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Terminator Genisys

Tentpoles primed for int'l clash

3-Jul-2015 | By

JULY 3 UPDATE: Jurassic World faces its sternest test yet as Terminator Genisys leaps to an early $28m heading into its first major weekend. Inside Out continues to build momentum and crosses $300m worldwide.

The Reflecting Skin

Soda acquires cult classic 'The Reflecting Skin'

3-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Philip Ridley’s 1990 horror featured Viggo Mortensen in one of his first starring roles.

Hello Kitty

'Hello Kitty' movie set for 2019 release

3-Jul-2015 | By

Japanese character and lifestyle business Sanrio is planning to launch a Hello Kitty movie for global release in 2019.

A Dream of Iron

KOFIC launches reformed arthouse film support initiative

3-Jul-2015 | By

In reaction to protests from specialist exhibitors, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced it is going ahead with the launch of a new support programme for arthouse film distribution.

Li’l Quinquin

Motovun fest plans French, Danish focuses

3-Jul-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Main programme to include Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster and Carol Morley’s The Falling.

Terminator Genysis

'Magic Mike' terminated on social media chart

3-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Terminator Genisys tops chart ahead of release.

Nicolo Donato

'Brotherhood' director readies wartime movie about Danish Jews

3-Jul-2015 | By Screen staff

Nicolo Donato’s feature about the escape of Danish Jews in 1943 to star Danica Curcic and David Dencik among others.

Jerome Holder and Jonathan Pryce in Dough

Menemsha takes Umedia's 'Dough' for North America

3-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Culinary drama stars Jonathan Pryce.


Film4 FrightFest scores 20 world premieres

2-Jul-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

The 16th edition of genre film festival unveils full line-up.

Oliver Hirschbiegel

'Downfall' director plans First World War drama

2-Jul-2015 | By

After making two high profile movies set during the Hitler years, Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel is hatching plans for a new film that will unfold during the First World War.

Creative Europe

Creative Europe's 'level playing field' plans under fire

2-Jul-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Plans by the European Commission (EC) to create a level playing field between high and low production capacity countries in its Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme have come increasingly under fire from film distributors in the larger EU Member States.

Captain Webb

'Captain Webb' set for August release

2-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New images also released of the feature centred on the first person to successfully swim the English Channel.

Rasmus Heisterberg

Heisterberg begins 'In The Blood' shoot

2-Jul-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Marks directorial debut for Danish screenwriter behind A Royal Affair and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.


Heretic Outreach acquires 'Babai'

2-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Kosovar film to play in competition at Karlovy Vary.

Dressed As A Girl

Peccadillo secures 'Dressed As A Girl' for UK

2-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Colin Rothbart’s documentary explores east London’s alternative drag scene.

Ben Mendelsohn to present 'Mississippi Grind' at Karlovy Vary

2-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Feature debuted at Sundance Film Festival.

The Double

Molinare acquires Hackenbacker

2-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Audio facility recently worked on Richard Ayoade’s The Double.

Tom Avison

3 Mills Studios expands team

2-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Two senior appointments made at London-based studios.


‘Monopoly’ passes Go for Hasbro, Lionsgate

1-Jul-2015 | By

The studio has struck a deal with the toy manufacturer to adapt the beloved board game and has brought on Andrew Niccol.

Solomon Nwabueze

Creative England appoints director of content

1-Jul-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Former FremantleMedia executive Solomon Nwabueze to spearhead commercial push.

Hong Sangsoo Andrzej Zulawski

Locarno secures Hong, Zulawski world premieres

1-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New films from South Korean and Polish directors to play in international competition.


Image captures US rights to ‘Uncaged’

1-Jul-2015 | By

The RLJ Entertainment brand has acquired first-time filmmaker Daniel Robbins’ genre tale.

Billy Elliot

Event cinema revenue grows 35%

1-Jul-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New report reveals the growing sector was worth nearly $300m in 2014.


Jerusalem announces Israeli films line-up

1-Jul-2015 | By Tom Grater

Titles in the Feature and Documentary Film competitions unveiled.

Bloodsucking Bastards

Scream Factory Films sets ‘Bloodsucking Bastards’ US release

1-Jul-2015 | By

The genre theatrical imprint of Shout! Factory will open the film in select cinemas across top US markets and on VOD on September 4.

Christine McCarthy

Disney promotes two senior executives

30-Jun-2015 | By

The Walt Disney Company hierarchy has named Christine McCarthy senior executive vice-president and Chief Financial Officer and Kevin Mayer senior executive vice president and Chief Strategy Officer, effective immediately.

Oleg Sentsov

Oleg Sentsov trial “not before end of July”

30-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The trial of the detained Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov is expected “not before the end of July”, according to his cousin Natalja Kaplan.

Alain de Greef

Canal Plus co-founder Alain de Greef dies

30-Jun-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Creator of iconic French TV programmes such as Les Guignols de l’Info loses battle with cancer.

Beast MG launches 'Paranormal Activity' VR game

30-Jun-2015 | By

Industry veteran Alex Barder and his partner Russell Naftal at Burbank-based entertainment company Beast Media Group are lining up a virtual reality game based on the horror franchise.

Sundance Institute

Sundance Institute unveils Music and Sound Design Lab fellows

30-Jun-2015 | By Angela Lee

Independent artists Kris Bowers, Germaine Franco, Danielle Eva Schwob and Jeremy Turner are among the select few for this summer’s Music and Sound Design Labs held at Skywalker Ranch in northern California.

Pinewood Studios

'Star Wars', 'Spectre' boost Pinewood revenue to record high

30-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Annual results show revenue increased by more than £10m year-on-year.

Julie Candelaria

Gravitas Ventures adds marketing, PR brass

30-Jun-2015 | By

Julie Candelaria has been promoted to svp of marketing for Gravitas Ventures, while AJ Feuerman has been added to the team as director of public relations and Nancy Sanchez joins as marketing manager.


UK creative industries see employment growth

30-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

DCMS report highlights BAME gains but gender imbalance in industries.

Edinburgh film fest figures up 9%

30-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Edinburgh International Film Festival tops 50,000 admissions.

Errol Morris

Errol Morris to compile IDFA top 10

30-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

US documentary director to also be subject of a retrospective.

Attack On Titan

FUNimation picks up 'Attack On Titan'

30-Jun-2015 | By

Toho’s highly-anticipated live action manga adaptation to receive world premiere in Los Angeles

'Jurassic World' retains top spot in China

30-Jun-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World reigned over the China box office for the third week straight last week, passing the $200m benchmark, and holding off local opener Hollywood Adventures, produced by Justin Lin.

Paul Dano

Tadmor, Cold Iron ready ‘Swiss Army Man’

29-Jun-2015 | By

Paul Dano, riding high on critical acclaim for his portrayal of Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy, will star alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the surreal drama.

Barry Gordon

XLrator, Parkside, Tadross unveil pact

29-Jun-2015 | By

XLrator Media, Parkside Pictures and Tadross Media Group have signed a multi-film production slate that the parties will jointly produce and distribute worldwide.

Los Cabos International Film Festival

Cabos In Progress to offer $185,000 in prizes

29-Jun-2015 | By

The Los Cabos International Film Festival initiative will present five awards at this year’s event, set to run from November 11-15 in Mexico.

Tina Fey

Tina Fey talk on PBNY roster

29-Jun-2015 | By

The writer and performer will take part in the “Conversations With…” series during the one-day Produced By New York conference run by the Producers Guild Of America on October 24.

Stand Clear of The Closing Doors

‘Stand Clear’ earns El Foro slot

29-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Fleischner’s drama will screen in the prestigious annual round-up by Mexico’s Cineteca Nacional as it emerged that sales agent Curator Films has secured a Mexican distribution deal.


'Minions' ends Jurassic era at UK box office with $18.1m debut

29-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

It’s a Universal one-two at the top of the chart as Jurassic World becomes year’s biggest film with $76.8m (£48.9m) haul to date.

Royal Variety Performance

Entertainment charity EABF changes name, expands remit

29-Jun-2015 | By Madison Antus

Charity founded in 1908 alters name to reflect changes within organisation, expands remit to support disadvantaged youth entering industry.

francis ford coppola

Francis Ford Coppola to head Marrakech jury

29-Jun-2015 | By Tom Grater

The Godfather director will lead the jury at the 15th Marrakech International Film Festival.

Claire Denis

Claire Denis, Zadie Smith, Wild Bunch on space mission

29-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: French director’s first English-language film is set in space; artist Olafur Eliasson among collaborators.


'Minions' tops social media buzz

29-Jun-2015 | By Tom Grater

The animated spin-off sequel topped Entourage and Terminator Genysis

Jurassic World

'Jurassic' rules int'l on $84.3m

28-Jun-2015 | By

UPDATED JUNE 29: Jurassic World stayed top of the global food chain for the third consecutive session as a confirmed $84.3m from 66 territories propelled the international tally to $745.5m and combined with a confirmed $500.4m in North America for $1.246bn worldwide.

‘Jurassic World’ crosses $500m in US

28-Jun-2015 | By

UPDATED JUNE 29: Universal’s global smash held on to pole position in its third weekend and used a confirmed $54.5m to become the fifth film to cross the half-billion mark.

The Hateful Eight

Village Roadshow circles ‘The Hateful Eight’

26-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The distributor is believed to be close to an Australian deal for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Western as the director and cast prepare to hit Comic-Con next month.

Wide UK contingent invited to join Academy

26-Jun-2015 | By

Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Daniel Radcliffe, Rosamund Pike, Tom Hardy and Martin Freeman are among 322 artists and executives invited to become members of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.


'Losers' triumphs in Moscow

26-Jun-2015 | By

Veteran Bulgarian actor Ivaylo Hristov’s third feature film as director, the coming-of-age tale Losers, won the Golden St. George Prize for best film on Friday at the 37th edition of the Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), which ran from June 19-26.

Elizabeth Karlsen

Elizabeth Karlsen to deliver Strategic Partners keynote

26-Jun-2015 | By

The Carol producer will take centre stage when the 18th edition of the co-production market within Canada’s Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax opens on September 17.

Marina Cordoni

Marina Cordoni to sell ‘The Tailor’s Apprentice’

26-Jun-2015 | By

Toronto-based Marina Cordoni Entertainment will represent international sales on Jeff Lehman’s The Tailor’s Apprentice.

45 years

Edinburgh 2015 winners revealed

26-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film goes to Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years.

Daniel-Konrad Cooper

Burn, Burn, Burn producer joins Bill Kenwright Films

26-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Staff addition forms part of production push for London outfit.

Locarno gets investment boost

26-Jun-2015 | By

Festival gets five-year commitment from regional government.

Punters Prayer

One Eyed bets on ‘Prayer’

26-Jun-2015 | By Tom Grater

EXCLUSIVE: Sales deal for UK comedy crime-drama with Dexter Fletcher among cast.

Woody Harrelson talks Rampart at LFF 2011

Fox Searchlight starts ‘Wilson’ shoot

25-Jun-2015 | By

President of production Claudia Lewis announced on Thursday that principal photography has begun in Minnesota on Craig Johnson’s follow-up to The Skeleton Twins starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern.

Yukiyoshi Ozawa

Yukiyoshi Ozawa joins ‘The Forest’

25-Jun-2015 | By

The Japanese film and television star makes his English-language debut in Lava Bear Films’ supernatural thriller, currently in production in Japan.

Chris McGurk

Cinedigm, Shout! Factory strengthen ties

25-Jun-2015 | By

Cinedigm Corp has acquired a minority stake as the partners prepare to relaunch Shout! Factory’s AVOD OTT channel Shout! Factory TV.

Uncle Kent 2

Factory 25, Fandor to release seven

25-Jun-2015 | By

The independent distributor and streaming service announced at BAMcinemaFest they will partner on the slate.

Sarajevo CineLink

Sarajevo CineLink selection revealed

25-Jun-2015 | By Vladan Petkovic

Tinatin Kajrishvili, Aida Begic, Hüseyin Karabey films among lineup.

Cherry Tree

'Cherry Tree', 'Tales of Halloween' to bookend FrightFest

25-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Both films to receive their European premieres at this year’s 16th edition; FrightFest co-director Alan Jones reflects on the festival’s first year at the Vue and what’s to come.

TIDE launches festival-VOD scheme with Mark Cousins film

25-Jun-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Films will launch at European festivals and on VOD platforms.

Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation

Alibaba to invest in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

25-Jun-2015 | By

China’s Alibaba Pictures is making its first move into Hollywood, partnering with Paramount Pictures on Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.


eOne to boost regional drama

25-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Entertainment One (eOne) and Creative England will plough a combined £500,000 into regional drama development as they bid to unearth a hit on the scale of Broadchurch.

'Jurassic World' soars past $650m

25-Jun-2015 | By

Universal Pictures International executives anticipate another mighty session as the behemoth heads into its third weekend, already well past $1bn worldwide.


Academy revises Oscars rules for 2016 show

24-Jun-2015 | By

Under new rules, qualifying producers for a best picture nominee must be eligible for a Producers Guild Of America award for the film or have appealed the PGA’s refusal of such eligibility. 

Sundance NEXT FEST unveils line-up

24-Jun-2015 | By

Top brass at the Los Angeles event set to run from August 7-9 in Los Angeles have announced the film and music roster.


Cinedigm acquires ‘Meadowland’

24-Jun-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired all North American rights to the recent Tribeca world premiere about the psychological toll of a tragedy on a New York couple.

AP McCoy

eOne rides with Tony McCoy doc

24-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Doc about champion jockey to get UK-Ire cinema release later this year.


Todd Solondz’s ‘Wiener-Dog’ starts shoot

24-Jun-2015 | By

Annapurna Pictures has commenced principal photography in New York City on the drama that will feature characters from the director’s 1995 cult release Welcome To The Dollhouse.

Anthony Quintal

Beachside Films, Gilbert Films to produce ‘Miss Stevens’

24-Jun-2015 | By

Lily Rabe, Timothee Chalamet, Lili Reinhart and Anthony Quintal star in Julia Hart’s feature directorial debut, which has commenced production in California.

seth laderman

Lionsgate appoints Seth Laderman to head Comic-Con SVOD service

24-Jun-2015 | By

The multi-platform production executive has been hired as evp and general manager of the service that Lionsgate and Comic-Con International announced recently.

Torrey DeVItto

Production begins in New York state on ‘Amy Makes Three’

24-Jun-2015 | By Angela Lee

Torrey DeVitto of The Vampire Diaries, Mike Doyle and Ursula Parker have joined Monolith Pictures’ psychological thriller that has commenced principal photography in Dutchess County in upstate New York.

Noma My Perfect Storm

Buyers dine with TrustNordisk's 'Noma' doc

24-Jun-2015 | By Madison Antus

TrustNordisk sells foodie documentary to Germany, Austria, Korea, Benelux.

Dakota Fanning

Fanning, Harington join ‘Brimstone’

24-Jun-2015 | By Tom Grater

Principal photography is underway in Europe on Martin Koolhoven thriller.

UK deal for Silva's Nasty Baby

24-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Network takes UK rights to Sebastián Silva drama, co-starring Kristen Wiig and Tunde Adebimpe.

Andrey Silvestrov

Silvestrov's 'The Ice Hole' wins Screen's first Moscow prize

24-Jun-2015 | By

Producer-director Andrey Silvestrov’s The Ice Hole was named the winner of the first Screen International Best Pitch Award at the Moscow Business Square (MBS).

Gwendoline Christie

Gwendoline Christie, Harry Enfield join 'Swallows and Amazons'

24-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Principal photography underway in the UK on book adaptation.

Amazon Studios, Bleecker Street buy ‘Elvis & Nixon’

23-Jun-2015 | By

Ted Hope’s expanding team at the digital platform alongside Andrew Karpen’s fledgling distributor have snapped up US rights with the latter in line to handle the theatrical release.

Tom Holland cast as Spider-Man; Jon Watts to direct

23-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Star of The Impossible is a former Screen Star of Tomorrow.

Matt Kaplan

Matt Kaplan to head Awesomeness Films

23-Jun-2015 | By

AwesomenessTV is ramping up its film business in the wake of the 2014 social success of Expelled and has brought on the Chapter One Films founder as president of Awesomeness Films.

Tim Palen

Marketing guru Tim Palen rises at Lionsgate

23-Jun-2015 | By

The long-standing executive has been named Chief Brand Officer and president of worldwide marketing.

Life on the Road

Open Road acquires Ricky Gervais' 'Life On The Road'

23-Jun-2015 | By

Worldwide sales agent eOne Features has struck a US deal on Ricky Gervais’ comedy charting the post-The Office life of mockumentary sensation David Brent.

Benedict Cumberbatch's 'Hamlet' in Event Cinema first

23-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Shakespeare adaptation will become the first ever live 4K broadcast to multiple cinemas under Sony, Vue and NT Live partnership.

Ralph Fiennes Rudolf Nureyev

Ralph Fiennes to direct Rudolf Nureyev drama

23-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: David Hare script to be produced by Philomena producer and BBC Films.

Jurassic World

Marketing the 'Jurassic' beast

23-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Universal heads orchestrated a precisely calibrated marketing campaign in support of the release that played a critical role in driving the tentpole past $1bn worldwide in record time on Monday.

The Walking Dead

eOne, Creative England partner on drama slate

23-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

The Walking Dead distributor and UK funding body launch slate for regional producers.

Uni soars past $3.8bn box office

23-Jun-2015 | By

Worldwide tickets sales for the year-to-date reached a new high for the studio of $3.819bn on Monday.

Only You

China Lion takes IM Global trio

23-Jun-2015 | By

China Lion Film Distribution has acquired rights for North America, Australia and New Zealand to three titles handled by IM Global – Only You, The Wasted Times and Mr Six.

SPL2: A Time For Consequences

Jurassic World, SPL2 top China box office

23-Jun-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World chomped through another $68.49m to top the China box office last week, although local action thriller SPL2: A Time For Consequences opened strongly with $43.36m.

Kathleen Kennedy

Kathleen Kennedy joins USC film school board

23-Jun-2015 | By

The Lucasfilm president has joined the board of councilors of the USC School Of Cinematic Arts.

James Horner

'Titanic' composer James Horner dies in plane crash

23-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

UPDATED JUNE 23: Hollywood composer also wrote the soundtracks to Avatar, Braveheart and the upcoming Southpaw.

Geena Davis

Geena Davis to launch gender inequality event at London Film Festival

23-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Partnership struck between Geena Davis Institute On Gender In Media, Women In Film And Television (UK) and BFI London Film Festival

Liza Marshall & Kris Thykier

Warp Films' Alex Marshall named Archery Pictures COO

23-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Exec joins Liza Marshall and Kris Thykier’s growing company.

Ellen Page

‘Tallulah’ begins NYC shoot

23-Jun-2015 | By

Tammy Blanchard and Zachary Quinto are among a slew of new cast to join Route One Entertainment and Ocean Blue Entertainment’s dramatic comedy Tallulah, which has begun shooting in New York City.

Marc Forster

Marc Forster boards Stanley Kubrick war script

22-Jun-2015 | By

The Downslope will be the first in a trilogy that producers Lauren Selig, Barry Levine and Reneé Wolfe are planning based on the iconic director’s unproduced original 1956 screenplay.

Ken Loach

'Dark Horse' director Louise Osmond boards Ken Loach documentary

22-Jun-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: BBC Films and BFI also set to board as core funders on theatrical documentary.

‘Jurassic World’ hits $1bn global

22-Jun-2015 | By

Universal and Legendary’s juggernaut will become the fastest film in history to reach the milestone on Monday, its 13th day in release.

6 Years

The Orchard strikes Duplass Brothers deal

22-Jun-2015 | By

In a significant statement of its ambitions to forge ties with a stable of regular collaborators, the distributor has closed a deal with Duplass Brothers Productions on worldwide theatrical and ancillary rights to seven titles.

Dear White People

'Dear White People': will the UK listen to race comedy?

22-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Well-received race and identity comedy Dear White People marks the first acquisition for The New Black Film Collective but the film faces significant challenges in the UK.

Independence Day Resurgence

'Independence Day' sequel title unveiled

22-Jun-2015 | By

Roland Emmerich’s follow-up to his 1996 blockbuster that launched the film career of Will Smith will be called Independence Day Resurgence.

Dynamite: A 60's Love Story

BGP acquires 'Dynamite: A 60's Love Story'

22-Jun-2015 | By

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to drama-thriller Dynamite: A 60’s Love Story starring Ian Harding and Evanna Lynch.

Richard Gere

Richard Gere to receive Karlovy Vary honour

22-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Festival to open with Gere-starrer Time Out Of Mind. Other guests include Harvey Keitel, 50 Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan and George A. Romero.

'Jurassic World' retains UK box office lead

22-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s sequel records second biggest second weekend ever with $17.6m (£11.1m); ScreenLive Entertainment’s Take That Live sets new record for biggest one-night-only concert event.

Andrey Zvyagintsev and Sophie Marceau

'Night Watchman' wins top prize in Shanghai

22-Jun-2015 | By

Pierre Jolivet’s France-Belgium co-production The Night Watchman won best feature in the Golden Goblet competition of this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (June 13-21), while Cao Baoping’s The Dead End won best director and actor.

Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor admits he is not a 'Star Wars' fanatic

22-Jun-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EDINBURGH: Scottish actor gives talk about 22-year acting career including new role as Jesus in Last Days In The Desert.

Kate Goodson Thomas

Fox Searchlight names Katie Goodson-Thomas director of production and acquisitions UK

22-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Exec to take on production and acquisitions role.

Dolby Cinema, JT Bioscopen unveil Netherlands deal

22-Jun-2015 | By Angela Lee

The companies have announced JT Hilversum as the second Dolby Cinema location in the Netherlands, six months after Dolby Cinema opened one of its first theatres at JT Eindhoven.

Schipper's 'Victoria' victorious at German Lolas

22-Jun-2015 | By

Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria was the big winner at this year’s German Film Awards, taking home six statuettes from its seven nominations including the Golden Lolas for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Lead Actor.

Blood Cells

Blood Cells gets live-score screenings

22-Jun-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Blood Cells, which has its UK premiere in Edinburgh on Tuesday (and competes for the Michael Powell Award), is planning a UK launch in cinemas from June 27.

Natalie Usher

Creative Scotland's head of film talks need for funding

22-Jun-2015 | By

When she joined Creative Scotland as Director, Film And Media, last summer, Natalie Usher already had an intimate involvement with several of the films that Creative Scotland was backing. 

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Busan, Youku launch masters and newcomers project

22-Jun-2015 | By

South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and China’s Youku have initiated their Asian collaboration project to nurture new filmmakers with master directors.

‘Jurassic World’ rules North America on $106.6m

21-Jun-2015 | By

JUNE 22 UPDATE: A monster North American session saw Universal-Legendary’s smash produce the second biggest second weekend ever to reach $402.8m, while Inside Out scored the biggest opening for an original property on $90.4m.

Jurassic World

‘Jurassic World’ nears $1bn global

21-Jun-2015 | By

Universal and Legendary’s Jurassic World continued to dominate the globe as a muscular second session propelled the smash within swiping distance of $1bn. Warner Bros’ San Andreas crossed $400m worldwide.

Carry On

‘Carry On’, ‘Submarine’ among 2015 Palm Springs ShortFest winners

21-Jun-2015 | By

Festival brass hailed a record turnout for the renowned event and honoured a range of international filmmakers at the awards ceremony on Sunday night.

Casper Van Dien

Image acquires US rights to ‘June’

19-Jun-2015 | By

Kennedy Brice, Casper Van Dien (pictured) and Victoria Pratt star in the sci-fi thriller.

