At a panel in Rotterdam, the ‘next wave’ of festival programmers from across the globe debated topics such as how much to programme audience-friendly films while championing more challenging work.
Content Media will commence international sales in Berlin next week on John Suits’ sci-fi action-thriller starring Rachel Nichols, Mekhi Phifer and Missi Pyle.
Production outfit Amour Fou is in development on two projects - including a “feminist vampire” film - with Nobel prize winning Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek.
Ruben Östlund’s family drama leads the pack with six Guldbagge Awards.
BAFTA-winner to adapt short story Dogfight, from cult sci-fi writer; currently in Rotterdam with Brand New-U.
Turner nominated artists The Wilson sisters, Louise Wilson and Jane Wilson, have been in Rotterdam this weekend for the international premiere of their new piece Undead Sun, originally presented in London’s Imperial War Museum last year.
New distribution initiative launched at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
Ava DuVernay and her Selma star David Oyelowo have teamed up with Participant Media to develop a romantic mystery set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina.
An unusually busy first weekend of on-site deal-making in Park City continued into the week as Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush partnered on world rights to Me And Earl And The Dying Girl and The Orchard acquired The Overnight.
EXCLUSIVE: Brady Bowen said on Monday (January 26) the company had acquired international sales rights and will kick off business at the EFM next week.
SUNDANCE: The Orchard has taken North American rights to The Overnight as reports emerged that Lionsgate was closing on Chilewood psychosexual thriller Knock Knock.
EXCLUSIVE: Director issues statement on his reasons for defying filmmaking ban.
Busan Metropolitan City has asked Lee Yong-kwan to step down as festival director of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) ahead of its 20th edition.
Ted Field will produce writer-director Cameron Romero’s zombie origins story.
Warner Bros’ awards contender posts $3.8m (£2.5m) second weekend to dethrone Taken 3; Universal’s Ex Machina leads openers with $1.7m (£1.1m) debut.
Former Rome Film Festival director Marco Mueller has been appointed chief consultant to the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) as the five-year-old festival strives to become a world-class event.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based sales agent does good business at Unifrance Rendezvous.
EXCLUSIVE: Crybaby Pictures plans project with The Bureau, Steel Mill Pictures.
UK wins two of three Canon Tiger Awards at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR); Serbia-Germany short submitted to EFAs.
Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore earned top film acting honours at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (January 25).
Birdman took a big stride towards the Oscar on Saturday night (January 23) as it upset Boyhood to claim best feature at the 26th annual Producers Guild Awards, capping another triumphant night for Fox Searchlight.
SUNDANCE: The distributor has picked up US rights to Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel’s comedy starring Jack Black and James Marsden. At time of writing reports were circulating that SPC had taken the US and territories on The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.
UPDATED JANUARY 26: New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies crossed $600m at the international box office as a record three-day non-holiday Chinese debut delivered a confirmed $49.3m.
EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based sales, production and distribution company heads to the EFM in Berlin with international sales rights to the Alaskan adventure film.
UPDATED JANUARY 26: Clint Eastwood’s box office phenomenon crossed the $200m threshold in its second wide weekend while Lionsgate’s Mortdecai and Disney’s Strange Magic both flopped.
International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is expecting to record 280,000 cinema visits over the festival period, making it one of the biggest public film festivals in Europe.
EXCLUSIVE: Automatic Entertainment will introduce Berlin buyers next month to a slate that includes the thriller Goddess Of Love.
Producer of Cannes award-winner The Wonders takes on first UK production.
French producer Ilann Girard, boss of Arsam International and exec producer on March of the Penguins, has revealed further details of his new CineMart project Cunningham.
Upcoming productions include Ahd Kamel’ s My Driver and I.
Iranian writer-director Reza Mirkarimi’s Today, Iran’s Oscar submission, has been screening at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) this week.
SLAMDANCE: The A-lister is attached to remake rights to the January 24 Slamdance premiere Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World – A Dana Nachman Film in a deal being put together by Submarine’s new remake label Sub/Version.
SUNDANCE UPDATE: The distributor has closed a $3m-plus deal and will partner with Stage 6 Films on the acquisition of the dark comedy that has been an early hit in Park City. Meanwhile A24 closed on The Witch and Alchemy was nearing a US deal for Strangerland.
SUNDANCE: Hot on the heels of the event cinema fund launched by Tugg and New Balloon, Indiegogo and Vimeo have announced a distribution partnership. Separately, Vertical has acquired Dial A Prayer and Gravitas Ventures has picked up Any Day.
Dutch filmmaker Jan-Willem van Ewijk is developing a US-set feature, Sleep, following a father and his teenage daughter as they travel through from the Mid-West to California.
Heretic Outreach has boarded its first projects ahead of IFFR.
Savage Films presents new projects at Rotterdam; Oscar-nominated Flemish director Michaël R. Roskam’s Belgian-set feature The Faithful planning shoot.
Leo Hannewijk, festival director at Film by the Sea in Vlissingen, has taken up a new, additional role as film commissioner in Zeeland.
Speaking in Rotterdam, Netherlands Film Fund director Doreen Boonekamp has delivered an upbeat assessment of the state of the Dutch film industry.
Sales include Taiwan and Scandinavia.
Pan-European cinema event will see five films premiere in Rotterdam and simultaneously across Europe; Distrify Media and Filmin will offer through VOD.
Palme d’Or winners the Dardenne brothers issue statement following the cancellation of the Ramdan Film Festival over terrorist threats and the evacuation of a cinema.
SUNDANCE: Kuwaiti industrialist Nawaf Alghanim announced in Park City on Friday (January 23) the formation of his Los Angeles and Kuwaiti-based financing and production company.
Netflix is understood to have struck a four-film deal with Mark and Jay Duplass, it has emerged in Park City.
SUNDANCE: In another preemptive move that has kept the news flowing in the first two days in Park City, the distributor announced it has acquired North American rights to Kevin Pollak’s directorial debut.
EXCLUSIVE: Angel Grace Productions will commence international sales at the EFM on LA-based BrownBag Pictures and Decipher Entertainment drama starring Ellen Burstyn, Danny Glover and Jane Seymour.
Negeen Yazdi has been promoted to president of international production and Dan Guando to evp of acquisitions, production and development at The Weinstein Company.
Culinary documentary to receive world premiere at Berlin next month.
Australia’s gross box office revenue dropped by 2.28% in 2014 compared to 2013, about the same as the fall from 2012 to 2013.
Browse the digital version of Screen International here including interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Daldry; and special reports on the VFX of Interstellar, the Goteborg Film Festival and short films.
Fox International’s Taken 3 stands at $105.1m and will look to surge past the $125m mark this weekend when it bursts into Australia and Brazil this weekend.
Magnolia has swooped on world rights to the Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders comedy set to premiere in Park City on January 27. Meanwhile A24 was understood to be in advanced talks for US rights to The End Of The Tour.
Martin Scorsese’s prestige independent drama and passion project Silence is moving ahead with a January 30 production start in Taiwan as the latest financing element has entered the equation.
The Weinstein Company has set its release date for the Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama. In other news, DIRECTV Cinema is previewing Tracers, Samuel Goldwyn has acquired Somm: Into The Bottle and Vimeo has launched an on-demand publisher network.
The distributor has acquired all North American rights to the hit South Korean thriller and Cannes 2014 Directors’ Fortnight selection and will release in theatres this summer.
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International has bulked up its Berlin sales slate, taking international rights on Andrew Steggall’s feature debut.
EXCLUSIVE: British director Tom Harper has sharply criticised the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC) over its decision to give his Hammer horror sequel The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death a 15 certificate.
Stray Bear Productions, producer of IFFR opening film War Book, has features lined-up including the story of a gay miner in 1980s Yorkshire.
British director will premiere Eisenstein in Guanajuato at the Berlinale next month.
HBF+Europe to support co-productions with emerging territories.
Outgoing festival director Rutger Wolfson opens his final IFFR; War Book screened to packed theatre.
Megan Ellison is venturing into virtual reality and has formed the joint venture VRSE.farm with artist Chris Milk, whose Evolution Of Verse premieres in Sundance this week.
Veteran Dutch producer Stienette Bosklopper, owner and MD of Circe Film, is turning screenwriter and has written two projects already in advanced development.
Golcrest to launch sci-fi remake at EFM; UTA rep US.
The embattled studio is letting go of marketing chief Dawn Taubin, vice-chair Lew Coleman and COO Mark Zoradi as it plans to lay off approximately 500 people and cut the feature slate to two films a year.
TWC-Dimension has picked up North American rights to Condé Nast Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment’s Osama Bin Laden satire.
The US rights deal for Guillermo Amoedo’s ‘Chilewood’ genre film Eli Roth Presents The Stranger follows the recent world premiere at Fantastic Fest.
The producer has joined Miramax on the eve of Sundance as svp of acquisitions and co-productions.
The Spanish maestro will receive the Writers Guild Of America, West’s Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement.
11th edition of festival to close with UK premiere of Force Majeure, and will feature 33 UK premieres and a record 11 world premieres.
The Museum Of Modern Art and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center have announced their initial selections ahead of the festival, set to run in New York from March 18-29.
The American Cinema Editors (ACE) will honour Diane Adler and Jerry Greenberg as well as journalist Carolyn Giardina at the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards on January 30 in Los Angeles.
Eran Riklis’ drama formerly known as Dancing Arabs is based on Sayed Kashua’s adaptation of his novel of the same name and premiered in Locarno last year.
EXCLUSIVE: StudioCanal executive Nick McKay to start in April.
Cinereach has hired independent film specialist and producer Caroline Kaplan as head of creative initiatives.
EXCLUSIVE: Ariel Vromen will direct the submarine thriller that Fortitude International is fully financing.
Berlinale title follows three gay teenagers as they come out in US Bible Belt.
Projects from Italy, Ireland, Hungary and Poland were the winners at this year’s edition of the When East Meets West (WEMW) co-production market.
Dimitra Tsingou will report to CEO Mike Goodridge.
Cantinas Entertainment has acquired Mission Pictures to form Cantinas Distribution.
The studio is considering letting go of up to 400 employees according to reports.
How to avoid the pitfalls of film finance.
Kristian Brodie, one of the producers of BIFA-winning documentary Next Goal Wins, is departing Agile Films to become an independent producer under his own banner VERYFINE.
Selma, Benedict Cumberbatch, The Lego Movie and ‘Dick Poop’ set social networks buzzing following this year’s Oscar nominations.
The studio issued an unverifiable update on Tuesday (January 20) to say its controversial comedy had reached $40m via digital platforms and been viewed more than 5.8million times.
EXCLUSIVE: Titles from Voltage, Hannibal, Highland Film Group among haul.
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International will handle international sales in Berlin on 100% Halal and VICE Media Benelux’s Dutch Generation 14+ opening night selection.
Elevation Pictures will distribute the Bleecker Street slate in Canada, the company heads announced on Tuesday (January 20).
Christina Thomas will step down as chief executive of BAFTA New York on July 1 and the search for her replacement will begin in February.
Palme d’Or winners Joel and Ethan Coen will serve as presidents of the jury for the 68th Festival de Cannes.
Cinedigm has signed a 10-film deal with Lou Arkoff, Jeff Katz and Hal Sadoff to reinvent a series of American International Pictures (AIP) classics from the 1950s including The Brain Eaters and Girls In Prison.
Sierra/Affinity will kick off pre-sales in Berlin next month on Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut thriller as part of its exclusive deal to license and service Blumhouse International (BHI) films not distributed via Universal Pictures International.
The division of Mexican titan Grupo Televisa is ramping up English-language production and distribution and has appointed Chris Philip to lead its new global distribution and production unit.
Gravitas Ventures has made changes to its team in the run-up to Sundance led by the hiring of Griffin Gmelich from hulu as svp of sales and business development.
The Spanish-language digital rights holders of television and feature film content has launched the beta version of streaming portal and mobile app Pongalo.
The company behind 2014’s top independent faith-based film God’s Not Dead has announced the release for its follow-up.
EXCLUSIVE: The Paris-based company has come on as co-producer and international sales agent on the Chilean director’s low-budget survival thriller.
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired rights to the Hot Docs Film Festival world premiere and upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival selection.
Sundance Institute and Japan Broadcasting Corporation NHK have selected French actress and writer-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre as winner of the 2015 Sundance Institute/NHK Award.
Frank Marshall will receive the American Cinema Editors’ ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker Of The Year Award in Los Angeles on January 30.
Edward Noeltner has come on board to handle international sales excluding Latin America to the children’s fantasy, set to receive its US premiere in Sundance next week.
Russian punk rock protest group to preview latest film and take to the stage at IFFR.
Robert Simonds’ nascent studio has closed an exclusive, four-year premium television deal with Showtime starting this year as it moves ahead with its first four features.
EXCLUSIVE: Goldcrest nabs rights to Stonewall starring Jeremy Irvine ahead of EFM.
World premieres of Wim Wenders’ Every Thing Will Be Fine, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Elser (13 Minutes) and Pablo Larraín’s The Club added to programme.
EXCLUSIVE: Companies from Panama, US, Middle East to debut at Berlin’s EFM; Matthijs Wouter Knol discusses his first six months as market director.
Jump fuelled by Luc Besson’s English-language sci-fi thriller Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson
Fox’s threequel adds $5m (£3.3m) for $18.5m (£12.2m) after 11 days in play; Warner Bros’ American Sniper records Clint Eastwood’s best-ever opening with $3.8m (£2.5m).
