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Bill Block

Bill Block hits back at lawsuit

2-Apr-2015 | By

The lawyer acting on behalf of the founder and former CEO of QED International branded as ‘absurd’ on Wednesday evening the infringement and unfair competition lawsuit filed by the QED principals.

Dragon Blade: John Cusack and Jackie Chan

Lionsgate launches specialty label

1-Apr-2015 | By

Top brass have launched Lionsgate Premiere, a multi-platform channel of up to 15 Lionsgate and Summit films a year that kicks off in autumn with Chinese epic Dragon Blade followed by zom-com Cooties.

Huayi Brothers

STX, Huayi Brothers formalise pact

1-Apr-2015 | By

Bob Simonds’ STX Entertainment has officialy sealed the deal on its 18-film co-financing and distribution agreement with the private Chinese company.


'Ben-Hur' begins Cinecittà shoot

1-Apr-2015 | By

As reported on Screendaily last week, production is underway in Rome on Paramount Pictures and MGM’s retelling of the classic adventure starring Jack Huston in the title role.

Anton Lessine Sasha Shapiro

QED Holdings sues Bill Block

1-Apr-2015 | By

QED Holdings co-CEOs file trademark infringement and unfair competition suit.

Screen Awards 2015 open for entries

1-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The Screen Awards are back for a sixth year, celebrating the very best of marketing, distribution and exhibition in the film industry.

David Puttnam

Lord Puttnam sees EU digital strategy shift

1-Apr-2015 | By Matt Mueller

FDA president hopeful of less seismic EU digital reform.

Kaleidoscope takes Kevin Pollak's 'Misery Loves Comedy' for UK

1-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Comedy documentary, featuring Tom Hanks among others, premiered at Sundance.

Canyon Creek to adapt Lauren St John novel 'The Glory'

1-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Love, Rosie producer acquires film rights to YA novel about a 1,200 mile horse race.

Twilight of a Life

Visions du Réel 2015 to spotlight women

1-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sylvain Biegeleisen’s Twilight of a Life to open the documentary film festival in Switzerland.


Japanese 'Godzilla' to rise in 2016

1-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi to make monster movie for release in 2016

Tereza Perinova

Karlovy Vary’s Tereza Perinova dies aged 35

1-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

International press head was part of the “foundation” of the festival.

Sarajevo's CineLink announces eight projects

1-Apr-2015 | By

Sarajevo’s co-production market’s first batch of projects includes new films by Erol Mintas, Ivana Mladenovic

Panos Koutras’ Xenia sweeps Hellenic awards

1-Apr-2015 | By

Director refuses to accept trophies in protest over immigrant issues in Greece.


Korea's Jeonju to open with Vincent Cassel's 'Partisan'

1-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Some 200 titles set to screen at South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival.

Danny Collins

Bleecker Street strikes Amazon deal

31-Mar-2015 | By

Andrew Karpen’s ambitious New York-based distributor has struck a licensing deal with the digital giant making Prime Instant Video the exclusive subscription platform for its theatrical releases.

Mark Wahlberg

CBS Films boards ‘Patriots’ Day’

31-Mar-2015 | By

The studio is fast-tracking the Boston Marathon Bombing thriller and possible Mark Wahlberg star vehicle that pits it against Fox’s rival project Boston Strong.

A Perfect Man

‘A Perfect Man’, ‘White Soldier’ bookend COLCOA 2015

31-Mar-2015 | By

The Franco-American Cultural Fund on Tuesday announced the line-up for 19th COLCOA French Film Festival, set to run in West Hollywood from April 20-28.


Telluride unveils guest director

31-Mar-2015 | By

Author Rachel Kushner will select a batch of films at the 42nd Telluride Film Festival, set to run from September 4-7.

Frank Sinatra

Tribeca to host 'Sinatra At 100'

31-Mar-2015 | By

The Tribeca Film Festival presented by AT&T will host a centennial celebration of Frank Sinatra next month.


UK deal for Panahi's Golden Bear winner 'Taxi'

31-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Acclaimed drama one of three deals for UK indie.

All3Media acquires Sam Mendes' Neal Street

31-Mar-2015 | By Peter White, Broadcast

All3Media has acquired Call The Midwife and Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street Productions.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

'Kingsman' opens top of China box office

31-Mar-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE:  Boosted by a visit to China by star Colin Firth, Kingsman: The Secret Service topped the China box office on its opening weekend, grossing $24.25m in three days.

Film Independent

Film Independent, Netflix in doc pact

31-Mar-2015 | By

Film Independent has unveiled a year-round partnership with Netflix to support documentary filmmakers.

SFFS unveil complete programme

31-Mar-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

San Francisco Film Society announced complete line-up for the 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs from April 23-May 7.


Edinburgh to launch film distribution market

31-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) is planning to launch a two-day ‘market’ this June dedicated to emerging distribution models.

Helmut Dietl

Schtonk! director Helmut Dietl dies aged 70

31-Mar-2015 | By

The German film and TV industries were mourning on Monday the death of director, writer and producer Helmut Dietl from lung cancer. He was 70.

Bang Bang baby

Random Media acquires ‘Bang Bang Baby’

31-Mar-2015 | By

UPDATED APRIL 1: Jane Levy and Justin Chatwin star in the sci-fi musical, which Random plans to take on limited theatrical release in the autumn. 

Pinewood Studios

Pinewood to raise $44m for studio expansion plans

31-Mar-2015 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

The Pinewood Group is to raise $44.3m (£30m) to part-fund the expansion of its Buckinghamshire site in the UK.

Caroline Stott

eOne expands Euro TV operations

31-Mar-2015 | By

The Canadian media giant has appointed a new executive vice-president of marketing and two sales executives.

Fatma Al Remaihi CEO of Doha FIlm Institute and Everette E Dennis dean CEO of NU-Q

Doha, NU-Q announce Middle East media research project

31-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Qatari institutions forge new strategic alliance to deepen research into region’s burgeoning media scene as well as collaborate on other initiatives. 

Nicolas Winding Refn

'The Neon Demon' starts LA shoot

30-Mar-2015 | By

Nicolas Winding Refn has started principal photography on the horror tale from Space Rocket Nation starring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves. Gaumont and Wild Bunch jointly represent rights.

Matthew McConaughey

TWC-Dimension swoops on ‘Gold’

30-Mar-2015 | By

Black Bear Pictures’ Matthew McConaughey adventure has found its US home after TWC-Dimension beat out rival bidders with what is believed to be a $15m MG and $20m-plus P&A commitment.

Animal Crackers

Emily Blunt joins 'Animal Crackers'

30-Mar-2015 | By

The UK star joins the Blue Dream Studios animation as the voice of Zoe Huntington alongside husband John Krasinksi.

Mattie Do

Raven Banner snaps up 'Dearest Sister'

30-Mar-2015 | By

The Toronto genre specialist has picked up international rights to Mattie Do’s Lao-European horror feature.

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’ gets US date

30-Mar-2015 | By

Screen Gems will open the Jane Austen mash-up on February 19, 2016.

Ben Stephenson

BBC drama boss to join JJ Abrams' Bad Robot

30-Mar-2015 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson is to join JJ Abrams indie Bad Robot to lead its television division.

Steve McQueen

BBC orders Steve McQueen drama

30-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Six-parter produced by Rainmark Films readied for spring 2016.

Cannes Film Festival poster 2015

Cannes chief to speak during first 'Women in Motion' programme

30-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Thierry Fremaux to address women and the film industry as part of a joint venture with new sponsor Kering.  

Colin Trevorrow

Colin Trevorrow to direct 'Book Of Henry'

30-Mar-2015 | By

The director of the upcoming summer release Jurassic World will direct for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment based on an original screenplay by novelist Gregg Hurwitz.

I Am Malala

Malala Yousafzai documentary acquired by Fox Searchlight

30-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary from the director of An Inconvenient Truth centres on inspirational young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.


'Leviathan' producer takes aim with 'Duellist'

30-Mar-2015 | By

Fanny Ardant attached to 19th century feature; Vincent Cassel and Vladimir Mashkov eyed for lead role.

Deborah Rowland

Tonic launches online workshop in film distribution

30-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Distribution and marketing experts unveil product to help filmmakers self-distribute.

Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words

Alicia Vikander to be "voice" of Ingrid Bergman

30-Mar-2015 | By

A Royal Affair, Ex Machina star to voice documentary set for Cannes Film Festival.


'Cinderella' tops UK box office with $5.6m debut

30-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water lands with $3.3m (£2.25m), including previews; Dior and I posts Dogwoof’s second-best ever UK opening with $121,000 (£81,848).

Gursharn Khaira

Altitude appoints head of legal

30-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Former Pathé productions executive joins UK outfit.

Christopher Nolan

‘Interstellar’ wins best film at Empire Awards

30-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Director Christopher Nolan also presented with Inspiration honour by Interstellar star Jessica Chastain.

'Cinderella' crosses $300m global

29-Mar-2015 | By

MARCH 30 UPDATE: Cinderella emerged from a tough pack of contenders to become the belle of the ball at the international box office thanks to a confirmed $40m haul via Disney.

'Home' tops North American charts on $52.1m

29-Mar-2015 | By

Fox’s number one debut gave beleaguered DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg some breathing room as the film posted the best opening for his studio in nearly three years.

Roger Moore

Roger Moore hits back over Paris Match interview

29-Mar-2015 | By

Roger Moore has denied making allegedly racist comments about the suitability of Idris Elba to play James Bond.

Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn boards New Regency heist thriller

27-Mar-2015 | By

The Gone Girl author and screenwriter is reuniting with New Regency to co-write the adaptation of UK show Widows with Steve McQueen.

'Suffragette' lands awards slot

27-Mar-2015 | By

Focus Features has set an autumn release date for the anticipated drama starring Carey Mulligan, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep.


Cinecittà touts Italian tax credits to Hollywood

27-Mar-2015 | By

A small delegation from Cinecittà Studios toured Los Angeles this week to promote the revised Italian tax credit to Hollywood studios and production companies.


UK regions need more support, Labour report

27-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Labour-backed creative industries report also calls for additional diversity targets.

Rick McCallum

'Star Wars' producer readies first Czech-Dutch co-pro

27-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Prague-based US producer Rick McCallum is behind what is likely to be the first official Czech-Dutch co-production with writer-director Karin Babinská’s romantic drama Following The Dream (Za Sny).

Pedro Almodovar

Almodovar producer talks new film ‘Silence’

27-Mar-2015 | By Juan Sarda

Cast revealed for Pedro Almodovar drama set in a “female universe” that will begin shooting in May.


Writers, directors gain share of BFI ‘Locked Box’ recoupment

27-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

‘Locked Box’ scheme has previously been tapped into by UK producers.


‘Cinderella’ beats ‘Insurgent’ in social buzz

27-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Live action fairytale moves ahead of Divergent sequel – but new Fast and Furious looks set to overtake.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ralph Fiennes to receive Empire Legend award

27-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The Grand Budapest Hotel star to collect honour at a ceremony this weekend.


‘Cinderella’, ‘Insurgent', 'Home' in box office showdown

27-Mar-2015 | By

Cinderella, Insurgent and Home are locked in a close contest for supremacy at the international box office before Universal’s Furious 7 roars out of the gates next week.


Hot projects on Screenbase

27-Mar-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

Projects new to Screenbase include Ian Bonhôte’s directorial debut Alleycats and Jeppe Rønde’s fictional debut Bridgend.

Gene Simmons

WWE, Gene Simmons launch Erebus Pictures

26-Mar-2015 | By

WWE and the media entrepreneur and former KISS idol will finance and produce ‘elevated’ horror fare, kicking off with a three-film deal led by Temple.

Amy Beecroft

Verve to handle international sales

26-Mar-2015 | By

The talent and literary agency has brought on Amy Beecroft to run its new global business development division Verve Ventures in what is likely to become a talking point in Cannes and beyond.

Kevin Wu

Lakeshore launches Off The Dock

26-Mar-2015 | By

Lakeshore Entertainment, which earlier this week unveiled plans to boost its film production pipeline, is targeting the YouTube generation with a full-service digital studio.

Mad Max Fury Road

And the Cannes line-up is…?

26-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.

Tommy Gargotta

Relativity EuropaCorp names marketing head

26-Mar-2015 | By

Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution has appointed Tommy Gargotta as president of theatrical marketing.

Magnolia Pictures acquires 'Experimenter'

26-Mar-2015 | By

The North American deal follows the film’s world premiere at Sundance in January and sets up a theatrical release later this year.

The Pearl Button

Kino Lorber dives for 'The Pearl Button'

26-Mar-2015 | By

Kino Lorber has picked up all US rights to Chilean director Patricio Guzmán’s documentary and Silver Bear best screenplay winner at this year’s Berlinale.

BBC Films boss: “Diversity increasingly on our agenda”

26-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Christine Langan talks challenges, highlights and diversity as film arm celebrates 25th anniversary.

Taken 3

French film investment drops to 13-year low

26-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

New CNC figures confirm 2014 was a tough year for the French film production sector.

Time Lapse

XLrator Media leaps into 'Time Lapse'

26-Mar-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights to the time travel thriller starring Danielle Panabaker and plans a day-and-date release via its Macabre genre label.


Rainmark reveals Sean Bean 'Frankenstein Chronicles' details

26-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Rainmark Films, the indie led by Game Of Thrones producer Frank Doelger and former BBC Films executive Tracey Scoffield, has lifted the lid on its multimillion-pound ITV Encore drama The Frankenstein Chronicles.

Michel Hazanavicius

Oscar-winners join EU copyright plans protest

26-Mar-2015 | By

‘The Artist’ director Michel Hazanavicius leads call against the creation of a Digital Single Market

'Fifty Shades of Grey' director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not return for sequel

26-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sam Taylor-Johnson, the director of erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey, will not return to direct its planned two sequels.


Tribeca unveils free community events

26-Mar-2015 | By

Top brass at the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) presented by AT&T have announced the return of the Tribeca Drive-In, Family Festival Street Fair, Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day and Tribeca Family Screenings.

Emma Thompson

Thompson, Gleeson, Bruhl begin 'Alone In Berlin' shoot

26-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Second World War drama will shoot on location in Berlin, Cologne and Görlitz.

Alan Rickman

BAFTA to host Alan Rickman event

26-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Veteran British actor, who recently directed his second feature A Little Chaos, to give on stage interview in London.


Sony pounces on 'Robotech' property

26-Mar-2015 | By

In a double whammy of announcements on Tuesday, Sony Pictures has snapped up rights to the sci-fi anime and set a 2017 release date for its third Smurfs film.

Bae Doo-na

'Blind Massage' wins best film at Asian Film Awards

26-Mar-2015 | By

Lou Ye’s Blind Massage won best film at the Asian Film Awards in Macau on Tuesday night, while Ann Hui won best director for The Golden Era.


Cineworld launches Movie Planner

26-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

UK cinema chain Cineworld has launched its first-ever Movie Planner.


Roadside Attractions acquires 'Stonewall'

25-Mar-2015 | By

Centropolis Entertainment’s gay rights drama directed by Roland Emmerich has found a US home.

Alex Gibney

San Francisco Fest unveils Big Nights roster

25-Mar-2015 | By

Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine and Michael Almereyda’s drama Experimenter bookend the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival, set to run from April 23–May 7.

Adam Keen

Adam Keen joins Broad Green Pictures

25-Mar-2015 | By

The publicity veteran has joined Broad Green Pictures (BGP) as evp of corporate communications and worldwide publicity.

Apu Trilogy

Janus Films to release restored 'Apu Trilogy'

25-Mar-2015 | By

Janus Films will release new 4K restorations of Satyajit Ray’s seminal The Apu Trilogy with new subtitles.


Joel Edgerton directorial debut titled 'The Gift'

25-Mar-2015 | By

STX Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions have found a name for the Australian multi-hyphenate’s feature directorial debut, set for release in the US on July 31.

R Gervais

BBC Films unveils 25th anniversary slate

25-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Ricky Gervais, James Marsh, Armando Iannucci films on slate.

Ray Chen

Galloping Horse hires Chen, lines up co-pros

25-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Outfit plans co-productions with Jerry Weintraub and Cameron Jones.

Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa signs new deal

25-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Executive’s portfolio expanded to CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.

Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz

Elkabetz to preside over Critics' Week jury

25-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Actress and filmmaker joined by four including Katell Quillévéré and Andréa Picard.


Berlin sets 2016 dates

25-Mar-2015 | By Screen staff

Festival to run February 11 to 21, 2016.

'Cinderella', 'Lost and Love' top China box office

25-Mar-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Cinderella stayed on top of the China box office last week with a gross of $28.37m, although Huayi Brothers’ Lost and Love opened strongly with $18.17m for second place. 

Kiran Rao

Kiran Rao to head Mumbai arthouse cinema

25-Mar-2015 | By

Indian filmmaker Kiran Rao has been appointed creative director of Mumbai’s first arthouse cinema, FilmBay, an initiative of India’ National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), to be launched by the end of this year. 

Fast & Furious 7

'Fast & Furious 7' tops SXSW buzz

25-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Surprise screening of Universal’s sequel generates 13,705 mentions across social media.

Codeblack logo

Codeblack launches USC fund

25-Mar-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

Lionsgate label Codeblack Films has established a student support fund and screenwriting contest at USC’s film school.

Screen Filmart 2015 Day 3

Hong Kong Filmart 2015: Read Screen's Dailies

25-Mar-2015 | By Screen staff

Get all the exclusives, reviews, features and screening times from the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (Filmart).

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson joins 'Ip Man 3'

25-Mar-2015 | By

The former world heavyweight boxing champion has joined Donnie Yen in the cast of Pegasus Motion Pictures’ 3D kung-fu biopic Ip Man 3, which will also include a CGI Bruce Lee..

From Vegas To Macau II

China’s iQiyi signs six-picture deal with Wong Jing

25-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Online video giant inks deal with Vegas To Macau 2 director.

The Rift

More In Group launches sales on 'The Rift'

25-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Dejan Zecevic’s sci-fi thriller is currently in production in Serbia.

Super Troopers

'Super Troopers 2' starts Indiegogo campaign

25-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

In under 24 hours, $1.5m has already been raised towards their minimum $2m target.

'Mad Max: Fury Road' heads to Cannes

25-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Mad Max reboot starring Tom Hardy to get Cannes Out of Competition berth.

Arirang Sonata

Tortured Korean pianist doc heads to Filmart

25-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: PAM Korea Media has launched sales on a documentary about an internationally renowned pianist and North Korean defector at Filmart.

Its Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong

Red Sea to sell HK romance, vampire comedy

25-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: LA-based sales outfit brings It’s Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong and Bloodsucking Bastards to Filmart.


Korea's Mirovision takes Japanese drama 'Serenade'

25-Mar-2015 | By

Korea’s Mirovision has made a last minute pick-up of Keinosuke Hara’s Japanese film Serenade.

The Golden Cane Warrior

WTFilms takes martial arts drama 'The Golden Cane Warrior'

25-Mar-2015 | By

Paris-based WTFilms has picked up worldwide rights to Indonesian martial arts drama The Golden Cane Warrior in association with Backup Media.

Ken Takakura

NYAFF to honour late Japanese film 'legends'

25-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) has announced a special focus on two Japanese film legends, Ken Takakura (Black Rain) and Bunta Sugawara (Battles Without Honor), who both passed away last November. 

Kevin Sorbo

Singapore, US firms team for Christian co-pro

25-Mar-2015 | By

Singapore’s Silver Media Group and LA-based Push To Start Productions have signed a deal at Hong Kong’s Filmart to co-produce faith-based film One Hundred Yards.

Tom Rosenberg

Lakeshore, Vine AIG plot expanded slate

24-Mar-2015 | By

Lakeshore Entertainment is moving ahead with its production ambitions following a deal with Vine Alternative Investments Group that will see the parties co-finance 12 upcoming Lakeshore features.

Bill Lee

Alchemy, Swirl eye urban demo

24-Mar-2015 | By

Alchemy has signed a multi-year joint venture with The Swirl Group that calls for the partners to create and acquire 10-15 films a year geared towards urban audiences.

Jim Stephens

Maria Lynn to depart Wolfe after 22 years

24-Mar-2015 | By

Maria Lynn will retire as co-president of Wolfe Releasing at the end of March as co-president Jim Stephens assumes the role of sole president.


Meru hot seller for Submarine

24-Mar-2015 | By

The New York-based company has licensed all US rights excluding TV on the Sundance Audience Award winner to Music Box and Canadian rights to Mongrel Media.

Chris Moll

Chris Moll to leave Creative England

24-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Creative England head of film and iFeatures founder to step down next month.


New Europe takes 'Bridgend' ahead of Tribeca

24-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Drama based on a spate of teen suicides in Wales premiered at Rotterdam.

GKIDS dates 'The Prophet'

24-Mar-2015 | By

The distributor will release Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet in the US on August 7.

