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27 November 2006

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  • 56 foreign-language films qualify for Golden Globes

    Fifty-six foreign-language films have qualified forconsideration in the 64th Golden Globes race.The nominations will be unveiled on Dec 14 at The BeverlyHilton and the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards will take place on Jan 15, 2007in Los Angeles.The list of contenders follows:9th Company(Russia/Ukraine/Finland) Fyodor Bondarchuk, directorAfter The Wedding (Denmark)Susanne BierAhlaam (Iraq) Mohamed Al DaradjiAlatriste (Spain) Agustin
  • Apple comes on with Hob for Lukasiak feature

    Leading Polish productionhouse Apple Film has come onboard Polish-born filmmaker Agnieszka Lukasiak'sfeature debut Between TheFires which will be one of the first features to be handled by Swedishproducer Peter Kropenin's new production outfit Hob AB.Speaking to ScreenDaily.com at this week's MannheimMeetings where he was pitching Between The Fires to potential co-production partners, Kropeninsaid that Filmpol Nord was already attached to the Sw
  • ASC to award International Achievement Award to Michael Ballhaus

    Michael Ballhaus will receive the 2007 American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) International Achievement Award for 'the artful and enduring contributions that he has made to advancing the global art of film-making.'Ballhaus will collect the honour at the 21st Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards in Los Angeles on Feb 18, 2007.Ballhaus has been nominated three times for the Oscar for Gangs Of New York in 2002, The Fabulous Baker Boys in 1989, and Broadcast N
  • BAFTA launches public short competition

    The British Academy of Film & Television Arts ( BAFTA ) has launched a new short film competition, 60 Seconds of Fame, in association with Orange and supported by BBC Nations and Regions and the UK’s regional screen agencies.
  • Beauty In Trouble takes Denver's Kieslowski Award

    Jan Hrebejk's Beauty In Trouble was the winner of this year's Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for best feature film at the Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF).For the first time this year, Screen International partnered with SDFF to present the Kieslowski award, a juried award given to a feature film which reflects the artistic sensibilities of the late Polish director.Beauty In Trouble, the Czech Republic submission for this year's best foreign language film Academy Awa
  • Brazil to discuss creating film commission

    The 39th BrasiliaFilm Festival which opened yesterday and runs through Nov 28,will host a seminar about film locations in Brazil. The seminar will be an open forum for discussionsthat revolve the future of the regional film commissions and the possible creationof a Brazilian Film Commission to foster local film production.At least eightregional film commissions (including Sao Paulo
  • Cairo festival opens with censorship talk

    The 30th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF)opens today at the city's opulent Opera House amid a growing controversy overcensorship.While jury chairman Luis Puenzo, Jacqueline Bisset and DannyGlover are scheduled to attend the glittering event presided over by Egypt'sMinister of Culture HE Farouk Hosney, first-time director Marc Ellegard willnot be in Cairo with his feature BurningLight after it was abruptly disinvited by the festival at the 11th hour fo
  • Colf named vp, general manager of WB digital services division

    Vicky Colf has been named vice president and general manager ofWarner Bros Advanced Digital Services and Technology Systems.
  • Court throws out most family claims over Etre Et Avoir

    The Paris High Court has dismissed most of the complaintslodged by a group of families seeking damages for their children's roles inNicolas Philibert's award-winning 2002 documentary Etre Et Avoir .
  • Directors Guild starts new UK training initiative

    The UK-based Directors GuildTrust has launched a new training programme, Direct Access, which has thebacking of established names including John Madden, Richard Eyre and DavidYates. The programme, inpartnership with Film4 and Skillset's A Bigger Future with the UK Film Council,will let new film-makers observe an established director on a project frompre-production through shooting. "It's an invaluableexperience if a first time director is to be able to antici
  • Dragon Fruit wins top prize at Taiwan projects market

    Ivan C. Shih's ambitious 3Danimation fantasy project The Adventures Of Dragon Fruit took the main prize at the second TaiwanFilm & TV Project Promotion (TFTPP) event in Taipei yesterday. The presentations were amajor component of the 4th Taipei International TV, Film and Digital ContentsExhibition, held Nov 23-25.The Adventures Of DragonFruit was among 17 projects competingfor the $30,000 top prize. The event is modeled o
  • Dragon Fruit wins top prize at Taiwan projects market

