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Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton drama underway in London

1-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

uMedia to handle sales on film also starring Franz Drameh and Adam Bakri.

Atlantic Film Festival

Strategic Partners unveils LatAm scheme

1-Aug-2014 | By

The co-production market element of the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax has announced the producers in an inaugural project exchange with Mexico’s Los Cabos International Film Festival and Brazil’s RioContentMarket.

Jared Marshall

Prominence Films to shoot Of Fortune And Gold

1-Aug-2014 | By

Los Angeles-based Prominence Films is ramping up for an early August start in and around California on its first feature, Of Fortune And Gold.

John Cooper and Trevor Groth

Sundance in HK partnership

1-Aug-2014 | By

A new brand extension deal from Sundance Institute top brass with The Metroplex will present Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects from September 19-28 at the newly opened nine-screen cineplex in Kowloon Bay.

Tokyo International Film Festival

Tokyo to introduce WOWOW viewer's award

1-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Tokyo International FIlm Festival will unveil a new award for its Competition section, the WOWOW Viewer’s Choice Award.

Secret Cinema: Back to the Future

Secret Cinema: Back to the Future, REVIEW

1-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Dogged by cancellations, Secret Cinema has a lot to prove with its production of Back to the Future. Michael Rosser went back to 1955 to find out if it was worth the wait.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians tops UK social buzz

1-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

As Guardians of the Galaxy rockets onto screens this week, social media is buzzing over the new film.

Dead Island

Occupant, Deep Silver plot Dead Island

1-Aug-2014 | By

Occupant Entertainment is to produce a feature of video game Dead Island with Deep Silver, the video game publishing label of Koch Media.


Encounters adds industry forum

1-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Bristol’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (September 16 – 21) has added a three-day industry forum.

Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo, Orsi Toth join Sarajevo jury

1-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Programmers and Tate Modern director also added to jury headed by Bela Tarr.

Man With A Movie Camera

Man with a Movie Camera tops Sight & Sound doc poll

1-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

More than 200 critics and 100 filmmakers take part in poll.

No Thank You

Media Luna says No Thank You

1-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

German sales outfit acquires Samuli Valkama feature.

Polish Days: WIDE starts presales on Solstice   

1-Aug-2014 | By

Wroclaw New Horizons roundup: works in progress include Close Ups and I, Olga Hepnarova.

Jon Stewart

Open Road sets Rosewater release

31-Jul-2014 | By

Jon Stewart’s feature directorial debut and potential awards contender is set to premiere in Toronto next month.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Market gets ready for Guardians

31-Jul-2014 | By

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes swung to top spot last weekend but Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy is standing by to knock the primates off their perch.

Snow White and the Huntsman

Uni dates The Huntsman

31-Jul-2014 | By

The Snow White And The Huntsman spin-off stars Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron has shunted The Mummy into a summer 2016 slot.

Marie's Story

Marie's Story finds US home

31-Jul-2014 | By

Film Movement has acquired US rights to Marie’s Story (formerly Marie Heurtin) ahead of its world premiere slot in Locarno.

Saban expands exec roster

31-Jul-2014 | By

Saban Films is gearing up for its first release of The Homesman and has hired Azniv Taschyan as vp of finance and Jonathan Saba as vp of marketing.

Michael Pavlic

Michael Pavlic to head SPE creative advertising

31-Jul-2014 | By

The Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) hierarchy has promoted Michael Pavlic to president of worldwide creative advertising.

JJ Nugent

JJ Nugent joins AMBI Distribution

31-Jul-2014 | By

AMBI Distribution, the international sales arm of Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group, has hired JJ Nugent to work in acquisitions and international sales.

Tribeca Film Institute

TFI unveils New Media grantees

31-Jul-2014 | By

Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), in partnership with the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms Initiative has announced five grant recipients of the 2014 TFI New Media Fund.

A Most Wanted Man

Sundance teams with Polish festival

31-Jul-2014 | By

The Sundance Film Festival has entered into a partnership with Poznan’s Transatlantyk Film Festival to present a selection of its titles at the forthcoming fourth edition running from August 8-14.

But Always

China’s But Always set for N America

31-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

China Lion Film picks up Nicholas Tse, Gao Yuanyuan starrer But Always from Emperor Motion Pictures for North America, Australia/New Zealand


Tokyo to host Hideaki Anno showcase

31-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The only filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki would ever acknowledge as his apprentice to be celebrated at TIFF.


British Council opens film exhibition

31-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

New shorts commissioned from Mark Cousins, Penny Woolcock and John Akomfrah.

Yann Demange

BAFTA taking Yann Demange to US

31-Jul-2014 | By Lauren Cole

Director of ‘71 to be showcased at New York and Los Angeles events.

Mark Lee, Chapman To

Chapman To, Mark Lee play mahjong rivals

31-Jul-2014 | By

King of Mahjong to be directed by Adrian Teh.

Rodrigo Cortes

Lionsgate picks up Down A Dark Hall

30-Jul-2014 | By

The studio has acquired feature rights to Lois Duncan’s 1974 novel Down A Dark Hall and set Rodrigo Cortés to direct and Twilight saga author Stephenie Meyer to produce.

Olivia Wilde

Bron to produce Meadowland

30-Jul-2014 | By

Aaron L Gilbert and Brenda Gilbert’s Vancouver-based company will produce the psychological drama starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss and Natasha Lyonne.


Gotham honour for Ted Sarandos

30-Jul-2014 | By

Leaders at the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) said the chief content officer will receive this year’s Industry Tribute at the 24th annual Gothams in New York on December 1.

Michael Andreen

FIP hires Michael Andreen

30-Jul-2014 | By

Fox International Productions has named Michael Andreen svp of production, effective August 1.

Matthew McConaughey

Sea Of Trees commences shoot

30-Jul-2014 | By

Waypoint Entertainment and Netter Productions’ drama has begun shooting and will film on location in Massachusetts and Japan. Ken Kao and Alex Walton’s Bloom represents international rights and launched pre-sales in Cannes.

Tara Kemes

Tara Kemes climbs at Rainmaker

30-Jul-2014 | By

Vancouver-based Rainmaker Entertainment, the company behind Ratchet & Clank and Sly Cooper, has promoted Tara Kemes to the new position of vp of culture and talent.

Simon West turns to crowd-funding

30-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Expendables 2 director talks crowd-funding, a Con Air sequel and Tolkien & Lewis.

The Who

Con Air director plans to team with The Who on TV series

30-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Simon West is working on Mods and Rockers with iconic band in talks to collaborate.

Harry Potter

Warner Bros names Harry Potter team

30-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Team will be based in London and Burbank, and follows an expanded partnership between the studio and J.K. Rowling.

Emile Hirsch

Emile Hirsch joins Just Jim

30-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Into the Wild star joins the directorial debut of Submarine star Craig Roberts.

The Way He Looks

The Way He Looks wins at NewFest

30-Jul-2014 | By

Daniel Ribeiro’s The Way He Looks was named best feature at New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender film festival while Brumby Boylston’s Cruising Electric took audience award for best short.

Back to the Future

Secret Cinema’s BTTF gets go ahead

30-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

After cancelling four shows, Secret Cinema will begin its run of Back to the Future on July 31.


San Seb names New Directors titles

30-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

A total of 13 new films will compete for the $67,000 prize.

Dominique Pinon

Dominique Pinon joins DuhLess 2

30-Jul-2014 | By

French actor Dominique Pinon and Serbia’s Milos Bikovic have joined the cast of Roman Prygunov’s DuhLess 2, the sequel to his 2012 box-office success based on Sergey Minaev’s eponymous novel.

Sarajevo reveals guest list

30-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Michael Winterbottom, Mike Leigh and Michel Hazanavicius among those to attend the festival.

The Smell of Us

Venice Days premiere for Larry Clark

30-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Kids director to world premiere The Smell of Us at Venice Days.

The Face of an Angel

Toronto to world premiere Angel, Tusk, Burgundy

29-Jul-2014 | By

Michael Wintbottom’s The Face of An Angel, Kevin Smith’s Tusk and Peter Strickland’s The Duke Of Burgundy will receive their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival; new documentaries from Joshua Oppenheimer and Nick Broomfield are also among TIFF’s second wave.

Magic in the Moonlight to close Sarajevo

29-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Woody Allen’s 1920s feature to close Sarajevo at the city’s Open Air Cinema.

Inner Demons

IFC Midnight embraces Inner Demons

29-Jul-2014 | By

Seth Grossman directed Schorr Pictures’ horror film about an intervention-style reality TV show.

Other Peoples Money

Brian Kelly to direct fraudster drama

29-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Real-life ‘Catch Me If You Can’ drama being developed by ’71 producer Angus Lamont.

Fault Lines

Playwrights chosen for new screenwriting scheme

29-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Origin Pictures, Paines Plough, BBC Films launch writing scheme


Cinedigm, Great Point Media strike pact

29-Jul-2014 | By

Cinedigm Corp and Robert Halmi Jr’s Great Point Media have signed a multi-picture distribution and production output deal.

The Decent One

Kino Lorber takes Decent One, Winter

29-Jul-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired all US rights to Vanessa Lapa’s documentary on the secret personal writings and photographs of Heinrich Himmler as well as mystery Winter In The Blood.

On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter

San Seb's Savage Cinema to return

29-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Second edition of San Sebastian Film Festival strand to feature six action sports films including the long-awaited sequel to motorcycle racing classic On Any Sunday.

Robert Englund

Englund, Moore to attend FrightFest

29-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Nightmare on Elm Street star and comic-book legend set for horror festival.

Nise da Silveira

Brazilian delegation set for Locarno

29-Jul-2014 | By

Film-maker Kleber Mendoça, who won the FIPRESCI Prize at Rotterdam and Wroclaw’s New Horizons for his fiction feature debut Neighbouring Sounds in 2012, will be in Locarno next month as part of an almost 60-strong Brazilian delegation.

BBFC launches 12A cinema advert

29-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

British Board of Film Classification aims to increase public understanding of 12A rating after research revealed 27% of cinema-goers were unclear about its meaning.

I Origins

I Origins to open Raindance 2014

29-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Director Mike Cahill will return to the independent film festival, where he screened his sci-fi feature Another Earth in 2011.

Creative Skillset

Creative Skillset launches diversity fund

29-Jul-2014 | By Matthew Campelli

Around 900 professionals from a range of diverse backgrounds will receive training bursaries of up to £1,600 under Creative Skillset’s Diversity Fund.

Wonder Woman

Comic-Con: WB leads social buzz

29-Jul-2014 | By

Comic-Con 2014 sparked 1.7m social media mentions as Warner Bros dominated the conversation, according to social media experts Way To Blue.

Paul Candland

Disney bolsters Asia exec suite

28-Jul-2014 | By

Paul Candland has been named to the newly created position of president of The Walt Disney Company, Asia.

Mark Zoradi

DWKs Animation hires Mark Zoradi

28-Jul-2014 | By

The former president of Buena Vista International has been named COO of DreamWorks Animation while Ann Daly is promoted to president.

Rufus Sewell

Buyers take The Devil’s Hand

28-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Cinema Management Group has licensed the Rufus Sewell horror-thriller from Mickey Liddell’s LD Entertainment in a slew of markets.

Mark Stern

IM Global ventures into TV

28-Jul-2014 | By

Former Syfy president of original content Mark Stern has come on board as president and partner in the new venture, IM Global Television.

Pixar's Up

Film worth $2.7bn to UK broadcasters

28-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Feature films were worth an estimated £1.6bn ($2.7bn) to UK broadcasters in 2013, according to new research by the British Film Institute.


Sundance unveils summer Labs

28-Jul-2014 | By

Sundance Institute has announced the participants for its annual Creative Producing Labs and Creative Producing Summit, both of which take place from July 28-August 1 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.

Matthias Schoenaerts

Matthias Schoenaerts exits Belgica

28-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Rising star leaves new project from Felix van Groeningen, director of The Broken Circle Breakdown.

Roman Polanski

Locarno to honour Roman Polanski

28-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Director Roman Polanski to hold a public masterclass at Swiss festival.

The Lobster

Dutch production scheme backs 34

28-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein In Guanajuato and Alex van Warmerdam’s Schneider vs. Bax among those to receive a share of €8.5m ($11.4m) from the new Netherlands Film Production Incentive.

Black Mirror

Charlie Brooker launches production firm

28-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

House of Tomorrow will produce feature films as well as drama and comedy series.

Creative Europe

Creative Europe to cut budgets

28-Jul-2014 | By

Distribution and training programmes face budget cuts in 2015.

Dark Valley wins at Puchon

28-Jul-2014 | By

In Korea, the 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) wrapped with Andreas Prochaska’s Austria-Germany Alps cowboy co-production The Dark Valley picking up the Best of Puchon award.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes retains UK box office lead

28-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel retains top spot with $6.4m (£3.8m) second weekend; Paramount’s Hercules muscles in with $2.46m (£1.45m).

Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell, James Buckley in Purgatory

28-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Evil Dead and Inbetweeners stars join cast of fantasy feature.

Jane Linfoot

Jane Linfoot's The Incident begins shoot

28-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Psychological drama stars Ruta Gedmintas, Tom Hughes and Tasha Connor.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes lead int'l BO on $54.8m

27-Jul-2014 | By

UPDATED JULY 28: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes reached the international box office summit at the weekend as a confirmed $54.8m from 12,247 screens in more than 61 markets dethroned Transformers 4.


Lucy tops North America on $44m

27-Jul-2014 | By

EuropaCorp’s thriller starring Scarlett Johansson delivered a strong debut through Universal as box office for the top 12 matched the comparable session of 2013.

Wonder Woman

Comic-Con D4: WB rules social media

27-Jul-2014 | By

Hollywood rolled out the big guns at Comic-Con on Saturday as Zach Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice promotion topped the chart of social mentions with 112,108 according to Way To Blue.

Number 55

Number 55 wins at revamped Pula

27-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Top Croatian winners are Number 55, The Reaper and Happy Endings; Concrete Night wins international competition.

Marvel mania Comic-Con

Comic-Con: Marvel mania grips Hall H

27-Jul-2014 | By

Marvel Studios repeated last year’s triumph with another rousing finale to three days of Hollywood presentations that sparked near hysteria as virtually the entire cast of Avengers: Age Of Ultron descended on Hall H.

The Boxtrolls

Comic-Con: Ben Kingsley makes debut

26-Jul-2014 | By

Sir Ben Kingsley became yet another British star to make his Comic-Con debut as he joined a Focus Features panel to promote Laika Entertainment’s The Boxtrolls on Saturday.

Guillermo del Toro

Comic-Con: Guillermo del Toro thrills

26-Jul-2014 | By

A Legendary Entertainment panel heavy on action footage provided the perfect platform for Comic-Con favourite Guillermo del Toro to sneak footage from Crimson Peak and poll the crowd on the idea of a pair of future projects.

Jessica Alba Comic-Con

Comic-Con: Sin City 2 dames talk it up

26-Jul-2014 | By

Nine years after the original hit theatres, director Robert Rodriguez and co-director Frank Miller returned to San Diego with key cast from their latest story and said they had already begun talks for a third episode.


Hercules in strong Russia debut

25-Jul-2014 | By

UPDATED JULY 26: Paramount and MGM’s adventure starring Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock stormed into Russia on Thursday on an estimated $2.6m to reach $5.2m by Saturday.

The Judge

The Judge to open Toronto

25-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

David Dobkin’s drama to open TIFF in September.


Comic-Con: Daniel Radcliffe charms

25-Jul-2014 | By

If there is a theme emerging at this year’s Comic-Con it is British talent making splashy show debuts and Daniel Radcliffe did not disappoint as he delighted Hall H on Friday (25) to promote Horns.

The Maze Runner

Comic-Con: Fox brings star power

25-Jul-2014 | By

Fox hosted a starry, two-hour Hall H presentation that featured Guillermo del Toro, Colin Firth and Samuel Jackson, the cast from The Maze Runner and a surprise appearance by rapper Biz Markie who performed his hit Just A Friend.

Kevin Smith

Comic-Con: Kevin Smith talks Tusk

25-Jul-2014 | By

Kevin Smith ruled the final Hall H session on Day 2 of Comic-Con (25) in his annual Q+A slot and used the occasion to enthuse about his return to film-making for what he called his best film.

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix in Doctor Strange talks

25-Jul-2014 | By

Sources have confirmed to Screendaily that the actor is in negotiations to star in Marvel Studios’ upcoming adaptation.

George Clooney at the LFF 2011

Money Monster lands at Tristar

25-Jul-2014 | By

Tom Rothman’s Tristar Productions has taken a major project off the independent table and acquired worldwide rights to the thriller in which Jodie Foster will direct George Clooney.

Comic-Con: Cumberbatch rules D1

25-Jul-2014 | By

Benedict Cumberbatch - who else? - ruled Comic-Con on opening day Thursday with 22,254 mentions on social media, according to research compiled by Way To Blue.

Gone Girl

Venice wanted Gone Girl, Inherent Vice

25-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow, Michael Rosser

Artistic director says US focus on local market may have contributed to Venice missing out on the new films.


108 Media snaps up Yasmine

25-Jul-2014 | By

108 Media has acquired worldwide rights to the martial arts film ahead of its North American premiere at Fantasia.

Sky completes £5bn Euro merger

25-Jul-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

BSkyB has completed a deal to create Sky Europe, bringing together Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland in a multi-billion pound deal.


Oplev to direct Kahaani remake

25-Jul-2014 | By

Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev wil direct Deity, an English-language remake of Indian hit thriller Kahaani for YRF Entertainment.

Deborah Zipser

IM Global hires general counsel

25-Jul-2014 | By

Deborah Zipser has joined IM Global and will head business and legal affairs.

McConaughey at Comic-Con

Interstellar pair wow Comic-Con

25-Jul-2014 | By

Fans got a double surprise at the Paramount panel on Thursday afternoon (24) as first Matthew McConaughey and then Christopher Nolan took to the stage to talk up the upcoming sci-fi.

52 Tuesdays

Screen Australia reflects on cuts

25-Jul-2014 | By

Around $20m in direct annual investment in film production has escaped the knife in a package of changes that will reduce Screen Australia’s current annual budget by $US5.18m (A$5.5m).

New Horizons Studio talent revealed

25-Jul-2014 | By

Young filmmakers to participate in the 5th New Horizons Studio.

Karl Spoerri

Zurich Summit to launch in Sept

25-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Inaugural two-day industry event to be held as part of the Zurich Film Festival.

Back to the Future

Secret Cinema delayed to July 31

25-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Event cinema organiser cancels weekend performances.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes, Purge 2 top UK buzz

25-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Purge: Anarchy generated strong buzz ahead of this weekend’s release but Dawn of the Planet of the Apes remains king of the swingers.

Benedict Cumberbatch at Comic-Con

Comic-Con: Cumberbatch in Con debut

24-Jul-2014 | By

Benedict Cumberbatch earned a rapturous reception from the adoring masses in Hall H during his maiden Comic-Con appearance at the DreamWorks Animation panel on Thursday (24) and hinted at future visits.

Comic-Con: Jeff Bridges talks The Giver

24-Jul-2014 | By

Jeff Bridges spoke of his 19-year journey to bring Lois Lowry’s novel to the big screen at a thoughtful panel hosted by The Weinstein Company on Thursday (24).

The Reader

Wild Bunch, Senator announce merger

24-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Merger ties in with Senator Entertainment’s restructuring strategy.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

T4 to cross $700M at int'l BO

24-Jul-2014 | By

Paramount Pictures International’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction will cross $700m this weekend.

UK production spend tops £1bn; indie spend falls

24-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK film sector buoyant but BFI stats reveal local declines.

A Year In Champagne

Goldwyn toasts Champagne

24-Jul-2014 | By

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to David Kennard’s A Year In Champagne. 

Bradley Cooper

Shoot begins on Adam Jones

24-Jul-2014 | By

Principal photography has begun on The Weinstein Company’s Adam Jones (formerly The Chef) starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman and Daniel Bruhl.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Comic-Con: talking points infographic

24-Jul-2014 | By

The top talking point heading into Comic-Con 2014 was The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, according to research conducted by Way To Blue.


Venice unveils 2014 line-up

24-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill and Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence among competition titles.


San Seb reveals Spanish line-up

24-Jul-2014 | By Juan Sarda

Alberto Rodríguez, Carlos Vermut, Jon Garaó and JM Goneada will premiere their new titles.

Back to the Future

Secret Cinema cancels Back to the Future opening night

24-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Event cinema organiser cancels opening night of its biggest production to date at the eleventh hour.

Kon Tiki

Kon-Tiki finally getting UK release

24-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Two years after it first debuted, Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki will finally be seen by UK cinemagoers.


Laggies sets UK release, new title

24-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, starring Keira Knightly and Chloe Grace Moretz, is to be retitled Say When for its UK release.

’71 sets UK release date

24-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Yann Demange’s Belfast thriller, starring Jack O’Connell, lands October release.

Christophe Lambert

EuropaCorp unveils US buyer team

23-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Paris-based EuropaCorp has launched a US acquisitions team that will be on the ground in Toronto and is headed by French executive Federica Sainte-Rose based in Los Angeles.

Big Hero 6 world premiere to open Tokyo

23-Jul-2014 | By

The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced its opening film will be the world premiere of Disney animation Big Hero 6.

Disney dates Pirates 5, Marvel pic

23-Jul-2014 | By

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has dated its fifth instalment of the smash adventure franchise and announced the release date for another Marvel film.

Sinister Six

Columbia sets Sinister Six release

23-Jul-2014 | By

Heading into Comic-Con the studio announced the next film from the world of Spider-Man will open on November 11, 2016.


K5 Independent takes Father

23-Jul-2014 | By

K5 Independent is to handle international sales for Visar Morina’s feature debut Father (Babai) which is currently shooting in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Will Vinton

Gnosis, Vinton set animation slate

23-Jul-2014 | By

Gnosis Moving Pictures and Vinton Entertainment have signed a co-production deal on a slate of CG animated features for Oscar winner Will Vinton to direct.


COLCOA announces 2015 dates

23-Jul-2014 | By

The annual week of French film premieres will take place in Los Angeles in April 2015 and this time organisers will add an extra day.


