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  • Italian actor/director Toni Servillo to be honoured at Locarno


    Italian actor/director Toni Servillo will receive an Excellence Award at the 62nd Locarno International Film Festival (August 5-15).
  • SBS signs longterm free TV deal for new and library films with MGM


    SBS Broadcasting in The Netherlands has signed an exclusive free TV deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) for a package of titles including Quantum Of Solace,Valkyrie, Rocky Balboa, Lions For Lambs and Pink Panther 2.
  • Scorsese named recipient of MPAA's Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award


    The Motion Picture Association Of America (MPAA) has decided to give this year’s Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award to Martin Scorsese at a dinner to cap of the day-long industry symposium The Business Of Show Business on April 21 in Washington DC.The award is presented every other year to an individual whose work ‘exemplifies a dedication to humanity and community.’‘The MPAA and its member companies are honored to recognize ...
  • South East European Film Festival set for April 30 to May 4 in LA


    The fourth annual South East European Film Festival will take place in Los Angeles from April 30 to May 4.Designed to showcase films from the region but also educate about its troubled history and cultural diversity, the festival will feature titles such as Zrinko Ogresta’s Behind The Glass from Croatia, Monica Lleo’s documentary Tunnel’s End from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Adela Peeva’s documentary Divorce Albanian Style, ...
  • Balsmeyer's Lightbulb switches on 33rd Cleveland Film Festival this week


    Jeff Balsmeyer's Lightbulb, the rags-to-riches story of two brothers who come up with a revolutionary gizmo, will open the 33rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival on March 19th.The film, which stars Dallas Roberts, Jeremy Renner and Ayelet Zurer (soon to be seen in Angels And Demons), is ...
  • Icon to re-release Man On Wire


    Icon Films will be re-releasing James Marsh's Man on Wire, following its win at the 2009 BAFTA Awards for Outstanding British Film. The film is nominated for best documentary at this year's Academy Awards which take place on February 22. Man on Wire first opened theatrically in the UK inAugust 2008. Its currentbox officestands at $1,300,000.
  • IFC Films acquires US rights to Rupert Wyatt's The Escapist


    IFC Films has acquired US rights to Rupert Wyatt's The Escapist which had its world premiere at Sundance 2008.The film, which stars Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper and Damian Lewis, had previously been picked up by the beleagured THINKFilm but was freshly available when that company hit financial troubles.It will be ...
  • Tengri - Blue Heavens wins best film, director at The WIFTS


    Marie-Jaoui de Poncheville's Kyrgyzstan-set drama Tengri - Blue Heavens was named best film and Poncheville was named best director at the inaugural Women's International Film & Television Showcase (The WIFTS) in Los Angeles.The event was created to bring together woman from all walks of life through the art of film. The first jury, chaired by veteran actress Nancy Kwan, also gave the best actress award to Aissa Maiga for Italian film ...
  • Linda Agran to receive TV Pioneer Award at LA Women's Showcase


    UK TV executive Linda Agran will receive the Television Pioneer Award on Dec 7 at the first ever Women's International Film & Television Showcase in Los Angeles.Agran started her career working in the UK offices of Columbia Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros before joing Euston Films, a subsidiary of Thames Television, as director of development. There she steered a string of popular series including The Wimbledon Poisoner, London's ...
  • Morgan Matthews' The Fallen wins audience award at Sheffield


    The Sheffield Doc/Fest's audience award went to Morgan Matthews' The Fallen about servicemen and women killed in action while James Marsh's acclaimed tale of a tightrope walker Man On Wire was named runner-up as the event came to a close.Festival organisers said the event drew a record number of 1,545 film submissions and screened a record 154 films during its four-day run. All in all 1,300 delegates ...
  • AFM Briefs Nov 10


    Scandinavian sales outfit TrustNordisk has announced deals closed here. Cold Prey II has gone to Indonesia (MT Entertainment) and Brazil (Flashstar). The Candidate has been sold to Indonesia (Mt Ent) and Poland (Syrena Films). Dark Floors has gone to Indonesia (MT Ent) and Love At First Hiccup has been swallowed up by Kino Swiat ...
  • AFM Briefs Nov 9


    Alki David's London-based production, distribution and sales outfit 111Pictures has taken worldwide distribution rights to two new projects, the drama Look by Adam Rifkin and the Asian-American independent comedy American Fusion starring Esao Morales. Look, written and directed ...
  • AFM Briefs Nov 8


    Firaaq, the directorial debut by revered Indian actress Nandita Das, has been sold to the Middle East. Distributor Daxar Multimedia Limited has snapped up all rights to The Middle East to the film from sales agent Wide Management while Suraya has taken Malaysian, Indonesian, Singaporean and Vietnamese TV rights.Another Wide Management title, That Should Not Be, a documentary about organic food, has been sold to Spanish outfit, Eurocine ...
  • AFM Briefs Nov 7


    Trellis Huahn has been appointed to the newly created post of executive vice president of business affairs at Bold Films.Huahn will report directly to Bold Films' president or worldwide distribution Stephanie Denton and will play a key role in production, finance and development negotiations and will oversee all worldwide distribution agreements.Huahn spent the previous decade at Summit Entertainment where she headed up international contracts and business affairs ...
  • AFM Briefs Nov 5


    Diffusion Pictures has acquired all UK rights from Ryan Kampe and Sylvain Tron's Visit Films to the drama Momma's Man following its London Film Festival screenings.The film premiered at Sundance and tells of a man who visits his parents' loft apartment in Manhattan on a business trip and decides not to return to his wife and child. Matt Boren stars alongside director Azazel Jacobs' real parents Ken and Flo Jacobs.
  • Danny Glover joins voice cast of UK animatronics feature Agent Crush


    Danny Glover has joined the voice cast of animatronics adventure Agent Crush which is being sold worldwide by Fantastic Films International.He joins a cast already including Ioan Gruffudd, Neve Campbell, Brian Blessed, Brian Cox, Alice Evans and Roger Moore.The film has already completed principal photography in the UK using state-of-the-art microtonic characters and miniatures. The story, set in the future, follows a defective ...
  • Stiller, Tomei join Hollywood Awards lineup on Oct 27


    Ben Stiller will be honoured with the Hollywood Comedy Of The Year Award, while Marisa Tomei will be named supporting actress of the year, the cast of The Secret Life Of Bees ensemble of the year and Robert Pattinson newcomer of the year at the Hollywood Awards ceremony on Oct 27 in Los Angeles.Stiller is being recognized for Tropic Thunder, Tomei for The Wrestler ...
  • Pinewood & Shepperton photo exhibit to open in New York City


    A photography exhibition showcasing behind-the-scenes images of great star at work at the UK's Pinewood and Shepperton Studios over the last 50 years will open at the Lincoln Center in New York City on Aug 14 and run through to Sept 5.Entitled 'Capturing Film History In The Making', the exhibit compiled by Pinewood and Getty Images includes photographs of Stanley Kubrick on the set of Dr Strangelove, David Lean watching Alec Guinness ...
  • Colin Brown steps down as Editor-in-Chief of Screen International


    Colin Brown is stepping down as the longstanding Editor-in-Chief of Screen International to pursue new entrepreneurial ambitions in the global media and entertainment sphere.
  • HFPA gives $0.76m in grants to film schools and non-profits


    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented $759,865 in financial grants to film schools and non-profit organizations at its annual installation luncheon in Los Angeles today (Wednesday).
  • Sundance names documentary film-makers for Aug lab


    The Sundance Documentary Composers and Story Lab has named the seven film-makers and six composers invited to the lab Aug 3-8 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.The lab, which will explore the creative process in sound and story and the role of film music in nonfiction storytelling, is a collaboration between the Sundance Institute's documentary film programme and its film music programmeThe documentary film fesllows are:Natalia Almada (director/editor) ...
  • here! acquires North American rights to Yen Tan's Ciao


    here! Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Ciao, a gay-themed drama directed by Yen Tan which won the jury prize for best feature at the recent Philadelphia International Gay And Lesbian Film! sister company Regent Releasing will distribute the film in theatres later in 2008.The film follows the incidental friendship that develops between two strangers in different parts of the world connected ...
  • Borman, Graves license movie rights to The Seven Sins


    Producers Moritz Borman and Peter Graves will produce a film based on The Seven Sins: The Tyrant Ascending, a book by Jon Land which is inspired by the life of Fabrizio Boccardi.Borman will produce and Graves will executive produce the film and have acquired rights to two sequels (subject to certain box office results) based around the character of Michael Tiranno, a daredevil business magnate aka The Tyrant. Boccardi will also be a ...
  • Sarajevo documentary competition includes five world premieres


    The Sarajevo Film Festival's documentary competition is to include five world and three internationalpremieres.
  • Moviemobz takes Brazilian rights to The Sandman


    Moviemobz, the first distribution operation which programmes its titles in theatres equipped with digital projection technology supplied by Rain Network, has acquired theatrical rights in Brazil to Jose Manuel Gonzalez's Spanish romantic drama The Sandman (El Hombre De Arena).Moviemobz plans to release the film in theatres in the next six months; it is also scheduled for a premium pay TV window through Cine Canal by June 2009.
  • Endgame to produce, finance A Good Old Fashioned Orgy


    LA-based Endgame Entertainment is to produce and finance A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, a comedy to star Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte from US TV's Saturday Night Live, and Leslie Bibb.Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory will make their directorial debut on the film which is based on their screenplay.Endgame CEO James D Stern will produce, while company executive Lucas Smith will oversee production ...
  • New York's NewFest bookended by Tru Loved, Were The World Mine


    Stewart Wade's Tru Loved will open the 20th annual New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival (NewFest) on June 5, and Tom Gustafson's Were The World Mine will close it ten days later on June 15.Tru Loved is the story of a teenage girl raised by lesbian mothers and gay fathers, who starts a gay-straight alliance at her new school. It ...
  • Fortissimo picks up Mendoza's Cannes-bound Serbis


    Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights outside of France and the Philippines to Brillante Mendoza's Serbis, the first Filipino film to screen in competition at Cannes in 24 years.
  • Cannes unveils competition line-up of 19 titles


  • Hyde Park's Street Fighter starts shooting in Thailand


    Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Entertainment and Capcom have begun principal photography in Thailand on action film Street Fighter - The Legend Of Chun-Li which is based on the popular Japanese video grame franchise.20th Century Fox has domestic distribution rights through its first look, co-production deal with Hyde Park; Hyde Park International is handling sales.Hyde Park chairman Amritraj and senior executive Patrick Aiello ...
  • Gibney's Gonzo to close San Francisco Film Festival


    Alex Gibney's Gonzo: The Life And Work Of Dr Hunter S Thompson has been selected as the closing night film of this year's San Francisco International Film Festival on May 8.The film, which will be released by Magnolia Pictures in North America in July, focuses on Thompson's life from 1965 to 1975, and is produced by Gibney and Graydon Carter.Gibney won the Oscar this year for best feature documentary for
  • The Deal to open Sarasota Film Festival on April 4


    The Sarasota Film Festival, which runs April 4-13, will open with Steven Schachter's comedy The Deal starring William H Macy and Meg Ryan and close with Stuart Townsend's Battle In Seattle set as the closing night film. Stanley Tucci's Blind Date has been named as the centerpiece film.The Lives Of Others director ...
  • Peace Arch acquires worldwide rights to A Lobster Tale


    Toronto-based Peace Arch Entertainment has acquired worldwide distribution rights to family film A Lobster Tale starring Colm Meaney as a struggling lobster fisherman in Maine whose life is turned upside down when he discovers a strange moss with magical healing powers.Peace Arch Home Entertainment will release the film on DVD in North America in the summer and is launching international marketing and sales at MIP-TV in April.
  • No Country For Old Men wins top Producers Guild Award


    Scott Rudin and Ethan and Joel Coen took home the top prize from the Producers Guild Of America (PGA) Awards on Saturday night, winning the Darryl F Zanuck award for producer of the year for No Country For Old Men.The award, which puts No Country further on track to win the best picture Oscar on Feb 24, was presented to the winners at the PGA Awards which also saw Ratatouille ...
  • Iger signs new five-year contract as CEO of Disney


    Robert Iger has signed a new five year contract as chief executive officer at The Walt Disney Company. His previous contract would have expired on Sept 30, 2010, but the new contract takes him through to Jan 31, 2013.Iger became CEO at Disney on Sept 30, 2005, taking over from longtime chief Michael Eisner.
  • Chinese government lauches anti-porn campaign


    A group of 13 Chinese government departments are clamping down on pornographic content on the internet and mobile phones, in a nationwide campaign which will last until after the Beijing Olympicsare finished in September.
  • Golden Globe Awardsfate to be decided today


    An announcement is expected later today (Monday) in Los Angeles concerning the fate of this year's Golden Globe Awards in the midst of the Hollywood writers' strike. Stay tuned to for breaking news.
  • IFP hands out $100,000 in annual artist grants


    IFP, the nation's largest membership organization of independent filmmakers, named the recipients of its annual grants to individual artists at the conclusion of its 2007 Independent Film Week in downtown New York City. Cash, in-kind product donations and mentorship services were valued at more than $100,000.A grant of $10,000 was presented to Eunhee Cho, the winner of The Adrienne Shelly Director's Grant for her film Inner Circle ...
  • Universal and Paramount partner up in Russia


    Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE) and Paramount Home Entertainment International (PHEI) announced a union for Russian distribution.
  • Harry Potter has a $6m Chinese opening despite local pressure


    Despite some restrictions on the release print numbers, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix had a strong opening in mainland China, grossing $5.94m (RMB 45m), according to Beijing and Shanghai-based cinema owners. The figure is the best first-week gross of all Harry Potter movies in China.
  • China Film decides not to import Rush Hour 3


    While Chinese actors Jackie Chan and Zhang Jingchu make their red carpet appearances at the premiere of Rush Hour 3 in the US, it looks unlikely that the film will receive the same treatment in their home country.
  • Fantastic rise of the green ogre


    Shrek The Third kept the number one slot as it continued its fairytale stomp around the world's box offices, adding more than $58m during the weekend with strong openings in Germany, Spain and half-a-dozen smaller countries.
  • Lorber targets niche interest groups with digital distribution outfit


    Specialist distribution veteran Richard Lorber is spearheading a new company that will acquire and market programming for targeted interest groups via digital delivery, DVD's direct-to-consumer, and traditional retail video distribution.The new venture, Lorber HT Digital, merges the operations of his Lorber Media and that of Hidden Treasures Productions, an outfit that has produced such documentaries as Secrets Of Angels, Demons, And Masons, ...
  • Industry moves


    Lakeshore adds DeckterJonathan Deckter, former Arclight Films president of international sales and Morgan Creek International vice-president, has been appointed senior vice-president of international sales at Lakeshore Entertainment. He will work alongside Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard Rose, who is promoted to the same position. Meanwhile Rob Burke is promoted to executive vice president of worldwide marketing and Virginia Longmuir moves up to executive vice president ...
  • CORRECTION: Alma selling Honore's The Love Songs


    Christophe Honore's Cannes 2007 competition film, The Love Songs (Les Chansons d'Amour), is being sold internationally by Alma Films, not Gemini. The contact was incorrectly reported in our April 27, 2007 weekly edition.The number for Alma Films is +33 (6) 72 97 31 90.
  • CORRECTION: Nanking to get fulll theatrical release


    A profile of Bill Guttentag which ran in Screen International on April 20 and on Screendaily on April 24 incorrectly stated that Guttentag's Nanking would receive a short theatrical release in North America through THINKFilm.In fact, the film will have a full domestic release in December.
  • Sandra Den Hamer leaves Rotterdam International Film Festival


    Sandra Den Hamer is to step down as director of the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Den Hamer, who has been involved with the event for more than two decades, will start work as director of Amsterdam's Filmmuseum from September 1.The Board of the Rotterdam Film Festival will start exploratory talks shortly to appoint a successor.
  • Lost In Beijing to be released in mainland China in May


    The edited version of Chinese filmmaker Li Yu's second feature Lost In Beijing will be released in mainland China on May 18, according to the film's producer Fang Li and its distributor Polybona.
  • Women directors dominate SXSW awards


    Films by women directors dominated the prizes at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW), the hip indie film festival and conference held in the Texan capital city of Austin.Jamie Babbit's narrative feature Itty Bitty Titty Committee won the top dramatic jury prize taking Best Narrative Feature. Jennifer Venditti's Billy The Kid was named Best Documentary Feature.
  • UK Treasury U-turn on sale-and-leaseback clampdown


    The UK government has exempted sale-and-leaseback schemes from a crackdown on tax avoidance. Click here for announcement
  • Binder, Blunt spice up SXSW attractions


    The 2007 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference & Festival will host a special screening on March 14 ofMike Binder's Reign Over Me, starring Don Cheadle and Adam Sandler.Some cast and crew are expected to attend. In addition, British pop-star James Blunt is coming to the Austin festival to attend the March 10 world premiere ofSteven Cantor's documentary, James Blunt: Return To Kosovo, whichchronicles ...
  • Full list of Academy Award winners


    THE WINNERSClick on film name for reviewBest PictureBabel
  • Cyborg to close next month's SXSW festival


    The closing night film for the upcoming South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference & Festival will be Park Chan-wook's new film, I'm A Cyborg, But That's OK.Fresh from its European premiere at the recent Berlinale, Cyborg will have its North American premiere at the Austin, Texas, festival when it brings down the curtain on the festival on March 17.Park is the director of such critical ...
  • Solid sales business boosts growing EFM


    The EFM was winding down yesterday with many buyers already on their way home and complaints that new product was underwhelming, especially when the hottest titles here were documentaries - Morgan Spurlock Untitled which Wild Bunch sold throughout the world, First Look International's Larry Charles Project and Fortissimo's Rolling Stones documentary.'It was a quiet market,' said Lionsgate's Zygi Kamasa who pointed to the lack of alluring fare at script stage.Still ...
  • Hart splits with Sharp and launches Evamere


    After more than ten years in business together, the founding partners of New York based Hart Sharp Entertainment - John Hart and Jeffrey Sharp - have decided to pursue different opportunities. For his part, Hart has now launched a new venture called Evamere Entertainment that will focus on feature film and Broadway theatrical productions. As part of his new operation, Hart will also oversee the management of Hart Sharp's library of films andthe company's existing private ...
  • SXSW adds Disturbia and new feature docs to mix


    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced new additions to its feature film schedule, as well as its complete lineup of panels, short films and retrospectives.The new features include:Eric Chaikin's documentary, A Lawyer Walks Into a BarKris Carr's documentary, Crazy ...
  • Screen's Mike Goodridge takes ICG international journalist prize


    Screen International and's US editor Mike Goodridge has been named international journalist of the year at the 44th annual ICG Publicists' awards in Los Angeles.
  • SXSW announces complete feature line-up


    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced its complete lineup of features, for the 14th edition to be held in Austin, Texas on March 9-17, 2007. The newly announced additions to the 'Spotlight Premieres' section of the festival, include: Judd Apatow's Knocked UpKaty Chevigny's Election DayJonathan Levine's
  • Sony closes third co-financing deal with Relativity


    Sony Pictures has been revealed as the beneficiary of the recent co-financing facility structured by Relativity Media.The new independent co-financing package, which is separate from the previously announced Gun Hill 1 and Gun Hill 2 deals, will be a five-year revolving credit facility. The new venture, called Beverly Blvd LLC, will co-invest in the majority of films released by Columbia Pictures during the term of the fund and, in general, allows Sony Pictures ...
  • Pathe Distribution acquires rights to UGC Films library


    Pathe Distribution has acquired the library of defunct UK distributor UGC FIlms, including Walter Becker's Good Bye Lenin! and Francois Ozon films, including 8 Women and Swimming Pool.
  • Belgian film fund reports 18 film investment


    Belgian media fund Motion Investment Group (MIG) raised $21.4m (Euros $16.5m) for 18 films in 2006, making it the country's biggest source of film finance.The company's end-of-year report shows MIG backed 13 features, four television productions and a documentary.Added to its foundation year of 2005, the company has now raised a total of $28m through the Belgian tax shelter scheme, which was established in 2004.MIG was set up following the 2004 creation ...
  • New Prescience venture aims to raise $10m


    A new UK Enterprise Investment Scheme venture from Prescience Film Finance and tax specialist Chancery aims to raise around $10m (£5m) for UK film and television productions.Prescience Pictures' initial projects include a Bruce Beresford-directed film version of Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance, to star Lindsay Lohan and to be produced by Donald Zuckerman, Howard Himelstein and Sarah Radclyffe.'The timing of this offering ...
  • The Queen reigns over BAFTA nominees


    Stephen Frears’ The Queen leads the nominations for the The Orange British Academy Film Awards, or BAFTAs. The film was recognised in 10 categories.
  • Bond and The Queen head BAFTA longlist


  • Bond and The Queen head BAFTA longlist


  • China halts foreign investment in production companies


    A senior Chinese governmentofficial has confirmed that China has halted new foreign investment in film and TVproduction companies. The move overturns aregulation introduced in 2003 which allowed foreign companies to take stakes ofup to 49% in local production houses or Sino-foreign joint ventures.'Our policy is totemporarily not approve the creation of ...
  • Production begins for Second World War spoof


    Alan Cumming is to star asHitler and Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill in Jackboots OnWhitehall, a comedy set during the Second World War, London-basedproduction company Swipe announced today (Dec 7).
  • Director Robert Altman dies at age 81


  • German pay-per-view service launches on KDG cable service


    Subscribers to German cable service KDG are to be offered local and Hollywood films through a pay-per-view content service, CineExpress from On Demand Group (ODG).The initial service will include movies from Universal, Paramount, DreamWorks, Constantin, Prokino and TMG.The standard price will be $3.8 (Euros 3)
  • Thin wins LFF's Grierson Award


    Thin, thedirectorial debut from photographer Lauren Greenfield, has won this year's Grierson Award for the best feature-length documentaryscreened at The Times BFI London Film Festival.
  • Sundance commissions original movies for mobile phones


    Robert Redford's SundanceInstitute is dipping an experimental toe in the mobile entertainment arena bycommissioning five original short films intended for viewing on cell phonesworldwide.
  • Katapult closes AFM deals on Sherrybaby, Hawk


    Katapult Film Sales has closed significant deals on its AFM slate, with the Maggie Gyllenhaal drama Sherrybaby going to Metrodome in the UK, Madman in Australia, and Line Tree in South Korea.The Paul Giamatti-starrer The Hawk Is Dying has sold to Zootrope Films in France, Art Free in Greece, and Bleiberg Entertainment in Israel.
  • Katapult closes AFM deals on Sherrybaby, Hawk


    Katapult Film Sales has closed significant deals on its AFM slate, with the Maggie Gyllenhaal drama Sherrybaby going to Metrodome in the UK, Madman in Australia, and Line Tree in South Korea.The Paul Giamatti-starrer The Hawk Is Dying has sold to Zootrope Films in France, Art Free in Greece, and Bleiberg Entertainment in Israel.
  • The Waiting Room starts London shoot


    Roger Goldby's debut feature The Waiting Room has begun shooting in South London.
  • Germany's e-m-s to coproduce Lolafilms' Manolete


    Spanish producer Lolafilmshas recruited Germany's e-m-s new media as aco-producer on Manolete, starringAdrien Brody and Penelope Cruz, as well as for Io Don Giovanni. The film finishedprincipal photography this summer.
  • Israel chooses Sweet Mud as Oscar submission


    Dror Shaul's drama Sweet Mud has been named as the official Israeli submission for thisyear's foreign-language Oscar category. The film, set in a kibbutz in the1970s, follows a 12 year-old boy and his attempts to navigate the needs of hisemotionally fragile mother.
  • Rome unveils lineup for inaugural festival


  • Rome unveils lineup for inaugural festival


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  • Vesper soars at Sundance Channel


    ChristianVesper has been promoted to senior vice president, acquisitions, programplanning and scheduling at Sundance Channel. He continues to report to LauraMichalchyshyn, executive vice president, programming and marketing at thechannel.In hisexpanded role, Vesper will manage the channel's international ...
  • George Romero starts pre-production on Diary Of The Dead


    George A Romero and producing partner Peter Grunwald have begun pre-production on the iconic filmmaker's latest zombie tale, Diary Of The Dead.
  • Hammer & Tongs wraps Son of Rambow


    Shooting has wrapped on Son Of Rambow, the latest film from the UK film-making team of Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith, better known as Hammer & Tongs (The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy).
  • Jia's Still Life is surprise winner of Venice's Golden Lion


    Still Life (Sanxia Haoren) byChinese film-maker Jia Zhangkewon the Golden Lion for best film at the 63rd Venice Film Festival.
  • Hungary's Istvan Szabo to head Pusan jury


    Hungariandirector Istvan Szabo willhead the jury at the Pusan International FilmFestival in Korea.Otherjurors will be Hong Kong producerDaniel Yu, Korean actress Moon So-Ry, French directorBruno Dumont and Iranian director Abolfazl Jalili.
  • Dead Sheep and War Tapes win at Britdoc


    The first Britdoc festival,presented in association with Nokia, wrapped on Friday night with 37 UsesFor A Dead Sheep winning the Britishcompetition and The War Tapeswinning the international competition.
  • Disney to cut 650 jobs in restructuring


    The WaltDisney Co. will cut 650 jobs worldwide as part of a major new restructuring.The studio will now focus on more Disney-branded family films, aiming to produceand distribute about 10 Disney live-action andanimated titles per year, but only two to three more adult Touchstone titles per year. Amongthose ...
  • Programme hots up for Screenwriters Festival


    With just days to gobefore the UK's inaugural Screenwriters Festival in Cheltenham, the organizerscontinue to add to the impressive roster of speakers and estimate that morethan two hundred new and established screenwriters from across Britain will flockto the three-day event (June 27-30).Among the latestadditions to the Festival, which is being held in association with FilmFour andis supported by Screen International among many others, ...
  • China pulls Da Vinci Code to protect local films


    Chinese state-owneddistributors China Film and Huaxia Film Distribution are pulling The Da Vinci Code from all movietheatres across China starting June 9 in order to prepare for the upcoming "localfilm protection month".
  • IFTA conference to discuss new platforms & formats


    The introduction of newdistribution technologies and content formats will be subject of the 8thannual Production Conference to be hosted by The Independent Film &Television Alliance (IFTA) on June 16 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
  • MGM adds Weinstein trio to release slate


    Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studioshas added three new titles to its 2006-2007 North American theatrical releaseslate, all of them supplied by The Weinstein Company, which will oversee theirmarketing.
  • Cannes announces final film schedule


    The Cannes Film Festival has announced the final screening schedule for its 2006 edition.
  • StudioCanal to acquire UK distributor Optimum Releasing


    Confirming rumours that had been buildingfor weeks, French distributor StudioCanal announcedtoday that it will acquire UK distributor OptimumReleasing.The companies said, "The deal will helpOptimum grow by combining its resources with those of StudioCanal.This will give Optimum access to one of the largest film catalogues in theworld ...
  • EFP selects 22 producers for Cannes Producers On The Move


    European Film Promotion(EFP) has selected 22 aspiring producers for the Producers On The Movenetworking initiative that will take place during Cannes.
  • Tartan UK signs three-year deal with Arts Alliance Media


    Tartan Films Distribution(TFD) and European digital distribution service provider Arts Alliance Media(AAM) have signed an exclusive three-year digital rights and services dealcovering theatrical digital cinema and home distribution via video on demandand electronic sell-through.
  • Francke to head UK regional screen agency EM Media


    Lizzie Francke has been named executive producer for film at UKregional screen agency EM Media.EM ...
  • Cutting Edge Music signs music deal with Lucky 50 Productions and Bauer Martinez Entertainment


    One of the UK'sleading providers of music services to the film industry, Cutting Edge Music,has entered into a joint venture with Lucky 50 Productions, the wholly-owned U.S.production entity of Bauer Martinez Studios.The joint venture, Music Rites, will have the exclusive right toacquire, administer, exploit and supervise the available music from Lucky 50'smotion ...
  • Look Both Ways wins best feature at London Australian Film Festival


