The world premiere of the 30 For 30 documentary When The Garden Was Eden marking actor Michael Rapaport’s feature directorial debut will kick off the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival on April 17.
Screen is teaming up with its sister titles to launch Creative Week, five days of high-level events in June covering the film business, TV world and advertising community.
Organisers behind the MEETS Film Market have announced 11 of the 12 projects competing at the Latin American Co-Production Forum, set to run during the third International Film Festival Of Panama from April 7-9.
UPDATE: Police have confirmed that two people - one from the Netherlands - died after a car drove into a crowd of pedestrians at the South By Southwest festival.
A Chinese version of film industry database Cinando is to launch at Filmart.
The company will produce, finance and handle worldwide sales on the sci-fi written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns.
Data released by the National Association Of Theatre Owners (NATO) points to a 5% rise over 2013 in projected attendance for the upcoming convention in Las Vegas.
India’s film and television industries contributed $8.1bn (Rs500bn) to the country’s economy in 2013, according to a report launched by Deloitte at the ongoing FICCI Frames conference in Mumbai.
In a move to expand its footprint in China, Columbia Pictures has revisited its local production ties and entered into split-rights deals with Chinese production companies.
Sony Pictures Animation has hired Kelly Asbury to direct an entirely computer-animated untitled Smurfs feature that is being viewed as a fresh take on the property rather than a third entry in the franchise.
Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers’ comedy earned the narrative feature competition grand jury prize while Margaret Brown’s Deepwater Horizon disaster film The Great Invisible prevailed in the documentary section.
FICCI Frames: India’s box office grew by 10% to reach $1.53bn (Rs93.4bn) in 2013, according to a FICCI-KPMG report released on the opening day of the FICCI Frames conference in Mumbai.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding has acquired a 60% stake in film and TV producer and distributor ChinaVision Media Group for $804m.
Festival hierarchy have announced the dates for the 28th edition of the festival in Hollywood.
The British filmmaker will be the subject of a Spotlight retrospective at the 14th Annual New York Indian Film Festival, set to run from May 5-10 in New York.
The 17th annual co-production and co-financing market will shine a light on Ibero-America and the US when it runs in Halifax, Canada, from September 11-14.
The star of Fox’s April 25 release The Other Woman release will collect the CinemaCon Comedy Star Of The Year Award in Las Vegas on March 27.
Richard Linklater, riding high on critical acclaim for Boyhood and Before Midnight, will collect the honour during the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival on May 1.
Cary Elwes, Jason Momoa, Drew Roy, Haley Webb and Shane Coffey have joined the Yellow Brick Films comedy-thriller.
Kino Lorber has come on to handle packaged media and digital distribution to the Zalman King Company library.
Trier to develop in-house projects and co-productions at the Munich-based company.
Edko Films will be launching sales on Cheuk Wan Chi’s Temporary Family, a romantic comedy starring Nick Cheung, Sammi Cheng and Angelababy, at the upcoming Filmart content market in Hong Kong.
EXCLUSIVE: Epic Pictures to distribute Afghanistan war film The Patrol in US.
James White joins UK distributor, which will now offer restoration services to third parties.
Andrea Wong, Pete Czernin and Jonathan Ross have joined the BFI’s governing board.
Mario Martone will also participate in public conversation.
EXCLUSIVE: Production is about to kick off in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 12 on Number 9 Films and Killer Films’ Patricia Highsmith adaptation, reuniting Todd Haynes with recent Oscar winner Cate Blanchett.
EXCLUSIVE: Producers quash pending civil action after private resolution.
New co-production platform to take place during Champs Elysées Film Festival in June.
Robert Rodriguez’s new US-based cable network El Rey Network and eOne Television have struck a slew of digital deals on From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, set to receive its broadcast premiere on Tuesday night (11).
Filmmaker Josh Wakely’s Australia and US-based production company Grace has acquired world rights from Sony/ATV Music Publishing to the Beatles’ music catalogue for the animation series.
Starz Digital Media has acquired US and Canadian rights to The Hawkins Brothers’ directorial debut We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.
Programmers at the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T unveiled on Tuesday (11) the programme of 58 short films, 29 of which are world premieres.
Timur Bekmambetov’s first outing as a director since his Hollywood film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter sees him going back in time again to the beginning of the First World War at the end of 1914.
The South Korean 4D cinema company will bring its 4DX technology to the Las Vegas convention.
Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler are to receive the 2014 CinemaCon Female Star Of The Year Award and Male Star Of The Year Award respectively.
Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago-based Harpo Films has acquired film rights to The Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.