    Ivan C. Shih's ambitious 3D animation fantasy project The Adventures Of Dragon Fruit took the main prize at the second Taiwan Film & TV Project Promotion (TFTPP) event in Taipei yesterday. The presentations were a major component of the 4th Taipei International TV, Film and Digital Contents Exhibition, held Nov 23-25.The Adventures Of Dragon Fruit was among 17 projects competing for the $30,000 top prize. The event is modele
  • Dragon Fruit wins top prize at Taiwan projects market

    Ivan C. Shih's ambitious 3D animation fantasy project The Adventures Of Dragon Fruit took the main prize at the second Taiwan Film & TV Project Promotion (TFTPP) event in Taipei. The presentations were a major component of t
  • Dubai festival boosts Arab film line-up

    The Dubai International FilmFestival (DIFF), now in its third year, opens on Dec 10 with Emilio Estevez's Bobby, one of 115 films from 47countries. Actors Laurence Fishburne and Joshua Jackson will accompany thefilm. Oliver Stone, Syrian auteur Nabil Maleh and leading man Shah Rukh Khanare this year's honourees, and will be joined in the emirate by several otherBollywood and Egyptian stars. Producer Barrie Osborne, looking to shoot new projectThe Alchemist in
  • EFP's Shooting Stars to appear at Tallinn Black Nights

    The European Film Promotion'sShooting Stars initiative will travel to Estonia for the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. Eight actors from Europeancountries will travel to the festival and introduce their latest films, in aneffort to increase awareness across European countries.The eight travelling toTallinn are: Gabriella Hamori from Hungary with Stop Mom Teresa!; Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson
  • Encounters recognises shorts from Fazeli, Quinn

    The UK's biggest short filmfestival, Encounters, wrapped this weekend with the International Jury Award andits $5809 (£3,000) prize going to Czech film The T-Shirt (Tricko) directed and written by Hossein Martin Fazeli.The international jury gave honourable mentions to Rabbit by Run Wrake (UK) and Linerboardby Jens Jonsson (Sweden).The Best of British juryselected Dreams and Desires: Family Ties
  • European Commission approves new UK tax regime

    The European Commission has approved the UK's new tax credit but has revised the cultural test that decides which films qualify for support.The breaking of the deadlock that had delayed the incentive has been widely welcomed. The new tax credit - available to films spending 25% of their budget in the UK - is expected to be available from January 1.But the Commission has made significant revisions.Most obviously, it has shifted the balance towards cultural criteria - settings, subject, l
  • Exile , Love share top honours at Golden Horse Awards

    Aaron Kwok secured best actor for the second consecutive year at the 43rd Golden Horse Awards in Taipei on Saturday night for his role in Patrick Tam's After This Our Exile. The film also took best film and best supporting actor for child star Goum Ian Iskandar. Jackie Chan had previously won best actor two years in a row for Police Story 3 and Crime Story in the 1990s. Perhaps Love
  • Exile, Love share top honours at Golden Horse Awards

    Aaron Kwok secured best actorfor the second consecutive year at the 43rd Golden Horse Awards in Taipei on Saturday night for his role in Patrick Tam's After This Our Exile. The film also took best filmand best supporting actor for child star Goum Ian Iskandar. Jackie Chan hadpreviously won best actor two years in a row for Police Story 3 and CrimeStory in the 1990s.Perhaps Lovescored more awards than Exil
  • Feet, Casino continue to dominate North America

    Warner Bros' broadly appealing animated romp Happy Feet held on to top spot and crossed $100mover the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, while Sony's Casino Royale held firm in second place and reached$94.2m.
  • Ferrara begins shooting screwball comedy in Italy

    Principalphotography began this week [Nov 27] on Abel Ferrara's Italian-US screwballcomedy Go Go Tales starring WillemDafoe, Bob Hoskins and Matthew Modine.
  • Focus on 2006 craft awards