Columbia exec segues into producer deal

23-Jul-2014 | By

Elizabeth Cantillon will transition from her position as evp of production at Columbia Pictures to a long-term, first-look producing deal with the studio.

Dead, End Or: How I Learned To Stop Living And Love Being Officially Dead

Dead, End wins at PiFan's NAFF

23-Jul-2014 | By

The 18th Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan)’s Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) wrapped tonight with top Bucheon Award going to Dev Benegal’s Indian project Dead, End Or: How I Learned To Stop Living And Love Being Officially Dead.


IFP sets Project Forum slate

23-Jul-2014 | By

IFP top brass announced on Wednesday (23) their 2014 slate of 133 films in development and works-in-progress selected for Project Forum at Independent Film Week.

The Equalizer

Denzel Washington to open San Seb

23-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

US actor to receive the Donostia lifetime achievement award

All We Have Is Now

Way Out West to host world premiere of All We Have Is Now

23-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Other films in programme include Boyhood, Force Majeure, plus world premiere of Jens Lien’s new TV series.

Rachel Griffiths

Screen Australia backs 18 features

23-Jul-2014 | By

UK producer Kevin Loader joins comedy drama B Model, to be directed by actor Rachel Griffiths.

Will Ferrell

Deauville to honour Will Ferrell

23-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Deauville American Film Festival to screen a retrospective of US comedian’s work.

Giancarlo Giannini

Locarno to honour Giancarlo Giannini

23-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Italian actor-director to receive Excellence Award.

PiFan 2014

Transmedia talks at PiFan’s NAFF

23-Jul-2014 | By

At the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), experts discussed transmedia storytelling, where it’s at and where it could go in the near future.

Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman

Toronto 2014 unveils first wave

22-Jul-2014 | By

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has fired its awards season opening salvo, announcing a slew of world premieres for the September edition, which will close with Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos.

Jeff Blake

Jeff Blake to depart Sony

22-Jul-2014 | By

The Sony Pictures Entertainment vice-chairman and chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution said on Tuesday (22) he will leave the studio on August 1 to pursue other opportunities.


Maleficent crosses $700m worldwide

22-Jul-2014 | By

The Disney smash starring Angelina Jolie has become the 15th Disney release in industry history to reach the milestone.  

Roadside Attractions picks up Mommy

22-Jul-2014 | By

The US deal with Séville International comes nearly eight weeks after Xavier Dolan’s Cannes world premiere earned the 25-year-old film-maker the jury prize.

Zombie Killer Squad

3BlackDot launches

22-Jul-2014 | By

Former Machinima division heads Angelo Pullen and Luke Stepleton have teamed up with ex-Ducky Dynasty executive producer Hank Stepleton and former YouTube gaming influencers Tom Cassell and Adam Montoya.

Before I Disappear

Venice Days unveils 2014 line-up

22-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear in 12-strong competition line-up.

Robert Sheehan

Robert Sheehan shooting The Messenger

22-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Cast of supernatural drama also includes Lily Cole and Jack Fox.

Sam Worthington

Screen Yorkshire backs $25m action film

22-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Co-pro Hunter’s Prayer marks largest investment and first US production for fund.

Son of a Gun

Son Of A Gun goes global

22-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Julius Avery thriller Son Of A Gun sells around the world.


Spackman jumps 79% on Singapore debut

22-Jul-2014 | By

Korea’s Spackman Entertainment Group (SEG) surged 78.9% in an IPO on the Catalist board of the Singapore stock exchange on Tuesday (July 22).

One Direction

One Direction film sets date

22-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Arts Alliance strikes deal with Syco, Modest! and Sony Music Entertainment.

Private Revolutions

Sarajevo unveils doc competition

22-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Out of competition screening for My Craft about artist Arsen Dedic.


Creative Europe names MEDIA head

22-Jul-2014 | By

Spanish-born Lucía Recalde Langarica has been named successor to Xavier Troussard as head of the MEDIA sub-programme for Creative Europe.

Tiny Times 3

Tiny Times 3 tops China box office

22-Jul-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: The third installment in Guo Jingming’s Tiny Times franchise grossed $50.12m over its opening weekend in China, finally toppling Transformers: Age Of Extinction from the top spot.

E=Motion first Crowd for Angels film

22-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

UK crowdfunding platform Crowd for Angels has added new feature E=Motion.

Gael Garcia Bernal and Agnes B.

Sarajevo to honour Agnes B, Gael Garcia Bernal

22-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Filmmaker and actor to receive the Heart of Sarajevo on the festival’s opening night.


Netflix global subs reach 50m

21-Jul-2014 | By

The streaming service’s subscriber base grew by 1.69m worldwide in the last three-quarter period, reaching 13.8m internationally and 36.2m in the US for a global level of 50.05m.


Birdman to close NYFF

21-Jul-2014 | By

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Birdman will close the 52nd New York Film Festival, set to run from September 26-October 12.

Michael Caine

Michael Caine joins Witch Hunter

21-Jul-2014 | By

The British veteran takes his place on Summit Entertainment’s supernatural action film The Last Witch Hunter alongside Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie. Lionsgate International handles sales outside North America.

Bradley Cooper

Cameron Crowe pic pushed back

21-Jul-2014 | By

Columbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises are scheduling Cameron Crowe Untitled for release on May 29, 2015. 

Quinn Shepard

Windsor cast bulks up


Nick Krause, SAG nominee Stelio Savante and Quinn Shepard (pictured) have joined Barry Corbin and Marc Derwin on the cast of Windsor.

Mariela Besuievsky

Strategic Partners unveils speakers

21-Jul-2014 | By

The Canadian co-production/co-financing market has announced the speakers for the 201 event, set for September 11-14 in Halifax.

The Monkey King

China box office up 25% in H1 2014

21-Jul-2014 | By

China’s box office increased by 25% to reach $2.23bn (RMB13.74bn) in the first half of 2014, according to official figures from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRT).

The Imitation Game

Imitation Game to open London

21-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley codebreaking drama to get European premiere.

Venice Critics’ Week 2014 line-up

21-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Nima Javidi’s Melbourne and Diego Bianchi’s The Market to bookend Venice Critics’ Week line-up.

The Italian Chapel

Blue Horizon, Orisa team on WWII love story

21-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: John Wrathall script The Italian Chapel readied for 2015 shoot.

Zero Motivation

MH17 tragedy overshadows Odessa

21-Jul-2014 | By

Talya Lavie’s Zero Motivation won the Grand Prix at this year’s Odessa International Film Festival (OIFF), overshadowed in its final days by the shooting down of a Malaysian Airways plane.

Tadeo Jones

Paramount takes Tad 2, Capture the Flag

21-Jul-2014 | By Juan Sarda

Paramount Pictures has closed worldwide distribution rights for Spanish animation duo.


Yahoo in pre-theatre One Chance release

21-Jul-2014 | By

Yahoo will platform the drama in an exclusive slot before The Weinstein Company releases the film theatrically in the US on August 29.

BAM 2014 winner Tres Escapularios

Bogota’s BAM reveals winners

21-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Three Scapulars and Sincerely win top prizes; six other titles headed to Locarno and San Sebastian.

Wong Kar Wai

Alibaba pacts with high-profile trio

21-Jul-2014 | By

ChinaVision Media Group, which will soon be renamed Alibaba Pictures Group, has signed production deals with Wong Kar Wai’s Block 2 Pictures, Angie Chai and Giddens Ko’s Star Ritz International Entertainment and Peter Ho-sun Chan’s We Pictures.

Panna Rittikrai

Panna Rittikrai dies aged 53

21-Jul-2014 | By

Panna Rittikrai, the action choreographer who introduced Thai action movies to world audiences, has died aged 53.

Daniel Fitzsimmons

British sci-fi Native wraps shoot

21-Jul-2014 | By Stuart Wright

Production on Native, a UK sci-fi feature starring Rupert Graves and Ellie Kendrick, wrapped on July 16.

Lippo Group to invest $516m in cinemas

21-Jul-2014 | By

Indonesia’s Lippo Group has announced plans to invest $516m (6 trillion rupiahs) in 300 multiplexes across the country over the next ten years.

Orphan Black

Pickbox launches Android app

21-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Pickbox, a VOD service in the former Yugoslavia that launched in May, has now launched their application for Android devices.

Unveil the Truth II: State Apparatus

Unveil The Truth wins in Taipei

21-Jul-2014 | By

Kevin Lee’s documentary Unveil The Truth II: State Apparatus won the Grand Prize and best documentary at this year’s Taipei Film Awards, which took place at the close of the Taipei Film Festival on July 19.

Raiders of the Lost Ark, The 400 Blows.

Locarno teases with Indiana Jones

21-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Locarno Film Festival will show Raiders of the Lost Ark and The 400 Blows as part of its traditional taster screenings ahead of the main event.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes conquer UK box office

21-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel scores $14.9m (£8.7m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Transformers: Age of Extinction, as two event cinema releases – Monty Python and André Rieu – land in the top five.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

T4 rules on $84.6m international

20-Jul-2014 | By

UPDATE JULY 21: Paramount Pictures International’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction grossed more than originally reported in its fourth session, taking $84.6m to reach $662.6m despite a mighty $61.9m from Fox’s Apes sequel.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Apes keep swinging on $36m

20-Jul-2014 | By

Fox’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes held off the challenge of three potential threats and climbed to $139m in its second weekend as the top 12 North American releases slipped 25% against 2013.

Gett directors in Jerusalem

Gett, Princess win top prize in Jersualem

20-Jul-2014 | By Edna Fainaru

Other festival prize winners include Self Made, Red Leaves and The Decent One.

Jason Blum

Jason Blum cements Uni ties

20-Jul-2014 | By

Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have signed a 10-year first-look production deal as Jason Blum looks to form partnerships across NBCUniversal.

James Garner

James Garner dies aged 86

20-Jul-2014 | By

James Garner, the Oscar nominee, double Golden Globe and Emmy winner who famously starred in TV’s The Rockford Files, has died at his home in Brentwood, Los Angeles. He was 86.

Drunktowns Finest

Drunktown’s Finest wins at Outfest

20-Jul-2014 | By

The 32nd edition of the Los Angeles-based LGBT comes to a close on July 20 with a screening of Jack Plotnick’s Space Station 76 starring Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer, Liv Tyler, Sam Pancake and Jennifer Cox.

Paul Thomas Anderson

NYFF lands Inherent Vice premiere

19-Jul-2014 | By

Top brass at the New York Film Festival (NYFF) issued their second statement of intent within a week as it emerged that Paul Thomas Anderson’s crime mystery will receive its world premiere on October 4.

Sajid Javid

UK anti-piracy action to launch

19-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

BT, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk, Virgin Media partner with Government and creative industries on scheme.

Carter High

Carter High ready to start shoot

19-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Production on the remarkable true story starring Vivica Fox is set to kick off in Dallas, Texas, on July 21.

Scottish shoot

Scottish producers call for film production fund

18-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Independent Producers Scotland calls for tax on cinema tickets to go towards fund.

Uni acquires Jolie-Pitt starrer

18-Jul-2014 | By

Universal Pictures has prevailed in a studio bidding war, picking up world rights to the drama By The Sea that will mark the first time Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have starred together since Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2007.


Disney unveils mystery Marvel dates

18-Jul-2014 | By

Heading into Comic-Con the hit factory Marvel Studios has dated five wide releases through Disney spanning summers 2017 to 2019 — although the identity of each remains a mystery.

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock to play Tupperware queen

18-Jul-2014 | By

The Oscar winner will star for Sony in Brownie Wise, which Tate Taylor of The Help fame will direct.

Thelma Schoonmaker

Venice to honour Schoonmaker, Wiseman

18-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

It is the first time a film editor has received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival.

Eddie Berg

BFI, ICO launch exhibition training

18-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The initiative aims to provide bespoke technical advice for independent exhibitors across all nine of the BFI’s Audience Network Hub areas.

Ben Whishaw

Ben Whishaw to voice Paddington

18-Jul-2014 | By

The 33-year-old British actor has stepped in “slightly grudgingly” to replace Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear in StudioCanal’s CGI/live-action feature.


AMPAS board elects governors

18-Jul-2014 | By

Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences board.

Gong Yu

China’s iQiyi launches film company

18-Jul-2014 | By

Chinese video streaming platform iQiyi is launching a film company, iQiyi Films, which aims to develop a new internet-oriented business model for film production.

Corrections Class

Fox, A Company to release Corrections Class

18-Jul-2014 | By

The two distributors will jointly release Ivan Tverdovsky’s Corrections Class in a groundbreaking move.


Iris Prize adds LGBT award

18-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Pinewood sponsors £14,000 award for Best British Short.

Odeon, Hibrow to screen Edinburgh Fringe

18-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Eight shows to include an opera from Alison Jackson and Steven Berkoff performance.

Busan unveils Film Academy fellows

18-Jul-2014 | By

24 participants have been selected for the 10th Asian Film Academy, which will have Hungarian director Bela Tarr as its dean.


Sold wins London Indian Film Festival

18-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The festival’s Short Film Competition winner was Shubhashish Bhutiani’s Kush.

Jessica Chastain

Deauville to honour Jessica Chastain

18-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The star of Zero Dark Thirty and Take Shelter is to be honoured at the upcoming 40th edition of the Deauville Film Festival.

The Hundred Foot Journey

San Sebastian reveals culinary titles

18-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The programme is made up of seven features and four shorts; Tokyo Gohan Film Festival to present one of the films with a special prize.

Odessa Film Festival

Dovzhenko biopic secures co-producers

18-Jul-2014 | By

Konstantin Konovalov’s Odessa-set biopic about the Soviet film director Oleksandr Dovzhenko, Oleksandr Dovzhenko.Odessa-Debut, has already found co-producers in Finland and Argentina.


Netflix, Disney in Canada pay-TV pact

18-Jul-2014 | By

Netflix has struck a multi-year licensing deal with The Walt Disney Studios making it the exclusive Canadian subscription TV service for first-run Disney live-action and animated features.

Francis Lai

Francis Lai to be honoured at WSAs

18-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The French composer will be honoured at the World Soundtrack Awards which take place October 25th as part of the Gent Film Festival.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Fox crosses $3bn at global BO

18-Jul-2014 | By

Fox reached the milestone on July 15, one day before it became the first studio of the year to reach $2bn at the international box office. The studio crossed $1bn in North America on July 13.

Cure The Life of Another

Sarajevo unveils official selection

17-Jul-2014 | By Vladan Petkovic

The Sarajevo Film Festival has unveiled the line-up for its 20th edition which runs August 15-23.

Above And Beyond

Nancy Spielberg preps air force feature

17-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Nancy Spielberg, sister of Steven, is developing a feature about World War II pilots inspired by documentary Above And Beyond: The Birth Of The Israeli Air-Force.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl to open NYFF

17-Jul-2014 | By

The world premiere of David Fincher’s thriller starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike will open the New York Film festival on September 26.

Yes Miss Commander

Itzik Lerner goes inside prison

17-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Itzik Lerner has gained access to Israel’s Nafha prison for documentary Secret Link.

Nina Menkes

Nina Menkes plans modern Minotaur

17-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Experimental filmmaker Nina Menkes is developing a new film examining the Israel-Palestinian conflict through the Greek legend of Theseus and the Minotaur.

15 Corners Of The World

Polish Days announces titles

17-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

New Films by Andrzej Wajda and Jolanta Dylewska will be amongst those presented during industry event Polish Days which will take place during the 14th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival.

Terry Hayes

MGM secures rights to I Am Pilgrim

17-Jul-2014 | By

MGM has obtained feature rights to Terry Hayes’ espionage thriller I Am Pilgrim.

Odessa International Film Festival

US majors eye Ukrainian blockbuster

17-Jul-2014 | By

Speaking at the Odessa Film Festival the producer of Sergey Mokritsky’s war drama Unbroken said that the project had now completed principal photography.

18th PiFan opens with Stereo

17-Jul-2014 | By

The 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) opens tonight (July 17) with German film Stereo; this year’s Producers’ Choice Awards going to actor Hyun Bin and actress Son Ye-jin.


STUDIO returns to TIFF

17-Jul-2014 | By

Top brass at the Toronto International Film Festival have announced the return of the year-round professional development programme.

Writers Guild of America, West

WGA unveils awards timeline

17-Jul-2014 | By

The 2015 Writers Guild Awards will take place at simultaneous Los Angeles and New York ceremonies on February 14.

BAM Festivals talk

Festival execs reveal top tips

17-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Leading figures from film festivals in Cannes, London, Edinburgh and Hong Kong revealed their top tips for standing out from the rest when gaining selection to festivals.

Vanja Kaludjercic

CPH:DOX adds Vanja Kaludjercic

17-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Sarajevo Film Festival programmer and Les Arcs head of industry joins documentary festival.

Jean-Pierre Leaud

Locarno to honour Jean-Pierre Leaud

17-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The French actor who starred in Jean Luc Godard’s Masculin Feminin is being honoured with the festival’s Pardo Alla Carriera.

Night Will Fall

BFI takes UK rights to Night Will Fall

17-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The BFI has acquired UK rights to Andre Singer’s concentration camp documentary Night Will Fall.

Me And You

Wildside looks to grow TV output

17-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Italian outfit sets new film and TV production divisions.

Raya Darwish and Aviva Meirom

Jerusalem intern: ‘cinema will bring us together’

17-Jul-2014 | By Edna Fainaru

Films Without Borders intern Raya Darwish talks about her experience at the Jerusalem Film Festival and Cinematheque.

Jerusalem Digital Daily, issue 5

Jerusalem 2014: Screen's dailies


Download Screen International’s daily magazine from the 31st Jesusalem Film Festival here.

BVA, Industry Trust merge

17-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Liz Bales appointed chief executive for both bodies, which will continue independent remits.

James Schamus

Schamus, Thompson set for BAFTA lecture series

17-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

James Schamus, Emma Thompson and Steven Knight to lecture in September.

James Cameron

James Cameron heads to Deauville

17-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

James Cameron will be at the Deauville American Film Festival in September to present his latest film Deepsea Challenge 3D (which also opens in French cinemas on Sept 17).

Saffron Digital

Saffron Digital, KDDI launch Anime Service

17-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

KDDI has partnered with Saffron Digital to launch Anime Pass, a new subscription service offering anime content.

Shooting begins on Love Is Now

17-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

Eamon Farren and Claire Van Der Boom star in Eponine Films’ Australian love story.

Rupert Murdoch

Time Warner rejects Murdoch bid

16-Jul-2014 | By

An $80bn initial offer by 21st Century Fox for Time Warner has been turned down, sending Big Media shares to historic highs.

Doug Belgrad

Doug Belgrad earns SPE stripes

16-Jul-2014 | By

Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad has been promoted to president of the Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) motion picture group.

The Beatles

Ron Howard to direct Beatles doc

16-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary will focus on The Beatles’ touring years from their early days in Liverpool and Hamburg to their last public concert in 1966.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Lionsgate, Village Roadshow extend pact

16-Jul-2014 | By

The parties have extended their multi-year output agreement in Australia.

Stuart Ford, Kevin Sampson, Steve Christian

IM Global enters The Killing Pool

16-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based production, sales and financing company will co-produce the Liverpool-set crime episodic with the UK’s Red Union Films and Pinewood Pictures.

A Blast

Locarno unveils 2014 line-up

16-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

13 of the 17 films competing for the Golden Leopard are world premieres; Juliette Binoche to receive Excellence Award.

Ryan Werner

First timers gear up for Locarno

16-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Cinetic, Oscilloscope and Koch Media are among the first-time companies attending the Locarno Film Festival this year.

Peter Webber

Peter Webber film among BAM projects

16-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Pickpocket drama from Girl With a Pearl Earring director is one of 33 film projects in development being presented at the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM).

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Plans for Fox theme park, Korea

16-Jul-2014 | By

20th Century Fox and Village Roadshow have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Gyeongsang Province to build a theme park.

Corpus Christi: Playing With Redemption

Distribution: Corpus, River, Style find US homes

16-Jul-2014 | By

Breaking Glass Pictures has picked up the documentary Corpus Christi: Playing Wnith Redemption.

Amnesty TTFF

Amnesty, TTFF launch human rights prize

16-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The inaugural award will be given to the film which best highlights a human rights issue at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival in September.


RightsTrade marches on with new signings

16-Jul-2014 | By

Fortissimo, GK Films, Lightning Entertainment and Odin’s Eye Entertainment are the latest companies to sign up to the online entertainment rights licensing marketplace.

Ed Vaizey gets digital brief

16-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Ed Vaizey has been promoted to role of Minister responsible for digital industries as part of UK parliamentary reshuffle.

Adrian Wootton

Film London secures digital grant

16-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

Film London has received a £125K grant to explore the release of independent films on new digital platform We Are Colony, with help from Edge Hill University.

Facility 31

Empress Road takes Facility 31

16-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

Empress Road Pictures is to handle international sales on Facility 31 from UK based horror production company Bad Blood Films.

Simon's Cat

Simon's Cat teams with Indiegogo

16-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The crowdfunding platform has already raised more than £88,000 for an extended version of Youtube hit Simon’s Cat.

Pitch Point's CNC winner

Nils, Neta and Situation win Jerusalem's Pitch Point

16-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Winning film-makers are Ram Nehari, Nir Bergman and Elad Keidan.

James Belfer

Dogfish launches second accelerator

16-Jul-2014 | By

US producer Dogfish has launched the second cycle of Dogfish Accelerator offering networking support and $10,000 in financing and business development to film-makers and all content creators.

Jesse Owens

Focus goes for gold with Race

16-Jul-2014 | By

Jason Sudeikis has joined Jeremy Irons and Stephan James in the true story of the Olympic legend. Focus acquired US rights in a deal with world sales agent Mister Smith Entertainment.

Trumbull among TIFF speakers

15-Jul-2014 | By

The tech pioneer Douglas Trumbull headlines the Industry Conference, while Legendary East CEO Peter Loehr will give the opening address at the Asian Film Summit and Michael Moore will take part in a keynote conversation at Doc Conference.