London Critics’ Circle reveal top 10 films of 2014.
Ted Hope has been named head of production at Amazon Original Movies as the company behind Golden Globe winner Transparent plans to produce and acquire 12 original features a year.
JANUARY 20 UPDATE: Taken 3 has surged to the cusp of $100m in two weeks as $31.6m from 58 markets elevated the tally to $99.5m after three sessions.
JANUARY 20 UPDATE: The Warner Bros war film expanded wide in its fourth session and vaulted 20 places to top of the charts in a record wide debut for a winter release and a handful of other records.
Browse the digital version of Screen International here including a focus on cinema bookers, Rotterdam and Sundance Film Festivals, and interviews with Birdman director Alejandro G Inarritu, Nightcrawler cinematographer Robert Elswit, The Grand Budapest Hotel production designer Adam Stockhausen and The Imitation Game composer Alexandre Desplat.
Fox Searchlight is making hay while the sun shines and is pushing its two multiple Oscar nominees in US theatres.
EXCLUSIVE: Films licensed internationally through the major US-based sales agencies generated an estimated $1.152bn last year.
Mike Mills, who shot to fame with festival hits Beginners and Thumbsucker, will direct the nostalgic trip back to the 1970’s.
First World War drama sold by Protagonist Pictures to North America, Latin America and Asia.
EXCLUSIVE: Sundance Institute puts UK edition on hold.
Boyhood scored the most online mentions closely followed by the “Cumberbomb”.
Action thriller displays a particular set of skills to see off competition from awards contenders Into the Woods, Foxcatcher, American Sniper and Whiplash.
EXCLUSIVE: Nirpal Bhogal thriller first film on slate.
A closer look at the best picture nominees at the 87th Academy Awards including reactions, reviews and in-depth features.
One day’s shoot on flagship BBC nature doc Planet Earth can generate 28 tonnes of carbon.
New documentaries by Boris Mitic, Vitaly Mansky and Salome Jashi are among the projects being pitched at this year’s East Doc Platform in Prague (March 2-8).
New films on Screenbase this week include Jamie Adams’ Black Mountain Poets, Valérie Donzelli’s romance Marguerite and Julien, and Julie Delpy’s France-set romcom Lolo.
The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman joined Boyhood in the Oscar heavyweight contender category as the Fox Searchlight pair earned nine nods apiece in a nominations announcement that otherwise bristled with surprises.
The omission of Timothy Spall and David Oyelowo from the lead actor nominations were among a thunderous volley of upsets in Thursday’s (January 15) announcement by the Academy.
Full list of nominations for the 87th Academy Awards.
Watch the Academy Awards nominations announcement here…
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) bestowed further glory on IFC Films’ coming-of-age drama on the day of Oscar nominations as the film collected best picture, director, supporting actress and young actor honours.
The Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren, and Anton Corbijn’s Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, to world premiere at Berlinale.
Cutting Edge Group (CEG) subsidiary Air-Edel Associates Ltd has completed negotiations to split away via a management buyout.
Florian Gallenberger’s thriller is set during the Chilean military coup of 1973.
The Participant Media CEO has been appointed executive board chair of the UCLA School Of Theater, Film And Television (TFT).
Principal photography to begin in India this week.
The distributor has acquired US rights to BiFrost Pictures and The Bridge Finance Company’s drama debut starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie that marks Paul Bettany’s feature directorial debut.
Content Media has come on to handle international sales on Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief ahead of the Sundance world premiere on January 25.
Experimental strand to open with Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room
Eddie Redmayne tells of ‘once in a lifetime’ experience and Benedict Cumberbatch is knocked for six while Emma Stone finds the whole occasion ‘surreal’. Hear what the nominees had to say.
Fox International’s Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb rules the international arena and has reached $160.7m as it prepares to enter South Korea.
The DGA nominee and director of Birdman will receive the Vanguard Leadership Award at the fifth annual Sundance Institute benefit on June 2 in Los Angeles.
The co-chairs of Lionsgate’s motion picture group have signed long-term renewals on their contracts.
EXCLUSIVE: Adam Pally and Jason Mantzoukas have joined the cast of the raucous comedy that QED International is financing and selling outside the US, where Lionsgate will distribute.
EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Willis will star in John Pogue’s action thriller Wake for Benaroya Pictures, which International Film Trust will introduce to buyers at the EFM in Berlin next month.
Cinema Management Group (CMG) has acquired all international rights to the thriller starring Luke Goss and Mischa Barton and will commence talks at the EFM in Berlin next month.
The entertainer will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 2015 Board Of Governors Award.
EXCLUSIVE: BBC Films, IFB in production on documentary about champion jockey AP McCoy.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to the upcoming Studio Ghibli animation following their collaboration on The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya.
Queen of the Desert, starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson, added to Berlinale competition line-up; Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as an aged Sherlock, to play out of competition.
Sales company unveils new films by Donzelli, Sfar, Odoul and Garrel at Paris Rendez-vous.
Paris-based sales agent launches new company. First films include Heaven Knows What.
Festival top brass said on Tuesday (January 13) they will dedicate a 150,000 sq ft space at Spring Studios to all visitors to share and celebrate storytelling.
Animatsu inks sales and marketing partnership with Manga Entertainment.
In South Korea, CJ Entertainment’s Ode To My Father has topped the country’s landmark 10 million admissions, taking in $72m according to the Korean Film Council’s ticketing database.
Former agent draws on media career in push to become Labour MP; calls for Cornwall production hub.
The front-runner and director of Boyhood earned his first Directors Guild Of America’s (DGA) nomination on Tuesday (January 13).
The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced on Tuesday (January 13) its nominees for the 13th Annual VES Awards, set to take place on February 4 in Los Angeles.
The crime thriller is the first acquisition to be announced by the company formerly known as Millennium Entertainment.
Citizenfour, The Cut and Quatsch to screen at Berlinale; Critics’ Week Berlin to be launched
The supernatural thriller starring Ali Larter marks the first to hail from Campfire, the production company founded by Content Media and Ross M Dinerstein.
Wolfe Releasing, celebrating its 30th anniversary year, has acquired world rights to two coming-of-age films.
Testament of Youth star says strong female roles are “rare” today.
The studio has moved Jon Favreau’s upcoming version of the family favourite from October 9 to next year.
The group has announced nominees in six categories for the 51st Annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2014 and the CAS Technical Achievement Award Nominations.
Benny & Jolene director completes Modern Romance Trilogy with Downton Abbey’s Tom Cullen, Alice Lowe and Dolly Wells.
The Screen International Best Pitch Award at Tallinn’s Baltic Event last December went to Finnish producers Kaarle Aho and Kai Nordberg of Making Movies Oy who were pitching Impaled Rektum with the feature debutants Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laatio [pictured].
Italian director and screenwriter died on Saturday.
Andy Serkis’ performance capture studio to produce with Double Negative for Sky.
Includes short films from Nadav Lapid, Amit Dutta and Jennifer Reeder.
EXCLUSIVE: Disney’s local language films grossed a combined $236m in 2014.
Annual event set to showcase 90 French productions, 48 of them market premieres.
UK veteran producer Simon Perry has been appointed head of production at Swedish regional film centre Film i Väst in Trollhättan, aka Sweden’s Trollywood.
Amazon Studios signs Woody Allen to create his first television series.
Shana Eddy-Grouf has been appointed svp of international production and development based in Los Angeles as the company deepens its commitment to global production and development.
EXCLUSIVE: Visit Films has filled out its Sundance sales slate, adding international rights to People, Places, Things and The Strongest Man as well as world rights excluding Australia and New Zealand to Sam Klemke’s Time Machine.
Entertainment One Films International president Harold van Lier is to leave the company as it looks to focus sales attention on in-house productions.
Boyhood flew the flag on a strong night for independent cinema as IFC Films’ coming-of-age tale prevailed in the motion picture drama, director and supporting actress categories at the 72nd Golden Globes awards in Beverly Hills on Sunday night (January 11).
EXCLUSIVE: Indian drama stars Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma and The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Tony Revolori.
Epic Pictures Group has rounded out the cast of directors and actors on its upcoming horror anthology.
eOne among those to acquire rights to 3D animated family feature.
Major South Korean investor/distributor Next Entertainment World (NEW) has launched its own international sales division through subsidiary Contents Panda.
Leading Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai will produce the first project to be greenlit by China’s Alibaba Pictures, a drama entitled Bai Du Ren (Ferryman).
Two Days, One Night, Mommy and Fevers nominated in French-language foreign film category.
Fox’s threequel opens to excellent $10.2m (£6.7m), including previews, to dethrone The Theory of Everything; Disney’s Into the Woods hits $3.75m (£2.48m) note on UK bow.
Six women have been elected onto the board of the European Film Academy (EFA).
Cinematic experience “stimulates all five senses”.
International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) unveils Signals line-up including a tribute to Korean director Jang Jin and a focus on artist Bruce McClure.
JANUARY 11 UPDATE: Fresh from its record-setting $5.5bn global box office haul, Fox continued to demonstrate its international potency as Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb ruled the roost, Penguins Of Madagascar crossed $200m and Taken 3 scored a $10.5m number one UK debut.
Liam Neeson returned to the top of the North American box office thanks to an estimated $40.4m debut in 3,594 sites via Fox, while Selma expanded wide through Paramount and soared 22 places to number two on a $11.2m weekend haul.
JANUARY 11 UPDATE: Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Oscar shortlisted Russian film and Golden Globe nominee earned the FIPRESECI Prize while Eastern European cinema dominated the 26th Palm Springs International Film Festival’s juried awards.
The studio has taken Noah Baumbach’s imminent Sundance world premiere off the table, swooping on world rights to the comedy starring Greta Gerwig and newcomer Lola Kirke.
Ten nominations for Birdman and The Theory of Everything; nine for The Imitation Game.
David Oyelowo, Timothy Spall among shock actor snubs.
This year’s BAFTA nomination list is studded with former Screen International Stars of Tomorrow – in particular the acting sections, with two Best Actor contenders in Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne.
Veteran cinema programmer Roy Gower is to take over as head of film at Everyman Cinemas.
Juliette Binoche stars in the Arctic adventure.
Full list of nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards.
Reactions roll in following this year’s BAFTA nominations.
The distributor has acquired a quartet of titles including re-release of S&M fetish film The Pet and screwball comedy Such Good People.
Leading contenders The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman catapulted Twentieth Century Fox to the top.
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the nominees for its eighth-annual EDA Awards.
The executive has joined the rebranded company as svp of business development and mergers & acquisitions.
The Stephen Hawking biopic is closely tailed by Birdman.
Berlinale Co-Production Market and European cinema support fund strengthen partnership with a development award worth $24,000.
Watch the nominations announcement for the EE British Academy Film Awards here…
New films on Screenbase this week include a film about Valérie Trierweiler and a Hungarian drama set to star Michael Nyqvist.
The world premiere of James Franco collaboration Yosemite directed by Gabrielle Demeestere will close the Park City festival on January 29.
The world premiere of Ondi Timoner’s Brand: A Second Coming will open the festival in Austin, Texas, on March 13.
Bill Lee announced the long-awaited change of company name on Thursday (January 8), five months after the CEO and Virgo Investment Group led a management buyout that acquired the catalogue and distribution apparatus.
Fox International’s Taken 3 arrives in around 30 markets including the UK, Australia, Japan and Taiwan this weekend in a big early step for the international thriller.
Robert Redford and George Lucas will take part in an inaugural roster of panel discussions called the Art of Film Weekend at the Sundance Film Festival.
Showcase of new work by international women filmmakers to end after 10 years due to financial pressures.
The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will showcase 23 world premieres and 53 US premieres in its selections from 54 countries.
The studio has scheduled the third instalment of its $200m-plus global horror franchise.
Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has expanded its Tribeca All Access (TAA) programme to include grants and resources for “interactive storytellers statistically underrepresented in the media maker community.”
The Florida premiere of Uruguayan black comedy Mr Kaplan will kick off the Miami Jewish Film Festival, set to run from January 15-29.
The Make-Up Artists And Hair Stylists Guild unveiled nominations in 19 categories on Thursday (January 8).
Two suspects on the run after French magazine massacre leaves 12 dead.
Naomi Kawase, Michael R Roskam, Noomi Rapace among attendees.
Mikael Marcimain drama leads pack; Ruben Ostlund, Roy Andersson films follow.
Scheme offers first roles for black, Asian and minority ethnic talent
Startups focus and China collaboration among Berlin market initiatives.
Dutch film promotion outfit appoints successor to veteran Claudia Landsberger.
Seize Films outline theatrical distribution plans for urban thriller.
James Gunn’s Marvel adaptation is the surprise inclusion in the screenwriting race, while the Writers Guild’s uber-strict eligibility rules exclude The Theory Of Everything, Selma and Birdman. Unbroken fails to make the cut.
The American Society Of Cinematographers (ASC) has unveiled the five motion picture nominees for the 29th Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony set for February 15 in Los Angeles.
Paul Gardner has transitioned from a consulting role to the new position of managing director Canada.
UPDATED JANUARY 7: The Japanese duo Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: Legend Ends combined for $95m as local language releases in 2014 contributed to Warner Bros’ $3.17bn overall international gross.
Honora Production’s Hits, the David Cross dark comedy that premiered in Sundance one year ago, will be released via BitTorrent Bundle.
IFFR reveals Big Screen Awards nominees and the complete line-up for its Bright Future and Spectrum strands, including world premieres from the US, China and the Netherlands.
