EXCLUSIVE: Helene Hegemann’s debut feature will receive its world premiere in Park City on Friday in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.
Paramount executives reported on Monday that the Vin Diesel action release has delivered the eleventh biggest Hollywood launch of all time on the sub-continent.
Unifrance unveils poorest global performance for French films since 2002.
EXCLUSIVE: Mark Benton, Paul Kaye join Ella Hunt; AMP handles sales; Creative Scotland among backers.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has picked up North American rights to Kerstin Karlhuber’s LGBT feature debut.
Lescure unanimously re-elected ahead of the festival’s 70th edition.
Initiative is now open to applicants; the NFTS will fund a short film from each participant.
Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy is adapting the novel for The Night Manager producers The Ink Factory.
Awards contender scores impressive $7.9m (£6.58m) bow from distributor’s widest-ever release at 606 sites.
Star Wars spin-off has now passed $50m, while Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt sci-fi Passengers ruled the weekend.
The UK-based genre film sales company has assembled a line-up for Berlin that includes Incontrol and Population Zero.
Lucasfilm’s Star Wars stand-alone overtook Finding Dory in a weekend that saw Hidden Figures hold on to number one in its fourth session.
The sci-fi delivered the best result of Hollywood releases this weekend, scoring an estimated $32.5m from 65 markets to reach $147.1m.
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy centres on woman who wakes up one morning with something extra.
Maren Ade’s German Oscar submission took one of the top prizes at the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.
News of the first major studio departure of the year came on Friday as Sony’s corporate executive officer and CEO of Sony Entertainment announced his exit.
LD Entertainment’s Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon are joining forces with Original Headquarters’ Jordan Horowitz on the original thriller.
Star Wars franchise producer and Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and her cohorts have settled the debate over whether the character will be prolonged beyond this year’s December release of Episode VIII.
Youth-focused Berlinale sidebar will feature 62 short and feature films from 41 countries.
EXCLUSIVE: Carla Simon’s debut feature was developed through the Berlinale Script Station and Berlinale Co-Production Market.
EXCLUSIVE: Wild Bunch is launching sales on Pan-Européenne-led production at Unifrance RDV in Paris.
Nick Meyer and his team have boarded Terry George’s drama starring Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon and Christian Bale.
Production lot has previously housed international productions including Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone musical swept aside all competitiors to dominate this week’s social media buzz.
Jackson’s daughter had voiced a complaint about the casting of white actor Joseph Fiennes as the pop star.
Former Studiocanal and See Pictures exec Sophie Green has joined the UK sales outfit.
The horror strand has 10 UK premieres this year.
The distributor has picked up North American theatrical rights to Cate Shortland’s psychological thriller ahead of its world premiere in Park City on January 20.
Wohl most recently served as senior vice-president of worldwide distribution at Content Media and will spearhead sales on 16-24 new theatrical titles this year and digital releases.
The nominee for treasury secretary in the Donald Trump administration will divest all his business interests including RatPac-Dune Entertainment and Dune Capital Entertainment, according to a letter.
The ambitious entertainment company that snapped up FilmBuff last year has bought the content creator launched in 2014 by Max Benator and Marc Hustvedt.
There was a drop in the number of women working on high profile Hollywood films, despite ongoing diversity debate.
A pool of 550 producers, sales agents and financiers will attend this year’s event.
EXCLUSIVE: M-Appeal snaps up Rotterdam-bound comedy-drama and Ventana Sur hit.
The Hammer Films EIS Fund will back film and TV projects.
Nick D’Angelo, who most recently served as vice-president of production at Fox 2000, has joined the Los Angeles-based film finance and production company.
Now begins the final march towards the coveted milestone for the Disney-Lucasfilm hit, which as of Thursday stood at $937.8m at the global box office.
The Birth Of A Nation director Nate Parker and Deadpool helmer Tim Miller on first-time directors list.
EXCLUSIVE: Off-beat, buddy road movie, which world premiered at Dubai in December, due to screen at Unifrance Rendez-vous in Paris.
The Los Angeles and New York-based production company, Nickel City Pictures has brought on the former PalmStar Media executive as partner and president of production.
Founder and CEO Megan Ellison announced on Thursday that she has promoted Barnard to president of film.
Browse the digital edition of Screen International here, which includes a preview of potential 2017 festival buzz titles and production focuses on Arrival and Fences.
Chris Hanson and Gráinne McKenna have both been made partners at the company.
BBC, BFI, Film4, Creative Scotland execs to speak on panel discussion about the future of Scottish film industry.
Filming under way on Entertainment One’s 1970s-set comedy drama.
The ECA has also crowned its 2015-16 box office award winners.
Producer Amy Hobby has been promoted to executive director of Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), effective immediately.
The star has officially signed up to star in Disney-Lucasfilm’s stand-alone Star Wars project.
EXCLUSIVE: Alliance Media Partners teams with Salt executives to launch new company; Matt Bomer thriller on slate.
The Directors Guild Of America on Wednesday unveiled nominees in the documentary, television and commercials categories.
EXCLUSIVE: Cross cultural tale of young Palestinians living in Tel Aviv sells to US, Canada and France.
World premieres include Fanny Ardant’s Stalin’s Couch [pictured], Elisabeth E. Schuch’s The Book Of Birdie, Erlingur Ottar Thoroddsen’s Rift, and Manuel Concha’s Blind Alley.
The industry veteran has left K5 Media Group to serve as Ashok Amritraj’s president of international, effective immediately.
Train To Busan and The Wailing also secured multiple nominations.
EXCLUSIVE: French company also unveils first deals on Jean-Claude Brisseau’s erotic 3D drama Tempting Devils.
EXCLUSIVE: Indie Sales unveils first image of female soccer comedy.
EXCLUSIVE: Protagonist to handle sales and Element secures distribution rights to Parallel Films production backed by IFB and BFI.
The New York-based distributor has acquired rights from UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of LD Entertainment and will release the true-life drama on June 9.
The American Society Of Cinematographers (ASC) on Wednesday unveiled its nominees in the theatrical release and Spotlight categories for the 31st Annual ASC Awards For Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography.
UEL lecturer Paul Callaghan will take up the position from mid-January.
EXCLUSIVE: Local films drove an unprecedented 30.5m ticket sales in Mexico last year, according to data supplied by Imcine and Comscore.
Nisan Cohen has been appointed to the role of CFO.
Oscar-winners working on theatrical/TV project.
Eva Diederix has been appointed head of international sales at Paris-based Wild Bunch, the company has announced.
Arrival and Nocturnal Animals also in the running with nine nods.
EXCLUSIVE: While not quite scaling the heights of the record 2015 cycle, admissions in the fourth largest Latin American film market reached 50.5m last year.
The parties unveiled their new sales partnership on Tuesday, ending speculation as to who would handle Participant Media’s slate of narratives and select documentaries.
Sophie Turner and Dominic Cooper presented this year’s nominations.
HBO has acquired Evgeny Afineevsky’s Sundance selection and follow-up to Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom in a deal with executive producer David Dinerstein.
Fox’s superhero adaptation has earned a theatrical nomination from the Producers Guild Of America, which traditionally serves as a strong form guide for Oscar best picture nominees.
Arrival helped eOne top the overall list, while Lionsgate was bouyed by La La Land.
The Visual Effects Society announced on Tuesday its nominees ahead of the 15th Annual VES Awards show in Los Angeles on February 7.
Universal Filmed Entertainment Group top brass announced the development on Tuesday.
Reactions roll in following this year’s BAFTA nominations.
In a move that further enhances the arts profile of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Wednesday the city will house the Lucas Museum Of Narrative Art.
The Cinema Audio Society (CAS) on Tuesday announced nominees for the 53rd Annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: Vincent Lindon stars as journalist investigating saintly apparition
Cinema group appoints three senior executives.
X-Men spinoff and Trainspotting sequel to play Out of Competition.
Dome Karukoski’s biopic will have its world premiere at the Swedish festival.
JANUARY 9 UPDATE: Fox’s NASA drama surged 16 places in its third session to topple Rogue One after three weekends at the summit.
President-elect insults Hollywood icon after her critical Golden Globes speech.
The elusive filmmaker and artist attended the Showtime session at the annual Television Critics Association press tour on Monday and spoke cryptically about his reboot of the beloved series.
Festival top brass added two new world premieres to the line-up on Monday, expanding the overall selection to 120 features.
Paris-based MK2 creates joint film company with former co-founding managing director of Quebec’s Metropole Films.
Fox’s video game adaptation lands with eight-day $6.42m (£5.29m) opening as Disney’s spin-off nears £60m.
JANUARY 9 UPDATE: Disney’s Star Wars spin-off lands in China with estimated three-day $31m chart-topping debut.
Heartstone, The Red Turtle, 24 Weeks and After Love also selected for release.
Star Wars spin-off makes $30m in its opening weekend.
There were wins for The Night Manager cast and The Crown.
EXCLUSIVE: The US-Chinese production company and the screenwriter development platform have launched the Orb Media China-Hollywood Screenwriting Fellowship.
The Los Angeles-based distributor has picked up all US rights from Mongrel International to Hope Dickson Leach’s drama.
The founder of the Fantasia International Film Festival’s Frontières International Co-Production Market will serve as director of distribution.
Update: Donald Trump has responded to Streeps comments, calling her “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood”.
Lionsgate’s La La Land won seven awards including best musical or comedy, while A24’s Moonlight was crowned best dramatic film.
The Lionsgate musical enjoyed a spectacular night as it converted seven nominations into seven wins at the 74th annual Golden Globes on Sunday – but Meryl Streep stole the show.
In a second notable pre-festival buy, the distributor has picked up worldwide rights to Luca Guadagnino’s anticipated drama from WME Global and UTA Independent Film Group.
The drama prevailed in Saturday’s vote, earning best picture, director for Barry Jenkins, supporting actor for Mahershala Ali and cinematography for James Laxton.
EXCLUSIVE: On the eve of the Golden Globes ceremony in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles-based Jumpwire Media has revealed the social media profile of each of the ten best picture nominees.
The Los Angeles awards show honouring the best in Australian and international cinema saw Mel Gibson prevail in the best director category for Hacksaw Ridge.
EXCLUSIVE: Debut feature, starring Brett Gelman, Michael Cera and Judy Greer, to get international premiere at Rotterdam.
Politics drama that upset France’s Front National party to market premiere at Rendez-vous with French cinema.
Disney enjoys the biggest-ever year for any distributor of all time with $370.3m (£300.7m).
Narenda Modi, Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kapoor pay tribute to the celebrated actor.
Bielecki worked on Star Wars, Superman and Alien.
The actor was best known in Britain for East Is East and My Son The Fanatic.
JANUARY 6 UPDATE: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stands at $838.3m worldwide heading into its fourth session as it prepares to launch in China.
Jiang Wu (pictured) and Song Yang star in suspense drama about class conflict.
The Guild announced on Thursday nominations for the 21st Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards across a multitude of categories covering features, TV, commercials and music videos.
Bliss Media distributes the World War II drama directed by Mel Gibson, which has crossed $50m in China and earned a rare extension.
The world premiere of the US auteur’s latest film starring Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender will kick off events in Austin, Texas, on March 10.
The Guild on Thursday unveiled its nominees in the categories of television series/specials, children’s programmes, long-form television, sports programmes and digital series.
The other nominees are Laia Costa, Lucas Hedges and Anya Taylor-Joy.
Handsome Devil to kick-off the event, Mad To Be Normal picked as Closing Film Gala.
The ‘F-rating’ has been adopted by cinemas, festivals and IMDb.
Lionsgate’s awards season heavyweight is getting the large screen format treatment from January 13.
Hollywood film and TV production operation Revolution Studios has been bought by investment fund and asset management company Content Partners.
Former Weinstein Company executive Dan Guando has joined Los Angeles-based Bloom as president of production.
Etienne Comar’s directorial debut stars Reda Kateb as iconic musician.
Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to documentary Casting JonBenet, which is set to get its world premiere in the US Documentary Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Writers of Hell or High Water, La La Land, Arrival and Deadpool are among the nominees for this year’s Writers Guild Awards.
XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to horror-thriller from producer-director Chris von Hoffmann.
EXCLUSIVE: IFFR reveals lineup and jury for programme focused on emerging filmmakers.
EXCLUSIVE: Mini-major confirms £109.2 haul, placing it ahead of two studios.
Captain America: Civil War topped the charts in Hong Kong, but local films also performed well.
The editors of awards season front-runners La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight are among nominees.
EXCLUSIVE: Film exploring legacy of Thailand’s 1976 Thammasat University massacre scores international deals.
Second biggest annual box office since 1966 in year dominated by Disney.
Disney has become the first Hollywood studio ever to take more than $3bn in annual gross at the North American box office.
Three-year deal will see STX release Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets plus three other EuropaCorp films in 2017.
US sales and production company MonteCristo International Entertainment has named former Carolco and Seven Arts executive Chris Bialek (pictured) as president.
The deal is expected help Nordic major SF Studios expand internationally.
Rotterdam reveals 2017 Tiger lineup and jury ahead of 46th edition.
