The latest cinematic version of the Peter Pan story swings into 52 international markets this weekend at the same time as it launches in the US.
John Williams, whose scores include Star Wars, Jaws and ET, will be the first composer to get the American Film Institute’s highest honour.
The Israel Film Festival in Beverly Hills is giving its film and television achievement award to the the Steve Jobs screenwriter.
Heart Like a Hand Grenade, about the making of the punk group’s American Idiot album, is to be distributed by a trio of companies.
Sci-fi thriller Synchronicity has been bought by Magnet Releasing, with a US release set for January and international sales due to begin at the AFM.
At the rate of recent growth, it will take 700 years for women’s representation in the media to reach gender equality. That’s not good enough for Geena Davis, the Oscar-winning American actress and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.
Christian de Gallegos will head the new division, which will debut at the AFM with a slate including Imperium, Custody and Antibirth.
Feminist protesters jumped the barriers at the premiere of Suffragette.
North American distribution rights to Southbound, the horror anthology from the creators of V/H/S, have been acquired by The Orchard.
South Korean documentary My Love, Don’t Cross the River, has been picked up for the US by Film Movement.
EXCLUSIVE: Protagonist concludes deals on Rebecca Miller comedy, which was sold to Sony at Toronto.
Films from 81 countries have been subitted for this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar, among them Felix and Meira, Under Milk Wood, Labyrinth of Lies and Sunstroke (click through for full list).
After reaching the milestone earlier than ever before this year, the studio also revealed release dates for Cars 3 and The Incredibles 2.
Relativity Media has lost more senior executives as founder Ryan Kavanaugh tries to lead the company out of bankruptcy and get unreleased films out of limbo.
New films by Vitaly Mansky, Alexandru Belc and Joseph Gordillo are among the world premieres in competition at this year’s DOK Leipzig (Oct 26 - Nov 1).
Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh will open the festival this year, while there will be a restored screening of Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy.
Sales companies from 18 countries around the world will be first time exhibitors at this year’s American Film Market.
The Bureau producer/founder to discuss 45 Years and more.
While much attention was paid to Suffragette’s starry cast at last night’s BFI London Film Festival premiere, artistic director Clare Stewart and director Sarah Gavron both paid tribute on stage before the screening to the film’s exceptional behind-the-camera talent - many of whom received crucial support and career development from industry skills body Creative Skillset.
EXCLUSIVE: Filming wraps on Sasha Collington’s Love Type D.
Arcana Studio’s graphic novel adaptation heads to the US and Canada.
Meg Ryan’s directorial debut will get its world premiere at the Middleburg festival, which will also screen several foreign language film Oscar contenders.
Filmmaker and TV entrepreneur Steve Bellamy aims to help Kodak deepen relationships with Hollywood studios.
This year’s Asian Film Market (Oct 3-6) worked hard to address developments transforming the pan-Asian film industry but compared to previous years, business appeared to be slow.
EXCLUSIVE: Ascot Elite inks physical and EST deal for Netflix series in German-speaking Europe.
Training scheme to help women in film exhibition take the step up into senior management.
Iranian director Shirin Neshat to also receive support from German fund.
Improvised romantic comedy A Wonderful Cloud, from multi-hyphenate Eugene Kotlyarenko, has been licensed to FilmBuff for the US.
Film-maker pushed boundaries with her experimental, female-focused films.
Relativity Television will go to a group of creditors, with Ryan Kavanaugh’s consortium set to take the rest of Relativity Media.
Cast of Italy-set mystery thriller also includes Geraldine Chaplin and Franco Nero.
This year’s AFM programme will offer new conference sessions on China and festivals and speakers including Glen Basner, John Sloss, Cassian Elwes and the president of China Film Co-Production Corporation.
The trial of five UK executives charged with film tax relief fraud has begun at Birmingham Crown Court.
The British Film Institute (BFI) has named actor Tom Hiddleston as its first BFI Ambassador.
George Lopez will play the title character in Infinite Entertainment Now’s Aloha Santa, with Jonathan Yudis directing.
Brooke Ford adds oversight of Alchemy’s acquisitions team to her remit and Jeff Deutchman gets expanded production role.
Owners explore studio potential after location shoots for Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Channel 4’s Humans.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Lost in Hong Kong surged past $200m during the lucrative National Day week.
Snorri Thórisson, CEO of Reykjavík-based production outfit Pegasus Pictures (Icelandic line producer of Game Of Thrones), has revealed details of the company’s latest feature projects.
In an outspoken interview, Erik Engelen, former director of acquisitions at Benelux distribution outfit A-Film (and still a consultant there), has given his views on what has brought one of the region’s most respected independent companies to its knees.
Leading European talent agent Richard Cook has called for a radical re-thinking of both the European film festival system and of public funding bodies like Eurimages and MEDIA.
The ASC will recognise the trio’s achievements at their annual awards ceremony in February.
South Korean sales agent Mirovision has launched sales on Korea-China co-production The Third Way Of Love, directed by Korean filmmaker John H. Lee (A Moment To Remember).
EXCLUSIVE: Malaysia’s Sonneratia Capital has signed partial slate financing arrangements with two local production companies – Lina Tan’s Red Films and Adrian Teh’s Asia Tropical Films.
At Busan’s Asian Film Market, producers of Chinese blockbusters shared their secrets to success such as walking their own paths and not trying to emulate Hollywood, Japan or Korea’s systems, even in co-productions.
35 projects will be presented to 70 potential partners.
Busan’s Asian Film Market closed today with Hana Makhmalbaf’s London Stories picking up the top Busan Award at the Asian Project Market.
Screen International has revealed its Stars of Tomorrow, spotlighting the hottest up-and-coming actors and filmmakers.
Jamie Foxx has signed on to voice the lead character in CGI animated family film Groove Tails, from AMBI Group and Imprint Entertainment.
Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love) and Callum Keith Rennie (Memento) have joined the cast of Korchula Productions’ Little Pink House, which is about to go into production in Vancouver.
Relativity Studios president Tucker Tooley is leaving the company, just as parent Relativity Media waits for bankruptcy court approval to be bought out by chairman/CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and a group of investors.
New Films International has set drama The Wine of Summer, with Marcia Gay Harden, for a limited US theatrical and VOD release on Oct 6, with a digital rollout to follow.
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired worldwide rights (excluding Canada) to Mark Sawers’ No Men Beyond This Point and is planning a 2016 release for the sci-fi comedy.
Lionsgate is in “advanced talks” to merge with US movie channel Starz, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
Arab and Tarzan Nasser’s Dégradé took home AIFF’s best film award, while Alante Kavaite won best director for The Summer Of Sangail.
EXCLUSIVE: Hope Dickson Leach writes and directs Somerset floods film now underway.
EXCLUSIVE: Repurposed RAF site to host Mammoth Screen production starring Jenna Coleman.
Fox’s sci-fi adaptation posts best-ever UK bow for Ridley Scott; StudioCanal’s Legend becomes distributor’s third biggest release.
EXCLUSIVE: The thriller will be sold at Mipcom this week.
Other winners include Venice title Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me and documentary Rabin In His Own Words.
Round-up of key drama deals struck at Mipcom, which is going ahead despite deadly storms.
Korea’s Next Entertainment World (NEW) and China’s Huace have launched a Beijing-based joint venture and announced their first projects.
IM Global’s The Journey begins production in Belfast.
Mexico’s Kings of Nowhere wins doc prize; Thank You For Bombing wins Switzerland, Germany, Austria award.
Hanif Kureishi also collects honorary award.
Singapore-based short film platform Viddsee has raised $2.3m in its latest funding round with Japan’s CyberAgent Ventures (CAV) as lead investor.
Hong Kong-based Fame Universal Entertainment is producing a feature adaptation of top-rating Chinese reality TV show F-Team, starring Korean actor Lee Min Ho.
OCTOBER 5 UPDATE: The Martian blasted into the international marketplace this weekend, grossing a confirmed $44.6m from more than 50 territories, according to distributor 20th Century Fox International.
The company will launch Eurocinema World, a live channel and SVOD service.
UPDATE: Fox’s The Martian shot straight to the top of the North American box office chart this weekend, opening with a confirmed gross of $54.3m from 3,831 theatres.
Liu will oversee the studios’ China activities.
Downsizing will begin production next spring.
A consortium of investors led by company founder Ryan Kavanaugh has reached an agreement to buy all the assets of Relativity Media except for the beleaguered mini-studio’s TV division.
BIFF co-founder and honorary director Kim Dong-ho has been appointed as president of the international jury for this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).
At Busan’s inaugural Entertainment Intellectual Property (E-IP) Market, Kirin Productions has sold web drama series The Cravings to China’s Beijing Alpha Transmedia, marking the first IP contract signed at the new event.
Korean sales agent Finecut has secured a raft of deals on Hong Sangsoo’s Locarno Golden Leopard winner Right Now, Wrong Then and picked up mystery thriller Fatal Intuition at Busan’s Asian Film Market.
Malaysian action comedy Polis Evo has given the local film industry a much-needed boost, grossing $1.8m (RM8m) in 11 days, to become the highest-grossing local film of 2015.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s 9ers Entertainment is launching sales on China-Korea co-production Making Family, a rom-com starring Aarif Lee and Kim Hae-Neul, and drama Hiya, starring Ahn Bo-Hyun and Lee Ho-Won (aka Hoya of boy group Infinite), at the Asian Film Market in Busan
Korean sales company Finecut has picked up Kim Tae-yong’s sophomore feature Yeogyosa (tentative title which translates to ‘female teacher’).
The BAFTA LA hierarchy announced on Friday that they will present the star with the Albert R Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution To Entertainment in Los Angeles on October 30.
Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon will star in the studio’s third collaboration with Payne.
Shawn Williamson’s Vancouver-based production company Brightlight Pictures has signed a sales agency agreement with Nicolas Chartier’s Los Angeles-based company that kicks off with Anne Hathaway starrer Colossal.
Antoine Fuqua’s boxing drama returns to US screens on October 2 as Harvey Weinstein steps up his Oscar push for Jake Gyllenhaal.
Guests include James Purefoy and Olga Kurylenko for UK premiere of Stephen S. Campanelli’s Momentum.
The 20th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) kicked off on Thursday night with a star-studded red carpet, fireworks and the world premiere of Indian film Zubaan.
Rio de Janeiro’s International Film Festival opened last night (Oct 1) celebrating the life and work of local hero Chico Buarque who, at 71, remains one of Brazil’s top composers, musicians and singers.
Ridley Scott’s space survival story is scheduled to touch down in approximately 50 territories this weekend, fresh from its strong debut at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: New festival plans launch in 2016; preview event this month will open with the European premiere of Korean box office hit Veteran.
Jeremy Saulnier’s feature claimed the prize as the Austin event came to a conclusion on Thursday.
BAFTA in partnership with the British Council will present the director of The Survivalist to the US industry at two bi-coastal events next week.
Longtime Nickelodeon programming executive Teri Weiss has been hired as svp, head of kids/family development and production at the new Universal Kids Productions group.
The Film Distributors Association has today released a report quantifying the value of film distribution in the UK.
Heading into MIPCOM Japan’s NHK has signed a deal to adapt Ukrainian production company FILM.UA’s detective series.
The new Canadian distributor led by Alex Bronfman and Matt Orenstein has picked up the elevated horror film starring Emma Roberts.
EXCLUSIVE: UK comedy The Hippopotamus wraps and inks deals.
The platform created by Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises costs $4.99 a month until the end of the year rising to $5.99 in 2016.
The Producers Guild Of America’s Women’s Impact Network and website Women And Hollywood have launched a new toolkit called ‘The Ms. Factor: The Power Of Female Driven Content.’
The company’s new IMAX laser system will be installed in 75 locations across the UK, Europe, Asia and North America.
EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based American Cinema International (ACI) heads to Cannes with a slate led by Love Finds You in Valentine starring Michaela McManus and Diogo Morgado.
New Films International (NFI) has set a theatrical and VOD launch for horror title Living Dark: The Story Of Ted The Caver.
The 26th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is set to pay tribute to Iranian filmmaker in exile Mohsen Makhmalbaf with a retrospective and an honorary award.
Apocalypse Now editor to receive special award at cinematography festival.
Shooting taking place at the foot of Everest and in Shenzhen.
Financiers include Universal, Hanway, 42 M&P, Metrodome, The Works and Wild Bunch
Buena Vista International will distribute Lionsgate titles in the territory and the rest of the CIS starting with Sicario.
The world premiere of Sony’s Will Smith drama will screen on November 10.
Less than two months after leaving the Weinstein fold, Tom Quinn and Jason Janego have resurfaced with a new partnership with Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League to distribute Where To Invade Next.
EXCLUSIVE: TV projects also on slate for Australian outfit.
IM Global is fully financing the true story of the captain of a 19th merchant ship who led his crew to safety across 1,000 miles of desert after capture by Bedouin traders.
Snervous Tyler Oakley chronicles the life of the social media celebrity and will open in December in limited theatrical release and across all major digital platforms.
MFI and specialist label Artscope unveil Venice and Toronto sales.
The former evp of Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment will oversee several of Alchemy’s divisions including strategy & planning, operations, IT and human resources.
New festival director criticizes “myopic” battle for premieres and reveals London Film Festival “alliance”.
Toby Stephens’ short In Vitro will be available to watch on the We Are Colony platform from today, Sept 30.