Going Clear

Scientology doc to get UK release despite pressure

19-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Controversial Alex Gibney doc Going Clear to get release despite legal pressure.

Elliot The Littlest Reindeer

'Littlest Reindeer' flies for Double Dutch

19-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Animation sells to Middle East, Asia, Africa.

Amy Winehouse

Kapadia responds to Winehouse doc criticisms

19-Jun-2015 | By

Director also talks about an extended cut of award-winning Senna.

Jurassic World

‘Jurassic’ crosses $400m int'l

19-Jun-2015 | By

The adventure reboot stood at $412m by the end of Wednesday via Universal Pictures International as executives anticipated an emphatic follow-up session despite the day-and-date release of Inside Out in several key markets.


UK deal for Edinburgh-closer Iona

19-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Verve picks up UK rights to Scott Graham’s Shell follow-up.


National Geographic joins Searchlight on Malala doc

18-Jun-2015 | By

National Geographic Channel has joined Fox Searchlight to distribute He Named Me Malala.

Luke Parker Bowles

Luke Parker Bowles to chair BAFTA NY

18-Jun-2015 | By

Parker Bowles previously served as vice-chairman and is the head of production at Story Mining & Supply Co.


West Ham chairman invests in distributor Signature

18-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

David Sullivan, chairman of London football club West Ham United, has invested in UK distributor Signature Entertainment.

Phantom Boy

GKIDS picks up ‘Phantom Boy’

18-Jun-2015 | By

The animation specialist has picked up North American rights to A Cat In Paris directors’ Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s latest work.


K5 gets 'Orthodox'; Kaleidoscope takes UK

18-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Crime drama stars Stephen Graham and Michael Smiley.

Busan International Film Festival

Korean industry protests KOFIC budget cuts

18-Jun-2015 | By

Korean film industry representatives visited the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) in Busan on Tuesday to protest the organisation’s budget decisions on funding for the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and independent and arthouse specialty cinemas.


Paramount hires Tara Yin to head China office

18-Jun-2015 | By

Paramount Pictures has appointed former IMAX China manager Tara Yin as general manager of its new China office in Beijing.

Viktoria – A Tale Of Grace & Greed boosts early portfolio

18-Jun-2015 | By

Bunyik Entertainment’s new VOD platform has signed agreements with the Hungarian National Digital Archive MANDA for US VOD rights to 46 Hungarian classics.

Gigi Pritzker

Sundance Institute names five new trustees

18-Jun-2015 | By

Fred Dust, Philipp Engelhorn, Caterina Fake, Gigi Pritzker and Alejandro Ramírez Magaña have joined the Institute’s board of trustees.

CJ Obasi

British Council launches UK-Nigeria screenwriting programme

18-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The British Council is launching a new UK-Nigeria screenwriting partnership programme at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) titled Script Junction.

Grant Gee

Grant Gee's 'Innocence Of Memories' set for autumn fest

18-Jun-2015 | By

Feature is based on Orhan Pamuk’s novel The Museum Of Innocence.

Hollywood Adventures

Star Chinese Movies buys trio from Enlight Pictures

18-Jun-2015 | By

Fox International Channels (FIC) unit Star Chinese Movies (SCM) has acquired TV and digital media rights to three of Beijing-based Enlight Media’s biggest current titles.


Cannes chief to present 'Lumiere!' at Odessa fest

18-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Thierry Frémaux to provide live commentary on restored films by Louis Lumière.

Herz Frank

Jerusalem fest threatened by government over 'Beyond The Fear' screening

18-Jun-2015 | By Edna Fainaru

Minister for Culture and Sport Miri Regev threatened to cut off subsidies if the documentary was not pulled.

Secret Cinema Presents Dead Poets Society

Secret Cinema launches Secret Cinema X

18-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Cult classics and exclusive previews to be screened in locations around the world.

The Hateful Eight

Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' scores first sales

17-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The first international deals on Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Western have emerged, more than seven months after The Weinstein Company (TWC) formally introduced the project to buyers.

Creative Europe

Creative Europe set for 8% budget boost

17-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: European Union plans to increase Creative Europe’s budget by 8% for 2016.


Edinburgh title 'Swung' swings deals

17-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: The Works closes UK, Germany, Asian deals on romance.

Hana Makhmalbaf

Hana Makhmalbaf launches 'Single Mother' at Paris Co-pro Village

17-Jun-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Italian-language film could shoot this autumn in Southern Italy.

Michael R Roskam, Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini

Karlovy Vary: top Euro, Asian directors to present favourites

17-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Six selected directors include Michaël R. Roskam [pictured], Kim Ki-duk and Sion Sono.

Pierre Louis Manes

Parkland's Pierre-Louis Manes joins Screen

17-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Manes named International Account Manager at Screen International.

Tom Grater

Screen appoints Tom Grater web assistant/reporter

17-Jun-2015 | By Screen staff

Screen International has appointed Tom Grater as web assistant/news reporter.

Jonathan Pryce

'The White King' begins Hungary shoot with Jonathan Pryce, Agyness Deyn

17-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Cast of dystopian drama includes Jonathan Pryce, Greta Scacchi and Agyness Deyn.

Rooney Mara

'Blackbird' shoot takes flight with Rooney Mara

17-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Relationship drama to shoot for five weeks in the UK.

God Loves The Fighter

'God Loves The Fighter' to get day-and-date UK release

17-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

FilmDoo to debut Trinidad’s God Loves the Fighter at East End Film Festival; signs New Wave and Eureka for VOD.

Chester Performs Moonlight Flicks

UK regional organisations secure film funds

17-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Funding will bring independent and British film to audiences across the North West and Central England. 

Amma Asante

BIFAs names first board of directors

17-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Members include Belle director Amma Asante and Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa.

Laura Pettitt

Untitled Communications opens for business

17-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Integrated entertainment PR agency launches in London

Dartmoor Killing

Soda takes UK home ent rights to 'Dartmoor Killing'

17-Jun-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

British psychological thriller Dartmoor Killing is using an innovative distribution, starting with self-distribution in cinemas from September 18 followed by a DVD and VOD release by Soda Pictures later in the autumn. 

Alik Sakharov

TWC signs first look with Alik Sakharov

16-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sakharov has directed episodes of Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and Marco Polo.

Extraordinary Tales

GKIDS acquires 'Extraordinary Tales'

16-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Animation features a voice performance from the late Christopher Lee.


AFM to launch China Conference

16-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Leaders from China’s film industry to attend new initiative at American Film Market.

Pleasure Island

Crime-thriller Pleasure Island gets UK deal

16-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK thriller comes from writer-director Mike Doxford, Achilles Entertainments.

The Look Of Silence

'Look Of Silence' wins Doc/Fest audience award

16-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Marketplace pitch and competition winners also announced; 2016 dates set.

Gong Yu

China's iQiyi announces 5 million paid subs

16-Jun-2015 | By

Baidu-owned online video company iQiyi announced that its paid streaming subscribers reached 5 million as of June 15, an increase of 765% over the past year.

Stuart Ford

IM Global chief predicts China digital boom

16-Jun-2015 | By

Speaking at the Shanghai International Film Festival, IM Global chief Stuart Ford predicted that China digital and pay-TV revenues could become the biggest driver of the global movie market within five years. 

Coin Locker Girl

S Korea's Bucheon fest unveils 2015 line-up

16-Jun-2015 | By

World premieres include closing film The Chosen: Forbidden Cave from Kim Hui; competition line-up includes Coin Locker Girl, which played in Cannes Critics’ Week.


Film London names new board members

16-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Metrodome’s Jezz Vernon and Genesis Cinema’s Tyrone Walker-Hebborn on Board.

The Pirates! Band Of Misfits

Animation admissions 14.2% in North America, report

16-Jun-2015 | By

Groundbreaking research “mapping” the European animation industry is to be presented at the Annecy Festival.

New funds boost German, French film industries

16-Jun-2015 | By

Co-production between Germany and France is set to be given an additional boost with the creation of two new development funds.

Fifty Shades Of Black

Cannes: Germany's SquareOne takes 'Fifty Shades' comedy

16-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

SquareOne Entertainment acquires Cannes Marche titles.

Imax China

IMAX, CMC launch $50m China film fund

16-Jun-2015 | By

IMAX Corporation is partnering with China Media Capital (CMC) to create a fund, initially capitalised at $50m, to produce Chinese-language movies.

'Jurassic World' takes $100m in China opening

16-Jun-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World roared into China with an opening gross of $100.1m in five days, topping the box office and pushing San Andreas into second place.

Mark Romanek

MadRiver lines up ‘Norco’ heist thriller

15-Jun-2015 | By

Marc Butan’s new company is in final talks with Mark Romanek to direct the film based on the 1980 California bank robbery and manhunt.

James Schamus

Likely Story adds cast on ‘Indignation’

15-Jun-2015 | By

Tracy Letts, Linda Emond and Danny Burstein have joined the cast of James Schamus’ directorial debut as production begins this week in and around New York. FilmNation handles international sales.

The Queen Of Versailles

Sundance Institute announces Doc Edit and Story Labs

15-Jun-2015 | By

Sundance Institute today announced the eight projects selected for the annual Documentary Edit and Story Labs in Utah from June 19-27 and July 3-11.

Mary Burke

BFI hires Warp Films' Mary Burke

15-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Producer of Submarine and Berberian Sound Studio to take key role in the BFI Film Fund.

Jurassic World

'Jurassic World' roars to record-breaking $30.2m UK debut

15-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s sequel posts biggest opening of the year, sixth biggest of all time at the UK box office and distributor’s biggest of all time.


Telefilm Canada unveils 15 Micro-Budget Production finallists

15-Jun-2015 | By

Executives today announced the 15 finallists in the Micro-Budget Production Program for 2015-2016 representing all regions of the country.

The High Sun

Pula fest unveils 2015 line-up

15-Jun-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Innovations include showing Utopia as part of first TV offering at a Croatian festival.

Arabian Nights

Tucuman Filmes snaps up three from Cannes

15-Jun-2015 | By

The Rio-based distributor has returned from the Croisette with a trio of titles.

Bona Film Group

Bona unveils 26-picture slate, Huaxia deal

15-Jun-2015 | By

China’s Bona Film Group has unveiled an ambitious 26-picture slate to celebrate the company’s 15th anniversary, along with a strategic cooperation with Huaxia Film Distribution.

Halloween Returns

‘Halloween Returns’ in July shoot

15-Jun-2015 | By

Dimension Films and Trancas International Films have set a July start date on the horror reboot featuring the infamous Michael Myers.

April And The Extraordinary World

GKIDS acquires US rights to ‘April’

15-Jun-2015 | By

April And The Extraordinary World will screen in competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival that started today and features the voice of Marion Cotillard in the lead.

Chris Eyre

Chris Eyre to direct ‘Soul Catcher’

15-Jun-2015 | By

Producer Dimitri Villard, whose credits include Flight Of The Navigator and In Love And War, is moving ahead with his Frank Herbert adaptation with the hire of the Sundance-winning filmmaker.

My Mother Mia Madre

Nanni Moretti's 'My Mother' to open Jerusalem fest

15-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Actor John Turturro to visit Jerusalem and take part in opening ceremony

PiFan It Project

BiFan's It Project Spotlight on Chinese, Nordic genre films

15-Jun-2015 | By

Asia’s largest genre film fest, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) in South Korea has announced this year’s It Project Spotlight on China and is tentatively launching a new programme titled Nordic Genre Invasion.

Al Ovadia

Former Fox exec launches Los Angeles Beijing Labs

15-Jun-2015 | By

Former Fox marketing executive Al Ovadia is heading production and marketing company Los Angeles Beijing Studios (LABS), which has sealed a $300m joint venture with Shenzhen-based fund Hotland Film Ventures.


Shanghai fest shines light on internet, finance models

15-Jun-2015 | By

Alibaba revealed further details of its streaming service and crowdfunding platform at SIFF Forum, where talk revolved around the convergence of China’s movie and internet industries and new financing models.

The Lobster

'The Lobster' UK release date set

15-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Colin Farrell starrer won Jury Prize at Cannes last month.


Kirin Media launches $25m China-backed fund

14-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based finance and management outfit Kirin Media Ventures has launched a $25m fund, with initial backing from Chinese investors, to finance a slate of US theatrical features.

‘Jurassic World’ snaps up $524.1m global

14-Jun-2015 | By

JUNE 15 UPDATE: An exceptional year for Universal Pictures vaulted to another level as the latest episode in the tentpole Steven Spielberg created 22 years ago set opening weekend records in North America, international and worldwide.

‘Jurassic World’ scores $208.8m in North America

14-Jun-2015 | By

JUNE 15 UPDATE: An extraordinary weekend for Universal Pictures saw the revival of Steven Spielberg’s action-adventure franchise confirmed on Monday as the highest North American release in industry history.

'Jurassic World' spurs two Uni records

14-Jun-2015 | By

An explosive start for the dinosaur romp has resulted in a box office trifecta for the studio as its films crossed $1bn in North America and $3bn worldwide in industry record time following last week’s $2bn international feat.

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights wins Sydney Film Prize

14-Jun-2015 | By

Miguel Gomes’ three-volume epic wins eight on the closing night of the Sydney Film Festival.

Mike Tyson and Donnie Yen

SIFF opens with stars, controversy

14-Jun-2015 | By

Stars including Mike Tyson, Donnie Yen and Jackie Chan walked the red carpet at the opening of the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) last night, along with three Korean jury members who are attending the festival despite the controversy surrounding MERS.

The Hateful Eight

‘The Hateful Eight’ in 70mm US December roadshow

12-Jun-2015 | By

The Weinstein Company (TWC) has unveiled its plans for the distribution of Quentin Tarantino’s next film.

Olympus Has Fallen

Focus shifts ‘London Has Fallen’ to 2016

12-Jun-2015 | By

The distributor’s Gramercy Pictures genre label has moved its action sequel out of the busy October 2 slot.

Son of a Gun

Koch scales back UK film operation

12-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK film arm of European distributor withdraws from theatrical.


James Morrison’s 'Diverge' wins US in Progress prize

12-Jun-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Sci-fi thriller wins fourth edition of US indie showcase in Paris.

Secret Cinema The Empire Strikes Back

Secret Cinema: ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, REVIEW

12-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The world of Star Wars has been re-created for the latest immersive experience by Secret Cinema. Michael Rosser headed to a galaxy far, far away to find out if it would prove a trip into hyperspace… or hypersleep.

Michael De Luca

Michael De Luca hires three

12-Jun-2015 | By

Elishia Holmes, Lucy Kitada and Johnny Pariseau have joined Michael De Luca Productions.

Stan McCoy

Digital Single Market on MPAA agenda

12-Jun-2015 | By

The European Commission’s plans for a Digital Single Market (DSM) were high on the agenda as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) held its annual strategy meeting in Berlin for first time.

Rupert Murdoch plots succession

12-Jun-2015 | By

The 84-year-old mogul is preparing to relinquish his CEO role at 21st Century Fox and will hand over the reins to his son James, according to a story by CNBC on Thursday.

Strategic Partners

Strategic Partners to spotlight Latin America, US

12-Jun-2015 | By

The 18th edition of the co-production market within Canada’s Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax will run from September 17-20.

Jurassic World

'Jurassic World' to stomp over box office

12-Jun-2015 | By

Universal’s latest tentpole in a year that has already delivered a new speed record to the $2bn mark arrives in 66 territories this weekend.

‘Jurassic World’ leaps to $66m

12-Jun-2015 | By

Universal’s annus mirabilis showed little sign of slowing down on Friday as studio brass said the dinosaur adventure added an estimated $41.6m from 45 international markets on Thursday to reach $65.5m.

Mumbai Film Festival

Mumbai Film Festival secures backing

12-Jun-2015 | By

The Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) has secured two major sponsors for this year’s Mumbai Film Festival, providing some much-needed financial security for the October event.

‘Jurassic World’ tops social media chart

12-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Dinosaur sequel tramples over the competition.


UK needs 1.2m new creative workers


A total of 1.2 million digital and creative skilled workers needed by 2022 says Creative Skillset

Philip Rose Daniel Noy Think Jam

Think Jam appoints joint MDs

12-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Philip Rose and Daniel Noy to unite entertainment teams at agency.

Trans Atlantic Partners

Trans Atlantic Partners unveils 2015 line-up

12-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: 24 producers from across Europe, Canada, US and beyond to take part in this year’s training programme.

Fast and Furious 7

Uni sets $2bn international record

11-Jun-2015 | By

Early grosses from Jurassic World pushed Universal Pictures International (UPI) past the milestone on June 11 as the studio established a new industry speed record.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 trailer

Lionsgate lines up Comic-Con roster

11-Jun-2015 | By

The studio announced on Thursday that it will present exclusive looks at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and The Last Witch Hunter in San Diego on July 9.

Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee dies aged 93

11-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The veteran actor died on Sunday after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.

Tale of Tales

Cannes: Curzon adds new Dardenne, Mungiu films and competition trio

11-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Competition trio among UK distributor’s haul.

Ben Latham Jones

Ealing Studios head denies fraud allegations

11-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Ben Latham-Jones describes allegations in US lawsuit as “categorically untrue”.


SPWA acquires Slamdance thriller ‘Ratter’

11-Jun-2015 | By

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has confirmed to Screen its rights to first-time feature filmmaker Branden Kramer’s cyberthriller starring Ashley Benson.


Cutting Edge, Conduct invest in six

11-Jun-2015 | By

Music financier Cutting Edge Group and investment arm Conduct has invested in six new films to bolster the growing music rights division.

Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick, Chloë Sevigny join ‘Look Away’

11-Jun-2015 | By

UK newcomer Shannon Tarbet will also star in Locomotive Media’s upcoming dark comedy.

Under Milk Wood

'Under Milk Wood' gets UK deal

11-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Rhys Ifans and singer Charlotte Church star in Edinburgh-bound drama.

Son of Saul

Hungary selects Cannes winner ‘Son of Saul’ for Oscars

11-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Holocaust drama won the Grand Prix at Cannes last month.

Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen

Fantasia announces second wave of titles

11-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Takeshi Kitano’s Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen, Sonny Mallhi’s Anguish, Ringo Lam’s Wild City and Miguel Angel Vivas’ Extinction among titles playing at Montreal’s genre film festival.

Harald Zwart

Harald Zwart’s '12th Man' to lead Nordisk Film Norway slate

11-Jun-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Danish major Nordisk Film has selected the team that will front its push into Norwegian productions led by Harald Zwart’s 12th Man


The Orchard, TFI strike sponsorship deal

11-Jun-2015 | By

Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has brought on the distributor as the new presenting partner of the TFI Documentary Fund.

Fifty Shades of Grey

'Fifty Shades Of Grey' set for re-release in UK

11-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Vue Entertainment to bring box office hit back to theatres next week.

Jane Got A Gun

'Jane Got A Gun' gets UK release date

11-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Lionsgate has set a UK date for Jane Got A Gun, the long-gestating Western starring Natalie Portman that made headlines over the comings and goings of director and stars.

Mark Strong

‘6 Days’ shoot begins in New Zealand 

10-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Production commenced in Auckland on Wednesday on the embassy siege action thriller from Toa Fraser that XYZ Films sells internationally.

‘Star Wars’ heads to Comic-Con

10-Jun-2015 | By

The team behind Stars Wars: The Force Awakens will light up the hallowed Hall H in San Diego on July 10 with a “special look” at the upcoming tentpole.


‘Spotlight’ lands awards season slot

10-Jun-2015 | By

Open Road Films has scheduled a November 6 limited release for Tom McCarthy’s thriller about the team of Boston Globe reporters that uncovered abuse within the Catholic Church.


Kathleen Drumm named TIFF industry office director

10-Jun-2015 | By

Drumm arrives from Screen Australia and will oversee all the Toronto International Film festival’s industry activities.

Felix Vossen

Fears grow for missing film producer

10-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman, Michael Rosser

Felix Vossen, producer of The Sweeney and I, Anna, has been missing since March.


Breaking Glass Pictures acquires ‘Lyle’

10-Jun-2015 | By

Stewart Thorndike’s psychological is styled as a modern-day lesbian ode to Rosemary’s Baby and stars Gaby Hoffmann.

Sean McAllister A Syrian Love Story Sheffield Doc Fest

'Syrian Love Story' wins Sheffield Doc/Fest prize

10-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Other winners include a film about the early years of Greenpeace and US documentary 3½ Minutes, 10 Bullets.

Brad Pitt

Industry mulls Netflix ‘War Machine’ deal

10-Jun-2015 | By

Film insiders are grappling with the potential ramifications of Netflix’s deal announced on Monday for the Brad Pitt starrer that Screen understands is in the $70m range.

Under Electric Clouds

Ukraine bans 'Under Electric Clouds'

10-Jun-2015 | By

Alexey German Jr.’s Under Electric Clouds has become the first high-profile title to fall victim to Ukraine’s new distribution ban on Russian films and TV series, which came into effect last week.

Mark Sourian

Universal hires production exec Mark Sourian

10-Jun-2015 | By

The new evp of production arrives from DreamWorks Studios where he served as co-president and most recently worked as an independent producer at the studio.

Queen Rania Al Abdullah at ADMS 2014

Abu Dhabi Media Summit to return in 2016

10-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sixth edition to move from usual berth of November to April.

Wendy Glenn

UK's Wendy Glenn to star in Indian Hamlet adaptation

10-Jun-2015 | By

UK actress Wendy Glenn is starring in Indian filmmaker Onir’s Veda, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which is currently shooting in the UK.

Richard Crudo

Richard Crudo re-elected ASC president

10-Jun-2015 | By

The board of governors of the American Society Of Cinematographers has voted Crudo to return as president for a sixth term.


Sweden losing $100m from film-TV piracy

10-Jun-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

The Swedish film and TV industries lose close to $100m annually from illegal streaming and file sharing, according to report.

The Devil on Wheels

Frontières unveils complete line-up

10-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

New projects from Larry Fessenden, RKSS and John McNaughton among line-up at sixth edition, taking place July 23-26 in Montreal.

Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back

Empire Strikes Back returns to UK box office after 35 years

10-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Secret Cinema shows put Star Wars sequel back into the UK top ten.

'Brooklyn' gets awards season release date

10-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Period drama stars Saoirse Ronan.

A24, J.C. Chandor to develop ‘The Liar’s Ball’

9-Jun-2015 | By

The cutting-edge distributor has taken another stride into development, teaming up with Chandor and long-time producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb on the story behind New York’s G.M. Building.

Pedro Almodóvar

SPC acquires Almodóvar's 'Silencio'

9-Jun-2015 | By

The team behind Sony Pictures Classics will collaborate with Pedro Almodóvar for the tenth time on the drama following a North American deal with El Deseo.


XLrator acquires North American rights to ‘Admiral’

9-Jun-2015 | By

XLrator Media has acquired North American rights from Arclight Films to the Dutch historical epic that premiered in Berlin earlier this year.

Pierce Brosnan

Sculptor Media launches, invests in ‘Urge’

9-Jun-2015 | By

Warren Goz will serve as CEO at the New York and Los Angeles-based film and TV finance and production venture backed by an unnamed private equity source from New York.

Live read to close LAFF

9-Jun-2015 | By

Eli Roth will direct a live read of Fast Times At Ridgemont High in what will be the first such event to close the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Anna Trzebiatowska

Ania Trzebiatowska joins Visit Films

9-Jun-2015 | By

Ryan Kampe’s New York-based sales agent has announced the hire of its new manager of acquisitions.

Steven Spielberg

DreamWorks sets record straight over ‘The BFG’ shoot

9-Jun-2015 | By

JUNE 9 UPDATE: The studio confirmed on Tuesday it has never shot nor does it plan to shoot its Roald Dahl adaptation on the Faroe Islands as an anti-whale hunt petition focused on the North Atlantic settlement neared 50,000 signatures.

