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  • Fortissimo takes on world sales for House Of Sand


    Fortissimo Films is to handleworld sales outside of Brazil and North America for Conspiracao Filmes' The House Of Sand,directed by award winning Brazilian director AndruchaWaddington.
  • Sky to show entire Star Wars saga in 2006


  • Women in Film and Television unveils Technical Change initiative


    Women in Film and Television (WFTV) has extended itsmentoring programme Directing Change to help women develop their careers in technicalroles within the film and TV industry.
  • Arts Alliance acquires Danish DVD rental outfit


    Arts Alliance Media, the owner of the UK's DVD rentalcompany LOVEFiLM, and lScandinavian operator Boxman AB of Sweden, has furtherincreased its European network with the acquisition of Digitarian A/S,Denmark's largest online DVD rental company.Theacquisition was made through Boxman and means the group will now serve over20,000 customers in Scandinavia.
  • Woods steps down as Sheffield Documentary fest director


  • Kindred makes US play for Hoffman's Game 6


    Kindred Media Group hasacquired North American distribution rights to Michael Hoffman's dramaticcomedy Game 6, starring Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr.
  • Service of Thanksgiving for Lord Brabourne to be held in London


  • Narnia set for royal world premiere in London


    TheChronicles of Narnia: The Lion,The Witch and The Wardrobe is tohave its world premiere in London on December7 as the 2005 Royal Film Performance in aid of theCinema and Television Benevolent Fund.
  • Economists weigh up impact of UK film industry


    The UK film industry is asubstantial contributor to the UK economy, directly contributing £960m to GDPand employing 31,000 people, according to a new report published today byOxford Economic Forecasting.
  • Graham, Calderwood take key Pact roles


    Wall To Wall chief executiveAlex Graham is to become the next chair of UK producers body Pact, while SlateFilms managing director Andrea Calderwood has been named vice chair, film.
  • Celador readies Marshall, Webber projects


    Celador Films, the UK production outfit behind StephenFrears' Dirty Pretty Things and Neil Marshall's The Descent hasunveiled its new development slate.
  • Sony Classics buys Waddington's House


    Sony Pictures Classics has acquiredNorth American rights to Andrucha Waddington's House Of Sand fromBrazil's Conspiracao Filmes after its premiere at the Toronto film festival.
  • Warners takes US rights to heavy metal documentary


    Seville International has sold all U.S. rights to thedocumentary film Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, directed by Sam Dunn,Scot McFadyen and Jessica Joy Wise to Warner.Thedocumentary, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International FilmFestival on September 14, follows Sam Dunn, a professional anthropologist andlong-time heavy metal fan, as he searches for the ...
  • Video Island acquires Scandinavia's Brafilm


    UK online DVD rental serviceVideo Island is to acquire Brafilm, a company Video Island says is the largestplayer in Scandinavia.
  • Webber's Young Hannibal lines up for Prague shoot


    PeterWebber's Behind The Mask: Young Hannibal is to start shooting on October10th in Prague.
  • BAFTA to host debate on portrayal of older women on screen


  • Saudi officials break up huge piracy operation


    Saudi Arabianofficials have seized over 2.2m pirate DVDs, VCDs, DVD-Rs and VHS cassettes ina raid on a major pirate distribution centre in Dammam, in the Eastern Provinceof Saudi Arabia.
  • Pinewood blames tax policy for profit plunge


    Pinewood Shepperton has blamed uncertainty over UK film taxpolicy and the weak US dollar for disappointingfirst-half results.
  • Fortissimo takes on sales for Cuesta's Twelve


    FortissimoFilms is to handle worldwide sales on Twelve And Holding, the secondfeature from director Michael Cuesta (L.I.E).
  • High Point takes on sales for French pair


    London based High PointFilms have taken on international sales for French language titles, Montreal competitor Miss Montigny and Julie Depardieu starring Moon on the Snow.
  • Directing Change names Dalton to work with Eyre on Scandal


  • Commercial UK pics spark optimism at Edinburgh


    After all the doom and gloom about the state of the British filmindustry this year, the Edinburgh International Film Festival (August 17-28)has provided some cause for optimism.
  • Urie named as Metrodome managing director


    Peter Urie has beenappointed Managing Director of UK distributor Metrodome, following theresignation of current head Andrew Keyte, who is leaving for an as yetundisclosed job in the television industry.
  • Sizer joins Icon as head of development


    Chloe Sizer has joined Icon Entertainment Internationalas head of development, reporting to CEO Martin Bigham.
  • Euro films set for Industry Screenings in New York


    European Film Promotion (EFP) is tolaunch a series of Industry Screenings in New York in November 2005 with theaim of introducing new European films to North American buyers. Thisinitiative, supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, will featureone screening each of four new European films. The screenings will take placeon ...
  • UK training levy to become mandatory for producers


    TheSkills Investment Fund (SIF), the UK film training levy, is to become amandatory payment for producers from next year.
  • Nolan named as Screen South chief executive


  • Kerrigan's Keane pulls out of Edinburgh line-up


    Lodge Kerrigan's Keane will no longer bescreening at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) Aug17-28).The festival cited a conflicting commitment -understood to be a screening at this year's Deauville Festival of British film- as the reason for the move.Replacing ...
  • BAFTA calls for UK entries to Oscar foreign language award


  • Edinburgh names Michael Powell Award jury


    Director and producer Antonia Bird, actress Eva Birthistle, screenwriterPaul Mayersberg and actor Alessandro Nivola will join Jury Chair Michael Kuhnon this year's Michael Powell Award Jury at the Edinburgh International FilmFestival (August 17-28).13 films selected for the British Gala section of the festival areeligible for the Michael ...
  • Parker's Fade To Black starts Euro shoot


    Seven weeks of principal photography is underway on locationin Serbia, Italy and the Isle of Man on director Oliver Parker's thriller Fade To Black.
  • Tartan Films in Great Ecstasy for Clay debut


    Indiedistributor Tartan Films has acquired UK rights from Wild Bunch to ThomasClay's controversial Cannes Critics Week entry, The Great Ecstasy of RobertCarmichael.
  • Optimum acquires UK rights to Focus pair


    Independentdistributor Optimum Releasing has acquired all UK rights to Rian Johnson's Brickandpurchased UK rights to Jeff Wadlow's Cry Wolf from Focus Features. The deal is the first between Focus andOptimum.
  • Aishwarya Rai enlists in De Laurentiis' Last Legion


    Aishwarya Rai has joined thecast of Dino De Laurentiis' The Last Legion, which begins filming inTunisia on August 5. The Bollywood star joins previously confirmed leads ColinFirth and Sir Ben Kingsley.
  • UK exhibitor launches online DVD rental service


    UK exhibitor Vue Cinemas has partnered with online DVDrental outfit to launch 'Vue at Home'.
  • Jarmusch's Flowers takes Cambridge prize


    Jim Jarmusch's BrokenFlowers starring Bill Murray has won the audience award at the CambridgeFilm Festival (7-17 July).
  • Arts Alliance, Lovefilm expand into Europe


    Arts Alliance Media (AAM),majority shareholder in leading UK online DVD rental service Lovefilm, hasexpanded its business into Europe.AAM has taken a controlling stakein Swedish on-line DVD rental company, Boxman.Boxman is the second largestonline rental DVD rental company ...
  • Civilian Content expands into UK distribution


    Civilian Content, parent company of film financier TheFilm Consortium and sales agent The Works, has launched a new UK distributioncompany called The Works UK Distribution.Industryveteran Mick Southworth and three of his key colleagues from the UK distributionarm of Anglo-US outfit ContentFilm have left to form The Works Distribution.
  • Hytner's History Boys starts shooting


    Shooting has begun on the film adaptation of AlanBennett's The History Boys.
  • Serkis, Fry join Stormbreaker cast


    Andy Serkis and Stephen Fryare the latest stars to join the cast of Samuelson Productions' Stormbreaker,which has just started shooting on the Isle of Man.
  • Icon takes UK rights to World's Fastest Indian


    IconFilm Distribution has acquired UK rights on The World's Fastest Indian, starring AnthonyHopkins.
  • London set for 2,000 seat open-air Summer Screen festival


  • UK Film Council looks at supporting sales companies


    The UK Film Council is to conduct research into ways thatit could provide support for sales companies operating out of the UK.
  • Weinsteins team with Vertigo on Harry remake


    The Weinstein Company hasteamed up with hot UK production outfit Vertigo Films to shoot Paranoia,an English language remake of French hit thriller Harry, He's Here ToHelp.
  • Video Island drafts in Calver as CEO


  • Copenhagen festival launches industry Screenings


    The Copenhagen International Film Festival has launchedindustry screenings for new Danish films for international buyers and festivalprogrammers.
  • Soda takes UK rights to Akin's Bridge


  • EuropaCorp's Love embarks on London shoot


    Shooting starts today (July11) on Love And Other Disasters, a EuropaCorp production inco-production with Skyline and in association with Ruby Films for ten weeks onlocation in London. Love And Other Disasters is an original screenplaywritten and being directed by Alek Keshishian (Madonna: Truth or Dare),produced by ...
  • Woolcock's Mischief Night cranks up in Leeds


  • Film London advises film-makers in wake of blasts


    Film-makers in London have been urged to follow instructions from thepolice and emergency services in the wake of the series of bomb-blasts thatstruck the capital yesterday.
  • Film London issues advice to film-makers in wake of blasts


  • Schnabel to direct Doll for Killer, Number 9


    ElizabethKarlsen's Number 9 Films has reteamed with Christine Vachon's Killer Films toproduce The Lonely Doll, which will be directed by Julian Schnabel (BeforeNight Falls, Basquiat).
  • UK film outfits launch Equalities Charter


    20 of the UK's top film outfits including the UK FilmCouncil, Channel 4, BBC Films, BAFTA, and Vue Cinemas have joined forces tolaunch an Equalities Charter for Film.
  • UK industry comes together to launch Film Academies


    Senior figures from the UKfilm industry, the government and the world of higher education attended aSkillset organised ceremony in London today (July 5) to launch a new network of screenacademies to train film-making talent.
  • Robbins, Luke to star in Noyce's Hot Stuff


    Tim Robbins and Derek Lukewill head the cast in Working Title's production of Phillip Noyce's HotStuff, a political thriller set in South Africa.
  • Icon wins Allen's Match Point for UK


    Icon Film Distribution has won the battle for UK rights toWoody Allen's Match Point.
  • Last Mitterand to open Cambridge Film Festival


    The Cambridge Film Festival (July 7-17) is to open withRobert Geudiguian's Berlinale title The Last Mitterand.Tomark its 25th anniversary, the festival has lined up a sting of UK premieresincluding Kim Ki Duk's 3 Iron, Mike Figgis' Coma, HayaoMiyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle, Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers,Ingmar Bergman's Saraband and ...
  • UK government calls for film policy review


    The UKgovernment has asked the UK Film Council to carry out a review of policytowards British film.
  • Creep team crank up comedy-horror Severence


    Filminghas started on Severance, a comedy-horror film from Chris Smith andJason Newmark, the director and producer team behind hit horror film Creep.
  • Joseph's Four Last Songs tunes up in Mallorca


