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.
The film formerly known as The Untitled Armored Car Project has a name and will open theatrically on August 15, 2015.
Kevorkian, Shoval, Haq, Fiennes, Sigurðsson, Nikonova and Runarsson heading to Les Arcs European Film Festival with upcoming projects.
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.
Lionsgate’s adaptation records biggest opening of 2014 to date with non-final $19.8m (£12.64m), including previews.
Producer of Gravity and Harry Potter discusses why a 3D version of Paddington was not considered.
The Selfish Giant director has told Screen how the Wellcome Trust and BFI Screenwriting Fellowship has informed her upcoming project.
EXCLUSIVE: Menemsha Films has taken US rights to Alvaro Brechner’s second feature - Uruguay’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Awards also included the youngest-ever winner of a Bafta.
EXCLUSIVE: Priya Sreedharan’s start-up production outfit Open Air Films is partnering with Excel Entertainment on romantic drama Three Storeys.
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.
Global Screen scores major sale of fantasy adventure.
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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Pune and Mumbai-based IME Motion Pictures will co-produce Indo-Italian project Lala, to be directed by Goutam Ghose.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Mumbai-based Jar Pictures is producing the next feature from Killa director Avinash Arun, a Marathi-language drama entitled Boomerang.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Mumbai-based production and distribution company Essel Vision is producing Fandry director Nagraj Manjule’s next Marathi-language project, Sairaat.
Film London’s Microwave scheme is going global with an inititive to finance a UK-Indian feature based on Shakespeare’s writing.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based production company Octobre19 has boarded Ashim Ahluwalia’s The Boyfriend as a co-producer.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani will star in Qissa director Anup Singh’s upcoming drama Mantra - The Song Of Scorpions.
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.
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.
The director of Boyhood will collect the Casting Society Of America’s Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards on January 22.
The New York-based film distributor has acquired US rights from Coproduction Office to Jessica Hausner’s Cannes selection.
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.
The star of Gone Girl will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Breakthrough Performance Award on January 3.
EXCLUSIVE: Antoniak’s third picture revolves around intense lesbian affair between two Amsterdam teenagers.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: New president and CEO appointed.
The Hunger Games, The Imitation Game and Paddington top buzz charts.
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.
Fourth annual award for docs having greatest impact on society has five winners this year.
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.
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Wall to Wall to make Woman in Red for BBC2.
Fortissimo Films sells Diao Yinan’s Berlinale winner.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based producer Alexa Rivero will co-produce Amit Dutta’s The Invisible One through her newly-established production company Altamar Films.
EXCLUSIVE: Kalki Koechlin and Adil Hussain have joined the cast of Nicholas Kharkongor’s Mantra alongside Rajat Kapoor, who will also produce.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: German production company Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion has boarded Aamir Bashir’s Winter as co-producer.
Warner Bros, Aardman, NFTS among supporters.
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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.
Distributor acquires UK rights for Sergei Loznitsa’s Ukrainian documentary, set for theatrical release in February 2015.
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.
The Graduate director Mike Nichols has died aged 83.
Lionsgate will distribute the Mandeville Films comedy thriller.
The Academy has whittled down 141 submissions to a shortlist of ten films in the running for the 87th Academy Awards.
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.
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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Madman Entertainment has acquired Australia/New Zealand rights to Moomins on the Riviera from Indie Sales.
Rom-com and sci-fi top industry selection of hot unproduced screenplays.
Joe Calabrese, Lisbeth Savill and four other entertainment, sports and media partners from law firm O’Melveny & Myers have moved to Latham & Watkins.
Study by France’s National Cinema Centre revealed a 23.6% drop in French films in first nine months of 2014.
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.
Documentary festival to include a Q&A with CitizenFour director Laura Poitras and a strand dedicated to women in docs.
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.
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.
London Comedy Film Festival to open with a satirical comedy starring Matthew Macfadyen.
Efron plays an aspiring DJ set in the world of Hollywood nightlife.
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.
Briefs from the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2014.
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 distributor has acquired all North American rights to the comic documentary directed by Laura Nix, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno.
Mike Binder’s drama starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer will open in the US for one week on December 3.
The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) has set its seventh annual Produced By Conference for May 29-31 on the Paramount lot in Hollywood.
EXCLUSIVE: Cast confirmed for Fyzz Facility thriller which gets underway in Northern Ireland next week.
Spooks: The Greater Good sets release date.
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.
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.
The Cairo International Film Festival ended its 36th year with a glitzy ceremony [pictured] below the ancient pyramids on Tuesday.
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.
Koch Media executive to take up senior BFI role from February.
The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) has announced the latest round of $300,000 in funding.
Danish director’s follow-up to The Hunt picked up by the UK, Germany and Brazil among others.
Territories in Europe and Asia snap up 13 Minutes.
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.
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.”
Ben Roberts, Dave Moutrey, Jon Barrenechea, Marc Allenby, Emma Keith, among speakers at Newcastle event.
Oscar-winning UK actress and writer to receive Richard Harris Award.
British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) changes guidance from “mild sex references” to “innuendo” for the new Paddington film.
Multi-year deal will give rights-holders VOD support.
Naomi Kawase (pictured) to head the jury.
Mitchell will continue to write for Screen International as Contributing Editor.
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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate UK CEO calls for cheaper ticket prices for British films.
EXCLUSIVE: Mister Smith inks deals on drama starring Patel and Jeremy Irons.
Film festival to pay homage to Casablanca star as well as Australian cinema.
How To Live Yours, starring Jodie Whittaker, heads to post-production.
Irish producer behind The Guard and Frank to receive European Co-production Award.
Magnet Releasing has picked up US rights to [REC] 4: Apocalypse.
Universal Pictures announced on November 17 the official launch of a China office in Beijing to be led by Jo Yan.
The Streets rapper talks inspiration at CPH:CONFERENCE.
The star of Foxcatcher will collect the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Outstanding Performer Of The Year Award.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Pascal Diot has been appointed managing director for Pole Image de Liege, the Belgian audio-visual centre.
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).
The UK’s Independent Cinema Office (ICO) is kicking off a new screening event for UK exhibitors to focus on archive film.
New research shows that the strong preference for Hollywood films in Australian cinemas is not so overwhelming online.
Soda to distribute psychological thriller starring Michael Jibson and Mark Lewis Jones.
The Berlinale has cut its discounts for festival and market accreditation for next year’s film festival.
Monty Python star co-directed feature; contributors include John Cusack.
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.
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.
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.
Alonso Ruizpalacios’ acclaimed film prevailed as the Los Cabos International Film Festival came to a close at the weekend.
Organisers behind Ventana Sur’s genre works-in-progress sidebar have announced their selections.
Five-day festival in Nova Scotia connects food and films.
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.
The Spanish-German actor has landed a role in 2016 summer tentpole Captain America: Civil War.
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.
Winners also include E-Team and Olmo & The Seagull.
EXCLUSIVE: Ingenious Investments CEO James Clayton joins Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment.
On Screen Off Record from The Act of Killing producer Signe Byrge Sørensen.
South Korean production group signs MOU for acquisition of ancillary distributor.
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.
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.
Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic left most rivals in the dust but appetite for the next The Hunger Games is strong.
Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic to be re-released wide across the UK.
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 deal comes as CBS Films retracts its distribution activity. As part of the arrangement, Lionsgate takes exclusive international sales rights.
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.
The winners have been announced in the second edition of the fund to support projects in development and post-production through collaboration with Labodigita.
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.
Image Entertainment has acquired all US rights to the comedy starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei.
The Producers Guild Of America’s (PGA) 2016 awards will take place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles.
EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor inks string of hot titles.
EXCLUSIVE: Nick Broomfield is lining up a 2015 shoot near Lake Victoria in Tanzania for his BBC four-parter The Catastrophist.
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.
Other leading nominees are Life Itself and 20,000 Days on Earth.
Figure marks second highest spend in five years.