Back in Israel for the fourth time to serve as the president of the Haifa Film Festival jury, Mohsen Makhmalbaf is fully conscious of the simmering anger he provokes among the authorities of his native Iran.
MGM announced on Tuesday that the British director has signed on to the adaptation of Terry Hayes’ espionage bestseller of the same name.
New president of international film and television Sanford Panitch has brought on two key hires at the studio.
Legendary and Universal Pictures have removed the sci-fi follow-up to their 2013 sci-fi adventure from its August 4 2017 slot but insisted they remained committed to releasing the film.
The former Focus Features executive has joined The Solution Entertainment Group as vp of acquisitions and development.
Seville International has found a US home for Hany Abu-Assad’s acclaimed recent Toronto world premiere and closed a raft of new sales
The distributor has acquired world rights to Mickey Keating’s genre film following its world premiere at Fantastic Fest last Friday. Separately Music Box has picked up Monster With A Thousand Faces.
Read Screen International’s daily magazines from the 11th Zurich Film Festival here.
The South Korean powerhouse has entered into a co-production partnership with Blumhouse Productions and Ivanhoe Pictures
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has picked up North American rights from Expression Entertainment to the crime thriller starring Will Kemp and Vinnie Jones.
EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome inks deals for autumn festival titles and more.
US producers and execs from HBO, HanWay and China’s Wanda Group discuss distribution challenges and impending consolidation.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Film4 and Qwerty exec to spearhead UK push into film and TV.
In the 30th anniversary year of the global competition, the winners will each receive a $35,000 prize on the understanding they will complete a feature screenplay during their fellowship year.
Filmmakers John Battsek, Molly Thompson, Kurt Engfehr, Rachel Boynton, Sloane Klevin and Amir Bar Lev are among the filmmakers who be leading this year’s Tribeca Film Institute third annual StoryLab in Brooklyn, New York.
Two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz had given up on the “fantasy” of a Hollywood career before getting the call to audition for Inglourious Basterds.
Lost In Hong Kong has become the fastest local film to make $100m at the box office.
Russia’s National Film Foundation Gosfilmofond is planning an alternative international film festival to be staged in Nice during next year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The festival will screen ten films picked by the US filmmaker, who will also take part in a masterclass.
St Petersburg’s EFP showcase will features eight titles this year.
Olivier Courson to exit StudioCanal as part of shake-up.
Liam Hemsworth has revealed plans to co-star alongside his brother and Thor star Chris Hemsworth.
Competition section features six world premieres including titles from Koji Fukada and Yoshihiro Nakamura.
France’s Diaphana Distribution has picked up Haitian-born Raoul Peck’s long-gestating project, The Young Karl Marx.
Dutch industry veteran San Fu Maltha of Fu Works has partnered with Bruno Felix and Femke Wolting of Amsterdam-based Submarine Films to launch a new distribution company.
The US distributor has acquired North American rights from Protagonist Pictures to Mikkel Nørgaard’s Danish comedy starring Casper Christiansen and Frank Hvam.
Pablo Trapero’s true-life thriller will fly the flag for his country.
The executive most recently served as president of the division.
Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán romance from the Dominican Republic won the Best Fiction Feature prize at the 2015 trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) awards ceremony.
EXCLUSIVE: The Casual Vacancy actress joins A+E miniseries as as would-be girlfriend.
EXCLUSIVE: Jason London stars in the upcoming supernatural horror from the Chilean director.
EXCLUSIVE: China-NZ-UK production with Karl Urban, Willow Shields gets cast, finance, director.
StudioCanal’s Legend becomes biggest British 18-rated film of all time, as Disney’s Inside Out becomes second biggest original animation.
The brothers and industry veterans have teamed up with financier Speer on a production venture that kicks off with sci-fi thriller Confluence.
The 2015 Hollywood Film Festival (HFF) came to a close on Sunday at Arclight Cinemas with awards presented to films in six categories.
Harvey Weinstein has cancelled his visit to Zurich Film Festival “due to an unforeseen production emergency”.
The saying that ‘TV is the new film’ hits close to home for Mr Robot creator and showrunner Sam Esmail.
The arrival was formerly president and CEO of Iconic TV who also led Sundance Channel for more than a decade
EXCLUSIVE: James O’Brien wrote and directed the fantasy Western for 3rd Partner Productions that screened in the Cannes market.
At the Holland Film Meeting (HFM) several new projects and new policy initiatives have been announced.
The first project under the China-India co-production agreement – Kung Fu Yoga, starring Jackie Chan – is shooting in Dubai from today (Sep 28).
Pirjo Honkasolo’s Concrete Night and J-P Valkeapään’s They Have Escaped were among the winners at the Finnish Film Week (Sept 18-24) in Helsinki.
SEPTEMBER 28 UPDATE: Sony’s animation sequel featuring lead voice work by Adam Sandler ruled the kingdom on a confirmed $48.5m and overtook its 2012 predecessor to register the biggest September launch.
SEPTEMBER 28 UPDATE: The comedy (Gang Jiong) destroyed the Hollywood competition in another potent reminder of the might of China. Universal and Illumination’s Minions meanwhile crossed $800m.
Production of Star Wars becomes biggest live immersive cinema production to date.
The film industry needs to look at the games industry as a long-term prospect, not a short term money-spinner.
Inaugural prize awarded as part of the Zurich Film Festival.
Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s Evolution wins special jury prize; Joachim Lafosse’s The White Knights wins Silver Shell.
Actress Ellen Page wants to show more diverse stories on screen as she builds up the producing side of her career,
Jeremy Irons has said he relishes the extraordinarily diverse roles he has played recently.
EXCLUSIVE: Newcomer Devika Bhise, who landed a choice role opposite Dev Patel in Zurich opener The Man Who Knew Infinity, is set to reunite with producers Xeitgeist Entertainment Group on their forthcoming production of Shambhala.
Swiss films have punched above their weight on the international stage this year but the industry continues to face challenges.
Vienna-based sales agent EastWest Distribution has picked up international distribution for Raffi (Rettet Raffi) by the German film-maker Arend Agthe.
Telefilm Canada announced on Friday afternoon that Maxime Giroux’s film will fly the flag as the country’s foreign-language Academy Award submission.
Oscar submission Labyrinth of Lies and comedy drama Summers Downstairs are among films on the shortlist for the Metropolis 2015 directing prize awarded by the German Directors’ Guild.
Three professionals discussed their work at a Caribbean Film Mart panel on Friday and attempted to help an audience solve the age-old conundrum: what does a producer do?
On the heels of the Toronto world premiere of the environmental call to arms, the film’s director Avi Lewis and author of the book of the same name Naomi Klein have announced special screenings in 13 global cities from September 26.
SCREEN SUBSCRIBERS: Philip Knatchbull talks about Curzon’s theatrical deal with Netflix for Cary Fukunaga’s festival hit.
EXCLUSIVE: Starry short wraps for Bill Kenwright Films ahead of company’s feature push.
“Today we are birthing the Caribbean film industry,” trinidad + tobago film festival creative director Emilie Upczak said upon the launch on Thursday of the regional industry initiative.
The animation sequel to the 2012 family hit arrives day-and-date with North America in 35 territories this weekend.
Pierce Berolzheimer wrote and directs the love letter to practical effects and old school creature features.
Zhang Yimou will receive a lifetime achievement award at the sixth annual event on November 5 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Hollywood.
Holdover Everest topped Ridley Scott’s forthcoming sci-fi The Martian on this week’s social media buzz chart.
Jewish Film Festival launches inaugural best debut feature prize; competition titles include Son Of Saul and Labyrinth Of Lies.
The Danish comedy The Reunion (Klassefesten) from 2011 is being given an Estonian remake by 1944’s producer Kristian Taska of Taska Film.
The BBC has commissioned its first feature-length scripted film for iPlayer - a comedy drama based on the rivalry between snooker players Alex Higgins and Steve Davis.
Amazon has continued its aggressive acquisition of first-run TV shows with the purchase of US hacker drama Mr Robot.
Netflix, Hollywood studio Fox and VoD service Vimeo have partnered with Oculus to develop apps that will enable consumers to view their content via its virtual reality headset.
Weeks after the New York-based distributor came on to release recent Toronto selection Green Room the parties are planning follow-up Hold The Dark.
The distributor has snapped up North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand, CIS, Hungary, Romania, China and various other Asian territories to Rebecca Miller’s recent Toronto world premiere.
Independent cinema champion extends activities into television
As previously reported exclusively on Screendaily, the GFM Films partner has been voted in for his third term as chairman of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA).
The distributor has picked up US rights from Berlin-based Films Boutique to Alexander Sokurov’s recent Venice and Toronto selection. Separately, SPHE and Discovery have signed a home entertainment pact.
A survey of more than 20 shows in 16 countries conducted by the streaming behemoth has revealed that viewers do not turn into fans after the first episode.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has acquired from Visit Films Etienne Faure’s coming-of-age drama that screened in Panorama in Berlin earlier this year.
Principal photography has begun on the new drama from Serendipity Point Films, whose Holocaust drama Remember screened in Venice and Toronto.
Keeping costs low is often a case of “backing into a number”, one producer told trinidad + Tobago film festival’s Caribbean Film Mart attendees at a co-production session on Wednesday.
Two women-only teams will receive production funding for short film projects.
The North American rights deal with Preferred Content precedes a September 25 release at IFC Center in New York followed by Los Angeles and additional markets.
The competitive honour to create new opportunities for young female directors launched its second annual Indiegogo campaign on Thursday.
The film will be available on the online streaming service one day after its pemiere at New York Film Festival.
The sequel recorded the biggest ever domestic opening for a German film.
Once I Was A Dragonfly was selected from 10 works in progress presented to the festival’s jury.
Eliane Caffé’s film scooped the Industry Award prize.
The Omission wins best project while Memorias Del Calabozo receives a special mention.
EXCLUSIVE: The Sci-Fi Thriller from director Johnny Kevorkian will film at the studios for five weeks from Oct 5.
Filming will last for three weeks on location at the National Library of Wales.
Entries for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.
Desiree Akhavan to head First Feature Competition jury; Jarvis Cocker to host annual awards ceremony.
Gary Hamilton has struck a partnership with president Zhao Yifang of China’s Huace Group to collaborate on a slate of at least three high-concept features a year.
The Franco-American Cultural Fund has announced the dates for 20th anniversary edition of the festival.
The Brazilian TV and film production company and the animation studio will announce the merger at Mipcom on October 6.
Festival top brass have unveiled the complete line-up of films that includes six world premieres, 10 North American premieres and 27 US premieres.
Marks the first permanent production facility outside the UK for the Wallace and Gromit studio.
War drama to be submitted for the Best Foreign-Language Film category.
Historical thriller secures deals out of Toronto.
Demon, from late director Marcin Wrona, among those in competition.
Writer-director Philiane Phang will receive the honour, which includes a $25,000 grant funded by Phosphate Productions.
She joins the UK-based entertainment PR agency, which launched in June this year.
Actor Bill Pullman is set to present his favourite food film, 1987’s Babette’s Feast, as the opening-night film at the world’s largest culinary film festival, Devour!, which runs Nov 4-8 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
Edko Films has acquired all Hong Kong and Macau rights to Ray Yeung’s gay comedy drama Front Cover, with a Hong Kong theatrical release scheduled for the first quarter of 2016.
Adam McKay’s adaptation of the Michael Lewis book will conclude the festival on November 12.
Saban Films has acquired North American rights to the Kit Harrington thriller based on the BBC TV series.
Former The Weinstein Company and Miramax acquisitions executive has been named head of production development and studio at the SAFC.
Big Beach and Raindog Films have commenced principal photography in Virginia on Loving, the director’s follow-up to Mud. Wild Bunch handles international sales and CAA represents US rights.
EXCLUSIVE: Production underway in UK on next iFeatures film, its first period drama.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit boards Marco Niemeijer’s documentary.
Tom Huang will be awarded the Loyola Marymount University School Of Film And Television Screenwriting Fellowship, granting him $10,000 to develop his script for the Screenwriting Lab.
A Nottinghamshire man has been arrested on suspicion of recording newly-released films at cinemas and posting the footage on the internet.
Yuval Delshad’s debut centres on a a family of Iranian immigrants.
Debut feature set in Turkey to represent France.
Jaco Van Dormael’s religious satire debuted at Cannes.
Matt Berninger of band The National, Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim from Academy-nominated The Square and Blue Valentine co-writer Cami Delavigne are among participants selected for Sundance Institute’s second Episodic Story Lab.
Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group has had discussions with streaming giant Netflix about its potential move into the Chinese market.
Europa Distribution’s panel looked at issues around online film releases, from piracy to branding to data analysis.
The 2015 Power to the Pixel: The Cross-Media Forum will this year feature a dedicated section on virtual reality as well as talks from the BBC on commissioning strategies and Kickstarter on growing audiences.
The Missing Picture producer Catherine Dussart to head documentary jury.
Clouds of Sils Maria director to receive Master of Cinema Award.
Documentary festival to open with the new film from the director of An Angel In Doel.
The controversy surrounding Alex Gibney’s Scientology documentary, Going Clear, could not help it avoid an audience smaller than UK broadcaster Sky Atlantic’s slot average.
Other prizes include a private screening with Mel Brooks and Martin Scorsese’s signed director’s chair from Hugo.
Two UK projects, both centred on estate agents looking to sell ‘cursed’ properties, will pitch to buyers, sales agents and financiers.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Paramount’s Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation amassed $33.70m for a $120.29m cume.
