

Mumbai Film Festival

Mumbai Film Festival secures backing

12-Jun-2015 | By

The Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) has secured two major sponsors for this year’s Mumbai Film Festival, providing some much-needed financial security for the October event.


UK needs 1.2m new creative workers


A total of 1.2 million digital and creative skilled workers needed by 2022 says Creative Skillset

Philip Rose Daniel Noy Think Jam

Think Jam appoints joint MDs

12-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Philip Rose and Daniel Noy to unite entertainment teams at agency.

Trans Atlantic Partners

Trans Atlantic Partners unveils 2015 line-up

12-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: 24 producers from across Europe, Canada, US and beyond to take part in this year’s training programme.

Fast and Furious 7

Uni sets $2bn international record

11-Jun-2015 | By

Early grosses from Jurassic World pushed Universal Pictures International (UPI) past the milestone on June 11 as the studio established a new industry speed record.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 trailer

Lionsgate lines up Comic-Con roster

11-Jun-2015 | By

The studio announced on Thursday that it will present exclusive looks at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and The Last Witch Hunter in San Diego on July 9.

Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee dies aged 93

11-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The veteran actor died on Sunday after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.

Tale of Tales

Cannes: Curzon adds new Dardenne, Mungiu films and competition trio

11-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Competition trio among UK distributor’s haul.


SPWA acquires Slamdance thriller ‘Ratter’

11-Jun-2015 | By

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has confirmed to Screen its rights to first-time feature filmmaker Branden Kramer’s cyberthriller starring Ashley Benson.


Cutting Edge, Conduct invest in six

11-Jun-2015 | By

Music financier Cutting Edge Group and investment arm Conduct has invested in six new films to bolster the growing music rights division.

Ben Latham Jones

Ealing Studios head denies fraud allegations

11-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Ben Latham-Jones describes allegations in US lawsuit as “categorically untrue”.

Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick, Chloë Sevigny join ‘Look Away’

11-Jun-2015 | By

UK newcomer Shannon Tarbet will also star in Locomotive Media’s upcoming dark comedy.

Under Milk Wood

'Under Milk Wood' gets UK deal

11-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Rhys Ifans and singer Charlotte Church star in Edinburgh-bound drama.

Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen

Fantasia announces second wave of titles

11-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Takeshi Kitano’s Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen, Sonny Mallhi’s Anguish, Ringo Lam’s Wild City and Miguel Angel Vivas’ Extinction among titles playing at Montreal’s genre film festival.

Son of Saul

Hungary selects Cannes winner ‘Son of Saul’ for Oscars

11-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Holocaust drama won the Grand Prix at Cannes last month.

Harald Zwart

Harald Zwart’s '12th Man' to lead Nordisk Film Norway slate

11-Jun-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Danish major Nordisk Film has selected the team that will front its push into Norwegian productions led by Harald Zwart’s 12th Man


The Orchard, TFI strike sponsorship deal

11-Jun-2015 | By

Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has brought on the distributor as the new presenting partner of the TFI Documentary Fund.

Fifty Shades of Grey

'Fifty Shades Of Grey' set for re-release in UK

11-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Vue Entertainment to bring box office hit back to theatres next week.

Jane Got A Gun

'Jane Got A Gun' gets UK release date

11-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Lionsgate has set a UK date for Jane Got A Gun, the long-gestating Western starring Natalie Portman that made headlines over the comings and goings of director and stars.

‘Star Wars’ heads to Comic-Con

10-Jun-2015 | By

The team behind Stars Wars: The Force Awakens will light up the hallowed Hall H in San Diego on July 10 with a “special look” at the upcoming tentpole.

Mark Strong

‘6 Days’ shoot begins in New Zealand 

10-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Production commenced in Auckland on Wednesday on the embassy siege action thriller from Toa Fraser that XYZ Films sells internationally.


‘Spotlight’ lands awards season slot

10-Jun-2015 | By

Open Road Films has scheduled a November 6 limited release for Tom McCarthy’s thriller about the team of Boston Globe reporters that uncovered abuse within the Catholic Church.