Major US broadcasters are developing more than 20 TV adaptations of feature films as they follow the example of their cable counterparts.
BSkyB has been renamed as Sky after it completed its £7bn acquisition of Sky Italia and purchase of a majority stake in Sky Deutschland.
Netflix has confirmed the arrival of its first original show from the UK, a £100m biopic of the Queen.
TrustNordisk also scores sales to Russia and Eastern Europe.
New study reveals links between film and television productions and tourism through social media.
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.
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.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired rights from Protagonist Pictures to the Ricky Gervais comedy in multiple territories led by the UK.
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.
Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Do I Sound Gay? from first-time filmmaker David Thorpe.
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.
Summit will explore turning a UK film into an international hit, supporting talent, finance and the changing face of cinema.
Titles include The Imitation Game and St Vincent.
Deals include Germany, Australia, Italy, Japan.
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.
The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival (HBRFest) has announced the complete programme line-up for its sixth instalment, set to run from November 21-23.
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.
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).
The Riot Club director will deliver her speech in December.
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 will talk about ‘digital China’ on Dec 9.
Wild, Gemma Bovery bookend festival.
The Price of Fame, St Vincent among ‘Cinema of the World’ strand.
Australia short film fest reveals 16 finalists.
Retrospective strand to celebrate 100th anniversary of Technicolor.
Filmmakers from across Europe to take part in pilot forum.
Some 14 films selected to receive post-production, script and project development grants.
Second edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha to include 90 films from 43 countries.
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 Midnight has acquired US rights to the Fella Films thriller.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: The newly formed Monumental Pictures has signed on for the big-screen adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s bestseller How To Build A Girl.
Warner Bros has set a 2016 release date for The Conjuring 2.
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.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has appointed Nicholas Weiss svp of creative advertising.
Colleagues including Elizabeth Karlsen, Adrian Wootton, Hugo Heppell and Amma Asante pay tribute to the late BFI Film Fund executive.
Russia’s Wizart secures new territory deals at AFM in Asia and Latin America.
North American rights acquired for three thrillers in the Department Q series.
Independent Talent Group and The Outside Organisation join forces with social media and digital marketing agency United Agency.
Fantasia’s co-production market to run for a second European edition from April 9-11 during the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.
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.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has announced release dates for Zootopia and Moana. Separately Focus has dated Insidious: Chapter 3.
Worldwide rights holders Highland Film Group has reported a slew of sales at AFM on Christmas tale Shelby starring Chevy Chase.
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.
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.
Rian Johnson’s instalment in the new Star Wars trilogy to shoot at the UK studio.
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.
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.
Danish feature has begun shooting and marks follow-up to Vinterberg ‘s The Hunt.
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.
The distributor has struck a deal at the AFM with IndustryWorks Pictures for US rights to the truck horror thriller.
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.
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).
Arclight’s Asian arm, Easternlight Films, is partnering with China’s Huace Pictures to package action film Lights Out, directed by Xavier Gens.
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.
Film selections include Paris of the North [pictured], Kon-Tiki and Hotel.
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.
Mexican feature Perpetual Sadness and Israeli drama Next to Her take top prizes at Greek festival.
High Point has confirmed the first acquisitions of Ed Boase’s urban myth-inspired horror, The Mirror.
Jude Troy promoted to a senior role at the new division.
A one-minute teaser from the disaster movie was shown at the AFM.
The upcoming fantasy comedy is directed by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.
Russia big winner at FilmFestival Cottbus for second consecutive year.
AMBI Distribution has announced a number of sales at AFM on All Roads Lead To Rome starring Sarah Jessica Parker.
EXCLUSIVE: Some deals on The Hateful Eight held up by home entertainment strategy, say sources.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Das Films has signed a deal with Beijing based Yisang Media Investment to finance the $35-$40m sci-fi.
EXCLUSIVE: Film Sharks International has licensed Papers In The Wind to Disney in a pan-Latin American deal.
Iceland’s Truenorth attends AFM with slate of original productions.
EXCLUSIVE: Teen surf film to shoot in late 2015.
EXCLUSIVE: Beta Cinema sells resistance fighter biopic 13 Minutes.
EXCLUSIVE: Germany-set drama and TV mini-series in works.
EXCLUSIVE: Picture Tree International inks multiple deals on Paulo Coelho biopic.
Shanghai-based media city expects to be able to launch specific projects and co-productions at Cannes 2015.
Titles include Ben Younger’s Bleed For This and Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young [pictured].
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The company has wrapped up a slew of sales on Jonathan Mostow’s upcoming thriller starring Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush.
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.
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 Entertainment has acquired all US rights to Chapman Filmed Entertainment’s thriller The Barber, which The Little Film Company is selling internationally.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Pure Flix / Quality Flix has added Dancer And The Dame and The Black Rider [pictured] to its AFM sales slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Uma Thurman WWII drama is hot seller at AFM for Other Angle.
Falcom Media Group has taken German, Austrian and German-speaking territory rights to Rebel Movies’ sci-fi Mindgate, set to star Rachael Leigh Cook.
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.
Industry@Tallinn will feature discussions involving the likes of Jessica Switch of Lionsgate and Jeff Barry & Nigel Meiojas of ICM Partners.
Francesco Munzi sells to US and Canada for Rai Com.
Double Dutch International (DDI) has closed deals on Awesometown’s Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Raven Banner has picked up Canadian rights from Dark Sky Films/MPI to a trio of genre titles.
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.
Japanese distributor picks up Neil Horner’s crime thriller from Jinga Films.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Nikkatsu pacts with Paris-based company, which will handle European sales on upcoming vampire yakuza movie.
Fred and Richard Fairbrass, the musical duo best known as Right Said Fred, are attending the AFM to talk about their film plans.
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.
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, Leviathan and Nymphomaniac among nominees.
The British actor will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor on January 3.
Warner Bros has set the US release date for Russell Crowe’s feature directorial debut.
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.
The distributors have acquired all US rights to the Gillian Flynn adaptation in a deal with WME Global.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Garrett Hedlund and Michael Pena to star in War on Everyone.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Bloom has reported strong sales at AFM on its thriller Unlocked led by a deal with Lionsgate UK.
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.
Double Dutch International president Jason Moring has secured worldwide sales rights from Trilight Entertainment to Archie: Robodog, The Adventure Club and Derailed Dreams.
George Clooney and Josh Brolin star in the film set in 1950s Hollywood.
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.
New additions to the line-up also include BBC Films head Christine Langan, Hammer’s president Simon Oakes and Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent.
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.
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.
TrustNordisk has sold the North American rights for Anders Morgenthaler’s drama I Am Here to LA-based distributor Brainstorm Media.
EXCLUSIVE: US, Canada, UK deals for horror.
Los Angeles-Based TriCoast Worldwide has acquired worldwide sales rights to Virtu* Entertainment’s Battle Scars and is selling here at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Indian director Q has signed Titli star Shashank Arora to play the title role in B Naman.
EXCLUSIVE: Production has wrapped on Robert Duvall’s Wild Horses, which Voltage Pictures is selling internationally at the AFM.
United Talent Agency has signed Italian director Saverio Costanzo days after IFC snapped up US rights to his acclaimed psychodrama Hungry Hearts.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Buyers launch Metro International doc.
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.
International Screenwriters’ Workshop kicked off today [Nov 7] and runs until Nov 14.
Altitude to distribute Ketchup titles across UK home ent, pay TV and free TV windows.
UK genre specialist Jinga has sold Jeremy Wooding’s werewolf western to US.
New campaign branded The Unmissables.
Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic holds off competition from Nightcrawler.
Lionsgate to launch The Hunger Games theatrical experience in a new theatre next to London’s Wembley Stadium.
Disney reveals title of the next Star Wars movie.
Séville International has announced a slew of sales ahead of the AFM on The Dark Horse, Elephant Song and An Eye For Beauty.
