uMedia to handle sales on film also starring Franz Drameh and Adam Bakri.
The co-production market element of the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax has announced the producers in an inaugural project exchange with Mexico’s Los Cabos International Film Festival and Brazil’s RioContentMarket.
Los Angeles-based Prominence Films is ramping up for an early August start in and around California on its first feature, Of Fortune And Gold.
A new brand extension deal from Sundance Institute top brass with The Metroplex will present Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects from September 19-28 at the newly opened nine-screen cineplex in Kowloon Bay.
The Tokyo International FIlm Festival will unveil a new award for its Competition section, the WOWOW Viewer’s Choice Award.
Dogged by cancellations, Secret Cinema has a lot to prove with its production of Back to the Future. Michael Rosser went back to 1955 to find out if it was worth the wait.
As Guardians of the Galaxy rockets onto screens this week, social media is buzzing over the new film.
Occupant Entertainment is to produce a feature of video game Dead Island with Deep Silver, the video game publishing label of Koch Media.
Bristol’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (September 16 – 21) has added a three-day industry forum.
Programmers and Tate Modern director also added to jury headed by Bela Tarr.
More than 200 critics and 100 filmmakers take part in poll.
German sales outfit acquires Samuli Valkama feature.
Wroclaw New Horizons roundup: works in progress include Close Ups and I, Olga Hepnarova.
Jon Stewart’s feature directorial debut and potential awards contender is set to premiere in Toronto next month.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes swung to top spot last weekend but Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy is standing by to knock the primates off their perch.
The Snow White And The Huntsman spin-off stars Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron has shunted The Mummy into a summer 2016 slot.
Film Movement has acquired US rights to Marie’s Story (formerly Marie Heurtin) ahead of its world premiere slot in Locarno.
Saban Films is gearing up for its first release of The Homesman and has hired Azniv Taschyan as vp of finance and Jonathan Saba as vp of marketing.
The Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) hierarchy has promoted Michael Pavlic to president of worldwide creative advertising.
AMBI Distribution, the international sales arm of Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group, has hired JJ Nugent to work in acquisitions and international sales.
Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), in partnership with the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms Initiative has announced five grant recipients of the 2014 TFI New Media Fund.
The Sundance Film Festival has entered into a partnership with Poznan’s Transatlantyk Film Festival to present a selection of its titles at the forthcoming fourth edition running from August 8-14.
China Lion Film picks up Nicholas Tse, Gao Yuanyuan starrer But Always from Emperor Motion Pictures for North America, Australia/New Zealand
The only filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki would ever acknowledge as his apprentice to be celebrated at TIFF.
New shorts commissioned from Mark Cousins, Penny Woolcock and John Akomfrah.
Director of ‘71 to be showcased at New York and Los Angeles events.
King of Mahjong to be directed by Adrian Teh.
The studio has acquired feature rights to Lois Duncan’s 1974 novel Down A Dark Hall and set Rodrigo Cortés to direct and Twilight saga author Stephenie Meyer to produce.
Aaron L Gilbert and Brenda Gilbert’s Vancouver-based company will produce the psychological drama starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss and Natasha Lyonne.
Leaders at the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) said the chief content officer will receive this year’s Industry Tribute at the 24th annual Gothams in New York on December 1.
Fox International Productions has named Michael Andreen svp of production, effective August 1.
Waypoint Entertainment and Netter Productions’ drama has begun shooting and will film on location in Massachusetts and Japan. Ken Kao and Alex Walton’s Bloom represents international rights and launched pre-sales in Cannes.
Vancouver-based Rainmaker Entertainment, the company behind Ratchet & Clank and Sly Cooper, has promoted Tara Kemes to the new position of vp of culture and talent.
Expendables 2 director talks crowd-funding, a Con Air sequel and Tolkien & Lewis.
EXCLUSIVE: Simon West is working on Mods and Rockers with iconic band in talks to collaborate.
Team will be based in London and Burbank, and follows an expanded partnership between the studio and J.K. Rowling.
Into the Wild star joins the directorial debut of Submarine star Craig Roberts.
Daniel Ribeiro’s The Way He Looks was named best feature at New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender film festival while Brumby Boylston’s Cruising Electric took audience award for best short.
After cancelling four shows, Secret Cinema will begin its run of Back to the Future on July 31.
A total of 13 new films will compete for the $67,000 prize.
French actor Dominique Pinon and Serbia’s Milos Bikovic have joined the cast of Roman Prygunov’s DuhLess 2, the sequel to his 2012 box-office success based on Sergey Minaev’s eponymous novel.
Michael Winterbottom, Mike Leigh and Michel Hazanavicius among those to attend the festival.
Kids director to world premiere The Smell of Us at Venice Days.
Michael Wintbottom’s The Face of An Angel, Kevin Smith’s Tusk and Peter Strickland’s The Duke Of Burgundy will receive their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival; new documentaries from Joshua Oppenheimer and Nick Broomfield are also among TIFF’s second wave.
Woody Allen’s 1920s feature to close Sarajevo at the city’s Open Air Cinema.
Seth Grossman directed Schorr Pictures’ horror film about an intervention-style reality TV show.
EXCLUSIVE: Real-life ‘Catch Me If You Can’ drama being developed by ’71 producer Angus Lamont.
EXCLUSIVE: Origin Pictures, Paines Plough, BBC Films launch writing scheme
Cinedigm Corp and Robert Halmi Jr’s Great Point Media have signed a multi-picture distribution and production output deal.
The distributor has acquired all US rights to Vanessa Lapa’s documentary on the secret personal writings and photographs of Heinrich Himmler as well as mystery Winter In The Blood.
Second edition of San Sebastian Film Festival strand to feature six action sports films including the long-awaited sequel to motorcycle racing classic On Any Sunday.
Nightmare on Elm Street star and comic-book legend set for horror festival.
Film-maker Kleber Mendoça, who won the FIPRESCI Prize at Rotterdam and Wroclaw’s New Horizons for his fiction feature debut Neighbouring Sounds in 2012, will be in Locarno next month as part of an almost 60-strong Brazilian delegation.
British Board of Film Classification aims to increase public understanding of 12A rating after research revealed 27% of cinema-goers were unclear about its meaning.
Director Mike Cahill will return to the independent film festival, where he screened his sci-fi feature Another Earth in 2011.
Around 900 professionals from a range of diverse backgrounds will receive training bursaries of up to £1,600 under Creative Skillset’s Diversity Fund.
Comic-Con 2014 sparked 1.7m social media mentions as Warner Bros dominated the conversation, according to social media experts Way To Blue.
Paul Candland has been named to the newly created position of president of The Walt Disney Company, Asia.
The former president of Buena Vista International has been named COO of DreamWorks Animation while Ann Daly is promoted to president.
EXCLUSIVE: Cinema Management Group has licensed the Rufus Sewell horror-thriller from Mickey Liddell’s LD Entertainment in a slew of markets.
Former Syfy president of original content Mark Stern has come on board as president and partner in the new venture, IM Global Television.
Feature films were worth an estimated £1.6bn ($2.7bn) to UK broadcasters in 2013, according to new research by the British Film Institute.
Sundance Institute has announced the participants for its annual Creative Producing Labs and Creative Producing Summit, both of which take place from July 28-August 1 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.
Rising star leaves new project from Felix van Groeningen, director of The Broken Circle Breakdown.
Director Roman Polanski to hold a public masterclass at Swiss festival.
Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein In Guanajuato and Alex van Warmerdam’s Schneider vs. Bax among those to receive a share of €8.5m ($11.4m) from the new Netherlands Film Production Incentive.
House of Tomorrow will produce feature films as well as drama and comedy series.
Distribution and training programmes face budget cuts in 2015.
In Korea, the 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) wrapped with Andreas Prochaska’s Austria-Germany Alps cowboy co-production The Dark Valley picking up the Best of Puchon award.
Fox’s sequel retains top spot with $6.4m (£3.8m) second weekend; Paramount’s Hercules muscles in with $2.46m (£1.45m).
Evil Dead and Inbetweeners stars join cast of fantasy feature.
Psychological drama stars Ruta Gedmintas, Tom Hughes and Tasha Connor.
UPDATED JULY 28: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes reached the international box office summit at the weekend as a confirmed $54.8m from 12,247 screens in more than 61 markets dethroned Transformers 4.
EuropaCorp’s thriller starring Scarlett Johansson delivered a strong debut through Universal as box office for the top 12 matched the comparable session of 2013.
Hollywood rolled out the big guns at Comic-Con on Saturday as Zach Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice promotion topped the chart of social mentions with 112,108 according to Way To Blue.
Top Croatian winners are Number 55, The Reaper and Happy Endings; Concrete Night wins international competition.
Marvel Studios repeated last year’s triumph with another rousing finale to three days of Hollywood presentations that sparked near hysteria as virtually the entire cast of Avengers: Age Of Ultron descended on Hall H.
Sir Ben Kingsley became yet another British star to make his Comic-Con debut as he joined a Focus Features panel to promote Laika Entertainment’s The Boxtrolls on Saturday.
A Legendary Entertainment panel heavy on action footage provided the perfect platform for Comic-Con favourite Guillermo del Toro to sneak footage from Crimson Peak and poll the crowd on the idea of a pair of future projects.
Nine years after the original hit theatres, director Robert Rodriguez and co-director Frank Miller returned to San Diego with key cast from their latest story and said they had already begun talks for a third episode.
UPDATED JULY 26: Paramount and MGM’s adventure starring Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock stormed into Russia on Thursday on an estimated $2.6m to reach $5.2m by Saturday.
David Dobkin’s drama to open TIFF in September.
If there is a theme emerging at this year’s Comic-Con it is British talent making splashy show debuts and Daniel Radcliffe did not disappoint as he delighted Hall H on Friday (25) to promote Horns.
Fox hosted a starry, two-hour Hall H presentation that featured Guillermo del Toro, Colin Firth and Samuel Jackson, the cast from The Maze Runner and a surprise appearance by rapper Biz Markie who performed his hit Just A Friend.
Kevin Smith ruled the final Hall H session on Day 2 of Comic-Con (25) in his annual Q+A slot and used the occasion to enthuse about his return to film-making for what he called his best film.
Sources have confirmed to Screendaily that the actor is in negotiations to star in Marvel Studios’ upcoming adaptation.
Tom Rothman’s Tristar Productions has taken a major project off the independent table and acquired worldwide rights to the thriller in which Jodie Foster will direct George Clooney.
Benedict Cumberbatch - who else? - ruled Comic-Con on opening day Thursday with 22,254 mentions on social media, according to research compiled by Way To Blue.
Artistic director says US focus on local market may have contributed to Venice missing out on the new films.
108 Media has acquired worldwide rights to the martial arts film ahead of its North American premiere at Fantasia.
BSkyB has completed a deal to create Sky Europe, bringing together Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland in a multi-billion pound deal.
Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev wil direct Deity, an English-language remake of Indian hit thriller Kahaani for YRF Entertainment.
Deborah Zipser has joined IM Global and will head business and legal affairs.
Fans got a double surprise at the Paramount panel on Thursday afternoon (24) as first Matthew McConaughey and then Christopher Nolan took to the stage to talk up the upcoming sci-fi.
Around $20m in direct annual investment in film production has escaped the knife in a package of changes that will reduce Screen Australia’s current annual budget by $US5.18m (A$5.5m).
Young filmmakers to participate in the 5th New Horizons Studio.
Inaugural two-day industry event to be held as part of the Zurich Film Festival.
Event cinema organiser cancels weekend performances.
The Purge: Anarchy generated strong buzz ahead of this weekend’s release but Dawn of the Planet of the Apes remains king of the swingers.
Benedict Cumberbatch earned a rapturous reception from the adoring masses in Hall H during his maiden Comic-Con appearance at the DreamWorks Animation panel on Thursday (24) and hinted at future visits.
Jeff Bridges spoke of his 19-year journey to bring Lois Lowry’s novel to the big screen at a thoughtful panel hosted by The Weinstein Company on Thursday (24).
Merger ties in with Senator Entertainment’s restructuring strategy.
Paramount Pictures International’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction will cross $700m this weekend.
UK film sector buoyant but BFI stats reveal local declines.
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to David Kennard’s A Year In Champagne.
Principal photography has begun on The Weinstein Company’s Adam Jones (formerly The Chef) starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman and Daniel Bruhl.
The top talking point heading into Comic-Con 2014 was The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, according to research conducted by Way To Blue.
David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill and Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence among competition titles.
Alberto Rodríguez, Carlos Vermut, Jon Garaó and JM Goneada will premiere their new titles.
Event cinema organiser cancels opening night of its biggest production to date at the eleventh hour.
EXCLUSIVE: Two years after it first debuted, Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki will finally be seen by UK cinemagoers.
Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, starring Keira Knightly and Chloe Grace Moretz, is to be retitled Say When for its UK release.
Yann Demange’s Belfast thriller, starring Jack O’Connell, lands October release.
Paris-based EuropaCorp has launched a US acquisitions team that will be on the ground in Toronto and is headed by French executive Federica Sainte-Rose based in Los Angeles.
The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced its opening film will be the world premiere of Disney animation Big Hero 6.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has dated its fifth instalment of the smash adventure franchise and announced the release date for another Marvel film.
Heading into Comic-Con the studio announced the next film from the world of Spider-Man will open on November 11, 2016.
