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Fifty Shades crosses $500m global

5-Mar-2015 | By

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

Harrison Ford accident site

Harrison Ford recovering after plane crash

5-Mar-2015 | By

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

A Faster Horse

White Horse boards A Faster Horse

5-Mar-2015 | By

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

Project Almanac

Paramount, Lotte cut South Korea deal

5-Mar-2015 | By

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


Tribeca 2015 unveils second wave

5-Mar-2015 | By

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

AFCI Locations Show

AFCI panel talks new world order

5-Mar-2015 | By

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

IFC Films buys Stanford Prison Experiment

5-Mar-2015 | By

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

Roald Dahl

Walden Media joins DreamWorks on The BFG

5-Mar-2015 | By

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

Josh Bowman

Revenge star Josh Bowman begins Level Up shoot

5-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

When Marnie Was There

Hailee Steinfeld joins Studio Ghibli voice cast

5-Mar-2015 | By

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

Haraamkhor, Dhanak bookend IFFLA

5-Mar-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

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


Film London names short film fund winners

5-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Günther Oettinger

Brussels copyright plans meet resistance

5-Mar-2015 | By

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

MBI launches Media Production Show


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

The Truth Commissioner

Truth Commissioner begins shoot

5-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Production commences on political thriller starring Roger Allam.

The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl gets US release date

4-Mar-2015 | By

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

cannes pavilions

NEXT returns to Cannes market

4-Mar-2015 | By

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

Xavier Dolan

Mommy in Telefilm Canada honour

4-Mar-2015 | By

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

Cinema-on-demand service ourscreen gains Altitude

4-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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


Tribeca 2015 unveils first wave

4-Mar-2015 | By

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


Cannes Atelier to host 15

4-Mar-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

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

Amanda Berry

BAFTA to offer overseas scholarships

4-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Monkey King Returns

SC Films signs Chinese animation

4-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Saturday Night Takeaway

ITV's 2014 profits surge 40%

4-Mar-2015 | By Matthew Campelli

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

Beasts Of No Nation

Netflix buying Beasts Of No Nation

3-Mar-2015 | By

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

Michael Biehn

Treachery finds North American home

3-Mar-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

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

Miranda July

Miranda July to show New Society at SFFS

3-Mar-2015 | By

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

Max Records

I Am Not A Serial Killer shoots in US

3-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Sajid Javid

UK-China treaty ratified

3-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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


First-look photo: Snowden

3-Mar-2015 | By

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

Hate Crime

BBFC bans Hate Crime

3-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

From Vegas To Macau II

Vegas To Macau tops China box office

3-Mar-2015 | By

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

RLJ Entertainment

Two on the rise at RLJ Entertainment

3-Mar-2015 | By

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


LevelK journeys to Spear

3-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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


Paddington in StudioCanal record

3-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Brenda Blethyn

Iceland's Stockfish welcomes Vachon, Bouchareb, Blethyn

3-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

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

Stand By Me Doraemon

Doraemon breaks Hong Kong record

3-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Jonathan Deckter

Jonathan Deckter joins Voltage as partner

2-Mar-2015 | By

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

IM Global Music

IM Global, Republic Records forge pact

2-Mar-2015 | By

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

Michael Keaton in Venice

TWC, FilmNation partner on The Founder

2-Mar-2015 | By

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

Selim El Azar

Doha’s Qumra to welcome 250 industry attendees

2-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

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

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club heads to SXSW

2-Mar-2015 | By

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

Arrow strikes for Voltage duo

2-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Marigold Hotel sequel tops UK box office

2-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Sacred Country teaser image

Dunn, Cross launch crowdfunding for Sacred Country

2-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Jaime Winstone to lead cast for Rose Tremain adaptation.

Jamie Dornan to lead WWII thriller

2-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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


Radiator wins inaugural Glasgow award

2-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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


Russia to back military history films in 2015

2-Mar-2015 | By

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

The Forger

Kaleidoscope sees raft of titles

2-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Distributors play on Oscar success at box office

1-Mar-2015 | By

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

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades rules int'l on $34.3m

1-Mar-2015 | By

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

Focus tops US charts on $18.7m

1-Mar-2015 | By

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


Mining value from an Oscar win

27-Feb-2015 | By

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

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, 1931-2015

27-Feb-2015 | By

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

A Murder In The Park

Sundance Selects buys A Murder In The Park

27-Feb-2015 | By

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

Manish Mundra

Drishyam, Sundance Institute line up writer lab

27-Feb-2015 | By

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

Bruce Lee

Daughter of Bruce Lee lines up biopic

27-Feb-2015 | By

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

Metrodome reveals Berlin deals

27-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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


Film i Väst, Nordisk Film, SVT join forces


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

Cake tops Still Alice in social buzz

27-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Jennifer Aniston drama tops Julianne Moore Oscar-winner.


FCC endorses net neutrality

26-Feb-2015 | By

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

Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve in talks for Blade Runner

26-Feb-2015 | By

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

Bruce Willis

Wake shoot put on temporary hold

26-Feb-2015 | By

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

Chantal Rickards

Chantal Rickards named BAFTA LA CEO

26-Feb-2015 | By

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

Gerry Anderson

Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson's final film nearing production

26-Feb-2015 | By

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


Strand Releasing finds Guidance

26-Feb-2015 | By

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

Bernard Hill

OAP heist comedy Golden Years begins shoot

26-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Bernard Hill, Virginia McKenna head MoliFilms comedy.

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep to narrate Shout Gladi Gladi

26-Feb-2015 | By

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

Odeon Holloway Road

Odeon seeks $1.55bn sale

26-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

Adam Goodman out at Paramount

26-Feb-2015 | By

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

Steve Jobs

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

26-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

The Golden Era

Ann Hui's Golden Era leads Asian Film Awards noms

26-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Murmur of the Hearts

Sylvia Chang’s Murmur to open HKIFF

26-Feb-2015 | By

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

Outfest Fusion unveils line-up

26-Feb-2015 | By

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

Germany's Commerzbank boosts financing to $340m

26-Feb-2015 | By

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


Glassland shines at EFM for Kaleidoscope

26-Feb-2015 | By

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

Brandon Routh

Brandon Routh, Zhang Yuqi star in Arclight’s Lost

26-Feb-2015 | By

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

Marco Mueller

Marco Mueller unveils Beijing team

26-Feb-2015 | By

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


Focus ready to roll in 31 markets

26-Feb-2015 | By

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


Kino Lorber picks up Jafar Panahi’s Taxi

25-Feb-2015 | By

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

Broad Green acquires stake in Mister Smith

25-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Lucy Boynton

Girls school horror February starts Ottawa shoot

25-Feb-2015 | By

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

Simon West to direct Henry Cavill thriller

25-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Julianne Moore

Buyers flock to Protagonist slate

25-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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


Jewish film fest sales down after Copenhagen shootings

25-Feb-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

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

Euro flag

European Parliament calls for copyright reform

25-Feb-2015 | By

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

Dragon Blade

Dragon Blade tops Chinese New Year box office

25-Feb-2015 | By

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

Prince William

Prince William to aid BAFTA Asia push

25-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Bill Block

Bill Block leaves QED International

24-Feb-2015 | By

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

Tom Rothman

Tom Rothman in top Sony film job

24-Feb-2015 | By

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

Sundance pair find US buyers

24-Feb-2015 | By

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

Jeffrey Katzenberg

DreamWorks Animation to sell Glendale studio

24-Feb-2015 | By

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

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

Searchlight sets summer release for Me And Earl

24-Feb-2015 | By

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

24: Live Another Day

Screen tax reliefs boost UK economy, report

24-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Lady Gaga

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

24-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

The Imitation Game

Imitation Game leads Empire Awards nominations

24-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Benedict Cumberbatch drama leads the pack with six nominations.

Michael Caton-Jones

Michael Caton-Jones to direct The Giant Under The Snow

23-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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


Oscars 2015: Full list of winners


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


Oscars 2015: Birdman wins best film, director

23-Feb-2015 | By

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


Oscars 2015: what the winners said

23-Feb-2015 | By

Humility, humour and thanking mothers

New Directors/New Films line-up announced

23-Feb-2015 | By

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

Prime Time

Prime Time to kick off in Ottawa

23-Feb-2015 | By

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

Adam Carolla

VSC to release Road Hard in Canada

23-Feb-2015 | By

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

Antonio Monda

Rome Film Festival names Antonio Monda artistic director

23-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Follows Marco Mueller’s exit last year.

Thierry Fremaux

Cannes, Venice chiefs support Busan censorship struggle

23-Feb-2015 | By

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

Seymour An Introduction

Remain in Light inks Berlin haul

23-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin joins Asif Kapadia's Ali & Nino

23-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades breaks UK 18-rated record

23-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Life in a Fishbowl

Life In A Fishbowl sweeps Iceland's Edda awards

23-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Baldvin Z’s drama scoops 12 Edda awards.

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage joins Oliver Stone's Snowden

23-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Shooting on Edward Snowden thriller underway in Munich.

Lorna Tee

Lorna Tee joins Netherlands' CinemAsia

23-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Former Focus Films exec named film festival artistic director.

American Sniper

Oscar nominees feel box office bump

22-Feb-2015 | By

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


Birdman, Boyhood rule Indie Spirits

22-Feb-2015 | By

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

Fifty Shades Of Grey crosses $400m global

22-Feb-2015 | By

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

Fifty Shades stays top over Oscar weekend

22-Feb-2015 | By

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

Timbuktu triumphs at French Césars

21-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

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

Snowden drama begins shoot

20-Feb-2015 | By

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

Rob Huber

Rob Huber to leave Fox for Universal

20-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

How To Make Love Like An Englishman

Arrow targets Pierce Brosnan's Englishman

20-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Camilla Dickinson

Random Media picks up two for summer

20-Feb-2015 | By

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

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Fifty Shades smashes social buzz records

20-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

TIlda Swinton

Fox Searchlight buys A Bigger Splash

19-Feb-2015 | By

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

Gail Katz

Hollywood lines up Catan adaptation

19-Feb-2015 | By

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

Meet The Patels

Distribution: Alchemy buys Meet The Patels

19-Feb-2015 | By

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

Mortal Kombat: Legacy

Warner Bros boosts Machinima stake

19-Feb-2015 | By

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

Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys to get Imax treatment

19-Feb-2015 | By

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

San Francisco Film Society

SFFS unveil doc fund finallists

19-Feb-2015 | By

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

The Wolfpack

Edge takes The Wolfpack for Scandinavia

19-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Into The Deep

Metrodome plunges Into The Deep

19-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Blowfly Park Flugparken

Stockfish to open with Blowfly Park

19-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

London Screenings

London Screenings 2015 dates unveiled

19-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Details of UK showcase for global film buyers revealed.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades hits $300m at global box office

19-Feb-2015 | By

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

Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor to direct American Pastoral

18-Feb-2015 | By

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

Out To Win

BFI Flare reveals 2015 line-up

18-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Lian Lunson

Willie Nelson, Charlotte Rampling line up Miracle

18-Feb-2015 | By

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

Kung Fu Elliot

The Orchard acquires Kung Fu Elliot

18-Feb-2015 | By

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


AFI FEST unveils 2015 dates

18-Feb-2015 | By

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

Albert Martinez Martin

Albert Martínez Martín joins Lantica

18-Feb-2015 | By

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

JJ Abrams

Bad Robot extends Paramount deal

18-Feb-2015 | By

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

COLCOA to honour Michel Hazanavicius

18-Feb-2015 | By

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

Once in a Lifetime (Les Héritiers)

German distributors score EFM spree

18-Feb-2015 | By

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

Soaked In Bleach

VMI’s Kurt Cobain drama sells to Germany, Japan

18-Feb-2015 | By

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

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 begins shoot

18-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Amma Asante

Selma, Belle scoop Screen Nation awards

18-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Keanu Reeves

Hot projects on Screenbase

18-Feb-2015 | By Maud Le Rest

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


SXSW unveils complete roster

17-Feb-2015 | By

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

Honig Im Kopf

Honig Im Kopf hits heights in Germany

17-Feb-2015 | By

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

Porto Mon Amour

Jim Jarmusch boards Gabe Klinger romance

17-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

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

Omar Sy

Inferno cast bulks up for Imagine

17-Feb-2015 | By

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

Art Directors Guild

Bill Thomas earns Art Directors Guild stripes

17-Feb-2015 | By

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

45 Years Victoria Second Mother As We Were Dreaming

Match Factory posts bumper Berlin

17-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Abderrahmane Sissako

Cannes: Timbuktu director to head Cinéfondation, Shorts jury

17-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows stakes ourscreen record

17-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Jillianne Reinseth

Jillianne Reinseth on rise at eOne Family

17-Feb-2015 | By

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

Claire Loewenthal

Signature ups Claire Loewenthal

17-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Creative director promoted at UK distributor.


Berlin winner Victoria acquired for France

17-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Somewhere Only We Know

Somewhere tops China Valentine’s box office

17-Feb-2015 | By

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

Miami Encuentros

Miami unveils Encuentros projects

17-Feb-2015 | By

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

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Fifty Shades tops Berlin social buzz

17-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Marco Polo

Netflix spend estimated to break $5bn

17-Feb-2015 | By Peter White, Broadcast

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

Jamie Dornan

Netflix acquires all rights to Jadotville

16-Feb-2015 | By

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


Emmanuel Lubezki takes ASC honour

16-Feb-2015 | By

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

45 Years tops Berlin Jury Grid

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

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

Finn Norgaard

Danish director killed in Copenhagen shooting

16-Feb-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

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

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Fifty Shades debut breaks UK records

16-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Emory Cohen

Emory Cohen takes Detour

16-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Darren Aronofsky

Aronofsky hails Berlin's "incredible selection"

16-Feb-2015 | By

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


Adopt Films acquires Victoria for US

16-Feb-2015 | By

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

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades storms to $174m int'l

15-Feb-2015 | By

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

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades ties up US on $93m

15-Feb-2015 | By

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


Berlin: Jafar Panahi's Taxi wins Golden Bear

14-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

My Skinny Sister

Berlin: My Skinny Sister wins Crystal Bear

14-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Berlin: Second Mother wins Panorama prize

14-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Berlin: Flocking wins Crystal Bear

13-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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


Samuel Goldywn Films picks up Tangerines

13-Feb-2015 | By

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

See You In Valhalla

ARC finds See You In Valhalla

13-Feb-2015 | By

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

Matthijs Wouter Knol

New EFM director reflects on first market

13-Feb-2015 | By

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


Memento racks up Body sales

13-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Film premiered in competition in Berlin

South Korean film groups protest for freedom of expression

13-Feb-2015 | By

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

Berlin: Out of Nature wins Europa Cinemas award

13-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Europa Distribution

Europa Distribution pacts with Distrify Media

13-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Plans to support independent film distributors on VOD.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades whips rivals in social buzz

13-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

John Pilger

John Pilger film breaks Indiegogo record

13-Feb-2015 | By

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

Bouckaert talks Belgian tax shelter shake-up

13-Feb-2015 | By

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

Josef Ganz Volkswagen

Volkswagen inventor doc hits the road

13-Feb-2015 | By

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

Stray Dog

NonStop snaps up eight docs at EFM

13-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Liza  the Fox Fairy

Havas: Hungarian film on the mend

13-Feb-2015 | By

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

Sacha Polak

Polak reveals Vita and Virginia details

13-Feb-2015 | By

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

Live From New York!

Live From New York! to open Tribeca

12-Feb-2015 | By

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

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades hits $37.2m global

12-Feb-2015 | By

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

Sundance Selects buys 45 Years

12-Feb-2015 | By

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


Drone flies for LevelK

12-Feb-2015 | By Screen staff

EXCLUSIVE: UK, France, Australia deals on documentary.


David Unger forms Three Six Zero Entertainment

12-Feb-2015 | By

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

Toro Loco

Artsploitation snaps up Toro Loco: Bloodthirsty

12-Feb-2015 | By

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

Matthew McConaughey

Buyers find Sierra/Affinity's Gold

12-Feb-2015 | By

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

Rob Moore

Universal, Paramount strike home ent pact

12-Feb-2015 | By

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


First look: Spectre

12-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

The Model

The Model pre-sells to France, Korea

12-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Kosslick talks ticket dilemma, VOD

12-Feb-2015 | By

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

Theeb set for multi-territory release

12-Feb-2015 | By

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

Alpha Violet inks EFM deals

12-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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


Open Reel scores first EFM sales

12-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Italian sales agency secures deals in Berlin

Where Hope Grows

Where Hope Grows gets release date

12-Feb-2015 | By

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


Lionsgate, Starz in stock swap

11-Feb-2015 | By

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

Martin Gropius Bau

Shoreline boards Paid In Full

11-Feb-2015 | By

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

Closer to the Moon

NEO closes first two acquisitions at EFM

11-Feb-2015 | By

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

An Honest Liar

Abramorama to release An Honest Liar

11-Feb-2015 | By

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

Cinema do Brasil trumpets distribution prize at EFM

11-Feb-2015 | By

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

Liza Minnelli

L.A. Italia FF to honour Liza Minnelli

11-Feb-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

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

Running Man

Running Man overtakes Hobbit in China

11-Feb-2015 | By

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


Tallinn Black Nights launches animation platform

11-Feb-2015 | By

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

EFADs: interface with a common voice

11-Feb-2015 | By

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

Spider-Man to join Marvel Cinematic Universe

10-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Yayoi Kusama

Submarine boards Yayoi Kusama doc

10-Feb-2015 | By

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


SXSW unveils Midnighters line-up

10-Feb-2015 | By

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

Screen Berlin Day 6

Berlin 2015: Screen's dailies


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

Bold launches London office

10-Feb-2015 | By

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

Berlin: Buyers strike gold at steady market

10-Feb-2015 | By

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

It's Hard Being Loved By Jerks

Distribution: Kino Lorber nabs Charlie Hebdo doc

10-Feb-2015 | By

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

Film Sales Company boards Sweetheart Deal

10-Feb-2015 | By

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

Chloe Moretz

November Criminals sells across Asia

10-Feb-2015 | By

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

Big Father Small Father And Other Stories

UDI sells Big Father to France

10-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Roberto Olla

Olla: Eurimages funding must back risk-takers

10-Feb-2015 | By

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

Baltasar Kormakur

Baltasar Kormákur readies The Oath

10-Feb-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

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


The Film Arcade gets Unexpected

10-Feb-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

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

German Concentration Camps Factual Survey

BFI Distribution takes 'lost Hitchcock' Belsen doc

10-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Red Amnesia

Chinese thriller Red Amnesia sold to France

10-Feb-2015 | By

Wang Xiaoshuai’s Venice premiere sells to French distributor.

