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Wendy Mitchell

  • Bruce Robinson is 'comeback kid' with Rum Diary

    9-Apr-2009

    Bruce Robinson jokes that on the set of The Rum Diary starring Johnny Depp, he is the ‘comeback kid’ - directing his first film since 1992’s Jennifer 8. ‘Now I’m working with the world’s most famous movie star all of a sudden,’ Robinson says. ‘It’s kind of a shock to the central nervous system.’
  • Good Pitch at Hot Docs selects five social issue projects

    7-Apr-2009

    The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival’s Toronto Documentary Forum (TDF) will welcome five projects as part of The Good Pitch at Hot Docs, inpartnership with the Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation and Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and also supported by the Fledgling Fund and Working Films.
  • Producers say NY tax credit extension is good news, if a temporary fix

    7-Apr-2009

    New York State has unveiled a Budget that extends the state’s 30% film and TV production tax credit. The state has now set aside $350m for the extension of the incentive, as part of the $132bn budget presented by Governor David Paterson (given final approval by the state Senate on April 4).
  • Sarasota's top prizes go to The Maid, Winnebago Man

    5-Apr-2009

    Sebastian Silva’s Sundance award winner The Maid continued its winning spree by taking the honours for Best Narrative Feature at the 11th annual Sarasota Film Festival. The Best Documentary Feature was Ben Steinbauer’s Winnebago Man.For the first year, Sarasota’s awards came with distribution prizes. The narrative feature gets a DVD/VOD/TV and first-look theatrical offer for US distribution from Film Movement and will be screened at ...
  • Tribeca panelists to include Spike Lee, Tommy Ramone

    30-Mar-2009

  • Czech Center New York to host contemporary European filmseries

    30-Mar-2009

  • RiverRun to open with Mark Webb's (500) Days Of Summer

    26-Mar-2009

    The RiverRun International Film Festival will open its 11th-annual event on April 22 with Mark Webb's (500) Days Of Summer. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina, event will close April 29 with a screening of Harold Lloyd's classic 1928 silent comedy Speedy accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra.
  • Babelgum takes online/mobile rights to Workbook's Radar

    25-Mar-2009

  • Babelgum offers mobile video application to US users

    24-Mar-2009

    Online content platform Babelgum has released a US version of its mobile video application. At the same time the babelgum.com website has been redesigned with a Flash-based player.Babelgum had previously launched its mobile services in the UK and Italy.In the US, the mobile appication is free and available for download on iPhone and iPod Touch with a G-Phone 1 version coming later this month. Babelgum hopes to soon offer the applications to Blackberry ...
  • Tribeca All Access selects 27 projects from US, UK, Australia, Canada

    23-Mar-2009

    The Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Film Institute have selected 27 projects for the 2009 Tribeca All Access programme, which encourages industry support of filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities.
  • Cherien Dabis on Amreeka

    20-Mar-2009

    Cherien Dabis' feature debut Amreeka, a richly observed story of Arab-American immigrants in middle America, hits very close to home. 'I grew up in Ohio, going back to Jordan every summer,' Dabis says. 'I had a sort of identity crisis - I wasn't American enough for the Americans nor Arab enough for the Arabs. Film became my way of bridging the gap between these two different places.'
  • Producer Paul Mezey looks outward from NYC

    20-Mar-2009

    Paul Mezey does not have the insular New York mind-set of some independent producers based in the Big Apple. One of his next two productions, Joshua Marston's Blood Feud (working title), will shoot in Northern Albania while David Riker's The Girl will shoot in Texas and Mexico.
  • Critical Condition: How media downsizing impacts indie film

    13-Mar-2009

    Mark Lipsky knows first hand how important critics can be for an independent film's success. Lipsky, now head of Gigantic Digital, was working for New Yorker Films in 1981 when Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert championed a little film called My Dinner With Andre on their syndicated TV show. When the show aired, the film had been slated to close its short run within three days; but because of the rave review, it went on to play an amazing year-long run at New York's Lincoln ...
  • SXSW's Janet Pierson talks about being part of 'a film's life'

    13-Mar-2009

    Janet Pierson did not set out to become the head of a film festival, but aged 51 she finds herself with the unexpected task of running the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference & Festival.
  • Sarasota to open with Oren Moverman's The Messenger

    11-Mar-2009

    The 11th-annual Regal Entertainment Group Sarasota Film Festival will kick off in the Florida city on March 27 with a screening of Oren Moverman's The Messenger. The military-themed drama, which won the Berlinale's Silver Bear for Screenwriting, stars Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton and Jena Malone. Foster, Harrelson and Moverman are expected to attend opening night, which will honour the themes of the film by welcoming local members of the armed forces.
  • Tribeca adds world premieres by Steven Soderbergh, Cheryl Hines

    11-Mar-2009

    The Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled the remainder of its 2009 programme with the out-of-competition selections for its Encounters, Spotlight, Showcase, Restored/Rediscovered and Midnight sections.
  • Technology's transformation of the film business

    6-Mar-2009

    A dance floor in Indonesia is not the most likely place for a US seller and a German buyer to negotiate an acquisition deal. Yet with the transformation of the film business due to cellphones, PDAs (personal digital assistant) and other mobile devices, anywhere is valid as a place to do business. 'I did a $1.5m deal on a movie with a German buyer when I was in a nightclub in Bali at 2am,' recalls Nicolas Chartier, president of Los Angeles-based sales company Voltage Pictures. 'I took ...
  • Extra Virgin: getting creative in Thailand

    5-Mar-2009

    In a year of economic crisis, not to mention political upheaval at home, Thailand's Extra Virgin is a rare independent company that is expanding its business.
  • Durand takes new VP marketing role at Warner Bros France

    4-Mar-2009

  • Liew Seng Tat aims higher with second feature

    27-Feb-2009

    Malaysian writer/director Liew Seng Tat enjoyed a festival hit with his debut feature, Flower In The Pocket, which won the New Currents award and audience award at Pusan 2007 and a Tiger award at Rotterdam 2008.
  • Minority report: training in the US

    27-Feb-2009

    Minority training in the US
  • Content Republicto handleonline release of The Republic Of Love

    26-Feb-2009

    Digital distribution company Content Republichas struck a dealwith The Works International to distribute Deepa Mehta's The Republic Of Love online in European territories including Benelux, Germany, Italy and France.Content Republic will release The Republic Of Love this spring as part of its recently announced deal with Babelgum as well as other online partners.
  • Poul, Wright to adapt Dews' Must Read After My Death

    23-Feb-2009

  • Adam Yauch's indie music approach to film

    20-Feb-2009

  • Olaf de Fleur breaks the ice

    20-Feb-2009

    Olaf de Fleur says he has been through 'a good film school of dos and don'ts' in the past few busy years making a string of very different feature films. 'I've been working on quantity, just doing a lot of films for the past four or five years,' the Icelandic director says. 'You need four or five films to get the language of film correct.'
  • Lance Weiler's multi-screen ambitions

    13-Feb-2009

    Many independent film-makers try to self-distribute their films or use new platforms; Lance Weiler has actually succeeded in grossing $5m from the self-distribution and digital dissemination of his past work.
  • Simon Ellis talks Dogging...and romance

    13-Feb-2009

    Simon Ellis became one of the hottest rising talents of the UK film scene with his lauded short film, Soft, about a father and son coming to terms with bullying. That Bafta-nominated film won 35 festival prizes including best international short at Sundance 2008.
  • New Directors/New Films to open with Amreeka, close with Push

    12-Feb-2009

    Cherien Dabis' Amreeka will open the New Directors/New Films 2009 programme presented by New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Amreeka is about a single mother and her teenage son who move from Ramallah to middle America.
  • Joseph Phillips takes lead in UK family feature Halo Boy

    12-Feb-2009

    Director Stephen Cookson is currently shooting family feature Halo Boy in London for CKM Entertainments.
  • Arthouse takes on Shulman doc Visual Acoustics

    12-Feb-2009

    Arthouse Films has acquired North American and worldwide rights to feature documentary Visual Acoustics: The Modernism Of Julius Shulman.
  • Middle east - First of the storytellers

    30-Jan-2009

    Chadi Zeneddine is shouldering the expectations of many aspiring film-makers in the Arab world. The 30-year-old Lebanese film-maker has been tapped by Disney to write and direct The Last Of The Storytellers, the first Arabic-language feature backed by a US studio.
  • Profile: The International producer Chuck Roven

    30-Jan-2009

    With a career spanning more than 25 years, producer Charles 'Chuck' Roven is not letting a huge hit like The Dark Knight sidetrack him from the kinds of films he has always enjoyed making.
  • Palestinian territories - bearing fruit

    20-Jan-2009

    Najwa Najjar has first-hand experience of the Middle Eastern conflicts that inspired her debut narrativefeature, Pomegranates And Myrrh.
  • United States - Welcome visitors

    16-Jan-2009

    New York-based Visit Films has established itself as a growing boutique sales company for the kind of smaller-budget festival hits that can become lost in the international marketplace.
  • United States - 7th heaven

    9-Jan-2009

    Producers Allen Bain and Jesse Scolaro are keen to remember their humble roots even as their New York-based company The 7th Floor grows. "We want to be a company that helps people starting out in their careers, giving people opportunities they might not otherwise have," says Bain. "You could be a camera assistant or a locations assistant who might have an amazing script."
  • Lyes Salem's Masquerades takes top prize in Dubai

    18-Dec-2008

    The Dubai International Film Festival closed its fifth edition tonight with Lyes Salem's comedy Masquerades taking the top prize for best film in the Muhr Awards for Excellence In Arab Cinema. The French-Algerian production also won the festival's first FIPRESCI prize. Director Salem also stars in the tale of an Algerian man who wants to marry off his narcoleptic sister.Another big winner in the Arabic competition ...
  • Alexandra Maria Lara to star in groundbreaking Dubai-set drama

    14-Dec-2008

    An international cast including Control and The Baader Meinhof Complex actress Alexandra Maria Lara, Bollywood rising star Sonu Sood, US-based, Egyptian-born comedian Ahmed Ahmed, The Tudors' Natalie Dormer and hip-hop starThe Narcicyst are lining up for City Of Life, a new feature film to shoot in Dubai.
  • Dubai Film Market announces first deals

    14-Dec-2008

    As the Dubai International Film Festival crossed its midway point, the inaugural Dubai Film Market (DFM) reported its first deals. The first sale of the market was Alchemy Films taking on Middle East rights to South African comedy Mr Bones 2, already a box-office hit at home. Gray Hofmeyr directs the Videovision Entertainment project starring Leon Schuster.
  • In Focus: Cinetic's new world

    12-Dec-2008

    When Wayne Wang's feature The Princess Of Nebraska streamed for free on YouTube in mid-October, it was not a leak, it was the official digital release - and world premiere - of the film.
  • Dubai International Film Festival and Market opens

    11-Dec-2008

    The fifth Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) opens today with Oliver Stone's W ., kicking off a week long programme that includes 181 films, 11 world premieres and runs parallel to the inaugural Dubai Film Market.
  • Jonathan Demme options Michel Faber novella The Courage Consort

    5-Dec-2008

    Director Jonathan Demme will keep working in both documentary and narrative film-making after the success of his recent return to fiction, Rachel Getting Married. Demme has optioned Michel Faber's The Courage Consort and plans to develop the screenplay in 2009.Demme is a big fan of Faber's work and says 'Robyn Hitchcock turned me on to him.' He and Hitchcock worked together on concert ...
  • Frozen River, Trouble The Water take top prizes at Gothams

    3-Dec-2008

    It was Sundance redux at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, as Park City's grand jury award winners Frozen River and Trouble The Water were named best feature and best documentary, respectively.
  • Interview: Splinter and Grudge 3 director Toby Wilkins

    28-Nov-2008

    'My sensibilities tend to be on the darker side,' says director Toby Wilkins. That sounds like an understatement considering that his feature directorial debut, Splinter, has a very memorable scene in which a severed hand comes to life. Yet Wilkins is not about gore for gore's sake. 'For me, the focus is on characters and situations, not just the whiz-bang,' he says.
  • LA-based Producer's Utopia launched as new production tool

    21-Nov-2008

    Los Angeles-based producer Andria Litto is one of the partnerslaunching Producer's Utopia, a new technology platform for the filmindustry.The secure Web-based programme (www.producersutopia.com) is used for storing and sharing documents related to film development and production, including scripts, contracts, budgets, call sheets, correspondence, deal memos, budgets, schedules and distribution agreements. It creates a paperless, mobile office with customized access privileges ...
  • Aspect strikes AFM deals, plans LA-based production partnership

    10-Nov-2008

    John P Aguirre's college comedy The Utopian Society starring Malin Akerman is already out on DVD in the US via Warner Bros and now Hugh Edwards' Aspect Film has closed new deals for Scandinavia (Scanbox), Romania (Globcom), and the Middle East (Front Row).Monty Lapica's festival hit Self Medicated, about out of control youth, has sold to Benelux (Homvision) and North America (THINKFilm).
  • Acne, Kassim take top prizes at AFI Fest

    9-Nov-2008

    AFI Fest 2008 has awarded its grand jury prize for best international feature to Federico Veiroj's Acne. A special mention went to Igor Voloshin's Nirvana.Acne premiered at Cannes Directors Fortnight. Veiroj's feature directorial debut, which he also wrote, is a co-production between Uruguay, Argentina, Spain and Mexico. The story follows insecure 13-year-old Rafael dealing with family problems ...
  • Nicolas Winding Refn's Bronson breaks out for Protagonist

    9-Nov-2008

    UK-based sales company Protagonist Pictures has closed a slew of sales on Nicolas Winding Refn's Bronson. Deals have been done with Canada (Alliance), France (Wildside), Australia (Madman), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Portugal (Lusomundo), and Middle East (Front Row). Vertigo Films produces with 4DH in association with St8jacket Creations, EM Media and Aramid. Vertigo will also handle the UK release.Tom Hardy (
  • One Eyed Films scares up Mud Zombie

    9-Nov-2008

    Betina Goldman's One Eyed Films has boosted its slate by adding the first Brazilian zombie film, Mud Zombie (Mangue Negro), the feature directorial debut of Rodrigo Aragao. The film is about a fishing community in remote Espirito Santo, Brazil, that is plagued by zombie-like creatures from the muddy swamp.One Eyed's slate also includes Adrian Garcia Bogliano's I'll Never Die Alone, a revenge thriller ...
  • Altadena takes on AFI pick A Necessary Death

    8-Nov-2008

    Los Angeles- and London-based Altadena Films has taken on sales for A Necessary Death, written and directed by Daniel Stamm and produced by Brian Udovich (The Wackness, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane) and GJ Echternkamp.The completed film is screening during AFM; it world premiered at SXSW and will also screen Saturday and Sunday at the AFI Fest.The cast features Gilbert John, Matt Tilley, ...
  • Content takes on Japanese Oscar submission Departures

    8-Nov-2008

    ContentFilm International has taken on international rights to Yojiro Takita's Departures, which is Japan's submission for the foreign-language Oscar race. Departures (Okuribito) is already a box-office hit in Japan, taking more than 3m admissions ($25m) and it also won Best Film at the Montreal Wrold Film Festival in August. Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, ...
  • Oudney's French Film wins US and UK deals

    8-Nov-2008

    The Works International has struck a US deal with IFC Festival Direct for Jackie Oudney's French Film. Vertigo has taken UK rights. The film has also sold to Australia and New Zealand (Madman), Canada (Mongrel Media), and the CIS/Baltic States (Russian Report). The US deal was brokered by The Works International head Joy Wong with IFC's Arianna Bocco and Elizabeth Nastro.The UK deal was negotiated between producers ...
  • Anchor Bay starts new theatrical arm; taps Kasha for acquisitions

    8-Nov-2008

    Home entertainment company Anchor Bay Entertainment is launching a new theatrical film arm, Anchor Bay Films, headed by Anchor Bay Entertainment President Bill Clark.Anchor Bay Entertainment CEO Chris McGurk said the new division will aim to release 8-10 films per year as platform releases. 'While many entertainment companies are now dissolving or scaling back their independent film divisions and the independent video industry is experiencing major consolidation, ...
  • Hayden Christensen in talks for lead in HandMade's remake of Mona Lisa

    7-Nov-2008

    Hayden Christensen is in formal negotiations to take the lead in HandMade's remake of Mona Lisa. He will take on a younger version of George, the character made famous by Bob Hoskins in the original.Larry Clark will direct the project, budgeted at about $8m and set to shoot in New York from March 2009. Clark also wrote the script with David Reeves.Further cast will be announced in the next few weeks. The original ...
  • Jinga Films sells Everything to Ruscico for Russia/CIS

    7-Nov-2008

    UK-based sales company Jinga Films continues its AFM deals by selling all rights for Russia and CIS for Richard Hawkins' Everything to Ruscico.Ray Winstone stars in the thriller/drama.Jinga has also closed an eight-film package deal with Viswaas Films for India and Malaysia. Films in that package include Tom Tyrwhitt's youth thriller Hush Your Mouthstarring Jason ...
  • Milla Jovovich comes back with William H Macy

    7-Nov-2008

    Milla Jovovich has joined the cast of William H Macy's directorial debut Keep Coming Back. Macy and Steve Buscemi will also star in the coming-of-age story.ContentFilm has international rights and expects more cast to be announced soon.Jovovich plays a recovering alcoholic ex-stripper who meets a sheltered 18-year-old boy with a sensitive heart who pretends to be hard living to get her attention. Will Aldis wrote the script. ...
  • Mr Nice adds Chloe Sevigny, sells for Canada and UK

    7-Nov-2008

    Independent has pre-sold Bernard Rose's Mr Nice to Canada's Entertainment One and its UK affiliate Contender.Chloe Sevigny, David Thewlis and Omid Djalili have now joined the cast, which is led by Rhys Ifans in the title role. Ifans plays Howard Marks, the UK's infamous Oxford-educated drug baron. Marks himself is supporting the project. Rose adapted the screenplay from Mark's autobiography of the same name.Sevigny ...
  • Omega Entertainment gets two from Hillenbrands

    7-Nov-2008

    Omega Entertainment has signed a two-picture deal with Hill & Brand Entertainment to handle international sales for Transylmania and The Black Arrow.Both are projects produced and directed by the Hillenbrand brothers. Transylmania is a completed college comedy/vampire spoof that will open for sales here at the AFM, and it is slated for a US theatrical release ...
  • In focus: The makings of a mega-hit

    7-Nov-2008

    Even Alan Horn, president/COO of Warner Bros, could not have predicted quite the mega box-office success of The Dark Knight, which is nearing the $1bn threshold. 'We knew the film was good. We didn't know if we're going to have a picture that does $300m or $900 million,' he says. 'This kind of business is extraordinary. It was all the factors that burst into full bloom here.'
  • United States - Access All Areas

    7-Nov-2008

    It sounds like any jaded Hollywood exec's worst nightmare: inviting Joe six-pack to pitch you a film idea. But that's exactly the proposition from Larry Meistrich's latest venture, Nehst Studios, a content financing, development, production, and distribution company.
  • Bankside strikes US Baker deal with Panorama

    6-Nov-2008

    UK-based Bankside Films has kicked off the AFM by announcing that Panorama Entertainment has taken all US rights to Gareth Lewis' The Baker.Gareth's brother Damian Lewis stars with Kate Ashfield and Michael Gambon. The comedy is about a hitman who hides out in a remote village where locals mistake him for the new baker.New York-based Panorama plans a theatrical release in spring 2009 after the film plays at US festivals.
  • Ealing goes gravedigging with John Landis comedy

    6-Nov-2008

    John Landis will direct black comedy Burke And Hare for Ealing Studios and Fragile Films.Based on a true story, Burke And Hare is about two 19th century graverobbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school. Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft, who previously wrote Ealing hit St Trinian's, wrote the script. Ealing/Fragile's Barnaby ...
  • Geoffrey Rush sings along with Bankside's Bran Nue Dae

    6-Nov-2008

    Geoffrey Rush has signed on to lead the cast of Bran Nue Dae, which Bankside Films is selling here. Fellow Australian actors Ernie Dingo, Missy Higgins and Dan Sultan will also star in the feature adaptation of the popular Australian stage musical. Rachel Perkins co-writes and directs.Principal photography started in Broome, Western Australia on October 31. A teen Aboriginal boy runs away from his religious boarding school, ...
  • IFC Festival Direct moves into High Point's Left Bank

    6-Nov-2008

    High Point Films continues its AFM sales with IFC Festival Direct taking North American rights to chiller Left Bank.The deal was struck with High Point's director of sales Elisar Cabrera and IFC manager of acquisitions Jeff Deutchman.Left Bank is the feature debut of Belgian director Pieter van Hees, part of a planned loose trilogy. Eline Kuppens stars as an introverted ...
  • Intandem rocks with Bendelack's Sweet Baby Jesus

    6-Nov-2008

    London-based Intandem Films has taken on worldwide rights for Steve Bendelack's new comedy Sweet Baby Jesus. The cast will include Lily Tomlin, Tom Green, Melanie Griffith, Michael McKean, Alison Pill (Milk), and Sean Brosnan (Laws Of Attraction).The ensemble comedy revisits the story of the Nativity set in 1970s Bethlehem, Maryland.
  • Jinga strikes two-film deal with MIG

    6-Nov-2008

    UK-based sales company Jinga Films has signed a two-picture deal with MIG Film for all rights in German-speaking Europe for Summer Scars and Hell's Ground.Julian Richards' Summer Scars is a coming of age thriller and Omar Ali Khan's Hell's Ground (Zibahkhana) is a zombie comedy shot in Pakistan.Jinga's ...
  • MercuryMedia strikes BBC deal for debt doc IOUSA

    6-Nov-2008

    London-based MercuryMedia has struck a UK television deal with the BBC's current affairs strand This World for IOUSA.Patrick Creadon's Sundance-selected documentary feature has its UK premiere at this week's Sheffield Doc/Fest.IOUSA is about America's growing national debt and its consequences.Here at AFM, the film screens today and tomorrow for Cinema Vault.The ...
  • Goalpost starts sales on Jean Charles de Menezes story Brazuca

    5-Nov-2008

    Brazuca, the Jean Charles de Menezes project formerly known as Leave To Remain or Jean Charles, has finished principal photography after shooting in both the UK and Brazil.UK-based Goalpost Film is launching international sales here at the AFM, and Imagem Group will handle Latin American sales. The film will be delivered in mid-2009.The new ...
  • High Point strikes North American deal with BFS for The Race

    5-Nov-2008

    High Point Films is kicking off AFM with a North American pre-sale for its new family feature The Race. BFS Entertainment has pre-bought all North American rights. Colm Meaney, Susan Lynch and Niamh McGirr star in the story of the young daughter of poor farmers who dreams of becoming a racing driver.Andre F Nebe, who has made a series of award-winning shorts, makes his feature directorial debut. Michael Garland is producing ...
  • Intandem signs on for $25m supernatural thriller Mortis Rex

    5-Nov-2008

    UK-based Intandem Films has taken on world rights for and will executive produce supernatural action thriller Mortis Rex.The film will mark the directorial debut of Peter Briggs, who was one of the writers on Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy and has been a writer-for-hire for studio films.The $25m project will shoot in the second quarter of 2009.Set in 122 AD, the story follows ...
  • HanWay sees Afterlife with Gurinder Chadha

    4-Nov-2008

    HanWay Films is starting worldwide sales here at the AFM on Gurinder Chadha's next film, It's A Wonderful Afterlife. The family comedy will start shooting in February 2009.Chadha bills the project as My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Shaun Of The Dead. The film is set in multi-cultural London, where a mother's comic obsession to marry-off her daughter ...
  • Market preview: American Film Market

    31-Oct-2008

    Across the US, the buzzwords in store windows and nightly newscasts are slashed prices, bargains andcost-cutting. Yet the rallying cry ahead of this year’s American Film Market (AFM), which runs November5-12, is ‘bigger is better’.
  • AFM buzz - The UK

    31-Oct-2008

    Following a quiet Cannes, the UK had a particularly strong Toronto with 22 features in the programme. The AFM will be the first official market for many of the Toronto premieres. They include the documentary Sounds Like Teen Spirit: A Popumentary for Intandem, The Secret Of Moonacre for Velvet Octopus, and The Other Man and Easy Virtue for Ealing Studios International.
  • Profile: Film Movement

    31-Oct-2008

    With many old-school distributors worrying how new technologies could eat into their theatrical models, it is safe to say a company like Film Movement has all its bases covered.
  • Profile: Nick Fraser, editor of BBC's Storyville

    31-Oct-2008

    The economy of docs is more fragile than it was five years ago,' says Nick Fraser, one of the world's key players in the field as the editor of the BBC's Storyville, the public broadcaster's renowned international documentary strand. 'The promise has been fulfilled in the quality of titles but not always in the box office. Also, all the broadcasters are under pressure.'
  • Denmark - Madsen burns bright

    17-Oct-2008

    Ole Christian Madsen, director of Danish smash Flame & Citron, is modest about the remarkable success of his Second World War epic which has grossed more than $9m at the local box office, and is the most popular Danish film for 10 years.
  • In Focus: How To Lose Friends & Alienate People.

    3-Oct-2008

    Journalist Toby Young has a reputation for being an obnoxious cad with few likeable qualities - this is a man who brought a stripper to the office on Bring Your Daughter To Work Day. So reinventing Young for a big-screen version of his memoirs How To Lose Friends & Alienate People meant the star had to be innately funny and likeable. Enter one of the UK's hottest home-grown actors, Simon Pegg.
  • Australia - Blind Ambition

    26-Sep-2008

    Matthew Newton has a passion for stories about male relationships. Three Blind Mice, which he wrote, directed and starred in, follows three young Australian navy officers who have one last night in Sydney before going to Iraq. It won a special commendation when it premiered at the Sydney Film Festival and received positive reviews at Toronto earlier this month. Prior to that was the 2004 experimental feature, Right Here, Right Now, about friends who intervene with a suicidal ...
  • United Kingdom - Spirit of the ages

    26-Sep-2008

    Jamie J Johnson, a former Screen International Star of Tomorrow, had an unusual tour of Europe making his debut feature documentary, Sounds Like Teen Spirit: A Popumentary, which had its world premiere in Toronto.
  • High Point takes on Pieter van Hees' debut horror Left Bank

    25-Sep-2008

    High Point Films has taken on world rights outside of Benelux to Pieter van Hees' debut feature Left Bank.
  • Vue to host one-night Arctic Monkeys film screening

    23-Sep-2008

    Vue and other independent cinemas in the UK will host a special one-night presentation on Oct 14 of Arctic Monkey At The Apollo, a Warp Films Production presented by Warp Films, Domino and Bang Bang.
  • LoveFilm UK strikes marketing deal for Lionsgate UK titles

    23-Sep-2008

    Online DVD rental company and entertainment website LoveFilm has struck a multi-title marketing partnership with Lionsgate UK.
  • Revolver scares up multi-platform holiday plans for Mum & Dad

    23-Sep-2008

    Revolver Entertainment is planning an innovative UK multi-platform release for Steven Sheil's Mum & Dad.
  • Metrodome and Rialto strike double deal for Seraphine

    22-Sep-2008

    Metrodome has joined forces with Rialto on a deal for Martin Provost'sSeraphine.
  • F&ME kicks off shoots for three new UK co-productions

    19-Sep-2008

    Mike Downey and Sam Taylor's UK production company Film And Music Entertainment (F&ME) pushes its busy slate forward with the start of principal photography on three new features: Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre, Donkey and Beneath The Surface.
  • United Kingdom - Enlightened approach

    19-Sep-2008

    It could be said the output from London's Enlightenment Productions is like the old adage about buses: you wait a long time for one and all of a sudden, two show up.
  • United States - The yes man

    19-Sep-2008

    One of Ryan Harrington's first priorities as the head of the new IndiePix Studios is to make sure people understand exactly what he is doing there. Bob Alexander founded IndiePix as a film download and DVD distributor in 2004 (known especially for documentaries including Billy The Kid) but IndiePix Studios is the new production arm that will work on both fiction and documentary features.
  • Evolutions invests $1.8m in new post equipment

    18-Sep-2008

    Evolutions, Soho, the London-based post-production facility, has invested $1.8m (£1m) in new technology from Avid, FilmLight and Digidesign.
  • Met Film starts distribution services arm for self-distribution

    17-Sep-2008

    Met Film has launched Met Film Distribution, which will work with independent film-makers who want to self-distribute their films.
  • Abu Dhabi festival to open with The Brothers Bloom

    17-Sep-2008

    Abu Dhabi's second Middle East International Film Festival (Oct 10-19) presented its line-up today, opening with The Brothers Bloom by Rian Johnson and closing with Body Of Lies by Ridley Scott.
  • Cinema16 plans new World Short Films collection

    17-Sep-2008

    The popular Cinema16 DVD series will continue with World Short Films, a new short film collection to be launched on Nov 17 in the UK.
  • LFF's Power To The Pixel to host new innovative Forum

    17-Sep-2008

    The Times BFI London Film Festival will again partner for Power To The Pixel, The Digital Distribution and Film Innovation Forum.
  • MercuryMedia to handle UK launch of doc I.O.U.S.A.

    17-Sep-2008

    MercuryMedia has taken on UK distribution of Patrick Creadon's I.O.U.S.A.
  • Fact Not Fiction moves political thriller shoot from UK to Jordan

    17-Sep-2008

    UK outfit Fact Not Fiction Films has finished the six-week UK portion of the shoot for new feature 31 North 62 East.
  • Fantastic Films takes on sales for animated Fox's Tale

    17-Sep-2008

    Los Angeles-based Fantastic Films International has taken on international sales and distribution rights to A Fox's Tale.
  • South West Screen adds five to board including Rebecca O'Brien

    12-Sep-2008

    UK regional agency South West Screen has added some major players to its board of director.
  • Moviehouse sings along with LFF selection 1 2 3 4

    12-Sep-2008

    Moviehouse Entertainment is now on board for international sales of 1 2 3 4, which is a music-themed fictional film set to have its world premiere at the Times BFI London Film Festival.
  • In Focus: The Ealing Studios revamp

    12-Sep-2008

    Even with a new refurbishment and grand future plans, Ealing Studios is not ignoring its own storied history. Some of the shooting stages still feature straw packing dating back to 1932. And in the newly modernised, impressively posh dressing rooms, there are striking vintage posters of classic Ealing comedies adorning the walls.
  • Coens start A Serious Man shoot for Focus, Working Title

    11-Sep-2008

    After Burn After Reading premiered in Venice and Toronto and is set for US release tomorrow, Joel and Ethan Coen have started production this week for A Serious Man.The Focus Features and Working Title Films production is shooting on location in Minnesota.The Coen brothers are writing, directing and producing. Executive producers are Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner with long-time Coens collaborator Robert ...
  • Online distributor IndiePix launches Shakespeare collection

    11-Sep-2008

    New York-based IndiePix, an internet-based distributor (on demand and DVD) of independent films, has launched its latest collection: 10 Shakespeare adaptations.The 10-film collection includes Laurence Olivier's Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948) and Richard III (1955) plus Bollywood adaptations Maqbool and
  • IFC buys Che from Wild Bunch; plans Oscar-qualifying December run

    10-Sep-2008

    In one of Toronto's most-anticipated deals, IFC Films has taken North American rights to Steven Soderbergh's epic Che starring Benicio Del Toro.IFC plans a one-week Oscar qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles, followed by a release in January through multi-platform initiative IFC In Theatres.IFC president Jonathan Sehring, VP of Acquisitions and Production Arianna Bocco and Senior Counsel Betsy Rodgers with Wild Bunch's ...
  • Richard Antley joins Digital Vision for US sales manager

    10-Sep-2008

    Post-production provider Digital Vision has hired Richard Antley as sales manager for the Americas. Antley comes to Digital Vision after two and a half years as vice president at IMAGTICA Corp.Simon Cuff, President of Digital Vision, said: 'It is exciting for a sales executive of Richard's calibre to join Digital Vision's US Headquarters. His marketing skills and deep understanding of colour science, proven during more than ten years of hands-on experience in the ...
  • EFAs to honour Judi Dench, four founders of Dogma

    10-Sep-2008

    The 21st European Film Awards will present honorary awards to Judi Dench along with Dogma fournders Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, Kristian Levring, Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg. The European Film Academy announced the honours.Famed actress Dench will get the Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work.The Dogma movement, established in 1995, will see its founders get the European Achievement in World Cinema 2008.All honorees are expected ...
  • Axiom strikes UK deals for Goodbye Solo, Sugar, The Sea Wall

    10-Sep-2008

    UK distributor Axiom Films has picked up three titles from Toronto to add to its growing slate. They are Goodbye Solo, Sugar and The Sea Wall.Memento is selling Ramin Bahrani's Goodbye Solo, which won the Fipresci prize at Venice Critics Week. The story follows an African-born cab driver who befriends an elderly man in the American South.
  • Buyers look into Carlos Sorin's Window

    10-Sep-2008

    Bavaria Film International has continued more sales here on Toronto titles. Carlos Sorin's The Window (La Ventana) has been sold to Benelux (Cinemien) and Brazil (Imovision). There are several French offers in play and a deal is expected by the end of TIFF.The Patagonia-set film about an elderly man and his estranged son has also seen interest from buyers in the UK, US and Italy. Antonio Larreta, Maria del Carmen Gimenez, ...
  • Maximum takes six films apiece from Fortissimo, Cinetic

    10-Sep-2008

    After an earlier TIFF deal for Steve Jacobs' Disgrace, Canadian distributor Maximum Film Distribution has taken on a package of six films from Fortissimo's current slate.Maximum has also taken Canadian rights to six titles from New York-based Cinetic Media as part of an exclusive output agreement between the two companies sealed at last year's TIFF. The films are Ian Fitzgibbon's A Film With Me In It, Matt Aselton's
  • Newton heats up next projects after Three Blind Mice

    10-Sep-2008

    Australian actor/writer/director Matthew Newton, here with Three Blind Mice, has two new scripts in development.People People is about a 40-year-old married couple trying to stay together. 'It's about comfort versus freedom,' Newton says. 'It's like an anti-rom-com, about how we relate to each other.'He also has LA-set genre piece about a professional killer,
  • Ole Christian Madsen plans sex addiction drama

    10-Sep-2008

    Ole Christian Madsen, here at TIFF with Danish smash hit Flame & Citron (The Match Factory has sold to 25 territories including IFC for the US), has several new projects in the works. The first to shoot will be a film about sex addiction to shoot in Denmark in December or January on a budget of about $1.5m. The story follows a man and woman who meet in rehab. 'The tone is a dark lonely story, like Leaving ...
  • Palisades Tartan extends Fortissimo library deal

    10-Sep-2008

    Palisades Tartan UK, the Palisades Pictures subsidiary formed with the takeover of the library of the now-defunct Tartan Films, has struck a deal to extend its UK distribution rights to Fortissimo Films titles.The library includes more than 30 films including Mysterious Skin, Capturing The Friedmans, 2046, Super Size Me, The Eye, and Bangkok Dangerous. Fortissimo Films co-chairman Michael ...
  • Rai strikes four deals for Venice title Il Papa di Giovanna

    10-Sep-2008

    Rai Trade has closed several deals on Pupi Avati's Il Papa di Giovanna, which won the Venice best actor prize for Silvio Orlando.Sales have been done with France (Paradis), Belgium and The Netherlands (ABC Films), Australia (Palace Pictures), and Switzerland (MFD).Orlando stars as a father who tries to help his daughter (Alba Rohrwacher) after she omits murder.The film is out in Italy next week on 250 prints.
  • Rotterdam 2009 to examine Asian horror, post-cinema screens

    9-Sep-2008

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is planning two special programmes for its 2009 edition: Hungry Ghosts, devoted to Asian horror; and Size Matters, about the omnipresence of multiple screens in the post-cinema age.The festival's director Rutger Wolfson, confirmed in March for a four-year term after a temporary helming of the festival in 2008, unveiled the plans here in Toronto ahead of a IFFR cocktail reception this evening.Hungry Ghosts will be ...
  • Apprentice takes Venice Critics Week jury prize

    9-Sep-2008

    The winner at Venice Critics Week was French entry The Apprentice(L’apprenti) by Samuel Collardey. That jury is composed of three international critics, and the winning film gets a prize of nearly $5,000 (Euros 3,000). This year the Critics Week section also took the Lion of the Future award - as previously reported, Pranzo di Ferragosto won the ...
  • Boy A, Helen, Escapist among competitors in Dinard

    9-Sep-2008

    As the UK has an exceedingly strong Toronto, the Dinard British Film Festival has announced its lineup for the 19th edition (Oct 2-5)The competition line-up for the Golden Hitchcock is:Chris Waitt's A Complete History Of My Sexual FailuresJohn Crowley's Boy ANeil Thompson's ClubbedRupert Wyatt's The ...
  • Rory Buckley joins SPI as London-based sales director

    9-Sep-2008

    Warsaw-based film and TV company SPI has appointed Rory Buckley as its London-based Sales Director. He will be responsible for all TV sales in Central and Eastern Europe. Buckley most recently served as Senior Sales Manager for Disney in Central & Eastern Europe.Buckley said: 'I am thrilled to take on this post with its various opportunities and challenges. It will be exciting to lead the expansion of SPI's commercial activities across Central and Eastern Europe'.
  • Palisades extends Bergman UK library deal with Svensk

    9-Sep-2008

    Palisades Pictures new UK subsidiary Palisades Tartan UK - formed when Palisades acquired the library of shuttered UK distributor Tartan - has negotiated a deal with Sweden's Svensk Filmindustri to extend the rights of the Ingmar Bergman library.Terms of the deal were not released but the UK distribution rights have been extended for more than 30 Bergman films. Those covered include classics such as The Seventh Seal, Persona, Wild Strawberries ...
  • Abu Dhabi's Circle Conference plans new directors showcase

    8-Sep-2008

    His Excellency Mohamed Khalaf al-Mazrouei and The Circle Director Adrienne Briggs welcomed industry guests to the Film Lounge on Saturday night for the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage Reception, to celebrate the growth of film in the region.The Circle Conference is growing in its second year to a five-day event, Oct 6-11 (running parallel with the Middle East International Film Festival Oct 10-19).One new initiative this year will be the Cloeween Connection, ...
  • Celluloid Dreams scores deals on Kore-eda film and Valentino doc

    8-Sep-2008

    Celluloid Dreams has closed key deals on Hirokazu Kore-eda's Still Walking and Matt Tyrnauer's Valentino: The Last Emperor, both of which are playing here.Kore-eda's sixth film explores the emotional dynamics of a middle class Japanese family and sold to Pyramide in France, Trigon in Switzerland and Folkets Bio in Sweden. Yoshio Harada, Kirin Kiki and Hiroshi Abe star.
  • ContentFilm laughs along with Mike Judge's Extract

    8-Sep-2008

    ContentFilm International has acquired international sales rights to Mike Judge's comedy Extract starring Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, Clifton Collins Jr, TJ Miller, Kristen Wiig, Dustin Milligan, JK Simmons and Dave Koechner. The film started shooting Aug 25 in Los Angeles.Bateman stars as a factory worker whose life is changed by an industrial accident, a beautiful con artist and an idiotic gigolo.ContentFilm ...
  • Abu Dhabi's MEIFF to host Youssef Chahine exhibition

    8-Sep-2008

    The Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi (Oct 10-19) will host an exhibition dedicated to the late Egyptian director Youssef Chahine.Executive Director Nashwa Al Ruwaini says: 'The exhibition contains 100 frames of tens of rare photos and rare artifacts that will be held in one of the halls of the Emirates Palace and which was prepared in Cairo by a team of experts in film exhibitions.'The MEIFF is now in its second year. Vice Chairman of the festival, ...
  • Bavaria clinches Russian Krabat deal with Film Depot

    8-Sep-2008

    Bavaria Film International has closed its first sale on Krabat ahead of the first public screening of the film, to Russia's Film Depot.Bavaria Film International's Head of Sales Stefanie Zeitler announced the deal.Marco Kreuzpaintner's 1646-set drama about an orphan who trains to be a sorcerer's apprentice, adapted from Otfried Preussler's international bestseller, stars David Kross and Daniel Bruhl.
  • CPH:PIX recruits top Danish directors, artists for new project

    8-Sep-2008

    Copenhagen's new CPH:PIX festival will debut the ARTFILM-FILMART project during its first edition.The initiative will present five Danish acclaimed filmmakers creating five different films in collaboration with five renowned visual artists. The pairs are Pernille Fischer Christensen (A Soap) and Cathrine Raben Davidsen; Christoffer Boe (Reconstruction) and Balder Olrik; Dagur Kari (
  • Fortissimo strikes Maximum Canadian deal for Disgrace

    8-Sep-2008

    Fortissimo Films continues its strong Toronto sales with a Canadian deal for Steve Jacobs' Disgrace with Maximum Film Distribution.John Malkovich stars in the adaptation of JM Coetzee's lauded South-Africa set novel, about a disgraced professor who is confronted with violence on his daughter's rural farm. The deal is for all rights within Canada and was negotiated between Fortissimo's co-chairman Michael J. Werner, attorney ...
  • Venice FIPRESCI prizes go to Goodbye Solo, Inland (Gabba)

    7-Sep-2008

    Ramin Bahrani's Goodbye Solo, which is screening at TIFF through September 11, took the FIPRESCI international critics prize in Venice, as best film in Horizons and International Critics' Week.The FIPRESCI prize for the international competition went Inland (Gabbla) by Tariq Teguia. Inland is about present-day Algeria, through the experiences of a surveyor sent to areas affected in the past by terrorism.
  • K5 on board for world sales of zomcom Wasting Away

    7-Sep-2008

    UK- and Germany-based sales company K5 International has acquired Matthew Kohnen's Wasting Away for worldwide sales.The US 'zomcom' feature, uniquely presented from the zombies' perspective, has picked up awards at ScreamFest, New Beijing, Festivus and Zompire.K5 spotted Wasting Away at Sci-Fi London and K5's Bill Stephens, Daniel Baur and Oliver Simon negotiated the deal with producer/co-writer Sean Kohnen at Morpheus Media. ...
  • JCVD director El Mechri recruits Paradis for Midwife Crisis

    7-Sep-2008

    As Gaumont racks up major sales on TIFF Midnight Madness opener JCVD, that film's director Mabrouk El Mechri is finalising the original script this month for his next project, offbeat romantic comedy Midwife Crisis.Gaumont will again produce, with New York's Forensic Films also on board. Vanessa Paradis is attached to star, marking her first English-language film, and the American male lead is ...
  • Heaven On Earth

    7-Sep-2008

    Dir. Deepa Mehta.Canada 2008. 106 min.The yearnings and travails of an Indian emigre bride, a subject recently given a pictorial, naturalistic treatment inBrick Lane, gets a grittier, more mystical workout in Deepa Mehta’s slow-burning and quietly potent
  • Match Factory closes Swiss, Italy deals on Venice winner Teza

    6-Sep-2008

    The Match Factory has sold Venice award winner Teza to Switzerland (Trigon) and Italy (Ripley's Film). On Saturday, Haile Gerima's feature won Venice's Special Jury Prize and the Osella for Best Screenplay (also by Gerima). On Friday, it also won the SIGNIS Award special mention and Cinema for UNICEF commendation in the Leoncino d'oro awards.Teza has its North American premiere this ...
  • Lionsgate UK buys Caine-starrer Harry Brown from HanWay

    6-Sep-2008

    Lionsgate UK has acquired the distribution rights to Harry Brown, being produced by Matthew Vaughn and Kris Thykier's MARV Films.HanWay Films is selling the project worldwide and handled the Lionsgate deal for MARV.Michael Caine has come on board to play the title role, opposite Emily Mortimer. Gary Young wrote the screenplay and Daniel Barber will direct, making his feature directorial debut after Oscar-nominated ...
  • Fortissimo strikes Gigantic French deal with La Fabrique De Films.

    6-Sep-2008

    Fortissimo Films has closed an all-rights French deal for Toronto title Gigantic to La Fabrique De Films.
  • The Works rocks with UK rights to Anvil!

    6-Sep-2008

    The Works UK Distribution has taken all UK rights to Sacha Gervasi's rockumnetary Anvil! The Story Of Anvil.The deal was sealed by the Works UK Distribution's managing director Mick Southworth and director of marketing Laurence Gornall, and CAA's Micah Green and Brian Kavanagh-Jones.The film is about Toronto-based metal band Anvil, who had a 1982 hit album and try to find fame and fortune again 26 years later.The ...
  • Generator stirs up Ghost Machine in Belfast

    6-Sep-2008

    New UK genre production outfit Generator Entertainment continues to build its busy slate with principal photography starting yesterday (Friday) on Chris Hartwill's debut feature Ghost Machine.
  • Fichman set for Strategic Partners talk

    5-Sep-2008

    The 28th Atlantic Film Festival and Strategic Partners co-production market will welcome Passchendaele and Blindness producer Niv Fichman as the special guest at their Academy Luncheon on Sept 14. Fichman is a founding partner of Rhombus Media, and he will be interviewed by Super Channel and former Odeon Films executive Marguerite Pigott. Delegates lining up for Strategic Partners ...
  • Celluloid kicks off Toronto with busy sales for Venice titles

    5-Sep-2008

    Celluloid Dreams has closed a number of deals on Venice/Toronto titles Achilles And The Tortoise and Mark Of An Angel, plus a number of key deals on Venice title Birdwatchers.Safy Nebbou's French thriller Mark Of An Angel has sold to the UK (Metrodome), Greece (Odeon), Canada (Seville), and Switzerland (Xenix). Catherine ...
  • Uberto Pasolini's Machan takes Venice Europa Cinemas Label

    5-Sep-2008

    Uberto Pasolini's Machan has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival.Pasolini's directorial debut is also playing here in Contemporary World Cinema. It is about a group of poor Sri Lankan men who aspire to attend a handball tournament in Germany. With the prize, the film will now be given extra support by the network of Europa Cinemas exhibitors.
  • Altadena takes on Andrew van den Houten's Offspring

    5-Sep-2008

    Altadena Films has acquired international rights to director and producer Andrew van den Houten's horror thriller Offspring, which Jack Ketchum adapted from his own best-selling novel.
  • CPH:PIX starts $72,000 prize in debut feature competition

    5-Sep-2008

    Denmark's new April festival, CPH:PIX, will have a competition devoted to first-time feature directors. The directors of 10-12 debut films will compete for a cash prize of $72,090 (Euros 50,000).'A substantial cash prize can make all the difference to a first-time filmmaker, and it is our hope that the money is used to kickstart their next project,' said Jacob Neiiendam, Festival Director at CPH:PIX.The first CPH:PIX (April 16-26) sees the merger of the long-running ...
  • Plastic City set for new edit after Venice, Toronto screenings

    5-Sep-2008

    Celluloid Dreams has confirmed that the version of Yu Lik-wai's Plastic City screening here in Toronto Special Presentations is an 'unfinished' version.After the post-production was rushed for the world premiere in Venice, the sales company will work with the film-makers after Toronto to recut the film.Gordon Spragg, Celluloid Dreams' director of marketing and publicity, said: 'It was really down to the wire with the film ...
  • Sunshine Barry boogies with Baltics, Benelux, India

    5-Sep-2008

    Sola Media has sold 3-D animation Sunshine Barry & The Disco Worms to more territories including the Baltics (AMCE), Benelux (Independent Films) and India (VMI).Thomas Borch Nielsen's film has its world premiere here in with public screenings starting Sept 7. Sola previously booked sales for 40 countries including Brazil (Imagem), CIS (Atelje), Czech & Slovak Republics (Dimas), Former Yugoslavia (MFC & Continental), Poland ...
  • The Works on board for Rachel Ward's feature debut Beautiful Kate

    5-Sep-2008

    The Works International has taken on world sales for Rachel Ward's Beautiful Kate. Ward's feature directorial debut is based on the novel of the same name by Newton Thornburg.Beautiful Kate is a story of dark family secrets in the Australian outback - told in parallel strands of past and present to reveal the sexual awakenings of three siblings growing up in isolation. It recently ...
  • UK minority film-makers join Toronto Talent Lab

    5-Sep-2008

    The UK film industry has selected Juliet Ellis and Robert Samuels as its two black, Asian or minority ethnic film-makers to participate in Toronto's Talent Lab (Sept 3-6).Samuels is currently developing The Amazing Labours of Arthur Glass with Film4.This marks the second year that UK training body Skillset has partnered with TIFF's Talent Lab. UK applicants submitted one-minute clips from projects, which were then judged ...
  • United Kingdom - There will be blood

    5-Sep-2008

    It is mid-June in London, and James Corden is sweating in a yellow raincoat as he runs through a foggy forest, carrying a condom full of holy water. Director Phil Claydon calls out his instructions: "Vampire fighting formation, please!"
  • Viva la republic

    5-Sep-2008

    Content Republic sounds like a new nation state, but in fact it is a new state of mind about digital distribution.
  • Bettany, Connelly take voyage with Darwin film Creation

    4-Sep-2008

    Husband and wife actors Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly will play Charles Darwin and his wife Emma Darwin in the upcoming feature Creation for Oscar-winning UK producer Jeremy Thomas.Jon Amiel will direct, and the cast will also feature Jeremy Northam, Toby Jones and Benedict Cumberbatch.The film is not described as a traditional biopic, instead as 'part ghost story, part psychological thriller, part heart-wrenching love ...
  • Insurer Fireman's Fund opens new London office

    4-Sep-2008

    Feature film insurance company Fireman's Fund is expanding by opening a London office. The office will offer film underwriting to European production companies.Ian Mercer, an insurance executive with 20 years of experience in the UK and US, will head the new office, located on Leadenhall Street.Fireman's Fund will work with one of its parent company subsidiaries, Allianz Insurance in the UK, to provide comprehensive services to production companies and ...
  • Zurich Film Festival to honour Costa-Gavras

    4-Sep-2008

    The Zurich Film Festival will presents it Golden Eye Award to film-maker Constantin Costa-Gavras in recognition of his career as a director, writer and producer.ZFF director Karl Spoerri announce the tribute. Paris-based, Greek-born Costa-Gavras will attend the award ceremony on Oct 4 and the festival will also host a retrospective on Oct 5.He will also participate in a festival masterclass to discuss past works including Z, ...
  • UK leads the pack for European Film Awards shortlist

    4-Sep-2008

    The European Film Academy has announced the 44 titles on this year's selection list for the European Film Awards. Nominations, after votes from 1,800 members, will be announced Nov 8 at the Seville European Film Festival and the 21st EFAs will be presented Dec 6 in Copenhagen.The list represents 27 countries; the 20 countries with the most EFA members each voted one national film directly onto the list and a selection committee added further films. UK films fared well this ...
  • Jordan enters Oscars for first time with Captain Abu Raed

    4-Sep-2008

    The list of submissions for the Foreign Language Oscar keeps growing as Jordan officially submits Captain Abu Raed by Amin Matalqa.Jordan's independent submission committee selected the festival hit, which marks Jordan's first entry for the Oscars.H.E. Mr. Munir Nassar, chairman of the Oscar Submission Committee for Jordan, said: 'These are exciting times. The mere fact that a Jordanian film will be submitted for the first ...
  • Metrodome takes on Caine, Moore thriller Flawless

    4-Sep-2008

    Metrodome Distribution has acquired full UK rights to Michael Radford's Flawless, starring Michael Caine and Demi Moore. The deal was negotiated by Stephen Margolis of Future Films andMark WilliamsatPierce/Williams Entertainment, and for Metrodome by CEO Peter Urie, General Manager Distribution Sara Frain and Business Affairs Manager Kate Edwards.Metrodome plans a November 2008 release.Moore plays a diamond executive ...
  • EFP's Film Sales Support promotes 42 European films in Toronto

    4-Sep-2008

    European Film Promotion is working with the Toronto International Film Festival for the 12th year.The MEDIA-backed Film Sales Support initiative is now in its fourth year supporting European sales agents and producers with films in Toronto's official market.This year, Toronto's programme includes about 120 European films -- of which 42 are in the Film Sales Support programme.'Apart from supporting films from the big production countries Germany, France, ...
  • London Film Festival to close with Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire

    4-Sep-2008

    The Times BFI London Film Festival will close its 52ndedition with the European premiere of London-based director Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire.
  • Vadim Perelman to direct MGM's relaunch of Poltergeist

    3-Sep-2008

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) has signed Vadim Perelman to direct its forthcoming relaunch of the Poltergeist franchise.Perelman previously directed House Of Sand And Fog and The Life Before Her Eyes and is currently working on AMC drama pilot Ice.Cale Boyter, Executive Vice President, Production and Luke ...
  • Arthouse strikes multi-territory deal for Rem Koolhaas documentary

    3-Sep-2008

    New York-based distributor Arthouse Films has acquired all English-speaking territories and French rights to documentary Rem Koolhaas - A Kind Of Architect.Markus Heidingsfelder and Min Tesch direct the feature-length film about the famed architect.The deal was negotiated by David Koh and Lilly Bright on behalf of Arthouse Films and Curiously Bright Entertainment along with John Flahive of UK-based Wavelength Pictures on ...
  • Raindance to open with Choke, close with Hush

    3-Sep-2008

    The 16thRaindance Film Festival (Oct 1-12) in London will kick off with Clark Gregg's Choke starring Sam Rockwell and will close with the world premiere of Mark Tonderai's directorial debut, Warp X horror film Hush.
  • Stockholm festival to close with Luhrmann's Australia

    3-Sep-2008

    Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 20-30) has announced that Baz Luhrmann's epic Australia will close its 19thfestival.
  • Warp X, Birds Eye View team for women's comedy features

    3-Sep-2008

    Warp X and Birds Eye View are working together on a new feature film development initiative, Last Laugh: Women Create Comedy.
  • New Wave takes UK rights to Denis' 35 Shot Of Rum

    3-Sep-2008

    New UK distributor New Wave Films has acquired Claire Denis' 35 Shots Of Rum (35 Rhums).
  • Metrodome, Rialto team for McKellan's King Lear

    3-Sep-2008

    Metrodome Distribution has taken UK, Ireland and Australia/New Zealand rights to Trevor Nunn and Chris Hunt's new adaptation of King Lear, starring Ian McKellen.
  • Moore leaves Aardman for Abbey Home Media

    1-Sep-2008

    Stephen Moore is departing Aardman Animations to become a partner and shareholder of children's programming company Abbey Home Media.
  • MercuryMedia takes on Toronto doc Sea Point Days

    1-Sep-2008

    UK-based documentary film sales company Mercury Media has acquired world rights (excluding North America) to Sea Point Days.The film is set to premiere at the forthcoming Toronto International Film Festival.The feature-length documentary is directed by South African film-maker Francois Verster. The film is about a seaside public pool area in segregated Cape Town.Lucinda Englehart and Neil Brandt produced.
  • Metrodome takes UK rights to Winterbottom's Genova

    1-Sep-2008

    Ahead of its premieres in Toronto and San Sebastian, the UK and Irish rights to Michael Winterbottom's latest film Genova have been snapped up by Metrodome Distribution.
  • Lionsgate UK:Ready to roar

    29-Aug-2008

    It's a fascinating opportunity,' Zygi Kamasa says of his job as head of Lionsgate UK. He has the power (and financial backing) of a major US player while also having the autonomy to run the UK operation as a separate business. No wonder Kamasa has just signed a new three-year contract with the company.
  • Film Focus: The Descent 2

    28-Aug-2008

    Getting to the set of The Descent 2 somewhat surprisingly does not require a trip underground. Like the 2005 original, the sequel shot mostly in caves recreated on studio sets - this time for a 40-day shoot at London's Ealing Studios with some location work in England and Scotland (the shoot wrapped in late June).
  • Norrie leaves Capitol to become head of international at Salt

    28-Aug-2008

    The Salt Company has appointed James Norrie as head of international.
  • San Sebastian's Zabaltegi-New Directors names 14 selections

    22-Aug-2008

    The San Sebastian Film Festival has unveiled the 14 films in its Zabaltegi-New Directors section.
  • Rushes' Sharon Hill named UK Screen Shining Star

    22-Aug-2008

    Trade group UK Screen has selected Sharon Hill as winner of its first Shining Star scheme.
  • Honigmann's Oblivion to open Horizones Latino in San Sebastian

    20-Aug-2008

    San Sebastian has announced the films in its Horizones Latinos section, devoted to Latin American productions, films made by film-makers of Latin American origin, or films that address Latin America.
  • Yume to release Nic Roeg's Puffball on DVD in September

    20-Aug-2008

    UK-based distributor Yume Pictures will handle the DVD release of Nic Roeg's Puffball.
  • SKy Movies launches six new genre high-def channels

    20-Aug-2008

    UK television company Sky Movies will launch six new genre-themed high definition channels on the Sky+ HD service in October 2008, bringing the total number of Sky Movies HD channels to nine.
  • MercuryMedia on board for Dominick Dunne: After The Party

    19-Aug-2008

    MercuryMedia has taken on worldwide distribution rights (excluding Australia) to Kirsty de Garis and Timothy Jolley's feature documentary Dominick Dunne: After The Party.
  • Thomas Turgoose takes lead role in Tom Harper's Scouting Book

    19-Aug-2008

    Rising UK actor Thomas Turgoose has signed on for the lead role in Tom Harper's feature debut The Scouting Book For Boys.
  • Britfilms launches DVD label with Aussie hits, Black Sheep

    18-Aug-2008

    Website BritFilms.tv has launched a new DVD label.The first four titles for the label are Henri Safran's classic Australian family film Storm Boy, John Curran's Australian drama Praise, Chris Kennedy's Australian road movie/musical/romance Doing Time For Patsy Cline, and Oliver Rihs' Swiss/German dark comedy Black Sheep. The original website is devoted to showing short films by indepdendent film-makers.
  • New Wave takes UK rights to Lawlor & Molloy's Helen

    18-Aug-2008

    New UK distribution outfit New Wave Films has acquired Helen, the debut feature from Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor.
  • Metrodome branches into IMAX with Steep documentary

    18-Aug-2008

    Metrodome Distribution is releasing its first title on IMAX screens: sports documentary Steep will run at the BFI IMAX from Sept 26.
  • Northern Soul feature Souled Out starts five-week shoot

    18-Aug-2008

    Northern Soul-era coming-of-age story Souled Out starts shooting today for five weeks.
  • Noel Clarke teams with Lionsgate UK for sci-fi project 83

    18-Aug-2008

    Adulthood writer/director/star Noel Clarke is working with Lionsgate UK to develop his next project, 83.Lionsgate UK announced earlier this year that it planned to co-produce and co-finance two to three British features per year; there are three other previously announced films in development but 83 could be the first to shoot in early 2009.The ...
  • Irvine Welsh to shoot darts mockumentary feature

    15-Aug-2008

    Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh is gearing up for production of his directorial debut feature, Good Arrows.
  • Heddy Honigmann. Gregory King selected for Binger Script Lab

    15-Aug-2008

    The Binger Filmlab has named the participants for its September 2008 semester of the Script Development Programme.
  • Vue readies $4m eight-screen multiplex in South Wales

    14-Aug-2008

    UK exhibitor Vue Entertainment will open its new $4m (£2m) Merthyr Tydfil multiplex on Sept 26.
  • Heineken to kick off Quantum Of Solace promotions in October

    14-Aug-2008

    Heineken International will launch a worldwide promotional campaign for the forthcoming James Bond film Quantum Of Solace.
  • NESTA helps Pact with tools for producers working across platforms

    14-Aug-2008

    UK producers group Pact is working with NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) to help film and TV producers work on convergent or 'multi-platform' projects.
  • Barbara Broccoli appointed to UK Film Council board

