Top brass at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) presented by AT&T have announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition and Viewpoints selections.
EXCLUSIVE: Service adds upcoming releases, is in talks with commercial and indie exhibitors for roll-out.
The 2015 Cinefoundation Atelier will host 15 projects from 14 countries.
Scholarships for Chinese and British nationals part of education push from BAFTA.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales deal ahead of wide theatrical release in China.
ITV’s pre-tax profits have surged by 39% to £605m in 2014 following a strong performance from ITV Studios and healthy advertising and online growth.
MARCH 3 UPDATE: In what will come as little surprise to the industry, reports are circulating that the major US theatre chains are lining up to boycott Netflix’s likely theatrical release in support of an Oscar campaign.
Origin has acquired rights to Blanc/Biehn Productions’ dark thriller starring Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc Biehn.
The film-maker and artist will present the West Coast premiere of her new work at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival on April 28 and 29.
EXCLUSIVE: Independent boards sales; Robbie Ryan to produce, DoP.
Deal secures co-production treaty with qualifying films not subject to China’s quota on foreign films.
Open Road Films has released the first image from Oliver Stone’s upcoming drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Sequel slips past Dragon Blade and Wolf Totem in second week of Chinese New Year holiday.
James Cullen Bressack’s second feature was set to be the first release in a new joint VoD venture between Nerdly and TheHorrorShow.TV.
Inaugural festival wrapped this weekend screening more than 30 European arthouse films.
Animation has become the biggest grossing Japanese feature of all time in Hong Kong after just seven days of release.
Stephen Page’s new feature is currently in production and is produced by the creative team behind The Turning.
Big screen adaptation surpasses Non-Stop’s worldwide tally of $236m to become their biggest ever worldwide release.
RLJ Entertainment has promoted Mark Ward to chief acquisitions officer, feature films and hired Angela Northington as svp of content acquisitions of urban brand Urban Movie Channel.
In a significant switch that underscores Voltage’s ambitions, the executive has left as president of IM Global to become president / COO at Nicolas Chartier’s company.
IM Global and leading label Republic Records have signed a multi-film co-financing and co-production deal that kicks off with the Atlanta-set urban comedy Rollin’ Thunder.
The Weinstein Company has climbed aboard to co-finance with FilmNation the McDonalds origins story set to star Michael Keaton.
The Doha Film Institute’s (DFI) new Qumra event, which kicks off on Friday (March 6), will welcome more than 100 global film professionals and 150 Qatar-based industry guests.
The Austin festival will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the John Hughes classic with the world premiere of the remastered version.
EXCLUSIVE: UK deals for Nicolas Cage and Jennifer Connelly films.
Fox’s sequel scores $5.8m (£3.74m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Fifty Shades of Grey; Universal’s raunchy adaptation crosses £30m mark after 17 days in play.
Jaime Winstone to lead cast for Rose Tremain adaptation.
Sundance doc The Wolfpack, Kickboxer reboot and Asterix & Obelix among UK deals.
EXCLUSIVE: Sean Ellis to direct, Cillian Murphy to co-star in assassination film.
Tom Browne’s feature debut wins first Audience Award; 40,000 admissions for second year in a row.
Crimea and Ukraine-themed films and those showcasing “family values” among those to get support.
UPDATED MARCH 2: Fifty Shades Of Grey extended its dominion to a third weekend on top via Universal Pictures International as a confirmed $34.3m from 59 territories elevated the running total to $337m.
There were several noticeable bumps in evidence at the weekend as distributors expanded their theatrical footprints in the wake of last Sunday’s (February 22) Academy Awards.
UPDATED MARCH 2: Will Smith’s return to action in Warner Bros’ caper opposite Margot Robbie helped the film opened top in North America on a confirmed $18.7m over a slow post-Oscar session.
Leonard Nimoy, who earned a place in the hearts of millions of genre fans for his timeless portrayal of Spock in Star Trek, has died in Los Angeles from pulmonary disease. He was 83.
Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar win has thrown a new potential star into the ring as players in the independent space hustle to package films for Cannes and beyond.
The distributor has secured US rights to Shawn Rech and Brandon Kimber’s documentary
Manish Mundra’s production company Drishyam and Sundance Institute have organised the Drishyam – Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab 2015 to take place in Goa, India, from April 12-16.
Bruce Lee Enterprises CEO Shannon Lee is teaming up with Lawrence Grey and Janet Yang on a biopic about her iconic father.
EXCLUSIVE: Deals with Wild Bunch, Memento, Submarine include doc The Seventh Fire, presented by Terrence Malick.
New joint collaboration aimed to boost visibility of Swedish films and co-produce new features.
Jennifer Aniston drama tops Julianne Moore Oscar-winner.
In a landmark ruling on Thursday that will almost certainly face rigorous appeal, the Federal Communications Commission voted in favour of open access to the internet.
Alcon Entertainment is in talks with the French-Canadian to direct sci-fi sequel Blade Runner and confirmed Harrison Ford will reprise his iconic role as Rick Deckard.
One week into shooting in Cleveland, finance issues have forced Benaroya Films to temporarily halt production on the action thriller starring Bruce Willis.
The organisation’s first CEO will relocate from London to Los Angeles
EXCLUSIVE: A Christmas Miracle was in the works before the British filmmaker died in 2012.
The distributor has acquired all US rights to Pat Mills’ comedy that premiered in Toronto.
The multiple Oscar winner has come on board to narrate the documentary about fistula, a debilitating condition that turns healthy African women into outcasts.
Exhibition giant Odeon is to go on sale for approximately £1bn, its owner has announced.
EXCLUSIVE: Bernard Hill, Virginia McKenna head MoliFilms comedy.
EXCLUSIVE: Visual effects firm behind The Theory of Everything and the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony appointed sole vendor.
The studio’s film group president is leaving the role after six years.
Black Coal Thin Ice, Haider and Blind Massage also score multiple nominations.
Philip Yung’s Port Of Call to close the festival.
Germany’s Commerzbank is prepared to serve as a financier of more international co-productions going forward as it increased its annual financing volume for film and TV production to $340m (€300m) in 2014.
EXCLUSIVE: Screen International LA Star Of Tomorrow 2014 Gerard Barrett’s crime drama starring Toni Collette and Jack Reynor proved a popular sales title at the recent EFM in Berlin.
Outfest top brass have announced the line-up for the 2015 Outfest Fusion LGBT People Of Color Film Festival.
Vincent Zhou’s 3D sci-fi adventure to shoot this spring at Pinewood Malaysia.
Marco Mueller, recently appointed general advisor of the 5th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF), has unveiled his team of ten international industry professionals.
Warner Bros Pictures International unleashes the caper film Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie day-and-date with North America in 31 markets including the UK, Russia and South Korea.
The distributor has acquired all North American rights to Jafar Panahi’s newly annointed Berlinale Golden Bear winner.
US distributor buys 45% stake in David Garrett’s Mister Smith.
Lucy Boynton [pictured], James Remar and Lauren Holly have joined Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka on horror thriller February.
EXCLUSIVE: The Expendables 2 director boards special forces action film.
EXCLUSIVE: New films from Ben Wheatley, Eleanor Coppola, Joshua Marston in-demand.
Pre-sales down 40% following shootings in the Danish capital less than two weeks ago.
European Commissioner Günther Oettinger’s proposals for a Single European Copyright Title has now received from support from some quarters in the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Daniel Lee’s Dragon Blade, starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody, topped the China box office over the Chinese New Year holiday weekend, grossing $54.84m in its opening four days.
Duke of Cambridge and president of BAFTA to discuss organisation’s long-term ambitions for UK-Asia cross-cultural exchange.
The former Fox Filmed Entertainment chief who has been running TriStar Productions in the Sony fold has been named chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) motion picture group.
QED International founder and CEO Bill Bock is leaving the sales, financing and production company behind District 9, Fury and W.
The Orchard has picked up North American rights to the recent Berlin European premiere Nasty Baby, while in a separate deal The Film Arcade will distribute People, Places, Things in the US. Both films premiered in Park City.
The Sundance hit that triggered a world rights deal with Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush will open on July 1.
Studio hierarchy announced the move in a call with analysts after the Q4 earnings report declared a $263.2m net loss.
Tax reliefs for the UK film, TV and animation industries are generating billions of pounds for the UK economy, according to a new report produced by analysts Olsberg SPI and Nordicity.
Lady Gaga’s performance and Julie Andrews appearance proved the biggest social moment of the 87th Academy Awards.
Benedict Cumberbatch drama leads the pack with six nominations.
Director of The Jackel and Memphis Belle joins $30m fantasy epic.
A memorable 87th annual Academy Awards for Fox Searchlight saw Birdman claim best film, director and two other statuettes to tie with The Grand Budapest Hotel’s four-strong haul.
The 87th Academy Awards full list of winners (and nominees).
Humility, humour and thanking mothers
Marielle Heller’s Berlin Generation 14plus grand prix winner The Diary Of A Teenage Girl will open the 44th instalment of the New York-based festival, set to run from March 18-29.
The Canadian Media Production Association’s conference will explore the changing face of the entertainment business when it runs from March 4-6.
Video Services Corp has acquired from FilmBuff exclusive rights to Adam Carolla’s upcoming comedy.
Follows Marco Mueller’s exit last year.
Directors of award-winning films including Uncle Boonmee… and Kandahar also back freedom of expression fight.
EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor secured deals with Sierra/Affinity, Fortitude and IM Global.
Shoot begins on adaptation of bestselling love story; Danish star Connie Neilsen also joins cast.
Universal’s raunchy adaptation becomes highest grossing 18-rated film of all time with $38.9m (£25.2m).
Former Focus Films exec named film festival artistic director.
Baldvin Z’s drama scoops 12 Edda awards.
Shooting on Edward Snowden thriller underway in Munich.
The two awards season front-runners kept the race interesting through the final weekend as Birdman took best film and Boyhood’s Richard Linklater best director at the 30th Independent Spirit Awards.
FEBRUARY 23 UPDATE: Universal’s Fifty Shades Of Grey reached a confirmed $405.1m worldwide and closed out the weekend as the leading film at the global box office for the second consecutive session.
American Sniper received the most dramatic box office ‘bump’ of all eight best film Oscar nominees following the Academy Award nominations.
FEBRUARY 23 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey dropped 74% in its second session as a confirmed $22.3m was still enough to stay top through Universal and Focus Features.
Film is nominated for Oscar in foreign language category. Kristen Stewart and Sean Penn also win Césars.
Oliver Stone has begun principal photography in Munich on the Pathé Films drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Rob Huber to leave Twentieth Century Fox after 16 years to take Universal Pictures International role.
EXCLUSIVE: Arrow Films takes UK rights to romantic comedy co-starring Jessica Alba and Salma Hayek.
The distributor has acquired US rights to Camilla Dickinson and The Jokesters.
Erotic drama whips up huge numbers online as EL James adaptation crosses $300m at global box office.
The distributor has closed a deal with StudioCanal for US rights to Luca Guadagnino’s thriller and follow-up to I Am Love.
Producer Gail Katz, whose credits include Pawn Sacrifice and The Perfect Storm, has acquired film and TV rights to the modern classic board game The Settlers Of Catan.
The recently rebranded company has bulked up its war-chest with a North American rights deal for Geeta V Patel and Ravi V Patel’s true-life rom-com. Separately, Gravitas has acquired Man From Reno.
Warner Bros has led a $24m round of financing in the online gaming and content titan.
Imax has struck a deal with Paramount and co-financing partner Skydance Production to remaster and release the thriller worldwide on July 1.
The San Francisco Film Society has announced the 11 contenders for its $75,000-plus 2015 SFFS Documentary Film Fund supporting feature documentaries in post-production.
Sundance winner snapped up at Berlin’s European Film Market (EFM).
Odin’s Eye makes EFM sales on shark attack thriller to the UK, Japan, Middle East and India.
First edition of the new Icelandic film festival to open with award-winning actor Sverrir Gudnason in attendance.
Details of UK showcase for global film buyers revealed.
Fifty Shades Of Grey has raced to $311.7m worldwide via Universal heading into a second weekend it looks certain to dominate.
Lakeshore Entertainment has found its director for the Philip Roth adaptation after Phillip Noyce dropped out due to what were understood to be scheduling issues.
LGBT festival to close with documentary Out To Win; Rocky Horror to screen at BFI Imax.
Production is set to begin next month in Texas on Lian Lunson’s Waiting For The Miracle To Come starring Willie Nelson, Charlotte Rampling and newcomer Sophie Lowe.
The distributor plans to release the Slamdance 2014 documentary later this month.
Top brass at the increasingly heavyweight awards season staging post have announced this year’s festival dates.
Lantica Media has hired the producer as vice-president of its production and financing arm Lantica Pictures.
JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions has extended its first-look deal at paramount through July 2018.
Festival to honour The Artist director with encore presentation of OSS 117: Cairo, Nest Of Spies.
German distributors Neue Visionen and Salzgeber & Co. Medien each acquired a raft of new titles at this year’s European Film Market (EFM).
EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based VMI Worldwide closed a pair of major theatrical deals at the EFM on its Kurt Cobain true-crime drama.
Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow as shooting begins in Australia.
David Oyelowo wins for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr; Amma Asante collects award for Belle.
Hot projects new to Screenbase include Nicolas Winding Refn feature The Neon Demon, Pope Francis biopic Francisco, Brady Corbet’s directorial debut The Childhood Of A Leader and a new adaptation by Wim Wenders.
Award-winning producer and Killer Films co-founder Christine Vachon has joined the March roster of SXSW keynote speakers.
The Warner Bros and Barefoot Films family drama starring Til Schweiger has become the studio’s biggest release of all time in Germany.