EXCLUSIVE: Production on the Josh Duhamel thriller is due to wrap on Wednesday  in Austin, Texas. Cargo Entertainment represents international sales and has concluded a number of deals.
Simon Beaufoy and Tony Garnett among team behind spy series ripped from the headlines.
James Corden, Craig Roberts among cast to join thriller now underway in UK.
Action director to head Tiantan awards jury at Beijing International Film Festival.
Case studies on Nymphomanic and The Monuments Men will run alongside sessions with experts from HBO, NBC Universal and Sony Pictures Entertainment among others.
Netherlands-based exhibitor Cine Grand is collaborating with Beijing-based Time Antaeus Group to build cinemas in the mainland China market.
Korean studio CJ Entertainment’s China office has confirmed that Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer will be released in mainland China on March 17.
Second 3D Creative Summit Producers Lab to take place at the BFI on March 13.
Taipei-based sales company Ablaze Image has picked up international rights to Tsai Yueh-hsun’s Black & White: The Dawn Of Justice.
Sequel to record breaking comedy schedules UK release.
Google and the government were in the crosshairs as whistleblower Edward Snowden made a rare public appearance on Monday (10) to address the SXSW conference from exile in Russia – ironically using Google+ Hangouts.
Roadside Attractions and Black Label Media have acquired all US rights to Yann Demange’s thriller.
Days after Jeff Robinov announced his Studio 8 venture with Huayi Brothers and details emerged of the Disney partnership with Shanghai Media Group, longtime Adam Sandler producer Robert Simonds Jr is at the heart of the latest US-China venture.
Producers Kim MCraw and Luc Déry collected the best motion picture prize at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards (9) and Gabrielle Marion-Rivard was named best lead actress. Louise Archambault directed Gabrielle.
Electric Entertainment marks first major territorial sale of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final film as a leading man to Arrow Films in the UK.
BBC Films and Shine Pictures have acquired the rights to Child 44 author Tom Rob Smith’s new psychological thriller, The Farm.
The recent Berlin world premiere from Terence Malick’s longtime collaborator AJ Edwards premiered in Sundance and screened in Berlin.
The studio veteran arrives at Sidney Kimmel Entertainment as president of production, effective March 17.
The tenth edition of the co-production showcase at the Cannes Film Festival includes new projects from Brazil’s Antonio Méndez Esparza and Mexico’s Daniel Castro Zimbrón.
Warner Bros’ sequel scores $4.6m (£2.8m) debut to top UK chart; Fox’s The Grand Budapest Hotel records Wes Anderson’s best-ever UK bow.
Action film executive produced by Nicolas Winding Refn.
Rajesh Kamat has been promoted to chief operating officer of CA Media, the Asian investment arm of Peter Chernin’s The Chernin Group, starting April 2014.
Award winning director has worked on dramas including Misfits and Top Boy.
Future Producer School, aimed at ambitious feature documentary producers, is in addition to the record number of pitch opportunities at the festival.
London’s Birds Eye View Film Festival will include 10 UK premieres and titles from Girls star Lena Dunham and Kelly Reichardt.
Producer to take part in series of film masterclasses ran by Intense Productions in association with UK Trade and Investment NW.
UPDATED MAR 10: A more appropriate title would be hard to find as Warner Bros’ 300: Rise Of An Empire dominated global box office on an estimated $133.9m and pulled off a confirmed $88.8m international launch on 14,740 screens in 58 markets.
Spurred on by Academy Awards glory, New Regency, River Road and Plan B’s acclaimed drama by Steve McQueen has surged past $100m through Lionsgate International licensees.
Warner Bros’ 300 sequel beat off the competition from DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, while Fox Searchlight capitalised on 12 Years A Slave’s Oscar glory and scored a massive limited debut on The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The studio has picked up North American rights at SXSW to Eduard Sanchez’s Bigfoot film, which International Film Trust handles for international sales.
UPDATE: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired all international rights to Space Station 76, while in separate deals Picturehouse has acquired The Guest and Starz Digital Media has taken North American rights to To Be Takei ahead of their Austin screenings.
EXCLUSIVE: Cinema Paradiso director reunites with The Best Offer team on upcoming film.
Period drama tops action epic in the online buzz chart.
The director of The Basketball Diaries starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg has been found dead at this home in Woodland Hills outside Los Angeles. He was 49.
Ivan Reitman will receive the CinemaCon Lifetime Achievement Award at the Las Vegas convention on March 27.
Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive and Andrzej Wajda’s Walesa: A Man Of Hope will open this year’s ¨Febiofest¨.