    Principal photography beginstoday (June 13), on the Spanish island of Mallorca, on Francesca Joseph's new feature Four Last Songs .
  • Video Island raises extra£5m in backing


    Online DVD rental outfit Video Island has raised a further£5m in backing from EVP, Europe's leading venture debt provider.
  • Veer Zaara wins at Indian film industry Oscars


    Veer Zaara, a Romeoand Juliet story about a romance between an Indian pilot and his Pakistanisweetheart, triumphed on Sunday at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA)awards ceremony held in Amsterdam.
  • Cameras roll in Uganda on Last King Of Scotland


    Principal photography starts in Uganda tomorrow (June 11) on The Last King OfScotland starring Forest Whitaker as Ugandandictator Idi Amin.
  • Touching The Void producer drafts in Day


    Leading UK televisionproduction outfit Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) has appointed Elinor Day,the former deputy head of production at FilmFour, to head up a new feature filmdivision specialising in documentaries and docu-hybrids.
  • Metrodome snaps up McGuckian's Rag Tale


    UK distributor Metrodome has acquired Mary McGuckian'ssatire Rag Tale which it plans to release in September/ October2005.
  • EU approves Euros 18m Northern Ireland film and TV fund


  • McDonald and Rutter drafts in Rose to head marketing division


  • Harry Potter ponders UK future


    Hard onthe heels of's exclusive report that the next JamesBond film looks set to shoot in Prague comes more troubling news for thebeleaguered British production sector.
  • Dutch FilmWorks unveils big budget Cannes haul


    Netherlandsdistributor Dutch FilmWorks has unveiled a string of big budget acquisitionsfrom this year's Cannes film festival.
  • Boyle, Crowley sign for Director's Cut of '25 Words'


    The UK Film Council's Development Fund has launched afresh version of its "25 Words or Less" initiative, partnering withdirectors Danny Boyle and John Crowley to bring new film ideas to the bigscreen.
  • UK Film Council names cinemas joining digital network


    The UK Film Council hasunveiled the list of cinemas set to participate in the roll out of its DigitalScreen Network (see full list of cinemas, below).
  • Minghella cranks up Breaking And Entering


    Principal photography has begun in London on Breaking AndEntering, written and directed by Anthony Minghella.Previouslyannounced cast members Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, Robin Wright Penn and VeraFarmiga are joined by Martin Freeman, Ray Winstone and Mark Benton in thecontemporary drama.
  • Short film channel to launch for UK mobile phones


    Short films specialistShorts International is to launch a short film channel'"Shorts Tv" - which willbe broadcast to mobile phones in a pioneering UK mobile TV trial led by NTLBroadcast.
  • Metrodome takes on Von Trier's Manderlay


    UK distributor Metrodome has bought Lars Von Trier's Manderlayfrom Trust Film Sales.
  • Hidden triumphs in Screen critics' poll


    It may not have won the Palme d'Or, but Michael Haneke's Hiddenhas emerged as the most popular Cannes competition title according to Screen'sannual poll of international critics.
  • Kino snaps up Cannes trio


  • European Film Promotion elects new board


  • Brussels sprouts new tax financiers


    Belgian tax financiers havehit Cannes with a vengeance this year, announcing plans to launch new filmfunds while looking for new international projects to invest in.
  • Indican takes US for Wedding comedy


  • Inspired Movies hits Cannes with Conquistador


  • Reding hosts Euro culture ministers for Cannes summit


    EuropeanUnion media commissioner Viviane Reding has said she wants European film-makersto be able to use technology to boost the circulation of their films within theEU.
  • Cannes hit by ghosts of rock stars


    Two very different directors- Gus Van Sant and Stephen Woolley - hit Cannes today with films inspired bythe deaths of rock stars.
  • Woody's next match will be on screen with Scarlett


    WoodyAllen revealed that he will star alongside Scarlett Johansson in his next film,which is set to shoot in London this summer.
  • Arab festivals co-ordinate to avoid date clashes


    The second DubaiInternational Film Festival is to be held from December 11-17, 2005.
  • UPI appoints Deeks as international marketing SVP


  • Cannes unveils competition screening schedule


    TheCannes Film Festival (May 11-22) has unveiled the screening schedule for thefilms playing in its official selection this year.
  • Fortissimo tunes into The Night Listener


    FortissimoFilms is to handle worldwide sales outside of North America forTheNight Listener, the recently wrapped film adaptation of Armistead Maupin'sbestselling drama, directed by Patrick Stettner and starring Robin Williams andToni Collette.
  • Vue swallows Ster Century's UK and Ireland circuit


    The consolidation of the UK exhibition industry continuedapace last week as Vue Entertainment announced its acquisition of the SterCentury UK & Ireland circuit, comprising seven cinemas.
  • UK's Labour Party outlines film policy


    One week before the UK election, theruling Labour Party has published a business manifesto outlining how it willsupport the creative industries if it wins a third term.
  • Fortissimo takes rights to Cannes pair


    FortissimoFilms has acquired worldwide rights to Wang Xiaoshuai's Cannes competition filmShanghai Dreams andinternational rights to Tony Krawitz' Jewboy, screening in Un Certain Regard.
  • China claims world's third largest film industry


    China hasbecome the third largest film producer in the world following the United Statesand India, one of China's top film industry officials claimed onSaturday.
  • Branagh cranks up As You Like It


    Principalphotography begins today on the feature film adaptation of WilliamShakespeare's As You Like It, directed by Kenneth Branagh.
  • Cannes set for Nightmares


    When the Cannes film festival unveiled itsofficial selection this week, media coverage focused on the many big nameauteurs who made the cut - and the move away from political documentaries likelast year's Palme d'Or winner Fahrenheit 9/11.
  • Borman steps down as Intermedia chief


    Moritz Borman is to resignfrom his post as chief executive officer of Intermedia on April 30 and exitfrom the management board of parent company IM Internationalmedia.He will be replaced by MartinSchuermann who will become the new chief ...
  • Arts Alliance names Kiedaisch as chief financial officer


  • Fortissimo launches TV sales division


    Fortissimo Films has established a new sales division tohandle television, video/DVD and ancillary sales on its feature library.Long-time Fortissimo sales executive Esther Bannenberghas been put in charge of the new division and has been promoted to theposition of Senior Vice-President Television and Ancillary Sales.
  • Pinewood share price hit by Watchmen wavering


    The share price of UK studios Pinewood Shepperton has fallenover 20% this week to £1.43 on news of the likely loss of The Watchmenshoot.
  • UK parties set out film policies as General Election called


    Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced that the UK generalelection will take place on May 5, kick starting a month of politicalcampaigning that will see the main political parties set out their policiestowards the film industry.ChancellorGordon Brown spelt out the key plank of the ruling Labour Party's policytowards film in his budget last month when he announced plans to introduce ...
  • Lions Gate mulls $1bn bid for HIT Entertainment


    Independent film and television studio Lions GateEntertainment is considering a roughly $1bn bid for children's media companyHIT Entertainment, according to reports over the weekend.
  • Disney shares climb following Weinsteins split


    Shares in Walt Disney Coclosed higher on Wednesday, the day after the media conglomerate announced thatit had finalised its negotiations to sever ties with Miramax co-chiefs Harveyand Bob Weinstein.
  • European indie players move into profit


    Three European independentfilm outfits - Germany's Constantin and the UK's Civilian Content and Metrodome- unveiled positive financial results for 2004 this morning (March 30).
  • Fortissimo takes on sales for Berlin winner U-Carmen


    Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide distribution rights (outsideof South Africa) to U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, Mark Dornford-May's adaptation of the Carmen opera, which won the Golden Bear at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.Nelleke Driessen, Fortissimo co-managing director, and NicoleMackey, senior vice president international sales, saw the film in Berlin.
  • Indian film industry on course for rapid growth


    The Indian film industry is projected to be worth $3.3bn(R143bn by 2010, up from R$1.35bn according to a new industry report.
  • Candy cranks up in Sydney


    Principal photography has begun in Sydney on Candy,the big screen debut of theatre director Neil Armfield which stars HeathLedger, Abbie Cornish and Geoffrey Rush.
  • Indian Festival of Los Angeles unveils galas


    The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) (April20-24) has announced its line up of special gala presentations.
  • UK Budget: film-makers win Section 48 extension


    Chancellor Gordon Brown said today that he would provide new tax creditsfor film-makers to replace the existing Section 48 and Section 42 tax reliefs.Brownunveiled the plans as he announced his Budget for 2005 in the House Of Commons.The UK Treasury later confirmed that the Government would review the Section ...
  • Jackson says Hobbit on hold for three years


    Lord Of TheRings director PeterJackson has said he will not start shooting an adaptation of J.R.RTolkein's The Hobbit for several years.
  • 'Big Mac' index for cinema unveiled


    Research outfit Screen Digest has launched the Cinema Index,a new piece of research which it says provides a picture of the comparative costof entertainment around the world.Itlikens the Cinema Index to the Big Mac index, which helped leading economic thinkersanalyse inflation and growth rates across the world's economies.
  • Sony names foreign chief to lead it out of slump


    Sony has named Howard Stringer as its new chairman andchief executive, handing the reins of the struggling conglomerate to aforeigner for the first time.
  • South African Drum takes top African fest prize


    South African director Zola Maseko's Drum has wonthe top prize at Africa's leading film festival, Fespaco, in Burkina Faso'scapital Ouagadougou.
  • Bafta compensates for hot air of awards ceremony


    If you've ever suspectedthat awards ceremonies are a load of hot air, now there is proof.
  • Goal kicks off without Diego Luna


    Kuno Becker has replaced Diego Luna as the lead actor infootball drama Goal!, which started shooting in London on January 29.
  • London Critics honour Scorsese, Sideways


    Martin Scorsese was nameddirector of the year for The Aviator at the 25th Awards ofthe London Film Critics' Circle last night.
  • Pathe joins Marshall's Descent as shooting wraps


    Celador Films has concluded principal photography on TheDescent, Neil Marshall's follow up to his 2002 hit, Dog Soldiers.
  • Guadalajara to open with Waters' Shame


  • Women In Film, UIP launch third Directing Change scheme


  • Survey highlights pay inequality for film industry women


    Women working in the UK film industry earn less thantheir male counterparts despite being better qualified, according to a majornew survey conducted by the UK Film Council and Skillset.
  • Renaissance gets Pretty, sells Dogs


    RenaissanceFilms has acquired international rights to Marcos Siega's PrettyPersuasion,and has concluded a string of sales on Rwandan genocide drama Shooting Dogs.
  • Vera Drake wins Evening Standard film prizes


  • Berlinale launch for Arts Alliance's digital film network


    A newdigital service that claims to make life easier for buyers and sellers of filmsis being launched at this year's Berlinale.
  • Best Man wraps after London, Budapest shoot


    The Best Man, a romantic comedy starring StuartTownsend, Amy Smart and Seth Green, wrapped last month after a seven-week shootin London and Budapest.
  • Imax to release 3-D live action films within a year


    Imax is developingtechnology which will allow it to convert traditional 2-D live action filmsinto 3-D features - and is in discussions with Hollywood studios aboutreleasing its first 3-D feature within the next year.
  • Bond producers confirm Campbell as Casino Royale director


