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Rotterdam: How festivals can evolve with audiences

27-Jan-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

At a panel in Rotterdam, the ‘next wave’ of festival programmers from across the globe debated topics such as how much to programme audience-friendly films while championing more challenging work.

Martin Gropius Bau

Content to spread Pandemic at EFM

27-Jan-2015 | By

Content Media will commence international sales in Berlin next week on John Suits’ sci-fi action-thriller starring Rachel Nichols, Mekhi Phifer and Missi Pyle.

Elfriede Jelinek

Amour Fou developing films with Nobel prize-winner

27-Jan-2015 | By

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

Force Majeure

Force Majeure wins top Swedish film prize

27-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Ruben Östlund’s family drama leads the pack with six Guldbagge Awards.

Brand New-U

Pummell preps William Gibson adaptation

27-Jan-2015 | By

BAFTA-winner to adapt short story Dogfight, from cult sci-fi writer; currently in Rotterdam with Brand New-U.

Undead Sun

Wilson sisters bring Undead Sun Rotterdam

27-Jan-2015 | By

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

Rotterdam Film festival IFFR

Rotterdam launches Tiger Release

27-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New distribution initiative launched at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).

Ava DuVernay

Selma team reunite on Hurricane Katrina project

26-Jan-2015 | By

Ava DuVernay and her Selma star David Oyelowo have teamed up with Participant Media to develop a romantic mystery set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina.

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

Searchlight, Indian Paintbrush take world on Earl

26-Jan-2015 | By

An unusually busy first weekend of on-site deal-making in Park City continued into the week as Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush partnered on world rights to Me And Earl And The Dying Girl and The Orchard acquired The Overnight.


Archstone picks up Slamdance pic Body

26-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Brady Bowen said on Monday (January 26) the company had acquired international sales rights and will kick off business at the EFM next week.

The Overnight, Knock Knock shine in Park City

26-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE: The Orchard has taken North American rights to The Overnight as reports emerged that Lionsgate was closing on Chilewood psychosexual thriller Knock Knock.


Celluloid Dreams boards Jafar Panahi’s Taxi

26-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Director issues statement on his reasons for defying filmmaking ban.

Lee Yong-kwan

Busan director refuses request to step down

26-Jan-2015 | By

Busan Metropolitan City has asked Lee Yong-kwan to step down as festival director of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) ahead of its 20th edition.

Cameron Romero

Radar Pictures to produce Origins

26-Jan-2015 | By

Ted Field will produce writer-director Cameron Romero’s zombie origins story.

American Sniper

American Sniper shoots down Taken 3 in UK

26-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ awards contender posts $3.8m (£2.5m) second weekend to dethrone Taken 3; Universal’s Ex Machina leads openers with $1.7m (£1.1m) debut.

Marco Mueller

Marco Mueller takes Beijing role

26-Jan-2015 | By

Former Rome Film Festival director Marco Mueller has been appointed chief consultant to the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) as the five-year-old festival strives to become a world-class event.


Memento sells Giannoli’s Marguerite worldwide

26-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based sales agent does good business at Unifrance Rendezvous.


Norfolk producer readies new projects

26-Jan-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Crybaby Pictures plans project with The Bureau, Steel Mill Pictures.

IFFR 2015 Short awards

Rivers, Russell, Benhaim win IFFR Short Tigers

26-Jan-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

UK wins two of three Canon Tiger Awards at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR); Serbia-Germany short submitted to EFAs.

The Theory of Everything

SAG unveils 2015 winners

25-Jan-2015 | By

Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore earned top film acting honours at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (January 25).


Birdman scoops PGA honour

25-Jan-2015 | By

Birdman took a big stride towards the Oscar on Saturday night (January 23) as it upset Boyhood to claim best feature at the 26th annual Producers Guild Awards, capping another triumphant night for Fox Searchlight.

IFC Films boards The D Train

25-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE: The distributor has picked up US rights to Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel’s comedy starring Jack Black and James Marsden. At time of writing reports were circulating that SPC had taken the US and territories on The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.

Five Armies in $49.3m China debut

25-Jan-2015 | By

UPDATED JANUARY 26: New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies crossed $600m at the international box office as a record three-day non-holiday Chinese debut delivered a confirmed $49.3m.

Inception Film Partners boards Wildlike

25-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based sales, production and distribution company heads to the EFM in Berlin with international sales rights to the Alaskan adventure film.

American Sniper

American Sniper hits $200m in US

25-Jan-2015 | By

UPDATED JANUARY 26: Clint Eastwood’s box office phenomenon crossed the $200m threshold in its second wide weekend while Lionsgate’s Mortdecai and Disney’s Strange Magic both flopped.

IFFR Tiger

Rotterdam director talks festival future

25-Jan-2015 | By

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

Automatic heads to EFM with Goddess Of Love

25-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Automatic Entertainment will introduce Berlin buyers next month to a slate that includes the thriller Goddess Of Love.

Carlo Cresto-Dina

The Wonders producer boards UK film

25-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Producer of Cannes award-winner The Wonders takes on first UK production.

Merce Cunningham

Girard seeks Euro support for Cunningham

25-Jan-2015 | By

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

Paul Miller

Paul Miller launches firm in Netherlands

25-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Upcoming productions include Ahd Kamel’ s My Driver and I.

IFFR: Iranian film flourishing

25-Jan-2015 | By

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


Julia Roberts boards Batkid remake

24-Jan-2015 | By

SLAMDANCE: The A-lister is attached to remake rights to the January 24 Slamdance premiere Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World – A Dana Nachman Film in a deal being put together by Submarine’s new remake label Sub/Version.

The Bronze

Relativity, Stage 6 Films see gold in The Bronze

24-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE UPDATE: The distributor has closed a $3m-plus deal and will partner with Stage 6 Films on the acquisition of the dark comedy that has been an early hit in Park City. Meanwhile A24 closed on The Witch and Alchemy was nearing a US deal for Strangerland.

Vimeo, Indiegogo form distribution pact

24-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE: Hot on the heels of the event cinema fund launched by Tugg and New Balloon, Indiegogo and Vimeo have announced a distribution partnership. Separately, Vertical has acquired Dial A Prayer and Gravitas Ventures has picked up Any Day.

Jan-Wllem Van Ewijk

Van Ewijk develops US-set Sleep

24-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Dutch filmmaker Jan-Willem van Ewijk is developing a US-set feature, Sleep, following a father and his teenage daughter as they travel through from the Mid-West to California.


Heretic Outreach takes two to Rotterdam

24-Jan-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Heretic Outreach has boarded its first projects ahead of IFFR.


Rotterdam: Savage Films brings new projects

24-Jan-2015 | By

Savage Films presents new projects at Rotterdam; Oscar-nominated Flemish director Michaël R. Roskam’s Belgian-set feature The Faithful planning shoot.

Leo Hannewijk

Hannewijk takes Zeeland film commissioner role

24-Jan-2015 | By

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


Dutch rebate driving up production

24-Jan-2015 | By

Speaking in Rotterdam, Netherlands Film Fund director Doreen Boonekamp has delivered an upbeat assessment of the state of the Dutch film industry.

German Angst

IFFR: Reel Suspects sells German Angst

24-Jan-2015 | By

Sales include Taiwan and Scandinavia.

IFFR Live launches today with Atlantic

24-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Pan-European cinema event will see five films premiere in Rotterdam and simultaneously across Europe; Distrify Media and Filmin will offer through VOD.

Imagix Tournai

Belgian festival cancelled over terror threat

23-Jan-2015 | By

Palme d’Or winners the Dardenne brothers issue statement following the cancellation of the Ramdan Film Festival over terrorist threats and the evacuation of a cinema.

Nawaf Alghanim

Al-Ghanim Entertainment sets sail

23-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE: Kuwaiti industrialist Nawaf Alghanim announced in Park City on Friday (January 23) the formation of his Los Angeles and Kuwaiti-based financing and production company.

Sundance round-up: Netflix, Duplass brothers in film pact

23-Jan-2015 | By

Netflix is understood to have struck a four-film deal with Mark and Jay Duplass, it has emerged in Park City.

Misery Loves Comedy

Tribeca Film buys Misery Loves Comedy

23-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE: In another preemptive move that has kept the news flowing in the first two days in Park City, the distributor announced it has acquired North American rights to Kevin Pollak’s directorial debut.


Angel Grace to sell Scout at EFM

23-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Angel Grace Productions will commence international sales at the EFM on LA-based BrownBag Pictures and Decipher Entertainment drama starring Ellen Burstyn, Danny Glover and Jane Seymour.

The Weinstein Company promotes duo

23-Jan-2015 | By

Negeen Yazdi has been promoted to president of international production and Dan Guando to evp of acquisitions, production and development at The Weinstein Company.

Fortissimo acquires Sergio Herman doc

23-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Culinary documentary to receive world premiere at Berlin next month.

Australia box office drops 2.3% in 2014

23-Jan-2015 | By

Australia’s gross box office revenue dropped by 2.28% in 2014 compared to 2013, about the same as the fall from 2012 to 2013.

Screen cover January 23 2015

Screen January 23 2015


Browse the digital version of Screen International here including interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Daldry; and special reports on the VFX of Interstellar, the Goteborg Film Festival and short films.

Taken 3

Taken 3 eyes Australia, Brazil rule

22-Jan-2015 | By

Fox International’s Taken 3 stands at $105.1m and will look to surge past the $125m mark this weekend when it bursts into Australia and Brazil this weekend.

Sundance: Magnolia swoops on Results

22-Jan-2015 | By

Magnolia has swooped on world rights to the Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders comedy set to premiere in Park City on January 27. Meanwhile A24 was understood to be in advanced talks for US rights to The End Of The Tour.

Fábrica de Cine, SharpSword Films board Silence

22-Jan-2015 | By

Martin Scorsese’s prestige independent drama and passion project Silence is moving ahead with a January 30 production start in Taiwan as the latest financing element has entered the equation.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Distribution round-up: TWC sets Southpaw release

22-Jan-2015 | By

The Weinstein Company has set its release date for the Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama. In other news, DIRECTV Cinema is previewing Tracers, Samuel Goldwyn has acquired Somm: Into The Bottle and Vimeo has launched an on-demand publisher network.

Kino Lorber plots summer debut for A Hard Day

22-Jan-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired all North American rights to the hit South Korean thriller and Cannes 2014 Directors’ Fortnight selection and will release in theatres this summer.

Juliet Stevenson

Mongrel International takes Departure to EFM

22-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International has bulked up its Berlin sales slate, taking international rights on Andrew Steggall’s feature debut.

The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death

Woman in Black director criticises BBFC rating

22-Jan-2015 | By

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

War Book

War Book producer reveals development slate

22-Jan-2015 | By

Stray Bear Productions, producer of IFFR opening film War Book, has features lined-up including the story of a gay miner in 1980s Yorkshire.

Greenaway talks new film Walking To Paris

22-Jan-2015 | By

British director will premiere Eisenstein in Guanajuato at the Berlinale next month.


Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund extending reach

22-Jan-2015 | By

HBF+Europe to support co-productions with emerging territories.

War Book

Rotterdam opens with talk of propaganda and feminism

22-Jan-2015 | By

Outgoing festival director Rutger Wolfson opens his final IFFR; War Book screened to packed theatre.

Evolution Of Verse

Annapurna Pictures launches VR unit

22-Jan-2015 | By

Megan Ellison is venturing into virtual reality and has formed the joint venture with artist Chris Milk, whose Evolution Of Verse premieres in Sundance this week.

Stienette Bosklopper

Stienette Bosklopper reveals screenwriting plans

22-Jan-2015 | By

Veteran Dutch producer Stienette Bosklopper, owner and MD of Circe Film, is turning screenwriter and has written two projects already in advanced development.

Simon West

Simon West’s The Blob heads to EFM

22-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Golcrest to launch sci-fi remake at EFM; UTA rep US.

DreamWorks Animation unveils restructure

22-Jan-2015 | By

The embattled studio is letting go of marketing chief Dawn Taubin, vice-chair Lew Coleman and COO Mark Zoradi as it plans to lay off approximately 500 people and cut the feature slate to two films a year.

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage to star in Army Of One

21-Jan-2015 | By

TWC-Dimension has picked up North American rights to Condé Nast Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment’s Osama Bin Laden satire.

The Stranger

IFC Midnight acquires The Stranger

21-Jan-2015 | By

The US rights deal for Guillermo Amoedo’s ‘Chilewood’ genre film Eli Roth Presents The Stranger follows the recent world premiere at Fantastic Fest.

Rosanne Korenberg

Rosanne Korenberg joins Miramax

21-Jan-2015 | By

The producer has joined Miramax on the eve of Sundance as svp of acquisitions and co-productions.

Pedro Almodovar

Writers Guild to honour Pedro Almodóvar

21-Jan-2015 | By

The Spanish maestro will receive the Writers Guild Of America, West’s Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement.

While We're Young

Baumbach's While We're Young to open Glasgow

21-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

11th edition of festival to close with UK premiere of Force Majeure, and will feature 33 UK premieres and a record 11 world premieres.

White God

White God among New Directors/New Films titles

21-Jan-2015 | By

The Museum Of Modern Art and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center have announced their initial selections ahead of the festival, set to run in New York from March 18-29.

American Cinema Editors

American Cinema Editors to honour trio

21-Jan-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The  American Cinema Editors (ACE) will honour Diane Adler and Jerry Greenberg as well as journalist Carolyn Giardina at the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards on January 30 in Los Angeles.

Strand Releasing acquires A Borrowed Identity

21-Jan-2015 | By

Eran Riklis’ drama formerly known as Dancing Arabs is based on Sayed Kashua’s adaptation of his novel of the same name and premiered in Locarno last year.

Nick McKay

StudioCanal exec to join Soda Pictures

21-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: StudioCanal executive Nick McKay to start in April.

Caroline Kaplan

Caroline Kaplan joins Cinereach

21-Jan-2015 | By

Cinereach has hired independent film specialist and producer Caroline Kaplan as head of creative initiatives.

Ariel Vromen

Fortitude International lines up Dive

21-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Ariel Vromen will direct the submarine thriller that Fortitude International is fully financing.


EFM: Wide House picks up Misfits

21-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Berlinale title follows three gay teenagers as they come out in US Bible Belt.

When East Meets West 2015

Docs dominate When East Meets West winners

21-Jan-2015 | By

Projects from Italy, Ireland, Hungary and Poland were the winners at this year’s edition of the When East Meets West (WEMW) co-production market.

Dimitra Tsingou

Protagonist appoints COO

21-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Dimitra Tsingou will report to CEO Mike Goodridge.

Cindy Bond

Cantinas launches distribution subsidiary

21-Jan-2015 | By

Cantinas Entertainment has acquired Mission Pictures to form Cantinas Distribution.

Jeffrey Katzenberg

DreamWorks Animation faces lay-offs

21-Jan-2015 | By

The studio is considering letting go of up to 400 employees according to reports.

Film Finance Infographic clip

Infographic: 10 steps to getting a film made

21-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

How to avoid the pitfalls of film finance.

Kristian Brodie

Agile's Brodie sets up VERYFINE

21-Jan-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Kristian Brodie, one of the producers of BIFA-winning documentary Next Goal Wins, is departing Agile Films to become an independent producer under his own banner VERYFINE. 


Oscars 2015: Selma tops social media buzz

21-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Selma, Benedict Cumberbatch, The Lego Movie and ‘Dick Poop’ set social networks buzzing following this year’s Oscar nominations.

The Interview

Sony: The Interview at $40m digital

20-Jan-2015 | By

The studio issued an unverifiable update on Tuesday (January 20) to say its controversial comedy had reached $40m via digital platforms and been viewed more than 5.8million times.

The Cobbler

Ascot Elite sets seven for German-speaking Europe

20-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Titles from Voltage, Hannibal, Highland Film Group among haul.


EFM: Mongrel International to sell Prince

20-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International will handle international sales in Berlin on 100% Halal and VICE Media Benelux’s Dutch Generation 14+ opening night selection.

Danny Collins

Elevation, Bleecker Street in distribution pact

20-Jan-2015 | By

Elevation Pictures will distribute the Bleecker Street slate in Canada, the company heads announced on Tuesday (January 20).

Christina Thomas

BAFTA New York chief executive to step down

20-Jan-2015 | By

Christina Thomas will step down as chief executive of BAFTA New York on July 1 and the search for her replacement will begin in February.

Joel and Ethan Coen

Coen brothers to head Cannes jury

20-Jan-2015 | By

Palme d’Or winners Joel and Ethan Coen will serve as presidents of the jury for the 68th Festival de Cannes.

Bill Sondheim

Cinedigm to release AIP remake package

20-Jan-2015 | By

Cinedigm has signed a 10-film deal with Lou Arkoff, Jeff Katz and Hal Sadoff to reinvent a series of American International Pictures (AIP) classics from the 1950s including The Brain Eaters and Girls In Prison.


Blumhouse International, Sierra/Affinity strike pact

20-Jan-2015 | By

Sierra/Affinity will kick off pre-sales in Berlin next month on Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut thriller as part of its exclusive deal to license and service Blumhouse International (BHI) films not distributed via Universal Pictures International.

John Malkovich

Televisa USA boosts US operations

20-Jan-2015 | By

The division of Mexican titan Grupo Televisa is ramping up English-language production and distribution and has appointed Chris Philip to lead its new global distribution and production unit.

Griffin Gmelich

Gravitas Ventures hires Griffin Gmelich

20-Jan-2015 | By

Gravitas Ventures has made changes to its team in the run-up to Sundance led by the hiring of Griffin Gmelich from hulu as svp of sales and business development.

Juana La Virgen

Latin Everywhere launches Pongalo

20-Jan-2015 | By

The Spanish-language digital rights holders of television and feature film content has launched the beta version of streaming portal and mobile app Pongalo.

Do You Believe?

Pure Flix sets Do You Believe? for US release

20-Jan-2015 | By

The company behind 2014’s top independent faith-based film God’s Not Dead has announced the release for its follow-up.

Patricio Valladares

WTFilms boards Patricio Valladares’ Downhill

20-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Paris-based company has come on as co-producer and international sales agent on the Chilean director’s low-budget survival thriller.

Mad As Hell

O-Scope to release Mad As Hell

20-Jan-2015 | By

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired rights to the Hot Docs Film Festival world premiere and upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival selection.

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

Sundance Institute unveils NHK 2015 Award winner

20-Jan-2015 | By

Sundance Institute and Japan Broadcasting Corporation NHK have selected French actress and writer-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre as winner of the 2015 Sundance Institute/NHK Award.

Frank Marshall

ACE to honour Frank Marshall

20-Jan-2015 | By

Frank Marshall will receive the American Cinema Editors’ ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker Of The Year Award in Los Angeles on January 30.

The Games Maker

CMG to sell The Games Maker

20-Jan-2015 | By

Edward Noeltner has come on board to handle international sales excluding Latin America to the children’s fantasy, set to receive its US premiere in Sundance next week.

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot headed for Rotterdam

20-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Russian punk rock protest group to preview latest film and take to the stage at IFFR.

Matthew McConaughey

STX secures Showtime window

20-Jan-2015 | By

Robert Simonds’ nascent studio has closed an exclusive, four-year premium television deal with Showtime starting this year as it moves ahead with its first four features.

Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich gay rights drama gets int’l deal

19-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Goldcrest nabs rights to Stonewall starring Jeremy Irvine ahead of EFM.

Every Thing Will Be Fine

Berlin 2015: complete competition line-up revealed

19-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

World premieres of Wim Wenders’ Every Thing Will Be Fine, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Elser (13 Minutes) and Pablo Larraín’s The Club added to programme.

Matthijs Wouter Knol

New EFM market director talks future plans; debutants revealed

19-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Companies from Panama, US, Middle East to debut at Berlin’s EFM; Matthijs Wouter Knol discusses his first six months as market director.


French films double int'l admissions in 2014

19-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Jump fuelled by Luc Besson’s English-language sci-fi thriller Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson

Taken 3

Taken 3 retains UK box office lead

19-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s threequel adds $5m (£3.3m) for $18.5m (£12.2m) after 11 days in play; Warner Bros’ American Sniper records Clint Eastwood’s best-ever opening with $3.8m (£2.5m).


Boyhood wins London Critics' Circle prize

19-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

London Critics’ Circle reveal top 10 films of 2014.

Ted Hope

Amazon Studios confirms film push

19-Jan-2015 | By

Ted Hope has been named head of production at Amazon Original Movies as the company behind Golden Globe winner Transparent plans to produce and acquire 12 original features a year.

Taken 3

Taken 3 rules int’l BO on $31.6m

18-Jan-2015 | By

JANUARY 20 UPDATE: Taken 3 has surged to the cusp of $100m in two weeks as $31.6m from 58 markets elevated the tally to $99.5m after three sessions.

American Sniper

American Sniper hits bullseye in US on $107.2m

18-Jan-2015 | By

JANUARY 20 UPDATE: The Warner Bros war film expanded wide in its fourth session and vaulted 20 places to top of the charts in a record wide debut for a winter release and a handful of other records.

Screen January 19 2015

Screen January 19 2015


Browse the digital version of Screen International here including a focus on cinema bookers, Rotterdam and Sundance Film Festivals, and interviews with Birdman director Alejandro G Inarritu, Nightcrawler cinematographer Robert Elswit, The Grand Budapest Hotel production designer Adam Stockhausen and The Imitation Game composer Alexandre Desplat.

Birdman The Grand Budapest Hotel

Theatrical push for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Birdman

16-Jan-2015 | By

Fox Searchlight is making hay while the sun shines and is pushing its two multiple Oscar nominees in US theatres.

Indie int'l box office hits $1.2bn

16-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Films licensed internationally through the major US-based sales agencies generated an estimated $1.152bn last year.

Mike Mills

Annapurna to produce 20th Century Women

16-Jan-2015 | By

Mike Mills, who shot to fame with festival hits Beginners and Thumbsucker, will direct the nostalgic trip back to the 1970’s.

Testament Of Youth

SPC acquires Testament of Youth

16-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

First World War drama sold by Protagonist Pictures to North America, Latin America and Asia.

