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Sea Of Trees wraps shoot

30-Sep-2014 | By

Gus Van Sant has concluded principal photography in location in Japan and Massachusetts on Bloom sales title The Sea Of Trees.

Laurence Asseraf

BEFILMIFF launches as buyer showcase

30-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: New York-based festival veteran Laurence Asseraf is launching the invite-only BE FILM International Features Festival as a platform to enable global films to find US distribution.

Tahar Rahim

UTA signs Tahar Rahim

30-Sep-2014 | By

The French star of recent Toronto selection Samba who broke out in A Prophet has signed with United Talent Agency for representation.

Jack Pan

Jack Pan joins Robert Simonds studio

30-Sep-2014 | By

Jack Pan has joined Robert Simonds’ film and television studio as president of motion picture marketing, effective immediately.

Gregory Segal

Gregory Segal joins Heretic Films

30-Sep-2014 | By

Heretic Films has appointed the producer and entertainment attorney as president. Separately, Mika Pryce has joined Red Granite as creative executive.


Dearest tops China box office

30-Sep-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Peter Ho-sun Chan’s Dearest topped the China box office for the week September 22-28, grossing $15.85m over its first four days.

Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot levels Equalizer in UK

30-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s Billy Elliot the Musical - Live sets new Event Cinema record with $3.1m (£1.904m) to become its first-ever number one; Sony’s reboot lands with $3.07m (£1.89m) from its 458 sites.

Zurich Daily 2

Zurich 2014: Screen's dailies


Download Screen International’s daily magazines from the 10th Zurich Film Festival here.

TIFF Daihachi Yoshida Miki Nakatani Yasuhi Shiina

Tokyo reveals competition line-up

30-Sep-2014 | By

World premieres from Goupil, Li, De La Cruz, Yeo, Yoshida and more.

A Most Violent Year

UK date set for A Most Violent Year

30-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

JC Chandor’s new film set for Jan 23 launch in UK.


Future Commissioner 'vague' on Euro cinema

30-Sep-2014 | By

The European film industry can probably not expect to be high on the agenda of the Commissioner-designate for Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger if his grilling by the European Parliament (EP) last night is anything to go by.

Colombia: Wild Magic

Colombia: Wild Magic shoot underway

30-Sep-2014 | By

Principal photography has begun on Colombia: Wild Magic.

O Duelo

Jorge Amado project presented in Rio

30-Sep-2014 | By

Marcos Jorge’s O Duelo is based on Home Is the Sailor and will have the most VFX shots of any film in the history of Brazilian cinema.


Quartet joins Academy science and tech council

30-Sep-2014 | By

Cinematographer John Bailey, producer Gale Anne Hurd, effects expert John Knoll and editor Michael Tronick are joining the science and technology council of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.

Marcell Gero

Cain’s Children director reveals challenges

30-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Hungarian director Marcell Gero has revealed the hurdles behind his documentary about murderers trying to reintegrate into society.

John Malkovich

John Malkovich to receive Zurich honour

30-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

John Malkovich will head to Zurich later this week to present his latest film and receive the festival’s Golden Eye award.

Clemence Poesy

Ones Below begins shoot with Poesy, Morrissey

30-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

David Farr’s psychological thriller starts shooting with Clemence Poesy, David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn.

Sabertooth leads Norway box office boom

30-Sep-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Norwegian local films set for the best year since 1975, after Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama takes 103,604 admissions for the year’s top opening.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend

Netflix, Imax in Crouching 2 pact

29-Sep-2014 | By

In an unprecedented move the companies have secured simultaneous exclusive windows for the late summer 2015 release of The Weinstein Company’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend.

Focus Features takes A Little Chaos

29-Sep-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired North American and Scandinavian rights to Alan Rickman’s recent Toronto International Film Festival closing night selection.

Goodbye To All That

IFC takes Goodbye To All That

29-Sep-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights to Angus MacLachlan’s Tribeca ensemble drama starring Paul Schneider, Heather Graham, Melanie Lynskey and Amy Sedaris.

Liza Marshall

Kris Thykier, Liza Marshall launch Archery Pictures

29-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Thykier’s Peapie to merge into new company Archery Pictures.

Still Alice

Rome reveals 'slimmer' line-up

29-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.


Voltage's Nicolas Chartier reveals top ten tips

29-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The Hurt Locker producer gives ten tips for producing award-winning films at the right budget.

Cohen Media Group acquires The New Girlfriend

29-Sep-2014 | By

Cohen Media Group has acquired US rights to Mandarin Cinema’s current San Sebastian Film Festival entry directed by François Ozon.

Softbank switches focus to Legendary

29-Sep-2014 | By

UPDATE: The Japanese giant has reportedly cooled off on acquiring Dreamworks and has switched its focus to buying a chunk of Thomas Tull’s company.

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen to receive EFA honour

29-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The 12 Years a Slave director will be honoured with the European Achievement in World Cinema award.

Ray Strache

Fox Searchlight promotes Ray Strache

29-Sep-2014 | By

Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced that Strache has been promoted to svp of acquisitions and co-productions effective immediately.

Ben Spergel

Ben Spergel joins C4

29-Sep-2014 | By

The research-based SaaS company has appointed Ben Spergel as evp of consumer insights, effective immediately.

Arthur Sherrif

Aardman's Arthur Sheriff joins Triggerfish

29-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Sheriff leaves Aardman Animations after 25 years.

Emma Watson

Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl to star in Colonia

29-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Thriller marks Emma Watson’s first lead role since Harry Potter.

From A to B

Abu Dhabi scores nine world premieres

29-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

ADFF to present 197 films from 61 countries.

Speed Sisters

Doha backs 21 projects from 14 countries

29-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Doha Film Institute has unveiled the spring recipients from its film grants programme, backing 21 projects from 14 countries.

Cassian Elwes

Producers set up Horizon Award

29-Sep-2014 | By

Christine Vachon, Lynette Howell and Cassian Elwes have teamed up with Twitter, Vimeo, The Black List, Sundance Institute, Women In Film, and Indiegogo to establish the award aimed at helping young female directors.

Andrey Zvyagintsev

Leviathan director's new film at NSFF

29-Sep-2014 | By

Zvyagintsev, Hazanov and Harö projects set for 2nd Northern Seas Film Forum.

Penelope Cruz

Trueba reveals details of Penelope Cruz film

29-Sep-2014 | By

Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba has revealed further details of The Queen Of Spain (La Reina De Espana), the new comedy drama he is planning to make with Spanish star and fellow Oscar winner Penelope Cruz.

Factory Girl

Egypt selects Factory Girl for Oscars

29-Sep-2014 | By

Mohamed Khan’s Factory Girl has been selected as Egypt’s submission to the best foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards.

Samantha Morton

Warp readies heist drama with Morton, Rahim

29-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Drama ordered by Sky and Canal+, to be co-produced by Warp Films and Haut et Court.

Rafe Spall Oona Chaplin Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm to star in Black Mirror feature

29-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Mad Man star will be joined by Rafe Spall and Game of Thrones’ Oona Chaplin in feature-length special.

The Dolder Grand Zurich

Experts debate ‘golden age’ of film finance

29-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

More funds are becoming available for film-making but are leading to inflated budgets, according to finance experts.

Martin Scorsese and Sebastian Street

Carnaby to sell Scorsese exec'd Tomorrow

29-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Carnaby to launch sales on PTSD soldier drama at AFM.

Bone Tomahawk finds female lead

29-Sep-2014 | By

Lili Simmons has joined the cast of Caliber Media’s Western alongside David Arquette, Sid Haig, Kathryn Morris and Evan Jonigkeit.

National Media Museum

Picturehouse pacts with National Media Museum

29-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Picturehouses to operate the two cinemas and IMAX screen at the National Media Museum, Bradford

Northmen premiere, Zurich

Vikings conquer Zurich Film Festival

29-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The cast and director of Northmen: A Viking Saga sailed into Zurich at the weekend to discuss their ambitious epic, easily among Switzerland’s biggest films to date.

Benecio Del Toro

Benicio Del Toro talks Escobar

29-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Actor discusses his portrayal of the Colombian drug lord alongside Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson at Zurich Film Festival.

Guneet Monga

Indian new wave “cannot be ignored”

29-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Guneet Monga, producer of Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, has championed the fast-growing new wave of Indian cinema.

The Maze Runner

Maze Runner adds $29m int'l

28-Sep-2014 | By

SEPTEMBER 29 UPDATE: The Maze Runner used a confirmed $28.8m haul from 62 markets to strengthen its grip on the international crown and repel a solid launch by Sony’s The Equalizer.

The Equalizer claims US crown on $35m

28-Sep-2014 | By

North American audiences could not resist the reteaming of Denzel Washington and his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua as action thriller The Equalizer opened top through Sony on an estimated $35m.


'71 wins top Athens award

28-Sep-2014 | By

Other winners included Norwegian drama Blind, Danish horror When Animals Dream and Nick Cave doc 20,000 Days On Earth.


Ida wins Helsinki audience award

28-Sep-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Helsinki International Film Festival scores new audience record.

Magical Girl Golden Shell San Sebastian

San Sebastian crowns Magical Girl

27-Sep-2014 | By Juan Sarda, Michael Rosser

Carlos Vermut’s Spanish drama wins best film and best director; Dennis Lehane wins best screenplay for The Drop.

Casey LaBow

Sundance Selects takes Free The Nipple

27-Sep-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights to the politically charged drama from Disruptive Films and Emotion Pictures.

Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas to star in Altamira

27-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Spain shoot for period drama from Chariots of Fire director Hugh Hudson.

Zach Braff

Zach Braff “shocked” by Kickstarter backlash

27-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Actor-director says he won’t return to crowdfunding to finance his films.

Michael Shamberg

Shamberg: “Anyone with a laptop is their own movie studio”

27-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Pulp Fiction exec and BuzzFeed consultant hails digital opportunities for filmmakers.

Northmen - A Viking Saga

Zurich launch pad for Swiss films

27-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Eleven Swiss films and five Swiss co-productions will screen during the 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25-Oct 5).

Yalom's Cure

Yalom's Cure taken across Europe

27-Sep-2014 | By

Swiss feature doc Yalom’s Cure, which premiered at the Locarno Festival in August, has been snapped up by a number of European distributors.

Stefan Haupt

Director on Swiss Oscar hopeful The Circle

27-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Award-winning Swiss director Stefan Haupt may have to make room in his trophy cabinet with his latest film The Circle (Der Kreis).

The Equalizer ready to rule

26-Sep-2014 | By

Sony unloads the Denzel Washington action thriller in 57 territories day-and-date with North America this weekend and will give reigning champion The Maze Runner a run for its money.

Katrina Wood

Swedish producers head to New York

26-Sep-2014 | By

A group of producers and entertainment executives is heading to New York for a series of talks and one-on-one networking sessions over October 6-8.

Tobey Maguire

Sony buys The Eden Project

26-Sep-2014 | By

The studio has acquired the Material sci-fi spec script from Christina Hodson. 


Nicolas Cage's Outcast pulled from China release

26-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Arclight Films’ period action film Outcast, starring Nicolas Cage, was pulled from Chinese theatrical release last night, just hours before its midnight previews.

paul sorvino

Cold Deck casts up

26-Sep-2014 | By

Paul Sorvino, Robert Knepper and Stéfano Gallo have been cast in Cold Deck ahead of the scheduled September 30 start in Toronto.

Duncan Cork

Duncan Cork joins NeonGrid

26-Sep-2014 | By

The founder and former CEO of Slated has joined the Los Angeles-based social tagging platform as head of product.


Lilting producer begins Boombox shoot

26-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Marks the first feature from commercials director Rohan Blair-Mangat.


Metrodome finds horror Spring

26-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Horror snapped up from XYZ after Toronto screening.

Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce, Dominic West join Genius

26-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Cast already includes Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.

The Cut

Soda Pictures acquire Fatih Akin's The Cut

26-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Historical drama stars Tahar Rahim and debuted at Venice.

Silent Heart

Bille August’s Silent Heart beats globally

26-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

After playing in San Sebastian, the family drama sells across Europe and Asia-Pacific.

John Rupkalvis

Advanced Imaging Society unveil awards

26-Sep-2014 | By

The Society honoured 19 companies at the fifth annual Entertainment Technology And New Product Awards luncheon ceremony held at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.

Concrete Night

Concrete Night wins at Finnish Film Week

26-Sep-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Finnish Oscar submission Concrete Night won Director of the Year for Pirjo Honkasalo and Producers of the Year for Mark Lwoff-Misha Jaaari at Helsinki’s Finnish Film Week.

The Riot Club

Riot Club rules UK social buzz

26-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Posh boy drama rules the roost as Liam Neeson outguns Denzel Washington on social networks in the UK.

Monty Python

Event Cinema Awards nominations revealed

26-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Nominations include Monty Python Live (Mostly), NT Live’s War Horse and concert broadcasts from Muse and Robbie Williams.

Guo Guangchang

US-China summit sets LA return

25-Sep-2014 | By

Guo Guangchang, chairman of Studio 8 backer Fosun International, will deliver a keynote speech on the future of Chinese capital in Hollywood at the fifth annual US-China Film Summit in Los Angeles on November 5.

BGP takes the wheel on Drive

25-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Gabriel Hammond and Daniel Hammond’s ambitious start-up Broad Green Pictures (BGP) will self-distribute Isabel Coixet’s recent Toronto world premiere Learning To Drive in the US.

Montreal hub

Atomic Fiction opens Montreal hub

25-Sep-2014 | By

The California-based effects studio has opened its flagship facility in Montreal.


Koch secures Toronto trio

25-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Morgan Matthews’ X+Y among Toronto haul

Golden Horse

Taipei's Golden Horse projects revealed

25-Sep-2014 | By

Taipei’s Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (FPP) has selected 25 titles this year with filmmakers including Tsai Ming Liang, Midi Z, Zhang Ming and Stanley Kwan attached.


Rio kicks off Brasil competition

25-Sep-2014 | By

Highlights of the main competitive strand that showcases top new Brazilian cinema.

Palestine submits Eyes of a Thief to Oscars

25-Sep-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Only the seventh time Palestine has submitted film to the Academy Awards.

Edge Of Tomorrow

Production Guild reveals first awards winners

25-Sep-2014 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

The Production Guild of Great Britain has revealed the winners of its inaugural awards.

The Cut

Fatih Akin’s The Cut to open Cairo

25-Sep-2014 | By

Fatih Akin’s The Cut will open the 36th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), which is scheduled to run November 9-18.

On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter

Red Bull takes On Any Sunday sequel

25-Sep-2014 | By

Red Bull Media House in association with Freeride Entertainment will release motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter theatrically on November 7. Separately, Gravitas Ventures has taken VOD rights to As Night Comes.


StudioCanal pacts with Grand Electric

25-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Producer Eric Newman’s newly formed Grand Electric has entered into a multi-year co-venture with StudioCanal through which the new company will acquire, develop, and produce films for the European and US markets.

San Seb winners

San Seb unveils co-pro winner

25-Sep-2014 | By Juan Sarda

Cuban film August wins the San Sebastián Co-production Fórum; Magallanes wins Films in Progress.


Ida producer to pitch at Connecting Cottbus

25-Sep-2014 | By

New projects by the producers of Ida and Crulic are among 13 selected from Albania to Ukraine to be pitched at this year’s Connecting Cottbus East-West co-production market (November 6-7).


Principal photography begins on Spotlight

25-Sep-2014 | By

John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James Billy Crudup and Jamey Sheridan have joined Participant Media’s drama about the Boston Globe investigation into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

A Better Place

A Better Place wraps shoot

25-Sep-2014 | By

Digital Jungle Pictures has completed post-production on its first feature marking the directorial debut of Dennis Ho.

Jenny Stjernströmer Björk

Svensk promotes Stjernströmer Björk

25-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Jenny Stjernströmer Björk appointed new evp acquisition and co-production at Scandinavian major Svensk Filmindustri


DCM partners with MyMovies on cinime app


Cinime app uses to be given access to film content.

UK, France get Second Chance

25-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Susanne Bier’s drama debuted at Toronto and stars Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster Waldau.

Brad Rohrer

Schedule 2 hires New York chief

25-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Former Focus Features exec to oversee New York operation for London-based technical film services company.

Adam Fogelson

Adam Fogelson to join Robert Simonds studio

24-Sep-2014 | By

In another coup, the new film and television studio led by Robert Simonds has named the former Universal Pictures chairman as its new chariman of the motion picture group.

Bill Lee

Millennium Ent closes $40m financing

24-Sep-2014 | By

The company led by Bill Lee has secured senior revolving credit facilities and a term loan facility as it seeks to grow the film slate and the business.

Carrie-Anne Moss

Production wraps on Frankenstein

24-Sep-2014 | By

Candyman director Bernard Rose has wrapped production on a contemporary version of Mary Shelley’s classic novel for Summerstorm Entertainment and Bad Badger in association with Eclectic Pictures.

Magnolia takes US on Kill Me Three Times

24-Sep-2014 | By

Kriv Stenders’ comedic crime thriller starring Simon Pegg premiered in Toronto and will open theatrically in 2015. Cargo handles international sales.

The Humbling

Millennium Entertainment takes The Humbling

24-Sep-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights to Barry Levinson’s dark comedy starring Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig, following the world premiere in Venice and North American premiere in Toronto.

Patrick Wilson

Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox join Bone Tomahawk

24-Sep-2014 | By

The pair joins Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins on the Western. Celluloid Dreams represents international sales.


Lionsgate moves up Mortdecai

24-Sep-2014 | By

The studio has moved its Johnny Depp action comedy up from its original date of February 6, 2015.

Alison Owen, Debra Hayward

Alison Owen, Debra Hayward form Monumental partnership

24-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Powerhouse production duo launch film and TV company.

The Inbetweeners 2

Slow summer at UK box office

24-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

The Inbetweeners 2 led the way, but the summer period at the UK box office was down in both gross and admissions this year. Screen talks to distributors and exhibitors to find out why.

Lenny Abrahamson to direct Neverhome adaptation

24-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The director of Frank and What Richard Did to adapt Laird Hunt’s novel about a woman who joins the American Civil War.


Arts Alliance buys Park Circus

24-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Event cinema specialist acquires classics distributor.

Cherien Dabis

SFFS, KRF unveil grant finallists

24-Sep-2014 | By

The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) and Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) have selected 14 finallists for the latest round of SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants.

Turkey's Fabula scores bumper Toronto

24-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Fledgling Turkish distributor snaps up 20 titles.

The Imitation Game

Hamptons Sloan prize for Imitation Game

24-Sep-2014 | By

Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game will be honoured for its “sensitive and moving portrait” of the mathematician Alan Turing as portrayed on screen by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Human Capital

Italy submits Human Capital to Oscars

24-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Italy hopes to repeat last year’s win in the Best Foreign-Language Film category with Paolo Virzi’s family thriller.

A Spanish Affair

Spanish cinema hits record high

24-Sep-2014 | By Juan Sarda

SAN SEBASTIAN: Local films secure best-ever box office share of 23.6%.

The Goob

Soda takes The Goob for UK

24-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

British drama debuted at Venice Days.

A Most Violent Year to open AFI FEST

24-Sep-2014 | By Adam Woodard

J C Chandor’s anticipated crime drama to get world premiere at LA’s AFI FEST.

Desert Dancer

Desert Dancer to open SBIFF

24-Sep-2014 | By

Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer will open the 30th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, set to run from January 27-February 7.

Locarno Open Doors 2015

Locarno opens doors to northern Africa

24-Sep-2014 | By Adam Woodard

The 13th edition of Locarno’s Open Doors co-production forum to focus on four countries in the Maghreb.


IFTA votes in new board

24-Sep-2014 | By

Independent Film & Television Alliance membership held their annual elections on September 24 for the executive committee and board of directors.


Citizenfour to screen in LACMA Film Series

24-Sep-2014 | By

The Citizenfour bandwagon rolls on as the anticipated Edward Snowden documentary will get what Film Independent top brass have called the West Coast premiere on October 14 for the members-only LACMA Film Series event.

Broad Green picks up Eden

23-Sep-2014 | By

The fledgling financier-producer-distributor continues to make waves, taking North American rights to its third film out of Toronto.

Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul signs on to Louis Drax

23-Sep-2014 | By

The star of Breaking Bad and the upcoming crime feature Triple Nine has joined Jamie Dornan on Miramax’s supernatural thriller The 9th Life Of Louis Drax.

Colin Farrell

HBO unveils True Detective stars

23-Sep-2014 | By

Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will assume the mantle of lead roles in the second season of the acclaimed crime series.

We'll Never Have Paris

We’ll Never Have Paris finds US home

23-Sep-2014 | By

Orion Releasing has acquired North American rights to Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg’s feature directorial debut. K5 International handles sales outside North America.

Chris McGurk

Cinedigm sells Hollywood Software

23-Sep-2014 | By

As it moves deeper into content aggregation, Cinedigm has sold its digital theatrical distribution and exhibition software division to private investors led by David Gajda, one of the company’s original founders.