    The 12thLondon Australian Film Festival (March2-12) closed on Sunday having welcomedover 5,000 people through the door which represents, an 11% rise on 2005figures with box-office takings also up by 13%. The audience voted for their favourite filmsthroughout the festival and awarded Best Feature to Sarah Watt's debut feature Look Both Ways (Australia 2005) with BestDocumentary going to David Bradbury's Blowin' In The Wind (Australia 2005).
  • Screen International boosts FilMart relationship


    Screen Internationalannounced that it will introduce daily publications at Hong Kong's FilMart in March. Supported by trade development council, the TDC, the dailies will bepublished throughout the March 20-23 event and will be similar in concept tothe leading dailies published in Berlin and Cannes.
  • Paramount's specialty arm takes domestic on Truth


    Paramount Pictures' new specialty division has acquired worldwide rightsto Participant Productions' documentary An Inconvenient Truth which had itsworld premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year.Davis Guggenheim's film features former US vice president Al Gore in astudy of global warming. ...
  • Japan's box office down by 6% according to Eiren


    Japan's box office generated $1.69bn (Y198bn) in 2005, a 6% decrease from2004, according to data released by the Motion Picture Producers Association ofJapan (Eiren).
  • Shochiku, Celluloid Dreams join forces for Hana


    Japan's Shochiku and France's Celluloid Dreams have partnered to handleinternational sales of Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's upcoming samuraidrama Hana (Hana Yori Mo Naho).
  • Five world premieres for Berlinale Special


    The selection of films for Berlinale Special has beenfinalised. This film series has a varied programme with two football filmsfeaturing among the five world premieres which are, Luis Llosa'sThe Feast of the Goat (La Fiesta Del Chivo), based on the best-selling novel of the samename by Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa andstaring Isabella Rossellini playing a lawyer who returns to her native country,the Dominican Republic, after 30 years.
  • New Screenwriters Festival to launch in London


    The new international Screenwriters' Festivalwill hold a Londonlaunch on Monday (January 30) to announce details of its inaugural event, whichwill be held in Cheltenhamfrom June 27-30. Screen Internationalis one of the sponsors of the festival.
  • Deal finalised for Usen-Daiwa content fund


    Gaga Communicationsannounced at its first board meeting of the year (Jan 25) that the $259m (Y30bn)content fund partnership between its parent company Usen Corp and DaiwaSecurities SMBC, tabled last December, is now a done deal.
  • Korean film industry launches labour union


    The South Korean filmindustry's first official labour union has been launched in Seoul in response to unstable working conditions.
  • MK Pictures set to enter China partnership


    Korea's MK Pictures has signed a memorandum of understanding with China's Eastern Dragon and Beijing Polybona Film Publishingto enter into a partnership encompassing several areas of the film business.
  • DDA to stage 35th anniversary event in London on Dec 6


    PR and marketing consultancyDennis Davidson Associates is celebrating its 35th anniversary byholding a champagne reception, dinner and concert in London on Dec 6 in aid ofthe Small Faces' All Children's Charity and the Cinema & TelevisionBenevolent Fund.
  • Screen presents Mrs Henderson with Hollywood prize


  • Celsius signs on for Flying Scotsman sales


    UK based sales outfit Celsius has signed to handle world sales on DouglasMackinnon's The Flying Scotsman.
  • Skillset names successful applicants for Inside Pictures programme


  • Weinsteins raise $230m in backing for new venture


    Harvey and Bob Weinsteinhave raised $230.5m in equity for their new venture the Weinstein Co, accordingto a report on financial wire service Bloomberg.
  • SPE names Blake as Col TriStar worldwide marketing chairman


    Jeff Blake has been named Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for theColumbia TriStar Motion Picture Group.
  • Foreign language Oscar race hots up


    A slew of countries haveannounced their selections for the foreign language category of the AcademyAwards, just days before the final deadline on October 3.
  • Top speakers set for Screen's Embracing Digital Cinema conference


  • Lions Gate offers $90m for DVD specialist


    Lions Gate Entertainmenthas launched a $90m bid to buy Image Entertainment, the North American producerand distributor of home entertainment programming whose operations include a UKsubsidiary.The unsolicited bid sentImage Entertainment's shares soaring by as much as 57% this Wednesday afternoon on NewYork's Nasdaq exchange upon speculation that Lions Gate would increase itsoffer.In response, Image CEOMartin Greenwald ...
  • Academy takes over European Film Awards


    The European FilmAcademy has taken over the production of its annual awards ceremony, theEuropean Film Awards, which will be held this year in Berlin on Dec 3.
  • IFC accompanies Weinsteins on trans-sexual odyssey


    IFCFilms will partner with The Weinstein Company to distribute Duncan Tucker's hot-buttonroad movie Transamerica. Thefilm's ...
  • Tarnation takes top prize at Era New Horizons


    JonathanCaouette's Tarnation won the Grand Prix at the 5th Era NewHorizons Film Festival (July 21-31) in Cieszyn, southern Poland.Amongother competition entries which received high scores as voted by the audiencewere: 4 by Ilja Khrzhanovsky (Russia), 13 Lakes by James Benning(USA), 20 Fingers by Mania Akbari ...
  • Thomson to leave UK Film Council for DDA Consulting


    UKFilm Council press and PR executive Ian Thomson is leaving to become managingdirector of DDA Consulting, a division of leading film PR outfit DDA.DDA Consulting actsfor a number of non-entertainment related clients as well as those within DDA'straditional sector.Theappointment ...
  • Dutch court jails van Gogh killer for life


    A Dutch court has sentencedthe self-confessed killer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh to life in jail.
  • Child opens Poland's Era New Horizons festival


    The 5thedition of Era New Horizons Film Festival opens today (July 21) withJean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's The Child in Cieszyn, southern Polandwith the directors in attendance.Thefestival will close on July 31 with a gala screening of Lars von Trier's Manderlay.This ...
  • Edinburgh festival to confiscate mobiles in piracy move


    Mobile phones are to be temporarily confiscated duringcertain screenings at this year's Edinburgh Film Festival as part of acrackdown on piracy.
  • Skillset's Inside Pictures film business course invites applicants


  • Redbus to co-produce Wicker Man remake


  • Academy tightens rules on Oscar producers


    The US Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)has further tightened the number of producers who can takehome an Oscar.
  • The cultural exception for film may become international law


    The cultural exception for trade in cultural productsincluding film could be enshrined in international law for the first time.
  • New Location Guide aims to improve producers' bottom-line


  • Cannes briefs: latest deals, announcements


  • Cannes briefs: latest deals, announcements


    Katapult scores with Zidane
  • Cannes briefs: latest deals, announcements


  • Kuhn calls for reform of UK Film Council


    Michael Kuhn, former head of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, has slammedGovernment-backed support body the UK Film Council as 'helpless' and 'in needof reform'.
  • EU production levels increase in 2004


    Some 764 feature films were produced in the 25 Member Statesof the European Union in 2004, a slight increase on 2003 according to EuropeanAudiovisual Observatory figures.Thefigures are up 2% compared to 2003 when 750 films were produced in the EU.
  • The Joy Of Tax


    ScreenInternational presents its at-a-glance worldwide guide to tax based filmproduction incentives.
  • Film Council, Pact take 'Next Steps' towards breaking down barriers


  • London Film Festival announces 2005 dates


  • Disney looking to renew Pixar relationship


    The chairmanof the Walt Disney Studios, Dick Cook, has said that Disney wants to renew thestudio's deal with animation powerhouse Pixar.
  • Artistic director Fremaux explains Cannes selection


    Interview with Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux -abstracted from today's Cannes festival press statement.
  • Court rules that Pianist producer must go to jail


    A Warsaw court ruled this week that the Polishco-producer of Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List and executiveproducer of Roman Polanski's The Pianist must immediately start servinghis two-year prison term for his role in a bribery scandal that touched thehighest levels of government.
  • Gail Berman named president of Paramount Studios


    GailBerman was officially named as president of Paramount Studios yesterday, makinga move to movies from television which has stunned the Hollywood industry.
  • UK sees launch of Screen Financiers Association


    A number of leadingproviders of independent British film finance have joined forces to launch neworganisation, the Screen Financiers Association (SFA).
  • King's Game leads Danish Bodil awards


    Nikolaj Arcel's King's Game, which scooped a host ofawards in January at the Danish filmacademy awards, took the top prize at the Bodils, the Danish Association ofFilm Critics' awards, on Sunday 27 February 2005
  • UK film pirate gets three-year prison sentence


    In a landmark case in thefight against film piracy, a UK court has given a Cambridge-based DVD pirate,a three-year prison sentence.
  • NonStop makes host of acquisitions at Berlin


    NonStop Entertainment hasannounced the following acquisitions at the recently closed Berlin FilmFestival.
  • A Year Without Love wins Berlin's Teddy Award


  • European Film Market closes at an all-time high


    Newsfrom the floor of the European Film Market as it wrapped for another year:busier than ever before. While there were no headline-grabbing North Americanor multi-territory deals forged by the classics divisions of Hollywood studios,serious business was done. One seller alone reported over 500 deals completedhere.
  • A Killing In The Woods wins Oscar Moore prize


    This year's Annual OscarMoore Screenwriting Prize of £10,000 has been won by Marcus Shepherd for histaut, largely three-character thriller A Killing In The Woods.
  • Berlin Today is Alright


    Alright Love, by Finnish writer-director Samuli Valkama and creative producerRoman Sorger from Austria, has won this year's Berlin Today Award.
  • Tartan snags The Devil documentary


    Active market buyer Tartan Films has picked up UK rights to TheDevil And Daniel Johnston, the documentaryabout a cult musician which won Jeff Feuerzeig the directing prize at Sundancelast month.
  • Beyond boosts Berlin slate


  • British feature wins at Miami


  • European cinema admissions rocket in 2004


  • Icon takes Perfect Creature for the UK


  • Lions Gate Int'l takes selected rights on Isolation


  • Skillset launches flagship film industry website


    UKtraining body Skillset has launched a new film website for people working orwanting to work in the UK film industry.
  • Miramax Films acquires Pathe's Mrs Henderson Presents


    Miramax Films has acquired the North American, Latin American, and German distribution rights to Stephen Frears's Mrs. Henderson Presents.
  • Overture sweeps Thai Oscars


    Local Thai box office hit TheOverture (Hom Rong), a period film about a Thai classical musician, has wonseven Supannahongsa Film Awards.
  • Russian 4 polarises festival opinion


    By consensus, the 34th International Film Festival Rotterdam(IFFR), which ended at the weekend with a screening of Howl's MovingCastle, was a solid but unspectacularaffair.
  • One Eyed Films picks up two Latin American titles


    UK-based sales companyOne Eyed Films has picked up two award-winningLatin American titles - Almost Brothers and Up Against ThemAll.Almost Brothers boasts a string of awards including Best Brazilianfilm of 2004 at Sao Paulo and best director, and best Latin American filmamongst others at the Rio film festival.Produced by Fernando Meirelles, Up Against Them All won theSilver Firebird 2004 in Hong Kong.
  • Tango Entertainment announces key appointments


  • INTERNATIONAL 27 January


  • Katja von Garnier to direct Lakeshore's Blood And Chocolate


    Germandirector Katja von Garnier has signed on to direct Lakeshore Entertainment's BloodAnd Chocolate, it was announced today byLakeshore's Tom Rosenberg.Produced by Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi with Daniel Bobker, the film isset to start shooting this spring.Set inEastern Europe, Blood And Chocolate is the story of Vivian Gandillion, anineteen ...
  • The 77th Adacemy Award Nominations


  • 40th Solothurn film festival kicks off


  • Anti-piracy raids across Asia seize 6m pirate discs


    Police forces across 12Asian countries this week completed a total of 876 raids, resulting in 277arrests and the seizure of 5.9 million pirate discs, according to the MotionPicture Association (MPA).
  • Danish Film Academy fetes King's Game


    The following honours were presented at the Danish Film Academy awards ceremony on Sunday 16 January 2005:
  • European Film Promotion boosts Sales Support budget


    European Film Promotioninitiative Film Sales Support is entering its second year with increasedfunding and additional festivals.
  • UK study reveals Ethnic filmmakers facing barriers


    Minority ethnic led (MEL) UKindependent production companies face particular barriers to success in thefilm and television sector. This is the finding of new research conducted bythe Institute for Employment Studies (IES) for Pact and the UK Film Council.
  • The Aviator, Sideways win top film Globes


    The Aviator and Sideways took three and two film awards apiece at tonight's (16) 62nd Golden Globes, earning respective honours for best drama and best musical or comedy.
  • Tsunami effect spreads across international territories


    SouthernThailand (where popular tourist destinations Phuket, Kao Lak and Phi Phi Islandare located) was hit hard by the Boxing Day tsunami.
  • Berlinale gets new perspective


    The fourth PerspektiveDeutsches Kino section of the Berlinale has revealed its first five films to beselected.


  • William Morris Agency revamps senior management


    The William Morris Agency has revamped its management,promoting two executives to top jobs after three veterans left over differencesabout the company's direction.The agency, which represents top celebrities such asOscar winners Russell Crowe and Halle Berry, named Dave Wirtschafter presidentand Irv Weintraub chief operating officer.Norman Brokaw remains chairman, and Jim Wiatt retains hispost as chief executive.
  • CORRECTION: MGM and Mediafonds International


    CORRECTION It was incorrectly stated in a story on Oct 15 that MGM was financingfilms with German media fund Mediafonds International. The studio has in factnever reached any partnership with Mediafonds.
  • Golden Globes: full list of nominations


    Best Motion Picture -DramaThe AviatorCloserFinding NeverlandHotel RwandaKinseyMillion Dollar BabyBest Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - DramaScarlett Johansson A Love Song For Bobby LongNicole Kidman BirthImelda Staunton Vera DrakeHilary Swank Million Dollar BabyUma Thurman Kill Bill Vol 2Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - DramaJavier ...
  • Chinese Mountain Patrol rides off with Golden Horse


    Kekexili: Mountain Patrol, the second feature by Chinese director Lu Chuan, beat WongKar-wai's's 2046 to thebest film prize at Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards, which showcases filmsfrom Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.
  • Canal+, 20th Fox extend exclusivity contracts until 2012


    CANAL+ has signed anagreement with 20th Century Fox for the period 2007-2012 for first broadcastrights to all of the movies produced by the studio.
  • Treasury accuses UK film-makers of abusing aid


    The Inland Revenue has accused the British film industry ofabusing government aid, with every production of recent years deliberatelyover-claiming tax relief - according to a report in today's FinancialTimes.
  • Copenhagen Festival appoints new programming chief


    Screen International's Nordic correspondent, Jacob Neiiendamis to become head of programming at the Copenhagen International Film Festivalfrom Jan. 1, 2005.
  • Sony, Disney link to launch VOD film service in UK


    The European Commission hasofficially given its approval for the creation of MovieCo, a joint venture toprovide a Video On Demand (VOD) film service in the UK.
  • European Film Academy unveils 2004 nominations


    Spanish films Bad Education and The Sea Inside and Germany's Head-On lead the pack in the nominations for this year's European Film Awards.
  • Teague's Last Drop wraps in Romania


    Principal photography is now complete in Romania on ColinTeague's The Last Drop, a heistmovie set against the backdropof World War II, starring Billy Zane, Michael Madsen, Karel Roden and footballstar David Ginola in his first feature film role.The film is the story of British military operationduring World War II to snatch a horde of Dutch gold and art treasures fromunder the noses of the Nazis.The ...
  • AFM deals in brief


  • UK Film Focus sets 2005 dates


    The UK's mini-market London UK Film Focus will returnnext year between June 27 and 30 June at the National Film Theatre after a 2004edition which attracted 180 buyers.The event is backed by Film London, UK Film Council, FilmExport UK (FEUK), the London Development Agency through Creative London, UKTrade and Investment, London, the British Film Institute and the MarriottCounty Hall.
  • Zinc, GRB expand alliance


    Zinc Entertainment, adivision of Silver Pictures, and GRB Entertainment have expanded their existingalliance by agreeing to co-produce and distribute five television movies overthe next two years.The first two projects, TheForerunner and Body Armor, will be available this year's AFM, where GRB istaking a suite for the first time.All TV movies under thenew development/production arm will have EC content ...
  • Clarification: Shark Tale box office figures


  • Jeunet linked to Harry Potter 5


    AVery Long Engagement director Jean-Pierre Jeunet says he has beenapproached as a possible director for the fifth Harry Potter movie.
  • Sutherland prize shortlists three films for Trophy


    Threefilms have been shortlisted for the British Film Institute (bfi)'s SutherlandTrophy.Selectedby a jury from ten nominated titles, the shortlist comprises Innocence,a haunting story of a girls' school from French director Lucile Hadsihalilovic;Tarnation, a psychedelic memoir from American director JonathanCaouette; and ...
  • Dead Man's Shoes leads BIFA contenders


    The British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nominations wereannounced today, with Shane Meadows' DeadMan's Shoes leading the field with eight nominations, closely followed byMike Leigh's Vera Drake with seven nods including Best Actress for ImeldaStaunton.
  • Allen's Melinda to open Stockholm


    Woody Allen's Melinda & Melinda has replaced Oliver Stone's Alexander as the opening film of the Stockholm InternationalFilm Festival on Nov 18.The move follows the decision to move the US opening of Alexander from the beginning of November to November 24.Stone will now arrive in Stockholm on November 25, where Alexanderwill have its European premiere.The director will also be awarded the Stockholm LifetimeAcheivement Award.
  • Benelux exhibitors set standard for industry growth


    Led by the Netherlands, one of the few European cinemamarkets to show growth in 2003, leading exhibitors in the Benelux regionreported improved financial results in the most recent period according to anew report from industry analysts, Dodona Research.
  • Warsaw fetes Iranian City


    20th Warsaw International Film Festival closed on Monday,October 18, with the premiere of the French film Comme Une Image by Agnes Jaoui.
  • Bugs! wins Large Format prize at Wildscreen


    UKIMAX picture Bugs! has won the Panda Award for Best Large Format Film at theUK's Wildscreen Festival, the Oscars of the wildlife film world.Theaward comes as Bugs! heads towards the $20m worldwide box office grossmark, having completed its run in only 34 of the 104 IMAX theatres that have sofar booked the film. Bugs! is currently playing ...
  • Archbishop wins Eurimages funding


    Zoltan Kamondi's TheArchbishop's Visit has received Euros 430,000 in funding from support bodyEurimages.The film is a Hungarian, Italian andRomanian co-production between Honeymood Films/Focus Film, Gam Film and MediaPro Pictures. Its full budget runs to $4.4m.
  • Curtis, Morgernstern set for Holocaust tale


  • Nobody wins Grand Prize at Ghent


    During the 31st edition of the Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent, the film Nobody Knows (Daremo Shiranai) by Japanese filmmaker Kore-EdaHirozaku, who has already achieved international recognition with After Life, was awarded the Grand Prizefor Best Film, which carries an award of Euros 25,000 towards distribution.
  • Soda Pictures buys UK for Head-On, Brothers


    Soda Pictures has acquired the UK/Eire distribution rightsto Fatih Akin's Berlin winner Head-On and Susanne Bier's San Sebastianprize winner Brothers. Both films will premiere in the UK at the LondonFilm Festival later this month.
  • Eldridge named as UK's First Light chief executive


  • Warner strikes package deal with TV Channel Russia


    Warner Bros. International Television Distribution hassigned an exclusive, multi-year free television deal with Russia's statebroadcaster TV Channel Russia (formerly called RTR).
  • Horley named head of sales at Lumina Films


    Samantha Horley has beenappointed head of sales at international sales outfit Lumina Films, which willnow base its operations in London
  • ACE to debate building production businesses in UK


    "Why is the UK such a difficult place to builda production business'" is the question at the heart of a one day seminar "ShowBusiness or No Business'" being organised by the Ateliers du Cinema Europeen(ACE) next month (Oct 15) in London.ACE argues that UK producers find it uniquelydifficult to retain ...
  • NY tax credit lures Producers to Brooklyn mega-studio


    Mel Brooks' $45-$50m musicalrevival of his 1968 classic The Producers will become the first major film production to shoot at New York'sgigantic new Steiner Studios, the purpose-built studio backlot about to openacross 15 acres of former shipbuilding yards on the Brooklyn waterfront.
  • Bid by Goal! producer for Liverpool FC is 'no stunt'


    Reports that film producer Mike Jefferies is bidding to takecontrol of Liverpool Football Club for £100m ($100m) are serious and nota stunt to promote his football trilogy Goal!, say sources close to Jefferies.
  • British Film Institute unveils new executive team


  • Lelouch offers free showings of latest film


    French director Claude Lelouch showed his new film LesParisiens for free across France on Fridayto try to prove wrong the critics who have panned it.
  • Spain unveils Oscar contenders


    Alejandro Amenabar's TheSea Inside (Mar Adentro), Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education (La Mala Educacion) and multiple Oscar nominee JoseLuis Garci's Tiovivo De Madrid C. 1950have made Spain's short-list for the nomination to the foreign-language Oscar.The final nominee will be announced October 1.
  • INTERNATIONAL 16 September


  • Palm seizes To's Breaking News for US


    Renewing its relationship with Hong Kong director Johnnie To, PalmPictures has acquired North American and Caribbean rights to To's BreakingNews.
  • Resident Evil sequel roars to the top of the box office


    The shock of a new seasonfound two premiering thrillers scaring up business with Resident Evil:Apocalypse leading the way forScreen Gems with an estimated $24.2 million and New Line's Cellular trailing with about $10.5 million.
  • Sony ready to roar with MGM buyout


    87-year-old Kirk Kerkorianis poised to sell Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for the third time in his see-sawinghistory as a studio proprietor after agreeing "in principle" to a $4.84bntakeover bid from a consortium led by Sony. The MGM board will meet to sanctionthe deal tomorrow (Tuesday).By raising its bid overthe weekend to $12 per MGM share (plus the assumption of $1.9bn of debt), Sonyeffectively trumped a rival offer of $11 a share from Time Warner. In addition,Sony ...
  • Turkey, UAE 'fastest growing' Middle East markets


    Turkey and the United Arab Emirates are the fastest growingcinema markets in the Middle East region, according to a new report by DodonaResearch.Expansion in screen numbers in Turkey (by 179% to 945) andthe UAE (almost fourfold to 142) over the 1995 to 2003 period was the catalystfor rapid growth in admissions and box office. Both countries saw cinemaadmissions rise more than 160%.
  • Palm Springs ShortFest announces winners


  • Final bids tabled for Odeon cinema chain


    The three final bidders for Odeon couldlearn as early as today who has succeeded in buying the UK cinema chain formore than £380m ($683m), according to wire and newspaper reports.
  • Working Title snaps up prize winning Population


    Working Title has acquired Nick Ostler and MarkHuckerby's draft sci-fi script Population, one of the winners of the UKFilm Council's 25 Words Or Less development competition.
  • Apollo plans luxury 'club class' cinemas in UK


    UK independent exhibitor Apollo Cinemas has unveiled a £50mthree-year development programme to bring luxury cinemas to UK town centres.
  • Resfest readies global film tour


    Resfest, the global touring festival dedicated to profilinginnovative film, music, art, design and technology launches in New York on Sept9, before travelling to over 30 cities worldwide.
  • Slovenia has new box office champion


    Slovenian comedy CheeseAnd Jam has become the most successful local film of all time in theterritory.
  • UK film magazine moves into TV documentaries


    EMPIRE - the UK's biggest film magazine - and independentproduction company Monkey have been commissioned by Five to co-produce adocumentary on Steven Spielberg, to coincide with the 3rd September release of The Terminal.
  • Buena Vista UK promotes marketing, publicity staff


    Buena Vista International (BVI) has announced the promotionof Lee Jury to Marketing Director for BVI UK.In addition Phil Cairns has been promoted from SeniorPublicist to Publicity Manager and Amanda Telfer promoted from Publicist toPublicist and Awards Co-ordinator.
  • Dinard unveils initial line-up of UK films


    The fifteenth edition of the DinardBritish Film Festival will see the founding president, Thierry de la Fourniere,hand over to the mayor of Dinard, Marius Mallet.
  • First Sweet HD film festival to open in Edinburgh


    The UK Sweet HighDefinition Festival opens its first edition in Edinburgh on August 25. Thefestival, which will screen 23 films in competition, including shorts, featuresand documentaries, runs August 26-30 at two venues: the Radisson hotel and theRoyal Museums of Scotland.
  • Dembo begins shoot on Maison De Nina


  • FRANCE 9 August


  • Lindon takes on The Moustache


  • Cape Town film studio deal challenged


    South Africa's Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for ahalt to the Western Cape's film studio development, according to local mediareports.
  • London studio sold to Mayor's development agency


    The LondonDevelopment Agency is poised to acquire 3 Mills Studios, the East Londontelevision and film studios, as part of a drive to boost London's creativeindustries.Thestudios will be managed by the LDA with the advice of industry body FilmLondon, the new strategic body responsible for supporting filming in London andpromoting London ...
  • Police question Taxi 2 director Krawczyk


    The director of Taxi2, GerardKrawczyk, was put under police examination last week for involuntarymanslaughter following the lethal accident causing the death of a cameraman onAugust 16, 1999 during the shooting of the film produced by Luc Besson, accordingto judiciary sources.
  • Haneke's Hidden cranks up with Binoche, Auteuil


    Daniel Auteuiland Juliette Binoche, brought together as husband and wife in the romance film TheWidow of Saint-Pierre,will be once again reunited on the screen in Austrian director MichaelHaneke's Cache (Hidden), a thriller based on the theme of guilt andatonement, which started shooting this month between Paris and Austria.
  • Skillset's Inside Pictures launches new training programme


    Skillset's Inside Pictures, the UKfilm business training programme now funded by the Skillset Film Skills Fund,is accepting applications for its next course.Comprising three intensive one-weekmodules, Skillset's Inside Pictures takes place in London and Los Angelesbetween November ...
  • Fahrenheit 9/11 scores in Middle East


    Michael Moore'scontroversial Fahrenheit 9/11 debuted at number one at the United ArabEmirates' box office last week, its first opening in an Arab state in theMiddle East.
  • French admissions cross 100m in first six months


    More than 100million filmgoers went to French cinemas in the first half of 2004, an increaseof 19% over the first six months of last year, and 8% over the stronger firsthalf of 2002, according to the National Federation of French Cinemas (FNCF).
  • Lyon benefits from Bollywood Promise


    Over the pastweek, the city of Lyon has welcomed a film crew from India to shoot exteriorshots for Bollywood musical The Promise (Vadaa).
  • French Top Gun takes off above Paris


    Billing itself asa "Top Gunà la Française," the movie Chevaliers du Ciel (Knightsof the Sky), beganfilming in Paris at the beginning of July, and shot its climax scene over theheads of thousands on Wednesday.
  • ...and has a blockbusting first day on release in France


    Spider-Man 2 attracted 112,902 visitors on its firstday (Wed, July 14) of projection in Paris and its suburbs, according to itsdistributor, Columbia.
  • Arte drawn to five starry French features


    Arte Cinema, thefilm division of the Strasburg-based Franco-German television channel Arte, isto co-produce five new films, starring among others Emmanuelle Devos, LambertWilson, Ludivine Sagnier, and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
  • Motorcycle Diaries keeps on cranking in Italy


    Amidall the fervour over Michael Moore's documentary sensation Fahrenheit 9/11, there has been another modestly budgetedindependent film quietly showing box office promise in the face of stiffcompetition from the onslaught of big budget Hollywood blockbusters. Only thisparticular sleeper happens to have been made in the Spanish language.
  • Kenworthy named new BAFTA chairman


    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts hasannounced that Duncan Kenworthy OBE has become its new chairman, succeedingoutgoing chair Michael Attwell after his two year tenure. Attwell will continue to serve the Academyas deputy chair for a further year.
  • Odeon auction attracts host of bidders


