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Oscar leader Iñarritu in DGA win

7-Feb-2016

The Mexican has become the firm favourite to win the Oscar later this month after walking away with the Directors Guild Of America’s top prize for the second time in two years on Saturday.

Kung Fu Panda 3

'Kung Fu Panda 3' rules North America on $21m

7-Feb-2016 | By

DreamWorks Animation’s latest tentpole held on to top spot as a trio of new openers arrived with a whimper including Berlinale opener Hail, Caesar! from the Coen Bros.

Thierry Fremaux

Cannes chief Frémaux quashes exit rumours

7-Feb-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Cannes chief posts statement on festival website in response to rumours he was on the verge of quitting.

Land of Mine

'Land Of Mine' wins in Goteborg

7-Feb-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

Danish landmine drama continues winning streak with $118,000 award; doc winner is Don Juan and audience prizes go to Welcome To Norway! and The Second Mother.

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'Truman' crowned at Spain's Goya Awards

7-Feb-2016 | By Elisabet Cabeza

Dramedy takes five awards including Best Film, Best Directo and Best Actor; Isabel Coixet’s Nobody Wants The Night also scores prizes.

'The Revenant' rules international arena on $24m

7-Feb-2016 | By

A great weekend for The Revenant in which Alejandro G Iñarritu confirmed his Oscar favourite status with a DGA win saw the film add $24m from 67 markets to push the running total to $176.4m.

'Inside Out' dominates 2016 Annies

7-Feb-2016 | By

The Pixar film earned 10 awards at the 43rd annual Annie Awards on Saturday night including best feature.

Morris From America

Visit Films boards six for EFM

6-Feb-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Buoyed by a fresh North American deal for Sundance hit Morris From America, Ryan Kampe jets into Berlin with a bevy of buzzy festival titles set to receive their market premieres.

Potsdamer Platz

Kimberly Fox to launch MadRiver sales arm

6-Feb-2016 | By

Megan Ellison’s sales chief is joining Marc Butan’s MadRiver Pictures as a partner and will launch the international sales arm in Berlin.

Jamie Foxx

Lionsgate International to start EFM sales on 'Hood'

6-Feb-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Wachsberger and his team will commence pre-sales in Berlin on the action adventure starring Jamie Foxx and Taron Egerton about a Crusader and a Moorish warrior who lead the fight against a corrupt English town.

The Preppie Connection

Premiere Entertainment Group bulks up EFM slate

6-Feb-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The sales company has added The Preppie Connection and We Don’t Belong Here to its roster of titles on the eve of the EFM.

Outlaws And Angels

VMI Worldwide boards 'Outlaws And Angels'

6-Feb-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Luke Wilson, Chad Michael Murray, Francesca Eastwood, and Teri Polo star in the recent Sundance world premiere that Andre Relis is bringing to the EFM.

Shoreline Entertainment plays with 'Toy Gun'

6-Feb-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Shoreline Entertainment is co-producing and will be handling worldwide rights excluding Benelux at the EFM to Calach Films and Gardner & Domm’s film.

Runoff

Curator Films EFM-bound with 'Runoff'

6-Feb-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Heading into EFM Andrew Gallagher has picked up international rights to Kimberly Levin’s US thriller.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'The Force Awakens' hits $2bn worldwide

5-Feb-2016 | By

Disney/Lucasfilm’s behemoth crossed further significant milestones over the weekend to consolidate its status as the third biggest film of all time globally.

Radio Dreams

'Radio Dreams' wins Rotterdam's Tiger Award

5-Feb-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Other winners included Bodkin Ras, Land Of Mine and Embrace Of The Serpent.

Maria Bello

AMBI goes 'In Search Of Fellini'

5-Feb-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: On the eve of the EFM, AMBI Distribution led by Julie Sultan has secured worldwide rights to the coming-of-age adventure starring Maria Bello.

EFM projects to include Ethan Hawke, Alec Baldwin

5-Feb-2016 | By

The EFM dance card is filling up as Sierra/Affinity announced it will launch sales on the Ethan Hawke assassin thriller 24 Hours To Live, while Foresight Unlimited arrives with Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore as illicit lovers in the drama Blind.

Trapped

US Briefs: Coalition coalesces around 'Trapped'

5-Feb-2016 | By

Plus: Gabriele Muccino circles Laughter In The Dark

Waleed Ahmed

Goteborg Lab pitches showcase global ambitions

5-Feb-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

Buzzy pitches from rising Nordic talents include Iranian serial killer story and documentary about con man Waleed Ahmed [pictured], once described as the Mark Zuckerberg of Norway.

The Martian

'The Martian' wins AMPS Film Sound Award

5-Feb-2016 | By Tom Grater

The film follows Gravity and Whiplash Hotel in winning The Association of Motion Picture Sound’s annual prize.

Johanna Koljonen

‘Measureable change’ on diversity within five years, Goteborg report

5-Feb-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

Goteborg Film Festival’s Nostradamus Project report predicts that audiences will rebel against content that doesn’t reflect diversity.

Deadpool

‘Deadpool’ destroys the competition in buzz chart

5-Feb-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Upcoming superhero movie generates four times as much online activity as the second place title.

DDI heads to EFM with 'The Bounce Back'

5-Feb-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Jason Moring announced on Friday a deal for the company to handle international sales in Berlin on Youssef Delara’s drama.

Captain Fantastic

US Briefs: Bleecker Street dates 'Captain Fantastic' 

4-Feb-2016 | By

Plus: Screen Media picks up Rio, I Love You; Lionsgate to adapt Magic Tree House children’s books; and more…

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James Franco to direct 'Zola Tells All'

4-Feb-2016 | By

Hot on the heels of the Sundance world premiere of Goat, James Franco, Andrew Neel, and Killer Films will reunite on Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind The Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted by David Kushner.

Worlds Apart

13 Films EFM-bound with 'Worlds Apart'

4-Feb-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The sales agent has come on board to handle international rights excluding Greece to the romantic drama starring J.K Simmons.

Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman joins 'Hunter Killer'

4-Feb-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The former Oscar nominee has joined fellow Briton Gerard Butler on the submarine thriller that Nu Image will begin selling in Berlin.

Christine

The Orchard snaps up 'Christine'

4-Feb-2016 | By

Antonio Campos’ films premiered at Sundance and stars Rebecca Hall as the journalist Christine Chubbuck who committed suicide on air in 1974.

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Focus Features, UPIP to merge

4-Feb-2016 | By

Focus Features is returning to its roots and will merge with Universal Pictures International Productions (UPIP) to form a global specialty brand with a burgeoning worldwide production and acquisitions pipeline.

Mickey Rourke

The Exchange boards world sales on 'Tiger'

4-Feb-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Brian O’Shea and his team will commence talks on the true-life drama starring Mickey Rourke.

Brooklyn

'Brooklyn' TV spin-off being developed by Wildgaze

4-Feb-2016 | By Matt Mueller

EXCLUSIVE: Wildgaze Films is developing a TV spin-off to Oscar and BAFTA-nominated Brooklyn, the company’s producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey have confirmed to Screen.

The Black Frost

Pierre Menahem-Juliette Lepoutre enter sales arena for EFM

4-Feb-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Still Moving picks up ‘The Black Frost’ and ‘In The Last Days Of City’.

Sophie And The Rising Sun

Seville boards EFM sales on 'Sophie'

4-Feb-2016 | By

The Montréal-based company will handle international sales on Maggie Greenwald’s recent Sundance premiere.

Upton Park

Highland heads to EFM with 'Final Score'

4-Feb-2016 | By

The Los Angeles-based sales and production company will kick off talks with buyers in Berlin on the $20m thriller dubbed Die Hard in a football stadium.

Carnage Park

Content Media brings 'Carnage Park' to EFM

4-Feb-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The company has come on board to handle international sales in Berlin on the Sundance Midnight selection.

 Pierre Richard

Memento to launch sales on Robelin’s 'Mr. Stein Goes Online'

4-Feb-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Romantic comedy exploring world of online dating to star Pierre Richard [pictured].

International Film Festival Rotterdam

'Embrace Of The Serpent' director Ciro Guerra among CineMart winners

4-Feb-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Embrace Of The Serpent director Ciro Guerra and We Are Young. We Are Strong. director Burhan Qurbani among winners.

The Greasy Strangler

Sundance gross-out comedy 'The Greasy Strangler' secures sales deal

4-Feb-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Protagonist boards international rights to Sundance Midnight title executive produced by Tim League and Ben Wheatley.

Jonas Cuaron

Jonas Cuaron to direct Zorro film

4-Feb-2016 | By

The Desierto director has signed on to Z for Lantica Media and Sobini Films. Pantelion Films will commence pre-sales at the EFM.

Altamira

Myriad Pictures boards 'Altamira' sales for EFM

4-Feb-2016 | By

The Santa Monica-based sales, production and financing company will start talks with international buyers in Berlin on the historical drama starring Antonio Banderas.

North American Briefs: BAFTA LA sets 2016 Britannia Awards

4-Feb-2016 | By Jeremy Berkowitz

Plus: The Orchard acquires Sundance doc Life, Animated; AMC-backed Shudder launches week-long workshop; and more…

Catherine Deneuve comedy-drama 'The Midwife' inks key pre-sale

4-Feb-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: German-speaking Europe and Switzerland deal for upcoming Martin Provost title.

Anna Higgs

Anna Higgs named creative director of NOWNESS

4-Feb-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Former Film4 commissioner joins video platform that is a partnership between LVMH and Dazed.

Charles Stone

EFM: Mister Smith to sell 'Ain’t No Half Steppin''

4-Feb-2016 | By Tom Grater

Broad Green Pictures producing with Straight Outta Compton’s Matt Alvarez.

Long Way North

Shout! Factory picks up US rights to 'Long Way North'

4-Feb-2016 | By

The distributor has secured US rights from Urban Distribution International to The Secret Of Kells director Rémi Chayé’s Long Way North (Tout En Haut Du Monde).

The Legacy

Polly Williams: UK needs more character-driven drama

4-Feb-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

Speaking at Goteborg’s TV Drama Vision conference, the head of the new eOne and Creative England Drama Venture also said she’s open to working with European partners.

Dragan Mitic

Goteborg briefs: As It Is winner, Colliander joins SFI

4-Feb-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

A roundup of Nordic news from the Goteborg Film Festival and Nordic Film Market.

Roberto Soto

MUBI appoints former Fox exec as COO

4-Feb-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

Former Fox International Channels and Liberty Global executive Roberto Soto

IM Global to launch 'Wildling' at EFM

3-Feb-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Stuart Ford and his team will introduce Berlin buyers to the genre film starring British rising star Bel Powley and Liv Tyler in a timely move that echoes Oscar nominee Room.

Keanu Reeves

Harald Zwart to direct EFM-bound 'Rally Car'

3-Feb-2016 | By

China’s Fundamental Films and Company Films have brought on The Karate Kid (2010) director to helm the Keanu Reeves action film that IM Global will introduce to Berlin buyers.

Shyama Friedenson

Shyama Friedenson joins STX Entertainment

3-Feb-2016 | By

On the eve of the EFM, the industry veteran has joined the company as evp of international marketing.

Yo Yo Ma

The Orchard strikes sales on Yo Yo Ma doc

3-Feb-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has closed a slew of sales on The Music Of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble heading into Berlin.

Road Games

IFC Midnight to play 'Road Games' in North America

3-Feb-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: IFC hitches a ride with Film4 Frightfest suspense thriller.

Brenton Thwaites

The Exchange plots 'Office Uprising' for EFM

3-Feb-2016 | By

Brian O’Shea and his sales team will introduce buyers to the action comedy in Berlin.

Teleios

EFM: Empress Road boards 'Taking Earth', 'Teleios'

3-Feb-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Galen Christy and Faisal Toor’s Los Angeles-based sales company has secured world sales rights on the sci-fi pair.

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'The Assassin' leads nods for Asian Film Awards

3-Feb-2016 | By

Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin leads the nominations for the 10th Asian Film Awards with nine nods, followed by India’s Bajirao Mastani and Hong Kong’s Port Of Call with five apiece.

Made in France

Pretty Pictures, Soda co-acquire UK rights to terror thriller 'Made In France'

3-Feb-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Companies plan to release the film in UK in April.

Love and Friendship

Cineart acquires Whit Stillman’s 'Love & Friendship'

3-Feb-2016 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Benelux deal signed at Rotterdam festival for period drama starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny.

Valley Of The Sasquatch

Devilworks EFM slate includes horror from 'As You Are' duo

3-Feb-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Valley Of The Sasquatch and Dominic West-narrated doc among slate.

Kikoriki

Odin’s Eye takes 'Kikoriki' trilogy features to EFM

3-Feb-2016 | By Tom Grater

EXCLUSIVE: The company will screen the second part of the trilogy based on the Russian animated series at EFM.

IFFR supports Busan

Rotterdam festival supports beleaguered Busan

3-Feb-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Staff and industry attending the CineMart co-production market sent a public message of support to the beleaguered Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)

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South Korea box office hits record high in 2015

3-Feb-2016 | By

Theatrical box office was up 3.1% while admissions also grew; local films took 52% of admissions.

Sodor’s Legend Of The Lost Treasure

Mattel’s 'Thomas & Friends' spin-off feature gets China release

3-Feb-2016 | By Tom Grater

Sodor’s Legend Of The Lost Treasure will be distributed into 5000 theatres by Huaxia.

Sergei Loznitsa

Sergei Loznitsa reveals details of WWII projects

3-Feb-2016 | By

Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa, at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), has revealed details of his new projects.

High Rise

Shuttered A-Film back catalogue finds distributors

3-Feb-2016 | By

As the dust settles after the shock closure last year of A-Film, details have emerged as to what has happened with the back catalogue of the blue-chip Dutch distribution company.

Manchester By The Sea Casey Affleck

Sierra/Affinity closes international sales on 'Manchester By The Sea'

3-Feb-2016 | By

Kenneth Lonergan’s acclaimed Sundance Premieres selection has sold out around the world as Nick Meyer and his team concluded a string of deals including a multi-territory pact with Universal Pictures International Productions.

Hany Abu-Assad

Hany Abu-Assad set to move 'Mountain Between Us'

3-Feb-2016 | By

Double Oscar nominee has been in Rotterdam with his new feature, The Idol, a biopic of Palestinian singer Mohammad Assaf.

American Reflexxx

Gender issues tackled at Rotterdam fest

3-Feb-2016 | By

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) to deal with the zeitgeist topic in “a playful and provocative way”.

Spaceship

SXSW 2016 unveils narrative, doc entries

2-Feb-2016 | By

Top brass at the festival announced on Tuesday several sections of the features line-up for the 23rd edition, set to run from March 11-19, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

Joshy

US Briefs: Lauren Russell earns StarStream stripes

2-Feb-2016 | By Angela Lee

Plus: FilmBuff acquires world on ‘Who’s Driving Doug’; and more…

Imogen Poots

Michael Pitt, Imogen Poots to star in 'The Sleeping Shepherd'

2-Feb-2016 | By

The Solution Entertainment Group will introduce EFM buyers to Frank Hudec’s drama in Berlin next week. CAA represents North American rights.

Empress Road Pictures boards 'K-Shop' for EFM

2-Feb-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: President Galen Christy and CEO Faisal Toor of the new Los Angeles-based sales agent will handle worldwide sales outside the UK in Berlin on the elevated horror inspired by Sweeney Todd.

Ryan Kavanaugh

Court approves Relativity reorganisation

2-Feb-2016 | By

Relativity Media said on Tuesday the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York had given the go-ahead to its plan of reorganisation, subject to qualifiers.

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara in talks to play Mary Magdalene in See-Saw biopic

2-Feb-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-nominated Carol star Rooney Mara is in talks to play Mary Magdalene in The King’s Speech producer See-Saw’s anticipated project, which is gathering steam.

George Miller AACTAs

Cannes jury to be headed by 'Mad Max' director George Miller

2-Feb-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Australian filmmaker will award the Palme d’or at the close of the Festival.

Seth Rogan

Universal to distribute 'The Something' worldwide

2-Feb-2016 | By

Zach Galifianakis, Seth Rogen and Bill Hader will team up in the space comedy that Universal will distribute worldwide.

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'The Help' producer wraps survival drama 'Walking Out' starring Matt Bomer

2-Feb-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Bomer, Bill Pullman, Josh Wiggins star in Walking Out; Salt boards international sales.

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Italian government reveals $435m film fund details

2-Feb-2016 | By Gabriele Niola

Minister hails shake-up which could bring “60% more finance” to industry; Sorrentino, Bertolucci, Benigni embrace the changes.

Berlin jury 2016

Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher join Meryl Streep on Berlin jury

2-Feb-2016 | By

Festival to honour David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Ettore Scola through special screenings; security to be tightened.

14 Days To Life

Dutch investor resurrects Helkon Media

2-Feb-2016 | By

Jasper M. de Gier will relaunch the company, which was declared insolvent 13 years ago.

David_Tennant

David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss drama 'Mad To Be Normal' underway

2-Feb-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

Former Doctor Who star plays psychiatrist R. D. Laing.

US Briefs: DIRECTV and Momentum Pictures set 'The Program' release

2-Feb-2016 | By Angela Lee

Plus: The Martian, The Revenant, Mad Max win ADG honours

Kung Fu Panda 3

'Kung Fu Panda 3' takes China box office crown

2-Feb-2016 | By Silvia Wong

The US-China co-production blew away the competition, but Chinese New Year titles are waiting in the wings.

Mercy Liao

Mercy Liao joins Universal Pictures International Productions

2-Feb-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Former WestEnd Films sales director relocates to Beijing.

IFFR Creative Thunder of Cinema panel

IFFR: industry debates future of indie film

2-Feb-2016 | By Tiffany Pritchard

US and Hong Kong producers joined by European distributor.

IFFR Film Finance panel

IFFR spotlights film finance challenges

2-Feb-2016 | By Tiffany Pritchard

In the midst of Europe’s changing financial landscape, a panel of producers, financing agents and private equity consultants at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) considered which business models are working best.

George Clooney

Bloom to sell 'Suburbicon' at EFM

1-Feb-2016 | By

Alex Walton and his team have dropped a heavyweight into the Berlin market and will commence international sales on dark comedy Suburbicon from director George Clooney starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore.

The Eagle Huntress

Sundance: SPC acquires territories on 'The Eagle Huntress'

1-Feb-2016 | By

Otto Bell’s well received documentary has gone to the distributor for North America, Latin America, Germany, Australia/New Zealand, Scandinavia and Asia.

Michael Pena

Content boards 'The Worker' sales for EFM

1-Feb-2016 | By

Jamie Carmichael and his team head to Berlin with international rights to the Michael Peña action thriller that is being produced with Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield’s The Combine.

Old Boys: Way Of The Dragon

Former Youku Tudou vice president detained by police

1-Feb-2016 | By

Lu Fanxi, former vice president of Chinese streaming platform Youku Tudou and general manager of Youku Original, has been detained by local police on charges of corruption.

Martian Freeman George Mackay Andy Nyman

Martin Freeman, George MacKay to tell 'Ghost Stories' for Warp, Altitude

1-Feb-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Warp Films and Altitude Film Sales team on Jeremy Dyson-Andy Nyman thriller.

Angelica

Spotlight boards world sales on 'Angelica'

1-Feb-2016 | By Angela Lee

The sales agency will introduce buyers at the EFM in Berlin to Mitchell Lichtenstein’s gothic drama starring Jena Malone of The Hunger Games, Janet McTeer, and Ed Stoppard.

Keira Knightley LFF

Keira Knightley to star in 'Colette'

1-Feb-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Teams behind Carol and Still Alice partner on period-biopic due to shoot in May.

Bero Beyer

Rotterdam director questions role of microbudget talent schemes

1-Feb-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Not all projects should be made or released just because they go through film labs, says Bero Beyer.

Ville-Marie

Miami Film Festival unveils full line-up, Marquee Series

1-Feb-2016 | By

Monica Bellucci, Gavin Hood and Deepa Mehta are among tribute recipients in a new series of on-stage talks at next month’s 33rd edition of the Miami International Film Festival.

Hedi

Luxbox acquires sales of 'Hedi', 'Maquinaria Panamericana'

1-Feb-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: New company to make first official market outing at EFM.

Alone In Berlin

FIRST LOOK: Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, 'Alone In Berlin'

1-Feb-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: First still from Berlin Competition drama based on the classic wartime novel.

Bradley Wald

Bradley Wald joins Laika

1-Feb-2016 | By Angela Lee

Former NBCUniversal executive Bradley Wald has been named CFO and svp of business operations at the Portland-based animation studio.

Abbey Lee

LevelK boards Australian thriller 'Rabbit'

1-Feb-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Luke Shanahan’s psychological thriller will start shooting in May with a cast including Mad Max: Fury Road’s Abbey Lee.

EFM debates series

Screen EFM panel to highlight independent producers

1-Feb-2016 | By Tom Grater

‘Producers as Entrepreneurs’ will explore the current issues facing independent film producers as part of the EFM’s Industry Debates series.

'The Revenant' scores UK hat-trick

1-Feb-2016 | By Ian Sandwell

Lionsgate’s Dirty Grandpa is the week’s highest new entry with seven-day $2.9m (£2.05m) debut, while eOne’s Spotlight posts the highest Fri-Sun site average of the top ten.

Vigilante Diaries

Cinetel boards 'Vigilante Diaries' for EFM

1-Feb-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The action thriller stars Paul Sloan, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Michael Jai White, Jason Mewes and Michael Madsen.

Paint Drying

'Paint Drying' director in talks to screen protest film

1-Feb-2016 | By

British director Charlie Lyne has provoked a debate in the UK about censorship and the inner workings of the BBFC with his film/provocation, Paint Drying. 

Pope Francis

Pope Francis to make big screen debut in 'Beyond The Sun'

1-Feb-2016 | By Tom Grater

The faith film marks the first time in history that a Pope has appeared in a feature film.

Suntan

Visit Films acquires Rotterdam title 'Suntan'

1-Feb-2016 | By Michael Rosser

“Coming-of-middle-age” drama received world premiere at IFFR.

stanley tucci

Stanley Tucci’s 'Final Portrait' to shoot in London this month

1-Feb-2016 | By Tom Grater

Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer star in the true story of Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti.

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Svensk Filmindustri makes two hires

1-Feb-2016 | By Tom Grater

Tim King joins as executive vice president production and Lars Bredo Rahbek has been appointed head of production for Denmark.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- Stormtroopers at Galleries Layfayette in Paris

Pinewood Group invests in platform used for casting 'Star Wars' extras

1-Feb-2016 | By Tom Grater

Online start-up We Got POP has received $660,000 from investors also including Richard Northcott and Richard Fearn.

Sundance Film Festival

Sundance 2016: Screen's coverage round-up

1-Feb-2016 | By Screen staff

All the news, reviews and interviews coming out of Park City.

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'Kung Fu Panda 3' soars in China

31-Jan-2016 | By

DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 leaped to the top of the pile on an confirmed $75.7m from six, powered by China’s $58.3m through Oriental DreamWorks.

Sundance Film Festival

Sundance: what were the buzz titles of 2016?

31-Jan-2016 | By Fionnuala Halligan

Sundance Film Festival marks a fresh start to the film calendar. Just as awards season is winding down, new artistic agendas are kicking off all over Park City.

'Kung Fu Panda 3' rules North America on $41.3m

31-Jan-2016 | By

FEBRUARY 1 UPDATE: The third instalment of DreamWorks Animation’s family franchise opened top of the chats but scored the lowest debut in the series as overall box office for the top 12 climbed 25% on last week.

DiCaprio, Larson shine at SAG Awards

31-Jan-2016 | By

The two Oscar front-runners all but cemented their status after lead acting wins from their peers at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday.

'The Birth Of A Nation', 'Sonita' rule Sundance awards

31-Jan-2016 | By

Nate Parker’s directorial debut claimed the US Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic and corresponding audience award at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, capping off a barnstorming week for the slave revolt drama.

Sundance buyers wait to see if numbers add up

31-Jan-2016 | By

Amazon and Netflix stamped their authority all over Sundance 2016 in a busy 11 days when the numbers did and did not tell the full story of the festival.

The Clan

Argentinian admissions hit record 51.4m in 2015

31-Jan-2016 | By

Viewer levels reached an all-time high of 51.36m last year and gained 12.4% on 2014, although admissions for local-language fare dropped 8.4% to 7.48m.

Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos

Admissions in Mexico surged 17% in 2015

31-Jan-2016 | By

Theatrical ticket sales in the biggest Spanish-speaking film market in Latin America soared year-on-year to reach an estimated 299m, while the power of local content waned.