    Martin Campbell has been named as the director of the 21stfilm in the James Bond series - which will be called Casino Royale.
  • China singled out as major piracy culprit in Asia


    China accounted for three quarters of all seizures ofpirated VCDs and DVDs in Asia last year in cases involving the Motion PictureAssociation (MPA), the group said on Thursday.
  • Senator acquires Silentium rights for Germany


    Berlin based Senator Film has acquired German rights forAustrian box office hit Silentium, while Frenetic Films acquired allSwiss rights.A murder story centring in the city of Salzburg, thethriller has racked up more than 200,000 admissions through Austriandistributor Luna Film. World Sales are handled by Solveig Langeland's Sola Mediaand Beatrix Wesle's Atrix Films.
  • Cinemart names project market winners


    Two films have won the Arte France Cinema Awards, worthEuros 10,000, at this year's CineMart project market at the Rotterdam FilmFestival.
  • Gavin Film strikes Yasmin deals


  • Berlinale unveils full Panorama line-up


    The Berlin International Film Festival's Panorama section has unveiled the final additions to its lineup, which now comprising 34 features, 18 documentaries and 26 short films inits main programme and Special,Dokumente and Short Film series.
  • Russia's Return wins BBC Four prize


    Russian drama The Returnhas been named winner of the BBC Four World Cinema Award.Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, The Return previously won the 2003 Golden Lion award at theVenice Film Festival. The prize was presented at an awards ceremony held in Londonon Thursday and hosted by Jonathan Ross.
  • Economic boom sees surge in Russian cinema building


    The number of modern cinema screens in Russia is expectedto nearly triple to 1,900 by 2009, according to research published this week.
  • Berlinale names competition jury members


    The Berlinale (Feb 10-20) has named the members ofthe International Jury for its main competition films.
  • ICM agency recruits Jones for below the line team


  • Los Angeles film production leaps 19% in 2004


    Film production in LosAngeles boomed in 2004 according to latest figures from LA's EntertainmentIndustry Development Corp.
  • Aviator dominates 77th Academy Award nominations


    Martin Scorsese's TheAviator has emerged as the clear front-runner for the 77thAcademy Awards with 11 nominations, ahead of Finding Neverland and MillionDollar Baby which bagged seven nods apiece.
  • Berlinale lifts lid on 'sassy' Forum programme


    The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 10-20) hasunveiled the full programme of the 35th International Forum of New Cinema, which focuses largely on films by new and youngdirectors.
  • Berlinale unveils full competition programme


    The Berlinale (Feb 10-20) has unveiled its completecompetition programme with 21 films set to compete for the festival's Goldenand Silver Bears. Five more films will play out of competition.
  • ITV renews NBC Universal film deal


    UK broadcaster ITV and NBC Universal have extended theirexclusive licensing agreement for the terrestrial rights to NBC Universal'sfeature films and television series.
  • Aviator takes off in BAFTA nominations


  • The Aviator takes off in BAFTA nominations


    The Aviator has emerged as the front-runnerin the nominations for the forthcoming Orange British Academy Film Awards.
  • Odyssey takes on August Rush sales


    Ralph Kamp and Louise Goodsill's OdysseyEntertainment is to handle worldwide sales and distribution on SouthpawEntertainment's August Rush.
  • BAFTA puts cap on membership


    BAFTA has decided to place a cap of 6500 on its worldwidevoting membership, effective immediately.
  • Pathe takes on sales for Swedish Heaven


    Pathe Pictures International is to represent thisyear's Swedish Oscar entryAs It Is In Heaven forworld-wide sales.
  • Berlinale unveils Panorama line-up


    TheBerlinale's Panorama section has announced the first films to make itsselection.
  • Five titles nominated for BBC Four's World Cinema Award


  • UK home video market growth hit by piracy in 2004


    The UK video retail market grew by 12% last year, according to figuresreleased by the British Video Association. Although impressive, the 12% growth in 2004 is significantly down fromthe 30% growth posted in 2003 - a slowdown blamed on a maturing market and anincrease in piracy.First reports from ...
  • Woolworths blames DVD piracy for poor Christmas


    High street retailer Woolworths has blamed DVD piracy forcontributing to disappointing trading results over the Christmas period.
  • Sands confirmed as DreamWorks president


    Miramax chief operating officer Rick Sands has joined DreamWorksSKG as president and chief operatingofficer.
  • BBC viewers vote for best films of 2004


    Viewers of the BBC's leading film review programme, Film 2004 with Jonathan Ross, have voted The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King astheir Film of the Year.Massappeal blockbusters such as Spider-Man 2 and The Incredibles lineup in the top 10 alongside the subtitled martial arts epic Hero and culthits such as Eternal Sunshine of the ...
  • Berlinale unveils first competition films


    The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 10-20) has namedthe first films that will play in its Competition section as well as unveilingGerman director Roland Emmerich (The Day AfterTomorrow) as president of the International Jury.
  • Beatwax founder launches kids brand campaign


    Beatwax and Firstmovies founder Chris Ward has launched anew venture called iKnow, a not for profit business aimed at making youngchildren more aware of how brands are created and work.iKnow says it is not an anti-brand initiative, but thatit wants to help counter the potential negative effects of brand marketing onchildren.The venture intends to help children gain a greaterunderstanding about the marketing process ...
  • Butler named as FilmFour development chief


    FilmFour have appointed Katherine Butler as head ofdevelopment.Butler was executive producer with the New Zealand FilmCommission until 2002 where she developed projects including the Academy Awardnominated Whale Rider. Most recently she has been working as head of developmentwith Alison Owen at Ruby Films and Gwyneth Paltrow at Go Go Pictures, managingslates which included projects with David Yates, Dominic ...
  • Taylor parts company with UGC Cinemas


    UGCCinemas UK and Ireland managing director Margaret Taylor has left the company,just weeks after the exhibitor was taken over by US buyout firm the BlackstoneGroup.Taylorwas in charge of the 42 UGC cinemas in the UK and Ireland. During her tenure,she was responsible for introducing the company's cinema loyalty card, theUnlimited Pass, and for the Euros 13m upgrade of the UGC Dublin site,one of the most important sites in the UGC circuit.
  • Rotterdam festival names Dutch film premieres


    A raft of Dutch films will have their world premieresduring the upcoming International Film Festival Rotterdam (Jan 26-Feb 6)They are: Souls Of Naples (Zielen Van Napels) byVincent Monnikendam, Voorland by Eugenie Jansen, The Mystery Of TheSardine (Het Mysterie Van De Sardine) by Erik van Zuylen, CinemaInvisible: The Book (Cinema Invisible: Het Boek) by Kees Hin, Brossaby Digna Sinke ...
  • Berjon named as Cannes Critics' Week director


    Jean-Christophe Berjon has beennamed as the new director for International Critics' Week at Cannes.
  • China to allow more foreign films in cinemas


    China will raise the quotas on imported films from othercountries, according to a report on Chinese news agency Xinhua.
  • Clark confirmed as UIP international marketing chief


    Internationaldistributor UIP has confirmed the appointment of Nigel Clark as executive vicepresident international marketing, effective from Jan 4.Hereplaces Tomas Jegeus, who left to join 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles as headof international marketing.Clark is currently based in Los Angeles were he was mostrecently senior executive vice president of international ...
  • BBC should invest more in UK films, say MPs


    The BBC should invest more inBritish film production and in showcasing UK films on its television channels,says an influential report drafted by Members of Parliament.
  • MPAA takes legal action against file-trading networks


    The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) istaking legal action to shut down file-trading networks it says distributemillions of unauthorised copies of Hollywood films and TV programmes.The MPAA said it was filing civil suits and pressing forcriminal actions against networks with the names BitTorrent, eDonkey andDirectConnect.The association said the three networks are examples ofnewer ...
  • Matheson re-elected to key Pact film post


    Bard Entertainment managing director Margaret Matheson is to serve athird year on the governing council of producers' alliance Pact as vice chair,film. Matheson stood unopposed for the top film industry role at Pact.Andrew Zein, managing director, Tiger Aspect Productions, will continuefor a second year as chair of Pact, while David Frank, chief executive of RDFMedia will continue as vice chair, ...
  • ROK Player launches to bring film to mobile phones


    A new system that allowsmobile phone users to watch films on their phone, even without networkcoverage, launches this week.
  • UK piracy market worth £1bn within three years


    The value of the blackmarket in pirate DVDs in the UK is expected to be worth more than £1 billionwithin three years, according to a new report on film piracy launched today.
  • Revolver runs with Saint Ralph in UK


    Revolver Entertainment has picked up the UK and Eire rightsto Toronto festival hit Saint Ralph.Directed by Michael McGowan, the film is abittersweet comedy about a Catholic schoolboy who attempts to save his mother'slife with a miracle by winning the Boston marathon. It was billed as 'theCanadian Billy Elliot' by Screen International at Toronto. Revolver willrelease ...
  • Amazon piles into UK online DVD rental market


    Internet retailer Amazon has launched into the hugely competitive online DVD rentalmarket in the UK.The service was launched today (Dec 10), and is integrated into Amazon's UK site, which is already a popular DVD retail store.
  • Empire magazine unveils dates, venue for 2005 awards


  • Cinemart shines spotlight on arthouse veterans


    A raft of projects fromacclaimed UK directors including Nicolas Roeg, David MacKenzie and PeterGreenaway have been selected for this year's Cinemart co-production market,which takes place during the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Jan 26 -Feb 6).
  • Downfall for Momentum in UK


    Momentum Pictures has acquired UK rights to German boxoffice hit The Downfall (Der Untergang) - which grossed $40m in its home territory.Lara Thompson, head of acquisitions at Momentum Pictures,and Eos Distribution's managing director, Dirk Schuerhoff, negotiated the deal.The war drama depicts the final days of Adolf Hitler andis directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, written and produced by Constantin Filmchief ...
  • 'Make or break' period for European animation


    European animation is entering into a 'make or breakperiod' over the next few years as a string of high budget films produced inEurope hit the market.That's the conclusion of a new report from Screen Digest,called Animated Movies - US and European Market Assessment.US animations captured the lion's share of admissions inEurope, taking an 87.6% market share in 2003. In the same year, European filmstook just ...
  • Ruiz cranks up Klimt in Vienna


    Raoul Ruiz's homage to the artist Gustav Klimt willbegin shooting on January 4 in Vienna.
  • Eurimages celebrates Nocturna support


    Nocturna, byVictor Maldonado and Adrian Garcia, has become the thousandth co-production towin support from Eurimages, the Council of Europe fund for the co-production,distribution and exhibition of European films.Ananimated film for children, Nocturna is co-produced by Spain, France andGreat Britain."I ...
  • UK Treasury tightens tax rules, unveils Section 42 review


    The UK Treasury has said it is closing 'avoidanceschemes' that exploit tax relief for British film production.
  • Warner, Telecom Italia sign broadband film deal


    Warner Bros. InternationalTelevision Distribution (WBITD) and Telecom Italia have signed a two-year dealfor the distribution of more than 100 movies each year via the Rosso Alicebroadband portal.
  • Dubai festival unveils programme line-up


    Festival director NeilStephenson has unveiled the programme for this year's Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) (Dec 6-11).
  • Actors to talk shop at EFA conference