Rhys Meyers thriller sold in Europe, Asia

10-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Carnaby inks multiple deals on espionage thriller.

Nansun Shi

First event for Euro-China initiative

10-Feb-2015 | By

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

I Stay With You

Stray Dogs picks up I Stay With You

10-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

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

The Tenor Lirico Spinto

Buyers tune into Tenor Lirico Spinto

10-Feb-2015 | By

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

Ma Folie

Coccinelle flies with Ma Folie

10-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Psychological thriller acquired by Italian sales collective for world sales.


Three German-Arab projects awarded

10-Feb-2015 | By

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

Martin Gropius Bau

SSI picks up Final Vatican Conspiracy

10-Feb-2015 | By

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

Iraqi Odyssey

Iraqi Odyssey sold in Europe, MENA

10-Feb-2015 | By

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

Martin Gropius Bau

Spotlight to sell Falsely Accused

10-Feb-2015 | By

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

Battle For Sevastopol

Battle For Sevastopol sets major Russian release

10-Feb-2015 | By

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

The Snow Queen 2

Snow Queen 2 heads to Brazil

10-Feb-2015 | By

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

Rocks In My Pockets

New Europe busy on deals

10-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

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


Israeli series heads to France

10-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Sarita Christensen

Sweden aims to boost youth features

10-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Swedish film bodies join forces for push.

Mel Gibson

IM Global trades on Hacksaw Ridge

9-Feb-2015 | By

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

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson joins Brimstone

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

In The Basement

Strand buys In The Basement

9-Feb-2015 | By

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

13 Minutes

Buyers clock Hirschbiegel’s 13 Minutes

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

James Franco drama to open BFI Flare

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Big Hero 6 holds UK box office lead

9-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Salaam Bombay!

Fortissimo acquires Salaam Bombay!

9-Feb-2015 | By

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

Maris Martinsons

First Japan-Baltics co-pro announced

9-Feb-2015 | By

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

Loic Magneron

Eye On Films network expands

9-Feb-2015 | By

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

EFM Alternative distribution panel

Industry experts talk alternative distribution

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi picks up more buyers

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

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

Les Arcs to present Norwegian focus

9-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Indonesian official sacked in Berlin gaffe

9-Feb-2015 | By

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

The Stranger

Raven Banner takes The Stranger

9-Feb-2015 | By

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

That Sugar Film

Samuel Goldwyn takes That Sugar Film

9-Feb-2015 | By

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

What Comes Around

Bernal joins Doha’s Qumra; 31 projects selected

9-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

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

Soda adopts Berlin-Sundance title Second Mother

9-Feb-2015 | By

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

Phantom Boy

Lunanime, Folimage to make third feature

9-Feb-2015 | By

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

Oskar Jonasson

Truenorth navigates to Jonasson's Others

9-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

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

Martin Gropius Bau

Buyers shine on Radiant's Dare To Be Wild

9-Feb-2015 | By

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

Stefano Savona

Doc&Film to sell Gaza-set hybrid

9-Feb-2015 | By

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


Warda to screen at EFM

9-Feb-2015 | By

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

Operation Arctic

Buyers venture to Arctic

9-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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


Carte Blanche to focus on Israel

9-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Cartagena press conference

Cartagena unveils official selection

9-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Sarajevo Film Festival 2014 winners

Sarajevo co-pro fund goes operational

9-Feb-2015 | By

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

Of Horses And Men

Buyers ride to Horses And Men

9-Feb-2015 | By

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

Go With Me

Buyers Go With Anthony Hopkins

9-Feb-2015 | By

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

Do You Believe?

Mongrel takes Do You Believe?

9-Feb-2015 | By

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

Blood Ransom

Devilworks scares up EFM

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Sales outfit at the EFM with Blood Ransom and Afterimages.

The Man in a Box

First look: The Man in a Box

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

RealD 3D

RealD inks deals with AHL, Village Cinemas

9-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Company has extended its licence of 3D systems.

Gunther Oettinger

EU Commissioner begins Euro film industry talks

9-Feb-2015 | By

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

Milla Jovovich

Hot projects on Screenbase

9-Feb-2015 | By Maud Le Rest

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


BAFTAs 2015: what the winners said

8-Feb-2015 | By Sarah Cooper

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


BAFTAs 2015: Boyhood, Grand Budapest triumph

8-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Boyhood scoops Best Film and Best Director in London.


BAFTAs 2015: Full list of winners

8-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending grosses $33m int'l box office

8-Feb-2015 | By

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

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

8-Feb-2015 | By

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

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water

SpongeBob rules US on $56m

8-Feb-2015 | By

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

Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese teams with Ben Wheatley

8-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders to shoot new film in June

8-Feb-2015 | By

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

Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog to direct supervolcano thriller

8-Feb-2015 | By , Andreas Wiseman

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

The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson

Julien Temple's Wilko Johnson doc finds sales home

8-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Moviehouse boards The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson.

Camela Galano

Relativity updates key distribution deals

8-Feb-2015 | By

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

Alejandro G Iñárritu wins DGA for Birdman

8-Feb-2015 | By

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

The Garden of Evening Mists cover

Astro Shaw to adapt Evening Mists with HBO

8-Feb-2015 | By

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

Alex Walton

Bloom announces key hires

8-Feb-2015 | By

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

Manish Mundra reveals film finance plans

8-Feb-2015 | By

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

Ritesh Batra

Lunchbox director in talks for next film

8-Feb-2015 | By

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

Transilvania International Film Festival

Romania launches first regional fund

8-Feb-2015 | By

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

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

8-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Festival Scope, Gutek let audiences vote

8-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

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

NonStop acquires seven at EFM

8-Feb-2015 | By

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

The Beat Beneath My Feet

Scoop readies UK road comedy After Louise

8-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

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

Ulyana Lopatkina

Wide sells ballet doc to Japan

8-Feb-2015 | By

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

Scott Adkins

Buyers target Scott Adkins' Close Range

8-Feb-2015 | By

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

August Diehl

Films Distribution acquires Young Karl Marx

7-Feb-2015 | By

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

13 Minutes

Berlin: Sony Pictures Classics takes 13 Minutes

7-Feb-2015 | By

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

Lionsgate UK to release Luke Evans SAS thriller

7-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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


Memento hails Panahi’s Taxi

7-Feb-2015 | By , Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Celluloid Dreams strikes deal after Berlin screening

By Way of Helena

By Way of Helena rides to Germany

7-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Lynne Ramsay

Lynne Ramsay boards rehab thriller

7-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

The Eichmann Show

TWC tunes into The Eichmann Show

7-Feb-2015 | By

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

Detective K: Secret Of The Lost Island

Showbox uncovers Detective K sales

7-Feb-2015 | By

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

Martin Gropius Bau

Fortitude surfs with R2's Tribes

7-Feb-2015 | By

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

The Last King

Koch crowns Last King

7-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

The Dead 2: India

Altitude rises for Dead 2

7-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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


Pro-Fun Media acquires Beira-Mar

7-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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


Further buyers uncover CitizenFour

7-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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


TWC dates Underdogs, No Escape

7-Feb-2015 | By

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

Pierre Menahem and Juliette Lepoutre

Menahem and Lepoutre launch Still Moving

7-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

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

Moritz Bleibtreu

Moritz Bleibtreu to play "culinary Bond"

7-Feb-2015 | By

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


Berlin: Ixcanul director reveals next film plans

7-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Jayro Bustamante discusses his Guatemalan story sold by Film Factory.

The Ash Lad in the Hall of the Mountain King

Troll fairytale secures $2.2m boost

7-Feb-2015 | By

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

Dutch-German treaty ratified

7-Feb-2015 | By

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

Set Fire to the Stars

Strand takes Set Fire to the Stars for US

7-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: North American deal for drama starring Elijah Wood.

Liam Cunningham

Cunningham, Moreau join Bejo, Pattinson drama

7-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway on Childhood of a Leader.

Barry Gordon

XLrator, RNR ink production deal

7-Feb-2015 | By

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

Breathe team sings with Beggar’s Opera

7-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

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

Blazing Samurai

GFM scores Blazing Samurai sales

7-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Buyers take to animation after Open Road deal.

Prince Albert

Aldamisa boards Royal Ice

7-Feb-2015 | By

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

Olga Kurylenko

Olga Kurylenko to star in Myriad's Duelo

7-Feb-2015 | By

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

Clive Owen

Arclight talks up The Confirmation

7-Feb-2015 | By

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

Kajaki Berlin launch

Berlin: Kajaki gets international launch

7-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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


Pluto Film signs child abuse drama

7-Feb-2015 | By

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


4SquareFilms launches with Deyn drama

7-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit headed by former Intandem execs.


Pope biopic Francisco sells to Poland

7-Feb-2015 | By

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

The Catcher On The Shore

Free Stone visits Girl of the Sea

7-Feb-2015 | By

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

Do You Believe?

Pure Flix talks up Do You Believe?

7-Feb-2015 | By

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

Frank Grillo in The Purge: Anarchy

Constantin acquires Extortion

7-Feb-2015 | By

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

Jenny McCarthy

Highland introduces Tooken at EFM

7-Feb-2015 | By

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

Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley joins Wake


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

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt, Robert Zemeckis team up

6-Feb-2015 | By

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


Cinema Guild finds Counting

6-Feb-2015 | By

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

Kathrine Windfeld

Danish director Kathrine Windfeld dies aged 48

6-Feb-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

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

SPC takes Sundance hit Dark Horse

6-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Johnnie To

Johnnie To assembles top Hong Kong talent

6-Feb-2015 | By

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

Ode To My Father

CJ racks up Ode To My Father sales

6-Feb-2015 | By

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


Euro execs launch co-production group

6-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Joanne Froggatt in Downton Abbey

Downton star Joanne Froggatt to make Starfish

6-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman leads UK buzz

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Governing Mayor Michael Müller

Müller signals support for German film industry

6-Feb-2015 | By

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

Love At First Fight

Tiberius acquires four at EFM

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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


Jerusalem gets Oscar qualification

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Netherlands Film Fund supports six

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Martin Gropius Bau

Michael Sheen joins Oppenheimer Strategies

6-Feb-2015 | By

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

Beau Knapp

DisruptiveLA lines up Juveniles

6-Feb-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

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

Michelle Monaghan

Open Road, FilmNation secure output deals

6-Feb-2015 | By

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

The Beat Beneath My Feet

Spotlight boards The Beat Beneath My Feet

6-Feb-2015 | By

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

Daniel Dolphin

Double Dutch swims with Dolphin

6-Feb-2015 | By

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

The Calling

Vertical Entertainment hunting indie gems at EFM

6-Feb-2015 | By

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

Peter Mullan

Glasgow announces further guests

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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


First image: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight

6-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: First image from eOne’s anticipated drama.

Timothy Spall

Timothy Spall to star in The Special One

6-Feb-2015 | By

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

Agata Kulesza

Films Distribution takes Innocent with Ida star

6-Feb-2015 | By

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

Match Factory picks up The Burglar

6-Feb-2015 | By

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

Lucy Hill

Lucy Hill named eOne Australia acquisitions head

6-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

The Dead Lands

XYZ-GFC to boost Antipodean film profile

6-Feb-2015 | By

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

Factory Girl

Khan’s Factory Girl in rare Swedish release

6-Feb-2015 | By

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

Frontières at BIFFF 2013

Frontières unveils Brussels line-up

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Cambridge unveils 2015 dates

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Libby Durdy

Warp collaborators launch Duck Soup

6-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

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

Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon

Epic inks deals on Space Dogs sequel

6-Feb-2015 | By

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


9ers sell Korean strike drama Cart

6-Feb-2015 | By

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

Roger Allam in Endeavour

Carnaby boards two for EFM

6-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

The Four Warriors

Metrodome sells Four Warriors to US

6-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome International inks deals on action-adventure.

Conversations About Cinema

Watershed unveils new season

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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


Shoot stars on Berthaud's Sky

6-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Red Shoes & The 7 Dwarfs

Finecut boards Red Shoes & The 7 Dwarfs

6-Feb-2015 | By

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

Full Strike

Distribution Workshop nets Full Strike

6-Feb-2015 | By

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

Amy Pascal

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

5-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

The Neon Demon

Reeves, Hendricks join Refn's Neon Demon

5-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Principal photography to start next month in LA.

Vincent Grimond

Senator, Wild Bunch finalise merger

5-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

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

Daniel Bort

Daniel Bort joins Continental Media

5-Feb-2015 | By

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

VES honours Big Hero 6

5-Feb-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

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

Jake Gyllenhaal

TWC boards The Man Who Made It Snow

5-Feb-2015 | By

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


Clarius Entertainment connects to Cell

5-Feb-2015 | By

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

Match Factory sells Berlin titles

5-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: German indie powerhouse signs slew of deals.

GKIDS takes The Prophet

5-Feb-2015 | By

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

Officer Downe

Voltage to plug Officer Downe at EFM

5-Feb-2015 | By

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

Guy Pearce Mia Wasikowska

Mia Wasikowska, Guy Pearce shoot for Brimstone

5-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Embankment boards western thriller.

Nicolas Cage

Protagonist boards Coppola road movie

5-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Protagonist boards Eleanor Coppola road-movie.


Timothy Spall, Juno Temple to star in Away

5-Feb-2015 | By

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

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke boards Mongrel's Maudie

5-Feb-2015 | By

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

The Pilgrim

Music Box flocks to Pilgrim

5-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Zhong Kui Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal

Arclight takes Peter Pau's 3D fantasy Snow Girl

5-Feb-2015 | By

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

Tell Spring Not To Come This Year

Goldcrest's Saboteur launches NY sales arm

5-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

The Visitors

Gaumont’s Visitors return for French revolution

5-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

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

Emilia Fox

Emilia Fox, Anna Chancellor join Brian Cox in The Carer

5-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism

Metro acquires Molly Moon intl rights


EXCLUSIVE: Family film stars Emily Watson, Dominic Monaghan.

Will Poulter joins Brain on Fire

5-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Jodorowsky's Dune

Jodorowsky launches Kickstarter for Endless Poetry

5-Feb-2015 | By

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

Hideo Nakata

EFM: Nikkatsu scares up Hideo Nakata's Ghost Theatre

5-Feb-2015 | By

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

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

5-Feb-2015 | By

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

Dogwoof gets Fresh Dressed

5-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Content to sell Reversal

5-Feb-2015 | By

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

The Canal

Buyers travel on Jinga's Canal

5-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Blinky Bill - The Movie

Studio 100 Film unveils EFM slate

5-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

As Long As Shotguns Remain

MUBI collaborates with Berlinale

5-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Mr Twister

ZDF takes Mr Twister film franchise

5-Feb-2015 | By

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

The Visit

Alien doc The Visit scores sales

5-Feb-2015 | By

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

Rich Goldberg

Vertical Entertainment enters Eden

5-Feb-2015 | By

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

Jonathan Glazer

Film4 inks deal with Jonathan Glazer

4-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Fionnuala Halligan

Screen appoints Fionnuala Halligan reviews editor

4-Feb-2015 | By Screen staff

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

Bloom launches Three Seconds at EFM

4-Feb-2015 | By

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

Martin Gropius Bau

DDI to sell The Blue Mauritius

4-Feb-2015 | By

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

The Forbidden Room

Sundance deals: The Forbidden Room, The Hallow

4-Feb-2015 | By

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

Peter van Steemberg

Peter Van Steemburg Joins ICM Partners

4-Feb-2015 | By

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

Amanda Seyfried

The Solution boards Black Lung

4-Feb-2015 | By

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

Aldamisa to start Summer Crossing sales

4-Feb-2015 | By

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


UK film enjoys record 2014

4-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Fiona Hyslop

Two new funds for Scotland's screen sector

4-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Ethan Hawke

Hawke, Hader join Maggie's Plan

4-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

The Visit

Metrodome beams up Sundance alien doc

4-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Madsen alien encounter doc played at Sundance.

