The Family Stone director to remake French hit for Umedia.
The Dubai Film Connection (DFC) handed out $115,000 in prize money on Thursday night, including the top three prizes of $25,000 which went to Ahmed Ibrahim’s Kharouf (Egypt), Leyla Bouzid’s God Protect My Daughter (Tunisia) and Ghada Terawi’s The Forgotten (Palestine).
The star of How I Live Now and For Those In Peril will be feted at the Berlinale alongside stars of Waltz for Monica, Kon-Tiki and Beyond the Hills among others.
EXCLUSIVE: Lane promoted to head of sales for specialty arm HanWay Select, Fabien Westerhoff departs.
12 Years A Slave leads this year’s SAG nominations with four nods followed by August: Osage County, Dallas Buyers Club and Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
Directed by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, Absolutely Anything features the voices of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Robin Williams.
Scholars, apprentices and trainees selected for first year of investment in UK creative industries’ skills and training.
French-Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb is close to completing post-production on his upcoming drama Enemy Way, starring Forest Whitaker and Harvey Keitel.
The Middle East film and TV industries need more film incentives, a bigger talent pool and a reliable TV ratings system in order to be able to compete on an international level, according to a white paper released at DIFF this week.
Three shortlisted films for the European Parliament prize have been on seven week Europe-wide tour.
Websites accused of piracy have been suspended this week as part of a new initiative by police in the UK.
EXCLUSIVE: Salt inks multi-territory deal with eOne for action-thriller starring Lars Mikkelsen and Michelle Fairley.
Cairo may be the traditional hub for the cinema industry in Egypt but an independent scene is also growing in the country’s second city of Alexandria.
EXCLUSIVE: UK filmmaker Havana Marking is developing a new documentary about the brutal murder of Lebanese pop star Suzanne Tamim in Dubai in 2008.
EXCLUSIVE: Egyptian comedian Shadi Alfons will join Saudi stand-up comic Fahad Albutairi in the cast of Emirati filmmaker Ali F Mostafa’s road film A To B, which starts shooting in February.
Memento Films International (MFI) has picked up Philippe Aractingi’s creative documentary Heritages, which is screening in DIFF’s Muhr Arab Documentary competition.
Rose McGowan’s directorial debut Dawn and The Lion’s Mouth Opens by Lucy Walker are among 66 shorts set to premiere in Park City in January.
Former Village Roadshow Pictures CEO Greg Coote and Malaysian producer Leon Tan have launched DragonSlate Media.
Production has wrapped in New York on C Plus Pictures’ psychological thriller starring Louisa Krause, Jason Patric and Mark Margolis. Arclight handles international sales.
Matthew Marsden and Alyson Stoner have joined the thriller Selling Isobel.
The New York-based distributor will release Kevin Smith’s horror film backed by Demarest Films in the third quarter of 2014.
The executive vice-president of eOne Films International is leaving the company in mid-January 2014 as top brass announced they were launching the division Séville International.
First five films selected for the Hivos Tiger Awards announced.
Lionsgate moves drama starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, avoiding clash with Mandela biopic.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has released the list of entries for the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014.
Latvia’s candidate for the Oscars picked up for all rights distribution.
EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Classics to licence more than 250 titles from Miramax library.
EXCLUSIVE: Palestinian American filmmaker Cherien Dabis is set to adapt Suad Amiry’s Sharon And My Mother-in-Law, a humorous account of life in Ramallah during the Second Intifada. It will be her first feature set in the West Bank and in Arabic.
EXCLUSIVE: Cairo-based New Century Production is putting together an ambitious six-picture slate featuring some of Egypt’s leading veteran and independent filmmakers, including the next project from Rags And Tatters director Ahmad Abdalla.
Saudi-born Hollywood producer Mohammed Al Turki is setting up a film fund, RAV Raw Artist Vision, with Russian producer Arcadiy Golubovich.
EXCLUSIVE: Emirati director-actor Abdullah Aljunaibi’s Greenlight Films is planning a slate of three genre films, kicking off with action thriller Run, which is scheduled to start shooting in March, 2014.
Festival heads announced on December 9 the Special Screenings, Beyond and Shorts programmes for the 20th anniversary event.