Felix Vossen

Fears grow for missing film producer

10-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman, Michael Rosser

Felix Vossen, producer of The Sweeney and I, Anna, has been missing since March.


Kathleen Drumm named TIFF industry office director

10-Jun-2015 | By

Drumm arrives from Screen Australia and will oversee all the Toronto International Film festival’s industry activities.

Brad Pitt

Industry mulls Netflix ‘War Machine’ deal

10-Jun-2015 | By

Film insiders are grappling with the potential ramifications of Netflix’s deal announced on Monday for the Brad Pitt starrer that Screen understands is in the $70m range.

Sean McAllister A Syrian Love Story Sheffield Doc Fest

'Syrian Love Story' wins Sheffield Doc/Fest prize

10-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Other winners include a film about the early years of Greenpeace and US documentary 3½ Minutes, 10 Bullets.


Breaking Glass Pictures acquires ‘Lyle’

10-Jun-2015 | By

Stewart Thorndike’s psychological is styled as a modern-day lesbian ode to Rosemary’s Baby and stars Gaby Hoffmann.

Mark Sourian

Universal hires production exec Mark Sourian

10-Jun-2015 | By

The new evp of production arrives from DreamWorks Studios where he served as co-president and most recently worked as an independent producer at the studio.

Under Electric Clouds

Ukraine bans 'Under Electric Clouds'

10-Jun-2015 | By

Alexey German Jr.’s Under Electric Clouds has become the first high-profile title to fall victim to Ukraine’s new distribution ban on Russian films and TV series, which came into effect last week.

Queen Rania Al Abdullah at ADMS 2014

Abu Dhabi Media Summit to return in 2016

10-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sixth edition to move from usual berth of November to April.

Wendy Glenn

UK's Wendy Glenn to star in Indian Hamlet adaptation

10-Jun-2015 | By

UK actress Wendy Glenn is starring in Indian filmmaker Onir’s Veda, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which is currently shooting in the UK.

Richard Crudo

Richard Crudo re-elected ASC president

10-Jun-2015 | By

The board of governors of the American Society Of Cinematographers has voted Crudo to return as president for a sixth term.


Sweden losing $100m from film-TV piracy

10-Jun-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

The Swedish film and TV industries lose close to $100m annually from illegal streaming and file sharing, according to report.

The Devil on Wheels

Frontières unveils complete line-up

10-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

New projects from Larry Fessenden, RKSS and John McNaughton among line-up at sixth edition, taking place July 23-26 in Montreal.

'Brooklyn' gets awards season release date

10-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Period drama stars Saoirse Ronan.

Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back

Empire Strikes Back returns to UK box office after 35 years

10-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Secret Cinema shows put Star Wars sequel back into the UK top ten.

A24, J.C. Chandor to develop ‘The Liar’s Ball’

9-Jun-2015 | By

The cutting-edge distributor has taken another stride into development, teaming up with Chandor and long-time producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb on the story behind New York’s G.M. Building.

Pedro Almodóvar

SPC acquires Almodóvar's 'Silencio'

9-Jun-2015 | By

The team behind Sony Pictures Classics will collaborate with Pedro Almodóvar for the tenth time on the drama following a North American deal with El Deseo.


XLrator acquires North American rights to ‘Admiral’

9-Jun-2015 | By

XLrator Media has acquired North American rights from Arclight Films to the Dutch historical epic that premiered in Berlin earlier this year.

Pierce Brosnan

Sculptor Media launches, invests in ‘Urge’

9-Jun-2015 | By

Warren Goz will serve as CEO at the New York and Los Angeles-based film and TV finance and production venture backed by an unnamed private equity source from New York.

Ben Wheatley

Jack Reynor, Brie Larson join Ben Wheatley's 'Free Fire'

9-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

As shooting begins, Jack Reynor and Brie Larson join cast as Luke Evans and Olivia Wilde drop out.