Margarita With A Straw

New York Indian Film Festival unveils full line-up

24-Mar-2015 | By

Top brass at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) have unveiled the complete line-up of 30 films for the 15th annual showcase, set to run from May 4-9.

Johnnie To

Johnnie To heist movie on Media Asia slate

24-Mar-2015 | By

Media Asia launched its new slate at Filmart yesterday, which includes Johnnie To’s heist movie Three and Adam Wong’s He Remembers, She Forgets, starring Miriam Yeung and Jan Lamb.


‘Beyond Clueless’ director to make horror cinema doc

24-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary will be exclusive to the BBC’s iPlayer VOD platform.

Gordon Chan

HK's Mei Ah grows slate with Jet Tone, Gordon Chan

24-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong’s Mei Ah Entertainment will unveil several projects at Filmart today, including a co-production with Wong Kar Wai’s Jet Tone Productions titled Drive Me Crazy, and a Boyhood-inspired drama, Growing Up, which will be shot over a period of 15 years.

Dain Iskandar Said Shaheizy Sam Interchange

Malaysia's Said shooting supernatural 'Interchange'

24-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Malaysian director Dain Iskandar Said has started shooting supernatural thriller Interchange, the first project to be backed by Malaysia’s new slate financing fund Sonneratia Capital.

Wolf Warrior

Wu Jing's 'Wolf Warrior' heads to US

24-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Well Go USA has swooped on North American rights to Easternlight Films’ 3D war epic Wolf Warrior, directed by and starring Wu Jing.

Korea's M-Line has 'Wonderful Nightmare'

24-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s M-Line Distribution has picked up three films for international sales.

Old School Kung Fu Fest

Old School Kung Fu Fest unveils roster

24-Mar-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The Old School Kung Fu Fest, set to run from April 16-19 in New York, has announced its 14-film line-up including American Ninja 1 & 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Chapman To

HK's Emperor unveils 15 films on 15th anniverary

24-Mar-2015 | By

Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) launched a 15-film slate at Filmart to commemorate its 15th anniversary.

From Vegas To Macau II

Mega-Vision plots Macau 3, Invincible 12

24-Mar-2015 | By

Hong Kong-based Mega-Vision Pictures (MVP) has unwrapped a slate of five new projects at Filmart, including action title The Invincible 12 and a third instalment in the From Vegas To Macau franchise.

Soi Cheang

One Cool Group debuts with Soi Cheang thriller

24-Mar-2015 | By

A collective of Hong Kong companies, under the banner One Cool Group, launched their debut slate of productions at Filmart yesterday, which includes as as-yet-untitled crime thriller to be produced by Soi Cheang.

Sun Entertainment Culture

HK's Sun Entertainment shines on seven films

24-Mar-2015 | By

Hong Kong-based Sun Entertainment Culture is unveiling several new projects at Filmart, including romantic drama Concerto Of The Bully, starring Ronald Cheng and Janice Man.

Hideo Nakata's 'Ghost Theatre' scares up sales

24-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nikkatsu has sold J-horror master Hideo Nakata’s new film Ghost Theater to Red Pictures Pte. Ltd. for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.

Strayers Chronicle

Nippon sells sci-fi 'Strayer's Chronicle' to S Korea

24-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nippon TV has pre-sold Heaven’s Story director Takahisa Zeze’s sci-fi thriller Strayer’s Chronicle to NK Contents for South Korea.

Into Film

Into Film reveals first awards winners

24-Mar-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

UK film charity fetes youth at London event.

Deadly Virtues

Ate De Jong’s 'Deadly Virtues' sold to Japan, Taiwan

24-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Home invasion erotic thriller makes Asia sales.

Korea's UP introduces 'The Priests'

24-Mar-2015 | By

Korea’s United Pictures (UP) has launched sales at Filmart on new exorcist thriller The Priests.

Jon Bernthal

Principal cast join 'Pilgrimage'

23-Mar-2015 | By

Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage and Tom Holland have joined the Irish action thriller that XYZ Films sells worldwide.

Below Dreams

108 Media acquires ‘Below Dreams’

23-Mar-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights and will handle international sales on Garrett Bradley’s New Orleans-set feature directorial debut.

Sand Dollars

Tucaman expands into France

23-Mar-2015 | By

The Brazilian distributor launches Tucaman France to promote Brazilian and Latin American cinema and kicks off with Sand Dollars.

Baltasar Kormakur

CinemaCon honour for Baltasar Kormákur

23-Mar-2015 | By

The Icelandic director will receive a special International Filmmaker Of The Year Award during the trade show on April 20.

Thure Munkholm

CPH PIX mourns Thure Munkholm

23-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Copenhagen’s CPH PIX is mourning the death of its head of programming Thure Monkholm, who has died at the age of 36.


Russos eying 'Avengers' mantle

23-Mar-2015 | By

The siblings behind global smash Captain America: The Winter Soldier are in talks to direct the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, according to reports circling Hollywood on Monday night.

David Strathairn

David Strathairn joins ‘November Criminals’

23-Mar-2015 | By

The Oscar-nominated actor has joined Ansel Elgort, Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener on Lotus Entertainment’s thriller, which began shooting on the East Coast on Monday.

I Kill Giants

Treehouse Pictures to finance ‘I Kill Giants’

23-Mar-2015 | By

The LA-based company has come on board Anders Walter’s feature directorial debut based on Joe Kelly’s graphic novel.


'Alleycats' begins shoot with Eleanor Tomlinson, Sam Keeley

23-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway on thriller backed by The Fyzz Facility.

Prifest in Exile

Pristina Festival cancelled after ministry cuts

23-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Festival patronized by Vanessa Redgrave at a loss over last-minute government decision.

Moland to replace Arcel on next 'Department Q'

23-Mar-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Norwegian director takes the reins on A Conspiracy of Faith.


Moscow film festival to make major cuts

23-Mar-2015 | By

Two days cut from festival, competition titles reduced and line-up almost halved in the face of tough economic circumstances.

Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close

Arterton, Considine, Close join 'She Who Brings Gifts'

23-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Altitude Film Sales has boarded Colm McCarthy’s adaptation of M.R. Carey’s best-selling novel.

China's Enlight hits the road with stellar line-up

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from a capital injection from Alibaba and a stellar year at the box office, Beijing-based Enlight Pictures has lined up a string of top Chinese filmmakers for its 2015 slate, including Xu Zheng, Zhang Yibai, Deng Chao and actress Zhou Xun.


'Home' tops UK box office on $9m

23-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

eOne’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent takes strong $4.4m (£2.9m), including previews, on debut.

Dr Alan Channer at iRep

iRep explores digital age for documentaries

23-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Lagos, Nigeria’s iRep, one of Africa’s few documentary-specific film festivals, has closed its fifth anniversary edition showing more than 40 films curated around themes and issues in Africa.

Third Window takes porn comedy

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Third Window Films has picked up Japanese porn comedy Make Room for UK distribution and international sales excluding Asia.

Korea’s Finecut acquires 'Circle Of Atonement'

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Finecut has picked up Circle Of Atonement, the feature directorial debut of Park Eun Gyoung and Lee Dong Ha, whose credits as writers include The Terror Live.

Curzon Bloomsbury

UK's Bertha DocHouse cinema details revealed

23-Mar-2015 | By

In advance of this week’s launch of the new, refurbished six-screen Curzon Bloomsbury (formerly the Renoir), further details have emerged of the UK’s first cinema devoted to documentary.

Ode To My Father

'Ode To My Father' sells to LatAm, Spain

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Sales also made of Salut d’Amour, The Peaceful Island and Empire of Lust by Korea’s CJ.

Wild City

HK's Distribution Workshop promotes Leung

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Distribution Workshop sales chief Virginia Leung has been made a director of the company, now majority owned by co-founders Nansun Shi and Jeffrey Chan.

Benny Chan

Benny Chan war epic casts up

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Sean Lau Ching-wan, Louis Koo and Eddie Peng will head the cast of Benny Chan’s epic action film The Deadly Reclaim, which is being launched at Filmart by Universe Films Distribution.

Little Forest

'Little Forest' planted in Korea, Taiwan

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Shochiku has sold Berlinale Culinary Cinema title Little Forest to Korea and Taiwan.

Korea's 9ers pacts with Daemyung

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: First project together is Clown Of A Salesman.

Korea's Lotte picks up 'Meet The In-laws' sequel

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Lotte Entertainment has picked up Meet The In-laws 2 (working title), directed by Kim Jin-young.

A Fool

Taiwan's Ablaze takes 'Zinnia Flower', 'A Fool'

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Taipei-based sales company Ablaze Image has picked up international rights to Tom Lin’s Zinnia Flower and mainland actor Chen Jianbin’s directorial debut A Fool.

Huayi Brothers

IM Global brings Huayi Brothers’ 'Only You' to Filmart

23-Mar-2015 | By

IM Global will introduce Huayi Brothers’ romantic comedy Only You, starring Tang Wei and Liao Fan, to buyers at Filmart.

Nick Cheung

HK's Edko boards Nick Cheung's 'Master Fat'

23-Mar-2015 | By

Hong Kong-based Edko Films is launching sales at Filmart on actor Nick Cheung’s second feature as director, horror film Master Fat, in which he also stars with Amber Kuo and Shi Xing Yu.

Dinah Caine

Creative Skillset name Dinah Caine new chair

23-Mar-2015 | By Matthew Campelli

Dinah Caine is to become chair of the Creative Skillset board, prompting the training body to begin a hunt to replace her in the chief executive role.  

Finecut logo

Korean writers agency partners with HK's Golden Network

23-Mar-2015 | By

Korea’s Writers Agency of Finecut (WAF) has struck a deal with Hong Kong’s Golden Network Asia for them to be their Chinese agency partner.

If Cats Disappeared From The World

Japan's Toho brings 'Cats' to Filmart

23-Mar-2015 | By

Japan’s Toho Company is launching sales on If Cats Disappeared From The World at Hong Kong Filmart.

Minna Esper Dayo

Japan’s Gaga launches Sion Sono 'erotic terrorism' film

23-Mar-2015 | By

Japan’s Gaga Corporation is launching sales on a new film based on a comic and TV series from Tokyo Tribe director Sion Sono.

Andy Lau

Golden Network takes Andy Lau thriller 'Saving Mr. Wu'

23-Mar-2015 | By

Hong Kong-based Golden Network Asia has picked up international rights to Ding Sheng’s crime thriller Saving Mr. Wu, starring award-winning actors Andy Lau, Liu Ye, Wang Qianyuan and Wu Ruofu.

Into Film

Into Film set to host first awards

23-Mar-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

UK education charity Into Film is set to host its inaugural awards at London’s Empire Leicester Square.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

'Insurgent' leads overseas box office with $48.4m

22-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

MARCH 23 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s sequel lands in 76 markets, topping the chart in 66 markets; Disney’s Cinderella crosses $250m globally in only second weekend of release.

'Insurgent' leads US box office with $52.3m

22-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

MARCH 23 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s sequel opens roughly on par with its predecessor; Open Road’s The Gunman takes soft $5m on debut.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Sony to adapt Tony winner 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical'

22-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Hit musical will be adapted by Douglas McGrath, who also wrote the musical’s book.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

'Mission: Impossible 5' titled 'Rogue Nation'; trailer teased

22-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount Pictures has unveiled the first details about this summer’s fifth outing for Ethan Hunt.

'KRISHA', 'Turbo Kid', 'Look of Silence' among SXSW Audience Award winners

22-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

This year’s festival saw over 150 features screened, including 102 world premieres and 14 North American premieres.

Milla Jovovich

Alchemy takes US on James McTeigue's 'Survivor'

21-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Thriller stars Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Dylan McDermott, Angela Bassett and Robert Forster.

Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks receives BFI Fellowship

20-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The comedy great received the honour in person in London.

Meerkat Movies

Meerkat Movies to replace Orange Wednesdays

20-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman pledges more than £100m ($150m) to marketing campaign.

Aidan Gillen

Reel Suspects boards Aidan Gillen's 'Still'

20-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based outfit boards international rights to UK thriller.

Harald Zwart

Nordisk Film boards Harald Zwart's '12th Man'

20-Mar-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Hollywood director returning to Norway for war drama following The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Karate Kid reboot.


‘Cinderella’ tops ‘Insurgent’ in social buzz

20-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Liam Neeson’s Run All Night ranks third in online chart.


Film Movement acquires US rights to 'Theeb'

20-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Naji Abu Nowar’s debut feature will be released theatrically in late 2015.

Robert De Niro

De Niro, Dern to attend Geena Davis' Bentonville Film Festival

20-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Inaugural edition of the festival takes place from May 5-9.

Albuquerque Studios

New Mexico increases tax incentives

20-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Newly passed legislation makes it easier for feature film productions to qualfy for the 30% labour credit.

Cinema Libre Studio picks up 'Days of Grace' for US

20-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Everardo Gout’s feature debut premiered at Cannes 2011 and will be released day-and-date in cinemas and on HBO on May 1.

The Moon and the Sun

Paramount takes 'The Moon and the Sun' off schedule

20-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Sean McNamara’s historical fantasy, starring Pierce Brosnan, was set for an April 10 release.

Gunned Down

Hot projects on Screenbase

20-Mar-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

Hot projects new to Screenbase include Joel Novoa’s sequel ID2, Adam Stephen Kelly’s thriller Kill Kane, and action film from Mark McQueen Gunned Down.

Superticket to launch in UK with 'Kidnapping Freddy Heineken'

20-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Signature Entertainment teams with Empire Cinemas and to bring new release model to UK.

'Insurgent' shoots into 76 overseas markets

19-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Lionsgate’s sequel to land in over 9,000 screens internationally, day-and-date with its domestic bow.

John Woo

John Woo to direct 'Manhunt' remake

19-Mar-2015 | By

John Woo is to direct a remake of action thriller Manhunt, based on a novel by Japanese writer Juko Nishimura, for Hong Kong-based Media Asia Films.

The Brothers Grimm

Ehren Kruger to create 'The Brothers Grimm' TV series for Miramax

19-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Series will build off the origin story introduced in Kruger’s screenplay for Terry Gilliam’s 2005 film.

Erin Siminoff

Erin Siminoff promoted at Fox 2000

19-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Studio has also named Nick D’Angelo as vp of production.

Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro to be honoured at San Francisco

19-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Film-maker to receive Irving M. Levin Directing Award at upcoming edition of festival.

Dwayne Johnson

'Central Intelligence', 'The Nice Guys' switch release dates

19-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Comedy starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart to open on June 17, 2016, while Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe crime thriller moved up to May 20, 2016.


Tribeca All Access projects include Haifaa Al Mansour's 'Be Safe'

19-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Maris Curran’s Five Nights in Maine, starring David Oyelowo, also among selection.


Irish Academy splits film and TV awards

19-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Film and TV awards to be split into two events.

Slow West

'Slow West' set for UK summer release


Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smith-McPhee star in the Sundance drama.

Tomas Jegeus and Paul Hanneman

CineEurope to award Fox distribution duo

19-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Twentieth Century Fox’s Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus named CineEurope 2015 Global Distributors of the Year

Fyodor Bondarchuk

Beijing film festival unveils jury

19-Mar-2015 | By

Fedor Bondarchuk and Fernando Meirelles among the seven-strong jury.

Code Academy

LGBT festival taking five gay films global

19-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

British Council to make five LGBT films available in more than 50 countries, including a short from the producer-director of Golden Globe winning series Transparent.

Seyi Babatope

Seyi Babatope shooting Nollywood’s first family film

18-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Director also plans to shoot sequel to When Love Happens in London later this year.

George Osborne

UK boosts film, TV incentives in pre-election budget

18-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The UK government has announced it is to increase the rate of film tax relief to 25% for all qualifying expenditure, as part of its annual budget statement.

ID2 Simon Rivers

Screen Yorkshire backs hooligan sequel ‘ID2’

18-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: First images released as UK funding body backs sequel to 1995 football hooligan film.

Zach Braff

Zach Braff, Josh Hutcherson join Franco's 'In Dubious Battle'

18-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Principal photography commenced today in Georgia on the adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel.


'GoodFellas' cast to reunite at Tribeca

18-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Remastered version of the gangster classic will close this year’s festival on April 25.

Fort Tilden

Orion picks up SXSW 2014 winner 'Fort Tilden'

18-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Comedy will be released theatrically and on VoD in August.

Age of Adaline

Lionsgate, Hunan seal financing pact

18-Mar-2015 | By

Pact covers titles such as Now You See Me 2 and Age of Adaline [pictured].

Universal Pictures

Jeff LaPlante to replace Andrew Fenady at Universal

18-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fenady is stepping down as president of physical production at the studio.

Im Kwon Taek

Asian Film Awards to honour Im Kwon-taek

18-Mar-2015 | By

Korean director to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s edition on March 25.

Oliver Platt

EuropaCorp's 'Shut In' adds Oliver Platt

18-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Thriller starring Naomi Watts recently began filming in Montreal.


'KRISHA', 'Peace Officer' among winners at SXSW

18-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

The winners of this year’s jury and special awards were revealed tonight [March 17] at the ceremony hosted by Vanessa Bayer.

Film London logo

Film London invests $150,000 in new artist commissions

18-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New works from Beatrice Gibson, Sarah Turner and Larissa Sansour greenlit.

Amy poster cropped

Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse doc set for summer release

18-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

First poster released of anticipated documentary from the team behind Senna.

The Keeper of Lost Causes

Wild Bunch launches e-Cinéma with Department Q

18-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Digital distribution operation inspired by innovative models of US distributors Radius, A24 and IFC to go live next week. 


UK industry wary of ‘devastating’ EU digital reform

18-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Industry trade body Pact has described plans within proposed EU legislation to create a single digital market across Europe as a “major threat” to the UK film and TV industries.

Peter Greenaway's 'Walking To Paris' among Eurimages awardees

18-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New film from Pascal Chaumeil, director of A Long Way Down, secures biggest support of more than $500,000; next film in the Department Q series also receives support.


Focus Features acquires US rights to 'Suffragette'

17-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Sarah Gavron’s drama is set for a Fall 2015 release; Focus also acquired distribution rights for Latin America, India, South Korea and most of Eastern Europe.


'Cinderella' tops China box office

17-Mar-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Cinderella topped the box office over its opening weekend in China, grossing $24.8m in three days.

Dear White People

Signature signs six including 'Dear White People'

17-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Deals include The Trust and Dear White People.

Richard Gere

Richard Gere to be honoured at San Francisco

17-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Actor will receive the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting at upcoming festival.


RiverRun to close with David Gordon Green's 'Manglehorn'

17-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

17th edition of festival to open with Quentin Dupieux’s Reality and Sacha Jenkins’ Fresh Dressed.

Huayi Brothers

China's Huayi Brothers set to sign with US firm

17-Mar-2015 | By

China’s Huayi Brothers is planning to sign an 18-picture, three-year deal with an unnamed US company, according to a filing with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

Gunned Down

'Gunned Down' starts London shoot

17-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: Mark McQueen’s heist thriller is continuing its five-week shoot in London after wrapping on location filming in Marbella, Spain.

Sofie Gråbøl

Mikkelsen, Gråbøl reunite on 'The Day Will Come'

17-Mar-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Shoot begins in Denmark on $4.4m film which reunites the stars and creator of The Killing.

Euro flag

Film funders warn against copyright changes

17-Mar-2015 | By

European film funders warn EU from making “big bang” policy changes to copyright, authors call for fair remuneration

The Crow (1994)

'The Crow' remake first film at Pinewood Cardiff

16-Mar-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

Corin Hardy directing the remake for Relativity Studios.

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline join 'Beauty and the Beast'

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s live-action remake will be released in 3D on March 17, 2017.

Marc Evans

Marc Evans promoted at Paramount

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

12-year veteran of the studio has been named as the replacement for Adam Goodman, who was let go earlier this month.

David Oyelowo

Paramount to distribute 'Captive' worldwide

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Jerry Jameson’s adaptation stars David Oyelowo and Kate Mara.

Christopher Nolan

Tribeca Talks to include Nolan, Lucas, Weinstein

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Tribeca Film Festival also announces four additional documentaries to screen during the festival as part of the series.

Eddie the Eagle

Lionsgate takes 'Eddie the Eagle' for UK

16-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK deal struck with Matthew Vaughn’s Marv Films.

Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon, eOne partner on 'All the Old Knives'

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Spy thriller is the first project from the companies’ recently launched independent studio.

teresa palmer

Teresa Palmer to star in 'Welcome to Willits' adaptation

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Warm Bodies and Knight of Cups star will play the female lead in feature adaptation of horror sci-fi short, which premiered at SXSW.

Rolling Papers

Alchemy boards marijuana doc 'Rolling Papers'

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Company acquires worldwide rights to Mitch Dickman’s SXSW world premiere, marking their second deal of the day at the festival.

Vinnie Jones

Vinnie Jones joins vigilante thriller

16-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: 4Digital Media boards UK/US rights to crime thriller.