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IFFR: Tiger short winners announced

31-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Titles from the UK, Morocco and Canada take top prizes.

Togetherness

Rotterdam fest tunes back into TV

31-Jan-2016 | By Tiffany Pritchard

IFFR’s new artistic director Bero Beyer brings television back to the big screen in Rotterdam.

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Dutch films to get investment boost

31-Jan-2016 | By

Fewer Dutch films with more production investment and marketing clout behind them. That is what Doreen Boonekamp, director of the Netherlands Film Fund, is promising in the next four-year funding cycle, 2017-2020. 

IFFR CineMart Art Film

IFFR's Art:Film to showcase 'The Notebooks', 'What If Women Ruled The World?'

31-Jan-2016 | By

This is the fifth year that IFFR has included an Art: Film platform within the CineMart as part of an ongoing attempt to bring art world professionals closer together with their colleagues from cinema. 

IFFR director producers

IFFR: director-producer teams reveal challenges

31-Jan-2016 | By Tiffany Pritchard

The teams behind A Woman, A Part and La Ultima Tierra discussed the pros and cons of the director-producer relationship in Rotterdam.

As I Open My Eyes

Rotterdam launches second IFFR Live

31-Jan-2016 | By

The second edition of the festivals’ hugely ambitious, border crossing IFFR Live launched on Friday with a showing of Leyla Bound’s As I Open My Eyes in 46 screens across 17 countries. 

L For Leisure

IFFR unleashes VOD initiative

31-Jan-2016 | By

IFFR Unleashed is the festival’s new attempt to reach audiences through VOD platforms.

Disappearance

Waterland producers launch The Film Kitchen

31-Jan-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Leading Dutch producers Jan van der Zanden and Ineke Kanters have launched a new production company, The Film Kitchen.

Udo Kier

IFFR: Udo Kier talks 'Iron Sky 2'

31-Jan-2016 | By

Hitler is back  - and he will be sharing the screen with The Pope, Osama Bin Laden, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Putin and Jesus Christ, as well as various dinosaurs .

IFFR Film Festivals panel

IFFR: importance of the “human factor” at festivals

31-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

A panel of film industry experts in Rotterdam shared experiences and tips of how best to tackle the festival circuit.

Tickled

Sundance: Magnolia, HBO team up on 'Tickled'

30-Jan-2016 | By

The popular documentary from New Zealanders David Farrier and Dylan Reeve played in World Cinema Documentary Competition.

You Carry Me Ti mene nosis

Dutch Features secures rights Oscar submission 'You Carry Me'

30-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

DFGE to begin sales at the upcoming EFM.

Rotterdam Lab

Rotterdam Lab selects 61 producers

30-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

New partner organisations from Egypt, Nepal and Singapore

Goat

Sundance: six major deals signed in Park City

29-Jan-2016 | By

The Park City deal flow erupted on Friday led by Paramount Home Media’s $2.25m worldwide rights play for US Dramatic Competition entry Goat.

US Briefs: 'Mad Max' wins best film at AACTA in Hollywood

29-Jan-2016 | By

Plus: Mad Max also wins ACE editing award.

Slamdance

'The Million Dollar Duck' triumphs at Slamdance

29-Jan-2016 | By

In the week that saw Brian Golden Davis’ documentary secure a distribution deal with Discovery Communications’ Animal Planet and Lionsgate, the film also left Park City with two top awards.

Joshua Deitell

Joshua Deitell rises at The Solution

29-Jan-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Heading into Berlin The Solution Entertainment Group has promoted Joshua Deitell to VP of international sales and acquisitions.

Andrew Haigh Alexander McQueen

Andrew Haigh says Alexander McQueen biopic will have an “interesting take”

29-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: 45 Years director confirms he will shoot his adaptation of Lean On Pete before the biopic.

Havenhurst

CMG heads to EFM with 'Havenhurst', 'The Possession Experiment'

29-Jan-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group has added a pair of horror-thrillers to its international sales slate in Berlin.

Marjorie Prime

Fortitude International lines up 'Marjorie Prime' for EFM

29-Jan-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Jon Hamm, Lois Smith, Geena Davis, and Tim Robbins star in the sci-fi drama.

Asif Kapadia Maradona

'Amy' director to tackle 'Maradona'

29-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

Amy distributor Altitude pre-buys new documentary ‘Maradona’ for the UK, Cinetic to handle US sales.

Welcome To Norway

Beta Cinema picks up 'Welcome To Norway'

29-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

The sales company has pre-sold the comedy in several territories ahead of its world premiere at the Goteborg film festival and EFM screening.

Jacques Rivette

Jacques Rivette dies aged 87

29-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

The French New Wave director’s noted films included La Belle Noiseuse, Celine And Julie Go Boating and Out 1.

Ride Along 2

'Ride Along 2', 'The Big Short' top buzz chart

29-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Indiegogo-funded Lazer Team also scores highly, beating Dirty Grandpa.

Anomalisa Demolition

'Anomalisa', 'Demolition' to bookend Istanbul indie film fest

29-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Istanbul event will host a total of 23 gala screenings, including the latest films from Charlie Kaufman and Jean-Marc Vallee, as well as a David Bowie tribute programme.

La Ultima Tierra

Hubert Bals Fund finds stable footing

29-Jan-2016 | By

Anyone doubting the effectiveness of Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund need only look at the make-up of next month’s Berlinale competition.

CineMart prepares to launch 33rd edition

29-Jan-2016 | By

Some 25 projects from 21 countries are featured in CineMart 2016, IFFR’s much vaunted co-production market.

Harrison Ford

The Solution touts 'Official Secrets'

28-Jan-2016 | By

Paul Bettany, Natalie Dormer, Martin Freeman, Anthony Hopkins and Harrison Ford will star in the spy thriller that looks certain to get buyers buzzing ahead of the EFM next month.

The Intervention

Sundance: Paramount Home Media in talks for 'The Intervention'

28-Jan-2016 | By

The studio is closing a worldwide deal for more than $2m on Clea DuVall’s directorial debut. Separately, Dogwoof has picked up international rights to Weiner, while WWE Studios and Blumhouse will parter on Sleight.

Asif Kapadia Silver Ghost Martin Scorsese

Asif Kapadia to direct 'Silver Ghost'

28-Jan-2016 | By

The British director of Oscar-nominated documentary Amy, whose romance Ali & Nino premiered in Sundance this week, is lining up a drama about the iconic car manufacturer for producer Martin Scorsese.

Lee Daniels

Lee Daniels to direct Apollo Theater doc

28-Jan-2016 | By

The Oscar-nominated director of Precious and The Butler is preparing his first foray into non-fiction features with White Horse Pictures and Piper Cub Productions on board to produce.

Ken DuBow

Ken DuBow launches Bob’s Your Uncle

28-Jan-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The film and TV veteran heads to the EFM with his new worldwide sales and distribution venture, kicking off with two projects.

Alicia Vikander James McAvoy Wim Wenders

Embankment boards Vikander-McAvoy love story from Wenders

28-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

Sales outfit to introduce buyers to Submergence at the EFM.

Kathryn Bigelow to direct Detroit crime drama

28-Jan-2016 | By

Annapurna is financing a reunion project featuring the Oscar-winning duo of Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal.

A Dragon Arrives

Berlin: Match Factory strikes for Iranian Competition entry

28-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Arthouse kingpin will sell Mani Haghighi’s A Dragon Arrives!.

Salafistes

Islamic extremist doc 'Salafists' sparks controversy in France

28-Jan-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Films tackling Islamic extremism get limited theatrical release in France following November attacks.

BFI: UK independent films clock 11% of box office in 2015

28-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Overall admissions were up 9%, but production spend on UK domestic titles was down 7% in 2015.

Japan box office up by 4.9% to $1.83bn in 2015

28-Jan-2016 | By

Jurassic World and Big Hero 6 proved the top grossers of the year.

IFFR 2016 opening

'Beyond Sleep' opens IFFR as new festival director strikes political note

28-Jan-2016 | By

Dutch royalty attend opening, which kicked off with Boudewijn Koole’s new feature; Bero Beyer hails Rotterdam diversity.

Sing Street

Much-changed Dublin festival reveals line-up

28-Jan-2016 | By Esther McCarthy

It is all change for Dublin as the city’s 10-day festival launches a new programme, new sponsors and a new general manager.

Hector Cabello Reyes

SND boards Héctor Cabello Reyes’s 'An Indian Tale'

28-Jan-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Cross-cultural tale features India’s Million Dollar Arm star Pitobash oppposite Benoît Poelvoorde.

David Puttnam

Skillset, Puttnam launch executive MBA for creative industries

28-Jan-2016 | By Screen staff

Channel 4 will fund six bursaries over three years.

The Martian

China’s iQiyi signs output deal with Fox

28-Jan-2016 | By

Chinese streaming platform iQiyi has signed a multi-year film output agreement with 20th Century Fox.

Mammal

Sundance Channel acquires five festival titles

28-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Films include Irish feature Mammal starring Barry Keoghan.

Spotlight

US Briefs: Open Road seals development financing pact

28-Jan-2016 | By

Plus: Santa Barbara International Film Festival to honour five directors

Manolo

Content to sell Manolo Blahnik doc at EFM

28-Jan-2016 | By

The production, financing and sales company will introduce buyers in Berlin next month to the film about the celebrated shoe designer.

Clive Owen

Clive Owen to star in Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi thriller 'Anon'

28-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

K5 Media Group and K5 Film are producing the Gattaca director’s new sci-fi thriller.

Lo And Behold Reveries Of The Connected World

Sundance: Magnolia takes 'Lo And Behold'

27-Jan-2016 | By

The distributor has acquired worldwide rights from Submarine to Werner Herzog’s Sundance premiere Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World and will commence international sales at the EFM in Berlin next month.

Weiner

Hulu strikes IFC streaming deal

27-Jan-2016 | By

The digital service has ramped up its portfolio with a deal for exclusive first streaming window on all documentaries under the IFC Films label that includes recent Sundance pick-up Weiner.

Audrie & Daisy

Sundance: Netflix acquires 'Audrie & Daisy'

27-Jan-2016 | By

Netflix has picked up worldwide SVOD rights from UTA Independent Film Group to the US Documentary Competition entry Audrie & Daisy.

Marguerite

'Marguerite', 'My Golden Days' top French Cesar nominations

27-Jan-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Oscar-nominated Mustang also among nominated titles.

Embrace Of The Serpent

Sundance: 'Embrace Of The Serpent' wins Sloan prize

27-Jan-2016 | By

An extraordinary year for the Colombian Oscar nominee continued as Ciro Guerra’s drama was announced on Wednesday as winner of the 2016 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize.

Baskin

TIFF horror 'Baskin' secures key territory deals

27-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK, Germany, Australia, Italy sign up for genre festival hit.

the giant

Goteborg reveals next wave of Nordic hits

27-Jan-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

Nordic Film Market includes debut films by Force Majeure actress, the screenwriter of A Royal Affair and director of viral hit Las Palmas; CAA, UTA and ICM agents among attending industry.

US firm Lorem Ipsum acquires Russian distributor Arthouse

27-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

The Pride distributor is now entirely owned by Lorem Ipsum. Carol will be its next release in the territory.

History Of Love

Slovenia big winner at When East Meets West co-pro forum

27-Jan-2016 | By

Sonja Prosenc’s History Of Love scooped three prizes at the co-production forum.

Rebecca Hall

US Briefs: Rebecca Hall to star in 'Permission'

27-Jan-2016 | By

Plus: Former Relativity TV duo launch Critical Content; Surveillance producer Kent Harper makes directorial debut on Villainous; and more

Dolby cinema

Dolby team with Wanda to launch 100 premium cinema sites in China

27-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Dolby Cinema to be installed in 100 Wanda Cinema locations by 2021.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

DMG, Hasbro plot live Transformers show for China

27-Jan-2016 | By

China’s DMG Entertainment has reached an agreement with Hasbro to create a live action show, Transformers Live, based on the Transformers franchise.

The Birth Of A Nation

Sundance: Fox Searchlight in record $17.5m deal for 'Birth Of A Nation'

26-Jan-2016 | By

SUNDANCE: Fox Searchlight swooped on Monday night for worldwide rights to Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation, reportedly paying $17.5m in what would be the biggest ever on-site deal in Park City.

Creed

US Briefs: Sylvester Stallone to receive Santa Barbara fest honour

26-Jan-2016 | By Angela Lee

Plus: CinemaCon to fete Donna Langley; XLrator launches Lifeframe doc label; and more…

Paul McGann Tom Bateman Sean Teale

'Trance' co-writer begins shoot on thriller 'B&B'

26-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Creative England backs feature about gay couple who plot revenge against a conservative B&B owner.

Hunt For The WIlderpeople

Sundance: The Orchard snaps up 'Wilderpeople'

26-Jan-2016 | By

Taika Waititi’s road movie has found a North American home as The Orchard paid in the region of $2m for Hunt For The Wilderpeople following its debut in Premieres last Friday.

Thunder Road

Sundance 2016 unveils shorts winners

26-Jan-2016 | By

The 2016 Short Film Grand Jury Prize, awarded to one film in the programme of 72 short films selected from 8,712 submissions, has gone to Thunder Road.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'The Force Awakens' sets $200m IMAX record

26-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

The Force Awakens is now the second-highest grossing IMAX release of all time.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

China Box Office: 'Star Wars' holds lead; 'Kung Fu Panda 3' previews strongly

26-Jan-2016 | By Silvia Wong

It was a hat-trick of weekly wins for The Force Awakens but the weekend belonged to animated pandas and bears.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan Alexander Sokurov

DFI names Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Alexander Sokurov Qumra Masters

26-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

They join Naomi Kawase and Lucrecia Martel for the second edition of the Doha event.

The Violators

Bulldog sinks teeth into 'The Violators' for UK release

26-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Helen Walsh’s directorial debut will hit UK/Ireland cinemas in May 2016.

I Am Sion Sono!

Berlin completes Forum line-up; focus on punk Japanese films

26-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

The series includes I Am Sion Sono!!.

Pinewood Studios

Pinewood launches TV production arm

26-Jan-2016 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

Pinewood Group has recruited the producer of Fortitude, The Enfield Haunting and The Last Kingdom to lead its newly-formed TV production company.

Oscars

Academy explains rule changes

25-Jan-2016 | By

Following concern by members, leadership at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have explained the rationale behind last Thursday’s rule changes.

Indignation

Sundance: 'Indignation', 'Equity' find US homes

25-Jan-2016 | By

UPDATE: James Schamus’ feature directorial debut has gone to Summit in a North American deal in the mid-$2m range.

ryan gosling

Sony acquires international rights to 'Blade Runner'

25-Jan-2016 | By

The studio will handle distribution outside North America on Alcon Entertainment’s follow-up to Ridley Scott’s widely acclaimed 1982 sci-fi.

The Revenant

'The Revenant' retains UK lead; tops $17m

25-Jan-2016 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s Ride Along 2 is the week’s highest new entry with $3m (£2.13m) from 418 sites to chart second.

Out Of Love

Reel Suspects teams with 'Broken Circle Breakdown' producer

25-Jan-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based sales outfit adds Rotterdam premieres and sales manager.

Slamdance

US Briefs: partners buy 'The Million Dollar Duck'

25-Jan-2016 | By Angela Lee

Discovery Communications’ Animal Planet and Lionsgate have teamed up on North American and UK rights to the documentary.

The Queen Of Spain

Penelope Cruz, Fernando Trueba ready 'The Queen Of Spain'

25-Jan-2016 | By Elisabet Cabeza

Spain and Hungary shoot readied for sequel to The Girl Of Your Dreams; additional cast includes Clive Revill (Avanti!).

Jack

Picture Tree readies German distribution push

25-Jan-2016 | By

Elisabeth Scharang’s Jack, Simon Jaquemet’s War (Chrieg) earmarked for local distribution.

Relativity raises further $100m

25-Jan-2016 | By

Last week’s investment in Relativity by Eric Schmidt’s TomorrowVentures is part of a new $100m-plus round of financing, it emerged on Monday.

24 Weeks

Beta Cinema takes Berlinale Competition entry '24 Weeks'

25-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Beta acquires the second feature of Two Mothers director Anne Zohra Berrached.

Scarlett Johansson

'Ghost In The Shell' shifts from Disney to Paramount

25-Jan-2016

DreamWorks’ cyber-thriller starring Scarlett Johansson has shifted from Disney to Paramount - although the March 31 2017 release date stays the same.

Serge Hazanavicius

India’s Reliance to co-produce Serge Hazanavicius' 'nOmber One'

25-Jan-2016 | By

India’s Reliance Entertainment is teaming with two French production companies –  Julie Gayet’s Rouge International and Elisa Soussan’s myFamily – to co-produce Serge Hazanavicius’ mountaineering drama nOmber One.

Norm Of The North

'Norm Of The North' to get China release

25-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Splash Entertainment’s animated feature adds China to its 70-strong list of international territories.

Shakespeare on Film

BFI launches Shakespeare on Film; British films to tour 110 countries

25-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Events will include an international tour of British Shakespeare films and a nationwide simulcast of Ian McKellen’s Richard III.

A Robot in the Garden Soraya

Books at Berlinale to showcase 11 novels in search of film producers

25-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Titles from the UK, Turkey and across Europe selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

'The Revenant' crosses $200m at global box office

24-Jan-2016 | By

The Revenant grossed an estimated $33.8m from 48 markets as the running total reached $104.5m. 

Manchester By The Sea

Sundance: Amazon strikes $10m deal for 'Manchester By The Sea'

24-Jan-2016 | By

UPDATE: Amazon Studios bid $10m for Kenneth Lonergan’s drama. Separately, A24/DirecTV picked up Morris From America.

Alejandro Fernández Almendras

Sundance director lambasts Chilean film support

24-Jan-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Alejandro Fernández Almendras, whose Much Ado About Nothing plays in the World Cinema Dramatic section on Monday, said he feels he has no choice but to leave Chile to pursue his career “as a matter of survival.”

The Big Short

'The Big Short' wins PGA Award

24-Jan-2016 | By

Paramount’s financial crisis ensemble drama vaulted to the top of the Oscar best picture race following Saturday night’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award best picture triumph at the 27th annual Producers Guild Of America awards.

Truth And Power

US Briefs: FilmBuff to handle int’l sales on 'Truth And Power'

24-Jan-2016 | By

FilmBuff has licensed international rights to Participant Media’s 10-part investigative docu-series about corruption and civil liberties narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

'The Revenant' storms ahead in US on $16m

24-Jan-2016 | By

Fox/New Regency’s revenge drama reached to the top of the North American charts in its fifth weekend as Winter Storm Jonas ravaged the East Coast and according to some estimates knocked off 10% of potential overall earnings.

Under The Shadow

Sundance: partners unite on 'Under The Shadow'

24-Jan-2016 | By

Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films have partnered for global distribution on the Midnight selection and Farsi-language horror thriller.

Eat That Question – Frank Zappa In His Own Words

Sundance: SPC takes world on Frank Zappa doc

23-Jan-2016 | By

UPDATE: Eat That Question – Frank Zappa In His Own Words has gone to the Sony fold in a sub-$1m worldwide deal with Submarine excluding France and Germany ahead of Monday’s world premiere.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Academy introduces diversity changes

22-Jan-2016 | By

In a unanimous vote, the Academy’s board of governors have approved what it called “substantive changes” designed to make the Academy’s membership, its governing bodies and voters “significantly more diverse”. 

Little Men

Sundance: Mongrel International boards 'Little Men'

22-Jan-2016 | By

Charlotte Mickie and her team have taken international sales rights on Ira Sachs’s Sundance Premieres selection that debuts in Park City on Monday.

Resilience

Sundance: Brainstorm Media sparks to 'Resilience'

22-Jan-2016 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights to the documentary by Robert Redford’s son James Redford, set to debut today in the Documentary Premieres strand.

BAFTA canvasses diversity in UK membership

22-Jan-2016 | By Matt Mueller

BAFTA seeks greater insight into membership make-up as #Oscarssowhite furore builds.

anne frank

'The Diary Of Anne Frank', Bahman Ghobadi title join Berlin strand

22-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Bahman Ghobadi’s Life On The Border, Hans Steinbichler’s The Diary Of Anne Frank join Generation special screenings.

The Night Manager

‘The Night Manager’ in 2016 Berlin TV strand

22-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Six series from Denmark, Britain, Israel, Australia and the US populate the line-up.

gamba

Japanese animation 'Gamba' gets US, international sales deals

22-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Shirogumi production execed by Marvel Studios founder Avi Arad lands partners.

Tatsuro Hatanaka

Amuse Group USA plans LA Japan showcase

22-Jan-2016 | By

The inaugural J-Creation: A First Look Showcase will take place on March 3 at the London Hotel in West Hollywood.

'The Revenant' tops buzz chart for second week running

22-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

New openers Ride Along 2 and The Big Short fail to dethrone last week’s top titles.

Manchester By The Sea

Buyers circle hot 'Manchester'

22-Jan-2016 | By

Kenneth Lonergan’s triumphant return to Park City after his 2000 grand jury prizewinner You Can Count On Me has triggered talk of possible awards recognition following Saturday’s world premiere.

Holy Mess

Swedish box office up 10% in 2015

22-Jan-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

Total box office hit $210m in 2015, but the market share of local films dropped 5.2%.

Kristina Grozeva

Trieste forum hosts Grozeva/Valchanov, Ribeiro, Giurgiu projects

22-Jan-2016 | By

When East Meets West (WEMW) co-production forum received record number of submissions.

The Eagle Huntress

US Briefs: Daisy Ridley joins 'The Eagle Huntress' as EP

22-Jan-2016 | By

Plus: Lisandro Alonso’s Argentinean film Jauja wins at Cinema Tropical; Dell, Adrien Grenier launch short film contest; and more…

Game Of Thrones

Report: 'Game Of Thrones' trumps demand for Netflix originals

21-Jan-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Demand for HBO fantasy drama Game Of Thrones exceeded that for any original Netflix original series last December in three-quarters of 53 sample countries, according to research firm Parrot Analytics.

Shepherds and Butchers

Berlin completes Panorama programme

21-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Films include Shepherds and Butchers with Steve Coogan; Don’t Call Me Son from Anna Muylaert; and a documentary about a director and actress who were kidnapped by Kim Jong-il.

FilmNation, JC Chandor to remake 'The Robber'

21-Jan-2016 | By

FilmNation is reuniting with JC Chandor and his All Is Lost producers Neal Dodson, Anna Gerb on a remake of the German thriller.

Robert Redford

Robert Redford addresses diversity

21-Jan-2016 | By

Speaking at the opening day press conference for the Sundance Film Festival 2016 the founder weighed in on the hot topic of the day.

Craig Roberts

Craig Roberts launches production company; readies second feature

21-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

EXCLUSIVE: Cliff Edge Pictures will develop and produce film and TV projects, starting with the Submarine star’s next feature as a director.

Affleck Batman

Warner Bros unveils 'Wonder Woman', 'Justice League' dates

21-Jan-2016 | By

Setting up a massive 2017 for the studio’s DC Entertainment division, executives have dated two of their most anticipated properties. Separately Universal has moved The Mummy to that summer.

Love and Friendship

Curzon Artificial Eye acquires Whit Stillman’s 'Love & Friendship'

21-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK deal for Sundance title starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny.

Netflix, Relativity argue over supply contract

21-Jan-2016 | By

A war of words has erupted between Netflix and Relativity Media as reports said the streaming giant has requested a court void the parties’ supply contract and block reorganisation efforts by Ryan Kavanaugh.

intouchables

Comedies are France’s most popular film export, UniFrance

21-Jan-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

French comedies generated 326.5 million entries internationally from 1994 to 2014.

heidi

'Heidi' becomes Switzerland’s biggest international release

21-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

The German-Swiss co-pro has grossed more than $14m to date; Studiocanal has sold the title in 50 territories.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Australia sets record box office in 2015

21-Jan-2016 | By Fiona Williams

Australian films enjoy best ever year at local box office with Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dressmaker boosting results.

Spectre

Austrian filming incentive tightens entry criteria

21-Jan-2016 | By

Spectre and Fog In August among projects to tap into incentive.

The Model

Festival Scope extends consumer platform with IFFR

21-Jan-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

Festival Scope becomes brand of audience-facing VOD platform as industry service is rebranded Festival Scope Pro.