Jim Jarmusch to executive produce Gabe Klinger’s Porto Mon Amour starring Anton Yelchin.
Omar Sy and Irrfan Khan have joined Imagine Entertainment and Columbia Pictures’ third Robert Langdon thriller starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones.
Executive previously served as national director of Electronic Media Services Division.
EXCLUSIVE: US, UK, France among major market deals on slate.
Oscar-nominated Abderrahmane Sissako named president of the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury.
EXCLUSIVE: 33 screenings for vampire mockumentary, starring Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, on audience-led screening platform.
Effective March 2, Reinseth will oversee linear content acquisition, development and production for the division.
EXCLUSIVE: Creative director promoted at UK distributor.
Version Originale/Condor and Jour2Fete co-acquire heist thriller.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Xu Jinglei’s Somewhere Only We Know topped the China box office over the Valentine’s Day weekend, grossing $37.72m from 6.99 million admissions.
Top brass at Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival announced on Tuesday (February 17) the five post-production selections.
Netflix could spend as much as $5bn on content in 2016, according to analysts.
INFOGRAPHIC: Life, starring Robert Pattinson, Golden Bear winner Taxi and Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert also secure strong scores on social media chart.
The streaming giant has announced a major play that concluded in the final days of the EFM, flexing its mighty claws for all rights to one of the hottest packages in Berlin.
The Mexican’s triumph at Sunday’s (February 15) 29th Annual American Society Of Cinematographers awards for Birdman cements his status as favourite for the Oscar this weekend.
Critics rank Andrew Haigh’s double Silver Bear winner the best film in competition at the Berlinale.
Finn Nørgaard was killed in an attack in the Danish capital on Saturday.
Universal’s raunchy drama blows off opposition on way to $20.7m debut (£13.5m).
EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway in South Africa on Chris Smith thriller.
“An incredible selection” was the verdict given by jury president Darren Aronofsky about the Berlinale’s 2015 competition line-up.
The distributor has picked up US rights from The Match Factory to Sebastian Schipper’s thriller following its world premiere in Berlin.
FEBRUARY 17 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey generated a confirmed $156m through Sunday rising to $173.6m through Monday from 58 territories via Universal to generate the biggest ever international launch for an R-rated or equivalent film. The worldwide tally already stands at $266.6m.
FEBRUARY 17 UPDATE: Universal’s smash S&M romance dominated North America on a confirmed $85.2m three-day debut that toppled The Passion Of The Christ’s 11-year February record and scored $93m over the four-day Presidents’ Day Weekend.
Other prizes saw British actors Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling wins Silver Bears for their roles in 45 Years.
Sanna Lenken’s Swedish drama wins best film in the Berlin Film Festival’s Generation Kplus section.
UK documentary Tell Spring Not To Come This Year, filmed on the frontline in Afghanistan, also wins.
Swedish teen drama takes top prize in the Generation 14plus strand.
The distributor has acquired US rights to Estonia’s foreign language Oscar nominee.
The European Film Market’s Matthijs Wouter Knol ended his first edition as director today confident that the new initiatives introduced had been accepted by the industry.
ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Jarret Tarnol’s coming-of-age story.
EXCLUSIVE: Film premiered in competition in Berlin
In a show of mass solidarity not seen since the Screen Quota protests nearly a decade ago, 74 South Korean film industry groups together held a press conference today (Feb 13) in Seoul to protest recent encroachments on freedom of expression.
Norwegian comedy-drama named Best European film in Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section.
Plans to support independent film distributors on VOD.
Erotic thriller generates more than 10 times as much online comment as the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending.
The Coming War will tell the unreported story of the new “Cold War” between the US and China.
There has been a shake-up to the Belgian tax shelter - one intended to squeeze out the “middlemen” perceived to have abused the system.
Feature documentary to tell the story of the Jewish inventor behind Hitler’s favourite car.
Sundance titles Stray Dog, Welcome to Leith and Station to Station among haul.
Enhanced tax rebate has resulted in a mini-production boom.
Dutch director Sacha Polak has revealed further details of her first English-language project, Vita and Virginia.
Bao Nguyen’s documentary about the history of Saturday Night Live will kick off the 14th edition of the festival in New York on April 15.
FEBRUARY 13 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey is now active in 34 international territories and has climbed to $28.6m via Universal Pictures International, rising to $37.2m worldwide factoring in Thursday night’s (February 12) estimated $8.6m midnight grosses in North America.
Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to the Berlinale selection 45 Years starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. Separately, The Orchard has acquired Cartel Land while monterey media will release Runoff.
EXCLUSIVE: UK, France, Australia deals on documentary.
Sierra/Affinity has sold more than 30 territories at EFM on Black Bear Pictures’ red-hot Matthew McConaughey adventure package, set to start principal photography in June.
Talent agent David Unger has joined Three Six Zero Group co-founders Mark Gillespie and Dean Wilson to form Three Six Zero Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has announced from Berlin it has closed an all-rights North American deal for Chilean genre specialist Patricio Valladares’ action-comedy.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) has signed a deal to distribute Paramount’s physical Blu-ray and DVD home entertainment product.
Behind the scenes footage from the next James Bond film offers glimpses of star Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes.
Mads Matthiesen’s upcoming film starring Ed Skrein scores five territory deals at Berlin’s European Film Market (EFM).
Berlinale director discusses ticket sales, VOD platforms and the spirit of ‘Baumi’.
Naji Abu Nowar’s co-production to get Middle East distribution.
Panorama title and acclaimed drama The Tribe sell for Paris outfit.
Italian sales agency secures deals in Berlin
Roadside Attractions and Godspeed Pictures have set a May 15 theatrical release for the 2014 Heartland Film Festival Audience Choice Award winner.
Leading Starz shareholder John Malone earns seat on the Lionsgate board as the latter seeks to boost its TV business.
EXCLUSIVE: Shoreline Entertainment has picked up world sales rights at the EFM to the crime-thriller starring Jonathan Bennett, Nikki Shah and James Russo.
New UK distribution company NEO has made its first two acquisitions in Berlin.
Richard Abramowitz will guide the nationwide release of the documentary through his company.
Cinema do Brasil’s seventh International Distribution Support Prize has opened for applications at the EFM.
The lead actress Oscar winner for Cabaret will be honoured with the 2015 Jack Valenti – Los Angeles Italia Legend Award at the L.A. Italia Film Festival.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: TV show spin-off Running Man topped the China box office in its first full week (February 2-8), grossing $24.49m, while The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies slipped to second place with $20.11m.
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is launching a cloud-based online platform for animation professionals, Animacloudly, with partial support from Creative Europe.
The European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) association of national funders from 31 countries across Europe met in Berlin this week to discuss key objectives and address future challenges facing the film industry.
Sony Pictures have struck a deal with Walt Disney-owned Marvel Studios that will see new Spider-Man first appear in an upcoming Marvel film.
Submarine has boarded the documentary Yayoi Kusama: A Life In Polka Dots.
SXSW top brass have unveiled the Midnighters section and the complete short film line-up at the festival, set to run in Texas from March 13-21.
Read Screen International’s daily magazines from the Berlin International Film Festival here.
EFM attendees pulled a steady market out of the bag despite the exchange rate, the customary early-year scramble to assemble new product and buyer reluctance to pull out wallets before Cannes.
Gary Michael Walters, CEO of the production company behind Whiplash and Nightcrawler, has opened a London hub.
Kino Lorber has taken all US rights to the documentary It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks, about a legal battle between the French magazine and the Muslim French Council.
EXCLUSIVE: Lotus Entertainment has enjoyed a strong reception for its Sacha Gervasi thriller November Criminals starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort.
EXCLUSIVE: Competition title Big Father, Small Father And Other Stories has been snapped up in France ahead of its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday.
EXCLUSIVE: The Film Sales Company, in Berlin screening Forum selection H., has come on to produce the documentary Sweetheart Deal with Peggy Case and Elisa Haradon.
Roberto Olla, executive director of Eurimages (the Council of Europe’s film fund) is calling for a re-think of how the organisation reaches its funding decisions and, in particular, how it defines “quality”.
The Icelandic film-maker is in pre-production on the psychological thriller that he says will be “dark and foreboding and uneasy.”
The Film Arcade has acquired US rights to Sundance feature Unexpected.
EXCLUSIVE: Carnaby inks multiple deals on espionage thriller.
BFI Distribution is inviting bookings from international exhibitors to screen a newly restored concentration camp documentary, known as ‘the lost Hitchcock’.
Bridging The Dragon is an association connecting European and Chinese film professionals.
EXCLUSIVE: Other IFFR pick-ups include God Loves the Fighter.
Wang Xiaoshuai’s Venice premiere sells to French distributor.
South Korean’s More In Group sells biopic to Israel and Hong Kong.
Psychological thriller acquired by Italian sales collective for world sales.
Winners of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung were announced on Sunday [Feb 8].
Silver Sword International (SSI) has acquired all US, Canadian and UK rights to the Catholic Church corruption documentary Final Vatican Conspiracy.
EXCLUSIVE: Matt McCombs’ Spotlight Pictures has acquired world rights to Sydon’s Falsely Accused.
Autlook’s Panorama selected Iraqi Odyssey has now gone to iWonder (Italy).
Second World War epic first Russia-Ukraine co-production for several years.
The Snow Queen 2 has been snapped up for release in Brazil, one of several deals closed at Berlin’s EFM by Russian studio Wizart.
EXCLUSIVE: Mekimi follows a media star who turns ultra-orthodox?.
EXCLUSIVE: Poland-based sales outfit concludes number of deals on its slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Swedish film bodies join forces for push.
EFM: The Los Angeles-based sales, financing and production company has reported a roaring trade on its marquee sales title here.
Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights from Coproduction Office to Ulrich Seidl’s In The Basement.
EXCLUSIVE: Queen of the Desert star joins Mia Wasikowska, Guy Pearce.
EXCLUSIVE: Hirschbiegel’s 13 Minutes and Sundance winner Umrika among those in-demand.
EXCLUSIVE: James Franco drama I Am Michael to open LGBT festival; BFI London Film Festival 2015 dates revealed.
EXCLUSIVE: Company takes world rights, outside India and South Asia, to 25th anniversary edition.
Disney’s animation holds number one with $3.8m (£2.53m) second weekend; Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service adds $3.3m (£2.2m) for $12.5m (£8.2m); StudioCanal’s Shaun the Sheep Movie is the week’s highest new entry.
‘Know your project inside out’, was the message from a panel of industry experts to producers thinking about taking the alternative distribution route.
French festival has announced that Norway will be the guest country at the seventh edition of the festival in December.
The Indonesian government has sacked a senior official after it emerged that the Tourism Ministry sent a delegation to the Berlinale that had no connection to the film industry.
EXCLUSIVE: Maris Martinsons [pictured] to direct Magic Kimono, starring Kaori Momoi.
EXCLUSIVE: EoF channels will now be launched on Spain’s Filmin, Turkey’s Salonsuz and Chile’s Ojocorto.
Additional deals closed in Germany-Austria, Italy, Poland and Norway, among others.
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor takes UK and Canadian rights to Anna Muylaert’s Panorama title.
Mexican actor joins lists of ‘masters’ for DFI’s inaugural Qumra event, which will see 31 projects from 29 countries involved.
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor acquires US rights to Damon Gameau’s Generation and Culinary title That Sugar Film.
Genre specialist Raven Banner has secured Canadian rights to Eli Roth Presents The Stranger, winner of the 2014 Fantastic Fest and Sitges Best Iberoamerican Film Award.
Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International has sold key territories at the EFM on its rom-com.
EXCLUSIVE: Icelandic production company gears up for first in-house production.
EXCLUSIVE: Stefano Savona’s Samouni Road mixes live action and animation.
EXCLUSIVE: Companies are currently in post production on second feature Phantom Boy [pictured].
Support scheme launched under the auspices of the Sarajevo Film Festival last August.
Sales outfit at the EFM with Blood Ransom and Afterimages.
EXCLUSIVE: First look at Arsen A. Osojic’s drama.
Egypt’s first-ever found footage horror film to screen tomorrow [Feb 10].
EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks inks further deals on 2014 Icelandic Oscar submission.
EXCLUSIVE: Electric Entertainment closes multiple territories on thriller starring Anthony Hopkins
EXCLUSIVE: Faith-based title continues to sell well for Pure Flix.
Hot projects on Screenbase this week include German-Canadian co-production In The Lost Lands, twin brothers Mohammed Abou Nasser and Ahmad Abou Nasser’s Dégradé, spy-thriller Damascus Cover and documentary Tomorrow.
Adventure film sells to Germany, France, Bulgaria, Estonia and Iran.
Locarno’s initiative dedicated to films in post-production to highlight five-seven projects.
55th edition of the festival to focus on the theme of memory and remembering.
Company has extended its licence of 3D systems.
Keynote at the Creative Europe MEDIA day conference was Oettinger’s first face-to-face encounter with the European film professionals.
Professor Stephen Hawking and the surprisingly good British weather were amongst the stars of the show at the 68th BAFTA Awards ceremony.
Boyhood scoops Best Film and Best Director in London.
The results are in. Find out who picked up the top prizes at the BAFTAs.
Jupiter Ascending grossed $32.5m from a little under 10,200 screens in 65 countries led by $4.7m from 1,900 in Russia and $2.5m from 392 in France.
Ambitious start-up Broad Green has paid $6.5m in Berlin for US rights to Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups ahead of its festival premiere as well as the director’s untitled follow-up.
Paramount’s children’s comedy The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water arrived in grand style thanks to an estimated $56m that scored the fifth biggest February launch of all time.
