James Marsden, Thomas Middleditch, Rosario Dawson and Alfred Molina have joined Bron Studios’ first animation.
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.
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.
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).
Joachim Trier’s family drama played in Competition at Cannes.
Warner Bros triggers a wide release of San Andreas day-and-date with North America in 60 markets this weekend including eight majors.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Picturehouse Cinemas to partner with Durham’s Gala Theatre.
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.
Dystopian drama set to shoot this summer.
Poltergeist also scares up buzz in the social media charts.
EXCLUSIVE: Man Of Steel star quits production just days before shooting was set to begin.
The post-Cannes acquisitions trickle continues as IFC announced it has picked up US rights from Hanway Films to Matteo Garrone’s Competition premiere.
The executive arrives from Traction Media and will serve on the Film Finance & Sales Group (FFSG).
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.
EXCLUSIVE: US director’s follow-up to Blue Ruin stars Patrick Stewart as a white supremacist and played at Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Sam Neill and Roger Allam to star in the British comedy based on a Stephen Fry bestseller.
The British director will be the subject of the organisation’s prestigious ‘Brits To Watch: The Screenings’ series.
EXCLUSIVE: UK film and distribution company launches new digital platform.
EXCLUSIVE INFOGRAPHIC: Mad Max: Fury Road and Carol top films overall.
EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor Cineart has confirmed several Cannes acquisitions.
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.
The executive arrives at the studio as svp of business affairs, film music.
New Stockholm Impact Award will be part of a new international film competition.
A dozen film will compete for the award.
The former Focus Features CEO’s production company Symbolic Exchange has struck a first-look and strategic cooperation agreement with Chinese start-up Meridian Entertainment.
Patrick Spence, executive producer of smash hit Fortitude is the latest speaker to join the impressive line-up at the Creative Summit 2015.
Following on from his talk-of-the-town appearance in Cannes, the Netflix chief content officer will attend the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest in Naples, Italy.
Production has begun in Georgia on Universal’s action film that reunites Cruise with his Edge Of Tomorrow director Doug Liman.
Starz has picked up all US rights to the comedic love story starring Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis.
American Film Institute top brass have chosen Caleb Deschanel to receive the 2015 Franklin J Schaffner Alumni Medal.
The ambitious company has slotted the latest piece of its executive suite jigsaw into place with the hire of Gail Heaney as executive vice-president of media.
Ewan McGregor, Jane Seymour, Malcolm McDowell and Hong Kong director Johnnie To among the guests set to attend the festival.
Visual effects firm will also re-team with The Theory of Everything director James Marsh on the upcoming Donald Crowhurst biopic.
Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises have hired Jeff Bronikowski as president of the SVOD service that launches later this year.
IFC Films/Sundance Selects announced on Wednesday three key promotions.
The Brooklyn-based distributor has acquired US rights to Maya Vitkova’s Bulgarian feature debut.
Jackie Earle Haley and Mark Boone Jr have joined Nate Parker’s slave drama, currently shooting in Savannah, Georgia.
Jon Sneider has joined the data-driven content creator and distributor as Chief Marketing Officer and evp of client partnerships and Kate Shepherd has been hired as evp of content.
Hong Kong director to speak on stage in London as part of BAFTA’s A Life In Pictures series.
Drama about a young man who returns home after serving time in prison, but is not forgiven by the local community, played in Directors’ Fortnight.
Music Box Films acquires rights to Berlinale Grand Jury Prize winner.
Series will star Jude Law.
The film industries of Finland and Austria will be under the spotlight at the 7th Moscow Business Square (MBS) (June 21-22).
US deal for Don’t Accept Dreams From Strangers among sales secured.
Power to the Pixel’s annual Pixel Lab event will feature 32 participants.
EXCLUSIVE: The head of Colombia’s film support body has praised the success of national films in Cannes after one the most triumphant years ever for Latin American cinema.
Joachim Trier’s drama has become the latest Cannes selection to find a North American home.
The partners are moving ahead on their local-language co-production and Chinese remake of the rom-com in a move that will resonate with the global vision of new Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Tom Rothman.
The distributor has acquired US and Canadian rights to Stephane Brizé’s recent Cannes Competition selection starring the festival’s freshly minted best actor Vincent Lindon.
EXCLUSIVE: Wimbledon director most recently made 5 Flights Up starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton.
ITV has ended its interest in a deal to buy the TV arm of The Weinstein Company (TWC).
The Made In NY Media Center by IFP has announced two new programmes to launch this summer: the Creative >> Founder Lab and a workshop series to teach location-based storytelling.
The distributor has acquired all US rights to Canadian LGBT rom-com Portrait Of A Serial Monogamist ahead of its world premiere at Inside Out LBGT Film Festival in Toronto.
On Tuesday the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) top brass announced several free community screenings to take place during the 21st edition of the festival.
Disney’s Tomorrowland: A World Beyond is the week’s highest new entry, narrowly edging out Fox’s Poltergeist.
Further sales on the adventure film secured after a promo screening at Cannes.
Commissioners singing from different song sheets as European funders reiterate their views on Digital Single Market strategy
Festival to include 18 world premieres and close with US crime documentary 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets.
Sci-fi series to be overseen by longtime Coronation Street producer Tony Wood.
The film was the first ever Punjabi-language to feature in a competitve section of the festival.
Scandinavia rights snapped up to film starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger.
International awards won by Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore.
Other winners include Son Of Saul, The Assassin, Chronic, The Lobster, The Measure Of A Man, Carol and Mon Roi.
MAY 26 UPDATE: Avengers: Age Of Ultron grossed $45.8m from 91 territories in its fifth weekend to reach $859.8m internationally and $1.263.9bn globally.
Disney’s George Clooney and Britt Robertson action-adventure from Brad Bird led the charts in a tepid Memorial Day Weekend.
Co-president Ethan Coen said the jury tried to “balance out” the awards while Jake Gyllenhaal addresses “controlled suicide”.
Screen’s jury of international critics finished the festival tied in their appreciation of Carol and The Assassin, ahead of the award of the Palme d’Or.
The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.
Other prizes awarded to Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey to the Shore and Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Treasure.
Other prizes go to My Mother, Masaan and Paulina.
Agreement includes We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron.
Other winners include Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days and Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang.
Toronto International Film Festival director and CEO has revealed further details of Toronto’s new Platform section, which will be the festival’s first competitive section.
Timbuktu director Abderrahmane Sissako led the jury.
EXCLUSIVE: PalmStar Media and Zurich-based The Bridge Finance Company announced during Cannes that they have renewed their strategic partnership.
With only one more film to screen at Cannes 68 – Macbeth – the Screen International team of jurors are tied for their lead film.
EXCLUSIVE: Anchor Bay Canada has acquired Canadian home entertainment and North American digital rights to Blanc/Biehn Productions’ The Night Visitor and its sequel.
Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black) stars in the comedy about sexual frustration and parenthood.
Brad Furman’s crime thriller stars Bryan Cranston and Diane Kruger.
Emmanuelle Bercot became the first female director to open the festival since 1987.
Night Will Fall, a feature-length production about the filming of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, picked up two awards at last night’s Focal International Awards.
Victoria government pledges $900,000 renewal.
Durban FilmMart, which runs in Durban, South Africa from July 17-20, has announced its project selection for this year.
Son of Saul and Carol also strong contenders.
Iceland’s GunHil signs co-pro agreement with Belgian animation studio.
First still released of Meryl Streep and Hugh grant in Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins.
Two Latin American films take home top awards.
At his highly-anticipated talk for the Kering Women In Motion series at the Majestic Hotel, Cannes festival director Thierry Fremaux kicked off proceedings with the statement, “This debate makes me furious.”
EXCLUSIVE: Film4 backs development of Haigh’s 45 Years follow-up; Tristan Goligher to produce.
EXCLUSIVE: Wild Bunch sells Cannes title in more than 36 territories.
The 14th New York Asian Film Festival will present Hong Kong director Ringo Lam with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.
EXCLUSIVE: Najwa Najjar’s next feature will be Son of a Very Important Man.
Alchemy have snapped up the Cannes Competition title.
Star Vincent Lindon hotly tipped for Best Actor Palme d’Or for lead performance.
Ealing Studios has acquired a significant stake in TV and film company GreenAcre Films and forged a new creative partnership with the company that will see Ealing Studios expand its TV division.
Denis Villeneuve to direct sci-fi sequel.
Cannes Competition title stars Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu.
Turkish feature plays in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival.
Toronto-based 108 Media is in talks with international buyers in Cannes on Christian Hallman’s Swedish thriller Sensoria.
Exponenta Film takes distribution rights to Johnny O’Reilly feature.
Acquisitions include Cannes Classics title Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words.
European premiere set for Edinburgh film festival.
Live cinema broadcast has generated more than $1m at the UK box office to date.
John Lasseter, animation guru and Chief Creative Officer at both Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, gave a special presentation of the companies’ upcoming slate in Cannes today.
Story of amateur sailor who attempted to sail around the world begins UK shoot.
Xia Hao and his project No. 23 won the top award worth $164,000 (RMB1m) in the New Chinese Film Talents Fund Forum (NCFTFF), while Song Yuefeng’s The Wild Horns was given a special mention.
EXCLUSIVE: WWII spy mistress drama to star Kelly Reilly and Tim Roth launched in Cannes
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Avengers: Age of Ultron replaced Furious 7 at the top of the China box office in its opening week, grossing $154.63m in six days.
Festival “reminds” staff of “rules” after backlash that included Emily Blunt voicing “disappointment”.
Top brass at AFI DOCS 2015 have announced the slate at the 13th festival, set to run from June 17–21 in Washington DC and Silver Spring, Maryland.
Fernando León de Aranoa’s film premiered in Director’s Fortnight this week and stars Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Mélanie Thierry and Fedja Stukan.
Beijing-based LeVision Pictures has announced that singer and director Gao Xiaosong has joined the company’s stable of filmmakers, which also includes Zhang Yimou, Lu Chuan and Tsui Hark.
Glorious weather on the Croisette played its part in driving strong trade and casting a warm glow over the market to temper fearful talk of the Netflix effect, for now at least.
Read Screen International’s latest daily magazine from the 68th Cannes Film Festival here.
Festival hit Son of Saul, Wadjda director’s next film among pick-ups.
John Collee (The Alchemyst, Master And Commander) will adapt the Chinese fantasy novel series The Mirror, which has been optioned by Ruyi Films and Syon Media.
The scores are in for Marguerite & Julien and Sicario.
EXCLUSIVE: Ellen Page and Allison Janney will star in Route One Entertainment’s dramatic comedy, with Good Universe on board to represent international sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Hinting at a long-term relationship in the making, Christopher Woodrow’s Vendian Entertainment has emerged as a key partner with Wild Bunch on Flag Day and has come on board to co-finance and produce Sean Penn’s upcoming drama.
Internationalisation has been one of the trends noticeable among UK funders at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Indian feature strikes France and French-speaking territories deal.
What’s Between Us acquired for Germany and Austria by Pro-Fun Media Filmverleih.
Alchemy has acquired all US rights to Nanni Moretti’s Competition selection starring Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini and Beatrice Mancini.
EXCLUSIVE: Key deals for Backup Media on Cannes Directors’ Fortnight entry.
New Europe Film Sales has secured further sales of Un Certain Regard title Rams (Hrútar).
EXCLUSIVE: The US faith-based entertainment company has closed a raft of sales on its slate led by Do You Believe?, the recent US release and follow-up to the breakout God’s Not Dead.
The Copenhagen Film Fund is in talks for another project with Working Title, after they recently collaborated on The Danish Girl by Tom Hooper.
European media and culture ministers discussed the European Commission’s plans for a Digital Single Market (DSM) at this week’s Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council in Brussels.
Territory’s VOD market is growing rapidly but recorded an industry loss of $150m in 2014
The new hire arrives from Screenvision and will oversee an annual slate of 12-16 specialty and wide-release titles.
New anti-piracy measures in Russia risk destroying the film and TV industries, according to a Cannes panel.
EXCLUSIVE: Charley Boorman narrates Steve McQueen motorcycle doc.
Good Universe bought the pitch from writer-director Jonathan Krisel and Emmy-nominated writer Graham Wagner based on Lydia Millet’s satirical novel of the same name.
President of international sales and distribution Michael Rothstein has reported a strong response to the Tom Hanks and Alicia Vikander cyberthriller.
Animation is inspired by hit French comic series of the same name.
To qualify as a co-production, 20% or more of a film’s production budget must be from the partner country and 30% in the case of broadcast programmes.
The sales company has acquired international sales rights to Bob Byington’s Jason Schwartzman starrer.
Titles in development include Virginia Heath’s Mystery Ride and Taika Waititi’s Hunt For The Wilderpeople.
Sundance’s John Cooper and Karlovy Vary’s Ivana Novotná were among the speakers discussing how to choose the right international festival for your film.
Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard drama to world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend.
In a Cannes year where women (from their shoes to their films) have been making headlines, the Norwegians and Swedes are quietly celebrating some big gains in gender equality in their film industries.
EXCLUSIVE: Seville International has closed a raft of deals here on Xavier Dolan’s upcoming It’s Only the End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde) featuring arguably the most prestigious cast of any film in the market.
Stiff ‘croisetiquette’ sees older women denied access for ‘wrong’ shoes.
EXCLUSIVE: Filmmaker also co-producing Dictynna Hood’s upcoming Trojan Women.
Joachim Trier’s English-language debut delivers a solid score but fails short of the current leader.
New additions to programme include Karen Gillan’s directorial short debut Coward, Hector starring Peter Mullan and music documentary Big Gold Dream.
The distributor struck the deal on Alice Winocour’s Un Certain Regard entry with Indie Sales Company.