Frank, Sundance London

Sundance London 2015 cancelled

16-Jan-2015 | By , Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Sundance Institute puts UK edition on hold.

Benedict Cumberbatch Cumberbomb

Infographic: Golden Globes 2015

16-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Boyhood scored the most online mentions closely followed by the “Cumberbomb”.

Taken 3

Taken 3 tops social buzz chart

16-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Action thriller displays a particular set of skills to see off competition from awards contenders Into the Woods, Foxcatcher, American Sniper and Whiplash.

Nirpal Bhogal

Metrodome, Moli launch production fund

16-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Nirpal Bhogal thriller first film on slate.

Oscars 2015 Best Film nominees

Oscars 2015: Best Film nominees

16-Jan-2015 | By Alex Flood

A closer look at the best picture nominees at the 87th Academy Awards including reactions, reviews and in-depth features.

Planet Earth

Film and TV "not doing enough" to combat climate change

16-Jan-2015 | By Alex Flood

One day’s shoot on flagship BBC nature doc Planet Earth can generate 28 tonnes of carbon.

Mitic, Mansky, Jashi projects join East Doc Platform

16-Jan-2015 | By

New documentaries by Boris Mitic, Vitaly Mansky and Salome Jashi are among the projects being pitched at this year’s East Doc Platform in Prague (March 2-8).

Ooops! Noah Is Gone…

Hot projects on Screenbase

16-Jan-2015 | By Maud Le Rest

New films on Screenbase this week include Jamie Adams’ Black Mountain Poets, Valérie Donzelli’s romance Marguerite and Julien, and Julie Delpy’s France-set romcom Lolo.

Birdman The Grand Budapest Hotel

Oscars 2015: Grand Budapest, Birdman lead charge

15-Jan-2015 | By

The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman joined Boyhood in the Oscar heavyweight contender category as the Fox Searchlight pair earned nine nods apiece in a nominations announcement that otherwise bristled with surprises.

Mr Turner poster

Oscars 2015: Timothy Spall, David Oyelowo among shutouts

15-Jan-2015 | By

The omission of Timothy Spall and David Oyelowo from the lead actor nominations were among a thunderous volley of upsets in Thursday’s (January 15) announcement by the Academy.


Oscars 2015: nominations in full


Full list of nominations for the 87th Academy Awards.

JJ Abrams Chris Pine Alfonso Cuaron

Oscars 2015: watch the nominations announcement

15-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Watch the Academy Awards nominations announcement here…

Boyhood named best picture at Critics’ Choice Award

15-Jan-2015 | By

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) bestowed further glory on IFC Films’ coming-of-age drama on the day of Oscar nominations as the film collected best picture, director, supporting actress and young actor honours.


Berlin 2015: Woman in Gold, Life to world premiere

15-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren, and Anton Corbijn’s Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, to world premiere at Berlinale.

Maggie Rodford

CEG subsidiary Air-Edel in buyout

15-Jan-2015 | By

Cutting Edge Group (CEG) subsidiary Air-Edel Associates Ltd has completed negotiations to split away via a management buyout.


Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl thriller Colonia wraps shoot

15-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Florian Gallenberger’s thriller is set during the Chilean military coup of 1973.

Jim Berk

Jim Berk takes UCLA TFT senior role

15-Jan-2015 | By

The Participant Media CEO has been appointed executive board chair of the UCLA School Of Theater, Film And Television (TFT).

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel to begin Lion shoot

15-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Principal photography to begin in India this week.

Screen Media finds Shelter

15-Jan-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights to BiFrost Pictures and The Bridge Finance Company’s drama debut starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie that marks Paul Bettany’s feature directorial debut.

Going Clear

Content Media to sell Going Clear

15-Jan-2015 | By

Content Media has come on to handle international sales on Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief ahead of the Sundance world premiere on January 25.

The Forbidden Room

Berlin 2015: Maddin’s Forbidden Room to open Forum

15-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Experimental strand to open with Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room

The Theory of Everything

Oscars 2015: nominees reactions

15-Jan-2015 | By Elbert Wyche

Eddie Redmayne tells of ‘once in a lifetime’ experience and Benedict Cumberbatch is knocked for six while Emma Stone finds the whole occasion ‘surreal’. Hear what the nominees had to say.

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

Night At The Museum 3 bids to extend rule

15-Jan-2015 | By

Fox International’s Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb rules the international arena and has reached $160.7m as it prepares to enter South Korea.


Sundance Institute to honour Alejandro Iñárritu

14-Jan-2015 | By

The DGA nominee and director of Birdman will receive the Vanguard Leadership Award at the fifth annual Sundance Institute benefit on June 2 in Los Angeles.

Patrick Wachsberger

Rob Friedman, Patrick Wachsberger renew Lionsgate contracts

14-Jan-2015 | By

The co-chairs of Lionsgate’s motion picture group have signed long-term renewals on their contracts.

Jason Mantzoukas

Dirty Grandpa adds cast

14-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Adam Pally and Jason Mantzoukas have joined the cast of the raucous comedy that QED International is financing and selling outside the US, where Lionsgate will distribute.

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis to star in Wake

14-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Willis will star in John Pogue’s action thriller Wake for Benaroya Pictures, which International Film Trust will introduce to buyers at the EFM in Berlin next month.


CMG answers Operator call

14-Jan-2015 | By

Cinema Management Group (CMG) has acquired all international rights to the thriller starring Luke Goss and Mischa Barton and will commence talks at the EFM in Berlin next month.

Barbra Streisand

ASC to honour Barbra Streisand

14-Jan-2015 | By

The entertainer will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 2015 Board Of Governors Award.

AP McCoy

BBC Films readies champion jockey doc

14-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: BBC Films, IFB in production on documentary about champion jockey AP McCoy.

When Marnie Was There

GKIDS takes When Marnie Was There

14-Jan-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights to the upcoming Studio Ghibli animation following their collaboration on The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya.

Queen of the Desert behind the scenes

Berlin 2015: Herzog's Queen of the Desert joins competition

14-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Queen of the Desert, starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson, added to Berlinale competition line-up; Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as an aged Sherlock, to play out of competition.

Wild Bunch unveils French slate

14-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Sales company unveils new films by Donzelli, Sfar, Odoul and Garrel at Paris Rendez-vous.

Heaven Knows What

Nathan Fischer unleashes Stray Dogs

14-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Paris-based sales agent launches new company. First films include Heaven Knows What.


Tribeca plans downtown creative hub

14-Jan-2015 | By

Festival top brass said on Tuesday (January 13) they will dedicate a 150,000 sq ft space at Spring Studios to all visitors to share and celebrate storytelling.

Coffin Princess

Japanese anime distributor launches in UK

14-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Animatsu inks sales and marketing partnership with Manga Entertainment.

Ode To My Father

Ode To My Father tops 10m in S Korea

14-Jan-2015 | By

In South Korea, CJ Entertainment’s Ode To My Father has topped the country’s landmark 10 million admissions, taking in $72m according to the Korean Film Council’s ticketing database.

Michael Foster

Michael Foster readies MP battle

14-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Former agent draws on media career in push to become Labour MP; calls for Cornwall production hub.

Boyhood Richard Linklater Ethan Hawke

Richard Linklater in first DGA nod

13-Jan-2015 | By

The front-runner and director of Boyhood earned his first Directors Guild Of America’s (DGA) nomination on Tuesday (January 13).

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians Of The Galaxy among VES nominees

13-Jan-2015 | By

The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced on Tuesday (January 13) its nominees for the 13th Annual VES Awards, set to take place on February 4 in Los Angeles.

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

Alchemy acquires Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

13-Jan-2015 | By

The crime thriller is the first acquisition to be announced by the company formerly known as Millennium Entertainment.

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2

Critics' Week Berlin to be launched

13-Jan-2015 | By

Citizenfour, The Cut and Quatsch to screen at Berlinale; Critics’ Week Berlin to be launched

The Diabolical

XLrator Media acquires The Diabolical

13-Jan-2015 | By

The supernatural thriller starring Ali Larter marks the first to hail from Campfire, the production company founded by Content Media and Ross M Dinerstein.

Tiger Orange

Wolfe pounces on Boy Meets Girl, Tiger Orange

13-Jan-2015 | By

Wolfe Releasing, celebrating its 30th anniversary year, has acquired world rights to two coming-of-age films.

Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander: “I fought hard for this role”

13-Jan-2015 | By Alex Flood

Testament of Youth star says strong female roles are “rare” today.

Jon Favreau

Disney pushes The Jungle Book to 2016

13-Jan-2015 | By

The studio has moved Jon Favreau’s upcoming version of the family favourite from October 9 to next year.


Cinema Audio Society unveils nominees

13-Jan-2015 | By

The group has announced nominees in six categories for the 51st Annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2014 and the CAS Technical Achievement Award Nominations.

Black Mountain Poets

Jamie Adams readies Black Mountain Poets

13-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Benny & Jolene director completes Modern Romance Trilogy with Downton Abbey’s Tom Cullen, Alice Lowe and Dolly Wells.

Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laatio

Screen Best Pitch winners talk Impaled Rektum

13-Jan-2015 | By

The Screen International  Best Pitch Award at Tallinn’s Baltic Event last December went to Finnish producers Kaarle Aho and Kai Nordberg of Making Movies Oy who were pitching  Impaled Rektum with the feature debutants Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laatio [pictured].

Francesco Rosi

Berlinale to host Francesco Rosi tribute

13-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Italian director and screenwriter died on Saturday.

Fungus the Bogeyman

Imaginarium to produce Fungus the Bogeyman

13-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Andy Serkis’ performance capture studio to produce with Double Negative for Sky.


Berlinale unveils shorts line-up

13-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Includes short films from Nadav Lapid, Amit Dutta and Jennifer Reeder.


UTV fuels Disney local BO in 2014

13-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Disney’s local language films grossed a combined $236m in 2014.

Cartoonists Foot Soldiers of Democracy

Unifrance Rendez-vous in Paris goes ahead as planned

13-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Annual event set to showcase 90 French productions, 48 of them market premieres.

Simon Perry

Simon Perry joins Sweden's Film i Vast

13-Jan-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

UK veteran producer Simon Perry has been appointed head of production at Swedish regional film centre Film i Väst in Trollhättan, aka Sweden’s Trollywood.

Woody Allen to make first TV series for Amazon

13-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Amazon Studios signs Woody Allen to create his first television series.

Shana Eddy-Grouf

StudioCanal hires LA-based Shana Eddy-Grouf

12-Jan-2015 | By

Shana Eddy-Grouf has been appointed svp of international production and development based in Los Angeles as the company deepens its commitment to global production and development.

Visit Films brings quartet to Sundance

12-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Visit Films has filled out its Sundance sales slate, adding international rights to People, Places, Things and The Strongest Man as well as world rights excluding Australia and New Zealand to Sam Klemke’s Time Machine.

Harold van Lier

Harold van Lier to leave eOne

12-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Entertainment One Films International president Harold van Lier is to leave the company as it looks to focus sales attention on in-house productions.


Globes joy for Boyhood, Budapest

12-Jan-2015 | By

Boyhood flew the flag on a strong night for independent cinema as IFC Films’ coming-of-age tale prevailed in the motion picture drama, director and supporting actress categories at the 72nd Golden Globes awards in Beverly Hills on Sunday night (January 11).


Beta to sell Sundance title Umrika

12-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Indian drama stars Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma and The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Tony Revolori.

Tales Of Halloween

Epic Pictures readies Tales Of Halloween

12-Jan-2015 | By

Epic Pictures Group has rounded out the cast of directors and actors on its upcoming horror anthology.

Ooops! Noah Is Gone…

Global's Ooops! Noah Is Gone... sells worldwide

12-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

eOne among those to acquire rights to 3D animated family feature.


S Korea's NEW launches int'l sales arm

12-Jan-2015 | By

Major South Korean investor/distributor Next Entertainment World (NEW) has launched its own international sales division through subsidiary Contents Panda.

Wong Kar Wai

Alibaba Pictures unveils Wong Kar Wai project

12-Jan-2015 | By

Leading Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai will produce the first project to be greenlit by China’s Alibaba Pictures, a drama entitled Bai Du Ren (Ferryman).


Lumière Awards nominations unveiled

12-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Two Days, One Night, Mommy and Fevers nominated in French-language foreign film category.

Taken 3

Taken 3 tops UK chart

12-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s threequel opens to excellent $10.2m (£6.7m), including previews, to dethrone The Theory of Everything; Disney’s Into the Woods hits $3.75m (£2.48m) note on UK bow.

European Film Awards (EFAs)

EFA elects six to board

12-Jan-2015 | By Alex Flood

Six women have been elected onto the board of the European Film Academy (EFA).


Cineworld to launch first UK 4DX cinema

12-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Cinematic experience “stimulates all five senses”.

Jang Jin

Rotterdam Signals tribute to Jang Jin

12-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) unveils Signals line-up including a tribute to Korean director Jang Jin and a focus on artist Bruce McClure.

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

Museum 3 rules international on $45.9m

11-Jan-2015 | By

JANUARY 11 UPDATE: Fresh from its record-setting $5.5bn global box office haul, Fox continued to demonstrate its international potency as Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb ruled the roost, Penguins Of Madagascar crossed $200m and Taken 3 scored a $10.5m number one UK debut.

Taken 3

Taken 3 storms US on $40.4m

11-Jan-2015 | By

Liam Neeson returned to the top of the North American box office thanks to an estimated $40.4m debut in 3,594 sites via Fox, while Selma expanded wide through Paramount and soared 22 places to number two on a $11.2m weekend haul.


Leviathan triumphs at Palm Springs

11-Jan-2015 | By

JANUARY 11 UPDATE: Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Oscar shortlisted Russian film and Golden Globe nominee earned the FIPRESECI Prize while Eastern European cinema dominated the 26th Palm Springs International Film Festival’s juried awards.

Searchlight takes Mistress America

10-Jan-2015 | By

The studio has taken Noah Baumbach’s imminent Sundance world premiere off the table, swooping on world rights to the comedy starring Greta Gerwig and newcomer Lola Kirke.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

BAFTAs 2015: Grand Budapest Hotel leads with 11 nominations

9-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Ten nominations for Birdman and The Theory of Everything; nine for The Imitation Game.

BAFTAs 2015: Selma, Unbroken among shutouts

9-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

David Oyelowo, Timothy Spall among shock actor snubs.

Benedict Cumberbatch Felicity Jones Eddie Redmayne

BAFTAs 2015: Screen Stars of Tomorrow nominated

9-Jan-2015 | By Fionnuala Halligan

This year’s BAFTA nomination list is studded with former Screen International Stars of Tomorrow – in particular the acting sections, with two Best Actor contenders in Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne.

Roy Gower

Ex-Cineworld exec joins Everyman

9-Jan-2015 | By

Veteran cinema programmer Roy Gower is to take over as head of film at Everyman Cinemas.

Nobody Wants the Night

Isabel Coixet's Nobody Wants the Night to open Berlinale 2015

9-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Juliette Binoche stars in the Arctic adventure.


BAFTAs 2015: nominations in full


Full list of nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards.

The Theory of Everything

BAFTAs 2015: Theory of Everything producer “surprised but thrilled”

9-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman, Michael Rosser

Reactions roll in following this year’s BAFTA nominations.

Such Good People

Breaking Glass picks up four

9-Jan-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired a quartet of titles including re-release of S&M fetish film The Pet and screwball comedy Such Good People.


BAFTAs 2015: Fox leads distributors

9-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Leading contenders The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman catapulted Twentieth Century Fox to the top.


Birdman leads Women Film Journalists nominees

9-Jan-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the nominees for its eighth-annual EDA Awards.


Alchemy hires Jim Jenkins

9-Jan-2015 | By

The executive has joined the rebranded company as svp of business development and mergers & acquisitions.

The Theory Of Everything

Theory of Everything tops social buzz chart

9-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The Stephen Hawking biopic is closely tailed by Birdman.

Dieter Kosslick

Berlin, Eurimages to award co-pro prize

9-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Berlinale Co-Production Market and European cinema support fund strengthen partnership with a development award worth $24,000.

BAFTAs masks

BAFTAs 2015: watch the nominations announcement

9-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Watch the nominations announcement for the EE British Academy Film Awards here…

Valerie Trierweiler

Hot projects on Screenbase

9-Jan-2015 | By Maud Le Rest

New films on Screenbase this week include a film about Valérie Trierweiler and a Hungarian drama set to star Michael Nyqvist.


Yosemite to close Slamdance

8-Jan-2015 | By

The world premiere of James Franco collaboration Yosemite directed by Gabrielle Demeestere will close the Park City festival on January 29.

russell brand

Russell Brand doc to open SXSW

8-Jan-2015 | By

The world premiere of Ondi Timoner’s Brand: A Second Coming will open the festival in Austin, Texas, on March 13.

The Humbling

Millennium rebrands as Alchemy

8-Jan-2015 | By

Bill Lee announced the long-awaited change of company name on Thursday (January 8), five months after the CEO and Virgo Investment Group led a management buyout that acquired the catalogue and distribution apparatus.

Taken 3

Taken 3 arrives in 30 markets

8-Jan-2015 | By

Fox International’s Taken 3 arrives in around 30 markets including the UK, Australia, Japan and Taiwan this weekend in a big early step for the international thriller.

Robert Redford

Sundance unveils Art Of Film panels

8-Jan-2015 | By

Robert Redford and George Lucas will take part in an inaugural roster of panel discussions called the Art of Film Weekend at the Sundance Film Festival.

In Bloom

Birds Eye View announce film festival closure

8-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Showcase of new work by international women filmmakers to end after 10 years due to financial pressures.


SBIFF finalises complete line-up

8-Jan-2015 | By

The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will showcase 23 world premieres and 53 US premieres in its selections from 54 countries.

The Purge: Anarchy

The Purge 3 set for July 2016

8-Jan-2015 | By

The studio has scheduled the third instalment of its $200m-plus global horror franchise.


TFI to offer grant for interactive storytellers

8-Jan-2015 | By

Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has expanded its Tribeca All Access (TAA) programme to include grants and resources for “interactive storytellers statistically underrepresented in the media maker community.”

Mr Kaplan

Mr Kaplan to open 2015 MJFF

8-Jan-2015 | By

The Florida premiere of Uruguayan black comedy Mr Kaplan will kick off the Miami Jewish Film Festival, set to run from January 15-29.

 Into The Woods

Make-Up And Hair Stylists Guild unveils nominees

8-Jan-2015 | By

The Make-Up Artists And Hair Stylists Guild unveiled nominations in 19 categories on Thursday (January 8).

Charlie Hebdo

French, US guilds condemn Charlie Hebdo massacre

8-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Two suspects on the run after French magazine massacre leaves 12 dead.

Key House Mirror

Michael Noer drama to open Goteborg

8-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Naomi Kawase, Michael R Roskam, Noomi Rapace among attendees. 


Gentlemen leads Sweden’s Guldbagge nominations

8-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Mikael Marcimain drama leads pack; Ruben Ostlund, Roy Andersson films follow.

On Angel Wings

Animation training scheme aims to boost diversity

8-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Scheme offers first roles for black, Asian and minority ethnic talent


Berlin's EFM strengthens China ties

8-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Startups focus and China collaboration among Berlin market initiatives.

Marten Rabarts

Rabarts to replace Landsberger at EYE

8-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Dutch film promotion outfit appoints successor to veteran Claudia Landsberger.


Sixteen distribution plans revealed

8-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Seize Films outline theatrical distribution plans for urban thriller.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians Of The Galaxy earns WGA nod

7-Jan-2015 | By

James Gunn’s Marvel adaptation is the surprise inclusion in the screenwriting race, while the Writers Guild’s uber-strict eligibility rules exclude The Theory Of Everything, Selma and Birdman. Unbroken fails to make the cut.


Birdman, Mr. Turner among ASC nominees

7-Jan-2015 | By

The American Society Of Cinematographers (ASC) has unveiled the five motion picture nominees for the 29th Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony set for February 15 in Los Angeles.

Paul Gardner

Cinedigm appoints Paul Gardner to Canada role

7-Jan-2015 | By

Paul Gardner has transitioned from a consulting role to the new position of managing director Canada.

WB local titles gross $319m in 2014

7-Jan-2015 | By

UPDATED JANUARY 7: The Japanese duo Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: Legend Ends combined for $95m as local language releases in 2014 contributed to Warner Bros’ $3.17bn overall international gross.


David Cross comedy heads to BitTorrent

7-Jan-2015 | By

Honora Production’s Hits, the David Cross dark comedy that premiered in Sundance one year ago, will be released via BitTorrent Bundle.

Second Coming

Idris Elba film up for Rotterdam award

7-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

IFFR reveals Big Screen Awards nominees and the complete line-up for its Bright Future and Spectrum strands, including world premieres from the US, China and the Netherlands.

The Interview

The Interview sets UK release date

7-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Controversial comedy The Interview is to be released in UK and Ireland cinemas from February 6, Sony Pictures confirms.

Bafta Rising Stars 2015

O’Connell, Mbatha-Raw among Bafta Rising Stars

7-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Nominees announced for accolade voted on by the public.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Mockingjay secures China date

7-Jan-2015 | By

Lionsgate top brass said on Tuesday (January 6) that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will open in China in 3D on February 8.

Euro flag

EP calls for balanced funding for Euro cinema

7-Jan-2015 | By

The European Parliament has called for more balanced funding for European cinema in order to reach wider audiences within Europe and beyond.

David Ellison

Skydance deepens ties with Terminator Genisys writers

7-Jan-2015 | By

David Ellison’s Skydance Productions has signed writing and producing team Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to a first-look and consulting deal.

Screen cover January 7 2015

Screen January 7 2015


Browse the digital version of Screen International here including interviews with Jessica Chastain, Felicity Jones, Julianne Moore, JK Simmons and David Oyelowo…

Denmark, Finland, Norway reveal 2014 top 10s

7-Jan-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Top local cinema performances last year in Denmark, Finland and Norway.

Julie Parmenter

Malone, Parmenter join UK Screen Board

7-Jan-2015 | By Alex Flood

Goldcrest and Molinare execs elected to the board of screen industries body.