In other major awards handed out at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Jono Oliver’s Home (US) won the Spirit Of Freedom: Narrative prize and Nicolas Cuellar’s Cast The First Stone (US) took corresponding documentary honours.
Richie Mehta’s Siddharth took home South Asian International Film Festival’s grand jury prize at the event’s awards gala on December 7 in New York.
Saratov Films, Three Coin Productions and Purdie Distribution announced on December 10 they will expand the limited run of the thriller.
Parkes/MacDonald Productions has acquired feature film and television rights to League Of Denial: The NFL, Concussions And The Battle For Truth.
Festival top brass announced on December 9 the Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections.
Lupita Nyong’o, tipped for an Oscar for her supporting role in 12 Years A Slave, will receive the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Breakthrough Performance Award.
The American Film Institute has announced its 10 films of the year and TV programmes of the year.
Latido Films has acquired international rights at Ventana Sur to Colombian director Felipe Cano Ibañez’s upcoming debut La Semila Del Silencio (The Seed Of Silence).
XYZ Films has picked up world rights excluding Australia and New Zealand to the upcoming New Zealand-set action thriller featuring traditional Maori hand-to-hand combat.
US producer-financier Emmett Furla Oasis Films (EFO Films) has opened an office in Dubai and will shoot two productions in the region within the next 18 months.
UAE-based UK producer Rosie Kingham has optioned Dedra L. Stevenson’s sci-fi fantasy The Hakima’s Tale, about a modern-day Arab warrior princess, which she aims to shoot as a trilogy in the Gulf.
George C Wolfe has come on to direct Mankind Entertainment’s adaptation of playwright Nilo Cruz’s Broadway hit Anna In The Tropics.
Britta Meyermann joins German independent production company.
The new home of the London Film School has secured its first tranche of funding from Creative Skillset.
Superhero sequel to be remastered in IMAX 3D.
Disney’s animation debuts top with $7.7m (£4.7m); Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire surpasses The Hunger Games’ final UK result.
London investment firm Creativity Capital has made its first production commitment since teaming with venture capital fund SMI, cash-flowing the tax credit on The Hatching.
The second combined ScreenSingapore/Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) event wrapped with organisners at Reed Exhibitions saying attendance numbers were up by the second day of the three-day event.
Bafta trustee Medwyn Jones is leaving Harbottle & Lewis after more than 20 years to join media law firm Wiggin’s film and TV group.
EXCLUSIVE: Franco Nero, lyricist Tim Rice, designer Eve Stewart also attached to Roger Goldby project.
Dubai-based film funding initiative Filmi is financing Emirati animated feature Martyr Of The Flag and Waleed Al Shehhi’s IWC Filmmaker Award winner Dolphins.
Algerian cultural agency AARC is showing first images of Mohamed Lakhdar-Hamina’s Crépuscule des Ombres at the Dubai Film Market.
Mohamed Samir’s DayDream Art Production is developing a slate of documentaries and short films to follow its debut feature, Mohamed Khan’s Factory Girl, which premiered at DIFF last night.
Other winners included actors James McAvoy and Lindsay Duncan, For Those In Peril director Paul Wright and Blue is the Warmest Colour.
Heading into the holidays Buena Vista’s animation climbed one place to the pinnacle of the North American charts on an estimated $31.6m for $134.3m. Inside Llewyn Davis arrived on a superb limited debut.
UPDATED DEC 10: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire generated a confirmed $42.9m through 83 Lionsgate international markets in its third weekend to push the running total to $340.6m. The global tally has reached $673.4m.
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has been granted status as a qualifying film festival in the eligibility criteria for the short film category of the Academy Awards.
Warner Bros duo share top prize from Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
The Canadian distributor brokered the deal with Voltage Pictures, which produced the Andrew Niccol film and handles international sales.
Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, and Youth, has outlined key elements of her agenda for the European audiovisual industry in 2014.
Wayne Borg, chief commercial officer of Abu Dhabi’s twofour54, is leaving the government-backed organisation to relocate to his native Australia.
Other winners included Love Is All You Need, The Act of Killing, The Congress and The Broken Circle Breakdown.
Seven actors will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s annual Virtuosos Award.