    Surveying the patterns that Academy voters follow when choosing the craft awards, Screen selects the likely contenders for this year's categories in production design, cinematography, costume design, editing, music and visual effects. 2006 once again delivered a wide array of epic period and fantasy films which are set to dominate crafts categories in the Academy Award race. It's no secret that however brilliant the design or cinematography in a contemporary story, sumptuous period films
  • Garg joins India's Studio 18 as head of UK/Ireland

    Former UTV executive TanujGarg has been appointed head of UK & Ireland for the recently-launched Studio 18, owned byleading Indian news broadcaster Network 18, which has ambitious plans for internationaldistribution and co-production. Based in London, Garg will be responsible for the UK
  • Gaumont and Columbia dissolve joint venture

    French and US majors Gaumont and Columbia TriStar Films havedecided not to renew a joint distribution venture they created in 2004. GaumontColumbia TriStar Film France was launched in July of 2004 for a period of threeyears and, according to a Gaumont press release Thursday, the partners havedecided to g
  • German films set new market share record

    German films have been sosuccessful with domestic cinemagoers this year that the 2006 market share forlocal production has already broken the record 24.5% posted two years ago. According to figurescollated by Nielsen EDI from Jan 2 to Nov 19, German films now have a marketshare of 25.7%
  • Hamilton departs UK distribution post at Icon

    Alex Hamilton has departedhis post as president of UK distribution for Icon Entertainment. Prior to joining Icon in April2005, Hamilton worked at Momentum Pictures. Icon said there is no new appointmentat this time, and that UK distribution was being overseen by COO
  • Heaven wins grand prize at Tokyo Filmex

    Djamshed Usmonov's To Get To Heaven First You Have To Diewas awarded the Grand Prize at the conclusion of the 7th Tokyo Filmex filmfestival (Nov 17-26). The award carried a cashprize of $8,640 (Y1m). The ceremony was followed by a screening of Tsai Ming-liang'sI Don't Want to Sleep Alone.The Filmex jury, led byPusan International Film Festival director Kim Dong-ho, commented on how thefilm stood out from the field of nine competition entries "for the cinematicintel
  • Heaven wins grand prize at Tokyo Filmex

    Djamshed Usmonov's To Get To Heaven First You Have To Die was awarded the Grand Prize at the conclusion of the 7th Tokyo Filmex film festival (Nov 17-26). The award carried a cash prize of $8,640 (Y1m). The ceremony was followed by a screening of Tsai Ming-liang's I Don't Want to Sleep Alone.The Filmex jury, led by Pusan International Film Festival director Kim Dong-ho, commented on how the film stood out from the field of nine competition entries 'for the cinemat
  • High Point books deals for Dutch Slaughter Night

    After AFM, High Point Filmshas closed more deals on its Dutch horror project Slaughter Night. Tartan Films took all rightsfor North America, in a deal led by Tartan's head of acquisitions JaneGiles. Also, Legend Films boughtfor Germany, Daylight Films for Brazil, DAI Films for
  • Hitler farce among new projects backed by Germany

    Swiss theatre and film director Urs Odermatt'sadaptation of George Tabori's stage farce MeinKampf about the creation of the 'monster Hitler', is among 12film projects and five screenplays backed with a total of $1.86m (Euros 1.45m)by Germany's State Minister for Culture Bernd Neumann.Odermatt's film will beproduced by the Berlin-based production outfit Schiwago Film who previouslyhandled Bye Bye Berlusconi and As Quiet As A Mouse.Other pr
  • How the revised UK tax credit system will work

    The revisions of the UK tax incentive by the European Commission make a number of significant changes.Under the original UK proposals, there were three main criteria for judging qualification. Each element was awarded points with 16 needed from a possible maximum of 32.* Cultural content - settings, British characters, subject matter and language - could gain a production a total of 4 points.* Cultural hubs - locations, studios, effects, post-production and music - could earn 15 points
  • IDFA launches with film by new talent Rickels