Annapurna, VICE partner on The Bad Batch

6-Jan-2015 | By

Annapurna Pictures and VICE unite for their first joint production that Ana Lily Amirpour will direct as her follow-up to Sundance 2014’s A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.

IMAX to screen Game Of Thrones

6-Jan-2015 | By

The large screen exhibitor has unveiled its latest innovative content grab in a deal with HBO as it continues to explore alternative programming opportunities.

Teddy Schwarzman

Black Bear hires Dan Steinman

6-Jan-2015 | By

The former CAA agent is named co-president and COO of the financier-producer as founder Teddy Schwarzman prepares to move to LA to launch the West Coast hub.

Jim Mickle

Jim Mickle to direct Esperanza

6-Jan-2015 | By

The director of Cold In July and We Are What We Are has graduated to the studio world and will helm Legendary’s wildfire action film.

Uni moves Bourne to late July 2016

6-Jan-2015 | By

The studio has announced the new release date for its upcoming Jason Bourne film reuniting Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass.

The Interview

The Interview climbs to $31m online

6-Jan-2015 | By

Sony Pictures Entertainment said on Tuesday (January 6) that more than 4.3m people have rented or purchased the controversial comedy online and via cable, satellite or telcom providers from December 24-January 4.

Piers Handling

TIFF earns first Academy Legacy Award

6-Jan-2015 | By

In its 40th anniversary year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will receive the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television honour.

Geena Davis

Geena Davis, ARC launch Bentonville Film Festival

6-Jan-2015 | By

Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment have launched the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) to champion women and diversity in film.


Rotterdam reveals Tiger competition line-up

6-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Hivos Tiger Awards Competition includes films from Latin America, Thailand, the UK and US.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Fox leads UK market in 2014

6-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Top 10 distributors, films and British films of 2014 revealed.

White God

Metrodome reshuffles pack

6-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: New head of home entertainment among changes at UK distributor.

Li Ruigang

Li Ruigang quits Shanghai Media Group

6-Jan-2015 | By

Li Ruigang has quit his post as group president of China’s second-largest media conglomerate, Shanghai Media Group (SMG), but will stay on as chairman.

The Taking Of Tiger Mountain

Tiger Mountain retains China box office lead

6-Jan-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain stayed on top of the China box office in its second week, grossing $58.23m - more than its opening week haul of $51.72m.


PK breaks India box office records

6-Jan-2015 | By

UTV Motion Pictures’ PK, starring Aamir Khan and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, has become the Hindi film industry’s highest-grossing film ever in India with a take of $48m (Rs3.05bn), according to industry estimates.

Mark Gordon

eOne acquires Mark Gordon for $133m

6-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Deal for 51% of the Mark Gordon Company is worth $132.6m.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Fox soars to $5.5bn 2014 BO

5-Jan-2015 | By

Twentieth Century Fox broke industry global and international box office records in 2014 as co-heads of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus announced combined grosses of more than $5.5bn and $3.73bn, respectively.


Sony chief addresses The Interview at CES

5-Jan-2015 | By

Sony Corp president and CEO Kazuo Hirai stressed the importance of free speech during comments at CES on Monday (January 5) about the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures and the blighted release of The Interview.

Harry Sloan, Jeff Sagansky

Silver Eagle enters Indian pay-TV

5-Jan-2015 | By

Harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky are dipping their toes into the Indian pay-TV market with a $300m-$375m investment in the sub-continent’s direct-to-home broadcaster Videocon d2h.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

ADG unveils 2014 nominees

5-Jan-2015 | By

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Birdman, Gone Girl, Nightcrawler, The Theory Of Everything among Art Directors Guild nominees.

SPRI delivers $1.2bn 2014 BO

5-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Films released through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) generated $1.235bn for the calendar year according to studio sources.

War Book

War Book, A Most Violent Year to bookend IFFR

5-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) to screen new features from Tom Harper and JC Chandor.

David Oyelowo in Selma

PGA snubs Selma, Unbroken

5-Jan-2015 | By

The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) announced on Monday (January 5) its motion picture and long-form television nominees for the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards - but there is no place at the table for Selma or Unbroken.

Heather Croall

Sheffield Doc/Fest director to step down

5-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Heather Croall to head Adelaide Fringe Festival after nine years at Sheffield.

Valerie Trierweiler

Valerie Trierweiler’s presidential exposé to hit big screen

5-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Memoir by French President Hollande’s former partner has sold more than 730,000 copies in France and been published across Europe and in the US. 

Dominic Sherwood

Partners launch MiNDS i CiNEMA

5-Jan-2015 | By

Film-maker Rick Bieber and Ken Clark’s new production company kicks off with demonic love story The Other. Highland Film Group handles international sales and Gersh Agency represents US rights.

China box office rises 36% in 2014

5-Jan-2015 | By

Titles including Transformers and Breakup Buddies take box office total to $4.8bn.


UPI generates $1.43bn in 2014


EXCLUSIVE: Ticket sales for local language films amounting to at least a quarter of a billion dollars propelled Universal Pictures International’s (UPI) calendar year to $1.43bn.

The Theory of Everything

Theory of Everything debuts top of UK chart

5-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s biopic posts chart-topping $5.7m (£3.74m) bow, including previews; Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing leads Fri-Sun chart; StudioCanal’s Paddington crosses £30m.

Serial (Bad) Weddings

French cinema admissions rise 7.7%

5-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Serial (Bad) Weddings, Lucy and Superchondriaque lead best year for local productions in 30 years.

Tanel Toom

Oscar-nominated director in East Meets West line-up

5-Jan-2015 | By

Oscar-nominated UK director Tanel Toom and Estonian documentary maker Jaak Kilmi are among 22 film-makers with film projects in the fifth edition of the When East Meets West (WEMW) co-production forum (Jan 18-20).

The Imitation Game

Imitation Game wins best film in Capri

5-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Italian Film of the Year goes to Marco Martone’s Leopardi.

Curzon Soho

Support grows for ‘under threat’ Curzon Soho

5-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The London venue may be demolished to make way for a Crossrail ticket hall.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Five Armies crosses $500m int'l

4-Jan-2015 | By

UPDATED JANUARY 5: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies brought in a confirmed $52.5m over the weekend from 65 markets to reach $504.7m.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit rules US over New Year on $22m

4-Jan-2015 | By

UPDATED JANUARY 5: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies maintained its hold over the North American box office into the first session of 2015, falling 47% in its third weekend on a confirmed $21.7m through Warner Bros for $220.6m.

DreamWorks Animation names leadership pair

4-Jan-2015 | By

Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria have been named co-presidents of feature animation at the studio, replacing chief creative officer Bill Damaschke.

Godard scoops NSFC best film

3-Jan-2015 | By

The National Society Of Film Critics has voted Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye To Language best picture of the year 2014.


Warners hits $3bn int'l in 2014

3-Jan-2015 | By

Powered by the might of Interstellar and the ongoing heroics of the Hobbit finale, Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) achieved a company record $3.17bn in 2014 to become the first studio to cross the $3bn threshold twice.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Paramount hits $2.82bn in 2014

3-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The global haul incorporates $1.764bn from Paramount Pictures International in 2014 as the overall result climbed 34.6% on 2013.

American Sniper

American Sniper scores Italian record

2-Jan-2015 | By

Clint Eastwood recorded the biggest opening day of his career in Italy as the war film launched through Warner Bros Pictures International on $1.6m (€1.34m) from 425 screens.


Six dramas in race for Eddie

2-Jan-2015 | By

For the second time in the history of the American Cinema Editors (ACE) a tie has resulted in an additional nominee in a category, resulting in six nominations for dramatic feature in the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards.

SBIFF Montecito Award to Jennifer Aniston

2-Jan-2015 | By

Top brass at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present the Montecito Award to Jennifer Aniston on January 30.

Bonded By Blood

Bonded by Blood sequel readies

2-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Crime drama from Richwater Films to shoot this month.

Kajaki: The True Story

Cineworld takes landmine drama Kajaki

2-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Battlefield drama extends to Cineworld chain including a special screening in Aldershot, “home” of the British Army.

Iron Sky: The Coming Race

Iron Sky 2 raises $500k from crowdfunding

2-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Nearly $150k raised by offering roles in the feature.

The Interview

US imposes North Korea sanctions

2-Jan-2015 | By

UPDATED JANUARY 4: President Barack Obama, already a significant player in the Sony hack debacle, has imposed economic sanctions on North Korea in light of the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures in a move that drew a stern denunciation from Pyongyang.

Greetings To The Ancestors

IFFR reveals shorts line-up, jury

2-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has completed the selection for its tenth Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films.

Lionsgate grosses $1.73bn in 2014

1-Jan-2015 | By

Lionsgate releases delivered more than $1.726bn worldwide in 2014, fuelled by a $1.032bn international tally that included $363m from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

Kristin Scott Thomas

Kristin Scott Thomas on New Years Honours list

31-Dec-2014 | By

The British establishment has unveiled its annual year-end honours, lavishing recognition on a host of talent from the entertainment firmament.

Imitation Game in NBFF honour


The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) and The Weinstein Company have announced the drama will receive the best picture and outstanding ensemble cast awards in April.

The Interview

Sony expands The Interview

31-Dec-2014 | By

Buoyed by the opening weekend release in 331 independent theatres and in particular the $15m online launch, the studio is expanding the US release of its controversial comedy.

The Taking Of Tiger Mountain

Tiger Mountain $52m China debut

30-Dec-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain topped the China box office with a robust $51.72m in its opening six days, while Gu Changwei’s Love On The Cloud opened in second place with $23.17m over five days.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Disney grosses $4.45bn in 2014

30-Dec-2014 | By

UPDATED JANUARY 2: Global ticket sales for The Walt Disney Studios films generated $4.448bn in 2014, of which $2.83bn came from international and the $1.61bn balance from North America.

Hobbit finale crosses $400m int'l

28-Dec-2014 | By

UPDATED DECEMBER 29: New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit:  The Battle Of The Five Armies will see out 2014 as the dominant film as the worldwide tally climbed to $573.6m.

The Interview

The Interview takes $15m online

28-Dec-2014 | By

UPDATED DECEMBER 29: New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies stayed top in its second session over the December holiday weekend to reach $168m through Warner Bros, while Sony Picture’s The Interview grossed $2.8m from 331 sites in a day-and-date digital launch that drew 2million rentals and downloads.

The Interview

Sony pushes The Interview online

24-Dec-2014 | By

In a development that looks set to exacerbate simmering unrest between Sony Pictures and the major exhibitors, the studio has moved ahead with an online platform release for the controversial comedy.


Goteborg sets Norway focus

24-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Tony Grisoni added to lineup at TV seminar.

The Interview

The Interview in limited US debut

24-Dec-2014 | By

UPDATED DECEMBER 24: Approximately 300 independent theatres across the US will screen the controversial comedy on December 25 after Sony Pictures initially pulled the release in response to last week’s refusal by the five major exhibitors to screen it.

Wild Canaries

Sundance Selects takes Wild Canaries

23-Dec-2014 | By

The distributor has picked up North American rights from Cinetic Media to Lawrence Michael Levine’s screwball murder mystery.

Rutger Wolfson

Wolfson to depart Rotterdam after 2015 festival

23-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

International Film Festival Rotterdam festival director Rutger Wolfson has decided to step down from his post after eight years.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Fox reports record year for digital sales

23-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

UK sales of digital movies rise 280% for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Roaring Currents

South Korean films top 100 million admissions

23-Dec-2014 | By

Local films in South Korea have topped 100 million admissions for the third consecutive year.

Gone With The Bullets

Bullets has strong opening in China

23-Dec-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jiang Wen’s highly-anticipated satire Gone With The Bullets did not disappoint on its opening weekend in China, grossing $54.29m in its first four days.

Jim Gianopulos

Jim Gianopulos to receive CinemaCon Pioneer honour

23-Dec-2014 | By

The chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox will be named 2015 Pioneer Of The Year at the Las Vegas convention on April 22.

Kieran Breen

Kieran Breen named BAFTA LA chair

23-Dec-2014 | By

The recently promoted president of international theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox will assume the role of chairman of the board of directors.

Aisling Franciosi and Sam Keeley

Screen’s top 10 features of 2014

23-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Screen International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow and behind the scenes looks at Under the Skin and 12 Years a Slave proved popular with readers.

Paura sisters assume marketing reins at Alcon

22-Dec-2014 | By

Angela and Catherine Paura have joined Alcon Entertainment as co-presidents of worldwide marketing.

Kubo And The Two Strings

Laika, Focus plot Kubo

22-Dec-2014 | By

The studios have announced their fourth collaboration Kubo And The Two Strings, featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara and Ralph Fiennes.

Justin Lin

Justin Lin boards Star Trek 3

22-Dec-2014 | By

The director of four entries in the Fast And Furious franchise will take the reins on the third episode in the sci-fi series and replaces Roberto Orci.

Demetri Makoulis

Demetri Makoulis rises at Film Movement

22-Dec-2014 | By

The executive joined in January 2014 and has been promoted to director of sales as longtime vice-president Meghan Wurtz departs to pursue other opportunities.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey set for Berlinale

22-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Adaptation of erotic bestseller to receive international premiere in Berlin.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit retains UK lead

22-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing hits £20m as it retains top spot; StudioCanal’s Paddington holds off newcomers to stay in second with $3.9m (£2.5m).

Nyqvist joins Kenyeres' Hier

22-Dec-2014 | By

Swedish star takes the lead in debut feature from Hungarian auteur Balint Kenyeres.

The Interview

Sony seeks The Interview online partner

22-Dec-2014 | By

As North Korea stepped up its rhetoric and claimed the US government was behind The Interview, a Sony attorney said on Sunday (December 21) that the studio will distribute the film in some format.

Alex van Warmerdam

Screen Flanders invests $1.9m in eight projects

22-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Titles include Schneider vs. Bax from Borgman director Alex van Warmerdam.

Wanda Movie Park

Wanda unveils Wuhan theme park

22-Dec-2014 | By

China’s Dalian Wanda group held a launch ceremony at the weekend for its latest entertainment projects, Wanda Movie Park and Han Show Theatre, in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Les Arcs piracy roundtable

Les Arcs panel tackles piracy

22-Dec-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Copyright infringement and piracy protection was a point of focus at this year’s Les Arcs Film Festival.

The Great Dictator

Secret Cinema screens Great Dictator in Sony protest

22-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Event cinema specialists stage one-off screening in five cities after Sony cancels release of The Interview.

The Fool

The Fool takes top prize in Les Arcs

21-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Other winners include Labyrinth of Lies, These Are The Rules, Underdog, Hyena, Frank.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Five Armies rules int'l on $109m

21-Dec-2014 | By

DECEMBER 22 UPDATE: New Line-MGM’s Middle Earth epic plundered a confirmed $109m to dominate its second session with ease.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit finale storms to $90m in US

21-Dec-2014 | By

New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies dominated the North American box office, grossing an estimated $56.2m from Friday-Sunday that climbed to $91M over five days.

The Lobster

Les Arcs celebrates diverse crop of Ireland films

21-Dec-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

The Lobster [pictured] is presented as case study in co-production market.

The Interview

North Korea proposes joint hacker probe with US

20-Dec-2014 | By

Pyongyang has denied FBI claims that North Korea was behind the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyber attacks and called for a joint inquiry with the US into the matter.

Kieran Breen

Kieran Breen earns Fox Int’l marketing stripes

19-Dec-2014 | By

Kieran Breen has been promoted to president of international theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox, reporting to co-presidents of worldwide theatrical marketing Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus.

Oscar foreign language shortlist unveiled

19-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

AMPAS has announced the nine features on the shortlist for the Foreign Language Film Academy Award.  A record 83 films had been submitted.

The Interview

Sony backpedals on The Interview

19-Dec-2014 | By

Sony top brass have gone on the offensive in light of their vilified decision to cancel the release of The Interview, placing the onus on exhibition partners, hinting at a future release and engaging in a spat with US President Barack Obama.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Five Armies breaches $160m


New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battles Of The Five Armies remains the one to beat on $162.7m through Warner Bros Pictures International heading into its second weekend.

The Great Beauty

Creative Europe distribution grants revealed

19-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Constantin, Golem, Lucky Red receive biggest grants in 2014; Curzon and Distrify benefit from Online Scheme grants.


Major markets miss out on Creative Europe development grants

19-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Only one of 37 UK single project drama applications gets support in latest round.

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke talks Linklater, River Phoenix and Sony

19-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Actor and writer discusses career (and Sony hack) at BAFTA retrospective.

Secret Cinema: Back to the Future

Secret Cinema launches 'censorship' screening

19-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Event cinema company launches screening after The Interview is pulled.

One Night in Oslo

Polish sales outfit spends One Night in Oslo

19-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

New Europe Film Sales nabs Norwegian youth film.


Berlinale Classics revealed

19-Dec-2014 | By Wilf Brunt

Three classics get digital restoration for Berlin festival.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Marigold Hotel to get Royal treatment

19-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel gets world premiere at CTBF Royal Film Performance.

Ivan and the Dogs

Hot projects on Screenbase

19-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

New films on Screenbase this week include Salon Pictures’ true story about a feral child Ivan and the Dogs.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit retains UK buzz lead

19-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ climactic outing set for strong second weekend.


Duvall, Iñárritu in Palm Springs honours

19-Dec-2014 | By

Robert Duvall will collect the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Icon Award while Alejandro G Iñárritu will receive the Director Of The Year Award for Birdman.

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Palm Springs unveils full line-up

18-Dec-2014 | By

The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has announced its complete line-up including Premieres, New Voices/New Visions and Modern Masters.

Sony Pictures LA

The Sony hacking crisis: timeline

18-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

UPDATED: On the day Sony cancels the release of The Interview, Screen charts the timeline of events in the hacking crisis.

Adam Curtis

Adam Curtis brings Bitter Lake to Rotterdam

18-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Rotterdam unveils initial Signals programme focusing on ‘contemporary reality.’

Legendary options The Damned

18-Dec-2014 | By

Thomas Tull’s Legendary Pictures has optioned rights to Andrew Pyper’s forthcoming novel The Damned.

Laurence Fishburne

Glasgow Youth Festival restructures

18-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Child-friendly films moved to Glasgow’s main festival.

Portal to Hell

Raven Banner enters Portal to Hell

18-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Distributor acquires international sales rights to Vivieno Caldinelli’s horror comedy, which stars Roddy Piper.

The Interview

Sony pulls The Interview

17-Dec-2014 | By

The embattled studio has cancelled the December 25 release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy in light of threats from the suspected cyber attackers behind a string of embarrassing revelations about its business dealings and correspondence.


FilmNation, Roadshow Films strike equity pact

17-Dec-2014 | By

FilmNation Entertainment has sold a roughly one-third stake of the company valued at $18m to Roadshow in a strategic partnership that sees both parties seek to expand their production operations.

The Dressmaker

Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker: first look

17-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Production wraps in Australia on Jocelyn Moorhouse feature.

Simon Rees

Simon Rees to leave DCM

17-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Rees to step down after four years as CEO; Karen Stacey interim CEO.

Max & Me

Dos Corazones wraps Max & Me

17-Dec-2014 | By

Production has wrapped in Mexico City on Dos Corazones Films’ animation as the company prepares to introduce it to Berlin buyers in February.

Cairo Time

DFM unveils first acquisition deals

17-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Dolphins, Abood Kandaishan and Cairo Time are the among the first titles set to be released theatrically in the Middle East thanks to the Dubai Film Market’s new distribution programme.

Les Moonves

Leslie Moonves joins USC school board

17-Dec-2014 | By

The president and CEO of CBS Corporation has joined the USC School Of Cinematic Arts board of councillors, Dean Elizabeth M Daley announced.

Lotte World Tower

Asia's largest cinema shut down

17-Dec-2014 | By

Seoul Metropolitan City has ordered Lotte Cinema’s World Tower branch, housing the Guinness record holder for world’s biggest screen, to shut down.

Lucia Recalde Langarica

MEDIA needs 'balance between continuity and innovation'

17-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: New MEDIA head Lucia Recalde Langarica tells Screen about untapped potential in European talent.

Agata Kulesza

Ida wins 2014 LUX Film Prize

17-Dec-2014 | By

Ida has continued its winning streak by being voted as the winner of the eighth LUX Film Prize by members of the European Parliament.

Sundance Institute names 12 screenwriters fellows

17-Dec-2014 | By

Sundance Institute has announced the 12 projects selected for the 2015 January Screenwriters Lab set to run from January 16-21.

Christopher Nolan

Art Directors Guild to honour quartet

17-Dec-2014 | By

For the first time, the guild is awarding lifetime achievement awards in all four crafts comprising the ADG (IATSE Local 800) at the 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in Los Angeles on January 31.

Fleet Of Time

Fleet Of Time rules China box office

17-Dec-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Zhang Yibai’s Fleet Of Time stayed at the top of China’s box office in its second week, grossing $35.64m from 6.3 million admissions.

Branagh, Amini among Guiding Lights mentors

17-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

UK mentor scheme received seventeen applications for each place.

 Gyorgy Palfi

Les Arcs roundup: Palfi wins development prize

17-Dec-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Works In Progress winner is Nataliya Kudryashova for Pioneer Heroes.

Goteborg to honour Liv Ullmann

17-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Festival will also screen Miss Julie (pictured).

The Interview

Five chains drop The Interview

17-Dec-2014 | By

DECEMBER 17 UPDATE: Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cineplex Entertainment and Cinemark are understood to have joined Carmike Cinemas’ boycott of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy in light of ambiguous threats by the hackers believed to be behind the Sony cyber attack.

Dubai Film Market

DIFF’s Cinetech to extend beyond festival

17-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

The 11th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) closes today, but film industry professionals will be able to watch many of the Arab films in the selection online for the next nine months.

DIFF 2014 Ministry Of Interior Award

Al Murry wins first Ministry of Interior Award

17-Dec-2014 | By

Emirati filmmaker Saeed Salmeen Al Murry has won the inaugural Ministry of Interior Award for Best Societal Screenplay at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) for his project Going To Heaven.