Allen Zhu

Youku Tudou unveils film slate

4-Feb-2015 | By

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

Warner Bros Creative Talent

Warner Bros launches second Creative Talent

4-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Edgar Ramirez

Point Break moves to December

4-Feb-2015 | By

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

Hobbit holds off Running Man in China

4-Feb-2015 | By

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


Chinese IPTV giant strikes BAFTA deal

4-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Anurag Kashyap and Anupama Chopra

Mumbai fest sets dates, new director

4-Feb-2015 | By

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

Terence Chang

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

4-Feb-2015 | By

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


Doha Film Institute to fund 21 projects

4-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Ethan Hawke

EFM: Hawke, Hader join Maggie's Plan

4-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Sundance 2015 infographic closeup

Sundance: Top 10 ‘buzz’ films

4-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

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

Swedish admissions down 2%

4-Feb-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

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

Alicia Deza

Way To Blue promotes Alicia Deza

4-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Director of Way To Blue Spain appointed European managing director.

Roaring Currents

South Korean film industry sales hits all-time high

4-Feb-2015 | By

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

Workbus unveils EFM slate

4-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

BFI: high-end TV spend tops $930m

4-Feb-2015 | By Peter White, Broadcast

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

Pluto Film

EFM: German sales outfit launches in Berlin

4-Feb-2015 | By

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

Ai Weiwei

Cinema Paradiso, Persepolis directors join Berlin, I Love You

4-Feb-2015 | By

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

Dior And I

EFM: Dogwoof scores Dior And I sales

4-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Songs My Brother Taught Me

Fortissimo scores French deal for Songs My Brothers Taught Me

4-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Walter Murch

Walter Murch to receive Locarno honour

4-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Dogwoof takes Sundance winner Cartel Land


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

Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh to receive BAFTA Fellowship

3-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Mr Turner director to be honoured this weekend.

Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words

EFM: TrustNordisk to sell Ingrid Bergman doc

3-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam to star in Lost City Of Z

3-Feb-2015 | By

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


Paddington hits $200m global BO

3-Feb-2015 | By

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

Matt Mueller

Matt Mueller appointed Screen International editor

3-Feb-2015 | By Screen staff

Former Total Film and Premiere editor will succeed Wendy Mitchell.


Imax, Broad Green eye Voyage release

3-Feb-2015 | By

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

Ethan Hawke

EFM: Conquistador boards Phenom

3-Feb-2015 | By

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


SXSW 2015 unveils feature roster

3-Feb-2015 | By

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

Screen gets new owner as Mobeus backs MBI

3-Feb-2015 | By Screen staff

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

Berlin: Memento buys Second Mother

3-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Sundance winner picked up from The Match Factory

The Farewell Party

Samuel Goldwyn nabs The Farewell Party

3-Feb-2015 | By

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

Sloan honour to Stanford Prison Experiment

3-Feb-2015 | By

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


Lantica, Relativity to co-finance Our Father

3-Feb-2015 | By

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

Station To Station sells for Submarine

3-Feb-2015 | By

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

The Pardon

Monterey Media takes The Pardon

3-Feb-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

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

Bella Thorne

Sepia Films, Just Singer line up Perfect High

3-Feb-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

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

The Last Days of Disco

EFM: Beckinsale, Sevigny reunite for Love & Friendship

3-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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


Fifty Shades star boosts Drones sales

3-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Timbuktu triumphs at French Lumiere awards

2-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

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

Martin Gropius Bau

Good Universe sells The Forest

2-Feb-2015 | By

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

The Little Vampire 3D

Cinema Management Group launches European hub

2-Feb-2015 | By

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

Milla Jovovich

Myriad heads to EFM with In The Lost Lands

2-Feb-2015 | By

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

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades generates huge pre-sales

2-Feb-2015 | By

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

Restless Global

Lora-Mungai, Matatu form African studio Restless Global

2-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

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

Kevin Smith

XYZ, Distant Corners team up on Holidays

2-Feb-2015 | By

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


Marina Cordoni to sell Fall at EFM

2-Feb-2015 | By

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


Alchemy, The Orchard in Sundance buys

2-Feb-2015 | By

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

Robert Awards Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier speaks at Danish Robert awards

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

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


EFM: Elle Driver takes Gaza-set comedy Dégradé

2-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

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

Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 edges out Kingsman in UK

2-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

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

EFM: Jonathan Rhys Meyers to star in spy thriller

2-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

Stanley Tucci

EFM: Geoffrey Rush, Stanley Tucci team for Final Portrait

2-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

HanWay to launch project in Berlin.

La Obra Del Siglo

Rotterdam's Tigers go to Cuba, Thailand, Peru

2-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

IFFR also reveals other award winners including the audience prize.

Sylvia Chang

Hong Kong unveils Sylvia Chang focus

2-Feb-2015 | By

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

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey gets ‘18’ rating in UK

2-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

The Kármán Line

BAFTA-nominated shorts to screen in cinemas

2-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

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

They Have Escaped

They Have Escaped wins top Finnish prize

2-Feb-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Teenage outcast drama wins four Jussi awards including best film.

EFM: German sales agents line-up premieres

2-Feb-2015 | By

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

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Chinese Running Brother rules int’l BO

1-Feb-2015 | By

BOX OFFICE: Chinese Running Brother stormed to the top of the international box office charts at the weekend thanks to an estimated $35m haul.

American Sniper

American Sniper claims Super Bowl weekend record

1-Feb-2015 | By

Clint Eastwood’s war film held on to number one for the third consecutive weekend as an estimated $31.9m looks to have set a new record for the weekend and boosted the running total through Warner Bros to $248.9m.

Breaking The Bank

The Exchange boards Breaking The Bank

1-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Brian O’Shea and his team head to Berlin with world sales rights to Vadim Jean’s caper staring Kelsey Grammer.

Martin Gropius Bau

Spotlight lines up Chloe & Theo for EFM

1-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: LA-based Spotlight Pictures heads to Berlin with two new titles on its sales roster.

Awards round-up: Annies, ADG

1-Feb-2015 | By

The Art Directors Guild and ASIFA-Hollywood handed out their major honours over the weekend.

In Your Arms

In Your Arms wins top Goteborg award

1-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Danish director Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm took home the Gothenburg Film Festival’s Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film for drama In Your Arms.

Me And Earl triumphs at Sundance

31-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE: The 2015 festival approached the end on Saturday (January 31) as Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl capped a sensational 10 days by scooping both the US grand jury prize and audience awards.

I’ll See You In My Dreams

Bleecker Street falls into Dreams

31-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE: The new distributor has acquired worldwide rights to Brett Haley’s I’ll See You In My Dreams following the world premiere on January 27. Separately HBO has taken US TV rights to 3 1/2 Minutes.

Wolf Totem

Wild Bunch unveils EFM line-up

31-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Company racks up sales on Margarethe von Trotta’s The Misplaced World ahead of Berlinale premiere.

Runar Runarsson

Jokinen, Aschan, Runarsson among Gothenburg WIP

31-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

GOTEBORG: Anticipated Nordic titles presented to industry.

Jamie Foxx

Sleepless Night heads to Berlin

30-Jan-2015 | By

FilmNation will introduce EFM buyers to the thriller starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan, which Open Road Films is financing and will distribute in the US.

Songs My Brother Taught Me

Fortissimo nabs Songs My Brothers Taught Me for EFM

30-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Fortissimo Films chairman Michael Werner said on Friday (January 30) the company had bulked up its EFM war chest with international rights to Chloé Zhao’s recent Sundance premiere.

Digging For Fire finds buyers

30-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired international rights and The Orchard has picked up North America on Joe Swanberg’s drama. In separate deals, Ten Thousand Saints and Fresh Dressed also sold.


AMBI lines up In Dubious Battle for EFM

30-Jan-2015 | By

James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride will star in In Dubious Battle, which AMBI Distribution is bringing to the EFM.

Alan Rickman Katie Holmes Rachel Evan Wood

Rickman, Holmes, Wood join Taxonomy

30-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Cast rounds on Goldcrest’s Liz Garbus-Galt Niederhoffer comedy.


IFC Midnight finds Reversal

30-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE: IFC Midnight has swooped on US rights to Dark Factory Entertainment’s revenge thriller following its world premiere at Sundance.

Ansel Elgort

Sony buys multiple territories on November Criminals

30-Jan-2015 | By

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired North America, English-speaking rights and select territories to the thriller starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort. Lotus will commence pre-sales on remaining territories at the EFM next week.

Elle Fanning

Elle Fanning, Diego Luna to star in Io

30-Jan-2015 | By

Jason Michael Berman and Laura Rister have set Elle Fanning and Diego Luna to star in the sci-fi.

Orphans Of War

Jan Fantl boards Orphans Of War

30-Jan-2015 | By

Producers Gina G Goff of Goff Productions and Rene Sheridan are pleased to announce the addition of

Frances McDormand Glenn Close Brit Marling

McDormand, Lerman, Marling married to The Wife

30-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSVE: Cast rounds on US-Swedish drama set to star Glenn Close.


EFM: Altitude rides with Palio

30-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Doc about iconic horse race comes from Senna producer.

Black Fly

Shoreline captures Black Fly for Berlin

30-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Shoreline Entertainment has acquired rights to backwoods thriller and will introduce to international buyers at the EFM.

Son Ye jin

Son Ye-jin to star in Huayi’s Bad Guys

30-Jan-2015 | By

Korean actress Son Ye-jin as been cast in Huayi Brothers’ Bad Guys Always Die (working title), which will be executive produced by Korean filmmaker Kang Je Gyu and China’s Feng Xiaogang.

Woman In Gold

SquareOne aquires Woman In Gold for Germany, Austria

30-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The Weinstein Company secures sale of drama starring Helen Mirren, set to world premiere at Berlinale.

Elstree 1976

Star Wars doc 'Elstree 1976' heads to The Works

30-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EFM: UK sales outfit The Works International has boarded world rights to documentary Elstree 1976, about the effect Star Wars had on the lives of those involved in even the smallest roles in the film.

Open Road sets Dope release date

30-Jan-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

Open Road Films will release its newly acquired Sundance feature nationwide on June 12.

Hobbit finale eyes gains in China

30-Jan-2015 | By

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies stands at $630.7m through Warner Bros Pictures International and continues to rampage through China.


Aamir Khan’s PK to receive China wide release

30-Jan-2015 | By

UTV Motion Pictures’ blockbuster PK, starring Aamir Khan, is heading for distribution in mainland China, where China Film Group and Huaxia will release it on 3,500 screens.


Kingsman, Ex Machina share social buzz lead

30-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Alex Garland’s sci-fi drama judges edges Matthew Vaughn’s spy thriller.

Martin Gropius Bau

The Exchange boards Three Little Words

30-Jan-2015 | By

CEO Brian O’Shea will commence talks with international buyers at the EFM next week on the high concept rom-com.


Berlinale: film industry to meet Euro commissioner

30-Jan-2015 | By

European film professionals community will be looking to hear more concrete proposals about future EU policy for film and TV sector when Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, comes to the Berlinale.

Jamie Dornan

Bloom to sell Jadotville

29-Jan-2015 | By

EFM: Alex Walton’s Bloom heads to the Berlin market with international rights to the geopolitical thriller starring Guillaume Canet and Jamie Dornan, who will be in town for the world premiere of Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Patrick Roy

Patrick Roy replaces Bryan Gliserman at eOne

29-Jan-2015 | By

Patrick Roy has been promoted to president of eOne Films Canada and Les Films Séville as the company announced Bryan Gliserman was stepping down as president of eOne Films Canada.

Michelle Williams

Sierra/Affinity nabs Manchester-By-The-Sea

29-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Nick Meyer has bulked up his EFM sales slate with the Kenneth Longeran drama that has Casey Affleck attached to star alongside Michelle Williams.

Mary Louise Parker

13 Films boards Chronically Metropolitan

29-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based sales company will kick off sales at EFM next week on The Community’s comedy to star Shiloh Fernandez, Chris Noth, Mary-Louise Parker and Ashley Benson.

Martin Gropius Bau

HFG boards Blink for EFM

29-Jan-2015 | By

Noam Murro will direct The Black List screenplay for Atlas Independent that Highland Film Group (HFG) will introduce to international buyers in Berlin next week.

SPC, Woody Allen reunite on Irrational Man

29-Jan-2015 | By

The distributor of Woody Allen’s last six films has acquired North American rights to his latest comedy from Gravier Productions bearing the new title Irrational Man.

Olivia Wilde

Lionsgate Int’l brings Let It Snow to EFM

29-Jan-2015 | By

Patrick Wachsberger’s sales team will commence talks with international buyers in Berlin on the previously announced comedy that went into production this week and stars Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin and Anthony Mackie.

Telefim Canada unveils Berlin talent list

29-Jan-2015 | By

Telefilm Canada has unveiled its Ten Canadians To Watch at the Berlinale and the EFM.

Magnolia takes world on The Wolfpack

29-Jan-2015 | By

The busy distributor confirmed on Thursday (January 29) its world deal at Sundance on Crystal Moselle’s documentary.

Dakota Fanning

Mister Smith to sell Brain On Fire

29-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Dakota Fanning to star as a woman who descends into insanity; Gerard Barrett to direct.

Miss Julie

Film Festival Flix buys Miss Julie

29-Jan-2015 | By

The distributor has picked up US rights to Swedish director Mikael Berg’s tale of lust, love, class and the battle of the sexes.

Deep Web

Content boards Alex Winter's Deep Web for EFM

29-Jan-2015 | By

EFM: Content Film has added another title to its Berlin sales slate and will kick off talks with international buyers next week on Alex Winter’s documentary.

The Water Diviner The Babadook

Babadook, Water Diviner share AACTA best film

29-Jan-2015 | By

Double win marks the first time two films have shared Australia’s top film prize.

Rotterdam: The Tribe director among CineMart winners

29-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s Chernobyl-based drama wins one of three awards at International Film Festival Rotterdam’s co-production market.

Dear White People

Dear White People sets box office record

29-Jan-2015 | By

The Sundance 2014 release has reached $4.4m in the US since its release on October 17 2014 – which its representatives said was a new high-water mark for a crowd-funded film.

EFM: New Europe Film Sales picks up Crumbs, Mar

29-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sales outfit secures sci-fi feature and a Berlinale Forum film ahead of next week’s EFM.

Stranded in Canton

Antipode finds Stranded in Canton

29-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

GOTEBORG: Docu-drama competing in Swedish Premieres Section at the Gothenburg Film Festival.

Andy Harries, Tony Grisoni discuss next projects

29-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

GOTEBORG: Left Bank CEO Andy Harries and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas writer Tony Grisoni revealed details about upcoming projects during keynotes at TV Drama Vision, the Gothenburg Film Festival’s TV event.

Ross Fitzsimons

Ross Fitzsimons joins Arts Alliance

29-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Event cinema specialist Arts Alliance has upped Ross Fitzsimons, formerly head of art and classical, to head of sales and marketing.


Vue's second CinemaxX MD quits

29-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Christoph Ahmadi to leave exhibitor as Carsten Horn is named managing director.

Petri Kemppinen

TV spend surges for Nordisk Film & TV Fund

29-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

GOTEBORG: The Nordisk Film and TV Fund saw the level of money it allocated to TV surge in 2014 as local producers increasingly look to the small screen, according to CEO Petri Kemppinen.

Fjallbaka Murders

Nordic industry calls for more commissioners, platforms

29-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

GOTEBORG: Nordic territories will need to see an increase in the number of local commissioners and platforms if they are to adequately showcase flourishing scripted drama, industry experts agreed yesterday in Gothenburg.

Isabel Coixet

Fortitude to sell This Man, This Woman

28-Jan-2015 | By

EFM: Penelope Cruz and Diane Kruger are in final talks to star in the romance from Isabel Coixet, whose Nobody Wants The Night will open the Berlinale next week.

Matthew McConaughey

Sierra/Affinity to sell Gold

28-Jan-2015 | By

Another major project has dropped into the EFM as Sierra/Affinity consummates its lengthy courtship with the Black Bear Pictures adventure to star Matthew McConaughey and prepares to kick off international sales in Berlin next week.

Searchlight confirms Brooklyn deal

28-Jan-2015 | By

Fox Searchlight has confirmed its deal for the US and multiple territories to Sundance hit Brooklyn, while Magnolia has swooped on Best Of Enemies and Sundance Selects buys City Of Gold.

Mel Gibson

IM Global boards Hacksaw Ridge

28-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: In arguably the plum US title of the EFM, Mel Gibson is returning behind the camera for the first time in nearly a decade to direct Andrew Garfield in $40-50m true-life epic Hacksaw Ridge.


Lionsgate, Hunan TV in partnership talks

28-Jan-2015 | By

Lionsgate and China’s Hunan TV are in advanced talks to strike a three-year film-making pact.

Soda to distribute Slow West in Canada

28-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Soda Pictures has picked up from HanWay Films Canadian rights to the Western following its world premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the weekend.

Burn Burn Burn

Creative England backs Burn Burn Burn

28-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: First image from road trip comedy starring Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael and Chloe Pirrie.

Jason Flemyng

Jason Flemyng directorial debut on Evolution slate

28-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Vampire action film written by Danny King (Wild Bill).


