UK distributor sets animation Norm Of The North as first wide theatrical release.
Fewer French films making it onto UK screens, says Unifrance-CNC report.
The lead actress awards contenders will each receive the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s (SBIFF) 2016 Outstanding Performers Of The Year award on February 8.
Tom McCarthy’s ensemble drama further bolstered its awards season credentials by claiming best feature and screenplay honours at the IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York on Monday.
Director of latest James Bond movie talks about the pressure of meeting studio demands.
Top brass at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will screen 40 out of the 81 foreign-language Oscar submissions including frontrunner Son Of Saul from Hungary (pictured), France’s Mustang and The Clan from Argentina.
The director’s commitment to Alien: Covenant means Denis Villeneuve will direct the long-awaited sequel.
Plus: Telefilm Canada announces 12 CFFF productions; and Arielle Boisvert on the rise at Brightlight Entertainment
The forthcoming entry in the Star Wars franchise readies January release in China.
Fox’s The Martian landed in pole position at the China box office with an impressive $48.95m in its first five days.
Pinewood Studios’ latest interim six-month results (for the six months to 30 Sept) were boosted by Star Wars: The Force Awakens and James Bond film Spectre.
FilmSharks heads into Ventana Sur with a couple of key deals under its belt on the Argentinian director’s upcoming dramatic comedy El Rey del Once (The Tenth Man).
Festival top brass announced on Monday the 12 Narrative and eight Documentary Feature Film Competition films in 22nd edition, set to run in Park City from January 22-28, 2016.
The Los Angeles production company announced on Monday it has acquired Robin Gerber’s Barbie And Ruth: The Story Of The World’s Most Famous Doll And The Woman Who Created Her.
eOne Films UK managing director to speak at Screen Film Summit next week.
EXCLUSIVE: Film starring Rhys Ifans and Sophie Kennedy Clark gets international sales deal.
The Toronto Film Critics Association has selected the director of Water to receive its Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award.
Noel Clarke, Arnold Oceng, Ashley Thomas, grime MC Stormzy among cast.
Bahamian production company Best Ever Film has announced Warren Brown of drama series Luther has signed to star in Kareem J Mortimer’s Bahamian film Cargo, which has begun shooting in Nassau.
Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s Tharlo was awarded both the Grand Prize and the student jury prize at this year’s Tokyo Filmex, which wrapped on Sunday night (Nov 29).
Former Canal+ exec joins the company with a remit to develop European film and TV projects.
Studio, director apologise over lack of diversity in Gods Of Egypt cast.
Festival will feature 10 films from the German cinematographer in February.
Disney’s The Good Dinosaur is the week’s highest new entry with $4.4m (£2.9m) from 513 sites.
The low-budget production scheme has selected 12 projects and exceeded diversity target.
Spanish comedy smash has grossed $16.9m (€16m) after two weekends.
NOV 30 UPDATE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 resisted a dazzling Chinese debut from The Martian to hold on to pole position in the international arena thanks to an estimated $63.1m weekend haul.
NOV 30 UPDATE: The Hunger Games finale held on to its number one berth over the North American holiday weekend to ensure that a Lionsgate or Lionsgate-Summit film has held the spot over the same period for the past five years.
Michael Fassbender to play two roles in upcoming sci-fi, Australian government to build on incentives.
Channel 4, Film4, Picturehouse and MUBI are among the latest big names to join the line-up of this year’s Screen Film Summit, which will be held at London’s Picturehouse Central on Dec 10.
TorinoFilmLab awards more than $460,000 to several upcoming projects.
Experts predict Disney-Lucasfilm epic to reach $166m (£110m), surpassing Skyfall’s record.
The television drama strand will again showcase premium titles at next year’s Berlinale, extending from two days to being spread across the festival.
EXCLUSIVE: As Rams heats up on the festival and awards circuit, Iceland’s Grimur Hákonarson tells Screen about his next feature, The County.
Jerzy Sladkowski’s documentary centres on an autistic man whose mother attempts to make him ‘normal’.
Oscar-winning French director to revisit infamous case of Tennessee novelist accused of murdering wife.
Festival also confirms Michael Moore set to compile next year’s ‘Top 10’.
The 20 and 10-year sentences meted out to Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov’s and his co-defendant Aleksandr Kolchenko have been upheld by the military division of the Russian Supreme Court.
Prize gives film-maker £30,000 ($45,000) and open access to Wellcome Trust scientists and research.
Shanker Raman’s Gurgaon and Rahul Jain’s Machines both picked up Prasad Digital Intermediate Awards at the close of Film Bazaar on Nov 25.
Asia Pacific prizes also awarded to Hany Abu-Assad for The Idol, Alexey German Jr for Under Electric Clouds and cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing for The Assassin.
BFI says spending review reduction is “better than anticipated”.
“Deep cuts” would be a “false economy” says British Chancellor, but department admin costs to be cut by 20%.
Film likely to face cuts amid anticipated DCMS budget reduction.
EXCLUSIVE: In a major shift to the documentary festival landscape, CPH:DOX has announced it is to change dates.
From 2016, CPH PIX is moving from its April dates to an autumn slot and will merge with its sister children’s/youth film festival, BUSTER (which formerly ran in September).
Picture about Danish artist Per Kirkeby opened CPH:DOX.
Spotlight, Truth and Concussion are also among the festival’s programme.
Winning filmmaker will receive cash prize with award.
New York-based indie sales powerhouse Submarine is creating a new documentary centric label in Scandinavia with NonStop Entertainment.
Exhibition conference also adds two-day archive lab and more.
EXCLUSIVE: Independent film distributor to offer a real diamond to UK cinemagoers as part of marketing campaign.
Todd Haynes is in the running for best director and both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are in contention for best female lead alongside Room’s Brie Larson as Carol earned six 2016 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Plus… FilmRise acquired The Champions; Unified’s Red Band Films wraps shooting on The Rake; and Made In NY grant receipents announced.
The Spotlight director will receive the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Sonny Bono Visionary Award.
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix will stream Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur as an eight-part mini-series in the US and Canada in the first week of December.
Current director David Cooke to step down in March 2016.
Female-driven films bookend the Bahamas International Film Festival as Todd Haynes’ Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara opens the event on December 9 and Amy Berg’s documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue ends the festivities on December 12.
British star of 12 Years A Slave to receive Richard Harris Award.
Turkish drama also picks up Stockholm Film Festival audience award.
EXCLUSIVE: Hindi-language drama sold by Films Boutique.
Industry experts tip the hottest pitches and works-in-progress at Goa’s Film Bazaar, from animation to a serial killer story.
EXCLUSIVE: Manoj Bajpayee [pictured] and Smita Tambe will star in Atanu Mukherjee’s Unknown Faces, produced by Drishyam Films, which is scheduled to start shooting on December 11.
EXCLUSIVE: New York-based producer Mollye Asher [pictured] is gearing up for a summer 2016 shoot of her next production You & Me Both.
Proposition For A Revolution, directed by Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Sundance Documentary Film Programme.
Mumbai-based Film City is presenting a package of nine Marathi-language films at Film Bazaar, as part of the Maharashtra state’s initiative to promote Marathi culture.
Browse Screen International’s daily magazines from Goa’s Film Bazaar here.
The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) unveiled on Monday the five films in contention for the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards on January 23, 2016.
Sony’s Spectre falls to second with $5.8m (£3.85m) for $128.3m (£84.6m) and has overtaken Avatar as the highest grossing IMAX release in the UK.
Mark Myers’ film and television company has set a January start in and around Los Angeles on Matt Eskandari’s thriller.
Austrian filmmaker’s new documentary to be ready in time for Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Feature documentary made by the Australian director of Sherpa [pictured].
Speaking at DCM Upfronts, Tom Linay predicts strong 2016 at UK box office; Sir John Hegarty delivers keynote.
In an unusual move, the Sundance Film Festival revealed the nine-strong genre strand line-up late on Sunday night with little warning.
Croatian event moved to November for the first time, excluded documentary programme to strengthen the industry section.
The possibility of a prisoner exchange has been mooted ahead of the Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov’s appeal against his 20-year sentence before Russia’s Supreme Court tomorrow (Nov 24).
Jonas Carpignano’s debut was first seen at Cannes.
Charitable foundation to back projects exploring themes relevant to biomedical research.
Market for India’s children’s films can also benefit from 4G expansion.
EXCLUSIVE: Marc Irmer’s Paris-based Dolce Vita Films will co-produce Bornila Chatterjee’s Nuclear Hearts with Kolkata-based Oddjoint Art.
Waheeda Rehman, Shashank Arora (Titli, pictured) and Tillotama Shome (Qissa) have joined the cast of Anup Singh’s third feature The Song of Scorpions, which was first pitched at Film Bazaar 2013.
Vimeo On Demand announced at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) on Monday that it has acquired US rights to Fredrik Gertten’s documentary.
EXCLUSIVE: French sales company closes deals on two of its Indian titles.
Mumbai-based Jar Pictures is attending Film Bazaar with a busy, multiple-language slate, including Ajitpal Singh’s The Man Who Broke The Mountain, to be co-produced by Mexican writer-producer Guillermo Arriaga [pictured].
The potential of controversial documentary India’s Daughter making it to the Oscar documentary shortlist could help change its perception at home in India, the film’s US distributor said.
Kathmandu-based script and production development lab Clinik.Kathmandu is set to launch two new programmes for young South Asian filmmakers for its 2016 edition.
The European Union’s Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy has occupied the minds of members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) ahead of a meeting of EU Audiovisual and Culture Ministers in Brussels this week.
The ministries behind India’s newly launch Film Facilitation Office are starting a series of workshops next month to open the dialogue between the central, state and local governments and representatives of the film industry to talk how to make India more filming-friendly.
TV drama reunites Tom Hardy with Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Locke).
India is set to overtake the US in its Internet usage base.
Sweden’s Financing Forum for Kids Content has selected two projects from Film Bazaar’s inaugural Children Screenwriters’ Lab for its 10th edition.
Film Bazaar panel looks at new ways to connect non-Bollywood films with audiences.
Other winners include Rams, Son of Saul, The Look of Silence and Gaspar Noé’s Love.
Lazlo Nemes’ Holocaust film took the top prize at the festival, which closed with the UK premire of Amir Wolf’s Fire Birds.
NOV 23 UPDATE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 dominated global box office at the weekend, powered by a confirmed $144.5m international haul from 87 markets.
NOVEMBER 23 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 rounded out the YA franchise to ensure all four in the series opened on more than $100m in North America.