K5 Independent is to handle international sales for Visar Morina’s feature debut Father (Babai) which is currently shooting in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Gnosis Moving Pictures and Vinton Entertainment have signed a co-production deal on a slate of CG animated features for Oscar winner Will Vinton to direct.
The annual week of French film premieres will take place in Los Angeles in April 2015 and this time organisers will add an extra day.
Elizabeth Cantillon will transition from her position as evp of production at Columbia Pictures to a long-term, first-look producing deal with the studio.
The 18th Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan)’s Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) wrapped tonight with top Bucheon Award going to Dev Benegal’s Indian project Dead, End Or: How I Learned To Stop Living And Love Being Officially Dead.
IFP top brass announced on Wednesday (23) their 2014 slate of 133 films in development and works-in-progress selected for Project Forum at Independent Film Week.
US actor to receive the Donostia lifetime achievement award
Other films in programme include Boyhood, Force Majeure, plus world premiere of Jens Lien’s new TV series.
UK producer Kevin Loader joins comedy drama B Model, to be directed by actor Rachel Griffiths.
The Deauville American Film Festival to screen a retrospective of US comedian’s work.
Italian actor-director to receive Excellence Award.
At the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), experts discussed transmedia storytelling, where it’s at and where it could go in the near future.
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has fired its awards season opening salvo, announcing a slew of world premieres for the September edition, which will close with Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos.
The Sony Pictures Entertainment vice-chairman and chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution said on Tuesday (22) he will leave the studio on August 1 to pursue other opportunities.
The Disney smash starring Angelina Jolie has become the 15th Disney release in industry history to reach the milestone.
The US deal with Séville International comes nearly eight weeks after Xavier Dolan’s Cannes world premiere earned the 25-year-old film-maker the jury prize.
Former Machinima division heads Angelo Pullen and Luke Stepleton have teamed up with ex-Ducky Dynasty executive producer Hank Stepleton and former YouTube gaming influencers Tom Cassell and Adam Montoya.
Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear in 12-strong competition line-up.
Cast of supernatural drama also includes Lily Cole and Jack Fox.
EXCLUSIVE: Co-pro Hunter’s Prayer marks largest investment and first US production for fund.
Julius Avery thriller Son Of A Gun sells around the world.
Korea’s Spackman Entertainment Group (SEG) surged 78.9% in an IPO on the Catalist board of the Singapore stock exchange on Tuesday (July 22).
Arts Alliance strikes deal with Syco, Modest! and Sony Music Entertainment.
Out of competition screening for My Craft about artist Arsen Dedic.
Spanish-born Lucía Recalde Langarica has been named successor to Xavier Troussard as head of the MEDIA sub-programme for Creative Europe.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: The third installment in Guo Jingming’s Tiny Times franchise grossed $50.12m over its opening weekend in China, finally toppling Transformers: Age Of Extinction from the top spot.
UK crowdfunding platform Crowd for Angels has added new feature E=Motion.
Filmmaker and actor to receive the Heart of Sarajevo on the festival’s opening night.
The streaming service’s subscriber base grew by 1.69m worldwide in the last three-quarter period, reaching 13.8m internationally and 36.2m in the US for a global level of 50.05m.
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Birdman will close the 52nd New York Film Festival, set to run from September 26-October 12.
The British veteran takes his place on Summit Entertainment’s supernatural action film The Last Witch Hunter alongside Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie. Lionsgate International handles sales outside North America.
Columbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises are scheduling Cameron Crowe Untitled for release on May 29, 2015.
Nick Krause, SAG nominee Stelio Savante and Quinn Shepard (pictured) have joined Barry Corbin and Marc Derwin on the cast of Windsor.
The Canadian co-production/co-financing market has announced the speakers for the 201 event, set for September 11-14 in Halifax.
China’s box office increased by 25% to reach $2.23bn (RMB13.74bn) in the first half of 2014, according to official figures from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRT).
Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley codebreaking drama to get European premiere.
Nima Javidi’s Melbourne and Diego Bianchi’s The Market to bookend Venice Critics’ Week line-up.
EXCLUSIVE: John Wrathall script The Italian Chapel readied for 2015 shoot.
Talya Lavie’s Zero Motivation won the Grand Prix at this year’s Odessa International Film Festival (OIFF), overshadowed in its final days by the shooting down of a Malaysian Airways plane.
Paramount Pictures has closed worldwide distribution rights for Spanish animation duo.
Yahoo will platform the drama in an exclusive slot before The Weinstein Company releases the film theatrically in the US on August 29.
Three Scapulars and Sincerely win top prizes; six other titles headed to Locarno and San Sebastian.
ChinaVision Media Group, which will soon be renamed Alibaba Pictures Group, has signed production deals with Wong Kar Wai’s Block 2 Pictures, Angie Chai and Giddens Ko’s Star Ritz International Entertainment and Peter Ho-sun Chan’s We Pictures.
Panna Rittikrai, the action choreographer who introduced Thai action movies to world audiences, has died aged 53.
Production on Native, a UK sci-fi feature starring Rupert Graves and Ellie Kendrick, wrapped on July 16.
Indonesia’s Lippo Group has announced plans to invest $516m (6 trillion rupiahs) in 300 multiplexes across the country over the next ten years.
Pickbox, a VOD service in the former Yugoslavia that launched in May, has now launched their application for Android devices.
Kevin Lee’s documentary Unveil The Truth II: State Apparatus won the Grand Prize and best documentary at this year’s Taipei Film Awards, which took place at the close of the Taipei Film Festival on July 19.
The Locarno Film Festival will show Raiders of the Lost Ark and The 400 Blows as part of its traditional taster screenings ahead of the main event.
Fox’s sequel scores $14.9m (£8.7m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Transformers: Age of Extinction, as two event cinema releases – Monty Python and André Rieu – land in the top five.
UPDATE JULY 21: Paramount Pictures International’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction grossed more than originally reported in its fourth session, taking $84.6m to reach $662.6m despite a mighty $61.9m from Fox’s Apes sequel.
Fox’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes held off the challenge of three potential threats and climbed to $139m in its second weekend as the top 12 North American releases slipped 25% against 2013.
Other festival prize winners include Self Made, Red Leaves and The Decent One.
Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have signed a 10-year first-look production deal as Jason Blum looks to form partnerships across NBCUniversal.
James Garner, the Oscar nominee, double Golden Globe and Emmy winner who famously starred in TV’s The Rockford Files, has died at his home in Brentwood, Los Angeles. He was 86.
The 32nd edition of the Los Angeles-based LGBT comes to a close on July 20 with a screening of Jack Plotnick’s Space Station 76 starring Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer, Liv Tyler, Sam Pancake and Jennifer Cox.
Top brass at the New York Film Festival (NYFF) issued their second statement of intent within a week as it emerged that Paul Thomas Anderson’s crime mystery will receive its world premiere on October 4.
BT, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk, Virgin Media partner with Government and creative industries on scheme.
EXCLUSIVE: Production on the remarkable true story starring Vivica Fox is set to kick off in Dallas, Texas, on July 21.
Independent Producers Scotland calls for tax on cinema tickets to go towards fund.
Universal Pictures has prevailed in a studio bidding war, picking up world rights to the drama By The Sea that will mark the first time Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have starred together since Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2007.
Heading into Comic-Con the hit factory Marvel Studios has dated five wide releases through Disney spanning summers 2017 to 2019 — although the identity of each remains a mystery.
The Oscar winner will star for Sony in Brownie Wise, which Tate Taylor of The Help fame will direct.
It is the first time a film editor has received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival.
The initiative aims to provide bespoke technical advice for independent exhibitors across all nine of the BFI’s Audience Network Hub areas.
The 33-year-old British actor has stepped in “slightly grudgingly” to replace Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear in StudioCanal’s CGI/live-action feature.
Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences board.
Chinese video streaming platform iQiyi is launching a film company, iQiyi Films, which aims to develop a new internet-oriented business model for film production.
The two distributors will jointly release Ivan Tverdovsky’s Corrections Class in a groundbreaking move.
Pinewood sponsors £14,000 award for Best British Short.
Eight shows to include an opera from Alison Jackson and Steven Berkoff performance.
24 participants have been selected for the 10th Asian Film Academy, which will have Hungarian director Bela Tarr as its dean.
The festival’s Short Film Competition winner was Shubhashish Bhutiani’s Kush.
The star of Zero Dark Thirty and Take Shelter is to be honoured at the upcoming 40th edition of the Deauville Film Festival.
The programme is made up of seven features and four shorts; Tokyo Gohan Film Festival to present one of the films with a special prize.
Konstantin Konovalov’s Odessa-set biopic about the Soviet film director Oleksandr Dovzhenko, Oleksandr Dovzhenko.Odessa-Debut, has already found co-producers in Finland and Argentina.
Netflix has struck a multi-year licensing deal with The Walt Disney Studios making it the exclusive Canadian subscription TV service for first-run Disney live-action and animated features.
The French composer will be honoured at the World Soundtrack Awards which take place October 25th as part of the Gent Film Festival.
Fox reached the milestone on July 15, one day before it became the first studio of the year to reach $2bn at the international box office. The studio crossed $1bn in North America on July 13.
The Sarajevo Film Festival has unveiled the line-up for its 20th edition which runs August 15-23.
Nancy Spielberg, sister of Steven, is developing a feature about World War II pilots inspired by documentary Above And Beyond: The Birth Of The Israeli Air-Force.
The world premiere of David Fincher’s thriller starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike will open the New York Film festival on September 26.
Itzik Lerner has gained access to Israel’s Nafha prison for documentary Secret Link.
Experimental filmmaker Nina Menkes is developing a new film examining the Israel-Palestinian conflict through the Greek legend of Theseus and the Minotaur.
New Films by Andrzej Wajda and Jolanta Dylewska will be amongst those presented during industry event Polish Days which will take place during the 14th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival.
MGM has obtained feature rights to Terry Hayes’ espionage thriller I Am Pilgrim.
Speaking at the Odessa Film Festival the producer of Sergey Mokritsky’s war drama Unbroken said that the project had now completed principal photography.
The 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) opens tonight (July 17) with German film Stereo; this year’s Producers’ Choice Awards going to actor Hyun Bin and actress Son Ye-jin.
Top brass at the Toronto International Film Festival have announced the return of the year-round professional development programme.
The 2015 Writers Guild Awards will take place at simultaneous Los Angeles and New York ceremonies on February 14.
Leading figures from film festivals in Cannes, London, Edinburgh and Hong Kong revealed their top tips for standing out from the rest when gaining selection to festivals.
Sarajevo Film Festival programmer and Les Arcs head of industry joins documentary festival.
The French actor who starred in Jean Luc Godard’s Masculin Feminin is being honoured with the festival’s Pardo Alla Carriera.
The BFI has acquired UK rights to Andre Singer’s concentration camp documentary Night Will Fall.
Italian outfit sets new film and TV production divisions.
Films Without Borders intern Raya Darwish talks about her experience at the Jerusalem Film Festival and Cinematheque.
Download Screen International’s daily magazine from the 31st Jesusalem Film Festival here.
Liz Bales appointed chief executive for both bodies, which will continue independent remits.
James Schamus, Emma Thompson and Steven Knight to lecture in September.
James Cameron will be at the Deauville American Film Festival in September to present his latest film Deepsea Challenge 3D (which also opens in French cinemas on Sept 17).
KDDI has partnered with Saffron Digital to launch Anime Pass, a new subscription service offering anime content.
Eamon Farren and Claire Van Der Boom star in Eponine Films’ Australian love story.
An $80bn initial offer by 21st Century Fox for Time Warner has been turned down, sending Big Media shares to historic highs.
Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad has been promoted to president of the Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) motion picture group.
Documentary will focus on The Beatles’ touring years from their early days in Liverpool and Hamburg to their last public concert in 1966.
The parties have extended their multi-year output agreement in Australia.
EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based production, sales and financing company will co-produce the Liverpool-set crime episodic with the UK’s Red Union Films and Pinewood Pictures.
13 of the 17 films competing for the Golden Leopard are world premieres; Juliette Binoche to receive Excellence Award.
EXCLUSIVE: Cinetic, Oscilloscope and Koch Media are among the first-time companies attending the Locarno Film Festival this year.
Pickpocket drama from Girl With a Pearl Earring director is one of 33 film projects in development being presented at the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM).
20th Century Fox and Village Roadshow have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Gyeongsang Province to build a theme park.
Breaking Glass Pictures has picked up the documentary Corpus Christi: Playing Wnith Redemption.
The inaugural award will be given to the film which best highlights a human rights issue at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival in September.
Fortissimo, GK Films, Lightning Entertainment and Odin’s Eye Entertainment are the latest companies to sign up to the online entertainment rights licensing marketplace.
Ed Vaizey has been promoted to role of Minister responsible for digital industries as part of UK parliamentary reshuffle.
Film London has received a £125K grant to explore the release of independent films on new digital platform We Are Colony, with help from Edge Hill University.
Empress Road Pictures is to handle international sales on Facility 31 from UK based horror production company Bad Blood Films.
The crowdfunding platform has already raised more than £88,000 for an extended version of Youtube hit Simon’s Cat.
Winning film-makers are Ram Nehari, Nir Bergman and Elad Keidan.
US producer Dogfish has launched the second cycle of Dogfish Accelerator offering networking support and $10,000 in financing and business development to film-makers and all content creators.
Jason Sudeikis has joined Jeremy Irons and Stephan James in the true story of the Olympic legend. Focus acquired US rights in a deal with world sales agent Mister Smith Entertainment.
