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Eddie Marsan

Highsmith thriller sells for Sierra/Affinity

24-Nov-2014 | By

Nick Meyer has reported a slew of sales on Untitled Patricia Highsmith, with Sony taking multiple territories on the psychological thriller that will now also star Eddie Marsan.

Kristen Wiig

Relativity Studios unveil Masterminds name

24-Nov-2014 | By

The film formerly known as The Untitled Armored Car Project has a name and will open theatrically on August 15, 2015.


Les Arcs unveils industry projects

24-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Kevorkian, Shoval, Haq, Fiennes, Sigurðsson, Nikonova and Runarsson heading to Les Arcs European Film Festival with upcoming projects.

Kunal Nayyar

Big Bang Theory's Nayyar takes first Hindi role

24-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Kunal Nayyar has been cast in Sikhya Entertainment’s sci-fi drama Punha, marking The Big Bang Theory star’s first acting role in Hindi.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Mockingjay scores record UK debut

24-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Lionsgate’s adaptation records biggest opening of 2014 to date with non-final $19.8m (£12.64m), including previews.


Heyman: 3D not right for Paddington

24-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Producer of Gravity and Harry Potter discusses why a 3D version of Paddington was not considered.

Clio Barnard

Clio Barnard: Wellcome research inspired new film

24-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Selfish Giant director has told Screen how the Wellcome Trust and BFI Screenwriting Fellowship has informed her upcoming project.

Mr Kaplan

Mr Kaplan snapped up for US

24-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Menemsha Films has taken US rights to Alvaro Brechner’s second feature - Uruguay’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

The Lego Movie

Lego Movie wins Children’s Bafta

24-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Awards also included the youngest-ever winner of a Bafta.

Priya Sreedharan

Open Air, Excel climb Three Storeys

24-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Priya Sreedharan’s start-up production outfit Open Air Films is partnering with Excel Entertainment on romantic drama Three Storeys.

Abhijeet Singh Parmar

SFG buttons up Parmar’s Overcoat

24-Nov-2014 | By

Canada’s Studio Film Group (SFG) International will co-produce Abhijeet Singh Parmar’s debut feature Overcoat, which will be made under the recently signed India-Canada co-production treaty.

The Legend Of Longwood

Legend of Longwood sold to US

24-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Global Screen scores major sale of fantasy adventure.

Sarah Barnett

Sundance exec named BBC America boss

24-Nov-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

BBC America has appointed Sundance TV chief Sarah Barnett as president and general manager, one month after Sundance parent firm AMC Networks acquired a stake in the US cable network.

Monsoon Shootout

Monsoon Shootout set for India release

24-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Navalakha Arts and Holy Basil Productions have acquired Indian theatrical and satellite rights to Amit Kumar’s thriller Monsoon Shootout, which they plan to give a wide release in the first quarter of next year.

Goutam Ghose

IME hops on board Lala

24-Nov-2014 | By Nandita Dutta

EXCLUSIVE: Pune and Mumbai-based IME Motion Pictures will co-produce Indo-Italian project Lala, to be directed by Goutam Ghose.


Jar opens lid on Gurgaon, Rangzen

24-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Jar Pictures has unveiled a slate of upcoming productions headed by DoP Shanker Raman’s directorial debut Gurgaon and Gaurav Saxena’s feature version of his celebrated short film, Rangzen.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Mockingjay takes $152m int’l

23-Nov-2014 | By

NOVEMBER 24 UPDATE: Storming to an estimated $275m worldwide, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 delivered $152m from the first five days in 85 markets through Lionsgate International licensees.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Mockingjay leads US box office on $123m


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 starring Jennifer Lawrence was the clear winner at the North American box office although it scored the lowest of all three entries in the franchise so far.

Golden Horse Awards 2014

Blind Massage sweeps Golden Horse awards

23-Nov-2014 | By

Lou Ye’s Blind Massage was the big winner at this year’s Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, scooping six prizes including best film and best new performer for Zhang Lei.

Rajesh Jala

Pallas ignites for Rajesh Jala’s The Spark

23-Nov-2014 | By Nandita Dutta

EXCLUSIVE: Germany’s Pallas Film will co-produce Rajesh Jala’s The Spark (Chingari) with France’s ASAP Films, which boarded the project at Film Bazaar last year.


Jar Pictures to throw Arun’s Boomerang

23-Nov-2014 | By

Mumbai-based Jar Pictures is producing the next feature from Killa director Avinash Arun, a Marathi-language drama entitled Boomerang.


NFDC, Dussart bond over Avani

23-Nov-2014 | By Nandita Dutta

EXCLUSIVE: India’s National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and France’s Catherine Dussart Productions have boarded Rajnesh Domalpalli’s rural fable Avani as co-producers.


Essel has a vision for Sairaat

23-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Mumbai-based production and distribution company Essel Vision is producing Fandry director Nagraj Manjule’s next Marathi-language project, Sairaat.

Vishal Bhardwaj

Film London launches UK-India fund

22-Nov-2014 | By

Film London’s Microwave scheme is going global with an inititive to finance a UK-Indian feature based on Shakespeare’s writing.

Ashim Ahluwalia

Octobre19 makes play for Boyfriend

22-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based production company Octobre19 has boarded Ashim Ahluwalia’s The Boyfriend as a co-producer.

Golshifteh Farahani

Farahani stung by Scorpions

22-Nov-2014 | By Nandita Dutta

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani will star in Qissa director Anup Singh’s upcoming drama Mantra - The Song Of Scorpions.

A Momentary Lapse Of Reason

Big Bang Theory star sees Reason

22-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Kunal Nayyar, star of The Big Bang Theory, is heading the cast of Aditya Bhattacharya’s A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, an English-language crime drama shooting in India and Los Angeles.

Bill Lee

Millennium buys Amplify LA operations

21-Nov-2014 | By

Millennium Entertainment has made its first buy since the management take-over earlier this year led by Bill Lee and acquired the LA operations of Amplify in a move that demonstrates its digital ambitions.

Richard Linklater

CSA to honour Richard Linklater

21-Nov-2014 | By

The director of Boyhood will collect the Casting Society Of America’s Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards on January 22.

Amour Fou

Film Movement falls for Amour Fou

21-Nov-2014 | By

The New York-based film distributor has acquired US rights from Coproduction Office to Jessica Hausner’s Cannes selection.

Iram Haq

Rohfilm and Haq add voice to People

21-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Germany’s Rohfilm, which co-produced The Lunchbox, is continuing its association with South Asian cinema by co-producing Iram Haq’s What Will People Say.


Palm Springs to honour Rosamund Pike

21-Nov-2014 | By

The star of Gone Girl will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Breakthrough Performance Award on January 3.

Nude Area

Reel Suspects to expose Antoniak’s Nude Area

21-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Antoniak’s third picture revolves around intense lesbian affair between two Amsterdam teenagers.

Proposition For A Revolution

Le Boxeur joins Revolution

21-Nov-2014 | By Nandita Dutta

EXCLUSIVE: Joris van Wijk of Amsterdam-based Le Boxeur Films has boarded Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s documentary Proposition For A Revolution as a co-producer.

Michael Etherton

UK Jewish Film names new heads

21-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: New president and CEO appointed.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 poster

Hunger Games rules social media buzz

21-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Hunger Games, The Imitation Game and Paddington top buzz charts.

Gates of Departure

Karim Hanafy pushes boundaries with Departure

21-Nov-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Likened to audacious filmmaker Bela Tarr, Egyptian director Karim Hanafy wowed audiences at the Cairo International Film Festival with his striking feature debut The Gate of Departure.

Britdoc Impact Award

Britdoc reveals Impact Award winners

21-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Fourth annual award for docs having greatest impact on society has five winners this year.

Benedict Andrew

UTA signs Benedict Andrews

21-Nov-2014 | By

The acclaimed theatre director is preparing to make his feature directorial debut on the David Harrower stage play adaptation Blackbird with Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn attached to star.

Screen November 21 2014

Screen November 21 2014


Browse the digital version of Screen International here…

Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer to star in BBC drama


Wall to Wall to make Woman in Red for BBC2.

Black Coal, Thin Ice

Black Coal, Thin Ice sold to Taiwan

21-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Fortissimo Films sells Diao Yinan’s Berlinale winner.

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

Mockingjay Part 1 flies into action

21-Nov-2014 | By

NOVEMBER 22 UPDATE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 scores number one debuts everywhere as UK delivers $8.2m after two days, Germany $6m and Mexico $5.3m.

Amit Dutta

Altamar has Invisible One in sight

21-Nov-2014 | By Nandita Dutta

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based producer Alexa Rivero will co-produce Amit Dutta’s The Invisible One through her newly-established production company Altamar Films.

Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin, Adil Hussain board Mantra

21-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Kalki Koechlin and Adil Hussain have joined the cast of Nicholas Kharkongor’s Mantra alongside Rajat Kapoor, who will also produce.


Poland gets a kick out of Bollywood attraction

21-Nov-2014 | By

Poland is emerging as a hot new destination for Indian productions, with major films such as as Kick, Bangistan and Shaandaar all shooting at Polish locations over the past eight months.

Aamir Bashir

Mediopolis is dressed for Winter

21-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: German production company Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion has boarded Aamir Bashir’s Winter as co-producer.


UK creative industries launch federation

21-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Warner Bros, Aardman, NFTS among supporters.

Film Bazaar 2014: Screen's dailies


Browse Screen International’s daily magazines from Goa’s Film Bazaar here.

Hot projects on Screenbase

21-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

New films on Screenbase this week include the directorial debuts of Michael Lennox and Rachel Tunnard, Terry Jones’ economics doc and Chris Crow’s The Lighthouse.

Dogwoof acquires Ukrainian doc Maidan

21-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Distributor acquires UK rights for Sergei Loznitsa’s Ukrainian documentary, set for theatrical release in February 2015.

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen to direct Widows

20-Nov-2014 | By

New Regency is reuniting with the director of its Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave on the heist thriller as the studio continues to assemble its stable of prestige filmmakers.

Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols, Graduate director, dies aged 83

20-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The Graduate director Mike Nichols has died aged 83.

Evan Katz

Evan Katz to direct You’ll Be The Death Of Me

20-Nov-2014 | By

Lionsgate will distribute the Mandeville Films comedy thriller.


Academy unveils live-action shorts contenders


The Academy has whittled down 141 submissions to a shortlist of ten films in the running for the 87th Academy Awards.

Cairo Drive

Cairo Drive, Home Less triumph at DOC NYC

20-Nov-2014 | By

Festival top brass have announced their 2014 award-winners and declared this year’s event drew a record 25,000 attendance, up 28% on 2013.

Warsaw Uprising

Warsaw Uprising to open AFI EU showcase

20-Nov-2014 | By

The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the complete slate for the 2014 edition of its AFI European Union Film Showcase, set to run from December 3-21 in Silver Spring, Maryland. 

Jeremy Renner

Crackle sets The Throwaways release

20-Nov-2014 | By

Sony Pictures Television unit Crackle has set a December 19 release on its platform for its original cyber thriller The Throwaways featuring Jeremy Renner as executive producer.

Moomins on the Riviera

Moomins head down under

20-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Madman Entertainment has acquired Australia/New Zealand rights to Moomins on the Riviera from Indie Sales.

Richard Galazka

Brit List topped by Matinee Idol, Gateway 6

20-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Rom-com and sci-fi top industry selection of hot unproduced screenplays.

Lisbeth Savill

Six law partners flock to Latham & Watkins

20-Nov-2014 | By

Joe Calabrese, Lisbeth Savill and four other entertainment, sports and media partners from law firm O’Melveny & Myers have moved to Latham & Watkins.

Yves Saint Laurent

French producers sound alarm over production slump

20-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Study by France’s National Cinema Centre revealed a 23.6% drop in French films in first nine months of 2014.

Steve Jobs

Sony abandons Jobs biopic

20-Nov-2014 | By

The studio is understood to have put the project about the life of the Apple founder in turnaround, with one report claiming that Universal is now actively in the hunt.

Around the World in 50 Concerts

IDFA 2014 opens with concert film

20-Nov-2014 | By

Documentary festival to include a Q&A with CitizenFour director Laura Poitras and a strand dedicated to women in docs.

Bernd Neumann

Neumann weighs in on DFFF debate

20-Nov-2014 | By

Bernd Neumann, Germany’s former State Minister for Culture and Media, has weighed in with his own comments about the discussion on the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) spend incentive.

Fed Up

Fed Up tops doc digital charts for RADiUS

20-Nov-2014 | By

The food activism documentary Fed Up ranks as the top-grossing documentary for the year-to-date on iTunes and Amazon and has become the ninth biggest of all time on iTunes, according to distributor RADiUS.

Lost In Karastan

LOCO to open with Lost In Karastan

20-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

London Comedy Film Festival to open with a satirical comedy starring Matthew Macfadyen.

StudioCanal sells Zac Efron's 'Friends' worldwide

20-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Efron plays an aspiring DJ set in the world of Hollywood nightlife.

Mad Men

Lionsgate set for UK TV push

20-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Mad Men producer and distributor Lionsgate is to ramp up its push into television production in the UK and is looking to hire development and production executives.

Abu Dhabi Media Summit round-up

20-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Briefs from the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2014.

Spike Lee

Gravitas acquires Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus

19-Nov-2014 | By

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus starring Zaraah Abrahams and Stephen Tyrone Williams. Separately, Cinema Guild has acquired Asghar Farhadi’s 2009 mystery About Elly.

The Yes Men Are Revolting

The Orchard takes The Yes Men Are Revolting

19-Nov-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired all North American rights to the comic documentary directed by Laura Nix, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno.

Relativity plots Black Or White awards run

19-Nov-2014 | By

Mike Binder’s drama starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer will open in the US for one week on December 3.


Produced By Conference sets 2015 date

19-Nov-2014 | By

The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) has set its seventh annual Produced By Conference for May 29-31 on the Paramount lot in Hollywood. 

Stephen Graham

Stephen Graham joins Patch of Fog

19-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Cast confirmed for Fyzz Facility thriller which gets underway in Northern Ireland next week.

Pinewood Pictures strikes 20th Century Fox deal

19-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Spooks: The Greater Good sets release date.

Samir Farid

Cairo festival helping to drive change in Egypt

19-Nov-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Despite the cancellation of last year’s Cairo International Film Festival due to continued political unrest, this year’s festival, now in its 36th year, possesses an optimistic energy that change is happening within Egypt’s film industry.

Hopkins, McKellen to star in BBC2 drama


Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen are to star in a BBC2 adaptation of Sir Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser and BBC1 is planning a drama from a duo of James Bond writers.

Cairo closing 2014

Melbourne wins best picture in Cairo

19-Nov-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

The Cairo International Film Festival ended its 36th year with a glitzy ceremony [pictured] below the ancient pyramids on Tuesday. 

Dieter Kosslick

Kosslick to remain Berlinale director until 2019

19-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters has extended Dieter Kosslick’s contract as director of the Berlinale until May 31, 2019.

Ben Luxford

Ben Luxford named BFI head of UK audiences

19-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Koch Media executive to take up senior BFI role from February.

San Francisco Film Society

SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grant recipients unveiled

19-Nov-2014 | By

The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) has announced the latest round of $300,000 in funding.

The Commune behind the scenes

Vinterberg’s Commune sold across Europe

19-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Danish director’s follow-up to The Hunt picked up by the UK, Germany and Brazil among others.

13 Minutes

Hirschbiegel’s Hitler assassin drama sells worldwide

19-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Territories in Europe and Asia snap up 13 Minutes.


Nielsen to track Netflix data

19-Nov-2014 | By

The research company is poised to introduce a potentially game-changing metric that for the first time will provide data on TV viewership on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime, according to the Wall Street Journal.


Netflix to launch in Australia, NZ

19-Nov-2014 | By

The company announced on November 18 that it plans to venture into its next two major markets in March – but held back on pricing details until “a later date.”

Exhibitor conference This Way Up sets lineup

19-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Ben Roberts, Dave Moutrey, Jon Barrenechea, Marc Allenby, Emma Keith, among speakers at Newcastle event.

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson to receive BIFA honour

19-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Oscar-winning UK actress and writer to receive Richard Harris Award.


BBFC changes Paddington 'sex' advice

19-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) changes guidance from “mild sex references” to “innuendo” for the new Paddington film.

Rotterdam Film Festival

Rotterdam partners with VOD outfit

19-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Multi-year deal will give rights-holders VOD support.

Naomi Kawase

Goteborg plans Japan focus

19-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Naomi Kawase (pictured) to head the jury.

Wendy Mitchell to join British Council

18-Nov-2014 | By Screen staff

Mitchell will continue to write for Screen International as Contributing Editor.

Palm Springs to honour JK Simmons

18-Nov-2014 | By

In what has become a reliable bellwether of Oscar nominations, the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present JK Simmons with the Spotlight Award, Actor at its annual awards gala.

Little Feet

Factory 25 takes world on Little Feet

18-Nov-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired worldwide rights to Alexandre Rockwell’s drama and set a December 12 New York theatrical release. Separately, an alliance of companies is handling the US release of What We Do In The Shadows.

What We Did On Our Holiday

Brit films should be cheaper at cinemas, says Lionsgate UK CEO

18-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate UK CEO calls for cheaper ticket prices for British films.

Dev Patel

Dev Patel drama 'Infinity' sells worldwide

18-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Mister Smith inks deals on drama starring Patel and Jeremy Irons.


Glasgow to honour Ingrid Bergman

18-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Film festival to pay homage to Casablanca star as well as Australian cinema.

Jodie Whittaker

Koch, NonStop board UK comedy

18-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

How To Live Yours, starring Jodie Whittaker, heads to post-production.

Ed Guiney

Ed Guiney to receive EFA award

17-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Irish producer behind The Guard and Frank to receive European Co-production Award.

[REC] 4: Apocalypse

Magnet picks up [REC] 4: Apocalypse

17-Nov-2014 | By

Magnet Releasing has picked up US rights to [REC] 4: Apocalypse.

Universal China opening

UPI opens China office

17-Nov-2014 | By

Universal Pictures announced on November 17 the official launch of a China office in Beijing to be led by Jo Yan.

Mike Skinner

Mike Skinner plots long form film move

17-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Streets rapper talks inspiration at CPH:CONFERENCE.

Steve Carell

Steve Carell in SBIFF honour

17-Nov-2014 | By

The star of Foxcatcher will collect the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Outstanding Performer Of The Year Award.


AMC, Paramount partner on unlimited Interstellar ticket

17-Nov-2014 | By

In the latest bid by the exhibition sector to stay relevant in the digital age, AMC has partnered with Paramount Pictures on a premium-priced Interstellar ticket that allows multiple use.

Pascal Diot

Diot adds position at Pole Image

17-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Pascal Diot has been appointed managing director for Pole Image de Liege, the Belgian audio-visual centre.


Interstellar retains UK lead

17-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ sci-fi posts strong second weekend of $5.9m (£3.8m) for $18.9m (£12.1m) to date; The Imitation Game posts StudioCanal’s second best-ever UK bow with confirmed $4.29m (£2.74m).

ICO works with BFI for archive film screening

17-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The UK’s Independent Cinema Office (ICO) is kicking off a new screening event for UK exhibitors to focus on archive film.


Australia’s VOD habits revealed

17-Nov-2014 | By

New research shows that the strong preference for Hollywood films in Australian cinemas is not so overwhelming online.

The Lighthouse

Chris Crow's The Lighthouse begins shoot

17-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Soda to distribute psychological thriller starring Michael Jibson and Mark Lewis Jones.


Berlinale cuts discount by 50%

17-Nov-2014 | By

The Berlinale has cut its discounts for festival and market accreditation for next year’s film festival.

Terry Jones unveils economics doc

17-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Monty Python star co-directed feature; contributors include John Cusack.


Interstellar steals int'l on $108m

16-Nov-2014 | By

NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: A $41.7m five-day debut in China played its part as Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi used a confirmed $107.9m weekend haul to warp-drive to $225.8m overall.

Dumb And Dumber To

Dumb And Dumber To rules US on $36.1m

16-Nov-2014 | By

NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: Twenty years after Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels headlined the global comedy smash Dumb And Dumber the pair reprise their roles and get back to winning ways at the box office with the Farrelly brothers.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Disney crosses $4bn global BO

16-Nov-2014 | By

Fired up by a quartet of heavy-hitters, the studio reached the milestone on November 14 to mark the second time it has done so and set a new company speed record in the process.

Los Cabos awards winners

Güeros wins Los Cabos Competition

16-Nov-2014 | By

Alonso Ruizpalacios’ acclaimed film prevailed as the Los Cabos International Film Festival came to a close at the weekend.

Blood Window

Blood Window unveils six projects

16-Nov-2014 | By

Organisers behind Ventana Sur’s genre works-in-progress sidebar have announced their selections.

Zone Pro Site

Zone Pro Site among Devour! winners

16-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Five-day festival in Nova Scotia connects food and films.

Sam Raimi

SPWA takes world on A Man In The Dark

14-Nov-2014 | By

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has wasted little time jumping on Good Universe’s recent AFM sales title from Ghost House Pictures and Fede Alvarez.

Daniel Bruhl

Daniel Bruhl joins Marvel universe

14-Nov-2014 | By

The Spanish-German actor has landed a role in 2016 summer tentpole Captain America: Civil War.

Spandau Ballet

Selects finds gold with Spandau Ballet doc

14-Nov-2014 | By

Sundance Selects has acquired US rights to George Hencken’s Soul Boys Of The Western World ahead of this weekend’s screening at Doc NYC.

The Look Of Silence

Look of Silence wins top prize at CPH:DOX

14-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Winners also include E-Team and Olmo & The Seagull.

James Clayton

Ingenious trio depart, James Clayton to XIX Entertainment

14-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Ingenious Investments CEO James Clayton joins Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment.

On Screen Off Record

Syria project wins CPH:Forum pitch prize

14-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

On Screen Off Record from The Act of Killing producer Signe Byrge Sørensen.