Disney’s Star Wars spin-off overtakes Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts on final day of the year.
Deadpool tops list, Batman V Superman, Star Wars also make top 10.
Jackie Chan back on top, Great Wall nears $150m.
After years of huge growth, the Chinese box office plateaued last year.
JAN 3 UPDATE: The stand-alone Star Wars sci-fi finished 2016 as the second highest grossing film between the January 1-December 31 period and will soon overtake Finding Dory to become the biggest film released in 2016.
La La Land and Hacksaw Ridge earned six and five awards respectively as the 21st edition of Capri, Hollywood - The International Film Festival came to a close in Italy.
Universal’s Sing crosses $100m mark at the international box office.
The producer and Canadian film industry pioneer died of a heart attack on Sunday in hospital in Toronto. He was 77.
Despite numerous high-profile flops, it was record average ticket prices, premium pricing and a handful of blockbusters that pushed the year in North America to a numeric high – although inflation tells a different story.
The sci-fi awards contender starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner has reached $151.7m, North American distributor Paramount announced on Sunday.
From China to Brexit, Screen gazes into its crystal ball…
JANUARY 1 UPDATE: The sci-fi stand-alone from Disney-owned Lucasfilm surged to $408.2m by January 1.
We pay tribute to the film stars and directors from around the world who sadly passed away in 2016.Hector Babenco
The board of American Cinema Editors (ACE) said on Friday the group will present the filmmaker with its ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award.
The Oscar-nominated star of such iconic films as Singin’ In The Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown has died in Los Angeles, one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher. She was 84.
The Hacksaw Ridge filmmaker has been named Director Of The Year at the Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival.
Universal Pictures sources confirmed on Thursday the Golden Globe-nominated star of La La Land will reteam with his director to portray the pioneering astronaut.
One of Western cinema’s busiest action stars has come top of the annual poll of Hollywood earners at the global box office as women claimed three of the top five slots.
Four films, including the latest projects from Amma Asante, Mike Leigh and Lynne Ramsay, were granted more than £1m in production funding in 2016.
The Chinese titan’s Digital Media And Entertainment Group offshoot has ring-fenced more than 50bn yuan for content investment over the next three years, according to Reuters.
Bob Iger, Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams have paid their respects to the Princess Leia actress.
The actress suffered a heart attack last week.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based company reshuffles sales team as Carole Baraton steps down as head of sales.
The senior executive will leave the company before the end of the year, it emerged on Tuesday.
From US indie hits to British social realist drama, Screen charts the BFI’s biggest grants in 2016.
DECEMBER 27 UPDATE: Lucasfilm’s sci-fi grossed a confirmed $96.1m over the holiday weekend as it crossed $570m worldwide.
The director of the magic realism school who directed 1992 rom-com The Dark Side Of The Heart starring Dario Grandinetti has died. He was 71.
Topics that were popular with Screen readers in 2016 included Blade Runner, Baahubali, our Cannes jury grid and of course, Brexit.
UPDATED: The Star Wars legend is in intensive care in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London last Friday.
DECEMBER 26 UPDATE: The judge who ordered El Inca to be pulled from theatres has postponed further court hearings on the matter until he and everybody involved in the case have watched the film.
DECEMBER 23 UPDATE: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story added $31.7m at the worldwide box office on Thursday according to Disney estimates.
EXCLUSIVE: UK outfit Day For Night has acquired the Venice and Locarno titles.
Local hits including The Ten Commandments: The Movie boosted takings this year.
Three UK features among first 15 films selected for Berlin’s Generations programme.
Previous funding has been awarded to productions including T2: Trainspotting and In Plain Sight.
Los Angeles-based STX Entertainment on Friday is lining up the sequel to its hit comedy for a November 3 release.
The Star Wars spin-off garnered a huge amount of social media attention over the last seven days.
Browse the digital edition of Screen International here, which includes a VFX focus and interviews with Michelle Williams and Bafta’s Amanda Berry.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based company reteams with In Bloom directors Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross.
Foxtail Entertainment and David Goyer’s Phantom Four have signed Odessa Young, Hari Nef, R&B musician ABRA and Suki Waterhouse to the thriller.
Animated feature is currently in production in London.
The former director of the Tribeca Film Festival will reportedly oversee virtual reality projects at the digital giant.
Academy on Wednesday also announced that 336 films are eligible for the best picture category.
The Canadian auteur, deep into production on Blade Runner 2049 and riding high on critical and commercial success with awards contender Arrival, is in early talks with Legendary.
Company cancels US investment and instead targets Hong Kong outfit Pegasus Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: Director also revealed details of the film’s shoot, which recently wrapped in Hungary.
EXCLUSIVE: Seth Smith’s psychedelic horror filmed at a remote beach house on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.
The awards season frontrunner earned seven awards including best film, best director for Barry Jenkins, best ensemble cast and best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali.
Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn on Monday hailed what is set to become an “historic” industry achievement this week.
HanWay appoints head of sales and head of distribution and marketing.
The distributor has finalised a deal for global rights to Monkey Business: The Adventures Of Curious George’s Creators.
Find out what made our top 10 films of 2016 - and which films feature on Team Screen’s overall top 10.
South African-set The Wound, directed by John Trengove, set to kick off this year’s Panorama main programme.
Toni Erdmann has six nominations, American Honey, La La Land and Manchester By The Sea on five.
The Great Wall in at number one; 2016 annual takings set to break new records
Disney’s Star Wars spin-off achieves second-highest December opening of all time behind The Force Awakens.
Sequel to iconic sci-fi directed by Denis Villeneuve and stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.
EXCLUSIVE: Recently launched Arcadia heads to Utah with survival thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: UK production outfit buys 80% of shares in production and consultancy venture Port Royal.
Other big winners were Home, Layla M, The Fixer and Lady Macbeth.
The partners plan to release Joel David Moore’s drama theatrically and on demand in the US on February 3.
Council of Europe’s cinema fund to award €3,843,000.
Drama Series Days will now run for three days and moves to a new venue.
DECEMBER 19 UPDATE: Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them crosses $500m overseas.
DECEMBER 19 UPDATE: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has scored the second highest December opening in history behind last year’s $247.9m by Stars Wars: The Force Awakens.
The Hungarian-born socialite and celebrity has died at her Bel Air home after reportedly suffering a heart attack. She was 99.
Jurgen Ureña’s film was named Best Central American Feature Film and Best National Feature Film as the 2016 Costa Rica International Film Festival (CRFIC) wrapped on Sunday.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences on Friday unveiled the ten films that remain in the running for the visual effects Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards.
DECEMBER 16 UPDATE: Disney executives reported on Friday evening that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story grossed in the low $70m range on opening day Friday in North America.
EXCLUSIVE: Swedish comedy-drama is the country’s most successful film for 32 years.
Lost In London will be shot in one-take in the British capital in January.
Browse the digital edition of Screen International here, which includes a documentary focus and an interview with Nocturnal Animals director Tom Ford.
Former French minister of culture succeeds outgoing president Jobst Plog on Jan 1, 2017.
EXCLUSIVE: Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are executive producing the feature adaptation of Atsuko Hirayanagi’s short film, which stars Shinobu Terajima and Josh Hartnett.
Seasonal comedy Office Christmas Party claimed second place.
The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Mahershala Ali with the Breakthrough Performance Award on January 2 for his role in Moonlight at its annual Film Awards Gala.
Maren Ade’s much-fancied German crowd-pleaser is among nine selected by the Academy to proceed to the nominations phase but there is no joy for Asia or Latin America.
Colonial drama with impressive cast set for March 2017 release.
Disney had not reported the first wave of international launches for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at time of writing, however results are expected to be impressive.
EXCLUSIVE: Udo Kier attached to play Hitler and Lesley Garrett to provide vocals for biopic based on remarkable true story.
20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Stacey Snider announced a new role on Thursday for the president of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Worldwide.
Aki Kaurismäki, Oren Moverman, Agnieszka Holland, Sally Potter among Competition lineup.
The world premiere of Ritesh Batra’s adaptation of the Julian Barnes novel starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling will kick off proceedings at the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 5.
The Oscar-winner has signed on to star in and produce the adaptation of Maria Semple’s bestseller – the first series announced by Megan Ellison’s new venture.
Swedish writer Hakan Nesser’s Nordic Noir books have sold more than 20million copies worldwide and will be published in English and additional languages in 2017.
Sherlock and Doctor Who director among filmmakers with projects at Amsterdam forum which is a partnership between the Cannes Marché and Montreal’s Fantasia.
EXCLUSIVE: Naseeruddin Shah and Tisca Chopra head the cast of UK-India co-production, which is a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.
The 13th edition of DIFF has revealed its winners with The Dark Wind scooping top prize.
Producer body set to relocate to Amsterdam from Paris in early 2017.
The young acting talent will be presented on the opening weekend of next year’s Berlinale.
Ten Screen critics select their hidden film gems of the year.
The deal with Empire sees CinemaNext expand UK footprint.
The deal values the UK broadcaster at £18.5bn.
Bollywood legend grants Netflix exclusive streaming rights to his upcoming projects.
The iconic filmmaker will receive the Writers Guild Of America, West’s 2017 Laurel Award for screenwriting achievement in recognition of his body of work.
Bafta to introduce a series of diversity measures following survey of members.
In a big shake-up at the studio, New Line COO and president Toby Emmerich is replacing Greg Silverman as the chief creative force at Warner Bros.
Festival brass on Wednesday added two Documentary Premieres as well as a pair of favourites from the vaults – Desert Hearts and Reservoir Dogs.
Moonriver signs multi-year partnership with eOne and The Mark Gordon Company; announces first movie.
The Screen Actors Guild on Wednesday dropped two surprise additions into the awards race as Manchester By The Sea led the way on four nominations.
Film-maker faces 223 lashes during his one-year jail sentence which has just begun.
Emiliano Torres’ The Winter [pictured] was named best film at the first edition of the International Film Festival and Awards Macao (IFFAM).
Syrian founders Orwa Nyrabia and Diana El Jeiroudi rebrand Berlin-based production company.
Qatar’s Doha Film Institute (DFI) backs 32 projects in autumn funding round.
WW2 epic stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Harry Styles
Communications specialist Patricia Röckenwagner has been brought in to the newly created role, effective January 17.
Bayona’s film scoops 12 nods, followed closely by ‘Smoke And Mirrors’ and ‘The Fury Of A Patient Man’.
EXCLUSIVE: In a highly significant step for the region, Trinidad & Tobago has become the first Caribbean nation to join the Latin American Film Commission Network (LAFCN).
The investigative journalist and Oscar-winning screenwriter and producer of The Hurt Locker hailed on Tuesday the settlement of his Bowe Bergdahl recordings case with the US government.
The star of 20th Century Women who also apears in Rules Don’t Apply will receive the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Career Achievement Award on January 2.
Academy brass on Tuesday announced the roster of songs and scores that will advance to the nominations stage for the 89th Academy Awards.
Good Films chief Miriam Segal said on Tuesday that shooting has begun in Los Angeles on the crime drama that also stars Forest Whitaker.
EXCLUSIVE: UK debut backed by BFI and Creative England stars rising actor Josh O’Connor, Ian Hart and Gemma Jones.
The Los Angeles and Beijing-based producer-financier – backed by Chris Liu’s East Light Film Company – is lining up the sci-fi disaster story.
EXCLUSIVE: Comedian Ross Noble co-stars in horror from Irish outfit Fantastic Films.
Naomie Harris, Hugh Grant and Tom Hiddleston make the Golden Globe shortlist.
Manchester By The Sea is second, while Moonlight sits third.
The €50,000 prize sponsored by Eurimages goes to a Spanish-French co production that mixes science fiction and documentary.
Gomorrah distributor Beta has taken a minority stake in the TV formats company.
Wilson and Ghost World writer Daniel Clowes will adapt his own graphic novel.
A total of 26 film projects will participate in this year’s co-production market in Rotterdam.
DECEMBER 12 UPDATE: Warner Bros’ Harry Potter spin-off reaches $480.7m after four weeks in play.
La La Land and Moonlight lead the nominations list.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens day-and-date in most major markets this week when insiders say it could gross between $130m and $150m internationally by Sunday.
Monday’s nominees for the upcoming 74th Golden Globe Awards express surprise, gratitude – and a love for tickle fights.
Fences, Sully and Silence were all snubbed, but there was good news for Deadpool and Mel Gibson.
One of the buzz titles of the recent AFM has found its US home.
Warner Bros’ Harry Potter spin-off up to $53.2m (£42.3m); eOne’s Office Christmas Party lands with five-day $1.5m (£1.19m) debut.
EXCLUSIVE: Backer of Burn Burn Burn, Tiger Raid and Broken spins off from accountancy firm NLP.
Shari Redstone and her father Sumner Redstone have called off early talks to combine the companies.
Browse Screen International’s daily magazines from the Dubai International Film Festival here.
DUBAI/EXCLUSIVE: Palestinian actor Adam Bakri (Omar) has been cast in Sydney-based director Partho Sen-Gupta’s upcoming drama Slam, alongside Australian actress Rachael Blake.