The US rights deal to Trey Edward Shults’ acclaimed Critics’ Week selection includes rights to his next film.
EXCLUSIVE: Malaysian director Chiu Keng Guan, who directed The Journey, Malaysia’s highest-grossing film ever, has started production on football drama Ola Bola for Astro Shaw.
EXCLUSIVE: 13 Films has sold multiple territories on action horror film Untöt starring Hayden Christensen.
Screenplay for the feature film is being written by the US screenwriter Matthew Wilder
The heads of Japan’s leading studios discussed their strategies for expanding into international markets at the close of Japan Day Project’s seminar programme on Monday.
Jordanian producer Rula Nasser has boarded Dogme-style drama Medina, directed by Danish-Palestinian filmmaker Omar Shargawi, as producer alongside Nordisk Film Production.
Programme has highlighted six key areas in which the sector can progress and emerging talent can be better supported.
EXCLUSIVE: Film London’s export market to screen Despite the Falling Snow, Urban Hymn and The ReZort.
EXCLUSIVE: Fund will earmark £250,000 per year of its existing funding toward support for co-productions at the development stage.
Screen’s contributing editor Wendy Mitchell talked to the film’s producer Finola Dwyer at The UK Film Centre in Cannes.
New umbrella industry event to unfold in Ancient Roman baths
EXCLUSIVE: Film set to shoot in Chernobyl exclusion zone at the end of the year.
Raphael Margules and JD Lifshitz’s new LA-based sales and production company has reported strong sales here on the sequel to the genre title, which screens in the market today.
Greek ship-owner Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis has set up Luxembourg-based Hercules Film Fund, which plans to bring European investors to Hollywood to finance three to five wide release films a year.
The 14th New York Asian Film Festival in partnership with Screen International will honour the Japanese youngster with the International Rising Star Award on July 4.
Un Certain Regard title Nahid has been picked up across Europe and Latin America.
Sales include German deal for Partho Sen-Gupta’s Sunrise.
EXCLUSIVE: Jamaican director’s new drama aimed to be ready by the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
EXCLUSIVE: UK outfit Scoop Films readies third production.
EXCLUSIVE: 101 nabs UK rights to thriller.
3D horror sells to UK, Japan, Russia, Greece and Germany.
Sony Pictures Classics was last night understood to be paying $6m for US rights to Truth, RatPac Entertainment and Echo Lake Entertainment’s political thriller with Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett.
Czech production companies partnering on new projects from the likes of Kristian Levring, Per-Olav Sørensen and Bohdan Slama.
Krzysztof Zanussi’s Foreign Body to screen as part of Russian festival’s Polish cinema focus.
UK company acquires Woodfall Library which includes titles such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Tom Jones and A Taste of Honey.
Sierra/Affinity chief Nick Meyer has hailed the company’s best market ever after completing key sales on Shot Caller, A Willing Patriot and Comancheria, among others.
China’s Fundamental Films is extending its output deal with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp and will invest up to $50m into Besson’s Valerian, starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne.
The Solution Entertainment Group has struck a multi-territory deal here with Sony on red-hot Miles Teller starrer following Open Road’s $4m swoop on US rights at the weekend.
EXCLUSIVE: Todd Haynes, the toast of the Croisette following last night’s rousing reception for Carol, is angling to adapt Brian Selznick’s children’s book.
Screen International is to join with the BFI London Film Festival to launch its celebrated Stars of Tomorrow for the first time.
Universal’s sequel out-sings Warner Bros’ revival to dethrone Avengers: Age of Ultron.
United Talent Agency’s Bec Smith and director Caradog James were among the speakers discussing how post-first feature directors can make the leap to an international career.
Chariots Of Fire producer David Puttnam is returning to filmmaking for the first time in more than 15 years
EXCLUSIVE: Uma Thurman and Christopher Lee are among the ensemble cast to have signed for a Copenhagen-set drama set during the 24-hours before 9/11.
EXCLUSIVE: Films Distribution racks up sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Breuls’ Belgium-based company has come on to produce and sell the long-gestating remake of All Quiet On The Western Front with Roger Donaldson set to direct.
Magnolia Pictures has picked up all US rights from Wild Bunch to Arnaud Desplechin’s Directors’ Fortnight selection My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse).
Cate Blanchett’s performance in Todd Haynes’ lesbian drama will be tough to beat.
EXCLUSIVE: Salt secures deal for Toni Colette, Drew Barrymore comedy-drama in Germany, France, Japan.
Jack Black will star in Buffalo Film Company’s comedy from director Jared Hess of Napoleon Dynamite fame.
EXCLUSIVE: Crime-drama, James Ellroy novel, TV series on slate of new LA-based production outfit.
EXCLUSIVE: Ben Schnetzer, star of gay activist drama Pride, is to play a tragic Reuters photojournalist who was stoned to death in Mogadishu in 1993.
Swedish Culture Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke has defended her decision to scrap Sweden’s Film Agreement.
EXCLUSIVE: Creative England has named the three films to be greenlit for production through the latest round of its low-budget filmmaking initiative iFeatures.
Second edition set to unfold in French capital June 10-12.
VMI Worldwide has been tempting Croisette buyers with action titles Riot starring Dolph Lundgren and Perfect Weapon with Steven Segal.
Michael Dwyer has joined IM Global from Screen Media as svp of international sales and distribution and will head sales from the 250-title library.
EXCLUSIVE: MPI/Dark Sky Films has picked up US rights from Raven Banner to the horror anthology.
StudioCanal has acquired UK rights from Visit Films to the Critics’ Week selection.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based documentary specialist has sealed several deals on Argentine filmmaker German Kral’s Our Last Tango.
EXCLUSIVE: For the first time ever a film festival will overlap the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM) in July as Colombia’s film chiefs look to turn the summer corridor into a creative and business platform for the country’s booming film industry.
EXCLUSIVE: Dark drama stars Game of Thrones’ Hannah Murray.
Submarine has come on to co-finance, co-produce and partner with Dogwoof on world sales to the documentary Chris Burden: Double Bind.
Co-production market to focus on 10 projects with 20% of budget in place.
Cannes: Talk held at The UK Film Centre looked at the financing and production of Yorgos Lanthimos’ English-language debut.
The World Bank Group’s Film4Climate programmme and Ecoprod are inviting film producers to join forces in the development of a plan to reduce the environmental impact of film production and to raise more awareness about climate change.
A bullish Andy Vajna has hailed the work of the Hungarian Film Fund in galvanizing film production in the country and “cleaning up the mess” left after the dissolution of the debt-ridden Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation (MMKA).
EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Williams Associates has closed some eye-catching deals on its remastered Pedro Almodovar film, Labyrinth Of Passion.
India’s Arka Mediaworks is planning an international cut of its $40m action epic Bahubali, directed by S.S. Rajamouli, one of the biggest filmmakers in the Telugu-language film industry.
EXCLUSIVE: Japanese studio Shochiku is launching sales on two new projects from leading director Yoji Yamada – a drama based on a Hisashi Inoue story and the director’s first comedy since the end of the Tora-san series in 1995.
EXCLUSIVE: Egypt’s Zawya Cinema and Misr International Films are joining forces to launch arthouse distributor Zawya Distribution.
EXCLUSIVE: The online film and TV marketplace has closed deals with Lakeshore Entertainment, The Solution Entertainment Group, QED International, GFM and Arclight.
Association supporting UK cinema operators relaunches as UK Cinema Association
Number 9 Films’ Elizabeth Karlsen and Killer Films’ Christine Vachon discuss their collaboration on Todd Haynes’ much-anticipated Competition film.
European Commissioner spoke with the film industry in Cannes.
The distributor pounced on worldwide rights on Sunday to Tom Ford’s upcoming thriller starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal in a deal reportedly worth $20m.
Mad Max: Fury Road opened in 68 markets on an estimated $65m powered by a string of number one debuts.
Universal’s female comedy directed by Elizabeth Banks stormed to the top of the North American charts as Mad Max: Fury Road arrived in second place.
Twilight Of A Life and 7 Days In St. Petersburg sweep the Israeli competition at 17th Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival
At its annual presentation of Russian projects looking for co-production partners earlier this week, Roskino provided a platform for producers to present new projects in the Cannes market.
A massive $156.3m in the first six days in China propelled Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age Of Ultron to a $185m weekend as the global tally crossed $1bn.
EXCLUSIVE: Denis Menochet to star in darkly comedic drama from Macbeth duo.
EXCLUSIVE:Kelly Reilly and Tim Roth have signed to co-star in John Hay’s thriller Lives in Secret, inspired by the true story of Second World War spy-mistress Vera Atkins.
EXCLUSIVE: Memento Films International (MFI) is reporting brisk business on Bruno Dumont’s dark comedy Slack Bay, starring Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.
EXCLUSIVE: Andrea Riseborough joins Shepherds and Butchers ahead of June shoot.
As the US buys continued to trickle in on the Croisette, acquisitions teams were circling The Lobster while SPC was believed to have acquired North American and Latin American rights to Holocaust drama Son Of Saul.
Fortissimo Films handling pre-sales at the Cannes Marche.
Screen’s Cannes Jury has given its lowest score in more than a decade to Gus Van Sant’s Competition entrant.
EXCLUSIVE: Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) have pacted with Tbilisi-based 20 Steps Productions and The Caucasian Film Service on a three-picture deal to be shot in 2015/16.
EXCLUSIVE: Hiner Saleem’s Money Babe set to shoot in Erbil this autumn.
EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong-based sales company Asian Shadows has picked up international rights to Zhang Yang’s Tibetan drama Paths Of The Soul.
UK distributor launches fund, picks up Nicole Conn drama.
Open Road is understood to have paid in the region of $4m for US rights to Bleed For This starring Miles Teller.
EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia Pictures International has licensed key territories on the Sundance pick-up, which screens in the market tonight (May 17).
Ben Latham-Jones launches slate after buying out Barnaby Thompson.
EXCLUSIVE: New York-based Visit Films has closed US sales on SXSW titles Just Jim and The Nymphets.
EXCLUSIVE: French sales company SND is reporting strong buyer interest on Tommy Wirkola’s high-concept, sci-fi action picture What Happened to Monday?, starring Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close.
Existing film incentive enticed Ben-Hur, Zoolander and Spectre to Italy.
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran is acquiring for Wild Bunch-owned BIM as well his fledgling boutique Cinema.
The distributor has acquired North American rights from Yari Film Group to Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police, which screens in the Cannes market today.
EXCLUSIVE: Danish director Kristian Levring (The Salvation) is set to make a new Prohibition-era drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Production has started on India-UK-UAE co-production Bombairiya, a comedy thriller starring Radhika Apte, Akshay Oberoi and Siddhanth Kapoor.
EXCLUSIVE: India’s Yash Raj Films is launching international sales on Shoojit Sircar’s Piku in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Wilfried Van Baelen’s Belgium-based, post-production outfit, Galaxy Studios has finalised a three-film deal with filmmaker Richard Elfman (Modern Vampires).
Latvia has raised cash rebate levels and added $8.5m (€7.5m) in funding. Details of the boost in national film support were revealed here in Cannes.
UK classics specialist Park Circus is to give its re-mastered version of James Cameron’s Terminator, from MGM, a 20 territory release on close to 1,000 screens this summer.
As the European Commission limbers up for its second European Film Forum in Cannes on Monday (May 18), plans are already afoot to take the audiovisual summit to the film festivals in Venice, San Sebastian, London and Tallinn.
Locarno Film Festival is to host the 8th Doc Alliance Selection (DAS) Award, after being announced during Cannes for the past seven years .
EXCLUSIVE: Action-drama sells to Asian markets after US, UK release.
EXCLUSIVE: Spotlight Pictures has unveiled five new titles on its slate led by James Franco starrer Yosemite.
UK genre specialist Jinga Films has sold Bruce McDonald’s psychological horror Hellions to StudioCanal for UK and Ireland.
Cannes film festival’s Marché du Film and Project A: Jackie Chan’s Young Filmmaker Development Fund have established an award of $164,000 (RMB1m) for the winner of the Marche’s 3rd New Chinese Film Talents Forum.
Jude Law has been confirmed to play the lead role in Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming TV series The Young Pope, about a fictional American Pope who becomes the most conservative leader the Vatican has ever seen.
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Shannon and Matthias Schweighöfer from Valkyrie have joined Siofra Campbell’s thriller, which Cargo represents for world sales.
US acquisitions teams in Cannes continued to swirl around prestige titles and packages heading into Saturday night including Competition selection The Lobster starring Colin Farrell.
Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Ho-sun Chan will produce and direct a biopic of Chinese tennis player Li Na, based on her best-selling autobiography Li Na: My Life.
Child 44 director Daniél Espinosa is to helm a new adptation of period epic The Emigrants for Scandinavian major Svensk Filindustri.
EXCLUSIVE: K5 to finance and produce thriller from the writer of Se7en and producer of Zombieland.
EXCLUSIVE: Marc Butan has launched the company to develop, finance and produce three to four star-driven films a year in the $15-50m range.
EXCLUSIVE: WWE Studios and Gene Simmons’ Erebus Pictures joint venture has struck a sales deal with Voltage Pictures, who are in Cannes talking up the pipeline.
Lasse Hallström will direct the story of a struggling nightclub performer forced to babysit his estranged 12-year-old son. Fortitude International is selling in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Flynn, George Mackay to play “Cain and Abel of rock” Ray and Dave Davies.
The Screen International Cannes jury rounded out Day 3 feeling largely satisfied with the films on offer in the 68th Competition thus far - although a few solitary Palmes were handed out.
EXCLUSIVE: IM Global has picked up international rights outside the US and South-East Asia to Chinese action comedy Hollywood Adventures, produced by Justin Lin.