Submarine announced at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) it has licensed Jessica Edwards’ Mavis! And Laura Israel’s Don’t Blink - Robert Frank in multiple territories.
EXCLUSIVE: Actress Geetanjali Kulkarni, who was last seen in the multiple award-winning drama Court, has joined Mukti Krishan’s feature debut Sandhya, one of the 19 projects chosen for the Film Bazaar’s Co-Production Market this year.
EXCLUSIVE: Caper comedy by Pia Sukanya is scheduled for release in first half of 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: French producer Catherine Dussart, who co-produced Gurvinder Singh’s The Fourth Direction, has boarded Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Memories And My Mother, which is selected for the Co-Production Market at Film Bazaar this year.
Sikhya Entertainment is entering Indian and international distribution starting with Mozez Singh’s Busan opener Zubaan [pictured], which its plans to release in India in January 2016.
YouTube India content chief Satya Raghavan explained how Indian filmmakers can bypass theatrical windows and create content for YouTube and other digital platforms, at the opening session of Film Bazaar’s Knowledge Series yesterday.
Laszlo Nemes wins best director for Son of Saul; Mediterranea wins best first film.
Foreign and local producers who want to shoot in India now have a central agency they can contact, the Film Facilitation Office (FFO), to help with obtaining shooting permissions and sourcing locations and crew.
EXCLUSIVE: French producer Sylvain Bursztejn’s Ambre Films is joining forces with Celine Loop and Q’s Kolkata-based Oddjoint to produce a feature version of Alka Raghuram’s documentary Burqa Boxers.
Some women are seeing more empowering roles in Bollywood in the past few years, but is this “a small wave or a tsunami in the years to come?,” asked the Film Bazaar Knowledge Series panel ‘Female Protagonists in Bollywood Today.’
EXCLUSIVE: Film Bazaar’s Co-Production Market project Joan Carr-Wiggin’s An Unromantic Woman has presold to the UK, with GSP Studios picking up the film from Toronto-based production company Paragraph Pictures.
EXCLUSIVE: NFDC’s Co-Production Market project On the Way to Paradise has received funding from three separate government bodies in South Africa: the Department of Trade and Industry, the National Film and Video Foundation and KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission.
As part of Film Bazaar’s initiative to promote India as a filming destination, a film tourism workshop was conducted for the first time with local and international experts sharing their insight on various aspects of film tourism.
Projects exploring the role of women in Indian society and the country’s rapid economic development feature heavily in the line-up for this year’s Work-in-Progress Lab at Film Bazaar, which includes six fiction and five documentary features.
Broad Green Pictures announced the development on Friday as part if its recently announced production deal with Matt Alvarez.
The star of Room, whose stirring performance as a mother in captivity has catapaulted her to the front of the Oscar race, will collect the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Breakthrough Performance Award.
All screenings cancelled of a film following the frontman of Eagles Of Death Metal, who were on stage at the Bataclan.
The producers of troubled crime-thriller London Fields have filed a breach of contract cross-complaint against the film’s director Mathew Cullen.
New appointments and sales of titles including Toto and His Sisters.
UK man jailed for two and half years.
Luca Guadagnino will come to Goteborg to present A Bigger Splash [pictured].
Funding executives were upbeat about European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip’s statements on the place of the film sector within the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy.
Lab Projects to support unconventional films.
Estonia is marching on as one of Europe’s leading creative forces within the industry, Tiffany Pritchard reports.
Forum covered the Digital Single Market (DSM) initiative, concerns over new platforms and visions of the future.
The changing landscape for independent film in the digital market was hotly debated at Black Night Film Festival’s European Film Forum.
Running alongside the European Film Forum (Nov 18-19) at Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival, a showcase of product demonstrations and start-ups were presented in the Digitech section further iterating a cross-over between the film and technology sectors.
British film to co-star Da Vinci’s Demons’ Tom Riley.
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon’s five most popular original shows in the US, UK and Australia are struggling to keep pace with the best offerings from HBO and Netflix, according to research by Parrot Analytics.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences announced on Thursday the shortlists for both categories.
Veteran exec previously served as evp at Fox Searchlight International and Fox International Productions.
European Commission vice-president Andrus Ansip failed to allay industry concerns about plans for copyright reform as part of the the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy when he spoke on the second day of the European Film Forum in Tallinn.
Independent finalises AFM deals in key markets for music documentary, executive produced by Amy director Asif Kapadia.
EXCLUSIVE: TrustNordisk/Zentropa and Brain Academy are partnering on an eight-part TV series.
Ukraine has become the seventh European Union (EU) neighbouring country to join the Creative Europe this year.
The combined entertainment law firms will operate under the Lee & Thompson name.
Plus: Freestyle sets Mother Teresa drama The Letters release date; Kathy Bates joins Bad Santa 2; Momentum picks up word rights to Milton’s Secret; STX Entertainment wraps The Space Between Us… and more.
NOVEMBER 20 UPDATE: The Hunger Games franchise finale grossed $16m from Thursday night screenings in North American and arrives in a further 19 markets on Friday including China and Mexico.
Spanish auteur changes film title to avoid clash with Martin Scorsese’s Silence.
Plus: Josh Reinhold joins Matt Alvarez’s new production company; Jane Seymour boards ESX Entertainment’s Praying For Rain… and more.
Ryan Kavanaugh filed papers with the US Bankruptcy Court in New York on Wednesday that proposed the foundations of a slimmed-down company and a seven-film slate.
Principal photography has begun in Cincinnati on the drama from R3M Productions in association with Grodnik / Aloe Productions.
Fox International Productions (FIP) has signed an exclusive first-look deal for Russian-language films with Paul Heth and Michael Schlicht.
Award-winning director and producer to join execs from BBC Films, StudioCanal, See-Saw Films, eOne and more at annual summit.
Anne Sewitsky’s anticipated Sonja Henie project, Queen Of Ice, is edging closer to an August 2016 shoot after confirming Norwegian Film Institute funding of €1.6m last week.
President Matt Kaplan illustrates scope of ambition in deal with Insurgent screenwriter Brian Duffield and Nicki Cortese’s new production company.
The European cinema roster runs from December 1-20 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, and opens with Fernando León de Aranoa’s A Perfect Day.
Heyday Television will create content in both the UK and USA, which NBCUniversal will then distribute.
STX Entertainment has signed an exclusive, worldwide agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG).
Potential Miramax buyer locks up indie film deal with distributor Front Row as it expands portfolio.
The UK government’s British Business Bank has backed a private equity fund aimed at the country’s creative industries.
As the European Film Forum kicked off at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, MEDIA exec Lucia Recalde Langarica has praised the event for linking creativity and technology.
The European Film Forum (Nov 18-19) concludes this year’s run of digital conferences at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (BNFF).
Lucrative prize goes to the Indian director of Parched.
Estonia is to become the latest European country to join the tax rebate club attracting foreign productions to shoot at its locations.
Estonian project Erik Stoneheart wins Screen Best Pitch Award.
Director and comic actor to take over hosting duties for the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards.
Amadeus Entertainment has picked international sales for the Russian film The Find (Nakhodka) by Victor Dement.
Also… former Shooting Star joins Jan Forsström’s The Great Bear, pitched at this week’s Baltic Event.
The European Commission’s proposed Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy for the film industry has been given short shrift at the opening of the European Film Forum in Tallinn.
Festival will also see a focus on Argentine cinema and on classic Hollywood double acts.
Plus… Broad Green Pictures strikes first-look deal with Storyscape Entertainment; Fathom Events plots one-day theatrical release for The Pastor.
The world premiere of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood follow-up will open the film festival in his hometown of Austin, Texas, on March 11, 2016.
Terrorism-themed films to hit French screens in coming days.
Speaking at today’s UKCA conference, Ian Shepherd said that the industry’s current good health is not necessarily permanent and more needs to be done to sustain growth.
The actor will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor at this year’s 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) on January 2, 2016.
Love & Mercy’s Elizabeth Banks and Paul Dano, Joel Edgerton from Black Mass and Jacob Tremblay from Room are among the initial honourees at the 31st edition Santa Barbara International Film Festival, set to run frm February 3-13 2016.
Retrospective to include around 20 East and West German feature and documentary films from cinema and television.
Feature is based on the character made famous in BBC comedy The Office.
New projects by Sergei Bodrov and Sergei Mokritsky awarded development funding by Russian Cinema Fund
Luxembourg, the second feature by The Tribe director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, is set to become the first ever co-production between Ukraine and Norway.
The latest instalment of the James Bond franchise debuted with an impressive $48.55m over its three-day opening weekend.
American Hustle director to give talk in London in December.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s epic stars Leonardo DiCaprio.
Plus: Universal retitles The Huntsman; The Danish Girl, Youth in Capri honours; Momentum Pictures, Orion Releasing team on Diablo; and In 90 Degrees Heat wins 2015 DOC LA top directing award.
EXCLUSIVE: The trinidad+tobago film festival and its Caribbean Film Mart will launch five works-in-progress at the Buenos Aires market next month.
Principal photography is set to kick off on November 17 in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the Bruce Lee story.
Joachim Trier’s film due to hit French screens in early December.
Bridge of Spies, Jane Got a Gun, Steve Jobs junkets cancelled.
The Oscar winner is reportedly preparing to star once again for her Far From Heaven director Todd Haynes on his upcoming drama.
Jurors at the 2015 Los Cabos International Film Festival unveiled their winners as the Mexican festival came to a close at the weekend.
Pretty Pictures CEO James Velaise explains why he pulled “brilliant picture” after Paris attacks.
The new Digital, Interactive And Gaming showcase will be dedicated to emerging independent artists working in hybrid, immersive and developing forms of digital media art.
Vancouver-based Brightlight Pictures has come on board to produce the drama with Brad Turner of Homeland, Daredevil and 24 fame set to direct.
EXCLUSIVE: Fledgling UK film outfit Lorton teams with eOne for release, executive produced by Amy director Asif Kapadia.
Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Pictures will finance and produce a remake of Christopher Nolan’s iconic 2000 thriller.
Fox tweeted on Monday that the new title for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus follow-up formerly known as Alien: Paradise Lost would be Alien: Covenant and that the film would open on October 6, 2017.
2015-16 fellows Zelle Bonney, Kristen Davila, Tom Hanada, Salim Lemelle and Carlos Rios began in June the year-long programme designed to identify new and unique voices.
NOVEMBER 16 UPDATE: Sony, MGM and EON Production’s 007 thriller ruled the world for the second weekend, powered by a titanic international session that broke records in China and generated $153.3m overall.