Lia van Leer

Lia van Leer, Israeli film pioneer, dies aged 90

16-Mar-2015 | By Edna Fainaru

Lia van Leer, the legendary first lady of Israeli cinema, has passed away in Jerusalem aged 90.


Korea's Lotte launches $35m film fund

16-Mar-2015 | By

Fund forms part of a creative innovation drive in Busan.

The Scream

Nordisk Film returning to movies with Munch biopic

16-Mar-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Danish major Nordisk Film, which has not produced a film in Norway since Kon-Tiki in 2012, will rearm its Norwegian production unit and start to make films again.

Simon West

Simon West's 'Salty' sets UK crowdfunding record

16-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Con Air director’s film has banked £1.8m ($2.7m), according to the production.

Catherine Keener

Shoot begins on 'Unless'

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Film is based on the final novel from Canadian author Carol Shields and stars Catherine Keener.


Alchemy takes US on 'Moonwalkers'

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Antoine Bardou-Jacquet’s action-comedy stars Ron Perlman, Rupert Grint and Robert Sheehan.

The Lesson

'The Lesson' wins four in Sofia

16-Mar-2015 | By

The Lesson by co-directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov was the big winner at this year’s Sofia International Film Festival in Bulgaria.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

'Marigold Hotel' sequel scores UK hat-trick

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel reaches $17.3m (£11.7m), while stablemate Home previews strongly with $3.6m (£2.5m); Warner Bros’ Run All Night lands with $1.2m (£822,000) from 430 sites.

Jia Zhangke

Jia Zhangke to receive French award at Cannes

16-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Chinese director of A Touch Of Sin to be feted by French Film Directors Guild at Cannes Film Festival.


'Cinderella' tops US box office with $67.9m opening

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

UPDATED MARCH 16: Disney’s live-action remake records seventh largest March opening in industry history; It Follows delivers strong $163k opening from four sites for RADiUS-TWC.


'Cinderella' leads overseas with $62.4m

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

UPDATED MARCH 16: International bow for Disney’s live-action remake included the largest ever March opening in China; Universal’s Fifty Shades of Grey becomes distributor’s tenth highest-grossing film worldwide at $546.5m.


'Ixcanul', '600 Miles' win at Guadalajara

16-Mar-2015 | By

Dramas from Jayro Bustamante and Gabriel Ripstein take top prizes in Mexico.

Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back

Secret Cinema extends 'Star Wars' run

16-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Two months addded to event cinema run.

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Magnolia acquires 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine'

15-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Alex Gibney’s documentary world premiered at SXSW.

6 Years

Netflix boards SXSW premiere '6 Years'

15-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Streaming service acquires global rights to the Duplass Brothers production, written and directed by Hannah Fidell.

The Nightmare

Gravitas Ventures picks up 'The Nightmare' for US

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Horror documentary to be released theatrically and on VoD on June 5.

Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves to narrate Alex Winter's 'Deep Web'

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

EPIX Original Documentary unites stars of Bill and Ted films for the first time since 1993’s Freaked.

Con Man

Tudyk & Fillion's 'Con Man' breaks crowdfunding record

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Indiegogo campaign for web series is now the highest crowdfunded web series of all time.


Lionsgate secures $375m from Hunan TV

13-Mar-2015 | By

Provincial broadcaster will be funding 25% of Lionsgate’s $1.5bn film and TV production slate, excluding The Hunger Games and Divergent franchises.

Wild City

DW picks up Ringo Lam, Lo Chi-leung titles

13-Mar-2015 | By

Company acquires international rights to Wild CIty [pictured] and The Vanished Murderer.

Lech Majewski

Lech Majewski to direct 'Valley of the Gods'

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Principal photography is set to commence this summer on the fantasy sci-fi.


Martin Scorsese-curated UK tour of Polish cinema announced

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema brings together 24 films chosen by Scorsese, including The Last Day of Summer and Camouflage [pictured].

Deborah Rowland

We Are The Tonic to launch Get Seen!

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

New online programme gives film-makers, producers and production companies the inside track on how to distribute their own films.

Istanbul Film Festival unveils 2015 lineup

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Taking place April 4-19, the festival will feature over 200 films, including recent world premieres from Sundance and Berlin.

'Cinderella' begins international rollout

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s live-action remake waltzes day-and-date into China, Russia and Germany, among others.

The Divergent Series Insurgent

'Insurgent' closes on 'Chappie' in social buzz

13-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Upcoming Divergent sequel generates buzz ahead of release.

Clint Kisker

Clint Kisker joins Legendary

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Veteran media executive will head company’s acquistion and corporate development efforts.

Barry Sonnenfeld

Sonnenfeld to direct film about 'Project Alpha' hoax

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Film is based on James ‘The Amazing’ Randi’s real-life hoax orchestrated with two fake psychics.

Walt Disney

Disney shareholders re-elect all 10 board members

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

At the annual meeting, shareholders also supported Board recommendations on auditor and the advisory vote on executive compensation.


Disney making 'Frozen 2'

12-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Disney has confirmed it is developing a sequel to its billion dollar blockbuster Frozen.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer

'Star Wars: Episode VIII' release date revealed

12-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Shareholder meeting also reveals first Star Wars stand-alone film to be titled Rogue One, starring Felicity Jones.

John Friedberg

John Friedberg to leave QED International

12-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

International sales exec follows Bill Block out of the sales, financing and production company behind District 9, Fury and W.

Cristian Mungiu

Cristian Mungiu reveals first details of next film

12-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Romanian Palme d’Or winner to explore complexities of bringing up children in Fotografii de familie.

Doha Qumra

Industry gives Doha’s new Qumra event thumbs up

12-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Doha Film Institute has hit on a winning formula says filmmakers and top industry experts.


'Bridgend', 'Madding Crowd' to bookend CPH PIX

12-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Copenhagen’s CPH PIX (April 9-22) will be bookended by films from two Danish directors shooting in the UK – Jeppe Ronde’s Welsh teen suicide drama Bridgend [pictured] and Thomas Vinterberg’s Thomas Hardy adaptation, Far From The Madding Crowd.

Patrick Vien

Pulse Films appoints Patrick Vien

12-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Former NBC Universal exec joins firm behind Nick Cave feature doc 20,000 Days on Earth to spearhead TV push.

MENA experts discuss Arab demand for more regional content  

12-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Qumra panel debates challenges of producing and distributing local fare. 

Back to the Future

Silvestri to write new 'Back To The Future' music

12-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Film composer to write 15 minutes of additional music for a performance by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Andy Lau

Zhang Yimou's 'The Great Wall' adds Andy Lau

12-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Infernal Affairs actor among final additions of cast on US-China co-production, set to go into production at the end of the month.


'Planetary' set for Earth Day release

12-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Debut feature from Planetary Collective, directed by Guy Reid, is set for a day-and-date theatrical and Vimeo on Demand release on April 22.

Richard Glatzer

'Still Alice' co-director Richard Glatzer dies

11-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Writer-director passed away yesterday [March 10] after a four-year battle with ALS.

Busan panel

Busan Film Festival in danger of being "ruined"

11-Mar-2015 | By

Panel held yesterday on the “vision for the future and reform” of the festival in Seoul.

Jim Burke

Jim Burke named Focus Features production president

11-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

The Descendants producer named president of production; current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin promoted to executive vice president.

Joe Carnahan

Joe Carnahan to direct 'Motorcade' for DreamWorks

11-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

DreamWorks action-thriller centres on an attack on the US President’s motorcade.

Global box office grew 1% in 2014

11-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fuelled by strong growth in the Asia Pacific region, global box office receipts hit $36.4bn last year.

Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back

Secret Cinema to stage 'The Empire Strikes Back'

11-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Event cinema specialist will follow up last year’s run of Back To The Future with the Star Wars classic, ahead of the launch of a new trilogy in December.

Abderrahmane Sissako

'Timbuktu' director eyes 'Leo the African' adaptation

11-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Abderrahmane Sissako considering historical novel, which captures adventures of a 15th century Arab diplomat, writer and explorer.

SFIFF unveils Golden Gate nominees

11-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Films will be competing for nearly $40,000 in total prizes in various narrative and documentary categories.

Gabriel Brakin

Participant promotes Gabriel Brakin

11-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Brakin named executive vice president of Business and Legal Affairs.

Anna Gustavi

Gustavi to receive editing fellowship

11-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship is designed to foster the development of an emerging documentary film editor.

Kate Bosworth

Mike Flanagan’s 'Somnia' retitled 'Before I Wake'

11-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Supernatural thriller starring Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane retains release date.

Marta Ravani-Lorber

Protagonist hires former TF1 exec

11-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Former TF1 sales exec joins London outfit as home ent exec.

Zootropolis concept art

Disney's 'Zootopia' renamed 'Zootropolis' for UK

11-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Walt Disney Animation Studios also reveals UK release date.

Gael Garcia Bernal readies second film as director

10-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Mexico City-set dark comedy Chicuarotes revolves around teenagers living on the edge of a tourist lake.

Tim Burton

Tim Burton to direct live-action 'Dumbo'

10-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Live-action remake of Disney classic is still in development.

Dominic Purcell

Premiere Entertainment boards 'Abandoned'

10-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: Survival thriller is set to start shooting in New Zealand this week and stars Dominic Purcell.

IFFLA unveils 2015 lineup

10-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

13th edition of festival will feature four world premieres and seven North American premieres.

Sand Dollars

'Sand Dollars' attracts Breaking Glass

10-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Distributor acquires North American rights to Israel Cárdenas & Laura Amelia Guzmán’s drama starring Geraldine Chaplin.

Lauren Cohan

'Walking Dead' star begins 'The Boy' shoot

10-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Thriller stars The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan and will be directed by William Brent Bell.

The Last Film Festival

Dennis Hopper’s final film seeks closure through Kickstarter

10-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Producers of the last film to feature Hollywood icon Dennis Hopper are turning to Kickstarter to complete the film.

The Infiltrator

First look at Bryan Cranston in 'The Infiltrator'

10-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Breaking Bad star has begun shooting Brad Furman’s thriller in London with Diane Kruger.

Bertrand Tavernier

Venice to honour Bertrand Tavernier

10-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

French director of award winners Round Midnight and The Clockmaker to receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 tops China box office with $30m

10-Mar-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney animation Big Hero 6 topped the China box office in its first full week of release, grossing $29.88m, while Jupiter Ascending opened in third with $23.06m.


India’s Reliance, Phantom form joint venture

10-Mar-2015 | By

India’s Reliance Entertainment is forming a 50:50 joint venture with Phantom Films, an ambitious local production house founded by filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena.

Adley Gartenstein

Gartenstein to leave Film Movement

10-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Co-president will sell his remaining ownership of the company to Michael E. Rosenberg, who will continue as president.


Dégradé producers eye ambitious slate

10-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Rani Massalha and Marie Legrand’s new French production outfit Films Du Tambour attended the Doha Film Institute’s inaugural Qumra event this week to talk about the company’s ambitious slate of international co-productions.

A Screaming Man

Popcornflix acquires Film Movement slate

10-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Selection includes award-winning foreign films from Cannes, Sundance and Berlin.

The Wave (Bolgen)

The Wave to hit Korea, Latin America


TrustNordisk also sells disaster movie to former Yugoslavia and Israel.

Vince Cable

Labour and Lib Dems commit to keeping C4 in public hands

10-Mar-2015 | By Screen staff

Business secretary Vince Cable and shadow minister for the arts Chris Bryant have committed to keeping UK broadcaster Channel 4 under public ownership if Labour or the Liberal Democrats win the general election.

Vladislav Listyev

Russian producers plan film on murdered TV journalist

10-Mar-2015 | By

Film will focus on Russian journalist and TV presenter Vladislav Listyev; Oliver Stone eyed as director.


Denmark to get first commercial IMAX

10-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

IMAX and Vue partner on first commercial IMAX theatre for Denmark.

Blade Runner

New Blade Runner trailer released

10-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic starring Harrison Ford set for re-release in the UK.

IM Global

IM Global hires TWC veteran Michael Rothstein

9-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Michael Rothstein named president of international sales and distribution following Jonathan Deckter’s exit last week.

X-O Manowar

China's DMG strikes partnership with Valiant

9-Mar-2015 | By

Pact will see DMG produce films based on Valiant comic character

Play It Forward

Play It Forward to open Tribeca/ESPN festival

9-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Andrea Nevins’ documentary about Tony Gonzalez and his older brother Chris will world premiere on April 15.

A Little Chaos to open Sonoma

9-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Festival will close with Michel Hazanavicius’ The Search and runs March 25-29.

Arath De La Torre

Shoot wraps on Cómplices

9-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Romantic comedy, starring Arath De La Torre [pictured], is Lantica Pictures’ first Dominican-shot film under multi-picture deal signed with Pantelion Films.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Marigold Hotel sequel retains UK lead

9-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel adds $2.9m (£1.9m) for $13m (£8.6m) after 11 days in play; Sony’s Chappie is the highest new entry with $1.5m (£996,000); Still Alice posts excellent $606,000 (£401,396) debut from 87 sites for Curzon Film World.


Honeytrap secures UK release date

9-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Urban drama - set to play at SXSW this weekend - sets UK theatrical and home ent dates.

Jupiter Ascending

'Jupiter Ascending' hits $100m int'l

9-Mar-2015 | By

UPDATED MARCH 9: The Wachowskis’ sci-fi surged past $100m thanks to a $23m China debut from 7,028 screens to deliver the studio’s fifth biggest three-day debut.

IFC Midnight acquires Hellions

9-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Bruce McDonald’s horror world premiered at Sundance.

A Dangerous Game

BOND/360 plays Dangerous Game

9-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Anthony Baxter’s documentary to be distributed on all major VoD platforms in June.

Simon West

Carnaby to sell Simon West's Salty

9-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Carnaby to be world sales agent on action-comedy from the director of Con Air and Expendables 2.

We are the Freaks

We Are The Freaks heading to US

9-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Company acquires US distribution rights to Justin Edgar’s third feature.

Arno Hintjens

Les Films du Losange boards Prejudice


Drama starring Belgian musician Arno (pictured) marks feature debut of filmmaker Antoine Cuypers.


Oettinger under fire over copyright proposals

9-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: European Commissioner receives criticism from major UK, German and French players as well as European producers associations.

Duncan Kenworthy

Duncan Kenworthy receives NFTS honour

9-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Film and TV producer behind Four Weddings and Notting Hill awarded Honorary Fellowship.

Chappie, Unfinished Business flop in US

8-Mar-2015 | By

Public sentiment aligned with critical disapproval for Neill Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi spectacle as Chappie delivered an anaemic estimated $13.3m debut via Columbia Pictures.

Elia Suleiman

Elia Suleiman feature to ‘cross countries’

8-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Palestinian film-maker is set to direct a new feature later this year or in the first half of 2016, marking his first film since 2009’s The Time That Remains.

Danis Tanovic

Danis Tanovic in Doha producer pledge

8-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Bosnian Oscar winner has offered his services as producer to a Middle Eastern project at the Doha Film Institute’s inaugural Qumra Masters sessions.

Estrellas Solitarias

Estrellas Solitarias to premiere at Guadalajara

7-Mar-2015 | By

The feature directorial debut of Fernando Urdapilleta, the Mexico City wunderkind behind short film sensation Cosita Linda, will receive its world premiere at the 30th Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG30).

Brian Cox

IM Global boards The Autopsy Of Jane Doe

6-Mar-2015 | By

Andre Øvredal of Trollhunter fame will make his English-language directorial debut on the supernatural thriller starring Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox.

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde, Katie Holmes in Tribeca shorts roster

6-Mar-2015 | By

Sixty films, a record 40 of which are world premieres, will screen across nine thematic programmes during the festival, set to run from April 15-26.

Submarine Deluxe gets Station To Station

6-Mar-2015 | By

The New York-based distributor has acquired US theatrical and museum rights to Doug Aitken’s Sundance premiere.

Albert Maysles

Albert Maysles, 1926-2015

6-Mar-2015 | By

The celebrated documentarian and cinematographer whose credits included Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter has died at his Manhattan home of natural causes. He was 88.

Inception Media Group

Cameron Thomson to acquire control of IMG

6-Mar-2015 | By

Los Angeles-based sales outfit Inception Film Partners is being sold to Toronto’s Cameron Thomson Entertainment as part of a deal with parent company Inception Media Group (IMG).

Suleiman Al Mossallam and Tanovic

International industry storms Doha for first Qumra

6-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Doha Film Institute’s new Qumra event kicks off today in Doha, with a focus on mentoring emerging filmmakers.

We Are Monster

We Are Monster secures UK release

6-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Drama based on racially-motivated murder to get UK release.

We The People

NBTV, Bungalow line up supermarket boycott doc

6-Mar-2015 | By

NBTV Studios & Bungalow Media + Entertainment in association with Dundee Entertainment and Hammer Productions are filming a documentary about the organised boycott of the Market Basket supermarket chain in summer 2014.

'Gomorrah' to return for second series

6-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Filming on the second series of acclaimed Sky Italia crime-drama Gomorrah is due to get underway in Naples next month.

Bondi Hipsters

Bondi Hipsters among Screen Australia awardees

6-Mar-2015 | By

Funding for three distribution projects, animation company Bogan and several creators of the very-popular-online Bondi Hipsters brand are among the recipients of US$2.73m ($3.5m) from Screen Australia.

Michael Shamberg

BuzzFeed Motion Pictures to deliver Mip keynote

6-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

BuzzFeed Motion Pictures president Ze Frank is to deliver a joint keynote with producer Michael Shamberg at MIP Digital Fronts next month.


Chappie draws Focus in social buzz

6-Mar-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

Neill Blomkamp’s robot sci-fi in dead heat with Will Smith caper.

Victor Koo

China's Youku Tudou restructures content business

5-Mar-2015 | By

China’s Youku Tudou has appointed Edward Su as chief operating officer and restructured its production business into nine units based on different content categories.

Fifty Shades crosses $500m global

5-Mar-2015 | By

Fifty Shades Of Grey has crossed $500m through Universal heading into its fourth weekend.

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford recovering after plane crash

5-Mar-2015 | By

The 72-year-old actor was recuperating in hospital on Thursday night after the light aircraft he was piloting crash-landed on a public golf course in southern California.

A Faster Horse

White Horse boards A Faster Horse

5-Mar-2015 | By

Nigel Sinclair and Guy East’s LA-based company are commencing world sales on the Tribeca Film Festival documentary selection.

Project Almanac

Paramount, Lotte cut South Korea deal

5-Mar-2015 | By

The studio has signed a distribution pact with Lotte Entertainment on all its films in South Korea that will kick off with Mission: Impossible 5.

AFCI Locations Show

AFCI panel talks new world order

5-Mar-2015 | By

Producers scouting international locations should establish local companies early to benefit from tax incentives, attendees at the AFCI Locations Show 2015 heard on Thursday.


Tribeca 2015 unveils second wave

5-Mar-2015 | By

New work from William Monahan, Henry Hobson, Adrián García Bogliano and Neil LaBute are among the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screening selections announced on Thursday.

Josh Bowman

'Revenge' star Josh Bowman begins 'Level Up' shoot

5-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway in London on UK thriller with star of US drama Revenge.

IFC Films buys Stanford Prison Experiment

5-Mar-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights to Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s recent Sundance premiere and plans a 2015 theatrical release.


Walden Media joins DreamWorks on The BFG

5-Mar-2015 | By

Walden Media has come on board to co-finance and co-produce the Roald Dahl adaptation with DreamWorks Studios.

When Marnie Was There

Hailee Steinfeld joins Studio Ghibli voice cast

5-Mar-2015 | By

GKIDS has announced the English voice cast for When Marnie Was There (Omoide No Marnie) from Studio Ghibli.

Haraamkhor, Dhanak bookend IFFLA

5-Mar-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The world premiere of Shlok Sharma’s feature directorial debut Haraamkhor will open the Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles (IFFLA) on April 8.


Film London names short film fund winners

5-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

More than 20 filmmaking teams recieve London Calling and London Calling Plus commissions.

Günther Oettinger

Brussels copyright plans meet resistance

5-Mar-2015 | By

Resistance is growing within the European film industry to the European Commission’s plans for copyright reform as part of its Digital Single Market (DSM).

MBI launches Media Production Show


Screen publisher MBI is to launch a two-day exhibition and conference in central London that will celebrate the media industry’s creativity and showcase its latest technology.

The Truth Commissioner

Truth Commissioner begins shoot

5-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Production commences on political thriller starring Roger Allam.

The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl gets US release date

4-Mar-2015 | By

Focus Features has secured a prime awards season slot for the Working Title drama starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.

cannes pavilions

NEXT returns to Cannes market

4-Mar-2015 | By

The daily programme addressing the future of film heads to the Croisette for the second year and will run from May 13-22.