Steven Spielberg

DreamWorks sets record straight over ‘The BFG’ shoot

9-Jun-2015 | By

JUNE 9 UPDATE: The studio confirmed on Tuesday it has never shot nor does it plan to shoot its Roald Dahl adaptation on the Faroe Islands as an anti-whale hunt petition focused on the North Atlantic settlement neared 50,000 signatures.

Anna Trzebiatowska

Ania Trzebiatowska joins Visit Films

9-Jun-2015 | By

Ryan Kampe’s New York-based sales agent has announced the hire of its new manager of acquisitions.

Live read to close LAFF

9-Jun-2015 | By

Eli Roth will direct a live read of Fast Times At Ridgemont High in what will be the first such event to close the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Dan Jahns

Dan Jahns joins Pacific Mercantile Bank

9-Jun-2015 | By

The company has brought on its new vp / business development officer at its entertainment industries division. 

A Syrian Love Story

McAllister readies Hull-based doc

9-Jun-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

EXCLUSIVE: The director’s latest documentary, A Syrian Love Story, had its world premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest this week and is one of the hot favourites for the festival’s Grand Jury Prize

Black Nights Tallinn

Eurimages unveils Baltic Event co-pro award

9-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Cash prize of $22,500 (€20,000) to be awarded in November.

Hugh Jackman

PalmStar, Likely Story acquire ‘Collateral Beauty’


PalmStar Media and Likely Story have acquired rights to the script Collateral Beauty that has Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara attached to star.

Distrify Media secures $1m investment, strikes China VOD deal

9-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

UK company to set up office in China following investment of  $1m for VOD growth into the country.

San Andreas

'San Andreas' tops China box office with $52m

9-Jun-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disaster movie topples animated feature Stand By Me Doraemon from the top slot.


Netflix acquires ‘War Machine’

8-Jun-2015 | By

The streaming giant has made its biggest statement yet with regard to studio-level production, swooping on world rights to the Brad Pitt satire and committing to a budget understood to be in the $70m range.

The Princess

'The Princess' heads to Sundance labs

8-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Fabula, Setembro Cine and Sudestada Cine’s upcoming drama has been selected for this summer’s Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Sound.

Anthony Bregman

Likely Story bulks up

8-Jun-2015 | By

Anthony Bregman is expanding his bicoastal production company with hires in the feature and television divisions.

 Shota Sometani

Port Of Call to open NYAFF 2015

8-Jun-2015 | By

The 14th New York Asian Film Festival will launch on June 26 with the North American premiere of Philip Yung’s crime thriller.

Justin Long

Justin Long joins ‘Lavender’

8-Jun-2015 | By

Principal photography is underway in and around Toronto on the psychological thriller from AMBI Group and Paradox Studios.

Dog Eat Dog

Cannes: Signature haul includes Nicolas Cage thriller

8-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Arclight, Ambi, Lakeshore deals among pick-ups.


'Spy' leads UK box office with $4m debut

8-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Good weather leads to soft market, down 29% on previous weekend, with holdovers suffering big drops.

Edward Norton

Edward Norton to receive Locarno honour

8-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Birdman star to receive Excellence Award.

Call Me Marianna

'Call Me Marianna' wins four in Krakow

8-Jun-2015 | By

Feature about gender reassignment wins international documentary competition.

The Fire

'The Fire' triumphs at Transilvania fest

8-Jun-2015 | By

Rams wins Special Jury Prize and Audience Award, The Treasure picks up Best Romanian Film at 14th Transilvania International Film Festival in Cluj

Iain Glen

'Game of Thrones' star begins 'Beautiful Devils' shoot

8-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Iain Glen cast in a modern take on Othello, set in the world of the music business.

Claire Aguilar

Aguilar talks female focus at Doc/Fest

8-Jun-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

New programming head secured films by female filmmakers for close to 50% of the line-up.

'San Andreas' shakes on $98m

7-Jun-2015 | By

JUNE 8 UPDATE: San Andreas stayed atop the international charts thanks to a confirmed $97.7m haul from approximately 24,015 screens in 68 markets.