Controversial comedy The Interview is to be released in UK and Ireland cinemas from February 6, Sony Pictures confirms.
Nominees announced for accolade voted on by the public.
Lionsgate top brass said on Tuesday (January 6) that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will open in China in 3D on February 8.
The European Parliament has called for more balanced funding for European cinema in order to reach wider audiences within Europe and beyond.
David Ellison’s Skydance Productions has signed writing and producing team Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to a first-look and consulting deal.
Browse the digital version of Screen International here including interviews with Jessica Chastain, Felicity Jones, Julianne Moore, JK Simmons and David Oyelowo…
Top local cinema performances last year in Denmark, Finland and Norway.
Goldcrest and Molinare execs elected to the board of screen industries body.
Annapurna Pictures and VICE unite for their first joint production that Ana Lily Amirpour will direct as her follow-up to Sundance 2014’s A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.
The large screen exhibitor has unveiled its latest innovative content grab in a deal with HBO as it continues to explore alternative programming opportunities.
The former CAA agent is named co-president and COO of the financier-producer as founder Teddy Schwarzman prepares to move to LA to launch the West Coast hub.
The director of Cold In July and We Are What We Are has graduated to the studio world and will helm Legendary’s wildfire action film.
The studio has announced the new release date for its upcoming Jason Bourne film reuniting Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass.
Sony Pictures Entertainment said on Tuesday (January 6) that more than 4.3m people have rented or purchased the controversial comedy online and via cable, satellite or telcom providers from December 24-January 4.
In its 40th anniversary year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will receive the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television honour.
Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment have launched the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) to champion women and diversity in film.
Hivos Tiger Awards Competition includes films from Latin America, Thailand, the UK and US.
Top 10 distributors, films and British films of 2014 revealed.
EXCLUSIVE: New head of home entertainment among changes at UK distributor.
Li Ruigang has quit his post as group president of China’s second-largest media conglomerate, Shanghai Media Group (SMG), but will stay on as chairman.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain stayed on top of the China box office in its second week, grossing $58.23m - more than its opening week haul of $51.72m.
UTV Motion Pictures’ PK, starring Aamir Khan and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, has become the Hindi film industry’s highest-grossing film ever in India with a take of $48m (Rs3.05bn), according to industry estimates.
Deal for 51% of the Mark Gordon Company is worth $132.6m.
Twentieth Century Fox broke industry global and international box office records in 2014 as co-heads of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus announced combined grosses of more than $5.5bn and $3.73bn, respectively.
Sony Corp president and CEO Kazuo Hirai stressed the importance of free speech during comments at CES on Monday (January 5) about the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures and the blighted release of The Interview.
Harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky are dipping their toes into the Indian pay-TV market with a $300m-$375m investment in the sub-continent’s direct-to-home broadcaster Videocon d2h.
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Birdman, Gone Girl, Nightcrawler, The Theory Of Everything among Art Directors Guild nominees.
EXCLUSIVE: Films released through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) generated $1.235bn for the calendar year according to studio sources.
International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) to screen new features from Tom Harper and JC Chandor.
The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) announced on Monday (January 5) its motion picture and long-form television nominees for the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards - but there is no place at the table for Selma or Unbroken.
Heather Croall to head Adelaide Fringe Festival after nine years at Sheffield.
Memoir by French President Hollande’s former partner has sold more than 730,000 copies in France and been published across Europe and in the US.
Film-maker Rick Bieber and Ken Clark’s new production company kicks off with demonic love story The Other. Highland Film Group handles international sales and Gersh Agency represents US rights.
Titles including Transformers and Breakup Buddies take box office total to $4.8bn.
EXCLUSIVE: Ticket sales for local language films amounting to at least a quarter of a billion dollars propelled Universal Pictures International’s (UPI) calendar year to $1.43bn.
Universal’s biopic posts chart-topping $5.7m (£3.74m) bow, including previews; Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing leads Fri-Sun chart; StudioCanal’s Paddington crosses £30m.
Serial (Bad) Weddings, Lucy and Superchondriaque lead best year for local productions in 30 years.
Oscar-nominated UK director Tanel Toom and Estonian documentary maker Jaak Kilmi are among 22 film-makers with film projects in the fifth edition of the When East Meets West (WEMW) co-production forum (Jan 18-20).
Italian Film of the Year goes to Marco Martone’s Leopardi.
The London venue may be demolished to make way for a Crossrail ticket hall.
UPDATED JANUARY 5: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies brought in a confirmed $52.5m over the weekend from 65 markets to reach $504.7m.
UPDATED JANUARY 5: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies maintained its hold over the North American box office into the first session of 2015, falling 47% in its third weekend on a confirmed $21.7m through Warner Bros for $220.6m.
Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria have been named co-presidents of feature animation at the studio, replacing chief creative officer Bill Damaschke.
The National Society Of Film Critics has voted Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye To Language best picture of the year 2014.
Powered by the might of Interstellar and the ongoing heroics of the Hobbit finale, Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) achieved a company record $3.17bn in 2014 to become the first studio to cross the $3bn threshold twice.
EXCLUSIVE: The global haul incorporates $1.764bn from Paramount Pictures International in 2014 as the overall result climbed 34.6% on 2013.
Clint Eastwood recorded the biggest opening day of his career in Italy as the war film launched through Warner Bros Pictures International on $1.6m (€1.34m) from 425 screens.
For the second time in the history of the American Cinema Editors (ACE) a tie has resulted in an additional nominee in a category, resulting in six nominations for dramatic feature in the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards.
Top brass at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present the Montecito Award to Jennifer Aniston on January 30.
EXCLUSIVE: Crime drama from Richwater Films to shoot this month.
Battlefield drama extends to Cineworld chain including a special screening in Aldershot, “home” of the British Army.
Nearly $150k raised by offering roles in the feature.
UPDATED JANUARY 4: President Barack Obama, already a significant player in the Sony hack debacle, has imposed economic sanctions on North Korea in light of the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures in a move that drew a stern denunciation from Pyongyang.
International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has completed the selection for its tenth Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films.
Lionsgate releases delivered more than $1.726bn worldwide in 2014, fuelled by a $1.032bn international tally that included $363m from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
The British establishment has unveiled its annual year-end honours, lavishing recognition on a host of talent from the entertainment firmament.
The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) and The Weinstein Company have announced the drama will receive the best picture and outstanding ensemble cast awards in April.
Buoyed by the opening weekend release in 331 independent theatres and in particular the $15m online launch, the studio is expanding the US release of its controversial comedy.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain topped the China box office with a robust $51.72m in its opening six days, while Gu Changwei’s Love On The Cloud opened in second place with $23.17m over five days.
UPDATED JANUARY 2: Global ticket sales for The Walt Disney Studios films generated $4.448bn in 2014, of which $2.83bn came from international and the $1.61bn balance from North America.
UPDATED DECEMBER 29: New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies will see out 2014 as the dominant film as the worldwide tally climbed to $573.6m.
UPDATED DECEMBER 29: New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies stayed top in its second session over the December holiday weekend to reach $168m through Warner Bros, while Sony Picture’s The Interview grossed $2.8m from 331 sites in a day-and-date digital launch that drew 2million rentals and downloads.
In a development that looks set to exacerbate simmering unrest between Sony Pictures and the major exhibitors, the studio has moved ahead with an online platform release for the controversial comedy.
Tony Grisoni added to lineup at TV seminar.
UPDATED DECEMBER 24: Approximately 300 independent theatres across the US will screen the controversial comedy on December 25 after Sony Pictures initially pulled the release in response to last week’s refusal by the five major exhibitors to screen it.
The distributor has picked up North American rights from Cinetic Media to Lawrence Michael Levine’s screwball murder mystery.
International Film Festival Rotterdam festival director Rutger Wolfson has decided to step down from his post after eight years.
UK sales of digital movies rise 280% for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Local films in South Korea have topped 100 million admissions for the third consecutive year.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jiang Wen’s highly-anticipated satire Gone With The Bullets did not disappoint on its opening weekend in China, grossing $54.29m in its first four days.
The chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox will be named 2015 Pioneer Of The Year at the Las Vegas convention on April 22.
The recently promoted president of international theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox will assume the role of chairman of the board of directors.
Screen International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow and behind the scenes looks at Under the Skin and 12 Years a Slave proved popular with readers.
Angela and Catherine Paura have joined Alcon Entertainment as co-presidents of worldwide marketing.
The studios have announced their fourth collaboration Kubo And The Two Strings, featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara and Ralph Fiennes.
The director of four entries in the Fast And Furious franchise will take the reins on the third episode in the sci-fi series and replaces Roberto Orci.
The executive joined in January 2014 and has been promoted to director of sales as longtime vice-president Meghan Wurtz departs to pursue other opportunities.
Adaptation of erotic bestseller to receive international premiere in Berlin.
Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing hits £20m as it retains top spot; StudioCanal’s Paddington holds off newcomers to stay in second with $3.9m (£2.5m).
Swedish star takes the lead in debut feature from Hungarian auteur Balint Kenyeres.
As North Korea stepped up its rhetoric and claimed the US government was behind The Interview, a Sony attorney said on Sunday (December 21) that the studio will distribute the film in some format.
Titles include Schneider vs. Bax from Borgman director Alex van Warmerdam.
China’s Dalian Wanda group held a launch ceremony at the weekend for its latest entertainment projects, Wanda Movie Park and Han Show Theatre, in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Copyright infringement and piracy protection was a point of focus at this year’s Les Arcs Film Festival.
Event cinema specialists stage one-off screening in five cities after Sony cancels release of The Interview.
Other winners include Labyrinth of Lies, These Are The Rules, Underdog, Hyena, Frank.
DECEMBER 22 UPDATE: New Line-MGM’s Middle Earth epic plundered a confirmed $109m to dominate its second session with ease.
New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies dominated the North American box office, grossing an estimated $56.2m from Friday-Sunday that climbed to $91M over five days.
The Lobster [pictured] is presented as case study in co-production market.
Pyongyang has denied FBI claims that North Korea was behind the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyber attacks and called for a joint inquiry with the US into the matter.
Kieran Breen has been promoted to president of international theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox, reporting to co-presidents of worldwide theatrical marketing Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus.
AMPAS has announced the nine features on the shortlist for the Foreign Language Film Academy Award. A record 83 films had been submitted.
Sony top brass have gone on the offensive in light of their vilified decision to cancel the release of The Interview, placing the onus on exhibition partners, hinting at a future release and engaging in a spat with US President Barack Obama.
New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battles Of The Five Armies remains the one to beat on $162.7m through Warner Bros Pictures International heading into its second weekend.
Constantin, Golem, Lucky Red receive biggest grants in 2014; Curzon and Distrify benefit from Online Scheme grants.
Only one of 37 UK single project drama applications gets support in latest round.
Actor and writer discusses career (and Sony hack) at BAFTA retrospective.
Event cinema company launches screening after The Interview is pulled.
New Europe Film Sales nabs Norwegian youth film.
Three classics get digital restoration for Berlin festival.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel gets world premiere at CTBF Royal Film Performance.
New films on Screenbase this week include Salon Pictures’ true story about a feral child Ivan and the Dogs.
Warner Bros’ climactic outing set for strong second weekend.
Robert Duvall will collect the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Icon Award while Alejandro G Iñárritu will receive the Director Of The Year Award for Birdman.
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The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has announced its complete line-up including Premieres, New Voices/New Visions and Modern Masters.
UPDATED: On the day Sony cancels the release of The Interview, Screen charts the timeline of events in the hacking crisis.
Rotterdam unveils initial Signals programme focusing on ‘contemporary reality.’
Thomas Tull’s Legendary Pictures has optioned rights to Andrew Pyper’s forthcoming novel The Damned.
Child-friendly films moved to Glasgow’s main festival.
Distributor acquires international sales rights to Vivieno Caldinelli’s horror comedy, which stars Roddy Piper.
The embattled studio has cancelled the December 25 release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy in light of threats from the suspected cyber attackers behind a string of embarrassing revelations about its business dealings and correspondence.
FilmNation Entertainment has sold a roughly one-third stake of the company valued at $18m to Roadshow in a strategic partnership that sees both parties seek to expand their production operations.
Production wraps in Australia on Jocelyn Moorhouse feature.
Rees to step down after four years as CEO; Karen Stacey interim CEO.
Production has wrapped in Mexico City on Dos Corazones Films’ animation as the company prepares to introduce it to Berlin buyers in February.
Dolphins, Abood Kandaishan and Cairo Time are the among the first titles set to be released theatrically in the Middle East thanks to the Dubai Film Market’s new distribution programme.
The president and CEO of CBS Corporation has joined the USC School Of Cinematic Arts board of councillors, Dean Elizabeth M Daley announced.
Seoul Metropolitan City has ordered Lotte Cinema’s World Tower branch, housing the Guinness record holder for world’s biggest screen, to shut down.
EXCLUSIVE: New MEDIA head Lucia Recalde Langarica tells Screen about untapped potential in European talent.
Ida has continued its winning streak by being voted as the winner of the eighth LUX Film Prize by members of the European Parliament.
Sundance Institute has announced the 12 projects selected for the 2015 January Screenwriters Lab set to run from January 16-21.
For the first time, the guild is awarding lifetime achievement awards in all four crafts comprising the ADG (IATSE Local 800) at the 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in Los Angeles on January 31.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Zhang Yibai’s Fleet Of Time stayed at the top of China’s box office in its second week, grossing $35.64m from 6.3 million admissions.