EXCLUSIVE: Egypt’s burgeoning independent film scene will be the subject of a new documentary being produced by Amr Waked and Salah Al-Hanafy’s Cairo-based Zad Communication.
Emirati filmmaker Waleed Al Shehhi has won the $100,000 IWC Filmmaker Award for his project Dolphins.
EXCLUSIVE: Egyptian star Bushra has signed up to play opposite compatriot actor Sayed Badreya in English-language thriller Bride Of The Nile, about the trafficking of young girls in the region, which Badreya will also direct.
Cairo-based MAD Solutions is presenting a slate of ten high-profile Arabic-language pictures at this year’s Dubai Film Market (DFM).
The International Documentary Association’s 2013 IDA Documentary Awards honoured Jehane Noujaim’s Egyptian activism story The Square with the best feature award on Friday night (December 6) in Los Angeles.
Argentina’s Natural Sciences (Ciencias Naturales), directed by Matías Lucchesi, on Friday (December 6) won Ventana Sur’s main Primer Corte Award, the competitive section of films still in post-production.
Egyptian production company New Century Production and France’s National Cinema Centre (CNC) will each present a new award at this year’s edition of Dubai Film Connection (DFC).
EXCLUSIVE: Producers Orwa Nyrabia and Diana El Jeiroudi of Proaction Film have launched a new Syrian Film Institute in Berlin to act as a hub for Syrian filmmakers, who are either exiled or still in the country.
EXCLUSIVE: Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, the legendary Egyptian actor who was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award at last year’s DIFF, will headline an adaptation of Two Rooms And A Parlour, a new high-profile addition to the production slate of Arab talent hothouse Film Clinic.
Dubai-based crowd-funding platform Aflamnah has announced that it has raised $200,000 across 47 projects since its launch 18 months ago, including two films that are premiering at DIFF.
The cast of American Hustle will stop into Palm Springs to collect the 25th anniversary edition’s Ensemble Performance Award on January 4 2014.
DIFF has added a new section, Iraqi Legacy: Children of the Future, which will screen six short films from Iraq’s new generation of filmmakers.
Captain Phillips producer Michael De Luca has been named president of production at Columbia Pictures, formalising a successful union spanning a number of years.
Tarsem’s Ryan Reynolds thriller previously set up at FilmDistrict will now go through parent company Focus Features on February 27 2015.
Paramount Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer have reached a three-year, first-look agreement for theatrical films that will begin in April 2014.
Twentieth Century Fox announces UK release date for George Clooney’s Second World War adventure.
Browse Screen International’s daily magazines from the Dubai International Film Festival here.
Edinburgh, Fribourg to fete Iranian cinema.
Dustin Hoffman has joined the cast of Stephen Frears’ untitled Lance Armstrong film, which is moving from Europe to the US for its final stages of shoot.
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Actress Sheridan Smith, producer Pippa Harris, and director Penny Woolcock are among the honorees at the 23rd annual Sky Women in Film and TV awards in London.
Frozen leads this week’s Way to Blue UK Movie Buzz Chart.
Associate director Daniel Heale explains the purpose and methodology of Way to Blue’s buzz charts, which Screen starts publishing today.
Sydney-based Anupam Sharma has been appointed head of film for the Australia India Film Fund (AIFF) and expects to be able to name the first film to be financed by the new fund by the end of February.
At ScreenSingapore, a group of producers from the ASEAN region announced the launch of the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) yesterday (Dec 5).
Performance capture pioneer Andy Serkis has revealed he plans to shoot his directorial debut, an adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, in the second half of 2014.
DreamWorks Animation producer Jane Hartwell and senior VFX supervisor Markus Manninen explained how new production processes are empowering the vision of the director, in a session on ‘The Future of Animation’ at the Cinematic Innovation Summit (CIS) in Dubai yesterday.
Technological changes are challenging traditional funding models but also opening up new ways to make, finance and distribute features, said Hollywood veterans at the Cinematic Innovation Summit (CIS) in Dubai yesterday.
Paris-based sales company Wide House has picked up international rights to Mahmoud Kaabour’s Champ Of The Camp, a musical documentary capturing life in the UAE’s labour camps, which premieres at DIFF tomorrow (Dec 7).
Two minutes of silence observed during Royal Film Performance.
