JULY 3 UPDATE: Jurassic World faces its sternest test yet as Terminator Genisys leaps to an early $28m heading into its first major weekend. Inside Out continues to build momentum and crosses $300m worldwide.
Philip Ridley’s 1990 horror featured Viggo Mortensen in one of his first starring roles.
Japanese character and lifestyle business Sanrio is planning to launch a Hello Kitty movie for global release in 2019.
In reaction to protests from specialist exhibitors, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced it is going ahead with the launch of a new support programme for arthouse film distribution.
Main programme to include Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster and Carol Morley’s The Falling.
Terminator Genisys tops chart ahead of release.
Nicolo Donato’s feature about the escape of Danish Jews in 1943 to star Danica Curcic and David Dencik among others.
Culinary drama stars Jonathan Pryce.
The 16th edition of genre film festival unveils full line-up.
After making two high profile movies set during the Hitler years, Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel is hatching plans for a new film that will unfold during the First World War.
EXCLUSIVE: Plans by the European Commission (EC) to create a level playing field between high and low production capacity countries in its Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme have come increasingly under fire from film distributors in the larger EU Member States.
New images also released of the feature centred on the first person to successfully swim the English Channel.
Marks directorial debut for Danish screenwriter behind A Royal Affair and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Kosovar film to play in competition at Karlovy Vary.
Colin Rothbart’s documentary explores east London’s alternative drag scene.
Feature debuted at Sundance Film Festival.
Audio facility recently worked on Richard Ayoade’s The Double.
Two senior appointments made at London-based studios.
The studio has struck a deal with the toy manufacturer to adapt the beloved board game and has brought on Andrew Niccol.
EXCLUSIVE: Former FremantleMedia executive Solomon Nwabueze to spearhead commercial push.
New films from South Korean and Polish directors to play in international competition.
The RLJ Entertainment brand has acquired first-time filmmaker Daniel Robbins’ genre tale.
New report reveals the growing sector was worth nearly $300m in 2014.
Titles in the Feature and Documentary Film competitions unveiled.
The genre theatrical imprint of Shout! Factory will open the film in select cinemas across top US markets and on VOD on September 4.
The Walt Disney Company hierarchy has named Christine McCarthy senior executive vice-president and Chief Financial Officer and Kevin Mayer senior executive vice president and Chief Strategy Officer, effective immediately.
EXCLUSIVE: The trial of the detained Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov is expected “not before the end of July”, according to his cousin Natalja Kaplan.
Creator of iconic French TV programmes such as Les Guignols de l’Info loses battle with cancer.
Industry veteran Alex Barder and his partner Russell Naftal at Burbank-based entertainment company Beast Media Group are lining up a virtual reality game based on the horror franchise.
Independent artists Kris Bowers, Germaine Franco, Danielle Eva Schwob and Jeremy Turner are among the select few for this summer’s Music and Sound Design Labs held at Skywalker Ranch in northern California.
Annual results show revenue increased by more than £10m year-on-year.
Julie Candelaria has been promoted to svp of marketing for Gravitas Ventures, while AJ Feuerman has been added to the team as director of public relations and Nancy Sanchez joins as marketing manager.
DCMS report highlights BAME gains but gender imbalance in industries.
Edinburgh International Film Festival tops 50,000 admissions.
US documentary director to also be subject of a retrospective.
Toho’s highly-anticipated live action manga adaptation to receive world premiere in Los Angeles
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World reigned over the China box office for the third week straight last week, passing the $200m benchmark, and holding off local opener Hollywood Adventures, produced by Justin Lin.
Paul Dano, riding high on critical acclaim for his portrayal of Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy, will star alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the surreal drama.
XLrator Media, Parkside Pictures and Tadross Media Group have signed a multi-film production slate that the parties will jointly produce and distribute worldwide.
The Los Cabos International Film Festival initiative will present five awards at this year’s event, set to run from November 11-15 in Mexico.
The writer and performer will take part in the “Conversations With…” series during the one-day Produced By New York conference run by the Producers Guild Of America on October 24.
EXCLUSIVE: Sam Fleischner’s drama will screen in the prestigious annual round-up by Mexico’s Cineteca Nacional as it emerged that sales agent Curator Films has secured a Mexican distribution deal.
It’s a Universal one-two at the top of the chart as Jurassic World becomes year’s biggest film with $76.8m (£48.9m) haul to date.
Charity founded in 1908 alters name to reflect changes within organisation, expands remit to support disadvantaged youth entering industry.
The Godfather director will lead the jury at the 15th Marrakech International Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: French director’s first English-language film is set in space; artist Olafur Eliasson among collaborators.
The animated spin-off sequel topped Entourage and Terminator Genysis
UPDATED JUNE 29: Jurassic World stayed top of the global food chain for the third consecutive session as a confirmed $84.3m from 66 territories propelled the international tally to $745.5m and combined with a confirmed $500.4m in North America for $1.246bn worldwide.
UPDATED JUNE 29: Universal’s global smash held on to pole position in its third weekend and used a confirmed $54.5m to become the fifth film to cross the half-billion mark.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor is believed to be close to an Australian deal for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Western as the director and cast prepare to hit Comic-Con next month.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Daniel Radcliffe, Rosamund Pike, Tom Hardy and Martin Freeman are among 322 artists and executives invited to become members of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.
Veteran Bulgarian actor Ivaylo Hristov’s third feature film as director, the coming-of-age tale Losers, won the Golden St. George Prize for best film on Friday at the 37th edition of the Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), which ran from June 19-26.
The Carol producer will take centre stage when the 18th edition of the co-production market within Canada’s Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax opens on September 17.
Toronto-based Marina Cordoni Entertainment will represent international sales on Jeff Lehman’s The Tailor’s Apprentice.
The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film goes to Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years.
EXCLUSIVE: Staff addition forms part of production push for London outfit.
Festival gets five-year commitment from regional government.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales deal for UK comedy crime-drama with Dexter Fletcher among cast.
President of production Claudia Lewis announced on Thursday that principal photography has begun in Minnesota on Craig Johnson’s follow-up to The Skeleton Twins starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern.
The Japanese film and television star makes his English-language debut in Lava Bear Films’ supernatural thriller, currently in production in Japan.
Cinedigm Corp has acquired a minority stake as the partners prepare to relaunch Shout! Factory’s AVOD OTT channel Shout! Factory TV.
The independent distributor and streaming service announced at BAMcinemaFest they will partner on the slate.
Tinatin Kajrishvili, Aida Begic, Hüseyin Karabey films among lineup.
Both films to receive their European premieres at this year’s 16th edition; FrightFest co-director Alan Jones reflects on the festival’s first year at the Vue and what’s to come.
Films will launch at European festivals and on VOD platforms.
China’s Alibaba Pictures is making its first move into Hollywood, partnering with Paramount Pictures on Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.
Entertainment One (eOne) and Creative England will plough a combined £500,000 into regional drama development as they bid to unearth a hit on the scale of Broadchurch.
Universal Pictures International executives anticipate another mighty session as the behemoth heads into its third weekend, already well past $1bn worldwide.
Under new rules, qualifying producers for a best picture nominee must be eligible for a Producers Guild Of America award for the film or have appealed the PGA’s refusal of such eligibility.
Top brass at the Los Angeles event set to run from August 7-9 in Los Angeles have announced the film and music roster.
The distributor has acquired all North American rights to the recent Tribeca world premiere about the psychological toll of a tragedy on a New York couple.
EXCLUSIVE: Doc about champion jockey to get UK-Ire cinema release later this year.
Annapurna Pictures has commenced principal photography in New York City on the drama that will feature characters from the director’s 1995 cult release Welcome To The Dollhouse.
Lily Rabe, Timothee Chalamet, Lili Reinhart and Anthony Quintal star in Julia Hart’s feature directorial debut, which has commenced production in California.
The multi-platform production executive has been hired as evp and general manager of the service that Lionsgate and Comic-Con International announced recently.
Torrey DeVitto of The Vampire Diaries, Mike Doyle and Ursula Parker have joined Monolith Pictures’ psychological thriller that has commenced principal photography in Dutchess County in upstate New York.
TrustNordisk sells foodie documentary to Germany, Austria, Korea, Benelux.
Principal photography is underway in Europe on Martin Koolhoven thriller.
Network takes UK rights to Sebastián Silva drama, co-starring Kristen Wiig and Tunde Adebimpe.
Producer-director Andrey Silvestrov’s The Ice Hole was named the winner of the first Screen International Best Pitch Award at the Moscow Business Square (MBS).
Principal photography underway in the UK on book adaptation.
Ted Hope’s expanding team at the digital platform alongside Andrew Karpen’s fledgling distributor have snapped up US rights with the latter in line to handle the theatrical release.
Star of The Impossible is a former Screen Star of Tomorrow.
AwesomenessTV is ramping up its film business in the wake of the 2014 social success of Expelled and has brought on the Chapter One Films founder as president of Awesomeness Films.
The long-standing executive has been named Chief Brand Officer and president of worldwide marketing.
Worldwide sales agent eOne Features has struck a US deal on Ricky Gervais’ comedy charting the post-The Office life of mockumentary sensation David Brent.
Shakespeare adaptation will become the first ever live 4K broadcast to multiple cinemas under Sony, Vue and NT Live partnership.
EXCLUSIVE: David Hare script to be produced by Philomena producer and BBC Films.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal heads orchestrated a precisely calibrated marketing campaign in support of the release that played a critical role in driving the tentpole past $1bn worldwide in record time on Monday.
The Walking Dead distributor and UK funding body launch slate for regional producers.
Worldwide tickets sales for the year-to-date reached a new high for the studio of $3.819bn on Monday.
China Lion Film Distribution has acquired rights for North America, Australia and New Zealand to three titles handled by IM Global – Only You, The Wasted Times and Mr Six.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World chomped through another $68.49m to top the China box office last week, although local action thriller SPL2: A Time For Consequences opened strongly with $43.36m.
The Lucasfilm president has joined the board of councilors of the USC School Of Cinematic Arts.
UPDATED JUNE 23: Hollywood composer also wrote the soundtracks to Avatar, Braveheart and the upcoming Southpaw.
Partnership struck between Geena Davis Institute On Gender In Media, Women In Film And Television (UK) and BFI London Film Festival
Exec joins Liza Marshall and Kris Thykier’s growing company.
Tammy Blanchard and Zachary Quinto are among a slew of new cast to join Route One Entertainment and Ocean Blue Entertainment’s dramatic comedy Tallulah, which has begun shooting in New York City.
The Downslope will be the first in a trilogy that producers Lauren Selig, Barry Levine and Reneé Wolfe are planning based on the iconic director’s unproduced original 1956 screenplay.
EXCLUSIVE: BBC Films and BFI also set to board as core funders on theatrical documentary.
Universal and Legendary’s juggernaut will become the fastest film in history to reach the milestone on Monday, its 13th day in release.
In a significant statement of its ambitions to forge ties with a stable of regular collaborators, the distributor has closed a deal with Duplass Brothers Productions on worldwide theatrical and ancillary rights to seven titles.
Well-received race and identity comedy Dear White People marks the first acquisition for The New Black Film Collective but the film faces significant challenges in the UK.
Roland Emmerich’s follow-up to his 1996 blockbuster that launched the film career of Will Smith will be called Independence Day Resurgence.
Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to drama-thriller Dynamite: A 60’s Love Story starring Ian Harding and Evanna Lynch.
Festival to open with Gere-starrer Time Out Of Mind. Other guests include Harvey Keitel, 50 Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan and George A. Romero.
Universal’s sequel records second biggest second weekend ever with $17.6m (£11.1m); ScreenLive Entertainment’s Take That Live sets new record for biggest one-night-only concert event.
Pierre Jolivet’s France-Belgium co-production The Night Watchman won best feature in the Golden Goblet competition of this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (June 13-21), while Cao Baoping’s The Dead End won best director and actor.
EDINBURGH: Scottish actor gives talk about 22-year acting career including new role as Jesus in Last Days In The Desert.
Exec to take on production and acquisitions role.
The companies have announced JT Hilversum as the second Dolby Cinema location in the Netherlands, six months after Dolby Cinema opened one of its first theatres at JT Eindhoven.
Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria was the big winner at this year’s German Film Awards, taking home six statuettes from its seven nominations including the Golden Lolas for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Lead Actor.
Blood Cells, which has its UK premiere in Edinburgh on Tuesday (and competes for the Michael Powell Award), is planning a UK launch in cinemas from June 27.
When she joined Creative Scotland as Director, Film And Media, last summer, Natalie Usher already had an intimate involvement with several of the films that Creative Scotland was backing.
South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and China’s Youku have initiated their Asian collaboration project to nurture new filmmakers with master directors.
JUNE 22 UPDATE: A monster North American session saw Universal-Legendary’s smash produce the second biggest second weekend ever to reach $402.8m, while Inside Out scored the biggest opening for an original property on $90.4m.
Universal and Legendary’s Jurassic World continued to dominate the globe as a muscular second session propelled the smash within swiping distance of $1bn. Warner Bros’ San Andreas crossed $400m worldwide.
Festival brass hailed a record turnout for the renowned event and honoured a range of international filmmakers at the awards ceremony on Sunday night.
Kennedy Brice, Casper Van Dien (pictured) and Victoria Pratt star in the sci-fi thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Controversial Alex Gibney doc Going Clear to get release despite legal pressure.
EXCLUSIVE: Animation sells to Middle East, Asia, Africa.
Director also talks about an extended cut of award-winning Senna.
The adventure reboot stood at $412m by the end of Wednesday via Universal Pictures International as executives anticipated an emphatic follow-up session despite the day-and-date release of Inside Out in several key markets.
Verve picks up UK rights to Scott Graham’s Shell follow-up.
National Geographic Channel has joined Fox Searchlight to distribute He Named Me Malala.
Parker Bowles previously served as vice-chairman and is the head of production at Story Mining & Supply Co.