The Reading Promise

Reading Promise for Relativity, Walden

15-Jul-2014 | By

The companies will jointly develop, finance and produce a feature adaptation of Alice Ozma’s memoirs.

Stolen Kisses

Venice Classics line-up revealed

15-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The Venice Film Festival has unveiled the 21 restored films – 18 features and 3 shorts - that will screen in its Classics section of restored films.

The Water Diviner

eOne reveals growing UK ambition

15-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

“We can compete with some of the studios,” says MD of eOne UK, which is aiming to release around 35 films per year.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Lionsgate, Alibaba in stream deal

15-Jul-2014 | By

Lionsgate has struck a deal with e-commerce titan Alibaba Group to stream its content in mainland China in a service that is expected to commence in August.

Nina Jacobson

Fox 2000, Color Force forge pact

15-Jul-2014 | By

The studio announced on Tuesday (15) the three-year production deal with The Hunger Games producer and longtime champion Nina Jacobson and partner Brad Simpson.

Marina Cordoni

Marina Cordoni launches new venture

15-Jul-2014 | By

The executive producer and former Breakthrough Entertainment executive Marina Cordoni has set up her new venture and announced a partnership with Breaking Glass Pictures in the US.


Disney discovers its Mowgli

15-Jul-2014 | By

A global search has resulted in the opportunity of a lifetime for 10-year-old New York newcomer Neel Sethi.

Ira Sachs

Ira Sachs in Newfest honour

15-Jul-2014 | By

New York-based non-profit NewFest wil recognise the director with the third annual NewFest Visionary Award at its annual LGBT jamboree that runs from July 24-29.

Singapore launches SE Asian Film Lab

15-Jul-2014 | By

Mentors at the new writers’ workshop will include Fran Borgia and Tan Chui Mui.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers holds China top spot

15-Jul-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Transformers: Age Of Extinction held onto the top spot at the China box office in its third week, although local comedy The Break-up Guru also managed to hold its own.

Creative England

CE launches comedy programme

15-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The new comedy shorts programme is in partnership with Big Talk and Baby Cow and offers production awards, mentoring and workshops to aspiring female film-makers.

Alexandros Avranas

Avranas writing Greek-language thriller

15-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director to re-team with Miss Violence actors.

Christian Madsen

Madsen, Plummer among King Jack cast

15-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Summer shoot due for Sundance Creative Producing Labs feature.

Bernd Buder

Buder departs Connecting Cottbus

15-Jul-2014 | By

Philipp Bräuer also announces decision to leave Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival.

Spike Jonze

Spike Jonze cancels Jerusalem masterclass

15-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Festival also moves Dancing Arabs screening indoors.

Martina Gedeck

Gedeck to star in German book hit

15-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The Lives Of Others star Martina Gedeck joins cast of Julia Von Heinz’s Ich Bin Dann Mal Weg (I’m On My Way).

Chantal Akerman

Chantal Akerman opens desert installation

15-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Jerusalem exhibition is multi-layered immersive e

Josh Braun

TFI announces second StoryLab

15-Jul-2014 | By

The Tribeca Film Institute has announced the second annual New York-set StoryLab for film-makers in partnership with A&E IndieFilms.

Madame Yankelova’s Fine Literature Club

Transfax unveils footage from Madame Yankelova

15-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Short extract from the film will be shown at Jerusalem Film Festival’s Pitch Point.

Academy Museum

Dolby pledges $12m Academy gift

15-Jul-2014 | By

Dolby Laboratories is to provide a $7m gift for audiovisual technology in the Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures’ theatres and has committed an additional $5m to the Academy Museum’s capital campaign.

Anna Friel

Anna Friel joins The Master Cleanse

14-Jul-2014 | By

The British actress has joined the Bron Studios and Gilbert Films fantasy-horror and replaces replaces Chloë Sevigny who had a scheduling conflict. Production commenced in Vancouver on July 11.

Gianfranco Rosi

Gianfranco Rosi to head Locarno jury

14-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

Last year’s Venice Golden Lion winner will head Locarno’s main jury; Syrian director Ossama Mohammed will lead the Filmmakers of the Present competition jury.

Shlomi Elkabetz, Tali Shalom Ezer, Keren Yedaya, Efrat Korem, Shira Geffen, Nadav Lapid.

Israeli filmmakers call for ceasefire

14-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

A group of Israeli film-makers took a stand against the current political conflict today at an emotional press conference at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

Florian Weghorn

Weghorn to head Berlinale Talents

14-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

He takes over from Matthijs Wouter Knol, who is the new head of Berlin’s European Film Market.

Paramount sets Ninja Con show

14-Jul-2014 | By

The studio has set its Hall H presentation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for July 24 — but for the time being is keeping mum over other possible show highlights.

Frears accepts Lifetime Achievement Award

Odessa honours Frears

14-Jul-2014 | By

UK director Stephen Frears has been awarded the Golden Duke Lifetime Achievement Award during the opening ceremony of the fifth edition of the Odessa International Film Festival (OIFF, July 11-19).

Atom Egoyan

Serendipity Points’ Remember starts shoot

14-Jul-2014 | By

Principal photography has begun on Atom Egoyan’s thriller starring Chrisopher Plummer, Martin Landau and Bruno Ganz.

Tom Hardy

Child 44 to open spring 2015

14-Jul-2014 | By

Lionsgate has set the release date for the Summit Entertainment thriller starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.

Yu Dong

Fox out, Fosun up at Bona Film Group

14-Jul-2014 | By

Chinese conglomerate Fosun Group is acquiring an additional 13.3% stake in Bona Film Group, while 21st Century Fox is divesting its stake in the Beijing-based studio.


The Orchard checks into Harmontown

14-Jul-2014 | By

The Orchard has acquired North American and UK theatrical and digital rights to Harmontown.

Talya Lavie

Lavie unveils Current Love of My Life

14-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Zero Motivation director planning Brooklyn-set comedy.


Patrick's Day, Glassland win at Galway

14-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

Terry McMahon’s Patrick’s Day and Gerard Barrett’s Glassland have jointly picked up the Best Irish Feature Award at the Galway Film Fleadh, which closed last night (July 13).

The Movie Partnership

TriCoast Worldwide expands into UK

14-Jul-2014 | By

The US distribution and production company has formalised UK partnerships to distribute its titles across multiple platforms.

Iain Smith boards David Millar doc

14-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The documentary about Scottish pro-cyclist David Millar is being directed by Finlay Pretsell.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers tops UK chart

14-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s latest outing records year’s biggest opening to date with $20.1m (£11.75m); Universal’s Boyhood scores strong $565,000 (£330,000) debut.

2 Jacks

TriCoast Worldwide strikes UK deal

14-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

US distribution and production outfit TriCoast Worldwide will release a number of its top-line movies in the UK through newly-formed TriCoast UK Ltd.

Micha Shagrir

Micha Shagrir honoured in Jerusalem

14-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Sam Spiegel Film School is paying tribute to top Israeli producer Micha Shagrir with an event on Thursday night.

Life As a Rumour

Doc conference to examine films on filmmakers

14-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Films on filmmakers will be at the heart of documentary conference entitled Cinema as a Rumour: in memory of Assi Dayan at the Jerusalem Film Festival on Wednesday.

Creative Skills Fund set for $63m boost

14-Jul-2014 | By Matthew Campelli

Businesses from the creative sector are to plough $29m (£17m) into skills training, boosting the UK’s total investment pot to $63m (£37m).

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers 4 surges past $500m

13-Jul-2014 | By

UPDATE JULY 14: Paramount Pictures International’s behemoth generated a superb confirmed $100.3m in its third weekend of duty to raise the score to $540.6m as the global tally climbed to $749.4m.

Alamork Marsha

Ethiopia-set Fig Tree wins Jerusalem International Film Lab

13-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Other winners include Ivan Marinovic, Amikam Kovner and Assaf Snir.

Eitan Gafny

Cannon Fodder director cooks up kibbutz horror

13-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Hebrew and English language Children of the Fall will be set on eve of 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes storm to US summit on $73m

13-Jul-2014 | By

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes won the North American session hands-down, arriving on an estimated $73m as the studio said it had passed $1bn for the year-to-date.

Megan Ellison

Annapurna in talks to board Revenant

13-Jul-2014 | By

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is in talks to board the revenge tale as co-financier while it is understood New Regency is sticking to its intended September start date.

Fumi Nikaido

Nikaido wins Screen Rising Star award

13-Jul-2014 | By Mark Adams, chief film critic

Japanese actress Fumi Nikaido receives the inaugural Screen International Rising Star award at the New York Asian Film Festival

David Broza

David Broza tunes into first film

13-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Israeli superstar musician David Broza is readying his first major film project.

Erez Tadmor

Jerusalem shorts directors eye features

13-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Directors with shorts at the Jerusalem Film Festival are readying an intriguing slate of features, including an ambitious period drama about Judas Iscariot, a documentary omnibus about life in the West Bank and a drama about gay life in Israel.

Netalie Braun

Women’s fest seeks new venue

13-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The artistic director of Israel’s International Women’s Film Festival is hopeful that a new venue will be found for the event.

Corn Island

Corn Island wins at Karlovy Vary

12-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Corn Island wins Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival; Elle Fanning wins best actress prize.

Ulrich Seidl

Seidl and other filmmakers cancel Jerusalem trips

12-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

UPDATED: As political tensions escalate, a number of film festival guests have cancelled their trips to Jerusalem.


Housebound, Blind win at Neuchâtel

12-Jul-2014 | By

Kiwi comedy horror wins the “Narcisse” for best feature; Eskil Vogt’s Blind wins Silver Melies.

Stacy Glassgold

Stacy Glassgold joins Myriad Pictures

11-Jul-2014 | By

The executive arrives from QED International and will work on Myriad’s theatrical titles with a focus on digital and new media distribution.


Production begins on Natasha

11-Jul-2014 | By

Principal photography got underway this week in Toronto on David Bezmozgis’ drama. Mongrel Media holds Canadian rights.


eOne sets BFG UK release

11-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl book set for summer 2016.

Ninet Tayeb

Ninet to play tragic poet Tirza Atar

11-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Actress and singer attached to star in Eran Riklis-produced drama.

Nony Geffen

Nony Geffen drama adds cast

11-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Dudu Tassa, Sason Gabai, Gaya Traob among cast.

Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM)

British delegation set for Colombia

11-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The British film industry is to send its biggest ever delegation to the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM).

Sergey Puskepalis

Puskepalis in Clinch with Leviathan star

11-Jul-2014 | By

Russian actor Sergey Puskepalis is to make his directorial debut and has cast Alexey Serebryakov, star of Cannes winner Leviathan.

Get Up And Go

Wildcard plays strong hand

11-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Distributor picks up films with Maisie Williams, Jessica Paré and Killian Scott.

Zero Motivation

Zero Motivation is Israeli box office hit

11-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Talya Lavie debut marks best opening for an Israeli indie in three years.

Jerusalem Cinematheque

Jerusalem kicks off with aim for business as usual

11-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Most festival guests’ travels aren’t impacted by the unrest in Israel; festival makes minor scheduling changes.

Life of Poetry: The Story of Avraham Halfi

Jerusalem presents 'fresh' doc stories

11-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

A trip by Israeli reggae producers to Jamaica, Final Solution architect Heinrich Himmler, new immigrant angst and a pit ball rescue centre are among the many worlds explored in this year’s Israeli Documentary Competition.

Show Pieces

FrightFest unveils shorts line-up

11-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Watchmen writer Alan Moore to attend world premiere of his screenwriting debut, Show Pieces.

Jonathan Gurfinkel

Trailer talk in Jerusalem

11-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Six Acts director Jonathan Gurfinkel [pictured] to discuss trailer craft.

Transformers retains UK buzz lead

11-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also proves popular in the UK.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers 4 passes $435m

11-Jul-2014 | By

Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction will cross the half-billion threshold despite what is expected to be a strong challenge from Fox’s Apes.


CBS Films takes Pride in US

10-Jul-2014 | By

The distributor has pounced on US rights to Pathe International’s comedy drama set during the Margaret Thatcher regime that closed the recent Directors’ Fortnight section in Cannes.

Forever, Interrupted

Dakota Johnson to star in Forever, Interrupted

10-Jul-2014 | By

The Fifty Shades Of Grey star has come on board Gidden Media and Good Universe’s adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book Forever, Interrupted: A Novel.


Radcliffe, Cumberbatch set for Comic-Con

10-Jul-2014 | By

A UK double whammy is heading for Comic-Con with scheduled appearances by Daniel Radcliffe and Benedict Cumberbatch in his Con debut.

David Ansen

David Ansen to depart LAFF

10-Jul-2014 | By

Film Independent top brass announced on Thursday (10) a restructuring of the programming team as Los Angeles Film Festival artistic director David Ansen steps down by mutual agreement and the role of Elvis Mitchell is expanded.

Jim Belushi

Jim Belushi joins The Whole Truth

10-Jul-2014 | By Emmanuelle Charlier

Jim Belushi will join Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger on the cast of Courtney Hunt’s The Whole Truth, which has begun production this week in New Orleans. FilmNation handles international sales.

Nadav Lapid

Nadav Lapid heads to France

10-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman, Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Israeli film-maker to develop Micro Robert (working title) with Les Films des Tornelles.

Jerusalem Cinematheque

New team kicks off Jerusalem festival

10-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The 31st Jerusalem Film Festival gets underway today with a new management team determined to present a world-class event despite the escalating troubles in the region.

Miami Tower Theater

Miami Fest to host MIFFecito

10-Jul-2014 | By

Top brass at the Miami International Film Festival (MiamiFF) have organised a mid-season festival to celebrate the re-opening of the Tower Theater.


Birdman world premiere to open Venice

10-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s black comedy stars Michael Keaton.

Scot Roth

Scott Roth extends ADG tenure

10-Jul-2014 | By

The executive director of the Art Directors Guild has been granted a three-year extension to his contract, effective January 1, 2015.

God's Not Dead

Lionsgate takes God’s Not Dead

10-Jul-2014 | By Emmanuelle Charlier

The studio has entered into an agreement with Pure Flix Entertainment for the US home entertainment rights to the faith-based spring hit.


Luc Besson's Lucy to open Locarno

10-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Thriller starring Scarlett Johansson to open Locarno Film Festival.

Mr Holmes

Mr Holmes' new cast revealed

10-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Cast is revealed for Sherlock Holmes film starring Ian McKellen and directed by Bill Condon.


Fantasia unveils full line-up

10-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Montreal-based genre festival to screen over 160 films at its 18th edition, which runs July 17-Aug 6.

Prince Edward and Sam Mendes

Mendes: bringing Bond out of the bubble

10-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Sam Mendes, speaking at a Films Without Borders event at Windsor Castle on Tuesday night, spoke about how the spirit of the London Olympics influenced the pro-British enthusiasm in the last James Bond film, Skyfall.


Curzon to push VOD service

10-Jul-2014 | By

UK independent cinema group Curzon is giving a major push to its recently relaunched VOD service Curzon Home Cinema with the release of Joe, starring Nicolas Cage.

Oleg Sentsov

Sentsov case heads to Strasbourg

10-Jul-2014 | By

The campaign to free Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov from detention in Russia has been taken to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

JFF gets down to business

10-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

The festival is laying on a packed programme of film industry events this year, headlined by the Jerusalem Pitch Point meeting.

Cinema City

Jerusalem adds Cinema City, Old City screenings

10-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Cinema City will expand Jerusalem Film Festival’s footprint in the city; Old City will host free outdoor screenings of blockbusters including Inception.


Jonze, Park, Seidl to hit Jerusalem

10-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Directors are among the high-profile international guests at this year’s festival.


Media Luna swoops for Buzzard

10-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Sophomore film will screen in Locarno.

Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi

Somerset House talks revealed

10-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, outgoing Film4 boss Tessa Ross and director Richard Ayoade to feature in conversation.

Barbican to host Nick Cave event

10-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Preview of 20,000 Days on Earth to be broadcast live with Nick Cave and special guests.

JFF postpones Dancing Arabs gala

9-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Jerusalem Film Festival (JFF) has postponed the opening night world premiere of Eran Riklis’s Dancing Arabs by one week due to escalating tension in the region.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers 4 biggest film in China

9-Jul-2014 | By

Paramount confirmed the development on Wednesday (July 9) as Transformers: Age Of Extinction reached $225.1m.

Melissa Rauch

SPWA leaps for The Bronze

9-Jul-2014 | By

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired world rights to the Duplass Brothers Productions’ comedy starring Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong and Haley Lu Richardson.

August Falls

Production starts on August Falls

9-Jul-2014 | By

Principal photography has begun on the mystery starring Fairuza Balk, Charles Baker and Alanna Ubach.

WCF announces latest funding round

9-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s latest feature among those to receive funding from World Cinema Fund.

Anne Morrison

Anne Morrison named BAFTA chair

9-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

BBC Academy director succeeds John Willis, who continues as deputy chair, and becomes second woman to become chair in BAFTA history.

The Woman

HorrorShow.TV expands service

9-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: VoD streaming service moves into physical distribution with the acquisition of Lucky McKee’s The Woman [pictured].

New Horizons unveils line-up

9-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Running July 24-Aug 3, the festival will open with Wild Tales, Winter Sleep and Clouds of Sils Maria

Class Of '92

Evan Saxon relaunches company

9-Jul-2014 | By

Evan Saxon has relaunched his distribution and marketing company, kicking off with the limited release of Manchester United doc Class Of ’92.

Dave Davis

Dave Davis rises to Global Eagle CEO

9-Jul-2014 | By

Board members at in-flight entertainment specialists Global Eagle Entertainment have promoted Dave Davis to CEO, effective immediately.

Still Life

Still Life wins at VOICES

9-Jul-2014 | By

Uberto Pasolini’s second feature [pictured] wins at fifth edition of Russian showcase for young European cinema.


Korean admissions down, gross up

9-Jul-2014 | By

Latest report from KOFIC for the first half of 2014 also outlines the best first half year on record for foreign films.

Star Wars IMAX

Star Wars set for IMAX

9-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Bad Robot tweet image of IMAX camera being used on set of Star Wars: Episode VII

Dream to Screen

Dream to Screen announces finalists

9-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Five finalists selected in nationwide search for the UK’s brightest young film-maker.


Beatles to open NIFF

9-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Adaptation of Lars Saabye Christensen’s novel to open the 42nd Norwegian International Film Festival.


Yellow Sun passed by Nigeria censors

9-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of the best-selling novel will be shown in cinemas in Nigera from Aug 1.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Koreans go Ape over date change

8-Jul-2014 | By

When 20th Century Fox Korea announced last week that Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes would open locally on July 10, one week earlier than previously planned, the South Korean film industry cried foul.

Peter Jackson

Jackson, Wachowskis set for Comic-Con

8-Jul-2014 | By

Warner Bros has announced its Comic-Con showcase for The Hobbit finale, Mad Max reboot and the Wachowskis’ delayed sci-fi Jupiter Ascending.

Gone Girl

Heta Paarte lands at New Regency

8-Jul-2014 | By

The former Focus Features evp of international marketing and distribution will remain in London and oversee marketing and distribution for a slate that includes upciming 2014 releases Gone Girl and Birdman.

Goat (Koza)

Goat wins KV Works in Progress

8-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Boxing drama wins top prize; special mentions for The Gulls and Journey to Rome.

George RR Martin

George RR Martin advocates Game of Thrones movie

8-Jul-2014 | By

Speaking at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, Game Of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin has acknowledged that he would like to round off the epic TV series with a feature film.

Heaven Is For Real

Sony exec DeVon Franklin segues to producer role

8-Jul-2014 | By

DeVon Franklin, who recently oversaw the sleeper hit Heaven Is For Real, is to segue from svp of production for Columbia Pictures to a long-term, first-look producing deal with the studio.

The Expendables 3

Expendables 3 to premiere in London

8-Jul-2014 | By

Lionsgate top brass announced on Tuesday (8) that the latest episode in the action series will premiere in the UK on August 4.

Andrej Zvjagintsev

Zvjagintsev, Daldry among Motovun guests

8-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Special country focus on Turkey; youth programme moves to neighbouring Buzet.

Frank Stehling

Industry mourns Frank Stehling

8-Jul-2014 | By

Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg veteran was most recently MD of Berlin-based PRIMEHOUSE.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers breaks China records

8-Jul-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction has become the highest-grossing film of all time in China, taking $222.74m in its first ten days, and breaking the $221.9m record set by Avatar in 2010.

Mira Fornay

Karlovy Vary pitches include Fornay film

8-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Karlovy Vary’s industry days continued today with the Pitch & Feedback initiative, including the new film from My Dog Killer director Mira Fornay, alongside the Docu Talents from the East showcase.

Lady Valor

Wolfe picks up digital rights to trio

8-Jul-2014 | By

Wolfe Releasing has acquired US digital and DVD rights to Mark Herzog and Sandrine Orabona’s Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, Monika Treut’s Of Girls And Horses and David Au’s Eat With Me.

Little from the Fish Shop

Karlovy Vary unveils Works in Progress

8-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

A dark animated take on The Little Mermaid and the urban legend of a teenage serial killer in 1960s Poland prove stand outs at KVIFF’s Works in Progress event.

Miss Lovely

Film Bazaar announces script finalists

8-Jul-2014 | By

Film Bazaar, the South Asian film market organised by India’s National Film Development Corp (NFDC), has selected the six finalists of Screenwriters’ Lab 2014.

Dad's Fragile Doll

Iranian short wins Viewster top prize

8-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Second edition of the online film festival received nearly 1,000 submissions from film-makers representing 70 countries.

The Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz to receive IMAX outing

8-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

September UK release will mark the 75th anniversary of the much-loved classic.

Electric Publicity

Electric Publicity launches

8-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Consultancy service is run by award-winning publicist Luciano Chelotti.

ZFF TVision

Zurich introduces TV section

8-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Out-of-competition strand will present productions that have garnered attention from the global TV world.


Cinema ad spend rises 0.4%

8-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Growth is expected to accelerate throughout 2014 to reach an anticipated 6.4%.

Martina Stella

AMBI options thriller O.O.B.I.