Ben Wheatley

Jack Reynor, Brie Larson join Ben Wheatley's 'Free Fire'

9-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

As shooting begins, Jack Reynor and Brie Larson join cast as Luke Evans and Olivia Wilde drop out.

A Syrian Love Story

McAllister readies Hull-based doc

9-Jun-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

EXCLUSIVE: The director’s latest documentary, A Syrian Love Story, had its world premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest this week and is one of the hot favourites for the festival’s Grand Jury Prize

Dan Jahns

Dan Jahns joins Pacific Mercantile Bank

9-Jun-2015 | By

The company has brought on its new vp / business development officer at its entertainment industries division. 

Black Nights Tallinn

Eurimages unveils Baltic Event co-pro award

9-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Cash prize of $22,500 (€20,000) to be awarded in November.

Hugh Jackman

PalmStar, Likely Story acquire ‘Collateral Beauty’


PalmStar Media and Likely Story have acquired rights to the script Collateral Beauty that has Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara attached to star.

Distrify Media secures $1m investment, strikes China VOD deal

9-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

UK company to set up office in China following investment of  $1m for VOD growth into the country.

San Andreas

'San Andreas' tops China box office with $52m

9-Jun-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disaster movie topples animated feature Stand By Me Doraemon from the top slot.


Netflix acquires ‘War Machine’

8-Jun-2015 | By

The streaming giant has made its biggest statement yet with regard to studio-level production, swooping on world rights to the Brad Pitt satire and committing to a budget understood to be in the $70m range.

Anthony Bregman

Likely Story bulks up

8-Jun-2015 | By

Anthony Bregman is expanding his bicoastal production company with hires in the feature and television divisions.

 Shota Sometani

Port Of Call to open NYAFF 2015

8-Jun-2015 | By

The 14th New York Asian Film Festival will launch on June 26 with the North American premiere of Philip Yung’s crime thriller.

The Princess

'The Princess' heads to Sundance labs

8-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Fabula, Setembro Cine and Sudestada Cine’s upcoming drama has been selected for this summer’s Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Sound.

Justin Long

Justin Long joins ‘Lavender’

8-Jun-2015 | By

Principal photography is underway in and around Toronto on the psychological thriller from AMBI Group and Paradox Studios.

Dog Eat Dog

Cannes: Signature haul includes Nicolas Cage thriller

8-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Arclight, Ambi, Lakeshore deals among pick-ups.


'Spy' leads UK box office with $4m debut

8-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Good weather leads to soft market, down 29% on previous weekend, with holdovers suffering big drops.

Edward Norton

Edward Norton to receive Locarno honour

8-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Birdman star to receive Excellence Award.

Call Me Marianna

'Call Me Marianna' wins four in Krakow

8-Jun-2015 | By

Feature about gender reassignment wins international documentary competition.

The Fire

'The Fire' triumphs at Transilvania fest

8-Jun-2015 | By

Rams wins Special Jury Prize and Audience Award, The Treasure picks up Best Romanian Film at 14th Transilvania International Film Festival in Cluj

Iain Glen

'Game of Thrones' star begins 'Beautiful Devils' shoot

8-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Iain Glen cast in a modern take on Othello, set in the world of the music business.

Claire Aguilar

Aguilar talks female focus at Doc/Fest

8-Jun-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

New programming head secured films by female filmmakers for close to 50% of the line-up.

'San Andreas' shakes on $98m

7-Jun-2015 | By

JUNE 8 UPDATE: San Andreas stayed atop the international charts thanks to a confirmed $97.7m haul from approximately 24,015 screens in 68 markets.


'Spy' tops North America on $29m

7-Jun-2015 | By

JUNE 8 UPDATE: A confirmed $29.1m debut for Fox’s Melissa McCarthy action comedy was enough to consign San Andreas to second place as Entourage failed to ignite in fourth place.

Alan Whicker Cassius Clay

Whicker's foundation launches $150,000 awards at Doc/Fest

7-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New awards to support UK documentaries.

The Dark Horse

‘The Dark Horse’ triumphs in Seattle

7-Jun-2015 | By

James Napier Robertson’s acclaimed New Zealand drama picked up a couple of honours as the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival came to a close.

Adi Rukon Joshua Oppenheimer Sheffield

Sheffield Doc/Fest set for record numbers

7-Jun-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

UK documentary festival opened with Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look Of Silence.

Edinburgh chair Bob Last quits ahead of film festival

6-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Move comes less than two weeks before the start of the festival.

Richard Johnson

Actor Richard Johnson dies aged 87

6-Jun-2015 | By

British star was known for performances in The Haunting and Tomb Raider among others.

Thierry Fremaux

Cannes chief slams impact of social networks on festival

5-Jun-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

More to film reviewing than a 140-character tweet, says Thierry Frémaux.

Mala Mala

Strand Releasing acquires ‘Mala Mala’

5-Jun-2015 | By

The distributor has picked up North American rights to the documentary by Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles.

Northern Limit Line Battle of Yeonpyeong

S Korea's NEW holds film release over Mers outbreak

5-Jun-2015 | By

In South Korea where concerns over the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) have been heightening, distributor Next Entertainment World (NEW) has postponed the release of Northern Limit Line (aka Battle of Yeonpyeong).

Nicolas Cage

Alchemy votes for 'The Runner'

5-Jun-2015 | By

Alchemy has acquired the political drama starring Nicolas Cage, while in a separate deal BBC Worldwide North America will present the theatrical premiere of We Come As Friends.


Awesomeness TV eyes theatrical

5-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The online network and content creator is exploring theatrical distribution avenues as it builds an ambitious film business following the stunning social success last year of Expelled.

Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan on Edinburgh Film Fest jury

5-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Edinburgh International Film Festival unveils juries and guests for 2015 edition.

All About E

Wolfe snaps up ‘All About E’

5-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Wolfe Releasing has acquired North American rights to the Australian lesbian crime caper that will screen at Frameline and Outfest this summer.

Syllas Tzoumerkas

Tzoumerkas, Csaszi among new Nipkow intake

5-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Greece’s Syllas Tzoumerkas and Hungary’s Adam Csaszi are among 13 international filmmakers selected to each spend three months in Berlin as part of the Nipkow Programme residency.

Jurassic World

‘Jurassic World’ beats ‘San Andreas’ in social media buzz

5-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The dinosaur sequel topped the disaster movie ahead of its UK release next weekend.


Film underserves teens, conference told

4-Jun-2015 | By

STREAM MARKET: The president of Awesomeness TV identified a section of the Millennial demographic as woefully underserved during a panel at the two-day digital conference on Thursday.

Toronto Film Fest switches Telluride stance

4-Jun-2015 | By

Top brass at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will return to their prior policy of allowing films that receive their world premiere in Telluride to screen in the opening weekend in Canada – with one big string attached.

The Walk

'The Walk’ to open NYFF

4-Jun-2015 | By

Robert Zemeckis’ latest has landed one of the most prestigious slots of the upcoming awards season.

Liam Neeson

Open Road acquires ‘A Willing Patriot’

4-Jun-2015 | By

The distributor has picked up US rights to the Liam Neeson thriller from Marc Butan’s fledgling MadRiver Pictures, Film 360, Hollywood Gang and Jason Keller.

Alice + Freda Forever

SKE to produce Alice + Freda Forever

4-Jun-2015 | By

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) has acquired rights to the non-fiction book and has set Jennifer Kent to direct following wide acclaim for her Australian horror hit The Babadook.


ARC acquires ‘Safelight’

4-Jun-2015 | By

The distributor will release its new drama starring Evan Peters, Juno Temple and Kevin Alejandro theatically and via VOD on July 17.

Church Fenton

UK gets film and TV facility ‘Yorkshire Studios’

4-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: RAF Church Fenton to become 100,000 sq ft shooting facility.

Nicole Kidman

Cannes: Kidman, Weisz, Blunt titles head to Middle East

4-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Front Row strikes Cannes deals with HanWay, Protagonist, Embankment.


Patricio Valladares lines up ‘Garip’

4-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Never one to rest on his laurels, the Chilean genre filmmaker has reunited with his Downhill co-writer Barry Keating and is moving ahead with the Turkey-set horror film.


Visit slate spurs robust Cannes sales

4-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe has reported a strong response from buyers to the roster led by Critics’ Week selection Krisha.

Erik Baiers

Erik Baiers earns Uni production stripes

4-Jun-2015 | By

The ten-year veteran at the studio has been promoted to evp of production.

Palm Springs ShortFest

Palm Springs ShortFest announces titles

4-Jun-2015 | By

New work featuring Murray Abraham, Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn, Rufus Wainwright, Katie Holmes and Zachary Quinto will screen at the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market from June 16-22.

Filmmaker Exchange Program

USC film school in filmmaker exchange programme

4-Jun-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The American Film Showcase will host its first annual International Filmmaker Exchange Program in Los Angeles from June 6-18.

Coconut Hero

New Brüggemann, Ranisch films in Munich Fipresci premiere

4-Jun-2015 | By

New films by Dietrich Brüggemann, Alex  Ranisch and Philip Koch are to be judged by Munich Film Festival’s first ever Fipresci jury in its New German Cinema sidebar at this year’s forthcoming edition (June 25 - July 4).

Backing the BBC

Oscar-winning directors back BBC campaign

4-Jun-2015 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

British filmmakers and some of the UK’s highest-profile documentary-makers have put their names to a campaign backing the BBC.

'San Andreas' crosses $100m

4-Jun-2015 | By

The disaster tentpole has reached $100m heading into a second weekend expected to deliver solid holds for Warner Bros Pictures International and the promise of mighty debuts in China and South Korea.

Blake Lively

‘All I See Is You’ begins shoot

3-Jun-2015 | By

Marc Forster has commenced principal photography in Thailand on the psychological thriller starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke.

Stuart Ford

Open Road, Marlon Wayans, IM Global reunite on spoof

3-Jun-2015 | By

The distributor has come on to handle US rights to Fifty Shades Of Black, the upcoming spoof from Marlon Wayans that IM Global introduced to buyers in Cannes last month.


Cinedigm acquires US rights to ‘Life’

3-Jun-2015 | By

Anton Corbijn’s drama starring Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson premiered in Berlin last February and will open on theatrical, digital and VOD platforms in autumn.

‘Suffragette’ to open BFI London Film Festival

3-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Period drama starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep to receive European premiere; new trailer released.

J.K. Simmons

Cannes: JK Simmons comedy among Ascot Elite buys

3-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Gaumont, The Solution pre-buys among deals.

Stand By Me Doraemon

'Stand by Me Doraemon' tops China box office

3-Jun-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Japanese animation Stand by Me Doraemon topped the China box office last week, grossing $38.29m in its opening four days.

I Am Somebody

'I Am Somebody' to open Shanghai fest

3-Jun-2015 | By

Derek Yee’s I Am Somebody will open this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF, June 13-21), while China-Russian co-production Ballet In The Flames Of War will close the event.

Roger Durling

Santa Barbara festival sets 2016 dates

3-Jun-2015 | By

Executive director Roger Durling of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled the run dates for next year’s 31st edition.

Edinburgh 2015

Edinburgh unveils 2015 industry line-up

3-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Discussions to cover development, financing, exhibition and sustainability, and will include a new distribution market.

Edinburgh Networking

Edinburgh reveals 2015 Network projects

3-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: A crime farce, prison drama, Highland thriller and fantastical love story among titles.


Lorenzo Soria elected HFPA president

3-Jun-2015 | By

The Italian journalist for L’Espresso and La Stampa has been voted in for the 2015-16 term, effective July 1.

Korea's NAFF It Project reveals 2015 line-up

3-Jun-2015 | By

South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan), Asia’s largest genre film fest, has announced 21 titles from 12 countries to be presented during the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) genre film project market.

Krakow’s Film and Music Festival composes itself

3-Jun-2015 | By Tiffany Pritchard

A celebration of film and television music was once again at the heart of Krakow’s Film and Music Festival, now in its eighth year.

Open Road

Open Road, Riverstone strike pact

2-Jun-2015 | By

Open Road Films has corralled a finance partner to build its home-grown slate over the “coming years”, kicking off with the previously announced Sleepless Night.

‘Ultron’ crosses $900m mark

2-Jun-2015 | By

Disney executives said on Tuesday that Avengers: Age Of Ultron has overtaken the $895m final international box office of The Avengers.


Amplify Releasing picks up ‘Tom At The Farm’

2-Jun-2015 | By

Xavier Dolan’s psychosexual thriller has found a US home and will open on August 14.

Matt Mueller Jonathan Sehring

Many passed on Boyhood… including Cannes

2-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

CREATIVE WEEK: Boyhood producer Jonathan Sehring reveals industry doubts about indie hit.

Leslie Manville

AMBI Pictures bulks up ‘Rupture’ cast

2-Jun-2015 | By

Peter Stormare, Kerry Bishé, Lesley Manville and Ari Millen have joined Noomi Rapace and Michael Chiklis on the sci-fi adventure thriller that began shooting in Toronto on Tuesday.

We Are Twisted Fucking Sister

Music Box rocks to Twisted Sister doc

2-Jun-2015 | By

The Chicago-based distributor has acquired rights to Andrew Horn’s documentary We Are Twisted Fucking Sister, while in a separate deal monterey media has picked up North American rights to Forever.

Kerry Trainor

Vimeo expands content creator incentives

2-Jun-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The digital platform has introduced new subscription video tools for its content creators.


Karlovy Vary unveils 2015 competition line-ups

2-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Anti-Nazi satire from Stations of the Cross director Dietrich Bruggemann and a new documentary from Mark Cousins among titles.

My Name Is Emily

Galway festival to open with paralysed director's 'My Name Is Emily'

2-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Simon Fitzmaurice’s debut feature to world premiere at Galway Film Fleadh.

Black Angel

Lost 'Star Wars' companion set for feature version with Rutger Hauer

2-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Black Angel first seen as a short at theatrical screenings of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.


European films win online distribution funding boost

2-Jun-2015 | By

Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme is to boost its funding for the online distribution of European films this year.

Creative Week

Youtubers head to longer formats

2-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

CREATIVE WEEK: Zoella agent and Maker Studios discuss potential for talent crossovers.

Sheffield Doc Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest launches interactive award

2-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

ARTE International Prize up for grabs at Crossover Market.

BAFTA Filmmakers Forum

BAFTA winners join forum for first-time filmmakers

2-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Jeff Pope and Stephen Beresford among speakers.


Svensk closes deals on nine Cannes titles

2-Jun-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Films include Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, biopic Callas starring Noomi Rapace and Nick Park animation Early Man.


Wanda to buy Australia’s Hoyts Group

2-Jun-2015 | By

China’s Wanda Cinema Line is acquiring Australian exhibitor Hoyts Group for an undisclosed amount.


Bob Berney joins Amazon Studios

1-Jun-2015 | By

The independent cinema guru arrives at the company as head of movies distribution and marketing while former ABC digital executive Albert Cheng is named COO.

‘The Green Inferno’ to get US release

1-Jun-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Eli Roth’s Amazonian horror will finally get a US theatrical release two years after its world premiere in Toronto thanks to a collaboration between Blumhouse Production’s BH Tilt, Universal Pictures and High Top Releasing.

Peter Scott

Lotus Entertainment goes on ‘Parents Weekend’

1-Jun-2015 | By

Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson’s company will finance and handle international sales after acquiring Peter Scott’s spec R-rated comedy screenplay.

Fanny Ardant begins ‘Waiting For You’ shoot

1-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Merlin star Colin Morgan co-stars in British coming-of-age feature.

'San Andreas' leads UK box office

1-Jun-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ disaster thriller achieves director Brad Peyton’s best-ever UK bow.

Felipe Martinez Amador

Felipe Martinez Amador to direct ‘Nobles’ remake for Dynamo

1-Jun-2015 | By

The Colombian writer-director will tackle the Mexican comedy hot Nosotros Los Nobles for Dynamo Producciones.

Colin Morgan

Colin Morgan joins 'The Rising'

1-Jun-2015 | By

The lead in BBC and Syfy’s Merlin and a cast regular on Humans has been cast in the Irish historical thriller that is scheduled to shoot in winter 2015/16.

David Puttnam talks return to producing

1-Jun-2015 | By

Chariots of Fire producer reveals how Greenpeace activists brought him back to filmmaking.

The Search For Freedom

Distributors align on 'The Seach For Freedom'

1-Jun-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The Earth Network, Abramorama, GrindTV, Tugg and Vimeo are collaborating on the US theatrical release of The Search For Freedom, a documentary produced by The Earth Network.

Eoin Macken

Eoin Macken enters ‘The Forest’

1-Jun-2015 | By

The actor from current Sony/NBC series The Night Shift joins Natalie Dormer and Taylor Kinney on Lava Bear’s supernatural thriller.

Fang Rung Marijana Jankovic Max Kestner Carsten Bjornlund

Global Screen takes sales on sci-fi thriller 'Fang Rung'

1-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Copenhagen-set time travel thriller set in a world where the oceans have risen.

Sung Soo Kim and Vicha Poolvaraluck

Korea's CJ pacts with Thailand's Major Cineplex

1-Jun-2015 | By

Korea’s leading film investor/distributor CJ Entertainment has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand’s top exhibitor Major Cineplex Group to establish a joint venture for film production and investment.

Heather Croall

Ex-Doc/Fest head Heather Croall to receive honour

1-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sheffield Doc/Fest to pay tribute to former festival director Heather Croall with Inspiration Award.

Buttercup Bill

'Buttercup Bill' to get August release

1-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

First production of Sadie Frost and Emma Comley’s new outfit Blonde to Black Pictures.

Danny Cohen

Cohen: licence fee cuts will threaten BBC services


CREATIVE WEEK: Danny Cohen has admitted that a bad licence fee deal next year would spell inevitable cuts to BBC services.

All3Media eyes further acquisitions

1-Jun-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

CREATIVE WEEK: All3Media is eyeing further acquisitions in the coming months after bolstering its stable with Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street two months ago.

Maya The Bee Movie

'Maya the Bee' flies to UK, Scandinavia

1-Jun-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Animation already sold to more than 170 territories.

San Andreas

'San Andreas' rocks US on $54.6m

31-May-2015 | By

JUNE 1 UPDATE: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson jolted the North American box office as the Warner Bros disaster film delivered a thunderous start for the tentpole’s prospects and the star’s biggest solo opening weekend outside the Fast & Furious franchise.

San Andreas

‘San Andreas’ rules globe on $113.2m

31-May-2015 | By

JUNE 1 UPDATE: San Andreas shook up global box office at the weekend, taking the lead with a $118.5m worldwide haul that featured $63.9m from international debuts and a $54.6m number one launch in North America.

Hot Docs

Blue Ice Docs acquires ‘Dense City’

31-May-2015 | By

The distributor acquired Canadian theatrical, television and digital rights to the documentary in pitch form at the recent Hot Docs Forum.


James Marsden, Rosario Dawson join Bron’s ‘Henchmen’

29-May-2015 | By

James Marsden, Thomas Middleditch, Rosario Dawson and Alfred Molina have joined Bron Studios’ first animation.

Clementine Leger

Slamdance expands year-round presence

29-May-2015 | By

Festival hierarchy are beefing up the event with a new programme called DIG, the return of Clementine Leger as festival manager and a greater footprint across the calendar.

I Am Chris Farley

Virgil Films acquires 'I Am Chris Farley'

29-May-2015 | By

The documentary about the late comedy star and member of SNL and Chicago’s Second City Theatre troupe features Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon and David Spade.

Hyena Road

Contenders vie for top TIFF slot

29-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Afghan War film Hyena Road is understood to be among a band of Canadian films in the frame to open the 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Louder Than Bombs

Cannes: 'Louder Than Bombs' sold to 90+ territories

29-May-2015 | By

Joachim Trier’s family drama played in Competition at Cannes.

Oslo Norway

Norway launches film incentives

29-May-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

The Norwegian government is set to introduce a system of incentives for film productions, to keep local projects in the country and attract international ventures.

Gala Theatre Durham

Picturehouse heads to Durham

29-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Picturehouse Cinemas to partner with Durham’s Gala Theatre.

How We Played The Revolution

Krakow focus on Lithuania; Polish doc showcase

29-May-2015 | By

Lithuanian documentaries will be in the spotlight at this year’s 55th Krakow Film Festival (May 31-June 7) which opens with Krzysztof Kopczynski’s The Dybbuk. A Tale Of Wandering Souls.

San Andreas

San Andreas rolls into 60 markets

29-May-2015 | By

Warner Bros triggers a wide release of San Andreas day-and-date with North America in 60 markets this weekend including eight majors.

Jonathan Pryce

Jonathan Pryce, Fiona Shaw join 'The White King'

29-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Dystopian drama set to shoot this summer.


‘Tomorrowland’ tops ‘San Andreas’ in social media buzz

29-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Poltergeist also scares up buzz in the social media charts.

Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill pulls out of ‘Stratton’

28-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Man Of Steel star quits production just days before shooting was set to begin.

IFC Films acquires ‘Tale Of Tales’

28-May-2015 | By

The post-Cannes acquisitions trickle continues as IFC announced it has picked up US rights from Hanway Films to Matteo Garrone’s Competition premiere.

 Maren Olson

Maren Olson joins CAA

28-May-2015 | By

The executive arrives from Traction Media and will serve on the Film Finance & Sales Group (FFSG). 


STX Entertainment eyes 'Uglydoll' franchise

28-May-2015 | By

Robert Simonds’ aspiring studio, still more than two months away from releasing its first film, has made another grand move and launched a family and animation division.

Green Room

Picturehouse, Altitude acquire Jeremy Saulnier’s 'Green Room'

28-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: US director’s follow-up to Blue Ruin stars Patrick Stewart as a white supremacist and played at Cannes.

Sam Neill

Metrodome acquires 'Hippopotamus'; Sam Neill joins cast

28-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Neill and Roger Allam to star in the British comedy based on a Stephen Fry bestseller.

The Falling

BAFTA to showcase Carol Morley

28-May-2015 | By

The British director will be the subject of the organisation’s prestigious ‘Brits To Watch: The Screenings’ series.


Vertigo launches VOD site

28-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: UK film and distribution company launches new digital platform.

‘The Lobster’ tops Cannes winners social media buzz

28-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE INFOGRAPHIC: Mad Max: Fury Road and Carol top films overall.

Paramount, IFC strike home ent deal

28-May-2015 | By

Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) has signed an output deal with IFC Films on select films that include includes Good Kill and The D Train.


Cineart acquires Cannes winner 'Mustang'

28-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor Cineart has confirmed several Cannes acquisitions.


Stockholm festival launches $120k international film award

28-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New Stockholm Impact Award will be part of a new international film competition.

Tanya Greig Perara

Tanya Greig Perara joins Universal Pictures

28-May-2015 | By

The executive arrives at the studio as svp of business affairs, film music. 

BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival launches shorts prize

28-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

A dozen film will compete for the award.

James Schamus

James Schamus forges China ties

27-May-2015 | By

The former Focus Features CEO’s production company Symbolic Exchange has struck a first-look and strategic cooperation agreement with Chinese start-up Meridian Entertainment.

Patrick Spence

'Fortitude' exec joins Creative Summit


Patrick Spence, executive producer of smash hit Fortitude is the latest speaker to join the impressive line-up at the Creative Summit 2015.

Ted Sarandos

Ted Sarandos in Ischia Global Legend Award

27-May-2015 | By

Following on from his talk-of-the-town appearance in Cannes, the Netflix chief content officer will attend the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest in Naples, Italy.