    TheEuropean Film Academy is to hold a conference to debate the working conditionsof actors in Europe.
  • UK Film Council launches sales support scheme


    The UK Film Council is launching a £70,000 InternationalFestival Sales Support (IFSS) scheme to help boost UK films invited to competeat next year's Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin festivals.Open from now until 31 March 2005, the new funding isdesigned to raise the profile of UK talent, services and crews internationallyand to secure distribution of UK films abroad.The funding can be used support promotional opportunitiesin ...
  • British Independent Film Awards unveil starry guest list


    Bob Hoskins, Mike Leigh, Matthew Vaughn, Shane Meadows,Christian Slater and Naomie Harris are among the guests confirmed to attend theBritish Independent Film Awards on Nov 30.Held at the Hammersmith Palais and hosted by RichardJobson, BIFA sponsors this year include Bloomberg, Nokia, Chiltern, and LauraMercier.Expected nominees and guests on Tuesday also include:Gillian Anderson, Billy Zane, ...
  • Dog Years wins two short film prizes at Brief Encounters


    Short film Dog Years directed by Sam Hearn andRichard Penfold, picked up two of the top prizes at this year's BriefEncounters, the UK's leading short film festival.The short, made for just £50, won the ITV West Award aswell as the prestigious UK Film Council Audience Award.Meanwhile, the International Jury Award was awarded to Undertage(Days Under) directed by Jiska Rosa Rickels ...
  • Osama triumphs at Cape Town


    Afghan feature Osama, by director Siddiq Barmakhas won the best feature film award and the best director prize at theCape Town World Cinema Festival.The film beat off 19 features in competition, includingan impressive showing of eleven South African features, most by first-timedirectors.The story of a girl who has to dress like a boy to escapepersecution under Taliban rule, Osama was commended by jurors ...
  • Stelios' easyGroup ploughs into UK DVD rental market


    Stelios Haji-Ioannou's easyGroup is entering the onlineDVD rental market with an easyCinema DVD service powered by rental platformVideo Island.Due to be launched in January, the service will operate apay-as-you-go model, charging easyCinema customers £1.99 per DVD rental andoffering a 21-day return policy.easyGroup joins existing Video Island partners, such asnational brands Tesco, MSN and ITV.Haji-Ioannou ...
  • British films win extra airtime on UK television


    Thenumber of recent British films shown on UK television in the first six monthsof the year increased by 51%, according to new figures released by the UK FilmCouncil.
  • Content, Room 9 ready Smoking and Queen Lara


    ContentFilm has joined forces with Room 9 Entertainment, theNorth American production company launched by former PayPal chief operatingofficer David Sacks, to co-finance and co-produce two feature films that willbegin shooting in the coming months.
  • Biggest UK electrical retailer Dixons dumps VCRs


    The UK'slargest electrical chain, Dixons, has said it is to stop selling video cassetterecorders, leading to predictions of the imminent demise of the VCR market inthe country.Dixonsis phasing out VCRs due to the boom in DVD players, which can now be bought foras little as £25.Theretailer expects to sell its remaining stock of VCRs by Christmas and saysdemand for VCRs has fallen dramatically since ...
  • Buyers snap up Element X's Moguls


    UK sales companyElement X has unveiled a string of sales concluded at this month's AFM.
  • BVITV strikes Russian pay-TV package deal


    Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) has struck itsfirst pay TV agreement in Russia, with the DTH broadcaster NTV Plus for thelicensing of first-run, re-run, and library features.
  • Kinky Boot Factory kicks off in Northampton


    Harbour Pictures/BVIproduction The Kinky Boot Factory is to start shooting at the end ofNovember with Joel Edgerton and Chiwetel Ejiofor to star as the two male leads,Charlie Price and Lola.
  • The Works unveils Proposition, Tara Road deals


    UK based sales oufit TheWorks has unveiled a string of deals completed at this month's AFM.
  • Marrakech festival unveils 14 title competition line-up


    The 4th MarrakechInternational Film Festival (Dec 6-12)has selected 14 films to play in its maincompetition.
  • McGuckian lines up eclectic cast for Rag Tale


    Five weeks of principal photography begins today (Nov 16) inLuxembourg and London on writer/director Mary McGuckian's (The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Best) contemporary urban satire Rag Tale.
  • Newmarket, The Works take Tristram Shandy rights


    London based sales outfit The Works has taken internationalrights to Michael Winterbottom's Tristram Shandy, while Newmarket Films has picked up distributionrights for North America.
  • ITV links with Video Island for online DVD service


  • Italy's Sky Cine Classics acquires Granada package


    Granada International hassold a package of classic movies to newly launched Italian channel Sky CineClassics.
  • Metrodome acquires UK rights to pair of films


    UK distributor Metrodome has acquired UK rights to TheAssassination of Richard Nixon and Private for its 2005 slate.The Assassination of Richard Nixon played in UnCertain Regard at Cannes this year. It was directed by Niels Mueller andwritten by Mueller together with Kevin Kennedy, and stars Sean Penn, NaomiWatts and Don Cheadle. Metrodome are looking to release the film in March/early April 2005.Also ...
  • Oscar Moore winner teams with Secretary director


    Oscar Moore prize winnerLindsay Shapero is adapting Tibor Fischer's award-winning novel Under TheFrog for American director/producer Steve Shainberg (Secretary).
  • Hoy joins Columbia Tristar UK as distribution chief


    Columbia Tristar UK has appointed Paul Hoy as director ofsales and distribution for the UK. He joins from UIP where he served assales manager.
  • Vivendi, Viacom complete UCI Cinemas sale


    Vivendi Universal and Viacom have completed the sale of UCICinemas' European operations to UK private equity group Terra Firma for Euros270m ($343.5m).
  • Minghella, Chadha sign for Script Factory's SCENE


  • UK tax credit scheme is 'moveable feast'


    The amount of moneyavailable to producers from the new tax credit scheme announced by the UKgovernment is a 'moveable feast', delegates heard at Screen International's UKFilm Finance Summit.
  • Leigh launches London Film Festival with Vera Drake


    TheTimes BFI London Film Festival kickedoff on Wednesday night (Oct 20) with the UK premiere of Mike Leigh'saward winning Vera Drake at agala screening at the Odeon Leicester Square.Leightook to the stage before the film along with producer Simon Channing-Williamsand 30 of its cast and crew - including lead actress Imelda ...
  • 9 Songs clears UK and Irish censors uncut


    UK censorthe BBFC has passed Michael Winterbottom's 9 Songs uncut and has awardedit an '18' certificate for cinema release.Meanwhile, sources in the Irish distribution trade havetold that the Irish Film Censor, John Kelleher, has alsopassed 9 Songs uncut and given it an '18' certificate.The ...
  • Netflix postpones foreign expansion plans


    Online DVD rental pioneerNetflix has postponed plans to launch in the UK and Canada to concentrateinstead on its US business.
  • Sheffield Documentary fest to open with Tiger King


    TheSheffield International Documentary Festival (Nov 8 -14) is to open with DavidFlamholc's House Of The Tiger King.Thedocumentary follows explorer Tahir Shah and a group of mismatched companions asthey search for Paititi, the Inca's lost city of gold.Otherfilms ...
  • Fortissimo grabs Jarmusch library


    Fortissimo Films is act as the internationaltheatrical, video, and television distributor for the entire Jim Jarmusch filmlibrary. The catalogue had previously been represented by diverse entities.
  • Taylor appointed Warner Bros UK distribution chief


    Peter Taylor has been appointed managing director UK & Ireland ofWarner Bros. Pictures International UK.Taylor joins from Columbia Pictures where for the last five years he hasbeen director of distribution. Prior to that he was director of sales at Columbia,a position he held for nine years.He ...
  • Civilian Content celebrates Summer sales


    Pawel Pawlikowski's My Summer Of Love has racked up$2.3m worth of international sales, according to financing and sales outfitCivilian Content.Ina statement to the London Stock Exchange it said the sales significantlyexceeded management's expectations. The sales were handled by Civilian's salessubsidiary The Works.
  • League Of Gentlemen starts Dublin, London shoot


    Principal photography has begun on the feature film The League of Gentlemen - Royston Vasey (working title).
  • Foreign hopefuls jockey for position in Oscar race


    The foreign language Oscar race kicks off in earnest thisweek after the deadline for submissions closed on Friday (Oct 1).
  • Dinard Festival of British Film unveils jury


  • Night Watch named as Russian Oscar entry


    Russian blockbuster Night Watch has been selected to represent Russia at next year'sAcademy Awards ceremony. .Night Watch has rakedin some $16m, breaking all box-office records in Russia's post-Soviet historysince premiering on July 8.The action-packed fantasy thriller featuringstate-of-the-art special effects turns contemporary Moscow into a battlegroundfor a century-old fight between the forces of light and darkness.
  • Portman Film sold to UK radio magnate


    Chris Wright, chairman ofradio group Chrysalis, has acquired a majority stake in UK sales agent andco-producer Portman Film and TV.
  • Warner Bros strikes ITV licensing deal


    UK broadcaster ITV hassigned an exclusive licensing agreement with Warner Bros. InternationalTelevision Distribution (WBITD) for free television rights to new and libraryfeature films.
  • High Point picks up Van Gogh's Cool


    London based sales outfit High Point Films has picked upinternational rights to Theo van Gogh's Cool.
  • Red Kite flies with animation film arm


    Edinburgh based animation production company Red Kite haslaunched a film arm, Red Kite Films, and is working on a new feature-lengthfilm Nocturna.
  • US buyout firm in 'exclusive' Cine UK takeover talks


    US buyout firm the Blackstone Group is in reportedly inexclusive talks to buy British cinema chain Cine UK for about £120m ($216million) after last month missing out on buying the rival Odeon chain,according to Reuters.
  • Dinard unveils British film festival line-up


    Danny Boyle's Millions isto open the Dinard Festival of British Film (Oct 7-10), while Mike Leigh's VeraDrake will close the festival.
  • UK 22 September


  • Punto Y Raya named as Venezuelan Oscar contender


    EliaSchneider's Punto y Raya (Step Forward) has been named as Venezuela'sofficial entry for best foreign language consideration in this year's Oscarrace.
  • Rio ready to roll with 2004 festival line-up


    The Rio International Film Festival (Sept 23-Oct 7) hasunveiled its 2004 line-up, which features a selection of 300 films with astrong focus on Brazil and Latin America.
  • Smith to drive UK's£50m film training strategy


    Alexander producer Iain Smith has been named as the new chairof the Skillset Film Skills Strategy Committee.
  • Future Film acquires worldwide Kaurismaki rights


    Scandinavian distributor Future Film has acquiredworldwide TV and DVD rights for 19 of Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki'sfeature films.The package includes films spanning the director'sentire career, from his very first films TheLiar (1981) and Saimaa-ilmiö (1981) to his newestfeatures.Also included are ...
  • UK film investment company enters Australian market


    UK tax financing outfit Future Film Group (UK) has joinedforces with investment bankers Goldstream Capital Group (Australia) to launchFuture Film Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Eisner to retire from Disney in 2006


    Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Michael Eisner will retire inSeptember 2006, when his contract expires, the company said on Friday.
  • De Laurentiis acquires Naples football club