8-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Martina Stella’s debut screenplay is set to enter principal photography in early 2015.

Battle for Sevastopol

Odessa unveils works in progress

8-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Battle of Sevastopol among 11 projects being presented next week.

Lucy Kirkwood

Cast announced for The Briny

8-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Lucy Kirkwood’s directorial debut stars the likes of Francesca Annis, Larry Lamn and Stephen Campbell Moore.

Nikolai Nikitin

Second edition of SOFA announced

8-Jul-2014 | By

The School of Film Agents 2014 will take place Aug 15-24 in Wroclaw and feature eight projects.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Lionsgate, StudioCanal expand output deal

7-Jul-2014 | By

The renewed output partnership with StudioCanal in Germany, Austria and Switzerland includes a TV component involving ProSieben.


BFI introduces diversity measures

7-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

BFI-backed productions must comply with new ‘three ticks’ rule from September.

Mrs Browns Boys DMovie

Mrs. Brown’s Boys retains UK lead

7-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s big screen adaptation of TV sitcom adds $3.7m (£2.2m) to record second week as the UK’s number one; Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction previews strongly.

Bob Iger

Disney Accelerator selects 11 start-ups

7-Jul-2014 | By

The Walt Disney Company has chosen 11 companies to go through its mentorship and investment programme. 

Mike Hodges

Dream Factory unveils talent roster

7-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Organisers behind the two-day event set to run July 14-15 during the International Festival Of Business 2014 (IFB 2014) in Liverpool have announced the line-up of guests.

LUX Prize 2014 nominees

LUX Prize 2014 finalists unveiled

7-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Girlhood, White God and The Wonders among the finalists announced in Karlovy Vary; 2013 audience winner revealed.

Twickenham Studios

Twickenham launches Lincoln Film School

7-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Facility will be the UK’s first university film school to be housed within a fully functional commercial film studio.

Yo, Tambien

Vyer Films expands monthly roster

7-Jul-2014 | By

The streaming start-up has added a trio of titles to its July line-up.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith talks Tusk spin-off

7-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: US director Kevin Smith is at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF), where he is subject of a special tribute.

Yes And Yes (Da I Da)

Award-winner pulled due to Russian obscenity law

7-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Festival screening of Yes and Yes [pictured] pulled due to Russia’s new anti-obscenity law.

John Stanley

John Stanley promoted at Warner Bros

7-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Stanley will take on overall leadership of Warner Bros Digital Distribution UK and Warner Bros Consumer Products UK.

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard

Jarman Award unveils shortlist

7-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Ten UK-based moving image artists up for Film London award.


Sky Movies sets day and date release

7-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

David Scheinmann’s sports drama Believe, starring Brian Cox, to receive simultaneous release in Picturehouse cinemas and on Sky Movies.

Marco Mueller

Rome announces 2014 changes

7-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Audience to decide the award-winners in each section, which have changed name and focus for this year’s festival.

Alki David

FilmOn to televise content from VOA

7-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Under the historic agreement, will become the first global IPTV provider to carry VOA’s content.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

T4 crosses $400m internationally

6-Jul-2014 | By

UPDATED JULY 7: Transformers: Age Of Extinction summoned a confirmed $96.6m in a dominant second session through Paramount Pictures International to propel the running total to $400.9m and $575.6m worldwide.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers 4 rules July Fourth on $36m

6-Jul-2014 | By

Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction held on to pole position in North America over a lacklustre July Fourth holiday weekend that saw a year-on-year drop of nearly 50 percent.

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson on a return to directing

6-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

After picking up the top honour at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Mel Gibson talked to Screen about a return to directing, a possible move into television and reuniting with Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner.


Metrodome acquires Coherence

4-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor nabs US sci-fi from Independent.

China, Korea leaders

Korea, China sign co-pro agreement

4-Jul-2014 | By

South Korea and China have signed a landmark co-production agreement that will allow approved films to be officially classified as local films in both countries.

Here Is Harold

Here Is Harold makes sales

4-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Norwegian road movie, about a man who sets out to kidnap the founder of Ikea, sold to Europe and Asia.

Picturehouse East Dulwich

Picturehouse adding London sites

4-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

New cinemas in Crouch End, East Dulwich and Ealing add to Picturehouse’s reach across London.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers rules online buzz

4-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie and How To Train Your Dragon 2 also prove popular in the UK.

Alison Owen: international market hampering drama diversity


Saving Mr Banks producer Alison Owen has claimed that diversity in UK drama is being hampered by the increasingly international nature of the genre.

Angela Merkel

German producers 'regret' over €10m cuts proposal

4-Jul-2014 | By

Germany’s film producers have expressed ¨exceptional regret¨ at learning that Angela Merkel’s cabinet has proposed reducing the annual budget for the DFFF ¨German spend¨ incentive by another €10m to €50m in the global federal budget for 2015.

Catherine Deneuve to head Dinard jury

4-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

French film star to be president of the Dinard British Film Festival’s 25th edition.


Cinelicious Pics takes Wasseypur

3-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE, UPDATED JULY 7: The distributor is understood to have picked up US rights to Anurag Kashyap’s gangster epic.

Oliver Hirschbiegel

Downfall director to make Nazi drama

3-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Oliver Hirschbiegel to direct the story of Georg Elser, the man who attempted to assassinate Hitler in 1939.

JK Rowling

JK Rowling films to shoot at Leavesden

3-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Warner Bros. confirms Rowling screenwriting debut Fantastic Beasts will shoot at UK studio.

Gérard Depardieu

Depardieu eyed for children's fantasy

3-Jul-2014 | By

Actor Gérard Depardieu is being considered for a Russian fantasy feature.

Daniel Dencik

Dencik to shoot Gold Coast in Ghana

3-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Dencik is readying an August 4 start of shoot for his first fiction feature, Gold Coast; his short Tal R premieres in Karlovy Vary.

Agnes Varda

Locarno to honour Agnès Varda

3-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

French director to receive the Pardo d’onore at the Locarno Film Festival next month - only the second woman to receive the honour.

Steve McQueen

Content pre-sells Steve McQueen doc

3-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Key European territories among those to pick up rights to the documentary about the late actor’s struggle to make a film about Le Mans.

Two Years At Sea

Film London wins $1.7m funding

3-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Film London has been awarded almost £1m ($1.7m) to continue to deliver the Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), offering artist filmmakers funding, training and mentoring.

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

The Tribe director to speak at KV

3-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy to present his short films as part of a talk at the film festival; two new titles added to programme.

Cinema movie theatre

Nordisk takes Norway theatrical lead

3-Jul-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Denmark’s largest cinema chain, Nordisk Film Biografer, has become theatrical market leader in Norway after securing a 49% stake in exhibitor Kinosør.

Prime Focus

Prime Focus pacts with Reliance MediaWorks

3-Jul-2014 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

The UK’s Prime Focus has joined forces with India-based Reliance MediaWorks.

Ben Gibson

LFS's Ben Gibson to join AFTRS

3-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Outgoing director of the London Film School to join Australian Film School.

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry event gets live broadcast

3-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The actor and comedian’s latest book launch will be streamed around the world.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

T4 crosses $400m worldwide

3-Jul-2014 | By

Despite a clash with the scheduled quarter-finals of the World Cup, Transformers: Age Of Extinction will remain the dominant force in the international market where it is expected to soar past $350m.

Autumn Blood

ARC snaps up Autumn Blood

2-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Markus Blunder’s thriller.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

T4 China gross ahead of US

2-Jul-2014 | By

According to Paramount’s partners China Movie Media Group, Transformers: Age Of Extinction has reached $134.5m in its first five days in China – more than the $120.9m in the first five days in North America.

Fast and Furious 6

Uni moves Fast 7 up in 2015

2-Jul-2014 | By

Fast & Furious 7 will no longer open on April 10 2015 but one week earlier on April 3 as part of several scheduling announcements from the Universal fold.

Angela Courtin

Courtin to lead Relativity marketing

2-Jul-2014 | By

The executive joins Relativity Media as its first chief marketing officer having previously served as president of Dentsu Aegis Network.


Maleficent to cross $600m global mark

2-Jul-2014 | By

Disney’s fantasy starring Angelina Jolie was expected to reach the milestone on July 2, according to executives.

The Tribe

Drafthouse acquires Cannes hit The Tribe

2-Jul-2014 | By

Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to recent Cannes premiere The Tribe, winner of three sidebar prizes in Critics’ Week.

UK creative industries get skills investment

2-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Government will match-fund industry commitments to the tune of £16m ($27.5m).

Telefilm Canada

Canada-India treaty first of new era

2-Jul-2014 | By

Canada’s new co-production treaty with India officially came into effect on July 1.

Pula boosts lineup with guests including Michell, Fridriksson

2-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

A re-energised Pula Film Festival, the biggest film festival in Croatia, will welcome top guests including Roger Michell, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Gyorgi Palfi, Tudor Giurgiu and Mike Cahill.

Life Dane DeHaan Robert Pattinson

Germany’s SquareOne acquires Cannes market titles

2-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Films include Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, Anton Corbijn’s Life, Boychoir starring Dustin Hoffman and Spooks feature.

Jo Yan

Jo Yan to lead UPI’s China efforts

2-Jul-2014 | By

Yan has been named managing director and executive vice-president for China at Universal Pictures International (UPI). 


Quanta DGT/AAM signs Kinoplex

2-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Partnership will be the integrator for the digitisation of the largest Brazilian movie theatre chain, choosing Doremi and Christie for their rollout.

Hide And Seek

Edinburgh admissions up 4%

2-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Figures revealed for the 2014 edition of EIFF.

Winter Sleep

Polish festival secures 20 Cannes titles

2-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Damián Szifrón’s Cannes Competition film Wild Tales and Palm d’Or winner Winter Sleep to open the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw.

David Wilson

Bradford Film Office relaunches

2-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Centre provides a free service to support film & TV production in the region.

Guiding Lights 2014 mentees

Guiding Lights unveils 2014 participants

2-Jul-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse and Creative Skillset and offers participants nine months of one-on-one mentor support, as well as industry training and networking events.


Björk film set for Karlovy Vary

2-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Concert movie Björk: Biophilia Live is to receive its European Premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Vue appoints UK MD

2-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Former American Golf and Habitat CEO Kevin Styles becomes UK and Ireland MD.

Boris Khlebnikov

Russia fears death of arthouse cinema

2-Jul-2014 | By

New legislation banning use of obscene words came into effect yesterday [July 1].

BAFTA Give Something Back launch

BAFTA announces school programme

2-Jul-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

BAFTA members, award-winners and nominees to hold talks in UK schools.

Shaun the Sheep

Into Film adds Shaun the Sheep

2-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Aardman Animations’ latest feature confirmed as the second film to be part of Into Film’s Green Light to Opening Night initiative.

Elliott Tittensor

Hot projects on Screenbase

2-Jul-2014 | By Maria Sell

New films on Screenbase this week include thriller Long Time Coming and a new adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood.


Academy announces submission dates

1-Jul-2014 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has announced (July 1) category submission deadlines for 87th Academy Awards consideration.

Saving Mes Aynak

Kartemquin boards Buddha statue doc

1-Jul-2014 | By

Kartemquin Films has joined director-producer Brent Huffman on the documentary Saving Mes Aynak, about the imperiled 2,000-year-old Buddha statue in Afghanistan (pictured).

Elliott Tittensor

Long Time Coming wraps

1-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Elliot Tittensor, Charlotte Hope and Steven Berkoff among cast of ‘Romeo and Juliet’-style thriller.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers, Break-up Guru top China box office

1-Jul-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Local romantic comedy The Break-up Guru provided the only resistance against the power of Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction at the Chinese box office last week, grossing $24.18m in its first three days.

National Gallery

Zipporah plots National Gallery release

1-Jul-2014 | By

The distributor will release Frederick Wiseman’s documentary theatrically in New York at the Film Forum on November 5 followed by nationwide roll-out.

Jimmy's Hall

UK Focus at Vologda's VOICES

1-Jul-2014 | By

UK film-makers are in the spotlight at the fifth edition of Vologda’s VOICES festival (July 4-8), which will open with Ken Loach’s Cannes Competition film Jimmy’s Hall.

Hans Zimmer

Zurich to honour Hans Zimmer

1-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Film music competition at the Zurich Film Festival to include a live concert with the Oscar-winning film composer.

Pinewood Malaysia appoints CEO

1-Jul-2014 | By

Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios (PIMS) has appointed Rezal A. Rahman as CEO, replacing Michael Lake who has moved to head Rhizophora Ventures.


Kami Naghdi joins Clintons

1-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Entertainment lawyer and producer Kami Naghdi has joined London-based boutique law firm Clintons, where he will head the firm’s film and TV practice.

Galway to debate future of film

1-Jul-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

The Irish Film Board and the Galway Film Fleadh have announced details for the 2014 Real Deal Film Conference, which will consider the future of the industry.

Tom Geens

Couple in a Hole shoot underway

1-Jul-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Tom Geens feature centres on a couple living in a hole in a forest.

Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp shooting Age of Kill

1-Jul-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Principal photography has started on UK action-thriller Age Of Kill, from director Neil Jones and writer Simon Cluett.

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Cinemagic kicks off 2014 edition

1-Jul-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Creatives behind The King’s Speech and Wallace and Gromit are in attendance for events and workshops at Cinemagic London (June 30-July 3).

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy joins The Revenant

30-Jun-2014 | By

New Regency confirmed the casting on Monday (30) as the mouth-watering cast takes shape around Leonardo DiCaprio.


Warner Bros. Leavesden to expand

30-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Plan unveiled as David Yates’ Tarzan swings into action, WB CEO attends Downing Street event.

Rachel De-lahay

iFeatures sets development slate

30-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

New projects from Screen Stars of Tomorrow, playwrights, TV talent.

Swim Little Fish Swim

Under The Milky Way acquires Swim

30-Jun-2014 | By

Under The Milky Way has picked up US theatrical and worldwide VOD rights to SXSW premiere Swim Little Fish Swim.

Goodbye To Language

Kino Lorber says hello, Goodbye

30-Jun-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights to Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D Goodbye To Language following its recent Cannes premiere.

O Muel

Busan reveals ACF selection

30-Jun-2014 | By

The 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced 29 projects selected to benefit from Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2014, including projects by award-winning directors such as O Muel (Jiseul) and Hannah Espia (Transit).

Ritesh Batra

Jerusalem Lab to grant $80k

30-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Ritesh Batra, Talya Lavie, Nora Martirosyan among entrants.

Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie

Mrs. Brown’s Boys tops UK chart

30-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s big screen outing for the popular TV sitcom scores excellent $7.3m (£4.3m) debut to dethrone Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars.

Sajid Javid

DCMS: diversity in TV and film falls

30-Jun-2014 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

Number of BAME in film and TV workforce below UK economy average.

Tygo Gernandt

Rinkel unveils A Real Van Meegeren

30-Jun-2014 | By

Rudolf van den Berg’s feature stars Tygo Gernandt [pictured] as the notorious art forger Han van Meegeren.

Disobedient triumphs at Cinema City

30-Jun-2014 | By Screen staff

Mina Djukic’s film wins best film, director and actress in National Class; Free Entry by Hungary’s Yvonne Kerekgyarto gets Cineuropa Award in Fresh Danube Film section.

Kantana sets up Japan joint venture

30-Jun-2014 | By

Thailand’s Kantana Group has set up a joint venture with Japanese studio Nikkatsu and broadcaster Nippon TV to work on projects including CGI production and animation.

Timur Bekmambetov

First MBS deals announced

30-Jun-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Among the deals, Mexico’s In Films We Trust will buy a package of eight Russian films from Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs.

Peter Webber

Peter Webber to direct Piano Tuner

30-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: Set to go into pre-production later this year, the film is based on Daniel Mason’s acclaimed historical novel.


Carlos Acosta joins Tackling Romeo

30-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Cuban-born dancer to star in Australian production, set to shoot in late 2014.

Carl Barron

Shoot commences on Manny Lewis

30-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Film marks debut feature for Australian comedian Carl Barron [pictured].

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers 4 storms to $201m int’l

29-Jun-2014 | By

UPDATED JUNE 30: Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction delivered an estimated $201.3m from 10,152 international screens, $100m in North America and $301.3m worldwide in the biggest opening salvo of 2014 so far.

Hide And Seek

Edinburgh winners revealed

29-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

UPDATE: Tony Benn doc wins audience award; Hide and Seek wins Michael Powell Award, Ice Poison takes international prize.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers 4 opens in US on $100m

29-Jun-2014 | By

Paramount’s sci-fi behemoth delivered the biggest North American debut so far in 2014 on an estimated $100m as the $301.3m global launch eclipsed everything in its orbit.

My Man

Japan is big winner in Moscow

29-Jun-2014 | By

Japan was the big winner at this year’s Moscow International Film Festival which ended on Saturday evening with the Golden St. George trophy for best film going to Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s My Man (Watashi-No Otoko) [pictured].

Stacy Martin

Stacy Martin joins High-Rise

27-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Nymphomaniac star joins cast of Ben Wheatley’s Recorded Picture Company thriller.


Academy sets 2014/15 changes

27-Jun-2014 | By

Rules governing how a two-person producing team can be considered a single producer when considering who is eligible for best picture nomination have changed.


Lino DiSalvo joins Paramount Animation

27-Jun-2014 | By

Sixteen-year Disney veteran Lino DiSalvo has joined Paramount Animation as creative director.

Shockwave Darkside 3D

Film4 FrightFest unveils 2014 line-up

27-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Genre festival to close with UK premiere of The Signal; 64 films will be screened, with 38 UK or European premieres and 11 world premieres.

Michael Lerner

New cast added to Mickey Rourke's Ashby

27-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Michael Lerner (Barton Fink) [pictured], Kevin Dunn (Veep), and Zach Knighton (Happy Endings) have joined Mickey Rourke in Ashby, which started shooting this week in Charlotte, North Carolina.

108 boards sales on But Life Goes On

27-Jun-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Yuji Kanda’s film just wrapped shooting in Tokyo.

Fyodor Bondarchuk

Bondarchuk says Battalion will top Stalingrad

27-Jun-2014 | By

Stalingrad 3D’s producer-director Fyodor Bondarchuk has a US major in his sights for the national and international distribution of the forthcoming  Russian war film, Battalion Of Death, set during the First World War.

The Circle to open NewFest

27-Jun-2014 | By

The 26th edition of New York’s LGBT festival NewFest will run from July 24-29 and features 16 narrative and five documentary features.

Generation Quoi

Cross Video Days celebrates biggest edition ever

27-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Hot projects at Paris-based crossmedia market and conference included Game Fever, Shiva Destroys Sex and Wei or Die.

The Fault In Our Stars

Fault In Our Stars retains buzz lead

27-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Online comments for the teen tearjerker soar in second week of release.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers 4 opens in China on $30m

27-Jun-2014 | By

UPDATE: Paramount’s behemoth is off to a flying start and has raced to $80m internationally and $121.6m worldwide.


Academy invites 271 people to join

26-Jun-2014 | By

Paolo Sorrentino, Denis Villeneuve, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Vinterberg and Lupita Nyong’o are among those invited to join the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.

Miss Meadows

eOne Films acquires Miss Meadows

26-Jun-2014 | By

The distributor, which recently reconfigured operations to focus primarily on digital distribution and will maintaining a theatrical presence where appropriate, has picked up US and Canadian rights to the Katie Holmes vehicle.

Pacific Rim

Universal dates Pacific Rim 2

26-Jun-2014 | By

Guillermo del Toro returns will return to the director’s chair for the Legendary Pictures sci-fi sequel.

Peter Kiernan joins Free Association

26-Jun-2014 | By

Peter Kiernan has joined 22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin as partner in their renamed production company Free Association. 

Pinewood posts strong year

26-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Revenue, profit surge as demand at “unprecedented level”.

Screen Awards trophies

Screen Awards unveils expert jury

26-Jun-2014 | By Screen staff

Jurors include Phil Clapp of CEA, Lee Magiday of Element Pictures, Lucas Webb of Working Title, Kate Muir of The Times and Jamie Schwartz of The Weinstein Company.


Music Box acquires Fabrice du Welz’s Alleluia

26-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Tale of real-life 1940s serial killers and lovers premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week. 

Alex Hope

Double Negative exec talks post-merger expansion

26-Jun-2014 | By Adrian Pennington

Prime Focus World makes “significant valuation” for the UK VFX house.

The Atlantis Gene

CBS Films explores Atlantis Gene

26-Jun-2014 | By

CBS Films has acquired rights to A G Riddle’s bestselling ebook Atlantis trilogy.

Fumi Nikaido

Vyer Films, NYAFF partner on Himizu

26-Jun-2014 | By

Film curation and streaming start-up Vyer Films has set the online premiere of Sion Sono’s film and struck an alliance with NYAFF operators Subway Cinema.

Welcome to New York to close Fantasia

26-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Abel Ferrara’s controversial DSK feature to receive North American premiere at the genre festival, which has announced its second wave of programming.

Joe Roth

Joe Roth sells Revolution Studios

26-Jun-2014 | By

Fourteen years after launching the studio, founder Joe Roth has sold Revolution Studios to Fortress Investment Group in a deal reportedly worth $250m that sees him segue into a strategic advisor role.

The Girl Who Played With Fire

Eurocinema On Demand launches on Mediacom

26-Jun-2014 | By Emmanuelle Charlier

North American VOD channel Eurocinema is now available on Mediacom Communications.

Ivan Tsarevich and the Grey Wolf

Russian 'leaders' pitch projects to RCF

26-Jun-2014 | By

31 projects were presented by nine Russian production houses at a pitching to the Russian Cinema Fund.

Brisbane film festival and APSAs embrace

26-Jun-2014 | By

Inaugural Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival will, in part, serve as the judging platform for the eighth APSAs.

Jan Naszewski

Screen Leaders programme welcomes 8 companies

26-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Irish Film Board supports the six month programme.

White Shadow

White Shadow wins at EEFF

26-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

East End Film Festival has unveiled its 2014 award winners, bringing 13th edition to a close.

Tate Taylor

Tate Taylor boards Moon Disaster

25-Jun-2014 | By

Tate Taylor will direct In The Event Of A Moon Disaster, which FilmNation is producing and will sell internationally.