Cinedigm, Brand sign 12-film deal

28-Jan-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

Cinedigm has signed a 12-film deal with Brand Inc over three years and will funnel the original titles through multiple platforms including its OTT channels.

Saint Laurent Yves Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent leads Cesar nominees

28-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Designer biopic leads the pack with 10 nominations; Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche in the running for actress awards.

Sundance announces shorts winners

28-Jan-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The Sundance Institute has announced its short film-making awards with Don Hertzfeldt’s World Of Tomorrow taking the short film grand jury prize.


SPC acquires Paul Weitz’s Grandma

28-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

SUNDANCE: Sony Pictures Classics acquires worldwide rights to comedy starring Lily Tomlin.

The Walking Deceased

ARC gets The Walking Deceased

28-Jan-2015 | By

ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Scott Dow’s horror spoof.

Scottish shoot

Scottish Film Talent initiatives unveiled

28-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Major new initiatives for Scottish Film Talent announced; 14 projects selected for New Talent Shorts programme.

Douglas Trumbull

Parc Media unveils 3D co-productions

28-Jan-2015 | By

Start-up UK and Beijing-based production company Parc Media has unveiled a slate of three China-UK co-productions, two of which will use Douglas Trumbull’s new MAGI 3D process.


BBC Films to receive BAFTA honour

28-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

BBC Films to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Awards next week.

Assassins Creed

Catchplay co-finances New Regency trio

28-Jan-2015 | By

Taiwanese distributor Catchplay has signed a deal to co-finance and co-distribute three New Regency productions: The Revenant, Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell.


Frozen helps Japan box office rise 6.6%

28-Jan-2015 | By

Japan’s box office gross rose 6.6% to hit JPY207bn ($1.75bn) last year.

Bobby Farrelly

Foresight to launch One Night Stan at EFM

27-Jan-2015 | By

Mark Damon returns to Berlin with a marquee title in the form of the Bobby Farrelly comedy and along with Tamara Birkemoe will commence pre-sales next week.

Magnolia takes world on Tangerine

27-Jan-2015 | By

A banner year in Park City continued to deliver the goods as Magnolia Pictures acquired world rights to Sean Baker’s comedy. Separately, Fox Searchlight closed a major deal for Brooklyn, while Alchemy, SPC and Lionsgate confirmed previously reported buys on Strangerland, The Diary Of A Teenage Girl and Knock Knock.

Colin Firth

Colin Firth, James Marsh set sail for StudioCanal

27-Jan-2015 | By

EFM: StudioCanal has injected what is sure to become one of the hottest titles at the market, setting the Oscar winner to play amateur yachtsman Donald Crowhurst in James Marsh’s follow-up to Academy Award nominee The Theory Of Everything.

Tom Barman

Tom Barman planning Alcoholics feature

27-Jan-2015 | By

Antwerp musician Tom Barman, founding member of cult rock band dEUS, is setting aside time to devote to his film work and has three film projects at early stages.

Michael Fassbender

Universal starts Steve Jobs shoot

27-Jan-2015 | By

Danny Boyle has begun principal photography in San Francisco on Universal’s Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender.


Content to spread Pandemic at EFM

27-Jan-2015 | By

Content Media will commence international sales in Berlin next week on John Suits’ sci-fi action-thriller starring Rachel Nichols, Mekhi Phifer and Missi Pyle.

Force Majeure

Force Majeure wins top Swedish film prize

27-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Ruben Östlund’s family drama leads the pack with six Guldbagge Awards.

Berlinale director: no plans for German MIP

27-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick.

Martin Gropius Bau

The Exchange boards Seacole for EFM

27-Jan-2015 | By

Octavia Spencer is attached to star and will reunite with The Help producer Brunson Green on the biopic, which The Exchange will introduce to buyers next week.

Golden Globes

Golden Globes date set for 2016

27-Jan-2015 | By

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has set the date for the 73rd annual Golden Globes.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Five Armies ousts Miss Granny in China

27-Jan-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies grossed $49.84m on its opening weekend in China, pushing record-breaking remake Miss Granny into second place.

Rotterdam: How festivals can evolve with audiences

27-Jan-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

At a panel in Rotterdam, the ‘next wave’ of festival programmers from across the globe debated topics such as how much to programme audience-friendly films while championing more challenging work.

Elfriede Jelinek

Amour Fou developing films with Nobel prize-winner

27-Jan-2015 | By

Production outfit Amour Fou is in development on two projects - including a “feminist vampire” film - with Nobel prize winning Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek.

Dark Was The Night

Image to release Dark Was The Night

27-Jan-2015 | By

Image Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Caliber Media’s creature feature and will release theatrically this year.

Sundance Institute

Sundance unveils Global Filmmaking winners

27-Jan-2015 | By

The Sundance Institute has named the winners of the 2015 Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award presented by the new digital-only news channel AJ+.

Dancing Arabs

Hot projects on Screenbase

27-Jan-2015 | By Maud Le Rest

New films on Screenbase include Eran Riklis’ drama A Borrowed Identity, Tom Barman’s The Alcoholics and twin sisters Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth’s Olivia And Jim.

Breathe Umphefumlo

Fortissimo picks up Dornford-May’s Breathe

27-Jan-2015 | By

Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights outside South Africa to Mark Dornford-May’s Breathe Umphefumlo, which will premiere Out Of Competition at the upcoming Berlin film festival.

Jane Williams

Arab Cinema Center to launch in Berlin

27-Jan-2015 | By

A new international platform for Arab cinema, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), will launch at this year’s European Film Market in Berlin, representing 11 Arab production companies and organisations.

Brand New-U

Pummell preps William Gibson adaptation

27-Jan-2015 | By

BAFTA-winner to adapt short story Dogfight, from cult sci-fi writer; currently in Rotterdam with Brand New-U.

Undead Sun

Wilson sisters bring Undead Sun Rotterdam

27-Jan-2015 | By

Turner nominated artists The Wilson sisters, Louise Wilson and Jane Wilson, have been in Rotterdam this weekend for the international premiere of their new piece Undead Sun, originally presented in London’s Imperial War Museum last year.

Rotterdam Film festival IFFR

Rotterdam launches Tiger Release

27-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New distribution initiative launched at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).

Ava DuVernay

Selma team reunite on Hurricane Katrina project

26-Jan-2015 | By

Ava DuVernay and her Selma star David Oyelowo have teamed up with Participant Media to develop a romantic mystery set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina.

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

Searchlight, Indian Paintbrush take world on Earl

26-Jan-2015 | By

An unusually busy first weekend of on-site deal-making in Park City continued into the week as Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush partnered on world rights to Me And Earl And The Dying Girl and The Orchard acquired The Overnight.


Archstone picks up Slamdance pic Body

26-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Brady Bowen said on Monday (January 26) the company had acquired international sales rights and will kick off business at the EFM next week.

The Overnight, Knock Knock shine in Park City

26-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE: The Orchard has taken North American rights to The Overnight as reports emerged that Lionsgate was closing on Chilewood psychosexual thriller Knock Knock.


Jafar Panahi issues statement on film-making ban

26-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Director issues statement on his reasons for defying filmmaking ban, ahead of Berlinale Taxi premiere.

Lee Yong-kwan

Busan director refuses request to step down

26-Jan-2015 | By

Busan Metropolitan City has asked Lee Yong-kwan to step down as festival director of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) ahead of its 20th edition.

Marco Mueller

Marco Mueller takes Beijing role

26-Jan-2015 | By

Former Rome Film Festival director Marco Mueller has been appointed chief consultant to the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) as the five-year-old festival strives to become a world-class event.

American Sniper

American Sniper shoots down Taken 3 in UK

26-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ awards contender posts $3.8m (£2.5m) second weekend to dethrone Taken 3; Universal’s Ex Machina leads openers with $1.7m (£1.1m) debut.


Memento sells Giannoli’s Marguerite worldwide

26-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based sales agent does good business at Unifrance Rendezvous.


Norfolk producer readies new projects

26-Jan-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Crybaby Pictures plans project with The Bureau, Steel Mill Pictures.

IFFR 2015 Short awards

Rivers, Russell, Benhaim win IFFR Short Tigers

26-Jan-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

UK wins two of three Canon Tiger Awards at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR); Serbia-Germany short submitted to EFAs.

Cameron Romero

Radar Pictures to produce Origins

26-Jan-2015 | By

Ted Field will produce writer-director Cameron Romero’s zombie origins story.

The Theory of Everything

SAG unveils 2015 winners

25-Jan-2015 | By

Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore earned top film acting honours at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (January 25).


Birdman scoops PGA honour

25-Jan-2015 | By

Birdman took a big stride towards the Oscar on Saturday night (January 23) as it upset Boyhood to claim best feature at the 26th annual Producers Guild Awards, capping another triumphant night for Fox Searchlight.

IFC Films boards The D Train

25-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE: The distributor has picked up US rights to Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel’s comedy starring Jack Black and James Marsden. At time of writing reports were circulating that SPC had taken the US and territories on The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.

Five Armies in $49.3m China debut

25-Jan-2015 | By

UPDATED JANUARY 26: New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies crossed $600m at the international box office as a record three-day non-holiday Chinese debut delivered a confirmed $49.3m.

Inception Film Partners boards Wildlike

25-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based sales, production and distribution company heads to the EFM in Berlin with international sales rights to the Alaskan adventure film.

IFFR Tiger

Rotterdam director talks festival future

25-Jan-2015 | By

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is expecting to record 280,000 cinema visits over the festival period, making it one of the biggest public film festivals in Europe.

American Sniper

American Sniper hits $200m in US

25-Jan-2015 | By

UPDATED JANUARY 26: Clint Eastwood’s box office phenomenon crossed the $200m threshold in its second wide weekend while Lionsgate’s Mortdecai and Disney’s Strange Magic both flopped.

Automatic heads to EFM with Goddess Of Love

25-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Automatic Entertainment will introduce Berlin buyers next month to a slate that includes the thriller Goddess Of Love.

Carlo Cresto-Dina

The Wonders producer boards UK film

25-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Producer of Cannes award-winner The Wonders takes on first UK production.

Merce Cunningham

Girard seeks Euro support for Cunningham

25-Jan-2015 | By

French producer Ilann Girard, boss of Arsam International and exec producer on March of the Penguins, has revealed further details of his new CineMart project Cunningham.

Paul Miller

Paul Miller launches firm in Netherlands

25-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Upcoming productions include Ahd Kamel’ s My Driver and I.

IFFR: Iranian film flourishing

25-Jan-2015 | By

Iranian writer-director Reza Mirkarimi’s Today, Iran’s Oscar submission, has been screening at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) this week.


Julia Roberts boards Batkid remake

24-Jan-2015 | By

SLAMDANCE: The A-lister is attached to remake rights to the January 24 Slamdance premiere Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World – A Dana Nachman Film in a deal being put together by Submarine’s new remake label Sub/Version.

The Bronze

Relativity, Stage 6 Films see gold in The Bronze

24-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE UPDATE: The distributor has closed a $3m-plus deal and will partner with Stage 6 Films on the acquisition of the dark comedy that has been an early hit in Park City. Meanwhile A24 closed on The Witch and Alchemy was nearing a US deal for Strangerland.

Vimeo, Indiegogo form distribution pact

24-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE: Hot on the heels of the event cinema fund launched by Tugg and New Balloon, Indiegogo and Vimeo have announced a distribution partnership. Separately, Vertical has acquired Dial A Prayer and Gravitas Ventures has picked up Any Day.

Jan-Wllem Van Ewijk

Van Ewijk develops US-set Sleep

24-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Dutch filmmaker Jan-Willem van Ewijk is developing a US-set feature, Sleep, following a father and his teenage daughter as they travel through from the Mid-West to California.


Heretic Outreach takes two to Rotterdam

24-Jan-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Heretic Outreach has boarded its first projects ahead of IFFR.


Rotterdam: Savage Film brings new projects

24-Jan-2015 | By

Savage Film presents new projects at Rotterdam; Oscar-nominated Flemish director Michaël R. Roskam’s Belgian-set feature The Faithful planning shoot.

Leo Hannewijk

Hannewijk takes Zeeland film commissioner role

24-Jan-2015 | By

Leo Hannewijk, festival director at Film by the Sea in Vlissingen, has taken up a new, additional role as film commissioner in Zeeland.


Dutch rebate driving up production

24-Jan-2015 | By

Speaking in Rotterdam, Netherlands Film Fund director Doreen Boonekamp has delivered an upbeat assessment of the state of the Dutch film industry.

German Angst

IFFR: Reel Suspects sells German Angst

24-Jan-2015 | By

Sales include Taiwan and Scandinavia.

IFFR Live launches today with Atlantic

24-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Pan-European cinema event will see five films premiere in Rotterdam and simultaneously across Europe; Distrify Media and Filmin will offer through VOD.

Imagix Tournai

Belgian festival cancelled over terror threat

23-Jan-2015 | By

Palme d’Or winners the Dardenne brothers issue statement following the cancellation of the Ramdan Film Festival over terrorist threats and the evacuation of a cinema.

Nawaf Alghanim

Al-Ghanim Entertainment sets sail

23-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE: Kuwaiti industrialist Nawaf Alghanim announced in Park City on Friday (January 23) the formation of his Los Angeles and Kuwaiti-based financing and production company.

Sundance round-up: Netflix, Duplass brothers in film pact

23-Jan-2015 | By

Netflix is understood to have struck a four-film deal with Mark and Jay Duplass, it has emerged in Park City.


Angel Grace to sell Scout at EFM

23-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Angel Grace Productions will commence international sales at the EFM on LA-based BrownBag Pictures and Decipher Entertainment drama starring Ellen Burstyn, Danny Glover and Jane Seymour.

Misery Loves Comedy

Tribeca Film buys Misery Loves Comedy

23-Jan-2015 | By

SUNDANCE: In another preemptive move that has kept the news flowing in the first two days in Park City, the distributor announced it has acquired North American rights to Kevin Pollak’s directorial debut.

The Weinstein Company promotes duo

23-Jan-2015 | By

Negeen Yazdi has been promoted to president of international production and Dan Guando to evp of acquisitions, production and development at The Weinstein Company.

Screen cover January 23 2015

Screen January 23 2015


Browse the digital version of Screen International here including interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Daldry; and special reports on the VFX of Interstellar, the Goteborg Film Festival and short films.

Fortissimo acquires Sergio Herman doc

23-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Culinary documentary to receive world premiere at Berlin next month.

Australia box office drops 2.3% in 2014

23-Jan-2015 | By

Australia’s gross box office revenue dropped by 2.28% in 2014 compared to 2013, about the same as the fall from 2012 to 2013.

Taken 3

Taken 3 eyes Australia, Brazil rule

22-Jan-2015 | By

Fox International’s Taken 3 stands at $105.1m and will look to surge past the $125m mark this weekend when it bursts into Australia and Brazil this weekend.

Sundance: Magnolia swoops on Results

22-Jan-2015 | By

Magnolia has swooped on world rights to the Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders comedy set to premiere in Park City on January 27. Meanwhile A24 was understood to be in advanced talks for US rights to The End Of The Tour.

Fábrica de Cine, SharpSword Films board Silence

22-Jan-2015 | By

Martin Scorsese’s prestige independent drama and passion project Silence is moving ahead with a January 30 production start in Taiwan as the latest financing element has entered the equation.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Distribution round-up: TWC sets Southpaw release

22-Jan-2015 | By

The Weinstein Company has set its release date for the Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama. In other news, DIRECTV Cinema is previewing Tracers, Samuel Goldwyn has acquired Somm: Into The Bottle and Vimeo has launched an on-demand publisher network.

Kino Lorber plots summer debut for A Hard Day

22-Jan-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired all North American rights to the hit South Korean thriller and Cannes 2014 Directors’ Fortnight selection and will release in theatres this summer.

Juliet Stevenson

Mongrel International takes Departure to EFM

22-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International has bulked up its Berlin sales slate, taking international rights on Andrew Steggall’s feature debut.

The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death

Woman in Black director criticises BBFC rating

22-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: British director Tom Harper has sharply criticised the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC) over its decision to give his Hammer horror sequel The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death a 15 certificate.

Greenaway talks new film Walking To Paris

22-Jan-2015 | By

British director will premiere Eisenstein in Guanajuato at the Berlinale next month.

War Book

War Book producer reveals development slate

22-Jan-2015 | By

Stray Bear Productions, producer of IFFR opening film War Book, has features lined-up including the story of a gay miner in 1980s Yorkshire.


Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund extending reach

22-Jan-2015 | By

HBF+Europe to support co-productions with emerging territories.

War Book

Rotterdam opens with talk of propaganda and feminism

22-Jan-2015 | By

Outgoing festival director Rutger Wolfson opens his final IFFR; War Book screened to packed theatre.

Evolution Of Verse

Annapurna Pictures launches VR unit

22-Jan-2015 | By

Megan Ellison is venturing into virtual reality and has formed the joint venture with artist Chris Milk, whose Evolution Of Verse premieres in Sundance this week.

Stienette Bosklopper

Stienette Bosklopper reveals screenwriting plans

22-Jan-2015 | By

Veteran Dutch producer Stienette Bosklopper, owner and MD of Circe Film, is turning screenwriter and has written two projects already in advanced development.