    Italian producer Aurelio De Laurentiis has taken overNaples' new football club, which will start life in Serie C, the country'sthird division.
  • Leigh's Vera Drake to open London Film Festival


    Mike Leigh's Vera Drake has been named as the opening night film for The Times bfi 48th London Film Festival on October 20.
  • McDonald's adds heat to Super Size Me in UK


    Super Size Me directorMorgan Spurlock says a series of national newspaper adverts taken out in the UK by fast food chain McDonald's in response to his filmare both "fantastic" and "laughable"
  • Politics takes centre stage at Edinburgh


    Politics - and specifically theimpact of September 11 - has emerged as one of the strong themes among theBritish films showing at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival (August 18-29).
  • Motorcycle kickstarts Edinburgh Film Festival


    The EdinburghInternational Film Festival kicked off last night with the gala premiere of The Motorcycle Diaries, with director Walter Salles in attendance.
  • UK's Screen East names Crown as production chief


  • UK's Screen East names Crown as production chief


  • Fahrenheit 9/11 DVD set for October launch in UK


  • UK's Metrodome names Frain as theatrical chief


    UK distributor Metrodome hasappointed Sara Frain to be its new general manager-theatrical, overseeing thecompany's theatrical acquisitions, marketing and sales.
  • ContentFilm takes UK rights to Pawlikowski's Love


    ContentFilm has acquired UK rights to My Summer Of Love, the second film from award-winning director PawelPawlikowski (The Last Resort).
  • Distributors eye magazine DVD goldmine


    Distributors can significantly boost their revenues byallowing publishers to offer 'free' copies of DVDs in magazines, Screen's DVD:The Home Cinema Summit heard yesterday.Farfrom destroying a film's library value, giving away copies of a DVD in magazinecan also significantly boost sales in the months following the promotion.
  • Ramallah festival revs up with Motorcycle


    The inaugural Ramallah International Film Festival (RIFF)kicks off today (July 8) with a special screening of Walter Salles' TheMotorcycle Diaries.RIFFis the first ever international film festival to be held in the PalestinianTerritories, and launches with a programme of some 70 films including MarcoBellocchio's Buongiorno, Notte, Michael Winterbottom's In This ...
  • South Africa unveils tax breaks to attract foreign shoots


    South Africa plans to offer about $41m (R252m) in taxincentives to local and foreign film companies over the next three years topromote the country as a prime filming location, Trade and Industry MinisterMandisi Mpahlwa said this week.
  • Spider-Man 2 smashes opening day records


    Spider-Man 2 snared arecord $40.5m at the North American box office on Wednesday, beating itspredecessor to claim the biggest opening day ever in movie history.
  • Cambridge unveils wide-ranging festival line-up


    The Cambridge Film Festival has unveiled a wide-rangingline-up of films to play at this year's event, which runs from July 8-18.
  • Time Warner readies $4.8bn MGM bid


    Time Warner is putting together a nearly $5bn cash and stockoffer to acquire Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from under the eyes of frontrunner SonyCorp., according to wire and newspaper reports today.
  • UK's Channel 4 names new chief executive


    UK broadcaster Channel 4 - parent of FilmFour - has named AndyDuncan as its new chief executive, succeeding Mark Thompson, who left to becomethe BBC's director general in May.
  • UK censor appoints successor to Duval


    UK censor the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)has named David Cooke as its new director.
  • Ansorge joins Anglo-Indian outfit Inspired Movies


  • BAFTA names date for 2005 award ceremony


    BAFTA hasannounced the dates of its Orange British Academy Film Awards for 2005, whichwill be held on Saturday February 12.As inrecent years, the BAFTAs will take place two weeks before the Oscars, which arescheduled for Sunday, February 27, 2005.Thepre-Oscar ...
  • New funding scheme for Welsh film-makers


    Welsh media agency,Sgrîn Cymru Wales, has launched a new funding scheme for Welsh filmmakers.
  • RTL's Zeiler named as MIPCOM personality of the year


    RTL Group's Chief Executive Officer, Gerhard Zeiler, hasbeen named as the MIPCOM Personality of the Year.GerhardZeiler will receive the award during a gala dinner for industry VIP executivesat MIPCOM.MIPCOM takes place in Cannes from October 4-8.
  • Counihan takes top film role at Skillset


    Oscar winning producer JudyCounihan has been appointed director of film at UK training body Skillset,responsible for driving forward A Bigger Future - the UK Film SkillsStrategy.
  • Ealing Studios eyes Eastern European expansion


    The UK's Ealing Studios is preparing to expand into EasternEurope.
  • UK post-production trade body names first chief


    Gaynor Davenport has been appointed the first ever chiefexecutive officer (CEO) of UK Post - the new association representing the filmand broadcast post production and effects industry.
  • Iranian Tradition wins top Shanghai prize


    The Seventh Shanghai International Film Festival awarded itsBest Film Award to Iranian film Tradition Of Lover Killing at its closing ceremony held on Sunday night.
  • Video Island wins $10.7m funding injection


    UK online DVD rental company Video Island has secured asecond round of investment funding worth $10.7m (£6m) led by Cazenove PrivateEquity.
  • Billy Elliot tops poll of most popular films on British TV


    The TV premiere of Billy Elliot on BBC1 was the mostviewed film shown on the UK's main five terrestrial channels last year. Threeother recent UK-made features including The Full Monty made thetop ten, the UK Film Council has revealed.Theratings success came despite only a tiny 2.8 per cent of the films shown onthose channels being UK films less than 8 years old.UK ...
  • Toronto revamps focus on Canadian film-making


    The Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 9-18) haslaunched two new programmes designed to spotlight Canadian film-making talent.
  • UK's Parasol Peccadillo picks up five features at Cannes


    UK distribution outfitParasol Peccadillo picked five titles during the Cannes Film Festival forrelease.Three of the films willbe released through distribution arm Parasol Peccadillo Releasing (PPR), whichfocuses on arthouse titles, while two will go through Peccadillo Pictures,which focuses on niche gay and lesbian interest titles.
  • Cinesite unveils string of blockbuster visual effects deals


    UK based post-production house Cinesite (Europe) hasannounced deals for visual effects work on a slate of blockbusters including Charlie&The Chocolate Factory, The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy, Harry Potter& The Goblet Of Fire and Alfie.Cinesite isalso completing work on forthcoming Jerry Bruckheimer film King Arthur,the first time that a major Bruckheimer production ...
  • Tartan launches with Hell into US


    The UK's Tartan Films is tomake its debut as a US distributor with Catherine Breillat's Anatomy Of Hell,which it will release on August 27.
  • Tartan launches with Hell into US


    The UK's Tartan Films is tomake its debut as a US distributor with Catherine Breillat's Anatomy Of Hell,which it will release on August 27.
  • Worst year ever for European films in EU


    2003 was the worst year for the circulation of Europeanfilms within the EU on record, according to new figures from the EuropeanAudiovisual Observatory.
  • Cannes says strikers will not derail festival


    The Cannes Film Festival will not be derailed by a rowbetween the French government and showbiz workers protesting changes tounemployment benefits, organisers said on Sunday.
  • Iranian authorities halt Makhmalbaf shoot


    Awardwinning Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's has been prevented from shootinghis latest film, Amnesia, by the country's Ministry of Culture andIslamic Guidance.The scriptreflects two decades of pain and sufferings of the Iranian people and artists,and according to financier Wild Bunch, took Makhmalbaf years to write.
  • Pathe in Crash deal with Arclight


    Pathe Distribution has acquired the UKrights to Paul Haggis' feature debut Crash, starring SandraBullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, Brendan Fraser, JasonIsaacs, Ludacris, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe and Larenz Tate.
  • Alliance Atlantis acquires leading Spanish distributor


    Canada'sAlliance Atlantis Communications has agreed to buy Spanish distributor AurumProducciones for about $54m.Thedeal will extend the Canadian firm's reach in Europe, where it already alreadyowns Momentum Pictures in the UK."Thisacquisition is part of our clearly articulated strategy to expand intocontinental ...
  • Cannes market predicts record attendance


    Cannes' Marche du Film has said that it expects arecord number of 8500 participants at this year's event withpre-registration figures already up by ten per cent compared to 2003.
  • Cannes market set for record attendance figures


    Cannes' Marche du Film has said that it expects arecord number of 8500 participants at this year's event withpre-registration figures already up by ten per cent compared to 2003.
  • Video Island DVD service strikes UK Post Office deal


  • Bond producer to chair UK young filmmaker initiative


    BarbaraBroccoli, producer of the James Bond films, has been appointed chair of First Light, the UK FilmCouncil's filmmaking initiative for young people.
  • Malkovich thumbs a ride with Hitchhiker's Guide


    John Malkovich has reportedly joined the cast of TheHitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, theSpyglass/Disney version of Douglas Adams's cult sci-fi novel.
  • UK Film Council to study impact of film on economy


    The UK Film Council is backing a six month study to probethe contribution and trickle down effect of the UK screen industries -including film, television, games and commercials - to the economy.
  • The Truth About Love located in Bristol


    Romantic comedy The Truth About Love, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Dougray Scott and Jimi Mistry, begins filming in the UK this month.
  • UK Film Council unveils Development Fund recipients


    UK Film Council's Development Fund has unveiled details of its third year of slate funding to a selection of film companies.
  • HBO Films wraps up Mrs Harris


    Production has wrapped in Los Angeles on Mrs Harris, starring Annette Bening and Sir Ben Kingsley.
  • Warner Bros strikes mobile distribution deal with Vodafone


    Warner Bros. Online and mobile phone company Vodafone have signed a distribution deal which will bring Warner Bros. Entertainment brands as well as current information on upcoming projects to Vodafone customers across the world.
  • Script Factory launches training scheme for film professionals


    Screenwriting organisation The Script Factory is launching SCENE insiders, a new international training programme for European film professionals at the Edinburgh, London and Warsaw International Film Festivals in 2004 and at Gothenburg, Sweden in January 2005.
  • Chomet secures Dimension backing for Scottish animation


  • EU cinema admissions fall 5% in 2003


    Cinema attendance in the European Union's 15 member states dropped by 5% in 2003, according to first estimates from the European Audiovisual Observatory.
  • UK video industry bankrolls anti-piracy outfit


    The UK video industry has raised £1.2m to bankroll a new company to help fight piracy.
  • Singapore to host India's international Academy Awards


    Singapore is to host the fifth International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards on May 22.
  • Silver Bullet to open Bucharest Studios in April


    Romanian production company Silver Bullet Film is to open new studio facilities in the country at the end of April.
  • UIP confirms plans for Russian distribution office


    United International Pictures has confirmed plans to open a branch office in Moscow to distribute films directly to cinemas in Russia.
  • Walden denies Kidman link to Narnia


    Walden Media has denied widespread rumours that Nicole Kidman is poised to take a major role in the forthcoming The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe.
  • Duval to retire from UK film censor BBFC


    British Board Of Film Classification Director Robin Duval is to retire in August after five and a half years at the helm.
  • Stars line-up for Oscar Moore script reading