UK mentor scheme received seventeen applications for each place.
Works In Progress winner is Nataliya Kudryashova for Pioneer Heroes.
Festival will also screen Miss Julie (pictured).
DECEMBER 17 UPDATE: Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cineplex Entertainment and Cinemark are understood to have joined Carmike Cinemas’ boycott of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy in light of ambiguous threats by the hackers believed to be behind the Sony cyber attack.
The 11th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) closes today, but film industry professionals will be able to watch many of the Arab films in the selection online for the next nine months.
Emirati filmmaker Saeed Salmeen Al Murry has won the inaugural Ministry of Interior Award for Best Societal Screenplay at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) for his project Going To Heaven.
Lebanese filmmaker Bass Breish is gearing up to make his feature debut, Mate, with German production house Filmbucht Filmproduktion.
EXCLUSIVE: As Berlin senior staff announced Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups had landed a competition berth in February, details have emerged on the drama’s global distribution network.
Co-production market has three prizes including new Wouter Barendrecht Award in conjunction with Fortissimo Films.
Julianne Moore scores double nominations for Actress of the Year.
Ava DuVernay, tipped to become the first black female director to earn an Oscar nomination after scoring a pioneering Golden Globe nod last week, is one of two new additions to the festival.
A24 has acquired US rights to music video director Adam Smith’s feature directorial debut starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson.
Mongrel International has come on board to sell international rights to Guy Maddin’s Sundance-bound film.
Sundance Selects has made an early move on Untitled Jacques Audiard Film, which is currently in production.
Paramount Pictures International has appointed Yit-Ching Lee, Richard Aseme, Ricardo Cortes and Su Lee to vice-presidents of marketing and distribution at regional offices.
Khadija Al-Salami’s I Am Nojoom, Age 10 And Divorced was awarded best fiction film in the Muhr Feature competition at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), while Nujoom Al Ghanem’s Nearby Sky won the award for best non-fiction film.
Adams will step down as Screen International reviews editor at end of February.
An Education director Lone Scherfig was the first woman to deliver BAFTA’s David Lean lecture.
Screening and extras to be broadcast to 400 UK cinemas as part of pilot scheme.
Jim Stephens has joined the distributor of gay and lesbian films and will share oversight duties with co-president Maria Lynn.
The occasion marks the fourth time an Imax film has crossed the threshold.
Wide House has picked up Maiko’s Dance, a Norwegian documentary now in post-production.
New films from Hal Hartley, James Franco, Gus Van Sant among lineup.
Biopic currently in development with BFI Film Fund; aiming for 2015 shoot.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales companies to get marketing and distribution support thanks to €800k backing.
Enemy, The F Word and Mommy compete for Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.
Selma and Boychoir will bookend the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), set to run from January 2-12.
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones will receive the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s (SBIFF) Cinema Vanguard Award on January 29.
A24 and DIRECTV have swooped on their latest film, taking US rights from world sales agent HanWay Films to the upcoming Sundance world premiere starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn.
Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella to get international premiere out of comp.
SUNDANCE: Robert Redford stars opposite Nick Nolte in Salt Lake City gala
Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing posts chart-topping $15.3m (£9.76m) bow; StudioCanal’s Paddington becomes distributor’s highest grossing release of all time.
Five films to screen at festival and in more than 36 cinemas/VOD platforms as part of new Rotterdam initiative.
The Les Arcs European Film Festival is in full swing, including the sixth edition of the ever-growing Co-Production Village.
The ambitious distributor is understood to be in the final stages of exclusive talks for US rights to Pierce Brosnan starrer How To Make Love Like An Englishman.
Academy voters have made their pre-nomination selections on the road to the 87th Oscars.
Creative England hosts the event in partnership with Danish Film Institute and Irish FIlm Board.
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Baboudjian’s new Dubai-based company Tharwa has boarded Emirati filmmaker Nawaf Al-Janahi’s upcoming English-language psychological thriller Transparent.
The UAE’s first interactive documentary, ZaabiliDoc, a joint project between Emirati filmmaker Hassan Kiyany and photographer Ammar Al Attar, is set to go live this week.
She will serve as director of Ajyal and Qumra festivals.
Low budget production scheme selects 12 projects; hits diversity target.
EXCLUSIVE: Salon Pictures readies Duchenne documentary.
Another keynote comes from Anne Kolbjørnsen, whose credits include Lilyhammer.
Creative Access has proposed a new diversity mentoring scheme for the UK film industry.
Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania is developing a new project inspired by the true story of a woman raped outside a beachfront nightclub in 2012.
EXCLUSIVE: John Stewart Muller’s thriller stars Mira Sorvino [pictured] and Cary Elwes.
A new report from PwC highlights how online platforms are starting to fill the huge demand for youth-oriented Arabic content that is not being met by the traditional film and TV industries across the Middle East.
The Swiss film critics association has named Der Goalie bin ig as the best Swiss film of 2014 and Boyhood as best international film.
Dubai-based Ti22 Films is set to launch an interactive online channel, Dubai ON Demand, on YouTube in 2015, featuring short clips from local personalities.
Powered by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Lionsgate executives said on Sunday (December 14) the studio had reached $1.0003bn for the year-to-date.
Studio executives said on Sunday (December 14) that the family feature was on course this weekend to overtake Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and become its biggest release of all time in the UK.
DECEMBER 15 UPDATE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies has started as it means to go on with a potent reminder of the enduring appeal of Peter Jackson’s commitment to the works of JRR Tolkien, an immense endeavour that has occupied him for close to two decades.
UPDATE: Pawlikowski is only third Polish director to win EFA’s top prize; Steve McQueen pays tribute to Jean Vigo; Ukrainian diector Oleg Sentsov gets an empty seat at the awards in Riga.
Fox’s Biblical epic from Ridley Scott Exodus: Gods And Kings flooded into the US charts on an estimated $24.5m as Mockingjay – Part 1 crossed $275m in its fourth weekend.
At the second VFX + Animation Summit Dublin, international experts and growing local companies gathered to talk about issues such as global competition, tight schedules and training needs. Wendy Mitchell reports.
Guests include John Woo, Zhang Ziyi, Juliette Binoche, Cheng Pei Pei, Tong Dawei, Chen Bolin and Nastassja Kinski.
Israeli Film Critics Association chooses Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel as best international film.
A Dubai Film Market (DFM) panel discussed the challenges in distributing Arab films in the region and internationally, and how Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa’s From A To B may become a game-changer.
MBC’s pan-Arab show Laish La (Why Not?) has turned to Dubai-based, crowd-funding site Aflamnah to finance a project to rebuild a women’s radio station in the Gaza Strip.
Maysoon Pachachi’s Nothing Doing In Baghdad is set to start shooting in February after securing three European co-producers and funding from Visions Sud Est and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC).
EXCLUSIVE: Pan-Arab distributor MAD Solutions will handle distribution in the Arab world for Saudi filmmaker Ahd’s Sandfish, which will be the first production from Paul Baboudjian’s new Dubai-based Tharwa Productions.
EXCLUSIVE: Sheffield Doc/Fest has appointed Claire Aguilar as director of programming and industry engagement.
Warner Bros-New Line-MGM’s fantasy epic grossed a further $13.7m from 28 markets on December 12 following the $11.3m opening day gross across 11 territories on December 10 to stand at $26.6m internationally.
Cinemas understood to be close to an alternative deal with a different company; comparethemarket.com among suitors.
EXCLUSIVE: Dubai-based Vox Cinemas is in final negotiations to acquire pan-Arab rights to Emirati director Waleed Al Shehhi’s Dolphins ahead of its premiere at DIFF on Friday.
Legendary’s Untitled Great Wall Project will open in North America in 3D via Universal on November 23, 2016, and in China in early December 2016.
Voters will consider 323 features deemed eligible for Oscar consideration.
The Ilo Ilo director’s company will produce one or two films per year.
Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods And Kings is ready to ride out in the US.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences unveiled the entire list of eligible scores on December 12.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences said on December 12 that 79 songs are in contention for the original song category for the 87th Oscars.
The London Short Film Festival will return for its 12th year from January 9-18.
New Riga Meetings platform welcomes projects including two projects by Finnish film-maker Aku Louhimies.
Kuwaiti filmmaker Abdullah Boushahri won the $100,000 IWC Filmmaker Award for his feature project The Water at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) on Thursday night.
EXCLUSIVE: Jon Rushton, Steve Lewis upped at UK distributor.
Top brass at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival have announced the multiple recipients for the 2015 Virtuosos Award.
Alanis Morissette, Vincent Perez and Orla Brady star in Mary McGuckian feature.
Jafar Panahi [pictured] among the recipients.
Two of the Middle East’s biggest broadcasters called on Arab filmmakers to start making more genre movies at a Dubai Film Market (DFM) seminar on Thursday (Dec 11).
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Warner Bros’ climactic outing of The Hobbit trilogy set for chart-topping bow.
Emirati filmmaker Amal Al-Agroobi, best known for her non-fiction works The Brain That Sings and Half, is developing her first narrative work.
DIFF and Samsung are joining forces with Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) on the second edition of the short film competition they inaugurated this year.
Birdman is fast emerging as Fox Searchlight’s poster child of the season as the New Regency production emerged top of the pile on December 11 with seven 72nd Golden Globe nominations.
Eddie Redmayne was doing holiday shopping when he heard about his nomination and Force Majeure’s Ruben Östlund says he could get used to being pampered. Read on for more reactions.
Lionsgate has promoted 11-year veteran Sean Kisker to the newly created position of chief strategy officer and general manager of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
EXCLUSIVE: Thai sales company Mosquito Films Distribution has picked up Singaporean filmmaker Liao Jiekai’s sophomore feature As You Were.
Dean Devlin’s action film starring Gerard Butler will open on October 21 2016, the studio has announced.
The director of A League Of Their Own and Big has signed a two-film deal with Georgia-based FONU2 subsidiary Studioplex City, kicking off with a biopic about Effa Manley.
Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Fatih Akin’s quest story starring Tahar Rahim.
10 European actors to be celebrated by EFP in Berlin.
Nigerian-UK actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is set to voice the protagonist of an ambitious Emirati feature-length animation inspired by a figure in Arabic folklore.
The producer and former executive director of the International Documentary Association (IDA) will lead the Washington DC-based annual event AFI DOCS.
Other winners included Winter Sleep, The Dark Horse and Red Amnesia.
Amit Chopra, currently COO of US and Canada-based Digital Domain 3.0, has been promoted to executive vice president of its parent company, Hong Kong-listed Digital Domain Holdings.
Mor Loushy’s documentary will make its world premiere at Sundance.
Demetriou will be responsible for creating original audio-visual content with WMUK artists and brand partners
EXCLUSIVE: New films from Pathe, StudioCanal, Gaumont among haul.
EXCLUSIVE: UK deal in place for Andrew Kotting’s film from Salon Pictures.
EXCLUSIVE: The Chilean director of Hidden In The Woods has lined up an April shoot for the micro-budget survival thriller in what will mark his second English-language feature.
Birdman garnered four Screen Actors Guild nominations on December 10 for Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and ensemble, while Norton and Benedict Cumberbatch earned three apiece. Fox Searchlight led the studios on six nods.
Stuart Ford’s company has launched IM Global Music in partnership with music industry executive and former Miramax colleague David Schulhof.
One day after it emerged the executive was leaving Cinedigm, he is returning to the Millennium fold to assume the newly created role of svp of marketing.
The deal covers North American rights to the thriller starring Fran Kranz. Separately Sundance Selects has picked up The Search For General Tso, Image Entertainment has acquired Roadside and WellGo USA has set a US release date for Supremacy.
Gabriel and Daniel Hammond’s ambitious finance, production and distribution upstart has led a Series A investment round in the cinema-on-demand player.
EXCLUSIVE: Highland Film Group has taken on international sales of Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa’s pan-Arab road movie From A To B.
UPDATED DECEMBER 10: The second largest city in Colombian has become the first in the growing Latin American territory to offer an incentive.
The 11th edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) combines a host of award season contenders with a fresh crop of Arab fare.
Former FremantleMedia UK chief executive Sara Geater has won the race to become chair of Pact council in the organisation’s first contested election in at least 14 years.
The fund was launched at the Singapore Media Festival.
The market, which opens today, is expecting nearly 5000 people from 60 countries.
AAM will provide software to the Chinese cinema operator as part of a long term partnership.
Live dance with Strictly Ballroom screening and Paul Merton show among first events.
Principal photography has wrapped on Dad’s Army, with Universal Pictures releasing in UK on Feb 5, 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: Afghan war film expands after two-week Vue window.
Arts Alliance to distribute five shows under Globe on Screen banner.
Top brass have announced 60 films culled from 8,061 submissions across four categories – US and international narrative, documentary and animation.
Top brass are restructuring theatrical acquisitions in light of the sudden departure of svp of theatrical releasing Vincent Scordino.
Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke will collect the American Rivera Award at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), marking the first time two people will share the honour.
DOC Toronto’s The DOC Institute has announced its inaugural awards, giving the DOC Star Award to Elizabeth Klinck and the New Visions Award presented by Urban Post Production to Brett Story.
eOne and YouTube stars Cimorelli – the six singing sisters from Malibu – have struck a multi-year output deal to create and distribute original content in all filmed entertainment media.
All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW), Japanese production company Wilco Co and Los Angeles-based Depth Of Field will adapt, develop and produce the Japanese horror thriller for the English-language market.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Zhang Yibai’s Fleet Of Time walloped John Woo’s The Crossing: Part 1 on its opening weekend in China, grossing $33.07m in its first three days.