Heartbeats

US Briefs: Cast bulks up on Myriad’s 'Heartbeats'

21-Jan-2016 | By

Plus: Glass Eye Pix, Dogfish wrap ‘Like Me’; FilmRise acquires ‘The Witness’; and more…

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'Star Wars', 'Spider-Man' shift release dates; 'T2' pulled

20-Jan-2016 | By

Disney has moved Star Wars: Episode VIII from May 26 2017 to December 15 2017. Separately, Sony Pictures has moved Spider-Man forward by three weeks in summer 2017 while Paramount has taken Terminator 2 off the schedule.

Rob Cohen

Foresight eyes EFM sales storm with 'Category 5'

20-Jan-2016 | By Jeremy Berkowitz

Mark Damon’s Los Angeles-based financing, production and sales company heads to the European Film Market in Berlin next month to begin sales on the disaster action thriller that Rob Cohen will direct.

Cezanne Et Moi

UniFrance Rendez-vous: comedy, art and real-life tales rule

20-Jan-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Market sets scene for Berlin and Cannes but few deals sealed.

Italian box office up 10% in 2015, local films fall

20-Jan-2016 | By Gabriele Niola

Local films quota drops while US titles and animation dominate and admissions rise.

Clement Virgo

Berlin 2016: seven TV series to pitch at Co-Production Market

20-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Seven international series projects have been selected to pitch at the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

Time Out Of Mind

Glasgow Film Festival unveils 2016 programme

20-Jan-2016 | By Ian Sandwell

Festival to host 60 UK premieres, including Time Out Of Mind [pictured] starring Richard Gere and Disney’s Zootropolis.

Andrew Haigh

'45 Years' director Andrew Haigh among Creative England Future Leaders

20-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Sunset Song producer Hurricane Films and Duck Soup Films, set up last year by two UK producers with ties to Warp Films, are also on the list.

The Last Witch Hunter

'The Last Witch Hunter' crosses $100m internationally

20-Jan-2016 | By

Lionsgate International executives have reported that the Vin Diesel action horror reached the milestone on Tuesday.

Baahubali: The Beginning

Indian blockbuster 'Baahubali' sold to Germany

20-Jan-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Historical drama billed as India’s most expensive film.

Ed Vaizey

Ed Vaizey: "The creative industries exist outside of London"

20-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

The minister for culture discussed the health of the UK’s creative industries at a gathering of business leaders in London.

Ettore Scola

Ettore Scola dies aged 84

20-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Revered Italian director and screenwriter behind A Special Day has died in Rome.

The Lesson

Slamdance: buyers take 'The Lesson' from Jinga

20-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Psychological thriller sold to territories in Europe and Asia.

Tom Hooper to receive Goteborg's Honorary Dragon

20-Jan-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

Tom Hooper is to receive the Honorary Dragon Award at the 39th Goteborg Film Festival, where his new film The Danish Girl has its Swedish premiere. 

Amateur Night

US Briefs: Cinedigm snaps up 'Amateur Night'

20-Jan-2016 | By Jeremy Berkowitz

Plus: ARRAY, Indiegogo aim to raise profile of content creators of colour and female filmmakers; and more…

Chi Raq

Berlin completes Competition line-up; adds Spike Lee's Chi-Raq

20-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

New films from Lee Tamahori and Anne Zohra Berrached also added.

Cartel Land

'Cartel Land' tops iTunes charts in LatAm

20-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary picked up an Oscar nomination last week.

The Windmill Massacre

EFM: Kaleidoscope to debut 'The Windmill Massacre'

19-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Broadchurch actress stars in Dutch horror debut from Nick Jongerius.

Andea Arnold

A24 acquires 'American Honey'

19-Jan-2016 | By

Newcomer Sasha Lane stars alongside Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough in the British filmmaker’s latest feature, currently in post.

Complete Unknown

Amazon Studios acquires 'Complete Unknown'

19-Jan-2016

EXCLUSIVE: Kicking off what insiders expect to be a year of statement buys, the ambitious digital platform has swooped on Joshua Marston’s drama ahead of its world premiere in Park City on January 25.

The Fits

Oscilloscope buys Sundance entry 'The Fits'

19-Jan-2016 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights from Mongrel International ahead of the NEXT selection’s North American premiere in Park City on Friday.

In the Last Days of the City Akher ayam el madina

Berlin 2016: Forum line-up unveiled; focus on Arab region

19-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Programme includes 34 world premieres.

The Eyes Of My Mother

Borderline Presents launches for Sundance

19-Jan-2016 | By

Borderline Films co-founders Josh Mond, Sean Durkin and Antonio Campos have unveiled a label to board projects as executive producers starting with Park City selection The Eyes Of My Mother.

Michael Fassbender

Tomas Alfredson's 'The Snowman' begins shoot with Michael Fassbender

19-Jan-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

Universal dates adaptation of Jo Nesbo bestseller, starring Michael Fassbender, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rebecca Ferguson.

China Box Office: 'Force Awakens' battles 'Boonie Bears III'

19-Jan-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Star Wars: The Force Awakens held onto the weekly crown - and has now crossed $100m - but was edged out over the weekend by the popular bears.

Luther

Idris Elba calls for greater diversity in media

19-Jan-2016 | By Miranda Blazeby

Idris Elba has argued that UK television is in need of a “Magna Carta moment” on diversity and is still failing to reflect modern Britain.

Stephen FIngleton

Stephen Fingleton developing US big budget sci-fi

19-Jan-2016 | By Katie Wright

BAFTA-nominated director in talks to direct a thriller set in the near future.

Tamoor Shafi

US Briefs: Tamoor Shafi to lead digital efforts at Relativity Media

19-Jan-2016 | By

Plus: Hot Docs to recogniseRosie Dransfeld, Steve James; State Department, Film Independent launch mentorship scheme; Tyler Perry Studios starts production on Boo! A Madea Halloween; and more…

The Here After

'The Here After' takes top Guldbagge in Sweden

19-Jan-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

Other winners include Drifters and box office hit A Man Called Ove.

Netflix

Netflix international subscribers reaches 30m

19-Jan-2016 | By

The streaming service saw just over 4m new members outside the US in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to an influx of 1.56m from within the US.

Lovesong

Mongrel International in tune with 'Lovesong'

19-Jan-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Charlotte Mickie and her team have come on board to represent international sales on Sundance regular So Yong Kim’s US Dramatic Competition entry ahead of its world premiere in Park City.

Jennifer Lawrence

Sony sets Jennifer Lawrence for 'Marita'

19-Jan-2016 | By

The Oscar nominee has been cast as Fidel Castro’s lover Marita Lorenz based on a pitch by American Hustle co-writer Eric Warren Singer.

Average US ticket price climbed 3.2% in 2015

19-Jan-2016 | By

Data released by the National Association Of Theatre Owners on Tuesday revealed the average cost of going to the cinema last year was $8.43.

'Paddington', 'X+Y' score at GB Writers’ Guild Awards

19-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

Paul King beat out Nick Hornby and Alex Garland.

Sundance: six European films to receive Films Sales Support

19-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Promotional campaigns for six European films are being boosted with Films Sales Support (FSS) from European Film Promotion (EFP) at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (Jan 21-31).

Will Taylor

Icon Film Distribution appoints publicity manager

19-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Icon Film Distribution appoints Will Taylor from Organic.

Sundance Film Festival

Buyers eye Sundance discoveries; 34 titles to watch

18-Jan-2016 | By

As Sundance and Slamdance prepare to kick off this week some insiders have predicted there could be a surge of activity from digital platforms besides Netflix and Amazon Studios.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs

AMPAS head vows diversity review

18-Jan-2016 | By

Referring to the all-white roster of this year’s Oscar acting nominees, Cheryl Boone Isaacs said she was “heartbroken and frustrated”.

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Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith to boycott Oscars

18-Jan-2016 | By

Two of Hollywood’s most prominent African-Americans used the Martin Luther King Jr public holiday in the US to declare they will stay away from the 88th annual Academy Awards on February 28 as the #OscarsSoWhite backlash gathered momentum.

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Hatton Garden heist to become film

18-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome tools up for feature version of $20m (£14m) heist.

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Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly board Laurel & Hardy biopic

18-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

BBC Films production is written by Jeff Pope (Philomena) and follows the comedy duo’s final UK tour.

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Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, Laura Linney to star in 'The Dinner'

18-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Protagonist will introduce to buyers to the Oren Moverman-directed film at EFM next month.

Emmanuelle Riva

'Amour' star Emmanuelle Riva joins Icelandic thriller 'Alma'

18-Jan-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

Nordisk Film & TV Fond backs five new projects including a thriller starring Emmanuelle Riva.

Sundance Film Festival London

Sundance Film Festival: London dates moved forward

18-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Move will avoid clash with Sheffield Doc/Fest and Edinburgh.

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Terence Davies’ 'A Quiet Passion' to world premiere at Berlin

18-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Don Cheadle’s Miles Davies’ biopic to get international premiere.

Ice And The Sky

US Briefs: Music Box acquires 'Ice And The Sky'

18-Jan-2016 | By Angela Lee

Plus: Order Of Arts And Letters for Michael Keaton; Oscar Wilde honours for Sarah Greene.

Sundance Institute

New Sundance Institute fund provides extra doc support

18-Jan-2016 | By Angela Lee

Robert Green, Margaret Brown, Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq have been selected as fellows for Sundance Institute’s new ‘Art Of Nonfiction’ initiative.

Rola Bauer

Rola Bauer lands StudioCanal US post

18-Jan-2016 | By

The CEO of the French studio’s Tandem Productions will lead all production and co-production television activities in the US, it was announced on Monday.

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Mosquito lands on Rotterdam title 'Motel Mist'

18-Jan-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Prabda Yoon’s feature debut will play in Rotterdamn’s Hivos Tiger Awards Competition.

'The Revenant' claws up UK box office

18-Jan-2016 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ Creed fails to deliver knockout punch but still lands solid $3.2m (£2.22m) hit on debut.

Zorana Piggott

iFeatures appoints Zorana Piggott exec producer

18-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

The Couple In A Hole producer will oversee the fourth edition of the low budget film-making programme.

Lav Diaz wins Locarno's Golden Leopard for From What Is Before

Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum unveils line-up

18-Jan-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Wang Bing, Adam Wong, Pema Tseden and Lav Diaz (pictured) among directors with projects in line-up.

Mad Max Fury Road

'Mad Max', '45 Years' score big at London Critics' awards

18-Jan-2016 | By Screen staff

British actors, directors and films won most of the main awards.

Tim Angel

BAFTA to honour Angels Costumes

18-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Costume house that has serviced films from Hitchcock to Hammer and Harry Potter to receive honourary BAFTA.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'Force' surges to $1.87bn global

17-Jan-2016 | By

JAN 19 UPDATE: Disney/Lucasfilms’ Star Wars smash has become the first film in Disney history to cross $1bn at the international box office.

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'Ride Along 2' cruises to US title on $41.6m

17-Jan-2016 | By

JAN 18 UPDATE: Universal’s comedy sequel opened at number one and dethroned Star Wars: The Force Awakens after five sessions at the top.

Christian Bale

Christian Bale out of 'Ferrari'

17-Jan-2016 | By

The British actor has departed biopic Enzo Ferrari over health concerns, according to reports.

'Mad Max' dominates Critics Choice Awards

17-Jan-2016 | By

Mad Max: Fury Road won nine awards as the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced their winners in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Taken 3

French films drew 106m international admissions in 2015, UniFrance

17-Jan-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Asia overtakes Europe as top market for French films. Top three exports were Taken 3, The Transporter Refuelled and The Little Prince.

Eric Schmidt

Alphabet chief invests in Relativity Media

15-Jan-2016 | By

Eric Schmidt’s investment vehicle TomorrowVentures is to buy an undisclosed piece of Relativity Media as Ryan Kavanaugh continues to steer his previously embattled company into clearer waters.

Holy Hell

Film Sales Company boards five for Park City

15-Jan-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Andrew Herwitz has picked up four world premieres for his Sundance slate and added a fifth title from Main Street neighbour Slamdance.

Bridget Monahan

'Drunk Parents' adds cast ahead of January 15 start

15-Jan-2016 | By

Jim Gaffigan, Joe Manganiello, Bridget Moynahan and Ben Platt have joined the Bron Studios and Fortitude International co-production comedy.

The Fundamentals Of Caring

Netflix swoops on 'The Fundamentals Of Caring'

15-Jan-2016 | By

The streaming service has confirmed its acquisition of worldwide streaming rights on the road movie ahead of its Park City world premiere on January 29.

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BFI launches scheme to support foreign language films

15-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

EXCLUSIVE: BFI FAN to inject £100k into distribution of six films following slump in foreign-language titles at UK box office.

Zombillenium

Urban boards Arthur de Pins children’s horror 'Zombillénium'

15-Jan-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: $15m animation is inspired by Night Of The Living Dead and The Office; UDI scores key deals on Long Way North.

Spanish Affair 2

'Spanish Affair 2' helps boost Spain box office by 9% in 2015

15-Jan-2016 | By Elisabet Cabeza Gutes

Spanish titles continue to fare well in Spain as local hit topped Minions, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World.

Weiner

US Briefs: Sundance Selects lands Sundance doc 'Weiner'

15-Jan-2016 | By

Sundance Selects confirmed on Friday it has taken North American rights from Submarine to Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s imminent world premiere.

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Nordic box office reports healthy 2015

15-Jan-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

It was good news across Nordic box office revenues for 2015, with local hits pushing countries above 2014.

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'The Revenant' leads Oscar race with 12 nominations

14-Jan-2016 | By

Mad Max: Fury Road close behind with 10; The Martian rockets to seven.

Oscar

Oscars 2016: full list of nominations

14-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards; watch the announcement.

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Scott, Spielberg, Sorkin shut out of Oscar nominations

14-Jan-2016 | By

Ridley Scott will not get the chance to win his first directing Oscar this year as he missed out on a nomination for The Martian.

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman dies aged 69

14-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

The British actor and director had been suffering from cancer.

The Revenant

Oscars 2016: nominees' reactions

14-Jan-2016 | By Elbert Wyche and Angela Lee

A call from the president of Colombia; not waking the kids; and sharing the news with a shop assistant - how Thursday morning’s good news played out.

Baz Luhrmann

US Briefs: Gravitas Ventures acquires Tiffany & Co doc

14-Jan-2016 | By

The distributor said on Thursday it had picked up the only authorised independent documentary on Tiffany & Co, Crazy About Tiffany’s.

Best Picture Oscar 2016

Oscars 2016: Best Picture nominees at-a-glance

14-Jan-2016 | By Katie Wright

A closer look at the 2016 Oscar Best Picture nominees, including reactions, reviews, and in-depth features.

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

Guillermo del Toro joins 'Scary Stories'

14-Jan-2016 | By

The Mexican auteur will produce and may direct the CBS Films adaptation based on Alvin Schwartz’ trilogy of short story collections.

The Tenth Man

Berlin 2016: Panorama titles added to line-up

14-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Plus… Carol producer Christine Vachon to receive special Teddy Award.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'The Force Awakens' to become fifth biggest international release

14-Jan-2016 | By

JANUARY 14 UPDATE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens has reached $957.9m and was poised on Thursday night to overtake the Harry Potter finale and become the fifth biggest international release in history.

Quo Vado

Italy box office: 'Quo Vado?' becomes biggest ever local film

14-Jan-2016 | By Gabriele Niola

Comedy starring comedian Checco Zalone has become the biggest Italian film at the local box office; producer Taodue expects it to top Avatar’s all-time record.

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WestEnd Films hires Sofia Neves as director of sales

14-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Neves will join in time for the European Film Market at the Berlinale (Feb 11-19).

Dimitri Eipides

Thessaloniki director Dimitri Eipides steps down

14-Jan-2016 | By

Long-time festival executive will leave his post in March but will continue in TIFF role.

Brooklyn

IFB calls for funding increase to sustain Irish film success

14-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Following a strong 2015 for Irish Film, the acting chair of the Irish Film Board has stated that funding must be restored to previous levels.

The Road Back

Berlin 2016: Classics strand includes James Whale's 'The Road Back'

14-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Six newly-restored films from Germany, Japan, Taiwan and the US.

Jasmila Zbanic

Berlin 2016: Guerra, Zbanic, Uthang among co-pro market lineup

14-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Berlinale Co-Production Market matches 36 new feature film projects with international co-production partners .

Room

Oscars 2016: Best Picture nominations in pictures

14-Jan-2016 | By Katie Wright

Gallery of this year’s Best Picture nominated films.

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Oscars 2016: Acting Nominations in Pictures

14-Jan-2016 | By Katie Wright

This year’s Academy Award best actor and actress nominations.

Bill Block

Red Granite International to sell Bill Block slate

13-Jan-2016 | By

Heading into Sundance and Berlin Bill Block Media has struck an exclusive sales deal with Red Granite International as Block continues to focus his energies on producing and financing.

Stephen Emery

The Solution hires Stephen Emery

13-Jan-2016 | By

Seeking to step up its production efforts, The Solution Entertainment Group has brought on the Circle Of Confusion executive as evp of acquisitions and development.

Isabelle Huppert

MK2 boards Bozon’s Huppert-starrer 'Mrs. Hyde'

13-Jan-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Company to launch black comedy - also starring Gerard Depardieu and Romain Duris - at Rendez-vous with French Cinema; Stéphane Brizé, Gael Garcia Bernal titles also on slate.

Lost In Hong Kong

MUBI China to launch following $50m investment

13-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Dong Ping’s Huanxi Media Group invests in subscription streaming service, which could beat Netflix to the punch in China.

Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk

Stacey Sher joins Activision Blizzard Studios

13-Jan-2016 | By Jeremy Berkowitz

The producer of The Hateful Eight and other Quentin Tarantino films will serve as co-president of the video game giant’s production venture.

NFTS

C4 to donate $2.2m to NFTS for new building, bursary

13-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Donation to fund new building and bursary for socially disadvantaged students

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eOne Films International to close; up to 15 staff impacted

13-Jan-2016 | By , Andreas Wiseman

eOne Features is to close its London-based international film sales operation as the Canadian company shifts further towards production and distribution.

Crystal Lake

Berlin 2016: Generation line-ups unveiled

13-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Berlinale receives record number of submissions for youth strand.

Hardcore

US Briefs: STX sets 'Hardcore Henry' release

13-Jan-2016 | By Jeremy Berkowitz

STX Entertainment will release its retitled Toronto pick-up produced by Timur Bekmambetov in the US on April 8.

US, Canada among deals for sci-fi 'The Call Up'

13-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK, Australia, Japan also among key pacts for sci-fi starring Max Deacon.

Some Kind Of Hate

Devilworks inks UK, Germany, Australia, China deals on horror slate

13-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: In-demand titles include Some Kind Of Hate, The Answer, Time Lapse.

Juliet Stevenson

Juliet Stevenson drama 'Let Me Go' begins shoot

13-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Project is based on the memoir of author Helga Schneider.

Imagine Dragons

CinemaLive to distribute Imagine Dragons concert film; Studiocanal to handle UK/Ireland

13-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Concert to be shown at cinemas around the world for one night only.

Brazilian box office breaks records in 2015

13-Jan-2016 | By

Total revenue increased by 17.5% as admissions also received boost; local films fare well.

Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier to be honoured with BAFTA Fellowship

12-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Pioneering actor to receive BAFTA’s highest honour.

Revenant Martian

Alejandro G Inarritu, Ridley Scott earn DGA nods

12-Jan-2016 | By

The heavyweight indicator of likely best director Oscar nominees has been revealed as the two awards season frontrunners received Directors Guild Of America nods on Tuesday.

Shanghai Disney Resort

Shanghai Disney Resort set for June launch

12-Jan-2016 | By

The Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group announced on Tuesday that Shanghai Disney Resort will stage an opening day ceremony on June 16.

Sasha Lloyd

Sasha Lloyd to head international at A24

12-Jan-2016 | By

The former executive at Goldman Sachs will oversee all film and television distribution and business development in the international marketplace for the New York-based company.

Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis and Terry Dougas

1821 Media, Warner Bros in 'Treasure Hunt'

12-Jan-2016 | By

Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis and Terry Dougas’ 1821 Media is partnering with the studio to develop the untitled adventure project.

Adam Driver

K5, Amazon to launch Jarmusch's 'Paterson' at EFM

12-Jan-2016 | By

Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Adam Driver stars in Jim Jarmusch’s upcoming comedy that Amazon Studios and K5 International are co-financing.

Star Wars The Force Awakens at The Great Wall of China

'The Force Awakens', 'Sherlock' enter top five in China

12-Jan-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Foreign titles re-entered the weekly chart after the blackout as Star Wars and Sherlock claimed top and third spot, respectively.

Beauty and the Beast

Shout! Factory, Pathé strike 'Beast' deal

12-Jan-2016 | By

Shout! Factory has secured all US rights to Christophe Gans’ Beauty And The Beast (La Belle Et La Bête).

Men & Chicken

Arrow Films picks up 'Men & Chicken', 'The Idealist' for UK

12-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: LevelK secures deals for Danish features; Men & Chicken stars Mads Mikkelsen.

United States of Love

New Europe acquires Berlinale Competition title ‘United States of Love’

12-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Polish drama directed by Floating Skyscapers filmmaker Tomasz Wasilewski.

Dieter Kosslick

Berlinale chief talks security and refugee initiatives ahead of 2016 edition

12-Jan-2016 | By

Festival adapts to recent security concerns and adds initiatives for refugees.

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'The Force Awakens' leads VES nominees

12-Jan-2016 | By

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in the running for seven awards at the upcoming 14th Annual VES Awards on February 2 in Beverly Hills.

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‘The Yard’ to kick off 450 films in Goteborg

12-Jan-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

Notable world premieres include Mads Matthiesen’s Teddy Bear follow-up The Model and Avalon director Axel Petersén’s Under the Pyramid.

'Bridge Of Spies' earns CAS nod

12-Jan-2016 | By

The Cinema Audio Society announced its nominees for the 52nd Annual CAS Awards for outstanding achievement in sound mixing on Tuesday.

Miami International Film Festival

North American briefs: Miami fest, Google set seminar series

12-Jan-2016 | By

Plus: The Little Prince to open Santa Barbara fest; former Screendaily head critic on Sundance jury; and more…

Land of Mine

'Land of Mine' leads Denmark's Robert nominees

12-Jan-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

Other nominees include A War, The Idealist, Summer of ‘92, Men & Chicken and The Shamer’s Daughter; Summer of ‘92 leads critics’ Bodil nominees.

Another City

Berlin 2016: shorts line-up includes Ben Russell, Mahdi Fleifel

12-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

A total of 25 films selected for competitive programme.

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Rotterdam reveals shorts competitors

12-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

IFFR confirms 23 films and jury for Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films.

The Martian VR

Fox debuts 'The Martian' VR Experience at CES

12-Jan-2016 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Virtual reality in demand at Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show where YouTube and GoPro announce deal.

Stranger

Kazakhstan’s Oscar entry to open Asia House fest

12-Jan-2016 | By Katie Wright

Nomad drama Stranger headlines London-based Asian festival.

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Jennifer Lawrence to star in Darren Aronofsky drama

11-Jan-2016 | By

Paramount Pictures announced on Monday that the Golden Globe winner will star in the anticipated 2017 release.

The Dark Knight Rises

Wanda buys Legendary for $3.5bn

11-Jan-2016 | By

China’s Dalian Wanda Group has finalised its acquisition of the genre company in a deal that means it has spent at least around $6.85bn on non-Chinese entertainment entities within the past four years.

Black Panther

Ryan Coogler to direct 'Black Panther'

11-Jan-2016 | By

Riding high on the critical and commercial success of Creed, the young director will next helm Marvel’s superhero adaptation.

The Commune

Berlin 2016: Vinterberg, Hansen-Løve, Tanović join Competition

11-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

New titles from Thomas Vinterberg, Mia Hansen-Løve, Danis Tanovic, Lav Diaz and Gianfranco Rosi among line-up.

David Bowie

David Bowie dies aged 69

11-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Death of the music, film and fashion icon confirmed by his son.

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Doc & Film to sell Rosi's Berlinale Competition doc 'Fire At Sea'

11-Jan-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Documentary from Golden Lion winner to premiere in competition at the Berlinale.

Between Sea And Land

Global Screen acquires Sundance title 'Between Sea And Land'

11-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Colombian drama to world premiere in Park City.

Beta Cinema picks up Sundance-Berlinale title 'Sand Storm'

11-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Israeli drama centres on two Bedouin women.

ro*co films eyes Sundance pick-up for coalition

11-Jan-2016 | By

The San Francisco-based ro*co films will represent a coalition of international documentary buyers with audiences across eight countries and aims to acquire one “high-profile” documentary in Park City.