Xavier Dolan

Mommy in Telefilm Canada honour

4-Mar-2015 | By

Telefilm Canada presented the eighth annual Guichet d’or award on Wednesday to Xavier Dolan for his latest film and recent French-language Canadian Oscar submission.


Tribeca 2015 unveils first wave

4-Mar-2015 | By

Top brass at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) presented by AT&T have announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition and Viewpoints selections.

Cinema-on-demand service ourscreen gains Altitude

4-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Service adds upcoming releases, is in talks with commercial and indie exhibitors for roll-out.


Cannes Atelier to host 15

4-Mar-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

The 2015 Cinefoundation Atelier will host 15 projects from 14 countries.

Amanda Berry

BAFTA to offer overseas scholarships

4-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Scholarships for Chinese and British nationals part of education push from BAFTA.

Monkey King Returns

SC Films signs Chinese animation

4-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Sales deal ahead of wide theatrical release in China.

Saturday Night Takeaway

ITV's 2014 profits surge 40%

4-Mar-2015 | By Matthew Campelli

ITV’s pre-tax profits have surged by 39% to £605m in 2014 following a strong performance from ITV Studios and healthy advertising and online growth.

Beasts Of No Nation

Netflix buying Beasts Of No Nation

3-Mar-2015 | By

MARCH 3 UPDATE: In what will come as little surprise to the industry, reports are circulating that the major US theatre chains are lining up to boycott Netflix’s likely theatrical release in support of an Oscar campaign.

Michael Biehn

Treachery finds North American home

3-Mar-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

Origin has acquired rights to Blanc/Biehn Productions’ dark thriller starring Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc Biehn.

Miranda July

Miranda July to show New Society at SFFS

3-Mar-2015 | By

The film-maker and artist will present the West Coast premiere of her new work at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival on April 28 and 29.

Max Records

I Am Not A Serial Killer shoots in US

3-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Independent boards sales; Robbie Ryan to produce, DoP.


First-look photo: Snowden

3-Mar-2015 | By

Open Road Films has released the first image from Oliver Stone’s upcoming drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Sajid Javid

UK-China treaty ratified

3-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Deal secures co-production treaty with qualifying films not subject to China’s quota on foreign films.

Hate Crime

BBFC bans Hate Crime

3-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

James Cullen Bressack’s second feature was set to be the first release in a new joint VoD venture between Nerdly and TheHorrorShow.TV.

From Vegas To Macau II

Vegas To Macau tops China box office

3-Mar-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Sequel slips past Dragon Blade and Wolf Totem in second week of Chinese New Year holiday.


LevelK journeys to Spear

3-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Stephen Page’s new feature is currently in production and is produced by the creative team behind The Turning.


Paddington in StudioCanal record

3-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Big screen adaptation surpasses Non-Stop’s worldwide tally of $236m to become their biggest ever worldwide release.

Brenda Blethyn

Iceland's Stockfish welcomes Vachon, Bouchareb, Blethyn

3-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Inaugural festival wrapped this weekend screening more than 30 European arthouse films.

Stand By Me Doraemon

Doraemon breaks Hong Kong record

3-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Animation has become the biggest grossing Japanese feature of all time in Hong Kong after just seven days of release.

RLJ Entertainment

Two on the rise at RLJ Entertainment

3-Mar-2015 | By

RLJ Entertainment has promoted Mark Ward to chief acquisitions officer, feature films and hired Angela Northington as svp of content acquisitions of urban brand Urban Movie Channel.

Jonathan Deckter

Jonathan Deckter joins Voltage as partner

2-Mar-2015 | By

In a significant switch that underscores Voltage’s ambitions, the executive has left as president of IM Global to become president / COO at Nicolas Chartier’s company.

IM Global Music

IM Global, Republic Records forge pact

2-Mar-2015 | By

IM Global and leading label Republic Records have signed a multi-film co-financing and co-production deal that kicks off with the Atlanta-set urban comedy Rollin’ Thunder.

Michael Keaton in Venice

TWC, FilmNation partner on The Founder

2-Mar-2015 | By

The Weinstein Company has climbed aboard to co-finance with FilmNation the McDonalds origins story set to star Michael Keaton.

Selim El Azar

Doha’s Qumra to welcome 250 industry attendees

2-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Doha Film Institute’s (DFI) new Qumra event, which kicks off on Friday (March 6), will welcome more than 100 global film professionals and 150 Qatar-based industry guests.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club heads to SXSW

2-Mar-2015 | By

The Austin festival will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the John Hughes classic with the world premiere of the remastered version.

Arrow strikes for Voltage duo

2-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK deals for Nicolas Cage and Jennifer Connelly films.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Marigold Hotel sequel tops UK box office

2-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel scores $5.8m (£3.74m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Fifty Shades of Grey; Universal’s raunchy adaptation crosses £30m mark after 17 days in play.

Sacred Country teaser image

Dunn, Cross launch crowdfunding for Sacred Country

2-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Jaime Winstone to lead cast for Rose Tremain adaptation.

The Forger

Kaleidoscope sees raft of titles

2-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Sundance doc The Wolfpack, Kickboxer reboot and Asterix & Obelix among UK deals.

Jamie Dornan to lead WWII thriller

2-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Sean Ellis to direct, Cillian Murphy to co-star in assassination film.


Radiator wins inaugural Glasgow award

2-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Tom Browne’s feature debut wins first Audience Award; 40,000 admissions for second year in a row.


Russia to back military history films in 2015

2-Mar-2015 | By

Crimea and Ukraine-themed films and those showcasing “family values” among those to get support.

Distributors play on Oscar success at box office

1-Mar-2015 | By

There were several noticeable bumps in evidence at the weekend as distributors expanded their theatrical footprints in the wake of last Sunday’s (February 22) Academy Awards.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades rules int'l on $34.3m

1-Mar-2015 | By

UPDATED MARCH 2: Fifty Shades Of Grey extended its dominion to a third weekend on top via Universal Pictures International as a confirmed $34.3m from 59 territories elevated the running total to $337m.

Focus tops US charts on $18.7m

1-Mar-2015 | By

UPDATED MARCH 2: Will Smith’s return to action in Warner Bros’ caper opposite Margot Robbie helped the film opened top in North America on a confirmed $18.7m over a slow post-Oscar session.


Mining value from an Oscar win

27-Feb-2015 | By

Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar win has thrown a new potential star into the ring as players in the independent space hustle to package films for Cannes and beyond.

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, 1931-2015

27-Feb-2015 | By

Leonard Nimoy, who earned a place in the hearts of millions of genre fans for his timeless portrayal of Spock in Star Trek, has died in Los Angeles from pulmonary disease. He was 83.

A Murder In The Park

Sundance Selects buys A Murder In The Park

27-Feb-2015 | By

The distributor has secured US rights to Shawn Rech and Brandon Kimber’s documentary

Manish Mundra

Drishyam, Sundance Institute line up writer lab

27-Feb-2015 | By

Manish Mundra’s production company Drishyam and Sundance Institute have organised the Drishyam – Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab 2015 to take place in Goa, India, from April 12-16.

Metrodome reveals Berlin deals

27-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Deals with Wild Bunch, Memento, Submarine include doc The Seventh Fire, presented by Terrence Malick.

Bruce Lee

Daughter of Bruce Lee lines up biopic

27-Feb-2015 | By

Bruce Lee Enterprises CEO Shannon Lee is teaming up with Lawrence Grey and Janet Yang on a biopic about her iconic father.


Film i Väst, Nordisk Film, SVT join forces


New joint collaboration aimed to boost visibility of Swedish films and co-produce new features.

Cake tops Still Alice in social buzz

27-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Jennifer Aniston drama tops Julianne Moore Oscar-winner.


FCC endorses net neutrality

26-Feb-2015 | By

In a landmark ruling on Thursday that will almost certainly face rigorous appeal, the Federal Communications Commission voted in favour of open access to the internet.

Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve in talks for Blade Runner

26-Feb-2015 | By

Alcon Entertainment is in talks with the French-Canadian to direct sci-fi sequel Blade Runner and confirmed Harrison Ford will reprise his iconic role as Rick Deckard.

Bruce Willis

Wake shoot put on temporary hold

26-Feb-2015 | By

One week into shooting in Cleveland, finance issues have forced Benaroya Films to temporarily halt production on the action thriller starring Bruce Willis.

Chantal Rickards

Chantal Rickards named BAFTA LA CEO

26-Feb-2015 | By

The organisation’s first CEO will relocate from London to Los Angeles

Gerry Anderson

Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson's final film nearing production

26-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: A Christmas Miracle was in the works before the British filmmaker died in 2012.


Strand Releasing finds Guidance

26-Feb-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired all US rights to Pat Mills’ comedy that premiered in Toronto.

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep to narrate Shout Gladi Gladi

26-Feb-2015 | By

The multiple Oscar winner has come on board to narrate the documentary about fistula, a debilitating condition that turns healthy African women into outcasts.

Bernard Hill

OAP heist comedy Golden Years begins shoot

26-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Bernard Hill, Virginia McKenna head MoliFilms comedy.

Odeon Holloway Road

Odeon seeks $1.55bn sale

26-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Exhibition giant Odeon is to go on sale for approximately £1bn, its owner has announced.

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

Adam Goodman out at Paramount

26-Feb-2015 | By

The studio’s film group president is leaving the role after six years.

Steve Jobs

Union to handle VFX on Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic

26-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Visual effects firm behind The Theory of Everything and the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony appointed sole vendor.

The Golden Era

Ann Hui's Golden Era leads Asian Film Awards noms

26-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Black Coal Thin Ice, Haider and Blind Massage also score multiple nominations.

Murmur of the Hearts

Sylvia Chang’s Murmur to open HKIFF

26-Feb-2015 | By

Philip Yung’s Port Of Call to close the festival.

Germany's Commerzbank boosts financing to $340m

26-Feb-2015 | By

Germany’s Commerzbank is prepared to serve as a financier of more international co-productions going forward as it increased its annual financing volume for film and TV production to $340m (€300m) in 2014.

Outfest Fusion unveils line-up

26-Feb-2015 | By

Outfest top brass have announced the line-up for the 2015 Outfest Fusion LGBT People Of Color Film Festival.


Glassland shines at EFM for Kaleidoscope

26-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Screen International LA Star Of Tomorrow 2014 Gerard Barrett’s crime drama starring Toni Collette and Jack Reynor proved a popular sales title at the recent EFM in Berlin.

Brandon Routh

Brandon Routh, Zhang Yuqi star in Arclight’s Lost

26-Feb-2015 | By

Vincent Zhou’s 3D sci-fi adventure to shoot this spring at Pinewood Malaysia.

Marco Mueller

Marco Mueller unveils Beijing team

26-Feb-2015 | By

Marco Mueller, recently appointed general advisor of the 5th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF), has unveiled his team of ten international industry professionals.


Focus ready to roll in 31 markets

26-Feb-2015 | By

Warner Bros Pictures International unleashes the caper film Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie day-and-date with North America in 31 markets including the UK, Russia and South Korea.


Kino Lorber picks up Jafar Panahi’s Taxi

25-Feb-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired all North American rights to Jafar Panahi’s newly annointed Berlinale Golden Bear winner.

Broad Green acquires stake in Mister Smith

25-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

US distributor buys 45% stake in David Garrett’s Mister Smith.

Lucy Boynton

Girls school horror February starts Ottawa shoot

25-Feb-2015 | By

Lucy Boynton [pictured], James Remar and Lauren Holly have joined Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka on horror thriller February.

Simon West to direct Henry Cavill thriller

25-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: The Expendables 2 director boards special forces action film.

Julianne Moore

Buyers flock to Protagonist slate

25-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: New films from Ben Wheatley, Eleanor Coppola, Joshua Marston in-demand.


Jewish film fest sales down after Copenhagen shootings

25-Feb-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Pre-sales down 40% following shootings in the Danish capital less than two weeks ago.

Euro flag

European Parliament calls for copyright reform

25-Feb-2015 | By

European Commissioner Günther Oettinger’s proposals for a Single European Copyright Title has now received from support from some quarters in the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg.

Dragon Blade

Dragon Blade tops Chinese New Year box office

25-Feb-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Daniel Lee’s Dragon Blade, starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody, topped the China box office over the Chinese New Year holiday weekend, grossing $54.84m in its opening four days.

Prince William

Prince William to aid BAFTA Asia push

25-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Duke of Cambridge and president of BAFTA to discuss organisation’s long-term ambitions for UK-Asia cross-cultural exchange.

Bill Block

Bill Block leaves QED International

24-Feb-2015 | By

QED International founder and CEO Bill Bock is leaving the sales, financing and production company behind District 9, Fury and W.

Tom Rothman

Tom Rothman in top Sony film job

24-Feb-2015 | By

The former Fox Filmed Entertainment chief who has been running TriStar Productions in the Sony fold has been named chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) motion picture group.

Sundance pair find US buyers

24-Feb-2015 | By

The Orchard has picked up North American rights to the recent Berlin European premiere Nasty Baby, while in a separate deal The Film Arcade will distribute People, Places, Things in the US. Both films premiered in Park City.

Jeffrey Katzenberg

DreamWorks Animation to sell Glendale studio

24-Feb-2015 | By

Studio hierarchy announced the move in a call with analysts after the Q4 earnings report declared a $263.2m net loss.

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

Searchlight sets summer release for Me And Earl

24-Feb-2015 | By

The Sundance hit that triggered a world rights deal with Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush will open on July 1.

24: Live Another Day

Screen tax reliefs boost UK economy, report

24-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Tax reliefs for the UK film, TV and animation industries are generating billions of pounds for the UK economy, according to a new report produced by analysts Olsberg SPI and Nordicity.

Lady Gaga

Oscars 2015: Lady Gaga’s Sound of Music tribute top social moment

24-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Lady Gaga’s performance and Julie Andrews appearance proved the biggest social moment of the 87th Academy Awards.

The Imitation Game

Imitation Game leads Empire Awards nominations

24-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Benedict Cumberbatch drama leads the pack with six nominations.

Michael Caton-Jones

Michael Caton-Jones to direct The Giant Under The Snow

23-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Director of The Jackel and Memphis Belle joins $30m fantasy epic.


Oscars 2015: Birdman wins best film, director

23-Feb-2015 | By

A memorable 87th annual Academy Awards for Fox Searchlight saw Birdman claim best film, director and two other statuettes to tie with The Grand Budapest Hotel’s four-strong haul.


Oscars 2015: Full list of winners


The 87th Academy Awards full list of winners (and nominees).

New Directors/New Films line-up announced

23-Feb-2015 | By

Marielle Heller’s Berlin Generation 14plus grand prix winner The Diary Of A Teenage Girl will open the 44th instalment of the New York-based festival, set to run from March 18-29.

Prime Time

Prime Time to kick off in Ottawa

23-Feb-2015 | By

The Canadian Media Production Association’s conference will explore the changing face of the entertainment business when it runs from March 4-6.

Adam Carolla

VSC to release Road Hard in Canada

23-Feb-2015 | By

Video Services Corp has acquired from FilmBuff exclusive rights to Adam Carolla’s upcoming comedy.


Oscars 2015: what the winners said

23-Feb-2015 | By

Humility, humour and thanking mothers

Antonio Monda

Rome Film Festival names Antonio Monda artistic director

23-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Follows Marco Mueller’s exit last year.

Thierry Fremaux

Cannes, Venice chiefs support Busan censorship struggle

23-Feb-2015 | By

Directors of award-winning films including Uncle Boonmee… and Kandahar also back freedom of expression fight.

Seymour An Introduction

Remain in Light inks Berlin haul

23-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor secured deals with Sierra/Affinity, Fortitude and IM Global.

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin joins Asif Kapadia's Ali & Nino

23-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Shoot begins on adaptation of bestselling love story; Danish star Connie Neilsen also joins cast.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades breaks UK 18-rated record

23-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s raunchy adaptation becomes highest grossing 18-rated film of all time with $38.9m (£25.2m).

Lorna Tee

Lorna Tee joins Netherlands' CinemAsia

23-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Former Focus Films exec named film festival artistic director.

Life in a Fishbowl

Life In A Fishbowl sweeps Iceland's Edda awards

23-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Baldvin Z’s drama scoops 12 Edda awards.

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage joins Oliver Stone's Snowden

23-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Shooting on Edward Snowden thriller underway in Munich.

American Sniper

Oscar nominees feel box office bump

22-Feb-2015 | By

American Sniper received the most dramatic box office ‘bump’ of all eight best film Oscar nominees following the Academy Award nominations.


Birdman, Boyhood rule Indie Spirits

22-Feb-2015 | By

The two awards season front-runners kept the race interesting through the final weekend as Birdman took best film and Boyhood’s Richard Linklater best director at the 30th Independent Spirit Awards. 

Fifty Shades Of Grey crosses $400m global

22-Feb-2015 | By

FEBRUARY 23 UPDATE: Universal’s Fifty Shades Of Grey reached a confirmed $405.1m worldwide and closed out the weekend as the leading film at the global box office for the second consecutive session.

Fifty Shades stays top over Oscar weekend

22-Feb-2015 | By

FEBRUARY 23 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey dropped 74% in its second session as a confirmed $22.3m was still enough to stay top through Universal and Focus Features.

Timbuktu triumphs at French Césars

21-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Film is nominated for Oscar in foreign language category. Kristen Stewart and Sean Penn also win Césars.

Snowden drama begins shoot

20-Feb-2015 | By

Oliver Stone has begun principal photography in Munich on the Pathé Films drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Rob Huber

Rob Huber to leave Fox for Universal

20-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Rob Huber to leave Twentieth Century Fox after 16 years to take Universal Pictures International role.

How To Make Love Like An Englishman

Arrow targets Pierce Brosnan's Englishman

20-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Arrow Films takes UK rights to romantic comedy co-starring Jessica Alba and Salma Hayek.

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Fifty Shades smashes social buzz records

20-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Erotic drama whips up huge numbers online as EL James adaptation crosses $300m at global box office.

Camilla Dickinson

Random Media picks up two for summer

20-Feb-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights to Camilla Dickinson and The Jokesters.

TIlda Swinton

Fox Searchlight buys A Bigger Splash

19-Feb-2015 | By

The distributor has closed a deal with StudioCanal for US rights to Luca Guadagnino’s thriller and follow-up to I Am Love.

Gail Katz

Hollywood lines up Catan adaptation

19-Feb-2015 | By

Producer Gail Katz, whose credits include Pawn Sacrifice and The Perfect Storm, has acquired film and TV rights to the modern classic board game The Settlers Of Catan.

Meet The Patels

Distribution: Alchemy buys Meet The Patels

19-Feb-2015 | By

The recently rebranded company has bulked up its war-chest with a North American rights deal for Geeta V Patel and Ravi V Patel’s true-life rom-com. Separately, Gravitas has acquired Man From Reno.

Mortal Kombat: Legacy

Warner Bros boosts Machinima stake

19-Feb-2015 | By

Warner Bros has led a $24m round of financing in the online gaming and content titan.

Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys to get Imax treatment

19-Feb-2015 | By

Imax has struck a deal with Paramount and co-financing partner Skydance Production to remaster and release the thriller worldwide on July 1.

San Francisco Film Society

SFFS unveil doc fund finallists

19-Feb-2015 | By

The San Francisco Film Society has announced the 11 contenders for its $75,000-plus 2015 SFFS Documentary Film Fund supporting feature documentaries in post-production.

The Wolfpack

Edge takes The Wolfpack for Scandinavia

19-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sundance winner snapped up at Berlin’s European Film Market (EFM).

Into The Deep

Metrodome plunges Into The Deep

19-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Odin’s Eye makes EFM sales on shark attack thriller to the UK, Japan, Middle East and India.

Blowfly Park Flugparken

Stockfish to open with Blowfly Park

19-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

First edition of the new Icelandic film festival to open with award-winning actor Sverrir Gudnason in attendance.

London Screenings

London Screenings 2015 dates unveiled

19-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Details of UK showcase for global film buyers revealed.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades hits $300m at global box office

19-Feb-2015 | By

Fifty Shades Of Grey has raced to $311.7m worldwide via Universal heading into a second weekend it looks certain to dominate.  

Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor to direct American Pastoral

18-Feb-2015 | By

Lakeshore Entertainment has found its director for the Philip Roth adaptation after Phillip Noyce dropped out due to what were understood to be scheduling issues.

Out To Win

BFI Flare reveals 2015 line-up

18-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

LGBT festival to close with documentary Out To Win; Rocky Horror to screen at BFI Imax.

Lian Lunson

Willie Nelson, Charlotte Rampling line up Miracle

18-Feb-2015 | By

Production is set to begin next month in Texas on Lian Lunson’s Waiting For The Miracle To Come starring Willie Nelson, Charlotte Rampling and newcomer Sophie Lowe.