The tech pioneer Douglas Trumbull headlines the Industry Conference, while Legendary East CEO Peter Loehr will give the opening address at the Asian Film Summit and Michael Moore will take part in a keynote conversation at Doc Conference.
The companies will jointly develop, finance and produce a feature adaptation of Alice Ozma’s memoirs.
The Venice Film Festival has unveiled the 21 restored films – 18 features and 3 shorts - that will screen in its Classics section of restored films.
“We can compete with some of the studios,” says MD of eOne UK, which is aiming to release around 35 films per year.
Lionsgate has struck a deal with e-commerce titan Alibaba Group to stream its content in mainland China in a service that is expected to commence in August.
The studio announced on Tuesday (15) the three-year production deal with The Hunger Games producer and longtime champion Nina Jacobson and partner Brad Simpson.
The executive producer and former Breakthrough Entertainment executive Marina Cordoni has set up her new venture and announced a partnership with Breaking Glass Pictures in the US.
A global search has resulted in the opportunity of a lifetime for 10-year-old New York newcomer Neel Sethi.
New York-based non-profit NewFest wil recognise the director with the third annual NewFest Visionary Award at its annual LGBT jamboree that runs from July 24-29.
Mentors at the new writers’ workshop will include Fran Borgia and Tan Chui Mui.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Transformers: Age Of Extinction held onto the top spot at the China box office in its third week, although local comedy The Break-up Guru also managed to hold its own.
The new comedy shorts programme is in partnership with Big Talk and Baby Cow and offers production awards, mentoring and workshops to aspiring female film-makers.
EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director to re-team with Miss Violence actors.
Summer shoot due for Sundance Creative Producing Labs feature.
Philipp Bräuer also announces decision to leave Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival.
Festival also moves Dancing Arabs screening indoors.
The Lives Of Others star Martina Gedeck joins cast of Julia Von Heinz’s Ich Bin Dann Mal Weg (I’m On My Way).
Jerusalem exhibition is multi-layered immersive e
The Tribeca Film Institute has announced the second annual New York-set StoryLab for film-makers in partnership with A&E IndieFilms.
Short extract from the film will be shown at Jerusalem Film Festival’s Pitch Point.
Dolby Laboratories is to provide a $7m gift for audiovisual technology in the Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures’ theatres and has committed an additional $5m to the Academy Museum’s capital campaign.
The British actress has joined the Bron Studios and Gilbert Films fantasy-horror and replaces replaces Chloë Sevigny who had a scheduling conflict. Production commenced in Vancouver on July 11.
Last year’s Venice Golden Lion winner will head Locarno’s main jury; Syrian director Ossama Mohammed will lead the Filmmakers of the Present competition jury.
A group of Israeli film-makers took a stand against the current political conflict today at an emotional press conference at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
He takes over from Matthijs Wouter Knol, who is the new head of Berlin’s European Film Market.
The studio has set its Hall H presentation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for July 24 — but for the time being is keeping mum over other possible show highlights.
UK director Stephen Frears has been awarded the Golden Duke Lifetime Achievement Award during the opening ceremony of the fifth edition of the Odessa International Film Festival (OIFF, July 11-19).
Principal photography has begun on Atom Egoyan’s thriller starring Chrisopher Plummer, Martin Landau and Bruno Ganz.
Lionsgate has set the release date for the Summit Entertainment thriller starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.
Chinese conglomerate Fosun Group is acquiring an additional 13.3% stake in Bona Film Group, while 21st Century Fox is divesting its stake in the Beijing-based studio.
The Orchard has acquired North American and UK theatrical and digital rights to Harmontown.
Zero Motivation director planning Brooklyn-set comedy.
Terry McMahon’s Patrick’s Day and Gerard Barrett’s Glassland have jointly picked up the Best Irish Feature Award at the Galway Film Fleadh, which closed last night (July 13).
The US distribution and production company has formalised UK partnerships to distribute its titles across multiple platforms.
The documentary about Scottish pro-cyclist David Millar is being directed by Finlay Pretsell.
Paramount’s latest outing records year’s biggest opening to date with $20.1m (£11.75m); Universal’s Boyhood scores strong $565,000 (£330,000) debut.
US distribution and production outfit TriCoast Worldwide will release a number of its top-line movies in the UK through newly-formed TriCoast UK Ltd.
The Sam Spiegel Film School is paying tribute to top Israeli producer Micha Shagrir with an event on Thursday night.
Films on filmmakers will be at the heart of documentary conference entitled Cinema as a Rumour: in memory of Assi Dayan at the Jerusalem Film Festival on Wednesday.
Businesses from the creative sector are to plough $29m (£17m) into skills training, boosting the UK’s total investment pot to $63m (£37m).
UPDATE JULY 14: Paramount Pictures International’s behemoth generated a superb confirmed $100.3m in its third weekend of duty to raise the score to $540.6m as the global tally climbed to $749.4m.
Other winners include Ivan Marinovic, Amikam Kovner and Assaf Snir.
Hebrew and English language Children of the Fall will be set on eve of 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes won the North American session hands-down, arriving on an estimated $73m as the studio said it had passed $1bn for the year-to-date.
Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is in talks to board the revenge tale as co-financier while it is understood New Regency is sticking to its intended September start date.
Japanese actress Fumi Nikaido receives the inaugural Screen International Rising Star award at the New York Asian Film Festival
Israeli superstar musician David Broza is readying his first major film project.
Directors with shorts at the Jerusalem Film Festival are readying an intriguing slate of features, including an ambitious period drama about Judas Iscariot, a documentary omnibus about life in the West Bank and a drama about gay life in Israel.
The artistic director of Israel’s International Women’s Film Festival is hopeful that a new venue will be found for the event.
Corn Island wins Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival; Elle Fanning wins best actress prize.
UPDATED: As political tensions escalate, a number of film festival guests have cancelled their trips to Jerusalem.
Kiwi comedy horror wins the “Narcisse” for best feature; Eskil Vogt’s Blind wins Silver Melies.
The executive arrives from QED International and will work on Myriad’s theatrical titles with a focus on digital and new media distribution.
Principal photography got underway this week in Toronto on David Bezmozgis’ drama. Mongrel Media holds Canadian rights.
Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl book set for summer 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: Actress and singer attached to star in Eran Riklis-produced drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Dudu Tassa, Sason Gabai, Gaya Traob among cast.
The British film industry is to send its biggest ever delegation to the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM).
Russian actor Sergey Puskepalis is to make his directorial debut and has cast Alexey Serebryakov, star of Cannes winner Leviathan.
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor picks up films with Maisie Williams, Jessica Paré and Killian Scott.
Talya Lavie debut marks best opening for an Israeli indie in three years.
Most festival guests’ travels aren’t impacted by the unrest in Israel; festival makes minor scheduling changes.
A trip by Israeli reggae producers to Jamaica, Final Solution architect Heinrich Himmler, new immigrant angst and a pit ball rescue centre are among the many worlds explored in this year’s Israeli Documentary Competition.
Watchmen writer Alan Moore to attend world premiere of his screenwriting debut, Show Pieces.
Six Acts director Jonathan Gurfinkel [pictured] to discuss trailer craft.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also proves popular in the UK.
Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction will cross the half-billion threshold despite what is expected to be a strong challenge from Fox’s Apes.
The distributor has pounced on US rights to Pathe International’s comedy drama set during the Margaret Thatcher regime that closed the recent Directors’ Fortnight section in Cannes.
The Fifty Shades Of Grey star has come on board Gidden Media and Good Universe’s adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book Forever, Interrupted: A Novel.
A UK double whammy is heading for Comic-Con with scheduled appearances by Daniel Radcliffe and Benedict Cumberbatch in his Con debut.
Film Independent top brass announced on Thursday (10) a restructuring of the programming team as Los Angeles Film Festival artistic director David Ansen steps down by mutual agreement and the role of Elvis Mitchell is expanded.
Jim Belushi will join Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger on the cast of Courtney Hunt’s The Whole Truth, which has begun production this week in New Orleans. FilmNation handles international sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Israeli film-maker to develop Micro Robert (working title) with Les Films des Tornelles.
The 31st Jerusalem Film Festival gets underway today with a new management team determined to present a world-class event despite the escalating troubles in the region.
Top brass at the Miami International Film Festival (MiamiFF) have organised a mid-season festival to celebrate the re-opening of the Tower Theater.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s black comedy stars Michael Keaton.
The executive director of the Art Directors Guild has been granted a three-year extension to his contract, effective January 1, 2015.
The studio has entered into an agreement with Pure Flix Entertainment for the US home entertainment rights to the faith-based spring hit.
Thriller starring Scarlett Johansson to open Locarno Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Cast is revealed for Sherlock Holmes film starring Ian McKellen and directed by Bill Condon.
Montreal-based genre festival to screen over 160 films at its 18th edition, which runs July 17-Aug 6.
Sam Mendes, speaking at a Films Without Borders event at Windsor Castle on Tuesday night, spoke about how the spirit of the London Olympics influenced the pro-British enthusiasm in the last James Bond film, Skyfall.
UK independent cinema group Curzon is giving a major push to its recently relaunched VOD service Curzon Home Cinema with the release of Joe, starring Nicolas Cage.
The campaign to free Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov from detention in Russia has been taken to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
The festival is laying on a packed programme of film industry events this year, headlined by the Jerusalem Pitch Point meeting.
Cinema City will expand Jerusalem Film Festival’s footprint in the city; Old City will host free outdoor screenings of blockbusters including Inception.
Directors are among the high-profile international guests at this year’s festival.
Sophomore film will screen in Locarno.
Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, outgoing Film4 boss Tessa Ross and director Richard Ayoade to feature in conversation.
Preview of 20,000 Days on Earth to be broadcast live with Nick Cave and special guests.
The Jerusalem Film Festival (JFF) has postponed the opening night world premiere of Eran Riklis’s Dancing Arabs by one week due to escalating tension in the region.
Paramount confirmed the development on Wednesday (July 9) as Transformers: Age Of Extinction reached $225.1m.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired world rights to the Duplass Brothers Productions’ comedy starring Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong and Haley Lu Richardson.
Principal photography has begun on the mystery starring Fairuza Balk, Charles Baker and Alanna Ubach.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s latest feature among those to receive funding from World Cinema Fund.
BBC Academy director succeeds John Willis, who continues as deputy chair, and becomes second woman to become chair in BAFTA history.
EXCLUSIVE: VoD streaming service moves into physical distribution with the acquisition of Lucky McKee’s The Woman [pictured].
Running July 24-Aug 3, the festival will open with Wild Tales, Winter Sleep and Clouds of Sils Maria
Evan Saxon has relaunched his distribution and marketing company, kicking off with the limited release of Manchester United doc Class Of ’92.
Board members at in-flight entertainment specialists Global Eagle Entertainment have promoted Dave Davis to CEO, effective immediately.
Uberto Pasolini’s second feature [pictured] wins at fifth edition of Russian showcase for young European cinema.
Latest report from KOFIC for the first half of 2014 also outlines the best first half year on record for foreign films.
Bad Robot tweet image of IMAX camera being used on set of Star Wars: Episode VII
Five finalists selected in nationwide search for the UK’s brightest young film-maker.
Adaptation of Lars Saabye Christensen’s novel to open the 42nd Norwegian International Film Festival.
Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of the best-selling novel will be shown in cinemas in Nigera from Aug 1.
When 20th Century Fox Korea announced last week that Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes would open locally on July 10, one week earlier than previously planned, the South Korean film industry cried foul.
Warner Bros has announced its Comic-Con showcase for The Hobbit finale, Mad Max reboot and the Wachowskis’ delayed sci-fi Jupiter Ascending.
The former Focus Features evp of international marketing and distribution will remain in London and oversee marketing and distribution for a slate that includes upciming 2014 releases Gone Girl and Birdman.
Boxing drama wins top prize; special mentions for The Gulls and Journey to Rome.
Speaking at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, Game Of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin has acknowledged that he would like to round off the epic TV series with a feature film.
DeVon Franklin, who recently oversaw the sleeper hit Heaven Is For Real, is to segue from svp of production for Columbia Pictures to a long-term, first-look producing deal with the studio.
Lionsgate top brass announced on Tuesday (8) that the latest episode in the action series will premiere in the UK on August 4.
Special country focus on Turkey; youth programme moves to neighbouring Buzet.
Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg veteran was most recently MD of Berlin-based PRIMEHOUSE.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction has become the highest-grossing film of all time in China, taking $222.74m in its first ten days, and breaking the $221.9m record set by Avatar in 2010.
Karlovy Vary’s industry days continued today with the Pitch & Feedback initiative, including the new film from My Dog Killer director Mira Fornay, alongside the Docu Talents from the East showcase.
Wolfe Releasing has acquired US digital and DVD rights to Mark Herzog and Sandrine Orabona’s Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, Monika Treut’s Of Girls And Horses and David Au’s Eat With Me.
A dark animated take on The Little Mermaid and the urban legend of a teenage serial killer in 1960s Poland prove stand outs at KVIFF’s Works in Progress event.
Film Bazaar, the South Asian film market organised by India’s National Film Development Corp (NFDC), has selected the six finalists of Screenwriters’ Lab 2014.
Second edition of the online film festival received nearly 1,000 submissions from film-makers representing 70 countries.
September UK release will mark the 75th anniversary of the much-loved classic.
Consultancy service is run by award-winning publicist Luciano Chelotti.
Out-of-competition strand will present productions that have garnered attention from the global TV world.