David Sullivan, chairman of London football club West Ham United, has invested in UK distributor Signature Entertainment.
The animation specialist has picked up North American rights to A Cat In Paris directors’ Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s latest work.
EXCLUSIVE: Crime drama stars Stephen Graham and Michael Smiley.
Korean film industry representatives visited the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) in Busan on Tuesday to protest the organisation’s budget decisions on funding for the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and independent and arthouse specialty cinemas.
Paramount Pictures has appointed former IMAX China manager Tara Yin as general manager of its new China office in Beijing.
Bunyik Entertainment’s new VOD platform has signed agreements with the Hungarian National Digital Archive MANDA for US VOD rights to 46 Hungarian classics.
Fred Dust, Philipp Engelhorn, Caterina Fake, Gigi Pritzker and Alejandro Ramírez Magaña have joined the Institute’s board of trustees.
The British Council is launching a new UK-Nigeria screenwriting partnership programme at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) titled Script Junction.
Feature is based on Orhan Pamuk’s novel The Museum Of Innocence.
Fox International Channels (FIC) unit Star Chinese Movies (SCM) has acquired TV and digital media rights to three of Beijing-based Enlight Media’s biggest current titles.
Thierry Frémaux to provide live commentary on restored films by Louis Lumière.
Minister for Culture and Sport Miri Regev threatened to cut off subsidies if the documentary was not pulled.
Cult classics and exclusive previews to be screened in locations around the world.
EXCLUSIVE: The first international deals on Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Western have emerged, more than seven months after The Weinstein Company (TWC) formally introduced the project to buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: European Union plans to increase Creative Europe’s budget by 8% for 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: The Works closes UK, Germany, Asian deals on romance.
Italian-language film could shoot this autumn in Southern Italy.
Six selected directors include Michaël R. Roskam [pictured], Kim Ki-duk and Sion Sono.
Manes named International Account Manager at Screen International.
Screen International has appointed Tom Grater as web assistant/news reporter.
Cast of dystopian drama includes Jonathan Pryce, Greta Scacchi and Agyness Deyn.
Relationship drama to shoot for five weeks in the UK.
FilmDoo to debut Trinidad’s God Loves the Fighter at East End Film Festival; signs New Wave and Eureka for VOD.
Funding will bring independent and British film to audiences across the North West and Central England.
Members include Belle director Amma Asante and Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa.
Integrated entertainment PR agency launches in London
British psychological thriller Dartmoor Killing is using an innovative distribution, starting with self-distribution in cinemas from September 18 followed by a DVD and VOD release by Soda Pictures later in the autumn.
Sakharov has directed episodes of Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and Marco Polo.
Animation features a voice performance from the late Christopher Lee.
Leaders from China’s film industry to attend new initiative at American Film Market.
EXCLUSIVE: UK thriller comes from writer-director Mike Doxford, Achilles Entertainments.
Marketplace pitch and competition winners also announced; 2016 dates set.
Baidu-owned online video company iQiyi announced that its paid streaming subscribers reached 5 million as of June 15, an increase of 765% over the past year.
Speaking at the Shanghai International Film Festival, IM Global chief Stuart Ford predicted that China digital and pay-TV revenues could become the biggest driver of the global movie market within five years.
World premieres include closing film The Chosen: Forbidden Cave from Kim Hui; competition line-up includes Coin Locker Girl, which played in Cannes Critics’ Week.
Metrodome’s Jezz Vernon and Genesis Cinema’s Tyrone Walker-Hebborn on Board.
Groundbreaking research “mapping” the European animation industry is to be presented at the Annecy Festival.
Co-production between Germany and France is set to be given an additional boost with the creation of two new development funds.
SquareOne Entertainment acquires Cannes Marche titles.
IMAX Corporation is partnering with China Media Capital (CMC) to create a fund, initially capitalised at $50m, to produce Chinese-language movies.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World roared into China with an opening gross of $100.1m in five days, topping the box office and pushing San Andreas into second place.
Marc Butan’s new company is in final talks with Mark Romanek to direct the film based on the 1980 California bank robbery and manhunt.
Tracy Letts, Linda Emond and Danny Burstein have joined the cast of James Schamus’ directorial debut as production begins this week in and around New York. FilmNation handles international sales.
Sundance Institute today announced the eight projects selected for the annual Documentary Edit and Story Labs in Utah from June 19-27 and July 3-11.
Producer of Submarine and Berberian Sound Studio to take key role in the BFI Film Fund.
Universal’s sequel posts biggest opening of the year, sixth biggest of all time at the UK box office and distributor’s biggest of all time.
Executives today announced the 15 finallists in the Micro-Budget Production Program for 2015-2016 representing all regions of the country.
Innovations include showing Utopia as part of first TV offering at a Croatian festival.
The Rio-based distributor has returned from the Croisette with a trio of titles.
China’s Bona Film Group has unveiled an ambitious 26-picture slate to celebrate the company’s 15th anniversary, along with a strategic cooperation with Huaxia Film Distribution.
Dimension Films and Trancas International Films have set a July start date on the horror reboot featuring the infamous Michael Myers.
April And The Extraordinary World will screen in competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival that started today and features the voice of Marion Cotillard in the lead.
Producer Dimitri Villard, whose credits include Flight Of The Navigator and In Love And War, is moving ahead with his Frank Herbert adaptation with the hire of the Sundance-winning filmmaker.
Actor John Turturro to visit Jerusalem and take part in opening ceremony
Asia’s largest genre film fest, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) in South Korea has announced this year’s It Project Spotlight on China and is tentatively launching a new programme titled Nordic Genre Invasion.
Former Fox marketing executive Al Ovadia is heading production and marketing company Los Angeles Beijing Studios (LABS), which has sealed a $300m joint venture with Shenzhen-based fund Hotland Film Ventures.
Alibaba revealed further details of its streaming service and crowdfunding platform at SIFF Forum, where talk revolved around the convergence of China’s movie and internet industries and new financing models.
Colin Farrell starrer won Jury Prize at Cannes last month.
EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based finance and management outfit Kirin Media Ventures has launched a $25m fund, with initial backing from Chinese investors, to finance a slate of US theatrical features.
JUNE 15 UPDATE: An exceptional year for Universal Pictures vaulted to another level as the latest episode in the tentpole Steven Spielberg created 22 years ago set opening weekend records in North America, international and worldwide.
JUNE 15 UPDATE: An extraordinary weekend for Universal Pictures saw the revival of Steven Spielberg’s action-adventure franchise confirmed on Monday as the highest North American release in industry history.
An explosive start for the dinosaur romp has resulted in a box office trifecta for the studio as its films crossed $1bn in North America and $3bn worldwide in industry record time following last week’s $2bn international feat.
Miguel Gomes’ three-volume epic wins eight on the closing night of the Sydney Film Festival.
Stars including Mike Tyson, Donnie Yen and Jackie Chan walked the red carpet at the opening of the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) last night, along with three Korean jury members who are attending the festival despite the controversy surrounding MERS.
The Weinstein Company (TWC) has unveiled its plans for the distribution of Quentin Tarantino’s next film.
The distributor’s Gramercy Pictures genre label has moved its action sequel out of the busy October 2 slot.
UK film arm of European distributor withdraws from theatrical.
Sci-fi thriller wins fourth edition of US indie showcase in Paris.
The world of Star Wars has been re-created for the latest immersive experience by Secret Cinema. Michael Rosser headed to a galaxy far, far away to find out if it would prove a trip into hyperspace… or hypersleep.
Elishia Holmes, Lucy Kitada and Johnny Pariseau have joined Michael De Luca Productions.
The European Commission’s plans for a Digital Single Market (DSM) were high on the agenda as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) held its annual strategy meeting in Berlin for first time.
The 84-year-old mogul is preparing to relinquish his CEO role at 21st Century Fox and will hand over the reins to his son James, according to a story by CNBC on Thursday.
The 18th edition of the co-production market within Canada’s Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax will run from September 17-20.
Universal’s latest tentpole in a year that has already delivered a new speed record to the $2bn mark arrives in 66 territories this weekend.
Universal’s annus mirabilis showed little sign of slowing down on Friday as studio brass said the dinosaur adventure added an estimated $41.6m from 45 international markets on Thursday to reach $65.5m.
The Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) has secured two major sponsors for this year’s Mumbai Film Festival, providing some much-needed financial security for the October event.
Dinosaur sequel tramples over the competition.
A total of 1.2 million digital and creative skilled workers needed by 2022 says Creative Skillset
Philip Rose and Daniel Noy to unite entertainment teams at agency.
EXCLUSIVE: 24 producers from across Europe, Canada, US and beyond to take part in this year’s training programme.
Early grosses from Jurassic World pushed Universal Pictures International (UPI) past the milestone on June 11 as the studio established a new industry speed record.
The studio announced on Thursday that it will present exclusive looks at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and The Last Witch Hunter in San Diego on July 9.
The veteran actor died on Sunday after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.
EXCLUSIVE: Competition trio among UK distributor’s haul.
Ben Latham-Jones describes allegations in US lawsuit as “categorically untrue”.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has confirmed to Screen its rights to first-time feature filmmaker Branden Kramer’s cyberthriller starring Ashley Benson.
Music financier Cutting Edge Group and investment arm Conduct has invested in six new films to bolster the growing music rights division.
UK newcomer Shannon Tarbet will also star in Locomotive Media’s upcoming dark comedy.
EXCLUSIVE: Rhys Ifans and singer Charlotte Church star in Edinburgh-bound drama.
Holocaust drama won the Grand Prix at Cannes last month.
Takeshi Kitano’s Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen, Sonny Mallhi’s Anguish, Ringo Lam’s Wild City and Miguel Angel Vivas’ Extinction among titles playing at Montreal’s genre film festival.
Danish major Nordisk Film has selected the team that will front its push into Norwegian productions led by Harald Zwart’s 12th Man
Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has brought on the distributor as the new presenting partner of the TFI Documentary Fund.
Vue Entertainment to bring box office hit back to theatres next week.
Lionsgate has set a UK date for Jane Got A Gun, the long-gestating Western starring Natalie Portman that made headlines over the comings and goings of director and stars.
EXCLUSIVE: Production commenced in Auckland on Wednesday on the embassy siege action thriller from Toa Fraser that XYZ Films sells internationally.
The team behind Stars Wars: The Force Awakens will light up the hallowed Hall H in San Diego on July 10 with a “special look” at the upcoming tentpole.
Open Road Films has scheduled a November 6 limited release for Tom McCarthy’s thriller about the team of Boston Globe reporters that uncovered abuse within the Catholic Church.
Drumm arrives from Screen Australia and will oversee all the Toronto International Film festival’s industry activities.
Felix Vossen, producer of The Sweeney and I, Anna, has been missing since March.
Stewart Thorndike’s psychological is styled as a modern-day lesbian ode to Rosemary’s Baby and stars Gaby Hoffmann.
Other winners include a film about the early years of Greenpeace and US documentary 3½ Minutes, 10 Bullets.
Film insiders are grappling with the potential ramifications of Netflix’s deal announced on Monday for the Brad Pitt starrer that Screen understands is in the $70m range.
Alexey German Jr.’s Under Electric Clouds has become the first high-profile title to fall victim to Ukraine’s new distribution ban on Russian films and TV series, which came into effect last week.
The new evp of production arrives from DreamWorks Studios where he served as co-president and most recently worked as an independent producer at the studio.
Sixth edition to move from usual berth of November to April.
UK actress Wendy Glenn is starring in Indian filmmaker Onir’s Veda, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which is currently shooting in the UK.
The board of governors of the American Society Of Cinematographers has voted Crudo to return as president for a sixth term.
The Swedish film and TV industries lose close to $100m annually from illegal streaming and file sharing, according to report.
New projects from Larry Fessenden, RKSS and John McNaughton among line-up at sixth edition, taking place July 23-26 in Montreal.
Secret Cinema shows put Star Wars sequel back into the UK top ten.
Period drama stars Saoirse Ronan.
The cutting-edge distributor has taken another stride into development, teaming up with Chandor and long-time producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb on the story behind New York’s G.M. Building.
The team behind Sony Pictures Classics will collaborate with Pedro Almodóvar for the tenth time on the drama following a North American deal with El Deseo.
XLrator Media has acquired North American rights from Arclight Films to the Dutch historical epic that premiered in Berlin earlier this year.
Warren Goz will serve as CEO at the New York and Los Angeles-based film and TV finance and production venture backed by an unnamed private equity source from New York.
Eli Roth will direct a live read of Fast Times At Ridgemont High in what will be the first such event to close the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Ryan Kampe’s New York-based sales agent has announced the hire of its new manager of acquisitions.
JUNE 9 UPDATE: The studio confirmed on Tuesday it has never shot nor does it plan to shoot its Roald Dahl adaptation on the Faroe Islands as an anti-whale hunt petition focused on the North Atlantic settlement neared 50,000 signatures.
As shooting begins, Jack Reynor and Brie Larson join cast as Luke Evans and Olivia Wilde drop out.
EXCLUSIVE: The director’s latest documentary, A Syrian Love Story, had its world premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest this week and is one of the hot favourites for the festival’s Grand Jury Prize
The company has brought on its new vp / business development officer at its entertainment industries division.
Cash prize of $22,500 (€20,000) to be awarded in November.
PalmStar Media and Likely Story have acquired rights to the script Collateral Beauty that has Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara attached to star.
UK company to set up office in China following investment of $1m for VOD growth into the country.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disaster movie topples animated feature Stand By Me Doraemon from the top slot.
The streaming giant has made its biggest statement yet with regard to studio-level production, swooping on world rights to the Brad Pitt satire and committing to a budget understood to be in the $70m range.
Anthony Bregman is expanding his bicoastal production company with hires in the feature and television divisions.