Maren Ade’s German comedy won three awards including best director and best actress, while Barry Jenkins’s drama was named best film.
EXCLUSIVE: Motion Picture Capital acquires movie rights to new account of WWII raid.
Hacksaw Ridge and Suddenly Seventeen open in second and third respectively.
Creative Access facing closure as government withdraws £2m for paid internship programmes.
Topics will include virtual reality, new technologies and the intersection between films and video games.
EXCLUSIVE: Production is underway in London and Rome on Richard Loncraine’s British comedy ‘Finding Your Feet’.
DUBAI/EXCLUSIVE: Egyptian producer Mohamed Samir has boarded Wheelchair, the first narrative feature from Little Eagles director Mohamed Rashad.
DUBAI/EXCLUSIVE: Habib Attia is producing documentary about a mother fighting to get her two teenage daughters back from Libya.
Miami Dade College will continue its partnership with the tech giant on March 4-5 during the 2017 Miami Film Festival.
Lebanese filmmaker Eliane Raheb’s The Great Family and Algeria Is Still Far Away, from Algerian-French filmmaker Omar Haffaf, shared the $25,000 top prize at Dubai Film Connection (DFC) yesterday.
Non-profit cultural body aims to promote Arab cinema and launch an Oscars-style awards ceremony.
DECEMBER 12 UPDATE: La La Land delivered a $881,104 limited launch from five sites for the second best specialty opening weekend average in history.
Indian actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has joined the cast of The Confession Of Sultana Daku, produced by London-based Beautiful Bay Entertainment.
South Korean prosecutors today named president Park Geun-hye as a suspected accomplice in pressuring CJ Group vice chairwoman Miky Lee to step down in 2013.
Lionsgate’s musical romance earned best film and director for Damien Chazelle from The Broadcast Film Critics Association on Sunday night.
Zawya Distribution is ramping up its 2017 slate of Egyptian independent features with titles including Tamer El Said’s In The Last Days Of The City and Mohamed Rashad’s DIFF competition title Little Eagles.
Saudi director Aymen Khoja is unveiling his upcoming US-set, soccer-themed work Shoot at the inaugural edition of the Arab Cinema Lab at DIFF.
Lebanon-based distributor Phoenicia Pictures has acquired MENA rights to Borg vs McEnroe, about the famous rivalry between tennis players Björn Borg and John McEnroe, at Dubai Film Market.
EXCLUSIVE SET VISIT: Cop thriller stars The Grandmaster’s Zhang Jin.
FilmNation COO Milan Popelka tells Arab producers that there’s more money out there than good projects, but that capital is very specific in what it’s looking for.
Germany’s Oscar hopeful wins five major awards in Wroclaw at politically charged ceremony.
Speaking at the European Film Awards, UK director calls for “collective voice” among European industry.
Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, French auteur Bruno Dumont and Cambodian creative documentarian Rithy Panh have been confirmed as the first ‘masters’ at the Doha Film Institute’s talent development event Qumra.
Paramount will release the eco doc that reunites former US vice president Al Gore with Participant Media and will premiere on the festival’s opening night under inaugural programme The New Climate.
DUBAI/EXCLUSIVE: Acclaimed French actress Isabelle Huppert is in line to make her starring debut in an Arab film, playing a Morocco-born French woman in Abdellah Taïa’s The Treasure.
DUBAI/EXCLUSIVE: Jordanian actress Saba Mubarak has signed for the lead role in up-and-coming director Amjad Al-Rasheed’s debut feature Inshallah It’s A Boy – A Chapter From The Fabled Life Of Nawal.
DUBAI/EXCLUSIVE: Dubai-based pan-Arab distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment picked up 31 titles at the recent American Film Market, including critically-acclaimed drama Lady Macbeth.
Bid from Rupert Murdoch-controlled US outfit values Sky at £18.5bn.
The International Documentary Association (IDA) hailed its own at Friday’s 32nd Annual IDA Documentary Awards and launched a $5m journalism project.
Dutch director of Elle and RoboCop will serve as jury president at the 67th Berlinale.
EXCLUSIVE: Local talents shine at inaugural Macao fest.
Studio brass on Friday unveiled the new title of the next entry in the $3bn-plus global franchise and unveiled a teaser trailer ahead of the April 14 release.
UK film-maker Asif Kapadia talked about his upcoming project, a documentary covering the life of football player Diego Maradona, in a panel about his career at DIFF.
Dubai Film Market is introducing a selection of Indian projects for the first time this year through a partnership with Europe’s PJLF Three Rivers Residency.
Browse the digital edition of Screen International here, which includes interviews with the people behind La La Land and Lion, and Screen’s critics’ picks of the year.
VOX Cinemas has boarded the next film by the makers of Emirati street racing hit Hajwala and also acquired local director Ahmed Zain’s comedy drama Lisa, which premieres at DIFF this year.
Jeddah-based digital content platform Uturn Entertainment is moving its head office to Dubai as part of a push to expand across the region and further afield.
EXCLUSIVE: Screen can reveal a first-look image from the comedy-horror.
Rogue One topped this week’s chart, while Disney’s Moana maintained a high level of interest.
The star of Arrival will collect the Chairman’s Award at the awards gala of the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 2.
UAE filmmaker Abdullah Hassan Ahmed’s Sunrise scooped the $100,000 IWC Filmmaker Award at DIFF last night.
UK film-maker John Madden admits he feared the drama of the US presidential election would overtake his Washington-set political film Miss Sloane as he was shooting it earlier this year.
Shooting is underway on the horror title set in France 1918 as an Allied tunneller played by Rossif Sutherland is sent to sabotage a German secret weapon.
Companies struck the deal at Screen Singapore 2016; Rocky and Creed duo team on Stano.
Shareholders from both companies voted overwhelmingly for the transaction for approximately $4.4bn in cash and stock first announced in June.
The American Film Institute on Thursday announced its official selections for the AFI Awards 2016 celebrating the best ten films and television shows of the year.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is still the one to beat at the international box office this weekend as the industry holds its breath before the global roll-out of Rogue One.
Speakers from this year’s VR Creative Summit reveal their tips for combining storytelling and technology to create high-quality VR content.
The Producers Guild of America on Thursday said Jeff Nichols’ drama would receive the honour at the 28th annual awards ceremony on January 28.
The Chilean submission for best foreign language Oscar took home four awards at the third Fenix Ibero-American Film Awards in Mexico City on Wednesday.
New 2% levy would be imposed on advertising revenue from sites specialised in online video.
EXCLUSIVE: Genre sales agent secures a raft of Asia deals post-AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Joint initiative Propellor Film Tech Hub will champion innovation in how films are produced, distributed and experienced; fourth partner is Berlin-based company Cinemathon.
The initiative, highlighting five emerging film talents from the Arab world, is presented at Dubai International Film Festival.
VR is shaping up to be a combination of cinema, theatre and gaming, says the director of the UAE’s first VR narrative short Flash.
EXCLUSIVE: Cairo-based MAD Solutions has picked up five titles in DIFF’s Muhr Feature competition for distribution in the region.
First image released from new film about Finnish travelling salesman who meets a Syrian refugee.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales outfit has a trio of documentaries playing in the festival’s world documentary competition.
UK financier Motion Picture Capital to tackle story of UK rugby player.
EXCLUSIVE: CEO Karinne Behr will oversee worldwide sales on the dark comedy from Los Angeles-based Provocator.
The French giant is lining up its English-language debut after securing remake rights to Yeon Sang-ho’s smash zombie thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: The director of At The End Of The Tunnel, which played in official selection recently at the Rome Film Festival, has been generating heat with two television projects.
The Salesman, The Eagle Huntress and Hunt For The Wilderpeople take top prizes, while Meg Ryan accepts honorary award.
Female film-makers donned sausage costumes to protest gender disparity in the Australian industry.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor buys slate and catalogue with more than 500 titles; predicts “doubled market share”.
Deal sees DCM extend its market share of cinema advertising to 81% across the UK.
The star of Zhang Yimou’s upcoming Chinese tentpole has dismissed reports accusing him of taking a role that should have gone to an Asian actor.
Following the launch of its Sky VR app, the broadcaster is now focusing on commissioning original, high-end VR content.
The Weinstein Company has moved up the qualifying run of its Michael Keaton starrer.
Catalyst Global Media to produce Owen Sheers’ critically applauded verse drama and stage play.
The film version of the hugely successful cop show will feature the lead actors from TV series.
Koen De Bouw-starring assassination thriller has proved a hit at the Belgian box office.
The Los Angeles-based company has brought on Emmy-winning producer Phil Gurin to lead the new venture, IM Global executive chairman Donald Tang and IM Global founder and CEO and IM Global Television CEO Stuart Ford said on Tuesday.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences on Tuesday announced its shortlist of 15 documentary features.
A film directed by Kristen Stewart is among a diverse and provocative roster of 68 shorts announced by festival brass on Tuesday.
A24’s awards season frontrunner will roll out internationally in theatres in the early stages of 2017.
XLrator Media and Mario Van Peebles’ new TV outfit MVPTV will produce 13-episode series.
Reported $1.3m investment will see the company developing products specifically for the Chinese market.
Vaughan was best known for roles in TV series Porridge and Game Of Thrones.
EXCLUSIVE: Catherine Linstrum and Keri Collins movies shortlisted for development and production scheme.
EXCLUSIVE: Caspar Lee hired by UK producers as part of a marketing drive to entice younger audiences.
Browse the digital edition of Screen International here, which includes a focus on leading contenders for directing and screenwriting nominations this awards season.
Aftermath and Bryan Cranston drama Wakefield among latest pick-ups.
EXCLUSIVE: Three teams selected for Lab from more than 100 applicants.
Director releases statement to Italian press: “I would like, for the last time, to clear up a ridiculous misunderstanding.”
Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek star in the adventure based on the bestselling 1969 memoir of convicted French felon and fugitive Henri Charriere.
The talk show host gets his first call-up as host of the awards season finale.
Grace Is Gone director Jim Strouse’s The Incredible Jessica James will close the festival in Park City.
Harry Potter spin-off is now the fifth-biggest release of 2016 with $48m (£37.76m).
Jessica Chastain, Chris Evans and Scott Derrickson react with disgust to director’s Last Tango In Paris comments.
DECEMBER 5 UPDATE: Ahead of Rogue One, Disney crosses $4bn mark overseas for their first time ever, marking only the second time for any studio.
Bugsy Malone and Evita director discussed his career during a Brussels European Film Forum masterclass.
Anime smashes records, defeats Harry Potter spin-off.
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association added their endorsement on Sunday to A24’s critical and awards darling with four prizes as Manchester By The Sea ended the day empty-handed.
DECEMBER 5 UPDATE: A lacklustre session saw Disney’s animation retain top spot as Arrival continued its terrific run to climb to number three through Paramount and Jackie enjoyed an excellent debut through Fox Searchlight.
Andrea Arnold’s epic travelogue won four awards including best independent British film.
Andrea Arnold’s American Honey was the big winner on the night.
White Sun wins key award at the 27th Singapore International Film Festival.
Programmers at the eighth Buenos Aires market handed out their annual awards on Friday when several titles rose to the top and the judges also unveiled selections from a vibrant inaugural animation section.
TV smash Game Of Thrones and global box office hit Paddington are textbook cases of how film commissions can exploit content to boost tourism, a workshop audience at the Buenos Aires market heard on Friday.
The independently financed sci-fi drama has crossed the milestone, executives at North American distributor Paramount said on Friday.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences on Friday announced the 20 films in contention for the visual effects category at the 89th Academy Awards.
Beryl Vertue, Amanda Nevill and Nina Gold were among winners at the annual London event.
EC VP for the Digital Single Market defends principle of “territoriality” but also offers stark statistics during Brussels event.
EUROPEAN FILM FORUM: Producers also talk about “turning talent into industry” and learning from disruption in other sectors.
Gary Locke, former US ambassador to China, will advise joint venture between China’s Weying and Lead Capital general partner Johnny Hsu.
Euro-produced family movie lined up for December 2017 release.
Shoot underway on Brooklyn and Taiwan-set drama from writer-director Jason Lester.
EUROPEAN FILM FORUM: Peter Dinges has said the industry is still suffering the after effects of the 2008 financial crisis; execs call for ‘European Netflix’.
The Disney animation scored more social media buzz than Amma Asante race drama A United Kingdom, which premiered last week.
Top brass at the Park City jamboree announced on Thursday 20 virtual and augmented reality presentations and 11 installations.
Statistics presented at UK cinema conference also revealed that 51% of audiences believe the cinema experience does not justify the overall expense.
Children’s television producers and networks have been forced to navigate a new landscape in light of “structural and economic crisis”, a Ventana Sur panel audience heard on Thursday.
EXCLUSIVE: The Mexican genre auteur, involved in two projects at Ventana Sur, is weighing up his next directing gig for 2017.
EXCLUSIVE: Finnish debut feature that won Cannes Un Certain Regard adds deals in Europe, Canada and China.
The beloved, BAFTA-nominated actor had been battling dementia for four years.