    14-Aug-2008

    James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has been appointed to the board of the UK Film Council by Culture Minister Margaret Hodge.Broccoli, also the chair of youth film-making initiative First Light Movies, will attend her first board meeting in September after the appointment effective Aug 4.At EON, Broccoli is currently producing Quantum of Solace. Other than Bond, she has also worked on TV's Crime Of The Century and the stage production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
  • Generator fires up with Freakdog, Cherrybomb

    14-Aug-2008

    The low-budget genre boom is not just for newbies: take veteran producers Mark Huffam and Simon Bosanquet, who have founded new UK-based production company Generator Entertainment.
  • Sky Movies co-finances Rocky Horror Picture Show remake

    13-Aug-2008

    The UK's Sky Movies is co-financing a remake of musical hit The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Thessaloniki announces first half of competition

    12-Aug-2008

    The Thessaloniki International Film Festival has announced the first seven titles for its International Competition.
  • Martin Freeman, Ashley Jensen start shooting Isitt's Nativity

    11-Aug-2008

    Debbie Isitt has started principal photography on comedy Nativity, starring Martin Freeman, Ashley Jensen, Jason Watkins and Mark Wootton.
  • Julieanne Crothers-Gibson appointed new chair ofBFFS board

    8-Aug-2008

    The British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) has announced several new appointments to its board. Each term runs for three years.
  • Stephen Cookson attached to direct UK feature Acts Of God

    8-Aug-2008

    Stephen Cookson is attached to direct Acts Of God, a new UK feature now in development.
  • Shorts International offers 21 sci-fi shorts on iTunes

    7-Aug-2008

    Shorts International has struck a deal with the iTunes Store in the US, UK and Canada to offer The Sci Fi Collection, a group of 21 shorts.
  • The Location Guide relaunches free locations website

    6-Aug-2008

    TheLocationGuide.com has relaunched its website feature free access and new functionalities. The online resource is geared to film producers seeking locations and services across 180 countries.Changes at the site include more types of companies listed and a new look for online discussion area Pre Production Forum.The Location Guide is a global resource for location film shoots, published since 1997 in annual print form and as a free website since 2001.
  • Fitzgerald, Arriaga expected to attend fifth Eurasia festival

    6-Aug-2008

    The fifth Eurasia International Film Festival hopes to welcome guests including Jack Nicholson, Antonio Banderas, Michael Fitzgerald, and Guillermo Arriaga to Astana, Kazakhstan from Sept 7-13.
  • Forward, Slingshot start shooting UK school horror Tormented

    6-Aug-2008

    Teen horror film Tormented has started shooting in Birmingham, UK.
  • Charles McDonald to leave Premier to run own PR business

    6-Aug-2008

    Film publicity legend Charles McDonald plans to step down as joint CEO of London-headquartered Premier PR at the end of October.
  • Harrison starts Unstoppable shoot in Portugal and Spain

    5-Aug-2008

    UK writer/director Richard Harrison started shooting yesterday in Portugal for his debut feature Unstoppable.The film is now shooting in Praia da Bordeira in Portugal, and will move to Andalucia on Aug 10 and wrap on Aug 31.The Portuguese government and Andalucian Film Commission have helped with location scouting and filming permits.Harrison has previously worked in documentaries, music videos and shorts.
  • Gone Fishing, Soft take prizes in Kodak's Short Film Competition

    5-Aug-2008

    Kodak has announced the two winners from its Short Film Competition 2008. Gone Fishing directed by Chris Jones and produced by Ivan Clements was named best short. And best cinematography went to Christopher Ross, for Soft directed by Simon Ellis and produced by Jane Hooks.This year the best short winner was voted on by the audience at the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival in London from a shortlist; ...
  • Sven Sturm to head new Paramount Pictures Germany

    5-Aug-2008

    Sven Sturm has been appointed general manager of Paramount Pictures Germany, the newly set up German operation from Paramount Pictures International.Sturm had been head of marketing at Sony Pictures Releasing (Germany) since 2000. Prior to that he worked at Universal Music in Germany. He takes the Munich-based post as of Sept 1. PPI will continue to distribute via Universal in Germany through December 2008.PPI president Andrew Cripps said: 'In making ...
  • UKFC backs 56 independent cinemas with $940,000

    30-Jul-2008

    The UK Film Council's Capital and Access Fund for cinemas has awarded $939,400 (£475,000) to 56 independent cinemas across the UK. Grants ranged from $1,008 (£510) to $69,221 (£35,000) per cinema.
  • Chew takes Singapore-based role for Global Networks

    30-Jul-2008

    Christopher Chew has been appointed Affiliate Sales Director Asia Pacific Global Networks, an international division of NBC Universal.He takes the newly created role effective immediately.The announcement was made by Raymund Miranda, Managing Director Asia Pacific Global Networks to whom Chew will report.Chew will be based in Singapore. He previously was Director, Television and New Media Asia Pacific for NBA based in Hong Kong.
  • Happy-Go-Lucky, Stardust up for Conch soundtrack awards

    30-Jul-2008

    Industry group UK Screen has announced the shortlisted nominees for its sound prizes, The Conch Awards.
  • Harry Potter bewitches for 2008 Royal Film Performance

    30-Jul-2008

    The 2008 Royal Film Performance will be a screening of Warner Bros' Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince on Monday, Nov 17.
  • Jack White, Alicia Keys team for new Bond song

    30-Jul-2008

    The 22nd James Bond film, Quantum Of Solace, will feature a theme song duet for the first time in the franchise's history.
  • Nigel Osner to start The Tale Of Reverend Jones Aug 11

    29-Jul-2008

    Nigel Osner plans an Aug 11 start of shoot in Swansea and Gower for his film The Tale Of The Reverend Jones. Osner also wrote the screenplay, about a Welsh vicar who takes on the Church of England over its views on homosexuality.
  • Venice competition includes Aronofsky, Arriaga, Kitano, Ozpetek

    29-Jul-2008

    The 65th Venice Film Festival has unveiled its programme this morning.
  • Revolver, Warp, Metrodome selected for $1m digital scheme

    28-Jul-2008

    The National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts (NESTA) and the UK Film Council have selected the 12 UK businesses to participate in the new Digital Innovation in Film initiative.
  • Ward's Rain Of The Children wins at Era New Horizons

    28-Jul-2008

    Poland's Era New Horizons Film Festival in Wroclaw has given its Grand Prix to Rain Of The Children.
  • Andrea Arnold starts UK shoot for Fish Tank

    28-Jul-2008

    Andrea Arnold has started shooting her follow-up to Cannes prize winner Red Road. The new feature Fish Tank stars Hunger lead Michael Fassbender with Kate Jarvis, Kierston Wareing, Rebecca Griffiths, and Harry Treadaway.
  • First Light gets kids' shorts on Virgin Atlantic planes

    28-Jul-2008

    First Light Movies, the initative to get UK youngsters making films, has struck a deal for five of its shorts to be shown on Virgin Atlantic planes.
  • First Light gets kids' shorts on Virgin Atlantic planes

    28-Jul-2008

    First Light Movies, the initative to get UK youngsters making films, has struck a deal for five of its shorts to be shown on Virgin Atlantic planes.
  • Three And Out gets simultaneous DVD/VOD launch

    28-Jul-2008

    Sky Television and Worldwide Bonus Entertainment have struck a deal to release UK feature Three And Out simultaneously on DVD and Sky Box Office.
  • Sierk promoted to deputy role in acquisitions/sales at Telepool

    28-Jul-2008

    Thomas Sierk has been named deputy head of acquisitions & sales for German-speaking territories at Telepool.
  • Samantha Morton to direct drama for UK's Channel 4

    25-Jul-2008

    Actress Samantha Morton will make her directorial debut on a Channel 4 television drama, The Unloved.
  • Profile:UK director Tom Hooper

    25-Jul-2008

    In terms of scale, Tom Hooper may never top his recent feat of directing the nine-hour HBO mini-series John Adams.
  • United Kingdom - Mother Care

    25-Jul-2008

    Shane Meadows' Somers Town, after much praise at the Berlinale and awards at Tribeca and Edinburgh, has had an unusual path to screen. The genesis of the project was not with a seasoned writer or director, but from famed advertising agency Mother.
  • Online video viewing in Europe doubles since 2006

    24-Jul-2008

    The number of Europeans regularly watching online video has doubled since 2006, according to new data from JupiterResearch.
  • UK post company Concrete adds another Dean Street location

    24-Jul-2008

    London-based post-production house Concrete is adding a new outpost, formerly known as The Facility, located at 62 Dean Street.
  • Arts Alliance to release digitally remastered ABBA tour film

    24-Jul-2008

    Jumping on the success of Mamma Mia!, Arts Alliance Media will distribute Universal Music's 1977 film ABBA - The Movie in UK cinemas on Aug 13.
  • iTunes partners with Vue to bring McFly concert to cinemas

    24-Jul-2008

    Apple's iTunes Live Festival, a month-long music event in London, is now moving into cinemas.
  • Hugh Welchman's BreakThru to work with ITV

    23-Jul-2008

    BreakThru Films, the UK independent production company that won an Oscar for its short Peter And The Wolf, has struck a collaboration with ITV Productions.
  • Cinelan strikes deals with Telegraph, Channel 4

    23-Jul-2008

    Cinelan, the company devoted to short documentary films, has struck an online syndication deal with Telegraph Media Group and telegraph.co.uk.
  • Virtual world VizWoz scores major studio film content

    23-Jul-2008

    UK virtual community VizWoz, popular with kids and teens, has signed on some key film content partners.
  • Young people's charity launches competition for six shorts

    23-Jul-2008

    Get Connected, a UK charity to provide help for young people, is launching Nobody's Perfect, a new website for young writers, actors and film directors.
  • A&E veteran Ryan Harrington joints online distributor IndiePix

    23-Jul-2008

    Ryan Harrington, formerly of A&E IndieFilms, has been hired as the new head of New York-based Internet distributor IndiePix.
  • Bals Fund Plus gives $317,000 to bring on Dutch co-producers

    22-Jul-2008

    The Hubert Bals Fund Plus initiative, from the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Netherlands Film Fund, is granting a total of $317,470 (Euros 200,000) for Dutch co-producers on new films.
  • UK, Israel pledge to develop film co-production treaty

    22-Jul-2008

    UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, this week visiting Israel, has announced plans for a UK-Israel film co-production treaty. Brown and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said they would work together to develop the treaty to encourage closer ties between the UK and Israeli film industries.
  • Carlton Screen Advertising promotes Atkinson to sales director

    22-Jul-2008

    Carlton Screen Advertising has promoted Gemma Atkinson to sales director.
  • Paramount sets up Acquisitions Group for International, Vantage

    22-Jul-2008

    Paramount Pictures has created the new Paramount Worldwide Acquisitions Group (PWAG), a centralised acquisitions and local productions arm that will service Paramount Pictures International and its worldwide territories as well as US-based Paramount Vantage.
  • Film Export UK works with Skillset for new sales training scheme

    22-Jul-2008

    As film sales company trade assocation Film Export UK celebrates its first birthday, there are a number of initiatives to celebrate.
  • Pathe UK adds Tisne, Cowen to production team

    21-Jul-2008

    Pathe UK is expanding its production team by hiring Louis Tisne as Director of International Production and Michael Cowen as Director of Development.
  • Era New Horizons hosts 650 screenings at eighth festival

    21-Jul-2008

    Poland 's Era New Horizons festival kicked off July 17 with Jerry Skolimowski's Four Nights With Anna and Paolo Sorrentino's Il Divo, and will continue until July 27 in Wroclaw, Poland.
  • Fortissimo takes on Omarova's Native Dancer

    21-Jul-2008

    Fortissimo Films has acquired world rights (excluding CIS) to writer-director Guka Omarova'sNative Dancer, about a spiritual healer from Kazakhstan. (The film debuted in Sochi under the title Baksy.)
  • Doc The Elephant In The Room to get online release

    21-Jul-2008

    Film-makers are planning a Sept 1 online release for a new UK documentary, The Elephant In The Room.
  • Ivin starts Australian shoot for Last Ride starring Hugo Weaving

    21-Jul-2008

    Glendyn Ivin starts shooting Last Ride today in South Australia's Flinders Ranges.
  • Georgian drama Washington takes $10,000 Bals prize in Yerevan

    18-Jul-2008

    At the second DAB Co-Production Forum in Yerevan, the Hubert Bals Fund Award has been given to Washington by Andro Sakvarelidze & Giga Chkheidze of Georgia.
  • Ecosse teams with Control writer for John Lennon project

    18-Jul-2008

    BAFTA-winning Control screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh is now developing Nowhere Boy, about John Lennon's relationship with his mother and aunt. Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae of Ecosse Films (Brideshead Revisited, The Water Horse) will produce. The script has been co-developed with distributor 2 Entertain.
  • Film London in pre-production on three more Microwave features

    18-Jul-2008

    Film London's low-budget Microwave scheme has three new films in pre-production: Suki Singh's psychological thriller Analogue; Jes Benstock's Alternative Miss World documentary, The British Guide to Showing Off (working title); and Kolton Lee's Freestyle, a teen romance set in the world of freestyle basketball.
  • Swinton's Ballerina Ballroom Fest to open with Henry Hathaway

    18-Jul-2008

    The Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams, the eccentric new filmfestival in Nairn, Scotland, being organised by Tilda Swinton and Mark Cousins, has announced details of its first programme.
  • Raindance.tv finds initial funding, sets board chaired by Chris Auty

    17-Jul-2008

    Raindance.tv, a new online platform for independent film, has said that it has successfully completed its initial fund raising, backed by a dozen private investors.
  • New Wave continues buying with Christmas Tale, Sleep Furiously

    16-Jul-2008

    Robert Beeson and Pam Engel's new UK distribution company New Wave Films has acquired two more films.
  • Landis, Martel, To recruited for Venice jury duty

    16-Jul-2008

    The International Competition Jury for the 65th Venice Film Festival has recruited Russian screenwriter Juriy Arabov, Italian actress Valeria Golino, British visual artist Douglas Gordon, US film-maker John Landis; New Argentine Cinema pioneer Lucrecia Martel, and Hong Kong director Johnnie To.
  • Arts Alliance joins anti-copyright theft group Industry Trust

    15-Jul-2008

    Digital film services company Arts Alliance Media has become a member of the Industry Trust for IP Awareness.The industry group battles copyright theft.AAM joins the Trust as it starts on the second phase of a new communications campaign, launched in July 2007. Its 2008 anti-copyright theft message will move from physical copies to illegal downloading, which kicked-off with a new television advert aired starting July 7.Liz Bales, Director-General of ...
  • Local writers take prizes at Cheltenham's recent Screenwriters Fest

    15-Jul-2008

    The third Screenwriters' Festival (July 1-3) announced awards for its workshop schemes for local writers Script_1 and Future Street, with competitions sponsored by LSC, South West Screen and Gloucestershire County Council.The Script_1 winners were: Marc Griffiths for The Storm Watch, Carol Sheppard for Grey and Steve Edwards for Shopping Addict.
  • Yoko Higuchi-Zitzmann to leave Constantin for Telepool

    15-Jul-2008

    Yoko Higuchi-Zitzmann will join Munich-based Telepool as head of acquisitions and sales for German-speaking territories. She takes the post as of January 2009, and will resign as head of licensing of Constantin Film, where she had been since 2005. She is also a veteran of Prokino Filmverleih.Higuchi-Zitzmann will report directly to Telepool CEO Thomas Weymar.'We are very pleased that with Yoko Higuchi-Zitzmann we have been able towin one of the ...
  • Netherlands festival to open with Westdijk's In Real Life

    15-Jul-2008

    Robert Jan Westdijk's In Real Life, a story of a film within a film, will open the 28th Netherlands Film Festival (Sept 24-Oct 3).Westdijk's Little Sister won the festival's best feature prize and City of Utrecht Prize in 1995. Also, his 2003 Phileine Says Sorry also opened the festival and won four Golden Calves.In ...
  • Hastings, Lemos named VPs at British ratings board

    15-Jul-2008

    After an open competition, Alison Hastings and Gerard Lemos have been appointed as vice presidents of the British Board of Film Classfication (BBFC), which rates UK film and video releases.They will take their posts in November when Janet Lewis-Jones and John Taylor step down after ten years in the same posts.Alison Hastings is a media consultant and a member of the BBC Trust and Chair of the Audience Council England and a veteran of the Press Complaints Commission. ...
  • Rothwell, Hill, Walker among pitchers for BritDoc

    11-Jul-2008

    The BritDoc festival, which is gearing up for its third edition July 23-25, has selected the 12 projects to pitch live for funders at the Big Pitch session.
  • Film London board adds Aston, Comer, and Fletcher

    11-Jul-2008

    UK screen agency Film London has appointed three new board members.
  • Charlotte Clark joins UK digital marketing agency Jam

    11-Jul-2008

    London-based dgital agency Jam has hired Charlotte Clark as its new head of PR.
  • Skillset minority fellowships select 10 new participants

    11-Jul-2008

    The Skillset Graduate Fellowship Programme 2008 has selected this year's participants.
  • Pretty Pictures buys French rights to Clubbed from AV

    11-Jul-2008

    Pretty Pictures has acquired all French-speaking rights to Neil Thompson's Clubbed from AV Pictures.
  • In Focus: Postcard from Edinburgh

    11-Jul-2008

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) closed its successful first June edition on June 29, completing the initial stage in its self-proclaimed mission to realise the event as the world's 'premiere festival of discovery'.
  • Interview: Sam Taylor-Wood

    11-Jul-2008

    UK artist Sam Taylor-Wood has had her share of art-world accolades but was humbled by the chance to screen her first short film in Competition at Cannes.
  • Germany's SquareOne picks up Descent 2, Tell-Tale

    10-Jul-2008

    Munich-based German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has announced new additions to its 2008 and 2009 release slate.
  • Future Cinema plans Eraserhead/Guillemots event

    10-Jul-2008

    Future Cinema Live will return to the UK's Latitude Festival by presenting a special event for Guillemots playing an improvised set to David Lynch's Eraserhead.
  • Kevin Macdonald, Stephen Frears to host classes in UK Schools Week

    10-Jul-2008

    The UK is planning its 13th National Film Schools Week, which will host about 2,000 free film screenings with up to 320,000 children set to attend.
  • Kaos starts feature screenwriting competition

    10-Jul-2008

    Kaos Films, founders of the British Short Screenplay Competition, is now launching a Feature Screenplay Competition.
  • Knightsbridge Media wraps Hindi remake of Winding Refn's Pusher

    10-Jul-2008

    UK production company Knightsbridge Media has finished its independent film Pusher, which it expects to launch in 40 UK cinemas later in 2008.
  • Sean Gascoine leaves Coulson for United Agents

    9-Jul-2008

    London-based United Agents has announced two newcomers to the agency: agent Sean Gascoine and his associate agent Hania Elkington.
  • UK genre download site to launch in November with $6m backing

    9-Jul-2008

    A new genre-specific online film site, The Film Lounge (www.filmlounge.com), is set for a November launch in the UK, backed by about $6m (£3m) from private investors.
  • Laurence Dawkin-Jones named UK MD for Global Networks

    9-Jul-2008

    Laurence Dawkin-Jones has been appointed UK managing director of Global Networks, an international division of NBC Universal.
  • UKFC gives $200,000 to Icon for release of Man On Wire

    8-Jul-2008

    UK Film Council's Prints and Advertising (P&A) Fund has announced the latest round of films it has supported.
  • Second Run DVD plans UK release of Tropical Malady

    8-Jul-2008

    UK Distributor Second Run DVD plans a July 28 DVD release of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Tropical Malady (Sud pralad). The award-winning Thai film was made in 2004, a fractured love story and mysterious drama set in a Thai jungle.The UK DVD will include his 1997 short film Thirdworld, a new interview with the director, a new digital transfer, and more.
  • Alki David's FilmOn.com launches competition for new film-makers

    8-Jul-2008

    UK online film portal FilmOn.com, founded by philanthropist and producer Alki David, is launching competitions for new film-makers.
  • Short made by children added to Azur & Asmar DVD

    7-Jul-2008

    Soda Pictures will include a short made by UK children on its DVD release for Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest.
  • Generator, Green Park, Octagon start shoot for Cherrybomb

    7-Jul-2008

    Glen Leyburn and Lisa Barros D'Sa start shooting their joint feature debut, Cherrybomb, today in Belfast.
  • Sharman MacDonald to adapt Vincenzi's Windfall for PiVotal

    7-Jul-2008

    Playwright and The Edge Of Love screenwriter Sharman MacDonald will adapt Penny Vincenzi's novel Windfall for a feature filmto be produced by PiVotal Pictures.
  • Beeban Kidron joins UK Film Council board

    4-Jul-2008

    Director Beeban Kidron has joined the UK Film Council's Board of Directors.
  • Metrodome promotes Sara Frain to General Manager of Distribution

    4-Jul-2008

    Metrodome Group has promoted Sara Frain is to be promoted from General Manager - Theatrical & Broadcast to the newly created position of General Manager of Distribution.
  • BritDoc UK competition includes Man On Wire, Starstruck

    4-Jul-2008

    BritDoc, the Oxford-based documentary festival now hosting its third-annual event, has announced this year's competition films.
  • Profile: Chris Coen's Halcyon Pictures

    4-Jul-2008

    If producers look for the quickest way to expand their businesses, the usual first step is to move into sales.
  • Asia House launches new UK festival at London's Renoir

    3-Jul-2008

    Asia House will launch the first Asia House Festival of Asian Film this August in London.
  • Zbanic, Belvaux, Radford films backed by Eurimages

    3-Jul-2008

    At its 111th meeting (June 29-July 1), the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund has announced its latest funding round of $6.7m (Euros 4.275m) to 12 feature co-productions.
  • BAFTA calls for UK foreign-language Oscar submissions

    3-Jul-2008

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will again be the organisation appointed by AMPAS to select the UK's submission for consideration for the Foreign Language Oscar in 2009.
  • Sarajevo Panorama section to open Aug 15 with 24 City

    3-Jul-2008

    The Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23) has unveiled this year's Panorama section, which 'strives to bridge avant-garde and mainstream films with exceptional narrative films.'
  • Metrodome plans multi-platform UK release of CSNY Deja Vu

    3-Jul-2008

    Metrodome Distribution has announced plans for a simultaneous multi-platform release for Neil Young's CSNY Dejà Vu.
  • Cracks sells to StudioCanal for France, UK, Benelux

    3-Jul-2008

    StudioCanal has taken all rights for the UK, France and Benelux for Jordan Scott's debut feature Cracks. (StudioCanal's Optimum Releasing will handle the UK release.)
  • UKFC, Skillset launch 25 new participants in Guiding Lights

    3-Jul-2008

    Guiding Lights, the mentoring programme backed by Skillset and the UK Film Council and run by Lighthouse, has kicked off its 2008/2009 edition.
  • Toronto adds world premieres including Disgrace, Miracle Of St Anna

    2-Jul-2008

    The Toronto International Film Festival has added six films to its Special Presentations line-up for 2008.
  • Bristol's Encounters to host Oliver Postgate tribute

    2-Jul-2008

    Encounters, the Bristol, UK-based festival of short film and animations, will pay tribute to Oliver Postgate on July 27.
  • Kloster named MD of Fox Home Entertainment UK

    2-Jul-2008

    Anders Kloster has been appointed managing director of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) UK.
  • Screenwriter Hazeldine to make directorial debut with Exam

    2-Jul-2008

    Stuart Hazeldine, a UK-based screenwriter who has worked on studio films including Knowing and The Day The Earth Stood Still, is making his feature directorial debut on a project titled Exam.
  • Roberto Olla named executive secretary at Eurimages

    1-Jul-2008

    Roberto Olla has been promoted, as of today, to the post of executive secretary of Eurimages, the Council of Europe's film co-production, exhibition and distribution fund.
  • New law firm Aslan Charles Kousetta launches in London

    1-Jul-2008

  • Robert Carlyle comes on board as Edinburgh Festival Patron

    1-Jul-2008

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival has signed up Scottish-born actor Robert Carlyle as the festival's latest patron.
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils early selections for Nov line-up

    1-Jul-2008

    Sheffield Doc/Fest, now planning its 15th edition, has announced several early selections for its 100+ film programme running Nov 5-9.
  • High Point flies with Larkin's Satellites & Meteorites

    30-Jun-2008

    London-based High Point Films has picked up worldwide sales rights to Rick Larkin's debut feature Satellites & Meteorites.
  • Delanic takes UK rights to Spread starring Ashton Kutcher

    30-Jun-2008

    UK distributor Delanic Films continues to build its release slate by adding Spread starring Ashton Kutcher.
  • Works closes more Somers Town, Man On Wire sales post-Cannes

    30-Jun-2008

    As its filmsswept the prizes at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, London-based sales company The Works International has announced a number of new deals closed since Cannes.
  • Merged Copenhagen festival to launch in April 2009

    30-Jun-2008

    CPH:PIX, the new festival combining the NatFilm Festival and the Copenhagen International Film Festival, will run for the first time in Copenhagen from April 16-26, 2009.
  • BIFAs to move to Old Billingsgate Market for Nov 30 awards

    30-Jun-2008

    The British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) have set their next awards for Nov 30, 2008.
  • Warp X to kick off shoot for fifth film, Bunny And The Bull

    26-Jun-2008

    Paul King from British TV's The Mighty Boosh will start shooting his feature film debut Bunny And The Bull on June 30 (Monday).
  • Matthew Rhys takes a trip with Marc Evans' Patagonia

    26-Jun-2008

    Matthew Rhys, currently starring with Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller in The Edge Of Love, has come on board to star in Patagonia with Nia Roberts.
  • Balibo to start shooting in Australia on Monday

    26-Jun-2008

    Political thriller Balibo will start principal photography in Darwin, Australia and East Timor on June 30 (Monday).
  • Graham, McDonald take key footballer roles in The Damned United

    21-Jun-2008

    As the shoot continues for Tom Hooper's Brian Clough story The Damned United, Stephen Graham and Peter McDonald have taken the roles of legendary 1970s footballers Billy Bremner and Johnny Giles, respectively. Bremner was the Leeds Captain and Giles was a midfielder.Other actors taking on footballing roles are Mark Cameron as central defender Norman Hunter, Martin Compston as John O'Hare and Colin Harris as John McGovern (both of whom followed Brian Clough from Derby County ...
  • City Screen goes beyond DSN to back five new digital installations

    20-Jun-2008

    In an important step in the evolution of digital cinema in the UK, independent exhibitor City Screen Picturehouse Cinemas is planning to commercially back the installation of five new digital screens.The 18-cinema small chain (which has 50+ screens) has already seen the UK Film Council's Digital Screen Network install 18 digital machines across its sites in recent years. But with the DSN now completed in its latest phase, City Screen wanted to continue its own digital expansion.
  • Profile: The public life of Rebecca Miller

    20-Jun-2008

    The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee is a homecoming of sorts for Rebecca Miller. The film is based on her own novel of the same name and is being shot in the area of Connecticut where she grew up.
  • United Kingdom - Summer school

    20-Jun-2008

    Camilla Bray may have come across a new genre with her first feature film as lead producer: she describes Kenny Glenaan's Summer as "an adult coming-of-age story".
  • Film4 extends sponsorship of FrightFest until 2009

    19-Jun-2008

    Film4 has extended its headline sponsor deal with the UK's FrightFest for the third year running.
  • Dogwoof's Whitaker sets up new indie distribution co-operative

    19-Jun-2008

    Andy Whittaker, head of forward-thinking UK distributor Dogwoof Pictures, is heading a new film distribution co-operative. Essentially, ordinary film fans will be part of a group acquiring rights to independent films.
  • AAM moves into Spain with five-screen Yelmo deal

    19-Jun-2008

    Digital cinema company Arts Alliance Media is making its first move into the Spanish exhibition market with a Madrid multiplex.
  • Edinburgh kicks off first Directors' Lab with Woolley as patron

    19-Jun-2008

    Six rising film-makers have been selected for the new Directors' Lab at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
  • EM Media backs new Considine, Glenaan, Meadows films

    19-Jun-2008

    EM Media, the UK's regional screen agency based in the East Midlands, announced a new slate of projects today at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
  • Davies, Skenderlis-Kallis join post house Evolutions

    19-Jun-2008

    London-based post-production facility Evolutions has appointed two new key staff members.
  • Eyes on Edinburgh as festival kicks off June event with Edge Of Love

    18-Jun-2008

    It's an especially pivotal opening night tonight for the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Not only does the festival have A-list stars Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller on the red carpet for the world premiere of John Maybury's The Edge Of Love, but also there will be more industry scrutiny on the event as it moves from its traditional August timeslot to June. 'It feels like the first in a way,' artistic ...
  • Karel De Vries takes MD post at Universal's Dutch arm

    18-Jun-2008

    Universal Pictures International has appointed Karel De Vries as managing director of its operations in the Netherlands. He replaces Max Van Praag, who is leaving the post after 23 years with Universal.De Vries will join UPI at the end of September to work with Van Praag on the transition, and he will then officially take the new post at the beginning of 2009.De Vries will report to London-based Duncan Clark, executive vice president of international distribution ...
  • Beresford on board for Grahame biopic Banking On Mr Toad

    17-Jun-2008

    Bruce Beresford is attached to direct Banking On Mr Toad, which is set to shoot in Dublin and nearby Irish locales in early 2009. The biopic of Kenneth Grahame is being readied as his classic The Wind In The Willows celebrates its 100th anniversary.
  • Film Agency For Wales offers development funds for Mr Manchester

    17-Jun-2008

    The Film Agency For Wales is backing Cardiff-born writer Phil Charles' feature comedy Mr Manchester, now in development.
  • Jersey to host new film festival in September

    17-Jun-2008

    The island of Jersey, a British Crown dependency between England and France, will host the first Branchage Jersey International Film Festival from Sept 25-28.
  • Toronto to kick off with premiere of Paul Gross's Passchendaele

    17-Jun-2008

    The 2008 Toronto International Film Festival will open with the gala world premiere of Paul Gross's Passchendaele on Sept 4.
  • Power strikes DVD distribution deal with Lionsgate UK

    16-Jun-2008

    After working together on the successful release of Flood, Lionsgate UK and production company Power have formed a long-term, exclusive home entertainment distribution partnership.
  • Inside Pictures selects 15 UK producers and execs

    16-Jun-2008

    The Film Business Academy at Cass Business School, Qwerty Films and Skillset have selected the next 15 participants for its pretigious Inside Pictures initiative, a scheme to support rising producers andexecutives across the UK film industry.l
  • UKFC funds national festivals including Birds Eye View, Doc/Fest

    16-Jun-2008

    The UK Film Council has announced the latest recipients backed by Lottery funding as part of the national strand of its Film Festivals Fund.
  • Shane Meadows among experts for Skillset's EIFF talks

    13-Jun-2008

    Training body Skillset will be hosting a series of Masterclasses as part of its Trailblazers initiative at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
  • Icewhole adds to industry panel judging online shorts

    13-Jun-2008

    Icewhole.com, the new social networking site for aspiring film-makers and actors, have added new experts to its Independent Panel of Judges.
  • Icon takes UK, Australiarights to Transporter 3 from Europa

    12-Jun-2008

    Icon Film Distribution (IFD) has acquired all UK and Australian rights to Transporter 3 from EuropaCorp.
  • Roberts, Mortimer take new posts at UK's Contender

    12-Jun-2008

    Growing UK distributor Contender Films has appointed Theresa Roberts as head of publicity and Rebecca Mortimer as head of marketing.
  • Hirschbiegel starts Belfast shoot for Five Minutes Of Heaven

    12-Jun-2008

    Oliver Hirschbiegel has started shooting his new feature, Five Minutes Of Heaven, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • Ealing's Cannes deals include Dorian Gray to Alliance Films

    10-Jun-2008

    Ealing Studios International has reported a number of deals closed during Cannes Market.
  • Paulo Coelho recruits MySpace users for feature compilation

    10-Jun-2008

    Author Paulo Coelho is working with MySpace on the creation of his first feature film, The Experimental Witch.
  • Skillset starts new trainee plan for Fund-paying productions

    10-Jun-2008

    UK training body Skillset has launched a new Film Trainee Scheme.
  • UK line producers, production managers plan US visit

    9-Jun-2008

    The UK Film Council, in an effort to stimulate inward investment production in the UK, is taking eight UK line producers and unit production managers to Los Angeles next week to meet with US studios and independent productoin companies.
  • Edinburgh increases industry offerings

    9-Jun-2008

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival is ramping up its industry events this year, with a record number planned June 20-27. The festival runs June 18-29.
  • UKFC gives $400,000+ to Pathe's release of Adulthood

    8-Jun-2008

    The UK Film Council's Prints & Advertising Fund has supported its latest round of film releases. The funds are awarded to UK distributors working on films that might otherwise have a limited distribution, to increase viewing choices for audiences.The latest distributors and films supported are:$413,680 (£210,000) to Pathe for Adulthood$393,980 (£200,000) to Lionsgate UK for ...
  • Tom Stewart plans to leave Metrodome for High Fliers

    8-Jun-2008

    Tom Stewart will depart his post as general manager, home entertainment, at UK distributor Metrodome as of July 25 to become head of acquisitions for High Fliers. Stewart has been at Metrodome for five years, heading the home entertainment department for the past two and a half years. He had worked on such successful titles as Flight 93, Saints & Soldiers, and Days Of Glory.Stewart ...
  • Danny Huston to lead Edinburgh's Michael Powell jury

    6-Jun-2008

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), which kicks off its edition in June on the 18th, has announced the jury for the Michael Powell Award for best British film and the PPG Award for best performance in a British feature film.
  • NBC Universal sells German free channel Das Vierte

    5-Jun-2008

    NBC Universal Global Networks has stuck an agreement to sell its free-to-air German channel Das Vierte to Mini Movie International Channel. NBC Universal said the sale of Das Vierte is part of its strategic plan to focus on the expansion of its pay-TV channels internationally. Das Vierte, which airs US films and TV series across Germany Austria and Switzerland, was launched in September 2005 as a general entertainment service reaching around 90% of households in ...
  • iTunes opens 700-film UK film download store

    5-Jun-2008

    Confirming a move oft speculated in recent months, Apple has now launched its iTunes Movie Store in the UK.The UK store launches with about 700 feature films for rental or purchase. Content partners include 20th Century Fox, Disney, MGM, Sony Paramount, Warner Bros, and Lionsgate UK. Universal is not offering films through the site.Like the US store, there are different price structures for new releases and library titles, and different costs for rentals and purchases. ...
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment buys Dutch games company

    4-Jun-2008

    Sony Pictures Entertainment has closed its acquisition of Dutch entertainment company 2waytraffic.
  • Diving Bell writer Harwood joins Screenwriters Festival

    4-Jun-2008

    The Screenwriters' Festival (July 1-3) continues to add high-profile speakes to its line-up. New to the programme is novelist/playwright/screenwriter Ronald Harwood, who will interviewed onstage by psychiatrist Raj Persaud. Harwood has worked on screenplays for Roman Polanski's The Pianist and Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell And The Butterfly.
  • Joe Pavlo joins post house Men From Mars

    4-Jun-2008

    Joe Pavlo has joined post-production company Men From Mars as senior VFX supervisor/head of 2D.
  • Moszkowicz elected to head European Producers Club

    4-Jun-2008

    The European Producers Club has elected Martin Moszkowicz, from Constantin Film in Germany as its new president. Jean Cazès, who previously served as president, h as been elected vice-president.
  • Icon takes UK rights forKen Loach's Looking For Eric

    4-Jun-2008

    Icon Film Distribution has acquired UK theatrical and home entertainment rights to Ken Loach's new feature, Looking For Eric, shooting now on location in Manchester.
  • Odeon Sky Filmworks takes on The Stone Of Destiny

    3-Jun-2008

    Odeon Sky Filmworks has taken all UK rights to Charles Martin Smith's Stone Of Destiny from Arclight Films.
  • Hellboy II to kick off Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

    3-Jun-2008

    Film4 has announced the programme for its Summer Screen series at London's Somerset House.
  • UK groups band together for new film education strategy

    3-Jun-2008

    The British Film Institute, FILMCLUB, First Light Movies, Film Education and UK Film Council are launching a new UK-wide film education strategy in partnership with the regional screen agencies and Skillset.
  • Hockman named non-executive chairman of Cutting Edge

    3-Jun-2008

    David Hockman, former chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Polygram Music Publishing, will serve as non-executive chairman for Cutting Edge.
  • Revolver joins UK's Film Distributors' Association

    2-Jun-2008

    The UK's Film Distributors' Association (FDA) has added Revolver Entertainment as its newest member.
  • Australia's Prodigy, UK's TFD rejoin for thriller Road Train

    2-Jun-2008

    Producers Michael Robertson of Australia's ProdigyMovies and Paul Cowan and Chris Wheeldon of the UK's TFD will again work together on Road Train.
  • Finnish industry starts sound awards to honour Jyrala

    2-Jun-2008

    Film director Mika Kaurismäki, singer/actor Samuli Edelmann, producer Pete Eklund, sound designer Joonas Jyrälä and Kari Jyrälä are working together to start a new foundation to honour late Finnish sound designer Paul 'Pappa' Jyrala, who died in 2007.
  • The Works plans September UK release for Jar City

    2-Jun-2008

    The Works UK Distribution is taking on the UK release of Baltasar Kormakur's Oscar submission and local box-office hit Jar City.
  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan to lead Sarajevo Competition jury

    30-May-2008

    The Sarajevo Film Festival has announced the feature film competition jury for its August event.
  • Pathe sees strong Cannes Market; including a dozen Cheri deals

    30-May-2008

    Pathe International has announced a slew of deals after a successful Cannes Market.
  • Liberation takes UK rights to Daylight Robbery from AV

    29-May-2008

    UK distributor Liberation Entertainment has acquired UK rights to thriller Daylight Robbery from sales company AV Pictures.
  • Grandsire takes Global Networks post in Paris

    29-May-2008

    Leonor Grandsire has been appointed to managing director, France for Global Networks, an international division of NBC Universal.
  • Metrodome sees Mark Of An Angel with Celluloid Dreams

    29-May-2008

    UK distributor Metrodome has taken all UK rights to French psychological thriller Mark Of An Angel from Celluloid Dreams.
  • Cantet's The Class takes top honours from Screen's Critics Jury

    28-May-2008

    Laurent Cantet's The Class not only won the jury's Palme d'Or in Cannes, it also is the top-rated film from Screen International's Cannes critics jury. It scored an average of 3.3 out of a possible 4.0, making it the most popular of the 22 films in Competition.
  • Pathe works with Sky for The Cottage simultaneous VOD/DVD

    28-May-2008

    Pathe Distribution are working with Sky to release Paul Andrew Williams' The Cottage simultaneously on DVD and Sky Box Office.
  • Fortissimo's racks up Cannes deals for Tokyo Sonata, Serbis

    28-May-2008

    Fortissimo Films has announced further sales from its Cannes slate.
  • High Point continues Nothing To Lose sales, including US deal

    28-May-2008

    High Point Films has racked up more sales on Pieter Kuijper's thriller Nothing To Lose.
  • Venville's 44 Inch Chest starts seven-week UK shoot

    27-May-2008

    Malcolm Venville has started shooting his directorial debut feature, 44 Inch Chest. The film stars Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Joanne Whalley, Stephen Dillane and Melvil Poupaud.
  • Artificial Eye takes The Class, Il Divo and two other Cannes titles

    27-May-2008

    UK distributor Curzon Artificial Eye has picked up four films from Cannes, including Palme d'Or winner The Class (Entre Les Murs).
  • New Wave takes on Un Certain Regard winner Tulpan

    25-May-2008

    Robert Beeson and Pam Engel's new UK distribution company New Wave Films has taken on yet another Cannes title: Tulpan.New Wave acquired all UK rights for Tulpan from sales company The Match Factory on Friday night. Sergey Dvortsevoy's Tulpan then won the top prize in Un Certain Regard on Saturday.The film is a co-production of Germany, Switzerland, ...
  • Lanners' Eldorado takes Europa Cinemas Label in Cannes

    23-May-2008

    Belgian director Bouli Lanners' Eldorado has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Directors' Fortnight section in Cannes.This marks Europa Cinemas sixth year giving the prize; last year's winner was Anton Corbijn's Control.The jury was comprised of four exhibitors: Christine Beauchemin-Flot (France); Maeve Cooke (Ireland); Mark Vluggen (The Netherlands) and Svantje ...
  • Met Film student shoots Kenya-based Ndugu

    23-May-2008

    Aman Sahota, a student at London's Met Film School, has just finished the Kenya-based shoot for her short film Ndugu (Brother). Fellow students Judy Tjin, Michael Ghelfi and Ricardo Nunes assisted with the shoot.Kenya-born Aman wrote, directed, shot and co-produced the film about two friends from different tribes. She wrote the project long before the recent election. Two local farmers, Njenga Stanley Kang'ua ...
  • Goalpost takes on sales for Al-Daradji's Um-Hussein

    23-May-2008

    UK-based sales company Goalpost has come on board for world sales of Mohamed Al-Daradji's Um-Hussein.Al-Daradji previously made Oscar submission Ahlaam and War, Love, God and Madness. The project is being backed by the UK Film Council's Develpment Fund, Fond Sud (CNC), Screen Yorkshire's Development Fund, and the Kurdish and Iraqi Ministries ...
  • Metrodome takes all UK rights to Danish hit Flame & Citron

    22-May-2008

    UK distributor Metrodome continues its Cannes deals by taking all UK rights to Flame & Citron from The Match Factory.Ole Christian Madsen directs the film, based on a true story. Mads Mikkelsen and Thure Lindhart star. The film is one of Denmark's largest productions ever, budgeted at Euros 8m, and has already been a box-office hit there, with more than 640,000 admissions.The story follows two World War II resistance ...
  • UK's New Wave continues Cannes deals with Egoyan's Adoration

    22-May-2008

    Pam Engel and Robert Beeson's new UK distribution company New Wave Films continues a busy Cannes by acquiring UK rights to Atom Egoyan's Competition entry Adoration.Charlotte Mickie at Maximum Films International is selling the film. Sony Pictures Classics has already taken rights for the US and several other territories.The Canadian production is about an adolescent boy who reinvents himself online but draws the attention ...
  • Palm Tree sells Moffat's Seven Crosses To Thailand

    22-May-2008

    Palm Tree Entertainment has sold Robbie Moffat's Seven Crosses to Sahamongkolfilm in Thailand.Also, three Japanese buyers -- Medalion, 9 Miles and Take-Shobo -- have each bid on a catalogue of Moffat titles including Dark Side Of Heaven, Winter Warrior, Bonehunter and Axe Raiders. As previously reported Palm Tree is now handling sales on its ...
  • Network takes all UK rights to 4 Cannes titles including Soi Cowboy

    22-May-2008

    UK-based distributor Network has taken all UK rights to four new titles in Cannes.They are Afterschool, Rumba, Soi Cowboy, and (as reported separately) Tony Manero.Antonio Campos' Afterschool, in Un Certain Regard, was sold by The Coproduction Office. The film is about a young American student who captures the tragic death of two classmates ...
  • Tony Manero dances along with five more deals for Funny Balloons

    22-May-2008

    Paris-based sales company Funny Balloons has struck five more deals on Pablo Larrain's Directors' Fortnight title Tony Manero.The film has sold in Cannes to the UK (Network), Italy (Ripley's Film), Australia/New Zealand (Vendetta) and Brazil (Imovision). As previously reported, Sophie Dulac Distribution pre-bought French rights.The Chile/Brazil co-production is about a serial killer in 1978 Santiago who loves disco. Tony ...
  • Council of Europe to host future film policy forum in Krakow

    22-May-2008

    The Council of Europe will host its Film Policy Forum, Shaping Policies For the Cinema Of Tomorrow, in Krakow on Sept 11-13.The gathering will include leading film industry figures as well as politicians from across Europe, discussing how public support for film can be adapted in light of globalisation and digital technologies. Attendees will include Andrzej Wajda (guest of hounour in a panel with Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel), Eurimages president Jacques Toubon, ...
  • 3DD sells Day After Peace to Deltamac for Hong Kong

    22-May-2008

    3DD, which had the world premiere of Jeremy Gilley's documentary The Day After Peace in the Cannes market, has closed the first deal for the film with Deltamac for Hong Kong. The film, about the film-maker's crusade to create a world peace day, also stars Jude Law. 3DD said a number of other territories were in discussions.3DD also closed deals this week for documentary series The Art of the
  • Elephant Eye strikes Korean deal with Mars for Planet B-Boy

    22-May-2008

    Elephant Eye Films has sold its breakdancing documentary Planet B-Boy to Mars Entertainment for Korea. Mars plans a theatrical release of up to 200 prints in August.Elephant Eye has also sold the film to Indonesia (Queen Films), Taiwan (Cineplex Films), and The Middle East (Prime Pictures). New York-based Elephant Eye said it also expected to close deals before the end of Cannes for the UK, Germany, France, Poland and Scandinavia.
  • UK's New Wave moves into 24 City

    22-May-2008

    Robert Beeson and Pam Engel's new UK distribution company New Wave Films has acquired Cannes Competition entry 24 City directed by Jia Zhangke.The film is sold by MK2. Beeson and Engel set up New Wave earlier this year after being long-time art-house distributors at Artificial Eye.'We are very pleased to be able to release the new film from a director whose first three films we distributed originally, and to renew a relationship ...
  • Soothsayer sees Emilia Fox; AV Pictures to handle sales

    21-May-2008

    Producers Paul Cowan and Chris Wheeldon of Territorial Film Developments (TFD) have cast Emilia Fox (Flashbacks of a Fool) as the lead in Richard Blanshard's supernatural thriller Soothsayer.
  • WCF to fund restoration of Bergman's private archives

    21-May-2008

    The World Cinema Foundation and the Ingmar Bergman Foundation are supporting a joint project to preserve, restore and reveal rare behind-the-scenes footage from Bergman's archive.Martin Scorsese's WCF will fund the restoration, editing, and commentary of more than 14 hours of behind-the-scenes footage for a total of 18 Ingmar Bergman titles. In addition to footage of his work, there are also scenes of his private life.The titles include ...
  • TF1, Moviemax Italia land on Planet 51

    21-May-2008

    HandMade Films International has closed out two further major territories on animated film Planet 51, with TF1 picking up France and Moviemax Italia taking Italy. The only major territories yet to be sold are Germany and Japan.Deals were negotiated by Carl Clifton of HFI, Moviemax Italia's Guglielemo Marchetti and Fabio Spinella, and Sara May for TF1.The Ilion Studios' CGI animation, budgeted at around $60m, is due for completion ...
  • Jinga shows some love for Hiller's gangster story

    20-May-2008

    UK-based sales company Jinga Films has taken world rights to Danny Hiller's thriller Love Me Still.Andrew Howard, Geoff Bell, Alex Reid and Tom Bell star in the story of a violent confrontation between two brothers after one is released from prison to find the other holding his wife hostage.As announced yesterday, Love Me Still will have its market premiere at the London UK Film Focus ...
  • Gilliam's Doctor Parnassus sells to UK, Australia and Japan

    20-May-2008

    Mandate International says it is continuing brisk sales in Cannes for Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, and Mandate president of international Helen Lee-Kim expects all territories to sell out by the end of the market.The biggest deals in Cannes thus far are to the UK (Lionsgate UK), Australia (Hoyts), and Japan (Showgate).Meanwhile, Parnassus is now ready to return to London to shoot miniatures and do ...
  • Warner Bros takes Spanish rights to How To Lose Friends

    20-May-2008

    Warner Bros has acquired Spanish rights to Robert Weide's How To Lose Friends And Alienate People from Intandem.The comedy, based on Toby Young's book of the same name, stars Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst and Jeff Bridges. MGM has struck a deal for North America and Paramount for the UK. Both will releases will kick off Oct 3.London-based Intandem Films structured the finance for the film and handles sales duties. ...
  • Diffusion guns for Adam Yauch's basketball doc

    20-May-2008

    UK distributor Diffusion Pictures has acquired all UK rights to Adam Yauch's Gunnin' For That #1 Spot.The deal was struck with new sales company Oscilloscope Pictures who are handling the US and international rights. Oscilloscope is releasing the film in the US on June 27 and Diffusion will release in the UK in October 2008.The deal was struck between David Fenkel of Oscilloscope and Nick Crossley of Diffusion.
  • Metrodome takes UK rights to The Chaser from Fine Cut

    20-May-2008

    UK distributor Metrodome, which earlier this week struck a deal with backer Media Pro, has taken all UK rights to Korean crime thriller The Chaser. The deal was brokered between Metrodome's general manager - home entertainment Tom Stewart and CEO Peter Urie with and EJ Cho Cho of Fine Cut. Metrodome will release the film later in 2008.The film has already sold more than 4m tickets in Korea and Warner Bros is planning the English-language ...
  • Spall and Broadbent join Sheen in The Damned United

    20-May-2008

    Timothy Spall and Jim Broadbent have joined the cast of Tom Hooper's The Damned United, which starts principal photography on Sunday May 25. As reported Michael Sheen takes the lead role as legendary football manager Brian Clough, and Spall will play his right hand man Peter Taylor while Broadbent plays Sam Longson.Backers are BBC Films, Columbia Pictures and Screen Yorkshire. Sony Pictures Entertainment has worldwide rights.The project has been developed ...
  • Edinburgh Film Festival announces 2008's Trailblazers

    20-May-2008

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival, now in June, has here in Cannes announced its new set of Trailblazers.The initiative, created with Skillset, recognizing up-and-coming talents in the UK.This year's class is:Lol Crawley, cinematographer of Better Things David Bloom, co-writer of Donkey PunchLisa Trnovskii, producer of Mum ...
  • Metrodome rushes in for Korea's The Chaser

    20-May-2008

    UK distributor Metrodome, which earlier this week struck a deal with backer Media Pro, has taken all UK rights to Korean crime thriller The Chaser. The deal was brokered between Metrodome's general manager - home entertainment Tom Stewart and CEO Peter Urie with and EJ Cho Cho of Fine Cut. Metrodome will release the film later in 2008.The film has already sold more than 4m tickets in Korea and Warner Bros is planning the ...
  • K5 introduces Visitor to Spain, Greece, Middle East

    20-May-2008

    K5 International has confirmed further sales on Tom McCarthy's The Visitor. The film has now gone to Spain (Isaan), Greece (Art Free), and the Middle East (Prime Pictures). Several other deals are imminent in Cannes.The Visitor, his follow-up to The Station Agent, is produced by Groundswell and Participant. It has already taken $3.5m after six weeks' release ...
  • Moviehouse strikes El Cantante deals; picks up three new films

    20-May-2008

    Moviehouse has now sold Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony starrer El Cantante to the UK (Revelation), France (Opening), Australia (Force), Spain (Isaan), Scandinavia (NonStop), and Benelux (Three Lines), and is in active negotiations Japan, Italy and Germany.The project was previously handled by Voltage and has been with Moviehouse since AFM.In other North American deals, Moviehouse has sold Toni Harman's supernatural horror ...
  • Visual Factory seals deals on Mathilde

    20-May-2008

    UK-based sales company Visual Factory has taken on world sales for Nina Mimica's Mathilde, and English-language pan-European co-production starring Jeremy Irons.Buyers lining up include Australia (Vendetta), Benelux (Films de l'Elysee), India (UTV), Hungary (Best Hollywood), and Greece (Videorama). Jeremy Irons plays a British UN officer in Croatia who falls for a local young girl, changing his neutral perspective. Kusturica ...
  • F&ME strikes three-film deal with Finland's MRP

    20-May-2008

    The UK's Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) has struck a deal with Finland's MRP Matila Rohr Productions for three feature films over the next two years.The projects are 3D epic Underwater Iceland, psychological thriller The Debt and detective thriller The Priest of Evil.The companies previously worked together on animated title Quest For a Heart, which has now been picked up for sales by TrustNordisk. Rohr will produce Underwater Iceland 3D, an epic ...
  • London UK Film Focus to screen 40 films

    20-May-2008

    The fifth London UK Film Focus (LUFF), to run June 30-July 3 at the BFI Southbank.More than 40 films to screen include Shadows In The Sun, Abrahams Point, Hush Your Mouth, Love Me Still and Jack Says. The Breakthrough strand returns for a third year to introduce projects from UK film-makers who don't have sales agents yet. Selections for that section include Lesley Manning's
  • Generator drops Cherry Bomb in Belfast in July

    20-May-2008

    UK production company Generator Entertainment will start a July 7 Belfast shoot for its coming of age drama Cherry Bomb. Two best friends are looking forward to a fun summer until a troubled beauty makes them compete dangerously for her affections. Newcomers Glen Leyburn and Lisa Barros d'Sa will direct from a screenplay by Daragh Carville (Middletown).
  • Moxie Makers narrows Big Pitch to six finalists

    20-May-2008

    Low-budget UK studio Moxie Makers has announced the final six feature projects in its Big Pitch competition which comes with a $500,000 prize.The projects are Red Sleigh Down from writers Ian Gilbertson and Stephen Atherton; Different Shades Of Graham from Brad Watson, Keith Lynch, David T Lynch (writer/directors) and Simon Thomas (producer); Til Jihad Do Us Part ...
  • Pathe strikes UK deal for Steve McQueen's Hunger

    19-May-2008

    Un Certain Regard opener Hunger has, as expected, struck deals with several territories. A North American deal was said to be in advanced negotiations.Icon Entertainment International has signed a UK and Ireland deal with Pathe, which beat out several other interested UK distributors. Sue Bruce Smith of Film4 also helped in those negotiations.Rights have also gone to France (MK2), Benelux (Paradiso), Portugal (Lusomundo), ...
  • Optimum kicks off Dark Castle deal with Whiteout

    19-May-2008

    UK-distributor Optimum Releasing, has struck a multi-picture deal with Joel Silver's Dark Castle (which already has a relationship with Optimum parent Studio Canal).The first title in the deal will be Dominic Sena's action thriller Whiteout. Based on the graphic novel, Kate Beckinsale stars in the story of a US marshall alone in Antarctica who has to investigate the continent's first murder.Optimum's previous pick-ups of ...
  • Ken Loach's son to take on UK/Australian co-production

    19-May-2008

    Camilla Bray, who works with Rebecca O'Brien and Ken Loach at Sixteen FIlms, has plans for her second film as a lead producer to be directed by Jim Loach, Ken's son who is a British TV veteran. The UK/Australia co-production is written by Rona Munro, who also wrote Ken Loach's 1994 Ladybird, Ladybird. The script was finished in April and Bray is meeting with potential Australian partners here in Cannes.'It's an Erin Brockovich-type ...
  • RISE, Casarotto launch new talent initiative in UK

    19-May-2008

    UK production company RISE Films and agency Casarotto Ramsay & Associates are launching a new initiative for emerging screenwriters, also with support from Sight & Sound.The initiative will kick off with a competition starting early in June. Unrepresented writers will submit first drafts of feature film scripts and one will be selected to have a development deal with RISE and representation from Casarotto.The winner will ...
  • Anna J Foerster to direct Secret Hunter

    19-May-2008

    Crevasse Films has attached Los Angeles-based German director Anna J Foerster to its new action thriller Secret Hunter.Screenwriter Adam Preston is adapting the script based on British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes' novel. The story is about an American ice climber and games designer who witnesses the murder of his father and travels to Antarctica to find out the truth of his father's history.Stephen Evans of Brittania is ...
  • Opix plans Toy Soldiers with Kit Ryan

    19-May-2008

    Shepperton Studios-based Opix Films Ltd is again working with Irish director Kit Ryan on Toy Soldiers. The project, about child soldiers in Africa, will shoot in Cape Town starting October 2008.Ryan's last comedy thriller with Opix and Silver Pictures, Botched starring Stephen Dorff, went to Warner Bros in the US and Optimum for the UK. Opix is also developing Dementamania, a dark thriller with producers James Ryan and Anis ...
  • London's Production Finance Market sets up ties with Rome Film Fest

    19-May-2008

    The second Film London Production Finance Market (PFM) will be held Oct 20-21 as part of the Times BFI London Film Festival. This year's second-annual event is hoping to increase its European presence. UK and international producers and financiers can apply until July 25. More than 60 financiers will attend, meeting 70+ producers pitching single projects and slates. Also, Film London is also running the Emerging Producer Training Programme on July 24-25. Ten producers ...
  • Cracks fills up with Temple, Poots, Valverde

    19-May-2008

    Juno Temple, Imogen Poots and Maria Valverde have joined Eva Green in Jordan Scott's Cracks.
  • Poisson Rouge puts on the Ritz

    18-May-2008

    Producer Christopher Granier-Deferre of London-based Poisson Rouge Pictures will work with Mrs Henderson Presents writing and producing team David and Kathy Rose to develop a feature based on the life of Cesar Ritz.
  • HanWay sells Wenders' Palermo to UK's Axiom

    18-May-2008

    Axiom Films, has bought all UK rights to Wim Wenders Cannes Competition title Palermo Shooting from HanWay Films.
  • Ealing slate includes Oliver Parker, Amma Asante and new St Trinian's

    18-May-2008

    Ealing Studios' new productions will include Oliver Parker's next Oscar Wilde adaptation Dorian Gray -- about the man who tries to escape aging -- and a Holocaust love story directed by Amma Asante.Ealing's head of studio Barnaby Thompson will produce Dorian Gray. Ben Barnes, who plays Prince Caspian in the next Narnia movie and also appears in Ealing's ...
  • BBC's slate includes Mighty Boosh film, Debbie Issit's Nativity

    18-May-2008

    BBC Films has announced a full development slate following its recent restructuring. The production arm of the Beeb is following The Other Boleyn Girl and is at work now adapting the script for The Boleyn Inheritance - one of the sequels also written by Philippa Gregory.The book is told through the eyes of different characters - Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Jane Boleyn - so Scarlett Johansson ...
  • Image Entertainment finds its Chosen One

    18-May-2008

    Image Entertainment has taken on all US rights to The Chosen One starring Rob Schneider, one of the company's largest-ever acquisitions.
  • Nancy Spungen doc now fully financed

    17-May-2008

    Double D Productions has come on board to invest in a new slate of feature documentaries, starting with Moxie Makers' Who Killed Nancy'.Moxie, the low-budget arm of UK's Ipso Facto, is now complete with financing for the documentary about the life and death of Sid Vicious' girlfriend Nancy Spungen. Alan G Parker writes and directs and the project starts shooting on Monday.Ian Davis and Susan Douglas of Double D struck the ...
  • Palm Tree readies three biopics; screens Seven Crosses in Cannes

    17-May-2008

    Robbie Moffat and Mairi Sutherland's UK-based production and sales company Palm Tree Entertainment has a slate of three historical biopics in development: the $10m Chopin, about the composer; $20m Secret Image about the hidden homosexual love life of Leonardo Da Vinci; and the $15m Voyage Of Dream about the Canadian explorer Alexander MacKenzie. The latter would be ...
  • F&ME goes fishing for English-language Icelandic horror film

    17-May-2008

    The Icelandic Film Company is working with UK-based producers Film And Music Entertainment (F&ME) for new English-language horror/thriller Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre.The film will start shooting in August with director Julius Kemp. Financing was closed here in Cannes.The film is described as a splatter movie laden with black comedy. Ingvar Thordarson produces with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor as well as Solar ...
  • Jinga signs two-pic deal with Spain's Notro

    17-May-2008

    Jinga Films has closed all rights in Spain for two of its titles with NotroFilms. The deal includes Julian Richards' coming-of-age thriller Summer Scars and Craig Strachan's werewolf horror film Wild Country.Notro will release both through its Amazing label with Warner Bros.Jinga's sales slate also includes Penny Woolcock's Exodus ...
  • K5 takes on world sales for with Gillies' The Disposables