Sony also notch highest new entry as The Lady in the Van posts terrific $3.5m (£2.3m) from 540 sites, and becomes second distributor ever to record a 1-2-3 at the top of the chart.
Peter Stormare and Johan Glans to play Swedish detectives in Los Angeles.
The 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival reeled out its inaugural black carpet on Friday (Nov 13) for its opening night, which included a screening of silent comedy My Grandmother (1929).
Festival in touch with guests coming from Paris.
Annemarie Jacir, Bassem Breish and Hala Lotfy to present projects at co-pro event taking place during Dubai International Film Festival.
UK broadcasters BBC and Channel 4 and industry bodies FIAPF and EFADs are among more than 400 organisations and private individuals who responded to the European Commission’s (EC) public consultation on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)
Icelandic feature Rams and Colombian rural drama Land and Shade take top prizes at Greek festival.
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has again placed a focus on the Estonian music scene with the sidebar Soundscapes (Nov 15-17).
Titles to include world premiere of The Summer of Frozen Fountains.
Game developers were tasked with building games around films.
Period drama stars Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville and The X Files’ Gillian Anderson as Lord and Lady Mountbatten.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based sales agent Reel Suspects has taken on international sales for Lithuanian director Ignas Miskinis’ third feature, King’s Shift (previously known as Deadweight).
Russia’s Ministry of Culture is calling for Phenomen Films, the producer of Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s marathon project Dau, to return $340,000 (RUB22.5m) in production funding as well as $120,000 (RUB8m) in interest.
The Australian conference will host industry professionals and government officials this year from Nov 17-19.
NOVEMBER 16 UPDATE: Sony, MGM and EON Productions’ spy thriller held on to top berth as the running total climbed to $130.7m after two sessions, while Universal launched Angelina Jolie’s By The Sea in a lacklustre limited debut.
Sony, MGM, EON Productions’ James Bond thriller has set several new benchmarks in the wake of its release in the world’s second biggest market.
The studio has decided to modify the sequence of events on Monday’s LA premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 in the wake of Friday’s deadly Paris attacks.
According to reports The Weinstein Company is planning to lay off around one-fifth of its workforce.
Plus: Oscar-nominated Rocky Star Burt Young joins comedy King Rat.
Kyzza Terrazas’ Somos Lengua and Rodrigo Cervantes’ Los Paisajes each took home post-production services worth $52,000 at the Mexican festival on Friday night.
Strand Releasing has acquired North American rights to Lorenzo Vigas’ Venice Golden Lion winner.
Other winners include Among The Believers and The Fear Of 13.
EXCLUSIVE: Bleiberg Entertainment has sold out Michael Almereyda’s psychological thriller starring Peter Sarsgaard led by a deal with StudioCanal for the UK and Rialto in Australia and New Zealand.
The star of awards contender Brooklyn will receive the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s International Star Award at the annual awards gala on January 2, 2016.
Two screenings in Brussels of the Toronto award-winner cancelled over age-rating dispute.
Point Grey, Good Universe and Hurwitz & Schlossberg Productions have hired Pitch Perfect screenwriter Kay Cannon to make her directorial debut on the feature comedy.
Oren Shai directed the noir starring Jocelin Donahue, Kelly Lynch, and Jim Beaver.
The recently launched OTT platform serving Caribbean culture has closed a deal with the Trinidad & Tobago soca superstar.
Screen reveals a slate of forthcoming projects from producers promoting movies at the Seville Film Festival
Final instalment of YA franchise towers over other new and upcoming releases.
Spectre stands at $264.1m internationally through Sony and MGM and with 14 debuts including China, Australia and South Korea it is the favourite to dominate the international arena again this weekend.
A delegation of film industry professionals discussed the EC’s proposed copyright reform with vp Andrus Ansip.
Films include Maniac Cop, produced by Nicolas Winding Refn, and The Discovery, starring Nicholas Hoult and Rooney Mara.
Plus: Casting Society of America to honour Danny Boyle and others; Toronto’s Markham Street Films makes key hire
Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s French foreign-language Oscar submission won the New Auteurs Audience Award, announced on Thursday evening.
The warchest will finance a slate of high-end, star-driven commercial feature films through the AMBI Pictures production and finance division.
EXCLUSIVE: New festival director Bero Beyer to implement more changes to IFFR’s structure.
The self-styled film curator has teamed up with the multi-platform release specialist to acquire worldwide rights to the SXSW hit.
Second World War drama begins UK shoot; first image revealed.
The Look Of Silence, Meru, The Wolfpack and Amy all received multiple nominations for this year’s non-fiction awards.
NOVEMBER 12 UPDATE: In a significant development at AFM that illustrates its ambitions, the distributor confirmed it has picked up US rights to the British wunderkind’s crime thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Singer in talks to make feature film acting debut for director of her latest single Hello.
EXCLUSIVE: Fábrica de Cine chairman and CEO Gastón Pavlovich has partnered on the adventure sports documentary with Emmy-winning director-producer Paul Taublieb.
Details have emerged of the line-up of projects set to participate under the auspices of Ventana Sur’s genre sidebar Blood Window, among them the Adrian Garcia Bogliano collaboration Pulsion.
The companies will collaborate on global distribution of the Indonesian action thriller starring Iko Uwais of The Raid fame.
EXCLUSIVE: Shoot for Marvel fantasy starring Benedict Cumberbatch underway at Longcross Studios in UK.
Going forward the Louisiana-based facility will only be available for rental of and other production services to third-party producers.
EXCLUSIVE: Late November shoot set for third instalment in urban trilogy; Lionsgate to handle UK distribution.
EXCLUSIVE: US, France, Australia, Germany among deals; Mercury Plains, Iggy Pop thriller ink sales.
The distributor announced on Wednesday it has acquired North American, UK, Australian and New Zealand distribution rights for the comedy-thriller.
According to a report on Tuesday Canadian entertainment giant eOne is lining up alongside Participant Media and Reliance Entertainment to inject cash into Steven Spielberg’s studio.
The distributor has picked up US rights to The Sheinberg’s The Bubble Factory upcoming feature.
Proposals for a new German Film Law (FFG) have been revealed in a “discussion draft” by the State Ministry for Culture and Media (BKM) a week ahead of a top-level film industry summit in Berlin.
The first awardee of the Genesis Fund is Field Niggas director Khalik Allah for his forthcoming project, Jamaica.
Speakers to discuss emerging cinema trends at conference in Manchester, UK.
EXCLUSIVE: Leon’s next project will deal with the subject of immigration into the UK.
Lovely Day and Shine Pictures are to be absorbed into Kudos following Diederick Santer’s appointment as joint CEO of the UK production company.
Plus… HBO Documentary Films acquires Body Team 12; SPHE unveils first 4K Ultra HD Disc releases; Timur Bekmambetov produces play… and more.
Discovery and Liberty Global each plan to pay $195m for separate 3.4% stakes in the indie studio.
EXCLUSIVE: AFM attendees have been in talks over a potential YA film or TV adaptation of another Scandinavian property to take the book world by storm.
The executive has been promoted to president of worldwide business affairs and operations for Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
EXCLUSIVE: Script from Zodiac: Year Of The Snake and The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman writer.
EXCLUSIVE: Financier Michael Gianfriddo of Dominant Entertainment and capital markets expert Greg Gantman of GLG Capital have launched a strategic partnership to provide asset-based alternative financing for the entertainment and media industries.
New projects revealed from I, Anna director Barnaby Southcombe, When Animals Dream filmmaker Jonas Alexander Arnby and actor/director Hiam Abbass.
US pact for StudioCanal’s 3D family adventure follows recent deal on The Commuter.
Organisers at the Buenos Aires-based genre sidebar have announced the Bloody Work In Progress entrants.
EXCLUSIVE: Drama stars Game of Thrones’ Hannah Murray.
Lord of the Rings star to shoot independent feature this month.
“Punks and aliens” feature from director John Cameron Mitchell [pictured] also stars Alex Sharp.
Universal has revealed that the project formerly known as Untitled Illumination Entertainment 2016 Project 2 will be called Sing and will open as previously announced on December 21 2016.
Enhancing cross-border portability of content throughout Europe will be included in a ¨Communication on the modernisation of the EU copyright rules¨ as part of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy to be unveiled on December 9.
Documentary from Australian war artist George Gittoes centres on street kids in Afghanistan.
Three Hollywood and two local new releases entered the weekly chart, with Fox’s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials raced to the top with $21.54m from its first five days.
Netflix is to invest in Bong Joon Ho’s new film Okja, it has been announced through local production company Okja SPC.
Plus… Magnolia acquires The Ones Below; IFC unveils first Screen Forward Lab fellows; and more.
The head of Le Vision Pictures announced to a high-powered Beverly Hills crowd on Monday a deal to distribute Gods Of Egypt in China and unveiled the inaugural 10-strong slate from Los Angeles-based off-shoot Le Vision Pictures USA.
Mundial, the joint venture between IM Global and Mexico’s Canana, has struck an exclusive output deal for the films of Mexican producer Monica Lozano’s Alebrije Cine y Video.
Columbia Pictures has signed a three-year co-financing, production and distribution deal with Brian Oliver’s company.
First project will be Trent Haaga’s 68 Kill, based on the crime novel by Bryan Smith.
Days after Amazon Studios picked up US rights to The Neon Demon, Bold Films’ Michel Litvak and Gary Michael Walters have landed another coup and signed a partnership with Ben Stiller’s company on comedic and dramatic film, television and digital projects.
Sony’s latest James Bond mission will overtake Jurassic World as the biggest UK release of 2015 today [Nov 9]; Lionsgate’s Brooklyn posts the biggest opening for an Irish film in Ireland since Michael Collins.
Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun wins hat trick at Cottbus.
Titles in competition include animation Phantom Boy [pictured], Ethiopian drama Lamb, Brazilian Oscar submission The Second Mother and Jafar Panahi’s Berlinale winner Taxi Tehran.
NOVEMBER 9 UPDATE: The brand-new 007 episode from EON Productions, MGM and Sony maintained its stunning early form as approximately $117m saw it climb to $223.1minternationally – and close to $100m in the UK – to rank number one in all 77 of its active markets.
NOVEMBER 9 UPDATE: A stirring debut saw the EON Productions, MGM and Sony’s James Bond saga take the box office by storm on an estimated $70m as Fox’s The Peanut’s Movie had to settle for second on a commendable $44m.
While China’s high-level forays into Hollywood have dominated the conversation all week, the view at ground level at a quiet AFM is of a market in fundamental flux where lower tier companies are locked in a fight for survival.