Haifaa Al Mansour

Haifaa Al-Mansour romance, culture-clash comedy get IFB backing

11-Jan-2016 | By Esther McCarthy

Haifaa Al-Mansour’s A Storm In The Stars and comedy Halal Daddy among those supported in latest funding round.

The Forest

Film4 FrightFest unveils Glasgow strand

11-Jan-2016 | By Ian Sandwell

Genre festival’s 11th year in Glasgow to feature eight UK premieres and the world premiere of Stephen King adaptation Cell.

Bad Santa

US Briefs: 'Bad Santa 2' cast bulks up as shoot begins

11-Jan-2016 | By Angela Lee

Plus: promotions at Paramount, Warner Bros; and Rogovy Foundation launches doc fund.

'The Force Awakens' retains UK lead

11-Jan-2016 | By Ian Sandwell

Entertainment’s The Hateful Eight posts strong $4.05m (£2.78m) debut.

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'The Revenant', 'The Martian' win top Golden Globes

10-Jan-2016 | By

The Revenant and The Martian shared top honours at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards for drama and musical or comedy respectively as the former also earned best director and dramatic actor and the latter best actor in a musical or comedy.

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'The Force Awakens' first to cross $800m in North America

10-Jan-2016 | By

JANUARY 11 UPDATE: A confirmed $42.4m fourth weekend propelled Star Wars: The Force Awakens to $812.7m as the worldwide tally reached $1.73bn.

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' takes $53m in China debut

10-Jan-2016 | By

JANUARY 11 UPDATE: The records continued to tumble for Disney/Lucasfilm’s juggernaut as executives reported a $146.4m worldwide haul that propelled the space opera past Jurassic World to $1.734bn.

Sean Penn

Sean Penn interview 'helped locate' El Chapo

10-Jan-2016 | By

A clandestine interview conducted by the Oscar-winning actor with Joaquín Guzmán aka El Chapo alerted Mexican authorities to the crime lord’s whereabouts in the run-up to his recapture on Friday, according to reports.

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'Labyrinth Of Lies', 'The Assassin' win at PSIFF

9-Jan-2016 | By

JAN 10 UPDATE: Giulio Ricciarelli’s German foreign-language Oscar submission Labyrinth Of Lies won on Sunday the Palm Springs Film Festival’s Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for best narrative feature and Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker’s Everything Is Copy from the US earned the documentary award.

'Force' strong in China on $33m

9-Jan-2016 | By

JANUARY 9 UPDATE: Disney executives issued early estimates on Saturday in what they said would be a record opening day in the territory for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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BAFTAs 2016: ‘Bridge Of Spies’, ‘Carol’ lead with nine nominations

8-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road also secure multiple nods; Star Wars: The Force Awakens scores four.

BAFTAs 2016: full list of nominations

8-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Full list of BAFTA nominations; watch the announcement here…

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BAFTAs 2016: 'Suffragette', 'Spectre', 'Joy' among shutouts

8-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

Charlotte Rampling missed out on a widely anticipated best actress nomination.

Trapped

Kormakur’s 'Trapped' breaks Iceland TV records

8-Jan-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

Icelandic crime series Trapped, created by Baltasar Kormakur, has launched with a bang after debuting on Dec 27 in Iceland.

The Revenant

BAFTAs 2016: Fox tops distributor nominations

8-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Bridge Of Spies and The Revenant help Fox top the list; Universal and Studiocanal complete top three.

Nordisk Fond aims to back more ambitious projects

8-Jan-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

Nordics fund also increases support for documentaries by 20%.

The Danish Girl trailer

BAFTAs 2016: Screen Stars of Tomorrow nominated

8-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Eddie Redmayne, Andrew Haigh and Stephen Fingleton all make this year’s BAFTA nominations list.

Phil

US Briefs: Shooting wraps on Greg Kinnear directorial debut ‘Phil’

8-Jan-2016 | By

Plus: Academy announces scientific and technical achievements; and more

German box office hits record $1.22bn in 2015

8-Jan-2016 | By

Local hits such as Fack Ju Göhte 2 helped score a record year in Germany - even before the release of Star Wars.

Early Man poster

Aardman's 'Early Man' sets 2018 release dates

8-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park directing prehistoric animated adventure.

Network brings sales agents in-house

8-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Claire Bailey, Jerry Whelan and Steve Staniland will head up the new sales agent division.

Spotlight

BAFTAS 2016: lowdown on Best Film and Outstanding British Film nominees

8-Jan-2016 | By Katie Wright

A closer look at the nominees for Best Film and Outstanding British Film at the 2016 BAFTAs including reactions, reviews, and in-depth features.

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BAFTAs 2016: Acting Nominations in Pictures

8-Jan-2016 | By Katie Wright

This year’s BAFTA best actor and actress nominations.

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BAFTAs 2016: Best Film Nominations in Pictures

8-Jan-2016 | By Katie Wright

This year’s BAFTA nominated films.

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BAFTAs 2016: nominees' reactions

8-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Reactions roll in following this year’s BAFTA nominations.

'The Hateful Eight' fires up buzz chart

8-Jan-2016 | By Katie Wright

Tarantino’s Western followed by The Revenant and The Danish Girl.

Charlize Theron

eOne buys portion of Sierra Pictures

7-Jan-2016 | By

In its second high-profile corporate move of recent weeks that illustrates expanding strategic ambitions, the Canadian giant has invested an undisclosed amount into the Los Angeles-based production company.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'Force Awakens' targets #2 all-time global rank

7-Jan-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens could soar as high as $2.25bn worldwide to finish behind Avatar in the all-time pantheon, according to a former high-ranking studio executive.

Pee-wee's Big Holiday

SXSW to premiere 'Pee-wee’s Big Holiday'

7-Jan-2016 | By

Festival top brass gave a sneak preview on Thursday of films and events that will take place at the jamboree in Austin, Texas, from March 11-20.

Bill Lischak

Bill Lischak steps down at OddLot Entertainment

7-Jan-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran executive departs production company after nine years

Andrew Essex

Andrew Essex named CEO of Tribeca Enterprises

7-Jan-2016 | By

The former vice-chair and founding CEO of creative agency Droga5 will oversee Tribeca’s businesses in a reshuffle that officially confirmed that former Tribeca Enterprises chief creative officer Geoff Gilmore will continue as a consultant to the film festival.

UK box office hits record high in 2015

7-Jan-2016 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal achieves biggest ever year for any distributor in UK as it leads the market, with Disney close behind.

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'Jaws' shark heads for Academy Museum

7-Jan-2016 | By

Plus: Jay Roach in CAS award; Santa Barbara festival adds second wave of Virtuosos Award recipients.

Frederick Schmidt

Creative England, cast find 'The Marker'

7-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Starred Up and Snow In Paradise star leads cast in thriller from 104 Films.

SPRI releases grossed $1.46bn in 2015

7-Jan-2016 | By

Spectre led box office for all films distributed via Sony Pictures Releasing International last year.

Kieran Breen re-elected BAFTA LA chairman

7-Jan-2016 | By

The Fox International president of marketing has been re-elected BAFTA LA chairman.

Dennis Viollet A United Man

Manchester fest unveils 2016 line-up

7-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Second edition to open with sports doc Dennis Viollet - A United Man and close with the international premiere of There Should be Rules.

Odeon Holloway Road

Odeon regains UK market lead from Cineworld

7-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Cinema chain sees its market share grow 1.2% to a table-topping 24.4%.

Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson to direct Brighton Festival

7-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Artist and musician named guest director for 50th edition.

Jean Reno

SND bumps up RDV slate with Jean Reno, Romain Duris titles

7-Jan-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Jean Reno stars in Family Heist as master thief who teams up with long-lost daughters.

'Trainwreck', 'Sicario' earn WGA nominations

6-Jan-2016 | By

Amy Schumer’s comedy and Denis Villeneuve’s cartel thriller are among the screenplay nominees announced on Wednesday by The Writers Guild Of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild Of America, East (WGAE) ahead of the 2016 Writers Guild Awards.

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'Force Awakens' tops US all-time chart

6-Jan-2016 | By

JANUARY 7 UPDATE: The latest accolade for Disney/ Lucasfilm’s behemoth arrived on Wednesday as it overtook the five-year record of Avatar to become the biggest film ever at the North American box office on $764.4m.

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Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti to run Relativity Studios

6-Jan-2016 | By

Relativity Media is buying Trigger Street Productions and Ryan Kavanaugh has brought in the production company’s heads to run his film studio.

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Netflix expands into 190 countries

6-Jan-2016 | By

The streaming service has gone live in a further 130 countries in additional to the previous 60 where it was operational, CEO and co-founder Reed Hastings told the CES conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

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Netflix global viewing hours soar

6-Jan-2016 | By Tiffany Pritchard

The number of hours viewed on the service around the world climbed 45% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2015 from 8.25bn to 12bn, CEO Reed Hastings told CES on Wednesday.

'Mad Max', 'Revenant' among ASC nominees

6-Jan-2016 | By

The cinematographers group on Wednesday unveiled its nominations for the 30th American Society Of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards on February 14 in Los Angeles.

Cara Delevingne

Luc Besson's 'Valerian' begins Paris shoot

6-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Sci fi epic stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne.

The Hateful Eight

Three UK exhibitors drop 'The Hateful Eight' after dispute

6-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Cineworld, Picturehouse and Curzon will not show Quentin Tarantino’s latest film.

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Hasbro to add Rey to 'Star Wars' Monopoly following backlash

6-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

Toymaker vows to add lead character token following accusations of sexism.

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US Briefs: Andrew Rodgers takes Denver Film Society post

6-Jan-2016 | By

Plus: to Bobby Moresco to write Lamborghini – The Legend for AMBI; Uwe Boll prepares final film… for a while; and more…

Paddington

'Paddington', 'Jurassic World' top UK home ent sales in 2015

6-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Digital video services up 30%, while the overall home entertainment market grew 1.5%.

Hail Caesar

'Hail, Caesar!', 'Anomalisa' to bookend Glasgow fest

6-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Coens’ Hail, Caesar! to receive UK premiere at festival.

Kodak Super 8

Kodak unveils prototype Super 8 camera

6-Jan-2016 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

Kodak has unveiled a prototype of a new Super 8 camera as part of the company’s efforts to revive the 50-year old film format.

John Rhys Davies

John Rhys-Davies joins horror ‘Aux’

6-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Lord of the Rings star to also executive produce.

Grand Epoch City

Inaugural China-US Motion Picture Summit to address trends

6-Jan-2016 | By Katie Wright

Film-makers, writers, technology leaders due to be among speakers.

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Ymagis names Georges Garic deputy CEO

6-Jan-2016 | By Tom Grater

Garic joins from Asteelflash and will report to CEO Jean Mizrahi.

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'The Force Awakens' sets biggest third weekend in North America

5-Jan-2016 | By

JANUARY 5 UPDATE: With the North American box office record poised to fall on Tuesday or Wednesday, Disney confirmed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens added $8m on Monday to reach $750.2m following a $90.2m weekend that wiped out Avatar’s $68.5m third-weekend mark from exactly five years ago.

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PGA snubs 'Carol', 'The Force Awakens'

5-Jan-2016 | By

Denis Villeneuve’s cartel thriller Sicario received timely awards attention in The Producers Guild Of America’s (PGA) theatrical motion picture nominations on Tuesday while Carol and Star Wars: The Force Awakens failed to make the cut.

Harry Benson: Shoot First

Magnolia to kick off EFM sales on 'Harry Benson'

5-Jan-2016 | By

The distributor has acquired world rights to Harry Benson: Shoot First and will commence international sales in Berlin next month. Separately, HBO Documentary Films has moved on upcoming Sundance premiere Jim: The James Foley Story.

Disney grossed $5.85bn in 2015

5-Jan-2016 | By

The Walt Disney Studios announced its record-breaking calendar year results as combined grosses for all releases amounted to $5.845bn – the second biggest score ever behind Universal’s $6.88bn from last year.

A Woman a Part

Rotterdam fest reveals eight Tiger competition titles

5-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

World premieres of new features from the US, South America and Asia; titles include A Woman, A Part starring Mad Men’s Maggie Siff; jury named.

Samantha Barks

Samantha Barks strikes for musical

5-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

Les Miserables star attached to period musical Strike!

Wang Jianling

China's Wanda Group poised to buy stake in Legendary

5-Jan-2016 | By

China’s Dalian Wanda Group is reportedly in talks to acquire a majority stake in Legendary Entertainment.

Brillante Mendoza

Cartagena to stage Brillante Mendoza tribute

5-Jan-2016 | By

The 56th edition of the Cartagena International Film Festival (FICCI) set to run from March 2-7 has announced a retrospective of the Filipino filmmaker’s work.

Carol

'Carol', 'Big Short' top Australian Academy's International Awards nominees

5-Jan-2016 | By Katie Wright

Other titles up for awards include Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant and Steve Jobs.

The Forbidden Room

Toronto critics hail 'The Forbidden Room'

5-Jan-2016 | By

Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson will share the C$100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award following the critics group’s gala dinner on January 5.

'Mr. Six' tops China box office with $68.5m

5-Jan-2016 | By Silvia Wong

Mojin – The Lost Legend and Mr. Six crossed $200m and $100m, respectively.

Mommy

‘Mommy’ director Xavier Dolan slams Netflix UK

5-Jan-2016 | By Katie Wright

Filmmaker writes open letter to the streaming service, which changed the aspect ratio of his Cannes Jury Prize award-winner Mommy.

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Brie Larson, John Boyega among Bafta Rising Star nominees

5-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Other nominees include Dakota Johnson, Taron Egerton and Bel Powley.

Tommys Honour

Film Edinburgh claims $10m boost to region

5-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Features to shoot in the region include Steven Spielberg’s The BFG and Tommy’s Honour.

Ennio Morricone

US Briefs: Italia Film fest honour for Ennio Morricone

5-Jan-2016 | By Angela Lee

Plus:Art Directors Guild nominees; Laura Lancaster, Sandra Condito on the move; production wraps on People You May Know; and more…

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US titles dominate French box office in 2015

4-Jan-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

The US share of the French market rose to 54.5% in 2015 against 45.4% in 2014.

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'The Force Awakens' nears £100m at UK box office

4-Jan-2016 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s continuation of the space saga posts third straight week as UK’s number one; Paramount’s Daddy’s Home defies newcomers with an impressive hold.

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Distribution networks get €1.15m EU funding boost

4-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Beta, Celluloid Dreams, Protagonist, The Match Factory, Feltrinelli join indie distribution schemes.

Ascot Elite, Universum ink distribution deal

4-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Kickboxer reboot, The Dressmaker and Kill Your Friends to get physical release through Universum in Germany.

Alibaba

Alibaba Pictures removes missing digital chief

4-Jan-2016 | By

Alibaba Pictures has removed group digital content chief, Patrick Liu Chunning, who has been in police custody relating to a corruption investigation since July 2015.

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China box office up by 49% to $6.78bn in 2015

4-Jan-2016 | By

China’s box office grew by 48.7% to hit a record $6.78bn (RM44bn) in 2015, according to the state film regulator, with local films grossing $4.17bn (RMB27.1bn) or 61.58% of the total haul. 

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‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ tops 2015 buzz chart

4-Jan-2016 | By Michael Rosser

Erotic romance beat James Bond, Star Wars and Avengers to the top slot.

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' scales $1.54bn global

3-Jan-2016 | By

JAN 5 UPDATE: Disney/Lucasfilm’s juggernaut added $14.5m internationally on Monday to reach $786.1m and the global haul climbed by $22.5m to $1.536bn.

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'The Deer Hunter' cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond dies aged 85

3-Jan-2016 | By

Visionary cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, who escaped his native Hungary to set up in Hollywood and became one of the most acclaimed practitioners of his generation, has died aged 85 in Big Sur, California.

US Briefs: 'The Hateful Eight' triumphs in Capri

3-Jan-2016 | By

Quentin Tarantino’s Western was named best movie as the 20th edition of Capri, Hollywood - The International Film Festival closed at the weekend.

NSFC names 'Spotlight' best film of 2015

3-Jan-2016 | By

The National Society Of Film Critics elected Tom McCarthy’s ensemble drama Best Picture of the Year 2015.

Jurassic World

Universal hits $6.9bn global in 2015

2-Jan-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Combined box office for all the studio’s films released in 2015 from January 1 through December 31 reached a world record $6.88bn worldwide.

New Year’s Honours for Idris Elba, David Oyelowo

1-Jan-2016 | By

Leading lights from the British Isles have been recognised for their contributions to drama in the annual list.

The Martian

Fox, Warner Bros each cross $2bn international

1-Jan-2016 | By

With the top two distributors of 2015 Disney and Universal yet to report final calendar year results, two others each came in at more than $2bn.

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'The Force Awakens' surges to $1.4bn worldwide

1-Jan-2016 | By

JAN 2 UPDATE: A further estimated $59.5m from the global box office on Friday saw Disney/Lucasfilm’s behemoth reach $1.391bn.

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'Force Awakens' Disney's biggest North American release

1-Jan-2016 | By

JAN 1 UPDATE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens – already Disney’s biggest film in North America since Thursday – is on the cusp of being crowned the biggest release of 2015.

George Lucas: 'I sold Star Wars to 'white slavers''

30-Dec-2015 | By

As record-breaking Star Wars: The Force Awakens crossed $1.23bn worldwide the franchise’s creator has made clear his views on the tone of the reboot and selling the property to Disney.

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'The Big Short' to receive PSIFF ensemble award

30-Dec-2015 | By

Top brass at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announced their final honour on Tuesday heading into the January 2 2016 awards gala.

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‘Force Awakens’ scales $1.3bn global

30-Dec-2015 | By

JANUARY 1 UPDATE: Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars behemoth added $38m worldwide on December 31 to reach $1.33bn and rank as the eighth biggest release of all time.

Vincent Lindon

Wild Bunch to launch Lindon-starring Rodin biopic at Rendez-vous

29-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Slate also includes new films by Alain Guiraudie and Raymond Depardon. 

Lamborghini

AMBI revs up with Lamborghini project

29-Dec-2015 | By

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi have optioned the life rights to Ferruccio Lamborghini and dropped another motoring biopic into the market alongside Enzo Ferrari.

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'The Force Awakens' passes $100m at UK box office

29-Dec-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s continuation of the space saga shows no sign of slowing down; Paramount’s Daddy’s Home posts strong $2.4m (£1.62m) two-day opening.

'The Hateful Eight' expands wide one day early

29-Dec-2015 | By

Buoyed by the early $5.7m roadshow performance of Quentin Tarantino’s latest Western, The Weinstein Company is taking it wide on Wednesday.

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PSIFF 2016 to honour Bryan Cranston

29-Dec-2015 | By

Riding high on SAG and Golden Globe nods for his lead role in Trumbo, the actor will receive the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Spotlight Award, Actor.

Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan to direct 'Dunkirk'

28-Dec-2015 | By

According to reports the British filmmaker is preparing to helm the WWII war film with Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy in talks to star.

Murray Weissman

Awards publicist Murray Weissman dies aged 90

28-Dec-2015 | By

The renowned publicist who represented the likes of Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg, has died of pancreatic cancer surrounded by family at his Studio City home. He was 90.

Jurassic World

US box office hits $11bn in 2015

27-Dec-2015 | By

DECEMBER 29 UPDATE: Combined grosses reached $11bn in North America on Tuesday according to Rentrak, powered by Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World. This was the first time Hollywood achieved the feat – at least when unadjusted for inflation.

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Haskell Wexler, Oscar-winning cinematographer, dies aged 93

27-Dec-2015 | By

The double Oscar-winning cinematographer who worked on One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest died in hospital in Santa Monica on Sunday. He was 93.

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'Force Awakens' adds $149.2m in record North America session

27-Dec-2015 | By

DECEMBER 28 UPDATE: A further confirmed $149.2m boosted Disney-Lucasfilms’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens past the half-billion mark in a huge Christmas weekend session and destroyed the second-weekend record of $106.6m set by Jurassic World back in the summer.

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Screen's most-read news, reviews, features and blogs of 2015

24-Dec-2015

Heelgate, the “tedious” Fantastic Four, Screen’s Stars of Tomorrow and our Cannes Competition blog proved some of the most-read articles of the year.

My Big Night

US Briefs: Breaking Glass acquires 'My Big Night'

23-Dec-2015 | By

Plus: Sony offers free Concussion screening to NFL players; and more…

'Mockingjay – Part 2' crosses $600m worldwide

23-Dec-2015 | By

Lionsgate executives announced the milestone on Wednesday as the four-film franchise reached $2.9bn.

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Film tax relief reaches $372m in 2015

23-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

The relief generated a total of $1.5bn of investment in the UK this year, according to HM Treasury.

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'The Force Awakens' targets $1bn by Sunday

23-Dec-2015 | By

DECEMBER 25 UPDATE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens used an estimated $47.6m global take on Thursday as the space opera reached $813.5m worldwide.

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Norway’s film and TV rebate to launch in January

23-Dec-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Incentive scheme will offer $5.17m in its first year; Tomas Alfredson’s The Snowman could be first beneficiary.

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BFCA head defends 'Star Wars' Critics Choice nod

22-Dec-2015 | By

The president of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has defended Tuesday’s announcement adding Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a late eleventh best picture nominee in the group’s upcoming Critics’ Choice Awards.

Warner Bros' Josh Berger named BFI chair

22-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

US executive to take over as chair of the BFI when Greg Dyke steps down early next year.

Lolo

World briefs: FilmRise acquires 'Lolo'

22-Dec-2015 | By

Plus: Indus, The Cloud 9 launch film, TV fund

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VFX overtime concern swells union ranks

22-Dec-2015 | By Adrian Pennington

EXCLUSIVE: UK union BECTU says membership has “skyrocketed” in recent months due to overtime conditions.

Chantal Akerman

Chantal Akerman's final film finds UK home

22-Dec-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Contemporary Films inks deal with Doc & Film for No Home Movie, the final film of the late director.

Mojin The Lost Legend

'Mojin – The Lost Legend' scares up $93.39m in China

22-Dec-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Action-horror rakes in a whopping $93.39m to become the third-biggest opening for a local film.

Oliver Kassman

Former Qwerty exec launches Escape Plan

22-Dec-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Ruth Platt horror on slate for new UK production outfit.

Beyond Sleep

Rotterdam to open with 'Beyond Sleep'

22-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

English-language adaptation of Dutch bestseller to open IFFR 2016.

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Kenneth Branagh named Film London’s Shakespeare on Screen patron

22-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New film productions to celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare; The Hungry named Film London’s first UK-India co-production.

30 Degrees in February

Goteborg Film Festival adds TV section

22-Dec-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Goteborg Film Festival is adding TV drama to its usual public film programme for its 2016 edition.

The Martian

Ten films to contest Oscar FX category

21-Dec-2015 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences on Monday unveiled the streamlined list of titles that remain in contention for the 88th Academy Awards.

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TWC, AMI, Jupiter sign TV partnership

21-Dec-2015 | By

Seeking to mount profitable ventures at a time when the board is reportedly clamouring for bigger returns, The Weinstein Company has struck a deal with American Media Inc (AMI) and Jupiter Entertainment.

Leaked 'Hateful Eight' screener linked to top Hollywood exec

21-Dec-2015 | By

DECEMBER 22 UPDATE: A screener of The Hateful Eight sent to Alcon co-CEO Andrew Kosove was uploaded to file sharing sites, according to reports. The executive denied any knowledge of even receiving the DVD and said his office would cooperate fully with the FBI investigation.

Sundance Selects acquires '11 Minutes'

21-Dec-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has struck a North American deal with HanWay Films on Poland’s best foreign language Oscar submission.

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Disney crosses $5bn global mark

21-Dec-2015 | By

Powered over the line by last weekend’s record-breaking debut of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, studio top brass said they were projected to reach the milestone for the first time.

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'The Force Awakens' scores record-breaking $50.5m UK debut

21-Dec-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s long-awaited return of the space saga posts second biggest opening of all time and the biggest Fri-Sun weekend of all time.

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Icon, Alarm Pictures strike distribution pact

21-Dec-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Bella Thorne, Rupert Grint, Jerry Ferrara titles among deal.

Charlie Hunnam

Warner Bros dates 'King Arthur Movie'

21-Dec-2015 | By

US Briefs: Plus, Broad Green dates ‘Bad Santa 2’; FilmRise acquires ‘The Inhabitants’

German-Israeli doc programme adds 'Angry Indian Goddesses' co-producer

21-Dec-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Collection of shorts due to screen as omnibus film at German and Israeli festivals in 2017.