    17-May-2008

    UK- and Germany-based sales company K5 continues to build its sales slate with a world sales deal for The Disposables.Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling is executive producing. Daniel Gillies is directing and producing. Gillies also stars in the film with Rachael Leigh Cook and Seymour Cassel.Other producers are Darryn Welch from Instinctive Film and John Lyons Murphy for Holy Monster.K5 is pre-selling the ...
  • High Point scares up Splintered world rights

    17-May-2008

    High Point Films has picked up world rights (excluding UK) to Splintered, which marks Simeon Halligan's directorial debut. Rachel Richardson-Jones of Not A Number will produce, while Clive Parsons will serve as executive producer.The British horror film is about a teenage girl held captive by a man who claims to be protecting her from a killer. Stephen Martin Walters and Holly Weston star in the project. Weston recently appeared ...
  • White Male Heart beats with THINKFilm International

    17-May-2008

    THINKFilm International is taking on international sales for White Male Heart, which will star Cillian Murphy and Eddie Redmayne.Both actors are riding high at the moment, with Redmayne's projects including The Other Boleyn Girl and Savage Grace and Murphy's The Dark Knight, Hippie Hippie Shake and
  • Intandem sells first four territories for new Tommy Lee Jones film

    17-May-2008

    On the heels of Tommy Lee Jones's arrival in Cannes to talk about his his new film Islands in the Stream, Intandem Films has sold the first territory to Mars Films for France. Other territories sold are CIS (Luxor), Turkey (Chantier) and Portugal (Lusomundo).Today (Sunday) Jones will give his presentation to buyers and financiers for the $30m project. It is adapted from the Hemingway classic, and will star Jones and potentially ...
  • Initialize producers sign two new co-producers; deal with SDI

    17-May-2008

    UK consultancy Initialize Films, which held its first Co-Production Meeting Day at Berlin, is now seeing its group of producers confirming deals in Cannes.Paul Largan of Bandigital is now working with Gia Muresan of Cinemarket Productions for Largan's $6m The Undefended. Also, Swiss producer Christophe Neracher of Hugo Films has come on board Bindu de Stoppani's Jump with Emily Man of Manmade ...
  • Coffin Joe to get English-language update

    17-May-2008

    One Eyed Films is developing English-language horror feature based on the classic Coffin Joe character.The film is being planned as a Brazil/Canada/Spain co-production.The film has the working title of Santo Amaro The Bitter Garden and it would be the first Coffin Joe (Ze do Caixao) film in English. The cult character is the evil undertaker created by Brazil's horror master Mojica Marins.The pitch is that Coffin ...
  • Kinnear, Kruger, Mendes in talks for Omega's Little Green Men

    17-May-2008

    Omega Entertainment has taken on international rights to Little Green Men, which Whit Stillman will direct.The ensemble cast lining up now includes Greg Kinnear, Diane Kruger, Eva Mendes, John Malkovich, Peter Sarsgaard, Peter Dinklage and Zooey Deschanel. All are in talks but no deals are confirmed yet.The project is based on a bestseller by Christopher Buckley, who also wrote hit Thank ...
  • IFC takes North American rights on Mermaid

    17-May-2008

    IFC Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Anna Melikyan's award-winning Mermaid. She won best director in the World Cinema section at Sundance 2008 and the FIPRESCI prize at the Berlinale.
  • ContentFilm International lights up with Kid Cannabis

    17-May-2008

    ContentFilm International will handle international sales on Kid Cannabis, written and directed by John Stockwell. ICM will handle North American rights. Stockwell previously directed Into the Blue, Blue Crush and Crazy Beautiful. The film starts shooting July 2 in Vancouver.The film stars Chris Marquette and Aaron Yoo with more cast to be announced ...
  • Diffusion takes UK rights to Bacon's Arena

    17-May-2008

    Diffusion picks up Bacon's Arena for UKWendy MitchellWavelength Pictures has sold Bacon's Arena to Diffusion Pictures for the UK and Ireland. This follows on a French deal with Pretty Pictures. Diffusion's UK release will coincide with the forthcoming Francis Bacon centenary exhibition at London's Tate Britain, which opens Sept 8.This follows on soon after the conclusion of a deal for all French rights ...
  • Film4's slate includes Christopher Hampton adapting Post-Birthday World

    17-May-2008

    Film4 has unveiled a bulging development slate, boasting about 70 projects at various stages.Film4 has, as usual, a slew of literary adaptations in the works. Lionel Shriver's The Post-Birthday World will be adapted by Atonement Oscar nominee Christopher Hampton. Alison Owen of Ruby will produce and the film is at early script stage. The bestseller follows a woman's life when she chooses the safe, ...
  • Halcyon gets Bass on board for Godmother adaptation

    17-May-2008

    Chris Coen's UK production and distribution company Halcyon Pictures has optioned Carrie Adams' novel The Godmother.Oscar winner Ron Bass (My Best Friend's Wedding) will adapt the script. The London-set comedy is about a godmother of four without children of her own who tries to help her friends with family problems and discovers a new side of herself. Halcyon's head of ...
  • HandMade pre-sells Eloise In Paris to UK's Entertainment

    17-May-2008

    HandMade Films has pre-sold UK rights to Eloise In Paris to Entertainment Film Distributors. HandMade chairman Guy Collins struck the deal with Entertainment's Nigel Green.The film will star Uma Thurman and newcomer Jordana Beatty. Collins said: 'Licensing the first of the major worldwide territories on the film to Entertainment sets the bar at a very high level. We are delighted to continue our relationship with ...
  • High Point takes sells Skin to Germany; picks up Sun and Summer

    17-May-2008

    High Point Films has sold Skin to Ascot Elite for Germany. The film is Hanro Smitsman's first feature; he won a Berlinale Golden Bear for short film Klaas.The 1979-set story is about a 17-year-old son of a Holocaust survivor who gets drawn into the skinhead movement. Marc Bary of IJsawter Films produced and the film has its European festival premiere in Munich.Also, London-based High ...
  • Laura Hastings Smith to follow Hunger with Piggy, Satan, Charming Man

    17-May-2008

    Laura Hastings Smith, producer of Un Certain Regard opener Hunger, has a full slate of films in development. The London-based producer, participating in EFP's Producers on The Move, plans to re-team with Hunger collaborator Robin Gutch for the Warp X project This Little Piggy by Corinna Faith, described as 'a twisted take on consumerism set on a psychotic farm.' The horror film was developed by ...
  • Pat Shortt, Dap Kings sign up for Ipso Facto's Souled Out

    17-May-2008

    Pat Shortt, who starred in last year's Cannes Directors Fortnight hit Garage, has joined the cast of Shimmy Marcus' Souled Out for Ipso Facto Films. He joins Martin Compston and Jennifer Ellison in the coming-of-age love story set in the Northern Soul scene in 1974.The Dap Kings, the backing band of Sharon Jones who has worked with Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson, will produce the soundtrack and create original music for the film. Paul Weller is also in discussions ...
  • Protagonist takes on Bankside library sales

    17-May-2008

    Bankside Films has teamed with new sales outfit Protagonist Pictures to sell Bankside's catalogue titles to TV, video and ancillary markets. Nada Cirjanic, who is in charge of the Film4 library through Protagonist, will also be in charge of the Bankside library.Bankside will continue to acquire projects for first-run theatrical sales, of course, but once that cycle of sales is exhausted, a film will be passed to Protagonist. The deal kicks off with about 10 titles. ...
  • UK's Contender says hello to Mr Nice from Independent

    17-May-2008

    Increasingly active UK distributor Contender, backed by Entertainment One, has taken UK rights for Mr Nice, sold by UK-based sales company Independent.Another sister company owned by E1, Seville Pictures, has taken Canadian rights. Independent's Luc Roeg is producing the film with Independent also handling worldwide sales.Mr Nice is based on Howard Marks' autobiography, ...
  • Content rides with Hugo Weaving Aussie drama

    16-May-2008

    ContentFilm International has come on for international sales on Glendyn Ivin's The Last Ride. Ivin won the Palme d'Or for his 2003 short Cracker Bag. The drama will star Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, Transformers) and will start shooting this summer in the Australian outback.The story follows an emotional road trip seen through the ...
  • Halcyon crowns Delpy's Countess for UK

    16-May-2008

    Chris Coen's new UK distribution company Halcyon Pictures has taken UK rights to Julie Delpy's The Countess sold by Celluloid Dreams. The film stars Delpy, William Hurt, Daniel Bruhl and Anamaria Marinca in the story of Countess Bathroy. Halcyon have also bought David Auburn's The Girl In The Park, starring Sigourney Weaver, Kate Bosworth and Allesandro Nivola, from QED.Halcyon's forthcoming slate also includes The Visitor, Ano Una and The Lemon Tree.
  • Elephant Eye takes on Thanks Maa; MTV lands on Planet B-Boy

    16-May-2008

    New York-based production/sales/distribution company Elephant Eye Films has taken on Irfan Kamal's Thanks Maa for international sales.
  • Metrodome strikes deal for MediaPro to become major investor

    16-May-2008

    Romanian powerhouse MediaPro has agreed to buy 50.1% of shares in UK distributor Metrodome.The deal was done with Germany's TV-Loonland, which was formerly Metrodome's parent company.'They want to move into Western Europe and the UK,' says Metrodome CEO Peter Urie told Screen about Metrodome's new backer.Each share was bought for 2.62 UK pence (the stock is listed on the UK's AIM). 'That was a 16.4% premium on ...
  • Duvall and Spacek Get Low with K5, Zanuck

    16-May-2008

    UK- and Germany-based K5 International has taken on world sales for Get Low, which the sales outfit is also co-financing.The Zanuck Company production will star Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek. Oscar winner Aaron Schneider, who shot films including Titanic and Kiss The Girls, will direct and producers will be Richard D. Zanuck, Dean Zanuck and Harrison ...
  • Ed Blum signs on for two $15m F&ME features

    16-May-2008

    Mike Downey and Sam Taylor's UK-based production company Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) has signed on Scenes Of A Sexual Nature director Ed Blum for two new features, FAKE! and The Laughter Clinic.Blum's Tin Pan Films will co-produce the films, each budgeted around $15m.Previously announced art heist movie FAKE! ...
  • Fassbender signs on as Heathcliff for Wuthering Heights

    16-May-2008

    Michael Fassbender, star of Un Certain Regard opener Hunger, has been confirmed for the role of Heathcliff in Ecosse Films' new Wuthering Heights.HanWay films is handling internationals sales. John Maybury is directing the project, which is now searching for a new Cathy after Natalie Portman pulled out last week.Fassbender previously appeared in 300 and also in Joel Schumacher's forthcoming Creek. Ecosse's ...
  • Sally Hawkins to play Northern Irish civil rights campaigner

    16-May-2008

    Sally Hawkins, coming off her Berlinale Best Actress award for Happy-Go-Lucky, will star in Aisling Walsh's The Roaring Girl.Kate Gartside wrote the script and producers are Sophie Balhetchet for Cougar Films and Tristan Orpen Lynch for Subotica. The Irish Film Board and Northern Ireland Screen supported the film's development.The story follows the life of Northern Ireland civil rights ...
  • United Kingdom - Burning bright

    16-May-2008

    Poetry is a drug really, it goes into your head and it sticks," says the Oscar-winning writer-director Jane Campion. If that is her drug, Campion is getting plenty of buzz from her latest project Bright Star - the story of the unlikely love affair poet John Keats had with his neighbour Fanny Brawne.
  • Strand asks Bankside: How About You'

    15-May-2008

    UK-based sales company has struck a deal with LA-based Strand Releasing for all US rights to Anthony Byrne's comedy How About You. Strand plans a September launch.Hayley Atwell stars alongside Vanessa Redgrave, Imelda Staunton, Brenda Fricker, and Joss Ackland. The story is about a young woman who has to run an elderly home over the Christmas holiday. It is based on a short story by Maeve Binchy.Bankside's co-managing director ...
  • Capitol restructures but says business is solid

    15-May-2008

    Following recent disparaging press reports and rumours following staff departures, Capitol Films managing director Peter Naish reiterates that the business is solid, if a bit dampened by current market conditions.Naish, who joined Capitol from Icon about a year ago, said that the recent departure of his co-MD Nick Hill wasn't a sign of the business going downhill. Ed Clarke and Sofia Neves have also recently left Capitol, to join Kudos and HanWay respectively.'When ...
  • Sam Riley, Mads Mikkelsen in talks for Black Heart

    15-May-2008

    Christine Alderson's UK-based production company Ipso Facto Films is working with Italy's Orisa Produzioni and South Africa's Film Afrika to Produce political thriller Black Heart.The story is based on the real diaries of ex-mercenary Jean Vaudrec. Mads Mikkelsen and Sam Riley are in discussions to play estranged brothers who try to expose illegal ivory for arms trade.Cristiano Bortone, from Red ...
  • High Point takes on Shadows In The Sun with Jean Simmons

    15-May-2008

    London-based High Point Films has taken on world rights for David Rocksavage's Shadows In The Sun.
  • Arturi Films in Cannes unveiling footage of Zimbabwe documentary

    15-May-2008

    UK production company Arturi Films is in advanced production on especially timely Zimbabwe documentary Mugabe And The White African.Channel 4’s More 4 True Stories strand has bought the UK broadcast rights via commissioning editor Sandra Whipham.The film follows a white farmer, Mike Campbell, who is taking Robert Mugabe to court for the loss of his human rights and racial discrimination. Mugabe has tried to confiscate ...
  • Bankside says g'day to four Australian features

    15-May-2008

    UK-based sales company Bankside Films has added four new Australian features -- all shooting this summer or autumn -- to its slate.They are Andrew Lancaster's Accidents Happen, Rupert Glasson's Coffin Rock, Ana Kokkinos' Blessed and Rachel Perkins' Bran Nue Dae.Hilary Davis and Stephen Kelliher of Bankside ...
  • Elephant Eye takes on Frat Girl, Audience Of One

    15-May-2008

    New US producer/distributor/sales company Elephant Eye Films has taken on two new projects, one for production and one for sales.Elephant Eye will produce Frat Girl, which will be written and directed by Nate Meyer, the director/producer of festival favourite Pretty In The Face. Derrick Tseng (Palindromes, Snow Angels) will co-produce.For sales, Elephant Eye has taken on documentary ...
  • Karl Urban joins the cast of Horse for ContentFilm Intl

    15-May-2008

    Karl Urban has joined the cast of action thriller Horse, which ContentFilm International is selling worldwide.Urban previously appeared in Star Trek, The Lord Of the Rings, The Bourne Supremacy and forthcoming Black Water Transit.Laurence Malkin directs and producers are Paul Schiff, Tai Duncan and Roseanne Korenberg.
  • Velvet Octopus takes on sales for Intrepid's Prodigy

    15-May-2008

    UK-based sales company Velvet Octopus is on board for sales of Prodigy, the next film from Chuck Russell, the US director of The Mask and The Scorpion King. Los Angeles-based Intrepid Pictures is fully financing the $25m film as its first feature not to go through Universal or Rogue. Intrepid will keep North American rights while Velvet Octopus takes international ...
  • Intandem, WMI swim down Stream with Tommy Lee Jones

    14-May-2008

    Intandem Films and William Morris Independent will be selling Tommy Lee Jones' new action drama Islands In The Stream. Intandem will handle international and WMI will represent domestic rights. The companies are in Cannes actively discussing the project, which is adapted from the Ernest Hemingway classic. Jones will star as well as directing. Morgan Freeman and John Goodman are also being attached to star.Jones ...
  • BBC Films former head David Thompson sets up Origin

    14-May-2008

    David Thompson, the former head of BBC Films, is launching a new independent film and TV production company, Origin Pictures.Origin kicks off with a three-year, first-look development deal with BBC Fiction for both feature films and TV drama.Also for its TV projects, Origin also has a first-look development deal with major international sales company Fremantle Media Enterprises. Origin will have 'significant backing' from Anant Singh's production/financing ...
  • Andrea Arnold dives into Fish Tank with UKFC, BBC Films, Limelight

    14-May-2008

    Andrea Arnold is following her Cannes 2006 jury prize-winner Red Road with her second feature Fish Tank, which is being backed by the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund with $1.1m (£570,000).Sources close to the film say it will start shooting in Kent, England on June 23 with a cast of mostly unknowns — the story is about a teenage girl.Fish Tank is being produced by Kees Kasander for Kasander Films with Paul Trijbits as executive producer. Funding partners include ...
  • Real Holywood unveils first slate including Simon Callow's debut

    14-May-2008

    Belfast-based production company Real Holywood plans a June shoot for its first feature, Yankee King, starring Bill Campbell, Claire Forlani, Kelly Brook and Rosemary Harris.Gerry Lively (Dungeons & Dragons II) will direct for the new production company, which is backed by property developer Robert Whitton and Richard Attenborough's longtime producer Jo Gilbert.The love story will ...
  • UK new media complex cleared by local government

    14-May-2008

    Outline planning permission has been granted for the new Centre for Creative Excellence at Seaham, County Durham in the northeast of England. The proposed centre would have a media business park, an educational campus, two hotels and an agricultural college. Backers predict it could contribute more than $100m to the local economy.After clearing this hurdle with the Government Office for the North East, the project could get the final go-ahead this summer.
  • Radical Comics sells 40,000 units of first two Hercules, Caliber comics

    14-May-2008

    Radical Publishing, which is partnered with film company Intandem, has had hits with its first two comic book releases through subsidiary Radical Comics: Hercules: The Thracian Wars and Caliber: First Canon Of Justice. Radical Comics sold out of 40,000 units of the two titles during its launch week starting April 30.Intandem has a 10% equity stake in Radical Publishing and will sell ...
  • Penn's selection The Third Wave surges with Content, Cinetic

    14-May-2008

    Competition Jury president Sean Penn has selected The Third Wave as an unprecedented Special Presidential Jury Screening to be held Friday at 7:15 pm. ContentFilm International is now handling international sales, with Cinetic Media selling North America.Alison Thompson directs the documentary about four volunteers who go to Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami. Oscar Gubernati produced.‘The Third Wave is truly a must-see ...
  • UK's Molinare sells majority stake to Indian giant Century

    14-May-2008

    UK post-production house Molinare has struck a multi-million pound deal to sell a majority stake to Indian media giant Century Communications, parent to its post-production division Pixion.The deal was done May 2 and has now been announced by Molinare's chief executive Steve Milne and managing director Mark Foligno.Century's 'intensive investment programme' will fund Molinare's overhauled buildings, revamped infrastructure and increased capacity.Molinare ...
  • Pathe readies Chomet's $22m The Illusionist for 2009

    13-May-2008

    Pathe is now introducing buyers to The Illusionist, the new feature from The Triplets Of Belleville creator Sylvain Chomet. The company is showing first footage here of the $22m project, financed by Pathe and France 3 with Canal Plus.
  • Samuel L Jackson blowsinto Fiennes thriller for Intandem

    13-May-2008

    Samuel L Jackson has taken a lead role in Martha Fiennes’ espionage thriller Blown. The previoiusly announced members of the cast include Thandie Newton and Guy Pearce.The story delves into the world of espionage, terrorism and big business through the eyes of a ruthless MI5 agent.Fiennes, who previously directed Chromophobia and Onegin, ...
  • Curzon Artificial Eye picks up four including Assayas' Summer Hours

    13-May-2008

    UK distributor Curzon Artificial Eye has acquired UK rights to four new films. Curzon Artificial Eye has taken on Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank, Ari Folman’s Cannes competitor Waltz With Bashir, Olivier Assayas’ Summer Hours and David Volach’s My Father, My Lord.Arnold’s Red Road follow-up
  • Marcus Vigneron Coudroy joins Shyer's Eloise in Paris

    13-May-2008

    Young 11-year-old French actor Marcus Vigneron Coudroy has joined the cast of Charles Shyer's new live-action feature Eloise In Paris, based on Kay Thompson's classic Eloise books.As previously reported, the cast also includes Uma Thurman and Australian newcomer Jordana Beatty.Vigneron Coudroy was selected from an extensive casting process in London and Paris. He plays the role of ...
  • Irusta takes senior VP role at NBC Universal Global Networks

    12-May-2008

    Martin Irusta has been appointed senior Vice President, Programming & Acquisitions, Global Networks, an international division of NBC Universal.Irusta will be based in London and takes the post immediately.The newly created role was announced by Roma Khanna, President, Global Networks & Digital Initiatives, to whom he will report. Irusta will work on local pay-TV channels worldwide and oversee the global acquisitions team, working with Mark Lawrence ...
  • UK and India agree details of co-production treaty

    12-May-2008

    The UK and Indian governments have said they have finished the necessary negotiations to enable the long-touted UK-India film co-production agreement to come into force.The treaty will let UK and Indian film-makers co-produce films that will be eligible for national status in both countries.The main aspects of the UK-India co-production treaty were first signed in late 2005. Now, details have been completed by officials and the treaty will comeinto force ...
  • Aimee Anderson to join DDA for corporate publicity

    12-May-2008

    Aimee Anderson will join pr firm DDA as account director, corporate publicity.The hire was announced by DDA Public Relations executive vice president Lawrence Atkinson.Anderson will work with corporate clients including Warner Bros Home Entertainment Group, Entertainment One, Hewlett Packard, Halcyon, Atlas Entertainment, Shangri-La, Ealing Studios and the Dubai International Film Festival, as well as seeking new clients.Anderson joins DDA on May 17 (and at ...
  • K5 takes on world sales for Yu's Ping Pong Playa

    12-May-2008

    UK- and Germany-based sales company K5 International has taken on world sales rights to Jessica Yu's Ping Pong Playa.
  • THINKFILM Intl takes on sales for Down And Dirty Pictures, Radford's Mula

    12-May-2008

    UK-based sales company THINKFilm International, the sister company to Capitol Films, has taken on two new projects for its Cannes sales slate. The company has taken on international rights to Michael Radford's La Mula and Ken Bowser's Down and Dirty Pictures. La Mula stars Spanish rising talents Oscar Jaenada and Maria Valverde. Alejandra Frade ...
  • Penny Wolf launches new Film Consultancy Partners

    12-May-2008

    UK-based sales veteran Penny Wolf is launching her new outfit The Film Consultancy Partners at Cannes this week.
  • After Becker deal, Icon takes over sales on Hunger

    9-May-2008

    Icon Entertainment International has taken over worldwide rights to Hunger, the CannesUn Certain Regard opening film.
  • Natalie Portman drops out as Cathy in Wuthering Heights

    9-May-2008

    Natalie Portman has dropped out of John Maybury's new adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
  • Donnie Darko sequel S. Darko starts shooting May 18

    9-May-2008

    UK-based sales company Velvet Octopus will be launching sales in Cannes for S. Darko, billed as the sequel to the 2001 cult hit Donnie Darko. Fox has already taken North American rights.
  • Cannes profile: Enter The Protagonist

    9-May-2008

    There will be many eyes on Protagonist Pictures as the company launches its first sales office at Cannes. Its three backers are well known - Ingenious, Film4 and Vertigo Films - and the industry is curious to see if their joint foray into sales will be a hit.
  • Profile: Intandem

    9-May-2008

    Gary Smith of Intandem Films takes a three-pronged approach to the film business. 'Our take is very simple - you've got to have a relationship with producers for quality, commercial source material, a relationship with a wide range of financiers for our executive production and financing, and good relationships with distributors so that we sell the films. Throughout any film, we're working with all three sources.'
  • Eurimages backs 10 films with $6m

    8-May-2008

    At its 110th meeting, May 4-6 in Amsterdam, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund made its latest funding awards.
  • Andy Weltman takes UK production exec post in LA

    8-May-2008

    Andy Weltman has been appointed production executive by British Film Commissioner Colin Brown.
  • Simon Rexworthy promoted to acqusitions at Sky Movies

    8-May-2008

    British Sky Broadcasting has promoted Simon Rexworthy to controller of acquisitions for Sky Movies and Sky Box Office.
  • Simon West to direct Let It Ride for Intandem

    8-May-2008

    Producer Mace Neufeld and director Simon West will reunite for the new heist thriller Let It Ride. The pair previously worked together on The General's Daughter for Paramount in 1999.
  • Pete Travis starts shoot for Endgame starring William Hurt

    8-May-2008

    Fresh off Vantage Point for Sony, director Pete Travis has started principal photography on his next feature, another political thriller entitled Endgame. The project is shooting in the UK and South Africa.
  • Odeon Sky Filmworks takes UK rights to Lynch's Surveillance

    7-May-2008

    Distributor Odeon Sky Filmworks has acquired the UK rights to thriller Surveillance, which will screen out of competition at Cannes.
  • 3DD to present Cannes market premiere of The Day After Peace

    7-May-2008

    3DD Entertainment is planning a Cannes launch for The Day After Peace, a feature documentary featuring Jude Law. Jeremy Gilley directs the BBC/Passion Pictures/Peace One Day production.
  • Fortissimo takes on Madonna-produced I Am Because We Are

    7-May-2008

    Fortissimo Films has acquired the documentary I Am Because We Are, which is produced, written and narrated by Madonna.The deal, for all rights outside of North America, was brokered between Fortissimo's Senior Vice President, Sales & Acquisitions Winnie Lau and Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which represents the film.I Am Because We Are is about the children ...
  • Jinga takes on The Disappeared starring Harry Treadaway

    7-May-2008

    UK-based sales company Jinga Films has added supernatural horror The Disappeared, directed by Johnny Kervorkian, to its Cannes sales slate.
  • Ellen Page signs on for Jane Eyre with Ruby, BBC

    6-May-2008

    Ellen Page, hot off her Oscar nomination for Juno, is set to take the title role in a new adaptation of Jane Eyre for BBC Films and Alison Owen's London-based Ruby Films.
  • Harrelson, Morton, Malone line up for Moverman's The Messenger

    6-May-2008

    Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone and Eamonn Walker have now joined Ben Foster in Oren Moverman's The Messenger.
  • High Point gears up for The Race with Grand Pictures

    6-May-2008

    High Point Films has taken on international rights for Irish family feature The Race, currently in pre-production.
  • Intandem takes on sales for Dan Ireland's Jolene

    6-May-2008

    London-based Intandem Films has added US drama Jolene to its slate ahead of Cannes.
  • Wedge invents Hugo Cabret with GK, Nihil, Warner Bros

    6-May-2008

    Chris Wedge, who previously directed Ice Age, has signed on to direct The Invention Of Hugo Cabret for Graham King's GK Films, Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil and Warner Bros.
  • Wales plans first international film and music fest Soundtrack

    6-May-2008

    The Film Agency For Wales is planning the country's first international film and music festival to be held in Cardiff in November.
  • Warner launches remastered Movies That Matter series in UK

    2-May-2008

    Warner Bros. is planning a Movies that Matter Film to bring 15 of its classics to the big screen, remastered and restored.
  • The Hospital Club starts list for emerging UK talents

    2-May-2008

    UK members club The Hospital is launching a new initiative, The Hospital club 100, to search for the most powerful movers and shakers in London's media and creative industries, including film.
  • The Descent 2 starts shooting this weekend for Celador

    1-May-2008

    Celador Films and Pathe will start principal photography on May 4 (Sunday) for The Descent 2.
  • Britdoc opens applications for Big Pitch forum

    1-May-2008

    Britdoc, now in its third year, has opened applications for The Big Pitch, it's Dragon's Den-style international pitching forum.
  • Black & Blue starts shooting UK comedy Mixed Up

    1-May-2008

    Black & Blue Films has started shooting UK comedy Mixed Up. The story, set in a record shop, stars Billy Murray, Adele Silva, Terry Stone, Zara Dawson, Lee Otwayterry Stone, Anna Brecon, Faye Tozer, Lisa McAllister, Giles Alderson, Sylvester McCoy and Abi Titmuss.
  • TLA signs deal with Jinga for Richards' Summer Scars

    1-May-2008

    Jinga Films has signed an all-rights North American deal with TLA Releasing for Julian Richards' Summer Scars.
  • Holly Weston follows Madonna film with UK horror Splintered

    1-May-2008

    Simeon Halligan is making his feature directorial debut with psychological horror/thriller Splintered.
  • Bill Lawrence named creative director at Showroom, Workstation

    1-May-2008

    Bill Lawrence has been named to the new post of creative director at Sheffield, UK-based Showroom and Workstation.
  • Universal, Focus bolster relationship with Almodovars' El Deseo

    1-May-2008

    Universal Pictures' International Studio and Focus Features International have announced strengthened ties with Spain-based production company El Deseo, run by Pedro and Agustin Almodovar.
  • HAF's Esther Yeung joins Fortissimo Hong Kongoffice

    1-May-2008

    Fortissimo Films has announced a restructuring of its Hong Kong executive team.
  • Protagonist takeson sales forBBC Films' In The Loop

    1-May-2008

    New UK sales company Protagonist Pictures has taken on its first third-party project, Armando Iannucci's In The Loop.
  • The Works International takes on sales for Palka's Good Dick

    1-May-2008

    UK-based sales company The Works International has taken on rights for Good Dick, which premiered at Sundance.
  • Sky works on new simultaneous deal for Lionsgate titles

    30-Apr-2008

    Sky Movies and Lionsgate UK are offering two Lionsgate titles, 3:10 To Yuma and War, free to Sky Movies subscribers on Sky Box Office the same time they are available for all other Sky Box Office viewers at a cost of about $8 (£3.99).
  • Nine get funding from London Artists' Film and Video Awards

    30-Apr-2008

    Nine London-based film and video artists will receive funding to produce new work through the 2008 London Artists' Film and Video Awards (LAFVA), supported by Film London in partnership with Arts Council England.
  • James, Machin, Davies join Film Agency For Wales board

    30-Apr-2008

    The Film Agency For Wales has added three new board members. They are journalist/producer Alison James, THINKFilm International's Will Machin and Welsh media studies lecturer Cath Davies.
  • Bekkie Sunley named brand manager for LoveFilm

    30-Apr-2008

    Bekkie Sunley has joined LoveFilm as brand manager.
  • Miramax partners with Vaughn's MARV for The Debt

    30-Apr-2008

    Miramax Films is partnering with Matthew Vaughn and Kris Thykier's London-based MARV Films on The Debt. Miramax has acquired world rights to the screenplay, which reunites Vaughn with his Stardust co-writer Jane Goldman.
  • Lionsgate UK launches local production initiative with three projects

    29-Apr-2008

    Lionsgate UK has confirmed plans to increase investment in UK films, intending to develop, co-produce and co-finance at least two British features per year.
  • Special report: Hollywood goes anglophile

    25-Apr-2008

    'Britain isin a golden era right now, particularly with directors,' says David Livingstone, worldwide president of marketing and distribution at UK powerhouse Working Title.
  • UK Special - Picket line - Strike one'

    25-Apr-2008

    With a possible US actors' strike on the cards this summer, could it be a boom time for UK actors'
  • UK's New Wave adds Unrelated, Tricks, Quiet Chaos

    23-Apr-2008

    New Wave Films, the new UK distributor set up by Artificial Eye veterans Pam Engel and Robert Beeson in February 2008, has acquired three new films for its initial slate.
  • ContentFilm strikes $40m loan with JPMorgan Chase

    23-Apr-2008

    ContentFilm has signed a deal with JPMorgan Chase for a $40m long-term debt facility.
  • Film Consultancy, High Point team for McGuckian's Inconceivable

    23-Apr-2008

    Penny Wolf's The Film Consultancy Partners and Carey Fitzgerald's High Point Media Group have joined forces to handle international sales for Mary McGuckian's Inconceivable, the third film in the director's 'amorality trilogy.'
  • Momentum signs first-look deal with producers See-Saw

    21-Apr-2008

    UK distributor Momentum Pictures has signed a first-look deal with the new London- and Sydney-based production company See-Saw Films.
  • Momentum signs first-look deal with producers See-Saw

    21-Apr-2008

    UK distributor Momentum Pictures has signed a first-look deal with the new London- and Sydney-based production company See-Saw Films.
  • London's Salt signs first-look deal with Alcove Entertainment

    21-Apr-2008

    London-based sales and finance company Salt (formerly Lumina Films) has signed a reciprocal first-look with Alcove Entertainment.
  • Princess Ka'iulani wraps in Hawaii and moves to UK shoot

    21-Apr-2008

    Princess Ka'iulani, formerly titled Barbarian Princess, has ended the four-week Hawaiian leg of its shoot. The production will now move to shoot for 10 days in Norfolk, England by the end of April.
  • Redpath steps up to become director of Berlinale's Generation

    21-Apr-2008

    Maryanne Redpath has been appointed the new director of the Berlinale's children's and youth film section Generation.
  • Ruby Blue, Kill Kill win top prizes at London International fest

    21-Apr-2008

    At the London Independent Film Festival, Jan Dunn's Ruby Blue won best UK feature and Gareth Roberts' Kill Kill Faster Faster won best international feature.
  • Special People wins Germany's Britspotting prize

    21-Apr-2008

    Justin Edgar's Special People won the best feature audience award at Britspotting, the British & Irish Film Festival in Germany. The film wins a post-production/editing prize worth $22,200 (Euros 14,000).
  • Edinburgh programmes 22 docs, with gala for Man On Wire

    21-Apr-2008

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has announced that its programme will include 22 documentary features this year.
  • United Kingdom - Three Of A Kind

    18-Apr-2008

    Bill Stephens, Daniel Baur and Oliver Simon of K5 International offer the film industry version of a selective boutique rather than a mass retailer.
  • Universal International unveils first Blu-Ray slate of 29 titles

    17-Apr-2008

    Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE) plans to release 29 titles on the Blu-Ray format for the first time.The first release will be TV series Heroes Season 2 on Aug 26. Heroes Season 1 will also be available on the same day on Blu-Ray.Further Blu-Ray releases later in 2008 will be The Incredible Hulk, Wanted, Hellboy II: The Golden ...
  • Delanic signs three-year home entertainment deal with Anchor Bay

    17-Apr-2008

    UK distributor Delanic Films has struck a DVD deal with Starz Media's Anchor Bay Entertainment UK to release a slate of feature films in the UK and Ireland.Delanic Films managing director Joe Simpson and Anchor Bay Entertainment UK Managing Director Colin Lomax announced the deal.Delanic will manage theatrical and TV releasing while Anchor Bay Entertainment UK handles home entertainment releases through its existing London-based operation.The three-year ...
  • BAFTA sets 2009 date for February 8, two weeks ahead of Oscars

    17-Apr-2008

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has set the Orange British Academy Film Awards for Feb 8, 2009 at London’s Royal Opera House.
  • Reelscape kicks off with development of Wise's Small Inclusions

    16-Apr-2008

    New UK production company Reelscape Films will make its debut with Herbert Wise's Small Inclusions, now in development. Wise has previously directed TV projects include Inspector Morse, Rumpole of the Bailey and I Claudius.
  • LoveFilm-Amazon Europe deal cleared by regulators

    16-Apr-2008

    LoveFilm International's previously announced acquisition of Amazon Europe's DVD rental business in the UK and Germany was cleared for completion by regulators yesterday. The companies plan to complete the acquisition shortly.'We are looking forward to officially welcoming customers from Amazon in the United Kingdom and Germany to LoveFilm,' said Simon Calver, CEO LoveFilm. 'LoveFilm offers one of the largest selections of films in Europe, and we can't wait to provide these ...
  • Katie Melua writes original song for Faintheart

    16-Apr-2008

    SingerKatie Melua will be the lead artist on the soundtrack to Faintheart, the MySpace community-driven feature film.
  • Sofia Neves moves from Capitol to HanWay Films

    16-Apr-2008

    UK-based sales company HanWay Films has hired Sofia Neves as director of worldwide salesand distribution.
  • UKFC P&A Fund backs Happy-Go-Lucky with $412,000

    16-Apr-2008

    The UK Film Council's Prints & Advertising (P&A) Fund has announced the latest films to get support for distribution.
  • Icon takes UK rights to James Marsh's Man On Wire

    15-Apr-2008

    Icon Film Distribution (IFD) has acquired UK theatrical and home entertainment rights to James Marsh's documentary Man On Wire.
  • Ed Clarke leaves Capitol to be development head at Kudos

    14-Apr-2008

    Kudos Pictures has hired Ed Clarke as head of development. Clarke spent the last three years at Capitol Films as head of development and acquisitions.
  • Heymann starts shoot for third Digital Departures film, Starstruck

    11-Apr-2008

    Director Lindy Heymann and producer Andy Stebbing have started principal photography on Starstruck, shooting on location in Liverpool.
  • WorldTV strikes partnership with streaming company Qik

    11-Apr-2008

    WorldTV has partnered with mobile video streaming company Qik Inc. to let both companies' users share real-time content streams via their customised WorldTV channels.
  • Gavin Reardon heads IM Global's new TV division

    11-Apr-2008

    Sales company IM Global has expanded again by creating IM Global Television.
  • Natalie Portman lines up for Ecosse's Wuthering Heights

    11-Apr-2008

    Natalie Portman has signed up to play Cathy Earnshaw in John Maybury's new adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
  • Salt Shakers: rebranding Luminafilms

    11-Apr-2008

    What's in a name' A lot if it is misleading. That is why Lumina Films has this week rebranded as The Salt Company.
  • The Edge Of Love to open Edinburgh festival on June 18

    9-Apr-2008

    John Maybury's The Edge Of Love will be the opening gala for the 2008 Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 18.The Dylan Thomas love triangle drama stars Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Matthew Rhys and Cillian Murphy.Maybury is expected to attend the gala with Knightley, Miller and Rhys.Knightley's mother Sharman Macdonald wrote the script. Producers are Rebekah Gilbertson and Sarah Radclyffe with co-producers ...
  • Britdoc lines up Larry Charles as keynote

    8-Apr-2008

    Borat and Seinfeld director Larry Charles has lined up as the keynote speaker for this year's third-annual Britdoc festival. He will also offer a sneak preview of his film Religulous starring Bill Maher.
  • UK's City Screen takes overNewman software from AAM

    8-Apr-2008

    City Screen, which runs the UK's Picturehouse cinemas, has acquired the Newman software business from Arts Alliance Media.
  • Inside Pictures gears up for sixth edition of training programme

    8-Apr-2008

    UK film business training programme Inside Pictures is planning its sixth programme. Applications will be open until May 9.
  • Pretty Pictures takes on French rights to Bacon's Arena

    8-Apr-2008

    Paris-based Pretty Pictures has acquired all French-language rights to Adam Low's Bacon's Arena, a BBC-backed documentary about artist Francis Bacon.
  • Revolver strikes DVD deal with Turner for Adult Swim, Nuts TV

    8-Apr-2008

    UK distributor Revolver Entertainment has taken the exclusive UK and Ireland home entertainment rights to Turner Broadcasting System's Adult Swim.
  • BBC costume collection sold to Angels The Costumiers

    7-Apr-2008

    BBC commerical subsidiary BBC Resources has sold the BBC costume collection to Angels The Costumiers. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • Odeon/UCI to manage five more cinemas in Ireland

    7-Apr-2008

    Odeon and UCI Cinemas have struck a deal with Entertainment Enterprises Group to manage and operate a further five multi-screen cinemas in Ireland, after the recent acquisition of the Storm Cinema group.
  • BAFTA Wales film nominees include Summer Scars, Daddy's Girl

    7-Apr-2008

    BAFTA Wales has announced the nominees for its 17th annual awards.
  • UK sales company Lumina rebrands as Salt to reflect wider remit

    7-Apr-2008

    London-based Lumina Films has changed its name to The Salt Company, or Salt for short. The change is effective immediately.
  • Charlotte Van Weede leaves HanWay for new Protagonist

    7-Apr-2008

    Protagonist Pictures, the new UK-based sales company formed by Film4, Ingenious, and Vertigo, has hired Charlotte Van Weede as its head of sales.
  • Skillset branches out with Northern Ireland careers service

    4-Apr-2008

    UK audiovisual skills training organisation Skillset has launched a new careers service devoted to Northern Ireland.
  • Picturehouse to release Joiningthedots.tv documentaries

    3-Apr-2008

    UK exhibitor Picturehouse Cinemas is working with Joiningthedots.tv to show films licensed to the site across its UK cinemas.
  • Pinewood 2007profits fall 26%, impacted by US writers' strike

    3-Apr-2008

    UK studio Pinewood Shepperton saw a 26% fall in pre-tax profits in 2007, to $10.58m (£5.3m).
  • Working Title signs newtwo-picture deal with Edgar Wright

    3-Apr-2008

    Working Title has confirmed a new two-picture deal with UK hotshot director Edgar Wright.
  • LoveFilm brings in Ching-Har Wong to head customer acquisition

    3-Apr-2008

    LoveFilm has appointed Ching-Har Wong as head of customer acquisition, replacing former head Nick Adderley.
  • LoveFilm offers recommendation tool to T-Mobile users

    2-Apr-2008

    UK internet DVD and film site LoveFilm is working with mobile phone company T-Mobile on a new movie recommendation tool.T-Mobile Flext users will be recommended films based on a series of questions. The tool is driven through LoveFilm data with Unanimis and MediaCom.T-Mobile users can also opt in for a prize draw to win a free year's subscription to LoveFilm.
  • Dogwoof starts film channel on blinkx's BBTV

    2-Apr-2008

    UK distributor Dogwoof has created a film channel on blinkx's new broadband TV service BBTV.BBTV has a unique indexing system that allows viewers to interact with online sources such as Google, Wikipedia, IMDB or other sites.'The film industry is screaming out for a multi-layered film channel, run by professional distributors that know how to promote a film, and look after everyone's interests. This channel will be a filter for both the consumer and the rights holders, ...
  • Jane Campion starts UK shoot for Bright Star with Pathe

    2-Apr-2008

    Pathe has started principal photography on location in the UK for Jane Campion’s Bright Star.Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider and Kerry Fox star. The story is about the 23-year-old English poet John Keats (Whishaw) who starts a secret affair with the girl next door (Cornish), who is an unlikely match initially unconcerned with his poetry.Producers are Jan Chapman, who also produced Campion’s Oscar-winning
  • Sarah Watt starts shoot for My Year Without Sex in Melbourne

    2-Apr-2008

    The Works International has taken on sales for My Year Without Sex, which starts principal photography today.The film reunites writer/director Sarah Watt and producer Bridget Ikin after their award-winning 2005 feature Look Both Ways. That film won prizes at the Toronto, Rotterdam and Melbourne festivals and from the Australian Film Institute.The new film is shooting now in Melbourne ...
  • Dutch FilmWorks starts international distribution division

    1-Apr-2008

    Benelux-based Dutch FilmWorks has launched a new division, House Of Knowledge International, which will handle international cross-platform distribution, licensing, and production.
  • Footprint makes bridge loan to The Laundry Warrior

    1-Apr-2008

    The UK-based Footprint Investment Fund, previously known as the Footprint Film Fund, is making its first investment as a bridging loan to $45m action adventure The Laundry Warrior.
  • AAM, DigiScreen, Pillar, Royal Opera House strike digital deal

    1-Apr-2008

    Arts Alliance Media is working with Montreal-based DigiScreen Corporation, The Pillar Group and the Royal Opera House-owned TV and DVD production company Opus Arte to bring ballets, operas and dance from the Royal Opera House and other performing arts companies to cinemas across Europe.
  • Contender, Seville buy Franklyn and Eddie from HanWay

    1-Apr-2008

    Growing UK distributor Contender Films, now owned by Canada's Entertainment One, has acquired all UK rights for features Franklyn and Eddie The Eagle, both sold by HanWay Films.
  • Jobson starts Edinburgh shoot for New Town Killers

    31-Mar-2008

    Richard Jobson has started shooting chase thriller New Town Killers in Edinburgh.Dougray Scott, Alastair Mackenzie, James Pearson and Charles Mnene lead the cast.Jobson also wrote the story, which follows two disenchanted bankers who try to play manhunt with society's marginal figures.Luc Roeg of London-based Independent is producing with Jobson. Backers are Independent (also handling international ...
  • Fortissimo takes on Tribeca world premiere Chevolution

    31-Mar-2008

    Fortissimo Films has acquired all rights outside North America for the documentary Chevolution.Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment financed the film.Trisha Ziff and Luis Lopez directed the documentary about Alberto Korda's iconic photograph of Che Guevara. The film's interviewees include Gael Garcia Bernal, Antonio Banderas, Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine and Gerry Adams.Chevolution ...
  • Cannes Atelier to welcome Lou Ye, Benedek Fliegauf

    31-Mar-2008

    The fourth Cannes Atelier of the Cinefondation will welcome 15 projects from 14 countries. The selections include the new films from Milky Way director Benedek Fliegauf and Summer Palace director Lou Ye.
  • Aspect Film takes on sales for Journal Of A Contract Killer

    31-Mar-2008

    UK-based sales company Aspect Film Ltd has taken on worldwide rights to Tony Maylam's female assassin thriller Journal OfA Contract Killer.
  • Celtic Media Festival selects seven feature dramas in shortlist

    31-Mar-2008

    The 2008 Celtic Media Festival has announced the shortlist of seven films competing for the Bronze Torc for Excellence for Feature Length Drama.
  • Seven Arts strikes investment deal with UK's Zeus Partners

    28-Mar-2008

    Los Angeles-based Seven Arts Pictures has struck a deal with Manchester, UK-based financial services company Zeus Partners to raise investment capital for Seven Arts' production and distribution activities.
  • Going into battle: Interview with Vertigo's Rupert Preston

    28-Mar-2008

    Vertigo may be best known for its lad-friendly hit productions by Nick Love, including The Football Factory, The Business and Outlaw, but that is only one part of the story.
  • Jodie Whittaker goes to South Africa for Turner's White Wedding

    27-Mar-2008

    Jann Turner has started a South African shoot for White Wedding, her feature film debut.
  • Aria, Full Circle, Axis 3D team for UK thriller The Mortician

    26-Mar-2008

    London-based production outfits Aria Films and Full Circle films are partnering with Axis3D to shoot a new UK thriller using new 3D technology.
  • Screen South, Skillset launch co-production producer scheme

    25-Mar-2008

    Screen South and Skillset, in partnership with Cine Regio and sales association Film Export UK, are launching the new Cine-Euro Co-Production Training Programme.
  • Martin Price joins UK post-production house Concrete

    25-Mar-2008

    Martin Price has joined post-production house Concrete.
  • Marcich promoted to president, MD for MPA's EMEA branch

    25-Mar-2008

    The Motion Pictures Association (MPA) has promoted Christopher Marcich to president and managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
  • United Kingdom - For the very first time

    21-Mar-2008

    When Madonna unveiled Filth & Wisdom on February 13 in the Berlinale's Panorama programme, most critics were fairly harsh but the film's screenings were sold out and the project became one of the festival's talking points - not bad for a first-time director.
  • HanWay to handle Jean Doumanian catalogue

    19-Mar-2008

    Jean Doumanian Productions has appointed HanWay Films to represent worldwide sales and distribution rights for its catalogue.
  • Brisbane, 4, Bra Boys take audience prizes at London Aussie fest

    19-Mar-2008

    The London Australian Film Festival closed March 16 with a record 7,000 attendees in its 14th year.The audience awards went to Louise Alston's All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane for best feature; and a tie of Tim Slade's 4 and Sunny Abberton & Macario de Souza's Bra Boys as best documentary.The festival closed with Richard Roxburgh's Romulus, My Father.
  • On-demand market could hit $1.1bn in 2012

    19-Mar-2008

    On-demand media could generate revenues of $1.1bn by 2012 in the US and Europe, according to a new report from Screen Digest.
  • Quantum of Solace to have early UK launch Oct 31

    19-Mar-2008

    Sony Pictures Releasing (UK) has set an early Oct 31 opening date in the UK for the next James Bond film, Quantum Of Solace. On that Friday, the 22nd Bond film will open at the Odeon Leicester Square and at cinemas across the UK.
  • Goldby's The Waiting Room to open East End Film Festival

    19-Mar-2008

    London's East End Film Festival will open April 17 with the city premiere of Roger Goldby's The Waiting Room.
  • EM Media backs four shorts through DV Shorts scheme

    18-Mar-2008

    UK regional screen agency EM Media has commissioned four films through its DV Shorts scheme, run with the UK Film Council.
  • Persepolis, Hold Me Tight take honours at Bird's Eye View

    18-Mar-2008

    As the Birds Eye View Film Festival ended its fourth successful run on March 14, Persepolis was given the festival's Best Feature prize. The popular animated feature by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud has collected a slew of awards since its launch in Cannes.
  • Film-maker Anthony Minghella dies at age 54

    18-Mar-2008

    Film-maker Anthony Minghella has died at the age of 54.
  • Everyman acquires seven-cinema chain Screen Cinemas

    17-Mar-2008

    UK exhibitor Screen Cinemas has been sold to Everyman Media Group, the parent company of Everyman Cinema Club.
  • HanWay takes on library sales for British Film Institute

    17-Mar-2008

    The British Film Institute has appointed HanWay films as its worldwide sales and marketing agent for its lucrative catalogue of more than 400 films.
  • Michael Elson leaves UK's Moving Picture Company

    17-Mar-2008

    Michael Elson has stepped down as head of film and COO at UK-based Moving Picture Company.
  • Dominic Cooper replaces Orlando Bloom in Scherfig's Education

    17-Mar-2008

    Orlando Bloom has pulled out of the cast of Lone Scherfig's new film An Education, which starts shooting today. Dominic Cooper now takes the role after Bloom had scheduling clashes.
  • UKFC commits almost $4m to Edinburgh festival over 3 years

    17-Mar-2008

    The UK Film Council has announced $3.78m (£1.88m)in funding over three years to the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
  • Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck gets Sarasota honour

    14-Mar-2008

    The 2008 Sarasota Film Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary year by kicking off with opening-night film The Deal directed by Steven Schachter and starring William H Macy.
  • India's Century buys UK effects house Men From Mars

    14-Mar-2008

    India-based Century Communications has acquired UK-based visual effects house Men From Mars.
  • Joel Kennedy joins Revolver as senior acquisitions manager

    14-Mar-2008

    Joel Kennedy has joined UK distributor Revolver Entertainment as senior acquisitions manager.
  • Production - Iceland - White hot

    14-Mar-2008

    Iceland punches above its weight in the film world, considering the number of film-makers and film-goers per capita in this small, isolated nation. The country's reputation is on the up thanks to increasingly high-profile work from the likes of Baltasar Kormakur, whose acclaimed thriller Jar City was launched in the US by IFC on February 29, and Ragnar Bragason, whose companion films Parents and Children have taken awards including Copenhagen's Golden Swan. Rising ...
  • Production - On location - Scene stealer

    14-Mar-2008

    Iceland boasts some of the most striking landscapes on earth, is equidistant from the US East Coast and continental Europe and offers extreme daylight in summer and extreme darkness in winter. Locations range from Reykjavik's trendy bars to active volcanoes, geothermal hot springs and Europe's largest glacier.
  • Film4 budget holds steady as Channel 4 unveils future vision

    13-Mar-2008

    Channel 4's film production arm Film4 was held up as a central part of the company's public service contribution during the broadcaster's 'Next On 4' future vision presentation earlier today.
  • Hyyti to leave Finland's FS Film Oy; Toiviainen promoted to MD

    13-Mar-2008

    Lasse Hyyti is leaving his post as managing director of Finnish distributor FS Film Oy.
  • Caramel to kick off Istanbul's 200-film programme

    12-Mar-2008

    The 27th International Istanbul Film Festival (April 5-20) will open with Nadine Labaki's Cannes hit Caramel.
  • Kari's The Good Heart beats with Paul Dano, Brian Cox

    12-Mar-2008

    Icelandic director Dagur Kari is gearing up for a late April start of shoot for his next film The Good Heart, which has been pushed back slightly after a planned December 2007 start. The film will shoot for 10 weeks.
  • UKFC, NESTA launch $1m scheme to update film's business models

    12-Mar-2008

    The UK Film Council is working with the National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts (NESTA) to start a new $1m (£500,000) initiative to help British independent film companies take better advantage of new technologies.
  • Picturehouse readies Liverpool's first digital 3D cinema at FACT

    11-Mar-2008

    Liverpool, England gets its first digital 3D cinema at Picturehouse at FACT.Picturehouse Cinemas is making the Liverpool location its first in a planned rollout of digital 3D cinemas. The 2K digital cinema projector will be using Real-D technology. 'REAL-D 3D goes leaps and bounds beyond the early 3D technology,' said Marc John, head of digital development at Picturehouse Cinemas.The first planned 3D offerings at Picturehouse at FACT will ...
  • Sheffield's Sensoria music/film festival adds industry day

    11-Mar-2008

    Sensoria, the UK's new music and film festival to be held in Sheffield, has announced that A Life In the Death Of Joe Meek will be its opening night film, with an introduction by musician Richard Hawley.Other films in the programme are The Old Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology Of Folk Music and Derailroaded: Inside the Mind Of Wild Man Larry Fisher.
  • Barbarian Princess starts UK, Hawaii shoot

    10-Mar-2008

    UK-based Matador Pictures and Hawaii-based Island Film Group have started production today on Barbarian Princess, which director Marc Forby is shooting in Honolulu and in Norfolk, UK.
  • Metrodome strikes UK deal for Fear(s) Of The Dark

    10-Mar-2008

    Metrodome Distribution has acquired all UK rights to French animated feature Fear(s) Of The Dark from Celluloid Dreams.
  • Fortissimo takes on Jordan's Sundance hit Captain Abu Raed

    10-Mar-2008

    Fortissimo Films has taken worldwide rights (outside the Middle East and North America) on Amin Matalqa's Captain Abu Raed.
  • Vancouver shoot for Parnassus resumes with Depp, Farrell, Law

    10-Mar-2008

    Producers have announced that filming has begun again on Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which had been on hold after actor Heath Ledger's death on January 22.
  • Chadwick to direct The Property for Material, Seymour

    7-Mar-2008

    London-based production company Material Entertainment is in advanced talks with Justin Chadwick to direct thriller The Property.
  • Mini works with Future Shorts for UK short film programme

    6-Mar-2008

    Car company Mini UK is launching screenings of original short films in UK cinemas.
  • Vertigo signs deal for Contender to handle DVD releases

    6-Mar-2008

    UK-based distributor Vertigo Films has signed a DVD distribution deal with Contender Home Entertainment, which is part of Contender Entertainment Group (owned by Canada's Entertainment One).
  • ContentFilm calls off plans for acquisition by Peace Arch

    6-Mar-2008

    ContentFilm has called off a possible deal with Peace Arch Entertainment.
  • UK's fourth Birds Eye View opens tonight with Maureen Lipman

    6-Mar-2008

    The fourth Birds Eye View Film Festival kicks off in London tonight with a special focus on comedy. Maureen Lipman will open the festival at the BFI by presenting a range of short films and a performance by Imogen Heap to accompany silent comedy.
  • Jeremy Pelzer tapped to head UK's Elstree Studios

    5-Mar-2008

    Jeremy Pelzer has been appointed to head Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, UK.He will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Studio business, developing new initiatives, extending partnerships, and raising the profile of Elstree.Pelzer wasformerly studio director of Ealing Studios from 2002 to 2007 also managed the renewal of 3 Mills Studios in 2001.
  • Jason Neff starts production on female jockey documentary

    5-Mar-2008

  • Eurimages backs new projects from Danis Tanovic, Marco Bellocchio

    5-Mar-2008

    The Council of Europe's Eurimages co-production fund has backed 10 new features for a total of $5.4m (Euros 3.57m).
  • Alex Hamilton appointed director of UK's Contender Films

    5-Mar-2008

    Alex Hamilton, the former president of Icon Film Distribution, has joined growing UK distributor Contender Entertainment Group.
  • Jerwood hands out three prizs to UK moving image artists

    5-Mar-2008

    The Jerwood Charitable Foundation has announced the three winners of the inaugural Jerwood Moving Image Awards.
  • Wilco Wolfers confirmed as managing director of A-Film

    5-Mar-2008

    Confirming recent reports in Screen, Wilco Wolfers has been appointed managing director of Netherlands-based A-Film Distribution.
  • EFP backs eight European projects in Guadalajara

    4-Mar-2008

    European Film Promotion's Film Sales Support initiative is backing a range of European films at the Guadalajara International Film Festival in March for the second year.
  • Momentum, Sky partner for DVD/VOD release of Vegas, Baby

    4-Mar-2008

    Momentum Pictures and Sky have struck a deal to simultaneously release Vegas, Baby on DVD and Sky Box Office and Sky Anytime on PC.
  • Richard Curtis starts rocking Boat for Universal/Working Title

    4-Mar-2008

    Universal Pictures and Working Title Films started principal photography yesterday for Richard Curtis' new comedy The Boat That Rocked.
  • Wolfson doesn't plan dramatic changes at Rotterdam festival

    4-Mar-2008

    Rutger Wolfson, who was today confirmed as general director of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, says he doesn't plan sweeping changes for the event, now entering its 38th year.
  • Rutger Wolfson appointed general director at Rotterdam for four years

    4-Mar-2008

    The Board of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has appointed Rutger Wolfson to a four-year term as general director of the festival. The post gives him final responsibility for the artistic and business matters of the festival, the CineMart and the Hubert Bals Fund.Wolfson will resign as director of De Vleeshal, centre for contemporary art in Middelburg as of early July. He had been doing that job as well as serving, since ...
  • Ingenious acquires Human Capital, launches consulting arm

    3-Mar-2008

    UK-based finance powerhouse Ingenious Media has moved into consulting with the launch of Ingenious Consulting Network (ICN).
  • UK's John Akomfrah at work on Fela Kuti documentary

    3-Mar-2008

    UK film-maker John Akomfrah, who recently collected an Order Of The British Empire (OBE) for his services to film, has several new projects in the works.
  • Richard Napper takes MD post at UK's Curzon Cinemas

    3-Mar-2008

    Richard Napper, the former managing director, UK, of Sony Pictures International, has been appointed as the new managing director of Curzon Cinemas.
  • Material takes on three Treasure Island pre-quels

    29-Feb-2008

    UK production company Material Entertainment has acquired the screen rights to John Drake's Flint & Silver as well as the book's two follow-ups.
  • BBFC oversightlaw shot down in UK House of Commons

    29-Feb-2008

    Conservative MP Julian Brazier today had a second reading in the House Of Commons for his British Board of Film Classification (Accountability to Parliament and Appeals) Bill, and the proposal has now effectively been killed off after five hours of discussion.
  • Terry Pratchett, Vadim Jean on board for Screenwriters Festival

    29-Feb-2008

    The International Screenwriters' Festival, hosting its third event in Cheltenham this July, has announced several more key attendees.
  • Nicolas Winding Refn starts Bronson shoot with Vertigo

    29-Feb-2008

    Danish-born director Nicolas Winding Refn has started a six-week UK shoot for Bronson, his feature about notorious prisoner Charles Bronson.
  • London Australian Film Festival to open with Unfinished Sky

    28-Feb-2008

    This year's London Australian Film Festival will run March 6-16, opening with Peter Duncan's Unfinished Sky, about a reclusive farmer in rural Queensland who befriends an Afghan refugee.
  • Greek feature Pink takes top prize in new !f Istanbul competition

    28-Feb-2008

    Alexander Voulgaris' Pink (Roz) won the top prize at the!f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival.
  • UK regional audiences name Bourne Ultimatum as top film

    28-Feb-2008

    The Bourne Ultimatum has taken the public-voted Film of the Year at the Richard Attenborough Film Awards in the UK.
  • Power takes TV, film rights to graphic novel Shooting War

    28-Feb-2008

    UK-based production company Power has optioned the film and TV rights to Anthony Lappe's graphic novel Shooting War, which is illustrated by Dan Goldman.
  • UK's Peccadillo takes on 50+ films in Millivres catalogue