    A massive 15 bids for the UK's Odeon cinemas are understood to havebeen submitted ahead of last Friday's (July 2) auction deadline.
  • Roman Gutek awarded French cultural honour


    Veteran Polish distributor Roman Gutek, creator and owner ofPolish arthouse distribution outfit Gutek Film, is to be awarded with France'sChevalier des Arts et Lettres, one of the country's highest cultural honoursfor promoting French culture in Poland.
  • Allen trades Manhattan for London


    Woody Allen is travelling to London to direct his next, asyet untitled, feature film.
  • Market for on-demand film surges worldwide


    Morethan 100 million homes worldwide now buy on-demand films, according to a newreport.
  • Eisner 'willing to consider' Miramax sale


    Walt Disney chief executiveMichael Eisner is willing to consider selling its Miramax division back tofounders and co-chairmen, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, according to a report yesterday in The New York Times.
  • London cinema claims int'l record haul for Day After Tomorrow


    London Leicester Square cinema Vue West End says it hasbroken the record for the biggest single cinema premiere in the West End for TheDay After Tomorrow, with 2350 guests filling eight screens for the event.Inthe first five days after film opened, Vue West End also says it was thebiggest grossing cinema worldwide, outside the US, taking £166 076. It wasbeaten only by ...
  • ... but Shrek holds North American lead


    According to studio estimates for the first three days of the Memorial Day long weekend, Shrek 2 outperformed The Day After Tomorrow domestically, grossing about $73.1m against Day's $70m - and retained the first place in the box office charts.
  • Leading London agent found murdered


    Rod Hall, the agent for thewriters of films including Calendar Girls, The Full Monty and BillyElliot, was found stabbed to death in his home, police said yesterday. Hallwas 53.
  • Odeon appoints new chief executive


    The UK's Odeon Cinemas has appointed Tim Schoonmaker as itsnew chief executive, taking over from Richard Segal, who left the company lastAugust.
  • Beckham drops out of Pink Panther


    Internationalsoccer star David Beckham will not be making his acting debut in MGM Pictures' ThePink Panther after all.
  • MGM Home Entertainment to distribute Icon titles in UK


    MGM Home Entertainment Group has signed an exclusiveagreement with Icon Film Distribution UK to distribute seven titles on homevideo and DVD in the United Kingdom.
  • Berlin festival confirms 2005 dates


    The Berlin Festival has confirmed its dates for next year as 10-20 February, 2005.
  • Artistic director explains his selection


    Interview with Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux - abstracted from today's Cannes festival press statement.In 2004, the Cannes Festival Official Selection is composed of feature films presented in three categories: Competition, Out of Competition, Un Certain Regard. The Official Selection also includes the short film competition and film school competition (Cinefondation). A new section, Cannes Classics, groups together an ensemble of films constituting our cinema ...
  • Cannes artistic director explains his selection


    Interview with Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux - abstracted from today's Cannes festival press statement.In 2004, the Cannes Festival Official Selection is composed of feature films presented in three categories: Competition, Out of Competition, Un Certain Regard. The Official Selection also includes the short film competition and film school competition (Cinefondation). A new section, Cannes Classics, groups together an ensemble of films constituting our cinema ...
  • Cannes Competition and Un Certain Regard line-up


  • Cannes unveils competition line-up


    Below is a list of 18 films selected for competition for the 57th Cannes Film Festival.
  • Digital cinema poised for screen boost


    The digital cinema market could be worth more than $100 million a year to projector manufacturers by 2005 according to a new report, Digital Cinema Factbook from industry analysts Dodona Research.
  • New script partnership results in Project Tiptree


    European development and training outfit The Script Factory has joined forces with new production company Mute Marmalade to establish Project Tiptree - a search for new screenwriting talent.
  • Warner Bros Japan receives distributor award


    Warner Bros Japan is to receive the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award for best foreign film distributor of the year for its box office achievements in 2003.
  • Universal Pictures Int'l appoints director of acquisitions


    Universal Pictures International today announced the appointment of Ben Roberts to the position of director of acquisitions. Based in London, the newly-created appointment is effective April 2004.
  • Eurimages chief plays up Media Programme 'collaboration'


    Eurimages chief Jacques Toubon has distanced himself from comments he made earlier this week suggesting that a merger between the Media Programme and Eurimages may be inevitable in the future.
  • Sponsors sign up for Cannes Producers Network


  • Sponsors sign up for Producers Network


    The Cannes Market has attracted a number of sponsors and consultants toits new Producers' Network.The network includes a newrange of facilities and meeting specifically designed to serve the needs ofproducers during the festival and market.
  • Morante named as mistress of Cannes ceremonies


    Italian actress Laura Morante will act as mistress of ceremonies for the 57th Cannes Film Festival which begins on May 12.
  • Morante named as mistress of ceremonies


    Italian actress Laura Morante will act as mistress of ceremonies for the 57th Cannes Film Festival which begins on May 12.


    Denmark's first CGI movie, Terkel In Trouble was directed by Stefan Fjeldmark, Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen and Thorbjorn Christoffersen. The $1.2m film is based on a story written by the Danish comedian Anders "Anden" Matthesen and is a production by Thomas Heinesen for Nordisk Film Production, in collaboration with A-Film.Released on 75 screens, the film beat The Passion Of The Christ to the top of the chart, grossing just short of $650,000 over the weekend.


    Norwegian thriller A Cry In The Woods, based on the book by Karin Fossum, opened in second position over the weekend, grossing $806,500 for distributor Scanbox.Other openings included The Story Of The Weeping Camel which took $19,433 from nine sites for 16th position.
  • Raindance, BIFA announce 2004 events


    Raindance and The British Independent Film Awards have announced their programme of events for 2004.
  • Venture capital firm sells entire stake in exhibitor Kinepolis


    Belgian venture capital firm GIMV has sold its entire 10% stake in exhibition company Kinepolis Group, realising capital gains of Euros 5.5m, according to the company.
  • Birmingham IMAX cinema to re-open over Easter


    The IMAX cinema in the UK city of Birmingham is to re-open over Easter after closing at the end of 2003 after massive losses.
  • De-lovely wraps up Cannes


    The Cannes Film Festival has confirmed that De-lovely, a musical biography of American composer Cole Porter directed by Irwin Winkler, will close the festival on May 22.
  • UK cinema outlook remains positive


    The UK's cinema industry remains on track to deliver 200 million cinema-goers - and £1bn at the box office - by 2008, according to a new report from analysts Dodona Research.
  • Chinese box office to triple within five years


    China is forecast to be the fast growing cinema market in the Asia Pacific region over the next five years according to a new report, Cinemagoing Asia Pacific by Dodona Research.
  • Mifed date change sparks domino effect


    The shift in the MIFED dates is having repercussions for many other events in the international film calendar.
  • AFM: deals in brief


  • AFM: Senator strikes pair of Harold And Kumar sales


    Senator International has sold two additional territories for its comedy Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle, which has just completed principal photography and is due to be released in the US in July through New Line.
  • AFM: deals in brief


    *Myriad Pictures has closed a seven figure-deal with Rai Cinema in Italy for its psychological thriller Trauma starring Colin Firth. The deal was negotiated by Myriad's senior vice president, international distribution, Samantha Horley with Rai's head of film rights Paola Malanga. The film, which was produced by the UK's Little Bird and its horror label Ministry Of Fear, was directed by Marc Evans and also stars Mena Suvari and Brenda Fricker. Warner Bros has UK rights.
  • UK launches post-production trade body


    Industry veteran Mike Luckwell has been appointed chairman of the new association charged with representing the UK's post-production sector at home and internationally.
  • Hayek to write, direct and star in Mexican comedy


    Mexican actress Salma Hayek is poised to return to Mexico where she may direct and play the lead in a comedy she is presently co writing.
  • Jackson, Weir are Bafta's King and Master


    Sunday night's BAFTA Awards threw up almost as many surprises as Saturday's Berlinale Golden Bears.
  • Berlinale's Bears full of surprises


    In a surprise win, Turkish/German director Fatih Akin's Head On received the Golden Bear at Saturday night's Berlinale awards ceremony - the first German film to win in Berlin since 1986.
  • Amnesty to launch film prize at Berlinale 2005


    Amnesty International is to launch a new prize at the Berlinale next year for films dealing with subjects such as human rights and human dignity.
  • Bill Nighy joins voice cast of Magic Roundabout


    Pathe has signed Bill Nighy - to voice the character of the rabbit, Dylan, for its CGI animated feature The Magic Roundabout.
  • Master And Commander sails off with London Critics awards


  • Digital chips away at festival screenings


    Having already opened horizons for film-makers, digital technology's potential to transform film choices is now beginning to make itself felt at festivals and among theatrical exhibition circuits.
  • MEDIA SALLES launches DigiTraining course


    The MEDIA Programme exhibition initiative MEDIA SALLES has announced the launch of a brand new training course 'DigiTraining Plus: New Technologies For European Cinemas to held at the headquarters of the Belgian video screening company BARCO in Kuurne from March 31 to April 4.Topics to be dealt with include an overview of digital screening technology, a debate on the main business models as well as problems linked to piracy and security measures.
  • Guadalajara selects Dreamers as opener


    In keeping with the Italian theme of this year's edition, the 19th Guadalajara Mexican and Iberoamerican Showcase has unveiled plans to open the festival with Bernardo Bertolucci's erotic thriller, The Dreamers.
  • Sundance Institute mourns the death of Lynn Auerbach


    The Sundance Institute ismourning the death of Lynn Auerbach, the well-liked associate director of itsfeature film programme, who died suddenly at the end of January. The Institute hasissued the following statement.
  • Shooting Stars hit Berlin


    Yesterday (Sunday) in Berlin, young thesps from all over Europe were paraded at a series of events in Berlin as part of the 7th 'Shooting Star' showcase.
  • Paramount Classics gets Intimate


    Paramount Classics is in final negotiations to pick up rights in North America and select other territories on Patrice Leconte's latest drama Intimate Strangers (Confidences Trop Intimes) which screened in competition in Berlin.
  • Luppi begins shooting directorial debut


    Federico Luppi, Argentina's most internationally renowned actor, began shooting his directorial debut in Spain last week.
  • BBC in crisis as director general Dyke quits


    BBC director general Greg Dyke has resigned in the wake of the official Hutton inquiry into the death of scientist David Kelly.
  • City Of God gets second wind after Oscar nominations


    The surprise winof four key Oscar nominations by Brazil's gangland epic City Of God has prompted both Miramax in NorthAmerica and Lumiere in Brazil to expand the theatrical release of the film intheir respective territories.Miramax has the film currently playing on four screens inNew York, Los Angeles and San Francisco where the studio plans to add two orthree more screens per city. To date, the film has grossed $4.8m in thedomestic market.
  • Mexico's Imcine is granted $14m budget, the highest total in six years


    Not only has Mexican film institute Imcine survived plans to axeit but it has also won the biggest budget allotment from the government in sixyears, according to Imcine director Alfredo Joskowicz.
  • Second UK First Light film awards to be held in Feb


    The UK's second First Light Film Awards are to be held in London on February 25.
  • Full list of Oscar nominations


    The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King has emerged as the front runner for the Oscars this year, with eleven nominations including best picture and best director.
  • UK delegation travels to Bollywood for scriptwriting project


    A delegation of UK film industry players have travelled to Mumbai to lead a week-long intensive series of workshops to identify Indian scriptwriting talent and match it with UK industry skills.
  • Return Of The King, Lost In Translation dominate Golden Globes


    The 61st Golden Globes awards onSunday (25) were dominated by New Line's The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The Kingwhich took home four prizes including best picture (drama) and director for Peter Jackson andFocus Features' Lost In Translation which won three including best picture (musical orcomedy).
  • Mexican stand-off as Guadalajara faces up to rival festival


    Mexico is poised to have two major film festivals slated just a month apart.


  • Minghella to open Screen European Film Summit


  • Mexico, Ireland to get Passion-ate


    20th Century Fox Films is set to release Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ on an estimated 300 prints in Mexico, according to Jose Juan Hernandez, general manager of Fox Mexico.
  • Berlinale unveils Talent Campus 2004


    520 young film talents from 84 countries have been selected for this year's Berlinale Talent Campus 2004, where they will be tutored by guest professional filmmakers such as Eleanor Bergstein, Anthony Minghella, Walter Murch, Nicolas Philibert, Zbigniew Preisner, Alan Parker and Wim Wenders.
  • Rotterdam director joins UK production outfit Illuminations


    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) co-director Simon Field is to become a director of UK production company Illuminations Films.
  • Carandiru to open Argentina's Mar Del Plata


  • Premier PR expands with Flagship acquisition


    Premier PR, the London and LA-based entertainment public relations agency, has acquired Flagship Publicity, the UK based celebrity representation and fashion/luxury goods brand PR..
  • Screen Actors Guild unveils Awards nominees


    Miramax's The Station Agent and Warner Bros' Mystic River have earned three nominations each for the upcoming 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards, taking pride of place in a list that is noticeably light on big studio titles.Peter Dinklage is the surprise inclusion in the best actors category for his eponymous role in The Station Agent, while Patricia Clarkson earns three nods - for lead actress in The Station Agent, supporting actress in ...
  • Valentin leads Argentine Condor de Plata nods


  • Bertolucci's Dreamers to get NC-17 US release


    Fox Searchlight is to release the uncut version of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers in February, reviving the dormant NC-17 rating due to its graphic and explicit sexual content.
  • Daybreak leads Sweden's Guldbagge race


  • Ray parts company with United Artists


    Bingham Ray has left his job as president of United Artists, MGM's speciality division.
  • Master And Commander, Young Adam lead London award noms


  • UK Film composer Wiseman awarded MBE


    Film and TV composer/conductor Debbie Wiseman has been awarded an M.B.E in the Queen's New Years Honours Lists 2004 for services to the film industry.
  • Mexican box office slumps in 2003


    Mexico's national film institute Imcine and Chamber of Commerce Canacine are nit picking over details but the final assessment of the country's film industry in 2003 remains dire.
  • Berlinale unveils first Panorama titles


    The Berlinale's Panorama section has unveiled the first films to play in its programme at next year's festival (Feb 5-15).
  • Mexico grants reprieve for endangered film institutions


    Fierce pressure from home and abroad has forced President Vicente Fox's government to back pedal on its plans to sell or shut down Mexico's key film institutions.
  • Golden Globes: full list of nominations


  • Chilean producers develop a taste for horror


    For full Chilean production listings click HERE


    Disney's Brother Bear opened to top the charts this week. However, Clint Eastwood's drama Mystic River achieved the best screen average of 1,975 admissions.
  • Brazilian bank BNDES ups investment in local films to $5m


    Brazilian bank BNDES has raised its level of commitment to thefilm industry, announcing an increased budget of $5m in support of 41 projects.The investment more than doubles last year's commitment and brings it back inline with the 2001 budget.
  • Miravista's Ladies Night is a Mexican smash


    Like a much-awaited Christmas present, Mexican cinema finally hasreceived its much needed box office hit. Romantic comedy Ladies Night debuted Wednesday December 10 to becomethe third largest local opening ever in Mexico.
  • Stephen Fry awards£10,000 Oscar Moore screen-writing prize


    The £10,000 Oscar Moore Screen-writing prize for 2003 has been awarded to Ben Gooder and Philip Greenacre for: A Fine Line - the gripping true story of the rise and fall of Eric Hebborn and his career as an expert art forger
  • Checkpoint walks off with top IDFA prize


    Israeli director Yoav Shamir has won this year's $15,000 (Eu12,500) Joris Ivens Award at the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) for his documentary film Checkpoint.
  • Be bold with ideas, HBO tells documentary makers


    HBO documentary chief Sheila Nevins has called on film-makers to come forward with challenging ideas on international subjects and not to assume that the US network is only interested in US-focused films.
  • Czech doc makers hype their hypermarket hoax


    Earlier this year, the Czech public fell foul to an elaborate hoax cooked up by two enterprising students of Prague's Famu film academy.
  • Discovery Docs seeks new talent to mentor


    Discovery Docs, the theatrical documentary initiative set up in May this year, is looking for up-and-coming directors which its 'dream team' of heavyweight directors that includes Barbara Kopple, Michael Apted, Peter Gilbert and Nanette Burnstein can mentor.
  • Jan Vrijman Fund brings light to Darkness


    Jan Vrijman Fund co-ordinator Isabel Arrante Fernandez has unveiled a raft of new projects including In The Darkness, the latest project by Sergei Devortsevoi (Highway, IDFA 1999), co-produced by Jane Balfour.
  • Trio make Joris Ivens shortlist


    After an intense week of deliberation that ended yesterday first with a canal trip and then with a closed session at the Hotel Vondel, the jury of this year's Vpro Joris Ivens Award have decided on the shortlist for this year's $15,000 (Eu12,500) prize.
  • US TV cold-shoulders docs


    Documentaries critical of US government policy and big business interests will find it increasingly hard to get US network broadcast slots, despite a growing demand from the public, says leading author and professor of law, Joel Bakan.
  • WDF comes to IDFA on hunt for third film


    The World Documentary Fund (WDF), the $2.5m (Eu2.1m) international initiative set up to promote theatrical documentaries, has made its first visit to IDFA where it is understood to be keen to cherry-pick its third big-budget documentary project.
  • Indican takes US rights to Two Men Went To War


    Indican Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the UK comic drama Two Men Went To War.
  • MIFED 2003: market deals round-up


  • Academy Award fog finally lifts for Errol Morris


    After years of beingperpetually snubbed by the Academy Awards, documentary-maker Errol Morris isfinally on the verge of securing his first ever Oscar nomination now that TheFog Of War has made the preliminaryselection cut.
  • Oscar fog finally lifts for Errol Morris


    After years of beingperpetually snubbed by the Academy Awards, documentary-maker Errol Morris isfinally on the verge of securing his first ever Oscar nomination now that TheFog Of War has made the preliminaryselection cut.
  • First ever Brazilian Film Market to start on November 19


    The 36th Brasilia Film Festival is to host to the first ever Brazilian Film Market from November 19th to 24th this year.


    Warner Bros' The Matrix: Revolutions topped Argentina's box office ratings as it has in many parts of the world. Alexander Sokurov's The Russian Ark opened strongly enough to come in at second place, followed by hit Korean title The Way Home which climbed from seventh to third spot. Distributor Eurocine has increased its print count from nine to 13. Freddy Vs Jason and The Italian Job continue to perform strongly on their fifth week.
  • MIFED dangles inducements for 2004


    Fiera Milano International (FMI) general division director Carlo Bassi is expected to introduce major incentives to lure buyers and exhibitors to MIFED next year.
  • MIFED dangles inducements for 2004


    Fiera Milano International (FMI) general division director Carlo Bassi is expected to introduce major incentives to lure buyers and exhibitors to MIFED next year.
  • Media Luna strikes Tender deals


    Ida Martins' Cologne-based world sales group Media Luna has signed a string of deals on its new Spanish picture Kill Me Tender.
  • Government 'death sentence' for Mexican cinema


    Mexico's film industry is in an uproar over the federal government's plans to sell or shut down the country's key film institutions. The surprise proposal comes as part of a $150bn austerity package that includes getting rid of state-owned production house Imcine, the decades-old Churubusco Azteca film studio and national film school, Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica (CCC).
  • Just Betzer dies, aged 59


    Just Betzer, the celebrated Danish producer of Oscar-winner Babette's Feast (Babettes Gaestebud), died suddenly last week. Having not produced a film since 1992, Betzer had been planning a comeback and was scheduled to arrive in Mifed on Sunday 9 November. Aged only 59, Betzer started as a camera and production assistant and as a producer went on to make some 40 pictures including Nobody's Perfect and the Goldcabbage Family franchise.
  • Arau wraps Mexican Zapata epic


    Director Alfonso Arau has just wrapped an ambitious $10m biopic of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata - the most expensive Mexican film ever shot.
  • Duffy's Man wins London's TCM Classic Shorts prize


    The MostBeautiful Man in the World, directed by British film director Alicia Duffy and funded by theUK Film Council's New Cinema Fund, has won the TCM Classic Shorts best shortfilm of 2003 as part of the Times bfi 47th London Film Festival. Winning£10,000 in prize money, the best short film was judged by a panelincluding Jude Law, Ralph Fiennes, Bernardo Bertolucci, Richard Eyre, StephenFrears, Mark Herman, Wendy Ide, Nick James, Richard Jobson, ...
  • European Film Award nominations announced


    The European Film Academy has announced the nominations for the European Film Awards 2003. The winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony in Berlin on Saturday, December 6.
  • Fox strikes Mexican animation deal


    20th Century Fox Mexico has struck a two-pic distribution deal with Anima Studios, an animation company founded by Fernando Perez Gavilan and Fernando de Fuentes.
  • Blethyn, Bonneville join cast of Myriad's Piccadilly Jim


    BrendaBlethyn and Hugh Bonneville have been cast in the comedy Piccadilly Jim, joining Sam Rockwell and TomWilkinson in the adaptation of the P.G. Wodehouse classic novel scripted byOscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes.Set tobegin shooting this month in the UK under director John McKay (Crush), Piccadilly Jim is set in 1930's England, andfollows the romantic misadventures of a dashing American ne'er-do-well, JamesCrocker (Rockwell), ...
  • Swords drawn for EFA's Prix Screen International


    Eightfilms will compete for the 2003 Prix Screen International, the European Film Academy's award for bestnon-European film.
  • FAME takes over Miracle Productions


    Film and Music Entertainment, Inc is to acquire Miracle Productions, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Miracle Entertainment, Inc.
  • Brazil makes history as local films dominate box office


    In a historical first, Brazil's box office saw three local films among the top four last weekend.


    Mexican-Argentinian co production Nicotina opened poorly at number 17 despite favourable reviews and the presence of Argentinian talent before and behind the camera.
  • Hamptons festival praises Jesus


    Screen Door Jesus, a film about faith, religion and race that waswritten and directed by a former preacher who was excommunicated from hischurch, walked away with three jury prizes including the Golden Starfish forbest narrative feature at the 11th Hamptons International Film Festival on LongIsland.


  • BAFTA launches broadside against screener ban


    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has issued a strongly worded statement condemning the MPAA's decision to send out screener tapes to AMPAS members only.
  • Luna lined up to star in romantic road movie Solo Dios Sabe


    Diego Luna, who seizedglobal attention after his star turn opposite Gael Garcia Bernal in Y TuMama Tambien, has been lined up tostar in Mexican-Brazilian co-production Solo Dios Sabe.Theromantic drama/ road movie, co-written and to be directed by Luna's long-timefriend Carlos Bolado (Bajo California: El Limite Del Tiempo) of Mexico, will also feature Alice Braga (CityOf God).
  • New Brazilian cinema initiative aims to double country's screen count


    Plans are afoot to doublethe current screen count of Brazil, currently estimated at 1,700. An outreachproject dubbed Cinema For All (Cine Para Todos), spearheaded by leadingnational exhibitor Cinemas Severiano Ribeiro and top veteran producer LuizCarlos Barreto (Dona Flor And Her Two Husbands, Middle Of The World), has unveiled plans to build new screens in theimpoverished outskirts of key cities.


    Buoyed by favourable reviews and a strong following of the teen slasher franchise, Freddy Vs Jason opened strong to dominate the ranks this weekend.
  • Rio gets serious, launches film commission, new studio


    Rio de Janiero has launcheda film commission as part of a nationwide move to introduce film commissions in key cities of Brazil. Atpresent, only Manaus, the gateway to the Amazon jungle, has boasted a filmcommission. In addition, Rio plansto build a studio facility, dubbed the City of Cinema by early 2004.
  • HBO Films, Maya Pictures team for Latino-themed projects


    HBO Films has agreed to acquire the first six Latino-themed projects developed by MayaPictures, the new film and television production company launched by producerMoctesuma Esparza and Robert Katz. Maya is currently in the process of identifying emerging Latino filmmakersfor these projects which will touch on the contemporary US Latino experience.


    Argentina's official entry to the Oscars, Valentin, climbed to the second spot this weekend. Alejandro Agresti's bitter sweet comedy about a young boy and his search for a family opened fifth on 19 prints a month ago. BVI has increased its print count to 34 since the announcement.
  • Rio loves a good Story


    Festival favourite The Story Tellers (Narradores De Jave) by Elianne Caffe nabbed four major prizes at the Rio International Film Festival which wrapped Thursday, October 9.
  • Brazil poised for leap into digital age


    Vastly underscreened Brazil is poised to take a quantum leap into the digital age.
  • Brazilian film-maker set for Carnival exposure


    For the first time in the history of Rio de Janeiro's centuries-old carnival, a samba school has chosen a filmmaker and his life's work as its theme.
  • Rio festival strikes populist note


    The Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival has taken on a more populist stance this year, expanding its reach to open air theatres (Lonas Culturales) in the impoverished suburban areas and even in the city's famous hilltop slums, known as favelas.Among the festival highlights was a Mickey Mouse tribute held at one of Rio's more prominent favelas, Pavao Pavaozinho, which boasts one of the coastal city's most spectacular views. The tribute included the screening of nine rare ...
  • Brazil introduces film investment schemes


    The fledgling government of Brazil's President Luis Inacio'Lula' da Silva is poised to announce a new subsidy grant of $9.2m (Reals 25m)towards film production.
  • Weinstein pays tribute to Alexander Walker




    Local title Valentin climbed to the fifth slot from its seventh position last week after being officially selected to represent Argentina at the Oscars race next year. The film has received 84,224 admissions after 18 days on release.
  • Miravista becomes official Disney production label in Latin America


    Miravista has now become the official film production label of Disney in Latin America following the dissolution of its Spanish partner, Admira.
  • Screen moves UK Film Finance Summit to larger venue


    Screen International has moved the venue of its forthcoming UK Film Finance Summit because of a surge in registration numbers for the event.
  • Bolivia celebrates box office smash with Dependency


    A Bolivian /USco production is making box office waves in Bolivia. Already dubbed theBolivian Titanic,Rodrigo Bellott's Sexual Dependency beat US blockbusters Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle at the local box office over the weekend.
  • Mexico, Bolivia unveil Oscar contenders


    Mexico has selected Mexican-Spanish co production Aro Tolbukhin: In The Mind Of A Killer to vie for the best foreign language Oscar.
  • Warner Bros UK promotes Strafford, Cressey


    Warner Bros. Entertainment UK has named Patrick Strafford to the newly created position of group commercial development director and Alison Cressey to the newly created position of group marketing director.


  • Berlin moves to educate film journalists


    A scheme to introduce to young critics and film journalists to the workings of the international film industry has been unveiled by the Berlin International Film Festival.
  • Russia 'an untapped opportunity for cinema industry'


    Russia is set to become the sixth highest grossing cinema market in Europe with five years, according to a new research report.
  • New distributors emerge out of Argentinian crisis


    Two new arthouse distributors have surfaced in Argentina to bring edgier and more ambitious fare to a recovering marketplace.
  • COLOMBIA Production Listings - Sept 22 2003


  • Brazilian dramas win Miravista backing


    Miravista, the pan Latino joint co production venture between The Walt Disney Company Latin America and Telefonica Spain's Admira, has boarded two new Brazilian projects, according to Miravista manager Fernando Lagier.


    Alejandro Agresti's Valentin opened fifth this past weekend, scoring a good launch for the local title and taking the second highest per screen average after The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which pushed Bruce Almighty off the top. The Jim Carrey comedy had played in the number one slot for four weeks.
  • UK politicians press for continued tax relief


    An all-party parliamentary committee charged with reviewing public funding for British cinema has urged the UK Government to continue offering tax relief as "absolutely essential for the health of the industry."
  • Jackson set for Rio appearance


    Samuel Jackson will bring some Hollywood star wattage to the Festival do Rio (Sept 25 - Oct 9) when he rolls into the coastal city to promote John McTiernan's Basic.