The film will shoot in London before moving to Bulgaria and Belgium.
EXCLUSIVE: Seville International has concluded a raft of key sales on Leena Yadav’s recent Toronto Special Presentation.
The 2014 Screen International UK Star of Tomorrow has joined the supernatural thriller from genre master Xavier Gens that commenced shooting in Romania on Monday.
African child soldier drama will open in the UK on Oct 9, a week before it debuts on Netflix.
As Toronto came to a close the Industry Office reported that the number of attending buyers climbed 9% over last year as observers bemoaned a lack of activity.
NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, writer-director Richard LaGravenese and TV maven Shonda Rhimes will judge the 60th annual contest.
Stephen Dunn’s drama and recent Toronto selection earned the filmmaker Best Atlantic Director and Best Atlantic Screenwriter honours at the 35th annual event in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Warner Bros and China Media Capital (CMC) are forming a joint venture, Hong Kong-based Flagship Entertainment Group, to develop Chinese-language films for the international market.
New York-based production company Durga Entertainment and IFP have announced the honouree of the second annual grant.
The Oscar-nominated producer is attending the festival with his latest film Spotlight.
San Sebastian: Spanish attendance grows 4% while market share for local productions expected to hit 20% by end of the year; Cannes criticised for “ignoring” Spanish cinema
Tom Sommerlatte’s debut Summers Downstairs (Im Sommer wohnt er unten) was picked by the audience at this year’s Oldenburg International Film Festival (Sep 16-20) for the German Independence Award.
StudioCanal’s Legend edges towards £10m as Disney’s Inside Out is primed to become the second highest grossing original animation of all time.
The opening weekend of the Maze Runner sequel is roughly on a par even when adjusted for inflation with the Fox original’s $32.5m number one opening weekend exactly one year ago.
TORONTO: Lenny Abrahamson’s acclaimed drama starring Brie Larson has won Toronto’s People’s Choice Award in what is likely to further boost its awards season prospects.
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 21: Maze Runner: Scorch Trials was active in 66 markets over the weekend as the early running total climbed to $78m and counting.
The new buyer is closing on possibly the biggest buy of Toronto as it swooped on world rights ahead of what Screen International understands will be an offload of international rights to a studio.
HBO is planning to commission 15-minute web series as one of its plans to keep up with digital native audiences.
BOX OFFICE: The studio smashed another record on Saturday (Sept 19) as it became the first to cross the milestone.
Follows launches at Berlin and Cannes.
Alejandro Amenabar discusses delayed US release and a penchant for international stories after opener garners mixed response.
A trio of festival titles have found US homes including the closing night film.
A-Film, for many years one of the leading independent arthouse distributors in the Netherlands, is teetering close to bankruptcy.
Curzon Artificial Eye acquires Venice Grand Jury Prize winner.
Fox International top brass will be looking to set the box office alight as they unleash Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials in a further 47 markets day-and-date with North America this weekend.
Chinese internet giant Tencent has announced a remake of Shaw Brothers classic The Magic Blade and has also boarded Legendary Pictures’ adaptation of the World Of Warcraft video game.
Action thriller stars Dominic Cooper, who was an 11th hour replacement for Henry Cavill.
Gabriel Risptein’s Lucia Films thriller starring Tim Roth will fly the flag in the Academy’s foreign-language contest.
Also… European Parliament lends support to jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.
Tom Hardy’s Legend and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit also chart.
Big Shorts will feature eight short films from the NFTS.
Film about the ghosts of Cambodia’s past submitted to the Academy Awards.
Thriller The Tag-Along to close festival in Taipei.
World premiere cancelled following allegations from director.
The producers of London Fields have responded to the decision by TIFF top brass to pull the noir thriller ahead of Friday’s world premiere following allegations by the director.
The action star has landed his first lead TV role on Gaumont International Television’s one-hour action-thriller series from writer J.J. Connolly.
EXCLUSIVE: Beijing outfit launches with TIFF drama Promised Land, Simon Yam thriller, Blind Spot adaptation.
Five titles will be considered for submission for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar.
The active New York distributor and DirecTV are reportedly closing on a US deal for the Vanguard selection.
The 25th Annual IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards will feature two inaugural honours in the fields of television and new media.
Anand Tucker and Sharon Maguire, the directors and producers of films including Girl With A Pearl Earring and Bridget Jones’s Diary, have created an indie with backing from All3Media.
Nearly 50 Latin American producers, financiers and commissioners to attend.
Producer Mairi Bett named Inspiration award winner.
Selection includes the debut feature from the editor/DOP of The Tribe.
The 20th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) is to present its Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award to Hayao Miyazaki’s Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli.
A budding film sound producer who lived through the Rwandan genocide is among this year’s BAFTA Scholarship recipients.
Screen and sister publication Broadcast have partnered with UK Trade & Investment to launch an online portal designed to help producers build and grow their businesses abroad.
The US sales outfit have purchased the worldwide rights to the upcoming British film.
Ida producer Opus Film and distributors Against Gravity and Next Film were among the winners at the 8th Polish Film Institute Awards.
Berlinale Silver Bear winner secures UK/Ireland release date.
The studio is understood to have paid more than $5m for worldwide rights to Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s Venice Grand Jury Prize winner.
EXCLUSIVE: Charlotte Mickie and producers Gaurav Dhingra and Sol Bondy have announced further deals on the hot Toronto sales title.
SPC has paid low seven-figures for US and Latin America on Land Of Mine, while Magnolia Pictures has acquired US rights to The Wave.
The Oscar winner will star and produce the Toronto sales title through his Fable House Production for Corsan alongside Corsan CEO Paul Breuls.
The Weinstein Company has picked up US rights to the Natalie Portman starrer after a lead attorney on the film pulled it from Relativity before the latter filed for bankruptcy on July 30.
Ciro Guerra’s Embrace Of The Serpent will represent Colombia in the foreign language contest as another acclaimed South American title enters the fray.
Hollywood-based Envision Media Arts (EMA) has struck a $50m credit facility with National Bank Of Canada to fund theatrical features in the $5m-$25m range.
Diaphana Distribution has landed distribution rights to the Belgian thriller from Robin Pront and Bart Van Langendonck.
The Weinstein Company has licensed US and Canadian rights from Hat Trick International to Julian Fellowes’ mini-series ahead of MIPCOM.
US streaming giant and French rival Canalplay battle it out for SVOD audience.
The studio has moved its Kray Twins drama starring Tom Hardy off the original October 2 weekend when Fox’s popular Toronto selection The Martian will open.
The New York-based firm has acquired US rights to John Cameron Mitchell’s upcoming sci-fi to star Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman and Alex Sharp.
ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Thomas Ebeling also set to deliver keynote.
Mathew Cullen alleges the film’s producers “secretly prepared their own version of the film”.
Honourees will be announced on December 7 to be followed by an invitation-only lunch on January 8, 2016, in recognition of the ten teams behind the best film and television programmes of the year.
A total of 15 European documentaries selected for European Film Awards 2015.
The producers of this week’s release Maze Runner: Scorch Trials have partnered with Bryce Zabel and Jackie Zabel on the alien abduction thriller.
The actors, on the awards campaign trail for their roles in a number of Toronto selections, will attend the 25th anniversary IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York on November 30.
Zachary Sluser’s mystery starring Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel will open and Paz Fábrega’s relationship drama from Costa Rica will close the Aruba International Film Festival, set to run from October 7-11.
Cinedigm has launched digital streaming service Dove Channel to provide family-friendly, faith-based and children’s programming for mobile devices and smart TVs.
Director of The Program to receive Lifetime Achievement Award.
Oscar-winning actor to return for comedy sequel.
Selection represents highest number of Japanese films in more than a decade.
Newsroom drama starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett premiered at Toronto.
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The arrival in Toronto of a hefty cluster of prestige titles with US distribution already in place presaged a sluggish buying scene and so it proved to be over the first five days.
IFFR to consolidate prize money; reduce competition titles from 15 to eight.
The Beasts Of No Nation writer-director personally lobbied for a theatrical component to the release of Netflix’s first original feature.
Jurors include Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christine Vachon and Mabel Cheung.
EXCLUSIVE: Marc Butan’s MadRiver Pictures and Laura Bickford Productions have partnered with Sesso Entertainment’s Samuel Franco on the action thriller Six Minutes To Freedom.
EXCLUSIVE: Argentinean TV drama Cromo, playing in Toronto’s first TV strand, is being developed into a feature film after Pyramide International acquired the sales rights.
Wendy Ide is to join Screen International’s reviews team as a critic at large.
Paris-based seller handles films that have won Berlin’s Golden Bear, Cannes’ Palme d’Or and Venice’s Golden Lion.
EXCLUSIVE: Toronto is looking to expand its television Primetime line-up next year with series from Asia and the UK.
EXCLUSIVE: Icelandic filmmaking veteran Fridrik Thor Fridriksson has revealed his next feature will be an adaptation of Gunar Gunarsson’s The Black Cliffs.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales outfit inks deals on Kaurismaki biopic and comedy The Grump.
EXCLUSIVE: Australian box office hit Last Cab To Darwin has been flagged down by distributors in Asia and Latin America.
Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires-based sales agent has announced another wave of sales from its Toronto slate.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit nabs drama executive produced by Barbara Broccoli and Rachel Weisz.
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International has slotted another piece into its international distribution jigsaw on Jungle Book Entertainment and One Two Films’ Toronto Special Presentation selection Angry Indian Goddesses.
Icelandic TV drama Trapped, which has been picked up by the BBC, is set to launch in the US after it was acquired by The Weinstein Company.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Paramount’s Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation grossed $86.42m in six days, while Monster Hunt has become the biggest-ever film in China.
Transformers star Teresa Daley stars as a receptionist in an illegal massage parlour; The Iron Lady’s Damian Jones is exec producer.
The distributor has picked up Can Evrenol’s Turkish Midnight Madness favourite in Toronto.
Drama to shoot at the end of September.
Drone thriller starring Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul sold by eOne.
EXCLUSIVE: Film4 has revealed plans for a refugee drama from acclaimed writer Zadie Smith to be made by Ex Machina producer DNA Films.
The distributor has pounced on its second title in Toronto, taking US rights from Minds Eye Entertainment to Jon Cassar’s Western.
Alex Garcia and Laura Walker of AG Capital have cast Emily Ratajkowski and Spencer Boldman in the 1980s-set youth culture drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Mission: Impossible, No Country for Old Men heading to growing VOD service.
The BFI London Film Festival has unveiled its industry programme and added three innovative film-makers to new strand LFF Connects.
A Warner Bros. executive has called for more scripts written by women writers to help correct the film industry’s gender imbalance.
StudioCanal’s biopic posts biggest ever September opening at the UK box office and distributor’s biggest ever debut.
Rob Paris’ LA-based Paris Film, Robert Menzies’ Ottawa-based Zed Filmworks and Canadian real estate developer Alphonse Ghossein’s Go Insane Films will co-finance and produce the drama.
The distributor has acquired North American rights from Kaleidoscope Film Distribution to the Sundance 2015 entry.
EXCLUSIVE: Arab distributor MAD Solutions has picked up its second Toronto title with a film produced by Costa-Gavras.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor picks up quartet including Imperium and football biopic Pele.
The 3D sci-fi thriller reunites the Arclight team with the star of their $80m Chinese smash Zhongkui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal.
Attraction Distribution has licensed its Toronto world premiere selection to Satine Films for Italy.
A group of film industry veterans have teamed up with the government of Antigua on an initial slate of five features designed to boost the Caribbean island’s production ambitions.
EXCLUSIVE: Pascal Borno’s company has reported a strong response from buyers in Toronto to the film starring Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg and Patrick Wilson.
EXCLUSIVE: Cargo Entertainment/Radiant Films International are handling international sales here via their new partnership on London Town starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Joe Strummer.
Managing director of Organic to join US VOD giant.
Chris Bryant has been replaced as shadow culture secretary by Michael Dugher after Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader on Saturday.
Fantasy sci-fi to be directed by Lech Majewski.
Sixteen distributors to present films and campaigns to exhibitors at London event in bid to increase film diversity.
Chinese internet giant Tencent has pacted with Disney and Fox to make the entire Star Wars saga available on its online platforms in the run-up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December 2015.
SEPT 14 UPDATED: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation set the Chinese box office alight with a confirmed $85.8m from 5,500 venues that propelled the international running total past $400m.
Momentum Pictures acquires drama set to world premiere in Toronto.
Political thriller stars Bryan Cranston and Diane Kruger.
Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek will star in the comedy which Fortitude International has been touting to buyers in Toronto.
The Oscar-winning producer and CEO of Voltage Pictures launched into an impassioned attack on IP theft at an industry discussion in Toronto.
Awards season is in its infancy and there are plenty of known unknowns to come, however that has not stopped early buzz coalescing around a cluster of early acting contenders.
EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner’s sales company has announced key sales on Mili Pictures’ animation directed by Oscar nominee Mike Johnson and Song Yuefeng.
EXCLUSIVE: String of deals on Claude Lelouch feature following TIFF world premiere.
EXCLUSIVE: Completion guarantor has six films at Toronto including Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise.
Netflix is reportedly weighing up whether to back a romance that would reunite Robert Redford and Jane Fonda on screen for the first time since The Electric Horseman in 1979.
EXCLUSIVE: Trio of films to explore theme of the “the past”.
EXCLUSIVE: Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks has closed key deals on thriller Kóblic starring Ricardo Darin from Goya-winning director Sebastián Borensztein.