'Spy' tops North America on $29m

7-Jun-2015 | By

JUNE 8 UPDATE: A confirmed $29.1m debut for Fox’s Melissa McCarthy action comedy was enough to consign San Andreas to second place as Entourage failed to ignite in fourth place.

Alan Whicker Cassius Clay

Whicker's foundation launches $150,000 awards at Doc/Fest

7-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New awards to support UK documentaries.

The Dark Horse

‘The Dark Horse’ triumphs in Seattle

7-Jun-2015 | By

James Napier Robertson’s acclaimed New Zealand drama picked up a couple of honours as the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival came to a close.

Adi Rukon Joshua Oppenheimer Sheffield

Sheffield Doc/Fest set for record numbers

7-Jun-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

UK documentary festival opened with Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look Of Silence.

Edinburgh chair Bob Last quits ahead of film festival

6-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Move comes less than two weeks before the start of the festival.

Richard Johnson

Actor Richard Johnson dies aged 87

6-Jun-2015 | By Allan Hunter

British star was known for performances in The Haunting and Tomb Raider among others.

Mala Mala

Strand Releasing acquires ‘Mala Mala’

5-Jun-2015 | By

The distributor has picked up North American rights to the documentary by Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles.

Thierry Fremaux

Cannes chief slams impact of social networks on festival

5-Jun-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

More to film reviewing than a 140-character tweet, says Thierry Frémaux.

Northern Limit Line Battle of Yeonpyeong

S Korea's NEW holds film release over Mers outbreak

5-Jun-2015 | By

In South Korea where concerns over the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) have been heightening, distributor Next Entertainment World (NEW) has postponed the release of Northern Limit Line (aka Battle of Yeonpyeong).

Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan on Edinburgh Film Fest jury

5-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Edinburgh International Film Festival unveils juries and guests for 2015 edition.

Nicolas Cage

Alchemy votes for 'The Runner'

5-Jun-2015 | By

Alchemy has acquired the political drama starring Nicolas Cage, while in a separate deal BBC Worldwide North America will present the theatrical premiere of We Come As Friends.


Awesomeness TV eyes theatrical

5-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The online network and content creator is exploring theatrical distribution avenues as it builds an ambitious film business following the stunning social success last year of Expelled.

All About E

Wolfe snaps up ‘All About E’

5-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Wolfe Releasing has acquired North American rights to the Australian lesbian crime caper that will screen at Frameline and Outfest this summer.

Syllas Tzoumerkas

Tzoumerkas, Csaszi among new Nipkow intake

5-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Greece’s Syllas Tzoumerkas and Hungary’s Adam Csaszi are among 13 international filmmakers selected to each spend three months in Berlin as part of the Nipkow Programme residency.

Jurassic World

‘Jurassic World’ beats ‘San Andreas’ in social media buzz

5-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The dinosaur sequel topped the disaster movie ahead of its UK release next weekend.

Toronto Film Fest switches Telluride stance

4-Jun-2015 | By

Top brass at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will return to their prior policy of allowing films that receive their world premiere in Telluride to screen in the opening weekend in Canada – with one big string attached.


Film underserves teens, conference told

4-Jun-2015 | By

STREAM MARKET: The president of Awesomeness TV identified a section of the Millennial demographic as woefully underserved during a panel at the two-day digital conference on Thursday.

Liam Neeson

Open Road acquires ‘A Willing Patriot’

4-Jun-2015 | By

The distributor has picked up US rights to the Liam Neeson thriller from Marc Butan’s fledgling MadRiver Pictures, Film 360, Hollywood Gang and Jason Keller.

The Walk

'The Walk’ to open NYFF

4-Jun-2015 | By

Robert Zemeckis’ latest has landed one of the most prestigious slots of the upcoming awards season.

Alice + Freda Forever

SKE to produce Alice + Freda Forever

4-Jun-2015 | By

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) has acquired rights to the non-fiction book and has set Jennifer Kent to direct following wide acclaim for her Australian horror hit The Babadook.