Secretly Greatly

Spackman to acquire Novus Mediacorp

14-Nov-2014 | By

South Korean production group signs MOU for acquisition of ancillary distributor.

Taiwan loosens quota for mainland films

14-Nov-2014 | By

Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture has said it will expand the country’s quota for mainland Chinese films to also include arthouse and award-winning Chinese titles.


Interstellar surges to $136M

14-Nov-2014 | By

UPDATED NOVEMBER 14: Interstellar has made an impact on its first two days in China through Warner Bros, adding an estimated $5m from 7,742 screens to reach $10.4m after two days.


Interstellar rockets up social media chart

14-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic left most rivals in the dust but appetite for the next The Hunger Games is strong.

Blade Runner

BFI to re-release Blade Runner

14-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic to be re-released wide across the UK.

The Commune behind the scenes

Hot projects on Screenbase

14-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

New films on Screenbase this week include teen surf story Bluer Than The Sky, an adaptation of bestselling novel How To Build A Girl and Danish drama The Commune.

The Duff

Lionsgate to distribute CBS Films slate

13-Nov-2014 | By

The deal comes as CBS Films retracts its distribution activity. As part of the arrangement, Lionsgate takes exclusive international sales rights.

10.000 KM

Self Made, 10.000 KM among AFI FEST winners

13-Nov-2014 | By

AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi today announced this year’s jury and audience awards for features and short films included in the New Auteur and Shorts programmes.

Los Cabos

Los Cabos unveils Gabriel Figueroa fund winners

13-Nov-2014 | By

The winners have been announced in the second edition of the fund to support projects in development and post-production through collaboration with Labodigita.

Luis Gerardo Méndez

Paradigm signs Luis Gerardo Méndez

13-Nov-2014 | By

Paradigm has announced a deal at the Los Cabos International Film Festival for representation in all areas on actor-producer Luis Gerardo Méndez, attached to star in Fox International Productions’ The Brothers Huffington-Fynne.

The Rewrite

Image falls for The Rewrite

13-Nov-2014 | By

Image Entertainment has acquired all US rights to the comedy starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei.


PGA sets 2016 awards show dates

13-Nov-2014 | By

The Producers Guild Of America’s (PGA) 2016 awards will take place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles.

Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon

Remain in Light secures AFM haul

13-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor inks string of hot titles.

Nick Broomfield

Nick Broomfield readies Tanzania shoot

13-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Nick Broomfield is lining up a 2015 shoot near Lake Victoria in Tanzania for his BBC four-parter The Catastrophist.

Julianne Moore in PSIFF honour

13-Nov-2014 | By

The star of Still Alice will attend the 26th Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) to collect the Desert Palm Achievement Award on January 3.


Citizenfour leads Cinema Eye nominations

13-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Other leading nominees are Life Itself and 20,000 Days on Earth.

The Water Diviner

Nearly $260m spent on Australian features

13-Nov-2014 | By

Figure marks second highest spend in five years.

US networks plot film spin-offs

13-Nov-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Major US broadcasters are developing more than 20 TV adaptations of feature films as they follow the example of their cable counterparts.

Sky Movies

Sky finalises European mega-merger

13-Nov-2014 | By Alex Farber, Broadcast

BSkyB has been renamed as Sky after it completed its £7bn acquisition of Sky Italia and purchase of a majority stake in Sky Deutschland.

The Queen

Netflix confirms Stephen Daldry-directed The Crown


Netflix has confirmed the arrival of its first original show from the UK, a £100m biopic of the Queen.

The Shamer's Daughter

Shamer's Daughter heads to Middle East, Asia

13-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

TrustNordisk also scores sales to Russia and Eastern Europe.

Harry Potter

Film and TV boosts tourism, research

13-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

New study reveals links between film and television productions and tourism through social media.

The Cult Of JT Leroy

FSC boards sales on DOC NYC trio

12-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Film Sales Company has picked up worldwide sales and distribution rights on a trio of films in advance of their premieres at DOC NYC this weekend.

James Schamus

James Schamus readies directing debut

12-Nov-2014 | By

The Former Focus Features CEO has written screenplays and directed a short but never a feature – now that is about to change with his Philip Roth adaptation Indignation.

R Gervais

SPWA gets Special Correspondents

12-Nov-2014 | By

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired rights from Protagonist Pictures to the Ricky Gervais comedy in multiple territories led by the UK.

Jeffrey Katzenberg

DWA, Hasbro in early talks?

12-Nov-2014 | By

Speculation was rife in Hollywood on Wednesday night (November 12) that Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation (DWA) was in early merger talks with toy giant Hasbro.

Do I Sound Gay?

Sundance Selects goes for Do I Sound Gay?

12-Nov-2014 | By

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Do I Sound Gay? from first-time filmmaker David Thorpe.


Voltage to make film on Blackwater founder

12-Nov-2014 | By

Voltage Pictures has picked up life story rights to Blackwater founder Erik Prince, his book Civilian Warriors and Adam Ciralsky’s Vanity Fair article about him.

Screen Film Summit to debate future of film

12-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Summit will explore turning a UK film into an international hit, supporting talent, finance and the changing face of cinema.

Screen, TWC launch 2014 UK screening series

12-Nov-2014 | By Screen staff

Titles include The Imitation Game and St Vincent.

Meryl Streep

Pathe sells Meryl Streep starrer Florence worldwide

12-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Deals include Germany, Australia, Italy, Japan.

Petra Weisenburger

Euro filmmakers "in shock" over training threat

12-Nov-2014 | By

Film-makers across Europe are “in shock” after learning the news that the Nipkow Programm has not received backing from the EU’s Creative Europe programme for 2015-2016.

Wolf At The Door

Wolf At The Door to open HBRFest

12-Nov-2014 | By

The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival (HBRFest) has announced the complete programme line-up for its sixth instalment, set to run from November 21-23.


PSIFF to launches screenwriting symposium

12-Nov-2014 | By

Top brass at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will host one-day event The Power Of Words: Book To Screen on January 8.


AFM panel hails shock of the new

12-Nov-2014 | By

Emerging digital and bespoke theatrical platforms give filmmakers and distributors a fighting chance of success in the new era, attendees at the AFM’s distribution panel heard on Tuesday (November 11).

Lone Scherfig

Scherfig first woman to give Bafta lecture

12-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Riot Club director will deliver her speech in December.

Happy Ending

Eleventh SAIFF unveils line-up

12-Nov-2014 | By

The 11th South Asian International Film Festival presented by HBO set to run from November 18-23 will open with the world premiere of Indian anthology X.

Ma Dong

IQIYI exec to keynote at Singapore's ATF

12-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Ma Dong will talk about ‘digital China’ on Dec 9.


Torino unveils 2014 line-up

12-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Wild, Gemma Bovery bookend festival.

The Price Of Fame

Dubai sets ‘World’ lineup

12-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The Price of Fame, St Vincent among ‘Cinema of the World’ strand.


Tropfest sets lineup

12-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Australia short film fest reveals 16 finalists.

Singin’ in the Rain

Berlinale Retrospective to celebrate Technicolor

12-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Retrospective strand to celebrate 100th anniversary of Technicolor.

Black Nights Tallinn

European Genre Forum sets line-up

12-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Filmmakers from across Europe to take part in pilot forum.

Nuclear Waste

The Tribe director among Hubert Bals selection

12-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Some 14 films selected to receive post-production, script and project development grants.

Speed Sisters

Ajyal youth festival unveils line-up

12-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Second edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha to include 90 films from 43 countries.

Jaie Laplante

MiamiFF offers $10K Encuentros award

11-Nov-2014 | By

Organisers behind the 12th Annual Edition of post-production development initiative MiamiFF Encuentros for Latin American and US Hispanic filmmakers are offering a $10,000 prize.


IFC steps into Backcountry

11-Nov-2014 | By

IFC Midnight has acquired US rights to the Fella Films thriller.


Amplify takes US on Felt

11-Nov-2014 | By

The distributor has taken North American rights to Jason Banker’s AFI FEST selection and genre-bending film based on the life experiences of co-writer and star Amy Everson.

Caitlin Moran

Monumental to adapt Caitlin Moran's Girl

11-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: The newly formed Monumental Pictures has signed on for the big-screen adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s bestseller How To Build A Girl.

The Conjuring

WB, Disney update release slates

11-Nov-2014 | By

Warner Bros has set a 2016 release date for The Conjuring 2.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtles retains China box office lead

11-Nov-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles retained its lead at the China box office for the week November 3-9, grossing a further $25.17m from 4 million admissions for a cumulative total of $52.12m.

Nicholas Weiss

Nicholas Weiss earns Sony creative advertising role

11-Nov-2014 | By

Sony Pictures Entertainment has appointed Nicholas Weiss svp of creative advertising.

Chris Collins

Friends and colleagues remember Chris Collins

11-Nov-2014 | By Screen staff

Colleagues including Elizabeth Karlsen, Adrian Wootton, Hugo Heppell and Amma Asante pay tribute to the late BFI Film Fund executive.

The Snow Queen 2

Snow Queen heads to Asia, Lat Am

11-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Russia’s Wizart secures new territory deals at AFM in Asia and Latin America.

Sundance Selects takes Zentropa trio

11-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

North American rights acquired for three thrillers in the Department Q series.

Influence Digital

Entertainment trio launch Influence Digital

11-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Independent Talent Group and The Outside Organisation join forces with social media and digital marketing agency United Agency.

Frontières at BIFFF 2013

Frontières returns to Brussels

11-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fantasia’s co-production market to run for a second European edition from April 9-11 during the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

Brie Larson

Room goes into production

10-Nov-2014 | By

Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H Macy have joined Brie Larson on the cast of Element Pictures and No Trace Camping’s drama, which has started production. A24 holds US rights and StudioCanal will distribute in the UK. FilmNation sells internationally.


Disney dates animation pair


Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has announced release dates for Zootopia and Moana. Separately Focus has dated Insidious: Chapter 3.


Highland buyers check into Shelby

10-Nov-2014 | By

Worldwide rights holders Highland Film Group has reported a slew of sales at AFM on Christmas tale Shelby starring Chevy Chase.

Bradley Cooper

AFI FEST to premiere American Sniper

10-Nov-2014 | By

The world premiere of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper will screen on November 11 on the same day as the world premiere screening of Selma.


The Butterfly God flies into AFM

10-Nov-2014 | By

APA is at the AFM touting North American rights to The Butterfly God, which Jay Russell of Ladder 49 fame has come on board to direct.

Star Wars

Star Wars 8 to shoot at Pinewood

10-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Rian Johnson’s instalment in the new Star Wars trilogy to shoot at the UK studio.

Ivan Dunleavy

Pinewood boss warns of looming skills shortage

10-Nov-2014 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

Pinewood Shepperton chief executive Ivan Dunleavy has warned of an impending skills shortage that he said could hit businesses in all sectors of the UK economy.

A Summer's Tale

Cinema Guild in Big World VOD pact

10-Nov-2014 | By

Cinema Guild has closed a deal to serve as exclusive VOD distributor for Big World Pictures, kicking off with an HD restoration of Eric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale.

Thomas Vinterberg

Le Pacte joins Vinterberg's Commune

10-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Danish feature has begun shooting and marks follow-up to Vinterberg ‘s The Hunt.


Interstellar rules world on $132m

10-Nov-2014 | By

UPDATED NOVEMBER 10: Interstellar dominated the international box office with an $82.9m take from approximately 14,8n00 screens in 62 markets, rising to approxiamtely $135.1m worldwide including the number two North American debut.


XLrator revs up for Wrecker

10-Nov-2014 | By

The distributor has struck a deal at the AFM with IndustryWorks Pictures for US rights to the truck horror thriller.

Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 rules US on $56.2m

10-Nov-2014 | By

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest family feature overcame Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar to rule the North American charts as box office for the top 12 gained 87% on last weekend.


Interstellar tops UK box office

10-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ sci-fi takes $8.6m (£5.4m) from its 578 sites to dethrone Turtles; eOne’s Mr. Turner climbs up to second with $1.6m (£1.01m).

Xavier Gens

Easternlight, Huace team on Lights Out

10-Nov-2014 | By

Arclight’s Asian arm, Easternlight Films, is partnering with China’s Huace Pictures to package action film Lights Out, directed by Xavier Gens.

Olympus Has Fallen

Hot projects on Screenbase

10-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

New films on Screenbase this week include action-thriller London Has Fallen, Alan Bennett’s motion-pictured memoir The Lady in the Van and Chadwick Boseman’s newest venture Message from the King.

Paris of the North

Nordic festival returns to UK

10-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Film selections include Paris of the North [pictured], Kon-Tiki and Hotel.

Marianne Jelved

New Danish film agreement signed

10-Nov-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

An $11.8m (DKK 70m) cash injection and a new pool for low-budget productions are included in a new film agreement, announced by the Danish Culture minister.

Perpetual Sadness (La Tirisia)

Perpetual Sadness wins at Thessaloniki

10-Nov-2014 | By

Mexican feature Perpetual Sadness and Israeli drama Next to Her take top prizes at Greek festival.

The Mirror

Buyers gaze into High Point's Mirror

10-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

High Point has confirmed the first acquisitions of Ed Boase’s urban myth-inspired horror, The Mirror.

Jude Troy

eOne launches Australian TV arm

10-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Jude Troy promoted to a senior role at the new division.

The Wave (Bolgen)

TrustNordisk closes Wave of presales

10-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

A one-minute teaser from the disaster movie was shown at the AFM.

Pegg's Absolutely Anything sells to China

10-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The upcoming fantasy comedy is directed by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.

Corrections Class

Corrections Class wins four at Cottbus

10-Nov-2014 | By

Russia big winner at FilmFestival Cottbus for second consecutive year.


All Roads leads to sales for AMBI

9-Nov-2014 | By

AMBI Distribution has announced a number of sales at AFM on All Roads Lead To Rome starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

The Hateful Eight

Netflix component complicates Hateful Eight deals

9-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Some deals on The Hateful Eight held up by home entertainment strategy, say sources.

Tarantino buzz tops busy AFM

9-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

AFM 2014 has seen steady business on a number of indie packages, many of which came together at the eleventh hour, with plenty more business on the horizon.

Das, Yisang Media partner on Ice Moon Rising

9-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Das Films has signed a deal with Beijing based Yisang Media Investment to finance the $35-$40m sci-fi.

FilmSharks cuts Papers deal with Disney

9-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Film Sharks International has licensed Papers In The Wind to Disney in a pan-Latin American deal.

Kristinn Thordarson

Vikings meet The Godfather in Icelandic trilogy

9-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Iceland’s Truenorth attends AFM with slate of original productions.

John Duigan

Duigan to direct Bluer Than The Sky

9-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Teen surf film to shoot in late 2015.

Oliver Hirschbiegel

StudioCanal swoops on Hirschbiegel drama

9-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Beta Cinema sells resistance fighter biopic 13 Minutes.

Alfonso Arau

Alfonso Arau readies period-romance

9-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Germany-set drama and TV mini-series in works.

The Pilgrim

Buyers in step with The Pilgrim

9-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Picture Tree International inks multiple deals on Paulo Coelho biopic.


D’Hive talks co-pros

9-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Shanghai-based media city expects to be able to launch specific projects and co-productions at Cannes 2015.

While We're Young

Icon adds five for UK

9-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Titles include Ben Younger’s Bleed For This and Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young [pictured].

AFM 2014: Day 5

AFM 2014: Screen's dailies


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Sam Worthington

Sierra/Affinity draws heat on The Hunter's Prayer

8-Nov-2014 | By

The company has wrapped up a slew of sales on Jonathan Mostow’s upcoming thriller starring Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush.

Rupert Friend Homeland

Rupert Friend to direct Barton

8-Nov-2014 | By

Rupert Friend will make his feature directorial debut and star in Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill, which Bron Studios and Fortitude International co-finance in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance.

Nicole Kidman

IM Global buyers find Secret

8-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Universal has struck a deal with IM Global for select international territories on The Secret In Their Eyes remake, set to commence production in late January in Los Angeles.


ARC takes US on The Barber

8-Nov-2014 | By

ARC Entertainment has acquired all US rights to Chapman Filmed Entertainment’s thriller The Barber, which The Little Film Company is selling internationally.

David Smitas

Friends pay tribute to David Smitas

8-Nov-2014 | By

Friends and colleagues held a memorial in Los Angeles on November 7 for David Smitas, the entertainment lawyer who died recently at the age of 62 following a long battle with cancer.

The Black Rider

Pure Flix / Quality Flix boards Dancer, Rider

8-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Pure Flix / Quality Flix has added Dancer And The Dame and The Black Rider [pictured] to its AFM sales slate.

Uma Thurman

Buyers step into Fog with Uma Thurman

8-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Uma Thurman WWII drama is hot seller at AFM for Other Angle.

Rachael Leigh Cook

Rebel sells sci-fi to Germany

8-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Falcom Media Group has taken German, Austrian and German-speaking territory rights to Rebel Movies’ sci-fi Mindgate, set to star Rachael Leigh Cook.

Nelson Mandela Bay

New Mandela film festival to show 400 films

8-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The new Mandela International Film Festival is gearing up for its inaugural edition to run Dec 3-13, 2015 in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.


Black Nights reveals industry programme

8-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Industry@Tallinn will feature discussions involving the likes of Jessica Switch of Lionsgate and Jeff Barry & Nigel Meiojas of ICM Partners.

Rialto boards Black Souls

8-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Francesco Munzi sells to US and Canada for Rai Com.


DDI trades on The Littlest Reindeer

8-Nov-2014 | By

Double Dutch International (DDI) has closed deals on Awesometown’s Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer at AFM.

From The Dark

Raven Banner bulks up Canadian pipeline

8-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Raven Banner has picked up Canadian rights from Dark Sky Films/MPI to a trio of genre titles.

Mickey Rourke

VMI strikes sales on War Pigs

8-Nov-2014 | By

Los Angeles-based VMI Worldwide has closed key territories at AFM on War Pigs starring Luke Goss, Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke, which has begun production in Utah.

AB Negative

Chance iN tests AB Negative

8-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Japanese distributor picks up Neil Horner’s crime thriller from Jinga Films.

Producers ready The Black Album

8-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Producers Gina G Goff of Goff Productions and Rene Sheridan are at the AFM in talks with financiers and sales agents on horror-thriller The Black Album.

Backup visits Miike's Apocalypse

8-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Nikkatsu pacts with Paris-based company, which will handle European sales on upcoming vampire yakuza movie.

Right Said Fred

Right Said Fred eyes film projects

8-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Fred and Richard Fairbrass, the musical duo best known as Right Said Fred, are attending the AFM to talk about their film plans.

Matthijs Wouter Knol

EFM head talks TV spotlight

8-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EFM Series will run Feb 9-10 and EFM director Matthijs Wouter Knol [pictured] is looking to spotlight TV series and documentaries as special themes.


Cartagena unveils PuertoLab

8-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Directors working on their first, second or third films are invited to enter for the CINECOLOR prize, which includes all post-production processes.

Force Majeure

EFA 2014 nominations revealed

8-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Force Majeure, Leviathan and Nymphomaniac among nominees.

The Theory of Everything

Eddie Redmayne in PSIFF honour

7-Nov-2014 | By

The British actor will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor on January 3.

The Water Diviner

The Water Diviner gets US release date

7-Nov-2014 | By

Warner Bros has set the US release date for Russell Crowe’s feature directorial debut.

Keanu Reeves 2

Mass Hysteria backs Remark Films

7-Nov-2014 | By

Daniel Grodnik’s New York-based Mass Hysteria Entertainment Company has teamed up with financiers Seth Kramer and Curt Kramer to fund fledgling production company Remark Films.

Charlize Theron

A24, DIRECTV enter Dark Places

7-Nov-2014 | By

The distributors have acquired all US rights to the Gillian Flynn adaptation in a deal with WME Global.

Bradley Cooper

AFI FEST to host secret screening

7-Nov-2014 | By

Festival top brass said the event will take place on November 11, raising the possibility of a first-look at one of a handful of unseen potential awards contenders.

John Michael McDonagh

Bankside declares War with McDonagh

7-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Garrett Hedlund and Michael Pena to star in War on Everyone.


Interstellar opens top in 35 markets

7-Nov-2014 | By

Interstellar has grossed an estimated $8.7m from it first days in 35 markets as Warner Bros rolls out the film in 62 countries this weekend.


Sales blossom for Bloom's Unlocked

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Bloom has reported strong sales at AFM on its thriller Unlocked led by a deal with Lionsgate UK.

Noomi Rapace

Cargo holds talks on The Price

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Noomi Rapace will play the desperate mother of a kidnapped child in The Price, which worldwide rights holder Cargo Entertainment is selling at AFM.


DDI boards trio for AFM

7-Nov-2014 | By

Double Dutch International president Jason Moring has secured worldwide sales rights from Trilight Entertainment  to Archie: Robodog, The Adventure Club and Derailed Dreams.

Joel and Ethan Coen

Coens’ Hail, Caesar! to begin shooting Monday

7-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

George Clooney and Josh Brolin star in the film set in 1950s Hollywood.

The Hateful Eight

AFM: buyers debate in-office reads

7-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

One talking point in the AFM halls this year has been TWC and Wild Bunch’s decision to ask buyers to sit in their offices to read the scripts for The Hateful Eight and Oliver Stone’s Untitled Edward Snowden film, respectively.

Zygi Kamasa

Zygi Kamasa, Matthew Justice join Screen Film Summit

7-Nov-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

New additions to the line-up also include BBC Films head Christine Langan, Hammer’s president Simon Oakes and Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent.

2 + 2

FilmSharks exploits remakes catalogue

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks International has been active on its remake catalogue, optioning Italian remake rights on Diego Kaplan’s hit Argentinian comedy 2 + 2 to Mediaset subsidiary TaoDue.