Damien Chazelle’s Los Angeles-set musical wins top honours; Barry Jenkins is best director for Moonlight.
Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures announced the development on Thursday.
Protagonist Pictures to sell London-set family drama by actress-writer-director Delpy.
Marco van Geffen, Mira Fornay among directors to develop TV series in new initiative.
The sci-fi thriller is the debut feature of writer-director Carl Strathie.
Covert Media’s foreign language label Lexica Films announced on Thursday it had licenced multiple territories at AFM to disaster film Earthquake and fantasy thriller The Night Watchmen.
The 2016 edition of the UK exhibition conference took place in Glasgow, November 29-30.
Plenty of familiar on-screen faces populate the first wave of 66 features announced by festival brass on Wednesday comprising the US Competition, World Competition and NEXT sections.
EXCLUSIVE: The studio has confirmed it has already achieved its best year at the local box office in terms of admissions and market share.
Mexico’s renowned Morbido Fest is moving forward with its latest brand extension as brass prepare to launch the long-awaited pay-TV channel backed by Alex Garcia’s AG Studios and have set their sights on reaching US audiences by late 2017.
The streaming giant on Wednesday said it was adding a facility to download content at no extra cost.
Minds Eye Entertainment and VMI Worldwide in association with Bridgegate Pictures have cast the star in their action-sci-fi.
The Canada-Ireland co-productions were among the highlights of the past year as the organisation used its annual public assembly on Wednesday to look back at some of its accomplishments.
Hong Kong star Tony Leung Chiu-wai has joined the cast of Edko Films’ Monster Hunt 2, which is currently shooting in Beijing.
Hilmar Sigurðsson, current CEO of animation specialists GunHil, will become CEO of Sagafilm.
COMMENT: Dan Tozer of law firm Harbottle & Lewis talks through five challenges facing VR makers.
EXCLUSIVE: Martin Scorsese’s daughter makes her directorial debut on this comedy-drama.
Zonderland previously worked at Disney and replaces Osvaldo De Santis.
Central American cinema is the focus of two competitive sections at the sixth Costa Rica International Film Festival, set to run in San José from December 8-17.
Barry Jenkins wins best director for Moonlight; Casey Affleck, Amy Adams scoop top acting awards.
The Argentinian film industry must develop a vibrant visual effects community if it is to prevent a potentially damaging exodus of talent, a trio of leading local visual effects supervisors said on Tuesday.
EXCLUSIVE: The Toronto-based genre distributor has acquired Kevin Burke’s homage to film posters and plans a 2017 theatrical release.
The two-time Oscar winner has signed on for the lead role in the thriller that marks the feature directorial debut of Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce.
The president-elect is said to be close to appointing the Hollywood financier and former national finance chairman of his campaign to the senior cabinet post.
BFI2022 to increase support for regional and grass-roots film-making; responds to Brexit challenges; could support more TV, VR.
Drama wins feature, screenplay and audience prizes. Manchester by the Sea’s Casey Affleck is best actor and Elle’s Isabelle Huppert best actress.
The partners on National Board Of Review best film of 2016 winner Manchester By The Sea are uniting on a theatrical release of Doug Liman’s psychological thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Emilia Clarke and Noel Clarke thrillers also among titles to secure German deals.
I, Daniel Blake, The Salesman, Under the Shadow and Fire at Sea will also screen at youth-focused festival.
The Irish famine drama also stars Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox.
Frederick Huntsberry is departing the studio after ten years of service.
Programmers at the Park City jamboree’s upcoming 23rd edition announced on Monday the 11 narrative and eight documentary selections that will play in January.
The Australian screen icon and star of awards season contender Lion will collect the honour at the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s awards gala on January 2.
Warner Bros’ Harry Potter spin-off records huge $11.06m (£8.9m) second weekend for $38.3m (£30.79m) to date.
NOVEMBER 28 UPDATE: Warner Bros’ Harry Potter spin-off lands top in China and Japan with $41m and $15.6m, respectively.
EXCLUSIVE: 12 projects selected for the Film London scheme, which in the past has produced films starring Riz Ahmed (pictured) and Ben Drew.
EXCLUSIVE: Soho shoot is now underway on Steve Mclean’s Postcards From London.
CNC and Unifrance announce new €12m export plan for French cinema.
EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway on adaptation of WWI classic; Asa Butterfield, Paul Bettany, Toby Jones co-star.
Harry Potter spin-off scores IMAX best for wizarding franchise in China.
Alibaba Pictures makes strategic investment in producer-distributor, which is part owned by star Chen Kun and director Cao Baoping.
Iran’s Narges Abyar takes best director for Breath, Kadri Kõusaar’s Mother scoops best Estonian film.
NOVEMBER 28 UPDATE: The Disney animation arrived at number one over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to overthrow Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and distinguish itself from an otherwise mediocre set of debutants.
Les Arcs unveils 16 projects due to be presented in the work-in-progress selection.
Rebecca O’Brien, who has worked with Ken Loach for last 25 years, warned that Brexit is likely to exacerbate the problem.
The Harry Potter spin-off continues to dominate social media buzz, ahead of Disney animation Moana.
Browse the digital edition of Screen International here, which includes a focus on the best animated feature Oscar contenders.
Massoud Bakhshi’s Yalda wins two prizes at the event.
The female-focused initiative is run by Birds Eye View Film and backed by Creative Skillset and the FDA.
FILM BAZAAR: Kanwal Sethi’s drama Once Again and creative documentary Buddhagram won the inaugural Facebook Awards at the close of this year’s Film Bazaar (November 20-24).
Pilot for upcoming Amazon sci-fi costs $15m.
Speaking at the Screen Film Summit, The Night Manager director also said that taking on a Bond film “would be a lot of fun”.
UK box office is up 2% year-on-year and has surged past £1bn but attendance figures remain static.
EXCLUSIVE: Kaleidoscope boards world sales on feature which kicks off in Vancouver this week.
Warner Bros’ tentpole has surged to an estimated $171.7m from international markets, executives said on Wednesday.
EXCLUSIVE/FILM BAZAAR: Indian newcomer Aarshi Banerjee joins cast.
Film finance experts discussed the short and long term consequences of Brexit at today’s Screen Film Summit.
I Am Not Madame Bovary’s Feng Xiaogang took the best director prize.
Sales agent TrustNordisk scores key distribution deals in Germany, Turkey and Hungary.
FILM BAZAAR: Experts also praise Film Bazaar Co-Production Market’s new video pitching style.
EXCLUSIVE/FILM BAZAAR: Girish Kulkarni to star in sequel to 2013 neo-noir thriller.
EXCLUSIVE/FILM BAZAAR: Bangladesh’s Abu Shahed Emon writes and directs.
The prize offers editorial coverage during the winning film’s life-cycle.
Read Screen International’s daily magazines from Goa’s Film Bazaar here.
Happy Valley writer wins fellowship aimed at bringing the film and science industries closer together.
Andrea Arnold’s American Honey and Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight each earned six nods as Film Independent announced its 2017 Spirit Award nominees on Tuesday.
The studio has partnered with Infinity Pictures/CMC and Yue Hua Entertainment Culture Communications as it redirects its $600m-plus global franchise to capitalise on a strong Asian following and step away from diminishing North American theatrical revenues.
EXCLUSIVE: Open Palm Films launches with Dromgoole-directed drama ‘Making Noise Quietly’; first-look image.
Ridley Scott’s upcoming instalment in the sci-fi series will open on May 19, 2017 – three months earlier than originally scheduled by Fox.
This year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF, December 7-14) will open with John Madden’s political thriller Miss Sloane and close with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Sales outfit TrustNordisk also inks deals for Japan, China and Turkey.
Sheldon previously held the same role at Everyman Cinemas.
Films playing this year include Eva Riley’s Patriot and Brady Hood’s Sweet Maddie Stone.
EXCLUSIVE: Stalingrad director Fedor Bondarchuk is enticing distributors with his ambitious IMAX 3D feature Attraction.
The Estonian film industry is expanding, which is resulting in a bigger impact at home and abroad.
EXCLUSIVE/FILM BAZAAR: Anagram Film is planning a second season of its India-set TV show The Most Beautiful Hands Of Delhi.
EXCLUSIVE/FILM BAZAAR: Siddharth director Richie Mehta is planning two new projects in Delhi, financing will determine which will shoot first.
Foam At The Mouth, The Line [pictured] among winners at market event which awards post-production services to up-and-coming projects.
EXCLUSIVE/FILM BAZAAR: Director Ashim Ahluwalia’s social outcast romance secures international co-production deals
EXCLUSIVE/FILM BAZAAR: Mumbai-based production company slates Reincarnation as its first feature film.
EXCLUSIVE/FILM BAZAAR: Director Nagraj Manjule’s romantic drama slated for remakes in multiple Indian languages.
FILM BAZAAR: Actress talks about how first-time feature director lured her to Idgah.
FILM BAZAAR: Orly Ravid from The Film Collaborative advises film-makers to use grassroots outreach and social media marketing.
FILM BAZAAR: Experts warn not to rush into plans for a national film tax incentive.
The second half of the EFF explored the progress of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy.
The festival is retaining its June slot and will return to Picturehouse Central.
EXCLUSIVE: Lady Macbeth, Finding Your Feet also among movies to ink key distribution pacts.
EXCLUSIVE: List of best unproduced movie scripts topped by two projects from emerging writers; biopics of Priscilla Presley, Alexander McQueen also feature.
Distribution windows, Netflix curation and finding audiences were among key topics at the European Film Forum (EFF).
A mid-November reception at Palihouse in West Hollywood hosted by the British Film Commission brought together a cordial gathering of industry personnel to meet and discuss the best of UK services.
Promotions announced for Vicky Ryan and Jennifer Brinkworth following the company’s reorganisation.
Indian superstar boards pilot for The Book Of Strange New Things.
Winners on the night included David Hasselhof mockumentary Hoff The Record and BBC drama Capital [pictured].
The Oscar-nominated director of The Big Short will stay in the realm of current affairs and reunite with Paramount Pictures and Plan B on his next directorial outing.
Arrival, Snowden directors of photography also among winners at international cinematography festival.
EXCLUSIVE/FILM BAZAAR: The music powerhouse wants to produce 100 films in the next five years.
EXCLUSIVE/FILM BAZAAR: Sales and representation agency’s launch slate includes Maroon, Half-Ticket, Raakshas.
EXCLUSIVE/FILM BAZAAR: Director Rohena Gera makes fictional feature debut.
FILM BAZAAR: India’s Film Facilitation Office has helped install 50 film-specific nodal officers in government agencies; web portal coming in 2017.
The distributor has picked up worldwide rights to Christopher Cannucciari’s documentary.
Google will demo the Fantastic Beasts virtual reality experience at the London event on December 6.
NOVEMBER 21 UPDATE: Spin-off achieves biggest openings of the Harry Potter franchise to date in 16 markets.
Top bass at Mexican film institute IMCINE and the Canadian Media Producers Association remain upbeat about US ties in light of threats by Donald Trump to tear up NAFTA.
Warner Bros’ Harry Potter spin-off records the biggest opening of the year to date with confirmed $19.1m (£15.33m).
Goligher, who will speak on Thursday at the Screen Film Summit, says that the Brexit vote is “going to have a big impact on our industry”.
MGM president of television and digital Mark Burnett said on Monday the company’s new joint venture Gato Grande Productions has acquired the story of the iconic Mexican singer.
The Oscar-winning actress has teamed up with the joint venture from AT&T and The Chernin Group on a company dedicated to telling female-driven stories.
EXCLUSIVE: The government will invest $1m (€1m) in the project, which is projected to be the biggest facility in the Baltic region.
The companies unveiled on Monday a Mexico-based joint venture animation production company for film, TV and new media.
EXCLUSIVE: After a long search, producers of the golf biopic David Carver and Scott Duncan announced the development on Monday.
EXCLUSIVE: Christmas With André scores £1.2m from 480 cinemas in the UK and Ireland.
Beyond The Mountains And Hills, One Week And A Day take home top prizes after 15 days of programming.
The animation specialist has acquired North American rights from Kinology to the French project from the producers behind Netflix’s awards contender The Little Prince.
Thomas Tull has struck a deal with the Frank Herbert estate for motion picture rights to the late author’s celebrated novels.
EXCLUSIVE/FILM BAZAAR: Indian actor Abhay Deol has set up a banner to acquire critically-acclaimed Indian independent films and work with online platforms to give them a straight-to-digital worldwide release.
Event will focus on sustainable film production in the Arab world.
EXCLUSIVE: Short stars Scott and Ciarán Hinds as an estranged father and son.
Chinese satire I Am Not Madame Bovary takes top spot with $30m; Doctor Strange drops to second.
Black Nights festival’s animation strand has unveiled its 2016 winners.
Speakers included Russian producer Alexander Rodnyansky, American producer John D. Heinsen, and cinematographer John Mathieson.
The inaugural edition of Storytek took place on Saturday November 19 at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, with international experts discussing the continued integration of technology and alternative storytelling.