ARC acquires ‘Safelight’

4-Jun-2015 | By

The distributor will release its new drama starring Evan Peters, Juno Temple and Kevin Alejandro theatically and via VOD on July 17.

Church Fenton

UK gets film and TV facility ‘Yorkshire Studios’

4-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: RAF Church Fenton to become 100,000 sq ft shooting facility.

Nicole Kidman

Cannes: Kidman, Weisz, Blunt titles head to Middle East

4-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Front Row strikes Cannes deals with HanWay, Protagonist, Embankment.


Patricio Valladares lines up ‘Garip’

4-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Never one to rest on his laurels, the Chilean genre filmmaker has reunited with his Downhill co-writer Barry Keating and is moving ahead with the Turkey-set horror film.


Visit slate spurs robust Cannes sales

4-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe has reported a strong response from buyers to the roster led by Critics’ Week selection Krisha.

Erik Baiers

Erik Baiers earns Uni production stripes

4-Jun-2015 | By

The ten-year veteran at the studio has been promoted to evp of production.

Palm Springs ShortFest

Palm Springs ShortFest announces titles

4-Jun-2015 | By

New work featuring Murray Abraham, Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn, Rufus Wainwright, Katie Holmes and Zachary Quinto will screen at the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market from June 16-22.

Filmmaker Exchange Program

USC film school in filmmaker exchange programme

4-Jun-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The American Film Showcase will host its first annual International Filmmaker Exchange Program in Los Angeles from June 6-18.

Coconut Hero

New Brüggemann, Ranisch films in Munich Fipresci premiere

4-Jun-2015 | By

New films by Dietrich Brüggemann, Alex  Ranisch and Philip Koch are to be judged by Munich Film Festival’s first ever Fipresci jury in its New German Cinema sidebar at this year’s forthcoming edition (June 25 - July 4).

Backing the BBC

Oscar-winning directors back BBC campaign

4-Jun-2015 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

British filmmakers and some of the UK’s highest-profile documentary-makers have put their names to a campaign backing the BBC.

'San Andreas' crosses $100m

4-Jun-2015 | By

The disaster tentpole has reached $100m heading into a second weekend expected to deliver solid holds for Warner Bros Pictures International and the promise of mighty debuts in China and South Korea.


Cinedigm acquires US rights to ‘Life’

3-Jun-2015 | By

Anton Corbijn’s drama starring Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson premiered in Berlin last February and will open on theatrical, digital and VOD platforms in autumn.

Blake Lively

‘All I See Is You’ begins shoot

3-Jun-2015 | By

Marc Forster has commenced principal photography in Thailand on the psychological thriller starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke.

Stuart Ford

Open Road, Marlon Wayans, IM Global reunite on spoof

3-Jun-2015 | By

The distributor has come on to handle US rights to Fifty Shades Of Black, the upcoming spoof from Marlon Wayans that IM Global introduced to buyers in Cannes last month.

‘Suffragette’ to open BFI London Film Festival

3-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Period drama starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep to receive European premiere; new trailer released.

J.K. Simmons

Cannes: JK Simmons comedy among Ascot Elite buys

3-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Gaumont, The Solution pre-buys among deals.

Stand By Me Doraemon

'Stand by Me Doraemon' tops China box office

3-Jun-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Japanese animation Stand by Me Doraemon topped the China box office last week, grossing $38.29m in its opening four days.

I Am Somebody

'I Am Somebody' to open Shanghai fest

3-Jun-2015 | By

Derek Yee’s I Am Somebody will open this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF, June 13-21), while China-Russian co-production Ballet In The Flames Of War will close the event.

Edinburgh 2015

Edinburgh unveils 2015 industry line-up

3-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Discussions to cover development, financing, exhibition and sustainability, and will include a new distribution market.

Roger Durling

Santa Barbara festival sets 2016 dates

3-Jun-2015 | By

Executive director Roger Durling of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled the run dates for next year’s 31st edition.