At ScreenSingapore where it launched last year, the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) for media content producers today announced partnership agreements with major Australia-based crowd-funding portal Pozible and the Motion Picture Association of Cambodia (MPAC).
The distributor will release the action comedy in a theatrical and digital day-and-date launch on March 6.
Creative England is to launch a second round of business development programme Compass.
Linklater, Fiennes and Kate Kinninmont MBE receive associateships at Annual Show.
Partnership to finance, produce, acquire, market and distribute features.
Alien and Chariots of Fire editor receives BAFTA award.
Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and panel participants including George Lucas.
For the first time the year-end list includes 11 as opposed to the usual 10 features - but Gone Girl and Inherent Vice fail to make the cut.
Jared Keeso, Lauren Lee Smith, Ennis Esmer and Gil Bellows will star star in the Butler Brothers’ sports comedy, which Marina Cordoni Entertainment will introduce to buyers in Berlin.
StudioCanal’s adaptation adds $6m (£3.8m) to hold off Mockingjay and Penguins of Madagascar.
Egyptian actor Nour El-Sherif and Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle will both receive lifetime achievement awards at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
The manager has partnered with Charles Roven to form the subsidiary of Atlas Entertainment.
The executive arrives as evp of business and legal affairs, OddLot Entertainment co-presidents Bill Lischak and Michael Nathanson announced on December 8.
Japan’s Toho has announced it will produce another homegrown Godzilla film by 2016.
Canadian, UK and Brazilian films win at online film festival.
Eros International has picked up world rights to the first two productions from Salman Khan Films – Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Hero.
Guild partners with Producers Guild of America, Guild of Italy
Majority of films and TV available through legal platforms, according to new report.
Wide Management has sold romance Wasp to Dutch distributor Arti Film.
New films on Screenbase this week include the latest James Bond film Spectre, Todd Haynes’ New York-set lesbian love story Carol and Howard J. Ford’s child abduction thriller Never Let Go.
AWARDS: Boyhood wins best feature, director, actress and editing.
A lacklustre session enlivened only by an excellent limited bow for Wild saw box office for the top 12 earn $70.4m and fall 54% against last weekend and 19% against the comparable weekend in 2013.
Yann Demange wins best director; Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Brendan Gleeson take home top acting prizes.
As the Latin American film market came to a close in Buenos Aires at the weekend (December 5), market organisers unveiled a number of award winners.
Selma star David Oyelowo will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Breakthrough Performance Award.
DECEMBER 8 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s YA hit marches on as a confirmed $32.9m from 87 markets propelled the international running total to $306.6m and $564.7m worldwide.
Production has commence in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, on the film starring Dree Hemingway.
Abderrahmane Sissako, Leila Hatami, Cristian Mungiu and Danis Tanovic are the first names confirmed to participate.
Bruce Beresford has begun principal photography in Los Angeles on the drama starring Eddie Murphy.
Other winners include 10% and Ignorant.
Joanna Hogg dedicated her award to the late Chris Collins.
Laura Poitras’ acclaimed documentary has prevailed in the International Documentary Association’s 2014 IDA Documentary Awards.
EXCLUSIVE: Duo will take over the running of the awards from January following Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson stepping down as co-directors.
Filmmakers behind SXSW and Sheffield Doc Fest film to launch UK roadshow.
Panellists on December 4 spoke of the need to scrutinise every possible creative ownership stake when preparing a remake.
The writer-director has joined the roster of directors on the upcoming horror anthology
MPI Media Group and the New Zealand Film Commission have partnered to finance and produce a slate of films for New Zealand’s Lower Budget Feature Films programme.
Lee Daniels is heading the jury for the Muhr Feature competition at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
StudioCanal’s adaptation set to follow up record-breaking opening with strong second weekend.
Filth, Pride and Philomena among film nominees; awards take place on Jan 19 in London.
Academy Award nominated film-maker’s new feature What Happened, Miss Simone? will premiere in 2015.
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The 2015 selection includes a strong Latin American flavour, led by Eli Roth’s Chilewood psychosexual Park City At Midnight entry Knock Knock starring Keanu Reeves and Lorenza Izzo.
Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as 007 will also star Andrew Scott, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci and David Bautista, alongside returning cast members.
New films from Nicole Kidman, Michael Fassbender, Louie Psihoyos and Sebastian Silva are featured in the festival’s line-up of US and world competition strands and the NEXT programme.
The studio announced on December 4 that the star of The Imitation Game will play the Sorcerer Supreme.
EXCLUSIVE: The producers behind Mexico-based Dark Factory have mapped an ambitious road ahead after securing a Sundance world premiere berth for their first English-language production, Reversal.
School teams with ARP Selection for award; Cameron Bailey, Alberto Barbera among jury.
Lionsgate’s YA adaptation soared past the milestone on the night of December 3 to reach $504.8m, of which $271m comes from international markets.
Reese Witherspoon will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Chairman’s Award for Wild at the annual awards gala on January 3.
Fund will develop up to four feature films and will develop and produce up to eight short films every year.
Ambition is to roll-out brand worldwide, says spokesperson.
Jorge Stamadianos of Fox, Alejandro Cacetta and Juan Vera of Patagonik Film Group in Argentina and Robert Darwell of Sheppard Mullin will be among the participants at the Remake IT! session at Ventana Sur on December 4.
Pinewood Shepperton plc is now the sole owner of Shepperton Studios Property Partnership.
EXCLUSIVE: Oliver Stone and Audiard dramas, Mel Gibson action Blood Father and Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire among haul.
Former chief customer officer for Metro appointed commercial director (UK & Ireland).
Blonde to Black Pictures looks to digital platform for company investment.
New documentary strand to feature at 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Two UK exhibition projects awarded with £50,000 prize.
Company closes deal for all UK and international rights to Kim Longinotto’s latest feature and sets a UK release date for March.
VENTANA SUR: The four Chilean directors who will take part in creating the opening night film of Cannes 2015 Directors’ Fortnight were unveiled on December 3.
VENTANA SUR: FilmSharks has licensed Latin American and Spanish rights to Disney for its upcoming $6m Argentina-Spain co-production about the Pontiff.
VENTANA SUR: The Panama co-production market is teaming up with the industry office of the Guadalajara International Film Festival for its 2015 edition.
The distributor has acquired US rights to the Kristen Wiig starrer following the comedy’s September world premiere in Toronto.
Matthew Vaughn’s MARV Films has acquired motion picture rights to the young adult novel written by author and filmmaker Tonya Hurley.
Stephen Kijak’s documentary to hit cinemas on Feb 26.
EXCLUSIVE: Last Knights, Ruth & Alex, The Loft among haul.
The Interstellar director will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award at the 19th Annual Art Directors Guild?s Excellence In Production Design Awards, on January 21.
Dedicated documenary brand will see a full slate of feature documentaries released theatrically, digitally and to home entertainment, including The Square [pictured].
Fox Searchlight has acquired US, UK, Australia/New Zealand, France and Germany while Sony has taken Latin America and other territories on Jean-Marc Vallée’s upcoming romance starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.
As a result of the expansion, Evan Hayes has been appointed president of production at Parkes/MacDonald.
Force Majeure, Big Eyes, Phoenix and The Tribe among films to be screened at upcoming 44th edition of IFFR.
Autumn Statement also introduces tax break for live-action kids programming.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor picks up The Town That Dreaded Sundown, finalises slate.
Howard J. Ford’s latest feature stars Angela Dixon as a single mother whose daughter is abducted whilst on holiday.
Scott Free London, the Ridley Scott-backed indie, plans to expand its TV development team after it struck a first-look deal with Sonar Entertainment.
Countries are set to have partial participation in Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme.
New initiative is a continuation of its post-production showcase.
VENTANA SUR: To dub in English or not to dub and the challenges of day-and-date releasing were among the topics sales agents addressed in Buenos Aires on December 2.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences unveiled on December 2 the 15-strong list of documentary features that advance in the voting process.
Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremaux spoke of his “special love” for Argentina, proposed a ban on selfies on the red carpet and called for a relaxing of distribution windows in a masterclass at Ventana Sur on December 2.
JC Chandor’s A Most Violent Year has scooped the best film prize as the National Board Of Review announced its 2014 selections.
EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films has picked up North American sales rights to the thriller from debut writer-director Jamie M Dagg.
Claude Joli-Coeur has been appointed Canadian government film commissioner and chair of the National Film Board (NFB) for a five-year term, effective from November 27.
VENTANA SUR EXCLUSIVE: Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires-based sales agent has licensed Hungary and Romania on Torrente: Mission Euro Vegas to ADS Service following the previously announced deal with Disney.
The organisers of the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will screen 50 of the 83 foreign-language Oscar submissions.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: StudioCanal UK boss on fighting for audience attention, Paddington and the Cumberbitches.
SPC has delayed the release of Gabe Polsky’s film, the stunning omission from the Academy’s documentary shortlist announced on December 2.
Adopt Films has picked up Effie Gray for the US and plans a spring theatrical release.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: UK producers and financiers talk finance.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: ‘International ambitions’ panel says China is a candy apple that can’t be bitten quite yet.
EXCLUSIVE: Tom Davia and Diego Marambio have officially unveiled their Miami-based consultancy.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Interstellar held onto the top spot for a third week at the China box office, although Pang Ho-cheung’s romantic comedy Women Who Flirt had a respectable opening.
Romantic comedy stars Sarah Jessica Parker and former Screen Star of Tomorrow Rosie Day.
O’Brien appointed to the newly-created position of executive vice president, corporate development.
The UK’s Mara Pictures has acquired Pakistani drama Dukhtar (Daughter), which it plans to release theatrically in the UK in April 2015.
New report on the Russian film industry to be presented in Moscow.
Ahead of the 2014 ceremony, APSA also announce Reza Dormishian as recipient of APSA Academy NETPAC Development Prize.
South Korean exhibitor will start running Junction Cineplex in Myanmar from Dec 6.
Catalogue includes Cine-Asia collection which will be made available on DVD and BR for the first time in almost two years.
Irish city becomes fifth in the world to be awarded permanent status of UNESCO City of Film.
Online film festival announces shortlist for its charity edition, which aims to raise awareness of human rights, social, economic and environmental issues.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Industry debate continues about how to grow cinema audiences after a tough year at the box office.
Unifrance has announced the titles competing in this year’s online event focused on French-language features and shorts that have had limited international exposure.
Hours after the New York Film Critics Circle favoured Boyhood, the Gotham Awards have presented two key honours to Birdman.
Festival top brass announced the 19 films that will screen at the Slamdance Film Festival, set to run in Park City, Utah, from January 23-29.
The New York Film Critics Circle have announced the season’s first meaningful bucket of awards and anointed Boyhood best film, Richard Linklater best director and Patricia Arquette best supporting actress.
The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) has unveiled its Documentary Motion Pictures nominees.
The Jason Statham action thriller also stars Michael Angarano, Milo Ventimiglia and Dominik García-Lorido and will open theatrically and on VOD in a day-and-date pattern on January 30.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Belle director Amma Asante calls on industry to support filmmakers beyond their first movie.
Twenty-four years after he played a young man out to avenge his brother’s death in 1989’s Kickboxer, the Belgian martial arts icon has replaced Tony Jaa on the remake cast in the instructor role.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: BFI chief executive Amanda Nevill hopes to see market share of British films double in the UK.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Exhibition, distribution and production execs say digital needs to be embraced if cinema hopes to remain relevant.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Panel discuss developing producers, directors.
StudioCanal’s adaptation grosses $8m (£5.1m) from its 520 sites to record the distributor’s best-ever UK opening.
EXCLUSIVE: Film and TV productions to get funding injection.
Redmayne lauded for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
Crocodile, directed by the Philippines’ Francis Xavier Pasion, won the Grand Prize at this year’s Tokyo Filmex film festival (November 22-30).
Bullying and sexual harassment is “rife” in the film and TV stunt industry, according to a study published by actors’ union Equity.
DECEMBER 1 UPDATE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has raced to $480.3m worldwide after 10 days, according to Lionsgate executives.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 brought in an estimated $56.9m through Lionsgate over Thanksgiving weekend to reach $225.7m after two sessions as The Imitation Game scored a sensational limited debut.
EXCLUSIVE: Lony Ruhmann, Blanc/Biehn Productions and Give & Take Productions are ramping up production on the thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: The Irish animation and VFX industries are getting a new apprenticeship programme, backed by Animation Skillnet, Screen Training Ireland and the Irish Film Board.
Other winners include hit US podcast Serial.
Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier has given his first interview since 2011, after he has been sober for three months and attending daily Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
It was announced today at the VFX Summit in Dublin that the Cartoon Saloon and Aircraft Pictures production is closing finance now.
The Brazilian organisation is promoting three titles in action across the Buenos Aires market next week.
Exhibition execs discuss the virtual print fee on panel about funding the future of digital.
Paddington also bears up in social media charts.
Mitch Sandler, Mitch Solomon and Magnet Management’s production arm Pull Pictures have earmarked 2015 for the love triangle thriller starring Willa Holland from Arrow.
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National Film School student wins inaugrual award.
Producers from Finland, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland and Russia picked up awards at this year’s 13th Baltic Event co-production market (Nov 24-28) in Tallinn.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has crossed $200m at the international box office and $370m worldwide.
Cinemas must engage more with audiences outside of the theatres, according to the CEO of Digital Cinema Media.