  • Code 46 set for UK premiere at Birmingham fest


    Michael Winterbottom's Code 46 will receive its UK premiere as the closing night film of this year's Birmingham Screen Festival.
  • EasyCinema drafts in veteran exhibitor as CEO


    Exhibition veteran Charles Wesoky has been appointed chief executive of no-frills UK exhibitor EasyCinema.
  • Bollywood specialist Eros joins UK distributor body


    Eros Group, which specialises in distributing Bollywood films in the UK, is to become a member of UK trade body the Film Distributors' Association on March 1
  • Gibson's Passion earns 18 certificate from UK censor


    Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ has received an 18 certificate from UK censor, the British Board Of Film Classification.
  • UK's Entertainment sees profits leap on back of Rings


    The UK's Entertainment Film Distributors has seen its post tax profits leap almost threefold to $61.5m (£32.6m) in the year to March 31, 2003, according to recent documents filed at official UK business registry, Companies House.
  • Void sets British box office record as biggest ever doc


    Kevin Macdonald's Touching The Void has overtaken Bowling For Columbine as the highest grossing documentary in UK box office history.
  • Mendes unveils debut Scamp slate


    Oscar winningdirector Sam Mendes has launched Scamp Film And Theatre, a new London basedfilm and theatre production company with co-directors Pippa Harris and CaroNewling.
  • Mendes unveils Scamp debut slate


    Oscar winningdirector Sam Mendes has launched Scamp Film And Theatre, a new London basedfilm and theatre production company with co-directors Pippa Harris and CaroNewling.
  • EFA opens doors to Israeli, Palestinian film-makers


    The European Film Academy (EFA) has invited Israeli and Palestinian film-makers to submit their films for the European Film Awards.
  • Wondrous director readies Dali, Lorca project


    Director Paul Morrison, whose film Wondrous Oblivion opened the Berlinale Kinderfest, is set to direct Little Ashes, a drama based on the relationship between Spanish artists Federico Garcia Lorca and Salvador Dali in 1920's Madrid.
  • Odyssey to sell One Perfect Day


    UK sales company Odyssey Entertainment has taken on worldwide rights excluding Australia and New Zealand to One Perfect Day.
  • US and UK outfits partner for British DVD label


    A new independent home video and DVD label is being launched in the UK by 3DD Entertainment, Lorber Media and Red Productions.
  • Galaxy signs up stars for April blast off


    The cast for The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - which is set to shoot at Elstree Studios in the UK from April - is rounding out.
  • Romania's Silver Bullet launches London office


    Romanian production company Silver Bullet Film has opened a London office as part of a move to lure UK productions to shoot in the country.
  • Restaurant owner named chairman of UK's Channel 4


    Luke Johnson, owner of London's famous Ivy restaurant, has been appointed as the new chairman of broadcaster Channel 4 - parent company of FilmFour.
  • UK Conservatives pledge to simplify tax system


    The UK's Conservative Party has pledged to simplify the country's tax system and has highlighted the Section 42 sale and leaseback tax break for the UK film industry as an example of over complex legislation.
  • Redbus dives into Open Water


    UK distributor and producerRedbus Pictures has acquired UK rights to low budget shark thriller OpenWater, which premiered at Sundancelast week.
  • Keene promoted to chief executive at Premier PR


    Sara Keene has been appointed to the newly created post of chief executive of Premier PR, the international entertainment PR agency.
  • Video Island partners with MSN for DVD rentals


    UK online DVD rental service Video Island has unveiled a partnership with leading UK website
  • Berlin's Panorama unveils complete line-up


    Berlin's Panorama section has unveiled its full line-up across its main programme and the Special, Dokumente and Short Films strands.
  • High Point takes over Irish Dead Bodies sales


    World sales outfit High Point Films, has taken on international sales on Irish thriller Dead Bodies.
  • Berlin unveils full Competition line-up


    The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) has rounded out its Competition section, confirming new titles from Korea, Hong Kong, Argentina, Colombia and the US.
  • Seven sign on for Berlinale jury duty


    The Berlin International Film Festival has named the seven members of its main competition jury, which will be chaired by Oscar winning actress Frances McDormand.
  • Women In Film, UIP launch second year of Directing Change


    Women in Film and Television (WFTV) and United International Pictures (UIP) are launching the second year of their UK scheme Directing Change.
  • Metrodome takes UK rights to documentary trio


    UK distributor Metrodome has acquired UK rights to three new documentaries - Bus 174, The Corporation and The Last Victory.
  • Cold Mountain heads Bafta nominations


  • Cold Mountain leads Bafta nominations


  • Sarajevo Festival wins FIAPF competitive status


    Festival watchdog FIAPF has published its list of accredited festivals for 2004, and unveiled two main changes for the year.
  • Pathe to produce The Little Prince animation


    Pathe Pictures has teamed up with French publishers, Gallimard, and the Saint-Exupery Estate to develop and produce an animated feature film based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince.
  • MGM targets Dutch and Belgian markets


    Hollywood studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer is to open offices in both Holland and Belgium in 2004.
  • Four British films make it on to BAFTA best film shortlist


    Fifteen pictures have been selected to go through to BAFTA's second round of voting for the best film category - including British pictures Calendar Girls, Love Actually, Girl With A Pearl Earring and Cold Mountain.
  • DVD helps UK video market power ahead in 2003


    The UK video retail market grew by 29.7% during 2003, with high street sales up to 199 million units, according to new figures from the British Video Association.
  • BBC Four unveils inagural World Cinema Award shortlist


    Robert Carlyle, Bjork, Mike Figgis and Alex Cox are join Jonathan Ross as the judges for the first BBC FOUR World Cinema Award - a new prize dedicated to foreign-language film.
  • Depp set for Libertine UK shoot


    The Johnny Depp starring The Libertine is to start shooting in the UK in late February.
  • BVI heads UK distributor rankings for 2003


    Buena Vista International has emerged as the leading distributor in the UK in 2003, with a £218m box office haul and 26.3% market share which was fuelled by hit films such as Finding Nemo and Pirates Of The Caribbean.
  • Fandango buys into UK's Civilian Content


    Italian production and distribution outfit Fandango, headed by Domenico Procacci, has acquired a 29% stake in Civilian Content, parent company of lottery franchise the Film Consortium and sales company The Works.
  • Marchand confirmed as chief of UK's Momentum


    Xavier Marchand has been confirmed as the new managing director of UK distributor Momentum Pictures with a mandate to expand the company into Europe and boost its UK presence.
  • UK online DVD rental market expands with Qflicks launch


    The UK online DVD rental market appears to be hotting up still further with the entry of a new player into the market, Qflicks.
  • Odeon hires banks to evaluate bids


    British cinema chain Odeon has hired investment banks Morgan Stanley and Tricorn Partners to evaluate offers for the business, according to wire and newspaper reports on Wednesday (17 Dec)
  • Rings racks up bumper UK advance ticket sales


  • London Film Critics unveil Awards contenders


  • Newell, Leconte projects win UK development funding


    New projects from directors including Mike Newell, David Mackenzie, Patrice Leconte and Chris Cunningham have received development backing from the UK Film Council
  • David Hemmings dies on Romania shoot


    UK actor David Hemmings, best known as the fashion photographer in Michelangelo Antonioni’s classic portrait of Swinging London, Blow-up, has died aged 62.
  • Vodafone casts eye over Vivendi Universal


    UK mobile phone company Vodafone has expressed an interest in buying Vivendi Universal.
  • UK secures largest share of MEDIA development funding


    UK filmmakers benefited from over Euros 2.8m (£1.9m) of MEDIA programme investment into their companies this year.
  • BSkyB strikes MGM movie deal


    UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB has struck a movie and entertainment programming deal with MGM, which will supply Sky Movies with a slate of classic titles, including all five Rocky films and 40 other features such as Twelve Angry Men to Moonstruck.
  • Ferch named EFA master of ceremonies


    German actor Heino Ferch (Wintersleepers, Comedian Harmonists), has been named as master of ceremonies at this weekend's European Film Awards (Dec 6).Meanwhile, directors Jeanne Moreau, Istvan Szabo and Pedro Almodovar will act as patrons for the nominated films. Twenty-four hours later, on Dec 7, the French-German cultural channel Arte will broadcast the ceremony within a special thematic evening on European cinema. ...
  • Post houses create£1.4bn special effect for UK economy


    The UK post-production industry generated £1.39bn in revenues in 2002 and employs 15,000 people, according to a comprehensive new study of the sector published today (Nov 27) by the UK Film Council.
  • BFI launches online film archive service


    As part of a move to make its vast film and television collection more accessible to the public, the British Film Institute (bfi) has launched a new website featuring footage from its archives.
  • Carlton strikes Spanish deals for Film Collection


    Carlton International has struck two deals with Spanish distributors to handle its Carlton Film Collection.
  • EFA to honour Chabrol, di Palma


    The European Film Academy is to honour Claude Chabrol and Carlo di Palma at its forthcoming awards ceremony.
  • Barbara Windsor wins Women in Film and TV lifetime award


    Barbara Windsor is to be awarded the Working Title Films Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2003 Five Women in Film and Television Awards (WFTV).
  • Bellocchio's Goodmorning wins EFA critics prize


    The European Film Awards have unveiled its first two prize winning films: Marco Bellocchio's Italian film Goodmorning, Night (Buongiorno, Notte) and S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine by Rithy Panh, from France.
  • Arclight clinches sales on The Merchant Of Venice


    Arclight Films has completed a string of deals on Michael Radford's The Merchant Of Venice, starring Al Pacino.
  • Arclight clinches sales on The Merchant Of Venice


    Arclight Films has completed a string of deals on Michael Radford's The Merchant Of Venice, starring Al Pacino.
  • FACT appoints UK operations director


    UK anti-piracy body FACT has appointed of Jim Angell as director of operations.Angell has been acting director of operations since the departure of Spencer Mott in August 2003. He joined FACT in 2001 after a long career in the Metropolitan Police.A Director General post will be filled in early 2004.
  • Aardman embarks on lengthy Curse shoot


    The UK's Aardman Animation (Chicken Run) has started production on its latest clay-animation feature project, The Curse Of The Wererabbit.
  • Stamp joins cast of Franchise's Fish


    Terence Stamp has joined the cast of Dead Fish, which is currently shooting in London.
  • Mouth To Mouth rolls with Egoyan as exec producer


    Atom Egoyan is acting as executive producer on Mouth To Mouth, the feature film directorial debut of Alison Murray.
  • WBITD restructures Euro sales operation


    Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) has restructured some of its European sales operations.
  • US post outfit Soundelux launches London office


    U.S. sound post-production company Soundelux has opened a London office, offering sound supervision and sound editorial services to international feature producers completing their films in the U.K.
  • European Film Academy unveils documentary contenders


    The European Film Academy has announced the nominations in its Documentary 2003 - Prix Arte category.
  • Pathe UK to send out screeners to BAFTA members


    Pathe UK has become the first major UK independent to say that it will send out screener tapes to BAFTA members this year.
  • Framestore CFC opens New York office


    London based visual effects, animation and post production house Framestore CFC is to open a New York office devoted to its advertising clients.
  • London kicks off with In The Cut gala