    The 19th InternationalDocumentary Film Festival Amsterdam began last night (Thursday) with ascreening of Jiska Rickels' 4 Elements. The film, a debut feature, was producedand partly financed by Black Book producer San Fu Maltha through his company FuWorks. Along with 17 other feature documentaries, it is in contention forIDFA's most prestigious prize, The Joris Ivens award. Over the next 10 days, about2000 international guests are expected in Amsterdam. Programmers selected 230films fr
  • Intandem picks up four new genre films

    UK-based producer and salescompany Intandem Films has acquired world rights to four new features thanks toa $7.2m loan note through US-based private investment bank Capitoline GlobalFinance. Intandem now has worldwiderights to True True Lie, Supergatorand Incubus and world rightsexcluding Benelux, Brazil, CIS, France, Greece, India, Mexico, Spain and the UKto Snuff Movie. Eric Styles' UK psychol
  • International box office set for second Royale weekend

    The spectre of Bond will continue to loom large over the globalmarket place this weekend as Casino Royale charges towards its first $100m.
  • Italian groups make pact on release windows

    Italian distributorassociation ANICA, exhibitor body ANEC and multiplex association ANEM haveagreed to a 15-week window between a film's theatrical and DVD release. The formal agreement settlesa row over windows sparked earlier this month when Universal Pictures decidedto release Miami Vice on DVD just two months after its theatrical outing here.Exhibitors were irate and thefilm was pulled from most cin
  • Japanese films moving towards 50% market share

    The market share of Japanesefilms released in 2006 currently stands at 47% and is fast closing in oncombined Hollywood and foreign releases, according to Japan's leading businessnewspaper, the Nikkei Shimbun.In 2002, local filmsaccounted for an all-time low of 27.1% market share, but the past four yearshave seen year-on-year increases. In 2005, Japanese films grabbed more than 40%of the pie for the first time since 1997. With several big releases left in thecalendar year, domest
  • Jiffest to launch competition for Indonesian films

    The 8th JakartaInternational Film Festival (Jiffest), Indonesia's only international film festival, will puttogether a new competitive showcase dedicated to local cinema for the firsttime this year. To promote Indonesiancinema, the inaugural Indonesian feature film competition will have 28 localfilms, released from last December, competing for best film and best directorwith each winner receiving a cash prize of $5,000. Th
  • Kearns and Chater join London's Peepshow Post

    Peepshow Post Production hasadded editors Tony Kearns and Jerry Chater to its team based in Soho, London. Kearns has worked on commericals for Ikea, videos for Blurand Radiohead, and the Florida Anti Tobacco Project. Chater has varied experiencewith commericals, music videos and documentaries. The team already includesAndrea MacArthur, Mark Edinoff and Amanda Perry.
  • Kenny takes top film prize at IF Awards

    Hit comedy Kenny took home four Inside Film Awards, including best film and best script, while Ten Canoes and Suburban Mayhem took home three each. Ten Canoes, the first Australian feature to be made entirely in the indigenous language, earned Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr best director, and Crusoe Kurddal best actor, while Suburban Mayhem's key award was for young Sydney-based New Zealander Emily Barclay. Most of the IF Awards are voted
  • Korean film picks up Golden Alexander at Thessaloniki

    Korean Kim Tae-yong's second film Family Ties (Gajokeui Tansaeng) won the Golden Alexander for best film at the 47th Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the $48,000 (37,000 Euros) cash prize.The film was chosen from 14 first or second film titles by a seven-strong jury, led by US independent producer Christine Vachon and featuring among its members Brazilian director Katia Lund, Chinese actress Xu Jinglei, French film guru Piere Rissient and Spanish film critic Diego G
  • Korean film picks up Golden Alexander at Thessaloniki

    KoreanKim Tae-yong's second film Family Ties (Gajokeui Tansaeng) won the Golden Alexander for best film at the 47thThessaloniki International Film Festival and the $48,000 (37,000 Euros) cashprize.
  • Lewis Kim joins growing Korean upstart Barunson