Kung Fu Elliot

The Orchard acquires Kung Fu Elliot

18-Feb-2015 | By

The distributor plans to release the Slamdance 2014 documentary later this month.


AFI FEST unveils 2015 dates

18-Feb-2015 | By

Top brass at the increasingly heavyweight awards season staging post have announced this year’s festival dates.

Albert Martinez Martin

Albert Martínez Martín joins Lantica

18-Feb-2015 | By

Lantica Media has hired the producer as vice-president of its production and financing arm Lantica Pictures.

JJ Abrams

Bad Robot extends Paramount deal

18-Feb-2015 | By

JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions has extended its first-look deal at paramount through July 2018.

COLCOA to honour Michel Hazanavicius

18-Feb-2015 | By

Festival to honour The Artist director with encore presentation of OSS 117: Cairo, Nest Of Spies.

Once in a Lifetime (Les Héritiers)

German distributors score EFM spree

18-Feb-2015 | By

German distributors Neue Visionen and Salzgeber & Co. Medien each acquired a raft of new titles at this year’s European Film Market (EFM).

Soaked In Bleach

VMI’s Kurt Cobain drama sells to Germany, Japan

18-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based VMI Worldwide closed a pair of major theatrical deals at the EFM on its Kurt Cobain true-crime drama.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 begins shoot

18-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow as shooting begins in Australia.

Amma Asante

Selma, Belle scoop Screen Nation awards

18-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

David Oyelowo wins for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr; Amma Asante collects award for Belle.

Keanu Reeves

Hot projects on Screenbase

18-Feb-2015 | By Maud Le Rest

Hot projects new to Screenbase include Nicolas Winding Refn feature The Neon Demon, Pope Francis biopic Francisco, Brady Corbet’s directorial debut The Childhood Of A Leader and a new adaptation by Wim Wenders.


SXSW unveils complete roster

17-Feb-2015 | By

Award-winning producer and Killer Films co-founder Christine Vachon has joined the March roster of SXSW keynote speakers.

Honig Im Kopf

Honig Im Kopf hits heights in Germany

17-Feb-2015 | By

The Warner Bros and Barefoot Films family drama starring Til Schweiger has become the studio’s biggest release of all time in Germany.

Porto Mon Amour

Jim Jarmusch boards Gabe Klinger romance

17-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Jim Jarmusch to executive produce Gabe Klinger’s Porto Mon Amour starring Anton Yelchin.

Omar Sy

Inferno cast bulks up for Imagine

17-Feb-2015 | By

Omar Sy and Irrfan Khan have joined Imagine Entertainment and Columbia Pictures’ third Robert Langdon thriller starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones.

Art Directors Guild

Bill Thomas earns Art Directors Guild stripes

17-Feb-2015 | By

Executive previously served as national director of Electronic Media Services Division.

45 Years Victoria Second Mother As We Were Dreaming

Match Factory posts bumper Berlin

17-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: US, UK, France among major market deals on slate.

Abderrahmane Sissako

Cannes: Timbuktu director to head Cinéfondation, Shorts jury

17-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Oscar-nominated Abderrahmane Sissako named president of the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury.

What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows stakes ourscreen record

17-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: 33 screenings for vampire mockumentary, starring Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, on audience-led screening platform.

Jillianne Reinseth

Jillianne Reinseth on rise at eOne Family

17-Feb-2015 | By

Effective March 2, Reinseth will oversee linear content acquisition, development and production for the division.

Claire Loewenthal

Signature ups Claire Loewenthal

17-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Creative director promoted at UK distributor.


Berlin winner Victoria acquired for France

17-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Version Originale/Condor and Jour2Fete co-acquire heist thriller.

Miami Encuentros

Miami unveils Encuentros projects

17-Feb-2015 | By

Top brass at Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival announced on Tuesday (February 17) the five post-production selections.

Somewhere Only We Know

Somewhere tops China Valentine’s box office

17-Feb-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Xu Jinglei’s Somewhere Only We Know topped the China box office over the Valentine’s Day weekend, grossing $37.72m from 6.99 million admissions.

Berlin 2015 infographic small

Fifty Shades tops Berlin social buzz

17-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

INFOGRAPHIC: Life, starring Robert Pattinson, Golden Bear winner Taxi and Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert also secure strong scores on social media chart.

Marco Polo

Netflix spend estimated to break $5bn

17-Feb-2015 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Netflix could spend as much as $5bn on content in 2016, according to analysts.

Jamie Dornan

Netflix acquires all rights to Jadotville

16-Feb-2015 | By

The streaming giant has announced a major play that concluded in the final days of the EFM, flexing its mighty claws for all rights to one of the hottest packages in Berlin.


Emmanuel Lubezki takes ASC honour

16-Feb-2015 | By

The Mexican’s triumph at Sunday’s (February 15) 29th Annual American Society Of Cinematographers awards for Birdman cements his status as favourite for the Oscar this weekend.

45 Years tops Berlin Jury Grid

16-Feb-2015 | By Mark Adams, chief film critic, Michael Rosser

Critics rank Andrew Haigh’s double Silver Bear winner the best film in competition at the Berlinale.

Finn Norgaard

Danish director killed in Copenhagen shooting

16-Feb-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Finn Nørgaard was killed in an attack in the Danish capital on Saturday.

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Fifty Shades debut breaks UK records

16-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Universal’s raunchy drama blows off opposition on way to $20.7m debut (£13.5m).

Emory Cohen

Emory Cohen takes Detour

16-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway in South Africa on Chris Smith thriller.

Darren Aronofsky

Aronofsky hails Berlin's "incredible selection"

16-Feb-2015 | By

“An incredible selection” was the verdict given by jury president Darren Aronofsky about the Berlinale’s 2015 competition line-up.


Adopt Films acquires Victoria for US

16-Feb-2015 | By

The distributor has picked up US rights from The Match Factory to Sebastian Schipper’s thriller following its world premiere in Berlin.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades storms to $174m int'l

15-Feb-2015 | By

FEBRUARY 17 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey generated a confirmed $156m through Sunday rising to $173.6m through Monday from 58 territories via Universal to generate the biggest ever international launch for an R-rated or equivalent film. The worldwide tally already stands at $266.6m.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades ties up US on $93m

15-Feb-2015 | By

FEBRUARY 17 UPDATE: Universal’s smash S&M romance dominated North America on a confirmed $85.2m three-day debut that toppled The Passion Of The Christ’s 11-year February record and scored $93m over the four-day Presidents’ Day Weekend.


Berlin: Jafar Panahi's Taxi wins Golden Bear

14-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Other prizes saw British actors Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling wins Silver Bears for their roles in 45 Years.

My Skinny Sister

Berlin: My Skinny Sister wins Crystal Bear

14-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sanna Lenken’s Swedish drama wins best film in the Berlin Film Festival’s Generation Kplus section.

Berlin: Second Mother wins Panorama prize

14-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

UK documentary Tell Spring Not To Come This Year, filmed on the frontline in Afghanistan, also wins.

Berlin: Flocking wins Crystal Bear

13-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Swedish teen drama takes top prize in the Generation 14plus strand.


Samuel Goldywn Films picks up Tangerines

13-Feb-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights to Estonia’s foreign language Oscar nominee.

Matthijs Wouter Knol

New EFM director reflects on first market

13-Feb-2015 | By

The European Film Market’s Matthijs Wouter Knol ended his first edition as director today confident that the new initiatives introduced had been accepted by the industry.

See You In Valhalla

ARC finds See You In Valhalla

13-Feb-2015 | By

ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Jarret Tarnol’s coming-of-age story.


Memento racks up Body sales

13-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Film premiered in competition in Berlin

South Korean film groups protest for freedom of expression

13-Feb-2015 | By

In a show of mass solidarity not seen since the Screen Quota protests nearly a decade ago, 74 South Korean film industry groups together held a press conference today (Feb 13) in Seoul to protest recent encroachments on freedom of expression.

Berlin: Out of Nature wins Europa Cinemas award

13-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Norwegian comedy-drama named Best European film in Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section.

Europa Distribution

Europa Distribution pacts with Distrify Media

13-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Plans to support independent film distributors on VOD.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades whips rivals in social buzz

13-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Erotic thriller generates more than 10 times as much online comment as the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending.

John Pilger

John Pilger film breaks Indiegogo record

13-Feb-2015 | By

The Coming War will tell the unreported story of the new “Cold War” between the US and China.

Bouckaert talks Belgian tax shelter shake-up

13-Feb-2015 | By

There has been a shake-up to the Belgian tax shelter - one intended to squeeze out the “middlemen” perceived to have abused the system.

Josef Ganz Volkswagen

Volkswagen inventor doc hits the road

13-Feb-2015 | By

Feature documentary to tell the story of the Jewish inventor behind Hitler’s favourite car.

Stray Dog

NonStop snaps up eight docs at EFM

13-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Stray Dog, Welcome to Leith and Station to Station among haul.

Liza  the Fox Fairy

Havas: Hungarian film on the mend

13-Feb-2015 | By

Enhanced tax rebate has resulted in a mini-production boom.

Sacha Polak

Polak reveals Vita and Virginia details

13-Feb-2015 | By

Dutch director Sacha Polak has revealed further details of her first English-language project, Vita and Virginia.


Drone flies for LevelK

12-Feb-2015 | By Screen staff

EXCLUSIVE: UK, France, Australia deals on documentary.

Live From New York!

Live From New York! to open Tribeca

12-Feb-2015 | By

Bao Nguyen’s documentary about the history of Saturday Night Live will kick off the 14th edition of the festival in New York on April 15.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades hits $37.2m global

12-Feb-2015 | By

FEBRUARY 13 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey is now active in 34 international territories and has climbed to $28.6m via Universal Pictures International, rising to $37.2m worldwide factoring in Thursday night’s (February 12) estimated $8.6m midnight grosses in North America.

Sundance Selects buys 45 Years

12-Feb-2015 | By

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to the Berlinale selection 45 Years starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. Separately, The Orchard has acquired Cartel Land while monterey media will release Runoff.


David Unger forms Three Six Zero Entertainment

12-Feb-2015 | By

Talent agent David Unger has joined Three Six Zero Group co-founders Mark Gillespie and Dean Wilson to form Three Six Zero Entertainment.

Toro Loco

Artsploitation snaps up Toro Loco: Bloodthirsty

12-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has announced from Berlin it has closed an all-rights North American deal for Chilean genre specialist Patricio Valladares’ action-comedy.

Matthew McConaughey

Buyers find Sierra/Affinity's Gold

12-Feb-2015 | By

Sierra/Affinity has sold more than 30 territories at EFM on Black Bear Pictures’ red-hot Matthew McConaughey adventure package, set to start principal photography in June.

Rob Moore

Universal, Paramount strike home ent pact

12-Feb-2015 | By

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) has signed a deal to distribute Paramount’s physical Blu-ray and DVD home entertainment product.


First look: Spectre

12-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Behind the scenes footage from the next James Bond film offers glimpses of star Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes.

The Model

The Model pre-sells to France, Korea

12-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Mads Matthiesen’s upcoming film starring Ed Skrein scores five territory deals at Berlin’s European Film Market (EFM).

Kosslick talks ticket dilemma, VOD

12-Feb-2015 | By

Berlinale director discusses ticket sales, VOD platforms and the spirit of ‘Baumi’.

Where Hope Grows

Where Hope Grows gets release date

12-Feb-2015 | By

Roadside Attractions and Godspeed Pictures have set a May 15 theatrical release for the 2014 Heartland Film Festival Audience Choice Award winner.


Open Reel scores first EFM sales

12-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Italian sales agency secures deals in Berlin

Theeb set for multi-territory release

12-Feb-2015 | By

Naji Abu Nowar’s co-production to get Middle East distribution.

Alpha Violet inks EFM deals

12-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Panorama title and acclaimed drama The Tribe sell for Paris outfit.


Lionsgate, Starz in stock swap

11-Feb-2015 | By

Leading Starz shareholder John Malone earns seat on the Lionsgate board as the latter seeks to boost its TV business.

Martin Gropius Bau

Shoreline boards Paid In Full

11-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Shoreline Entertainment has picked up world sales rights at the EFM to the crime-thriller starring Jonathan Bennett, Nikki Shah and James Russo.

Closer to the Moon

NEO closes first two acquisitions at EFM

11-Feb-2015 | By

New UK distribution company NEO has made its first two acquisitions in Berlin.

An Honest Liar

Abramorama to release An Honest Liar

11-Feb-2015 | By

Richard Abramowitz will guide the nationwide release of the documentary through his company.

Cinema do Brasil trumpets distribution prize at EFM

11-Feb-2015 | By

Cinema do Brasil’s seventh International Distribution Support Prize has opened for applications at the EFM.

Liza Minnelli

L.A. Italia FF to honour Liza Minnelli

11-Feb-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The lead actress Oscar winner for Cabaret will be honoured with the 2015 Jack Valenti – Los Angeles Italia Legend Award at the L.A. Italia Film Festival.

Running Man

Running Man overtakes Hobbit in China

11-Feb-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: TV show spin-off Running Man topped the China box office in its first full week (February 2-8), grossing $24.49m, while The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies slipped to second place with $20.11m.


Tallinn Black Nights launches animation platform

11-Feb-2015 | By

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is launching a cloud-based online platform for animation professionals, Animacloudly, with partial support from Creative Europe.

EFADs: interface with a common voice

11-Feb-2015 | By

The European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) association of national funders from 31 countries across Europe met in Berlin this week to discuss key objectives and address future challenges facing the film industry.

Spider-Man to join Marvel Cinematic Universe

10-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sony Pictures have struck a deal with Walt Disney-owned Marvel Studios that will see new Spider-Man first appear in an upcoming Marvel film.

Yayoi Kusama

Submarine boards Yayoi Kusama doc

10-Feb-2015 | By

Submarine has boarded the documentary Yayoi Kusama: A Life In Polka Dots.


SXSW unveils Midnighters line-up

10-Feb-2015 | By

SXSW top brass have unveiled the Midnighters section and the complete short film line-up at the festival, set to run in Texas from March 13-21.

Screen Berlin Day 6

Berlin 2015: Screen's dailies


Read Screen International’s daily magazines from the Berlin International Film Festival here.

Bold launches London office

10-Feb-2015 | By

Gary Michael Walters, CEO of the production company behind Whiplash and Nightcrawler, has opened a London hub.

Berlin: Buyers strike gold at steady market

10-Feb-2015 | By

EFM attendees pulled a steady market out of the bag despite the exchange rate, the customary early-year scramble to assemble new product and buyer reluctance to pull out wallets before Cannes.

It's Hard Being Loved By Jerks

Distribution: Kino Lorber nabs Charlie Hebdo doc

10-Feb-2015 | By

Kino Lorber has taken all US rights to the documentary It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks, about a legal battle between the French magazine and the Muslim French Council.

Film Sales Company boards Sweetheart Deal

10-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Film Sales Company, in Berlin screening Forum selection H., has come on to produce the documentary Sweetheart Deal with Peggy Case and Elisa Haradon.

Chloe Moretz

November Criminals sells across Asia

10-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Lotus Entertainment has enjoyed a strong reception for its Sacha Gervasi thriller November Criminals starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort.

Big Father Small Father And Other Stories

UDI sells Big Father to France

10-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Competition title Big Father, Small Father And Other Stories has been snapped up in France ahead of its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday.

Roberto Olla

Olla: Eurimages funding must back risk-takers

10-Feb-2015 | By

Roberto Olla, executive director of Eurimages (the Council of Europe’s film fund) is calling for a re-think of how the organisation reaches its funding decisions and, in particular, how it defines “quality”.

Baltasar Kormakur

Baltasar Kormákur readies The Oath

10-Feb-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The Icelandic film-maker is in pre-production on the psychological thriller that he says will be “dark and foreboding and uneasy.”

German Concentration Camps Factual Survey

BFI Distribution takes 'lost Hitchcock' Belsen doc

10-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

BFI Distribution is inviting bookings from international exhibitors to screen a newly restored concentration camp documentary, known as ‘the lost Hitchcock’.


The Film Arcade gets Unexpected

10-Feb-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The Film Arcade has acquired US rights to Sundance feature Unexpected.

Rhys Meyers thriller sold in Europe, Asia

10-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Carnaby inks multiple deals on espionage thriller.

I Stay With You

Stray Dogs picks up I Stay With You

10-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Other IFFR pick-ups include God Loves the Fighter.

Red Amnesia

Chinese thriller Red Amnesia sold to France

10-Feb-2015 | By

Wang Xiaoshuai’s Venice premiere sells to French distributor.

Nansun Shi

First event for Euro-China initiative

10-Feb-2015 | By

Bridging The Dragon is an association connecting European and Chinese film professionals.

Ma Folie

Coccinelle flies with Ma Folie

10-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Psychological thriller acquired by Italian sales collective for world sales.


Three German-Arab projects awarded

10-Feb-2015 | By

Winners of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung were announced on Sunday [Feb 8].

The Tenor Lirico Spinto

Buyers tune into Tenor Lirico Spinto

10-Feb-2015 | By

South Korean’s More In Group sells biopic to Israel and Hong Kong.

Martin Gropius Bau

SSI picks up Final Vatican Conspiracy

10-Feb-2015 | By

Silver Sword International (SSI) has acquired all US, Canadian and UK rights to the Catholic Church corruption documentary Final Vatican Conspiracy.

Iraqi Odyssey

Iraqi Odyssey sold in Europe, MENA

10-Feb-2015 | By

Autlook’s Panorama selected Iraqi Odyssey has now gone to iWonder (Italy).

Martin Gropius Bau

Spotlight to sell Falsely Accused

10-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Matt McCombs’ Spotlight Pictures has acquired world rights to Sydon’s Falsely Accused.

Battle For Sevastopol

Battle For Sevastopol sets major Russian release

10-Feb-2015 | By

Second World War epic first Russia-Ukraine co-production for several years.

The Snow Queen 2

Snow Queen 2 heads to Brazil

10-Feb-2015 | By

The Snow Queen 2 has been snapped up for release in Brazil, one of several deals closed at Berlin’s EFM by Russian studio Wizart.

Sarita Christensen

Sweden aims to boost youth features

10-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Swedish film bodies join forces for push.


Israeli series heads to France

10-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Mekimi follows a media star who turns ultra-orthodox?.

Rocks In My Pockets

New Europe busy on deals

10-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Poland-based sales outfit concludes number of deals on its slate.

Mel Gibson

IM Global trades on Hacksaw Ridge

9-Feb-2015 | By

EFM: The Los Angeles-based sales, financing and production company has reported a roaring trade on its marquee sales title here.

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson joins Brimstone

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Queen of the Desert star joins Mia Wasikowska, Guy Pearce.

In The Basement

Strand buys In The Basement

9-Feb-2015 | By

Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights from Coproduction Office to Ulrich Seidl’s In The Basement.

13 Minutes

Buyers clock Hirschbiegel’s 13 Minutes

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Hirschbiegel’s 13 Minutes and Sundance winner Umrika among those in-demand.

James Franco drama to open BFI Flare

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: James Franco drama I Am Michael to open LGBT festival; BFI London Film Festival 2015 dates revealed.

Big Hero 6 holds UK box office lead

9-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s animation holds number one with $3.8m (£2.53m) second weekend; Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service adds $3.3m (£2.2m) for $12.5m (£8.2m); StudioCanal’s Shaun the Sheep Movie is the week’s highest new entry.

Salaam Bombay!

Fortissimo acquires Salaam Bombay!

9-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Company takes world rights, outside India and South Asia, to 25th anniversary edition.

Maris Martinsons

First Japan-Baltics co-pro announced

9-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Maris Martinsons [pictured] to direct Magic Kimono, starring Kaori Momoi.

Loic Magneron

Eye On Films network expands

9-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: EoF channels will now be launched on Spain’s Filmin, Turkey’s Salonsuz and Chile’s Ojocorto.

EFM Alternative distribution panel

Industry experts talk alternative distribution

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

‘Know your project inside out’, was the message from a panel of industry experts to producers thinking about taking the alternative distribution route.

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi picks up more buyers

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Additional deals closed in Germany-Austria, Italy, Poland and Norway, among others.

Norwegian director Iram Haq’s I Am Yours was screened in the competition in Les Arcs festival in 2013

Les Arcs to present Norwegian focus

9-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

French festival has announced that Norway will be the guest country at the seventh edition of the festival in December.

Indonesian official sacked in Berlin gaffe

9-Feb-2015 | By

The Indonesian government has sacked a senior official after it emerged that the Tourism Ministry sent a delegation to the Berlinale that had no connection to the film industry.

The Stranger

Raven Banner takes The Stranger

9-Feb-2015 | By

Genre specialist Raven Banner has secured Canadian rights to Eli Roth Presents The Stranger, winner of the 2014 Fantastic Fest and Sitges Best Iberoamerican Film Award.