    James Mangold's thriller Identity was unable to shake Bruce Almighty from its top spot last weekend despite a strong launch at 26 screens that saw it score the best screen average of the weekend.
  • Kosse to depart Momentum for Universal


    Momentum Pictures managing director David Kosse is set to join Universal to head up its international marketing and distribution.Based in London, Kosse will help manage Universal's relationship with its international distributor, UIP. It is understood that Kosse will take a seat on the UIP board. Kosse has spent more that three years at Momentum, the UK division of Canada's Alliance Atlantis.
  • Mexico's Mandoki returns for two


    Mexican director Luis Mandoki is returning to his native country to shoot two films back to back. Mandoki, who has directed the likes of Kevin Costner, Jennifer Lopez and Meg Ryan, will first shoot a drama based on a true story, Casa De Carton, by first time Salvadorean writer Oscar Torres.


    Two local films reign among the top five in Argentina. Romantic road comedy Cleopatra slipped off its perch to third place by the entry of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life. Nonetheless, Cleopatra attracted just 2,464 admissions less on 58 screens compared to the adventure sequel which opened on 70 screens. A new homegrown film, El Fondo Del Mar, opened fifth after rave reviews.
  • Argentina and Brazil sign co-distribution pact


    Argentina and Brazil have signed a historic cross-distribution andpromotional pact that will pave the way for more releases of their product ineach other's markets.
  • Everett, Watson dive into The Woods with Fellowes


    Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson and Rupert Everett will lead the cast in Julian Fellowes' directorial debut, A Way Through The Woods.
  • Son Of The Bride director launches own company


    Argentinian director Juan Jose Campanella whose Son Of The Bride (El Hijo De La Novia) garnered a Best Foreign Oscar nomination last year, has launched a new film and television production company.
  • New arthouse distributor launches in Mexico


    Daniel Birman, a co producer of Mexico's all time blockbuster The Crime Of Father Amaro and partner Fernando Alanis have founded a new arthouse distributor in Mexico.
  • New arthouse distributor launches in Mexico


    Daniel Birman, a co producer of Mexico's all time blockbuster The Crime Of Father Amaro and partner Fernando Alanis have founded a new arthouse distributor in Mexico.
  • 20th Century Fox Brazil to appeal against import tax ruling


    20th Century Fox Brazil has lost its bid to block a local tax levied on imports of all film product and on profits from foreign film distribution.
  • Distant Horizon takes world rights to 'junkmation' feature


    Anant Singh, CEO of Distant Horizon, has announced the acquisition of worldwide rights to Africa's first full-length animation feature, The Legend Of The Sky Kingdom, and that the film will open the African Horizons section of the Montreal Film Festival where it will have its world premiere.
  • Maddin' s Dracula earns him DGC nomination


    Canadian director Guy Maddin has been nominated for an award from the Directors Guild of Canada for his critically acclaimed Dracula: Pages From A Virgin's Diary.
  • Mexican film-makers face fund drought


    The two film funds of Mexican film institute Imcine - Foprocine and Fidecine - are drying up.
  • Globo empire founder Marinho, dies aged 98


    Roberto Marinho, once dubbed the Citizen Kane of Brazil for building one of Latin America's largest news and entertainment empires, died on Wednesday aged 98.
  • Universal, Arenas terminate partnership


    Universal Pictures and advertising, PR and talent management firm The Arenas Group are dissolving their partnership in Arenas Entertainment, the US Latino-targeted film label launched in November 2001.
  • Girl band musical storms Argentinian box office


    A musical starring local all-girl band Bandana has become this year's box office sensation in Argentina.
  • Kitano's Dolls wins at Era New Horizons film festival


    Takeshi Kitano's Dolls won the Grand Prix at the third Era New Horizons Film Festival (July 17 - 27) in Cieszyn, southern Poland.
  • Dodona reveals mixed picture of European cinemagoing


    The fastest growing European cinema market in 2002 was Estonia, according to a new report from analysts Dodona Research.
  • Minimal Stories scoops LA Latino fest prize


    Carlos Sorin's Minimal Stories (Historias Minimas), which made a sweep of Argentina's Oscars, the Condors, just last week (Screen Daily July 21), has won another major prize: the best picture nod from the 7th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (July 18-Aug 2).
  • Obituary: John Schlesinger


    John Schlesinger, the Oscar-winning director of Midnight Cowboy, died on Friday, near his home in Palm Springs, California. The British-born, veteran film-maker, suffered a debilitating stroke in December 2000, from which he never fully recovered. Recent weeks had seen the 77 year old's health deteriorate significantly.
  • Historias Minimas sweeps Los Premios Condor, Argentina's Oscars


    Carlos Sorin's MinimalStories (Historias Minimas) made a sweep on Monday night of Argentina's Oscars, Los Premios Condor. The Spanish-Argentinian co-productiontook home eight awards from its twelve nominations, including trophies for bestpicture, director, original screenplay, new actor, cinematography and sound.
  • Spinetta named MD of FreemantleMedia production


    Emanuela Spinetta has been appointed managing director of FremantleMedia's production business in Spain with immediate effect.
  • Brazilian exhibitors facing bankruptcy


    Brazilian exhibitors may face bankruptcy as a result of a 14-year battle they have waged with local authors rights society ECAD (Escritorio Central de Arrecadacao e Distribuicao).
  • APTN produces movie show for UK's ITV2


    News agency APTN Entertainment and distribution partner MercuryMedia have been commissioned by the UK's ITV2 to produce a new 10-minute weekly movie preview and news programme for a 20-week run beginning on July 28.
  • Spirited Away wins Cambridge audience prize


    Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning Spirited Away picked up the audience award at the 23rd Cambridge Film Festival, which wrapped on July 20.
  • Ribera wraps his third feature in Barcelona


    Xavier Ribera has finished shooting his third feature, A + (or Amas) in Barcelona. Boasting a cast of up-and-coming young Spanish stars (Eloy Azorin, Elvira Herreria, Fernando Ramallo, Eloi Yebra, Carlos Fuentes and Ricardo Moya), and an ultra-cool sound-track, A+ tells the individual tales of three youths, whose paths eventually cross at the film's conclusion; an international music festival. A 'making of' picture is also thought to be in the pipeline.
  • Seres Queridos gears up for Madrid shoot


    New talents Teresa de Pelegri and Dominic Harari are due to begin shooting their new feature project, in Madrid this month. The film is co-produced by Tornasol Films (Spain), Greenpoint Productions and the Film Council (UK), Madragoa Productions (Portugal) and the Patagonik Film Group (Argentina).
  • Spain's Ministry of Culture awards funds to 15 new films


    Spain's Ministry of Culture has announced that 15 films from new directors have been selected to receive subsidies totalling Euros 2.5m in 2003.
  • UK's Artificial Eye picks up Kiss Of Life


    The UK's Artificial Eye has picked up Emily Young's Kiss Of Life, which played in the Un Certain Regard section of this year's Cannes film festival.Artificial Eye have set a December 27 release date for the film, which stars Peter Mullan and Ingeborga Dapkunaite. Kiss Of Life was co-funded by the Film Council and BBC Films.
  • Brown named head of marketing at UGC cinemas UK


    Julia Brown has been appointed head of marketing at UGC Cinemas in the UK and Ireland. She will head up a team of eight and will report to Mike Thomson, the commercial director.
  • Chapman, Greenroom launch PR agency EC2PR


    London-based publicist Emma Chapman is setting up a new film PR agency EC2PR, in collaboration with entertainment on-line marketing and PR company Greenroom Digital.
  • Britney Baby, One More Time to open Tokyo Gay fest


    Britney Baby, One More Time is to open the 12th Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, which starts today.Running until July 21, the festival will also feature titles including Nine Dead Gay Guys from the UK, Mango Souffle from India and Girl King from Canada. The closing film will be A Mi Madre Le Gustan Las Mujeres from Spain
  • Valentin to open LA Latino fest


    The seventh Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) will kick off on July 18 with a Miramax pick-up, Alejandro Agresti's award-winning Valentin, the tender story of a young boy and his attempts to find surrogate parents.
  • Chilean hotshot aims for international exposure


    Chile's hottest film-maker, Jorge Olguin, has signed with Los Angeles-based D-No Entertainment and Genesis Literary Agency for worldwide management and representation respectively.
  • Sony launches local production initiative in Mexico


    Spurred by theglobal success of Oscar nominated El Crimen Del Padre Amaro, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)has launched a production office in Mexico City and has appointed GabrielRipstein, formerly of Mexican production company Altavista Films and itsdistribution company NuVision, as director of creative affairs.
  • Argentina's Sun secures slate of hot titles


    Buenos Aires-based Sun Distribution Group has acquired all Latin American rights to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's (Amores Perros) first English-language film, 21 Grams, starring Sean Penn, Benicio del Toro and Naomi Watts.
  • UK cinema admissions on track to be biggest in Europe


    Cinema admissions in the UK this year could outstrip all other European countries for the first time, according to industry estimates.
  • Euro film alliance lobbies for increased broadcaster investment


    At a public hearing held in Brussels yesterday to discuss the review of the TV without Frontiers directive, the European Film Companies Alliance (EFCA) called on the European Commission to propose stronger investment and market access obligations for European films to broadcasters.
  • Warsaw salutes Latino cinema


    Juan Jose Campanella's Oscar nominated Son Of The Bride from Argentina will open Warsaw 's 4th Latin American Film Festival, the largest showcase of Latino cinema in Eastern Europe. Brazilian hit City Of God by Fernando Meirelles, is set to close the event which runs from June 18 to 29.
  • Magdalene Sisters wins top jury prize in Newport


    Peter Mullan's TheMagdalene Sisters, which walked awaywith the Golden Lion at last year's Venice Film Festival, continued its winningways on the international festival circuit by being named best feature film bythe jury of the Newport International Film Festival.
  • Turner Classic Movies launches shorts competition


    Turner Classic Movies has launched the TCM Classic Shorts competition, with the awards ceremony to be part of The Times bfi London Film Festival (22 October - 6 November).
  • South Africa to make film industry a priority growth focus


    Following a visit to Cannes, South Africa's deputy minister of arts and culture has pledged comprehensive support and priority focus for the local film industry.
  • Carandiru is Brazil's all-time top grossing local film


    Hector Babenco's prisondrama Carandiru has become thehighest grossing Brazilian film of all time in its home territory according tolocal distributor Columbia TriStar.
  • Taormina announces June festival line-up


    The 49th Taormina BNL FilmFest, directed for the fifth consecutive year by Felice Laudadio, will screen 50 feature films during the event's eight days, 10 as world premiers and 16 as international premiers.
  • Latest Cannes sales


    Turkish competition film Distant (Uzak) secured itself a US release with a sale to New Yorker, the specialist releasing operation that is now under new management.
  • Latest Cannes sales


    Turkish competition film Distant (Uzak) secured itself a US release with a sale to New Yorker, the specialist releasing operation that is now under new management.
  • UA captures Osama


    United Artists has acquiredthe North American rights to Siddiq Barmak's acclaimed Directors' Fortnightentry Osama, the first film to beshot entirely in Afghanistan since the rise and fall of the Taliban.
  • Cannes: only the strong survive


    While there's no question that the international sales business was still reeling from the downturn in European TV, Cannes this year proved that theatrical movies were still capable of drawing solid prices from most territories.
  • Lions Gate snaps up Von Trier's Dogville


    LionsGate Films has bought all North American rights to Lars Von Trier's criticallyacclaimed drama Dogville, starring Oscar winner Nicole Kidman.
  • Bronfman bids again for Universal


    In the latest back-to-the-beginning twist in the Vivendi Universal saga, the Bronfman family which previously owned Universal Pictures through its Seagram drinks conglomerate, has announced its intention to bid for Vivendi's US assets. Edgar Bronfman Jr informed Vivendi chairman Jean-Rene Fourtou that he and his father are assembling a group to bid for the operations which include Universal. The pair have since suspended their participation in Vivendi board decisions.
  • Elephant stomps up sales


    HBO Films London has done a pile of deals for its two festival films Elephant and American Splendor. Tokyo Theatres bought Elephant for Japan, Bim took it for Italy, Frenetic for Switzerland, Vertigo for Spain, Cineart for Benelux, Atalanta for Portugal, Noah for Israel and Audiovisual for Greece. Sundance winner American Splendor went to Amuse for Japan, Optimum for the UK, Spentzos for Greece, Atalanta for Portugal and Noah for Israel
  • Saidel's sales house gets name change


    Max Saidel's recently formed sales house has changed its name from Slav International to Vision International.
  • United Artists strikes Korean pact


    Korean mini-major Mirovision has taken an important step towards expansion of its distribution division thanks to an output deal sealed with United Artists.
  • Artist House launches new fund


    Artist House, the US-Japanese group behind the adaptation of The Tesseract is to launch a new film fund in conjunction with Peter Anshin's Asia Entertainment Finance Associates (AEFA).
  • Canada's Max Films launches film sales arm


    Quebec-based film and television production outfit Max Film is returning to films sales through a new division, Max Films International.
  • Euro sellers body founded


    The European Film Export Association (EFEA), a new federation of film sellers, launched on Thursday with a dozen founder members.
  • Germany shows off Next Generation


    Germany may not have had a film in competition at Cannes for ten years, but the Next Generation event has now become a regular - and popular - fixture.
  • Kidron takes on Reluctant Matador


    Beeban Kidron is to direct romantic comedy The Reluctant Matador for Myriad Pictures.Myriad is financing and co-producing the film with Charles Finch and Luc Roeg's Artists Independent Network. Momentum Pictures retains UK rights after helping develop the project. The picture, which is expected to star Ryan Reynolds and Paz Vega, is the story of an American in London who wins a trip to Spain, where he meets the girt of his dreams.
  • Shoreline picks up six


    Shoreline Entertainment has acquired six completed films for international sales including UK thriller Butterfly Man starring Stuart Laing and Mamee Nakprasitte, Marley Shelton-starrer Moving Alan, and the Hungarian smash hit A Kind Of America directed by Gabor Herendi. Shoreline has also sold German home video rights to Moving August directed by Christopher Fink and starring Sarah Wynter and Eddie McClintock to Media Cooperation One (MCOne) in Germany.
  • Biblical passion on the rise


    While Mel Gibson's Passion is in the cutting room, another biblical movie has just finished shooting in Toronto.
  • Goodman, Hoskins to croon with Spacey


    John Goodman and Bob Hoskins are in final talks to join the cast of Kevin Spacey's Beyond The Sea being sold in Cannes by MDP Worldwide. Spacey is directing the film, a biopic of legendary crooner Bobby Darin, and also playing Darin, with Kate Bosworth starring as his wife actress Sandra Dee. Goodman is playing Darin's manager Steve Blauner and Bob Hoskins is playing his brother-in-law Charlie Maffia in the movie.
  • Publicity stunt boosts box office


    A publicity stunt has reaped solid box office results for Spanish/Mexican co production Asesino En Serio in Mexico.
  • Grupo Novo boast hot Brazilian slate


    Quinzaine entry Filme De Amor tops the slate of leading Brazilian sales company Grupo Novo de Cinema e TV which comes to Cannes with some of its strongest titles to date.
  • Grupo Novo boast hot Brazilian slate


    Quinzaine entry Filme De Amor tops the slate of leading Brazilian sales company Grupo Novo de Cinema e TV which comes to Cannes with some of its strongest titles to date.
  • Film Council, British Film Commission renamed


    The UK's public agency for film, the Film Council and its inward investment arm, the British Film Commission (BFC) are undergoing a name change to provide a single, identifiable entity able to raise the industry profile, both at home and overseas.
  • Inside Pictures announces final 14 participants


    Inside Pictures, the UK Film Council's film business training programme run by Qwerty Films (previously Kuhn & Co) has announced its 14 successful participants for its second annual intensive training programme.
  • Cast set for Nine Queens remake


    Recent Oscar nominee John C.Reilly (Chicago) and Mexican actor Diego Luna (Y Tu Mama Tambien) are pairing up for the English-language remake of Nine Queens (Nueve Reinas), the Argentinian heist film that marked the directorial debut of Fabian Bielinsky.
  • Matthew Glotzer promoted at 20th Fox TV Distribution


    Matthew Glotzer has been named vice president, Video On Demand and Business Development, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, it was announced by Jamie McCabe, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Pay Per View and Video On Demand. Glotzer will be based at the company's headquarters in Los Angeles.
  • Sony Pictures TV Int'l promotes Mike Wald


    Mike Wald has been promoted to senior vice president, Worldwide Pay Television at Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI), it was announced by Peter Iacono, Executive Vice President, Sales, SPTI, to whom Wald reports.
  • Liz Hurley to star as Method killer


    Elizabeth Hurley has been signed as the lead actress in Method, a thriller for Andrew Stevens' company Trademark Entertainment.
  • BVITV names Maigret vice president, portfolio development


    Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) has appointed Philippe Maigret as vice president, portfolio development, it was announced by Tom Toumazis, senior vice president and managing director, BVITV EMEA. Maigret will be based in London and report directly to Toumazis.
  • Carver appointed senior vice president at Screen Gems


    Benedict Carver has been promoted to senior vice president, acquisitions and co-productions for Screen Gems, it was announced by Clint Culpepper, president, Screen Gems.
  • Father Amaro ordained by Mexican press awards


    Mexican blockbuster The Crime Of Father Amaro has won four Silver Goddess awards from the Mexican Press Association, Pecime.
  • Mexico's production activity intensifies


    Despite a challenging economic climate, a raft of new film companies are suddenly launching in Mexico - all hoping to hit the big time with their new projects.
  • Wallace launches film rep outfit with Capitol as client


    Ronna Wallace, the seasoned independent production and acquisitions executive associated with such companies as Samuel Goldwyn and Stratosphere as well as Live Entertainment during its film financing heydey a decade ago, has launched her own film rep company, Eastgate Pictures.
  • Post-production monopoly challenged in Argentina


    A new major post production facility will launch in August in a bid to challenge the monopoly of leading facility Cinecolor in Argentina.
  • Co-production quartet hatched at Buenos Aires conference


    European and Latin American participants at the second annual AL-Invest conference forged four co-productions during the event, organised by Brussels-based Jose Luis Escudero of Intercommunicacion, Belgium.
  • Mauritania's Waiting For Happiness wins at Buenos Aires


    Films from as far afield as Mauritania, Thailand and Belgium took home the top prizes at the Buenos Aires Fifth International Film Festival of Independent Cinema.
  • Vivendi buries Hollywood ambition


    Media giant Vivendi Universal ended months of speculation yesterday by confirming that it was bowing out of the US entertainment industry and selling-off subsidiary Universal Entertainment Networks.
  • Distant Horizon to bring black comic book hero to the screen


    Targeting the growing hip-hop and urban market, Distant Horizon, the international film financing, production and distribution company headed by Anant Singh, announced its plans to adapt urban-underground comic book Brotherman for the big screen.
  • Miravista boards two Brazilian projects


    Miravista, the joint co production venture between The Walt Disney Company Latin America and Telefonica Spain's Admira, has boarded two Brazilian projects currently in post, 1972 and O Caminho Das Nuvens (A Walk In The Clouds).
  • Cannes' Un Certain Regard to add lustre


    The Cannes Festival's Un Certain Regard sidebar is taking on the allure and scale of a fully-fledged festival to rival discovery events like Locarno or Rotterdam.
  • El Bonaerense director unveils Argentinian slate


    Pablo Trapero, the Argentinian director of acclaimed police drama El Bonaerense, unveiled the new slate of his fledgling production house Matanza Films at the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival.
  • Buenos Aires Lab announces subsidy award winners


    Buenos Aires Lab, the film workshop launched by the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival with the co-operation of the Fundacion Antorchas of Argentina and the Hubert Bals, Goteburg, Rockefeller and Ford foundations, announced the winners of subsidy awards at the festival (April 16 to 26).
  • Mexican production company buys into arthouse cinema


    New Mexican film production company INDIFilms has bought a major stake in arthouse cinema Cinefrancia in Mexico City.
  • Cannes lines up series of tributes


    Two icons of French cinema passed away this year: director Maurice Pialat and producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier. In tribute, on Saturday May 17, the Cannes Film Festival will be showing 1987 Palme d'Or winner, Sous Le Soleil De Satan, the fruit of their collaboration.
  • CNC Associates appointed to The Bridge Of San Luis Rey


    CNC Associates has been appointed by production company Pembridge Pictures to supervise worldwide marketing, media relations and publicity on the forthcoming adaptation of Thornton Wilder's novel - The Bridge Of San Luis Rey.
  • Cannes 2003 - competition line-up


    Chief selector Thierry Fremaux's selection is a robust and wide-ranging mixture of familiar art-house names and Cannes favourites (Blier, Sokurov, Techine, Eastwood, Van Sant and Von Trier) mixed with a few newcomers such as Japan's Naomi Kawase and Turkey's Nuri Bilge Ceylan in competition. The Un Certain Regard sidebar as usual takes on a slightly more experimental flavour.
  • Cannes 2003 - competition line-up


    Chief selector Thierry Fremaux's selection is a robust and wide-ranging mixture of familiar art-house names and Cannes favourites (Blier, Sokurov, Techine, Eastwood, Van Sant and Von Trier) mixed with a few newcomers such as Japan's Naomi Kawase and Turkey's Nuri Bilge Ceylan in competition. The Un Certain Regard sidebar as usual takes on a slightly more experimental flavour.
  • Competition line-up 2003


    Chief selector Thierry Fremaux's selection is a robust and wide-ranging mixture of familiar art-house names and Cannes favourites (Blier, Sokurov, Techine, Eastwood, Van Sant and Von Trier) mixed with a few newcomers such as Japan's Naomi Kawase and Turkey's Nuri Bilge Ceylan in competition. The Un Certain Regard sidebar as usual takes on a slightly more experimental flavour.
  • New theatrical distributor launches in Brazil


    Brazilian home video distributor Imagem Filmes is venturing into the local theatrical distribution arena.
  • Four S.A. majors join Dv8 in digital film initiative


    South Africa's Rand Merchant Bank, The National Film & Video Foundation, broadcaster SABC2, and distributor Ster-Kinekor have partnered with Jeremy Nathan's & Joel Phiri's Dv8 films to produce and distribute four digital feature films per year over three years.
  • US distributors facing p&a cost rises in Argentina


    The US majors in Argentina are facing an escalation of print production costs that is forcing them to dramatically reduce their local print runs.
  • US distributors facing print and advertising cost rises in Argentina


    The US majors in Argentina are facing an escalation of print production costs that is forcing them to dramatically reduce their local print runs.
  • Babenco's prison drama gets high-profile release in Brazil


    Hector Babenco's much anticipated prison drama, Carandiru, opens wide in Brazil on up to 250 prints today, according to Columbia TriStar, Brazil.
  • Father Amaro triumphs at Mexico's Academy Awards


    Best Foreign Oscar nominee El Crimen Del Padre Amaro swept Mexico's 45th Academy Awards, the Premios Ariel, winning in nine categories.
  • Buenos Aires indie fest to feature up to 210 films


    The fifth annual Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (April 16 to 26) will feature up to 210 films, up from 150 last year. At least 16 films - limited to first and second-time directors - are in the official competitive section. These include three titles from Argentina: Celina Murga's Ana Y Los Otros, Ezequiel Acuna's Nadar Solo and Albertina Carri's Los Rubios.
  • Adrian Wootton named CEO of Film London


    Adrian Wootton, acting director of the British Film Institute, has been appointed chief executive of Film London, the new body charged with representing and developing the film and media industry in the UK capital.
  • JR Int'l Media brings Caiman's Dream to the US


    Chicago-based talent management and distribution company JR International Media has acquired domestic distribution rights to Mexican dark comedy, Caiman's Dream (El Sueno Del Caiman).
  • France, Germany, UK record declining cinema admissions


    France, Germany and now also the UK are seeing declining admissions in the first stages of 2003.
  • Cohen remakes hardcore anime classic for Distant Horizon


    DirectorRob Cohen, whose recent filmmaking credits include the international hits XXX and The Fast And The Furious, is teaming up with Distant Horizon to rework the acclaimedbut controversial 1998 Japanese anime shocker Kite into a live action version that will water down theoriginal's explicit sexual content.
  • Toonz Animation to launch training school


    India's Toonz Animation, run by a group of former Disney and Turner executives, is to launch an animation school in May.
  • US judge rules against National Amusements, Hoyts cinemas


    A US federal judge has ordered two major exhibitors to provide stadium seating to people in wheelchairs, after ruling that both companies had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Tribeca hosts world premieres of InDigEnt film, restored Leone classic


    Kill The Poor, the latest low-budget feature from the festival-winning digitalvideo collective InDigEnt, are among the many additional films that will bereceiving their world premieres at this year's Tribeca Film Festival in earlyMay
  • Menemsha takes North American rights on El Bonaerense


    Neil Friedman's LA-based sales and distribution outfit Menemsha Films has acquired North American rights to Argentine police drama El Bonaerense, the second feature from Pablo Trapero.
  • Matrix Reloaded confirmed for Cannes


    Likely to deliver some of the most spectacular images on the Croisette this year, Matrix Reloaded has been confirmed as receiving a place in the Cannes Festival's official selection.
  • UK Film Council takes over BFI exhibition function


    The British Film Institute's exhibition department is to be closed and its functions taken over by the UK's Film Council.
  • Strand takes North American rights to A Thousand Peace Clouds


    Santa Monica-based Strand Releasing has snapped up North American rights to award-winning Mexican gay drama A Thousand Peace Clouds Encircle The Sky (Mil Nubes De Paz Cercan El Cielo) by Julian Hernandez.
  • Encuentros Iberoamerican market feels the effects of war


    As expected, the war in Iraq had an impact on Encuentros, the first Iberoamerican market (March 21-25) held during Mexico's Guadalajara Film Festival.
  • BVITV appoints Alison Homewood


    Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) has appointed Alison Homewood as vice president of sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa, it was announced by Tom Toumazis, vice president and managing director, BVITV.
  • Documentaries dominate Guadalajara awards


    Documentaries swept the awards at the18th Guadalajara Mexican Film Showcase which ended March 27th, reflecting the sorry state of fiction feature filmmaking in Mexico last year.
  • Altavista/NuVision scales down production, distribution


    Hard times and a string of box office disappointments has led topMexican production house Altavista Films (producer of Amores Perros) and sister regional distributioncompany NuVision to streamline operations.
  • Oscar winners get box-office boost


    Following their Oscar wins, at least three films are to be re-released internationally: Spirited Away goes out on 800 screens in the US; The Pianist goes out on 60 screens in Italy and Nowhere In Africa gets a 100-screen re-release in Germany.
  • DVD market overtaking VHS


    Representing more than 50% of total European video sales, 2002's European DVD sales are estimated to be 20% ahead of 2001 at some Euros 11bn, according to the International Video Federation.
  • Irreversible passed uncut for UK video, DVD release


    Following its uncensored release in UK cinemas, Gaspar Noe's controversial Irreversible has been passed uncut for video and DVD release by the British Board of Film Classification.
  • Alfonso Cuaron's production company unveils new titles


    Anhelo, the film production company forged by Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron and partner Jorge Vergara, has unveiled three international projects in the pipeline.
  • Indian cinema goes digital


    Indian film processing giant, Adlabs has partnered with Singapore's GDC Technology to install digital projectors in 400 Indian cinemas by April 2004, with a target of creating 1,500 e-cinemas in India by 2007.
  • Kusturica joins Chereau as Cannes jury president


    Emir Kusturica has been appointed president of the short film and Cinefondation jury for the forthcoming Cannes festival (Festival de Cannes).
  • Warner Bros exits Australian exhibition joint venture


    Village Roadshow and Greater Union today announced plans to acquire Warner Bros.' one-third stake in their Australian multiplex joint venture for approximately $61m (A$100m).
  • UK's Odeon cinema chain sold for $690m


    The UK's Odeon cinema chain has been bought by a syndicate led by German investment bank WestLB for $690m (£431m).
  • NuVision strikes deal with US Hispanic specialist Venevision