EXCLUSIVE: North American deal for action-adventure starring Game Of Thrones, Kon-Tiki stars.
EXCLUSIVE: In its second bold statement of intent at AFM, the Los Angeles-based sales company has introduced 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea to the market, a rival project to Bryan Singer’s recently announced version of the timeless Jules Verne classic.
Gaumont and Wild Bunch pact with online giant.
EXCLUSIVE: Vancouver-based Bron Animation has acquired animated film rights to children’s book The Willoughbys by Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry.
The Exchange handles worldwide rights to the rom-com at the AFM.
The company will follow up its box-office hit Marshland with the $1.9m production.
EXCLUSIVE: 2 Nights Till Morning, Panama among in-demand titles.
Other winners at Brazilian festival include An, Pixadores, The Violin Teacher, Wrestlers.
Learning To Drive collaborators reuinte on tennis comedy.
AFM horror title sells to Middle East, South Korea and more.
Studio teams with YouTube stars on day-and-date launch
Cohen Media Group has acquired all North American rights from Beta Cinema at AFM to Lars Kraume’s historical drama.
Participant CEO David Linde among those to address challenges during AFM finance conference.
EXCLUSIVE: The company has taken Chinese remake rights to the Mexican hit.
EXCLUSIVE: The Jokers inks deal with WestEnd for Jeremy Saulnier thriller.
Double Dutch International (DDI) has struck a $50m P&A fund with the private wealth management firm.
The Little Film Company has come on to handle worldwide sales on The Perfect Physique and is in talks with AFM buyers.
Youth leads with five nominations; A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence and The Lobster each have four.
EXCLUSIVE: Alchemy takes Mischa Barton [pictured], Tara Reid, Paz De La Huerta titles.
Icarus Films has acquired North American rights to Chantal Akerman’s No Home Movie.
EXCLUSIVE: Radiant Films International has struck at the market with Klockworx for Japanese rights to two titles on its slate.
New York-based The Vladar Company has been talking with buyers on a trio of new titles led by mixed martial arts documentary The Hurt Business.
The president of China Film Co-Production Corporation told an AFM panel on Friday that local producers want collaboration with American and international counterparts in order to make better films that can travel.
EXCLUSIVE: LA production outfit takes rights to Iraq war story.
EXCLUSIVE: Metro International takes over from Elle Driver on Juliette Binoche drama.
The studio has picked up US rights to Liam Neeson starrer The Commuter and Our Kind Of Traitor starring Ewan McGregor.
The partners have hired Ted Geoghegan to direct the follow-up to his acclaimed SXSW 2015 selection We Are Still Here. MPI has begun talks with international buyers at the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International has closed key territories on Pan Nalin’s recent Rome audience award winner Angry Indian Goddesses heading into Sunday’s market premiere screening.
The star of Carol and Truth will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala on January 2, 2016.
The latest piece of key casting has dropped into the Watergate spy thriller that Sierra/Affinity is selling at the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Double Dutch International (DDI) has closed several key territories at the AFM on A.R.C.H.I.E. starring Michael J Fox.
Myriad Pictures and Das Films have signed an exclusive deal with US-based Dance Network on the upcoming dance feature Heartbeats that Myriad is selling at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: US sales outfit launches Antti J.Jokinen thriller at AFM.
Director aims for “innovative, emotional and life affirming approach” to icon’s life.
CEO Brian O’Shea at the Los Angeles-based sales company has promoted Nathaniel McCormick to evp of worldwide distribution.
EXCLUSIVE: Ron Gell has introduced three faith and family-friendly titles here under the Pure Flix Quality Flix banner and reports a number of early sales.
Joanne Lee and JR Smith have been promoted to director of acquisitions positions at IM Global and Weihan Zhang has been promoted to senior manager, sales and acquisitions Asia.
Todd Olsson has joined International Film Trust as a sales consultant and Kenner Bolt has been appointed to the newly created position of director of acquisitions.
Financier TSG works with Fox on live action films such as The Martian.
Jason Statham is back in the market in Untitled Kurt Wimmer Project, a thriller collaboration between Statham and Steven Chasman’s SJ Pictures and China-based Road Pictures.
EXCLUSIVE: Canadian financier puts Ukrainian plight on agenda with Spotlight Pictures drama; other investments possible.
EXCLUSIVE: Seoul-based sales agent M-Line Distribution has signed an agreement to handle all graduate films from the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA), one of South Korea’s leading film schools.
EXCLUSIVE: Trans actress Mya Taylor developing TV series about her transition.
In other Cottbus news, F&ME boards The Disciple and Macedonia backs Sugar Kid.
Uwe Boll’s Event Film has been enticing buyers at AFM with the noir thriller Death Valley.
EXCLUSIVE: Grindstone picks up gangster crime-drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Cargo Entertainment and Radiant Films are shopping Lost In The Sun at AFM.
The 65th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (November 6-14) offers busy industry programme including works in progress and Crossroads co-production strand.
US and Canada-based distributor Syndicado has extended its deal with Zurich-based documentary and TV producer, sales agent and distributor First Hand Films.
The event will take place at Picturehouse Central on November 17.
MAMI, the 17th Mumbai Film Festival, closed last night after screening more than 200 films from 58 countries.
The distributor has taken UK rights to Evolutionary Films’ Sci-Fi feature.
Kill Your Friends and Burnt were no match for the latest James Bond film.
Popcornflix, a free movie and TV streaming service, has taken exclusive rights to a number of titles including The Lifeguard [pictured] with Kristen Bell.
The Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles is coinciding with the AFM to showcase Israeli films and TV shows during the market for the first time.
Ignition Media Finance to lend producers 20% of budgets during pre-production.
EXCLUSIVE: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo lead in talks to star as iconic UK soul singer.
The studio has announced at AFM more than 20 output partners as it builds its international network and revealed further details of the films that will be offered to distributors including Toronto pick-up Hardcore.
Plus… Fortitude International begins sales on Android; AFI FEST sets Johnny Depp on-stage conversation; The Strand acquires The KindWords … and more.
Content Media has hired the producer and 2015 Screen Future Leader as head of production at its film division.
EXCLUSIVE: MFI reveals first pre-sales on Cate Shortland’s third feature.
Game Of Thrones regular Carice van Houten has joined Aaron Paul on the drama that Myriad Pictures has introduced to international buyers at the market.
The actress has joined Liam Neeson on the Watergate thriller that Sierra/Affinity represents at the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: France, Spain, Italy, Australia among territory deals on well-received Danish drama.
The partners have teamed up on production and distribution on the Gerard Butler thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Les Miserables star joins new cast on Everything Carries Me To You.
EXCLUSIVE: Ambitious UK distributor adds Colonia, Man Down.
EXCLUSIVE: Sequel due to hit French screens in December.
Competition titles include Couple In A Hole, Sparrows, A Bigger Splash; Norway will be in the spotlight country.
EXCLUSIVE: Vancouver-based Thunderbird Films continues its push into sales and announced at AFM it has acquired worldwide rights to the comedy Entanglement starring Thomas Middleditch and Jess Weixler.
As CPH:DOX launches today, Screen previews this year’s industry programme.
EXCLUSIVE: Pantelion has begun talks with international buyers here on the teen sex comedy Sundown starring Camilla Belle, Teri Hatcher and Sara Paxton.
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has picked up international rights to Gokseong.
EXCLUSIVE: Highland Film Group also has Schwarzenegger revenge drama 478 on offer at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: LA-based Green-Light International has come on to handle sales at the AFM on the Pierce Brosnan thriller Urge.
Grindstone Entertainment Group has acquired North American rights from Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks to Wicked Flying Monkeys.
Alaska Is A Drag director Shaz Bennett and producer Melanie Miller were the big winners at US in Progress at the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland.
The Dubai Film Festival will be showing five films for children, including The Peanuts Movie.
The Academy has announced the titles submitted for consideration in the animation feature category for the 88th Academy Awards.
Elizabeth McIntyre wants to inspire documentary producers and help them learn from one another
Mathison, who was Oscar-nominated for her E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial screenplay in 1983, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Q will direct the horror remake in Hindi.
Olias Barco shooting Polina with international cast.
Raven Banner Entertainment are selling the film at AFM.
NonStop Entertainment hits the AFM with a slew of high-profile acquisitions.
EXCLUSIVE: The red-hot star will play a WWII photographer stranded on a Pacific Island in Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade, which Radiant Films International has introduced to AFM buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: Anick Poirier and her sales team swing into the AFM with worldwide rights to Xavier Dolan’s first English-language project The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan starring Jessica Chastain and Game Of Thrones heartthrob Kit Harrington.
Plus… Scream Factory and Chiller unveil cast on Fender Bender and The Orchard acquires Demon
Chris Peckover’s Sydney-set home invasion thriller to shoot early 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: Claflin, Freddie Highmore, Paul Bettany attached to feature adaptation.
Myriad Pictures’s genre label will finance and handle worldwide sales on the thriller to star Lena Headey.
The British comedian will star in the Mass Animation, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, Flying Tigers Entertainment and GFM Films animation that GFM is touting at the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Violin prodigy Alix Vaillot [pictured] stars as a musician battling blindness.
EXCLUSIVE: Brian Welsh to direct drama about lead up to D-Day landing.
EXCLUSIVE: Breaking Glass has secured worldwide rights heading into AFM on the action drama starring a bevy of UFC superstars.
EXCLUSIVE: Last Call for Nowhere sold to Neue Visionen for Germany and Frenetic for Switzerland.
Arclight Films has announced the start of principal Photography in Perth, Western Australia, on A Few Less Men and a slew of key pre-sales.
US-based Boundless Pictures founder Courtney Lauren Penn and co-founder Brandon Burrows have launched subsidiary label Firebrand to handle elevated-genre pictures budgeted up to $10m.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor acquires The Benefactor, Backtrack, The Pack and Anguish.
EXCLUSIVE: Company also boards documentary The Climb.
The distributor has picked up all Canadian rights to Michael Moore’s documentary and awards season contender.
The deal with sales agent Bleiberg Entertainment will see the companies partner on an episodic series based on the fantasy thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit Kaleidoscope boards family animation.
Sony Pictures Worldwide has acquired a large swathe of territories from The Exchange to the Luke Treadaway drama including the UK, Australia and New Zealand, Scandinavia and Latin America.
Journeyman Pictures has begun its release of The Hadza: Last Of The First by Beasts Of No Nation executive producer Bill Benenson.
Montreal-based Caramel Films and Hollywood’s Mednick Productions have cast Josh Hartnett in the police thriller.