Tom Cruise starrer ‘Mena’ begins shoot

27-May-2015 | By

Production has begun in Georgia on Universal’s action film that reunites Cruise with his Edge Of Tomorrow director Doug Liman.


Starz acquires ‘Tumbledown’ for US

27-May-2015 | By

Starz has picked up all US rights to the comedic love story starring Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis.

Caleb Deschanel

Caleb Deschanel in AFI honour 

27-May-2015 | By

American Film Institute top brass have chosen Caleb Deschanel to receive the 2015 Franklin J Schaffner Alumni Medal.

Gail Heaney

Broad Green Pictures hires Gail Heaney

27-May-2015 | By

The ambitious company has slotted the latest piece of its executive suite jigsaw into place with the hire of Gail Heaney as executive vice-president of media.

Ewan McGregor

Edinburgh unveils 2015 line-up

27-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Ewan McGregor, Jane Seymour, Malcolm McDowell and Hong Kong director Johnnie To among the guests set to attend the festival.

Florence Foster Jenkins

Union to handle VFX on ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

27-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Visual effects firm will also re-team with The Theory of Everything director James Marsh on the upcoming Donald Crowhurst biopic.

Jeff Bronikowski

Tribeca Shortlist SVOD service names president

27-May-2015 | By

Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises have hired Jeff Bronikowski as president of the SVOD service that launches later this year.

Shani Ankori

Trio on the rise at IFC/Sundance Selects

27-May-2015 | By

IFC Films/Sundance Selects announced on Wednesday three key promotions.

Jackie Earle Haley

Cast swells on 'Birth Of A Nation'

27-May-2015 | By

Jackie Earle Haley and Mark Boone Jr have joined Nate Parker’s slave drama, currently shooting in Savannah, Georgia.


Big World Pictures falls for ‘Viktoria’

27-May-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The Brooklyn-based distributor has acquired US rights to Maya Vitkova’s Bulgarian feature debut.

Kate Shepherd

Contend bulks up marketing, content suites

27-May-2015 | By

Jon Sneider has joined the data-driven content creator and distributor as Chief Marketing Officer and evp of client partnerships and Kate Shepherd has been hired as evp of content.

Johnnie To

BAFTA to host Johnnie To event

27-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Hong Kong director to speak on stage in London as part of BAFTA’s A Life In Pictures series.

The Here After

Cannes title 'The Here After' sells to UK, Korea

27-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Drama about a young man who returns home after serving time in prison, but is not forgiven by the local community, played in Directors’ Fortnight.

The Club

Pablo Larrain's 'The Club' heads to North America

27-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Music Box Films acquires rights to Berlinale Grand Jury Prize winner.

Jude Law

FremantleMedia takes rights to Sorrentino's 'Young Pope'

27-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Series will star Jude Law.

Dear Hans Lovely Peter

Moscow Business Square to spotlight Finland, Austria

27-May-2015 | By

The film industries of Finland and Austria will be under the spotlight at the 7th Moscow Business Square (MBS) (June 21-22).

Dont Accept Dreams From Strangers

Open Reel reveals Cannes deals

27-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

US deal for Don’t Accept Dreams From Strangers among sales secured.

Power to the Pixel

Power to the Pixel unveils 2015 projects

27-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Power to the Pixel’s annual Pixel Lab event will feature 32 participants.

Cannes: Soda Pictures acquire Nordic film slate for UK

27-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Titles include Competition film Louder Than Bombs and Un Certain Regard winner Rams.

Proimágenes Colombia chief hails Cannes success

26-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The head of Colombia’s film support body has praised the success of national films in Cannes after one the most triumphant years ever for Latin American cinema.

The Orchard acquires ‘Louder Than Bombs’

26-May-2015 | By

Joachim Trier’s drama has become the latest Cannes selection to find a North American home.

Victoria Song

Columbia Pictures, China Film Co ready ‘Wedding’ remake

26-May-2015 | By

The partners are moving ahead on their local-language co-production and Chinese remake of the rom-com in a move that will resonate with the global vision of new Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Tom Rothman.

Kino Lorber gets ‘The Measure Of A Man’

26-May-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired US and Canadian rights to Stephane Brizé’s recent Cannes Competition selection starring the festival’s freshly minted best actor Vincent Lindon.

Richard Loncraine

Richard Loncraine to direct ‘Finding Your Feet’

26-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Wimbledon director most recently made 5 Flights Up starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton.

Marco Polo

UK's ITV ends interest in The Weinstein Company

26-May-2015 | By Chris Curtis, Broadcast

ITV has ended its interest in a deal to buy the TV arm of The Weinstein Company (TWC).

Made In NY Media Center

Made In NY Media Center by IFP launches new programmes

26-May-2015 | By

The Made In NY Media Center by IFP has announced two new programmes to launch this summer: the Creative >> Founder Lab and a workshop series to teach location-based storytelling.

Portrait Of A Serial Monogamist'

Wolfe Releasing acquires 'Serial Monogamist'

26-May-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The distributor has acquired all US rights to Canadian LGBT rom-com Portrait Of A Serial Monogamist ahead of its world premiere at Inside Out LBGT Film Festival in Toronto.

Alfre Woodard

LAFF unveils free community screenings

26-May-2015 | By

On Tuesday the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) top brass announced several free community screenings to take place during the 21st edition of the festival.

Pitch Perfect 2

'Pitch Perfect 2' retains UK lead; 'Tomorrowland' edges 'Poltergeist'

26-May-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s Tomorrowland: A World Beyond is the week’s highest new entry, narrowly edging out Fox’s Poltergeist.

The Last King

Norway's 'The Last King' sold to Italy, Middle East

26-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Further sales on the adventure film secured after a promo screening at Cannes.


Euro commissioners differ on Digital Single Market views

26-May-2015 | By

Commissioners singing from different song sheets as European funders reiterate their views on Digital Single Market strategy

One Crazy Thing

Amit Gupta's 'One Crazy Thing' to open East End Film Festival

26-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Festival to include 18 world premieres and close with US crime documentary 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets.

Robot Overlords

'Robot Overlords' TV series in the works

26-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sci-fi series to be overseen by longtime Coronation Street producer Tony Wood.

The Fourth Direction

SFG takes Cannes title 'The Fourth Direction' for Canada

25-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The film was the first ever Punjabi-language to feature in a competitve section of the festival.


Edge acquires Cannes title 'Disorder'

25-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Scandinavia rights snapped up to film starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger.

Song of the Sea

Irish Academy crowns 'Song Of The Sea'

25-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

International awards won by Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore.

Cannes: Jacques Audiard's 'Dheepan' wins Palme d'Or

24-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser, Tiffany Pritchard

Other winners include Son Of Saul, The Assassin, Chronic, The Lobster, The Measure Of A Man, Carol and Mon Roi.

‘Ultron’ reaches $860m int'l

24-May-2015 | By

MAY 26 UPDATE: Avengers: Age Of Ultron grossed $45.8m from 91 territories in its fifth weekend to reach $859.8m internationally and $1.263.9bn globally.


‘Tomorrowland’ leads Memorial Day on $41.7m

24-May-2015 | By

Disney’s George Clooney and Britt Robertson action-adventure from Brad Bird led the charts in a tepid Memorial Day Weekend.

Cannes 2015 jury

Cannes 2015 jury tried to "balance out" awards

24-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser, Tiffany Pritchard

Co-president Ethan Coen said the jury tried to “balance out” the awards while Jake Gyllenhaal addresses “controlled suicide”.

Carol The Assassin

Cannes: Screen's final Jury Grid topped by 'Carol', 'The Assassin'

24-May-2015 | By Fionnuala Halligan

Screen’s jury of international critics finished the festival tied in their appreciation of Carol and The Assassin, ahead of the award of the Palme d’Or.

Cannes Marche

Cannes 2015: deals round-up


The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.

Cannes Un Certain Regard winners 2015

Cannes: ‘Rams’ wins Un Certain Regard prize

23-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Other prizes awarded to Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey to the Shore and Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Treasure.

Son of Saul

Cannes: ‘Son of Saul’, 'Masaan', 'Paulina' win Fipresci prizes

23-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Other prizes go to My Mother, Masaan and Paulina.

We Are Your Friends

StudioCanal, Impuls Pictures strike output deal

23-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Agreement includes We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron.

Embrace Of The Serpent

Cannes: ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ wins at Directors’ Fortnight

22-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Other winners include Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days and Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang.

Handling: Toronto's Platform to give 'bump' to int'l films

22-May-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Toronto International Film Festival director and CEO has revealed further details of Toronto’s new Platform section, which will be the festival’s first competitive section.

Cinefondation 2015 winners

Cannes: Cinéfondation winners revealed

22-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Timbuktu director Abderrahmane Sissako led the jury.

PalmStar, The Bridge Finance renew deal

22-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: PalmStar Media and Zurich-based The Bridge Finance Company announced during Cannes that they have renewed their strategic partnership.

Jennifer Blanc

Anchor Bay swoops on 'Night Visitor'

22-May-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

EXCLUSIVE: Anchor Bay Canada has acquired Canadian home entertainment and North American digital rights to Blanc/Biehn Productions’ The Night Visitor and its sequel.

The Assassin

Cannes: Screen Jury Grid gets new joint leader

22-May-2015 | By Fionnuala Halligan

With only one more film to screen at Cannes 68 – Macbeth – the Screen International team of jurors are tied for their lead film.

Metrodome takes Sundance title 'The Overnight' for UK

22-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black) stars in the comedy about sexual frustration and parenthood.

The Infiltrator

Broad Green acquires 'The Infiltrator' for US

22-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Brad Furman’s crime thriller stars Bryan Cranston and Diane Kruger.

Standing Tall

CMG takes Cannes opener 'Standing Tall' for US

22-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Emmanuelle Bercot became the first female director to open the festival since 1987.

'Night Will Fall' scoops two Focal Awards

22-May-2015 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

Night Will Fall, a feature-length production about the filming of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, picked up two awards at last night’s Focal International Awards.

Melbourne's Premiere Fund gets government renewal

22-May-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Victoria government pledges $900,000 renewal.

Akousa Adoma Owusu

Durban Filmart selects 19 projects

22-May-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Durban FilmMart, which runs in Durban, South Africa from July 17-20, has announced its project selection for this year.

'The Lobster' bookies favourite to win Cannes Palme d'Or

22-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Son of Saul and Carol also strong contenders.

Ploey You Never Fly Alone

Belgian's Cyborn joins animated 'Ploey'

22-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Iceland’s GunHil signs co-pro agreement with Belgian animation studio.

Florence Foster Jenkins

Meryl Streep as 'Florence Foster Jenkins', first look

22-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

First still released of Meryl Streep and Hugh grant in Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins.

Thierry Fremaux

Cannes chief talks approach to female filmmakers

21-May-2015 | By Tiffany Pritchard

At his highly-anticipated talk for the Kering Women In Motion series at the Majestic Hotel, Cannes festival director Thierry Fremaux kicked off proceedings with the statement, “This debate makes me furious.”


Cannes: ‘Paulina’ leads Critics’ Week winners

21-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Two Latin American films take home top awards.

Andrew Haigh

Andrew Haigh's next film to be 'Lean on Pete'

21-May-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Film4 backs development of Haigh’s 45 Years follow-up; Tristan Goligher to produce. 


Cannes: Gaspar Noe's 'Love' sold worldwide

21-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Wild Bunch sells Cannes title in more than 36 territories.


NYAFF to honour Ringo Lam

21-May-2015 | By

The 14th New York Asian Film Festival will present Hong Kong director Ringo Lam with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Najwa Najjar

Oscar submission 'Eyes of A Thief' sold to France

21-May-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Najwa Najjar’s next feature will be Son of a Very Important Man.

Cannes: 'The Lobster' sells to US

21-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Alchemy have snapped up the Cannes Competition title.

The Measure of a Man

Cannes: 'Measure of a Man' sold to 20+ territories

21-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Star Vincent Lindon hotly tipped for Best Actor Palme d’Or for lead performance.

Ben Latham Jones

Ealing Studios acquires 'GreenAcre Films' stake

21-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Ealing Studios has acquired a significant stake in TV and film company GreenAcre Films and forged a new creative partnership with the company that will see Ealing Studios expand its TV division.

Roger Deakins

Roger Deakins to shoot 'Blade Runner' sequel

21-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Denis Villeneuve to direct sci-fi sequel.

The Valley of Love

Cannes: Edge enters 'Valley of Love', 'Palio

21-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Cannes Competition title stars Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu.

Cannes: CMG acquires 'Mustang' for US

21-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Turkish feature plays in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival.


Cannes: 108 Media acquires Scandi thriller 'Sensoria'

21-May-2015 | By

Toronto-based 108 Media is in talks with international buyers in Cannes on Christian Hallman’s Swedish thriller Sensoria.

Moscow Never Sleeps

'Moscow Never Sleeps' acquired for Russia

21-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Exponenta Film takes distribution rights to Johnny O’Reilly feature.

Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words

Cannes: NonStop rounds-up deals

21-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Acquisitions include Cannes Classics title Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words.

The Closer We Get

'The Closer We Get' to play Edinburgh

21-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

European premiere set for Edinburgh film festival.

Pirates of Penzance

Mike Leigh’s 'Pirates of Penzance' breaks box office records

21-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Live cinema broadcast has generated more than $1m at the UK box office to date.

John Lasseter

Lasseter wows Cannes with Pixar, Disney footage

20-May-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

John Lasseter, animation guru and Chief Creative Officer at both Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, gave a special presentation of the companies’ upcoming slate in Cannes today.

Donald Crowhurst

Colin Firth's Donald Crowhurst film begins shoot

20-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Story of amateur sailor who attempted to sail around the world begins UK shoot.

Xia Hao

Xia Hao wins top prize in Chinese Talents Forum

20-May-2015 | By

Xia Hao and his project No. 23 won the top award worth $164,000 (RMB1m) in the New Chinese Film Talents Fund Forum (NCFTFF), while Song Yuefeng’s The Wild Horns was given a special mention.

Other Angle seals 'Lives In Secret' deals

20-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: WWII spy mistress drama to star Kelly Reilly and Tim Roth launched in Cannes

Ultron tops China box office with $155m

20-May-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Avengers: Age of Ultron replaced Furious 7 at the top of the China box office in its opening week, grossing $154.63m in six days.

Heels Red Carpet

Cannes seeks to clarify red-carpet code after backlash

20-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Festival “reminds” staff of “rules” after backlash that included Emily Blunt voicing “disappointment”.

'Best Of Enemies' to open AFI DOCS

20-May-2015 | By

Top brass at AFI DOCS 2015 have announced the slate at the 13th festival, set to run from June 17–21 in Washington DC and Silver Spring, Maryland.

Gao Xiaosong

Gao Xiaosong joins LeVision Pictures

20-May-2015 | By

Beijing-based LeVision Pictures has announced that singer and director Gao Xiaosong has joined the company’s stable of filmmakers, which also includes Zhang Yimou, Lu Chuan and Tsui Hark.

IFC picks up US rights to ‘A Perfect Day’

20-May-2015 | By

Fernando León de Aranoa’s film premiered in Director’s Fortnight this week and stars Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Mélanie Thierry and Fedja Stukan.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Brisk business not dampened by Netflix effect

20-May-2015 | By

Glorious weather on the Croisette played its part in driving strong trade and casting a warm glow over the market to temper fearful talk of the Netflix effect, for now at least.

Screen Cannes 2015 Daily 8

Cannes 2015: Screen's dailies


Read Screen International’s latest daily magazine from the 68th Cannes Film Festival here.

Son of Saul

Curzon acquires Cannes trio

20-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Festival hit Son of Saul, Wadjda director’s next film among pick-ups.

The Mirror

Collee to adapt Chinese fantasy franchise The Mirror

20-May-2015 | By

John Collee (The Alchemyst, Master And Commander) will adapt the Chinese fantasy novel series The Mirror, which has been optioned by Ruyi Films and Syon Media.

Marguerite and Julien

Cannes: Screen Jury Grid nearly scores a new low

20-May-2015 | By Fionnuala Halligan

The scores are in for Marguerite & Julien and Sicario.

Ellen Page

Ellen Page, Allison Janney to star in 'Tallulah'

20-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Ellen Page and Allison Janney will star in Route One Entertainment’s dramatic comedy, with Good Universe on board to represent international sales.

Sean Penn

Vendian, Insiders partner on 'Flag Day'

20-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Hinting at a long-term relationship in the making, Christopher Woodrow’s Vendian Entertainment has emerged as a key partner with Wild Bunch on Flag Day and has come on board to co-finance and produce Sean Penn’s upcoming drama.

David Kosse

Cannes: Brits push US tie-ups

20-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Internationalisation has been one of the trends noticeable among UK funders at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The Fort

India's 'The Fort (Killa)' heads to France

20-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Indian feature strikes France and French-speaking territories deal.

What's Between Us

'What’s Between Us' sold to Germany, Austria

20-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

What’s Between Us acquired for Germany and Austria by Pro-Fun Media Filmverleih.

Alchemy acquires 'Mia Madre'

20-May-2015 | By

Alchemy has acquired all US rights to Nanni Moretti’s Competition selection starring Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini and Beatrice Mancini.

Yakuza Apocalypse

'Yakuza Apocalypse' makes Euro sales

20-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Key deals for Backup Media on Cannes Directors’ Fortnight entry.

Cannes title ‘Rams’ finds more homes

20-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New Europe Film Sales has secured further sales of Un Certain Regard title Rams (Hrútar).

Do You Believe?

Pure Flix scores deals on 'Do You Believe?'

20-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The US faith-based entertainment company has closed a raft of sales on its slate led by Do You Believe?, the recent US release and follow-up to the breakout God’s Not Dead.

The Danish Girl

Copenhagen Film Fund eyeing another Working Title project

20-May-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Copenhagen Film Fund is in talks for another project with Working Title, after they recently collaborated on The Danish Girl by Tom Hooper.

Euro flag

EU ministers discuss Digital Single Market strategy

20-May-2015 | By

European media and culture ministers discussed the European Commission’s plans for a Digital Single Market (DSM) at this week’s Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council in Brussels.

Travis Reid

Travis Reid to head Broad Green distribution

20-May-2015 | By

The new hire arrives from Screenvision and will oversee an annual slate of 12-16 specialty and wide-release titles.

Anti-piracy law could “destroy” Russian film business

20-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New anti-piracy measures in Russia risk destroying the film and TV industries, according to a Cannes panel.

Allen Zhu

China may have to pay for VoD

20-May-2015 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Territory’s VOD market is growing rapidly but recorded an industry loss of $150m in 2014

Steve McQueen

Charley Boorman to narrate Steve McQueen doc

20-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Charley Boorman narrates Steve McQueen motorcycle doc.

Graham Wagner

Good Universe buys comedy pitch 'Mermaids In Paradise'

20-May-2015 | By

Good Universe bought the pitch from writer-director Jonathan Krisel and Emmy-nominated writer Graham Wagner based on Lydia Millet’s satirical novel of the same name.

Alicia Vikander

Buyers round on IM Global’s ‘The Circle’

20-May-2015 | By

President of international sales and distribution Michael Rothstein has reported a strong response to the Tom Hanks and Alicia Vikander cyberthriller.


Ankama's 'Mutafukaz' feature to hit screens in 2017

20-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Animation is inspired by hit French comic series of the same name.

Lotte World Tower

India, South Korea sign copro agreement

20-May-2015 | By

To qualify as a co-production, 20% or more of a film’s production budget must be from the partner country and 30% in the case of broadcast programmes.

7 Chinese Brothers

Spotlight talks up ‘7 Chinese Brothers’

20-May-2015 | By

The sales company has acquired international sales rights to Bob Byington’s Jason Schwartzman starrer.

Taika Waititi

Curious unveils further details of slate

20-May-2015 | By

Titles in development include Virginia Heath’s Mystery Ride and Taika Waititi’s Hunt For The Wilderpeople.

Talking Point at the UK Film Centre Inside Festival Programming

Talking Point at the UK Film Centre: Inside Festival Programming


Sundance’s John Cooper and Karlovy Vary’s Ivana Novotná were among the speakers discussing how to choose the right international festival for your film.

'Macbeth' gets awards season release date

19-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard drama to world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend.

Anna Serner and Sindre Guldvog

Good news for women in film in Norway, Sweden

19-May-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

In a Cannes year where women (from their shoes to their films) have been making headlines, the Norwegians and Swedes are quietly celebrating some big gains in gender equality in their film industries.

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes: Women denied Palais entry for wearing flats

19-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Stiff ‘croisetiquette’ sees older women denied access for ‘wrong’ shoes.

Xavier Dolan

Dolan's 'End Of The World' draws buyers

19-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Seville International has closed a raft of deals here on Xavier Dolan’s upcoming It’s Only the End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde) featuring arguably the most prestigious cast of any film in the market.


EIFF unveils further Scottish titles

19-May-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

New additions to programme include Karen Gillan’s directorial short debut Coward, Hector starring Peter Mullan and music documentary Big Gold Dream.

Annemarie Jacir

Palestine's Annemarie Jacir unveils next feature 'Wajib'

19-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Filmmaker also co-producing Dictynna Hood’s upcoming Trojan Women.

Louder Than Bombs

Cannes: ‘Louder Than Bombs’ drops into Screen Jury Grid

19-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Joachim Trier’s English-language debut delivers a solid score but fails short of the current leader.

Sundance Selects acquires US rights to ‘Disorder’

19-May-2015 | By

The distributor struck the deal on Alice Winocour’s Un Certain Regard entry with Indie Sales Company.

A24 pounces on US rights to ‘Krisha’

19-May-2015 | By

The US rights deal to Trey Edward Shults’ acclaimed Critics’ Week selection includes rights to his next film.

Chiu Keng Guan

'Journey' director kicks off football drama

19-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Malaysian director Chiu Keng Guan, who directed The Journey, Malaysia’s highest-grossing film ever, has started production on football drama Ola Bola for Astro Shaw.

The Forecaster

Fiction version of 'The Forecaster' planned

19-May-2015 | By

Screenplay for the feature film is being written by the US screenwriter Matthew Wilder

Hayden Christensen

Hayden Christensen horror 'Untöt' sells for 13 Films

19-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: 13 Films has sold multiple territories on action horror film Untöt starring Hayden Christensen.

Japan seminar

Japan's power players discuss overseas strategy

19-May-2015 | By

The heads of Japan’s leading studios discussed their strategies for expanding into international markets at the close of Japan Day Project’s seminar programme on Monday.

Rula Nasser

Nasser, Nordisk co-produce Shargawi’s Medina

19-May-2015 | By

Jordanian producer Rula Nasser has boarded Dogme-style drama Medina, directed by Danish-Palestinian filmmaker Omar Shargawi, as producer alongside Nordisk Film Production.

Creative England

Creative England development scheme sets goals

19-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Programme has highlighted six key areas in which the sector can progress and emerging talent can be better supported.

Urban Hymn

London Screenings 2015 unveils first titles

19-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Film London’s export market to screen Despite the Falling Snow, Urban Hymn and The ReZort.


BFI opens up co-pro development funding

19-May-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Fund will earmark £250,000 per year of its existing funding toward support for co-productions at the development stage.

Brooklyn panel

'Brooklyn' budget was bridge to creativity

19-May-2015 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Screen’s contributing editor Wendy Mitchell talked to the film’s producer Finola Dwyer at The UK Film Centre in Cannes.

Rome launches new market, MIA

19-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

New umbrella industry event to unfold in Ancient Roman baths

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy visiting Chernobyl

'The Tribe' director's 'Luxembourg' scores first sales

19-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Film set to shoot in Chernobyl exclusion zone at the end of the year.