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International in partnership with Celluloid Dreams has licensed North American rights for Takashi Miike’s Over Your Dead Body to Shout! Factory.
EXCLUSIVE: Film on National Security Agency whistleblower to shoot in Munich in 2015.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Shanghai New Culture Media Group Company Limited (SNC) has come on to co-finance Jackie Chan action-comedy Skiptrace, which Bloom sells internationally.
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 and Toni Collette have joined the Bourne-style female action thriller that Bloom represents for international sales at AFM.
Ruben Ostlund’s Force Majeure to screen atop 3,200m high Aiguille Rouge Mountain at Alpine festival.
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.
Cinema Management Group has acquired worldwide rights to Venezuelan hit Liz En Septiembre.
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 has acquired all US and Canadian rights to Bent Hamer’s Norwegain foreign-language Oscar submission.
John Lasseter to return as director of the fourth instalment.
The nascent distributor has picked up North American rights to the Nicolas Cage crime thriller. Highland Film Group handles international sales.
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.
Epic Pictures Group will handle worldwide sales and serve as executive producer on the rom-com starring Alicia Silverstone.
Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Mikael Nyqvist star in thriller.
Belle director joins the high profile list of attendees for Screen’s upcoming annual Film Summit
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Buyers have responded strongly to Pure Flix’s $110m worldwide smash, led by a sale to Signature in the UK.
EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has secured all worldwide rights to the international thriller and started talks with AFM buyers.
Michael Shannon will play Elvis Presley opposite Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon in the latest Bloom international sales title.
EXCLUSIVE: Richard Gere to star in Oren Moverman-produced drama.
Speakers at the Summit included US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin [pictured].
New award aims to support and promote an artist or film-maker whose work unites art and film.
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.
Now in its 13th edition, Baltic Event will present 13 projects in its 10th Co-Production Market, among others.
Paranormal thriller is directed by David Blair and stars Robert Sheehan, Joely Richardson and Lily Cole.
EXCLUSIVE: French remake of The Sweeney, starring Jean Reno, is currently shooting in Paris.
EXCLUSIVE: Rob Minkoff, Yair Landau produce family animation.
EXCLUSIVE: Ed Skrein, Kaya Scodelario star in thriller.
Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Uberto Pasolini’s drama from Beta Cinema.
Ivanhoe Pictures has taken exclusive film rights to action/adventure YA novel The Walled City by Ryan Graudin.
Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn will star in the Jean Doumanian Productions drama.
Channing Tatum confirmed as cast addition along with Demian Bichir, film to shoot in Telluride from December.
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.
Call the Midwife and Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street Productions has put itself up for sale for up to $64m (£40m).
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.
Screen sources confirm Magic Mike star lined up for Quentin Tarantino’s western.
British horror thriller [pictured] sells to the UK, Scandinavia and Greece.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures arrives at the AFM with international rights to the thriller Standoff starring Laurence Fishburne and Thomas Jane.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks International has come on to sell worldwide rights to the stop-motion feature Possessed (Pos Eso) from former Aardman Animations animator Sam.
EXCLUSIVE: Parts & Labor-produced English-language drama sold by Protagonist.
EXCLUSIVE: IM Global and China’s Wanda Media are teaming for worldwide sales, excluding China, for Wanda’s action adventure film The Ghouls.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to Saverio Costanzo’s Hungry Hearts from Mimi Steinbauer’s international sales agent Radiant Films International.
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.
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 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.
EXCLUSIVE: Actress to play WWII secret agent Vera Atkins; Paris-based sales agent Other Angle launching sales at the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor picks up Good Kill [pictured] and Politics of Love.
Epic Pictures Group is handling international sales at the market on a contemporary adaptation of Black Beauty.
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.
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.
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.
Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ray Bell has announced the commercial launch at AFM of cloud-based online marketplace Digital Film Cloud Network (DFCN).
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.
Relativity is slotting the Kevin Costner drama into awards season with a one-week US qualifying run starting on December 3.
Chris Cooper will play the reclusive author in Angel Grace Productions’ Coming Through The Rye.
The Academy has selected 10 animated shorts from 58 submissions to advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards.
Featured keynote speakers include Mark Thompson, Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Gerhard Zeiler and Robert A. Kotick.
EXCLUSIVE: Metro International to launch sales on female buddy movie.
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor seals raft of pre-sales to most of Asia, including Japan and China.
EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of AFM, company also books sales on Cart and Sea In Snow Breeze.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit nabs doc I Am Big Bird [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: Zombie-horror Plan Z, TV series also among slate.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit launches Ireland-set period-romance.
Korean smash hit [pictured] sells to Germany, Latin American and Italy, among others.
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy thriller is directed by Im Sang-soo [pictured] and sales will be launched at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: David Marconi action-thriller, Peter Fudakowski’s romance [pictured] among slate.
Post-apocalyptic tale, executive produced by Louis Leterrier, marks feature debut for Jean-Patrick Benes [pictured], director of hit TV series Kaboul Kitchen.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit to shop doc on marijuana legalisation.
EXCLUSIVE: Genre specialist launches debut English-language horror.
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 first image from the Alan Bennett adaptation has been unveiled as well as the release date.
UK VoD service will launch a subscription service this week.
VOD service relaunched with enhancements and a Universal Pictures catalogue of sci-fi classics.
Changes to release windows could bring larger audiences to European cinema says EP deputy Bogdan Wenta.
EuropaCorp swoops on buzzed-about David Linde thriller.
Distribution exec to re-locate from London to LA.
Former co-CEO of Preferred Film & TV Ross Dinerstein has launched the production company backed by Content Media.
Chadwick Boseman to star, Fabrice Du Welz to direct.
Relativity Studios has acquired US rights to the currently titled horror film Lazarus produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions. Lionsgate handles international sales.
Aldamisa Films has come on to handle international sales at AFM on the thriller.
The Academy has received 20 submissions for the 87th Academy Awards’ animated feature film category.
Lightning Entertainment has bulked up its AFM war chest and will introduce buyers to The Blackout and Brookstreet Pictures’ horror-thriller GirlHouse.
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.
US director, screenwriter and producer Darren Aronofsky will be jury president of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.
The studio has set April 21 2017 as the date for a new monster franchise film from Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.
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.
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.
Ray Yeung’s dramatic comedy is in advanced post-production.
EXCLUSIVE: Guardian Entertainment International in collaboration with Lightning Entertainment has acquired world sales rights to Jon Hewitt’s action film starring Dominic Purcell.
Offering over 50 Shakespeare productions, the platform is the first to ever to be offered by a theatre in the world.
Atiq Rahimi’s Nocturne Afghan (working title) and Stéphane Brizé’s A Simple Man to both shoot this winter.
Editor behind Alien, Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire and Goldeneye to receive tribute event.
The 17th Montreal International Documentary Festival runs Nov 12-23 and opens with the world premiere of Kim Nguyen’s Le Nez [pictured].
Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam [pictured] have scripted and will star in the comedy, which is shooting in the US.
Oscar-nominated producer, writer and director to head jury at upcoming Dubai International Film Festival (Dec 10-17).
Stephen Fingleton’s The Survivalist among titles.
Leading German independent distributor acquires action thriller, starring Ola Rapace [pictured], ahead of AFM along with three other titles.
Documentary awards took place last night [Nov 3] at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Metropolitan Filmexport and Le Meilleur du Cinéma obtain 35% stake in the Spanish VoD service.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe and his team have acquired rights to a pair of titles and will commence sales at AFM this week.
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 will direct the epic adventure project that Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel will introduce to buyers this week.
EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Wilson stars in the dark comedy that international rights holder Epic will introduce to AFM buyers this week.
The veteran most recently served as director of acquisitions at Paramount Home Media and arrives as vice president of acquisitions, effective immediately.
The supernatural thriller stars Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones and the upcoming Terminator: Genisys.
Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley star in IM Global’s thriller from director Eran Creevy.