The parties announced on Wednesday they have resolved their legal dispute to the mutual satisfaction of all parties.
German sales outfit Beta is reporting huge buyer interest in Look Who’s Back; also launching Hevn.
EXCLUSIVE: Premiere Entertainment Group arrives at the market with worldwide rights to UK-based Sterling Pictures’ WWII action film Chosen starring Harvey Keitel.
Korea’s Finecut has picked up John H Lee’s upcoming war movie Operation Chromite, starring Liam Neeson as General Douglas MacArthur.
Golden Network will be at the AFM with a trio of Jackie Chan films including action comedy Railroad Tigers and adventure comedy Kung Fu Yoga.
The Kate Winslet-starring film’s $2.8m opening dethroned The Martian, which had remained top of the pile for four weeks.
Seoul-based sales agent M-Line Distribution has picked up new titles from Lee Joon-ik and Lee Sung-gang and sealed a Japanese deal on Kang Hyo-jin’s Wonderful Nightmare [pictured].
Ivan I. Tverdovsky’s second feature Zoology starts production at locations in Russia tomorrow (Nov 5) a year after he took home four prizes from FilmFestival Cottbus for Corrections Class.
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) has come on to fully finance and co-produce the thriller that FilmNation is introducing to buyers at the market.
The Oscar winner will play murdered Beverly Hills high-flier Ron Levin alongside Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton on the project that Good Universe introduces to buyers this week.
Sierra/Affinity has bulked up its market slate with international rights to the spy thriller from Scott Free Productions, Playtone, Cara Films and MadRiver Pictures.
Plus… LA Film Festival announces partnership with ArcLight Cinemas for 2016; Lakeshore, Phantom Four partner on Miles, Seattle grant finalists; Davoli and Davids merge firms.
Pioneering entity will develop and finance Chinese-European co-productions.
Glen Basner and his team have added a second prestige title to their market slate in the form of Shane Carruth’s all-star adventure-drama.
Content deal will give Amazon Prime UK members early access to new eOne films.
JK Simmons will star in the ensemble comedic drama that Nadine de Barros and her sales team are introducing to AFM buyers this week.
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-nominated Bouchareb explores plight of parents who lose children to ISIS.
Shout! Factory has entered a deal with Stuttgart-based sales company Sola Media to distribute the animated feature Albert – Up, Up and Away in the US and Canada.
Russia’s Supreme Court will hear the appeal against Ukrainian filmmaker’s Oleg Sentsov’s 20-year sentence on November 24.
The Lobster received seven nominations; 45 Years and Macbeth received six each.
Samuel L Jackson, Michael Cera and Mel Brooks have joined Mass Animation, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, Flying Tigers Entertainment and GFM Films’ animation.
Duncan Jones will direct Paul Rudd and Alexander Skarsgard in the sci-fi thriller he has waited 12 years to make.
The BFI National Archive and Walt Disney Animation Studios have announced the rediscovery of a Walt Disney film that was thought to be long lost now found in the BFI National Archive.
EXCLUSIVE: A $77m film, TV and media investment fund will be launched in early 2016.
The distributor has picked up North American rights from TrustNordisk to the documentary about celebrated chef René Redzepi.
The film reunites Beta with Child’s Pose producer Ada Solomon and Aferim! director Radu Jude.
The Dubai International Film Festival has unveiled the first seven selections for its Muhr feature film competition, which will in total include 18 films from across the Arab world.
EXCLUSIVE: Jason Moring and his team continue to assemble a roster of high-quality animation and have picked up worldwide rights to the Awesometown Entertainment feature heading into the market.
Lynette Wallworth is the first of four artists selected for the collaboration between Sundance Institute and Jaunt Studios on a virtual reality residency programme.
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Simpkins stars in the supernatural thriller that impressed critics and audiences when it premiered over the summer at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Canada.
Top brass at the Mexican festival have expanded the table to include culinary cinema and US favourites from the circuit
The agreement will include Open Road’s Sleepless Night starring Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx and Dermot Mulroney.
US-based Angel Grace Worldwide (AGW) starts sales at the AFM this week on Isn’t It Delicious from Skyline-NYC Productions and Empekay KayJayKay Productions.
Digital expert Jon Reiss [pictured] to give keynote speech at Make Your Market training programme.
The programme for developing approaches to talent will again be held in Amsterdam, March 16-18.
German distributor also acquires Martyrs.
Ant-Man crossed $1m, while Mountains May Depart debuted as Jia Zhangke’s biggest hit.
Jodhi May and Lucy Boynton will also feature in the project, which is based on the true-life story of author Helga Schneider.
The Titanic actress’s glittering career will be recognised in a BAFTA event this December.
16-25 year olds can now buy £3 last minute tickets at BFI Southbank.
22 projects in production or post-production will compete at this year’s festival.
Roland Joffé will direct Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and Vince Vaughn in The Archbishop And The Antichrist, which the sales agent introduces to international buyers this week.
Wim Wenders will direct the romantic thriller from Paris-based financier Backup Media with Cameron Lamb set to produce through Lila 9th Productions.
EXCLUSIVE: Company will also launch new films from Lee Tamahori, Bouli Lanners and Sylvie Verheyde at AFM.
On the eve of AFM the distributor has picked up US rights from Myriad to the dramedy with Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried attached to star.
Latest Bond mission also takes more than Skyfall did over first seven days as records tumble.
Independent to launch sales at AFM on film about iconic UK band.
In a timely move that will drum up more awards season publicity for his latest documentary, Michael Moore has publicly rejected the MPAA’s ‘R’ rating for Where To Invade Next.
Plus… Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards winners announced and San Francisco Film Festival secures two-year Sloan grant
Los Angeles-based Le Vision Pictures USA has acquired rights to Jayson Rothwell’s action title as its Chinese backers develop partnerships with Hollywood to focus on tentpole releases.
Hong Kong-based All Rights Entertainment will kick off sales on the $45-55m Goldove Entertainment action thriller also starring Christopher Plummer, Carrie Anne Moss and Tyrese Gibson.
The New-York based distributor has acquired all North American rights to the IFP Documentary Lab film ahead of its world premiere at DOC NYC on November 13.
Other winners include 20,000 Days on Earth.
Producers reps The Thing Is… are representing worldwide rights to Bruce Webb’s British youth drama/thriller Social Suicide and Claude Green’s The Doo Dah Man.
Festival runs in St Petersburg and Moscow from Dec 9-16.
Argentina’s Oscar-nominated Damián Szifron is confirmed to direct Mark Wahlberg and production is earmarked for September 2016.
Signature will distribute six Emmett Furla Oasis Films titles, commencing with Shadow Warrior in 2016.
New festival director Leena Pasanaen also talks future plans.
The Event Cinema Association has appointed four new ECA members to its board of directors.
The sequel will receive a theatrical release in December.
NOVEMBER 2 UPDATE: The latest 007 instalment from EON Productions, MGM and Sony has smashed records in almost every one of the six markets it debuted in this weekend.
NOVEMBER 2 UPDATE: In the lowest top 12 weekend of the year-to-date, Fox’s juggernaut continued to steam towards a North American high-water mark for director Ridley Scott as the space adventure grossed $11.7m for $183.1m.
Other winners include All Three of Us, Cold of Kalandar, Land Of Mine, God Willing and Family Film.
EXCLUSIVE: On the eve of the market CEO Brian O’Shea has added international rights to a horror feature produced by the team behind Oscar winner The Lives Of Others.
Goldfinger will be turning in his grave. James Bond refuses to die as EON Productions, MGM and Sony announced on Sunday the James Bond release set a record seven-day launch in the UK.
EXCLUSIVE: The Los Angeles-based sales agent has added the Toronto Midnight Madness selection to its market roster and will commence talks with buyers this week.
Carlos Enderle’s Minezota and Maya Goded’s Plaza De La Soledad shared the Impulso Morelia awards as the 13th Morelia International Film Festival concluded in Michoacán, Mexico, at the weekend.
The distributor has acquired US rights to concert filmmaker Michael Thelin’s psychological thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Cabin In The Woods star joins supernatural thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Mimi Steinbauer and her team will introduce buyers in Santa Monica to the action thriller starring Beau Knapp and Stephen Moyer.
The studio has picked up the US and majority of world rights from Voltage Pictures to the completed thriller starring Bella Thorne, Ioan Gruffudd and Chandler Riggs.
EXCLUSIVE: Creatives behind Buried, [REC] (pictured) and Kidnapped join for English-language thriller.
Timeless Films and Ambient Entertainment announce cast for upcoming animation.
Biggest slate to date also includes Planetarium, Money’s Money and Overdrive.
HanWay Films to sell A Prayer Before Dawn at AFM; shoot to begin April 2016.
Sales agent Wide House is to be reunited with German filmmaker Rüdiger Suchsland on his next documentary Hitler’s Hollywood for delivery next year.
Hualien Media and Mission Control Entertainment have teamed up with POW! Entertainment’s Stan Lee, writer-producer Bill Macdonald and director Ralph Hemecker.
Traineeships in film exhibition, distribution and international sales led to employment for more than 50% of participants.
Plus… Apocalypse Now cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and director Majid Majidi to receive special award for their work on Muhammad: The Messenger of God.
Deadpool and Independence Day Resurgence will both be released in IMAX in 2016.
James Bond thriller dwarfs previous record-holder, Fifty Shades of Grey.
Nick Meyer and his team will commence international sales next week on the Billy Bob Thornton dark comedy sequel that Miramax and Broad Green Pictures will co-finance and co-produce.
Natalie Dormer of Mockingjay and Game Of Thrones will star in the thriller that the Los-Angeles-based company will introduce to buyers at the market next week.
EXCLUSIVE: Fatal Attraction director boards script from Captain Phillips writer Billy Ray.
The executive has expanded her responsibilities as part of the recent reorganisation of Bron Media Corp.
Fox International’s space adventure goes up against the latest 007 instalment in what should produce a dynamic clash outside North America.
The actor has joined Nicolas Cage on Pure Dopamine’s market-bound thriller that Arclight represents for worldwide sales.
The US distributor licensed rights from Bleiberg Entertainment’s Compound B and will release via its Turbo label next year.
Media group takes control of film giant’s communications.
IMAX will have 500 Chinese sites within a couple of years, with that number potentially rising to 1000.
Bill Paxton, Colm Feore and Kevin Durand have joined Woods Entertainment’s thriller currently shooting in northern Canada.
The fund will target productions that bring benefits to the Scottish film sector and economy.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit in step with documentary about the young Britain’s Got Talent finalists.