Hercules FIlm Fund

Hercules Film Fund to back 'Mena'

19-May-2015 | By

Greek ship-owner Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis has set up Luxembourg-based Hercules Film Fund, which plans to bring European investors to Hollywood to finance three to five wide release films a year. 

'Contracted' sequel sells for BoulderLight

19-May-2015 | By

Raphael Margules and JD Lifshitz’s new LA-based sales and production company has reported strong sales here on the sequel to the genre title, which screens in the market today.

Shota Sometani

NYAFF, Screen to honour Shota Sometani

19-May-2015 | By

The 14th New York Asian Film Festival in partnership with Screen International will honour the Japanese youngster with the International Rising Star Award on July 4.


Cannes title 'Nahid' sold into Europe, LatAm

19-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Un Certain Regard title Nahid has been picked up across Europe and Latin America.

Stray Dogs reports strong first Cannes

19-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Sales include German deal for Partho Sen-Gupta’s Sunrise.

Storm Saulter

Storm Saulter lines up 'Sprinter'

19-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Jamaican director’s new drama aimed to be ready by the 2016 Olympics in Rio.


'Believe' directors ready 'After Louise'

19-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK outfit Scoop Films readies third production.

Black Mountain Side

UK deal for Devilworks’ 'Mountain Side'

19-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: 101 nabs UK rights to thriller.

Bunker of the Dead 3D

WTFilms sells 'Bunker of the Dead 3D'

19-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

3D horror sells to UK, Japan, Russia, Greece and Germany.

Robert Redford

SPC nearing $6m 'Truth' deal

19-May-2015 | By

Sony Pictures Classics was last night understood to be paying $6m for US rights to Truth, RatPac Entertainment and Echo Lake Entertainment’s political thriller with Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett.

Kristian Levring

Projects to Czech out in Cannes

19-May-2015 | By

Czech production companies partnering on new projects from the likes of Kristian Levring, Per-Olav Sørensen and Bohdan Slama.

VOICES call for Polish cinema focus

19-May-2015 | By

Krzysztof Zanussi’s Foreign Body to screen as part of Russian festival’s Polish cinema focus.

Saturday Night And Sunday Morning

Park Circus acquires classic British films

19-May-2015 | By

UK company acquires Woodfall Library which includes titles such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Tom Jones and A Taste of Honey.

The Commune

Vinterberg’s 'The Commune' scores sales

19-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Spain and Korea among territories to secure distribution.

Liam Neeson

Sierra/Affinity hails best Cannes market

18-May-2015 | By

Sierra/Affinity chief Nick Meyer has hailed the company’s best market ever after completing key sales on Shot Caller, A Willing Patriot and Comancheria, among others.

Bleed For This

The Solution strikes world sales on 'Bleed For This'

18-May-2015 | By

The Solution Entertainment Group has struck a multi-territory deal here with Sony on red-hot Miles Teller starrer following Open Road’s $4m swoop on US rights at the weekend.

Luc Besson

Fundamental to invest in EuropaCorp’s Valerian

18-May-2015 | By

China’s Fundamental Films is extending its output deal with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp and will invest up to $50m into Besson’s Valerian, starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne.

Todd Haynes

Todd Haynes is ‘Wonderstruck’

18-May-2015 | By , Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Todd Haynes, the toast of the Croisette following last night’s rousing reception for Carol, is angling to adapt Brian Selznick’s children’s book.

Mia Goth, Calvin Demba, Maisie Williams, Callum Turner

Screen, BFI London Film Festival team for Stars of Tomorrow

18-May-2015 | By Screen staff

Screen International is to join with the BFI London Film Festival to launch its celebrated Stars of Tomorrow for the first time. 

Talking Point at the UK Film Centre: The Difficult Second Film

Talking Point at the UK Film Centre: The Difficult Second Film


United Talent Agency’s Bec Smith and director Caradog James were among the speakers discussing how post-first feature directors can make the leap to an international career.

Pitch Perfect 2

'Pitch Perfect 2' edges out 'Mad Max' in UK

18-May-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s sequel out-sings Warner Bros’ revival to dethrone Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Son of Saul

Cannes title 'Son of Saul' scores worldwide deals


EXCLUSIVE: Films Distribution racks up sales.

Corsan puts 'Western Front' remake in its sights

18-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Breuls’ Belgium-based company has come on to produce and sell the long-gestating remake of All Quiet On The Western Front with Roger Donaldson set to direct.

My Golden Days

Magnolia acquires Desplechin's 'My Golden Days'

18-May-2015 | By

Magnolia Pictures has picked up all US rights from Wild Bunch to Arnaud Desplechin’s Directors’ Fortnight selection My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse).


Cannes: ‘Carol’ rockets to Screen Jury lead

18-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Cate Blanchett’s performance in Todd Haynes’ lesbian drama will be tough to beat.

Miss You Already

Catherine Hardwicke’s 'Miss You Already' scores sales

18-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Salt secures deal for Toni Colette, Drew Barrymore comedy-drama in Germany, France, Japan.

David Puttnam returns to production with 'Arctic 30'

18-May-2015 | By

Chariots Of Fire producer David Puttnam is returning to filmmaking for the first time in more than 15 years

Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman signs for 9/11 drama 'The 11th'

18-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Uma Thurman and Christopher Lee are among the ensemble cast to have signed for a Copenhagen-set drama set during the 24-hours before 9/11.

Jack Black

Jack Black joins ‘Micronations’

18-May-2015 | By

Jack Black will star in Buffalo Film Company’s comedy from director Jared Hess of Napoleon Dynamite fame.

Bloods A Rover

US, UK execs launch Midnight Road

18-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Crime-drama, James Ellroy novel, TV series on slate of new LA-based production outfit.

Ben Schnetzer

'Pride' star Ben Schnetzer to play tragic journalist Dan Eldon

18-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Ben Schnetzer, star of gay activist drama Pride, is to play a tragic Reuters photojournalist who was stoned to death in Mogadishu in 1993.

Geoffrey Macnab and Alice Bah Kuhnke

Swedish Minister defends Film Agreement plans

18-May-2015 | By

Swedish Culture Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke has defended her decision to scrap Sweden’s Film Agreement.

Creative England reveals new iFeatures trio

18-May-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

EXCLUSIVE: Creative England has named the three films to be greenlit for production through the latest round of its low-budget filmmaking initiative iFeatures.

Paris Coproduction Village

Paris Coproduction Village unveils 2015 line-up

18-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Second edition set to unfold in French capital June 10-12.


VMI infiltrates Cannes with 'Riot'

18-May-2015 | By

VMI Worldwide has been tempting Croisette buyers with action titles Riot starring Dolph Lundgren and Perfect Weapon with Steven Segal.

Michael Dwyer joins IM Global

18-May-2015 | By

Michael Dwyer has joined IM Global from Screen Media as svp of international sales and distribution and will head sales from the 250-title library.

Cannes Marche

Raven Banner cuts deals on 'México Bárbaro'

18-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: MPI/Dark Sky Films has picked up US rights from Raven Banner to the horror anthology.

Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM)

BAM, IndieBo to overlap in July

18-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: For the first time ever a film festival will overlap the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM) in July as Colombia’s film chiefs look to turn the summer corridor into a creative and business platform for the country’s booming film industry.

Visit Films scores UK deal on ‘Krisha’

18-May-2015 | By

StudioCanal has acquired UK rights from Visit Films to the Critics’ Week selection.

Our Last Tango

Wide sells 'Our Last Tango' to Taiwan, Greece

18-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based documentary specialist has sealed several deals on Argentine filmmaker German Kral’s Our Last Tango.


New Europe sells 'Bridgend' to UK

18-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Dark drama stars Game of Thrones’ Hannah Murray.

Chris Burden

Submarine boards 'Chris Burden: Double Bind'

18-May-2015 | By

Submarine has come on to co-finance, co-produce and partner with Dogwoof on world sales to the documentary Chris Burden: Double Bind.

Jane Williams

Jane Williams returns to DIFF's Dubai Film Connection

18-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Co-production market to focus on 10 projects with 20% of budget in place.

Labyrinth of Passion

Kevin Williams closes classic Almodovar deals

18-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Williams Associates has closed some eye-catching deals on its remastered Pedro Almodovar film, Labyrinth Of Passion.

The Lobster panel

Producers discuss making of 'The Lobster'

18-May-2015 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Cannes: Talk held at The UK Film Centre looked at the financing and production of Yorgos Lanthimos’ English-language debut.

Film4Climate, Ecoprod call on producers

18-May-2015 | By

The World Bank Group’s Film4Climate programmme and Ecoprod are inviting film producers to join forces in the development of a  plan to reduce the environmental impact of film production and to raise more awareness about climate change. 

Andy Vajna

Andy Vanya toasts Hungary Fund

18-May-2015 | By

A bullish Andy Vajna has hailed the work of the Hungarian Film Fund in galvanizing film production in the country and “cleaning up the mess” left after the dissolution of the debt-ridden Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation (MMKA).


Bahubali to be recut for international

18-May-2015 | By

India’s Arka Mediaworks is planning an international cut of its $40m action epic Bahubali, directed by S.S. Rajamouli, one of the biggest filmmakers in the Telugu-language film industry.

Yoji Yamada

Shochiku lines up Yoji Yamada duo

18-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Japanese studio Shochiku is launching sales on two new projects from leading director Yoji Yamada – a drama based on a Hisashi Inoue story and the director’s first comedy since the end of the Tora-san series in 1995.

The Mice Room

Egypt’s Zawya, Misr team for arthouse distribution

18-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Egypt’s Zawya Cinema and Misr International Films are joining forces to launch arthouse distributor Zawya Distribution.

Stephen Polster

RightsTrade grows sales agency stable

18-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The online film and TV marketplace has closed deals with Lakeshore Entertainment, The Solution Entertainment Group, QED International, GFM and Arclight.

UK Cinema Association

Cinema Exhibitors' Association rebrands

18-May-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Association supporting UK cinema operators relaunches as UK Cinema Association

Talent Talk at the UK Film Centre: 'Carol'


Number 9 Films’ Elizabeth Karlsen and Killer Films’ Christine Vachon discuss their collaboration on Todd Haynes’ much-anticipated Competition film.  

Gunther Oettinger

Oettinger hints at TV, film waivers in Digital Single Market

17-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

European Commissioner spoke with the film industry in Cannes.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Focus snaps up ‘Nocturnal Animals’

17-May-2015 | By

The distributor pounced on worldwide rights on Sunday to Tom Ford’s upcoming thriller starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal in a deal reportedly worth $20m.

‘Mad Max’ pushes Warner Bros past $1bn

17-May-2015 | By

Mad Max: Fury Road opened in 68 markets on an estimated $65m powered by a string of number one debuts.

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ rules US on $70.3m

17-May-2015 | By

Universal’s female comedy directed by Elizabeth Banks stormed to the top of the North American charts as Mad Max: Fury Road arrived in second place.

Approaching the Elephant

'Approaching the Elephant' wins at Docaviv

17-May-2015 | By

Twilight Of A Life and 7 Days In St. Petersburg sweep the Israeli competition at 17th Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival

Roskino unveils projects in Cannes

17-May-2015 | By

At its annual presentation of Russian projects looking for co-production partners earlier this week, Roskino provided a platform for producers to present new projects in the Cannes market.

‘Ultron’ surges past $1bn global


A massive $156.3m in the first six days in China propelled Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age Of Ultron to a $185m weekend as the global tally crossed $1bn.

Justin Kurzel

Kurzel brothers serve up tennis drama

17-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Denis Menochet to star in darkly comedic drama from Macbeth duo.

Andrea Riseborough

Riseborough joins Coogan apartheid drama

17-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Andrea Riseborough joins Shepherds and Butchers ahead of June shoot.

Son of Saul

'Son Of Saul', 'The Lobster' draw buyers

17-May-2015 | By

As the US buys continued to trickle in on the Croisette, acquisitions teams were circling The Lobster while SPC was believed to have acquired North American and Latin American rights to Holocaust drama Son Of Saul.

Berenice Marlohe

Ex-Bond Girl joins Bartok horror 'P.O.V.'

17-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Fortissimo Films handling pre-sales at the Cannes Marche.

Cannes: 'Sea of Trees' scores 12-year Screen jury low

17-May-2015 | By Fionnuala Halligan

Screen’s Cannes Jury has given its lowest score in more than a decade to Gus Van Sant’s Competition entrant.

Kelly Reilly

Kelly Reilly, Tim Roth sign up for 'Lives in Secret'

17-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE:Kelly Reilly and Tim Roth have signed to co-star in John Hay’s thriller Lives in Secret, inspired by the true story of Second World War spy-mistress Vera Atkins.

Buyers head to Bruno Dumont’s 'Slack Bay'

17-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Memento Films International (MFI) is reporting brisk business on Bruno Dumont’s dark comedy Slack Bay, starring Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

The President

F&ME signs three-film deal with Georgian producer


EXCLUSIVE: Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) have pacted with Tbilisi-based 20 Steps Productions and The Caucasian Film Service on a three-picture deal to be shot in 2015/16.

Paths Of The Soul

Asian Shadows travels with Zhang Yang

17-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong-based sales company Asian Shadows has picked up international rights to Zhang Yang’s Tibetan drama Paths Of The Soul.

Nicole Conn

Peccadillo, Authentic launch LGBT fund

17-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK distributor launches fund, picks up Nicole Conn drama.

'Bleed For This', 'Love' sell in Cannes

17-May-2015 | By

Open Road is understood to have paid in the region of $4m for US rights to Bleed For This starring Miles Teller.

Hiner Saleem

Bac signs Saleem, Jalali and Mirica

17-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Hiner Saleem’s Money Babe set to shoot in Erbil this autumn.

Buyers bite into Magnolia's 'Tangerine'

17-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia Pictures International has licensed key territories on the Sundance pick-up, which screens in the market tonight (May 17).

Noomi Rapace's 'What Happened to Monday?' sells for SND

17-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: French sales company SND is reporting strong buyer interest on Tommy Wirkola’s high-concept, sci-fi action picture What Happened to Monday?, starring Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close.

Just Jim

Visit scores US deals on Cannes pair

17-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: New York-based Visit Films has closed US sales on SXSW titles Just Jim and The Nymphets.


Italy extends tax credit to TV

17-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Existing film incentive enticed Ben-Hur, Zoolander and Spectre to Italy.

Ben Latham Jones

Ealing Studios Entertainment gets new owner

17-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Ben Latham-Jones launches slate after buying out Barnaby Thompson.

De Paolis takes 'Suffragette' for Italy

17-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran is acquiring for Wild Bunch-owned BIM as well his fledgling boutique Cinema.

Can't Stand Losing You

Cinema Libre acquires The Police doc

17-May-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights from Yari Film Group to Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police, which screens in the Cannes market today.

Kristian Levring

Kristian Levring readies Prohibition-era drama 'Devil’s Lake'

17-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Danish director Kristian Levring (The Salvation) is set to make a new Prohibition-era drama.

Radhika Apte

UK-Indian Bombairiya starts production

17-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Production has started on India-UK-UAE co-production Bombairiya, a comedy thriller starring Radhika Apte, Akshay Oberoi and Siddhanth Kapoor.


Yash Raj Films launches sales on Piku

17-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: India’s Yash Raj Films is launching international sales on Shoojit Sircar’s Piku in Cannes.


Buyers find 'Allies'

17-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Action-drama sells to Asian markets after US, UK release.

Forbidden Zone

Galaxy Studios secures Richard Elfman deal

17-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Wilfried Van Baelen’s Belgium-based, post-production outfit, Galaxy Studios has finalised a three-film deal with filmmaker Richard Elfman (Modern Vampires).

European Film Awards EFAs Riga 2014

Latvia adds $8.5m film funding

17-May-2015 | By

Latvia has raised cash rebate levels and added $8.5m (€7.5m) in funding. Details of the boost in national film support were revealed here in Cannes.

The Terminator

'Terminator' set for 20 territory release

17-May-2015 | By

UK classics specialist Park Circus is to give its re-mastered version of James Cameron’s Terminator, from MGM, a 20 territory release on close to 1,000 screens this summer.


Venice, London next stops for European Film Forum

17-May-2015 | By

As the European Commission limbers up for its second European Film Forum in Cannes on Monday (May 18), plans are already afoot to take the audiovisual summit to the film festivals in Venice, San Sebastian, London and Tallinn.

Locarno nabs Doc Award from Cannes

17-May-2015 | By

Locarno Film Festival is to host the 8th Doc Alliance Selection (DAS) Award, after being announced during Cannes for the past seven years .


Spotlight brings five new titles to market

17-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Spotlight Pictures has unveiled five new titles on its slate led by James Franco starrer Yosemite.

Studiocanal takes 'Hellions' for UK

17-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

UK genre specialist Jinga Films has sold Bruce McDonald’s psychological horror Hellions to StudioCanal for UK and Ireland.

Jackie Chan, Marche launch Chinese talent award

17-May-2015 | By

Cannes film festival’s Marché du Film and Project A: Jackie Chan’s Young Filmmaker Development Fund have established an award of $164,000 (RMB1m) for the winner of the Marche’s 3rd New Chinese Film Talents Forum.

Jude Law

Jude Law confirmed for Sorrentino’s 'Pope'

17-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Jude Law has been confirmed to play the lead role in Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming TV series The Young Pope, about a fictional American Pope who becomes the most conservative leader the Vatican has ever seen.

Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon to star in 'The Price'

16-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Shannon and Matthias Schweighöfer from Valkyrie have joined Siofra Campbell’s thriller, which Cargo represents for world sales.

The Lobster

US buyers circle Croisette offerings

16-May-2015 | By

US acquisitions teams in Cannes continued to swirl around prestige titles and packages heading into Saturday night including Competition selection The Lobster starring Colin Farrell.

Peter Ho sun Chan

Peter Chan to direct Li Na biopic

16-May-2015 | By

Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Ho-sun Chan will produce and direct a biopic of Chinese tennis player Li Na, based on her best-selling autobiography Li Na: My Life.

Daniel Espinosa

Child 44's Daniél Espinosa to direct 'The Emigrants'

16-May-2015 | By

Child 44 director Daniél Espinosa is to helm a new adptation of period epic The Emigrants for Scandinavian major Svensk Filindustri.

Andrew Kevin Walker

'Se7en' writer's 'Psycho Killer' secures finance

16-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: K5 to finance and produce thriller from the writer of Se7en and producer of Zombieland.

Liam Neeson

Marc Butan launches MadRiver Pictures

16-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Marc Butan has launched the company to develop, finance and produce three to four star-driven films a year in the $15-50m range.

Gene Simmons

WWE Studios, Gene Simmons sparks to Voltage

16-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: WWE Studios and Gene Simmons’ Erebus Pictures joint venture has struck a sales deal with Voltage Pictures, who are in Cannes talking up the pipeline.

Will Ferrell

Fortitude boards Will Ferrell comedy 'Tom's Dad'

16-May-2015 | By

Lasse Hallström will direct the story of a struggling nightclub performer forced to babysit his estranged 12-year-old son. Fortitude International is selling in Cannes.

Johnny Flynn George Mackay

Johnny Flynn, George Mackay to play Kinks brothers

16-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Flynn, George Mackay to play “Cain and Abel of rock” Ray and Dave Davies.

Hollywood Adventures

IM Global picks up 'Hollywood Adventures'

16-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: IM Global has picked up international rights outside the US and South-East Asia to Chinese action comedy Hollywood Adventures, produced by Justin Lin.

Son of Saul

Cannes: Screen's jury grid has a new frontrunner

16-May-2015 | By Fionnuala Halligan

The Screen International Cannes jury rounded out Day 3 feeling largely satisfied with the films on offer in the 68th Competition thus far - although a few solitary Palmes were handed out.

Issey Ogata

'Magic Kimono' secures cast, financing

16-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Issey Ogata has joined Kaori Momoi in the cast of the first ever Japanese-Latvian co-production, Magic Kimono, which has also received support from the Riga Film Fund and Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs.

Agyness Deyn

Agyness Deyn joins dystopian drama 'The White King'

16-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Dystopian book adaptation readies for shoot.

The Brain Eaters

Red Sea Media to sell AIP genre slate

16-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Roman Kopelevich’s LA-based sales company has come on to handle international sales on a reboot slate of ten American International Pictures genre classics from the 1950s.

Lionsgate UK swoops on 'Turbo Kid'

16-May-2015 | By

Epic Pictures has reported a roaring trade here on its Sundance pick-up Turbo Kid led by a deal with Lionsgate for the UK.

Bruce Willis

Voltage lines up Bruce Willlis action comedy

16-May-2015 | By

Voltage Pictures will finance and produce an untitled Bruce Willis action comedy and is in the midst of talks with Cannes buyers.

Three Summer Nights

Korea’s 9ers takes on 'Chosen', 'Three Summer Nights'

16-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s 9ers Entertainment has picked up international rights to Kim Hwi’s creature horror The Chosen: Forbidden Cave (working title) and Kang Sang-jin’s comedy Three Summer Nights.

Jeremy Irons

KMI to sell 'Monumental'

16-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Irons, Virginia Madsen, rising star AnnaSophia Robb and Rory Culkin have joined the action comedy, which Kathy Morgan International has introduced to Cannes buyers.

Larry Gaye Renegade Male Flight Attendant

Other Angle flies 'Larry Gaye' to new territories

16-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Other Angle has secured a brace of key sales for US comedy Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant.

Eaten team

Tiger Aspect, Sadie Frost, Catalyst team on horror

16-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Tiger Aspect teams on on cannibal horror from Ripper Street writer.

Danny Huston

The Works takes Danny Huston's 'The Last Photograph'

16-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Danny Huston, Sarita Choudhury, Stacy Martin star in Cat Villiers production.

Havana Autos And Architecture

'Buena Vista' producer readies four new Cuban docs

16-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Buena Vista Social Club producer Rosa Bosch is in Cannes with a slate of four new feature documentaries, all of which are to be made in Cuba as the country begins to open itself up to international production.

Our Last Tango

Wide House’s 'Our Last Tango' heads to Japan

16-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Passionate tango tale to world premiere at the Cannes Marche today (May 16).


Pagafantas to get German remake

16-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Spanish sales outfit Cinema Republic together with Cienfuegos Films has closed a deal on its feature Pagafantas, directed by Borja Cobeaga.

To Be Sixteen

Mirovision pacts with Dankook Graduate School

16-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Mirovision has signed a deal with the Dankook Graduate School of Cinematic Content (DGC), headed by Kim Dong-ho, to handle world sales on the school’s features and short films.

Joe, You Coulda Made Us Proud

Little Studio Films options Joe Pepitone story

16-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The company has optioned rights to the sports biopic Joe, You Coulda Made Us Proud about New York Yankee starn and is talking to buyers on the Croisette.

Francis: Pray For Us

FilmSharks lures 'Francis' buyers

16-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks’ Francis: Pray For Us promo continues to draw buyers as Metropolitan has swooped on French rights to the Vatican-endorsed biopic of the current Pope.

Brian Posehn

MPI Media Group boards 'Uncle Nick'

16-May-2015 | By

MPI Media Group has acquired all US distribution rights to the comedy starring Brian Posehn.

Jamie Foxx on board 'Blink'

16-May-2015 | By

Jamie Foxx has joined Atlas Entertainment’s thriller, which Highland Film Group is touting to buyers here.

Raven Banner, Sony strike 'Sky Sharks' deal

16-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Toronto-based company has struck a deal with Sony Pictures for home entertainment rights to the Nazi zombie creature feature Sky Sharks.

Cannes Marche

Goff Productions ready 'Night Dream'

16-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Producers Rene Sheridan and Gina G Goff of Goff Productions are lining up an adaptation of Oliver Stone’s autobiographical novel A Child’s Night Dream.