Growth is expected to accelerate throughout 2014 to reach an anticipated 6.4%.
Martina Stella’s debut screenplay is set to enter principal photography in early 2015.
EXCLUSIVE: The Battle of Sevastopol among 11 projects being presented next week.
Lucy Kirkwood’s directorial debut stars the likes of Francesca Annis, Larry Lamn and Stephen Campbell Moore.
The School of Film Agents 2014 will take place Aug 15-24 in Wroclaw and feature eight projects.
The renewed output partnership with StudioCanal in Germany, Austria and Switzerland includes a TV component involving ProSieben.
BFI-backed productions must comply with new ‘three ticks’ rule from September.
Universal’s big screen adaptation of TV sitcom adds $3.7m (£2.2m) to record second week as the UK’s number one; Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction previews strongly.
The Walt Disney Company has chosen 11 companies to go through its mentorship and investment programme.
EXCLUSIVE: Organisers behind the two-day event set to run July 14-15 during the International Festival Of Business 2014 (IFB 2014) in Liverpool have announced the line-up of guests.
Girlhood, White God and The Wonders among the finalists announced in Karlovy Vary; 2013 audience winner revealed.
Facility will be the UK’s first university film school to be housed within a fully functional commercial film studio.
The streaming start-up has added a trio of titles to its July line-up.
EXCLUSIVE: US director Kevin Smith is at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF), where he is subject of a special tribute.
EXCLUSIVE: Festival screening of Yes and Yes [pictured] pulled due to Russia’s new anti-obscenity law.
Stanley will take on overall leadership of Warner Bros Digital Distribution UK and Warner Bros Consumer Products UK.
Ten UK-based moving image artists up for Film London award.
David Scheinmann’s sports drama Believe, starring Brian Cox, to receive simultaneous release in Picturehouse cinemas and on Sky Movies.
Audience to decide the award-winners in each section, which have changed name and focus for this year’s festival.
Under the historic agreement, FilmOn.com will become the first global IPTV provider to carry VOA’s content.
UPDATED JULY 7: Transformers: Age Of Extinction summoned a confirmed $96.6m in a dominant second session through Paramount Pictures International to propel the running total to $400.9m and $575.6m worldwide.
Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction held on to pole position in North America over a lacklustre July Fourth holiday weekend that saw a year-on-year drop of nearly 50 percent.
After picking up the top honour at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Mel Gibson talked to Screen about a return to directing, a possible move into television and reuniting with Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor nabs US sci-fi from Independent.
South Korea and China have signed a landmark co-production agreement that will allow approved films to be officially classified as local films in both countries.
Norwegian road movie, about a man who sets out to kidnap the founder of Ikea, sold to Europe and Asia.
New cinemas in Crouch End, East Dulwich and Ealing add to Picturehouse’s reach across London.
Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie and How To Train Your Dragon 2 also prove popular in the UK.
Saving Mr Banks producer Alison Owen has claimed that diversity in UK drama is being hampered by the increasingly international nature of the genre.
Germany’s film producers have expressed ¨exceptional regret¨ at learning that Angela Merkel’s cabinet has proposed reducing the annual budget for the DFFF ¨German spend¨ incentive by another €10m to €50m in the global federal budget for 2015.
French film star to be president of the Dinard British Film Festival’s 25th edition.
EXCLUSIVE, UPDATED JULY 7: The distributor is understood to have picked up US rights to Anurag Kashyap’s gangster epic.
Oliver Hirschbiegel to direct the story of Georg Elser, the man who attempted to assassinate Hitler in 1939.
Warner Bros. confirms Rowling screenwriting debut Fantastic Beasts will shoot at UK studio.
Actor Gérard Depardieu is being considered for a Russian fantasy feature.
EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Dencik is readying an August 4 start of shoot for his first fiction feature, Gold Coast; his short Tal R premieres in Karlovy Vary.
French director to receive the Pardo d’onore at the Locarno Film Festival next month - only the second woman to receive the honour.
Key European territories among those to pick up rights to the documentary about the late actor’s struggle to make a film about Le Mans.
Film London has been awarded almost £1m ($1.7m) to continue to deliver the Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), offering artist filmmakers funding, training and mentoring.
Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy to present his short films as part of a talk at the film festival; two new titles added to programme.
Denmark’s largest cinema chain, Nordisk Film Biografer, has become theatrical market leader in Norway after securing a 49% stake in exhibitor Kinosør.
The UK’s Prime Focus has joined forces with India-based Reliance MediaWorks.
Outgoing director of the London Film School to join Australian Film School.
The actor and comedian’s latest book launch will be streamed around the world.
Despite a clash with the scheduled quarter-finals of the World Cup, Transformers: Age Of Extinction will remain the dominant force in the international market where it is expected to soar past $350m.
EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Markus Blunder’s thriller.
According to Paramount’s partners China Movie Media Group, Transformers: Age Of Extinction has reached $134.5m in its first five days in China – more than the $120.9m in the first five days in North America.
Fast & Furious 7 will no longer open on April 10 2015 but one week earlier on April 3 as part of several scheduling announcements from the Universal fold.
The executive joins Relativity Media as its first chief marketing officer having previously served as president of Dentsu Aegis Network.
Disney’s fantasy starring Angelina Jolie was expected to reach the milestone on July 2, according to executives.
Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to recent Cannes premiere The Tribe, winner of three sidebar prizes in Critics’ Week.
Government will match-fund industry commitments to the tune of £16m ($27.5m).
Canada’s new co-production treaty with India officially came into effect on July 1.
A re-energised Pula Film Festival, the biggest film festival in Croatia, will welcome top guests including Roger Michell, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Gyorgi Palfi, Tudor Giurgiu and Mike Cahill.
Films include Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, Anton Corbijn’s Life, Boychoir starring Dustin Hoffman and Spooks feature.
Yan has been named managing director and executive vice-president for China at Universal Pictures International (UPI).
Partnership will be the integrator for the digitisation of the largest Brazilian movie theatre chain, choosing Doremi and Christie for their rollout.
Figures revealed for the 2014 edition of EIFF.
Damián Szifrón’s Cannes Competition film Wild Tales and Palm d’Or winner Winter Sleep to open the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw.
Centre provides a free service to support film & TV production in the region.
Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse and Creative Skillset and offers participants nine months of one-on-one mentor support, as well as industry training and networking events.
Concert movie Björk: Biophilia Live is to receive its European Premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Former American Golf and Habitat CEO Kevin Styles becomes UK and Ireland MD.
New legislation banning use of obscene words came into effect yesterday [July 1].
BAFTA members, award-winners and nominees to hold talks in UK schools.
Aardman Animations’ latest feature confirmed as the second film to be part of Into Film’s Green Light to Opening Night initiative.
New films on Screenbase this week include thriller Long Time Coming and a new adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has announced (July 1) category submission deadlines for 87th Academy Awards consideration.
Kartemquin Films has joined director-producer Brent Huffman on the documentary Saving Mes Aynak, about the imperiled 2,000-year-old Buddha statue in Afghanistan (pictured).
EXCLUSIVE: Elliot Tittensor, Charlotte Hope and Steven Berkoff among cast of ‘Romeo and Juliet’-style thriller.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Local romantic comedy The Break-up Guru provided the only resistance against the power of Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction at the Chinese box office last week, grossing $24.18m in its first three days.
The distributor will release Frederick Wiseman’s documentary theatrically in New York at the Film Forum on November 5 followed by nationwide roll-out.
UK film-makers are in the spotlight at the fifth edition of Vologda’s VOICES festival (July 4-8), which will open with Ken Loach’s Cannes Competition film Jimmy’s Hall.
Film music competition at the Zurich Film Festival to include a live concert with the Oscar-winning film composer.
Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios (PIMS) has appointed Rezal A. Rahman as CEO, replacing Michael Lake who has moved to head Rhizophora Ventures.
Entertainment lawyer and producer Kami Naghdi has joined London-based boutique law firm Clintons, where he will head the firm’s film and TV practice.
The Irish Film Board and the Galway Film Fleadh have announced details for the 2014 Real Deal Film Conference, which will consider the future of the industry.
Tom Geens feature centres on a couple living in a hole in a forest.
Principal photography has started on UK action-thriller Age Of Kill, from director Neil Jones and writer Simon Cluett.
Creatives behind The King’s Speech and Wallace and Gromit are in attendance for events and workshops at Cinemagic London (June 30-July 3).
New Regency confirmed the casting on Monday (30) as the mouth-watering cast takes shape around Leonardo DiCaprio.
Plan unveiled as David Yates’ Tarzan swings into action, WB CEO attends Downing Street event.
New projects from Screen Stars of Tomorrow, playwrights, TV talent.
Under The Milky Way has picked up US theatrical and worldwide VOD rights to SXSW premiere Swim Little Fish Swim.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D Goodbye To Language following its recent Cannes premiere.
The 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced 29 projects selected to benefit from Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2014, including projects by award-winning directors such as O Muel (Jiseul) and Hannah Espia (Transit).
Ritesh Batra, Talya Lavie, Nora Martirosyan among entrants.
Universal’s big screen outing for the popular TV sitcom scores excellent $7.3m (£4.3m) debut to dethrone Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars.
Number of BAME in film and TV workforce below UK economy average.
Rudolf van den Berg’s feature stars Tygo Gernandt [pictured] as the notorious art forger Han van Meegeren.
Mina Djukic’s film wins best film, director and actress in National Class; Free Entry by Hungary’s Yvonne Kerekgyarto gets Cineuropa Award in Fresh Danube Film section.
Thailand’s Kantana Group has set up a joint venture with Japanese studio Nikkatsu and broadcaster Nippon TV to work on projects including CGI production and animation.
EXCLUSIVE: Among the deals, Mexico’s In Films We Trust will buy a package of eight Russian films from Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs.
EXCLUSIVE: Set to go into pre-production later this year, the film is based on Daniel Mason’s acclaimed historical novel.
Cuban-born dancer to star in Australian production, set to shoot in late 2014.
Film marks debut feature for Australian comedian Carl Barron [pictured].
UPDATED JUNE 30: Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction delivered an estimated $201.3m from 10,152 international screens, $100m in North America and $301.3m worldwide in the biggest opening salvo of 2014 so far.
UPDATE: Tony Benn doc wins audience award; Hide and Seek wins Michael Powell Award, Ice Poison takes international prize.
Paramount’s sci-fi behemoth delivered the biggest North American debut so far in 2014 on an estimated $100m as the $301.3m global launch eclipsed everything in its orbit.
Japan was the big winner at this year’s Moscow International Film Festival which ended on Saturday evening with the Golden St. George trophy for best film going to Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s My Man (Watashi-No Otoko) [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: Nymphomaniac star joins cast of Ben Wheatley’s Recorded Picture Company thriller.
Rules governing how a two-person producing team can be considered a single producer when considering who is eligible for best picture nomination have changed.
Sixteen-year Disney veteran Lino DiSalvo has joined Paramount Animation as creative director.
Genre festival to close with UK premiere of The Signal; 64 films will be screened, with 38 UK or European premieres and 11 world premieres.
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Michael Lerner (Barton Fink) [pictured], Kevin Dunn (Veep), and Zach Knighton (Happy Endings) have joined Mickey Rourke in Ashby, which started shooting this week in Charlotte, North Carolina.
EXCLUSIVE: Yuji Kanda’s film just wrapped shooting in Tokyo.
Stalingrad 3D’s producer-director Fyodor Bondarchuk has a US major in his sights for the national and international distribution of the forthcoming Russian war film, Battalion Of Death, set during the First World War.
The 26th edition of New York’s LGBT festival NewFest will run from July 24-29 and features 16 narrative and five documentary features.
Hot projects at Paris-based crossmedia market and conference included Game Fever, Shiva Destroys Sex and Wei or Die.
Online comments for the teen tearjerker soar in second week of release.
UPDATE: Paramount’s behemoth is off to a flying start and has raced to $80m internationally and $121.6m worldwide.
Paolo Sorrentino, Denis Villeneuve, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Vinterberg and Lupita Nyong’o are among those invited to join the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.
The distributor, which recently reconfigured operations to focus primarily on digital distribution and will maintaining a theatrical presence where appropriate, has picked up US and Canadian rights to the Katie Holmes vehicle.
Guillermo del Toro returns will return to the director’s chair for the Legendary Pictures sci-fi sequel.
Peter Kiernan has joined 22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin as partner in their renamed production company Free Association.
Revenue, profit surge as demand at “unprecedented level”.
Jurors include Phil Clapp of CEA, Lee Magiday of Element Pictures, Lucas Webb of Working Title, Kate Muir of The Times and Jamie Schwartz of The Weinstein Company.
Tale of real-life 1940s serial killers and lovers premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week.
Prime Focus World makes “significant valuation” for the UK VFX house.
CBS Films has acquired rights to A G Riddle’s bestselling ebook Atlantis trilogy.
Film curation and streaming start-up Vyer Films has set the online premiere of Sion Sono’s film and struck an alliance with NYAFF operators Subway Cinema.
Abel Ferrara’s controversial DSK feature to receive North American premiere at the genre festival, which has announced its second wave of programming.
Fourteen years after launching the studio, founder Joe Roth has sold Revolution Studios to Fortress Investment Group in a deal reportedly worth $250m that sees him segue into a strategic advisor role.
North American VOD channel Eurocinema is now available on Mediacom Communications.
31 projects were presented by nine Russian production houses at a pitching to the Russian Cinema Fund.