    In what may signal the end of its plans to start up a US distribution company, Mexico-city based regional distributor NuVision has sold a package of titles produced by its sister company Altavista to Venevision International, a Spanish language distributor based in Miami.
  • Paulo Valente named MD of Universal Pictures Brazil


    Universal Pictures International has named Paulo Valente as managing director of Universal Pictures Brazil.
  • Guadalajara unveils Mexican contenders


    Guadalajara's 18th Mexican Film Showcase (Mar 21-27) has unveiled the official entries to its Mexican and Iberoamerican sections.
  • Whale Rider becomes 2nd highest grossing local NZ film


    Whale Rider has become the second highest grossing New Zealand film in its home market.
  • Russian company seeks investors for major cinema chain


    A start-up Russian company is seeking investors for a multiplex cinema circuit that it claims will control 30% of a market that could be worth $1bn within eight years.
  • Henderson named vp production at Senator int'l


    Senator International has appointed Aubrey Henderson as vice president of production. Reporting directly to Nathan Kahane, the company's executive vice president motion pictures, Henderson will be responsible for identifying, developing and packaging new production projects. Prior to working at Senator, Henderson held positions at CAA and ICM where she worked as an agent working with writers and filmmakers.
  • Man Of The Year attracts US buyers


    Brazilian international sales company Grupo Novo de Cinema e TV is fielding at least three offers from US buyers to Jose Henrique Fonseca's The Man Of The Year (O Homem Do Ano), which made the official selection in Berlin last month.
  • US distributors seek legal block on Mexico's cinema levy


    In an exclusive interview with Screen International, Steve Solot, MPA senior vice president for Latin America (pictured) has commented about the recent uproar in Mexico over MPAA head Jack Valenti's recent letter to Mexican President Vicente Fox. ( 10 & 20).
  • Polanski's The Pianist triumphs at the BAFTAs


    Roman Polanski's The Pianist completed a dazzling weekend last night, winning the best film and director trophies at the British Film Academy Awards in London. On Saturday night in Paris, the film swept the Cesar awards taking best film, director and actor prizes. Brody, who won the Cesar but lost the BAFTA to Daniel Day-Lewis, accepted the award on Polanski's behalf.
  • Father Amaro, Aro Tolbukhin lead Mexico's Oscar nominations


    Foreign Oscar nominee The Crime Of Father Amaro (El Crimen Del Padre Amaro) and Spanish/Mexican co-production Aro Tolbukhin (In The Mind Of the Assassin) took 13 nominations apiece including Best Picture, Director and various acting categories for Mexico's Oscars, the 45th Ariel Awards.
  • Kim Basinger boards John Irving adaptation


    Kim Basinger, last seen as Eminem's mother in Curtis Hanson's 8 Mile, has joined Jeff Bridges in the cast of Door In The Floor, Focus Features' film adaptation of John Irving's A Widow For One Year. Tod Williams (The Adventures Of Sebastian Cole) has adapted the novel for the screen and will direct the movie which is being produced by Ted Hope's This Is That and Michael Corrente's Revere and sold by Focus International.
  • Mexican film industry stands up to MPAA


    The Mexican film industry has responded angrily to news that MPAA chief Jack Valenti wrote to Mexico's President Vicente Fox warning that the one peso levy on admissions may jeopardise Hollywood's investments in local cinema ( Feb10).
  • IFP/New York acts again as US rep for Quinzaine


    For the 13th year, IFP/New York will serve as theofficial US representative for the Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine desRealisateurs) which in previous years has provided a Cannes showcase for suchAmerican films as Lisa Cholodenko's Laurel Canyon, Allen & Albert Hughes' Menace II Society, Tamara Jenkins' The Slums Of BeverlyHills, Spike Lee's Summer Of Sam and Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides.However, ...
  • South African films to be feted at FESPACO


    Thirteen South African films will be screened at FESPACO, Africa's longest-running festival. Held in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso, the 18th edition of the festival runs Feb 22 - March 1.
  • Guadalajara to launch Iberoamerican market strand


    A new Iberoamerican market is set to debut during Mexico's Guadalajara film festival in March.
  • Mandelberger launches International Film Weeks


    Sandy Mandelberger, head of the marketing and promotion outlet International Media Resources, has launched a new distribution arm International Film Weeks, focused on international films for specialty theatrical, television and video/dvd release in the United States.
  • Scandinavian films get off to good start in 2003


    New local release Kopps in Sweden and four-week local holdover Bad Boys (Pahat Pojat) in Finland are already leading the way for Scandinavian films in 2003.
  • Miami launches co-production market


    The 20th Miami International Film Festival is to introduce its own co-production market, called Encuentros.
  • The Academy Award nominations in full


    Performance by an actor in a leading roleAdrien Brody in The Pianist (Focus Features)Nicolas Cage in Adaptation (Sony Pictures Releasing)Michael Caine in The Quiet American (Miramax and Intermedia)Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs Of New York (Miramax)Jack Nicholson in About Schmidt (New Line)
  • Valenti's Mexican stand-off


    MPAA president Jack Valenti has addressed a letter to the president of Mexico Vicente Fox, warning that the US may take retaliatory measures against the Mexican film industry for applying a one peso levy to all cinema admissions.
  • UK's First Light film awards to be held this month


    The UK's inaugural First Light Film Awards are to be held in London on February 26.
  • Alex Lora documentary to get wide theatrical release in Mexico


    Columbia Tri Star/BVIMexico has picked up local distribution rights to documentary Alex Lora, directed by Luis Kelly. The joint distributioncompany headed by Philip Alexanderplans a nationwide release on some 200 prints, unprecedented for a documentary. The 50+ year old Lora, described as a mix between MickJagger and Bob Dylan, is reveredas one of Mexico's icons. Lora and his band El Tri, have sold millions ofalbums and performed to sell out audiences ...
  • Sharp rise in Argentine cinema admissions


  • Rosario Tijeras rights snapped up for adaptation


    Mexican producer Matthias Ehrenberg of Titan Prods. (Sex, Shame And Tears) beat stiff competition for the rights to best-selling novel Rosario Tijeras by hot new Colombian writer, Jorge Franco Ramos, hailed as the precursor of a new generation of writers in Colombia.
  • Ana Claudia Talancon to lead in Ladies' Night


    Ana Claudia Talancon, lead actress of all time Mexican blockbuster El Crimen Del Padre Amaro, will star in the first Miravista production, Ladies' Night.
  • Luca Bentivoglio named executive director at Latino Public Broadcasting


    Former Warner Bros International executive Luca Bentivoglio has taken on the post of executive director at non-profit organisation Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB).
  • Talancon takes lead role in Miravista's Ladies' Night


  • Nicole Mackey joins Capitol Films


    Nicole Mackey has joined Capitol Films as head of international sales, replacing Josh Kramer who is relocating back to Los Angeles.
  • Odeon Cinemas looks likely as Cinven cashes in


    Odeon Cinemas, the UK's largest exhibition group, could soon change hands again, with private investment group, Cinven said to be readying a sale.
  • Three films share Tiger Awards at Rotterdam


    Three films shared Tiger Awards at the 32nd International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands on Friday.
  • Women's Prison wins Amnesty Int'l award at Rotterdam


  • Mexican Sex blockbuster gets Brazilian treatment


    Principal photography of the Brazilian version of Mexican blockbuster Sex, Shame And Tears (Sexo, Pudor Y Lagrimas) kicks off February 1st in Rio de Janeiro
  • IFP unveils US indie slate for Berlin


    The IFP/New York hasunveiled a slate of eight films split evenly between documentaries andnarrative features - that it will screen at the upcoming European Film Marketin Berlin as part of the organization's seventh annual showcase of new work. The selections, announcedthis week by IFP/New York executive director Michelle Byrd, were culled fromrecent IFP Market entrants and were selected by IFP Market organizers PatriciaFinneran and Colin Stanfield.
  • IFP unveils US indie slate for Berlin


    The IFP/New York hasunveiled a slate of eight films split evenly between documentaries andnarrative features - that it will screen at the upcoming European Film Marketin Berlin as part of the organization's seventh annual showcase of new work. The selections, announcedthis week by IFP/New York executive director Michelle Byrd, were culled fromrecent IFP Market entrants and were selected by IFP Market organizers PatriciaFinneran and Colin Stanfield.
  • Specialist Hispanic distributor launches into US


    Cinemateca, a new distribution company for Spanish-language arthouse and classic films, kicks off next month in a bid to tap the exploding DVD market in the U.S. where DVD player penetration currently stands at 46% of TV households.
  • Theatrical distributor Cinemac launches in Colombia


    Despite a 40% dip in admissions over the last two years, a new distributor has launched in Colombia in a bid to introduce more independent cinema to the country.
  • City Of God to open Mar Del Plata festival


    Fernando Mereilles' City Of God will open the upcoming Mar del Plata International Film Festival (March 6-15), the oldest film festival in the Americas.
  • Berlinale Talent Campus reveals programme of events


    500 filmmakers from 61 countries will join the Berlinale Talent Campus, a winter academy of filmmaking, from February 10 to 14, 2003.
  • Egoyan heads main competition jury


    Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick has appointed seven members to the International Jury of the 53rd Berlin International Film Festival 2003.
  • Kosslick names international jury of 53rd Berlinale


    Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick has appointed seven members to the International Jury of the 53rd Berlin International Film Festival 2003.
  • Talent Campus unveils programme of events


    500 filmmakers from 61 countries will join the Berlinale Talent Campus, a winter academy of filmmaking, from February 10 to 14, 2003.
  • UK bucks downward trend of European cinema admissions


    While cinema admissions fell last year in France, Germany, Spain and Italy, the UK was the only major European market to see growth in ticket sales - and by a hefty 10%-plus.
  • Mexican exhibitors and distributors protest at cinema levy


    Major distributors and exhibitors in Mexico plan to file an injunction before the Supreme Court to contest the new public service fee of one peso (10 cents) levied on cinema tickets.
  • French director Maurice Pialat dies, aged 77


    French filmmaker and actor Maurice Pialat, whose Under Satan's Sun won the Palme d'Or in 1987 (pictured), died on Saturday, aged 77.
  • Czech cinema admissions continue gradual increase


    The Czech Republic registered an estimated 10.7 million cinema visits during 2002, compared to 10.4 million in 2001 and 8.3 million in 2000, according to preliminary results of the Czech Union of Film Distributors (UFD).The biggest increases in cinemagoing were seen in Ceske Budejovice, Hradec Kralove and Ostrava where new multiplex cinemas were opened in 2002. There are currently nine multiplexes in Prague, with the 10th due to be opened end-February.
  • London film critics opt for All Or Nothing


    The nominees have been announced for the 23rd Awards of the London Film Critics' Circle to be held at London's Dorchester Hotel on Wednesday 12th February 2003, in aid of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).
  • Venice to investigate leaving the Lido


    The high cost of hotel rooms and other logistical headaches have prompted the organisers of the Venice film festival to consider moving the event from the Lido Di Venzia to Venice proper.
  • 95 titles selected for Rotterdam festival main programme


    International Film Festival Rotterdam 2003
  • Miguel Pereira begins selection for 2003 Mar del Plata film fest


    The Mar del Plata International Film Festival - the oldest film festival in the Americas, will take place next year between March 6 and 15. Originally established in 1954, the 2003 edition will be the sixth since its re-launch.
  • Foreign Language Oscar submissions


    National submissions for Best Foreign Language Oscar
  • Argentinian production levels leap 50% - despite economic crisis


    Argentina is producing an astonishing number of films, despite the country experiencing the worst economic crisis in its history.
  • Asian film libraries prepare to reveal hidden treasures


    Two years after Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the jury is still out on whether the film created a huge, global market for Chinese-language film.
  • Fantasporto film festival unveils competition titles


    Spike Jonze's Adaptation and Plots With A View by Nick Hurran are to be the opening and closing films of Portugal's Oporto film festival
  • Peter Scarlet named executive director of Tribeca film fest


    Former San Francisco festival head, Peter Scarlet has been appointed executive director of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
  • China assesses co-production potential with South Africa, Australia


    The Chinese government is increasing its level of cultural exchanges with South Africa and Australia with a view to the development of potential co-productions.
  • Roger Michell's Mother adds clutch of int'l sales


    The UK's Renaissance Films has concluded pre-sales for Roger Michell's recently wrapped film The Mother.
  • Eager guests limber up for Cuban festival


    An impressive array of international guests is set to attend the 24th Havana Film Festival of New Latin American Cinema (Dec 3-13) which opens with Mexican Foreign Oscar contender El Crimen Del Padre Amaro.
  • Imovision, Teleimage team to form Telescope


    Brazilian independent distributor Imovision has teamed up with local post production outfit Teleimage to create a new distribution, exhibition and production entity, Telescope.
  • Irreversible wins Stockholm Bronze Horse


    Gaspar Noe's Irreversible won the Bronze Horse for best film 2002 at the 13th Stockholm International Film Festival on Saturday in Sweden. The jury, composed of Kristoffer Leandoer, Alexandra Rapaport, Ilkka Matila, Lucy Walker and Dogge Doggelito, cited the film as "groundbreaking cinema that manages to revitalise film narration in almost all its aspects and at the same time tells a deeply moving parable of the thin ice that keeps us all from the abyss."
  • Wellspring takes Madame Sata to the US


    New York-based Wellspring Media has acquired US distribution rights to Brazilian biopic Madame Sata, the directorial debut of Karim Ainouz, which had its world premiere in Cannes' Un Certain Regard this year.
  • Protesters picket Crimen's Hollywood premiere


    Protesters led by ultra conservative group The American Society for the Defence of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) picketed the Hollywood premiere of Mexican priest scandal drama El Crimen Del Padre Amaro last Thursday. Samuel Goldywn Jr, whose company holds North American distribution rights, invited the group to watch the movie, but they declined.
  • Bac Majestic to quit exhibition as revenues collapse


    Bac Majectic is to pull out of the exhibition sector anc concentrate exclusively on film distribution.
  • Madame Sata enchants Huelva


    Karim Ainouz's Madame Sata scooped three of the top awards at the 28th Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival,
  • Best Of Times, Hollywood Hong Kong take top Golden Horse Awards


    Taiwan's The Best Of Times, directed by Chang Tso-chi, was awarded best feature at the 39th Golden Horse Awards - Taiwan's equivalent of the Oscars - on Saturday night (Nov 16), while Hong Kong director Fruit Chan picked up the best director prize for Hollywood Hong Kong.
  • Hubert Bals Fund distributes Euros 330,000 to 23 projects


    Twenty-three projects from non-Western filmmakers are to receive a total of Euros 330,000 in grants from the International Film Festival Rotterdam's (IFFR) Hubert Bals Fund (HBF), as was decided during the fund's autumn selection round.
  • Dubbed Shoe gets world premiere


    The most successful German film of all time Der Schuh Des Manitou (Manitou's Shoe) got its English-language version world premiere at AFI FEST in Los Angeles last night.
  • Italy, Iceland bring list of foreign language Oscar hopefuls to 40


    Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio from Italy and Baltasar Kormakur's The Sea (Hafid) from Iceland have brought the current number of national submissions for the best foreign language Oscar to 40.
  • Metro Tartan drops Ken Park after restaurant punch-up


    Distributor Metro Tartan has cancelled its UK release of Larry Clark's film Ken Park following a restaurant brawl at the weekend between Clark and Metro Tartan CEO Hamish McAlpine.
  • Industry jury still out on MIFED's future


    If anything concrete could be learned from this year's MIFED it was that the jury is still out on whether the Milan event should be replaced as the pre-eminent movie market of the autumn.
  • Industry jury still out on MIFED's future


    If anything concrete could be learned from this year's MIFED it was that the jury is still out on whether the Milan event should be replaced as the pre-eminent movie market of the autumn.
  • MIFED deals


    Korea's CJ Entertainment struck its first ever Mexican sale when it sold drama The Way Home to Cine Video Y TV. Paramount Classics opens the film in neighbouring US on Nov 15.
  • Focus knows how to deal


    Focus Features co-president David Linde has unveiled major territory deals on How To Deal, the latest production from Ted Field and Scott Kroopf's Radar, a coming-of-age romance starring Mandy Moore.
  • MIFED hit by crime spree


    Burglars struck in Pavilion 8 at MIFED over the weekend, stealing laptop computers, wallets and a Palm Pilot from at least two companies. The losses will be covered by the market's insurance policy, says the MIFED organisation.
  • MIFED hit by crime spree


    Burglars struck in Pavilion 8 at MIFED over the weekend, stealing laptop computers, wallets and a Palm Pilot from at least two companies. The losses will be covered by the market's insurance policy, says the MIFED organisation.
  • Serial killer on the loose for Dream


    Dream Entertainment has concluded a slew of deals on David Jacobson's crime drama Dahmer, the true story of the controversial serial killer which has grossed more than $6m in the US.
  • Argentinian entrepreneur launches Madrid film empire


    Armed with seed capital of $20m-$25m, Madrid-based Argentine entrepreneur Pablo Larguia is launching a new vertically integrated entertainment empire, Innova Networks.
  • Spider-Man VHS & DVD sales spin $190m record revenues


    Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment is celebrating today after scoring the biggest ever video and DVD release of all time over the weekend with Spider-Man. The release broke first day sales records on Friday with seven million units (combined VHS and DVD) sold and more than 11 million units are estimated to have been sold in the three-day period Friday to Sunday.
  • Tongue-twisting challenge faces Oscar foreign language selectors


    Some two dozen countries have now unveiled their entries for next year's best foreign-language Oscar, a race that has already thrown up some intriguing choices including an English-language film, The Touch, as Hong Kong's preference, and a Hungarian entry that is entirely dialogue free.
  • Hong Kong submits English-language film for best foreign-language Oscar


    Hong Kong has presented the Academy Awards with an interesting test case, by submitting Peter Pau's The Touch as its official entry for the best foreign-language Oscar, despite the fact the film is predominantly English-language.
  • Latin American scripts win through at MPA Development Workshop


    Screenplays from Mexico, Chile and Uruguay beat 16 other contenders at the Feature Film Project Development Workshop and Competition 2002 organized by the Motion Pictures Association (MPA) in Miami.
  • Media Asia's Mifed slate gets boost from Tong, Chan


    Hong Kong's Media Asia has unveiled three new projects, to start shooting in the first half of next year, and confirmed that Stanley Tong will direct its big-budget Jackie Chan action vehicle, Titanium Rain.
  • Stanley Tong, Gordon Chan join Media Asia slate


    Hong Kong's Media Asia has unveiled three new projects, to start shooting in the first half of next year, and confirmed that Stanley Tong will direct its big-budget Jackie Chan action vehicle, Titanium Rain.
  • Kamchatka selected as Argentina's Oscar contender


    Argentina has submitted Marcelo Pineyro's Kamchatka to compete for a best foreign film Oscar. Kamchatka beat strong contenders led by Carlos Sorin's Historias Minimas, Adolfo Aristarain's Lugares Comunes and Pablo Trapero's El Bonaerense.
  • FilmFour's Motorcycle Diaries shoots across Latin America


    Walter Salles' The Motorcycle Diaries has started shooting in Argentina. The film stars Gael Garcia Bernal (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Amores Perros) as the young Che, rising young Argentinean actor Rodrigo de la Serna (Same Love, Same Rain) as Alberto and Mia Maestro (Frida, Hotel, Timecode) as Chichina Ferreyra. Shooting began on September 30th and will continue across Argentina, Chile and Peru until January 31st, 2003.
  • Sony to increase investment in China


    Sony is to invest over $100m in production of Chinese movies, according to group chief executive Idei Noboyuki.
  • European Film Academy announces documentary prize nominees


    The European Film Academy has announced the nominations for European Documentary 2002 - Prix Arte, which will be presented, in association with Arte at the European Film Awards ceremony on Saturday 7th December in Rome.
  • Linda Seifert launches independent management company


    The UK's Linda Seifert of London-based agency Seifert Dench Associates is setting up her own independent management company, Linda Seifert Management.
  • Two titles share China's top film honours


    Yang Yazhou's Pretty Big Feet and military drama Charging Out Amazon by Song Yeming, were jointly awarded best film at the 22nd Golden Rooster and One Hundred Flowers Awards - China's top film honours - which took place in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province on Tuesday night.
  • Hero gets the Chinese Oscar nod, opens today to qualify


    Zhang Yimou's highly-anticipated $31m martial arts epic, Hero, has been selected as China's candidate for the best foreign-language Oscar.
  • Thailand's Mon-rak Transistor joins strong list of Asian foreign-language Oscar submissions


    Thailand has chosen Mon-rak Transistor, the third film from hot Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang, as the country's official submission for the best foreign-language Oscar.
  • French porn ban could cost national film industry dear


    Appearing late at night exclusively on encrypted channels, pornographic films have been a staple of the French pay-TV scene since Canal Plus launched in 1984. Now elements of the political establishment and the broadcast regulator, the CSA, are considering banning X-rated films from television.
  • Hong Kong government plans film guarantee fund


    The Hong Kong government has issued a consultation paper proposing the establishment of a Film Guarantee Fund to help local companies obtain bank loans for film production.
  • Jackie Chan, Arclight join EMG's Twins Effect


    Jackie Chan has joined Hong Kong pop idols Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung in the cast of Emperor Multimedia Group's The Twins Effect.
  • Hollywood Hong Kong scoops record number of Golden Horse nods


    Fruit Chan's Hollywood Hong Kong has scored a record number of nominations - 14 in all - for the 39th Golden Horse Awards, Taiwan's equivalent of the Oscars, including best picture, best director, best actor for Glen Chin and best actress for China's Zhou Xun.
  • Padre Amaro goes to the Oscars


    Carlos Carrera's El Crimen Del Padre Amaro has been selected to represent Mexico at the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
  • Universal moves into China with $900m theme park


    Universal Studios has signed a preliminary agreement with one of China's largest tourism enterprises, Beijing Tourism Group (BTG), to build a $900m theme park in the Chinese capital, according to Hong Kong daily the South China Morning Post.
  • Golden Harvest returns to production after nine-month gap


    Hong Kong's Golden Harvest Entertainment plans to return to production next month following a nine-month hiatus with a romantic comedy, My Lucky Year, to star Tony Leung Chiu Wai and hot up-and-coming actress Miriam Yeung.
  • Berlinale unveils first Talent Campus


    The first Berlinale Talent Campus will take place from February 10 to 14 during the 53rd Berlin International Film Festival at the House of World Cultures
  • Home-grown films find growing success in Argentina


    In the past month, local films accounted for 20% of total admissions in Argentina - a phenomenon few countries can boast against the assault of Hollywood titles.
  • Berlinale appoints new Kinderfilmfest director


    Thomas Hailer has been appointed director of the Kinderfilmfest (children's film festival) of the Berlin International Film Festival. Long-time Kinderfilmfest collaborator Maryanne Redpath is deputy director.
  • European cinema admissions see double-digit growth during 2002


    The international growth in cinema admissions during 2001 seems to be continuing this year, according to new research, with double digit growth rates in a number of major European markets.
  • UK film industry accounting methods criticised


    The way in which financial performance is measured in the UK film and television industry should be given a total overhaul, according to a new report from business and financial advisers, Grant Thornton.
  • Colombia's 19th film festival of Bogota kicks off


    Colombia's 19th Festival De Cine de Bogota kicks off today (October 8) with a strong selection of recent films from Latin America and other parts of the world.
  • Hong Kong's Celestial signs distribution deal with Intercontinental


    Hong Kong's Celestial Pictures has signed a distribution deal with Intercontinental Film Distributors for the video release of its 760-title Shaw Brothers library in Hong Kong and Macau.
  • China's film industry reforms stalled in run-up to Party Congress


    With all policy decisions and initiatives on hold until after the Communist Party's 16th National Congress next month, it looks as if China's long-awaited second distributor won't be launched until the beginning of next year at the earliest.
  • Singapore admires Chan's Tuxedo


    Jackie Chan's latest film, The Tuxedo opened with a record $586,665 (S$1.05m) in Singapore last weekend, the territory's biggest-ever September opening.
  • China becomes new base for runaway productions


    As Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill wraps the Chinese portion of its shoot at Beijing Film Studio, another Chinese production powerhouse, Shanghai Film Studio, is gearing up to house another Miramax movie - John Dahl's The Great Raid, starring Benjamin Bratt and Joseph Fiennes.
  • Wayne Borg promoted at Universal Pictures


    Wayne Borg has been appointed vice president, Universal Pictures, Latin America & Asia Pacific, effective 7th January 2003.
  • UK government backs festival to promote EU enlargement


    The UK Government is spending£12,000 to back a London film festival showcasing Eastern European film - in a bid to help raise awareness of the planned enlargement of European Union in 2004. The New Europe Film Season opened at London's Barbican Screen on Thursday (19 September).According to a Foreign Office spokesperson the money spent on the festival is part of a plan to raise awareness of the 13 countries that are candidates for membership of the European Union in ...
  • Brazil's Rio festival to showcase 400 films


    Brazil's most prominent film event, the Festival do Rio BR, will showcase up to 400 films in more than seventeen sidebars. Running from September 26 to October 10, the festival will include the latest works by internationally renowned directors led by Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, Arturo Ripstein, Atom Egoyan and Costa-Gavras. Among celebrity guests, directors Roman Polanski, Bertrand Tavernier, Tom Tykwer, John Madden, Neil Labute, Fernando Trueba, Pablo Trapero, Carlos Reygadas ...
  • Morvern Callar leads British Independent Film Awards nominations


    The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) announced the nominations for its fifth annual awards on Wednesday.Over 100 films were viewed by the pre-selection committee, with the front-runners emerging as Morvern Callar with seven nominations, Bloody Sunday (five nominations) and The Lawless Heart (five nominations). All three were nominated in the Best British Independent Film category, as were Bend It Like Beckham and Sweet Sixteen.BIFA ...
  • European Film Academy announces 2002 shortlist


    The European Film Academy has selected 37 titles, from more than 300 submissions, as the shortlist for the European Film 2002 prize, to be presented on Saturday 7th December in Rome
  • Son Of The Bride sweeps Argentina's Oscars


  • Paramount Classics buys House Of Fools


    Paramount Classics has bought North American and other international rights to Andrei Konchalovski's House Of Fools (Dom Durakov), which won the second prize at Venice last week.
  • Paramount Classics buys House Of Fools


    Paramount Classics has bought North American and other international rights to Andrei Konchalovski's House Of Fools (Dom Durakov), which won the second prize at Venice last week.
  • Argentina's production industry suffers from inflation


    Film production in Argentina hit another low point after Argentine Directors Association (DAC) reported that the average cost of making a local film shot up from $120,500 (pesos 1.2m) to $180,800 (pesos 1.8m).
  • Toronto mourns death of actress Katrin Cartlidge


    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival was in a state of shock yesterday after learning of the suddendeath of Katrin Cartlidge, the talented British actress whose film rolesincluded such well-regarded European films as Topsy-Turvy, Before The Rain, Naked, Breaking The Waves and last year's Oscar-winning No Man'sLand. She was 41.
  • Toronto mourns death of actress Katrin Cartlidge


    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival was in a state of shock yesterday after learning of the suddendeath of Katrin Cartlidge, the talented British actress whose film rolesincluded such well-regarded European films as Topsy-Turvy, Before The Rain, Naked, Breaking The Waves and last year's Oscar-winning No Man'sLand. She was 41.
  • Mexican blockbuster shatters local box office record


    It has taken a mere 20 days for Mexico's latest blockbuster The Crime Of Father Amaro (El Crimen Del Padre Amaro) to smash the all time local box-office record set by Sex, Shame And Tears (Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas). The romantic comedy took 24 weeks to earn 118m pesos while El Crimen earned 118,543,404 pesos ($11.8m) in just under three.
  • European Film Awards announces People's Choice nominations


    September 1st 2002 marked the start of the annual opportunity for European filmgoers to participate in the European Film Awards' People's Choice.
  • Brazil's Globo secures Universal output


    Universal has struck a multi-year output deal giving Brazilian giant TV Globo free TV rights to Universal's current film output, library titles and made-for-television content.
  • Goldwyn acquires Mexican priest scandal smash for US


    Samuel GoldywnFilms has acquired North American rights to Mexican priest-scandal drama TheCrime Of Father Amaro (ElCrimen Del Padre Amaro),which has already been a controversy-fueled smash hit in its home country. The film is slated for US release in late 2002.
  • Hong Kong: ATV share deal collapses


    Hong Kong's richest tycoon Li Ka-shing has withdrawn an offer to buy a stake in local free-to-air broadcaster Asia Television (ATV), the day after it was revealed that the station has secured rights to broadcast on the Chinese mainland.
  • Priest scandal picture shatters Mexican box office records


    Carlos Carrera's controversial The Crime Of Father Amaro (El Crimen Del Padre Amaro)has become a phenomenon at the Mexican box office. Released on an unprecedented 356 prints by Columbia TriStar last Friday, the $1.8m drama grossed 31m pesos ($3.1m) in its opening weekend.
  • Argentinian box office shrugs-off economic crisis


    Despite Argentina's crushing economic crisis, box office earnings shot up 15% and admissions rose 20% during the country's school holidays compared to the same period the previous year, according to the latest figures from EDI Nielsen.
  • NuVision chief steps down


    Pedro Rodriguez Domecq has resigned from his post as president of Mexico-based, Latin American distributor NuVision.
  • TV-Loonland to acquire majority stake in Metrodome


    European media group TV-Loonland (TVL) is to acquire a majority stake in UK DVD and video distributor in a bid to boost the fortunes of its nascent home entertainment business.