EXCLUSIVE: Issey Ogata has joined Kaori Momoi in the cast of the first ever Japanese-Latvian co-production, Magic Kimono, which has also received support from the Riga Film Fund and Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs.
EXCLUSIVE: Dystopian book adaptation readies for shoot.
EXCLUSIVE: Roman Kopelevich’s LA-based sales company has come on to handle international sales on a reboot slate of ten American International Pictures genre classics from the 1950s.
Epic Pictures has reported a roaring trade here on its Sundance pick-up Turbo Kid led by a deal with Lionsgate for the UK.
Voltage Pictures will finance and produce an untitled Bruce Willis action comedy and is in the midst of talks with Cannes buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Irons, Virginia Madsen, rising star AnnaSophia Robb and Rory Culkin have joined the action comedy, which Kathy Morgan International has introduced to Cannes buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s 9ers Entertainment has picked up international rights to Kim Hwi’s creature horror The Chosen: Forbidden Cave (working title) and Kang Sang-jin’s comedy Three Summer Nights.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Other Angle has secured a brace of key sales for US comedy Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant.
EXCLUSIVE: Tiger Aspect teams on on cannibal horror from Ripper Street writer.
EXCLUSIVE: Danny Huston, Sarita Choudhury, Stacy Martin star in Cat Villiers production.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Mirovision has signed a deal with the Dankook Graduate School of Cinematic Content (DGC), headed by Kim Dong-ho, to handle world sales on the school’s features and short films.
EXCLUSIVE: Spanish sales outfit Cinema Republic together with Cienfuegos Films has closed a deal on its feature Pagafantas, directed by Borja Cobeaga.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks’ Francis: Pray For Us promo continues to draw buyers as Metropolitan has swooped on French rights to the Vatican-endorsed biopic of the current Pope.
EXCLUSIVE: Buena Vista Social Club producer Rosa Bosch is in Cannes with a slate of four new feature documentaries, all of which are to be made in Cuba as the country begins to open itself up to international production.
EXCLUSIVE: Passionate tango tale to world premiere at the Cannes Marche today (May 16).
EXCLUSIVE: The company has optioned rights to the sports biopic Joe, You Coulda Made Us Proud about New York Yankee starn and is talking to buyers on the Croisette.
Jamie Foxx has joined Atlas Entertainment’s thriller, which Highland Film Group is touting to buyers here.
MPI Media Group has acquired all US distribution rights to the comedy starring Brian Posehn.
EXCLUSIVE: Producers Rene Sheridan and Gina G Goff of Goff Productions are lining up an adaptation of Oliver Stone’s autobiographical novel A Child’s Night Dream.
EXCLUSIVE: The Toronto-based company has struck a deal with Sony Pictures for home entertainment rights to the Nazi zombie creature feature Sky Sharks.
EXCLUSIVE: Sharon Horgan, Ron Scalpello, Rob Savage films among slate.
The Doha Film Institute (DFI) has unveiled the projects to receive grants in its Spring 2015 funding cycle, including the first Qatari feature awarded a production grant.
EXCLUSIVE: France’s SND has sealed several deals on Jerome Le Maire’s viticulture themed family drama First Growth (Premier Cru) following its market premiere in Cannes.
Early during the Cannes market, buyers have rushed to snap up Stig Björkman’s feature doc Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words.
Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People has produced its first feature, featuring Irish action stars Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan.
The actor is on board Otto Bathurst’s thriller starring Luke Evans, which Bloom is touting here to buyers.
Know Your International English-Speaking Markets panel talked on wide-ranging topics including VoD and the recent success of genre films.
Panel was moderated by Nigel Sinclair, CEO of White Horse Pictures, along with film-makers Ariel Vromen and Lone Scherfig.
Ted Sarandos moved to allay concerns over the fate of the traditional theatrical business on Friday in Cannes although he may have achieved the opposite as he said Netflix would side-step theatrical distribution in France.
Japan’s ColorBird Inc and Malaysia’s Barnet Books are joining forces to co-produce a horror film directed by Japanese filmmaker Shinji Aoyama.
Bill Block and John Friedberg have sold out the world on Untitled Lucas/Moore Project to star Leslie Mann following last week’s US deal with Paramount.
Homage to 1980s action films gets VoD deal.
Beta Cinema’s Cannes market titles Ghosthunters On Icy Trails and Sundance Audience Award winner Umrika have been selling briskly.
Know your international English-speaking markets; the films to make for audiences in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron was on course to reach the milestone on Friday, its 24th day of release.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to Screen 2013 Star Of Tomorrow’s Stephen Fingleton’s post-apocalyptic thriller following its premiere in Tribeca last month.
EXCLUSIVE: Palme d’Or contender sold to more than 20 territories.
Former Molinare exec, Ironclad producer launch UK company.
EXCLUSIVE: Co-stars Jean Reno and Christian Clavier to hit Cannes today (May 15).
EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Rezo sales chief unveils eclectic international slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Iconic UK book series sails to production with Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald in lead roles.
EXCLUSIVE: Curzon Artificial Eye has acquired three new titles, all playing in official selection at the Cannes Film Festival.
IM Global, writer Vivek J Tiwary and Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment will co-produce the adaptation of Tiwary’s graphic novel about the band’s manager Brian Epstein.
Screen International’s legendary Cannes Palme D’Or jury swings back into action today, as the 68th festival gets into full swing and the first two films have played out at the Palais Des Festivals.
New Zealand director scored recent hit with What We Do In The Shadows; Protagonist Pictures selling international.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Doctor Who star Tennant to play renowned psychiatrist R.D. Laing, the ‘Acid-Marxist’.
EXCLUSIVE: Mia Wasikowska thriller goes to France, Germany ahead of June 15 shoot.
Gael Bernal Garcia and Marine Vacth are set to co-star in French Joan Chemla’s film noir If You See His Heart (Si Tu Voyais Son Coeur).
Record 117 territories represented at the Marché this year.
EXCLUSIVE: 160 applicants whittled down to chase thriller and horror.
EXCLUSIVE: German actor David Kross, who appeared opposite Kate Winslet in Stephen Daldry’s Oscar-winning The Reader, has been cast as the legendary German-born goalkeeper Bernd ‘Bert’ Trautmann who was in goal for Manchester City from 1949 to 1964.
Mostafa teaming with Image Nation and US producers Peter Safran and Steven Schneider.
EXCLUSIVE: GFM Films hopes to feed film through UK-China co-pro agreement.
Charlotte Le Bon has joined Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy on the WWII story that Altitude is selling in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has pounced on US rights to the documentary ahead of tonight’s screening in Cannes Classics.
EXCLUSIVE: The fast-rising Colombian producer – in Cannes with Directors’ Fortnight selection Embrace Of The Serpent set to premiere today – is pulling together her follow-up pipeline.
EXCLUSIVE: Venus In Fur star Emmanuelle Seigner has signed on to appear opposite Gerard Depardieu in Fanny Ardant’s new €2.5m feature, Stalin’s Couch.
Bangkok-based Five Star Production has picked up international rights to biopic F.Hilaire, about a French priest who wrote a famous Thai language textbook.
Korea’s M-Line Distribution has sold North American rights to Kang Hyo-jin’s comedy Wonderful Nightmare to Asia Releasing, along with a string of other territories.
The actress has signed on to star in Red & Black Films’ supernatural horror film on the Content international sales slate.
The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) and Japan Foundation have announced they will focus on the cinema of the Philippines for the second edition of the festival’s Crosscut Asia sidebar.
The support body attends Cannes this year promoting 31 companies as well as Cesar Augusto Acevedo’s Critics’ Week entry Land And Shade (La Tierra Y La Sombra) and João Paulo Miranda Maria’s short Command Action.
EXCLUSIVE: The producers behind the upcoming adaptation of the Norwegian fantasy book series will present the project to buyers tomorrow [May 16].
Benelux sales outfit Be For Films is launching international sales on Galloping Mind, the new feature from ballet star turned filmmaker Wim Vandekeybus.
International Film Festival Rotterdam’s resurgent Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) has announced its spring 2015 selection.
Efe Cakarel’s fast expanding VOD service MUBI is in Cannes looking to make global distribution deals for selected titles in the Cannes Marché.
EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome takes duo for sales and distribution.
EXCLUSIVE: US sales outfit boards rights to UK thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Eisenstein in Guanajuato by veteran British director Peter Greenaway has been racking up sales.
New Scandinavian production outfit launches at the Cannes Marche.
The non-profit organisation is Belgium-based with 11 founding members from the UK, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France.
Warner Bros’ revival in pole position ahead of Universal’s Pitch Perfect 2.
The upcoming Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama was accepted into Cannes however the Weinsteins decided not to proceed because the star had already committed to his jury role.
eOne has licensed a large swathe of the world on its Catholic Church abuse drama including a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA).
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights from Wild Bunch to Kore-eda Hirokazu’s drama that premieres in Competition on Thursday.
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong makes his starring debut in the comedy and Hyde Park International president Eric Christenson will show footage here.
The director has shed more light on his $3m Jungian drama Siberia to star Willem Dafoe ahead of Monday’s Cannes press conference to promote a Kickstarter campaign.
Screen’s essential guide to the hottest titles coming to market at Cannes.
Cargo Entertainment has invested in Radiant Films International as the companies settle into Cannes under a strategic partnership to create a commercial slate.
Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning have joined the cast of Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women, which Annapurna International is selling in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Wild Bunch’s newly created LA-based sales company Insiders is launching Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River, starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Olsen.
EXCLUSIVE: Pyramide Films has taken French rights to Nabil Ayouch’s Directors’ Fortnight title Much Loved – about four Marrakech prostitutes - ahead of its Cannes Marche screening today (May 14).
EXCLUSIVE: American Sniper producer joins Emily Blunt’s ‘Rocky-on-a-bull’ drama, talks new films.
Mika Kaurismaki’s costume epic is set in 1633.
EXCLUSIVE: New Alba Rohrwacher drama among trio.
EXCLUSIVE: Riz Ahmed, producer Kevin Loader join Rooney Mara drama.
Thunder Road Pictures has extended its deal with music financier Cutting Edge Group and CEG’s investment arm, Conduct, for an additional five films.
The New York-based film distributor has picked up North American rights to Shim Sung-Bo’s South Korean thriller Haemoo from Finecut in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Concorde has picked up rights to all German-speaking territories for Guillaume Nicloux’s Palme d’Or contender Valley of Love.
EXCLUSIVE: Disney has swooped on Latin American and Spanish rights to Kóblic, a thriller that reunites Argentinian idol Ricardo Darin with his Chinese Take-Out director Sebastián Borensztein.
EXCLUSIVE: The actor and producer’s Wild West Picture Show has come on board to produce the animation, which Double Dutch International (DDI) is selling in Cannes.
Dianna Agron and Paz de la Huerta will star in the drama, which premiered in Tribeca and Myriad Pictures has introduced to international buyers here.
Mortal Instruments to star opposite Hailee Steinfeld.
EXCLUSIVE: Pulp Fiction star boards in-demand thriller remake.
EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome inks US deal on werewolf thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: New Europe Film Sales secures deals for Benelux, Greece, Taiwan.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based WTFilms has sold Indonesian martial arts drama The Golden Cane Warrior to Well Go USA for North America.
EXCLUSIVE: Roman Kopelevich’s LA-based sales company is in Cannes with a varied roster of completed titles.
EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson have reported a strong early response to the apocalyptic creature horror, closing key territories in the early stages of the market.
EXCLUSIVE: Philippe Bober’s Coproduction Office has boarded world sales rights on Benjamin Dickinson’s SXSW award winner Creative Control.
EXCLUSIVE: Studio swoops on Mickey Rourke comedy-drama in North America, UK, Australia, more.
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) is to direct Hermann Hesse’s 1930 international bestseller and cult novel Narcissus and Goldmund.
EXCLUSIVE: Contents Panda, the sales arm of Korea’s Next Entertainment World (NEW), has signed a raft of deals on Lee Byeong-heon’s Twenty, including the sale of Japanese rights to NBC Universal Japan.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Mirovision has picked up international rights to romantic comedy My New Sassy Girl, the highly-anticipated sequel to 2001 hit My Sassy Girl.
Jennifer Fradlin, Patrick Chu and Selena Saldana are all in Cannes attending the market.
Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, in town with a slate that includes Anthony Hopkins thriller Go With Me, has closed a $20m production facility with First Republic Bank (FRB) to finance the second season of TNT show The Librarians.
Production has begun on Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie starring Digital Shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone.
EXCLUSIVE: Film4 boards distribution of Amy Winehouse doc.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has acquired North American and UK rights to the John Travolta thriller, which Diamond Pictures is selling on the Croisette.
EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong-based Bravos Pictures has picked up worldwide rights to two titles produced by leading Hong Kong filmmaker Pang Ho Cheung – Luk Yee-sum’s Lazy Hazy Crazy and Jason Kwan’s A Nail Clipper Romance.
EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts have closed key sales here on the conspiracy thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Tribeca title explores radical Islamic school.
Details have emerged of the new regional film fund being set up in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
EXCLUSIVE: Female sniper movie marks first Russia-Ukraine co-production in years.
EXCLUSIVE: Vienna based Autlook Filmsales has snapped up international sales rights to Songs Of Lahore, the new feature doc from Sharmeen Obey - the first Pakistani ever to win an Oscar - and Andy Schocken.
Cannes and luxury brand Kering’s new programme Women In Motion will honour Jane Fonda for her ‘unique and outstanding contribution to the film industry’ on May 17.
Pinewood Studios has launched a production services company in Ireland to help its TV and film clients take advantage of the country’s recently enhanced tax incentives.
The Weinstein Company closed a US deal at 6am on Thursday morning for boxing drama Hands of Stone starring Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro.
Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) has announced that Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, whose Leviathan won best screenplay at Cannes last year, will head the Golden Goblet jury at this year’s edition of the festival (June 13-21).
China’s Wanda Pictures has sold a string of Asian territories on Wuershan’s The Ghouls, includingTaiwan (CMC), the Philippines (MVP) and Singapore (Shaw).
Korea’s Finecut has pre-sold Min Kyu-dong’s erotic period drama The Treacherous, starring Ju Ji-hoon, to Pretty Pictures for France and French-speaking Swiss pay-TV.
The studio has snapped up rights from Pathé to Paolo Sorrentino’s drama ahead of its world premiere in Competition on May 20.
EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Woodrow flies into Cannes with a new finance and production venture that has raised $100m in equity and got behind six of the biggest titles to hit the market in the last two years.
The Competition entry starring Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe has found its US home.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron stormed into China on Tuesday, pushing Disney past the $2bn worldwide box office mark for the second consecutive year.
The Weinstein Company confirmed on Wednesday that the executive has taken over following the departure to IM Global of Michael Rothstein.
CANNES: French sales companies Gaumont and Wild Bunch have announced a raft of sales on Nicolas Winding Refn’s horror picture The Neon Demon, which is on the verge of wrapping in Los Angeles.
Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz will star in the biopic about the drug lord, which the company has introduced to buyers on the Croisette.
eOne in association with BBC Films has come on board to finance Ricky Gervais’ upcoming Life On The Road featuring David Brent, the character he immortalised in The Office.
EXCLUSIVE: Rachel Weisz to star in and produce true story; Protagonist launches in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Cast rounds on John Cameron Mitchell’s “punks and aliens” feature adapted from a Neil Gaiman story; HanWay boards sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Cornerstone to sell comedy from ParaNorman director.
Rebecca Hall, Michael Shannon and Ben Foster will star in the mystery that Fortitude International is selling in Cannes.
ROUND-UP: The distributor has moved the Bill Murray comedy from November 13 to October 23 this year.
EXCLUSIVE: Umedia boards rights to action-drama set to shoot in South Africa.
EXCLUSIVE: Other new titles on slate include Pattaya and Critics’ Week screener Learn by Heart.
EXCLUSIVE: Kurosawa shoots first ever French-language film.
Search Engine Films has acquired Canadian rights from Elle Driver to Cannes festival opener Standing Tall (La Tête Haute).
EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong-based Golden Network Asia has picked up international rights to Jackie Chan’s next project, $50m action comedy Railroad Tigers, to be directed by Ding Sheng.
Danish producer and Zentropa co-founder Peter Aalbæk Jensen is plotting a new English-language feature based on a novel by revered Out Of Africa author Karen Blixen.
EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nippon Television (NTV) has added Japanese historical drama Persona Non Grata, which was filmed entirely in Poland, to its Cannes slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has signed a string of pre-sales on Choi Dong-hoon’s Assassination, including North American rights, which have gone to Well Go USA.
EXCLUSIVE: On the eve of his first visit to the Cannes Film Festival, European Commissioner Günther Oettinger has challenged the European film industry to deliver evidence supporting their calls for maintaining the territoriality principle.
Noomi Rapace will play the most influential female opera singer of the 20th century in what is set to be one of the most glamorous projects on the market as Content commences talks with buyers this week.
Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone have joined the voice cast on Ratchet & Clank, which Cinema Management Group sells internationally here.
IM Global and talent managers Carlos Bobadilla and Brandon Guzmán have launched a joint venture management and production company with a focus on Latino talent.
EXCLUSIVE: The company has unveiled its Cannes slate led by Jean-Michel Cousteau’s nature documentary.
EXCLUSIVE: Leading Russian distributor Central Partnership is returning to sales after several years away and is in Cannes with a slate of big budget genre movies including sci-thrillers and historical action fare.
EXCLUSIVE: Family animation sells around the world for Global Screen.
The UK’s Sixteen Films is joining forces with French Le Pacte, German Pandora and Egyptian Film Clinic to co-produce Palestinian filmmaker’s Sameh Zoabi Gaza-set comedy Catch The Moon.
EXCLUSIVE: Signature takes UK rights to gangster sequel.
The distributor has acquired North American, UK and Australian and New Zealand rights to Ross Partridge’s drama.
Pacific Mercantile Bank’s Entertainment Industries Division (EID) has provided Mike And Marty Productions with financing for its legal thriller starring Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino.
Jinga Films’ werewolf western has also been picked up for distribution in the US, Middle East and Portugal.
As well as the US, Mor Loushy’s documentary has also sold to a raft of territories including Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Taipei Film Festival has announced that Cheng Wen-tang’s Maverick will open this year’s edition of the festival (June 26-July 12), while Tom Shu-yu Lin’s Zinnia Flower will play as the closing film.
She will star alongside Dakota Fanning and Helen Hunt in Ben Lewin’s road trip movie which is being sold by Embankment Films.
Details of daily publications, parties, panels and events hosted by Screen International.
Benelux distributor Cineart has been on its usual pre-Cannes buying spree, picking up several high profile arthouse and US indie titles both in official selection and in the market.
Kevin Williams Associates has closed a multi-territory deal with the Sundance Channel for its music doc, Killing Joke - The Death & Resurrection Show.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Universal’s Furious 7 took a further $17.38m in mainland China in the week May 4-10, which kept it at the top of the box office and pushed its cumulative gross to $389.26m.
The post apocalyptic zombie thriller, which is being sold by Altitude Films, will be distributed in the UK by Warner Bros.
Directed by Lone Scherfig and starring Gemma Arterton, the romantic wartime comedy will shoot this summer.
Heading into the market eOne’s boutique sales arm has announced key territories on Xavier Dolan’s upcoming drama to star Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye and Gaspard Ulliel.
Buyers queue round the block for StudioCanal’s pre-Cannes promo event.
Tom Hardy, Cannes-bound with Mad Max: Fury Road, is lining up to star in what would be a red-hot market title as an SAS veteran with PTSD in Journey To Samarkand.
The Santa Monica-based sales agent will handle international rights in Cannes on the documentary that recently opened SXSW.
Warner Bros has unveiled details of the action film’s international roll-out on more than 16,000 screens in the coming days.
ROUND-UP: The distributor has acquired US rights to the supernatural thriller following the premiere in Berlin’s Generation strand. Separately the comedy Balls Out has found buyers in North and Latin America.
The Oscar winner will star in the genre film that Voltage Pictures is fully financing and produces with Nahikari Ipiña via her Sayaka Producciones. Voltage commences pre-sales on the Croisette this week.
Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne will star in Luc Besson’s big-screen adaptation of the French sci-fi graphic novel.
The distributor has picked up two films on offer in the market, taking US rights to Atom Egoyan’s Remember starring Christopher Plummer and Bryan Bertino’s upcoming There Are Monsters.
Floria Sigismondi of The Runaways fame will direct the drama about broken lives and new beginnings in Las Vegas.
Special guests at The American Pavilion during the festival will include Amy Poehler, Salma Hayek and John C Reilly.
TV veteran David Lyle has been named inaugural president of the new television and content producers’ trade association.
EXCLUSIVE: Political satire starring Matthew Macfadyen co-written by Ida’s Pawel Pawlikowski.
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov’s detention by the Russian authorities has been extended by yet another two months to July 11.
The two-time Oscar winner will be among the first teachers on the online platform alongside Serena Williams and James Patterson.
Best Of Enemies, directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, will screen as the festival’s Opening Night Gala on June 17.
Fortissimo Films has acquired international rights to Canadian filmmaker Stephen Dunn’s directorial debut Closet Monster.
Shanghai Media Group Pictures will market and distribute Arclight Films’ The Stone Forest in China.
Japan’s new promotional initiative, Japan Day Project, is launching a seminar series, ‘New Gateways to the Japanese Industry’ (May 16-18), at this year’s Cannes film festival.
The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is holding retrospectives of the work of Shuji Terayama and Orson Welles at this year’s edition of the festival (October 22-31).
Daredevil documentary played at Sundance and SXSW.
The UK distributor has also acquired Cell starring Samuel L Jackson and Frankestein with Carrie Anne Moss and Danny Huston.
The film features Fifty Shades Of Grey star Dakota Johnson.
The Japanese distributor has picked up rights to the culinary documentary about Danish chef Rene Redzepi from TrustNordisk.
It is the latest feature from director Christophe van Rompaey, whose 2008 film Moscow, Belgium won three awards in Cannes Critics Week that year.
Also playing as part of the 14 night open air programme at London’s Somerset House will be Guy Ritchie’s A Man From U.N.C.L.E and Me And Earl And The Dying Girl.
The Italian auteur is to receive the Pardo d’onore at the Locarno Film Festival in August.
Genre sales outfit Devilworks has boarded Adam Egypt Mortimer’s horror Some Kind Of Hate.
Kirsten Dunst will star in the feature directorial debut from Rodarte fashion label founders Kate and Laura Mulleavy.
EXCLUSIVE: MPI Media Group has added the comedy presented by Errol Morris to its Croisette sales slate.
Hou Hsiao-hsien’s period Chinese drama to world premiere in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
David Thwaites joins from Phoenix Pictures.
Ed Gass-Donnelly directs psychological thriller; AMBI to commence sales in Cannes
The stars have aligned on several late-breaking projects in Cannes as Sierra/Affinity brings a Liam Neeson spy thriller and Lotus Entertainment boards a WWII thriller with Lily James and Christopher Plummer.
Stuart Ford and his sales team will introduce buyers to the thriller, which Image Nation Abu Dhabi is fully financing.
Is Netflix set to dominate this year’s headlines?
EXCLUSIVE: The former Pretty Pictures acquisitions chief heads to the Croisette with her freshly minted consultancy and a prestige stable of clients and films.
Sales executive to “pursue other opportunities”.
EXCLUSIVE: The Chilean genre specialist has announced the actors on board the low-budget survival thriller ahead of the May 15 start in the southern part of the country..
Japan is launching a new promotional initiative designed to boost the global market for Japanese films, TV, manga and other contents – Japan Day Project (JDP) – at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced a series of industry initiatives for this year’s edition of the festival (Dec 9-16), including the return of co-production market Dubai Film Connection (DFC).
In South Korea, filmmakers are protesting a recently announced cut in funding from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) for the beleaguered Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).
EXCLUSIVE: Punjab-set drama Fourth Direction to premiere in Un Certain Regard.
Tim Grierson has been appointed senior US critic for Screen International.
Philippe Garrel’s film set to open Directors Fortnight
Isabella Rossellini to discuss on and off camera sexism in cinema at Cannes’ Women in Motion event; other female-focused Cannes events include #SeeHerNow twitter campaign.
Fox/Pinewood Pictures’ Spooks: The Greater Good is the week’s highest new entry with $1.6m (£1m) from 419 sites.
Gravity director to preside over the jury of the 72nd Venezia.
Scott Graham’s drama stars Ruth Negga of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
m-appeal has picked up Argentinian director Gabriel Lichtmann’s How To Win Enemies ahead of the Marché du Film in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Titles include thriller The Barber starring Scott Glenn.
Prison drama is from the producer of Dallas Buyers Club and exec producer Mark Wahlberg.
UPDATED MAY 11: Marvel’s early summer tentpole once again ruled the international marketplace and has the $1bn worldwide target within sight as it prepares to open in China on Tuesday.
UPDATED MAY 11: Marvel Studios and Disney celebrated as Avengers: Age of Ultron grossed a confirmed $77.7m to retain pole position with ease as Warner Bros’ Hotel Pursuit flopped in second place.
EXCLUSIVE / UPDATED: Stuart Ford’s sales team will commence talks with international buyers on the Croisette on Spike Lee’s comedy musical.
EXCLUSIVE: US-based FiGa Films has lined up a Cannes slate that includes Paz Fabrega’s Tribeca 2015 selection Viaje and Berlin entry The Fire from Juan Schnitman.
Pre-sales to commence at Cannes.
First titles include Jeff Nichols’ Loving and Sean Penn’s Flag Day, starring daughter Dylan Penn.
French director is the first woman and only the fourth person to receive the honour after Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood and Bernardo Bertolucci.
EXCLUSIVE: Visit Films chief Ryan Kampe has beefed up the slate and flies to Cannes with four new titles led by the Critics’ Week selection.
The studio has swooped on US rights to the untitled Lucas & Moore Project in a timely move for international rights holder Bill Block on the eve of Cannes.
Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe are reuniting with their Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas to play the young Republican consultant Karl Rove and strategist Lee Atwater alongside Amanda Seyfried.
C3 Entertainment, Grand Peaks Entertainment and The Exchange are preparing the big-screen return of the iconic property, which will be available to buyers on the Croisette next week.
Kirk D’Amico’s Santa Monica-based company heads to the Croisette with international sales rights to the Aaron Paul thriller.
Los Cabos Goes To Cannes cements partnership on the Croisette.
Jack Of The Red Hearts and In My Father’s House were among the winners on Friday night at Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment’s inaugural Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) in Arkansas.
EXCLUSIVE: Sequel to the hit Danish comedy to include cameos from Isla Fisher, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
The ninth edition of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) is set to take place from June 3-7.
EXCLUSIVE: Concourse Film Trade, a division of Matthew Shreder and Andrew Felts’ freshly minted Concourse Media, has bulked up its slate heading into Cannes.
Douglas Booth will portray the poet Percy Shelley in pioneering female Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour’s anticipated follow-up to Wadjda. HanWay will start international sales in the south of France next week.
The producer has acquired film rights to Josh Karp’srecently published book Orson Welles’s Last Movie: The Making Of The Other Side Of The Wind.
EXCLUSIVE: Paula Modersohn-Becker biopic to star Carla Juri.
EXCLUSIVE: Films by Petri Kotwica and Jan Prusinovský are among four new titles acquired by Media Luna New Films ahead of next week’s Cannes Marché.