Marcia Gay Harden

Red Sea books into The Librarian

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Roman Kopelevich’s Red Sea Media will handle all international sales on adventure comedy The Librarian starring Marcia Gay Harden and Spanish star Oscar Jaenada.

I Am Here

Kim Basinger's I Am Here sold to US

7-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

TrustNordisk has sold the North American rights for Anders Morgenthaler’s drama I Am Here to LA-based distributor Brainstorm Media.

Let Us Prey

Buyers Prey with Metrodome

7-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: US, Canada, UK deals for horror.

Battles Scars

TriCoast bring Battle Scars to AFM

7-Nov-2014 | By

Los Angeles-Based TriCoast Worldwide has acquired worldwide sales rights to Virtu* Entertainment’s Battle Scars and is selling here at AFM.

Shashank Arora

Shashank Arora lines up with Q

7-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Indian director Q has signed Titli star Shashank Arora to play the title role in B Naman.

Duvall's Wild Horses wraps shoot

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Production has wrapped on Robert Duvall’s Wild Horses, which Voltage Pictures is selling internationally at the AFM.

saverio costanzo

Saverio Costanzo signs with UTA

7-Nov-2014 | By

United Talent Agency has signed Italian director Saverio Costanzo days after IFC snapped up US rights to his acclaimed psychodrama Hungry Hearts.


Raven Banner descends into hell

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Raven Banner is in talks with buyers here on a raft of new titles led by fantasy horror Hellmouth from a screenplay by Pontypool writer Tony Burgess.

Spandau Ballet Soul Boys of the Western World

Metro records Spandau Ballet doc deals

7-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Buyers launch Metro International doc.

Carnaby Int'l brings London Town to market

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Carnaby International has come on to sell two films under its deal with filmmaker Stuart Brennan — football drama London Town and He Will Hang.

David Puttnam

Lord Puttnam to attend eQuinoxe Europe workshop

7-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

International Screenwriters’ Workshop kicked off today [Nov 7] and runs until Nov 14.


Ketchup, Altitude form pact

7-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Altitude to distribute Ketchup titles across UK home ent, pay TV and free TV windows.

Blood Moon

Uncork’d rises with Blood Moon

7-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK genre specialist Jinga has sold Jeremy Wooding’s werewolf western to US.


Cineworld launches biggest brand push in three years

7-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

New campaign branded The Unmissables.


Interstellar tops social media buzz

7-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic holds off competition from Nightcrawler.

The Hunger Games

Hunger Games stage show set for 2016

7-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Lionsgate to launch The Hunger Games theatrical experience in a new theatre next to London’s Wembley Stadium.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars VII title revealed

6-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Disney reveals title of the next Star Wars movie.

Anick Poirier

Séville trio sparks strong buyer response

6-Nov-2014 | By

Séville International has announced a slew of sales ahead of the AFM on The Dark Horse, Elephant Song and An Eye For Beauty.

Over Your Dead Body

Mongrel Int'l strikes North American deal on Body

6-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International in partnership with Celluloid Dreams has licensed North American rights for Takashi Miike’s Over Your Dead Body to Shout! Factory.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Wild Bunch taps Stone’s Snowden picture

6-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Film on National Security Agency whistleblower to shoot in Munich in 2015.

Ioanna Stais

Heretic starts new fest/sales consultancy

6-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Producers Giorgos Karnavas and Konstantinos Kontovrakis of Athens-based Heretic Productions are teaming with Ioanna Stais to launch Heretic Outreach, a new initiative to help the global reach of innovative films from Southeastern Europe.

Jackie Chan

SNC to co-finance Skiptrace

6-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Shanghai New Culture Media Group Company Limited (SNC) has come on to co-finance Jackie Chan action-comedy Skiptrace, which Bloom sells internationally.

Elliot The Littlest Reindeer

DDI seals Awesometown pact

6-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Double Dutch International (DDI) president Jason Moring has announced an output deal to sell worldwide rights to Awesometown Entertainment’s animations kicking off at AFM with $16m Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer.

John Malkovich

Unlocked thriller bulks up cast

6-Nov-2014 | By

John Malkovich and Toni Collette have joined the Bourne-style female action thriller that Bloom represents for international sales at AFM.

Force Majeure

Les Arcs unveils 2014 film line-up

6-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Ruben Ostlund’s Force Majeure to screen atop 3,200m high Aiguille Rouge Mountain at Alpine festival.

Jae-woo Kim

Jae-woo Kim joins 13 Films

6-Nov-2014 | By

Jae-woo Kim has joined Los Angeles-based 13 Films as director of international sales and is at the AFM talking up new titles Voice From The Stone, Extortion and Loitering With Intent.

Liz En Septiembre

CMG to sell Liz En Septiembre

6-Nov-2014 | By

Cinema Management Group has acquired worldwide rights to Venezuelan hit Liz En Septiembre.

Snowden SXSW

Open Road, Endgame buy Ed Snowden film

6-Nov-2014 | By

UPDATED NOVEMBER 7: Open Road and Endgame Entertainment have acquired US rights to Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden film, which is proving to be a hot draw at the AFM.

Kino Lorber takes 1001 Grams

6-Nov-2014 | By

Kino Lorber has acquired all US and Canadian rights to Bent Hamer’s Norwegain foreign-language Oscar submission.

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 4 to open June 2017

6-Nov-2014 | By

John Lasseter to return as director of the fourth instalment.

Nicolas Cage

Saban Films takes The Trust

6-Nov-2014 | By

The nascent distributor has picked up North American rights to the Nicolas Cage crime thriller. Highland Film Group handles international sales.


MPI Media Group finds Redeemer

6-Nov-2014 | By

MPI Media Group has acquired all North American rights to Redeemer uniting director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza with Chilean action star Marko Zaror. XYZ Films launches international sales here at AFM.

Alicia Silverstone

Epic to sell Who Gets The Dog?

6-Nov-2014 | By

Epic Pictures Group will handle worldwide sales and serve as executive producer on the rom-com starring Alicia Silverstone.


Beta picks up thriller Colonia

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Mikael Nyqvist star in thriller.

Amma Asante

Amma Asante to give Screen Film Summit keynote

6-Nov-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

Belle director joins the high profile list of attendees for Screen’s upcoming annual Film Summit

Susan Sarandon

Radiant shines with Happy

6-Nov-2014 | By

Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney and Stephen Amell are in talks to star in Mandalay Pictures’ comedy Whatever Makes You Happy. Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International has introduced the project to buyers at AFM.

Ron Gell

Buyers flock to God's Not Dead

6-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Buyers have responded strongly to Pure Flix’s $110m worldwide smash, led by a sale to Signature in the UK.


Electric to crack market with Hacker

6-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has secured all worldwide rights to the international thriller and started talks with AFM buyers.

Michael Shannon

Bloom boards Elvis & Nixon

6-Nov-2014 | By

Michael Shannon will play Elvis Presley opposite Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon in the latest Bloom international sales title.


Solution finds Cedar’s Strategies

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Richard Gere to star in Oren Moverman-produced drama.

Charles Rivkin

Calls for bilateral treaty at US-China Film Summit

6-Nov-2014 | By John Hazelton

Speakers at the Summit included US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin [pictured].


EYE Prize launched

6-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

New award aims to support and promote an artist or film-maker whose work unites art and film.

Portia De Rossi

Lightning boards Now Add Honey

6-Nov-2014 | By

The sales company’s Ken DuBow is talking to AFM buyers on the film starring Portia de Rossi, Lucy Fry, Robyn Butler and Ben Lawson.

Baltic Event

Baltic Event unveils 2014 projects

6-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Now in its 13th edition, Baltic Event will present 13 projects in its 10th Co-Production Market, among others.

The Messenger

CMG takes Messenger to AFM

6-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Paranormal thriller is directed by David Blair and stars Robert Sheehan, Joely Richardson and Lily Cole.

Jean Reno

The Squad flies to buyers

6-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: French remake of The Sweeney, starring Jean Reno, is currently shooting in Paris.

Blazing Samurai

GFM rides with Blazing Samurai

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Rob Minkoff, Yair Landau produce family animation.

Koch enters Tiger House

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Ed Skrein, Kaya Scodelario star in thriller.

Still Life

Tribeca gets Still Life

6-Nov-2014 | By

Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Uberto Pasolini’s drama from Beta Cinema.

John Penotti

Ivanhoe options YA novel The Walled City

6-Nov-2014 | By

Ivanhoe Pictures has taken exclusive film rights to action/adventure YA novel The Walled City by Ryan Graudin.

Rooney Mara

Blackbird lines up Rooney Mara

6-Nov-2014 | By

Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn will star in the Jean Doumanian Productions drama.

The Hateful Eight cast confirmed

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Channing Tatum confirmed as cast addition along with Demian Bichir, film to shoot in Telluride from December.

David Morrissey

David Morrissey launches indie

6-Nov-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

The Walking Dead star David Morrissey has partnered with a trio of established TV and film producers to launch his own drama and documentary indie.

Neal Street seeks $64m sale

6-Nov-2014 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

Call the Midwife and Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street Productions has put itself up for sale for up to $64m (£40m).

The House at the End of Time

Buyers enter Hidalgo’s House

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Jinga’s Screamfest winner The House at the End of Time has sold to Dark Sky Films for USA and Universum for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum lined up for Hateful Eight

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Screen sources confirm Magic Mike star lined up for Quentin Tarantino’s western.


Xmoor sells for WTF

6-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

British horror thriller [pictured] sells to the UK, Scandinavia and Greece.


Astro Shaw blasts to AFM with Nova

6-Nov-2014 | By

Malaysia’s Astro Shaw is bringing a slate of new productions to AFM, headed by sci-fi road comedy Nova, as it ramps up production with an eye on international markets.

Matthew McConaughey

IM Global touts Free State Of Jones

5-Nov-2014 | By

Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey will star for Gary Ross in the $65m Civil War drama The Free State Of Jones that has got tongues wagging at AFM.

Woody, Quentin and Al align for AFM

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation has begun talks at the AFM on the upcoming untitled Woody Allen project, one of several new titles to emerge on the eve of the market.

Rooney Mara

Relativity, Voltage privy to The Secret Scripture

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Studios has acquired US rights from Ferndale Films and Jim Sheridan to The Secret Scripture, which Voltage Pictures has come on to sell internationally at AFM.


Voltage brings Standoff to AFM

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures arrives at the AFM with international rights to the thriller Standoff starring Laurence Fishburne and Thomas Jane.


FilmSharks touts animation Possessed

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks International has come on to sell worldwide rights to the stop-motion feature Possessed (Pos Eso) from former Aardman Animations animator Sam.

Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon

Shannon, Weisz lead Joshua Marston drama

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Parts & Labor-produced English-language drama sold by Protagonist.


IM Global scares up Ghouls

5-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: IM Global and China’s Wanda Media are teaming for worldwide sales, excluding China, for Wanda’s action adventure film The Ghouls.

Hungry Hearts

IFC takes US on Hungry Hearts

5-Nov-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights to Saverio Costanzo’s Hungry Hearts from Mimi Steinbauer’s international sales agent Radiant Films International.

Chloe Moretz

Lotus boards November Criminals

5-Nov-2014 | By

Busy Lotus Entertainment will co-finance and co-produce Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener and has introduced to AFM buyers.

Billy Crudup

Myriad gets in ring with Glass Chin

5-Nov-2014 | By

Noah Buschel directed Glass Chin, which premiered at Tribeca and tells of a former boxing champion who falls on hard times and makes a deal with a crooked restaurateur to get back in the game.


Scott Sava finds Chinese partners on Animal Crackers

5-Nov-2014 | By

Scott Christian Sava and Animal Crackers Ltd are partnering with Beijing Wenhua Dongrun Investment Co and China Film Co Ltd on their animated feature Animal Crackers. Odin’s Eye handles international sales at AFM.

Uma Thurman

Thurman to star in Night and Fog

5-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Actress to play WWII secret agent Vera Atkins; Paris-based sales agent Other Angle launching sales at the AFM.

Good Kill

Arrow takes two from Voltage

5-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor picks up Good Kill [pictured] and Politics of Love.

Black Beauty

Epic corrals Black Beauty for AFM

5-Nov-2014 | By

Epic Pictures Group is handling international sales at the market on a contemporary adaptation of Black Beauty.

Michelle Monaghan

Playing It Cool goes to Vertical

5-Nov-2014 | By

Vertical Entertainment has acquired US rights to Justin Reardon’s rom-com starring Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Martin Starr and Aubrey Plaza. Voltage Pictures handles international sales at AFM.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtles knock Lucy off China top spot

5-Nov-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles topped the Chinese box office with an opening gross of $26.51m, in a week when four new releases made it into the top ten.

Xavier Gens

Lotus stakes claim to Crucifixion

5-Nov-2014 | By

Lotus Entertainment kicks off pre-sales at AFM on the horror film from Xavier Gens and the producer behind horror hits Annabelle and The Conjuring.

Ray Bell

Cloud-based marketplace DFCN launches

5-Nov-2014 | By

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ray Bell has announced the commercial launch at AFM of cloud-based online marketplace Digital Film Cloud Network (DFCN).

Breakthrough, Anchor Bay dive into The Drownsman

5-Nov-2014 | By

Anchor Bay has taken all rights in the US, UK and Australia/New Zealand to The Drownsman, which Breakthrough Entertainment is selling at the AFM.

Black And White gets awards run

5-Nov-2014 | By

Relativity is slotting the Kevin Costner drama into awards season with a one-week US qualifying run starting on December 3.

Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper to play JD Salinger

5-Nov-2014 | By

Chris Cooper will play the reclusive author in Angel Grace Productions’ Coming Through The Rye.


Ten animated shorts advance in Oscar race

5-Nov-2014 | By

The Academy has selected 10 animated shorts from 58 submissions to advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards.

Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2013

Abu Dhabi Media Summit unveils speakers

5-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Featured keynote speakers include Mark Thompson, Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Gerhard Zeiler and Robert A. Kotick.

Christina Hendricks

Hendricks sings with Lynn’s Hurricanes

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Metro International to launch sales on female buddy movie.

Gangnam Blues

Showbox deals Gangnam style

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Distributor seals raft of pre-sales to most of Asia, including Japan and China.

My Love, My Bride

9ers' Bride finds partners

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of AFM, company also books sales on Cart and Sea In Snow Breeze.

I Am Big Bird

Kaleidoscope flies with Big Bird

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit nabs doc I Am Big Bird [pictured].

Iggy Pop, Jessica Brown Findlay projects on Carnaby slate

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Zombie-horror Plan Z, TV series also among slate.

A Nightingale Falling

7 & 7 catches A Nightingale Falling

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit launches Ireland-set period-romance.

Roaring Currents

Roaring Currents makes waves for CJ

5-Nov-2014 | By

Korean smash hit [pictured] sells to Germany, Latin American and Italy, among others.


M-Line picks up Fox’s Enemies

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Comedy thriller is directed by Im Sang-soo [pictured] and sales will be launched at AFM.

Secret Sharer

Moviehouse bags four for AFM

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: David Marconi action-thriller, Peter Fudakowski’s romance [pictured] among slate.

Jean-Patrick Benes

Gaumont racks up sales on Ares

5-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Post-apocalyptic tale, executive produced by Louis Leterrier, marks feature debut for Jean-Patrick Benes [pictured], director of hit TV series Kaboul Kitchen.

California High

Parkland pops California High

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit to shop doc on marijuana legalisation.

The Perfect Husband

Devilworks finds Perfect Husband

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Genre specialist launches debut English-language horror.

The Pirates

CJ E&M launches VoD service Vingo

5-Nov-2014 | By

New service specialises in film recommendations and saw CJ E&M join with Dolby Laboratories to provide 5.1 surround sound on earphones and headphones.

The Lady In The Van

Lady in the Van first look

5-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The first image from the Alan Bennett adaptation has been unveiled as well as the release date.

The Woman

TheHorrorShow.TV expands service

5-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

UK VoD service will launch a subscription service this week.

BFI Player

BFI Player gets major makeover

5-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

VOD service relaunched with enhancements and a Universal Pictures catalogue of sci-fi classics.

Bogdan Wenta

European Parliament calls for more flexibility

5-Nov-2014 | By

Changes to release windows could bring larger audiences to European cinema says EP deputy Bogdan Wenta.

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts is Shut In with EuropaCorp

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EuropaCorp swoops on buzzed-about David Linde thriller.

Niels Swinkels

Universal promotes Niels Swinkels

5-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Distribution exec to re-locate from London to LA.

Ross Dinerstein

Ross Dinerstein launches Campfire

4-Nov-2014 | By

Former co-CEO of Preferred Film & TV Ross Dinerstein has launched the production company backed by Content Media.

Chadwick Boseman

eOne, Ink Factory to deliver Message from the King

4-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Chadwick Boseman to star, Fabrice Du Welz to direct.

Olivia Wilde

Relativity to distribute Lazarus in US

4-Nov-2014 | By

Relativity Studios has acquired US rights to the currently titled horror film Lazarus produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions. Lionsgate handles international sales.

Golshifteh Farahani

Aldamisa to sell City Of Strangers

4-Nov-2014 | By

Aldamisa Films has come on to handle international sales at AFM on the thriller.


20 animated features submitted for Oscars

4-Nov-2014 | By

The Academy has received 20 submissions for the 87th Academy Awards’ animated feature film category.


Lightning adds two to AFM slate

4-Nov-2014 | By

Lightning Entertainment has bulked up its AFM war chest and will introduce buyers to The Blackout and Brookstreet Pictures’ horror-thriller GirlHouse.

All The Wilderness

Screen Media takes All The Wilderness

4-Nov-2014 | By

Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights to Michael Johnson’s All The Wilderness starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Virginia Madsen, Danny DeVito, Evan Ross and Isabelle Fuhrman. 

Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky named Berlinale jury president

4-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

US director, screenwriter and producer Darren Aronofsky will be jury president of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.

Alex Kurtzman

Uni plots next monster revival

4-Nov-2014 | By

The studio has set April 21 2017 as the date for a new monster franchise film from Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.

The Wrecking Crew

Magnolia brings The Wrecking Crew to AFM

4-Nov-2014 | By

Magnolia Pictures is handling international sales on The Wrecking Crew, Denny Tedesco’s documentary about the group of studio musicians who played with Elvis, The Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra, among others.

Hank WIlliams

I Saw The Light adds cast

4-Nov-2014 | By

Cherry Jones and Bradley Whitford have joined Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen in I Saw The Light, Bron Studios/RatPac Entertainment’s biopic in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance.

Front Cover

Fortissimo takes Front Cover

4-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Ray Yeung’s dramatic comedy is in advanced post-production.

Turkey Shoot

Guardian, Lightning land Turkey Shoot

4-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Guardian Entertainment International in collaboration with Lightning Entertainment has acquired world sales rights to Jon Hewitt’s action film starring Dominic Purcell.

Twelfth Night

Shakespeare's Globe launches VoD service

4-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Offering over 50 Shakespeare productions, the platform is the first to ever to be offered by a theatre in the world.

Atiq Rahimi

MK2 reveals new Rahimi, Brizé projects

4-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Atiq Rahimi’s Nocturne Afghan (working title) and Stéphane Brizé’s A Simple Man to both shoot this winter.

Terry Rawlings

BAFTA to honour Alien editor Terry Rawlings

4-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Editor behind Alien, Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire and Goldeneye to receive tribute event.

Le Nez

Montreal doc festival unveils lineup

4-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

The 17th Montreal International Documentary Festival runs Nov 12-23 and opens with the world premiere of Kim Nguyen’s Le Nez [pictured].

Klown sequel starts shoot

4-Nov-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam [pictured] have scripted and will star in the comedy, which is shooting in the US.

Lee Daniels

Lee Daniels to head Muhr Feature jury

4-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Oscar-nominated producer, writer and director to head jury at upcoming Dubai International Film Festival (Dec 10-17).

The Survivalist

K5 announces AFM slate

4-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Stephen Fingleton’s The Survivalist among titles.

Ola Rapace

Tiberius Film boards Ares

4-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Leading German independent distributor acquires action thriller, starring Ola Rapace [pictured], ahead of AFM along with three other titles.

Cutie And The Boxer

Patricle Fever, Cutie among Grierson winners

4-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Documentary awards took place last night [Nov 3] at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.


Filmin secures investment

4-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Metropolitan Filmexport and Le Meilleur du Cinéma obtain 35% stake in the Spanish VoD service.

Jake Gyllenhaal

IM Global, Antoine Fuqua line up Snow

3-Nov-2014 | By

Nightcrawler star Jake Gyllenhaal will re-team with director Antoine Fuqua on new AFM sales title The Man Who Made It Snow after the pair recently wrapped production on Southpaw.

Lucy Liu

Visit Films gets Snakehead, Always Shine

3-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe and his team have acquired rights to a pair of titles and will commence sales at AFM this week.

Stacey Snider

Stacey Snider named Fox co-chairman

3-Nov-2014 | By

The studio has confirmed that the widely respected former CEO and co-chairman of DreamWorks Studios has come on board as co-chairman of the film studio, effective immediately.

Shekhar Kapur

Lotus brings Tiger’s Curse to AFM

3-Nov-2014 | By

Shekhar Kapur will direct the epic adventure project that Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel will introduce to buyers this week.

Let's Kill Ward's Wife

Epic to sell Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife

3-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Wilson stars in the dark comedy that international rights holder Epic will introduce to AFM buyers this week.

Jeff Deutchman

Jeff Deutchman joins Millennium Entertainment

3-Nov-2014 | By

The veteran most recently served as director of acquisitions at Paramount Home Media and arrives as vice president of acquisitions, effective immediately.

Tannaz Anisi

13 Films boards Voice From The Stone

3-Nov-2014 | By

The supernatural thriller stars Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones and the upcoming Terminator: Genisys.

Relativity takes US rights to Autobahn

3-Nov-2014 | By

Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley star in IM Global’s thriller from director Eran Creevy.