    Gerard Depardieu re-teams with son Guillaume for a powerhouse two-hander that will appeal to upscale arthouse audiences, writes Sheila Johnston
  • Donostia-San Sebastian announces line-up for Zabaltegi sidebar


    The Donostia-San Sebastian Film festival (19-28 Sept) has announced the line-up for this year's Festival's Top strand, part of its Zabaltegi sidebar.According to San Sebastian organisers, the Festivals' Top section has been chosen to feature the most interesting films previously shown at festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and Sundance. Festivals' Top Line up8 Femmes Dir: François Ozon (France).24 ...
  • Lord Of The Rings breaks UK video & DVD sales record


    The UK video and DVD release of The Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring has outsold previous record-holder Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone by 20,000 copies on its first day - despite going on sale on a Tuesday as opposed to Potter's Saturday release.
  • British Indie film awards secures new sponsor


    The British Independent Film Awards has secured a new headline sponsor, the independent financial services group Park Caledonia. A new venue has also been found for the fifth annual award ceremony, which will be held at Pacha London on 30th October The full list of BIFA nominations will be announced on September 16th.
  • New research reveals the real value of cinema food sales


    With a current global value of $4.5bn, cinema concessions revenues are set to rise this decade, increasingly providing more profit for many exhibitors than that from movie ticket sales.
  • Michelle Yeoh finds Midas Touch in Asia


    Han Entertainment's The Touch, produced by and starring Michelle Yeoh, topped the box office in all four Asian territories in which it opened over the weekend.
  • NYC's No Borders co-production market unveils full line-up


    A total of 36 projectshave been accepted into No Borders, the international co-production section ofthe IFP Market that will run from Sept 27-Oct 4 in downtown Manhattan. In additionto the 13 previously-announced international entrants, No Borders will includenew works from US indie veterans Jay Craven and Barbara Hammer, the firstdocumentary feature from Alison Maclean, the directorial debut of Hollywoodscreenwriter Malia Scotch-Marmo, as well as projects from producers-on-the-riseJasmine ...
  • Spain's Manga seeks investor for $19.5m capital increase


    Spanish distributor Manga Films is seeking an investor to provide a capital increase of $19.5m to finance its local expansion plans.
  • First Spanish titles announced for San Sebastian


    At least four Spanish films are to compete in the official section of the 50th Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival, which runs from 19-28 September.
  • Disney enters branded consumer electronics market


    The Walt Disney Company is entering the consumer-electronics market in a licensing deal with Motorola to develop a line of themed Disney products beginning with cordless telephones and walkie-talkies.
  • Mexico's widest-ever release threatened with ban


  • Packer nets $130m from sale of Cinemex exhibition stake


    Australian entrepreneur Kerry Packer has sold his stake in Mexican exhibition company Cinemex to Canadian investment firm Onex and Los Angeles-based Oaktree Capital Management, netting a profit of $130m, according to local newspaper The Australian.
  • Bewkes named entertainment overlord at AOL Time Warner


    HBO's top executive JeffBewkes has been put in charge of AOL Time Warner's entire entertainmentportfolio, including both Warner Bros and New Line Cinema, as part of amanagement re-shuffle that sees the back of the troubled media empire'schief operating officer Bob Pittman.
  • Legendary costumier Monty Berman dies aged 90


    Monty Berman, the legendary British costumier, died in Monte Carlo on Monday after a short illness. Berman was head of the London-based costume house Berman's, which later became Berman's And Nathan's.
  • Mad Love opens 6th LA Latino int'l film festival


    The 6th Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) presented by co-founder/actor Edward James Olmos kicks off today (Friday July 19th) with Vicente Aranda's Juana La Loca (Mad Love) from Spain. To be held at its traditional venue, the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, from July 19th to July 28th, 2002, the festival will showcase over 100 recent and classic films from Latin America and Spain.
  • Focus takes the world on Inarritu's 21 Grams


    Focus Features, the newly formed specialised arm of Universal Pictures, has acquired worldwide rights to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's long-awaited English-language debut 21 Grams. The hotly contested deal, closed today (Monday), marks the first time that Focus has acquired worldwide rights to a film since it was founded earlier this year from the merger of USA Films and Good Machine. Other companies bidding for the rights to the films included Miramax Films and New Regency Productions.21 ...
  • Vivendi Universal chief financial officer resigns


    Guillaume Hannezo, Vivendi's Universal's chief financial officer has resigned, French newspaper Le Monde reported on Friday July 12.The unconfirmed report said that Hannezo had tendered his resignation on Tuesday (July 9) and was expected to leave within the next few weeks.Hannezo's departure had been widely anticipated as he was a close associate with Jean-Marie Messier, who stepped down earlier this month.
  • Copestake joins Buena Vista International Television


    Buena Vista International Television has appointed Steve Copestake as vice president of marketing, reporting to Tom Toumazis, senior vice president and managing director, BVI - TV.Copesake joins BVI - TV from the UK's BSkyB, where he was head of marketing communications.
  • Universal reclaims international DVD distribution


    Reacting to the phenomenal growth of the DVD market worldwide, Universal Pictures International (UPI) has announced the reversion of DVD distribution rights from Columbia Tri-Star Home Video, as a three-year agreement between the two studios comes to an end.
  • BrekFest celebrates film soundtracks


    The importance of soundtracks to film will be the focus of the BrekFest Film & Music Festival to be held on Sunday 4 August at the Valhalla Cinema Glebe, Sydney.
  • Messier steps down from Vivendi Universal


    Jean-Marie Messier has exited his post as chairman of Vivendi Universal following a board meeting yesterday, according to widespread, but still officially unconfirmed, reports.
  • Shaolin Soccer is still the talk of the town


    One of the hottest topics of conversation at the Hong Kong international film & TV market (FilMart) is not the level of deal-making at the event, or even the forthcoming World Cup final, but the enduring box-office success of local hit comedy Shaolin Soccer.
  • Stark contrast in 2002 cinema admissions across Europe


    Following news that 2002's US box office is running some 20% ahead of last year, results from European territories are revealing some stark contrasts in box office fortunes for the first five months of this year.
  • Polish media giant prepares major floatation


    Polish media giant ITI Holdings S.A. is to launch an initial public offering of up to 48% of its shares, making it the biggest float on the Warsaw market for two years.
  • Mexico City exhibitor Cinemex sold to Onex Corp and Oaktree


    Onex Corp of Toronto and Los Angeles-based investment firm Oaktree Capital Management have acquired top Mexico City exhibitor Grupo Cinemex for approximately $295m. Cinemex co founder Matthew Heyman, who was closely involved in the transaction, has resigned from his post as co-chief executive
  • Alan Parker rallies industry to develop skills strategy


    Alan Parker, chairman of UK support body, the Film Council, has called on the film industry to support a major research project that will inform a new and comprehensive skills strategy for the sector.
  • Disney, Admira team up on Mexican-set chick flick


    Miravista, thefledgling co production venture created by Walt Disney's Latin Americanoperation and Telefonica Spain's Admira, have signed up Argentine-born LosAngeles resident Gabriela Tagliavini to direct its debut feature, Ladies'Night. A co production with Mexico's Televisa and ArgosComunicacion, the $1.5m - $2m romantic comedy is scheduled to start principalphotography this fall. Casting auditions are currently underway in Mexico.
  • Tavernier's latest finds safe passage in US with Empire


    Empire Pictures, the NewYork-based art-house distributor that released Patrice Chereau'sBerlinale Golden Bear-winner Intimacy unrated in the US last year, has acquired American rights to anotherBerlin Film Festival award-winning French title, Bertrand Tavernier's Laissez-Passer.The deal was confirmedlast week by Empire Pictures president Edmondo Schwartz and John Kochman,director of international sales at StudioCanal, which ...
  • Worldwide film spending predicted to jump by $20bn by 2006


    Global spending on filmedentertainment will expand at a promising 5.7 percent compound annual growthrate over the next five years, increasing from $59bn in 2001 to $79bn in 2006,predicts PricewaterhouseCoopers as part of its latest five-year outlook reporton the worldwide media and entertainment sector.Fueling that growth willbe strong box office receipts, the expansion of local productions and thecontinued boost that DVDs will offer the ...
  • Japon returns from Cannes with kudos and contracts


    Mexican director Carlos Reygadas' feature debut, Japon, returned from Cannes with more than just a Golden Camera Special Jury Mention, it also secured sales contracts for twelve territories.
  • UK cinema advertising bucks downward trend as ticket sales surge


    The UK's Cinema Advertising Association is predicting that cinema ticket sales will reach 174m by year's end, an increase of 11.5% on 2001's 30-year record. In addition the UK's cinema advertising sector is growing rapidly, with last years' market up by some 28% - despite a 2.6% downturn in the advertising market as a whole.
  • IFC aims to Sex up Breillat's North American appeal


    IFC Films has confirmedits acquisition of all North American rights to Catherine Breillat's Sex IsComedy, the well-received OpeningNight selection of this year's Directors' Fortnight in Cannes which ithopes will introduce the provocative French director to her widest statesideaudience yet.The acquisition wasannounced Thursday by Bob Berney, senior vice president of marketing &distribution for IFC Films, the indie distribution outfit ...
  • Kinepolis Group's Albert Bert dies, aged 74


    Albert Bert, co-chairman of the board of directors of the Kinepolis Group died on 21 May 2002 aged 74.
  • Real Women have deals too


    A number of internationaltheatrical distributors have bought local territorial rights to HBO Films' RealWomen Have Curves, even though theaward-winning made-for-cable production will not be seen in US theatres.Among the buyersannounced yesterday by the pay-TV networks sales arm, HBO Enterprises, were MosaicEntertainment, which bought UK rights in association with Optimum Releasing;Italy's BIM Distribution; Mexico's Gussi; ABC Distribution ...
  • Focus acquires The Pianist from VU stablemate StudioCanal


    Focus, Vivendi Universal's new speciality label has acquired US and select international distribution rights to Cannes Palme d'Or winner The Pianist from stablemate StudioCanal.
  • Gala brings Trespasser to the UK


    Gala Films has nabbed all UK rights to Beto Brant's The Trespasser (O Invasor), winner of the Sundance Best Latin American feature this year.
  • Wildside takes Tongan Ninja


    France's Wildside Films, the distributor headed by Manuel Chiche, has picked up Tongan Ninja from the New Zealand Film Commission. The off-beat martial arts comedy previously went to Vision Africa for South Africa and to Pacific Entertainment for Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore and to Sar-an for Turkey.
  • Myriad sources Jeepers Creepers 2 financing


    Myriad Pictures has closed a deal to source financing from Comerica Entertainment Group, the entertainment financing arm of Comerica Bank, for Jeepers Creepers 2: Like A Bat Out Of Hell which is being produced by American Zoetrope and distributed in North America by United Artists.
  • Pardue, Carlyle tempted by Pandora


    Kip Pardue and Robert Carlyle are in negotiations to star and William Malone (House On Haunted Hill) to direct psychological thriller Tempting Pandora being sold - appropriately - by Pandora. Meanwhile Pandora's sales head Sebnem Askin has closed a range of deals for the film including to M6/SND in France, RTL in Germany, New World in Spain, Gaga in Japan, Dan Film in Scandinavia, Jay Net in Korea and Paradise in Benelux.
  • AFI Fest to showcase German cinema


    AFI Fest, the 11-day Los Angeles international film festival which takes place in November, has teamed with Export-Union of German Cinema to present a section of contemporary German cinema within the 2002 festival (Nov 7-17).The Made In Germany section will be a combined marketing and programming effort between AFI and Export-Union featuring features, documentaries and shorts.
  • Schloendorff commits to Ten Minutes Older - The Cello


    Oscar and Palme d'Or winner Volker Schloendorff has joined the band of top name directors now committed to making Ten Minutes Older - The Cello. The film is an ensemble piece that follows Un Certain Regard portmanteau Ten Minutes Older - The Trumpet. The Cello has now been sold to Shapiro for Israel, Artcam for the Czech Republic as well as previously announced sales to the US, Germany, Japan and Italy.
  • Vortex re-teams with Cage's Saturn on Chain


    Vortex Pictures is to re-team with Nicolas Cage's Saturn Films on Cage's next production Chain which is written and to be directed by John Rice. Chain is a gritty revenge tale about a modern day cowboy who rides a Harley Davidson and Rice and Cage are looking to have it complete and ready for release in summer 2003.
  • Attack Of The Clones opens new episode in international box office records


  • France braces for TFI, Miramax partnership


    The French film sector is waiting with baited breath for details of a dramatic new production and distribution alliance between French television powerhouse TF1 and Miramax Films that will be unveiled at a heavyweight press conference this afternoon featuring their respective chiefs, Patrick Le Lay and Harvey Weinstein.
  • France braces for TFI, Miramax partnership


    The French film sector is waiting with baited breath for details of a dramatic new production and distribution alliance between French television powerhouse TF1 and Miramax Films that will be unveiled at a heavyweight press conference this afternoon featuring their respective chiefs, Patrick Le Lay and Harvey Weinstein.
  • Ryan Phillipe signs up for The I Inside


    Ryan Phillippe has signed to star in MDP Worldwide's thriller The I Inside to be directed by Germany's Roland Suso Richter (The Tunnel) and set to start shooting in the UK on June 10.
  • F&ME readies Yugoslav romantic comedy


    Veteran Yugoslav director Srdjan Karanovic is to shoot romantic comedy Loving Glances (Sjaj U Ocima) for F&ME, the UK arm of Germany's FAME AG. Set amongst refugees in Belgrade, the production is to start shooting in June as a co-production with Belgrade's Yodi Movie Craftsmen and Paris-based Raphael Films.
  • KWA strikes Lucky deals


    Sales agent Kevin Williams Associates (KWA) has announced the first sales on Argentine title A Lucky Day (Un Dia De Suerte) to Spain (Nirvana), Orler (Arg) and free TV in the UK (BBC), Holland (VPRO) and Finland (YLE). Director Sandra Gugliotta's prize-winning Day tells the story of a young Argentine woman who emigrates to Italy.
  • Nieto moves to Picking Pack


    Juan Jose Nieto, the former top executive of Telefonica media division Admira and broadcaster Antena 3, has been hired as president of digital reprographics and data management company Picking Pack. Nieto was replaced by Luis Abril at Admira last January as part of a management overhaul.
  • NonStop Sales takes on new Grede film


    NonStop Sales has acquired international rights to Sweden's Kjell Grede's as yet untitled new comedy based on Torgny Lindgren's book Till Sanningens Lov. It stars young talents Shanti Roney (Together) and Tuva Novotny, as well as Örjan Ramberg, Simon Norrthon and Ing-Mari Carlsson. The film tells the story of two youngsters who grow up together, but end up living totally different lives.
  • Winchester racks up Scorched sales


    Winchester has sold Alicia Silverstone comedy Scorched to Spain's Vertigo, Benelux's RCV and Scandinavia's Egmont. As reported on Screendaily in March, German private broadcaster RTL Television has bought the picture under its strategy of acquiring all rights will release the film in the UK through its own distribution arm, Winchester Film Distribution.
  • Mexico's Titan to co-produce Chilango Blues with Argos


    Mexican powerhouse Titan Producciones is developing a new co-production with Argos Comunicacion, its partner on hit Sex, Shame And Tears, called Chilango Blues (El Malboro Y El Cucu), set to shoot in Mexico City next year.
  • Omar Sharif to star in Dupeyron's Momo


    Omar Sharif will star in Momo, the next film by Francois Dupeyron, the director of 2001 Cannes title La Chambre Des Officiers (Officer's Ward).
  • Screen International launches on-line database


    Screen International launched on May 15, the first day of the Cannes film festival.
  • Wild Bunch picks up Stone's Looking For Fidel


    France's Wild Bunch has picked up international rights on Oliver Stone documentary Looking For Fidel. The 100% Spanish production, which is likely to make its debut at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in September, is billed as an intimate portrait of Fidel Castro and today's Cuba. Co-producers include Media Pro, Pentagrama Films and Morena Films.
  • Askin promoted to VP, worldwide sales at Pandora


    Shebnem Askin has been promoted to executive vice-president, worldwide sales, at Pandora; she was previously senior vice president at the company.
  • Avrio handles Rave MacBeth sales for North America


    Canadian entertainment outfit Avrio Filmworks has closed a deal to become the exclusive North American sales agent for Rave MacBeth, a modernisation of Shakespeare's Macbeth set entirely at a race and starring Michael Rosenbaum, star of TV's Smallville. The film was previously represented by the now defunct 310 Entertainment.
  • Capitol handles Cannes sales for Festival In Cannes


    The UK's Capitol Films is handling international sales on Festival In Cannes, Henry Jaglom's comedy about a group of filmmakers and stars wading through the chaos of the 2000 edition of the festival. The film, which screens in the market, stars Anouk Aimee, Greta Scacchi and Ron Silver.
  • Killer Queen, Impotent Man join Peppermint's Cannes slate


    German sales outfit Peppermint has added Killer Queen, a psychological thriller about a man involved in a game of human chess, to its Cannes slate. The film, which starts shooting in summer, is a first feature to be directed by Christian Alvart.
  • Sales vet Davis goes it alone for Lipsticking It, Sea Devils


    Sales and marketing veteran Chris Davis has struck out on his own to represent two new projects - adventure comedy Lipsticking It and WWII thriller Sea Devils. In the former, two unrelated women who have been duped by their lovers hook up to take their revenge, while the latter, written by William H McRaven, is an action epic about the Italian Naval Commando attack in Alexandria, Egypt, in the last war.
  • Taurus expected to be sucked into Kirch bankruptcy vortex


    Taurus, the parent company that spans Kirch Media, KirchPayTV and KirchBeteiligung, is expected to be the latest element of the beleaguered Kirch empire to be sucked into bankruptcy.
  • Highlight to buy 23% of Constantin from Kirch


    Swiss rights trader Highlight Communications has revealed that it is close to finalising a deal to buy 23% of German distributor-producer Constantin Film from KirchGroup's KirchBeteiligung unit.
  • Berlinale names Eastern European delegate


    The Berlin International Film Festival has named Nikolaj Nikitin, editor-in-chief and publisher of the film magazine Schnitt as its new foreign delegate for Eastern Europe, covering: Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
  • Harry Potter video release becomes fastest-selling title in the UK


    Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone has become the UK's fastest-selling release on video and DVD, with 1.25 million copies being snapped up within 24 hours of going on release on May 11.The previous record was held by Titanic, with first-day sales of 1.1 million. Warner Bros home video has shipped some 5 million copies of the title to 700 UK outlets, in anticipation of massive demand. Titanic sold 4.1 million video copies within a month of release
  • Tequila Gang takes Lost In La Mancha to Cannes


    The Tequila Gang, the London/Mexico City-based production and distribution entity founded by founded by Mexico's Guillermo del Toro, Bertha Navarro, Laura Esquivel, Alejandra Moreno Toscano and London-based Rosa Bosch will be presenting Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's documentary Lost In La Mancha to buyers at the Cannes film market.
  • Tequila Gang takes Lost In La Mancha to Cannes


    The Tequila Gang, the London/Mexico City-based production and distribution entity founded by founded by Mexico's Guillermo del Toro, Bertha Navarro, Laura Esquivel, Alejandra Moreno Toscano and London-based Rosa Bosch will be presenting Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's documentary Lost In La Mancha to buyers at the Cannes film market.
  • International buyers are hot for Son Of The Bride


    Oscar nominated Argentine film Son Of The Bride (El Hijo De La Novia), currently on limited release in the US via Sony Pictures Classics (SPC), has already been sold to a slew of territories prior to its world market premiere at Cannes. Neil Friedman's LA-based Menemsha Entertainment which acquired international rights to the comedy last November will introduce the film to buyers at Cannes.
  • Justice to head Invicta co-production division


    Independent producer Matthew Justice is to become full-time head of Invicta Filmworks, the co-production offshoot of UK finance firm Invicta Capital.
  • Market share imbalances revealed across pan-Asian cinema industry


    A new report focusing on exhibition and distribution over the last five years has revealed some surprising contradictions in the make-up of the 18 cinema markets analysed across Asia, the Pacific Rim, Middle East and Africa.
  • Polish director adapts Vinterberg's Festen for the stage


    Thomas Vinterberg's powerful Dogme95 feature Festen/The Celebration has been adapted for the stage by hot young Polish director Grzegorz Jarzyna.Having achieved widespread acclaim in Europe, the production heads for London's Sadler's Wells in October.
  • Vampires to travel most of the world with Columbia TriStar


  • Sex-scandal priest drama acquired by Columbia TriStar Mexico


    A topical and controversial story of a priest involved in a sex scandal has been acquired by Columbia TriStar Mexico. Carlos Carrera's El Crimen Del Padre Amaro, starring Mexico's fast-rising star Gael Garcia Bernal (Amores Perros, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Motorcycle Diaries) sold all Mexican rights, with a first option for worldwide rights to the company.
  • Brazil softens foreign pay-TV tax regulations


    Brazil's Senate approved yesterday a more palatable version of new rules imposing taxes on foreign pay TV programmers, following a congressional nod last week. However, the original proposed regulations on new taxes and fees on film studios remain unchanged.
  • Cannes Critics Week selection announced


    "More accessible," "less cerebral," are the watchwords used by chief selector Claire Clouzot to describe the line-up for the Critics' Week section at Cannes.
  • NuVision launches distribution division in Argentina


    Latin American regional distributor NuVision has launched its own distribution arm in Argentina. It will continue its sub-distribution deal with local partners In the rest of the region.
  • Cannes 2002: all the films in Official Selection


  • First titles in Cannes Directors' Fortnight announced


    The selection committee of the 34th Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Realisateurs ) section of the Cannes film festival has announced a partial line-up of titles.
  • French cinema admissions fall 4% in 1st quarter


    For the first time in ages, the buoyant French theatrical market has slowed down. In March cinema admissions amounted to 15.1 million, some 16% down on the same month last year. That held the first quarter total to 54 million, a drop of 4% compared to the January-March period last year.
  • Digital cinemas expand in Brazil


    Brazil now boasts the first digital cinemas to operate on a regular basis in Latin America, with five screenings scheduled daily. A joint venture between exhibitor UCI and Brazilian technology integrator Teleimage, and sponsored by telecommunications company Intel, the second Intel Digital Theatre opened Friday March 29 in Sao Paolo following the launch of the first Intel Digital Theatre in Rio de Janeiro in December. Both are located at UCI multiplexes.
  • Mexico finally revises film certification system


    Mexico's ratings board announced a long awaited revision of its ratings system - nearly a year after director Alfonso Cuaron and producing partner Jorge Vergara filed a lawsuit against the board for the C rating it gave their film, Y Tu Mama Tambien.
  • Miramax joins kids craze with Pokemon sequel


    As part of a visible pushinto producing and distributing family-friendly entertainment, Miramax Filmshas acquired the worldwide rights outside Asia to the next Pokemon movie sequel, out-bidding Warner Bros to the fourth film in the Japanese anime cash-cow about evolutionary pocket monsters. As reported in the LosAngeles Times yesterday, Miramaxpaid an estimated upfront fee of just $1m, but promised Pokemon's Japanese rights-holders back-end ...
  • SAG downplays international impact of Global Rule


    The US Screen Actors Guild(SAG) says its controversial Global Rule One will only apply to that small cadre of internationalactors primarily living in the US, and not those many foreign SAG card-holders who have worked on US films but remain overseas residents.
  • Miller, Oliveira find US homes for latest films


    Two Europeanfilms have found US theatrical distribution through New York-based art-housespecialists, with Wellspring Media acquiring all domestic rights to Claude Miller's BettyFisher et Autres Histoires and Milestone Film & Video picking up Manoel de Oliveira's Vou Para Casa (I'm Going Home).
  • Frida controversy brews with Mexican critics


    Members of the Mexican press who have been privy to test screenings of Julie Taymor's $12m biopic Frida are apparently appalled at the liberties taken in portraying the anguished Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
  • Film clean-out begins at Vivendi Universal


    The corporate cleansing hasbegun at Vivendi Universal's film operations in the wake of strategic re-evaluation meetings that have taken place in the French town of Deauville.
  • Rotterdam contributes to Buenos Aires fund


  • Three Cartoon Movie tributes awarded


    Three European companies were awarded tributes at the closing event of Cartoon Movie, the forum dedicated to European animation feature films, which took place in the Babelsberg studios from 14 to 16 March.
  • France's Celluloid sells out on 8 Femmes


    Powerful French sales house Celluloid Dreams has sold out on Francois Ozon's film 8 Femmes.
  • Cuaron, del Toro snub Mexican 'Oscars' in protest


    Mexican directors Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro and Jorge Vergara, producer of Cuaron's Y Tu Mama Tambien and del Toro's The Devil's Backbone, have declined to submit their films to the prestigious Mexican Ariel Awards, in protest at the "lack of transparency" in the voting process.
  • Last Supper wins short film award in Finland


    Christian Lindblad's Last Supper was awarded this year's first Jameson Short Film Award with a purse of Euros 6,000, at the Tampere Film Festival in Finland on March 11.
  • Estudio Mexico plans US distribution operation


    Estudio Mexico Films, parentcompany of Mexican production powerhouseAltavista Films (Amores Perros) and Latin American distributor NuVision, is planning to launchdistribution operations in the US for Spanish language films. According toEstudio Mexico head Federico Gonzalez Compean, they are actively seeking outco-investors in the new venture which will require seed capital of $6m.
  • Brazilian exhibition race heats up


    International and local exhibitors in Brazil have stepped up the pace in their ongoing race to provide this hugely under-screened territory with more multiplexes.
  • Columbia picks up debut comedy Bobby Ewing


    Columbia Pictures has purchased the romantic comedy Bobby Ewing, the debut feature screenplay from US television writer/producer Linda Bloodworth, it was announced by Peter Schlessel, president of production for Columbia.
  • MDP reports fifth consecutive quarterly profit


    MDP Worldwide Entertainment, Mark Damon's production and sales outfit which is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, has reported financial results for the first quarter ended December 31, 2001 reflecting the fifth consecutive quarterly profit reported by the company since Damon, its chairman and CEO, took over the helm and restructured the company.
  • THX and Kinepolis in joint-branding move


    Lucasfilm THX has announced that Brussels-based Kinepolis Group has become Europe's first multiplex operator to adopt THX certification in every cinema screen, including its last remaining 30 non-THX screens.
  • Epiphany Films to produce spiritual features