Death Or Glory

Salon books into boxing doc, horror

16-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Sharon Horgan, Ron Scalpello, Rob Savage films among slate.

First Growth

Buyers drink-up SND’s 'First Growth'


EXCLUSIVE: France’s SND has sealed several deals on Jerome Le Maire’s viticulture themed family drama First Growth (Premier Cru) following its market premiere in Cannes.

Fatma Al Remaihi

Doha Film Institute unveils Spring 2015 funding round

16-May-2015 | By

The Doha Film Institute (DFI) has unveiled the projects to receive grants in its Spring 2015 funding cycle, including the first Qatari feature awarded a production grant.

Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words

Ingrid Bergman doc confirms five territories

16-May-2015 | By

Early during the Cannes market, buyers have rushed to snap up Stig Björkman’s feature doc Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words. 

A Christmas Star

Liam Neeson follows 'Christmas Star'

16-May-2015 | By

Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People has produced its first feature, featuring Irish action stars Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan.

David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo joins 'Three Seconds'

16-May-2015 | By

The actor is on board Otto Bathurst’s thriller starring Luke Evans, which Bloom is touting here to buyers.

Know Your International English-Speaking Markets

Panel discusses international markets

16-May-2015 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Know Your International English-Speaking Markets panel talked on wide-ranging topics including VoD and the recent success of genre films.

Finance panel

Finance panel: Friends in high places

16-May-2015 | By

Panel was moderated by Nigel Sinclair, CEO of White Horse Pictures, along with film-makers Ariel Vromen and Lone Scherfig.

Ted Sarandos

Ted Sarandos stirs up Cannes

15-May-2015 | By

Ted Sarandos moved to allay concerns over the fate of the traditional theatrical business on Friday in Cannes although he may have achieved the opposite as he said Netflix would side-step theatrical distribution in France.

Shinji Aoyama

Aoyama to direct Japanese-Malaysian co-production

15-May-2015 | By

Japan’s ColorBird Inc and Malaysia’s Barnet Books are joining forces to co-produce a horror film directed by Japanese filmmaker Shinji Aoyama.

Leslie Mann

Block Entertainment sells out Leslie Mann comedy

15-May-2015 | By

Bill Block and John Friedberg have sold out the world on Untitled Lucas/Moore Project to star Leslie Mann following last week’s US deal with Paramount.

Kung Fury

Directors’ Fortnight title 'Kung Fury' gets distribution

15-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Homage to 1980s action films gets VoD deal.

Ghosthunters On Icy Trails

Beta Cinema scores sales on 'Ghosthunters', 'Umrika'

15-May-2015 | By

Beta Cinema’s Cannes market titles Ghosthunters On Icy Trails and Sundance Audience Award winner Umrika have been selling briskly.

We Are UK Film: Distribution Focus panel

VIDEO PANEL: Distribution Focus


Know your international English-speaking markets; the films to make for audiences in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

‘Ultron’ crosses $1bn global

15-May-2015 | By

Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron was on course to reach the milestone on Friday, its 24th day of release.

The Survivalist

Alchemy finds ‘The Survivalist’

15-May-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights to Screen 2013 Star Of Tomorrow’s Stephen Fingleton’s post-apocalyptic thriller following its premiere in Tribeca last month.

Richard Conway

Essential launches in Cannes

15-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Former Molinare exec, Ironclad producer launch UK company.

Celluloid Dreams sells Cannes contender 'Dheepan' worldwide

15-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Palme d’Or contender sold to more than 20 territories.

The Visitors

'The Visitors: Bastille Day' scores sales for Gaumont

15-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Co-stars Jean Reno and Christian Clavier to hit Cannes today (May 15).

The High Sun

Chesneau embarks on search for quality indies with Cercamon

15-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Rezo sales chief unveils eclectic international slate.


StudioCanal, HanWay board 'Swallows and Amazons'

15-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Iconic UK book series sails to production with Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald in lead roles.

Mia Madre

Curzon Artificial Eye acquires 'Valley Of Love', 'Mia Madre', Gaspar Noe's 'Love'

15-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Curzon Artificial Eye has acquired three new titles, all playing in official selection at the Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes: Screen's jury reveals mixed first scores

15-May-2015 | By Fionnuala Halligan

Screen International’s legendary Cannes Palme D’Or jury swings back into action today, as the 68th festival gets into full swing and the first two films have played out at the Palais Des Festivals.

Brian Epstein

IM Global lines up ‘The Fifth Beatle’

15-May-2015 | By

IM Global, writer Vivek J Tiwary and Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment will co-produce the adaptation of Tiwary’s graphic novel about the band’s manager Brian Epstein.

Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi's 'Wilderpeople' to star Sam Neill

15-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New Zealand director scored recent hit with What We Do In The Shadows; Protagonist Pictures selling international.

Gael Bernal Garcia

Gael Bernal Garcia, Marine Vacth join Joan Chemla noir

15-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Gael Bernal Garcia and Marine Vacth are set to co-star in French Joan Chemla’s film noir If You See His Heart (Si Tu Voyais Son Coeur).


David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss check into R.D. Laing biopic


EXCLUSIVE: Former Doctor Who star Tennant to play renowned psychiatrist R.D. Laing, the ‘Acid-Marxist’.

Guy Pearce Mia Wasikowska

'Brimstone' inks France, Germany deals ahead of shoot

15-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Mia Wasikowska thriller goes to France, Germany ahead of June 15 shoot.

Film London Microwave greenlights duo

15-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: 160 applicants whittled down to chase thriller and horror.

Cannes Marche

Cannes Marché launches high-rolling investors club

15-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Record 117 territories represented at the Marché this year.


Chinese outfit boards sci-fi 'Neuromancer'

15-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: GFM Films hopes to feed film through UK-China co-pro agreement.

Ali Mostafa Rami Nasin

Ali Mostafa teams with US producers for 'The Worthy'

15-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Mostafa teaming with Image Nation and US producers Peter Safran and Steven Schneider.

David Kross

David Kross to portray legendary goalie “Bert” Trautmann

15-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: German actor David Kross, who appeared opposite Kate Winslet in Stephen Daldry’s Oscar-winning The Reader, has been cast as the legendary German-born goalkeeper Bernd ‘Bert’ Trautmann who was in goal for Manchester City from 1949 to 1964.

Cillian Murphy

LD Entertainment boards ‘Anthropoid’

15-May-2015 | By

Charlotte Le Bon has joined Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy on the WWII story that Altitude is selling in Cannes.


Kino Lorber pounces on Sembene!

15-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has pounced on US rights to the documentary ahead of tonight’s screening in Cannes Classics.

Cristina Gallego lines up next projects

15-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The fast-rising Colombian producer – in Cannes with Directors’ Fortnight selection Embrace Of The Serpent set to premiere today – is pulling together her follow-up pipeline.

Emmanuelle Seigner

Emmanuelle Seigner joins 'Stalin's Couch'

15-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Venus In Fur star Emmanuelle Seigner has signed on to appear opposite Gerard Depardieu in Fanny Ardant’s new €2.5m feature, Stalin’s Couch.

Wonderful Nightmare

Wonderful sales for Korea’s M-Line

15-May-2015 | By

Korea’s M-Line Distribution has sold North American rights to Kang Hyo-jin’s comedy Wonderful Nightmare to Asia Releasing, along with a string of other territories.


Five Star picks up Francois Hilaire biopic

15-May-2015 | By

Bangkok-based Five Star Production has picked up international rights to biopic F.Hilaire, about a French priest who wrote a famous Thai language textbook.

Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff joins 'Don't Knock Twice'

15-May-2015 | By

The actress has signed on to star in Red & Black Films’ supernatural horror film on the Content international sales slate.

Cinema do Brasil champions co-production

15-May-2015 | By

The support body attends Cannes this year promoting 31 companies as well as Cesar Augusto Acevedo’s Critics’ Week entry Land And Shade (La Tierra Y La Sombra) and João Paulo Miranda Maria’s short Command Action.


Phenomena producers in Cannes 'Best Seller' pitch

15-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The producers behind the upcoming adaptation of the Norwegian fantasy book series will present the project to buyers tomorrow [May 16].

Wim Vandekeybus

Be For launches Galloping Mind

15-May-2015 | By

Benelux sales outfit Be For Films is launching international sales on Galloping Mind, the new feature from ballet star turned filmmaker Wim Vandekeybus.

“Healthier” Hubert Bals Fund unveils spring selection

15-May-2015 | By

International Film Festival Rotterdam’s resurgent Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) has announced its spring 2015 selection.

VoD service MUBI on Cannes hunt

15-May-2015 | By

Efe Cakarel’s fast expanding VOD service MUBI is in Cannes looking to make global distribution deals for selected titles in the Cannes Marché.

Metrodome Distribution

Metrodome nabs gangster doc duo

15-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome takes duo for sales and distribution.

Brillante Mendoza

TIFF’s Crosscut Asia to focus on the Philippines

15-May-2015 | By

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) and Japan Foundation have announced they will focus on the cinema of the Philippines for the second edition of the festival’s Crosscut Asia sidebar.

Louise Brealey

Vision captures UK thriller 'Containment'

15-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: US sales outfit boards rights to UK thriller.

Greenaway's 'Guanajuato' racks up sales

15-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Eisenstein in Guanajuato by veteran British director Peter Greenaway has been racking up sales.

Scandinavian production outfit Avanti Film launches

15-May-2015 | By

New Scandinavian production outfit launches at the Cannes Marche.

3D Guild

New 3D Guild launched at Cannes

15-May-2015 | By Tiffany Pritchard

The non-profit organisation is Belgium-based with 11 founding members from the UK, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France.

'Mad Max: Fury Road' leads UK buzz

15-May-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ revival in pole position ahead of Universal’s Pitch Perfect 2.


eOne shines with 'Spotlight' sales

14-May-2015 | By

eOne has licensed a large swathe of the world on its Catholic Church abuse drama including a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA).

Our Little Sister

SPC acquires Kore-eda Hirokazu’s 'Our Little Sister'

14-May-2015 | By

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights from Wild Bunch to Kore-eda Hirokazu’s drama that premieres in Competition on Thursday.


Weinsteins in 'Southpaw' Cannes slot offer

14-May-2015 | By

The upcoming Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama was accepted into Cannes however the Weinsteins decided not to proceed because the star had already committed to his jury role.


HPI to show 'Geezer' footage in Cannes

14-May-2015 | By

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong makes his starring debut in the comedy and Hyde Park International president Eric Christenson will show footage here.

Abel Ferrara

Abel Ferrara talks 'Siberia'

14-May-2015 | By

The director has shed more light on his $3m Jungian drama Siberia to star Willem Dafoe ahead of Monday’s Cannes press conference to promote a Kickstarter campaign.

Cannes Market Buzz 2015

Cannes 2015: Market Buzz

14-May-2015 | By Screen staff

Screen’s essential guide to the hottest titles coming to market at Cannes.

Elle Fanning

Bening, Gerwig, Fanning joins '20th Century Women'

14-May-2015 | By

Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning have joined the cast of Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women, which Annapurna International is selling in Cannes.

Cargo, Radiant join forces

14-May-2015 | By

Cargo Entertainment has invested in Radiant Films International as the companies settle into Cannes under a strategic partnership to create a commercial slate.

Elizabeth Olsen

Wild Bunch's Insiders launches Olsen, Pine film 'Wind River'

14-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Wild Bunch’s newly created LA-based sales company Insiders is launching Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River, starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Olsen.

Much Loved

Pyramide picks up Directors’ Fortnight title 'Much Loved'

14-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Pyramide Films has taken French rights to Nabil Ayouch’s Directors’ Fortnight title Much Loved – about four Marrakech prostitutes - ahead of its Cannes Marche screening today (May 14).

Emily Blunt

Andrew Lazar rides with 'Bronco Belle', 'Rupture'

14-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: American Sniper producer joins Emily Blunt’s ‘Rocky-on-a-bull’ drama, talks new films.

Yellow Affair scores US deal on 'The Girl King'

14-May-2015 | By

Mika Kaurismaki’s costume epic is set in 1633.

The Valley of Love

Le Pacte scores German sale for Cannes contender 'Valley of Love'

14-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Concorde has picked up rights to all German-speaking territories for Guillaume Nicloux’s Palme d’Or contender Valley of Love.

Ricardo Darin

FilmSharks swims with Disney on ‘Kóblic’

14-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Disney has swooped on Latin American and Spanish rights to Kóblic, a thriller that reunites Argentinian idol Ricardo Darin with his Chinese Take-Out director Sebastián Borensztein.

Marco Bellocchio

Match Factory, Bellocchio strike three-picture deal

14-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: New Alba Rohrwacher drama among trio.

Riz Ahmed

Cast, financiers fly to 'Blackbird'

14-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Riz Ahmed, producer Kevin Loader join Rooney Mara drama.


Film Movement buys ‘Haemoo’, ‘The Automatic Hate’

14-May-2015 | By

The New York-based film distributor has picked up North American rights to Shim Sung-Bo’s South Korean thriller Haemoo from Finecut in Cannes.


Thunder Road, CEG extend deal

14-May-2015 | By

Thunder Road Pictures has extended its deal with music financier Cutting Edge Group and CEG’s investment arm, Conduct, for an additional five films.

Vince Vaughn

Vince Vaughn gets behind ‘Home Field’

14-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The actor and producer’s Wild West Picture Show has come on board to produce the animation, which Double Dutch International (DDI) is selling in Cannes.


Myriad starts talks on 'Bare'

14-May-2015 | By

Dianna Agron and Paz de la Huerta will star in the drama, which premiered in Tribeca and Myriad Pictures has introduced to international buyers here.

Its Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong

Red Sea in Cannes with eight-strong slate

14-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Roman Kopelevich’s LA-based sales company is in Cannes with a varied roster of completed titles.


Buyers enter Epic’s ‘Jeruzalem’

14-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson have reported a strong early response to the apocalyptic creature horror, closing key territories in the early stages of the market.

Robert Sheehan

Robert Sheehan to star in 'Love At First Sight'

14-May-2015 | By

Mortal Instruments to star opposite Hailee Steinfeld.

Samuel L Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson joins Simon West’s 'The Blob'

14-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Pulp Fiction star boards in-demand thriller remake.


Alchemy takes werewolf thriller 'Howl' for US

14-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome inks US deal on werewolf thriller.

The Golden Cane Warrior

Well Go USA grabs Golden Cane

14-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based WTFilms has sold Indonesian martial arts drama The Golden Cane Warrior to Well Go USA for North America.

Cannes title 'Rams' scores sales

14-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: New Europe Film Sales secures deals for Benelux, Greece, Taiwan.


Twenty racks up sales for Contents Panda

14-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Contents Panda, the sales arm of Korea’s Next Entertainment World (NEW), has signed a raft of deals on Lee Byeong-heon’s Twenty, including the sale of Japanese rights to NBC Universal Japan.


Paramount nabs Tribeca hit 'Ashby'

14-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Studio swoops on Mickey Rourke comedy-drama in North America, UK, Australia, more.

Narcissus and Goldmund

Ruzowitzky to direct Hesse adaptation 'Narcissus and Goldmund'

14-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) is to direct Hermann Hesse’s 1930 international bestseller and cult novel Narcissus and Goldmund.

Creative Control

Coproduction Office gets 'Creative Control'

14-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Philippe Bober’s Coproduction Office has boarded world sales rights on Benjamin Dickinson’s SXSW award winner Creative Control.

My New Sassy Girl

Mirovision picks up My New Sassy Girl

14-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Mirovision has picked up international rights to romantic comedy My New Sassy Girl, the highly-anticipated sequel to 2001 hit My Sassy Girl.

FilmNation promotes executive trio

14-May-2015 | By

Jennifer Fradlin, Patrick Chu and Selena Saldana are all in Cannes attending the market.

Dean Devlin

Electric closes $20m production facility

14-May-2015 | By

Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, in town with a slate that includes Anthony Hopkins thriller Go With Me, has closed a $20m production facility with First Republic Bank (FRB) to finance the second season of TNT show The Librarians.

Andy Samberg

Universal starts shoot on ‘Lonely Island Movie’

14-May-2015 | By

Production has begun on Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie starring Digital Shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone.

The Phoenix Incident

Buyers flock to Concourse’s ‘Phoenix’

14-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts have closed key sales here on the conspiracy thriller.

Pang Ho Cheung

Hong Kong’s Bravos picks up Making Films duo

14-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong-based Bravos Pictures has picked up worldwide rights to two titles produced by leading Hong Kong filmmaker Pang Ho Cheung – Luk Yee-sum’s Lazy Hazy Crazy and Jason Kwan’s A Nail Clipper Romance.

Criminal Activities

Image acquires 'Criminal Activities'

14-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has acquired North American and UK rights to the John Travolta thriller, which Diamond Pictures is selling on the Croisette.

Amy Winehouse

Film4 takes TV rights to Asif Kapadia’s 'Amy'

14-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Film4 boards distribution of Amy Winehouse doc.

Songs Of Lahore

Autlook to sell 'Songs of Lahore'

14-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Vienna based Autlook Filmsales has snapped up international sales rights to Songs Of Lahore, the new feature doc from Sharmeen Obey - the first Pakistani ever to win an Oscar - and Andy Schocken.

Among The Believers

Cinephil takes controversial 'Among The Believers'

14-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Tribeca title explores radical Islamic school.

Code M

New Dutch fund backs 'Code M', 'Playboy Priest'

14-May-2015 | By

Details have emerged of the new regional film fund being set up in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.

'Battle For Sevastopol' sold into Asia

14-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Female sniper movie marks first Russia-Ukraine co-production in years.

Kering, Cannes launch Women In Motion

14-May-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

Cannes and luxury brand Kering’s new programme Women In Motion will honour Jane Fonda for her ‘unique and outstanding contribution to the film industry’ on May 17.

Hands of Stone

Weinsteins acquire US on ‘Hands Of Stone’

14-May-2015 | By

The Weinstein Company closed a US deal at 6am on Thursday morning for boxing drama Hands of Stone starring Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro.

Pinewood Studios launches Ireland production company

14-May-2015 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

Pinewood Studios has launched a production services company in Ireland to help its TV and film clients take advantage of the country’s recently enhanced tax incentives.

Andrey Zvyagintsev

Zvyagintsev to head Shanghai fest jury

14-May-2015 | By

Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) has announced that Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, whose Leviathan won best screenplay at Cannes last year, will head the Golden Goblet jury at this year’s edition of the festival (June 13-21).

The Treacherous

Finecut seals deals on Treacherous, Revivre

14-May-2015 | By

Korea’s Finecut has pre-sold Min Kyu-dong’s erotic period drama The Treacherous, starring Ju Ji-hoon, to Pretty Pictures for France and French-speaking Swiss pay-TV.

The Ghouls press conference

Wanda scares up 'Ghouls' sales across Asia

14-May-2015 | By

China’s Wanda Pictures has sold a string of Asian territories on Wuershan’s The Ghouls, includingTaiwan (CMC), the Philippines (MVP) and Singapore (Shaw).


Fox Searchlight acquires Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth’

13-May-2015 | By

The studio has snapped up rights from Pathé to Paolo Sorrentino’s drama ahead of its world premiere in Competition on May 20.

Christopher Woodrow

Christopher Woodrow launches Vendian

13-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Woodrow flies into Cannes with a new finance and production venture that has raised $100m in equity and got behind six of the biggest titles to hit the market in the last two years.

Roadside, Lionsgate snap up ‘The Sea Of Trees’

13-May-2015 | By

The Competition entry starring Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe has found its US home.

‘Ultron’ scores $33.9m China opening day

13-May-2015 | By

Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron stormed into China on Tuesday, pushing Disney past the $2bn worldwide box office mark for the second consecutive year.

Ennis Hensley to head international sales at TWC

13-May-2015 | By

The Weinstein Company confirmed on Wednesday that the executive has taken over following the departure to IM Global of Michael Rothstein.

The Neon Demon

Gaumont, Wild Bunch sell The Neon Demon wide

13-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

CANNES: French sales companies Gaumont and Wild Bunch have announced a raft of sales on Nicolas Winding Refn’s horror picture The Neon Demon, which is on the verge of wrapping in Los Angeles.

Javier Bardem

EuropaCorp adds ‘Escobar’ to Cannes slate

13-May-2015 | By

Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz will star in the biopic about the drug lord, which the company has introduced to buyers on the Croisette.

R Gervais

eOne to sell 'Life On The Road'

13-May-2015 | By

eOne in association with BBC Films has come on board to finance Ricky Gervais’ upcoming Life On The Road featuring David Brent, the character he immortalised in The Office.

Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz to star in Pete Travis kidnap thriller 'Snatchback'

13-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Rachel Weisz to star in and produce true story; Protagonist launches in Cannes.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman set to join See-Saw's 'Parties'

13-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Cast rounds on John Cameron Mitchell’s “punks and aliens” feature adapted from a Neil Gaiman story; HanWay boards sales.

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson, Kodi Smit-McPhee set to 'Croak'

13-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Cornerstone to sell comedy from ParaNorman director.


Fortitude International boards ‘State Like Sleep’

13-May-2015 | By

Rebecca Hall, Michael Shannon and Ben Foster will star in the mystery that Fortitude International is selling in Cannes.

Bill Murray

Open Road shifts 'Kasbah' dates

13-May-2015 | By Jeremy Kay and Nadia Tseng

ROUND-UP: The distributor has moved the Bill Murray comedy from November 13 to October 23 this year. 

Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage, Naomie Harris get 'Clearance'

13-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Umedia boards rights to action-drama set to shoot in South Africa.

Odd Job

Gaumont launches 'Odd Job', 'Pattaya' at Cannes

13-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Other new titles on slate include Pattaya and Critics’ Week screener Learn by Heart.

The Women In The Silver Plate

Celluloid Dreams takes Kurosawa’s 'Woman'

13-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Kurosawa shoots first ever French-language film. 

Jackie Chan

Golden Network boards Jackie Chan's 'Railroad Tigers'

13-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong-based Golden Network Asia has picked up international rights to Jackie Chan’s next project, $50m action comedy Railroad Tigers, to be directed by Ding Sheng.

Search Engine acquires 'Standing Tall'

13-May-2015 | By

Search Engine Films has acquired Canadian rights from Elle Driver to Cannes festival opener Standing Tall (La Tête Haute).

Persona Non Grata

NTV adds 'Persona Non Grata' to Cannes line-up

13-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nippon Television (NTV) has added Japanese historical drama Persona Non Grata, which was filmed entirely in Poland, to its Cannes slate.


Showbox sells 'Assassination' to North America

13-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has signed a string of pre-sales on Choi Dong-hoon’s Assassination, including North American rights, which have gone to Well Go USA.


Oettinger throws down gauntlet to European cinema

13-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: On the eve of his first visit to the Cannes Film Festival, European Commissioner Günther Oettinger has challenged the European film industry to deliver evidence supporting their calls for maintaining the territoriality principle.


Content to sell world on ‘Callas’

13-May-2015 | By

Noomi Rapace will play the most influential female opera singer of the 20th century in what is set to be one of the most glamorous projects on the market as Content commences talks with buyers this week.

Ratchet And Clank

'Ratchet & Clank' enlists A-list cast

13-May-2015 | By

Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone have joined the voice cast on Ratchet & Clank, which Cinema Management Group sells internationally here.

Peter Aalbæk Jensen

Aalbæk Jensen plots 'Angelic Avengers' adaptation

13-May-2015 | By

Danish producer and Zentropa co-founder Peter Aalbæk Jensen is plotting a new English-language feature based on a novel by revered Out Of Africa author Karen Blixen.