John Cooper and Trevor Groth

Sundance brass unveil NEXT FEST

25-Jun-2014 | By

Sundance Institute has pulled back the curtain on the films and music acts set to headline the LA festival from August 7-10.

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara to star in Somali kidnap drama

25-Jun-2014 | By

The memoir A House In The Sky will be developed as a starring vehicle for Mara, who will also serve as a producer alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, with whom she optioned the rights.


Academy revises music category rules

25-Jun-2014 | By

Music Branch members are no longer allowed to contact each other to promote the nomination of their own song in any way, according to new Academy rules.


Dream Factory to run in IFB 2014

25-Jun-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: IM Global CEO Stuart Ford has curated the two-day film event, set to run in July during the International Festival Of Business 2014 (IFB 2014) in Liverpool.

The Longest Week

Gravitas picks up The Longest Week

25-Jun-2014 | By

Gravitas Ventures has taken all US rights to the comedy starring Jenny Slate, Olivia Wilde, Billy Crudup and Jason Bateman.

Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss joins High-Rise

25-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Mad Men star joins Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans in cast.

Yes And Yes (Da I Da)

Bondarchuk prepared to bleep obscenities

25-Jun-2014 | By

Leading Russian actor-director-producer Fyodor Bondarchuk has indicated that he is prepared to bleep out the obscenities in Valeria Gai Germanika’s new film Yes And Yes (Da I Da) to ensure its Russian theatrical release.

Under Milk Wood begins shoot

25-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Principal photography on an adaptation of Under Milk Wood, starring Rhys Ifans, has begun in Wales.

Get up and Go

Galway Film Fleadh unveils line-up

25-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Irish film festival will feature a spotlight on new Canadian cinema and an interview with actress Brenda Fricker.

NT Live

Live screenings 'do not harm theatres'

25-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

The National Theatre’s live cinema screening programme, NT Live, has no negative impact on England theatres, according to new research.

We Are The Freaks

We Are The Freaks heads to Benelux

25-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Distributor Pink Moon has acquired the Benelux rights from 104 films to Justin Edgar’s feature We Are The Freaks.

Eli Wallach

Eli Wallach dies aged 98

25-Jun-2014 | By

Eli Wallach, the veteran character actor whose film credits included The Magnificent Seven and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, has died. He was 98.

Irish Film Board appoints O'Neill

25-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Oisin O’Neill has been named senior legal and business executive at the Irish Film Board (Bord Scannan na hEireann).

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

China spat over Transformers 4 ends

24-Jun-2014 | By

The China release of Transformers: Age Of Extinction is to go ahead this week after a dispute involving the owners of a hotel featured in the film appears to have come to a conclusion.

Lightning seals Cannes deals

24-Jun-2014 | By

The Santa Monica-based company has reported a flurry of market and post-market activity on its Croisette slate.

400 Days

400 Days ends production

24-Jun-2014 | By

The 20-day shoot has wrapped on New Artists Alliance and XLrator Media’s psychological sci-fi starring Brandon Routh, Dane Cook and Caity Lotz from UK hit The Machine.

Dead Within

Millennium acquires Dead Within

24-Jun-2014 | By

Millennium Entertainment has taken US rights to Ben Wagner’s psychological horror film and SC Films has picked up international sales.

James Schamus

James Schamus in Outfest honour

24-Jun-2014 | By

The former CEO of Focus Features who was until recently tipped to take over as head of Film4 will collect the 18th annual Outfest Achievement Award. 

Mitch Singer

Mitch Singer lands at Verance

24-Jun-2014 | By

Former Sony Pictures Entertainment chief digital strategy officer Mitch Singer has been named special advisor of industry affairs at Verance Corporation.

Keith Feldman

Feldman earns Fox distribution stripes

24-Jun-2014 | By

Keith Feldman has been promoted to president of worldwide distribution at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Mel Gibson

Karlovy Vary to honour Mel Gibson

24-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Other guests of the festival will include Hollywood actress Laura Dern and French actress Fanny Ardant as well as directors Alice Rohrwacher, Bong Joon-ho and David Mackenzie among others.

Listen Up Philip

Locarno reveals first titles

24-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

US features Listen Up Philip and Buzzard to play in competition at this year’s Locarno Film Festival, which promises “a strong American independent cinema contingent”.


Maleficent, Godzilla rule China box office

24-Jun-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Maleficent grossed a healthy $22.01m in its opening three days in China, in a week dominated by Hollywood tentpoles, which took the top four positions in the top ten.

Producer Victor Zavala Kugler, Framestore's Max Solomon, producer David P. Kelly, director Antonio Zavala Kugler

Framestore, David Kelly board Mexican Cold War film

24-Jun-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The UK’s Framestore and producer David P. Kelly are set to partner on a $5m Mexican Cold War feature Lunik III, pitched at this week’s Moscow Business Square (MBS).


Coda wins at Fest Anca

24-Jun-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Other winners at animation event include Manana Forever and Fongopolis.

Neil Peplow

Met Film names Peplow COO

24-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

UK veteran returns after stint in Australia.

Doha sets second youth fest dates

24-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Ajyal Youth Film Festival will return with a line-up of international and local features.

Ian Livingstone

Creative England hunts board members

24-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Creative England is looking for new members for its board, after recently adding Ian Livingstone and Belinda Budge.

Lucky Star tops Italian winners

24-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Carlo Verdone’s Under A Lucky Star (Sotto Una Buona Stella) picked up the top prize at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, where AMBI Pictures’ 2047 – Sights Of Death scored a hat trick.

Winter Sleep

Adopt Films acquires Winter Sleep

23-Jun-2014 | By

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or winner has found its US home.

Outpost 37

IFC Midnight enters Outpost 37

23-Jun-2014 | By

IFC Midnight has pounced on North American rights to Jabbar Raisani’s sci-fi thriller. Altitude Film Sales handles international sales.

Listen Up Philip

Tribeca Film takes Listen Up Philip

23-Jun-2014 | By

Alex Ross Perry’s dark comedy premiered at Sundance earlier this year.

PS Shortfest McInnes

Joanna, 90 Days triumph at PS Shortfest

23-Jun-2014 | By

Yatao Li’s Chinese entry Carry On won the Best Of Festival Award, while Aneta Kopacz’s Joanna from Poland prevailed in the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Grand Jury Award.

An Honest Liar

AFI DOCS honours An Honest Liar

23-Jun-2014 | By

Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom’s film earned the festival’s audience award for best feature at the weekend.

Film4 logo

Film4 edges closer to new boss

23-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Broadcaster expected to decide on new Film4 head in July, Screen looks at some likely candidates.

Alexandre Desplat to head Venice jury

23-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Award-winning composer will chair a jury that will award the Golden Lion for best feature at the 71st Venice Film Festival.

Belle and Sebastian

Italy’s Notorious Pictures debuts on AIM

23-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Company’s increased acquisition drive includes post Cannes purchase of boxing drama Bleed For This.  

Runar Runarsson

Runarsson to shoot Icelandic fjords drama

23-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Runar Runarsson, the director of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2011 selection Volcano, will start shooting his second feature in Iceland on July 14.


One Chance among PIFF winners


Top brass at the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) have announced the award winners of this year’s festival.

London Screenings

Refreshed London Screenings launches

23-Jun-2014 | By

London’s biggest film export event returns with a new name and strong selection of upcoming titles.

Jeff Robinov

Fosun to invest in Robinov’s Studio 8

23-Jun-2014 | By

China’s Fosun International has announced in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that it plans to invest in former Warner Bros Pictures chief Jeff Robinov’s new venture Studio 8.

Game Fever

Oriental Companion, Zed team on Game Fever

23-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Behind-the-scenes e-sports cross-media project follows pro-games stars such as sOs, Li “Sky” Xiofeng and Sophistie.

The Fault In Our Stars

Fault in Our Stars tops UK BO

23-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s adaptation posts $5.8m (£3.4m) debut, including previews, to dethrone 22 Jump Street; Warner Bros’ Jersey Boys is off-key with $706,000 (£415,000) bow.

Cas & Dylan

Breakthrough strikes European deal on Cas & Dylan

23-Jun-2014 | By

Toronto’s Breakthrough Entertainment has licensed the caper film Cas & Dylan starring Richard Dreyfuss to HBO Europe.

Patrick Cassavetti

Patrick Cassavetti boards Lenin?!

23-Jun-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran UK producer Patrick Cassavetti has boarded Marat Alykulov’s black comedy Lenin?!.

45 Years

Creative England doubles production pot to £1m

23-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Individual awards will increase to a maximum of £200,000 per project.

Judgment in Hungary

Hungarian film wins Open City Docs

23-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Best UK film is David Graham Scott’s Iboga Nights.


Maleficent rules int’l on $48m

22-Jun-2014 | By

UPDATED JUNE 23: Powered by a number one Chinese debut, Disney’s fantasy tale came in higher than estimates on $47.9m to edge out DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 on $43.2m, according to weekend estimates.

Think Like A Man Too

Man Too edges out Street on $30m

22-Jun-2014 | By

Screen Gems’ comedy Think Like A Man Too opened on $30m to finish approximately $1m ahead of Sony stablemate 22 Jump Street, which powered past $100m in its second weekend.

Ni Ni and Angelababy

Fox, Bona team for Bride Wars remake

22-Jun-2014 | By

Fox International Productions (FIP) and China’s Bona Film Group are co-producing a Chinese-language remake of Fox hit Bride Wars, which is being directed by Tony Chan.

Little England

Little England wins best film in Shanghai

22-Jun-2014 | By

Greek period drama Little England was awarded three major prizes, including best film, at the Golden Goblet Awards of this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF, June 14-22).

Rian Johnson

Rian Johnson in Star Wars talks

20-Jun-2014 | By

Screen has confirmed that the director of Looper is in discussions with Lucasfilm to direct Episode VIII and write a treatment for Episode IX of the Star Wars series.

Saban Films, Roadside saddle up on Homesman

20-Jun-2014 | By

Haim Saban’s nascent distributor led by Bill Bromiley has struck up a one-off partnership with Roadside Attractions on Cannes competition entry The Homesman as the parties plot an awards run.

 David Oyelowo

Paramount, Pathé date Selma

20-Jun-2014 | By

Paramount Pictures and Pathé have set a December 25 limited release on Ava DuVernay’s Civil Rights drama and potential awards contender. Separately, Open Road has picked up what is being described as the inspirational drama Little Boy.

Steven Spielberg

Fox joins DreamWorks Spielberg thriller

20-Jun-2014 | By

Fox and DreamWorks are to reunite following a rewarding collaboration on Lincoln.

Xavier Troussard

Creative Europe chief to step down

20-Jun-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Xavier Troussard to leave after 12 months in role.

Dragon 2 sniffs int’l domination

20-Jun-2014 | By

DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 unloads the biggest wave of releases this weekend but China could upset the applecart yet again with Godzilla entering its second weekend and a debut for Maleficent.

China Film Group

China Film Group IPO to raise $740m

20-Jun-2014 | By

China Film Group’s long-mooted initial public offering is moving closer, with plans for a $740m listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, according to the China Securities Regulatory Commission.

ICO plans fest, digital marketing courses

20-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Independent Cinema Office, the UK’s national organisation for the development and support of independent film exhibition, has confirmed speakers for its two flagship courses this summer.

Tony Hall

BBC boss reveals diversity plans

20-Jun-2014 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

Tony Hall has set out his blueprint for boosting diversity at the BBC, including creating a £2.1m commissioning fund to help ensure the corporation “represents every family and community in the UK”.

The Guest

The Guest to open FrightFest

20-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Adam Wingard’s thriller stars Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens.

The Fault In Our Stars

Fault in Our Stars tops buzz

20-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Teen tear-jerker dominates online film chatter on social media.

Bas van der Ree

Netherlands Film Fund names commissioner

20-Jun-2014 | By

Bas van der Ree will take up the job at the beginning of July. 

Katy Perry: Part Of Me

Katy Perry doc gets Facebook stream

20-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Concert documentary Katy Perry: Part Of Me is to be made available for streaming to the pop star’s Facebook fans from today (June 20).

Ryan Kavanaugh and Bu Yu

Relativity IPO in ‘12-18 months’

19-Jun-2014 | By

Long-time speculation over whether Ryan Kavanaugh would take his company public came into slightly sharper focus on Thursday (19) as the CEO said he anticipated doing so within the next 12-18 months.

Man From Reno

Reno, Dog, prevail at LAFF

19-Jun-2014 | By

Top brass at the Los Angeles Film Festival unveiled the winners of jury and audience awards as the festival came to a close.

Fishing Without Nets

Internet’s Own Boy, Fishing land bespoke releases

19-Jun-2014 | By

Fishing Without Nets and The Internet’s Own Boy are the subject of innovative strategies that underline the changing face of distribution.


Pinewood's $340m expansion greenlit

19-Jun-2014 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

Pinewood Shepperton has been granted planning permission for the long-awaited £200m ($340m) expansion of its Buckinghamshire site.

Talk To Me

Pelagius, Xing Xing line up Smart

19-Jun-2014 | By

Beijing-based Xing Xing Digital and Los Angeles production company Pelagius Entertainment are to partner on the feature animation Smart.


Cinedigm, Dove launch OTT service

19-Jun-2014 | By

Cinedigm Corp has announced its latest push into the world of OTT, teaming up with the Dove Foundation on a family-friendly channel.


Content collars Pudsey, Redirected sales

19-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Both films to screen at the London Screenings later this month.

ABC-Cinemien takes Cannes six-pack

19-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Benelux distributor ABC-Cinemien has confirmed its acquisition of six titles from Cannes festival and market.

A Jubilee Tribute to the Queen by the Prince of Wales

Prince Charles backs NFTS diversity drive

19-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Letter from the Prince of Wales read at NTFS Gala event.

David Straus

Withoutabox co-founders form rights tracker service

19-Jun-2014 | By

Withoutabox co-founders David Straus, Joe Neulight and Fred Kramer have launched Los Angeles-based Critical Mass Studios.

Set Fire to the Stars

Works takes Elijah Wood drama Stars

19-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Thomas drama starring Elijah Wood gets UK sales company.

Minuscule: The Valley Of The Lost Ants

Minuscule to hit 1,200 China screens

19-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Hybrid children’s bug movie premieres in China at Shanghai International Film Festival today (June 19).

Le Meraviglie

Fidalgo takes two more Cannes titles

19-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Norwegian distributor adds to Cannes haul with award-winning Competition and Directors’ Fortnight titles.

Mark Foster

Arts Alliance combines event cinema businesses

19-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Arts Alliance Ventures has merged its events cinema businesses into one integrated operation, to be led by CEO Mark Foster.

Haider Zafar

Conversations wraps London shoot

19-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Conversations, a comedy co-directed by Haider Zafar [pictured] and Marcus Flemmings, has wrapped production in London after shooting over the past year.

Jeremy Renner

Uni puts Bourne pic back to 2016

19-Jun-2014 | By

Universal Pictures announced on Wednesday (18) that it had moved Untitled Next Bourne Chapter from its August 14 2015 slot.

Jacky in the Kingdom of Women

Fantasia unveils first titles

19-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Genre festival to open with Jacky in the Kingdom of Women [pictured]; other titles include Guardians of the Galaxy, Boyhood, The Harvest and Suburban Gothic.

Androulla Vassiliou

Serbia first non-EU country to sign Creative Europe agreement

19-Jun-2014 | By

Serbia has become the first non-European Union country to sign up and participate in the European Union’s new Creative Europe programme.


Scottish Film Summit reveals new agency

19-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The inaugural Scottish Film Summit wrapped today in Edinburgh with more than 200 delegates participating in two days of discussion about the future of film in Scotland.


PiFan reveals 2014 line-up

19-Jun-2014 | By

The 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) announced its line-up today with Maximilian Erlenwein’s German thriller Stereo [pictured] as the opening film.


Telluride announces guest directors

18-Jun-2014 | By

Husband-and-wife team Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan will take the hot seats at the 41st annual event, set to run in Colorado from August 29-September 1.

Connie Nielsen

Nielsen, Fonda join The Runner

18-Jun-2014 | By

Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda, Bryan Batt and Wendell Pierce have joined Nicolas Cage and Sarah Paulson on Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures’ The Runner. Separately, it emerged on Wednesday that production on Sicario will take place at Albuquerque Studios.

The Sadhu

Canton, Graphic India find Sadhu writer

18-Jun-2014 | By

Mark Canton and comic publisher Graphic India have hired Mukunda Michael Dewil to adapt the Indian superhero comic book series The Sadhu for the big screen.

Red Knot

Umedia ties up Red Knot

18-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Umedia has picked up world sales rights to relationship drama Red Knot, starring Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser and Dredd actress Olivia Thirlby.


Difret acquired for UK, Germany, Italy

18-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Executive producer Angelina Jolie “can’t wait for the world to see” Ethiopian drama, which has been snapped up by distributors across Europe.

The Golden Era

Golden Era to close Venice festival

18-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Chinese biopic is directed by Ann Hui, who will chair the international jury for the Orizzonti section.

Janet Archer

Scotland faces film funding challenge

18-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Scottish agency’s £4m ($6.8m) “not enough” for national film production, claims CEO.

Lionsgate logo

Hughes earns Lionsgate digital stripes

18-Jun-2014 | By

Thomas Hughes has been promoted to evp of worldwide digital distribution at Lionsgate.


Park Circus to handle Icon titles

18-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Icon Film Distribution (IFD) has signed a deal with UK sales and distribution company Park Circus to represent the IFD library for UK theatrical release.

Euro flag

EC backs Berlinale, Rotterdam funds

18-Jun-2014 | By

Co-production funds run by the Berlin and Rotterdam film festivals and a new day-and-date initiative are among new projects by supported by the European Commission (EC).

Under the Rainbow

Jaoui’s Rainbow launches second wave of EC VOD trial

18-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Film to be given quasi-simultaneous multi-platform release in Spain.

Encounters reveals 20th edition plans

18-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Plans for the 20th edition of the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the first edition under the leadership of festival director Debbi Lander, have been announced.


WittiZ app set for UK rollout

18-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

French entertainment company Cinesens Entertainment is releasing its app, WittiZ, in the UK following a successful launch in France.


Disney to shoot Galavant in UK

18-Jun-2014 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

The UK’s Bottle Yard Studios has been announced as the home of US musical comedy Galavant.

Jan Schuette

Schuette named AFI Conservatory dean

17-Jun-2014 | By

The filmmaker and academic arrives from the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin, where he has served as director since 2010.


Breakthrough, Black Fawn strike pact

17-Jun-2014 | By

Toronto-based Breakthrough Entertainment and Chad Archibald’s Black Fawn Films have teamed up to produce eight genre features over the next two years.

Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart

Partners unite on Cuckoo-Clock Heart

17-Jun-2014 | By

Shout! Factory, The Film Collective, Dada Films, and Brainstorm Media will partner on the launch of EuropaCorp’s animated film Jack And The Cuckoo-Clock Heart.

5 To 7

IFC Films takes US on 5 To 7

17-Jun-2014 | By

Victor Levin’s romantic dramedy stars Anton Yelchin, Bérénice Marlohe, Olivia Thirlby, Lambert Wilson, Frank Langella and Glenn Close. The Solution Entertainment Group handles international sales.


Godzilla crushes $37m China debut

17-Jun-2014 | By

China box office: Godzilla had an impressive opening at the China box office last weekend, grossing $37m and pushing Edge Of Tomorrow to second place.

Dario Argento receives RIFF's Lifetime Achievement Award

Fantasia unveils Off-Frontières projects

17-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Line-up includes new features by Dario Argento, Jacob Tierney and Fantasia alumni Rob Grant and Kerry Prior.


PiFan's NAFF to spotlight Thailand

17-Jun-2014 | By

The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced six Thai works from rising filmmakers for this year’s Project Spotlight in the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF).

The Tribe

The Tribe wins at Tarkovsky fest

17-Jun-2014 | By

Ukrainian feature wins Grand Prix at ‘Zerkalo’ Andrey Tarkovsky International Film Festival.

Kathleen Robertson

ACISE-LA names entertainment reps

17-Jun-2014 | By

ACISE-LA, the Academy For Canadians In Sports And Entertainment, has announced three new entertainment ambassadors.

Colin Firth

Colin Firth exits Paddington

17-Jun-2014 | By

Colin Firth has left StudioCanal’s Paddington Bear project midway through production.

What We Did On Our Holiday

Lionsgate sets 'Holiday' release date

17-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Family comedy starring Rosamund Pike and David Tennant from the writers of BBC series Outnumbered.

Of Horses And Men

Horses gallops to Brussels victory

17-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Icelandic director Bendikt Erlingsson’s Of Horses And Men won the Golden Iris Award, the top prize at the 12th Brussels Film Festival.

Bowe Bergdahl

Bowe Bergdahl projects in race to screen

16-Jun-2014 | By

Two very different projects centring on the US soldier at the centre of the recent POW swap with the Taliban are headed to the screen, according to reports in the Hollywood trade press.

Cinelicious Pics

Cinelicious Pics officially launches

16-Jun-2014 | By

Film restoration expert Paul Korver and former American Cinematheque head of programming Dennis Bartok have thrown their hat into the distribution arena with Cinelicious Pics.

teresa palmer

Teresa Palmer to join Point Break

16-Jun-2014 | By

Teresa Palmer is in negotiations to join Alcon Entertainment’s re-creation of the 1991 action-thriller. Lionsgate International handles international sales. Separately, Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones will star in Voice From The Stone.

Curzon acquires eight Cannes titles

16-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Titles include Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz, and Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales.


Cinedigm names key promotions, hires

16-Jun-2014 | By

Cinedigm has promoted two key employees and hired three managers as it continues to bolster its digital credentials.

Steven Spielberg

Disney sets key release dates

16-Jun-2014 | By

The studio has announced the slots for a pair of high profile Steven Spielberg projects.


Fingleton starts Survivalist shoot

16-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Black List and Brit List script was developed with Northern Ireland Screen.