    LewisKim, formerly head of international at TheHost production company Chungeorahm Film, has moved to upstartproducer/investor Barunson. Kim will report directly to Chief Executive OfficerJae-won Choi.Creditedon Bong Joon-ho's hit The Host as overseasline producer, Kim handled international business for the film - includingoverseas casting and coordinating with California-based CGI house The Orphanage. Previously,he brought in $4.
  • Lionsgate pacts with Fintage for music sub-publishing

    Lionsgate hassigned an agreement for Fintage Music to handle all of its international musicsub-publishing for current and upcoming projects. The deal coversLionsgate films including Akeelah and theBee, Employee of the Month, Bug and television series including Weeds and Wildfire.Fintage Music isa division of Fintage House, which works on financial solutions for film, TVand music. The company also works with companies including Beacon and Yari Fi
  • Lisa Hill joins Cosgrove Hall Films

    UK animation company Cosgrove Hall Films has appointed Lisa Hill as its newPR and marketing manager.Hill had worked with screenagency North West Vision and is an associate member of the Chartered Instituteof Public Relations. Manchester-based CosgroveHall is celebrating its 30th anniversary and has worked on properties includingDangermouse and Count Duckula.Cosgrove recentlyrestructured it
  • LoveFilm hires Andrew Ground as UK MD

    LoveFilm.com has appointedAndrew Ground as UK managing director, effective immediately. Ground had been marketingdirector and then managing director of subscription business Homeserve. He alsoheld senior marketing roles at Sainsbury's and previously worked at Procter Gambleand LEK.LoveFilm now operates itsonline DVD rental service in the
  • Lumina sells thriller Straightheads to Sony

    Sony PicturesEntertainment has acquired the majority of worldwide rights including NorthAmerica to revenge thriller Straightheads from London-based Lumina Films.The fllm whichstars Gillian Anderson (pictured) and Danny Dyer, is the feature directingdebut of documentary film-maker Dan Reed and tells the story of a coupleattacked on their way home from a party who are attacked, apparently withoutmotive. Unable to overcome the trauma, they set out on a mission of revenge.Pro
  • Magiday joins Element Films as head of production

    Lee Magiday, former vice president of acquisition andproduction, Europe, at Focus Features, has joined Dublin-based productionoutfit Element Films as head of production. She will remain based in London.Magiday (pictured) left Focus in 2005 to take some timeoff. At Element, she will have responsibility for a
  • Magnolia set to release 2000 Thai hit Tears in US

    Fiveyears after Miramax bought a slew of rights including US to Wisit Sasanatieng'sThai western Tears Of The Black Tiger,the company has sold US rights to Magnolia Pictures.
  • Marceau and Stuhr to host EFA ceremony

    The European Film Academy has announced that French actor/director SophieMarceau and Polish artist/actor Maciej Stuhr will host the 19th European FilmAwards. Marceau starred in 1980's La Boum and has directed films includingParlez-Moi D'Amour and the forthcomingTrivial. Stuhr created the cabaretgroup Pozarcie and has appeared in fi
  • McAvoy and Minghella on Orange Rising Star jury for Bafta

    BAFTAhas announced the jury for this year's Orange Rising Star Award. Thejury is comprised of actors James McAvoy and Thandie Newton, BAFTA's DuncanKenworthy and David Parfitt, director Anthony Minghella, producer SarahRadclyffe, casting director Fiona Weir, and journalists Ian Freer, DavidEdwards, Alex O'Connell, Dylan Jones and Charles Gant.
  • MGM picks up worldwide rights to Two Weeks

    MGM has picked up worldwide rights to the bittersweet comedy TwoWeeks starring SallyField, Ben Chaplin, and Tom Cavanagh.
  • Mobile giant NTT DoCoMo buys stake in Kadokawa

    Japan's largest mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo is acquiring a 3.78% stake in filmand publishing company Kadokawa Group Holdings as part of a tie-up aimed atdeveloping content for DoCoMo cellphone users. NTT DoCoMo will pay $34.45m(Y4bn) for 1.03 million new shares in Kadokawa, making the mobile giant theseventh largest shareholder in the company.The deal facilitatesKadokawa's strategy to expand its mobile contents busine
  • Orange Stars to rise again