Free Range

Breish sips Mate with Germany’s Filmbucht

17-Dec-2014 | By

Lebanese filmmaker Bass Breish is gearing up to make his feature debut, Mate, with German production house Filmbucht Filmproduktion.

Knight Of Cups

FilmNation sells Knight Of Cups

16-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: As Berlin senior staff announced Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups had landed a competition berth in February, details have emerged on the drama’s global distribution network.

Nanouk Leopold

Polak, Ahluwalia, Leopold head for CineMart 2015

16-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Co-production market has three prizes including new Wouter Barendrecht Award in conjunction with Fortissimo Films.

Mr. Turner leads London Critics nominations

16-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Julianne Moore scores double nominations for Actress of the Year.

Ava DuVernay

Selma director to deliver SXSW keynote

16-Dec-2014 | By

Ava DuVernay, tipped to become the first black female director to earn an Oscar nomination after scoring a pioneering Golden Globe nod last week, is one of two new additions to the festival.

Michael Fassbender

A24 takes US on Trespass Against Us

16-Dec-2014 | By

A24 has acquired US rights to music video director Adam Smith’s feature directorial debut starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson.

The Forbidden Room

Mongrel Int’l enters The Forbidden Room

16-Dec-2014 | By

Mongrel International has come on board to sell international rights to Guy Maddin’s Sundance-bound film.

jacques audiard

Sundance Selects swoops on Jacques Audiard film

16-Dec-2014 | By

Sundance Selects has made an early move on Untitled Jacques Audiard Film, which is currently in production.

Nic Crawley

PPI bolsters vp ranks

16-Dec-2014 | By

Paramount Pictures International has appointed Yit-Ching Lee, Richard Aseme, Ricardo Cortes and Su Lee to vice-presidents of marketing and distribution at regional offices.

Nearby Sky

I Am Nojoom, Nearby Sky win top awards at DIFF

16-Dec-2014 | By

Khadija Al-Salami’s I Am Nojoom, Age 10 And Divorced was awarded best fiction film in the Muhr Feature competition at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), while Nujoom Al Ghanem’s Nearby Sky won the award for best non-fiction film.

Mark Adams

Mark Adams named Edinburgh artistic director

16-Dec-2014 | By Screen staff

Adams will step down as Screen International reviews editor at end of February.

Lone Scherfig

Lone Scherfig talks UK industry, von Trier, next films

16-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

An Education director Lone Scherfig was the first woman to deliver BAFTA’s David Lean lecture.

BFI, Lionsgate team on Testament preview

16-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Screening and extras to be broadcast to 400 UK cinemas as part of pilot scheme.

JIm Stephens

Wolfe Releasing appoints co-president

16-Dec-2014 | By

Jim Stephens has joined the distributor of gay and lesbian films and will share oversight duties with co-president Maria Lynn.


Interstellar crosses $100m on Imax worldwide

16-Dec-2014 | By

The occasion marks the fourth time an Imax film has crossed the threshold.

Maiko's Dance

Wide House boards Maiko's Dance

16-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Wide House has picked up Maiko’s Dance, a Norwegian documentary now in post-production.

Hal Hartley

Berlinale 2015: Panorama titles revealed

16-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

New films from Hal Hartley, James Franco, Gus Van Sant among lineup.

Danny La Rue

Adrian Noble to direct La Rue biopic

16-Dec-2014 | By Wilf Brunt

Biopic currently in development with BFI Film Fund; aiming for 2015 shoot.

Sales outfits get EC VOD backing

16-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Sales companies to get marketing and distribution support thanks to €800k backing.


Toronto critics hail Boyhood

16-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Enemy, The F Word and Mommy compete for Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.

White God

PSIFF unveils Eastern Promises

16-Dec-2014 | By

Selma and Boychoir will bookend the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), set to run from January 2-12.

The Theory of Everything

SBIFF to honour Theory duo

15-Dec-2014 | By

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones will receive the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s (SBIFF) Cinema Vanguard Award on January 29. 

Slow West

Slow West finds US home

15-Dec-2014 | By

A24 and DIRECTV have swooped on their latest film, taking US rights from world sales agent HanWay Films to the upcoming Sundance world premiere starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn.


Berlinale 2015: Malick, Greenaway in competition

15-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella to get international premiere out of comp.

The Games Maker

Sundance unveils programme additions

15-Dec-2014 | By

SUNDANCE: Robert Redford stars opposite Nick Nolte in Salt Lake City gala

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit tops UK chart

15-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing posts chart-topping $15.3m (£9.76m) bow; StudioCanal’s Paddington becomes distributor’s highest grossing release of all time.

The Sky Above Us

IFFR Live adds The Sky Above Us

15-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Five films to screen at festival and in more than 36 cinemas/VOD platforms as part of new Rotterdam initiative.

My Name Is Emily

Les Arcs Works In Progress offers strong crop in fourth year

15-Dec-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

The Les Arcs European Film Festival is in full swing, including the sixth edition of the ever-growing Co-Production Village.

How To Make Love Like An Englishman

Saban Films closing on Englishman

15-Dec-2014 | By

The ambitious distributor is understood to be in the final stages of exclusive talks for US rights to Pierce Brosnan starrer How To Make Love Like An Englishman.


Seven advance in Oscar make-up race

15-Dec-2014 | By

Academy voters have made their pre-nomination selections on the road to the 87th Oscars.

Chris Moll

Talent development forum planned in Amsterdam

15-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Creative England hosts the event in partnership with Danish Film Institute and Irish FIlm Board.

Nawaf Al Janahi

Tharwa boards Al-Janahi’s Transparent

15-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Baboudjian’s new Dubai-based company Tharwa has boarded Emirati filmmaker Nawaf Al-Janahi’s upcoming English-language psychological thriller Transparent.

Hissan Kiyany

Kiyany unveils first UAE interactive doc

15-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

The UAE’s first interactive documentary, ZaabiliDoc, a joint project between Emirati filmmaker Hassan Kiyany and photographer Ammar Al Attar, is set to go live this week.

Al Remaihi confirmed as Doha CEO

15-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

She will serve as director of Ajyal and Qumra festivals.


Film London Microwave shortlist revealed

15-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Low budget production scheme selects 12 projects; hits diversity target.

The Greatest Iron Man

Zodiak boards Iron Man doc

15-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Salon Pictures readies Duchenne documentary.

Andy Harries

Andy Harries to give keynote at Goteborg TV Drama Vision

15-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Another keynote comes from Anne Kolbjørnsen, whose credits include Lilyhammer.

Creative Access

Creative Access proposes paid BAME intern scheme

15-Dec-2014 | By Screen staff

Creative Access has proposed a new diversity mentoring scheme for the UK film industry.

Kaouther Ben Hania

Ben Hania to direct rape victim drama

15-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania is developing a new project inspired by the true story of a woman raped outside a beachfront nightclub in 2012.  

Mira Sorvino

Shoot starts on Indiscretion

15-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: John Stewart Muller’s thriller stars Mira Sorvino [pictured] and Cary Elwes.

Telfaz 11

Arab digital platforms race to fill content gap

15-Dec-2014 | By

A new report from PwC highlights how online platforms are starting to fill the huge demand for youth-oriented Arabic content that is not being met by the traditional film and TV industries across the Middle East.

Der Goalie bin ig

Swiss critics praise Goalie, Boyhood

15-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Swiss film critics association has named Der Goalie bin ig as the best Swiss film of 2014 and Boyhood as best international film.

Dubai ON Demand

Dubai’s Ti22 launches Dubai ON Demand

15-Dec-2014 | By

Dubai-based Ti22 Films is set to launch an interactive online channel, Dubai ON Demand, on YouTube in 2015, featuring short clips from local personalities.

Lionsgate hits $1bn international

14-Dec-2014 | By

Powered by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Lionsgate executives said on Sunday (December 14) the studio had reached $1.0003bn for the year-to-date.


Paddington to set StudioCanal record

14-Dec-2014 | By

Studio executives said on Sunday (December 14) that the family feature was on course this weekend to overtake Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and become its biggest release of all time in the UK.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Five Armies plunders $122.2m int'l

14-Dec-2014 | By

DECEMBER 15 UPDATE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies has started as it means to go on with a potent reminder of the enduring appeal of Peter Jackson’s commitment to the works of JRR Tolkien, an immense endeavour that has occupied him for close to two decades.


Ida is big winner at EFAs

14-Dec-2014 | By

UPDATE: Pawlikowski is only third Polish director to win EFA’s top prize; Steve McQueen pays tribute to Jean Vigo; Ukrainian diector Oleg Sentsov gets an empty seat at the awards in Riga.

Exodus: Gods And Kings

Exodus wins modest US session on $24.5m

14-Dec-2014 | By

Fox’s Biblical epic from Ridley Scott Exodus: Gods And Kings flooded into the US charts on an estimated $24.5m as Mockingjay – Part 1 crossed $275m in its fourth weekend.

VFX Summit Dublin: In service of the story

14-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

At the second VFX + Animation Summit Dublin, international experts and growing local companies gathered to talk about issues such as global competition, tight schedules and training needs. Wendy Mitchell reports.

The director of Court with his Singapore prizes

Court wins at Singapore film festival

14-Dec-2014 | By

Guests include John Woo, Zhang Ziyi, Juliette Binoche, Cheng Pei Pei, Tong Dawei, Chen Bolin and Nastassja Kinski.

Zero Motivation

Israeli critics honour Zero Motivation

14-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Israeli Film Critics Association chooses Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel as best international film.

From A To B

DFM talks distribution challenges

14-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

A Dubai Film Market (DFM) panel discussed the challenges in distributing Arab films in the region and internationally, and how Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa’s From A To B may become a game-changer.

Rebuild Nisaa Gaza Radio

Laish La crowdfunds with Aflamnah

14-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

MBC’s pan-Arab show Laish La (Why Not?) has turned to Dubai-based, crowd-funding site Aflamnah to finance a project to rebuild a women’s radio station in the Gaza Strip.

Maysoon Pachachi

Pachachi’s Baghdad draws co-producers, funds

13-Dec-2014 | By

Maysoon Pachachi’s Nothing Doing In Baghdad is set to start shooting in February after securing three European co-producers and funding from Visions Sud Est and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC).


MAD Solutions to distribute Sandfish

13-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Pan-Arab distributor MAD Solutions will handle distribution in the Arab world for Saudi filmmaker Ahd’s Sandfish, which will be the first production from Paul Baboudjian’s new Dubai-based Tharwa Productions.

Claire Aguilar joins Sheffield Doc/Fest

12-Dec-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

EXCLUSIVE: Sheffield Doc/Fest has appointed Claire Aguilar as director of programming and industry engagement.

Hobbit finale on $26.6m after two days

12-Dec-2014 | By

Warner Bros-New Line-MGM’s fantasy epic grossed a further $13.7m from 28 markets on December 12 following the $11.3m opening day gross across 11 territories on December 10 to stand at $26.6m internationally.

Odeon Holloway Road

Orange Wednesdays to end in 2015

12-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Cinemas understood to be close to an alternative deal with a different company; among suitors.


VOX takes pan-Arab rights to Dolphins

12-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Dubai-based Vox Cinemas is in final negotiations to acquire pan-Arab rights to Emirati director Waleed Al Shehhi’s Dolphins ahead of its premiere at DIFF on Friday.

Zhang Yimou

Uni dates Untitled Great Wall Project

12-Dec-2014 | By

Legendary’s Untitled Great Wall Project will open in North America in 3D via Universal on November 23, 2016, and in China in early December 2016.


Academy to consider 323 features

12-Dec-2014 | By

Voters will consider 323 features deemed eligible for Oscar consideration.

Anthony Chen

Anthony Chen launches Giraffe Pictures

12-Dec-2014 | By

The Ilo Ilo director’s company will produce one or two films per year.

Exodus: Gods And Kings

Exodus leads US social media buzz

12-Dec-2014 | By

Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods And Kings is ready to ride out in the US.


Oscars 2015: Academy to consider 114 scores

12-Dec-2014 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences unveiled the entire list of eligible scores on December 12.


Academy selects 79 eligible songs

12-Dec-2014 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences said on December 12 that 79 songs are in contention for the original song category for the 87th Oscars.

Director Philip Ilson and Producer Jo Duncombe.

London Short Film Festival to host 34 programmes

12-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

The London Short Film Festival will return for its 12th year from January 9-18.

Mother I Love You

Mother, Modris big winners at new Riga festival

12-Dec-2014 | By

New Riga Meetings platform welcomes projects including two projects by Finnish film-maker Aku Louhimies.

IWC winner

Boushahri wins IWC Filmmaker Award

12-Dec-2014 | By

Kuwaiti filmmaker Abdullah Boushahri won the $100,000 IWC Filmmaker Award for his feature project The Water at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) on Thursday night. 

Curzon promotes duo

12-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Jon Rushton, Steve Lewis upped at UK distributor.


Santa Barbara unveils 2015 Virtuosos Award

12-Dec-2014 | By

Top brass at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival have announced the multiple recipients for the 2015 Virtuosos Award.

A Little Chaos, The Price of Desire head to Dublin

12-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Alanis Morissette, Vincent Perez and Orla Brady star in Mary McGuckian feature.

MPA APSA Fund awards $25,000

12-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Jafar Panahi [pictured] among the recipients.

Dubai Film Market

Arab broadcasters call for local genre movies

12-Dec-2014 | By

Two of the Middle East’s biggest broadcasters called on Arab filmmakers to start making more genre movies at a Dubai Film Market (DFM) seminar on Thursday (Dec 11).

Screen December 12 2014

Screen December 12 2014


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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit leads UK social media buzz

12-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ climactic outing of The Hobbit trilogy set for chart-topping bow.

Amal Al-Agroobi

Al-Agroobi set to make fiction debut

12-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Emirati filmmaker Amal Al-Agroobi, best known for her non-fiction works The Brain That Sings and Half, is developing her first narrative work.

Short film competition

Dubai, Samsung renew short film competition

12-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

DIFF and Samsung are joining forces with Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) on the second edition of the short film competition they inaugurated this year.


Birdman leads Golden Globes noms

11-Dec-2014 | By

Birdman is fast emerging as Fox Searchlight’s poster child of the season as the New Regency production emerged top of the pile on December 11 with seven 72nd Golden Globe nominations.

Golden Globes - nominee reactions

11-Dec-2014 | By Elbert Wyche

Eddie Redmayne was doing holiday shopping when he heard about his nomination and Force Majeure’s Ruben Östlund says he could get used to being pampered. Read on for more reactions.

Sean Kisker

Sean Kisker earns Lionsgate stripes

11-Dec-2014 | By

Lionsgate has promoted 11-year veteran Sean Kisker to the newly created position of chief strategy officer and general manager of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. 

Mosquito Films picks up As You Were

11-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Thai sales company Mosquito Films Distribution has picked up Singaporean filmmaker Liao Jiekai’s sophomore feature As You Were.

Andy Serkis

Warner Bros sets Geostorm release

11-Dec-2014 | By

Dean Devlin’s action film starring Gerard Butler will open on October 21 2016, the studio has announced.

Penny Marshall

Penny Marshall to direct Effa

11-Dec-2014 | By

The director of A League Of Their Own and Big has signed a two-film deal with Georgia-based FONU2 subsidiary Studioplex City, kicking off with a biopic about Effa Manley.

The Cut

Strand picks up The Cut

11-Dec-2014 | By

Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Fatih Akin’s quest story starring Tahar Rahim.

Maisie Williams, Joachim Fjelstrup among 2015 Shooting Stars

11-Dec-2014 | By

10 European actors to be celebrated by EFP in Berlin.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Akinnuoye-Agbaje to voice Emirati animation

11-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Nigerian-UK actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is set to voice the protagonist of an ambitious Emirati feature-length animation inspired by a figure in Arabic folklore.

Michael Lumpkin

Michael Lumpkin named AFI DOCS director

11-Dec-2014 | By

The producer and former executive director of the International Documentary Association (IDA) will lead the Washington DC-based annual event AFI DOCS.

Leviathan wins Best Film at APSA

11-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Other winners included Winter Sleep, The Dark Horse and Red Amnesia.

Amit Chopra

Chopra promoted at Digital Domain

11-Dec-2014 | By

Amit Chopra, currently COO of US and Canada-based Digital Domain 3.0, has been promoted to executive vice president of its parent company, Hong Kong-listed Digital Domain Holdings.

Censored Voices

Dogwoof acquires Censored Voices

11-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Mor Loushy’s documentary will make its world premiere at Sundance.

Stefan Demetriou

Demetriou becomes VP at Warner Music UK

11-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Demetriou will be responsible for creating original audio-visual content with WMUK artists and brand partners

Fabula secures ten from AFM

11-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: New films from Pathe, StudioCanal, Gaumont among haul.

Ivan and the Dogs

Salon readies Ivan and the Dogs

11-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK deal in place for Andrew Kotting’s film from Salon Pictures.

Patricio Valladares

Patricio Valladares readies Downhill

10-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Chilean director of Hidden In The Woods has lined up an April shoot for the micro-budget survival thriller in what will mark his second English-language feature.


Birdman leads SAG nods

10-Dec-2014 | By

Birdman garnered four Screen Actors Guild nominations on December 10 for Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and ensemble, while Norton and Benedict Cumberbatch earned three apiece. Fox Searchlight led the studios on six nods.

IM Global Music

IM Global moves into music

10-Dec-2014 | By

Stuart Ford’s company has launched IM Global Music in partnership with music industry executive and former Miramax colleague David Schulhof.

Vincent Scordino

Vincent Scordino joins Millennium Entertainment

10-Dec-2014 | By

One day after it emerged the executive was leaving Cinedigm, he is returning to the Millennium fold to assume the newly created role of svp of marketing.

The Living

monterey media acquires The Living

10-Dec-2014 | By

The deal covers North American rights to the thriller starring Fran Kranz. Separately Sundance Selects has picked up The Search For General Tso, Image Entertainment has acquired Roadside and WellGo USA has set a US release date for Supremacy.

Tugg's Nicolas Gonda & Pablo Gonzalez

Broad Green invests in Tugg

10-Dec-2014 | By

Gabriel and Daniel Hammond’s ambitious finance, production and distribution upstart has led a Series A investment round in the cinema-on-demand player.

From A To B

Highland takes on Mostafa’s From A To B

10-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Highland Film Group has taken on international sales of Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa’s pan-Arab road movie From A To B.


Medellin launches tax rebate

10-Dec-2014 | By

UPDATED DECEMBER 10: The second largest city in Colombian has become the first in the growing Latin American territory to offer an incentive.

The Theory of Everything

DIFF kicks off with Theory Of Everything

10-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

The 11th edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) combines a host of award season contenders with a fresh crop of Arab fare.

Sara Geater

Sara Geater elected Pact chair

10-Dec-2014 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

Former FremantleMedia UK chief executive Sara Geater has won the race to become chair of Pact council in the organisation’s first contested election in at least 14 years.

Yu Dong

Tembusu, Cheng, Yu launch $100m China Media Fund

10-Dec-2014 | By

The fund was launched at the Singapore Media Festival.

Lawrence Wong

ATF, ScreenSingapore to attract record attendees

10-Dec-2014 | By

The market, which opens today, is expecting nearly 5000 people from 60 countries.

Arts Alliance Media

Arts Alliance teams up with Wanda Line Cinema

10-Dec-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

AAM will provide software to the Chinese cinema operator as part of a long term partnership.


Glasgow Film Festival reveals nightly events

10-Dec-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Live dance with Strictly Ballroom screening and Paul Merton show among first events.

Dad's Army

Dad's Army wraps, sets release date

10-Dec-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Principal photography has wrapped on Dad’s Army, with Universal Pictures releasing in UK on Feb 5, 2016.

Kajaki: The True Story

Kajaki expansion revealed

10-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Afghan war film expands after two-week Vue window.

Titus Andronicus

Globe theatre sets 2015 cinema releases

10-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Arts Alliance to distribute five shows under Globe on Screen banner.


Sundance unveils shorts roster

9-Dec-2014 | By

Top brass have announced 60 films culled from 8,061 submissions across four categories – US and international narrative, documentary and animation.

Kristin Harris

Cinedigm reshuffles theatrical acquisitions

9-Dec-2014 | By

Top brass are restructuring theatrical acquisitions in light of the sudden departure of svp of theatrical releasing Vincent Scordino.

Boyhood Patricia Arquette Ethan Hawke

Boyhood duo in SBIFF honour

9-Dec-2014 | By

Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke will collect the American Rivera Award at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), marking the first time two people will share the honour.


DOC Toronto names inaugural honourees

9-Dec-2014 | By

DOC Toronto’s The DOC Institute has announced its inaugural awards, giving the DOC Star Award to Elizabeth Klinck and the New Visions Award presented by Urban Post Production to Brett Story.


eOne, Cimorelli sign content pact

9-Dec-2014 | By

eOne and YouTube stars Cimorelli – the six singing sisters from Malibu – have struck a multi-year output deal to create and distribute original content in all filmed entertainment media.


ANEW, Wilco, Depth Of Field adapt Birthright

9-Dec-2014 | By

All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW), Japanese production company Wilco Co and Los Angeles-based Depth Of Field will adapt, develop and produce the Japanese horror thriller for the English-language market.

Fleet Of Time

Fleet Of Time beats The Crossing in China

9-Dec-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Zhang Yibai’s Fleet Of Time walloped John Woo’s The Crossing: Part 1 on its opening weekend in China, grossing $33.07m in its first three days.

Chhay Bora

SAAVA pacts with Pozible, MPAC

9-Dec-2014 | By

At ScreenSingapore where it launched last year, the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) for media content producers today announced partnership agreements with major Australia-based crowd-funding portal Pozible and the Motion Picture Association of Cambodia (MPAC).

Bas Asses On The Bayou

Samuel Goldwyn Films sets Bad Asses release

9-Dec-2014 | By

The distributor will release the action comedy in a theatrical and digital day-and-date launch on March 6.

Creative England

Creative England re-ups business programme Compass

9-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Creative England is to launch a second round of business development programme Compass.