The 14th New York Asian Film Festival will launch on June 26 with the North American premiere of Philip Yung’s crime thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Fabula, Setembro Cine and Sudestada Cine’s upcoming drama has been selected for this summer’s Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Sound.
Principal photography is underway in and around Toronto on the psychological thriller from AMBI Group and Paradox Studios.
EXCLUSIVE: Arclight, Ambi, Lakeshore deals among pick-ups.
Good weather leads to soft market, down 29% on previous weekend, with holdovers suffering big drops.
Birdman star to receive Excellence Award.
Feature about gender reassignment wins international documentary competition.
Rams wins Special Jury Prize and Audience Award, The Treasure picks up Best Romanian Film at 14th Transilvania International Film Festival in Cluj
Iain Glen cast in a modern take on Othello, set in the world of the music business.
New programming head secured films by female filmmakers for close to 50% of the line-up.
JUNE 8 UPDATE: San Andreas stayed atop the international charts thanks to a confirmed $97.7m haul from approximately 24,015 screens in 68 markets.
JUNE 8 UPDATE: A confirmed $29.1m debut for Fox’s Melissa McCarthy action comedy was enough to consign San Andreas to second place as Entourage failed to ignite in fourth place.
New awards to support UK documentaries.
James Napier Robertson’s acclaimed New Zealand drama picked up a couple of honours as the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival came to a close.
UK documentary festival opened with Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look Of Silence.
Move comes less than two weeks before the start of the festival.
British star was known for performances in The Haunting and Tomb Raider among others.
More to film reviewing than a 140-character tweet, says Thierry Frémaux.
The distributor has picked up North American rights to the documentary by Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles.
In South Korea where concerns over the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) have been heightening, distributor Next Entertainment World (NEW) has postponed the release of Northern Limit Line (aka Battle of Yeonpyeong).
Alchemy has acquired the political drama starring Nicolas Cage, while in a separate deal BBC Worldwide North America will present the theatrical premiere of We Come As Friends.
EXCLUSIVE: The online network and content creator is exploring theatrical distribution avenues as it builds an ambitious film business following the stunning social success last year of Expelled.
Edinburgh International Film Festival unveils juries and guests for 2015 edition.
EXCLUSIVE: Wolfe Releasing has acquired North American rights to the Australian lesbian crime caper that will screen at Frameline and Outfest this summer.
EXCLUSIVE: Greece’s Syllas Tzoumerkas and Hungary’s Adam Csaszi are among 13 international filmmakers selected to each spend three months in Berlin as part of the Nipkow Programme residency.
The dinosaur sequel topped the disaster movie ahead of its UK release next weekend.
STREAM MARKET: The president of Awesomeness TV identified a section of the Millennial demographic as woefully underserved during a panel at the two-day digital conference on Thursday.
Top brass at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will return to their prior policy of allowing films that receive their world premiere in Telluride to screen in the opening weekend in Canada – with one big string attached.
Robert Zemeckis’ latest has landed one of the most prestigious slots of the upcoming awards season.
The distributor has picked up US rights to the Liam Neeson thriller from Marc Butan’s fledgling MadRiver Pictures, Film 360, Hollywood Gang and Jason Keller.
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) has acquired rights to the non-fiction book and has set Jennifer Kent to direct following wide acclaim for her Australian horror hit The Babadook.
The distributor will release its new drama starring Evan Peters, Juno Temple and Kevin Alejandro theatically and via VOD on July 17.
EXCLUSIVE: RAF Church Fenton to become 100,000 sq ft shooting facility.
EXCLUSIVE: Front Row strikes Cannes deals with HanWay, Protagonist, Embankment.
EXCLUSIVE: Never one to rest on his laurels, the Chilean genre filmmaker has reunited with his Downhill co-writer Barry Keating and is moving ahead with the Turkey-set horror film.
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe has reported a strong response from buyers to the roster led by Critics’ Week selection Krisha.
The ten-year veteran at the studio has been promoted to evp of production.
New work featuring Murray Abraham, Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn, Rufus Wainwright, Katie Holmes and Zachary Quinto will screen at the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market from June 16-22.
The American Film Showcase will host its first annual International Filmmaker Exchange Program in Los Angeles from June 6-18.
New films by Dietrich Brüggemann, Alex Ranisch and Philip Koch are to be judged by Munich Film Festival’s first ever Fipresci jury in its New German Cinema sidebar at this year’s forthcoming edition (June 25 - July 4).
British filmmakers and some of the UK’s highest-profile documentary-makers have put their names to a campaign backing the BBC.
The disaster tentpole has reached $100m heading into a second weekend expected to deliver solid holds for Warner Bros Pictures International and the promise of mighty debuts in China and South Korea.
Marc Forster has commenced principal photography in Thailand on the psychological thriller starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke.
The distributor has come on to handle US rights to Fifty Shades Of Black, the upcoming spoof from Marlon Wayans that IM Global introduced to buyers in Cannes last month.
Anton Corbijn’s drama starring Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson premiered in Berlin last February and will open on theatrical, digital and VOD platforms in autumn.
Period drama starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep to receive European premiere; new trailer released.
EXCLUSIVE: Gaumont, The Solution pre-buys among deals.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Japanese animation Stand by Me Doraemon topped the China box office last week, grossing $38.29m in its opening four days.
Derek Yee’s I Am Somebody will open this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF, June 13-21), while China-Russian co-production Ballet In The Flames Of War will close the event.
Executive director Roger Durling of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled the run dates for next year’s 31st edition.
EXCLUSIVE: Discussions to cover development, financing, exhibition and sustainability, and will include a new distribution market.
EXCLUSIVE: A crime farce, prison drama, Highland thriller and fantastical love story among titles.
The Italian journalist for L’Espresso and La Stampa has been voted in for the 2015-16 term, effective July 1.
South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan), Asia’s largest genre film fest, has announced 21 titles from 12 countries to be presented during the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) genre film project market.
A celebration of film and television music was once again at the heart of Krakow’s Film and Music Festival, now in its eighth year.
Open Road Films has corralled a finance partner to build its home-grown slate over the “coming years”, kicking off with the previously announced Sleepless Night.
Disney executives said on Tuesday that Avengers: Age Of Ultron has overtaken the $895m final international box office of The Avengers.
Xavier Dolan’s psychosexual thriller has found a US home and will open on August 14.
CREATIVE WEEK: Boyhood producer Jonathan Sehring reveals industry doubts about indie hit.
Peter Stormare, Kerry Bishé, Lesley Manville and Ari Millen have joined Noomi Rapace and Michael Chiklis on the sci-fi adventure thriller that began shooting in Toronto on Tuesday.
The Chicago-based distributor has acquired rights to Andrew Horn’s documentary We Are Twisted Fucking Sister, while in a separate deal monterey media has picked up North American rights to Forever.
The digital platform has introduced new subscription video tools for its content creators.
Anti-Nazi satire from Stations of the Cross director Dietrich Bruggemann and a new documentary from Mark Cousins among titles.
EXCLUSIVE: Simon Fitzmaurice’s debut feature to world premiere at Galway Film Fleadh.
Black Angel first seen as a short at theatrical screenings of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme is to boost its funding for the online distribution of European films this year.
CREATIVE WEEK: Zoella agent and Maker Studios discuss potential for talent crossovers.
ARTE International Prize up for grabs at Crossover Market.
Jeff Pope and Stephen Beresford among speakers.
Films include Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, biopic Callas starring Noomi Rapace and Nick Park animation Early Man.
China’s Wanda Cinema Line is acquiring Australian exhibitor Hoyts Group for an undisclosed amount.
The independent cinema guru arrives at the company as head of movies distribution and marketing while former ABC digital executive Albert Cheng is named COO.
EXCLUSIVE: Eli Roth’s Amazonian horror will finally get a US theatrical release two years after its world premiere in Toronto thanks to a collaboration between Blumhouse Production’s BH Tilt, Universal Pictures and High Top Releasing.
Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson’s company will finance and handle international sales after acquiring Peter Scott’s spec R-rated comedy screenplay.
EXCLUSIVE: Merlin star Colin Morgan co-stars in British coming-of-age feature.
Warner Bros’ disaster thriller achieves director Brad Peyton’s best-ever UK bow.
The Colombian writer-director will tackle the Mexican comedy hot Nosotros Los Nobles for Dynamo Producciones.
The lead in BBC and Syfy’s Merlin and a cast regular on Humans has been cast in the Irish historical thriller that is scheduled to shoot in winter 2015/16.
Chariots of Fire producer reveals how Greenpeace activists brought him back to filmmaking.
The Earth Network, Abramorama, GrindTV, Tugg and Vimeo are collaborating on the US theatrical release of The Search For Freedom, a documentary produced by The Earth Network.
The actor from current Sony/NBC series The Night Shift joins Natalie Dormer and Taylor Kinney on Lava Bear’s supernatural thriller.
Copenhagen-set time travel thriller set in a world where the oceans have risen.
Korea’s leading film investor/distributor CJ Entertainment has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand’s top exhibitor Major Cineplex Group to establish a joint venture for film production and investment.
Sheffield Doc/Fest to pay tribute to former festival director Heather Croall with Inspiration Award.
First production of Sadie Frost and Emma Comley’s new outfit Blonde to Black Pictures.
CREATIVE WEEK: Danny Cohen has admitted that a bad licence fee deal next year would spell inevitable cuts to BBC services.
CREATIVE WEEK: All3Media is eyeing further acquisitions in the coming months after bolstering its stable with Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street two months ago.
Animation already sold to more than 170 territories.
JUNE 1 UPDATE: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson jolted the North American box office as the Warner Bros disaster film delivered a thunderous start for the tentpole’s prospects and the star’s biggest solo opening weekend outside the Fast & Furious franchise.
JUNE 1 UPDATE: San Andreas shook up global box office at the weekend, taking the lead with a $118.5m worldwide haul that featured $63.9m from international debuts and a $54.6m number one launch in North America.
The distributor acquired Canadian theatrical, television and digital rights to the documentary in pitch form at the recent Hot Docs Forum.
James Marsden, Thomas Middleditch, Rosario Dawson and Alfred Molina have joined Bron Studios’ first animation.
Festival hierarchy are beefing up the event with a new programme called DIG, the return of Clementine Leger as festival manager and a greater footprint across the calendar.
The documentary about the late comedy star and member of SNL and Chicago’s Second City Theatre troupe features Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon and David Spade.
EXCLUSIVE: Afghan War film Hyena Road is understood to be among a band of Canadian films in the frame to open the 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Joachim Trier’s family drama played in Competition at Cannes.
The Norwegian government is set to introduce a system of incentives for film productions, to keep local projects in the country and attract international ventures.
EXCLUSIVE: Picturehouse Cinemas to partner with Durham’s Gala Theatre.
Lithuanian documentaries will be in the spotlight at this year’s 55th Krakow Film Festival (May 31-June 7) which opens with Krzysztof Kopczynski’s The Dybbuk. A Tale Of Wandering Souls.
Warner Bros triggers a wide release of San Andreas day-and-date with North America in 60 markets this weekend including eight majors.
Dystopian drama set to shoot this summer.
Poltergeist also scares up buzz in the social media charts.
EXCLUSIVE: Man Of Steel star quits production just days before shooting was set to begin.
The post-Cannes acquisitions trickle continues as IFC announced it has picked up US rights from Hanway Films to Matteo Garrone’s Competition premiere.
The executive arrives from Traction Media and will serve on the Film Finance & Sales Group (FFSG).
Robert Simonds’ aspiring studio, still more than two months away from releasing its first film, has made another grand move and launched a family and animation division.
EXCLUSIVE: US director’s follow-up to Blue Ruin stars Patrick Stewart as a white supremacist and played at Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Sam Neill and Roger Allam to star in the British comedy based on a Stephen Fry bestseller.
The British director will be the subject of the organisation’s prestigious ‘Brits To Watch: The Screenings’ series.
EXCLUSIVE: UK film and distribution company launches new digital platform.
EXCLUSIVE INFOGRAPHIC: Mad Max: Fury Road and Carol top films overall.
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) has signed an output deal with IFC Films on select films that include includes Good Kill and The D Train.
EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor Cineart has confirmed several Cannes acquisitions.
New Stockholm Impact Award will be part of a new international film competition.
The executive arrives at the studio as svp of business affairs, film music.
A dozen film will compete for the award.
The former Focus Features CEO’s production company Symbolic Exchange has struck a first-look and strategic cooperation agreement with Chinese start-up Meridian Entertainment.
Patrick Spence, executive producer of smash hit Fortitude is the latest speaker to join the impressive line-up at the Creative Summit 2015.
Following on from his talk-of-the-town appearance in Cannes, the Netflix chief content officer will attend the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest in Naples, Italy.
Production has begun in Georgia on Universal’s action film that reunites Cruise with his Edge Of Tomorrow director Doug Liman.
Starz has picked up all US rights to the comedic love story starring Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis.
American Film Institute top brass have chosen Caleb Deschanel to receive the 2015 Franklin J Schaffner Alumni Medal.
The ambitious company has slotted the latest piece of its executive suite jigsaw into place with the hire of Gail Heaney as executive vice-president of media.
Ewan McGregor, Jane Seymour, Malcolm McDowell and Hong Kong director Johnnie To among the guests set to attend the festival.
Visual effects firm will also re-team with The Theory of Everything director James Marsh on the upcoming Donald Crowhurst biopic.
Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises have hired Jeff Bronikowski as president of the SVOD service that launches later this year.
IFC Films/Sundance Selects announced on Wednesday three key promotions.
Jackie Earle Haley and Mark Boone Jr have joined Nate Parker’s slave drama, currently shooting in Savannah, Georgia.
The Brooklyn-based distributor has acquired US rights to Maya Vitkova’s Bulgarian feature debut.
Jon Sneider has joined the data-driven content creator and distributor as Chief Marketing Officer and evp of client partnerships and Kate Shepherd has been hired as evp of content.
Hong Kong director to speak on stage in London as part of BAFTA’s A Life In Pictures series.