Katherine Lee

Ivanhoe hires Katherine Lee

3-Nov-2014 | By

Katherine Lee has joined Ivanhoe Pictures as head of production and development/Asia.

Chris Collins

BFI mourns loss of Chris Collins

3-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

BFI colleagues have paid tribute to Chris Collins, the BFI Film Fund Senior Development and Production Executive who lost his battle to cancer on Saturday, Nov 1.


'71, Pride lead BIFA nominations

3-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Pride, Catch Me Daddy, Frank and Mr Turner also score multiple nominations at the British Independent Film Awards, where Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy Spall will compete for best actor. The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper to chair jury.

Nicolas Winding Refn

Gaumont, Wild Bunch team on Refn’s Neon Demon

3-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

New picture described as a horror film with a young female cast; companies also collaborated on Only God Forgives.

Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award winner

Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards winners unveiled

3-Nov-2014 | By

Han-Yee Ling scooped first prize at a ceremony for the 59th annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards in Los Angeles on November 3 for her screenplay for Spaghetti Bridges.

Olympus Has Fallen

London Has Fallen begins filming

3-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart,  Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo reprise starring roles.

Patrick McKenna

Ingenious court case: what lies ahead

3-Nov-2014 | By

The Ingenious v HMRC tribunal kicks off today in London.

Berenice Fugard joins Fortissimo Films

3-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

StudioCanal’s former head of acquisitions appointed senior vice president of acquisitions at Fortissimo with immediate effect.

Claudia Landsberger

Claudia Landsberger to leave EYE

3-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Head of Dutch film promotion outfit to step down after 20 years.

Riley Keough

Wolverine Hotel heads to Los Cabos

3-Nov-2014 | By

Byron A Martin Productions’ crime drama Wolverine Hotel will represent Canada at the Los Cabos International Film Festival and Co-Production Forum.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtles scares off Ouija to top UK chart

3-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s reboot climbs back to number one on its third weekend; eOne’s Mr. Turner posts strong UK debut of over $1.4m (£900,000) for Mike Leigh’s best-ever opening.

Life in a Fishbowl

Life In A Fishbowl wins at Nordic Film Days

3-Nov-2014 | By

Iceland’s Oscar submission takes top prize in Lübeck; Edward Snowden gives video introduction to Citizenfour at DOK Leipzig; arson attack hits LGBT screening in Kyiv.

Alan Rickman to receive Camerimage honour

3-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

British star will attend cinematography festival with his second film as a director, A Little Chaos.

A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove sold to Germany, Benelux

3-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

TrustNordisk has secured sales of the upcoming film based on Fredrik Backman’s bestselling book.

I'm Dead

Dubai unveils Muhr Feature Awards contenders

3-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Titles include the world premiere of thriller I’m Dead and the new feature from Egyptian director Daoud Abdel Sayed.

Adrian Wootton

Delegation unveiled for Two Cities

3-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Event aimed at increasing co-production between London and Paris was masterminded by Film London and Ile de France Film Commission.

Joe Evea

Joe Evea joins Yummi

3-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Evea appointed as chief commercial officer; he joins from DCM.

Antonio Russo Merenda and Klara Grunning

Swedish Film Institute names doc commissioners

3-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Klara Grunning and Antonio Russo Merenda appointed documentary film commissioners.

Testament Of Youth

James Kent to attend LIFF

3-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Director to attend screening of Testament of Youth, along with producer Rosie Alison, as it opens Leeds International Film Festival on Wednesday [Nov 5].

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Fox International sets record

2-Nov-2014 | By

BOX OFFICE: Fox International has set a new industry box office record as the company’s year-to-date score reached $3.254bn.

Nightcrawler opens top in US charts

2-Nov-2014 | By

The independent drama starring awards contender Jake Gyllenhaal as a freelance LA crime reporter dominated a weak Halloween weekend session on $11m.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

China fires Turtles past $240m

2-Nov-2014 | By

UPDATED NOVEMBER 3: Paramount Pictures International’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles used a confirmed $26.5m opening in China to power a $34.9m overall weekend.


Epic to sell UK war film Fraternity

2-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Epic Pictures Group has acquired world sales rights heading into the AFM to Mike Carter’s film.

Charlie's Farm

Shoreline AFM-bound with Charlie’s Farm

2-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The slasher film stars Tara Reid, Nathan Jones, Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley.

Dominic Purcell

Red Sea Media to handle Gridlocked at AFM

31-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The action-thriller stars Dominic Purcell, Danny Glover, Cody Hackman and Stephen Lang and is in post.

Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam joins Thai boxing thriller

31-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: HanWay to sell Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s Thai boxing prison thriller A Prayer Before Dawn at AFM.

Abu Dhabi winner Leviathan

Leviathan wins in Abu Dhabi

31-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Other double winners include Theeb, Sivas and In Her Place.


AMPAS receives 134 doc submissions

31-Oct-2014 | By

Citizenfour, Life Itself, Red Army, Warsaw Uprising among long-list contenters for the 87th Academy Awards.

Ryan Kwanten

Voltage boards Blunt Force Trauma

31-Oct-2014 | By

Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures has strengthened its AFM war chest with international rights to the action title starring Ryan Kwanten, Freida Pinto and Mickey Rourke.


Lightning invites buyers to Bravetown

31-Oct-2014 | By

Lightning Entertainment has bolstered its AFM slate with international sales rights to the drama starring Lucas Till, Josh Duhamel and hot awards contender Laura Dern.

Bruce Willis

QED to sell Magic City feature

31-Oct-2014 | By

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Olga Kurylenko, Danny Huston and Kelly Lynch will star in the adaptation that QED will introduce at AFM.

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie horror heads to production

31-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Halloween-set horror 31 AFM-bound with Protagonist.

R Gervais

Ricky Gervais comedy heads to AFM

31-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Gervais to write, direct and star alongside Eric Bana; Protagonist to sell.

Richard Attenborough

Puttnam says Attenborough was 'force of nature'

31-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Lord Puttnam, speaking at a Film Distributors’ Association event in London yesterday, paid tribute to his late friend and colleague Richard Attenborough [pictured].

Wild Bunch to launch pan-European digital distribution

31-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

First title destined for e-distribution slate is Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno. Company will be on hunt for suitable titles at the AFM.

Moomins on the Riviera

Vertigo takes Moomins for UK

31-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Indie Sales handles rights to Moomins On The Riviera; UK release planned for May 2015.


IFP to kick off Boulevard sales

31-Oct-2014 | By

Inception Film Partners will be at AFM screening and selling international territories on the Tribeca world premiere starring the late Robin Williams.

David Puttnam

Puttnam warns about European copyright policy changes

31-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

In a speech at a Film Distributors’ Association event yesterday, Lord Puttnam addressed “the very latest developments in Europe, which I believe present opportunities and challenges for us all.”

Paz Vega

Paz Vega joins SJP in Rome

31-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Paz Vega has joined Sarah Jessica Parker, Claudia Cardinale, Rosie Day and Raoul Bova in All Roads Lead To Rome.


US-China forum to welcome Michelle Yeoh

31-Oct-2014 | By

The 2014 US-Sino Co-Production Film Forum will host a panel discussion about partnership opportunities on November 3 in Pasadena.


Annabelle to soar past $150m

31-Oct-2014 | By

Last weekend’s international box office champion Annabelle is expected to soar past $150m this session.

Keri Collins wins Welsh Bafta Breakthrough award

31-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Screen Star of Tomorrow awarded at British Academy Cymru Awards.

UK film distributors launch first internship scheme

31-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

FDA and Creative Skillset also launch comprehensive training programme for distribution sector.


Interstellar blasts Fury in social buzz

31-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Christopher Nolan’s soon-to-launch epic rockets to the top of social media buzz charts in the UK.


Family film Mummy heads to AFM

31-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Dutch sales agent Dutch Features Global Entertainment to screen family film at market.

Abu Dhabi honours best short, Emirates films

31-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Abu Dhabi Film Festival announces winners of Emirates Film Competition and International Short Film Competition


Camerimage unveils competition line-up, juries

31-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Birdman, Fury and Leviathan among main competition titles; Roland Joffé to preside over main jury.

Heaven Knows What takes top Tokyo prize

31-Oct-2014 | By

Audience Award won by Pale Moon with the film’s Rie Miyazawa named best actress.

Max Deacon

Hot projects on Screenbase

31-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

New films on Screenbase this week include sci-fi film The Call Up, Talulah Riley’s Scottish Mussel, and iFeatures’ Spaceship.

White God

Thessaloniki kicks off with White God

31-Oct-2014 | By

White God and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence bookend the 55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival.


Little Film Company rides high on Northern Soul

30-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Robbie Little’s The Little Film Company swings into the AFM looking to find a US buyer and close outstanding territories on UK art house smash Northern Soul.

Sam Raimi

Good Universe AFM-bound on A Man In The Dark

30-Oct-2014 | By

The company will launch pre-sales next week on A Man In The Dark from Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures.


Open Road, FilmNation strike pact

30-Oct-2014 | By

Tom Ortenberg is pushing into international sales and distribution and has formed an alliance with Glen Basner to assist in selling and servicing the slate.

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Sierra/Affinity boards Godmother

30-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Sierra/Affinity looks set to fire up the market with its biopic starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as Colombian drug boss Griselda Blanco.

Liz Garbus

Garbus to direct Niederhoffer comedy

30-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Goldcrest to bring comedy Taxonomy to AFM.

jacques audiard

Celluloid launches new Audiard

30-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Company to co-sell the title with Wild Bunch in Santa Monica. 

Jason Wood4

Jason Wood leaves Curzon for HOME

30-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

After five years as Curzon’s director of programming, Jason Wood takes newly-created role of artistic director for Manchester venue.

Mark Wahlberg

Deepwater Horizon heads to AFM

30-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate International will kick off pre-sales in Santa Monica next week on the Mark Wahlberg starrer from JC Chandor.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

DDI takes flight with Byrd And The Bees

30-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Double Dutch International (DDI) heads to the AFM with the coming-of-age story starring Tracy Spiridakos, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Bo Mikkelsen

Indie Sales boards What We Become

30-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Picture marks Danish Bo Mikkelsen’s feature debut after critically acclaimed short Tabu.

Tales Of Halloween

Epic boards Tales Of Halloween

30-Oct-2014 | By

Epic Pictures Group heads to the AFM with the timely horror anthology from 11 directors including Saw veteran Darren Lynn Bousman and Neil Marshall.

Northmen - A Viking Saga

Starz brings Northmen to US, Canada

30-Oct-2014 | By

The company has acquired North American theatrical and US Pay-TV rights to Northmen – A Viking Saga from Ascot Elite Entertainment Group.


iFeatures' Spaceship begins production

30-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

EXCLUSIVE: Principal production begins in Surrey on iFeatures’ latest venture.

Of Horses And Men

Of Horses and Men wins Nordic Council Film Prize

30-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Icelandic writer-director Benedikt Erlingsson and producer Fridrik Thor Fridriksson have won lucrative The Nordic Council Film Prize for Of Horses and Men.

Murder Of A Cat

Gravitas acquires Murder Of A Cat

30-Oct-2014 | By

The distributor has picked up North American rights to Gillian Greene’s feature directorial debut starring Oscar contender JK Simmons. Separately, Cinedigm and Moguldom Studios have entered into a multi-year, multi-title deal for Moguldom’s slate.

The Horde

Horror Icons bring The Horde to Life

30-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: LA-based 313 Films are heading to AFM to meet with sales agents on feature debut The Horde, currently shooting in LA.

Michael Garin

Image Nation ramps up local doc production

30-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Image Nation has revealed plans to create more locally-produced documentaries following the premiere of its first factual feature at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

The Trail of a Tale

Portugal's Tocha wins Action4Climate doc award

30-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Other winners come from Bulgaria and US.

Creative England launches international markets scheme

30-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

12 participants will be selected in the programme backed by Creative Skillset.

Brisbane fest reveals first selection

30-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

First films for Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival announced

Naomi Watts

IM Global sees Three Generations

30-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Naomi Watts will star alongside Susan Sarandon and Elle Fanning in the comedic drama that IM Global is bringing to the AFM.

Social Cinema Club

Script contest to highlight UAE social issues

30-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Twofour54 and the Family Development Foundation launch films screenplay contest.

Fest programmers call for comedy

30-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Short film programmers from Berlin and Tribeca called for lighter fare at a masterclass in Abu Dhabi.

John Travolta

Voltage sparks to Life On The Line

29-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Nicolas Chartier and his team will introduce international buyers at AFM to the action drama starring John Travolta, Kate Bosworth and Sharon Stone.

Rodrigo Guerrero

Rodrigo Guerrero joins AG Studios

29-Oct-2014 | By

The Colombian producer and Dynamo co-founding partner will run Alex Garcia’s Bogota-based Itaca Films Colombia.

Brendan Muldowney

XYZ goes on Pilgrimage for AFM

29-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films has come on as executive producer and worldwide sales agent on the Ireland-Belgium action-thriller from Brendan Muldowney.


McConaughey: Interstellar “as intimate as most independent films”

29-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Actors praise director for Interstellar’s “intimate and raw” feel during London press conference.

Zoe Kravitz

Unified, Media House Capital prep Vincent-N-Roxxy

29-Oct-2014 | By

Fortitude International will introduce AFM buyers to the action crime drama starring Emile Hirsch and Zoë Kravitz. WME Global represents US rights.

Ex Machina

A24 picks up Ex Machina

29-Oct-2014 | By

Alex Garland’s eagerly awaited feature directorial starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander will open on April 10, 2015. Universal holds international rights.


Lightning gets hitched to Preggoland

29-Oct-2014 | By

Lightning Entertainment heads to the AFM with Jacob Tierney’s comedy that premiered in Toronto.

Grim Sleeper among IDA nominees

29-Oct-2014 | By

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has announced nominations for the 2014 IDA Documentary Awards today set to take place on December 5 in Los Angeles.

Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar, Icon join Bollywoof Tale

29-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar attached; Icon takes UK rights.

Gale Anne Hurd

Gale Anne Hurd in PGA lifetime honour

29-Oct-2014 | By

Gale Anne Hurd will receive the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. 

Imogen Poots

WestEnd enters Green Room

29-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit boards thriller starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots.

Universal dates Hail, Caesar!

29-Oct-2014 | By

The studio will release the Coen brothers latest film on February 5, 2016.

Haim Saban

Haim Saban backs ZAG Animation Studios

29-Oct-2014 | By

Haim Saban, Chris Columbus and producer Michael Barnathan have teamed up with ZAG Entertainment founder Jeremy Zag to launch ZAG Animation Studios.

X + Y

Bankside scores X+Y deals

29-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: France, Australia, Canada, Japan among deals for Toronto hit.

Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans

Marvel Studios head talks Phase 3

29-Oct-2014 | By

President Kevin Feige unleashed a volley of announcements at a breathless Hollywood presentation (October 28) including news of the studio’s first black and female superhero leads.

The Sleepwalker

IFC takes US rights to The Sleepwalker

29-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

LevelK handles international sales on Brady Corbet thriller.

Nick Ryan

Ryan tries crowdfunding for Easter Rising film

29-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Director Nick Ryan (The Summit) is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for his latest film, Six Days of the Rising, about the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.

Meet Me In Montenegro

The Orchard picks Montenegro

29-Oct-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired all US and Canadian rights to Meet Me In Montenegro and has earmarked a 2015 theatrical release.


Lucy beats Guardians at China box office

29-Oct-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Luc Besson’s sci-fi action thriller Lucy topped the China box office for the week October 20-26, grossing $20.02m in its opening three days.

Kampai For The Love Of Sake

Fortissimo drinks to Kampai! For The Love of Sake

29-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Fortissimo takes world rights except Japan for Mirai Konishi’s feature documentary Kampai! For The Love Of Sake.

Frank Rose

Frank Rose to keynote at Film4 Innovation Forum

29-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Creative Skillset partners on November 18 event focused on storytelling.

1001 Grams to open Nordic Film Days

29-Oct-2014 | By

Norway’s submission to the Oscars to open 56th edition; Jihlava docfest winners revealed.

The Cyclist

Cineworld awards Dream to Screen winner

29-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Initiative with Media Trust hunts undiscovered filmmaking talent.

Obvious Child, Life Itself win in Wroclaw

29-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child voted best narrative film at Polish festival.


Wroclaw awards US works in progress

29-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Homefront, God Bless the Child, among winners.

Keanu Reeves

Lotus to sell Replicas at AFM

28-Oct-2014 | By

With one week to go before the start of the market a number of projects are trickling in, led by Lotus Entertainment’s sci-fi thriller Replicas and Dark Was The Night from Premiere Entertainment Group.

Dustin Lance Black

The Exchange boards prestige pair for AFM

28-Oct-2014 | By

The Exchange heads to the AFM with a pair of prestige titles including Dustin Lance Black’s The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight.

Singapore Film Festival unveils line-up

28-Oct-2014 | By

MDA-backed SGIFF (Dec 4-14) is part of Singapore Media Festival.

Aperture Media Partners launches

28-Oct-2014 | By

Banking and finance expert Jared Underwood is at the centre of a new film venture formed by New York Private Bank & Trust (NYPB&T) and Aperture Media Partners. Separately, Jeff Robinov has announced new additions to his senior team.


Wild Bunch gets behind Mikhalkov’s Sunstroke

28-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: French sales company also set to launch new films by Leconte and Delpy at AFM.

K5 boards Walken, Heard comedy-drama

28-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Walken, Amber Heard star in New York comedy-drama.

The Tribe

Metrodome joins The Tribe

28-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK deal for acclaimed Cannes Critics’ Week drama.

A Thousand Times Good Night

Global Screen finds Thousand deals

28-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Global Screen has sold A Thousand Times Goodnight to France and Belgium among other territories.

Claudia Yusef

Scottish talent network hires Claudia Yusef

28-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Claudia Yusef is named Talent Develepment Executive for the Scottish Film Talent Network.

Star Wars: Episode VII Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi mulls additional film tax rebates

28-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Existing production rebate, which has drawn Stars Wars and Fast & Furious 7, may be complimented with an infrastructure incentive. Warner Bros, Sony, Paramount heading to the region next week.

The Sand Fish

Baboudjian signs Ahd to direct Sandfish

28-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Feature is an adaptation of Emirati bestseller about girl growing up in the region in the 1960s.

Film Independent

Film Independent names Producing Lab selections

28-Oct-2014 | By

Film Independent top brass have announced the producers selected for the 14th annual Producing Lab.

Italy Germany

Germany, Italy launch co-pro development fund

28-Oct-2014 | By

Co-Production Development Fund launched between Germany and Italy; growing concern about future of German incentive DFFF


Comet lands at Content Media, IFC

28-Oct-2014 | By

Content Media has bulked up its AFM slate with international rights to the rom-com starring Emmy Rossum and Justin Long.

Rainbow Rocks

Cinedigm, Vimeo sign digital pact

28-Oct-2014 | By

Cinedigm has signed a content deal for My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks and other titles to roll out on Vimeo On Demand.

Max Deacon

The Call Up heads to production

28-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Brit List action-sci-fi to get underway on November 10; Max Deacon to star.


Birdman, Imitation Game to open Camerimage

28-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Awards contenders to receive Polish premieres at cinematography festival.

ADFF Gulf panel

Gulf film industry ponders progress

28-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Cinema professionals debate whether the cinema investment drive of past decade has achieved anything for local industry.

Kundo: Age Of The Rampant

London Korean film fest to host industry

28-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

UK showcase to host 55 films, actors, directors, producers, programmers.

Leviathan leads Asia Pacific Awards nominees

28-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Leviathan leads contenders; 36 films from 21 countries in the running.

Briony Hanson Marlon Smith Maisie Williams

VIDEO: British Council, Screen present Stars at LFF


Screen International teamed with British Council to present Screen’s UK Stars of Tomorrowat an intimate industry dinner during the BFI London Film Festival.

Kirby Dick

RADiUS, CNN Films team up on sex crimes doc

27-Oct-2014 | By

Kirby Dick will direct an untitled film about campus sex crime for RADiUS and CNN Films. Separately, Tribeca Film has picked up the documentary I Am Big Bird.

Cumberbatch in Strange frame

27-Oct-2014 | By

Benecit Cumberbatch, in contention for awards with The Imitation Game, is in the frame to join the Marvel Studios universe as Doctor Strange.

John Lasseter at Big Hero 6 premiere in Tokyo

John Lasseter talks about Japanese inspirations

27-Oct-2014 | By

Walt Disney chief creative officer (CCO) John Lasseter talked about the influences of Japan, its art and Hayao Miyazaki’s animation in particular on his work, Pixar and even in winning his wife’s hand at a talk on “Cool Japan” held by the Tokyo International Film Festival on Friday.

Oliver Platt

Louis Drax adds more cast

27-Oct-2014 | By

Oliver Platt, Molly Parker and Barbara Hershey have joined Miramax’s The 9th Life Of Louis Drax and Aiden Longworth has signed on to play the title role.

Halle Berry

Kidnap begins New Orleans shoot

27-Oct-2014 | By

Luis Prieto has kicked off principal photography on Lotus Entertainment’s thriller starring Halle Berry.

Three Night Stand

Freestyle to release Three Night Stand

27-Oct-2014 | By

Freestyle has acquired US theatrical and digital rights from Myriad Pictures to the rom-com, which Myriad will be selling at the AFM.


Aspiration Media to release Noble

27-Oct-2014 | By

Fledgling LA-based distributor Aspiration Media has made its first buy, taking UR rights from Continental Media to Noble. In a separate development, Image has acquired US rights to fantasy AFM title Digging Up The Marrow.

Mia Bays

Bays to lead Birds Eye View's second Filmonomics

27-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Birds Eye View is planning the second year of its training scheme Filmonomics to launch in January 2015.

Absent One off to roaring start at Danish box office

27-Oct-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Keeper of Lost Causes sequel is a huge hit as third film in series is being planned with Arcel to direct.

the Morrigan

Causeway kicks off Irish Gothic label

27-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Belfast-based Causeway Pictures is launching its Irish Gothic label, which is focused on genre films that have inspiration from Irish legends.