EXCLUSIVE: Les beaux jours d’Aranjuez is an adaptation of the play by Peter Handke.
EXCLUSIVE: Golden Bear contender Werner Herzog is eying an April start on Salt And Fire, his Queen Of The Desert follow-up that is generating heat for sales agent International Film Trust.
EXCLUSIVE: Martin Scorsese has joined action film as an exec.
EXCLUSIVE: Moviehouse boards The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson.
EXCLUSIVE: Company signs new deals with Tele München Group, Viva and Imagem.
The Birdman director has edged into the lead in a tantalising Oscar race as he earned top feature honours at the Directors Guild Of America’s 67th annual DGA Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday [February 7].
Producer of Generation Kplus title Rainbow [pictured] sets up company to finance content-driven Indian cinema.
EXCLUSIVE: Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s company announces string of key hires in marketing, sales, finance and business affairs.
EXCLUSIVE: Tan Twan Eng’s award-winning novel set for English-language feature to be co-produced with HBO Asia.
EXCLUSIVE: Transilvania Film Fund to be launched in April with initial budget of at least €100,000.
Ritesh Batra, director of Indian hit The Lunchbox, is in advanced talks to direct an adaptation of award-winning novel The Sense of An Ending.
Funny Balloons has secured sales of the Berlin Competition contender from the Oscar-nominated director of No.
EXCLUSIVE: Scope50 presents a new arthouse distribution business model to stimulate audience interest in independent European films.
EXCLUSIVE: Swedish distributor picks up The Duke of Burgundy, X+Y and This is England ‘90, among others.
EXCLUSIVE: Ballet movie sells for Wide House, who are also beginning pre-sales on Unpleasant Truths directed by Marcel Opuls.
EXCLUSIVE: Blue Box International closes key territories on Scott Adkins action-thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: UK production company behind Berlin title The Beat Beneath My Feet greenlights next feature.
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American and Latin American rights from Beta Cinema to 13 Minutes, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Hitler assassination drama that plays out of competition in Berlin.
Silver Reel to finance action film based on Andy McNab novel as further pre-sales are secured.
Company to handle international sales on Raoul Peck’s long gestating The Young Karl Marx; key roles cast.
EXCLUSIVE: Celluloid Dreams strikes deal after Berlin screening
EXCLUSIVE: Dominic West, Stacy Martin among cast of UK drama.
EXCLUSIVE: WestEnd inks deal on western starring Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson; first look picture.
EXCLUSIVE: Adventure period comedy sequel sells to slew of territories, including Japan.
EXCLUSIVE: Fortitude International has struck a deal with Robbie Brenner’s Relativity Squared (R2) to launch sales at EFM on DJ Caruso’s The Tribes Of Palos Verdes.
TrustNordisk sells Norwegian action-drama to distributor for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Ford Brothers’ horror sequel sells to distributor in the UK.
FiGa Films sells Forum world premiere to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Laura Poitras’ documentary set for release in Australia, Portugal and France, among others.
The Weinstein Company has announced a pair of scheduling changes, moving Underdogs back by four months and renaming The Coup as No Escape.
Company acquires US rights to Paul Andrew Williams’ drama about the televised trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann.
The Norwegian Film Institute has announced a sizable $2.2m production award for upcoming troll movie The Ash Lad in the Hall of the Mountain King.
EXCLUSIVE: First titles include Radu Jude’s next film Scarred Hearts.
EXCLUSIVE: German actor to star in film version of Tom Hillenbrand’s Devil’s Fruit.
Jayro Bustamante discusses his Guatemalan story sold by Film Factory.
Government officials due at the Berlinale for the signing of the treaty.
EXCLUSIVE: North American deal for drama starring Elijah Wood.
EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway on Childhood of a Leader.
EXCLUSIVE: Partners behind Breathe Umphefumlo reteaming on new slate of films.
EXCLUSIVE: Buyers take to animation after Open Road deal.
EFM: Aldamisa has acquired sales rights to Royal Ice, based upon the life story of Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Myriad Pictures is handling world sales here on the thriller Duelo starring Olga Kurylenko.
Clive Owen will play a down-on-his-luck carpenter in Arclight Films sales title The Confirmation.
EXCLUSIVE: XLrator Media will co-produce, release in the US and oversee international distribution on three action-thrillers.
EFM: Landmine drama screened at British Embassy; Metro International handling sales.
Verfehlung is the German sales agent’s first acquisition at the EFM.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit headed by former Intandem execs.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks is showing first footage of the first officially endorsed biopic of Pope Francis at the EFM.
Company acquires international rights to Ryugo Nakamura’s second feature in five years following The Catcher On The Shore [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: Follow-up to US box office hit God’s Not Dead is set to open in US on March 20.
EXCLUSIVE: 13 Films licenses Germany and all German-speaking rights in all media to Constantin Film.
EXCLUSIVE: Action spoof stars Donnie Wahlberg, Jenny McCarthy and Lukas Haas.
EFM: The Oscar winner has joined the cast of John Pogue’s action thriller starring Bruce Willis, which International Film Trust is selling here.
Brad Pitt will star for Robert Zemeckis in an epic drama for Paramount Pictures, GK Films and New Regency based on an original story by Steve Knight.
Cinema Guild has acquired all rights to Jem Cohen’s documentary Counting ahead of its world premiere in Berlin on Monday (February 9).
Danish director’s final TV series to be premiered later this month by Danish pubcaster DR.
EXCLUSIVE: Projects include an omnibus about Hong Kong’s history that brings together eight of the territory’s leading directors.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Classics nabs hit Sundance doc about rags to riches racehorse.
EXCLUSIVE: CTB, A-One Films, former K5 exec launch company at EFM; among first titles is next project from Target [pictured] writer-director Alexander Zeldovich.
EXCLUSIVE: Golden Globe winner to star in and produce drama sold by High Point.
EXCLUSIVE: JK Youn’s blockbuster closes a string of sales across the Asia Pacific region.
Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and Disney’s Big Hero 6 set for another top spot tussle this weekend.
Müller spoke at the opening of this year’s Berlinale last night [Feb 5].
German distributor picks ip Love At First Fight (Les Combattants) [pictured], October Gale, Cabin Fever: Reboot and Viy,
Academy has recognised Jerusalem Film Festival as an official body authorised to qualify short films for the Short Film Awards category.
Whit Stillman’s Love and Friendship and Hany Abu-Assad’s Arab Idol among six international co-productions supported by the Netherlands Film Fund.
EFM: Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Isaach De Bankolé and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi have joined Richard Gere on the cast of Oppenheimer Strategies, which The Solution Entertainment Group is selling at the EFM.
DisruptiveLA announced that Beau Knapp and Stephen Moyer will join the cast of new drama, Juveniles.
Gemma Jones, Daniel Wolfe and Peter Mullan among guests to attend upcoming 11th Glasgow Film Festival.
Spotlight Pictures has picked up world sales right to Generation 14plus selection The Beat Beneath My Feet starring Luke Perry and newcomer Nicholas Galitzine.
Double Dutch International has acquired worldwide rights for Daniel Dolphin And The Horn Of Sea Dragon.
EXCLUSIVE: British actor set to star in prison-based comedy-drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Co-founder Rich Goldberg in is Berlin looking for global rights as part of a strategic expansion.
Agreement kicks off with Open Road Sleepless Night to star Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan.
EXCLUSIVE: First image from eOne’s anticipated drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Lucy Hill promoted to head of acquisitions for eOne, Australia.
EXCLUSIVE: Companies launch venture to promote films from New Zealand and Australia.
EXCLUSIVE: Latest feature from Anne Fontaine has just started principal photography in Poland’s Mazury region and stars Ida’s Agata Kulesza.
EXCLUSIVE: Film is Rohlfilm’s second collaboration with Israeli film-maker Hagar Ben-Asher following The Slut [pictured].
Company will announce its first slate of projects closer to Cannes.
Arab Cinema in Sweden will release Mohamed Khan’s feature on April 24.
Second European edition of genre co-production market to feature two extra spotlights in addition to its 17-strong line-up.
UK festival to run Sept 3-13 at venues across Cambridge.
Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus lead the cast on director’s first English-language film.
Conversations About Cinema will be run in partnership with Chapter Arts (Cardiff) and QFT (Belfast).
Sales company acquires international rights to English-language 3D animation.
Hong Kong-based sales company acquires international rights to Derek Kwok’s sports drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales company inks deals to multiple territories on Boo Ji-young’s Cart.
EXCLUSIVE: Film is currently in post-production and has sold to the likes of the UK and Poland.
EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome International inks deals on action-adventure.
EXCLUSIVE: The Truth Commissioner to star Roger Allam, Julian Rhind Tutt.
Amy Pascal, the Sony exec whose emails were made public as part of a hacking scandal at the studio, is to leave her co-chairman position to launch a new production venture at the studio.
Principal photography to start next month in LA.
New entity is one of the biggest filmed entertainment outfits in Europe.
The executive has joined Continental Media as president and has begun EFM talks with buyers on Petr Jakl’s The Ghoul.
Big Hero 6 scooped five awards at the Visual Effects Society’s 13th annual VES Awards in Los Angeles.
The Weinstein Company has come on board to handle US distribution and co-finance IM Global and Antoine Fuqua’s narco-thriller.
Clarius Entertainment has acquired US rights from CAA and Paradigm to Benaroya Pictures and The Genre Company’s thriller, which International Film Trust sells at the EFM.
GKIDS has picked up North American rights to Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet and plans to release in summer.
EXCLUSIVE: German indie powerhouse signs slew of deals.
EXCLUSIVE: Mr. Turner actor Timothy Spall is to star in Away, the fifth collaboration between producer Terry Stone and international sales agent Cinema Management Group (CMG).
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International has spiced up its EFM slate and joined a select handful of sales agents to secure the services of red-hot Ethan Hawke.
Voltage Pictures has picked up international sales on Officer Downe as the graphic novel adaptation gets a new lease of life and moves into production next month.
EXCLUSIVE: Embankment boards western thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Protagonist boards Eleanor Coppola road-movie.
EXCLUSIVE: Saboteur will rep two films at the European Film Market.
EXCLUSIVE: New sequel to hit French time travel film starring Jean Reno and Christian Clavier set for 2016.
China-US-Australia co-production set for major Chinese New Year release.
Picture Tree International sells Paulo Coehlo biopic to Music Box Films for US.
EXCLUSIVE: Drama heads to shoot, The Yellow Affair to sell at EFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Family film stars Emily Watson, Dominic Monaghan.
We’re the Millers star Will Poulter will co-star opposite Dakota Fanning in drama Brain on Fire, which David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment is selling at EFM.
Feature marks first co-production between Chile, Japan and France.
EXCLUSIVE: Japanese studio Nikkatsu is attending EFM with Hideo Nakata horror Ghost Theatre and Yuki Tanada’s Romance, which teams the female director with award-winning actress-singer Yuko Oshima.
Company to handle international sales on Sacha Jenkins’ Sundance title.
EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nippon TV (NTV) is launching sales on new titles by hot Japanese directors Takashi Miike and Shunji Iwai at the European Film Market (EFM).
Content Media has bulked up its EFM slate with international rights to Dark Factory’s recent Sundance revenge thriller Reversal.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Golden Bear for short films, the VoD service is making the festival’s award-winning shorts available to a global audience.
Psychological horror sells to France, Scandinavia, Taiwan and Turkey.
Three new animation features on Munich-based sales company’s EFM slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Dutch Features Global Entertainment sells German-speaking rights and secures additional French deal.
EXCLUSIVE: Madsen documentary sells to Italy and Poland, with further deals close.
Vertical Entertainment has taken North American rights to Shyam Madiraju’s thriller starring Ethan Peck, Jessica Lowndes, Diego Boneta, James Remar, Sung Kang, and Nate Parker .
EXCLUSIVE: UK financier inks development deal with Sexy Beast and Under the Skin director.
Screen International has appointed Fionnuala Halligan as chief film critic and reviews editor.
Luke Evans will star in the Thunder Road and Shine Pictures thriller that Alex Walton is introducing to buyers in Berlin.
Double Dutch International president Jason Morning announced on Wednesday (February 4) the company will kick off pre-sales in Berlin on the heist film.
Kino Lorber has acquired US rights to Guy Maddin’s Berlin Forum opener The Forbidden Room following its recent world premiere in Sundance.
The former vp of acquisitions for Magnolia has joined ICM Partners’ international and independent department headed by Jessica Lacy.
The Solution Entertainment group will commence EFM sales on the Amanda Seyfried and Theo James supernatural thriller Black Lung for 2929 Productions and Cooper’s Town Productions.
Aldamisa International is launching sales at the EFM on Scarlett Johansson’s previously announced directorial debut, set to commence production in New York this summer.
BFI figures show that there was a 35% increase in film production in the UK during 2014 with a total spend of £1.471bn, the highest recorded figure ever.
Cast completes on Rebecca Miller’s romantic comedy, which starts shooting later this month.
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Madsen alien encounter doc played at Sundance.
Extra £3m to provide financial supports for Scottish film, animation and high-end TV production and to support skills development.
Film arm Heyi Pictures to co-produce six projects in 2015.
Scholars will take part in the programme which supports the next generation of UK creative industries talent.
In a move that will have EFM buyers who acquired international rights from Lionsgate watching closely, Warner Bros has moved the action reboot off its original July 31 date to December 25.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies held on to the top spot at the China box office for the week Jan 26-Feb 1, grossing $42.84m, although reality show spin-off Running Man put up a fight with $37.05m over its opening weekend.
Three-year deal with China’s leading internet television company begins with BAFTA Film Awards.