Drama about a young man who returns home after serving time in prison, but is not forgiven by the local community, played in Directors’ Fortnight.
Music Box Films acquires rights to Berlinale Grand Jury Prize winner.
Series will star Jude Law.
The film industries of Finland and Austria will be under the spotlight at the 7th Moscow Business Square (MBS) (June 21-22).
US deal for Don’t Accept Dreams From Strangers among sales secured.
Power to the Pixel’s annual Pixel Lab event will feature 32 participants.
Titles include Competition film Louder Than Bombs and Un Certain Regard winner Rams.
EXCLUSIVE: The head of Colombia’s film support body has praised the success of national films in Cannes after one the most triumphant years ever for Latin American cinema.
Joachim Trier’s drama has become the latest Cannes selection to find a North American home.
The partners are moving ahead on their local-language co-production and Chinese remake of the rom-com in a move that will resonate with the global vision of new Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Tom Rothman.
The distributor has acquired US and Canadian rights to Stephane Brizé’s recent Cannes Competition selection starring the festival’s freshly minted best actor Vincent Lindon.
EXCLUSIVE: Wimbledon director most recently made 5 Flights Up starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton.
ITV has ended its interest in a deal to buy the TV arm of The Weinstein Company (TWC).
The Made In NY Media Center by IFP has announced two new programmes to launch this summer: the Creative >> Founder Lab and a workshop series to teach location-based storytelling.
The distributor has acquired all US rights to Canadian LGBT rom-com Portrait Of A Serial Monogamist ahead of its world premiere at Inside Out LBGT Film Festival in Toronto.
On Tuesday the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) top brass announced several free community screenings to take place during the 21st edition of the festival.
Disney’s Tomorrowland: A World Beyond is the week’s highest new entry, narrowly edging out Fox’s Poltergeist.
Further sales on the adventure film secured after a promo screening at Cannes.
Commissioners singing from different song sheets as European funders reiterate their views on Digital Single Market strategy
Festival to include 18 world premieres and close with US crime documentary 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets.
Sci-fi series to be overseen by longtime Coronation Street producer Tony Wood.
The film was the first ever Punjabi-language to feature in a competitve section of the festival.
Scandinavia rights snapped up to film starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger.
International awards won by Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore.
Other winners include Son Of Saul, The Assassin, Chronic, The Lobster, The Measure Of A Man, Carol and Mon Roi.
MAY 26 UPDATE: Avengers: Age Of Ultron grossed $45.8m from 91 territories in its fifth weekend to reach $859.8m internationally and $1.263.9bn globally.
Disney’s George Clooney and Britt Robertson action-adventure from Brad Bird led the charts in a tepid Memorial Day Weekend.
Co-president Ethan Coen said the jury tried to “balance out” the awards while Jake Gyllenhaal addresses “controlled suicide”.
Screen’s jury of international critics finished the festival tied in their appreciation of Carol and The Assassin, ahead of the award of the Palme d’Or.
The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.
Other prizes awarded to Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey to the Shore and Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Treasure.
Other prizes go to My Mother, Masaan and Paulina.
Agreement includes We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron.
Other winners include Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days and Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang.
Toronto International Film Festival director and CEO has revealed further details of Toronto’s new Platform section, which will be the festival’s first competitive section.
Timbuktu director Abderrahmane Sissako led the jury.
EXCLUSIVE: PalmStar Media and Zurich-based The Bridge Finance Company announced during Cannes that they have renewed their strategic partnership.
EXCLUSIVE: Anchor Bay Canada has acquired Canadian home entertainment and North American digital rights to Blanc/Biehn Productions’ The Night Visitor and its sequel.
With only one more film to screen at Cannes 68 – Macbeth – the Screen International team of jurors are tied for their lead film.
Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black) stars in the comedy about sexual frustration and parenthood.
Brad Furman’s crime thriller stars Bryan Cranston and Diane Kruger.
Emmanuelle Bercot became the first female director to open the festival since 1987.
Night Will Fall, a feature-length production about the filming of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, picked up two awards at last night’s Focal International Awards.
Victoria government pledges $900,000 renewal.
Durban FilmMart, which runs in Durban, South Africa from July 17-20, has announced its project selection for this year.
Son of Saul and Carol also strong contenders.
Iceland’s GunHil signs co-pro agreement with Belgian animation studio.
First still released of Meryl Streep and Hugh grant in Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins.
At his highly-anticipated talk for the Kering Women In Motion series at the Majestic Hotel, Cannes festival director Thierry Fremaux kicked off proceedings with the statement, “This debate makes me furious.”
Two Latin American films take home top awards.
EXCLUSIVE: Film4 backs development of Haigh’s 45 Years follow-up; Tristan Goligher to produce.
EXCLUSIVE: Wild Bunch sells Cannes title in more than 36 territories.
The 14th New York Asian Film Festival will present Hong Kong director Ringo Lam with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.
EXCLUSIVE: Najwa Najjar’s next feature will be Son of a Very Important Man.
Alchemy have snapped up the Cannes Competition title.
Star Vincent Lindon hotly tipped for Best Actor Palme d’Or for lead performance.
Ealing Studios has acquired a significant stake in TV and film company GreenAcre Films and forged a new creative partnership with the company that will see Ealing Studios expand its TV division.
Denis Villeneuve to direct sci-fi sequel.
Cannes Competition title stars Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu.
Turkish feature plays in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival.
Toronto-based 108 Media is in talks with international buyers in Cannes on Christian Hallman’s Swedish thriller Sensoria.
Exponenta Film takes distribution rights to Johnny O’Reilly feature.
Acquisitions include Cannes Classics title Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words.
European premiere set for Edinburgh film festival.
Live cinema broadcast has generated more than $1m at the UK box office to date.
John Lasseter, animation guru and Chief Creative Officer at both Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, gave a special presentation of the companies’ upcoming slate in Cannes today.
Story of amateur sailor who attempted to sail around the world begins UK shoot.
Xia Hao and his project No. 23 won the top award worth $164,000 (RMB1m) in the New Chinese Film Talents Fund Forum (NCFTFF), while Song Yuefeng’s The Wild Horns was given a special mention.
EXCLUSIVE: WWII spy mistress drama to star Kelly Reilly and Tim Roth launched in Cannes
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Avengers: Age of Ultron replaced Furious 7 at the top of the China box office in its opening week, grossing $154.63m in six days.
Festival “reminds” staff of “rules” after backlash that included Emily Blunt voicing “disappointment”.
Top brass at AFI DOCS 2015 have announced the slate at the 13th festival, set to run from June 17–21 in Washington DC and Silver Spring, Maryland.
Beijing-based LeVision Pictures has announced that singer and director Gao Xiaosong has joined the company’s stable of filmmakers, which also includes Zhang Yimou, Lu Chuan and Tsui Hark.
Fernando León de Aranoa’s film premiered in Director’s Fortnight this week and stars Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Mélanie Thierry and Fedja Stukan.
Glorious weather on the Croisette played its part in driving strong trade and casting a warm glow over the market to temper fearful talk of the Netflix effect, for now at least.
Read Screen International’s latest daily magazine from the 68th Cannes Film Festival here.
Festival hit Son of Saul, Wadjda director’s next film among pick-ups.
John Collee (The Alchemyst, Master And Commander) will adapt the Chinese fantasy novel series The Mirror, which has been optioned by Ruyi Films and Syon Media.
The scores are in for Marguerite & Julien and Sicario.
EXCLUSIVE: Ellen Page and Allison Janney will star in Route One Entertainment’s dramatic comedy, with Good Universe on board to represent international sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Hinting at a long-term relationship in the making, Christopher Woodrow’s Vendian Entertainment has emerged as a key partner with Wild Bunch on Flag Day and has come on board to co-finance and produce Sean Penn’s upcoming drama.
Internationalisation has been one of the trends noticeable among UK funders at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Indian feature strikes France and French-speaking territories deal.
What’s Between Us acquired for Germany and Austria by Pro-Fun Media Filmverleih.
Alchemy has acquired all US rights to Nanni Moretti’s Competition selection starring Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini and Beatrice Mancini.
EXCLUSIVE: Key deals for Backup Media on Cannes Directors’ Fortnight entry.
New Europe Film Sales has secured further sales of Un Certain Regard title Rams (Hrútar).
EXCLUSIVE: The US faith-based entertainment company has closed a raft of sales on its slate led by Do You Believe?, the recent US release and follow-up to the breakout God’s Not Dead.
The Copenhagen Film Fund is in talks for another project with Working Title, after they recently collaborated on The Danish Girl by Tom Hooper.
European media and culture ministers discussed the European Commission’s plans for a Digital Single Market (DSM) at this week’s Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council in Brussels.
The new hire arrives from Screenvision and will oversee an annual slate of 12-16 specialty and wide-release titles.
New anti-piracy measures in Russia risk destroying the film and TV industries, according to a Cannes panel.
Territory’s VOD market is growing rapidly but recorded an industry loss of $150m in 2014
EXCLUSIVE: Charley Boorman narrates Steve McQueen motorcycle doc.
Good Universe bought the pitch from writer-director Jonathan Krisel and Emmy-nominated writer Graham Wagner based on Lydia Millet’s satirical novel of the same name.
President of international sales and distribution Michael Rothstein has reported a strong response to the Tom Hanks and Alicia Vikander cyberthriller.
Animation is inspired by hit French comic series of the same name.
To qualify as a co-production, 20% or more of a film’s production budget must be from the partner country and 30% in the case of broadcast programmes.
The sales company has acquired international sales rights to Bob Byington’s Jason Schwartzman starrer.
Titles in development include Virginia Heath’s Mystery Ride and Taika Waititi’s Hunt For The Wilderpeople.
Sundance’s John Cooper and Karlovy Vary’s Ivana Novotná were among the speakers discussing how to choose the right international festival for your film.
Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard drama to world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend.
In a Cannes year where women (from their shoes to their films) have been making headlines, the Norwegians and Swedes are quietly celebrating some big gains in gender equality in their film industries.
Stiff ‘croisetiquette’ sees older women denied access for ‘wrong’ shoes.
EXCLUSIVE: Seville International has closed a raft of deals here on Xavier Dolan’s upcoming It’s Only the End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde) featuring arguably the most prestigious cast of any film in the market.
New additions to programme include Karen Gillan’s directorial short debut Coward, Hector starring Peter Mullan and music documentary Big Gold Dream.
EXCLUSIVE: Filmmaker also co-producing Dictynna Hood’s upcoming Trojan Women.
Joachim Trier’s English-language debut delivers a solid score but fails short of the current leader.
The distributor struck the deal on Alice Winocour’s Un Certain Regard entry with Indie Sales Company.
The US rights deal to Trey Edward Shults’ acclaimed Critics’ Week selection includes rights to his next film.
EXCLUSIVE: Malaysian director Chiu Keng Guan, who directed The Journey, Malaysia’s highest-grossing film ever, has started production on football drama Ola Bola for Astro Shaw.
Screenplay for the feature film is being written by the US screenwriter Matthew Wilder
EXCLUSIVE: 13 Films has sold multiple territories on action horror film Untöt starring Hayden Christensen.
The heads of Japan’s leading studios discussed their strategies for expanding into international markets at the close of Japan Day Project’s seminar programme on Monday.
Jordanian producer Rula Nasser has boarded Dogme-style drama Medina, directed by Danish-Palestinian filmmaker Omar Shargawi, as producer alongside Nordisk Film Production.
Programme has highlighted six key areas in which the sector can progress and emerging talent can be better supported.
EXCLUSIVE: Film London’s export market to screen Despite the Falling Snow, Urban Hymn and The ReZort.
EXCLUSIVE: Fund will earmark £250,000 per year of its existing funding toward support for co-productions at the development stage.
Screen’s contributing editor Wendy Mitchell talked to the film’s producer Finola Dwyer at The UK Film Centre in Cannes.
New umbrella industry event to unfold in Ancient Roman baths
EXCLUSIVE: Film set to shoot in Chernobyl exclusion zone at the end of the year.
Greek ship-owner Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis has set up Luxembourg-based Hercules Film Fund, which plans to bring European investors to Hollywood to finance three to five wide release films a year.
Raphael Margules and JD Lifshitz’s new LA-based sales and production company has reported strong sales here on the sequel to the genre title, which screens in the market today.
The 14th New York Asian Film Festival in partnership with Screen International will honour the Japanese youngster with the International Rising Star Award on July 4.
Un Certain Regard title Nahid has been picked up across Europe and Latin America.
Sales include German deal for Partho Sen-Gupta’s Sunrise.
EXCLUSIVE: Jamaican director’s new drama aimed to be ready by the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
EXCLUSIVE: UK outfit Scoop Films readies third production.
EXCLUSIVE: 101 nabs UK rights to thriller.
3D horror sells to UK, Japan, Russia, Greece and Germany.
Sony Pictures Classics was last night understood to be paying $6m for US rights to Truth, RatPac Entertainment and Echo Lake Entertainment’s political thriller with Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett.
Czech production companies partnering on new projects from the likes of Kristian Levring, Per-Olav Sørensen and Bohdan Slama.
Krzysztof Zanussi’s Foreign Body to screen as part of Russian festival’s Polish cinema focus.
UK company acquires Woodfall Library which includes titles such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Tom Jones and A Taste of Honey.
Spain and Korea among territories to secure distribution.
Sierra/Affinity chief Nick Meyer has hailed the company’s best market ever after completing key sales on Shot Caller, A Willing Patriot and Comancheria, among others.
The Solution Entertainment Group has struck a multi-territory deal here with Sony on red-hot Miles Teller starrer following Open Road’s $4m swoop on US rights at the weekend.
China’s Fundamental Films is extending its output deal with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp and will invest up to $50m into Besson’s Valerian, starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne.
EXCLUSIVE: Todd Haynes, the toast of the Croisette following last night’s rousing reception for Carol, is angling to adapt Brian Selznick’s children’s book.