Simon West

Simon West’s The Blob heads to EFM

22-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Golcrest to launch sci-fi remake at EFM; UTA rep US.

DreamWorks Animation unveils restructure

22-Jan-2015 | By

The embattled studio is letting go of marketing chief Dawn Taubin, vice-chair Lew Coleman and COO Mark Zoradi as it plans to lay off approximately 500 people and cut the feature slate to two films a year.

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage to star in Army Of One

21-Jan-2015 | By

TWC-Dimension has picked up North American rights to Condé Nast Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment’s Osama Bin Laden satire.

The Stranger

IFC Midnight acquires The Stranger

21-Jan-2015 | By

The US rights deal for Guillermo Amoedo’s ‘Chilewood’ genre film Eli Roth Presents The Stranger follows the recent world premiere at Fantastic Fest.

Rosanne Korenberg

Rosanne Korenberg joins Miramax

21-Jan-2015 | By

The producer has joined Miramax on the eve of Sundance as svp of acquisitions and co-productions.

Pedro Almodovar

Writers Guild to honour Pedro Almodóvar

21-Jan-2015 | By

The Spanish maestro will receive the Writers Guild Of America, West’s Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement.

While We're Young

Baumbach's While We're Young to open Glasgow

21-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

11th edition of festival to close with UK premiere of Force Majeure, and will feature 33 UK premieres and a record 11 world premieres.

White God

White God among New Directors/New Films titles

21-Jan-2015 | By

The Museum Of Modern Art and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center have announced their initial selections ahead of the festival, set to run in New York from March 18-29.

American Cinema Editors

American Cinema Editors to honour trio

21-Jan-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The  American Cinema Editors (ACE) will honour Diane Adler and Jerry Greenberg as well as journalist Carolyn Giardina at the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards on January 30 in Los Angeles.

Strand Releasing acquires A Borrowed Identity

21-Jan-2015 | By

Eran Riklis’ drama formerly known as Dancing Arabs is based on Sayed Kashua’s adaptation of his novel of the same name and premiered in Locarno last year.

Caroline Kaplan

Caroline Kaplan joins Cinereach

21-Jan-2015 | By

Cinereach has hired independent film specialist and producer Caroline Kaplan as head of creative initiatives.

Nick McKay

StudioCanal exec to join Soda Pictures

21-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: StudioCanal executive Nick McKay to start in April.


EFM: Wide House picks up Misfits

21-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Berlinale title follows three gay teenagers as they come out in US Bible Belt.

Ariel Vromen

Fortitude International lines up Dive

21-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Ariel Vromen will direct the submarine thriller that Fortitude International is fully financing.

When East Meets West 2015

Docs dominate When East Meets West winners

21-Jan-2015 | By

Projects from Italy, Ireland, Hungary and Poland were the winners at this year’s edition of the When East Meets West (WEMW) co-production market.

Dimitra Tsingou

Protagonist appoints COO

21-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Dimitra Tsingou will report to CEO Mike Goodridge.

Cindy Bond

Cantinas launches distribution subsidiary

21-Jan-2015 | By

Cantinas Entertainment has acquired Mission Pictures to form Cantinas Distribution.

Film Finance Infographic clip

Infographic: 10 steps to getting a film made

21-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

How to avoid the pitfalls of film finance.

Kristian Brodie

Agile's Brodie sets up VERYFINE

21-Jan-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Kristian Brodie, one of the producers of BIFA-winning documentary Next Goal Wins, is departing Agile Films to become an independent producer under his own banner VERYFINE. 


Oscars 2015: Selma tops social media buzz

21-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Selma, Benedict Cumberbatch, The Lego Movie and ‘Dick Poop’ set social networks buzzing following this year’s Oscar nominations.

Jeffrey Katzenberg

DreamWorks Animation faces lay-offs

21-Jan-2015 | By

The studio is considering letting go of up to 400 employees according to reports.

The Interview

Sony: The Interview at $40m digital

20-Jan-2015 | By

The studio issued an unverifiable update on Tuesday (January 20) to say its controversial comedy had reached $40m via digital platforms and been viewed more than 5.8million times.

The Cobbler

Ascot Elite sets seven for German-speaking Europe

20-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Titles from Voltage, Hannibal, Highland Film Group among haul.


EFM: Mongrel International to sell Prince

20-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International will handle international sales in Berlin on 100% Halal and VICE Media Benelux’s Dutch Generation 14+ opening night selection.

Joel and Ethan Coen

Coen brothers to head Cannes jury

20-Jan-2015 | By

Palme d’Or winners Joel and Ethan Coen will serve as presidents of the jury for the 68th Festival de Cannes.

Danny Collins

Elevation, Bleecker Street in distribution pact

20-Jan-2015 | By

Elevation Pictures will distribute the Bleecker Street slate in Canada, the company heads announced on Tuesday (January 20).

Christina Thomas

BAFTA New York chief executive to step down

20-Jan-2015 | By

Christina Thomas will step down as chief executive of BAFTA New York on July 1 and the search for her replacement will begin in February.

Bill Sondheim

Cinedigm to release AIP remake package

20-Jan-2015 | By

Cinedigm has signed a 10-film deal with Lou Arkoff, Jeff Katz and Hal Sadoff to reinvent a series of American International Pictures (AIP) classics from the 1950s including The Brain Eaters and Girls In Prison.

John Malkovich

Televisa USA boosts US operations

20-Jan-2015 | By

The division of Mexican titan Grupo Televisa is ramping up English-language production and distribution and has appointed Chris Philip to lead its new global distribution and production unit.


Blumhouse International, Sierra/Affinity strike pact

20-Jan-2015 | By

Sierra/Affinity will kick off pre-sales in Berlin next month on Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut thriller as part of its exclusive deal to license and service Blumhouse International (BHI) films not distributed via Universal Pictures International.

Griffin Gmelich

Gravitas Ventures hires Griffin Gmelich

20-Jan-2015 | By

Gravitas Ventures has made changes to its team in the run-up to Sundance led by the hiring of Griffin Gmelich from hulu as svp of sales and business development.

Juana La Virgen

Latin Everywhere launches Pongalo

20-Jan-2015 | By

The Spanish-language digital rights holders of television and feature film content has launched the beta version of streaming portal and mobile app Pongalo.

Do You Believe?

Pure Flix sets Do You Believe? for US release

20-Jan-2015 | By

The company behind 2014’s top independent faith-based film God’s Not Dead has announced the release for its follow-up.

Patricio Valladares

WTFilms boards Patricio Valladares’ Downhill

20-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Paris-based company has come on as co-producer and international sales agent on the Chilean director’s low-budget survival thriller.

Mad As Hell

O-Scope to release Mad As Hell

20-Jan-2015 | By

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired rights to the Hot Docs Film Festival world premiere and upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival selection.

Frank Marshall

ACE to honour Frank Marshall

20-Jan-2015 | By

Frank Marshall will receive the American Cinema Editors’ ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker Of The Year Award in Los Angeles on January 30.

The Games Maker

CMG to sell The Games Maker

20-Jan-2015 | By

Edward Noeltner has come on board to handle international sales excluding Latin America to the children’s fantasy, set to receive its US premiere in Sundance next week.

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot headed for Rotterdam

20-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Russian punk rock protest group to preview latest film and take to the stage at IFFR.

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

Sundance Institute unveils NHK 2015 Award winner

20-Jan-2015 | By

Sundance Institute and Japan Broadcasting Corporation NHK have selected French actress and writer-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre as winner of the 2015 Sundance Institute/NHK Award.

Matthew McConaughey

STX secures Showtime window

20-Jan-2015 | By

Robert Simonds’ nascent studio has closed an exclusive, four-year premium television deal with Showtime starting this year as it moves ahead with its first four features.

Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich gay rights drama gets int’l deal

19-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Goldcrest nabs rights to Stonewall starring Jeremy Irvine ahead of EFM.

Every Thing Will Be Fine

Berlin 2015: complete competition line-up revealed

19-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

World premieres of Wim Wenders’ Every Thing Will Be Fine, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Elser (13 Minutes) and Pablo Larraín’s The Club added to programme.

Matthijs Wouter Knol

New EFM market director talks future plans; debutants revealed

19-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Companies from Panama, US, Middle East to debut at Berlin’s EFM; Matthijs Wouter Knol discusses his first six months as market director.


French films double int'l admissions in 2014

19-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Jump fuelled by Luc Besson’s English-language sci-fi thriller Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson

Taken 3

Taken 3 retains UK box office lead

19-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s threequel adds $5m (£3.3m) for $18.5m (£12.2m) after 11 days in play; Warner Bros’ American Sniper records Clint Eastwood’s best-ever opening with $3.8m (£2.5m).


Boyhood wins London Critics' Circle prize

19-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

London Critics’ Circle reveal top 10 films of 2014.

Ted Hope

Amazon Studios confirms film push

19-Jan-2015 | By

Ted Hope has been named head of production at Amazon Original Movies as the company behind Golden Globe winner Transparent plans to produce and acquire 12 original features a year.

 House With 100 Eyes

Jinga strikes North American deal for House With 100 Eyes

19-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Grim satire is directed by Jay Lee.

Taken 3

Taken 3 rules int’l BO on $31.6m

18-Jan-2015 | By

JANUARY 20 UPDATE: Taken 3 has surged to the cusp of $100m in two weeks as $31.6m from 58 markets elevated the tally to $99.5m after three sessions.

American Sniper

American Sniper hits bullseye in US on $107.2m

18-Jan-2015 | By

JANUARY 20 UPDATE: The Warner Bros war film expanded wide in its fourth session and vaulted 20 places to top of the charts in a record wide debut for a winter release and a handful of other records.

Screen January 19 2015

Screen January 19 2015


Browse the digital version of Screen International here including a focus on cinema bookers, Rotterdam and Sundance Film Festivals, and interviews with Birdman director Alejandro G Inarritu, Nightcrawler cinematographer Robert Elswit, The Grand Budapest Hotel production designer Adam Stockhausen and The Imitation Game composer Alexandre Desplat.

Indie int'l box office hits $1.2bn

16-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Films licensed internationally through the major US-based sales agencies generated an estimated $1.152bn last year.

Birdman The Grand Budapest Hotel

Theatrical push for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Birdman

16-Jan-2015 | By

Fox Searchlight is making hay while the sun shines and is pushing its two multiple Oscar nominees in US theatres.

Mike Mills

Annapurna to produce 20th Century Women

16-Jan-2015 | By

Mike Mills, who shot to fame with festival hits Beginners and Thumbsucker, will direct the nostalgic trip back to the 1970’s.

Testament Of Youth

SPC acquires Testament of Youth

16-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

First World War drama sold by Protagonist Pictures to North America, Latin America and Asia.

Frank, Sundance London

Sundance London 2015 cancelled

16-Jan-2015 | By , Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Sundance Institute puts UK edition on hold.

Benedict Cumberbatch Cumberbomb

Infographic: Golden Globes 2015

16-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Boyhood scored the most online mentions closely followed by the “Cumberbomb”.

Taken 3

Taken 3 tops social buzz chart

16-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Action thriller displays a particular set of skills to see off competition from awards contenders Into the Woods, Foxcatcher, American Sniper and Whiplash.

Nirpal Bhogal

Metrodome, Moli launch production fund

16-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Nirpal Bhogal thriller first film on slate.

Birdman The Grand Budapest Hotel

Oscars 2015: Best Film nominees

16-Jan-2015 | By Alex Flood

A closer look at the best picture nominees at the 87th Academy Awards including reactions, reviews and in-depth features.

Planet Earth

Film and TV "not doing enough" to combat climate change

16-Jan-2015 | By Alex Flood

One day’s shoot on flagship BBC nature doc Planet Earth can generate 28 tonnes of carbon.

Mitic, Mansky, Jashi projects join East Doc Platform

16-Jan-2015 | By

New documentaries by Boris Mitic, Vitaly Mansky and Salome Jashi are among the projects being pitched at this year’s East Doc Platform in Prague (March 2-8).

Ooops! Noah Is Gone…

Hot projects on Screenbase

16-Jan-2015 | By Maud Le Rest

New films on Screenbase this week include Jamie Adams’ Black Mountain Poets, Valérie Donzelli’s romance Marguerite and Julien, and Julie Delpy’s France-set romcom Lolo.

Birdman The Grand Budapest Hotel

Oscars 2015: Grand Budapest, Birdman lead charge

15-Jan-2015 | By

The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman joined Boyhood in the Oscar heavyweight contender category as the Fox Searchlight pair earned nine nods apiece in a nominations announcement that otherwise bristled with surprises.

Mr Turner poster

Oscars 2015: Timothy Spall, David Oyelowo among shutouts

15-Jan-2015 | By

The omission of Timothy Spall and David Oyelowo from the lead actor nominations were among a thunderous volley of upsets in Thursday’s (January 15) announcement by the Academy.


Oscars 2015: nominations in full


Full list of nominations for the 87th Academy Awards.

JJ Abrams Chris Pine Alfonso Cuaron

Oscars 2015: watch the nominations announcement

15-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Watch the Academy Awards nominations announcement here…

Boyhood named best picture at Critics’ Choice Award

15-Jan-2015 | By

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) bestowed further glory on IFC Films’ coming-of-age drama on the day of Oscar nominations as the film collected best picture, director, supporting actress and young actor honours.


Berlin 2015: Woman in Gold, Life to world premiere

15-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren, and Anton Corbijn’s Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, to world premiere at Berlinale.

Maggie Rodford

CEG subsidiary Air-Edel in buyout

15-Jan-2015 | By

Cutting Edge Group (CEG) subsidiary Air-Edel Associates Ltd has completed negotiations to split away via a management buyout.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel to begin Lion shoot

15-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Principal photography to begin in India this week.


Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl thriller Colonia wraps shoot

15-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Florian Gallenberger’s thriller is set during the Chilean military coup of 1973.

Jim Berk

Jim Berk takes UCLA TFT senior role

15-Jan-2015 | By

The Participant Media CEO has been appointed executive board chair of the UCLA School Of Theater, Film And Television (TFT).

Screen Media finds Shelter

15-Jan-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights to BiFrost Pictures and The Bridge Finance Company’s drama debut starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie that marks Paul Bettany’s feature directorial debut.

Going Clear

Content Media to sell Going Clear

15-Jan-2015 | By

Content Media has come on to handle international sales on Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief ahead of the Sundance world premiere on January 25.

The Forbidden Room

Berlin 2015: Maddin’s Forbidden Room to open Forum

15-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Experimental strand to open with Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room

The Theory of Everything

Oscars 2015: nominees reactions

15-Jan-2015 | By Elbert Wyche

Eddie Redmayne tells of ‘once in a lifetime’ experience and Benedict Cumberbatch is knocked for six while Emma Stone finds the whole occasion ‘surreal’. Hear what the nominees had to say.

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

Night At The Museum 3 bids to extend rule

15-Jan-2015 | By

Fox International’s Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb rules the international arena and has reached $160.7m as it prepares to enter South Korea.


Sundance Institute to honour Alejandro Iñárritu

14-Jan-2015 | By

The DGA nominee and director of Birdman will receive the Vanguard Leadership Award at the fifth annual Sundance Institute benefit on June 2 in Los Angeles.

Patrick Wachsberger

Rob Friedman, Patrick Wachsberger renew Lionsgate contracts

14-Jan-2015 | By

The co-chairs of Lionsgate’s motion picture group have signed long-term renewals on their contracts.

Jason Mantzoukas

Dirty Grandpa adds cast

14-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Adam Pally and Jason Mantzoukas have joined the cast of the raucous comedy that QED International is financing and selling outside the US, where Lionsgate will distribute.

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis to star in Wake

14-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Willis will star in John Pogue’s action thriller Wake for Benaroya Pictures, which International Film Trust will introduce to buyers at the EFM in Berlin next month.


CMG answers Operator call

14-Jan-2015 | By

Cinema Management Group (CMG) has acquired all international rights to the thriller starring Luke Goss and Mischa Barton and will commence talks at the EFM in Berlin next month.

When Marnie Was There

GKIDS takes When Marnie Was There

14-Jan-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights to the upcoming Studio Ghibli animation following their collaboration on The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya.

Barbra Streisand

ASC to honour Barbra Streisand

14-Jan-2015 | By

The entertainer will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 2015 Board Of Governors Award.

AP McCoy

BBC Films readies champion jockey doc

14-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: BBC Films, IFB in production on documentary about champion jockey AP McCoy.

Queen of the Desert behind the scenes

Berlin 2015: Herzog's Queen of the Desert joins competition

14-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Queen of the Desert, starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson, added to Berlinale competition line-up; Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as an aged Sherlock, to play out of competition.

Wild Bunch unveils French slate

14-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Sales company unveils new films by Donzelli, Sfar, Odoul and Garrel at Paris Rendez-vous.

Heaven Knows What

Nathan Fischer unleashes Stray Dogs

14-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Paris-based sales agent launches new company. First films include Heaven Knows What.


Tribeca plans downtown creative hub

14-Jan-2015 | By

Festival top brass said on Tuesday (January 13) they will dedicate a 150,000 sq ft space at Spring Studios to all visitors to share and celebrate storytelling.

Coffin Princess

Japanese anime distributor launches in UK

14-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Animatsu inks sales and marketing partnership with Manga Entertainment.