Fiennes, Linklater get LFS associateships

9-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Linklater, Fiennes and Kate Kinninmont MBE receive associateships at Annual Show.

Fishing Without Nets

Fox partners with Vice Media

9-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Partnership to finance, produce, acquire, market and distribute features.

Terry Rawlings

Terry Rawlings honoured with BAFTA Special Award

9-Dec-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Alien and Chariots of Fire editor receives BAFTA award.

End Of The Tour

Sundance: Premieres, Doc Premieres

8-Dec-2014 | By

Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and panel participants including George Lucas.


AFI announces awards selections

8-Dec-2014 | By

For the first time the year-end list includes 11 as opposed to the usual 10 features - but Gone Girl and Inherent Vice fail to make the cut.

Marina Cordoni

Cast joins Substance Productions’ First Round Down

8-Dec-2014 | By

Jared Keeso, Lauren Lee Smith, Ennis Esmer and Gil Bellows will star star in the Butler Brothers’ sports comedy, which Marina Cordoni Entertainment will introduce to buyers in Berlin.


Paddington retains UK lead

8-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

StudioCanal’s adaptation adds $6m (£3.8m) to hold off Mockingjay and Penguins of Madagascar.

Asha Bhosle

Bhosle, El-Sherif to receive DIFF awards

8-Dec-2014 | By

Egyptian actor Nour El-Sherif and Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle will both receive lifetime achievement awards at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).

Dave Fleming

Dave Fleming launches Atlas Artists

8-Dec-2014 | By

The manager has partnered with Charles Roven to form the subsidiary of Atlas Entertainment.

Kevin Monroe

OddLot hires Kevin Garrett Monroe

8-Dec-2014 | By

The executive arrives as evp of business and legal affairs, OddLot Entertainment co-presidents Bill Lischak and Michael Nathanson announced on December 8.

Godzilla head

Toho plans new Godzilla

8-Dec-2014 | By

Japan’s Toho has announced it will produce another homegrown Godzilla film by 2016.

Davids and Goliath

Canadian doc wins Viewster charity fest

8-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Canadian, UK and Brazilian films win at online film festival.


Eros picks up Salman Khan duo

8-Dec-2014 | By

Eros International has picked up world rights to the first two productions from Salman Khan Films – Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Hero.

The Production Guild

Production Guild inks partnerships

8-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Guild partners with Producers Guild of America, Guild of Italy


KPMG report spotlights legal film and TV streaming

8-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Majority of films and TV available through legal platforms, according to new report.


Wasp flies to Netherlands

8-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Wide Management has sold romance Wasp to Dutch distributor Arti Film.


Hot projects on Screenbase

8-Dec-2014 | By Adam Woodard

New films on Screenbase this week include the latest James Bond film Spectre, Todd Haynes’ New York-set lesbian love story Carol and Howard J. Ford’s child abduction thriller Never Let Go.


Boyhood triumphs at LAFCA

7-Dec-2014 | By

AWARDS: Boyhood wins best feature, director, actress and editing.

Mockingjay rules quiet US on $22m

7-Dec-2014 | By

A lacklustre session enlivened only by an excellent limited bow for Wild saw box office for the top 12 earn $70.4m and fall 54% against last weekend and 19% against the comparable weekend in 2013.

Pride producer David Livingstone collects Imelda Staunton's award

Pride wins best film at BIFAs

7-Dec-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

Yann Demange wins best director; Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Brendan Gleeson take home top acting prizes.

Ventana Sur announces winners

7-Dec-2014 | By

As the Latin American film market came to a close in Buenos Aires at the weekend (December 5), market organisers unveiled a number of award winners.


David Oyelowo, Imitation Game in PSIFF honours

7-Dec-2014 | By

Selma star David Oyelowo will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Breakthrough Performance Award.

Mockingjay crosses $300m int'l

7-Dec-2014 | By

DECEMBER 8 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s YA hit marches on as a confirmed $32.9m from 87 markets propelled the international running total to $306.6m and $564.7m worldwide.

Dree Hemingway

The People Garden gets underway

7-Dec-2014 | By

Production has commence in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, on the film starring Dree Hemingway.

DFI unveils plans for Qumra

7-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Abderrahmane Sissako, Leila Hatami, Cristian Mungiu and Danis Tanovic are the first names confirmed to participate.


Cinelou starts Cook shoot

6-Dec-2014 | By

Bruce Beresford has begun principal photography in Los Angeles on the drama starring Eddie Murphy.

Yousef Al Moadhadi

Ajyal winners include Whiplash, If I Had Wings

6-Dec-2014 | By Mark Adams, chief film critic

Other winners include 10% and Ignorant.

Vanessa Redgrave and David Hare

WFTV honours Redgrave, Baines, Pike, Hogg

6-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Joanna Hogg dedicated her award to the late Chris Collins.


Citizenfour scoops IDA prize

5-Dec-2014 | By

Laura Poitras’ acclaimed documentary has prevailed in the International Documentary Association’s 2014 IDA Documentary Awards.

Deena Wallace and Amy Gustin

Amy Gustin, Deena Wallace join BIFA

5-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: Duo will take over the running of the awards from January following Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson stepping down as co-directors.

Beyond Clueless

Beyond Clueless team to self-distribute in UK

5-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Filmmakers behind SXSW and Sheffield Doc Fest film to launch UK roadshow.

Remakes fall under Ventana Sur spotlight

5-Dec-2014 | By

Panellists on December 4 spoke of the need to scrutinise every possible creative ownership stake when preparing a remake.

Lucky McKee

Lucky McKee boards Epic’s Tales Of Halloween

5-Dec-2014 | By

The writer-director has joined the roster of directors on the upcoming horror anthology 

Greg Newman

MPI, NZ Film Commission forge production deal

5-Dec-2014 | By

MPI Media Group and the New Zealand Film Commission have partnered to finance and produce a slate of films for New Zealand’s Lower Budget Feature Films programme.

Lee Daniels

Lee Daniels to head DIFF Muhr feature jury

5-Dec-2014 | By

Lee Daniels is heading the jury for the Muhr Feature competition at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).


Paddington tops UK social media buzz

5-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

StudioCanal’s adaptation set to follow up record-breaking opening with strong second weekend.

Writers' Guild shortlist unveiled

5-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Filth, Pride and Philomena among film nominees; awards take place on Jan 19 in London.

Liz Garbus

Netflix producing new Garbus documentary

5-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Academy Award nominated film-maker’s new feature What Happened, Miss Simone? will premiere in 2015.

Screen December 5 2014

Screen December 5 2014


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Sundance unleashes Midnight, Spotlight

4-Dec-2014 | By

The 2015 selection includes a strong Latin American flavour, led by Eli Roth’s Chilewood psychosexual Park City At Midnight entry Knock Knock starring Keanu Reeves and Lorenza Izzo.


Bond 24 titled SPECTRE

4-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as 007 will also star Andrew Scott, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci and David Bautista, alongside returning cast members.

Slow West

Sundance unveils US, World and Next line-ups

4-Dec-2014 | By

New films from Nicole Kidman, Michael Fassbender, Louie Psihoyos and Sebastian Silva are featured in the festival’s line-up of US and world competition strands and the NEXT programme.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange

4-Dec-2014 | By

The studio announced on December 4 that the star of The Imitation Game will play the Sorcerer Supreme.


Dark Factory ramps up slate

4-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The producers behind Mexico-based Dark Factory have mapped an ambitious road ahead after securing a Sundance world premiere berth for their first English-language production, Reversal.

Sam Spiegel Film and TV School

Sam Spiegel School launches $500,000 fund

4-Dec-2014 | By Louise Tutt

School teams with ARP Selection for award; Cameron Bailey, Alberto Barbera among jury.

Mockingjay crosses $500M global

4-Dec-2014 | By

Lionsgate’s YA adaptation soared past the milestone on the night of December 3 to reach $504.8m, of which $271m comes from international markets.

Reese Witherspoon in PSIFF honour

4-Dec-2014 | By

Reese Witherspoon will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Chairman’s Award for Wild at the annual awards gala on January 3.

DFI launches Qatari Film Fund

4-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fund will develop up to four feature films and will develop and produce up to eight short films every year.


Dolby launches premium cinema brand

4-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Ambition is to roll-out brand worldwide, says spokesperson.

Ventana Sur panel to focus on remakes

4-Dec-2014 | By

Jorge Stamadianos of Fox, Alejandro Cacetta and Juan Vera of Patagonik Film Group in Argentina and Robert Darwell of Sheppard Mullin will be among the participants at the Remake IT! session at Ventana Sur on December 4.


Pinewood Shepperton completes acquisition of SSPP

4-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Pinewood Shepperton plc is now the sole owner of Shepperton Studios Property Partnership.

James Franco and Megan Fox

Front Row locks 26 films from AFM

4-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Oliver Stone and Audiard dramas, Mel Gibson action Blood Father and Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire among haul.

Dominic Rowell

Dominic Rowell joins Vue

4-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Former chief customer officer for Metro appointed commercial director (UK & Ireland).


Sadie Frost outfit turns to crowdfunding

4-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Blonde to Black Pictures looks to digital platform for company investment.

Edinburgh International Film Festival logo

Edinburgh announces documentary strand

4-Dec-2014 | By Adam Woodard

New documentary strand to feature at 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival.

This Way Up 2014

This Way Up 2014 awards pitch winners £50,000

4-Dec-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Two UK exhibition projects awarded with £50,000 prize.


Dogwoof boards Dreamcatcher

4-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Company closes deal for all UK and international rights to Kim Longinotto’s latest feature and sets a UK release date for March.

Chile Factory

Chile Factory directors unveiled

3-Dec-2014 | By

VENTANA SUR: The four Chilean directors who will take part in creating the opening night film of Cannes 2015 Directors’ Fortnight were unveiled on December 3.


FilmSharks cuts deals on Francisco

3-Dec-2014 | By

VENTANA SUR: FilmSharks has licensed Latin American and Spanish rights to Disney for its upcoming $6m Argentina-Spain co-production about the Pontiff.

Ventana Sur

MEETS strikes Guadalajara alliance

3-Dec-2014 | By

VENTANA SUR: The Panama co-production market is teaming up with the industry office of the Guadalajara International Film Festival for its 2015 edition.

Welcome to Me

Millennium snaps up Welcome To Me

3-Dec-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights to the Kristen Wiig starrer following the comedy’s September world premiere in Toronto.


MARV to adapt ghostgirl YA series

3-Dec-2014 | By

Matthew Vaughn’s MARV Films has acquired motion picture rights to the young adult novel written by author and filmmaker Tonya Hurley.

More2Screen takes on Backstreet Boys doc

3-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Stephen Kijak’s documentary to hit cinemas on Feb 26.

Signature signs ten from AFM

3-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Last Knights, Ruth & Alex, The Loft among haul.

Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan to receive art directors honour

3-Dec-2014 | By

The Interstellar director will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award at the 19th Annual Art Directors Guild?s Excellence In Production Design Awards, on January 21.

Kaleidoscope to launch documentary brand

3-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Dedicated documenary brand will see a full slate of feature documentaries released theatrically, digitally and to home entertainment, including The Square [pictured].

Naomi Watts

Demolition sells out worldwide

3-Dec-2014 | By

Fox Searchlight has acquired US, UK, Australia/New Zealand, France and Germany while Sony has taken Latin America and other territories on Jean-Marc Vallée’s upcoming romance starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.

Parkes / MacDonald

Parkes/MacDonald, Image Nation extend joint venture

3-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

As a result of the expansion, Evan Hayes has been appointed president of production at Parkes/MacDonald.

Big Eyes

Rotterdam unveils Limelight titles

3-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Force Majeure, Big Eyes, Phoenix and The Tribe among films to be screened at upcoming 44th edition of IFFR.


Government mulls drama tax break change

3-Dec-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Autumn Statement also introduces tax break for live-action kids programming.

Metrodome nabs Jason Blum horror, sets 2015 slate

3-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor picks up The Town That Dreaded Sundown, finalises slate.

Never Let Go

Never Let Go wraps shoot

3-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Howard J. Ford’s latest feature stars Angela Dixon as a single mother whose daughter is abducted whilst on holiday.


Scott Free signs Sonar first-look deal

3-Dec-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Scott Free London, the Ridley Scott-backed indie, plans to expand its TV development team after it struck a first-look deal with Sonar Entertainment.


Moldova and Ukraine to join MEDIA

3-Dec-2014 | By

Countries are set to have partial participation in Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme.

Locarno Industry Days

Locarno launches Carte Blanche Extra

3-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

New initiative is a continuation of its post-production showcase.

Ventana Sur panel talks dubbing

2-Dec-2014 | By

VENTANA SUR: To dub in English or not to dub and the challenges of day-and-date releasing were among the topics sales agents addressed in Buenos Aires on December 2.


Academy reveals 15 on documentary shortlist

2-Dec-2014 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences unveiled on December 2 the 15-strong list of documentary features that advance in the voting process.

Thierry Fremaux

Thierry Fremaux gives masterclass

2-Dec-2014 | By

Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremaux spoke of his “special love” for Argentina, proposed a ban on selfies on the red carpet and called for a relaxing of distribution windows in a masterclass at Ventana Sur on December 2.

Violent Year wins NBR poll

2-Dec-2014 | By

JC Chandor’s A Most Violent Year has scooped the best film prize as the National Board Of Review announced its 2014 selections.


XYZ Films wade into River

2-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films has picked up North American sales rights to the thriller from debut writer-director Jamie M Dagg.

Claude Jolie-Coeur

Claude Joli-Coeur named NFB chair

2-Dec-2014 | By

Claude Joli-Coeur has been appointed Canadian government film commissioner and chair of the National Film Board (NFB) for a five-year term, effective from November 27.

Torrente 5

Torrente 5 draws wide buyer pool

2-Dec-2014 | By

VENTANA SUR EXCLUSIVE: Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires-based sales agent has licensed Hungary and Romania on Torrente: Mission Euro Vegas to ADS Service following the previously announced deal with Disney.

PSIFF announces Awards Buzz

2-Dec-2014 | By

The organisers of the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will screen 50 of the 83 foreign-language Oscar submissions.

Danny Perkins

Audiences tougher than ever, says StudioCanal boss

2-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: StudioCanal UK boss on fighting for audience attention, Paddington and the Cumberbitches.

Red Army release put back to 2015

2-Dec-2014 | By

SPC has delayed the release of Gabe Polsky’s film, the stunning omission from the Academy’s documentary shortlist announced on December 2.

Effie Gray

Effie Gray finds US home

2-Dec-2014 | By

Adopt Films has picked up Effie Gray for the US and plans a spring theatrical release.

Elizabeth Karlsen

Karlsen: relationships crucial to financing Todd Haynes' Carol

2-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: UK producers and financiers talk finance.

Sales numbers key for planning international films

2-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: ‘International ambitions’ panel says China is a candy apple that can’t be bitten quite yet.

Ventana Sur

Cinemaven launches at Ventana Sur

2-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Davia and Diego Marambio have officially unveiled their Miami-based consultancy.

Women Who Flirt

Interstellar keeps Women off China top spot

2-Dec-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Interstellar held onto the top spot for a third week at the China box office, although Pang Ho-cheung’s romantic comedy Women Who Flirt had a respectable opening.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker rom-com wraps

2-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Romantic comedy stars Sarah Jessica Parker and former Screen Star of Tomorrow Rosie Day.

Margaret O'Brien promoted at eOne

2-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

O’Brien appointed to the newly-created position of executive vice president, corporate development.

Dukhtar (Daughter)

Mara takes Oscar submission Dukhtar for UK

2-Dec-2014 | By

The UK’s Mara Pictures has acquired Pakistani drama Dukhtar (Daughter), which it plans to release theatrically in the UK in April 2015.


EAO releases Russia report

2-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

New report on the Russian film industry to be presented in Moscow.

Emile Sherman

Emile Sherman honoured by APSA

2-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Ahead of the 2014 ceremony, APSA also announce Reza Dormishian as recipient of APSA Academy NETPAC Development Prize.

Junction Cineplex

CJ CGV launches into Myanmar circuit

2-Dec-2014 | By

South Korean exhibitor will start running Junction Cineplex in Myanmar from Dec 6.

Showbox catalogue

Trinity acquires Showbox catalogue

2-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Catalogue includes Cine-Asia collection which will be made available on DVD and BR for the first time in almost two years.


Galway awarded UNESCO status

2-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Irish city becomes fifth in the world to be awarded permanent status of UNESCO City of Film.


Viewster unveils charity finalists

2-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Online film festival announces shortlist for its charity edition, which aims to raise awareness of human rights, social, economic and environmental issues.

Vue CEO says 'ticket pricing not the issue'

2-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Industry debate continues about how to grow cinema audiences after a tough year at the box office.


MyFrenchFilmFestival line-up unveiled

2-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Unifrance has announced the titles competing in this year’s online event focused on French-language features and shorts that have had limited international exposure.


Birdman scoops Gothams honours

1-Dec-2014 | By

Hours after the New York Film Critics Circle favoured Boyhood, the Gotham Awards have presented two key honours to Birdman.

Sweet Micky For President

Slamdance 2015 unveils line-up

1-Dec-2014 | By

Festival top brass announced the 19 films that will screen at the Slamdance Film Festival, set to run in Park City, Utah, from January 23-29.

Boyhood Richard Linklater Ethan Hawke

Boyhood prevails in NYFCC vote

1-Dec-2014 | By

The New York Film Critics Circle have announced the season’s first meaningful bucket of awards and anointed Boyhood best film, Richard Linklater best director and Patricia Arquette best supporting actress.


PGA announces 2014 doc nominees

1-Dec-2014 | By

The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) has unveiled its Documentary Motion Pictures nominees.

Wild Card

Lionsgate sets Wild Card release

1-Dec-2014 | By

The Jason Statham action thriller also stars Michael Angarano, Milo Ventimiglia and Dominik García-Lorido and will open theatrically and on VOD in a day-and-date pattern on January 30.

Amma Asante

Asante: support directors beyond first film

1-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Belle director Amma Asante calls on industry to support filmmakers beyond their first movie.


Jean-Claude Van Damme joins Kickboxer

1-Dec-2014 | By

Twenty-four years after he played a young man out to avenge his brother’s death in 1989’s Kickboxer, the Belgian martial arts icon has replaced Tony Jaa on the remake cast in the instructor role.

BFI: Aim to double British film market share

1-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: BFI chief executive Amanda Nevill hopes to see market share of British films double in the UK.

Film must embrace changing audiences

1-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Exhibition, distribution and production execs say digital needs to be embraced if cinema hopes to remain relevant.

Ben Roberts

New directors must consider target market

1-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Panel discuss developing producers, directors.


Paddington posts record UK bow

1-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

StudioCanal’s adaptation grosses $8m (£5.1m) from its 520 sites to record the distributor’s best-ever UK opening.

The Call Up

West Midlands to get $4.7m cash boost

1-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Film and TV productions to get funding injection.


Lucifer, Eddie Redmayne win in Tallinn

1-Dec-2014 | By

Redmayne lauded for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.


Crocodile takes top prize at Filmex

1-Dec-2014 | By

Crocodile, directed by the Philippines’ Francis Xavier Pasion, won the Grand Prize at this year’s Tokyo Filmex film festival (November 22-30).

Bullying, sexual harassment ‘rife’ in film stunt industry

1-Dec-2014 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

Bullying and sexual harassment is “rife” in the film and TV stunt industry, according to a study published by actors’ union Equity.

Mockingjay hits $480.3M worldwide

30-Nov-2014 | By

DECEMBER 1 UPDATE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has raced to $480.3m worldwide after 10 days, according to Lionsgate executives.

Mockingjay stays top in US on $57m

30-Nov-2014 | By

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 brought in an estimated $56.9m through Lionsgate over Thanksgiving weekend to reach $225.7m after two sessions as The Imitation Game scored a sensational limited debut.

Jennifer Blanc and Michael Biehn

Blanc/Biehn, partners ready Psychophonia

30-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Lony Ruhmann, Blanc/Biehn Productions and Give & Take Productions are ramping up production on the thriller.

Animation Skillnet

Ireland launches animation, VFX apprenticeships

30-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: The Irish animation and VFX industries are getting a new apprenticeship programme, backed by Animation Skillnet, Screen Training Ireland and the Irish Film Board.

Of Men and War

Of Men and War wins top IDFA award

29-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Other winners include hit US podcast Serial.

Lars von Trier

Sober von Trier might abandon filmmaking

29-Nov-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier has given his first interview since 2011, after he has been sober for three months and attending daily Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Nora Twomey

Animated Breadwinner eyeing April start

29-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

It was announced today at the VFX Summit in Dublin that the Cartoon Saloon and Aircraft Pictures production is closing finance now.

Cinema do Brasil backs Ventana Sur trio

28-Nov-2014 | By

The Brazilian organisation is promoting three titles in action across the Buenos Aires market next week.


"No appetite for second VPF", CEA

28-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Exhibition execs discuss the virtual print fee on panel about funding the future of digital.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Mockingjay tops UK social media buzz

28-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Paddington also bears up in social media charts.

Willa Holland

Pacific Standard Time producers eye 2015 release

28-Nov-2014 | By

Mitch Sandler, Mitch Solomon and Magnet Management’s production arm Pull Pictures have earmarked 2015 for the love triangle thriller starring Willa Holland from Arrow.

Screen November 28 2014

Screen November 28 2014


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Warner Bros Ireland Scholarship

Warner Bros Ireland awards first scholarship

28-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

National Film School student wins inaugrual award.

Impaled Rektum winners

Finnish comedy wins Screen Best Pitch Award

28-Nov-2014 | By

Producers from Finland, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland and Russia picked up awards at this year’s 13th Baltic Event co-production market (Nov 24-28) in Tallinn.

Mockingjay soars past $200m int’l

28-Nov-2014 | By

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has crossed $200m at the international box office and $370m worldwide.

Odeon Holloway Road

Cinema ‘needs to reset itself’, DCM CEO

27-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Cinemas must engage more with audiences outside of the theatres, according to the CEO of Digital Cinema Media.