The Mumbai Film Festival has confirmed that Anupama Chopra is taking over as festival director starting with this year’s edition (Oct 29-Nov 5) while filmmaker Kiran Rao will head the board of trustees.
Terence Chang, Philippe Bober and Naomi Kawase are among the producers of the 30 projects selected for this year’s Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF, March 23-25).
Filmmakers from 24 countries, including the US and Italy, to receive funding
In the run-up to the EFM in Berlin, Protagonist Pictures announced final casting on Rebecca Miller comedy Maggie’s Plan.
INFOGRAPHIC: The Hunting Ground and Me And Earl And The Dying Girl led the pack.
Swedish cinemas registered a total of 16.3 million admissions last year, down 2% on 2013 – but the 25.1% local market share was the highest since 2009.
South Korea’s film industry sales hit an all-time record of KW2.03trillion ($1.85bn) last year.
Berlinale serves as launchpad for new German sales outfit Pluto Film.
Directors of Oh Boy, Persepolis and Cinema Paradiso among those to join omnibus film; Ai Weiwei shooting remotely this weekend from Beijing.
The fashion house documentary has been snapped up in Russia, Italy and Benelux among other territories.
Chloé Zhao’s drama, which debuted at Sundance last week, snapped up in France.
Triple Oscar-winner to be honoured with the Vision Award.
Director of Way To Blue Spain appointed European managing director.
More than 80 TV productions with a total spend of more than $900m (£600m) benefited from the UK’s high-end TV tax break in 2014.
UK production company and distributor’s slate led by suspense thriller Candlestick.
Dogwoof acquires international rights for A&E Indiefilms’ Sundance-winning Cartel Land.
The British star will play Col Percival Fawcett opposite Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson in James Gray’s adventure that Sierra/Affinity represents at the EFM.
StudioCanal’s smash has become the biggest family release of all time for a non-US studio film as it earned the latest distinction in a box office run that has been bristling with accomplishment.
Mr Turner director to be honoured this weekend.
Short promo to be presented at Berlin’s European Film Market.
Former Total Film and Premiere editor will succeed Wendy Mitchell.
EXCLUSIVE: On the back of its marquee sales title and awards contender Cake starring Jennifer Aniston, Conquistador Entertainment will kick off sales in Berlin on the drama starring red-hot Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti and Johnny Simmons.
Imax Corporation has revealed its latest distribution play via its $50m war chest to finance original film, partnering with Broad Green Pictures to join Sophisticated Films and Wild Bunch on Terrence Malick’s Voyage Of Time.
Top brass at the 22nd South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival have announced the feature line-up for the upcoming festival, set to run from March 13-21 in Austin, Texas.
Media Business Insight, publisher of Screen International, had been bought by Mobeus Equity Partners backing a management-led buy out of five media brands from the Top Right Group.
EXCLUSIVE: Sundance winner picked up from The Match Factory
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired all North American rights from Beta Cinema to Sharon Mammon and Tal Granit’s euthanasia comedy. BOND/360, Zeitgeist Films and Image Entertainment have all been active in separate deals.
Lantica Media, formerly known as Indomina, will co-finance and co-produce with Relativity Studios the upcoming thriller from Frank E Flowers as part of an overarching pact.
Submarine Entertainment has licensed Doug Aitken’s Sundance film in a slew of international territories ahead of an anticipated US announcement.
Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment has received the Alfred P Sloan Feature Film Prize and a $20,000 cash award as the Sundance Institute announced Science-In-Film honourees.
The distributor has acquired US and Canadian rights to the true-life drama starring Jaime King.
The partners have announced the start of production in Victoria, British Columbia, on the teenage heroin addiction drama.
Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry also announced for Whit Stillman’s adaptation of unfinished Jane Austen novella
Thriller starring Eloise Mumford sold to territories in Asia and Europe by Jinga Films.
Franco-Mauritanian Abderrahmane Sissako Timbuktu has clinched best film and best director at the Lumière Awards, France’s version of the Golden Globes.
EFM: Good Universe has closed a host of international sales heading into the EFM on Lava Bear’s supernatural thriller led by a major deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA).
EFM: The Beverly Hills-based sales agency has launched a full-time office in Paris named CMG Europe SAS.
Milla Jovovich is in advanced negotiations to star as a sorceress in Myriad Pictures’ fantasy adventure based on short stories from the creator of Game Of Thrones.
EXCLUSIVE: Advance international ticket sales on Fifty Shades Of Grey, set to open day-and-date worldwide via Universal on February 11, have sky-rocketed to 2.75 million across 39 markets.
Producers Marie Lora-Mungai and Tendeka Matatu are merging their assets to create Restless Global, a development, finance, production, distribution and exhibition studio for African content both within and outside Africa.
XYZ Films has teamed up with John Hegeman’s new genre label Distant Corners Entertainment to produce the collection of subversive holiday tales from multiple directors including Kevin Smith.
EXCLUSIVE: Industry Pictures and Lentin/Odette Productions announced on Monday (February 2) the multiple Canadian Screen Awards nominee will premiered at the market in Berlin.
In a pair of late-breaking North American deals from Sundance, Alchemy has acquired political thriller Zipper while The Orchard has taken Finders Keepers.
Controversial director makes rare appearance and speeches at Danish film awards.
Other new projects include prison drama Jailbirds (Taularde) starring Sophie Marceau.
Disney’s latest animation lands with $6.45m (£4.295m), including previews; Fox’s adaptation bows just behind with $6.37m (£4.24m), including previews, and posts Matthew Vaughn’s best-ever Fri-Sun tally in process.
Carnaby International to begin sales of Damacus Cover in Berlin this week as filming commences in Morocco.
HanWay to launch project in Berlin.
IFFR also reveals other award winners including the audience prize.
Taiwanese filmmaker and actress Sylvia Chang has been chosen as the Filmmaker in Focus at this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF).
BBFC gives adult classification to forthcoming feature for “strong sex”.
British live action and animated shorts will go on UK and international tour from March
Teenage outcast drama wins four Jussi awards including best film.
Global Screen and Picture Tree International are lining up a number of market premieres to be unveiled at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin later this week.
BOX OFFICE: Chinese Running Brother stormed to the top of the international box office charts at the weekend thanks to an estimated $35m haul.
Clint Eastwood’s war film held on to number one for the third consecutive weekend as an estimated $31.9m looks to have set a new record for the weekend and boosted the running total through Warner Bros to $248.9m.
EXCLUSIVE: Brian O’Shea and his team head to Berlin with world sales rights to Vadim Jean’s caper staring Kelsey Grammer.
EXCLUSIVE: LA-based Spotlight Pictures heads to Berlin with two new titles on its sales roster.
The Art Directors Guild and ASIFA-Hollywood handed out their major honours over the weekend.
Danish director Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm took home the Gothenburg Film Festival’s Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film for drama In Your Arms.
SUNDANCE: The 2015 festival approached the end on Saturday (January 31) as Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl capped a sensational 10 days by scooping both the US grand jury prize and audience awards.
SUNDANCE: The new distributor has acquired worldwide rights to Brett Haley’s I’ll See You In My Dreams following the world premiere on January 27. Separately HBO has taken US TV rights to 3 1/2 Minutes.
EXCLUSIVE: Company racks up sales on Margarethe von Trotta’s The Misplaced World ahead of Berlinale premiere.
GOTEBORG: Anticipated Nordic titles presented to industry.
EXCLUSIVE: Fortissimo Films chairman Michael Werner said on Friday (January 30) the company had bulked up its EFM war chest with international rights to Chloé Zhao’s recent Sundance premiere.
FilmNation will introduce EFM buyers to the thriller starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan, which Open Road Films is financing and will distribute in the US.
SUNDANCE: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired international rights and The Orchard has picked up North America on Joe Swanberg’s drama. In separate deals, Ten Thousand Saints and Fresh Dressed also sold.
SUNDANCE: IFC Midnight has swooped on US rights to Dark Factory Entertainment’s revenge thriller following its world premiere at Sundance.
James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride will star in In Dubious Battle, which AMBI Distribution is bringing to the EFM.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired North America, English-speaking rights and select territories to the thriller starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort. Lotus will commence pre-sales on remaining territories at the EFM next week.
EXCLUSIVE: Cast rounds on Goldcrest’s Liz Garbus-Galt Niederhoffer comedy.
EXCLUSVE: Cast rounds on US-Swedish drama set to star Glenn Close.
Jason Michael Berman and Laura Rister have set Elle Fanning and Diego Luna to star in the sci-fi.
Producers Gina G Goff of Goff Productions and Rene Sheridan are pleased to announce the addition of
EXCLUSIVE: Doc about iconic horse race comes from Senna producer.
The Weinstein Company secures sale of drama starring Helen Mirren, set to world premiere at Berlinale.
Korean actress Son Ye-jin as been cast in Huayi Brothers’ Bad Guys Always Die (working title), which will be executive produced by Korean filmmaker Kang Je Gyu and China’s Feng Xiaogang.
EXCLUSIVE: Shoreline Entertainment has acquired rights to backwoods thriller and will introduce to international buyers at the EFM.
Open Road Films will release its newly acquired Sundance feature nationwide on June 12.
EFM: UK sales outfit The Works International has boarded world rights to documentary Elstree 1976, about the effect Star Wars had on the lives of those involved in even the smallest roles in the film.
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies stands at $630.7m through Warner Bros Pictures International and continues to rampage through China.
UTV Motion Pictures’ blockbuster PK, starring Aamir Khan, is heading for distribution in mainland China, where China Film Group and Huaxia will release it on 3,500 screens.
Alex Garland’s sci-fi drama judges edges Matthew Vaughn’s spy thriller.
European film professionals community will be looking to hear more concrete proposals about future EU policy for film and TV sector when Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, comes to the Berlinale.
CEO Brian O’Shea will commence talks with international buyers at the EFM next week on the high concept rom-com.
Patrick Roy has been promoted to president of eOne Films Canada and Les Films Séville as the company announced Bryan Gliserman was stepping down as president of eOne Films Canada.
EXCLUSIVE: Nick Meyer has bulked up his EFM sales slate with the Kenneth Longeran drama that has Casey Affleck attached to star alongside Michelle Williams.
EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based sales company will kick off sales at EFM next week on The Community’s comedy to star Shiloh Fernandez, Chris Noth, Mary-Louise Parker and Ashley Benson.
EFM: Alex Walton’s Bloom heads to the Berlin market with international rights to the geopolitical thriller starring Guillaume Canet and Jamie Dornan, who will be in town for the world premiere of Fifty Shades Of Grey.
Noam Murro will direct The Black List screenplay for Atlas Independent that Highland Film Group (HFG) will introduce to international buyers in Berlin next week.
The distributor of Woody Allen’s last six films has acquired North American rights to his latest comedy from Gravier Productions bearing the new title Irrational Man.
Patrick Wachsberger’s sales team will commence talks with international buyers in Berlin on the previously announced comedy that went into production this week and stars Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin and Anthony Mackie.
Telefilm Canada has unveiled its Ten Canadians To Watch at the Berlinale and the EFM.
The busy distributor confirmed on Thursday (January 29) its world deal at Sundance on Crystal Moselle’s documentary.
Dakota Fanning to star as a woman who descends into insanity; Gerard Barrett to direct.
The distributor has picked up US rights to Swedish director Mikael Berg’s tale of lust, love, class and the battle of the sexes.
EFM: Content Film has added another title to its Berlin sales slate and will kick off talks with international buyers next week on Alex Winter’s documentary.
Double win marks the first time two films have shared Australia’s top film prize.
Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s Chernobyl-based drama wins one of three awards at International Film Festival Rotterdam’s co-production market.
GOTEBORG: Docu-drama competing in Swedish Premieres Section at the Gothenburg Film Festival.
Sales outfit secures sci-fi feature and a Berlinale Forum film ahead of next week’s EFM.
The Sundance 2014 release has reached $4.4m in the US since its release on October 17 2014 – which its representatives said was a new high-water mark for a crowd-funded film.
GOTEBORG: Left Bank CEO Andy Harries and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas writer Tony Grisoni revealed details about upcoming projects during keynotes at TV Drama Vision, the Gothenburg Film Festival’s TV event.
Event cinema specialist Arts Alliance has upped Ross Fitzsimons, formerly head of art and classical, to head of sales and marketing.
Christoph Ahmadi to leave exhibitor as Carsten Horn is named managing director.
GOTEBORG: The Nordisk Film and TV Fund saw the level of money it allocated to TV surge in 2014 as local producers increasingly look to the small screen, according to CEO Petri Kemppinen.
GOTEBORG: Nordic territories will need to see an increase in the number of local commissioners and platforms if they are to adequately showcase flourishing scripted drama, industry experts agreed yesterday in Gothenburg.
EFM: Penelope Cruz and Diane Kruger are in final talks to star in the romance from Isabel Coixet, whose Nobody Wants The Night will open the Berlinale next week.
Another major project has dropped into the EFM as Sierra/Affinity consummates its lengthy courtship with the Black Bear Pictures adventure to star Matthew McConaughey and prepares to kick off international sales in Berlin next week.
Fox Searchlight has confirmed its deal for the US and multiple territories to Sundance hit Brooklyn, while Magnolia has swooped on Best Of Enemies and Sundance Selects buys City Of Gold.
EXCLUSIVE: In arguably the plum US title of the EFM, Mel Gibson is returning behind the camera for the first time in nearly a decade to direct Andrew Garfield in $40-50m true-life epic Hacksaw Ridge.
Lionsgate and China’s Hunan TV are in advanced talks to strike a three-year film-making pact.
EXCLUSIVE: Soda Pictures has picked up from HanWay Films Canadian rights to the Western following its world premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the weekend.