Bero Beyer

Bero Beyer, Michael Noer, Richard Cook to keynote at TalentX

21-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

Peeter Braathen of Phoenix Consulting will chair the three-day event.

Haifaa Al Mansour

Haifaa Al Mansour among Doha grantees

21-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

Wadjda director among 30 awarded grants in the Doha Film Institute’s latest round of funding.

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'The Force Awakens' hits $529m worldwide

20-Dec-2015 | By

DEC 21 UPDATE: Disney executives confirmed on Monday the space opera had set a new $528.9m global opening record and amassed $281m from its first five international days for the third highest launch in history.

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' sets $248m US record

20-Dec-2015 | By

DECEMBER 21 UPDATE: Buena Vista unwrapped a holiday season treat for fans and studio executives alike as JJ Abrams’ sci-fi spectacular stormed to the top of the North American record books.

Chevalier

US Briefs: Strand Releasing acquires 'Chevalier'

18-Dec-2015 | By

Plus: GoDigital picks up She’s The Best Thing In It; Lionsgate dates Army Dog

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'Force Awakens' posts biggest ever day at UK box office with $14.3m

18-Dec-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s highly anticipated return of the space saga tops Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2’s long-standing record.

Son of Saul

Oscars: nine advance in foreign language category

18-Dec-2015 | By

Son Of Saul, Embrace Of The Serpent, A War among those on Oscar shortlist

Carol

Arthouse acquires 'Carol' for Russia despite "gay propaganda" law

18-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Distributor says release of the gay drama will prove “a huge challenge”.

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‘Star Wars’ tops buzz charts

18-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Social buzz charts feel the Force.

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Piracy 'release group' sentenced to over 17 years

18-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Five men received more than 17 years and admitted losses to industry of more than $7.45m (£5m).

Filming

Eurimages to honour female directors with dedicated prize

18-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Best Female Director Prize to be worth $33,000.

My Best Ex-Boyfriend

Viki makes China push with Xiaomi tie-up

18-Dec-2015 | By

Fan-subbed streaming service Viki.com has launched a Chinese version of its website and partnered with smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi as its video streaming partner in select international markets.

Sparrows

'Sparrows' wins top prize at Les Arcs; 'Room' wins audience award

18-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Other winners include Eva Husson’s Bang Gang.

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' hits $310m worldwide

18-Dec-2015 | By

DECEMBER 19 EVENING UPDATE: Disney executives reported on Saturday evening an estimated $60m second-day gross in North America that raised the space opera’s tally heading into Sunday to $180m.

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International buyers seek 'well-being' & crime formats

18-Dec-2015 | By Ann-Marie Corvin

International buyers at UKTI and Indielab’s Meet the International Broadcasters event last week were searching for crime, health and fixed-rig programming - with backing from the likes of Netflix now seen as an added opportunity.

Beki Probst

Beki Probst, Salma Hayek among honoured women

18-Dec-2015 | By

Probst, the president and founder of Berlin’s EFM, received the Women’s International Film & Television Showcase’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Hayek the Animation Award 2015 for producing The Prophet.

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JJ Abrams talks women in 'Star Wars'

18-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Director of The Force Awakens reveals the thinking behind writing strong female roles.

Breakdown

Soda Pictures acquires Craig Fairbrass thriller 'Breakdown'

18-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Distributor to handle theatrical and home ent in the UK.

Amanda Berry Zhang Huijun

BAFTA, Beijing Film Academy sign MOU for UK-China collaboration

18-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Aims to promote creative and cultural exchange across film and television.

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Berlin: first Generation films revealed

18-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

More than a dozen titles announced ahead of the unveiling of the full programme next month.

Sundance announces late additions

17-Dec-2015 | By

Organisers at the Park City jamboree have added a documentary from New Zealand, a profile of Mike Nichols and a presentation of Dazed And Confused with live commentary by Richard Linklater and Jason Reitman.

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Americas: Attraction Distribution boards 'Considering Love And Other Magic'

17-Dec-2015 | By

Plus: Saban Films unveils Q1 2016 releasing roster; and Tribeca Shortlist broadens its appeal.

War On Everyone

Berlin: McDonagh’s ‘War On Everyone’ among first Panorama titles

17-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Other titles include Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan, starring Greta Gerwig, and David Farr’s The Ones Below, starring David Morrissey.

Alejandro Cacetta

INCAA leadership switch in wake of Macri election

17-Dec-2015 | By

Former Patagonik TV producer Alejandro Cacetta has been appointed head of Argentina’s national film body after the resignation of Lucrecia Cardoso.

Steven Spielberg

Uni, Amblin Partners in deal

17-Dec-2015 | By

Steven Spielberg has gone back to the Universal fold in a deal between the studio and the freshly minted Amblin Partners, a reiteration of DreamWorks Studios funded by Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment, eOne and the director himself.

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'The Fencer', 'Last Cab To Darwin' bookend PSIFF

17-Dec-2015 | By

The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will launch on January 1 with Klaus Härö’s Finnish Golden Globe nominee and shortlisted foreign-language Oscar hopeful The Fencer.

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Independent boards Usain Bolt documentary

17-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

The UK sales outfit will introduce the title at the Berlinale in February.

VR Coffee and Cigarettes

UK marketing and distribution outfit launches VR arm

17-Dec-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Coffee & Cigarettes launches VR arm and inks film deal with Extreme sports brand.

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European films losing market share abroad

17-Dec-2015 | By Adam Chapman

Paper published by European Audiovisual Observatory highlights market share drop for European films abroad.

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'Sing Street' to open Dublin film festival

17-Dec-2015 | By Adam Chapman

John Carney’s Aidan Gillen-starring musical will premiere at the Irish festival in February.

The Contract

Crime thriller ‘The Contract’ set for January release

17-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

London-based thriller exec’d by Enemy of the State writer David Marconi.

The King Against Mafavuke Ngcobo

Film London unveils development awards for artist filmmakers

17-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

FLAMIN Productions backs new works from Uriel Orlow, Karen Mirza & Brad Butler and Charlotte Ginsborg.

As I Open My Eyes

Bouzid, Soliman win top prizes at DIFF

16-Dec-2015 | By

Leyla Bouzid’s As I Open My Eyes won best fiction film in the Muhr Feature competition at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), while Mahmood Soliman’s We Have Never Been Kids scooped best non-fiction film and best director.

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on AFI list

16-Dec-2015 | By

Disney-Lucasfilm’s imminent release has earned a place on the American Film Institute’s top ten best movies of 2015.

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Ridley Scott in ASC honour

16-Dec-2015 | By

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) will present The Martian director with its Board Of Governors Award.

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First look: Natalie Portman in 'Jackie'

16-Dec-2015 | By

Protozoa Pictures announced on Wednesday that LD Entertainment has come on board to finance and produce Pablo Larrain’s Jackie Kennedy biopic.

Oscars

Academy unveils 112 original score contenders

16-Dec-2015 | By

The films eligible for the best original score Oscar have been announced.

Americas: Austin critics nominate 'Carol' for seven awards

16-Dec-2015 | By

Plus: Top Gun, Ghostbusters make it on to National Film Registry; The Club, Jauja among Cinema Tropical nominees; and more…

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Tribeca launches Tribeca Talks: Storytellers

16-Dec-2015 | By

Tribeca Film Festival heads announced on Wednesday a new programme for the event’s 2016 edition set to run from April 13-24.

The Cat Returns

Italy’s Lucky Red strikes gold with Ghibli 'event' releases

16-Dec-2015 | By Gabriele Niola

EXCLUSIVE: Screen spoke to Lucky Red following its latest re-release success and ahead of the first local release of The Cat Returns.

Germany gets multi-million euro production boost

16-Dec-2015 | By

International film and TV co-production fund opens as Studio Babelsberg begins work on new backlot.

Berenice Fugard

WestEnd appoints head of acquisitions and development

16-Dec-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Berenice Fugard to join UK sales outfit from January.

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Studiocanal, DMG team for T2 3D re-release

16-Dec-2015 | By

Studiocanal and Beijing-based DMG Entertainment are teaming with James Cameron on a 3D re-release of Terminator 2.

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Alibaba, Tencent join Bona privatisation

16-Dec-2015 | By

Subsidiaries of Chinese internet titans Alibaba and Tencent are among the entities investing in Bona Film Group as the Chinese studio delists from the NASDAQ stock exchange.

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Dan Fainaru becomes Screen critic-at-large

16-Dec-2015 | By Screen staff

The honorary vice president of FIPRESCI has been a contributor to Screen for 15 years.

US Briefs: O-Scope picks up 'L’Attesa'

15-Dec-2015 | By

Plus: Nancy Meyers in ACE honour; Sony promotes Pam Kunath; and more…

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' eyes box office history

15-Dec-2015 | By

Disney-LucasFilm could be about to rewrite the box office record books with a North American debut that insiders say could reach $220m.

Oscars

Academy unveils hair and make-up shortlist

15-Dec-2015 | By

The Academy on Tuesday announced the seven films that remain in contention for the Oscar.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' highlights programming dilemma

15-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

Disney juggernaut set to play in a host of UK independent cinemas but some venues are resisting.

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Busan City accuses festival co-director of fraud

15-Dec-2015 | By

Festival counters that probe is “retaliation” for screening of controversial film; “I’m consulting with lawyers,” exec tells Screen.

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Palm Springs fest to honour Matt Damon

15-Dec-2015 | By

The star of The Martian will receive one of the most prestigious awards at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 2, 2016.

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Shooting Stars unveils 2016 line-up

15-Dec-2015 | By Adam Chapman

The young acting talent will be revealed during the opening weekend of next year’s Berlinale.

'Carol', '45 Years' lead London Critics' Circle noms

15-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

Tom Hardy received three nods for his roles in Legend, The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Zentropa sets up first Sino-Danish co-production

15-Dec-2015 | By

My Best Friend Andersen will be based on the work of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen.

Maker Studios

Courtney Holt named head of Maker Studios

15-Dec-2015 | By

Disney made the announcement on Tuesday as it appointed Holt evp and head of the digital platform it acquired in 2014 for approximately $500m.

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2015 Black List screenplays revealed

15-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

Film execs have voted for their favourite unproduced US screenplays.

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Lionsgate invests in Kindle Entertainment

15-Dec-2015 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Mad Men producer Lionsgate has acquired a minority stake in Kindle Entertainment.

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'Point Break' tops China box office

15-Dec-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Point Break knocked The Martian off the top spot, while local fantasy comedy Surprise – Journey To The West set a new record for previews.

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Sony Pictures Spain, Atresmedia, Apache to co-produce 'Oro'

15-Dec-2015 | By

The film follows two Spanish conquistadors searching for the mythical city of gold.

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Pact promotes Max Rumney

15-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

He becomes deputy chief executive of the producers alliance.

Weinsteins unveil 'Hateful Eight' roadshow plans

14-Dec-2015 | By

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight will launch in 70mm on December 25 for a one-week tour of 100 nationwide theatres in which Tarantino and cast members will make surprise appearances.

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US Briefs: Screen Media acquires 'Zoom'

14-Dec-2015 | By

Plus: Bahamas fest winners; The Martian wins first SFFS Sloan Science In Cinema Prize; and more…

Oscars

Academy selects 305 films for best picture race

14-Dec-2015 | By

In announcing the number of films in contention for the best picture Oscar the Academy reiterated its eligibility criteria.

A Heavy Heart

PSIFF unveils Premieres, NV/NV, Modern Masters

14-Dec-2015 | By

Top brass at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) on Monday announced the Premieres, New Voices/New Visions competition and Modern Masters programmes.

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Les Arcs showcases 2015 Work in Progress films

14-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Details revealed of 10 upcoming European features seeking distribution and sales agents.

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'Son Of Sofia' wins Les Arcs Work in Progress prize

14-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Disco Boy wins Arte International Prize.

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Eurimages reveals four festivals selected for €200k WiP fund

14-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Festivals announced at Les Arcs European Film Forum.

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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2' retains UK lead for fourth week

14-Dec-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Lionsgate’s fantasy-adventure becomes first film since Les Misérables to record four weeks at number one; Universal’s By the Sea flops with $38,000 (£24,770) from its 102 sites.

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Asif Kapadia issues film schools warning

14-Dec-2015 | By Wendy Ide

Amy and Senna director cautioned against the rising cost of education at the Screen Film Summit.

Toronto critics honour 'Carol'

14-Dec-2015 | By

The 1950s melodrama earned best film and Todd Haynes took the best director prize on Monday.

'Mad Max' earns 13 Critics' Choice nods

14-Dec-2015 | By

George Miller’s widely admired action film is in contention for best picture, action movie, sci-fi-horror movie, director, Charlize Theron for both best actress and best actress in an action movie and Tom Hardy for actor in an action movie.

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Mark Burnett to head MGM TV and digital

14-Dec-2015 | By

The British TV wunderkind and Ben-Hur producer has been named president of MGM Television and Digital Group in a five-year deal as MGM acquired the remaining 45% of Hearst’s, Burnett’s and Roma Downey’s interests in United Artists Media Group (UAMG). 

Warner Bros. UK’s Jayne Trotman steps down

14-Dec-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran publicity director succeeded by Freuds’ Jo Fernihough.

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'Very Big Shot' trumps competition at Marrakech Film Festival

14-Dec-2015 | By Adam Chapman

Francis Ford Coppola’s jury awards all other competition entries a jury prize.

Women in exhibition initiative gets underway in UK

14-Dec-2015 | By Adam Chapman

The ICO unveils eight participants and mentors for scheme.

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DIFF: Jacir scoops top prize at DFC

14-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir’s Nazareth-set dark comedy Wajib scooped the top prize at DIFF’s co-financing event the Dubai Film Connection on Sunday.

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DIFF: Image Nation sneak previews The Worthy

14-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Abu Dhabi film company Image Nation gave a sneak peak of Emirati director Ali Mostafa’s upcoming feature The Worthy, set in a dystopian future in chaos following a chronic water shortage, at DIFF on Sunday. 

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DIFF: Zawya plots arthouse expansion

14-Dec-2015 | By

Egypt’s Zawya Cinema is expanding outside Cairo to other Egyptian cities as it taps into the country’s small but growing audience for arthouse films.

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DIFF: Iran’s Soureh launches ISIS rape documentary

14-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Iran’s Soureh Pictures Company has launched sales on powerful documentary A157, which follows three Kurdish girls who fell pregnant after been raped by members of extremist group Islamic State (ISIS).

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'Mockingjay 2' reclaims int'l on $17.4m

13-Dec-2015 | By

DECEMBER 14 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s YA adaptation was confirmed on Monday as the box office champion.

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DIFF: Netflix plots move into Arabic-language content

13-Dec-2015 | By

Netflix is hoping to produce a scripted series set in the Middle East as the streaming giant gears up to launch across the region next year, said content chief Ted Sarandos in a live link-up to the Dubai Film Market (DFM).

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EFAs 2015: full list of winners

13-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Youth proved the big winner of the night scoring a hat-trick; Amy Winehouse documentary, The Lobster and Mustang among other winners.

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'Mockingjay 2' holds on to US crown with $11.4m

13-Dec-2015 | By

DECEMBER 14 UPDATE: In a tight contest with new arrival In The Heart Of The Sea, Lionsgate’s enduring champion The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 retained the title by the slimmest of margins.

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DIFF: Sean McAllister plans UK narrative feature

13-Dec-2015 | By Colin Brown

Award-winning British filmmaker Sean McAllister, whose documentary feature A Syrian Love Story plays here at the Dubai International Film Festival, is working on a story about the UK housing crisis.

'Mad Max' tops online critics poll

13-Dec-2015 | By

George Miller was named Best Director and his film earned Best Picture and two other prizes from the Online Film Critics Society on Sunday, while Taiwan’s The Assassin took foreign-language honours.

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European Film Awards full of political resonance

13-Dec-2015 | By

Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth was among the big winners on an evening of political messages.

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DIFF: Nasser seeks shelter with Kharsa debut

13-Dec-2015 | By

Jordanian producer Rula Nasser has boarded Egyptian filmmaker Kasem Kharsa’s feature debut Shelter.

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Dubai 2015: Screen's dailies

13-Dec-2015

Browse Screen International’s daily magazines from the Dubai International Film Festival here.

Samr Al Marzooqi

Dubai restructures distribution programme

13-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

The DFM’s fledgling Dubai Distribution Programme (DDP), aimed at supporting the theatrical release of Arabic-language cinema, has been restructured to include more local distributors as well as companies from outside the region.

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Brad Pitt's Netflix film 'War Machine' wraps UAE shoot

13-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

War satire is directed by David Michôd.

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DIFF: Front Row, VOX team on Very Big Shot

13-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment and regional exhibitor VOX Cinemas have co-acquired Lebanese thriller Very Big Shot (Kteer Kbeer) for a Gulf release.

Closet Monster

Strand acquires US rights to 'Closet Monster'

12-Dec-2015 | By

Stephen Dunn’s drama starring Connor Jessup and featuring the voice of Isabella Rossellini premiered in Toronto where it won Best Canadian Feature Film.

Oscars

Academy declares 74 original songs eligible for Oscars

12-Dec-2015 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences announced on Friday the titles that proceed to the next elimination round in the original song category.

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DIFF: Film Bureau maps out Gulf strategy

12-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Former Doha Film Institute director of film financing Paul Miller and development producer Stephen Strachan are launching Abu Dhabi-based company, The Film Bureau, aimed at supporting the development and financing of projects by Gulf region directors. 

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DIFF: US studios eye Iranian market

12-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Iran could become a major market for the US studios, surpassing even the UAE, if sanctions are lifted as planned under a long-negotiated nuclear deal between the country and major world powers, according to 20th Century Fox executive vice president, EMEA, Paul Higginson.

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DIFF: Palestinian producers build global platform

12-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Palestinian producers have teamed up to create a new platform to represent their national cinema at market and festivals, which has its first outing at the Dubai Film Market.

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US Briefs: Latest buys from FilmRise, Gravitas Ventures

11-Dec-2015 | By

Plus: STX Entertainment dates three films for 2016

Genius

Berlin 2016: first competition titles revealed

11-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Michael Grandage’s Genius, starring Colin Firth, Jude Law and Nicole Kidman; Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special; new Alex Gibney doc to world premiere at festival.

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Screen Film Summit: Working Title's Tim Bevan in conversation

11-Dec-2015 | By Matt Mueller

Tim Bevan, co-chairman of Working Title Films, was the Producer In Focus talk at the Screen Film Summit on December 10.

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Screen Film Summit: changing audience habits revealed

11-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The rise in older cinema-goers, explosion of annual film releases and improved perception of VOD services like Netflix were highlighted by Rentrack and BFI analysts.

Manish Mundra

DIFF: Drishyam to make Arabic debut

11-Dec-2015 | By

Indian producer-distributor Drishyam Films is in pre-production on its first Arabic-language project, Triangle, to be directed by Iranian filmmaker Shahram Alidi.

Donnersmarck

'The Lives Of Others' team reunite on German-language drama

11-Dec-2015 | By

German regional fund also backs Austrian Oscar-winner of The Counterfeiters.

Accused

Stun Originals, Paula van der Oest team for US mini-series

11-Dec-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Dutch director to remake 2014 feature with US outfit Stun Originals.

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South Africa, Netherlands sign co-production treaty

11-Dec-2015 | By Adam Chapman

Treaty negotiated by Netherlands Film Fund and the National Film and Video Foundation.

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PSIFF to honour Rooney Mara

11-Dec-2015 | By

A good week for the Carol actress just got better as it emerged she will receive the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Spotlight Award.

A Street Cat Named Bob

'A Street Cat Named Bob' wraps shoot

11-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Adaptation of James Bowen’s novel stars Luke Treadaway; set for release through Sony in 2016.

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DIFF: MAD's ACC expands footprint

11-Dec-2015 | By

MAD Solutions’ Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is expanding its activity in 2016 by attending 15 international film festivals and markets to promote Arab cinema.

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Screen Film Summit: talent panel tackles diversity quotas

11-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

Femi Oguns, Matimba Kabalika and Deborah Sathe discussed quotas and the continued lack of BME talent in the film industry

Mohamed Hefzy

DIFF: Fortress ramps up Egyptian zom-com

10-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Dubai-based investment fund Fortress Film Clinic has boarded Zombie Gozombie, Egypt’s first zombie comedy, which is set to be directed by award-winning filmmaker Ahmad Abdalla.

Mohammed Samir

DIFF: Egyptian indies unite on The Bridge

10-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Egyptian producer Mohamed Samir has boarded compatriot film-maker Hala Lotfy’s Cairo-set drama The Bridge, ahead of its presentation at the Dubai Film Connection co-financing event, which kicks off today (Dec 11).

Carol

'Carol' shines in Globe nods

10-Dec-2015 | By

Five Golden Globe nods for Carol rounded out an excellent week for Todd Haynes’ film following the SAG nominations and will have put a smile on the face of a renowned awards season player.

Golden Globes

Golden Globes 2016: 'Carol' leads nominations with five

10-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Full list of nominations; The Big Short, The Revenant, Steve Jobs secure four nods.

Layla Kaylif

DIFF: Kaylif’s Letter Writer wins IWC Award

10-Dec-2015 | By

Layla Kaylif’s The Letter Writer was awarded the $100,000 IWC Filmmaker Award at a ceremony at the One & Only Mirage in Dubai on Thursday night.

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Golden Globes 2016: nominees reactions

10-Dec-2015 | By Angela Lee and Gabrielle Altheim

Joy, surprise and humility on a day of celebration for film’s leading lights.

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Canada: DOC Institute announces honourees 

10-Dec-2015 | By

Arts journalist and programmer Marc Glassman will receive The DOC Institute’s Rogers-DOC Luminary Award and filmmaker Chelsea McMullan the DOC Vanguard Award.

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IFFR: Radu Jude, Ciro Guerra among CineMart 2016 line-up

10-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Projects hail from Australia, China, Brazil, UK, Lebanon and US.

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French court cancels 'Blue is the Warmest Colour' classification

10-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Ruling over Palme d’Or winner fuels growing fears of conservative backlash in France.

Screen Film Summit: financing across borders

10-Dec-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Even a five-country co-production such as The Lobster isn’t the logistical nightmare you’d imagine, producer Ed Guiney of Element Pictures told the Screen Film Summit during today’s Show Me The Money! panel.

DIFF opens on anti-extremist note

10-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Dubai festival opens with Room and anti-extremist message.

The Bronze

SPC sets 'The Bronze' release

10-Dec-2015 | By

Sony Pictures Classics will open the Sundance comedy in select cities starting on March 18, 2016.

My Big Night

'My Big Night' to open Miami fest 2016

10-Dec-2015 | By

Álex de la Iglesia’s comedy will head a strand of Spanish films set to play at the 33rd Miami International Film Festival that runs from March 4-13, 2016.

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DIFF: Kevorkian wraps Syrian refugee doc

10-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Lebanese film-maker Noura Kevorkian has wrapped shooting on her feature-length documentary Batata capturing the lives of Syrian migrant potato pickers turned refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.

Jayant Bhargava

DIFF: MENA rides digital wave

10-Dec-2015 | By

Growth in over-the-top (OTT) television services and other digital platforms is set to have a huge impact on content production in the Arab world, according to PwC report Beyond Digital, which was presented at DIFF yesterday.

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Frightfest Presents adds six new titles

10-Dec-2015 | By Adam Chapman

The Horror label will release the new titles in early 2016.

Ayman Jamal

DIFF: Barajoun tunes up Spanish animation

10-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Dubai-based Barajoun Entertainment, the studio behind the UAE’s first feature-length animation Bilal, which premieres at DIFF today (Dec 10), has revealed details of its next project.

Book To Screen symposium returns to PSIFF

10-Dec-2015 | By

The second annual The Power Of Words: Book to Screen will take place on January 7 under the auspices of the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF).

Julien Khabbaz

DIFF: Bankers make case for film investment

10-Dec-2015 | By Colin Brown

Arab filmmakers hoping to unlock the vast reservoir of regional money need to equip themselves with proper business plans that explain their projects’ audience appeal and how financiers should hope to make their money back.

Screen Film Summit: marketing 'Legend', '45 Years', 'Beyond Clueless'

10-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

Insight was given into three of the year’s standout British film campaigns.