Inaugural Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival will, in part, serve as the judging platform for the eighth APSAs.
Irish Film Board supports the six month programme.
East End Film Festival has unveiled its 2014 award winners, bringing 13th edition to a close.
Tate Taylor will direct In The Event Of A Moon Disaster, which FilmNation is producing and will sell internationally.
Sundance Institute has pulled back the curtain on the films and music acts set to headline the LA festival from August 7-10.
The memoir A House In The Sky will be developed as a starring vehicle for Mara, who will also serve as a producer alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, with whom she optioned the rights.
Music Branch members are no longer allowed to contact each other to promote the nomination of their own song in any way, according to new Academy rules.
EXCLUSIVE: IM Global CEO Stuart Ford has curated the two-day film event, set to run in July during the International Festival Of Business 2014 (IFB 2014) in Liverpool.
Gravitas Ventures has taken all US rights to the comedy starring Jenny Slate, Olivia Wilde, Billy Crudup and Jason Bateman.
Mad Men star joins Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans in cast.
Leading Russian actor-director-producer Fyodor Bondarchuk has indicated that he is prepared to bleep out the obscenities in Valeria Gai Germanika’s new film Yes And Yes (Da I Da) to ensure its Russian theatrical release.
Principal photography on an adaptation of Under Milk Wood, starring Rhys Ifans, has begun in Wales.
Irish film festival will feature a spotlight on new Canadian cinema and an interview with actress Brenda Fricker.
The National Theatre’s live cinema screening programme, NT Live, has no negative impact on England theatres, according to new research.
Distributor Pink Moon has acquired the Benelux rights from 104 films to Justin Edgar’s feature We Are The Freaks.
Eli Wallach, the veteran character actor whose film credits included The Magnificent Seven and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, has died. He was 98.
Oisin O’Neill has been named senior legal and business executive at the Irish Film Board (Bord Scannan na hEireann).
The China release of Transformers: Age Of Extinction is to go ahead this week after a dispute involving the owners of a hotel featured in the film appears to have come to a conclusion.
The Santa Monica-based company has reported a flurry of market and post-market activity on its Croisette slate.
The 20-day shoot has wrapped on New Artists Alliance and XLrator Media’s psychological sci-fi starring Brandon Routh, Dane Cook and Caity Lotz from UK hit The Machine.
Millennium Entertainment has taken US rights to Ben Wagner’s psychological horror film and SC Films has picked up international sales.
The former CEO of Focus Features who was until recently tipped to take over as head of Film4 will collect the 18th annual Outfest Achievement Award.
Former Sony Pictures Entertainment chief digital strategy officer Mitch Singer has been named special advisor of industry affairs at Verance Corporation.
Keith Feldman has been promoted to president of worldwide distribution at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Other guests of the festival will include Hollywood actress Laura Dern and French actress Fanny Ardant as well as directors Alice Rohrwacher, Bong Joon-ho and David Mackenzie among others.
US features Listen Up Philip and Buzzard to play in competition at this year’s Locarno Film Festival, which promises “a strong American independent cinema contingent”.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Maleficent grossed a healthy $22.01m in its opening three days in China, in a week dominated by Hollywood tentpoles, which took the top four positions in the top ten.
EXCLUSIVE: The UK’s Framestore and producer David P. Kelly are set to partner on a $5m Mexican Cold War feature Lunik III, pitched at this week’s Moscow Business Square (MBS).
Other winners at animation event include Manana Forever and Fongopolis.
UK veteran returns after stint in Australia.
Ajyal Youth Film Festival will return with a line-up of international and local features.
Creative England is looking for new members for its board, after recently adding Ian Livingstone and Belinda Budge.
Carlo Verdone’s Under A Lucky Star (Sotto Una Buona Stella) picked up the top prize at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, where AMBI Pictures’ 2047 – Sights Of Death scored a hat trick.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or winner has found its US home.
IFC Midnight has pounced on North American rights to Jabbar Raisani’s sci-fi thriller. Altitude Film Sales handles international sales.
Alex Ross Perry’s dark comedy premiered at Sundance earlier this year.
Yatao Li’s Chinese entry Carry On won the Best Of Festival Award, while Aneta Kopacz’s Joanna from Poland prevailed in the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Grand Jury Award.
Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom’s film earned the festival’s audience award for best feature at the weekend.
Broadcaster expected to decide on new Film4 head in July, Screen looks at some likely candidates.
Award-winning composer will chair a jury that will award the Golden Lion for best feature at the 71st Venice Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Company’s increased acquisition drive includes post Cannes purchase of boxing drama Bleed For This.
EXCLUSIVE: Runar Runarsson, the director of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2011 selection Volcano, will start shooting his second feature in Iceland on July 14.
Top brass at the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) have announced the award winners of this year’s festival.
London’s biggest film export event returns with a new name and strong selection of upcoming titles.
China’s Fosun International has announced in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that it plans to invest in former Warner Bros Pictures chief Jeff Robinov’s new venture Studio 8.
Behind-the-scenes e-sports cross-media project follows pro-games stars such as sOs, Li “Sky” Xiofeng and Sophistie.
Fox’s adaptation posts $5.8m (£3.4m) debut, including previews, to dethrone 22 Jump Street; Warner Bros’ Jersey Boys is off-key with $706,000 (£415,000) bow.
Toronto’s Breakthrough Entertainment has licensed the caper film Cas & Dylan starring Richard Dreyfuss to HBO Europe.
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran UK producer Patrick Cassavetti has boarded Marat Alykulov’s black comedy Lenin?!.
Individual awards will increase to a maximum of £200,000 per project.
Best UK film is David Graham Scott’s Iboga Nights.
UPDATED JUNE 23: Powered by a number one Chinese debut, Disney’s fantasy tale came in higher than estimates on $47.9m to edge out DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 on $43.2m, according to weekend estimates.
Screen Gems’ comedy Think Like A Man Too opened on $30m to finish approximately $1m ahead of Sony stablemate 22 Jump Street, which powered past $100m in its second weekend.
Fox International Productions (FIP) and China’s Bona Film Group are co-producing a Chinese-language remake of Fox hit Bride Wars, which is being directed by Tony Chan.
Greek period drama Little England was awarded three major prizes, including best film, at the Golden Goblet Awards of this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF, June 14-22).
Screen has confirmed that the director of Looper is in discussions with Lucasfilm to direct Episode VIII and write a treatment for Episode IX of the Star Wars series.
Haim Saban’s nascent distributor led by Bill Bromiley has struck up a one-off partnership with Roadside Attractions on Cannes competition entry The Homesman as the parties plot an awards run.
Paramount Pictures and Pathé have set a December 25 limited release on Ava DuVernay’s Civil Rights drama and potential awards contender. Separately, Open Road has picked up what is being described as the inspirational drama Little Boy.
Fox and DreamWorks are to reunite following a rewarding collaboration on Lincoln.
EXCLUSIVE: Xavier Troussard to leave after 12 months in role.
DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 unloads the biggest wave of releases this weekend but China could upset the applecart yet again with Godzilla entering its second weekend and a debut for Maleficent.
China Film Group’s long-mooted initial public offering is moving closer, with plans for a $740m listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, according to the China Securities Regulatory Commission.
The Independent Cinema Office, the UK’s national organisation for the development and support of independent film exhibition, has confirmed speakers for its two flagship courses this summer.
Tony Hall has set out his blueprint for boosting diversity at the BBC, including creating a £2.1m commissioning fund to help ensure the corporation “represents every family and community in the UK”.
Adam Wingard’s thriller stars Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens.
Teen tear-jerker dominates online film chatter on social media.
Bas van der Ree will take up the job at the beginning of July.
Concert documentary Katy Perry: Part Of Me is to be made available for streaming to the pop star’s Facebook fans from today (June 20).
Long-time speculation over whether Ryan Kavanaugh would take his company public came into slightly sharper focus on Thursday (19) as the CEO said he anticipated doing so within the next 12-18 months.
Top brass at the Los Angeles Film Festival unveiled the winners of jury and audience awards as the festival came to a close.
Fishing Without Nets and The Internet’s Own Boy are the subject of innovative strategies that underline the changing face of distribution.
Pinewood Shepperton has been granted planning permission for the long-awaited £200m ($340m) expansion of its Buckinghamshire site.
Beijing-based Xing Xing Digital and Los Angeles production company Pelagius Entertainment are to partner on the feature animation Smart.
Cinedigm Corp has announced its latest push into the world of OTT, teaming up with the Dove Foundation on a family-friendly channel.
EXCLUSIVE: Both films to screen at the London Screenings later this month.
Benelux distributor ABC-Cinemien has confirmed its acquisition of six titles from Cannes festival and market.
Letter from the Prince of Wales read at NTFS Gala event.
Withoutabox co-founders David Straus, Joe Neulight and Fred Kramer have launched Los Angeles-based Critical Mass Studios.
EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Thomas drama starring Elijah Wood gets UK sales company.
Hybrid children’s bug movie premieres in China at Shanghai International Film Festival today (June 19).
Norwegian distributor adds to Cannes haul with award-winning Competition and Directors’ Fortnight titles.
Arts Alliance Ventures has merged its events cinema businesses into one integrated operation, to be led by CEO Mark Foster.
The Conversations, a comedy co-directed by Haider Zafar [pictured] and Marcus Flemmings, has wrapped production in London after shooting over the past year.
Universal Pictures announced on Wednesday (18) that it had moved Untitled Next Bourne Chapter from its August 14 2015 slot.
Genre festival to open with Jacky in the Kingdom of Women [pictured]; other titles include Guardians of the Galaxy, Boyhood, The Harvest and Suburban Gothic.
Serbia has become the first non-European Union country to sign up and participate in the European Union’s new Creative Europe programme.
The inaugural Scottish Film Summit wrapped today in Edinburgh with more than 200 delegates participating in two days of discussion about the future of film in Scotland.
The 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) announced its line-up today with Maximilian Erlenwein’s German thriller Stereo [pictured] as the opening film.
Husband-and-wife team Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan will take the hot seats at the 41st annual event, set to run in Colorado from August 29-September 1.
Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda, Bryan Batt and Wendell Pierce have joined Nicolas Cage and Sarah Paulson on Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures’ The Runner. Separately, it emerged on Wednesday that production on Sicario will take place at Albuquerque Studios.
Mark Canton and comic publisher Graphic India have hired Mukunda Michael Dewil to adapt the Indian superhero comic book series The Sadhu for the big screen.
Umedia has picked up world sales rights to relationship drama Red Knot, starring Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser and Dredd actress Olivia Thirlby.
EXCLUSIVE: Executive producer Angelina Jolie “can’t wait for the world to see” Ethiopian drama, which has been snapped up by distributors across Europe.
Chinese biopic is directed by Ann Hui, who will chair the international jury for the Orizzonti section.
Scottish agency’s £4m ($6.8m) “not enough” for national film production, claims CEO.
Thomas Hughes has been promoted to evp of worldwide digital distribution at Lionsgate.
EXCLUSIVE: Icon Film Distribution (IFD) has signed a deal with UK sales and distribution company Park Circus to represent the IFD library for UK theatrical release.
Co-production funds run by the Berlin and Rotterdam film festivals and a new day-and-date initiative are among new projects by supported by the European Commission (EC).
Film to be given quasi-simultaneous multi-platform release in Spain.
Plans for the 20th edition of the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the first edition under the leadership of festival director Debbi Lander, have been announced.
French entertainment company Cinesens Entertainment is releasing its app, WittiZ, in the UK following a successful launch in France.
The UK’s Bottle Yard Studios has been announced as the home of US musical comedy Galavant.
The filmmaker and academic arrives from the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin, where he has served as director since 2010.
Toronto-based Breakthrough Entertainment and Chad Archibald’s Black Fawn Films have teamed up to produce eight genre features over the next two years.
Shout! Factory, The Film Collective, Dada Films, and Brainstorm Media will partner on the launch of EuropaCorp’s animated film Jack And The Cuckoo-Clock Heart.
Victor Levin’s romantic dramedy stars Anton Yelchin, Bérénice Marlohe, Olivia Thirlby, Lambert Wilson, Frank Langella and Glenn Close. The Solution Entertainment Group handles international sales.
China box office: Godzilla had an impressive opening at the China box office last weekend, grossing $37m and pushing Edge Of Tomorrow to second place.
Line-up includes new features by Dario Argento, Jacob Tierney and Fantasia alumni Rob Grant and Kerry Prior.
The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced six Thai works from rising filmmakers for this year’s Project Spotlight in the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF).
Ukrainian feature wins Grand Prix at ‘Zerkalo’ Andrey Tarkovsky International Film Festival.
ACISE-LA, the Academy For Canadians In Sports And Entertainment, has announced three new entertainment ambassadors.
Colin Firth has left StudioCanal’s Paddington Bear project midway through production.
Family comedy starring Rosamund Pike and David Tennant from the writers of BBC series Outnumbered.
Icelandic director Bendikt Erlingsson’s Of Horses And Men won the Golden Iris Award, the top prize at the 12th Brussels Film Festival.
Two very different projects centring on the US soldier at the centre of the recent POW swap with the Taliban are headed to the screen, according to reports in the Hollywood trade press.
Film restoration expert Paul Korver and former American Cinematheque head of programming Dennis Bartok have thrown their hat into the distribution arena with Cinelicious Pics.
Teresa Palmer is in negotiations to join Alcon Entertainment’s re-creation of the 1991 action-thriller. Lionsgate International handles international sales. Separately, Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones will star in Voice From The Stone.