EXCLUSIVE: The Los Angeles-based sales company has licensed rights excluding Italy from Italy’s Frenesy Film to the drama and will commence sales at the AFM before heading to Ventana Sur in Argentina in December.
EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome International inks deal on gangster doc.
The sales company is gearing up to introduce buyers next week to DEFY Media and Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s sci-fi.
Latest Bond mission continues to excel at the start of its run, as other films receive half term boost.
Japanese novel Miracles Of The Namiya General Store has sold 1.6 million copies in China.
Alexandra Bentley wins with thriller based around a hostage crisis on the London Underground.
Anna Martemucci’s One Cambodian Family Please For My Pleasure has received $75,000 at the inaugural Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program.
James Bond has arrived in style in his homeland as Spectre grossed $9.2m via Sony from its first full day of action.
Plus… Screen Media Ventures gets US rights to Yellow and Red Entertainment lines up Navy SEAL biopic
New drama set for release in 2016.
The Marvel Studios release is expected on Wednesday to become Disney’s fourth film of 2015 to cross the half-billion mark.
The Brooklyn-based film and TV distributor has partnered with private investment firm Harlan Capital Partners to boost its digital channels.
The film stars Stephan James who will next be see as Jesse Owens in Race and marks the feature debut of Jay Z and Kanye West videos collaborator Director X.
Veteran German director Wolfgang Petersen is set to make his first film in Germany for 30 years.
Around 300 titles avaialble at launch; Mark Kermode to offer weekly pick.
The distributor has licensed the Nazi thriller starring Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell, Jack Reynor and Mia Wasikowska that is currently shooting in Budapest.
The studio is releasing Scorsese’s next film Silence starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson based on the novel by Shusaku Endo.
Carol, Suffragette and Rams also among 15 titles in competition at cinematography festival.
Michelle Rodriguez will star in the title role of noir crime thriller Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale opposite Sigourney Weaver.
The director of Spectre and American Beauty will discuss his career to date.
Acquisitions exec joins from Goldcrest.
Michael Giacchino took Film Composer of the Year, while Antonio Sanchez took Film Score of the Year for Birdman.
Endgame Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures are co-financing and Protagonist will introduce the love story to buyers next week.
Plus… Film Indpendent announces 2015 Producing Lab filmmakers, Rowish launches Kickstarter campaign and more.
The studio has licensed North America and most of the world on Michael Mann’s upcoming Christian Bale starrer excluding select territories that Los Angeles-based Insiders will introduce at the AFM next week.
EXCLUSIVE: Alison Brie and Gretchen Mol have joined Gerard Butler, Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina on the drama that Voltage is bringing to the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts’ sales company is Santa Monica-bound with a trio of new titles led by The Man Who Was Thursday.
Lucrative prize goes to Iceland for second year in a row.
EXCLUSIVE: Sightseers co-writer and star is directing and starring in Prevenge while seven-and-a-half months pregnant.
Highly respected producer worked on Joanna Hogg’s Archipelago and Sally El Hosaini’s My Brother the Devil.
The Visual Effects Society will award the director of The Martian its VES Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th Annual VES Awards in Beverly Hills on February 2, 2016.
Video Service Corp has acquired all US and Canadian rights to Brett and Jason Butler’s sophomore feature First Round Down and plan a mid-2016 release.
Raven Banner has acquired international rights to the recent Sitges world premiere.
EXCLUSIVE: Sundance Selects plans Dec 4 release theatrically and on demand.
EXCLUSIVE: The Witch exec readies horror from writer-directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steve Konstanski.
Halston Sage, Logan Miller and Kian Lawley have joined Zoey Deutch on the coming-of-age film that Good Universe will introduce to buyers at the Santa Monica market.
An android actress, giant anime robots and the legacy of Akira Kurosawa were among the offerings at this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), which as always presented an interesting mix of old and new.
EXCLUSIVE: New film by Amr Salama (Excuse My French) to shoot this spring.
The principle of territoriality should be preserved for the European film industry in the European Commission’s (EC) plans for a Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy, according to Günter Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.
Another AFM sales title has fallen into place as it emerged on Tuesday that Ryan Reynolds is in final negotiations to star in the comedic drama.
François Ivernel’s Montebello Productions signs first look development and production deal with Gaumont
Ant-Man topped the chart as Goodbye Mr Loser raced past $200m.
EXCLUSIVE: Genre sales outfit takes five to AFM including supernatural horror picked up by Icon for UK.
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winner joins sci-fi alongside Robert Pattinson, Mia Goth.
Plus… Academy announces shortlist of 10 documentary shorts and The Hornet’s Nest collaborators launch distribution alliance.
Ben Kingsley and Josh Hutcherson will star in the political thriller for Parts & Labor, Creative Alliance and Scythia Films.
The distributor has swooped on North American rights to Paddy Breathnach’s Irish foreign-language Oscar submission and plans a 2016 theatrical release.
The Los Angeles-based sales company will introduce international buyers to Andamar Entertainment’s $21m drama at the Santa Monica market next week.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has invited back the British enfant terrible to emcee the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills.
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Weller to score boxing drama with Independent, BBC Films, Barry McGuigan on board.
Young adult romance stars Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger.
Festival top brass unveiled on Monday the latest wave of programming including an on-stage conversation with the British director of The Martian.
The action director reveals details of new feature Manhunt, a long-awaited remake of The Killer and his thoughts on retirement.
“Be reassured,” former European Commissioner tells French film industry.
Amid Canal Plus shake-up, parent company Vivendi ups stake in video games companies Ubisoft and Gameloft.
Qualifying co-productions to access financing possibilities in both countries; eligible Dutch films will be exempt from China’s quota on foreign films.
India’s Daughter, Wildlike (pictured) and Eadweard are among the selections at the 12th annual edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), scheduled for December 1-12.
Fox’s The Martian and Suffragette record slim drops, as Paramount’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is the week’s highest new entry with non-final $2.25m (£1.47m), including previews.
Steven Spielberg film to open cinematography festival in Poland.
27,000 people sign petition spearheaded by French filmmakers in four days.
The US distributor has picked up rights to Switzerland’s Oscar submission and has plot a November 27 limited launch in New York and Los Angeles prior to nationwide expansion in the new year.
The New York-based distributor has acquired worldwide rights to Don Hardy’s SXSW documentary Theory Of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents ahead of its November 14 screening at Doc NYC.
Line-up includes seven world premieres and Oscar submissions from the Netherlands, South Korea and Kazakhstan.
Round-up of news from the sixth American Film Festival and US in Progress showcase.
Streamlined Rome Film Fest sees inevitable drop in box office and attendance but puts on a good show; MIA launches with scope for content growth.
OCTOBER 26 UPDATE: Active in 75 markets, Ridley Scott’s adventure hit dominated the Hollywood export arena at the weekend and surged past the $200m mark.
OCTOBER 26 UPDATE: Fox’s adventure hit prospered while others misfired, reclaiming pole position on an confirmed $15.7m to boost the running total to $166.2m.
Philippe Claudel’s A Childhood (France, pictured) took the Chicago International Film Festival’s international film competition Gold Hugo on Saturday night.
The Screen Awards has unveiled its 2015 winners, recognising excellence in UK marketing, distribution and exhibition.
Fox International Productions and Twentieth Century Fox have set a theatrical release for Pablo Trapero’s Argentinian Oscar submission and local box office record-breaker.
EXCLUSIVE: International buyers will get their chance to bid on the $45m Russell Crowe adventure next month, which now has a February 2016 start date in Morocco and South Africa.
The unnamed “clandestine” distribution entity formed by ex-Radius chiefs Tom Quinn and Jason Janego with Tim League has announced a December release for Where To Invade Next.
This year’s Screen Awards Exhibition Achievement Award winner also called for more women in top jobs.
Titles include Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary, Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next and Matthew Heineman’s Cartel Land.
EXCLUSIVE: SC Films boards 3D family-animation from Monty Python icon ahead of AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group has teamed up with Bullet Entertainment to handle international sales on the thriller starring Jaimie Alexander and Wes Bentley.
The Marvel Studios hit has reached $289.1m and will seek to build on last weekend’s $42.4m debut in China.
Organisers at the Los Angeles festival announced on Friday details of the two-day State Of The Art – Innovation, Storytelling And Technology.
Malachi Smyth’s sci-fi thriller topped the latest Brit List.
EXCLUSIVE: Norway’s Arthaus and Belgium’s Imagine Film Distribution have joined an expanded second edition of the distribution initiative launched last year by Poland’s Gutek Film with FestivalScope as SCOPE50.
Two seminars at this year’s TIFFCOM (October 20-22) in Tokyo touched on Asia’s ambition to make pan-regional or international movies without Hollywood’s help.
Distribution deal covers docs and select classics from Kino Lorber’s catalogue.
Incentive aimed at combatting piracy in UK cinemas during the release of Spectre, Star Wars and The Hunger Games.
Strong showings from Crimson Peak and Suffragette no match for Bond.
EXCLUSIVE: Dean English of Perfect Circle Productions and Robert Burke of Ten One Entertainment are lining up the big screen treatment for Ben Dunn’s cult manga series.
IFP unveiled on Thursday the nominations for the 25th annual IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards.
Plus… Focus World acquires Puerto Ricans In Paris; Abramorama to release Rock In The Red Zone; The Bequest begins Canada shoot; and more.
Quantschnigg was mostly recently vp of international sales at Goldcrest International.
Top brass at the Mexican festival have added a couple of prestige gala screenings and unveiled the World Highlights programme.
EXCLUSIVE: Former TWC exec to join as co-MD, UPIP, alongside Peter Kujawski.
Tribeca Enterprises and Chanel launched on Thursday the Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program.
EXCLUSIVE: Principal photography on thriller True Crimes, starring Jim Carrey, will begin in Poland’s Krakow on Nov 7.
Tomas Alfredsen’s adaption of Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman, set to star Michael Fassbender, is to become the first major international production to shoot in Oslo.
New festival artistic director talks strengthening the programme, budget cuts and his desire to get Steven Spielberg to Rome.
EXCLUSIVE: Beverly Hills-based Ehud Bleiberg and his team will launch international sales at the AFM on the ensemble comedy starring Patrick Stewart and Cheryl Hines.
The Steve Jobs and Macbeth actor is currently shooting the video game adaptation in London.
Thor: Ragnarok and Alien sequel will shoot in Australia, receiving $34 million in government funding.