The Screen Gems thriller starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut claimed the North American box office crown at the weekend thanks to a $26.7m estimated debut from 2,221 theatres.
EXCLUSIVE: Roger Donaldson’s documentary is the second film in the official venture between XYZ-GFC backed by the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC).
Amasia Entertainment principals Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo have signed RZA to direct the upcoming action feature.
Anomalisa wins Grand Jury Prize; Robert Pattinson-starrer The Childhood Of A Leader wins best debut.
Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope picks up audience award; Thomas Bidegain’s The Cowboys wins jury prize.
The studio has swooped in Toronto and will distribute Stephen Frears’ drama in the US while Pathe handles the UK and France.
Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl wins Queer Lion
Voltage Pictures and Gerard Butler announced the casting on Mark Williams’ feature directorial debut and Toronto sales title.
British films hoping to succeed in the international market must overcome production and distribution roadblocks in an increasingly competitive industry.
EXCLUSIVE: Unigram slate includes Kill Your Friends TV spin-off and Shazam film.
Double Dutch International (DDI) announced in Toronto it has acquired worldwide sales to the biopic and attached Michael Gambon to join David Tennant on the cast.
Melbourne-based Motion Picture Domain Registry (MPDR) has launched the .film domain dedicated exclusively to film content.
Myriad Pictures announced in Toronto it will finance and handle international sales on the comedy-drama to star Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried.
The companies will jointly produce the political thriller starring Jessica Chastain.
Fortissimo Films has secured a North American deal for Ray Yeung’s gay comedy-drama, Front Cover.
The company has secured a raft of key sales on the comedy follow-up to A Few Best Men and announced from Toronto an October 26 production start in Western Australia.
The American Zoetrope and Lifetime Films drama starring Diane Lane, Arnaud Viard and featuring Alec Baldwin has wrapped production in the south of France.
EXCLUSIVE: Film to market premiere at Toronto.
In the ongoing fallout from the Relativity bankruptcy, Sony Pictures Classics will distribute Bryan Buckley’s Sundance hit in North America.
EXCLUSIVE: Feature documentary filmed teen prodigy for more than a decade.
EXCLUSIVE: UK financier New Sparta Films appoints former Embargo exec to new role as it eyes growth.
Two members of the crew on the Tom Cruise crime thriller have died after their light aircraft crashed in the Colombian Andes on Friday.
In a preemptive swoop, the distributor has picked up James Franco’s dramedy about a young man obsessed with cinema who rises through the ranks in 1970s Hollywood.
EXCLUSIVE: The US faith-based distributor, in Toronto with Woodlawn, has signed an output deal with the Canadian art house specialist.
EXCLUSIVE: German sales team boards road-trip drama from The Edukators director.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Wide House has sealed fresh deals on German Kral’s Our Last Tango ahead of its world premiere in Toronto.
EXCLUSIVE: The Santa Monica-based financing, production and distribution company is in Toronto handling international sales on the SXSW selection starring Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby.
Lianne Halfon will join Colin Brown on a panel to discuss the production landscape at OMDC’s International Finance Forum.
EXCLUSIVE: Animation produced by China-US firm Mili Pictures.
The 12 titles include Michael Fassbender-starrer Slow West, Runar Runarsson’s Sparrows and Kosovo’s Oscar submission, Babai.
Veteran director asked about diversity at a press conference for The Martian.
Award-winning Italian immigration film struggling to find distribution on director’s home turf.
Last night’s world premiere of Michael Moore’s new documentary was the hot ticket among buyers looking for that first on-site deal heading into the opening weekend.
EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong-based Edko Films has sold Raman Hui’s blockbuster hit Monster Hunt to a slew of international territories.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Remain In Light duo team to launch new distributor.
Anders Walter will direct 1492 Pictures/Ocean Blue Entertainment, Treehouse Pictures, Man Of Action Entertainment and XYZ Films’ graphic novel adaptation.
Guatemala’s first Oscar submission from Jayro Bustamente premiered in Berlin where it won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize and screens in Toronto on Wednesday.
EXCLUSIVE: Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s comedy snapped up for Benelux and Switzerland.
Raven Banner Entertainment specialty label has acquired all Canadian rights to the acclaimed black-and-white Colombian film that screens in Toronto.
Janet McTeer, Eddie Marsan and Ben Daniels have joined Film House Germany / Egoli Tossell Film’s WWII spy drama. Lotus Entertainment handles international sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Version Originale Condor has picked up French rights to Eric Khoo’s drama In The Room ahead of its world premiere in Toronto on Tuesday and plans an early 2016 release.
EXCLUSIVE: Cohen Media Group has swooped on US rights to Les Cowboys ahead of tomorrow’s screening in Toronto’s Discovery strand.
EXCLUSIVE: Fulwell 73 and Heavenly Films to co-produce a feature based on a screenplay by Kill Your Friends author John Niven, directed by documentary maker Paul Kelly.
Myriad Pictures has begun international sales on the horror film via its new Scoundrel label.
The Orchard and HBO have teamed up on the worldwide release of The Music Of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma And The Silk Road Ensemble ahead of tomorrow’s world premiere here. [Sept 13].
The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) has launched MIAMI FILM 2016 with The Related Group to develop projects from Argentine filmmakers.
EXCLUSIVE: Sam Smith doc, Bryan Greenberg comedy-drama among pick-ups for LA-based outfit.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit inks deal for record-breaking animation; new voice cast attached.
EXCLUSIVE: Premiere Entertainment Group has concluded a raft of sales on action thriller Code Of Honor starring Steven Seagal.
EXCLUSIVE: The Hunger Games distributor takes on titles for international sales.
Latest production from the team behind La Famille Bélier.
Chairman and CEO Robert Simonds and president Sophie Watts announced the hire of the Yahoo CMO and head of media on Friday.
Producer Mark Pegg turns to Indiegogo to complete film that started production more than two years ago.
The Winter’s Tale, with Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh, will screen in November.
The New York-based distribution outfit plans to release the film theatrically in Q1, 2016.
Mark Osborne’s animation will be released in China on October 16.
Venice Days winners also include As I Open My Eyes, Lolo and Arianna.
The film beat competition from Legend and The Visit.
Jia Zhang-ke, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland reveal hopes for this year’s selection.
The actress talked to artistic director Cameron Bailey about her film-making debut and being inspired by her previous directors
Freddy Highmore and John Hurt have also joined the dramatic comedy, which IM Global is introducing to international buyers here.
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired US rights to Julio Medem’s drama starring Penélope Cruz in the run-up to its Tuesday international premiere in Toronto.
Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights from LevelK to the Danish box office hit ahead of Monday’s North American premiere in Toronto.
IFC has struck a deal with CAA and WME Global for North American rights to Pele: Birth Of A Legend.
The Screen Awards set to take place in London next month.
EXCLUSIVE: Josef Hader and Barbara Sukowa star in feature from Cloud Atlas producer.
EXCLUSIVE: WestEnd Films closes raft of deals on Toronto Midnight Madness selection.
EXCLUSIVE: Peter Fonda is to replace the late Sir Christopher Lee in ensemble 9/11 drama The 11th, which is closing financing in Toronto.
Toronto’s head documentary programmer has expressed surprise over the court ruling that led to the withdrawal from the festival of the Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace, saying, “I was left wondering what the judge was smoking.”
EXCLUSIVE: FilmRise has acquired North American rights to record-breaking Chinese hit Monster Hunt, directed by Shrek animator Raman Hui, from Edko Films.
London spin-off will move from April to June for the 2016 edition.
Toronto-based A71 Entertainment has picked up Canadian rights to the film ahead of its North American premiere in Toronto on Tuesday.
Hou Hsiao-hsien’s beguiling take on the wuxia form will represent Taiwan in the 2016 Academy Awards, while Anna Muylaert’s The Second Mother will reprsents Brazil and Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s Goodnight Mommy will fly the flag for Austria.
Freshly minted packaging and sales division Verve Ventures will launch sales here on The Twisted from Scott Free Productions’ new label Ridley Scott Presents.
EXCLUSIVE: Anick Poirier has been promoted to svp of international sales at Seville International as the company arrives in Toronto with a seven-strong slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Films Boutique has racked up a slew of sales for Russian director Alexander Sokurov’s Francofonia, following its world premiere at Venice last week.
EXCLUSIVE: Deal signed following French premiere at Deauville.
Night Of The Living Deb, Some Kind Of Hate and Last Girl Standing will all be released under the FrightFest Presents banner.
EXCLUSIVE: Toronto-based 108 Media has assembled its autumn slate and will commence talks in Toronto on world rights to the documentaries Small Things, Big Things and The Transparentsea Voyage.
EXCLUSIVE: The Visit star Olivia DeJonge has signed to star in Sydney-set home invasion thriller
EXCLUSIVE: Brad Moore, Denise Van Outen, Ricky Tomlinson, Alan Ford among cast.
Luxembourg’s submission to the Best Foreign-Language Film category will be Donato Rotunno’s Baby(a)lone.
Argentine miniseries from the director of Wakolda screening at Toronto.
Former Screen Star of Tomorrow Ella Purnell stars in the production, which will film throughout the musical festival.
Harry Potter director David Yates handpicks London Calling Plus winner.
Paul Hanson and Media Content Capital’s new finance, production and sales company has brought on the former Grosvenor Park and Sierra/Affinity sales executive as president of international.
The company have invested in the film’s post-production ahead of its premiere in Toronto.
Harvey and Bob Weinstein have convinced their COO and president to back-pedal on his decision to leave the company in a stunning development that demonstrates the executive’s unparalleled importance to the brothers.
XYZ Films and Bullet Pictures are producing the action thriller that XYZ Films will introduce to world buyers in Toronto this week.
The Los Angeles-based company has closed more than 40 territories on Splash Entertainment’s animated family film led by deals with Village Roadshow in Australia/New Zealand and TF1 in France.
The distributor has announced its worldwide acquisition of Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s documentary ahead of its Wednesday night world premiere in Venice.
The Canada CFTI Media Group (CCMG) and Movie Plus Canada have signed a long-term deal to finance and produce up to three studio-level features a year.
Head of cinema Nathalie Coste-Cerdan latest executive to be axed.
The Toronto-based company behind The Whistleblower starring Rachel Weisz and Anton Corbijn’s upcoming Life has started a scripted television department.
The distributor has picked up all US and Canadian rights Gabrielle Demeestere’s Slamdance selection starring James Franco and Henry Hopper.
Awesomeness Films and YouTube have announced the start of production on the first feature in their recently unveiled partnership.
The two-day finance and co-production market will take place on October 14 and 15.
CEO and executive producer Brad Parks and executive director Rod Beaudoin will lead the event, set to run from September 23-27.
eOne has revived its Momentum Pictures label and has struck a multi-film deal with Orion Releasing to jointly acquire and distribute film in the US and select territories.
Fantastic Fest announced its final wave of features and events for the annual celebration of all things genre.
Media and Entertainment Commissioner Cynthia López and Made in NY Media Center by IFP Executive Director Joana Vicente have announced a new grant for New York City-based projects in early development.
The Netherland’s submission to the upcoming Academy Awards’ Best Foreign-Language Film category will be Joost van Ginkel’s The Paradise Suite.
Iceland’s submission to the Best Foreign-Language Film category will be Grímur Hákonarson’s Rams.
Jordan’s submission to the upcoming Academy Awards’ Best Foreign-Language Film category will be Naji Abu Nowar’s Theeb.
Philippe Ramos’ Mad Love was awarded the top prize at the Montreal World Film Festival.
The Halloween horror film has sold in France, Benelux and the Middle East.
EXCLUSIVE: Andrew Haigh drama crossed £1m theatrical last night after 12 days of play.
Anjani Patel will replace outgoing head of diversity Joyce Adeluwoye-Adams.
The Event Cinema Association’s annual event will take place on October 19.
The Adelaide Film Festival has announced its competition line-up for 2015.
The companies have scheduled shooting dates for The Ladykiller and The More You Ignore Me.
Stearn served as executive producer on Shameless and his work has won a Peabody Award, an AFI and a Humanitas Award and has been nominated for three Emmys.
Organisers said on Tuesday they were “extremely disappointed” after producers on the Aretha Franklin documentary withdrew the film on the eve of the festival.
The studio will handle worldwide distribution of the British filmmaker’s mystery title in summer 2017.
Significant prosecution for internet film piracy in Northern Ireland
Kirk D’Amico’s Santa Monica-based sales agent is launching a genre label and kicks off with international rights to the SXSW horror starring Jeremy Sisto.
Jurassic World and Avengers: Age Of Ultron led the way as North American releases generated $4.48bn from May 1 to September 7.
The arthouse distributor has acquired all US rights to Avishai Sivan’s drama following its US premiere in Telluride at the weekend. Separately, IFC Midnight has picked up Travis Z’s Cabin Fever and Broad Green and Tugg will partner on the release of Last Days In The Desert.
The London-based distributor will commence international sales in Toronto on Jamie M Dagg’s imminent world premiere.
The streaming giant will extend its reach in early 2016 into South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Terminator star to receive festival’s Golden Icon Award.
The company has picked up international sales rights to Richard Elson’s family film narrated by Liam Neeson.
Film about legendary football manager to premiere at UK football ground before going nationwide.
The company have picked up US distribution rights for The Lunchbox director’s next film.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: War movie The Hundred Regiments Offensive topped the China box office for the week August 31-September 6, grossing $39.4m for a cumulative total of $61.97m after 10 days.