    28-Feb-2008

    UK-based Peccadillo Pictures has acquired the feature film back catalogue of Millivres Multimedia.
  • Sweden - Taking the crown

    22-Feb-2008

    Jens Jonsson was on the other side of the world for his breakthrough moment. As his film The King Of Ping Pong was winning the Sundance 2008 World Cinema Jury Prize (as well as the World Cinema cinematography prize), he had already left Park City to show the film closer to home at the Gothenburg International Film Festival in Sweden. "I was in Gothenburg with the rest of the Swedish crowd wishing I was in Park City with the Hollywood crowd," Jonsson says, before erupting into ...
  • United Kingdom - Love is all around

    22-Feb-2008

    Mike Leigh has not named his new film Happy-Go-Lucky ironically. He readily says the Berlinale Competition title is "lighter" than 2004's devastating 1950s abortionist drama Vera Drake. "It's upbeat and funny and life affirming," the director says. Still, he says the project "does have some weight to it".
  • Revolver strikes marketing deal with UK publisher Pan MacMillan

    20-Feb-2008

    UK distributor Revolver has struck a unique marketing deal with publisher Pan MacMillan.
  • Grant Thornton promotes Brion, Page to partner

    19-Feb-2008

    UK-based accounting/financial services firm Grant Thornton has promoted Liz Brion and Nick Page to become partners in the firm's Media and Entertainment team.
  • Magic Light Pictures teams with Skillset for producer scheme

    18-Feb-2008

    UK-based training body Skillset and production company Magic Light Pictures have launched the Producer Placement Programme for eight up-and-coming film producers to work in the UK industry.
  • NonStop takes on five new titles including Donkey Punch

    18-Feb-2008

    Sweden's NonStop Entertainment has acquired several more new films as a distributor.
  • Niki Caro starts New Zealand portion of Vintner's Luck shoot

    18-Feb-2008

    Director Niki Caro starts shooting tomorrow on her new project, The Vintner's Luck.
  • Berlin Generation 14plus youth jury prize goes to The Black Balloon

    15-Feb-2008

    The Berlinale's youth jury in the Generation 14plus section have given their Crystal Bear for best feature to Elissa Down's The Black Balloon from Australia.The jury said: 'We were very moved by the close to life story portraying the everyday life of an extraordinary family in this film. We were especially impressed by the way in which joyous and serious moments were expertly interwoven, and also by the actors' excellent performances.'
  • Delphis strikes Japanese deal for Berlin selection Dunya & Desie

    15-Feb-2008

    Berlinale Generation 14plus selection Dunya & Desie has been sold to Japan's Wako. The Dutch teen movie, starring EFP Shooting Star Maryam Hassouni, had its world premiere in Berlin.Montreal-based Delphis Films is handling sales. Producers are Netherlands-based Lemming Film with co-producers A Private View (Belgium) and Motion Investment Group (Belgium).The film, inspired by a TV series, is about a Dutch motormouth, ...
  • UK's Sky Movies Indie gets broadcast rights to Spirit Awards

    15-Feb-2008

    UK channel Sky Movies Indie has struck a deal for the exclusive UK broadcast of Film Independent's Spirit Awards. The winners are announced in Santa Monica February 23 and highlights will be shown at 9 pm GMT March 1 on Sky Movies Indie.The channel will also run a week's worth of Spirit-winning films including Blood Simple and last year's winner Little Miss Sunshine. Rainn Wilson hosts the event, whose 2008 nominees ...
  • Berlin Talent Campus score prize goes to Conrad Oleak

    15-Feb-2008

    The Berlinale Talent Campus has come to a close, with Conrad Oleak from Germany taking the top prize in the Volkswagen Score Competition.He did a new score for an excerpt of Platz im Schatten by Sophie Narr.He now gets a one-week trip via Dolby to Los Angeles to visit top sound studios. Mentor Gustavo Santaolalla and jurors Klaus-Peter Beyer, Martin Steyer and Martin Todsharow said: 'Conrad Oleak succeeded in ...
  • Austria's Revanche takes Europa Cinemas Label in Berlin

    15-Feb-2008

    The Europa Cinemas Label at Berlin has gone to Gotz Spielmann's Revanche from Austria.The prize is awarded to the best European film in Berlinale Panorama, as judged by a jury of four Europa Ciemas exhibitors.The honour comes with the support of the Europa Cinemas network of exhibitors, which will give the film extended theatrical exposure and promotion.Revanche is a story ...
  • Chellomedia takes 25% stake in UK-based Shorts International

    15-Feb-2008

    Liberty Global's European content division Chellomedia has acquired a 25% stake in London-based Shorts International.The deal is done by subsidiary LGI Ventures BV, which specialized in minority investments. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Chellomedia will have a non-executive director on the board of Shorts International.Shorts International's projects include channel ShortsTV, mobile phone platforms and short films available on Joost and iTunes. ...
  • Melissa George to set sail with Icon's thriller Triangle

    15-Feb-2008

    Melissa George is in final negotiations to star in Triangle, a new supernatural thriller from Creep and Severance director Christsopher Smith.Icon will distribute in Australia and the UK and will handle international sales in other territories. Jason Newmark is producing for Dan Films, with Australia's Chris Brown at Pictures in Paradiase. Triangle is about a yachting trip ...
  • Berlin's Teddys go to Queen Raquela, Football Under Cover

    15-Feb-2008

    The Teddy Awards have been handed out to the best films with a queer context across all programmes of the Berlinale.The best feature award went to Olaf de Fleur's The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela (an Icelandic production). That film was the story of a transsexual from the Philippines who looks for love with Western men on the Internet. The jury praised the film's 'ability to address race, gender and poverty in an entertaining ...
  • Thailand's Aditya Assarat on Wonderful Town

    15-Feb-2008

    'There's nothing special about this little town,' says Thai writer-director Aditya Assarat of Takua Pa, the southern Thailand town that is the setting of his debut feature film. 'Except it got hit by a tsunami.'
  • Falcon swoops on Elephant Eye's Turkey for Middle East

    14-Feb-2008

    New York-based Elephant Eye Films has closed its first pre-sale on Craig Zobel's Turkey In The Straw. All rights for the Middle East have been taken by Falcon Films.
  • Middle East festival to add four more days to Abu Dhabi event

    14-Feb-2008

    The Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF), now planning its second festival in Abu Dhabi. The festival, running October 10-19, has grown by four days to accommodate a larger programme of films.The inaugural run in 2007 screened more than 80 films, a number set to increase this year. Also new will be competition sections devoted to student films (with $75,000 in prizes) and promos (trailers, TV, radio, online and print advertising) with a $50,000 top prize. Out of ...
  • Shorts Golden Bear splashed out for A Good Day For a Swim

    14-Feb-2008

    The Berlinale's shorts jury has given its Golden Bear to A Good Day For a Swim (O zi buna de plaja) by Romania's Bogdan Mustata, about three juvenile delinquents who break out of prison and go to the beach.
  • Tiscali, Guerilla plan free downloads of Matt Winn's January 2nd

    13-Feb-2008

    Broadband/phone company Tiscali is working with UK/Irish distributor Guerilla Films for the first free, on-demand premiere of a UK feature film. The UK romantic comedy January 2nd will be launched simultaneously online and via Tiscali TV.The film will be out February 29 on tiscali.co.uk or to subscribers on Tiscali's digital TV service on the Movies Now channel.Matt Winn directed the film about a birthday bash for thirtysomething ...
  • In Berlin, Madonna says directorial debut was 'learning curve'

    13-Feb-2008

    Madonna, in Berlin with her directorial debut Filth And Wisdom, says the 81-minute feature was her version of 'film school.'
  • Fandango Portobello heats up Gomorra sales

    13-Feb-2008

    Fandango Portobello has followed its successful sales of Competition title Quiet Chaos (Caos Calmo) with a round of deals on Matteo Garrone's Gomorra, which is now in post-production for Fandango and Rai Cinema (Fandango's Domenico Procacci is producing).
  • Film London sets second PFM for October 20-21

    13-Feb-2008

    Film London has set dates for its second Production Finance Market (PFM) for October 20-21, 2008, during the Times BFI London Film Festival. The inaugural event in 2007 attracted 70 producers, 35 distributors/sales agents and 36 major financiers. Film London head of international Helena Mackenzie said she expected attendance figures to rise 10-15% in 2008. 'The format last year really worked, but we might be reshaping it slightly. We've gotten a lot of constructive ...
  • Liberation-Halcyon pact for DVD launches of Wristcutters, Deepwater

    13-Feb-2008

    UK and North American distributor Liberation Entertainment and UK-based producer/distributor Halcyon Releasing have joined forces for the DVD releases of Wristcutters - A Love Story and Deepwater.
  • Pretty Pictures strikes German deal for Joy Division

    13-Feb-2008

    Pretty Pictures has added German rights on Grant Gee's Toronto hit documentary Joy Division. Pretty also holds the French and Benelux rights. 'We're considering our options,' said Paris-based Pretty Pictures head James Velaise. 'We think it makes sense with a documentary of this kind to acquire several territories. For example, ARTE goes into France and Germany and usually those territories are held by different distributors.'
  • Screen East backs The Reeds, Barbarian Princess

    13-Feb-2008

    Ildi Toth Davy's Altadena Films has taken on The Reeds, a UK production casting now. The Funnyman Films/Red Eye Pictures project is produced by Simon Sprackling, Neil Peplow and Charlie Gauvain. The director will be announced later. The story follows a boating party that gets lost in the Norfolk broads and discovers a terrifying secret. The Reeds is one of two projects, along with Marc ...
  • Sutherland sets up Fluorescent Productions slate

    13-Feb-2008

    UK producer Mairi Sutherland, who has worked with director Robbie Moffat through their Palm Tree Entertainment, has set up new company Fluorescent Productions to work with directors in addition to Moffat.Her development slate includes WWII project Devils Harbour written by Jack MacLaughlan to be directed by Barry Campbell; Afghanistan-set love story Alliyah written by Chris Dollan to be directed ...
  • UK companies back new CTBF short film award

    13-Feb-2008

    The UK's film and TV industry charity CTBF has launched the new John Brabourne Big 5 Award.The backers are Arri Rental Group, Technicolor, Kaos, Pinewood Group and Kodak. Working Title Films will help select the final script and help with funding.The award will provide a platform for a rising director to make their first professional short film.The prize package is valued at over $275,000 and will include 35mm film stock donated by Kodak, camera hire ...
  • UK producers Initialize co-production meetings

    13-Feb-2008

    The UK's Skillset, UK Film Council and legal firm Olswang are hosting a new producers lab, Initialize Films, for 17 UK producers seeking European co-producers.
  • Visual Factory eyes slew of deals for Hideout, Concrete Romance

    13-Feb-2008

    UK-based sales outfit Visual Factory has closed a number of deals here at the EFM. Marco Martani's gangster story Concrete Romance has gone to CanalPlus for France; Pupi Avati's The Hideout, a US-shot thriller starring Laura Morante, Burt Young and Treat Williams, has gone to Film Depot for Russia and Phoenicia for the Middle East.
  • Fandango Portobello stirs up deals for Quiet Chaos

    12-Feb-2008

    Fandango Portobello has seen chaotic interest in Competition title Quiet Chaos (Caos Calmo).
  • Sam Dunn joins Jane Giles at British Film Institute

    12-Feb-2008

    Sam Dunn will join the British Film Institute as head of DVD as of Feb 18.He joins Jane Giles, who as recently reported has come to the BFI as head of content.Dunn had been in the home entertainment division at Tartan Films for seven years. He most recently served as Deputy Managing Director.Giles had been head of acquisitions at Tartan UK and US and she is also a veteran of ICA Cinemas, Channel 4 and the London Film Festival. She previously worked at ...
  • Sheffield to rock with music, film festival

    12-Feb-2008

    The UK's will get a new music and film festival in April as Sensoria launches in Sheffield.
  • We Are Together joins with (RED); EMI to release March 3 in UK

    11-Feb-2008

    EMI, the (RED) campaign and Channel 4 are kicking off a 12-month activity plan tied to the release of award-winning documentary We Are Together by Paul Taylor.The documentary, which won prizes at festivals including IDFA andTribeca, is about a choir at the Agape orphanage in South Africa, wheremost of the children have lost parents to AIDS.A song from the film's soundtrack has been released as an exclusive MP3 download at ...
  • Berlin Today short prize goes to Pakistan's Maheen Zia

    11-Feb-2008

    At a Sunday night dinner at the Berlinale Talent Campus, the Berlin Today Award 2008 went to Maheen Zia from Pakistan for her short Match Factor.
  • European admissions fall 2.2% in 2007

    11-Feb-2008

    Total box-office admissions in European Union countries fell 2.2% in 2007 compared to 2006.The Europe's European Audiovisual Observatory says that 910m tickets were sold, which means 2007 was still well above the low of 898.8m in 2005.
  • Disney becomes fifth studio on board for AAM digital deployment

    11-Feb-2008

    Walt Disney Studios is the latest studio to come on board with a digital cinema deployment agreement with Europe's Arts Alliance Media.
  • Content closes slew of Splinter deals, including Icon for US/Australia

    11-Feb-2008

    ContentFilm International has closed a slew of deals on Toby Wilkins' Splinter here at EFM.The film has gone to UK & Australia/New Zealand (Icon), Italy (DNC), The Middle East (Gulf Film), Mexico (Gussi), Czech and Slovak Republics (AQS), Poland (Best Film), The West Indies (Caribbean Film Services), Singapore (Cathay), Venezuela (Cinematografica Blancica), Russia & CIS (Civic Impex), Thailand (J-Bics), Portugal (Lusomundo), Brazil (Paris ...
  • Compston to star in Ipso Facto's Souled Out

    11-Feb-2008

    Martin Compston, the rising star of Sweet Sixteen and Red Road, will star in Souled Out for Ipso Facto Films' low-budget slate Moxie Makers and Dreamfinder Productions.The cast also features Gerard Kearns (The Mark Of Cain, Shameless) and Jennifer Ellison (The Phantom Of The Opera). ...
  • Image gets Emotional with three-film Celluloid Dreams deal

    11-Feb-2008

    Image Entertainment has struck a three-film deal with sales company Celluloid Dreams. Image has taken North American rights for Far North and US rights for Emotional Arithmetic and The Color of Freedom (formerly titled Goodbye Bafana).The deal was brokered by Celluloid president Hengameh Panahi and Image Entertainment ...
  • Edinburgh to host retrospectives for Jeanne Moreau, Shirley Clarke

    11-Feb-2008

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) will host retrospectives this year on French actress Jeanne Moreau and late American actress and director Shirley Clarke. The Moreau programme is a joint initiative with the British Film Institute. The Clarke programme will include The Cool World, Portrait of Jason, The Connection and several shorts. This year's EIFF moves to June 18-29 instead of its usual August slot.EIFF ...
  • ContentFilm takes international sales on Moverman's The Messenger

    10-Feb-2008

    Oren Moverman, writer of Jesus' Son and I'm Not There, is set to make his directorial debut with The Messenger.Mark Gordon and Lawrence Inglee will produce for the Mark Gordon Company, with Zach Miller and Ben Goldhirsh of Reason Pictures.ContentFilm International will handle international sales. Shaun Redick and Nate Bolotin of The Collective ...
  • ContentFilm takes on Stephen Leslie's comedy-horror Release

    10-Feb-2008

    ContentFilm International has taken on international rights (excluding the UK and Germany) to comedy-horror Release, to be directed by 2007 Screen International Star Of Tomorrow Stephen Leslie.Cinetic will represent North American rights and has also arranged financing.Damian Jones (The History Boys) will produce and casting will be confirmed ...
  • ContentFilm to sell Hawaii story Barbarian Princess from Marc Forby

    10-Feb-2008

    ContentFilm International is handling worldwide sales on the forthcoming drama Barbarian Princess to star Q'orianka Kilcher (The New World), Shaun Evans, Barry Pepper and Will Patton.Marc Forby will direct. The shoot starts March 14 on location in Hawaii and in the UK.The crew includes Oscar-winning composer Stephen Warbeck, production designer Steven Lawrence, DOP Gabriel Beristain ...
  • Downey and Taylor's F&ME launches new $1m development fund

    10-Feb-2008

    UK-based Film And Music Entertainment (F&ME) has created a new $1m development fund, backed by private equity, EU MEDIA support and in-house financing, and is initially backing a slate of five projects for 2008.
  • Generator kicks off five-film genre slate with Red Mist

    10-Feb-2008

    Generator Entertainment is kicking off with a new slate of five genre films - with budgets of about $3m each - starting with Paddy Breathnach's new supernatural thriller Red Mist, which started shooting for 24 days in Belfast on Monday. The project marks Breathnach's follow-up to Shrooms.
  • Metrodome takes all UK rights to Before The Rains

    10-Feb-2008

    Metrodome Distribution has taken all UK rights to Santosh Sivan's Before The Rains from Maximum Films and Echo Lake Entertainment. The deal was brokered by Charlotte Mickie of Maximum, Doug Mankoff of Echo Lake, and Metrodome's Peter Urie, Sara Frain and Kate Edwards.Metrodome is planning a summer 2008 release. The English-language film, presented by Merchant Ivory, is set in 1930s southern India when a young idealistic Indian man learns of an affair between his ...
  • Momentum takes on Hamlet 2 for UK

    10-Feb-2008

    Building on its buzz from Sundance, Hamlet 2's EFM sales are starting to heat up with Momentum taking UK rights.Focus Features acquired the worldwide rights to the film in Sundance and handled the UK deal, which was said to be worth well above $2m.Andrew Fleming directed the comedy starring Steve Coogan as a failed actor who recruits his high-school drama students to act in a controversial sequel to Hamlet.Catherine Keener, Melonie Diaz, Amy Poehler, ...
  • Blood, Country, Control take London critics awards

    9-Feb-2008

    Ahead of Sunday's BAFTA awards, Joel & Ethan Coen's No Country For Old Men was named film of the year by the London Critics Circle on Friday night.
  • ContentFilm strikes UK, German deals for The Killing Room

    9-Feb-2008

    ContentFilm International has pre-sold Jonathan Liebesman's The Killing Room to the UK (Momentum), Germany (Square One), Portugal (Lusomundo), Greece (Spentzos), The Middle East (Gulf), Brazil (Paris Filmes), Romania (Media Pro), The West Indies (Caribbean Film Services) and Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia (Continental).
  • Lorianne Hall takes development post at UK's Ipso Facto

    9-Feb-2008

    Lorianne Hall been appointed head of development and creative producer at UK-based Ipso Facto Films, one of the producers of last year's Berlin hit Irina Palm.Hall, a veteran of the US and Europe, previously served as head of development and creative producer for Ireland's Samson Films, literary agent at The Paul Kohner Agency and creative executive at US-based Beacon Pictures.She will manage the existing slate of films for ...
  • UK's Protagonist unveils slate, plans Cannes official sales launch

    9-Feb-2008

    Protagonist Pictures, the new sales company formed by UK heavyweights Ingenious, Film 4 and Vertigo, has announced the first titles on its sales slate.
  • Magnolia's Magnet takes a swing at Donkey Punch

    8-Feb-2008

    London-based sales company Lumina has sold its Sundance hit thriller Donkey Punch to Magnolia Pictures' Magnet Releasing genre label for North America.
  • McAvoy, Duff eye Perrier's Bounty for HanWay, Parallel, Number 9

    8-Feb-2008

    James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff are in discussions to star in Perrier's Bounty, which HanWay Films is selling.
  • EM Media recruits Anna Seifert-Stock as development executive

    8-Feb-2008

    UK regional screen agency EM Media has made several appointments to its team. Anna Seifert-Stock has joined as development executive, film. Also, Mike Kelly and his associate Laura Hypponen from boutique chartered accountancy firm Northern Aliance have been contracted as for consultant business affairs services.Seifert-Stock fills an opening left by the departure of Lizzie Francke, who left EM Media as executive producer for film in late November to join the UK ...
  • Artificial Eye kicks off Berlin with buys of Let It Rain, Julia

    8-Feb-2008

    UK distributor Artificial Eye has struck a two-film deal with Studio Canal for all UK rights to Let It Rain and Julia.
  • Bankside puckers up for Midnight Kiss, cooks up UK deal for The Baker

    8-Feb-2008

    UK-based sales company Bankside Films has picked up Alex Holdridge's acclaimed US comedy/drama In Search Of A Midnight Kiss.
  • Blayze Collins-Perucchetti replaces Giles in acquisitions at Tartan

    8-Feb-2008

    Tartan Films has appointed Blayze Collins-Perucchetti as its new head of acquisitions. She replaces Jane Giles, who recently departed Tartan after four years to become head of content at the British Film Institute. Acquisitions were also previously under the eye of Laura De Casto, who left as managing director of Tartan US and UK in November 2007.Collins-Perucchetti is here in Berlin on Tartan's behalf.She had worked for the past two years for John Daly, ...
  • Brake and Bergin to star in Welsh thriller Nocturne

    8-Feb-2008

    The Film Agency For Wales has come on board for financial backing of Nocturne, to be shot later this year in South Wales by writer/director Christopher Nurse. Optimum Releasing has already taken UK rights.The horror film will star Richard Brake (Hannibal Rising) and Patrick Bergin (Sleeping With The Enemy) as a man who stumbles into a secret lost war and ...
  • Elephant cooks up Turkey with Rudd, Sedaris, Theroux

    8-Feb-2008

    Paul Rudd, John Goodman, Amy Sedaris, Justin Theroux and Danny McBride have come on board to star in Turkey In The Straw, Craig Zobel's follow-up to his 2007 Sundance hit Great World Of Sound. The project, with a budget under $5m, will start shooting in April in South Carolina, about a debt collector who gets involved in a local political race.
  • High Point sets sail with Sea Change starring Anne-Marie Duff

    8-Feb-2008

    The High Point Media Group has taken on world rights for new UK feature The Sea Change, to star Anne-Marie Duff and Tom Burke.
  • Independent sings with Bernard Rose's The Kreutzer Sonata

    8-Feb-2008

    London-based sales and production company Independent has taken on international rights to Bernard Rose's The Kreutzer Sonata.
  • Jinga adds Exodus, Hush Your Mouth and Blue Star slate

    8-Feb-2008

    UK-based sales company Jinga Films has added two new titles to its slate for the EFM. Jinga is now handling international sales on Penny Woolcock's Exodus and Tom Tyrwhitt's Hush Your Mouth.
  • Pathe goes deep for The Descent 2 with Celador

    8-Feb-2008

    Pathe International is starting pre-sales here at the EFM for The Descent 2. Shauna MacDonald and Natalie Mendoza will reprise their roles.
  • Rialto takes Australian rights for Young@Heart

    8-Feb-2008

    Rialto has taken Australia/New Zealand rights to Stephen Walker's Young@Heart, the documentary about a New England senior citizens' chorus.
  • UK, Turkey rock to Lumina's Heavy Metal In Baghdad

    8-Feb-2008

    London-based sales company Lumina Films has sold feature documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad to the UK (Slingshot Studios) and Turkey (Medyavizion).
  • UK's Delanic ramps up with four buys including Hachiko, Swing Vote

    8-Feb-2008

    UK and Irish independent distributor Delanic Films has acquired four new films for 2008 release: Peter Howitt's Dangerous Parking, Rodrigo Garcia's Passengers, Lasse Hallstrom's Hachiko: A Dog's Story; and Joshua Michael Stern's Swing Vote.
  • Cutting edge

    8-Feb-2008

    Director John Maybury is on a high having just locked The Edge Of Love, his Wales-shot drama about Dylan Thomas and the women who loved him. 'It's the best thing I've done,' the director says. The BBC Films project, sold and financed by Capitol with backing from the Wales Creative IP Fund and Prescience, looks likely for a Cannes launch and Lionsgate has already nabbed UK and Australian rights.
  • United Kingdom - Scaling new heights

    8-Feb-2008

    If gamblers are ready to start handicapping next year's Bafta race, Julian Jarrold's Brideshead Revisited would be a safe bet.
  • Burt Reynolds starts shoot for A Bunch Of Amateurs

    7-Feb-2008

    Shooting started February 2 on A Bunch Of Amateurs, starring Burt Reynolds, Imelda Staunton and Derek Jacobi.
  • Dark Sky moves into West's House Of The Devil

    7-Feb-2008

    Dark Sky Films is working with Roger Kass of Studio Bang and Josh Braun and Larry Fessenden's Glass Eye Pix to produce new horror/thriller The House Of The Devil.
  • Content closes Daisy Chain with sales to France, Greece and beyond

    7-Feb-2008

    ContentFilm has announced a number of sales on supernatural thriller The Daisy Chain, which stars Samantha Morton and Steven Mackintosh.The Daisy Chain has gone to France (Wildside), Greece (Spentzos), Poland (Monolith), Portugal (Lusomundo), Brazil (Playarte), The West Indies (Caribbean Film Services), and Romania (Media Pro).Aisling Walsh directs, and the film is now in post-production.ContentFilm's Jamie Carmichael ...
  • Bier, Bonnaire drop out of Berlinale competition jury

    7-Feb-2008

    As the Berlinale kicks off today, its competition jury has been cut from eight to six people as Susanne Bier and Sandrine Bonnaire have dropped out of jury duty.Danish director Bier has had to go to the US unexpectedly to work on her next film. 'The bags were already packed, however an unforeseen occurrence demanded my immediate professional presence elsewhere,' she said. 'For that reason I was unfortunately not able to perform the task of a jury member. I am very sad about ...
  • ContentFilm rides along with Diego Luna's Horse

    7-Feb-2008

    ContentFilm International has acquired international rights to action thriller Horse, which is being represented in the US by CAA.Diego Luna, Luis Guzman, Adriana Barraza, and Benito Martinez star, with Annie McCarthy handling casting and more actors to be announced soon.Deals have been done for Germany & Austria (Telepool), Latin America (Sun), the West Indies (Caribbean Film Services), Croatia, Serbia & Slovenia (Continental), ...
  • K5 sells The Visitor to UK and Scandinavia

    7-Feb-2008

    German and UK sales company K5 International has added more key sales on Tom McCarthy's The Visitor to the UK (Halcyon Pictures) and Scandinavia (CCV).
  • UK's Formosa Films to follow Clubbed with Twenty8k

    7-Feb-2008

    Formosa Films, the UK production company behind Clubbed, is planning its second feature film, Twenty8k, to shoot in autumn 2008.
  • Metcalfe, Douglas, and Tamblyn line up for Reasonable Doubt

    6-Feb-2008

    Michael Douglas, Amber Tamblyn and Jesse Metcalfe have lined up to star in Peter Hyams' Beyond A Reasonable Doubt.Los Angeles-based Foresight Unlimited is producing and handling international sales for the update of the RKO classic directed by Fritz Lang in 1956.Entertainment Film Distributors have already taken UK rights.Ted Hartley, Moshe Diamant and Foresight CEO Mark Damon will produce. The story ...
  • Celsius to sell Freakonomics all-star documentary

    6-Feb-2008

    UK-based Celsius Entertainment has come on board for international sales of the film adaptation of bestseller Freakonomics.The film will be comprised of six segments, each directed by documentary hotshots Morgan Spurlock, Alex Gibney, Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing, Eugene Jarecki & Jehane Noujaim, and Laura Poitras. Another director will be confirmed soon.Each filmmaker will tackle one of the questions posed in the book, in ...
  • Sundance hit The Escapist breaks out to Australia, Europe

    6-Feb-2008

    Rupert Wyatt's Sundance selection The Escapist has been sold to several key territories.
  • Terence Davies gets greenlight through Liverpool digital scheme

    6-Feb-2008

    Northwest Vision and Media, the Liverpool Culture Company, the UK Film Council and the BBC have announced the three winners of the Digital Departures film-making scheme: Terence Davies' Of Time And The City; Colin O'Donnell's Salvage; and Leigh Campbell's Starstruck.
  • Sarajevo festival to pay tribute to Todd Haynes

    5-Feb-2008

    The 14th Sarajevo Film Festival will present its 2008 tribute to US film-maker Todd Haynes.Haynes will be in Sarajevo to present a selection of his films as well as to meet during regular post-film Q&A sessions and at a larger public interview session.Haynes is famed for his shorts including Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, features including Safe, Far From Heaven and the recent ...
  • European Film Academy plans to promote new talents, develop audiences

    5-Feb-2008

    After a board meeting at the Goteborg Film Festival, the European Film Academy has decided to 'focus on the promotion and training of young filmmakers and future audiences.'The board met to discuss the 21st edition of the European Film Awards (to be held in Copenhagen) and the challenges the Academy will face in the next decade.EFA said that to better support new film-makers it will develop a system to promote new discoveries at European film festivals. EFA will ...
  • London starts green initiative for film and TV producers

    5-Feb-2008

    Regional screen agency Film London is backing Green Screen London, a new environmentally friendly initiative for film and TV producers. London Mayor Ken Livingstone announced the initiative today with CEO Adrian Wootton, and actors Emma Thompson and Alistair McGowan.The programme will help producers to cut climate emissions in London, as part of the Mayor's London Climate Change Action Plan to cut emissions by 60% by 2025. Actions will include researching the current ...
  • London UK Film Focus sets 2008 dates June 30-July 3

    5-Feb-2008

    The London UK Film Focus has announced its 2008 dates as June 30-July 3. The 2007 dates ran June 25-28.The market event for international buyers now comes on the heels of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, which will run June 18-29 after moving from a later August slot. Presumably, international industry visitors may be doubly enticed to visit EIFF before stopping through LUFF.LUFF, organised by Film London and backed by the UK Film Council, Film Export ...
  • Malta increases possible cash rebate from 20% to 22%

    4-Feb-2008

    The Malta Film Commission on Saturday announced its revised financial incentives for film and TV productions shooting on the island.
  • Metrodome takes UK rights for Weber films including Let's Get Lost

    4-Feb-2008

    Metrodome Distribution has acquired all UK rights to Bruce Weber's film collection, including the Oscar-nominated Chet Baker documentary Let's Get Lost.
  • Northern Ireland Screen launches new low-budget scheme

    4-Feb-2008

    Northern Ireland Screen has launched its new Low-Budget Fiction Production (LBFP) scheme.
  • K5 International takes on Wonderful World starring Broderick

    4-Feb-2008

    UK- and Germany-based sales company K5 International has taken on sales (outside North America) to Joshua Goldin's debut feature Wonderful World.
  • LoveFilm to acquire Amazon's German, UK DVD rental business

    4-Feb-2008

    LoveFilm International has struck a deal to acquire Amazon.com's DVD rental business in the UK and Germany.
  • THINKFilm International adds Bridgewater to Berlin slate

    4-Feb-2008

    THINKFilm International has added another title to its slate ahead of Berlin. The company is handling international rights to Henry Alex Rubin's Bridgewater, which will star Ethan Hawke.Bridgewater will start shooting in mid-March.The film is described as 'a story of honour, courage and brotherhood.'US distribution will be handled by sister company THINKFilm.Rubin previously directed the Oscar-nominated ...
  • Persepolis takes Rotterdam KPN Audience Award

    3-Feb-2008

    As the International Film Festival Rotterdam comes to a close today, the KPN Audience Award has gone to Persepolis.The animated film, by Marjane Satrapi and Philippe Paronnaud, also won the young jury's MovieSquad Award. The audience prize comes with Euros 7,500.Runners-up for the audience prize were Estomago - A Gastronomic Story by Brazil's Marcos Jorge (which is being sold by new ...
  • Wonderful Town, Flower and Jamil take Tiger Awards at Rotterdam

    1-Feb-2008

    The37th International Film Festival Rotterdam has given this year's three VPRO Tiger Awards to Aditya Assarat's Wonderful Town from Thailand, Liew Seng Tat's Flower In The Pocket from Malaysia, and Omar Shargawi's Go With Peace Jamil (Ma Salama Jamil) from Denmark.
  • Headey, Bean, Friend line up for medieval thriller Black Death

    1-Feb-2008

    Lena Headey, Sean Bean and Rupert Friend will lead the cast of supernature chiller Black Death for UK producers Ecosse Films.
  • Joanna Leigh wins Red Planet Prize for Samuel Johnson script

    1-Feb-2008

    Red Planet Pictures has selected Joanna Leigh as the winner of its first Red Planet Prize for screenwriting.
  • MercuryMedia on board for How Ohio Pulled It Off

    1-Feb-2008

    UK-based MercuryMedia has added documentary How Ohio Pulled It Off to its sales slate.Ohio Filmmakers LLC produced the 57-minute documentary about election fraud in the US in 2004.Mercury's head of acquisitions Jason McGeown said: 'The relevancy of this film cannot be underestimated.'Mercury's slate also includes 9/11 conspiracy documentaries Loose Change: Final Cut and Zero.
  • Icon plans UK re-release of La Vie En Rose

    1-Feb-2008

    Icon Films is planning an awards season re-release of acclaimed French film La Vie En Rose.The Edith Piaf biopic is nominated for seven BAFTAs and three Oscars. The film also received 11 Cesar nominations.Its UK theatrical re-release in selected cinemas will start Feb 15. The original run of La Vie En Rose started in June 2007 and it earned more than $3.3m at the UK box office.
  • Persepolis wins young people's jury prize in Rotterdam

    1-Feb-2008

    The young people's jury at the International Film Festival Rotterdam has given its MovieSquad award to Persepolis.The five jurors, aged 16 to 19, selected Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud's animated project as the best of the 22 festival films they viewed.The prize means that Persepolis will get Dutch distrubtion through the MovieZone educational programme for young people (part ...
  • THINKFilm Intl boards Blue Valentine with Gosling, Williams

    1-Feb-2008

    THINKFilm International has come on board to sell international rights to Blue Valentine, which will star Oscar nominees Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling.
  • John Maybury to direct new Wuthering Heights for Ecosse

    1-Feb-2008

    John Maybury has signed on to direct a new big-screen adaptation of Wuthering Heights for Ecosse Films.
  • Mark Cranwell leaves BT Vision for Babelgum

    31-Jan-2008

    Mark Cranwell has been named director of content acquisition of Babelgum, the Internet TV platform.
  • Iceland box office up 2% in 2007, led by Astropia

    31-Jan-2008

    Iceland had another record-breaking year at the box office in 2007. The box officein the small island nationhit $18.4m (ISK 1.1bn) on 1.477m admissions, up 2% from a strong 2006. The figures are calculated from SMAIS, the association of film rights holders in Iceland.
  • Flahive and Billard launch new sales company Wavelength

    31-Jan-2008

    John Flahive and Anne Billard, both veterans of the British Film Institute, are launching a new international sales company, Wavelength Pictures.
  • Linklater to shoot Me & Orson Welles starting Feb 24

    31-Jan-2008

    Richard Linklater will start shooting Me & Orson Welles in England (Pinewood Studios and London locations), the Isle of Man and New York from February 24.
  • Atonement scoops top honours at UK's new Attenborough awards

    31-Jan-2008

    The UK regional film journalists awards, newly christened the Richard Attenborough Film Awards, have announced its results for 2008, with Atonement taking top honours as film of the year.Atonement continued its winning streak with Joe Wright named best director, James McAvoy named actor of the year, and Christopher Hampton named screenwriter of the year. Cate Blanchett won actress of the year for Elizabeth: ...
  • CineMart prizes go to new projects from Sophie Fiennes, Liew Seng Tat

    30-Jan-2008

    At tonight's CineMart 2008 closing night party in Rotterdam, the Arte France Cinema Award for best project this year's co-production market went to The Pervert's Guide To Ideology, to be directed by UK film-maker Sophie Fiennes.The honour also comes with $14,856 (Euros 10,000) in cash. The film will continue Fiennes' collaboration with philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek, who she also worked with on 2006's
  • Cristi Puiu's suburban series leads buzz at 25th Rotterdam CineMart

    29-Jan-2008

    With just two days left to go at Rotterdam's CineMart, a number of key projects are emerging as hot titles in the co-production market. They include Cristi Puiu's Aurora & Home Sweet Home, his new in a series of suburban stories; Koen Mortier's 22nd Of May about a dull man caught up in a bombing; Jafar Panahi's Return about ...
  • Rotterdam short Tigers go to Rivers, Ho, Liotta

    29-Jan-2008

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has handed out the awards in its short film programme.The three Tiger Awards for Short Film went to Ah, Liberty! by Ben Rivers (UK), As I Lay Dying by Ho Yuhang (Malaysia) and Observando el cielo by Jeanne Liotta (US). Each comes ...
  • Technicolor to move London West Drayton office to Pinewood Studios

    28-Jan-2008

    Thomson has announced that it will relocate Technicolor London from its West Drayton location (home for more than 70 years) to a new post-production facility at Pinewood Studios.The new Technicolor at Pinewood location will offer integrated film and front-end services, release printing, and digital cinema distribution services.Technicolor will host a groundbreaking ceremony at Pinewood on January 29. Pinewood chief executive Ivan Dunleavy said: 'We are ...
  • EastWest takes on sales for Rotterdam title Worldrevolution

    28-Jan-2008

    Sales company EastWest Filmdistribution has acquired worldwide rights to Worldrevolution According To Drahdiwaberl.Klaus Hundsbichler's film looks at the life of Vienna-based punk musician Stefan Weber and his revolutionary band Drahdiwaberl, which has been together for almost 40 years.Hundsbichler worked on the film for more than eight years. 'My most important decision was not to make a film for hardcore fans of Weber and ...
  • High Point expands with new Sydney-based operations led by Bowen

    28-Jan-2008

    UK-based High Point Media Group has expanded its operations to now include Australia and New Zealand.Producer/writer Adam Bowen will head up the Sydney-based operations to source films and TV projects from Australia and New Zealand.Bowen will work closely with High Point's head of productions and acquisitions Carl Simons and head of development Piers Nightingale.Bowen is a veteran of the UK and Australian industries, and he also created the Italian prime-time ...
  • Times BFI London Film Festival sets 2008 dates Oct 15-30

    26-Jan-2008

    The Times BFI London Film Festival has set its 2008 dates for Oct 15-30. The festival's 2007 edition ran Oct 17-Nov 1. The dates overlap directly with the third Rome Film Fest, which has been rescheduled for Oct 22-31.Sandra Hebron, who continues as the LFF's artistic director, expects to programme 180 features and 130 shorts. Hebron said: 'We are very much looking forward to presenting the 52nd edition of the Festival, and have already begun ...
  • San Sebastian adds new coordinators in France, Latin America

    25-Jan-2008

    The San Sebastian Festival has added two new international delegates to its network.
  • Woolliscroft joins post-production company Concrete

    25-Jan-2008

    London-based post-production company Concrete has appointed Peter Woolliscroft as audio designer.
  • BBC Worldwide to offer clips on MySpace

    24-Jan-2008

    BBC Worldwide has come on board as the first major broadcasting partner for MySpace.
  • Bond 22 has a title: Quantum Of Solace

    24-Jan-2008

    Bond 22, which has been shooting since November, now has a title: Quantum Of Solace.
  • The Works takes on sales for Shane Meadows' Somers Town

    23-Jan-2008

    The Works International has come on board for international sales (excluding the UK)of Shane Meadows' Somers Town, which has its world premiere in Berlin's Generation programme onFeb 9.
  • Pact says remaining staffers will concentrate on policy, biz affairs

    23-Jan-2008

    The UK's producers group Pact has clarified some plans as part of its recently announced restructuring.
  • David Bradford joins Future Shorts as managing director

    23-Jan-2008

    UK-based short film label Future Shorts has hired David Bradford as its managing director.
  • Holroyd starts UK shoot for political thriller WMD

    23-Jan-2008

    David Holroyd's UK micro-budget political thriller WMD started a four-week shoot on Jan 21.
  • Maja Zimmermann joins acquisitions team at Altadena

    23-Jan-2008

    Maja Zimmermann has joined the acquisitions team for UK-based sales company Altadena Films. She is currently attending Sundance.
  • Metrodome plans re-release of Oscar nominated Away From Her

    22-Jan-2008

    On the back of the two Oscar nominations for Away From Her, the film's UK distributor, Metrodome, has announced plans to revive the film in a limited theatrical re-release in select UK cinemas from Feb 15.
  • There Will Be Blood, NoCountry For Old Menlead Oscar nominations

    22-Jan-2008

    Joel & Ethan Coen's No Country For Old Men and Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood lead the Oscar race with eight nods each; Tony Gilroy's Michael Clayton and Joe Wright's Atonement follow with seven each.
  • Glasgow to open with UK premiere of Cassandra's Dream

    22-Jan-2008

    The Glasgow Film Festival has announced its 2008 programme, with a number of high-profile UK premieres including Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream (the opening night film), Craig Gillespie's Lars And The Real Girl (closing night), Roger Donaldson's The Bank Job, Paul Andrew Williams' The Cottage, Guiseppe Tornatore's The Unknown, Alain Corneau's The Second Wind, and documentaries such as Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro's Body Of War ...
  • High Point takes on sales for Kuijpers'Nothing To Lose

    22-Jan-2008

    High Point Films has continued its long-time relationship with Dutch film-maker Pieter Kuijpers by taking on world sales (outside Benelux) for his latest film Nothing To Lose.
  • VTR adds Machine Effects to Prime Focus Group

    22-Jan-2008

    Post-production powerhouse VTR has acquired visual effects company Machine Effects Ltd, in a deal worth just over $4m (£2m).
  • UK producers group PACT defends cuts to worried film industry

    22-Jan-2008

    UK producers group PACT is defending its restructuring moves to streamline the organisation in the midst of funding woes.
  • UK producers group PACT defends restructuring to worried industry

    22-Jan-2008

    UK producers group PACT is defending plans to streamline the organisation in the midst of funding woes.
  • Control Room director Noujaim heads Pangea Day film project

    21-Jan-2008

    Jehane Noujaim, director of acclaimed 2004 documentary Control Room, is heading a unique project offering a global day of film.
  • Rome Film Fest moves dates back to October 22-31

    21-Jan-2008

    The Rome Film Fest has moved its dates for 2008 to Oct 22-31. The festival had been scheduled for Oct 2-12, which was just three weeks after Italy's other big festival, Venice, scheduled to run Aug 27-Sept 6.The 2007 festival ran Oct 18-27.Rome, now in its third year, will now be held closer to the Turin Film Festival, now in its 26th year. The 2007 Turin event ran Nov 23-Dec 1.
  • Carl Clifton promoted to COO of HandMade Films International

    21-Jan-2008

    HandMade Films International has promoted Carl Clifton to chief operating officer, in addition to his existing duties as head of international sales.
  • Vertigo to produce Rupert Wyatt's Escapist follow-up The Trail

    21-Jan-2008

    The UK's Vertigo Films has come on board for Rupert Wyatt's next feature The Trail, after already taking the rights to his debut feature The Escapist, which is world premiering in Sundance today.
  • UK production spend drops 15% whileco-productions crash 43%

    19-Jan-2008

    Feature film production spend dropped 15% in 2007, to $1.4bn (£723m) from 2006's $1.6bn (£855m), according to new research from the UK Film Council.The UKFC tracked 112 features, down from 135 in 2006 (the UKFC only tracks projects with budgets starting at $1m). The UKFC blamed the decline on the weak dollar, the US writers' strike, and the new UK tax-credit which is less friendly to co-productions. Indeed, the number of UK co-productions dropped to 28 in 2007 from ...
  • Intandem, Radical pitch slate including John Woo's Caliber

    18-Jan-2008

    Intandem Films and its graphic novel publishing company partner Radical Publishing will be meeting with investors in the UK starting Jan 21 to present their shared business model and preview future projects.
  • Lionsgate UK acquires Conan, Mad Money and Righteous Kill

    18-Jan-2008

    Distributor Lionsgate UK has struck a three-picture acquisition deal with Nu Image/Millennium Films.
  • Film4 and B3 Media's FeatureLab to nurture minority scripts

    18-Jan-2008

    UK production company B3 Media is launching the B3 FeatureLab with backing from Film4, Binger Film Lab and Skillset.
  • Video platform blinkx adds content from Future Shorts, YoungCuts

    17-Jan-2008

    US-based video search engine blinkx has struck deals with 13 new content partners. The new independent content providers are Calon TV, ChannelFlip.com, Channel X, Foothill Entertainment, Future Shorts, jeko.tv, Journeyman Pictures, Looking Glass International, MoMedia, Monster Distributes, Reelport, Wysiwyg Films and YoungCuts.
  • Odyssey's slate includes Hornby and Scherfig's An Education

    17-Jan-2008

    Odyssey Entertainment has announced details on a number of high-profile titles on its sales slate ahead of Berlin's European Film Market.
  • Deals surge in Asia for Power's thriller Flood

    17-Jan-2008

    Production company Power has announced further sales of its first feature film, $30m thriller Flood.
  • Ealing takes on sales for Eyre's new drama The Other Man

    17-Jan-2008

    Richard Eyre is set to start principal photography on his new dramaThe Other Man starting Feb 14.
  • Marco Mueller confirmed for another four years in Venice

    16-Jan-2008

    Marco Mueller has been confirmed as the artistic director for the Venice Film Festival for four more years.
  • Mercury Media takes on sales for 9/11 docZero

    16-Jan-2008

    Mercury Media has taken on worldwide sales (excluding Italy, Belgium and Russia) for Zero.
  • Atonement leads BAFTA race with 14 nominations

    16-Jan-2008

    Joe Wright’s Atonementleads the BAFTA nominations with 14 nods, in categories Best Film, Best British Film, Director (Joe Wright), Adapted Screenplay, Leading Actress (Keira Knightley), Leading Actor (James McAvoy), Supporting Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Sound, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair.
  • Metrodome takes UK rights to The Assembly and The Banquet

    15-Jan-2008

    Metrodome Distribution has acquired all UK rights for two new Chinese films, The Assembly and The Banquet. Both are directed by Feng Xiaogang.
  • Moviehouse takes on sales for Liz Mermin's Shot In Bombay

    14-Jan-2008

    UK-based international sales company Moviehouse Entertainment has taken on sales for Liz Mermin's latest documentary, Shot In Bombay.
  • Park Circus strikes UK theatrical deal with Arrow Films

    14-Jan-2008

    UK distributor Park Circus Films has signed a deal to represent the Arrow Films catalogue theatrically in the UK and Ireland.Arrow's 160-plus title catalogue includes films such as Cinema Paradiso, The Millionairess and Rififi.Park Circus is the UK 's leading theatrical distributor of classic films. IT has similar deals in place with Granada, Icon, MGM /UA and Walt Disney.
  • Film4, Ingenious, Vertigo join for new sales company Protagonist

    13-Jan-2008

    Confirming rumours that started swirling before the American Film Market, UK companies Film4, Ingenious and Vertigo Films have joined forces to launch a new international film sales company.
  • Losey wraps shoot for debut thriller The Hide

    11-Jan-2008

    Director Marek Losey has wrapped principal photography on his debut feature, thriller The Hide.
  • Rotterdam programme boasts 50 feature world premieres

    11-Jan-2008

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has announced more details of its feature film programme, which will include 50 world premieres, 30 international premieres and 25 European premieres.
  • High Point to take on sales for Abrahamson's Prosperity project

    11-Jan-2008

    Irish director Lenny Abrahamson has followed his Cannes Director's Fortnight hit Garage with Prosperity, a series of four related 'mini features' for Irish TV broadcaster RTE.
  • Sony signs VOD deal with Belgium's Belgacom

    10-Jan-2008

    Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) has signed a video on demand (VOD) agreement with Belgian telecom operator Belgacom.
  • Roger Beck leaves Technicolor for Ascent Media UK

    10-Jan-2008

    Roger Beck has joined Ascent Media Group as the director of film services, a new position based in London.
  • Karlovy Vary to honour Dusan Hanak and Juraj Jakubisko

    9-Jan-2008

    The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has announced that its two Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema in 2008 will go to Dusan Hanak and Juraj Jakubisko.
  • Rotterdam to open with Lucia Cedron's debut Lamb Of God

    9-Jan-2008

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has announced the 15 films competing for the VPRO Tiger Awards at this year's festival (Jan 23-Feb 3).
  • Schreiber to head Power's new home entertainment division

    8-Jan-2008

    UK production company Power has launched a new home entertainment division. Andy Schreiber, founder and president of Los Angeles-based Forward Marketing International, will relocate to London to join Power as senior VP, Power Home Entertainment.
  • Max Von Sydow, Rachel Hurd-Wood join Solomon Kane cast

    8-Jan-2008

    Max Von Sydow, Pete Postlethwaite, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Alice Krige and Mackenzie Crook have joined the cast of Solomon Kane, which as previously reported will star James Purefoy.
  • LaBeouf, Riley among nominees for BAFTA Orange Rising Star prize

    8-Jan-2008

    The BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award has announced this year’s nominees: Shia LaBeouf, Sienna Miller, Ellen Page, Sam Riley and Tang Wei.
  • VTR strikes deal for effects company Clarke Associates

    7-Jan-2008

    VTR , the holding company of post-production company Prime Focus UK Group, has acquired the business interests of Clarke Associates London Limited, including the services of creative director Simon Clarke and his team.
  • Machin replaces Schoukroun as THINKFilm head of international

    7-Jan-2008

    Will Machin has been named head of international at THINKFilm International. He had been head of co-productions and sales at London-based Carnaby International and previously worked as co-president of international sales at Lola Films.
  • Atonement is early BAFTA frontrunner ahead of final nominations

    7-Jan-2008

    Joe Wright’s Atonement leads the films in contention for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs). Atonement has 17 recognitions, but it should be noted that includes four nominations within the supporting actress category which will likely cancel each other out before nominations are finalised.
  • Contender takes on UK rights forBattle For Haditha

    7-Jan-2008

    Contender Films has acquired UK rights to Nick Broomfield's Iraq drama Battle For Haditha from HanWay Films.
  • Panahi, Tan among Rotterdam's Tiger Awards jurors

    4-Jan-2008

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam has lined up its jurors for its upcoming event.
  • BAFTA unveils five foreign nominees including Lust, Caution

    4-Jan-2008

    The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) have announced five nominees for its Film Not In The English Language Award. Those films are The Diving Bell and The Butterfly; The Kite Runner; The Lives OfOthers; Lust,Caution; and La Vie En Rose.
  • United Kingdom/New Zealand - Spanning the oceans

    4-Jan-2008

    Auckland, New Zealand-based Matthew Metcalfe (General Film Corp) and UK-based Alan Harris (Atlantic Film Productions) have been too busy making films to join the line of producers complaining the new UK tax credit is not friendly to co-productions.
  • Sky, Curzon Artificial Eye work together on The Edge Of Heaven

    3-Jan-2008

    As Screen International previously reported, Sky Television and Curzon Artificial Eye are working on a groundbreaking release for Fatih Akin's The Edge Of Heaven.
  • Sean Penn to head 61st Cannes Film Festival jury

    3-Jan-2008

    Sean Penn will head the jury at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, organisers have announced.
  • Eurimages supports 15 European co-productions

    21-Dec-2007

    At its Dec 16-18 meeting in Paris, the Eurimages Fund board signed on to support 15 feature films for a total amount of $7m (Euros 4.925m).
  • Metrodome hands backUK rights to Haditha to HanWay

    21-Dec-2007

    UK distributor Metrodome has agreed to hand back UK rights for Nick Broomfield's Battle For Haditha to sales company HanWay Films.
  • Into The Wild leads Screen Actors Guild nominations

    20-Dec-2007

    Sean Penn's Into The Wild leads the The Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, with nominations in four categories: Emile Hirsch for leading actor, Hal Holbrook for supporting actor, Catherine Keener for supporting actress, and best cast.
  • NonStop to sell sequel to Gnomes And Trolls

    20-Dec-2007

    NonStop sales will handle international sales for Gnomes and Trolls II, after selling the original film this year.
  • Peace Arch signs letter of intent for $35m ContentFilm deal

    20-Dec-2007

    Peace Arch Entertainment Group has entered into a letter of intent to acquire ContentFilm.
  • Contentfilm/Fireworks take on CBC library

    19-Dec-2007

    ContentFilm's division Fireworks International has struck a deal to acquire international distribution rights for CBC's international sales assets.
  • UKFC backs Universal's Lust, Caution release with $400,000 in support

    17-Dec-2007

    The UK Film Council's Prints & Advertising Fund has announced the its funding of specialised releases in UK cinemas. The latest supported films are:$403,170 (£200,000) to Universal Pictures for Ang Lee's Lust, Caution $201,587 (£100,000) to The Works UK Distribution for Richard Attenborough's Closing the Ring $50,072 (£24,839) to Park Circus for Frank Capra's ...
  • Whitton launches Belfast production outfit with Attenborough, Gilbert

    17-Dec-2007

    Robert Whitton, commercially property investment expert and CEO of aAIM Group, has launched a new production company with director Richard Attenborough and producer Jo Gilbert.The company is named Real Holywood Productions, after its Belfast neighborhood. Real Holywood intends to focus on Northern Ireland-based productions.Attenborough and Gilbert recently shot the partially Belfast-set epic drama Closing The Ring (which ...
  • Revolver takes on UK distribution of U2 3D

    17-Dec-2007

    UK distributor Revolver Entertainment will handle the UK distribution of U2 3D.Revolver will distribute the film in Real D, IMAX 3-D and other digital 3-D formats across the UK on Feb 22, 2008.The film, which was shown as a work in progress in Cannes, is directed by Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington. Owens was the band's visual content director for more than 15 years and Pellington previously directed their
  • UK police arrest four people and seize 10,000 pirate DVDS

    17-Dec-2007

    UK police have arrested four people and seized 10,000 counterfeit DVDs in raids based on information gathered by the Federation Against Copyright Theft. The raids were on three stalls at Western International Market in Hounslow, Middlesex and at two addresses in Slough, Berkshire. Officers from Hounslow Borough of the Metropolitan Police, Thames Valley Police and Hounslow Trading Standards, conducted the raids assisted by officers from FACT.The suspects ...
  • MMG takes Flemish, French remake rights to Dutch hit Love Is All

    14-Dec-2007

    Dutch production company Motel Films has sold the remake rights to its hit romantic comedy Love Is All to Belgian film producer MMG.MMG, which previously worked on Ben X and Winky's Horse, plans two different remake versions, one each for the Flemish and French markets. COO Peter Bouckaert found the project for MMG and praised the film's 'quality and intelligence.'
  • BBC World Cinema nominees include Climates, Lives Of Others

    14-Dec-2007

    BBC Four World Cinema Award has announced the nominees for its 2008 prize, sponsored by Pioneer.The nominees are Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Lives Of Others, Michel Gondry's The Science Of Sleep, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Climates, Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Syndromes And ...
  • Control, Atonement lead London Critics' Circle nominations

    14-Dec-2007

    Anton Corbijn's Control and Joe Wright's Atonement lead the nominations for the London Critics' Circle Film Awards. Each has eight nominations. Other films with multiple nominations include There Will Be Blood, No Country For Old Men and The Lives Of Others, with four nominations each.The awards will ...
  • United Kingdom - Off The Record

    14-Dec-2007

    EMI has a long history as a record label - everyone from the Beatles to Coldplay - but its burgeoning film business owes much to two men and their motorcycles.
  • United States - Slings and arrows

    14-Dec-2007

    Writer-director Alex Holdridge has been on Hollywood's radar for several years, yet circumstances led him to shoot his third feature, In Search Of A Midnight Kiss, for just $12,000.
  • Atonement leads Golden Globe nominations

    13-Dec-2007

    Joe Wright’s Atonement leads the nominations for the 65th annual Golden Globes, voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Atonement has seven nominations, for best film, director (Joe Wright), screenplay (Christopher Hampton), actress (Keira Knightley), actor (James McAvoy), supporting actress (Saoirse Ronan), and score (Dario Marianelli).
  • Sony pacts with Tiscali UK for on-demand TV offerings

    13-Dec-2007

    Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) and Tiscali TV have launched a new video on demand service, called Screen Gems, as part of Tiscali's on-demand TV platform in the UK.The service initially includes catalogue TV series such as Bewitched, Starsky & Hutch and Charlie's Angels, with new Sony shows to be introduced to Tiscali TV subscribers soon.Jonathan Sykes, managing director ...
  • UK regional critics name awards after Richard Attenborough

    13-Dec-2007

    The UK Regional Critics' Annual Film Awards have been renamed The Richard Attenborough Film Awards. The awards were founded a year ago and will be known as the Attenborough Awards from 2008.
  • Hammer's first new film to air episodes on MySpace

    13-Dec-2007

    Hammer Films is set to produce its first horror film in 30 years, and has created a joint venture with MySpace to broadcast episodes of the feature, entitled Beyond The Rave.
  • The Kite Runner to close Dubai festival on Dec 16

    11-Dec-2007

    Marc Forster's The Kite Runner is the surprise closing film for the Dubai International Film Festival.
  • GEM works for DVD, theatrical launch of Peterson films

    11-Dec-2007

    GEM Entertainment has taken UK and US rights to seven features from UK-based Global Films, EdgeImageBank, Norwood Pictures, and Mnemonics Pictures.
  • Clare Morrow to join Screen Yorkshire in Industry Development

    11-Dec-2007

    Regional screen agency Screen Yorkshire has announced that Clare Morrow will head its Industry Development team.
  • Future Shorts launches new Secret Cinema series in 6 cities

    11-Dec-2007

    Future Shorts and Future Cinema are launching a new events series, Secret Cinema.
  • Sky gets UK broadcast rights to Oscars and Golden Globes

    11-Dec-2007

    UK TV company Sky has announced that it will broadcast the Golden Globe Awards live on Sky Movies Premiere for the first time.
  • Bavaria takes on world sales for Doerrie's Cherry Blossoms - Hanami

    11-Dec-2007

    Bavaria Film International will handle world sales for Doris Doerrie's Cherry Blossoms - Hanami, which will have its world premiere in Berlinale Competition.
  • Charlie Mitchell takes development post at MARV Films

    7-Dec-2007

    Matthew Vaughn and Kris Thykier's UK-based production company MARV Films has added Charlie Mitchell as head of development.Mitchell had been development executive at Robert Jones' Material Entertainment, and prior to that worked in development at Pathe Pictures.At MARV, he will work on a slate including WWI drama The Truce written by Stuart Beattie, action thriller Target 18 written ...
  • Women In Film & TV honour Alison Owen, BBC's Jane Wright

    7-Dec-2007

    The UK's Women in Film and Television (WFTV) has hosted its 17th annual awards at a ceremony at London's Hilton Park Lane. Honorees include film producer Alison Owen, BBC Films head Jane Wright, and Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
  • Escape joins Sohonet for PODS programme with MPC

    7-Dec-2007

    Escape Studios has joined the entertainment industry network Sohonet. London-based Escape is a CGI training and consultation facility and the company will use Sohonet for its new Escape PODS graduate programme.
  • Maia Morgenstern to chair Hungarian Film Week jury

    7-Dec-2007

    For the 39th Hungarian Film Week (Jan 29-Feb 5, 2008), Romanian actress Maia Morgenstern will chair the jury.
  • Josh Lucas signs on for Morahan's $15m God's Spy

    7-Dec-2007

    Josh Lucas with lead the cast in God's Spy, alongside Jordi Molla, Giancarlo Giannini, and Peter O'Toole.
  • Rotterdam increases Tiger Awards prizes; festival honours Kobayashi

    6-Dec-2007

    Rotterdam has upped the ante for its 2008 festival, asking main sponsor, Dutch broadcaster VPRO, to raise the total prize money for the Tiger Awards to $65,800 (Euros 45,000), or $21,932 (Euros 15,000) to each of the three winners. That's up from $14,620 (Euros 10,000) each last year, or a total of $43,683 (Euros 30,000).
  • Sorrenti's Wednesday takes top prize at Cologne Short Cuts