EXCLUSIVE: Dutch Features Global Entertainment (DFGE) is to begin pre-sales in Cannes on a Dummie the Mummy sequel.
UPDATED MAY 8: The Marvel Studios/Disney tentpole had reached $735.3m worldwide by Friday and was poised to cross $500m heading into its third international weekend.
EXCLUSIVE: Stoner comedy marks the debut feature of the Lennox Brothers with a cast including Alice Lowe and Billy Boyd.
Latido Films taking drama starring Barry Keoghan and Klaus Maria Brandauer to the Cannes Marche.
EXCLUSIVE: Drama is directed by Klaus Härö and will head to next week’s Cannes Marche.
Lifetime award to the director of My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father.
CANNES: The collaborators on the A Haunted House franchise have found another property to lampoon. Separately, the company has found the actor to play Barack Obama in Southside With You.
EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Bort heads to the Croisette with an inaugural slate as president of the rebranded boutique international sales and distribution company.
CANNES: Nadine de Barros and her team will kick off talks on the Croisette on the upcoming Sam Claflin starrer about one of the great cult heroes of English football.
EXCLUSIVE: Baltasar Kormákur is lining up an autumn shoot on the Icelandic and English-language crime-thriller, a late addition to the LA-based company’s Croisette sales slate.
ROUND-UP: Image Entertainment has acquired all US rights from Voltage Pictures to the thriller Return To Sender starring Rosamund Pike.
Dylan Wiley has been appointed president of specialty releasing at ambitious Los Angeles-based Broad Green Pictures.
The studio has secured a November 13 US slot for Angelina Jolie Pitt’s Unbroken follow-up, weighing anchor firmly in awards season.
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely will follow their writing gig on the Captain America series with Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Part 2.
The actress will appear on screen for the first time with her father Kurt Russell in Summit Entertainment and Participant Media’s upcoming oil rig disaster thriller.
Highland Film Group (HFG) has come on to handle sales on animated family adventure Savva and biopic LaMotta: The Bronx Bull.
EXCLUSIVE: The Toronto-based genre specialist has picked up Mickey Keating’s SXSW Midnight thriller and Yam Laranas’ psychological thriller.
Cinefondation and Short Films juries also announced.
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate UK COO leaves indie-major, looks to partner with Red Bus Group.
EXCLUSIVE: Heading into Cannes the Los Angeles-based sales agent has acquired international sales right to the retro family comedy from Brittany House Pictures and Emedia Films.
Media Zone Authority restructure will not impact SANAD Fund.
Move combines global film production, distribution in new division.
Festival organisers announced its gala screenings ahead of the Los Angeles event set to run from July 9-19.
The crime thriller stars Sullivan Stapleton, Alex Russell and Jessica De Gouw and will open theatrically in late summer.
EXCLUSIVE: The Los Angeles-based sales agent will start talks with buyers on the Western starring Claude Duhamel.
Father and son wine tour tale reunites directorial duo Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern with Gérard Depardieu and ...
EXCLUSIVE: Vincenzo Natali will direct Toronto-based Copperheart Entertainment’s adaptation of the novella In The Tall Grass.
The Sundance Institute has announced the 13 projects selected for the 2015 June Directors and Screenwriters Labs.
The Look of Silence and new music from members of Sigur Ros to open festival; Monty Python documentary to close.
The San Francisco Film Society announced the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival winners at the Golden Gate Awards party on Wednesday evening.
France, Germany, Spain, South Korea make deals on gay rights drama.
Braden Bowen’s Archstone Distribution has acquired worldwide sales rights to the Dolph Lundgren feature.
Hungry Hearts, Cub exec Louis Tisné launches production outfit.
Action thriller stars Til Schweiger
Newly filmed version of the stage production stars Maxine Peake as Shakespeare’s Dane.
Documentary centres on the Copenhagen-based restaurant that serves everything from ants to fermented cricket and live shrimp.
Johannes Bah Kuhnke stars in underwater thriller.
Animated circus film features the voices of Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Ian McKellen, Sylvester Stallone and Danny DeVito.
The European Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy has failed to allay growing concerns within the European film and TV industries about the Brussels-based institution’s response to the digital revolution.
Chinese director Ju Anqi’s Poet On A Business Trip won the 16th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF)’s Grand Prize in the International Competition.
Leading Chinese executives including producer and former Cannes jury member Shi Nansun to participate in discussions.
Retrospective will focus on Japanese independent cinema from the past 15 years and includes Cannes favourite Naomi Kawase.
The A-list cast on FilmNation’s Nazi thriller is taking shape as it emerged that Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell, Jack Reynor and Mia Wasikowska have come on board.
Merced Media has put its second sales title into the market and brought on Good Universe to handle pre-sales on comedy The True Memoirs Of An International Assassin.
Voltage Pictures will fully finance and produce Christoph Waltz’s directorial debut as the new-look sales team heads to Cannes to launch pre-sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Top brass at Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival have renamed last year’s inaugural MIFFecito four-day mid-season event.
The sales agent has dropped a Jon Hamm project into the market and will introduce buyers to the Radar Pictures’ action thriller that Brad Anderson will direct.
EXCLUSIVE: The Exchange has picked up worldwide rights heading into Cannes on the rom-com starring Olivier-winner Jack Lowden alongside Freya Mavor.
EXCLUSIVE: UK broadcaster joins finance of Jean Doumanian, WestEnd drama.
Proposals include an end to “unjustified geo-blocking” and a modernisation of copyright law.
First Nick Park animated feature since Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
EXCLUSIVE: Drama starring Isabelle Huppert due to shoot this June.
EXCLUSIVE: Other new titles on the Cannes slate include films by Nicole Garcia and Cristian Mungiu.
The Montreal-based distributor has picked up Canadian rights to Elvis & Nixon and The Odyssey and co-acquired with Elevation Pictures The Founder.
Danish documentarian Michael Madsen’s The Visit premiered in Sundance and chronicles humanity’s first hypothetical meeting with extraterrestrial life.
The British Academy Of Film And Television Arts New York has appointed Julie La’Bassiere and Lisa Harrison as CEO and COO, respectively.
Noomi Rapace to play seven sisters in What Happened to Monday?, co-starring Glenn Close.
EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based company will kick off international sales in Cannes on the Sundance drama starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder.
EXCLUSIVE: Victor Vu’s Yellow Flowers On The Green Grass is set in 1980s Vietnam.
EXCLUSIVE: Anick Poirier has bulked up Seville International’s Cannes slate and will commence talks with buyers on the drama from Sophie Deraspe.
Tribeca Digital Studios and The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation are again teaming up with director Judd Ehrlich for another youth-sports focused documentary.
Bittersweet love story stars Jeremy Irons and Olga Kurylenko.
First wave of titles unveiled for 19th edition of Montreal’s genre film festival .
Teaser clip of Herzog’s documentary about the relationship between humans and volcanoes to be screened at Cannes.
The 12 titles include Jafar Panahi’s Berlinale winner, Roy Andersson’s Venice victor and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Sundance prize-winner.
Producer of Toronto title Atlantic to replace Rutger Wolfson at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
A six-stage, $205m (£135m) film and TV production facility in Scotland could be open for business by early 2017 if plans submitted this week are given the go-ahead.
Bollywood star Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing a homeless man in a hit-and-run incident in 2002.
Locarno Film Festival’s co-production lab, Open Doors, is dedicated this year to four countries from the Maghreb: Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.
EXCLUSIVE: Hailee Steinfeld and Tom Wilkinson will star in the adaptation of Caren Lissner’s YA novel that Mimi Steinbauer and her team introduce to buyers on the Croisette.
The star of the Hobbit films and TV hits Sherlock and Fargo has come aboard the cast of Marvel Studios’ upcoming 2016 release.
EXCLUSIVE: Edge of Tomorrow star to take on role of female bull-rider.
White Horse Pictures and Studiocanal will launch international sales in Cannes on Ron Howard’s authorised documentary about The Beatles’ early career.
EXCLUSIVE: Recent Oscar nominee Laura Dern will star alongside Ellen Burstyn and Sebastian Koch in Jennifer Fox’s investigative thriller The Tale that Charlotte Mickie and her team will introduce to the Croisette.
Michael Nyqvist and Famke Janssen will star in the Hitchcockian thriller set to begin production in July.
Top brass at the 21st Los Angeles Film Festival have announced the US Fiction, Documentary and World Competition sections.
The distribution and sales arm of Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group will commence sales in Cannes on the CGI family animation boasting the talents of Alec Baldwin and John Cleese.
Summerstorm Entertainment and Vandal Entertainment have tapped Kellan Lutz to star in the action-thriller. Highland Film Group will handle sales in Cannes.
Company president Jason Moring announced his Double Dutch International team has added the Emily Dickinson project to its Cannes sales roster.
ROUND-UP: Screen Media Films has acquired US rights to the film starring Jason Schwartzman. In other news, ARC has acquired Freedom, Kino Lorber will release Patch Town and Rialto has set a release for its restored version of The Third Man.
EXCLUSIVE: Talks underway for a new European Audience Prize.
The actor previously did voice work on two Plympton shorts – Santa, The Fascist Years and The Flying House – and served as executive producer on the filmmaker’s Cheatin’.
The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) has announced two affiliate relationships with South Africa’s Independent Producers Organization (IPO) and Malaysia’s Creative Content Industry Guild (CCIG).
Lionsgate’s Zygi Kamasa commits to making “independent British films at the forefront of cinema worldwide”.
EXCLUSIVE: Calum Gray rejoins Celsius from Independent.
The Legend Of Barney Thomson to world premiere at the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).
French actress and long-time Alain Resnais collaborator to preside over jury to select the best first film presented at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.
More than 3,000 fans attended London event on Star Wars Day (May 4).
Fox’s Far from the Madding Crowd narrowly edges out Universal’s Unfriended as the week’s highest new entry.
Mystery thriller from Park Jung-bum wins pitching prize.
South Korean festival grows focus on alternative, experimental and “adventurous” cinema.
Martin Scorsese’s Silence, based on Japanese author Shusaku Endo’s novel, will wrap on May 15 after filming for 14 weeks in Taiwan.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Local releases You Are My Sunshine and Helios slowed down but did not derail the Furious 7 juggernaut at the China box office last week, with the film grossing a further $45.63m for a cume of $370.83m.
Documentary about the teenager who survived a shooting by the Taliban to get awards season release.
A Conspiracy of Faith shoot begins today and follows Danish box office hits The Keeper of Lost Causes and The Absent One.
In what looks set to become the Marché’s hot-ticket equivalent of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout, the Netflix chief content officer is scheduled to take part in an on-stage conversation on May 15.
Heading into the Cannes world premiere, details have emerged of the international buyers on Thunder Road and Black Label Media’s drug cartel thriller.
ROUND-UP: CBS Films has acquired US rights to David Mackenzie’s action heist thriller starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. Sierra/Affinity commences sales in Cannes.
Patrick Wachsberger’s Lionsgate International team will commence sales in Cannes in select territories where output deals do not apply on the thriller that reunites Thunder Road with Keanu Reeves.
Adam Egypt Mortimer directed the film that premiered at the Stanley Film Festival on May 2.
EXCLUSIVE: Protagonist to launch sales in Cannes ahead of Norway shoot; Rory Culkin and X-Men’s Caleb Landry Jones to star.
EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner is Cannes-bound with world sales rights to the prestige Vincent Van Gogh ‘painted animation’ starring Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan, Jerome Flynn and Chris O’Dowd.
The New York-based sales agent has picked up worldwide rights to Jesus Town USA and 3 Still Standing and international rights to Planetary.
ScreenCraft, a Hollywood-based service dedicated to connecting screenwriters with industry insiders, has expanded horizons.
Participant Media has promoted Sam Neswick to the newly created position.
MAY 5 UPDATE: Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron grossed $19.1m on Monday as the international running total climbed to $459.5m.
UPDATED MAY 5: Marvel Studios’ superhero tentpole erupted into 4,276 theatres across North America at the weekend to deliver the second biggest three-day debut in history.
The sales agent has commenced international sales on the Sigma Films and Thruline Entertainment horror supported by Creative Scotland.
Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson will commence sales in Cannes on the Starz original TV series adaptation starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Danny Huston, and Kelly Lynch.
The distributor has picked up writer-director Andrew Renzi’s feature debut and recent Tribeca selection starring Richard Gere. Fortitude International handles sales in Cannes on behalf of QED International.
EXCLUSIVE: Picturehouse, Element team on Yorgos Lanthimos’ Cannes entry.
EXCLUSIVE: Mark Cuban’s 2929 backs road-trip heart-warmer sold by Embankment.
Mister Smith Entertainment to begin international sales at Cannes Marche.
The San Francisco Film Society has announced the three winners of 2015 SFFS Documentary Film Fund awards.
Employment reform negotiations end in stalemate with union poised to set new rate cards.
MAY 1 UPDATE: Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron heads into its second weekend all but assured of continued supremacy on $287.3m internationally and $27.6m from North American Thursday previews.
EXCLUSIVE: International Film Trust heads to Cannes with sales rights to the recent Tribeca world premiere starring Jessica Biel.
EXCLUSIVE: Company to also market premiere First Growth [pictured], a family drama set in the vineyards of Burgundy.
Content Media has added another tile to its market roster, taking worldwide rights to Adam Rehmeier’s action feature Save A Bullet For Me.
Lea Pool’s drama went home with a handful of major honours as the 16th annual film festival concluded in southern California on April 30.
UK company to produce two bestselling novels Pomegranate Soup and Genus as first feature projects
Roskino and Russian Cinema are joining forces for the first time to present companies in the Russian Pavilion at the forthcoming Marché du Film in Cannes.