Estonia is affectionately known by some in the region as Europe’s ‘little tech giant’ and for a country with a mere 1.3 million residents, it’s making a mark in innovation.
Topics included the impact of online streaming platforms and how to make your digital release stand out from the crowd.
FILM BAZAAR: Event also launches its new Virtual Reality Lounge with 12 international VR projects.
EXCLUSIVE/FILM BAZAAR: Labour of Love writer-director Aditya Vikram Sengupta will begin shooting his new Bengali-language feature film Jonaki in December.
FILM BAZAAR: Films in rare languages, mockumentaries and a growing interest in genre filmmaking are some of the dominant themes in this year’s Film Bazaar Recommends.
FILM BAZAAR: Three of the Work-in-Progress Lab projects at this year’s Film Bazaar are international co-productions, suggesting Indian filmmakers are getting to grips with the complexities of working with Europe.
EXCLUSIVE/FILM BAZAAR: Nepal’s Abinash Bikram Shah makes feature directorial debut with the project, which is selected for Film Bazaar’s Co-Production Market.
FILM BAZAAR: Experts say indie filmmakers need smart advice before agreeing to any festival premieres.
NOVEMBER 21 UPDATE: Just as Warner Bros’ fantasy adventure smothered the international market, so it dominated the North American competition.
China’s Alibaba Pictures has brought on board the UK’s David Heyman to produce fantasy adventure Warriors, based on a series of children’s novels about warring cats.
Other winners include Sand Storm, American Honey, Old Stone, Hooligan Sparrow.
The distributor has acquired US rights to Cave Painting Pictures’ horror title directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski.
EXCLUSIVE: A sizeable group from the country had planned to attend the festival this year to celebrate signing a film co-operation agreement.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales outfit also inks deal with HBO Europe for TV rights.
An increased cash rebate and co-production boom has resulted in a strong Estonian line-up for this year’s Tallinn Black Nights.
The 20th edition of the Tallinn Black Nights festival rolls out its digital red carpet with the inaugaral edition of Storytek, a one-day financing and business development forum for alternative storytellers.
The star of Game Of Thrones and this year’s summer breakout Me Before You is the latest name to board the stand-alone sci-fi adventure.
The studio’s worldwide president of marketing and distribution Megan Colligan announced on Friday new appointments to its digital, creative, partnership and licensing teams.
EXCLUSIVE: Talulah Riley joins cast of political thriller now underway in UK.
Producer and aggregator has acquired Chinese digital rights to 95 films and also secured investment from WinDigital Investment Fund.
Eddie Redmayne-starring Harry Potter spin-off beat competition from Amy Adams-starring Arrival.
Annapurna International said on Thursday it had sold out all territories outside the US on the Four By Two Films comedy remake to star Sacha Baron Cohen.
The online film marketplace has released an infographic that reveals a disconnect between age-groups favoured by Hollywood’s greenlight process and those that perform best based on a film’s return on investment.
Doc festival opens in Amsterdam; Dogwoof, Autlook ready new titles.
NOVEMBER 19 UPDATE: Warner Bros’ tentpole climbed to $83.3m worldwide factoring in $29.7m from the first full day in North America.
Animation and facilities organisations to join as umbrella membership association called UK Screen Alliance.
Land Of Mine, Suffragette win early awards.
UPDATED EXCLUSIVE: The leading prime time director has partnered with renowned stills photographer on a film, TV, music and publishing venture.
Plus: Land Of Mine triumphs at AFI FEST; Warner Bros confirms Machinima acquisition; Tooley Productions, Square One sign German deal; and more.
EFP chooses panel of industry experts to select Europe’s best acting talents for its annual Berlinale showcase.
A total of 21 projects will be presented at the development and financing platform.
Former BBC Films boss Christine Langan picks up Zadie Smith novel for TV adaptation.
Studio top brass said on Wednesday they have broadened the pipeline with Studiocanal to include Summit films and licensed a trio of top AFM titles to Tele München Gruppe.
The star of Loving, who is in contention for lead acting honours this season, will collect her honour at the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s awards gala on January 2.
Actors join Fred Schepisi’s previously announced cast including Clive Owen and Toni Collette; Screen Australia to provide production funding.
Former Dogwoof executive joins the documentary festival taking over from Anna Parker.
EXCLUSIVE: Jackie, Paterson, The Levelling set to play IFFR 2017.
The in-cash deal broke on Tuesday as Bob Bakish started his first day as acting Viacom CEO.
EXCLUSIVE: The Chilean genre specialist behind Hidden In The Woods and Downhill is preparing a body-horror film.
Sixteen Films exec will discuss her experience of navigating the international production market.
The Canadian distributor backed by Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures is expanding operations.
The Oscar-winning actor did not praise the president-elect as claimed in an article that appeared on the social network on Monday, according to his publicist.
The companies are developing four European-based films starting with Ol Parker’s take on the story of London concert promoter and con artist Roy Tempest.
The studio has closed a deal with the Madrid-based leisure parks operator to develop Lionsgate-branded leisure centres in shopping areas.
Milad Alami makes feature debut on film whose DoP Sophia Olsson previously shot Sparrows and Volcano.
IMAX will exclusively premiere the first two episodes of Marvel’s The Inhumans in 2017 as it seeks to expand programming beyond traditional blockbuster corridors.
Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Studios and Storyoscopic Films on Monday announced a joint venture whereby Storyoscopic will produce and finance approximately five or more projects a year.
Mueller said his unexpected resignation was due to “divergent opinion” with the festival organisers.
Jackson, Joan Cusack and Bradley Whitford have come on board the Oscar-winning actress’s feature directorial debut, which just began shooting in Los Angeles.
EXCLUSIVE: Rungano Nyoni wraps Zambia-set satire; Embrace Of The Serpent’s David Gallego is DoP.
According to reports, Chinese metal company Anhui Xinke has bought a controlling stake in The Hurt Locker and Dallas Buyers Club outfit Voltage Pictures.
eOne’s critically acclaimed sci-fi achieves director Denis Villeneuve’s best-ever UK opening.
Festival’s industry strand crowns work-in-progress winners from Macedonia and Ukraine.
NOVEMBER 14 UPDATE: Marvel’s latest has already surpassed the lifetime global hauls of Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor, among others.
Hungarian action-comedy Kills On Wheels and Icelandic-Danish coming of age story Heartstone take top prizes at Greek festival.
Doctor Strange easily retains top spot; Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn debuts in second with $11.97m.
Image Nation Abu Dhabi and China’s CICC are teaming up on three initiatives, including a $300m fund for film and TV.
Fox Innovation Lab, in partnership with RSA Films and The Virtual Reality Company, announced on Monday that its first VR endeavour will go on sale to customers.
NOVEMBER 14 UPDATE: Marvel Studios’ tentpole ruled its second session and helped Disney score its best year on $2.31bn, while Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk scored an excellent limited debut.
Shock move comes one month before inaugural edition of Macao event.
Juan Andrés Arango’s migrant drama claimed the México Primero prize and Andrea Arnold’s road movie prevailed in the Competencia de Los Cabos category as the fifth annual Los Cabos International Film Festival closed on Saturday.
Stuart Ford’s independent powerhouse is in talks on a TV project with Mexican partners Canana and Colombian director Ciro Guerra as his company looks to expand its small screen activities in the region by next year.
Stars from the entertainment world have paid tribute to the TV and film actor who died on Friday from leukaemia. He was 83.
EXCLUSIVE: The company has acquired US rights to the feature version of N5 Pictures’ thriller web series that has Leviathan’s Aleksey Serebryakov in talks to star.
EXCLUSIVE: Previously agreed deal was cancelled earlier this year due to legislation imposed by the Chinese government.
The film icon and Sundance Film Festival founder has said he will cease to appear in front of the camera after Our Souls At Night and Old Man With A Gun.
The president-elect can avert a potentially catastrophic cyber warfare if he translates his business skills to the geopolitical stage and cuts deals with Russia and China, filmmaker Oliver Stone said on Friday.
EXCLUSIVE: Australian teenage drama has its European premiere this week in Tallinn.
The executive most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer at Open Road Films where he oversaw the campaign for Spotlight.
EXCLUSIVE: Carnaby International Sales & Distribution has confirmed a number of deals on its slate at the AFM.
Antonio Banderas, Tony Sebastian and Jordi Molla have signed on to star in Michael Radford’s The Music Of Silence.
All-female collective Illuminatrix’s members include Natasha Braier [pictured], who shot The Neon Demon.
Company is also raising finance for nWave’s animation feature The Queen’s Corgi.
The Oscar frontrunner and star of Manchester By The Sea will collect the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Zootopia, Kubo And The Two Strings, Finding Dory, The Red Turtle, Sausage Party and My Life As A Zucchini are among those vying for Academy Awards glory.
Marvel Studio’s latest outing is expected to retain pole position at the international box office this weekend.
In the wake of the shock US presidential election result, the Mexican DoP and Oscar nominee on Wednesday issued a plea for mutual understanding between Mexico and the rest of the world at the launch of the fifth Los Cabos International Film Festival.
Harvey Weinstein, Guillermo del Toro, Jennifer Lawrence, Ken Loach, Shonda Rhimes among those to react.
James Schamus’ Symbolic Exchange partners with X-Filme, Haut Et Court and Potboiler for Alice Birch-penned series about the tumultuous private lives of Marx and Engels.
Exhibitor plans to fund 25 virtual reality experiences to be released alongside its film slate.
EXCLUSIVE: The Vancouver-based distributor has picked up all Canadian rights to the documentary by Rick Barnes, Jon Nguyen, and Olivia Neergaard-Holm.
EXCLUSIVE: Shortlist features six former Screen Stars Of Tomorrow.
Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan star in the $180m sci-fi epic.
The Oscar-winning The Social Network screenwriter called the outcome “truly horrible”.
Sin Of God triumphs at inaugural event.
EXCLUSIVE: Amanda Abbington and emerging talent Elliot James Langridge also star; Glee producer Michael Novick exec produces.
Statistics were revealed during Screen’s VoD panel at the American Film Market.
Nicolas Winding Refn, Karim Ainouz and Lu Chuan are among the directors of projects selected for the inaugural Crouching Tigers Project Lab at the 1st International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM).
Sector’s revenue was up 3.5% in 2015.
The double Oscar winner – in contention again this season for his lead role in Sully – will collect the honour at the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala on January 2.
Former army documentary cameraman worked on Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless [pictured].
Paolo Virzi’s Italian buddy movie starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Micaela Ramazzotti will open the roster of 47 films from the 28 EU member states at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.
EXCLUSIVE: Organisations will put on discounted screenings of films that win the top prizes at this year’s BIFAs ceremony.
Biographical doc tells the story of Citizenfour cinematographer Kirsten Johnson.
All3Media exec takes over the position from Laura Mansfield, CEO of Outline Productions.
LFS swaps Covent Garden for London City Island following a proposed move to the Barbican falling through.
Cannes Film Festival and Institut Lumière chief to introduce the Gulf to work of cinema pioneers at DIFF.
Industry leaders from Toronto’s Hot Docs, Sheffield’s Doc/Fest, Channel 4 and the BFI will be in attendance.
The EuropaCorp chief has dropped new images from his upcoming $180m sci-fi adventure Valerian And The City of A Thousand Planets ahead of the release of the new teaser trailer on Thursday.
China’s Alibaba Pictures is joining forces with Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA) and Fosun Group to develop new talent for the film and TV industries.
Joe Wright is directing Darkest Hour for Working Title and Focus Features.
Houda Benyamina [pictured], Jessica Hausner and Rebecca Daly among directors due to attend the festival.
Wendy Mitchell reports from the festival’s inaugural work in progress session; further titles presented were Winter Brothers, Drib, Under The Tree and Tom Of Finland.
Cinemas from Lisbon, Croatia, and Austria pick up the 2016 prizes.
EXCLUSIVE: The streaming giant has picked up the anticipated follow-up to Next Entertainment World’s (NEW) South Korean zombie thriller Train To Busan.
Decade-long residency at Royal Opera House on hold as building undergoes refurbishment; Stephen Fry returns to host for the 12th time.
Film about Lord Of The Rings author is being produced by Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne; Protagonist boards sales.
A panel of experts will provide insight into sourcing finance, while attendees will be able to have private meetings with influential funders.
Plus: Route One options ‘Palmer’ screenplay from Cheryl Guerriero
The streaming giant has reportedly made a $160m two-season commitment to the mafia package that reunites Russell with Robert De Niro and sees The Weinstein Company on board as producers.
Coming of age drama has posted strong returns during a limited opening in the US.
EXCLUSIVE: The New York-based distributor has picked up the last feature by the late director Andrzej Wajda, who died last month aged 90.
EXCLUSIVE: On the back of its releases of Queen Mimi and It’s So Easy And Other Lies earlier this year, the company has acquired global rights to four new titles.
The former president of domestic marketing at Fox will start the transition to Megan Ellison’s company in the coming weeks as the deep-pocketed producer-financier continues to build out her senior team.
Kiki Alvarez’s drama takes its place alongside five others in the Buenos Aires market’s post-production slate.