EXCLUSIVE: Titles include Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz, and Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales.
Cinedigm has promoted two key employees and hired three managers as it continues to bolster its digital credentials.
The studio has announced the slots for a pair of high profile Steven Spielberg projects.
EXCLUSIVE: Black List and Brit List script was developed with Northern Ireland Screen.
Relativity Media has announced strategic alliances with China’s Jiangsu Broadcasting Corp (JSBC) and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and has also been appointed international distribution partner by China Film Promotion International.
The 13th edition of the festival is set to run from September 24-28 and will feature more than 100 screenings.
English-language thriller set on French Riviera in the 1950s due to shoot July 2015.
Film revolving around Native American community, directed by Damian John Harper, to shoot early 2015.
Italian director won the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for The Wonders.
Sony’s sequel adds $3.8m (£2.26m) to hold off newcomers and the World Cup; Warner Bros’ Oculus is the highest new entry with $701,000 (£413,000).
South Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has sold Cannes Directors’ Fortnight thriller A Hard Day to 30 territories led by the UK (StudioCanal) and Japan (New Select).
Owen Gower’s Still the Enemy Within wins audience award.
Oriental DreamWorks has struck development deals with Chinese producers including Dreams of the Dragon Pictures, as it moves towards producing more live action and China-originated content.
The Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night, starring Marion Cotillard, wins Sydney Film Prize.
Feature set against the backdrop of traveller community in France premiered at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight
UPDATED JUNE 16: Warner Bros’ reboot records distributor’s best-ever opening weekend in China with $36m.
Sony’s sequel launches with second biggest R-rated comedy debut at $60m; Fox’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 flies in with $50m.
Daly, who is also chairman of BAFTA LA, is honoured for services to film and TV industry.
Crouching Tiger cinematographer Peter Pau produces with Desen’s Ann An.
Teresa Cheng has been appointed to the post of general manager of Lucasfilm Singapore, reporting directly to Lynwen Brennan, president and general manager of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).
The $65m Chinese-language film is shooting now.
A Brazilian feature wins at the animation festival for the second consecutive year; market reports record high.
With Edge Of Tomorrow not scheduled to debut in any new markets this weekend the pressure is on Warner Bros’ sci-fi to pull away from its $140m perch towards the $200m mark.
EXCLUSIVE: Production Guild of Great Britain launches opportunity for 30 location assistants and runners to be trained and mentored by top location managers in film and TV.
Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell will work wiht Summer Shelton to produce Keep The Change.
Director re-imprisoned over the weekend in notorious Evin jail.
Sony’s comedy sequel generates most buzz of the week.
Producers Scott Free Productions and Route One Films announced the casting on Thursday (June 12). Mister Smith introduced the project in Cannes and has licensed more than 35 territories.
The actor was taken to hospital in Oxford on Thursday (June 12) after hurting his ankle, Disney confirmed.
Senior vp of theatrical marketing and distribution Dylan Wiley and other eOne executives are on the way out as the company shifts towards an “aggressive” ancillary strategy in light of the Phase 4 acquisition.
The company has picked up North American rights from ICM Partners to Stephen Belber’s drama starring Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard.
The British actor will portray the country singer in Bron Studios / RatPac Entertainment’s I Saw The Light.
Film Independent and the United Nations have launched their new Free & Equal Global Film Series at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Lowell Dean’s horror comedy [pictured] sells to UK, German-speaking Europe, Japan and Australia, among others.
Ukrainian film-maker “cruelly beaten”, threatened with rape and isolated from lawyers.
Highly anticipated Chinese kung-fu action film brings martial arts icon Wong Fei Hung back on screen.
Special jury award went to Attacking the Devil [pictured], while Lifetime Achievement was presented to Roger Graef.
German director Christian Schwochow will present his film West and participate in a Q&A on the opening night gala of KINO! Festival Of German Films in New York on June 12.
GFM records deals out of Cannes on Terry Jones’ comedy [pictured], among others.
Chinese box office of more than $3.52bn in 2013 increased 27.5% on the previous year and received a boost from local fare, while foreign films are withering in the face of fierce competition, according to a new report from EntGroup Consulting.
EXCLUSIVE: 22 producers from across Europe, Canada and the US to take part in this year’s training programme.
Leading lights in Abu Dhabi’s nascent film sector have told Hollywood executives they are ramping up efforts to create a Middle East media and content hub as the region invests in sustainable alternatives to an oil-based economy.
35th edition of the festival runs June 19-28.
21st edition reveals that 73% of the total £2.24bn video market remains in a physical rather than a digital format.
Mark Monheim’s film [pictured] will be shown at the German Films Previews later this month in Dresden.
Second edition of the online festival runs until June 26.
The European premiere of Dana Brown’s motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter will open the action strand Savage Cinema at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, set to run in the Basque region from September 19-27.
Benjamin Dickinson’s dark sci-fi comedy took the top prize at the US In Progress independent showcase in Paris on Wednesday (11).
The digital curator has teamed up with MJ Peckos and Steven Raphael’s Dada Films on the US release of the retro thriller
The group’s recent electionn sees Open Road Integrated Media evp of production Luke Parker Bowles named vice-chairman.
Paladin has picked up US rights from Andrew Herwitz of the Film Sales Company to The Man On Her Mind, the latest film by filmmaker, author, and playwright Alan Hruska, it was announced by company president, Mark Urman.
Christian Parkes has been appointed chief brand officer of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. effective June 16
EXCLUSIVE: Parkland Pictures records deals with Entertainment One (eOne) for UK & North America and Zylo for France on WWII action film [pictured].
Peter Webber to head jury, David Puttnam to deliver lecture during fifth edition of the Ukranian festival.
Annual event to be held on June 18 on the topic of Great British Film, Television and Games Event - Striving for Diversity Nirvana.
Grace Jones - The Musical of My Life, The Lovers and the Despot and Irene’s Ghost to receive funding following Sheffield Doc/Fest pitching session.
Bille August’s intimate drama [pictured] sells to Benelux, Taiwan, Hungary and Australia.
9ers Entertainment record pre-sales on mystery horror.
European animators mourn passing of producer-director Thilo Rothkirch.
KVIFF kicks off July 4 with director Mike Cahill and actors Michael Pitt and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey in attendance.
International market dedicated to factual content runs June 23-26 in La Rochelle, France.
EXCLUSIVE: The first initiative to come out of Film Hub North is a partnership between Sheffield Doc/Fest and Cineworld aimed at bringing documentaries to multiplex audiences.
Disney’s reimagining of Sleeping Beauty to screen in 24 IMAX cinemas from Friday [June 13].
Fifth edition runs July 10-17 and will also feature the UK premiere of Million Dollar Arm.
John Aalbers to replace Howard Kiedaisch, who is stepping down after nine years in the position.
Fledgling animation company receives Copenhagen Film Fund investment for Longway North.
Oliver Stone and Moritz Borman have added more source material to their upcoming Edward Snowden feature.
Universal has picked up worldwide rights to Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest original screenplay, Hail, Caesar!
Variance Films has picked up North American rights from Celluloid Dreams to the latest film from Jafar Panahi’s, the Iranian filmmaker who remains under house arrest and continues to defy a 20-year filmmaking ban.
The live-action children’s adaptation was arguably the highlight of the Weinsteins’ Cannes sizzle reel presentation and has received a vote of faith as it moves from December 12 into prime holiday season.
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marza Animation Planet are teaming up on a feature version of the hit Sega game.
Lava Bear Films has promoted Jennifer Semler to vice-president of production and Allison Warren to creative executive.
Pulse Films has added Brooklyn-based Ben & Katja to its stable of commercial directors.
Principal photography has begun in the UK on Robert Carlyle’s feature directorial debut The Legend of Barney Thomson (formerly The Long Midnight Of Barney Thomson). Myriad Pictures handles world sales.
The American Cinema Editors (ACE) has set the date for its 65th annual awards show, the ACE Eddie Awards.
The Scottish singer is among the directors and composers selected for one of two Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound, set to run from July 8-22.
The board of governors at the American Society Of Cinematographers (ASC) has appointed its new officers.
Ryan Croy has been appointed managing partner at Los Angeles-based PR film Fifteen Minutes.
Amos Gitai [pictured], Michael Smiley and Lenora Crichlow among the judges at this year’s festival.
Tickets for 12 additional dates on sale tomorrow [June 11].
In a letter to Russian authorities, European film-makers have expressed their worry about the fate of Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov
Alexandros Avranas’ suicide drama claimed the Orpheus Award for best feature as the 8th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) concluded over the weekend (June 8).
Around the World in 50 Concerts to open 27th edition of the documentary festival.
Abbeygate Cinemas Limited complete acquistion from City Screen Limited.
World premiere of Tom Collins’ An Bronntanas to close this year’s festival, which runs July 8-13.
Producers at Sheffield Doc/Fest talk about Oscars race for documentaries.
Film adaptation of Beth Reekles’ teen novel has been developed by Random House Children’s Screen Entertainment.
Sigourney Weaver will appear in James Cameron’s next three Avatar films, the director has confirmed.
16 European producers will partner with 16 cross-media professionals at the fifth edition of Power to the Pixel’s annual event.
EXCLUSIVE: British cinematographer Polly Morgan also boards Ayoub Qanir’s sci-fi thriller.
North American provider of visual effects to join Technicolor’s production services division, which includes MPC.
Moscow Business Square (June 21-24) runs parallel to the Moscow International Film Festival.
Modern take on the Jack the Ripper story is in post-production for a 2015 release.
Deal will see Belga Films will release Umedia films on all media throughout Benelux.
Festival to open with European premiere of The Auction House: A Tale of Two Brothers.
GKIDS has acquired North American rights to Alê Abreu’s Brazilian animation Boy And The World, which screens in competition at Annecy this week.
UPDATED JUNE 9: A muscular launch for the latest Tom Cruise tentpole-elect by Warner Bros Pictures International provided a timely reminder of how the veteran’s star power remains undiminished, outside North America at least.
The distributor has picked up North American rights from Paradigm and plans an early October day-and-date theatrical and VOD release.
Cinedigm has hired Jeffrey Edell as Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Separately, RLJ Entertainment has appointed Mike Pears evp of content sales.
Top brass at the Independent Filmmaker Project announced on Monday (9) the 10 narrative features selected for the 2014 Independent Filmmaker Labs.
Kasimir Burgess’ drama gets VOD launch across most of Australia after its Sydney Film Festival premiere.
The Young Ones star’s film roles included Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso.
Accepting a lifetime achievement award in Transilvania, Winger talks about her career, fracking and film vs digital.
Touching drama Dearest will be released on Sept 26 in China.
Ghibli to give master-class at lakeside Annecy International Animation Festival.
Sony’s sequel posts strong $8.1m (£4.85m) bow to dethrone Maleficent; Warner Bros’ Grace of Monaco lands with $400,000 (£238,000).
Fernando León de Aranoa’s English-language debut pre-sells to multiple territories for WestEnd Films.
Jesse Moss’ documentary [pictured] receives its UK premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Agreement will allow the two guilds to foster working relationships between US and Italian producers.
This year’s forum will focus on the merger of culture with education, finance and technology.
British film-maker [pictured] to judge short film competition.
Cross-media project market and conference unfolds June 19-20.
Film, starring Thabo Rametsi [pictured], marks the 35th anniversary of the execution of Solomon Mahlangu.
Second edition of market now open to projects seeking completion funding.
Iranian film-maker named as president of the international jury for this year’s awards.
Alexander Kott’s love story [pictured] awarded the Grand Prix and the prize for best cinematography.
Third title in the West End Theatre Series to be the first ever Event Cinema release in Dolby Atmos.
EXCLUSIVE: Tetsuya Nakashima’s mystery is set to open in UK cinemas in early 2015.
First film from the slate will be romantic drama Immoral Dilemma.
The Fox 2000 drama dislodged Maleficent and dismissed the challenge of Tom Cruise to storm to number one.
Richard Linklater’s acclaimed family portrait won the Golden Space Needle Award for best film and best director honours as the 40th Seattle International Film Festival came to a conclusion on Sunday (June 8).
The Transilvania International Film Festival’s (TIFF) main prize went this year to Spanish film-maker Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Stockholm as the week-long festival came to a close on June 8.
The 21st edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest kicked off last night with the European premiere of Florian Habicht’s documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets, about Britpop band Pulp.
PGA elects Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary presidents
Marvel took to Twitter at the weekend (June 7) to announce its replacement for Edgar Wright, who departed the project last month over what is understood to be creative differences.
Florence Almozini has been appointed senior programmer and Jake Perlin and Rachael Rakes have been named programmers-at-large.
The London-based company, which claims to pay musicians without retaining any rights, has opened a Los Angeles office.
John Powers Middleton, who has worked as executive producer on A&E’s Bates Motel and the Oldboy remake, has teamed up with Casey Affleck to launch a production company.
French mini major MK2 has acquired Spain’s Cinesur cinema chain, the country’s third biggest chain.
Ticket sales record set by Secret Cinema for its biggest live cinema event presenting Back to The Future.
Broadway Cinema in Nottingham has launched a £100,000 film investment fund.
An observational documentary and two fiction films are the first projects to be supported by the Transilvania Film Festival Fund (TFFF).
Angelina Jolie’s fresh approach to Sleeping Beauty holds its lead on its second week of release.
Vic Bateman, one of the UK’s longest serving international sales agents who handled films including The Deer Hunter and The Elephant Man, has died.