Lenny Abrahamson’s feature, starring Michael Fassbender, in competition at the Istanbul Film Festival.
Syndctd Entertainment to distribute documentary about iconic record label doc, featuring interviews with Kanye West and Snoop Dogg, in UK and across Europe.
Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to continue to back high-end film and TV tax credit breaks, claiming that they are “working so well”.
Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón to produce; Gael García Bernal to star.
Tribeca Film Festival 2014 world premieres include Every Secret Thing, Miss Meadows and Zombeavers.
California’s film czar Paul Audley has called on the state legislature to boost tax incentives in light of a sobering report that illustrates the extent of the state’s decline as a production hub.
The former head of domestic television distribution at Summit has joined the agency in the new role of global distribution strategist.
Former UK distribution firm Feature Film Company has been re-launched as an independent production, finance and consultancy company with an adaptation of football hooligan bestseller Running With the Firm.
Principal photography has commenced in Morocco on Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram For The King starring Tom Hanks.
EXCLUSIVE: Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast is being adapted for the big screen by Elizabeth screenwriter Michael Hirst and actress Mariel Hemingway.
Top brass at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) have announced the films in competition for the New Directors Prize and the Golden Gate Award contenders in the documentary category.
The video platform will promote a $10m investment at SXSW on the anniversary of its Vimeo On Demand platform.
Doug Block’s HBO Documentary will kick off proceedings in Durham, North Carolina, on April 3.
TWC-Dimension has hired Mark Bomback to write its adaptation of Ira Levin’s Broadway thriller Veronica’s Room.
Richard Shaw appointed BFI director of marketing, communications and audiences.
Phase 4 Films has acquired North American rights to Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie from SModcast Pictures.
Abbas Kiarostami is to head the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury of the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
Icon Film Distribution adds execs Jeremy Baum and Sophie Wong.
Good Universe and Point Grey Pictures principals Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver have formed an alliance to focus on producing and packaging mainstream comedy.
Chris New, one of the stars of the acclaimed Weekend, has just wrapped principal photography on his feature directorial debut A Smallholding.
FremantleMedia International (FMI) acquires worldwide distribution rights to the Lindsay Lohan documentary series.
Former Warner Bros film chief Jeff Robinov is reportedly in talks with China’s Huayi Brothers Media Corp to secure financing for a new venture that will produce five films a year.
Organisations launch return-to-work training initiative for female TV directors.
Post-apocalyptic thriller to star Jack Gordon.
River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, Lionsgate International and Focus Features will finance and distribute Apache’s upcoming fantasy from Juan Antonio Bayona.
The former co-president of eOne Films Canada and evp at Alliance Films is joining upstart Canadian distributor Elevation Pictures as co-president alongside Laurie May.
The studio has picked up US rights to Marjane Satrapi’s Sundance world premiere.
The New York-based production company co-founded by Morgan Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick has promoted the longtime producer to partner.
The Jeremy Renner dramatic thriller is set to open in the US on October 10. Sierra/Affinity handles international sales.
Jeffrey D Brown’s child trafficking film will open the 12th Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles (IFFLA), while Jasmine Jaisinghani has been appointed the festival’s first artistic director.
The partners have picked up US rights to Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi starring Christoph Waltz.
South African director boards US romantic comedy.
Participant Media and the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center’s Media Impact Project (MIP) are building an algorithm to gauge the social impact of entertainment media on the audience.
Shout! Factory has signed a deal with California-based distributor Cinevox to release Brazilian Western (Faroeste Caboclo) in the US and Canada.
Mike Myers’ directorial debut sold following its market premiere at Berlin’s EFM.
Irish animation outfit Cartoon Saloon, one of the producers behind Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells and upcoming Tomm Moore animation Song of the Sea, is in development on new project The Breadwinner, a co-production with Canadian company Aircraft Pictures.
The star of the recent 3 Days To Kill and the upcoming Draft Day will receive the 2014 Cinema Icon Award in Las Vegas on March 27.
Anonymous Content has appointed Dave Fierson as head of business operations.
Robocop had a strong opening in China last weekend, grossing $20.67m (Feb 28-March 2), but The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug kept the top spot in the box office chart.
The dates for the 65th Berlinale have been set.
Alexander Payne and Haskell Wexler and commercial location scout Scott Dewees will receive the Location Managers Guild Of America’s first honorary awards.
UPDATE: 300: Rise Of An Empire has already plundered $32.8m from 58 markets from Wedensday to Friday.
Berlin’s Picture Tree International (PTI) has secured several deals with US distributors, following its debut as an exhibitor at the European Film Market (EFM).