Malaysian motorcycle action thriller marks Stephen Windon’s directorial debut
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron has maintained its lead in the social media buzz chart after a week on release.
Merced Media and Block Entertainment announced the untitled female comedy to be produce by Judd Apatow that Bill Block will introduce to buyers on the Croisette.
The New York-based distributor is moving into development on the project for the in-demand director of True Detective.
The Red Granite International subsidiary has dropped a Marcus Nispel project into the Cannes market in the form of the maritime horror film.
Lisa Wilson will kick off pre-sales in Cannes on the comedy package buoyed by the plum casting of recent Oscar winner JK Simmons alongside Emile Hirsch.
Co-founders Stuart Ford and Mark Stern have announced a raft of new product led by a swoop on rights to Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical bestseller.
The comedy starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will open on August 21, while Power Rangers is shunted from July 22 2016 to January 13 2017.
EXCLUSIVE: Pathé/Gurinder Chadha partition drama sets cast ahead of shoot.
The database managed by the Cannes market has partnered with Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ray Bell’s cloud-based marketplace.
EXCLUSIVE: Toronto-based Raven Banner Entertainment has secured worldwide rights to the mutant shark-infested, Nazi zombie creature feature and will start sales in Cannes.
Eco documentary is from the Oscar-winning director of March of the Penguins.
EXCLUSIVE: Funding body greenlights shorts from women directors.
Pelican Point Capital Partners via its media arm Pelican Point Media has formed Golden Gate Media in association with Cassian Elwes.
EXCLUSIVE: Nicola Pearcey promoted at indie major.
The Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films (EFF) project is on the Grindstone/Lionsgate Films US distribution slate. Highland Film Group will introduce to Cannes buyers.
Documentary examines the story behind Claude Lanzmann’s seminal Holocaust film.
Microwave International partnership will commit up to $385,000 (£250,000) towards feature film; Indian mentors include Vishal Bharwaj, Ritesh Batra and Vikas Behl.
The distributor snapped up North American rights and plans a pre-theatrical release for the horror title on May 12 followed by theatrical on June 19.
Panorama Europe Film Festival has announced 16 films to be showcased from May 29-June 14 in New York.
Other titles in new talent competition include Sundance hit The Diary of a Teenage Girl and Taiwan’s The Furthest End Awaits.
Thailand’s Ministry of Culture will host the Thai Pitch event at Cannes again this year, where projects will be presented by three directors including Wisit Sasanatieng (Tears Of The Black Tiger, Citizen Dog).
ITV Studios has acquired a minority stake in Monumental Television, the fledgling indie set up by film producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward.
Asian premiere for Vincent Cassel feature at new 4,000-seat stadium.
Japanese studio Toei has launched a major digital restoration programme of its extensive library, starting with Kinji Fukasaku’s Battles Without Honor And Humanity, which is screening in Cannes Classics next month.
Rock Baijnauth’s documentary about an annual competition among coffee makers.
Esponda Productions, Vesuvio Entertainment, Rocky Mountain Pictures and Disarming Films announced that Amy Berg’s documentary about child sexual abuse in Hollywood will get a limited US release.
Section to also include celebrations of Ingrid Bergman and Orson Welles as well as screenings of The Terminator and Jurassic Park 3D.
Organisers at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announced the complete line-up of 450 films from 92 countries on Wednesday. The festival runs from May 14-June 7.
The British Film Institute (BFI), the UK’s lead organization for film, is bracing itself for further cuts to its budget after the general election.
EXCLUSIVE: Kill Your Friends, Return to Sender among pick-ups.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales agent snaps up two US indie features - one exec produced by Spike Lee - ahead of Cannes.
Feature documentary will focus on the fastest man on Earth.
Vincent Van Gogh biopic will see 60 artists produce 57,800 oil paintings to make up the film, starring Douglas Booth and Saoirse Ronan.
Serbian director Vuk Rsumovic’s No One’s Child and Slovak filmmaker Ivan Ostrochovský fiction debut Koza were the big winners at the 15th edition of the goEast Festival of Central and East European Film (April 22-28) in Wiesbaden.
Other nominees include Glassland, I Used To Live Here, Noble and Song of the Sea.
INFOGRAPHIC: Disney and Sony secure the most mentions among the studios.
Production house behind Berlinale award-winner Rainbow (Dhanak) and Sundance winner Umrika.
Competition titles revealed; exclusive first footage to screen from Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and Disney’s Zootopia.
Film industry veterans Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder have unveiled their London and LA-based company and strategic alliances with London’s Potboiler Films and Berlin-based X Filme.
Wild Tales director Damián Szifron is to write the screenplay for the feature adaptation for TWC-Dimension.
The LA-based company has acquired North America and most international rights to the Chilean mine collapse survival story and will channel the US release via its Warner Bros output deal on November 13.
EXCLUSIVE: The former president of international at SSG has joined the company in the run-up to Cannes.
Seville International to begin sales on It’s Only The End Of The World at Cannes; MK2 to handle in France.
EXCLUSIVE: The French-Canadian director, whose Sicario is set to premiere in Competition in Cannes, has paid tribute to the “master” Ridley Scott.
Other winners at the French film festival in LA include Alix Delaporte’s The Last Hammer Blow and documentary Steak (R)evolution.
BAFTA LA has announced the 2015 BAFTA US Student Film Awards will be held on June 25 in Beverly Hills.
EXCLUSIVE: Glen Basner’s New York-based company will introduce the prestige mystery starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal to international buyers next month.
Mandeville Films is partnering with YouTube powerhouse Fine Brothers Entertainment on an untitled original series.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 has become the highest-grossing film ever in China.
Oscar-winner, who worked with Peter Jackson on the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, most recently collaborated with Russell Crowe on The Water Diviner.
EXCLUSIVE: Sundance documentary, co-directed by the filmmaker behind Oscar-winner Twenty Feet From Stardom, centres on an explosive series of televised political debates.
Los Angeles Film Festival top brass have announced pre-screenings including Rick Famuyiwa’s Sundance hit Dope and Pete Docter’s Cannes world premiere Inside Out.
Mel Gibson to film special trailer for the festival; plans for Lebanese cinema focus and tributes to late US actor John Cazale and Chris Penn.
Promo of Danish drama to be screened at Cannes next month.
Geo-blocking and territoriality were high on the agenda when European Commissioner Andrus Ansip met with members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education for an ¨exchange of views¨ in Strasbourg.
The filmmakers describe the Gold Circle project as The Fault In Our Stars meets The Sixth Sense. Good Universe will commence international sales in Cannes.
Joel Silver has secured financing from Canadian drug store mogul Daryl Katz to beef up his long-running company.
EXCLUSIVE: David Hare writes courtroom drama about Holocaust denier David Irving
The Montreal-based sales outfit will commence international sales on the Croisette on the Critics’ Week selection.
UPDATED: The Seven Arts Entertainment CEO, his wife Susan and lawyer Michael Arata have been found guilty of conspiracy to wire fraud in Louisiana to the tune of $1.1m.
Average tickets prices for the first quarter 2015 in the US climbed 2% against the same period in 2014, according to fresh data from the National Association Of Theatre Owners (NATO).
The Filmmakers behind Saving Mes Aynak have announced a global screening day to spread awareness about a 5,000-year-old Buddhist archaeological site in Afghanistan on the brink of destruction.
Disney’s latest superhero outing posts biggest April opening, biggest Saturday ever for the distributor and the eighth-biggest opening of all time.
The European Film Academy’s (EFA) chairwoman Agnieszka Holland has spoken of a ¨crisis of content¨ in European cinema and called on the continent’s broadcasters to invest more in ambitious TV series.
Films include a collaboration between Sing Sing prison inmates and a leading contemporary dance company from Turner Prize nominated visual artist Phil Collins.
Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), set to run from May 5-9, has announced the panel series covering topics addressing women, diversity and the entertainment business.
Deborah Williams to support roll out of ‘Three Ticks’ diversity initiative across all BFI funding activity.
The Chicago-based distributor of this year’s best foreign language Oscar winner Ida has announced key staffing changes.
EXCLUSIVE: Robert Sheehan, Joely Richardson, Lily Cole star in horror.
David Gordon Green returns to his alma mater to present Manglehorn; local newcomers impress with Homeless feature.
Penny Dreadful picked up three awards at the British Academy Television Craft Awards.
APRIL 27 UPDATE: The Marvel Studios tentpole signalled an early indication of its global potential, while Fast & Furious 7 crossed $1bn for Universal in a mammoth box office session.
APRIL 27 UPDATE: Universal’s global smash, which crossed $1bn at the international box office on Sunday and stands at $1.321bn worldwide, retained pole position in North America in its fourth session.
The action behemoth has became the third film to cross the milestone as Universal’s international distribution chief hailed its broad appeal, enduring love for Paul Walker, “immediate repeat viewings” and a huge result in China.
The Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles have unveiled a three-year study on the careers of female directors.
Tribeca top brass announced the winners of the two awards sponsored by AT&T on Saturday as the festival neared its conclusion.
The highly regarded young executive has been promoted to president of international sales and distribution at Avi Lerner’s Los Angeles-based company.
CANNES: The studio is poised to snap up US rights to Bold Films’ thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, with Sierra/Affinity handling international sales on the Croisette.
The distributor has made a seven-figure offer for US rights on the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere.
EXCLUSIVE: Company to launch Radu Mihaileanu’s The History of Love and Studio Ghibli co-production The Red Turtle.
Top brass at the 16th annual California festival have announced the Irish, Chinese and Korean Spotlights.
Heading into Cannes the company has bulked up its sales slate with international rights to the drama starring Jason Sudeikis and Jessica Biel.
Mexican director Bernando Arellano’s Beginning Of Time won best film in the Tiantan Awards of this year’s revamped Beijing International Film Festival, while Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem won best director and best visual effects.
Virgin Mountain and Bridgend were among the winners at the 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival; King Jack and Transfatty Lives take the audience awards.
John Fremes has joined Voltage Pictures as president of international sales and distribution and will report to president and COO Jonathan Deckter.
Hollywood is targeting local language production more than ever as studios and independent finance and production players align themselves with international partners.
Sir Peter Bazalgette is to deliver a keynote address exploring ways in which a newly elected government should support the UK creative industries as part of Screen Internationals’ annual Creative Week event (June 1-3, 2015).
Paramount Pictures has announced that it plans to expand its office in China and shift its business operations from Shanghai to Beijing.
Avengers sequel outguns rivals.
After two days Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age Of Ultron has soared to an estimated $44.8m from its first 26 territories, teeing up what looks likely to become an epic launch.
Studio executives used the CinemaCon platform to unload dates for two of its biggest franchises as well as a host of others.
Official Selection for 2015 line-up completed with extra titles for Competition, Un Certain Regard, Special Screening and Midnight Screening strands.
More than five years after the studio acquired rights to Oren Peli’s follow-up to the ground-breaking Paranormal Activity, Paramount Insurge has unveiled distribution plans.
The Londoner will report to the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts Los Angeles CEO Chantal Rickards.
Sundance Institute also reveals dates of second Hong Kong edition.
EXCLUSIVE: Pinewood Pictures exec to leave UK outfit after three years.
Patrick Wang’s The Grief of Others set for international premiere in the selection.
The 16th annual California festival will present A Brilliant Young Mind, Set Fire To The Stars and A Little Chaos on Friday.
Marvel Studios’ Avengers sequel assembles in 32 territories this weekend in what tees up a thunderous showdown with Fast & Furious 7 that could see both titles pull in more than $100m apiece.
EXCLUSIVE: SVOD service secures exclusive global distribution rights to epic Locarno winner.
EXCLUSIVE: The European Commission (EC) is planning changes to its Creative Europe programme from 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: Arts Alliance to screen award-winning documentary in cinemas worldwide.
The crime thriller will open day-and-date theatrically and on VOD on June 19. Peter Bogdanovich’s daughter Antonia Bogdanovich makes her feature directorial debut.
The distributor has picked up Canadian rights to Mia Donovan’s Deprogrammed and Heddy Honigmann’s Around The World In 50 Concerts ahead of Toronto Hot Docs.
Marvel Studios’ superhero sequel got off to a flying start on Wednesday as Disney top brass said it opened at number one in all of its first wave of markets.
Following its launch at the Berlin film festival, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is bringing a delegation of 17 film companies and organisations from eight countries to the Cannes film festival and market.
The recently rebranded distributor has cut a deal with Summerstorm Entertainment following the thriller’s recent world premiere and Golden Raven Award win at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.
Sony has set The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to take Spider-Man back to his graphic roots and has set a release date of July 20, 2018.
The digital and VOD distributor has acquired North American rights to Robin Williams’ final film.
Artistic director jumped at chance to premiere My Golden Years.
EXCLUSIVE: WestEnd heads to Cannes with doc about controversial ballet star. First look still released.
IFC president Jonathan Sehring to discuss the importance of creative risks at Screen International event.
Harkness Screens has launched its Curolux suite of screen monitoring solutions for digital cinema.
EXCLUSIVE: Julianne Moore drama becomes highest-grosser for UK distributor.
MPAA member studios prevented more than 19,000 tons of studio sets and other waste from entering landfills in 2014, the trade body announced on Earth Day on Wednesday.
Russell Crowe’s feature directorial debut will kick off the 16th annual festival (NBFF) in California, set to run from April 23-30.
Documentary follows four friends on a 3,000 mile journey on horseback.
Xin Cheng Jiang’s sci-fi love story wins at Beijing Film Market.
Event returning to London for the first time in nearly a decade after of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Takashi Miike, Jeremy Saulnier and Jaco Van Dormael among line-up; Jia Zhangke to receive Golden Coach.