    6-Dec-2007

    Rob Sorrenti's short film Wednesday (UK) won the first jury prize at the Short Cuts International Short Film Festival in Cologne, Germany.
  • Meadows, Wright and Corbijn vie for South Bank Show Awards

    6-Dec-2007

    The UK's South Bank Show has announced its nominees for its 2008 awards. The ITV show is presented by Melvyn Bragg and recognises several areas of the arts.
  • Sarajevo Festival launches fund for Talent Campus shorts

    6-Dec-2007

    The Sarajevo Film Festival is launching a new project, Sarajevo City Of Film, in partnership with the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Government.
  • AAM adds Sony as digital cinema partner in Europe

    6-Dec-2007

    Arts Alliance Media has recruited another studio for its digital cinema plans: Sony Pictures Releasing International has signed a non-exclusive long-term agreement with the company for digital cinema deployment.
  • New Line takes film rights to Capella's Chemistry For Beginners

    6-Dec-2007

    New Line has optioned the rights to Anthony Capella's forthcoming novel Chemistry For Beginners, in what is described as a 'high five-figure deal.'
  • Kiarostami, Panahi and Puiu among CineMart 2008 selections

    5-Dec-2007

    CineMart, the co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, has selected 39 projects for its 2008 edition, out of a record 550 entries. CineMart, celebrating its 25th anniversary, runs Jan 27-31, 2008 and comes with prize money of Euros 25,000.The selections are low- and medium-budget features including new projects from directors Abbas Kiarostami, Sophie Fiennes, Cristi Puiu (two projects of a six-part series), Julia Loktev, Jafar Panahi, Koen Mortier, ...
  • Pact elects 2008 Council including chair Charles Wace

    5-Dec-2007

    UK producers group Pact has elected its 2008 Council members, which take their posts as of January 2008.
  • Eros starts shoot for Sujoy Ghosh's Aladin

    4-Dec-2007

    Eros International has started shooting Sujoy Ghosh's Aladin, a modern day retelling of the Arabian Nights story with a Bollywood twist.
  • Vaughn's MARV strikes first-look deal with publisher Quercus

    3-Dec-2007

    Matthew Vaughn and Kris Thykier's production company MARV Films has struck a three-year, first-look deal with Quercus Publishing.
  • Transmedia takes UK rights to Tornatore's The Unknown

    3-Dec-2007

    UK distributor Transmedia International Releasing has taken all UK and Ireland rights to Guiseppe Tornatore's The Unknown (La Sconosciuta).
  • Rutger Hauer plans second masterclass in Rotterdam

    3-Dec-2007

    Film-maker Rutger Hauer will again host a masterclass during The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR, Jan 23- Feb 3, 2008).
  • Yushita joins Global Networks Asia from Discovery

    3-Dec-2007

    Shigeo Yushita has been appointed channel director, Japan, Global Networks Asia, NBC Universal has announced.
  • Fernando Del Rio moves to Universal Pictures Mexico

    3-Dec-2007

    Fernando Del Rio has been appointed managing director of Universal Pictures Mexico, based in Mexico City.
  • Bracewell lines up Richard E Grant, Laura Fraser for Cuckoo

    3-Dec-2007

    UK producers Punk Cinema are starting a shoot this week for Richard Bracewell's Cuckoo, his second film following acclaimed low-budget debut The Gigolos.
  • London Film School recruits new patrons for funding appeal

    30-Nov-2007

    The London Film School (LFS) has welcomed a new group of patrons who support the School's capital appeal.
  • Fox Baja veteran Arneson moves to Hungary's Korda Studios

    29-Nov-2007

    After its first shoot for Universal's Hellboy 2 wrapped last week, new Hungarian studio Korda Studios has announced some new key members of its team.Charlie Arneson has been appointed studio manager at Korda. He comes to Hungary after 10 years as head of Fox Baja Studios in Mexico, best known as host to James Cameron's Titanic shoot. He will get the chance to work with another water tank as Korda ...
  • Prime Focus strikes acquisition deal for Post Logic and Frantic

    29-Nov-2007

    The Prime Focus Group has moved into the North American market with the acquisition of Post Logic Studios, based in New York and Los Angeles, and Frantic Films VFX, which has offices in Los Angeles, Winnipeg and Vancouver.Financial terms were not disclosed. Prime already has six visual effects and post-production facilities in India and four in London (the latter are grouped as Prime Focus UK, formed after Prime's deal with post house VTR). The deal boosts Prime ...
  • Control takes top honours at British Independent Film Awards

    28-Nov-2007

    Anton Corbijn's Control was the big winner at tonight's tenth-annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).Control won Best British Independent Film, Best Director (Anton Corbijn), Best Supporting Actor/Actress (Toby Kebbell), Best Newcomer (Sam Riley), and the Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director (Corbijn). The film, a black-and-white biopic of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, ...
  • Pretty Pictures acquires French rights to Hallam Foe

    28-Nov-2007

    Pretty Pictures has acquired French rights to David Mackenzie's Hallam Foe from UK-based sales company Independent.Mackenzie's drama, which won the Silver Bear in Berlin, stars Jamie Bell and Sophia Myles.Pretty Pictures head James Velaise negotiated the deal with Independent's head of sales Abigail Walsh. 'We are absolutely thrilled that Pretty Pictures have come on board to be our Gallic partner,' Walsh said. 'Their enthusiasm and commitment is tremendous, ...
  • Coffee company Cafedirect plans series of three features

    28-Nov-2007

    Cafedirect, the UK fairtrade coffee and tea company, is undertaking a film project that will include three feature-length films.Cafedirect's The Trilogy will be three large-scale productions for commercial release that will reflect future society based on the current social, economic, political and environmental global issues.The company is seeking film and TV companies, writers directors producers and actors to work on the films.The collaborators on ...
  • High Point closes UK TV deal for Extraordinary Rendition with BBC

    27-Nov-2007

    High Point Media Group has sold UK TV rights to the BBC for Jim Threapleton's Extraordinary Rendition.
  • Birds Eye View festival to include women's comedy programme

    27-Nov-2007

    The UK 's Birds Eye View festival, devoted to women's film-making, will run March 6-13, 2008, at London 's ICA and BFI Southbank, followed by a local tour to Manchester, Newcastle and other UK locations.
  • EFA FIPRESCI Award goes to Alain Resnais' Private Fears

    27-Nov-2007

    The International federation of film critics, FIPRESCI, will give this year's European Film Academy Critics' Award to Alain Resnais' Private Fears In Public Places (Coeurs).
  • Doug Davis joins blinkBox as acquisitions director

    26-Nov-2007

    Online film and TV company blinkBox Entertainment has appointed Doug Davis as acquisitions director.Davis had been advising the company and is now with blinkBox full time, signing up film and TV partners for the service.He had previously been a TV agent at William Morris in London and had also served as European sales director for AtomFilms.'The blinkBox proposition is very exciting for film and TV rights owners. Blinks are fun messages between friends ...
  • Hungary's Korda and Colorfront strike strategic partnership

    26-Nov-2007

    Hungary's Korda Studios and new Budapest-based post-production company Colorfront have signed a partnership agreement to offer Colorfront services to productions based at Korda.Colorfront will have satellite offices and post facilities based at Korda and the companies will be connected by a high-speed fiber-optic network, enabling work such as color-graded digital dailies to the studio. 'We will give the DoP and crew the ability to watch digital dailies in DCI-compliant cinema ...
  • Eros and Carving Dreams to launch venture with Roshan project

    26-Nov-2007

    Eros International has struck a co-production joint venture with Carving Dreams Motion Pictures, a new division of management and marketing company Carving Dreams Entertainment. Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan, who has been a client of Carving Dreams for two years, will star in the first joint feature between the companies.Kishore Lulla, Chairman & CEO of Eros said: 'We are happy to be working with Carving Dreams, one of the best outfits in the business of celebrity ...
  • Soundtracks - A one-stop shop for film scores

    23-Nov-2007

    Becky Bentham and Karen Elliott of London-based Hot House Music like to think of themselves as a "one-stop shop" for film music.
  • Soundtracks - Meet the music supervisors: Randall Poster - Poster soundtracks a life

    23-Nov-2007

    "I have an abiding passion for music and movies," says Randall Poster, the renowned music supervisor of films ranging from Rushmore to The Aviator. His skill is evident in a diverse crop of projects including The Darjeeling Limited, The Nanny Diaries, The Savages and I'm Not There, and forthcoming films Stop Loss by Kimberly Peirce, Revolutionary Road from Sam Mendes, and the feature version of Grey Gardens.
  • United Kingdom - Free agents

    23-Nov-2007

    Cuba Pictures, the film and TV arm of London-based talent agency Curtis Brown, almost epitomises synergy.
  • Mermin's Shot In Bombay secures UK run at London's ICA

    22-Nov-2007

    Liz Mermin's latest film, Shot In Bombay, will have a two-week UK theatrical run at London's ICA from Jan 18, 2008 before going on a regional tour.
  • High Point sells Storm Force to MTI for North America

    22-Nov-2007

    High Point Television, a division of UK-based sales company High Point Media Group, has sold the North American TV and video rights for Storm Force to MTI.
  • UK's WFTV give lifetime achievement award to Verity Lambert

    22-Nov-2007

    Verity Lambert, who produced the original Doctor Who TV series and feature film A Cry In The Dark, will receive Women In Film and Television's Working Title Films Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Rotterdam reveals first competitors from Japan, Malaysia,Thailand

    21-Nov-2007

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam (Jan 23-Feb 3) has selected the first three films for its VPRO Tiger Awards Competition.
  • MEDIA increases EFP funding to $1.73m for 2008

    21-Nov-2007

  • UTV's Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal lines up Reebok deal

    21-Nov-2007

    UTV Motion Pictures has struck a deal for Reebok to retail products related to its film Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal across 535 stores in India. The film is about a struggling Asian football team in England.
  • Eros strikes joint venture with Mukta/Red Carpet

    21-Nov-2007

    Indian media company Eros International has entered into a joint venture with Red Carpet Films to co-produce three to four films per year.
  • Robin Hardy plans March 2008 shoot for Cowboys For Christ

    21-Nov-2007

    Los Angeles-based Fantastic Films International has come on board for worldwide sales for Cowboys For Christ, written and directed by Robin Hardy. Hardy, known for directing 1973's The Wicker Man, also wrote the book of the same name.
  • Corsan starts Canadian shoot for Breuls' directorial debut

    21-Nov-2007

    Director Paul Breuls has started production on The Hessen Affair, a WWII-era thriller starring Billy Zane, Lyne Renee, Michael Bowen and Noah Segan.
  • The Hat Factory to host digital workflow seminar

    20-Nov-2007

    The Hat Factory, Codex Digital, and Sohonet are hosting a digital event, Production 2.0, on Dec 6, to show producers technologies including digital links between Pinewood Studios and post-production companies in Soho.
  • Beart and Lieifers to host 20th EFAs on Dec 1

    20-Nov-2007

    The 20th European Film Awards, to be held Dec 1 in Berlin, will be hosted by French actress Emmanuelle Beart and German actor Jan Josef Liefers.
  • BFS moves into theatrical with US deal for Tom Collins' Kings

    20-Nov-2007

    North American distributor BFS Entertainment & Multimedia Limited will move into theatrical distribution with its acquisition of Tom Collins' Kings.
  • Intandem books strong AFM sales on How To Lose Friends

    19-Nov-2007

    UK-based sales company Intandem Films has reported a strong level of sales done at the recent AFM.
  • NonStop sells Gnomes and Trolls to Turkey and China

    19-Nov-2007

    NonStop Sales has sold further territories on its animated family feature Gnomes and Trolls.
  • AAM strikes virtual print fee deal for entire CGR chain in France

    19-Nov-2007

    Arts Alliance Media has signed a digital cinema virtual print fee agreement for 400 screens in France.
  • Clooney to come to Dubai for Michael Clayton festival opener

    19-Nov-2007

    The Dubai International Film Festival will open this year with Tony Gilroy's Michael Clayton starring George Clooney.
  • Pathe's hot AFM sellers include The Duchess and Eden Lake

    16-Nov-2007

    In addition to the recently announced sales for Walter Salles' Linha De Passe, Pathe International has announced a slew of further sales done at the recent AFM.
  • Jude Law appears in Real Time Movie short

    16-Nov-2007

    Jude Law stars an inventive short film being launched in the UK.
  • Vikram Bhatt shoots supernatural love story in Yorkshire

    16-Nov-2007

    Yorkshire, which hosted this summer's Indian International Film Academy awards (IIFAs), is now hosting a new shoot by Indian film-makers.
  • UKFC backs development of Bruce Robinson's Peculiar Memories

    16-Nov-2007

    The UK Film Council has announced the first awards from its Development Fund since Tanya Seghatchian took over as head of the Fund on April 1.
  • Switzerland to lead European Audiovisual Observatory in 2008

    16-Nov-2007

    The European Audiovisual Observatory has announced that Switzerland will hold the group's presidency in 2008.
  • Concrete adds Genetic Engineering system, pacts with Axis

    16-Nov-2007

    London-based post-production company Concrete is becoming the first facility in Soho to install Quantel's new Genetic Engineering system.
  • Telepool takes on teamWorx's Mogadishu Welcome

    16-Nov-2007

    Germany-based sales company Telepool has added Mogadishu Welcome to its sales slate.
  • United kingdom - Going Ape

    16-Nov-2007

    Ceri Levy was smart enough to recognise he was in the right place at the right time. He was a long-time friend of Damon Albarn of the band Blur (for which Levy produced the 1994 Starshaped documentary), and Levy was present at the kitchen table when Albarn and Jamie Hewlett started talking about radical ideas for a band called Gorillaz, an act to incorporate multimedia presentations including animated alter-egos. Levy thought it was the kind of creative project that would do ...
  • Pinewood hopes to expand with new live-work media community

    15-Nov-2007

    Pinewood Shepperton plans to seek planning permission for an extension to Pinewood Studios, on land adjacent to the current Pinewood Studios site in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire.The proposed Project Pinewood will include a variety of locations for film and TV, including permanent working sets of streetscapes and location recreations such as an amphitheatre, castle, Ventitian canal, Italian lakeside, and street scenes from London, New York, Paris and Los Angeles.Pinewood ...
  • Goteborg Fund selects six projects from developing countries

    14-Nov-2007

    The Goteborg International Film Festival Fund has named the latest projects it is backing, with cooperation from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SIDA.
  • Sheffield awards include Talk To Me, We Are Together

    14-Nov-2007

    The Sheffield Doc/Fest (Nov 7-11) handed out its first Grierson: Sheffield Awards as the UK festival closed this weekend.
  • Alexis Dos Santos starts UK shoot for Unmade Beds

    13-Nov-2007

    Alexis Dos Santos has started principal photography in the UKthis week for his second film, Unmade Beds.
  • Pathe closes string of AFM deals for Salles' Linha De Passe

    13-Nov-2007

    Pathe International has announced a slew of sales for Walter Salles' Linha De Passe following its first footage screening at the AFM.
  • Jan Dunn and Pauline McLynn team for comedy drama script

    13-Nov-2007

    Actress Pauline McLynn is starting work on her first screenplay, with her recent collaborator Jan Dunn.
  • Kolerova joins Sony International as Russian sales director

    13-Nov-2007

    Katerina Kolerova has joined Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) as sales director for Russia and the CIS.
  • Momentum strikes UK deal for Nic Balthazar's Ben X

    13-Nov-2007

    Momentum Pictures has taken UK rights to Nic Balthazar's directorial debut Ben X, sold by Films Distribution.
  • Frontrow's AFM pickups include The Babysitters and Eddie The Eagle

    12-Nov-2007

    Middle Eastern distributor Frontrow Entertainment picked up eight films at the recent AFM.
  • Dodona sees 50% digital conversion by 2013, pushed by 3D

    12-Nov-2007

    Half of the world's cinema screens could be digital by 2013, according to predictions from Dodona Research. A total of 4,627 screens have been converted as of September 2007, representing about 5% of the global total.
  • Verhoeven to receive award at 12th Capri film festival

    12-Nov-2007

    Paul Verhoeven will receive the Capri Cult Award at the 12 Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival (Dec 27-Jan 2).
  • Sony signs digital download deal with Videoland and Movie MAX

    12-Nov-2007

    Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) has signed an electronic sell-through deal with two DVD rental companies in Benelux: Videoland and Movie MAX.
  • Dubai to start new Gulf Film Festival in April

    12-Nov-2007

    The Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority, organisers of the Dubai International Film Festival, have announced plans to launch a Gulf cinema event.
  • Paula Jalfon moves from Ingenious to BBC Films

    12-Nov-2007

    Paula Jalfon has joined BBC Films as commercial manager. She is the former head of production at Ingenious.
  • Screen WM sets up new $8m film production fund

    11-Nov-2007

    Screen WM, the UK's regional screen agency for the West Midlands, has gotten increased an $8m (£4m) for production funding of film and digital media over the next four years. The new Media Produciton Fund is open to film and digital projects from across the UK, and an emphasis will be given to projects shooting, doing post-production or employing creative talent in the West Midlands.The slate includes Vito Rocco's Faintheart ...
  • Frears comes on as patron for Met Film School

    9-Nov-2007

    Stephen Frears has come on board as the first patron of the Met Film School, based at Ealing Studios in London.
  • Grant and Meaden's Shipwreck starts post on Just Ines

    9-Nov-2007

    UK-based Shipwreck Film, which has just finished its debut feature Coffee Sex You, is now in post on its next project, Just Ines.
  • Arts Alliance Media's Vizumi adds Metrodome content

    9-Nov-2007

    UK distributor Metrodome has become the latest content partner for Arts Alliance Media's Vizumi Network.
  • First Prix Image at EFAs to go to Menegoz and Heiduschka

    8-Nov-2007

    This year's European Film Awards will include the new Prix Eurimages, to recognise European co-production. The first award will go to two producers who have worked on many co-productions: Margaret Menegoz and Veit Heiduschka.Menegoz is Unifrance president and managing director of Les Films Du Losange and she has produced films by Michael Haneke, Volker Schlondorff, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders.Heiduschka has worked at various production companies ...
  • Arthouse strikes exclusive UK/Ireland output deal with Revolver

    7-Nov-2007

    Arthouse Films has struck an exclusive output and distribution deal for the UK & Ireland with Revolver Entertainment.Revolver will handle all rights to Arthouse titles in those territories and also launch the label in the UK and Ireland.The multi-year deal covers more than 10 titles per year. The initial slate includes Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robbert Mapplethorpe; A Walk Into The Sea: Danny Williams & ...
  • Lumina strikes North American deal for Lovesickness with Maya

    7-Nov-2007

    UK-based sales company Lumina Films has sold North American rights to Puerto Rican comedy Lovesickness (Maldeamores) to Maya Releasing.Maya is the new distribution and acquisitions company that is part of vertically integrated Latino entertainment company founded by Moctesuma Esparza. Maya Releasing will distribute 8-10 films per year theatrically.Lovesickness interweaves three cross-generational stories about the search ...
  • Paramount on board for local distribution of Fraser's Dean Spanley

    5-Nov-2007

    Paramount Pictures will distribute Toa Fraser's Dean Spanley in Australia and New Zealand.As previously reported, Toa Fraser will direct the whimsical father and son tale to star Peter O'Toole and Jeremy Northam.The film will start shooting Nov 12 on location in the east of England. Delivery is set for mid-2008.The New Zealand-UK co-production is backed by Aramid, The NZ Film Production Fund, the NZ Film Commission, ...
  • Screen East contributes $1.58m to three new features

    5-Nov-2007

    UK regional screen agency Screen East has announced more than $1.58m in investment in three new feature films to shoot in the East of England. Screen East's new Content Investment Fund is backed by the European Regional Development Fund.The three films backed are Toa Fraser's Dean Spanley starring Peter O'Toole, Avie Luthra's Mad, Bad and Sad starring Meera Syal, and Justin Kerrigan's
  • Tigerlily starts shooting Jeanie Finlay's Goth Cruise

    5-Nov-2007

    UK-based Tigerlily Films has started production on Goth Cruise, its feature length documentary backed by the Independent Film Channel and EM Media (via European Regional Development Funds).Jeanie Finlay, a Screen International 2007 Star of Tomorrow, is directing. Natasha Dack and Nikki Parrott of Tigerlily are producing, with New York-based Cactus 3 executive producing.The documentary follows 300 UK and US goths on holiday ...
  • AV Pictures kills with deals for The Tournament

    5-Nov-2007

    UK-based sales company AV Pictures has knocked out a slew of deals for action thriller The Tournament based on a 10-minute promo shown here.
  • Cinema Epoch closes multi-film deal with 8 Star

    5-Nov-2007

    Cinema Epoch has signed a multi-picture distribution deal with 8 Star Entertainment.LA-based 8 Star has North American DVD rights to Tolga Ornek's threedocumentaries Gallipoli, The Hitites and Mount Nemrud. Gallipoli isnarrated by Sam Neill and Jeremy Irons.The other films in the deal are Ochir Mashbat's My ...
  • Jinga swims along Pretty Piranhas

    5-Nov-2007

    UK-based sales and production company Jinga Films has come on board for Pretty Piranhas. The project is an edgy urban thriller about a gang of teenage girls who are recruited to steal heroin from Filipino drug traffickers.
  • Peace Arch and Genius score Goal II for North America

    5-Nov-2007

    Peace Arch Entertainment Group and Genius Products have jointly struck a deal for all North American rights to Goal II: Living The Dream.
  • Stone, Peet find Five Dollars with THINKFilm

    5-Nov-2007

    Sharon Stone and Amanda Peet have joined the cast of Nigel Cole's Five Dollars A Day, also starring Christopher Walken and Alessandra Nivola.
  • Alki David's 111 strikes three-film deal with Red Ridinghood

    5-Nov-2007

    UK-based 111 Pictures has signed a three-picture production & distribution deal with US-based Red Ridinghood Productions.Alki David's 111 Pictures will co-finance and distribute three films with Jerry Wolff's Red Ridinghood. Basem Zakariya of Structured Capital Group will executive produce the three films. David himself will direct the first film, The Contract, which will shoot in New Mexico in January. Casting is underway.
  • Edwards kicks off sales outfit Aspect with Akerman's Utopian Society

    5-Nov-2007

    Hugh Edwards, who previously worked at Blue Star Movies, Eagle Rock and MercuryMedia, has launched new sales and production outfit Aspect Film Limited with Aneta Kianekova.Aspect is at AFM selling completed projects US comedy The Utopian Society, starring The Heartbreak Kid actress Malin Akerman; thriller The Dreamless; Lee Hutcheon's Scottish gangster ...
  • Moviehouse takes on sales for Lopez and Antony's El Cantante

    4-Nov-2007

    UK-based Moviehouse Entertainment is now handling international sales for El Cantante starring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.The film is about Puerto Rican salsa pioneer Hector Lavoe (and wife Puchi) following his tumultuous life from the 1960s to the 1980s.Producers are Julio Caro, Lopez and Simon Fields, who did the deal with Moviehouse. Picturehouse released the film theatrically in the US this summer and ...
  • Weinsteins closes Attenborough's Ring with Content

    4-Nov-2007

    The Weinstein Company has taken US rights to Richard Attenborough's Closing The Ring from ContentFilm International.
  • Brittany Murphy Wakes Up For 3:30am with Future

    4-Nov-2007

    Brittany Murphy has come on board to play the lead in psychological horror film 3:30am, which will be written and directed by Mick Davis (Modigliani). Future Films is backing the project. Ellen Wander at Film Bridge International is handling world sales. Costa Theo and Joy Mellins at Milcoz Films are producing with Peter La Terriere, who now works in-house at Future Films.
  • Intandem to finance and sell $25m thriller Tatua

    4-Nov-2007

    Intandem Films has taken on rights to action thriller Tatua and will raise and structure the financing of the $25m project.The sci-fi action thriller is written by comic book veterans Rob Prior and Paul Jenkins. Todd Breau and Kari Hollend will produce.Gary Smith, chief executive of Intandem Films, said: 'This is a project that fits our slate of films very well, a commercial product for which we will be negotiating a leading ...
  • The Works gets investment boost from Milcoz; takes UK rights to Mongol

    4-Nov-2007

    The Works Media Group has also announced that Milcoz Films has made an equity investment of $1.6m (£763,097), bringing its stake to 29.9%.
  • Image takes US home video rights to Numb with Matthew Perry

    4-Nov-2007

    Image Entertainment has taken US home video, pay-per-view, VOD and digital rights to Numb starring Matthew Perry.Harris Goldberg directed the feature, which also stars Lynn Collins, Kevin Pollak, Bob Gunton, Mary Steenburgen, Helen Shaver and William B Davis.The deal with Numb Productions Inc, Lantern Lane Entertainment and Fries Film Group was done here at the AFM.Perry plays a struggling writer who suffers from ...
  • NBA star Robertson develops basketball feature

    4-Nov-2007

    Figaro Films is working with NBA star Oscar Robertson to develop a feature based on Betsy Blankenbaker's documentary Something To Cheer About.The story follows Indiana's 1955 Crispus Attucks High School Tigers, the first all-black high school basketball team to win a state championship. Robertson himself played for the team. Aaron Courseault will write the screenplay.Robertson, who is known as ...
  • UK films lead EFA nominations

    3-Nov-2007

    The Queen leads the nominees for the 20th European Film Awards with six nominations, and The Last King of Scotland follows with five.Nominees for best European Film 2007 are Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Fatih Akin's The Edge Of Heaven; Kevin Macdonald's The Last King ...
  • Gold Circle strikes multi-year output deal with Canada's Maple

    3-Nov-2007

    US production and financing company Gold Circle Films and Canada's second-largest distributor, Maple Pictures, have signed a multi-picture, multi-year output deal.
  • Ealing takes on sales for The Damned United, now with Hooper

    3-Nov-2007

    Ealing Studios International is handling international sales on The Damned United, which will now be directed by TV veteran Tom Hooper after Stephen Frears has left the project.
  • Lumina swims with Maringouin's Big River Man

    3-Nov-2007

    Lumina Films has taken on worldwide rights (excluding the UK) for John Maringouin's documentary Big River Man.
  • Image strikes US home video deal for Lumet's Devil

    3-Nov-2007

    Image Entertainment has taken US home video, broadcast and digital rights to Sidney Lumet's Before The Devil Knows You're Dead.
  • Martha Fiennes works with Intandem for Blown

    3-Nov-2007

    UK-based Intandem Films has acquired worldwide rights to the espionage thriller Blown, which Martha Fiennes will direct.The story delves into the world of espionage, terrorism and big business through the eyes of a ruthless MI5 agent.The $15m film's cast will include Thandie Newton, who will play a high-class call girl. The rest of the cast is being negotiated now for a shoot in the second quarter of 2008.Shani ...
  • The Works takes UK rights to Joy Division

    3-Nov-2007

    The Works UK Distribution has taken UK rights from Katapult Films to Grant Gee's Toronto hit documentary Joy Division.
  • Barbados to host film finance conference

    3-Nov-2007

    The inaugural Barbados Film Market and Finance Conference is scheduled for December 6-7 at the Barbados International Film Festival.
  • Film Solutions launches Web photo approval system

    3-Nov-2007

    Film Solutions LLC is launching PhotoKill Online, a talent photo-approval platform.
  • UK's Magnet Films starts shoot for James Abadi's UK comedy

    2-Nov-2007

    Principal photography has started on UK comedy The Story of ____. Finlay Robertson, Lee Boardman, Tamsin Egerton, Peter Bowles and Rik Mayall star.The film is about the record industry travails of a band named FUCK, which is played by Andrew Thomas Jones, Joe Absolom, AMeet Chana and Desire Dubunet. James Abadi makes his feature directorial debut from a script he co-wrote with Adam Abadi.Abadi Films ...
  • Cronenberg takes The Talking Cure with Jeremy Thomas

    2-Nov-2007

    David Cronenberg's next film will be an adaptation of Christopher Hampton's play The Talking Cure, re-teaming him with Crash producer Jeremy Thomas.
  • Moviehouse, Ipso Facto and Soda team for new UK micro-studio

    2-Nov-2007

    UK producer Christine Alderson (who co-produced Berlinale hit Irina Palm) has spearheaded the launch of a new UK micro-studio. Moxie Makers joins together Alderson's production company Ipso Facto Films with sales company Moviehouse Entertainment and UK distributor Soda Pictures to work on a slate of up to four low-budget features per year.
  • Velvet Octopus gets tangled with 3-D animated Spyro

    2-Nov-2007

    Velvet Octopus will handle sales for a new 3-D CGI animated feature based on Vivendi Games' Spyro franchise.
  • UK short festival Encounters partners with Babelgum

    2-Nov-2007

    After striking partnerships with the Soho Shorts Film Festival and the Giffoni Film Festival, Internet TV platform Babelgum has now struck a deal with the Encounters Short Film Festival.Encounters, which will host its 13th edition this month in Bristol, UK, will now offer festival participants the chance to broadcast their short films on Babelgum.Directors and rights owners can upload Encounters content from today through Nov 20.Encounters entrants will ...
  • United Kingdom - Shoot The Moon

    2-Nov-2007

    David Sington has landed, so to speak. The 20-year veteran of the TV documentary world has generated great interest (not to mention high-profile deals) with his first theatrical documentary, In The Shadow Of The Moon.
  • EFP creates jury to select Shooting Stars for Berlin

    1-Nov-2007

    European Film Promotion has changed its Shooting Stars programme by adding a jury to select the actors to be touted.
  • Gerald McMorrow takes on parallel worlds in Franklyn

    1-Nov-2007

    Franklyn proves to be a tricky film set to visit. The project, which wraps principal photography in mid-November, is not only hard to describe, it is hard to observe without learning so much that the plot twists are spoiled.
  • Persepolis, Unrelated take prizes at London Film Festival

    1-Nov-2007

    The Times BFI London Film Festival closed last night with its Sutherland Trophy going to Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's Persepolis.
  • High Point sells Extraordinary Rendition to North America and Latin America

    1-Nov-2007

    High Point Media Group has kicked off AFM with two new sales for Jim Threapleton's Extraordinary Rendition.
  • O'Toole and Northam gear up for Dean Spanley's UK shoot

    1-Nov-2007

    Peter O'Toole, Jeremy Northam, Sam Neill and Bryan Brown have lined up to start shooting Dean Spanley on Nov 10 in eastern England.
  • UK's Boulevard signs exclusive Fox deal for UMD format for PSP

    1-Nov-2007

    Boulevard Entertainment, the UK DVD distributor, has branched out into the Universal Media Disc (UMD) format, used for PlayStation Portable, and signed an exclusive three-year UK deal for UMD releases for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The deal covers new and library titles from Fox, Pathe and MGM. New releases can be offered on UMD 12 weeks after their DVD launch.Boulevard will offer 40 films under the new deal by the end of November, including the
  • Cumming and Romijn reteam go mad for AV's Hatter

    31-Oct-2007

    Alan Cumming and Rebecca Romijn will reunite after X2 to star in Hatter.
  • K5 International picks up sales on McCarthy's The Visitor

    31-Oct-2007

    Germany- and UK-based K5 International has taken on world sales rights to The Visitor.
  • Tribeca promotes David Kwok, adds La'Bassiere and Terranova

    31-Oct-2007

    The Tribeca Film Festival has promoted David Kwok to director of programming and added Genna Terranova as senior programmer.
  • Future boosts development slate with Nursery, Quiver

    31-Oct-2007

    Future Films has gotten $216,550 (Euros 150,000) in development funding from the MEDIA Programme. Future is using the cash boost to develop six projects in-house: Michael Radford's Nursery based on a screenplay by Chris Wooding about a couple expecting a baby who move to an eerie house; Steve Barron's comedy Quiver with First Foot Films, based on Liam Gavin's story of an alcoholic who gets a last ...
  • HanWay takes on sales for Gorillaz feature Bananaz

    31-Oct-2007

    HanWay Films has come on board for sales of Ceri Levy's new feature-length film about Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's band Gorillaz. Levy started work on Bananaz when the band was formed in 2000, documenting the creation of the band's animated alter-egos, sales of more than 15m albums, and nominations for six Grammy awards, as well as unusual live gigs where musicians played behind a curtain. Levy shot more than 260 hours of footage ...
  • Jinga Films takes on Welsford's thriller Jetsam

    31-Oct-2007

    UK-based Jinga Films has acquired worldwide rights to thriller Jetsam.
  • Target and Pink Sands stop and smell the Apples

    31-Oct-2007

    Target Entertainment and Pink Sands are kicking off their new partnership with Kfir Yefet's The Smell Of Apples, which will start shooting in early 2008 starring Gillian Anderson and Julian McMahon.
  • Tom Strudwick to head acquisitions at The Works

    31-Oct-2007

    Tom Strudwick has joined UK-based The Works Media Group as head of acquisitions.
  • Laura de Casto departs as Tartan announces restructuring

    30-Oct-2007

    Tartan Films has announced a new $6m cash injection and a restructuring that includes the departure of the company's veteran managing director Laura de Casto.She will now pursue opportunities as a producer in the US and UK.Tartan says the $6m convertible loan has been agreed with a private investor group.As part of the restructuring, the company's separate PR and marketing departments will be merged. Mylene Bradfield will head Group Marketing, and Sarah ...
  • Inaugural Fido Film Awards honour corgis from The Queen

    28-Oct-2007

    The first international awards for canine stars, the Fido Film Awards, were handed out earlier today at the Times BFI London Film Festival.The corgis who appeared in The Queen took the Best In World prize as well as the honours in the Best Historical Hounds category.Comedy Canine, for romantic comedy work, went to Year Of The Dog; Blockbuster Bowser for an action film went to
  • Academy stands by decision to disqualify Lust, Caution for Taiwan

    26-Oct-2007

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has defended its decision to reject Ang Lee's Lust, Caution as the Taiwanese submission for the Foreign Language Oscar race.
  • NZ Film pre-sells The Vintner's Luck to Icon andDendy

    26-Oct-2007

    Niki Caro's The Vintner's Luck has been pre-sold to Icon for the UK and Dendy for Australia and New Zealand.
  • Michelle Williams joins Bernal for Moodysson's Mammoth

    26-Oct-2007

    Oscar nominee Michelle Williams has joined the cast of Lukas Moodysson's Mammoth, opposite Gael Garcia Bernal.
  • United Kingdom - Early light

    26-Oct-2007

    When asked about her taste in films, Tanya Seghatchian points to the wall behind her desk, and two very different posters for her past productions: one for Pawel Pawlikowski's low-budget award-winner My Summer Of Love and another for megahit franchise Harry Potter.
  • Omega on board for non-US sales of Six Lives Of Henry Lefay

    25-Oct-2007

    Omega Entertainment is co-financing and handling international sales on the Tim Allen comedy The Six Wives of Henry Lefay.
  • New Zealand Film Commission climbs new Mountain with King

    25-Oct-2007

    The New Zealand Film Commission and Film Fund are backing Jonathan King's recently announced Under the Mountain.
  • Wales agencies plan Greenlighting conference in November

    25-Oct-2007

    The Film Agency For Wales and MEDIA Antenna Wales are planning a two-day Greenlighting Your Film conference in Cardiff Nov 12-13.
  • Amnesty and MySpace back premiere of Abu-Jamal doc

    25-Oct-2007

    MySpace and Amnesty International are backing the simultaneous world premiere tonight of documentary In Prison My Whole Life at both the Times bfi London Film Festival and the Rome Film Fest.
  • Vue to open $10m new all-digital 10-screen complex in Hull

    25-Oct-2007

    Vue Entertainment says it plans to launch Europe's first newly built fully digital cinema.Vue has invested $10m in the Princes Quay development in Hull, with the 10-screen all-digital cinema to open Dec 14.Vue Hull will be equipped with the latest in digital projection technology, including a 10 Terabyte server that allows for more than 100 films to be stored at the same time. It will be Digital 3D equipped.In addition to films, Vue Hull will offer content ...
  • Image Entertainment shareholders approve BTP deal

    24-Oct-2007

    North American home entertainment company Image Entertainment announced that its stockholders have approved the amended agreement for Image to be acquired by BTP Acquisition Company. The merger is expected to close by Nov 6.
  • Fortissimo takes on Chorus Line doc Every Little Step

    24-Oct-2007

    Fortissimo Films has taken worldwide sales rights (excluding North America and Japan) to Every Little Step: The Journey Of a Phenomenon from Endgame Entertainment.
  • Vito Rocco's MySpace winner Faintheart starts shooting

    24-Oct-2007

    Faintheart, the winning film in the MySpace MyMovieMashUp competition, is starting principal photography this week.
  • Rotterdam to offer Focus tributes to Breer and Jamie

    23-Oct-2007

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam, which is under the new leadership of director Rutger Wolfson for its 37th edition, is focusing its programme on Free Radicals, 'film-makers and artists who idiosyncratically and energetically follow their own course.' US film-maker Robert Breer and US artist Cameron Jamie will be the subject of Focus programmes, and there will also be a tribute to Paul Sharits within the programme section Exploding Cinema.The festival will ...
  • blinkx strikes content indexing deal with Dogwoof

    23-Oct-2007

    Video search engine blinkx has partnered with Dogwoof.com for online film content. blinkx will transcribe and index video content from Dogwoof.com and allow users to watch Dogwoof's content at blinkx.com.Dogwoof.com offers its own indepently produced content as well as films from international film festivals. blinkx already has 14m hours of indexed video and audio content.'We're pleased to be working with blinkx to make Dogwoof.com's content ...
  • Capitol bolsters AFM slate with new films from Redford, Hackford

    23-Oct-2007

    Capitol Films has announced several high-profile new projects on its slate for next week's American Film Market.Capitol will introduce buyers to Robert Redford's next directorial project, Against All Enemies, which will star Bruce Willis; as well as Taylor Hackford's next film Love Ranch, starring his wife, Oscar winner Helen Mirren alongside Joe Pesci.Capitol's new projects also include ...
  • ContentFilm promotes Harry White to head of sales

    23-Oct-2007

    ContentFilm International has promoted Harry White to head of sales.White has been with ContentFilm International since 2002 and has worked on Black Book, Thank You For Smoking, Nightwatching, Transamerica, and Closing The Ring.He is based in ContentFilm's satellite office in Los Angeles. He will be attending next week's AFM along with ContentFilm president Jamie Carmichael and sales ...
  • Corbijn's Control leads BIFAs race with 10 nominations

    23-Oct-2007

    Anton Corbijn's debut feature Control, about Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, leads the nominations for the 10th annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs). Control, which premiered in Cannes, has 10 nominations, including Best Independent British Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Newcomer (Sam Riley), and Best Screenplay. Following closely behind were
  • THINKFilm International goes Under The Mountain with Jonathan King

    23-Oct-2007

    THINKFilm International has come on board for world sales (excluding Australia and New Zealand for Under The Mountain, to be directed by Jonathan King. King's most recent film is the international hit Black Sheep.
  • Adlabs joins UK's Film Distributors Association

    23-Oct-2007

    Hindi film UK distributor Adlabs has joined the UK's Film Distributors' Association (FDA).
  • UK producers need to think globally and diversify

    22-Oct-2007

    The UK film industry would be in great shape - if only it was based in the US. That was the somewhat daunting message for delegates at the UK's first Production Finance Market, which kicked off today, organised by Film London in partnership with the Times BFI London Film Festival.
  • Paramount strikes digital download deal with Arts Alliance

    22-Oct-2007

    After signing a virtual print fee digital cinema deal with Arts Alliance Media recently, Paramount is now also working with the company for digital downloads.
  • Momentum restructuring creates new TV/new media role for Dutton

    22-Oct-2007

    UK distributor Momentum Pictures is restructuring its home entertainment, TV and new media departments. The restructuring was announced by Xavier Marchand, president of international distribution at parent company Alliance Films.
  • THINKFilm on board for Argentina-set thriller The Appeared

    22-Oct-2007

    THINKFilm International has taken on international sales rights (excluding Spain) to supernatural thriller The Appeared (Aparecidos).
  • ContentFilm takes international rights to documentary Trumbo

    22-Oct-2007

    ContentFilm International has taken on international rights to documentary Trumbo.Peter Askin directed the project, which premiered in Toronto. The project is about Oscar-winning blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. The film is based on the original play by his son Christopher.The film includes performances of Trumbo's letters from the likes of Joan Allen, Michael Douglas, Paul Giammati, Nathan Lane, Josh Lucas, Liam Neeson, ...
  • blinkBox launches with content from Universal, Paramount, Aardman

    22-Oct-2007

    Content from the likes of Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Aardman Animations and Discovery Networks UK is available through new service blinkBox.com, which launches Monday.Michael Cornish and Adrian Letts founded blinkBox Entertainment as a platform for downloading films and TV shows and also to customise personal content with existing properties. For instance, a user can create a personal message in a clip from A Clockwork Orange or Harry ...
  • Eurimages funds new features from Haneke, Noe, Ceylan

    19-Oct-2007

    Eurimages, the Council of Europe's film fund, has come on board to support 11 feature films for a total of $6.2m (Euros 4.38m) at its last meeting which ended Oct 16.
  • Goal! 3 starts shooting with director Andy Morahan

    19-Oct-2007

    Milkshake Films has started principal photography this weekn on Goal! 3. Andy Morahan, veteran of commercials and music videos, direct. That marks a change since 2006, when the producers said Michael Apted would direct.
  • LA agents confirmed for new Best Of Brits showcase

    19-Oct-2007

    Agent Sally Whitehall, formerly of Curtis Brown, has launched a new LA-based film event to recognise UK talent.
  • Content on board for The Daisy Chain starring Samantha Morton

    19-Oct-2007

    ContentFilm International has acquired worldwide rights to supernatural thriller The Daisy Chain, starring Samantha Morton.Aisling Walsh (Song For A Raggy Boy) will direct based on an original screenplay by Lauren MacKenzie. The film starts shooting Oct 29 as a UK/Irish co-production. Subotica Entertainment's Tristan Orpen Lynch and Dominic Wright will produce.Content is ...
  • US icon Phil Donahue moves into film with Body Of War

    19-Oct-2007

    Phil Donahue is a household name in the US, famous for his eponymous talk show and a TV career that spanned three decades. But that does not mean making his first feature documentary was a piece of cake.
  • BBC Films to get extra $4m per year, for a total of $24m

    18-Oct-2007

    As the BBC's widely reportedcuts were confirmed today, BBC Films fared better than other departments of the broadcasting giant.
  • Roller joins Bank of Ireland's US Media Finance team

    18-Oct-2007

    Michele Roller has joined the Bank of Ireland's US Media Finance team as Director.
  • Cronenberg kicks off LFF as BFI has reason to celebrate

    17-Oct-2007

    The 51st Times BFI London Film Festival kicked off tonight with a gala screening of David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, which the veteran auteur shot in London.Cronenberg joked with the crowd assembled at the Odeon Leicester Square: 'The truth is the reason that you might not recognise London in this film is that it was shot in Prague.'In a nod to the Russian gangster subculture pictured in the film, Cronenberg held up a ...
  • The Counterfeiters takes grand prize in Ghent

    17-Oct-2007

    The 34th Ghent International Film Festival has given its grand prize for best film to The Counterfeiters by Stefan Ruzowitzky. The award comes with $28,421 (Euros 20,000) to support the film's release in at least five cinemas in Flanders and Brussels.
  • Real D signs 500-system deal with Odeon and UCI

    17-Oct-2007

    Real D has signed another huge deal, partnering with Odeon and UCI for the installation of 500 digital 3-D systems across the UK and Europe.
  • Visual Factory takes on sales for Vampire Diary

    17-Oct-2007

    UK-based sales company Visual Factory has come on board for Vampire Diary.
  • Nicholson picks Evans' White Elephants for UK script prize

    17-Oct-2007

    Patrick Evans has won South West Screen's Screenwriter Development Competition, judged by Oscar-winning screenwriter Bill Nicholson.
  • Copenhagen children's festival Buster moves back to September

    17-Oct-2007

    As part of the recent merger of the Copenhagen International Film Festival and NATFilm, the CIFF festival for Children and Youth, entitled Buster, has been moved back to September.
  • FACT works with Crimestoppers for anonymous piracy tips

    17-Oct-2007

    The UK's Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and the charity Crimestoppers are partnering to offer anonymous public reporting of film piracy.
  • Independent takes on sales for Kidulthood follow-up Adulthood

    17-Oct-2007

    UK sales company Independent has come on board for Noel Clarke's Adulthood, which has now started shooting in London.
  • Government pledges $50m for UKFC to protect BFI archives

    17-Oct-2007

    As the Times BFI London Film Festival gears up to open its 51st edition tonight, UK Culture Secretary James Purnell has announced that the UK Film Council has been awarded $50.8m (£25m) for the UK's national and regional film archives.
  • Meaney, Crook and Staunton line up for 3 and OUT

    17-Oct-2007

    UK indie comedy 3 and OUT, starring Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Imelda Staunton and Gemma Arterton, will start principal photography Oct 29.Jonathan Gershfield makes his feature directorial debut after working on TV series including Big Train and Dead Ringers.Wayne Marc Godfrey is producing for new production outfit RMPC. Steve ...
  • Grierson: Sheffield Awards reveals shortlisted documentaries

    16-Oct-2007

    Sheffield Doc/Fest (Nov 7-11) has announced the nominees for the first Grierson: Sheffield Documentary Awards, which will be presented Nov 10.
  • Van Dormeal's Mr Nobody ready to move to Germany

    16-Oct-2007

    Jaco van Dormeal's Mr Nobody, which has already shot in Belgium and Canada, will continue its six-month shoot moving later this month to Germany.
  • Rithy Panh's Paper takes documentary prize at EFAs

    16-Oct-2007

    The European Film Academy has announced that Rithy Panh's Paper Cannot Wrap Up Embers (Le Papier Ne Peut Pas Envelopper La Braise), a French production, is the winner of the 2007 Prix Arte for best documentary.
  • Arts Alliance adds download deal for ITV library titles

    15-Oct-2007

    Arts Alliance Media has struck a deal with ITV DVD, part of Granada Ventures, to offer downloads-to-own.
  • Schrader to take lifetime achievement award in Stockholm

    15-Oct-2007

    The Stockholm International Film Festival will honour director Paul Schrader with this year's lifetime achievement award.
  • AV Pictures on board for Clubbed starring Colin Salmon

    15-Oct-2007

    UK-based sales company AV Pictures has taken on international sales for Neil Thompson's Clubbed.
  • The Works takes UK rights for Closing The Ring from Content

    15-Oct-2007

    The Works UK Distribution has acquired UK rights to Richard Attenborough's Closing The Ring.The deal was struck with sales company ContentFilm International, which will announce a US deal for the film soon.The Works plans a UK and Irish theatrical release on Dec 28. The film has its UK premiere on Oct 21 a the London Film Festival after premiering in Toronto. The film is a love story set in the present day and ...
  • London Children's Film Festival to open with Bee Movie

    11-Oct-2007

    The London Children's Film Festival will run Nov 17-25 at the Barbican and 10 other cinemas, opening with a gala preview screening of Bee Movie.The programme for children, families and schools will close with Cristiano Bortone's Red Like The Sky from Italy. In addition to screenings, the festival also includes workshops, a talk with Peter Lord about Morph!, and a sing-a-long with
  • Paramount strikes European d-cinema deal with Arts Alliance Media

    11-Oct-2007

    Digital cinema company Arts Alliance Media has signed a non-exclusive long-term deal with Paramount for digital cinema deployment in Europe.
  • New Zealand's Signature scheme kicks off with Urale's debut

    11-Oct-2007

    Sima Urale is set to start production on her debut feature, Apron Strings, this month.Laila Rouass will star alongside Scott Wills, Jennifer Ludlum and Nathan Whittaker.Urale is internationally known for her shorts O'Tamaiti, Still Life, and Coffee & Allah. The latter premiered in Venice earlier this year.Rachel Gardner of Maxim Films ...
  • UKFC gives $500,000 P&A support to The Counterfeiters

    10-Oct-2007

    The UK Film Council has announced its latest recipients from the Prints & Advertising Fund:
  • IDFA to open with wartime project Operation Homecoming

    10-Oct-2007

    The 20th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) will open Nov 22 with Richard Robbins' Operation Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Experience.
  • Bals Fund backs new digital films from Wang Bing, Paz Encina

    10-Oct-2007

    The Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam has selected four new film projects to receive funding from its digital production category.
  • Odeon Sky Filmworks strikes UK deal for REC with Filmax

    10-Oct-2007

    Odeon Sky Filmworks has taken the UK rights to Filmax's REC.
  • AAM adds Pathe titles for digital rentals and downloads

    10-Oct-2007

    Arts Alliance Media (AAM) has struck a content deal with Pathe, making titles such as Talk To Her, Memento and The Queen available for customers to rent online.
  • UK government pledges more funding for culture and media

    9-Oct-2007

    The UK's Department of Culture Media & Sport fared well in today's Pre-Budget Report and Comprehensive Spending Review from Chancellor Alistair Darling today.
  • Huard takes top post at Universal Pictures in France

    9-Oct-2007

    Stephane Huard has been appointed Managing Director of Universal Pictures International's new operating company in France.
  • UK's Cineworld plans to install 30 Real D 3D systems

    9-Oct-2007

    UK exhibitor Cineworld Group has signed a deal with Real D for 3D projection.
  • EFA documentary nominees include Forever and The Monastery

    9-Oct-2007

    The European Film Academy has announced the 10 nominees for the Prix Arte award for best documentary.
  • Icon's MIPCOM slates include GreeneStreet titles and Carrier

    8-Oct-2007

    Icon Entertainment International is presenting a number of GreeneStreet Films' projects at MIPCOM, after the companies announced a new strategic alliance. Titles include Unknown starring Jim Caviezel, Slow Burn starring Ray Liotta and 2001 Maniacs starring Robert Englund.
  • Dumeau takes VP post at Universal's Global Networks

    8-Oct-2007

    Laurent Dumeau has been appointed vice president, commercial & network development EMEA, Global Networks, an international division of NBC Universal. He takes the newly created post immediately and reports to Greg Matson, senior vice president, commercial & network development for Global Networks. Dumeau will be based in Paris. He has worked at the company since 1999, most recently as CFO and deputy managing director of the French-speaking channels.
  • Stevens, Bizon promoted at Fox Home Entertainment

    8-Oct-2007

    Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has promoted David Stevens to vice president of international marketing, Europe. He had been director of UK sales and will take on the newly created role as of Dec 3.
  • Godley brings on Alan Almond for Treetops Glisten

    8-Oct-2007

    Kevin Godley's thriller Where The Treetops Glisten has brought on board Alan Almond as director of photography. The $5m UK/South Africa co-production is now assembling its cast. Pre-production will start Jan 14, 2008 with a shoot ryunning Feb 18-March 21 in Cape Town. Post-production will be done in the UK, and a delivery of August 2008 is forecast. Andrew Thompson is producing for Bastion Pictures.
  • InFrame rebrands as Altadena; picks up two before AFM

    8-Oct-2007

    Hollywood Classics sister company InFrame has been rebranded as Altadena Films. The founders of Altadena are Ildi Toth Davy, Joe Dreier and Steven Mackler.
  • Iska's Journey takes top prize in Reykjavik

    8-Oct-2007

    Csaba Bollok's Iska's Journey from Hungary won the discovery of the year award at the Reykjavik International Film Festival. The film was awarded the festival's first Golden Puffin award.
  • Carney and Rotheroe take top Raindance honours

    8-Oct-2007

    John Carney's Once and Dom Rotheroe's Exhibit A were named best international and UK films respectively at this year's Raindance FilmFestival, celebrating its 15th year.There were also honours for Koen Mortier's debut feature Ex Drummer, while the G.J Echternkamp's Frank & Cindy was named best documentary.
  • Pinewood Media adds collection account management to offerings

    5-Oct-2007

    UK-based financial services company Pinewood Media, which provides global foreign exchange, currency transfer, international payments and risk management to the film, TV and new media industries, has recently launched a new collection account manangement (CAM) service. The service lets Pinewood Media (which is not tied to Pinewood Studios) to allocate international revenue streams to financiers, producers, sales agents and other parties. Pinewood's CAM services ...
  • Loose Change Final Cut to launch online Nov 11

    5-Oct-2007

    MercuryMedia is at Mipcom with Loose Change Final Cut, the followup to Loose Change 2, which was made famous by a Vanity Fair profile last year.Dylan Avery's film is an independent investigation of the events surrounding September 11. The Final Cut version includes new material since the first one was made. The two-hour feature will be launched ...
  • Icon takes on sales of library titles from NZ Film Commission

    4-Oct-2007

    Icon Entertainment International has struck a deal with the New Zealand Film Commission to represent 24 library titles for world sales outside of the Asia Pacific region. The Commission expects that Icon will represent many other library titles after agreements have been struck with relevant producers. Titles covered under the initial deal include Jane Campion's An Angel At My Table, Brad McGann's
  • Kormakur follows Jar City with Ivanov film and theatre project

    4-Oct-2007

    Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur plans to follow up his recent thriller Jar City, the country's Oscar submission and a local box-office hit, with an innovative cinema/theatre project based on Chekhov's classic Ivanov.
  • Aardman plans Wallace and Gromit short for BBC TV

    3-Oct-2007

    Aardman's famed Wallace and Gromit characters, last seen on the big screen in 2005 feature Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, are returning to a 30-minute format for TV.
  • NonStop acquires It's A Free World and La Zona

    2-Oct-2007

    Stockholm-based distributor NonStop Entertainment has acquired Scandinavia and Iceland rights for Ken Loach's It's A Free World and Scandinavia and Baltics rights for Rodrigo Pla's La Zona.
  • Park Entertainment takes on sales for Cheung's Bodyguard

    2-Oct-2007

    Park Entertainment is handling world sales for Bodyguard - A New Beginning.
  • Summer wraps UK shoot for The Works, Vertigo

    2-Oct-2007

    Kenny Glenaan has wrapped principal photography on Summer for The Works International and Vertigo Films.
  • ContentFilm takes on thriller Balibo with LaPaglia

    2-Oct-2007

    ContentFilm International has taken on world rights (outside Australia and New Zealand) to Robert Connolly's thriller Balibo starring Anthony LaPaglia.
  • BBC Films restructuring creates board including Langan and Wright

    2-Oct-2007

    As expected, the BBC has announced a restructuring of BBC Films. Jane Tranter, Controller BBC Fiction, has said that the film arm's day-to-day management and decision-making will be the responsibility of a new board, comprised of Christine Langan (comissioning editor, BBC Films), Jamie Laurenson (executive producer, BBC Films), Joe Oppenheimer (executive producer, BBC Films) and Jane Wright (commercial affairs and general manager, BBC Films).
  • UKFC Development Fund restructures single-project funding

    1-Oct-2007

    The UK Film Council's Development Fund, which will hand out an average of $8m (£4m) per year through 2011, has announced a number of changes to the way it funds single projects.
  • Orange to sponsor BAFTAs for two more years in 2008-2009

    1-Oct-2007

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts says that phone company Orange has extended its sponsorship of the film awards for two more years in 2008 and 2009.
  • Grumbar promoted to distribution president at Icon

    1-Oct-2007

    Hugo Grumbar has been promoted to president of distribution for Icon Film Distribution. He had been head of group marketing.
  • Future Shorts relaunches UK festival in London tonight

    1-Oct-2007

    After a summer break, the Future Shorts festival is relaunching tonight.
  • Fry, Brand, Fisher and Lily Allen to star in Austen spoof

    1-Oct-2007

    UK-based Sprout Productions is in pre-production on period comedy Jane Austen Handheld with director Tristram Shapeero, who makes his feature film debut after working on TV's Green Wing, Peep Show and Brass Eye.
  • ContentFilm does a run with skiing documentary Steep

    1-Oct-2007

    ContentFilm International has taken on international rights (excluding North America) for Steep.
  • HBO expands international sales team and promotes Bowen

    1-Oct-2007

    HBO has expanded its international sales team, appointing four new vice presidents of international distribution. They are Carol Eymery, Roes Marie Vega, Roberta Ibb-Hartog and Dan Selig.
  • Ian Foster takes MD job for Universal UK home entertainment

    1-Oct-2007

    Ian Foster has been named managing director, Universal Pictures UK, a division of home entertainment company Universal Pictures International Entertainment.
  • Iceland adds Jar City to foreign-language Oscar race

    1-Oct-2007

    Baltasar Kormakur's Jar City will represent Iceland in the race for the foreign-language Oscar.The thriller won the Crystal Globe in Karlovy Vary and it is a nominee for the Nordic Film Prize. Jar City was well received in Telluride and Toronto; IFC Films has nabbed North American rights from Trust Film Sales.Jar City has been a local box-office ...
  • United Kingdom - The ringleaders

    28-Sep-2007

    Through his work in the Scottish exhibition sector, Nick Varley knew that putting classic films on screen had a number of obstacles. "If you want to do a good retrospective, you have to find a print that's worth screening. Programming was being compromised because of the state of prints and their availability."
  • Universal Japan strikes DVD distribution deal with Geneon

    27-Sep-2007

    Universal Pictures Japan and Geneon Entertainment have created a home entertainment distribution partnership.
  • LFF plans industry talks including one-day digital seminar

    27-Sep-2007

    The London Film Festival is planning several special industry seminars for this year's festival.
  • Reykjavik opens with world premiere of Sigur Ros - Heima

    27-Sep-2007

    The fourth Reykjavik International Film Festival will open tonight with the world premiere of Denni Karlsson's Sigur Ros - Heima, a film about the internationally successful Icelandic music group Sigur Ros.
  • Control and Band's Visit among EFA discovery nominees

    27-Sep-2007

    Four films have been nominated for the European Discovery award at the forthcoming European Film Awards.
  • Scorsese signs on for George Harrison documentary

    27-Sep-2007

    Martin Scorsese is set to direct a documentary feature film about the life and work of late musician George Harrison.
  • Rome Film Fest unveils full line-up include Ruiz world premiere

    27-Sep-2007

    The second Rome Film Fest, which runs Oct 18-27, has announced its full programme.
  • Salmenpera honoured at Finnish director of year

    26-Sep-2007

    Finland 's Love & Anarchy (the Helsinki International Film Festival) will host the annual awards from the local directors and producers associations.
  • Catherine Linstrum plans IVF script Perish

    26-Sep-2007

    Catherine Linstrum, who co-wrote Cristian Nemescu's Un Certain Regard winner California Dreamin', is now working on a new script entitled Perish with her artist husband David-John Newman.
  • European Film Awards announce 13 short film nominees

    25-Sep-2007

    The European Film Academy has announced the short film nominees for the 2007 European Film Awards.
  • NBC Universal International starts new digital strands

    25-Sep-2007

    NBC Universal International has restructured its digital business to maximise its digital growth strategy.
  • Von Trotta comes to Utrecht for Binger & Screen International talk

    25-Sep-2007

    Margarethe von Trotta will discuss her work and the future of European cinema during this year's Binger - Screen International Interview at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht on Sept 28.
  • Brick Lane added to LFF schedule after royal snub

    25-Sep-2007

    The annual Royal Film Performance has been cancelled for the first time in more than 60 years.This year's event was to be a screening of Sarah Gavron's Brick Lane in November, due to be attended by Prince Charles. Officials said the decision was a diary clash with an overseas trip for the royals.
  • LFF adds UK premiere of Gavron's Brick Lane

    24-Sep-2007

    The forthcoming London Film Festival has added the UK premiere of Sarah Gavron's Brick Lane. The film will screen as a Film On The Square screening the night of Oct 26.
  • 3DD takes on international rights to Meat Loaf doc

    24-Sep-2007

    UK-based 3DD Entertainment is taking on international sales for the full-length documentary Meat Loaf: In Search Of Paradise. 3DD plans to start sales of the feature documentary and one-hour TV version at MIPCOM.
  • Jimi Mistry and Joanne Whalley line up for Eating Dust