Screen International is to join with the BFI London Film Festival to launch its celebrated Stars of Tomorrow for the first time.
United Talent Agency’s Bec Smith and director Caradog James were among the speakers discussing how post-first feature directors can make the leap to an international career.
Universal’s sequel out-sings Warner Bros’ revival to dethrone Avengers: Age of Ultron.
EXCLUSIVE: Films Distribution racks up sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Breuls’ Belgium-based company has come on to produce and sell the long-gestating remake of All Quiet On The Western Front with Roger Donaldson set to direct.
Magnolia Pictures has picked up all US rights from Wild Bunch to Arnaud Desplechin’s Directors’ Fortnight selection My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse).
Cate Blanchett’s performance in Todd Haynes’ lesbian drama will be tough to beat.
EXCLUSIVE: Salt secures deal for Toni Colette, Drew Barrymore comedy-drama in Germany, France, Japan.
Chariots Of Fire producer David Puttnam is returning to filmmaking for the first time in more than 15 years
EXCLUSIVE: Uma Thurman and Christopher Lee are among the ensemble cast to have signed for a Copenhagen-set drama set during the 24-hours before 9/11.
Jack Black will star in Buffalo Film Company’s comedy from director Jared Hess of Napoleon Dynamite fame.
EXCLUSIVE: Crime-drama, James Ellroy novel, TV series on slate of new LA-based production outfit.
EXCLUSIVE: Ben Schnetzer, star of gay activist drama Pride, is to play a tragic Reuters photojournalist who was stoned to death in Mogadishu in 1993.
Swedish Culture Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke has defended her decision to scrap Sweden’s Film Agreement.
EXCLUSIVE: Creative England has named the three films to be greenlit for production through the latest round of its low-budget filmmaking initiative iFeatures.
Second edition set to unfold in French capital June 10-12.
VMI Worldwide has been tempting Croisette buyers with action titles Riot starring Dolph Lundgren and Perfect Weapon with Steven Segal.
Michael Dwyer has joined IM Global from Screen Media as svp of international sales and distribution and will head sales from the 250-title library.
EXCLUSIVE: MPI/Dark Sky Films has picked up US rights from Raven Banner to the horror anthology.
EXCLUSIVE: For the first time ever a film festival will overlap the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM) in July as Colombia’s film chiefs look to turn the summer corridor into a creative and business platform for the country’s booming film industry.
StudioCanal has acquired UK rights from Visit Films to the Critics’ Week selection.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based documentary specialist has sealed several deals on Argentine filmmaker German Kral’s Our Last Tango.
EXCLUSIVE: Dark drama stars Game of Thrones’ Hannah Murray.
Submarine has come on to co-finance, co-produce and partner with Dogwoof on world sales to the documentary Chris Burden: Double Bind.
Co-production market to focus on 10 projects with 20% of budget in place.
EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Williams Associates has closed some eye-catching deals on its remastered Pedro Almodovar film, Labyrinth Of Passion.
Cannes: Talk held at The UK Film Centre looked at the financing and production of Yorgos Lanthimos’ English-language debut.
The World Bank Group’s Film4Climate programmme and Ecoprod are inviting film producers to join forces in the development of a plan to reduce the environmental impact of film production and to raise more awareness about climate change.
A bullish Andy Vajna has hailed the work of the Hungarian Film Fund in galvanizing film production in the country and “cleaning up the mess” left after the dissolution of the debt-ridden Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation (MMKA).
India’s Arka Mediaworks is planning an international cut of its $40m action epic Bahubali, directed by S.S. Rajamouli, one of the biggest filmmakers in the Telugu-language film industry.
EXCLUSIVE: Japanese studio Shochiku is launching sales on two new projects from leading director Yoji Yamada – a drama based on a Hisashi Inoue story and the director’s first comedy since the end of the Tora-san series in 1995.
EXCLUSIVE: Egypt’s Zawya Cinema and Misr International Films are joining forces to launch arthouse distributor Zawya Distribution.
EXCLUSIVE: The online film and TV marketplace has closed deals with Lakeshore Entertainment, The Solution Entertainment Group, QED International, GFM and Arclight.
Association supporting UK cinema operators relaunches as UK Cinema Association
Number 9 Films’ Elizabeth Karlsen and Killer Films’ Christine Vachon discuss their collaboration on Todd Haynes’ much-anticipated Competition film.
European Commissioner spoke with the film industry in Cannes.
The distributor pounced on worldwide rights on Sunday to Tom Ford’s upcoming thriller starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal in a deal reportedly worth $20m.
Mad Max: Fury Road opened in 68 markets on an estimated $65m powered by a string of number one debuts.
Universal’s female comedy directed by Elizabeth Banks stormed to the top of the North American charts as Mad Max: Fury Road arrived in second place.
Twilight Of A Life and 7 Days In St. Petersburg sweep the Israeli competition at 17th Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival
At its annual presentation of Russian projects looking for co-production partners earlier this week, Roskino provided a platform for producers to present new projects in the Cannes market.
A massive $156.3m in the first six days in China propelled Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age Of Ultron to a $185m weekend as the global tally crossed $1bn.
EXCLUSIVE: Denis Menochet to star in darkly comedic drama from Macbeth duo.
EXCLUSIVE: Andrea Riseborough joins Shepherds and Butchers ahead of June shoot.
As the US buys continued to trickle in on the Croisette, acquisitions teams were circling The Lobster while SPC was believed to have acquired North American and Latin American rights to Holocaust drama Son Of Saul.
Fortissimo Films handling pre-sales at the Cannes Marche.
Screen’s Cannes Jury has given its lowest score in more than a decade to Gus Van Sant’s Competition entrant.
EXCLUSIVE:Kelly Reilly and Tim Roth have signed to co-star in John Hay’s thriller Lives in Secret, inspired by the true story of Second World War spy-mistress Vera Atkins.
EXCLUSIVE: Memento Films International (MFI) is reporting brisk business on Bruno Dumont’s dark comedy Slack Bay, starring Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.
EXCLUSIVE: Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) have pacted with Tbilisi-based 20 Steps Productions and The Caucasian Film Service on a three-picture deal to be shot in 2015/16.
EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong-based sales company Asian Shadows has picked up international rights to Zhang Yang’s Tibetan drama Paths Of The Soul.
UK distributor launches fund, picks up Nicole Conn drama.
Open Road is understood to have paid in the region of $4m for US rights to Bleed For This starring Miles Teller.
EXCLUSIVE: Hiner Saleem’s Money Babe set to shoot in Erbil this autumn.
EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia Pictures International has licensed key territories on the Sundance pick-up, which screens in the market tonight (May 17).
EXCLUSIVE: French sales company SND is reporting strong buyer interest on Tommy Wirkola’s high-concept, sci-fi action picture What Happened to Monday?, starring Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close.
EXCLUSIVE: New York-based Visit Films has closed US sales on SXSW titles Just Jim and The Nymphets.
Existing film incentive enticed Ben-Hur, Zoolander and Spectre to Italy.
Ben Latham-Jones launches slate after buying out Barnaby Thompson.
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran is acquiring for Wild Bunch-owned BIM as well his fledgling boutique Cinema.
The distributor has acquired North American rights from Yari Film Group to Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police, which screens in the Cannes market today.
EXCLUSIVE: Danish director Kristian Levring (The Salvation) is set to make a new Prohibition-era drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Production has started on India-UK-UAE co-production Bombairiya, a comedy thriller starring Radhika Apte, Akshay Oberoi and Siddhanth Kapoor.
EXCLUSIVE: India’s Yash Raj Films is launching international sales on Shoojit Sircar’s Piku in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Action-drama sells to Asian markets after US, UK release.
EXCLUSIVE: Wilfried Van Baelen’s Belgium-based, post-production outfit, Galaxy Studios has finalised a three-film deal with filmmaker Richard Elfman (Modern Vampires).
Latvia has raised cash rebate levels and added $8.5m (€7.5m) in funding. Details of the boost in national film support were revealed here in Cannes.
UK classics specialist Park Circus is to give its re-mastered version of James Cameron’s Terminator, from MGM, a 20 territory release on close to 1,000 screens this summer.
As the European Commission limbers up for its second European Film Forum in Cannes on Monday (May 18), plans are already afoot to take the audiovisual summit to the film festivals in Venice, San Sebastian, London and Tallinn.
Locarno Film Festival is to host the 8th Doc Alliance Selection (DAS) Award, after being announced during Cannes for the past seven years .
EXCLUSIVE: Spotlight Pictures has unveiled five new titles on its slate led by James Franco starrer Yosemite.
UK genre specialist Jinga Films has sold Bruce McDonald’s psychological horror Hellions to StudioCanal for UK and Ireland.
Cannes film festival’s Marché du Film and Project A: Jackie Chan’s Young Filmmaker Development Fund have established an award of $164,000 (RMB1m) for the winner of the Marche’s 3rd New Chinese Film Talents Forum.
Jude Law has been confirmed to play the lead role in Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming TV series The Young Pope, about a fictional American Pope who becomes the most conservative leader the Vatican has ever seen.
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Shannon and Matthias Schweighöfer from Valkyrie have joined Siofra Campbell’s thriller, which Cargo represents for world sales.
US acquisitions teams in Cannes continued to swirl around prestige titles and packages heading into Saturday night including Competition selection The Lobster starring Colin Farrell.
Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Ho-sun Chan will produce and direct a biopic of Chinese tennis player Li Na, based on her best-selling autobiography Li Na: My Life.
Child 44 director Daniél Espinosa is to helm a new adptation of period epic The Emigrants for Scandinavian major Svensk Filindustri.
EXCLUSIVE: K5 to finance and produce thriller from the writer of Se7en and producer of Zombieland.
EXCLUSIVE: Marc Butan has launched the company to develop, finance and produce three to four star-driven films a year in the $15-50m range.
EXCLUSIVE: WWE Studios and Gene Simmons’ Erebus Pictures joint venture has struck a sales deal with Voltage Pictures, who are in Cannes talking up the pipeline.
Lasse Hallström will direct the story of a struggling nightclub performer forced to babysit his estranged 12-year-old son. Fortitude International is selling in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Flynn, George Mackay to play “Cain and Abel of rock” Ray and Dave Davies.
EXCLUSIVE: IM Global has picked up international rights outside the US and South-East Asia to Chinese action comedy Hollywood Adventures, produced by Justin Lin.
The Screen International Cannes jury rounded out Day 3 feeling largely satisfied with the films on offer in the 68th Competition thus far - although a few solitary Palmes were handed out.
EXCLUSIVE: Issey Ogata has joined Kaori Momoi in the cast of the first ever Japanese-Latvian co-production, Magic Kimono, which has also received support from the Riga Film Fund and Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs.
EXCLUSIVE: Dystopian book adaptation readies for shoot.
EXCLUSIVE: Roman Kopelevich’s LA-based sales company has come on to handle international sales on a reboot slate of ten American International Pictures genre classics from the 1950s.
Epic Pictures has reported a roaring trade here on its Sundance pick-up Turbo Kid led by a deal with Lionsgate for the UK.
Voltage Pictures will finance and produce an untitled Bruce Willis action comedy and is in the midst of talks with Cannes buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s 9ers Entertainment has picked up international rights to Kim Hwi’s creature horror The Chosen: Forbidden Cave (working title) and Kang Sang-jin’s comedy Three Summer Nights.
EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Irons, Virginia Madsen, rising star AnnaSophia Robb and Rory Culkin have joined the action comedy, which Kathy Morgan International has introduced to Cannes buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Other Angle has secured a brace of key sales for US comedy Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant.
EXCLUSIVE: Tiger Aspect teams on on cannibal horror from Ripper Street writer.
EXCLUSIVE: Danny Huston, Sarita Choudhury, Stacy Martin star in Cat Villiers production.
EXCLUSIVE: Buena Vista Social Club producer Rosa Bosch is in Cannes with a slate of four new feature documentaries, all of which are to be made in Cuba as the country begins to open itself up to international production.
EXCLUSIVE: Passionate tango tale to world premiere at the Cannes Marche today (May 16).
EXCLUSIVE: Spanish sales outfit Cinema Republic together with Cienfuegos Films has closed a deal on its feature Pagafantas, directed by Borja Cobeaga.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Mirovision has signed a deal with the Dankook Graduate School of Cinematic Content (DGC), headed by Kim Dong-ho, to handle world sales on the school’s features and short films.
EXCLUSIVE: The company has optioned rights to the sports biopic Joe, You Coulda Made Us Proud about New York Yankee starn and is talking to buyers on the Croisette.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks’ Francis: Pray For Us promo continues to draw buyers as Metropolitan has swooped on French rights to the Vatican-endorsed biopic of the current Pope.
MPI Media Group has acquired all US distribution rights to the comedy starring Brian Posehn.
Jamie Foxx has joined Atlas Entertainment’s thriller, which Highland Film Group is touting to buyers here.
EXCLUSIVE: The Toronto-based company has struck a deal with Sony Pictures for home entertainment rights to the Nazi zombie creature feature Sky Sharks.
EXCLUSIVE: Producers Rene Sheridan and Gina G Goff of Goff Productions are lining up an adaptation of Oliver Stone’s autobiographical novel A Child’s Night Dream.
EXCLUSIVE: Sharon Horgan, Ron Scalpello, Rob Savage films among slate.
EXCLUSIVE: France’s SND has sealed several deals on Jerome Le Maire’s viticulture themed family drama First Growth (Premier Cru) following its market premiere in Cannes.
The Doha Film Institute (DFI) has unveiled the projects to receive grants in its Spring 2015 funding cycle, including the first Qatari feature awarded a production grant.
Early during the Cannes market, buyers have rushed to snap up Stig Björkman’s feature doc Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words.
Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People has produced its first feature, featuring Irish action stars Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan.