Ryan Kavanaugh and Bu Yu

Relativity Media expands in China

16-Jun-2014 | By

Relativity Media has announced strategic alliances with China’s Jiangsu Broadcasting Corp (JSBC) and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and has also been appointed international distribution partner by China Film Promotion International.


San Diego Film Festival sets dates

16-Jun-2014 | By

The 13th edition of the festival is set to run from September 24-28 and will feature more than 100 screenings.

Karim Aïnouz

Buyers circle Aïnouz’s Sharks at Paris Copro Village

16-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

English-language thriller set on French Riviera in the 1950s due to shoot July 2015.

Les Films d’Ici 2, Weydemann pact on Middle of the River

16-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Film revolving around Native American community, directed by Damian John Harper, to shoot early 2015.

Alice Rohrwacher

Rohrwacher to head Venice debut jury

16-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Italian director won the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for The Wonders.

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street retains UK lead

16-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s sequel adds $3.8m (£2.26m) to hold off newcomers and the World Cup; Warner Bros’ Oculus is the highest new entry with $701,000 (£413,000).

A Hard Day

StudioCanal takes Hard Day for UK

16-Jun-2014 | By

South Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has sold Cannes Directors’ Fortnight thriller A Hard Day to 30 territories led by the UK (StudioCanal) and Japan (New Select).

Still the Enemy Within

Doc/Fest award for miners strike film

16-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Owen Gower’s Still the Enemy Within wins audience award.

Oriental DreamWorks

Oriental DreamWorks unveils slate

16-Jun-2014 | By

Oriental DreamWorks has struck development deals with Chinese producers including Dreams of the Dragon Pictures, as it moves towards producing more live action and China-originated content.

Two Days One Night

Two Days, One Night wins in Sydney

16-Jun-2014 | By

The Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night, starring Marion Cotillard, wins Sydney Film Prize.

Eat Your Bones (Mange Tes Morts)

Eat Your Bones wins Jean Vigo Prize

16-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Feature set against the backdrop of traveller community in France premiered at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight


Godzilla roars with $38m at int'l BO

15-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

UPDATED JUNE 16: Warner Bros’ reboot records distributor’s best-ever opening weekend in China with $36m.

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street leads US chart

15-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s sequel launches with second biggest R-rated comedy debut at $60m; Fox’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 flies in with $50m.

Nigel Daly

Screen's Nigel Daly awarded OBE

15-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Daly, who is also chairman of BAFTA LA, is honoured for services to film and TV industry.

Zhao Tianyu

Village Roadshow Asia, Warner team for Zhong Kui

15-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Crouching Tiger cinematographer Peter Pau produces with Desen’s Ann An.

Teresa Cheng

Cheng to head Lucasfilm Singapore

15-Jun-2014 | By

Teresa Cheng has been appointed to the post of general manager of Lucasfilm Singapore, reporting directly to Lynwen Brennan, president and general manager of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).

Dragon Blade

Cusack, Brody join Dragon Blade

15-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The $65m Chinese-language film is shooting now.

The Boy and The World

Boy and the World wins at Annecy

14-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

A Brazilian feature wins at the animation festival for the second consecutive year; market reports record high.

Edge Of Tomorrow

Cruise bids to Edge out rivals

13-Jun-2014 | By

With Edge Of Tomorrow not scheduled to debut in any new markets this weekend the pressure is on Warner Bros’ sci-fi to pull away from its $140m perch towards the $200m mark.

Harriet Lawrence

UK location crew training launched

13-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: Production Guild of Great Britain launches opportunity for 30 location assistants and runners to be trained and mentored by top location managers in film and TV.

Brandon Polansky and Samantha Elisolfon

Tangerine pacts for Keep The Change

13-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell will work wiht Summer Shelton to produce Keep The Change.

Mahnaz Mohammadi

Mohammadi starts prison sentence

13-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Director re-imprisoned over the weekend in notorious Evin jail.

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street set to retain UK lead

13-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s comedy sequel generates most buzz of the week.

Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce joins Equals

12-Jun-2014 | By

Producers Scott Free Productions and Route One Films announced the casting on Thursday (June 12). Mister Smith introduced the project in Cannes and has licensed more than 35 territories.

Episode VII

Harrison Ford suffers minor injury on Star Wars set

12-Jun-2014 | By

The actor was taken to hospital in Oxford on Thursday (June 12) after hurting his ankle, Disney confirmed.

Berry Meyerowitz

eOne shifts distribution focus

12-Jun-2014 | By

Senior vp of theatrical marketing and distribution Dylan Wiley and other eOne executives are on the way out as the company shifts towards an “aggressive” ancillary strategy in light of the Phase 4 acquisition.


Distribution: IFC Films picks up Match

12-Jun-2014 | By

The company has picked up North American rights from ICM Partners to Stephen Belber’s drama starring Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard.

Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston to play Hank Williams

12-Jun-2014 | By

The British actor will portray the country singer in Bron Studios / RatPac Entertainment’s I Saw The Light.

Film Independent

Film Independent, UN launch series

12-Jun-2014 | By

Film Independent and the United Nations have launched their new Free & Equal Global Film Series at the Los Angeles Film Festival.


WolfCop bites for Raven Banner

12-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Lowell Dean’s horror comedy [pictured] sells to UK, German-speaking Europe, Japan and Australia, among others.

Oleg Sentsov

Sentsov's lawyer speaks out

12-Jun-2014 | By

Ukrainian film-maker “cruelly beaten”, threatened with rape and isolated from lawyers.

Rise of the Legend

UPI to co-produce Legend

12-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Highly anticipated Chinese kung-fu action film brings martial arts icon Wong Fei Hung back on screen.

Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime

Sheffield Doc/Fest announces 2014 awards

12-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Special jury award went to Attacking the Devil [pictured], while Lifetime Achievement was presented to Roger Graef.


Christian Schwochow to attend West Q&A

12-Jun-2014 | By

German director Christian Schwochow will present his film West and participate in a Q&A on the opening night gala of KINO! Festival Of German Films in New York on June 12.

Buyers takes Absolutely Anything

12-Jun-2014 | By

GFM records deals out of Cannes on Terry Jones’ comedy [pictured], among others.

Study: Local fare boosts China BO

12-Jun-2014 | By

Chinese box office of more than $3.52bn in 2013 increased 27.5% on the previous year and received a boost from local fare, while foreign films are withering in the face of fierce competition, according to a new report from EntGroup Consulting.

Justin Edgar

Trans Atlantic Partners unveils partipicants

12-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: 22 producers from across Europe, Canada and the US to take part in this year’s training programme.

Noura Al Kaabi

Abu Dhabi reps court Hollywood

12-Jun-2014 | By

Leading lights in Abu Dhabi’s nascent film sector have told Hollywood executives they are ramping up efforts to create a Middle East media and content hub as the region invests in sustainable alternatives to an oil-based economy.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Red Army, Apes to bookend Moscow

12-Jun-2014 | By

35th edition of the festival runs June 19-28.

BVA 2014 Yearbook

BVA publishes 2014 yearbook

12-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

21st edition reveals that 73% of the total £2.24bn video market remains in a physical rather than a digital format.

About A Girl

Global Screen acquires About A Girl

12-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Mark Monheim’s film [pictured] will be shown at the German Films Previews later this month in Dresden.

Viewster Online Film Festival

Viewster festival launches

12-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Second edition of the online festival runs until June 26.

On Any Sunday sequel to play San Sebastian

11-Jun-2014 | By Juan Sarda

The European premiere of Dana Brown’s motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter will open the action strand Savage Cinema at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, set to run in the Basque region from September 19-27.

Creative Control

Dickinson’s Creative Control wins US in Progress prize

11-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Benjamin Dickinson’s dark sci-fi comedy took the top prize at the US In Progress independent showcase in Paris on Wednesday (11).

Miss Lovely

FilmBuff, Dada team up on Miss Lovely

11-Jun-2014 | By

The digital curator has teamed up with MJ Peckos and Steven Raphael’s Dada Films on the US release of the retro thriller

Luke Parker Bowles

BAFTA New York unveils board

11-Jun-2014 | By

The group’s recent electionn sees Open Road Integrated Media evp of production Luke Parker Bowles named vice-chairman.

Alan Hruska

Paladin takes The Man On Her Mind

11-Jun-2014 | By

Paladin has picked up US rights from Andrew Herwitz of the Film Sales Company to The Man On Her Mind, the latest film by filmmaker, author, and playwright Alan Hruska, it was announced by company president, Mark Urman.  

Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo Drafthouse names brand chief

11-Jun-2014 | By

Christian Parkes has been appointed chief brand officer of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. effective June 16


Buyers shoot for Allies

11-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: Parkland Pictures records deals with Entertainment One (eOne) for UK & North America and Zylo for France on WWII action film [pictured].

Party Girl

Berlinale and Cannes winners competing in Odessa

11-Jun-2014 | By

Peter Webber to head jury, David Puttnam to deliver lecture during fifth edition of the Ukranian festival.

Lenny Henry

Lenny Henry to introduce NFTS Gala

11-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Annual event to be held on June 18 on the topic of Great British Film, Television and Games Event - Striving for Diversity Nirvana.

Grace Jones

BFI supports three docs

11-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Grace Jones - The Musical of My Life, The Lovers and the Despot and Irene’s Ghost to receive funding following Sheffield Doc/Fest pitching session.

Silent Heart

Silent Heart beats for LevelK

11-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Bille August’s intimate drama [pictured] sells to Benelux, Taiwan, Hungary and Australia.

Mourning Grave

Buyers visit Mourning Grave

11-Jun-2014 | By

9ers Entertainment record pre-sales on mystery horror.

Thilo Rothkirch

Thilo Rothkirch dies aged 65

11-Jun-2014 | By

European animators mourn passing of producer-director Thilo Rothkirch.

I Origins

Karlovy Vary to open with I Origins

11-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

KVIFF kicks off July 4 with director Mike Cahill and actors Michael Pitt and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey in attendance.

Sunny Side of the Doc

Sunny Side set for 25th year

11-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

International market dedicated to factual content runs June 23-26 in La Rochelle, France.

Sheffield Showroom

Sheffield Showroom to lead Film Hub North

11-Jun-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

EXCLUSIVE: The first initiative to come out of Film Hub North is a partnership between Sheffield Doc/Fest and Cineworld aimed at bringing documentaries to multiplex audiences.


Maleficent flies into UK IMAX cinemas

11-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s reimagining of Sleeping Beauty to screen in 24 IMAX cinemas from Friday [June 13].


Sold to open London Indian Film Festival

11-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fifth edition runs July 10-17 and will also feature the UK premiere of Million Dollar Arm.

John Aalbers

AAM appoints new CEO

11-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

John Aalbers to replace Howard Kiedaisch, who is stepping down after nine years in the position.

Longway North

Nørlum opens Copenhagen base

11-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fledgling animation company receives Copenhagen Film Fund investment for Longway North.

Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone bolsters whistleblower project

10-Jun-2014 | By

Oliver Stone and Moritz Borman have added more source material to their upcoming Edward Snowden feature.

Uni takes world on Coens' Caesar

10-Jun-2014 | By

Universal has picked up worldwide rights to Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest original screenplay, Hail, Caesar!

Closed Curtain

Variance acquires Closed Curtain

10-Jun-2014 | By

Variance Films has picked up North American rights from Celluloid Dreams to the latest film from Jafar Panahi’s, the Iranian filmmaker who remains under house arrest and continues to defy a 20-year filmmaking ban.


TWC moves Paddington to Dec 25 slot

10-Jun-2014 | By

The live-action children’s adaptation was arguably the highlight of the Weinsteins’ Cannes sizzle reel presentation and has received a vote of faith as it moves from December 12 into prime holiday season.

Sonic The Hedgehog

Sony, Marza plot Sonic The Hedgehog film

10-Jun-2014 | By

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marza Animation Planet are teaming up on a feature version of the hit Sega game.

Lava Bear promotes duo

10-Jun-2014 | By

Lava Bear Films has promoted Jennifer Semler to vice-president of production and Allison Warren to creative executive.

Ben and Katja

Pulse Films signs Ben & Katja

10-Jun-2014 | By

Pulse Films has added Brooklyn-based Ben & Katja to its stable of commercial directors.

Barney Thomson

Barney Thomson starts Scotland shoot

10-Jun-2014 | By

Principal photography has begun in the UK on Robert Carlyle’s feature directorial debut The Legend of Barney Thomson (formerly The Long Midnight Of Barney Thomson). Myriad Pictures handles world sales.

Captain Phillips

ACE sets 2015 Eddie Awards

10-Jun-2014 | By

The American Cinema Editors (ACE) has set the date for its 65th annual awards show, the ACE Eddie Awards.

KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall heads to Sundance Lab

10-Jun-2014 | By

The Scottish singer is among the directors and composers selected for one of two Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound, set to run from July 8-22.

Richard Crudo

Richard Crudo re-elected ASC president

10-Jun-2014 | By

The board of governors at the American Society Of Cinematographers (ASC) has appointed its new officers.

Ryan Croy

Ryan Croy promoted at Fifteen Minutes

10-Jun-2014 | By

Ryan Croy has been appointed managing partner at Los Angeles-based PR film Fifteen Minutes.


Edinburgh unveils 2014 juries

10-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Amos Gitai [pictured], Michael Smiley and Lenora Crichlow among the judges at this year’s festival.

Back to the Future

Secret Cinema extends run

10-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Tickets for 12 additional dates on sale tomorrow [June 11].

Oleg Sentsov

EFA Board initiates Sentsov letter

10-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

In a letter to Russian authorities, European film-makers have expressed their worry about the fate of Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov

Orpheus Awards

Miss Violence triumphs at LAGFF

10-Jun-2014 | By Randall Unger

Alexandros Avranas’ suicide drama claimed the Orpheus Award for best feature as the 8th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) concluded over the weekend (June 8).

Heddy Honigmann

IDFA to open with Honigmann doc

10-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Around the World in 50 Concerts to open 27th edition of the documentary festival.

Abbeygate Cinema

New owners for Abbeygate Picturehouse

10-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Abbeygate Cinemas Limited complete acquistion from City Screen Limited.


Begin Again to open Galway

10-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

World premiere of Tom Collins’ An Bronntanas to close this year’s festival, which runs July 8-13.

Simon Chinn and Malik Bendjelloul

Producer pays tribute to Sugar Man director

10-Jun-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

Producers at Sheffield Doc/Fest talk about Oscars race for documentaries.

The Kissing Booth

Vince Marcello to adapt Kissing Booth

10-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Film adaptation of Beth Reekles’ teen novel has been developed by Random House Children’s Screen Entertainment.

Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver returns to Avatar

10-Jun-2014 | By

Sigourney Weaver will appear in James Cameron’s next three Avatar films, the director has confirmed.

The Pixel Lab

Pixel Lab projects unveiled

10-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

16 European producers will partner with 16 cross-media professionals at the fifth edition of Power to the Pixel’s annual event.

Simon Armstrong

Simon Armstrong joins Artificio Conceal

10-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: British cinematographer Polly Morgan also boards Ayoub Qanir’s sci-fi thriller.

Mr. X

Technicolor to acquire Mr. X

10-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

North American provider of visual effects to join Technicolor’s production services division, which includes MPC.

Moscow Business Square

UK and Latin America focus at 6th MBS

10-Jun-2014 | By

Moscow Business Square (June 21-24) runs parallel to the Moscow International Film Festival.


Razors completes shoot

10-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Modern take on the Jack the Ripper story is in post-production for a 2015 release.

Adrian Politowksi

Umedia, Belga ink deal

10-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Deal will see Belga Films will release Umedia films on all media throughout Benelux.

The Auction House

Open City Docs set for fourth year

10-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Festival to open with European premiere of The Auction House: A Tale of Two Brothers.

The Boy And The World

GKIDS acquires The Boy And The World

9-Jun-2014 | By

GKIDS has acquired North American rights to Alê Abreu’s Brazilian animation Boy And The World, which screens in competition at Annecy this week.

Edge Of Tomorrow

Edge Of Tomorrow roars on $81m

9-Jun-2014 | By

UPDATED JUNE 9: A muscular launch for the latest Tom Cruise tentpole-elect by Warner Bros Pictures International provided a timely reminder of how the veteran’s star power remains undiminished, outside North America at least.

A Good Marriage

Screen Media acquires A Good Marriage

9-Jun-2014 | By

The distributor has picked up North American rights from Paradigm and plans an early October day-and-date theatrical and VOD release.

Jeffrey Edell

Cinedigm names Jeffrey Edell CFO

9-Jun-2014 | By

Cinedigm has hired Jeffrey Edell as Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Separately, RLJ Entertainment has appointed Mike Pears evp of content sales.

IFP doc lab

IFP unveils 10th anniversary Lab fellows

9-Jun-2014 | By

Top brass at the Independent Filmmaker Project announced on Monday (9) the 10 narrative features selected for the 2014 Independent Filmmaker Labs.


Sydney title Fell tries innovative launch

9-Jun-2014 | By

Kasimir Burgess’ drama gets VOD launch across most of Australia after its Sydney Film Festival premiere.

Rik Mayall

Rik Mayall dies aged 56

9-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

The Young Ones star’s film roles included Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso.

Debra Winger in Cluj

Debra Winger on US 'facelift epidemic'

9-Jun-2014 | By Tara Karajica

Accepting a lifetime achievement award in Transilvania, Winger talks about her career, fracking and film vs digital.

Dearest press conference

Peter Ho-Sun Chan unveils Dearest

9-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Touching drama Dearest will be released on Sept 26 in China.

Princess Kaguya kicks off Annecy

9-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Ghibli to give master-class at lakeside Annecy International Animation Festival.

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street tops UK chart

9-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s sequel posts strong $8.1m (£4.85m) bow to dethrone Maleficent; Warner Bros’ Grace of Monaco lands with $400,000 (£238,000).

A Perfect Day

Buyers set for Perfect Day

9-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fernando León de Aranoa’s English-language debut pre-sells to multiple territories for WestEnd Films.

The Overnighters

Dogwoof acquires The Overnighters

9-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Jesse Moss’ documentary [pictured] receives its UK premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

PGA, AGPCI partnership

PGA, AGPCI announce partnership

9-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Agreement will allow the two guilds to foster working relationships between US and Italian producers.

Shanghai International Film Festival

Shanghai forum unveils 2014 topics

9-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

This year’s forum will focus on the merger of culture with education, finance and technology.

Simon Rumley

Rumley joins Shortcuts jury

9-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

British film-maker [pictured] to judge short film competition.

Emily Corcoran

Corcoran, Olesen to attend Cross Video Days

9-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Cross-media project market and conference unfolds June 19-20.

Thabo Rametsi

Shoot commences on Kalushi

9-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Film, starring Thabo Rametsi [pictured], marks the 35th anniversary of the execution of Solomon Mahlangu.

Adrian Wootton

Micro Market expands selection

9-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Second edition of market now open to projects seeking completion funding.

Asghar Farhadi

Asghar Farhadi to lead APSA jury

9-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Iranian film-maker named as president of the international jury for this year’s awards.


Test wins at Kinotavr

9-Jun-2014 | By

Alexander Kott’s love story [pictured] awarded the Grand Prix and the prize for best cinematography.


Ghosts to receive Dolby Atmos release

9-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Third title in the West End Theatre Series to be the first ever Event Cinema release in Dolby Atmos.

The World of Kanako

Third Window picks up Kanako

9-Jun-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Tetsuya Nakashima’s mystery is set to open in UK cinemas in early 2015.

Talking Drum Entertainment

Talking Drum enters film production

9-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

First film from the slate will be romantic drama Immoral Dilemma.

The Fault In Our Stars

Stars aligns in US on $48.2m

8-Jun-2014 | By

The Fox 2000 drama dislodged Maleficent and dismissed the challenge of Tom Cruise to storm to number one.


Boyhood triumphs at Seattle

8-Jun-2014 | By

Richard Linklater’s acclaimed family portrait won the Golden Space Needle Award for best film and best director honours as the 40th Seattle International Film Festival came to a conclusion on Sunday (June 8).

Rodrigo Sorogoyen

Transilvania Trophy goes to Spain

8-Jun-2014 | By

The Transilvania International Film Festival’s (TIFF) main prize went this year to Spanish film-maker Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Stockholm as the week-long festival came to a close on June 8.

Pulp film

Sheffield Doc/Fest enjoys biggest opening night ever

8-Jun-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The 21st edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest kicked off last night with the European premiere of Florian Habicht’s documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets, about Britpop band Pulp.


Gary Lucchesi, Lori McCreary named PGA presidents

8-Jun-2014 | By

PGA elects Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary presidents

Ant Man

Peyton Reed to direct Ant-Man

7-Jun-2014 | By

Marvel took to Twitter at the weekend (June 7) to announce its replacement for Edgar Wright, who departed the project last month over what is understood to be creative differences.

Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center swells programmer ranks

7-Jun-2014 | By

Florence Almozini has been appointed senior programmer and Jake Perlin and Rachael Rakes have been named programmers-at-large.


Soundcheque launches in Hollywood

7-Jun-2014 | By

The London-based company, which claims to pay musicians without retaining any rights, has opened a Los Angeles office.

Casey Affleck

Casey Affleck, John Middleton launch production venture

6-Jun-2014 | By

John Powers Middleton, who has worked as executive producer on A&E’s Bates Motel and the Oldboy remake, has teamed up with Casey Affleck to launch a production company.

Cinesur Seville

MK2 buys Spanish cinema chain

6-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

French mini major MK2 has acquired Spain’s Cinesur cinema chain, the country’s third biggest chain. 

Back To The Future

Secret Cinema breaks sales record

6-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Ticket sales record set by Secret Cinema for its biggest live cinema event presenting Back to The Future.

Broadway Cinema in Nottingham

Broadway cinema launches film fund

6-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Broadway Cinema in Nottingham has launched a £100,000 film investment fund.

Transilvania International Film Festival

Transilvania reveals first grants

6-Jun-2014 | By

An observational documentary and two fiction films are the first projects to be supported by the Transilvania Film Festival Fund (TFFF).


Maleficent tops 22 Jump Street buzz

6-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Angelina Jolie’s fresh approach to Sleeping Beauty holds its lead on its second week of release.