    The Orange Rising Star Award will return to theBAFTAs in2007 with young hopefuls hoping to follow last year’s inaugural winner James McAvoy as winner of the public vote.
  • Pact encourages extension of UK tax definitions

    UK producers organisation Pact has welcomedyesterday's European Union approval of the UK's new film tax credits as well as the UK government's announcement of transitionalarrangements from the old credits to the new. The new tax credit isexpected to take effect from
  • Perfume has strong Spanish opening for Filmax

    Tom Tykwer's Perfume did strong business on itsopening weekend in Spain, landing in second position at the box officetrailing only Casino Royale.Perfume'sper-screen average of $7,047 (Euros 5,355) was just shy that of the new Bondfilm, $7834 (Euros 5,953), according to figures from Nielsen/EDI.According to distributorFilmax, also a co-producer on the film, Perfume'sper
  • Perhaps Love leads the pack in Golden Horse race

    The nominations for the 43rd Golden Horse Awards for Chinese-language cinema were announced today in Taipei. Titles competing for Best Feature Film are Patrick Tam's After This Our Exile, Ning Hao's Crazy Stone, Johnnie To's Exiled, Peter Chan's Perhaps Love and Su Chao-pin's Silk.Musical Perhaps Love dominates the race to the finishing line with 12 nominations including Best Director and a Best Leading Actr
  • Perhaps Love leads the pack in Golden Horse race

    The nominations for the 43rd Golden Horse Awards for Chinese-language cinema were announced today in Taipei. Titles competing for Best Feature Film are Patrick Tam's After This Our Exile, Ning Hao's Crazy Stone, Johnnie To's Exiled, Peter Chan's Perhaps Love and Su Chao-pin's Silk.Musical Perhaps Love dominates the race to the finishing line with 12 nominations including Best Director and a Best Leading Actr
  • Perhaps Love leads the pack in Golden Horse race

    The nominations for the 43rd Golden Horse Awards for Chinese-language cinema were announced today in Taipei. Titles competing for Best Feature Film are Patrick Tam's After This Our Exile, Ning Hao's Crazy Stone, Johnnie To's Exiled, Peter Chan's Perhaps Love and Su Chao-pin's Silk. Musical Perhaps Love dominates the race to the finishing
  • Producer says Nativity is more family than Passion

    It isn't everyday that nunsand priests are seen scurrying to find a seat at the world premiere of a film,but when New Line Cinema's Catherine Hardwicke-directed The Nativity Story was approved by the Vatican for its "poeticand faithful retelling of the scriptures" the Vatican hosted its first worldpremiere of a Hollywood production.Although the Pope was notscheduled to attend, Nativity press coverage lasted for an extended two days.Press junkets were held Saturday with most of t
  • Prooptiki takes Greek and Balkan rights to BBC's earth

    During the Thessaloniki FilmFestival, BBC Worldwide and Greenlight Media have signed a deal with Balkandistributor Prooptiki for the $15m feature earth.The company, soon to beknown as Audio Visual/Prooptiki, will distribute the 90-minute feature inGreece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro.The deal was brokered by Prooptiki'sEugenia Mitropoulos, and Sophokles Tasioulis on behalf of BBC Worldwideand Greenlight Media. Alastair Fothe
  • Rasmusssen team launch northern Canada distribution initiative

    The Canadian production teambehind Atanarjuat: The Fast Runnerand The Journals Of Knud Rasmussenhave launched a feature film distribution initiative to service 200 remoteaboriginal communities across northern Canada.Backed by a broad coalitionof private and public sector enterprises, including Telefilm Canada andAlliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution (MPD) as well as several northernairlines, the $785,000 (C$900,000) Indigenous Film Network (IFN) will launchNovembe
  • Regular Lovers takes EFA FIPRESCI prize

    The European Film Academy and the international film critics associationFIPRESCI have announced that the EFA Critics Award 2006 - Prix FIPRESCI will goto Philippe Garrel's The Regular Lovers(Les Amants Reguliers). "Philippe Garrel made hisfirst film when he was 16, and by 20 had earned the reputation of the NouvelleVague's Wunderkind and
  • Rotterdam names first three competition titles