The actor is on board Otto Bathurst’s thriller starring Luke Evans, which Bloom is touting here to buyers.
Know Your International English-Speaking Markets panel talked on wide-ranging topics including VoD and the recent success of genre films.
Panel was moderated by Nigel Sinclair, CEO of White Horse Pictures, along with film-makers Ariel Vromen and Lone Scherfig.
Ted Sarandos moved to allay concerns over the fate of the traditional theatrical business on Friday in Cannes although he may have achieved the opposite as he said Netflix would side-step theatrical distribution in France.
Japan’s ColorBird Inc and Malaysia’s Barnet Books are joining forces to co-produce a horror film directed by Japanese filmmaker Shinji Aoyama.
Bill Block and John Friedberg have sold out the world on Untitled Lucas/Moore Project to star Leslie Mann following last week’s US deal with Paramount.
Homage to 1980s action films gets VoD deal.
Beta Cinema’s Cannes market titles Ghosthunters On Icy Trails and Sundance Audience Award winner Umrika have been selling briskly.
Know your international English-speaking markets; the films to make for audiences in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron was on course to reach the milestone on Friday, its 24th day of release.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to Screen 2013 Star Of Tomorrow’s Stephen Fingleton’s post-apocalyptic thriller following its premiere in Tribeca last month.
Former Molinare exec, Ironclad producer launch UK company.
EXCLUSIVE: Palme d’Or contender sold to more than 20 territories.
EXCLUSIVE: Co-stars Jean Reno and Christian Clavier to hit Cannes today (May 15).
EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Rezo sales chief unveils eclectic international slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Iconic UK book series sails to production with Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald in lead roles.
EXCLUSIVE: Curzon Artificial Eye has acquired three new titles, all playing in official selection at the Cannes Film Festival.
Screen International’s legendary Cannes Palme D’Or jury swings back into action today, as the 68th festival gets into full swing and the first two films have played out at the Palais Des Festivals.
IM Global, writer Vivek J Tiwary and Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment will co-produce the adaptation of Tiwary’s graphic novel about the band’s manager Brian Epstein.
New Zealand director scored recent hit with What We Do In The Shadows; Protagonist Pictures selling international.
Gael Bernal Garcia and Marine Vacth are set to co-star in French Joan Chemla’s film noir If You See His Heart (Si Tu Voyais Son Coeur).
EXCLUSIVE: Former Doctor Who star Tennant to play renowned psychiatrist R.D. Laing, the ‘Acid-Marxist’.
EXCLUSIVE: Mia Wasikowska thriller goes to France, Germany ahead of June 15 shoot.
EXCLUSIVE: 160 applicants whittled down to chase thriller and horror.
Record 117 territories represented at the Marché this year.
EXCLUSIVE: GFM Films hopes to feed film through UK-China co-pro agreement.
Mostafa teaming with Image Nation and US producers Peter Safran and Steven Schneider.
EXCLUSIVE: German actor David Kross, who appeared opposite Kate Winslet in Stephen Daldry’s Oscar-winning The Reader, has been cast as the legendary German-born goalkeeper Bernd ‘Bert’ Trautmann who was in goal for Manchester City from 1949 to 1964.
Charlotte Le Bon has joined Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy on the WWII story that Altitude is selling in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has pounced on US rights to the documentary ahead of tonight’s screening in Cannes Classics.
EXCLUSIVE: The fast-rising Colombian producer – in Cannes with Directors’ Fortnight selection Embrace Of The Serpent set to premiere today – is pulling together her follow-up pipeline.
EXCLUSIVE: Venus In Fur star Emmanuelle Seigner has signed on to appear opposite Gerard Depardieu in Fanny Ardant’s new €2.5m feature, Stalin’s Couch.
Korea’s M-Line Distribution has sold North American rights to Kang Hyo-jin’s comedy Wonderful Nightmare to Asia Releasing, along with a string of other territories.
Bangkok-based Five Star Production has picked up international rights to biopic F.Hilaire, about a French priest who wrote a famous Thai language textbook.
The actress has signed on to star in Red & Black Films’ supernatural horror film on the Content international sales slate.
The support body attends Cannes this year promoting 31 companies as well as Cesar Augusto Acevedo’s Critics’ Week entry Land And Shade (La Tierra Y La Sombra) and João Paulo Miranda Maria’s short Command Action.
EXCLUSIVE: The producers behind the upcoming adaptation of the Norwegian fantasy book series will present the project to buyers tomorrow [May 16].
Benelux sales outfit Be For Films is launching international sales on Galloping Mind, the new feature from ballet star turned filmmaker Wim Vandekeybus.
International Film Festival Rotterdam’s resurgent Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) has announced its spring 2015 selection.
Efe Cakarel’s fast expanding VOD service MUBI is in Cannes looking to make global distribution deals for selected titles in the Cannes Marché.
EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome takes duo for sales and distribution.
The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) and Japan Foundation have announced they will focus on the cinema of the Philippines for the second edition of the festival’s Crosscut Asia sidebar.
EXCLUSIVE: US sales outfit boards rights to UK thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Eisenstein in Guanajuato by veteran British director Peter Greenaway has been racking up sales.
New Scandinavian production outfit launches at the Cannes Marche.
The non-profit organisation is Belgium-based with 11 founding members from the UK, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France.
Warner Bros’ revival in pole position ahead of Universal’s Pitch Perfect 2.
eOne has licensed a large swathe of the world on its Catholic Church abuse drama including a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA).
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights from Wild Bunch to Kore-eda Hirokazu’s drama that premieres in Competition on Thursday.
The upcoming Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama was accepted into Cannes however the Weinsteins decided not to proceed because the star had already committed to his jury role.
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong makes his starring debut in the comedy and Hyde Park International president Eric Christenson will show footage here.
The director has shed more light on his $3m Jungian drama Siberia to star Willem Dafoe ahead of Monday’s Cannes press conference to promote a Kickstarter campaign.
Screen’s essential guide to the hottest titles coming to market at Cannes.
Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning have joined the cast of Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women, which Annapurna International is selling in Cannes.
Cargo Entertainment has invested in Radiant Films International as the companies settle into Cannes under a strategic partnership to create a commercial slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Wild Bunch’s newly created LA-based sales company Insiders is launching Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River, starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Olsen.
EXCLUSIVE: Pyramide Films has taken French rights to Nabil Ayouch’s Directors’ Fortnight title Much Loved – about four Marrakech prostitutes - ahead of its Cannes Marche screening today (May 14).
EXCLUSIVE: American Sniper producer joins Emily Blunt’s ‘Rocky-on-a-bull’ drama, talks new films.
Mika Kaurismaki’s costume epic is set in 1633.
EXCLUSIVE: Concorde has picked up rights to all German-speaking territories for Guillaume Nicloux’s Palme d’Or contender Valley of Love.
EXCLUSIVE: Disney has swooped on Latin American and Spanish rights to Kóblic, a thriller that reunites Argentinian idol Ricardo Darin with his Chinese Take-Out director Sebastián Borensztein.
EXCLUSIVE: New Alba Rohrwacher drama among trio.
EXCLUSIVE: Riz Ahmed, producer Kevin Loader join Rooney Mara drama.
The New York-based film distributor has picked up North American rights to Shim Sung-Bo’s South Korean thriller Haemoo from Finecut in Cannes.
Thunder Road Pictures has extended its deal with music financier Cutting Edge Group and CEG’s investment arm, Conduct, for an additional five films.
EXCLUSIVE: The actor and producer’s Wild West Picture Show has come on board to produce the animation, which Double Dutch International (DDI) is selling in Cannes.
Dianna Agron and Paz de la Huerta will star in the drama, which premiered in Tribeca and Myriad Pictures has introduced to international buyers here.
EXCLUSIVE: Roman Kopelevich’s LA-based sales company is in Cannes with a varied roster of completed titles.
EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson have reported a strong early response to the apocalyptic creature horror, closing key territories in the early stages of the market.
Mortal Instruments to star opposite Hailee Steinfeld.
EXCLUSIVE: Pulp Fiction star boards in-demand thriller remake.
EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome inks US deal on werewolf thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based WTFilms has sold Indonesian martial arts drama The Golden Cane Warrior to Well Go USA for North America.
EXCLUSIVE: New Europe Film Sales secures deals for Benelux, Greece, Taiwan.
EXCLUSIVE: Contents Panda, the sales arm of Korea’s Next Entertainment World (NEW), has signed a raft of deals on Lee Byeong-heon’s Twenty, including the sale of Japanese rights to NBC Universal Japan.
EXCLUSIVE: Studio swoops on Mickey Rourke comedy-drama in North America, UK, Australia, more.
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) is to direct Hermann Hesse’s 1930 international bestseller and cult novel Narcissus and Goldmund.
EXCLUSIVE: Philippe Bober’s Coproduction Office has boarded world sales rights on Benjamin Dickinson’s SXSW award winner Creative Control.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Mirovision has picked up international rights to romantic comedy My New Sassy Girl, the highly-anticipated sequel to 2001 hit My Sassy Girl.
Jennifer Fradlin, Patrick Chu and Selena Saldana are all in Cannes attending the market.
Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, in town with a slate that includes Anthony Hopkins thriller Go With Me, has closed a $20m production facility with First Republic Bank (FRB) to finance the second season of TNT show The Librarians.
Production has begun on Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie starring Digital Shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone.
EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts have closed key sales here on the conspiracy thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong-based Bravos Pictures has picked up worldwide rights to two titles produced by leading Hong Kong filmmaker Pang Ho Cheung – Luk Yee-sum’s Lazy Hazy Crazy and Jason Kwan’s A Nail Clipper Romance.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has acquired North American and UK rights to the John Travolta thriller, which Diamond Pictures is selling on the Croisette.
EXCLUSIVE: Film4 boards distribution of Amy Winehouse doc.
EXCLUSIVE: Vienna based Autlook Filmsales has snapped up international sales rights to Songs Of Lahore, the new feature doc from Sharmeen Obey - the first Pakistani ever to win an Oscar - and Andy Schocken.
EXCLUSIVE: Tribeca title explores radical Islamic school.
Details have emerged of the new regional film fund being set up in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
EXCLUSIVE: Female sniper movie marks first Russia-Ukraine co-production in years.
Cannes and luxury brand Kering’s new programme Women In Motion will honour Jane Fonda for her ‘unique and outstanding contribution to the film industry’ on May 17.
The Weinstein Company closed a US deal at 6am on Thursday morning for boxing drama Hands of Stone starring Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro.
Pinewood Studios has launched a production services company in Ireland to help its TV and film clients take advantage of the country’s recently enhanced tax incentives.
Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) has announced that Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, whose Leviathan won best screenplay at Cannes last year, will head the Golden Goblet jury at this year’s edition of the festival (June 13-21).
Korea’s Finecut has pre-sold Min Kyu-dong’s erotic period drama The Treacherous, starring Ju Ji-hoon, to Pretty Pictures for France and French-speaking Swiss pay-TV.
China’s Wanda Pictures has sold a string of Asian territories on Wuershan’s The Ghouls, includingTaiwan (CMC), the Philippines (MVP) and Singapore (Shaw).
The studio has snapped up rights from Pathé to Paolo Sorrentino’s drama ahead of its world premiere in Competition on May 20.
EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Woodrow flies into Cannes with a new finance and production venture that has raised $100m in equity and got behind six of the biggest titles to hit the market in the last two years.
The Competition entry starring Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe has found its US home.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron stormed into China on Tuesday, pushing Disney past the $2bn worldwide box office mark for the second consecutive year.
The Weinstein Company confirmed on Wednesday that the executive has taken over following the departure to IM Global of Michael Rothstein.
CANNES: French sales companies Gaumont and Wild Bunch have announced a raft of sales on Nicolas Winding Refn’s horror picture The Neon Demon, which is on the verge of wrapping in Los Angeles.
Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz will star in the biopic about the drug lord, which the company has introduced to buyers on the Croisette.
eOne in association with BBC Films has come on board to finance Ricky Gervais’ upcoming Life On The Road featuring David Brent, the character he immortalised in The Office.
EXCLUSIVE: Rachel Weisz to star in and produce true story; Protagonist launches in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Cast rounds on John Cameron Mitchell’s “punks and aliens” feature adapted from a Neil Gaiman story; HanWay boards sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Cornerstone to sell comedy from ParaNorman director.
Rebecca Hall, Michael Shannon and Ben Foster will star in the mystery that Fortitude International is selling in Cannes.
ROUND-UP: The distributor has moved the Bill Murray comedy from November 13 to October 23 this year.
EXCLUSIVE: Umedia boards rights to action-drama set to shoot in South Africa.
EXCLUSIVE: Other new titles on slate include Pattaya and Critics’ Week screener Learn by Heart.
EXCLUSIVE: Kurosawa shoots first ever French-language film.
EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong-based Golden Network Asia has picked up international rights to Jackie Chan’s next project, $50m action comedy Railroad Tigers, to be directed by Ding Sheng.
Search Engine Films has acquired Canadian rights from Elle Driver to Cannes festival opener Standing Tall (La Tête Haute).
EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nippon Television (NTV) has added Japanese historical drama Persona Non Grata, which was filmed entirely in Poland, to its Cannes slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has signed a string of pre-sales on Choi Dong-hoon’s Assassination, including North American rights, which have gone to Well Go USA.
EXCLUSIVE: On the eve of his first visit to the Cannes Film Festival, European Commissioner Günther Oettinger has challenged the European film industry to deliver evidence supporting their calls for maintaining the territoriality principle.
Noomi Rapace will play the most influential female opera singer of the 20th century in what is set to be one of the most glamorous projects on the market as Content commences talks with buyers this week.
Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone have joined the voice cast on Ratchet & Clank, which Cinema Management Group sells internationally here.
Danish producer and Zentropa co-founder Peter Aalbæk Jensen is plotting a new English-language feature based on a novel by revered Out Of Africa author Karen Blixen.