EXCLUSIVE: First image from road trip comedy starring Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael and Chloe Pirrie.
EXCLUSIVE: Vampire action film written by Danny King (Wild Bill).
Cinedigm has signed a 12-film deal with Brand Inc over three years and will funnel the original titles through multiple platforms including its OTT channels.
The Sundance Institute has announced its short film-making awards with Don Hertzfeldt’s World Of Tomorrow taking the short film grand jury prize.
Designer biopic leads the pack with 10 nominations; Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche in the running for actress awards.
ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Scott Dow’s horror spoof.
SUNDANCE: Sony Pictures Classics acquires worldwide rights to comedy starring Lily Tomlin.
Start-up UK and Beijing-based production company Parc Media has unveiled a slate of three China-UK co-productions, two of which will use Douglas Trumbull’s new MAGI 3D process.
BBC Films to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Awards next week.
Taiwanese distributor Catchplay has signed a deal to co-finance and co-distribute three New Regency productions: The Revenant, Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell.
Japan’s box office gross rose 6.6% to hit JPY207bn ($1.75bn) last year.
Major new initiatives for Scottish Film Talent announced; 14 projects selected for New Talent Shorts programme.
Antwerp musician Tom Barman, founding member of cult rock band dEUS, is setting aside time to devote to his film work and has three film projects at early stages.
Mark Damon returns to Berlin with a marquee title in the form of the Bobby Farrelly comedy and along with Tamara Birkemoe will commence pre-sales next week.
A banner year in Park City continued to deliver the goods as Magnolia Pictures acquired world rights to Sean Baker’s comedy. Separately, Fox Searchlight closed a major deal for Brooklyn, while Alchemy, SPC and Lionsgate confirmed previously reported buys on Strangerland, The Diary Of A Teenage Girl and Knock Knock.
EFM: StudioCanal has injected what is sure to become one of the hottest titles at the market, setting the Oscar winner to play amateur yachtsman Donald Crowhurst in James Marsh’s follow-up to Academy Award nominee The Theory Of Everything.
Danny Boyle has begun principal photography in San Francisco on Universal’s Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender.
Content Media will commence international sales in Berlin next week on John Suits’ sci-fi action-thriller starring Rachel Nichols, Mekhi Phifer and Missi Pyle.
Ruben Östlund’s family drama leads the pack with six Guldbagge Awards.
EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick.
Octavia Spencer is attached to star and will reunite with The Help producer Brunson Green on the biopic, which The Exchange will introduce to buyers next week.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has set the date for the 73rd annual Golden Globes.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies grossed $49.84m on its opening weekend in China, pushing record-breaking remake Miss Granny into second place.
Image Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Caliber Media’s creature feature and will release theatrically this year.
At a panel in Rotterdam, the ‘next wave’ of festival programmers from across the globe debated topics such as how much to programme audience-friendly films while championing more challenging work.
Production outfit Amour Fou is in development on two projects - including a “feminist vampire” film - with Nobel prize winning Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek.
The Sundance Institute has named the winners of the 2015 Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award presented by the new digital-only news channel AJ+.
New films on Screenbase include Eran Riklis’ drama A Borrowed Identity, Tom Barman’s The Alcoholics and twin sisters Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth’s Olivia And Jim.
Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights outside South Africa to Mark Dornford-May’s Breathe Umphefumlo, which will premiere Out Of Competition at the upcoming Berlin film festival.
A new international platform for Arab cinema, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), will launch at this year’s European Film Market in Berlin, representing 11 Arab production companies and organisations.
BAFTA-winner to adapt short story Dogfight, from cult sci-fi writer; currently in Rotterdam with Brand New-U.
Turner nominated artists The Wilson sisters, Louise Wilson and Jane Wilson, have been in Rotterdam this weekend for the international premiere of their new piece Undead Sun, originally presented in London’s Imperial War Museum last year.
New distribution initiative launched at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
Ava DuVernay and her Selma star David Oyelowo have teamed up with Participant Media to develop a romantic mystery set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina.
An unusually busy first weekend of on-site deal-making in Park City continued into the week as Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush partnered on world rights to Me And Earl And The Dying Girl and The Orchard acquired The Overnight.
EXCLUSIVE: Brady Bowen said on Monday (January 26) the company had acquired international sales rights and will kick off business at the EFM next week.
SUNDANCE: The Orchard has taken North American rights to The Overnight as reports emerged that Lionsgate was closing on Chilewood psychosexual thriller Knock Knock.
EXCLUSIVE: Director issues statement on his reasons for defying filmmaking ban, ahead of Berlinale Taxi premiere.
Busan Metropolitan City has asked Lee Yong-kwan to step down as festival director of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) ahead of its 20th edition.
Former Rome Film Festival director Marco Mueller has been appointed chief consultant to the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) as the five-year-old festival strives to become a world-class event.
Warner Bros’ awards contender posts $3.8m (£2.5m) second weekend to dethrone Taken 3; Universal’s Ex Machina leads openers with $1.7m (£1.1m) debut.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based sales agent does good business at Unifrance Rendezvous.
EXCLUSIVE: Crybaby Pictures plans project with The Bureau, Steel Mill Pictures.
UK wins two of three Canon Tiger Awards at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR); Serbia-Germany short submitted to EFAs.
Ted Field will produce writer-director Cameron Romero’s zombie origins story.
Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore earned top film acting honours at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (January 25).
Birdman took a big stride towards the Oscar on Saturday night (January 23) as it upset Boyhood to claim best feature at the 26th annual Producers Guild Awards, capping another triumphant night for Fox Searchlight.
SUNDANCE: The distributor has picked up US rights to Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel’s comedy starring Jack Black and James Marsden. At time of writing reports were circulating that SPC had taken the US and territories on The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.
UPDATED JANUARY 26: New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies crossed $600m at the international box office as a record three-day non-holiday Chinese debut delivered a confirmed $49.3m.
EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based sales, production and distribution company heads to the EFM in Berlin with international sales rights to the Alaskan adventure film.
UPDATED JANUARY 26: Clint Eastwood’s box office phenomenon crossed the $200m threshold in its second wide weekend while Lionsgate’s Mortdecai and Disney’s Strange Magic both flopped.
International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is expecting to record 280,000 cinema visits over the festival period, making it one of the biggest public film festivals in Europe.
Producer of Cannes award-winner The Wonders takes on first UK production.
EXCLUSIVE: Automatic Entertainment will introduce Berlin buyers next month to a slate that includes the thriller Goddess Of Love.
French producer Ilann Girard, boss of Arsam International and exec producer on March of the Penguins, has revealed further details of his new CineMart project Cunningham.
Upcoming productions include Ahd Kamel’ s My Driver and I.
Iranian writer-director Reza Mirkarimi’s Today, Iran’s Oscar submission, has been screening at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) this week.
SLAMDANCE: The A-lister is attached to remake rights to the January 24 Slamdance premiere Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World – A Dana Nachman Film in a deal being put together by Submarine’s new remake label Sub/Version.
SUNDANCE UPDATE: The distributor has closed a $3m-plus deal and will partner with Stage 6 Films on the acquisition of the dark comedy that has been an early hit in Park City. Meanwhile A24 closed on The Witch and Alchemy was nearing a US deal for Strangerland.
SUNDANCE: Hot on the heels of the event cinema fund launched by Tugg and New Balloon, Indiegogo and Vimeo have announced a distribution partnership. Separately, Vertical has acquired Dial A Prayer and Gravitas Ventures has picked up Any Day.
Dutch filmmaker Jan-Willem van Ewijk is developing a US-set feature, Sleep, following a father and his teenage daughter as they travel through from the Mid-West to California.
Heretic Outreach has boarded its first projects ahead of IFFR.
Savage Film presents new projects at Rotterdam; Oscar-nominated Flemish director Michaël R. Roskam’s Belgian-set feature The Faithful planning shoot.
Leo Hannewijk, festival director at Film by the Sea in Vlissingen, has taken up a new, additional role as film commissioner in Zeeland.
Speaking in Rotterdam, Netherlands Film Fund director Doreen Boonekamp has delivered an upbeat assessment of the state of the Dutch film industry.
Sales include Taiwan and Scandinavia.
Pan-European cinema event will see five films premiere in Rotterdam and simultaneously across Europe; Distrify Media and Filmin will offer through VOD.
Palme d’Or winners the Dardenne brothers issue statement following the cancellation of the Ramdan Film Festival over terrorist threats and the evacuation of a cinema.
SUNDANCE: Kuwaiti industrialist Nawaf Alghanim announced in Park City on Friday (January 23) the formation of his Los Angeles and Kuwaiti-based financing and production company.
Netflix is understood to have struck a four-film deal with Mark and Jay Duplass, it has emerged in Park City.
EXCLUSIVE: Angel Grace Productions will commence international sales at the EFM on LA-based BrownBag Pictures and Decipher Entertainment drama starring Ellen Burstyn, Danny Glover and Jane Seymour.
SUNDANCE: In another preemptive move that has kept the news flowing in the first two days in Park City, the distributor announced it has acquired North American rights to Kevin Pollak’s directorial debut.
Negeen Yazdi has been promoted to president of international production and Dan Guando to evp of acquisitions, production and development at The Weinstein Company.
Browse the digital version of Screen International here including interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Daldry; and special reports on the VFX of Interstellar, the Goteborg Film Festival and short films.
Culinary documentary to receive world premiere at Berlin next month.
Australia’s gross box office revenue dropped by 2.28% in 2014 compared to 2013, about the same as the fall from 2012 to 2013.
Magnolia has swooped on world rights to the Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders comedy set to premiere in Park City on January 27. Meanwhile A24 was understood to be in advanced talks for US rights to The End Of The Tour.
Martin Scorsese’s prestige independent drama and passion project Silence is moving ahead with a January 30 production start in Taiwan as the latest financing element has entered the equation.
Fox International’s Taken 3 stands at $105.1m and will look to surge past the $125m mark this weekend when it bursts into Australia and Brazil this weekend.
The Weinstein Company has set its release date for the Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama. In other news, DIRECTV Cinema is previewing Tracers, Samuel Goldwyn has acquired Somm: Into The Bottle and Vimeo has launched an on-demand publisher network.
The distributor has acquired all North American rights to the hit South Korean thriller and Cannes 2014 Directors’ Fortnight selection and will release in theatres this summer.
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International has bulked up its Berlin sales slate, taking international rights on Andrew Steggall’s feature debut.
EXCLUSIVE: British director Tom Harper has sharply criticised the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC) over its decision to give his Hammer horror sequel The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death a 15 certificate.
Stray Bear Productions, producer of IFFR opening film War Book, has features lined-up including the story of a gay miner in 1980s Yorkshire.
British director will premiere Eisenstein in Guanajuato at the Berlinale next month.
HBF+Europe to support co-productions with emerging territories.
Outgoing festival director Rutger Wolfson opens his final IFFR; War Book screened to packed theatre.
Megan Ellison is venturing into virtual reality and has formed the joint venture VRSE.farm with artist Chris Milk, whose Evolution Of Verse premieres in Sundance this week.
Veteran Dutch producer Stienette Bosklopper, owner and MD of Circe Film, is turning screenwriter and has written two projects already in advanced development.
Golcrest to launch sci-fi remake at EFM; UTA rep US.
The embattled studio is letting go of marketing chief Dawn Taubin, vice-chair Lew Coleman and COO Mark Zoradi as it plans to lay off approximately 500 people and cut the feature slate to two films a year.
TWC-Dimension has picked up North American rights to Condé Nast Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment’s Osama Bin Laden satire.
The US rights deal for Guillermo Amoedo’s ‘Chilewood’ genre film Eli Roth Presents The Stranger follows the recent world premiere at Fantastic Fest.
The producer has joined Miramax on the eve of Sundance as svp of acquisitions and co-productions.
The Spanish maestro will receive the Writers Guild Of America, West’s Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement.
11th edition of festival to close with UK premiere of Force Majeure, and will feature 33 UK premieres and a record 11 world premieres.
EXCLUSIVE: StudioCanal executive Nick McKay to start in April.
The Museum Of Modern Art and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center have announced their initial selections ahead of the festival, set to run in New York from March 18-29.
The American Cinema Editors (ACE) will honour Diane Adler and Jerry Greenberg as well as journalist Carolyn Giardina at the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards on January 30 in Los Angeles.
Eran Riklis’ drama formerly known as Dancing Arabs is based on Sayed Kashua’s adaptation of his novel of the same name and premiered in Locarno last year.
Cinereach has hired independent film specialist and producer Caroline Kaplan as head of creative initiatives.
EXCLUSIVE: Ariel Vromen will direct the submarine thriller that Fortitude International is fully financing.
Berlinale title follows three gay teenagers as they come out in US Bible Belt.
Projects from Italy, Ireland, Hungary and Poland were the winners at this year’s edition of the When East Meets West (WEMW) co-production market.
Dimitra Tsingou will report to CEO Mike Goodridge.
Cantinas Entertainment has acquired Mission Pictures to form Cantinas Distribution.
The studio is considering letting go of up to 400 employees according to reports.
How to avoid the pitfalls of film finance.
Kristian Brodie, one of the producers of BIFA-winning documentary Next Goal Wins, is departing Agile Films to become an independent producer under his own banner VERYFINE.
Selma, Benedict Cumberbatch, The Lego Movie and ‘Dick Poop’ set social networks buzzing following this year’s Oscar nominations.
The studio issued an unverifiable update on Tuesday (January 20) to say its controversial comedy had reached $40m via digital platforms and been viewed more than 5.8million times.
EXCLUSIVE: Titles from Voltage, Hannibal, Highland Film Group among haul.