    The International FilmFestival Rotterdam has announced the first three films in its VPRO Tiger Awardscompetition. They are How Is Your Fish Today' by Xiaolu Gao (China/UK), Love Conquers All by Tan Chui Mui (Malaysia) and Ex-drummer by Koen Mortier (Belgium). The competition jury willinclude Summer Palace directorLou Ye and Toronto International Film Festival director Piers Handling. Themed programmes for the36th Rotterdam festival
  • Rotterdam names first three competition titles

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam has announced the first three films in its VPRO Tiger Awards competition. They are How Is Your Fish Today' by Xiaolu Gao (China/UK), Love Conquers All by Tan Chui Mui (Malaysia) and Ex-drummer by Koen Mortier (Belgium). The competition jury will include Summer
  • Rutger Hauer to lead Rotterdam masterclass

    The Rutger Hauer FilmfactoryRotterdam Foundation will an eight-day masterclass ledby Rutger Hauer.The Masterclass will be heldfrom Jan 24-Feb 1, 2007, to coincide with next year's edition of the International FilmFestival Rotterdam. During the masterclass, seven short films will be made andpremiered.During this intensiveeight-day masterclass, actor and film-maker Rutger Hauer will share hisknowledge and experience with 36 ambiti
  • Sarah Turner joins anti-piracy team at Warner Bros

    Sarah Turner has been named Warner Bros Entertainment's executivedirector of worldwide anti-piracy operations - North America.
  • Serbian exhibition in crisis as Beograd shuts 8 cinemas

    The leading Serbianexhibitor, state-owned Beograd Film has decided to close eight cinemas in thedowntown area of the key city which accounts for 50% of Serbia's overall box office. The board of thecompany's union announced a strike because of unpaid salaries, inadequate workconditions and poorly equipped theaters as a consequence of low attendance,which has hit rock bottom this year. "At first weasked for state subsidy so
  • Sherrybaby takes top honours in Stockholm

    US director Laurie Collyer became the second woman to receive the grandprix - the Bronze Horse - at the Stockholm International Film Festival, as thejury Saturday (Nov 25) named her feature debut, Sherrybaby, best film in competition with another 19 entries, andits star Maggie Gyllenhaal was named best actress.The jury called the film "apure and heartbreaking work about survival and dignity." Sherrybaby is about asi
  • Singapore's MDA, RGM set up loan guarantee scheme

    Australian talent managementcompany RGM has set up a loan guarantee facility with Singapore's Media Development Authority (MDA) for theproduction of international films that include a Singapore production component.RGM relocated itsheadquarters to Singapore 18 months ago and established a media fi
  • Sony strikes North American deal for Vitus

    Sony Pictures has pickedNorth America rights to Fredi M. Murer's Vitus, which is Switzerland's official entry in theforeign-language Oscar race and was the winner of the audience award for bestfeature film at AFI Fest earlier this month. The film's sales agent MediaLuna Entertainment also sealed a deal at the AFM with Korea's CNS Entertainment.The film has sold to 20 other territories, including almost all of LatinAmerica to Cineplex, Mexico to Quality Films,
  • Spain's Gijon festival opens with The History Boys

    The 44th annual edition ofthe independent cinema-minded International Film Festival of Gijon, Spain (Nov23-Dec 1) kicked off Thursday with a line-up of international titles vying forofficial competition prizes. The top prize carries a $25,888 (Euros 20,000)purse for the Spanish distributor.Nicholas Hytner'stheatre-inspired UK hit The History Boys opened the festival, and Brian Barber's US Prohibition-era musical Idlewild will close the event, both out of competition. Larr
  • Spain's Notro picks up 10 films at AFM

    Two-year-old independentSpanish film distributor Notro Films is flexing its muscle with ten new titlesacquired at the recent American Film Market.The AFM pick-ups includethree titles each from Horizon and HanWay, another two from Shochiku and oneeach from Myriad and Fabrication Films. They range from Anne Hathaway-starrer Becoming Jane and Sarah Polley-directed Away From Her to Bruce Beresford's A Woman Of NoImportance and Michael Rapaport starr
  • SPRI scores record international year, fuelled by Casino Royale