    The Times BFI London Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday night (Oct 22) with the Gala Premiere of In The Cut, with director Jane Campion and stars Meg Ryan and Mark Ruffalo in attendance.
  • Redbus develops horror film Fever


    Redbus Pictures has stepped up its commitment to horror films, following the huge success it has had distributing Cabin Fever in the UK.
  • Five to sponsor UK Women In Film and Television Awards


    UK broadcaster Five is to be the title sponsor of the 2003 Women in Film and Television (WFTV) Awards.
  • BSkyB revamps Sky Movies service


    BSkyB has unveiled plans to revamp its Sky Movies service, which include the addition of a World Cinema strand to showcase films such as Y Tu Mama Tambien and Good Bye, Lenin!
  • Creep cranks up in London


    Shooting began yesterday (Oct 20) on Creep, a horror film set in subterranean London starring Franka Potente (Run Lola Run, The Bourne Identity).
  • Lions Gate tipped to complete Artisan takeover deal


    Lions Gate Entertainment is expected to close a deal to acquire Artisan Entertainment this week, according to Canadian and US press reports.
  • Council diverts Funds cash to training, BFI


    The UK Film Council plans to reduce the amount of money allocated to two of its three main production funds, and instead invest the cash on training and extra money for the British Film Institute.
  • UK Film Council outlines 'son of Section 48' proposals


    UK Film Council chief executive officer John Woodward yesterday outlined the proposals for a replacement to the Section 48 tax break that the support body has presented to the government.
  • Scotland to don Maybury's Jacket


    Scotland is to host the shoot of John Maybury's $32m The Jacket, starring Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley.
  • Goldenthal wins World Soundtrack Awards for Frida


  • Berlinale's Kinderfilmfest unveils youth prize


    The Berlinale's Kinderfilmfest (Feb. 6-15, 2004) has unveiled a new award for next year's event - the Crystal Bear for the Best Youth Film The new youth film competition will showcase films aimed at audiences of 14 years of age and older. In its first year up to six films will be screened. The new series is designed to close the gap between films screened for children and those running in the other Berlinale ...
  • BBC snares Calendar Girls in major Buena Vista deal


    The BBC has struck an exclusive free-TV licensing deal with Buena Vista International Television for a package of over 100 titles, including Calendar Girls, Cold Mountain and Kill Bill.
  • Snapper takes UK for Scorsese's The Blues


    Snapper Music has acquired the UK theatrical, DVD, VHS and broadcast rights to the film series, The Blues.
  • Madden to mentor on Proof for Directing Change


    Women in Film and Television (WFTV) and United International Pictures (UIP) have named Tammy Riley-Smith as the second director to benefit from the UK scheme Directing Change.
  • Sony studio chief Calley steps down


    After months of speculation, Sony Pictures confirmed on Thursday (Oct 2) that chairman and chief executive John Calley is stepping down after seven years in the job.
  • Kuhn's Qwerty Film recruits former FilmFour executive


    Former FilmFour executive Andrew Hildebrand is to join Michael Kuhn's Qwerty Films as head of commercial and business affairs.
  • UIP targets booming Russian market


    UIP is considering opening its own distribution office in Russia, a country expected to become one of highest grossing cinema markets in Europe within five years.
  • Blanchett retuns to Oz for Little Fish


    Academy-Award nominee Cate Blanchett is set to return Australia early next year to work on one of the features in a new slate of films approved by the Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC).
  • Knibbs quits UCI for Vue


    Steve Knibbs has been appointed as chief operating officer of UK exhibitor Vue Entertainment. Knibbs will report to Tim Richards, CEO of Vue.
  • UK distributors urge common policy on BAFTA screeners


    Senior industry figures have called for all UK distributors - including those operating independently of the Hollywood studios - to agree a common line on whether or not to send out screening tapes to BAFTA members this year.
  • Four UK writers scoop funding for high concept pitches


    The UK Film Council has unveiled the winners of its latest '25 Words Or Less' film initiative - which called on writers to pitch their concept for a romantic comedy, science fiction or teen movie in not more than 25 words.
  • Optimum snares Van Sant's Elephant for UK


    UK distributor Optimum Releasing has acquired the UK rights to 2003 Palme D'Or winner Elephant.
  • Ladies In Lavender kicks off for Dance


    Charles Dance's directorial debut, Ladies In Lavender, has kicked off seven weeks of principal photography in Cornwall, London and at Pinewood Studios.
  • UPI appoints Suzuki as Japan president


    Universal Pictures International (UPI) has appointed Mutsumi Suzuki as president of Universal Pictures Japan (UPJ).
  • Online DVD rental market hots up in UK


    Two ambitious online DVD rental services have launched into the UK within a week of each other - both looking to tap into the booming DVD market.
  • BSkyB chief Ball announces decision to step down


    Tony Ball has officially confirmed that he is to step down from his job as chief executive of British Sky Broadcasting.
  • Dirty Pretty Things leads BIFA nominations


    Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things has emerged as the frontrunner for this year's British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), earning seven nominations.
  • UK Film Council offers funds to short film-makers


    The UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund is inviting filmmakers and production companies with unfinished short films to apply to the £50,000 Completion Fund.
  • Vatican cardinal backs Gibson's Passion


    A top Vatican cardinal has praised Mel Gibson's controversial film The Passion as "a triumph of art" and has rejected fears it could spark a wave of anti-Semitism.
  • Scott Free's Tristan & Isolde begins shoot in Ireland


    Filming has begun in Galway, Ireland on Scott Free's Tristan & Isolde, directed by Kevin Reynolds.
  • UK Film Council calls on distributors to apply for support


    The UK Film Council has called on film distribution companies planning to release British films at UK cinemas between Dec 1 and March 31, 2004 to apply for support from its UK Film Distribution Programme.
  • UK producers pair up for Magic Light Pictures


    UK producers Martin Pope and Michael Rose have joined forces to launch a new UK based film company Magic Light Pictures which they will jointly own and run.
  • Awards favourites line up for London Film Festival


    The Times bfi London Film Festival (Oct 22 - Nov 6) has lined up a string of Oscar buzz films for its main programme up this year.
  • Zein named as chair of UK producers body Pact.


    Tiger Aspect Productions managing director Andrew Zein is to replace Eileen Gallagher as chair of UK producers association, Pact.
  • Barclays to bankroll 'Valleywood'


    Barclays Bank has emerged as the lead funder of Dragon International Film Studios, the planned international studio complex in Wales being championed by Lord Attenborough.
  • Pathe banks on UK production future


    Pathe Pictures has secured a $32m (£20m) revolving facility deal with banks SG Corporate and Investment Banking (SG CIB) and Natexis Banques Populaires.
  • High Point takes on Godforsaken sales


    The producers of Dutch hit and Oscar candidate Twin Sisters, IdtV, have appointed High Point Films to handle international sales - excluding Benelux - on their thriller Godforsaken.Also produced by Reiner Selen of Rinkel Film, Godforsaken is directed by first time director Peter Kuijpers and has been chosen for the New Directors section at the upcoming San Sebastian Film Festival.
  • Merchant Of Venice shoot pushed back


    Shooting on Michael Radford's The Merchant Of Venice has been pushed back until the 10 November.
  • Ejiofor, Okenodo triumph at UK's 'Black Oscars'


    Dubbed the UK's Black Oscars, the Screen Nation Film and Television Awards 2003 (formerly the bfm Awards) - the UK's only awards ceremony to celebrate and reward the achievements of Black professionals in film - took place on Sept 10 at The Empire, Leicester Square.
  • EFA unveils 2003 film awards shortlist


    Forty-three European films have made it onto the selection list for the European Film Awards 2003.
  • Goal! scores as FIFA lends support


    International footballing body FIFA is to lend its support to Goal!, the ambitious football trilogy being put together by Pulp Fiction producer Lawrence Bender and Milkshake Films.
  • Vivendi Universal sells Nordic pay-TV unit


    Vivendi Universal has struck a deal to sell Canal Plus Television AB, its pay-TV unit in the Nordic region, to a consortium of equity firms for about 70 million euros.
  • Fox supplies easyCinema with first ever first-run film


    UK no-frills exhibitor easyCinema has struck a deal with 20th Century Fox to screen its first ever first-run film, Down With Love, starring Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger.
  • Sky Movies renews output deal with UK's Entertainment


    UK indie Entertainment Film Distiributors has renewed its pay-TV output deal with satellite broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB).
  • China shatters Tomb Raider 2 release hopes


    Paramount's action sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life has been banned from playing in cinemas in China.
  • Partington joins UK's Tartan Video


    Alan Partington has been appointed as the new managing director of the UK's Tartan Video.
  • Fortissimo hooked on Jarmusch's Coffee & Cigarettes


    Fortissimo Film Sales has acquired world rights to Jim Jarmusch's Coffee & Cigarettes.
  • Fortissimo takes on Jarmusch's Coffee & Cigarettes


    Fortissimo Film Sales has acquired world rights to Jim Jarmusch's Coffee & Cigarettes.
  • Fortissimo tests out Spellbound worldwide


    Fortissimo Film Sales has acquired world rights to documentary Spellbound, an account of eight ambitious young finalists in America's national spelling contest.
  • Euro directors lined-up for EFP Toronto panel


    European Film Promotion is to present a European directors panel at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.Titled 'Cinema in the 'new' Europe: Does European filmmaking have a renewed creative edge and sense of purpose'', panellists include France's Solveig Anspach, Spain's Cesc Gay, Austria's Ruth Mader, and the UK's Peter Webber.The panel will be moderated by Simon Field, co-director of the Rotterdam International Film Festival and takes place on Sept 8.
  • Euro directors lined-up for Toronto EFP event


    European Film Promotion is to present a European directors panel at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.Titled 'Cinema in the 'new' Europe: Does European filmmaking have a renewed creative edge and sense of purpose'', panellists include France's Solveig Anspach, Spain's Cesc Gay, Austria's Ruth Mader, and the UK's Peter Webber.The panel will be moderated by Simon Field, co-director of the Rotterdam International Film Festival and takes place on Sept 8.
  • Out Of Time to world premiere at Toronto


    Director Carl Franklin's Out Of Time will have its world premiere as a Gala Presentation at the 28th Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Political docs take centre stage at Toronto


    Themes of politics and international affairs dominate the line-up of documentaries playing at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.
  • BVIP falls for F&ME's Loving Glances


    UK-based independent production house Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) has struck a deal with Bjorg Veland's BVIP to represent its UK/Serbia and Montenegro co-production Loving Glances (Sjaj U Ocima) for international sales.
  • BVIP seduced by F&ME's Loving Glances


    UK-based independent production house Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) has struck a deal with Bjorg Veland's BVIP to represent its UK/Serbia and Montenegro co-production Loving Glances (Sjaj U Ocima) for international sales.
  • UK launch for black film-makers sales outfit


    Former High Point senior sales executive Sarah Chammartin has launched a new sales company which will specialise in handling films by black film-makers.
  • Euro pay-TV outfits set for revenue boom


    For the past three years, the news emanating from most of Europe's pay-TV outfits has been consistently grim.
  • Pawlikowski embarks on Love shoot


    Pawel Pawlikowski, the acclaimed director of Last Resort, has started shooting his new film, My Summer Of Love.
  • Screen International to sponsor EFA prize