Xavier Dolan, Sophie Marceau and Sienna Miller also among those on the Cannes Film Festival’s Competition jury
CANNES: QED Holdings CEOs Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine have engaged Fortitude International to sell their slate that includes Rock The Kasbah and The Family Fang.
Oliver Schmitz to direct Philomena star.
The former Continental Media partners head to Cannes with a new venture that encompasses sales and marketing, led by sales titles Safelight and Sun Belt Express.
Brad Pitt will act in his second Michael Lewis adaption after Moneyball alongside Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei.
National Association Of Theatre Owners John Fithian championed the theatrical experience with typical gusto on Tuesday, predicting this year would surpass all that had come before it at the US and global box office.
EXCLUSIVE: The Solution Entertainment Group is packaging the psychological thriller for Wolf At The Door’s Brazilian director.
Paramount has appointed Jill Brody to svp of worldwide marketing partnerships and brand integration.
The distributor has pounced following the April 19 world premiere of the rom-com starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg.
The feature will mark the first time Steven Spielberg has directed a Disney-branded feature.
The Los Cabos International Film Festival is bestowing a $56,000 prize from Labodigital on the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI).
Discovery Channel exec to replace Heather Croall at documentary festival.
Seoul-based 4D specialist CJ 4DPLEX has signed deals with Indian multiplex titan PVR Ltd and two Japanese exhibitors to bring 4DX technology to their movie theatres.
The world premiere of cult web series creators 5-Second Films’ first feature Dude Bro Party Massacre III will screen at the upcoming festival as top brass introduced the Zeitgeist and Nightfall sections.
Award-winning director’s Waiting For The Sea opened the Rome Film Festival in 2012.
EXCLUSIVE: US, UK, France, Germany deals for LGBT sports drama.
Films from Dubai, Guadalajara and Buenos Aires among line-up.
Denmark’s Katja Adomeit and Germany’s Ingmar Trost among upcoming European producers set to be showcased at Cannes.
Three features in advanced development at new all female company.
Richard Abramowitz will release the musical comedy in New York City on July 24 and The Orchard will complement the theatrical release with a day-and-date North American digital launch.
Cast of London-set noir thriller includes Screen Stars of Tomorrow Cush Jumbo and James Floyd.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: With Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 grossing $186.58m in its first full week at the China box office, the spoils were thinly spread for every other film on release.
Steve Hoover’s documentary received its world premiere at Tribeca on April 16.
The Sundance Best Of Next audience award winner will open theatrically in the autumn as a campaign launch for Girls star Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon.
Elie Wajeman’s The Anarchists, starring Palme d’Or winner Adele Exarchopoulos and Cesar winner Tahar Rahim, to open Critics’ Week
Walt Disney Studios’ evp of theatrical distribution Dave Hollis has encouraged exhibition and distribution to step up their partnership to ensure cinema-going remained the first choice of consumers.
The studio has moved Ninjago back by a year from September 23 2016 to September 22 2017 in 3D.
EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s international sales division will commence pre-sales next month on psychological thriller Border Crossing, based on the novel by Pat Barker.
Round-up: IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros have signed a multi-picture deal to release up to 30 films through 2020. Separately, Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition unveils its live streaming platform this week.
EXCLUSIVE: Divergent star Theo James joins cast as shoot gets underway and first still is revealed.
EXCLUSIVE: Icelandic film to receive world premiere in Un Certain Regard competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
Top three remains unchanged for the third week in a row; eOne’s Child 44 is the highest new entry with $755,000 (£505,422) from its 444 sites.
EXCLUSIVE: Wigwam Films’ Under the Shadow underway in Jordan.
Former Disney chief Dick Cook’s announcement of the launch of Dick Cook Studios, with $150m in Chinese financing, was one of several deals unveiled at the Beijing Film Market (BFM), which wrapped on Monday night.
Amy Winehouse documentary from the director of Senna will play in the Midnight Secreenings section of the Cannes Film Festival.
Weerasethakul, Davies and Van Dormael also rumoured to be headed to parallel section.
Ann Hui’s The Golden Era continued its awards sweep at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday night, winning five prizes including best film and best director.
Village Roadshow Pictures Asia (VRPA) and Beijing-based Hairun Pictures have entered into a strategic film production alliance and unveiled a slate of five features.
Heyi Pictures, the film arm of Chinese streaming giant Youku Tudou, signed six partnership deals with content publishers and new distribution channels at the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) today.
Sky Atlantic has postponed airing Alex Gibney’s controversial documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, due to British libel laws.
UPDATED APRIL 20: Fast & Furious 7 generated an extraordinary $166.9m confirmed weekend haul to soar to $857.9m internationally and reach the highest global mark in the studio’s 103-year history.
UPDATED APRIL 20: Universal’s smash action release, which this weekend became the studio’s biggest global hit of all time on $1.152bn, held on to North American pole position on $29.2m for a confirmed $294.5m after three weekends.
The Canadian distributor has swooped on Asif Kapadia’s anticipated documentary about the late Amy Winehouse, set to premiere in Midnight Screenings on the Croisette.
Alonso Ruizpalacios’ Güeros premiered in Berlin last year. Separately, IFC Midnight has taken tonight’s Tribeca world premiere Stung off the table.
Talking after the announcement of the Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection on Thursday, festival chief Thierry Fremaux reveals Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise might still make it into competition and his habitual fears for the films he selects.
Five-time Palme d’Or nominated director to world premiere latest film in parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival.
Elizabeth Banks’ comedy sequel for Universal will close Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment’s inaugural festival while the world premiere of TriStar Pictures’ War Room will open the event, set to run in Arkansas from May 5-9.
The European digital technologies specialist is rolling out its platform via subsidiary Direct Cinema North America (DCNA).
EXCLUSIVE: Misfits and Northern Soul star leads cast on London thriller.
Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema prevented from showing the film on its UK release date; Curzon defends move; BFI issues statement.
The former head of Film4 has resigned from her post as National Theatre chief executive after less than six months in the job.
Filmmakers including Darren Aronofsky, Tsui Hark and Jean-Jacques Annaud discussed the key factors that help a film travel at the Beijing International Film Festival’s Co-production Forum today.
The distributor has acquired North American theatrical, digital and home entertainment rights to the 2015 SXSW documentary spotlight audience award winner.
EXCLUSIVE: Manchester-born director describes story’s ‘personal resonance’.
Hanway Films secures deal with Lionsgate for UK rights; producer Stephen Woolley says the twist in the film trumps The Crying Game.
Universal executives confirmed on Friday that the action smash had crossed the milestone in an industry record 17 days.
The superhero sequel is smashing records before it is even released.
Thomas Daneskov’s low-budget DIY drama The Elite (Eliten) has won the New Talent Grand PIX at Copenhagen’s CPH PIX.
New projects by Karabey, Aydogan, Sakaoglu among award winners at Istanbul Meetings
Alcon Entertainment is in negotiations with the Canadian star to join Harrison Ford on its sci-fi sequel, which Cannes Palme d’or contender Denis Villeneuve will direct.
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Woody Allen, Asif Kapadia, Natalie Portman and Pete Docter set for Out of Competition screenings.
More cast announced for Larry Charles comedy about one man’s search for Osama Bin Laden.
Ken Loach, Simone Bitton, Walter Bernstein, Annemarie Jacir and Elia Suleiman among signatories of petition; Locarno Film Festival issues statement.
EXCLUSIVE: Feature documentary interviews sons of high ranking Nazi officials.
The Cinemadanube platform will stream independent European festival hits that have not been available theatrically to US audiences.
Filmmaker to give masterclass ahead of French theatrical release of Nymphomaniac Directors’ Cut.
Australia’s biggest ever delegation to the Beijing Film Festival includes producer Alan Lindsay, who is seeking Chinese partners for the animated family film Piccolo The Dolphin Prince, written and directed by Greg Mclean, whose gory breakout film was Wolf Creek.
The British actor-director revealed stories from Die Hard, Harry Potter, Robin Hood and his latest film, A Little Chaos.
Andrew Herwitz will launch sales in New York this week on a quartet of titles led by A Ballerina’s Tale.
San Francisco-based ro*co films has secured international rights to a slate of films including three Sundance selections that will launch at MIPDOC/MIPTV.
The latest collaboration between director Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy will open the 41st Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) on May 14.
The company has acquired world sales rights to the documentary ahead of its world premiere in Tribeca on Saturday (April 18).
Cannes Film Festival parallel section to announce full line-up on April 21.
In her expanded role the executive will oversee a division responsible for negotiating the production and talent deals across a broad portfolio of films.
Abderrahmane Sissako to head the Cinéfondation and Short Films jury.
EXCLUSIVE: Staff, slate segue to existing UK sales and production outfit.
Teaser trailer released of period drama starring Carey Mulligan about women’s fight for the vote.
Breaking Glass Pictures is partnering with Jay Paul Deratany’s new distributor as they work together to build a slate.
The benefits and potential downfalls of film funds and the strength of genre films were among topics covered during Frontières panel at BIFFF, hosted by EAVE and moderated by Tailored Films’ Ruth Treacy.
TrustNordisk has closed numerous territories on the new fantasy-adventure film The Shamer’s Daughter.
Arclight Films has sold Roel Reine’s Admiral - set for a gala screening at the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) - to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
MIPTV: Dogwoof secures deals across the Nordics and Netherlands.
Carol Morley’s The Falling to screen In Competition.
Execs from AMC, Deluxe and Sony join LA operation.
The joint venture between Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) and Ivanhoe Pictures will build a local-language slate in China, South Korea and India, among others, and will be led by John Penotti who replaces Jim Tauber as SKE president.
Top brass at the new studio launched by Robert Simonds and TPG Capital have shed more light on the marketing executive suite in the run-up to the July 31 launch of maiden title The Gift.
The red-hot director of the first season of True Detective will direct and serve as executive producer on the serial killer series for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.
Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights from Films Boutique to Peter Greenaway’s fact-based drama.
Sundance NEXT FEST will return to The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles from August 7-9, marking the second year at the venue and the third in Los Angeles.
The former president of Fox Television Studios will help build the client roster at the online global marketplace for film and TV rights.
Lone Scherfig to direct BBC Films’ wartime romcom; HanWay to handle worldwide sales.
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov’s detention in Russia’s Lefortovo prison has been extended once again - this time until May 11 after a decision by the regional court judge Elena Kaneva.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 scored the biggest opening day ever in China on Sunday (April 12), according to EntGroup figures, grossing $63.24m in a single day.
Global Screen sells German-language drama to North America, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and South-East Asia
A number of emerging Danish filmmakers are embracing a new DIY attitude, as evidenced by some exciting debuts at Copenhagen’s CPH PIX festival this week. It might not be an identifiable new wave, but it marks a new ethos.
The Imitation Game and Sherlock star issues call for support after backing the UK’s oldest operating purpose-built cinema.
Japanese studio behind Godzilla also focusing on co-finance deals.
UPDATED: The widely admired former president of Fox International Productions has been named president of international film and television at Sony in a huge boost to the studio’s global co-production and local-language ambitions.
A female director will open the festival for the first time in nearly 30 years.
Festival cancels competitions and closing ceremony after dozens of directors withdraw films following removal of documentary Bakur from programme.
The president of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment is stepping down after 10 years to set up a private psychotherapy practice with his wife.
The Slow West director will take part in the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts Brits To Watch: The Screenings series.
The fourth edition of the festival, set to run in Mexico from April 23-29, will feature three world premieres of Mexican productions and 53 international premieres.
Bloom Media and Embankment Films are among a slew of new clients to sign on to the SaaS rights and content management specialists.
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired US rights to Morgan Matthew’s feature directorial debut.
Bikas Mishra’s drama Four Colors (Chauranga) earned the grand jury prize for best feature as the 13th annual Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles (IFFLA) concluded on Sunday.
The Weinstein Company (TWC) has optioned television rights to Truman Capote’s 1966 bestseller with Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski’s Flying Studios on board to produce.
EXCLUSIVE: eOne nabs North American rights to 3D animation.
EXCLUSIVE: UK seller signs US comedy-horror ahead of Cannes.
New York-set drama stars Girls actor Christopher Abbott and Sex & the City’s Cynthia Nixon; MFI taking the film to Cannes Marché.
eOne’s The DUFF is the week’s highest new entry with $1.3m (£891,248) from its 392 sites, including previews.
Staff at Breaking Glass Pictures are in mourning following the sudden death of chief financial officer Justin Giani. He was 25.
Director Alma Har’el, known for blurring lines between documentary and fiction, previously worked with LaBeouf on a Sigur Rós music video.
Distributor to release films from horror fantasy film festival under FrightFest Presents banner.
EXCLUSIVE: Timur Bekmambetov’s 3D children’s animated series Alisa Knows What To Do! has been picked up for distribution in North America.
Screen’s Andreas Wiseman to join experts from British Council as well as film PR, distribution, production and marketing.
Projects new to Screenbase include Ricky Gervais’ satire Special Correspondents, Garth Davis’s survival tale Lion, and Nadav Lapid’s The Kindergarten Teacher.
APRIL 13 UPDATE: The action franchise that keeps on giving for Universal soared to $3.18bn worldwide thanks to an estimated $259.2m worldwide weekend haul that boosted the running total to $801.5m.
APRIL 13 UPDATE: Universal’s global blockbuster – now at $801.5m – soared to $251.5m on the back of a confirmed $59.6m second weekend number one hold.
The veteran executive and producer arrives as senior vice-president of development and production and will immediately shepherd a rom-com about President Obama and the First Lady’s first date.
In a shock development, the company’s CEO is stepping down after eight years.
Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard will produce Jessica Knoll’s upcoming novel.
A little over one week after announcing his departure from Columbia Pictures as president of production, the in-demand producer has closed a three-year deal with Universal Pictures.