Vic Bateman

AV Pictures' Vic Bateman dies

5-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Vic Bateman, one of the UK’s longest serving international sales agents who handled films including The Deer Hunter and The Elephant Man, has died.

Mia Goth, Calvin Demba, Maisie Williams, Callum Turner

Screen unveils 2014 UK Stars of Tomorrow

5-Jun-2014 | By Screen staff

Screen International is today unveiling its 2014 UK Stars of Tomorrow, profiling rising actors, writers, directors, producers and heads of department.

Dennis Dembia

Dembia promoted at Rogers & Cowan

5-Jun-2014 | By

The highly regarded publicist has been promoted to senior vice-president at the global entertainment public relations and marketing agency.

Lupita Nyong'o

Production: Nyong’o plots Americanah; Dench has Fever

5-Jun-2014 | By

Lupita Nyong’o is reuniting with Plan B and has secured with D2 Productions and Potboiler Productions rights to develop Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah. Separately, Judi Dench has boarded Tulip Fever.

Matt Brodlie

Matt Brodlie joins Relativity Media

5-Jun-2014 | By

The respected and experienced buyer has been named executive vice-president of acquisitions as the company seeks to ramp up the slate.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Ejiofor, Strong on Palm Springs Shortfest roster

5-Jun-2014 | By

The 20th edition of the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market will showcase 330 films and is set to run from June 17-23.


Uni, Legendary extend Imax deal

5-Jun-2014 | By

The production partners have agreed with Imax for the latter to release up to 15 of their films through 2017.


China Movie Media Group opens US office

5-Jun-2014 | By

China Movie Media Group (CMMG) announced it will open a US office and has teamed up with Paramount to market the imminent summer release Transformers: Age Of Extinction in China.


Ghostbusters set for re-release

5-Jun-2014 | By

To mark the 30th anniversary of Ivan Reitman’s film Sony will release a restored and remastered 4K version in North America on Labor Day Weekend (August 29).

Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Bogdanovich to direct Tycoon

5-Jun-2014 | By Emmanuelle Charlier

Cohen Media Group has tapped Oscar-nominated director Peter Bogdanovich to direct its television miniseries adaptation of Edward Ball’s The Inventor And The Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder And The Birth Of Moving Pictures.

Dennis Davidson

Dennis Davidson in Medient advisor role

5-Jun-2014 | By

The founder of DDA Public Relations and head of DDA Consulting is to serve as external special advisor Medient Studios.

Amy Smart

Gravitas picks up Among Ravens

5-Jun-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights to Russell Friedenberg and Randy Redroad’s dramedy starring Johnny Sequoyah, Amy Smart and Victoria Smurfit.

Tom Hardy: TV trumps film

5-Jun-2014 | By Alex Farber, Broadcast

British actor Tom Hardy has claimed that TV productions are increasingly offering film talent the chance to develop more immersive shows and retain greater creative control over productions.

Helicopter Mom

Outfest 2014 unveils line-up

5-Jun-2014 | By Emmanuelle Charlier

The 2014 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival has announced its complete programming line-up for the event, set to run from July 10-20.


Diversify panel questions licence fee

5-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The TV Collective founder Simone Pennant has questioned the validity of the licence fee at a Creative Week panel on the lack of diversity in the film and TV industries.


Leviathan producer named Russian leader

5-Jun-2014 | By

Non Stop Productions, producer of Cannes winner Leviathan, is among nine “industry leaders” selected by the Russian Cinema Fund (Fond Kino) to take a share of $55m (RUB1.9bn).

Edge Of Tomorrow

Edge Of Tomorrow climbs to $41m

5-Jun-2014 | By

In what promises to be a massive session all-round, Warner Bros deploys its new sci-fi in a major international offensive day-and-date with North America.

PiFan It Project

Korea's PiFan unveils It Project titles

5-Jun-2014 | By

Korea’s Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced the It Project market selection with 21 genre film projects.

Josh Trank

Josh Trank to direct Star Wars spinoff

4-Jun-2014 | By

In keeping with Lucasfilm and Disney’s mission to exploit the Star Wars universe, the partners have hired the director to make a feature that will not be part of the trilogy.

Wilco Wolfers

Wilco Wolfers joins eOne Benelux

4-Jun-2014 | By

Former A-Film Benelux CEO Wilco Wolfers has been appointed COO of eOne Benelux and will start work on August 15.

Josh Berger

Josh Berger: Harry Potter key to UK VFX boom

4-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

It was the growth of the Harry Potter franchise that set up the UK film industry to be a world leader in visual effects, Josh Berger, president and MD Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Ireland and Spain said today during his keynote at MBI’s Creative Week Media Summit.

A Most Violent Year

Icon adds three to Cannes haul

4-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Icon Film Distribution CEO Ian Dawson talks about the relaunched company’s strategy to fill a gap in the UK market.

What We Did On Our Holidays

Buyers go on Holiday

4-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: David Tennant-Rosamund Pike comedy sells to key markets for Independent.

The Possibilities Are Endless

Bertha Britdoc Connect Fund picks eight

4-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Documentaries to benefit include The Possibilities Are Endless, about musician Edwyn Collins’ battle to regain his memory.

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

Jeunet's Spivet to open Munich

4-Jun-2014 | By

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s The Young and Prodigious Spivet will be the opening film at this year’s Filmfest München (June 27-July 5) after Jeunet previously kicked off the festival in Munich in 2001 with Amelie From Montmartre.

Maggie Smith

TriStar, BBC Films ready Lady in the Van

4-Jun-2014 | By

Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith will reprise her stage role in TriStar Productions and BBC Films’ screen version of The Lady In The Van.

Indiecan challenge

Indiecan unveils Indiegogo projects

4-Jun-2014 | By Emmanuelle Charlier

Indiecan Entertainment in partnership with Indiegogo has announced the launch of the Indiegogo campaigns for this year’s INDIECAN10K feature film projects.

Wilde Salome

Al Pacino event set for UK cinemas

4-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Al Pacino is to present screenings of his filmed production of Salomé and documentary Wilde Salomé at an event in London that will be streamed across the UK.

In the Slums of Berlin

Cambridge reveals 2014 dates, films

4-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Cambridge Film Festival to be held earlier than in previous years and will include a focus on the early silent films of Gerhard Lamprecht.

Stream Market: Hollywood eyes MCN buys

3-Jun-2014 | By

Disney’s $500m acquisition of Maker Studios is just one drop in what is set to become a wave of investment as major media companies target vast online audiences, Stream Market conference attendees heard (June 3).

Winter Sleep

Winter Sleep heads to 30 territories

3-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: MFI reports strong business on Palme d’Or winner.


MPAA, Xunlei sign anti-piracy pact

3-Jun-2014 | By

The Motion Picture Association Of America and Chinese-language video portal Shenzhen Xunlei Networking Technologies (Xunlei) have agreed on a partnership to protect Hollywood content.

Corn Island

Karlovy Vary unveils competition line-up

3-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Seven world premieres and five international premieres include an animated movie for the first time in competition; US drama Low Down starring John Hawkes and Elle Fanning; and Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s follow-up to Either Way.

Rhys Meyers joins Stonewall

3-Jun-2014 | By

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and Joey King have joined Jeremy Irvine on the cast of Stonewall

It Follows

RADiUS acquires It Follows

3-Jun-2014 | By

The US rights deal to David Robert Mitchell’s follow-up to The Myth Of The American Sleepover closed after the recent world premiere in Critics’ Week.


Netflix to debut football doc

3-Jun-2014 | By

This Is Not A Ball will premiere on June 13, one day after the World Cup kicks off in Brazil.

Rocks in my Pockets

New Europe signs two KV titles

3-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Acquisitions include the first ever animation in Karlovy Vary’s competition and the debut of an EFA-nominated filmmaker.

Raman Hui

Shrek 3 co-director on Monster Hunt

3-Jun-2014 | By

Hong Kong-based Edko Films has announced 3D fantasy adventure Monster Hunt, to be directed by Raman Hui, who co-directed Shrek The Third.

Strand takes Cannes entry Girlhood

3-Jun-2014 | By

Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Celine Sciamma’s drama following its world premiere in Directors’ Fortnight.

Fack Ju producer moves to Constantin

3-Jun-2014 | By

Lena Schömann, producer of box office hit Fack Ju Göhte (Suck Me Shakespeer), is switching to Constantin Film after 12 years at the distributor-producer’s subsidiary Rat Pack Filmproduktion.

Why Don’t You Play In Hell?

Fumi Nikaido in Screen NYAFF honour

3-Jun-2014 | By

Fumi Nikaido will receive the inaugural Screen International Rising Star Award at the 13th New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), set to run from June 27-July 14.

Back to the Future

Secret Cinema going Back to the Future

3-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Event cinema organiser to recreate the town of Hill Valley for Secret Cinema’s biggest production to date.

Ted Turner

Ted Turner in humanitarian honour

3-Jun-2014 | By

The philanthropist and CNN founder will collect the inaugural Film Independent Humanitarian Award presented in partnership with the UCLA Burkle Global Impact Initiative.

Digital event hears what Millennials want

3-Jun-2014 | By

Millennials, the demographic that content creators and advertisers cannot hear enough about, give new TV shows a 10-minute probation period and will not commit to a series unless Season 2 has the greenlight.

The Wonders

BIM founder takes stake in The Wonders producer

3-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Carlo Cresto-Dina’s Italian production company tempesta has sold a 20% stake to BIM founder Valerio De Paolis.

Guy Kent

Autumn Lights starts Iceland shoot

3-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Producers of Metalhead and Either Way team with LA’s Ashley M Kent on the English-language drama.

Sarajevo CineLink

Sarajevo unveils CineLink 2014 line-up

3-Jun-2014 | By Vladan Petkovic

New projects from Kutlug Ataman, Bogdan Mustata, Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross among the 14 titles.

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy indie signs NBCU deal

3-Jun-2014 | By Alex Farber, Broadcast

Tom Hardy-owned indie Hardy Son and Baker has signed a first-look deal with NBC Universal International.

Bark Ranger

Bark Ranger begins production

2-Jun-2014 | By

Principal photography on Breakthrough Entertainment’s family comedy has started in Toronto.

Bill Murray

QED sells out Rock The Kasbah

2-Jun-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Production on the comedy has kicked off in Marrakech, Morocco. Open Road will distribute in the US in spring 2015 and QED International handled sales.

Chloë Sevigny

XYZ spins Master Cleanse sales

2-Jun-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films has reported a strong response from Cannes buyers to The Master Cleanse, the fantasy horror that launched on the Croisette and will star Johnny Galecki, Chloë Sevigny and Anjelica Huston.


Oliver Stone to direct Snowden Files

2-Jun-2014 | By

The controversial filmmaker renowned for his fiercely intelligent accounts of US history has come on board to direct the tale of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in what will be a race to the screen with rival project No Place To Hide.

Life Itself

Magnolia Int'l seals deals on Life Itself

2-Jun-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia Pictures International has secured a handful of key sales on the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, which screened in Cannes Classics.


Worldview CEO in shock exit

2-Jun-2014 | By

The CEO has departed the ambitious New York-based financier-producer with immediate effect.

Star Wars

Lupita Nyong'o joins Star Wars 7

2-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

12 Years a Slave Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o has been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Son of a Gun

Koch takes Son Of A Gun for UK

2-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor’s Cannes haul includes crime-drama Son of a Gun.

Berry Meyerowitz

eOne acquires Phase 4 Films

2-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Phase 4’s Berry Meyerowitz to preside over eOne’s US film and distribution business

Daniel Radcliffe

IFT sells out on Velocity

2-Jun-2014 | By

International Film Trust (IFT) has sold all overseas territories to Peter Sollett’s upcoming comedy You Shall Know Our Velocity starring Daniel Radcliffe.


Maleficent enchants UK box office

2-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s reimagining posts excellent $11m (£6.6m) debut, including previews, to top the chart; Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past nears £20m after just 11 days in play.

Jeremy Sumpter

Take Down first to $50m Welsh fund

2-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Take Down, a thriller starring Jeremy Sumpter [pictured] from the director of I Know What You Did Last Summer, is to be the first feature to receive investment through the Welsh Government’s new £30m ($50m) Media Investment Budget.

Ralph Fiennes

Russian cash for Solondz, Fiennes projects

2-Jun-2014 | By

Films by Todd Solondz, Ralph Fiennes and Andrei Konchalovsky as well as an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s White Nights, starring Daniel Brühl, are among 12 projects to be supported by Russia’s Ministry of Culture this year.

One On One

Kim Ki-duk to open Venice Days

2-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Kim Ki-duk’s One on One is to open the Venice Film Festival’s independantly run Venice Days section.

Kim Young-woo

Busan names Asian Cinema programmer

2-Jun-2014 | By

Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has appointed Kim Young-woo as Asian Cinema programmer, to handle documentaries and short films from Asia.


Maleficent storms to $106.1m int'l

1-Jun-2014 | By

UPDATED JUNE 2: Disney’s Maleficent scored a better-than-estimated $106.1m international debut in 47 territories to beat Fox’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past as the studio crossed $2bn worldwide.


Angelina Jolie rules US on $70m

1-Jun-2014 | By

Four years since the world last saw Jolie in a lead live-action role, the star returned to winning ways in Maleficent with a career-best launch courtesy of Disney’s fantasy romp.

Kirby Bliss

Continental to sell Recovery

1-Jun-2014 | By

LA-based Continental Media has picked up worldwide sales rights to EBF Productions’ upcoming thriller Recovery.


IFC Midnight finds Asmodexia

30-May-2014 | By

The US rights deal for Marc Carrete’s feature directorial debut follows the recent world premiere at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

Michael Fassbender

Umbrella takes Fassbender thriller

30-May-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Australian distributor pre-buys Trespass Against Us.

Red Dog

Screen Australia backs Blue Dog, Downriver

30-May-2014 | By

Sequel to local box office hit Red Dog wins Screen Australia backing alongside a thriller starring Kerry Fox.

Katie Holmes

Woman In Gold begins shoot

30-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Katie Holmes, Max Irons and Charles Dance among the new additions to the true story starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Brühl.

Hec McAdam

Nyman Libson Paul launch new film funding initiative

30-May-2014 | By

Entertainment accountancy firm Nyman Libson Paul has launched an innovative new funding initiative called The Movies Begin Ltd (TMB), intended to help producers at the early stages of financing their films.

Bronx Obama

Doc specialist Cargo picks up trio

30-May-2014 | By

New York-based Cargo Film & Releasing has secured international sales rights to 1971, Bronx Obama, and David & Me.


Transilvania expands industry offering

30-May-2014 | By

A gala open-air screening of Stephen Frears’ Philomena  will tonight (May 30) launch the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) which is expanding its industry dimension for its 13th edition.

Kathleen Green

Causeway pacts with Spygirl for US arm

30-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Company working on documentary Hostage To The Devil.

Odessa Film Festival

Odessa fest turns to crowdfunding

30-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Festival seeks $25,000 to help run national competition.

Sony moves FX hub to Vancouver

30-May-2014 | By

Lured by British Columbia’s enticing 58% tax incentives, Sony Pictures Imageworks is relocating its headquarters from Los Angeles to Vancouver.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

X-Men dominates online buzz

30-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Disney’s Maleficent tops Tom Cruise actioner Edge of Tomorrow but the latest X-Men feature soars ahead of the rest.


BAFTA unveils sixth Filmmakers Market

30-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Highlights include a British producers’ masterclass with speakers including Damian Jones (Belle) and Kate Ogborn (The Deep Blue Sea).

Curzon Home Cinema

Curzon Home Cinema site relaunched

30-May-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Curzon Cinemas’ Video-on-Demand service is being revamped as the company relaunches its Curzon Home Cinema site.


IMAX opens in Leicester Square

30-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Empire Leicester Square is opening its new IMAX screen to the public from today, screening Tom Cruise thriller Edge of Tomorrow.

Pinewood launches film course with OU

30-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Open University and Pinewood Studios are to work together to produce a free online course for people who are interested in pursuing a commercial career in the film industry.

The Moon and the Sun

China's Kylin ploughs $20.5m into Brosnan film

29-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Investors say their contribution to period drama The Moon And The Sun is China’s biggest financial contribution to a non-studio movie produced outside mainland China. [Exclusive first image]


Noble, Caller drive strong Cannes for Continental

29-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts’ LA based Continental Media have reported a strong response to the Cannes slate led by Nobel and Unknown Caller.


ARC takes Plastic for North America

29-May-2014 | By

Cinema Management Group founder Edward Noeltner has struck a deal for ARC Entertainment to distribute the credit card scam thriller in North America.


MGM, Warner Bros to reboot Stargate

29-May-2014 | By

MGM and Warner Bros are teaming up with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin on a feature trilogy of the 1994 feature.

Nigel Sinclair

White Horse saddles up first film

29-May-2014 | By

Production has begun on A Faster Horse, the first film from Nigel Sinclair and Guy East’s White Horse Pictures.

Man Up

Man Up sells for StudioCanal

29-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Deals include multi-territory accord by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.

Mr. Turner tops Cannes Screen jury scores

29-May-2014 | By Mark Adams, chief film critic

The results are in from Screen International’s team of top film critics at the Cannes Film Festival.

Lego doc

RADiUS builds Lego doc deal

29-May-2014 | By

RADiUS has acquired the bulk of worldwide rights from Submarine to Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson’s Beyond The Brick: A Lego Brickumentary.

Josh Goldstine

Goldstine named Universal marketing head

29-May-2014 | By

Josh Goldstine has been appointed the studio’s president of worldwide marketing.

Seth Rogan at LFF 2011 to support 50/50

Sony, Annapurna team on Sausage Party

29-May-2014 | By

The companies have set June 3 2016 for the release of the Seth Rogen animated comedy.

Larry Charles

Larry Charles to write NFI comedy

29-May-2014 | By

Larry Charles will write and may direct a reimagined version of the cult Australian hit The Man Who Sued God for New Films International (NFI).

It Follows

Buyers flock to Visit's It Follows

29-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe’s Visit Films has closed more deals on David Robert Mitchell’s Cannes buzz title It Follows.


Ginnane preps two more remakes

29-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Producer is planning remakes of Thirst and The Survivor.

Welcome to New York

Ferrara's DSK film tops 100,000 views

29-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Controversial VOD-only release of Welcome to New York sets precedent for future film releases in France.

Begin Again

Shanghai fest unveils competition line-up

29-May-2014 | By

Mostofa S. Farooki’s Ant Story and John Carney’s Begin Again are among the films that will compete for the Golden Goblet Award at this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF).


Indonesia set for box office growth

29-May-2014 | By

The entry of local conglomerate Lippo Group and Korea’s CJ CGV into Indonesian exhibition looks set to shake up a market that has huge potential but has so far failed to grow.

Winter Sleep

Winter Sleep tops Cannes buzz

29-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Palme d’Or winner generates highest volume of online buzz while Kristen Stewart beats Robert Pattinson across social chatter.

Cannes winner to head Kinotavr jury

29-May-2014 | By

After winning Best Screenplay at Cannes for Leviathan, Andrei Zvyagintsev is to head the jury at the 25th “Kinotavr” Open Russian Film Festival in Sochi.

Pitch Black Heist

Fassbender's DMC Film hires Emmerson

29-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

British producer joins Michael Fassbender’s DMC Film.


Maleficent, X-Men in BO battle

29-May-2014 | By

Disney’s fantasy romp starring Angelina Jolie stormed into the UK on May 28 ahead of a 47-market weekend invasion that will face off with Fox International’s proven juggernaut X-Men: Days Of Future Past.


Sing Street sells for FilmNation

29-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation, coming off a strong Cannes market, is close to selling out John Carney’s upcoming Sing Street, featuring music from U2’s Bono and The Edge.

Atom Egoyan

Remember sells for IM Global

28-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Atom Egoyan’s thriller records deals with the likes of France, Italy, Korea and the Middle East, among others.

Force Majeure

Magnolia takes Force Majeure

28-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Distributor acquires US rights to Ruben Östlund’s Un Certain Regard jury prize-winner.


Fandor to Reinvent Hollywood

28-May-2014 | By Emmanuelle Charlier

Streaming service teams up with Reinventors for a six-part interactive web series.

Screen Media revisits Trailer Park Boys

28-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Distributor has acquired US rights to the third instalment of the film series, based on the popular TV show.

Matthijs Wouter Knol

Knol to replace Probst as EFM head

28-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Beki Probst to become president of the Berlinale’s European Film Market after more than 25 years as head of the EFM.

Julianne Moore

Bankside locks Cannes deals

28-May-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Deals across slate including new Julianne Moore and Mickey Rourke dramas.

White God

Metrodome believes in White God

28-May-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor acquires Kornel Mundruczo’s Un Certain Regard winner.

Jennifer Lawrence is Coming

ShortFest unveils first titles

28-May-2014 | By Emmanuelle Charlier

First 10 films selected will play on the festival’s website ahead of online voting, which takes place from June 10-21.

This Time Next Year

Tribeca launches community platform

28-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

In collaboration with web platform Tugg Inc, TFI plans to give community screening venues easy access to an exclusive collection.

A Most Wanted Man

Edinburgh unveils 2014 line-up

28-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Highlights include Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Abel Ferrara’s controversial DSK feature Welcome To New York.

Amour Fou

Arrow targets Amour Fou for UK

28-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Philippe Bober’s Coproduction Office has secured further buyers for Austrian auteur Jessica Hausner’s morbid “romantic comedy” Amour Fou, which screened in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival last week.

Helma Sanders-Brahms

Helma Sanders-Brahms dies aged 73

28-May-2014 | By

The German film industry is mourning the passing of film-maker Helma Sanders-Brahms, one of the leading women directors of the New German Cinema with a broad international following, at the age of 73 after a long illness.

Anne Garefino

Anne Garefino to receive AFI honour

28-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Producer awarded with the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

Greenwich International Film Festival

Greenwich announces inaugural festival

28-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

First edition aims to bridge the worlds of film, finance and philanthropy.

Lars von Trier

Zentropa put under "strict control"

28-May-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Lars von Trier and Peter Aalbæk Jensen’s Zentropa Entertainments has been put under “stricter control” by the Danish Film Institute over future state support for its productions and its auditor has been reported to the National Audit Committee.