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International will handle international sales in Berlin on 100% Halal and VICE Media Benelux’s Dutch Generation 14+ opening night selection.
Elevation Pictures will distribute the Bleecker Street slate in Canada, the company heads announced on Tuesday (January 20).
Christina Thomas will step down as chief executive of BAFTA New York on July 1 and the search for her replacement will begin in February.
Palme d’Or winners Joel and Ethan Coen will serve as presidents of the jury for the 68th Festival de Cannes.
Cinedigm has signed a 10-film deal with Lou Arkoff, Jeff Katz and Hal Sadoff to reinvent a series of American International Pictures (AIP) classics from the 1950s including The Brain Eaters and Girls In Prison.
Sierra/Affinity will kick off pre-sales in Berlin next month on Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut thriller as part of its exclusive deal to license and service Blumhouse International (BHI) films not distributed via Universal Pictures International.
The division of Mexican titan Grupo Televisa is ramping up English-language production and distribution and has appointed Chris Philip to lead its new global distribution and production unit.
Gravitas Ventures has made changes to its team in the run-up to Sundance led by the hiring of Griffin Gmelich from hulu as svp of sales and business development.
The Spanish-language digital rights holders of television and feature film content has launched the beta version of streaming portal and mobile app Pongalo.
The company behind 2014’s top independent faith-based film God’s Not Dead has announced the release for its follow-up.
EXCLUSIVE: The Paris-based company has come on as co-producer and international sales agent on the Chilean director’s low-budget survival thriller.
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired rights to the Hot Docs Film Festival world premiere and upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival selection.
Frank Marshall will receive the American Cinema Editors’ ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker Of The Year Award in Los Angeles on January 30.
Sundance Institute and Japan Broadcasting Corporation NHK have selected French actress and writer-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre as winner of the 2015 Sundance Institute/NHK Award.
Edward Noeltner has come on board to handle international sales excluding Latin America to the children’s fantasy, set to receive its US premiere in Sundance next week.
Russian punk rock protest group to preview latest film and take to the stage at IFFR.
Robert Simonds’ nascent studio has closed an exclusive, four-year premium television deal with Showtime starting this year as it moves ahead with its first four features.
EXCLUSIVE: Goldcrest nabs rights to Stonewall starring Jeremy Irvine ahead of EFM.
World premieres of Wim Wenders’ Every Thing Will Be Fine, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Elser (13 Minutes) and Pablo Larraín’s The Club added to programme.
EXCLUSIVE: Companies from Panama, US, Middle East to debut at Berlin’s EFM; Matthijs Wouter Knol discusses his first six months as market director.
Jump fuelled by Luc Besson’s English-language sci-fi thriller Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson
Fox’s threequel adds $5m (£3.3m) for $18.5m (£12.2m) after 11 days in play; Warner Bros’ American Sniper records Clint Eastwood’s best-ever opening with $3.8m (£2.5m).
London Critics’ Circle reveal top 10 films of 2014.
Ted Hope has been named head of production at Amazon Original Movies as the company behind Golden Globe winner Transparent plans to produce and acquire 12 original features a year.
Grim satire is directed by Jay Lee.
JANUARY 20 UPDATE: Taken 3 has surged to the cusp of $100m in two weeks as $31.6m from 58 markets elevated the tally to $99.5m after three sessions.
JANUARY 20 UPDATE: The Warner Bros war film expanded wide in its fourth session and vaulted 20 places to top of the charts in a record wide debut for a winter release and a handful of other records.
Browse the digital version of Screen International here including a focus on cinema bookers, Rotterdam and Sundance Film Festivals, and interviews with Birdman director Alejandro G Inarritu, Nightcrawler cinematographer Robert Elswit, The Grand Budapest Hotel production designer Adam Stockhausen and The Imitation Game composer Alexandre Desplat.
Fox Searchlight is making hay while the sun shines and is pushing its two multiple Oscar nominees in US theatres.
EXCLUSIVE: Films licensed internationally through the major US-based sales agencies generated an estimated $1.152bn last year.
Mike Mills, who shot to fame with festival hits Beginners and Thumbsucker, will direct the nostalgic trip back to the 1970’s.
First World War drama sold by Protagonist Pictures to North America, Latin America and Asia.
EXCLUSIVE: Sundance Institute puts UK edition on hold.
Boyhood scored the most online mentions closely followed by the “Cumberbomb”.
Action thriller displays a particular set of skills to see off competition from awards contenders Into the Woods, Foxcatcher, American Sniper and Whiplash.
EXCLUSIVE: Nirpal Bhogal thriller first film on slate.
A closer look at the best picture nominees at the 87th Academy Awards including reactions, reviews and in-depth features.
One day’s shoot on flagship BBC nature doc Planet Earth can generate 28 tonnes of carbon.
New documentaries by Boris Mitic, Vitaly Mansky and Salome Jashi are among the projects being pitched at this year’s East Doc Platform in Prague (March 2-8).
New films on Screenbase this week include Jamie Adams’ Black Mountain Poets, Valérie Donzelli’s romance Marguerite and Julien, and Julie Delpy’s France-set romcom Lolo.
The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman joined Boyhood in the Oscar heavyweight contender category as the Fox Searchlight pair earned nine nods apiece in a nominations announcement that otherwise bristled with surprises.
The omission of Timothy Spall and David Oyelowo from the lead actor nominations were among a thunderous volley of upsets in Thursday’s (January 15) announcement by the Academy.
Full list of nominations for the 87th Academy Awards.
Watch the Academy Awards nominations announcement here…
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) bestowed further glory on IFC Films’ coming-of-age drama on the day of Oscar nominations as the film collected best picture, director, supporting actress and young actor honours.
The Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren, and Anton Corbijn’s Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, to world premiere at Berlinale.
Cutting Edge Group (CEG) subsidiary Air-Edel Associates Ltd has completed negotiations to split away via a management buyout.
Florian Gallenberger’s thriller is set during the Chilean military coup of 1973.
The Participant Media CEO has been appointed executive board chair of the UCLA School Of Theater, Film And Television (TFT).
Principal photography to begin in India this week.
The distributor has acquired US rights to BiFrost Pictures and The Bridge Finance Company’s drama debut starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie that marks Paul Bettany’s feature directorial debut.
Experimental strand to open with Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room
Content Media has come on to handle international sales on Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief ahead of the Sundance world premiere on January 25.
Eddie Redmayne tells of ‘once in a lifetime’ experience and Benedict Cumberbatch is knocked for six while Emma Stone finds the whole occasion ‘surreal’. Hear what the nominees had to say.
Fox International’s Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb rules the international arena and has reached $160.7m as it prepares to enter South Korea.
EXCLUSIVE: Adam Pally and Jason Mantzoukas have joined the cast of the raucous comedy that QED International is financing and selling outside the US, where Lionsgate will distribute.
The DGA nominee and director of Birdman will receive the Vanguard Leadership Award at the fifth annual Sundance Institute benefit on June 2 in Los Angeles.
The co-chairs of Lionsgate’s motion picture group have signed long-term renewals on their contracts.
Cinema Management Group (CMG) has acquired all international rights to the thriller starring Luke Goss and Mischa Barton and will commence talks at the EFM in Berlin next month.
EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Willis will star in John Pogue’s action thriller Wake for Benaroya Pictures, which International Film Trust will introduce to buyers at the EFM in Berlin next month.
EXCLUSIVE: BBC Films, IFB in production on documentary about champion jockey AP McCoy.
The entertainer will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 2015 Board Of Governors Award.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to the upcoming Studio Ghibli animation following their collaboration on The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya.
Queen of the Desert, starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson, added to Berlinale competition line-up; Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as an aged Sherlock, to play out of competition.
Sales company unveils new films by Donzelli, Sfar, Odoul and Garrel at Paris Rendez-vous.
Paris-based sales agent launches new company. First films include Heaven Knows What.
Festival top brass said on Tuesday (January 13) they will dedicate a 150,000 sq ft space at Spring Studios to all visitors to share and celebrate storytelling.
Animatsu inks sales and marketing partnership with Manga Entertainment.
In South Korea, CJ Entertainment’s Ode To My Father has topped the country’s landmark 10 million admissions, taking in $72m according to the Korean Film Council’s ticketing database.
Former agent draws on media career in push to become Labour MP; calls for Cornwall production hub.
The front-runner and director of Boyhood earned his first Directors Guild Of America’s (DGA) nomination on Tuesday (January 13).
The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced on Tuesday (January 13) its nominees for the 13th Annual VES Awards, set to take place on February 4 in Los Angeles.
The crime thriller is the first acquisition to be announced by the company formerly known as Millennium Entertainment.
Citizenfour, The Cut and Quatsch to screen at Berlinale; Critics’ Week Berlin to be launched
The supernatural thriller starring Ali Larter marks the first to hail from Campfire, the production company founded by Content Media and Ross M Dinerstein.
Wolfe Releasing, celebrating its 30th anniversary year, has acquired world rights to two coming-of-age films.
Testament of Youth star says strong female roles are “rare” today.
The studio has moved Jon Favreau’s upcoming version of the family favourite from October 9 to next year.
The group has announced nominees in six categories for the 51st Annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2014 and the CAS Technical Achievement Award Nominations.
Benny & Jolene director completes Modern Romance Trilogy with Downton Abbey’s Tom Cullen, Alice Lowe and Dolly Wells.
The Screen International Best Pitch Award at Tallinn’s Baltic Event last December went to Finnish producers Kaarle Aho and Kai Nordberg of Making Movies Oy who were pitching Impaled Rektum with the feature debutants Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laatio [pictured].
Italian director and screenwriter died on Saturday.
Andy Serkis’ performance capture studio to produce with Double Negative for Sky.
Includes short films from Nadav Lapid, Amit Dutta and Jennifer Reeder.
EXCLUSIVE: Disney’s local language films grossed a combined $236m in 2014.
Annual event set to showcase 90 French productions, 48 of them market premieres.
UK veteran producer Simon Perry has been appointed head of production at Swedish regional film centre Film i Väst in Trollhättan, aka Sweden’s Trollywood.
Amazon Studios signs Woody Allen to create his first television series.
UK sales outfit to bring horror title to Berlin
Shana Eddy-Grouf has been appointed svp of international production and development based in Los Angeles as the company deepens its commitment to global production and development.
Entertainment One Films International president Harold van Lier is to leave the company as it looks to focus sales attention on in-house productions.
EXCLUSIVE: Visit Films has filled out its Sundance sales slate, adding international rights to People, Places, Things and The Strongest Man as well as world rights excluding Australia and New Zealand to Sam Klemke’s Time Machine.
Boyhood flew the flag on a strong night for independent cinema as IFC Films’ coming-of-age tale prevailed in the motion picture drama, director and supporting actress categories at the 72nd Golden Globes awards in Beverly Hills on Sunday night (January 11).
EXCLUSIVE: Indian drama stars Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma and The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Tony Revolori.
Epic Pictures Group has rounded out the cast of directors and actors on its upcoming horror anthology.
eOne among those to acquire rights to 3D animated family feature.
Major South Korean investor/distributor Next Entertainment World (NEW) has launched its own international sales division through subsidiary Contents Panda.
Leading Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai will produce the first project to be greenlit by China’s Alibaba Pictures, a drama entitled Bai Du Ren (Ferryman).
Two Days, One Night, Mommy and Fevers nominated in French-language foreign film category.
Fox’s threequel opens to excellent $10.2m (£6.7m), including previews, to dethrone The Theory of Everything; Disney’s Into the Woods hits $3.75m (£2.48m) note on UK bow.
Six women have been elected onto the board of the European Film Academy (EFA).
Cinematic experience “stimulates all five senses”.
International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) unveils Signals line-up including a tribute to Korean director Jang Jin and a focus on artist Bruce McClure.
JANUARY 11 UPDATE: Fresh from its record-setting $5.5bn global box office haul, Fox continued to demonstrate its international potency as Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb ruled the roost, Penguins Of Madagascar crossed $200m and Taken 3 scored a $10.5m number one UK debut.
Liam Neeson returned to the top of the North American box office thanks to an estimated $40.4m debut in 3,594 sites via Fox, while Selma expanded wide through Paramount and soared 22 places to number two on a $11.2m weekend haul.
JANUARY 11 UPDATE: Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Oscar shortlisted Russian film and Golden Globe nominee earned the FIPRESECI Prize while Eastern European cinema dominated the 26th Palm Springs International Film Festival’s juried awards.
The studio has taken Noah Baumbach’s imminent Sundance world premiere off the table, swooping on world rights to the comedy starring Greta Gerwig and newcomer Lola Kirke.
Ten nominations for Birdman and The Theory of Everything; nine for The Imitation Game.
David Oyelowo, Timothy Spall among shock actor snubs.
This year’s BAFTA nomination list is studded with former Screen International Stars of Tomorrow – in particular the acting sections, with two Best Actor contenders in Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne.
Juliette Binoche stars in the Arctic adventure.
Veteran cinema programmer Roy Gower is to take over as head of film at Everyman Cinemas.
Full list of nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards.
The distributor has acquired a quartet of titles including re-release of S&M fetish film The Pet and screwball comedy Such Good People.
Reactions roll in following this year’s BAFTA nominations.
Leading contenders The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman catapulted Twentieth Century Fox to the top.
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the nominees for its eighth-annual EDA Awards.
The executive has joined the rebranded company as svp of business development and mergers & acquisitions.
Berlinale Co-Production Market and European cinema support fund strengthen partnership with a development award worth $24,000.
The Stephen Hawking biopic is closely tailed by Birdman.
Watch the nominations announcement for the EE British Academy Film Awards here…
New films on Screenbase this week include a film about Valérie Trierweiler and a Hungarian drama set to star Michael Nyqvist.