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Warner Bros’ Richard Fox to relocate to Beijing

10-Dec-2015 | By

Warner Bros executive vice president Richard Fox is relocating to Beijing to drive the studio’s activities in China and oversee its interest in Flagship Entertainment, a joint venture with China Media Capital (CMC).

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DIFF: Movie Pigs feasts on Arab cinema

10-Dec-2015 | By

North American audiences will soon have access to a wide range of independent Arab cinema through SVOD platform Movie Pigs, backed by US tech investor Dave McClure.

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DIFF: VOX unlocks Rattle The Cage

10-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Regional exhibitor and distributor VOX Cinemas has acquired Arabic-language rights to Emirati film-maker Majid Al Ansari’s Rattle The Cage (Zinzana) ahead of its gala screening at DIFF today.

The Curve

DIFF: MAD ahead of The Curve, Summer Crowds

10-Dec-2015 | By

MAD Solutions has acquired pan-Arab rights to seven films in this year’s DIFF line-up, including The Curve and Before The Summer Crowds, which receive their world premieres in the Muhr feature competition today.

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INCAA executive allays funding cut fears

9-Dec-2015 | By

A senior figure at Argentina’s film body has told Screendaily he does not believe the incoming centre-right government will slash arts funding.

'Trumbo' leads SAG Award nominations

9-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Idris Elba and Helen Mirren lead actor nominations with three nods each.

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North America: Telefilm Canada chief lauds Sundance presence

9-Dec-2015 | By

Plus: Kirk Douglas in $15M care home donation; The Boston Globe announces $100,000 Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship; and more…

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Kino Lorber acquires 'Rabin, The Last Day'

9-Dec-2015 | By

Israeli director Amos Gitai’s latest film chronicles events surrounding the final days of the assassinated Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

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Only six women directors in top 100 films at UK box office

9-Dec-2015 | By Louise Tutt

Female directors, writers and stars are hugely under-represented in the UK top 100.

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EC unveils controversial content portability plans

9-Dec-2015 | By

Plans to implement cross-border portability of content spark industry concern.

Benedict Cumberbatch attached to WWII drama 'The War Magician'

9-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Studiocanal to finance and distribute in their territories.

Pikadero

Film Republic signs San Sebastian title 'Pikadero'

9-Dec-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: San Sebastian and Zurich comedy-drama gets UK sales company.

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Gillian Armstrong’s Orry-Kelly docu-feature gets US deal

9-Dec-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Classics inks deal with Wolfe Releasing.

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'Mad Max: Fury Road' rules at AACTAs in Sydney

9-Dec-2015 | By Fiona Williams

George Miller’s action-epic scoops eight awards including best film and best director.

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott joins Rachel Weisz in 'Denial' as shoot begins

9-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Spectre and Sherlock star joins the cast of the Participant Media and BBC Films production

Kara Wai

Ho Yuhang’s 'Mrs K' starts kicking with Sonneratia, EMP

9-Dec-2015 | By

Malaysia’s Sonneratia Capital and Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures are financing Ho Yuhang’s action film Mrs K, which has recently started production.

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Paul Hyett begins 'Heretiks' shoot

9-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

The EnMar Productions and Sterling Pictures project stars Michael Ironside and Clare Higgins.

Jason Reitman, Sebastian Silva among Sundance shorts roster

8-Dec-2015 | By

Festival top brass on Tuesday announced the line-up of 72 short films that for the first time will encompass Midnight and New Frontier sections.

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'Creed', 'Compton' among NAACP nominees

8-Dec-2015 | By

Creed is in the running for six prizes after top brass at the 47th NAACP Image Awards unveiled their nominations on Tuesday, followed by Straight Outta Compton on five nods and Beasts Of No Nation on four.

Miami International Film Festival

Miami Film 2016 Argentine winners announced

8-Dec-2015 | By

A partnership between Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) and The Related Group to develop projects from Argentine filmmakers has announced the three recipients of $32,500 in cash prizes.

Director's Cut

Slamdance unveils Special Screenings, Beyond, shorts

8-Dec-2015 | By

Festival top brass said the Park City event will open with a Special screening of Adam Rifkin and Penn Jillette’s Director’s Cut.

Rooney Mara

North America: Santa Barbara honour for Rooney Mara

8-Dec-2015 | By

Plus: ‘Remember’ to open 2016 Miami Jewish Film Festival; RealD expands China footprint; Canada’s Top Ten Film festival line-up; and more…

Femi Oguns

John Boyega’s agent on UK diversity: “There’s a storm coming”

8-Dec-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Identity Agency Group CEO Femi Oguns talks diversity challenges ahead of Screen Film Summit appearance.

Land of Mine

Toronto title 'Land Of Mine' gets UK deal

8-Dec-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: K5 inks deal with Metrodome for war thriller.

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Francis Ford Coppola: "I may only make one more film"

8-Dec-2015 | By Wendy Ide

The Godfather director talks new Italian-American saga, risk-taking and how George Lucas got “lost” in Star Wars.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' gets UK 12A rating

8-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

BBFC passes the film uncut and details reasons for rating.

Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander named PSIFF 2016 Rising Star

8-Dec-2015 | By

The Swedish-born star of The Danish Girl will collect the Rising Star Award at the The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) on January 2.

'Terror 5', 'Downhill' triumph at Blood Window

8-Dec-2015 | By

The Roma Lazio Film Commission colour correction and sound mixing 5.1 award has gone to Veronica (Mexico) by Carlos Algara and Alejandro Martinez Beltrán under the auspices of Ventana Sur’s genre sidebar.

Tribeca Film Institude

TFI New Media Fund awards three prizes

8-Dec-2015 | By Angela Lee

Tribeca Film Institute in association with the JustFilms initiative have awarded interactive projects 6X9, Argus Panoptes and Red Red Roll grants from the 2015/2016 TFI New Media Fund.

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Michael Caine to receive rare EFA honour

8-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

European Film Academy to award “long overdue” honour to veteran British actor.

The Martian

'The Martian' holds top spot at China box office

8-Dec-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Ridley Scott’s Sci-Fi added $27m; Tony Chan’s Fall In Love Like A Star opened with $15.5m to take second place.

Iron Sky: The Coming Race

'Iron Sky 2' completes filming

8-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Two-month shoot saw the set catch fire and lead actor suffer injury during the final week.

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Just So, Doc/Fest launch $90,000 fund

8-Dec-2015 | By Adam Chapman

New online platform Postcards has been launched to support new and upcoming short form documentary talent.

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BFI unveils Football on Film archive

8-Dec-2015 | By Adam Chapman

More than 70 years’ worth of archival football footage has been made available online as part of the organisation’s Britain on Film project.

High-Rise

Magnet acquires 'High-Rise' for US

7-Dec-2015 | By

The genre distributor has acquired US rights to Ben Wheatley’s latest film and plans a 2016 release.

Captain Fantastic

Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight

7-Dec-2015 | By

Top brass at the Park City festival have rounded out the feature line-up with a dazzling selection on paper that includes new work from Asif Kapadia and other returning alumni such as Todd Solondz, Taika Waititi and Joshua Marston.

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Oscars: 'Star Wars', 'The Martian' on FX longlist

7-Dec-2015 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has announced the expanded roster of 20 films in contention for the visual effects Oscar.

Bill Lee

Bill Lee steps down at Alchemy

7-Dec-2015 | By

In a sudden leadership shuffle on Monday that caught insiders by surprise, the board of the fast-rising distributor has appointed Kelly Summers and Scott Guthrie as co-presidents.

Chelsea Does

US Briefs: 'Chelsea Does' gets Netflix launch date

7-Dec-2015 | By

Plus: Relativity Studios sets 2016 release dates for five films and France’s Webedia expands US footprint

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Exhibitors clash over "cinemas becoming bars"

7-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Picturehouse and former Curzon exec engaged in a heated debate over the changing face of cinemas.

'Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2' records UK hat-trick

7-Dec-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s Spectre crosses £90m mark in sixth weekend, Victor Frankenstein alive - but only just.

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IM Global in animation sales deal with Marza, Pigmental

7-Dec-2015 | By

Stuart Ford’s Los Angeles-based company will handle international sales and broker US deals on animation projects developed by SEGA subsdiary Marza Animation Planet and Pigmental Studios.

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Screen International promotes Michael Rosser and Andreas Wiseman

7-Dec-2015 | By Screen staff

Rosser appointed Managing Editor; Wiseman to become Head of News

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China’s box office hits $6.24bn in 2015

7-Dec-2015 | By

China’s box office has passed the $6.24bn (RMB40bn) benchmark, an increase of more than 48% compared to the same period last year, according to state news agency Xinhua.

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Kawase, Martel confirmed as first Qumra masters

7-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Doha Film Institute’s talent and project development event to take place March 4-9, 2016.

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Brie Larson, Paola Cortellesi to share top honours at Capri fest

7-Dec-2015 | By Angela Lee

Brie Larson and Paola Cortellesi will share the Best Actress Of The Year awards at this year’s 20th edition of Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival.

Olga Kurylenko

Goldove in distributor talks on 'Little Mizz Innocent'

7-Dec-2015 | By

The producers behind the upcoming $45-55m action thriller to star Olga Kurylenko are in discussions with sales agents and North American distributors.

The Fourth Direction

India's 'The Fourth Direction' takes top award at Singapore fest

7-Dec-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Indian filmmaker Gurvinder Singh’s The Fourth Direction won the top award of best film at the 26th Singapore International Film Festival’s Silver Screen Awards.

'Paper Planes', 'Scarecrow' and 'Walls' clinch Ajyal awards

7-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Doha’s youth-focused film festival screened 80 pictures from 36 countries.

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LAFCA awards best picture prize to 'Spotlight'

6-Dec-2015 | By

Tom McCarthy’s ensemble drama picked up an endorsement from a key critics group on Sunday that further bolsters its Oscar prospects.

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'Ex Machina' triumphs at BIFAs

6-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

45 Years and Macbeth both went home empty-handed at the British Independent Film Awards.

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BIFAs 2015: full list of winners

6-Dec-2015 | By Screen staff

Sci-fi Ex Machina wins four, including Best British Independent Film; re-watch the ceremony here.

The Look Of Silence

'The Look Of Silence' wins IDA award

6-Dec-2015 | By

Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion piece to The Act Of Killing earned the best feature award at the International Documentary Association’s 2015 IDA Documentary Awards on Saturday night.

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Coppola, jurors talk Islam, art and power in Marrakech

6-Dec-2015 | By Wendy Ide

Jurors also touch on security concerns and gender imbalance at opening press conference.

'Mockingjay 2' stays top in US on $19m

6-Dec-2015 | By

DECEMBER 7 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s YA adaptation held on to number one for the third consecutive weekend and climbed to a confirmed $227.4m while Universal’s Krampus arrived in second place on $16.3m.

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'Mockingjay 2' tops $500m global

6-Dec-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

DEC 7 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s adaptation holds onto top spot worldwide with a $30m weekend; Sony’s Spectre hits $600m internationally after six weeks in play.

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TriStar lands 'Trainspotting' sequel

5-Dec-2015 | By

Danny Boyle’s follow-up to his cult 1996 drug drama is headed for the Sony fold after it emerged late on Friday that TriStar Pictures had pounced on worldwide rights.

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PSIFF honour for Michael Fassbender

4-Dec-2015 | By

The star of Steve Jobs and Macbeth will receive the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) International Star Award.

Hail Caesar

Coens' 'Hail, Caesar!' to open Berlin Film Festival

4-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Hail, Caesar! directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, to open the Berlinale.

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' China poster provokes controversy

4-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

Row erupts over the decrease in prominence of John Boyega’s character.

Peru's Tondero eyes US investment

4-Dec-2015 | By

In a sign of its growing profile outside national borders, the Lima-based powerhouse behind the Asu Mare franchise and At 40 as well as critical hits The Vanished Elephant and Maggallanes is in talks with DirecTV.

US Briefs: FilmNation to fully finance 'The Big Sick'

4-Dec-2015 | By

Plus: Human People begins NYC shoot and Nas to producer soundtrack to Sundance entry The Land

Blood Window winner entices Morbido head

4-Dec-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Mexican genre film festival’s general director has come on board Patricio Valladares’ Downhill, which screened and won an award in the Ventana Sur genre sidebar this week.

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Northern Banner Plans an ‘Orgy’ at Whistler

4-Dec-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Toronto-based company’s specialty label has acquired the Canadian rights to Jeremy Lalonde’s How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town.

Barcelona

Spanish media spotlights potential industry fraud

4-Dec-2015 | By Elisabet Cabeza

Government sources leak potential production and exhibition fraud.

Giornate Professionali di Sorrento

Italian industry debates summer release headache

4-Dec-2015 | By Gabriele Niola

Dearth of Italian films during summer months on Sorrento conference agenda.

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Soda makes three senior appointments

4-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

Gavin Rose, Dave Woodward and Nicola Woodburn joined UK-based distributor.

45 Years

Charlotte Rampling wins at WFTV Awards for '45 Years'

4-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Amma Asante also wins director award at Women in Film and TV Awards.

The Good Dinosaur

'Good Dinosaur' tops social buzz

4-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

Pixar’s latest led the chart this week, with Bridge Of Spies also beating new release Krampus.

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'Mad Axeman' begins London shoot

4-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

The crime drama tells the story of Kray Twins accomplice Frank Mitchell.

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'Thale' director launches free webseries

4-Dec-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

The 19-episode series is now available to watch online.

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Pinewood Malaysia sets sights on China

4-Dec-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Pinewood Malaysia CEO Rezal Rahman spoke to Screen during the Asia TV Forum & Market.

'La Cienega', 'The Romantic Barber' triumph at Primer Corte

3-Dec-2015 | By

The Ventana Sur awards were presented in Buenos Aires on Thursday, with several films earning more than one win.

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Sundance: New Frontier line-up revealed

3-Dec-2015 | By

Sundance top brass celebrate the tenth anniversary of the New Frontier programme with an exhibition of new work that includes VR projects involving Björk and Ridley Scott’s global hit The Martian.

The Little Prince

'The Little Prince' becomes France’s biggest ever animation export

3-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Adaptation of Saint-Exupéry classic draws more than 12.5 million admissions internationally.

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Vue reveals 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' pre-sales

3-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

The chain has said the film will surpass its current pre-sales record before its release on Dec 17.

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Carol Morley slams gender imbalance in film industry

3-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

The Falling director spoke at This Way Up conference in Manchester.

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'Amy', 'Senna' archive producers launch indie

3-Dec-2015 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

The archive producers on award-winning documentaries about Amy Winehouse and Ayrton Senna have joined forces to launch a production company and archive research firm.

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Way To Blue acquire digital agency The Project Factory

3-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The Project Factory recently won a Screen Producers Award for the game ‘Sherlock: The Network’ developed in partnership with Hartswood Films.

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US Briefs: Kevin Spacey joins MasterClass online teaching platform

2-Dec-2015 | By

Plus: Chile to be Focus 2016’s guest of honour at Visions du Réel; Jennifer Garner boards drama Wakefield; Well Go USA, Wolfe Releasing announce new acquisitions.

'Carol' scoops four NYFCC awards

2-Dec-2015 | By

The New York Film Critics Circle has restored momentum to Carol’s awards season run, awarding four prizes to Todd Haynes’ romantic drama.

Ventana Sur: LatAm genre directors on piracy, Hollywood and Netflix

2-Dec-2015 | By

An innovative way of tackling piracy in Peru was among the topics up for discussion at a panel hosted by Ventana Sur genre sidebar Blood Window on Wednesday.

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Sundance: US, World Competition titles revealed

2-Dec-2015 | By

Titles include Tallulah starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney, and Chad Hartigan’s Morris From America (pictured); NEXT strand also announced.

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Terence Davies’ 'A Quiet Passion' gets UK deal

2-Dec-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome reteams with Sunset Song director on Emily Dickinson biopic.

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Spielberg: No one will replace Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones

2-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Director also talks about his enduring passion for celluloid over digital.

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eOne UK predicts biggest year in 2016

2-Dec-2015 | By Matt Mueller

Indie giant talks slate and strategy as it predicts bounce-back year.

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Danny Boyle: Facebook, Apple are “beyond governments”

2-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

In an interview with Screen, the Steve Jobs director warns that technology giants need to be accountable or there will be a “price to pay”.

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AFI DOCS teams up for funding programme

2-Dec-2015 | By Jeremy Berkowitz

Four documentary projects that screened at AFI DOCS 2015 film festival in Washington DC have been chosen to receive funding from the new AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grants.

LATR announces screenplay competition results

2-Dec-2015 | By

Edgar Arturo Beltran Sandoval has been unveiled as the winner in Ventana Sur.

Sherpa

'Sherpa' gets UK theatrical release

2-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

The LFF award-winner will be released in UK cinemas on December 18.

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Studiocanal takes ‘Worry Dolls’ for UK

2-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

Padraig Reynolds’ second feature will be released in Q3 2016.

Seamus Harahan

Seamus Harahan wins Film London's Jarman Award

2-Dec-2015 | By Violet Acevedo

The Belfast-based artist receives a $15,000 prize and a Channel 4 short-form commission.

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Four Biennale College titles progress to production

2-Dec-2015 | By Violet Acevedo

The four micro-budget projects will be presented at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival in 2016.

The Throne

Black Nights winner donates prize money to festival

2-Dec-2015 | By Violet Acevedo

The producers of The Throne have returned their $10,600 prize, citing a desire to help the festival’s growth.

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US Briefs: Sundance, Women In Film LA set gender parity agenda

2-Dec-2015 | By

A two-day meeting of entertainment leaders hosted by Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles has come up with four key ‘conversation strategies’ to solve gender disparity in Hollywood.

NBR names ‘Mad Max’ best film of 2015

1-Dec-2015 | By

Spotlight, Carol shut out by National Board Of Review. Son Of Saul named best foreign-language film.

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Oscars: 15 documentaries make shortlist

1-Dec-2015 | By

Amy, Cartel Land, Where To Invade Next and Best of Enemies have made it on to the Academy Award documentary shortlist from a pool of 124 submissions.

Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse

Paramount sets digital release for 'Scouts', 'Paranormal'

1-Dec-2015 | By

The studio has set the digital release dates for its first two films under a previously announced experimental distribution strategy.

Inaugural Ventana Caribe kicks off in Buenos Aires

1-Dec-2015 | By

Caribbean filmmakers pitched a quartet of distinct projects at the first joint venture between Ventana Sur, the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival (ttff) and the Caribbean Film Mart on Tuesday.

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SBIFF to honour Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan

1-Dec-2015 | By

The lead actress awards contenders will each receive the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s (SBIFF) 2016 Outstanding Performers Of The Year award on February 8.

'Elvis & Nixon', 'The Founder' among Remstar 2016 line-up

1-Dec-2015 | By Angela Lee

The Canadian distributor has announced its 2016 film line-up with a slate that includes Jean-François Richet’s Blood Father starring Mel Gibson and Elvis & Nixon starring Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey.

Norm of the North

Signature launches new label; plans first wide theatrical release

1-Dec-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK distributor sets animation Norm Of The North as first wide theatrical release.

Serial Bad Weddings

Unifrance reports “alarming state” of UK market for French films

1-Dec-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Fewer French films making it onto UK screens, says Unifrance-CNC report.

Sam Mendes

Sam Mendes “frustrated” over time pressures on 'Spectre'

1-Dec-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Director of latest James Bond movie talks about the pressure of meeting studio demands.

Spotlight

'Spotlight' in Gothams triumph

1-Dec-2015 | By

Tom McCarthy’s ensemble drama further bolstered its awards season credentials by claiming best feature and screenplay honours at the IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York on Monday.

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Ridley Scott disappointed not to direct 'Blade Runner' sequel

1-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

The director’s commitment to Alien: Covenant means Denis Villeneuve will direct the long-awaited sequel.

PSIFF announces Awards Buzz section

1-Dec-2015 | By

Top brass at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will screen 40 out of the 81 foreign-language Oscar submissions including frontrunner Son Of Saul from Hungary (pictured), France’s Mustang and The Clan from Argentina.

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' sets China release date

1-Dec-2015 | By Tom Grater

The forthcoming entry in the Star Wars franchise readies January release in China.

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US Briefs: Zag, 1492 line up '12/24'

1-Dec-2015 | By

Plus: Telefilm Canada announces 12 CFFF productions; and Arielle Boisvert on the rise at Brightlight Entertainment

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Star Wars, Bond boost Pinewood profits

1-Dec-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Pinewood Studios’ latest interim six-month results (for the six months to 30 Sept) were boosted by Star Wars: The Force Awakens and James Bond film Spectre.

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China: 'The Martian' tops 'Gravity', 'Interstellar' openings on $50m

1-Dec-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Fox’s The Martian landed in pole position at the China box office with an impressive $48.95m in its first five days.

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FilmSharks, Daniel Burman team on 'El Rey Del Once'

1-Dec-2015 | By

FilmSharks heads into Ventana Sur with a couple of key deals under its belt on the Argentinian director’s upcoming dramatic comedy El Rey del Once (The Tenth Man).

Chemical Cut

Slamdance unveils 2016 roster

30-Nov-2015 | By

Festival top brass announced on Monday the 12 Narrative and eight Documentary Feature Film Competition films in 22nd edition, set to run in Park City from January 22-28, 2016.

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Bold Films developing Barbie origins story

30-Nov-2015 | By

The Los Angeles production company announced on Monday it has acquired Robin Gerber’s Barbie And Ruth: The Story Of The World’s Most Famous Doll And The Woman Who Created Her.

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eOne UK's Alex Hamilton talks challenges for 'underdog' films

30-Nov-2015 | By Matt Mueller

eOne Films UK managing director to speak at Screen Film Summit next week.

The Marriage of Reason and Squalor

Starline to sell Chapman Brothers feature

30-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Film starring Rhys Ifans and Sophie Kennedy Clark gets international sales deal.

Deepa Mehta

Toronto Film Critics to honour Deepa Mehta

30-Nov-2015 | By

The Toronto Film Critics Association has selected the director of Water to receive its Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award.

Stormzy Brotherhood

Noel Clarke’s 'Brotherhood' adds cast as shoot begins

30-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Noel Clarke, Arnold Oceng, Ashley Thomas, grime MC Stormzy among cast.

Warren Brown

'Cargo' shoot underway in Bahamas for Best Ever Film

30-Nov-2015 | By Angela Lee

Bahamian production company Best Ever Film has announced Warren Brown of drama series Luther has signed to star in Kareem J Mortimer’s Bahamian film Cargo, which has begun shooting in Nassau.

Lorraine Sullivan

Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions hires Lorraine Sullivan

30-Nov-2015 | By Tom Grater

Former Canal+ exec joins the company with a remit to develop European film and TV projects.

Gods of Egypt

Lionsgate, Proyas issue 'Gods Of Egypt' diversity apology

30-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Studio, director apologise over lack of diversity in Gods Of Egypt cast.

Michael Ballhaus

Berlin: 'Goodfellas' cinematographer Michael Ballhaus to get Golden Bear

30-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Festival will feature 10 films from the German cinematographer in February.

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'Tharlo' wins top prize at Tokyo Filmex

30-Nov-2015 | By

Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s Tharlo was awarded both the Grand Prize and the student jury prize at this year’s Tokyo Filmex, which wrapped on Sunday night (Nov 29).

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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2' retains UK lead

30-Nov-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s The Good Dinosaur is the week’s highest new entry with $4.4m (£2.9m) from 513 sites.

Film London Microwave

Film London Microwave reveals 2015 shortlist

30-Nov-2015 | By Violet Acevedo

The low-budget production scheme has selected 12 projects and exceeded diversity target.

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‘Spanish Affair 2’ fights off 'Hunger Games' in Spain

30-Nov-2015 | By Elisabet Cabeza

Spanish comedy smash has grossed $16.9m (€16m) after two weekends.

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'Mockingjay 2' hits $442m global

29-Nov-2015 | By

NOV 30 UPDATE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 resisted a dazzling Chinese debut from The Martian to hold on to pole position in the international arena thanks to an estimated $63.1m weekend haul.

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'Mockingjay 2' tops Thanksgiving weekend on $52m

29-Nov-2015 | By

NOV 30 UPDATE: The Hunger Games finale held on to its number one berth over the North American holiday weekend to ensure that a Lionsgate or Lionsgate-Summit film has held the spot over the same period for the past five years.

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Ridley Scott confirms 'Alien: Covenant' details

27-Nov-2015 | By Fiona Williams

Michael Fassbender to play two roles in upcoming sci-fi, Australian government to build on incentives.