Cinema greats Dario Argento and William Friedkin joined Rome Film Festival’s artistic director Antonio Monda on stage for a ‘Close Encounters’ discussion. What started as a retrospective; turned into a candid tell-all.
In a show of confidence Robert Simond’s distributor has pushed back its Matthew McConaughey Civil War drama to May 13 of next year.
The Tokyo International Film Festival kicked off its 28th edition on Thursday with Robert Zemeckis’ 3D high-wire thriller The Walk.
The Assassin will compete for best feature at this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards on Nov 26.
Under strict anti-piracy measures, which included sealed bags and lock-downs on all electronic equipment, Pixar’s story editor Kelsey Mann presented 30 minutes of exclusive footage and sketched images from the highly anticipated The Good Dinosaur at Rome Film Festival.
Festival top brass have unveiled the entire slate after they announced on Wednesday the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight, Shorts and Cinema’s Legacy programmes set to screen from November 5-12.
The New York-based company continues its surge into production, announcing on Wednesday that shooting has begun on the drama starring Naomie Harris, André Holland and Mahershala Ali.
The multihyphenate will return to preside over the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood on February 28, 2016.
Robbie Little has acquired worldwide sales rights to Kerstin Karlhuber’s directorial debut drama ahead of the market in Santa Monica next month.
EXCLUSIVE: Heading into AFM, Yarek Danielak’s Los Angeles-based production and sales company has entered into a key strategic partnership.
Documentary Earth: One Amazing Day to be the first feature produced under the UK-China film co-production treaty; new Sherlock special to screen in Chinese cinemas.
With bankruptcy hearings still ongoing, the investor group led by Ryan Kavanaugh said on Wednesday it had completed its acquisition of Relativity assets.
Plus… VRWERX, Paramount and AMC Theatres bring ‘Paranormal Activity’ virtual reality game to theatre lobbies; Anchor Bay, Foresight Features and Raven Banner line up ‘The Hexecutioners’.
Comedy, in which the dictator wakes up in modern-day Berlin, includes Borat-style interactions between the dictator and the public.
Former winners of Screen International’s Best Pitch Award are among the producers with projects at the co-production market during the 14th edition of Tallinn’s Baltic Event (Nov 16-18).
Cornerstone Films to oversee international sales and distribution.
Downton Abbey star to visit schools and take part in an on-stage interview.
OCTOBER 21 UPDATE: Demarest Media has joined Cross Creek as producer-financier along with financier Kilburn Media on Mel Gibson’s war film, currently shooting in New South Wales, Australia.
Talent wishlists also on the agenda during market panel.
The arrangement covers Lionsgate and Summit titles such as The Last Witch Hunter and the next two Divergent films, Allegiant and Ascendant.
The festival, set to run in Mexico from November 11-15, has unveiled the selections in its After Dark, American Specials and Green programmes.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back starring Tom Cruise has begun shooting in New Orleans and will open via Paramount Pictures on October 21 2016.
Berlin-based One Two Films is making its first foray into Stateside production as the co-producer on Jennifer Fox’s fiction feature debut The Tale, which begins shooting at locations in Louisiana today (Oct 20).
US BRIEFS: Submarine boards Diane Kennedy doc; Shout! takes 'Fender Bender'; Gravitas finds 'Actor For Hire'
Plus… Moon River lines-up James Brown doc; Adaptive hires ex-Paramount exec; Chez Upshaw filmmakers to self-distribute; and more.
The French director and actress made her feature film debut with the recent world premiere in Toronto of Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story).
The distributor will release Philippine’s foreign language Oscar submission in New York on October 30 followed by a Los Angeles release on November 6.
Goldcrest boards thriller from iconic comedy-horror director.
UPDATED OCTOBER 21: An investor group led by Ryan Kavanagh has sold the television division for $125m as it emerged that financing issues continued to complicate the chairman and CEO’s plans to steer his company into clear waters.
Thomas White and Miles Hubley wrote the screenplay and Route One and Lost City will produce and finance with Maiden Voyage on board to produce.
Paul Hanson’s production, financing and distribution company has hired former Electus development executive Saul Goldberg.
Nine days of panels and workshops will include Christian Slater discussing hit TV show Mr. Robot and authenticity on the small screen and Kerry Washington talking about the rules of social stardom.
Ant-Man opened with a strong $42.77m but Goodbye Mr Loser is still on top.
The director of Carol and I’m Not There will discuss his three decades in cinema.
FCP handles competition disputes within the UK cinema sector.
The festival will screen 146 films from 51 countries, and will honour Mohsen Makhmalbaf (pictured) with a five-film tribute.
Full line-up of the Stockholm film festival includes feature and documentary competition line-ups.
Speaking at TIFFCOM today, Netflix Japan vice president David Lee reported strong interest in the company’s US originals such as Daredevil, despite the Japanese audience’s usual indifference to Hollywood content.
NT Live broadcast production around the world.
Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next and Patricia Riggen’s The 33 starring Antonio Banderas have been added to this year’s AFI FEST.
EXCLUSIVE: Marketing head Kezia Williams promoted into newly created role.
Former director of international sales Veltri becomes vice-president while former manager Maylor is named director.
The Toronto-based distributor and sales agent has picked up Canadian rights to the films by Jason Lei Howden and Ryan Wise.
OCTOBER 19 UPDATE: Marvel Studios’ latest superhero adventure took $42.4m in China to make the territory the film’s biggest after three days.
LFF opener Suffragette lands with non-final $4.5m (£2.93m) from seven days; Warner Bros’ Pan sails to $4.2m (£2.73m) from 506 sites, including previews.
First image released from the feature co-financed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and BBC Films.
Diminishing screen sizes and closure of a key venue led to 4% dip in numbers, festival director Clare Stewart tells ScreenDaily.
Drama directed by Niall Johnson is based on a true story.
Vue sold 10,000 tickets in just 90 minutes.
In other news, New Films International has set a day-and-date US release for The Sound And The Fury while the Canadian Film Centre has begun the Toronto shoot on 22 Chaser.
Ben Gibson, former director of the London Film School (LFS), is set to become the first non-German director of Berlin’s German Film & Television Academy (dffb).
Two strong British programmes are running at top Mexican film festivals this month.
One Direction concert film grossed $15m over one weekend.
OCTOBER 19 UPDATE: A solid debut for Sony saw the Jack Black family comedy open top on a confirmed $23.6m from 3,501 theatres as Bridge Of Spies and Crimson Peak came in second and third, respectively.
OCTOBER 19 UPDATE: The streaming giant’s first original film Beasts Of No Nation starring Idris Elba and Abraham Atta ventured into 31 theatres at the weekend, grossing a confirmed $51,003 from Landmark venues.
Legende and Parts & Labor scripts among development projects at MIA market.
The Witch wins best debut; Sherpa wins best documentary.
Eran Creevy’s follow-up to Welcome To The Punch stars Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley and is financed by IM Global and China’s DMG Entertainment.
MAS2TV has gone live following a recent launch event in New York with chief creative officer and evp Dianne Bissoon.
Guillermo del Toro’s chiller starring Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam looks set to become Hollywood’s dominant global release this weekend.
EXCLUSIVE: Director heading to New York to cast Molly.
Alibaba previously purchased 16.5% of the streaming platform in 2014 for $1.2bn.
Elizabeth M Daley will serve an additional five-year term as dean of the USC School Of Cinematic Arts.
EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome haul includes Toronto doc, Partisan and 2000AD.
Joanne Froggatt and Anthony Head join Luke Treadaway and Ruta Gedmintas in the film’s cast.
The first ever Tridens First Features competition will include 14 titles, alongside two out of competition.
The historical drama topped Crimson Peak and Sicario in its first week.
Daniel Graham will replace Helen Jones as the company’s head of distribution.
Deals have been closed for the Australian family film in territories including the UK, Middle East and Brazil.
Anne Wivel’s Mand Falder will open the festival, which will screen 200 docs including 60 world premieres.
The East-West co-production market has selected 10 projects this year, down from 13 in 2014.
EXCLUSIVE: Gaumont deal covers UK, Germany, Australia; additional deals with Cinematheque Francaise, Bordeaux festival.
Venice Golden Lion winner From Afar, Mustang and James White are among selections in the New Auteurs and American Independents sections at AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi, set to run from November 5–12.
EXCLUSIVE: Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz is on board a feature version of the animation short from Queen guitar legend Brian May and UK-based Unanico Group.
Three Ticks scheme rolled out across funding bodies and all BFI Lottery-backed projects.
The star of Everest and Sicario will narrate Unchained: The Untold Story Of Freestyle Motocross, which Brian O’Shea’s The Exchange will introduce to worldwide buyers at AFM next month.
The fourth instalment in Lionsgate’s Hunger Games franchise will open day-and-date with the rest of the world on November 20.
AFM top brass announced on Thursday that more than 400 films will screen at the Santa Monica market including 80 world and 324 market premieres.
In a much-needed shot in the arm for Warner Bros, the studios are building a franchise based on super-species including a 2020 Godzilla-King Kong showdown.
Santa Monica-based company will release Marya Cohn’s drama with Freestyle Releasing and Freestyle Digital Media in December.
Principal photography in Toronto and Hamilton is set to begin on October 20 on Brett and Jason Butler’s latest film.
EXCLUSIVE: 45 Years backer promotes Caroline Cooper Charles.
Gravitas Ventures acquires Anguish; Academy relaunches film festival support programme; Office to open the 13th Annual New York Korean Film Festival; Film Movement picks up The Seventh Fire.
Double Dutch International will introduce buyers at AFM to the Trilight Entertainment family feature that also stars Kim Coates.
The producer of Straight Outta Compton has arrived from Relativity Media and will serve as in-house producer as the company continues to move into original content.
EXCLUSIVE: UK deal for Laurie Anderson’s Venice documentary.
EXCLUSIVE: The distribution outfit plans to release the film theatrically in 2016.
Sci-fi adventure web series among eight projects presented at the Pixel Market Finance Forum.
Qatari director Khalifa Al Muraikhi, Saudi filmmaker Shahad Ameen and Emirati director Layla Kaylif have been shortlisted for the IWC Filmmaker Award at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
Vietnamese-American director Victor Vu’s latest film has become a surprise hit at the box office in Vietnam, raking in $2.67m with 850,000 admissions since its opening on October 1.
Irving recently worked on LFF title Departure.
DCM will oversee Curzon’s cinema advertising portfolio from Jan 1 2016.
Multi-platform project was presented at the Power to the Pixel Finance Forum.
UK’s National Film and Television School launches performance capture course with The Imaginarium to meet the need for new talent in the VFX sector.