Ode To My Father

Ode To My Father tops 10m in S Korea

14-Jan-2015 | By

In South Korea, CJ Entertainment’s Ode To My Father has topped the country’s landmark 10 million admissions, taking in $72m according to the Korean Film Council’s ticketing database.

Michael Foster

Michael Foster readies MP battle

14-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Former agent draws on media career in push to become Labour MP; calls for Cornwall production hub.

Boyhood Richard Linklater Ethan Hawke

Richard Linklater in first DGA nod

13-Jan-2015 | By

The front-runner and director of Boyhood earned his first Directors Guild Of America’s (DGA) nomination on Tuesday (January 13).

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians Of The Galaxy among VES nominees

13-Jan-2015 | By

The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced on Tuesday (January 13) its nominees for the 13th Annual VES Awards, set to take place on February 4 in Los Angeles.

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

Alchemy acquires Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

13-Jan-2015 | By

The crime thriller is the first acquisition to be announced by the company formerly known as Millennium Entertainment.

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2

Critics' Week Berlin to be launched

13-Jan-2015 | By

Citizenfour, The Cut and Quatsch to screen at Berlinale; Critics’ Week Berlin to be launched

The Diabolical

XLrator Media acquires The Diabolical

13-Jan-2015 | By

The supernatural thriller starring Ali Larter marks the first to hail from Campfire, the production company founded by Content Media and Ross M Dinerstein.

Tiger Orange

Wolfe pounces on Boy Meets Girl, Tiger Orange

13-Jan-2015 | By

Wolfe Releasing, celebrating its 30th anniversary year, has acquired world rights to two coming-of-age films.

Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander: “I fought hard for this role”

13-Jan-2015 | By Alex Flood

Testament of Youth star says strong female roles are “rare” today.

Jon Favreau

Disney pushes The Jungle Book to 2016

13-Jan-2015 | By

The studio has moved Jon Favreau’s upcoming version of the family favourite from October 9 to next year.


Cinema Audio Society unveils nominees

13-Jan-2015 | By

The group has announced nominees in six categories for the 51st Annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2014 and the CAS Technical Achievement Award Nominations.

Black Mountain Poets

Jamie Adams readies Black Mountain Poets

13-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Benny & Jolene director completes Modern Romance Trilogy with Downton Abbey’s Tom Cullen, Alice Lowe and Dolly Wells.

Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laatio

Screen Best Pitch winners talk Impaled Rektum

13-Jan-2015 | By

The Screen International  Best Pitch Award at Tallinn’s Baltic Event last December went to Finnish producers Kaarle Aho and Kai Nordberg of Making Movies Oy who were pitching  Impaled Rektum with the feature debutants Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laatio [pictured].

Francesco Rosi

Berlinale to host Francesco Rosi tribute

13-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Italian director and screenwriter died on Saturday.

Fungus the Bogeyman

Imaginarium to produce Fungus the Bogeyman

13-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Andy Serkis’ performance capture studio to produce with Double Negative for Sky.


Berlinale unveils shorts line-up

13-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Includes short films from Nadav Lapid, Amit Dutta and Jennifer Reeder.


UTV fuels Disney local BO in 2014

13-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Disney’s local language films grossed a combined $236m in 2014.

Cartoonists Foot Soldiers of Democracy

Unifrance Rendez-vous in Paris goes ahead as planned

13-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Annual event set to showcase 90 French productions, 48 of them market premieres.

Simon Perry

Simon Perry joins Sweden's Film i Vast

13-Jan-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

UK veteran producer Simon Perry has been appointed head of production at Swedish regional film centre Film i Väst in Trollhättan, aka Sweden’s Trollywood.

Woody Allen to make first TV series for Amazon

13-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Amazon Studios signs Woody Allen to create his first television series.

Children Of The Night

Jinga boards Children Of The Night

13-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

UK sales outfit to bring horror title to Berlin

Harold van Lier

Harold van Lier to leave eOne

12-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Entertainment One Films International president Harold van Lier is to leave the company as it looks to focus sales attention on in-house productions.

Visit Films brings quartet to Sundance

12-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Visit Films has filled out its Sundance sales slate, adding international rights to People, Places, Things and The Strongest Man as well as world rights excluding Australia and New Zealand to Sam Klemke’s Time Machine.

Shana Eddy-Grouf

StudioCanal hires LA-based Shana Eddy-Grouf

12-Jan-2015 | By

Shana Eddy-Grouf has been appointed svp of international production and development based in Los Angeles as the company deepens its commitment to global production and development.


Globes joy for Boyhood, Budapest

12-Jan-2015 | By

Boyhood flew the flag on a strong night for independent cinema as IFC Films’ coming-of-age tale prevailed in the motion picture drama, director and supporting actress categories at the 72nd Golden Globes awards in Beverly Hills on Sunday night (January 11).

Tales Of Halloween

Epic Pictures readies Tales Of Halloween

12-Jan-2015 | By

Epic Pictures Group has rounded out the cast of directors and actors on its upcoming horror anthology.


Beta to sell Sundance title Umrika

12-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Indian drama stars Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma and The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Tony Revolori.

Ooops! Noah Is Gone…

Global's Ooops! Noah Is Gone... sells worldwide

12-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

eOne among those to acquire rights to 3D animated family feature.


S Korea's NEW launches int'l sales arm

12-Jan-2015 | By

Major South Korean investor/distributor Next Entertainment World (NEW) has launched its own international sales division through subsidiary Contents Panda.

Wong Kar Wai

Alibaba Pictures unveils Wong Kar Wai project

12-Jan-2015 | By

Leading Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai will produce the first project to be greenlit by China’s Alibaba Pictures, a drama entitled Bai Du Ren (Ferryman).


Lumière Awards nominations unveiled

12-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Two Days, One Night, Mommy and Fevers nominated in French-language foreign film category.

Taken 3

Taken 3 tops UK chart

12-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s threequel opens to excellent $10.2m (£6.7m), including previews, to dethrone The Theory of Everything; Disney’s Into the Woods hits $3.75m (£2.48m) note on UK bow.

Jang Jin

Rotterdam Signals tribute to Jang Jin

12-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) unveils Signals line-up including a tribute to Korean director Jang Jin and a focus on artist Bruce McClure.

European Film Awards (EFAs)

EFA elects six to board

12-Jan-2015 | By Alex Flood

Six women have been elected onto the board of the European Film Academy (EFA).


Cineworld to launch first UK 4DX cinema

12-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Cinematic experience “stimulates all five senses”.

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

Museum 3 rules international on $45.9m

11-Jan-2015 | By

JANUARY 11 UPDATE: Fresh from its record-setting $5.5bn global box office haul, Fox continued to demonstrate its international potency as Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb ruled the roost, Penguins Of Madagascar crossed $200m and Taken 3 scored a $10.5m number one UK debut.

Taken 3

Taken 3 storms US on $40.4m

11-Jan-2015 | By

Liam Neeson returned to the top of the North American box office thanks to an estimated $40.4m debut in 3,594 sites via Fox, while Selma expanded wide through Paramount and soared 22 places to number two on a $11.2m weekend haul.


Leviathan triumphs at Palm Springs

11-Jan-2015 | By

JANUARY 11 UPDATE: Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Oscar shortlisted Russian film and Golden Globe nominee earned the FIPRESECI Prize while Eastern European cinema dominated the 26th Palm Springs International Film Festival’s juried awards.

Searchlight takes Mistress America

10-Jan-2015 | By

The studio has taken Noah Baumbach’s imminent Sundance world premiere off the table, swooping on world rights to the comedy starring Greta Gerwig and newcomer Lola Kirke.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

BAFTAs 2015: Grand Budapest Hotel leads with 11 nominations

9-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Ten nominations for Birdman and The Theory of Everything; nine for The Imitation Game.

BAFTAs 2015: Selma, Unbroken among shutouts

9-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

David Oyelowo, Timothy Spall among shock actor snubs.

Benedict Cumberbatch Felicity Jones Eddie Redmayne

BAFTAs 2015: Screen Stars of Tomorrow nominated

9-Jan-2015 | By Fionnuala Halligan

This year’s BAFTA nomination list is studded with former Screen International Stars of Tomorrow – in particular the acting sections, with two Best Actor contenders in Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne.

Roy Gower

Ex-Cineworld exec joins Everyman

9-Jan-2015 | By

Veteran cinema programmer Roy Gower is to take over as head of film at Everyman Cinemas.

Nobody Wants the Night

Isabel Coixet's Nobody Wants the Night to open Berlinale 2015

9-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Juliette Binoche stars in the Arctic adventure.


BAFTAs 2015: nominations in full


Full list of nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards.

The Theory of Everything

BAFTAs 2015: Theory of Everything producer “surprised but thrilled”

9-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman, Michael Rosser

Reactions roll in following this year’s BAFTA nominations.

Such Good People

Breaking Glass picks up four

9-Jan-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired a quartet of titles including re-release of S&M fetish film The Pet and screwball comedy Such Good People.


BAFTAs 2015: Fox leads distributors

9-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Leading contenders The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman catapulted Twentieth Century Fox to the top.


Birdman leads Women Film Journalists nominees

9-Jan-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the nominees for its eighth-annual EDA Awards.


Alchemy hires Jim Jenkins

9-Jan-2015 | By

The executive has joined the rebranded company as svp of business development and mergers & acquisitions.

The Theory Of Everything

Theory of Everything tops social buzz chart

9-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The Stephen Hawking biopic is closely tailed by Birdman.

Dieter Kosslick

Berlin, Eurimages to award co-pro prize

9-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Berlinale Co-Production Market and European cinema support fund strengthen partnership with a development award worth $24,000.

BAFTAs masks

BAFTAs 2015: watch the nominations announcement

9-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Watch the nominations announcement for the EE British Academy Film Awards here…

Valerie Trierweiler

Hot projects on Screenbase

9-Jan-2015 | By Maud Le Rest

New films on Screenbase this week include a film about Valérie Trierweiler and a Hungarian drama set to star Michael Nyqvist.


Yosemite to close Slamdance

8-Jan-2015 | By

The world premiere of James Franco collaboration Yosemite directed by Gabrielle Demeestere will close the Park City festival on January 29.

russell brand

Russell Brand doc to open SXSW

8-Jan-2015 | By

The world premiere of Ondi Timoner’s Brand: A Second Coming will open the festival in Austin, Texas, on March 13.

The Humbling

Millennium rebrands as Alchemy

8-Jan-2015 | By

Bill Lee announced the long-awaited change of company name on Thursday (January 8), five months after the CEO and Virgo Investment Group led a management buyout that acquired the catalogue and distribution apparatus.

Taken 3

Taken 3 arrives in 30 markets

8-Jan-2015 | By

Fox International’s Taken 3 arrives in around 30 markets including the UK, Australia, Japan and Taiwan this weekend in a big early step for the international thriller.

Robert Redford

Sundance unveils Art Of Film panels

8-Jan-2015 | By

Robert Redford and George Lucas will take part in an inaugural roster of panel discussions called the Art of Film Weekend at the Sundance Film Festival.

In Bloom

Birds Eye View announce film festival closure

8-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Showcase of new work by international women filmmakers to end after 10 years due to financial pressures.


SBIFF finalises complete line-up

8-Jan-2015 | By

The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will showcase 23 world premieres and 53 US premieres in its selections from 54 countries.

The Purge: Anarchy

The Purge 3 set for July 2016

8-Jan-2015 | By

The studio has scheduled the third instalment of its $200m-plus global horror franchise.


TFI to offer grant for interactive storytellers

8-Jan-2015 | By

Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has expanded its Tribeca All Access (TAA) programme to include grants and resources for “interactive storytellers statistically underrepresented in the media maker community.”

Mr Kaplan

Mr Kaplan to open 2015 MJFF

8-Jan-2015 | By

The Florida premiere of Uruguayan black comedy Mr Kaplan will kick off the Miami Jewish Film Festival, set to run from January 15-29.

 Into The Woods

Make-Up And Hair Stylists Guild unveils nominees

8-Jan-2015 | By

The Make-Up Artists And Hair Stylists Guild unveiled nominations in 19 categories on Thursday (January 8).

Charlie Hebdo

French, US guilds condemn Charlie Hebdo massacre

8-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Two suspects on the run after French magazine massacre leaves 12 dead.

Key House Mirror

Michael Noer drama to open Goteborg

8-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Naomi Kawase, Michael R Roskam, Noomi Rapace among attendees. 


Gentlemen leads Sweden’s Guldbagge nominations

8-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Mikael Marcimain drama leads pack; Ruben Ostlund, Roy Andersson films follow.

On Angel Wings

Animation training scheme aims to boost diversity

8-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Scheme offers first roles for black, Asian and minority ethnic talent


Berlin's EFM strengthens China ties

8-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Startups focus and China collaboration among Berlin market initiatives.

Marten Rabarts

Rabarts to replace Landsberger at EYE

8-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Dutch film promotion outfit appoints successor to veteran Claudia Landsberger.


Sixteen distribution plans revealed

8-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Seize Films outline theatrical distribution plans for urban thriller.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians Of The Galaxy earns WGA nod

7-Jan-2015 | By

James Gunn’s Marvel adaptation is the surprise inclusion in the screenwriting race, while the Writers Guild’s uber-strict eligibility rules exclude The Theory Of Everything, Selma and Birdman. Unbroken fails to make the cut.


Birdman, Mr. Turner among ASC nominees

7-Jan-2015 | By

The American Society Of Cinematographers (ASC) has unveiled the five motion picture nominees for the 29th Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony set for February 15 in Los Angeles.

Paul Gardner

Cinedigm appoints Paul Gardner to Canada role

7-Jan-2015 | By

Paul Gardner has transitioned from a consulting role to the new position of managing director Canada.

WB local titles gross $319m in 2014

7-Jan-2015 | By

UPDATED JANUARY 7: The Japanese duo Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: Legend Ends combined for $95m as local language releases in 2014 contributed to Warner Bros’ $3.17bn overall international gross.


David Cross comedy heads to BitTorrent

7-Jan-2015 | By

Honora Production’s Hits, the David Cross dark comedy that premiered in Sundance one year ago, will be released via BitTorrent Bundle.

Second Coming

Idris Elba film up for Rotterdam award

7-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

IFFR reveals Big Screen Awards nominees and the complete line-up for its Bright Future and Spectrum strands, including world premieres from the US, China and the Netherlands.

The Interview

The Interview sets UK release date

7-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Controversial comedy The Interview is to be released in UK and Ireland cinemas from February 6, Sony Pictures confirms.

Bafta Rising Stars 2015

O’Connell, Mbatha-Raw among Bafta Rising Stars

7-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Nominees announced for accolade voted on by the public.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Mockingjay secures China date

7-Jan-2015 | By

Lionsgate top brass said on Tuesday (January 6) that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will open in China in 3D on February 8.

Euro flag

EP calls for balanced funding for Euro cinema

7-Jan-2015 | By

The European Parliament has called for more balanced funding for European cinema in order to reach wider audiences within Europe and beyond.

David Ellison

Skydance deepens ties with Terminator Genisys writers

7-Jan-2015 | By

David Ellison’s Skydance Productions has signed writing and producing team Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to a first-look and consulting deal.

Screen cover January 7 2015

Screen January 7 2015


Browse the digital version of Screen International here including interviews with Jessica Chastain, Felicity Jones, Julianne Moore, JK Simmons and David Oyelowo…

Denmark, Finland, Norway reveal 2014 top 10s

7-Jan-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Top local cinema performances last year in Denmark, Finland and Norway.

Julie Parmenter

Malone, Parmenter join UK Screen Board

7-Jan-2015 | By Alex Flood

Goldcrest and Molinare execs elected to the board of screen industries body.

Annapurna, VICE partner on The Bad Batch

6-Jan-2015 | By

Annapurna Pictures and VICE unite for their first joint production that Ana Lily Amirpour will direct as her follow-up to Sundance 2014’s A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.

IMAX to screen Game Of Thrones

6-Jan-2015 | By

The large screen exhibitor has unveiled its latest innovative content grab in a deal with HBO as it continues to explore alternative programming opportunities.

Teddy Schwarzman

Black Bear hires Dan Steinman

6-Jan-2015 | By

The former CAA agent is named co-president and COO of the financier-producer as founder Teddy Schwarzman prepares to move to LA to launch the West Coast hub.

Jim Mickle

Jim Mickle to direct Esperanza

6-Jan-2015 | By

The director of Cold In July and We Are What We Are has graduated to the studio world and will helm Legendary’s wildfire action film.

Uni moves Bourne to late July 2016

6-Jan-2015 | By

The studio has announced the new release date for its upcoming Jason Bourne film reuniting Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass.

The Interview

The Interview climbs to $31m online

6-Jan-2015 | By

Sony Pictures Entertainment said on Tuesday (January 6) that more than 4.3m people have rented or purchased the controversial comedy online and via cable, satellite or telcom providers from December 24-January 4.

Piers Handling

TIFF earns first Academy Legacy Award

6-Jan-2015 | By

In its 40th anniversary year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will receive the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television honour.

Geena Davis

Geena Davis, ARC launch Bentonville Film Festival

6-Jan-2015 | By

Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment have launched the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) to champion women and diversity in film.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Fox leads UK market in 2014

6-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Top 10 distributors, films and British films of 2014 revealed.