The distributor has picked up US, Latin American, Scandinavian, Benelux and Eastern Europen rights ahead of a December start on the family film starring Dan Stevens (pictured), Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce.
The companies will co-develop and co-produce the action drama, IM Global Television President Mark Stern (pictured) announced on Monday.
Warner Bros’ The Accountant is the week’s highest new entry with $2m (£1.61m) debut from 497 sites.
Co-production market running Dec 9-11 during the Dubai International Film Festival unveils line-up.
Award-winning Sámi Blood among films set to play in special focus on cinema of the region’s indigenous people.
Doctor Strange scores $44m opening; local comedy Mr Donkey overtakes Inferno.
CNC cites rise in attendance due to strong French productions including Jacques Cousteau biopic The Odyssey.
EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Alleyne directs low-budget horror film, which is the first part of a planned trilogy.
Nazi legacy drama based on Helga Schneider’s memoirs stars Juliet Stevenson.
Tunisian film festival dedicated to Arab and African cinema celebrated 50th anniversary this year.
Heartstone and Norwegian film-makers win big in Lübeck; Austerlitz takes home Golden Dove at Leipzig.
NOVEMBER 7 UPDATE: Disney crosses $6bn at worldwide box office and Pixar’s Finding Dory becomes second biggest global release so far this year on $1.024bn.
Political sci-fi drama stars Sofia Kokkali.
Festival moves to new autumn dates; audience award goes to Heartstone, and Girls Lost wins best children’s film.
Arclight Films has picked up North American rights at AFM to the action thriller from Crimson Forest Films and Hanover House starring Brandon Routh and Zhang Yuqi.
EXCLUSIVE: Anick Poirier and her team have licensed key territories on the elevated Spanish sci-fi from Cactus Flower Producciones, Mono Films, Dynamo and Telefonica Studios.
NOVEMBER 7 UPDATE: Marvel Studios’ latest offering stormed to the top on a confirmed $85.1m, followed by Dreamworks Animation’s Trolls on $46.6m via Fox and Hacksaw Ridge on $15.2m through Lionsgate.
This year’s AFM had no single standout title, but a selection of high-profile projects and star appearances sparked buyer interest.
EXCLUSIVE: Diamond Pictures has reported a roaring trade on Winchester starring Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke, selling out worldwide rights on the mystery thriller led by a UK deal with Lionsgate and a German sale to Splendid.
EXCLUSIVE: Gold Star Films has optioned the story rights to Washington lobbyist K. Riva Levinson’s memoir, which Arsenal will represent for worldwide sales.
Panelists were attending Screen’s World of Locations breakfast at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Prime Focus World and Anima Estudios co-pro written by Ice Age: The Meltdown writer.
EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based Fantastic Films International (FFI) has signed at AFM a multi-film worldwide distribution and co-production deal with animation and gaming studio Bhasin Studios in Bangalore, India.
EXCLUSIVE: Spanish-language drama recently premiered in Busan.
2016 Berlinale Shooting Star Tihana Lazovic [pictured] leads the Italy-Belgium co-production.
Co-chief Raffaella Leone talks future plans for the high-end distribution and production outfit.
EXCLUSIVE: eOne secures UK/Ire and Australia pre-buy with HanWay for Liam Neeson-Neil Jordan project.
Paris-based sales outfit Versatile acquires sales rights on transgender drama; CAA reps US.
EXCLUSIVE: French sales champion says he has “no intention” of leaving the company he helped build.
EXCLUSIVE: Tony Jaa [pictured], Tiger Chen and Iko Uwais star in action thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Ariel Winograd’s Argentinian comedy has been a local hit.
Maren Ade’s comedy received five nominations, Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake received four.
Danish director returns to the director’s chair for the remake of his 2010 hit [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: Sy stars as a conman doctor in the revival of the classic French satire; TF1 is handling sales.
Emperor backer recently lost protection from its creditors.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales deal for Paul Hyett’s recently wrapped sci-fi produced by Bill Kenwright.
EXCLUSIVE: Mark Raso is directing the story of an ailing photographer.
EXCLUSIVE: Cast, sales outfit The Yellow Affair join composer biopic.
EXCLUSIVE: The More You Ignore Me is being produced by Genesius Pictures.
The Exchange has closed a revolving credit facility with Pacific Mercantile Bank for acquisitions, CEO Brian O’Shea announced at the AFM on Saturday.
IFC Midnight announced at the AFM it has acquired US rights to Liam Gavin’s A Dark Song.
FilmRise has acquired all North American rights from Content Media to Redwire Pictures’ supernatural heist thriller The Vault starring James Franco, Francesca Eastwood, Scott Haze and Taryn Manning.
EXCLUSIVE: Bowling drama stars Yoo Ji-tae.
Double Dutch International (DDI) chief Jason Moring announced at AFM on Saturday he has sold out the world on The Adventure Club with US rights going to Gravitas Ventures.
Rising talents Chen Duling [pictured] and Song Weilong star.
Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue star in third entry in Pang Ho-cheung’s film series.
EXCLUSIVE: France, Japan, Spain among deals for adventure-thriller.
Crime thriller follows a New Orleans detective caught between two rival factions.
Company’s first sales title is FrightFest horror Cruel Summer [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: Company’s titles include Killjoy’s Psycho Circus and Puppetmaster: Axis Termination.
EXCLUSIVE: XLrator Media has taken US rights to the action thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Indian service launches in bid to counter physical DCP transportation.
EXCLUSIVE: Annapurna wins bidding war for comedy set to star Sacha Baron Cohen; CAA reps US rights.
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winner Patricia Arquette joins adaptation of Sylvia Plath novel.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales made in Europe, Middle East, Japan and more for SFV1: The Osiris Child.
EXCLUSIVE: Golden Network inks deals on kung fu caper.
EXCLUSIVE: Archstone Distribution is at the market talking up the sci-fi starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Cam Gigandet.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales deal for feature produced by Maggie’s Plan producer Rebecca Miller; first-look image.
EXCLUSIVE: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson star in the adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel.
EXCLUSIVE: Debut slate includes I Am Here from Loev [pictured] director Sudhanshu Saria.
EXCLUSIVE: Hengameh Panahi re-expands historic art-house sales company Celluloid Dreams
EXCLUSIVE: World War Two drama is based on Joseph Joffo’s best-selling classic novel.
EXCLUSIVE: Negotiations underway for Urban to star in thriller, Brenton Thwaites already on board.
EXCLUSIVE: Drug gang drama to be directed by Belgian directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy stars Jon Heder and Justin Long; The Orchard picks up multiple territories.
FilmRise has acquired all US and Canadian rights to Vadim Jean’s Angola Three documentary, which Content Media represents for international sales at the market.
You Know Films and Amoeba Entertainment will produce the eco-horror film and become the first US companies to benefit from the 25% Finnish cash rebate.
EXCLUSIVE: Chinese distributor also has animation Lighting Dindin.
EXCLUSIVE: Voice cast includes Christopher Plummer and Alexa Vega.
MadRiver Pictures has acquired rights to Manuel Gonzales’ debut novel The Regional Office Is Under Attack and is developing for Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer.
EXCLUSIVE: Animated feature is voiced by Patton Oswalt and Paul Rudd.
EXCLUSIVE: Financing company offers to cash-flow the 25% Icelandic tax incentive as well as the 24% VAT refund.
Little Polar Bear director Piet de Rycker is helming the feature animation from Studio 100 Media.
Sales agent Independent is introducing the film to buyers at the AFM.
Marvel film topped the buzz chart again, beating opener A Street Cat Named Bob.
Former ITV exec will head up company’s UK TV division.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to the thriller starring Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones. 13 Films handles international sales at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Russian and Latin American rights sold for animation about the life and death of van Gogh.
EXCLUSIVE: Rights for animated feature sold for UK, Latin America, Middle East and more.
Oscar-winning UK VFX firm to be sold to former automative specialist.
EXCLUSIVE: Altitude to launch sales on comedy due for 2017 shoot.
EXCLUSIVE: Stallone replaces Robert De Niro in the heist thriller and will star alongside Robert Pattinson and Rachel Weisz.
EXCLUSIVE: WestEnd inks deals in Germany, Australia, Latin America, and more, on sexual abuse drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Director with focus on Aboriginal culture revisits western genre from indigenous perspective.
EXCLUSIVE: Japanese studio and international sales agent pairing up for new sci-fi.
The executive has joined the LA-based company’s new sales division as head of international sales.
Plus: DDI bulks up cast on Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer; Jack Reacher: Never Go Back crosses $100m worldwide
EXCLUSIVE: First image released of Paris-based walking dead drama
EXCLUSIVE: Japanese deal closed with Radiant Films in the run-up to AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Producer Gudrun Giddings brokers deal for Tuutikki Tolonen’s bestseller Monster Nanny.
EXCLUSIVE: The promotion sees the executive extend her UK remit, EMEA managing director of film Alex Hamilton announced on Thursday.
Film is inspired by male synchronised swimming doc Men Who Swim; Icon takes UK rights.
Starry cast includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna.
EXCLUSIVE: Bankside boards sales on UK horror film backed by Ingenious, Creative England.
Pure Flix/Quality Flix Entertainment has begun talks with international buyers on The Case For Christ from the producers of 2014 US box office breakout God’s Not Dead.
EXCLUSIVE: Content’s AFM slate includes Jon Brewer’s Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story.
EXCLUSIVE: April Mullen’s gang drama to be introduced at AFM.
Distribution Workshop sells 3D animation about a young girl who teams up with the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.
Feature inspired by the true plan to marry off Louis XV to King of Spain’s four-year-old daughter.
George Lucas’ THX 1138, Byron Haskin’s The War Of The Worlds and 1918 silent film A Trip To Mars among 27 features set to screen.
The distributor has acquired US rights from Films Distribution to Brillante Mendoza’s Philippines Oscar submission.
Lionsgate and Hemisphere Media Group, a US and Latin American owner of Spanish-language pay-TV and broadcast networks, have partnered on the upcoming first Spanish-language SVOD service.
Deal includes sci-fi thrillers The Rift and Lost Solace, and supernatural thriller Through The Shadow.
Sequel will be released on January 27 in the UK.
Wanda Pictures general manager speaks on panel about marketing US films in China.
EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong sales company acquires worldwide rights to Norihiro Niwatsukino’s Suffering Of Ninko.
Sales confirmed on Asura [pictured], The Housemaid and My Annoying Brother.
South Korean agent makes sales to UK, Singapore, Thailand, Latin America and more.
EXCLUSIVE: International sales launched on Rose McGowan horror.
Chris Kraus’s film exploring inter-generational legacy of the Holocaust scores twice at Tokyo film festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures holds international sales rights to Distant Horizon’s thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: 79th & Broadway to represent US rights and APL Film to handle international sales of Justin McConnell’s thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Texas-based distributor acquires rights for US, UK, Australia and New Zealand.
The studio hierarchy announced on Wednesday that it has achieved its biggest year ever on $5.851bn with two tentpoles still to come.
EXCLUSIVE: Carnaby to launch sales on comedy which has grossed more than €1m in Ireland.
EXCLUSIVE: UK director Charles Martin directs Shanghai set action-adventure.
EXCLUSIVE: Canadian sales agent will launch sales with Evan Rachel Wood drama.
EXCLUSIVE: HanWay boards Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Patrick Stewart, Minnie Driver comedy.
EXCLUSIVE: Andy Lau, Shu Qi and Jean Reno [pictured] star in the story of a jewelry heist at the Cannes Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: AFM line-up includes Thomas Mann comedy.
EXCLUSIVE: Binoche-starrer tops comedy driven slate.
Production has begun in Louisiana on Sofia Coppola’s Civil War-era drama starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.
Director, cast join crime-thriller written by True Detective creator.
SF Studios closes deals on tennis biopic starring Shia La Beouf, car-racing action feature.
EXCLUSIVE: Zentropa producer Louise Vesth reveals more details about serial killer story.
IM Global’s Anthem label is handling international sales excluding the Middle East at AFM on Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s Arabic action thriller and recent BFI London Film Festival selection.
EXCLUSIVE: Indian boutique studio is at AFM for the first time this year.
EXCLUSIVE: GSP to launch Diamond Geezers written by The Sting writer David S. Ward.
Robert Pattinson western, Michael Douglas-exec’d drama among 10-15 strong slate.
The company has acquired worldwide rights to the Iceland-set sci-fi from Zealous Pictures in association with Vintage Pictures and Kansha Films and is introducing to AFM buyers this week.
Sierra/Affinity has promoted Jen Gorton to senior vice-president of international sales as the AFM kicks off.
Full service 3D animation facility Gold Valley Films has brought on the industry veteran to run its new sales outfit and kicks off AFM with Cinderella 3D.
EXCLUSIVE: Canadian sales outfit has worldwide sales rights to James Mark’s directorial debut
The Scottish actress will write and star in her feature directorial debut as part of an inaugural slate from LA-based development and production company Mt. Hollywood Films.
The parties have agreed to an exclusive two-year first-look TV deal that sees Goyer already on board as executive producer on previously announced I, Rebel as well as Golden State.