Edinburgh Networking

Edinburgh reveals 2015 Network projects

3-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: A crime farce, prison drama, Highland thriller and fantastical love story among titles.


Lorenzo Soria elected HFPA president

3-Jun-2015 | By

The Italian journalist for L’Espresso and La Stampa has been voted in for the 2015-16 term, effective July 1.

Korea's NAFF It Project reveals 2015 line-up

3-Jun-2015 | By

South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan), Asia’s largest genre film fest, has announced 21 titles from 12 countries to be presented during the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) genre film project market.

Krakow’s Film and Music Festival composes itself

3-Jun-2015 | By Tiffany Pritchard

A celebration of film and television music was once again at the heart of Krakow’s Film and Music Festival, now in its eighth year.

‘Ultron’ crosses $900m mark

2-Jun-2015 | By

Disney executives said on Tuesday that Avengers: Age Of Ultron has overtaken the $895m final international box office of The Avengers.

Open Road

Open Road, Riverstone strike pact

2-Jun-2015 | By

Open Road Films has corralled a finance partner to build its home-grown slate over the “coming years”, kicking off with the previously announced Sleepless Night.


Amplify Releasing picks up ‘Tom At The Farm’

2-Jun-2015 | By

Xavier Dolan’s psychosexual thriller has found a US home and will open on August 14.

Matt Mueller Jonathan Sehring

Many passed on Boyhood… including Cannes

2-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

CREATIVE WEEK: Boyhood producer Jonathan Sehring reveals industry doubts about indie hit.

Leslie Manville

AMBI Pictures bulks up ‘Rupture’ cast

2-Jun-2015 | By

Peter Stormare, Kerry Bishé, Lesley Manville and Ari Millen have joined Noomi Rapace and Michael Chiklis on the sci-fi adventure thriller that began shooting in Toronto on Tuesday.

We Are Twisted Fucking Sister

Music Box rocks to Twisted Sister doc

2-Jun-2015 | By

The Chicago-based distributor has acquired rights to Andrew Horn’s documentary We Are Twisted Fucking Sister, while in a separate deal monterey media has picked up North American rights to Forever.

Kerry Trainor

Vimeo expands content creator incentives

2-Jun-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The digital platform has introduced new subscription video tools for its content creators.


Karlovy Vary unveils 2015 competition line-ups

2-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Anti-Nazi satire from Stations of the Cross director Dietrich Bruggemann and a new documentary from Mark Cousins among titles.

My Name Is Emily

Galway festival to open with paralysed director's 'My Name Is Emily'

2-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Simon Fitzmaurice’s debut feature to world premiere at Galway Film Fleadh.

Black Angel

Lost 'Star Wars' companion set for feature version with Rutger Hauer

2-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Black Angel first seen as a short at theatrical screenings of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.


European films win online distribution funding boost

2-Jun-2015 | By

Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme is to boost its funding for the online distribution of European films this year.

Creative Week

Youtubers head to longer formats

2-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

CREATIVE WEEK: Zoella agent and Maker Studios discuss potential for talent crossovers.

Sheffield Doc Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest launches interactive award

2-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

ARTE International Prize up for grabs at Crossover Market.


Wanda to buy Australia’s Hoyts Group

2-Jun-2015 | By

China’s Wanda Cinema Line is acquiring Australian exhibitor Hoyts Group for an undisclosed amount.


Svensk closes deals on nine Cannes titles

2-Jun-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Films include Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, biopic Callas starring Noomi Rapace and Nick Park animation Early Man.

BAFTA Filmmakers Forum

BAFTA winners join forum for first-time filmmakers

2-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Jeff Pope and Stephen Beresford among speakers.


Bob Berney joins Amazon Studios

1-Jun-2015 | By

The independent cinema guru arrives at the company as head of movies distribution and marketing while former ABC digital executive Albert Cheng is named COO.