Screen International is today unveiling its 2014 UK Stars of Tomorrow, profiling rising actors, writers, directors, producers and heads of department.
The highly regarded publicist has been promoted to senior vice-president at the global entertainment public relations and marketing agency.
Lupita Nyong’o is reuniting with Plan B and has secured with D2 Productions and Potboiler Productions rights to develop Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah. Separately, Judi Dench has boarded Tulip Fever.
The respected and experienced buyer has been named executive vice-president of acquisitions as the company seeks to ramp up the slate.
The 20th edition of the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market will showcase 330 films and is set to run from June 17-23.
The production partners have agreed with Imax for the latter to release up to 15 of their films through 2017.
China Movie Media Group (CMMG) announced it will open a US office and has teamed up with Paramount to market the imminent summer release Transformers: Age Of Extinction in China.
To mark the 30th anniversary of Ivan Reitman’s film Sony will release a restored and remastered 4K version in North America on Labor Day Weekend (August 29).
Cohen Media Group has tapped Oscar-nominated director Peter Bogdanovich to direct its television miniseries adaptation of Edward Ball’s The Inventor And The Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder And The Birth Of Moving Pictures.
The founder of DDA Public Relations and head of DDA Consulting is to serve as external special advisor Medient Studios.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to Russell Friedenberg and Randy Redroad’s dramedy starring Johnny Sequoyah, Amy Smart and Victoria Smurfit.
British actor Tom Hardy has claimed that TV productions are increasingly offering film talent the chance to develop more immersive shows and retain greater creative control over productions.
The 2014 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival has announced its complete programming line-up for the event, set to run from July 10-20.
The TV Collective founder Simone Pennant has questioned the validity of the licence fee at a Creative Week panel on the lack of diversity in the film and TV industries.
Non Stop Productions, producer of Cannes winner Leviathan, is among nine “industry leaders” selected by the Russian Cinema Fund (Fond Kino) to take a share of $55m (RUB1.9bn).
In what promises to be a massive session all-round, Warner Bros deploys its new sci-fi in a major international offensive day-and-date with North America.
Korea’s Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced the It Project market selection with 21 genre film projects.
In keeping with Lucasfilm and Disney’s mission to exploit the Star Wars universe, the partners have hired the director to make a feature that will not be part of the trilogy.
Former A-Film Benelux CEO Wilco Wolfers has been appointed COO of eOne Benelux and will start work on August 15.
It was the growth of the Harry Potter franchise that set up the UK film industry to be a world leader in visual effects, Josh Berger, president and MD Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Ireland and Spain said today during his keynote at MBI’s Creative Week Media Summit.
Icon Film Distribution CEO Ian Dawson talks about the relaunched company’s strategy to fill a gap in the UK market.
EXCLUSIVE: David Tennant-Rosamund Pike comedy sells to key markets for Independent.
Documentaries to benefit include The Possibilities Are Endless, about musician Edwyn Collins’ battle to regain his memory.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s The Young and Prodigious Spivet will be the opening film at this year’s Filmfest München (June 27-July 5) after Jeunet previously kicked off the festival in Munich in 2001 with Amelie From Montmartre.
Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith will reprise her stage role in TriStar Productions and BBC Films’ screen version of The Lady In The Van.
Indiecan Entertainment in partnership with Indiegogo has announced the launch of the Indiegogo campaigns for this year’s INDIECAN10K feature film projects.
Al Pacino is to present screenings of his filmed production of Salomé and documentary Wilde Salomé at an event in London that will be streamed across the UK.
The Cambridge Film Festival to be held earlier than in previous years and will include a focus on the early silent films of Gerhard Lamprecht.
Disney’s $500m acquisition of Maker Studios is just one drop in what is set to become a wave of investment as major media companies target vast online audiences, Stream Market conference attendees heard (June 3).
EXCLUSIVE: MFI reports strong business on Palme d’Or winner.
The Motion Picture Association Of America and Chinese-language video portal Shenzhen Xunlei Networking Technologies (Xunlei) have agreed on a partnership to protect Hollywood content.
Seven world premieres and five international premieres include an animated movie for the first time in competition; US drama Low Down starring John Hawkes and Elle Fanning; and Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s follow-up to Either Way.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and Joey King have joined Jeremy Irvine on the cast of Stonewall
The US rights deal to David Robert Mitchell’s follow-up to The Myth Of The American Sleepover closed after the recent world premiere in Critics’ Week.
This Is Not A Ball will premiere on June 13, one day after the World Cup kicks off in Brazil.
Acquisitions include the first ever animation in Karlovy Vary’s competition and the debut of an EFA-nominated filmmaker.
Hong Kong-based Edko Films has announced 3D fantasy adventure Monster Hunt, to be directed by Raman Hui, who co-directed Shrek The Third.
Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Celine Sciamma’s drama following its world premiere in Directors’ Fortnight.
Lena Schömann, producer of box office hit Fack Ju Göhte (Suck Me Shakespeer), is switching to Constantin Film after 12 years at the distributor-producer’s subsidiary Rat Pack Filmproduktion.
Fumi Nikaido will receive the inaugural Screen International Rising Star Award at the 13th New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), set to run from June 27-July 14.
Event cinema organiser to recreate the town of Hill Valley for Secret Cinema’s biggest production to date.
The philanthropist and CNN founder will collect the inaugural Film Independent Humanitarian Award presented in partnership with the UCLA Burkle Global Impact Initiative.
Millennials, the demographic that content creators and advertisers cannot hear enough about, give new TV shows a 10-minute probation period and will not commit to a series unless Season 2 has the greenlight.
Carlo Cresto-Dina’s Italian production company tempesta has sold a 20% stake to BIM founder Valerio De Paolis.
Producers of Metalhead and Either Way team with LA’s Ashley M Kent on the English-language drama.
New projects from Kutlug Ataman, Bogdan Mustata, Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross among the 14 titles.
Tom Hardy-owned indie Hardy Son and Baker has signed a first-look deal with NBC Universal International.
Principal photography on Breakthrough Entertainment’s family comedy has started in Toronto.
EXCLUSIVE: Production on the comedy has kicked off in Marrakech, Morocco. Open Road will distribute in the US in spring 2015 and QED International handled sales.
EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films has reported a strong response from Cannes buyers to The Master Cleanse, the fantasy horror that launched on the Croisette and will star Johnny Galecki, Chloë Sevigny and Anjelica Huston.
The controversial filmmaker renowned for his fiercely intelligent accounts of US history has come on board to direct the tale of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in what will be a race to the screen with rival project No Place To Hide.
EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia Pictures International has secured a handful of key sales on the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, which screened in Cannes Classics.
The CEO has departed the ambitious New York-based financier-producer with immediate effect.
12 Years a Slave Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o has been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor’s Cannes haul includes crime-drama Son of a Gun.
Phase 4’s Berry Meyerowitz to preside over eOne’s US film and distribution business
International Film Trust (IFT) has sold all overseas territories to Peter Sollett’s upcoming comedy You Shall Know Our Velocity starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Disney’s reimagining posts excellent $11m (£6.6m) debut, including previews, to top the chart; Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past nears £20m after just 11 days in play.
Take Down, a thriller starring Jeremy Sumpter [pictured] from the director of I Know What You Did Last Summer, is to be the first feature to receive investment through the Welsh Government’s new £30m ($50m) Media Investment Budget.
Films by Todd Solondz, Ralph Fiennes and Andrei Konchalovsky as well as an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s White Nights, starring Daniel Brühl, are among 12 projects to be supported by Russia’s Ministry of Culture this year.
Kim Ki-duk’s One on One is to open the Venice Film Festival’s independantly run Venice Days section.
Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has appointed Kim Young-woo as Asian Cinema programmer, to handle documentaries and short films from Asia.
UPDATED JUNE 2: Disney’s Maleficent scored a better-than-estimated $106.1m international debut in 47 territories to beat Fox’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past as the studio crossed $2bn worldwide.
Four years since the world last saw Jolie in a lead live-action role, the star returned to winning ways in Maleficent with a career-best launch courtesy of Disney’s fantasy romp.
LA-based Continental Media has picked up worldwide sales rights to EBF Productions’ upcoming thriller Recovery.
The US rights deal for Marc Carrete’s feature directorial debut follows the recent world premiere at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Australian distributor pre-buys Trespass Against Us.
Sequel to local box office hit Red Dog wins Screen Australia backing alongside a thriller starring Kerry Fox.
Katie Holmes, Max Irons and Charles Dance among the new additions to the true story starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Brühl.
Entertainment accountancy firm Nyman Libson Paul has launched an innovative new funding initiative called The Movies Begin Ltd (TMB), intended to help producers at the early stages of financing their films.
New York-based Cargo Film & Releasing has secured international sales rights to 1971, Bronx Obama, and David & Me.
A gala open-air screening of Stephen Frears’ Philomena will tonight (May 30) launch the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) which is expanding its industry dimension for its 13th edition.
Company working on documentary Hostage To The Devil.
Festival seeks $25,000 to help run national competition.
Lured by British Columbia’s enticing 58% tax incentives, Sony Pictures Imageworks is relocating its headquarters from Los Angeles to Vancouver.
Disney’s Maleficent tops Tom Cruise actioner Edge of Tomorrow but the latest X-Men feature soars ahead of the rest.
Highlights include a British producers’ masterclass with speakers including Damian Jones (Belle) and Kate Ogborn (The Deep Blue Sea).
Curzon Cinemas’ Video-on-Demand service is being revamped as the company relaunches its Curzon Home Cinema site.
The Empire Leicester Square is opening its new IMAX screen to the public from today, screening Tom Cruise thriller Edge of Tomorrow.
The Open University and Pinewood Studios are to work together to produce a free online course for people who are interested in pursuing a commercial career in the film industry.
EXCLUSIVE: Investors say their contribution to period drama The Moon And The Sun is China’s biggest financial contribution to a non-studio movie produced outside mainland China. [Exclusive first image]
EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts’ LA based Continental Media have reported a strong response to the Cannes slate led by Nobel and Unknown Caller.
Cinema Management Group founder Edward Noeltner has struck a deal for ARC Entertainment to distribute the credit card scam thriller in North America.
MGM and Warner Bros are teaming up with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin on a feature trilogy of the 1994 feature.
Production has begun on A Faster Horse, the first film from Nigel Sinclair and Guy East’s White Horse Pictures.
EXCLUSIVE: Deals include multi-territory accord by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.
The results are in from Screen International’s team of top film critics at the Cannes Film Festival.
RADiUS has acquired the bulk of worldwide rights from Submarine to Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson’s Beyond The Brick: A Lego Brickumentary.
Josh Goldstine has been appointed the studio’s president of worldwide marketing.
The companies have set June 3 2016 for the release of the Seth Rogen animated comedy.
Larry Charles will write and may direct a reimagined version of the cult Australian hit The Man Who Sued God for New Films International (NFI).
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe’s Visit Films has closed more deals on David Robert Mitchell’s Cannes buzz title It Follows.
EXCLUSIVE: Producer is planning remakes of Thirst and The Survivor.
Controversial VOD-only release of Welcome to New York sets precedent for future film releases in France.
Mostofa S. Farooki’s Ant Story and John Carney’s Begin Again are among the films that will compete for the Golden Goblet Award at this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF).
The entry of local conglomerate Lippo Group and Korea’s CJ CGV into Indonesian exhibition looks set to shake up a market that has huge potential but has so far failed to grow.
Palme d’Or winner generates highest volume of online buzz while Kristen Stewart beats Robert Pattinson across social chatter.
After winning Best Screenplay at Cannes for Leviathan, Andrei Zvyagintsev is to head the jury at the 25th “Kinotavr” Open Russian Film Festival in Sochi.
British producer joins Michael Fassbender’s DMC Film.
Disney’s fantasy romp starring Angelina Jolie stormed into the UK on May 28 ahead of a 47-market weekend invasion that will face off with Fox International’s proven juggernaut X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation, coming off a strong Cannes market, is close to selling out John Carney’s upcoming Sing Street, featuring music from U2’s Bono and The Edge.
Atom Egoyan’s thriller records deals with the likes of France, Italy, Korea and the Middle East, among others.
Distributor acquires US rights to Ruben Östlund’s Un Certain Regard jury prize-winner.
Streaming service teams up with Reinventors for a six-part interactive web series.
Distributor has acquired US rights to the third instalment of the film series, based on the popular TV show.
Beki Probst to become president of the Berlinale’s European Film Market after more than 25 years as head of the EFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Deals across slate including new Julianne Moore and Mickey Rourke dramas.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor acquires Kornel Mundruczo’s Un Certain Regard winner.
First 10 films selected will play on the festival’s website ahead of online voting, which takes place from June 10-21.
In collaboration with web platform Tugg Inc, TFI plans to give community screening venues easy access to an exclusive collection.
Highlights include Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Abel Ferrara’s controversial DSK feature Welcome To New York.
EXCLUSIVE: Philippe Bober’s Coproduction Office has secured further buyers for Austrian auteur Jessica Hausner’s morbid “romantic comedy” Amour Fou, which screened in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival last week.
The German film industry is mourning the passing of film-maker Helma Sanders-Brahms, one of the leading women directors of the New German Cinema with a broad international following, at the age of 73 after a long illness.
Producer awarded with the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.
First edition aims to bridge the worlds of film, finance and philanthropy.
Lars von Trier and Peter Aalbæk Jensen’s Zentropa Entertainments has been put under “stricter control” by the Danish Film Institute over future state support for its productions and its auditor has been reported to the National Audit Committee.