EXCLUSIVE: First interview with new seller about company ambitions.
Festival devoted to cinema of the Mediterranean basin unfolded in French city of Montpellier Oct 21-29.
Munich-based family entertainment specialist kicks off sales at AFM.
It is the first time a Norwegian feature has won the prestigious $52,000 prize.
Three Gulf film-makers in running for prize worth $100,000.
Distributor strikes theatrical and home entertainment deal for George Best: All By Himself.
Two high-concept genre films are being introduced at this week’s American Film Market.
Eric Mallory Morgan of UCLA has won first prize in the 61st annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards for his script Tonya.
EXCLUSIVE: Italian sales company is being directed by Francesco Amato.
EXCLUSIVE: Gang Dong-won stars in the fantasy drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Gangster drama stars Donnie Yen and Andy Lau.
EXCLUSIVE: Fledgling UK sales outfit Truffle Pictures launches first market slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Jack Campbell’s Octane brings nine titles to AFM
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit boards 3D family fantasy with Willow Shields.
The distributor has acquired US rights to the animation Spark, which Double Dutch International represents for sales at the AFM outside the US with the exception of China and South Korea.
On the eve of the market, AFM executives said the number of registered UK exhibitors will reach its highest level since 2009 despite concerns over a punishing exchange rate in light of the Brexit vote.
Terranova announced on Tuesday she is relocating with her family from New York to Los Angeles.
EXCLUSIVE: X-Men and American Horror Story star to lead Bart Layton’s heist movie; Lava Bear among executives on Raw production.
The studio wants to host Chinese writers with the goal of creating successful co-productions and Hollywood films that appeal to Chinese audiences.
EXCLUSIVE: DDI to launch sales on feature from The Railway Man screen-writer Frank Cottrell Boyce.
EXCLUSIVE: Abbie Cornish, Christopher Eccleston, Tom Sweet join drama sold by Protagonist.
EXCLUSIVE: LA-based company arrives at AFM with international rights to psychological thriller starring Mireille Enos from executive producers Zachary Quinto and Neal Dodson.
HanWay to commence sales on drama from Sully writer at the AFM.
Noel Clarke has written the screenplay and produces with Jason Maza for their banner Unstoppable.
EXCLUSIVE: Roman Kopelevich will introduce international buyers this week to Kinodanz’s Russian fantasy adventure, which takes its place on the roster alongside Scott Eastwood starrer Ecstasia.
The distributor has picked up North American and Latin American rights to the Austrian auteur’s upcoming French production which wrapped in late August.
The North American deal on the Bel Powley starrer follows the film’s recent world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The distributor has acquired US rights to Werner Herzog’s drama starring Nicole Kidman and James Franco and will release in spring 2017.
EXCLUSIVE: Two titles join previously announced co-pro with former Simpsons animation producer Bill Schultz and China Film Group.
Former James Bond actor will receive the European Achievement in World Cinema award.
American Honey, Notes On Blindness, Adult Life Skills, Under The Shadow also score multiple noms.
Actor joins the cast of supernatural thriller starring Paul Whitehouse, Martin Freeman.
The Munich-based distributor seals deals on eve of market, including for Elijah Wood-produced The Greasy Strangler.
Omnibus project Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections forms part of Japan’s drive to build links with Southeast Asia.
EXCLUSIVE: The rising star will play the lead in the action thriller from Practical Pictures, which 13 Films will introduce to international buyers this week.
The former Origin Pictures head of film and television will serve as managing director at Ridley Scott’s production company.
UK film industry veteran was the founding CEO of British Screen and chairman of BAFTA; his credits included Comrades [pictured].
Amazon Studios will co-finance the dramatic comedy with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) and distribute in North America.
Protagonist Pictures will introduce the project to buyers at the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: French Riviera-set ensemble romantic comedy to co-star Adèle Haenel, Audrey Tautou, Vincent Elbaz and Damien Bonnard.
Hannes Holm, the director of Sweden’s Oscar submission, will direct the story of Swedish pop star Ted Gärdestad.
First Generation Films has commenced production in Toronto on the drama starring Eve Hewson and Avan Jogia.
The Toronto-based sales agent on Monday announced the latest roster of international acquisitions under its 108 Madcap label.
EXCLUSIVE: GFM Films to launch world sales on post-war thriller about the mass murder of 22,000 Poles.
Disney’s latest Marvel offering posts fifth-biggest opening for the brand in the UK with six-day bow of $11.24m (£9.23m).
Altitude Film Distribution acquires family animation Rock Dog featuring J.K. Simmons, Luke Wilson and Eddie Izzard.
Jason Stratham’s Mechanic: Resurrection held onto its weekly lead, while Inferno topped the three-day weekend chart.
OCTOBER 31 UPDATE: Marvel Studios’ latest opens top in all-but two of its 33 opening territories.
Titles on its debut slate include Wojciech Kasperski’s award-winning Icon [pictured].
Feature film outfit Who’s On First will focus on producing mainstream comedies and dramas with transatlantic appeal.
OCTOBER 31 UPDATE: Sony’s latest episode in the adventures of Robert Landgdon starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones fizzled out at the box office with a dismal confirmed $14.9m debut in 3,576 theatres.
EXCLUSIVE: Alex Walton’s Bloom has introduced a major project on the eve of the market, injecting life into what has been an unusually slow build-up.
Hollywood titles including Sully and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children have been given China release dates, pushing the annual quota beyond the usual 34 titles.
EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Company will begin sales in Santa Monica on the upcoming feature version of Lars Klevberg’s horror short.
Marvel Studios’ latest adaptation starring Benedict Cumberbatch will almost certainly usurp Jack Reacher: Never Go Back when it launches via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International this weekend.
In another coup for a festival that has been growing in prestige, CBS Films’ potential awards contender starring Mark Wahlberg will close the event on November 17.
Chris Petrikin, chief communications officer for 20th Century Fox, will leave the studio at the end of the year.
The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea has announced casting on the UK-China co-production ahead of the Santa Monica market next week.
EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts’ company has acquired worldwide rights to the drama from Haven Entertainment and Bow and Arrow Entertainment starring Tye Sheridan and Kaitlyn Dever.
Rocket Science to handle sales at the upcoming AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: A24 has closed a key deal on Barry Jenkins’s awards season heavyweight.
Sierra/Affinity is launching sales next week on Black Bear Pictures’ crime drama to star this season’s Oscar frontrunner.
EXCLUSIVE: UK seller/distributor teams with financier to back director’s company Balkanic.
The Burbank-based company announced on Friday a deal with the Toronto interactive media producers to partner on original short-form content for music, celebrity talent and brands.
Japanese actress joins cast of Chen Kaige’s [pictured] Chinese-Japanese co-production, which is currently in production in China.
Other winners included Ralitza Petrova’s Godless and The Narrow Path, directed by Satish Babusenan and Santosh Babusenan.
Farrell will be replacing Rubin as head of film and television.
The Time Of Their Lives is written and directed by Roger Goldby.
Curated subscription VOD service MUBI enters the US theatrical marketplace with its premiere of Rachel Lang’s Baden Baden.
TrustNordisk will handle international sales on director Fenar Ahmad’s second feature film Darkland.
Disney’s latest Marvel offering opened in the UK on Tuesday (October 25).
Göteborg Film Festival’s former leader will succeed Tomas Eskilsson from January 1, 2017.
Oskar Thór Axelsson’s second feature is based on Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s best-selling novel.
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The director-star is reprising his role as Jesus Quintana from the Coen Brothers’ cult classic.
M. Night Shyamalan’s horror thriller stars James McAvoy as a kidnapper with multiple personalities.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation boards romantic drama starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams.
EXCLUSIVE: Vertigo nabs US, UK, Australia rights on cocaine comedy which has grossed more than €1m in Ireland.
Samuel Goldwyn Films and AMBI Group will partner on the US theatrical release of Simon Aboud’s drama starring Jessica Brown Findlay and Tom Wilkinson.
EXCLUSIVE: Sean Astin and Gina Gershon star in the tongue-in-cheek mystery thriller sequel.
Orlando Parfitt joins as senior editor – online. Andreas Wiseman is promoted to deputy editor and Tom Grater becomes deputy online editor.
EXCLUSIVE: Fortitude boards satirical comedy starring Michael Caine, Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes, Jason Biggs and Seth Green.
EXCLUSIVE: Jinga inks international deals on horror previously sold to IFC Midnight; takes Serbian thriller Incarnation for sales and remake rights.
Report aimed at tackling short-term challenges and securing longer-term success for the UK creative industries sector.
Upcoming 27th edition to open with Asian premiere of Dain Iskandar Said’s Interchange on November 23.
The annual exhibition conference is taking place at Glasgow Film Theatre.
The industry veteran currently serves as president of IMAX International and is expected to join the studio in January 2017.
EXCLUSIVE: Liam Gavin’s occult horror stars Sightseers’ Steve Oram.
Lee Yong-kwan and three other former festival executives given suspended jail sentences by Busan District Court.
The former Endgame executive Greg Schenz has joined the sales and finance company and will spearhead financing and packaging of film and television projects.
The series is set after a devastating biological catastrophe.
Speakers confirmed for the annual summit, which will take place November 24 at Picturehouse Central, include Andy Harries, Tim O’Shea, Tristan Goligher, Faye Ward, Eve Gabereau, Chris Green and David Hancock; finance breakout area new addition.
London-based sales and production company boards Juliet Stevenson and Malcolm McDowell projects.
KFM: Russian investor boards ‘Black Angel’ remake, ‘made in Russia’ blockbusters, KFM pitching winners, Latido picks up Ukrainian debut
The distributor has picked up North American and select international rights to Sarah Adina Smith’s recent Toronto premiere.
A trio of high-profile Chinese film executives discussed the reasons why the Chinese and Japanese film industries are not regular collaborators at the Japan Content Showcase (JCS) on Tuesday.
EXCLUSIVE: DDI boards rom-com starring Lucy Punch, Faye Marsay, David Tennant and Simon Bird of The Inbetweeners.
The Los Angeles company will introduce international sales next week on Morgan Creek Productions’ Tupac Shakur biopic.
The company has joined Scott Free Productions on the previously untitled project starring Charlie Hunnam and Léa Seydoux and will commence international sales at the Santa Monica market next week.
Pathé has set a spring 2017 start date for principal photography on DJ Films production from director Andrew Haigh.
The actress will play the lead in the thriller which the Los Angeles-based company will finance and introduce to worldwide buyers next week.
Mark Forster’s recent Toronto world premiere starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke has found its US home.
The Canadian sales company heads to the Santa Monica market with worldwide rights to the occult horror film starring Laurie Holden.
Speaking at Mumbai Film Festival, where he’s receiving the Excellence In Cinema Award, director Jia Zhangke reveals plans for China’s new arthouse circuit and details of his new company Fabula.
The Santa Monica-based sales, production and financing company has boarded international rights to Mushroom Pictures’ coming-of-age horror film following its world premiere in Venice Horizons.
Walt Disney Animation Studios and EuropaCorp have landed for awards season and will play in Special Screenings at the Los Angeles festival’s 30th anniversary edition.
EXCLUSIVE: IMAX and Vue International are partnering on a second IMAX theatre following the commercial success of Copenhagen venue.
Pre-production will begin in January 2017 on the animated sequel, again directed by Richard Starzak.
EXCLUSIVE: First look at Sherlock and Pride star in AFM-bound thriller from The King’s Speech producer.
Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe jostled for the spotlight with Meryl Streep at the opening night of this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival.
Cornerstone will commence sales of the feature film adaptation of Dan Krauss’s acclaimed documentary The Kill Team at AFM.
Golden Network Asia has picked up international rights to Tokyo competition title Shed Skin Papa.
Creative England has selected the participants for new producer initiatives aimed at developing industry outside of London.
ECA’s Isabelle Fauchet [pictured] chairs the committee, which also includes Vue’s Johnny Carr, Picturehouse’s Marc Allenby and Cineplex’s Brad LaDouceur, among others.
Principal photography has started on the third instalment in the lucrative UK crime franchise; Carnaby to sell at AFM.
Edge Entertainment has acquired Maria Schrader’s Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe for the Nordic region (excluding Denmark except for pay-TV rights) and the Baltics.
ITV is to make 120 jobs redundant across its business to “futureproof” following Brexit.
The Dan Brown adaptation starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones has surged past the milestone after ten days.
EXCLUSIVE: HanWay to sell live-action feature produced by Jeremy Thomas and Jean Labadie; shoot set for spring 2017.
EXCLUSIVE: Global Screen to handle sales on co-pro about a failed attempt to kill Augusto Pinochet in 1986.
The producer of Dear White People (pictured) and In The Cut delivered words of encouragement in her keynote address at the Film Independent Forum in Los Angeles at the weekend.
The company is partnering with All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW), Nippon Television and Chris and Paul Weitz’s production company Depth Of Field.
CEO Brian O’Shea announced the new signing on Monday ahead of next week’s AFM in Santa Monica.