Ten films remain in the running for the visual effects Oscar that will be handed out at the 86th Oscars Academy Awards on March 2 2014.
Former MGM/US executive Chris Bosco has joined IM Global as COO, effective December 1.
San Francisco-based Fandor has signed streaming partnerships with Cinedigm, Factory 25 and Oscilloscope Laboratories.
Martin Scorsese will receive the Art Directors Guild’s highest honour, the Cinematic Imagery Award, at the 18th Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence In Production Design Awards.
Days after footage of the remarkable rescue of a shipwrecked Nigerian sailor went viral, LA-based Castlight Pictures has snapped up worldwide rights to the story.
Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow sequel, Adam Wingard’s The Guest and XYZ Films’ Killers from The Mo Brothers are among the Park City At Midnight line-up as festival heads also unveiled Spotlight selections and the inaugural Sundance Kids section on December 5.
Sundance Institute executives announced on December 5 that the festival will feature new work from artist Doug Aitken as well as Klip Collective’s external projections on the Egyptian Theatre.
Blood Window, the first Latin American Fantastic Film Market, has been attracting plenty of interest at the fifth edition of Ventana Sur (Dec 3-6) in Buenos Aires.
Lars von Trier’s anticipated two-part erotic journey will open in March 2014.
Cuban-born telenovela star William Levy has been cast in the lead on the sci-fi adventure The Veil.
The Life Of Pi screenwriter has been hired to script the next big screen episode from the seven-title Chronicles Of Narnia series.
Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to David Wnendt’s Wetlands ahead of the film’s US premiere in Sundance in January.
Walden Media has announced a restructure as it emerged that David Weil, current CEO of parent company Anschutz Film Group (AFG), will leave the company at the end of the year.
Tate Steinsiek has begun shooting his feature directorial debut Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale.
There has been an overwhelmingly positive response from the UK film industry to the new measures for UK film tax relief included in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.
Trade association’s first ever Code of Practice for VFX members comes as Chancellor announces further changes to UK tax relief.
Britain’s National Film & Television School’s Digital Village received a major boost today when the UK Chancellor George Osborne announced £5 million in funding for the initiative in his Autumn Statement.
Drew Cullingham’s horror will be available to watch from Jan 17 via Distrify.
UK Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement has several pieces of good news for the film industry, such as ‘modernising’ the film tax credit, boosting the VFX sector and allocating £5m for the NFTS’ digital village.
Beleaguered DVD retailer Blockbuster will close a further 62 stores in the UK, with the loss of 427 jobs.
First Hand to release its first film in Swiss cinemas in January 2014.
Having plenty of moneybags isn’t always a good thing, say producers at ScreenSingapore’s conferences this week.
Manuel Martin Cuenca’s dark romance [pictured] to open theatrically in US and Canada in Q3 2014, followed by VOD and DVD release.
Anton Corbijn’s Life also set to get direct government investment from Screen Australia.
At ScreenSingapore/ATF, producers from Japan, South Korea, China and Singapore talked about the rise of regional finance and markets while identifying primary audiences and developing local stories.
Screen’s parent company Media Business Insight Limited (MBI) today announced that it has welcomed BRAD Insight (BRAD) to its media portfolio.
Edward R Pressman-produces biopic of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, to be played by Dev Patel.
Shosh Shlam & Hilla Medalia’s documentary [pictured] about internet addiction has been selected for Sundance 2014.
EXCLUSIVE: David Mackenzie’s well-received prison drama clocks deals for UK seller Independent.
The European Union will invest €3.4m in co-production funds and audience development for the first time as part of its Creative Europe programme for the cultural and creative sectors from January 1.
Boyzone frontman to provide the singing voice of Postman Pat in upcoming film.
EXCLUSIVE: Horror starring Liam Cunningham sells in Europe, Middle East.
French film producer and distributor StudioCanal has acquired a majority stake in Red Production Company as part of its drive to move into UK TV production.
UK film database FindAnyFilm is teaming up with Yahoo! Movies UK and Ireland.
Number 9 producer Elizabeth Karlsen is the new chair of the WFTV (UK) board of directors.
Chinese filmmaker Ning Hao’s long-delayed road movie No Man’s Land has grossed $3.2m (RMB19.5m) on its opening day in China (Dec 3).