That Sugar Film

Samuel Goldwyn takes That Sugar Film

9-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Distributor acquires US rights to Damon Gameau’s Generation and Culinary title That Sugar Film.

What Comes Around

Bernal joins Doha’s Qumra; 31 projects selected

9-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Mexican actor joins lists of ‘masters’ for DFI’s inaugural Qumra event, which will see 31 projects from 29 countries involved.

Soda adopts Berlin-Sundance title Second Mother

9-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Distributor takes UK and Canadian rights to Anna Muylaert’s Panorama title.

Phantom Boy

Lunanime, Folimage to make third feature

9-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Companies are currently in post production on second feature Phantom Boy [pictured].

Oskar Jonasson

Truenorth navigates to Jonasson's Others

9-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Icelandic production company gears up for first in-house production.

Martin Gropius Bau

Buyers shine on Radiant's Dare To Be Wild

9-Feb-2015 | By

Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International has sold key territories at the EFM on its rom-com.

Stefano Savona

Doc&Film to sell Gaza-set hybrid

9-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Stefano Savona’s Samouni Road mixes live action and animation.

Gunther Oettinger

EU Commissioner begins Euro film industry talks

9-Feb-2015 | By

Keynote at the Creative Europe MEDIA day conference was Oettinger’s first face-to-face encounter with the European film professionals.

RealD 3D

RealD inks deals with AHL, Village Cinemas

9-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Company has extended its licence of 3D systems.

Operation Arctic

Buyers venture to Arctic

9-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Adventure film sells to Germany, France, Bulgaria, Estonia and Iran.


Carte Blanche to focus on Israel

9-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Locarno’s initiative dedicated to films in post-production to highlight five-seven projects.

Cartagena press conference

Cartagena unveils official selection

9-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

55th edition of the festival to focus on the theme of memory and remembering.


Warda to screen at EFM

9-Feb-2015 | By

Egypt’s first-ever found footage horror film to screen tomorrow [Feb 10].

Sarajevo Film Festival 2014 winners

Sarajevo co-pro fund goes operational

9-Feb-2015 | By

Support scheme launched under the auspices of the Sarajevo Film Festival last August.

Of Horses And Men

Buyers ride to Horses And Men

9-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks inks further deals on 2014 Icelandic Oscar submission.

Go With Me

Buyers Go With Anthony Hopkins

9-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Electric Entertainment closes multiple territories on thriller starring Anthony Hopkins

Do You Believe?

Mongrel takes Do You Believe?

9-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Faith-based title continues to sell well for Pure Flix.

Blood Ransom

Devilworks scares up EFM

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Sales outfit at the EFM with Blood Ransom and Afterimages.

The Man in a Box

First look: The Man in a Box

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: First look at Arsen A. Osojic’s drama.

Milla Jovovich

Hot projects on Screenbase

9-Feb-2015 | By Maud Le Rest

Hot projects on Screenbase this week include German-Canadian co-production In The Lost Lands, twin brothers Mohammed Abou Nasser and Ahmad Abou Nasser’s Dégradé, spy-thriller Damascus Cover and documentary Tomorrow.


BAFTAs 2015: what the winners said

8-Feb-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

Professor Stephen Hawking and the surprisingly good British weather were amongst the stars of the show at the 68th BAFTA Awards ceremony.


BAFTAs 2015: Boyhood, Grand Budapest triumph

8-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Boyhood scoops Best Film and Best Director in London.


BAFTAs 2015: Full list of winners

8-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The results are in. Find out who picked up the top prizes at the BAFTAs.

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending grosses $33m int'l box office

8-Feb-2015 | By

Jupiter Ascending grossed $32.5m from a little under 10,200 screens in 65 countries led by $4.7m from 1,900 in Russia and $2.5m from 392 in France.

Berlin: Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups in $6.5m US deal

8-Feb-2015 | By

Ambitious start-up Broad Green has paid $6.5m in Berlin for US rights to Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups ahead of its festival premiere as well as the director’s untitled follow-up.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water

SpongeBob rules US on $56m

8-Feb-2015 | By

Paramount’s children’s comedy The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water arrived in grand style thanks to an estimated $56m that scored the fifth biggest February launch of all time.

Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog to direct supervolcano thriller

8-Feb-2015 | By , Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Golden Bear contender Werner Herzog is eying an April start on Salt And Fire, his Queen Of The Desert follow-up that is generating heat for sales agent International Film Trust.

Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese teams with Ben Wheatley

8-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Martin Scorsese has joined action film as an exec.

Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders to shoot new film in June

8-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Les beaux jours d’Aranjuez is an adaptation of the play by Peter Handke.

Camela Galano

Relativity updates key distribution deals

8-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Company signs new deals with Tele München Group, Viva and Imagem.

The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson

Julien Temple's Wilko Johnson doc finds sales home

8-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Moviehouse boards The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson.

Alejandro G Iñárritu wins DGA for Birdman

8-Feb-2015 | By

The Birdman director has edged into the lead in a tantalising Oscar race as he earned top feature honours at the Directors Guild Of America’s 67th annual DGA Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday [February 7].

Manish Mundra reveals film finance plans

8-Feb-2015 | By

Producer of Generation Kplus title Rainbow [pictured] sets up company to finance content-driven Indian cinema.

Alex Walton

Bloom announces key hires

8-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s company announces string of key hires in marketing, sales, finance and business affairs.

The Garden of Evening Mists cover

Astro Shaw to adapt Evening Mists with HBO

8-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Tan Twan Eng’s award-winning novel set for English-language feature to be co-produced with HBO Asia.

Transilvania International Film Festival

Romania launches first regional fund

8-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Transilvania Film Fund to be launched in April with initial budget of at least €100,000.

Ritesh Batra

Lunchbox director in talks for next film

8-Feb-2015 | By

Ritesh Batra, director of Indian hit The Lunchbox, is in advanced talks to direct an adaptation of award-winning novel The Sense of An Ending.

Berlin: Pablo Larrain’s The Club sells to UK, France

8-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Funny Balloons has secured sales of the Berlin Competition contender from the Oscar-nominated director of No.

Festival Scope, Gutek let audiences vote

8-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Scope50 presents a new arthouse distribution business model to stimulate audience interest in independent European films.

NonStop acquires seven at EFM

8-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Swedish distributor picks up The Duke of Burgundy, X+Y and This is England ‘90, among others.

Scott Adkins

Buyers target Scott Adkins' Close Range

8-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Blue Box International closes key territories on Scott Adkins action-thriller.

Ulyana Lopatkina

Wide sells ballet doc to Japan

8-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Ballet movie sells for Wide House, who are also beginning pre-sales on Unpleasant Truths directed by Marcel Opuls.

The Beat Beneath My Feet

Scoop readies UK road comedy After Louise

8-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: UK production company behind Berlin title The Beat Beneath My Feet greenlights next feature.

August Diehl

Films Distribution acquires Young Karl Marx

7-Feb-2015 | By

Company to handle international sales on Raoul Peck’s long gestating The Young Karl Marx; key roles cast.

Lionsgate UK to release Luke Evans SAS thriller

7-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Silver Reel to finance action film based on Andy McNab novel as further pre-sales are secured.

13 Minutes

Berlin: Sony Pictures Classics takes 13 Minutes

7-Feb-2015 | By

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American and Latin American rights from Beta Cinema to 13 Minutes, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Hitler assassination drama that plays out of competition in Berlin.


Memento hails Panahi’s Taxi

7-Feb-2015 | By , Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Celluloid Dreams strikes deal after Berlin screening

Lynne Ramsay

Lynne Ramsay boards rehab thriller

7-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Dominic West, Stacy Martin among cast of UK drama.

By Way of Helena

By Way of Helena rides to Germany

7-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: WestEnd inks deal on western starring Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson; first look picture.

The Eichmann Show

TWC tunes into The Eichmann Show

7-Feb-2015 | By

Company acquires US rights to Paul Andrew Williams’ drama about the televised trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann.

Detective K: Secret Of The Lost Island

Showbox uncovers Detective K sales

7-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Adventure period comedy sequel sells to slew of territories, including Japan.

Martin Gropius Bau

Fortitude surfs with R2's Tribes

7-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Fortitude International has struck a deal with Robbie Brenner’s Relativity Squared (R2) to launch sales at EFM on DJ Caruso’s The Tribes Of Palos Verdes.

The Last King

Koch crowns Last King

7-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

TrustNordisk sells Norwegian action-drama to distributor for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The Dead 2: India

Altitude rises for Dead 2

7-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Ford Brothers’ horror sequel sells to distributor in the UK.


Pro-Fun Media acquires Beira-Mar

7-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

FiGa Films sells Forum world premiere to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.


Further buyers uncover CitizenFour

7-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Laura Poitras’ documentary set for release in Australia, Portugal and France, among others.


TWC dates Underdogs, No Escape

7-Feb-2015 | By

The Weinstein Company has announced a pair of scheduling changes, moving Underdogs back by four months and renaming The Coup as No Escape.

The Ash Lad in the Hall of the Mountain King

Troll fairytale secures $2.2m boost

7-Feb-2015 | By

The Norwegian Film Institute has announced a sizable $2.2m production award for upcoming troll movie The Ash Lad in the Hall of the Mountain King.

Pierre Menahem and Juliette Lepoutre

Menahem and Lepoutre launch Still Moving

7-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: First titles include Radu Jude’s next film Scarred Hearts.

Moritz Bleibtreu

Moritz Bleibtreu to play "culinary Bond"

7-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: German actor to star in film version of Tom Hillenbrand’s Devil’s Fruit.


Berlin: Ixcanul director reveals next film plans

7-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Jayro Bustamante discusses his Guatemalan story sold by Film Factory.

Dutch-German treaty ratified

7-Feb-2015 | By

Government officials due at the Berlinale for the signing of the treaty.

Breathe team sings with Beggar’s Opera

7-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Partners behind Breathe Umphefumlo reteaming on new slate of films.

Prince Albert

Aldamisa boards Royal Ice

7-Feb-2015 | By

EFM: Aldamisa has acquired sales rights to Royal Ice, based upon the life story of Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Olga Kurylenko

Olga Kurylenko to star in Myriad's Duelo

7-Feb-2015 | By

Myriad Pictures is handling world sales here on the thriller Duelo starring Olga Kurylenko.

Clive Owen

Arclight talks up The Confirmation

7-Feb-2015 | By

Clive Owen will play a down-on-his-luck carpenter in Arclight Films sales title The Confirmation.

Barry Gordon

XLrator, RNR ink production deal

7-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: XLrator Media will co-produce, release in the US and oversee international distribution on three action-thrillers.

Set Fire to the Stars

Strand takes Set Fire to the Stars for US

7-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: North American deal for drama starring Elijah Wood.

Liam Cunningham

Cunningham, Moreau join Bejo, Pattinson drama

7-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway on Childhood of a Leader.

Blazing Samurai

GFM scores Blazing Samurai sales

7-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Buyers take to animation after Open Road deal.


4SquareFilms launches with Deyn drama

7-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit headed by former Intandem execs.

Kajaki Berlin launch

Berlin: Kajaki gets international launch

7-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EFM: Landmine drama screened at British Embassy; Metro International handling sales.


Pluto Film signs child abuse drama

7-Feb-2015 | By

Verfehlung is the German sales agent’s first acquisition at the EFM.


Pope biopic Francisco sells to Poland

7-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks is showing first footage of the first officially endorsed biopic of Pope Francis at the EFM.

The Catcher On The Shore

Free Stone visits Girl of the Sea

7-Feb-2015 | By

Company acquires international rights to Ryugo Nakamura’s second feature in five years following The Catcher On The Shore [pictured].

Do You Believe?

Pure Flix talks up Do You Believe?

7-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Follow-up to US box office hit God’s Not Dead is set to open in US on March 20.

Frank Grillo in The Purge: Anarchy

Constantin acquires Extortion

7-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: 13 Films licenses Germany and all German-speaking rights in all media to Constantin Film.

Jenny McCarthy

Highland introduces Tooken at EFM

7-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Action spoof stars Donnie Wahlberg, Jenny McCarthy and Lukas Haas.

Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley joins Wake


EFM: The Oscar winner has joined the cast of John Pogue’s action thriller starring Bruce Willis, which International Film Trust is selling here.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt, Robert Zemeckis team up

6-Feb-2015 | By

Brad Pitt will star for Robert Zemeckis in an epic drama for Paramount Pictures, GK Films and New Regency based on an original story by Steve Knight.


Cinema Guild finds Counting

6-Feb-2015 | By

Cinema Guild has acquired all rights to Jem Cohen’s documentary Counting ahead of its world premiere in Berlin on Monday (February 9).

Kathrine Windfeld

Danish director Kathrine Windfeld dies aged 48

6-Feb-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Danish director’s final TV series to be premiered later this month by Danish pubcaster DR.

Johnnie To

Johnnie To assembles top Hong Kong talent

6-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Projects include an omnibus about Hong Kong’s history that brings together eight of the territory’s leading directors.

SPC takes Sundance hit Dark Horse

6-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Classics nabs hit Sundance doc about rags to riches racehorse.


Euro execs launch co-production group

6-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: CTB, A-One Films, former K5 exec launch company at EFM; among first titles is next project from Target [pictured] writer-director Alexander Zeldovich.

Joanne Froggatt in Downton Abbey

Downton star Joanne Froggatt to make Starfish

6-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Golden Globe winner to star in and produce drama sold by High Point.

Ode To My Father

CJ racks up Ode To My Father sales

6-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: JK Youn’s blockbuster closes a string of sales across the Asia Pacific region.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman leads UK buzz

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and Disney’s Big Hero 6 set for another top spot tussle this weekend.

Governing Mayor Michael Müller

Müller signals support for German film industry

6-Feb-2015 | By

Müller spoke at the opening of this year’s Berlinale last night [Feb 5].

Love At First Fight

Tiberius acquires four at EFM

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

German distributor picks ip Love At First Fight (Les Combattants) [pictured], October Gale, Cabin Fever: Reboot and Viy,


Jerusalem gets Oscar qualification

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Academy has recognised Jerusalem Film Festival as an official body authorised to qualify short films for the Short Film Awards category.

Netherlands Film Fund supports six

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Whit Stillman’s Love and Friendship and Hany Abu-Assad’s Arab Idol among six international co-productions supported by the Netherlands Film Fund.

Martin Gropius Bau

Michael Sheen joins Oppenheimer Strategies

6-Feb-2015 | By

EFM: Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Isaach De Bankolé and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi have joined Richard Gere on the cast of Oppenheimer Strategies, which The Solution Entertainment Group is selling at the EFM.

Beau Knapp

DisruptiveLA lines up Juveniles

6-Feb-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

DisruptiveLA announced that Beau Knapp and Stephen Moyer will join the cast of new drama, Juveniles.

The Beat Beneath My Feet

Spotlight boards The Beat Beneath My Feet

6-Feb-2015 | By

Spotlight Pictures has picked up world sales right to Generation 14plus selection The Beat Beneath My Feet starring Luke Perry and newcomer Nicholas Galitzine.

Daniel Dolphin

Double Dutch swims with Dolphin

6-Feb-2015 | By

Double Dutch International has acquired worldwide rights for Daniel Dolphin And The Horn Of Sea Dragon.

The Calling

Vertical Entertainment hunting indie gems at EFM

6-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Co-founder Rich Goldberg in is Berlin looking for global rights as part of a strategic expansion.

Peter Mullan

Glasgow announces further guests

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Gemma Jones, Daniel Wolfe and Peter Mullan among guests to attend upcoming 11th Glasgow Film Festival.

Michelle Monaghan

Open Road, FilmNation secure output deals

6-Feb-2015 | By

Agreement kicks off with Open Road Sleepless Night to star Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan.


First image: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight

6-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: First image from eOne’s anticipated drama.

Timothy Spall

Timothy Spall to star in The Special One

6-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: British actor set to star in prison-based comedy-drama.

Lucy Hill

Lucy Hill named eOne Australia acquisitions head

6-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Lucy Hill promoted to head of acquisitions for eOne, Australia.

The Dead Lands

XYZ-GFC to boost Antipodean film profile

6-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Companies launch venture to promote films from New Zealand and Australia.

Agata Kulesza

Films Distribution takes Innocent with Ida star

6-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Latest feature from Anne Fontaine has just started principal photography in Poland’s Mazury region and stars Ida’s Agata Kulesza.

Match Factory picks up The Burglar

6-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Film is Rohlfilm’s second collaboration with Israeli film-maker Hagar Ben-Asher following The Slut [pictured].

Libby Durdy

Warp collaborators launch Duck Soup

6-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Company will announce its first slate of projects closer to Cannes.

Frontières at BIFFF 2013

Frontières unveils Brussels line-up

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Second European edition of genre co-production market to feature two extra spotlights in addition to its 17-strong line-up.

Cambridge unveils 2015 dates

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

UK festival to run Sept 3-13 at venues across Cambridge.

Factory Girl

Khan’s Factory Girl in rare Swedish release

6-Feb-2015 | By

Arab Cinema in Sweden will release Mohamed Khan’s feature on April 24.

Red Shoes & The 7 Dwarfs

Finecut boards Red Shoes & The 7 Dwarfs

6-Feb-2015 | By

Sales company acquires international rights to English-language 3D animation.

Full Strike

Distribution Workshop nets Full Strike

6-Feb-2015 | By

Hong Kong-based sales company acquires international rights to Derek Kwok’s sports drama.


9ers sell Korean strike drama Cart

6-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Sales company inks deals to multiple territories on Boo Ji-young’s Cart.

Roger Allam in Endeavour

Carnaby boards two for EFM

6-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: The Truth Commissioner to star Roger Allam, Julian Rhind Tutt.

The Four Warriors

Metrodome sells Four Warriors to US

6-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome International inks deals on action-adventure.

Conversations About Cinema

Watershed unveils new season

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Conversations About Cinema will be run in partnership with Chapter Arts (Cardiff) and QFT (Belfast).


Shoot stars on Berthaud's Sky

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus lead the cast on director’s first English-language film.

Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon

Epic inks deals on Space Dogs sequel

6-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Film is currently in post-production and has sold to the likes of the UK and Poland.

Amy Pascal

Sony's Amy Pascal to step down as co-chairman

5-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Amy Pascal, the Sony exec whose emails were made public as part of a hacking scandal at the studio, is to leave her co-chairman position to launch a new production venture at the studio.

The Neon Demon

Reeves, Hendricks join Refn's Neon Demon

5-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Principal photography to start next month in LA.

Vincent Grimond

Senator, Wild Bunch finalise merger

5-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

New entity is one of the biggest filmed entertainment outfits in Europe.

VES honours Big Hero 6

5-Feb-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

Big Hero 6 scooped five awards at the Visual Effects Society’s 13th annual VES Awards in Los Angeles.

Daniel Bort

Daniel Bort joins Continental Media

5-Feb-2015 | By

The executive has joined Continental Media as president and has begun EFM talks with buyers on Petr Jakl’s The Ghoul.

Jake Gyllenhaal

TWC boards The Man Who Made It Snow

5-Feb-2015 | By

The Weinstein Company has come on board to handle US distribution and co-finance IM Global and Antoine Fuqua’s narco-thriller.


Clarius Entertainment connects to Cell

5-Feb-2015 | By

Clarius Entertainment has acquired US rights from CAA and Paradigm to Benaroya Pictures and The Genre Company’s thriller, which International Film Trust sells at the EFM.

GKIDS takes The Prophet

5-Feb-2015 | By

GKIDS has picked up North American rights to Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet and plans to release in summer.

Match Factory sells Berlin titles

5-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: German indie powerhouse signs slew of deals.

Officer Downe

Voltage to plug Officer Downe at EFM

5-Feb-2015 | By

Voltage Pictures has picked up international sales on Officer Downe as the graphic novel adaptation gets a new lease of life and moves into production next month.

Guy Pearce Mia Wasikowska

Mia Wasikowska, Guy Pearce shoot for Brimstone

5-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Embankment boards western thriller.

Nicolas Cage

Protagonist boards Coppola road movie

5-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Protagonist boards Eleanor Coppola road-movie.


Timothy Spall, Juno Temple to star in Away

5-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Mr. Turner actor Timothy Spall is to star in Away, the fifth collaboration between producer Terry Stone and international sales agent Cinema Management Group (CMG).

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke boards Mongrel's Maudie

5-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International has spiced up its EFM slate and joined a select handful of sales agents to secure the services of red-hot Ethan Hawke.

The Pilgrim

Music Box flocks to Pilgrim

5-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Picture Tree International sells Paulo Coehlo biopic to Music Box Films for US.

Zhong Kui Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal

Arclight takes Peter Pau's 3D fantasy Snow Girl

5-Feb-2015 | By

China-US-Australia co-production set for major Chinese New Year release.

Tell Spring Not To Come This Year

Goldcrest's Saboteur launches NY sales arm

5-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Saboteur will rep two films at the European Film Market.