Katherine Lee has joined Ivanhoe Pictures as head of production and development/Asia.
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.
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.
New picture described as a horror film with a young female cast; companies also collaborated on Only God Forgives.
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.
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo reprise starring roles.
The Ingenious v HMRC tribunal kicks off today in London.
StudioCanal’s former head of acquisitions appointed senior vice president of acquisitions at Fortissimo with immediate effect.
EXCLUSIVE: Head of Dutch film promotion outfit to step down after 20 years.
Byron A Martin Productions’ crime drama Wolverine Hotel will represent Canada at the Los Cabos International Film Festival and Co-Production Forum.
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.
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.
British star will attend cinematography festival with his second film as a director, A Little Chaos.
TrustNordisk has secured sales of the upcoming film based on Fredrik Backman’s bestselling book.
Titles include the world premiere of thriller I’m Dead and the new feature from Egyptian director Daoud Abdel Sayed.
Event aimed at increasing co-production between London and Paris was masterminded by Film London and Ile de France Film Commission.
Evea appointed as chief commercial officer; he joins from DCM.
Klara Grunning and Antonio Russo Merenda appointed documentary film commissioners.
Director to attend screening of Testament of Youth, along with producer Rosie Alison, as it opens Leeds International Film Festival on Wednesday [Nov 5].
BOX OFFICE: Fox International has set a new industry box office record as the company’s year-to-date score reached $3.254bn.
The independent drama starring awards contender Jake Gyllenhaal as a freelance LA crime reporter dominated a weak Halloween weekend session on $11m.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Epic Pictures Group has acquired world sales rights heading into the AFM to Mike Carter’s film.
EXCLUSIVE: The slasher film stars Tara Reid, Nathan Jones, Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley.
EXCLUSIVE: The action-thriller stars Dominic Purcell, Danny Glover, Cody Hackman and Stephen Lang and is in post.
EXCLUSIVE: HanWay to sell Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s Thai boxing prison thriller A Prayer Before Dawn at AFM.
Other double winners include Theeb, Sivas and In Her Place.
Citizenfour, Life Itself, Red Army, Warsaw Uprising among long-list contenters for the 87th Academy Awards.
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 Entertainment has bolstered its AFM slate with international sales rights to the drama starring Lucas Till, Josh Duhamel and hot awards contender Laura Dern.
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.
Halloween-set horror 31 AFM-bound with Protagonist.
Gervais to write, direct and star alongside Eric Bana; Protagonist to sell.
Lord Puttnam, speaking at a Film Distributors’ Association event in London yesterday, paid tribute to his late friend and colleague Richard Attenborough [pictured].
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Indie Sales handles rights to Moomins On The Riviera; UK release planned for May 2015.
Inception Film Partners will be at AFM screening and selling international territories on the Tribeca world premiere starring the late Robin Williams.
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 has joined Sarah Jessica Parker, Claudia Cardinale, Rosie Day and Raoul Bova in All Roads Lead To Rome.
The 2014 US-Sino Co-Production Film Forum will host a panel discussion about partnership opportunities on November 3 in Pasadena.
Last weekend’s international box office champion Annabelle is expected to soar past $150m this session.
Screen Star of Tomorrow awarded at British Academy Cymru Awards.
FDA and Creative Skillset also launch comprehensive training programme for distribution sector.
Christopher Nolan’s soon-to-launch epic rockets to the top of social media buzz charts in the UK.
Dutch sales agent Dutch Features Global Entertainment to screen family film at market.
Abu Dhabi Film Festival announces winners of Emirates Film Competition and International Short Film Competition
Birdman, Fury and Leviathan among main competition titles; Roland Joffé to preside over main jury.
Audience Award won by Pale Moon with the film’s Rie Miyazawa named best actress.
New films on Screenbase this week include sci-fi film The Call Up, Talulah Riley’s Scottish Mussel, and iFeatures’ Spaceship.
White God and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence bookend the 55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
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.
The company will launch pre-sales next week on A Man In The Dark from Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Sierra/Affinity looks set to fire up the market with its biopic starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as Colombian drug boss Griselda Blanco.
EXCLUSIVE: Goldcrest to bring comedy Taxonomy to AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Company to co-sell the title with Wild Bunch in Santa Monica.
After five years as Curzon’s director of programming, Jason Wood takes newly-created role of artistic director for Manchester venue.
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate International will kick off pre-sales in Santa Monica next week on the Mark Wahlberg starrer from JC Chandor.
EXCLUSIVE: Double Dutch International (DDI) heads to the AFM with the coming-of-age story starring Tracy Spiridakos, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
EXCLUSIVE: Picture marks Danish Bo Mikkelsen’s feature debut after critically acclaimed short Tabu.
Epic Pictures Group heads to the AFM with the timely horror anthology from 11 directors including Saw veteran Darren Lynn Bousman and Neil Marshall.
The company has acquired North American theatrical and US Pay-TV rights to Northmen – A Viking Saga from Ascot Elite Entertainment Group.
EXCLUSIVE: Principal production begins in Surrey on iFeatures’ latest venture.
Icelandic writer-director Benedikt Erlingsson and producer Fridrik Thor Fridriksson have won lucrative The Nordic Council Film Prize for Of Horses and Men.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: LA-based 313 Films are heading to AFM to meet with sales agents on feature debut The Horde, currently shooting in LA.
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.
Other winners come from Bulgaria and US.
12 participants will be selected in the programme backed by Creative Skillset.
First films for Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival announced
EXCLUSIVE: Naomi Watts will star alongside Susan Sarandon and Elle Fanning in the comedic drama that IM Global is bringing to the AFM.
Twofour54 and the Family Development Foundation launch films screenplay contest.
Short film programmers from Berlin and Tribeca called for lighter fare at a masterclass in Abu Dhabi.
EXCLUSIVE: Nicolas Chartier and his team will introduce international buyers at AFM to the action drama starring John Travolta, Kate Bosworth and Sharon Stone.
The Colombian producer and Dynamo co-founding partner will run Alex Garcia’s Bogota-based Itaca Films Colombia.
EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films has come on as executive producer and worldwide sales agent on the Ireland-Belgium action-thriller from Brendan Muldowney.
Actors praise director for Interstellar’s “intimate and raw” feel during London press conference.
Fortitude International will introduce AFM buyers to the action crime drama starring Emile Hirsch and Zoë Kravitz. WME Global represents US rights.
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 Entertainment heads to the AFM with Jacob Tierney’s comedy that premiered in Toronto.
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.
Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar attached; Icon takes UK rights.
Gale Anne Hurd will receive the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit boards thriller starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots.
The studio will release the Coen brothers latest film on February 5, 2016.
Haim Saban, Chris Columbus and producer Michael Barnathan have teamed up with ZAG Entertainment founder Jeremy Zag to launch ZAG Animation Studios.
EXCLUSIVE: France, Australia, Canada, Japan among deals for Toronto hit.
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.
LevelK handles international sales on Brady Corbet thriller.
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.
The distributor has acquired all US and Canadian rights to Meet Me In Montenegro and has earmarked a 2015 theatrical release.
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.
Fortissimo takes world rights except Japan for Mirai Konishi’s feature documentary Kampai! For The Love Of Sake.
Creative Skillset partners on November 18 event focused on storytelling.
Norway’s submission to the Oscars to open 56th edition; Jihlava docfest winners revealed.
Initiative with Media Trust hunts undiscovered filmmaking talent.
Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child voted best narrative film at Polish festival.
Homefront, God Bless the Child, among winners.
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.
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.
MDA-backed SGIFF (Dec 4-14) is part of Singapore Media Festival.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: French sales company also set to launch new films by Leconte and Delpy at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Walken, Amber Heard star in New York comedy-drama.
EXCLUSIVE: UK deal for acclaimed Cannes Critics’ Week drama.
Global Screen has sold A Thousand Times Goodnight to France and Belgium among other territories.