UPDATE: Lionsgate’s sequel to The Hunger Games and Thor 2 have both reached $600m at the worldwide box office.
Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures are in final negotiations with the UK star and have closed deals with Ben Foster and Paula Patton.
Strand Releasing has acquired US rights to Claudia Sainte-Luce’s The Amazing Cat Fish from Pyramide International.
Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s fledgling TWC-Dimension label will finance, distribute and serve as executive producer on the adaptation of Rosemary’s Baby author Ira Levin’s 1973 Broadway thriller.
The Ibero-American film industry will get its own award ceremony starting in 2014.
The Weinstein Company is seeking to boost the ensemble drama’s awards profile and will re-release it this week.
Festival top brass announced on December 4 the US and world cinema dramatic and documentary competition entries as well as 11 NEXT titles for the upcoming 30th edition of the Sundance Film Festival, set to run in Utah from January 16-26 2014.
EXCLUSIVE: Continental Media has closed early sales on the thriller Unknown Caller that the company boarded during the recent AFM.
Charles Koppelman has joined entertainment content creation company Medient Studios as vice-chairman.
Spike Jonze’s Her starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson has prevailed in the National Board Of Review’s annual vote as Jonze also scooped the best director prize.
Universal Pictures has shut down production “for a period of time” as it considers how best to move ahead with the franchise in the wake of Paul Walker’s death last Saturday (November 30).
Pinewood Studios has officially opened its new Q Stage.
10 features and 10 shorts will be on offer.
Entertainment One Films US has secured US rights to Decoding Annie Parker starring Samantha Morton and Helen Hunt and has set a theatrical and VOD release for summer 2014.
LA-based Ford Movie Group (FMG) and Singapore studio Silver Media Group have signed three MOUs at ScreenSingapore to collaborate on East-meets-West filmmaking.
The ninth Screen National Film and Television Awards, to be held Feb 23 at London’s Park Plaza Riverbank hotel, will have the theme of Nigeria@100.
Sky is opening up its online film rental service Sky Store to allow access for non-subscribers for the first time.
As third-annual event kicks off welcoming 4000 buyers and sellers; organisers announce week-long event for 2014 combined with film festival and awards.
Signature Entertainment has moved forward on the UK home entertainment release of Paul Walker’s film Hours.
After Svensk Filmindustri’s recent acquisition of Tre Vanner, the company is now gathering all its Nordic production activities under one roof.
Ballpark Film Distributors has acquired all UK rights to Nick Mead’s The Last American Outlaw.
Digital multi-media agency Digital Media Services (DMS) is unitiing with AKA and the Creative Partnership to serve film, live entertainment, arts and cultural businesses.
At ScreenSingapore/Asian Television Forum (ATF) today, Singapore’s Infinite Studios signed an MOU on a joint venture with Indonesia’s Screenplay Productions to produce a slate of six Indonesian theatrical features.
EXCLUSIVE: At ScreenSingapore, local production house 13 Little Pictures has announced cinematographer Christopher Doyle is attached to shoot director Glen Goei’s upcoming Yellow Flowers, a.k.a. The Hangman’s Breakfast.
Hannah Saunders [pictured] and Harry Dixon are promoted to new posts at Film4.
Sally Caplan is to relocate to Australia from the UK to take up the new role of head of production at government film agency Screen Australia.
EXCLUSIVE: The President is one of a record eight features on 2014 production slate from Film & Music Entertainment.
Cairo and Abu Dhabi-based MAD Solutions has picked up worldwide rights to Hany Fawzy’s Family Secrets, described as Egypt’s first gay-themed film.
Enemy, The F-Word, Sarah Prefers To Run make it on to annual list.
The 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will take place on January 16 2014.
The New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) honoured American Hustle with three awards on December 3 for best picture, screenplay for Eric Singer and David O Russell and supporting actress for Jennifer Lawrence.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has announced the 15 films in the documentary feature category that will advance in the voting process for the 86th Oscars.
Top brass at the upcoming 20th Slamdance Film Festival have revealed their narrative feature and documentary line-up, one day before the first programme announcements are due from Park City neighbour Sundance.