EXCLUSIVE: Gate House Entertainment launches with children’s novel.
International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg is the latest film festival to dedicate a section to quality television serial drama with the launching of a new competition for the New Creators Award.
Scott Eastwood stars in the action drama, set to debut at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Star of Rush and Inglourious Basterds to become a partner at German production company.
Malaysia’s Asia Tropical Films and Singapore’s Clover Films are co-producing the directorial debut of Hong Kong actor Chapman To, Let’s Eat (working title), with investment from Fox International Channels (FIC).
EXCLUSIVE: Yarek Danielak’s Los Angeles-based distribution and production house has acquired world sales rights to the rom-com starring Scott Eastwood.
Disney’s Inside Out remains in second for the fourth straight week.
Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf has dedicated the Robert Bresson Award to imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.
Australian writer-director Sue Brooks, whose latest feature Looking For Grace has premiered at the Venice Film Festival, has revealed details of her upcoming projects.
Benelux distributor Lumiere has been on an acqusition drive, ramping up its release slate for next year.
Berlin-based sales outfit M-Appeal has swooped to add Venice Biennale College title Blanka to its autumn market slate.
Cinecitta Studios in Rome is reaping the benefits of the generous new Italian tax credit, which has recently been extended to all audiovisual activity, including high-end TV drama.
Free tickets can be booked now for the panel, held in association with UKTI, which takes place on Friday (Sept 11).
BAFTA Cymru-winning film stars Vicky McClure, Adeel Akhtar, Ray Panthaki.
BOX OFFICE: Paramount soars again as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation reached $500m worldwide. Meanwhile, Universal executives celebrate $1bn milestone for Jurassic World
Studio executives have another cause for celebration in what has become a banner year as the monster hit joined an elite club at the weekend and the studio itself crossed $6bn worldwide.
SEPTEMBER 7 UPDATE: The Christian drama climbed to the top of the charts as a dismal Labor Day weekend concluded the fifth biggest blockbuster season on record. Studios will report four-day numbers on Monday.
EXCLUSIVE: Visit Films has acquired worldwide rights excluding Ireland to Ken Wardrop’s documentary ahead of its world premiere in Telluride this weekend.
UPDATED: A Colorado judge has granted the soul legend an injunction to stop Friday’s screening of Amazing Grace.
Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi have assumed control of the majority of the Exclusive Media Group (EMG) library that includes Memento, Donnie Darko and End Of Watch.
EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Peedom, whose stirring documentary Sherpa receives its international premiere at Telluride on Friday night, has revealed her upcoming plans.
Universal Pictures International’s (UPI) Minions from Universal/Illumination has grossed $700m and heads to Turkey.
EXCLUSIVE: The Match Factory is working again with Belgian director Sam Garbarski on international sales for his new feature film, starring Moritz Bleibtreu and Alba Rohrwacher.
Justin Kurzel directing video game adaptation.
For the third year in a row the partners will celebrate Canadian women in film during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
The executive has been promoted to vp of sales at Double Dutch International (DDI), effectively immediately.
September Films boss Pim Hermeling has revealed details of his ambitious plans to remould his company as a vertically integrated outfit, combining production and exhibition with distribution.
The Screen Forward: IFP Conference is set to run in New York from September 20-25 and will include workshops, case studies, discussions and networking events.
Direct-to-video gangster drama on course to hit 40,000 unit sales in one week.
British actress to receive career award; festival guest list includes Tom Hiddleston, Ellen Page, Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro.
Light-hearted drama won Sundance audience award.
Winner to be flown to LA and teamed with experts to help realise their project.
Japan has submitted Masaharu Take’s sports drama 100 Yen Love as its candidate for Best Foreign-Language Film at the Academy Awards, the country’s Motion Picture Producers Association announced.
Line-up revealed for fourth edition.
Acquisitions include Kyle Ham’s Reparation.
We Are Your Friends, Maze Runner sequel and Legend also chart.
The initiative will run on private investment, potentially in a reduced form.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has secured North American rights from WME Global to the topical immigration drama that premiered in Cannes Critics Week earlier this year.
Indies basing their productions in Scotland can apply for a chunk of a $2.7m (£1.75m) Growth Fund launched by the Scottish government to boost its creative industries.
Top brass at the 42nd edition of the Colorado event have announced the roster of 27 films, with surprises to come over the September 4-7 run date.
The average viewer spends $32 a month on transactional or subscription VOD content, according to research conducted by Vimeo and consultancy group Latitude.
Kirk D’Amico and his team will introduce international buyers in Toronto to the thriller starring Emily VanCamp and Michael Nyqvist.
The distributor has picked up US rights from Memento Films International to the Venice competition entry by Xavier Giannoli.
John Crowley’s hit Sundance drama Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan and Patricia Riggen’s Chilean smash The 33 with Antonio Banderas bookend the festival, set to run in Miami from October 22-25.
The 26th edition will screen more than 40 Latin American and Ibero-American films and runs from September 17-October 7 in Silver Springs, Maryland.
The new promotional organisation will kick off later this month with the first in an annual festival roadshow in Los Angeles and New York.
Abramorama and HBO Documentary Films have announced their pre-festival acquisition of Laurie Anderson’s Telluride selection, styled as a personal meditation on love, loss and terriers.
The former Newsweek film critic recently served as artistic director of the Los Angeles Film Festival and joins the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), set to run from January 1-11 2016.
The former evp at Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment has formed a multi-media company to develop features, TV, digital content and apps.
The producer joins writer Andrew Davies and BBC executives to talk about literary adaptation.
The actor will also attend the gala screening of his latest film Forsaken at the festival.
The festival will put a focus on future film talent at this year’s event.
Norway’s submission to the upcoming Academy Awards’ Best Foreign-Language Film category will be Roar Uthaug’s disaster movie The Wave.
Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme’s budget has been set at $116.3m, down from $117.5m in 2014.
Pixie Lott, James May and Christopher Eccleston have been announced as presenters.
Top brass at the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival announced that 41 feature and 19 shorts from Brazilian filmmakers will screen in the 17th edition, set to run from October 1-14.
Voltage has injected some buzz into what is shaping up to be a solid pre-sale landscape at Toronto and will introduce buyers to the Gerard Butler starrer from feature directorial debutant Mark Williams.
The Vancouver-based producer-financier has reorganised his companies Bron Studios, genre label The Realm, Bron Releasing, Bron Animation and affiliate entities under the umbrella group.
Lakeshore Entertainment has announced the latest cast additions on its Philip Roth adaptation before Ewan McGregor starts shooting in Pennsylvania later this month.
Hong Kong-based sales company Asian Shadows has picked up world rights (outside Greater China) to Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s Tharlo, which will receive its world premiere in Venice’s Orizzonti section.
Avi Lewis’ documentary based on the Naomi Klein’s book about global warming will open in the US in early October following its Toronto world premiere on September 13.
Venice Film Market director Pascal Diot has confirmed that Chinese involvement in the event has decreased markedly since last year.
Wim Wenders’ 3D car crash drama will receive its North American premiere in Toronto and stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams and Marie-Josée Croze.
Mark Urman’s distribution company and the film’s producer will release the farce in October.
The 38th Mill Valley Film Festival will host the California premiere of awards season prospect Room accompanied by a Spotlight on star and MVFF Award recipient Brie Larson.
Oscar-winning actor will also hold a keynote conversation at the Zurich Summit and present a screening of Inglourious Basterds.
Drama will explore gay relationships as well as connections between Israel and Germany.
Venice Festival artistic director Alberto Barbera has hailed the success of the Festival’s groundbreaking Biennale College - Cinema programme in nurturing new work from young filmmakers around the world.
Youth film festival to screen documentary He Named Me Malala at 80 locations across the UK.
EXCLUSIVE: The Manchester-based horror festival has revealed its 2015 programme.
US actress best known for roles in Blade Runner and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
South Korea’s submission to the upcoming Academy Awards’ Best Foreign-Language Film category will be historical drama The Throne.
Bleiberg Entertainment and Red Granite International subsidiary Blue Box International will handle international sales in Toronto on the action thriller starring Zoë Bell.
Empire Leicester Square to be the first cinema in Europe to feature next generation technology; first film to be The Walk.
Official competition to include Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation and European premieres for Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto and Johnnie To’s Office.
In his first interview about anticipated drama The Danish Girl, director Tom Hooper reveals why he cast Eddie Redmayne as transgender pioneer Lili Elbe.
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe and his New York-based team head into the fall festival season with a raft of new acquisitions led by a worldwide deal excluding Australia/New Zealand on Venice premiere Tanna.
Director George Miller to collect critics prize at San Sebastian Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit boards international rights to directorial debut of Zack Whedon.
Chinese netizens have been raising questions over the box office success of patriotic war movie, Hundred Regiments Offensive, released last weekend to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Japanese in the Second World War.
EXCLUSIVE: Docu-drama selected for BFI London Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Protagonist exec replaces Abigail Walsh at UK sales outfit.
Further expansion plans following Senator merger include creation/acquisition of co-production and direct distribution companies in the UK and Australia.
At the programme launch for the 59th BFI London Film Festival, festival director Clare Stewart [pictured] and BFI CEO Amanda Nevill highlighted the need to address the lack of women directors in the film industry.
Jason Moring, president of Double Dutch International, announced the A.R.C.H.I.E. casting on Tuesday ahead of the start of world sales in Toronto.
Disney’s Inside Out continues its excellent run to reach $53m (£34.5m); Curzon Artificial Eye’s 45 Years records one of the strongest site averages of the weekend with $508,000 (£331,197) debut from 68 sites.
President of film Jamie Carmichael and head of sales Harry White will debut footage from the road trip comedy in Toronto after coming on to handle international sales.
BoulderLight Pictures and Hong Kong-based financiers Making Film Limited have teamed up to produce three low-budget genre features under the Making Horror label.
Kino Lorber has picked up all North American rights to Soon-Mi Yoo’s Songs From The North, while in a separate deal FilmRise will distribute Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans in the US.
French film-maker had just completed Odd Job (Un Petit Boulot).
Talley will oversee sales and overall strategy of Alchemy’s physical distribution arm, reporting to Alchemy CEO Bill Lee.
Principal photogrpahy has begun on the film, which chronicles the invention of modern-day golf in Scotland, and is to be sold at Toronto.
My Scientology Movie will screen in the festival’s Debate strand.
Nearly 60 international and Canadian producers will head to the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s (OMDC) annual International Financing Forum in Toronto.
German actor to receive Lifetime Achievement Award.
The French film director died last week after a battle with cancer.
The prolific filmmaker who revolutionised horror with wry takes on the genre like the Scream franchise and A Nightmare On Elm Street died on Sunday from brain cancer.
The feature-length documentary with no sales agent has won Australia’s richest film award, the $71,000 (A$100,000) CinefestOZ Film Prize for homegrown films.
Bloom will kick off international sales in Toronto next week for Black Label Media and Bruce Cohen Productions. CAA represents North American rights.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has moved on US rights to Sven J Matten’s LGBT psychological drama.
The new arrival will serve as svp of production under president Claudia Lewis from September 1.
The German powerhouse is having another crack at part of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling series The Mortal Instruments and will launch sales in October on the drama series Shadowhunters.
Cinedigm’s OTT service launched the new streaming programme from Monday through September 4.
The multi-platform media company has promoted David McIntosh to svp of business affairs and digital distribution, Melissa Boag to svp of kids and family entertainment, Jordan Fields to vp of acquisitions; and Tom Chen to vp of publicity.
Gideon Emery has joined Todd L. Green’s drama alongside Stelio Savante and Autumn Withers.
AUGUST 31 UPDATE: With no real pretenders to usurp it, Universal’s Straight Outta Compton held on to top berth for the third consecutive weekend and climbed to $134m.
AUGUST 31 UPDATE: The seemingly indestructible Terminator: Genisys generated $23.6m from 25 markets and climbed to $320.1m and $409.5m worldwide.
Diane Nelson has added oversight of Warner Bros Consumer Products to her responsibilities as president of DC Entertainment and president and chief content officer of Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment.
Fox/Fox Searchlight, Universal and Metrodome lead the nominations; Amy Winehouse documentary is the most nominated film.
The studio is partnering with the game’s publisher and creators Gearbox Software and Take-Two Interactive Software’s 2K as well as producers Avi and Ari Arad.
Hot off the global summer smash Jurassic World, the actress has joined the adventure from Black Bear Pictures and HWY 61 currently shooting in New Mexico.
Nolan to debate future of film as part of a new series of talks on the industry side of the BFI London Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: On the eve of his third term as the trade association’s chairman, Michael Ryan has fired a broadside at European Commission proposals for a Digital Single Market.
EXCLUSIVE: Gerald McCullouch’s feature debut set to world premiere at Montreal.
Scandinavian sales outfit LevelK is expanding eastward.
Samir’s 3D documentary submitted to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film.
Sales of Paula Ortiz’s drama to begin at Venice.
EFM’s TV initiative to return for a second year with a documentary element.
Love story completes a trilogy of features.
Sinister 2 and The Bad Education Movie also chart.
EXCLUSIVE: Asian film specialist Terracotta Distribution expands with new label to focus on titles outside the continent.
True story of the notorious killer and poet also set to screen at Toronto.
Paramount Pictures International executives will look for another strong international weekend following last weekend’s one-two punch.