Claudia Yusef is named Talent Develepment Executive for the Scottish Film Talent Network.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Feature is an adaptation of Emirati bestseller about girl growing up in the region in the 1960s.
Film Independent top brass have announced the producers selected for the 14th annual Producing Lab.
Co-Production Development Fund launched between Germany and Italy; growing concern about future of German incentive DFFF
Content Media has bulked up its AFM slate with international rights to the rom-com starring Emmy Rossum and Justin Long.
Cinedigm has signed a content deal for My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks and other titles to roll out on Vimeo On Demand.
Brit List action-sci-fi to get underway on November 10; Max Deacon to star.
Awards contenders to receive Polish premieres at cinematography festival.
Cinema professionals debate whether the cinema investment drive of past decade has achieved anything for local industry.
UK showcase to host 55 films, actors, directors, producers, programmers.
Leviathan leads contenders; 36 films from 21 countries in the running.
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 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.
Benecit Cumberbatch, in contention for awards with The Imitation Game, is in the frame to join the Marvel Studios universe as Doctor Strange.
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, 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.
Luis Prieto has kicked off principal photography on Lotus Entertainment’s thriller starring Halle Berry.
Freestyle has acquired US theatrical and digital rights from Myriad Pictures to the rom-com, which Myriad will be selling at the AFM.
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.
Birds Eye View is planning the second year of its training scheme Filmonomics to launch in January 2015.
Keeper of Lost Causes sequel is a huge hit as third film in series is being planned with Arcel to direct.
Belfast-based Causeway Pictures is launching its Irish Gothic label, which is focused on genre films that have inspiration from Irish legends.
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, 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.
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 Films producers Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon have launched prestige label Cinelou Releasing and kick off with Jennifer Aniston dark comedy Cake.
Panorama of European Cinema Festival pays tribute to Suleiman, Laverty, Ferris and Tsiolis.
Russell Brand teams with Michael Winterbottom on financial crisis doc.
BAFTA has unveiled 18 newcomers working in the film, TV and games industries as its 2014 BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, in partnership with Burberry.
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.
Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Birdman, Phoenix, Mr Turner among critics choices.
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.
Revenue from premiere and previews of Aghan war film to go to military charities.
Mikael Nyqvist joins Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl in Chilean drama.
German sales outfit boards Danish Christmas film.
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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Film Clinic’s Hefzy also co-producing Mohamed Khan’s new film Before the Summer Crowds.
Japanese actor-director slams production companies’ close relationships with cinemas and how this is reflected in the country’s awards.
World Soundtrack Awards also honour Pharell Williams’ Happy from Despicable Me 2.
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.
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.
Other winners included Chinese crime drama 12 Citizens and an Indian adaptation of Hamlet.
Slovenian film Karpotrotter wins best documentary; No One’s Child gets audience award
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.
Top brass have announced the inaugural technology showcase State Of The Art - Innovation, Storytelling And Technology.
UPDATED (gallery/official winners book): The Screen Awards has unveiled its 2014 winners, recognising excellence in UK marketing, distribution and exhibition.
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.
The first images from comedy reboot Dad’s Army have been released as well as fresh cast details.
Kill List and High-Rise director to tackle action film; Protagonist to introduce at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell to star; Embankment to sell.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales to kick off at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Film that premieres in competition at Abu Dhabi stars Egyptian actor Amr Waked as a gangster who challenges a child organ trafficker.
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.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles generate more buzz on social networks in the UK than Brad Pitt war movie.
Empire CEO Mario Haddad and Gulf Films chief Selim El-Azar discuss distribution in the region at Abu Dhabi show business conference.
China and Italy could help Marvel’s sci-fi blockbuster hold the top slot.
Sargent-Disc has won the Specialist Payroll Provider Award at the 2014 Payroll World Awards in London.
UK producer-financiers The Fyzz Facility, run by producers Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones, is to open an LA office this month.
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.
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.
Thriller to be directed by Daniel Alfredson and is headed to the AFM.
YA adaptation stars Chloë Grace Moretz.
The Orchard has acquired all North American rights to Frédéric Tcheng’s fashion documentary Dior and I.
The Weinstein Company (TWC) has closed the deal on rights to screenwriter April Prosser’s comedy Plus One.
K5 to handle sales, eOne to distribute in Canada.
Festival moving forward following controversy surrounding the Tricycle Theatre.
TIFFCOM delegates complain that uncoupling the Tokyo International Film Festival and its market is having a detrimental impact.
First look at Martin Freeman and Anthony LaPaglia in 1960s drama.
Studio releases HD trailer within hours of online leak.
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.
Sales outfit LevelK is to debut Scandinavian horror-sci fi Encounters at the AFM.
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).
Martin Compston, Joe Thomas star with the St Trinians star in rom-com.
Funds to bankroll new slate of English-language films.
PalmStar Media Capital is investing $200m in Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures.
AFI FEST top brass have announced the remaining films that will screen in the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Cinema’s Legacy sections.
Entertainment marketing agency Create Advertising Group has promoted two long-standing executives.
EXCLUSIVE: British producer Miriam Segal of Good Films has secured backing from Bank Leumi for her slate of seven new features.
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.
Indian films Court, Chauranga and Killa were the big winners at the close of the Mumbai Film Festival (MFF), which wrapped on Tuesday night.
Newly created role will oversee all five of BAFTA’s London-based ceremonies.
Florence Foster Jenkins biopic will also star Hugh Grant.
Curzon Home Cinema’s On Demand service to be available through Amazon Fire TV at launch.
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).
Broad Green Pictures (BGP) and filmscience have announced that Patrick Stewart has joined the cast of Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room.
IFC Films has snapped up US rights to David Gordon Green’s drama Manglehorn starring Al Pacino that premiered in Venice and Toronto.
Game of Thrones star joins supernatural thriller, based on an original idea by David S Goyer.
Mark Duplass has been confirmed as one of four daily keynote speakers at SXSW.
Birdman star to receive award at the festival in January.
The fifth Underwire Festival, which showcases shorts made by female filmmakers, will run Nov 11-15 at The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick, London.
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 and Judy Davis lead cast of the new film from director Jocelyn Moorhouse.
Romantic drama stars Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson.
Winning projects announced for the Irish Film Board low budget dilmmaking scheme, Catalyst Project.
Days of Glory director and American Psycho producer to receive career achievement awards.
TIFFCOM: South Korean sales company Finecut has announced a raft of deals led by romantic comedy Fashion King.
Conferences company Winston Baker has struck a national partnership with TrueSpark, a non-profit educational charity that engages teens about positive character through films.
Three to five films will make it to nominations stage.
French actress known for roles in The Piano Teacher and Amour to preside over festival jury.
A total of 17 co-productions received a share of $5.8m
Production underway on All Roads Lead to Rome.
Hollywood Film Festival executive director Jon Fitzgerald has announced the event’s winners.
Walt Disney Animation Studios has revealed plans for the CG comedy adventure Moana.
Voltage Pictures to begin sales on horror remake based on the original Eli Roth script.
Richard Gere stars as a homeless man in the film that debuted at Toronto.
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.
Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman has slotted into AFI FEST as an additional Centerpiece Gala.
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.
Festival attendance up 7.5% with more than 163,000 breaking audience records.
Europa Distribution has warned that the European Commission’s proposed single digital market would be a “catastrophe” for the independent film sector.
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.
Action thriller directed by James Watkins stars Idris Elba.
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.
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, Christina Voros and Catherine Dussart to preside over feature competition juries; seven world premieres of Arab films in feature competitions.
Cinema do Brasil promoting several titles at the Rome Film Festival’s market.
Odeon is launching a series of new advance screenings under the banner ScreenUnseen.
Vue Entertainment International has appointed Alison Cornwell as its chief financial officer.
Other winners include Assaf Korman’s Next To Her.
Haunted house thriller snapped up for Canadian home ent market.
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 surged past $400m as a robust second weekend hold in China generated $23.1m overall and propelled the international running total to $404.8m.