    Screen International is once again to sponsor a major prize at the European Film Awards.
  • UK's Optimum acquires Thousand Months, Since Otar Left


    Optimum Releasing have acquired UK rights to A Thousand Months and Since Otar Left from Fortissimo and Celluloid Dreams respectively.
  • Carlton takes over at UK's Film Four Lab


    Peter Carlton has been appointed as head of Channel 4's experimental film division, Film Four Lab.
  • Neeson parts company with 20th Century Fox International


    Scott Neeson, president of 20th Century Fox International Theatrical, is stepping down from his position at the end of the month.
  • San Sebastian unveils Spanish competition premieres


    Three films from high profile young Spanish directors - Iciar Bollain, Cesc Gay and Achero Manas - have been selected for the official section of this year's San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 18-27).
  • UIP strikes Croatian licence deal


    United International Pictures is to distribute its films in Croatia through a new licence arrangement with Blitz Film and Video effective from August 1.
  • Australia/UK co-productions benefit from FFC cash


    Two 'commercial' Australia/UK co-productions are among four feature films to receive backing from Australia's Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC) in its latest round of funding.
  • Calendar Girls set for open air world premiere


    Nigel Cole's highly anticipated Calendar Girls is set to make its world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival (Aug 6-16), as an outdoor screening in the Piazza Grande in front of a potential audience of 7,000.
  • Cannes pays tribute to Alexander Walker


    Cannes president Gilles Jacob has paid tribute to film critic Alexander Walker, who died suddenly yesterday.
  • Diller, Redstone weigh up joint bid for Vivendi


    Barry Diller has been talking to Viacom chief Sumner Redstone about a possible joint bid for Vivendi Universal's U.S. show business empire, Reuters reported on Tuesday quoting 'sources close to the auction.'
  • Chadha's Bride And Prejudice begins Ealing shoot


    Filming begins today (July 14) on Bride And Prejudice - The Bollywood Musical, the Bollywood style re-telling of the Jane Austen classic by the team behind Bend It Like Beckham - director/producer Gurinder Chadha and producer Deepak Nayar.
  • France wins 'cultural exception' fight in EU charter


    France won a last-ditch battle this week to maintain its right of veto in a future European Union constitution to protect its film and television industry in international trade negotiations.
  • Mellis & Scinto to script Potsdamer Platz for Scott, Searchlight


    Louis Mellis and David Scinto, writers ofSearchlight's Sexy Beast, have been signed to write the screenplay for Tony Scott's planned film version of the novel Potsdamer Platz which is being developed at Fox Searchlight Pictures.
  • UK scriptwriters learn to pitch in 25 words or less


    Four feature films pitched using 25 words or less have been granted development funding from UK support body the Film Council.
  • UIP to distribute Sony films in Poland


    United International Pictures (UIP) and Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI) have unveiled a long-term agreement that will see UIP release CFTDI pictures in Poland.
  • CineNova strikes MGM, Fox deals


    Amsterdam based movie channel CineNova has signed new film licensing agreements with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and 20th Century Fox. CineNova already sources movies from shareholders Sony Pictures Entertainment and Buena Vista International Television, as well as movies from outfits such as Indies Entertainment Group, RCV Entertainment Group, Three Lines Pictures, Les Films De L'Elysee, Paradiso Filmed Entertainment and Dreamworks SKG.The ...
  • Warner Bros kicks off Matrix marketing onslaught


    Warner Bros kicked off in earnest its international marketing campaign for The Matrix sequels this week, with a major London presentation - titled The Year Of The Matrix - to introduce the two films to the industry.
  • Global ticket prices keeping ahead of inflation


    Ticket prices are rising faster than inflation in most of the major cinema markets around the world - with the notable exception of Japan.
  • UK Film Council funds seven company slates


    The UK Film Council has invested US$1,878,401 (£1,171,000) in seven company slate deals with British film production outfits.
  • BBC Worldwide to co-produce feature documentary with Germany's Greenlight


    BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, is working on a theatrical version of its acclaimed natural history documentary series The Blue Planet.
  • Bloody Sunday director prepares Jimi Hendrix project


    Paul Greengrass, the award winning director of Bloody Sunday, is preparing to shoot a film about the last days of rock-legend Jimi Hendrix.
  • Minghella promotes location Romania


    Ever since director Anthony Minghella finished his shoot of Cold Mountain, he's been asked one question repeatedly by fellow directors: what's it like to shoot in Romania.
  • Sandy Lieberson named head of Film London


    Veteran film producer Sandy Lieberson has been appointed chair of Film London, the new body charged with representing and developing the film industry in the UK capital.
  • Berlin unveils full Panorama line-up


    Over thirty feature films have been selected for the final Panorama section (Main Programme & Specials) of the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-14), which will open with Emir Kusturica's production Jagoda In The Supermarket (Jagoda u Supermarketu) (pictured) by Dusan Milic.
  • Huge selection as full Panorama line-up is unveiled


    Over thirty feature films have been selected for the final Panorama section (Main Programme & Specials) of the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-14), which will open with Emir Kusturica's production Jagoda In The Supermarket (Jagoda u Supermarketu) (pictured) by Dusan Milic.
  • Forum of New Cinema line-up finally unveiled


    Fifty two films from 24 countries have been selected for the Forum of New Cinema at next month's Berlin International Film Festival.
  • Chairman Case steps down at AOL Time Warner


    Steve Case, the architect of the $106bn merger of AOL and Time Warner, is to stand down from the top job at the troubled media conglomerate.
  • Berlin confirms bulk of competition line-up


    The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16) has officially unveiled 19 films from Europe Asia, USA and Africa which will feature in its main competition program.
  • Berlin confirms bulk of competition programme


    The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16) has officially unveiled 19 films from Europe Asia, USA and Africa which will feature in its main competition programme.
  • Ex-Granada boss Morrison appointed chair of North West Vision


    Steve Morrison, the former chief executive of UK television broadcaster Granada, has been appointed as chair of North West Vision - the body responsible for developing film and television in the north west of England.
  • UK video/DVD sales surge in 2002


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  • 2002: the united states of cinema


    When the year began it still seemed that Europe, cinema's ancestral home, was pulling its historical weight again. Jean Marie-Messier was at the helm of Franco-American entertainment conglomerate Vivendi-Universal, Germany's Neuer Markt listed companies were still in the game, and UK mini-studio FilmFour was mounting star-studded productions aimed at the international market.
  • Chicago heads Golden Globe nominees


    Miramax musical Chicago has emerged as front-runner in nominations for the 60th annual Golden Globes, with a total of eight nods - just ahead of Stephen Daldry's The Hours which is nominated in seven categories.
  • Academy unveils animated Oscar contenders


    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has given the greenlight for 17 films to compete in the best animated feature film Oscar category in the 2002 Academy Awards competition.
  • French investigators raid Vivendi offices


    French legal investigators have raided Vivendi Universal's headquarters as part of a probe into records during the era of former chairman Jean-Marie Messier.
  • Kongrod takes over at Sandrew Metronome


    Morten Kongrod (43) has been appointed CEO and president of Sandrew Metronome AB, Sweden, and head of the Nordic Sandrew Metronome Group.
  • Columbia backs film spin-off of BBC's Stella Street


    Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group is backing a film spin-off of the BBC television series Stella Street, which parodies celebrity existence and pokes fun at the likes of Michael Caine, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman.
  • Dougray Scott takes part in football hooligan drama


    A hard hitting film about football hooligans starring Dougray Scott has gone into production in the UK.
  • First Thai film festival launches in UK


    The Royal Thai Embassy is backing the launch of the first Thai Film Festival in the UK (Nov 28-Dec 5)
  • The Mill cuts its film division out of the picture


    In a further sign of the difficult times facing the UK film industry, Oscar winning special effects company, The Mill, is pulling out of feature film. The London based company is blaming the move on the volatile nature of the industry and a desire to concentrate on its advertising activities.
  • UK cinema launches distribution venture to pick up Kurdish titles


    UK arthouse venue The Rio Cinema has launched a new distribution venture, acquiring UK rights to two films showing in the London Kurdish Film Festival - Handan Ipekci's Hejar and Jano Rosebiani's Jiyan.
  • Euro animation enjoys production surge


    Production of animated feature films in Europe is at an all-time high, according to a study of the industry published by Cartoon, the European animation association.
  • UK submits The Warrior as Academy Award contender


    The UK has submitted Asif Kapadia's Hindi language film The Warrior as its official entry in the best foreign language film category at the Academy Awards.
  • Channel 4 slashes staff numbers as part of radical overhaul


    UK broadcaster and former stalwart of the British film industry Channel 4 has embarked on the most radical shake-up in its 20 year history, announcing plans to slash 200 jobs.
  • Buckingham takes charge of UK arthouse 'virtual circuit'


    Former FilmFour deputy chief executive Peter Buckingham has been appointed as head of the Film Council's new distribution and exhibition fund.
  • Anglo-French film investment alliance takes shape


    In a bid to stimulate co-production activity between the two countries, UK and French film support agencies The Film Council and the CNC are exploring ways of working together more closely.
  • US regulator blocks EchoStar, DirecTV satellite merger


    EchoStar Communications $16.2bn bid to acquire rival satellite television outfit DirecTV was dealt a potentially fatal blow yesterday when the US communications regulator moved to block the deal.
  • Bloody Sunday wins over Dinard jury


    Paul Greengrass's Bloody Sunday added to its tally of festival prizes over the weekend, winning the top award - the Hitchcock D'Or - at the Dinard British Film Festival (3-6 October).
  • Wales paves way for new international film studio


    Plans for a film studio complex in Wales received a boost yesterday, when the Welsh parliament scrapped its main objection to the project.
  • Britain delivers six of the best to Dinard festival


    Actresses Patsy Kensit and Emilia Fox and director Brian Gilbert will form the British contingent on the jury of this year's Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard (Oct 3-6).French actor Gerard Darmon will act as jury president, overseeing a total jury of thirteen. His fellow French jury also includes actresses Christine Boisson, Lou Doillon, Charlotte Valandrey and Elsa Zylberstein, director Claire Devers, journalist/ director Alain Beverini, actor/ directors Xavier Beauvois ...
  • New BSkyB channel to have heavy film accent


    Films will form an integral part of a new entertainment channel to be launched by UK pay-TV broadcaster BSkyB under the aegis of Dawn Airey, who was appointed managing director of Sky Networks over the weekend.Airey, currently chief executive of Channel 5, will join BSkyB in early 2003 in a role that will see her take charge of all programming except for Sky Sports. She reports directly to BSkyB chief executive Tony Ball.One of her first tasks will be to launch a new ...
  • AOL Time Warner boss stresses importance of UK and Europe


    AOL Time Warner boss Dick Parsons said he wants to expand the company's international presence, with the UK and Europe seen as priorities for growth ahead of the rest of the world.
  • Works starts on new film studio for Cornwall


    Work is underway in St Agnes, Cornwall on the construction of a $9m (£5.76m) film studio complex, the first to be built in the South West of England.
  • Hodgson appointed chief executive of ITC


    Patricia Hodgson, currently BBC director of public policy, has been appointed chief executive of UK commercial broadcasting body the Independent Television Commission (ITC).