Theis sci-fi feature scheduled to commence production in Europe on January 18.
Director courts controversy in France amid tax credit stand-off.
The Los Angeles festival has weighed into awards season with an eye-catching world premiere slot for Angelina Jolie Pitt’s marriage drama.
New cast additions to the film, currently shooting in New York, include Parker Posey, Maggie Q, Alice Eve, Stephen Fry and Sofia Vergara. Fortitude International handles international sales.
Pretty Pictures snaps up raft of international rights; Rialto Pictures to release documentary in the US and Canada.
Giulio Ricciarelli’s Nazi conspiracy drama submitted to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film.
Arthouse exhibitors from Poland to Venezuela have added their voices to the chorus of disapproval about Europa Cinemas’ new bonus payment scheme to promote partnerships between cinemas and online distribution platforms.
Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment have announced the second annual Bentonville Film Festival.
The Academy board of governors announced on Thursday three special honours ahead of the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on November 14.
The event will be replaced by a government-backed Youth Festival of Life Affirming Film.
Title crosses 1 million DVD and Blu-Ray sales in record time.
Sales exec joins Australian outfit from Pinnacle Films.
Submission marks Yermek Tursunov’s third film to be selected for the Oscar race .
The actress will receive the award at the London Film Festival, where her new film Truth wil have a special presentation.
The online retailer joins Netflix in moving into the Japanese video streaming market.
Director’s La calle de la amargura to be presented Out of Competition.
Robert Pattinson is attached to play the lead role in Claire Denis’ upcoming English-language sci-fi film, written with British writer Zadie Smith.
EXCLUSIVE: Heading into Toronto, Jungle Book Entertainment and One Two Films have brought on Charlotte Mickie and her team to kick off world sales on what they have described as India’s first female buddy movie.
EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner has beefed up his sales force coming off a slew of sales on Toronto selection Born To Dance and other titles.
EXCLUSIVE: UK actor cast as Kunta Kinte in A+E Networks’ scripted event series.
The studio continued to sweep aside all before it on Wednesday as executives announced an industry-high $2.113bn with four months still to go.
Paul Gross’ war film Hyena Road will open the 35th annual edition in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from September 17-24.
Soda has picked up three Toronto titles, including Ben Wheatley drama-thriller.
The co-founder and former COO of QED International has teamed up with Media Content Capital on the production, financing and distribution company.
The UK’s biggest film production company has its eyes on larger-scale films.
Sales veteran to debut in new role at Venice Film Festival.
Vice-president of international sales Anick Poirier has assembled a sales slate that includes five festival selections including the world premiere of Leena Yadav’s tale of four ordinary women in India.
Fortissimo Films’ sells Spanish rights to the Toronto-bound period drama.
The sentences handed down by a Russian military court to the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov and activist Alexander Kolchenko have provoked a wave of international protest.
Fortissimo Films has acquired global rights to Larry Yang’s Mountain Cry, which will receive its world premiere as the closing film of this year’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) on October 10.
Steven Polster’s online film and television market has signed a strategic partnership with the entertainment financing firm to provide upfront liquidity from online licensing agreements.
The Oscar winner will produce and star in Andrew Lauren Productions’ subversive comedy based on Jac Schaeffer’s Black List screenplay.
James Vanderbilt’s ‘Rathergate’ scandal drama starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford will open the 23rd annual event on October 8.
Content Media has acquired international sales to Dennis Hauck’s neo-noir detective thriller and will host a private buyers screening in Toronto.
UK premieres include Palio, The Company You Keep and Infinitely Polar Bear.
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has been sentenced to 20 years in a verdict passed today (Aug 25) by a military court in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don.
Films set to show at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), updated as announcements are made in the run up to the event.
Heading into Toronto the former president of international sales and distribution at Voltage Pictures will serve as a consultant, effective immediately.
Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) has completed its line-up with the Discovery, New Wave TIFF Kids and In Conversation With… strands and has confirmed the return of Festival Street.
Janice Roland and Shannon Treusch, partners at the film, TV and digital content PR specialists, announced the promotion on Tuesday.
The studio has recruited from within to fill the vacancy left by Sanford Panitch’s departure to Sony and appointed its former co-president of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution.
EXCLUSIVE: Heading into Toronto Arsenal Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the film about the South African punk rockers.
The deal has triggered a September 25 day-and-date release that will see the distributor open the film in North America on the same day as its Chinese launch.
EXCLUSIVE: LA-based 13 Films picks up Michael Lennox’s Toronto-bound thriller.
All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW) and Japanese partner Nippon Television (Nippon TV) are teaming with Chris and Paul Weitz’s production company Depth Of Field on an English-language remake of the Takashi Miike’s thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: The sales agent will introduce worldwide buyers to Alejandra Márquez Abella’s Mexican feature directorial debut ahead of its September 10 world premiere in Toronto.
EXCLUSIVE: The Sand and Aaaaaaaah! among first FrightFest Presents acquisitions.
Los Angeles-based Eclectic Pictures and Ineffable Pictures have begun production on Kevin Pollak’s feature directorial debut.
EXCLUSIVE: Wedding-set supernatural tale to premiere in Vanguard section.
The 20th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced its line-up of 304 films from 75 countries with 121 world and international premieres.
Maths genius biopic stars Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons.
The distributor will schedule a North American release on the family drama starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and JK Simmons.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced its 15 winners of the 42nd Student Academy Awards competition.
World premiere of US spy thriller to open independent film festival.
eOne’s art-house sales arm Seville International has secured several deals on Hany Abu-Assad’s Toronto-bound The Idol.
European Film Promotion (EFP) has unveiled the list of titles it will support at this year’s Busan International Film Festival (Oct 1-10) in South Korea.
Oscar-winning cinematographer worked on Kes, The Killing Fields and The Reader among others.
Channel launching exclusively for BT’s TV subscribers on Friday with titles including Only God Forgives.
Norika Fujiwara to narrate and provide voiceover for the Japanese version of Isabella Rossellini’s series.
EXCLUSIVE: Hot off the $15m-plus triumph of its Warrior adaptation in India, the US studio is understood to be lining up further Hindi-language features for 2016.
Universal Pictures International (UPI) brass on Monday declared another milestone in a year that has seen the studio shatter records left and right, earning $3.78bn in international receipts.
Sony Pictures Classics will schedule a qualifying run for its Toronto-bound Maggie Smith starrer The Lady In The Van.
The studio will distribute Isao Takahata’s revered animation early next year following a deal with regular collaborator Studio Ghibli.
Russian filmmakers Alexander Sokurov and Alexey Fedorchenko are among the latest to speak out in public in support of their Ukrainian colleague Oleg Sentsov.
The 53rd New York Film Festival’s Spotlight on Documentary launches on September 27 and features new work from Frederick Wiseman, Laura Poitras, Walter Salles and Joaquim Pinto.
EXCLUSIVE: Documentary played in competition at Karlovy Vary.
French beachfront festival unveils full line-up.
Twenty-four producers from Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have been selected for the programme.
Danish Zentropa producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen reported to the police for racism, when announcing Closed Eyes by Afghan-born director about the Copenhagen terror attack
Disney’s Inside Out again tops Fri-Sun market as it becomes the sixth 2015 release to hit the £30m mark.
Five graduates from the class of 2014 will receive funding for excellence in their thesis work.
The UK’s Hanan Kattan, Germany’s Peter Rommel and Canada’s Chantelle Kadyschuk are among those selected for this year’s Producers Lab Toronto (PLT).
Films Without Borders’ latest production Tales From The Slums will screen this week at Nairobi, Kenya’s fifth-annual Slum Film Festival (Aug 24-29).
In South Korea, Choi Dong-hoon’s period action thriller Assassination has become the 9th biggest local film in box office history.
Japan’s SoftBank Corp will offer Netflix subscriptions to its 37 million mobile phone customers when the global streaming service launches in Japan on September 2.
Vue has purchased the second-largest cinema chain in the Netherlands in a $97 million deal.
Treadaway to appear alongside Ruta Gedmintas in the adaptation of James Bowen’s best-selling novel.
Azize Tan has stepped down after nine years following protests over censorship at the latest edition in April, which led to the cancellation of the festival’s competitions and closing ceremony.
AUGUST 24 UPDATE: The Hollywood-China marriage resumed after the summer blackout as Terminator: Genisys delivered a confirmed $27m debut in China on 25,000 screens and the Bride Wars remake arrived on $23.6m via Fox International.
AUGUST 24 UPDATE: Universal’s NWA biopic held on to top berth in its second weekend as an estimated $26.4m boosted the running total to an impressive $111.1m.
Mike Downey warns the film-making community of imminent sentence for Oleg Sentsov at Sarajevo Film Festival awards ceremony
EXCLUSIVE: Bosnian director and winner of Berlinale’s Golden Bear plans to shoot her film about the wartime massacre next autumn.
Festival director Mirsad Purivatra says “quality over quantity” in the programme has led to a boost in figures.
Macedonian period epic to be released in first quarter of 2016
Acting awards split between casts of Mustang and Chevalier, Son Of Saul wins Special Jury Prize.
Panel discussed the future of co-production in the proposed Digital Single Market.
Docu Rough Cut Boutique prizes also revealed.
Chinese film-maker’s short The Administration Of Glory was in competition at Cannes in 2014
EXCLUSIVE: Swedish director working with Breaking Bad producer Mark Johnson.
Chancellor George Osborne wants more projects like Gravity and Avengers: Age Of Ultron to shoot in the UK.
Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award for actor who attended the festival with new film A Perfect Day.
Elle Driver, Wide Management and European film funds on what brings them back to the Sarajevo Film Festival’s development and financing platform.
Award-winning filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic hopes to see tax breaks introduced to encourage film production in the country.
An adaptation of Vladimir Sorokin’s bestselling novel The Norm is among eight film projects to be presented at a pitching forum in Venice by Roskino in cooperation with the Venice Film Market on Sept 6 .
The first session of the 2015 Sarajevo Film Festival’s Regional Forum saw panellists and audiences divided over trends in local cinema exhibition
EXCLUSIVE: Craig Fairbrass to star in action-thriller Cartel.
Hip hop biopic scores nearly double the second place film, Paper Towns.
Paramount and Skydance’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation stands at $254m and is expected to dominate for a third weekend.
The first honourees for the 2015 British Academy Britannia Awards presented by American Airlines on October 30 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel have been announced.
Top brass at the Toronto International Film Festival industry office on Thursday revealed further details of next month’s line-up of sessions scheduled to run from September 11-17.
US premieres of Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth and Charlie Vundla’s South African drama Cuckold are among the initial roster of 24 films announced by programmers at the Chicago International Film Festival on Thursday.
EXCLUSIVE: Stars of Jacques Audiard’s Cannes winner to lead new feature, which is set to shoot in India later this year.
The European Commission has come under fire from exhibitor associations for the introduction of a new bonus payment scheme in the Europa Cinemas network’s deadlines to promote partnerships between exhibitors and online distribution platforms.
Organisers at the 27th Palm Springs International Film Festival have unveiled the dates for their next edition.
Former IFC Films marketing director Michael Winton has joined as vice-president of marketing, while publicity consultant Laura Sok has been named vice-president of publicity.
Ines Tanovic’s film, which screened in competition of Sarajevo Film Festival, has been chosen as Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Oscar submission
President of worldwide television and digital distribution Jim Packer will take part in an on-stage conversation with Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins on October 5 opening day.
Producer-financier Black Label has hired Mark Mallouk for the story based on the Kurt Calabrese life rights.
Dish TV, the direct-to-home (DTH) satellite service of India’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises, has launched a satellite VOD service, DishFlix, which offers US and Indian movies for a monthly fee.
The festival also handed awards to Danish director Bille August and actress Ghita Nørby for Silent Heart.
IFD Australia’s head of acquisitions and development will leave the company after three years.
Anees Bazmee’s sequel to 2007’s Welcome will screen in Dubai ahead of its worldwide release.
Canadian film-maker received the honour before a screening of Exotica as part of the Tribute To… programme
New projects from Alejandro Fernández Almendras, Eliane Caffé and Daniel Hendler are included in this year’s Films in Progress selection.
Star Wars: Rogue One actor Jiang Wen will be amongst the first clients at Leeding Management.
London premiere to be hosted with Women In Film & Television.
Anthony Asquith’s 1928 film to get a new score from John Altman.
The Comedians Guide To Survival also features Paul Kaye, MyAnna Burin and Neil Stuke.
EXCLUSIVE: The team representing Paddy Breathnach’s Havana-set drama has come together and will present the film to market buyers in Toronto next month.
The biggest exhibitor chain in the US this week responded to the spate of deadly gun attacks inside US cinemas.
EXCLUSIVE: Anick Poirier and her team will commence world sales in Toronto on Quadrant Motion Pictures’ film about a dysfunctional family reunion.
James Gray’s long-gestating adventure has commenced shooting in Belfast and stars Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland.
Pablo Larraín’s latest film starring Luis Gnecco and Gael García Bernal has completed principal photography in Chile, Argentina and France.
The distributor has picked up US rights to Mamoru Oshii’s sci-fi and plans an October 2 day-and-date theatrical and VOD launch.
CineLink head Amra Baksic Camo discusses the trends around this year’s edition.
Ruben Ostlund’s new film The Square is among a host of intriguing projects in development in Sweden.
Asif Kapadia’s Amy, Anna Muylaert’s The Second Mother, Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu, John Maclean’s Slow West and Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood are among the fiction and documentary line-up.