Scott Neustadter, Michael Weber board The Disaster Artist

27-Oct-2014 | By

Rabbit Bandini Productions, Point Grey and Good Universe have announced that Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber have come on to adapt The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room.

David Proud

David Proud stars in thriller iWitness

27-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

David Proud, who has broken ground as a disabled actor playing a wheelchair-using character on EastEnders, is now set for another first by playing an able-bodied character in psychological thriller iWitness.

The Ruling Class

Peter Medak in HFFLA honour

27-Oct-2014 | By

This year’s 14th Hungarian Film Festival Of Los Angeles (HFFLA) presented by Bunyik Entertainment marks the centenary of Hungarian animation and the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust.

Cinelou Releasing to distribute Cake

27-Oct-2014 | By

Cinelou Films producers Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon have launched prestige label Cinelou Releasing and kick off with Jennifer Aniston dark comedy Cake.

Corn Island

Corn Island wins at Athens Panorama

27-Oct-2014 | By

Panorama of European Cinema Festival pays tribute to Suleiman, Laverty, Ferris and Tsiolis.

Russell Brand

StudioCanal brings 3D Crusoe, Russell Brand doc to AFM

27-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Russell Brand teams with Michael Winterbottom on financial crisis doc.

Destiny Ekaragha

BAFTA unveils Breakthrough Brits

27-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

BAFTA has unveiled 18 newcomers working in the film, TV and games industries as its 2014 BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, in partnership with Burberry.

Guten Tag Ramon

Mongrel lines up FIP duo for AFM

27-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International heads to the AFM with a pair of titles from Fox International Productions (FIP) including Mexican box office sensation Guten Tag, Ramon.

Screen critics curate Black Nights strand

27-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Birdman, Phoenix, Mr Turner among critics choices.


Fury tops UK chart

27-Oct-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s war drama posts $4.4m (£2.7m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Turtles; Icon’s The Babadook lands with $557,000 (£345,862) from 147 sites ahead of Halloween.


Kajaki gets charity previews

27-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Revenue from premiere and previews of Aghan war film to go to military charities.


Emma Watson first look in Colonia

27-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Mikael Nyqvist joins Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl in Chilean drama.

The Christmas Family

Global Screen gets Christmas Family

27-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

German sales outfit boards Danish Christmas film.


Annabelle crosses $125m int’l

26-Oct-2014 | By

UPDATED OCTOBER 27: What looked like a tight international box office contest heading into the weekend saw Annabelle emerge as the comfortable winner thanks to a confirmed $26.2m haul.


Ouija tops US box office on $20m

26-Oct-2014 | By

It may have been a slow session, but that won’t stop Universal executives celebrating a number one berth heading into Halloween this week and top brass at The Weinstein Company feeling good about St. Vincent.

Mohamed Hefzy

Hefzy, Abdalla reteam on Black Tea adaptation

26-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Film Clinic’s Hefzy also co-producing Mohamed Khan’s new film Before the Summer Crowds.

Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano criticises Japanese film industry

26-Oct-2014 | By

Japanese actor-director slams production companies’ close relationships with cinemas and how this is reflected in the country’s awards.

Alexandre Desplat named composer of the year

26-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

World Soundtrack Awards also honour Pharell Williams’ Happy from Despicable Me 2.

Seven Samurai

TIFF’s 'Seven Samurai' look back with nostalgia

26-Oct-2014 | By

Tokyo International Film Festival’s ‘Seven Samurai’ directors compared the restrictive studio-controlled filmmaking environment of modern-day Japan to the golden age of Akira Kurosawa at a talk event on Sunday.

Adeline Monzier

Festival strategy crucial, say US in Progress experts

26-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

A handful of directors, producers and sales agents gathered for an introductory panel at the fifth American Film Festival (Oct 21-26) in Wroclaw, Poland as part of the festival’s US in Progress event.


Stephen Daldry’s Trash wins top Rome award

25-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Other winners included Chinese crime drama 12 Citizens and an Indian adaptation of Hamlet.

No One's Child

Blind Dates wins at Zagreb Film Festival

25-Oct-2014 | By

Slovenian film Karpotrotter wins best documentary; No One’s Child gets audience award

Bouchareb receives ADFF honour, talks career

25-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

French-Algerian filmmaker and producer Rachid Bouchareb, who is being honoured with a career achievement award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, talked extensively about his career at a special ‘in conversation’ event.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

AFI FEST unveils tech showcase

24-Oct-2014 | By

Top brass have announced the inaugural technology showcase State Of The Art - Innovation, Storytelling And Technology.

Screen Awards 2014 winners

24-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

UPDATED (gallery/official winners book): The Screen Awards has unveiled its 2014 winners, recognising excellence in UK marketing, distribution and exhibition.


Magnolia takes world on Iris

24-Oct-2014 | By

Albert Maysles’ documentary chronicles the life of 93-year-old fashionista Iris Apfel and will open theatrically in 2015. Separately, Lionsgate has set an October 2015 release for The Last Witch Hunter.

Dads Army

Dad’s Army first look

24-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The first images from comedy reboot Dad’s Army have been released as well as fresh cast details.

Ben Wheatley

Ben Wheatley to direct Free Fire

24-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Kill List and High-Rise director to tackle action film; Protagonist to introduce at AFM.

James Franco and Megan Fox

James Franco’s Zeroville assembles star cast

24-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell to star; Embankment to sell.

Animal Crackers

Odin's Eye boards Animal Crackers

24-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Sales to kick off at AFM.

El Ott

Falcon swoops on Ibrahim El-Batout’s El Ott

24-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Film that premieres in competition at Abu Dhabi stars Egyptian actor Amr Waked as a gangster who challenges a child organ trafficker.


Sony to halt South Korea distribution

24-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Sony will cease to self-distribute in South Korea on December 31 as it emerged that the joint venture with Disney will be dissolved.


Turtles shellshock Fury on social media

24-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles generate more buzz on social networks in the UK than Brad Pitt war movie.

The Equalizer

Cinema business to grow in Middle East

24-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Empire CEO Mario Haddad and Gulf Films chief Selim El-Azar discuss distribution in the region at Abu Dhabi show business conference.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians to continue box office rise

24-Oct-2014 | By

China and Italy could help Marvel’s sci-fi blockbuster hold the top slot.

Laurence Sargent

Sargent-Disc wins at Payroll World Awards

24-Oct-2014 | By Screen staff

Sargent-Disc has won the Specialist Payroll Provider Award at the 2014 Payroll World Awards in London.

Fyzz Facility opens LA office

24-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK producer-financiers The Fyzz Facility, run by producers Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones, is to open an LA office this month.

James Gunn

Guardians director hails Japanese heroes

23-Oct-2014 | By

The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) opened today with the premiere of Disney animation Big Hero 6, presented by its creators including directors Chris Williams and Don Hall.


Boyhood leads Gothams nominations

23-Oct-2014 | By

Richard Linklater’s drama that follows the life of a boy from five to 18 is in contention for four prizes at the 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP. 

Anthony Hopkins

Electric plugs into Anthony Hopkins' Go With Me

23-Oct-2014 | By

Thriller to be directed by Daniel Alfredson and is headed to the AFM.

Chloë Grace Moretz

The 5th Wave begins shoot

23-Oct-2014 | By

YA adaptation stars Chloë Grace Moretz.

Dior And I

Orchard acquires Dior and I

23-Oct-2014 | By

The Orchard has acquired all North American rights to Frédéric Tcheng’s fashion documentary Dior and I.

April Prosser

TWC adds female comedy Plus One

23-Oct-2014 | By

The Weinstein Company (TWC) has closed the deal on rights to screenwriter April Prosser’s comedy Plus One.

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke's Chet Baker biopic set for AFM

23-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

K5 to handle sales, eOne to distribute in Canada.

The Art Dealer

Jewish film fest “strongest ever” after controversy

23-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Festival moving forward following controversy surrounding the Tricycle Theatre.


Sales agents slam Tokyo market-festival split

23-Oct-2014 | By

TIFFCOM delegates complain that uncoupling the Tokyo International Film Festival and its market is having a detrimental impact.

The Eichmann Show

Content takes rights to Eichmann Show

23-Oct-2014 | By

First look at Martin Freeman and Anthony LaPaglia in 1960s drama.

Marvels Avengers Age of Ultron

Avengers trailer released by Marvel after leak

23-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Studio releases HD trailer within hours of online leak.

Digging Up The Marrow

Kaleidoscope taking trio to AFM

23-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (KFD) is to bring a trio of new titles to the AFM including writer-director Adam Green’s Frightfest monster-horror Digging Up The Marrow.


LevelK sets Encounters for AFM

23-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Sales outfit LevelK is to debut Scandinavian horror-sci fi Encounters at the AFM.

Auditioning For Parenthood

Nellis premiere to open Jihlava festival

23-Oct-2014 | By

The world premiere of Czech fiction film-maker Alice Nellis’ documentary Auditioning For Parenthood will open the 18th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival tonight (Oct 23).

Talulah Riley

Talulah Riley begins directorial debut

23-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Martin Compston, Joe Thomas star with the St Trinians star in rom-com.


EuropaCorp secures $600m credit facility

23-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Funds to bankroll new slate of English-language films.

John Wick

PalmStar invest $200m in Thunder Road

22-Oct-2014 | By

PalmStar Media Capital is investing $200m in Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures.


AFI Fest completes 2014 line-up

22-Oct-2014 | By

AFI FEST top brass have announced the remaining films that will screen in the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Cinema’s Legacy sections.


Create promotes Gormley, Gitlin

22-Oct-2014 | By

Entertainment marketing agency Create Advertising Group has promoted two long-standing executives.

Danis Tanovic

Good Films secures backing; Danis Tanovic to direct Invisible

22-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: British producer Miriam Segal of Good Films has secured backing from Bank Leumi for her slate of seven new features.

F.J. Ossang

Rome gives industry awards

22-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Rome’s European co-production market New Cinema Network has awarded the €30,000 Eurimages Co-production Development Award to drama 9 Fingers by writer-director F.J. Ossang, produced by Catherine Dussart.


Court, Chauranga win top awards in Mumbai

22-Oct-2014 | By

Indian films Court, Chauranga and Killa were the big winners at the close of the Mumbai Film Festival (MFF), which wrapped on Tuesday night.

Emma Baehr

BAFTA appoints director of awards

22-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Newly created role will oversee all five of BAFTA’s London-based ceremonies.


Pathe to bring Frears, Streep drama to AFM

22-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Florence Foster Jenkins biopic will also star Hugh Grant.

Curzon VOD service set for Amazon Fire TV

22-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Curzon Home Cinema’s On Demand service to be available through Amazon Fire TV at launch.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians takes top spot in China

22-Oct-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Guardians Of The Galaxy finally knocked local mega-hit Breakup Buddies off the top spot at the China box office last week, grossing $37.97m over seven days (October 13-19).

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart to play white supremacist

21-Oct-2014 | By

Broad Green Pictures (BGP) and filmscience have announced that Patrick Stewart has joined the cast of Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room.


IFC Films acquires Manglehorn

21-Oct-2014 | By

IFC Films has snapped up US rights to David Gordon Green’s drama Manglehorn starring Al Pacino that premiered in Venice and Toronto.

Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer to star in The Forest

21-Oct-2014 | By

Game of Thrones star joins supernatural thriller, based on an original idea by David S Goyer.

Mark Duplass

Mark Duplass to give SXSW keynote

21-Oct-2014 | By

Mark Duplass has been confirmed as one of four daily keynote speakers at SXSW.

Michael Keaton in Venice

Michael Keaton to receive Santa Barbara honour

21-Oct-2014 | By

Birdman star to receive award at the festival in January.

Lay Me Down

Screen partners on Underwire festival award

21-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The fifth Underwire Festival, which showcases shorts made by female filmmakers, will run Nov 11-15 at The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick, London.

Leena Pasanen

Pasanen named DOK Leipzig director

21-Oct-2014 | By

Finnish documentary expert Leena Pasanen has been appointed as the first non-German in the almost 60-year history of DOK Leipzig to succeed Claas Danielsen as its festival director.

Kate Winslet, Judy Davis

The Dressmaker begins shoot

21-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Kate Winslet and Judy Davis lead cast of the new film from director Jocelyn Moorhouse.

Learning To Drive

WestEnd takes Learning To Drive ahead of AFM

21-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Romantic drama stars Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson.

Lenny Abrahamson

Irish low-budget scheme reveals winners

21-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Winning projects announced for the Irish Film Board low budget dilmmaking scheme, Catalyst Project.

Rachid Bouchareb Edward Pressman

ADFF to honour Bouchareb, Pressman

21-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Days of Glory director and American Psycho producer to receive career achievement awards.

Fashion King

Fashion King leads Finecut sales

21-Oct-2014 | By

TIFFCOM: South Korean sales company Finecut has announced a raft of deals led by romantic comedy Fashion King.

Lewis Tice and Dennis Quaid at the TrueSpark launch party

Winston Baker strikes partnership with TrueSpark

21-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Conferences company Winston Baker has struck a national partnership with TrueSpark, a non-profit educational charity that engages teens about positive character through films.


Oscars select eight doc shorts

21-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Three to five films will make it to nominations stage.

Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Huppert to head Marrakech jury

21-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

French actress known for roles in The Piano Teacher and Amour to preside over festival jury.

Thomas Vinterberg

Eurimages backs new Vinterberg, Porumboiu

21-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

A total of 17 co-productions received a share of $5.8m

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker romcom adds cast

21-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Production underway on All Roads Lead to Rome.

Before I Disappear

Hollywood Film Festival reveals winners

20-Oct-2014 | By

Hollywood Film Festival executive director Jon Fitzgerald has announced the event’s winners.


Disney sets 2016 release for animated Moana

20-Oct-2014 | By

Walt Disney Animation Studios has revealed plans for the CG comedy adventure Moana.

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever remake set for AFM

20-Oct-2014 | By

Voltage Pictures to begin sales on horror remake based on the original Eli Roth script.

Time Out of Mind

IFC acquires Time Out of Mind

20-Oct-2014 | By

Richard Gere stars as a homeless man in the film that debuted at Toronto.


Lionsgate, Tribeca launch SVOD service

20-Oct-2014 | By

Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises have announced a subscription VOD service to carry “a prestigious” selection of films from both companies as well as third-party global content.

The Homesman joins AFI line-up

20-Oct-2014 | By

Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman has slotted into AFI FEST as an additional Centerpiece Gala.

Sundance Institute

Sundance to launch workshops across US

20-Oct-2014 | By

The Sundance Institute will bring artist development day labs to eight cities across the US over the next three years following $1m in new funding from the John S and James L Knight Foundation.

Brad Pitt at London Film Festival closer Fury

London Film Festival scores biggest ever audience

20-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Festival attendance up 7.5% with more than 163,000 breaking audience records.

Christine Eloy

Europa Distribution warns of single digital market ‘catastrophe’

20-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Europa Distribution has warned that the European Commission’s proposed single digital market would be a “catastrophe” for the independent film sector.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tops UK chart

20-Oct-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s reboot dethrones Gone Girl with a $7.7m (£4.8m) debut, including previews; Fox’s Gone Girl reaches $22.8m (£14.1m); Munro Films’ Northern Soul records highest three-day opening weekend gross for a British film opening in under 100 sites.

Idris Elba

Bastille Day begins Paris shoot

20-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Action thriller directed by James Watkins stars Idris Elba.

IFFR Live adds three titles

20-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

New feature from Girl With a Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev one of three film added to IFFR’s first simultaneous live screening event.

Adrian Wootton

UK Film & TV Week launches in LA

20-Oct-2014 | By

Touring representatives from the UK’s Screen Agency Network will promote UK facilities, locations and tax benefits during the inaugural UK Film & TV Week in Los Angeles this week.

Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan to lead ADFF jury

20-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Irrfan Khan, Christina Voros and Catherine Dussart to preside over feature competition juries; seven world premieres of Arab films in feature competitions.

It’s Very Nice Pra Xuxu

Rome's Business Street showcases Brazilian titles

20-Oct-2014 | By

Cinema do Brasil promoting several titles at the Rome Film Festival’s market.

Odeon Holloway Road

Odeon to launch secret advance screenings

20-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Odeon is launching a series of new advance screenings under the banner ScreenUnseen.

Alison Cornwell

Vue appoints new CFO

20-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Vue Entertainment International has appointed Alison Cornwell as its chief financial officer.

Andrey Zvyagintsev

Leviathan director honoured in Haifa

20-Oct-2014 | By Edna Fainaru

Other winners include Assaf Korman’s Next To Her.


Anchor Bay, Raven Banner get Housebound

20-Oct-2014 | By

Haunted house thriller snapped up for Canadian home ent market.

Victor Banerjee

Paskaljevic to direct Dev Bhoomi

20-Oct-2014 | By

Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic is planning to shoot Indo-Serbian co-production Dev Bhoomi, starring Victor Banerjee, in India next March.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians Of The Galaxy tops $400m at int'l box office

19-Oct-2014 | By

Guardians Of The Galaxy surged past $400m as a robust second weekend hold in China generated $23.1m overall and propelled the international running total to $404.8m.


Fury rolls into top US slot

19-Oct-2014 | By

The prospect of Brad Pitt in a tank proved irresistible to North American audiences as the Second World War tale rolled into action through Sony, while Birdman delivered the result of the weekend with a massive limited launch via Fox Searchlight.

Speed Sisters

Speed Sisters to premiere as Ajyal opener

19-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

World premiere of motor racing documentary Speed Sisters to open Doha Film Institute’s second annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival.

Jeremy Thomas  Alexander Rodnyansky James McAvoy

Leviathan wins top London Film Festival award

18-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Other winners include The Tribe, a documentary about Syria and Catch Me Daddy actress Sameena Jabeen Ahmed.

Good Kill

IFC takes Good Kill

18-Oct-2014 | By

IFC Films has acquired US rights to Andrew Niccol’s highly regarded drone film starring Ethan Hawke and January Jones. Separately monterey media has taken Like Sunday, Like Rain.

Under the Skin

New studio key to future of film in Scotland

17-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Creative Scotland has identified seven key priorities for growing the country’s film sector, top of which is the creation of a film studio.

Peter Strickland

Peter Strickland to write and direct radio play

17-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: The British director of Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy set to deliver new play next year.

The Sleeping Room

7 & 7 books horror Sleeping Room

17-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit to shop horror at AFM.

James Cosmo

James Cosmo joins Scorsese exec'd Tomorrow

17-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Braveheart and Game of Thrones star one of three new actors to join the British feature.

Doctor Who - Day of the Doctor

Doctor Who wins top event cinema award

17-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Other winners at the ECA Awards included a live Muse concert, three Royal Opera House productions and the British Museum’s Pompeii Live.

Film London Micro Market

Second Film London Micro Market wraps

17-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

A number of financing deals in the works following micro-budget finance market.

At Home

Revamped Kyoto gets glitzy opening

17-Oct-2014 | By

Actresses Irene Jacob, Fumi Nikaido and Kiki Sugino hit the red carpet at the festival in Japan, which opened with Hiroshi Chono ‘s At Home.

Sierra/Affinity to sell Mr. Right at AFM

16-Oct-2014 | By

Lakeshore Entertainment has injected a title into a typically quiet run-up to the market, announcing that Sierra/Affinity will introduce buyers to the romantic action comedy starring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick.

AFI FEST unveils New Auteurs, Shorts, American Independents

16-Oct-2014 | By

Güeros, 10,000 KM and Happy Valley will screen at the festival as top brass announced programming in three sections.

Faye Walker

Cinedigm hires Faye Walker


Faye Walker has joined Cinedigm as svp of customer acquisitions. Separately, OddLot has announced two promotions in its development team.

Ed Vaizey

Ed Vaizey: BFI should expand remit for TV, animation

16-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The UK culture minister talks about the current strengths and challenges of the British film industry.

Suite Francaise

Suite Française among AFM screenings

16-Oct-2014 | By

TF1 handles international sales on Saul Dibb’s Second World War romance starring Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts, set to make its market world premiere in Santa Monica next month.

Barrie Osbourne

Barrie Osborne turns to Kickstarter

16-Oct-2014 | By

The Oscar-winning producer of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is putting together funds for the environmentally themed family drama Talk Is Cheep.

Billy Elliot

Universal exec issues ‘event cinema’ warning

16-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Event cinema will be key to helping theatres survive but the industry should be wary of repeating the mistakes of 3D, according to a Universal exec.

On the set of Tordenskiold

Genz starts shooting Nimbus' Tordenskiold

16-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Jakob Oftebro (Kon-Tiki) plays the titular Danish-Norwegian Vice-Admiral

Marco Mueller

Marco Mueller on Rome challenges

16-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Festival veteran discusses this year’s “pop mix” and a “very challenging” year.

Rod Smith

Evolution Pictures launches with Anchor Bay exec

16-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Finance and production company will be allied to GFM Films.

Dark Summer

IFC Midnight enters Dark Summer

16-Oct-2014 | By

IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to the supernatural horror film that Content Media will introduce to international buyers at the AFM.

Laura Poitras

CPH:DOX welcomes Poitras as guest curator

16-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

CPH:DOX has announced its 2014 programme including more than 200 documentaries from around the world.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 poster

Hunger Games: Mockingjay to premiere in London

16-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

World premiere to be held on November 10.

Critical Mass

Sony DADC Media Solutions appoints Rightsline

16-Oct-2014 | By

Sony DADC Media Solutions has selected Critical Mass Studios software as a service (SAAS) subsidiary Rightsline to power rights management on its new Ven•ue service for creating OTT video channels.

Laurent Boye

Jazo PR expands into Toronto

16-Oct-2014 | By

Laurent Boye has expanded his Los Angeles-based boutique firm into its second Canadian location.

Dracula Untold

Will Dracula Untold rise again?