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.
World premiere of motor racing documentary Speed Sisters to open Doha Film Institute’s second annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival.
Other winners include The Tribe, a documentary about Syria and Catch Me Daddy actress Sameena Jabeen Ahmed.
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.
Creative Scotland has identified seven key priorities for growing the country’s film sector, top of which is the creation of a film studio.
EXCLUSIVE: The British director of Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy set to deliver new play next year.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit to shop horror at AFM.
The Braveheart and Game of Thrones star one of three new actors to join the British feature.
Other winners at the ECA Awards included a live Muse concert, three Royal Opera House productions and the British Museum’s Pompeii Live.
A number of financing deals in the works following micro-budget finance market.
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.
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.
Güeros, 10,000 KM and Happy Valley will screen at the festival as top brass announced programming in three sections.
Faye Walker has joined Cinedigm as svp of customer acquisitions. Separately, OddLot has announced two promotions in its development team.
The UK culture minister talks about the current strengths and challenges of the British film industry.
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.
The Oscar-winning producer of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is putting together funds for the environmentally themed family drama Talk Is Cheep.
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.
Jakob Oftebro (Kon-Tiki) plays the titular Danish-Norwegian Vice-Admiral
Festival veteran discusses this year’s “pop mix” and a “very challenging” year.
EXCLUSIVE: Finance and production company will be allied to GFM Films.
IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to the supernatural horror film that Content Media will introduce to international buyers at the AFM.
CPH:DOX has announced its 2014 programme including more than 200 documentaries from around the world.
World premiere to be held on November 10.
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 has expanded his Los Angeles-based boutique firm into its second Canadian location.
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.
The festival’s 25th edition will feature a contribution from Ai Weiwei and competition titles including Whiplash, Nightcrawler and Foxcatcher.
AMBI Pictures acquires English-language remake rights to Princess.
Debut competition titles at cinematography festival unveiled.
Netflix has blamed its decision to hike subscription fees for lower than forecast growth recorded over the past quarter.
Vue Entertainment International reaches agreement to acquire The Space Entertainment, Italy’s largest cinema chain
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.
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.
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.
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.
The company has bolstered its AFM slate with the thriller starring Pierce Brosnan and Ashley Greene.
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.
Dreamworks Animation CEO also reflected on an infamous 1991 memo, getting fired from Disney and 3D at his BFI London Film Festival keynote.
EXCLUSIVE: Jane Campion and Gerard Lee developing a new season of Top of the Lake; Steve McQueen drama gathers pace.
EXCLUSIVE: Comics series spawned Judge Dredd and Halo Jones.
D Films has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Blumhouse International.
The genre sequel – retitled Woman in Black 2 Angel Of Death – will open in the US on January 2, 2015.
eOne Films has acquired North American rights to the comedy Walter and will release day-and-date theatrically and on VOD in spring 2015.
EXCLUSIVE: First image from space-based military thriller from debut director Andrew Martin.
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.
Global Screen sells 3D animation feature The 7th Dwarf to the US, UK, Australia and Italy, among others.
MIPCOM: First two episodes of series based on the Noah Wyle-starring movie franchise screened in Cannes.
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.
TrustNordisk is to kick off presales on Swedish comedy-drama A Man Called Ove at the American Film Market.
Visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic opens new London facility; unveils senior team.
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.
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 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.
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.
Up to three low-budget features will be greenlit from the 12 selections.
EXCLUSIVE: StudioCanal acquires Black Coal, Thin Ice; more deals done on Theeb and Love Is Strange.
Maker will create four original series for Morgan Spurlock’s fledgling channel smartish.
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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Road trip comedy to co-star Laura Carmichael and Chloe Pirrie.
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.
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.
The Association Of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) has elected its board of directors for 2015.
The Imitation Game and Iris received audience narrative and documentary honours at the 22th annual Hamptons International Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: “Russia’s Brad Pitt” to star in Alexey Uchitel’s period drama.
Projects range from a film about centenarians to documentaries about renowned hunger striker Bobby Sands, Winnie Mandela, Ratko Mladic and Madonna’s backing dancers.
The New York Film Critics Circle will vote for the 2015 awards on December 1.
Event returns in Budapest after being dogged by controversy
The Nightcrawler star has been added to the speaker roster at the inaugural Produced By: New York (PBNY) conference set for October 25.
Event series to offer insights on film preservation and crowdfunding campaigns among others.
The Old Vic’s production, starring Richard Armitage, to be screened in more than 350 cinemas.
UK sales and distribution outfit The Works is teaming with rights software company Counterpoint Systems to launch an online theatrical bookings and billings system.
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.
Paramount Pictures’ Mark Wahlberg crime thriller will receive its world premiere on November 10.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: The Toronto-based distributor has acquired worldwide rights to the Sepia Films documentary.
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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Nymphomaniac actress to co-star with Robert Pattinson, Tim Roth and Berenice Bejo.
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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Titles include Angel at my Table and Once Were Warriors.
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 star of the upcoming Transporter reboot to lead new film from Teddy Bear director Mads Matthiesen.
Edge of Tomorrow star to help judge the winner of the IWC Filmmaker Award.
Yann Demange’s thriller among five debut films nominated for European Discovery 2014.
MIPCOM: Demand for UK television shows abroad has increased 5% over the past 12 months, fuelled by growing sales in the US and China.
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.
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.
The New Currents Award went to Korean film End Of Winter [pictured], directed by Kim Daehwan, and Iranian film 13, directed by Hooman Seyedi.
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.
Other prize winners include ‘71, Catch Me Daddy and Lilting.
Ali Mostafa’s road trip movie will open Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
St Petersburg International Media Forum closes inaugural edition with world premiere of Serena.
Sara Colangelo receives Tangerine Juice Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
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 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.
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.
Fledgling content creator Compadre has teamed up with Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures to co-finance the coming-of-age comedy.
EXCLUSIVE: The Hobbit star joins Funny Cow cast.
Short-listed projects included On Screen Off Screen and How To Kill Uffie.
More than 80 documentaries to receive world premieres.
China’s Huace Film & TV is buying a 15% stake in South Korean investor-distributor Next Entertainment World (N.E.W.).
EXCLUSIVE: Mafia drama, labelled ‘the new Gomorrah’, gets UK deal.
EXCLUSIVE: Feature marks debut of award-winning commercials director.
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.
David Fincher’s crime mystery generates nearly double the comments of the YA thriller on UK social networks.
CPH:DOX will open on Nov 5 with the world premiere of Anders Ostergaard’s 1989.
Stories of Our Lives deemed “contrary to Kenya’s norms and values”.
All eyes will be on the Asian mega market as the latest Marvel Studios blockbuster makes its debut.
Stephen Chbosky of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower fame is set to direct from a screenplay that Larry Stuckey will write.
The Academy has received a record 83 submissions for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar.
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.
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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based sales company has added the faith-based rom-com to its roster heading into MIPCOM.
Actress Saoirse Ronan and director Jim Sheridan among selection committee to submit thriller based around a lifeboat crew.
EXCLUSIVE: CEO Brian O’Shea has launched a television division in the run-up to MIPCOM.
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.
White paper unveiled at Power to the Pixel sets out six challenges facing funds in the digital age.
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.
South African adaptation of Puccini’s opera directed by Berlinale Golden Bear winner Mark Dornford May.
Molinare wins picture post for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2.
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.
Public can host screenings of documentaries using new site.
Finalists include Clio Barnard, Alison Owen and Susanna White [pictured], Benedict Cumberbatch, Penny Woolcock, and Pippa Harris.
Mike Myers’ Supermensch and fashion house doc Dior and I among sales.
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.
Two-day event will take place at the Tyneside Cinema.
National Amusements and Showcase Cinemas create event cinema role in response to growing success.
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.
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.
The Flickering Flame will explore the director’s 50-year career through the battles he fought to make films.