Wellcome Trust and BFI Screenwriting Fellowship

Jonathan Glazer wins Wellcome Trust-BFI Fellowship

27-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Prize comes with access to Wellcome Trust’s scientists and research, plus £30,000.

The American Friend

Berlin's Wim Wenders homage line-up revealed

27-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Ten strong line-up of titles unveiled; Wenders to take part in on stage conversation.

Hong Kong business district

Hong Kong, Korea sign creative pact

27-Nov-2014 | By

Hong Kong and South Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which aims to encourage collaboration between the two countries’ creative industries.

Wayne Blair

Sapphires director wins Screen Australia funding

27-Nov-2014 | By

Wayne Blair, Rachel Perkins, Greg McLean, Cameron and Colin Cairnes get green lights for new Australian films, including a new feature starring Kevin Bacon.

Wang Jianlin

Wanda, Busan to set up co-pro fund

27-Nov-2014 | By

China’s Wanda Group and Korea’s second biggest city, Busan, are reportedly setting up a $90m (KRW100bn) fund to finance China-Korea co-productions.

Marie Fernandes

Molinare appoints Marie Fernandes

27-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Fernandes joins from Company 3.


Popeye wins top TorinoFilmLab prize

27-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Forthcoming feature debut of Kirsten Tan wins $75,000 production prize.

Toto And His Sisters

HBO Europe renews doc commitment

27-Nov-2014 | By

HBO Europe has re-emphasised its commitment to feature documentary as a core part of its original programming.

Richard Linklater

Linklater to receive Palm Springs award

26-Nov-2014 | By

Richard Linklater will collect the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the annual awards gala on January 3.

Danny Perkins

StudioCanal’s Danny Perkins to give Screen Film Summit keynote

26-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

StudioCanal UK CEO joins the summit line-up alongside Google content exec Lisa Rousseauand writer-director Jane Linfoot.

Witherspoon, Kidman join Big Little Lies

26-Nov-2014 | By

In arguably the most high-profile TV project to involve film stars since Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were cast in True Detective, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are to star in a darkly comedic limited series as kindergarten mothers.

Made in Germany Perspektive Fellowship jury 2015

Berlinale unveils Perspektive Fellowship jury

26-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Jury includes Golden Leopard-winning director Angelina Maccarone, actress jenny Schily and producer Jochen Laube.

American Hustle

Blinkbox secures EFD deal

26-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Tesco-owned TVOD service Blinkbox has inked a deal with Entertainment Film Distributors to host titles including American Hustle, The Butler, Transcendence, Her and August: Osage County.

The Theory of Everything

Theory of Everything to open DIFF

26-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Festival bookended by Stephen Hawking biopic and musical Into the Woods.


Birdman leads Spirit Award noms

25-Nov-2014 | By

Birdman earned six nods and Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Selma five apiece as Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna unveiled the 2014 Spirit Award nominations in Los Angeles on November 25.


Uni takes int’l on Kurt Cobain doc

25-Nov-2014 | By

Universal Pictures International Entertainment Content Group will handle the release outside the US on Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck prior to the HBO broadcast in 2015.

Ridley Scott

VES honour for Ridley Scott

25-Nov-2014 | By

Ridley Scott with receive the Visual Effects Society’s VES Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual VES Awards on February 4 in Los Angeles.

Rosamund Pike

Arrow Films acquires Rosamund Pike thriller

25-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Gone Girl actress stars alongside Shiloh Fernandez and Nick Nolte.


Interstellar stays on top in China

25-Nov-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar retained its lead at the top of the China box office last week, grossing $41.45m from 7 million admissions.

Mostofa S. Farooki

No Man’s Land wins NFDC Award

25-Nov-2014 | By

Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s No Man’s Land was awarded the $16,000 (Rs1m) NFDC Development Award at the close of the Film Bazaar co-production market (Nov 20-24).


CinemaCon sets 2015 date

25-Nov-2014 | By

The National Association Of Theatre Owners (NATO) has announced the dates of its fifth annual convention in Las Vegas.

Star Wars: Episode VII X-Wing

Star Wars, Avengers boost Pinewood revenues

25-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Pinewood Shepperton suffered a dip in revenue from its TV operations as it prepares to exit its Teddington facility.

Ulrich Seidl

Ulrich Seidl reveals new film details

25-Nov-2014 | By

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


CPH:DOX smashes attendance record

25-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

CPH:DOX has broken its own audience record for the 12th consecutive year.

Night Will fall gets global broadcast launch

25-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Andre Singer’s Night Will Fall will get a global broadcast launch on Jan 27, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.


Study spotlights distribution, production funding imblance

25-Nov-2014 | By

New study highlights imbalance between funding for distribution and production.


Gerard Johnson's Hyena gets release date

25-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Metrodome sets UK release date for crime drama.

Escape Plan writer to adapt Monster Republic

25-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Miles Chapman to adapt sci-fi novel.

Partly Cloudy Probably Sunny

Rai Com to sell John Turturro comedy

25-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Rai Com boosts slate with Partly Cloudy, Probably Sunny and Latin Lover.

Eddie Marsan

Highsmith thriller sells for Sierra/Affinity

24-Nov-2014 | By

Nick Meyer has reported a slew of sales on Untitled Patricia Highsmith, with Sony taking multiple territories on the psychological thriller that will now also star Eddie Marsan.

Steve Jobs

Universal picks up Steve Jobs project

24-Nov-2014 | By

Aaron Sorkin’s biopic about the tech visionary and late Apple chief has landed at Universal after Sony put it in turnaround last week.

Kelly Reilly

HBO confirms True Detective season 2 cast

24-Nov-2014 | By

The UK’s Kelly Reilly is among the new arrivals with Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch as production gets underway in California.

Zach Galifianakis

Relativity Studios unveil Masterminds name

24-Nov-2014 | By

The film formerly known as The Untitled Armored Car Project has a name and will open theatrically on August 15, 2015.

Kunal Nayyar

Big Bang Theory's Nayyar takes first Hindi role

24-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Kunal Nayyar has been cast in Sikhya Entertainment’s sci-fi drama Punha, marking The Big Bang Theory star’s first acting role in Hindi.


Les Arcs unveils industry projects

24-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Kevorkian, Shoval, Haq, Fiennes, Sigurðsson, Nikonova and Runarsson heading to Les Arcs European Film Festival with upcoming projects.


Heyman: 3D not right for Paddington

24-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Producer of Gravity and Harry Potter discusses why a 3D version of Paddington was not considered.

Clio Barnard

Clio Barnard: Wellcome research inspired new film

24-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Selfish Giant director has told Screen how the Wellcome Trust and BFI Screenwriting Fellowship has informed her upcoming project.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Mockingjay scores record UK debut

24-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Lionsgate’s adaptation records biggest opening of 2014 to date with confirmed $19.8m (£12.65m), including previews.

Mr Kaplan

Mr Kaplan snapped up for US

24-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Menemsha Films has taken US rights to Alvaro Brechner’s second feature - Uruguay’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

The Lego Movie

Lego Movie wins Children’s Bafta

24-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Awards also included the youngest-ever winner of a Bafta.

Priya Sreedharan

Open Air, Excel climb Three Storeys

24-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Priya Sreedharan’s start-up production outfit Open Air Films is partnering with Excel Entertainment on romantic drama Three Storeys.

Abhijeet Singh Parmar

SFG buttons up Parmar’s Overcoat

24-Nov-2014 | By

Canada’s Studio Film Group (SFG) International will co-produce Abhijeet Singh Parmar’s debut feature Overcoat, which will be made under the recently signed India-Canada co-production treaty.

Goutam Ghose

IME hops on board Lala

24-Nov-2014 | By Nandita Dutta

EXCLUSIVE: Pune and Mumbai-based IME Motion Pictures will co-produce Indo-Italian project Lala, to be directed by Goutam Ghose.


Jar opens lid on Gurgaon, Rangzen

24-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Jar Pictures has unveiled a slate of upcoming productions headed by DoP Shanker Raman’s directorial debut Gurgaon and Gaurav Saxena’s feature version of his celebrated short film, Rangzen.

The Legend Of Longwood

Legend of Longwood sold to US

24-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Global Screen scores major sale of fantasy adventure.

Sarah Barnett

Sundance exec named BBC America boss

24-Nov-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

BBC America has appointed Sundance TV chief Sarah Barnett as president and general manager, one month after Sundance parent firm AMC Networks acquired a stake in the US cable network.

Monsoon Shootout

Monsoon Shootout set for India release

24-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Navalakha Arts and Holy Basil Productions have acquired Indian theatrical and satellite rights to Amit Kumar’s thriller Monsoon Shootout, which they plan to give a wide release in the first quarter of next year.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Mockingjay takes $154.3m int’l

23-Nov-2014 | By

NOVEMBER 24 UPDATE: Storming to a confirmed $276.2m worldwide, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 delivered $154.3m from the first five days in 85 markets through Lionsgate International licensees.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Mockingjay leads US box office on $123m


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 starring Jennifer Lawrence was the clear winner at the North American box office although it scored the lowest of all three entries in the franchise so far.

Golden Horse Awards 2014

Blind Massage sweeps Golden Horse awards

23-Nov-2014 | By

Lou Ye’s Blind Massage was the big winner at this year’s Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, scooping six prizes including best film and best new performer for Zhang Lei.

Rajesh Jala

Pallas ignites for Rajesh Jala’s The Spark

23-Nov-2014 | By Nandita Dutta

EXCLUSIVE: Germany’s Pallas Film will co-produce Rajesh Jala’s The Spark (Chingari) with France’s ASAP Films, which boarded the project at Film Bazaar last year.


Jar Pictures to throw Arun’s Boomerang

23-Nov-2014 | By

Mumbai-based Jar Pictures is producing the next feature from Killa director Avinash Arun, a Marathi-language drama entitled Boomerang.


NFDC, Dussart bond over Avani

23-Nov-2014 | By Nandita Dutta

EXCLUSIVE: India’s National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and France’s Catherine Dussart Productions have boarded Rajnesh Domalpalli’s rural fable Avani as co-producers.


Essel has a vision for Sairaat

23-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Mumbai-based production and distribution company Essel Vision is producing Fandry director Nagraj Manjule’s next Marathi-language project, Sairaat.

Vishal Bhardwaj

Film London launches UK-India fund

22-Nov-2014 | By

Film London’s Microwave scheme is going global with an inititive to finance a UK-Indian feature based on Shakespeare’s writing.

Ashim Ahluwalia

Octobre19 makes play for Boyfriend

22-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based production company Octobre19 has boarded Ashim Ahluwalia’s The Boyfriend as a co-producer.

Golshifteh Farahani

Farahani stung by Scorpions

22-Nov-2014 | By Nandita Dutta

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani will star in Qissa director Anup Singh’s upcoming drama Mantra - The Song Of Scorpions.

A Momentary Lapse Of Reason

Big Bang Theory star sees Reason

22-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Kunal Nayyar, star of The Big Bang Theory, is heading the cast of Aditya Bhattacharya’s A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, an English-language crime drama shooting in India and Los Angeles.

Bill Lee

Millennium buys Amplify LA operations

21-Nov-2014 | By

Millennium Entertainment has made its first buy since the management take-over earlier this year led by Bill Lee and acquired the LA operations of Amplify in a move that demonstrates its digital ambitions.

Richard Linklater

CSA to honour Richard Linklater

21-Nov-2014 | By

The director of Boyhood will collect the Casting Society Of America’s Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards on January 22.

Amour Fou

Film Movement falls for Amour Fou

21-Nov-2014 | By

The New York-based film distributor has acquired US rights from Coproduction Office to Jessica Hausner’s Cannes selection.


Palm Springs to honour Rosamund Pike

21-Nov-2014 | By

The star of Gone Girl will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Breakthrough Performance Award on January 3.

Nude Area

Reel Suspects to expose Antoniak’s Nude Area

21-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Antoniak’s third picture revolves around intense lesbian affair between two Amsterdam teenagers.

Iram Haq

Rohfilm and Haq add voice to People

21-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Germany’s Rohfilm, which co-produced The Lunchbox, is continuing its association with South Asian cinema by co-producing Iram Haq’s What Will People Say.

Proposition For A Revolution

Le Boxeur joins Revolution

21-Nov-2014 | By Nandita Dutta

EXCLUSIVE: Joris van Wijk of Amsterdam-based Le Boxeur Films has boarded Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s documentary Proposition For A Revolution as a co-producer.

Michael Etherton

UK Jewish Film names new heads

21-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: New president and CEO appointed.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 poster

Hunger Games rules social media buzz

21-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Hunger Games, The Imitation Game and Paddington top buzz charts.

Gates of Departure

Karim Hanafy pushes boundaries with Departure

21-Nov-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Likened to audacious filmmaker Bela Tarr, Egyptian director Karim Hanafy wowed audiences at the Cairo International Film Festival with his striking feature debut The Gate of Departure.

Britdoc Impact Award

Britdoc reveals Impact Award winners

21-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Fourth annual award for docs having greatest impact on society has five winners this year.

Benedict Andrew

UTA signs Benedict Andrews

21-Nov-2014 | By

The acclaimed theatre director is preparing to make his feature directorial debut on the David Harrower stage play adaptation Blackbird with Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn attached to star.

Screen November 21 2014

Screen November 21 2014


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Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer to star in BBC drama


Wall to Wall to make Woman in Red for BBC2.


UK creative industries launch federation

21-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Warner Bros, Aardman, NFTS among supporters.

Film Bazaar 2014: Screen's dailies


Browse Screen International’s daily magazines from Goa’s Film Bazaar here.

Black Coal, Thin Ice

Black Coal, Thin Ice sold to Taiwan

21-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Fortissimo Films sells Diao Yinan’s Berlinale winner.

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

Mockingjay Part 1 flies into action

21-Nov-2014 | By

NOVEMBER 22 UPDATE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 scores number one debuts everywhere as UK delivers $8.2m after two days, Germany $6m and Mexico $5.3m.

Amit Dutta

Altamar has Invisible One in sight

21-Nov-2014 | By Nandita Dutta

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based producer Alexa Rivero will co-produce Amit Dutta’s The Invisible One through her newly-established production company Altamar Films.

Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin, Adil Hussain board Mantra

21-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Kalki Koechlin and Adil Hussain have joined the cast of Nicholas Kharkongor’s Mantra alongside Rajat Kapoor, who will also produce.


Poland gets a kick out of Bollywood attraction

21-Nov-2014 | By

Poland is emerging as a hot new destination for Indian productions, with major films such as as Kick, Bangistan and Shaandaar all shooting at Polish locations over the past eight months.

Aamir Bashir

Mediopolis is dressed for Winter

21-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: German production company Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion has boarded Aamir Bashir’s Winter as co-producer.

Hot projects on Screenbase

21-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

New films on Screenbase this week include the directorial debuts of Michael Lennox and Rachel Tunnard, Terry Jones’ economics doc and Chris Crow’s The Lighthouse.

Dogwoof acquires Ukrainian doc Maidan

21-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Distributor acquires UK rights for Sergei Loznitsa’s Ukrainian documentary, set for theatrical release in February 2015.

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen to direct Widows

20-Nov-2014 | By

New Regency is reuniting with the director of its Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave on the heist thriller as the studio continues to assemble its stable of prestige filmmakers.

Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols, Graduate director, dies aged 83

20-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The Graduate director Mike Nichols has died aged 83.

Evan Katz

Evan Katz to direct You’ll Be The Death Of Me

20-Nov-2014 | By

Lionsgate will distribute the Mandeville Films comedy thriller.


Academy unveils live-action shorts contenders


The Academy has whittled down 141 submissions to a shortlist of ten films in the running for the 87th Academy Awards.

Cairo Drive

Cairo Drive, Home Less triumph at DOC NYC

20-Nov-2014 | By

Festival top brass have announced their 2014 award-winners and declared this year’s event drew a record 25,000 attendance, up 28% on 2013.

Moomins on the Riviera

Moomins head down under

20-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Madman Entertainment has acquired Australia/New Zealand rights to Moomins on the Riviera from Indie Sales.

Jeremy Renner

Crackle sets The Throwaways release

20-Nov-2014 | By

Sony Pictures Television unit Crackle has set a December 19 release on its platform for its original cyber thriller The Throwaways featuring Jeremy Renner as executive producer.

Warsaw Uprising

Warsaw Uprising to open AFI EU showcase

20-Nov-2014 | By

The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the complete slate for the 2014 edition of its AFI European Union Film Showcase, set to run from December 3-21 in Silver Spring, Maryland. 

Richard Galazka

Brit List topped by Matinee Idol, Gateway 6

20-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Rom-com and sci-fi top industry selection of hot unproduced screenplays.

Lisbeth Savill

Six law partners flock to Latham & Watkins

20-Nov-2014 | By

Joe Calabrese, Lisbeth Savill and four other entertainment, sports and media partners from law firm O’Melveny & Myers have moved to Latham & Watkins.

Yves Saint Laurent

French producers sound alarm over production slump

20-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Study by France’s National Cinema Centre revealed a 23.6% drop in French films in first nine months of 2014.

Steve Jobs

Sony abandons Jobs biopic

20-Nov-2014 | By

The studio is understood to have put the project about the life of the Apple founder in turnaround, with one report claiming that Universal is now actively in the hunt.

Around the World in 50 Concerts

IDFA 2014 opens with concert film

20-Nov-2014 | By

Documentary festival to include a Q&A with CitizenFour director Laura Poitras and a strand dedicated to women in docs.

Bernd Neumann

Neumann weighs in on DFFF debate

20-Nov-2014 | By

Bernd Neumann, Germany’s former State Minister for Culture and Media, has weighed in with his own comments about the discussion on the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) spend incentive.

Fed Up

Fed Up tops doc digital charts for RADiUS

20-Nov-2014 | By

The food activism documentary Fed Up ranks as the top-grossing documentary for the year-to-date on iTunes and Amazon and has become the ninth biggest of all time on iTunes, according to distributor RADiUS.

Lost In Karastan

LOCO to open with Lost In Karastan

20-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

London Comedy Film Festival to open with a satirical comedy starring Matthew Macfadyen.

StudioCanal sells Zac Efron's 'Friends' worldwide

20-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Efron plays an aspiring DJ set in the world of Hollywood nightlife.

Mad Men

Lionsgate set for UK TV push

20-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Mad Men producer and distributor Lionsgate is to ramp up its push into television production in the UK and is looking to hire development and production executives.

Abu Dhabi Media Summit round-up

20-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Briefs from the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2014.

Spike Lee

Gravitas acquires Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus

19-Nov-2014 | By

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus starring Zaraah Abrahams and Stephen Tyrone Williams. Separately, Cinema Guild has acquired Asghar Farhadi’s 2009 mystery About Elly.

The Yes Men Are Revolting

The Orchard takes The Yes Men Are Revolting

19-Nov-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired all North American rights to the comic documentary directed by Laura Nix, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno.

Relativity plots Black Or White awards run

19-Nov-2014 | By

Mike Binder’s drama starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer will open in the US for one week on December 3.

Pinewood Pictures strikes 20th Century Fox deal

19-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Spooks: The Greater Good sets release date.

Samir Farid

Cairo festival helping to drive change in Egypt

19-Nov-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Despite the cancellation of last year’s Cairo International Film Festival due to continued political unrest, this year’s festival, now in its 36th year, possesses an optimistic energy that change is happening within Egypt’s film industry.

Hopkins, McKellen to star in BBC2 drama


Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen are to star in a BBC2 adaptation of Sir Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser and BBC1 is planning a drama from a duo of James Bond writers.

Cairo closing 2014

Melbourne wins best picture in Cairo

19-Nov-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

The Cairo International Film Festival ended its 36th year with a glitzy ceremony [pictured] below the ancient pyramids on Tuesday. 


Produced By Conference sets 2015 date

19-Nov-2014 | By

The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) has set its seventh annual Produced By Conference for May 29-31 on the Paramount lot in Hollywood. 

Stephen Graham

Stephen Graham joins Patch of Fog

19-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Cast confirmed for Fyzz Facility thriller which gets underway in Northern Ireland next week.

Ben Luxford

Ben Luxford named BFI head of UK audiences

19-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Koch Media executive to take up senior BFI role from February.

San Francisco Film Society

SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grant recipients unveiled

19-Nov-2014 | By

The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) has announced the latest round of $300,000 in funding.

Dieter Kosslick

Kosslick to remain Berlinale director until 2019

19-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters has extended Dieter Kosslick’s contract as director of the Berlinale until May 31, 2019.

13 Minutes

Hirschbiegel’s Hitler assassin drama sells worldwide

19-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Territories in Europe and Asia snap up 13 Minutes.

The Commune behind the scenes

Vinterberg’s Commune sold across Europe

19-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Danish director’s follow-up to The Hunt picked up by the UK, Germany and Brazil among others.


Nielsen to track Netflix data

19-Nov-2014 | By

The research company is poised to introduce a potentially game-changing metric that for the first time will provide data on TV viewership on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime, according to the Wall Street Journal.


Netflix to launch in Australia, NZ

19-Nov-2014 | By

The company announced on November 18 that it plans to venture into its next two major markets in March – but held back on pricing details until “a later date.”

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson to receive BIFA honour

19-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Oscar-winning UK actress and writer to receive Richard Harris Award.


BBFC changes Paddington 'sex' advice

19-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) changes guidance from “mild sex references” to “innuendo” for the new Paddington film.

Exhibitor conference This Way Up sets lineup

19-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Ben Roberts, Dave Moutrey, Jon Barrenechea, Marc Allenby, Emma Keith, among speakers at Newcastle event.

Rotterdam Film Festival

Rotterdam partners with VOD outfit

19-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Multi-year deal will give rights-holders VOD support.

Naomi Kawase

Goteborg plans Japan focus

19-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Naomi Kawase (pictured) to head the jury.

Wendy Mitchell to join British Council

18-Nov-2014 | By Screen staff

Mitchell will continue to write for Screen International as Contributing Editor.

Palm Springs to honour JK Simmons

18-Nov-2014 | By

In what has become a reliable bellwether of Oscar nominations, the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present JK Simmons with the Spotlight Award, Actor at its annual awards gala.