EXCLUSIVE: The company has unveiled its Cannes slate led by Jean-Michel Cousteau’s nature documentary.
EXCLUSIVE: Leading Russian distributor Central Partnership is returning to sales after several years away and is in Cannes with a slate of big budget genre movies including sci-thrillers and historical action fare.
EXCLUSIVE: Family animation sells around the world for Global Screen.
The UK’s Sixteen Films is joining forces with French Le Pacte, German Pandora and Egyptian Film Clinic to co-produce Palestinian filmmaker’s Sameh Zoabi Gaza-set comedy Catch The Moon.
IM Global and talent managers Carlos Bobadilla and Brandon Guzmán have launched a joint venture management and production company with a focus on Latino talent.
EXCLUSIVE: Signature takes UK rights to gangster sequel.
The distributor has acquired North American, UK and Australian and New Zealand rights to Ross Partridge’s drama.
Pacific Mercantile Bank’s Entertainment Industries Division (EID) has provided Mike And Marty Productions with financing for its legal thriller starring Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino.
She will star alongside Dakota Fanning and Helen Hunt in Ben Lewin’s road trip movie which is being sold by Embankment Films.
Taipei Film Festival has announced that Cheng Wen-tang’s Maverick will open this year’s edition of the festival (June 26-July 12), while Tom Shu-yu Lin’s Zinnia Flower will play as the closing film.
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Jinga Films’ werewolf western has also been picked up for distribution in the US, Middle East and Portugal.
As well as the US, Mor Loushy’s documentary has also sold to a raft of territories including Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Universal’s Furious 7 took a further $17.38m in mainland China in the week May 4-10, which kept it at the top of the box office and pushed its cumulative gross to $389.26m.
Directed by Lone Scherfig and starring Gemma Arterton, the romantic wartime comedy will shoot this summer.
Benelux distributor Cineart has been on its usual pre-Cannes buying spree, picking up several high profile arthouse and US indie titles both in official selection and in the market.
Kevin Williams Associates has closed a multi-territory deal with the Sundance Channel for its music doc, Killing Joke - The Death & Resurrection Show.
The post apocalyptic zombie thriller, which is being sold by Altitude Films, will be distributed in the UK by Warner Bros.
Heading into the market eOne’s boutique sales arm has announced key territories on Xavier Dolan’s upcoming drama to star Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye and Gaspard Ulliel.
Buyers queue round the block for StudioCanal’s pre-Cannes promo event.
Tom Hardy, Cannes-bound with Mad Max: Fury Road, is lining up to star in what would be a red-hot market title as an SAS veteran with PTSD in Journey To Samarkand.
The Santa Monica-based sales agent will handle international rights in Cannes on the documentary that recently opened SXSW.
Warner Bros has unveiled details of the action film’s international roll-out on more than 16,000 screens in the coming days.
ROUND-UP: The distributor has acquired US rights to the supernatural thriller following the premiere in Berlin’s Generation strand. Separately the comedy Balls Out has found buyers in North and Latin America.
The Oscar winner will star in the genre film that Voltage Pictures is fully financing and produces with Nahikari Ipiña via her Sayaka Producciones. Voltage commences pre-sales on the Croisette this week.
Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne will star in Luc Besson’s big-screen adaptation of the French sci-fi graphic novel.
The distributor has picked up two films on offer in the market, taking US rights to Atom Egoyan’s Remember starring Christopher Plummer and Bryan Bertino’s upcoming There Are Monsters.
Floria Sigismondi of The Runaways fame will direct the drama about broken lives and new beginnings in Las Vegas.
Special guests at The American Pavilion during the festival will include Amy Poehler, Salma Hayek and John C Reilly.
TV veteran David Lyle has been named inaugural president of the new television and content producers’ trade association.
EXCLUSIVE: Political satire starring Matthew Macfadyen co-written by Ida’s Pawel Pawlikowski.
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov’s detention by the Russian authorities has been extended by yet another two months to July 11.
The two-time Oscar winner will be among the first teachers on the online platform alongside Serena Williams and James Patterson.
Best Of Enemies, directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, will screen as the festival’s Opening Night Gala on June 17.
Fortissimo Films has acquired international rights to Canadian filmmaker Stephen Dunn’s directorial debut Closet Monster.
Shanghai Media Group Pictures will market and distribute Arclight Films’ The Stone Forest in China.
Japan’s new promotional initiative, Japan Day Project, is launching a seminar series, ‘New Gateways to the Japanese Industry’ (May 16-18), at this year’s Cannes film festival.
The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is holding retrospectives of the work of Shuji Terayama and Orson Welles at this year’s edition of the festival (October 22-31).
Daredevil documentary played at Sundance and SXSW.
The UK distributor has also acquired Cell starring Samuel L Jackson and Frankestein with Carrie Anne Moss and Danny Huston.
The film features Fifty Shades Of Grey star Dakota Johnson.
The Japanese distributor has picked up rights to the culinary documentary about Danish chef Rene Redzepi from TrustNordisk.
It is the latest feature from director Christophe van Rompaey, whose 2008 film Moscow, Belgium won three awards in Cannes Critics Week that year.
Also playing as part of the 14 night open air programme at London’s Somerset House will be Guy Ritchie’s A Man From U.N.C.L.E and Me And Earl And The Dying Girl.
The Italian auteur is to receive the Pardo d’onore at the Locarno Film Festival in August.
Genre sales outfit Devilworks has boarded Adam Egypt Mortimer’s horror Some Kind Of Hate.
Kirsten Dunst will star in the feature directorial debut from Rodarte fashion label founders Kate and Laura Mulleavy.
EXCLUSIVE: MPI Media Group has added the comedy presented by Errol Morris to its Croisette sales slate.
Hou Hsiao-hsien’s period Chinese drama to world premiere in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
David Thwaites joins from Phoenix Pictures.
Ed Gass-Donnelly directs psychological thriller; AMBI to commence sales in Cannes
The stars have aligned on several late-breaking projects in Cannes as Sierra/Affinity brings a Liam Neeson spy thriller and Lotus Entertainment boards a WWII thriller with Lily James and Christopher Plummer.
Stuart Ford and his sales team will introduce buyers to the thriller, which Image Nation Abu Dhabi is fully financing.
Is Netflix set to dominate this year’s headlines?
EXCLUSIVE: The former Pretty Pictures acquisitions chief heads to the Croisette with her freshly minted consultancy and a prestige stable of clients and films.
EXCLUSIVE: The Chilean genre specialist has announced the actors on board the low-budget survival thriller ahead of the May 15 start in the southern part of the country..
Sales executive to “pursue other opportunities”.
Japan is launching a new promotional initiative designed to boost the global market for Japanese films, TV, manga and other contents – Japan Day Project (JDP) – at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced a series of industry initiatives for this year’s edition of the festival (Dec 9-16), including the return of co-production market Dubai Film Connection (DFC).
In South Korea, filmmakers are protesting a recently announced cut in funding from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) for the beleaguered Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).
EXCLUSIVE: Punjab-set drama Fourth Direction to premiere in Un Certain Regard.
Tim Grierson has been appointed senior US critic for Screen International.
Philippe Garrel’s film set to open Directors Fortnight
Isabella Rossellini to discuss on and off camera sexism in cinema at Cannes’ Women in Motion event; other female-focused Cannes events include #SeeHerNow twitter campaign.
Fox/Pinewood Pictures’ Spooks: The Greater Good is the week’s highest new entry with $1.6m (£1m) from 419 sites.
Gravity director to preside over the jury of the 72nd Venezia.
Scott Graham’s drama stars Ruth Negga of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
m-appeal has picked up Argentinian director Gabriel Lichtmann’s How To Win Enemies ahead of the Marché du Film in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Titles include thriller The Barber starring Scott Glenn.
Prison drama is from the producer of Dallas Buyers Club and exec producer Mark Wahlberg.
UPDATED MAY 11: Marvel’s early summer tentpole once again ruled the international marketplace and has the $1bn worldwide target within sight as it prepares to open in China on Tuesday.
UPDATED MAY 11: Marvel Studios and Disney celebrated as Avengers: Age of Ultron grossed a confirmed $77.7m to retain pole position with ease as Warner Bros’ Hotel Pursuit flopped in second place.
EXCLUSIVE / UPDATED: Stuart Ford’s sales team will commence talks with international buyers on the Croisette on Spike Lee’s comedy musical.
EXCLUSIVE: US-based FiGa Films has lined up a Cannes slate that includes Paz Fabrega’s Tribeca 2015 selection Viaje and Berlin entry The Fire from Juan Schnitman.
Pre-sales to commence at Cannes.
First titles include Jeff Nichols’ Loving and Sean Penn’s Flag Day, starring daughter Dylan Penn.
French director is the first woman and only the fourth person to receive the honour after Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood and Bernardo Bertolucci.
EXCLUSIVE: Visit Films chief Ryan Kampe has beefed up the slate and flies to Cannes with four new titles led by the Critics’ Week selection.
The studio has swooped on US rights to the untitled Lucas & Moore Project in a timely move for international rights holder Bill Block on the eve of Cannes.
Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe are reuniting with their Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas to play the young Republican consultant Karl Rove and strategist Lee Atwater alongside Amanda Seyfried.
C3 Entertainment, Grand Peaks Entertainment and The Exchange are preparing the big-screen return of the iconic property, which will be available to buyers on the Croisette next week.
Kirk D’Amico’s Santa Monica-based company heads to the Croisette with international sales rights to the Aaron Paul thriller.
Los Cabos Goes To Cannes cements partnership on the Croisette.
Jack Of The Red Hearts and In My Father’s House were among the winners on Friday night at Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment’s inaugural Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) in Arkansas.
EXCLUSIVE: Sequel to the hit Danish comedy to include cameos from Isla Fisher, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
EXCLUSIVE: Concourse Film Trade, a division of Matthew Shreder and Andrew Felts’ freshly minted Concourse Media, has bulked up its slate heading into Cannes.
Douglas Booth will portray the poet Percy Shelley in pioneering female Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour’s anticipated follow-up to Wadjda. HanWay will start international sales in the south of France next week.
The ninth edition of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) is set to take place from June 3-7.
EXCLUSIVE: Paula Modersohn-Becker biopic to star Carla Juri.
The producer has acquired film rights to Josh Karp’srecently published book Orson Welles’s Last Movie: The Making Of The Other Side Of The Wind.
EXCLUSIVE: Films by Petri Kotwica and Jan Prusinovský are among four new titles acquired by Media Luna New Films ahead of next week’s Cannes Marché.
EXCLUSIVE: Dutch Features Global Entertainment (DFGE) is to begin pre-sales in Cannes on a Dummie the Mummy sequel.
Lifetime award to the director of My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father.
EXCLUSIVE: Stoner comedy marks the debut feature of the Lennox Brothers with a cast including Alice Lowe and Billy Boyd.
Latido Films taking drama starring Barry Keoghan and Klaus Maria Brandauer to the Cannes Marche.
EXCLUSIVE: Drama is directed by Klaus Härö and will head to next week’s Cannes Marche.
UPDATED MAY 8: The Marvel Studios/Disney tentpole had reached $735.3m worldwide by Friday and was poised to cross $500m heading into its third international weekend.
CANNES: The collaborators on the A Haunted House franchise have found another property to lampoon. Separately, the company has found the actor to play Barack Obama in Southside With You.
EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Bort heads to the Croisette with an inaugural slate as president of the rebranded boutique international sales and distribution company.
The studio has secured a November 13 US slot for Angelina Jolie Pitt’s Unbroken follow-up, weighing anchor firmly in awards season.
CANNES: Nadine de Barros and her team will kick off talks on the Croisette on the upcoming Sam Claflin starrer about one of the great cult heroes of English football.
EXCLUSIVE: Baltasar Kormákur is lining up an autumn shoot on the Icelandic and English-language crime-thriller, a late addition to the LA-based company’s Croisette sales slate.
ROUND-UP: Image Entertainment has acquired all US rights from Voltage Pictures to the thriller Return To Sender starring Rosamund Pike.
Dylan Wiley has been appointed president of specialty releasing at ambitious Los Angeles-based Broad Green Pictures.
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely will follow their writing gig on the Captain America series with Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Part 2.
The actress will appear on screen for the first time with her father Kurt Russell in Summit Entertainment and Participant Media’s upcoming oil rig disaster thriller.
Cinefondation and Short Films juries also announced.
Highland Film Group (HFG) has come on to handle sales on animated family adventure Savva and biopic LaMotta: The Bronx Bull.
EXCLUSIVE: The Toronto-based genre specialist has picked up Mickey Keating’s SXSW Midnight thriller and Yam Laranas’ psychological thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate UK COO leaves indie-major, looks to partner with Red Bus Group.
Move combines global film production, distribution in new division.
EXCLUSIVE: Heading into Cannes the Los Angeles-based sales agent has acquired international sales right to the retro family comedy from Brittany House Pictures and Emedia Films.
Media Zone Authority restructure will not impact SANAD Fund.
Festival organisers announced its gala screenings ahead of the Los Angeles event set to run from July 9-19.
The crime thriller stars Sullivan Stapleton, Alex Russell and Jessica De Gouw and will open theatrically in late summer.
EXCLUSIVE: The Los Angeles-based sales agent will start talks with buyers on the Western starring Claude Duhamel.
EXCLUSIVE: Vincenzo Natali will direct Toronto-based Copperheart Entertainment’s adaptation of the novella In The Tall Grass.
The Sundance Institute has announced the 13 projects selected for the 2015 June Directors and Screenwriters Labs.
Father and son wine tour tale reunites directorial duo Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern with Gérard Depardieu and ...
The Look of Silence and new music from members of Sigur Ros to open festival; Monty Python documentary to close.
The San Francisco Film Society announced the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival winners at the Golden Gate Awards party on Wednesday evening.