    24-Sep-2007

    Jimi Mistry, Joanne Whalley, Joseph Beattie and Clive Standen have signed up to star in Eating Dust for Glasgow-based director Jade Carmen.
  • Cuerda starts shoot in Galicia for Blind Sunflowers

    24-Sep-2007

    Spanish director Jose Luis Cuerda started shooting in Galicia for his 10th feature film, The Blind Sunflowers, based on Alberto Mendez's novel by the same name. Javier Camara and Meribel Verdu star. The film follows Elena (Verdu), who is living in post-war Spain hiding secrets about her family. Her teenage daughter has eloped with her blacklisted boyfriend, and Elena's husband (Camara) has to live in hiding while Elena is pursued by a stalker who thinks she's a widow.
  • The Class enters foreign Oscar race for Estonia

    24-Sep-2007

    The Class has been put forward as the Estonian contender for the foreign-language Oscar.
  • AAM works on digital release of Queen Rock Montreal

    21-Sep-2007

    Arts Alliance Media is working with Eagle Rock Entertainment and Empire Cinemas to digitally release concert film Queen Rock Montreal in cinemas across the UK.
  • Keith Potter leaves Dan Films for Film Agency For Wales

    21-Sep-2007

    Keith Potter has joined the Film Agency for Wales as its head of talent.
  • United Kingdom - Joy Ride

    21-Sep-2007

    Without any A-list stars or red-carpet posing, one of the hottest titles to emerge from the recent Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) was music documentary Joy Division, which had its world premiere in Tiff's Real to Reel section (Endeavor is handling North American sales while Katapult is handling international).
  • Helsinki's Love & Anarchy kicks off with Corbijn's Control

    20-Sep-2007

    The 20th anniversary edition of Helsinki International Film Festival - also known as Love & Anarchy - starts tonight with a screening of Anton Corbijn's Control and it will close Sept 30 with Roy Andersson's You, The Living.
  • Cosijntakes new strategic post at Fox Home Entertainment

    20-Sep-2007

    Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has appointed Pieter Cosijn as vice president of planning and development -- Southern Europe & Emerging Markets.
  • Macedonia pushes Manchevski film for Oscar consideration

    20-Sep-2007

    Milcho Manchevski's new film Shadows will represent Macedonia in the Foreign-Language Oscar race.
  • Berlinale taps Dominique Green as UK delegate

    20-Sep-2007

    As its selection period looms, the Berlinale has appointed Dominique Green as its official delegate for the UK.
  • Sam Riley joins cast of Franklyn for Recorded Picture Company

    20-Sep-2007

    Gerald McMorrow will start principal photography in London on Monday, Sept 24, on debut feature film, Franklyn, for UK-based producer Recorded Picture Company.
  • Blueprint takes film rights to Before I Die

    20-Sep-2007

    Blueprint Pictures, working with its slate deal with Pathe, Film4 and the UK Film Council, has picked up film rights to Jenny Downham's debut novel Before I Die.The deal was negotiated by Caroline Wood at Felicity Bryan Agency on behalf of Catherine Clarke.David Vickling Books published the novel on July 5 to strong reviews.Before I Die is about ...
  • Winterbottom's A Mighty Heart wins Frankfurt Book Fair award

    19-Sep-2007

    At the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, director Michael Winterbottom will receive the award for Best International Literary Film Adaptation for A Mighty Heart.The award, to be given Oct 12, comes with a $14,000 (Euros 10,000) prize. Winterbottom's film, which premiered at Cannes, is based on the 2003 book of the same name by French journalist Mariane Pearl, whose husband Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists ...
  • Atonement joins line-up at Dinard's British Film Festival

    19-Sep-2007

    The Festival of British Film in Dinard has announced further films in its line-up.Titles added to the previously announced Avant Premiere section include: Joe Wright's Atonement, Anand Tucker's And When Did You Last See Your Father, and Bille Eltringham's Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution.As reported last week, Dinard (Oct 4-7) will open with Ken Loach's ...
  • United Kingdom - Shooting from the hip

    14-Sep-2007

    Our success is down to the people we have," says Revolver Entertainment's MD and founder Justin Marciano, not in a boastful way but giving credit where credit is due. "We have one of the best unknown teams in the industry."
  • BIFAs set 10th anniversary awards for Nov 28

    11-Sep-2007

    The 10th annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) have set a date for Nov 28. Nominees will be announced Oct 23.James Nesbitt will again host this year's awards, which move to the Roundhouse in London.BIFA directors Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson said: 'In our 10th anniversary year we are planning to celebrate the very best in British filmmaking with a party to end all parties at the Roundhouse. We look forward to raising the profile of ...
  • ContentFilm takes foreign sales for Coogan's Hamlet 2

    11-Sep-2007

    ContentFilm International has come on board for foreign sales for comedy Hamlet 2, starring Steve Coogan and Catherine Keener.
  • DeMille, Saltman and Beck join Image Entertainment

    11-Sep-2007

    California-based Image Entertainment has hired three new industry executives: Steven DeMille, Steve Saltman and J. Beck.DeMille will serve as senior VP, marketing. He comes from First Look Home Entertainment.Saltman has been named senior VP, domestic TV sales and he most recently worked at DEJ Productions.Finally, Beck has been hired by Image as VP of acquisitions. Beck had been VP of acquisitions for First Look Pictures.'We're really excited ...
  • Paul Morrison kicks off shoot for UK-Spain project Little Ashes

    11-Sep-2007

    Factotum Barcelona, Aria Films, APT Films & Met Film started principal photography in Barcelona on Sunday for UK-Spain co-production Little Ashes.Paul Morrison directs the story of the lives and loves of Federico Garcia Lorca and Salvador Dali.Javier Beltran, Robert Pattinson and Matthew McNulty star.Morrison previously directed Solomon & Gaenor and
  • Price starts Abraham's Point with Mackenzie Crook

    11-Sep-2007

    Writer/director Wyndham Price has started principal photography for Abraham's Point. The project is shooting for five weeks on location in Cardiff and the Pembrokeshire coast.Mackenzie Crook leads the cast and other actors include Joseph Millson, Mariah Gale and Harriet Walter.The film is about a antiques restorer who has strange hallucinations urging him to steal a grandfather clock.Tony Purves produces for Film ...
  • Santoro may climb Old Mountain for Buena Onda Americas

    11-Sep-2007

    Latin American specialists Buena Onda Americas, in Toronto as a partner with Canana on Cochochi, is in pre-production on The Old Mountain, a $2.7m Brazilian story to shoot in 2008.Producers are talking to actor Rodrigo Santoro about coming on board and Fernando Meirelles may executive produce; Ondamax will handle sales.The film follows two childhood friends of different races and classes ...
  • Clapp takes chief executive post for UK exhibitors group

    10-Sep-2007

    Phil Clapp has been named as the new chief executive of the UK's Cinema Exhibitors Association. He takes the post as of Oct 15.Chairman Barry Jenkins announced the new appointment. Clapp comes from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, where he had been deputy director for the creative industries.Clapp said: 'Cinema has a unique place in the culture of the nation. However, many overlook the economic contribution the sector makes, both nationally ...
  • Joy Division director Grant Gee plans next film

    10-Sep-2007

    As buyers continue to negotiate for hot documentary Joy Division, which had its world premiere here, the creators of the film are already eyeing their next projects.Director Grant Gee, who previously made 1998 Radiohead documentary Meeting People Is Easy, says he isn't ruling out future music related ideas, and would love to make a film with Neil Young. Next up, however, is Gee's
  • Odd Lot's Suburban Girl moves in with Image Entertainment

    10-Sep-2007

    Image Entertainment has taken US theatrical, home video and non-broadcast digital rights to Suburban Girl and Undead or Alive.Both films were sold by Odd Lot Entertainment.Suburban Girl is a romantic comedy starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alec Baldwin. Marc Klein wrote and directed the project based on two short ...
  • UK producer Sutherland works with Lenz on The Little Prisoner

    10-Sep-2007

    UK producer Mairi Sutherland, long-time collaborator with Robbie Moffat, is working with lauded Canadian film composer and music supervisor Jack Lenz, veteran of The Passion Of The Christ.Lenz who has written a script, The Little Prisoner, about the killing of Mona Mahmudnizhad and 9 other Baha'i women in 1980s Iran.Sutherland, via her Palm Tree Entertainment, is setting the project ...
  • After whirlwind Toronto, Nair heads to Mumbai for Shantaram

    9-Sep-2007

    New York-based director Mira Nair left Toronto Saturday night after a short 24-hour visit to the festival - she's now in Mumbai preparing for her largest film yet, Shantaram.The $100m project, for Warner Bros with Graham King's GK Films producing and Plan B on board, starts shooting Jan 19 for what she estimates will be at least 75-80 days.The book is set in Australia, India and Afghanistan, and Nair says that India is the ...
  • Revolver strikes DVD deal with Image for new US operation

    8-Sep-2007

    UK distributor Revolver Entertainment has opened a US home-video division, based in Los Angeles, and has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Image Entertainment.Image will have exclusive home video and digital distribution rights to Revolver's North American releases, and expects to distribute about 12-15 titles during the deal's first year.The first release under the deal, slated for November, is 3000 Miles: Gumball 3000 ...
  • Content on board for Liebesman's Manbreak starring Sevigny

    8-Sep-2007

    ContentFilm International has taken on foreign sales for suspense thriller Manbreak, directed by Jonathan Liebesman. CAA has domestic sales rights.Liebesman previously directed 2006 hit The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.Chloe Sevigny is attached to star and further casting will be announced soon.Manbreak is about four people ...
  • Fact merges with fiction at UK festival

    7-Sep-2007

    Three-day festival Crossing The Line examines the development and history of projects which tread the fine line between truth and fiction. Presented by DocHouse and the BBC, the festival is opened by UK director Ken Loach with a keynote speech about the popular crossover form of TV and film that is 'based on reality'. `Other features include masterclasses, debates and luminaries such as Antonia Bird, Nick Broomfield, Andy Harries and Stephen Frears. Pawel Pawlikowski, Penny ...
  • Bannenberg steps up acquisitions role for Lumiere

    7-Sep-2007

    Jan Declercq and Alexander Vandeputte of distributor Lumiere are strengthening ties with Esther Bannenberg, and the three will jointly handle Benelux acquisitions for Lumiere.Bannenberg will continue to do outside work with festivals, markets and training bodies through TOTO, but will now have more focus on being an acquisitions executive at Lumiere.Bannenberg was previously senior VP of Fortissimo Films Sales for 10 years.Lumiere's recent acquisitions ...
  • Dinard to open British film festival with It's A Free World

    7-Sep-2007

    Ken Loach's It's A Free World, which world premiered in Venice and will also screen here in Toronto, has been selected as the opening-night film at the Festival of British Film in Dinard. The closing-night film is L'Heure Zero by Pascal Thomas.The festival, Oct 4-7 in the seaside town in Brittany, will host a tribute to Shane Meadows and his producer Mark Herbert.Films in competition will include David Mackenzie's
  • Ralph Fiennes and Hayley Atwell join Duchess' court

    6-Sep-2007

    Ralph Fiennes, Hayley Atwell and Dominic Cooper have all joined Keira Knightley in the cast of The Duchess, which starts shooting in London on Sept 23. Gabrielle Tana for Magnolia Mae and Michael Kuhn for Qwerty Films are producing with backing from Pathe Productions and BBC Films. Bullet Boy's Saul Dibb is directing from a script by Jeffery Hatcher based on Amanda Foreman's biography ...
  • InFrame strikes groundbreaking newspaper deal for The Riddle

    6-Sep-2007

    Brendan Foley's UK thriller The Riddle, starring Vinnie Jones, Derek Jacobi, Vanessa Redgrave and Julie Cox, will become the first feature film to receive its premiere via a national newspaper release. The Mail on Sunday purchased the rights to the film and is giving away up to 2.5m DVDs with the newspaper on Sept 16.The film follows a journalist to wants to solve modern murders that ...
  • Goldwyn acquires Lelouch's thriller Roman De Gare

    6-Sep-2007

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired US rights for Claude Lelouch's new thriller Roman De Gare, which premiered in Cannes and opened in August in France.Dominique Pinon and Fanny Ardant star in the story of a popular novelist who does unusual research to find new characters. Lelouch wrote, directed and produced. Jean Paul de Vidas executive produced.Vice president of acquisitions Peter Goldwyn and manager of acquisitions ...
  • Norway submits Gone With The Woman for Oscar race

    6-Sep-2007

    Norwegian director Petter Naess' Gone with the Woman (Tatt av kvinnen), which will have its international premiere here in Toronto, will represent Norway in the race for the foreign-language Oscar.
  • Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish join the fight for Viking epic

    6-Sep-2007

    Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish and Sean Bean have come on board Menno Meyjes' next film Last Battle Dreamer.The $20m Viking epic adventure will shoot starting Nov 19 for eight weeks in the UK and Germany, backed by Future Films with Handmade Films International handling international sales.Phillippe stars as Thorfinn, a 7th-century Viking warrior, who invades Britain with his brother (Bean), where they encounter a mysterious widow (Cornish), who Thorfinn falls in ...
  • Charlotte Van Weede joins HanWay sales team

    5-Sep-2007

    HanWay Films has announced several new appointments to its sales team.Charlotte van Weede (formerly Arnold) has joined as a joint Director of Sales with Thorsten Schumacher, a four-year HanWay veteran who has been promoted. They will share worldwide sales responsibilities and both report to HanWay CEO Tim Haslam.Van Weede had been VP of international sales at Summit Entertainment and director of sales at Intermedia. She had recently been consulting for the Nelson ...
  • Slingshot strikes 12-film development deal with BBC Films

    5-Sep-2007

    The UK's new low-budget digital studio Slingshot Studios is workingwith BBC Films to co-develop and co-finance four projects in 2007 and afurther eight projects in 2008.The projects will be shot using Slingshot's micro-budget model, with UK theatrical release through Slingshot and a TV platform on the BBC.BBC Films and Slingshot will have teams working in tandem on development and production. If projects are greenlight by the pair, they will go into production in ...
  • McGuckian starts shoot for A.R.T In Las Vegas

    5-Sep-2007

    Mary McGuckian has started a five-week shoot this week in London for A.R.T. In Las Vegas, a drama set in the world of fertility treatment. The shoot will move to Las Vegas for two weeks in mid September. The fly-on-the-wall fertility clinic story is the final film in McGuckian's amorality trilogy after Rag Tale and Intervention.The ...
  • Spengler to kick off Humanoides slate with Luchadores 5

    5-Sep-2007

    Superman producer Pierre Spengler has announced plans for his next comic book adaptation, Luchadores 5. The film is the first in Spengler's previously announced 12-film slate with the European comic book/graphic novel publisher Les Humanoides Associes.Former Humanoids chief executive and Spengler's producing partner in Clubdeal, F Alexander Giger, will also serve as producer on Luchadores ...
  • Damian Spandley joins The Works UK Distribution

    3-Sep-2007

    Damian Spandley has been named head of sales at The Works UK Distribution.
  • Bankside takes on sales for Shake Hands With The Devil

    3-Sep-2007

    Going into the Toronto International Film Festival, UK-based Bankside Films has acquired Roger Spottiswoode's Shake Hands With The Devil. The film screens as a Special Presentation in Toronto.
  • Fipresci names Mungiu's 4 Months best film of the year

    3-Sep-2007

    At the Fipresci Grand Prix vote, Cristian Mungiu's Romanian abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (4 Luni, 3 Saptamini si 2 Zile) has been named best film of the year.
  • Met Film Post acquires Chris Atkins' S2S Post

    31-Aug-2007

    UK-based Met Film Post has acquired indie post-production company S2S Post, which has worked on more than 30 features since its creation six years ago.S2S founder Chris Atkins will step down from running the company to concentrate on the feature film production side of S2S. He recently directed his first feature, political doc Taking Liberties.Atkins said: 'I'm thrilled that Met Film Post has stepped in to keep the business ...
  • EMI plans September DVD release of Chelsea football documentary

    31-Aug-2007

    EMI continues its recent foray into feature documentary releases with the Sept 24 DVD launch of Blue Revolution.EMI Catalogue will handle the Bombo Sports and Entertainment production.The film traces the past three years in the life of Chelsea Football Club, including interviews with players and management (including Jose Mourinho, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Joe Cole) as well ...
  • UKFC supports release of In The Hands Of The Gods with $300,000

    31-Aug-2007

    The UK Film Council has announced the latest funding recipients from its Prints & Advertising Fund, which supports the release of specialised films. The awards are: $303,363 (£150,000) to Lionsgate UK for In The Hands Of The Gods$294,262 (£145,500) to Artificial Eye for Lady Chatterley$252,600 (£125,000) to Optimum Releasing for Eagle vs Shark
  • London agency ICM changes name to Independent

    31-Aug-2007

    Leading London-based talent agency ICM is changing its name to Independent Talent Group, or Independent. The change follows 2002's management buyout from ICM Inc.The change reflects 'the group's true independence from ICM Inc. in the USA and is also to obviate confusion in the marketplace,' the company said. Independent represents actors, directors, writers, producers/production companies, casting directors, models, presenters, and below-the line personnel such ...
  • EFA People's Choice nominees include The Queen and Black Book

    31-Aug-2007

    The European Film Academy has announced the nominees for this year's People's Choice Award.Film fans across Europe vote for the winner online from Sept 1 to Oct 31. Past winners include Volver, Amelie, The Full Monty and Good Bye, Lenin!. The winner will be announced at the European Film Awards in Berlin on Dec 1.The 2007 nominees are:2 Days ...
  • United Kingdom - Mountain High

    31-Aug-2007

    Eight months in as president of Paramount Pictures International (PPI), Andrew Cripps is enjoying the change of pace from his last job as president and COO of UIP.
  • Danny Dyer to star in UK low-budgetfeature 7 Lives

    30-Aug-2007

    Danny Dyer, Kate Ashfield and Mary Stockley are set to star in a new UK low-budget feature, 7 Lives.
  • UK thriller MindFlesh finishes post-production

    30-Aug-2007

    Post-production is wrapping up on UK indie horror title MindFlesh.
  • Film Agency For Wales backs illegal logging script

    30-Aug-2007

    The Film Agency For Wales is backing Blind Eye, written by Penarth, Wales-based writer Anna Holmes. The film is currently in development.
  • Universal promotes Nicholas, Edwards and Perez in London

    30-Aug-2007

    Universal Pictures Internataional Entertainment, the international home entertainment division of NBC Universal, has announced several staffing changes in its London-based management team.
  • THINKFilm takes world sales for Babenco's The Past

    30-Aug-2007

    THINKFilm International has taken worldwide sales rights (excluding Latin America and Italy) to Hector Babenco's The Past (El Pasado).
  • Universal and Studio Canal create French DVD joint venture

    29-Aug-2007

    Universal Pictures International Entertainment and Studio Canal are creating a joint venture to handle home entertainment titles in France.
  • Sogepaq takes on international sales of Bernal's Deficit

    29-Aug-2007

    Spain 's Sogepaq has taken on international sales, outside Mexico and North America, for actor Gael Garcia Bernal's directorial debut Deficit.
  • Optimum, TWC set October UK launch for Sicko

    29-Aug-2007

    Optimum Releasing and The Weinstein Company are teaming to release Michael Moore's Sicko in the UK on Oct 26. Optimum previously released Moore's hit Fahrenheit 9/11.
  • Tonderai starts five-week UK shoot for Hush

    28-Aug-2007

    Writer/director Mark Tonderai started shooting his debut feature film Hush on Aug 20 for Warp X, Shona Productions and FearFactory.
  • Raindance to offer content through Joost

    28-Aug-2007

    Raindance.tv, the online and mobile film portal founded by the Raindance Film Festival with dandy productions, Dogwoof Pictures and Crucible Media, has partnered with Internet TV platform Joost.
  • Fortissimo takes on Schnabel's Lou Reed film Berlin

    28-Aug-2007

    Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide sales rights, excluding North America, to Julian Schnabel's Berlin, a concert film featuring Lou Reed.
  • San Sebastian unveils full competition and Horizontes programme

    28-Aug-2007

    The 55th San Sebastian International Film Festival has unveiled the full line-up for its Official Selection and Horizontes Programme. The festival runs Sept 20-29.
  • Celluloid Dreams on board for Miike's Sukiyaki Western Django

    28-Aug-2007

    Celluloid Dreams has taken on Takashi Miike's Sukiyaki Western Django, which will have its world premiere in competition at Venice before screening in Toronto's Midnight Madness section.
  • United Kingdom - British promises

    24-Aug-2007

    Like most, if not all, successful UK producers, Paul Webster is not afraid of the US. "We're trying to work on projects with scale, so that means we need American partners," says Webster, the former Miramax head of production and Film4 chief executive who now oversees the film division of TV powerhouse Kudos. "If you're making commercial films you've got to be able to compete with what's commercial, and that's dictated by Hollywood."
  • Odyssey takes on sales for $65m Nutcracker: The True Story

    20-Aug-2007

    UK-based sales company Odyssey Entertainment has struck a deal to handle international sales and distribution of Anderi Konchalovksy's Nutcracker: The True Story (working title).The $65m film is set in 1920s Vienna and adapts the classic story that inspired Tchaikovsky's ballet. Konchalovsky and Chris Solimine wrote the screenplay, and the film features lyrics by Oscar winner Tim Rice. The cast features John Turturro, Nathan Lane, Richard E Grant, Frances ...
  • Gavron, Morgenthaler projects selected for San Sebastian's Zabaltegi

    17-Aug-2007

    The San Sebastian International Film Festival has selected 16 films for its Zabaltegi-New Directors section this year.
  • Challenge sees Roeg in his element

    17-Aug-2007

    Rather unusually for my movies, it does have a beginning and an end,' Nicolas Roeg says as an introduction of his new feature Puffball at the Galway Film Fleadh in July.
  • Slingshot and Screen WM to co-produce seven features

    16-Aug-2007

    UK regional screen agency Screen WM and new digital studio Slingshot Studios have struck a slate co-financing deal that will cover seven features during the next two years.
  • Bruce Dickinson-penned Chemical Weddingstarts shooting

    16-Aug-2007

    London-based Focus Films has started production on supernatural horror film Chemical Wedding. Julian Doyle, who edited Terry Gilliam's Brazil and Time Bandits, will direct.
  • Liberation plans Oct theatrical release for Manufacturing Dissent

    15-Aug-2007

    Los Angeles and London-based Liberation Entertainment is planning a UK theatrical run for the documentary Manufacturing Dissent: Uncovering Michael Moore. The film will open Oct 5 at London's Prince Charles Cinema.Director/producers Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine made the film that chronicles Michael Moore's transition from film-maker to liberal icon and explores the skeletons in his closet.The film is having its UK premiere ...
  • NPA to offer producer training at BFI Southbank

    15-Aug-2007

    The UK's New Producers Alliance has partnered with the British Film Institute to offer the NPA's 9-Point Producer Training Sessions at the new BFI Southbank's Delegates Centre starting from September 2007.The 9-point programme includes the following sessions: role of the producer, company set-up, developing a project, market and audience, finance, formats and technologies, in production, post for producers, and sales, distribution and exhibition.More information ...
  • Film4 partners with Edinburgh theatre for new talents

    15-Aug-2007

    Film4 and Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre are starting a new $59,800 (£30,000) partnership to explore the crossover between theatre and film.The initiative will let Channel 4, Film4 and Traverse select promising new theatre talents to build long-term relationships working in film and television. The programme includes a first-look deal for plays developed through Traverse that have the potential to work for film and TV. Also, as part of the partnership, Channel 4 Drama ...
  • The Darjeeling Limited will close London Film Festival

    14-Aug-2007

    The London Film Festival will close Nov 1 with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited. The director will be in London to also give an interview as part of the festival's TCM Screen Talks.
  • Raindance announces international feature programme

    14-Aug-2007

    The 15th Raindance Film Festival, which runs Sept 25-Oct 7 in London, has announced this year's programme of features and feature documentaries.
  • Indian Film Company works with new Imtiaz Ali project

    14-Aug-2007

    The Indian Film Company has acquired worldwide rights to Imtiaz Ali's new film, produced by Shree Ashatavinayak Cine Vision.
  • Pathe and BBC Films team for live-action Jungle Book

    13-Aug-2007

    Pathe and BBC Films are working together on a $50m live-action version of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Books.
  • Edinburgh's Powell jury includes Geoff Gilmore and Kate Dickie

    13-Aug-2007

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), which kicks off Wednesday with Hallam Foe, has named the members for its members of the Michael Powell Award jury.
  • UTV partners with Virgin for new superhero books and films

    10-Aug-2007

    India-based UTV Motion Pictures and its SpotBoy production arm are working with Virgin Comics, a division of Richard Branson's Virgin Group, to collaborate on four new superhero franchises. The brands will be leveraged across publishing, film, animation and gaming. The stories will initially be released as graphic novels published worldwide by Virgin. The first books are due out by the end of the year.The characters will be 'rooted in an Indian ideology and borne ...
  • Shyam Benegal to get India's top film honours

    10-Aug-2007

    Indian Film Company chairman Shyam Benegal has received this year's Dada Saheb Phalke Award, India's highest honour for cinema.Indian President Pratibha Patil will present the award, along with a cash prize, to Benegal later this year. Benegal is the director of classics including Ankur, Nishant, Kalyug and Bhumika. He currently is the chairman of the Film & Television Institute of ...
  • San Sebastian plans New Nordic Cinema programme

    10-Aug-2007

    The San Sebastian Film Festival is planning a New Nordic Cinema retrospective of 38 films.Cold Fever will look at post-Dogme cinema in the five Nordic countries since 1995. Danish critic Christian Monggaard will write an accompanying book.Selections include Lars Von Trier's Breaking The Waves, Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher, Susanne Bier's Open Hearts, ...
  • Edinburgh works with Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation

    10-Aug-2007

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival will present two films from Martin Scorsese's new non-profit World Cinema Foundation.EIFF artistic director Hannah McGill said the festival will screen Moroccan documentary Transes and Brazilian feature Limite, both restored by the foundation (Limite will be presented partially restored).The screenings ...
  • United Kingdom - Capture the zeitgeist

    10-Aug-2007

    Film4 is grabbing headlines as its biggest film yet, Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Lovely Bones, gears up to shoot this autumn. It is just one of 12-14 films that Channel 4's film division is making this year - even more that the usual six to eight per year.
  • BBC's Alexei Boltho takes Paramount acquisitions post

    9-Aug-2007

    Alexei Boltho, who is currently business development manager for BBC Films, will take on a newly created acquisitions post at Paramount Pictures International (PPI).
  • Universal, LoveFilm, News International work on Bourne USB promo

    8-Aug-2007

    In an unusual marketing initiative, UK newspaper News Of The World will give away exclusive Bourne UltimatumUSB sticks with the Aug 12 edition of the newspaper at select WHSmith stores.
  • Archer named interim director general for UK's Industry Trust

    8-Aug-2007

    The UK's Industry Trust for IP Awareness has today announced the appointment of Paul Archer as interim director general. Archer will take the position from Aug 13 when current director general, Liz Bales, departs for maternity leave. Bales will return in spring 2008. Archer previously served as video sales director at Granada Ventures and also worked at Momentum Pictures, Hanna-Barbera and Polygram.
  • Birds Eye View encourages opening-weekend attendance

    8-Aug-2007

    The UK's female-centric film festival Birds Eye View is starting a new initiative, the First Weekenders Club, to support features directed by women.
  • Paramount International taps key managers in Japan and Spain

    8-Aug-2007

    Paramount Pictures International has hired new executives in two key territories.
  • Terence Davies among 6 finalists for Digital Departures funding

    8-Aug-2007

    Northwest Vision and Media has selected six finalists in its Digital Departures micro-budget scheme.
  • Sigur Ros film to get UK theatrical release after Reykjavik premiere

    8-Aug-2007

    Shooting People Films is working with EMI for a planned UK theatrical release of band Sigur Ros' first film, Heima.
  • Park Circus takes on world rights to Icon back catalogue

    7-Aug-2007

    UK distributor Park Circus has struck a deal with Icon Entertainment International to handle Icon's back catalogue worldwide, both theatrically and non-theatrically.
  • Ascot Elite takes German-speaking rights to This Is England

    7-Aug-2007

    Swiss independent distributor Ascot Elite has taken all German-speaking European rights to Shane Meadows' This Is England from sales company The Works International.
  • OTX expands film tracking service in Russia and China

    6-Aug-2007

    The OTX (Online Testing Exchange) International Film Tracking service is expanding to Russia and China, the first such tracking service in each country.
  • LoveFilm hires BBC iPlayer expert Ben Lavender

    6-Aug-2007

    Ben Lavender will join LoveFilm as group digital and product director.
  • Mia Bays joins Film London's micro-budget Microwave scheme

    3-Aug-2007

    Film London's Microwave low-budget scheme has recruited a new production executive, Mia Bays, who takes over from Sol Gatti-Pascual.
  • HanWay and Celluloid Dreams brands revived as Dreamachine concentrates on library

    3-Aug-2007

    Just three months after the splashy merger of HanWay Films and Celluloid Dreams, their joint venture company Dreamachine has now announced that the Celluloid and HanWay brands will be run as separate first-run sales and acquisition businesses in London and Paris, as they traditionally had been.
  • Goldfinger UK re-release draws $85,561 on one night

    3-Aug-2007

    Continuing the strength of the UK box office, Park Circus' re-release of 1964 James Bond classic Goldfinger grossed $85,561 (£42,000) on Tuesday, July 31 as a one-night-only special presentation.
  • London International Animation Festival to host 200+ films

    3-Aug-2007

    The London International Animation Festival will host its fourth event Aug 21-26 at the Curzon Soho, Renoir Cinema, the Horse Hospital and the Rio Cinema.
  • Grierson trusts partners for new awards at Sheffield Doc/Fest

    3-Aug-2007

    The Sheffield Doc/Fest has partnered with the UK 's Grierson Trust to launch three new UK documentary awards.
  • Sarajevo to host tribute to Ulrich Seidl

    3-Aug-2007

    Austrian director Ulrich Seidl will be honoured with the Sarajevo Film Festival's Tribute this year.
  • Silence Is Golden tops prizes at Rushes Soho Short Festival

    3-Aug-2007

    The ninth Rushes Soho Short Film Festival ended its week-long event last night in London, with the Ascent Media Short Film Award going to Chris Shepherd's Silence Is Golden.
  • Britdoc: international incidents

    3-Aug-2007

    This year's Britdoc festival underlined why UK documentary film-makers are turning to the international market. Wendy Mitchell reports.
  • Margery Bone: contenders shift stage to screen

    3-Aug-2007

    Margery Bone is using her contacts in theatre to develop new talent and feature projects. Wendy Mitchell reports.
  • UK 's Footprint Films aims to raise initial $22m with new film fund

    2-Aug-2007

    Yet another player has entered the UK film financing landscape. Film finance house Footprint Films has worked with The Route Group to launch the Footprint Film Fund, which aims to raise an initial $22m and a further $21m during its first year of operation.
  • Directors in Warp X's Darklight include McKeon and Bhide

    2-Aug-2007

    Low-budget studio Warp X has selected the four directors going forward in its Darklight: Women Direct Horror scheme.
  • Lionsgate UK to release Power's first feature Flood

    2-Aug-2007

    UK production company Power has signed a deal with Lionsgate UK to handle the theatrical launch of Power's first feature film, Flood.
  • Sarajevo documentary compeition to include nine world premieres

    2-Aug-2007

    The Sarajevo Film Festival has announced its documentary competition programme, including nine world premieres.
  • Showroom and Workstation hire team for new Festival Centre

    1-Aug-2007

    Showroom and Workstation are moving ahead with plans for a new Festival Centre in Sheffield, UK.
  • UKFC's new Capital and Access Fund opens applications

    1-Aug-2007

    The UK Film Council's new Capital and Access Fund for cinemas will give Lottery Funding of $1m (£500,000) to independent cinemas to update buildings and facilities and better serve impaired audiences.
  • Italian Film Festival UK plans leading ladies retrospective

    1-Aug-2007

    The Italian Film Festival UK is planning a retrospective dedicated to the leading ladies of Italian cinema.
  • Roma Khanna to leave CHUM for NBC Universal International

    1-Aug-2007

    Roma Khanna has been named president, Global Networks and Digital Initiatives, at NBC Universal International, based in London.
  • London Film Festival to open with Cronenberg's Eastern Promises

    31-Jul-2007

    After world premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises will serve as the opening-night gala at the London Film Festival on Oct 17.
  • Kent companies form new Film Syndicate

    31-Jul-2007

    The new Kent Film Syndicate will launch with a screening of locally shot Ruby Blue from Medb Films.
  • Goteborg to host posthumous 50-film Bergman retrospective

    31-Jul-2007

    As the film world remembers Ingmar Bergman, the Goteborg International Film Festival has reiterated its plans to host a Bergman retrospective during its 31st event, Jan 25-Feb 4, 2008.
  • UKFC P&A Fund backs French hits La Ve En Rose and Tell No One

    31-Jul-2007

    The UK Film Council's Prints & Advertising Fund has announced it latest round of supported projects.
  • Asmik Ace takes on Japanese distribution for Shadow Of The Moon

    30-Jul-2007

    Channel 4 International has brokered a deal for Asmik Ace Entertainment to handle the Japanese theatrical release for In The Shadow Of The Moon.
  • Potosi documentary takes top prize at Era New Horizons

    30-Jul-2007

    Four-hour documentary Potosi: The Journey took the top prize at the seventh Era New Horizons Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland.
  • Maire, Staka recruited for Sarajevo competition jury

    30-Jul-2007

    Locarno artistic director Frederic Maire won't get much of a rest after his own festival, as he will be heading to the Sarajevo Film Festival Aug 17-25 as a member of the competition jury. As previously reported, Sarajevo's jury will be headed by UK actor Jeremy Irons. Other jurors include Turkish actress Ozgu Namal, Swiss/Croatian director Andrea Staka (Das Fraulein), and Meinholf Zurhorst, head of the film department for ZDF/Arte, Germany.
  • Carice Van Houten joins Damast's Vivaldi

    30-Jul-2007

    Black Book star Carice Van Houten has joined the cast of Boris Damast's Vivaldi opposite Joseph Fiennes and Gerard Depardieu.Fiennes will star as the composer. The cast also includes Jaqueline Bisset, Lena Headey, Malcolm McDowell and Elle Fanning. The project will shoot later this year. Future Films is backing the Hand Picked Films and Mechaniks project. Celsius Entertainment is handling ...
  • Britdoc gives international prize to Devil Came On Horseback

    29-Jul-2007

    The second-annual Britdoc festival wrapped Friday with its international jury prize going to Darfur project The Devil Came On Horseback by Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern.The winner of the Screen International British competition was Kim Longinotto's Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go, about a school for children with severe emotional difficulties. The international ...
  • Cactus Three: reality check

    26-Jul-2007

    New York-based Cactus Three has become a key player in the growing market for documentaries. Wendy Mitchell meets its founders.
  • Berczeller wins Britdoc Pitching with Through A Glass, Darkly

    26-Jul-2007

    At today's More4 Pitching Forum at the Britdoc Festival, Paul Berczeller was named top pitcher with his project Through A Glass, Darkly. He wins $2000 (£1000) in a cash prize.He presented the project, about the son of a man involved in an infamous CIA LSD experiment, with producer Nikki Parrott of Tigerlily Films and executive producer Julie Goldman of Cactus Three.Berczeller is a Bafta-nominated director and writer whose ...
  • UK anti-piracy groups celebrate charges brought against market owners

    26-Jul-2007

    The UK's anti-piracy groups are welcoming a judgment handed down at St Albans Crown Court that says a market can be held accountable for pirated materials sold by its traders.
  • Axiom and Matador wrap shoot for UK drama There For Me

    25-Jul-2007

    Director Sallie Aprahamian has wrapped principal photography on UK romantic drama There For Me.The film is the first collaboration between Axiom Films and Matador Pictures. Axiom developed the film in association with Matador and Regent Capital's Cinema Two. Arts Alliance Media's MetFilm is also co-financing.Douglas Cummins of Axion produces with Carlo Dusi of Aria Films co-producing.
  • Iggy Pop and Andrea Arnold join forces for Raindance jury

    25-Jul-2007

    The London-based Raindance Film Festival has announced the jury for this year's 15th anniversary edition.Continuing tradition of including musicians on the jury, Raindance confirmed that Iggy Pop and Mick Jones will both serve as jurors for the 2007 festival (Sept 25-Oct 7).Other jurors will be film-makers Penny Woolcock, Andrea Arnold, Simon Channing Williams, Sandy Lieberson, Jemma Rodgers, distributor Oli Harbottle, cinematographers Jonathan Harvey and Brian ...
  • Kelly Reilly to lead cast for Watkins' thriller Eden Lake

    25-Jul-2007

    Kelly Reilly will star with 300's Michael Fassbender and This Is England newcomer Thomas Turgoose in Eden Lake for director James Watkins.Celador's Christian Colson (The Descent) is producing with Waking Ned producer Richard Holmes. The $4m (£2m) project will shoot ...
  • The Independent becomes sponsor of Sheffield Doc/Fest

    24-Jul-2007

    The UK 's Sheffield Doc/Fest has recruited The Independent newspaper as the festival's presenting media sponsor.
  • Ratatouille's Remy recruited for UK anti-piracy campaign

    24-Jul-2007

    The UK's Industry Trust for IP Awareness is working with Disney and Pixar for an anti-piracy campaign starring Ratatouille's Remy the Rat.
  • Indian Film Company backs six new projects including Loot

    23-Jul-2007

    The Indian Film Company, the Bollywood producer which recently started trading on the UK's Alternative Investment Market in June, has invested $24m (£12m) in six new film projects to be produced over the next year.
  • Film industry said to contribute nearly $9bn to UK economy

    23-Jul-2007

    The UK film industry contributed about $8.9bn (£4.3bn) to the UK's gross domestic product in 2006 - a 39% increase in two years, according to a new Oxford Economics report supported by The UK Film Council and Pinewood Shepperton.
  • Bastion takes on Godley's debut Where The Treetops Glisten

    23-Jul-2007

    New UK independent producer Bastion Pictures has optioned the rights to Where The Treetops Glisten, which will mark the debut feature of Kevin Godley, who previously worked on music videos and documentaries.
  • Film24 channel launches on UK's Sky platform

    20-Jul-2007

    A new independent channel has launched on Sky's platform. The Film24 (channel 158) launches as a channel about film, not airing films.
  • Northwest screen agency starts lab for multi-platform content

    19-Jul-2007

    UK regional screen agency Northwest Vision + Media is starting a new multi-platform lab for content producers.
  • Diffusion takes UK rights to Von Trier's The Boss Of It All

    19-Jul-2007

    UK distributor Diffusion Pictures has taken all UK rights to Lars Von Trier's comedy The Boss Of It All.
  • Ingenious invests in music marketing company Trinity

    18-Jul-2007

    Ingenious Media Active Capital has invested up to $10m (£5m) in Trinity Universal Holdings, a direct-to-consumer entertainment media, marketing and distribution business that mostly works with music-industry clients.
  • Isaac Julien, Lucy Walker among pitchers at Britdoc Pitching Forum

    18-Jul-2007

    Next week's Britdoc festival has selected the 13 documentary projects to be presented at the 2007 Pitching Forum.
  • Premiere Picture gets private equity boost

    18-Jul-2007

    UK-based film financier and production company Premiere Picture said that it has received an investment (of an undisclosed amount) from an offshore private equity fund and plans to now extend its operations.
  • Arts Alliance strikes three-year digital deal with Park Circus

    18-Jul-2007

    Arts Alliance Media has signed an exclusive agreement with UK distributor Park Circus to provide digital cinema content services for their theatrical releases for three years.
  • Poland's Era New Horizons to open with 4 Months, 3 Days

    17-Jul-2007

    The seventh Era New Horizons film festival in Wroclaw, Poland will open July 19 with Palme d'Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.
  • AAM 's Thomas Hoegh joins UK Film Council board

    17-Jul-2007

    Arts Alliance Media founder and CEO Thomas Hoegh has been appointed to the board of the UK Film Council.
  • Odeon recruits insurance company to sponsor Senior Screen

    16-Jul-2007

    UK exhibitor Odeon Cinemas has partnered with specialist insurance company RIAS for its Senior Screen screenings. RIAS, which insures over 50s, will sponsor the reduced-price screenings for seniors across the UK. The Senior Screen programme started in June 2006 and offers reduced admission to over 50s at 94 cinemas on weekday mornings. Kate Macfarlane, Brand Manager from ODEON added: 'This is the first time we've worked with a sponsor for Senior Screen and we are ...
  • Park Circus gets UK theatrical rights to Buena Vista library

    16-Jul-2007

    UK distributor Park Circus, which is known for bringing classic titles to cinemas, has struck a deal for theatrical sub-distribution of the Buena Vista library of titles in the UK and Ireland.The Buena Vista catalogue includes about 300 films, which had been previously handled by Buena Vista itself. The deal does not cover DVD rights. Park Circus is the UK's top theatrical distributor and has content deals with Granada International and MGM/UA; the company also ...
  • Leslie Moonves to deliver opening keynote at MIPCOM 2007

    16-Jul-2007

    TV and digital content market MIPCOM 2007 has announced seven industry speakers who will give keynotes at this year's conference. They are CBS Corp's Leslie Moonves, Grupo Televisa's Emilio Azcarraga, UTV Group's Ronnie Screwvala, The Zee Network's Subhash Chandra, NBC/Universal's Ben Silverman, Joost's Mike Volpi, and United Artists' Paula Wagner.Moonves will deliver the opening keynote on October 8 at the Cannes-based market. He is also being recognized as MIPCOM's ...
  • Berlin Today short competition names three finalists

    16-Jul-2007

    The fifth year of the Berlin Today Award short film competition has selected three finalists: Pakistan's Maheen Zia with Match Factor, about a football player from Iraq who meets a policewoman when he visits Berlin; Finland's Ville Jankeri with The Last Wash, a black comedy about a laundry woman's suicide attempt; and Israel's Talya Lavie with A potential short love story, about a a German man trying to communicate with an Israeli waitress in Tel Aviv with the help of a pair of elderly ...
  • UK's FDA starts free consumer magazine to entice cinemagoers

    16-Jul-2007

    The UK's Film Distributors' Association (FDA) has started a new movie magazine to encourage regional cinemagoing.The new pocket-sized FOCUS magazine will have a circulation of 800,000 and will aim to engage regional consumers with upcoming releases up to three months in advance.The magazine is free and available in print and online at www.focusonmovies.co.uk. Print circulation, targeted to less active cinema goers in areas like the South West and East Anglia, will ...
  • New Zealand makes production grants more attractive

    16-Jul-2007

    New Zealand's film industry got a boost today for both local andinternational film-makers as the country's economic developmentminister Trevor Mallard announced increased government incentives forfilms being made in New Zealand.
  • Robert Carlyle to star in Justin Kerrigan's new feature

    16-Jul-2007

    Robert Carlyle has signed on to star in Justin Kerrigan's new feature I Know You Know.The coming-of-age drama is about a boy who is fascinated by his father's espionage work until the world of spies becomes all too real..
  • Konchalovsky starts shooting $65m Nutcracker in Budapest

    16-Jul-2007

    Principal photography starts today in Budapest on $65m fantasy film Nutcracker - The Untold Story.
  • Virgin Media to offer downloads of First Light project

    13-Jul-2007

    First Light Movies, the UK's young people's film-making scheme, has become a content partner for Virgin Media and FilmFlex Movies, to offer the First Light shorts on demand to Virgin Media customers.The films are made by 5 to 18-year-olds and will now be offered for 50p on the service. Films available include Bubbletown, Fast Break, Spying, The Princess and the Pendant, The Book and The Rush.
  • Babelgum offers content from Giffoni Film Festival

    13-Jul-2007

    New Internet TV service Babelgum has started festival broadcasts with Italy's Giffoni Film Festival.
  • The day after Tomorrow

    13-Jul-2007

    A new multi-platform international outfit is looking to unearth cutting-edge talent. Wendy Mitchell reports.
  • BSkyB promotes Macdonald to deputy director of Sky Movies

    12-Jul-2007

    British Sky Broadcasting has promoted Lisa Macdonald to Deputy Director, Sky Movies and SBO.
  • Vito Rocco wins $2m feature funding from MySpace's MyMovieMashUp

    12-Jul-2007

    Vito Rocco has won the MyMovieMashUp competition from MySpace, Film4 and Vertigo Films.
  • Pretty Pictures strikes deal for Kenyan comedy Malooned in Zanzibar

    11-Jul-2007

    At the 10th annual event which ended July 8, the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) can report its first deal.
  • Paramount takes UK and otherrights to How To Lose Friends

    11-Jul-2007

    Paramount Pictures International has licensed UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa distribution rights for How To Lose Friends And Alienate People from Intandem Films.
  • Halo-8 takes rights to documentary Your Mommy Kills Animals

    11-Jul-2007

    Halo-8 Entertainment, the label distributed by Ryko Filmworks and Warner-Elektra-Atlantic, and taken worldwide theatrical and home video rights to animal rights documentary Your Mommy Kills Animals from Indie Genius Productions.
  • Sky opens environmental issues short film competition

    10-Jul-2007

    UK-based broadcaster Sky has launched a short film competition related to climate change, Green Shoots. Sky, The World Wildlife Fund and the Energy Saving Trust, are calling for public submissions of shorts about environmental issues. The winning short will be aired on Sky. The competition is also tied to Universal's release of Evan Almighty. Entries can be uploaded at Skycast through December 2007.
  • Bafta calls for submissions for UK entry for foreign Oscar

    10-Jul-2007

    Again this year, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) will select the UK 's submission for the foreign-langauge Oscar in 2008.
  • Film4 FrightFest lines up seven world premieres

    10-Jul-2007

    UK horror film event FrightFest, now backed by Film4, has selected 26 films for its forthcoming run at London 's Odeon West End Aug 23-27.
  • Murrell named president of UK industry charity CTBF

    10-Jul-2007

    The UK-based Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) has elected David Murrell as its president.
  • Britdoc announces international and UK competition titles

    9-Jul-2007

    The second Britdoc festival (July 25-27) has announced its programme of international and UK documentaries, which will all receive their first UK screenings at the Oxford-based event.
  • Nick Moran starts UK shoot for big-screen version of Telstar

    9-Jul-2007

    First-time feature director Nick Moran started principal photography today for Telstar, which will shoot for six weeks at Twickenham Film Studios in the UK.
  • Muriel Sauzay joins Pathe to head international sales

    9-Jul-2007

    Muriel Sauzay has been named deputy managing director of Pathe Distribution (France) in charge of international sales.
  • Peter Greenaway to be special guest at Halifax's Strategic Partners

    9-Jul-2007

    The Atlantic Film Festival has invited director Peter Greenaway to be its special guest during its annual Academy Luncheon.
  • Witi Ihimaera to work on Matriarch adaptation with Binger Lab

    9-Jul-2007

    The Netherlands-based Binger Filmlab will welcome Maori novelist Witi Ihimaera as a writer in residence for six months, and Ihimaera will also follow Binger's Script Development Programme.
  • Michael Wailes to join UK's Vertigo as head of sales

    8-Jul-2007

    Vertigo Films has hired Michael Wailes in its new head of sales post. He will start the new position at the end of August.Wailes has worked in theatrical sales for more than 10 years, most recently at Tartan Films. Vertigo's Rupert Preston said: ''We are thrilled that Michael is joining our distribution team, bringing with him his experience, knowledge and expertise in the theatrical distribution field, we feel that he will become an integral and valuable member ...
  • Rupert Friend to star opposite Blunt in The Young Victoria

    6-Jul-2007

    Rupert Friend has been cast as Prince Albert to Emily Blunt's Queen Victoria in the forthcoming feature The Young Victoria.
  • AV Pictures strikes UK deal for The Tournament with Entertainment

    6-Jul-2007

    AV Pictures has sold UK rights to action thriller The Tournament to Entertainment Film Distributors.
  • MARV Films: the magic touch

    6-Jul-2007

    Matthew Vaughn and Kris Thykier of MARV Films are moving into the big league with Stardust and a new Sony deal. Wendy Mitchell reports.
  • Tom Collins: immigrant song

    6-Jul-2007

    Northern Irish film-maker Tom Collins comes home to his favourite festival in Galway with his debut feature, Kings. Wendy Mitchell reports.
  • Metrodome plans August theatrical run for Wild Style

    5-Jul-2007

    Metrodome is planning the first UK theatrical release of hip-hop classic Wild Style.
  • Sakkalli takes new Asian sales post at producer Power

    5-Jul-2007

    European film and TV producer and distributor Power has named George Sakkalli to the new post of vice president, Asian sales and distribution.
  • Eurimages backs new films fromMoodysson, Dardennes

    5-Jul-2007

    At its latest meeting July 1-3, the board of the Council of Europe's Eurimages Fund has agreed to back 12 new feature films with a total of $6m(Euros 4.38m).
  • Valerio Zingarelli joins Babelgum as new CEO

    5-Jul-2007

    New Internet TV platform Babelgum has appointed Valerio Zingarelli as its new CEO.
  • Chandra and Screwvala line up for MIPCOM's India Day

    4-Jul-2007

    TV and digital content market MIPCOM will have a spotlight on India at its next event, to be held October 8-12 in Cannes.
  • Rio favelas to host new Cine Cufa festival in September

    4-Jul-2007

    Organisers are planning a new festival in Rio, Cine Cufa, which will run September 4-16.
  • Margaret Hodge takes UK film minister post under James Purnell

    4-Jul-2007

    Following last week's news that James Purnell has taken over as the UK 's Secretary for Culture, Media & Sport, Margaret Hodge has now been named Minister Of State at the DCMS, handling film activities.
  • 3 Mills joins Sohonet network

    4-Jul-2007

    London-based 3 Mills Studios has installed entertainment-industry Internet platform Sohonet.
  • UK Film Council, BBC Two plan digital release of British classics

    4-Jul-2007

    The UK Film Council and the BBC Two are working together for the theatrical release of new digital presentations of seven British film classics. The Summer Of British Film season runs from late July to September 11.
  • Toby Melling to head Content's new library sales division

    4-Jul-2007

    Toby Melling has joined ContentFilm International as head of film library sales, the company's newly launched division which has a library of 100+ feature films.
  • UTV Motion Pictures valued at $321m as AIM trading starts

    2-Jul-2007

    Indian film studio UTV Motion Pictures has started trading today on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM). The company has raised about $70m (£35m) to fund a new slate of about 30 films, both Bollywood offerings and projects made with Hollywood.
  • Daniel Craig project to start UK portion of shoot

    2-Jul-2007

    Bailie Walsh's Flashbacks of A Fool had been shooting in South Africa since May 28 and will move to the UK on July 4.
  • Arts Alliance signs content deal with HP's Video Merchant arm

    2-Jul-2007

    Arts Alliance Media (AAM) has signed a deal to become the international content provider for HP's new Video Merchant Services business.
  • United Kingdom - Youth movement

    29-Jun-2007

    Four years ago, as students at Bournemouth University, Paul Taylor and Teddy Leifer knew they wanted to find a film project to work on together. And what a project it turned out to be: their first documentary, We Are Together (Thina Simunye) is backed by HBO and the Channel 4 British Documentary Film Foundation (aka Britdoc), has won awards at Idfa and Tribeca, and has a UK theatrical deal with EMI. US buyers are also in negotiations (Annie Roney of ro*co handles sales).
  • Networkmoves into theatrical withFlight Of The Red Balloon

    28-Jun-2007

    UK-based Network has taken TV, theatrical and DVD rights three Cannes 2007 titles: Hou Hsiao Hsien's The Flight Of The Red Balloon, and Albert Lamorisse's 1956 short The Red Balloon and 1953's precursor White Mane.
  • James Purnell named UK Culture Secretary in Brown's new cabinet

    28-Jun-2007

    As new UK prime minister Gordon Brown today unveils his new cabinet, James Purnell has been named Culture Secretary.
  • Charlie Cox leads cast for Scottish feature Stone Of Destiny

    28-Jun-2007

    Scottish feature Stone Of Destiny started principal photography this week on location in Glasgow and London.
  • Verve and Dogwoof join Film Distributors' Assocation

    28-Jun-2007

    Verve Pictures and Dogwoof Pictures have joined the UK 's Film Distributors' Association (FDA).
  • Fulwell 73 on board for Hawkes' Breathing and Drawing Dead

    27-Jun-2007

    UK production company Fulwell 73, who are behind recent Cannes Market hit documentary In The Hands Of The Gods, have optioned two new projects from writer/director Kieron Hawkes.
  • UK sales companies join forces for new group Film Export UK

    27-Jun-2007

    Thirty-one UK sales companies have joined forces to create the new trade association Film Export UK.
  • Locarno picks 13 Middle Eastern projects for Open Doors lab

    26-Jun-2007

    Locarno film festival organisers have selected 13 projects from 120 submission for this year's Open Doors co-production lab. The lab is focused on projects from the Near and Middle East.
  • UK's Vue cinemas to offer live Formula One coverage

    26-Jun-2007

    UK cinema chain Vue Entertainment is continuing the diversification of its programme offerings by hosting a live Formula One event.
  • Stephen Frears to speak at Screenwriters Festival

    26-Jun-2007

    Stephen Frears is the latest big name speaker to join the line-up for next week's International Screenwriters Festival in the UK.
  • Medb Films wins Kent Business Award

    25-Jun-2007

    The Ramsgate-based UK mini-studio Medb Films has just won the top prize in the Creative Industries Category at the Kent Business Awards.
  • Greece gets first digital screens at two Village sites in Athens

    25-Jun-2007

    Greece will get its first two digital cinema installations as Village Cinemas digitises two of its largest screens in Athens, Village Faliro and the Village Park 20. Spacevision designed the Village system with both Kodak and Christie components, with 3D capability from Real D.
  • Michael Kang and Teddy Zee: Wild West 32nd

    22-Jun-2007

    Wendy Mitchell meets director Michael Kang and producer Teddy Zee, whose gangland drama West 32nd marks the first US production for Korean powerhouse CJ Entertainment.
  • Byrne to head GE and NBC's $250m Peacock Equity Fund

    21-Jun-2007

    GE Commercial Finance's Media, Communications & Entertainment business and NBC Universal have appointed Thomas M. Byrne, 40, as managing director of the $250m Peacock Equity Fund.
  • Global entertainment industry to be worth $2 trillion by 2011

    21-Jun-2007

    The global entertainment & media market will see sustained growth and a 6.4% compound annual growth rate to hit $2 trillion in 2011, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report.
  • Jamie Morgan: the explorer

    21-Jun-2007

    Wendy Mitchell meets Jamie Morgan, a first-time documentary film-maker who created a stir in Tribeca with his provocative and personal documentary, The Workshop.
  • Locarno to honour actresses in Italian cinema

    20-Jun-2007

    The 60th Locarno International Film Festival is planning a special programme, Signore & Signore, of 19 films that highlight great actresses in Italian Cinema. The programme is supported by Cinecitta Holding and curated by Piera Detassis.
  • Paramount plans Japanese theatrical unit after UIP office shuts

    20-Jun-2007

    Following the news that United International Pictures (UIP) Japan will close at the end of 2007, Paramount Pictures International (PPI) has announced that it will start its theatrical distribution buisiness in Japan at the start of 2008.
  • Edinburgh Film Festival to open with Mackenzie's Hallam Foe

    20-Jun-2007

    The 61st Edinburgh International Film Festival will open with David Mackenzie's Hallam Foe, which is largely set in the Scottish city.
  • EM Media to offer producers tour of Nottingham

    20-Jun-2007

    UK regional screen agency EM Media is hosting a tour of Nottingham for film and TV producers.
  • Terence Davies among finalists in Northwest's Digital Departures

    19-Jun-2007

    Northwest Vision + Media has named the 12 finalists in its Digital Departures micro-budget film-making initiative. Three teams will be selected to each make a $500,000 (£250,000) feature film in the next 14 months.
  • UCI Italia buys 10 cinemas from Cinestar Italia

    19-Jun-2007

    UCI Italia, a division of the Odeon & UCI Cinema Group, has signed a pact to acquire 10 cinemas from Cinestar Italia. The sites include 104 screens. The deal means that UCI Italia adds cinemas in Mestre, Pordenone, Ferrara, Reggio Emilia, Andria, Molfetta, Messina, Piacenza, Como & Alessandria. Odeon and UCI Cinema Group will now operate a total of around 200 cinemas in the UK, Spain, Germany, Austria, Ireland and Portugal.
  • TEA joins forces with trailer company Wonderland

    18-Jun-2007

    Design and advertising agency TEA - The Entertainment Agency, has joined forces with trailer company Wonderland, and the companies are now known as TEA: Wonderland.
  • Future Cinema to host Chinese themed tent at Glastonbury

    18-Jun-2007

    Future Cinema will host the Chinese Cinema Palace at this weekend's Glastonbury music festival, in the Lost Vagueness field. The tent is inspired by Wong Kar Wai's In The Mood For Love.
  • Sarah Smith promoted as Aardman unveils new feature slate

    18-Jun-2007

    UK-based animation powerhouse Aardman Features has announced a slate of six films in development, including a Christmas project written by Borat co-writer Peter Baynham, new non-Wallace and Gromit film from Nick Park and company founder Peter Lord's return to directing.
  • Indian Film Company makes trading debut on London's AIM

    18-Jun-2007

    The new Guernsey-registered Indian Film Company (IFC) has started trading on London 's Alternative Investment Market (AIM) today, after raising $109m by going public. Shares rose 20% on their trading debut.
  • Marcel Grant starts shooting third feature Just Ines

    18-Jun-2007

    Shipwreck Film is currently shooting its third feature, Just Ines, from director Marcel Grant.
  • Rocksavage starts Norfolk shoot for drama The Wreck

    18-Jun-2007

    Principal photography has started near in north Norfolk, UK, for David Rocksavage's 1960s-set family drama The Wreck.
  • Arts Alliance hires Gwendal Auffret to run new Paris office

    14-Jun-2007

    Digital film services company Arts Alliance Media has expanded by opening a new office in Paris, which will be the headquarters of the company's digital cinema operations in Southern Europe.
  • Granada signs VOD deal with Orange for France

    14-Jun-2007

    Granada International has struck a non-exclusive three-year deal with Orange for VOD and SVOD platforms in France. The SVOD will launch a new drama service this month after initially concentrating on music and young people's programmes.
  • Entertainment One to acquire UK's Contender in $97m deal

    14-Jun-2007

    US and Canadian home entertainment company Entertainment One, parent company of Koch Entertainment, has struck a deal to acquire UK-based Contender Limited and its Contender Entertainment Group in a cash and stock deal worth about $97m (£49.4m).
  • Northwest Vision + Media settles on new name

    13-Jun-2007

    The combined agencies North West Vision and Media Training North West have announced the new name for their merged company: Northwest Vision + Media.
  • Babelgum signs up 25 new content partners

    13-Jun-2007

    Internet TV network Babelgum has announced new deals with 25 content owners and distributors, both newcomers and established.
  • Pinewood warns of flat film revenues from delayed shoots

    13-Jun-2007

    UK studio Pinewood Shepperton has issued a warning to investors that its full-year revenues will only show a small increase and film-related revenues will be flat.
  • Tribeca prize winner We Are Together partners with ONE Campaign

    13-Jun-2007

    Documentary We Are Together (Thina Simunye), which won prizes at IDFA and Tribeca, is working with the ONE Campaign to promote the film in the US.
  • HandMade books $50m in Cannes, led by Good Friday and Planet One