16-Oct-2014 | By

Dracula Untold was the top Hollywood international release last weekend on $33.9m and Universal Pictures International top brass will look for strong holds to retain pole position.

Uma Thurman

Stockholm to honour Uma Thurman

16-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The festival’s 25th edition will feature a contribution from Ai Weiwei and competition titles including Whiplash, Nightcrawler and Foxcatcher.


AMBI Pictures to remake Princess

16-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

AMBI Pictures acquires English-language remake rights to Princess.

Whiplash, Bypass in Camerimage competitions

16-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Debut competition titles at cinematography festival unveiled.

Orange Is The New Black

Netflix growth stalls after price hike

16-Oct-2014 | By Alex Farber, Broadcast

Netflix has blamed its decision to hike subscription fees for lower than forecast growth recorded over the past quarter.

Vue West End

Vue to acquire Italian cinema leader

16-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Vue Entertainment International reaches agreement to acquire The Space Entertainment, Italy’s largest cinema chain

Alison Thompson

Alison Thompson: Sales are tougher than ever

15-Oct-2014 | By

During her keynote at Film London’s Production Finance Market, Alison Thompson remarks on the glut of films made today, but also sees some bright spots like the arrival of Netflix.

Christopher Woodrow

Ex-Worldview CEO sues company

15-Oct-2014 | By

The former CEO has struck back in an escalating war and filed a $55m lawsuit against Worldview and its principals, citing breach of fiduciary duty and defamation and seeking to liquidate the company.

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice to play AFI FEST

15-Oct-2014 | By

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Los Angeles-set noir tale starring Joaquin Phoenix and an all-star ensemble will screen at the festival on November 8.

The Lego Movie

WB boosts tentpole pipeline

15-Oct-2014 | By

Warner Bros is lining up a war chest of three Lego-themed films in the next four years, a trio of titles based on JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and “at least” 10 DC adaptations from 2016-20.

Pierce Brosnan

Fortitude International to sell Urge

15-Oct-2014 | By

The company has bolstered its AFM slate with the thriller starring Pierce Brosnan and Ashley Greene.

Game of Thrones

HBO Go to cut the cord

15-Oct-2014 | By

In a widely speculated move that escalates the rivalry with Netflix and will have other cable networks watching closely, HBO plans to launch a stand-alone HBO Go service in 2015.

Jeffrey Katzenberg on DreamWorks China plans

15-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Dreamworks Animation CEO also reflected on an infamous 1991 memo, getting fired from Disney and 3D at his BFI London Film Festival keynote.

Top of the Lake

Top of the Lake to return for second series

15-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Jane Campion and Gerard Lee developing a new season of Top of the Lake; Steve McQueen drama gathers pace.

Judge Dredd

Metrodome takes 2000AD doc

15-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Comics series spawned Judge Dredd and Halo Jones.

Insidious: Chapter 2

D Films, Blumhouse partner up

15-Oct-2014 | By

D Films has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Blumhouse International.

Woman in Black: Angel of Death

Relativity moves Woman In Black sequel

15-Oct-2014 | By

The genre sequel – retitled Woman in Black 2 Angel Of Death – will open in the US on January 2, 2015.


eOne takes North America on Walter

15-Oct-2014 | By

eOne Films has acquired North American rights to the comedy Walter and will release day-and-date theatrically and on VOD in spring 2015.


Capsule shoot starring Edmund Kingsley underway

15-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: First image from space-based military thriller from debut director Andrew Martin.

Catherine Deneuve, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Niraj Bajaj

Bollywood turns out for Mumbai fest opening

15-Oct-2014 | By

Bollywood stars including Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan turned out for the opening of the Mumbai Film Festival (October 14-21), which is celebrating its 16th edition despite almost being shut down a few months ago due to lack of funding.

The 7th Dwarf

Global sells 7th Dwarf to US, UK

15-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Global Screen sells 3D animation feature The 7th Dwarf to the US, UK, Australia and Italy, among others.

The Librarians

Electric books Librarians deals

15-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

MIPCOM: First two episodes of series based on the Noah Wyle-starring movie franchise screened in Cannes.

Clouds of Sils Maria to open EFP showcase

15-Oct-2014 | By

Olivier Assayas’ Cloud of Sils Maria will open European Film Promotion’s (EFP) second edition of its WestWind showcase of European cinema in Moscow’s Formula Kino Horizont Cinema tonight.

A Man Called Ove

TrustNordisk taking A Man Called Ove to AFM

15-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

TrustNordisk is to kick off presales on Swedish comedy-drama A Man Called Ove at the American Film Market.

Star Wars: Episode VII clapperboard

Lucasfilm's ILM opens in London

15-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic opens new London facility; unveils senior team.

Susan Jackson

Freestyle co-founder Susan Jackson dies

14-Oct-2014 | By

The co-founder of Freestyle Releasing and executive producer on Cabin Fever died on Tuesday (October 14) following a long battle with breast cancer. She was 54.

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence

Magnolia acquires Venice winner Pigeon

14-Oct-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights to Roy Andersson’s absurdist comedy that scooped the top prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

Screen Media takes Winterbottom's Angel

14-Oct-2014 | By

Screen Media Films has taken US rights to Michael Winterbottom’s The Face Of An Angel starring Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale, Valerio Mastandrea and Cara Delevingne. In other news, Breaking Glass has picked up Larry Clark’s Marfa Girl.

Corinna McFarlane, Barbara Broccoli and Nicky Bentham in Cannes

Silent Storm team reuniting for California thriller

14-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Corinna McFarlane and producer Nicky Bentham talk about working with EON’s Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson on The Silent Storm and their upcoming psychological thriller.

Ron Eyal and Eleanor Burke

Venice Biennale College selects 12 projects

14-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Up to three low-budget features will be greenlit from the 12 selections.

Fortissimo announces LFF deals

14-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: StudioCanal acquires Black Coal, Thin Ice; more deals done on Theeb and Love Is Strange.

Erin McPherson

Maker Studios, Warrior Poets in smartish pact

14-Oct-2014 | By

Maker will create four original series for Morgan Spurlock’s fledgling channel smartish.

Mark Pigott

BAFTA LA unveils university course

14-Oct-2014 | By

The Pigott/BAFTA Scholarships will support British university graduate students studying at accredited graduate schools in the US in filmmaking programmes leading to a masters degree.


TWC unveils Underdogs voice cast

14-Oct-2014 | By

Pop star Ariana Grande and Nicholas Hoult are among those to sign on to Juan Jose Campanella’s foosball-based animation, set to open in the US in 2D and 3D on April 10, 2015.

Chanya Button Laura Carmichael Chloe Pirrie Charlie Covell

UDI fires up Burn, Burn, Burn

14-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Road trip comedy to co-star Laura Carmichael and Chloe Pirrie.

Screen, British Council celebrate UK Stars at LFF

14-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Screen International is working with British Council to present Screen’s UK Stars of Tomorrow tonight at an intimate industry dinner during the BFI London Film Festival.

Breakup Buddies stays on top in China

14-Oct-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Ning Hao’s edgy comedy Breakup Buddies was the top-grossing film in China over the week October 6-12, taking $48.56 from 8.7 million admissions, according to figures from EntGroup.


AFCI votes on board members

14-Oct-2014 | By

The Association Of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) has elected its board of directors for 2015.

The Imitation Game

Imitation Game triumphs at Hamptons

14-Oct-2014 | By

The Imitation Game and Iris received audience narrative and documentary honours at the 22th annual Hamptons International Film Festival.

Kozlovsky to star in Russian epic Mathilde

14-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: “Russia’s Brad Pitt” to star in Alexey Uchitel’s period drama.


IDFA unveils 50 Forum titles

14-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Projects range from a film about centenarians to documentaries about renowned hunger striker Bobby Sands, Winnie Mandela, Ratko Mladic and Madonna’s backing dancers.

American Hustle

NYFCC sets awards date

14-Oct-2014 | By

The New York Film Critics Circle will vote for the 2015 awards on December 1.

The Exile

Hungarian Film Week returns after dispute

14-Oct-2014 | By Laurence Boyce

Event returns in Budapest after being dogged by controversy

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal to address PBNY

14-Oct-2014 | By

The Nightcrawler star has been added to the speaker roster at the inaugural Produced By: New York (PBNY) conference set for October 25.

Rachid Bouchareb

Abu Dhabi reveals Talks line-up

14-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Event series to offer insights on film preservation and crowdfunding campaigns among others.

The Crucible

The Crucible to get UK cinema screenings

14-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Old Vic’s production, starring Richard Armitage, to be screened in more than 350 cinemas.

The Works

The Works launches bookings and billings system

14-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK sales and distribution outfit The Works is teaming with rights software company Counterpoint Systems to launch an online theatrical bookings and billings system.

David Morrissey

David Morrissey to deliver PPF keynote


Award-winning actor, screenwriter, director and producer David Morrissey will take to the stage as the closing keynote of Broadcast’s Production and Post Forum next month.

The Gambler

AFI FEST to premiere The Gambler

13-Oct-2014 | By

Paramount Pictures’ Mark Wahlberg crime thriller will receive its world premiere on November 10.

Sandra Bullock

Our Brand Is Crisis begins shoot

13-Oct-2014 | By

David Gordon Green has commenced production on the documentary adaptation starring Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton. Separately, Lionsgate has begun shooting on The Choice.

The Boy From Geita

108 Media gets The Boy From Geita

13-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Toronto-based distributor has acquired worldwide rights to the Sepia Films documentary.

Born To Dance

Born To Dance begins New Zealand shoot

13-Oct-2014 | By

Production has begun in Auckland on the dance feature that Beverly Hills-based Cinema Management Group (CMG) will introduce to world buyers at the AFM.

Morris Ruskin

Shoreline to sell Legendary Spies episodic

13-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: As feature film sales agents continue to adapt to the evolving landscape, CEO Morris Ruskin has launched a television division in the run-up to MIPCOM.

Stacy Martin

Stacy Martin joins Childhood of a Leader

13-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Nymphomaniac actress to co-star with Robert Pattinson, Tim Roth and Berenice Bejo.

Mira Nair

NFDC unveils Film Bazaar projects

13-Oct-2014 | By

Mira Nair-produced Three And A Half and Amitav Kaul’s Interpreter Of Maladies are among the 32 projects selected for the Co-production Market of this year’s Film Bazaar (Nov 20-24) in Goa, India.

Electric Slide

Paragon Releasing picks up Electric Slide

13-Oct-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired all North American rights from Myriad Pictures to the crime drama starring Jim Sturgess and Isabel Lucas. Separately, Kino Lorber has acquired The Wanted 18 and Starz will release Every Secret Thing.

Once Were Warriors

HanWay to sell NZFC library

13-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Titles include Angel at my Table and Once Were Warriors.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl retains UK lead

13-Oct-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s adaptation records $4.9m (£3.1m) second weekend to lead chart as stablemate The Maze Runner posts UK bow of $3.3m (£2.04m), including previews, and Warner Bros’ Annabelle scares up $3.1m (£1.93m).

The Model

Ed Skrein to star in The Model

13-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The star of the upcoming Transporter reboot to lead new film from Teddy Bear director Mads Matthiesen.

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt joins Dubai jury

13-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Edge of Tomorrow star to help judge the winner of the IWC Filmmaker Award.


'71 up for EFA Discovery prize

13-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Yann Demange’s thriller among five debut films nominated for European Discovery 2014.

UK TV exports grow 5% to £1.3bn

13-Oct-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

MIPCOM: Demand for UK television shows abroad has increased 5% over the past 12 months, fuelled by growing sales in the US and China.

Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold rules int’l on $34M

12-Oct-2014 | By

UPDATED OCTOBER 13: Dracula Untold grossed $33.9m from 42 territories as the early tally climbed to $62.6m. Separately Fox International executives said the company’s box office has amassed more than $3bn for the year-to-date.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl stays atop US on $27m

12-Oct-2014 | By

Fox/New Regency’s David Fincher mystery starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike is becoming a box office force as word of mouth kept it at number one for the second weekend in a row.

End of Winter

Busan wraps record year

12-Oct-2014 | By

The New Currents Award went to Korean film End Of Winter [pictured], directed by Kim Daehwan, and Iranian film 13, directed by Hooman Seyedi.

Daddy Day Care

Miramax, Revolution in TV, digital sales pact

12-Oct-2014 | By

Revolution Studios has appointed Miramax to manage global television and digital distribution licensing for all its titles including the recently acquired Morgan Creek international film library.

The Goob wins Dinard's top prize

12-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Other prize winners include ‘71, Catch Me Daddy and Lilting.

From A To B

Rotana joins From A To B as co-producer

12-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Ali Mostafa’s road trip movie will open Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Russian director Alexander Sokurov with Frederic Boyer of Les Arcs/Tribeca

Ozon wins audience prize in St Petersburg

12-Oct-2014 | By

St Petersburg International Media Forum closes inaugural edition with world premiere of Serena.

Sara Colangelo

Colangelo takes Tangerine Juice Award

12-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Sara Colangelo receives Tangerine Juice Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Rosewater sells to UK, Australia

11-Oct-2014 | By

The Works UK Distribution has picked up UK rights from Sierra/Affinity to Rosewater, set to receive its European premiere on October 12 at the BFI London Film Festival.

Relativity 3C Media

Relativity, 3C Media forge ties

10-Oct-2014 | By

Relativity Media will co-produce up four local-language productions a year as part of a strategic partnership with format rights and content provider 3C Media.

Joe Dirt

Crackle to make Joe Dirt 2

10-Oct-2014 | By

The Sony Pictures Television-owned content creator will begin production in Louisiana in mid-November on what it claims will be the first made-for-digital sequel to a major feature.


Voltage, Compadre partner on Good Kids

10-Oct-2014 | By

Fledgling content creator Compadre has teamed up with Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures to co-finance the coming-of-age comedy.

Martin Freeman

Martin Freeman joins Maxine Peake drama

10-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: The Hobbit star joins Funny Cow cast.

Ken Loach

Ken Loach project wins top PttP prize

10-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Short-listed projects included On Screen Off Screen and How To Kill Uffie.

Around the World in 50 Concerts

IDFA unveils 2014 line-up

10-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

More than 80 documentaries to receive world premieres.

Miracle In Cell No 7

China’s Huace to buy stake in Korea’s N.E.W.

10-Oct-2014 | By

China’s Huace Film & TV is buying a 15% stake in South Korean investor-distributor Next Entertainment World (N.E.W.).

Vertigo acquires Black Souls for UK

10-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Mafia drama, labelled ‘the new Gomorrah’, gets UK deal.

Jonathan Hopkins (right)

Goldcrest, Tea Shop join for AFM thriller

10-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Feature marks debut of award-winning commercials director.


M-appeal sells Summer to France

10-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of Busan’s Asian Film Market, German sales company M-appeal has secured a deal in France for Colette Bothof’s coming-of-age romance Summer.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl beats Maze Runner in social buzz

10-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

David Fincher’s crime mystery generates nearly double the comments of the YA thriller on UK social networks.


CPH:DOX to open with Iron Curtain doc

10-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

CPH:DOX will open on Nov 5 with the world premiere of Anders Ostergaard’s 1989.

Stories of Our Lives

Kenya bans Toronto LGBT hit

10-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Stories of Our Lives deemed “contrary to Kenya’s norms and values”.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians ventures into China

10-Oct-2014 | By

All eyes will be on the Asian mega market as the latest Marvel Studios blockbuster makes its debut.

Stephen Chbosky

New Regency, Walden Media ready Santa Is Real

9-Oct-2014 | By

Stephen Chbosky of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower fame is set to direct from a screenplay that Larry Stuckey will write.


Oscar draws record 83 countries

9-Oct-2014 | By Screen staff

The Academy has received a record 83 submissions for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar.

Hyena Road

Hyena Road begins shoot

9-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Principal photography has commenced in Shilo, Manitoba, on Rhombus Media’s Afghanistan-set war film that Elevation Pictures will distribute in Canada. WTFilms handles international sales.

The Canal

Jinga lures buyers to The Canal

9-Oct-2014 | By

On the eve of the US release, the UK genre specialist Jinga Films has licensed Ivan Kavanagh’s psychological horror to a number of territories including a deal with Kaleidoscope for the UK and Ireland.

Jim Packer

Lionsgate duo to head worldwide home ent

9-Oct-2014 | By

Lionsgate has promoted Jim Packer and Ron Schwartz to jointly head worldwide home entertainment operations. Separately, Robert Simonds has hired two more senior executives to his nascent studio.

Christian Mingle

Premiere to sell Christian Mingle

9-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based sales company has added the faith-based rom-com to its roster heading into MIPCOM.

An Bronntanas

Ireland submits An Bronntanas to Oscars

9-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Actress Saoirse Ronan and director Jim Sheridan among selection committee to submit thriller based around a lifeboat crew.


The Exchange gets Celebrated

9-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: CEO Brian O’Shea has launched a television division in the run-up to MIPCOM.

Sangue Azul

Sangue Azul rules Rio awards

9-Oct-2014 | By

The story of a circus bullet man who visits his home town in Sangue Azul (Blue Blood) emerged as the big winner as the 16th Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival came to a close on October 8.

Valerie Creighton

Funds ponder future in digital age

9-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

White paper unveiled at Power to the Pixel sets out six challenges facing funds in the digital age.


Busan's Asian Film Market delegates up 23%

9-Oct-2014 | By

Busan’s Asian Film Market wrapped yesterday with a 23% increase on registered badge holders to 1,566, marked by strong participation from Chinese companies.

La Boheme update wraps shoot

9-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

South African adaptation of Puccini’s opera directed by Berlinale Golden Bear winner Mark Dornford May.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Molinare wins post on Marigold Hotel 2

9-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Molinare wins picture post for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2.

André Rieu concert first to bundle music with cinema tickets

9-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Final UK screenings of record-breaking event cinema concert from André Rieu will be the first to combine an artist’s music product with cinema tickets.

Annie Roney

ro*co launches portal Simple Cinema

9-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Public can host screenings of documentaries using new site.

Alison Owen and Susannah White

Hospital Club unveils film and TV honorees

9-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Finalists include Clio Barnard, Alison Owen and Susanna White [pictured], Benedict Cumberbatch, Penny Woolcock, and Pippa Harris.

Dior And I

Dogwoof unleashes pre-Mipcom TV sales

9-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Mike Myers’ Supermensch and fashion house doc Dior and I among sales.


Black Nights to focus on Poland

9-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival (Nov 13-30) will include a focus on Polish cinema with two dozen Polish films taking centre stage, including opening film Warsaw 1944 by Jan Komasa.

Tyneside Cinema.

Northern hubs join forces for UK exhibition event

9-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Two-day event will take place at the Tyneside Cinema.

James Dobbin

National Amusements appoints event cinema exec

9-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

National Amusements and Showcase Cinemas create event cinema role in response to growing success.

Bill Block

Partners launch Merced Media

8-Oct-2014 | By

QED International CEO Bill Block and PalmStar Media Capital CEO Kevin Frakes have teamed up with Merced Capital L.P. to launch a $500m-plus development, production and financing feature fund.

Mary Harron

Magnet boards female horror anthology XX

8-Oct-2014 | By

Heading into the AFM, Magnet Releasing is to fully finance and take worldwide rights to the project from producers XYZ Films.  Separately, eOne will distribute After The Fall In North America and fresh cast have joined relationship drama The Choice.

Ken Loach

Ken Loach interactive doc unveiled

8-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

The Flickering Flame will explore the director’s 50-year career through the battles he fought to make films.

The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch on Oscar buzz

8-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Sherlock star talks awards buzz around The Imitation Game and opening the BFI London Film Festival.

Dad's Army film cast revealed; Universal takes world rights

8-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Universal Pictures on board film adaptation of classic British series; cast to include Billy Nighy, Catherine Zeta Jones and Toby Jones

Phan Dang Di

Full-Moon Party, Killer win top APM awards

8-Oct-2014 | By

Other winners include Joko Anwar’s A Copy Of My Mind, July Jung’s Dora and Davy Chou’s Diamond Island.

House of Cards

Berlin's EFM to introduce TV projects

8-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The European Film Market to include TV series for the first time.

Liza Marshall

Liza Marshall, William Sargent join Screen Film Summit

8-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Former Scott Free London head Liza Marshall recently launched Archery Pictures with Kris Thykier.

Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston to star in The Infiltrator

8-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Relativity International to handle sales on Good Films thriller at AFM.

Korean producers forum

Korean producers criticise market monopoly

8-Oct-2014 | By

The producers of some of Korea’s biggest ever blockbusters voiced concerns about vertical integration and monopolisation of the local cinema industry at a Busan seminar today.


Qingdao to offer production subsidies

8-Oct-2014 | By

The Qingdao government and Wanda Group are introducing a package of incentives to encourage productions to shoot at Wanda’s Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis.

The Wave (Bolgen)

Norwegian disaster movie in the pipeline

8-Oct-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Norwegian director Roar Uthaug is preparing Scandinavia’s first disaster movie, The Wave (Bølgen).

Stephan Paternot

Equity crowdfunding still facing hurdles

8-Oct-2014 | By

Equity crowdfunding has the potential to become an important tool for filmmakers, but still faces regulatory hurdles around the world, said panellists at Busan’s KOFIC Industry Forum (Oct 5-7).

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GoTV, Latin Anywhere form Latin Everywhere

8-Oct-2014 | By

Jorge Granier’s Spanish language digital entertainment company GoTV has merged with Rich Hull’s Latin Anywhere and will be rebranded, Latin Everywhere. 

The Four Warriors

Metrodome to sell Four Warriors

8-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Shooting has begun on Crusader action film, with a cast that includes Game of Thrones’ Kristian Nairn, aka Hodor.

Tom Wilkinson

Tom Wilkinson joins The Choice

7-Oct-2014 | By

The Lionsgate drama is based on the Nicholas Spark novel of the same name. Good Universe handles international sales.