Olivier Assayas’ next film stars Robert Pattinson and will be produced and financed by Benaroya Pictures.
Nia Vardalos has written sequel to hit comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
EXCLUSIVE: Cannes Jury Prize winner marks Godard’s first Official Selection award in 50-year career.
Horror thriller to be receive day-and-date theatrical and VoD release in the US, with Lionsgate handling home entertainment.
American Hustle producer appointed as president of production.
Divergent sequel to be released in North America on March 20, 2015.
Film-maker and video game producer died on Friday in a motorcycle accident.
China Box Office: Fox’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past has had the biggest opening weekend for a Hollywood film so far this year in China, grossing $39.35m in three days (May 23-25).
Fox’s latest X-Men outing posts best debut of the series to date at $15.4m (£9.1m), marking the biggest opening of 2014 in the process.
Sony Pictures Classics takes US rights to Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s Un Certain Regard winner.
Cedric Jimenez’s crime-thriller starring Jean Dujardin impressed in Cannes.
CJ E&M has announced Korea-China co-production Once Again, 20’s (working title), a Chinese-language film based on hit Korean comedy Miss Granny.
Scandi distributor’s pick-ups include Palo Alto [pictured] and Kristen Stewart drama Camp X-Ray.
Drag queen drama, screened in Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival, sold to Germany, Australia and Poland.
The TTIP free-trade talks between the EU and US continue to come under fire from a growing chorus of European film-makers and EU Culture Ministers.
Ace Studios and Odyssey Media’s action thriller Pound Of Flesh, starring Jean Claude Van Damme, wrapped in Ace Studios’ facilities in Guangdong, China this week.
TrustNordisk sells Western starring Mads Mikkelsen into Europe and Asia.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor is understood to have picked up North American rights to Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó’s Un Certain Regard winner.
Joe Dante executive producing the New York-set thriller.
X-Men: Days of Future Past took control of the international box office this weekend, grossing $171.1m from more than 100 countries to become the biggest opener ever for Fox International, beating Avatar’s $165m in December 2009.
X-Men: Days of Future Past had a powerful but not record-breaking opening at the North American box office this weekend, grossing an estimated $90.7m over the first three days of the four day Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep has won the coveted Palme d’Or at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, where Timothy Spall and Julianne Moore picked up Best Actor and Best Actress.
There were a number of surprises among the Cannes 2014 winners, in a year in which there were a number of very strong titles but no clear White Ribbon-style masterpiece as a shoo-in for the top award.
Film sold by Le Pacte.
Kornél Mundruczó’s White God has won the top prize in Un Certain Regard at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
The ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ director had been attached to the project since 2006.
Thomas Cailley’s French drama scores hat-trick at the Cannes Film Festival sidebar.
CEO of the Berlin-based producer-distributor resigns after eight years in the role and “takes responsibility” for major losses in 2013.
Other winners include Jauja and Love at First Fight.
EXCLUSIVE: Buyers snap up classroom drama screening in Cannes.
George Eads stars as a professional poker player.
Un Certain Regard titles revolves around 60-year-old nightclub hostess who decides to get married and settle down.
Tale set against backdrop of boarding school for deaf children woos buyers and critics.
Norwegian distributor scores hat-trick of Competition titles.
Netflix has fought off competition from broadcasters the BBC and ITV and is on the brink of ordering its first original show from the UK – a £100m biopic of the Queen.
Gareth Edwards, the British director behind the recent Gozilla movie, is to direct the first Star Wars spin-off film.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to dominate the global box office this weekend, opening in 80 international markets over the same weekend it makes its debut in North America.
Open Road and Studiocanal set release for the new thriller from the director of Taken and reveal the first image with star Sean Penn.
Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment aqcuire domestic rights to indie thriller starring Spy Kids actress Alexa Vega.
The story of one of cycling’s most flamboyant icons is being readied for theatrical release in North and South America this July.
The X-Men may put up a good fight but they prove no match for Godzilla in this week’s online buzz chart.
In Cannes, the eighth annial Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast award has gone to Merican Chick.
The Tribe (Plemya) by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy has won three prizes at the Cannes 2014 Critics’ Week sidebar.
Jason Zada to direct the supernatural thriller; Good Universe partners with Lava Bear on international sales
EXCLUSIVE: Soda takes on one title from Cannes Competition and one from Un Certain Regard.
Ahead of its official red-carpet screening, Xavier Dolan’s latest sold to the UK, Scandinavia and Russia/CIS, among others.
Newly launched distribution company takes North American rights to Tommy Lee Jones’ Cannes Competition title.
EXCLUSIVE: July Jung’s Un Certain Regard title [pictured] among Cannes pick-ups by the independent art-house UK distributor.
Abbas Kiarostami and the Jury announce the winners of this year’s selection.
Korean remake of Point Blank sells to Germany and Latin America, among others.
Former film commissioner at the Danish Film Institute appointed artistic director.
Lee Seok-hoon’s period adventure [pictured] sells to 15 countries.
PicturePipe will provide an online platform that will allow producers to submit films to the European Film Awards.
Israeli film-maker will work with Alejandro Iñárritu for a year.
Trade association will be hosting a number of events in its ECA Lounge.
For the first time, Raindance Film Festival will screen some of its selections at Vue cinemas in six cities.
Programme is aimed at the ten selected short film-makers in order to support them in their transition to features.
Milton Keynes film-maker named as the winner of the film category in Samsung’s talent search.
The curation-oriented streaming service also acquires 16 titles from Chicago-based distributor Olive Films.
EXCLUSIVE: Fledgling UK sales outfit inks multiple deals on Russian thriller.
Director worked on more than 80 pictures in prolific career.
UK distributor picks up the likes of Predestination, Young Ones and Hellion [pictured].
Horror [pictured], starring Jason Mewes, has also sold to North America.
Streaming service set for its biggest expansion to date.
€5.5m will be made available for online distribution initiatives.
Stewart named Manager of Corporate Communications.
International trade was low-key in contrast to the fanfare that surrounded US activity, yet the market correction that has brought more real projects and less bombast augurs well for savvy operators.
Video of JJ Abrams on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, including a previously unseen creature
Case studies include Cannes hit It Follows; producer Rebecca Green talks financing challenges.
Kristian Levring’s Western received its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival
New film to be titled Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Well Go USA Entertainment closes US deal for Zak Hilditch’s Cannes title.
EXCLUSIVE: Inception Film Partners has licensed rights in Cannes to more than 25 territories on the Evan Rachel Wood and Scott Speedman rom-com Barefoot.
Paramount Pictures and Pathé announced that principal photography has commenced in the US South on the Martin Luther King Civil Rights drama Selma starringn
Universal Pictures has announced “an intensified commitment” to its multicultural marketing division and promoted Fabian Castro to oversee the department and extended Talitha Watkins’ contract.
Kino Lorber has acquired from Le Pacte all US rights to Alain Resnais’ (pictured) final film The Life Of Riley.
AFI DOCS will open with the world premiere of Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey and close with Life Itself.
EXCLUSIVE: Premiere Entertainment Group has closed a raft of deals in Cannes on The Night Crew starring Luke Goss, Danny Trejo and Bokeem Woodbine.
Alex Walton arrived on the Croisette with a new company backed by Garmin heir Ken Kao and arguably the prestige title of the market – and the buyers have responded.
EXCLUSIVE: Indie Sales has closed key a raft of deals on Jean-Pierre Ameris’ Marie’s Story: From Darkness to Light.
Taipei Factory II, co-produced by Taipei Film Commission and Italy’s Rai Cinema, has wrapped in Taipei.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony acquires UK and select territories on Bill Murray comedy.
EXCLUSIVE: German outfit readies Hoffman, Plummer, Chelsom films, preps US tie-up.
EXCLUSIVE: UK, France among multi-million dollar buyers of Lionsgate’s Liam Neeson fantasy.
EXCLUSIVE: Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz’ divorce drama premiered in Directors’ Fortnight.
EXCLUSIVE: Documentary about legendary Israeli producers sells to France, Japan and Australia.
Veteran programmer Tony Watts has slotted two Cannes market titles into the upcoming inaugural Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) in Ontario, Canada.
EXCLUSIVE: Highland Film Group has reported a solid Cannes market and closed key sales on the Nicolas Cage crime thriller.
Documentary Ballet Boys dancing to Taiwan.
The Russian Cinema Fund, with backing from the Russian Ministry of Culture, presented 18 new Russian productions at a Cannes Market showcase yesterday.
Trevor Philips OBE and Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy are to join the speakers at Creative Week’s Diversify event.
New Europe sells vampire comedy to Monster Pictures for Australia and UK.
Jury will make its final deliberations in a public, live-streamed event.
Film London and Ile de France Film Commission renew partnership for fifth year running.
EXCLUSIVE: Producer is in Cannes with slate that includes a restored William S Burroughs doc and On The Milky Road.
EXCLUSIVE: Animation features voice cast of Lisa Kudrow, Edward James Olmos and Cheech Marin.
Horror-romance starring Danny Dyer sells to UK distributor.
Company closes multiple sales on Heart of a Lion [pictured].
Read Screen International’s latest daily magazine from the 67th Cannes Film Festival here.
Wild Bunch expects to sell out on Ken Loach’s competition title.
Yang Zi’s film is based on a Chinese novel by Ge Shuiping.
Submarine has sold a raft of territories on Tribeca opener Time Is Illmatic.
EXCLUSIVE: Glacier Films backer and producer Vladimir Poliakov is launching a $100m fund to ramp up production at the year-old company.
Inaugural edition of the new co-production market will run June 12-13.
eOne Films Canada has picked up three titles in Cannes, taking rights to Little Prince from WildBunch, Somnia from Sierra Affinity and Viral from Blumhouse International.
Main Street Films announced in Cannes it has entered into a financing and co-production partnership with Hong Kong-based investment fund Crown Brand Corporation Limited.
CineCoup has announced that Lowell Dean will direct the sequel to his genre hit WolfCop.
Sundance Institute will present the Sundance NEXT Fest summer event from August 7-10.
Silver Sword International (SSI) has struck deal with Icebreaker Films to distribute Spitfire Liberator: The Alex Herbst Story in Poland.
EXCLUSIVE: Animated sequel sells to UK distributor, among other territories.
EXCLUSIVE: MFI completes slew of deals on Palme d’Or contender.
EXCLUSIVE: Film inspired by real-life stoning of young Mali couple draws buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia licenses rights to UK distributor, among other deals.
Fledgling Los Angeles-based distributor Curator Films has picked up North American rights from FiGa Films to Marcelo Gomes and Cao Guimaraes’s The Man Of The Crowd.
EXCLUSIVE: Genre specialist continues deals run.
The Group reported revenue of $1,303m, up 30% on 2013, and underlying EBITDA up 48% on 2013 at $147m.
Worldview Entertainment has raised $200m that includes a capital raise from existing and new investors to bring the equity and debt level to $350m.
Creative England is pushing for more private investment in the creative industries.
Cairo-based distributor will release the films across the region over the next year.
Roster includes Tell Me The Truth About Love [pictured] and The More You Ignore Me.
EXCLUSIVE: Former BUF executive in Cannes with trio of films.
Each project will receive contributions from IFFR’s fund towards script and project development.
Deal to strengthen the partnership between the two countries on film and television productions signed in Cannes.
Lifetime achievement award will also go to Polish film-maker Krzysztof Zanussi during the 13th edition of the festival.
TrustNordisk has picked up the international sales rights for the hacker-thriller WhoAmI.
Some 18 new Russian films will be presented today [May 20].
Some 24 film producers from across Europe took part in EFP’s networking platform Producers on the Move.
EXCLUSIVE: Epic Pictures Group acquires international rights to Jason Bognacki’s horror thriller.
French director to direct her first English-language film.
Doc Alliance Selection Award was given out at the Marche’s Doc Corner Brunch.
EXCLUSIVE: Malaysian production company to co-produce Dain Iskander Said’s film with Rupakata Cinema.
Egyptian production company to produce first film to team director Amr Salama and Ahmed Helmy.
EXCLUSIVE: A total of €2m is to be distributed in the first round of 2014 for Screen Flanders Economic Fund.
Australian director took part in a top-level discussion about how the industry can best support new talent.
EXCLUSIVE: It Follows and 10.000KM among titles sold.
EXCLUSIVE: Director Renny Harlin has boarded the buddy action comedy to star Jackie Chan, Seann William Scott and Fan Bingbing, which Alex Walton’s new Bloom is selling in Cannes.
David Hockney documentary will be produced by Kate Ogborn (The Deep Blue Sea).
The Weinstein Company (TWC) has paid what is believed to be in the region of $12m for world rights excluding Australia and New Zealand to Lion.
Fallen IMF chief’s lawyer Jean Veil describes Abel Ferrara’s film as a “shit, a turd”.
EXCLUSIVE: HanWay inks UK and French deals on Ben Wheatley’s thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: IM Global has been shopping the project to buyers in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Wild Bunch and StudioCanal take rights to the Italian director’s follow up to Oscar-winner The Great Beauty.
Ensemble features Sylvester Stallone and Kyra Sedgwick,
Niki Caro is set to direct the biopic Callas, charting the tragic relationship between the opera diva and Aristotle Onassis.
Corsan has cast Adrien Brody in the title role of Lee Tamahori’s revenge tale Emperor. Corsan World Sales has introduced to international buyers in Cannes and Paradigm represents North America.