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Picturehouse, Film4, Channel 4, MUBI join Screen Film Summit

27-Nov-2015 | By Screen staff

Channel 4, Film4, Picturehouse and MUBI are among the latest big names to join the line-up of this year’s Screen Film Summit, which will be held at London’s Picturehouse Central on Dec 10.

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'Son of Saul' director scores grant for second feature

27-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

TorinoFilmLab awards more than $460,000 to several upcoming projects.

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' tracking to be biggest film ever at UK cinemas

27-Nov-2015 | By Tom Grater

Experts predict Disney-Lucasfilm epic to reach $166m (£110m), surpassing Skyfall’s record.

Better Call Saul

Berlin 2016: TV strand to extend across festival

27-Nov-2015 | By Tom Grater

The television drama strand will again showcase premium titles at next year’s Berlinale, extending from two days to being spread across the festival.

Grimur Hakonarson

'Rams' director plots next film

26-Nov-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: As Rams heats up on the festival and awards circuit, Iceland’s Grimur Hákonarson tells Screen about his next feature, The County.

Don Juan

CAT&Docs picks up IDFA winner 'Don Juan'

26-Nov-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Jerzy Sladkowski’s documentary centres on an autistic man whose mother attempts to make him ‘normal’.

The Staircase

IDFA: Lestrade launches 'The Staircase III'

26-Nov-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Oscar-winning French director to revisit infamous case of Tennessee novelist accused of murdering wife.

Don Juan

'Don Juan', 'Ukrainian Sheriffs' win at IDFA

26-Nov-2015 | By

Festival also confirms Michael Moore set to compile next year’s ‘Top 10’.

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Appeal rejected for jailed Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov

26-Nov-2015 | By

The 20 and 10-year sentences meted out to Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov’s and his co-defendant Aleksandr Kolchenko have been upheld by the military division of the Russian Supreme Court.

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Carol Morley awarded Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Fellowship

26-Nov-2015 | By Matt Mueller

Prize gives film-maker £30,000 ($45,000) and open access to Wellcome Trust scientists and research.

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'Gurgaon', 'Machines' win Film Bazaar awards

26-Nov-2015 | By

Shanker Raman’s Gurgaon and Rahul Jain’s Machines both picked up Prasad Digital Intermediate Awards at the close of Film Bazaar on Nov 25.

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'Cemetery of Splendour' wins best film at APSAs

26-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Asia Pacific prizes also awarded to Hany Abu-Assad for The Idol, Alexey German Jr for Under Electric Clouds and cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing for The Assassin.

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BFI to receive 8% grant-in-aid cut over four years

25-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

BFI says spending review reduction is “better than anticipated”.

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DCMS cuts less than feared

25-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

“Deep cuts” would be a “false economy” says British Chancellor, but department admin costs to be cut by 20%.

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Autumn Statement 2015: How will the DCMS fare?

25-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Film likely to face cuts amid anticipated DCMS budget reduction.

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CPH:DOX moving to March

25-Nov-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: In a major shift to the documentary festival landscape, CPH:DOX has announced it is to change dates.

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CPH PIX merges with BUSTER; moves to autumn

25-Nov-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

From 2016, CPH PIX is moving from its April dates to an autumn slot and will merge with its sister children’s/youth film festival, BUSTER (which formerly ran in September).

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IDFA: Wide House picks up 'Man Falling'

25-Nov-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Picture about Danish artist Per Kirkeby opened CPH:DOX.

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'Room', 'The Big Short' to bookend Dubai fest

25-Nov-2015 | By Tom Grater

Spotlight, Truth and Concussion are also among the festival’s programme.

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IFFR teams with VPRO for Big Screen Award

25-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Winning filmmaker will receive cash prize with award.

Peggy Guggenheim

Submarine joins forces with NonStop

25-Nov-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

New York-based indie sales powerhouse Submarine is creating a new documentary centric label in Scandinavia with NonStop Entertainment.

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'The Falling' director Carol Morley joins This Way Up

25-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Exhibition conference also adds two-day archive lab and more.

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Swipe acquires Berenice Bejo's 'The Last Diamond', 'All About Them'

25-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Independent film distributor to offer a real diamond to UK cinemagoers as part of marketing campaign.

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'Carol' leads Indie Spirit nominees

24-Nov-2015 | By

Todd Haynes is in the running for best director and both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are in contention for best female lead alongside Room’s Brie Larson as Carol earned six 2016 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

US Briefs: Frenesy Film sells 'Antonia.' to Italy

24-Nov-2015 | By Angela Lee

Plus… FilmRise acquired The Champions; Unified’s Red Band Films wraps shooting on The Rake; and Made In NY grant receipents announced.

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PSIFF to honour Tom McCarthy

24-Nov-2015 | By

The Spotlight director will receive the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Sonny Bono Visionary Award.

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Netflix creates series from 'Gangs of Wasseypur'

24-Nov-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix will stream Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur as an eight-part mini-series in the US and Canada in the first week of December.

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BBFC appoints David Austin new director

24-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Current director David Cooke to step down in March 2016.

Janis: Little Girl Blue

'Carol', 'Janis: Little Girl Blue' bookend Bahamas fest

24-Nov-2015 | By Angela Lee

Female-driven films bookend the Bahamas International Film Festival as Todd Haynes’ Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara opens the event on December 9 and Amy Berg’s documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue ends the festivities on December 12.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor to receive honorary BIFA

24-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

British star of 12 Years A Slave to receive Richard Harris Award.

Mustang

'Mustang' wins LUX film Prize

24-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Turkish drama also picks up Stockholm Film Festival audience award.

The New Classmate

India's 'The New Classmate' sold to France, Germany, Austria

24-Nov-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Hindi-language drama sold by Films Boutique.

Nandita Das

What's the buzz at Film Bazaar 2015?

24-Nov-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Industry experts tip the hottest pitches and works-in-progress at Goa’s Film Bazaar, from animation to a serial killer story.

Manoj Bajpayee

Bajpayee, Tambe join 'Unknown Faces'

24-Nov-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Manoj Bajpayee [pictured] and Smita Tambe will star in Atanu Mukherjee’s Unknown Faces, produced by Drishyam Films, which is scheduled to start shooting on December 11.

Mollye Asher

'You & Me Both' eyes summer 2016 shoot

24-Nov-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: New York-based producer Mollye Asher [pictured] is gearing up for a summer 2016 shoot of her next production You & Me Both.

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Anti-corruption doc gets Sundance grant

24-Nov-2015 | By

Proposition For A Revolution, directed by Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Sundance Documentary Film Programme.

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Marathi films make waves at Film Bazaar

24-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Mumbai-based Film City is presenting a package of nine Marathi-language films at Film Bazaar, as part of the Maharashtra state’s initiative to promote Marathi culture.

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Film Bazaar 2015: Screen's dailies

24-Nov-2015

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

PGA announces doc nominees

23-Nov-2015 | By

The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) unveiled on Monday the five films in contention for the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards on January 23, 2016.

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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2' tops UK box office

23-Nov-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s Spectre falls to second with $5.8m (£3.85m) for $128.3m (£84.6m) and has overtaken Avatar as the highest grossing IMAX release in the UK.

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Citizen Skull Productions eyes January start on 'The Deep End'

23-Nov-2015 | By Angela Lee

Mark Myers’ film and television company has set a January start in and around Los Angeles on Matt Eskandari’s thriller.

Ulrich Seidl

Ulrich Seidl readies trophy hunter doc

23-Nov-2015 | By

Austrian filmmaker’s new documentary to be ready in time for Cannes.

Sherpa

Dogwoof to handle sales of Jennifer Peedom's 'Mountain'

23-Nov-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Feature documentary made by the Australian director of Sherpa [pictured].

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DCM: 2016 to be biggest ever year for family films

23-Nov-2015 | By Tom Grater

Speaking at DCM Upfronts, Tom Linay predicts strong 2016 at UK box office; Sir John Hegarty delivers keynote.

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Sundance unveils Midnight line-up

23-Nov-2015 | By

In an unusual move, the Sundance Film Festival revealed the nine-strong genre strand line-up late on Sunday night with little warning.

'Son of Saul' wins at Zagreb Film Festival

23-Nov-2015 | By

Croatian event moved to November for the first time, excluded documentary programme to strengthen the industry section.

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Jailed Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov could be traded in prisoner exchange

23-Nov-2015 | By

The possibility of a prisoner exchange has been mooted ahead of the Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov’s appeal against his 20-year sentence before Russia’s Supreme Court tomorrow (Nov 24).

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Edge acquires Stockholm opener 'Mediterranea'

23-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Jonas Carpignano’s debut was first seen at Cannes.

How To Live Yours

Wellcome Trust reveals film investment plans

23-Nov-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

Charitable foundation to back projects exploring themes relevant to biomedical research.

Annette Brejne and Rajiv Chilaka

Kids' content can get boost from local angle

23-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Market for India’s children’s films can also benefit from 4G expansion.

Bornila Chatterjee

Dolce Vita joins Oddjoint's 'Nuclear Hearts'

23-Nov-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Marc Irmer’s Paris-based Dolce Vita Films will co-produce Bornila Chatterjee’s Nuclear Hearts with Kolkata-based Oddjoint Art.

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Rehman, Arora, Shome bite for Singh’s 'Scorpions'

23-Nov-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Waheeda Rehman, Shashank Arora (Titli, pictured) and Tillotama Shome (Qissa) have joined the cast of Anup Singh’s third feature The Song of Scorpions, which was first pitched at Film Bazaar 2013.

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IDFA: Vimeo acquires 'Bikes Vs Cars'

23-Nov-2015 | By

Vimeo On Demand announced at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) on Monday that it has acquired US rights to Fredrik Gertten’s documentary.

Sunrise

Stray Dogs sells 'Sunrise' to US, UK; 'Island City' deals

23-Nov-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: French sales company closes deals on two of its Indian titles.

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Jar Pictures climbs 'Mountain' with Arriaga

23-Nov-2015 | By

Mumbai-based Jar Pictures is attending Film Bazaar with a busy, multiple-language slate, including Ajitpal Singh’s The Man Who Broke The Mountain, to be co-produced by Mexican writer-producer Guillermo Arriaga [pictured].

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'India's Daughter' gets Oscar push

23-Nov-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

The potential of controversial documentary India’s Daughter making it to the Oscar documentary shortlist could help change its perception at home in India, the film’s US distributor said.

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Clinik launches new workshops for South Asian filmmakers

23-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Kathmandu-based script and production development lab Clinik.Kathmandu is set to launch two new programmes for young South Asian filmmakers for its 2016 edition.

Sunil Arora and Vinod Zutshi

India's new FFO wants filmmakers’ advice

23-Nov-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

The ministries behind India’s newly launch Film Facilitation Office are starting a series of workshops next month to open the dialogue between the central, state and local governments and representatives of the film industry to talk how to make India more filming-friendly.

MEPs make recommendations on DSM strategy

23-Nov-2015 | By

The European Union’s Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy has occupied the minds of members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) ahead of a meeting of EU Audiovisual and Culture Ministers in Brussels this week.

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy's 'Taboo' begins London shoot; cast revealed

23-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

TV drama reunites Tom Hardy with Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Locke).

Gayatri Yadav

Mobile is driving India Internet boom

23-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

India is set to overtake the US in its Internet usage base.

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Indian kids' projects head to Sweden

23-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Sweden’s Financing Forum for Kids Content has selected two projects from Film Bazaar’s inaugural Children Screenwriters’ Lab for its 10th edition.

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Indie India explores new platforms

23-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Film Bazaar panel looks at new ways to connect non-Bollywood films with audiences.

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‘Carol’ cinematographer wins top Camerimage prize

23-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Other winners include Rams, Son of Saul, The Look of Silence and Gaspar Noé’s Love.

'Son Of Saul' wins at UK Jewish Film Festival

23-Nov-2015 | By Tom Grater

Lazlo Nemes’ Holocaust film took the top prize at the festival, which closed with the UK premire of Amir Wolf’s Fire Birds.

'Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2' hits $247.2m global

22-Nov-2015 | By

NOV 23 UPDATE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 dominated global box office at the weekend, powered by a confirmed $144.5m international haul from 87 markets.

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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2' rules North America on $103m

22-Nov-2015 | By

NOVEMBER 23 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 rounded out the YA franchise to ensure all four in the series opened on more than $100m in North America.

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Submarine cuts deals on doc pair

22-Nov-2015 | By

Submarine announced at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) it has licensed Jessica Edwards’ Mavis! And Laura Israel’s Don’t Blink - Robert Frank in multiple territories.

Geetanjali Kulkarni

'Court' actress joins Sandhya

22-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

EXCLUSIVE: Actress Geetanjali Kulkarni, who was last seen in the multiple award-winning drama Court, has joined Mukti Krishan’s feature debut Sandhya, one of the 19 projects chosen for the Film Bazaar’s Co-Production Market this year.

Bombairiya

'Bombairiya' to resume shoot in December

22-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

EXCLUSIVE: Caper comedy by Pia Sukanya is scheduled for release in first half of 2016.

Catherine Dussart

CDP joins Sengupta’s 'Memories And My Mother'

22-Nov-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: French producer Catherine Dussart, who co-produced Gurvinder Singh’s The Fourth Direction, has boarded Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Memories And My Mother, which is selected for the Co-Production Market at Film Bazaar this year.

Zubaan

Sikhya ramps up distribution

22-Nov-2015 | By

Sikhya Entertainment is entering Indian and international distribution starting with Mozez Singh’s Busan opener Zubaan [pictured], which its plans to release in India in January 2016.

Satya Raghavan

YouTube India content chief: avoid 'Syndrome 52'

22-Nov-2015 | By

YouTube India content chief Satya Raghavan explained how Indian filmmakers can bypass theatrical windows and create content for YouTube and other digital platforms, at the opening session of Film Bazaar’s Knowledge Series yesterday.

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Stockholm awards top prize to 'Louder Than Bombs'

22-Nov-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Laszlo Nemes wins best director for Son of Saul; Mediterranea wins best first film.

NFDC's Nina Lath Gupta with I&B Secretary Sunil Arora

India's new FFO to act as one-stop shop for Indian shoots

21-Nov-2015 | By

Foreign and local producers who want to shoot in India now have a central agency they can contact, the Film Facilitation Office (FFO), to help with obtaining shooting permissions and sourcing locations and crew.

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Ambre, Oddjoint punch for 'Boxers' feature

21-Nov-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: French producer Sylvain Bursztejn’s Ambre Films is joining forces with Celine Loop and Q’s Kolkata-based Oddjoint to produce a feature version of Alka Raghuram’s documentary Burqa Boxers.

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Changing times for Bollywood’s women

21-Nov-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Some women are seeing more empowering roles in Bollywood in the past few years, but is this “a small wave or a tsunami in the years to come?,” asked the Film Bazaar Knowledge Series panel ‘Female Protagonists in Bollywood Today.’

Happily Ever After

GSP takes UK rights to 'Unromantic Woman'

21-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

EXCLUSIVE: Film Bazaar’s Co-Production Market project Joan Carr-Wiggin’s An Unromantic Woman has presold to the UK, with GSP Studios picking up the film from Toronto-based production company Paragraph Pictures.

Sara Blecher

SA backers move into Blecher's Paradise

21-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

EXCLUSIVE: NFDC’s Co-Production Market project On the Way to Paradise has received funding from three separate government bodies in South Africa: the Department of Trade and Industry, the National Film and Video Foundation and KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission.

Uday Singh

Film Tourism Workshop readies India for its 'Hobbit' moment

21-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

As part of Film Bazaar’s initiative to promote India as a filming destination, a film tourism workshop was conducted for the first time with local and international experts sharing their insight on various aspects of film tourism.

Lipstick Under My Burkha

Film Bazaar's WIP explores changing India

21-Nov-2015 | By

Projects exploring the role of women in Indian society and the country’s rapid economic development feature heavily in the line-up for this year’s Work-in-Progress Lab at Film Bazaar, which includes six fiction and five documentary features.

Charles Stone

Charles Stone to direct 'Ain’t No Half Steppin'

20-Nov-2015 | By

Broad Green Pictures announced the development on Friday as part if its recently announced production deal with Matt Alvarez.

Brie Larson

Brie Larson to receive Palm Springs honour

20-Nov-2015 | By

The star of Room, whose stirring performance as a mother in captivity has catapaulted her to the front of the Oscar race, will collect the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Breakthrough Performance Award.

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Eagles of Death Metal doc pulled from IDFA

20-Nov-2015 | By

All screenings cancelled of a film following the frontman of Eagles Of Death Metal, who were on stage at the Bataclan.

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'London Fields' producers file cross-complaint against director

20-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

The producers of troubled crime-thriller London Fields have filed a breach of contract cross-complaint against the film’s director Mathew Cullen.

Toto And His Sisters

IDFA: Autlook strikes doc deals; reshuffles structure

20-Nov-2015 | By

New appointments and sales of titles including Toto and His Sisters.

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Man jailed for selling illegal TV set-top boxes

20-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

UK man jailed for two and half years.

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Goteborg plans Italy focus

20-Nov-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Luca Guadagnino will come to Goteborg to present A Bigger Splash [pictured].

Morten and the Ship of Fools

Tallinn: Animation in focus

20-Nov-2015 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Estonia is marching on as one of Europe’s leading creative forces within the industry, Tiffany Pritchard reports.

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European Film Forum Tallinn wraps

20-Nov-2015 | By Screen staff

Forum covered the Digital Single Market (DSM) initiative, concerns over new platforms and visions of the future.

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National funders react to Tallinn audience with Ansip

20-Nov-2015 | By

Funding executives were upbeat about European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip’s statements on the place of the film sector within the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy.

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Eurimages unveils 'innovative projects' initiative

20-Nov-2015 | By

Lab Projects to support unconventional films.

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Tallinn: industry warns indie film could go the way of publishing

20-Nov-2015 | By Tiffany Pritchard

The changing landscape for independent film in the digital market was hotly debated at Black Night Film Festival’s European Film Forum.

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Tallinn: Digitech strand reveals future tech

20-Nov-2015 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Running alongside the European Film Forum (Nov 18-19) at Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival, a showcase of product demonstrations and start-ups were presented in the Digitech section further iterating a cross-over between the film and technology sectors. 

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Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt begins 'Starfish' shoot

20-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

British film to co-star Da Vinci’s Demons’ Tom Riley.

Hand Of God

Study: Amazon trails rivals in original content race

19-Nov-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon’s five most popular original shows in the US, UK and Australia are struggling to keep pace with the best offerings from HBO and Netflix, according to research by Parrot Analytics.

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Live-action, animation shorts advance in Oscar race

19-Nov-2015 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences announced on Thursday the shortlists for both categories.

Rebecca Kearey

Rebecca Kearey named president of Fox Searchlight International

19-Nov-2015 | By

Veteran exec previously served as evp at Fox Searchlight International and Fox International Productions.

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EC's Andrus Ansip talks DSM plans

19-Nov-2015 | By

European Commission vice-president Andrus Ansip failed to allay industry concerns about plans for copyright reform as part of the the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy when he spoke on the second day of the European Film Forum in Tallinn.

Oasis

Oasis documentary rolls with buyers

19-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Independent finalises AFM deals in key markets for music documentary, executive produced by Amy director Asif Kapadia.

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TrustNordisk, Brain Academy pact for thriller series

19-Nov-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: TrustNordisk/Zentropa and Brain Academy are partnering on an eight-part TV series.

Ukraine

Ukraine joins EU's Creative Europe programme

19-Nov-2015 | By

Ukraine has become the seventh European Union (EU) neighbouring country to join the Creative Europe this year.

Lee & Thompson

Law firms Lee & Thompson and Forbes Anderson Free to merge

19-Nov-2015 | By Tom Grater

The combined entertainment law firms will operate under the Lee & Thompson name.

US Briefs: Costume Designers Guild honours for Quentin Tarantino, Ellen Mirojnick

19-Nov-2015 | By

Plus: Freestyle sets Mother Teresa drama The Letters release date; Kathy Bates joins Bad Santa 2; Momentum picks up word rights to Milton’s Secret; STX Entertainment wraps The Space Between Us… and more.

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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2' takes early $43m worldwide

19-Nov-2015 | By

NOVEMBER 20 UPDATE: The Hunger Games franchise finale grossed $16m from Thursday night screenings in North American and arrives in a further 19 markets on Friday including China and Mexico.

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Almodóvar retitles 'Silence' to avoid Scorsese clash

19-Nov-2015 | By Elisabet Cabeza Gutes

Spanish auteur changes film title to avoid clash with Martin Scorsese’s Silence.

US Briefs: Cinema Eye announces Heterodox Award finallists

18-Nov-2015 | By

Plus: Josh Reinhold joins Matt Alvarez’s new production company; Jane Seymour boards ESX Entertainment’s Praying For Rain… and more.

Relativity Media outlines restructure plan

18-Nov-2015 | By

Ryan Kavanaugh filed papers with the US Bankruptcy Court in New York on Wednesday that proposed the foundations of a slimmed-down company and a seven-film slate.

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FIP, 'Stalingrad' producers strike Russian pact

18-Nov-2015 | By

Fox International Productions (FIP) has signed an exclusive first-look deal for Russian-language films with Paul Heth and Michael Schlicht.

Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke begins 'Tiger' shoot

18-Nov-2015 | By

Principal photography has begun in Cincinnati on the drama from R3M Productions in association with Grodnik / Aloe Productions.

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'Amy' director Asif Kapadia, Working Title's Tim Bevan join Screen Film Summit

18-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Award-winning director and producer to join execs from BBC Films, StudioCanal, See-Saw Films, eOne and more at annual summit.

Sonja Henie

Sewitsky's Henie film aims for August shoot

18-Nov-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Anne Sewitsky’s anticipated Sonja Henie project, Queen Of Ice, is edging closer to an August 2016 shoot after confirming Norwegian Film Institute funding of €1.6m last week.

Matt Kaplan

Awesomeness Films signs Jurassic Party first-look

18-Nov-2015 | By

President Matt Kaplan illustrates scope of ambition in deal with Insurgent screenwriter Brian Duffield and Nicki Cortese’s new production company.

AFI announces 2015 European Union Film Showcase

18-Nov-2015 | By

The European cinema roster runs from December 1-20 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, and opens with Fernando León de Aranoa’s A Perfect Day.

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David Heyman, NBCUniversal launch television venture

18-Nov-2015 | By Tom Grater

Heyday Television will create content in both the UK and USA, which NBCUniversal will then distribute.

Secret In Their Eyes

STX, UMPG launch music partnership

18-Nov-2015 | By Gabrielle Altheim

STX Entertainment has signed an exclusive, worldwide agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG).

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Pay-TV network beIN inks MENA film deal

18-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Potential Miramax buyer locks up indie film deal with distributor Front Row as it expands portfolio.

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Equity fund pledges $60m for UK creative industries

18-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

The UK government’s British Business Bank has backed a private equity fund aimed at the country’s creative industries.

MEDIA exec Lucia Recalde Langarica talks ahead of Tallinn's European Film Forum

18-Nov-2015 | By Tiffany Pritchard

As the European Film Forum kicked off at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, MEDIA exec Lucia Recalde Langarica has praised the event for linking creativity and technology.   

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Preview: European Film Forum in Tallinn

18-Nov-2015 | By Tiffany Pritchard

The European Film Forum (Nov 18-19) concludes this year’s run of digital conferences at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (BNFF).

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Estonia to join tax rebate club in 2016

18-Nov-2015 | By

Estonia is to become the latest European country to join the tax rebate club attracting foreign productions to shoot at its locations.

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Lithuania scores Baltic Event hat-trick

18-Nov-2015 | By

Estonian project Erik Stoneheart wins Screen Best Pitch Award.

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Yadav wins Stockholm Impact Award

18-Nov-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Lucrative prize goes to the Indian director of Parched.

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade to host BIFAs

18-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Director and comic actor to take over hosting duties for the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards.

The Find

Amadeus takes Tallinn title 'The Find'

18-Nov-2015 | By

Amadeus Entertainment has picked international sales for the Russian film The Find (Nakhodka) by Victor Dement.

Anamaria Marinca

European Shooting Stars 2016 jury unveiled

18-Nov-2015 | By

Also… former Shooting Star joins Jan Forsström’s The Great Bear, pitched at this week’s Baltic Event.

EC's DSM strategy given short shrift at Tallinn forum

18-Nov-2015 | By

The European Commission’s proposed Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy for the film industry has been given short shrift at the opening of the European Film Forum in Tallinn.

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Glasgow Film Festival to launch first industry strand

18-Nov-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Festival will also see a focus on Argentine cinema and on classic Hollywood double acts.