Gore Verbinksi

Verbinski, Carell align for paranoid thriller


Gore Verbinski will direct Steve Carell in the untitled project for New Regency, the LA-based producer-financier riding high on the number one release of Gone Girl last weekend.

Baltasar Kormakur

Universal boards Baltasar Kormakur’s Vikingr

7-Oct-2014 | By

The Icelandic filmmaker’s latest venture with Universal will be based on tales of Nordic settlers and life in the Viking age.

Felix Awards

Festival do Rio celebrates LGBT winners

7-Oct-2014 | By

Festival organisers presented the three inaugural awards on Monday (October 6) at Rio’s CCBB cultural centre to films that tackled LGBT themes.

Ace Ventura

Revolution buys Morgan Creek Int'l library

7-Oct-2014 | By

Revolution Studios, now owned by Fortress Investment Group following the reported $250m sale by Joe Roth earlier this year, has purchased the 64 titles comprising the Morgan Creek International film library.

John Johnson

Buzzfeed co-founder urges creatives to embrace data

7-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Data will be key to successfully reaching audiences in the future, according to Buzzfeed’s John S. Johnson.

Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan to deliver Los Cabos master class

7-Oct-2014 | By

Organisers at the third annual Los Cabos International Film Festival continue to build on the event’s affiliation with Canada.


New HBF+Europe fund launches

7-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund expands funding programme with HBF+Europe.

Sokurov aiming for Cannes with Louvre film

7-Oct-2014 | By

Russian Ark director hopes to take Francofonia, Louvre Under German Occupation to the next Cannes Film Festival.

The Man in the High Castle

Headline Pictures reveals TV slate

7-Oct-2014 | By

London-based Headline Pictures, the outfit behind Quartet and The Invisible Woman, has revealed further details of its slate of high end TV dramas. 

Queens of Syria

SANAD backs nine projects

7-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Abu Dhabi Film Festival’s development and post-production fund awards $500,000 per year.


AFI unveils DWW mentors


The American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop For Women (DWW) has formed a mentor group.

Stephen Frears to receive BFI Fellowship

7-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Director of The Queen, Philomena and the upcoming Lance Armstrong biopic to receive honour at BFI London Film Festival.


Antonio Banderas begins Altamira shoot

7-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

First image released of period drama from Chariots of Fire director Hugh Hudson.

Keanu Reeves

Slingshot, EuropaCorp TV sign pact

7-Oct-2014 | By

Slingshot Global Media has signed a non-exclusive television development venture with EuropaCorp Television Studios. 

eOne restructures London TV sales arm

7-Oct-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

The Walking Dead distributor Entertainment One (eOne) has restructured its London-based sales division to merge its TV and film arms.

Lee Chatametikool

White Light, VS launch regional film fund

7-Oct-2014 | By

Thai production service and equipment company VS Service and post-production house White Light are launching Open SEA Fund, Southeast Asia’s first regional film fund.

Max Myers

Agile launches new development initiative

7-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Screenwriters will write micro-budget ideas for director Max Myers.

Asian Film Policy Forum

AFPF mulls Asian cinema portal

7-Oct-2014 | By

Policy-makers, film commissioners and producers at this year’s Asian Film Policy Forum (Oct 6-7) discussed plans to launch an Asian cinema portal, possibly as an educational initiative to widen the audience for Asian films.

Billy Elliot

Universal exec to give Event Cinema keynote

7-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Universal’s screenings of Billy Elliot the Musical - Live became event cinema’s first number one at the UK box office last month.

DNA Films hires head of TV development

7-Oct-2014 | By Alex Farber, Broadcast

Bentley Productions head of development Tom Winchester has joined the TV arm of 28 Days Later film producer DNA.

Foxcatcher to close AFI FEST 2014

6-Oct-2014 | By

Bennett Miller’s psychological drama starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo will finally get its close-up at the festival after it was pulled from last year’s edition.

Deepwater Horizon

Summit sets Deepwater Horizon release

6-Oct-2014 | By

Summit Entertainment has set a wide September 30 2016 release for J C Chandor’s oil spill disaster film starring Mark Wahlberg.

Club Life

Bleiberg boards Club Life

6-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: In the run-up to AFM Bleiberg Entertainment has acquired international rights to the drama starring Jerry Ferrara from Entourage and Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr.


Picturehouse to release Gloria

6-Oct-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired all US rights to Gloria, the biopic based on the true story of Latin American pop icon Gloria Trevi. Universal will distribute in Latin America.

War Book

K5 takes War Book; expands in UK

6-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Harper’s thriller to debut at London Film Festival; acquisitions exec re-locating to UK.

Rome: The Business Street

Rome sees Business Street growth

6-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Industry events include co-pro forum, China Day, Argentina-Brazil focus.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl tops UK chart

6-Oct-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s adaptation records $6.6m (£4.1m) opening, including previews; Universal’s Dracula Untold bites into $2.7m (£1.7m) on debut.


Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton join Paddington

6-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

World premiere of family feature set for Nov 23 in London.

Michelle Satter

Sundance unveils New Frontier Story Lab Fellows

6-Oct-2014 | By

The Sundance Institute has announced six projects selected for the New Frontier Story Lab in Utah.

Deborah Kaufmann

Legendary hires Deborah Kaufmann

6-Oct-2014 | By

Legendary Entertainment has appointed the publishing and literary executive as vice president, literary affairs.

Atlantic Heart

UK production wraps shoot in Cape Verde

6-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

BAFTA nominee Robbie McCallum makes feature debut on drama Atlantic Heart.

Take Me To the River

Take Me To the River wins at Raindance

6-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Other winners include Poland’s Kebab & Horoscope, British film Luna, Japanese feature The Lights Shines Only There and illegal immigrant doc Days of Hope.

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St Petersburg Forum examines Russian co-pros

6-Oct-2014 | By

A roundup of news from the inaugural St Petersburg International Media Forum includes a busy French delegation and a local controversy brewing over Leviathan.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl tops US box office

5-Oct-2014 | By

All eyes turn to Monday’s confirmed results after Fox-New Regency’s mystery claimed number one and Warner Bros’ horror debut Annabelle had to settle for second place on an estimated $37.2m.

Breakup Buddies takes $38m int'l

5-Oct-2014 | By

UPDATED OCTOBER 6: Despite Fox’s heroics it was Ning Hao’s comedy Breakup Buddies that ruled the international arena on an estimated $38m from China that elevated the running total to $93m.

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Caribbean mart to unite fresh voices

5-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: One of the driving forces behind the upcoming Caribbean Film Mart has said the structure will provide a timely platform to allow the region’s dynamic “fresh voices” to connect with the global market.

Second Life Of Thieves

Mosquito creates buzz with Durians, Thieves

5-Oct-2014 | By

Thailand’s Mosquito Films Distribution has picked up four Southeast Asian titles, including The Second Life Of Thieves, directed by Woo Ming Jin, which is making its world premiere in BIFF’s Window on Asian Cinema section.

Detective K: Secret Of The Lost Island

Showbox unwraps Detective K sequel

5-Oct-2014 | By

Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex is launching sales on sequel Detective K: Secret Of The Lost Island, starring Kim Myung-min, at Busan’s Asian Film Market.

Mountain Cry

Hairun, VRPA start shooting Mountain Cry

5-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Larry Yang’s Mountain Cry, co-produced by Hairun Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures Asia, started production today in the Taihang Mountains of China’s Shanxi Province.

Michael Goldberg

Cool Runnings writer Michael Goldberg dies at 55

5-Oct-2014 | By

The writer, director and producer best known for his screenplay for Cool Runnings died on October 2 following a long battle with brain and sinus cancer. He was 55.

Zhao Zhiyong, executive deputy secretary-general of Beijing International Film Festival organising committee, Lee Yong-kwan, director of Busan International Film Festival.

Beijing delegation seeks Korean co-ventures

5-Oct-2014 | By

The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television has brought a delegation of companies to Busan’s Asian Film Market for the first time, including leading producers such as Galloping Horse, Stellar Megamedia and Desen International Media.

Peter Ho-sun Chan

Busan’s Asia Star Awards honours Chan

5-Oct-2014 | By

Peter Ho-sun Chan received the Asia Star Awards’ ‘Special Achievement Award’ in recognition of his contribution to the Asian film industry at the Busan International Film Festival on October 4.

Strobe Edge

Toho illuminates Strobe Edge

5-Oct-2014 | By

Japan’s Toho is launching sales on Vibrator director Ryuichi Hiroki’s Strobe Edge, a live-action adaptation of the hit manga love story.


BIFF-MPA workshop awards zombie comedy

5-Oct-2014 | By

Kim Chang Hoon won the top prize at this year’s BIFF-MPA Film Workshop for his take on a zombie black comedy, Home Sweet Home.

A Moonless Night (Una Noche sin Luna)

Moonless Night wins in Zurich

4-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Main awards won by films from Uruguay, Romania and Switzerland.

I Can Quit Whenever I Want

Italian comedy wins in Reykjavik

4-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

I Can Quit Whenever I Want wins the Golden Puffin; Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear gets special jury mention.

After Hitler's Steps

FilmSharks readies Hitler’s Steps

4-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Guido Rud’s FilmSharks International has prevailed in a bidding war, acquiring feature rights to Abel Basti’s Latin American publishing sensation.

The Queens

Easternlight picks up Annie Yi’s The Queens

4-Oct-2014 | By

Arclight Films’ Asian label, Easternlight Films, has picked up international rights to The Queens, directed by and starring Taiwanese singer and actress Annie Yi.

It Was You Charlie

BIFF distribution arm builds debut slate

4-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: BIFF’s distribution arm CAC (Center of Asia Contents) Entertainment has started picking up titles to launch distribution in Korea in step with BIFF’s 20th anniversary next year.

Asian Film Academy

AFA celebrates 10th anniversary

4-Oct-2014 | By

Busan’s initiative to nurture new film talent, the Asian Film Academy (AFA), is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with homecoming alumni and special screenings and events.

The Truth Shall Not Sink With Sewol

Korean filmmakers join Sewol protest

4-Oct-2014 | By

More than 1,000 Korean filmmakers and actors, including Park Chan-wook, Kim Ki-duk and Park Hae-il, have joined a declaration at Busan urging for legislation to ensure an independent special investigation into the Sewol ferry disaster.

Anthony Marcoly

Anthony Marcoly out at Paramount

3-Oct-2014 | By

The president of Paramount Pictures International is leaving the studio in light of a shake-up to integrate international marketing and distribution.

Eddie Cunningham

UPHE establishes LA hub

3-Oct-2014 | By

Universal Pictures is setting up a new global home entertainment division headquarters in Los Angeles. 

TIFF entry Miss Julie seduces Wrekin Hill

3-Oct-2014 | By

Chris Ball and his team have acquired US rights to Liv Ullmann’s recent Toronto world premiere starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton.


Google, Paramount unveil Interstellar pact


The multi-platform partnership will feature initiatives delivered across Google platforms, including Google for Education, Google+, Google Play and YouTube.

Steve Martin

AFI to honour Steve Martin

3-Oct-2014 | By

The comedian and entertainer will collect the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 4, 2015.

The Boxtrolls

Focus, Laika sign three-film deal

3-Oct-2014 | By

As The Boxtrolls enters it second weekend in release, Focus Features and Laika announced they have extended their collaboration.


Academy announces Nicholl Fellows

3-Oct-2014 | By

Three individual writers and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.  

October Gale

IFC acquires October Gale

3-Oct-2014 | By

IFC Films has snapped up US rights to Ruba Nadda’s recent Toronto world premiere from Blue Ice Pictures starring Patricia Clarkson. Separately, Starz Digital Media has announced release plans for Bad Turn Worse. 

Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

BFI, Aardman join forces to develop animation features

3-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

BFI Aardman Animation Development Lab to offer support and professional, hands-on experience to emerging talent with a passion for creating animated family films

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Busan Film Festival opens in style

3-Oct-2014 | By

The 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) opened with a star-studded red carpet and a conciliatory anti-war undercurrent to proceedings, which included the world premiere of Doze Niu Chen-Zer’s Paradise In Service.

The Serious Game

Pernilla August's Serious Game reveals stars

3-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Pernilla August and Lone Scherfig join forces on an adaptation of Hjalmar Söderberg’s 1912 novel.

ABC's of Death 2

FrightFest all-nighter titles revealed

3-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The ABCs of Death 2 and the world premiere of Last Shift included in Halloween All-Nighter, which will return to the Prince Charles Cinema.

The Equalizer

Equalizer trumps Gone Girl in social buzz

3-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Denzel Washington’s action film outguns David Fincher’s mystery thriller – with the Maze Runner not far behind.

Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell

Camerimage to host Powell-Pressburger tribute

3-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Cinematography festival to present retrospective on the innovative British film-making duo, attended by Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker.


Aiden Gillen sci-fi readies premiere

3-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Film from BAFTA-winning director Tomek Baginski to premiere as part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi season.


Birdman to close Leeds Film Festival

3-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The film starring Michael Keaton to receive a simultaneous UK premiere with the Brighton Film Festival.

The Goob

CTBF names John Brabourne winners

3-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Nine recipients, including the editor of The Goob [pictured], to receive financial boost.

Softbank in $250m Legendary play

2-Oct-2014 | By

The Japanese conglomerate has found its Hollywood partner, investing a quarter of a billion dollars to form a joint venture with Legendary to maximise content via OTT platforms with particular emphasis on China and India.

Tilda Swinton, Bennett Miller in Gotham honours

2-Oct-2014 | By

The British star will collect the Actor Tribute and Miller the Director Tribute at the 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City on December 1.

Bob Iger

Disney board extends Iger contract

2-Oct-2014 | By

Bob Iger’s will remain as chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company until June 30, 2018.

400 Days

Content Media sells 400 Days

2-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The company has reported a strong response following Toronto to its sci-fi thriller starring Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Dane Cook and Ben Feldman.

Alison Thompson

Alison Thompson to deliver PFM keynote

2-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Sunray Films MD and former Focus Features International co-president to give address.

Testament of Youth to open Leeds

2-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Catch Me Daddy, X+Y also among locally-shot films at the festival.

Hans Zimmer, Leeran Z Raphaely, Frank Strobel

Raphaely wins Zurich film music prize

2-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Upcoming US composer receives Golden Eye award from Hans Zimmer.


Harvey Keitel war thriller wraps shoot

2-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Harvey Keitel and Ana Ularu lead holocaust drama directed by Cannes award-winning director Jasmin Dizdar.

Gone Girl

Fox unleashes Gone Girl

2-Oct-2014 | By

The Maze Runner has crossed $100m and faces stiff competition this weekend from the wide launch of Fox stablemate Gone Girl, the David Fincher mystery that opened the New York Film Festival.

Adam Sandler

Netflix, Sandler in four-film pact

2-Oct-2014 | By

The latest assault in Netflix’s week of shock and awe sees a four-film deal with Adam Sandler that will stream exclusively in nearly 50 countries where the service operates.

Paper Planes

Korea, Australia sign co-pro agreement

2-Oct-2014 | By

Screen Australia has announced it will sign an MOU on co-production with the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) Oct 4 at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).


Interstellar in special early launch

1-Oct-2014 | By

Paramount and Warner Bros top brass said Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi will open on November 5 on 70mm Imax, 70mm and 35mm formats – two days ahead of the conventional release.

Ted Sarandos meets Juan Manuel Santos

Netflix, Narcos team meet Colombian president

1-Oct-2014 | By

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos flew to Colombia this week to meet President Juan Manuel Santos to discuss the upcoming original crime series Narcos as well as the country’s new cash rebate system.

William Hurt

Focus Features sets US date for Race

1-Oct-2014 | By

The studio said it will open the Jesse Owens film wide on April 8, 2016, and announced that William Hurt has joined the cast. Mister Smith handles international sales.

Nicholas Carpou

Nicholas Carpou to lead Uni domestic distribution

1-Oct-2014 | By

The long-serving senior executive will become president of domestic distribution and the outgoing Nikki Rocco.


eOne, Hammer partner up

1-Oct-2014 | By

eOne and Hammer have agreed to an exclusive multi-year first-look film deal.

Nick Shumaker

Nick Shumaker joins UTA Independent Film Group

1-Oct-2014 | By

The executive most recently served at Memento Films International, where he served four years as the New York-based rep working on English-language productions and acquisitions.

Horse Money

Cinema Guild falls for Horse Money

1-Oct-2014 | By

Cinema Guild has taken all US rights to Pedro Costa’s New York Film Festival selection. Separately RADiUS has picked up US rights to Heaven Knows What.

Mia Goth, Calvin Demba, Maisie Williams, Callum Turner

Screen, British Council to present Stars of Tomorrow at LFF

1-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Screen International has teamed with BFI London Film Festival and British Council to present the UK Stars of Tomorrow – one of several industry events unveiled today.

Angry Birds

Angry Birds star cast revealed

1-Oct-2014 | By

It has emerged that Jason Sudeikis will lead the voice cast as Red, alongside Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Danny McBride and Peter Dinklage.


St Petersburg unveils first line-up

1-Oct-2014 | By

Last Broadcast director Lance Weiler among those set to deliver masterclasses at the St Petersburg International Media Forum, which opens tonight with Mommy [pictured].


Busan, Youku to sign MOU

1-Oct-2014 | By

Busan Film Festival and Chinese video platform Youku to sign MOU on Asia’s Masters and Newcomers Project


Elisabeth Murdoch set to exit Shine

1-Oct-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Elisabeth Murdoch is to leave Shine Group after the merger between the super-indie she founded in 2001 and Endemol is complete.

This Is England '88

This is England ’90 begins shoot

1-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Shane Meadows’ BAFTA-winning drama for Channel 4 starts shooting “final four stories” in Sheffield.


RioFilme launches $4m film fund

1-Oct-2014 | By

RioFilme, a public company linked to Rio de Janeiro’s secretariat of culture, announced today a $4.1m (R$10.16m) public bid for the selection of projects for the development of films as well as for the digitization of cinemas.


Serena to open Mumbai Film Festival

1-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Susanne Bier film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

Testament of Youth

UK release set for Testament Of Youth

1-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

War drama stars Alicia Vikander and Game of Thrones star Kit Harington.

Jean-Charles Lévy

Race producers plan to re-team

1-Oct-2014 | By

Four producers on Stephen Hopkins’ Jesse Owens biopic Race have joined forces to produce English-language features in the future for the international market.


Spain, China sign co-pro agreement

1-Oct-2014 | By Juan Sarda

Spain has become the latest country to secure a co-production agreement with China.

Sea Of Trees

Sea Of Trees wraps shoot

30-Sep-2014 | By

Gus Van Sant has concluded principal photography in location in Japan and Massachusetts on Bloom sales title The Sea Of Trees.

Laurence Asseraf

BEFILMIFF launches as buyer showcase

30-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: New York-based festival veteran Laurence Asseraf is launching the invite-only BE FILM International Features Festival as a platform to enable global films to find US distribution.

Tahar Rahim

UTA signs Tahar Rahim

30-Sep-2014 | By

The French star of recent Toronto selection Samba who broke out in A Prophet has signed with United Talent Agency for representation.

We The Economy series ready to launch

30-Sep-2014 | By

Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan are preparing a series of shorts based on the economy, including the directorial debut of former Focus Features CEO James Schamus.

Jack Pan

Jack Pan joins Robert Simonds studio

30-Sep-2014 | By

Jack Pan has joined Robert Simonds’ film and television studio as president of motion picture marketing, effective immediately.

We Were Wolves

VSC takes We Were Wolves

30-Sep-2014 | By

Video Services Corp (VSC) has acquired North American rights to Newfoundland director Jordan Canning’s debut following its world premiere in Toronto. Separately, Cinedigm Corp and Chesler/Perlmutter Productions have struck a multi-year deal.

Gregory Segal

Gregory Segal joins Heretic Films

30-Sep-2014 | By

Heretic Films has appointed the producer and entertainment attorney as president. Separately, Mika Pryce has joined Red Granite as creative executive.


Dearest tops China box office

30-Sep-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Peter Ho-sun Chan’s Dearest topped the China box office for the week September 22-28, grossing $15.85m over its first four days.

Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot levels Equalizer in UK

30-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s Billy Elliot the Musical - Live sets new Event Cinema record with $3.1m (£1.904m) to become its first-ever number one; Sony’s reboot lands with $3.07m (£1.89m) from its 458 sites.

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Zurich 2014: Screen's dailies


Download Screen International’s daily magazines from the 10th Zurich Film Festival here.

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Tokyo reveals competition line-up

30-Sep-2014 | By

World premieres from Goupil, Li, De La Cruz, Yeo, Yoshida and more.

A Most Violent Year

UK date set for A Most Violent Year

30-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

JC Chandor’s new film set for Jan 23 launch in UK.


Future Commissioner 'vague' on Euro cinema

30-Sep-2014 | By

The European film industry can probably not expect to be high on the agenda of the Commissioner-designate for Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger if his grilling by the European Parliament (EP) last night is anything to go by.

Colombia: Wild Magic

Colombia: Wild Magic shoot underway

30-Sep-2014 | By

Principal photography has begun on Colombia: Wild Magic.

Alex Of Venice

HFF unveils Celebrate Hollywood line-up

30-Sep-2014 | By

Hollywood Film Festival executive director Jon Fitzgerald announced the strand that rounds out the programme as the festival’s October 16-19 dates draw closer.

O Duelo

Jorge Amado project presented in Rio

30-Sep-2014 | By

Marcos Jorge’s O Duelo is based on Home Is the Sailor and will have the most VFX shots of any film in the history of Brazilian cinema.


Quartet joins Academy science and tech council

30-Sep-2014 | By

Cinematographer John Bailey, producer Gale Anne Hurd, effects expert John Knoll and editor Michael Tronick are joining the science and technology council of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.

Marcell Gero

Cain’s Children director reveals challenges

30-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Hungarian director Marcell Gero has revealed the hurdles behind his documentary about murderers trying to reintegrate into society.