Sherlock star talks awards buzz around The Imitation Game and opening the BFI London Film Festival.
Universal Pictures on board film adaptation of classic British series; cast to include Billy Nighy, Catherine Zeta Jones and Toby Jones
Other winners include Joko Anwar’s A Copy Of My Mind, July Jung’s Dora and Davy Chou’s Diamond Island.
The European Film Market to include TV series for the first time.
Former Scott Free London head Liza Marshall recently launched Archery Pictures with Kris Thykier.
Relativity International to handle sales on Good Films thriller at AFM.
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.
The Qingdao government and Wanda Group are introducing a package of incentives to encourage productions to shoot at Wanda’s Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis.
Norwegian director Roar Uthaug is preparing Scandinavia’s first disaster movie, The Wave (Bølgen).
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).
Jorge Granier’s Spanish language digital entertainment company GoTV has merged with Rich Hull’s Latin Anywhere and will be rebranded, Latin Everywhere.
EXCLUSIVE: Shooting has begun on Crusader action film, with a cast that includes Game of Thrones’ Kristian Nairn, aka Hodor.
The Lionsgate drama is based on the Nicholas Spark novel of the same name. Good Universe handles international sales.
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.
The Icelandic filmmaker’s latest venture with Universal will be based on tales of Nordic settlers and life in the Viking age.
Festival organisers presented the three inaugural awards on Monday (October 6) at Rio’s CCBB cultural centre to films that tackled LGBT themes.
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.
Data will be key to successfully reaching audiences in the future, according to Buzzfeed’s John S. Johnson.
Organisers at the third annual Los Cabos International Film Festival continue to build on the event’s affiliation with Canada.
EXCLUSIVE: IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund expands funding programme with HBF+Europe.
Russian Ark director hopes to take Francofonia, Louvre Under German Occupation to the next Cannes Film Festival.
London-based Headline Pictures, the outfit behind Quartet and The Invisible Woman, has revealed further details of its slate of high end TV dramas.
Abu Dhabi Film Festival’s development and post-production fund awards $500,000 per year.
The American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop For Women (DWW) has formed a mentor group.
Director of The Queen, Philomena and the upcoming Lance Armstrong biopic to receive honour at BFI London Film Festival.
First image released of period drama from Chariots of Fire director Hugh Hudson.
Slingshot Global Media has signed a non-exclusive television development venture with EuropaCorp Television Studios.
The Walking Dead distributor Entertainment One (eOne) has restructured its London-based sales division to merge its TV and film arms.
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.
Screenwriters will write micro-budget ideas for director Max Myers.
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.
Universal’s screenings of Billy Elliot the Musical - Live became event cinema’s first number one at the UK box office last month.
Bentley Productions head of development Tom Winchester has joined the TV arm of 28 Days Later film producer DNA.
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.
Summit Entertainment has set a wide September 30 2016 release for J C Chandor’s oil spill disaster film starring Mark Wahlberg.
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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Tom Harper’s thriller to debut at London Film Festival; acquisitions exec re-locating to UK.
Industry events include co-pro forum, China Day, Argentina-Brazil focus.
Fox’s adaptation records $6.6m (£4.1m) opening, including previews; Universal’s Dracula Untold bites into $2.7m (£1.7m) on debut.
World premiere of family feature set for Nov 23 in London.
The Sundance Institute has announced six projects selected for the New Frontier Story Lab in Utah.
Legendary Entertainment has appointed the publishing and literary executive as vice president, literary affairs.
BAFTA nominee Robbie McCallum makes feature debut on drama Atlantic Heart.
Other winners include Poland’s Kebab & Horoscope, British film Luna, Japanese feature The Lights Shines Only There and illegal immigrant doc Days of Hope.
A roundup of news from the inaugural St Petersburg International Media Forum includes a busy French delegation and a local controversy brewing over Leviathan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Japan’s Toho is launching sales on Vibrator director Ryuichi Hiroki’s Strobe Edge, a live-action adaptation of the hit manga love story.
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.
Main awards won by films from Uruguay, Romania and Switzerland.
I Can Quit Whenever I Want wins the Golden Puffin; Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear gets special jury mention.
EXCLUSIVE: Guido Rud’s FilmSharks International has prevailed in a bidding war, acquiring feature rights to Abel Basti’s Latin American publishing sensation.
Arclight Films’ Asian label, Easternlight Films, has picked up international rights to The Queens, directed by and starring Taiwanese singer and actress Annie Yi.
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.
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.
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.
The president of Paramount Pictures International is leaving the studio in light of a shake-up to integrate international marketing and distribution.
Universal Pictures is setting up a new global home entertainment division headquarters in Los Angeles.
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.
The multi-platform partnership will feature initiatives delivered across Google platforms, including Google for Education, Google+, Google Play and YouTube.
The comedian and entertainer will collect the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 4, 2015.
As The Boxtrolls enters it second weekend in release, Focus Features and Laika announced they have extended their collaboration.
Three individual writers and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.
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.
BFI Aardman Animation Development Lab to offer support and professional, hands-on experience to emerging talent with a passion for creating animated family films
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.
Pernilla August and Lone Scherfig join forces on an adaptation of Hjalmar Söderberg’s 1912 novel.
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.
Denzel Washington’s action film outguns David Fincher’s mystery thriller – with the Maze Runner not far behind.
Cinematography festival to present retrospective on the innovative British film-making duo, attended by Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker.
Film from BAFTA-winning director Tomek Baginski to premiere as part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi season.
The film starring Michael Keaton to receive a simultaneous UK premiere with the Brighton Film Festival.
Nine recipients, including the editor of The Goob [pictured], to receive financial boost.
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.
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’s will remain as chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company until June 30, 2018.
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.
Sunray Films MD and former Focus Features International co-president to give address.
EXCLUSIVE: Catch Me Daddy, X+Y also among locally-shot films at the festival.
Upcoming US composer receives Golden Eye award from Hans Zimmer.
Harvey Keitel and Ana Ularu lead holocaust drama directed by Cannes award-winning director Jasmin Dizdar.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The long-serving senior executive will become president of domestic distribution and the outgoing Nikki Rocco.
eOne and Hammer have agreed to an exclusive multi-year first-look film deal.
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.
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.
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.
It has emerged that Jason Sudeikis will lead the voice cast as Red, alongside Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Danny McBride and Peter Dinklage.
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 Film Festival and Chinese video platform Youku to sign MOU on Asia’s Masters and Newcomers Project
Elisabeth Murdoch is to leave Shine Group after the merger between the super-indie she founded in 2001 and Endemol is complete.
Shane Meadows’ BAFTA-winning drama for Channel 4 starts shooting “final four stories” in Sheffield.
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.
Susanne Bier film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.
War drama stars Alicia Vikander and Game of Thrones star Kit Harington.
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 has become the latest country to secure a co-production agreement with China.
Gus Van Sant has concluded principal photography in location in Japan and Massachusetts on Bloom sales title The Sea Of Trees.
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.
The French star of recent Toronto selection Samba who broke out in A Prophet has signed with United Talent Agency for representation.
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 has joined Robert Simonds’ film and television studio as president of motion picture marketing, effective immediately.
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.
Heretic Films has appointed the producer and entertainment attorney as president. Separately, Mika Pryce has joined Red Granite as creative executive.
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.
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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World premieres from Goupil, Li, De La Cruz, Yeo, Yoshida and more.
JC Chandor’s new film set for Jan 23 launch in UK.
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.
Principal photography has begun on Colombia: Wild Magic.
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.
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.
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.
Hungarian director Marcell Gero has revealed the hurdles behind his documentary about murderers trying to reintegrate into society.
David Farr’s psychological thriller starts shooting with Clemence Poesy, David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn.
John Malkovich will head to Zurich later this week to present his latest film and receive the festival’s Golden Eye award.
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.
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.
The distributor has acquired North American and Scandinavian rights to Alan Rickman’s recent Toronto International Film Festival closing night selection.