Prize comes with access to Wellcome Trust’s scientists and research, plus £30,000.
Ten strong line-up of titles unveiled; Wenders to take part in on stage conversation.
Hong Kong and South Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which aims to encourage collaboration between the two countries’ creative industries.
Wayne Blair, Rachel Perkins, Greg McLean, Cameron and Colin Cairnes get green lights for new Australian films, including a new feature starring Kevin Bacon.
China’s Wanda Group and Korea’s second biggest city, Busan, are reportedly setting up a $90m (KRW100bn) fund to finance China-Korea co-productions.
Fernandes joins from Company 3.
Forthcoming feature debut of Kirsten Tan wins $75,000 production prize.
HBO Europe has re-emphasised its commitment to feature documentary as a core part of its original programming.
Richard Linklater will collect the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the annual awards gala on January 3.
StudioCanal UK CEO joins the summit line-up alongside Google content exec Lisa Rousseauand writer-director Jane Linfoot.
In arguably the most high-profile TV project to involve film stars since Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were cast in True Detective, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are to star in a darkly comedic limited series as kindergarten mothers.
Jury includes Golden Leopard-winning director Angelina Maccarone, actress jenny Schily and producer Jochen Laube.
Tesco-owned TVOD service Blinkbox has inked a deal with Entertainment Film Distributors to host titles including American Hustle, The Butler, Transcendence, Her and August: Osage County.
Festival bookended by Stephen Hawking biopic and musical Into the Woods.
Birdman earned six nods and Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Selma five apiece as Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna unveiled the 2014 Spirit Award nominations in Los Angeles on November 25.
Universal Pictures International Entertainment Content Group will handle the release outside the US on Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck prior to the HBO broadcast in 2015.
Ridley Scott with receive the Visual Effects Society’s VES Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual VES Awards on February 4 in Los Angeles.
EXCLUSIVE: Gone Girl actress stars alongside Shiloh Fernandez and Nick Nolte.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar retained its lead at the top of the China box office last week, grossing $41.45m from 7 million admissions.
Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s No Man’s Land was awarded the $16,000 (Rs1m) NFDC Development Award at the close of the Film Bazaar co-production market (Nov 20-24).
The National Association Of Theatre Owners (NATO) has announced the dates of its fifth annual convention in Las Vegas.
Pinewood Shepperton suffered a dip in revenue from its TV operations as it prepares to exit its Teddington facility.
Midway through International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the In the Basement director has talked about his period drama; while George Takei has revealed details on his WWII project and Autlook and picked up new titles.
CPH:DOX has broken its own audience record for the 12th consecutive year.
Andre Singer’s Night Will Fall will get a global broadcast launch on Jan 27, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
New study highlights imbalance between funding for distribution and production.
Metrodome sets UK release date for crime drama.
Miles Chapman to adapt sci-fi novel.
Rai Com boosts slate with Partly Cloudy, Probably Sunny and Latin Lover.
Nick Meyer has reported a slew of sales on Untitled Patricia Highsmith, with Sony taking multiple territories on the psychological thriller that will now also star Eddie Marsan.
Aaron Sorkin’s biopic about the tech visionary and late Apple chief has landed at Universal after Sony put it in turnaround last week.
The UK’s Kelly Reilly is among the new arrivals with Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch as production gets underway in California.
The film formerly known as The Untitled Armored Car Project has a name and will open theatrically on August 15, 2015.
EXCLUSIVE: Kunal Nayyar has been cast in Sikhya Entertainment’s sci-fi drama Punha, marking The Big Bang Theory star’s first acting role in Hindi.
Kevorkian, Shoval, Haq, Fiennes, Sigurðsson, Nikonova and Runarsson heading to Les Arcs European Film Festival with upcoming projects.
Producer of Gravity and Harry Potter discusses why a 3D version of Paddington was not considered.
The Selfish Giant director has told Screen how the Wellcome Trust and BFI Screenwriting Fellowship has informed her upcoming project.
Lionsgate’s adaptation records biggest opening of 2014 to date with confirmed $19.8m (£12.65m), including previews.
EXCLUSIVE: Menemsha Films has taken US rights to Alvaro Brechner’s second feature - Uruguay’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Awards also included the youngest-ever winner of a Bafta.
EXCLUSIVE: Priya Sreedharan’s start-up production outfit Open Air Films is partnering with Excel Entertainment on romantic drama Three Storeys.
Canada’s Studio Film Group (SFG) International will co-produce Abhijeet Singh Parmar’s debut feature Overcoat, which will be made under the recently signed India-Canada co-production treaty.
EXCLUSIVE: Pune and Mumbai-based IME Motion Pictures will co-produce Indo-Italian project Lala, to be directed by Goutam Ghose.
EXCLUSIVE: Jar Pictures has unveiled a slate of upcoming productions headed by DoP Shanker Raman’s directorial debut Gurgaon and Gaurav Saxena’s feature version of his celebrated short film, Rangzen.
Global Screen scores major sale of fantasy adventure.
BBC America has appointed Sundance TV chief Sarah Barnett as president and general manager, one month after Sundance parent firm AMC Networks acquired a stake in the US cable network.
EXCLUSIVE: Navalakha Arts and Holy Basil Productions have acquired Indian theatrical and satellite rights to Amit Kumar’s thriller Monsoon Shootout, which they plan to give a wide release in the first quarter of next year.
NOVEMBER 24 UPDATE: Storming to a confirmed $276.2m worldwide, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 delivered $154.3m from the first five days in 85 markets through Lionsgate International licensees.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 starring Jennifer Lawrence was the clear winner at the North American box office although it scored the lowest of all three entries in the franchise so far.
Lou Ye’s Blind Massage was the big winner at this year’s Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, scooping six prizes including best film and best new performer for Zhang Lei.
EXCLUSIVE: Germany’s Pallas Film will co-produce Rajesh Jala’s The Spark (Chingari) with France’s ASAP Films, which boarded the project at Film Bazaar last year.
Mumbai-based Jar Pictures is producing the next feature from Killa director Avinash Arun, a Marathi-language drama entitled Boomerang.
EXCLUSIVE: India’s National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and France’s Catherine Dussart Productions have boarded Rajnesh Domalpalli’s rural fable Avani as co-producers.
EXCLUSIVE: Mumbai-based production and distribution company Essel Vision is producing Fandry director Nagraj Manjule’s next Marathi-language project, Sairaat.
Film London’s Microwave scheme is going global with an inititive to finance a UK-Indian feature based on Shakespeare’s writing.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based production company Octobre19 has boarded Ashim Ahluwalia’s The Boyfriend as a co-producer.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani will star in Qissa director Anup Singh’s upcoming drama Mantra - The Song Of Scorpions.
EXCLUSIVE: Kunal Nayyar, star of The Big Bang Theory, is heading the cast of Aditya Bhattacharya’s A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, an English-language crime drama shooting in India and Los Angeles.
Millennium Entertainment has made its first buy since the management take-over earlier this year led by Bill Lee and acquired the LA operations of Amplify in a move that demonstrates its digital ambitions.
The director of Boyhood will collect the Casting Society Of America’s Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards on January 22.
The New York-based film distributor has acquired US rights from Coproduction Office to Jessica Hausner’s Cannes selection.
The star of Gone Girl will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Breakthrough Performance Award on January 3.
EXCLUSIVE: Antoniak’s third picture revolves around intense lesbian affair between two Amsterdam teenagers.
EXCLUSIVE: Germany’s Rohfilm, which co-produced The Lunchbox, is continuing its association with South Asian cinema by co-producing Iram Haq’s What Will People Say.
EXCLUSIVE: Joris van Wijk of Amsterdam-based Le Boxeur Films has boarded Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s documentary Proposition For A Revolution as a co-producer.
EXCLUSIVE: New president and CEO appointed.
The Hunger Games, The Imitation Game and Paddington top buzz charts.
Likened to audacious filmmaker Bela Tarr, Egyptian director Karim Hanafy wowed audiences at the Cairo International Film Festival with his striking feature debut The Gate of Departure.
Fourth annual award for docs having greatest impact on society has five winners this year.
The acclaimed theatre director is preparing to make his feature directorial debut on the David Harrower stage play adaptation Blackbird with Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn attached to star.
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Wall to Wall to make Woman in Red for BBC2.
Warner Bros, Aardman, NFTS among supporters.
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Fortissimo Films sells Diao Yinan’s Berlinale winner.
NOVEMBER 22 UPDATE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 scores number one debuts everywhere as UK delivers $8.2m after two days, Germany $6m and Mexico $5.3m.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based producer Alexa Rivero will co-produce Amit Dutta’s The Invisible One through her newly-established production company Altamar Films.
EXCLUSIVE: Kalki Koechlin and Adil Hussain have joined the cast of Nicholas Kharkongor’s Mantra alongside Rajat Kapoor, who will also produce.
Poland is emerging as a hot new destination for Indian productions, with major films such as as Kick, Bangistan and Shaandaar all shooting at Polish locations over the past eight months.
EXCLUSIVE: German production company Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion has boarded Aamir Bashir’s Winter as co-producer.
New films on Screenbase this week include the directorial debuts of Michael Lennox and Rachel Tunnard, Terry Jones’ economics doc and Chris Crow’s The Lighthouse.
Distributor acquires UK rights for Sergei Loznitsa’s Ukrainian documentary, set for theatrical release in February 2015.
New Regency is reuniting with the director of its Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave on the heist thriller as the studio continues to assemble its stable of prestige filmmakers.
The Graduate director Mike Nichols has died aged 83.
Lionsgate will distribute the Mandeville Films comedy thriller.
The Academy has whittled down 141 submissions to a shortlist of ten films in the running for the 87th Academy Awards.
Festival top brass have announced their 2014 award-winners and declared this year’s event drew a record 25,000 attendance, up 28% on 2013.
EXCLUSIVE: Madman Entertainment has acquired Australia/New Zealand rights to Moomins on the Riviera from Indie Sales.
Sony Pictures Television unit Crackle has set a December 19 release on its platform for its original cyber thriller The Throwaways featuring Jeremy Renner as executive producer.
The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the complete slate for the 2014 edition of its AFI European Union Film Showcase, set to run from December 3-21 in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Rom-com and sci-fi top industry selection of hot unproduced screenplays.
Joe Calabrese, Lisbeth Savill and four other entertainment, sports and media partners from law firm O’Melveny & Myers have moved to Latham & Watkins.
Study by France’s National Cinema Centre revealed a 23.6% drop in French films in first nine months of 2014.
The studio is understood to have put the project about the life of the Apple founder in turnaround, with one report claiming that Universal is now actively in the hunt.
Documentary festival to include a Q&A with CitizenFour director Laura Poitras and a strand dedicated to women in docs.
Bernd Neumann, Germany’s former State Minister for Culture and Media, has weighed in with his own comments about the discussion on the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) spend incentive.
The food activism documentary Fed Up ranks as the top-grossing documentary for the year-to-date on iTunes and Amazon and has become the ninth biggest of all time on iTunes, according to distributor RADiUS.
London Comedy Film Festival to open with a satirical comedy starring Matthew Macfadyen.
Efron plays an aspiring DJ set in the world of Hollywood nightlife.
Mad Men producer and distributor Lionsgate is to ramp up its push into television production in the UK and is looking to hire development and production executives.
Briefs from the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2014.
Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus starring Zaraah Abrahams and Stephen Tyrone Williams. Separately, Cinema Guild has acquired Asghar Farhadi’s 2009 mystery About Elly.
The distributor has acquired all North American rights to the comic documentary directed by Laura Nix, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno.
Mike Binder’s drama starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer will open in the US for one week on December 3.
Spooks: The Greater Good sets release date.
Despite the cancellation of last year’s Cairo International Film Festival due to continued political unrest, this year’s festival, now in its 36th year, possesses an optimistic energy that change is happening within Egypt’s film industry.
Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen are to star in a BBC2 adaptation of Sir Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser and BBC1 is planning a drama from a duo of James Bond writers.
The Cairo International Film Festival ended its 36th year with a glitzy ceremony [pictured] below the ancient pyramids on Tuesday.
The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) has set its seventh annual Produced By Conference for May 29-31 on the Paramount lot in Hollywood.
EXCLUSIVE: Cast confirmed for Fyzz Facility thriller which gets underway in Northern Ireland next week.
Koch Media executive to take up senior BFI role from February.
The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) has announced the latest round of $300,000 in funding.
Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters has extended Dieter Kosslick’s contract as director of the Berlinale until May 31, 2019.
Territories in Europe and Asia snap up 13 Minutes.
Danish director’s follow-up to The Hunt picked up by the UK, Germany and Brazil among others.
The research company is poised to introduce a potentially game-changing metric that for the first time will provide data on TV viewership on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The company announced on November 18 that it plans to venture into its next two major markets in March – but held back on pricing details until “a later date.”
Oscar-winning UK actress and writer to receive Richard Harris Award.
British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) changes guidance from “mild sex references” to “innuendo” for the new Paddington film.
Ben Roberts, Dave Moutrey, Jon Barrenechea, Marc Allenby, Emma Keith, among speakers at Newcastle event.
Multi-year deal will give rights-holders VOD support.
Naomi Kawase (pictured) to head the jury.
Mitchell will continue to write for Screen International as Contributing Editor.
In what has become a reliable bellwether of Oscar nominations, the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present JK Simmons with the Spotlight Award, Actor at its annual awards gala.
The distributor has acquired worldwide rights to Alexandre Rockwell’s drama and set a December 12 New York theatrical release. Separately, an alliance of companies is handling the US release of What We Do In The Shadows.