France, Germany, Spain, South Korea make deals on gay rights drama.
Braden Bowen’s Archstone Distribution has acquired worldwide sales rights to the Dolph Lundgren feature.
Hungry Hearts, Cub exec Louis Tisné launches production outfit.
Action thriller stars Til Schweiger
Newly filmed version of the stage production stars Maxine Peake as Shakespeare’s Dane.
Documentary centres on the Copenhagen-based restaurant that serves everything from ants to fermented cricket and live shrimp.
Johannes Bah Kuhnke stars in underwater thriller.
Animated circus film features the voices of Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Ian McKellen, Sylvester Stallone and Danny DeVito.
The European Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy has failed to allay growing concerns within the European film and TV industries about the Brussels-based institution’s response to the digital revolution.
Chinese director Ju Anqi’s Poet On A Business Trip won the 16th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF)’s Grand Prize in the International Competition.
Leading Chinese executives including producer and former Cannes jury member Shi Nansun to participate in discussions.
Retrospective will focus on Japanese independent cinema from the past 15 years and includes Cannes favourite Naomi Kawase.
The A-list cast on FilmNation’s Nazi thriller is taking shape as it emerged that Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell, Jack Reynor and Mia Wasikowska have come on board.
Merced Media has put its second sales title into the market and brought on Good Universe to handle pre-sales on comedy The True Memoirs Of An International Assassin.
Voltage Pictures will fully finance and produce Christoph Waltz’s directorial debut as the new-look sales team heads to Cannes to launch pre-sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Top brass at Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival have renamed last year’s inaugural MIFFecito four-day mid-season event.
The sales agent has dropped a Jon Hamm project into the market and will introduce buyers to the Radar Pictures’ action thriller that Brad Anderson will direct.
EXCLUSIVE: The Exchange has picked up worldwide rights heading into Cannes on the rom-com starring Olivier-winner Jack Lowden alongside Freya Mavor.
EXCLUSIVE: UK broadcaster joins finance of Jean Doumanian, WestEnd drama.
First Nick Park animated feature since Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
EXCLUSIVE: Drama starring Isabelle Huppert due to shoot this June.
EXCLUSIVE: Other new titles on the Cannes slate include films by Nicole Garcia and Cristian Mungiu.
Proposals include an end to “unjustified geo-blocking” and a modernisation of copyright law.
The Montreal-based distributor has picked up Canadian rights to Elvis & Nixon and The Odyssey and co-acquired with Elevation Pictures The Founder.
The British Academy Of Film And Television Arts New York has appointed Julie La’Bassiere and Lisa Harrison as CEO and COO, respectively.
Danish documentarian Michael Madsen’s The Visit premiered in Sundance and chronicles humanity’s first hypothetical meeting with extraterrestrial life.
Noomi Rapace to play seven sisters in What Happened to Monday?, co-starring Glenn Close.
EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based company will kick off international sales in Cannes on the Sundance drama starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder.
EXCLUSIVE: Victor Vu’s Yellow Flowers On The Green Grass is set in 1980s Vietnam.
EXCLUSIVE: Anick Poirier has bulked up Seville International’s Cannes slate and will commence talks with buyers on the drama from Sophie Deraspe.
Tribeca Digital Studios and The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation are again teaming up with director Judd Ehrlich for another youth-sports focused documentary.
Teaser clip of Herzog’s documentary about the relationship between humans and volcanoes to be screened at Cannes.
Bittersweet love story stars Jeremy Irons and Olga Kurylenko.
First wave of titles unveiled for 19th edition of Montreal’s genre film festival .
The 12 titles include Jafar Panahi’s Berlinale winner, Roy Andersson’s Venice victor and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Sundance prize-winner.
Producer of Toronto title Atlantic to replace Rutger Wolfson at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
A six-stage, $205m (£135m) film and TV production facility in Scotland could be open for business by early 2017 if plans submitted this week are given the go-ahead.
Bollywood star Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing a homeless man in a hit-and-run incident in 2002.
Locarno Film Festival’s co-production lab, Open Doors, is dedicated this year to four countries from the Maghreb: Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.
EXCLUSIVE: Hailee Steinfeld and Tom Wilkinson will star in the adaptation of Caren Lissner’s YA novel that Mimi Steinbauer and her team introduce to buyers on the Croisette.
EXCLUSIVE: Edge of Tomorrow star to take on role of female bull-rider.
The star of the Hobbit films and TV hits Sherlock and Fargo has come aboard the cast of Marvel Studios’ upcoming 2016 release.
White Horse Pictures and Studiocanal will launch international sales in Cannes on Ron Howard’s authorised documentary about The Beatles’ early career.
EXCLUSIVE: Recent Oscar nominee Laura Dern will star alongside Ellen Burstyn and Sebastian Koch in Jennifer Fox’s investigative thriller The Tale that Charlotte Mickie and her team will introduce to the Croisette.
Top brass at the 21st Los Angeles Film Festival have announced the US Fiction, Documentary and World Competition sections.
Michael Nyqvist and Famke Janssen will star in the Hitchcockian thriller set to begin production in July.
Summerstorm Entertainment and Vandal Entertainment have tapped Kellan Lutz to star in the action-thriller. Highland Film Group will handle sales in Cannes.
The distribution and sales arm of Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group will commence sales in Cannes on the CGI family animation boasting the talents of Alec Baldwin and John Cleese.
Company president Jason Moring announced his Double Dutch International team has added the Emily Dickinson project to its Cannes sales roster.
ROUND-UP: Screen Media Films has acquired US rights to the film starring Jason Schwartzman. In other news, ARC has acquired Freedom, Kino Lorber will release Patch Town and Rialto has set a release for its restored version of The Third Man.
EXCLUSIVE: Talks underway for a new European Audience Prize.
The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) has announced two affiliate relationships with South Africa’s Independent Producers Organization (IPO) and Malaysia’s Creative Content Industry Guild (CCIG).
The actor previously did voice work on two Plympton shorts – Santa, The Fascist Years and The Flying House – and served as executive producer on the filmmaker’s Cheatin’.
Lionsgate’s Zygi Kamasa commits to making “independent British films at the forefront of cinema worldwide”.
EXCLUSIVE: Calum Gray rejoins Celsius from Independent.
The Legend Of Barney Thomson to world premiere at the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).
French actress and long-time Alain Resnais collaborator to preside over jury to select the best first film presented at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.
More than 3,000 fans attended London event on Star Wars Day (May 4).
Fox’s Far from the Madding Crowd narrowly edges out Universal’s Unfriended as the week’s highest new entry.
Mystery thriller from Park Jung-bum wins pitching prize.
South Korean festival grows focus on alternative, experimental and “adventurous” cinema.
Martin Scorsese’s Silence, based on Japanese author Shusaku Endo’s novel, will wrap on May 15 after filming for 14 weeks in Taiwan.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Local releases You Are My Sunshine and Helios slowed down but did not derail the Furious 7 juggernaut at the China box office last week, with the film grossing a further $45.63m for a cume of $370.83m.
Documentary about the teenager who survived a shooting by the Taliban to get awards season release.
A Conspiracy of Faith shoot begins today and follows Danish box office hits The Keeper of Lost Causes and The Absent One.
Heading into the Cannes world premiere, details have emerged of the international buyers on Thunder Road and Black Label Media’s drug cartel thriller.
In what looks set to become the Marché’s hot-ticket equivalent of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout, the Netflix chief content officer is scheduled to take part in an on-stage conversation on May 15.
Patrick Wachsberger’s Lionsgate International team will commence sales in Cannes in select territories where output deals do not apply on the thriller that reunites Thunder Road with Keanu Reeves.
ROUND-UP: CBS Films has acquired US rights to David Mackenzie’s action heist thriller starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. Sierra/Affinity commences sales in Cannes.
Adam Egypt Mortimer directed the film that premiered at the Stanley Film Festival on May 2.
EXCLUSIVE: Protagonist to launch sales in Cannes ahead of Norway shoot; Rory Culkin and X-Men’s Caleb Landry Jones to star.
EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner is Cannes-bound with world sales rights to the prestige Vincent Van Gogh ‘painted animation’ starring Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan, Jerome Flynn and Chris O’Dowd.
The New York-based sales agent has picked up worldwide rights to Jesus Town USA and 3 Still Standing and international rights to Planetary.
ScreenCraft, a Hollywood-based service dedicated to connecting screenwriters with industry insiders, has expanded horizons.
Participant Media has promoted Sam Neswick to the newly created position.
MAY 5 UPDATE: Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron grossed $19.1m on Monday as the international running total climbed to $459.5m.
UPDATED MAY 5: Marvel Studios’ superhero tentpole erupted into 4,276 theatres across North America at the weekend to deliver the second biggest three-day debut in history.
The sales agent has commenced international sales on the Sigma Films and Thruline Entertainment horror supported by Creative Scotland.
Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson will commence sales in Cannes on the Starz original TV series adaptation starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Danny Huston, and Kelly Lynch.
The distributor has picked up writer-director Andrew Renzi’s feature debut and recent Tribeca selection starring Richard Gere. Fortitude International handles sales in Cannes on behalf of QED International.
EXCLUSIVE: Picturehouse, Element team on Yorgos Lanthimos’ Cannes entry.
EXCLUSIVE: Mark Cuban’s 2929 backs road-trip heart-warmer sold by Embankment.
Mister Smith Entertainment to begin international sales at Cannes Marche.
Employment reform negotiations end in stalemate with union poised to set new rate cards.
The San Francisco Film Society has announced the three winners of 2015 SFFS Documentary Film Fund awards.
MAY 1 UPDATE: Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron heads into its second weekend all but assured of continued supremacy on $287.3m internationally and $27.6m from North American Thursday previews.
EXCLUSIVE: International Film Trust heads to Cannes with sales rights to the recent Tribeca world premiere starring Jessica Biel.
EXCLUSIVE: Company to also market premiere First Growth [pictured], a family drama set in the vineyards of Burgundy.
Content Media has added another tile to its market roster, taking worldwide rights to Adam Rehmeier’s action feature Save A Bullet For Me.
Lea Pool’s drama went home with a handful of major honours as the 16th annual film festival concluded in southern California on April 30.
Roskino and Russian Cinema are joining forces for the first time to present companies in the Russian Pavilion at the forthcoming Marché du Film in Cannes.
UK company to produce two bestselling novels Pomegranate Soup and Genus as first feature projects
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron has maintained its lead in the social media buzz chart after a week on release.
Malaysian motorcycle action thriller marks Stephen Windon’s directorial debut
Merced Media and Block Entertainment announced the untitled female comedy to be produce by Judd Apatow that Bill Block will introduce to buyers on the Croisette.
The New York-based distributor is moving into development on the project for the in-demand director of True Detective.
The Red Granite International subsidiary has dropped a Marcus Nispel project into the Cannes market in the form of the maritime horror film.
Lisa Wilson will kick off pre-sales in Cannes on the comedy package buoyed by the plum casting of recent Oscar winner JK Simmons alongside Emile Hirsch.
Co-founders Stuart Ford and Mark Stern have announced a raft of new product led by a swoop on rights to Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical bestseller.
The comedy starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will open on August 21, while Power Rangers is shunted from July 22 2016 to January 13 2017.
EXCLUSIVE: Pathé/Gurinder Chadha partition drama sets cast ahead of shoot.
The database managed by the Cannes market has partnered with Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ray Bell’s cloud-based marketplace.
EXCLUSIVE: Toronto-based Raven Banner Entertainment has secured worldwide rights to the mutant shark-infested, Nazi zombie creature feature and will start sales in Cannes.
Eco documentary is from the Oscar-winning director of March of the Penguins.
EXCLUSIVE: Funding body greenlights shorts from women directors.
Pelican Point Capital Partners via its media arm Pelican Point Media has formed Golden Gate Media in association with Cassian Elwes.
EXCLUSIVE: Nicola Pearcey promoted at indie major.
The Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films (EFF) project is on the Grindstone/Lionsgate Films US distribution slate. Highland Film Group will introduce to Cannes buyers.
Documentary examines the story behind Claude Lanzmann’s seminal Holocaust film.
Microwave International partnership will commit up to $385,000 (£250,000) towards feature film; Indian mentors include Vishal Bharwaj, Ritesh Batra and Vikas Behl.
The distributor snapped up North American rights and plans a pre-theatrical release for the horror title on May 12 followed by theatrical on June 19.
Other titles in new talent competition include Sundance hit The Diary of a Teenage Girl and Taiwan’s The Furthest End Awaits.
Panorama Europe Film Festival has announced 16 films to be showcased from May 29-June 14 in New York.
Thailand’s Ministry of Culture will host the Thai Pitch event at Cannes again this year, where projects will be presented by three directors including Wisit Sasanatieng (Tears Of The Black Tiger, Citizen Dog).
ITV Studios has acquired a minority stake in Monumental Television, the fledgling indie set up by film producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward.
Asian premiere for Vincent Cassel feature at new 4,000-seat stadium.
Rock Baijnauth’s documentary about an annual competition among coffee makers.
Japanese studio Toei has launched a major digital restoration programme of its extensive library, starting with Kinji Fukasaku’s Battles Without Honor And Humanity, which is screening in Cannes Classics next month.
Esponda Productions, Vesuvio Entertainment, Rocky Mountain Pictures and Disarming Films announced that Amy Berg’s documentary about child sexual abuse in Hollywood will get a limited US release.
Section to also include celebrations of Ingrid Bergman and Orson Welles as well as screenings of The Terminator and Jurassic Park 3D.
Organisers at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announced the complete line-up of 450 films from 92 countries on Wednesday. The festival runs from May 14-June 7.
The British Film Institute (BFI), the UK’s lead organization for film, is bracing itself for further cuts to its budget after the general election.
EXCLUSIVE: Kill Your Friends, Return to Sender among pick-ups.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales agent snaps up two US indie features - one exec produced by Spike Lee - ahead of Cannes.