    12-Jun-2007

    HandMade Films, the sales arm of the revived HandMade plc, has reported $50m-plus sales at the Cannes Market, the best in the company's history.
  • Slingshot takes on UK distribution for Cannes debut Water Lilies

    12-Jun-2007

    New UK digital studio Slingshot has picked up all UK rights to Celine Sciamma's debut feature Water Lilies (Naissance des Pieuvres).
  • Momentum takes UK rights to Labaki's Cannes hit Caramel

    11-Jun-2007

    Momentum Pictures has taken UK rights to Nadine Labaki's Caramel.
  • Rang De Basanti wins best film at IIFA Awards

    10-Jun-2007

    Rakeysh Omprakesh Mehra's political youth culture tale Paint It Yellow (Rang De Basanti) claimed the top awards, including best film, at the Idea International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards last night in Sheffield. The best actor prize went to Hrithik Roshan for Krrish, while Rani Mukherji won best actress for Never Say Goodbye (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna).
  • Artificial Eye acquires three more films on the back of Cannes

    8-Jun-2007

    UK distributor Artificial Eye has announced three more acquisitions from Cannes, bringing its festival tally to 11 buys. The new acquisitions are Terror's Advocate (L'Avocat De La Terreur), You, The Living (Du Levande), and The Island (Ostrov).Terror's Advocate played in Un Certain Regard. Barbet Schroeder's documentary ...
  • New Internet TV company Babelgum launches to public

    8-Jun-2007

    New Internet TV service Babelgum is now available for public use. The Babelgum network is now offering a capped number of free application downloads daily, and pre-registered and beta tester users are also using the service. Babelgum uses peer-to-peer technology for its service, which is free and will be advertising-supported.Initial on-demand content offerings, from a variety of content providers, are organized by nine channels: Babel Picks, News, Trends, ...
  • Bollywood invades Yorkshire for IIFA weekend

    8-Jun-2007

    The Indian film industry has invaded the UK's Yorkshire region for the Indian International Film Academy (IIFA) awards, known as the Bollywood Oscars. The awards themselves will be given out Saturday night in Sheffield, but related events started Thursday and run during the four-day event in Leeds, Hull, Bradford and York.Yesterday's Global Business Forum, organized with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, included the signing of a memorandum ...
  • Cinema Expo to honour 4 Months actress Anamaria Marinca

    8-Jun-2007

    Cinema Expo International, held in Amsterdam later this month, will honour Romanian-born British actress Anamaria Marinca with its Excellence in Acting award. Marinca is one of the stars of Cannes Palme d'Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days and will next been seen in Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth. 'Cinema Expo is thrilled to honour Anamaria Marinca who recently gave an eye-catching performance in Cristian Mungiu's ...
  • UKFC P&A Fund backs Tell No One and Black Gold

    8-Jun-2007

    The UK Film Council's Prints & Advertising Fund has announced its latest awards to help with wider distribution of niche films. The latest funding recipients are:$217,553 (£110,774) to Revolver Entertainment for Tell No One (Ne Le Dis A Personne) by Guillaume Canet $123,728 (£63,000) to the BFI for A Throw of Dice (Prapancha Pash) by Franz Osten $80,442 (£40,960) ...
  • Metrodome takes UK rights to Sarkies' Out Of The Blue

    8-Jun-2007

    Metrodome Distribution has acquired all UK rights to Robert Sarkies' drama Out Of The Blue and will release the film later this summer.NZ Film has worldwide sales rights, and NZ Film's Kathleen Drumm and James Thompson negotiated the deal with Metrodome's Tom Stewart and Kate Falconer.NZ Film's Drumm also struck a German deal with Steffan Gerlach of Capelight.Sarkies wrote the film with Graeme Tetley, based on ...
  • Contender takes UK rights to Air Guitar Nation and Very British Gangster

    7-Jun-2007

    Increasingly active UK distributor Contender Films has taken on two new projects: Air Guitar Nation and A Very British Gangster. Alexandra Lipsitz's Air Guitar Nation, a documentary about the Air Guitar World Championships, was acquired from Media 8 Entertainment. Contender's head of marketing Matt Brightwell called the film ' a brilliantly made, engaging ...
  • Tartan buys eight in Cannes including Summit thriller P2

    7-Jun-2007

    Tartan Films went on a buying spree in Cannes, picking up UK and Ireland rights on eight titles. The titles acquired are: P2, Mala Noche, Breath, Time, The Good, The Bad and The Weird, I Am a Cyborg But That's Okay, and - as previously reported - Silent Light and Paranoid Park.P2 was won in a UK bidding war with Summit Entertainment, in a deal ...
  • Cast grows as Brideshead Revisited starts 11-week shoot

    7-Jun-2007

    As principal photography starts on Brideshead Revisited, Ed Stoppard, Felicity Jones, Jonathan Cake and Greta Scacchi have joined the cast. The project is shooting for 11 weeks including five weeks at Yorkshire's Castle Howard as well as location shooting in Oxford, London, Venice and Morocco. Ecosse Films are producing for BBC Films, 2 entertain, the UK Film Council and Miramax Films. Kevin Loader is producing with Ecosse's ...
  • The Weinstein Company takes on WAZ from Pathe

    7-Jun-2007

    In Cannes, Pathe Pictures International sold thriller WAZ to The Weinstein Company for North America. Other territories sold were Germany (Square One), Portugal (Lusomundo), Thailand (J-Bics), Latin America (Quality Films), CIS (Lizard), Spain (Vertigo), Benelux (Dutch Filmworks), Scandinavia (AB Svensk), Australia/New Zealand (All Interactive), Greece, Cyrpus, Former Yugoslavia, Romania and Bulgaria (Audiovisuals), South Africa (Ster-kinekor), Czech Republic (AQS), India (WEG), ...
  • Mischa Barton joins casts of Joffe's Russian drama

    7-Jun-2007

    Mischa Barton has joined the cast of Roland Joffe's coming-of-age drama Finding t.A.T.u, which will start shooting in Moscow later this month. The musical drama is based on Russian writer A. Mitrofanov's novel t.A.T.u come back. The story follows a friendless American teenager who escapes her lonely life in Moscow through music and meets a fellow fan of pop group t.A.T.u through the internet.
  • EastWest sells Fashion Victims to Austria and Germany

    5-Jun-2007

    EastWest Filmdistribution finalised deals in Cannes for its comedy Fashion Victims with Germany (Filmlichter) and Austria (Poool Filmverleih).
  • Fortissimo Cannes deals led by Live! and Pleasure Factory

    5-Jun-2007

    Fortissimo Film Sales had a strong Cannes, with hot sellers including Tim Hamilton's comedy Mama's Boy, reality TV satire Live!, the Martin Scorsese Rolling Stones project Shine A Light, Singapore red-light story The Pleasure Factory and Bela Tarr's Competition Title The Man From London.
  • Dreamachine sells all territories on Persepolis

    5-Jun-2007

    New sales company Dreamachine reported a successful Cannes, including worldwide sales on all territories for Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Parronaud's animated coming of age story Persepolis, which shared the jury prize.
  • The Works dives into UK deal for Mee Shee: The Water Giant

    5-Jun-2007

    The Works UK Distribution has taken all UK rights to Mee Shee: The Water Giant from ContentFilm. The $27m family film is directed by John Henderson for the Jim Henson Creature Shop.
  • Pathe, BBC slate includes big-screen version of Upstairs Downstairs

    4-Jun-2007

    Pathe and BBC Films, with support from the UK Film Council's Development Fund, have announced a development slate of five new projects, after announcing a year ago that they parties would join forces to develop bigger films with commercial potential.
  • Trinidad & Tobago starts new film tax incentive with rebate up to 30%

    4-Jun-2007

    Trinidad & Tobago, the twin island nation in the Carribean, has today unveiled its first tax incentives for film, TV and advertising shoots.
  • Metrodome strikes UK deal for Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiters

    4-Jun-2007

    UK distributor Metrodome has taken all UK rights to Stefan Ruzowitzky's Berlinale hit The Counterfeiters.
  • Blueberry Recruitment becomes Blueberry Creative Consultants

    1-Jun-2007

    Post-production talent company Blueberry Recruitment has changed its name to Blueberry Creative Consultants. The company's clients include production mangers, producers and directors from the likes of BBC, CNN, RDF, Darlow Smithson and Flaming CGI. Blueberry works with about 150 freelance editors and designers. The rebranding comes as the company expands its offerings with talent development, support, promotion and work activities.
  • Film4 Summer Screen to open with Knocked Up

    1-Jun-2007

    London's Somerset House has announced the line-up for its open air cinema series Film4 Summer Screen. The giant-screen projections, hosting up to 2,000 people, will run Aug 2-11. The series opens with Judd Apatow's hit US comedy Knocked Up. Other films selected are The Descent, The Thing, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Rushmore, Rear Window, ET, Walk The Line, Chak de India, Hot Fuzz, Point Break and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • BBC Worldwide takes stake in Andy Harries' Left Bank

    1-Jun-2007

    BBC Worldwide recently announced that it will take a 25% equity stake in Left Bank Pictures, the new production company being set up by former ITV/Granada production head Andy Harries, one of the producers of The Queen.
  • Tomorrow Unlimited to host Creators Series in New York and LA

    1-Jun-2007

    New company Tomorrow Unlimited, which was founded by former executives from Res Media Group with Tribeca Enterprises, will host its first event next week.
  • Artificial Eye buys four more from Cannes, including The Banishment

    31-May-2007

    UK distributor Artifical Eye has announced four more acquisitions from Cannes. They are Andrei Zvyagintsev’s The Banishment, Fatih Akin’s The Edge Of Heaven, Alexander Sokurov’s Alexandra, and Bela Tarr’s The Man From London.
  • UK producers group Pact appoints four new key personnel

    31-May-2007

    UK producers body Pact has announced the appointments of four new staff members.
  • Lithuania becomes eligible for Eurimages funding

    31-May-2007

    Lithuania has become the 33rd country to join Eurimages, the Council of Europe-supported film co-production, distribution and exhibition fund. The Eurimages board had recommended the inclusion at its March 2006 meeting and Lithuanian authorities have now confirmed their membership. Now all projects involving a Lithuanian co-producer can be considered for Eurimages funding.
  • Tartan on board for Silent Light and Paranoid Park

    31-May-2007

    Tartan Films has taken all UK and Ireland rights to two Cannes competition award winners: Silent Light and Paranoid Park.
  • MySpace, Film4 and Vertigo name 12 finalists for feature competition

    31-May-2007

    MySpace and its partners Film4 and Vertigo Films have selected the 12-person shortlist for its MyMovie MashUp contest. One winner will get $1.97m (£1m) to direct a feature film.
  • Eros recognised with Bollywood Award

    30-May-2007

    At the Bollywood Awards in New York on May 26, Eros International received the Honorary Award for its contribution to Indian cinema.
  • Film music company Cutting Edge acquires Air-Edel

    30-May-2007

    Music supervision and publishing company Cutting Edge has acquired Air-Edel Associates and Air-Edel Recording Studios from the Sanctuary Group.
  • Cobra to announce winners of 50-second short competition

    30-May-2007

    Cobra Beer will host its second-annual CobraVision Awards on Monday, June 4, at London 's BFI Southbank. Presenters at the ceremony will be TV presenter June Sarpong and actor Martin Freeman. Of the 20 finalists in the company's 50-second short film competition, CobraVision will select one winner and two runners-up. Prizes include $24,000 in cash and trips to India. The competition has been running since 2005 and winning films get shown on ITV2, ITV3 and ITV.
  • Momentum's The Painted Veil added to Odeon Digital Trial

    30-May-2007

    Momentum Pictures has added its film The Painted Veil to the Odeon Digital Trial.
  • Matson promoted at NBC Universal's Global Networks

    30-May-2007

    Greg Matson has been appointed senior vice president, commercial & network development, Global Networks, an international division of NBC Universal.
  • AV closes more deals on crocodile thriller Black Water

    30-May-2007

    AV Pictures has closed more deals on its hot seller Black Water, including a North American deal with Grindstone Entertainment Group.
  • THINKFilm confirms more Cannes deals on Oxford Murders

    29-May-2007

    THINKFilm International has announced its flurry of deals from Cannes.
  • Arthouse strikes distribution deal with Australia's Madman

    24-May-2007

    New York-based Arthouse Films has signed an exclusive output and distribution deals with Melbourne-based Madman Entertainment for Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
  • Independent books more Hallam Foe deals for Korea and Portugal

    23-May-2007

    Independent has closed a slew of new deals on David Mackenzie's Hallam Foe starring Jamie Bell.Territories sold during Cannes include the US (Magnolia), Korea (Jin Jin Pictures), Portugal (LNK), Benelux (Indies) and Israel (Orlando Films).Buena Vista International will release in the UK in summer 2007, followed by other major territories including Germany (Prokino) and Scandinavia.Independent's Cannes slate also ...
  • Arthouse takes on urban graffiti documentary Next

    22-May-2007

    Arthouse Films has taken all North American, Australian, New Zealand, and South African rights (without TV) to feature documentary Next: A Primer on Urban Painting.
  • Aspect takes rights to Bad Day - WWII

    22-May-2007

    New London-based sales company Aspect Film Limited, run by Hugh Edwards, have taken rights to Jerry G. Angelo and Jonathan Artemis Pierce's action drama feature Bad Day - WWII. Directed by Jerry G. Angelo and starring Christopher Showerman and Basil Hoffman, the film is about US and UK soldiers in occupied France during the winter of 1942. Producer Jonathan Artemis Pierce said,: 'Pierced Angels Productions is very happy to be working ...
  • EFP names members of board, adding Simon Perry

    22-May-2007

    During the Cannes Film Festival, European Film Promotion members elected a new board of directors at its general assembly. The six-member board serves for two years.
  • Cinexport starts sales for Algerian story Morituri

    22-May-2007

    Cinexport has taken on world sales for Morituri, and Cinexport president Anne-Marie Rombourg-Caraco is handling the project here in Cannes.
  • Arthouse takes North American DVD rights to Cartier-Bresson box

    22-May-2007

    Arthouse Films has acquired North American DVD rights to the Henri Cartier-Bresson double DVD box set, featuring five films by the master photographer and several documentaries on his life and work.
  • Buyers take Control of Becker's hot Corbijn title

    22-May-2007

    Becker International has closed several deals for Anton Corbijn's hot Director's Fortnight opener Control. The new territories sold are Japan (Style Jam), Scandinavia (Atlanta), Brazil (Daylight), Poland (Gutek), Croatia (Continental Films), and Russia (Maywin Media). US negotiations are ongoing.The existing distributors already in place for the Ian Curtis biopic are the UK (Momentum), France (La Fabrique de Films), Benelux (Paradiso), Portugal (LNK), Greece (Art ...
  • Atlantic berth for Sundance director Toa Fraser

    22-May-2007

    Alan Harris, the ex-head of finance for Grosvenor Park, has several new projects in his slate at Atlantic Film Group, the UK-based company he runs with Nicole Dade.The first new film to shoot will be New Zealand director Toa Fraser following up his Sundance hit No. 2 with a project entitled My Talks With Dean Spanley, based on a 1936 novel. 'It's a period comedy about a reincarnated ...
  • Madman picks up six including Flight Of Red Balloon

    22-May-2007

    Distributor Madman Entertainment has picked a slew of titles in Cannes for Australia/New Zealand distribution.
  • Medb Films strikes three-picture Target deal with Brenda Blethyn project

    22-May-2007

    Target Entertainment has signed a three-picture deal with Jan Dunn and Elaine Wickham's UK-based Medb Films. Target's Alison Rayson will executive produce the films, which Dunn will direct and Wickham will produce.The first under the deal is The Calling, Dunn's story about a university student who suddenly decides to become a Benedictine nun. Brenda Blethyn and Susannah York and Rita Tushingman have committed to the project and talks ...
  • Tilda Swinton joins Connery as Edinburgh festival patron

    22-May-2007

    Tilda Swinton has been named a patron of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, joining Sean Connery, the festival has announced in Cannes.Swinton said: 'It is a sincere thrill for me to accept the honour the great Edinburgh International Film Festival does me by asking me to be a patron. Edinburgh - not only home to the most rocking arts festivals on the planet - is the nearest thing I have to a home town.' Swinton has a long history with the festival. This ...
  • Rebel State lines up rapper Kano for Black Market

    21-May-2007

    UK producers Rebel State Films, headed by Anthony Alleyne and Rachel McClelland, are in Cannes to discuss their slate of four films with potential co-producers.
  • The Works works Buscemi's Interview

    21-May-2007

    The Works UK Distribution has taken all UK rights to Steve Buscemi's Interview, which stars Buscemi and Sienna Miller.
  • Shane Meadows gets shorts in shape with EM Media, Warp and Film4

    21-May-2007

    EM Media, the UK's East Midlands regional screen agency behind Anton Corbijn's Directors Fortnight hit Control, has joined forces with Warp Films and Film4 to create a new website that will offer downloads of Shane Meadows' large back catalogue of shorts.
  • Film London says London shooting up 42% in last three years

    21-May-2007

    Film London said that filming in the UK capital has grown 42% over the last three years.
  • South West Screen backs Writers competition

    21-May-2007

    In addition to its work with the Screenwriters' Festival, South West Screen is also launching a new Screenwriter Development Competition.
  • Companies sign up for London Finance Market

    21-May-2007

    Film London's new Production Finance Market (October 22-23), held in association with the Times BFI London Film Festival, has announced some major players who have confirmed their attendance, including Working Title, Focus Features, Paramount, Pathe, The Weinstein Company and StudioCanal.The market will address private film finance and new distribution avenues. Calls are now open for producers and financiers to apply. More than 100 international UK and ...
  • Film4 locks into Winterbottom's new five-year prison project

    21-May-2007

    Film4 is on board for a new project from Michael Winterbottom, entitled 7 Days. The film for Channel 4 TV is based on the fictionalised story of a UK prison inmate and his relationship with his wife and four children.
  • First Star plans its Boer War Siege

    21-May-2007

    New York-based First Star Pictures is in Cannes unveiling Siege Of O'Kiepe, a $37m epic set during the Boer War of 1901.
  • Revolver dances along with Vida Ballet documentary

    21-May-2007

    Revolver Entertainment has pre-bought the UK rights to feature documentary Vida Ballet from director Beadie Finzi, who previously co-directed and produced Unknown White Male.
  • Senator strikes deal with Dresen and Rommel

    21-May-2007

    Germany's Senator Film has established a long-term deal with director Andreas Dresen and producer Peter Rommel, the team behind Summer In Berlin and Grill Point.
  • Target strikes six-film deal with Finch's Pink Sands

    20-May-2007

    UK-based Target Entertainment has struck a six-film deal with Charles Finch and Kate McCreery's production outfit Pink Sands.Target's slate will focus on UK films with a budget of about $2m, and the line-up includes Kfir Yefet's The Smell of Apples, based on the novel by Mark Behr and starring Gillian Anderson and Jordi Molla; Ten Percent from writer Richard Burman; Stalin's ...
  • ICA picks up six films including Chabrol's Comedy Of Power

    19-May-2007

    ICA Films has picked up six new titles for UK distribution.
  • Draper joins Slingshot's new distribution arm

    19-May-2007

    New UK digital film company Slingshot Studios has announced a new UK distribution arm, Slingshot Distribution, which will handle 10-12 films per year.
  • Arthouse Films takes sales rights to Alice Neel documentary

    19-May-2007

    Arthouse Films has acquired worldwide rights, including all North American rights, to the feature documentary Alice Neel.The documentary on the American painter was directed by Andrew Neel and produced by Ethan Palmer, Rebecca Spence, and SeeThink Productions.Arthouse is handling the US release as well as world sales here in Cannes.
  • ContentFilm thunders on with sales for Elephants feature

    19-May-2007

    ContentFilm International is working with new nature project Elephants Of The Okavango and has already closed deals with Germany (Falcom), France (Euro TV), CIS and Baltics (MGN), Hungary/Czech/Slovak Republics (Intersonic), Latin America (SWEN), the Middle East (Gulf) and The Netherlands/Belgium (A Film).
  • High Point takes on hot politics of Rendition

    19-May-2007

    High Point Films has taken the world rights, outside the UK, to Jim Threapleton's debut feature Rendition, starring Andy Serkis and Omar Berdouni.
  • ICA picks up six films including Chabrol's Comedy Of Power

    19-May-2007

    ICA Films has picked up six new titles for UK distribution.
  • Not Quite Hollywood goes to Madman, Magnolia and Optimum

    19-May-2007

    Several distributors have come on board early for the Australian project Not Quite Hollywood, about Australian genre cinema in the 1970s and 1980s. Deals have been struck for Australia and New Zealand (Madman Entertainment), North America (Magnolia Pictures), and the UK (Optimum Releasing).
  • Optimum and Lionsgate get lifted with UK DVD company Elevation

    19-May-2007

    Optimum Releasing (and its parent company StudioCanal) has set up a joint venture with Lionsgate UK to jointly acquire home entertainment company Elevation Sales.
  • Screen East gets $4.4m investment boost from ERDA

    19-May-2007

    UK regional screen agency Screen East has secured a $4.4m (£2.2m) investment fund for the East of England that will support a minimum of 20 fictional features, documentary, TV and digital media projects.
  • Opening weekend frenzy goes online with moviePol.com

    18-May-2007

    Here in Cannes, film-maker Mary McGuckian has launched a new online network, moviePol.com, for online film premieres.
  • Northern Ireland gets $24m boost in new three-year plan

    18-May-2007

    The Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission has unveiled a new three-year strategy and restructured its funding programmes. In a nod to the digital era, the group has been renamed Northern Ireland Screen, and has gotten a new $24m package of support from Invest Northern Ireland.
  • New Cinema Fund backs new Winterbottom and Warp X titles

    18-May-2007

    The UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund is backing several new projects including Michael Winterbottom's next film and thriller Donkey Punch, being sold in Cannes market by Lumina.
  • Lionsgate bites Jinga's werewolf film Wild Country

    18-May-2007

    New UK sales company Jinga Films has closed a North American deal with Lionsgate for Craig Strachan's Scottish horror project Wild Country.Creative Axa has taken Japanese rights. Peter Capaldi and Martin Compston star in the film, which twists the werewolf genre with a teen pregnancy angle.Jinga's slate also includes thriller Summer Scars (from the team behind
  • Lionsgate UK gets Independent's In The Hands Of The Gods

    18-May-2007

    Lionsgate UK has taken the UK and Ireland rights to In The Hands Of The Gods, which had its world premiere in Cannes Market last night.Independent is handling sales on the feature, which is about five young British freestyle football fans who travel the world in hopes of meeting Diego Maradona (the film's previous title was In Search Of Diego).
  • New Goals

    18-May-2007

    Tristan Whalley and Nicki Parfitt first met while working for Portman Entertainment on the comedy Saving Grace in 2000. Both saw the potential of the film, originally made for TV, to go larger. Of course, it did.
  • UK - The Importance Of Being Ealing

    18-May-2007

    If you think you know Ealing Studios from the glory days of The Lavender Hill Mob, it is time to fast forward. The new Ealing Studios, launched in 2000, has worked on films including The Importance of Being Earnest and Valiant and is quietly ramping up its future business.
  • Palme d'Or winner: Ken Loach

    17-May-2007

    Until May 26, Ken Loach is still the reigning king of Cannes. The 70-year-old British director was a surprise winner of the Palme d'Or in 2006 with his eighth film in Competition at Cannes, Irish civil war drama The Wind That Shakes The Barley. The socially conscious director previously won special jury prizes in 1990 for Hidden Agenda and in 1993 for Raining Stones.
  • Edinburgh starts rising talent and acting awards for 2007

    17-May-2007

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has announced two new initiatives this year: a new UK Talent Showcase, entitled Trailblazers, in association with Skillset; and a new performance award, the PPG Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film, which will be sponsored by The Premier Property Group.
  • Clive Owen is back in town with new Capitol project

    17-May-2007

    Capitol Films has added Scott Hicks' The Boys Are Back In Town to its Cannes slate, which will star Clive Owen.
  • Ealing closes Germany, Benelux deals for St Trinian's

    17-May-2007

    Ealing Studios International has sold its girls school project St Trinian's, which is still shooting, to Germany (Concorde/Telemunchen) and Benelux (Paridiso). Entertainment already has UK rights.
  • Future Shorts provides shorts for MySpace's Cannes afternoons

    17-May-2007

    UK-based international short film label Future Shorts has become the official short film partner for MySpace France during Cannes. MySpace is hosting afternoon entertainment (from 3-6pm each day May 16-27) on the Smiley Beach (opposite the Noga Hilton) featuring bands and DJs including the likes of New Order's Peter Hook plus French artists Alex Beaupain and Claire Diterzi. Future Shorts will screen short films between the audio entertainment. Future Shorts has been conducting short screenings .
  • Goalpost Films adds Natalie Imbruglia project to slate

    17-May-2007

    New UK-based sales company Goalpost Films has its first full slate at Cannes.
  • NZ starts sales on Ballantyne's debut

    17-May-2007

    NZ Film, the sales arm of the New Zealand Film Commission, is in Cannes announcing Armagan Ballantyne's debut feature The Strength Of Water, about a young boy who has to deal with an unexpected tragedy.
  • Suvari, Huston and Murino join Garden Of Eden

    17-May-2007

    The UK's Berwick Street Productions has recruited Mena Suvari, Jack Huston Caterina Murino, and Richard E Grant will star in their forthcoming The Garden Of Eden, which John Irvin (Hamburger Hill) will direct from Ernest Hemingway's story.
  • Williams, Howard and Wood line up for Sturridge's Bronte

    17-May-2007

    Icon Entertainment International has taken on international sales for Charles Sturridge's Bronte. Lined up to play the Bronte sisters are Michelle Williams, Bryce Dallas Howard and Evan Rachel Wood.
  • Film4 to help London's ICA with refurbishment fundraising

    16-May-2007

    The UK's Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) has announced an ambitious fundraising programme in collaboration with Film4 to raise funds for ICA Cinema.
  • Satanas takes feature prize at first Emerging Talent Fest in Monaco

    16-May-2007

    The inaugural International Emerging Talent Film Festival ended Tuesday night in Monte Carlo, Monaco, with the festival's Wing Award for best feature going to Satanas by Andres Baiz from Columbia/Mexico.
  • Becker rocks on Elijah Wood's Iggy Pop story

    16-May-2007

    Becker International has come on for international sales on Nick Gomez's The Passenger, based on Iggy Pop's life during the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Capitol takes on new films from Don Roos and Joshua Marston

    16-May-2007

    Capitol Films has added Don Roos' Love And Other Impossible Pursuits and Joshua Marston's The Fortress Of Solitude to its Cannes slate.
  • Clarke and Perkins promoted at UK distributor Optimum

    15-May-2007

    Managing director Will Clarke has been promoted to CEO of UK-based Optimum Releasing, with former head of distribution Danny Perkins now promoted to managing director and COO.
  • Asian-focused Tiger Festival to debut in Brighton

    15-May-2007

    OORT and Terracotta Media are planning a four-day showcase of Asian films in Brighton, UK, with the debut of the Tiger Festival sponsored by Tiger beer.
  • BBC, Film4, UKFC and Pact come to terms on producer's equity

    15-May-2007

    As discussed and expected, BBC Films, Film4 and the UK Film Council, the three principal public funders of feature films in the UK, together with producers group Pact, have confirmed an agreement to give producers an equity stake in features in which they invest.
  • Momentum takes UK rights to Burger's The Return

    15-May-2007

    Momentum Pictures has taken the UK rights to Neil Burger's The Return from sales company QED.
  • Ingenious starts $200m fund for distribution slates

    15-May-2007

    UK-based media investment company Ingenious, which has been hit by recent UK government clampdowns on various investment schemes, has now launched a $203m (Euros 150m) film distribution fund.
  • Britdoc plans second festival for July; selections include We Are Together

    14-May-2007

    Britdoc's second-annual festival will have a theme of 'Documentary Meets Art,' and will run July 25-27, again at Oxford's Keble College.
  • Momentum's Suen joins Aramid as chief operating officer

    14-May-2007

    Aramid Capital Partners has appointed Yu Fai Suen as chief operating officer.
  • Optimum strikes UK deals for Incendiary and Rise Of The Footsoldier

    11-May-2007

    Ahead of Cannes, UK distributor Optimum has picked up two new films: they are Sharon Maguire's Incendiary and Julian Gilbey's Rise Of The Footsoldier.
  • The Works to handle international sales for Bahrani's Chop Shop

    11-May-2007

    The Works International has taken on several new films ahead of Cannes.
  • High Point Films takes on Greg Hall's The Plague

    11-May-2007

    London-based sales company High Point Film has added Greg Hall's The Plague to its slate ahead of Cannes.
  • Icon takes on international sales for The Stanford Prison Experiment

    11-May-2007

    Icon Entertainment International has acquired the international sales rights to The Stanford Prison Experiment, which Maverick Films/Infinity Features will start shooting in October 2007.
  • Rome to premiere Coppola's Youth Without Youth

    11-May-2007

    Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth has been confirmed for a world premiere at the secondRome Film Festival, which runs Oct 18-27.
  • Northern stars

    11-May-2007

    The first feature from a Newcastle-based film-maker draws inspiration from his time in UK indie bands. Wendy Mitchell reports.
  • ContentFilm takes on sales for Toby Wilkins' horror-thriller Splinter

    10-May-2007

    ContentFilm International has taken on international rights to Splinter, which it will launch in Cannes.
  • Ealing partners with Lionhead for Julian Fellowes' From Time To Time

    10-May-2007

    Ealing Studios has partnered with Lionhead productions for Julian Fellowes feature as a director, From Time To Time. Ealing's new sales arm, Ealing Studios International, will also take worldwide rights.
  • Toronto to open with premiere of Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces

    10-May-2007

    The 32nd Toronto International Film Festival will open Sept 6 with the world premiere gala presentation of Jeremy Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces, organisers have announced.
  • UKFC allocates $11m to new funds including film festival support

    10-May-2007

    The UK Film Council has allocated $11m (£5.5m) from its reserves and recoupments to go towards new funding policies through March 2010.
  • Hammer Film relaunched with European investors including Cyrte

    10-May-2007

    A consortium of European investors, led by Netherlands-based Cyrte Investments, has acquired the UK's Hammer Film Producttions including its 295-title library. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, although the new Hammer will have shareholders equity and facilities of about $50m.
  • Arts Alliance enters US market with acquisition of Hart Sharp

    9-May-2007

    London-based Arts Alliance Media has expanded into the US with the acquisition of New York-based Hart Sharp Video.
  • International delegates at Tribeca see room for growth

    9-May-2007

    Proximity to Cannes is still an issue, say international attendees, but those who attended found it a useful pre-Cannes meeting point and appreciated the 75 world premieres in the programme. Wendy Mitchell reports...
  • Fortissimo takes on Mexican Critics Week selection Bad Habits

    9-May-2007

    Fortissimo Films has taken worldwide rights outside the Americas to Bad Habits (Malos Habitos), screening as part of Cannes Critics' Week.
  • Moviehouse takes on sales for Harman's feature debut Credo

    9-May-2007

    UK-based sales company Moviehouse Entertainment has come on board for sales of Credo, the first feature from Alto Films (produced in association with Axis Films).
  • New York's LaSalleHolland restructures as Sweet 180

    9-May-2007

    New York-based management and production company LaSalleHolland has been restructured and renamed as Sweet 180.
  • Horton and Ashton join UK's Men-from-Mars

    9-May-2007

    Visual effects company Men-from-Mars has expanded its team by hiring Tom horton in a senior producing role in the management team. Horton had been managing director and head of VFX at several post companies in London, Singapore and Australia.
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest and Unexpected Media start documentary lab

    9-May-2007

    The Sheffield Doc/Fest and Unexpected Media, with support from the BBC, London Development Agency and Screen Yorkshire, are starting a new initiative to support new documentary projects.
  • Capitol strikes UK , Australian deal with Lionsgate for The Edge Of Love

    8-May-2007

    Lionsgate has taken UK and Australian rights to John Maybury's The Edge Of Love, previously known as The Best Time Of Our Lives.
  • Film4 signs on as headline sponsor for UK's FrightFest

    8-May-2007

    Film4 has signed on to become the headline sponsor of the UK's FrightFest for two years. The horror and fantasy film festival runs for five days at London's Odeon West End, from Aug 23-28.
  • Penny Averill replaces Cussons as head of UK's WFTV

    4-May-2007

    Penny Averill has been appointed the new chief executive of the UK 's Women in Film and TV (WFTV).
  • Dutch government vows to again support Rotterdam's Bals Fund

    4-May-2007

    Reversing earlier decisions, the Dutch government has announced its continued support of the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
  • United Kingdom - Hints of Wales

    4-May-2007

    Pauline Burt is in the enviable position of running a national film agency that does not have to beg producers to shoot in the region.
  • Tiscali works with AAM to launch new UK VOD service, Movies Now

    3-May-2007

    Phone and Internet company Tiscali has launched its online VOD download service, Movies Now, in partnership with Arts Alliance Media (AAM).The new service launches with more than 500 films and programmes available to anyone visiting the Tiscali web site (www.tiscali.co.uk/moviesnow). Users can rent or download titles to own with prices starting at $2 (£1) and films costing $6-$7 (£3-£3.50).Titles offered include United 93, Children ...
  • Rajendra Roy named chief curator at MoMA's Film Department

    3-May-2007

    The Museum of Modern Art in New York has appointed Rajendra Roy as the Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of the Department of Film. Roy, the artistic director of the Hamptons International Film Festival and the only American programmer for the Berlinale, will succeed Mary Lea Bandy, who retired from MoMA in 2006. Roy will stay on with the Hamptons festival as an unpaid artistic advisor through the 2007 season. MoMA director Glenn Lowry made the announcement, and said: ...
  • Truly Indie takes on US theatrical release of Steel City

    2-May-2007

    Truly Indie will handle the US theatrical release of Brian Jun's drama Steel City, which will open May 25 in New York with other cities to follow.The story about a small-town family that has to grapple with difficult situations caused by their an alcoholic father.Ugly Betty star America Ferrera stars with Thomas Guiry, John Heard, Clayne Crawford and Raymond J Barry.The ...
  • Arthouse Films launches screening series at New York's 5 Ninth

    1-May-2007

    Arthouse Films and the partners of 5 Ninth restaurant in New York's meatpacking district have launched a new film salon and screening series called the Film Salon at 5 Ninth.The series will start on Monday nights in May, focusing on films by and about artists.The evenings will include screenings, food, drink and discussions with directors and producers. The initial films selected include: James Crump's Black White + ...
  • Moviehouse takes on sales for Slingshot's debut feature Sugarhouse

    1-May-2007

    UK-based sales company Moviehouse Entertainment has taken on international sales for Sugarhouse (formerly known as Sugarhouse Lane), the first feature from new digital studio Slingshot Studios.Gary Love makes his feature debut with the urban thriller based on co-screenwriter Dominic Leyton's play Collision.Ashley Walters, Andy Serkis and Steven ...
  • Paul Taylor's Tribeca doc We Are Together lands UK deal with EMI

    30-Apr-2007

    We Are Together (Thina Sumunye), which had its North American premiere here at the Tribeca Film Festival in the Documentary Competition, has struck a deal with EMI Music for theatrical, DVD and soundtrack rights in the UK.Paul Taylor's film, produced by Teddy Leifer, is about the children of the Agape Orphanage in South Africa who form a world-renowned choir.'We Are Together is not ...
  • Fortissimo on board for Bela Tarr's Cannes title The Man From London

    30-Apr-2007

    Fortissimo Films has taken on worldwide rights outside of Germany, France and Hungary to Bela Tarr's The Man From London, from TT Filmmuhely, 13 Production, Black Forest Films, Von Vietinghoff and Cinema Soleil.The film will premiere in Competition in Cannes. It marks Tarr's first feature in seven years, after 2000's Werckmeister Harmonies.The Man ...
  • Tribeca attendees talk tough about Oscars documentary rules

    30-Apr-2007

    As could have been anticipated, a heated debate broke out as the independent documentary film-making community got a chance to debate the Oscar eligibility rules with two of the Academy's governors, Michael Apted and Rob Epstein.In a outreach programme at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) explained the revised rules for documentary submissions and then opened the floor for film-makers to express their thoughts on the rules.
  • Tribeca All Access prizes go to Waste, Salvation and Sisterhood

    29-Apr-2007

    The Tribeca Film Festival's fourth Tribeca All Access programme closed Saturday night with awards (including cash prizes) presented to Ben Rekhi's Waste (narrative prize), Dee Rees' Eventual Salvation (documentary prize) and Marilyn Fu's The Sisterhood Of Night (screenwriting prize). The TAA programme, which seeks to connect industry experts with narrative ...
  • Ossard to produce Chomet's first live-action feature

    29-Apr-2007

    French producer Claudie Ossard plans to work with animator Sylvain Chomet (Belleville Rendez-Vous) on Chomet's first full-length live action feature.The pair previously collaborated on one of the segments of portmanteau project Paris je t'aime. Ossard, producer of past hits including Amelie and Delicatessen, ...
  • Film Movement takes North American rights to Tribeca title Fraulein

    29-Apr-2007

    Film Movement has acquired the North American theatrical and home video rights to Fraulein, which as been screening this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. Andrea Staka's feature is about three modern women from the former Yugoslavia now living in Switzerland who have to come to terms with their pasts.The film has already collected awards in Locarno, Sarajevo and the Swiss Film Awards.The deal was negotiated by ...
  • As predicted, Grindhouse will be split into two releases for UK

    27-Apr-2007

    As predicted, The Weinstein Company (TWC) has confirmed that Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse double bill will be released as two separate movies in the UK.Tarantino's Death Proof will be released via Momentum Pictures/Dimension Films on Sept 21 with Rodriguez's Planet Terror released at a later date to be confirmed soon.Tarantino's ...
  • Neil Marshall shooting Rogue's Doomsday in Cape Town and Scotland

    27-Apr-2007

    Neil Marshall, writer/director of The Descent and Dog Soldiers, has started shooting in Cape Town for Doomsday for Rogue Pictures. The action thriller is about a lethal virus that hits a major country. Bob Hoskins, Alexander Siddiq and Adrian Lester star.Crystal Sky Pictures' Steven Paul and Benedict Carver are producing
  • John Carpenter in Tribeca: Violent films comes from our fearsome world

    27-Apr-2007

    As audiences brace themselves for this summer's release of Hostel 2 and America comes to terms with the violence of the recent Virginia Tech murders, the Tribeca Film Festival last night hosted a discussion about violence in films and the impact on society.Panelists all agreed that the real-life violence seen on the evening news was more disturbing than fictional films, and that the current political and social landscape produced anxiety ...
  • United Kingdom - Seaside heights

    27-Apr-2007

    While some in the British film business sit in their Soho offices complaining about funding, Medb Films founders Jan Dunn and Elaine Wickham are quietly building an indie film-making mini-empire in Ramsgate, on the Kent Coast.
  • Ben Hopkins starts shoot in Turkey for The Market

    26-Apr-2007

    Simon Magus and The Nine Lives Of Alex Katz director Ben Hopkins started shooting in Turkey today for his third fiction feature, The Market. The project is the first co-production between Kazakhstan, Turkey, Germany and the UK. The Market will be shot in the Turkish language.Producers are Roshanak Behesht ...
  • Al Gore opens Tribeca with climate-change shorts programme

    26-Apr-2007

    The sixth-annual Tribeca Film Festival opened Wednesday night in downtown Manhattan with a programme of short films and music to raise awareness for climate change.TFF's opening night presented the premieres of nine of the planned 60 short films that are part of the SOS campaign about the global climate crisis.There were no famous faces seen on the big screen, but celebrities did come out in support of Tribeca and SOS. Al Gore hosted the evening, which also included ...
  • Moviehouse and Revolver on board for documentary Taking Liberties

    23-Apr-2007

    Moviehouse Entertainment is taking on sales for documentary Taking Liberties, with all UK rights going to Revolver Entertainment.
  • Music supervisor Liz Gallacher joins Cutting Edge

    20-Apr-2007

    Music supervisor Liz Gallacher is joining Cutting Edge as director of music supervision.
  • Paul Chesney leaves Deluxe Media for Arts Alliance Media

    19-Apr-2007

    London-based Arts Alliance Media (AAM) has appointed Paul Chesney as director of business development, as of April 23.
  • The Works takes on sales for Oudney's romantic comedy French Film

    18-Apr-2007

    Ahead of the Cannes Film Festival, London-based The Works International has come on board for romantic comedy French Film.
  • Canadian film-maker plans June shoot for Welsh's Ecstasy

    18-Apr-2007

    Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy will be brought to the big screen by Toronto-based director Rob Heydon, making his feature directorial debut after work in commercials and music videos.
  • UKFC P&A Fund gives $600,000 to Curse Of The Golden Flower

    17-Apr-2007

    The UK Film Council's Prints & Advertising Fund has announced its latest funding round to support distribution of specialised films:
  • Colleen Woodcock to replace Celine Haddad at Pathe UK

    17-Apr-2007

    Pathe UK has appointed Colleen Woodcock as head of creative affairs.
  • Focus starts UK shoot for Miss Pettigrew starring McDormand

    17-Apr-2007

    Production starts this week on location in the UK for the Focus Features comedy Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, starring Frances McDormand.
  • Optimum strikes UK deal for Waititi's Eagle Vs Shark

    17-Apr-2007

    Distributor Optimum Releasing has acquired the UK rights to Taika Waititi's debut feature Eagle Vs Shark.
  • Industry Trust tries new approach with anti-piracy campaign

    17-Apr-2007

    The UK-based Industry Trust for Intellectual Property Awareness has announced plans to start a new campaign to change its approach for fighting film and TV piracy.
  • Fox signs on for downloads through AAM's Vizumi platform

    16-Apr-2007

    UK-based digital distribution services company Arts Alliance Media (AAM) has struck a deal with 20th Century Fox for Fox content to be offered for download on AAM's Vizumi Network.
  • ContentFilm takes on world sales of August starring Josh Hartnett

    16-Apr-2007

    ContentFilm International has taken on worldwide rights to Austin Chick's August, which start shooting today in New York City.
  • SPTI promotes Noemi Weisse for French and Portuguese territories

    13-Apr-2007

    Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) has promoted Noemie Weisse to senior vice president, sales, for French-language territories, Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa.
  • Northwest England's proposed new agency lands two leaders

    13-Apr-2007

    As the northwest UK 's two audiovisual organisations are planning to merge, the chief executive and managing director of the combined organsation have been named.
  • New Zealand actor and film-maker Don Selwyn dies

    13-Apr-2007

    Maori actor and film-maker Don Selwyn has passed away in New Zealand.
  • United Kingdom - Re-animated

    13-Apr-2007

    When Bristol-based Aardman ended its deal with DreamWorks in late January 2007, the early dissolution of the pact did not come as a surprise - there had long been talk of culture clashes between the UK animation company and its publicly traded Hollywood partner.
  • United States/United Kingdom - Arcane Worlds

    13-Apr-2007

    Producer Meg Thomson has had an interesting journey since growing up in Pennsylvania. At Harvard University, she met her UK-born future business partner in Arcane Pictures, George Duffield. She worked in the Los Angeles film production world before moving to the UK eight years ago to work on Arcane's first feature, William Brookfield's Milk.
  • Sony signs VOD deal with VirginMega in France for TVs and PCs

    12-Apr-2007

    Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) has struck a new video-on-demand (VOD) deal with France's VirginMega.The deal will cover content online at virginmega.fr and subscribers to the Alice IPTV platform and Mes Videos a la Carte service. Viewers will get 48 hours of unlimited viewing on either platform, with downloaded films held on a PC for up to 30 days and on the Mes Videos service for up to 7 days. The pact covers recent Sony hits such as
  • Dreamachine licenses Last Emperor to Image Entertainment

    11-Apr-2007

    Dreamachine, the new company formed by the merger of HanWay Films and Celluloid Dreams, has struck its first deal. Image Entertainment signed an exclusive North American licensing agreement with Dreamachine over four films in the Recorded Picture Company library: Bernardo Bertolucci's Oscar-winning The Last Emperor, Nagisa Oshima's Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Stephen Frears' The Hit and Nicolas Roeg's Insignificance.
  • Sony rebrands A+ as Animax and plans mobile, VOD offerings

    11-Apr-2007

    Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) has rebranded its A+ Channel as Animax. The dedicated anime channel is available in Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. SPTI also noted that it is in advanced negotiations to launch the channel in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and France. Animax is already an established brand in Asia and Latin America, and SPTI said it had plans to expand Animax across multiple platforms including mobile and VOD.
  • Universal offers downloads to own in Germany through T-Com

    11-Apr-2007

    Universal Pictures International Entertainment, NBC Universal International Television Distribution have signed agreements for new download-to-own offerings and renewed VOD offerings through Germany's T-Com and it's T-Online VOD, T-Home and IPTV service.
  • Elan Cross Stephens joins Welsh film agency's board

    10-Apr-2007

    Elan Closs Stephens has joined the board of the new Film Agency for Wales.
  • Bermek tapped for tax at European Audiovisual Observatory

    10-Apr-2007

    The European Audiovisual Observatory has announced plans to start studying tax law.
  • Lena Headey and Lily Cole join cast of St Trinian's

    10-Apr-2007

    Ealing Studios has added to the cast of St Trinian's, the contemporary update of the popular 1950s film franchise about a girl's school.
  • Script advice available to UKFCunsuccessful applicants

    5-Apr-2007

    Applicants to the UK Film Council's Development Fund will now be able to get free feedback on unaccepted scripts thanks to a deal with The Script Connection.
  • Warner Music moves into theatrical with UK release of Blue Blood

    5-Apr-2007

    Varsity boxing documentary Blue Blood was acquired by Warner Music Entertainment in February 2007 and marks the company's first theatrical release. The film will open in selected UK cinemas May 11 with a DVD release planned for later in 2007.
  • Paradiso moves into Netherlands distribution with Amsterdam office

    4-Apr-2007

    Brussels-based Paradiso Filmed Entertainment has opened new offices in Amsterdam to handle theatrical distribution in the Netherlands.
  • Ben Whishaw set to join Campion's Keats story Bright Star

    4-Apr-2007

    UK actor Ben Whishaw is in final negotiations to star in Bright Star as 19th-century poet John Keats.
  • Rang De Basanti leads Idea IIFA Awards nominations

    4-Apr-2007

    The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) has announced nominations for the 2007 Idea IIFA Awards, which will be given out in Sheffield, UK, in June.
  • Tine Klint takes international sales post at Nordisk

    4-Apr-2007

    Tine Klint has taken over as the new head of international sales at Denmark-based Nordisk Film.
  • Odeon and Sky Filmworks signs up Contender as DVD partner

    3-Apr-2007

    Odeon and Sky Filmworks, the joint distribution venture between the companies, has signed a deal with the UK 's Contender Entertainment Group for DVD distribution
  • HanWay and Celluloid Dreams merge to create dreamachine

    3-Apr-2007

    In a move that will shake up the international sales world, Jeremy Thomas' UK-based HanWay Films and Hengameh Panahi's Paris-based Celluloid Dreams are planning to merge. The new sales, production and financing venture, dreamachine, will be based in London, Paris and Toronto.
  • Pinewood launches website for rebuilt 007 Stage

    2-Apr-2007

    The Pinewood Studios Group has launched an official website for the rebuilt 007 Stage, located at www.007stage.com.
  • AAM signs downloadable content deal with Revolver Entertainment

    2-Apr-2007

    UK-based digital distribution services company Arts Alliance Media (AAM) has struck a deal with distributor Revolver Entertainment for Revolver's content to be offered for download on AAM 's Vizumi Network.
  • Park Circus joins UK trade group FDA

    2-Apr-2007

    Park Circus Films has joined the UK's Film Distributors' Association (FDA), the trade body of UK theatrical distributors.
  • Aardman signs exclusive three-year, first-look deal with Sony Pictures

    2-Apr-2007

    UK-based Aardman Features will enter a three-year, exclusive first-look deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) for all of Aardman's features in development.
  • UK Film Council looks for certification manager for new tax test

    2-Apr-2007

    As of today, the certification unit for the new Cultural Test for British Film introduced as part of the UK 's new film tax relief will be based at the UK Film Council, moving from its previous home at the Department of Culture, Media & Sport.
  • True North wins best film at Cherbourg-Octeville

    30-Mar-2007

    The 22nd Cherbourg-Octeville Festival of Irish and British Film (March 14-20) gave its top awards to Steve Hudson's True North. The film took best film, best film voted by the student jury, and best actress for Angel Li.
  • UK's Albion launches with aims to produce Christian features

    30-Mar-2007

    Albion Productions has launched as a UK production company dedicated to only making Christian feature films.
  • Sky signs up three-year deal with Spyglass Entertainment

    29-Mar-2007

    UK-based BSkyB has struck a new, three-year output deal with Spyglass Entertainment, which covers up to 15 Spylass-produced titles from 2008.
  • Shear leaves The Works to take new sales post at Revolver

    29-Mar-2007

    David Shear is leaving his post as head of sales at The Works UK Distribution to become sales director of Revolver Entertainment.
  • Premiere Fund backs Paul Andrew Williams' The Cottage

    28-Mar-2007

    The UK Council's Premiere Fund has come on board with Lottery funding for Paul Andrew Williams' The Cottage.
  • Hitman starts Bulgarian shoot for Fox and EuropaCorp

    28-Mar-2007

    Twentieth Century Fox and EuropaCorp started principal photography Tuesday on thriller Hitman directed by Xavier Gens.
  • Hoyts tries for record-breaking screen at $30m Auckland multiplex

    27-Mar-2007

    A new Hoyts 10-screen multiplex cinema in Auckland, New Zealand, may house the world's largest 35mm cinema screen.
  • Artificial Eye buys Rivette and Costanzo titles after Berlin

    27-Mar-2007

    UK distributor Artificial Eye has announced two more acquisitions on the back of the 2007 Berlin Film Festival.
  • Revolver takes prizes for Kidulthood DVD marketing

    26-Mar-2007

    Indie distributor Revolver Entertainment beat the major studios at the British Video Association Awards 2007, taking the Best Feature Film Marketing Award for the DVD release of urban drama Kidulthood.
  • Filmstreet gets rights to Beatles-signed band's story

    26-Mar-2007

    Los Angeles-based Filmstreet Productions has taken the film rights to new book All You Need Is Luck or How I Got A Record Deal By Meeting Paul McCartney.
  • Film London adds companies to work placement scheme

    26-Mar-2007

    Film London's Company Placement Scheme has added some new companies in its second year, including Film & Music Entertainment (F&ME), Headline Pictures, Ipso Facto and Warp X.
  • CobraVision competition grows to 50-second shorts

    26-Mar-2007

    CobraVision, Cobra Beer's short film competition, is introducing a new format in its third year.
  • Paramount nabs multiple territories on Sleuth starring Jude Law

    26-Mar-2007

    Paramount Pictures International has acquired UK, Australia, New Zealand and South African rights to Kenneth Branagh's Sleuth.
  • BT Vision Download adds films from Warner Bros

    26-Mar-2007

    British Telecom has announced new content deals for its BT Vision Download Store, a UK-based download-to-own service.
  • AAM to offer digital VOD service to Cannes Market

    26-Mar-2007

    Cannes' Marche du Film and Arts Alliance Media have announced a new partnership that will enable international buyers and sellers to watch films and projects for sale via the Internet from anywhere in the world.
  • Metrodome plans theatrical run for 1986 Transformers movie

    26-Mar-2007

    Metrodome Distribution is planning a two-week UK theatrical run for the 1986 animated feature Transformers: The Movie. The theatrical release at London 's Apollo West End from May 4 will of course hope to cash in on Transformers interest stirred by Michael Bay 's blockbuster due out in July.
  • Free VOD set to grow in Asia, Sony predicts

    21-Mar-2007

    The hot distribution platform to watch in Asia will be ad-sponsored video-on-demand, says Ross Pollack, Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) senior VP distribution, Asia.'Free VOD has considerable traction,' Pollack tells Screen International. 'It's not replacing VOD but complementing it.' The concept offers consumers select free feature films on demand if they watch paid commercials.He added that the free VOD market was a 'win-win-win-win' because the ...
  • Intercontinental's MCL plans second Shenzhen multiplex

    21-Mar-2007

    On the heels of its success with five-screen Cinema City in Shekou, Shenzhen, the Hong Kong-based Intercontinental Group, backed by Japan's Kadokawa Holdings, plans to build its second multiplex in Mainland China.
  • Asia needs education and government funding for mid-budget films

    20-Mar-2007

    Better education and more government funding for new Asian film-making talents could be the secrets to making more successful mid-budget Asian films, experts told Filmart attendees at a Tuesday panel.The region has already had some good news with the Hong Kong government's recent promise to create a $38.4m (HK$300m) fund to support local films and new talents - although much ambiguity still exists about details or structure of the funding.Lee Beasley, who runs ...
  • Pathe, BBC, DJ Films plan Margaret Thatcher film

    20-Mar-2007

    Pathe International, at Filmart with the UK Film Council stand, is handling worldwide sales on a new biopic of Margaret Thatcher.Pathe Productions, the BBC and DJ Films are working with Brian Fillis to develop a screenplay about Thatcher as she tries to save her career in the 17 days preceeding the 1982 Falklands War. Fillis developed the concept with Damian Jones, who will also produce. Jones's credits include The History Boys, ...
  • Degeto gets TV rights to Getting Home from Fortissimo

    19-Mar-2007

    German broadcaster Degeto Film, making its first trip to Filmart, has closed its first deal with Fortissimo Films for the TV rights to Getting Home.
  • High Point takes on Australian teen story 48 Shades

    19-Mar-2007

    High Point Films has taken on world sales for Australian coming-of-age teen story 48 Shades.
  • Bianca Taal takes over Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund

    19-Mar-2007

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam has appointed Bianca Taal to lead the festival's Hubert Bals Fund, as current fund head Marianne Bhalotra steps down.
  • United Kingdom - Mutual Benefit

    16-Mar-2007

    With UK arthouse distributors bemoaning the tough market, it seems an odd time for a new player to enter the game.
  • Contender takes on Daddy's Girl starring Jaime Winstone

    15-Mar-2007

    UK distribution company Contender Entertainment Group has taken all UK rights from Carnaby International to horror film Daddy's Girl.
  • Future Films creates joint venture with post company Pepper

    15-Mar-2007

    UK- and US-based financier and production company Future Films is creating a new partnership with London-based post-production company Pepper.
  • Williams, McGregor and Macfadyen on board for Maguire's Incendiary

    14-Mar-2007

    Bridget Jones's Diary director Sharon Maguire will start shooting her new project Incendiary later this month in London with a cast featuring Michelle Williams, Ewan McGregor and Matthew Macfadyen.
  • UK Film Council P&A Fund backs films including The Lives Of Others

    13-Mar-2007

    The UK Film Council's Prints & Advertising Fund has supported a number of new features in its latest round of Lottery funding.
  • Playtone and Walden to shoot City Of Ember in Northern Ireland

    13-Mar-2007

    The Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission (NIFTC) has announced that Hollywood production City Of Ember will shoot in the region this summer.
  • Hayley Atwell joins Jarrold's Brideshead Revisited cast

    13-Mar-2007

    HanWay Films has announced that UK actress Hayley Atwell has been cast as Julia Flyte in the new adaptation of Brideshead Revisited.
  • LoveFilm to offer sponsored and burnable feature downloads

    13-Mar-2007

    European online DVD rental and movie download company LoveFilm.com has today announced two new digital downloading initiatives. The company is starting the world's first advertiser-sponsored free downloads of feature films and is also launching the UK's first download-to-burn service for feature films.
  • Asian Film Awards to honour Josephine Siao, David Bordwell

    12-Mar-2007

    The inaugural Asian Film Awards will give its first Asian Film Award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema to Josephine Siao.
  • Future expands US office with appointment of Charlotte Koh

    12-Mar-2007

    Future Films USA has hired former Fox Searchlight executive Charlotte Koh as its business development executive. Koh will report to Future USA's CEO Simon Horsman.
  • Tribeca and RES founders team for Tomorrow Unlimited

    12-Mar-2007

    Tribeca Enterprises, parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Cinemas, is partnering with some of the former heads of RES MEDIA group for a new venture, Tomorrow Unlimited LLC.
  • Chris Auty leaves CEO post at The Works

    12-Mar-2007

    Chris Auty is stepping down as CEO and from the board of The Works Media Group. He will remain as a consultant for the London-based company, which runs the Works UK Distribution and sales company The Works International.
  • HanWay strikes deals on Strummer; Vertigo sets UK release for May

    9-Mar-2007

    HanWay Films has closed a number of new international deals for Julien Temple 's Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten after its screenings in competition in Sundance and at the European Film Market in Berlin.
  • United Kingdom - A Royal welcome

    9-Mar-2007

    Producer Christine Langan may have left the Oscars without the best-picture statuette for The Queen, but she can bank on something just as important: she is producing the next film from the team behind that hit.
  • Curtis Brown Agency starts below-the-line division

    8-Mar-2007

    The Curtis Brown Agency has launched a department to handle below-the-line film and TV artists and technicians.
  • Rotten Tomatoes expands with UK website

    8-Mar-2007

    Rotten Tomatoes, the website that aggregates film reviews, is launching in the UK today at http://uk.rottentomatoes.com. The site draws on reviews from a variety of sources worldwide. Joe Utichi will serve as editor of Rotten Tomatoes UK. Senh Duong launched Rotten Tomatoes launched it US site in 1998. The company is now a unit of Fox Interactive Media, a division of News Corp.
  • FACT works with eBay on pirate DVD education campaign

    7-Mar-2007

    The UK 's Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) has launched a consumer education campaign about legal DVDS on eBay.co.uk.
  • Internet content platform Babelgum plans to launch later in 2007

    7-Mar-2007

    New broadband Internet TV network Babelgum has announced its consumer launch later this year with beta testing ongoing.
  • Castro documentary lands US TV and DVD deals

    7-Mar-2007

    The Sundance Channel has taken US TV rights to documentary 638 Ways To Kill Castro, which was also sold to BCI for US DVD rights.
  • Film-making looks less risky in 2007,with 37 countries safer

    6-Mar-2007

    Film-making became slightly less risky across the globe, according to the 2007 Risks in Global Filmmaking Map from risk broker and insurance company Aon/Albert G Ruben.
  • Pathe restructures under joint team of Ivernel and Lacan

    6-Mar-2007

    Pathe has restructured its UK and French divisions so that its arms of Pathe Renn Production, Pathe Distribution and Pathe's UK units will be led by a management team comprised of Francois Ivernel and Marc Lacan.
  • Eros sells film package to Indian TV network Sony Entertainment

    5-Mar-2007

    Eros International has signed an exclusive deal for a package of its films to be broadcast on India's Sony Entertainment Television.
  • HBO/BBC's Five Days goes to Metrodome for UK DVD release

    5-Mar-2007

    The multi-stranded crime thriller, with a cast including Hugh Bonneville, David Oyelowo, Sarah Smart, Penelope Wilton and Edward Woodward, follows the aftermath of a young mother's abduction. The five-part series aired to strong ratings on BBC One in January.
  • Tanya Seghatchian to head UK Film Council Development Fund

    2-Mar-2007

    UK producer Tanya Seghatchian, who has worked on the Harry Potter films with Heyday Films and set up Apocalypso Pictures with Pawel Pawlikowski, is set to take up the post as the new head of the UK Film Council's Development Fund as of April 1.
  • London's Rendez-vous to open with Dahan's La Vie En Rose