Little Feet

Factory 25 takes world on Little Feet

18-Nov-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired worldwide rights to Alexandre Rockwell’s drama and set a December 12 New York theatrical release. Separately, an alliance of companies is handling the US release of What We Do In The Shadows.

What We Did On Our Holiday

Brit films should be cheaper at cinemas, says Lionsgate UK CEO

18-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate UK CEO calls for cheaper ticket prices for British films.

Dev Patel

Dev Patel drama 'Infinity' sells worldwide

18-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Mister Smith inks deals on drama starring Patel and Jeremy Irons.


Glasgow to honour Ingrid Bergman

18-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Film festival to pay homage to Casablanca star as well as Australian cinema.

Jodie Whittaker

Koch, NonStop board UK comedy

18-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

How To Live Yours, starring Jodie Whittaker, heads to post-production.

Ed Guiney

Ed Guiney to receive EFA award

17-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Irish producer behind The Guard and Frank to receive European Co-production Award.

[REC] 4: Apocalypse

Magnet picks up [REC] 4: Apocalypse

17-Nov-2014 | By

Magnet Releasing has picked up US rights to [REC] 4: Apocalypse.

Universal China opening

UPI opens China office

17-Nov-2014 | By

Universal Pictures announced on November 17 the official launch of a China office in Beijing to be led by Jo Yan.

Mike Skinner

Mike Skinner plots long form film move

17-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Streets rapper talks inspiration at CPH:CONFERENCE.

Steve Carell

Steve Carell in SBIFF honour

17-Nov-2014 | By

The star of Foxcatcher will collect the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Outstanding Performer Of The Year Award.


AMC, Paramount partner on unlimited Interstellar ticket

17-Nov-2014 | By

In the latest bid by the exhibition sector to stay relevant in the digital age, AMC has partnered with Paramount Pictures on a premium-priced Interstellar ticket that allows multiple use.

Pascal Diot

Diot adds position at Pole Image

17-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Pascal Diot has been appointed managing director for Pole Image de Liege, the Belgian audio-visual centre.


Interstellar retains UK lead

17-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ sci-fi posts strong second weekend of $5.9m (£3.8m) for $18.9m (£12.1m) to date; The Imitation Game posts StudioCanal’s second best-ever UK bow with confirmed $4.29m (£2.74m).

ICO works with BFI for archive film screening

17-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The UK’s Independent Cinema Office (ICO) is kicking off a new screening event for UK exhibitors to focus on archive film.


Australia’s VOD habits revealed

17-Nov-2014 | By

New research shows that the strong preference for Hollywood films in Australian cinemas is not so overwhelming online.

The Lighthouse

Chris Crow's The Lighthouse begins shoot

17-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Soda to distribute psychological thriller starring Michael Jibson and Mark Lewis Jones.


Berlinale cuts discount by 50%

17-Nov-2014 | By

The Berlinale has cut its discounts for festival and market accreditation for next year’s film festival.

Terry Jones unveils economics doc

17-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Monty Python star co-directed feature; contributors include John Cusack.


Interstellar steals int'l on $108m

16-Nov-2014 | By

NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: A $41.7m five-day debut in China played its part as Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi used a confirmed $107.9m weekend haul to warp-drive to $225.8m overall.

Dumb And Dumber To

Dumb And Dumber To rules US on $36.1m

16-Nov-2014 | By

NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: Twenty years after Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels headlined the global comedy smash Dumb And Dumber the pair reprise their roles and get back to winning ways at the box office with the Farrelly brothers.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Disney crosses $4bn global BO

16-Nov-2014 | By

Fired up by a quartet of heavy-hitters, the studio reached the milestone on November 14 to mark the second time it has done so and set a new company speed record in the process.

Blood Window

Blood Window unveils six projects

16-Nov-2014 | By

Organisers behind Ventana Sur’s genre works-in-progress sidebar have announced their selections.

Los Cabos awards winners

Güeros wins Los Cabos Competition

16-Nov-2014 | By

Alonso Ruizpalacios’ acclaimed film prevailed as the Los Cabos International Film Festival came to a close at the weekend.

Zone Pro Site

Zone Pro Site among Devour! winners

16-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Five-day festival in Nova Scotia connects food and films.

Sam Raimi

SPWA takes world on A Man In The Dark

14-Nov-2014 | By

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has wasted little time jumping on Good Universe’s recent AFM sales title from Ghost House Pictures and Fede Alvarez.

Daniel Bruhl

Daniel Bruhl joins Marvel universe

14-Nov-2014 | By

The Spanish-German actor has landed a role in 2016 summer tentpole Captain America: Civil War.

Spandau Ballet

Selects finds gold with Spandau Ballet doc

14-Nov-2014 | By

Sundance Selects has acquired US rights to George Hencken’s Soul Boys Of The Western World ahead of this weekend’s screening at Doc NYC.

The Look Of Silence

Look of Silence wins top prize at CPH:DOX

14-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Winners also include E-Team and Olmo & The Seagull.

James Clayton

Ingenious trio depart, James Clayton to XIX Entertainment

14-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Ingenious Investments CEO James Clayton joins Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment.

On Screen Off Record

Syria project wins CPH:Forum pitch prize

14-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

On Screen Off Record from The Act of Killing producer Signe Byrge Sørensen.

Secretly Greatly

Spackman to acquire Novus Mediacorp

14-Nov-2014 | By

South Korean production group signs MOU for acquisition of ancillary distributor.

Taiwan loosens quota for mainland films

14-Nov-2014 | By

Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture has said it will expand the country’s quota for mainland Chinese films to also include arthouse and award-winning Chinese titles.

Blade Runner

BFI to re-release Blade Runner

14-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic to be re-released wide across the UK.

The Commune behind the scenes

Hot projects on Screenbase

14-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

New films on Screenbase this week include teen surf story Bluer Than The Sky, an adaptation of bestselling novel How To Build A Girl and Danish drama The Commune.


Interstellar rockets up social media chart

14-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic left most rivals in the dust but appetite for the next The Hunger Games is strong.


Interstellar surges to $136M

14-Nov-2014 | By

UPDATED NOVEMBER 14: Interstellar has made an impact on its first two days in China through Warner Bros, adding an estimated $5m from 7,742 screens to reach $10.4m after two days.

The Duff

Lionsgate to distribute CBS Films slate

13-Nov-2014 | By

The deal comes as CBS Films retracts its distribution activity. As part of the arrangement, Lionsgate takes exclusive international sales rights.

10.000 KM

Self Made, 10.000 KM among AFI FEST winners

13-Nov-2014 | By

AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi today announced this year’s jury and audience awards for features and short films included in the New Auteur and Shorts programmes.

Los Cabos

Los Cabos unveils Gabriel Figueroa fund winners

13-Nov-2014 | By

The winners have been announced in the second edition of the fund to support projects in development and post-production through collaboration with Labodigita.

Luis Gerardo Méndez

Paradigm signs Luis Gerardo Méndez

13-Nov-2014 | By

Paradigm has announced a deal at the Los Cabos International Film Festival for representation in all areas on actor-producer Luis Gerardo Méndez, attached to star in Fox International Productions’ The Brothers Huffington-Fynne.

The Rewrite

Image falls for The Rewrite

13-Nov-2014 | By

Image Entertainment has acquired all US rights to the comedy starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei.

Nick Broomfield

Nick Broomfield readies Tanzania shoot

13-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Nick Broomfield is lining up a 2015 shoot near Lake Victoria in Tanzania for his BBC four-parter The Catastrophist.


PGA sets 2016 awards show dates

13-Nov-2014 | By

The Producers Guild Of America’s (PGA) 2016 awards will take place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles.

Julianne Moore in PSIFF honour

13-Nov-2014 | By

The star of Still Alice will attend the 26th Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) to collect the Desert Palm Achievement Award on January 3.

Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon

Remain in Light secures AFM haul

13-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor inks string of hot titles.


Citizenfour leads Cinema Eye nominations

13-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Other leading nominees are Life Itself and 20,000 Days on Earth.

The Water Diviner

Nearly $260m spent on Australian features

13-Nov-2014 | By

Figure marks second highest spend in five years.

US networks plot film spin-offs

13-Nov-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Major US broadcasters are developing more than 20 TV adaptations of feature films as they follow the example of their cable counterparts.

The Shamer's Daughter

Shamer's Daughter heads to Middle East, Asia

13-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

TrustNordisk also scores sales to Russia and Eastern Europe.

Harry Potter

Film and TV boosts tourism, research

13-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

New study reveals links between film and television productions and tourism through social media.

Sky Movies

Sky finalises European mega-merger

13-Nov-2014 | By Alex Farber, Broadcast

BSkyB has been renamed as Sky after it completed its £7bn acquisition of Sky Italia and purchase of a majority stake in Sky Deutschland.

The Queen

Netflix confirms Stephen Daldry-directed The Crown


Netflix has confirmed the arrival of its first original show from the UK, a £100m biopic of the Queen.

James Schamus

James Schamus readies directing debut

12-Nov-2014 | By

The Former Focus Features CEO has written screenplays and directed a short but never a feature – now that is about to change with his Philip Roth adaptation Indignation.

R Gervais

SPWA gets Special Correspondents

12-Nov-2014 | By

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired rights from Protagonist Pictures to the Ricky Gervais comedy in multiple territories led by the UK.

The Cult Of JT Leroy

FSC boards sales on DOC NYC trio

12-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Film Sales Company has picked up worldwide sales and distribution rights on a trio of films in advance of their premieres at DOC NYC this weekend.

Do I Sound Gay?

Sundance Selects goes for Do I Sound Gay?

12-Nov-2014 | By

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Do I Sound Gay? from first-time filmmaker David Thorpe.

Jeffrey Katzenberg

DWA, Hasbro in early talks?

12-Nov-2014 | By

Speculation was rife in Hollywood on Wednesday night (November 12) that Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation (DWA) was in early merger talks with toy giant Hasbro.


Voltage to make film on Blackwater founder

12-Nov-2014 | By

Voltage Pictures has picked up life story rights to Blackwater founder Erik Prince, his book Civilian Warriors and Adam Ciralsky’s Vanity Fair article about him.

Screen Film Summit to debate future of film

12-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Summit will explore turning a UK film into an international hit, supporting talent, finance and the changing face of cinema.

Screen, TWC launch 2014 UK screening series

12-Nov-2014 | By Screen staff

Titles include The Imitation Game and St Vincent.

Meryl Streep

Pathe sells Meryl Streep starrer Florence worldwide

12-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Deals include Germany, Australia, Italy, Japan.

Petra Weisenburger

Euro filmmakers "in shock" over training threat

12-Nov-2014 | By

Film-makers across Europe are “in shock” after learning the news that the Nipkow Programm has not received backing from the EU’s Creative Europe programme for 2015-2016.

Wolf At The Door

Wolf At The Door to open HBRFest

12-Nov-2014 | By

The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival (HBRFest) has announced the complete programme line-up for its sixth instalment, set to run from November 21-23.


PSIFF to launches screenwriting symposium

12-Nov-2014 | By

Top brass at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will host one-day event The Power Of Words: Book To Screen on January 8.


AFM panel hails shock of the new

12-Nov-2014 | By

Emerging digital and bespoke theatrical platforms give filmmakers and distributors a fighting chance of success in the new era, attendees at the AFM’s distribution panel heard on Tuesday (November 11).

Lone Scherfig

Scherfig first woman to give Bafta lecture

12-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Riot Club director will deliver her speech in December.

Happy Ending

Eleventh SAIFF unveils line-up

12-Nov-2014 | By

The 11th South Asian International Film Festival presented by HBO set to run from November 18-23 will open with the world premiere of Indian anthology X.

The Price Of Fame

Dubai sets ‘World’ lineup

12-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The Price of Fame, St Vincent among ‘Cinema of the World’ strand.


Tropfest sets lineup

12-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Australia short film fest reveals 16 finalists.


Torino unveils 2014 line-up

12-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Wild, Gemma Bovery bookend festival.

Singin’ in the Rain

Berlinale Retrospective to celebrate Technicolor

12-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Retrospective strand to celebrate 100th anniversary of Technicolor.

Black Nights Tallinn

European Genre Forum sets line-up

12-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Filmmakers from across Europe to take part in pilot forum.

Nuclear Waste

The Tribe director among Hubert Bals selection

12-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Some 14 films selected to receive post-production, script and project development grants.

Speed Sisters

Ajyal youth festival unveils line-up

12-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Second edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha to include 90 films from 43 countries.

Ma Dong

IQIYI exec to keynote at Singapore's ATF

12-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Ma Dong will talk about ‘digital China’ on Dec 9.

Jaie Laplante

MiamiFF offers $10K Encuentros award

11-Nov-2014 | By

Organisers behind the 12th Annual Edition of post-production development initiative MiamiFF Encuentros for Latin American and US Hispanic filmmakers are offering a $10,000 prize.


IFC steps into Backcountry

11-Nov-2014 | By

IFC Midnight has acquired US rights to the Fella Films thriller.


Amplify takes US on Felt

11-Nov-2014 | By

The distributor has taken North American rights to Jason Banker’s AFI FEST selection and genre-bending film based on the life experiences of co-writer and star Amy Everson.

The Conjuring

WB, Disney update release slates

11-Nov-2014 | By

Warner Bros has set a 2016 release date for The Conjuring 2.

Caitlin Moran

Monumental to adapt Caitlin Moran's Girl

11-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: The newly formed Monumental Pictures has signed on for the big-screen adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s bestseller How To Build A Girl.

Nicholas Weiss

Nicholas Weiss earns Sony creative advertising role

11-Nov-2014 | By

Sony Pictures Entertainment has appointed Nicholas Weiss svp of creative advertising.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtles retains China box office lead

11-Nov-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles retained its lead at the China box office for the week November 3-9, grossing a further $25.17m from 4 million admissions for a cumulative total of $52.12m.

Chris Collins

Friends and colleagues remember Chris Collins

11-Nov-2014 | By Screen staff

Colleagues including Elizabeth Karlsen, Adrian Wootton, Hugo Heppell and Amma Asante pay tribute to the late BFI Film Fund executive.

The Snow Queen 2

Snow Queen heads to Asia, Lat Am

11-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Russia’s Wizart secures new territory deals at AFM in Asia and Latin America.

Sundance Selects takes Zentropa trio

11-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

North American rights acquired for three thrillers in the Department Q series.

Influence Digital

Entertainment trio launch Influence Digital

11-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Independent Talent Group and The Outside Organisation join forces with social media and digital marketing agency United Agency.

Frontières at BIFFF 2013

Frontières returns to Brussels

11-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fantasia’s co-production market to run for a second European edition from April 9-11 during the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

Brie Larson

Room goes into production

10-Nov-2014 | By

Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H Macy have joined Brie Larson on the cast of Element Pictures and No Trace Camping’s drama, which has started production. A24 holds US rights and StudioCanal will distribute in the UK. FilmNation sells internationally.


Highland buyers check into Shelby

10-Nov-2014 | By

Worldwide rights holders Highland Film Group has reported a slew of sales at AFM on Christmas tale Shelby starring Chevy Chase.


Disney dates animation pair


Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has announced release dates for Zootopia and Moana. Separately Focus has dated Insidious: Chapter 3.

Bradley Cooper

AFI FEST to premiere American Sniper

10-Nov-2014 | By

The world premiere of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper will screen on November 11 on the same day as the world premiere screening of Selma.


The Butterfly God flies into AFM

10-Nov-2014 | By

APA is at the AFM touting North American rights to The Butterfly God, which Jay Russell of Ladder 49 fame has come on board to direct.

Star Wars

Star Wars 8 to shoot at Pinewood

10-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Rian Johnson’s instalment in the new Star Wars trilogy to shoot at the UK studio.

Ivan Dunleavy

Pinewood boss warns of looming skills shortage

10-Nov-2014 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

Pinewood Shepperton chief executive Ivan Dunleavy has warned of an impending skills shortage that he said could hit businesses in all sectors of the UK economy.

A Summer's Tale

Cinema Guild in Big World VOD pact

10-Nov-2014 | By

Cinema Guild has closed a deal to serve as exclusive VOD distributor for Big World Pictures, kicking off with an HD restoration of Eric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale.

Thomas Vinterberg

Le Pacte joins Vinterberg's Commune

10-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Danish feature has begun shooting and marks follow-up to Vinterberg ‘s The Hunt.


Interstellar rules world on $132m

10-Nov-2014 | By

UPDATED NOVEMBER 10: Interstellar dominated the international box office with an $82.9m take from approximately 14,8n00 screens in 62 markets, rising to approxiamtely $135.1m worldwide including the number two North American debut.


XLrator revs up for Wrecker

10-Nov-2014 | By

The distributor has struck a deal at the AFM with IndustryWorks Pictures for US rights to the truck horror thriller.


Interstellar tops UK box office

10-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ sci-fi takes $8.6m (£5.4m) from its 578 sites to dethrone Turtles; eOne’s Mr. Turner climbs up to second with $1.6m (£1.01m).

Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 rules US on $56.2m

10-Nov-2014 | By

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest family feature overcame Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar to rule the North American charts as box office for the top 12 gained 87% on last weekend.

Xavier Gens

Easternlight, Huace team on Lights Out

10-Nov-2014 | By

Arclight’s Asian arm, Easternlight Films, is partnering with China’s Huace Pictures to package action film Lights Out, directed by Xavier Gens.

Paris of the North

Nordic festival returns to UK

10-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Film selections include Paris of the North [pictured], Kon-Tiki and Hotel.

Marianne Jelved

New Danish film agreement signed

10-Nov-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

An $11.8m (DKK 70m) cash injection and a new pool for low-budget productions are included in a new film agreement, announced by the Danish Culture minister.

Perpetual Sadness (La Tirisia)

Perpetual Sadness wins at Thessaloniki

10-Nov-2014 | By

Mexican feature Perpetual Sadness and Israeli drama Next to Her take top prizes at Greek festival.

Olympus Has Fallen

Hot projects on Screenbase

10-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

New films on Screenbase this week include action-thriller London Has Fallen, Alan Bennett’s motion-pictured memoir The Lady in the Van and Chadwick Boseman’s newest venture Message from the King.

The Mirror

Buyers gaze into High Point's Mirror

10-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

High Point has confirmed the first acquisitions of Ed Boase’s urban myth-inspired horror, The Mirror.

Jude Troy

eOne launches Australian TV arm

10-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Jude Troy promoted to a senior role at the new division.

The Wave (Bolgen)

TrustNordisk closes Wave of presales

10-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

A one-minute teaser from the disaster movie was shown at the AFM.

Pegg's Absolutely Anything sells to China

10-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The upcoming fantasy comedy is directed by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.

Corrections Class

Corrections Class wins four at Cottbus

10-Nov-2014 | By

Russia big winner at FilmFestival Cottbus for second consecutive year.


All Roads leads to sales for AMBI

9-Nov-2014 | By

AMBI Distribution has announced a number of sales at AFM on All Roads Lead To Rome starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

The Hateful Eight

Netflix component complicates Hateful Eight deals

9-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Some deals on The Hateful Eight held up by home entertainment strategy, say sources.

Tarantino buzz tops busy AFM

9-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

AFM 2014 has seen steady business on a number of indie packages, many of which came together at the eleventh hour, with plenty more business on the horizon.

Das, Yisang Media partner on Ice Moon Rising

9-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Das Films has signed a deal with Beijing based Yisang Media Investment to finance the $35-$40m sci-fi.

FilmSharks cuts Papers deal with Disney

9-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Film Sharks International has licensed Papers In The Wind to Disney in a pan-Latin American deal.

Kristinn Thordarson

Vikings meet The Godfather in Icelandic trilogy

9-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Iceland’s Truenorth attends AFM with slate of original productions.

Oliver Hirschbiegel

StudioCanal swoops on Hirschbiegel drama

9-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Beta Cinema sells resistance fighter biopic 13 Minutes.

John Duigan

Duigan to direct Bluer Than The Sky

9-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Teen surf film to shoot in late 2015.

Alfonso Arau

Alfonso Arau readies period-romance

9-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Germany-set drama and TV mini-series in works.

The Pilgrim

Buyers in step with The Pilgrim

9-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Picture Tree International inks multiple deals on Paulo Coelho biopic.


D’Hive talks co-pros

9-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Shanghai-based media city expects to be able to launch specific projects and co-productions at Cannes 2015.

While We're Young

Icon adds five for UK

9-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Titles include Ben Younger’s Bleed For This and Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young [pictured].

AFM 2014: Day 5

AFM 2014: Screen's dailies


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Sam Worthington

Sierra/Affinity draws heat on The Hunter's Prayer

8-Nov-2014 | By

The company has wrapped up a slew of sales on Jonathan Mostow’s upcoming thriller starring Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush.

Nicole Kidman

IM Global buyers find Secret

8-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Universal has struck a deal with IM Global for select international territories on The Secret In Their Eyes remake, set to commence production in late January in Los Angeles.

Rupert Friend Homeland

Rupert Friend to direct Barton

8-Nov-2014 | By

Rupert Friend will make his feature directorial debut and star in Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill, which Bron Studios and Fortitude International co-finance in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance.


ARC takes US on The Barber

8-Nov-2014 | By

ARC Entertainment has acquired all US rights to Chapman Filmed Entertainment’s thriller The Barber, which The Little Film Company is selling internationally.

David Smitas

Friends pay tribute to David Smitas

8-Nov-2014 | By

Friends and colleagues held a memorial in Los Angeles on November 7 for David Smitas, the entertainment lawyer who died recently at the age of 62 following a long battle with cancer.

The Black Rider

Pure Flix / Quality Flix boards Dancer, Rider

8-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Pure Flix / Quality Flix has added Dancer And The Dame and The Black Rider [pictured] to its AFM sales slate.

Uma Thurman

Buyers step into Fog with Uma Thurman

8-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Uma Thurman WWII drama is hot seller at AFM for Other Angle.

Rachael Leigh Cook

Rebel sells sci-fi to Germany

8-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Falcom Media Group has taken German, Austrian and German-speaking territory rights to Rebel Movies’ sci-fi Mindgate, set to star Rachael Leigh Cook.