Brooklyn-based producer Film First announced a pair of deals on its documentary about music legend Mavis Staples.
Statement from star Sylvester Stallone says: “It is important to protect the rights of creatives”.
Italian-American actress and director to head Un Certain Regard jury.
Charles Gant has been appointed as UK critic for Screen International.
EXCLUSIVE: Diana Elbaum, Katriel Schory among speakers, strands added.
BAFTA also announces date for the next Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.
This year’s Odessa International Film Festival has again been denied any state funding by the Ukrainian State Film Agency (USFA).
The action sequel, which has crossed the $500m mark, has lit up social media channels in its first week of release.
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and the gang are expected to hold on to the global box office crown this weekend as the film reached $526.8m through Thursday morning.
Family feature will go head-to-head with Under The Skin and Pride.
Move follows recruitment of colourist Paul Ensby, who recently completed DI work on Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary.
Busy Lionsgate made two significant and separate announcements on Thursday, lining up an S-VOD service with the organisers of Comic-Con and extending its Grindstone partnership with Emmett/Furla Films.
The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences and ABC Television Network have revealed dates for the next three Oscars shows.
The online global marketplace for film and television rights has unveiled DealWizard to handle complex data and terms and recognise the key role that relationships play in negotiating and closing deals.
Kino Lorber has acquired all US and Canadian rights from Le Pacte to Israeli film-maker Nadav Lapid’s The Kindergarten Teacher.
The distributor cut the North American deal on the inner-city drama with XYZ Films.
Bold’s Michel Litvak and Matthew Rhodes have announced the company’s first project since its awards season duo Whiplash and Nightcrawler.
The New Zealand-based marketing data, analysis and campaign creation and management specialist Movio has launched its product allowing studios and distributors to track film-goer behavior.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has picked up North American rights to the LGBT drama from Swiss feature directorial debutant Philippe Audi-Dor.
Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has announced the 10 recipients of the 2015 TFI Latin America Fund and introduced Los Cabos Film Festival and Labodigital as new partners.
Bolster European players and force global internet giants to adhere to local fiscal and financial obligations related to culture, say directors.
The European Commission (EC) may be showing some flexibility on its stance towards its plans for copyright reform following extensive protests from the European film and television industries in recent weeks.
Top brass at Universal Pictures International (UPI) said the studio was on course to reach the box office milestone in record time on Wednesday (April 8).
The studio is teaming up with its family of The Hunger Games film-makers and taking on Homer’s paean to ancient Greek heroism and ingenuity.
The line-up of speakers has been announced for the Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC), taking place over April 11-12.
The former Lotus Entertainment executive arrives as president of production and will get to work on a director-driven, commercial slate.
The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) and Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) have selected the finallists for the latest round of SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants.
K5 snaps up all non-US rights to drama starring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson.
Award-winning documentary centres on the shooting of a black teenager and the subsequent trial of his killer.
Paris-based industry veteran, who also works with actor Amr Waked, deepens ties with Egypt.
Celtic crime thriller was Ireland’s Oscar submission.
Feature documentary to use hit stage adaptation to explore autism.
Sundance Institute and Drishyam have unveiled the artists and creative advisors for the inaugural Drishyam | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab set to run in Goa, India, from April 12-16.
The Chinese JV triumvirate of China Movie Channel Program Center, Jiaflix Enterprises and 1905 Pictures are teaming up with Electronic Arts on the English-language sequel.
EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Classics to re-release banned 1930’s film.
The company has picked up US rights from Seville Pictures International to James Napier Robertson’s festival favourite starring Cliff Curtis as the New Zealand chess prodigy and youth leader Genesis Potini.
Production companies in New Mexico will be allowed to pre-assign tax rebates to third parties under a new law approved on Wednesday by Governor Susana Martinez.
Hamptons International Film Festival executives have announced participants for 14th annual Screenwriters’ Lab, set to run from April 10-12.
The Tribeca Film Institute has announced the 2015 recipients of the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund.
The Imitation Game star has been nominated for his leading role in BBC drama Sherlock.
France’s Atlantique Productions and Italy’s Cattleya enter into two-title co-development and production deal
Imax Corporation and The Walt Disney Studios have renewed their exhibition relationship with a multi-film deal that runs from this year through 2017.
Marvel Studios has announced Joe and Anthony Russo will direct the two-part story.
Nearly one year after its opening night slot in Cannes, it emerged that the biopic starring Nicole Kidman will not get a US theatrical release.
The executive recently served as vice-president and will continue to report to Cinedigm Entertainment Group president Bill Sondheim.
President and CEO Mimi Steinbauer has hired the former Voltage Pictures senior executive as she seeks to broaden the company’s content creation mandate.
EXCLUSIVE: Ensemble cast features Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi; sales to launch at Cannes Marché.
The tenth anniversary South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) will screen The Japanese Dog for the event’s opening night in Los Angeles on April 30.
Disney’s Cinderella and Fox’s Home prosper over the Easter weekend with minimal drops to reach $16.6m (£11.2m) and $22.5m (£15.14m), respectively.
Frost/Nixon star to be joined by Andrew Scott and Kelly Macdonald in a biopic of the 1920s British mountaineer.
Stars of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and 300 join Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel in Saroo Brierley biopic, which The Weinstein Company acquired at Cannes 2014.
The distributor has picked up North American rights to Mickey Keating’s SXSW Midnight thriller.
ITV is in talks to acquire the television division of The Weinstein Company for up to $950m, according to reports.
The Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) has unveiled the 15 competition titles and four gala premiees that will screen at this year’s edition (April 16-23), including opening film Maraviglioso Boccaccio, directed by Italian auteurs Paolo and Vittorio Taviani.
Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment’s inaugural event has secured the network as part of a guaranteed jigsaw of distribution for prize-winners.
The QED International founder has branded as “specious” all claims against him.
Laura Bispuri’s Sworn Virgin won the Firebird Award in the Young Cinema Competition at this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), which wrapped on Monday night.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Wu Jing’s Wolf Warrior topped the China box office in the week March 30-April 6, grossing $32.58m in its opening four days.
EXCLUSIVE: Wellcome Trust partners with festival on two-day lab.
Ivan Ostrochovský’s boxer drama Koza has been named Best Film at the 20th Vilnius International Film Festival.
London-based publicity exec promoted to senior vice president role.
The streaming giant has taken another potential theatrical release off the table, acquiring world rights to the Ricky Gervais satire.
Oscar winner John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co and Furst Films are teaming up with IM Global on an untitled musical romantic drama and Cannes sales title with Grammy winner Miguel in talks to star.
The company has swept past the milestone in its second fastest time behind 2010 when Avatar was king of the world.
The initiative runs now through April 17 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and will be followed by another residency later this autumn.
The New York-based distributor will release Giovanna Morales Vargas’ feature directorial debut documentary currently in production.
Drafthouse Films is understood to have paid low seven figures for the SXSW thriller from Girlfight director Karyn Kusama.
As president of marketing Kaminow will report to company founder Megan Ellison and gets to work on a slate that includes Richard Linklater’s That’s What I’m Talking About.
APRIL 6 UPDATE: The world belongs to Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and the gang as the roar of revving engines heralded an euphoric weekend for Universal ahead of what is expected to be a massive summer for the industry.
Universal’s North American portion of global domination generated a confirmed $147.2m as the action release stormed to the top.
Bob Buchi has been named president of worldwide home media distribution at Paramount Pictures.
WWE Studios has formed an alliance with UK producer-financier Richwater Films to co-produce and co-finance two titles.
Tribeca Film Festival organisers will stage DEFCON’s hacking conference, Oculus Story Studio’s virtual reality experience and a special event with A$AP Rocky.
APRIL 4 UPDATE: Universal’s latest entry in its world-beating action franchise added a studio record $59.1m on Friday to race to $120.6m internationally.
The distributor has taken world rights from Ratpac Entertainment to the Hank Williams drama starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen.
Universal chiefs have put the late Paul Walker at the forefront of the global marketing campaign for Fast & Furious 7, which is expected to break box office records when it roars into action this weekend.
Magnolia Pictures has taken all North American rights to Rick Alverson’s Entertainment, while in a separate deal Drafthose Films will distribute The World Of Kanako in North America.
The New York-based Submarine Entertainment co-president, sales agent and producer will receive the 2015 Advocate Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
The world lost its oldest active director on Thursday when the Portuguese film-maker died in Oporto. He was 106.
Lionsgate-Summit’s YA adaptation had reached $100.1m as of Thursday.
Lantica Media has completed principal photography and the first stage of editing on the action-comedy in the Dominican Republic.
The American Sniper producer has set his sights on the sci-fi adventure for AMBI Group. AMBI Distribution handles international sales and will introduce the project in Cannes.
Festival organisers have announced the 2015 jury and added Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Labour Of Love to the line-up.
British Council is partnering with Mexican national film body IMCINE, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Docs DF and Ambulante to create Docunexion, a two-stage feature documentary training and mentorship programme.
The lawyer acting on behalf of the founder and former CEO of QED International branded as ‘absurd’ on Wednesday evening the infringement and unfair competition lawsuit filed by the QED principals.
Steve Nickerson has joined the company as president of home entertainment as Broad Green also announced the hires of former Summit duo Sandy Friedman and Bobby Gerber.
The festival is set to run from April 23-30 and will present 134 films from more than 20 countries.
London LGBT film festival records biggest box office to date.
Action sequel races to the top of the charts ahead of Cinderella.
Documentary festival to focus on
Projects new to Screenbase include Burr Steers’ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Mattie Do’s horror Dearest Sister.
Winners of animated edition of Viewster Online Film Fest (#VOFF) revealed.
Top brass have launched Lionsgate Premiere, a multi-platform channel of up to 15 Lionsgate and Summit films a year that kicks off in autumn with Chinese epic Dragon Blade followed by zom-com Cooties.
Bob Simonds’ STX Entertainment has officialy sealed the deal on its 18-film co-financing and distribution agreement with the private Chinese company.
QED Holdings co-CEOs file trademark infringement and unfair competition suit.
As reported on Screendaily last week, production is underway in Rome on Paramount Pictures and MGM’s retelling of the classic adventure starring Jack Huston in the title role.
Kerem Sanga’s The Young Kieslowski earned Best American Independent Feature award as the 18th Sonoma International Film Festival came to a close.
The Screen Awards are back for a sixth year, celebrating the very best of marketing, distribution and exhibition in the film industry.
FDA president hopeful of less seismic EU digital reform.
Comedy documentary, featuring Tom Hanks among others, premiered at Sundance.
Love, Rosie producer acquires film rights to YA novel about a 1,200 mile horse race.
Sylvain Biegeleisen’s Twilight of a Life to open the documentary film festival in Switzerland.
Directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi to make monster movie for release in 2016
International press head was part of the “foundation” of the festival.
Sarajevo’s co-production market’s first batch of projects includes new films by Erol Mintas, Ivana Mladenovic
Director refuses to accept trophies in protest over immigrant issues in Greece.
Some 200 titles set to screen at South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival.
The studio is fast-tracking the Boston Marathon Bombing thriller and possible Mark Wahlberg star vehicle that pits it against Fox’s rival project Boston Strong.
Andrew Karpen’s ambitious New York-based distributor has struck a licensing deal with the digital giant making Prime Instant Video the exclusive subscription platform for its theatrical releases.
The Franco-American Cultural Fund on Tuesday announced the line-up for 19th COLCOA French Film Festival, set to run in West Hollywood from April 20-28.
Author Rachel Kushner will select a batch of films at the 42nd Telluride Film Festival, set to run from September 4-7.
The Tribeca Film Festival presented by AT&T will host a centennial celebration of Frank Sinatra next month.
EXCLUSIVE: Acclaimed drama one of three deals for UK indie.
All3Media has acquired Call The Midwife and Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street Productions.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Boosted by a visit to China by star Colin Firth, Kingsman: The Secret Service topped the China box office on its opening weekend, grossing $24.25m in three days.
Film Independent has unveiled a year-round partnership with Netflix to support documentary filmmakers.
San Francisco Film Society announced complete line-up for the 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs from April 23-May 7.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) is planning to launch a two-day ‘market’ this June dedicated to emerging distribution models.
The German film and TV industries were mourning on Monday the death of director, writer and producer Helmut Dietl from lung cancer. He was 70.
UPDATED APRIL 1: Jane Levy and Justin Chatwin star in the sci-fi musical, which Random plans to take on limited theatrical release in the US in the autumn.
The Pinewood Group is to raise $44.3m (£30m) to part-fund the expansion of its Buckinghamshire site in the UK.
The Canadian media giant has appointed a new executive vice-president of marketing and two sales executives.
EXCLUSIVE: Qatari institutions forge new strategic alliance to deepen research into region’s burgeoning media scene as well as collaborate on other initiatives.
Black Bear Pictures’ Matthew McConaughey adventure has found its US home after TWC-Dimension beat out rival bidders with what is believed to be a $15m MG and $20m-plus P&A commitment.
Nicolas Winding Refn has started principal photography on the horror tale from Space Rocket Nation starring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves. Gaumont and Wild Bunch jointly represent rights.
The UK star joins the Blue Dream Studios animation as the voice of Zoe Huntington alongside husband John Krasinksi.
The Toronto genre specialist has picked up international rights to Mattie Do’s Lao-European horror feature.
Screen Gems will open the Jane Austen mash-up on February 19, 2016.
BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson is to join JJ Abrams indie Bad Robot to lead its television division.
EXCLUSIVE: Six-parter produced by Rainmark Films readied for spring 2016.
Thierry Fremaux to address women and the film industry as part of a joint venture with new sponsor Kering.
Documentary from the director of An Inconvenient Truth centres on inspirational young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.
The director of the upcoming summer release Jurassic World will direct for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment based on an original screenplay by novelist Gregg Hurwitz.