The new hire arrives from the Toronto International Film Festival and will start on October 5.
Screen spoke to Russian distributor Arthouse, which has pushed through Pride’s release despite marketing challenges.
Former UK and Ireland production executive talks growing international ties and incoming projects at Swedish funding body.
South Korean film festival also announces Wide Angle juries.
Oleg Sentsov and co-defendant Aleksandr Kolchenko are currently standing trial in Rostov, Russia.
Sweden’s national broadcaster is lining up a host of docs that could garner international appeal.
David Cooke will step down in March 2016 after 12 years in the position.
Potential awards season contenders Truth from James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham’s I Saw The Light starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams land world premiere slots, while Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right will close the festival.
EXCLUSIVE: The London-based sales agent has struck a US and Canadian sale on the BAFTA-nominated war story ahead of next month’s North American premiere in Toronto.
EXCLUSIVE: The Toronto-based company has picked up US distribution and world sales rights to the second film in BGOI Film’s ‘On Ice’ slasher series.
The star has joined the drama from Forrest Lucas and Ali Afshar’s recently launched ESX Entertainment. Separately, Ving Rhames is on board Alcon’s comedy Bastards.
EXCLUSIVE: Drama from the Russian Ark director scores pre-sales ahead of Venice world premiere.
The film and television director, producer and writer died of natural causes at his Bel Air Home. He was 89.
New films by Liu Hao, Joachim Lafosse and Peter Sollett join line-up.
AUGUST 26 UPDATE: Gary Ray Moore from House Of Cards has joined Freddie Highmore, Odeya Rush and Haley Joel Osment on Animus Films’ coming-of-age film.
EXCLUSIVE: The Phoenix-based sales agent will represent worldwide rights to Patrick Kennelly’s SXSW psychological thriller.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Edko Films’ Monster Hunt finally relinquished the top spot at the China box office, as Wanda Pictures’ Go Away Mr Tumor opened in pole position with $29.75m in four days.
YooZoo acquires Second World War drama starring Andrew Garfield.
BAFTA Award-winning director to deliver a masterclass at the festival, which will programme a retrospective of his work.
Sold-out screenings for Amy Winehouse documentary and Cobain: Montage of Heck.
AUGUST 19 UPDATE: Movio on Wednesday signe a long-term deal with National CineMedia for its ‘Movio Media’ market research software.
A total 120 projects from Morocco to Syria are set to be supported over the next three years by the new $2.2m (€2m) ICAM programme co-funded the European Union.
The deal is set to include collaboration on television and movie content between the two companies.
Venice’s “virtual festival” will feature 15 world premieres this year.
Pernilla August’s new adaption of A Serious Game, scriped by Lone Scherfig, is among the 11 works-in-progress set to be introduced at Haugesund’s New Nordic Films
Ukrainian director faces 20 years in jail despite retraction of key witness testimony.
Chairman and CEO Charles Cohen announced the North American deal for the Cannes Un Certain Regard prize winner on Monday.
The North American rights deal for Japanese genre master Takashi Miike’s comedic vampire action thriller precedes the Midnight Madness screening in Toronto next month.
Iain Morris and Damon Beesley depart Bwark to set up Fudge Park with former Bwark execs.
Period drama starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara to receive UK premiere at LFF; new trailer released.
Niels Lind Larsen has been appointed head of programme at CPH PIX in Copenhagen.
The digital distributor has acquired worldwide rights to Steven Piet’s SXSW drama thriller.
Disney’s Inside Out leads Fri-Sun with $3m (£1.91m) after just a 3% drop; Warner Bros’ The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is the best of the other new entries with $2.3m (£1.44m).
South Korea’s 20th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced iconic Taiwanese actress and filmmaker Sylvia Chang will lead this year’s New Currents jury.
The new arrival previously served in senior executive roles at Cameron Pace Group, Prime Focus Limited and 525 Studios among others.
Korean feature tops 10.5 million admissions.
Serbia has become the latest country to offer tax incentives to international film and television productions when they shoot in the territory.
Fortissimo locks UK deal with Metrodome for Toronto title; BBC boards TV rights.
Norwegian director Hallvard Bræin’s action comedy Børning received both the jury and the audiences’ film prize at the ceremony in Haugesund’s Maritim Hall
The new Star Wars lands will be built at its Orlando and Anaheim theme park locations.
Declaration on gender equality in the European film industry adopted during a conference at the Sarajevo Film Festival.
Highly-anticipated new film, written by J.K. Rowling, directed by David Yates and starring Eddie Redmayne, starts production.
Pablo Larraín’s The Club one of 14 titles in competition.
Bhatt joins DDA’s board in the role of president, film & television.
Exhibition and co-production in the borderless world to be discussed at Sarajevo’s Regional Forum.
AUGUST 17 UPDATE: The year when Universal Pictures can seemingly do no wrong continued as the NWA biopic brushed Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation aside. Warner Bros’ The Man From U.N.C.L.E. flopped in third place.
AUGUST 17 UPDATE: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation maintained winning ways thanks to a strong showing in 62 territories that propelled the running total to a confirmed $235.3m after three sessions.
The Golden Leopard of Locarno Film Festival’s 68th edition went to Right Now, Wrong Then by South Korea’s Hong Sang-soo.
A New York U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Friday approved a $2.5m interim financing loan for the bankrupt company and pushed back the sale timetable by two weeks.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s film centres on a dictator’s final days in a country taken over by revolutionists.
Norwegian cinema is garnering success abroad but attendance for national films has plummeted this year.
The Brooklyn-based film and TV distributor has partnered with streaming video applications provider ViewLift to launch CoolFlix.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation stands at $184.6m through Paramount Pictures International and is expected to dominate for a third consecutive session.
Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson star in thriller from director of The Others and The Sea Inside.
Holdover Fantastic Four significantly outperformed the latest Adam Sandler comedy in generating online buzz between August 6-12.
The distributor has acquired North American rights from Wild Bunch to Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s French horror film ahead of its world premiere in Toronto’s Vanguard strand.
Twelve titles also include films by Pablo Trapero, Joaquim Lafosse, He Ping and Fabienne Berthaud.
Toronto brass on Thursday paid homage to arguably the most dynamic and provocative content format in entertainment, announcing the festival’s inaugural slate of six TV projects from the likes of Baltasar Kormákur, Jason Reitman and Lucía Puenzo.
J.K. Simmons and American Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw are to join Ed Helms and Owen Wilson on the Alcon Entertainment comedy.
Marc Munden, the British director behind the TV series Utopia, will direct for the ambitious New York-based film company, Goyer and his Phantom Four.
Musical based around the 2006 Ipswich murders stars Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy.
Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria awaiting a decision over the proportion of English in the film.
Superhero comedy starring Brett Goldstein and Catherine Tate set for UK theatrical release.
The Chinese animation studio has launched a Los Angeles-based production office and brought on industry veterans and longtime producing partners Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox.
The global rights deal on Marc Furmie’s sci-fi becomes the second such pact for the LA-based distributor as it continues its strategic expansion.
Producers plan feature debut of Student Academy Award winner Talkhon Hamzavi.
Documentary De Palma by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow to screen out of competition.
Alibaba Pictures has restructured its management team with the appointment of Zhang Wei as president and Deng Kangming as COO.
App will give Virgin Media customers access to independent films.
Amazon Prime Instant Video reversed declines during 2014 to reach 1.2 million UK homes this year - but it remains well behind rival VoD service Netflix, according to the latest Ofcom study.
Steven Spielberg’s espionage thriller starring Tom Hanks has found its awards season launchpad as the New York Film Festival (NYFF) confirmed it had landed the world premiere.
EXCLUSIVE: Automatic Entertainment has closed key territories on upcoming Film4 FrightFest world premiere.
Shakespeare comedy, featuring the stars of Horrible Histories, set to be released in September.
Top brass at the Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles (FICG in LA) announced on Wednesday the line-up of Mexican and Latin American films at the festival, set to run from August 27-30.
Top brass at the annual New York and Colombian festivals separately announced on Wednesday their festival dates for next year.
EXCLUSIVE: Documentarian Cosima Spender plans feature about her grandfather, the 20th Century writer.
Taken star Liam Neeson is set to play US Army General Douglas MacArthur in John H. Lee’s upcoming Korean War film about the Incheon Landing Operation.
The president and CEO of Canadian cargo airline Cargojet has been appointed to the Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television’s board.
Industry veteran to take executive producer and producer duties at new firm.
Swiss cinema is to be put in the spotlight in Mexico and Brazil over the next two years.
Venice titles and award-winners from Cannes, Berlin and Sundance included in Pearls strand.
The US rights deal on Duccio Chiarini’s Italian sex comedy leads into an October 9 premiere followed by a director Q&A at Cinema Village in New York.
Uggie the dog, star of The Artist, has been put to sleep due to difficulties stemming from a prostate tumour.
MAD Solutions have joined distributor network Europa Distribution, becoming the association’s first member from an Arab country.
Bal named managing director of Belgian festival.
UK, international, Israeli and documentary titles revealed.
UKTI is hunting for independent TV production companies and TV technology companies to take to the Philippines on its latest trade mission.
New film from the director of Oscar-nominated Omar to premiere at Toronto.
Toronto-bound dramas added to Zurich line-up.
Organisers unleashed their latest volley of programming, an embarrassment of riches featuring new non-fiction work about education activist Malala Yousafzai, Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre, the immediate aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks and the iconic tango pairing of María Nieves and Juan Carlos Copes.
The streaming giant announced the new original film Mascots on Tuesday.
The multi-hyphenate and her Jolie Pas Productions have joined the filmmaking team on the upcoming animation.
EXCLUSIVE: Germany’s Oldenburg International Film Festival is to play host to the nomination committee for the European Film Awards’ European Discovery - Prix Fipresci for the first time this year.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Monster Hunt topped the China box office again last week, reaching a cumulative gross of $330.32m (RMB2.51bn) to become China’s second highest-grossing film of all time.
Algerian filmmakers were the big winners when the awards were handed out today (Tues) at Locarno’s Open Doors co-production lab, this year dedicated to the Maghreb region.
Film Independent president Josh Welsh announced on Tuesday the date for this season’s awards show.
Film about female empowement in a conservative Bedouin community wins showcase.
AUGUST 12 UPDATE: Sundance Institute and Time Warner Foundation announced on Tuesday the ten artists selected for the 2015 Sundance Institute | Time Warner Foundation Fellowship Program.
Santa Barbara International Film Festival top brass will present the actress with the tenth annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at a gala dinner on October 3.
Marlon Wayans’ spoof has started shooting in Los Angeles, financier and international sales agent IM Global announced on Tuesday.
The Fixer among five projects selected for the CineLink Work in Progress sessions.
Blayne Weaver’s film noir will also star Lyndie Greenwood, Erin Cahill, Patrick Day and Weaver himself.
Shanghai-based China Film International (CFI) has picked up worldwide rights to Chinese filmmaker Bi Gan’s Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can), which receives its world premiere in Locarno’s Cineasti del Presente section today (Aug 11).
BFI to release new 4K digital restoration of David Lean’s epic starring Omar Sharif as part of its upcoming Love project.
The director of The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate revealed that he often wonders “why I made the crazy, suicidal turn in the road that I did”.
Cult director sets $150,000 goal to fund post-production.
Newly added to this year’s festival will be a workshop for young filmmakers and film music composers.
Raindance’s Web Fest launches event to connect online filmmakers with distribution platforms.
The UCLA School Of Theater, Film And Television has established an award named after the former executive and Women In Film Crystal Award recipient.
Principal photography has begun on Los Angeles-based Meritage Pictures’ 80s-themed comedy.
A spokesperson for the bankrupt company outlined the imminent sale process on Monday, with the auction set for September 16.
The distributor has picked up North American rights to SPL 2: A Time For Consequences and The Timber.
Amos Gitai’s drama about the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to world premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival.
In other news: Doc Alliance winner revealed; Viennale boss signs to 2018; update to reports of Tunisian filmmakers pulling titles.
The inaugural Cincinnati-based Helios Film Festival set to run from October 9-11 has announced the launch of a Female Filmmaker Challenge in partnership with film website TentSquare.
Media and Entertainment Commissioner Cynthia López, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, and NYCEDC announced on Monday a year-long programme to expand resources and opportunities for New Yorkers.
The Daytime Emmy-winner and entertainment veteran will oversee day-to-day business operations as general manager at the animation studio.
Filmmaker was in post production on comedy Aquatic Effect.
Paramount’s Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation leads over Fri-Sun with $3.7m (£2.4m); Universal’s Jurassic World becomes the eighth biggest film of all time with $97.9m (£63.32m).
Zabaltegi strand of the festival will feature 24 titles.
AUGUST 10 UPDATE: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation retained the global, international and North American crowns with ease as the second session generated a confirmed $65m from 58 territories and $28.5m in North America.
AUGUST 10 UPDATE: The Tom Cruise roadshow rolled on with gusto as Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation stayed top in its second weekend on a confirmed $28.5m that propelled the Paramount-Skydance film’s running total to $107.8m.
James Holmes, who massacred 12 people during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in the Colorado suburb Aurora three years ago, is to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
Cinema Slate, a new distributor focused on Latin American cinema launched by Rodrigo Brandão, has struck a deal with streaming service Fandor to release four films.
Tunisian filmmakers have withdrawn projects destined for Locarno’s Open Doors co-production lab in protest at the festival’s refusal to drop the Israeli focus in the Industry Days’ revamped First Look showcase.