‘The Green Inferno’ to get US release

1-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Eli Roth’s Amazonian horror will finally get a US theatrical release two years after its world premiere in Toronto thanks to a collaboration between Blumhouse Production’s BH Tilt, Universal Pictures and High Top Releasing.

Peter Scott

Lotus Entertainment goes on ‘Parents Weekend’

1-Jun-2015 | By

Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson’s company will finance and handle international sales after acquiring Peter Scott’s spec R-rated comedy screenplay.

Fanny Ardant begins ‘Waiting For You’ shoot

1-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Merlin star Colin Morgan co-stars in British coming-of-age feature.

David Puttnam talks return to producing

1-Jun-2015 | By

Chariots of Fire producer reveals how Greenpeace activists brought him back to filmmaking.

Felipe Martinez Amador

Felipe Martinez Amador to direct ‘Nobles’ remake for Dynamo

1-Jun-2015 | By

The Colombian writer-director will tackle the Mexican comedy hot Nosotros Los Nobles for Dynamo Producciones.

Colin Morgan

Colin Morgan joins 'The Rising'

1-Jun-2015 | By

The lead in BBC and Syfy’s Merlin and a cast regular on Humans has been cast in the Irish historical thriller that is scheduled to shoot in winter 2015/16.

'San Andreas' leads UK box office

1-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ disaster thriller achieves director Brad Peyton’s best-ever UK bow.

The Search For Freedom

Distributors align on 'The Seach For Freedom'

1-Jun-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The Earth Network, Abramorama, GrindTV, Tugg and Vimeo are collaborating on the US theatrical release of The Search For Freedom, a documentary produced by The Earth Network.

Eoin Macken

Eoin Macken enters ‘The Forest’

1-Jun-2015 | By

The actor from current Sony/NBC series The Night Shift joins Natalie Dormer and Taylor Kinney on Lava Bear’s supernatural thriller.

Fang Rung Marijana Jankovic Max Kestner Carsten Bjornlund

Global Screen takes sales on sci-fi thriller 'Fang Rung'

1-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Copenhagen-set time travel thriller set in a world where the oceans have risen.

Sung Soo Kim and Vicha Poolvaraluck

Korea's CJ pacts with Thailand's Major Cineplex

1-Jun-2015 | By

Korea’s leading film investor/distributor CJ Entertainment has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand’s top exhibitor Major Cineplex Group to establish a joint venture for film production and investment.

Heather Croall

Ex-Doc/Fest head Heather Croall to receive honour

1-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sheffield Doc/Fest to pay tribute to former festival director Heather Croall with Inspiration Award.

Maya The Bee Movie

'Maya the Bee' flies to UK, Scandinavia

1-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Animation already sold to more than 170 territories.

Buttercup Bill

'Buttercup Bill' to get August release

1-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

First production of Sadie Frost and Emma Comley’s new outfit Blonde to Black Pictures.

Danny Cohen

Cohen: licence fee cuts will threaten BBC services


CREATIVE WEEK: Danny Cohen has admitted that a bad licence fee deal next year would spell inevitable cuts to BBC services.

All3Media eyes further acquisitions

1-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

CREATIVE WEEK: All3Media is eyeing further acquisitions in the coming months after bolstering its stable with Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street two months ago.

San Andreas

'San Andreas' rocks US on $54.6m

31-May-2015 | By

JUNE 1 UPDATE: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson jolted the North American box office as the Warner Bros disaster film delivered a thunderous start for the tentpole’s prospects and the star’s biggest solo opening weekend outside the Fast & Furious franchise.

San Andreas

‘San Andreas’ rules globe on $113.2m

31-May-2015 | By

JUNE 1 UPDATE: San Andreas shook up global box office at the weekend, taking the lead with a $118.5m worldwide haul that featured $63.9m from international debuts and a $54.6m number one launch in North America.

Hot Docs

Blue Ice Docs acquires ‘Dense City’

31-May-2015 | By

The distributor acquired Canadian theatrical, television and digital rights to the documentary in pitch form at the recent Hot Docs Forum.