    James Bond dominated the international arena for a secondconsecutive weekend as Casino Royale added an estimated $66.2m from 6,600 prints in 50territories through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) to raise thetally to $128.2m.
  • Sunshine, Nelson lead Spirit Award nominations

    IFC Films led the FilmIndependent 2007 Spirit Award nominations with nine nods including three for AmericanGun.Fox Searchlight earned sevennominations, five of them for Little Miss Sunshine including feature, director for Jonathan Dayton andValerie Faris, and supporting male nods for Alan Arkin and Paul Dano.First Look Studios made anemphatic statement about its revitalised ambitions, earning six nods with threeapiece going to A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints
  • The Nativity Story

    Dir: Catherine Hardwicke. US. 2006. 102mins.One of the most bizarre matches of talent andmaterial this year - the story of the nativity from the director of Thirteen and The Lords Of Dogtown and the writer of The Rookie - delivers a satisfying andentirely inoffensive slice of Biblical drama which could prove remarkablypopular with family audiences in the run-up to Christmas and an evergreen TVprogram
  • The One And Only takes Mannheim Grand Prix

    Belgian director GeoffreyEnthoven's The Only One (Vidange Perdue),a touching story of a second spring in the winter of old age, won the GrandPrix at this year's Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival.The international jury,which included Chinese filmmaker Lou Ye and Macedonian actress-producer LabinaMitevska, awarded the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Prize to Norwegian Erik RichterStrand's Sons (Sonner) and gave two specialprizes to Switzerland's L
  • The Orange Rising stars

    It was created in honour of the late Mary Selway, BAFTA-winning UK casting director who launched the careers of many young stars. Last year’s Orange Rising Star nominees were Chiwetel Ejiofor, James McAvoy, Rachel McAdams, Michelle Williams and Gael Garcia Bernal.Commenting on his award, the 2006 winner James McAvoy said:‘This award is very special because it’s in honour of Mary Selway, somebody who cared about nurturing talent and not just about finding the next bi
  • Turin gives top prize to Honor de Cavalleria

    Spanish director Albert Serra's Honor de Cavalleria took best film honors at the 24th edition of the Turin Film Festival which wrapped Saturday in the Northern Italian town.Cavalleria was awarded the $26,000 (Euros 20,500) Lancia Prize in the fest's international feature film section dedicated to the discovery of new filmmakers. The jury called Serra's film 'a moving, elegant, courageous filmic stand, a stunning cinema debut.'The film is an ultra-minimalist take on C
  • UIP Korea to become solely Universal operation on Jan 1

    UIP's South Korean branchoffice will transition to a Universal Pictures International operation as ofJan 1, 2007. Universal Pictures International Korea (UPIK) will directly distributeUniversal films in the territory as well as acquiring local product there.UPI has alreadyestablished a presence in Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland,Holland, Belgium and Russia."We arevery excited to now have our own presence in the Korean market, which continuesto grow from stre
  • UK's First Light changes priorities of young film-makers

    First LightMovies, the UK's film-making initiative for youngpeople, has changed its priorities to give greater emphasis to children underage 12 and groups from Wales, Northern Ireland and rural Scotland. The progra
  • Universal partners for burnable DVDs in Australia

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  • Wallace And Gromit add to Bafta honours

    Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were Rabbit was named as best film at the British Academy Children's Film and Television Awards.The award follows wins at the Oscars and the main Bafta event earlier this year.Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire won the public vote, however, taking the Bafta Kids' Vote in association with Electronic Arts. Around 100,000 children took part in the ballot.The 11th Children's Bafta Awards ceremony took place at the London Hilton in Park La
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  • Warner Bros. picks up New Line titles for Benelux

    Warners Bros. Benelux hasacquired all distributions rights of four new titles of New Line Cinema. It isthe first time both parties have closed a distribution deal for the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The three titles will be distributed during 2007.The deal covers Chris
  • Wootliff takes Northern Lights short prize

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