The world premiere of James Franco collaboration Yosemite directed by Gabrielle Demeestere will close the Park City festival on January 29.
The world premiere of Ondi Timoner’s Brand: A Second Coming will open the festival in Austin, Texas, on March 13.
Bill Lee announced the long-awaited change of company name on Thursday (January 8), five months after the CEO and Virgo Investment Group led a management buyout that acquired the catalogue and distribution apparatus.
Fox International’s Taken 3 arrives in around 30 markets including the UK, Australia, Japan and Taiwan this weekend in a big early step for the international thriller.
Robert Redford and George Lucas will take part in an inaugural roster of panel discussions called the Art of Film Weekend at the Sundance Film Festival.
The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will showcase 23 world premieres and 53 US premieres in its selections from 54 countries.
Showcase of new work by international women filmmakers to end after 10 years due to financial pressures.
The studio has scheduled the third instalment of its $200m-plus global horror franchise.
Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has expanded its Tribeca All Access (TAA) programme to include grants and resources for “interactive storytellers statistically underrepresented in the media maker community.”
The Florida premiere of Uruguayan black comedy Mr Kaplan will kick off the Miami Jewish Film Festival, set to run from January 15-29.
The Make-Up Artists And Hair Stylists Guild unveiled nominations in 19 categories on Thursday (January 8).
Two suspects on the run after French magazine massacre leaves 12 dead.
Seize Films outline theatrical distribution plans for urban thriller.
Naomi Kawase, Michael R Roskam, Noomi Rapace among attendees.
Mikael Marcimain drama leads pack; Ruben Ostlund, Roy Andersson films follow.
Scheme offers first roles for black, Asian and minority ethnic talent
Startups focus and China collaboration among Berlin market initiatives.
Dutch film promotion outfit appoints successor to veteran Claudia Landsberger.
James Gunn’s Marvel adaptation is the surprise inclusion in the screenwriting race, while the Writers Guild’s uber-strict eligibility rules exclude The Theory Of Everything, Selma and Birdman. Unbroken fails to make the cut.
The American Society Of Cinematographers (ASC) has unveiled the five motion picture nominees for the 29th Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony set for February 15 in Los Angeles.
Paul Gardner has transitioned from a consulting role to the new position of managing director Canada.
UPDATED JANUARY 7: The Japanese duo Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: Legend Ends combined for $95m as local language releases in 2014 contributed to Warner Bros’ $3.17bn overall international gross.
Honora Production’s Hits, the David Cross dark comedy that premiered in Sundance one year ago, will be released via BitTorrent Bundle.
IFFR reveals Big Screen Awards nominees and the complete line-up for its Bright Future and Spectrum strands, including world premieres from the US, China and the Netherlands.
Controversial comedy The Interview is to be released in UK and Ireland cinemas from February 6, Sony Pictures confirms.
Nominees announced for accolade voted on by the public.
Lionsgate top brass said on Tuesday (January 6) that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will open in China in 3D on February 8.
The European Parliament has called for more balanced funding for European cinema in order to reach wider audiences within Europe and beyond.
David Ellison’s Skydance Productions has signed writing and producing team Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to a first-look and consulting deal.
Goldcrest and Molinare execs elected to the board of screen industries body.
Browse the digital version of Screen International here including interviews with Jessica Chastain, Felicity Jones, Julianne Moore, JK Simmons and David Oyelowo…
Top local cinema performances last year in Denmark, Finland and Norway.
Annapurna Pictures and VICE unite for their first joint production that Ana Lily Amirpour will direct as her follow-up to Sundance 2014’s A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.
The large screen exhibitor has unveiled its latest innovative content grab in a deal with HBO as it continues to explore alternative programming opportunities.
The former CAA agent is named co-president and COO of the financier-producer as founder Teddy Schwarzman prepares to move to LA to launch the West Coast hub.
The director of Cold In July and We Are What We Are has graduated to the studio world and will helm Legendary’s wildfire action film.
The studio has announced the new release date for its upcoming Jason Bourne film reuniting Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass.
Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment have launched the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) to champion women and diversity in film.
Sony Pictures Entertainment said on Tuesday (January 6) that more than 4.3m people have rented or purchased the controversial comedy online and via cable, satellite or telcom providers from December 24-January 4.
In its 40th anniversary year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will receive the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television honour.
Hivos Tiger Awards Competition includes films from Latin America, Thailand, the UK and US.
Top 10 distributors, films and British films of 2014 revealed.
EXCLUSIVE: New head of home entertainment among changes at UK distributor.
Li Ruigang has quit his post as group president of China’s second-largest media conglomerate, Shanghai Media Group (SMG), but will stay on as chairman.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain stayed on top of the China box office in its second week, grossing $58.23m - more than its opening week haul of $51.72m.
UTV Motion Pictures’ PK, starring Aamir Khan and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, has become the Hindi film industry’s highest-grossing film ever in India with a take of $48m (Rs3.05bn), according to industry estimates.
Deal for 51% of the Mark Gordon Company is worth $132.6m.
Twentieth Century Fox broke industry global and international box office records in 2014 as co-heads of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus announced combined grosses of more than $5.5bn and $3.73bn, respectively.
Sony Corp president and CEO Kazuo Hirai stressed the importance of free speech during comments at CES on Monday (January 5) about the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures and the blighted release of The Interview.
Harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky are dipping their toes into the Indian pay-TV market with a $300m-$375m investment in the sub-continent’s direct-to-home broadcaster Videocon d2h.
Heather Croall to head Adelaide Fringe Festival after nine years at Sheffield.
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Birdman, Gone Girl, Nightcrawler, The Theory Of Everything among Art Directors Guild nominees.
EXCLUSIVE: Films released through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) generated $1.235bn for the calendar year according to studio sources.
The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) announced on Monday (January 5) its motion picture and long-form television nominees for the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards - but there is no place at the table for Selma or Unbroken.
International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) to screen new features from Tom Harper and JC Chandor.
Memoir by French President Hollande’s former partner has sold more than 730,000 copies in France and been published across Europe and in the US.
Film-maker Rick Bieber and Ken Clark’s new production company kicks off with demonic love story The Other. Highland Film Group handles international sales and Gersh Agency represents US rights.
Titles including Transformers and Breakup Buddies take box office total to $4.8bn.
Universal’s biopic posts chart-topping $5.7m (£3.74m) bow, including previews; Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing leads Fri-Sun chart; StudioCanal’s Paddington crosses £30m.
EXCLUSIVE: Ticket sales for local language films amounting to at least a quarter of a billion dollars propelled Universal Pictures International’s (UPI) calendar year to $1.43bn.
Serial (Bad) Weddings, Lucy and Superchondriaque lead best year for local productions in 30 years.
Italian Film of the Year goes to Marco Martone’s Leopardi.
Oscar-nominated UK director Tanel Toom and Estonian documentary maker Jaak Kilmi are among 22 film-makers with film projects in the fifth edition of the When East Meets West (WEMW) co-production forum (Jan 18-20).
The London venue may be demolished to make way for a Crossrail ticket hall.
UPDATED JANUARY 5: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies brought in a confirmed $52.5m over the weekend from 65 markets to reach $504.7m.
UPDATED JANUARY 5: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies maintained its hold over the North American box office into the first session of 2015, falling 47% in its third weekend on a confirmed $21.7m through Warner Bros for $220.6m.
Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria have been named co-presidents of feature animation at the studio, replacing chief creative officer Bill Damaschke.
The National Society Of Film Critics has voted Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye To Language best picture of the year 2014.
Powered by the might of Interstellar and the ongoing heroics of the Hobbit finale, Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) achieved a company record $3.17bn in 2014 to become the first studio to cross the $3bn threshold twice.
EXCLUSIVE: The global haul incorporates $1.764bn from Paramount Pictures International in 2014 as the overall result climbed 34.6% on 2013.
Clint Eastwood recorded the biggest opening day of his career in Italy as the war film launched through Warner Bros Pictures International on $1.6m (€1.34m) from 425 screens.
For the second time in the history of the American Cinema Editors (ACE) a tie has resulted in an additional nominee in a category, resulting in six nominations for dramatic feature in the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards.
Top brass at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present the Montecito Award to Jennifer Aniston on January 30.
EXCLUSIVE: Crime drama from Richwater Films to shoot this month.
Battlefield drama extends to Cineworld chain including a special screening in Aldershot, “home” of the British Army.
Nearly $150k raised by offering roles in the feature.
UPDATED JANUARY 4: President Barack Obama, already a significant player in the Sony hack debacle, has imposed economic sanctions on North Korea in light of the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures in a move that drew a stern denunciation from Pyongyang.
International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has completed the selection for its tenth Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films.
Lionsgate releases delivered more than $1.726bn worldwide in 2014, fuelled by a $1.032bn international tally that included $363m from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
The British establishment has unveiled its annual year-end honours, lavishing recognition on a host of talent from the entertainment firmament.
The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) and The Weinstein Company have announced the drama will receive the best picture and outstanding ensemble cast awards in April.
Buoyed by the opening weekend release in 331 independent theatres and in particular the $15m online launch, the studio is expanding the US release of its controversial comedy.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain topped the China box office with a robust $51.72m in its opening six days, while Gu Changwei’s Love On The Cloud opened in second place with $23.17m over five days.
UPDATED JANUARY 2: Global ticket sales for The Walt Disney Studios films generated $4.448bn in 2014, of which $2.83bn came from international and the $1.61bn balance from North America.
UPDATED DECEMBER 29: New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies will see out 2014 as the dominant film as the worldwide tally climbed to $573.6m.
UPDATED DECEMBER 29: New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies stayed top in its second session over the December holiday weekend to reach $168m through Warner Bros, while Sony Picture’s The Interview grossed $2.8m from 331 sites in a day-and-date digital launch that drew 2million rentals and downloads.
In a development that looks set to exacerbate simmering unrest between Sony Pictures and the major exhibitors, the studio has moved ahead with an online platform release for the controversial comedy.
Tony Grisoni added to lineup at TV seminar.
UPDATED DECEMBER 24: Approximately 300 independent theatres across the US will screen the controversial comedy on December 25 after Sony Pictures initially pulled the release in response to last week’s refusal by the five major exhibitors to screen it.
The distributor has picked up North American rights from Cinetic Media to Lawrence Michael Levine’s screwball murder mystery.
International Film Festival Rotterdam festival director Rutger Wolfson has decided to step down from his post after eight years.
UK sales of digital movies rise 280% for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Local films in South Korea have topped 100 million admissions for the third consecutive year.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jiang Wen’s highly-anticipated satire Gone With The Bullets did not disappoint on its opening weekend in China, grossing $54.29m in its first four days.
The chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox will be named 2015 Pioneer Of The Year at the Las Vegas convention on April 22.
The recently promoted president of international theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox will assume the role of chairman of the board of directors.
Screen International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow and behind the scenes looks at Under the Skin and 12 Years a Slave proved popular with readers.
Angela and Catherine Paura have joined Alcon Entertainment as co-presidents of worldwide marketing.
The studios have announced their fourth collaboration Kubo And The Two Strings, featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara and Ralph Fiennes.
The director of four entries in the Fast And Furious franchise will take the reins on the third episode in the sci-fi series and replaces Roberto Orci.
The executive joined in January 2014 and has been promoted to director of sales as longtime vice-president Meghan Wurtz departs to pursue other opportunities.
Adaptation of erotic bestseller to receive international premiere in Berlin.
Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing hits £20m as it retains top spot; StudioCanal’s Paddington holds off newcomers to stay in second with $3.9m (£2.5m).
Swedish star takes the lead in debut feature from Hungarian auteur Balint Kenyeres.
As North Korea stepped up its rhetoric and claimed the US government was behind The Interview, a Sony attorney said on Sunday (December 21) that the studio will distribute the film in some format.
Titles include Schneider vs. Bax from Borgman director Alex van Warmerdam.
China’s Dalian Wanda group held a launch ceremony at the weekend for its latest entertainment projects, Wanda Movie Park and Han Show Theatre, in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Copyright infringement and piracy protection was a point of focus at this year’s Les Arcs Film Festival.
Event cinema specialists stage one-off screening in five cities after Sony cancels release of The Interview.
Other winners include Labyrinth of Lies, These Are The Rules, Underdog, Hyena, Frank.
DECEMBER 22 UPDATE: New Line-MGM’s Middle Earth epic plundered a confirmed $109m to dominate its second session with ease.
New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies dominated the North American box office, grossing an estimated $56.2m from Friday-Sunday that climbed to $91M over five days.
The Lobster [pictured] is presented as case study in co-production market.
Pyongyang has denied FBI claims that North Korea was behind the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyber attacks and called for a joint inquiry with the US into the matter.
Kieran Breen has been promoted to president of international theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox, reporting to co-presidents of worldwide theatrical marketing Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus.
New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battles Of The Five Armies remains the one to beat on $162.7m through Warner Bros Pictures International heading into its second weekend.
Constantin, Golem, Lucky Red receive biggest grants in 2014; Curzon and Distrify benefit from Online Scheme grants.
Only one of 37 UK single project drama applications gets support in latest round.
Actor and writer discusses career (and Sony hack) at BAFTA retrospective.
AMPAS has announced the nine features on the shortlist for the Foreign Language Film Academy Award. A record 83 films had been submitted.
Sony top brass have gone on the offensive in light of their vilified decision to cancel the release of The Interview, placing the onus on exhibition partners, hinting at a future release and engaging in a spat with US President Barack Obama.
Event cinema company launches screening after The Interview is pulled.
New Europe Film Sales nabs Norwegian youth film.