Thykier’s Peapie to merge into new company Archery Pictures.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to Angus MacLachlan’s Tribeca ensemble drama starring Paul Schneider, Heather Graham, Melanie Lynskey and Amy Sedaris.
Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.
Cohen Media Group has acquired US rights to Mandarin Cinema’s current San Sebastian Film Festival entry directed by François Ozon.
The Hurt Locker producer gives ten tips for producing award-winning films at the right budget.
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.
The 12 Years a Slave director will be honoured with the European Achievement in World Cinema award.
Thriller marks Emma Watson’s first lead role since Harry Potter.
Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced that Strache has been promoted to svp of acquisitions and co-productions effective immediately.
Sheriff leaves Aardman Animations after 25 years.
The research-based SaaS company has appointed Ben Spergel as evp of consumer insights, effective immediately.
The Doha Film Institute has unveiled the spring recipients from its film grants programme, backing 21 projects from 14 countries.
ADFF to present 197 films from 61 countries.
Projects unveiled for the Northern Seas Film Forum at the St Petersburg International Media Forum.
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.
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.
Mohamed Khan’s Factory Girl has been selected as Egypt’s submission to the best foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards.
Drama ordered by Sky and Canal+, to be co-produced by Warp Films and Haut et Court.
Mad Man star will be joined by Rafe Spall and Game of Thrones’ Oona Chaplin in feature-length special.
More funds are becoming available for film-making but are leading to inflated budgets, according to finance experts.
Lili Simmons has joined the cast of Caliber Media’s Western alongside David Arquette, Sid Haig, Kathryn Morris and Evan Jonigkeit.
Carnaby to launch sales on PTSD soldier drama at AFM.
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.
Actor discusses his portrayal of the Colombian drug lord alongside Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson at Zurich Film Festival.
Guneet Monga, producer of Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, has championed the fast-growing new wave of Indian cinema.
Picturehouses to operate the two cinemas and IMAX screen at the National Media Museum, Bradford
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.
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.
Other winners included Norwegian drama Blind, Danish horror When Animals Dream and Nick Cave doc 20,000 Days On Earth.
Helsinki International Film Festival scores new audience record.
Carlos Vermut’s Spanish drama wins best film and best director; Dennis Lehane wins best screenplay for The Drop.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to the politically charged drama from Disruptive Films and Emotion Pictures.
EXCLUSIVE: Spain shoot for period drama from Chariots of Fire director Hugh Hudson.
Actor-director says he won’t return to crowdfunding to finance his films.
Pulp Fiction exec and BuzzFeed consultant hails digital opportunities for filmmakers.
Eleven Swiss films and five Swiss co-productions will screen during the 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25-Oct 5).
Swiss feature doc Yalom’s Cure, which premiered at the Locarno Festival in August, has been snapped up by a number of European distributors.
Award-winning Swiss director Stefan Haupt may have to make room in his trophy cabinet with his latest film The Circle (Der Kreis).
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.
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.
The studio has acquired the Material sci-fi spec script from Christina Hodson.
Paul Sorvino, Robert Knepper and Stéfano Gallo have been cast in Cold Deck ahead of the scheduled September 30 start in Toronto.
The founder and former CEO of Slated has joined the Los Angeles-based social tagging platform as head of product.
EXCLUSIVE: Arclight Films’ period action film Outcast, starring Nicolas Cage, was pulled from Chinese theatrical release last night, just hours before its midnight previews.
EXCLUSIVE: Marks the first feature from commercials director Rohan Blair-Mangat.
EXCLUSIVE: Horror snapped up from XYZ after Toronto screening.
Cast already includes Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.
Historical drama stars Tahar Rahim and debuted at Venice.
After playing in San Sebastian, the family drama sells across Europe and Asia-Pacific.
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.
Posh boy drama rules the roost as Liam Neeson outguns Denzel Washington on social networks in the UK.
The Society honoured 19 companies at the fifth annual Entertainment Technology And New Product Awards luncheon ceremony held at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.
Nominations include Monty Python Live (Mostly), NT Live’s War Horse and concert broadcasts from Muse and Robbie Williams.
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.
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.
The California-based effects studio has opened its flagship facility in Montreal.
EXCLUSIVE: Morgan Matthews’ X+Y among Toronto haul
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.
Highlights of the main competitive strand that showcases top new Brazilian cinema.
Only the seventh time Palestine has submitted film to the Academy Awards.
The Production Guild of Great Britain has revealed the winners of its inaugural awards.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Cuban film August wins the San Sebastián Co-production Fórum; Magallanes wins Films in Progress.
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.
Digital Jungle Pictures has completed post-production on its first feature marking the directorial debut of Dennis Ho.
Former Focus Features exec to oversee New York operation for London-based technical film services company.
Jenny Stjernströmer Björk appointed new evp acquisition and co-production at Scandinavian major Svensk Filmindustri
Cinime app uses to be given access to film content.
Susanne Bier’s drama debuted at Toronto and stars Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster Waldau.
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.
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.
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.
Kriv Stenders’ comedic crime thriller starring Simon Pegg premiered in Toronto and will open theatrically in 2015. Cargo handles international sales.
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.
The pair joins Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins on the Western. Celluloid Dreams represents international sales.
The studio has moved its Johnny Depp action comedy up from its original date of February 6, 2015.
EXCLUSIVE: Powerhouse production duo launch film and TV company.
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.
The director of Frank and What Richard Did to adapt Laird Hunt’s novel about a woman who joins the American Civil War.
EXCLUSIVE: Event cinema specialist acquires classics distributor.
The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) and Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) have selected 14 finallists for the latest round of SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants.
EXCLUSIVE: Fledgling Turkish distributor snaps up 20 titles.
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.
Italy hopes to repeat last year’s win in the Best Foreign-Language Film category with Paolo Virzi’s family thriller.
SAN SEBASTIAN: Local films secure best-ever box office share of 23.6%.
British drama debuted at Venice Days.
The 13th edition of Locarno’s Open Doors co-production forum to focus on four countries in the Maghreb.
Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer will open the 30th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, set to run from January 27-February 7.
Independent Film & Television Alliance membership held their annual elections on September 24 for the executive committee and board of directors.
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.
J C Chandor’s anticipated crime drama to get world premiere at LA’s AFI FEST.
The fledgling financier-producer-distributor continues to make waves, taking North American rights to its third film out of Toronto.
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 and Vince Vaughn will assume the mantle of lead roles in the second season of the acclaimed crime series.
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.
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.
London-based visual effects company to open animation unit in Montreal and begin production on 3D feature Charming.
Heading into MIPCOM, French television executive Pascal Breton has partnered with a group of film and television producers and showrunners to launch Federation Entertainment.
The Visual Effects Society will present the filmmaker with its Visionary Award at the 13th Annual VES Awards on February 4, 2015.
Magnolia has acquired North American rights to Josh Lawson’s sex comedy, while LevelK has closed further international sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Culture minister Ed Vaizey to meet BFI and industry during London Film Festival.
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 will leave the British Independent Film Awards at the end of the year.
Director of programming to take a documentary role at Sundance.
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, 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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Titles include A Chorus of Disapproval, Homeboy.
Iceland has selected Baldvin Zophoníasson’s Life in a Fishbowl as its entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Oscar.
Slovenia goes with Seduce Me, Bosnia selects With Mom, Macedonia opts for To The Hilt
Other jurors across London’s competitions include Sally Hawkins, James McAvoy, James Corden and Dexter Fletcher.
Hacker drama received world premiere in Toronto.
US actor was due to join the Zurich Film Festival jury this weekend
Privately backed Resurgent Film Group has launched a new media company and will adapt The Lions Of Lucerne by author Brad Thor.
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.
BBC Worldwide has bought a 35% stake in Simon Vaughan’s production and distribution business Lookout Point.
Endemol Worldwide Distribution has struck a development and distribution deal with Feel Films, currently working on feature The Song of Names.