    Crusader Entertainment, LLC, has formed Epiphany Films, to develop and produce independent feature films with spiritual and religious themes.
  • Procacci launches Australian production outfit


    Italian producer Domenico Procacci has announced the formation of Fandango Australia Pty Ltd, a new production entity combining both Australian and European financial sources. The first project to be made by the company will be Rolf de Heer's Alexandra's Project which will go into production later this month.
  • Acting surprises at Cesars but Amelie wins top two


    Despite taking the awards for best film and director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie failed to dominate Saturday's French Cesar awards as expected, winning in four categories out of its 13 nominations.
  • Guadalajara fest to go ahead with new director


    Mexico's premiere film event, the Guadalajara Mexican Film Showcase, kicks off next week despite the resignation of its newly-appointed director Enrique Ortiga, who never even got a chance to manage the event once.
  • Screen International's final AFM news round-up


  • New Latin buying group bids on seven big titles


    Sun Distribution Group, a new Latin American buying consortium, has made its debut at the AFM with bids for up to seven of the largest films on offer, it says. The Buenos Aires-based distributor aims to acquire all Latin American rights to around eight theatrical titles its first year and eventually average a dozen per annum.
  • Optimum raps with Biggie & Tupac, Lawless Heart


    UK independent distributor Optimum Releasing has acquired the UK rights to veteran documentarian Nick Broomfield's Sundance hit, Biggie And Tupac, in a deal struck with Luc Roeg of the Artists Independent Network . Lions Gate Films has domestic rights on the film.
  • Amelie's Jeunet honoured at ShoWest


    Jean-Pierre Jeunet, directorof the Academy Award-nominated Amélie - the most successful French film everreleased in North America - will be honoured at ShoWest next month with theInternational Achievement in Filmmaking Award. He will receive his award inperson on March 4th, at the International Day Luncheon.
  • Mar del Plata continues despite cash crisis


    Argentina's Mar del Plata International Film Festival will push ahead this year despite the country's deep economic crisis. 'We need to keep the festival going even more than ever, it would be a shame if it lost its A-list festival status as a result of its cancellation, ' said festival director Claudio Espana. Working under the lowest budget ever granted to it ($450,000 (900,000 pesos) ), the festival plans to focus on films alone and do away with parties, the red carpet and additional ...
  • Coscia takes charge of Argentina's film institute


    Local filmmaker Jorge Coscia takes over the reins of Argentina's national film institute INCAA this week, filling a void that left the state-backed entity in limbo and many film productions in the lurch. Coscia replaces Jose Miguel Onaindia who resigned following the ouster of President Fernando de la Rua in December.
  • Screen International AFM news round-up


  • Screen International AFM news round-up


  • Columbia TriStar boards Mexican co-production


    Columbia Tri Star Mexico has boarded its first Mexican co production, the comedy thriller Sin Ton Ni Sonia, currently shooting in Mexico City.
  • Off-the-peg fest programming & sponsorship by IMR


    Sandy Mandelberger's marketing and promotion firm, International Media Resources (IMR), has launched an 'off the shelf' film festival sidebar service.
  • Hong Kong to get new three-day film market


    Under the wing of the Hong Kong Festival and the HK Arts Development Council, the territory is to get a new film market, the Hong Kong Asia Screenings (HAS). The three-day event (April 2-4) will invite many of the top Asian films due to be completed in the first half of the year. "The timing and the fact that they are private screenings, will give buyers a chance to preview the best of the region before Cannes," said Jacob Wong programmer for the HK Festival.
  • European players dominate EFM activity


    Berlin's European Film Market is picking up speed for European buyers and sellers, although many US buyers are now expected to wait until next week's American Film Market (AFM).
  • New opportunities for Central and Eastern Europe


    Enlargement of the European Union's Media Plus programme to include Central and Eastern Europe was high on the agenda at meetings held at the Berlinale this week.
  • Full list of 74th Academy Awards nominees


  • Euro public film fund coordination group launched


    A new structure to promote a greater exchange of information between European public film funds is on the cards after meetings held during the Berlinale.
  • Screen International's latest news from Berlin


  • Screen International's latest Berlinale news


  • BERLINALE Screen International's news round-up


  • Berlinale 2002 gets under way - Heaven can wait


    The stars and the crowds turned out in force for Tom Tykwer's opening night film Heaven. The high security gala ceremony, with 2,500 guests, was attended by German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, star Cate Blanchett and Miramax Films' co-chief Harvey Weinstein.
  • Rings strikes gold in Argentina's economic slump


    Having had its release delayed for a month, due to the current economic crisis, Lord Of The Rings shattered Argentina's admissions record for an opening weekend when it debuted last Wednesday (January 30).
  • Berlin's hot titles and section lists


    Screen International gives the lowdown on selected hot titles from this year's Berlin Film Festival.
  • Hollywood quartet embraces new high-def VHS format


    Effects-driven action thrillers such as Independence Day,X-Men, U-571, Die Hard and the first two Terminator films are about to be re-issued in the US in a new digital videotapeformat aimed specifically at that small niche of (predominantly male) hometheatre buffs who have decked out their pads with expensive high-definitiontelevision sets.
  • Argentina's film industry faces financial meltdown


  • Rings strikes gold in multiple territories


  • Disney, Telefonica team for pan-Latin prod co


  • Mex 10% tax on satellite & cable TV proposed


    Foreign pay-TV programmers may have won a temporary victory over the implementation of harsh taxes in Brazil, but in Mexico the battle is just heating up. The bone of contention is a Congressional move to impose a new 10% tax on satellite and cable TV services in the country.
  • Buena Vista Int'l TV, TF1 sign multi-year deal


    Buena Vista International Television (BVI-TV), has concluded a multi-year agreement with French broadcaster TF1. The wide-ranging agreement includes rights to first-run feature films, the latest live action series, TV movies and mini-series.
  • Amelie becomes North America's favourite


  • Tel Aviv film festival postponed for a year


    The ambitious Tel Aviv Film Festival has been postponed for a year.
  • Weisbein to head StudioCanal international sales


    StudioCanal, the film and television arm of Vivendi Universal, is believed to be close to announcing the appointment of Pierre Weisbein as head of the outfit's international sales - a position which has been vacant since Daniel Marquet left to oversee the expansion of the studio structure across Europe
  • 24 German films at 25th Goteborg festival


    The 25th Goteborg Film Festival (25.1. - 4.2.2002) is continuing its tradition of a large German presence and will be presenting a selection of 24 new German films which for the most part were already successful at other international festivals.
  • Chinese audiences flock to Big Shot's Funeral


  • Large format Beauty & The Beast's $8m fortnight


    Disney's North American large-screen format release of Beauty And The Beast is performing at near-record box office levels across the giant screen US network. Playing on 67 screens in the U.S. and Canada, the film has grossed $8m since its Jan 1 launch including approximately $2.1 million over last weekend.
  • Strand close to US rights for Smokers Only


  • Brenner appointed to UK's FilmFour Int'l sales


    The UK's FilmFour has appointed Natalie Brenner as deputy head of international film sales. Brenner was previously senior vice president of sales at IAC Film and vice president of sales and marketing at J & M Entertainment.
  • Argentina slashes cinema ticket prices again


    Reeling from its worst economic crisis ever, Argentina has moved to slash ticket prices to local films once again.
  • Local industries boost world film production


    Global film production totalled some 3,540 films in 2000, an increase of 76 films from 1999, according to research by industry periodical Screen Digest.
  • Rotterdam fest unveils competition titles


    The 31st International Film Festival Rotterdam (Jan 23 - Feb 3) has selected sixteen features (all world, international or European premieres) for its VPRO Tiger Awards Competition.
  • Internationalmedia buys 100% of IEG


    Internationalmedia has signed a deal to take over 100% of the US-based Initial Entertainment Group, (IEG) (see Screendaily, Oct 26).
  • The Golden Globe nominations in full


    The full list of nominations for the 2002 Golden Globe Awards
  • Enigma


  • Total, Titan to re-make Sex, Shame & Tears


    Brazil's Total Entertainment and Mexico's Titan Prods, which signed a co-production pact in September, are poised to make a Brazilian version of the highest grossing Mexican film of all time, Sex, Shame And Tears (Sexo, Pudor Y Lagrimas) . The battle-of-the-sexes comedy grossed $12.4m in Mexico. Fox Film Brazil will distribute the $1.5m remake in Brazil.
  • Ricci to direct and star in Monsoon's Speed Queen


    Monsoon Entertainment, the new Los Angeles-based film production company founded by Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien, A Little Princess) and partner Jorge Vergara, has unveiled its maiden project, The Speed Queen with Christina Ricci attached to star and direct.
  • Italian set designer Donati dies aged 75


    Danilo Donati, Oscar-winner for his costumes for Fellini's Casanova and Zeffirelli's Romeo And Juliet and set designer on Roberto Benigni's current production Pinocchio, died in Rome of heart failure on Sunday Dec 2.Donati, aged 75, had also designed sets for Benigni's Oscar-winning Life Is Beautiful and had won Italian film awards for other works, including Fellini's Ginger And Fred.
  • 75th Eurimages supports nine new features


    At its 75th meeting held on 26-28 November 2001 in Strasbourg, the Council of Europe Eurimages fund agreed to support nine feature films for a total amount of Euros 2.7m.
  • World mourns death of Beatle George Harrison


    Tributes from around the world have been pouring in for former Beatle and film producer, George Harrison who died, aged 58, following a long illness.
  • ABC acquires two Potters for reported $130m


    US TV network ABC has acquired the television rights to Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone (Sorcerer's Stone in the US) and its sequel, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets for a reported total of $130m, making it one of the most expensive such deals in TV history.
  • Cuckoo wins 2001 Oscar Moore script prize


    This year's Annual Oscar Moore Screenwriting Prize of £10,000 has been won by Marcus Lloyd for his dark, urban thriller Cuckoo.
  • Colombia considers new film tax proposals


    The Colombian government is considering a proposal that would see the current revenues raised from a tax on cinema tickets redirected into a film fund which would feed loan advances, minimum guarantees and co-production money to finance local productions in Colombia.
  • Sundance 2002: the full line-up in detail


    Sundance 2002: the full competition, premieres and World cinema line-ups.
  • Guglielmi leaves Istituto Luce for joint venture


    Angelo Guglielmi, a veteran of the Italian distribution scene, is to step down from Istituto Luce, where he has been president for the last five years.
  • Harry Potter takes Brazil's all-time opening crown


  • Grammy plans trans-sexual kick-boxer biopic


    GMM Grammy, Thailand's largest entertainment conglomerate, is to bankroll a biopic of Parinya Charoenphol, a trans-sexual whose career started with kick-boxing and ended with night club singing. Singapore-based stage director Ekachai Uekrongham will make his feature film debut as director. Casting is now underway with a view to film early in 2002. Dialogue will be in Thai, English and Japanese. An international version is also planned.
  • Columbia TriStar, BVI scrap Colombian venture


    Columbia TriStar and Buena Vista International are to dissolve their joint venture in Colombia from Jan 1st, 2002.
  • Iranian films dominate Hyderbad awards


    Iranian films dominated awards at the 12th International Film Festival in Hyderbad, India. Children Of Petroleum directed by Ebrahim Forouzesh won the Golden Elephant for the best feature film in the international competition. The Silver Elephant for the best director went to Rassul Sadr Ameli for Iranian film Girl In Sneakers.
  • Winchester Films engages 'comedy Czar'


    UK theatrical distributor Winchester Films has engaged local comedian and author David Baddiel to source and develop a strand of British comedy projects.
  • Irish Film Board celebrates record year at home


    A record nine films, including When Brendan Met Trudy, H3, Disco Pigs and About Adam, which received funding from the Irish Film Board, were released in Irish cinemas during 2001, taking more than $3.1m (£2.2m) at the Irish box office to date.
  • Mira Nair named Berlinale 2002 jury president


    Indian director Mira Nair has been named as president of the International Jury of the 52nd Berlinale 2002.
  • Clark's Bully wins Stockholm's Bronze Horse


    The Bronze Horse for the best film at the 12th Stockholm International Film Festival 2001 went to Larry Clark's controversial Bully, while the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award went to Jean-Luc Godard for "his indefatigable excursions into new cinematographical landscapes, for his youthful lust for rebellion which has only grown bigger over the years, for his provocative talent of expanding our visions and thereby changing our views on life and on the world and the art ...
  • Academy has record number of Foreign Oscar entries


    Fifty-one countries have submitted films for consideration as best foreign language film of 2001, according to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president, Frank Pierson.
  • Global warning: erosion of worldwide cinema market


    The comparative strength of the dollar exacerbated a 2.8% decline (185m) in worldwide cinema admissions last year to cause the first fall in the total dollar value of the global theatrical market for eight years in 2000.
  • Tom Cruise warms to Minghella's Cold Mountain


    Anthony Minghella will directTom Cruise in a screen adaptation of the US Civil War bestseller ColdMountain next summer, producerSydney Pollack reportedly confirmed from Australia this morning. The film is a co-production betweenMGM and Miramax Films.
  • Warner acquires Leconte's Love Streets for Italy


    Warner Bros Pictures hasacquired the Italian distribution rights to Rue Des Plaisirs (Love Streets), the new Patrice Leconte feature film that stars French former modelLaetitia Casta. The pick-up is part of a concerted push by Warner into Europeanproduction and distribution.
  • Warner Bros. promotes Ball, Taubin


    Brad Ball has been named to the newly created position of executive vice president, domestic corporate marketing, Warner Bros. Ball, previously president, domestic marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures for the past three and a half years, will be responsible for oversight of the studio's brand marketing efforts across the breadth of AOL Time Warner. He will continue to report to Alan Horn, president & chief operating officer.
  • Vulcan hires Hutton for media development


    Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc. has hired Richard Hutton to serve as the company's vice president of media development. He will oversee the feature film and documentary teams at Vulcan's Clear Blue Sky Productions and manage content partnerships and business and distribution deals across the film, television and Internet platforms.
  • Taylor Nelson Sofres buys into cinema services


    US market research giant, Taylor Nelson Sofres, has announced the acquisition of two American cinema services companies: Theatrical Entertainment Services and sister firm RapidChek Reporting for an initial cash payment of $38m.The two businesses track cinema attendance and box office figures, as well as monitoring trailer and on-screen advertising. Last year, they generated turnover of $9.9m and earnings before interest and tax of $5.3m.
  • Finalists selected for Sundance/NHK awards


    The Sundance Institute and Japanese broadcaster NHK have selected eleven finalists for the 2002 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards. The winners, one from each of four global regions (Latin America, Europe, USA and Japan) will take home a cash award of $10,000 and a guarantee from NHK to acquire the Japanese television broadcast rights upon completion of the project. Winners will be announced at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony at Park City, Utah next January.
  • Andy Given appointed Intermedia production head


    Andy Given, formerly of Universal Pictures and The Shooting Gallery, has joined Intermedia in the newly created position of president, physical production.
  • Zeal TV announces two appointments


    New UK indie, Zeal Television has appointed Barbara Lee as head of development. Lee's role at will be to develop and produce entertainment and lifestyle formats for broadcast in the UK.
  • United Airlines wins entertainment award


    United Airlines, which lost two planes in the September 11 attacks, has won an award for best in-flight entertainment.
  • Mexican arthouse will help independent films


    In an attempt to boost the profile of smaller films in Mexico, a new arthouse screen has opened at the Alliance Francaise in the capital. Touted as the first of its kind, Cine Francia will screen a variety of indie films giving special exposure to French and Mexican product.
  • Oscar race joined by Colombia's Assassins


    Colombia's Film Office has selected Barbet Schroeder's controversial Our Lady Of The Assassins (La Virgen De Los Sicaros) for submission as best foreign language film at next year's Academy Awards.
  • Tykwer's Heaven to open Berlinale 2002


    As predicted, Tom Tykwer's Heaven, starring Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi, has been selected as the opening film of Dieter Kosslick's first Berlin festival as director, making its world premiere on February 6, 2002. (Screendaily Oct 12, 2001)
  • F&ME boards Fridriksson's Falcons


    Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME), has boarded as co-producer Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's first English language project, Falcons, which has just started shooting in Iceland.
  • MIFED news round-up: Part II


  • Blockbuster has 92% rise in third-quarter earnings


    Blockbuster the global video rental giant, has reported a 92% increase in third-quarter earnings as it continues to benefit from the increasing growth and higher margins of the burgeoning DVD market.
  • Japanese opt not to travel to London or Mifed


    London and Mifed were dealt a blow this week when Japanese buyers and sellers voted to stay at home en masse due to travel fears
  • Miramax burrows Down Under with Sydney offshoot


    Miramax International says it has taken major steps toward more closely controlling its own distribution and marketing in Australia and New Zealand through the establishment of a new Sydney office to be headed by former Roadshow executive David Collins.
  • SPC buys Almodovar's latest for North America


    Sony PicturesClassics (SPC) has acquired North American rights to Pedro Almodovar'snext film Hable Con Ella (Talk To Her) in a deal struck with the film's sales agent, Good MachineInternational.
  • Warner Home Video-Japan taps DVD, games specialist


    Warner Home Video hasappointed Takeshi (Tim) Harada as managing director of its Japanese subsidiary,with direct control over all its local home entertainment operations includingsales, marketing, finance and DVD production.
  • Ramirez boosts its Mexican cinema domination


    Mexico's largest exhibitor Organizacion Ramirez is fast moving towards its 1000-screen objective by the end of 2002. This week alone the company is to launch a 20-screen multiplex in Mexico City and another 18-screen site in Monterrey.
  • Cowboy shoots for Iwai's All About Lily Chou Chou


    Fortissimo Film Sales has secured a US release for its All About Lily Chou Chou through Cowboy Films.
  • NBC pays $2bn for US hispanic TV network


    Just as analysts werepredicting a marked slowdown in media mergers and acquisitions, NBC announcedyesterday it was paying $1.98bn for complete ownership of the number two Spanish-language broadcasting network in the US, Telemundo. The deal reportedly trumped a rival bid from Viacom.
  • Total, Titan in Brazil/Mexico coproduction pact


    Two fledgling companies from Brazil and Mexico have signed a co-development and production accord. Brazil's Total Filmes and Mexico's Titan Prods will co-produce a series of feature films, starting with a comedy. Details of the first project are still sketchy but according to Titan producer/founder Matthias Ehrenberg and Total's co founder Iafa Britz, principal photography will begin late 2002.
  • Mexico to produce 60 films annually from 2006


    Mexico will produce up to 60 films a year starting in 2006, according to president-elect Vicente Fox. Speaking at the presentation of awards to members of the film production workers union (Sindicato de Tecnicos Manuales de la Producion Cinematografica), Fox made his first public commitment to local cinema.
  • Shortlist announced for Comedy Shorts initiative


    The UK's First Film Foundation and the Paramount Comedy Channel have announced the shortlisted scriptwriters and directors in the Comedy Shorts Initiative 2001.
  • Madstone taps veteran to spearhead exhibition push


    Madstone Theaters, the US exhibition upstart that plans to create a new generation of art-house multiplexes equipped with digital projectors, has hired veteran film executiveJim Sheehan (pictured left) as its president.
  • EM.TV and ProSiebenSat.1 see income fall


    German film rights trading group EM.TV has announced a 2001 first-half operating profit (EBIT) of $53.4 million (DM114m) and a pre-tax loss of $59.5m (DM127m).
  • Berlin Festival launches German section for public


    Next February's Berlin film festival (Berlinale) (Feb 6-17, 2002) will boast a new section highlighting German films that have particular flair or unusual and outstanding characteristics. The new section, Perspectives Of German Cinema will screen about ten contemporary films culled from the feature, documentary and experimental branches.
  • Dinard festival announces jury and line-up


    The organisers of the 12th Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard have announced British actress, Emily Watson (Breaking The Waves, Gosford Park) as this year's jury president presiding over a jury of ten.
  • Rio festival to open on Sep 27 as scheduled


    The Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2001 will run from September 27 to October 8 as scheduled. It plans to screen more than 400 films and videos from various countries in 30 cinemas around the city of Rio. The festival includes workshops, seminars and various sidebars including a retrospective on films produced by Brazil's, Luiz Carlos Barreto and Troma On Parade, a retrospective of films made by US producer Troma, now celebrating its 25th anniversary.
  • Chicago selects Heist to open 37th edition


    The 37th Chicago International Film Festival has announced that David Mamet's Heist will open the 37th Chicago International Film Festival on October 4, 2001.
  • Arkoff, cult movie king, dies aged 83


    Samuel Z. Arkoff, the maverick Hollywood producer responsible for than 500 low-budget cult movies, died of natural causes, aged 83 on Sunday Sept 16.
  • Viennale unveils first titles in 130-film line up


    Nanni Moretti's The Son's Room, Sean Penn's The Pledge, the Coen brothers' The Man Who Wasn't There, Manoel de Oliviera's I'm Going Home and Jean-Luc Godard's In Praise Of Love are among the titles making their local premieres in Viennale's main programme.
  • London Film Festival secures major premieres


    Robert Altman's Gosford Park will world premiere as opening night film at November's London Film Festival, while Iain Softley's K-PAX will close proceedings as an international premiere.
  • BBC, BSkyB get development approval


    The Independent Television Commission has given the go-ahead for BSkyB to offer a full range of multichannel TV service over networks in Britain, on top of its existing digital satellite service.
  • New Brazilian film body to implement tax policies


    A new Brazilian film industry body, the Agencia Nacional de Cinema (ANCINE) was established by president Fernando Henrique Cardoso on Friday September 9, to oversee the implementation of his new film policies for the Brazilian audiovisual industry, many of which impose additional costs on foreign imports.
  • Private investors acquire Winstar TV & Video


    A group of private investors has acquired Winstar TV & Video it was announced by president, Al Cattabiani. The company was previously owned by Winstar New Media, a division of Winstar Communications, a publicly traded broadband services company.
  • RTL TV signs up with Constantin for distribution


    Germany's RTL Television, has signed a theatrical distribution deal with Constantin Film for Germany and Austria.
  • Hedwig takes top honours at Deauville


  • Germany's ProSiebenSat1 and Kirch Media to merge


    The executive board of German TV broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has agreed in principle with Kirch Media to merge the two companies by the end of June 2002. The new entity will be listed on the exchange as Kirch Media, ProSiebenSat.1 according to a statement. Kirch Media is the TV rights trading division of privately -owned German media giant Kirch Group. ProSiebenSat.1 is listed on the German mid-cap MDAX exchange
  • Poland anticipates record year at the box office


    The Polish cinema industry is staging a vigorous come-back after disastrous results in 2000, that saw admissions and box office plummet by 29.8%. Three Polish films have already topped the national box office chart this year, and three forthcoming local titles are expected to boost the territory's box office to record levels.
  • Berlin Film Festival selects Screen International


    Screen International is proud to announce that it has been selected to publish the exclusive festival dailies at the forthcoming Berlin film festival (Berlinale) in February 2002.
  • Liberty Media buys European cable crown


    Deutsche Telekom AG has signed a contract to sell its six remaining regional cable TV companies to U.S.-based cable group Liberty Media for Euros 5.5bn according to Reuters.
  • Audiences rise in the West, decline in the East


    The Western European cinemagoing trend is riding a steadily upward curve, while Eastern European admissions continue to decline. In fact, the year-on-year decline in ticket sales between 1999 and 2000 that was experienced in Eastern European markets substantially outstrips the gains enjoyed in the western territories as a whole.
  • Just 5% separates all US majors in first half


    US box office for the first six months of 2001 is up 7.6% against last year, with strong results from both winter and summer seasons. In addition, the top distributors are all more evenly matched than at any time in the last five years, with the difference between the market shares of the top and bottom ranked majors just five per cent.
  • UK film policy: a dissenting voice


    In the year or so since the demise of British Screen and the founding of the UK's Film Council former chief executive Simon Perry has remained silent. Now on, he delivers an open letter to the UK's secretary of state for culture, media & sport, Tessa Jowell.
  • Venezuela's Oscars go for Three Nights


    Fernando Venturini's acclaimed thriller Three Nights (Tres Noches) swept the board at Venezuela's equivalent to the Oscars, the Premios de la Calidad 2001 awarded by state-backed local film institute, CNAC.
  • Flanders Film Festival reveals jury line-up


    British actress Kate Ashfield (The War Zone), US actor Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator) and composer Barrington Pheloung (Hilary & Jackie) are confirmed as jury members at this year's 28th Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent (8-18 October 2001).
  • Historical epic's marketing Thai-in


    For a country relatively new to big-budget movie production, Thailand is surpassing even Hollywood in its marketing and cross-promotional efforts around the release of the historical epic Suriyothai. At lease eight major sponsors have contributed to a campaign that is estimated to cost more than $5.6m (BT250m)
  • NATPE reveals ambitious plans for 2002


    The National Association of Television Programming Executives (NATPE) has announced the most comprehensive outreach to the global advertising community in the Association's history, in conjunction with the NATPE 2002 Conference to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 21 - 24, 2002, it was jointly announced by Jon Mandel, co-managing director/chief negotiating officer MediaCom and NATPE chairman, and Bruce Johansen, NATPE's president and CEO.
  • Studios warm to Mexican flavour


    The statistics speak for themselves. Mexico boasts the biggest number of screens in Latin America; with close to 3,000, nearly double that of Brazil, a country twice its size. Mexico is a growing market too: theatrical revenues rose by 20.2% in 2000, and now 20th Century Fox ranks Mexico as its fourth largest theatrical market in the world while Buena Vista International (BVI) ranks it fifth.
  • Cinemark: revenues up, losses down


    Cinemark USA has reported that for the six month period ended June 30, 2001, revenues increased 9.8% to $398.4m compared to $362.8m for the same period last year.
  • Brazilian cinema admissions leap 23%


    Brazilian cinema admissions during the first half of 2001 have surged by 23%, compared to the same period last year, according to local marketing research company Filme B. While Brazilian cinemas saw 6.9 million admissions between January and July 2000, a massive 8.5 million visits were recorded during the same period this year.
  • September International makes first Chinese sale


    September International, the sales and distribution arm of September Films, has made its first sale in China. The agreement consists of four programmes: Secret History of Hacking, Playboy Prince, Tammy Wynette an American Tragedy and Dressing for the Oscars. The programmes will be broadcast throughout China to over 100 city cable TV stations, including Beijing TV and Guangzhou TV.
  • Argentine cinemas hit by national economy slump


    Argentina's deepening economic crisis is cutting heavily into the national box office, with earnings for the territory's biggest cinema operator, Village Cinemas South America, expected to be down 10% on last year, according to company president Eduardo Novilla Astrada.
  • India relaxes exhibition entertainment tax


    India is set to become the next major growth opportunity for the international exhibition industry, following a ruling by the chief minister of the state of Maharashtra exempting multiplexes from the punitive entertainment tax for the next three years, with a 75% discount for the following two years.
  • Warner releases Osmosis Jones in dual formats


    Osmosis Jones will become the first Warner Bros release to premiere in both an all-digital and conventional 35mm format this weekend.
  • Miramax acquires Bridget-style diary of its own


    Has MiramaxFilms found the next Bridget Jones' The New York film studio appears to have the recent Working Title transatlantic smash firmly in mind when it acquired the film rights yesterday to Allison Pearson's upcoming novel, I Don't Know How She Does It, based on her popular weekly newspapercolumns in the British broadsheet newspaper The Daily Telegraph.
  • RAI launches on-demand channels in Italy


    RAI Click, the Italian joint venture TV on-demand service set up by RAI and multimedia publisher e.BisMedia has launched over broadband cable, according to a report in Cable Europe.
  • Brazil and Germany revive co-production accord


    It has been nearly two years since Brazil and Germany forged a co production agreement but nothing much has emerged from it. To revive the dormant accord, the Goethe Institute of Sao Paolo and production and sales company for Brazilian films, Levine Film have organized a co production workshop slated to run from October 29 to 31.
  • Mexico heats up as location choice for gringos