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate UK CEO calls for cheaper ticket prices for British films.
EXCLUSIVE: Mister Smith inks deals on drama starring Patel and Jeremy Irons.
Film festival to pay homage to Casablanca star as well as Australian cinema.
How To Live Yours, starring Jodie Whittaker, heads to post-production.
Irish producer behind The Guard and Frank to receive European Co-production Award.
Magnet Releasing has picked up US rights to [REC] 4: Apocalypse.
Universal Pictures announced on November 17 the official launch of a China office in Beijing to be led by Jo Yan.
The Streets rapper talks inspiration at CPH:CONFERENCE.
The star of Foxcatcher will collect the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Outstanding Performer Of The Year Award.
In the latest bid by the exhibition sector to stay relevant in the digital age, AMC has partnered with Paramount Pictures on a premium-priced Interstellar ticket that allows multiple use.
EXCLUSIVE: Pascal Diot has been appointed managing director for Pole Image de Liege, the Belgian audio-visual centre.
Warner Bros’ sci-fi posts strong second weekend of $5.9m (£3.8m) for $18.9m (£12.1m) to date; The Imitation Game posts StudioCanal’s second best-ever UK bow with confirmed $4.29m (£2.74m).
The UK’s Independent Cinema Office (ICO) is kicking off a new screening event for UK exhibitors to focus on archive film.
New research shows that the strong preference for Hollywood films in Australian cinemas is not so overwhelming online.
Soda to distribute psychological thriller starring Michael Jibson and Mark Lewis Jones.
The Berlinale has cut its discounts for festival and market accreditation for next year’s film festival.
Monty Python star co-directed feature; contributors include John Cusack.
NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: A $41.7m five-day debut in China played its part as Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi used a confirmed $107.9m weekend haul to warp-drive to $225.8m overall.
NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: Twenty years after Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels headlined the global comedy smash Dumb And Dumber the pair reprise their roles and get back to winning ways at the box office with the Farrelly brothers.
Fired up by a quartet of heavy-hitters, the studio reached the milestone on November 14 to mark the second time it has done so and set a new company speed record in the process.
Organisers behind Ventana Sur’s genre works-in-progress sidebar have announced their selections.
Alonso Ruizpalacios’ acclaimed film prevailed as the Los Cabos International Film Festival came to a close at the weekend.
Five-day festival in Nova Scotia connects food and films.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has wasted little time jumping on Good Universe’s recent AFM sales title from Ghost House Pictures and Fede Alvarez.
The Spanish-German actor has landed a role in 2016 summer tentpole Captain America: Civil War.
Sundance Selects has acquired US rights to George Hencken’s Soul Boys Of The Western World ahead of this weekend’s screening at Doc NYC.
Winners also include E-Team and Olmo & The Seagull.
EXCLUSIVE: Ingenious Investments CEO James Clayton joins Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment.
On Screen Off Record from The Act of Killing producer Signe Byrge Sørensen.
South Korean production group signs MOU for acquisition of ancillary distributor.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture has said it will expand the country’s quota for mainland Chinese films to also include arthouse and award-winning Chinese titles.
Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic to be re-released wide across the UK.
New films on Screenbase this week include teen surf story Bluer Than The Sky, an adaptation of bestselling novel How To Build A Girl and Danish drama The Commune.
Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic left most rivals in the dust but appetite for the next The Hunger Games is strong.
UPDATED NOVEMBER 14: Interstellar has made an impact on its first two days in China through Warner Bros, adding an estimated $5m from 7,742 screens to reach $10.4m after two days.
The deal comes as CBS Films retracts its distribution activity. As part of the arrangement, Lionsgate takes exclusive international sales rights.
AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi today announced this year’s jury and audience awards for features and short films included in the New Auteur and Shorts programmes.
The winners have been announced in the second edition of the fund to support projects in development and post-production through collaboration with Labodigita.
Paradigm has announced a deal at the Los Cabos International Film Festival for representation in all areas on actor-producer Luis Gerardo Méndez, attached to star in Fox International Productions’ The Brothers Huffington-Fynne.
Image Entertainment has acquired all US rights to the comedy starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei.
EXCLUSIVE: Nick Broomfield is lining up a 2015 shoot near Lake Victoria in Tanzania for his BBC four-parter The Catastrophist.
The Producers Guild Of America’s (PGA) 2016 awards will take place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles.
The star of Still Alice will attend the 26th Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) to collect the Desert Palm Achievement Award on January 3.
EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor inks string of hot titles.
Other leading nominees are Life Itself and 20,000 Days on Earth.
Figure marks second highest spend in five years.
Major US broadcasters are developing more than 20 TV adaptations of feature films as they follow the example of their cable counterparts.
TrustNordisk also scores sales to Russia and Eastern Europe.
New study reveals links between film and television productions and tourism through social media.
BSkyB has been renamed as Sky after it completed its £7bn acquisition of Sky Italia and purchase of a majority stake in Sky Deutschland.
Netflix has confirmed the arrival of its first original show from the UK, a £100m biopic of the Queen.
The Former Focus Features CEO has written screenplays and directed a short but never a feature – now that is about to change with his Philip Roth adaptation Indignation.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired rights from Protagonist Pictures to the Ricky Gervais comedy in multiple territories led by the UK.
EXCLUSIVE: The Film Sales Company has picked up worldwide sales and distribution rights on a trio of films in advance of their premieres at DOC NYC this weekend.
Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Do I Sound Gay? from first-time filmmaker David Thorpe.
Speculation was rife in Hollywood on Wednesday night (November 12) that Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation (DWA) was in early merger talks with toy giant Hasbro.
Voltage Pictures has picked up life story rights to Blackwater founder Erik Prince, his book Civilian Warriors and Adam Ciralsky’s Vanity Fair article about him.
Summit will explore turning a UK film into an international hit, supporting talent, finance and the changing face of cinema.
Titles include The Imitation Game and St Vincent.
Deals include Germany, Australia, Italy, Japan.
Film-makers across Europe are “in shock” after learning the news that the Nipkow Programm has not received backing from the EU’s Creative Europe programme for 2015-2016.
The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival (HBRFest) has announced the complete programme line-up for its sixth instalment, set to run from November 21-23.
Top brass at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will host one-day event The Power Of Words: Book To Screen on January 8.
Emerging digital and bespoke theatrical platforms give filmmakers and distributors a fighting chance of success in the new era, attendees at the AFM’s distribution panel heard on Tuesday (November 11).
The Riot Club director will deliver her speech in December.
The 11th South Asian International Film Festival presented by HBO set to run from November 18-23 will open with the world premiere of Indian anthology X.
The Price of Fame, St Vincent among ‘Cinema of the World’ strand.
Australia short film fest reveals 16 finalists.
Wild, Gemma Bovery bookend festival.
Retrospective strand to celebrate 100th anniversary of Technicolor.
Filmmakers from across Europe to take part in pilot forum.
Some 14 films selected to receive post-production, script and project development grants.
Second edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha to include 90 films from 43 countries.
Ma Dong will talk about ‘digital China’ on Dec 9.
Organisers behind the 12th Annual Edition of post-production development initiative MiamiFF Encuentros for Latin American and US Hispanic filmmakers are offering a $10,000 prize.
IFC Midnight has acquired US rights to the Fella Films thriller.
The distributor has taken North American rights to Jason Banker’s AFI FEST selection and genre-bending film based on the life experiences of co-writer and star Amy Everson.
Warner Bros has set a 2016 release date for The Conjuring 2.
EXCLUSIVE: The newly formed Monumental Pictures has signed on for the big-screen adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s bestseller How To Build A Girl.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has appointed Nicholas Weiss svp of creative advertising.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles retained its lead at the China box office for the week November 3-9, grossing a further $25.17m from 4 million admissions for a cumulative total of $52.12m.
Colleagues including Elizabeth Karlsen, Adrian Wootton, Hugo Heppell and Amma Asante pay tribute to the late BFI Film Fund executive.
Russia’s Wizart secures new territory deals at AFM in Asia and Latin America.
North American rights acquired for three thrillers in the Department Q series.
Independent Talent Group and The Outside Organisation join forces with social media and digital marketing agency United Agency.
Fantasia’s co-production market to run for a second European edition from April 9-11 during the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.
Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H Macy have joined Brie Larson on the cast of Element Pictures and No Trace Camping’s drama, which has started production. A24 holds US rights and StudioCanal will distribute in the UK. FilmNation sells internationally.
Worldwide rights holders Highland Film Group has reported a slew of sales at AFM on Christmas tale Shelby starring Chevy Chase.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has announced release dates for Zootopia and Moana. Separately Focus has dated Insidious: Chapter 3.
The world premiere of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper will screen on November 11 on the same day as the world premiere screening of Selma.
APA is at the AFM touting North American rights to The Butterfly God, which Jay Russell of Ladder 49 fame has come on board to direct.
Rian Johnson’s instalment in the new Star Wars trilogy to shoot at the UK studio.
Pinewood Shepperton chief executive Ivan Dunleavy has warned of an impending skills shortage that he said could hit businesses in all sectors of the UK economy.
Cinema Guild has closed a deal to serve as exclusive VOD distributor for Big World Pictures, kicking off with an HD restoration of Eric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale.
Danish feature has begun shooting and marks follow-up to Vinterberg ‘s The Hunt.
UPDATED NOVEMBER 10: Interstellar dominated the international box office with an $82.9m take from approximately 14,8n00 screens in 62 markets, rising to approxiamtely $135.1m worldwide including the number two North American debut.
The distributor has struck a deal at the AFM with IndustryWorks Pictures for US rights to the truck horror thriller.
Warner Bros’ sci-fi takes $8.6m (£5.4m) from its 578 sites to dethrone Turtles; eOne’s Mr. Turner climbs up to second with $1.6m (£1.01m).
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest family feature overcame Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar to rule the North American charts as box office for the top 12 gained 87% on last weekend.
Arclight’s Asian arm, Easternlight Films, is partnering with China’s Huace Pictures to package action film Lights Out, directed by Xavier Gens.
Film selections include Paris of the North [pictured], Kon-Tiki and Hotel.
An $11.8m (DKK 70m) cash injection and a new pool for low-budget productions are included in a new film agreement, announced by the Danish Culture minister.
Mexican feature Perpetual Sadness and Israeli drama Next to Her take top prizes at Greek festival.
New films on Screenbase this week include action-thriller London Has Fallen, Alan Bennett’s motion-pictured memoir The Lady in the Van and Chadwick Boseman’s newest venture Message from the King.
High Point has confirmed the first acquisitions of Ed Boase’s urban myth-inspired horror, The Mirror.
Jude Troy promoted to a senior role at the new division.
A one-minute teaser from the disaster movie was shown at the AFM.
The upcoming fantasy comedy is directed by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.
Russia big winner at FilmFestival Cottbus for second consecutive year.
AMBI Distribution has announced a number of sales at AFM on All Roads Lead To Rome starring Sarah Jessica Parker.
EXCLUSIVE: Some deals on The Hateful Eight held up by home entertainment strategy, say sources.
AFM 2014 has seen steady business on a number of indie packages, many of which came together at the eleventh hour, with plenty more business on the horizon.
EXCLUSIVE: Das Films has signed a deal with Beijing based Yisang Media Investment to finance the $35-$40m sci-fi.
EXCLUSIVE: Film Sharks International has licensed Papers In The Wind to Disney in a pan-Latin American deal.
Iceland’s Truenorth attends AFM with slate of original productions.
EXCLUSIVE: Beta Cinema sells resistance fighter biopic 13 Minutes.
EXCLUSIVE: Teen surf film to shoot in late 2015.
EXCLUSIVE: Germany-set drama and TV mini-series in works.
EXCLUSIVE: Picture Tree International inks multiple deals on Paulo Coelho biopic.
Shanghai-based media city expects to be able to launch specific projects and co-productions at Cannes 2015.
Titles include Ben Younger’s Bleed For This and Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young [pictured].
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The company has wrapped up a slew of sales on Jonathan Mostow’s upcoming thriller starring Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal has struck a deal with IM Global for select international territories on The Secret In Their Eyes remake, set to commence production in late January in Los Angeles.
Rupert Friend will make his feature directorial debut and star in Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill, which Bron Studios and Fortitude International co-finance in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance.
ARC Entertainment has acquired all US rights to Chapman Filmed Entertainment’s thriller The Barber, which The Little Film Company is selling internationally.
Friends and colleagues held a memorial in Los Angeles on November 7 for David Smitas, the entertainment lawyer who died recently at the age of 62 following a long battle with cancer.
EXCLUSIVE: Pure Flix / Quality Flix has added Dancer And The Dame and The Black Rider [pictured] to its AFM sales slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Uma Thurman WWII drama is hot seller at AFM for Other Angle.
Falcom Media Group has taken German, Austrian and German-speaking territory rights to Rebel Movies’ sci-fi Mindgate, set to star Rachael Leigh Cook.
The new Mandela International Film Festival is gearing up for its inaugural edition to run Dec 3-13, 2015 in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.
Double Dutch International (DDI) has closed deals on Awesometown’s Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer at AFM.
Industry@Tallinn will feature discussions involving the likes of Jessica Switch of Lionsgate and Jeff Barry & Nigel Meiojas of ICM Partners.
Francesco Munzi sells to US and Canada for Rai Com.
EXCLUSIVE: Raven Banner has picked up Canadian rights from Dark Sky Films/MPI to a trio of genre titles.