The Visitors

Gaumont’s Visitors return for French revolution

5-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: New sequel to hit French time travel film starring Jean Reno and Christian Clavier set for 2016.

Emilia Fox

Emilia Fox, Anna Chancellor join Brian Cox in The Carer

5-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Drama heads to shoot, The Yellow Affair to sell at EFM.

Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism

Metro acquires Molly Moon intl rights


EXCLUSIVE: Family film stars Emily Watson, Dominic Monaghan.

Will Poulter joins Brain on Fire

5-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

We’re the Millers star Will Poulter will co-star opposite Dakota Fanning in drama Brain on Fire, which David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment is selling at EFM.

Jodorowsky's Dune

Jodorowsky launches Kickstarter for Endless Poetry

5-Feb-2015 | By

Feature marks first co-production between Chile, Japan and France.

Hideo Nakata

EFM: Nikkatsu scares up Hideo Nakata's Ghost Theatre

5-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Japanese studio Nikkatsu is attending EFM with Hideo Nakata horror Ghost Theatre and Yuki Tanada’s Romance, which teams the female director with award-winning actress-singer Yuko Oshima.

EFM: Japan's NTV launches new Miike, Iwai films

5-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nippon TV (NTV) is launching sales on new titles by hot Japanese directors Takashi Miike and Shunji Iwai at the European Film Market (EFM).

Dogwoof gets Fresh Dressed

5-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Company to handle international sales on Sacha Jenkins’ Sundance title.

Content to sell Reversal

5-Feb-2015 | By

Content Media has bulked up its EFM slate with international rights to Dark Factory’s recent Sundance revenge thriller Reversal.

The Canal

Buyers travel on Jinga's Canal

5-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Psychological horror sells to France, Scandinavia, Taiwan and Turkey.

Blinky Bill - The Movie

Studio 100 Film unveils EFM slate

5-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Three new animation features on Munich-based sales company’s EFM slate.

As Long As Shotguns Remain

MUBI collaborates with Berlinale

5-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Golden Bear for short films, the VoD service is making the festival’s award-winning shorts available to a global audience.

Mr Twister

ZDF takes Mr Twister film franchise

5-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Dutch Features Global Entertainment sells German-speaking rights and secures additional French deal.

The Visit

Alien doc The Visit scores sales

5-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Madsen documentary sells to Italy and Poland, with further deals close.

Rich Goldberg

Vertical Entertainment enters Eden

5-Feb-2015 | By

Vertical Entertainment has taken North American rights to Shyam Madiraju’s thriller starring Ethan Peck, Jessica Lowndes, Diego Boneta, James Remar, Sung Kang, and Nate Parker .

Jonathan Glazer

Film4 inks deal with Jonathan Glazer

4-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK financier inks development deal with Sexy Beast and Under the Skin director.

Fionnuala Halligan

Screen appoints Fionnuala Halligan reviews editor

4-Feb-2015 | By Screen staff

Screen International has appointed Fionnuala Halligan as chief film critic and reviews editor.

Bloom launches Three Seconds at EFM

4-Feb-2015 | By

Luke Evans will star in the Thunder Road and Shine Pictures thriller that Alex Walton is introducing to buyers in Berlin.

Martin Gropius Bau

DDI to sell The Blue Mauritius

4-Feb-2015 | By

Double Dutch International president Jason Morning announced on Wednesday (February 4) the company will kick off pre-sales in Berlin on the heist film.

The Forbidden Room

Sundance deals: The Forbidden Room, The Hallow

4-Feb-2015 | By

Kino Lorber has acquired US rights to Guy Maddin’s Berlin Forum opener The Forbidden Room following its recent world premiere in Sundance.

Peter van Steemberg

Peter Van Steemburg Joins ICM Partners

4-Feb-2015 | By

The former vp of acquisitions for Magnolia has joined ICM Partners’ international and independent department headed by Jessica Lacy. 

Amanda Seyfried

The Solution boards Black Lung

4-Feb-2015 | By

The Solution Entertainment group will commence EFM sales on the Amanda Seyfried and Theo James supernatural thriller Black Lung for 2929 Productions and Cooper’s Town Productions.

Aldamisa to start Summer Crossing sales

4-Feb-2015 | By

Aldamisa International is launching sales at the EFM on Scarlett Johansson’s previously announced directorial debut, set to commence production in New York this summer.


UK film enjoys record 2014

4-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

BFI figures show that there was a 35% increase in film production in the UK during 2014 with a total spend of £1.471bn, the highest recorded figure ever.

Fiona Hyslop

Two new funds for Scotland's screen sector

4-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Extra £3m to provide financial supports for Scottish film, animation and high-end TV production and to support skills development.

Ethan Hawke

Hawke, Hader join Maggie's Plan

4-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Cast completes on Rebecca Miller’s romantic comedy, which starts shooting later this month.

The Visit

Metrodome beams up Sundance alien doc

4-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Madsen alien encounter doc played at Sundance.

Allen Zhu

Youku Tudou unveils film slate

4-Feb-2015 | By

Film arm Heyi Pictures to co-produce six projects in 2015.

Edgar Ramirez

Point Break moves to December

4-Feb-2015 | By

In a move that will have EFM buyers who acquired international rights from Lionsgate watching closely, Warner Bros has moved the action reboot off its original July 31 date to December 25.

Warner Bros Creative Talent

Warner Bros launches second Creative Talent

4-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Scholars will take part in the programme which supports the next generation of UK creative industries talent.

Workbus unveils EFM slate

4-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

UK production company and distributor’s slate led by suspense thriller Candlestick.

Alicia Deza

Way To Blue promotes Alicia Deza

4-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Director of Way To Blue Spain appointed European managing director.

Pluto Film

EFM: German sales outfit launches in Berlin

4-Feb-2015 | By

Berlinale serves as launchpad for new German sales outfit Pluto Film.

Ai Weiwei

Cinema Paradiso, Persepolis directors join Berlin, I Love You

4-Feb-2015 | By

Directors of Oh Boy, Persepolis and Cinema Paradiso among those to join omnibus film; Ai Weiwei shooting remotely this weekend from Beijing.

Dior And I

EFM: Dogwoof scores Dior And I sales

4-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The fashion house documentary has been snapped up in Russia, Italy and Benelux among other territories.

Songs My Brother Taught Me

Fortissimo scores French deal for Songs My Brothers Taught Me

4-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Chloé Zhao’s drama, which debuted at Sundance last week, snapped up in France.

Walter Murch

Walter Murch to receive Locarno honour

4-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Triple Oscar-winner to be honoured with the Vision Award.

Hobbit holds off Running Man in China

4-Feb-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies held on to the top spot at the China box office for the week Jan 26-Feb 1, grossing $42.84m, although reality show spin-off Running Man put up a fight with $37.05m over its opening weekend.


Chinese IPTV giant strikes BAFTA deal

4-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Three-year deal with China’s leading internet television company begins with BAFTA Film Awards.

Anurag Kashyap and Anupama Chopra

Mumbai fest sets dates, new director

4-Feb-2015 | By

The Mumbai Film Festival has confirmed that Anupama Chopra is taking over as festival director starting with this year’s edition (Oct 29-Nov 5) while filmmaker Kiran Rao will head the board of trustees.

Terence Chang

HAF 2015 line-up includes Chang, Bober, Kawase projects

4-Feb-2015 | By

Terence Chang, Philippe Bober and Naomi Kawase are among the producers of the 30 projects selected for this year’s Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF, March 23-25).


Doha Film Institute to fund 21 projects

4-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Filmmakers from 24 countries, including the US and Italy, to receive funding

Ethan Hawke

EFM: Hawke, Hader join Maggie's Plan

4-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

In the run-up to the EFM in Berlin, Protagonist Pictures announced final casting on Rebecca Miller comedy Maggie’s Plan.

Sundance 2015 infographic closeup

Sundance: Top 10 ‘buzz’ films

4-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

INFOGRAPHIC: The Hunting Ground and Me And Earl And The Dying Girl led the pack.

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

Swedish admissions down 2%

4-Feb-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Swedish cinemas registered a total of 16.3 million admissions last year, down 2% on 2013 – but the 25.1% local market share was the highest since 2009.

Roaring Currents

South Korean film industry sales hits all-time high

4-Feb-2015 | By

South Korea’s film industry sales hit an all-time record of KW2.03trillion ($1.85bn) last year.

BFI: high-end TV spend tops $930m

4-Feb-2015 | By Peter White, Broadcast

More than 80 TV productions with a total spend of more than $900m (£600m) benefited from the UK’s high-end TV tax break in 2014.

Dogwoof takes Sundance winner Cartel Land


Dogwoof acquires international rights for A&E Indiefilms’ Sundance-winning Cartel Land.

Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh to receive BAFTA Fellowship

3-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Mr Turner director to be honoured this weekend.

Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words

EFM: TrustNordisk to sell Ingrid Bergman doc

3-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Short promo to be presented at Berlin’s European Film Market.

Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam to star in Lost City Of Z

3-Feb-2015 | By

The British star will play Col Percival Fawcett opposite Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson in James Gray’s adventure that Sierra/Affinity represents at the EFM.


Paddington hits $200m global BO

3-Feb-2015 | By

StudioCanal’s smash has become the biggest family release of all time for a non-US studio film as it earned the latest distinction in a box office run that has been bristling with accomplishment.

Matt Mueller

Matt Mueller appointed Screen International editor

3-Feb-2015 | By Screen staff

Former Total Film and Premiere editor will succeed Wendy Mitchell.


Imax, Broad Green eye Voyage release

3-Feb-2015 | By

Imax Corporation has revealed its latest distribution play via its $50m war chest to finance original film, partnering with Broad Green Pictures to join Sophisticated Films and Wild Bunch on Terrence Malick’s Voyage Of Time.

Ethan Hawke

EFM: Conquistador boards Phenom

3-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: On the back of its marquee sales title and awards contender Cake starring Jennifer Aniston, Conquistador Entertainment will kick off sales in Berlin on the drama starring red-hot Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti and Johnny Simmons.


SXSW 2015 unveils feature roster

3-Feb-2015 | By

Top brass at the 22nd South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival have announced the feature line-up for the upcoming festival, set to run from March 13-21 in Austin, Texas.

Screen gets new owner as Mobeus backs MBI

3-Feb-2015 | By Screen staff

Media Business Insight, publisher of Screen International, had been bought by Mobeus Equity Partners backing a management-led buy out of five media brands from the Top Right Group.

Berlin: Memento buys Second Mother

3-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Sundance winner picked up from The Match Factory

The Farewell Party

Samuel Goldwyn nabs The Farewell Party

3-Feb-2015 | By

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired all North American rights from Beta Cinema to Sharon Mammon and Tal Granit’s euthanasia comedy. BOND/360, Zeitgeist Films and Image Entertainment have all been active in separate deals.

Sloan honour to Stanford Prison Experiment

3-Feb-2015 | By

Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment has received the Alfred P Sloan Feature Film Prize and a $20,000 cash award as the Sundance Institute announced Science-In-Film honourees.


Lantica, Relativity to co-finance Our Father

3-Feb-2015 | By

Lantica Media, formerly known as Indomina, will co-finance and co-produce with Relativity Studios the upcoming thriller from Frank E Flowers as part of an overarching pact.

Station To Station sells for Submarine

3-Feb-2015 | By

Submarine Entertainment has licensed Doug Aitken’s Sundance film in a slew of international territories ahead of an anticipated US announcement.

The Pardon

Monterey Media takes The Pardon

3-Feb-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The distributor has acquired US and Canadian rights to the true-life drama starring Jaime King.

Bella Thorne

Sepia Films, Just Singer line up Perfect High

3-Feb-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The partners have announced the start of production in Victoria, British Columbia, on the teenage heroin addiction drama.

The Last Days of Disco

EFM: Beckinsale, Sevigny reunite for Love & Friendship

3-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry also announced for Whit Stillman’s adaptation of unfinished Jane Austen novella


Fifty Shades star boosts Drones sales

3-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Thriller starring Eloise Mumford sold to territories in Asia and Europe by Jinga Films.

Timbuktu triumphs at French Lumiere awards

2-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Franco-Mauritanian Abderrahmane Sissako Timbuktu has clinched best film and best director at the Lumière Awards, France’s version of the Golden Globes.

Martin Gropius Bau

Good Universe sells The Forest

2-Feb-2015 | By

EFM: Good Universe has closed a host of international sales heading into the EFM on Lava Bear’s supernatural thriller led by a major deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA).

The Little Vampire 3D

Cinema Management Group launches European hub

2-Feb-2015 | By

EFM: The Beverly Hills-based sales agency has launched a full-time office in Paris named CMG Europe SAS.

Milla Jovovich

Myriad heads to EFM with In The Lost Lands

2-Feb-2015 | By

Milla Jovovich is in advanced negotiations to star as a sorceress in Myriad Pictures’ fantasy adventure based on short stories from the creator of Game Of Thrones.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades generates huge pre-sales

2-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Advance international ticket sales on Fifty Shades Of Grey, set to open day-and-date worldwide via Universal on February 11, have sky-rocketed to 2.75 million across 39 markets.

Restless Global

Lora-Mungai, Matatu form African studio Restless Global

2-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

 Producers Marie Lora-Mungai and Tendeka Matatu are merging their assets to create Restless Global, a development, finance, production, distribution and exhibition studio for African content both within and outside Africa.

Kevin Smith

XYZ, Distant Corners team up on Holidays

2-Feb-2015 | By

XYZ Films has teamed up with John Hegeman’s new genre label Distant Corners Entertainment to produce the collection of subversive holiday tales from multiple directors including Kevin Smith.


Marina Cordoni to sell Fall at EFM

2-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Industry Pictures and Lentin/Odette Productions announced on Monday (February 2) the multiple Canadian Screen Awards nominee will premiered at the market in Berlin.


EFM: Elle Driver takes Gaza-set comedy Dégradé

2-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Other new projects include prison drama Jailbirds (Taularde) starring Sophie Marceau.

Robert Awards Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier speaks at Danish Robert awards

2-Feb-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen, Michael Rosser

Controversial director makes rare appearance and speeches at Danish film awards.


Alchemy, The Orchard in Sundance buys

2-Feb-2015 | By

In a pair of late-breaking North American deals from Sundance, Alchemy has acquired political thriller Zipper while The Orchard has taken Finders Keepers.

Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 edges out Kingsman in UK

2-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s latest animation lands with $6.45m (£4.295m), including previews; Fox’s adaptation bows just behind with $6.37m (£4.24m), including previews, and posts Matthew Vaughn’s best-ever Fri-Sun tally in process.

Stanley Tucci

EFM: Geoffrey Rush, Stanley Tucci team for Final Portrait

2-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

HanWay to launch project in Berlin.

EFM: Jonathan Rhys Meyers to star in spy thriller

2-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Carnaby International to begin sales of Damacus Cover in Berlin this week as filming commences in Morocco.

Sylvia Chang

Hong Kong unveils Sylvia Chang focus

2-Feb-2015 | By

Taiwanese filmmaker and actress Sylvia Chang has been chosen as the Filmmaker in Focus at this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF).

La Obra Del Siglo

Rotterdam's Tigers go to Cuba, Thailand, Peru

2-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

IFFR also reveals other award winners including the audience prize.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey gets ‘18’ rating in UK

2-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

BBFC gives adult classification to forthcoming feature for “strong sex”.

The Kármán Line

BAFTA-nominated shorts to screen in cinemas

2-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

British live action and animated shorts will go on UK and international tour from March

They Have Escaped

They Have Escaped wins top Finnish prize

2-Feb-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Teenage outcast drama wins four Jussi awards including best film.

EFM: German sales agents line-up premieres

2-Feb-2015 | By

Global Screen and Picture Tree International are lining up a number of market premieres to be unveiled at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin later this week.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Chinese Running Brother rules int’l BO

1-Feb-2015 | By

BOX OFFICE: Chinese Running Brother stormed to the top of the international box office charts at the weekend thanks to an estimated $35m haul.

American Sniper

American Sniper claims Super Bowl weekend record

1-Feb-2015 | By

Clint Eastwood’s war film held on to number one for the third consecutive weekend as an estimated $31.9m looks to have set a new record for the weekend and boosted the running total through Warner Bros to $248.9m.

Breaking The Bank

The Exchange boards Breaking The Bank

1-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Brian O’Shea and his team head to Berlin with world sales rights to Vadim Jean’s caper staring Kelsey Grammer.

Martin Gropius Bau

Spotlight lines up Chloe & Theo for EFM

1-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: LA-based Spotlight Pictures heads to Berlin with two new titles on its sales roster.

Awards round-up: Annies, ADG

1-Feb-2015 | By

The Art Directors Guild and ASIFA-Hollywood handed out their major honours over the weekend.

In Your Arms

In Your Arms wins top Goteborg award

1-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Danish director Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm took home the Gothenburg Film Festival’s Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film for drama In Your Arms.

Me And Earl triumphs at Sundance

31-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE: The 2015 festival approached the end on Saturday (January 31) as Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl capped a sensational 10 days by scooping both the US grand jury prize and audience awards.

I’ll See You In My Dreams

Bleecker Street falls into Dreams

31-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE: The new distributor has acquired worldwide rights to Brett Haley’s I’ll See You In My Dreams following the world premiere on January 27. Separately HBO has taken US TV rights to 3 1/2 Minutes.

Wolf Totem

Wild Bunch unveils EFM line-up

31-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Company racks up sales on Margarethe von Trotta’s The Misplaced World ahead of Berlinale premiere.

Runar Runarsson

Jokinen, Aschan, Runarsson among Gothenburg WIP

31-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

GOTEBORG: Anticipated Nordic titles presented to industry.

Songs My Brother Taught Me

Fortissimo nabs Songs My Brothers Taught Me for EFM

30-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Fortissimo Films chairman Michael Werner said on Friday (January 30) the company had bulked up its EFM war chest with international rights to Chloé Zhao’s recent Sundance premiere.

Jamie Foxx

Sleepless Night heads to Berlin

30-Jan-2015 | By

FilmNation will introduce EFM buyers to the thriller starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan, which Open Road Films is financing and will distribute in the US.

Digging For Fire finds buyers

30-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired international rights and The Orchard has picked up North America on Joe Swanberg’s drama. In separate deals, Ten Thousand Saints and Fresh Dressed also sold.


AMBI lines up In Dubious Battle for EFM

30-Jan-2015 | By

James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride will star in In Dubious Battle, which AMBI Distribution is bringing to the EFM.

Ansel Elgort

Sony buys multiple territories on November Criminals

30-Jan-2015 | By

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired North America, English-speaking rights and select territories to the thriller starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort. Lotus will commence pre-sales on remaining territories at the EFM next week.

Alan Rickman Katie Holmes Rachel Evan Wood

Rickman, Holmes, Wood join Taxonomy

30-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Cast rounds on Goldcrest’s Liz Garbus-Galt Niederhoffer comedy.


IFC Midnight finds Reversal

30-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE: IFC Midnight has swooped on US rights to Dark Factory Entertainment’s revenge thriller following its world premiere at Sundance.

Elle Fanning

Elle Fanning, Diego Luna to star in Io

30-Jan-2015 | By

Jason Michael Berman and Laura Rister have set Elle Fanning and Diego Luna to star in the sci-fi.

Frances McDormand Glenn Close Brit Marling

McDormand, Lerman, Marling married to The Wife

30-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSVE: Cast rounds on US-Swedish drama set to star Glenn Close.

Orphans Of War

Jan Fantl boards Orphans Of War

30-Jan-2015 | By

Producers Gina G Goff of Goff Productions and Rene Sheridan are pleased to announce the addition of


EFM: Altitude rides with Palio

30-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Doc about iconic horse race comes from Senna producer.

Son Ye jin

Son Ye-jin to star in Huayi’s Bad Guys

30-Jan-2015 | By

Korean actress Son Ye-jin as been cast in Huayi Brothers’ Bad Guys Always Die (working title), which will be executive produced by Korean filmmaker Kang Je Gyu and China’s Feng Xiaogang.

Woman In Gold

SquareOne aquires Woman In Gold for Germany, Austria

30-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The Weinstein Company secures sale of drama starring Helen Mirren, set to world premiere at Berlinale.

Black Fly

Shoreline captures Black Fly for Berlin

30-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Shoreline Entertainment has acquired rights to backwoods thriller and will introduce to international buyers at the EFM.

Open Road sets Dope release date

30-Jan-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

Open Road Films will release its newly acquired Sundance feature nationwide on June 12.

Hobbit finale eyes gains in China

30-Jan-2015 | By

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies stands at $630.7m through Warner Bros Pictures International and continues to rampage through China.

Elstree 1976

Star Wars doc 'Elstree 1976' heads to The Works

30-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EFM: UK sales outfit The Works International has boarded world rights to documentary Elstree 1976, about the effect Star Wars had on the lives of those involved in even the smallest roles in the film.