Clemence Poesy

Ones Below begins shoot with Poesy, Morrissey

30-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

David Farr’s psychological thriller starts shooting with Clemence Poesy, David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn.

John Malkovich

John Malkovich to receive Zurich honour

30-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

John Malkovich will head to Zurich later this week to present his latest film and receive the festival’s Golden Eye award.

Sabertooth leads Norway box office boom

30-Sep-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Norwegian local films set for the best year since 1975, after Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama takes 103,604 admissions for the year’s top opening.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend

Netflix, Imax in Crouching 2 pact

29-Sep-2014 | By

In an unprecedented move the companies have secured simultaneous exclusive windows for the late summer 2015 release of The Weinstein Company’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend.

Focus Features takes A Little Chaos

29-Sep-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired North American and Scandinavian rights to Alan Rickman’s recent Toronto International Film Festival closing night selection.

Liza Marshall

Kris Thykier, Liza Marshall launch Archery Pictures

29-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Thykier’s Peapie to merge into new company Archery Pictures.

Goodbye To All That

IFC takes Goodbye To All That

29-Sep-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights to Angus MacLachlan’s Tribeca ensemble drama starring Paul Schneider, Heather Graham, Melanie Lynskey and Amy Sedaris.

Still Alice

Rome reveals 'slimmer' line-up

29-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

Cohen Media Group acquires The New Girlfriend

29-Sep-2014 | By

Cohen Media Group has acquired US rights to Mandarin Cinema’s current San Sebastian Film Festival entry directed by François Ozon.


Voltage's Nicolas Chartier reveals top ten tips

29-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The Hurt Locker producer gives ten tips for producing award-winning films at the right budget.

Softbank switches focus to Legendary

29-Sep-2014 | By

UPDATE: The Japanese giant has reportedly cooled off on acquiring Dreamworks and has switched its focus to buying a chunk of Thomas Tull’s company.

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen to receive EFA honour

29-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The 12 Years a Slave director will be honoured with the European Achievement in World Cinema award.

Emma Watson

Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl to star in Colonia

29-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Thriller marks Emma Watson’s first lead role since Harry Potter.

Ray Strache

Fox Searchlight promotes Ray Strache

29-Sep-2014 | By

Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced that Strache has been promoted to svp of acquisitions and co-productions effective immediately.

Arthur Sherrif

Aardman's Arthur Sheriff joins Triggerfish

29-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Sheriff leaves Aardman Animations after 25 years.

Ben Spergel

Ben Spergel joins C4

29-Sep-2014 | By

The research-based SaaS company has appointed Ben Spergel as evp of consumer insights, effective immediately.

Speed Sisters

Doha backs 21 projects from 14 countries

29-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Doha Film Institute has unveiled the spring recipients from its film grants programme, backing 21 projects from 14 countries.

From A to B

Abu Dhabi scores nine world premieres

29-Sep-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

ADFF to present 197 films from 61 countries.

Northern Seas Film Forum projects revealed

29-Sep-2014 | By

Projects unveiled for the Northern Seas Film Forum at the St Petersburg International Media Forum.

Penelope Cruz

Trueba reveals details of Penelope Cruz film

29-Sep-2014 | By

Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba has revealed further details of The Queen Of Spain (La Reina De Espana), the new comedy drama he is planning to make with Spanish star and fellow Oscar winner Penelope Cruz.

Cassian Elwes

Producers set up Horizon Award

29-Sep-2014 | By

Christine Vachon, Lynette Howell and Cassian Elwes have teamed up with Twitter, Vimeo, The Black List, Sundance Institute, Women In Film, and Indiegogo to establish the award aimed at helping young female directors.

Factory Girl

Egypt selects Factory Girl for Oscars

29-Sep-2014 | By

Mohamed Khan’s Factory Girl has been selected as Egypt’s submission to the best foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards.

Samantha Morton

Warp readies heist drama with Morton, Rahim

29-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Drama ordered by Sky and Canal+, to be co-produced by Warp Films and Haut et Court.

Rafe Spall Oona Chaplin Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm to star in Black Mirror feature

29-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Mad Man star will be joined by Rafe Spall and Game of Thrones’ Oona Chaplin in feature-length special.

The Dolder Grand Zurich

Experts debate ‘golden age’ of film finance

29-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

More funds are becoming available for film-making but are leading to inflated budgets, according to finance experts.

Bone Tomahawk finds female lead

29-Sep-2014 | By

Lili Simmons has joined the cast of Caliber Media’s Western alongside David Arquette, Sid Haig, Kathryn Morris and Evan Jonigkeit.

Martin Scorsese and Sebastian Street

Carnaby to sell Scorsese exec'd Tomorrow

29-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Carnaby to launch sales on PTSD soldier drama at AFM.

Northmen premiere, Zurich

Vikings conquer Zurich Film Festival

29-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The cast and director of Northmen: A Viking Saga sailed into Zurich at the weekend to discuss their ambitious epic, easily among Switzerland’s biggest films to date.

Benecio Del Toro

Benicio Del Toro talks Escobar

29-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Actor discusses his portrayal of the Colombian drug lord alongside Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson at Zurich Film Festival.

Guneet Monga

Indian new wave “cannot be ignored”

29-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Guneet Monga, producer of Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, has championed the fast-growing new wave of Indian cinema.

National Media Museum

Picturehouse pacts with National Media Museum

29-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Picturehouses to operate the two cinemas and IMAX screen at the National Media Museum, Bradford

The Maze Runner

Maze Runner adds $29m int'l

28-Sep-2014 | By

SEPTEMBER 29 UPDATE: The Maze Runner used a confirmed $28.8m haul from 62 markets to strengthen its grip on the international crown and repel a solid launch by Sony’s The Equalizer.

The Equalizer claims US crown on $35m

28-Sep-2014 | By

North American audiences could not resist the reteaming of Denzel Washington and his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua as action thriller The Equalizer opened top through Sony on an estimated $35m.


'71 wins top Athens award

28-Sep-2014 | By

Other winners included Norwegian drama Blind, Danish horror When Animals Dream and Nick Cave doc 20,000 Days On Earth.


Ida wins Helsinki audience award

28-Sep-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Helsinki International Film Festival scores new audience record.

Magical Girl Golden Shell San Sebastian

San Sebastian crowns Magical Girl

27-Sep-2014 | By Juan Sarda, Michael Rosser

Carlos Vermut’s Spanish drama wins best film and best director; Dennis Lehane wins best screenplay for The Drop.

Casey LaBow

Sundance Selects takes Free The Nipple

27-Sep-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights to the politically charged drama from Disruptive Films and Emotion Pictures.

Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas to star in Altamira

27-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Spain shoot for period drama from Chariots of Fire director Hugh Hudson.

Zach Braff

Zach Braff “shocked” by Kickstarter backlash

27-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Actor-director says he won’t return to crowdfunding to finance his films.

Michael Shamberg

Shamberg: “Anyone with a laptop is their own movie studio”

27-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Pulp Fiction exec and BuzzFeed consultant hails digital opportunities for filmmakers.

Northmen - A Viking Saga

Zurich launch pad for Swiss films

27-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Eleven Swiss films and five Swiss co-productions will screen during the 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25-Oct 5).

Yalom's Cure

Yalom's Cure taken across Europe

27-Sep-2014 | By

Swiss feature doc Yalom’s Cure, which premiered at the Locarno Festival in August, has been snapped up by a number of European distributors.

Stefan Haupt

Director on Swiss Oscar hopeful The Circle

27-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Award-winning Swiss director Stefan Haupt may have to make room in his trophy cabinet with his latest film The Circle (Der Kreis).

Katrina Wood

Swedish producers head to New York

26-Sep-2014 | By

A group of producers and entertainment executives is heading to New York for a series of talks and one-on-one networking sessions over October 6-8.

The Equalizer ready to rule

26-Sep-2014 | By

Sony unloads the Denzel Washington action thriller in 57 territories day-and-date with North America this weekend and will give reigning champion The Maze Runner a run for its money.

Tobey Maguire

Sony buys The Eden Project

26-Sep-2014 | By

The studio has acquired the Material sci-fi spec script from Christina Hodson. 

paul sorvino

Cold Deck casts up

26-Sep-2014 | By

Paul Sorvino, Robert Knepper and Stéfano Gallo have been cast in Cold Deck ahead of the scheduled September 30 start in Toronto.

Duncan Cork

Duncan Cork joins NeonGrid

26-Sep-2014 | By

The founder and former CEO of Slated has joined the Los Angeles-based social tagging platform as head of product.


Nicolas Cage's Outcast pulled from China release

26-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Arclight Films’ period action film Outcast, starring Nicolas Cage, was pulled from Chinese theatrical release last night, just hours before its midnight previews.


Lilting producer begins Boombox shoot

26-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Marks the first feature from commercials director Rohan Blair-Mangat.


Metrodome finds horror Spring

26-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Horror snapped up from XYZ after Toronto screening.

Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce, Dominic West join Genius

26-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Cast already includes Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.

The Cut

Soda Pictures acquire Fatih Akin's The Cut

26-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Historical drama stars Tahar Rahim and debuted at Venice.

Silent Heart

Bille August’s Silent Heart beats globally

26-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

After playing in San Sebastian, the family drama sells across Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Concrete Night

Concrete Night wins at Finnish Film Week

26-Sep-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Finnish Oscar submission Concrete Night won Director of the Year for Pirjo Honkasalo and Producers of the Year for Mark Lwoff-Misha Jaaari at Helsinki’s Finnish Film Week.

The Riot Club

Riot Club rules UK social buzz

26-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Posh boy drama rules the roost as Liam Neeson outguns Denzel Washington on social networks in the UK.

John Rupkalvis

Advanced Imaging Society unveil awards

26-Sep-2014 | By

The Society honoured 19 companies at the fifth annual Entertainment Technology And New Product Awards luncheon ceremony held at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.

Monty Python

Event Cinema Awards nominations revealed

26-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Nominations include Monty Python Live (Mostly), NT Live’s War Horse and concert broadcasts from Muse and Robbie Williams.

Guo Guangchang

US-China summit sets LA return

25-Sep-2014 | By

Guo Guangchang, chairman of Studio 8 backer Fosun International, will deliver a keynote speech on the future of Chinese capital in Hollywood at the fifth annual US-China Film Summit in Los Angeles on November 5.

BGP takes the wheel on Drive

25-Sep-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Gabriel Hammond and Daniel Hammond’s ambitious start-up Broad Green Pictures (BGP) will self-distribute Isabel Coixet’s recent Toronto world premiere Learning To Drive in the US.

Montreal hub

Atomic Fiction opens Montreal hub

25-Sep-2014 | By

The California-based effects studio has opened its flagship facility in Montreal.


Koch secures Toronto trio

25-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Morgan Matthews’ X+Y among Toronto haul

Golden Horse

Taipei's Golden Horse projects revealed

25-Sep-2014 | By

Taipei’s Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (FPP) has selected 25 titles this year with filmmakers including Tsai Ming Liang, Midi Z, Zhang Ming and Stanley Kwan attached.


Rio kicks off Brasil competition

25-Sep-2014 | By

Highlights of the main competitive strand that showcases top new Brazilian cinema.

Palestine submits Eyes of a Thief to Oscars

25-Sep-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Only the seventh time Palestine has submitted film to the Academy Awards.

Edge Of Tomorrow

Production Guild reveals first awards winners

25-Sep-2014 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

The Production Guild of Great Britain has revealed the winners of its inaugural awards.

The Cut

Fatih Akin’s The Cut to open Cairo

25-Sep-2014 | By

Fatih Akin’s The Cut will open the 36th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), which is scheduled to run November 9-18.


StudioCanal pacts with Grand Electric

25-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Producer Eric Newman’s newly formed Grand Electric has entered into a multi-year co-venture with StudioCanal through which the new company will acquire, develop, and produce films for the European and US markets.

On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter

Red Bull takes On Any Sunday sequel

25-Sep-2014 | By

Red Bull Media House in association with Freeride Entertainment will release motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter theatrically on November 7. Separately, Gravitas Ventures has taken VOD rights to As Night Comes.


Ida producer to pitch at Connecting Cottbus

25-Sep-2014 | By

New projects by the producers of Ida and Crulic are among 13 selected from Albania to Ukraine to be pitched at this year’s Connecting Cottbus East-West co-production market (November 6-7).

San Seb winners

San Seb unveils co-pro winner

25-Sep-2014 | By Juan Sarda

Cuban film August wins the San Sebastián Co-production Fórum; Magallanes wins Films in Progress.


Principal photography begins on Spotlight

25-Sep-2014 | By

John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James Billy Crudup and Jamey Sheridan have joined Participant Media’s drama about the Boston Globe investigation into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

A Better Place

A Better Place wraps shoot

25-Sep-2014 | By

Digital Jungle Pictures has completed post-production on its first feature marking the directorial debut of Dennis Ho.

Brad Rohrer

Schedule 2 hires New York chief

25-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Former Focus Features exec to oversee New York operation for London-based technical film services company.

Jenny Stjernströmer Björk

Svensk promotes Stjernströmer Björk

25-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Jenny Stjernströmer Björk appointed new evp acquisition and co-production at Scandinavian major Svensk Filmindustri


DCM partners with MyMovies on cinime app


Cinime app uses to be given access to film content.

UK, France get Second Chance

25-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Susanne Bier’s drama debuted at Toronto and stars Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster Waldau.

Adam Fogelson

Adam Fogelson to join Robert Simonds studio

24-Sep-2014 | By

In another coup, the new film and television studio led by Robert Simonds has named the former Universal Pictures chairman as its new chariman of the motion picture group.

Bill Lee

Millennium Ent closes $40m financing

24-Sep-2014 | By

The company led by Bill Lee has secured senior revolving credit facilities and a term loan facility as it seeks to grow the film slate and the business.

Carrie-Anne Moss

Production wraps on Frankenstein

24-Sep-2014 | By

Candyman director Bernard Rose has wrapped production on a contemporary version of Mary Shelley’s classic novel for Summerstorm Entertainment and Bad Badger in association with Eclectic Pictures.

Magnolia takes US on Kill Me Three Times

24-Sep-2014 | By

Kriv Stenders’ comedic crime thriller starring Simon Pegg premiered in Toronto and will open theatrically in 2015. Cargo handles international sales.

The Humbling

Millennium Entertainment takes The Humbling

24-Sep-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights to Barry Levinson’s dark comedy starring Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig, following the world premiere in Venice and North American premiere in Toronto.

Patrick Wilson

Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox join Bone Tomahawk

24-Sep-2014 | By

The pair joins Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins on the Western. Celluloid Dreams represents international sales.


Lionsgate moves up Mortdecai

24-Sep-2014 | By

The studio has moved its Johnny Depp action comedy up from its original date of February 6, 2015.

Alison Owen, Debra Hayward

Alison Owen, Debra Hayward form Monumental partnership

24-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Powerhouse production duo launch film and TV company.

The Inbetweeners 2

Slow summer at UK box office

24-Sep-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

The Inbetweeners 2 led the way, but the summer period at the UK box office was down in both gross and admissions this year. Screen talks to distributors and exhibitors to find out why.

Lenny Abrahamson to direct Neverhome adaptation

24-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The director of Frank and What Richard Did to adapt Laird Hunt’s novel about a woman who joins the American Civil War.


Arts Alliance buys Park Circus

24-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Event cinema specialist acquires classics distributor.

Cherien Dabis

SFFS, KRF unveil grant finallists

24-Sep-2014 | By

The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) and Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) have selected 14 finallists for the latest round of SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants.

Turkey's Fabula scores bumper Toronto

24-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Fledgling Turkish distributor snaps up 20 titles.

The Imitation Game

Hamptons Sloan prize for Imitation Game

24-Sep-2014 | By

Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game will be honoured for its “sensitive and moving portrait” of the mathematician Alan Turing as portrayed on screen by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Human Capital

Italy submits Human Capital to Oscars

24-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Italy hopes to repeat last year’s win in the Best Foreign-Language Film category with Paolo Virzi’s family thriller.

A Spanish Affair

Spanish cinema hits record high

24-Sep-2014 | By Juan Sarda

SAN SEBASTIAN: Local films secure best-ever box office share of 23.6%.

The Goob

Soda takes The Goob for UK

24-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

British drama debuted at Venice Days.

Locarno Open Doors 2015

Locarno opens doors to northern Africa

24-Sep-2014 | By Adam Woodard

The 13th edition of Locarno’s Open Doors co-production forum to focus on four countries in the Maghreb.

Desert Dancer

Desert Dancer to open SBIFF

24-Sep-2014 | By

Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer will open the 30th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, set to run from January 27-February 7.


IFTA votes in new board

24-Sep-2014 | By

Independent Film & Television Alliance membership held their annual elections on September 24 for the executive committee and board of directors.


Citizenfour to screen in LACMA Film Series

24-Sep-2014 | By

The Citizenfour bandwagon rolls on as the anticipated Edward Snowden documentary will get what Film Independent top brass have called the West Coast premiere on October 14 for the members-only LACMA Film Series event.

A Most Violent Year to open AFI FEST

24-Sep-2014 | By Adam Woodard

J C Chandor’s anticipated crime drama to get world premiere at LA’s AFI FEST.

Broad Green picks up Eden

23-Sep-2014 | By

The fledgling financier-producer-distributor continues to make waves, taking North American rights to its third film out of Toronto.

Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul signs on to Louis Drax

23-Sep-2014 | By

The star of Breaking Bad and the upcoming crime feature Triple Nine has joined Jamie Dornan on Miramax’s supernatural thriller The 9th Life Of Louis Drax.

Colin Farrell

HBO unveils True Detective stars

23-Sep-2014 | By

Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will assume the mantle of lead roles in the second season of the acclaimed crime series.

We'll Never Have Paris

We’ll Never Have Paris finds US home

23-Sep-2014 | By

Orion Releasing has acquired North American rights to Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg’s feature directorial debut. K5 International handles sales outside North America.

Chris McGurk

Cinedigm sells Hollywood Software

23-Sep-2014 | By

As it moves deeper into content aggregation, Cinedigm has sold its digital theatrical distribution and exhibition software division to private investors led by David Gajda, one of the company’s original founders.

Charming 3D

Cinesite joins forces with Shrek producer

23-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

London-based visual effects company to open animation unit in Montreal and begin production on 3D feature Charming.

Pascal Breton

Pascal Breton launches Federation Entertainment

23-Sep-2014 | By

Heading into MIPCOM, French television executive Pascal Breton has partnered with a group of film and television producers and showrunners to launch Federation Entertainment.

Star Wars: Episode VII Abu Dhabi

JJ Abrams in VES honour

23-Sep-2014 | By

The Visual Effects Society will present the filmmaker with its Visionary Award at the 13th Annual VES Awards on February 4, 2015.

The Little Death seduces Magnolia

23-Sep-2014 | By

Magnolia has acquired North American rights to Josh Lawson’s sex comedy, while LevelK has closed further international sales.

BFI: film diversity needs own conversation

23-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Culture minister Ed Vaizey to meet BFI and industry during London Film Festival.


Non-Stop has strong China opening

23-Sep-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: While Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and The Expendables 3 topped the box office over the week September 15-21, Liam Neeson starrer Non-Stop had a strong opening, grossing $7.28m in three days.

Tessa Collinson and Johanna von Fischer

BIFA joint directors to step down

23-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Tessa Collinson and Johanna von Fischer will leave the British Independent Film Awards at the end of the year.

Hussain Currimbhoy

Doc/Fest's Currimbhoy to join Sundance

23-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Director of programming to take a documentary role at Sundance.

Peter von Bagh

Finnish filmmaker Peter von Bagh dies

23-Sep-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Finnish film historian, critic, documentary filmmaker Peter von Bagh – co-founder and director of the Midnight Sun Film Festival – has died aged 71

John Bailey

ASC to honour quartet

23-Sep-2014 | By

John Bailey, Bill Roe, Phil Méheux and Matthew F Leonetti will receive special awards at the 29th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards for Outstanding Achievement on February 15, 2015.

Winnie Lau

Winnie Lau joins Jet Tone Films

23-Sep-2014 | By

Wong Kar Wai’s Hong Kong-based production company Jet Tone Films has appointed former Fortissimo Films executive Winnie Lau as Head of International Co-Production and Distribution.


Hollywood Classics signs Kastner library

23-Sep-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Titles include A Chorus of Disapproval, Homeboy.

Life in a Fishbowl

Iceland submits Life in a Fishbowl to Oscars

23-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Iceland has selected Baldvin Zophoníasson’s Life in a Fishbowl as its entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Oscar.

Three Windows and a Hanging

Kosovo submits first ever Oscar hopeful

23-Sep-2014 | By

Slovenia goes with Seduce Me, Bosnia selects With Mom, Macedonia opts for To The Hilt

Jeremy Thomas

Jeremy Thomas to head London Film Festival jury

23-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Other jurors across London’s competitions include Sally Hawkins, James McAvoy, James Corden and Dexter Fletcher.

Who Am I

Who Am I sells to Japan, LatAm, Poland

23-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Hacker drama received world premiere in Toronto.

Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer cancels Zurich jury duty

23-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

US actor was due to join the Zurich Film Festival jury this weekend

Brad Thor

Resurgent launches new media unit

23-Sep-2014 | By

Privately backed Resurgent Film Group has launched a new media company and will adapt The Lions Of Lucerne by author Brad Thor.

Creative England

iFeatures shortlists eight for development

23-Sep-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Eight teams have been selected from the iFeatures slate for further development funding, as the Creative England’s low budget feature film initiative enters its full development phase.

Ripper Street

BBCW buys stake in Lookout Point

23-Sep-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

BBC Worldwide has bought a 35% stake in Simon Vaughan’s production and distribution business Lookout Point.

The Song of Names

Endemol strikes deal with Feel Films

23-Sep-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Endemol Worldwide Distribution has struck a development and distribution deal with Feel Films, currently working on feature The Song of Names.



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