Rotterdam reveals Tiger competition line-up

6-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Hivos Tiger Awards Competition includes films from Latin America, Thailand, the UK and US.

White God

Metrodome reshuffles pack

6-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: New head of home entertainment among changes at UK distributor.

Li Ruigang

Li Ruigang quits Shanghai Media Group

6-Jan-2015 | By

Li Ruigang has quit his post as group president of China’s second-largest media conglomerate, Shanghai Media Group (SMG), but will stay on as chairman.

The Taking Of Tiger Mountain

Tiger Mountain retains China box office lead

6-Jan-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain stayed on top of the China box office in its second week, grossing $58.23m - more than its opening week haul of $51.72m.


PK breaks India box office records

6-Jan-2015 | By

UTV Motion Pictures’ PK, starring Aamir Khan and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, has become the Hindi film industry’s highest-grossing film ever in India with a take of $48m (Rs3.05bn), according to industry estimates.

Mark Gordon

eOne acquires Mark Gordon for $133m

6-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Deal for 51% of the Mark Gordon Company is worth $132.6m.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Fox soars to $5.5bn 2014 BO

5-Jan-2015 | By

Twentieth Century Fox broke industry global and international box office records in 2014 as co-heads of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus announced combined grosses of more than $5.5bn and $3.73bn, respectively.


Sony chief addresses The Interview at CES

5-Jan-2015 | By

Sony Corp president and CEO Kazuo Hirai stressed the importance of free speech during comments at CES on Monday (January 5) about the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures and the blighted release of The Interview.

Harry Sloan, Jeff Sagansky

Silver Eagle enters Indian pay-TV

5-Jan-2015 | By

Harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky are dipping their toes into the Indian pay-TV market with a $300m-$375m investment in the sub-continent’s direct-to-home broadcaster Videocon d2h.

Heather Croall

Sheffield Doc/Fest director to step down

5-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Heather Croall to head Adelaide Fringe Festival after nine years at Sheffield.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

ADG unveils 2014 nominees

5-Jan-2015 | By

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Birdman, Gone Girl, Nightcrawler, The Theory Of Everything among Art Directors Guild nominees.

SPRI delivers $1.2bn 2014 BO

5-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Films released through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) generated $1.235bn for the calendar year according to studio sources.

War Book

War Book, A Most Violent Year to bookend IFFR

5-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) to screen new features from Tom Harper and JC Chandor.

David Oyelowo in Selma

PGA snubs Selma, Unbroken

5-Jan-2015 | By

The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) announced on Monday (January 5) its motion picture and long-form television nominees for the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards - but there is no place at the table for Selma or Unbroken.

Valerie Trierweiler

Valerie Trierweiler’s presidential exposé to hit big screen

5-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Memoir by French President Hollande’s former partner has sold more than 730,000 copies in France and been published across Europe and in the US. 

Dominic Sherwood

Partners launch MiNDS i CiNEMA

5-Jan-2015 | By

Film-maker Rick Bieber and Ken Clark’s new production company kicks off with demonic love story The Other. Highland Film Group handles international sales and Gersh Agency represents US rights.


UPI generates $1.43bn in 2014


EXCLUSIVE: Ticket sales for local language films amounting to at least a quarter of a billion dollars propelled Universal Pictures International’s (UPI) calendar year to $1.43bn.

The Theory of Everything

Theory of Everything debuts top of UK chart

5-Jan-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s biopic posts chart-topping $5.7m (£3.74m) bow, including previews; Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing leads Fri-Sun chart; StudioCanal’s Paddington crosses £30m.

China box office rises 36% in 2014

5-Jan-2015 | By

Titles including Transformers and Breakup Buddies take box office total to $4.8bn.

Serial (Bad) Weddings

French cinema admissions rise 7.7%

5-Jan-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Serial (Bad) Weddings, Lucy and Superchondriaque lead best year for local productions in 30 years.

Tanel Toom

Oscar-nominated director in East Meets West line-up

5-Jan-2015 | By

Oscar-nominated UK director Tanel Toom and Estonian documentary maker Jaak Kilmi are among 22 film-makers with film projects in the fifth edition of the When East Meets West (WEMW) co-production forum (Jan 18-20).

The Imitation Game

Imitation Game wins best film in Capri

5-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Italian Film of the Year goes to Marco Martone’s Leopardi.

Curzon Soho

Support grows for ‘under threat’ Curzon Soho

5-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The London venue may be demolished to make way for a Crossrail ticket hall.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Five Armies crosses $500m int'l

4-Jan-2015 | By

UPDATED JANUARY 5: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies brought in a confirmed $52.5m over the weekend from 65 markets to reach $504.7m.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit rules US over New Year on $22m

4-Jan-2015 | By

UPDATED JANUARY 5: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies maintained its hold over the North American box office into the first session of 2015, falling 47% in its third weekend on a confirmed $21.7m through Warner Bros for $220.6m.

DreamWorks Animation names leadership pair

4-Jan-2015 | By

Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria have been named co-presidents of feature animation at the studio, replacing chief creative officer Bill Damaschke.

Godard scoops NSFC best film

3-Jan-2015 | By

The National Society Of Film Critics has voted Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye To Language best picture of the year 2014.


Warners hits $3bn int'l in 2014

3-Jan-2015 | By

Powered by the might of Interstellar and the ongoing heroics of the Hobbit finale, Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) achieved a company record $3.17bn in 2014 to become the first studio to cross the $3bn threshold twice.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Paramount hits $2.82bn in 2014

3-Jan-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The global haul incorporates $1.764bn from Paramount Pictures International in 2014 as the overall result climbed 34.6% on 2013.


Six dramas in race for Eddie

2-Jan-2015 | By

For the second time in the history of the American Cinema Editors (ACE) a tie has resulted in an additional nominee in a category, resulting in six nominations for dramatic feature in the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards.

American Sniper

American Sniper scores Italian record

2-Jan-2015 | By

Clint Eastwood recorded the biggest opening day of his career in Italy as the war film launched through Warner Bros Pictures International on $1.6m (€1.34m) from 425 screens.

SBIFF Montecito Award to Jennifer Aniston

2-Jan-2015 | By

Top brass at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present the Montecito Award to Jennifer Aniston on January 30.

Bonded By Blood

Bonded by Blood sequel readies

2-Jan-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Crime drama from Richwater Films to shoot this month.

Kajaki: The True Story

Cineworld takes landmine drama Kajaki

2-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Battlefield drama extends to Cineworld chain including a special screening in Aldershot, “home” of the British Army.

Iron Sky: The Coming Race

Iron Sky 2 raises $500k from crowdfunding

2-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Nearly $150k raised by offering roles in the feature.

Greetings To The Ancestors

IFFR reveals shorts line-up, jury

2-Jan-2015 | By Michael Rosser

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has completed the selection for its tenth Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films.

The Interview

US imposes North Korea sanctions

2-Jan-2015 | By

UPDATED JANUARY 4: President Barack Obama, already a significant player in the Sony hack debacle, has imposed economic sanctions on North Korea in light of the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures in a move that drew a stern denunciation from Pyongyang.

Lionsgate grosses $1.73bn in 2014

1-Jan-2015 | By

Lionsgate releases delivered more than $1.726bn worldwide in 2014, fuelled by a $1.032bn international tally that included $363m from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

Kristin Scott Thomas

Kristin Scott Thomas on New Years Honours list

31-Dec-2014 | By

The British establishment has unveiled its annual year-end honours, lavishing recognition on a host of talent from the entertainment firmament.

Imitation Game in NBFF honour


The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) and The Weinstein Company have announced the drama will receive the best picture and outstanding ensemble cast awards in April.

The Interview

Sony expands The Interview

31-Dec-2014 | By

Buoyed by the opening weekend release in 331 independent theatres and in particular the $15m online launch, the studio is expanding the US release of its controversial comedy.

The Taking Of Tiger Mountain

Tiger Mountain $52m China debut

30-Dec-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain topped the China box office with a robust $51.72m in its opening six days, while Gu Changwei’s Love On The Cloud opened in second place with $23.17m over five days.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Disney grosses $4.45bn in 2014

30-Dec-2014 | By

UPDATED JANUARY 2: Global ticket sales for The Walt Disney Studios films generated $4.448bn in 2014, of which $2.83bn came from international and the $1.61bn balance from North America.

Hobbit finale crosses $400m int'l

28-Dec-2014 | By

UPDATED DECEMBER 29: New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit:  The Battle Of The Five Armies will see out 2014 as the dominant film as the worldwide tally climbed to $573.6m.

The Interview

The Interview takes $15m online

28-Dec-2014 | By

UPDATED DECEMBER 29: New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies stayed top in its second session over the December holiday weekend to reach $168m through Warner Bros, while Sony Picture’s The Interview grossed $2.8m from 331 sites in a day-and-date digital launch that drew 2million rentals and downloads.

The Interview

Sony pushes The Interview online

24-Dec-2014 | By

In a development that looks set to exacerbate simmering unrest between Sony Pictures and the major exhibitors, the studio has moved ahead with an online platform release for the controversial comedy.

The Interview

The Interview in limited US debut

24-Dec-2014 | By

UPDATED DECEMBER 24: Approximately 300 independent theatres across the US will screen the controversial comedy on December 25 after Sony Pictures initially pulled the release in response to last week’s refusal by the five major exhibitors to screen it.


Goteborg sets Norway focus

24-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Tony Grisoni added to lineup at TV seminar.

Wild Canaries

Sundance Selects takes Wild Canaries

23-Dec-2014 | By

The distributor has picked up North American rights from Cinetic Media to Lawrence Michael Levine’s screwball murder mystery.

Rutger Wolfson

Wolfson to depart Rotterdam after 2015 festival

23-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

International Film Festival Rotterdam festival director Rutger Wolfson has decided to step down from his post after eight years.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Fox reports record year for digital sales

23-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

UK sales of digital movies rise 280% for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Roaring Currents

South Korean films top 100 million admissions

23-Dec-2014 | By

Local films in South Korea have topped 100 million admissions for the third consecutive year.

Gone With The Bullets

Bullets has strong opening in China

23-Dec-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jiang Wen’s highly-anticipated satire Gone With The Bullets did not disappoint on its opening weekend in China, grossing $54.29m in its first four days.

Kieran Breen

Kieran Breen named BAFTA LA chair

23-Dec-2014 | By

The recently promoted president of international theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox will assume the role of chairman of the board of directors.

Jim Gianopulos

Jim Gianopulos to receive CinemaCon Pioneer honour

23-Dec-2014 | By

The chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox will be named 2015 Pioneer Of The Year at the Las Vegas convention on April 22.

Aisling Franciosi and Sam Keeley

Screen’s top 10 features of 2014

23-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Screen International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow and behind the scenes looks at Under the Skin and 12 Years a Slave proved popular with readers.

Paura sisters assume marketing reins at Alcon

22-Dec-2014 | By

Angela and Catherine Paura have joined Alcon Entertainment as co-presidents of worldwide marketing.

Kubo And The Two Strings

Laika, Focus plot Kubo

22-Dec-2014 | By

The studios have announced their fourth collaboration Kubo And The Two Strings, featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara and Ralph Fiennes.

Justin Lin

Justin Lin boards Star Trek 3

22-Dec-2014 | By

The director of four entries in the Fast And Furious franchise will take the reins on the third episode in the sci-fi series and replaces Roberto Orci.

Demetri Makoulis

Demetri Makoulis rises at Film Movement

22-Dec-2014 | By

The executive joined in January 2014 and has been promoted to director of sales as longtime vice-president Meghan Wurtz departs to pursue other opportunities.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey set for Berlinale

22-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Adaptation of erotic bestseller to receive international premiere in Berlin.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit retains UK lead

22-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing hits £20m as it retains top spot; StudioCanal’s Paddington holds off newcomers to stay in second with $3.9m (£2.5m).

The Interview

Sony seeks The Interview online partner

22-Dec-2014 | By

As North Korea stepped up its rhetoric and claimed the US government was behind The Interview, a Sony attorney said on Sunday (December 21) that the studio will distribute the film in some format.

Nyqvist joins Kenyeres' Hier

22-Dec-2014 | By

Swedish star takes the lead in debut feature from Hungarian auteur Balint Kenyeres.

Alex van Warmerdam

Screen Flanders invests $1.9m in eight projects

22-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Titles include Schneider vs. Bax from Borgman director Alex van Warmerdam.

Wanda Movie Park

Wanda unveils Wuhan theme park

22-Dec-2014 | By

China’s Dalian Wanda group held a launch ceremony at the weekend for its latest entertainment projects, Wanda Movie Park and Han Show Theatre, in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Les Arcs piracy roundtable

Les Arcs panel tackles piracy

22-Dec-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Copyright infringement and piracy protection was a point of focus at this year’s Les Arcs Film Festival.

The Great Dictator

Secret Cinema screens Great Dictator in Sony protest

22-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Event cinema specialists stage one-off screening in five cities after Sony cancels release of The Interview.

The Fool

The Fool takes top prize in Les Arcs

21-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Other winners include Labyrinth of Lies, These Are The Rules, Underdog, Hyena, Frank.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Five Armies rules int'l on $109m

21-Dec-2014 | By

DECEMBER 22 UPDATE: New Line-MGM’s Middle Earth epic plundered a confirmed $109m to dominate its second session with ease.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit finale storms to $90m in US

21-Dec-2014 | By

New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies dominated the North American box office, grossing an estimated $56.2m from Friday-Sunday that climbed to $91M over five days.

The Lobster

Les Arcs celebrates diverse crop of Ireland films

21-Dec-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

The Lobster [pictured] is presented as case study in co-production market.

The Interview

North Korea proposes joint hacker probe with US

20-Dec-2014 | By

Pyongyang has denied FBI claims that North Korea was behind the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyber attacks and called for a joint inquiry with the US into the matter.

Kieran Breen

Kieran Breen earns Fox Int’l marketing stripes

19-Dec-2014 | By

Kieran Breen has been promoted to president of international theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox, reporting to co-presidents of worldwide theatrical marketing Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus.

Oscar foreign language shortlist unveiled

19-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

AMPAS has announced the nine features on the shortlist for the Foreign Language Film Academy Award.  A record 83 films had been submitted.

The Interview

Sony backpedals on The Interview

19-Dec-2014 | By

Sony top brass have gone on the offensive in light of their vilified decision to cancel the release of The Interview, placing the onus on exhibition partners, hinting at a future release and engaging in a spat with US President Barack Obama.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Five Armies breaches $160m


New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battles Of The Five Armies remains the one to beat on $162.7m through Warner Bros Pictures International heading into its second weekend.

The Great Beauty

Creative Europe distribution grants revealed

19-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Constantin, Golem, Lucky Red receive biggest grants in 2014; Curzon and Distrify benefit from Online Scheme grants.


Major markets miss out on Creative Europe development grants

19-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Only one of 37 UK single project drama applications gets support in latest round.

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke talks Linklater, River Phoenix and Sony

19-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Actor and writer discusses career (and Sony hack) at BAFTA retrospective.

Secret Cinema: Back to the Future

Secret Cinema launches 'censorship' screening

19-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Event cinema company launches screening after The Interview is pulled.

One Night in Oslo

Polish sales outfit spends One Night in Oslo

19-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

New Europe Film Sales nabs Norwegian youth film.


Berlinale Classics revealed

19-Dec-2014 | By Wilf Brunt

Three classics get digital restoration for Berlin festival.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Marigold Hotel to get Royal treatment

19-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel gets world premiere at CTBF Royal Film Performance.

Ivan and the Dogs

Hot projects on Screenbase

19-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

New films on Screenbase this week include Salon Pictures’ true story about a feral child Ivan and the Dogs.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit retains UK buzz lead

19-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ climactic outing set for strong second weekend.

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Duvall, Iñárritu in Palm Springs honours

19-Dec-2014 | By

Robert Duvall will collect the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Icon Award while Alejandro G Iñárritu will receive the Director Of The Year Award for Birdman.

Palm Springs unveils full line-up

18-Dec-2014 | By

The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has announced its complete line-up including Premieres, New Voices/New Visions and Modern Masters.

Sony Pictures LA

The Sony hacking crisis: timeline

18-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

UPDATED: On the day Sony cancels the release of The Interview, Screen charts the timeline of events in the hacking crisis.

Adam Curtis

Adam Curtis brings Bitter Lake to Rotterdam

18-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Rotterdam unveils initial Signals programme focusing on ‘contemporary reality.’

Legendary options The Damned

18-Dec-2014 | By

Thomas Tull’s Legendary Pictures has optioned rights to Andrew Pyper’s forthcoming novel The Damned.

Laurence Fishburne

Glasgow Youth Festival restructures

18-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Child-friendly films moved to Glasgow’s main festival.

Portal to Hell

Raven Banner enters Portal to Hell

18-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Distributor acquires international sales rights to Vivieno Caldinelli’s horror comedy, which stars Roddy Piper.

The Interview

Sony pulls The Interview

17-Dec-2014 | By

The embattled studio has cancelled the December 25 release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy in light of threats from the suspected cyber attackers behind a string of embarrassing revelations about its business dealings and correspondence.


FilmNation, Roadshow Films strike equity pact

17-Dec-2014 | By

FilmNation Entertainment has sold a roughly one-third stake of the company valued at $18m to Roadshow in a strategic partnership that sees both parties seek to expand their production operations.