Cannes Marche

Conquistador to show Odyssea 3D footage

13-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The company has unveiled its Cannes slate led by Jean-Michel Cousteau’s nature documentary.

Flight Crew

Russia's Central Partnership retuns to sales

13-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Leading Russian distributor Central Partnership is returning to sales after several years away and is in Cannes with a slate of big budget genre movies including sci-thrillers and historical action fare.

Ooops! Noah Is Gone…

Buyers board 'Ooops! Noah is Gone'

13-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Family animation sells around the world for Global Screen.

Sameh Zoabi

Sixteen Films to 'Catch the Moon' with Le Pacte

13-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

The UK’s Sixteen Films is joining forces with French Le Pacte, German Pandora and Egyptian Film Clinic to co-produce Palestinian filmmaker’s Sameh Zoabi Gaza-set comedy Catch The Moon.


IM Global partners on Valor Entertainment

13-May-2015 | By

IM Global and talent managers Carlos Bobadilla and Brandon Guzmán have launched a joint venture management and production company with a focus on Latino talent.

Rise of the Footsoldier

Carnaby, Signature on the 'Rise'

13-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Signature takes UK rights to gangster sequel.


The Orchard acquires ‘Lamb’

13-May-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired North American, UK and Australian and New Zealand rights to Ross Partridge’s drama.

Al Pacino

‘Beyond Deceit’ secures funding

13-May-2015 | By

Pacific Mercantile Bank’s Entertainment Industries Division (EID) has provided Mike And Marty Productions with financing for its legal thriller starring Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino.

Alice Eve

Alice Eve joins cast of 'Please Stand Me'

13-May-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

She will star alongside Dakota Fanning and Helen Hunt in Ben Lewin’s road trip movie which is being sold by Embankment Films.


Maverick, Zinnia Flower to bookend Taipei fest

13-May-2015 | By

Taipei Film Festival has announced that Cheng Wen-tang’s Maverick will open this year’s edition of the festival (June 26-July 12), while Tom Shu-yu Lin’s Zinnia Flower will play as the closing film.

Screen at Cannes 2015


Details of daily publications, parties, panels and events hosted by Screen International.

Blood Moon rises for Studiocanal in UK

13-May-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

Jinga Films’ werewolf western has also been picked up for distribution in the US, Middle East and Portugal.

Censored Voices

Dogwoof sells Censored Voices to Music Box

13-May-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

As well as the US, Mor Loushy’s documentary has also sold to a raft of territories including Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

'Furious 7' tops China box office for fourth week

13-May-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Universal’s Furious 7 took a further $17.38m in mainland China in the week May 4-10, which kept it at the top of the box office and pushed its cumulative gross to $389.26m.

Gemma Arterton

Lionsgate takes Their Finest Hour And A Half for UK

13-May-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

Directed by Lone Scherfig and starring Gemma Arterton, the romantic wartime comedy will shoot this summer.

Mia Madre

Cineart snaps up Cannes selection

13-May-2015 | By

Benelux distributor Cineart has been on its usual pre-Cannes buying spree, picking up several high profile arthouse and US indie titles both in official selection and in the market.

Killing Joke The Death and Resurrection Show

Sundance secures Killing Joke doc from KWA

13-May-2015 | By

Kevin Williams Associates has closed a multi-territory deal with the Sundance Channel for its music doc, Killing Joke - The Death & Resurrection Show.

Anamaria Marinca

Casting complete on She Who Brings Gifts

13-May-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

The post apocalyptic zombie thriller, which is being sold by Altitude Films, will be distributed in the UK by Warner Bros.

Xavier Dolan

Seville International secures ‘Juste La Fin’ sales

12-May-2015 | By

Heading into the market eOne’s boutique sales arm has announced key territories on Xavier Dolan’s upcoming drama to star Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye and Gaspard Ulliel.

Nick Park

StudioCanal unveils Aardman 'Early Man' footage

12-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Buyers queue round the block for StudioCanal’s pre-Cannes promo event.

IM Global lines up ‘Samarkand’

12-May-2015 | By

Tom Hardy, Cannes-bound with Mad Max: Fury Road, is lining up to star in what would be a red-hot market title as an SAS veteran with PTSD in Journey To Samarkand.

Brand, A Second Coming

Myriad Pictures boards 'Brand: A Second Coming'

12-May-2015 | By

The Santa Monica-based sales agent will handle international rights in Cannes on the documentary that recently opened SXSW.

‘Mad Max’ rolls into 68 markets this week

12-May-2015 | By

Warner Bros has unveiled details of the action film’s international roll-out on more than 16,000 screens in the coming days.

One & Two

IFC Midnight picks up ‘One & Two’

12-May-2015 | By

ROUND-UP: The distributor has acquired US rights to the supernatural thriller following the premiere in Berlin’s Generation strand. Separately the comedy Balls Out has found buyers in North and Latin America.

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway boards Voltage’s 'Colossal'

12-May-2015 | By

The Oscar winner will star in the genre film that Voltage Pictures is fully financing and produces with Nahikari Ipiña via her Sayaka Producciones. Voltage commences pre-sales on the Croisette this week.

Dane Dehaan

EuropaCorp lines up 'Valerian' adaptation

12-May-2015 | By

Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne will star in Luc Besson’s big-screen adaptation of the French sci-fi graphic novel.

Christopher Plummer

A24 swoops on ‘Remember’, ‘Monsters’

12-May-2015 | By

The distributor has picked up two films on offer in the market, taking US rights to Atom Egoyan’s Remember starring Christopher Plummer and Bryan Bertino’s upcoming There Are Monsters.

The Delivery Man

HFG to introduce ‘The Delivery Man’

12-May-2015 | By

Floria Sigismondi of The Runaways fame will direct the drama about broken lives and new beginnings in Las Vegas.


AmPav unveils Cannes ‘Industry In Focus’ programme

12-May-2015 | By

Special guests at The American Pavilion during the festival will include Amy Poehler, Salma Hayek and John C Reilly.

David Lyle

David Lyle named first PactUS president

12-May-2015 | By

TV veteran David Lyle has been named inaugural president of the new television and content producers’ trade association.

Lost in Karastan

'Lost in Karastan' picked up for UK release

12-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Political satire starring Matthew Macfadyen co-written by Ida’s Pawel Pawlikowski.

Oleg Sentsov

Sentsov now a year in detention in Russia

12-May-2015 | By

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov’s detention by the Russian authorities has been extended by yet another two months to July 11.

Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman joins MasterClass programe

12-May-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The two-time Oscar winner will be among the first teachers on the online platform alongside Serena Williams and James Patterson.

AFI DOCS unveils opening, closing galas

12-May-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

Best Of Enemies, directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, will screen as the festival’s Opening Night Gala on June 17.

Closet Monster

Fortissimo adds 'Closet Monster' to Cannes slate

12-May-2015 | By

Fortissimo Films has acquired international rights to Canadian filmmaker Stephen Dunn’s directorial debut Closet Monster.

Shanghai Media Group

SMG enters Arclight's 'Stone Forest'

12-May-2015 | By

Shanghai Media Group Pictures will market and distribute Arclight Films’ The Stone Forest in China.

Japan Day Project

Japan Day Project launching Cannes seminars

12-May-2015 | By

Japan’s new promotional initiative, Japan Day Project, is launching a seminar series, ‘New Gateways to the Japanese Industry’ (May 16-18), at this year’s Cannes film festival.

Orson Welles

Tokyo film festival ready Terayama, Welles retrospectives

12-May-2015 | By

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is holding retrospectives of the work of Shuji Terayama and Orson Welles at this year’s edition of the festival (October 22-31).

Being Evel

K5 leaps for Evel Knievel doc

12-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Daredevil documentary played at Sundance and SXSW.

Precious Cargo

Signature Entertainment picks up Precious Cargo

12-May-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

The UK distributor has also acquired Cell starring Samuel L Jackson and Frankestein with Carrie Anne Moss and Danny Huston.

Chloe & Theo

Tiberius Film picks up Chloe & Theo

12-May-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

The film features Fifty Shades Of Grey star Dakota Johnson.

Noma My Perfect Storm

Japan's Longride takes 'Noma My Perfect Storm'

12-May-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

The Japanese distributor has picked up rights to the culinary documentary about Danish chef Rene Redzepi from TrustNordisk.

Moscow Belgium

Beta Cinema picks up Vincent And The End Of The World

12-May-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

It is the latest feature from director Christophe van Rompaey, whose 2008 film Moscow, Belgium won three awards in Cannes Critics Week that year.

Gemma Bovery to open Film4 Summer Screen programme

12-May-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

Also playing as part of the 14 night open air programme at London’s Somerset House will be Guy Ritchie’s A Man From U.N.C.L.E and Me And Earl And The Dying Girl.

Marco Bellocchio

Locarno to honour Marco Bellocchio

12-May-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

The Italian auteur is to receive the Pardo d’onore at the Locarno Film Festival in August.

Some Kind Of Hate

Devilworks boards Some Kind of Hate

12-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Genre sales outfit Devilworks has boarded Adam Egypt Mortimer’s horror Some Kind Of Hate.

Kirsten Dunst

Cannes: Bloom brings 'Woodshock' to market

11-May-2015 | By

Kirsten Dunst will star in the feature directorial debut from Rodarte fashion label founders Kate and Laura Mulleavy.

MPI Media Group boards 'Uncle Nick'

11-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: MPI Media Group has added the comedy presented by Errol Morris to its Croisette sales slate.

The Assassin

Cannes: Well Go takes 'The Assassin' for North America

11-May-2015 | By

Hou Hsiao-hsien’s period Chinese drama to world premiere in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Miramax hires 'Crouching Tiger II' producer

11-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

David Thwaites joins from Phoenix Pictures.

Dermot Mulroney and Abbie Cornish

Abbie Cornish, Dermot Mulroney join 'Lavender'

11-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Ed Gass-Donnelly directs psychological thriller; AMBI to commence sales in Cannes

Cannes: Buyers eye 'Willing Patriot,' 'Kaiser’s Last Kiss'

11-May-2015 | By

The stars have aligned on several late-breaking projects in Cannes as Sierra/Affinity brings a Liam Neeson spy thriller and Lotus Entertainment boards a WWII thriller with Lily James and Christopher Plummer.

Alicia Vikander

Cannes: IM Global to sell 'The Circle'

11-May-2015 | By

Stuart Ford and his sales team will introduce buyers to the thriller, which Image Nation Abu Dhabi is fully financing.

Cannes 2015: Raising the curtain on this year’s market

11-May-2015 | By

Is Netflix set to dominate this year’s headlines?

Aranka Matits

Cannes: Aranka Matits launches Featurette

11-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The former Pretty Pictures acquisitions chief heads to the Croisette with her freshly minted consultancy and a prestige stable of clients and films.

Patricio Valladares

Patricio Valladares sets ‘Downhill’ cast

11-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Chilean genre specialist has announced the actors on board the low-budget survival thriller ahead of the May 15 start in the southern part of the country..

Sierra/Affinity's Kristen Figeroid to exit after Cannes

11-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sales executive to “pursue other opportunities”.

Japan Day Project

Cannes: Japan makes global push with Japan Day Project

11-May-2015 | By

Japan is launching a new promotional initiative designed to boost the global market for Japanese films, TV, manga and other contents  – Japan Day Project (JDP) – at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

DIFF reinstates Dubai Film Connection

11-May-2015 | By

Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced a series of industry initiatives for this year’s edition of the festival (Dec 9-16), including the return of co-production market Dubai Film Connection (DFC).

Lee Yong-kwan

Filmmakers protest Busan festival gov't cuts

11-May-2015 | By

In South Korea, filmmakers are protesting a recently announced cut in funding from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) for the beleaguered Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).

Fourth Direction Chauthi Koot

Cannes: Elle Driver adds Fourth Direction, new Téchiné, Puiu

11-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Punjab-set drama Fourth Direction to premiere in Un Certain Regard.

Screen names Tim Grierson senior US critic

11-May-2015 | By Screen staff

Tim Grierson has been appointed senior US critic for Screen International.

In the Shadow of Women

Cannes: Distrib Films acquires 'In The Shadow of Women' for US

11-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Philippe Garrel’s film set to open Directors Fortnight

Isabella Rossellini

Cannes: Isabella Rossellini to discuss sexism

11-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Isabella Rossellini to discuss on and off camera sexism in cinema at Cannes’ Women in Motion event; other female-focused Cannes events include #SeeHerNow twitter campaign.

'Ultron' overtakes 'Furious 7' as UK's biggest release of 2015

11-May-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox/Pinewood Pictures’ Spooks: The Greater Good is the week’s highest new entry with $1.6m (£1m) from 419 sites.

Alberto Barbera and Alfonso Cuaron

Alfonso Cuarón to lead Venice jury

11-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Gravity director to preside over the jury of the 72nd Venezia.

Iona Ruth Negga

'Iona' world premiere to close Edinburgh film festival

11-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Scott Graham’s drama stars Ruth Negga of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

How to Win Enemies

Cannes: German firms line up market premieres

11-May-2015 | By

m-appeal has picked up Argentinian director Gabriel Lichtmann’s How To Win Enemies ahead of the Marché du Film in Cannes.

The Barber

Cannes: Little Film Company adds three

11-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Titles include thriller The Barber starring Scott Glenn.

Emory Cohen

Cannes: Fabrication Films caught 'Stealing Cars'

11-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Prison drama is from the producer of Dallas Buyers Club and exec producer Mark Wahlberg.

‘Ultron’ surges to $875M global

10-May-2015 | By

UPDATED MAY 11: Marvel’s early summer tentpole once again ruled the international marketplace and has the $1bn worldwide target within sight as it prepares to open in China on Tuesday.

‘Ultron’ surges past $300m in North America

10-May-2015 | By

UPDATED MAY 11: Marvel Studios and Disney celebrated as Avengers: Age of Ultron grossed a confirmed $77.7m to retain pole position with ease as Warner Bros’ Hotel Pursuit flopped in second place.

Spike Lee

IM Global Cannes-bound with 'Chiraq'

10-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE / UPDATED: Stuart Ford’s sales team will commence talks with international buyers on the Croisette on Spike Lee’s comedy musical.


FiGa bulks up slate with 'The Fire', 'Seashore'

10-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: US-based FiGa Films has lined up a Cannes slate that includes Paz Fabrega’s Tribeca 2015 selection Viaje and Berlin entry The Fire from Juan Schnitman.

Dennis Bartok

Cannes: Fortissimo to sell Dennis Bartok horror 'P.O.V'

10-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Pre-sales to commence at Cannes.


Wild Bunch launches LA sales arm Insiders

9-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

First titles include Jeff Nichols’ Loving and Sean Penn’s Flag Day, starring daughter Dylan Penn.

Agnes Varda

Cannes: Agnès Varda to receive honorary Palme d'Or

9-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

French director is the first woman and only the fourth person to receive the honour after Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood and Bernardo Bertolucci.

Cannes: ‘Krisha’ among Visit Films quartet

8-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Visit Films chief Ryan Kampe has beefed up the slate and flies to Cannes with four new titles led by the Critics’ Week selection.

Leslie Mann

Paramount acquires Leslie Mann comedy

8-May-2015 | By

The studio has swooped on US rights to the untitled Lucas & Moore Project in a timely move for international rights holder Bill Block on the eve of Cannes.

Daniel Radcliffe

Cannes: StarStream Media backs ‘Young Americans’

8-May-2015 | By

Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe are reuniting with their Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas to play the young Republican consultant Karl Rove and strategist Lee Atwater alongside Amanda Seyfried.

The Three Stooges

The Exchange lines up ‘The Three Stooges’ reboot

8-May-2015 | By

C3 Entertainment, Grand Peaks Entertainment and The Exchange are preparing the big-screen return of the iconic property, which will be available to buyers on the Croisette next week.

Aaron Paul

Cannes: Myriad boards ‘The Parts You Lose’

8-May-2015 | By

Kirk D’Amico’s Santa Monica-based company heads to the Croisette with international sales rights to the Aaron Paul thriller.

Los Cabos, Cannes strike alliance

8-May-2015 | By

Los Cabos Goes To Cannes cements partnership on the Croisette.

Geena Davis

Bentonville festival names inaugural winners

8-May-2015 | By

Jack Of The Red Hearts and In My Father’s House were among the winners on Friday night at Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment’s inaugural Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) in Arkansas.

Klown Forever

Cannes: Protagonist takes sequel to hit Danish comedy 'Klown'

8-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Sequel to the hit Danish comedy to include cameos from Isla Fisher, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.


Cannes: Concourse Film Trade boards five

8-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Concourse Film Trade, a division of Matthew Shreder and Andrew Felts’ freshly minted Concourse Media, has bulked up its slate heading into Cannes.


Cannes: HanWay boards ‘A Storm In The Stars’

8-May-2015 | By

Douglas Booth will portray the poet Percy Shelley in pioneering female Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour’s anticipated follow-up to Wadjda. HanWay will start international sales in the south of France next week.

Little England

'Little England', 'Xenia' bookend LAGFF

8-May-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The ninth edition of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) is set to take place from June 3-7. 

Paula Modersohn-Becker

Cannes: Match Factory adds painter biopic 'Paula'

8-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Paula Modersohn-Becker biopic to star Carla Juri.

Joseph Infantolino

Joseph Infantolino acquires rights to Orson Welles saga

8-May-2015 | By

The producer has acquired film rights to Josh Karp’srecently published book Orson Welles’s Last Movie: The Making Of The Other Side Of The Wind. 


Cannes: Media Luna adds four to slate

8-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Films by Petri Kotwica and Jan Prusinovský are among four new titles acquired by Media Luna New Films ahead of next week’s Cannes Marché.

Dummie the Mummy

Cannes: Dutch Features raises 'Dummie the Mummy' sequel

8-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Dutch Features Global Entertainment (DFGE) is to begin pre-sales in Cannes on a Dummie the Mummy sequel.

Irish Academy to honour Jim Sheridan

8-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Lifetime award to the director of My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father.


Cannes: Shoreline to sell 'AmStarDam'

8-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Stoner comedy marks the debut feature of the Lennox Brothers with a cast including Alice Lowe and Billy Boyd.

Konstantin Bojanov

Cannes: 'Ida' scribe joins Bojanov's 'I Want To Be Like You'

8-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Latido Films taking drama starring Barry Keoghan and Klaus Maria Brandauer to the Cannes Marche.

The Fencer

Cannes: Little Film Company acquires Klaus Härö's 'The Fencer'

8-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Drama is directed by Klaus Härö and will head to next week’s Cannes Marche.

‘Ultron’ crosses $735m global

8-May-2015 | By

UPDATED MAY 8: The Marvel Studios/Disney tentpole had reached $735.3m worldwide by Friday and was poised to cross $500m heading into its third international weekend.

Cannes Film Festival red carpet

IM Global to sell ‘Fifty Shades Of Black’

7-May-2015 | By

CANNES: The collaborators on the A Haunted House franchise have found another property to lampoon. Separately, the company has found the actor to play Barack Obama in Southside With You.

Daniel Bort

Expression Entertainment to launch in Cannes

7-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Bort heads to the Croisette with an inaugural slate as president of the rebranded boutique international sales and distribution company.

Angelina Jolie

Uni anchors ‘By The Sea’ in awards season

7-May-2015 | By

The studio has secured a November 13 US slot for Angelina Jolie Pitt’s Unbroken follow-up, weighing anchor firmly in awards season.

Fortitude lines up football biopic ‘Robin Friday’

7-May-2015 | By

CANNES: Nadine de Barros and her team will kick off talks on the Croisette on the upcoming Sam Claflin starrer about one of the great cult heroes of English football.

Baltasar Kormakur

XYZ Films to sell ‘The Oath’

7-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Baltasar Kormákur is lining up an autumn shoot on the Icelandic and English-language crime-thriller, a late addition to the LA-based company’s Croisette sales slate.

Return To Sender

Image snaps up ‘Return To Sender’

7-May-2015 | By

ROUND-UP: Image Entertainment has acquired all US rights from Voltage Pictures to the thriller Return To Sender starring Rosamund Pike.

Dylan Wiley

Dylan Wiley to head Broad Green specialty releasing

7-May-2015 | By

Dylan Wiley has been appointed president of specialty releasing at ambitious Los Angeles-based Broad Green Pictures.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

‘Captain America’ writers board ‘Infinity War’

7-May-2015 | By

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely will follow their writing gig on the Captain America series with Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Part 2.

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson joins ‘Deepwater Horizon’

7-May-2015 | By

The actress will appear on screen for the first time with her father Kurt Russell in Summit Entertainment and Participant Media’s upcoming oil rig disaster thriller.

Cannes Un Certain Regard jury 2015

Cannes: Isabella Rossellini to head Un Certain Regard jury

7-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Cinefondation and Short Films juries also announced.

Milla Jovovich

HFG adds 'Savva', 'LaMotta' to Cannes slate

7-May-2015 | By

Highland Film Group (HFG) has come on to handle sales on animated family adventure Savva and biopic LaMotta: The Bronx Bull.


Raven Banner snaps up ‘Pod’, ‘Abomination’

7-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Toronto-based genre specialist has picked up Mickey Keating’s SXSW Midnight thriller and Yam Laranas’ psychological thriller.

Guy Avshalom

Lionsgate UK COO Guy Avshalom leaves company

7-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate UK COO leaves indie-major, looks to partner with Red Bus Group.

eOne launches Entertainment One Features

7-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Move combines global film production, distribution in new division.


Premiere Entertainment picks up ‘Good Ol’ Boy’

7-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Heading into Cannes the Los Angeles-based sales agent has acquired international sales right to the retro family comedy from Brittany House Pictures and Emedia Films.

Abu Dhabi Film Festival

Abu Dhabi Film Festival shuttered

7-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Media Zone Authority restructure will not impact SANAD Fund.

‘Tig’, ‘The New Girlfriend’ bookend Outfest

7-May-2015 | By

Festival organisers announced its gala screenings ahead of the Los Angeles event set to run from July 9-19.

Cut Snake

monterey media wrangles ‘Cut Snake’

7-May-2015 | By

The crime thriller stars Sullivan Stapleton, Alex Russell and Jessica De Gouw and will open theatrically in late summer.

Western Religion

Automatic brings ‘Western Religion’ to Cannes

7-May-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

EXCLUSIVE: The Los Angeles-based sales agent will start talks with buyers on the Western starring Claude Duhamel.

Stephen King

Altitude in ‘Tall Grass’ for Cannes

7-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Vincenzo Natali will direct Toronto-based Copperheart Entertainment’s adaptation of the novella In The Tall Grass.

Sundance Institute

Fernando Coimbra among Sundance June 2015 Lab fellows

7-May-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The Sundance Institute has announced the 13 projects selected for the 2015 June Directors and Screenwriters Labs.

Saint Amour

Cannes: Le Pacte takes 'Saint Amour' starring Gérard Depardieu

7-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Father and son wine tour tale reunites directorial duo Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern with Gérard Depardieu and ...

The Look Of Silence

Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils 2015 line-up

7-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The Look of Silence and new music from members of Sigur Ros to open festival; Monty Python documentary to close.

Sworn Virgin

‘Sworn Virgin’, ‘Western’ among San Francisco FF winners

7-May-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The San Francisco Film Society announced the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival winners at the Golden Gate Awards party on Wednesday evening.


Bankside sells Julianne Moore-Ellen Page drama 'Freeheld'

7-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

France, Germany, Spain, South Korea make deals on gay rights drama.


Archstone to sell ‘Don’t Kill It’

7-May-2015 | By

Braden Bowen’s Archstone Distribution has acquired worldwide sales rights to the Dolph Lundgren feature.

Louis Tisne

Elastic Film launches with Costanzo, Govaerts projects

7-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Hungry Hearts, Cub exec Louis Tisné launches production outfit.