As the streaming giant announced on Wednesday 3Q earnings that fell below expectations, chief content officer Ted Sarandos offered insights into performance in two key territories.
Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel star in the recent Toronto world premiere about the Indian maths genius Srinivasa Ramanujan.
Michael London and Janice Williams of Groundswell Productions will produce the feature based on Christina Baker Kline’s bestselling novel.
Principal photography has commenced in Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia, on the drama starring Chris Evans, Lindsay Duncan, Mckenna Grace, Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer.
Hot on the heels of global blockbuster Minions, Universal has scheduled the release of the next three titles from Illumination.
StudioCanal is aiming to strengthen its UK presence with the launch of a new TV and film production company.
It marks the first time the Oscar-winning US actress has been a juror at a film festival.
Shoot to commence in Paris on Oct 27 before heading to Prague, London and Oman.
The content creators announced on Wednesday the launch of Merman X Pulse, designed to make talent-led branded comedy entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: TrustNordisk rides more deals on Norwegian box office smash.
Tim McCann’s thriller stars Sam Trammell, Vanessa Ferlito and Missy Yager and will open theatrically and on VOD on January 22, 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: Nanda Costa, Roberta Rodrigues star in Rio Carnival rom-com.
Robert Halmi Jr’s Great Point Media is also backing the George Raymond Wagner biopic
Top brass announced on Wednesday the full line-up for the festival’s sixth edition running from November 12-19 at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village and Chelsea’s SVA Theatre and Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas.
Revolution Studios has purchased the Cold Spring Pictures motion picture library. Separately, New York Women in Film & Television has announced the recipient of the NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Grant.
The Lebanese Censorship Bureau banned the British film, despite it being selected by the festival.
The British director, riding high on the global success of The Martian, will receive the Hollywood Producer Award at the Hollywood Film Awards on November 1.
The ECA’s annual conference takes place on Oct 19.
Experts forecasted the future of the consumer virtual-reality market at the annual event held as part of LFF.
Conference speakers included Kickstarter’s Jon Leland, ScreenHits’ Rose Adkins and BBC Worldwide Digital Studios’ Alex Ayling.
The German festival will screen Grimur Hákonarson’s Rams, Tobias Lindholm’s A War and Klaus Harö’s The Fencer in its 2015 programme.
Barker takes over from Kevin Trehy, who will become a vice-chair.
The film will be released in Japan in Q3 2016.
The Lava Bear Films founder and former Universal Pictures chairman will start work at Jeff Skoll’s company on November 1.
The sensorial cinema of Gabriel Mascaro, who turned the life of a group of cowhands into a poetic experience in Neon Bull (Boi Neon), was the big winner at the 17th edition of Rio de Janeiro’s International Film Festival.
Top brass have announced the films in official selection at the Mexican festival’s fourth annual edition, set to run from November 11-15.
The collaboration with the subsidiary of video game developer and publisher Take-Two Interactive Software are teaming up on the graphic novel adaptation.
The British star of recent Toronto hit Eye In The Sky will receive the 2015 IFF Career Achievement Award on opening night on October 28 in Beverly Hills.
The distributor picked up all US rights at the Hot Docs International Film Festival to Su Rynard’s cautionary environmental documentary.
Period drama stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.
The producer of entertainment finance conferences has announced its first Asia Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation announced on Tuesday that the inaugural honour will go to Lee Daniels, Megan Ellison and Rob Marshall.
According to reports the studio and DiCaprio’s Appian Way have optioned a four-page book proposal about the ongoing crisis at the German car manufacturer with a view to a feature adaptation.
The distributor will open Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epic in the US on December 18.
The eight-year company veteran has been promoted to evp and general sales manager of domestic theatrical distribution.
Celebration! Cinemas CEO John D Loeks has been appointed chairman following the annual general meeting of the National Association Of Theatre Owners (NATO) in Washington from October 7-8.
The set decorator, costume designer and production designer will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20th Annual Excellence In Production Design Awards on January 31, 2016.
Jeremy Barrett has joined the LA-based strategic consultancy and media production company as executive producer.
The actress and writer-director will be honoured at The Dallas Film Society’s 6th annual The Art of Film gala on November 20.
The first-annual Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) has announced its competition line-up.
France’s Adama also nominated for European Film Awards.
A Little Chaos producer Faivre delivered the PFM keynote in London about day-and-date and the theatrical experience.
Doha Film Institute unveils first titles for third edition of Ajyal, confirms second edition of Qumra.
Documentary filmmaker places a focus on the lives of women across the globe
Goodbye Mr Loser knocked Lost In Hong Kong from the top spot.
The reformed draft budget will now be put to vote at the European Parliament.
The Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years A Slave will direct from his own script for Broad Green Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.
The distributor has picked up North American rights from Film Factory Entertainment to Spain’s foreign-language Oscar contender. Separately, Cohen Media Group has acquired 30 films from the Merchant Ivory Productions library .
TWC executive Robert Walak is to depart the company this week, Screen has confirmed.
Sean Baker’s transgender drama was named best fiction film as Rio De Janeiro Film Festival top brass celebrated the best LGBTQ films of this year’s festival.
Co-production Market to feature new projects from Kanu Behl, Aditya Vikram Sengupta and Nandita Das, along with Ritesh Batra’s first project as a producer.
Iranian filmmaker Hadi Mohaghegh’s Immortal and Walnut Tree from Kazakhstan’s Yerlan Nurmukhambetov were presented with the New Currents Awards at the close of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) on Saturday night.
The Institute announced on Monday its new Sundance Ignite project aimed at aspiring 18-to-24-year-olds.
The Chilean TV personality will collect the inaugural honour on closing night on October 25 of the GEMS Festival hosted by Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival.
Chow Yun Fat has joined the cast of Edko Films’ Cold War 2, directed by Longman Leung and Sunny Luk, which is currently in production.
JK Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off, starring Eddie Redmayne, to shoot in the city.
Screen International and British Council present Screen’s Stars Of Tomorrow tonight at an intimate industry dinner.
Lionsgate’s Sicario is the week’s highest new entry with $2.5m (£1.6m) as Legend becomes StudioCanal’s second biggest release ever with $25.7m (£16.75m).
Designer of award-winning Alien: Isolation will discuss the intersection between art, technology and entertainment.
The extended deal will mean Sky customers can watch the studio’s films nine months after theatrical release.
Naomi Klein and Olafur Eliasson will both curate programmes at this year’s festival.
Festival favourite Mustang took the festival’s art cinema prize, while documentary Nice People won the audience award.
Alibaba Pictures Group (APG) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to invest in Korean action film Real, set to star Kim Soo-hyun.
UPDATED OCTOBER 12: Fox’s The Martian dominated the international marketplace again this weekend, with a confirmed $57.5m from 77 markets. Warner’s Pan went wide internationally and took an estimated $20.5m from 54 markets.
Warner Bros’ Pan struggled to get off the ground at the US box office this weekend while Fox’s The Martian dropped only 32% from its debut.
Interstellar director slams exhibitors who fail to “put on a show”.
The Hollywood and Japanese producers are joining forces on a live action, English-language version of the hit anime TV series.
The US mini-major has signed an SVOD and TVOD deal with iQIYI covering the latest Hunger Games and Divergent installments.
The UK industry has something to celebrate about women in film - at least compared to more dismal stats in the US.
George Gittoes’s Snow Monkey (pictured) and Nick Read’s Bolshoi Babylon among the 15 titles in competition.
EXCLUSIVE: The new Los Angeles festival will open with South Korea’s The Shameless and close with Taiwan’s foreign language Oscar submission The Assassin.
Topics including human rights and empowering the next generation of creative women will be covered at the event, taking place during the AFM.
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.
The director and producers of The Revenant will join Tina Fey, Darren Star and Christine Vachon in the event’s speaker line-up.
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.
The German government has issued a clear call for guarantees of diversity in the areas of culture and media in the ongoing TTIP free trade negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the US.
Suffragette ranks a close second.
Composer behind Star Wars, Jaws and E.T. to receive the award next June.
The trio join the board of the festival, which aims to increase the heritage of British diversity.
Films from 81 countries have been subitted for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales on sci-fi thriller 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.
Horror anthology from the creators of V/H/S debuted at Toronto.
South Korean documentary picked up for the US.
EXCLUSIVE: Protagonist concludes deals on Rebecca Miller comedy, which was sold to Sony at Toronto.
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.
After reaching the milestone earlier than ever before this year, the studio also revealed release dates for Cars 3 and The Incredibles 2, while Toy Story 4 has been pushed back a year.
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.
The Israel Film Festival in Beverly Hills is giving its film and television achievement award to the the Steve Jobs screenwriter.
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.
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.
Owners explore studio potential after location shoots for Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Channel 4’s Humans.
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.
IM Global’s The Journey begins production in Belfast.
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.
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’).
Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon will star in the studio’s third collaboration with Payne.
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.
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.
When RIFF (Reykjavik International Film Festival) was founded in 2004, expectations for the new event were far from high.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: UK comedy The Hippopotamus wraps and inks deals.
The Film Distributors Association has today released a report quantifying the value of film distribution in the UK.
The new Canadian distributor led by Alex Bronfman and Matt Orenstein has picked up the elevated horror film starring Emma Roberts.
Heading into MIPCOM Japan’s NHK has signed a deal to adapt Ukrainian production company FILM.UA’s detective series.
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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: TV projects also on slate for Australian outfit.
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.
The former Focus Features executive has joined The Solution Entertainment Group as vp of acquisitions and development.
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 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.
Seville International has found a US home for Hany Abu-Assad’s acclaimed recent Toronto world premiere and closed a raft of new sales
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.
Harvey Weinstein has cancelled his visit to Zurich Film Festival “due to an unforeseen production emergency”.
The 2015 Hollywood Film Festival (HFF) came to a close on Sunday at Arclight Cinemas with awards presented to films in six categories.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Starry short wraps for Bill Kenwright Films ahead of company’s feature push.
SCREEN SUBSCRIBERS: Philip Knatchbull talks about Curzon’s theatrical deal with Netflix for Cary Fukunaga’s festival hit.
The animation sequel to the 2012 family hit arrives day-and-date with North America in 35 territories this weekend.
“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.
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.
Europa Distribution’s panel looked at issues around online film releases, from piracy to branding to data analysis.
Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group has had discussions with streaming giant Netflix about its potential move into the Chinese market.
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.
The film will shoot in London before moving to Bulgaria and Belgium.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Paramount’s Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation amassed $33.70m for a $120.29m cume.
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.
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.
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.
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.