Aamir Khan’s PK to receive China wide release

30-Jan-2015 | By

UTV Motion Pictures’ blockbuster PK, starring Aamir Khan, is heading for distribution in mainland China, where China Film Group and Huaxia will release it on 3,500 screens.


Kingsman, Ex Machina share social buzz lead

30-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Alex Garland’s sci-fi drama judges edges Matthew Vaughn’s spy thriller.


Berlinale: film industry to meet Euro commissioner

30-Jan-2015 | By

European film professionals community will be looking to hear more concrete proposals about future EU policy for film and TV sector when Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, comes to the Berlinale.

Martin Gropius Bau

The Exchange boards Three Little Words

30-Jan-2015 | By

CEO Brian O’Shea will commence talks with international buyers at the EFM next week on the high concept rom-com.

Jamie Dornan

Bloom to sell Jadotville

29-Jan-2015 | By

EFM: Alex Walton’s Bloom heads to the Berlin market with international rights to the geopolitical thriller starring Guillaume Canet and Jamie Dornan, who will be in town for the world premiere of Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Patrick Roy

Patrick Roy replaces Bryan Gliserman at eOne

29-Jan-2015 | By

Patrick Roy has been promoted to president of eOne Films Canada and Les Films Séville as the company announced Bryan Gliserman was stepping down as president of eOne Films Canada.

Michelle Williams

Sierra/Affinity nabs Manchester-By-The-Sea

29-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Nick Meyer has bulked up his EFM sales slate with the Kenneth Longeran drama that has Casey Affleck attached to star alongside Michelle Williams.

Mary Louise Parker

13 Films boards Chronically Metropolitan

29-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based sales company will kick off sales at EFM next week on The Community’s comedy to star Shiloh Fernandez, Chris Noth, Mary-Louise Parker and Ashley Benson.

Martin Gropius Bau

HFG boards Blink for EFM

29-Jan-2015 | By

Noam Murro will direct The Black List screenplay for Atlas Independent that Highland Film Group (HFG) will introduce to international buyers in Berlin next week.

SPC, Woody Allen reunite on Irrational Man

29-Jan-2015 | By

The distributor of Woody Allen’s last six films has acquired North American rights to his latest comedy from Gravier Productions bearing the new title Irrational Man.

Olivia Wilde

Lionsgate Int’l brings Let It Snow to EFM

29-Jan-2015 | By

Patrick Wachsberger’s sales team will commence talks with international buyers in Berlin on the previously announced comedy that went into production this week and stars Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin and Anthony Mackie.

Telefim Canada unveils Berlin talent list

29-Jan-2015 | By

Telefilm Canada has unveiled its Ten Canadians To Watch at the Berlinale and the EFM.

Magnolia takes world on The Wolfpack

29-Jan-2015 | By

The busy distributor confirmed on Thursday (January 29) its world deal at Sundance on Crystal Moselle’s documentary.

Dakota Fanning

Mister Smith to sell Brain On Fire

29-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Dakota Fanning to star as a woman who descends into insanity; Gerard Barrett to direct.

Miss Julie

Film Festival Flix buys Miss Julie

29-Jan-2015 | By

The distributor has picked up US rights to Swedish director Mikael Berg’s tale of lust, love, class and the battle of the sexes.

Deep Web

Content boards Alex Winter's Deep Web for EFM

29-Jan-2015 | By

EFM: Content Film has added another title to its Berlin sales slate and will kick off talks with international buyers next week on Alex Winter’s documentary.

The Water Diviner The Babadook

Babadook, Water Diviner share AACTA best film

29-Jan-2015 | By

Double win marks the first time two films have shared Australia’s top film prize.

Rotterdam: The Tribe director among CineMart winners

29-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s Chernobyl-based drama wins one of three awards at International Film Festival Rotterdam’s co-production market.

Dear White People

Dear White People sets box office record

29-Jan-2015 | By

The Sundance 2014 release has reached $4.4m in the US since its release on October 17 2014 – which its representatives said was a new high-water mark for a crowd-funded film.

Stranded in Canton

Antipode finds Stranded in Canton

29-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

GOTEBORG: Docu-drama competing in Swedish Premieres Section at the Gothenburg Film Festival.

EFM: New Europe Film Sales picks up Crumbs, Mar

29-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sales outfit secures sci-fi feature and a Berlinale Forum film ahead of next week’s EFM.

Andy Harries, Tony Grisoni discuss next projects

29-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

GOTEBORG: Left Bank CEO Andy Harries and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas writer Tony Grisoni revealed details about upcoming projects during keynotes at TV Drama Vision, the Gothenburg Film Festival’s TV event.

Ross Fitzsimons

Ross Fitzsimons joins Arts Alliance

29-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Event cinema specialist Arts Alliance has upped Ross Fitzsimons, formerly head of art and classical, to head of sales and marketing.


Vue's second CinemaxX MD quits

29-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Christoph Ahmadi to leave exhibitor as Carsten Horn is named managing director.

Petri Kemppinen

TV spend surges for Nordisk Film & TV Fund

29-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

GOTEBORG: The Nordisk Film and TV Fund saw the level of money it allocated to TV surge in 2014 as local producers increasingly look to the small screen, according to CEO Petri Kemppinen.

Fjallbaka Murders

Nordic industry calls for more commissioners, platforms

29-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

GOTEBORG: Nordic territories will need to see an increase in the number of local commissioners and platforms if they are to adequately showcase flourishing scripted drama, industry experts agreed yesterday in Gothenburg.

Mel Gibson

IM Global boards Hacksaw Ridge

28-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: In arguably the plum US title of the EFM, Mel Gibson is returning behind the camera for the first time in nearly a decade to direct Andrew Garfield in $40-50m true-life epic Hacksaw Ridge.

Matthew McConaughey

Sierra/Affinity to sell Gold

28-Jan-2015 | By

Another major project has dropped into the EFM as Sierra/Affinity consummates its lengthy courtship with the Black Bear Pictures adventure to star Matthew McConaughey and prepares to kick off international sales in Berlin next week.

Searchlight confirms Brooklyn deal

28-Jan-2015 | By

Fox Searchlight has confirmed its deal for the US and multiple territories to Sundance hit Brooklyn, while Magnolia has swooped on Best Of Enemies and Sundance Selects buys City Of Gold.

Isabel Coixet

Fortitude to sell This Man, This Woman

28-Jan-2015 | By

EFM: Penelope Cruz and Diane Kruger are in final talks to star in the romance from Isabel Coixet, whose Nobody Wants The Night will open the Berlinale next week.


Lionsgate, Hunan TV in partnership talks

28-Jan-2015 | By

Lionsgate and China’s Hunan TV are in advanced talks to strike a three-year film-making pact.

Soda to distribute Slow West in Canada

28-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Soda Pictures has picked up from HanWay Films Canadian rights to the Western following its world premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the weekend.

Burn Burn Burn

Creative England backs Burn Burn Burn

28-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: First image from road trip comedy starring Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael and Chloe Pirrie.

Jason Flemyng

Jason Flemyng directorial debut on Evolution slate

28-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Vampire action film written by Danny King (Wild Bill).


Cinedigm, Brand sign 12-film deal

28-Jan-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

Cinedigm has signed a 12-film deal with Brand Inc over three years and will funnel the original titles through multiple platforms including its OTT channels.

Sundance announces shorts winners

28-Jan-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The Sundance Institute has announced its short film-making awards with Don Hertzfeldt’s World Of Tomorrow taking the short film grand jury prize.

Saint Laurent Yves Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent leads Cesar nominees

28-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Designer biopic leads the pack with 10 nominations; Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche in the running for actress awards.


SPC acquires Paul Weitz’s Grandma

28-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

SUNDANCE: Sony Pictures Classics acquires worldwide rights to comedy starring Lily Tomlin.

The Walking Deceased

ARC gets The Walking Deceased

28-Jan-2015 | By

ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Scott Dow’s horror spoof.

Douglas Trumbull

Parc Media unveils 3D co-productions

28-Jan-2015 | By

Start-up UK and Beijing-based production company Parc Media has unveiled a slate of three China-UK co-productions, two of which will use Douglas Trumbull’s new MAGI 3D process.

Scottish shoot

Scottish Film Talent initiatives unveiled

28-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Major new initiatives for Scottish Film Talent announced; 14 projects selected for New Talent Shorts programme.


BBC Films to receive BAFTA honour

28-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

BBC Films to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Awards next week.

Assassins Creed

Catchplay co-finances New Regency trio

28-Jan-2015 | By

Taiwanese distributor Catchplay has signed a deal to co-finance and co-distribute three New Regency productions: The Revenant, Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell.


Frozen helps Japan box office rise 6.6%

28-Jan-2015 | By

Japan’s box office gross rose 6.6% to hit JPY207bn ($1.75bn) last year.

Bobby Farrelly

Foresight to launch One Night Stan at EFM

27-Jan-2015 | By

Mark Damon returns to Berlin with a marquee title in the form of the Bobby Farrelly comedy and along with Tamara Birkemoe will commence pre-sales next week.

Magnolia takes world on Tangerine

27-Jan-2015 | By

A banner year in Park City continued to deliver the goods as Magnolia Pictures acquired world rights to Sean Baker’s comedy. Separately, Fox Searchlight closed a major deal for Brooklyn, while Alchemy, SPC and Lionsgate confirmed previously reported buys on Strangerland, The Diary Of A Teenage Girl and Knock Knock.

Colin Firth

Colin Firth, James Marsh set sail for StudioCanal

27-Jan-2015 | By

EFM: StudioCanal has injected what is sure to become one of the hottest titles at the market, setting the Oscar winner to play amateur yachtsman Donald Crowhurst in James Marsh’s follow-up to Academy Award nominee The Theory Of Everything.

Tom Barman

Tom Barman planning Alcoholics feature

27-Jan-2015 | By

Antwerp musician Tom Barman, founding member of cult rock band dEUS, is setting aside time to devote to his film work and has three film projects at early stages.

Michael Fassbender

Universal starts Steve Jobs shoot

27-Jan-2015 | By

Danny Boyle has begun principal photography in San Francisco on Universal’s Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender.


Content to spread Pandemic at EFM

27-Jan-2015 | By

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

Force Majeure

Force Majeure wins top Swedish film prize

27-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Martin Gropius Bau

The Exchange boards Seacole for EFM

27-Jan-2015 | By

Octavia Spencer is attached to star and will reunite with The Help producer Brunson Green on the biopic, which The Exchange will introduce to buyers next week.

Berlinale director: no plans for German MIP

27-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Five Armies ousts Miss Granny in China

27-Jan-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies grossed $49.84m on its opening weekend in China, pushing record-breaking remake Miss Granny into second place.

Golden Globes

Golden Globes date set for 2016

27-Jan-2015 | By

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has set the date for the 73rd annual Golden Globes.

Dark Was The Night

Image to release Dark Was The Night

27-Jan-2015 | By

Image Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Caliber Media’s creature feature and will release theatrically this year.

Sundance Institute

Sundance unveils Global Filmmaking winners

27-Jan-2015 | By

The Sundance Institute has named the winners of the 2015 Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award presented by the new digital-only news channel AJ+.

Rotterdam: How festivals can evolve with audiences

27-Jan-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

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

Elfriede Jelinek

Amour Fou developing films with Nobel prize-winner

27-Jan-2015 | By

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

Dancing Arabs

Hot projects on Screenbase

27-Jan-2015 | By Maud Le Rest

New films on Screenbase include Eran Riklis’ drama A Borrowed Identity, Tom Barman’s The Alcoholics and twin sisters Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth’s Olivia And Jim.

Brand New-U

Pummell preps William Gibson adaptation

27-Jan-2015 | By

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

Undead Sun

Wilson sisters bring Undead Sun Rotterdam

27-Jan-2015 | By

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

Rotterdam Film festival IFFR

Rotterdam launches Tiger Release

27-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Breathe Umphefumlo

Fortissimo picks up Dornford-May’s Breathe

27-Jan-2015 | By

Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights outside South Africa to Mark Dornford-May’s Breathe Umphefumlo, which will premiere Out Of Competition at the upcoming Berlin film festival.

Jane Williams

Arab Cinema Center to launch in Berlin

27-Jan-2015 | By

A new international platform for Arab cinema, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), will launch at this year’s European Film Market in Berlin, representing 11 Arab production companies and organisations.

Ava DuVernay

Selma team reunite on Hurricane Katrina project

26-Jan-2015 | By

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

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

Searchlight, Indian Paintbrush take world on Earl

26-Jan-2015 | By

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


Archstone picks up Slamdance pic Body

26-Jan-2015 | By

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

The Overnight, Knock Knock shine in Park City

26-Jan-2015 | By

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


Jafar Panahi issues statement on film-making ban

26-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Director issues statement on his reasons for defying filmmaking ban, ahead of Berlinale Taxi premiere.

Lee Yong-kwan

Busan director refuses request to step down

26-Jan-2015 | By

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

Marco Mueller

Marco Mueller takes Beijing role

26-Jan-2015 | By

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

American Sniper

American Sniper shoots down Taken 3 in UK

26-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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


Memento sells Giannoli’s Marguerite worldwide

26-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

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


Norfolk producer readies new projects

26-Jan-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

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

IFFR 2015 Short awards

Rivers, Russell, Benhaim win IFFR Short Tigers

26-Jan-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

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

Cameron Romero

Radar Pictures to produce Origins

26-Jan-2015 | By

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

The Theory of Everything

SAG unveils 2015 winners

25-Jan-2015 | By

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

IFC Films boards The D Train

25-Jan-2015 | By

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

Five Armies in $49.3m China debut

25-Jan-2015 | By

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


Birdman scoops PGA honour

25-Jan-2015 | By

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

Inception Film Partners boards Wildlike

25-Jan-2015 | By

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

IFFR Tiger

Rotterdam director talks festival future

25-Jan-2015 | By

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

American Sniper

American Sniper hits $200m in US

25-Jan-2015 | By

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

Automatic heads to EFM with Goddess Of Love

25-Jan-2015 | By

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

Carlo Cresto-Dina

The Wonders producer boards UK film

25-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

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

Merce Cunningham

Girard seeks Euro support for Cunningham

25-Jan-2015 | By

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

Paul Miller

Paul Miller launches firm in Netherlands

25-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

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

IFFR: Iranian film flourishing

25-Jan-2015 | By

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


Julia Roberts boards Batkid remake

24-Jan-2015 | By

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

The Bronze

Relativity, Stage 6 Films see gold in The Bronze

24-Jan-2015 | By

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

Vimeo, Indiegogo form distribution pact

24-Jan-2015 | By

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

Jan-Wllem Van Ewijk

Van Ewijk develops US-set Sleep

24-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

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


Heretic Outreach takes two to Rotterdam

24-Jan-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Heretic Outreach has boarded its first projects ahead of IFFR.


Rotterdam: Savage Film brings new projects

24-Jan-2015 | By

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

Leo Hannewijk

Hannewijk takes Zeeland film commissioner role

24-Jan-2015 | By

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


Dutch rebate driving up production

24-Jan-2015 | By

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

German Angst

IFFR: Reel Suspects sells German Angst

24-Jan-2015 | By

Sales include Taiwan and Scandinavia.

IFFR Live launches today with Atlantic

24-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

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

23-Jan-2015 | By

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

Imagix Tournai

Belgian festival cancelled over terror threat

23-Jan-2015 | By

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

Nawaf Alghanim

Al-Ghanim Entertainment sets sail

23-Jan-2015 | By

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


Angel Grace to sell Scout at EFM

23-Jan-2015 | By

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

Misery Loves Comedy

Tribeca Film buys Misery Loves Comedy

23-Jan-2015 | By

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

The Weinstein Company promotes duo

23-Jan-2015 | By

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

Fortissimo acquires Sergio Herman doc

23-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Culinary documentary to receive world premiere at Berlin next month.

Australia box office drops 2.3% in 2014

23-Jan-2015 | By

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

Screen cover January 23 2015

Screen January 23 2015


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

Taken 3

Taken 3 eyes Australia, Brazil rule

22-Jan-2015 | By

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

Fábrica de Cine, SharpSword Films board Silence

22-Jan-2015 | By

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

Sundance: Magnolia swoops on Results

22-Jan-2015 | By

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

Kino Lorber plots summer debut for A Hard Day

22-Jan-2015 | By

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

Jake Gyllenhaal

Distribution round-up: TWC sets Southpaw release

22-Jan-2015 | By

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

Juliet Stevenson

Mongrel International takes Departure to EFM

22-Jan-2015 | By

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

The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death

Woman in Black director criticises BBFC rating

22-Jan-2015 | By

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

Greenaway talks new film Walking To Paris

22-Jan-2015 | By

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

War Book

War Book producer reveals development slate

22-Jan-2015 | By

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


Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund extending reach

22-Jan-2015 | By

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

War Book

Rotterdam opens with talk of propaganda and feminism

22-Jan-2015 | By

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

Evolution Of Verse

Annapurna Pictures launches VR unit

22-Jan-2015 | By

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

Stienette Bosklopper

Stienette Bosklopper reveals screenwriting plans

22-Jan-2015 | By

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

Simon West

Simon West’s The Blob heads to EFM

22-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

DreamWorks Animation unveils restructure

22-Jan-2015 | By

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

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage to star in Army Of One

21-Jan-2015 | By

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

The Stranger

IFC Midnight acquires The Stranger

21-Jan-2015 | By

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

Rosanne Korenberg

Rosanne Korenberg joins Miramax

21-Jan-2015 | By

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

Pedro Almodovar

Writers Guild to honour Pedro Almodóvar

21-Jan-2015 | By

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

While We're Young

Baumbach's While We're Young to open Glasgow

21-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

White God

White God among New Directors/New Films titles

21-Jan-2015 | By

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

American Cinema Editors

American Cinema Editors to honour trio

21-Jan-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

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

Caroline Kaplan

Caroline Kaplan joins Cinereach

21-Jan-2015 | By

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

Strand Releasing acquires A Borrowed Identity

21-Jan-2015 | By

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

Nick McKay

StudioCanal exec to join Soda Pictures

21-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: StudioCanal executive Nick McKay to start in April.


EFM: Wide House picks up Misfits

21-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

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

Ariel Vromen

Fortitude International lines up Dive

21-Jan-2015 | By

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

When East Meets West 2015

Docs dominate When East Meets West winners

21-Jan-2015 | By

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

Dimitra Tsingou

Protagonist appoints COO

21-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Dimitra Tsingou will report to CEO Mike Goodridge.

Cindy Bond

Cantinas launches distribution subsidiary

21-Jan-2015 | By

Cantinas Entertainment has acquired Mission Pictures to form Cantinas Distribution.

Jeffrey Katzenberg

DreamWorks Animation faces lay-offs

21-Jan-2015 | By

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

Film Finance Infographic clip

Infographic: 10 steps to getting a film made

21-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

How to avoid the pitfalls of film finance.

Kristian Brodie

Agile's Brodie sets up VERYFINE

21-Jan-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

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


Oscars 2015: Selma tops social media buzz

21-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

The Interview

Sony: The Interview at $40m digital

20-Jan-2015 | By

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

The Cobbler

Ascot Elite sets seven for German-speaking Europe

20-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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


EFM: Mongrel International to sell Prince

20-Jan-2015 | By

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

Joel and Ethan Coen

Coen brothers to head Cannes jury

20-Jan-2015 | By

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

Danny Collins

Elevation, Bleecker Street in distribution pact

20-Jan-2015 | By

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

Christina Thomas

BAFTA New York chief executive to step down

20-Jan-2015 | By

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

Bill Sondheim

Cinedigm to release AIP remake package

20-Jan-2015 | By

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


Blumhouse International, Sierra/Affinity strike pact

20-Jan-2015 | By

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

John Malkovich

Televisa USA boosts US operations

20-Jan-2015 | By

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

Griffin Gmelich

Gravitas Ventures hires Griffin Gmelich

20-Jan-2015 | By

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

Juana La Virgen

Latin Everywhere launches Pongalo

20-Jan-2015 | By

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

Do You Believe?

Pure Flix sets Do You Believe? for US release

20-Jan-2015 | By

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

Patricio Valladares

WTFilms boards Patricio Valladares’ Downhill

20-Jan-2015 | By

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

Mad As Hell

O-Scope to release Mad As Hell

20-Jan-2015 | By

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

Frank Marshall

ACE to honour Frank Marshall

20-Jan-2015 | By

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

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot headed for Rotterdam

20-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

The Games Maker

CMG to sell The Games Maker

20-Jan-2015 | By

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

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

Sundance Institute unveils NHK 2015 Award winner

20-Jan-2015 | By

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

Matthew McConaughey

STX secures Showtime window

20-Jan-2015 | By

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

Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich gay rights drama gets int’l deal

19-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Every Thing Will Be Fine

Berlin 2015: complete competition line-up revealed

19-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Matthijs Wouter Knol

New EFM market director talks future plans; debutants revealed

19-Jan-2015 | By

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