Charming 3D

Cinesite joins forces with Shrek producer

23-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

London-based visual effects company to open animation unit in Montreal and begin production on 3D feature Charming.

Pascal Breton

Pascal Breton launches Federation Entertainment

23-Sep-2014 | By

Heading into MIPCOM, French television executive Pascal Breton has partnered with a group of film and television producers and showrunners to launch Federation Entertainment.

BFI: film diversity needs own conversation

23-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Culture minister Ed Vaizey to meet BFI and industry during London Film Festival.

The Little Death seduces Magnolia

23-Sep-2014 | By

Magnolia has acquired North American rights to Josh Lawson’s sex comedy, while LevelK has closed further international sales.

Star Wars: Episode VII Abu Dhabi

JJ Abrams in VES honour

23-Sep-2014 | By

The Visual Effects Society will present the filmmaker with its Visionary Award at the 13th Annual VES Awards on February 4, 2015.


Non-Stop has strong China opening

23-Sep-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: While Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and The Expendables 3 topped the box office over the week September 15-21, Liam Neeson starrer Non-Stop had a strong opening, grossing $7.28m in three days.

Hussain Currimbhoy

Doc/Fest's Currimbhoy to join Sundance

23-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Director of programming to take a documentary role at Sundance.

Tessa Collinson and Johanna von Fischer

BIFA joint directors to step down

23-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Tessa Collinson and Johanna von Fischer will leave the British Independent Film Awards at the end of the year.

Peter von Bagh

Finnish filmmaker Peter von Bagh dies

23-Sep-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Finnish film historian, critic, documentary filmmaker Peter von Bagh – co-founder and director of the Midnight Sun Film Festival – has died aged 71

John Bailey

ASC to honour quartet

23-Sep-2014 | By

John Bailey, Bill Roe, Phil Méheux and Matthew F Leonetti will receive special awards at the 29th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards for Outstanding Achievement on February 15, 2015.


Hollywood Classics signs Kastner library

23-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Titles include A Chorus of Disapproval, Homeboy.

Winnie Lau

Winnie Lau joins Jet Tone Films

23-Sep-2014 | By

Wong Kar Wai’s Hong Kong-based production company Jet Tone Films has appointed former Fortissimo Films executive Winnie Lau as Head of International Co-Production and Distribution.

Life in a Fishbowl

Iceland submits Life in a Fishbowl to Oscars

23-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Iceland has selected Baldvin Zophoníasson’s Life in a Fishbowl as its entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Oscar.

Three Windows and a Hanging

Kosovo submits first ever Oscar hopeful

23-Sep-2014 | By

Slovenia goes with Seduce Me, Bosnia selects With Mom, Macedonia opts for To The Hilt

Jeremy Thomas

Jeremy Thomas to head London Film Festival jury

23-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Other jurors across London’s competitions include Sally Hawkins, James McAvoy, James Corden and Dexter Fletcher.

Who Am I

Who Am I sells to Japan, LatAm, Poland

23-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Hacker drama received world premiere in Toronto.

Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer cancels Zurich jury duty

23-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

US actor was due to join the Zurich Film Festival jury this weekend

Brad Thor

Resurgent launches new media unit

23-Sep-2014 | By

Privately backed Resurgent Film Group has launched a new media company and will adapt The Lions Of Lucerne by author Brad Thor.

Creative England

iFeatures shortlists eight for development

23-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Eight teams have been selected from the iFeatures slate for further development funding, as the Creative England’s low budget feature film initiative enters its full development phase.

Ripper Street

BBCW buys stake in Lookout Point

23-Sep-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

BBC Worldwide has bought a 35% stake in Simon Vaughan’s production and distribution business Lookout Point.

The Song of Names

Endemol strikes deal with Feel Films

23-Sep-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Endemol Worldwide Distribution has struck a development and distribution deal with Feel Films, currently working on feature The Song of Names.

David Linde

Lava Bear boards The Bodyguard

22-Sep-2014 | By

David Linde’s company will co-produce the upcoming Andy Lau action thriller alongside Edko Films, Irresistible Films and Focus Films.


MGM, Mark Burnett form UA Media Group

22-Sep-2014 | By

MGM has acquired a 55% share of Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst Entertainment’s One Three Media and LightWorkers Media to form United Artists Media Group.


The Works AFM-bound with Champs

22-Sep-2014 | By

Mike Tyson has the AFM in his sights and will attend a buyer screening of the documentary after The Works International picked up sales rights.

Nicolas Shumaker

Nicholas Shumaker to depart Memento

22-Sep-2014 | By

The company’s New York-based representative played an integral role in broadening the Paris-based organisation’s production, acquisition and financing activity in the US.

The Babadook

Babadook, Alleluia triumph at Fantastic Fest

22-Sep-2014 | By

The festival has announced its winners and The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, Alleluia and The Babadook are among the more popular choices.

The Admiral: Roaring Currents

S Korea's Admiral sets US BO record

22-Sep-2014 | By

After six weeks the South Korean naval battle film has crossed $2.5m to overtake The Host and become the highest grossing Korean-language film in North America.

Michael Caton-Jones

Caton-Jones drama begins shoot

22-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Shirley Henderson, Letitia Wright, Isabella Laughland star; Metro International to sell.

Gods (Bogowie)

Gods reigns supreme in Gdynia

22-Sep-2014 | By

Lukasz Palkowski’s Gods was the big winner at this year’s annual showcase of Polish cinema at the Gdynia Film Festival which ended with a gala awards ceremony at the weekend.

George Sluizer

Vanishing director George Sluizer dies

22-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Dutch director was best known for The Vanishing and River Phoenix’s last film, Dark Blood.

The Barefoot Artist

Paladin plots Barefoot Artist awards run

22-Sep-2014 | By

Mark Urman’s distributor is orchestrating a qualifying release for The Barefoot Artist, Glenn Holsten and Daniel Traub’s documentary about installations artist Lily Yeh.

Mark Gordon

PGA to honour Mark Gordon

22-Sep-2014 | By

The Producers Guild Of America will present Mark Gordon with the 2015 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 24, 2015.

Saint Laurent

France submits Saint Laurent to Oscars

22-Sep-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Film to receive US premiere at New York Film Festival on Sept 30. 

Israel enters Gett to Oscars

22-Sep-2014 | By Edna Fainaru

The film about a woman facing a rabbinical court to obtain a divorce from a husband won the top award at the Israeli Ophirs.

The Boxtrolls

Boxtrolls buries Tombstones at UK BO

22-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s animation adds $2.17m (£1.33m) to remain at number one for second straight week, just ahead of eOne’s A Walk Among the Tombstones’ $2.15m (£1.31m) debut.

Martin Scorsese and Sebastian Street

Martin Scorsese exec'd Tomorrow starts shoot

22-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Cast revealed to include Stephen Fry, Stephanie Leonidas, Joss Stone, Paul Kaye, Sebastian Street, Stuart Brennan and Sophie Kennedy-Clarke

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

Peter Dinklage to star in The Thicket

22-Sep-2014 | By

Gianni Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang is in development on the adaptation of Joe Lansdale’s crime thriller.


Serena to world premiere in St Petersburg

22-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

World premiere of Serena and Cannes Jury Prize winner Mommy set as opening and closing night galas.

Takashi Miike

Takashi Miike to receive Rome honour

22-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Japanese filmmaker behind Audition and Ichi the Killer to receive Maverick Director Award; As The Gods Will to world premiere in Rome.

Father, Million Miles win top Encounters awards

22-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Winning films will now be put forward for selection for the BAFTAs and Oscars.

Super Lochal

Abu Dhabi unveils Emirates competition films

22-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Women directors make up 70% of competition films.

Doll in the Ceiling

Doll in the Ceiling begins shoot

22-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Revenge thriller marks first Norway-Canada co-production in 15 years.

Naomi Kawase cancels San Sebastian visit

22-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Japanese director was due to present Still the Water.

Duncan Clarke

Uni hails international exec team

22-Sep-2014 | By

The studio leadership has abandoned its search for an executive to fill the void left by David Kosse and slotted London-based Duncan Clark into a jigsaw of executives who will fufil operational oversight.


Antonio Banderas talks Automata and Hollywood

22-Sep-2014 | By Juan Sarda

SAN SEBASTIAN: Spanish star wants to make more films in his home country and says Hollywood no longer exists - “It’s just a brand”.

Jack And The Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Jack, Minuscule, Happiness nominated for EFAs

22-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Three titles in the running for the best animated feature at the European Film Awards.

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom to exec motorcyclists doc

22-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Lord of the Rings star to present world premiere of The Greasy Hands Preachers at San Sebastian Film Festival.

Wallonia Brussels supports 47 films

22-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Total 47 film projects selected for Federation Wallonia-Brussels support.

Martin Walsh

Chicago editor to receive Camerimage award

22-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Oscar-winning editor Martin Walsh to receive lifetime honour at the cinematography festival in Poland.

The Maze Runner

Maze Runner rules int'l on $38m

21-Sep-2014 | By

SEPTEMBER 22 UPDATE: The Maze Runner vaulted to the top of the international charts as Fox International declared an confirmed $38m haul from 51 markets, scoring number one in 47.

The Maze Runner

Maze Runner tops US on $33m

21-Sep-2014 | By

Fox’s YA adaptation beat a path to the pinnacle of the North American box office as an estimated $32.5m was enough to help the top 12 climb approximately 17% against last weekend.

David Fincher at BAFTA

David Fincher talks Gone Girl, film career

20-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Director discussed being “sodomised ritualistically” on Alien3, his reputation for multiple takes, the opportunities of TV and his latest film, Gone Girl.


Angelina Jolie to direct Africa

19-Sep-2014 | By

The multi-hyphenate, expected to be an awards contender this season with the upcoming Unbroken, will direct Skydance Productions’ epic.

Peter Kujawski

Peter Kujawski lands UPIP role

19-Sep-2014 | By

Peter Kujawski has been promoted from evp of worldwide acquisitions at Universal Pictures to the new role of managing director of Universal Pictures International Productions.

Canada submits Mommy for Oscar

19-Sep-2014 | By

The Metafilms and Sons Of Manual drama premiered in Cannes where it earned Xavier Dolan the jury prize.


BFI launches new role, sees key departures

19-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: BFI beefs up audience team; Stolz, Berg to depart.

Picturehouse Central cinema

Picturehouse to launch new West End cinema

19-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

New seven-screen cinema for central London to open in 2015

Michael Shamberg

Shamberg, Chartier to deliver Zurich keynotes

19-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Game Changer Award going to Christoph Krachten, co-founder and President of Mediakraft Networks.


Altitude to sell zombie horror Wyrmwood

19-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Altitude Film Entertainment sinks teeth into Australian zombie thriller, which world premieres today.

Belgium enters Dardennes to Oscar race

19-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Belgian national selection committee has chosen Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night to represent Belgium for forthcoming Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

Tencent CEO Pony Ma

China’s Tencent enters film production

19-Sep-2014 | By

Tencent has become the latest Chinese internet giant with film industry ambitions, announcing plans to produce four to five movies a year.

China India

China, India sign co-production treaty

19-Sep-2014 | By

India and China signed a long-planned co-production agreement during the state visit of China’s president Xi Jinping to India.

The Maze Runner

Maze Runner, Tombstones challenge Lucy

19-Sep-2014 | By

Fox International prepares to unleash its YA adaptation The Maze Runner in an estimated 37 territories this weekend day-and-date with the North American launch.


Pride marches over Riot Club on social networks

19-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Riot Club no match for feelgood comedy drama on social networks in the UK.

Fabien Riggall

Secret Cinema founder reveals Secret Space

19-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Project is mapping the world’s abandoned spaces.


Into Film readies 2014 festival

19-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The world’s biggest film festival for children and young people will include preview screenings of The Imitation Game and Disney doc Bears [pictured]; Q&A’s with Harry Potter’s David Yates, Stanley Kubrick’s daughter and Selfish Giant director Clio Bernard.

Big Eyes

Tokyo to screen Big Eyes footage

19-Sep-2014 | By

The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced its Special Screenings line-up of high-profile films from Japan and abroad.    


Creative England launches second iShorts

19-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Each project to receive £5,000 ($8,200) towards production budget.

Ang Lee

Ang Lee finds next project

18-Sep-2014 | By

Ang Lee will adapt Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk at Tom Rothman’s TriStar, his first project after Life Of Pi earned him a best director Oscar in 2013.


Broad Green Pictures takes Samba for US

18-Sep-2014 | By

Gabriel Hammond and Daniel Hammond’s ambitious company continues to build its distribution pipeline and has announced the second major acquisition of a Toronto title within a week.

A Most Violent Year

Violent Year enters awards race

18-Sep-2014 | By

AS expected JC Chandor’s crime drama starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain will open in the thick of awards season this year. FilmNation handles international sales.

The Judge

First Britannia honourees unveiled

18-Sep-2014 | By

BAFTA LA will honour Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson, Mike Leigh and Dame Judi Dench at this year’s awards ceremony on October 30.


Lionsgate to release The SMOSH Movie


The studio is taking a crossover bet on YouTube stars Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, whose Smosh channel has generated more than 30m subscribers.

Jerry Brown

California greenlights anti-runaway law

18-Sep-2014 | By

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into action legislation that will more than triple the state’s film and TV tax credit.

Seth Rogan

Good Universe boards Seth Rogen comedy

18-Sep-2014 | By

Gary Sanchez Productions, Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe have made a pre-emptive purchase on an untitled comedy pitch from actor-writer Ben Schwartz with Seth Rogen attached to star.

Wild to open Hamptons

18-Sep-2014 | By

Jean-Marc Vallée’s awards contender Wild will receive its East Coast Premiere as the opening night screening at the festival, set to run from October 9-13.

Adam Nee

Band Of Robbers wraps shoot

18-Sep-2014 | By

Principal photography has concluded on the comedic thriller that reimagines Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer as grown men.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Only 16.3% of European films directed by women

18-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Less than 9% of admissions for European films went to features by female directors, according to a new report.

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

Filmmakers launch new Iceland festival

18-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

A group of film industry veterans is launching a new film festival in Iceland, Stockfish Film Festival.

Sorrow and Joy

Denmark enters Sorrow and Joy to Oscar race

18-Sep-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Nils Malmros’ Sorrow and Joy has been submitted by Denmark for the Academy Awards.

Pale Moon

One Japanese film in Tokyo competition

18-Sep-2014 | By

In an early announcement, the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has revealed Japanese film Pale Moon will be the only local film in Competition this year.

AFM announces speakers roster

18-Sep-2014 | By

Millennium Films president Mark Gill, Tug co-founder Nicolas Gonda, Relativity Media’s Russell Schwartz and Mister Smith’s Jill Jones are among the line-up of speakers at AFM, set to run in Santa Monica from Nov 5-12. Separately, the PGA Produced By Conference NY has added participants.

Joana Vicente

IFP unveils Screen Forward beneficiaries


The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) has announced during Independent Film Week the first five projects to get week-long theatrical runs at the Made In NY Media Center’s theatre as part of the Screen Forward initiative.  


Yahoo: UK needs cinema-going evolution

18-Sep-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Yahoo executives discuss film audiences.


BFI funds Michael Lennox, Michael Pearce films

18-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

First features A Patch of Fog and Beast to receive support from the BFI Film Fund.

Villa Touma

Reykjavik unveils competition line-up

18-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Titles include Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear and Suha Arraf’s Villa Touma [pictured]; guests include Mike Leigh and Ruben Ostlund.

Arnon Milchan

IFF to honour Milchan, Neufeld

18-Sep-2014 | By

The producers will be feted at the opening night gala of the 28th Israel Film Festival on October 23.

Binoche, Leuthard named ZFF Women of Impact

18-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Juliette Binoche and Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard to be guests of honor at Zurich Film Festival’s ‘Women of Impact’ event.

Michael Vine

Objective founder departs for film career

18-Sep-2014 | By Matthew Campelli

Co-founder of UK production company behind Peep Show and Fresh Meat to target horror film-making.

BAFTA awards first Hong Kong scholarships

18-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

A British student has become the first ever recipient of a BAFTA scholarship to study fine arts in Hong Kong.

White God

Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award submissions 2015

18-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Entries for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the Academy Awards 2015.

John Leguizamo

Bron's Meadowland adds John Leguizamo

17-Sep-2014 | By

The actor is one of several including Nick Sandow and Merritt Wever to join Bron Studios’ drama, currently shooting in New York.

Focus World acquires Ruth & Alex

17-Sep-2014 | By

Richard Loncraine’s drama was one of the more favourably received acquisitions titles in Toronto and becomes the latest selection to find a US home.

Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain

Revolver to release Bhopal disaster film in US

17-Sep-2014 | By

Revolver Entertainment continues to build its US release slate and has picked up rights to Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain starring Martin Sheen, Kal Penn and Mischa Barton.

Doctor Strange

Marvel’s Doctor Strange set to shoot in UK

17-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Marvel in advanced negotiations to send superhero film to Pinewood-Shepperton for mid-2015 shoot.

Strategic Partners

Strategic Partners wraps in Halifax

17-Sep-2014 | By

Two Canadian producers who attended the market in Nova Scotia have been invited to take part in Brazil’s RioContentMarket and Mexico’s Los Cabos International Film Festival.


Codeblack, Datari Turner strike pact

17-Sep-2014 | By

The Lionsgate subsidiary has struck a first-look deal with Luv producer Datari Turner.

IMG pounces on noir tale Viktor

17-Sep-2014 | By

Inception Media Group has acquired all North American rights to Viktor Gérard Depardieu and Elizabeth Hurley.

Out of Nature first Berlinale Panorama title

17-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Norwegian director Ole Giaever’s Toronto title has become the first selection for the Panorama strand at the next Berlinale.

Mumbai Film Festival 2014

Revived Mumbai fest unveils programme

17-Sep-2014 | By

The Mumbai Film Festival (Oct 14-21), recently saved by public donations following a funding crunch, unveiled its line-up today including the India Gold Competition and International Competition for first features.


Edward Snowden film joins LFF line-up

17-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary from filmmaker Laura Poitras, who met Snowden and reported on NSA leaks, to receive UK premiere in London.

Halle Berry

Relativity dates Kidnap, Disappointments Room

17-Sep-2014 | By

The studio will release the Halle Berry thriller on October 9, 2015.


Russian deal for Cannes winner Leviathan


A Company to release Andrey Zvyagintsev’s drama in Russia.

Power to the Pixel

Pixel Market unveils 32 projects

17-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Power to the Pixel event to include a major Nordic delegation.

Winnie Lau

Winnie Lau to leave Fortissimo Films

17-Sep-2014 | By

Fortissimo Films has announced that Winnie Lau is leaving after 13 years with the company to join a leading production house in a senior capacity.

Russell Brand

Picturehouse to screen Russell Brand event

17-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Picturehouse to be cinema broadcast partner of Guardian Live’s Russell Brand event.

Fidalgo takes three Toronto titles

17-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Norwegian distributor scores hat-trick of titles.

Wild Tales, Gone Girl bookend Athens

17-Sep-2014 | By

The 20th edition of the festival includes competition titles ’71 and Blind.

Edward Snowden

NYFF lands Edward Snowden doc

16-Sep-2014 | By

In an unprecedented addition to the programme, a special presentation of Laura Poitras’ hitherto top secret Citizenfour has been slotted into the New York Film Festival and will screen on October 10.

Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston joins Skull Island

16-Sep-2014 | By

The British star and Comic-Con deity has signed on to Legendary Entertainment’s 2016 release with Jordan Vogt-Roberts on board to direct.

99 Homes

Broad Green Pictures takes 99 Homes

16-Sep-2014 | By

Ramin Bahrani’s much fancied 99 Homes will not compete in this year’s awards season as it emerged that Broad Green Pictures has acquired all US rights and will distribute theatrically in spring 2015.

Chris Fujiwara to step down as Edinburgh artistic director

16-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

After serving as artistic director of Edinburgh International Film Festival for three festivals, Chris Fujiwara is stepping down from his role. 


AFI to announce almanac honourees in December

16-Sep-2014 | By

American Film Institute top brass will announce their list of the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television on December 8.

Wang Zhonglei

Huayi to invest $130m in US subsidiary

16-Sep-2014 | By

Beijing-based Huayi Brothers Media Corporation is investing $130m in a wholly-owned subsidiary in Los Angeles.

Michelle Satter

Sundance greenlights Episodic Lab

16-Sep-2014 | By

Executives at the Sundance Institute have pulled back the curtain on the 10 writers selected for the inaugural Episodic Story Lab, set to take place at the Sundance Resort in Utah from September 27-October 2.

Kung Fu Jungle

Donnie Yen's Kung Fu Jungle to premiere in London

16-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Action star Donnie Yen, director Teddy Chen and actress Michelle Bai to attend London Film Festival premiere.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Fox backs laser projection to lift 3D box office

16-Sep-2014 | By Adrian Pennington

The era of laser illuminated projection came a little closer over the weekend following screenings of Life of Pi and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes using new Christie Digital technology which promise to lift levels of 3D movies to a par with that enjoyed in 2D.


Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards finallists announced

16-Sep-2014 | By

The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation president Samuel Goldwyn Jr has announced the five finallists and judges for the 2014 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes reclaims top spot in China

16-Sep-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Fox’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes narrowly outgrossed The Expendables 3 to take back the top spot at the Chinese box office last week (Sep 8-14).

Robert Simmonds

STX hires Kevin Grayson

16-Sep-2014 | By

Kevin Grayson has joined Robert Simonds’ new film and television studio as president of domestic distribution for the motion picture group.

Soda takes Phoenix for UK

16-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Acquisition of Christian Petzold’s post-war drama follows world premiere at Toronto.

Brie Larson

Kingsley, Larson board Brooklyn Bridge

16-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Sir Ben Kingsley and rising talent Brie Larson have joined Daniel Radcliffe on Killer Films’ drama Brooklyn Bridge. 

The Golden Era

Hong Kong submits Golden Era to Oscars

16-Sep-2014 | By

Fresh from its Venice premiere, Ann Hui’s The Golden Era has been selected as Hong Kong’s entry to the best foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards.

Rocks in my Pockets

Latvia submits animation to Oscar race

16-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Feature-length animation Rocks In my Pockets is Latvia’s entry for the Academy Awards.

Love, Rosie

Rome announces first English-language titles

16-Sep-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Premieres include Time Out of Mind, Black and White, Love, Rosie.

Euro flag

MEDIA moving house, Swiss cash for distribution

16-Sep-2014 | By

Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme is set to come under the responsibility of the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society to reflect the future role of the digital shift in the development of the creative content industry in Europe.

Nymphomaniac Director's Cut set for simultaneous release

16-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Local releases of the film to be accompanied by a simultaneous VOD release in several countries.

Wish I Was Here

Zach Braff heading to Zurich

16-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Actor-director to present new comedy-drama Wish I Was Here.

Kurosawa exec'd short to debut at Raindance

16-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Hound of Heaven stars LA rapper Propaganda.

European Film Awards (EFAs)

EFA unveils 50-strong selection

16-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

More than 30 European countries represented in the line-up.

Jill Soloway

Film Independent sets Forum keynotes

16-Sep-2014 | By

The 10th annual Film Independent Forum will take place in Los Angeles over October 24-26.


IDFA relocates festival heart to Amstel

16-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Special programmes to also take place in a number of satellite locations spread across Amsterdam

Tribeca Film snaps up Hyena

15-Sep-2014 | By

Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Gerard Johnson’s Hyena following its recent screening in Toronto. In separate deals, Amplify and Starz Digital Media take Champs and Dada Films will release All You Need Is Love.


Festival Do Rio unveils full roster

15-Sep-2014 | By

More than 350 films from 60 countries will screen over the course of the festival, set to run in Brazil from September 24–October 8.

George Clooney at the LFF 2011

Cecil B. DeMille honour for George Clooney

15-Sep-2014 | By

The multihyphenate and humanitarian activist will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) honour at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards on January 11, 2015.

Steve Bertram Patrice Theroux

Steve Bertram joins eOne, Patrice Theroux departs

15-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Entertainment One reveals plans to reorganize global film structure.

San Diego fest adds buzz trio to roster

15-Sep-2014 | By

Top brass at the 13th San Diego Film Festival have added three recent Toronto premieres to the line-up and announced they will honour Beau Bridges.

Metrodome strikes for Toronto trio

15-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Mia Hansen Love, Francois Ozon dramas and Cannon Films doc among Toronto haul.

Deluge Redivivus

Restored Deluge to open Gdynia

15-Sep-2014 | By

Restored, re-edited version of The Deluge to open Michal Oleszczyk’s first year at Gdynia

Orange Is The New Black

Netflix launches in France

15-Sep-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

US streaming giant signs 11th hour TV set-top box deal with Bouygues Telecom.

Douglas Trumbull

Trumbull: Super HFR could revitalise cinema

15-Sep-2014 | By Adrian Pennington

IBC: VFX veteran Douglas Trumbull claims the groundbreaking technology could revitalise the theatrical experience.

The Boxtrolls

Boxtrolls tops UK chart; slow start for Pride

15-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s animation dethrones Sex Tape with $3.3m (£2m), including previews; Fox/Pathe’s Pride opens with non-final $1.2m (£714,119) from 491 sites.

The Snow Queen 2

Snow Queen inks Australia/NZ deal

15-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures to release in Aus/NZ following Toronto deal.

Shekhar Kapur

Shekhar Kapur to chair 2014 Capri Hollywood fest

15-Sep-2014 | By

The Indian filmmaker will serve as chairman of the 19th edition of Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival, scheduled to run in the Gulf of Naples from December 26-January 2, 2015.


Iran's Tales sold to Benelux, LatAm

15-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s controversial feature picked up the screenplay award at Venice.

Labyrinth of Lies

Beta closes deals on Toronto titles

15-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Beta Cinema secures worldwide deals for Labyrinth of Lies, The Farewell Party and Tour de Force.

Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 to close Abu Dhabi

15-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

World premiere of From A to B by Emirati director Ali Mostafa first Emirati film to open festival.

The Custard Factory

Think Jam to expand UK presence

15-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Digital marketing agency to open Birmingham office.

The Imitation Game

TIFF audiences honour Imitation

14-Sep-2014 | By

The Toronto International Film Festival leadership announced the juried and audience award winners as the 39th annual event wrapped on Sunday (September 14).

No Good Deed

No Good Deed wins US on $25m

14-Sep-2014 | By

Box office bounced back – how could it do otherwise? – after last week’s historic low as the Screen Gems thriller starring Idris Elba beat Dolphin Tale 2 to open top on an estimated $24.5m.


RioFest unveils Focus Mexico

14-Sep-2014 | By

Top brass at the festival, set to run from September 24-October 8, have announced the selections in Focus Mexico.


Lucy bosses int'l BO on $25m

14-Sep-2014 | By

SEPTEMBER 15 UPDATE: Lucy the brave soared past $200m as an overall $24.9m through Universal and EuropaCorp propelled the running total to $230.6m.

Danny Glover

Andron to star Baldwin, Glover

13-Sep-2014 | By

Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover will star in AMBI Pictures Group’s sci-fi from Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi.

Still Alice, Beginners, Heist find US homes

12-Sep-2014 | By

SPC, RADiUS and Saban Films have added to their Toronto trophy cabinets, taking rights to Still Alice, Adult Beginners and American Heist, respectively.

Rooney Mara

Dane DeHaan, Rooney Mara join Ziggy

12-Sep-2014 | By

Dane DeHaan and Rooney Mara are attached to star in Electric City’s drama marking the debut feature from Baz Luhrmann’s protégé.

The Voices

The Voices struck by Arrow in UK

12-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor takes crime comedy starring Ryan Reynolds made by Persepolis director Marjane Satrapi.

Northern Banner launches at TIFF

12-Sep-2014 | By

Raven Banner announced in Toronto it has launched Northern Banner, a new distribution label that to focus on films from the vanguard of worldwide cinema for the Canadian market.

The Look Of Silence

Distributors hear Oppenheimer’s Silence

12-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Tel Aviv-based sales outfit Cinephil has sold Joshua Oppenheimer’s well-received doc The Look of Silence to France, Canada, Japan and Australia.


Pride marches to top social media buzz chart

12-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Feelgood comedy drama leads the pack on social networks in the UK.


Can Lucy outmuscle the crowd?

12-Sep-2014 | By

EuropaCorp / Universal’s Lucy has crossed $145m and will look to hold its spot as the top Hollywood film in international release despite several mighty rivals.

Jerzy Lipman

Camerimage to honour late Jerzy Lipman

12-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

A retrospective of work by the Polish cinematographer, who worked with Polanski and Haneke, to screen at the festival.

Two Dosas

Film London reveals shorts winners

12-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Includes the first award winner from BAME filmmaker scheme, who will join director David Yates on the set of his next feature.

Labyrinth Of Lies

SPC enters Labyrinth Of Lies

11-Sep-2014 | By

The distributor has picked up North American rights to Giulio Ricciarelli’s directorial debut ahead of Friday’s world premiere.

Charlie's Country

Visit sells hot TIFF duo

11-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe’s Visit Films has closed multiple territories on its current slate of films, led by Toronto selections Charlie’s Country and It Follows.

Before We Go

RADiUS acquires Before We Go

11-Sep-2014 | By

The distributor has reunited with its Snowpiercer star and acquired US rights to Chris Evans’ directorial debut.

Zurich Golden Eye

Zurich unveils 2014 line-up

11-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

International and documentary competitions include The Skeleton Twins, ‘71 and The Look of Silence. A total of 17 world premieres secured for the festival, which has received a budget boost.

Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen joins Hank Williams biopic

11-Sep-2014 | By

The BAFTA-nominated actress will star opposite Tom Hiddleston in I Saw The Light.

To Singapore With Love

Singapore filmmakers protest doc ban

11-Sep-2014 | By

A group of Singaporean filmmakers including Anthony Chen, Boo Junfeng, Royston Tan and Kelvin Tong has issued a statement protesting the local ban of Tan Pin Pin’s documentary To Singapore With Love.

Time Out Of Mind

Miranda Bailey launches Cold Iron Pictures

11-Sep-2014 | By

The LA-based producer and financier, In Toronto with Time Out Of Mind, has officially unveiled her new company and announced the upcoming feature Swiss Army Man.

Oleg Sentsov

Imprisoned Oleg Sentsov on San Sebastian jury

11-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The incarcerated Ukrainian director has been named an honorary jury member at the forthcoming festival.

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes to direct All We Had

11-Sep-2014 | By

Katie Holmes becomes the latest actress to step into directing and will make her debut on and star in the drama All We Had.

When East Meets West 2014

When East Meets West expands beyond Europe

11-Sep-2014 | By

Trieste’s When East Meets West (WEMW) co-production market is to cast its net wider to include North America for the first time.

Asian Film Summit Toronto Peter Loehr Cameron Bailey

Asia experts discuss China film growth, challenges

11-Sep-2014 | By

Experts at the Asia Film Summit in Toronto discussed the growth and current issues in Asia and finding the key to cracking the East-West conundrum.

Rosewater Gael Garcia Bernal Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart to talk Rosewater at LFF

11-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Daily Show host will be joined by political journalist Maziar Bahari at the Screen Talk event.

The Snow Queen 2

Snow Queen 2 sold to 10 territories, adds cast

11-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Sharlto Copley and Sean Bean added to the voice cast of animation sequel, which has set a release date and will be overseen by Timur Bekmambetov.

Udo Kier

Udo Kier to lead Viewster jury

11-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Viewster Online Film Festival will offer total prize money of $100,000.

Top Five

Paramount buys Chris Rock's Top Five

10-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Paramount Pictures has secured worldwide distribution rights to Chris Rock’s Top Five. The comedy – written, directed by and starring Rock – received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last Saturday.

The Riot Club

IFC takes Riot Club for US

10-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

British elite drama starring Max Irons and Sam Claflin received its world premiere in Toronto at the weekend.

Tales of the Grim Sleeper

HBO takes Broomfield's Grim Sleeper for US

10-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

HBO Documentary Films closes first deal with Sky Atlantic following Toronto screening.

Phoenix to rise in US with Sundance Selects

10-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

German drama debuted at Toronto this week.

Michael Horn

Paramount's Michael Horn to join Sony

10-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Paramount Pictures Mexico exec to oversee Latin America for Sony Pictures Releasing International.

The Expendables 3

Expendables 3 tops China box office

10-Sep-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Undeterred by piracy, The Expendables 3 grossed $32.84 in its first week at the China box office, knocking Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes into second position.

Screen Awards

Screen Awards unveils shortlist for Cinema of the Year

10-Sep-2014 | By Screen staff

Five cinemas nominated for companies that have more than 25 screens.

The Chambermaid Lynn

Zurich unveils Focus competition titles

10-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

A total of 12 films from Switzerland, Germany, Austria will compete for the Golden Eye award.

Craig Dehmel

Fox ups Dehmel to distribution role

10-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Long-serving Fox exec named evp of international distribution.


BFI appoints external affairs director

10-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Fiona Cookson joins from the the British Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Universal Pictures Intl takes Salvation

10-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

TrustNordisk sells rights to Kristian Levring’s western starring Mads Mikkelsen.

Joel Schumacher

Swank, Schumacher to receive Hamptons honours

10-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Hamptons International Film Festival also unveils its annual Golden Starfish competition titles.

Michael Barker and Tom Bernard

SPC's Barker and Bernard to receive French honour

10-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Co-founders and co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics to receive France’s highest decoration.

Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2

Magnum pre-buys Media Asia duo

10-Sep-2014 | By

Magnum Pictures has pre-bought two titles from Media Asia – Helios and Triumph In The Sky – for Australia/NZ. The distributor has also set a Canada release date for Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 following the positive reaction to its TIFF screening.


Revolver finds Soulmate for Halloween

10-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Revolver Entertainment USA has acquired North America to Genesis Film Sales thriller Soulmate, due for a Halloween release.


Viacom closes $720m deal for UK's Channel 5

10-Sep-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Viacom has closed its £450m ($720m) acquisition of free-to-air UK broadcaster Channel 5.

MAD Solutions takes Theeb for Arab world

10-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Naji Abu Nowar’s desert adventure debuted at Venice and Toronto film festivals.

Jerome Paillard

Paillard, Bondarchuk join St. Petersburg board

10-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Cannes Marche exec and Stalingrad director join forthcoming Saint Petersburg International Media Forum.

Nymphomaniac Director's Cut set for Fantastic Fest

10-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Lars von Trier’s sex drama to receive North American premiere at the festival in Austin.

White Rabbit

White Rabbit hops to US

10-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Breaking Glass Pictures planning day-and-date release.

The Crossing

John Woo’s The Crossing to open Dec 2

10-Sep-2014 | By

Beijing Galloping Horse has set the China release date for the first part of John Woo’s upcoming epic drama The Crossing for December 2.

Big Game

Toronto deals start to trickle in

9-Sep-2014 | By

Two acquisitions reportedly in the works have closed, with EuropaCorp taking US rights to Jalmari Helander’s Big Game and Millennium Entertainment boarding Madame Bovary.

IM Global, Fuqua Films join forces

9-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Training Day director Antoine Fuqua and producing partner Kat Samick team with film financing, sales and distribution firm.

TIFF starved of domestic deals

9-Sep-2014 | By

As the second week of Toronto got underway, A24 pounced on While We’re Young and the hope remained that a deal for Top Five would inject life into what has been a muted event thus far.

NYFF honours for Gere, Hawke

9-Sep-2014 | By

The actors, both in Toronto with the premieres of their latest work, are to be feted by The Film Society Of Lincoln Center at the 52nd New York Film Festival.

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Buyers flock to Dead Lands

9-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Toa Fraser’s action-thriller sells to UK, Germany and China, among others.

99 Homes

HPI sells major territories on 99 Homes

9-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Hyde Park International (HPI) has licensed Ramin Bahrani’s buzz drama 99 Homes to StudioCanal in the UK and VVS in Canada in a raft of major sales.

The Lesson

Wide inks US, Germany deals

9-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: The Lesson [pictured], Eva Braun, Golden Kingdom find distributors.


Doc & Film seals National Gallery, Melody deals

9-Sep-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Melody [pictured] piques buyer interest after Montreal wins.

Ice Poison

Taiwan submits Ice Poison for Oscars

9-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Drug drama directed by Midi Z put forward for Best Foreign-Language Award.

Little England (Mikra Anglia)

Greece enters Oscar race with Little England

9-Sep-2014 | By

Pandelis Voulgaris’ Little England has been submitted by Greece for the Academy Awards.

Linea Saasen and Alex Holdridge

'Montenegro' team plan Berlin TV series

9-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Alex Holdridge and Linea Saasen, the writer/directors in Toronto with Meet Me in Montenegro, are now writing an ambitious TV series to be set in 1945 post-war Berlin.

Vientiane in Love

Luang Prabang fest to open with Lao omnibus

9-Sep-2014 | By

The Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) has announced its line-up for this year’s edition, including the world premiere of Lao omnibus Vientiane In Love, which opens the festival on December 6.

Khalid Abdalla

Kite Runner star launches Cairo cinematheque

9-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: British Egyptian actor Khalid Abdalla talks new film venue in Egypt.

The Grump

Buyers take to Yellow Affair's Grump

9-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: German, Turkish deals for Finnish comedy.

Troll: The Tale of a Tail

German funds foster links with Norway, Denmark

9-Sep-2014 | By

Closer collaboration is being promoted by two German public film funds and opposite numbers in Norway and Denmark.

Zurich Film Festival 2014 jury

Val Kilmer, Susanne Bier on Zurich jury

9-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Susanne Bier to head international competition jury at Zurich Film Festival, which also includes US actor Val Kilmer, Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanic and more.

Chasing Berlusconi

'Berlusconi' VOD debut canned over cinema boycott threat

9-Sep-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Norwegian cinema directors threatened to boycott comedy ahead of a planned VOD world premiere.

Little Death coming across Europe

9-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

LevelK sells Australian sex comedy to raft of territories.

Say When UK release pushed back

9-Sep-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Comedy starring Keira Knightly and Chloe Grace Moretz pushed back to November.


Gentlemen to open Stockholm


Mikael Marcimain’s follow-up to award-winning Call Girl to open Swedish festival.

Kim Longinotto

IDFA to focus on women in documentary

9-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Themed programme to include discussions with 15 leading female directors including Kim Longinotto.

A24 takes US on While We're Young

8-Sep-2014 | By

In a rare on-site US deal in this year’s Toronto, A24 has acquired US rights to Noah Baumbach’s ensemble drama, which premieres on September 11 and has already screened for press and industry.

Goodbye Mommy

RADiUS swoops on Venice hit Goodnight Mommy

8-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: RADiUS has picked up North American rights from Films Distribution to the recent Orrizonti premiere.

Robert De Niro

Lionsgate moves on Dirty Grandpa

8-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has snapped up US and UK rights in Toronto to the raucous comedy project, one of the sales sleeper hits of Toronto that QED International introduced to the market last week.

Studio 8 closes Sony financing deal

8-Sep-2014 | By

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has signed a deal with Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 to release up to six films a year worldwide excluding Greater China.


Lionsgate UK expands distribution

8-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Adds Summit label titles including Allegiant Part 2 to its slate. eOne previously handled distribution of Summit titles in the UK.

Charlie Phillips

Sheffield Doc/Fest deputy director, prog director to leave

8-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Charlie Phillips to leave after seven years, replaced by the director of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. Sheffield Doc/Fest director of programming Hussain Currimbhoy is also set to step down.

We Are The Giant

Submarine trades on We Are The Giant

8-Sep-2014 | By

Submarine has licensed all US rights excluding TV broadcast to Greg Barker’s documentary film to Music Box Films. 

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

StudioCanal pacts with China’s Youku Tudou, BesTV

8-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

StudioCanal has secured deals with two of China’s biggest subscription VOD provides, Youku Tudou and BesTV.

Sex Tape

Sex Tape goes viral at UK box office

8-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s comedy debuts top with $2.3m (£1.43m), including previews; Universal’s Lucy crosses £10m and led Fri-Sun with $1.9m (£1.19m).

Alex Of Venice

HFF unveils Horizons strand

8-Sep-2014 | By

Jon Fitzgerald and his team at the reboot Hollywood Film Festival with its emphasis on socially conscious films have unveiled the line-up of features by first-time directors.


FlixFling adds six films to pipeline

8-Sep-2014 | By

North American streaming service FlixFling has closed US distribution deals on six films including comedy The Infinite Man and crime thriller AB Negative.


IFFR Live! to kick off with Atlantic

8-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: European cinemas and VOD platforms to host films simultaneously with Rotterdam festival launches.

Christian Zubert

Zübert set for English-language debut

8-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Tour de Force director to adapt TC Boyle’s cult novel Water Music.

Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh biopic gets director

8-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Swedish director Daniel Fridell (Swedish Beauty) has been set to direct English-language Vincent Van Gogh biopic for production outfit Kalliope Films.

Springtime in a English Village (1944)

BFI unlocks $8m Digitisation Fund

8-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Funding will support the digitisation of 10,000 titles.

Red Army marches north

8-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Currently playing at Toronto, the Cold War hockey documentary has been snapped up for the Nordic market.

France deal for doc Price We Pay

8-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Tax avoidance documentary, currently showing at Toronto, scores France deal.

Buyers bow to Tamahori's Emperor

8-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Deals for Corsan action-adventure, starring Sophie Cookson [pictured], Adrien Brody and Thomas Kretschmann, now shooting in Europe.

The Postman’s White Nights

Konchalovsky Venice winner inks deals

8-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

France, Portugal deals for Venice Silver Lion winner.

Life in a Fishbowl

Buyers run to Films Boutique duo

8-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Multiple deals for Venice and Toronto titles.

Curzon Film World

Goldman to oversee Curzon distribution

8-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Former Miramax and Sony Pictures exec tasked with growing Curzon’s sales revenue.

Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer to conduct Zurich masterclass

8-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Others to take part in on-stage discussions include Susanne Bier, Frederick Wiseman, Michael Ballhaus and Ulrich Seidl. Also, Nightcrawler will receive its European premiere at Zurich.