The Dressmaker

Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker: first look

17-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Production wraps in Australia on Jocelyn Moorhouse feature.

Simon Rees

Simon Rees to leave DCM

17-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Rees to step down after four years as CEO; Karen Stacey interim CEO.

Max & Me

Dos Corazones wraps Max & Me

17-Dec-2014 | By

Production has wrapped in Mexico City on Dos Corazones Films’ animation as the company prepares to introduce it to Berlin buyers in February.

Cairo Time

DFM unveils first acquisition deals

17-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Dolphins, Abood Kandaishan and Cairo Time are the among the first titles set to be released theatrically in the Middle East thanks to the Dubai Film Market’s new distribution programme.

Les Moonves

Leslie Moonves joins USC school board

17-Dec-2014 | By

The president and CEO of CBS Corporation has joined the USC School Of Cinematic Arts board of councillors, Dean Elizabeth M Daley announced.

Lotte World Tower

Asia's largest cinema shut down

17-Dec-2014 | By

Seoul Metropolitan City has ordered Lotte Cinema’s World Tower branch, housing the Guinness record holder for world’s biggest screen, to shut down.

Lucia Recalde Langarica

MEDIA needs 'balance between continuity and innovation'

17-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: New MEDIA head Lucia Recalde Langarica tells Screen about untapped potential in European talent.

Agata Kulesza

Ida wins 2014 LUX Film Prize

17-Dec-2014 | By

Ida has continued its winning streak by being voted as the winner of the eighth LUX Film Prize by members of the European Parliament.

Sundance Institute names 12 screenwriters fellows

17-Dec-2014 | By

Sundance Institute has announced the 12 projects selected for the 2015 January Screenwriters Lab set to run from January 16-21.

Christopher Nolan

Art Directors Guild to honour quartet

17-Dec-2014 | By

For the first time, the guild is awarding lifetime achievement awards in all four crafts comprising the ADG (IATSE Local 800) at the 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in Los Angeles on January 31.

Fleet Of Time

Fleet Of Time rules China box office

17-Dec-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Zhang Yibai’s Fleet Of Time stayed at the top of China’s box office in its second week, grossing $35.64m from 6.3 million admissions.

Branagh, Amini among Guiding Lights mentors

17-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

UK mentor scheme received seventeen applications for each place.

 Gyorgy Palfi

Les Arcs roundup: Palfi wins development prize

17-Dec-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Works In Progress winner is Nataliya Kudryashova for Pioneer Heroes.

Goteborg to honour Liv Ullmann

17-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Festival will also screen Miss Julie (pictured).

The Interview

Five chains drop The Interview

17-Dec-2014 | By

DECEMBER 17 UPDATE: Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cineplex Entertainment and Cinemark are understood to have joined Carmike Cinemas’ boycott of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy in light of ambiguous threats by the hackers believed to be behind the Sony cyber attack.

Dubai Film Market

DIFF’s Cinetech to extend beyond festival

17-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

The 11th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) closes today, but film industry professionals will be able to watch many of the Arab films in the selection online for the next nine months.

DIFF 2014 Ministry Of Interior Award

Al Murry wins first Ministry of Interior Award

17-Dec-2014 | By

Emirati filmmaker Saeed Salmeen Al Murry has won the inaugural Ministry of Interior Award for Best Societal Screenplay at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) for his project Going To Heaven.

Free Range

Breish sips Mate with Germany’s Filmbucht

17-Dec-2014 | By

Lebanese filmmaker Bass Breish is gearing up to make his feature debut, Mate, with German production house Filmbucht Filmproduktion.

Knight Of Cups

FilmNation sells Knight Of Cups

16-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: As Berlin senior staff announced Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups had landed a competition berth in February, details have emerged on the drama’s global distribution network.

Nanouk Leopold

Polak, Ahluwalia, Leopold head for CineMart 2015

16-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Co-production market has three prizes including new Wouter Barendrecht Award in conjunction with Fortissimo Films.

Mr. Turner leads London Critics nominations

16-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Julianne Moore scores double nominations for Actress of the Year.

Ava DuVernay

Selma director to deliver SXSW keynote

16-Dec-2014 | By

Ava DuVernay, tipped to become the first black female director to earn an Oscar nomination after scoring a pioneering Golden Globe nod last week, is one of two new additions to the festival.

Michael Fassbender

A24 takes US on Trespass Against Us

16-Dec-2014 | By

A24 has acquired US rights to music video director Adam Smith’s feature directorial debut starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson.

The Forbidden Room

Mongrel Int’l enters The Forbidden Room

16-Dec-2014 | By

Mongrel International has come on board to sell international rights to Guy Maddin’s Sundance-bound film.

jacques audiard

Sundance Selects swoops on Jacques Audiard film

16-Dec-2014 | By

Sundance Selects has made an early move on Untitled Jacques Audiard Film, which is currently in production.

Nic Crawley

PPI bolsters vp ranks

16-Dec-2014 | By

Paramount Pictures International has appointed Yit-Ching Lee, Richard Aseme, Ricardo Cortes and Su Lee to vice-presidents of marketing and distribution at regional offices.

Nearby Sky

I Am Nojoom, Nearby Sky win top awards at DIFF

16-Dec-2014 | By

Khadija Al-Salami’s I Am Nojoom, Age 10 And Divorced was awarded best fiction film in the Muhr Feature competition at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), while Nujoom Al Ghanem’s Nearby Sky won the award for best non-fiction film.

Mark Adams

Mark Adams named Edinburgh artistic director

16-Dec-2014 | By Screen staff

Adams will step down as Screen International reviews editor at end of February.

Lone Scherfig

Lone Scherfig talks UK industry, von Trier, next films

16-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

An Education director Lone Scherfig was the first woman to deliver BAFTA’s David Lean lecture.

BFI, Lionsgate team on Testament preview

16-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Screening and extras to be broadcast to 400 UK cinemas as part of pilot scheme.

JIm Stephens

Wolfe Releasing appoints co-president

16-Dec-2014 | By

Jim Stephens has joined the distributor of gay and lesbian films and will share oversight duties with co-president Maria Lynn.


Interstellar crosses $100m on Imax worldwide

16-Dec-2014 | By

The occasion marks the fourth time an Imax film has crossed the threshold.

Maiko's Dance

Wide House boards Maiko's Dance

16-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Wide House has picked up Maiko’s Dance, a Norwegian documentary now in post-production.

Hal Hartley

Berlinale 2015: Panorama titles revealed

16-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

New films from Hal Hartley, James Franco, Gus Van Sant among lineup.

Danny La Rue

Adrian Noble to direct La Rue biopic

16-Dec-2014 | By Wilf Brunt

Biopic currently in development with BFI Film Fund; aiming for 2015 shoot.

Sales outfits get EC VOD backing

16-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Sales companies to get marketing and distribution support thanks to €800k backing.


Toronto critics hail Boyhood

16-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Enemy, The F Word and Mommy compete for Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.

White God

PSIFF unveils Eastern Promises

16-Dec-2014 | By

Selma and Boychoir will bookend the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), set to run from January 2-12.

Slow West

Slow West finds US home

15-Dec-2014 | By

A24 and DIRECTV have swooped on their latest film, taking US rights from world sales agent HanWay Films to the upcoming Sundance world premiere starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn.


Berlinale 2015: Malick, Greenaway in competition

15-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella to get international premiere out of comp.

The Games Maker

Sundance unveils programme additions

15-Dec-2014 | By

SUNDANCE: Robert Redford stars opposite Nick Nolte in Salt Lake City gala

The Theory of Everything

SBIFF to honour Theory duo

15-Dec-2014 | By

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones will receive the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s (SBIFF) Cinema Vanguard Award on January 29. 

Nawaf Al Janahi

Tharwa boards Al-Janahi’s Transparent

15-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Baboudjian’s new Dubai-based company Tharwa has boarded Emirati filmmaker Nawaf Al-Janahi’s upcoming English-language psychological thriller Transparent.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit tops UK chart

15-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing posts chart-topping $15.3m (£9.76m) bow; StudioCanal’s Paddington becomes distributor’s highest grossing release of all time.

My Name Is Emily

Les Arcs Works In Progress offers strong crop in fourth year

15-Dec-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

The Les Arcs European Film Festival is in full swing, including the sixth edition of the ever-growing Co-Production Village.

How To Make Love Like An Englishman

Saban Films closing on Englishman

15-Dec-2014 | By

The ambitious distributor is understood to be in the final stages of exclusive talks for US rights to Pierce Brosnan starrer How To Make Love Like An Englishman.


Seven advance in Oscar make-up race

15-Dec-2014 | By

Academy voters have made their pre-nomination selections on the road to the 87th Oscars.

The Sky Above Us

IFFR Live adds The Sky Above Us

15-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Five films to screen at festival and in more than 36 cinemas/VOD platforms as part of new Rotterdam initiative.

Chris Moll

Talent development forum planned in Amsterdam

15-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Creative England hosts the event in partnership with Danish Film Institute and Irish FIlm Board.

Al Remaihi confirmed as Doha CEO

15-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

She will serve as director of Ajyal and Qumra festivals.


Film London Microwave shortlist revealed

15-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Low budget production scheme selects 12 projects; hits diversity target.

The Greatest Iron Man

Zodiak boards Iron Man doc

15-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Salon Pictures readies Duchenne documentary.

Hissan Kiyany

Kiyany unveils first UAE interactive doc

15-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

The UAE’s first interactive documentary, ZaabiliDoc, a joint project between Emirati filmmaker Hassan Kiyany and photographer Ammar Al Attar, is set to go live this week.

Andy Harries

Andy Harries to give keynote at Goteborg TV Drama Vision

15-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Another keynote comes from Anne Kolbjørnsen, whose credits include Lilyhammer.

Creative Access

Creative Access proposes paid BAME intern scheme

15-Dec-2014 | By Screen staff

Creative Access has proposed a new diversity mentoring scheme for the UK film industry.

Telfaz 11

Arab digital platforms race to fill content gap

15-Dec-2014 | By

A new report from PwC highlights how online platforms are starting to fill the huge demand for youth-oriented Arabic content that is not being met by the traditional film and TV industries across the Middle East.

Mira Sorvino

Shoot starts on Indiscretion

15-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: John Stewart Muller’s thriller stars Mira Sorvino [pictured] and Cary Elwes.

Kaouther Ben Hania

Ben Hania to direct rape victim drama

15-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania is developing a new project inspired by the true story of a woman raped outside a beachfront nightclub in 2012.  

Der Goalie bin ig

Swiss critics praise Goalie, Boyhood

15-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Swiss film critics association has named Der Goalie bin ig as the best Swiss film of 2014 and Boyhood as best international film.

Dubai ON Demand

Dubai’s Ti22 launches Dubai ON Demand

15-Dec-2014 | By

Dubai-based Ti22 Films is set to launch an interactive online channel, Dubai ON Demand, on YouTube in 2015, featuring short clips from local personalities.

Lionsgate hits $1bn international

14-Dec-2014 | By

Powered by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Lionsgate executives said on Sunday (December 14) the studio had reached $1.0003bn for the year-to-date.


Paddington to set StudioCanal record

14-Dec-2014 | By

Studio executives said on Sunday (December 14) that the family feature was on course this weekend to overtake Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and become its biggest release of all time in the UK.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Five Armies plunders $122.2m int'l

14-Dec-2014 | By

DECEMBER 15 UPDATE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies has started as it means to go on with a potent reminder of the enduring appeal of Peter Jackson’s commitment to the works of JRR Tolkien, an immense endeavour that has occupied him for close to two decades.


Ida is big winner at EFAs

14-Dec-2014 | By

UPDATE: Pawlikowski is only third Polish director to win EFA’s top prize; Steve McQueen pays tribute to Jean Vigo; Ukrainian diector Oleg Sentsov gets an empty seat at the awards in Riga.

Exodus: Gods And Kings

Exodus wins modest US session on $24.5m

14-Dec-2014 | By

Fox’s Biblical epic from Ridley Scott Exodus: Gods And Kings flooded into the US charts on an estimated $24.5m as Mockingjay – Part 1 crossed $275m in its fourth weekend.

VFX Summit Dublin: In service of the story

14-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

At the second VFX + Animation Summit Dublin, international experts and growing local companies gathered to talk about issues such as global competition, tight schedules and training needs. Wendy Mitchell reports.

The director of Court with his Singapore prizes

Court wins at Singapore film festival

14-Dec-2014 | By

Guests include John Woo, Zhang Ziyi, Juliette Binoche, Cheng Pei Pei, Tong Dawei, Chen Bolin and Nastassja Kinski.

Zero Motivation

Israeli critics honour Zero Motivation

14-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Israeli Film Critics Association chooses Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel as best international film.

From A To B

DFM talks distribution challenges

14-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

A Dubai Film Market (DFM) panel discussed the challenges in distributing Arab films in the region and internationally, and how Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa’s From A To B may become a game-changer.

Rebuild Nisaa Gaza Radio

Laish La crowdfunds with Aflamnah

14-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

MBC’s pan-Arab show Laish La (Why Not?) has turned to Dubai-based, crowd-funding site Aflamnah to finance a project to rebuild a women’s radio station in the Gaza Strip.

Maysoon Pachachi

Pachachi’s Baghdad draws co-producers, funds

13-Dec-2014 | By

Maysoon Pachachi’s Nothing Doing In Baghdad is set to start shooting in February after securing three European co-producers and funding from Visions Sud Est and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC).


MAD Solutions to distribute Sandfish

13-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Pan-Arab distributor MAD Solutions will handle distribution in the Arab world for Saudi filmmaker Ahd’s Sandfish, which will be the first production from Paul Baboudjian’s new Dubai-based Tharwa Productions.

Claire Aguilar joins Sheffield Doc/Fest

12-Dec-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

EXCLUSIVE: Sheffield Doc/Fest has appointed Claire Aguilar as director of programming and industry engagement.

Hobbit finale on $26.6m after two days

12-Dec-2014 | By

Warner Bros-New Line-MGM’s fantasy epic grossed a further $13.7m from 28 markets on December 12 following the $11.3m opening day gross across 11 territories on December 10 to stand at $26.6m internationally.

Odeon Holloway Road

Orange Wednesdays to end in 2015

12-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Cinemas understood to be close to an alternative deal with a different company; among suitors.


VOX takes pan-Arab rights to Dolphins

12-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Dubai-based Vox Cinemas is in final negotiations to acquire pan-Arab rights to Emirati director Waleed Al Shehhi’s Dolphins ahead of its premiere at DIFF on Friday.

Exodus: Gods And Kings

Exodus leads US social media buzz

12-Dec-2014 | By

Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods And Kings is ready to ride out in the US.

Anthony Chen

Anthony Chen launches Giraffe Pictures

12-Dec-2014 | By

The Ilo Ilo director’s company will produce one or two films per year.

Zhang Yimou

Uni dates Untitled Great Wall Project

12-Dec-2014 | By

Legendary’s Untitled Great Wall Project will open in North America in 3D via Universal on November 23, 2016, and in China in early December 2016.


Academy to consider 323 features

12-Dec-2014 | By

Voters will consider 323 features deemed eligible for Oscar consideration.


Oscars 2015: Academy to consider 114 scores

12-Dec-2014 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences unveiled the entire list of eligible scores on December 12.


Academy selects 79 eligible songs

12-Dec-2014 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences said on December 12 that 79 songs are in contention for the original song category for the 87th Oscars.

Director Philip Ilson and Producer Jo Duncombe.

London Short Film Festival to host 34 programmes

12-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

The London Short Film Festival will return for its 12th year from January 9-18.

Mother I Love You

Mother, Modris big winners at new Riga festival

12-Dec-2014 | By

New Riga Meetings platform welcomes projects including two projects by Finnish film-maker Aku Louhimies.

IWC winner

Boushahri wins IWC Filmmaker Award

12-Dec-2014 | By

Kuwaiti filmmaker Abdullah Boushahri won the $100,000 IWC Filmmaker Award for his feature project The Water at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) on Thursday night. 

Curzon promotes duo

12-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Jon Rushton, Steve Lewis upped at UK distributor.


Santa Barbara unveils 2015 Virtuosos Award

12-Dec-2014 | By

Top brass at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival have announced the multiple recipients for the 2015 Virtuosos Award.

Amal Al-Agroobi

Al-Agroobi set to make fiction debut

12-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Emirati filmmaker Amal Al-Agroobi, best known for her non-fiction works The Brain That Sings and Half, is developing her first narrative work.

Short film competition

Dubai, Samsung renew short film competition

12-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

DIFF and Samsung are joining forces with Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) on the second edition of the short film competition they inaugurated this year.

A Little Chaos, The Price of Desire head to Dublin

12-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Alanis Morissette, Vincent Perez and Orla Brady star in Mary McGuckian feature.

MPA APSA Fund awards $25,000

12-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Jafar Panahi [pictured] among the recipients.

Dubai Film Market

Arab broadcasters call for local genre movies

12-Dec-2014 | By

Two of the Middle East’s biggest broadcasters called on Arab filmmakers to start making more genre movies at a Dubai Film Market (DFM) seminar on Thursday (Dec 11).

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit leads UK social media buzz

12-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ climactic outing of The Hobbit trilogy set for chart-topping bow.

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