    Mexico's film commission has revealed that it expects up to 40 foreign films to be shot in the country during 2001 - a gigantic leap from the mere six features shot there just five years ago.
  • Malaysia to ban street sale of video discs


    Following a recent rise in sex-related crimes, the Malaysian government is considering a ban on the street sale of video discs in an attempt to eradicate the easy availability of pornography, according to a report from Reuters.
  • STAR Movies acquires Canal Plus output


    News Corp's STAR Movies channel is to acquire output from Canal Plus group under a three-year deal whereby it will get exclusive pay-TV rights to new films from StudioCanal France and the UK's Working Title.
  • Carlton America recruits NBC's Jody Brockway


    Jody Brockway has been appointed vice president, development and production for Carlton America, the U.S.-based television development and production arm of Carlton International Media Group, it was announced by Stephen J. Davis, president and CEO of Carlton America, and Gary Goldberger, executive vice president of Carlton America.
  • $30bn EchoStar bid for DirecTV challenges Murdoch


    US satellite TV operatorDirecTV may end up costing far more than Rupert Murdoch had bargained for nowthat rival EchoStar Communications has weighed in with a surprise $30.4bncompeting bid.
  • Fallen Australian media baron Skase dies in exile


    Christopher Skase, thebuccaneering Australian businessman who briefly acquired the MGM/UA studiobefore running into bankruptcy and becoming an international fugitive, died onSunday on the Spanish island of Majorca. He was 52.
  • Rushes Soho Shorts announces winners


    Rushes Postproduction has announced the following winning films at the Third Rushes Soho Shorts Festival 2001;
  • US Hispanic entertainment set to fly with Condor


    Condor Media, a new home video and DVD distribution company of Spanish-language product in the US, is poised to launch this summer.
  • Corelli to open Dutch Film By The Sea


    Working Title's Captain Corelli's Mandolin is set to open the third Film By The Sea international film festival in The Netherlands.
  • Spain's Cinebox joins Brazilian multiplex wave


    After decades of steadily declining audiences, Brazil is suddenly witnessing something of a cinema renaissance, with new players entering the market and existing exhibitors expanding their circuits.
  • Roadshow plots to become Bollywood powerhouse


    Working with its Delhi-based exhibition partner, Australia's Village Roadshow is set not only tobecome India's first nationwide multiplex chain but is now looking to expand into local film production and distribution as well. The venture says it is already discussing deals with both Miramax Films and Intermedia to supply films for distribution across the massive sub-continent.
  • Eisner still 'content obsessed' despite $5.3bn buy


    Walt Disney chief MichaelEisner insists his entertainment empire continues to be 'contentobsessive', as opposed to newly fixated on distribution, despite yesterday's$5.3bn deal to acquire a collection of children's programming channelsfrom Rupert Murdoch and Haim Saban.
  • Chile warms to film censorship reversal


    The Chilean government has voted almost unanimously to scrap film censorship in the country, with 125 votes in favour and eight abstentions. However, the senate has asked to delay the vote's implementation until the approval of a bill presented by the newly appointed members of the ratings/censorship board, the Consejo de Calificacion Cinematografica (CCC).
  • Arista adds script workshop to Oscar Moore Prize


    Arista, the training initiative of the EU's Media II programme has joined forces with The Oscar Moore Foundation, the charity launched and run by Screen International in memory of its former editor-in-chief, to add an exclusive seven-day story editor workshop to the annual scriptwriting prize of £10,000.
  • Argentina lacks support for local films


    Argentine newspaper La Nacion has highlighted the relative dearth of admissions for local films despite the increasing number of releases, international festival awards and a general upsurge in film production.
  • Global box office to grow 36% over next decade


    Research conducted by the Informa Media Group reveals that global box office revenues are expected to climb by 36% - or $6bn - between 2001 and 2010 to $24bn. Over the same period, the global screen count is predicted to remain virtually static - at 149,000, as several territories shed traditional theatres.
  • Global box office to grow 36% over next decade


    Research conducted by the Informa Media Group reveals that global box office revenues are expected to climb by 36% - or $6bn - between 2001 and 2010 to $24bn. Over the same period, the global screen count is predicted to remain virtually static - at 149,000, as several territories shed traditional theatres.
  • Eurimages supports 14 European co-productions


    At its 73rd meeting, the Council of Europe Eurimages Fund Board of Management agreed to support 14 feature films for a total amount of Euros 4,665,000.
  • Scottish film chief quits threatened agency


    John Archer, the chief executive of Scottish Screen, the national film agency, has quit his position after five years.
  • Deauville announces festival details


    The teaser campaign for the Deauville Festival of American Cinema has begun with confirmation that Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence will screen at the event.
  • Blockbuster Mexico poised to acquire rival outfit


    Blockbuster Mexico is set to pounce on main rival Grupo Videovisa. "We're definitely interested in acquiring some of Videovisa's assets, including sites, outlets or inventory, provided they fit in with our long term strategy," said Diego Cosio, Senior Vice President, Blockbuster Latin America. The beleaguered Videovisa has been placed on the block by the group of banking entities which acquired it from major broadcaster Televisa in 1993.
  • Cuaron causes stink over Mexican ratings system


    Mexican directorAlfonso Cuaron and his producing partner Jorge Vergara are demanding anoverhaul of the Mexican ratings system after Cuaron's current box office hit Y Tu Mama Tambien was slapped with a C rating, restricting it to local audiences aged 18 andabove.
  • High ticket tax in Argentina bites into box office


    Higher taxes onbox office tickets have forced exhibitors to raise ticket prices in Argentina.These have gone up as much as 15% in some areas, further aggravating dwindlingadmissions in a country deep in recession.
  • Seven Arts to merge with Hollywood


    Peter Hoffman's Seven Arts Pictures is to merge with US Internet outfit Hollywood, it was announced on Wednesday.
  • Bollywood blockbusters slug it out in India


    Two controversial Bollywood period films have been breaking Indian box-office records, despite playing at the same time.
  • Franchise re-sells overseas rights to five titles


    Franchise Pictures says it regained various international distribution rights to five features -- Angel Eyes, Get Carter, The Pledge, 3000 Miles To Graceland and Viva Las Nowhere -- after Germany's Intertainment Licensing failed to make the required payments on those films.
  • Midaq Alley to kick off Mexico's local DVD market


    Jorge Fons' multi award-winning Midaq Alley (El Callejon De Los Milagros), starring Salma Hayek, and Ernesto Gomez Cruz, will be the first Mexican film to be released domestically on DVD when it hits the shops on July 15. The release is being handled by Alameda Films, director Arturo Ripstein's family-run production/distribution company.
  • Y Tu Mama Tambien breaks Mexican box office record


    Alfonso Cuaron's steamy drama Y Tu Mama Tambien has smashed Mexican box-office records for local films, ending its first week on release in Mexico with $2.19m from just 230 prints. This is the highest opening week figure ever earned by a Mexican film. The Mummy Returns, by contrast, made $1.86m from its 360 print release.


    Despite dipping 50% in its second week in the US, Pearl Harbor has remained rather more buoyant in the UK in its second week, dropping only 21% with a three-day weekend gross of $2,863,772 on 455 screens. So far, the critically-panned Bay-Bruckheimer epic has grossed £8,913,994 in the UK.
  • Local films take 50% share as French BO grows


    Admissions in France grew 12% in the first five months of the year, hitting 86.5 million spectators.
  • Columbia TriStar boards Waddington's House


    Columbia TriStar Brazil has boarded the next film by Andrucha Waddington, director of international hit Me, You, Them (Eu, Tu, Eles). Budgeted at $3.5m, high for Brazilian standards, the drama, titled The House Of Sand, will be co-produced by Me, You, Them production house Conspiracao and prominent Brazilian producer Luiz Carlos Barreto. Columbia TriStar has also advanced financing for the script development. The story of a woman who lives in isolation and ...
  • Vivendi not ready to sell BSkyB stake


    French media group Vivendi Universal has denied that there is any foundation to reports in the UK press that claim that the company is exploring the possibility of selling its 23% in BSkyB to institutional investors.
  • MTV Awards: Sean Patrick Thomas, Zhang Ziyi shine


    Prizes were widely shared out at the MTV Movie Awards this weekend. Mission: Impossible 2, Charlie's Angels and Sean Patrick Thomas in Save The Last Dance each won two awards. Heavyweight, Gladiator came away with only one, the top prize as best film.
  • Amores Perros sweeps Mexico's Ariel awards


    Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Love's A Bitch (Amores Perros) grabbed 11
  • Beyond Distribution bolsters sales team


    Beyond Distribution has strengthened its sales team by giving additional responsibilities to London-based Ellen Lovejoy and through the appointment of Veronique Verges.
  • Sony pays theatre chains to show film trailer


    Sony PicturesEntertainment has set a new precedent by becoming the first Hollywood studio toactually pay theatre chains to carry one its promotional trailers.
  • Latest Cannes Sales Deals


    Mercure Distribution has sold Cedric Kahn's French competition title Roberto Succo to Japan's Long Ride, Spain's Vertigo, Italy's Fandango and Korea's Apex.
  • Sony Classics, USA turn up Cannes buying heat


    Asserting itself after what has been a largely quiet Cannes on the domestic buying front, Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) has closed deals on two international festival films - taking rights in North America, Australia and New Zealand to Zhang Yang's Quitting from Fortissimo Film Sales and North American rights to French Quinzaine entry Pauline Et Paulette from TF1 International.


    IEG CONFIRMS ALI DEAL WITH COLUMBIAInitial Entertainment Group (IEG) has confirmed that the deal between Columbia Pictures and IEG for Michael Mann's big budget boxing biopic Ali has been finalised, with IEG providing funds to finance the film against worldwide distribution excluding the US and Canada. IEG has been involved in the picture - now shooting - since last October, but CEO Graham King has only just concluded his deal on the film.
  • Amores Perros barks loudest at Mexican awards


    Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's commercial and critical success Love's A Bitch (Amores Perros) has nabbed 15 nominations for the upcoming 43rd annual Ariel Awards, Mexico's Oscars.
  • Kinobrasil adds Spanish-language sales arm


    Many of Latin America's festival favourites are to be represented at Cannes by new international sales company Kinolatino.
  • Fox adds local duo to Mexican distribution slate


    Buoyed by a promising new crop of Mexican films, 20th Century Fox de Mexico has picked up two more home-grown films for local distribution, Nicolas Echevarria's Vivir Mata and Angel Maria Huerta's Inspiracion.Vivir Mata is a romantic comedy shot in Mexico City and stars Daniel Gimenez Cacho (Nadie Hablara de Nosotras cuando Hayamos Muerto) , Emilio Echevarria (Amores Perros) and Luis Felipe Tovar (The Mexican). Inspiracion is the first movie by new Monterrey-based ...
  • Miami hispanic festival mixes Latin and Loach


    Argentinean drama Historias Clandestinas De la Havana will open the fifth Miami Hispanic Film Festival next month, while Ken Loach's Bread And Roses closes proceedings.
  • CNAC funding quest stymied by Venezuela govt


    Maurice Reyna, appointed president of Venezuelan film institute Centro Nacional Autonomo de Cinematografia (CNAC) in February, has lost the first round of his battle with the Chavez government for more support.
  • Mexico updates 1992 film law


    Long pending guidelines to Mexico's 1992 Film Law have been published, including new regulations that call for a 10% screen quota for national films and the setting up of a trust fund, Fidecine, of $10m (100 million pesos) per annum, using taxpayers' contributions.
  • Imax goes down the tube


    Imax Corp, the giant screen and entertainment technology company. has struck a $15m deal that will see its digital projection technology used in advertising billboards within the UK's London Underground railway network.
  • Mar Del Plata triumphs despite troubles


    The new Mar Del Plata festival administration led by National Film Institute (INCAA) director Jose Miguel Onaindia and artistic director Claudio Espana struggled against logistical problems that threatened to disrupt the otherwise successful event that wrapped on March 17.
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  • Columbia TriStar TV goes Globo in Brazil


    Columbia TriStar International Television (CTIT) is currently co-producing the first TV movie to be made in Brazil. Titled Favorite Son, the drama is the first of a 12 TV movie package deal with leading Brazilian broadcaster Globo. The story of an Italian woman who returns to Brazil in search for her ailing adopted son's biological mother stars Ornella Mutti and Lucio Flavio.
  • Sogecable reduces losses


  • Amores Perros escapes UK censorship


    Mexican Best Foreign Oscar nominee Love's A Bitch (Amores Perros) is set to receive clearance from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), despite a harrowing and controversial dog fight scene.
  • Goldman launches p&a-fueled US releasing outfit


    Former New Line Cinema president and COO of distribution Mitch Goldman has launched The Premiere Group, a new marketing and distribution operation that intends to guarantee Hollywood-level films a wide release in the US.
  • Fox joins Brazil's cunning fiscal movie scheme


    20th Century Fox Film Brazil has closed an unprecedented package deal with local production company Total Filmes.
  • Grupo Novo returns to AFM


    Grupo Novo de Cinema e TV, a distributor of films by Brazilian independent producers, is back at the AFM for the first time in ten years with a slate headed by two pictures which recently appeared at Berlin.
  • Chereau's explicit Intimacy wins Berlin top prize


    The Berlin Film Festival has awarded its top prize, theGolden Bear, to Patrice Chereau's sexually explicit Intimacy based on one of Hanif Kureishi'ssemi-autobiographical short stories. One of the film's courageous leads,Kerry Fox, also took home the Silver Bear for best actress.
  • Argentine production to receive tax boost


    Argentina is poised to introduce a new law which will create tax shelters for companies investing in cinema and other cultural endeavors, along the same lines as the Brazilian model.
  • Menemsha picks up Sundance winner


    Los Angeles-based international sales company Menemsha Entertainment has picked up worldwide rights to Brazilian romantic comedy Possible Loves (Amores Possiveis), directed by Sandra Werneck, which won the Latin American Jury Prize at this year's Sundance.
  • Oscar-winner Zanetti lines up directing debut


    Art director Eugenio Zanetti, who won an Oscar in 1996 for Michael Hoffman's Restoration, is set to make his theatrical directing debut with The Burning Tree, which has Anthony Quinn attached to play one of the leads.
  • Salles to direct Motorcycle Diaries for Wildwood


    Robert Redford's Wildwood Enterprises has reeled in Brazil's Walter Salles (Central Station) to direct an adaptation of Che Guevara's renowned journal The Motorcycle Diaries.
  • MCP taps Levine as new creative affairs head


    MM Media Capital Partners has hired Jackie Levine, formerly head of development at Michael Douglas' Furthur Films, as its head of creative affairs. She will be based in MCP's Beverly Hills office.
  • Mexico's Titan brings Frankenstein back to life


    The horror genre is about to be revisited in Mexico with upcoming production Viva Frankenstein!, the latest feature from Sex Shame And Tears (Sexo, Pudor Y Lagrimas) co-producer Titan Producciones.
  • Joskowicz appointed as Imcine chief


    Director Alfredo Joskowicz has been appointed to head up Mexico's state-run film institute, Imcine, replacing Alejandro Pelayo who stepped in when Eduardo Amerena abruptly resigned last year.
  • TV Azteca launches film and TV production arm


    Mexico's second largest broadcaster, TV Azteca, has launched a film and television production division, Azteca Cine, which has forged co-production deals with both Columbia TriStar International Television (CTIT) and the UK's Pearson Television.
  • Blockbuster to double number of Argentine stores


    Blockbuster has unveiled an aggressive expansion plan for Argentina. Starting next year, the Viacom-owned home video retailer will begin to offer franchises in regional Argentine cities, in a bid to double the number of outlets it has in the country.
  • Diller sells TV stations, eyes film networks next


    Now that Barry Diller has sold his television stations to Univision, the leading Spanish-language network in the US, he is free to make yet another play for Cablevision's cable networks including both American Movie Classics and the Independent Film Channel.
  • Univision buys USA Broadcasting for $1.1bn


    Leading US Hispanic broadcaster Univision Communications has bought USA Broadcasting, the television station group of USA Networks, for $1.1 billion in cash. The Spanish-language network has also assumed USA Broadcasting's liability of $100 million, according to USA Networks spokesperson, Adrienne Becker. USA Networks had acquired USA Broadcasting's 13 full power stations for $250 million when it bought Silver King Communications in 1995.According to Barry Diller, Chairman ...
  • Warner strikes pact with Brazil's Conspiracao


    Warner Bros is stepping up distribution of Brazilian product, by signing a four-picture package deal with local outfit Conspiracao, which co-produced Brazil's Foreign-language Oscar entry, Me, You, Them (Eu, Tu, Eles).
  • Argentine film ups admissions on home turf


    Argentine films have had a banner year so far in 2000 according to local film institute INCAA, accounting for 19.8% of the domestic box office and racking up admissions of 6.2 million, up 700,000 on the previous year.
  • BVI to handle own, UIP product in Venezuela


    Buena Vista International (BVI) plans to set up its own theatrical distribution outfit in Venezuela from January 31, 2001, ending an eight-year sub-distribution deal with leading local distributor, Cines Unidos.
  • Herod's Law wins top prize at Ajijic fest


  • Mexico reports $839m production windfall


    The Mexican Film Commission has reported that 2,586 productions have shot in Mexico since its inception in September 1995, boosting the local economy by an estimated $839m.
  • Hurley, Leary reteam for Gold Circle's Dawg


    Elizabeth Hurley and Dennis Leary are to star in romantic comedy Dawg, their second film together for fledgling production company Gold Circle Films (GCF) following Double Whammy.
  • Vine sells Superstition to Germany, Spain


    Vine International has clocked up a handful of key sales on Superstition, its supernatural suspense thriller which is now shooting in Amsterdam. At Mifed it clinched a sale to Germany with Atlas Film + Medien, to Spain with VTF and to Poland with NVC.
  • Brazil's Top Tape ramps up DVD activity


    Brazilian distributor Top Tape is shifting gears in a bid to capture the growing DVD market in Brazil.
  • Brazilian box office revenues up 12%


    Brazil's box office has been on the upsurge since 1997, according to local research entity Filme B. To date, box office revenues in 2000 have increased by 12% compared to the same period in the previous year to $156m (Real292m) from $139m (Real260m). Due to ticket price increases, admissions have grown by a lower margin of 7%. At the current growth rate, total admissions are expected to reach 75 million, up from 70 million last year.
  • Ibermedia doles out $3.6m in third funding round


    Iberoamerican film fund, Ibermedia, has handed out a $3.6m to ten territories in its third funding round. Countries to benefit include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Spain, Mexico, Portugal, Uruguay and Venezuela.
  • Juarez exits HBO Latin America


    Ele Juarez has abruptly resigned from his position as CEO of HBO Latin America. The movie channel's board of directors have accepted his resignation and appointed Gaston Comas as interim CEO.
  • Altavista eyes Spain as production base


    Expanding Mexican producer Altavista Films has unveiled plans to establish a production beach head in Spain.
  • Menemsha picks up Captain Pantoja


    Los Angeles-based Menemsha Entertainment has picked up worldwide rights to Peruvian hit Captain Pantoja And The Special Services (Pantaleon Y Las Visitadores), directed by Francisco Lombardi.
  • Venezuela's Caracas performs well on home turf


    Venezuelan drama Caracas, Love Me to Death (Caracas, Amor A Muerte) (formerly titled The Valley) has lured more than 50,000 admissions since its September 13 debut from just two cities in Venezuela. Leading distributor Cinematografica Blancica released it on less than 10 prints in the capital of Caracas and Maracaibo. This is a remarkable feat in a country with 250 screens.
  • Marcondes relaunches Brazilian distribution co


    Brazil's Marco Aurelio Marcondes has relaunched his distribution consortium, which includes Art Filmes' Ugo Sorrentino, Jose Sobrinho of Top Tape and Europa Filmes' Wilson Feitosa, under the new banner M.A. Marcondes.
  • US-Mexico committee pushes for tax incentives


    Representatives of the US and Mexican film industries agreed to push for tax incentives to spur investment in local production at a meeting in Mexico City last week (September 20).
  • Hispanic TV hots up as Mexico's Azteca enters US


    Mexican broadcasting giant TV Azteca has realized its long-standing ambition to enter the US by creating Azteca America, a third Hispanic network that is armed with investment commitments worth nearly $500m.
  • Cisneros launches pan-Latin American channel


    Venezuelan media giant Grupo Cisneros has launched a pan-Latin American entertainment and news channel - Venevision Continental - which will also be available to viewers in Spain and Portugal.
  • Production report: Venezuela faces funding crisis


    Venezuelan film production is at a virtual standstill, victim of a new government in transition. This year, state-backed film body CNAC has just enough subsidy money to support one film while its selection committee has yet to convene.
  • Regus to sponsor London Film Festival


    The London Film Festival (November 1-16) has unveiled its first ever title sponsor, meaning the festival will change its name for its forthcoming 44th edition.
  • Warner, Videocine launch Mexican production outfit


    Warner Bros and Mexico's Videocine have formed a joint production venture, Coyoacan Films, following the success of their first co-production The Second Night (La Segunda Noche).
  • Dutch director offers reward for return of negs


    Dutch film-maker Theo van Gogh has promised a $40,000 (NLG100,000) reward to the person who can return film negatives from his latest project Baby Blue (Bloedlink) which went missing somewhere between Curacao in the Dutch Antilles and Amsterdam.
  • Klein boards Argentine debut


    Nicholas Klein, who co-wrote and produced Wim Wenders' The Million Dollar Hotel and The End Of Violence, is set to co-produce the feature debut of Argentine film-maker Alejandro Chomski.
  • Protestors mar Los Angeles Latino fest


    The 4th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival ended on a sour note July 30 when the entrance to the festival venue, the Egyptian Theatre, was picketed by a radical Latino group protesting against DreamWorks' The Road To El Dorado.
  • Herod's Law cleans up at Mexico's Oscars


    Political satire Herod's Law (La Ley De Herodes), directed by Luis Estrada, swept the 42nd Ariels, Mexico's equivalent of the Oscars, on Monday night, grabbing 10 awards from 14 nominations.
  • Galaxy signs PPV deal with Buena Vista


    Latin American satellite broadcaster Galaxy Latin America (GLA) has signed a 10-year pay-per-view (PPV) agreement with Buena Vista International.
  • Love's A Bitch continues Mexican wave


  • Barreto heads venture to launch Latin pay channel


    A group of Brazilian and Argentinean producers, spearheaded by Brazil's Luiz Carlos Barreto, are teaming up to launch, TV Mercosul, a cable and satellite channel dedicated to Latin American programming.
  • HBO re-enters Argentinian cable market


    HBO Latin America Group has agreed to restore its movie channels HBO and Cinemax to leading Argentinian cable operators Multicanal and Cablevision after boycotting Argentina's cable industry for the past 18 months.
  • Argentina's Aleph tries on Runaway Shoes


    Argentina's Aleph Productions has boarded $2m comedy Runaway Shoes (Viva Sapato!) as co-producer alongside Brazil's Total Filmes and Spain's Euroficcion.
  • Festival do Rio secures $1.7m from Petrobras


    Brazilian state-owned petroleum company Petrobras Distribuidora, a stalwart supporter of local cinema since 1994, has announced its exclusive three-year sponsorship of the Festival do Rio, Brazil's most prestigious international film festival. It has also committed towards the restoration of the venerable Odeon Theatre, built in 1926.
  • Brazil launches film commission with int'l mission


    Brazil has launched a dedicated film commission to capitalise on a weakened local currency and attract large-scale overseas productions such as The Mission, one of the few high-profile features to shoot in Latin America's largest country.
  • ZDF boards Barreda's Peruvian debut


    German broadcaster ZDF is backing Peruvian road movie Y Si Te Vi, No Me Acuerdo, the directorial debut of Miguel Barreda Delgado which started production June 5 in Lima.
  • Cinemex extends Mexican reach with GCM acquisition


    Mexico City's leading exhibitor, Grupo Cinemex, has expanded beyond the capital's borders by acquiring 100% of General Cinema Mexico (GCM), an alliance between General Cinema International and Fondo Optima.
  • Gateway founder commits $100m to Gold Circle Films


    Gateway Computers co-founder Norm Waitt is making his first foray into filmmaking, committing up to $100m over the next two years towards the financing of independent features.
  • Steel Company to buy for Brazil's Playarte


    Los Angeles-based worldwide entertainment consultant The Steel Company has signed on to handle acquistions and market liaison for Brazilian distributor-exhibitor Playarte, headed by president Otelo Bettin Coltro.
  • Lions Gate steps up foreign-language acquisitions


    Lions Gate Films International is continuing its foray into foreign-language cinema by acquiring worldwide rights (with the exclusion of Latin America) to Mexican box office hit Gimme Power (Todo El Poder). The move follows a similar acquisition last week of Cannes Critic's Week contender Love's A Bitch (Amores Perros) (Screendaily, April 26).
  • New Latin aims for crossover hit with Luminarias


    US producer-distributor New Latin Pictures plans to open romantic comedy Luminarias on more than 60 screens in California, in a bid to repeat the success of its first crossover Latino release Nueba Yol.
  • Buenos Aires indie fest sparks arthouse revival


    Buenos Aires' international indie festival (April 6-16) is only in its second year but has already renewed local interest in arthouse films. Last year, more than 100 films at the festival were picked up for distribution in Argentina, led by local distributor, Pascual Condito, who acquired up to 30 titles.
  • Nina selected to open Chicago Latino fest


  • Cuban Film Institute chief steps down from post


    Alfredo Guevara has quit his post as head of the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC), an organisation he founded shortly after Cuba's 1959 revolution, citing a desire to devote more time to international projects.
  • Mexican film representative quits in protest


    Maria Rojo has resigned from her post as chair of the Mexican delegation to the US-Mexico Bilateral Film Commission in protest against the Mexican Supreme Court's decision to overturn a ban on the dubbing of foreign films into Spanish (Screendaily March 20).
  • Warner, Fox to part ways in Brazil


    Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros are to end their Brazilian distribution alliance - formed less than two years ago - at the end of November.
  • De Ida Y Vuelta wins best picture at Guadalajara


    Maria del Carmen de Lara's En El Pais De No Pasa Nada made a sweep of major awards at the 15th Mexican film showcase in Guadalajara (March 10-16), although it was Salvadar Aguirre's De Ida Y Vuelta that won the official jury prize for best picture.
  • Hoyts South America takes on Kushner-Locke titles


    Exhibitor Hoyts General Cinema (HGC) South America has agreed to handle Latin American distribution of several titles from Phoenix World Investments (PWI), the Chile-based outpost of US independent producer-distributor Kushner-Locke.
  • Mexican film set to prosper despite dubbing law


    A ruling by Mexico's Supreme Court to permit the dubbing of foreign films into Spanish has thrown local filmmakers into a panic, but some observers believe the current unprecedented crop of local box office hits can withstand the changes.
  • Goldman's Hombre set to conquer US


    Former New Line marketing and distribution president, Mitch Goldman, and his partner Lou O'Neil have launched a US Latino distribution company - Hombre de Oro - to distribute Mexican box office hit The Other Conquest (La Otra Conquista) in the US.
  • AFM: US buyers say only maybe to AFM titles


    It's slim pickings for North American buyers at this year's AFM, with only a handful of titles creating any sort of buzz. But at least one film looks likely to sell - USA Films is understood to have put in an offer on BBC Films/Pandora Cinema's Maybe Baby - and another, Keanu Reeves-starrer Driven has whipped up the market's only bidding war.
  • Estudio's debut release powers Mexican box office


    The first feature produced by start-up Mexican film company Estudio Mexico, Gimme Power (Todo El Poder), has burst into Mexico's box office chart. After a successful debut on 320 screens on January 20 the film continues to dominate in cinemas falling just 11% in the last two weeks. To date, it has grossed $4.3m (pesos42m) nationwide, according to distributor Videocine. In Mexico City, the film opened at number one with a seven-day gross of $0.7m, before being ousted by the release ...

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