Nelson Mandela Bay

New Mandela film festival to show 400 films

8-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The new Mandela International Film Festival is gearing up for its inaugural edition to run Dec 3-13, 2015 in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.


DDI trades on The Littlest Reindeer

8-Nov-2014 | By

Double Dutch International (DDI) has closed deals on Awesometown’s Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer at AFM.


Black Nights reveals industry programme

8-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Industry@Tallinn will feature discussions involving the likes of Jessica Switch of Lionsgate and Jeff Barry & Nigel Meiojas of ICM Partners.

Rialto boards Black Souls

8-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Francesco Munzi sells to US and Canada for Rai Com.

From The Dark

Raven Banner bulks up Canadian pipeline

8-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Raven Banner has picked up Canadian rights from Dark Sky Films/MPI to a trio of genre titles.

Mickey Rourke

VMI strikes sales on War Pigs

8-Nov-2014 | By

Los Angeles-based VMI Worldwide has closed key territories at AFM on War Pigs starring Luke Goss, Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke, which has begun production in Utah.

AB Negative

Chance iN tests AB Negative

8-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Japanese distributor picks up Neil Horner’s crime thriller from Jinga Films.

Producers ready The Black Album

8-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Producers Gina G Goff of Goff Productions and Rene Sheridan are at the AFM in talks with financiers and sales agents on horror-thriller The Black Album.

Backup visits Miike's Apocalypse

8-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Nikkatsu pacts with Paris-based company, which will handle European sales on upcoming vampire yakuza movie.

Matthijs Wouter Knol

EFM head talks TV spotlight

8-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EFM Series will run Feb 9-10 and EFM director Matthijs Wouter Knol [pictured] is looking to spotlight TV series and documentaries as special themes.

Right Said Fred

Right Said Fred eyes film projects

8-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Fred and Richard Fairbrass, the musical duo best known as Right Said Fred, are attending the AFM to talk about their film plans.


Cartagena unveils PuertoLab

8-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Directors working on their first, second or third films are invited to enter for the CINECOLOR prize, which includes all post-production processes.

Force Majeure

EFA 2014 nominations revealed

8-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Force Majeure, Leviathan and Nymphomaniac among nominees.

The Theory of Everything

Eddie Redmayne in PSIFF honour

7-Nov-2014 | By

The British actor will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor on January 3.

The Water Diviner

The Water Diviner gets US release date

7-Nov-2014 | By

Warner Bros has set the US release date for Russell Crowe’s feature directorial debut.

Keanu Reeves 2

Mass Hysteria backs Remark Films

7-Nov-2014 | By

Daniel Grodnik’s New York-based Mass Hysteria Entertainment Company has teamed up with financiers Seth Kramer and Curt Kramer to fund fledgling production company Remark Films.

Charlize Theron

A24, DIRECTV enter Dark Places

7-Nov-2014 | By

The distributors have acquired all US rights to the Gillian Flynn adaptation in a deal with WME Global.

Bradley Cooper

AFI FEST to host secret screening

7-Nov-2014 | By

Festival top brass said the event will take place on November 11, raising the possibility of a first-look at one of a handful of unseen potential awards contenders.

John Michael McDonagh

Bankside declares War with McDonagh

7-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Garrett Hedlund and Michael Pena to star in War on Everyone.


Interstellar opens top in 35 markets

7-Nov-2014 | By

Interstellar has grossed an estimated $8.7m from it first days in 35 markets as Warner Bros rolls out the film in 62 countries this weekend.


Sales blossom for Bloom's Unlocked

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Bloom has reported strong sales at AFM on its thriller Unlocked led by a deal with Lionsgate UK.

Noomi Rapace

Cargo holds talks on The Price

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Noomi Rapace will play the desperate mother of a kidnapped child in The Price, which worldwide rights holder Cargo Entertainment is selling at AFM.


DDI boards trio for AFM

7-Nov-2014 | By

Double Dutch International president Jason Moring has secured worldwide sales rights from Trilight Entertainment  to Archie: Robodog, The Adventure Club and Derailed Dreams.

Joel and Ethan Coen

Coens’ Hail, Caesar! to begin shooting Monday

7-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

George Clooney and Josh Brolin star in the film set in 1950s Hollywood.

The Hateful Eight

AFM: buyers debate in-office reads

7-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

One talking point in the AFM halls this year has been TWC and Wild Bunch’s decision to ask buyers to sit in their offices to read the scripts for The Hateful Eight and Oliver Stone’s Untitled Edward Snowden film, respectively.

Zygi Kamasa

Zygi Kamasa, Matthew Justice join Screen Film Summit

7-Nov-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

New additions to the line-up also include BBC Films head Christine Langan, Hammer’s president Simon Oakes and Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent.

Marcia Gay Harden

Red Sea books into The Librarian

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Roman Kopelevich’s Red Sea Media will handle all international sales on adventure comedy The Librarian starring Marcia Gay Harden and Spanish star Oscar Jaenada.

I Am Here

Kim Basinger's I Am Here sold to US

7-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

TrustNordisk has sold the North American rights for Anders Morgenthaler’s drama I Am Here to LA-based distributor Brainstorm Media.

2 + 2

FilmSharks exploits remakes catalogue

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks International has been active on its remake catalogue, optioning Italian remake rights on Diego Kaplan’s hit Argentinian comedy 2 + 2 to Mediaset subsidiary TaoDue.

Let Us Prey

Buyers Prey with Metrodome

7-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: US, Canada, UK deals for horror.

Shashank Arora

Shashank Arora lines up with Q

7-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Indian director Q has signed Titli star Shashank Arora to play the title role in B Naman.

Battles Scars

TriCoast bring Battle Scars to AFM

7-Nov-2014 | By

Los Angeles-Based TriCoast Worldwide has acquired worldwide sales rights to Virtu* Entertainment’s Battle Scars and is selling here at AFM.

Duvall's Wild Horses wraps shoot

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Production has wrapped on Robert Duvall’s Wild Horses, which Voltage Pictures is selling internationally at the AFM.

saverio costanzo

Saverio Costanzo signs with UTA

7-Nov-2014 | By

United Talent Agency has signed Italian director Saverio Costanzo days after IFC snapped up US rights to his acclaimed psychodrama Hungry Hearts.


Raven Banner descends into hell

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Raven Banner is in talks with buyers here on a raft of new titles led by fantasy horror Hellmouth from a screenplay by Pontypool writer Tony Burgess.

Spandau Ballet Soul Boys of the Western World

Metro records Spandau Ballet doc deals

7-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Buyers launch Metro International doc.

Carnaby Int'l brings London Town to market

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Carnaby International has come on to sell two films under its deal with filmmaker Stuart Brennan — football drama London Town and He Will Hang.

David Puttnam

Lord Puttnam to attend eQuinoxe Europe workshop

7-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

International Screenwriters’ Workshop kicked off today [Nov 7] and runs until Nov 14.


Ketchup, Altitude form pact

7-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Altitude to distribute Ketchup titles across UK home ent, pay TV and free TV windows.

Blood Moon

Uncork’d rises with Blood Moon

7-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK genre specialist Jinga has sold Jeremy Wooding’s werewolf western to US.


Interstellar tops social media buzz

7-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic holds off competition from Nightcrawler.


Cineworld launches biggest brand push in three years

7-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

New campaign branded The Unmissables.

The Hunger Games

Hunger Games stage show set for 2016

7-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Lionsgate to launch The Hunger Games theatrical experience in a new theatre next to London’s Wembley Stadium.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars VII title revealed

6-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Disney reveals title of the next Star Wars movie.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Wild Bunch taps Stone’s Snowden picture

6-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Film on National Security Agency whistleblower to shoot in Munich in 2015.

Anick Poirier

Séville trio sparks strong buyer response

6-Nov-2014 | By

Séville International has announced a slew of sales ahead of the AFM on The Dark Horse, Elephant Song and An Eye For Beauty.

Over Your Dead Body

Mongrel Int'l strikes North American deal on Body

6-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International in partnership with Celluloid Dreams has licensed North American rights for Takashi Miike’s Over Your Dead Body to Shout! Factory.

Elliot The Littlest Reindeer

DDI seals Awesometown pact

6-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Double Dutch International (DDI) president Jason Moring has announced an output deal to sell worldwide rights to Awesometown Entertainment’s animations kicking off at AFM with $16m Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer.

Jackie Chan

SNC to co-finance Skiptrace

6-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Shanghai New Culture Media Group Company Limited (SNC) has come on to co-finance Jackie Chan action-comedy Skiptrace, which Bloom sells internationally.

Ioanna Stais

Heretic starts new fest/sales consultancy

6-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Producers Giorgos Karnavas and Konstantinos Kontovrakis of Athens-based Heretic Productions are teaming with Ioanna Stais to launch Heretic Outreach, a new initiative to help the global reach of innovative films from Southeastern Europe.

John Malkovich

Unlocked thriller bulks up cast

6-Nov-2014 | By

John Malkovich and Toni Collette have joined the Bourne-style female action thriller that Bloom represents for international sales at AFM.

Force Majeure

Les Arcs unveils 2014 film line-up

6-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Ruben Ostlund’s Force Majeure to screen atop 3,200m high Aiguille Rouge Mountain at Alpine festival.

Jae-woo Kim

Jae-woo Kim joins 13 Films

6-Nov-2014 | By

Jae-woo Kim has joined Los Angeles-based 13 Films as director of international sales and is at the AFM talking up new titles Voice From The Stone, Extortion and Loitering With Intent.

Liz En Septiembre

CMG to sell Liz En Septiembre

6-Nov-2014 | By

Cinema Management Group has acquired worldwide rights to Venezuelan hit Liz En Septiembre.

Snowden SXSW

Open Road, Endgame buy Ed Snowden film

6-Nov-2014 | By

UPDATED NOVEMBER 7: Open Road and Endgame Entertainment have acquired US rights to Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden film, which is proving to be a hot draw at the AFM.


MPI Media Group finds Redeemer

6-Nov-2014 | By

MPI Media Group has acquired all North American rights to Redeemer uniting director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza with Chilean action star Marko Zaror. XYZ Films launches international sales here at AFM.

Kino Lorber takes 1001 Grams

6-Nov-2014 | By

Kino Lorber has acquired all US and Canadian rights to Bent Hamer’s Norwegain foreign-language Oscar submission.

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 4 to open June 2017

6-Nov-2014 | By

John Lasseter to return as director of the fourth instalment.

Nicolas Cage

Saban Films takes The Trust

6-Nov-2014 | By

The nascent distributor has picked up North American rights to the Nicolas Cage crime thriller. Highland Film Group handles international sales.

Alicia Silverstone

Epic to sell Who Gets The Dog?

6-Nov-2014 | By

Epic Pictures Group will handle worldwide sales and serve as executive producer on the rom-com starring Alicia Silverstone.


Beta picks up thriller Colonia

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Mikael Nyqvist star in thriller.

Amma Asante

Amma Asante to give Screen Film Summit keynote

6-Nov-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

Belle director joins the high profile list of attendees for Screen’s upcoming annual Film Summit

Susan Sarandon

Radiant shines with Happy

6-Nov-2014 | By

Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney and Stephen Amell are in talks to star in Mandalay Pictures’ comedy Whatever Makes You Happy. Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International has introduced the project to buyers at AFM.


Electric to crack market with Hacker

6-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has secured all worldwide rights to the international thriller and started talks with AFM buyers.

Ron Gell

Buyers flock to God's Not Dead

6-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Buyers have responded strongly to Pure Flix’s $110m worldwide smash, led by a sale to Signature in the UK.

Michael Shannon

Bloom boards Elvis & Nixon

6-Nov-2014 | By

Michael Shannon will play Elvis Presley opposite Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon in the latest Bloom international sales title.


Solution finds Cedar’s Strategies

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Richard Gere to star in Oren Moverman-produced drama.

Charles Rivkin

Calls for bilateral treaty at US-China Film Summit

6-Nov-2014 | By John Hazelton

Speakers at the Summit included US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin [pictured].

Portia De Rossi

Lightning boards Now Add Honey

6-Nov-2014 | By

The sales company’s Ken DuBow is talking to AFM buyers on the film starring Portia de Rossi, Lucy Fry, Robyn Butler and Ben Lawson.


EYE Prize launched

6-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

New award aims to support and promote an artist or film-maker whose work unites art and film.

Baltic Event

Baltic Event unveils 2014 projects

6-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Now in its 13th edition, Baltic Event will present 13 projects in its 10th Co-Production Market, among others.

The Messenger

CMG takes Messenger to AFM

6-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Paranormal thriller is directed by David Blair and stars Robert Sheehan, Joely Richardson and Lily Cole.

Jean Reno

The Squad flies to buyers

6-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: French remake of The Sweeney, starring Jean Reno, is currently shooting in Paris.

Blazing Samurai

GFM rides with Blazing Samurai

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Rob Minkoff, Yair Landau produce family animation.

Koch enters Tiger House

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Ed Skrein, Kaya Scodelario star in thriller.

Still Life

Tribeca gets Still Life

6-Nov-2014 | By

Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Uberto Pasolini’s drama from Beta Cinema.

John Penotti

Ivanhoe options YA novel The Walled City

6-Nov-2014 | By

Ivanhoe Pictures has taken exclusive film rights to action/adventure YA novel The Walled City by Ryan Graudin.

Rooney Mara

Blackbird lines up Rooney Mara

6-Nov-2014 | By

Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn will star in the Jean Doumanian Productions drama.

The Hateful Eight cast confirmed

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Channing Tatum confirmed as cast addition along with Demian Bichir, film to shoot in Telluride from December.


Xmoor sells for WTF

6-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

British horror thriller [pictured] sells to the UK, Scandinavia and Greece.


Astro Shaw blasts to AFM with Nova

6-Nov-2014 | By

Malaysia’s Astro Shaw is bringing a slate of new productions to AFM, headed by sci-fi road comedy Nova, as it ramps up production with an eye on international markets.

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum lined up for Hateful Eight

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Screen sources confirm Magic Mike star lined up for Quentin Tarantino’s western.

David Morrissey

David Morrissey launches indie

6-Nov-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

The Walking Dead star David Morrissey has partnered with a trio of established TV and film producers to launch his own drama and documentary indie.

Neal Street seeks $64m sale

6-Nov-2014 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

Call the Midwife and Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street Productions has put itself up for sale for up to $64m (£40m).

The House at the End of Time

Buyers enter Hidalgo’s House

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Jinga’s Screamfest winner The House at the End of Time has sold to Dark Sky Films for USA and Universum for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Matthew McConaughey

IM Global touts Free State Of Jones

5-Nov-2014 | By

Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey will star for Gary Ross in the $65m Civil War drama The Free State Of Jones that has got tongues wagging at AFM.

Woody, Quentin and Al align for AFM

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation has begun talks at the AFM on the upcoming untitled Woody Allen project, one of several new titles to emerge on the eve of the market.

Rooney Mara

Relativity, Voltage privy to The Secret Scripture

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Studios has acquired US rights from Ferndale Films and Jim Sheridan to The Secret Scripture, which Voltage Pictures has come on to sell internationally at AFM.


Voltage brings Standoff to AFM

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures arrives at the AFM with international rights to the thriller Standoff starring Laurence Fishburne and Thomas Jane.


FilmSharks touts animation Possessed

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks International has come on to sell worldwide rights to the stop-motion feature Possessed (Pos Eso) from former Aardman Animations animator Sam.

Hungry Hearts

IFC takes US on Hungry Hearts

5-Nov-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights to Saverio Costanzo’s Hungry Hearts from Mimi Steinbauer’s international sales agent Radiant Films International.

Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon

Shannon, Weisz lead Joshua Marston drama

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Parts & Labor-produced English-language drama sold by Protagonist.


IM Global scares up Ghouls

5-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: IM Global and China’s Wanda Media are teaming for worldwide sales, excluding China, for Wanda’s action adventure film The Ghouls.

Uma Thurman

Thurman to star in Night and Fog

5-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Actress to play WWII secret agent Vera Atkins; Paris-based sales agent Other Angle launching sales at the AFM.


Scott Sava finds Chinese partners on Animal Crackers

5-Nov-2014 | By

Scott Christian Sava and Animal Crackers Ltd are partnering with Beijing Wenhua Dongrun Investment Co and China Film Co Ltd on their animated feature Animal Crackers. Odin’s Eye handles international sales at AFM.

Chloe Moretz

Lotus boards November Criminals

5-Nov-2014 | By

Busy Lotus Entertainment will co-finance and co-produce Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener and has introduced to AFM buyers.

Billy Crudup

Myriad gets in ring with Glass Chin

5-Nov-2014 | By

Noah Buschel directed Glass Chin, which premiered at Tribeca and tells of a former boxing champion who falls on hard times and makes a deal with a crooked restaurateur to get back in the game.

Breakthrough, Anchor Bay dive into The Drownsman

5-Nov-2014 | By

Anchor Bay has taken all rights in the US, UK and Australia/New Zealand to The Drownsman, which Breakthrough Entertainment is selling at the AFM.

Michelle Monaghan

Playing It Cool goes to Vertical

5-Nov-2014 | By

Vertical Entertainment has acquired US rights to Justin Reardon’s rom-com starring Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Martin Starr and Aubrey Plaza. Voltage Pictures handles international sales at AFM.

Black Beauty

Epic corrals Black Beauty for AFM

5-Nov-2014 | By

Epic Pictures Group is handling international sales at the market on a contemporary adaptation of Black Beauty.

Good Kill

Arrow takes two from Voltage

5-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor picks up Good Kill [pictured] and Politics of Love.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtles knock Lucy off China top spot

5-Nov-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles topped the Chinese box office with an opening gross of $26.51m, in a week when four new releases made it into the top ten.

Xavier Gens

Lotus stakes claim to Crucifixion

5-Nov-2014 | By

Lotus Entertainment kicks off pre-sales at AFM on the horror film from Xavier Gens and the producer behind horror hits Annabelle and The Conjuring.

Ray Bell

Cloud-based marketplace DFCN launches

5-Nov-2014 | By

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ray Bell has announced the commercial launch at AFM of cloud-based online marketplace Digital Film Cloud Network (DFCN).

Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper to play JD Salinger

5-Nov-2014 | By

Chris Cooper will play the reclusive author in Angel Grace Productions’ Coming Through The Rye.

Black And White gets awards run

5-Nov-2014 | By

Relativity is slotting the Kevin Costner drama into awards season with a one-week US qualifying run starting on December 3.


Ten animated shorts advance in Oscar race

5-Nov-2014 | By

The Academy has selected 10 animated shorts from 58 submissions to advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards.

Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2013

Abu Dhabi Media Summit unveils speakers

5-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Featured keynote speakers include Mark Thompson, Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Gerhard Zeiler and Robert A. Kotick.

Christina Hendricks

Hendricks sings with Lynn’s Hurricanes

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Metro International to launch sales on female buddy movie.

Gangnam Blues

Showbox deals Gangnam style

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Distributor seals raft of pre-sales to most of Asia, including Japan and China.

My Love, My Bride

9ers' Bride finds partners

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of AFM, company also books sales on Cart and Sea In Snow Breeze.

I Am Big Bird

Kaleidoscope flies with Big Bird

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit nabs doc I Am Big Bird [pictured].

Iggy Pop, Jessica Brown Findlay projects on Carnaby slate

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Zombie-horror Plan Z, TV series also among slate.

Roaring Currents

Roaring Currents makes waves for CJ

5-Nov-2014 | By

Korean smash hit [pictured] sells to Germany, Latin American and Italy, among others.


M-Line picks up Fox’s Enemies

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Comedy thriller is directed by Im Sang-soo [pictured] and sales will be launched at AFM.

A Nightingale Falling

7 & 7 catches A Nightingale Falling

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit launches Ireland-set period-romance.

California High

Parkland pops California High

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit to shop doc on marijuana legalisation.

The Perfect Husband

Devilworks finds Perfect Husband

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Genre specialist launches debut English-language horror.

Jean-Patrick Benes

Gaumont racks up sales on Ares

5-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Post-apocalyptic tale, executive produced by Louis Leterrier, marks feature debut for Jean-Patrick Benes [pictured], director of hit TV series Kaboul Kitchen.

Secret Sharer

Moviehouse bags four for AFM

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: David Marconi action-thriller, Peter Fudakowski’s romance [pictured] among slate.

The Pirates

CJ E&M launches VoD service Vingo

5-Nov-2014 | By

New service specialises in film recommendations and saw CJ E&M join with Dolby Laboratories to provide 5.1 surround sound on earphones and headphones.

The Lady In The Van

Lady in the Van first look

5-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The first image from the Alan Bennett adaptation has been unveiled as well as the release date.

The Woman

TheHorrorShow.TV expands service

5-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

UK VoD service will launch a subscription service this week.

BFI Player

BFI Player gets major makeover

5-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

VOD service relaunched with enhancements and a Universal Pictures catalogue of sci-fi classics.

Bogdan Wenta

European Parliament calls for more flexibility

5-Nov-2014 | By

Changes to release windows could bring larger audiences to European cinema says EP deputy Bogdan Wenta.

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts is Shut In with EuropaCorp

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EuropaCorp swoops on buzzed-about David Linde thriller.

Niels Swinkels

Universal promotes Niels Swinkels

5-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Distribution exec to re-locate from London to LA.

Ross Dinerstein

Ross Dinerstein launches Campfire

4-Nov-2014 | By

Former co-CEO of Preferred Film & TV Ross Dinerstein has launched the production company backed by Content Media.

Chadwick Boseman

eOne, Ink Factory to deliver Message from the King

4-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Chadwick Boseman to star, Fabrice Du Welz to direct.

Olivia Wilde

Relativity to distribute Lazarus in US

4-Nov-2014 | By

Relativity Studios has acquired US rights to the currently titled horror film Lazarus produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions. Lionsgate handles international sales.

Golshifteh Farahani

Aldamisa to sell City Of Strangers

4-Nov-2014 | By

Aldamisa Films has come on to handle international sales at AFM on the thriller.


20 animated features submitted for Oscars

4-Nov-2014 | By

The Academy has received 20 submissions for the 87th Academy Awards’ animated feature film category.