Man of the West

VSC, Kino Lorber ink distribution deal

8-Sep-2014 | By

Companies sign three-year multi-platform Canadian home entertainment distribution deal, launching with Man of the West [pictured] DVD/BR release in November.

Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil

Raven Banner meets Todd

8-Sep-2014 | By

Feature-length version of Canadian TV series is currently in production.

Nick Cassavetes

Cassavetes to direct Corsan's Expiration

8-Sep-2014 | By

Thriller centres on a poisoned former CIA agent turned assassin who has 20 hours to discover who wants him dead.

Michael Douglas

Bloom boards CIA thriller Unlocked

7-Sep-2014 | By

Bloom has introduced international buyers here to the upcoming Michael Apted thriller starring Michael Douglas, Orlando Bloom and Noomi Rapace.

Industry awaits TIFF deals

7-Sep-2014 | By

UPDATED: A torpid start to the market coupled with concerns over the desirability of acquisition titles has left buyers looking expectantly towards reportedly a $10m-plus deal for Top Five.


Lucy rules int'l BO on $23.3m

7-Sep-2014 | By

Lucy stayed on top of the international chart thanks to an estimated $23.3m weekend haul that boosted the tally to $143.7m through Universal and $192.2m including EuropaCorp markets.

Jonathan Kier

Jonathan Kier to head Sierra/Affinity sales

7-Sep-2014 | By

Sierra/Affinity principals Nick Meyer, Marc Schaberg and Marc Butan announced in Toronto they have promoted Jonathan Kier to president of sales and distribution.

Steve Coogan

Highland to sell Boswell For The Defence

7-Sep-2014 | By

Steve Coogan will play the title role of James Boswell in an adaptation of the West End play Boswell For The Defence. Highland Film Group is in Toronto handling international sales.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians stays top in dismal US session

7-Sep-2014 | By

Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy added an estimated $10.2m in its sixth weekend through Buena Vista to surge to $294.6m in the lowest box office weekend in two years.

The Face of an Angel

Soda takes UK/Canada for Angel

7-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Distributor acquires UK/Ireland and Canadian rights to Michal Winterbottom’s Toronto premiere.

Welcome to Me

Bron adds two key executives

7-Sep-2014 | By

Aaron L Gilbert and Brenda Gilbert’s Vancouver-based Bron Studios, in town with Kritsen Wiig starrer Welcome To Me, has announced two key hires.

Cinema do Brasil trumpets Obra, Tower

7-Sep-2014 | By

Cinema do Brasil is in town promoting two titles in the festival – Gregorio Graziosi’s Discovery entry Obra and Fernanda Salloum and Carolina Markowicz’s Short Cuts International selection Tatuapé Mahal Tower.

Venice 2014

Venice Market finds niche with gap financing market

7-Sep-2014 | By

Several projects in Venice’s inaugural European Gap-Financing Co-Production Market are on the verge of completing their financing.

Archie Kao

Arclight sells The Deathday Party

7-Sep-2014 | By

Arclight Films has taken on worldwide rights to the Chinese psychological crime thriller starring Archie Kao from Michael Mann’s upcoming Blackhat.

Lars Bredo Rahbek

Nimbus scares up ghost story

7-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Producer Lars Bredo Rahbek of Copenhagen’s Nimbus Film, whose Itsi Bitsi screened premiered at TIFF last night, is now developing a big-screen adaptation of In Search of a Distant Voice by author Taichi Yamada.

Hugo Weaving

Weaving in talks for Gandhi’s Bird Eclipse

7-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Hugo Weaving is in talks to star in fantasy period drama Bird Eclipse, the next project from Ship Of Theseus director Anand Gandhi.

Markus Vogelbacher

Stampfer and Vogelbacher launch IFP

7-Sep-2014 | By

IFP will advise international film and TV productions “in the areas of film financing and the provision of technical services with a special focus on Germany”.

Buyers hello to Farewell

7-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Venice Days BNL People’s Choice award winner sells to Benelux, Germany and Australia/New Zealand, among others.

Isabelle Giordano

Unifrance eyes growth

7-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Boom in French films at Toronto complements the expansion plans of French promotion agency Unifrance.

Viva La Liberta

Rai secures US double

7-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Viva La Liberta [pictured] and The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer secure US deals.

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence

Pigeon wins Golden Lion in Venice

6-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Venice awards go to Roy Andersson dark comedy, Andrei Konchalovsky drama, Hungry Hearts.

Paul Gross

Partners travel down Hyena Road

6-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Rhombus Media, WTFilms and Canada Company are teaming up on the Afghanistan war film, set to begin shooting in Manitoba in late September before relocating to Jordan.

Ana de Armas

Fortitude talks up Daughter Of God

6-Sep-2014 | By

Keanu Reeves and his Knock Knock co-star Ana de Armas will reunite on the thriller Daughter Of God that Fortitude International represents in Toronto.

Halle Berry

Relativity snatches Kidnap for US

6-Sep-2014 | By

Relativity Studios has picked up US rights to Lotus Entertainment and Gold Star Films’ upcoming Halle Berry thriller.


Libertador named Venezuelan Oscar entry

6-Sep-2014 | By

Alberto Arvelo’s Simón Bolívar epic The Liberator – Libertador starring Edgar Ramírez will represent Venezuela as the foreign language Oscar submission.

Search Engine Films takes Guidance

6-Sep-2014 | By

John Bain’s Search Engine Films has acquired Canadian rights from Edyson Entertainment to the Discovery selection following its world premiere on Friday.

Jernej Razen

Electric hires Jernej Razen

6-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has hired Jernej Razen as vp of acquisitions and development at the company’s international sales division.

Louis C.K.

Louis C.K. joins Trumbo

6-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Comedian latest addition to anticipated drama as John Goodman signs.

The Culture High

Breakthrough kicks off Culture High sales

6-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Breakthrough Entertainment has launched sales in Toronto on marijuana laws documentary The Culture High, screening in the market.

Richard Abramowitz

Abramorama, Arts Alliance form pact

6-Sep-2014 | By

Richard Abramowitz’s distribution company Abramorama has partnered with Arts Alliance to theatrically release a slate of titles including live events.

The Nightmare

Toronto deals: Content pre-sells The Nightmare

6-Sep-2014 | By Screen staff

Deals for The Nightmare, Nabat; plus news on Drive Productions and Petersburg Carousel.

Winged Creatures

Shoreline boards sales on W2 Ent library

6-Sep-2014 | By

Shoreline Entertainment has been appointed sales agent of the W2 Entertainment library of more than 60 features and is in talks with buyers here.

Scarlet's Witch

Mance Media takes world on Scarlet’s Witch

6-Sep-2014 | By Daniel Horowitz

EXCLUSIVE: Mance Media has acquired worldwide rights to the adult fairy tale from writer-director F C Rabbath.

Just Before I Go

Starz picks up Just Before I Go

6-Sep-2014 | By

Starz has secured North American rights to Courteney Cox’s feature directorial debut Just Before I Go.

Drive Productions launches in LA, Vancouver

6-Sep-2014 | By

Producers Kyle Mann and Michael Risley have launched development, production and financing company Drive Productions focused on elevated genre.

China Lion roars for Breakup Buddies

6-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Distributor picks up comedy for US and Australia/NZ from IM Global.

David Gordon Green heads to Bolivia

6-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Our Brand Is Crisis stars Sandra Bullock, who will also executive produce, with the Warner Bros project produced by Smokehouse.

Tom Quinn and Jason Janego

US experts head OMDC panel

6-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

John Sloss of Cinetic Media, Jonathan Sehring from IFC Films and Jason Janego & Tom Quinn [pictured] from RADiUS among those on panel.


Guidance lands world sales agent

6-Sep-2014 | By

Edyson Entertainment has closed a deal with Andrew Herwitz’ Film Sales Company for world sales rights to Guidance, which received its world premiere in Discovery last night (Sept 5).

Drew Barrymore

Salt inks Barrymore-Collette film deals

6-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Deals for Miss You Already, from Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, which starts shooting on Sunday.


MFI announces Louder Than Bombs deals

6-Sep-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Joachim Trier’s English language debut, co-starring Gabriel Byrne and Isabelle Huppert, is currently shooting in New York.

Ralph Fiennes

Directors spin Carousel

6-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Russian omnibus film to shoot in early 2015.

The Last 5 Years

RADiUS swoops on The Last 5 Years

5-Sep-2014 | By

The distributor has taken North American rights to Toronto world premiere The Last 5 Years starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

Aimee Teegarden

Myriad tempts buyers with Heart Beats 3D

5-Sep-2014 | By

Myriad Pictures is in Toronto with world sales on the Das Films and Sikhya Films Bollywood-hip-hop dance title from Step Up creator Duane Adler.

Josh Greenstein

Josh Greenstein to head Sony marketing

5-Sep-2014 | By

Former Paramount CMO Josh Greenstein is joining Sony as president of worldwide marketing and distribution.

Instructions Not Included

Pantelion, Eugenio Derbez strike pact

5-Sep-2014 | By

Instructions Not Included director Eugenio Derbez has struck an exclusive first-look deal with that film’s distributor Pantelion Films.

DFI CEO talks transition

5-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Acting CEO Fatma Al-Remaihi admits the Doha Film Institute is facing challenges.

Mark Polish

IFT gets to grips with Headlock

5-Sep-2014 | By

International Film Trust is handling sales in Toronto on Mark Polish’s solo directorial debut Headlock, the first of two from the director that Benaroya Pictures will fully finance.

Taylor Lautner

Saban Films pounces on Tracers

5-Sep-2014 | By

Saban Films has acquired its second film, taking North American rights to the Tayler Lautner parkour thriller. FilmNation handles international sales.

Soda, Thunderbird kick off merger with Riot Club deal

5-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Soda brand continues to exist as the company expands to include Canadian distribution, starting with The Riot Club.

Mae Whitman

Sierra/Affinity to sell int'l on The Duff

5-Sep-2014 | By

Sierra/Affinity has come on to handle international sales on CBS Films’ The Duff starring Mae Whitman, Bianca Santos, Skyler Samuels and Ken Jeong.

A Hologram for the King

Hologram sells for Lotus

5-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Lotus Entertainment has reported a strong response from buyers to Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram For The King starring Tom Hanks.

Rhys Ifans

Séville Int’l launches sales on Len

5-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Séville International will kick off talks with buyers in Toronto on the Anonymous Content drama Len And Company starring Rhys Ifans and Juno Temple.

Fiona Tan

Mongrel Int’l boards History’s Future

5-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International has added a late addition to its Toronto slate in the form of History’s Future from installations artist Fiona Tan.

Santiago Mitre

Versatile adds La Patota to TIFF slate

5-Sep-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Other new additions include Jerome Bonnell’s A Trois, On Y Va.

The Look of Silence

Dogwoof hears Oppenheimer's Silence

5-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK deal for The Act of Killing follow-up.

Where The Road Runs Out

Traverse to handle sales on Where The Road Runs Out

5-Sep-2014 | By

Traverse Media has come on board to represent US rights to Where The Road Runs Out, the first feature shot in Equatorial Guinea.

Secrets of War

Sola spreads Secrets of War

5-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Dennis Bots’ Secrets of War has already been sold to German Speaking Europe, Turkey and Estonia.

Ben Browning

Ben Browning joins FilmNation

5-Sep-2014 | By

The Wayfare Entertainment co-founder and former CEO has joined FilmNation Entertainment in the new position of co-president of production and acquisitions.

Robert De Niro

QED to sell Dirty Grandpa

5-Sep-2014 | By

TORONTO: QED International is introducing buyers to Dirty Grandpa starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron.


Felony director's new film secures funding

5-Sep-2014 | By

A week after his film Felony launched into Australian cinemas, Screen Australia has revealed that it is investing production funding in director Matt Saville’s third feature.

In the Basement

Buyers move into Seidl’s Basement

5-Sep-2014 | By

In the Basement sells to Austria, Denmark and Germany, among others, for Coproduction Office.

Jeffrey St Jules

Canadian directors talk film vs digital

5-Sep-2014 | By Daniel Horowitz

At a TIFF Telefilm Canada panel, four Canadian directors talked about current industry issues including film vs digital.

Five Pillars

Ytinifni boards Five Pillars

5-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Jon Rosling’s micro-budget feature secures distribution deal.


Chinese media hub sets incentives

5-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Any foreign companies setting up in the zone will see the local district company tax waived for the first two years upon incorporation and 50% of taxes payable in the third year.

Escobar: Paradise Lost

Benicio del Toro heading to Zurich with Hunger Games star

5-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Hunter Games star Josh Hutcherson to present Escobar: Paradise Lost alongside Oscar winner Benicio del Toro.

The Dinner (i Nostri Ragazzi)

The Dinner wins Europa Cinemas Venice Label

5-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Ivano de Matteo’s Italian film to receive promotional support from Europa Cinemas.

Neighbourhood Cinema

BFI to invest £2m in Neighbourhood Cinema

5-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Initiative will see £2m of investment over four years to enable film fans across the UK to get more opportunities to see a range of films.

Crosswind blows to France

5-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Deckert Distribution sells Martti Helde’s debut feature to ARP.

Corn Island

Corn Island, Accused enter Oscar race

5-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Georgia enters Karlovy Vary winner for consideration for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar, which has also seen submissions from the Netherlands and Japan.

Return to Ithaca wins Venice Days

5-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Laurent Cantet’s Spanish-language feature wins cash prize.


Boyhood wins top FIPRESCI critics award

5-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Richard Linklater’s 12-year project beats Ida, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Winter Sleep.

If I Stay

If I Stay tops UK social media buzz

5-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Chloe Grace Moretz tearjerker leaves Sex Tape and Sin City in the shade.

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts in talks to join Eyes

4-Sep-2014 | By

Julia Roberts is in advanced talks to join Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow on IM Global’s remake of Argentinian Oscar winner The Secret In Their Eyes.

Emil Elmer

IM Global shuffles UK office, Apsara

4-Sep-2014 | By

IM Global has hired Emil Elmer to head up its UK office as David Jourdan moves back to LA to oversee acquisitions for the Apsara label, among other tasks.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Gyllenhaal, Watts to star in Demolition

4-Sep-2014 | By

Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts will star in the romance for Jean-Marc Vallée, who jets in to Toronto for the Canadian premiere of Wild. Sierra/Affinity will kick off pre-sales in Toronto and CAA represents US rights.


Svensk, StudioCanal pact for distribution, production

4-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Co-pros include English-language Easy Money, Henning Mankell TV series.

Veronica Ferres

Veronica Ferres joins Pay The Ghost

4-Sep-2014 | By

The German actress has joined Nic Cage and Sarah Wayne Callis in the supernatural thriller form Voltage Films and Midnight Kitchen Productions.

Andrew Karpen

Bleecker Street staffs up

4-Sep-2014 | By

Andrew Karpen is staffing up his New York-based distributor and has hired a quartet of former Focus Features executives including new president of distribution Jack Foley.

Ellen Page

Buyers go Into the Forest with Ellen Page

4-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Canadian, European deals for drama being teased in Toronto.

Isabelle Huppert

Trier’s Bombs starts in New York

4-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, Isabelle Huppert star, Memento sells.

Dear White People

The Exchange to sell Dear White People

4-Sep-2014 | By

The Exchange has acquired international rights to the Sundance entry and begins sales in Toronto.

Shadow Of The Colossus

Andrés Muschietti to direct Sony’s Shadow

4-Sep-2014 | By

Andrés Muschietti has signed on to direct the PlayStation game adaptation Shadow Of The Colossus for Sony.

The Green Inferno

Eli Roth, Nicolas Lopez to deliver Fantastic Market keynote

4-Sep-2014 | By

The pair will give a keynote speech, present Fantastic Fest’s Latin American market’s first La De Dios award and talk about their Chilewood partnership.

Michael Wright

Michael Wright named DreamWorks CEO

4-Sep-2014 | By

Michael Wright will take over as CEO at DreamWorks in January 2015 following the departure of Stacey Snider for her likely next job at Fox.

Ariel Vromen

Ariel Vroman’s Criminal underway

4-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Principal photography has begun in London on director Ariel Vroman’s thriller Criminal.

Peter Lam

Asian trio team for China-focused fund

4-Sep-2014 | By

Hong Kong’s Media Asia, Korean talent management group SM Entertainment and Taiwan’s Kbro Media have established a fund for joint investment in film and TV production aimed at Chinese-speaking audiences.

Holding the Man

Goalpost finds lovers for Holding The Man

4-Sep-2014 | By

Anthony LaPaglia, Guy Pearce and Kerry Fox are to star alongside upcoming Australian pair Ryan Corr and Craig Stott when Candy director Neil Armfield begins filming Holding The Man in Melbourne next week.


Front Row named iTunes Middle East aggregator

4-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Deal covers United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman.

Bobby Moore

Bobby Moore documentary begins production

4-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Film about the iconic football captain will coincide with the 50th anniversary of England’s 1966 World Cup triumph; eOne to distribute in UK.

Austria, Norway enter Oscar race

4-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Austrian entry The Dark Valley stars British actor Sam Riley; Estonia and Venezuela also make their submissions for the Best Foreign-Language Film category.

Fort Bliss

Vimeo, eOne sign pact

4-Sep-2014 | By

Vimeo has signed a deal to distribute digitally titles from eOne’s library including four day-and-date autumn releases.


ADG announces rule changes

4-Sep-2014 | By

The Art Directors Guild (ADG), IATSE LOCAL 800 has unveiled changes for its annual Excellence In Production Design Awards set for January 31, 2015.

Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh to be Reykjavik guest of honour

4-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Mr. Turner among first 12 films named in the RIFF line-up.

Chasing Berlusconi

Chasing Berlusconi first to get web debut in Norway

4-Sep-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Ole Endresen’s comedy will be available online a week before its theatrical release.

The Look of Silence

EFP reveals Busan 2014 line-up

4-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

X +Y director Morgan Matthews and The Look of Silence doc maker Joshua Oppenheimer among those set to receive support at the festival in South Korea.


Everyman cinema group appoints CEO

4-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Crispin Lilly joins from Cineworld.

Dior And I

Dogwoof sells Dior and I to Asia

4-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Distributor will hold further talks about the doc with buyers in Toronto.

The Grandmaster

The Grandmaster finally gets UK release date

4-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Metrodome to release Wong Kar Wai’s martial arts epic in November.


Candy Factory takes Alumbrones

4-Sep-2014 | By

Candy Factory Distribution has acquired North American rights to the Lost Boy Productions documentary Alumbrones.

Wild to open Vancouver

3-Sep-2014 | By

Jean-Marc Vallée’s new drama starring Reese Witherspoon will kick off the 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival, set to run from September 25–October 10.

The Hateful Eight

TWC to distribute Tarantino's Hateful Eight

3-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Weinstein Company secures worldwide distribution of Tarantino’s eighth film.

Mr Holmes

Miramax acquires Mr Holmes

3-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Miramax will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical release of film directed by Bill Condon and starring Ian Mckellen and Laura Linney

Five nominated for lucrative Nordic prize

3-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

There are five films now nominated for the 2014 Nordic Council Film Prize.


Blumhouse, Ivanhoe strike genre film pact with India's Phantom

3-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Partnership brings together Indian and horror film producers; Anurag Kashyap to direct one of the new features.

Ludmila Cvikova

Doha head of programming departs

3-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Ludmila Cvikova leaves post soon after DFI CEO.

Testament of Youth

London Film Festival unveils 2014 line-up

3-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

World premieres include WWI drama Testament of Youth, Carol Morley’s The Falling and sci-fi sequel Monsters: Dark Continent.

Alex Of Venice

Screen Media acquires Alex Of Venice

3-Sep-2014 | By

The distributor has taken world rights to Electric City Entertainment’s drama starring Chris Messina, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Johnson, Derek Luke and Katie Nehra. 

Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold moves up calendar

3-Sep-2014 | By

Universal Pictures has brought its origins story forward by one week.

Christian Limmer

Christian Limmer adapts Phenomena

3-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Munich-based writer is adapting the award-winning Norwegian fantasy book series for both big and small screens.

Oren Aviv

Oren Aviv joins STX

3-Sep-2014 | By

The former Disney production and marketing chief and Fox CMO has joined Robert Simonds’ new film and television studio as president and chief content officer of the motion picture group. 

Friday Download

BBC kids show set for big screen

3-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Movie adaptation of BBC teen magazine show Friday Download to begin shooting this week.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 trailer

eOne, Lionsgate renew output deals

3-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Upcoming slate includes franchises The Hunger Games and Divergent, Gods of Egypt and Now You See Me 2.

Eric Khoo

Khoo, Nansun Shi team on erotic drama

3-Sep-2014 | By

Singapore’s Zhao Wei Films and Hong Kong-based Distribution Workshop are co-producing Eric Khoo’s erotic drama, In The Room, which started shooting in Singapore today.