Los Angeles-based VMI Worldwide has closed key territories at AFM on War Pigs starring Luke Goss, Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke, which has begun production in Utah.
Japanese distributor picks up Neil Horner’s crime thriller from Jinga Films.
EXCLUSIVE: Producers Gina G Goff of Goff Productions and Rene Sheridan are at the AFM in talks with financiers and sales agents on horror-thriller The Black Album.
EXCLUSIVE: Nikkatsu pacts with Paris-based company, which will handle European sales on upcoming vampire yakuza movie.
EFM Series will run Feb 9-10 and EFM director Matthijs Wouter Knol [pictured] is looking to spotlight TV series and documentaries as special themes.
Fred and Richard Fairbrass, the musical duo best known as Right Said Fred, are attending the AFM to talk about their film plans.
Directors working on their first, second or third films are invited to enter for the CINECOLOR prize, which includes all post-production processes.
Force Majeure, Leviathan and Nymphomaniac among nominees.
The British actor will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor on January 3.
Warner Bros has set the US release date for Russell Crowe’s feature directorial debut.
Daniel Grodnik’s New York-based Mass Hysteria Entertainment Company has teamed up with financiers Seth Kramer and Curt Kramer to fund fledgling production company Remark Films.
The distributors have acquired all US rights to the Gillian Flynn adaptation in a deal with WME Global.
Festival top brass said the event will take place on November 11, raising the possibility of a first-look at one of a handful of unseen potential awards contenders.
EXCLUSIVE: Garrett Hedlund and Michael Pena to star in War on Everyone.
Interstellar has grossed an estimated $8.7m from it first days in 35 markets as Warner Bros rolls out the film in 62 countries this weekend.
EXCLUSIVE: Bloom has reported strong sales at AFM on its thriller Unlocked led by a deal with Lionsgate UK.
EXCLUSIVE: Noomi Rapace will play the desperate mother of a kidnapped child in The Price, which worldwide rights holder Cargo Entertainment is selling at AFM.
Double Dutch International president Jason Moring has secured worldwide sales rights from Trilight Entertainment to Archie: Robodog, The Adventure Club and Derailed Dreams.
George Clooney and Josh Brolin star in the film set in 1950s Hollywood.
One talking point in the AFM halls this year has been TWC and Wild Bunch’s decision to ask buyers to sit in their offices to read the scripts for The Hateful Eight and Oliver Stone’s Untitled Edward Snowden film, respectively.
New additions to the line-up also include BBC Films head Christine Langan, Hammer’s president Simon Oakes and Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent.
EXCLUSIVE: Roman Kopelevich’s Red Sea Media will handle all international sales on adventure comedy The Librarian starring Marcia Gay Harden and Spanish star Oscar Jaenada.
TrustNordisk has sold the North American rights for Anders Morgenthaler’s drama I Am Here to LA-based distributor Brainstorm Media.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks International has been active on its remake catalogue, optioning Italian remake rights on Diego Kaplan’s hit Argentinian comedy 2 + 2 to Mediaset subsidiary TaoDue.
EXCLUSIVE: US, Canada, UK deals for horror.
EXCLUSIVE: Indian director Q has signed Titli star Shashank Arora to play the title role in B Naman.
Los Angeles-Based TriCoast Worldwide has acquired worldwide sales rights to Virtu* Entertainment’s Battle Scars and is selling here at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Production has wrapped on Robert Duvall’s Wild Horses, which Voltage Pictures is selling internationally at the AFM.
United Talent Agency has signed Italian director Saverio Costanzo days after IFC snapped up US rights to his acclaimed psychodrama Hungry Hearts.
EXCLUSIVE: Raven Banner is in talks with buyers here on a raft of new titles led by fantasy horror Hellmouth from a screenplay by Pontypool writer Tony Burgess.
EXCLUSIVE: Buyers launch Metro International doc.
EXCLUSIVE: Carnaby International has come on to sell two films under its deal with filmmaker Stuart Brennan — football drama London Town and He Will Hang.
International Screenwriters’ Workshop kicked off today [Nov 7] and runs until Nov 14.
Altitude to distribute Ketchup titles across UK home ent, pay TV and free TV windows.
UK genre specialist Jinga has sold Jeremy Wooding’s werewolf western to US.
Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic holds off competition from Nightcrawler.
New campaign branded The Unmissables.
Lionsgate to launch The Hunger Games theatrical experience in a new theatre next to London’s Wembley Stadium.
Disney reveals title of the next Star Wars movie.
EXCLUSIVE: Film on National Security Agency whistleblower to shoot in Munich in 2015.
Séville International has announced a slew of sales ahead of the AFM on The Dark Horse, Elephant Song and An Eye For Beauty.
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International in partnership with Celluloid Dreams has licensed North American rights for Takashi Miike’s Over Your Dead Body to Shout! Factory.
EXCLUSIVE: Double Dutch International (DDI) president Jason Moring has announced an output deal to sell worldwide rights to Awesometown Entertainment’s animations kicking off at AFM with $16m Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer.
EXCLUSIVE: Shanghai New Culture Media Group Company Limited (SNC) has come on to co-finance Jackie Chan action-comedy Skiptrace, which Bloom sells internationally.
EXCLUSIVE: Producers Giorgos Karnavas and Konstantinos Kontovrakis of Athens-based Heretic Productions are teaming with Ioanna Stais to launch Heretic Outreach, a new initiative to help the global reach of innovative films from Southeastern Europe.
John Malkovich and Toni Collette have joined the Bourne-style female action thriller that Bloom represents for international sales at AFM.
Ruben Ostlund’s Force Majeure to screen atop 3,200m high Aiguille Rouge Mountain at Alpine festival.
Jae-woo Kim has joined Los Angeles-based 13 Films as director of international sales and is at the AFM talking up new titles Voice From The Stone, Extortion and Loitering With Intent.
Cinema Management Group has acquired worldwide rights to Venezuelan hit Liz En Septiembre.
UPDATED NOVEMBER 7: Open Road and Endgame Entertainment have acquired US rights to Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden film, which is proving to be a hot draw at the AFM.
MPI Media Group has acquired all North American rights to Redeemer uniting director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza with Chilean action star Marko Zaror. XYZ Films launches international sales here at AFM.
Kino Lorber has acquired all US and Canadian rights to Bent Hamer’s Norwegain foreign-language Oscar submission.
John Lasseter to return as director of the fourth instalment.
The nascent distributor has picked up North American rights to the Nicolas Cage crime thriller. Highland Film Group handles international sales.
Epic Pictures Group will handle worldwide sales and serve as executive producer on the rom-com starring Alicia Silverstone.
Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Mikael Nyqvist star in thriller.
Belle director joins the high profile list of attendees for Screen’s upcoming annual Film Summit
Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney and Stephen Amell are in talks to star in Mandalay Pictures’ comedy Whatever Makes You Happy. Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International has introduced the project to buyers at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has secured all worldwide rights to the international thriller and started talks with AFM buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: Buyers have responded strongly to Pure Flix’s $110m worldwide smash, led by a sale to Signature in the UK.
Michael Shannon will play Elvis Presley opposite Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon in the latest Bloom international sales title.
EXCLUSIVE: Richard Gere to star in Oren Moverman-produced drama.
Speakers at the Summit included US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin [pictured].
The sales company’s Ken DuBow is talking to AFM buyers on the film starring Portia de Rossi, Lucy Fry, Robyn Butler and Ben Lawson.
New award aims to support and promote an artist or film-maker whose work unites art and film.
Now in its 13th edition, Baltic Event will present 13 projects in its 10th Co-Production Market, among others.
Paranormal thriller is directed by David Blair and stars Robert Sheehan, Joely Richardson and Lily Cole.
EXCLUSIVE: French remake of The Sweeney, starring Jean Reno, is currently shooting in Paris.
EXCLUSIVE: Rob Minkoff, Yair Landau produce family animation.
EXCLUSIVE: Ed Skrein, Kaya Scodelario star in thriller.
Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Uberto Pasolini’s drama from Beta Cinema.
Ivanhoe Pictures has taken exclusive film rights to action/adventure YA novel The Walled City by Ryan Graudin.
Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn will star in the Jean Doumanian Productions drama.
Channing Tatum confirmed as cast addition along with Demian Bichir, film to shoot in Telluride from December.
British horror thriller [pictured] sells to the UK, Scandinavia and Greece.
Malaysia’s Astro Shaw is bringing a slate of new productions to AFM, headed by sci-fi road comedy Nova, as it ramps up production with an eye on international markets.
Screen sources confirm Magic Mike star lined up for Quentin Tarantino’s western.
The Walking Dead star David Morrissey has partnered with a trio of established TV and film producers to launch his own drama and documentary indie.
Call the Midwife and Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street Productions has put itself up for sale for up to $64m (£40m).
Jinga’s Screamfest winner The House at the End of Time has sold to Dark Sky Films for USA and Universum for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey will star for Gary Ross in the $65m Civil War drama The Free State Of Jones that has got tongues wagging at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation has begun talks at the AFM on the upcoming untitled Woody Allen project, one of several new titles to emerge on the eve of the market.
EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Studios has acquired US rights from Ferndale Films and Jim Sheridan to The Secret Scripture, which Voltage Pictures has come on to sell internationally at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures arrives at the AFM with international rights to the thriller Standoff starring Laurence Fishburne and Thomas Jane.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks International has come on to sell worldwide rights to the stop-motion feature Possessed (Pos Eso) from former Aardman Animations animator Sam.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to Saverio Costanzo’s Hungry Hearts from Mimi Steinbauer’s international sales agent Radiant Films International.
EXCLUSIVE: Parts & Labor-produced English-language drama sold by Protagonist.
EXCLUSIVE: IM Global and China’s Wanda Media are teaming for worldwide sales, excluding China, for Wanda’s action adventure film The Ghouls.
EXCLUSIVE: Actress to play WWII secret agent Vera Atkins; Paris-based sales agent Other Angle launching sales at the AFM.
Scott Christian Sava and Animal Crackers Ltd are partnering with Beijing Wenhua Dongrun Investment Co and China Film Co Ltd on their animated feature Animal Crackers. Odin’s Eye handles international sales at AFM.
Busy Lotus Entertainment will co-finance and co-produce Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener and has introduced to AFM buyers.
Noah Buschel directed Glass Chin, which premiered at Tribeca and tells of a former boxing champion who falls on hard times and makes a deal with a crooked restaurateur to get back in the game.
Anchor Bay has taken all rights in the US, UK and Australia/New Zealand to The Drownsman, which Breakthrough Entertainment is selling at the AFM.
Vertical Entertainment has acquired US rights to Justin Reardon’s rom-com starring Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Martin Starr and Aubrey Plaza. Voltage Pictures handles international sales at AFM.
Epic Pictures Group is handling international sales at the market on a contemporary adaptation of Black Beauty.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor picks up Good Kill [pictured] and Politics of Love.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles topped the Chinese box office with an opening gross of $26.51m, in a week when four new releases made it into the top ten.
Lotus Entertainment kicks off pre-sales at AFM on the horror film from Xavier Gens and the producer behind horror hits Annabelle and The Conjuring.
Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ray Bell has announced the commercial launch at AFM of cloud-based online marketplace Digital Film Cloud Network (DFCN).
Chris Cooper will play the reclusive author in Angel Grace Productions’ Coming Through The Rye.
Relativity is slotting the Kevin Costner drama into awards season with a one-week US qualifying run starting on December 3.
The Academy has selected 10 animated shorts from 58 submissions to advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards.
Featured keynote speakers include Mark Thompson, Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Gerhard Zeiler and Robert A. Kotick.
EXCLUSIVE: Metro International to launch sales on female buddy movie.
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor seals raft of pre-sales to most of Asia, including Japan and China.
EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of AFM, company also books sales on Cart and Sea In Snow Breeze.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit nabs doc I Am Big Bird [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: Zombie-horror Plan Z, TV series also among slate.
Korean smash hit [pictured] sells to Germany, Latin American and Italy, among others.
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy thriller is directed by Im Sang-soo [pictured] and sales will be launched at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit launches Ireland-set period-romance.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit to shop doc on marijuana legalisation.
EXCLUSIVE: Genre specialist launches debut English-language horror.
Post-apocalyptic tale, executive produced by Louis Leterrier, marks feature debut for Jean-Patrick Benes [pictured], director of hit TV series Kaboul Kitchen.
EXCLUSIVE: David Marconi action-thriller, Peter Fudakowski’s romance [pictured] among slate.
New service specialises in film recommendations and saw CJ E&M join with Dolby Laboratories to provide 5.1 surround sound on earphones and headphones.
The first image from the Alan Bennett adaptation has been unveiled as well as the release date.
UK VoD service will launch a subscription service this week.
VOD service relaunched with enhancements and a Universal Pictures catalogue of sci-fi classics.
Changes to release windows could bring larger audiences to European cinema says EP deputy Bogdan Wenta.
EuropaCorp swoops on buzzed-about David Linde thriller.
Distribution exec to re-locate from London to LA.
Former co-CEO of Preferred Film & TV Ross Dinerstein has launched the production company backed by Content Media.
Chadwick Boseman to star, Fabrice Du Welz to direct.
Relativity Studios has acquired US rights to the currently titled horror film Lazarus produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions. Lionsgate handles international sales.
Aldamisa Films has come on to handle international sales at AFM on the thriller.
The Academy has received 20 submissions for the 87th Academy Awards’ animated feature film category.