EXCLUSIVE: Founder and CEO Matt McCombs and his sales team head to Santa Monica with a sales roster featuring Gabriel Byrne and Harvey Keitel, among others.
EXCLUSIVE: First look at feature starring Michael Socha, Georgia Groome; Matt Wilkinson, Maggie Monteith produce; Dexter Fletcher among cameos.
EXCLUSIVE: UK charity and former festival teams with Verve to release Jane Linfoot drama.
Paramount’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back shoots to non-final $3.28m (£2.68m) bow from 518 sites.
Netflix’s Stranger Things actress joins Joey King in Broad Green Pictures production; Mister Smith to sell at AFM.
OCTOBER 24 UPDATE: Sony’s Inferno will soon cross the $100m mark at the overseas box office.
Experts on MIA/Europa Distribution panel also discussed the importance of territoriality in European deals and need for diversification to mitigate risk.
Crime-thriller Resurrection takes down Operation Mekong; Heartfall Arises opens in third.
Jury led by Jeremy Thomas awards Terence Davies title with top award.
Festival’s Mix Programme $65,000 production grant was awarded to Rony and Riyad.
The Irish Film Board backs production funding for the directoral debut from the Intermission and Boy A writer.
Gary Alazraki’s new feature finds international sales and co-production partner at Rome’s MIA market.
Cristi Puiu’s Romanian drama won the Gold Hugo for best film in International Feature Competition as the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival wrapped at the weekend.
UPDATE: AT&T clarified in a Securities And Exchange Commission filing on Monday that it was pursuing Time Warner and not the cable operator Time Warner Cable.
OCTOBER 24 UPDATE: The first film to be produced and fully financed by A24 delivered a timely opening weekend heading into awards season as Lionsgate’s Boo! A Madea Halloween ruled the session on a confirmed $28.5m.
UK dystopian drama starring Jonathan Pryce and Agyness Deyn will have its international premiere at the festival.
The distributor has picked up North American rights to Snoot Entertainment’s horror film following the recent premiere in Tor
Sierra/Affinity to handle sales at AFM on Craig Gillespie drama-biopic I, Tonya.
Sony Pictures International Productions said on Friday it has agreed to a multi-year development deal with the Mexico and Los Angeles-based filmmakers.
Curzon boss talks admissions, Soho venue and Netflix collaboration during Screen Exhibitors’ Forum.
Streep talked Michael Cimino, writing her own lines and a British obsession with class during a Rome masterclass.
Panel considered Brexit through the lens of independent cinema.
Screen Pitch competition line-up; Queen Of Spades opens Main Competition.
Book series about warring cats to be developed as kids movie franchise.
Hiddleston to voice the villainous Lord Nooth in next Aardman/Studiocanal collaboration.
EXCLUSIVE: Central Partnership announces South America deals for their 2016 disaster movie, The Crew.
Fox Searchlight’s big awards season contender will screen at the festival on November 14.
Inferno still receiving a lot of online attention this week.
Disney wins Distributor Of The Year; Fox and Picturehouse each take home four awards.
EXCLUSIVE: China Film Archive set to distribute both foreign and local arthouse titles through new theatrical circuit that creates a long-awaited third channel for imported films.
Industry analyst Lucy Jones spoke about the UK box office at the Screen Exhibitors’ Forum in London.
Writer and creator Shonda Rhimes looks back at career; maverick showrunner Adi Hasak; MIPCOM posts record attendance.
Tribeca Enterprises and Chanel have announced the second annual Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program to support new and emerging US-based female writers and directors of short-form narrative films.
Damien Chazelle’s lauded romantic musical will screen at the festival on November 15.
Kenneth Lonergan’s drama declared its awards season credentials on Thursday with four nods for the 26th annual IFP Gotham Awards.
Cornerstone boards drama based on Sylvia Plath’s classic.
The distributor has picked up North American rights from CAA to the western-thriller starring Dakota Fanning and Kit Harrington.
Upcoming exclusive titles include LFF title Dearest Sister and French series Beyond The Walls.
Dubai Film Festival initiative is aimed at private financiers looking to invest in the film industry.
Multi-picture worldwide agreement includes notable 2017 titles Kong: Skull Island and The LEGO Batman Movie.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Organic managing director launches PR company with entertainment focus.
Exclusive networking event will include production case studies and Q&As with local film commissions.
Heading into the AFM, Alex Walton has brought on the highly regarded executive as president of international sales and distribution.
The company will finance with Insurgent Media, 20th Century Fox and Chimney Pot the sensational story of Norwegian black metal band Mayhem.
Director’s RVK Studios, producer of TV series Trapped, buys space outside Reykjavik as potential home for local and foreign shoots.
Shoot due to get underway on October 31; Embankment handles sales.
Pablo Larrain’s Chilean foreign language Oscar contender and Amat Escalante’s latest film will feature among the festival’s World Cinema selection.
EXCLUSIVE: Film starring Xavier Dolan collaborator Antoine Olivier Pilon has just opened in French-speaking Canada to strong reviews and box office.
EXCLUSIVE: Big budget, 4K recording captured performance of sell-out production at Rome’s Teatro dell’ Opera last May.
The Chinese consumer electronics company kicked off its US consumer business in San Francisco on Wednesday.
America To Me, capturing life at a top Chicago high school championing diversity, is Participant Media’s first unscripted series.
Plus: NATO announces Q3 average US ticket price; Samuel Goldwyn picks up 100 Streets; and more…
Paul Hanson’s Los Angeles-based company has hired double Oscar-winning effects ace Paul Franklin to direct the first film greenlit under the partnership with Broken Road Productions.
The documentary filmmaker used social media on Tuesday to promote his latest film about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
UPDATE: ZDF Enterprises, Fisher King, BeIN and Netflix deals; FMI acquires War Child doc sales rights.
Canadian actor talks Designated Survivor, rise of TV and how he nearly turned down 24
EXCLUSIVE: The 22-year-old Dutch rising talent was a Shooting Star Award selection at the 2015 Berlinale.
Ireland’s largest and leading studio, which housed Oscar winner Braveheart, is now up for sale.
AFI FEST top brass unveiled on Tuesday the New Auteurs, Shorts, American Independents and Midnight sections.
The former London’s Former Film Commissioner has joined the newly created Vancouver Film & Media Centre and will be tasked with raising the profile of the third largest production hub in North America.
EXCLUSIVE: The festival presented by Bunyik Entertainment will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution when it runs in Santa Monica at the Laemmle Monica Film Center from October 21-27.
Principal photography for Studiocanal and David Heyman’s Paddington sequel is now underway for a November 10, 2017 UK release.
The Los Angeles-based family and faith-based content provider is in Cannes talking to international buyers on a trio of new series.
EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway on crowd-funded feature starring Game Of Thrones’ Brenock O’Connor, Alan Davies, Martine McCutcheon and Adam Deacon.
Series among trio of new original shows announced by YouTube at MIPCOM Keynote.
EXCLUSIVE: Juho Kuosmanen is plotting a silent film based on the 1907 slapstick comedy.
The 27th edition of the Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 9 - 20) will present 200 films from 70 countries.
Elizabeth director to preside over IFFAM, China.
UPDATE: Dalian Wanda chairman Wang Jianlin on Monday evening announced what has been called “China’s first internationally competitive incentives programme” and unveiled further details of the Wanda Studios Qingdao project as part of an $8.2bn complex under construction in China.
The Walt Disney Studios announced on Monday the year-to-date has already delivered a company record $3.5664bn at the international box office.
OCTOBER 17 UPDATE: Seven years after Angels & Demons, the Tom Hanks and Ron Howard reunion delivered an estimated $50m from 53 markets via Sony ahead of the October 28 North American release.
EXCLUSIVE: The Los Angeles-based distributor is in Cannes meeting potential partners about a range of distribution opportunities that go beyond its traditional and ongoing North American operations.
Paramount sources announced the development on Monday ahead of next month’s release of the WWII romantic thriller starring Brat Pitt and Marion Cotillard.
UPDATE: Andrew Davies tribute, Beta, Studiocanal deals; The Halcyon, Mata Hari set the tone for market awash with high-end drama.
Universal’s Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance records the biggest-ever debut for an event cinema release.
The streaming giant on Monday reported that global members increased by 3.6m in the third quarter, sending shares up after hours by 20% from $19.75 to $119.67.
EXCLUSIVE: KFD will represent Little Princess & The Legend of Blue Foot for international sales and distribute in the UK.
Operation Mekong leads again, nears $150m; BFG opens in third.
Current head of film at BRITDOC appointed to executive role.
EXCLUSIVE: Fifth edition to host actors including Danny DeVito and will open with El Destierro; Oasis doc to get special screening.
“I’ll let myself be surprised, as my good friend Michael Haneke would say,” says French actress about Oscar prospects.
First edition of pan-European online festival is a joint initiative between Arte and Festival Scope.
Raoul Peck’s feature doc about writer James Baldwin scored an audience award in Toronto.
Warner Bros’ Ben Affleck thriller stormed to the top of the charts on a confirmed $24.7m as Universal’s comedy tour film Kevin Hart: What Now? debuted at number three on $11.8m.
Plus: Robert De Niro in line for FSLC Chaplin Award; and more…
Felipe Sholl’s feature directorial debut earned top honours as the 18th edition of the Rio Film Festival concluded on Sunday night by honouring new voices of Brazilian cinema.
The 21st Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) wrapped on Saturday with its New Currents Award going to two Chinese debut features - Wang Xuebo’s The Knife In The Clear Water and Zang Qiwu’s The Donor.
LFF Awards winners include Kelly Reichardt; audience attendance increases 18% from 2015 to record-breaking 184,700.
The awards prospect starring Robert De Niro will receive its world premiere as a special screening on November 11.
EXCLUSIVE: Robbie Little has picked up worldwide sales rights to the dystopian drama by husband-and-wife team Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel ahead of its international premiere at Tallinn Black Nights next month.
Film Independent announced the promotion on Friday.
Park Chan-wook and actor Song Kang-ho are reportedly on a blacklist created by president Park Geun-hye’s office denying them government support.
EXCLUSIVE: Heading into the market, Los Angeles-based Cinedigm has expanded its relationship with Rooster Teeth to encompass international sales on a trio of titles.
EXCLUSIVE: Co-founder of Cineworld-owned Picturehouse to step down after more than 25 years at helm; interim MD appointed.
Distributor sets December release for whistleblower biopic.
Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie also prompted online attention this week.
Toronto crime drama will screen to potential buyers at AFM following £3.7m UK run.
The first series was the UK’s highest-rated foreign-language drama launch.
Close to 40 films will be presented at the inaugural edition of the Russian event.
Fox International’s fantasy Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children starring Eva Green has wasted little time surging to $100.4m and will be the Hollywood title to beat this weekend.
Coureur won the events best project pitch, while Cloduboy triumphed in the Works In Progress strand.
Industry panellists discussed the changing nature of the international film business during the NeXT Talks conference.
JK Rowling confirmed on Thursday that the anticipated Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them will unfold over five episodes.
Fox International Productions (FIP) has acquired an original serial killer screenplay from White Horse Pictures that the parties will jointly finance.
The distributor has acquired US rights to the romantic drama starring Bella Thorne based on Norihiro Koizumi’s 2006 Japanese film Taiyo No Uta.
From Birdly to Jesus VR, Screen’s editorial team pick 10 of the buzziest virtual reality experiences from the festival circuit ahead of the VR Creative Summit in December.
EXCLUSIVE: Tangerines director’s second feature is being presented as a work-in-progress at Warsaw Film Festival.
The IFB has seen its budget increased following awards success in 2016.
The parties will jointly produce a slate of pop culture and music-focused documentaries and TV series for worldwide distribution on XLrator Media’s Lifeframe documentary label.
AFI FEST top brass will celebrate the actress and awards season contender with a tribute and centrepiece gala screening of 20th Century Women.
Participant Media has acquired the digital entertainment media company founded in 2009 by actor Rainn Wilson to create provocative, uplifting programming including web series such as Kid President and The Science Of Happiness.
Sky Italia is developing high-end dramas based on the country’s football corruption scandal, the impact of the Arab Spring and Europe’s financial crisis.
Gareth Edwards directs the Star Wars spin-off.
The American Society Of Cinematographers has announced the honorees for the 31st annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement.
The line-up has been revealed for the 2016 edition of the Polish American Film Festival.
Feature-length animation is based on hit TV children’s series.
Former head of ICM Partners London TV team to take on senior television agent role.
EXCLUSIVE: Walsh will helm an adaptation of her own novel The Lemon Grove.
Duncan Jones has begun principal photography in Berlin on Netflix’s upcoming 2017 thriller.
Perkins delivered this morning’s keynote address at the Film London Production Finance Market.
Finnish director Timo Vuorensola has taken to Indiegogo to fund an additional scene in forthcoming sequel Iron Sky The Coming Race.
The distributor has picked up North American rights to Scott B. Hansen’s horror film.
British director’s Palme d’Or winning film opened the 43rd edition of the festival.
Martin Scorsese and Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa are the recipients of Samurai Awards at this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival.