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27 November 2009

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  • New European co-production event launches in the Alps

    New projects from Julien Temple (pictured) and Paul Andrew Williams are among those being presented at the inaugural European networking event in the French Alps, Co-Production Village Arc 1950.
  • Spain launches film download site in fresh bid to tackle piracy

    Spain is ramping up its efforts to combat piracy with the launch next year of a new film download site that will offer major US titles and local films.
  • A world of difference

    Sixty-five films have been submitted for the foreign-language film Academy Award category this year but the Globes and Baftas might well recognise some of the films that failed to make the Academy cut, writes Mike Goodridge.
  • Apollo Cinemas to convert 40 screens to 3D

    Apollo Cinemas, the UK’s largest independent chain, has announced it is converting its 13-strong chain to 3D over the next year through a partnership with RealD.
  • Ascot Elite, Splendid Films close raft of post-AFM deals

    Independent  Swiss distributor Ascot Elite and Cologne-based Splendid Films have unveiled deals on films acquired at last month’s AFM.
  • Awards Countdown: Foreign-Language Films

    Screen International brings you interviews with the directors of six of this year’s foreign language Oscar submissions.
  • Bafta hopefuls seek LFF boost

    In a crowded awards season, many UK distributors have launched off the back of the London Film Festival, rather than the Baftas, writes Jack Warner
  • Blockbusters kill the movie star

    Movies stars have had a tough year with less films being made and falling earnings; now the success of film such as The Hangover, which used a lesser known cast, suggests that star power is losing its pull with younger audiences.
  • Cinematography

    Andrew Lesnie Cinematographer, The Lovely Bones
  • Credit where credit is due

    It may labour under the term ‘tax credit’, but Canada’s Film or Video Production Tax Credit is anything but. In fact, this clunking rebate is closer to a grind.
  • Dogwoof picks up UK rights to Mugabe And The White African

    Independent film distributor Dogwoof has acquired the UK rights to Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson’s documentary Mugabe And The White African.
  • EFP reveals line-up for 2010 Shooting Stars talent showcase

    European Film Promotion (EFP) revealed the line-up for the 13th Shooting Stars, its annual new acting talent showcase. The young actors and actresses will be introduced at its annual presentation at the Berlin Film Festival.
  • Emerging from the shadow of drama

    Which films could benefit from the Golden Globes’ unique musical or comedy categories? Mike Goodridge considers the candidates
  • From Paris with love

    Paris-based EuropaCorp has cemented its early standing as one of the world’s most prolific vertically integrated film outfits. Pierre-Ange Le Pogam talks to Mike Goodridge about the company he co-founded with Luc Besson, how it has achieved global profile from a distinctively French base and its next steps
  • Galaxy to debut with UK digital release of Psych 9

    Andrew Shortell’s debut feature Psych 9 (pictured) will be the first film released theatrically by Gareth Jones and Martin McCabe’s nascent UK distribution outfit Galaxy Pictures.
  • Gerard Butler to be Glasgow's first film ambassador

    Actor Gerard Butler has been appointed as the Glasgow Film Office’s first Film Ambassador. The Scottish born star of The Ugly Truth and Law Abiding Citizen will serve an initial two-year term.
  • Julien Temple reveals plans for Kinks feature

    British director Julien Temple is plotting a feature film about legendary British band The Kinks.
  • La Rabia De Los Angeles

    Maria, a prostitute, loses her memory following a violent attack and tries with the help of a suicidal lover, Angel, to remember what happened.
  • Last Train Home takes top prize at IDFA

    Lixin Fan’s Last Train Home carried off the main prize at the 22nd International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), which closed on Saturday (November 28).
  • London critics name Coppola's Apocalypse Now best film of past 30 years

    The London Critics’ Circle (LFCC) has named Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now as the best film of the past 30 years.
  • Mara

    As a child, Jenny witnessed something terrifying that scarred her for life. Ten years later, Jenny finds herself having to confront her frightening past.
  • Monsieur Paco

    Francisco Serrano Velez, otherwise known as Paco, and his Spanish republican companions are forced to flee the dictatorship of General Franco and travel to France following the Spanish Civil War.
  • Naufragio

    Naufragio is about the persecution of an illegal immigrant from Africa living in Spain.
  • Network buys Persian Cats for the UK

    Network Releasing has picked up UK distribution rights to Bahman Ghobadi’s No One Knows About Persian Cats (pictured) from Wild Bunch.
  • New Moon's new line of success

    Independent distributors lamented the loss of New Line Cinema and the Hollywood-level product it supplied but the global success of The Twilight Saga: New Moon shows it was not as damaging as first feared
  • New project market aims to marry film and tourism

    A new event that aims to bring together the film and tourism industries is set to launch in Marseille in January. MovieMed is currently seeking producers to take part in its project market.  
  • Nine, Avatar bookend 6th Dubai Film Festival

    Rob Marshall’s musical feature Nine, starring Daniel Day Lewis (pictured), will open the 6th Dubai International Film Festival on December 9.
  • Nowhere Boy, 44 Inch Chest receive UKFC funding boost

    Sam Taylor-Wood’s debut feature Nowhere Boy and British gangster flick 44 Inch Chest are among a number of films to receive a funding boost from the UK Film Council.
  • Numbers suggest the world is flat

    China, France and Germany saw a significant rise in ticket sales in the third quarter of 2009 to help put the global box office back on track. Leonard Klady reports
  • Optimum boosts 2010 slate with nine acquisitions

    Optimum Releasing has boosted its slate with nine acquisitions including romantic comedy Leap Year, Bong Joon-ho’s Cannes title Mother and Source Code, the second film from British director Duncan Jones.
  • Planet 51 orbits Spain, UK watches Nativity!

    ScreenDaily takes a look at the local and independent openings in key markets this week.
  • Polanski release delayed as Swiss authorities await bail money

    Director Roman Polanski (pictured) will not be released on bail before the end of this week, according to the Swiss justice ministry.
  • Revolver seals iTunes deal for Robsessed

    The UK’s Revolver Entertainment has signed a deal with iTunes in the UK, US and Canada for Robsessed, a documentary about Twilight star Robert Pattinson.
  • Rotterdam Film Festival turns to audiences for film funding

    International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is stepping up it move into the digital future with a new scheme that will encourage audiences to help finance new films
  • Sandra Bullock to receive Santa Barbara American Riviera Award

    Hot off her second $100m-plus film of the year, Sandra Bullock will receive the 25th Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s American Riviera Award on February 5.
  • Svensk Filmindustri buys rights to Lars Kepler's The Hypnotist

    Svensk Filmindustri has acquired the rights to Swedish crime novel, The Hypnotist. Shooting is due to begin 2010/2011.
  • The Asian dimension

    On the eve of this year’s CineAsia in Hong Kong (Dec 8-10), Liz Shackleton asks if the imminent release of 20th Century Fox’s epic Avatar can jumpstart the rollout of 3D in Asia and help stem the tide of piracy
  • The Barcelona Connection

    A hapless US art expert arrives in Barcelona to examine newly discovered Dali paintings, but falls in love and gets caught up in a kidnapping while the US president is in town for a world peace conference.
  • The golden night

    The Golden Globes is hoping to make its annual banquet awards presentation (Jan 17) even more lively than usual with the addition of Ricky Gervais as host.
  • The Little One scoops best film at Gijon Film Festival

    Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel’s The Little One (La Pivellina) (pictured) won the best feature film award at the Gijon International Film Festival in Spain, which closed on Saturday (November 28).
  • The Match Factory takes on international sales for Tom Tykwer's Three

    The Match Factory will handle international sales for Tom Tykwer’s latest feature film, Three (Drei) which completed principal photography in Berlin last week.
  • UK producers get their share

    Producer equity deals from the UK’s three major funding sources is the first step in transforming cottage production companies working for fees into genuine business, says Andrea Calderwood, producer, Slate Films, and Pact council member.
  • Welcome wins European Parliament’s LUX Prize

    Philippe Lioret’s Welcome has won the 2009 European Parliament LUX Film Prize, receiving the majority of European Parliament members’ votes.