Director of Amy Winehouse documentary set to beat his own record.
Other new titles in competition include Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Sparrows and the first animated film to play in San Seb’s official selection.
Biopic to be directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the filmmaker behind damning SeaWorld documentary Blackfish.
Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) to begin shooting next week.
Swiss filmmakers’ activities at home and abroad are to be given a welcome boost by the introduction of new financial instrument - the Film Standort Schweiz (FiSS) – and a new government decree for international cooperation.
Polish delegation headed for Sarajevo’s co-production market CineLink.
Conference on gender equality to be held at Sarajevo Film Festival’s Regional forum
Mission: Impossible ranks second.
Paramount/Skydance’s Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation heads into the second session and will have to muster all its charm to resist the advance of Fantastic Four.
The Columbia Pictures co-president of production has become president of TriStar Pictures as Tom Rothman shuffled his Sony executive pack on Thursday.
The streaming service has set its worldwide digital release date for Evgeny Afineevsky’s documentary about the birth of the civil rights movement in Ukraine.
The distributor has taken all US rights to the Nicolas Cage horror film from the international sales agent Voltage Pictures.
The Los Angeles-based producer-financier has struck a first-look production deal with its Nightcrawler star.
Screendaily has confirmed that Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, the pair who founded the theatrical and VOD day-and-date enterprise four years ago under the auspices of TWC, have left the mothership.
Danny Boyle’s biopic, starring Michael Fassbender as the Apple visionary, to receive its European premiere in London.
Warner Music artists include Prince and Led Zeppelin.
The filmmaker, in awards contention this upcoming season for Carol, will receive the Director Tribute at the 25th Annual IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York on November 30.
XLrator Media has acquired North American rights to the SXSW documentary Mateo by Aaron I. Naar.
FUNimation Entertainment announced a mighty opening night for the theatrical release of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F.
A month after her appointment as co-director of Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Kang Soo-youn was on stage in Seoul speaking with the press alongside her co-director colleague Lee Yong-kwan.
ScreenSingapore (SS) has announced the inaugural Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market, which will run Dec 2-4.
EXCLUSIVE: Prestigious Polish festival readies pilot and first episode strand.
EXCLUSIVE: British Independent Film Awards’ Insider Series supported by Creative Skillset.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s 1990 drama Stalin’s Funeral, starring Vanessa Redgrave as an English journalist, will be shown at Vyborg’s “Window on Europe” Film Festival of Russian Cinema (Aug 7-13)
US actor/director to curate the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation award and present new feature Tigers alongside director Danis Tanovic.
Projects selected from across South America and Europe.
Oscar-winning star named Ambassador of Into Film.
Universal Pictures top brass announced on Wednesday that after seven months the studio had reached $5.53bn, overtaking $5.52bn set by Fox in 2014 for a new industry record.
World premieres for Patricia Rozema, Guy Édoin and Stephen Dunn are among the selection scheduled to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Sony Pictures Classics has pounced on a hot awards prospect, acquiring US rights and all available territories on Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic and feature directorial debut.
The studio, urgently in need of lucrative franchises and facing the possibility it could lose the James Bond series in a competitive auction later this year after it releases Spectre, has announced 16 key releases over the next two years.
UPDATE: Police have identified the man they shot dead at a Nashville suburban multiplex as 29-year-old Vincente David Montano. They also said he had been carrying what turned out to be an air pistol and not a gun.
Doctor Strange DoP Ben Davis discussed the visual palette and context of the anticipated superhero film starring Benedict Cumberbatch at BAFTA.
EXCLUSIVE: Fulwell 73 to produce Ben Turner’s first scripted feature.
Montreal’s genre film festival wraps with over 100,000 spectators attending across its 23 days of screenings.
The trio have joined star Demi Levato on 3QU Media’s animated musical comedy, which has begun shooting in Montreal at Cinesite’s new animation studio.
Big World Pictures has acquired US rights from Beta Cinema to Romania’s foreign language Oscar submission.
EXCLUSIVE: UK feature to be directed by vfx supervisor Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull.
Pat Fitzgerald and Mitch Lowe have joined the board of directors while Kelly Summers arrives as svp of strategy and planning.
Captions to be added to Alex Gibney documentary Going Clear for its UK broadcast, which will also air across Ireland.
Lionsgate UK brings release forward by three weeks.
Locarno Film Festival president Marco Solari has hit out claims that festival sponsors’ invitations to more than 80 Swiss politicians could be construed as corruption or trying to curry influence.
The tenant of Wimbledon Studios has reopened the facility for hire by TV and film productions.
Key dates for entry, screenings and nominations announcement confirmed.
The Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger hailed strong performance of “unparalleled brands, franchises and creative content” as the entertainment giant reported third quarter earnings of $2.5bn.
The board of governors announced the news on Tuesday night adding that 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos will embark on his first officer stint as treasurer.
EXCLUSIVE: Silver Linings Playbook producer options UK novel from Kill Your Friends writer.
EXCLUSIVE: Deals with TWC, Sierra Affinity, Lionsgate/Summit and Mister Smith for Ascot Elite.
The Caliber Media Western stars Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons and Richard Jenkins.
First wave of galas also include Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America and Lance Armstrong biopic The Program.
Former president of District PR Kevin McLean will lead the operation as director while international film publicist Kara MacLean is manager and previously worked with Touchwood PR in Toronto.
Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll from Ant-Man and Ken Stott have joined the cast ahead of a production start later this month in New York and Los Angeles.
In anticipation of the release of Sinister 2, Gramercy Pictures has scheduled a midnight screenings programme to run over August 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23.
The Electric Entertainment founder and president will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Visual Effects Society’s (VES) 7th annual Summit on October 17 in Hollywood.
Studio Babelsberg’s co-production of the upcoming Captain America sequel and Steven Quale’s action film The Lake are to benefit from new German funding specifically targeted at VFX studios.
New initiative Raising Films launches crowdfunding campaign in a bid to hire a project manager.
Backing also allocated to China-Australia co-production The Nest.
Screen publisher Media Business Insight (MBI) has acquired three media database brands from business intelligence publisher Wilmington plc for an undisclosed sum.
Sing-a-long re-release will mark 40th anniversary; Monty Python troupe to film special introduction.
Calin Peter Netzer won the Golden Bear at the 2013 Berlinale.
World premiere of Nordic disaster movie The Wave to open festival in Haugesund.
EXCLUSIVE: Private funding shortfall and tough economic climate halt move.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit to handle Venice-bound thriller starring Richard Dormer.
French comedy added to sidebar’s competition.
Warner Bros’ Hot Pursuit lands with soft $486,000 (£311,000) from its 329 sites; Altitude Film Distribution’s Amy will hit £3m today.
Ezna Sands directed the drama starring Dakota Johnson, Mira Sorvino and Theo Ikummaq.
Abduction thriller voted to UK market by Melbourne’s 37º South Market.
Titles include London Stories from Hana Makhmalbaf [pictured].
Key prosecution witness retracts testimony.
First images of Jamie Bell and Mark Strong revealed.
Alec Baldwin and Randy Mastro have been elected co-chairmen of the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF).
Voice cast of Raymond Briggs’ adaptation also includes Luke Treadaway and Virginia McKenna.
Iceland’s Gunnar Jonsson gets a special mention; Jerzy Skolimowski [pictured] is honoured as Motovun Maverick.
The OddLot founder and CEO will receive an industry tribute to start the four-day conference section of the
Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights wins FIPRESCI Jury prize at New Horizons festival.
Turkish film won prizes at the Cannes Film Festival and Odessa.
Marks first industry-wide census since 2012.
AUGUST 3 UPDATE: The action icon who defies the slide of age returned to the fray over the weekend as Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation dominated the international arena on a confirmed $64.5m from 40 territories and ruled North America on $56m.
AUGUST 3 UPDATE: Tom Cruise returned to pole position at the North American box office and bucked the trend of diminishing debuts for the last two episodes in the spy franchise, playing his part in helping 2015 box office stay 8.1% ahead of last year by the same stage.
The importance of creative jobs to the UK economy
The ‘Rathergate’ drama starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett will open in New York and Los Angeles on October 16.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has granted permission for the bankrupt company to pay staff and maintain day-to-day operations.
Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino and Britt Robertson have also joined the untitled intergalactic love story that Peter Chelsom will direct.
Pinewood Cardiff shoot for Relativity-backed remake put on ice.
Tara Subkoff’s genre film stars Chloe Sevigny, Tim Hutton, Natasha Lyonne, Balthazar Getty and Taryn Manning, among others.
EXCLUSIVE: Profile of Rolling Stones bassist leads London-based outfit’s doc slate.
Ewa Puszczynska, a producer on Pawel Pawlikowski’s Oscar-winning Ida, is preparing the first feature project of her own new company.
What Happened to Monday? has begun production in Romania; new cast additions include Kon-Tiki’s Pal Sverre Hagen.
The distributor announced on Friday that Blair Westlake, Andy Schuon, Zvi Rhine and Patrick O’Brien have joined as independent directors and will serve on the board, effective immediately.
Co-founder of Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions replaces Nik Powell, stepping up from her role as deputy chair.
Newly announced strands include 1995-2015 Dealing With The Past.
Ymagis to acquire Éclair’s operating activities, assets and holdings in subsidiaries in France, Germany and Morocco.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation ranks third.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation arrives in 40 territories day-and-date with North America in an opening salvo that should result in a new weekend champion.
Ryan Kavanaugh’s embattled studio ended months of speculation on Thursday, initiating a voluntary Chapter 11 filing it said would allow it to strengthen the balance sheet and recapitalise.
The seven-year veteran who arrived in September 2008 to head the international division and climbed to president and COO has resigned and will leave in November.
Netflix, Bleecker Street and Landmark announced a partnership on Thursday that will put Netflix’s first original film in 19 of the US exhibitor’s markets.
The largest exhibitor in the US has declined to take part in Paramount’s bid to shorten the traditional 90-day window between theatrical and home entertainment viewing.
The new capital commitments will support the upcoming pipeline and as well as TV growth.
The distributor has picked up North American rights to Miguel Gomes’ six-hour trilogy about social and economic woes in Portugal.
Director’s latest feature Remember to screen at Venice and Toronto.
Filipino director Lav Diaz among jury members.
Section to open with Pep Gatell’s documentary about leading restaurant Mugaritz.
HBO has struck a first-look deal with Russell Simmons’ new All Def Digital (ADD) for what the parties called a wide range of television projects.
The fourth edition of Venice’s Sala Web will stream selected Horizons Competition & Biennale College titles from the festival online.
The New York Film Festival (NYFF) world premiere screening of The Walk has been moved back one day to September 26 in anticipation of the Pontiff’s visit to the city.
Room, Secret In Their Eyes and Carol have been dated for the autumn corridor as their distributors bolster the films’ awards credentials.
The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne, and Atom Egoyan’s Remember among the 21 competition titles.
Lee previously headed the Korean Film Commission.
Toby Jones, Harry Lloyd, Bill Milner and Alena Mihulová join Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Anna Geislerová and Charlotte Le Bon in Sean Ellis’ Second World War thriller.
The musician also known as Chan Marshall has boarded Janis ahead of the film’s out-of-competition world premiere in Venice. Content holds worldwide rights.
Festival to highlight features and docs from the new generation of Iranian filmmakers.
Lars Kraume’s Nazi-hunting drama has been sold in France and Switzerland; further deals are in “final negotiations”.
Forrest Lucas and Ali Afshar of newly launched ESX Entertainment made the announcement on Wednesday.
A spokesperson for the beleaguered company confirmed the development on Wednesday as speculation mounted that there would be an imminent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
TIFF 40 to open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Documentary on the Rolling Stones guitarist made by the director of Oscar-winner 20 Feet From Stardom.
Director Bryan Singer to head the main competition jury.
The funding body’s Canada Feature Film Fund allocation applies to the 2014-15 cycle and includes films from Kim Nguyen and features actors such as Dane DeHaan and Catherine Keener.
The writer has been awarded the 2015 Djerassi Residency Award / San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship to work on his script Our Lady Of The Snow.
Box office tops $653m… but admissions fall 1.5%.
Coming-of-age film marks feature debut of Downton Abbey director Philip John.
The 13 films competing for a $55,000 prize include Scott Graham’s Iona and Hans Christian Berger’s After Eden.
The 62nd Pula Film Festival wrapped in Croatia on Saturday with its Best Croatian Film of the year award going to Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun.
Xavier Prats Monné to take a new EC role.
Hong Kong-based Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE) has renewed its exclusive, multi-year output deals with Hong Kong studios Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP), Mega-Vision Project Workshop (MVPW) and Universe Entertainment.
Sarajevo Film Festival’s Laško Summer Nights line-up revealed.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Monster Hunt continuted to break records at the China box office office last week, becoming the highest-grossing Chinese film ever with a gross of $221.41m after 11 days.
The first titles for the 40th Toronto International Film Festival have been announced. Watch the press conference here…
Danny Boyle’s biopic starring Michael Fassbender as the digital age visionary who changed the face of personal computing, telephony and music will screen on October 3 as the centrepiece screening of the 53rd New York Film Festival.
BFI stats reveal surge in admissions in 2015 but potential fall in production spend of UK independent films in past year.
Miguel Arteta will direct Demarest Media and Mazur/Kaplan’s adaptation of the Jennifer Niven YA novel.