Three classics get digital restoration for Berlin festival.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel gets world premiere at CTBF Royal Film Performance.
New films on Screenbase this week include Salon Pictures’ true story about a feral child Ivan and the Dogs.
Warner Bros’ climactic outing set for strong second weekend.
Robert Duvall will collect the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Icon Award while Alejandro G Iñárritu will receive the Director Of The Year Award for Birdman.
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The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has announced its complete line-up including Premieres, New Voices/New Visions and Modern Masters.
UPDATED: On the day Sony cancels the release of The Interview, Screen charts the timeline of events in the hacking crisis.
Rotterdam unveils initial Signals programme focusing on ‘contemporary reality.’
Thomas Tull’s Legendary Pictures has optioned rights to Andrew Pyper’s forthcoming novel The Damned.
Distributor acquires international sales rights to Vivieno Caldinelli’s horror comedy, which stars Roddy Piper.
Child-friendly films moved to Glasgow’s main festival.
Rees to step down after four years as CEO; Karen Stacey interim CEO.
Production has wrapped in Mexico City on Dos Corazones Films’ animation as the company prepares to introduce it to Berlin buyers in February.
The embattled studio has cancelled the December 25 release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy in light of threats from the suspected cyber attackers behind a string of embarrassing revelations about its business dealings and correspondence.
FilmNation Entertainment has sold a roughly one-third stake of the company valued at $18m to Roadshow in a strategic partnership that sees both parties seek to expand their production operations.
Production wraps in Australia on Jocelyn Moorhouse feature.
Dolphins, Abood Kandaishan and Cairo Time are the among the first titles set to be released theatrically in the Middle East thanks to the Dubai Film Market’s new distribution programme.
The president and CEO of CBS Corporation has joined the USC School Of Cinematic Arts board of councillors, Dean Elizabeth M Daley announced.
Seoul Metropolitan City has ordered Lotte Cinema’s World Tower branch, housing the Guinness record holder for world’s biggest screen, to shut down.
EXCLUSIVE: New MEDIA head Lucia Recalde Langarica tells Screen about untapped potential in European talent.
Ida has continued its winning streak by being voted as the winner of the eighth LUX Film Prize by members of the European Parliament.
Sundance Institute has announced the 12 projects selected for the 2015 January Screenwriters Lab set to run from January 16-21.
For the first time, the guild is awarding lifetime achievement awards in all four crafts comprising the ADG (IATSE Local 800) at the 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in Los Angeles on January 31.
Works In Progress winner is Nataliya Kudryashova for Pioneer Heroes.
Festival will also screen Miss Julie (pictured).
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Zhang Yibai’s Fleet Of Time stayed at the top of China’s box office in its second week, grossing $35.64m from 6.3 million admissions.
UK mentor scheme received seventeen applications for each place.
DECEMBER 17 UPDATE: Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cineplex Entertainment and Cinemark are understood to have joined Carmike Cinemas’ boycott of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy in light of ambiguous threats by the hackers believed to be behind the Sony cyber attack.
The 11th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) closes today, but film industry professionals will be able to watch many of the Arab films in the selection online for the next nine months.
Emirati filmmaker Saeed Salmeen Al Murry has won the inaugural Ministry of Interior Award for Best Societal Screenplay at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) for his project Going To Heaven.
Lebanese filmmaker Bass Breish is gearing up to make his feature debut, Mate, with German production house Filmbucht Filmproduktion.
Co-production market has three prizes including new Wouter Barendrecht Award in conjunction with Fortissimo Films.
Ava DuVernay, tipped to become the first black female director to earn an Oscar nomination after scoring a pioneering Golden Globe nod last week, is one of two new additions to the festival.
A24 has acquired US rights to music video director Adam Smith’s feature directorial debut starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson.
Mongrel International has come on board to sell international rights to Guy Maddin’s Sundance-bound film.
Sundance Selects has made an early move on Untitled Jacques Audiard Film, which is currently in production.
Paramount Pictures International has appointed Yit-Ching Lee, Richard Aseme, Ricardo Cortes and Su Lee to vice-presidents of marketing and distribution at regional offices.
Khadija Al-Salami’s I Am Nojoom, Age 10 And Divorced was awarded best fiction film in the Muhr Feature competition at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), while Nujoom Al Ghanem’s Nearby Sky won the award for best non-fiction film.
Adams will step down as Screen International reviews editor at end of February.
EXCLUSIVE: As Berlin senior staff announced Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups had landed a competition berth in February, details have emerged on the drama’s global distribution network.
Julianne Moore scores double nominations for Actress of the Year.
An Education director Lone Scherfig was the first woman to deliver BAFTA’s David Lean lecture.
Jim Stephens has joined the distributor of gay and lesbian films and will share oversight duties with co-president Maria Lynn.
Screening and extras to be broadcast to 400 UK cinemas as part of pilot scheme.
The occasion marks the fourth time an Imax film has crossed the threshold.
Wide House has picked up Maiko’s Dance, a Norwegian documentary now in post-production.
New films from Hal Hartley, James Franco, Gus Van Sant among lineup.
Biopic currently in development with BFI Film Fund; aiming for 2015 shoot.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales companies to get marketing and distribution support thanks to €800k backing.
Selma and Boychoir will bookend the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), set to run from January 2-12.
Enemy, The F Word and Mommy compete for Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.
A24 and DIRECTV have swooped on their latest film, taking US rights from world sales agent HanWay Films to the upcoming Sundance world premiere starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn.
SUNDANCE: Robert Redford stars opposite Nick Nolte in Salt Lake City gala
Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella to get international premiere out of comp.
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones will receive the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s (SBIFF) Cinema Vanguard Award on January 29.
Five films to screen at festival and in more than 36 cinemas/VOD platforms as part of new Rotterdam initiative.
The Les Arcs European Film Festival is in full swing, including the sixth edition of the ever-growing Co-Production Village.
Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing posts chart-topping $15.3m (£9.76m) bow; StudioCanal’s Paddington becomes distributor’s highest grossing release of all time.
The ambitious distributor is understood to be in the final stages of exclusive talks for US rights to Pierce Brosnan starrer How To Make Love Like An Englishman.
Academy voters have made their pre-nomination selections on the road to the 87th Oscars.
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Baboudjian’s new Dubai-based company Tharwa has boarded Emirati filmmaker Nawaf Al-Janahi’s upcoming English-language psychological thriller Transparent.
Creative England hosts the event in partnership with Danish Film Institute and Irish FIlm Board.
The UAE’s first interactive documentary, ZaabiliDoc, a joint project between Emirati filmmaker Hassan Kiyany and photographer Ammar Al Attar, is set to go live this week.
EXCLUSIVE: Salon Pictures readies Duchenne documentary.
She will serve as director of Ajyal and Qumra festivals.
Low budget production scheme selects 12 projects; hits diversity target.
Another keynote comes from Anne Kolbjørnsen, whose credits include Lilyhammer.
Creative Access has proposed a new diversity mentoring scheme for the UK film industry.
Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania is developing a new project inspired by the true story of a woman raped outside a beachfront nightclub in 2012.
EXCLUSIVE: John Stewart Muller’s thriller stars Mira Sorvino [pictured] and Cary Elwes.
A new report from PwC highlights how online platforms are starting to fill the huge demand for youth-oriented Arabic content that is not being met by the traditional film and TV industries across the Middle East.
The Swiss film critics association has named Der Goalie bin ig as the best Swiss film of 2014 and Boyhood as best international film.
Dubai-based Ti22 Films is set to launch an interactive online channel, Dubai ON Demand, on YouTube in 2015, featuring short clips from local personalities.
UPDATE: Pawlikowski is only third Polish director to win EFA’s top prize; Steve McQueen pays tribute to Jean Vigo; Ukrainian diector Oleg Sentsov gets an empty seat at the awards in Riga.
Powered by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Lionsgate executives said on Sunday (December 14) the studio had reached $1.0003bn for the year-to-date.
Studio executives said on Sunday (December 14) that the family feature was on course this weekend to overtake Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and become its biggest release of all time in the UK.
DECEMBER 15 UPDATE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies has started as it means to go on with a potent reminder of the enduring appeal of Peter Jackson’s commitment to the works of JRR Tolkien, an immense endeavour that has occupied him for close to two decades.
Fox’s Biblical epic from Ridley Scott Exodus: Gods And Kings flooded into the US charts on an estimated $24.5m as Mockingjay – Part 1 crossed $275m in its fourth weekend.
At the second VFX + Animation Summit Dublin, international experts and growing local companies gathered to talk about issues such as global competition, tight schedules and training needs. Wendy Mitchell reports.
Guests include John Woo, Zhang Ziyi, Juliette Binoche, Cheng Pei Pei, Tong Dawei, Chen Bolin and Nastassja Kinski.
Israeli Film Critics Association chooses Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel as best international film.
A Dubai Film Market (DFM) panel discussed the challenges in distributing Arab films in the region and internationally, and how Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa’s From A To B may become a game-changer.
MBC’s pan-Arab show Laish La (Why Not?) has turned to Dubai-based, crowd-funding site Aflamnah to finance a project to rebuild a women’s radio station in the Gaza Strip.
Maysoon Pachachi’s Nothing Doing In Baghdad is set to start shooting in February after securing three European co-producers and funding from Visions Sud Est and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC).
EXCLUSIVE: Pan-Arab distributor MAD Solutions will handle distribution in the Arab world for Saudi filmmaker Ahd’s Sandfish, which will be the first production from Paul Baboudjian’s new Dubai-based Tharwa Productions.
Cinemas understood to be close to an alternative deal with a different company; comparethemarket.com among suitors.
EXCLUSIVE: Dubai-based Vox Cinemas is in final negotiations to acquire pan-Arab rights to Emirati director Waleed Al Shehhi’s Dolphins ahead of its premiere at DIFF on Friday.
EXCLUSIVE: Sheffield Doc/Fest has appointed Claire Aguilar as director of programming and industry engagement.
Warner Bros-New Line-MGM’s fantasy epic grossed a further $13.7m from 28 markets on December 12 following the $11.3m opening day gross across 11 territories on December 10 to stand at $26.6m internationally.
The Ilo Ilo director’s company will produce one or two films per year.
Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods And Kings is ready to ride out in the US.
Legendary’s Untitled Great Wall Project will open in North America in 3D via Universal on November 23, 2016, and in China in early December 2016.
Voters will consider 323 features deemed eligible for Oscar consideration.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences unveiled the entire list of eligible scores on December 12.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences said on December 12 that 79 songs are in contention for the original song category for the 87th Oscars.
The London Short Film Festival will return for its 12th year from January 9-18.
New Riga Meetings platform welcomes projects including two projects by Finnish film-maker Aku Louhimies.
Kuwaiti filmmaker Abdullah Boushahri won the $100,000 IWC Filmmaker Award for his feature project The Water at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) on Thursday night.
EXCLUSIVE: Jon Rushton, Steve Lewis upped at UK distributor.
Top brass at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival have announced the multiple recipients for the 2015 Virtuosos Award.
Emirati filmmaker Amal Al-Agroobi, best known for her non-fiction works The Brain That Sings and Half, is developing her first narrative work.
DIFF and Samsung are joining forces with Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) on the second edition of the short film competition they inaugurated this year.
Alanis Morissette, Vincent Perez and Orla Brady star in Mary McGuckian feature.
Two of the Middle East’s biggest broadcasters called on Arab filmmakers to start making more genre movies at a Dubai Film Market (DFM) seminar on Thursday (Dec 11).
Jafar Panahi [pictured] among the recipients.
Warner Bros’ climactic outing of The Hobbit trilogy set for chart-topping bow.
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Birdman is fast emerging as Fox Searchlight’s poster child of the season as the New Regency production emerged top of the pile on December 11 with seven 72nd Golden Globe nominations.
The director of A League Of Their Own and Big has signed a two-film deal with Georgia-based FONU2 subsidiary Studioplex City, kicking off with a biopic about Effa Manley.
Lionsgate has promoted 11-year veteran Sean Kisker to the newly created position of chief strategy officer and general manager of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
EXCLUSIVE: Thai sales company Mosquito Films Distribution has picked up Singaporean filmmaker Liao Jiekai’s sophomore feature As You Were.
Eddie Redmayne was doing holiday shopping when he heard about his nomination and Force Majeure’s Ruben Östlund says he could get used to being pampered. Read on for more reactions.
Dean Devlin’s action film starring Gerard Butler will open on October 21 2016, the studio has announced.
Nigerian-UK actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is set to voice the protagonist of an ambitious Emirati feature-length animation inspired by a figure in Arabic folklore.
Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Fatih Akin’s quest story starring Tahar Rahim.
10 European actors to be celebrated by EFP in Berlin.
The producer and former executive director of the International Documentary Association (IDA) will lead the Washington DC-based annual event AFI DOCS.
Other winners included Winter Sleep, The Dark Horse and Red Amnesia.
Amit Chopra, currently COO of US and Canada-based Digital Domain 3.0, has been promoted to executive vice president of its parent company, Hong Kong-listed Digital Domain Holdings.
Mor Loushy’s documentary will make its world premiere at Sundance.
Demetriou will be responsible for creating original audio-visual content with WMUK artists and brand partners
EXCLUSIVE: New films from Pathe, StudioCanal, Gaumont among haul.
EXCLUSIVE: UK deal in place for Andrew Kotting’s film from Salon Pictures.
EXCLUSIVE: The Chilean director of Hidden In The Woods has lined up an April shoot for the micro-budget survival thriller in what will mark his second English-language feature.
Birdman garnered four Screen Actors Guild nominations on December 10 for Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and ensemble, while Norton and Benedict Cumberbatch earned three apiece. Fox Searchlight led the studios on six nods.