American Rust

Slingshot Global Media partners with El Jefe

3-Sep-2014 | By

Los Angeles-based Slingshot Global Media, which launched in February in association with the busy TPG Growth, has signed a first-look deal with Brian McGreevy, Lee Shipman and Philipp Meyer’s new production company.n

Matthew Settle and Elizabeth Rice

Rice, Settle to star in Kelvin Tong horror

3-Sep-2014 | By

Elizabeth Rice (Mad Men) and Matthew Settle (Band Of Brothers) will star in Singaporean director Kelvin Tong’s English-language horror film The Faith Of Anna Waters.

Forest Whitaker

JuntoBox names Incubator participants

3-Sep-2014 | By

JuntoBox Films has announced the eights feature scripts and 18 filmmakers selected for the inaugural incubator initiative.

Colm Feore

Colm Feore joins Hunter’s Moon

3-Sep-2014 | By

The actor will play a priest in the Men Of Characters thriller, currently shooting in Milton, Ontario, at the Rockwood Estates.

Phoenix Worldwide Entertainment

Sales outfit Stealth rebrands

3-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Sales outfit Stealth is to undergo a rebrand to become Phoenix Worldwide Entertainment.

The Imitation Game

London Film Festival 2014: full line-up


Browse all the sections of the 58th London Film Festival (Oct 8-18) including the galas, competition titles and individual sections.


Disney's Frozen characters to return

3-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Characters from the box office smash coming back to life for follow-up animation.

Monty Python

Monty Python Live reaches $6.6m box office

3-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Comedy reunion show recorded audiences of 330,000 in 52 countries.

Ray Winstone

BAFTA to host Ray Winstone event

3-Sep-2014 | By Adam Woodard

British star of Sexy Beast and Noah to talk on stage about his screen career.

Dinard unveils competition titles

3-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Riot Club, ‘71 and The Goob among titles in the running.

Zurich 72 Talent Contest

Zurich launches 72 Talent Contest

3-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Cash prizes for fast filmmaking competition, open to all.

Ted Sarandos

Netflix boss to deliver Mipcom keynote

3-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

On stage interview will delve into Netflix’s strategy and European expansion plans.

The Postman's White Nights

Antipode to deliver Venice title The Postman's White Nights

3-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Antipode Sales & Distribution will handle global sales for Andrei Konchalovsky’s Competition title.

Adam Rubins

Way to Blue acquires Abundant

2-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Way to Blue has acquired UK-based digital creative and PR agency Abundant.

Megan Colligan

Paramount promotes key trio

2-Sep-2014 | By

The studio has promoted Megan Colligan to president of worldwide distribution and marketing and announced the departure of CMO Josh Greenstein.

Shane Black

Bloom to sell The Nice Guys

2-Sep-2014 | By

TORONTO: Alex Walton will commence pre-sales in Canada this week on the Shane Black crime thriller starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.

Wolf At The Door

Rio Fest unveils Première Brasil selection

2-Sep-2014 | By

Top brass at the festival, set to run from September 24-October 8, have announced 41 features and 28 shorts from the strand.

THe Wild Duck

Mongrel adopts The Daughter

2-Sep-2014 | By

Mongrel International and Mongrel Media have picked up international and Canadian rights to Simon Stone’s Australian feature starring Geoffrey Rush and Miranda Otto.


Grindstone takes Cymbeline for North America

2-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Grindstone Entertainment acquires North American distribution rights for Shakespeare adaptation ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

Paradise In Service

Busan unveils 2014 line-up

2-Sep-2014 | By

Chen-Zer Doze Niu’s Paradise In Service and Lee Bo-Cheung’s Gangster Pay Day to bookend 19th edition.

David Hockney

Picturehouse acquires David Hockney doc

2-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Satellite event planned live from Hockney’s Los Angeles studio.

Sunshine Superman

Salt licenses Sunshine Superman

2-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Salt Company has licensed international rights to BASE jumping documentary Sunshine Superman to Universal Pictures International Entertainment ahead of this week’s world premiere in Toronto.

Park Chan-wook

Park Chan-wook's Fingersmith adaptation confirmed

2-Sep-2014 | By

Long-rumoured project to begin casting this month with a shoot planned for 2015.


Premiere nabs Match, 7 Minutes

2-Sep-2014 | By

Premiere Entertainment Group has acquired international sales on the Whitewater Films duo Match and 7 Minutes.

I Can Quit Whenever I Want

Miami unveils MIFFecito 2014

2-Sep-2014 | By

Top brass at the Miami International Film Festival (MiamiFF) have announced the programme at the ‘mini-festival’ set to run from October 16-19.

Dennis Hopper

USC to exhibit Dennis Hopper Collection

2-Sep-2014 | By

The assembly of the actor’s scripts, awards, film posters, photography and personal letters will go on display for a limited period at the Los Angeles-based school.


Versatile acquires Chan’s Dearest

2-Sep-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Chinese child abduction film to screen in Toronto following world premiere in Venice. 

Metrodome catches Carol Morley’s The Falling

2-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Independent sells UK rights for drama starring Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams.

I Origins

Raindance unveils 2014 line-up

2-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Independent film festival to open with I Origins and close with Wolf.

Concrete Night

Finland, Croatia, Serbia enter Oscar race

2-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Three new submissions hope to make the shortlist for Best Foreign-Language Film at the Oscars 2015.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes swings into top spot in China

2-Sep-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Fox International’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes kept local action title The Four 3 off the top spot at the China box office last week, grossing a hefty $45.13m over its three-day opening weekend.

Escobar: Paradise Lost

Benicio Del Toro to receive San Sebastian award

2-Sep-2014 | By Francesca Wilson

Benicio Del Toro to be honoured at San Sebastian; Oscar-winning actor’s Escobar: Paradise Lost to close Pearls section.

Esio Trot behind the scenes

TWC takes Roald Dahl's Esio Trot for US

2-Sep-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

The Weinstein Company has picked up the US rights to Roald Dahl adaptation Esio Trot as it continues to pepper its TV slate with UK shows.

Gone Girl

Zurich adds Gone Girl to galas

2-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Other new additions include St. Vincent starring Bill Murray and Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer with Denzel Washington.

Thomas Vinterberg

TrustNordisk taking Vinterberg's Commune to Toronto

2-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Next project from Danish director of Oscar-nominated The Hunt headed to Toronto.

Secret Cinema: Back to the Future

Secret Cinema going Back to the Future in LA

1-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Event cinema organiser plans to rebuild Hill Valley in the US following a month-long run in London.

Cronenberg's Maps switches to Focus World

1-Sep-2014 | By

eOne and Prospero Pictures appear to have put the kibosh on an awards run for Cannes best actress winner Julianne Moore in a deal that sees David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars switch US distributors from eOne to Focus World.

Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier to make TV series

1-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Lars von Trier is readying an English-language TV series called The House That Jack Built.

Good Company Films

Yellow Bird execs launch new production company

1-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Good Company Films will combine the producers behind The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Lar von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark; three projects already in development.

Force Majeure

Sweden enters Force Majeure to Oscar race

1-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure has been chosen to compete for an Academy Award nomination as Best Foreign-Language Feature.

The Face of an Angel

BFI extends US distribution pilot to Toronto

1-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Pilot P&A fund launched at Sundance extends to Toronto.

Indie Sales to launch Zucchini, new Jolivet at Toronto

1-Sep-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: My Life As A Zucchini is written by Tomboy and Girlhood director Céline Sciamma.


Lucy holds UK box office lead

1-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s action sci-fi becomes director Luc Besson’s best-ever UK performer as it records a second straight week at the top of the chart.

Wild Bunch Benelux renamed September Film Distribution

1-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Name change follows move into co-production among other developments

Ritzy Brixton

BECTU takes Living Wage campaign to exhibitors

1-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: BECTU turns to Curzon, other venues, as Ritzy deal nears.


Calinos veterans launch new Turkish distributor

1-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Two former executives from Calinos Films have set up a new distribution company, Fabula Films, acquiring all Turkish rights.

Srinivasan Narayanan

Mumbai fest campaign raises $250k

1-Sep-2014 | By

UPDATED: The social media campaign to save the Mumbai Film Festival, threatened with closure due to a lack of funding, has raised $250,000 in just two days.

Alexander Sokurov

Sokurov, Probst, Bondarchuk back new St. Petersburg event

1-Sep-2014 | By

Filmmaker Alexander Sokurov, EFM president Beki Probst and actor-director-producer Fyodor Bondarchuk (Stalingrad) are among the high-profile names backing a new event in St. Petersburg.

The Editor

Park, XYZ team on The Editor

1-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Midnight Madness thriller from Astron 6 stars Udo Kier, Paz de la Huerta.

Get On Up

James Brown biopic to open Zurich

1-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Music biopic is director Tate Taylor’s follow-up to Oscar-winner The Help.

Vue converting to Sony Digital Cinema 3D

1-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Upgrade to take place across the UK, Ireland, Germany and Denmark.

EFA reveals People's Choice 2014 shortlist

1-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Nymphomaniac and Philomena among selected films.

Nisha Parti

Kudos pacts with Honour producer

1-Sep-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Kudos is planning to produce more drama series told from a British Asian perspective after expanding a partnership with Parti Productions.

Genesis Cinema

Event cinema conference unveils 2014 line-up

1-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The second annual conference will feature panels on marketing, production and improving the business model of event cinema.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians holds firm over Labor Day on $16m

31-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATE SEPT 1: Marvel Studios’ summer hit stayed at number one thanks to an estimated $22.2m haul over the four-day holiday weekend as the season ended on a whimper and fell approximately 15% against summer 2013 to mark the weakest summer since 2006.


Netflix's Italian challenges; IQIYI's Chinese boom

31-Aug-2014 | By

Is Netflix coming to Italy? Not any time soon if the comments at yesterday’s Venice Film Market panel, “VOD in China and Europe - What is the strategy for Netflix arrival”, are taken as the measure.

The Look Of Silence

Cinephil strikes Italian deal for The Look of Silence

31-Aug-2014 | By

Follow-up to the Act of Killing goes from Venice to Telluride and Toronto.

Words With Gods

Words With Gods to launch with inter-faith campaign

31-Aug-2014 | By

Further details have emerged of the marketing and release plans for religious-themed portmanteau picture Words With Gods, which features contributions from such directors as Guillermo Arriaga, Emir Kusturica, Mira Nair and Hector Babenco.

Fund logo

Croatia, Italy, Slovenia plan new co-pro programme

31-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

New programme has budget of €120,000 per year.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes scores $47m China debut

31-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATED SEPT 2: Lucrative returns in China continue to pour in as Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes delivered the fourth biggest opening day for a non-local film, helping it soar past $400m at the international box office.

Escobar: Paradise Lost

Telluride adds Escobar to line-up

30-Aug-2014 | By

Telluride Film Festival organisers have unveiled two late additions to the programme that will premiere in the coming days in a move that could impact on the classification of one Toronto gala screening.

Hollywod sign

California triples film, TV tax credits

29-Aug-2014 | By

The California senate voted on Friday (August 29) to approve a measure that will ramp up the state’s $100m annual allocation to $330m over five years, starting next year.


Iran's Tales selected for int'l festivals

29-Aug-2014 | By

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s feature, which upset Iranian censors, is in competition at the Venice Film Festival.

Titicut Follies

Wiseman working on Titicut Follies ballet

29-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Documentary legend Frederick Wiseman is to revisit his first documentary, 1967’s Titicut Follies.


Foxcatcher set for London Film Festival

29-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Cannes award-winning drama, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, to receive UK premiere.


Lucy bids to stay on top

29-Aug-2014 | By

Lucy ruled the roost last weekend with a $29m haul that elevated the international running total past $100m and to more than $65.2m from Universal territories.

Felix and Meira

UDI taking Felix and Meira, Red Rose to Toronto

29-Aug-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Company also handling Ognjen Svilicic’s These Are The Rules, which world premieres in Venice’s Orizzonti.

Miss Julie

Market support for 39 European films at Toronto

29-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Nearly 30 sales companies receive financial backing to market their films in Toronto.

Never Die Young

Luxembourg submits doc to Oscar race

29-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Never Die Young submitted by Luxembourg for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

Under Milk Wood

Dylan Thomas adaptation Under Milk Wood wraps

29-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

First image released of Rhys Ifans in the new film adaptation of the iconic work by poet Dylan Thomas.


Wild gets UK release date

29-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Drama starring Reese Witherspoon, from Dallas Buyer’s Club director Jean-Marc Vallée, gets awards slot.

Suha Arraf

Villa Touma director surprised by controversy

29-Aug-2014 | By

Few films in Venice this year have arrived trailing as much controversy in their their wake as Palestinian-Israeli filmmaker Suha Arraf’s new feature Villa Touma, which screens in Venice Critics Week.

Downton Abbey series 5

CTBF to host Downton Abbey premiere

29-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Industry charity known for its Royal Film Performance to host TV premiere.

The Keeper of Lost Causes

Danish producers aim for growth after decline

29-Aug-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Ambition to produce 25 Danish features per year with a $14m cash injection.

IFFR Tiger

Rotterdam adds Limelight section, revamps structure

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

New strand will focus on features set for release across the Netherlands after IFFR; titles in Bright Future, Spectrum sections to be reduced by 20%.

Telluride unveils line-up packed with awards contenders

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Main programme includes Birdman, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game and Rosewater.

Seymour: An Introduction

Seymour sells at Telluride

28-Aug-2014 | By

Sundance Selects has bucked the trend at a festival not known for its deals, taking US and Latin American rights to Ethan Hawke’s documentary Seymour: An Introduction.

Scherzo Diabolico

Fantastic Market unveils works-in-progress

28-Aug-2014 | By

Fantastic Fest top brass have announced their work-in-progress selections and film previews for the second edition of the international genre co-production market, Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico.

Li’l Quinquin

Kino Lorber acquires Li’l Quinquin

28-Aug-2014 | By

Kino Lorber has acquired all US rights to Bruno Dumont’s Li’l Quinquin ahead of the North American premiere in Toronto on September 10.

Fires On The Plain

Coproduction Office boards Fires On The Plain

28-Aug-2014 | By

Shinya Tsukamoto’s film plays in Venice Competition and Toronto Wavelengths.

Amira & Sam

Drafthouse acquires Amira & Sam

28-Aug-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights to Sean Mullin’s romance starring Martin Starr, Paul Wesley and newcomer Dina Shihabi. Separately, The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media Distribution have taken Love, Rosie and Level 33 has acquired Copenhagen.

Screen Awards

Screen Awards unveils Rising Star shortlist

28-Aug-2014 | By Screen staff

The Screen Awards has now unveiled the shortlist for this year’s Rising Star award.

Catherine Frot

Memento heads to Toronto with Marguerite

28-Aug-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based sales agent to launch new film loosely inspired by “world’s worst soprano”, Florence Foster Jenkins.

Vanessa Saal

Protagonist adds head of sales, US presence

28-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK sales outfit Protagonist Pictures has appointed former StudioCanal executive Vanessa Saal as head of sales, part of a company restructure that includes launching a US presence fronted by producer Eddie Vaisman.

Lee Waterworth

Yekra launches DIY theatre

28-Aug-2014 | By

The digital distribution platform has announced its self-service, customisable digital theatre.

Victor Koo

Youku Tudou launches film arm Heyi


Chinese online video platform Youku Tudou is launching a film division, Heyi Film, to produce a slate of theatrical features.

Black Nights Tallinn

Tallinn Black Nights gets int'l competition greenlight

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Stamp of approval from FIAPF puts Black Nights on a list with Cannes and Berlin.

Steve Oram, Edward Hogg join UK horror

28-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Cast, directors round on haunted-house horror; XYZ to handle US rights.

Rob Bromley

eOne acquires Force Four

28-Aug-2014 | By

eOne has acquired Canadian producer Force Four Entertainment from partners Rob Bromley, John Ritchie, and Gillian Lowrey.


Hayao Miyazaki among honourary Oscar recipients  

28-Aug-2014 | By

The board of governors of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has voted (August 26) to present honorary awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will go to Harry Belafonte.

Caity Lotz

Content brings 400 Days to Toronto

28-Aug-2014 | By

Content Film has acquired international rights to the sci-fi thriller starring Brandon Routh and Caity Lotz and will show first footage to buyers in Toronto.

Generation Z

Zombie thriller Generation Z to star Dougray Scott

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Post apocalyptic thriller will also star Jessica de Gouw and Martin McCann.


Netflix unveils first French original drama Marseille

28-Aug-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Netflix taps into local cinema talent for political drama set against backdrop of France’s third largest city.


WWII drama Fraternity wraps

28-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Coffee & Cigarettes to rep sales and distribution deals.

Oleg Sentsov

EFA renews call to free Ukrainian director

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Agnieszka Holland renews appeal to help free Oleg Sentsov.

Hal Lewis

Executive trio joins Hot Snakes

28-Aug-2014 | By

Hot Snakes Media founders Eric and Shannon Evangelista have announced three key hires.

We Are the Freaks

We Are The Freaks heads to Germany

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

German distributor Lighthouse has acquired rights from 104 Films to Justin Edgar’s We Are The Freaks for German-speaking territories.


San Sebastian reveals Latin American competitors

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Competitive strand will feature 14 films, including Jauja starring Viggo Mortensen.

Northmen - A Viking Saga

Northmen to receive world premiere at Zurich

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Claudio Fäh’s action feature joins gala line-up.

Producers Lab Hamburg

EFP launches new producer initiative

28-Aug-2014 | By

European Film Promotion (EFP) has launched a new initiative, Producers Lab Hamburg (PLH), bringing producers from across Europe to meet with their Hamburg-based opposite numbers.


Norway shortlists three for Oscar race

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Blind, 1001 Grams and Letter to the King considered for submission for the Best Foreign-Language Feature.

The Look Of SIlence

US deal for The Look Of Silence

27-Aug-2014 | By

Drafthouse Films and Participant Media have jointly acquired all US rights to Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look Of Silence, set to premiere in Venice on Thursday (August 28). In other news, Open Road has dated Triple Nine, Millennium has acquired The World Made Straight and Lionsgate plans a Saw tenth anniversary re-release.

Guardians crosses $500m worldwide

27-Aug-2014 | By

Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy has earned $245.3m internationally and $255.2m in North America.

Jamie Dornan

Miramax’s Drax to shoot in October

27-Aug-2014 | By

Miramax has cast Jamie Dornan of Fifty Shades Of Grey to star in Alex Aja’s psychological thriller The 9th Life Of Louis Drax.

Beloved Sisters

Germany submits Beloved Sisters to Oscar race

27-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Dominik Graf’s ménage-à-trois drama to compete for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.


eOne, David Lancaster to partner

27-Aug-2014 | By

eOne and David Lancaster’s new Rumble Films have signed an exclusive multi-year first-look deal.


Venice Film Market on the rise

27-Aug-2014 | By

Entering its third edition, the Venice Film Market is ramping up.

David Frankel

David Frankel to direct Departure

27-Aug-2014 | By

Billy Ray wrote the screenplay and Good Universe’s Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce alongside John Middleton and Roy Lee.


Lionsgate to re-release Saw

27-Aug-2014 | By

The studio will roll out the notorious horror film on the occasion of its tenth anniversary.

Hollywod sign

Inside Pictures unveils LA participants

27-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The European film industry business training programme has selected its 16 producers and executives for the week-long sessions with senior industry professionals in Los Angeles from September 15-19.

Nightcrawler to close Fantastic Fest

27-Aug-2014 | By

Organisers at the tenth anniversary edition have unveiled the second wave of programming at the event, set to run in Austin, Texas, from September 18-25.

Sophia Lorean

AFI FEST to honour Sophia Loren

27-Aug-2014 | By

The festival will celebrate the iconic Italian actress with a Hollywood tribute on November 12.

BIFF 2014

Festival chiefs protest Beijing indie fest closure

27-Aug-2014 | By

More than 20 festival heads and programmers have signed a statement in support of the Beijing Independent Film Festival, which was shut down by Chinese authorities last weekend.


HFF unveils re-launch slate

27-Aug-2014 | By

The re-launched Hollywood Film Festival (HFF), now under the auspices of Slamdance co-founder Jon Fitzgerald’s philanthropic CineCause, will run from October 16-19.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Academy president earns Chapman College role

27-Aug-2014 | By

Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been named the Fall 2014 O L Halsell Filmmaker-in-Residence at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in Orange County.

Little Accidents

Napa unveils narrative, docs competition

27-Aug-2014 | By

The 4th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), scheduled for November 12-16, 2014, has unveiled its narrative and documentary feature competition line-ups and jurors.

Mary Kom

Eros, Viacom18 strike distribution pact

27-Aug-2014 | By

India’s Eros International has struck a deal to handle international distribution of four films produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures.

Fleur Pellerin

France gets new culture minister

27-Aug-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Outgoing culture minister Aurélie Filippetti denounced culture budget cuts in open letter.

A Field In England

Vimeo signs slew of content deals

27-Aug-2014 | By

Vimeo has expanded its library, signing deals with Drafthouse Films, Gravitas Ventures, Inception Media Group, MarVista Digital Entertainment (MVDE) and X-Treme Video, among others.

Michael Shamberg

Michael Shamberg to receive Zurich honour

27-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Michael Shamberg, producer of Pulp Fiction and A Walk Among the Tombstones, to be honoured at Zurich Film Festival, which has added Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here.

David Fincher

BAFTA to host David Fincher event

27-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The director of Fight Club and the upcoming Gone Girl will discuss his craft and career.


Busan to host Korean hitmakers forum

27-Aug-2014 | By

Busan’s Asian Film Market has announced major events including a Korean Producers Forum featuring 10 filmmakers whose hits broke the 10 million admissions landmark at the local box office.

Jean Reno

Jean Reno to star in Sweeney remake

26-Aug-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

French star takes on Ray Winstone role in Paris-set remake, The Squad.


Lionsgate's Maggie exits TIFF

26-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATE: The studio has acquired North American rights to the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin zombie film and has pulled it from its Toronto world premiere berth.

Participant Spielberg

Participant boards DreamWorks duo

26-Aug-2014 | By

Participant Media has joined Steven Spielberg’s Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller and period drama The Light Between Oceans.

Magnet Releasing

Magnet swoops on Satanic

26-Aug-2014 | By

Magnet Releasing has acquired worldwide rights at script stage to the supernatural teen-horror film and will commence pre-sales in Toronto next week.

The Homesman

The Homesman named Hamptons centrepiece

26-Aug-2014 | By

Tommy Lee Jones’ feature will screen at the 22nd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival when star Hilary Swank will take part in an on-stage conversation.


Screen Media finds Faults

26-Aug-2014 | By

Snoot Entertainment’s thriller premiered at SXSW and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Leland Orser.

Guneet Monga

Lunchbox, '71 producers selected for OMDC's IFF

26-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Forty Canadian and international producers will head to the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s annual International Financing Forum in Toronto.


Luc Besson's Lucy tops UK box office

26-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s action sci-fi scores excellent $5.1m (£3.1m) bow to dethrone The Inbetweeners 2.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Dragon 2 retains China BO lead

26-Aug-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: How To Train Your Dragon 2 held on to the top spot at the China box office in the week August 18-24, grossing a further $24.09m for a cumulative total of $50.86m.

Une Nouvelle Amie

Cineart reveals ownership changes

26-Aug-2014 | By

Leading Benelux distributor Cineart has announced details of a change in its ownership structure and confirmed new acquisitions.

Hideaki Anno

Tokyo unveils major Asian push

26-Aug-2014 | By

The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced a seven-year collaboration with the Japan Foundation that includes co-producing a pan-Asian omnibus series.

Finnish Film Affair

Finnish Film Affair unveils line-up

26-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Third edition will include pitching of 17 projects and screening of 19 completed features.

Mette-Marie Katz

Mette-Marie Katz rises at XYZ Films

26-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films has promoted the executive to director of sales on the eve of Toronto, where the company’s films in various capacities include Tusk, The Dead Lands, Tokyo Tribe, Electric Boogaloo, Spring and The Editor.

The Last King logo

TrustNordisk taking Last King to TIFF

26-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

TrustNordisk will kick off presales on historical action drama The Last King at Toronto International Film Festival.

Transformation Films

Thai studios team for Transformation

26-Aug-2014 | By

Four Thai film companies – M Pictures, Bangkok Film Studio, True I-Content and Matching Studio – have joined forces to create a new studio, Transformation Films, with the aim of helping expand the Thai film industry at an international level.

Jack Lim

Sony's Jack Lim joins MediaCorp

26-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Lim spent six years at Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia.

Hackney's Finest

Trinity acquires Hackney's Finest

26-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

London crime drama, from the director of YouTube hit The Hunt for Gollum, set for release early 2015.

The Doll in the Ceiling

Norway thriller secures US-Canada partners

26-Aug-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

The Doll in the Ceiling marks the feature debut of Kjersti G Steinsbø.

Jeff Bezos

Amazon buys video portal Twitch

25-Aug-2014 | By

Indicating a possible deep dive into web video, Amazon is paying close to $1bn for Twitch Interactive, the online platform that allows people to watch others play video games.

Out Of The Dark

Vertical takes US on Out Of The Dark

25-Aug-2014 | By

The distributor has taken US rights to Participant Media’s supernatural thriller starring Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman and has scheduled an early 2015 theatrical release. Bloom handles international sales.

Shooting begins on M:I5

25-Aug-2014 | By

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions top brass said principal photography has commenced on the fifth instalment in the Tom Cruise franchise.


TWC to re-release Begin Again

25-Aug-2014 | By

The Weinstein Company will re-release Toronto 2013 hit Begin Again in an awards season play.

The Last Exorcism Part II

Lotus hires Pivot writer-director

25-Aug-2014 | By

Ed Gass-Donnelly will write and direct the sci-fi thriller Pivot. Lotus Entertainment will handle international sales.

Sarajevo Film Festival 2014 winners

Song of My Mother triumphs at Sarajevo

25-Aug-2014 | By

Debut film of Turkey’s Erol Mintas wins best film, best actor. Special Jury Award and best actress go to Brides


Macondo wins Sarajevo partner prize

25-Aug-2014 | By

Docu Rough Cut Boutique awards for documentary project also revealed

Rocks in my Pockets

San Sebastian unveils Zabaltegi titles

25-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

As 19 titles are revealed for the Zabaltegi section, Danis Tanovic’s Tigers is added to the official competition and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has entered the Pearls section.


Lucy plunders $29m at int'l BO

24-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATED AUGUST 25: Lucy grossed a confirmed $28.9m from 3,267 venues in 38 Universal territories for a total of $65.2m to rank as the weekend’s top release at the international marketplace.

Richard Attenborough

Richard Attenborough dies aged 90

24-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Oscar and BAFTA award-winning actor, director and producer starred in Brighton Rock and Jurassic Park.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians back on top in US on $18m

24-Aug-2014 | By

A lacklustre session allowed Guardians Of The Galaxy to take advantage of a lightweight trio of releases to return to the top and become the leading film of the summer.

Beijing Independent Film Festival

Beijing Independent fest shut down

24-Aug-2014 | By

Chinese authorities shut down the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival on its opening day on Saturday (August 23).

Toronto plans acquisitions push

23-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: In a bid to drive acquisitions, Toronto top brass are understood to be collaborating with select sales agents to allow festival staff and volunteers to attend four early-stage private buyers screenings.

Paper Planes

Paper Planes wins CinefestOZ award

23-Aug-2014 | By

Robert Connolly writes and directs; the festival also awards Joel Edgerton with screen legend prize.

Ken Loach Ashraf Mashharawi

Ken Loach calls for Israel boycott

22-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Honouring two Palestinian filmmakers at the Sarajevo Film Festival, British director Ken Loach branded the US as a “bully” and said cultural happenings supported by the Israeli state should be boycotted.

Kevin Costner

Disney shifts McFarland, USA to 2015

22-Aug-2014 | By

The Kevin Costner sports drama was originally scheduled to open on November 21.

Melissa Leo at the Sarajevo Film Festival

Melissa Leo: Robin Williams was ‘a magical man’

22-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser, Tara Karajica

Oscar-winning actress pays tribute to the late Robin Williams, with whom she co-starred in one of the comedian and actor’s final films.

From The Dark

From The Dark wraps in Ireland

22-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: MPI/Dark Sky Films and Workshed Films have completed principal photography on Conor McMahon’s horror story in Laois, Ireland.


Wolf to close Raindance Film Festival

22-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Dutch crime drama has won awards at festivals in San Sebastian, the Netherlands and Taipei.


Samba to close San Sebastian

22-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Intouchables directors follow-up drama stars Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahim


Boyhood wins at Norwegian festival

22-Aug-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Other winners include Chef, The Hundred-Foot Journey and Stations of the Cross with a special mention for ’71.


Omnibus to mark Singapore's 50th

22-Aug-2014 | By

Seven award-winning directors led by Royston Tan are set to create an omnibus film celebrating the 50th anniversary of Singapore and its people.

The Expendables 3

Expendables nabs social media lead

22-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The action sequel proved the most buzzed about film on social networks in the UK.

Secret Cinema Presents Dead Poets Society

Robin Williams tribute raises £24k+

22-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Event cinema organiser will donate takings from its Dead Poets Society screenings to mental health charities.

Dragon 2 bids to retain title

22-Aug-2014 | By

DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 finished top of the pile last session thanks to a sterling debut in China that delivered a little over $26m.

Land of Mine

K5 to sell Danish post-war story

22-Aug-2014 | By

K5 International has taken on distribution for Martin Zandvliet’s Land Of Mine (Under Sandet) about a sensitive chapter in Danish post-war history.

Viggo Mortensen

Viennale unveils 2014 highlights

22-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Vienna film festival to include a tribute to Viggo Mortensen and a retrospective on John Ford.

Jack to a King: The Swansea Story

Swansea City doc sets release date

22-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary traces the rags to riches story of Swansea City Football Club.

Isabel Davis

Sarajevo: co-producing with the UK

22-Aug-2014 | By

UK industry representatives arrive in Sarajevo as part of CineLink Partner Country initiative

Cut Bank

A24, DIRECTV swoop on Cut Bank

21-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The edgy distributor has struck a deal with the producers in conjunction with eOne Films International to take Matt Shakman’s contemporary thriller off the table heading into Toronto.

Sarajevo co-production debate

Sarajevo: co-production challenges debated

21-Aug-2014 | By Vladan Petkovic

The first of Sarajevo’s Industry Days featured a discussion on the challenges of international co-production.

Zac Efron

StudioCanal readies Toronto slate

21-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

French powerhouse’s slate includes Zac Efron, Ralph Fiennes and Tom Hardy projects.

Fast and Furious 6

UK pirate gets 33-month sentence

21-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Sentence passed on a man who recorded Fast and Furious 6 at a UK cinema and sold copies to the public.


Paramount takes select home ent on Boyhood

21-Aug-2014 | By

Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) has acquired select US home entertainment rights to the acclaimed film.

Miramax secures $250m re-finance

21-Aug-2014 | By

Chairman Thomas J Barrack Jr said the movie reflected “stability and maturity” as top brass seek to grow the development and production business.

Jada Smith

AFI DWW to expand beyond shorts

21-Aug-2014 | By

The AFI Directing Workshop for Women (AFI DWW) is to launch an episodic programme.

Take Care

eOne picks up Take Care

21-Aug-2014 | By

eOne Films has acquired North American rights to the SXSW rom-com and plans a late 2014 theatrical release.

Shane Black

Shane Black joins Sony’s The Destroyer

21-Aug-2014 | By

The Iron Man 3 director is on board the adaptation of the novels about a former police officer who gets signed up to a secret government arm.

Wim Wenders

Berlin to honour Wim Wenders

21-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Ten films from the Wings of Desire director to be shown as part of a homage at the next Berlinale.

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Liam Neeson heading to Zurich

21-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Taken star to present new thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones.

Sean Astin

Sean Astin, daughter sign for Bad Kids 2

21-Aug-2014 | By

In a week of stars committing to projects with their daughters, Sean Astin and Ali Astin have signed on to star in the comedy-horror sequel Bad Kids Go 2 Hell.

LD Entertainment’s Clavius cast bulks up

21-Aug-2014 | By

Peter Firth, Spain’s Leonor Watling, Antonio Gil and Maria Botto and New Zealand’s Cliff Curtis have joined LD Entertainment’s Biblical thriller.

Atlantic Film Festival

Strategic Partners sets panels

21-Aug-2014 | By

Atlantic Film Festival market Strategic Partners top brass have announced the panels for the event, set to run in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from September 11-14.

Taiwan piracy research launch

Films pirated by 73% of Taiwanese

21-Aug-2014 | By

A study from research consultancy Sycamore Research and Marketing has found that 73% of Taiwanese netizens admit they pirate movies and music, although 81% agree that piracy is wrong.

Sundance Institute

Sundance Institute names New Frontier co-heads

21-Aug-2014 | By

Sundance Institute executives have named Shari Frilot and Kamal Sinclair co-directors of New Frontier in a bid to deepen the organisation’s commitment to the programme.

Love Is All

Dogwoof falls for Longinotto’s Love

21-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Dogwoof has picked up world sales rights to Kim Longinotto’s Sheffield doc Love is All.

C4 orders series from Spielberg writer

21-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Political thriller from Matt Charman, writer of Spielberg’s next film.

The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands

Falklands film gets LFF Archive Gala

21-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

A new restoration of British silent film The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands (1927) has been selected as the London Film Festival Archive gala screening.

Asghar Farhadi

Asgar Farhadi to head Busan jury

21-Aug-2014 | By

The Oscar-winning director of A Seperation will oversee jury members including Bong Joon Ho.

Screen Awards trophies

Screen Awards 2014 shortlist revealed

20-Aug-2014 | By Screen staff

Fox/Fox Searchlight and Lionsgate UK lead the nominations; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Filth and X-Men: Days of Future Past are most nominated films.

Keeping Rosy (Maxine Peake)

Parkland takes Maxine Peake thriller

20-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit boards psychological thriller ahead of Toronto.

The Great Invisible

RADiUS takes The Great Invisible

20-Aug-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights to Participant Media’s documentary about the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on Gulf communities.

John Stevenson

John Stevenson to direct Noah’s Ark

20-Aug-2014 | By

Unified Pictures has hired Ku Fu Panda director John Stevenson to make its first CGI feature.

Rob Brydon

Rob Brydon to host Britannia Awards

20-Aug-2014 | By

The comedian and actor will emcee the 2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards on October 30 in Beverly Hills.

Kevin Goetz

Screen Engine, ASI form research giant

20-Aug-2014 | By

Film tester Screen Engine has acquired dial test TV research pioneer ASI Entertainment.

Bill Murray

Open Road sets Rock the Kasbah date

20-Aug-2014 | By

Rock The Kasbah stars Bill Murray as a washed-up rock manger who champions a young Afghan singer in the country’s version of American Idol.


Bjork set for London Film Festival

20-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Concert film Björk: Biophilia Live to receive its UK premiere at the LFF.

BREATHE - Umphefumlo

Shoot begins on modern La Boheme

20-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: South African adaptation of La Boheme to be directed by Berlinale Golden Bear winner Mark Dornford May and supported by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Producers Lab Toronto

Producers Lab Toronto reveals line-up

20-Aug-2014 | By

The UK’s Isabelle Stead, Canada’s George Ayoub and Australia’s Kristian Moliere are among those selected for this year’s Producers Lab Toronto.

Ken Jeong

Ken Jeong to star in celebrity satire

20-Aug-2014 | By

Hyde Park Entertainment, Image Nation Abu Dhabi, and WWE Studios are to co-produce the comedy Untitled Celebrity Death Pool starring Ken Jeong. Hyde Park International handles sales outside the US.


San Seb Films in Progress revealed

20-Aug-2014 | By Juan Sarda

Six films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala and Peru will be presented at San Sebastian’s Films in Progress.

Zombie: The Resurrection of Tim Zom

Wide House taking Fémis doc to Toronto

20-Aug-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Other titles on Toronto slate include Billy Pols’ bio-doc Zombie [pictured] about cult skateboarder Tim Zom and Johan Grimonprez’s upcoming arms trade exposé Shadow World.

Sundance Institute

Sundance Institute names fellows

20-Aug-2014 | By

Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound have announced the directors and composers selected for the second of two Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound.

The Little Death

LevelK boards sex comedy Little Death

20-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

LevelK, Ticket to Ride partner on Josh Lawson’s debut.


BAFTA sets key awards dates

20-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Timetable revealed for the EE British Academt Film Awards.

Speed Walking

Danes shortlist three for Oscars

20-Aug-2014 | By Lauren Cole

Includes films by Niels Arden Oplev, Pernille Fischer Christensen and Nils Malmros.


Johnny Depp joins Yoga Hosers

20-Aug-2014 | By

The second entry in Kevin Smith’s True North trilogy marks the return of Depp and his daughter alongside Smith’s daughter, all of whom are confirmed cast members in Smith’s imminent Toronto world premiere Tusk.

Bill Lee in Millennium buy-out

19-Aug-2014 | By

The management team of Millennium Entertainment, led by CEO Bill Lee, and private investment firm Virgo Investment Group have partnered to acquire the Millennium Entertainment library and distribution platform.


Ida gets Poland's Oscar nod

19-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Pawel Pawlikowski’s well-received drama unanimously selected for Foreign Language Oscar.

Brillante Mendoza

Busan's Asian Project Market line-up

19-Aug-2014 | By

Directors include Brillante Mendoza, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Yeon Sang-ho.

Toronto unveils Discovery, Mavericks

19-Aug-2014 | By

Bill Murray starrer St. Vincent will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of this week’s wave of programming that includes Discovery.

Nicolas Cage

Grindstone takes Dying Of The Light

19-Aug-2014 | By

Nicolas Cage stars in Paul Schrader’s thriller from Over Under Media and Tin Res Entertainment. Nicolas Winding Refn is on the executive producer roster.

Uni dates Legendary duo

19-Aug-2014 | By

Universal has dated a pair of Legendary Pictures titles and will release Krampus on November 25, 2015, and Spectral in 3D on August 12, 2016.

Faye Ward departs Ruby, joins Stan and Ollie

19-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Long-time Ruby exec departs; teams with BBC-TWC on first production.


Open Road to re-release Chef

19-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATED: The Jon Favreau crowd-pleaser will return to theatres on August 29 in a likely Golden Globes play after the initial early-summer run grossed $29.3m. Meanwhile, Open Road has pushed Nightcrawler back by two weeks.

Secret Cinema: Back to the Future

Secret Cinema extends Back to the Future

19-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Tickets go on sale Aug 20 for the added shows.

Erik Poppe

Poppe, Mayersberg team on Munch biopic

19-Aug-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Erik Poppe, Paul Mayersberg, Aage Aaberge team on painter biopic.


Las Horas Contigo to open FICG in LA

19-Aug-2014 | By

The Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles – FICG in LA – has unveiled its line-up.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Dragon 2 flies at China box office

19-Aug-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 topped the Chinese box office for the week August 11-17, grossing $26.32m over a four-day weekend, while Apocalypse Pompeii opened in third position with $6.68m over three days.

Juno Temple

Meadowland starts New York shoot

19-Aug-2014 | By

Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple and Ty Simpkins are among a host of cast joining Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss, and Natasha Lyonne on Bron Studios’ psychological drama.

Creative England, BFI launch development programme

19-Aug-2014 | By Lauren Cole

London Film Festival event aimed at directors, writers and producers.

Zawe Ashton

Encounters reveals competition titles

19-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Bristol short film showcase to host 207 films across competitive strands.

Chaplin Cinemas

RealD equips first Kazakhstan screens

19-Aug-2014 | By Lauren Cole

3D tech company strikes agreement with Kazakhstan’s Chaplin Cinemas.


Ant-Man kicks off in San Francisco

18-Aug-2014 | By

Bobby Cannavale and rapper T.I. have joined Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly on the Marvel Studios project, which has kicked off in California.

Sophie Cookson joins Emperor

18-Aug-2014 | By

The Screen International UK Star Of Tomorrow will star alongside Adrien Brody and Thomas Kretschmann in Corsan’s imminent shoot, which the company will introduce to buyers in Toronto next month.

The Dark Horse

Seville rides Dark Horse

18-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

eOne’s boutique sales arm Seville International takes New Zealand hit drama.

Debbie Reynolds

SAG life honour for Debbie Reynolds

18-Aug-2014 | By

The actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and the understanding and treatment of mental illness has been named the 51st recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest honour.

Tricycle Theatre

Tricycle lifts Jewish Film Festival ban

18-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Lengthy discussions between both sides lead to ban being overturned.

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves boards Rain

18-Aug-2014 | By

The icon is attached to star in and serve as executive producer on Slingshot Global Media’s TV thriller.

Pamela Loo Mayer

Pamela Loo Mayer dies aged 52

18-Aug-2014 | By

The film sales and theatrical booking agent and grand-daughter of Run Run Shaw died on Friday night (August 15) at her home in Calabasas, California, following a long illness. She was 52.

IFNY to honour Jim Sheridan


Jim Sheridan will take part in an on-stage conversation at the fourth annual Irish Film New York (IFNY), set to run from October 3-5.

Ana De Armas

Evolution Mallorca fest to host LA screening

18-Aug-2014 | By

The Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival will screen the winners of the 2013 edition at a special screening in Hollywood on August 27.


F&ME fire five to festivals

18-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK production outfit finds sellers, festivals for busy slate.


IMAX expands AMC footprint

18-Aug-2014 | By

IMAX Corporation and AMC Entertainment Holdings are expanding their revenue sharing deal with 11 new theatres.

Jovan Marjanovic Mirsad Purivatra

Sarajevo launches global co-pro fund

18-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Production support scheme to expand from short micro-budget films to international features.

Sarajevo Film Festival

Sarajevo readies Industry Days

18-Aug-2014 | By

Screen previews the Sarajevo Film Festival’s industry events, which includes a UK focus, the annual Regional Forum and highlights of the Work in Progress and CineLink projects.

The Inbetweeners 2

Inbetweeners 2 retains UK lead

18-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Entertainment’s comedy sequel crosses £20m mark with non-final $7.2m (£4.3m) second weekend.

A Thousand Times Good Night

Binoche drama takes top Norway prize

18-Aug-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

A Thousand Times Good Night, Blind take spoils at Amanda Awards.


China’s LeTV to raise $730m

18-Aug-2014 | By

Online video company is working with partners including CITIC to enter retail and financial service industries.

Roaring Currents

Roaring Currents tops Avatar in S Korea

18-Aug-2014 | By

Kim Han-min’s war epic edges towards 15 million admissions, beating previous box office record-holder Avatar to become the biggest ever film in South Korea.

Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton to receive Zurich award

18-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

US star of Annie Hall to present new film And So It Goes at the festival.

Dragon 2 soars to $26m in China

17-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATED AUGUST 18: DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 ruled the international roost on $37.7m, powered by a mighty $25.9m debut in China through Oriental DreamWorks.


Turtles stay afloat in US on $28m

17-Aug-2014 | By

Paramount and Nickelodeon Films’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held on to pole position in the second weekend in North America as The Expendables 3 limped in at number four through Lionsgate on $16.2m.

Lav Diaz Locarno

Filipino drama wins top Locarno prize

16-Aug-2014 | By

Locarno’s Golden Leopard has been awarded to Filipino director Lav Diaz’s five-and-a-half-hour epic From What Is Before.

Gael Garcia Bernal

Sarajevo launches 20th edition

16-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Gael Garcia Bernal and Agnes B. both receive the honorary Heart of Sarajevo.

Pierce Brosnan

Paramount nabs Louis XIV drama

15-Aug-2014 | By

The studio has acquired US rights to The Moon And The Sun starring Pierce Brosnan and will release on April 10, 2015.

Carlo Chatrian

Carlo Chatrian talks Locarno highlights

15-Aug-2014 | By

Locarno director talks highlights and UK presence at the festival and looks to 2015.

Blake Lively

Lionsgate dates The Age Of Adaline

15-Aug-2014 | By

Lionsgate has scheduled an early 2015 release for the Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment romance starring Blake Lively.

Dimitri Villard

Dimitri Villard options Soul Catcher

15-Aug-2014 | By

The producer, whose credits include Flight Of The Navigator and In Love And War, has optioned the 1972 novel from the Frank Herbert estate.

Carlos Diegues

Cast joins The Great Mystical Circus

15-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Brazil-Portugal-France road movie The Great Mystical Circus is set to commence shooting in Lisbon, Portugal, on January 6, 2015.


Haugesund primed for 42nd edition

15-Aug-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Norwegian festival will open with Beatles; record number of works-in-progress; 350 delegates for New Nordic Films.

Samantha Barks

Samantha Barks joins Hundred Streets

15-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK drama shooting in London stars Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton.

The Houses October Built

Image takes The Houses October Built

15-Aug-2014 | By

Image Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the haunted house thriller.

While We re Young

FilmNation to sell TIFF duo

15-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Glen Basner’s New York-based production, finance and sales company is handling international rights to Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young and Chris Rock comedy Top Five, both of which are set to premiere in Toronto next month.


Fortissimo takes Theeb world rights

15-Aug-2014 | By

Fortissimo Films has acquired world rights, excluding the Middle East, UK and Switzerland, to Venice Orizzonti title Theeb, directed by Naji Abu Nowar.


Academy selects sci-tech longlist

15-Aug-2014 | By

Twenty-one scientific and technical achievements, 16 distinct investigations, have been selected for further consideration by the Academy’s scientific and technical awards committee.

The Inbetweeners Movie 2

Inbetweeners 2 tops social buzz

15-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Comedy sequel trounces action sequel on social networks in the UK.


Dark Frames takes India's I.D.

15-Aug-2014 | By

US and Mumbai-based collaborative Dark Frames has acquired world rights to Indian director Kamal K.M.’s debut feature I.D.


BFI hunts first Sherlock Holmes film

15-Aug-2014 | By Lauren Cole

BFI launches campaign to find missing film featuring Sherlock Holmes.

Mill Valley 2014 announces dates

15-Aug-2014 | By

The 37th Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) will take place from October 2-12 in Marin County, California.

French Film Festival UK unveils lineup

15-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Touring festival to show Cannes titles and spotlight Resnais, Truffaut and Tati.

jacques audiard

L'Etrange Festival fetes Audiard, Sion

15-Aug-2014 | By Lauren Cole

Jacques Audiard, Sono Sion and Godfrey Reggio select films for cult festival.

David Hakl

Saw V director takes to Kickstarter

15-Aug-2014 | By Lauren Cole

David Hakl launches crowdfunding campaign for horror Earthworks.

TIFF unveils industry events roster

14-Aug-2014 | By

Toronto top brass have unveiled details of the Asia Film Summit, Moguls panel and Doc Conference.

Robin Williams

Robin Williams 'had Parkinson’s'

14-Aug-2014 | By

The actor and comedian who died on Monday in an apparent suicide was in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, his wife has revealed.


Godzilla 2 gets 2018 date

14-Aug-2014 | By

Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures have dated their monster sequel.

Katie Holmes

IFC Films acquires Days And Nights

14-Aug-2014 | By

IFC Films has picked up North American rights to Christian Camargo’s story inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull.

Brad Pitt's Fury to close LFF

14-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Sony’s Fury set as London closing film; Brad Pitt, David Ayer to attend

The Long Way Home

Cinedigm strikes Moriah home ent deal

14-Aug-2014 | By

Cinedigm Corp has struck a multi-year deal with Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group to handle home entertainment distribution on the Moriah Films’ documentary film collection of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. 

Effie Gray

Emma Thompson’s Effie Gray finally set for release

14-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome to give wide UK release to period drama held up by legal disputes.

Frances McDormand

Venice to honour Frances McDormand

14-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

US actress best known for her work in Coen Brothers’ movies including Fargo to receive talent award.


SFFS selects Hearst finallists

14-Aug-2014 | By

The San Francisco Film Society has announced the six finallists for the sixth annual SFFS / Hearst Screenwriting Grant.


Astro, Pinewood pact on production services

14-Aug-2014 | By

Astro Productions, the production arm of Malaysian pay-TV giant Astro, is joining forces with Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios (PIMS) to offer production services for the TV industry.


Zurich unveils strong gala line-up

14-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Manglehorn, Birdman and Whiplash among the titles set to play at the Zurich Film Festival.

Jung Jin-woo

Busan to honour Jung Jin-woo

14-Aug-2014 | By

The 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced its Korean Cinema Retrospective will spotlight veteran director and producer Jung Jin-woo.

John Johnson

Buzzfeed co-founder to launch PttP

14-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Buzzfeed’s John Johnson among the line-up at Power to the Pixel’s Cross-Media Forum.

Winter Sleep

San Sebastian unveils Pearls titles

14-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Cannes winner Winter Sleep and Berlin victor Black Coal, Thin Ice amongst line-up.

One Hour Photo

Locarno in Robin Williams tribute

14-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The film festival will screen the late actor’s 2002 drama, One Hour Photo.

Andrew Karpen

Karpen launches Bleecker Street

13-Aug-2014 | By

The former co-CEO of Focus Features Andrew Karpen has announced his New York-based distributor backed by 5-Hour Energy founder by Manoj Bhargava.

AFM sets Africa roundtable

13-Aug-2014 | By

AFM has announced the speakers for its roundtable African Co-Productions: The Possibilities And The Challenges.

Banderas The 33

Miners drama in Colombian rebate

13-Aug-2014 | By

The $20m feature about the 2010 rescue of the 33 Chilean workers trapped in the San Jose mine is the first international film to qualify for Colombia’s Law 1556 production incentive.

Gone Girl

New York unveils main slate

13-Aug-2014 | By

The Film Society Of Lincoln Center announced on Wednesday (12) the 30 films that will comprise the main official selection of the 52nd New York Film Festival (NYFF), set to run from September 26-October 12.


Spirit Awards sets dates

13-Aug-2014 | By

The 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on February 21, 2015.

Sophie Bourdon

Euro-China initiative to launch

13-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

European and Chinese producers joining forces to better position films in each other’s markets.

White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom

Witch retains China box office lead

13-Aug-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Bona Film Group’s White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom topped the Chinese box office for a second week (August 4-10), grossing $19.71m from 3.2 million admissions.

Power Rangers

Lionsgate sets Power Rangers date

13-Aug-2014 | By

Lionsgate will release the action film on July 22, 2016.

Well Ferrell

Gary Sanchez boards Henchmen

13-Aug-2014 | By

Gary Sanchez Productions has come on board Bron Studios’ Henchmen.


369, JEMPSA announce co-pro deal

13-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

UK and Argentine companies join forces to co-produce and finance a slate of six features over the next two years.

San Sebastian adds to lineup

13-Aug-2014 | By Juan Sarda

Susanne Bier’s A Second Chance [pictured] and Gabe Ibáñez’s Automata, produced by and starring Antonio Banderas, among films added to 2014 edition.


Raindance secures new partners

13-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

BFI, Telegraph and The May Fair Hotel partner with London indie festival.

Hans Zimmer

Desplat, Zimmer in WSAwards nominees

13-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Awards will take place on the closing night of the Gent Film Festival on Oct 25.


Berwick unveils 2014 lineup

13-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Now in its tenth year, the UK festival is to open with Momcilo Mrdakovic’s Mamarosh [pictured].

Ashutosh Gowariker

Disney India readies Gowariker project

13-Aug-2014 | By

Ashutosh Gowariker will direct epic romance Mohenjo Daro for Disney India, with Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde heading the cast.

Dead Poets Society

Secret Cinema to honour Robin Williams

13-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

One off charity screening to commemorate Robin Williams will see all profits go to Mind.


TFL launches distribution fund

13-Aug-2014 | By

Fund is dedicated to supporting audience development strategies; Meanwhile, Beta Cinema has acquired Toronto title Labyrinth of Lies.

Alive Inside

Sensoria announces 2014 programme

13-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Festival to screen UK premiere of Alive Inside [pictured] and 30th anniversary screenings of Threads and Stop Making Sense.

HFM Co-Production Market 2013

HFM to present 21 projects

13-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Selected film projects will be presented at the 2014 event, which takes place during the Netherlands Film Festival from Sept 25-28.

Marshall to exec produce Dark Signal

13-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Edward Evers-Swindell’s horror will be shot entirely on location in Wales.

Liza Minou Morberg

Women take centre stage at Way Out West

13-Aug-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

This year’s festival saw 45% of its lineup coming from female directors, including Alone Together from Liza Minou Morberg [pictured].

Ruben Östlund

Ruben Östlund outlines next project

13-Aug-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Ahead of the Swedish release of Force Majeure, the director spoke about his next project at Way Out West.

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall dies aged 89

12-Aug-2014 | By

The screen icon, leading lady of the Golden Age and Humphrey Bogart soulmate has died of stroke in New York. She was 89.


Lucy scores smash French debut

12-Aug-2014 | By

EuropaCorp’s action thriller opened in France on $13.2m (€9.9m) last week to deliver the biggest debut for an English-language release so far in 2014 and propel the overall international running total to $31.4m.

The Forger

Toronto to debut Maggie, Boychoir

12-Aug-2014 | By

The Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin zombie drama Maggie, Dustin Hoffman drama Boychoir, Kristen Wiig comedy Welcome To Me and Sophie Barthes’ Madame Bovary have landed world premieres, TIFF gala and special presentation slots.

Learning To Breathe

Shoreline acquires Learning To Breathe

12-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Morris Ruskin’s sales and production entity has picked up world sales rights to the Magician Pictures love story.

Robin Williams

Williams: asphyxia due to hanging

12-Aug-2014 | By

Local California police said on Tuesday (12) that the 63-year-old actor and comedian died on Monday after appearing to have hanged himself in his bedroom.

Bradley Cooper

American Sniper in late 2014 release

12-Aug-2014 | By

Warner Bros has set up Clint Eastwood’s tale of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle for a possible awards run after dating a limited December 25 US release.

Matt Alvarez

Relativity forms diversity division

12-Aug-2014 | By

Producer Matt Alvarez has been brought in as evp of production and president of Relativity Studios’ new division.

Claire Denis

Toronto launches Short Cuts International

12-Aug-2014 | By

New work from Claire Denis takes its place in the inaugural Short Cuts International line-up at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14).

Charlie Country

Toronto unveils CWC, City To City

12-Aug-2014 | By

Toronto film festival organisers have programmed features from 42 countries in the Contemporary World Cinema (CWC) programme and unveiled eight South Korean selections in the City To City.


Robin Williams in shock death

12-Aug-2014 | By

The Oscar-winning actor and stand-up comedian was found dead in the Bay Area home he shared with his wife Susan Schneider on Monday afternoon (August 11). He was 63.


CBS to adapt stage hit 13

12-Aug-2014 | By

CBS Films plans to produce Jason Robert Brown’s stage musical 13 to the big screen.


Main Street sets Nov 7 West release

12-Aug-2014 | By

Main Street Films will theatrically release Christian Schwochow’s spy drama West in the US on November 7. 

Locarno Open Doors 2014 winners

Locarno's Open Doors names winners

12-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

I Am Not a Witch and The Train of Salt and Sugar both pick up two prizes each at the Locarno Film Festival’s co-production lab.

Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski cancels Locarno visit

12-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Roman Polanski has cancelled his visit to the Locarno Film Festival following opposition from some local politicians and media.

Titanic Studios

Belfast's Titanic Studios to expand

12-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Planning approval has been granted to extend Belfast’s Titanic Studios, where Game of Thrones is partly filmed.

Peter Greenaway

Greenaway plans second Eisenstein film

12-Aug-2014 | By

Peter Greenaway is to return to the legendary Russian film director Sergey Eisenstein for a second feature, The Eisenstein Handshakes, this time to be located in Switzerland, after the Mexican-set Eisenstein in Guanajato.


India’s Phantom charges up Powerless

12-Aug-2014 | By

Indian producer-distributor Phantom Films has picked up local award-winning documentary Powerless (Katiyabaaz) and will release the film this weekend on 30 screens.

UK TV readies Robin Williams films

12-Aug-2014 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

UK broadcasters have begun changing their schedules to celebrate the work of Robin Williams, the US actor and comedian who has died at the age of 63.

Hidden Folk

UK-Norway horror set for Haugesund

12-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Johnny Kevorkian to direct Hidden Folk; Pinball Films to produce.

Aspirantes (Hopefuls)

Hopefuls wins Locarno's Carte Blanche

12-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Cash prize will help complete Ives Rosenfeld’s debut feature about young friends who dream of being footballers.

Nadia Dresti

Locarno's Step In presents ideas for multi-platform world

12-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Roundtable industry discussions yield ideas such as a global database of film availability and pan-European VOD technical standards.

SMI shares plunge on acquisition news

12-Aug-2014 | By

Shares of Hong Kong-listed SMI Culture Group plunged more than 50% during trading yesterday, after the company announced a share consolidation and rights issue to fund the acquisition of Beijing-based production company Grand Astute.

Keanu Reeves

Lionsgate acquires John Wick

11-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The studio has picked up US rights to Thunder Road Films’ Keanu Reeves action title.

Scherzo Diabolico

Scherzo Diabolico begins shoot

11-Aug-2014 | By

Production has commenced in Mexico City and surrounding areas on Salto de Fe Films’ black comedy.

The Inbetweeners 2

Inbetweeners 2 biggest UK debut of 2014

11-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Entertainment’s comedy sequel opens with over $21m (£12.5m), including previews, for the biggest debut of the year.


Landmine drama Kajaki begins shoot

11-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The King’s Speech producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin on board British soldier drama, which will be released as troops return from Afghanistan later this year.

Hatice Ozdemirciler

Hatice Ozdemirciler joins ICO

11-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Hatice Ozdemirciler has joined the UK’s Independent Cinema Office (ICO) as head of training and professional development.

Roaring Currents

Roaring Currents breaks Korea record

11-Aug-2014 | By

In Korea, historic sea battle film Roaring Currents has hit 11 million admissions in record time and beaten Disney’s Frozen to the biggest box office of 2014 to date.

Michael Shamberg

Buzzfeed raises $50m for film division

11-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Social news website Buzzfeed is to launch a dedicated feature film arm after receiving $50m in investment from venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz.

House of Cards

Netflix surges to 3m UK subs

11-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Netflix has hit the 3 million subscriber mark, according to a BARB survey.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Amazon in Disney DVD dispute

11-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman has halted preorders for some DVD and Blu-ray discs from studio Disney.

Ron Howard

USC, New Form, Imagine team up

11-Aug-2014 | By

USC’s School Of Cinematic Arts (SCA) is partnering with digital studio New Form Digital, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer on a year-long programme to support, sponsor and distribute student film across digital platforms.

Force Majeure

Way Out West breaks audience record

11-Aug-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Ruben Ostlund presents Cannes hit Force Majeure [pictured] as a gala screening; Jens Lien previews TV series Viva Hate.

Swiss flag

Swiss film industry in funding call

11-Aug-2014 | By

LOCARNO: Swiss film industry calls for additional $22m (CHF 20m) injection of funding; swift deal on Creative Europe recedes.

Moon So-ri

Korean filmmakers Sewol hunger strike

11-Aug-2014 | By

South Korean filmmakers have started a hunger strike relay in support of the Sewol Ferry disaster victims’ families.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians rule int'l BO on $42m

10-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATE AUGUST 11: A further $41.7m enabled Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy to retain top spot in the international arena and reach $138.8m as Disney consolidated its $3bn-plus global box office for the year-to-date.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtles storm US box office on $65m

10-Aug-2014 | By

Following a loud Comic-Con presentation in July, Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot took command of the North American box office in its opening session.

Mitch Davis

Fantasia draws record numbers

10-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Montreal’s genre festival ran from July 17-Aug 6 and saw audiences of more than 129,000; its Frontières co-production market also drew a record attendance, up 30% on 2013.

Liza Marshall

Liza Marshall to leave Scott Free

8-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Liza Marshall is to step down as head of Ridley Scott’s London-based TV and film production arm Scott Free UK.


Lionsgate relocates sales arm to London

8-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Lionsgate has relocated its international sales operation to London, in a sign of the growing importance of international markets to leading film companies.

Michael Steiger

Switzerland to launch film production incentive

8-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

LOCARNO: From mid-2016, the Swiss government will be introducing a film production incentive worth 20% on local spend.

Mark Ruffalo

Participant moves ahead on Spotlight

8-Aug-2014 | By

Participant Media’s Catholic Church abuse story has taken a big leap forward now that Open Road, Anonymous Content and eOne Films International and a top-tier cast have come on board.

Menahem Golan

Menahem Golan dies aged 85

8-Aug-2014 | By

The cinephile and prolific Israeli filmmaker who led Cannon Films with his cousin and produced a Death Wish sequel and The Delta Force has died. He was 85.

Flight of The Living Dead

Cinedigm signs Dead for CON TV

8-Aug-2014 | By

Cinedigm has bought its first original series for its upcoming OTT channel CON TV.

Villa Touma

Israel demands money back from ‘Palestine’ film

8-Aug-2014 | By Edna Fainaru

Suha Arraf’s Villa Touma, selected for Venice Critics’ Week, received $400,000 from the Israel Film Fund but has been classified as Palestinian by the director.

A Hologram for the King

Icon takes Hanks's Hologram for UK

8-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Icon Film Distribution acquires UK rights for Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram For The King starring Tom Hanks.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Disney reaches double BO summit

8-Aug-2014 | By

The global number one performance of Guardians Of The Galaxy pushed Disney past $2bn at the international box office on August 4 and is projected to see the studio surge past $1bn in North America on August 7.

James Franco

James Franco feted by Venice

8-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Actor-director to receive Jaeger-Le Coultre filmmaker award.

Tudor Giurgiu

Sarajevo reveals Work in Progress

8-Aug-2014 | By

Seven projects will take part in WiP, and three more titles have been added to CineLink line-up

Cseplo Gyuri

Bela Tarr slams CineFest's ‘Roma ban’

8-Aug-2014 | By

Hungarian filmmakers criticise festival for refusing to screen material relating to Roma people. 

House of Cards

UK SVOD revenues rise 76%

8-Aug-2014 | By Matthew Campelli

The increasing popularity of Netflix and Amazon have stimulated a 76% revenue boost for the subscription video-on-demand platforms in the UK.

Christian Gisy

Vue's CinemaxX managing director quits

8-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Christian Gisy to step down after more than seven years at exhibitor.

No Mans Land

San Seb unveils Eastern Europe focus

8-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Retrospective to include films from Danis Tanovic, Cristi Puiu, Mira Fornay and more.

Petit Nicholas

Soda, BFI launch Children’s Cinema Club

8-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK distributor Soda Pictures has teamed with the BFI, film education programme Into Film, UK children’s festivals and indie exhibitors to launch Children’s Cinema Club, an initiative to boost the number of independent children’s films on release in the UK.

The Inbetweeners Movie 2

Guardians, Inbetweeners top social buzz

8-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Marvel blockbuster dominates but comedy sequel debuts strong.

Mad Men

AMC eyes global film channels

8-Aug-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Mad Men broadcaster AMC Networks is eyeing further international acquisitions and is focusing on global independent film channels.

Clavius to shoot in Malta

8-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Biblical thriller will star Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton.

El Tiempo Nublado

Film Republic takes El Tiempo Nublado

8-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

LOCARNO: Film Republic has secured world rights to Paraguayan-Swiss co-production El Tiempo Nublado by Arami Ullon.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Marigold Hotel 2 gets UK date

8-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Director John Madden returns while the original cast is joined by Richard Gere; first trailer released.

Merchants Of Doubt

SPC acquires Merchants Of Doubt

7-Aug-2014 | By

The distributor has struck a worldwide rights deal for Participant Media and Omidyar Network’s documentary that ScreenDaily understands will premiere in Telluride before a screening in Toronto.

The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Him And Her

TWC sets Eleanor Rigby dates

7-Aug-2014 | By

The Weinstein Company will release the two-part awards hopeful The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her on October 10

Cristina Garza

Fantastic Fest unveils market projects

7-Aug-2014 | By

Fantastic Fest has announced the 15 projects in the second edition of its international co-production market: Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico.

The Last Five Years

Exchange trades on Last Five Years

7-Aug-2014 | By

Brian O’Shea’s production, financing and sales company has finalised key territories on Richard LaGravenese’s Toronto-bound world premiere.

Holly Deveaux

Hunter’s Moon to begin shoot

7-Aug-2014 | By

Production is set to commence in Toronto on August 13 on the Men Of Characters thriller.

Diane Lane

Diane Lane, Elle Fanning join Trumbo

7-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: eOne secures distribution deals as cast rounds on Jay Roach’s Bryan Cranston-Helen Mirren drama.

Casanova Variations

San Seb unveils competition films

7-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Seven films will compete for the top prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

Inbetweeners 2 breaks comedy record

7-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The sequel’s £2.75m opening is biggest ever for a comedy in UK.

United Cinemas

Japan's Lawson to buy United Cinemas

7-Aug-2014 | By

Convenience store chain Lawson is set to acquire Japan’s third largest theatre operator United Cinemas in a deal thought to be worth around $100m by the end of the month.

Winter Sleep

Turkey submits Winter Sleep for Oscar

7-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Three-hour feature from Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The Kidnapping Of Michel Houellebecq

Kidnap comedy to open Cambridge

7-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Festival will also see director Rowan Joffe and novelist SJ Watson present Before I Go To Sleep, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

Peter Luisi

Swiss filmmakers in diversity call

7-Aug-2014 | By

Young Swiss filmmakers are calling for greater diversity in Swiss fiction production and the introduction of a new funding instrument to support up-and-coming directors.


Italy boosts film tax credits

7-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Italian Government has increased the tax credits for bigger budget films in a bid to attract Hollywood movies and benefit domestic productions.

White Settlers

Grimmfest to launch preview strand

7-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Genre festival to world premiere zombie thriller Devil’s Tower and preview White Settlers.

Time Lapse

Devilworks clocks Time Lapse sales

7-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Sci-fi thriller sold into Asia and Europe on top of deals for Discopath, The Maid’s Room and Devil May Call.

TIFF unveils Canadian roster

6-Aug-2014 | By

New work by Sturla Gunnarsson, Denys Arcand, Ruba Nadda and Xavier Dolan are among the selection set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month.

Susan Wendt

Europa Distribution panel looks at TV

6-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Speakers at Locarno workshop to include TrustNordisk’s Susan Wendt and ARTE’s Karen Byot.

The Princess Of France

Cinema Guild takes Princess Of France

6-Aug-2014 | By

The distributor has picked up US rights to Matías Piñeiro’s follow-up to Viola that is set to premiere in Locarno on August 7.

Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning joins American Pastoral

6-Aug-2014 | By

Dakota Fanning has joined Jennifer Connelly and Ewan McGregor in Lakeshore’s Philip Roth adaptation.

Genna Terranova

Tribeca names Terranova fest director

6-Aug-2014 | By

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) has announced its 2015 dates and promoted Genna Terranova to festival director and Cara Cusumano to senior programmer.

The Lego Movie

Warner Bros sets animation slots

6-Aug-2014 | By

The studio has earmarked two slots for upcoming, untitled films.

X Quinientos

San Seb names Co-Production projects

6-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Films includes Juan Andrés Arango’s X-Quinientos and William Vega’s Sal.

D Todd Shepherd

C4 acquires MPG data assets

6-Aug-2014 | By

C4, the research-based SaaS company servicing the entertainment industry, has signed an overall agreement including obtaining all Motion Picture Group (MPG) data assets.


Locarno launches Industry Academy

6-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Pilot open to young European professionals in distribution, exhibition, sales and marketing.

Devour festival to welcome Anthony Bourdain

6-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Celebrity chef to present Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman.

Tricycle Theatre

Tricycle refuses UK Jewish Film Festival

6-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Theatre and cinema refuses festival while it is backed by Israeli Embassy amid Gaza crisis; industry reacts via social media.

Gordon Goody

Signature to release Train Robbery doc

6-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary claims to reveal identity of the mastermind behind the Great Train Robbery for the first time.


Venice adds Bogdanovich, Penn docs

6-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Two new documentaries about cinema, centred on the work of US directors Peter Bogdanovich and Arthur Penn, have been added to the Venice Classics strand of the 71st Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6).

Stations of the Cross

Films submitted for German Oscar entry

6-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

A total of 15 films have been submitted for consideration.

White God

Hungary submits White God to Oscars

6-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Cannes award-winner to be considered for nomination in the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category.

Aviva Silver

Aviva Silver returns to EC

6-Aug-2014 | By

Aviva Silver, who was head of unit at the MEDIA Programme until June 2013, is set to resume playing a key role in forging future European audiovisual and cultural policy.

Commandant Pat Quinlan

Fifty Shades star readies next film

6-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Parallel Films announces details of The Siege of Jadotville, starring Fifty Shades of Grey’s Jamie Dornan.

Carrie Brownstein

Brownstein to finish Lost In Austen

5-Aug-2014 | By

Columbia Pictures, Neal Street Productions and Good Universe have hired Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein to complete the Nora Ephron script.

Pablo Jose Barroso

Dos Corazones Films opens in Mexico

5-Aug-2014 | By

Producer Pablo José Barroso has established the privately backed production and finance company based in Mexico City.

Fox withdraws Time Warner bid

5-Aug-2014 | By

In a surprise development, 21st Century Fox has pulled out of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner.

Before I Disappear

IFC acquires Before I Disappear

5-Aug-2014 | By

IFC Films has picked up North American rights to Shawn Christensen’s drama ahead of its international premiere in Venice. Separately, The Orchard has picked up Marshall Curry’s Tribeca-winning doc Point And Shoot.

Tony Jaa

Kickboxer adds cast for The Exchange

5-Aug-2014 | By

The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea has confirmed that martial arts icon Tony Jaa and Scott Adkins have joined the action remake.

Golden Globes

Golden Globes sets 2015 date

5-Aug-2014 | By

The HFPA has announced the timetable for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards.

An Evergreen Christmas

ARC swoops on Evergreen Christmas

5-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to the dramatic comedy An Evergreen Christmas.


TIFF Gala to salute Al Pacino

5-Aug-2014 | By

Al Pacino will be the subject of a career retrospective at the third annual TIFF Gala in Toronto on September 3.


Academy grant supports Sundance FFP

5-Aug-2014 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has bestowed a grant upon Sundance Institute for the second year running to support professional training and development of emerging feature film artists.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Boone Isaacs re-elected Oscar president

5-Aug-2014 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences held board elections on Tuesday night (5).

David Kosse

David Kosse talks Film4 job

5-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

“There are always opportunities to change and grow,” Kosse tells Screen.

Carter High -1

Charles Dutton joins Carter High

5-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Charles Dutton has joined Play Now Enterprises and Tycor International Film Company’s true-life story of the high school American football team.

Ricky Gervais readies David Brent film

5-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

BBC Films-backed feature will explore what happened to the seedy boss after The Office.

Lord Montagu

Lord Montagu goes to Electric Sky

5-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Electric Sky has acquired international broadcast rights to Luke Korem’s documentary and will launch sales at MIPCOM in October.

Figa/Br launches with August Winds

5-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

New Brazilian cinema label kicks off with Locarno competition title.


Wide, Filmdoo pact for VOD releases

5-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

First title will be Berlinale contender Supernova, including a day-and-date release in the UK.

Abdulaziz Al-Khater

Doha Fim Institute CEO to step down

5-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Abdulaziz Al-Khater to leave after two years in the role.


Depardieu's Viktor to premiere in Russia

5-Aug-2014 | By

New films from Krzysztof Zanussi and Ralph Fiennes to also world premiere at Window To Europe Film Festival.

Netflix on phone

OTT video to generate $10.7bn

5-Aug-2014 | By

North America revenue from OTT (over the top) content is catching up with theatrical grosses as a study said projected numbers for 2014 will reach $10.7bn – a little under the record $10.9bn set by theatrical distributors in 2013.

David Kosse

David Kosse named Film4 boss

4-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Universal Pictures exec to replace Tessa Ross in November.


Reactions: David Kosse joins Film4

4-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATED: Producers Stephen Woolley, Kris Thykier, Jeremy Thomas, Andrew Macdonald and Eric Fellner as well as BBC Films, the BFI, FDA and Pact comment on the appointment of Universal Pictures exec David Kosse as the new head of Film4.

Alex Brunner

Alex Brunner joins UTA indie film group

4-Aug-2014 | By

Exclusive Media co-founder and former deputy COO Alex Brunner has joined UTA Independent Film Group as a film finance agent.

Kodak gains another top-tier champion

4-Aug-2014 | By

Martin Scorsese has thrown his weight behind the campaign highlighted by a number of high-profile directors in recent weeks to support Kodak’s decision to continue to produce film stock.

Viggo Mortensen

eOne secures Captain Fantastic

4-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Viggo Mortensen drama, directed by Matt Ross, adds cast including Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, Missi Pyle and Erin Moriarty.

Jennifer Connelly joins American Pastoral

4-Aug-2014 | By

Lakeshore and Sierra/Affinity are weighing up an AFM start on pre-sales for the Philip Roth adaptation American Pastoral. Separately, Elijah Wood has joined Summit Entertainment’s The Last Witch Hunter

Leprechaun Origins

Lionsgate, WWE date Leprechaun

4-Aug-2014 | By

Lionsgate and WWE Studios have set a limited theatrical run for the horror film following a sneak peek of footage at Comic-Con.

AFM 2014 unveils Conference Series

4-Aug-2014 | By

Financing, pitching, production, marketing and distribution are on the agenda at the 2014 American Film Market, set to run from November 5-12.

Najwa Najjar locks West Bank film

4-Aug-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Algerian singer Souad Massi and Egyptian Khaled Abol Naga co-star in film shot in West Bank city of Nablus.

White Shadow

White Shadow wins in Wroclaw

4-Aug-2014 | By

Noaz Deshe’s feature debut White Shadow was the big winner at this year’s T-Mobile New Horizons in Poland’s Wroclaw.

Nosferatu In Love

Nosferatu In Love wins LA Shorts Fest

4-Aug-2014 | By

Mark Strong stars for his Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy screenwriter Peter Straughan in the darkly comic slice of life.

Park Chan Wook in Jerusalem

Korean filmmakers support Palestine

4-Aug-2014 | By

Leading Korean filmmakers Park Chan-wook and Ryoo Seung-wan have joined a group of 100 public figures in a petition against Israel’s attack on Gaza and “civilian massacre”.

Production Finance Market

NZ's Emma Slade set for UK PFM

4-Aug-2014 | By

Emma Slade, Steve Kearney, Briget Callow-Wright heading for the UK’s Production Finance Market.

Sailing Back To Cuba

Sailing Back To Cuba lands sales rep

4-Aug-2014 | By

Lon Haber and IPPR have taken on world sales rights to producer-director Ron Moler’s second documentary about Cuba, Sailing Back To Cuba.

Madmen Entertainment

Madman founders complete buyout

4-Aug-2014 | By

A small consortium that includes co-managing directors Paul Wiegard and Tim Anderson have paid $20m (A$21.5m) for Australian independent distributor Madman Entertainment.

Caleb Deschanel

Camerimage to honour Caleb Deschanel

4-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Oscar-nominated cinematographer of The Passion of the Christ and The Right Stuff to accept lifetime achievement award at cinematography festival in Poland.

The Wind Rises

Studio Ghibli to scale back production

4-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Japanese animation producer to scale back following retirement of Hayao Miyazaki.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians tops UK chart on $10.7m

4-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s latest Marvel outing scores $10.7m (£6.35m) debut to dethrone Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Secret Cinema’s Back to the Future event grosses $1.2m (£720,000) over first four shows.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians rule on $161.7m debut

3-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATED AUGUST 4: Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy ruled the box office universe on an estimated $161.7m, of which $67.4m came from 42 territories outside the US through Walt Disney Motion Pictures International.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians' $94m debut boosts US BO

3-Aug-2014 | By

Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy stormed the North American box office, soaring to number one on an estimated $94m through Buena Vista that scored the biggest August debut and the third biggest of the year-to-date.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers 4 crosses $1bn

3-Aug-2014 | By

Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: Age Of Extinction has become the second in the sci-fi franchise to reach the global mark after Dark Of The Moon did so in 2011.

The Tribe

The Tribe wins top prize in Motovun

3-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Unusual ‘jury in exile’ led by Jafar Panahi; empty chair in honour of imprisoned Sentsov.

Joseph Fiennes

Joseph Fiennes to star in Clavius

2-Aug-2014 | By

Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton will star in LD Entertainment’s Biblical thriller.

Atlantic Film Festival

Strategic Partners unveils LatAm scheme

2-Aug-2014 | By

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


Elba, Arterton drama begins shoot

1-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

John Cooper and Trevor Groth

Sundance in Hong Kong partnership

1-Aug-2014 | By

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

Jared Marshall

Prominence readies Fortune And Gold

1-Aug-2014 | By

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

Tokyo International Film Festival

Tokyo to introduce viewer's award

1-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

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

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians tops UK social buzz

1-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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

Dead Island

Occupant, Deep Silver plot Dead Island

1-Aug-2014 | By

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

Man With A Movie Camera

Silent film tops documentary poll

1-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

No Thank You

Media Luna says No Thank You

1-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

German sales outfit acquires Samuli Valkama feature.

WIDE starts presales on Solstice

1-Aug-2014 | By

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


Encounters adds industry forum

1-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo, Orsi Toth on Sarajevo jury

1-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Jon Stewart

Open Road sets Rosewater release

31-Jul-2014 | By

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

Saban expands exec roster

31-Jul-2014 | By

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

Marie's Story

Marie's Story finds US home

31-Jul-2014 | By

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

Snow White and the Huntsman

Uni dates The Huntsman

31-Jul-2014 | By

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

Michael Pavlic

Pavlic to head SPE creative advertising

31-Jul-2014 | By

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

JJ Nugent

JJ Nugent joins AMBI Distribution

31-Jul-2014 | By

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

Tribeca Film Institute

TFI unveils New Media grantees

31-Jul-2014 | By

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

A Most Wanted Man

Sundance teams with Polish festival

31-Jul-2014 | By

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

But Always

China’s But Always set for N America

31-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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


Tokyo to host Hideaki Anno showcase

31-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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


British Council opens film exhibition

31-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

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

Yann Demange

BAFTA taking Yann Demange to US

31-Jul-2014 | By Lauren Cole

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

Mark Lee, Chapman To

Chapman To, Mark Lee play mahjong rivals

31-Jul-2014 | By

King of Mahjong to be directed by Adrian Teh.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Market gets ready for Guardians

31-Jul-2014 | By

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

Rodrigo Cortes

Lionsgate picks up Down A Dark Hall

30-Jul-2014 | By

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

Olivia Wilde

Bron to produce Meadowland

30-Jul-2014 | By

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

Michael Andreen

FIP hires Michael Andreen

30-Jul-2014 | By

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

Matthew McConaughey

Sea Of Trees commences shoot

30-Jul-2014 | By

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


Gotham honour for Ted Sarandos

30-Jul-2014 | By

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

Simon West turns to crowd-funding

30-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Tara Kemes

Tara Kemes climbs at Rainmaker

30-Jul-2014 | By

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

The Who

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

30-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

Harry Potter

Warner Bros names Harry Potter team

30-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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

Emile Hirsch

Emile Hirsch joins Just Jim

30-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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

The Way He Looks

The Way He Looks wins at NewFest

30-Jul-2014 | By

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

Back to the Future

Secret Cinema’s BTTF gets go ahead

30-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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


San Seb names New Directors titles

30-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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

Dominique Pinon

Dominique Pinon joins DuhLess 2

30-Jul-2014 | By

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

Sarajevo reveals guest list

30-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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

The Smell of Us

Venice Days premiere for Larry Clark

30-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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

The Face of an Angel

Toronto to world premiere Angel, Tusk

29-Jul-2014 | By

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

Magic in the Moonlight to close Sarajevo

29-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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

Inner Demons

IFC Midnight embraces Inner Demons

29-Jul-2014 | By

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

Other Peoples Money

Brian Kelly to direct fraudster drama

29-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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


Cinedigm, Great Point Media strike pact

29-Jul-2014 | By

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

The Decent One

Kino Lorber takes Decent One, Winter

29-Jul-2014 | By

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

Fault Lines

Playwrights chosen for new screenwriting scheme

29-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

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

On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter

San Seb's Savage Cinema to return

29-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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

Robert Englund

Englund, Moore to attend FrightFest

29-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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

Nise da Silveira

Brazilian delegation set for Locarno

29-Jul-2014 | By

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

Wonder Woman

Comic-Con: WB leads social buzz

29-Jul-2014 | By

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

BBFC launches 12A cinema advert

29-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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

I Origins

I Origins to open Raindance 2014

29-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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

Creative Skillset

Creative Skillset launches diversity fund

29-Jul-2014 | By Matthew Campelli

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

Paul Candland

Disney bolsters Asia exec suite

28-Jul-2014 | By

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

Mark Zoradi

DWKs Animation hires Mark Zoradi

28-Jul-2014 | By

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

Rufus Sewell

Buyers take The Devil’s Hand

28-Jul-2014 | By

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

Mark Stern

IM Global ventures into TV

28-Jul-2014 | By

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

Pixar's Up

Film worth $2.7bn to UK broadcasters

28-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

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


Sundance unveils summer Labs

28-Jul-2014 | By

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

Matthias Schoenaerts

Matthias Schoenaerts exits Belgica

28-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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

Roman Polanski

Locarno to honour Roman Polanski

28-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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

The Lobster

Dutch production scheme backs 34

28-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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

Black Mirror

Charlie Brooker launches production firm

28-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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

Creative Europe

Creative Europe to cut budgets

28-Jul-2014 | By

Distribution and training programmes face budget cuts in 2015.

Dark Valley wins at Puchon

28-Jul-2014 | By

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

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes retains UK box office lead

28-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

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

Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell, James Buckley in Purgatory

28-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Evil Dead and Inbetweeners stars join cast of fantasy feature.

Jane Linfoot

Jane Linfoot's The Incident begins shoot

28-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

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

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes lead int'l BO on $54.8m

27-Jul-2014 | By

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


Lucy tops North America on $44m

27-Jul-2014 | By

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

Wonder Woman

Comic-Con D4: WB rules social media

27-Jul-2014 | By

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

Number 55

Number 55 wins at revamped Pula

27-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

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

Marvel mania Comic-Con

Comic-Con: Marvel mania grips Hall H

27-Jul-2014 | By

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

The Boxtrolls

Comic-Con: Ben Kingsley makes debut

26-Jul-2014 | By

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

Guillermo del Toro

Comic-Con: Guillermo del Toro thrills

26-Jul-2014 | By

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

Jessica Alba Comic-Con

Comic-Con: Sin City 2 dames talk it up

26-Jul-2014 | By

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


Hercules in strong Russia debut

25-Jul-2014 | By

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


Comic-Con: Daniel Radcliffe charms

25-Jul-2014 | By

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

The Maze Runner

Comic-Con: Fox brings star power

25-Jul-2014 | By

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

Kevin Smith

Comic-Con: Kevin Smith talks Tusk

25-Jul-2014 | By

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

The Judge

The Judge to open Toronto

25-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

David Dobkin’s drama to open TIFF in September.

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix in Doctor Strange talks

25-Jul-2014 | By

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

George Clooney at the LFF 2011

Money Monster lands at Tristar

25-Jul-2014 | By

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

Comic-Con: Cumberbatch rules D1

25-Jul-2014 | By

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

Gone Girl

Venice wanted Gone Girl, Inherent Vice

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

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


108 Media snaps up Yasmine

25-Jul-2014 | By

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

Deborah Zipser

IM Global hires general counsel

25-Jul-2014 | By

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

Sky completes £5bn Euro merger

25-Jul-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

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


Oplev to direct Kahaani remake

25-Jul-2014 | By

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