The presence of Latin America films in Cannes has grown by 40% since 2009, when Ventana Sur was created by INCAA (Argentina’s film institute) and Marché du Film/Festival de Cannes.
During its first week of events in Hong Kong, BAFTA has presented a special award to Run Run Shaw.
Director Timo Vuorensola to move into commercials.
CCFL also unveils development scheme for low Budget VFX and 3D films.
She replaces Alesia Weston, who left the post after less than one year.
Peter Possne, CEO and producer at Sweden’s Sonet Film is to leave the company after 29 years.
The Russian distribution sector is gaining a new player with the launch of Dreamteam.
Sorrentino’s Cannes hit wins at Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival.
BBC has ordered a biopic of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy produced by the BBC’s comedy arm and Harvey Weinstein’s US indie.
US cable network History is developing Hannibal, a miniseries produced by Red Arrow Entertainment and Monster’s Ball star Halle Berry.
Dave Gibson, one of the country’s most high profile producers, has been appointed chief executive of the New Zealand Film Commission.
Other best film nominations include Dead Europe, Mystery Road, Satellite Boy and The Turning.
Actress to receive the Richard Harris Award at this weekend’s British Independent Film Awards.
The Dubai International Film Festial (DIFF) has unveiled the latest recipients of its Enjaaz funding programme, along with a new initiative, Filmi, which aims to support Emirati filmmakers.
The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis was named best film at the 23rd annual Gotham Awards on Monday night (Dec 2) at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Diversity still a problem in terms of scripts and filmmakers.
Egyptian independent production Rags & Tatters has grossed an impressive $30,000 following a two-week run in Egyptian cinemas. The film was originally slated to run for only one week.
China’s Bona Film Group has secured a $13m (RMB80m) credit facility from Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, which it will use to fund expansion of its multiplex business.
Metan Development Group and a coalition of North American TV and film writers have joined forces to launch Metan Wen Zhi Ku, a joint venture linking Western writing talent with transmedia projects for the China market.
Universal Pictures announced two key release dates on Monday (December 2) including a summer 2015 berth for the spy thriller.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Financing film projects in the UK are increasingly challenging as the struggle to turn a profit becomes harder, according to funding experts.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Understanding the differences between platforms is key to unlocking the potential of a converging world, attendees at Screen’s Film Summit at the BFI Southbank heard today (Dec 2).
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: As MJ Delaney’s low-budget Powder Room heads into its opening weekend with all investment already recouped, producer Damian Jones has confirmed that his next project will be a remake of TV perennial Dad’s Army.
Paolo Sorrentino will receive the Capri, Hollywood – International Film Festival’s International Visionary Movie Award while David O Russell will collect the Master Of Cinematic Art Award.
Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Gia Coppola’s directorial debut Palo Alto based on short stories by James Franco.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Event cinema will be the “saviour of cinema”, according to Curzon Artificial Eye CEO Philip Knatchbull, and Lionsgate UK’s CEO Zygi Kamasa, who called it “the future of cinema”.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: International panel talks China opportunities, but warns about tough US market.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Sky Movies boss Ian Lewis has said that Sky does not see SVOD services Netflix and Amazon’s LoveFilm as competitors in the UK.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Statistics from the British Film Institute (BFI) also show the need for UK growth in Asia.
Lionsgate’s sequel takes $9m (£5.5m) to hold onto the top spot for the second consecutive week; Fox’s Philomena becomes Stephen Frears’ best-ever UK performer at $16.1m (£9.8m).
Creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley take over directing duties.
EXCLUSIVE: Entertainment accountancy firm Nyman Libson Paul (NLP) is launching new venture Goldfinch Pictures Ltd, dedicated to supporting British films.
Producers from Lithuania, Romania, Denmark and Finland were the recipients of five awards presented at the Baltic Event’s Co-Production Market (Nov 26-29).
Shanghai-based production company Huace Film & TV has signed a $30m five-year deal with Guo Jingming, the novelist turned filmmaker behind the hugely successful Tiny Times franchise.
Robert Mandel will step down as dean of the AFI Conservatory. The AFI made the announcement in the small hours of Monday morning (December 2).
As expected Catching Fire maintained control of the North American charts over the Thanksgiving holiday period despite a superb first wide weekend from Disney’s animation Frozen.