International colleagues have expressed concern at the news that Kateryna Kopylova, head of the Ukrainian State Film Agency since December 2010, was forced to resign her post at the end of last week.
The BBC has announced details of a new arts documentary festival that will take place as part of the Glasgow International Festival.
Short film festival to travel to South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
Colley named general manager following retirement of the supplier’s managing director.
Patrick Hughes, currently directing The Expendables 3, will direct the remake of The Raid for Screen Gems.
Tribeca Film Festival top brass have announced (4) the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections and Viewpoints titles, comprising 47 of the 89 features that will screen at the festival over April 16-27.
Nicholas Hoult to lead UK dark-comedy, distributed in UK by StudioCanal.
Le Chef (France-Spain) from Daniel Cohen and Jennifer M Kroot and Bill Weber’s To Be Takei (US) will open the 2014 RiverRun International Film Festival, while Phillippe Le Guay’s Bicycling With Molière (France) will close the festival.
Imax Corporation and Russian exhibitor Mori Cinema have signed a deal to instal five Imax theatres across the country.
The social network and film marketing platform for upcoming movies has received further seed funding as a soft launch continues.
Pilot P&A fund launched at Sundance extends to SXSW.
The veteran publicist most recently served eight years at Block/Korenbrot.
EXCLUSIVE: Pathe executive to join Altitude as head of development.
EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based Iconic Media Production has lined up a North Carolina shoot for $10m drama The Five.
Disney feature is the first animation to top 10 million admissions in Korea.
Other winners include Sacro GRA, The Special Need and Pipeline.
The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) and Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) have selected 15 finallists for the latest round of SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants.
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired all North American rights to Joel Potrykus’ comedy.
Vantage Media International (VMI) will represent world rights to Benetone Hillin Entertainment’s (BHE) horror title.
Sydney-based digital production company behind The Great Gatsby and Walking With Dinosaurs: The Movie unveils plans.
Lionsgate has struck an output agreement with fast-rising Leone Film Group in Italy, one of the last territories not covered by the company’s global network of partners.
Historical drama wins three including Best Picture; Gravity leads the pack with seven wins.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributors behind Sunday night’s (2) big Oscar winners are readying theatrical expansion plans in the wake of their triumphs.
12 Years A Slave wins best picture, best supporting actress, best adapted screenplay; Gravity wins seven Oscars including Best Director.
The Oscars speech of the night goes to newcomer Lupita Nyong’o, who won best supporting actress for her role as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave.
Warner Bros’ animation stays top for third straight week; Non-Stop records second best-ever UK bow for StudioCanal; Universal’s The Wolf of Wall Street becomes UK’s highest grossing 18-rated film.
Roman Polanski wins best director; Blue Is the Warmest Colour’s Adèle Exarchopoulos wins best female newcomer.
Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has named Jin Park a World Cinema programmer starting this month. Park will be responsible for films from Central and South America.
Wei Te-sheng-produced sports drama Kano topped the box office over its opening weekend in Taiwan (Feb 27-March 2).
Hong Kong’s Edko Films has appointed Esther Yeung as general manager of sales & acquisitions, as the company’s veteran buyer, Audrey Lee, takes a step back to focus on her personal interests after 33 years with the company.
With the conflict between Ukraine and neighbouring Russia escalating over the weekend, the organisers of the Odessa International Film Festival (OIFF) have reaffirmed their determination to stage the fifth edition from July 11-19.
Tenth anniversary of festival hits landmark for first time; Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin receives its Scottish premiere as the closing film.
Rapper Kanye West is to release a film about his ‘Yeezus’ tour.
Christie to demonstrate “breakthrough 3D cinema technology” with latest ‘6-primary’ 4K laser projector.
UPDATED MAR 3: A number one $20.5m Chinese debut powered MGM and Columbia Pictures’ RoboCop to an estimated $30m weekend as the running total climbed to $136m and the reboot took over pole position from Warner Bros Pictures International’s The Hobbit 2.
StudioCanal’s fully financed action film starring Liam Neeson opened top of the North American charts through Universal on an estimated $30m.
Frozen – the favourite to win the best animation Oscar – crossed $1bn at the global box office on Sunday (March 2) to reach $1.0002bn and cemented its status as the industry’s biggest non-sequel animation and the second biggest animation of all time behind Toy Story 3.
His latest film, The Life of Riley, premiered in Berlin.
12 Years A Slave emerged victorious at the 29th Annual Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday (March 1), taking best feature and a handful of other awards.
The box office might of China was underlined last weekend when Warner Bros Pictures International’s The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug delivered a titanic debut to rule the roost.