James Marsden, Rosario Dawson join Bron’s ‘Henchmen’

29-May-2015 | By

James Marsden, Thomas Middleditch, Rosario Dawson and Alfred Molina have joined Bron Studios’ first animation.

Clementine Leger

Slamdance expands year-round presence

29-May-2015 | By

Festival hierarchy are beefing up the event with a new programme called DIG, the return of Clementine Leger as festival manager and a greater footprint across the calendar.

Hyena Road

Contenders vie for top TIFF slot

29-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Afghan War film Hyena Road is understood to be among a band of Canadian films in the frame to open the 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

I Am Chris Farley

Virgil Films acquires 'I Am Chris Farley'

29-May-2015 | By

The documentary about the late comedy star and member of SNL and Chicago’s Second City Theatre troupe features Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon and David Spade.

Louder Than Bombs

Cannes: 'Louder Than Bombs' sold to 90+ territories

29-May-2015 | By

Joachim Trier’s family drama played in Competition at Cannes.

Gala Theatre Durham

Picturehouse heads to Durham

29-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Picturehouse Cinemas to partner with Durham’s Gala Theatre.

How We Played The Revolution

Krakow focus on Lithuania; Polish doc showcase

29-May-2015 | By

Lithuanian documentaries will be in the spotlight at this year’s 55th Krakow Film Festival (May 31-June 7) which opens with Krzysztof Kopczynski’s The Dybbuk. A Tale Of Wandering Souls.

San Andreas

San Andreas rolls into 60 markets

29-May-2015 | By

Warner Bros triggers a wide release of San Andreas day-and-date with North America in 60 markets this weekend including eight majors.

Oslo Norway

Norway launches film incentives

29-May-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

The Norwegian government is set to introduce a system of incentives for film productions, to keep local projects in the country and attract international ventures.

Jonathan Pryce

Jonathan Pryce, Fiona Shaw join 'The White King'

29-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Dystopian drama set to shoot this summer.


‘Tomorrowland’ tops ‘San Andreas’ in social media buzz

29-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Poltergeist also scares up buzz in the social media charts.

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Henry Cavill pulls out of ‘Stratton’

28-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Man Of Steel star quits production just days before shooting was set to begin.

IFC Films acquires ‘Tale Of Tales’

28-May-2015 | By

The post-Cannes acquisitions trickle continues as IFC announced it has picked up US rights from Hanway Films to Matteo Garrone’s Competition premiere.

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Maren Olson joins CAA

28-May-2015 | By

The executive arrives from Traction Media and will serve on the Film Finance & Sales Group (FFSG). 

Green Room

Picturehouse, Altitude acquire Jeremy Saulnier’s 'Green Room'

28-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: US director’s follow-up to Blue Ruin stars Patrick Stewart as a white supremacist and played at Cannes.


STX Entertainment eyes 'Uglydoll' franchise

28-May-2015 | By

Robert Simonds’ aspiring studio, still more than two months away from releasing its first film, has made another grand move and launched a family and animation division.

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BAFTA to showcase Carol Morley

28-May-2015 | By

The British director will be the subject of the organisation’s prestigious ‘Brits To Watch: The Screenings’ series.

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Metrodome acquires 'Hippopotamus'; Sam Neill joins cast

28-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Neill and Roger Allam to star in the British comedy based on a Stephen Fry bestseller.


Vertigo launches VOD site

28-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: UK film and distribution company launches new digital platform.

‘The Lobster’ tops Cannes winners social media buzz

28-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE INFOGRAPHIC: Mad Max: Fury Road and Carol top films overall.

Paramount, IFC strike home ent deal

28-May-2015 | By

Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) has signed an output deal with IFC Films on select films that include includes Good Kill and The D Train.


Cineart acquires Cannes winner 'Mustang'

28-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor Cineart has confirmed several Cannes acquisitions.


Stockholm festival launches $120k international film award

28-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New Stockholm Impact Award will be part of a new international film competition.