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro boards Idol's Eye

27-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Olivier Assayas’ next film stars Robert Pattinson and will be produced and financed by Benaroya Pictures.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Greek Wedding sequel in the works

27-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Nia Vardalos has written sequel to hit comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Goodbye to Language 3D

Jean-Luc Godard's Cannes winner sold to 30 territories

27-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Cannes Jury Prize winner marks Godard’s first Official Selection award in 50-year career.


Film Arcade shines on Nightlight

27-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Horror thriller to be receive day-and-date theatrical and VoD release in the US, with Lionsgate handling home entertainment.

Jonathan Gordon

Jonathan Gordon joins Annapurna

27-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

American Hustle producer appointed as president of production.


Divergent sequel Insurgent begins shoot

27-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Divergent sequel to be released in North America on March 20, 2015.

Michael Gottlieb

Michael Gottlieb dies aged 69

27-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Film-maker and video game producer died on Friday in a motorcycle accident.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

X-Men has mighty China opening

27-May-2014 | By

China Box Office: Fox’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past has had the biggest opening weekend for a Hollywood film so far this year in China, grossing $39.35m in three days (May 23-25).

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

X-Men tops UK box office

27-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s latest X-Men outing posts best debut of the series to date at $15.4m (£9.1m), marking the biggest opening of 2014 in the process.

Salt of the Earth

SPC acquires Salt of the Earth

27-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Sony Pictures Classics takes US rights to Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s Un Certain Regard winner.

La French

Drafthouse takes La French for US

27-May-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Cedric Jimenez’s crime-thriller starring Jean Dujardin impressed in Cannes.

Miss Granny

CJ to remake Miss Granny for China

27-May-2014 | By

CJ E&M has announced Korea-China co-production Once Again, 20’s (working title), a Chinese-language film based on hit Korean comedy Miss Granny.

Palo Alto

Edge acquires Cannes trio

27-May-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Scandi distributor’s pick-ups include Palo Alto [pictured] and Kristen Stewart drama Camp X-Ray.

Darker Than Midnight

Rai Trade sells Darker Than Midnight

27-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Drag queen drama, screened in Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival, sold to Germany, Australia and Poland.

Volker Schlöndorff

EU-US free trade talks under fire

27-May-2014 | By

The TTIP free-trade talks between the EU and US continue to come under fire from a growing chorus of European film-makers and EU Culture Ministers.

Jean Claude Van Damme

Van Damme’s Pound Of Flesh wraps in China

27-May-2014 | By

Ace Studios and Odyssey Media’s action thriller Pound Of Flesh, starring Jean Claude Van Damme, wrapped in Ace Studios’ facilities in Guangdong, China this week.

The Salvation

Cannes buyers find Salvation

27-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

TrustNordisk sells Western starring Mads Mikkelsen into Europe and Asia.

White God

Magnolia acquires White God

26-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The distributor is understood to have picked up North American rights to Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó’s Un Certain Regard winner.

Michael Eklund

Eklund, Sexton join Dark

26-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Joe Dante executive producing the New York-set thriller.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

X-Men rules international on $171m

25-May-2014 | By John Hazelton

X-Men: Days of Future Past took control of the international box office this weekend, grossing $171.1m from more than 100 countries to become the biggest opener ever for Fox International, beating Avatar’s $165m in December 2009.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

X-Men leads US Memorial Day weekend

25-May-2014 | By John Hazelton

X-Men: Days of Future Past had a powerful but not record-breaking opening at the North American box office this weekend, grossing an estimated $90.7m over the first three days of the four day Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Winter Sleep

Winter Sleep wins Palme d'Or


Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep has won the coveted Palme d’Or at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, where Timothy Spall and Julianne Moore picked up Best Actor and Best Actress.

Cannes winners offer some surprises

24-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

There were a number of surprises among the Cannes 2014 winners, in a year in which there were a number of very strong titles but no clear White Ribbon-style masterpiece as a shoo-in for the top award.


Cohen Media Group buys Timbuktu

24-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Film sold by Le Pacte.

White God

White God wins Un Certain Regard

23-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Kornél Mundruczó’s White God has won the top prize in Un Certain Regard at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.

Edgar Wright

Edgar Wright leaves Ant-Man

23-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ director had been attached to the project since 2006.

Love At First Fight (Les Combattants)

‘First Fight’ sweeps Directors’ Fortnight

23-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell, Michael Rosser

Thomas Cailley’s French drama scores hat-trick at the Cannes Film Festival sidebar.


Helge Sasse resigns from Senator

23-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

CEO of the Berlin-based producer-distributor resigns after eight years in the role and “takes responsibility” for major losses in 2013.

Winter Sleep

Winter Sleep wins Cannes Fipresci

23-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Other winners include Jauja and Love at First Fight.

Once in a Lifetime (Les Héritiers)

TF1 closes 'Lifetime' deals

23-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Buyers snap up classroom drama screening in Cannes.

Gutshot Straight

Gutshot Straight sells for Archstone

23-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

George Eads stars as a professional poker player.

Party Girl

Cannes buyers pick up Party Girl

23-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Un Certain Regard titles revolves around 60-year-old nightclub hostess who decides to get married and settle down.

The Tribe

Critics' Week winner The Tribe scores sales

23-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Tale set against backdrop of boarding school for deaf children woos buyers and critics.

Clouds of Sils Maria

Fidalgo takes four Cannes titles

23-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Norwegian distributor scores hat-trick of Competition titles.


Netflix plans biopic of the Queen

23-May-2014 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

Netflix has fought off competition from broadcasters the BBC and ITV and is on the brink of ordering its first original show from the UK – a £100m biopic of the Queen.

Star Wars spin-off hires Godzilla director

23-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Gareth Edwards, the British director behind the recent Gozilla movie, is to direct the first Star Wars spin-off film.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

X-Men set to rule box office

23-May-2014 | By John Hazelton

X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to dominate the global box office this weekend, opening in 80 international markets over the same weekend it makes its debut in North America.

The Gunman

The Gunman gets release date

23-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Open Road and Studiocanal set release for the new thriller from the director of Taken and reveal the first image with star Sean Penn.


Lionsgate, Grindstone take 2br/1ba

23-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment aqcuire domestic rights to indie thriller starring Spy Kids actress Alexa Vega.

SpectiCast rides with Pantani

23-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The story of one of cycling’s most flamboyant icons is being readied for theatrical release in North and South America this July.


Godzilla stomps X-Men in UK buzz

23-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The X-Men may put up a good fight but they prove no match for Godzilla in this week’s online buzz chart.

Evita Nausova Viktor Taus

Czech duo win Kieslowski prize

23-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

In Cannes, the eighth annial Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast award has gone to Merican Chick.

The Tribe

The Tribe wins Cannes Critics' Week

22-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Tribe (Plemya) by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy has won three prizes at the Cannes 2014 Critics’ Week sidebar.

Jason Zada

Focus treks into The Forest

22-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Jason Zada to direct the supernatural thriller; Good Universe partners with Lava Bear on international sales


Soda takes Cannes titles for UK

22-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Soda takes on one title from Cannes Competition and one from Un Certain Regard.


Seville's Mommy births deals

22-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Ahead of its official red-carpet screening, Xavier Dolan’s latest sold to the UK, Scandinavia and Russia/CIS, among others.

Saban Films acquires The Homesman

22-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Newly launched distribution company takes North American rights to Tommy Lee Jones’ Cannes Competition title.

A Girl At My Door

Girl knocks for Peccadillo

22-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: July Jung’s Un Certain Regard title [pictured] among Cannes pick-ups by the independent art-house UK distributor.


Cannes' Cinéfondation winners unveiled

22-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Abbas Kiarostami and the Jury announce the winners of this year’s selection.

The Target

CJ's The Target hits key sales

22-May-2014 | By

Korean remake of Point Blank sells to Germany and Latin America, among others.

Mette Damgaard-Sørensen

Damgaard-Sørensen joins New Danish Screen

22-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Former film commissioner at the Danish Film Institute appointed artistic director.

The Pirates

Lotte pre-sales on The Pirates

22-May-2014 | By

Lee Seok-hoon’s period adventure [pictured] sells to 15 countries.

European Film Awards (EFAs)

EFA submissions go online

22-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

PicturePipe will provide an online platform that will allow producers to submit films to the European Film Awards.

Tom Shoval, Alejandro Iñárritu

Tom Shoval wins Rolex mentorship

22-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Israeli film-maker will work with Alejandro Iñárritu for a year.

Melissa Keeping

ECA heads to CineEurope

22-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Trade association will be hosting a number of events in its ECA Lounge.

The Critic

Raindance goes on tour

22-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

For the first time, Raindance Film Festival will screen some of its selections at Vue cinemas in six cities.

Next Step

Critics' Week launches Next Step

22-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Programme is aimed at the ten selected short film-makers in order to support them in their transition to features.

Andrew Bond and Idris Elba

Andrew Bond wins Launching People

22-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Milton Keynes film-maker named as the winner of the film category in Samsung’s talent search.

The International Sign for Choking

Vyer Films expands into Canada

22-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

The curation-oriented streaming service also acquires 16 titles from Chicago-based distributor Olive Films.


Depardieu thriller sells for Saradan

22-May-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Fledgling UK sales outfit inks multiple deals on Russian thriller.

Carlo Varini

Carlo Varini dies at 67

22-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Director worked on more than 80 pictures in prolific career.


Signature unveils Cannes deals

22-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

UK distributor picks up the likes of Predestination, Young Ones and Hellion [pictured].

Devil's Tower

Monster scales Devil's Tower

22-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Horror [pictured], starring Jason Mewes, has also sold to North America.


Netflix confirms Euro expansion

22-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Streaming service set for its biggest expansion to date.


EC backs online distribution

22-May-2014 | By

€5.5m will be made available for online distribution initiatives.

Andrew Stewart

Andrew Stewart joins IMAX

22-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Stewart named Manager of Corporate Communications.

Cannes 2014: No hyper Marché but solid sales

21-May-2014 | By

International trade was low-key in contrast to the fanfare that surrounded US activity, yet the market correction that has brought more real projects and less bombast augurs well for savvy operators.

Star Wars: Episode VII Abu Dhabi

Star Wars begins Abu Dhabi shoot

21-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Video of JJ Abrams on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, including a previously unseen creature

US producers talk budgets, and passion, of indie film

21-May-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Case studies include Cannes hit It Follows; producer Rebecca Green talks financing challenges.

IFC takes The Salvation

21-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Kristian Levring’s Western received its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival

Affleck Batman

Batman v Superman title revealed

21-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

New film to be titled Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

These Final Hours

Well Go takes These Final Hours

21-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Well Go USA Entertainment closes US deal for Zak Hilditch’s Cannes title.

Evan Rachel Wood

Inception walks with Barefoot

21-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Inception Film Partners has licensed rights in Cannes to more than 25 territories on the Evan Rachel Wood and Scott Speedman rom-com Barefoot.

 David Oyelowo

Selma shoot kicks off

21-May-2014 | By

Paramount Pictures and Pathé announced that principal photography has commenced in the US South on the Martin Luther King Civil Rights drama Selma starringn

Fabian Castro

Uni commits to multicultural marketing team

21-May-2014 | By

Universal Pictures has announced “an intensified commitment” to its multicultural marketing division and promoted Fabian Castro to oversee the department and extended Talitha Watkins’ contract.

Kino Lorber takes Riley

21-May-2014 | By

Kino Lorber has acquired from Le Pacte all US rights to Alain Resnais’ (pictured) final film The Life Of Riley.

Life Itself

AFI DOCS 2014 unveils roster

21-May-2014 | By

AFI DOCS will open with the world premiere of Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey and close with Life Itself.

The Night Crew

Premiere sells Night Crew

21-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Premiere Entertainment Group has closed a raft of deals in Cannes on The Night Crew starring Luke Goss, Danny Trejo and Bokeem Woodbine.

Matthew McConaughey

Bloom strikes Sea Of Trees sales

21-May-2014 | By

Alex Walton arrived on the Croisette with a new company backed by Garmin heir Ken Kao and arguably the prestige title of the market – and the buyers have responded.

Marie’s Story: From Darkness to Light

Indie Sales tells Marie’s Story

21-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Indie Sales has closed key a raft of deals on Jean-Pierre Ameris’ Marie’s Story: From Darkness to Light.

Taipei Factory II

Taipei Factory II wraps in Taiwan


Taipei Factory II, co-produced by Taipei Film Commission and Italy’s Rai Cinema, has wrapped in Taipei.

Bill Murray

Sony to Rock The Kasbah

21-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Sony acquires UK and select territories on Bill Murray comedy.

Christopher Plummer

Egoli Tossell readies bold slate

21-May-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: German outfit readies Hoffman, Plummer, Chelsom films, preps US tie-up.


Bayona's Monster heads to UK, France

21-May-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK, France among multi-million dollar buyers of Lionsgate’s Liam Neeson fantasy.

Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Music Box in tune with Gett

21-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz’ divorce drama premiered in Directors’ Fortnight.

Go-Go Boys

Go-Go Boys scores sales

21-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Documentary about legendary Israeli producers sells to France, Japan and Australia.

Cold In July

NIFF picks up Cannes duo

21-May-2014 | By

Veteran programmer Tony Watts has slotted two Cannes market titles into the upcoming inaugural Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) in Ontario, Canada.

Nicolas Cage

Highland scores with The Trust

21-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Highland Film Group has reported a solid Cannes market and closed key sales on the Nicolas Cage crime thriller.

Wide’s Ballet Boys head to Asia

21-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary Ballet Boys dancing to Taiwan.

Two Women

Russian Cinema Fund unveils 18 films

21-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Russian Cinema Fund, with backing from the Russian Ministry of Culture, presented 18 new Russian productions at a Cannes Market showcase yesterday.

Trevor Philips, Krishnan Guru-Murthy join Creative Week


Trevor Philips OBE and Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy are to join the speakers at Creative Week’s Diversify event.

Summer of Blood

Monster set for Summer of Blood

21-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

New Europe sells vampire comedy to Monster Pictures for Australia and UK.

Giorgio Gosetti

Venice Days jury goes live

21-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Jury will make its final deliberations in a public, live-streamed event.

Adrian Wootton

London, Paris renew film parternship

21-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Film London and Ile de France Film Commission renew partnership for fifth year running.

Brookner and Burroughs, NYFF 1983 (c) Paula Court

Paula Vaccaro talks up slate

21-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Producer is in Cannes with slate that includes a restored William S Burroughs doc and On The Milky Road.

El Americano

El Americano flies around world

21-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Animation features voice cast of Lisa Kudrow, Edward James Olmos and Cheech Marin.

Dyer horror scares up UK buyer

21-May-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Horror-romance starring Danny Dyer sells to UK distributor.

Heart of a Lion

Yellow Affair sells Heart of a Lion

21-May-2014 | By

Company closes multiple sales on Heart of a Lion [pictured].

Cannes daily: Day 8

Cannes 2014: Screen's dailies


Read Screen International’s latest daily magazine from the 67th Cannes Film Festival here.

Jimmys Hall

SPC takes Jimmy's Hall

20-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Wild Bunch expects to sell out on Ken Loach’s competition title.

Mountain Cry

Hairun, Village team for Mountain Cry

20-May-2014 | By

Yang Zi’s film is based on a Chinese novel by Ge Shuiping.

TIme Is Illmatic

Submarine cuts deals on Illmatic

20-May-2014 | By

Submarine has sold a raft of territories on Tribeca opener Time Is Illmatic.

Tove Christensen Vladimir Poliakov Adrien Brody Akon

Glacier mints $100m production fund

20-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Glacier Films backer and producer Vladimir Poliakov is launching a $100m fund to ramp up production at the year-old company.

Brillante Mendoza

Paris Copro Village unveils line-up

20-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Inaugural edition of the new co-production market will run June 12-13.

Kate Bosworth

eOne Canada snaps up Cannes trio

20-May-2014 | By

eOne Films Canada has picked up three titles in Cannes, taking rights to Little Prince from WildBunch, Somnia from Sierra Affinity and Viral from Blumhouse International.


Main Street, Crown Brand strike deal

20-May-2014 | By

Main Street Films announced in Cannes it has entered into a financing and co-production partnership with Hong Kong-based investment fund Crown Brand Corporation Limited.


CineCoup unveils WolfCop 2

20-May-2014 | By

CineCoup has announced that Lowell Dean will direct the sequel to his genre hit WolfCop.

Sundance announces NEXT Fest dates

20-May-2014 | By

Sundance Institute will present the Sundance NEXT Fest summer event from August 7-10.

SSI acquires Spitfire for Poland

20-May-2014 | By

Silver Sword International (SSI) has struck deal with Icebreaker Films to distribute Spitfire Liberator: The Alex Herbst Story in Poland.

Legend of a Rabbit 2

Arclight's Rabbit hops the world

20-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Animated sequel sells to UK distributor, among other territories.

Winter Sleep

Winter Sleep wakes up buyers

20-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: MFI completes slew of deals on Palme d’Or contender. 


Le Pacte seals Timbuktu deals

20-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Film inspired by real-life stoning of  young Mali couple draws buyers.


Arrow takes Honeymoon to UK

20-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia licenses rights to UK distributor, among other deals.

Crowd sells to Curator Films

20-May-2014 | By

Fledgling Los Angeles-based distributor Curator Films has picked up North American rights from FiGa Films to Marcelo Gomes and Cao Guimaraes’s The Man Of The Crowd.

Reel Suspects spreads Love Eternal

20-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Genre specialist continues deals run.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

eOne revenue up 30%

20-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

The Group reported revenue of $1,303m, up 30% on 2013, and underlying EBITDA up 48% on 2013 at $147m.

Worldview gains $200m cash infusion

20-May-2014 | By

Worldview Entertainment has raised $200m that includes a capital raise from existing and new investors to bring the equity and debt level to $350m.

Creative England Angel event

Creative England calls for investment

20-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Creative England is pushing for more private investment in the creative industries.


MAD unveils ten Arab releases

20-May-2014 | By

Cairo-based distributor will release the films across the region over the next year.

Tell Me The Truth About Love

Little Film debuts Genesius slate

20-May-2014 | By

Roster includes Tell Me The Truth About Love [pictured] and The More You Ignore Me.


Rumble Fish launches with Dealer

20-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Former BUF executive in Cannes with trio of films.

Mohammad Shirvani

Rotterdam's HBF backs 11 projects

20-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Each project will receive contributions from IFFR’s fund towards script and project development.

Denmark, NZ signing

Denmark, NZ ink co-pro agreement

20-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Deal to strengthen the partnership between the two countries on film and television productions signed in Cannes.

Debra Winger

Debra Winger to get lifetime award

20-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Lifetime achievement award will also go to Polish film-maker Krzysztof Zanussi during the 13th edition of the festival.


TrustNordisk takes thriller WhoAmI

20-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

TrustNordisk has picked up the international sales rights for the hacker-thriller WhoAmI.

The Snow Queen 2

Russians launch 18 new projects

20-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Some 18 new Russian films will be presented today [May 20].

Producers on the Move 2014

EFP's Producers meet in Cannes

20-May-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Some 24 film producers from across Europe took part in EFP’s networking platform Producers on the Move.


Epic sells Bognacki’s horror Another

20-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Epic Pictures Group acquires international rights to Jason Bognacki’s horror thriller.

Catherine Breillat

Breillat set for Floating Dreams

20-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

French director to direct her first English-language film.

A Campanha Do Creoula

Almeida wins Cannes' Doc prize

20-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Doc Alliance Selection Award was given out at the Marche’s Doc Corner Brunch.

Nandita Solomon

Apparat readies first Indonesia co-pro

20-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Malaysian production company to co-produce Dain Iskander Said’s film with Rupakata Cinema.

Amr Salama

New Century to make Cotton tale

20-May-2014 | By

Egyptian production company to produce first film to team director Amr Salama and Ahmed Helmy.


Screen Flanders awards nine titles

20-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: A total of €2m is to be distributed in the first round of 2014 for Screen Flanders Economic Fund.

Zak Hilditch

Hilditch shares talent insight

20-May-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Australian director took part in a top-level discussion about how the industry can best support new talent.

Visit strikes Critics' Week deals

20-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: It Follows and 10.000KM among titles sold.

Renny Harlin

Renny Harlin to direct Skiptrace

19-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Director Renny Harlin has boarded the buddy action comedy to star Jackie Chan, Seann William Scott and Fan Bingbing, which Alex Walton’s new Bloom is selling in Cannes.

David Hockney

BFI, BBC back David Hockney doc

19-May-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

David Hockney documentary will be produced by Kate Ogborn (The Deep Blue Sea).


TWC 'pays $12m' for Lion

19-May-2014 | By

The Weinstein Company (TWC) has paid what is believed to be in the region of $12m for world rights excluding Australia and New Zealand to Lion.

Welcome to New York

DSK to sue over 's**t' Welcome to New York

19-May-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Fallen IMF chief’s lawyer Jean Veil describes Abel Ferrara’s film as a “shit, a turd”.


HanWay's High-Rise signs for UK, France

19-May-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: HanWay inks UK and French deals on Ben Wheatley’s thriller.

Adam Bakri (L) and Asif Kapadia

Omar star joins Ali and Nino

19-May-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: IM Global has been shopping the project to buyers in Cannes.

Paolo Sorrentino

Sorrentino’s Youth scores sales

19-May-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Wild Bunch and StudioCanal take rights to the Italian director’s follow up to Oscar-winner The Great Beauty.

Sylvester Stallone

Millennium acquires Reach Me

19-May-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Ensemble features Sylvester Stallone and Kyra Sedgwick,

Maria Callas

Niki Caro lines up Callas biopic

19-May-2014 | By

Niki Caro is set to direct the biopic Callas, charting the tragic relationship between the opera diva and Aristotle Onassis.  

Adrien Brody

Adrien Brody joins Corsan's Emperor

19-May-2014 | By

Corsan has cast Adrien Brody in the title role of Lee Tamahori’s revenge tale Emperor. Corsan World Sales has introduced to international buyers in Cannes and Paradigm represents North America.


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