Visit Films will present the world premiere of Carlos Marques-Marcet’s first feature Long Distance (formerly 10,000KM) at SXSW.
EXCLUSIVE: Six-project pilot will see UK distributors and BFI-backed producers split MGs and revenues.
Two separate film tax fraud cases are heading towards trial.
The Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF) top brass announced (28) that Massimo Saidel has been named special advisor to the Montreal International Film Market for 2014.
The Book Thief leads the UK buzz chart this week, with 37% intent to view mentions.
The 20th Bradford International Film Festival reveals full programme including seven world premieres.
Winners announced at the 2014 Music+Sound Awards.
Relativity International has licensed more than 60 territories to LightWorkers Media’s feature version of smash miniseries The Bible, set to launch on more than 3,000 screens in North America through Fox on Friday (28).
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has pre-bought all worldwide rights to Groundswell Productions’ comedy The Final Girls.
DISTRIBUTION ROUND-UP: Main Street Films, Image Entertainment, Participant Media and FilmBuff and Factory 25 also unveil latest deals.
The National Association Of Theatre Owners (NATO) will present Harkins Theatres owner and CEO Dan Harkins with the 2014 NATO Marquee Award at CinemaCon on March 25.
Taggart Productions and Votiv Films have begun principal photography on the sci-fi psychological thriller.
Pang Ho-cheung’s Aberdeen and Fruit Chan’s The Midnight After will open this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), which takes place March 24-April 7.
The Belgian Government has moved to reform the country’s highly lucrative but controversial Tax Shelter system.
The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has announced the winner of the 2014 Alfred P Sloan Foundation Student grand jury prize for screenwriting (27).
Foresight Unlimited CEO and chairman Mark Damon, Voltage CEO and president Nicolas Chartier, Myriad president and CEO Kirk D’Amico and Nu Image/Millennium co-chairman Avi Lerner will take part in the 2014 IFTA Production Conference.
Denmark-based Final Cut For Real, the outfit behind Oscar nominee and BAFTA winner The Act of Killing, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its new film Democrazy.
Principal photography has wrapped on Archer’s Mark’s The Darkest Universe, Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley’s follow-up to their BAFTA-nominated Black Pond.
Comedies lead the pack at the Irish Film and Television Awards; father and son Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson compete for best actor.
Underworld actress joins Simon Pegg in high concept comedy, Absolutely Anything.
Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures has signed a multi-year content deal with El Rey Network, the new cable channel established by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.
The UK film and TV industries have a new online guide to production accounting, launched yesterday by industry collective the Production Accounting Forum.
Three titles originally championed by the Sundance Film Festival to return to the big screen.
The International Film Festival of Cartagena de Indias has confirmed the rest of its programme.
Diane Ladd and newcomer Eden Brolin will star in Katie Cokinos’ debut feature I Dream Too Much with Richard Linklater on board as executive producer.
New films by Mira Fornay, Radu Jude and Stephan Komandarev are among the projects to be pitched at this year’s Sofia Meetings (March 13-16).
Vue Entertainment reports 50% increase in number of people attending event cinema screenings and expects this to double in 2014.
The brand and content management platform has raised $30m in a new financing led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP).
Monster movie from director Gareth Edwards to receive “immersive” sound treatment.
Olivia Colman joins cast, led by comedian David Walliams as the voice of the Britain’s Got Talent winner.
Singapore’s Cathay Organisation has announced the production of Our Sister Mambo to commemorate their 80th anniversary in 2015.
Singapore-France-Germany co-production set to shoot in September.
The production chief becomes co-president of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group and has signed a new long-term contract.
Eddie Cunningham has been named president of Universal Pictures worldwide home entertainment.
Andy Serkis will receive the CinemaCon Vanguard Award at this year’s convention in Las Vegas.
UK distributor also takes Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton romcom And So It Goes… and zombie comedy Life After Beth.
India and Canada have signed a co-production agreement, wrapping up talks that have been on-going since 2010.
EXCLUSIVE: The Orchard picks up North American rights to Gangster Playboy Legends and sequel.
EXCLUSIVE: Balagan Productions options London-set crime thriller The Finest.
First image revealed from the home invasion thriller, starring Kaya Scodelario (Skins) and handled by Altitude.
India’s FICCI Frames conference, which is celebrating its 15th edition (March 12-14), has confirmed that Australia will be the partner country this year.
Chinese director helps launch a year of business, creative and cultural collaborations between the UK and China.
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o take prizes at awards celebrating diversity.
Former Saatchi & Saatchi exec named development director