Josh Hutcherson

US Briefs: Josh Hutcherson, Indigenous Media partner on talent incubator

17-Nov-2015 | By

Plus… Broad Green Pictures strikes first-look deal with Storyscape Entertainment; Fathom Events plots one-day theatrical release for The Pastor.

Richard Linklater

'Everybody Wants Some' to open SXSW 2016

17-Nov-2015 | By

The world premiere of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood follow-up will open the film festival in his hometown of Austin, Texas, on March 11, 2016.

Taj Mahal

Paris attacks: Bac, Pathé push on with 'Taj Mahal', 'Cowboys' releases

17-Nov-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Terrorism-themed films to hit French screens in coming days.

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Odeon-UCI chief issues warning to UK cinema industry

17-Nov-2015 | By Tom Grater

Speaking at today’s UKCA conference, Ian Shepherd said that the industry’s current good health is not necessarily permanent and more needs to be done to sustain growth.

Johnny Depp

Palm Springs fest to honour Johnny Depp

17-Nov-2015 | By Angela Lee

The actor will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor at this year’s 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) on January 2, 2016.

Lover & Mercy

SBIFF unveils Virtuoso Award recipients

17-Nov-2015 | By

Love & Mercy’s Elizabeth Banks and Paul Dano, Joel Edgerton from Black Mass and Jacob Tremblay from Room are among the initial honourees at the 31st edition Santa Barbara International Film Festival, set to run frm February 3-13 2016. 

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Berlin 2016: retrospective dedicated to 'Germany 1966'

17-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Retrospective to include around 20 East and West German feature and documentary films from cinema and television.

Ricky Gervais begins 'David Brent: Life On The Road' shoot

17-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Feature is based on the character made famous in BBC comedy The Office.

Sergei Bodrov

Bodrov, Mokritsky films win development funding

17-Nov-2015 | By

New projects by Sergei Bodrov and Sergei Mokritsky awarded development funding by Russian Cinema Fund

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'The Tribe' director in first Ukraine, Norway co-pro

17-Nov-2015 | By

Luxembourg, the second feature by The Tribe director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, is set to become the first ever co-production between Ukraine and Norway.

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China box office: 'Spectre' breaks records for Sony

17-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

The latest instalment of the James Bond franchise debuted with an impressive $48.55m over its three-day opening weekend.

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David O Russell to deliver BAFTA lecture

17-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

American Hustle director to give talk in London in December.

'The Revenant' sets UK release date

17-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s epic stars Leonardo DiCaprio.

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US BRIEFS: Denzel Washington to receive HFPA’s Cecil B DeMille Award

16-Nov-2015 | By

Plus: Universal retitles The Huntsman; The Danish Girl, Youth in Capri honours; Momentum Pictures, Orion Releasing team on Diablo; and In 90 Degrees Heat wins 2015 DOC LA top directing award.

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Ventana Caribe to launch at Ventana Sur

16-Nov-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The trinidad+tobago film festival and its Caribbean Film Mart will launch five works-in-progress at the Buenos Aires market next month.

Michael London

Groundswell’s 'Birth Of The Dragon' begins Canada shoot

16-Nov-2015 | By

Principal photography is set to kick off on November 17 in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the Bruce Lee story.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore to star in 'Wonderstruck'

16-Nov-2015 | By

The Oscar winner is reportedly preparing to star once again for her Far From Heaven director Todd Haynes on his upcoming drama.

Louder Than Bombs

Paris attacks: Memento retitles 'Louder than Bombs'

16-Nov-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Joachim Trier’s film due to hit French screens in early December.

Peace for Paris

Paris attacks: cinemas reopen, Disneyland remains shut

16-Nov-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Bridge of Spies, Jane Got a Gun, Steve Jobs junkets cancelled.

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'I Promise You Anarchy', 'Room' among Los Cabos winners

16-Nov-2015 | By

Jurors at the 2015 Los Cabos International Film Festival unveiled their winners as the Mexican festival came to a close at the weekend.

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Paris attacks: distributor talks pulling terrorist thriller 'Made In France'

16-Nov-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Pretty Pictures CEO James Velaise explains why he pulled “brilliant picture” after Paris attacks.

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Slamdance unveils DIG

16-Nov-2015 | By

The new Digital, Interactive And Gaming showcase will be dedicated to emerging independent artists working in hybrid, immersive and developing forms of digital media art.

Shawn Williamson

Brightlight Pictures, Brad Turner team on 'Penance'

16-Nov-2015 | By

Vancouver-based Brightlight Pictures has come on board to produce the drama with Brad Turner of Homeland, Daredevil and 24 fame set to direct.

Oasis

eOne swoops on Oasis documentary

16-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Fledgling UK film outfit Lorton teams with eOne for release, executive produced by Amy director Asif Kapadia.

AMBI to remake 'Memento'

16-Nov-2015 | By

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Pictures will finance and produce a remake of Christopher Nolan’s iconic 2000 thriller.

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Fox confirms 'Prometheus' sequel title

16-Nov-2015 | By

Fox tweeted on Monday that the new title for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus follow-up formerly known as Alien: Paradise Lost would be Alien: Covenant and that the film would open on October 6, 2017.

Universal Pictures

Universal commits to third year of Emerging Writers Fellowship

16-Nov-2015 | By Angela Lee

2015-16 fellows Zelle Bonney, Kristen Davila, Tom Hanada, Salim Lemelle and Carlos Rios began in June the year-long programme designed to identify new and unique voices.

'Spectre' hits $543m global BO

16-Nov-2015 | By

NOVEMBER 16 UPDATE: Sony, MGM and EON Production’s 007 thriller ruled the world for the second weekend, powered by a titanic international session that broke records in China and generated $153.3m overall.

'Spectre' scores UK box office hat-trick

16-Nov-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony also notch highest new entry as The Lady in the Van posts terrific $3.5m (£2.3m) from 540 sites, and becomes second distributor ever to record a 1-2-3 at the top of the chart.

Swedish Dicks

Viaplay recruits Stormare for Swedish Dicks

16-Nov-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Peter Stormare and Johan Glans to play Swedish detectives in Los Angeles.

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'My Grandmother', lifetime awards open Tallinn Black Nights 2015

16-Nov-2015 | By Tiffany Pritchard

The 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival reeled out its inaugural black carpet on Friday (Nov 13) for its opening night, which included a screening of silent comedy My Grandmother (1929).

Tiina Lokk

Paris attacks: Tallinn Black Nights fest pays tribute

16-Nov-2015 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Festival in touch with guests coming from Paris.

Annemarie Jacir

Dubai Film Connection relaunches with 12 projects

16-Nov-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Annemarie Jacir, Bassem Breish and Hala Lotfy to present projects at co-pro event taking place during Dubai International Film Festival.

Europe

BBC, C4 respond to AV Media Services consultation

16-Nov-2015 | By

UK broadcasters BBC and Channel 4 and industry bodies FIAPF and EFADs are among more than 400  organisations and private individuals who responded to the European Commission’s (EC) public consultation on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

'Rams' wins at Thessaloniki fest

16-Nov-2015 | By

Icelandic feature Rams and Colombian rural drama Land and Shade take top prizes at Greek festival.

Liina Kullerkupp

Soundscapes play out at Black Nights fest

16-Nov-2015 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has again placed a focus on the Estonian music scene with the sidebar Soundscapes (Nov 15-17).

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Black Nights fest spotlights Georgia

16-Nov-2015 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Titles to include world premiere of The Summer of Frozen Fountains.

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Tallinn Black Nights: first GameJam crowns winners

16-Nov-2015 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Game developers were tasked with building games around films.

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Pathe reveals AFM sales of 'Viceroy’s House'

16-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Period drama stars Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville and The X Files’ Gillian Anderson as Lord and Lady Mountbatten.

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Reel Suspects picks up Lithuanian drama 'King's Shift'

16-Nov-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based sales agent Reel Suspects has taken on international sales for Lithuanian director Ignas Miskinis’ third feature, King’s Shift (previously known as Deadweight).

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Russia's Ministry of Culture demands 'Dau' producer return funding

16-Nov-2015 | By

Russia’s Ministry of Culture is calling for Phenomen Films, the producer of Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s marathon project Dau, to return $340,000 (RUB22.5m) in production funding as well as $120,000 (RUB8m) in interest.

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Australia's Screen Forever conference set to kick off

16-Nov-2015 | By Violet Acevedo

The Australian conference will host industry professionals and government officials this year from Nov 17-19.

'Spectre' stays top in North America on $34m

15-Nov-2015 | By

NOVEMBER 16 UPDATE: Sony, MGM and EON Productions’ spy thriller held on to top berth as the running total climbed to $130.7m after two sessions, while Universal launched Angelina Jolie’s By The Sea in a lacklustre limited debut.

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'Spectre' breaks records in China

15-Nov-2015 | By

Sony, MGM, EON Productions’ James Bond thriller has set several new benchmarks in the wake of its release in the world’s second biggest market.

Lionsgate cuts red carpet interviews for 'Mockingjay 2' premiere

15-Nov-2015 | By

The studio has decided to modify the sequence of events on Monday’s LA premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 in the wake of Friday’s deadly Paris attacks.

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TWC to make staff cuts

15-Nov-2015 | By

According to reports The Weinstein Company is planning to lay off around one-fifth of its workforce.

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Los Cabos celebrates Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund winners

13-Nov-2015 | By

Kyzza Terrazas’ Somos Lengua and Rodrigo Cervantes’ Los Paisajes each took home post-production services worth $52,000 at the Mexican festival on Friday night.

US Briefs: Production wraps on Pablo Schreiber drama 'Traces'

13-Nov-2015 | By

Plus: Oscar-nominated Rocky Star Burt Young joins comedy King Rat.

From Afar

Strand Releasing picks up 'From Afar'

13-Nov-2015 | By

Strand Releasing has acquired North American rights to Lorenzo Vigas’ Venice Golden Lion winner.

Bleiberg’s 'Experimenter' clicks with AFM buyers

13-Nov-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Bleiberg Entertainment has sold out Michael Almereyda’s psychological thriller starring Peter Sarsgaard led by a deal with StudioCanal for the UK and Rialto in Australia and New Zealand.

Saoirse Ronan

Palm Springs fest to honour Saoirse Ronan

13-Nov-2015 | By

The star of awards contender Brooklyn will receive the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s International Star Award at the annual awards gala on January 2, 2016.

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'God Bless The Child' wins at CPH:DOX

13-Nov-2015 | By Tom Grater

Other winners include Among The Believers and The Fear Of 13.

Kay Cannon

Kay Cannon to direct 'The Pact'

13-Nov-2015 | By

Point Grey, Good Universe and Hurwitz & Schlossberg Productions have hired Pitch Perfect screenwriter Kay Cannon to make her directorial debut on the feature comedy.

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Alchemy acquires SXSW thriller 'The Frontier'

13-Nov-2015 | By

Oren Shai directed the noir starring Jocelin Donahue, Kelly Lynch, and Jim Beaver.

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Machel Montano signs deal with MAS2TV

13-Nov-2015 | By

The recently launched OTT platform serving Caribbean culture has closed a deal with the Trinidad & Tobago soca superstar.

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Riots cancel 'Black' screenings

13-Nov-2015 | By

Two screenings in Brussels of the Toronto award-winner cancelled over age-rating dispute.

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Locarno winner 'Paradise' to become 'violence' trilogy

13-Nov-2015 | By

Screen reveals a slate of forthcoming projects from producers promoting movies at the Seville Film Festival

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Buzz chart shows odds in favour of final ‘Hunger Games’

13-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Final instalment of YA franchise towers over other new and upcoming releases.

'Spectre' to soar past $350m

13-Nov-2015 | By

Spectre stands at $264.1m internationally through Sony and MGM and with 14 debuts including China, Australia and South Korea it is the favourite to dominate the international arena again this weekend.

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Copyright on agenda at Ansip meeting with European filmmakers

13-Nov-2015 | By

A delegation of film industry professionals discussed the EC’s proposed copyright reform with vp Andrus Ansip.

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Front Row scores 20 titles at AFM

13-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Films include Maniac Cop, produced by Nicolas Winding Refn, and The Discovery, starring Nicholas Hoult and Rooney Mara.

US Briefs: Santa Barbara award for 'Spotlight' trio

12-Nov-2015 | By

Plus: Casting Society of America to honour Danny Boyle and others; Toronto’s Markham Street Films makes key hire

'Mustang', 'Land And Shade' prevail in AFI FEST awards

12-Nov-2015 | By

Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s French foreign-language Oscar submission won the New Auteurs Audience Award, announced on Thursday evening.

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AMBI Group launches $200m fund

12-Nov-2015 | By

The warchest will finance a slate of high-end, star-driven commercial feature films through the AMBI Pictures production and finance division.

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Rotterdam fest to streamline programme; eight titles revealed

12-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: New festival director Bero Beyer to implement more changes to IFFR’s structure.

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FilmBuff, Orion Releasing to distribute 'Night Owls'

12-Nov-2015 | By

The self-styled film curator has teamed up with the multi-platform release specialist to acquire worldwide rights to the SXSW hit.

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Seagrove, Hannah, Keating join 'Another Mother's Son'

12-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Second World War drama begins UK shoot; first image revealed.

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'Cartel Land' leads Cinema Eye Honours nominations

12-Nov-2015 | By Tom Grater

The Look Of Silence, Meru, The Wolfpack and Amy all received multiple nominations for this year’s non-fiction awards.

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Alchemy enters Ben Wheatley’s 'Free Fire'

11-Nov-2015 | By

NOVEMBER 12 UPDATE: In a significant development at AFM that illustrates its ambitions, the distributor confirmed it has picked up US rights to the British wunderkind’s crime thriller.

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Adele in talks to join Xavier Dolan film

11-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Singer in talks to make feature film acting debut for director of her latest single Hello.

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Fábrica unveils 'Sea Of Cortez'

11-Nov-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Fábrica de Cine chairman and CEO Gastón Pavlovich has partnered on the adventure sports documentary with Emmy-winning director-producer Paul Taublieb.

'Pulsion', 'Mujer Jaguar' in Beyond The Window

11-Nov-2015 | By

Details have emerged of the line-up of projects set to participate under the auspices of Ventana Sur’s genre sidebar Blood Window, among them the Adrian Garcia Bogliano collaboration Pulsion.

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Nikkatsu, Vertical, XYZ partner on 'Headshot'

11-Nov-2015 | By

The companies will collaborate on global distribution of the Indonesian action thriller starring Iko Uwais of The Raid fame.

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'Doctor Strange' shoot underway in UK

11-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Shoot for Marvel fantasy starring Benedict Cumberbatch underway at Longcross Studios in UK.

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Millennium Studios shifts focus 

11-Nov-2015 | By

Going forward the Louisiana-based facility will only be available for rental of and other production services to third-party producers. 

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Noel Clarke readies ‘Brotherhood’

11-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Late November shoot set for third instalment in urban trilogy; Lionsgate to handle UK distribution.

Mercury Plains

Carnaby slate draws AFM buyers

11-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: US, France, Australia, Germany among deals; Mercury Plains, Iggy Pop thriller ink sales.

Jon Heder

The Orchard pounces on 'Ghost Team'

11-Nov-2015 | By Jeremy Berkowitz

The distributor announced on Wednesday it has acquired North American, UK, Australian and New Zealand distribution rights for the comedy-thriller.

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Reports link eOne, DreamWorks

11-Nov-2015 | By

According to a report on Tuesday Canadian entertainment giant eOne is lining up alongside Participant Media and Reliance Entertainment to inject cash into Steven Spielberg’s studio.

Sophie Lowe

Anchor Bay acquires 'What Lola Wants'

11-Nov-2015 | By

The distributor has picked up US rights to The Sheinberg’s The Bubble Factory upcoming feature.

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New German Film Law in the pipeline

11-Nov-2015 | By

Proposals for a new German Film Law (FFG) have been revealed in a “discussion draft” by the State Ministry for Culture and Media (BKM) a week ahead of a top-level film industry summit in Berlin.

Field Niggas

Pulse Films, Britdoc launch doc fund at CPH:DOX

11-Nov-2015 | By Tom Grater

The first awardee of the Genesis Fund is Field Niggas director Khalik Allah for his forthcoming project, Jamaica.

Home Manchester

Film exhibition conference This Way Up unveils line-up

11-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Speakers to discuss emerging cinema trends at conference in Manchester, UK.

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David Leon developing 'The Albatross' with Ingenious

11-Nov-2015 | By Tom Grater

EXCLUSIVE: Leon’s next project will deal with the subject of immigration into the UK.

Kudos absorbs Shine Pictures, Lovely Day

11-Nov-2015 | By Alex Farber, Broadcast

Lovely Day and Shine Pictures are to be absorbed into Kudos following Diederick Santer’s appointment as joint CEO of the UK production company.

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US Briefs: Jessica Chastain named Spirit Awards honourary chair

10-Nov-2015 | By

Plus… HBO Documentary Films acquires Body Team 12; SPHE unveils first 4K Ultra HD Disc releases; Timur Bekmambetov produces play… and more.

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Liberty Global, Discovery to take stakes in Lionsgate

10-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Discovery and Liberty Global each plan to pay $195m for separate 3.4% stakes in the indie studio.

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Finnish agents talk up 'Snow White Trilogy'

10-Nov-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: AFM attendees have been in talks over a potential YA film or TV adaptation of another Scandinavian property to take the book world by storm.

Andrew Gumpert

Andrew Gumpert on the rise at SPE

10-Nov-2015 | By Gabrielle Altheim

The executive has been promoted to president of worldwide business affairs and operations for Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.

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Benattar/Thomas board Jayson Rothwell’s 'Shotgun Love'

10-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Script from Zodiac: Year Of The Snake and The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman writer.

Dominant, GLG Capital strengthen ties

10-Nov-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Financier Michael Gianfriddo of Dominant Entertainment and capital markets expert Greg Gantman of GLG Capital have launched a strategic partnership to provide asset-based alternative financing for the entertainment and media industries.

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Les Arcs Coproduction Village unveils 2015 line-up

10-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New projects revealed from I, Anna director Barnaby Southcombe, When Animals Dream filmmaker Jonas Alexander Arnby and actor/director Hiam Abbass.

Lionsgate lands US on 'Robinson Crusoe'

10-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

US pact for StudioCanal’s 3D family adventure follows recent deal on The Commuter.

Ventana Sur

Blood Window unveils BWIP selections

10-Nov-2015 | By

Organisers at the Buenos Aires-based genre sidebar have announced the Bloody Work In Progress entrants.

Bridgend

Suicide drama 'Bridgend' sold across Europe

10-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Drama stars Game of Thrones’ Hannah Murray.

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom to lead priest abuse drama 'Romans'

10-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Lord of the Rings star to shoot independent feature this month.

John Cameron Mitchell

Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman begin 'How To Talk To Girls At Parties' shoot

10-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

“Punks and aliens” feature from director John Cameron Mitchell [pictured] also stars Alex Sharp.

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Illumination's 'Sing' to open December 2016

10-Nov-2015 | By

Universal has revealed that the project formerly known as Untitled Illumination Entertainment 2016 Project 2 will be called Sing and will open as previously announced on December 21 2016.

DSM update: "portability" in first tranche of copyright proposals

10-Nov-2015 | By

Enhancing cross-border portability of content throughout Europe will be included in a ¨Communication on the modernisation of the EU copyright rules¨ as part of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy to be unveiled on December 9.

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Cinephil takes world on IDFA title 'Snow Monkey'

10-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary from Australian war artist George Gittoes centres on street kids in Afghanistan.

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'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials' tops China box office on $21.5m

10-Nov-2015 | By Silvia Wong

Three Hollywood and two local new releases entered the weekly chart, with Fox’s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials raced to the top with $21.54m from its first five days.

Netflix, Brad Pitt's Plan B back Bong Joon Ho's 'Okja'

10-Nov-2015 | By Jason Bechervaise

Netflix is to invest in Bong Joon Ho’s new film Okja, it has been announced through local production company Okja SPC.

US Briefs: Ewan McGregor to receive Los Cabos Protagonist Award

10-Nov-2015 | By

Plus… Magnolia acquires The Ones Below; IFC unveils first Screen Forward Lab fellows; and more.

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China's Le Vision acquires Lionsgate's 'Gods Of Egypt'; unveils 10-film slate

9-Nov-2015 | By

The head of Le Vision Pictures announced to a high-powered Beverly Hills crowd on Monday a deal to distribute Gods Of Egypt in China and unveiled the inaugural 10-strong slate from Los Angeles-based off-shoot Le Vision Pictures USA.

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Mundial, Alebrije Cine y Video sign output deal

9-Nov-2015 | By

Mundial, the joint venture between IM Global and Mexico’s Canana, has struck an exclusive output deal for the films of Mexican producer Monica Lozano’s Alebrije Cine y Video.

Cross Creek makes home at Sony

9-Nov-2015 | By

Columbia Pictures has signed a three-year co-financing, production and distribution deal with Brian Oliver’s company.

Travis Stevens

Snowfort, AMP announce co-pro slate

9-Nov-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

First project will be Trent Haaga’s 68 Kill, based on the crime novel by Bryan Smith.

Ben Stiller

Bold Film strikes Red Hour deal

9-Nov-2015 | By

Days after Amazon Studios picked up US rights to The Neon Demon, Bold Films’ Michel Litvak and Gary Michael Walters have landed another coup and signed a partnership with Ben Stiller’s company on comedic and dramatic film, television and digital projects.

'Spectre' retains UK lead with $19.9m

9-Nov-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s latest James Bond mission will overtake Jurassic World as the biggest UK release of 2015 today [Nov 9]; Lionsgate’s Brooklyn posts the biggest opening for an Irish film in Ireland since Michael Collins.

The High Sun

Croatia big winner in Cottbus; Iceland to the fore in Lübeck

9-Nov-2015 | By

Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun wins hat trick at Cottbus.

Phantom Boy

Ajyal Youth fest unveils competition line-up

9-Nov-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Titles in competition include animation Phantom Boy [pictured], Ethiopian drama Lamb, Brazilian Oscar submission The Second Mother and Jafar Panahi’s Berlinale winner Taxi Tehran.

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'Spectre' soars to $293m worldwide

8-Nov-2015 | By

NOVEMBER 9 UPDATE: The brand-new 007 episode from EON Productions, MGM and Sony maintained its stunning early form as approximately $117m saw it climb to $223.1minternationally – and close to $100m in the UK – to rank number one in all 77 of its active markets.

Spectre

'Spectre' rules North America on $70m

8-Nov-2015 | By

NOVEMBER 9 UPDATE: A stirring debut saw the EON Productions, MGM and Sony’s James Bond saga take the box office by storm on an estimated $70m as Fox’s The Peanut’s Movie had to settle for second on a commendable $44m.

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Slow AFM eyes China, market shifts

8-Nov-2015 | By

While China’s high-level forays into Hollywood have dominated the conversation all week, the view at ground level at a quiet AFM is of a market in fundamental flux where lower tier companies are locked in a fight for survival.

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AFM: Magnolia acquires 'The Last King'

8-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: North American deal for action-adventure starring Game Of Thrones, Kon-Tiki stars.

Christophe Gans

'20,000 Leagues' dives into AFM

8-Nov-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: In its second bold statement of intent at AFM, the Los Angeles-based sales company has introduced 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea to the market, a rival project to Bryan Singer’s recently announced version of the timeless Jules Verne classic.

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Amazon Studios buys Refn's 'Neon Demon', plans theatrical

8-Nov-2015 | By Screen staff

Gaumont and Wild Bunch pact with online giant.

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Bron Animation to adapt 'The Willoughbys'

8-Nov-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Vancouver-based Bron Animation has acquired animated film rights to children’s book The Willoughbys by Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry.

Ian Hart joins 'Modern Life Is Rubbish'

8-Nov-2015 | By

The Exchange handles worldwide rights to the rom-com at the AFM.

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La Zanfona to produce futuristic war thriller 'Shadow Inside'

8-Nov-2015 | By

The company will follow up its box-office hit Marshland with the $1.9m production.

2 Nights Till Morning

Wide Management inks Lat Am, Korea deals

8-Nov-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: 2 Nights Till Morning, Panama among in-demand titles.

Sparrows

'Sparrows' wins in Sao Paulo

8-Nov-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Other winners at Brazilian festival include An, Pixadores, The Violin Teacher, Wrestlers.

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PNP takes 'Break Point' from Myriad

8-Nov-2015 | By

Learning To Drive collaborators reuinte on tennis comedy.

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