Til Schweiger

Cannes: Global Screen takes 'Nick - Off Duty'

7-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Action thriller stars Til Schweiger


Cannes: Little Film Company acquires 'Hamlet'

7-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Newly filmed version of the stage production stars Maxine Peake as Shakespeare’s Dane.

Noma My Perfect Storm

Cannes: TrustNordisk to serve up 'Noma' food doc

7-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary centres on the Copenhagen-based restaurant that serves everything from ants to fermented cricket and live shrimp. 

Johannes Bah Kuhnke

'Force Majeure' star begins 'The Chamber' shoot

7-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Johannes Bah Kuhnke stars in underwater thriller.

Animal Crackers

Cannes: eOne snaps up 'Animal Crackers'

7-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Animated circus film features the voices of Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Ian McKellen, Sylvester Stallone and Danny DeVito.


Film industry "concerned" over Digital Single Market plans

7-May-2015 | By

The European Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy has failed to allay growing concerns within the European film and TV industries about the Brussels-based institution’s response to the digital revolution.

Ju Anqi

China's 'Poet on a Business Trip' wins at Jeonju

7-May-2015 | By

Chinese director Ju Anqi’s Poet On A Business Trip won the 16th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF)’s Grand Prize in the International Competition.

Cannes Marche

Cannes Marché unveils first China Summit

7-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Leading Chinese executives including producer and former Cannes jury member Shi Nansun to participate in discussions.

San Sebastian focus on indie Japanese cinema

San Sebastian to offer Japanese indie cinema focus

7-May-2015 | By Screen staff

Retrospective will focus on Japanese independent cinema from the past 15 years and includes Cannes favourite Naomi Kawase.


Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike join ‘HHHH’

6-May-2015 | By

The A-list cast on FilmNation’s Nazi thriller is taking shape as it emerged that Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell, Jack Reynor and Mia Wasikowska have come on board.

Kevin James

Kevin James to star in ‘Assassin’ action comedy

6-May-2015 | By

Merced Media has put its second sales title into the market and brought on Good Universe to handle pre-sales on comedy The True Memoirs Of An International Assassin.

Christoph Waltz

Christoph Waltz to direct ‘Worst Marriage’ for Voltage

6-May-2015 | By

Voltage Pictures will fully finance and produce Christoph Waltz’s directorial debut as the new-look sales team heads to Cannes to launch pre-sales.

Jaie Laplante

MiamiFF unveils rebranded GEMS mini-fest

6-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Top brass at Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival have renamed last year’s inaugural MIFFecito four-day mid-season event.

Jon Hamm

Good Universe to sell 'High Wire Act'

6-May-2015 | By

The sales agent has dropped a Jon Hamm project into the market and will introduce buyers to the Radar Pictures’ action thriller that Brad Anderson will direct.

The Exchange finds ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’

6-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Exchange has picked up worldwide rights heading into Cannes on the rom-com starring Olivier-winner Jack Lowden alongside Freya Mavor.

Rooney Mara

Film4 flies with Rooney Mara’s 'Blackbird'

6-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK broadcaster joins finance of Jean Doumanian, WestEnd drama.

Nick Park

Aardman reteams with StudioCanal on 'Early Man'

6-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

First Nick Park animated feature since Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Isabelle Huppert

Cannes: Les Films du Losange acquires new Mia Hansen-Løve

6-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Drama starring Isabelle Huppert due to shoot this June.

Emmanuelle Bercot

Cannes: Wild Bunch adds new Bercot, Dardennes

6-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Other new titles on the Cannes slate include films by Nicole Garcia and Cristian Mungiu.

Euro flag

Europe unveils Digital Single Market strategy

6-May-2015 | By

Proposals include an end to “unjustified geo-blocking” and a modernisation of copyright law.

Elvis & NIxon

Remstar swoops on trio of titles

6-May-2015 | By

The Montreal-based distributor has picked up Canadian rights to Elvis & Nixon and The Odyssey and co-acquired with Elevation Pictures The Founder.

Julie La'Bassiere

BAFTA New York names new CEO, COO

6-May-2015 | By Tyler Pukatch

The British Academy Of Film And Television Arts New York has appointed Julie La’Bassiere and Lisa Harrison as CEO and COO, respectively.

Random Media acquires 'The Visit' for North America

6-May-2015 | By Tyler Pukatch

Danish documentarian Michael Madsen’s The Visit premiered in Sundance and chronicles humanity’s first hypothetical meeting with extraterrestrial life. 

Noomi Rapace Glenn Close

Cannes: SND boards Tommy Wirkola sci-fi

6-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Noomi Rapace to play seven sisters in What Happened to Monday?, co-starring Glenn Close.

Cannes: Bleiberg boards Peter Sarsgaard's 'Experimenter'

6-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based company will kick off international sales in Cannes on the Sundance drama starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder.

Yellow Flowers On The Green Grass

Cannes: Fortissimo takes Victor Vu's 'Yellow Flowers'

6-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Victor Vu’s Yellow Flowers On The Green Grass is set in 1980s Vietnam.

The Wolves

Cannes: Seville International adds ‘The Wolves’

6-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Anick Poirier has bulked up Seville International’s Cannes slate and will commence talks with buyers on the drama from Sophie Deraspe.


Tribeca Digital Studios, Dick's team up on doc

6-May-2015 | By Tyler Pukatch

Tribeca Digital Studios and The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation are again teaming up with director Judd Ehrlich for another youth-sports focused documentary.

Werner Herzog

Cannes: Dogwoof takes Werner Herzog’s 'Into The Inferno'

6-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Teaser clip of Herzog’s documentary about the relationship between humans and volcanoes to be screened at Cannes.


Tornatore's 'Correspondence' begins UK shoot

6-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Bittersweet love story stars Jeremy Irons and Olga Kurylenko.

Miss Hokusai

Fantasia to open with 'Miss Hokusai', 'Ant-Man'

6-May-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

First wave of titles unveiled for 19th edition of Montreal’s genre film festival .

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence

Sydney Film Festival unveils 2015 competition titles

6-May-2015 | By

The 12 titles include Jafar Panahi’s Berlinale winner, Roy Andersson’s Venice victor and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Sundance prize-winner.

Bero Beyer

Rotterdam names Bero Beyer artistic director

6-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Producer of Toronto title Atlantic to replace Rutger Wolfson at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).

Aerial view Pentland Project

Developers submit plans for $200m studio in Scotland

6-May-2015 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

A six-stage, $205m (£135m) film and TV production facility in Scotland could be open for business by early 2017 if plans submitted this week are given the go-ahead.

Salman Khan

Bollywood star Salman Khan sentenced to five years in prison

6-May-2015 | By

Bollywood star Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing a homeless man in a hit-and-run incident in 2002.

Locarno Open Doors 2015

Locarno unveils co-production line-up

6-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Locarno Film Festival’s co-production lab, Open Doors, is dedicated this year to four countries from the Maghreb: Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.

Hailee Steinfeld

Radiant Films to sell ‘Carrie Pilby’ in Cannes

5-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Hailee Steinfeld and Tom Wilkinson will star in the adaptation of Caren Lissner’s YA novel that Mimi Steinbauer and her team introduce to buyers on the Croisette.

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt saddles up to play bull-rider in 'Bronco Belle'

5-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Edge of Tomorrow star to take on role of female bull-rider.

Martin Freeman

Martin Freeman joins ‘Captain America: Civil War'

5-May-2015 | By

The star of the Hobbit films and TV hits Sherlock and Fargo has come aboard the cast of Marvel Studios’ upcoming 2016 release.

The Beatles

White Horse, Studiocanal begin sales on Beatles doc

5-May-2015 | By

White Horse Pictures and Studiocanal will launch international sales in Cannes on Ron Howard’s authorised documentary about The Beatles’ early career.

Mongrel International tells ‘Tale’

5-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Recent Oscar nominee Laura Dern will star alongside Ellen Burstyn and Sebastian Koch in Jennifer Fox’s investigative thriller The Tale that Charlotte Mickie and her team will introduce to the Croisette.

It's Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong

LAFF 2015 unveils competition line-up

5-May-2015 | By

Top brass at the 21st Los Angeles Film Festival have announced the US Fiction, Documentary and World Competition sections.

Famke Janssen

13 Films to sell 'Every Good Boy Does Fine'

5-May-2015 | By

Michael Nyqvist and Famke Janssen will star in the Hitchcockian thriller set to begin production in July.

Kelln Lutz

Kellan Lutz to star in ‘The Feud’

5-May-2015 | By

Summerstorm Entertainment and Vandal Entertainment have tapped Kellan Lutz to star in the action-thriller. Highland Film Group will handle sales in Cannes.

John Cleese

AMBI Distribution lines up 'Arctic Justice'

5-May-2015 | By

The distribution and sales arm of Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group will commence sales in Cannes on the CGI family animation boasting the talents of Alec Baldwin and John Cleese.


DDI to sell 'A Quiet Passion' in Cannes

5-May-2015 | By

Company president Jason Moring announced his Double Dutch International team has added the Emily Dickinson project to its Cannes sales roster.

7 Chinese Brothers

Screen Media picks up 7 Chinese Brothers

5-May-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

ROUND-UP: Screen Media Films has acquired US rights to the film starring Jason Schwartzman. In other news, ARC has acquired Freedom, Kino Lorber will release Patch Town and Rialto has set a release for its restored version of The Third Man.

Thomas Vinterberg

Cannes: EC drops MEDIA Prize

5-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Talks underway for a new European Audience Prize.


PGA unveils new international allies

5-May-2015 | By

The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) has announced two affiliate relationships with South Africa’s Independent Producers Organization (IPO) and Malaysia’s Creative Content Industry Guild (CCIG).


Matthew Modine joins Bill Plympton’s 'Revengeance'

5-May-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The actor previously did voice work on two Plympton shorts – Santa, The Fascist Years and The Flying House – and served as executive producer on the filmmaker’s Cheatin’.

The Invisible Woman

Lionsgate to invest in 25+ British films

5-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Lionsgate’s Zygi Kamasa commits to making “independent British films at the forefront of cinema worldwide”.

Calum Gray

Celsius appoints head of sales

5-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Calum Gray rejoins Celsius from Independent.

The Legend Of Barney Thomson

Edinburgh to open with Robert Carlyle's directorial debut

5-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The Legend Of Barney Thomson to world premiere at the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).

Sabine Azema

Cannes: Sabine Azema named Caméra d’or jury president

5-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

French actress and long-time Alain Resnais collaborator to preside over jury to select the best first film presented at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.

Secret Cinema Star Wars pre-event

Secret Cinema releases Star Wars second wave

5-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

More than 3,000 fans attended London event on Star Wars Day (May 4).

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' tops $52m in UK

5-May-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s Far from the Madding Crowd narrowly edges out Universal’s Unfriended as the week’s highest new entry.

Jeonju Project Market 2015

'Monk' wins at S Korea's Jeonju Project Market

5-May-2015 | By

Mystery thriller from Park Jung-bum wins pitching prize.

Jeonju Cinema Project 2015

Jeonju’s growing cinema project

5-May-2015 | By

South Korean festival grows focus on alternative, experimental and “adventurous” cinema.

Andrew Garfield Martin Scorsese

Scorsese’s 'Silence' to wrap in Taiwan

5-May-2015 | By

Martin Scorsese’s Silence, based on Japanese author Shusaku Endo’s novel, will wrap on May 15 after filming for 14 weeks in Taiwan.

Furious 7

'Furious 7' holds narrow lead in China

5-May-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Local releases You Are My Sunshine and Helios slowed down but did not derail the Furious 7 juggernaut at the China box office last week, with the film grossing a further $45.63m for a cume of $370.83m.

Malala documentary gets UK release date

5-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary about the teenager who survived a shooting by the Taliban to get awards season release.

A Conspiracy of Faith

Wild Bunch, Vertigo take new Department Q film

5-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

A Conspiracy of Faith shoot begins today and follows Danish box office hits The Keeper of Lost Causes and The Absent One.


‘Sicario’ secures global distributor network

4-May-2015 | By

Heading into the Cannes world premiere, details have emerged of the international buyers on Thunder Road and Black Label Media’s drug cartel thriller.

Ted Sarandos

Ted Sarandos to give Cannes talk

4-May-2015 | By

In what looks set to become the Marché’s hot-ticket equivalent of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout, the Netflix chief content officer is scheduled to take part in an on-stage conversation on May 15.

Lionsgate greenlights ‘John Wick 2’

4-May-2015 | By

Patrick Wachsberger’s Lionsgate International team will commence sales in Cannes in select territories where output deals do not apply on the thriller that reunites Thunder Road with Keanu Reeves.

Jeff Bridges

CBS Films catches ‘Comancheria’

4-May-2015 | By

ROUND-UP: CBS Films has acquired US rights to David Mackenzie’s action heist thriller starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. Sierra/Affinity commences sales in Cannes.

Some Kind Of Hate

Image acquires 'Some Kind Of Hate'

4-May-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

Adam Egypt Mortimer directed the film that premiered at the Stanley Film Festival on May 2.

Rory Culkin

Scott Free, RSA, Vice team on Jonas Akerlund's 'Lords Of Chaos'

4-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Protagonist to launch sales in Cannes ahead of Norway shoot; Rory Culkin and X-Men’s Caleb Landry Jones to star.

Loving Vincent

CMG to sell ‘Loving Vincent’

4-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner is Cannes-bound with world sales rights to the prestige Vincent Van Gogh ‘painted animation’ starring Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan, Jerome Flynn and Chris O’Dowd.

3 Still Standing

Cargo Film & Releasing takes Hot Docs trio

4-May-2015 | By

The New York-based sales agent has picked up worldwide rights to Jesus Town USA and 3 Still Standing and international rights to Planetary.

ScreenCraft Bahamas

ScreenCraft, Buffalo8 broaden vision

4-May-2015 | By Tyler Pukatch

ScreenCraft, a Hollywood-based service dedicated to connecting screenwriters with industry insiders, has expanded horizons.

Jeff Skoll

Sam Neswick named Participant CSO

4-May-2015 | By

Participant Media has promoted Sam Neswick to the newly created position.

'Ultron' soars to $664m global

4-May-2015 | By

MAY 5 UPDATE: Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron grossed $19.1m on Monday as the international running total climbed to $459.5m.

‘Ultron’ delivers $191.3m US debut

3-May-2015 | By

UPDATED MAY 5: Marvel Studios’ superhero tentpole erupted into 4,276 theatres across North America at the weekend to deliver the second biggest three-day debut in history.

Embankment boards Sophie Cookson horror 'Hush'

1-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

The sales agent has commenced international sales on the Sigma Films and Thruline Entertainment horror supported by Creative Scotland.

Bill Murray

Lotus Entertainment to sell ‘Magic City’

1-May-2015 | By

Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson will commence sales in Cannes on the Starz original TV series adaptation starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Danny Huston, and Kelly Lynch.


Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires ‘Franny’

1-May-2015 | By

The distributor has picked up writer-director Andrew Renzi’s feature debut and recent Tribeca selection starring Richard Gere. Fortitude International handles sales in Cannes on behalf of QED International.

The Lobster

'The Lobster' cracks UK deal

1-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Picturehouse, Element team on Yorgos Lanthimos’ Cannes entry.

Helen Hunt Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning, Helen Hunt on 'Please Stand By'

1-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Cuban’s 2929 backs road-trip heart-warmer sold by Embankment.

Buena Vista Social Club

Broad Green making 'Buena Vista Social Club' sequel

1-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Mister Smith Entertainment to begin international sales at Cannes Marche.


BECTU to set new UK production pay rates as Pact talks fail

1-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Employment reform negotiations end in stalemate with union poised to set new rate cards.

Kaspar Astrup Shroeder

SFFS Doc Fund awards trio $75,000

1-May-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The San Francisco Film Society has announced the three winners of 2015 SFFS Documentary Film Fund awards.

Avengers Age Of Ultron

'Ultron' crosses $300m globally

1-May-2015 | By

MAY 1 UPDATE: Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron heads into its second weekend all but assured of continued supremacy on $287.3m internationally and $27.6m from North American Thursday previews.

Bleeding Heart

IFT takes ‘Bleeding Heart’ to Cannes

1-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: International Film Trust heads to Cannes with sales rights to the recent Tribeca world premiere starring Jessica Biel.

First Growth

Cannes: SND to launch sales on 'Rosalie Blum', 'The Crew'

1-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Company to also market premiere First Growth [pictured], a family drama set in the vineyards of Burgundy.

Adam Rehmeier

Content saves 'Bullet' for Cannes

1-May-2015 | By

Content Media has added another tile to its market roster, taking worldwide rights to Adam Rehmeier’s action feature Save A Bullet For Me.

The Passion Of Augustine

'The Passion Of Augustine' triumphs at NBFF

1-May-2015 | By

Lea Pool’s drama went home with a handful of major honours as the 16th annual film festival concluded in southern California on April 30.


Roskino, Russian Cinema join forces for Cannes

1-May-2015 | By

Roskino and Russian Cinema are joining forces for the first time to present companies in the Russian Pavilion at the forthcoming Marché du Film in Cannes.

Former Matador producer launches Catalyst Global Media

1-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

UK company to produce two bestselling novels Pomegranate Soup and Genus as first feature projects

Marvels Avengers Age of Ultron

'Ultron' holds social media lead

1-May-2015 | By Sam Warner

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron has maintained its lead in the social media buzz chart after a week on release.

Stephen Windon

'Furious 7' cinematographer to direct 'Full Throttle'

1-May-2015 | By Sam Warner

Malaysian motorcycle action thriller marks Stephen Windon’s directorial debut

Leslie Mann

Bill Block to sell Leslie Mann comedy in Cannes

30-Apr-2015 | By

Merced Media and Block Entertainment announced the untitled female comedy to be produce by Judd Apatow that Bill Block will introduce to buyers on the Croisette.

Cary Fukunaga

A24, Cary Fukunaga plot father-son drama

30-Apr-2015 | By

The New York-based distributor is moving into development on the project for the in-demand director of True Detective.

Marcus Nispel

Blue Box to sell ‘Stowaway’

30-Apr-2015 | By

The Red Granite International subsidiary has dropped a Marcus Nispel project into the Cannes market in the form of the maritime horror film.

J.K. Simmons

The Solution to sell JK Simmons starrer 'The Runaround'

30-Apr-2015 | By

Lisa Wilson will kick off pre-sales in Cannes on the comedy package buoyed by the plum casting of recent Oscar winner JK Simmons alongside Emile Hirsch.


IM Global Television to make ‘Cat’s Cradle’

30-Apr-2015 | By

Co-founders Stuart Ford and Mark Stern have announced a raft of new product led by a swoop on rights to Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical bestseller.

Kristen Stewart

Lionsgate dates 'American Ultra'

30-Apr-2015 | By

The comedy starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will open on August 21, while Power Rangers is shunted from July 22 2016 to January 13 2017.

Gillian Anderson Hugh Bonneville

Bonneville, Anderson topline partition drama 'Viceroy’s House'

30-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Pathé/Gurinder Chadha partition drama sets cast ahead of shoot.


Cinando, DFCN form alliance

30-Apr-2015 | By

The database managed by the Cannes market has partnered with Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ray Bell’s cloud-based marketplace.

Sky Sharks

Raven Banner flies with ‘Sky Sharks’

30-Apr-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Toronto-based Raven Banner Entertainment has secured worldwide rights to the mutant shark-infested, Nazi zombie creature feature and will start sales in Cannes.

Ice and the Sky

Global warming doc 'Ice and the Sky' to close Cannes Film Festival

30-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Eco documentary is from the Oscar-winning director of March of the Penguins.

Sarah Chong Is Going To Kill Herself

Creative England backs women comedy shorts

30-Apr-2015 | By Sam Warner

EXCLUSIVE: Funding body greenlights shorts from women directors.

Cassian Elwes

Pelican Point, Cassian Elwes launch Golden Gate Media

30-Apr-2015 | By

Pelican Point Capital Partners via its media arm Pelican Point Media has formed Golden Gate Media in association with Cassian Elwes.

Nicola Pearcey

Lionsgate UK names distribution president

30-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Nicola Pearcey promoted at indie major.

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis to star in ‘Precious Cargo’

30-Apr-2015 | By

The Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films (EFF) project is on the Grindstone/Lionsgate Films US distribution slate. Highland Film Group will introduce to Cannes buyers.

Claude Lanzmann Spectres of the Shoah

HBO to debut 'Spectres of the Shoah' doc

30-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary examines the story behind Claude Lanzmann’s seminal Holocaust film.

Ritesh Batra

Film London, India's Cinestaan join forces on Shakespeare project

30-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Microwave International partnership will commit up to $385,000 (£250,000) towards feature film; Indian mentors include Vishal Bharwaj, Ritesh Batra and Vikas Behl.

Anarchy Parlor

Gravitas Ventures acquires ‘Anarchy Parlor’

30-Apr-2015 | By

The distributor snapped up North American rights and plans a pre-theatrical release for the horror title on May 12 followed by theatrical on June 19.

Slow West

'Slow West' in Taipei fest competition

30-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Other titles in new talent competition include Sundance hit The Diary of a Teenage Girl and Taiwan’s The Furthest End Awaits.

Panorama Europe announces 16-strong selection

30-Apr-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

Panorama Europe Film Festival has announced 16 films to be showcased from May 29-June 14 in New York.

Wisit Sasanatieng

Thai Pitch event to return to Cannes

30-Apr-2015 | By

Thailand’s Ministry of Culture will host the Thai Pitch event at Cannes again this year, where projects will be presented by three directors including Wisit Sasanatieng (Tears Of The Black Tiger, Citizen Dog).

Alison Owen, Debra Hayward

ITV takes stake in Alison Owen, Debra Hayward's Monumental

30-Apr-2015 | By Matthew Campelli

ITV Studios has acquired a minority stake in Monumental Television, the fledgling indie set up by film producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward.


South Korea's Jeonju fest opens with 'Partisan'

30-Apr-2015 | By

Asian premiere for Vincent Cassel feature at new 4,000-seat stadium.


Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires ‘Barista’

29-Apr-2015 | By

Rock Baijnauth’s documentary about an annual competition among coffee makers.

Battles Without Honor And Humanity

Japan's Toei launches library restoration

29-Apr-2015 | By

Japanese studio Toei has launched a major digital restoration programme of its extensive library, starting with Kinji Fukasaku’s Battles Without Honor And Humanity, which is screening in Cannes Classics next month.

An Open Secret

'An Open Secret' secures US release

29-Apr-2015 | By

Esponda Productions, Vesuvio Entertainment, Rocky Mountain Pictures and Disarming Films announced that Amy Berg’s documentary about child sexual abuse in Hollywood will get a limited US release.

Costa Gavras

Cannes Classics line-up revealed; Costa-Gavras guest of honour

29-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Section to also include celebrations of Ingrid Bergman and Orson Welles as well as screenings of The Terminator and Jurassic Park 3D.


‘The Overnight’ to close Seattle

29-Apr-2015 | By

Organisers at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announced the complete line-up of 450 films from 92 countries on Wednesday. The festival runs from May 14-June 7.


BFI: post-election budget cuts “inevitable”

29-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

The British Film Institute (BFI), the UK’s lead organization for film, is bracing itself for further cuts to its budget after the general election.

Kill Your Friends

Ascot Elite nabs trio for Germany

29-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Kill Your Friends, Return to Sender among pick-ups.

Tim Boardman

Odin's Eye acquires 'Miles', 'The Girl Is In Trouble'

29-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Sales agent snaps up two US indie features - one exec produced by Spike Lee - ahead of Cannes.


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