    2-Mar-2007

    London's Rendez-vous With French Cinema, which runs March 29-April 1 at the Curzon Mayfair, will open with Olivier Dahan's Berlinale competitor La Vie En Rose (La Mome). The Edith Piaf biopic stars Marion Cotillard and has already been a box-office hit in France.
  • United Kingdom - Shared vision

    2-Mar-2007

    Three of the UK's top independent production companies - Ecosse Films, Recorded Picture Company (RPC) and Samuelson Productions - are working together to establish Visible Films, which will work as an Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) taking advantage of the UK government's new film tax credit.
  • EFP supports eight European features at Mar Del Plata

    1-Mar-2007

    European Film Promotion's Film Sales Support progamme is supporting eight European films at the Mar Del Plata Film Festival.
  • Danny Boyle plans thriller set at South Africa's Ponte City

    28-Feb-2007

    UK director Danny Boyle's next project will be thriller Ponte Tower, a co-production between the UK and South Africa.
  • First Light hands out awards to UK's young film-makers

    28-Feb-2007

    The UK's First Light scheme handed out this year's awards for young film-makers.
  • Eurimages gives $5.1m to 10 European co-productions

    28-Feb-2007

    At its 104th meeting that ended Feb 27 in Strasbourg, the Council of Europe Eurimages Fund Board of Management has given support to 10 features in its latest funding round, for a total of $5.1m (Euros 3.86m).
  • UK's Rainmaker to make Russian orphan documentary with Jon Blair

    28-Feb-2007

    UK-based finanacing and production company Rainmaker Films is working with award-winning director Jon Blair (Anne Frank Remembered) for documentary Ochberg's Orphans. Tsotsi cinematographer Lance Gewer is on board, as is film archivist Adrian Wood.
  • Dogwoof strikes UK deal for Dv8's Bunny Chow

    28-Feb-2007

    UK distributor Dogwoof Pictures has taken UK rights to Dv8's South African comedy Bunny Chow.
  • Handmade pact with Ilion for $50m CGI film Planet One

    28-Feb-2007

    The UK's revived Handmade Films is partnering on financing, production and sales with Spain's Ilion Animation Studios for the $50m CGI animated feature Planet One.
  • Jeremy Thomas to work with Jon Amiel on Charles Darwin film

    27-Feb-2007

    Prolific UK producer Jeremy Thomas of Recorded Picture Company is in pre-production on a drama based on the life of Charles Darwin.
  • UK's Darklight scheme selects 10 women for horror projects

    27-Feb-2007

    The UK has launched a new training and production initiative to encourage women film-makers working in the horror genre. Darklight: Women Direct Horror has been established by Warp X with Threshold Studios, and support from Skillset.
  • Mary McGuckian plans UK and US shoot for Art In Las Vegas

    27-Feb-2007

    The UK's Pembridge Pictures is in pre-production for Mary McGuckian's Art In Las Vegas, the third film in her 'amorality' trilogy which will start shooting this summer in London and Las Vegas. London-based Scion Films and Toronto-based Prospero Pictures are also on board.
  • United Kingdom - Shaking things up

    23-Feb-2007

    Summing up the frustrations of many of his peers, Edward Fletcher of Soda Pictures says simply: "It's difficult to be an independent in the current climate."
  • Sheffield Docfest to offer eighth UK touring programme

    22-Feb-2007

    The Sheffield Docfest is working with the BFI to launch its UK tour at the Barbican in London on March 7, in partnership with Dochouse.
  • UKFC Development Fund backs projects from Kudos and Vertigo

    22-Feb-2007

    The UK Film Council's Development Fund has announced the latest round of projects it is supporting with National Lottery awards.
  • John Wilkinson to depart UK's Cinema Exhibitors' Association

    21-Feb-2007

    John Wilkinson, who has served as chief executive of the UK-based Cinema Exhibitors' Association (CEA) since 1990, plans to step down from his post.
  • European cinema admissions up 4% during 2006

    21-Feb-2007

    Cinema attendance in Europe was up 4% in 2006, according to new research from the European Audiovisual Observatory.
  • Cowan and Wheeldon kick off new UK genre production outfit TFD

    20-Feb-2007

    Paul Cowan and Chris Wheeldon have launched new UK production company Territorial Film Developments (TFD), which will finance and produce at least three thrillers or comedies per yer with a budget under $1.9m (£1m).
  • Ecosse, RPC and Samuelson team for new UK film fund

    20-Feb-2007

    Three of the UK 's top independent production companies - Ecosse Films, Recorded Picture Company (RPC) and Samuelson Productions - are teaming to create Visible Films. The new collaboration will work as an Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) to take advantage of the UK government's new film tax credit.
  • ThinkSync launches short film and music competition

    20-Feb-2007

    London-based ThinkSync Films has launched its second competition bringing together independent film-makers and independent record labels and music publishers.
  • UK's Birds Eye View to close with Collyer presenting Sherrybaby

    20-Feb-2007

    London's Birds Eye View Film Festival, devoted to women filmmakers, will present its third edition from March 8-14 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and National Film Theatre.
  • AV Pictures closes Berlin deals on Black Water and Daylight Robbery

    20-Feb-2007

    London-based sales company AV Pictures finished this year's EFM with a slew of deals on several films in its slate.
  • London Australian Film Festival to open with Jindabyne

    19-Feb-2007

    The 13th London Australian Film Festival will open March 15 with Ray Lawrence's Jindabyne and close on March 25 with Rolf de Heer's Ten Canoes.
  • Liverpool starts scheme for three low-budget features

    19-Feb-2007

    The UK city of Liverpool is starting a scheme for three feature films to be shot there in the run up to the 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations.
  • Actors union strikes groundbreaking podcast deal in UK

    19-Feb-2007

    UK actors union Equity has struck what it believes is the first deal covering contractual rights for performers in a podcast.
  • South West Screen plans film financing event

    19-Feb-2007

    UK regional screen agency South West Screen is planning a one-day film finance conference in Bristol on March 16. The event is aimed at producers and directors with some industry background.
  • Ascot Elite takes German-speaking rights to Shrooms

    19-Feb-2007

    Switzerland 's Ascot Elite has bought rights to all German-speaking territories for Paddy Breathnach's horror thriller Shrooms.
  • Medb Films opens post-production studios

    19-Feb-2007

    Medb Films has opened its new post-production studios in Ramsgate, Kent. The facilities include a 20-seat screening room/mixing studio, an HD Final Cut Pro edit suite and an Avid Media film composer. The studio facilities are based at a boutique hotel that can provide accomodations.
  • Sony Classics gets North American rights for The Children Of Huang Shi

    16-Feb-2007

    Sony Pictures Classics has taken North American rights to Roger Spottiswoode's The Children Of Huang Shi.
  • Banderas' Summer Rain wins Europa Cinemas prize in Berlin

    16-Feb-2007

    Antonio Banderas' Summer Rain (El Camino de los Ingleses) won the Europa Cinemas Label prize for Best European film in Berlinale Panorama.
  • Outsider's view

    16-Feb-2007

    Fans of David Mackenzie's earlier films The Last Great Wilderness, Young Adam and Asylum will not be too surprised by his new feature Hallam Foe, he predicts. "I thought it was an opportunity to do something that goes with the general flow of my work," he says of the project, which has its world premiere on February 16 in Berlin.
  • UK's executive programme Inside Pictures names 15 participants

    15-Feb-2007

    The UK's prestigious Inside Pictures programme, now run through the Film Business Academy at Cass Business School, has selected 15 applicants for its 2006-2007 programme. The new participants are:Darren Bender, head of development/producer, Bigger PicturesEd Clarke, head of development & acquisitions, Capitol FilmsChris Collins, producer, Home Movies LtdPeter Ettedgui, producer, Vivo PicturesSara Frain, general manager - theatrical & broadcast, ...
  • TLA takes UK home rights to Sorry, Haters

    14-Feb-2007

    TLA Releasing has acquired the UK home entertainment distribution rights to US feature Sorry, Haters. TLA partner and director of acquisitions Richard Wolff negotiated the deal with Silke Wolz of Dream Entertainment, on behalf of the film-makers. The film is about a New Jersey woman who becomes involved with an Arab taxi driver in New York after 9/11. Robin Wright Penn, Abdel Kechiche and Sandra Oh.Jeff ...
  • Film London, LFF partner on UK's new Production Finance Market

    14-Feb-2007

    Here in Berlin, Film London announced plans for the UK capital's first Production Finance Market, which will run October 22-23 in association with The Times BFI London Film Festival (Oct 17-Nov 1).The two-day event in central London will bring together more than 100 film producers, and financiers from the UK, Europe and other international territories. 'There has been an emphasis on film finance out of the UK and this is a fantastic opportunity,' said Film London ...
  • Eros enters French VOD and Egyptian theatrical markets

    14-Feb-2007

    Eros International, the UK-based sales company that concentrates on Bollywood projects, will enter the French VOD market later this month. Eros is the only Bollywood provider for CanalPlus' CanalPlay, which will launch with 12 Eros offerings on February 22.Eros is also making headway into Egypt, which had in recent years shunned Bollywood releases in an effort to promote local films. Eros has sold The Royal Guard (Eklavya) to Good News ...
  • Stannard joins DDA as CFO and partner

    14-Feb-2007

    John Stannard has joined London-based DDA Public Relations as a partner with DDA founder/chairman Dennis Davidson and Lawrence Atkinson and Chris Paton. He also becomes chief financial officer for DDA Event Management, reporting to MD Caroline Warburton.For the past 10 years, Stannard had been finance director at media group TVF Media and previously worked at accountancy firm Moore Stephens, Braveworld and Manga Entertainment.Davidson said: 'I am hoping that John, ...
  • Edinburgh plans screenwriting focus for 61st festival

    14-Feb-2007

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival will for the first time have a theme for its retrospectives and key events. In its 61st year (August 15-26), the festival will have a screenwriting focus: Cinema and the Written Word. The theme was selected by Hannah McGill, who recently took over as Artistic Director of the EIFF. Screenwriting-related offerings will include panels, masterclasses, and discussions with film-makers and writers. 'The screenwriting theme extends ...
  • Future and Capri team for Bille August's Burden Of Desire

    14-Feb-2007

    Bille August, whose Goodbye Bafana made its world premiere in competition here, is in pre-production for his next film Burden Of Desire, which will shoot in January 2008 based on Robert MacNeil's novel of the same name.The film will be a production of Capri Films in Toronto and London-based Future Films. Burden Of Desire is set in 1917 Halifax, in a small ...
  • Independent strikes Hallam Foe German deal with Prokino

    14-Feb-2007

    UK-based sales company Independent has sold Berlinale Competition title Hallam Foe to Prokino for Germany and Austria. The film has also sold to Nordisk for Scandinavia, Rosebud for Greece, Monopole Pathe for Switzerland and VTI/Karantanija Cinemas for the former Yugoslavia. Independent said negotiations are ongoing for a US sale.David Mackenzie's film starring Jamie Bell has its world premiere on Friday night. Buena Vista ...
  • Monaco's Emerging Talent Festival unveils plans for first event

    14-Feb-2007

    The first International Emerging Talent Film Festival, slated for Monte-Carlo, Monaco from May 12-15 (just before Cannes), has partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to become one of the few 'green' film events. Marco Orsini, executive director of the IETFF, was in Berlin to spread the word about the new festival and its two programmes, The Global Film Forum, to encourage film professionals to work with developing countries, and The Global Film Expression, about ...
  • Sony grabs multi-platform rights to Afterworld

    13-Feb-2007

    Sony Pictures Television International has signed a deal to acquire all international television, Internet, digital sell-through, gaming and mobile rights to Afterworld.The futuristic '2.5D' animated project is produced by Stan Rogow and written by video game expert Brent Friedman.This mark SPTI's first acquisition of across all these platforms. The deal covers episodic installments for distribution on TV, Internet ...
  • AAM strikes VOD deal with Emap magazines including Empire

    13-Feb-2007

    Arts Alliance Media's video on demand network Vizumi has struck a deal with Emap for branded consumer websites.AAM will launch VOD websites tomorrow with three of Emap Performance's consumer brands, film magazine Empire, Motorcycle News and Today's Golfer. This marks AAM's first VOD distribution partnership after sister company LoveFilm and AOL ...
  • Revamped Rendez-vous to hit London March 29

    13-Feb-2007

    London will host a revamped Rendez-vous With French Cinema at the Curzon Mayfiar from March 29-April 1.The showcase will offer 12 new French films, with UK distributors hosting gala screenings before their theatrical releases.French directors and actors will be on hand for Q&As. Other events will include masterclasses, meetings and screenings of short films. Unifrance is organizing the Rendez-Vous with the French Embassy in London and the Curzon Mayfair. ...
  • HBO launches VOD offering in UK through BT, Tiscali and Virgin

    13-Feb-2007

    Home Box Office has announced plans for an HBO-branded subscription video on demand service in the UK, the company's first major move into the territory.The HBO SVOD service will be distributed by BT Vision, Tiscali TV and Virgin Media, with launch dates to be determined by each partner. Other partners may be added in coming months. The service will offer at least 50 hours of HBO original programming including series, miniseries, documentaries and comedy specials. Programmes ...
  • Robson Entertainment plans Chile, supercentarians films

    13-Feb-2007

    Sybil Robson Orr, who produced Blindsight in Panorama Dokumente, has travelled to the southernmost region of Chile, the Tierra del Fuego, to shoot her next project (as a director this time). The project is about an 80-year-old woman who is the last living purebred member of the Yagan tribe. 'She's extraordinary, we want to bring her voice and her experience to light,' Robson Orr said. The indigenous tribe's population has dwindled after exploration ...
  • High Point Films closes three deals on The Front Line

    13-Feb-2007

    UK-based sales company High Point Films has sold David Gleeson's thriller The Front Line to Film Entertainment Group for Benelux, Alberto Bitelli International Films for Brazil (planning a summer release), and Falcon Films for The Middle East.
  • Eros signs three-year deal with Bollywood producer Venus

    13-Feb-2007

    Eros International has signed a three-year output deal with Bollywood production company Venus. All Venus films for the next three year will be co-produced with Eros.Eros will keep copyrights for distribution across all formats. Two films are already in development with directors Abbas Mastan (Humraaz) and Priyadarshan (Garam Masala).
  • Grandville teams with Bender and Bartkowiak for 818

    13-Feb-2007

    Producers Dan Shepherd and Justin Williams of UK-based Grandville Pictures are teaming with Lawrence Bender (An Inconvenient Truth, Kill Bill) and his producing partner Karen Barber for Los Angeles-set action comedy 818 (working title).
  • Grandville teams with Lawrence Bender for 818

    13-Feb-2007

    Producers Dan Shepherd and Justin Williams of UK-based Grandville Pictures are teaming with Lawrence Bender (An Inconvenient Truth, Kill Bill) and his producing partner Karen Barber for Los Angeles-set action comedy 818 (working title).Andrzej Bartkowiak, the Polish-born cinematographer on Speed and The Devil's Advocate ...
  • Lionsgate strikes US, UK and Australia deal for BBC's Earth

    13-Feb-2007

    Lionsgate has acquired the US, UK and Australian distribution rights for BBC Worldwide's documentary feature Earth.The 90-minute documentary project, shot in 35mm and HD, has been in the works for five years and is due for an autumn 2007 release. The film looks at the influence of the sun on life on earth by following the journeys of three animal families around the world. Alastair Fothergill directed and Alix Tidmarsh and ...
  • Mango Films takes on Jean Charles de Menezes drama

    13-Feb-2007

    After a recent BBC television project about Jean Charles de Menezes was abruptly scrapped after four weeks of pre-production, UK-based Mango Films has picked up the exclusive rights to the story of the innocent Brazilian electrician shot and killed by London police in a tube station in the days following the July 2005 bombings.Brazilian-born director Henrique Goldman, who lives in London, will direct the project, which goes into production this summer. His partner in Mango, ...
  • Tartan, Legend take on Ex Drummer

    13-Feb-2007

    Tartan Films has taken North American and UK rights for controversial Belgian feature Ex Drummer, while German rights have been sold to Legend Home Entertainment.Loic Magneron at Wide Management struck the Tartan deal with head of acquisitions Jane Giles. Magneron said other major territory deals will close in the next few days. Giles told Screen International: 'It's a brand new director ...
  • UK Film Council Development Fund backs BBC Films trio

    13-Feb-2007

    The UK Film Council's Development Fund is backing several new projects with BBC Films.They include Coram Boy,adapted from the novel by Jamila Gavin, with Alison Owen and ScottRudin producing and the project out to directors now. The story isabout two orphans in 18th-century England. The funding is for $135,145(£69,291). The fund is giving $147,136 (£75,475) to Bomber,adapted by Stuart ...
  • Colin Salmon takes lead in Games Men Play

    12-Feb-2007

    Colin Salmon has signed on to star John Akomfrah's UK drama Games Men Play.Lincia Daniel will produce the film, about the story of a basketball coach who discovers he has a son and has to grapple with a gangster to save his life.Screen West Midlands is backing and the film will shoot in August 2007.Salmon is currently starring in D-Notice as American author Hakim Jamal.
  • Future Shorts moves into distribution

    12-Feb-2007

    UK-based short film outfit Future Shorts is launching a distribution division, and partnering with LoveFilm for digital downloads. The new DVD division will launch its first titles in May 2007, available at Future Shorts events, the company's website and traditional retail stores. DVDs will cover multiple genres, including fiction, documentary, animation, music videos and experimental films. The Future Shorts library includes several winners the recent Clermont-Ferrand competition.
  • Artificial Eye strikes UK deal for Lady Chatterley

    12-Feb-2007

    Artificial Eye has acquired the UK rights to Lady Chatterley, which is playing in Berlinale Panorama.Films Distribution is handling international sales.Pascale Ferran directed the France-Belgium co-production, an adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's story John Thomas and Lady Jane. Ferran recently won best director at the Lumiere Awards, with actress Marina Hands winning best actress.
  • EastWest strikes deals for three comedies

    12-Feb-2007

    UK- and Austria-based sales company EastWest Filmdistribution has announced several sales on its trio of English-language comedies. HBO Central Europe took rights to UK comedy 12 In A Box by John McKenzie. The black comedy stars Brian Mitchell, Anjella Mackintosh, Kenneth Collard, Katy Wix, Paul Williamson and Clare Welch.Alexander Hahn's Latvia-set Midsummer Madness sold to Constantin ...
  • Joe Dante gets Sayles, Scorsese on board for Corman feature

    12-Feb-2007

    Gremlins and The Burbs director Joe Dante is in Berlin's Co-Production Market with his next film, The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes.The $7m project is being produced by Dante with Los Angeles-based Elizabeth Stanley and UK-based Mia Bays. A chunk of the budget has already been raised through a Japanese pre-sale.The film is a fictional feature based ...
  • Madman signs on for In The Shadow Of The Moon

    12-Feb-2007

    Channel 4 International has signed an Australia/New Zealand deal with Madman for documentary In The Shadow Of The Moon. David Sington's documentary about the US space programme sold to THINKFilm for North America during Sundance, where it won the world documentary audience award. The film, originally commissioned by Channel4's Hamish Mykura and Louisa Bolch, and produced by Duncan Copp at Dox Productions in association with ...
  • BFI, Bac sign French deal for Distant Voices Still Lives

    11-Feb-2007

    The British Film Institute struck a deal with Bac Films for all Frenchrights to the BFI's restoration of Terence Davies' Distant Voices StillLives. The BFI will re-release the film theatrically in the UK in April followed by a new DVD release. Bac Film's Jean Labadie negotiated the deal with BFI film sales managerJohn Flahive. Before the EFM, BFI also sold Australia and New Zealandrights to Sharmill Films. The ...
  • Don Johnson and Jackie Chan plan action comedy Pretty Baby

    10-Feb-2007

    Don Johnson and Jackie Chan are set to co-star in action comedy A Bullet For Pretty Baby. Arthur Sarkissian, who worked with Chan on the Rush Hour trilogy, is producing with George Edde. The contemporary San Francisco-set story is about a high-class pimp (Johnson) and small-time crook (Chan) both connected to the same woman, who overcome their differences to fight an Oakland ganglord.
  • One Eyed adds Tony Manero and Others

    10-Feb-2007

    UK-based sales and production company One Eyed Films has added to its slate of Latin American offerings. The company is on board for Pablo Larrain's Tony Manero, a Chile/Brazil/Argentina co-production that is still seeking one more partner from Ibero-America. The comedy is about a criminal in 1970s Chile who wants to become a Saturday Night Fever-style disco star.One Eyed is also doing ...
  • Optimum buys four including Haggis' In The Valley Of Elah

    10-Feb-2007

    Optimum Releasing has acquired UK rights to four new films: Paul Haggis' In The Valley Of Elah, Susan Montford's While She Was Out, Jonathan Hensleigh's Welcome To The Jungle and Xavier Gens' Frontier(s).Paul Haggis' Crash follow-up Elah, ...
  • Sola Media takes on sales for $3m Turtle's Song

    10-Feb-2007

    Germany-based sales company Sola Media has picked up rights to nature documentary The Turtle's Song, from UK producers Film & Music Entertainment and Big Wave Productions. Sola has world rights excluding Austria and Finland to the theatrical feature produced by F&ME's Mike Downey, Sam Taylor and Zorana Piggott and Big Wave's Sarah Cunliffe.The project will be directed by Emmy winner Nick Stringer, who will track the 20-year journey of the giant loggerhead turtle ...
  • Sola Media takes on sales for $3m Turtle's Song

    10-Feb-2007

    Germany-based sales company Sola Media has picked up rights to nature documentary The Turtle's Song, from UK producers Film & Music Entertainment and Big Wave Productions. Sola has world rights excluding Austria and Finland to the theatrical feature produced by F&ME's Mike Downey, Sam Taylor and Zorana Piggott and Big Wave's Sarah Cunliffe.The project will be directed by Emmy winner Nick Stringer, who will track the 20-year journey of the giant loggerhead turtle ...
  • Whishaw and Goode take leads in HanWay's Brideshead Revisited

    10-Feb-2007

    HanWay Films has announced that Ben Whishaw and Matthew Goode have taken the lead roles as Sebastian and Charles, respectively, in the forthcoming big-screen adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. Julian Jarrold is directing the project, and Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae are producing through their Ecosse Films. HanWay is handling worldwide sales.Whishaw recently starred in Perfume: The Story of A Murderer and will soon appear in Todd Haynes' I'm Not There. He is ...
  • Whishaw and Goode take leads in HanWay's Brideshead Revisited

    9-Feb-2007

    HanWay Films has announced that Ben Whishaw and Matthew Goode have taken the lead roles as Sebastian and Charles, respectively, in the forthcoming big-screen adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. Julian Jarrold is directing the project, and Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae are producing through their Ecosse Films. HanWay is handling worldwide sales.Whishaw recently starred in Perfume: The Story ...
  • Whishaw and Goode take leads in HanWay's Brideshead Revisited

    9-Feb-2007

    HanWay Films has announced that Ben Whishaw and Matthew Goode have taken the lead roles as Sebastian and Charles, respectively, in the forthcoming big-screen adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. Julian Jarrold is directing the project, and Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae are producing through their Ecosse Films. HanWay is handling worldwide sales.Whishaw recently starred in Perfume: The Story of A Murderer and will soon appear in Todd Haynes' I'm Not There. He is ...
  • Contender strikes UK deal for Weirdsville

    9-Feb-2007

    Contender Entertainment Group has taken all UK rights from Shoreline Entertainment for Weirdsville.
  • F&ME moves into UK distribution with Maiden Voyage

    9-Feb-2007

    Prolific UK production house Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) is entering into the distribution business with a new joint venture with London-based distributor Maiden Voyage Pictures.
  • Frears, Morgan and Sheen reunite for The Damned Utd

    9-Feb-2007

    The team behind Oscar-nominated The Queen will reunite for a project based on controversial 1970s English football manager Brian Clough, said producer Christine Langan, who recently joined BBC Films from Granada.
  • Moviehouse takes on Selim's Sweetland

    9-Feb-2007

    London-based Moviehouse Entertainment has taken on sales for Ali Selim's Sweetland
  • Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright goes with his gut for next films

    9-Feb-2007

    Several weeks before Hot Fuzz's now-successful launch, Edgar Wright seemedremarkably relaxed for someone on the verge of unleashing the much-anticipated follow-up to 2004's Shaun Of The Dead. It is not only fans, but also the industry waiting to see if the new film can match the runaway success of the low-budget British zombie comedy Shaun, which cost only $7.8m (£4m) to make but raked in more than $30m at the worldwide box office. The stakes are higher with cop comedy ...
  • The Works books Venus into more territories

    8-Feb-2007

    UK-based sales company The Works International has started the EFM with several new sales on Roger Michell's Bafta- and Oscar-nominated Venus starring Leslie Phillips and Peter O'Toole.
  • ContentFilm on board for William H Macy's directorial debut

    8-Feb-2007

    William H Macy will make his directorial debut with Keep Coming Back, to star Salma Hayek, Mos Def, Steve Buscemi and Macy himself.
  • Ealing strikes European deals for Carmen Electra project

    8-Feb-2007

    Ealing Studios International, the new sales arm of Ealing Studios, has licensed UK comedy I Want Candy in three key territories prior to the film's market premiere at the EFM.
  • Optimum picks up Rocket Science

    8-Feb-2007

    Optimum has taken UK rights to Jeffrey Blitz's Rocket Science, which won the Directing Award - Dramatic at Sundance 2007.
  • Schoukroun leaves Capitol for sister company THINKFilm

    8-Feb-2007

    Eve Schoukroun will leave her post as head of sales at Capitol Films to become head of international for sister company THINKFilm International.
  • Pan's Labyrinth takes top honours at new UK regional critics awards

    6-Feb-2007

    Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth continues its winning streak as it won top honours of Film of the Year from the new UK Regional Critics Film Awards.
  • Orange plans BAFTA red-carpet event hosted by Myleene Klass

    6-Feb-2007

    BAFTA title sponsor Orange has announced plans for new red-carpet coverage to be broadcast to the Orange website and Orange mobile TV.
  • InFrame on board for The Riddle starring Vinnie Jones

    5-Feb-2007

    UK and US sales company InFrame, a division of Hollywood Classics, has picked up worldwide rights to the $5m thriller The Riddle and will start sales at Berlin's European Film Market.
  • Sky To Sponsor BAFTA party after Burberry pulls out

    2-Feb-2007

    Sky has come on board as the sponsor of the first BAFTA Film Nominees Party, replacing Burberry which has withdrawn its sponsorship.
  • Pirate DVD sellers arrested in East London

    2-Feb-2007

    The UK's Federation Against Copyright Theft has announced that seven people have been arrested in Hackney, East London by police working with FACT, Hackney Council and the Immigration Service.
  • UK Film Council to handle Cultural Test applications as of April 1

    2-Feb-2007

    As expected, the UK government has announced that the administration of the new cultural test to qualify for the new UK film fax relief will move from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to the UK Film Council.
  • United Kingdom - Banking on sales

    2-Feb-2007

    Like many producers, Phil Hunt of Head Gear Films had ambitions to expand into other areas of the business. "I knew in-house sales was a good idea, it was just a question of finding the right people to partner with," Hunt says. "There aren't that many good sales agents out there."
  • United Kingdom - Who's the daddy'

    2-Feb-2007

    Eight months ago, Anand Tucker had every reason to be disillusioned with the movie business. He had been preparing New Line's fantasy epic The Golden Compass for 18 months and then left the project abruptly due to "creative differences".
  • Walak promoted to head Momentum's acquisitions team

    1-Feb-2007

    Following the sudden suspension of Xavier Marchand in January, Momentum Pictures has also announced changes to its acquisitions team ahead of Berlin.
  • HanWay, Ecosse working with Jarrold for new Brideshead Revisited

    1-Feb-2007

    HanWay Films has announced plans for a big-screen adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, to start shooting this spring.
  • CineMart awards go to projects from Sweden, France and Philippines

    1-Feb-2007

    As Rotterdam CineMart closed yesterday, the two Arte France Cinema Awards went to CineMart projects A Rational Solution, which Jorgen Bergmark is developing with Sweden 's Hepp Film, and Les Pieds Nus Sur Les Limaces, which Fabienne Berthaud is developing with France 's Agat Films & Cie. Each producer got a development grant of $13,016 (Euros 10,000).
  • RBS signs $350m financing pact with New Line

    31-Jan-2007

    The Royal Bank of Scotland has closed a $350m film financing deal with New Line Cinema. The pact will provide co-financing for an estimated 20 New Line films during an approximately two-year period.
  • London Film Festival sets 2007 dates

    31-Jan-2007

    The Times BFI London Film Festival has announced the dates for its 51st event, Oct 17- Nov 1, 2007.
  • Fox promotes key production and animation executives

    30-Jan-2007

    Fox Filmed Entertainment has announced a number of promotions of key production executives, with Hutch Parker appointed vice chairman, to also oversee Fox Animation in addition to Twentieth Century Fox (TCF) Film Group. He had been president of Twentieth Century Fox since 2005 and joined Fox in 1995.
  • UK investigations lead to arrest of 16 pirate DVD suspects

    30-Jan-2007

    The UK 's Federation Against Copyright Theft announced that its anti-piracy investigators have worked with law enforcement officials to target pirate DVD sellers at markets in Durham and Nottingham, England. There were 16 suspects arrested: nine at Tanfield Lea, Durham and seven at Hucknall, Nottingham. More than 18,000 pirate DVDs were seized.
  • Colin Farrell heads to Belgium for In Bruges shoot

    30-Jan-2007

    UK playwright Martin McDonagh, who won an Oscar for is short Six Shooter, will start shooting his feature debut In Bruges on Feb 5 in the Belgian city.
  • HandMade recruits Walters to write story of SAS man David Stirling

    29-Jan-2007

    HandMade Films has signed on UK writer Rupert Walters to write a screenplay based on the life of Special Air Service (SAS) creator David Stirling.
  • BBC World Cinema prize goes to The Death Of Mr Lazarescu

    26-Jan-2007

    The fourth BBC World Cinema Award was handed out to Cristi Puiu's The Death Of Mr Lazarescu.
  • Faye Dunaway starts shoot for Flick in Wales

    26-Jan-2007

    David Howard's Flick is now shooting in and around Cardiff and at the Barcud Derwen Studios through Feb 10.
  • Love spreads

    26-Jan-2007

    It has been a busy few months since LoveFilm merged with rival Video Island in April 2006. Simon Calver, CEO of the combined company who previously led Video Island (known for its consumer brand Screen Select), can point to an impressive set of statistics: the company is the number one online DVD rental service in Europe (it operates in the UK, Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and has recently launched in Germany) with about 500,000 active subscribers.
  • Patrick Malone heads digital film services at Ascent Media

    24-Jan-2007

    Ascent Media Creative Services has named Patrick Malone as its director of digital film services, a newly created position.
  • Paramount signs first-look deal with MTV Films Europe

    23-Jan-2007

    Paramount Pictures International has signed a three-year first-look deal with London and Los Angeles-based Zilli Films, which operates MTV Films Europe.
  • Celtic Media nominees include The Flying Scotsman

    22-Jan-2007

    The short list of nominees has been announced for the Celtic Media Festival 2007, which will be held in Skye from March 28-30. The event recognises work from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany.
  • Diffusion gets all UK rights to Joachim Trier's Reprise

    22-Jan-2007

    New independent distributor Diffusion Pictures has acquired all UK and Ireland rights to Joachim Trier's Reprise.
  • Anaphylaxis starts shooting at Ealing Studios

    19-Jan-2007

    Filmart productions started its six-week shoot for Anaphylaxis! at London's Ealing Studios on Jan 8.
  • Greengrass to direct Iraq story Imperial Life for Working Title

    19-Jan-2007

    Paul Greengrass has signed on to direct the adaptation of Rajiv Chandrasekaran's Imperial Life In The Emerald City for Working Title and Universal.
  • Passion shoots for the stars

    19-Jan-2007

    In an otherwise ordinary office in Central London, Passion Pictures has a shelf with quite a collection of awards, including MTV moonmen for Gorillaz videos and an Oscar for 1999 documentary One Day In September. The fact there are no spotlights or fancy display cases for the statuettes reflects the sensibility of the people who run Passion.
  • United Kingdom - A Galaxy far, far away

    19-Jan-2007

    It came as quite a surprise in 2003 when Disney put its $50m prized adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy in the hands of Hammer & Tongs, the duo of director Garth Jennings and producer Nick Goldsmith who had made commercials and music promos but no features. The film went on to make more than $100m worldwide at the box office.
  • Slingshot hosts first online test screening for Sugarhouse Lane

    17-Jan-2007

    New UK digital production and distribution company Slingshot Studios has hosted the world's first online test screening for its first feature, Sugarhouse Lane .
  • UK distributor and sales company The Works secures $4m in financing

    16-Jan-2007

    The Works Media Group has announced that in late December it successfully closed a share placing through Seymour Pierce Ellis. The share placing, when combined with a loan facility, gives the UK-based company a further $4m in financing.
  • Europa Cinemas to present third award at Berlinale Panorama

    16-Jan-2007

    Europa Cinemas will again present its label prize to the best European film in the Panorama section of the Berlinale.
  • Bateman appointed director of Rushes Soho Shorts

    15-Jan-2007

    Joe Bateman has joined Rushes Soho Shorts Festival as festival director, effective Feb 19.
  • Universal signs Working Title's Bevan and Fellner for seven more years

    15-Jan-2007

    Universal has renewed its ties with Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for another seven years, the studio confirmed. Bevan and Fellner launched the UK powerhouse production company in 1992 and joined forces with Universal starting in 1999. Their current contract had been due to expire at the end of 2007.
  • Driessen and Mackey promoted at Fortissimo

    15-Jan-2007

    Sales company Fortissimo Films has announced that Nelleke Driessen has been promoted to managing director of the company, based at its head office in Amsterdam. She had been the co-managing director since 2004 and joined Fortissimo as an executive in 2000.
  • The Works takes sales and UK rights to The Killing Of John Lennon

    15-Jan-2007

    The Works International has taken on international sales rights to Andrew Piddington's The Killing Of John Lennon. Sister company The Works UK Distribution has taken UK rights to the film.
  • EFP's sales programme backs 11 at Sundance

    15-Jan-2007

    European Film Promotion's Film Sales Support programme has backed the promotion of 11 European films at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
  • Rotterdam to host 44 world premieres

    15-Jan-2007

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam, which kicks off its 36th year on Jan 24, has announced that this year's programme includes 44 world premieres, 23 international premieres and 30 European premieres.
  • UK production spend up almost 50% for 2006

    15-Jan-2007

    Film production spending in the UK rose 48% in 2006 to $1.6bn (£840.1m), according to new figures from the UK Film Council. In 2005, $1.1bn (£568.5) was spent on UK production.
  • 111 and Envisionext partner for new download platform

    12-Jan-2007

    UK production and sales company 111 Pictures has partnered with US-based Envisionext to launch a new film download service. The sites company will offer feature films, TV programmes and other content worldwide.
  • High Point's new Irish arm kicks off with Tom Collins feature

    12-Jan-2007

    Film and TV sales and production company High Point Films will expand with a new Irish division, High Point Ireland, and a new London headquarters.
  • Horror project Outpost starts shoot in Scotland

    12-Jan-2007

    Director Steve Barker has started principal photography on his debut feature, Outpost. The action horror film is set in war-torn Eastern Europe
  • Screen Yorkshire staff expands by four

    12-Jan-2007

    UK regional screen agency Screen Yorkshire has appointed new staffers. Neil Preston has joined as finance director, Tony Parker as head of industry development, Andrew Craske as head of communications and Joan Whale as project monitoring manager.
  • Rainmaker signs Clark Johnson for $25m Chinese Wall

    12-Jan-2007

    Producers Georgina Townsley and Paul Goldin of the UK 's Rainmaker Films have signed director Clark Johnson to their legal/political thriller Chinese Wall.
  • Norma Heyman: fighting spirit

    12-Jan-2007

    Producer Norma Heyman recounts with a laugh how she first walked into Shepperton Studios as a producer in 1982, and was mistakenly asked to make tea.
  • Stephen Frears to lead Cannes jury in 60th year

    11-Jan-2007

    The Festival de Cannes has tapped director Stephen Frears as its jury president for the 60th edition, which runs May 16-27.
  • Fortissimo on board for Annie Leibovitz documentary

    11-Jan-2007

    Fortissimo Films has taken all rights outside North America for Annie Leibovitz: Life Through A Lens, directed by the photographer's sister Barbara Leibovitz.
  • Glasgow Festival to open with UK premiere of Cashback

    11-Jan-2007

    The third Glasgow Film Festival will screen more than 90 films during its run Feb 15-25 at six local venues.
  • Thykier to leave Freud's to produce with Matthew Vaughn

    10-Jan-2007

    Kris Thykier will leave Freud Communications at the end of February to john Matthew Vaughn as a partner in production company MARV. Thykier, who had been Freud's vice chairman, will now be a full-time producer.
  • EFP selects 25 actors for 10th Shooting Stars in Berlin

    10-Jan-2007

    European Film Promotion has announced the 25 young European actors who will be part of the 10th Shooting Stars programme.
  • Davis and Kelliher depart Beyond for new UK sales company

    9-Jan-2007

    London-based production company Head Gear Films has launched a new international sales company, Bankside Films. The company has been co-founded with Hilary Davis and Stephen Kelliher, who previously headed rival sales outfit Beyond Films.
  • UK to launch regional cinema critics awards

    8-Jan-2007

    Regional journalists will vote on a new series of awards, The UK Regional Critics' Film Awards, which will launch at Cinema Days, a distributors preview trade event for regional media held Jan 25-28.
  • Tartan Video taps Bradfield as head of marketing

    8-Jan-2007

    Tartan Video has appointed Mylene Bradfield as its new head of marketing.
  • Eva Green and Emily Blunt among Orange Rising Star nominees

    8-Jan-2007

    The BAFTAs have announced the nominees for the second-annual Orange Rising Star Award.
  • Nigel Cole to direct Eloise for HandMade

    8-Jan-2007

    Calendar Girls director Nigel Cole has signed on to direct HandMade Films' planned feature Eloise In Paris.
  • Metrodome's aims for Days Of Glory

    6-Jan-2007

    Metrodome's new CEO Peter Urie helps the distributor gain independence, more funding and bigger films like Away From Her. Metrodome has been the sort of dependable arthouse distributor that has gone about its work quietly without much fanfare. That's changing as the company has been increasingly in the headlines recently with positive announcements like the raising of $3.8m (£2m) in funding and acquiring higher-profile films ...
  • Berlin competitors include Soderbergh and De Niro

    5-Jan-2007

    The 2007 Berlinale has announced the first six films selected for this year's competition. They include Christian Petzold's Yella from Germany, marking the director's return to Berlin competition after Ghosts (Gespenster) in 2005. The new film, a world premiere, follows a young woman who tries to escape a bad marriage and her ...
  • DiCaprio double nominated for SAG awards

    5-Jan-2007

    The Screen Actors Guild hasannounced nominees for its 13th awards, with Leonardo DiCaprio nominated inboth the leading actor and supporting actor categories for Blood Diamond and TheDeparted, respectively.Babel, Dreamgirls and Little Miss Sunshine eachearned nominations in three categories, with Notes On A Scandal, The Departed, Blood Diamondand Little Children each taking two mentions.
  • South Bank Awards nominees include The Queen, Red Road and United 93

    5-Jan-2007

    TheSouth Bank Show Awards has announced the nominees for its 11th annual honours,to be presented on January 23 at the Savoy in London.Thenominess are spread across arts categories, with the best film nominees beingStephen Frears' The Queen, Paul Greengrass' United 93 and Andrea Arnold's Red Road. LarryCharles' ...
  • Screen Actors Guild nominates DiCaprio for two films

    4-Jan-2007

    The Screen Actors Guild has announced nominees for its 13th awards, with Leonardo DiCaprio nominated in both the leading actor and supporting actor categories for Blood Diamond and The Departed, respectively.
  • London counterfeit DVD factory discovered

    4-Jan-2007

    The UK's Federation AgainstCopyright Theft has announced that four men have been arrested in Thamesmead,southeast London, after a counterfeit DVD factory was raided. Two Bexley Police officerstracked two men after noticing suspicious behaviour on Redbourne ...
  • Orange extends cinema ticket programme and strikes Disney content deal

    3-Jan-2007

    Mobile phone network Orange has announced plans to continue its cinema ticketpromotion Orange Wednesdays into 2008.The programme offers 2-for-1cinema tickets on Wednesdays across the UK to Orange customers. Now Orange's ...
  • Scott Frank's The Lookout to open SXSW

    3-Jan-2007

    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference & Festival will open with the world premiere of The Lookout, written and directed by Scott Frank, who was Oscar nominated for his Out Of Sight screenplay.Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Isla Fisher, Matthew Goode and Jeff Daniels star in the story of a man with a physical debilitation who becomes involved in a bank heist.After its March ...
  • Sara Keene changes roles at Premier PR

    3-Jan-2007

    Sara Keene has stepped down as one of the chief executives of Premier Public Relations to take on a role as non-executive director. She will act as a consultant to the board and will continue to run Premier's Personal Department, which handles publicity for individual celebrities including Daniel Craig, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Sam Mendes and Kenneth Branagh.Joint chief executives Charles ...
  • Artificial Eye founder Andi Engel dies

    1-Jan-2007

    Andi Engel, founder of UK distribution company Artificial Eye, died in Lubeck, Germany on Dec 26.Engel was born in Berlin in 1942. He and wife Pam Engel set up Artificial Eye in London in the mid-1970s and the company became the UK's leading distributor of arthouse and foreign-language films. Act Entertainment Group and Knatchbull Communications Group recently acquired Artificial Eye - including its 200-title library and two London cinemas.
  • Aria Films signs on to represent Cinecitta in UK

    14-Dec-2006

  • Sohonet upgrades services at Pinewood

    14-Dec-2006

  • Warp X and Channel 4 on board for Breakout scheme

    14-Dec-2006

  • Metrodome strikes UK deal for Sherrybaby

    13-Dec-2006

  • Met Film School adds two-year BA in film-making

    13-Dec-2006

  • Pinewood Studios Group relaunches website

    13-Dec-2006

  • Welsh TV producers team with Pact

    13-Dec-2006

  • Nordisk on board for White Night

    12-Dec-2006

    Nordisk has taken on salesfor drama White Night by JannikJohansen.
  • Cage and Connery pledge support for Bahamas festival

    12-Dec-2006

    The third BahamasInternational Film Festival (BIFF) wrapped on Dec 10 with local residentsNicolas Cage and Sean Connery lending very vocal support to expanding theevent. Cage, who recently joined Connery as a Bahamian homeowner, was thesubject of the festival's Chopard career achievement award.
  • Berger promoted to president at Warner Bros UK

    11-Dec-2006

    Joshua A. Berger has been promoted to President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. Entertainment United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • Warner UK signs digital download deal with AAM

    7-Dec-2006

    Warner Bros Entertainment UKhas signed an electronic sell-through deal for Arts Alliance Media to offer digitaldownloads of Warner Bros movies and TV series.The first DVD title underthe new service is Superman Returns,which was available as of Dec 4 in the UK. The pact will cover Warnernew and catalogue products, including Batman Begins, Charlie And The ChocolateFactory, The Shining and hit TV seriesto ...
  • UK tax law confirmed to start January 1

    6-Dec-2006

  • Lars von Trier unveils Lookey concept

    6-Dec-2006

  • UK producers elect 2007 Pact Council

    6-Dec-2006

  • Dogwoof buys Fissures and Stolen Holidays

    5-Dec-2006

  • Cinesite's Brown named British Film Commissioner

    5-Dec-2006

  • Infinity buys Hula Girls from Fortissimo

    4-Dec-2006

  • Bollywood companies sign on for NME's VMD format

    4-Dec-2006

  • Summer Palace takes prize after Belgrade controversy

    4-Dec-2006

  • Sean Ellis starts shoot for The Broken

    4-Dec-2006

    Writer/director Sean Ellishas started principal photography for his second feature, The Broken.
  • Catherine Le Clef to run Fortissimo's TV arm

    4-Dec-2006

    Fortissimo Films has appointed Catherine Le Clef as seniorvice president - TV and ancillary sales.She will join Fortissimo from Paris starting Jan 1. In addition to running Fortissimo's existing TV activities,Le Clef will be charged with expanding the company's TV business to includedocumentaries for ...
  • WFTV to honour producer Norma Heyman

    4-Dec-2006

  • Punk to promote The Gigolos with My Single Friend

    1-Dec-2006

  • Microwave backs first two micro-budget features

    30-Nov-2006

    Film London's new low-budget feature film scheme, Microwave, hasannounced its first two projects to go into production. They are Steven Sheil'sMum And Dad, a horror project about amurderous family living near a London airport (to be produced by Lisa Trnovski),and Eran Creevy's Shady (workingtitle), about a charismatic Muslim crack dealer (to be produced by Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh).
  • This Is England wins BIFA Best Film

    30-Nov-2006

    Newcomers caused a few surprises at the ninth British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) in London Wednesday night, with Red Road's Tony Curran and Kate Dickie taking the best acting prizes over more established names including Peter O'Toole and Helen Mirren.
  • UK shoot starts for BBC and HBO sci-fi comedy

    30-Nov-2006

  • This Is England wins BIFA Best Film

    30-Nov-2006

    Newcomers caused a fewsurprises at the ninth British Independent Film Awards(BIFAs) in London Wednesday night, with Red Road's Tony Curran and Kate Dickie taking the best actingprizes over more established names including Peter O'Toole and Helen Mirren.
  • McAvoy and Minghella on Orange Rising Star jury for Bafta

    29-Nov-2006

    BAFTA has announced the jury for this year’s Orange Rising Star Award.
  • Bonkers, Azur & Asmar win prizes at London Children's Festival

    29-Nov-2006

  • Regular Lovers takes EFA FIPRESCI prize

    28-Nov-2006

  • Hamilton departs UK distribution post at Icon

    28-Nov-2006

  • LoveFilm hires Andrew Ground as UK MD

    28-Nov-2006

  • Lionsgate pacts with Fintage for music sub-publishing

    28-Nov-2006

  • Lisa Hill joins Cosgrove Hall Films

    28-Nov-2006

  • Encounters recognises shorts from Fazeli, Quinn

    27-Nov-2006

    The UK's biggest short filmfestival, Encounters, wrapped this weekend with the International Jury Award andits $5809 (£3,000) prize going to Czech film The T-Shirt (Tricko) directed and written by Hossein Martin Fazeli.The international jury gave honourable mentions to Rabbit by Run Wrake (UK) and Linerboardby Jens Jonsson (Sweden).
  • Wootliff takes Northern Lights short prize

    27-Nov-2006

  • Rotterdam names first three competition titles

    27-Nov-2006

  • Universal partners for burnable DVDs in Australia

    27-Nov-2006

  • McAvoy and Minghella on Orange Rising Star jury for Bafta

    27-Nov-2006

    BAFTAhas announced the jury for this year's Orange Rising Star Award. Thejury is comprised of actors James McAvoy and Thandie Newton, BAFTA's DuncanKenworthy and David Parfitt, director Anthony Minghella, producer SarahRadclyffe, casting director Fiona Weir, and journalists Ian Freer, DavidEdwards, Alex O'Connell, Dylan Jones and Charles Gant.
  • UK's First Light changes priorities of young film-makers

    27-Nov-2006

  • Veritas launches new facilities in Newcastle

    27-Nov-2006

  • Prooptiki takes Greek and Balkan rights to BBC's earth

    26-Nov-2006

  • BAFTA launches public short competition

    23-Nov-2006

    The British Academy of Film & Television Arts ( BAFTA ) has launched a new short film competition, 60 Seconds of Fame, in association with Orange and supported by BBC Nations and Regions and the UK’s regional screen agencies.
  • Pact encourages extension of UK tax definitions

    23-Nov-2006

  • Kearns and Chater join London's Peepshow Post

    23-Nov-2006

  • High Point books deals for Dutch Slaughter Night

    22-Nov-2006

  • Directors Guild starts new UK training initiative

    22-Nov-2006

  • Intandem picks up four new genre films

    22-Nov-2006

    UK-based producer and salescompany Intandem Films has acquired world rights to four new features thanks toa $7.2m loan note through US-based private investment bank Capitoline GlobalFinance.
  • EFP's Shooting Stars to appear at Tallinn Black Nights

    22-Nov-2006

  • Marceau and Stuhr to host EFA ceremony

    22-Nov-2006

  • 2006 BAFTA award winners

    21-Nov-2006

    Best FilmBrokeback Mountain (Diana Ossana/James Schamus)
  • Aurum strikes three-year deal with Yari Film Group

    21-Nov-2006

  • Metrodome strikes UK deal for Mehta's Water

    21-Nov-2006

    Metrodome Distribution hastaken UK rights to Deepa Mehta's Water, the final project in the director's Element trilogy thatalso included 1996's Fire and 1998's Earth. Metrodome plans a June 2007 release.
  • Dogwoof takes UK rights to Tough Enough

    21-Nov-2006

  • iDream finds buyers for Dalai Lama documentary at AFM

    21-Nov-2006

  • Central Partnership closes string of AFM deals

    20-Nov-2006

  • Bafta sets 2007 awards for February 11

    20-Nov-2006

    The awards are sponsored for the tenth year in a row by mobile phone company Orange. BBC One will broadcast the event in the UK. In 2006, the awards were broadcast to 231 international territories.
  • Cronenberg starts London shoot for Eastern Promises

    20-Nov-2006

  • Raoul Ruiz taps Damian Lewis for Love And Virtue

    20-Nov-2006

    Raoul Ruiz's period epic Love And Virtue has lined up a stronginterernational cast including Damian Lewis, Virginie Ledoyen, John Malkovich,Peter O'Toole, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Dillane, Leonor Varela, Vincent Perez, DarylHannah, Michael Madsen, Melvil Poupaud, Anna Massey, Cristian de la Fuente MaxRyan, Alexa Rey and Boo Boo Stewart.
  • Dubai to open third festival with Bobby

    20-Nov-2006

  • Chalet to step down as CEO of Carlton Screen Advertising

    20-Nov-2006

  • London To Brighton wins at Seagate Foyle festival

    20-Nov-2006

  • London to host fifth Discovering Latin America Film Festival

    20-Nov-2006

  • UK's Italian Film Festival runs through Dec 4 in six cities

    20-Nov-2006

  • Leeds honours I Don't Care If Tomorrow Never Comes

    17-Nov-2006

  • BAFTA launches public short competition

    16-Nov-2006

    The British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) has launched a new short film competition,60 Seconds of Fame, in association with Orange and supported by BBC Nations and Regions and the UK's regional screen agencies.
  • MGM picks up Mackinnon's The Flying Scotsman

    16-Nov-2006

  • Sundance selects Chicago 10 to open 2007 festival

    16-Nov-2006

    The world premiere of BrettMorgen's Chicago 10 will be the opening film at the 2007 Sundance FilmFestival.
  • UK Film Council P&A Fund backs films including London To Brighton and The Host

    16-Nov-2006

  • UK's All Industry Marketing hires Grace Carley

    16-Nov-2006

  • Buyers jump on Venus for The Works

    6-Nov-2006

  • Film4 backs Duane Hopkins' feature debut Better Things

    6-Nov-2006

    Film4 hascome on board for Duane Hopkins' Better Things, soon to start shooting in theUK, and Fabrice de Welz's Vinyan, in development.
  • inDplay signs up Allied Artists library

    6-Nov-2006

  • Wide finds more buyers for Fissures and Gradiva

    6-Nov-2006

    France-based Wide Managementhas booked several new deals at the AFM. Pierre-Yves Borgeaud's Youssou N'Dourdocumentary Return To Goree hasbeen sold to Alcine Terran for Japan, with US and UK deals being negotiated.
  • Mischa Barton to star in Malice In Sunderland

    5-Nov-2006

    The team behindMichael Radford's Flawless has reteamed with Future Films for Malice InSunderland, set to starMischa Barton.
  • AFM Internet problems continue to frustrate sellers

    5-Nov-2006

    As Internet outagescontinued to frustrate AFM attendees, market organizers said that no decisionhad been made about compensating exhibitors for their headaches.
  • Momentum buys sci-fi movie Tomo from Becker

    5-Nov-2006

    Momentum Pictures has boughtUK rights to Paul Catling's science fiction movie Tomo from Becker International. The film, which has beendeveloped and will be produced by Matthew Justice, is based on the short filmof the same name which won the international short film prize at the 2004Sundance Film Festival.
  • Revolver signs AFM deals for Zoo and Tell No One

    5-Nov-2006

    UK distributor RevolverEntertainment has announced several key acquisitions for its 2007 releaseslate, with two new titles acquired here at AFM: Guillaume Canet's Tell NoOne (Ne Le Dis A Personne) fromEuropaCorp and Robinson Devor's Zoofrom ThinkFilm.
  • Seville gets pre-sale interest for Global Metal

    5-Nov-2006

  • Equinoxe takes Canadian rights to I'm Reed Fish

    4-Nov-2006

  • Samantha Horley promoted as Lumina expands

    4-Nov-2006

    Samantha Horleyhas been promoted to managing director of London-based Lumina Films and willnow take a stake in the company, parent company International Film Collectiveannounced. Horley had been head of sales since September 2004 after previoussales positions at Myriad Pictures, Summit Entertainment and Polygram Films.
  • Seville strikes flurry of deals for Bon Cop, Bad Cop

    4-Nov-2006

    Seville International hasbooked the first eight foreign deals for Canadian hit Bon Cop, Bad Cop here at the AFM.
  • Shochiku buys Closing The Ring from Content

    4-Nov-2006

    Shochiku hastaken Japanese rights to Richard Attenborough's Closing The Ring, in a deal here at the AFM withContentFilm International.
  • Actress/director Adrienne Shelly found dead in New York

    4-Nov-2006

    Actress, writer and directorAdrienne Shelly was found dead in her New York City apartment on Wednesday inan apparent suicide. The Medical Examiner has not ruled on the official causeof death.
  • Beyond on board for Redgrave, Staunton comedy

    3-Nov-2006

  • Fawcett starts hedge fund to cashflow UK credits

    3-Nov-2006

  • Internet problems frustrate exhibitors at AFM

    3-Nov-2006

    AFMattendees were left stranded without Internet access on day two of the marketas the Internet service in the Loews hotel guest rooms went down Thursdaymorning and wasn't planned to be operating fully until after the business dayended.
  • Netflix's Red Envelope strikes US deal for I'm Reed Fish

    3-Nov-2006

    Netflix's Red EnvelopeEntertainment has acquired the U.S. rights for I'm Reed Fish, sold by ContentFilm International.
  • The Works takes UK rights for Prairie Home Companion

    3-Nov-2006

  • London Film Festival honours Arnold's Red Road

    3-Nov-2006

  • London Film Festival honours Arnold's Red Road

    3-Nov-2006

  • Fremantle pacts with Verve for Mischief Night

    3-Nov-2006

  • HanWay takes on Merchant Ivory library

    3-Nov-2006

    HanWay Films has beenappointed to represent the worldwide rights to the Merchant Ivory library offilms.
  • UK film Focus sets 2007 dates for June 25-28

    3-Nov-2006

  • UK film Focus sets 2007 dates for June 25-28

    3-Nov-2006

  • 3DD signs deals with Hidden Treasures and Koch

    2-Nov-2006

    3DD Entertainment has signedexclusive distribution deals with Hidden Treasures Productions and KochEntertainment.
  • Capitol on board for new Knightley, Lohan film

    2-Nov-2006

  • Fintage House renews Hungarian contract for Said Boudarga

    2-Nov-2006

  • Future Films opens US office to cash-flow state credits

    2-Nov-2006

    London-based film financingand production company Future Films is launching a new US office with the aimof cash flowing the growing number of state-sponsored film productionincentives. Simon Horsman will be CEO of Future Films USA LLC, which will bebased in Los Angeles.
  • Greenaway wraps shoot for Nightwatching

    2-Nov-2006

  • Lena Headey tapped for next Sean Ellis feature

    2-Nov-2006

  • New $20m equity fund deals with Regent MB

    2-Nov-2006

  • Don Letts signs development deal with Fremantle

    2-Nov-2006

    UK director Don Letts hassigned a first-look development deal with FremantleMedia Enterprises, toprimarily develop music and pop culture documentaries.
  • McAuley joins Paramount Home Entertainment UK

    2-Nov-2006

  • Ewan McGregor on board for HanWay's Franklyn

    1-Nov-2006

    Ewan McGregor will star inGerald McMorrow's Franklyn, whichwill shoot on location in the UK in summer 2007.
  • HanWay takes on sales for Winterbottom's Genova

    1-Nov-2006

    HanWay Films has acquired worldwide rights outsidethe UK for Michael Winterbottom's forthcoming Genova,which now has Colin Firth attached to star.Winterbottom and Andrew Eaton's London-basedproduction company Revolution Films is producing with co-financing from Film4(which holds UK rights). ...
  • High Point takes on sales for Tom Collins' Kings

    1-Nov-2006

    High Point Films has takenon international sales for Tom Collins' Kings, the big-screen adaptation of Jimmy Murphy's play TheKings Of The Kilburn High Road.
  • Groening's Into Great Silence takes EFA Prix Arte

    31-Oct-2006

    The European Film Academy'sdocumentary Prix Arte will be awarded to Philip Groening's Into GreatSilence (Die Grosse Stille).
  • Hildebrand named MD of Future's UK office

    31-Oct-2006

    FutureFilms has tapped Qwerty Films veteran Andrew Hildebrand as managing director ofFuture's UK operations.Hildebrandhad been head of commercial and business affairs at Michael Kuhn's QwertyFilms, working on films including Kinsey and I Heart Huckabees. ...
  • Northern Lights sets industry summit attendees

    31-Oct-2006

  • Welsh student festival Ffresh gets backing from new Film Agency for Wales

    31-Oct-2006

    The Ffresh Student MovingImage Festival, held annually in Aberystwyth, Wales, has received backing fromthe newly established Film Agency for Wales.
  • Vertigo works with funding partner for Northern Star

    27-Oct-2006

    UK producer Vertigo Films has lined up the first two productions to comeout of its new relationship with Pacific Continental Fund Management's FilmOpportunities Fund.
  • UK's HandMade relaunches with Sequence/IAC deal

    26-Oct-2006

  • London shoot starts for Leonti's Daylight Robbery

    26-Oct-2006

  • Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund backs 24 projects

    25-Oct-2006

    The Hubert Bals Fund of theInternational Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has granted a total of $444,180(Euros 353,000) to 24 film projects and initiatives from developing countries.
  • The Queen leads BIFAs nominations

    25-Oct-2006

    Stephen Frears' TheQueen leads thenominations for the ninth British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), nominated inseven categories including Best British Independent Film, Best Director andBest Actress for Helen Mirren.
  • Tartan takes UK rights to Broomfield's Ghosts

    25-Oct-2006

    Tartan Films has taken UKdistribution rights to Nick Broomfield's Ghosts, which has its UK premiere tonight at the LondonFilm Festival after screening at San Sebastian.
  • EFP's Shooting Stars head to Seville

    25-Oct-2006

  • European film agencies call for speedy action on digital cinema

    25-Oct-2006

  • Vue plans charity preview for Casino Royale

    25-Oct-2006

    UKexhibitor Vue Entertainment is organising a charity fundraiser tied to therelease of Casino Royale.Thenew James Bond film will play in previews at 36 Vue cinemas across the UK onNov 15, two days before its general release. More than 12,000 tickets will beavailable for the promotion, which will sell tickets at the premium price of $18.78(£10) outside of London and $28 ...
  • Dodona predicts half of US cinemas will be digital by 2011

    24-Oct-2006

  • EFA documentary nominees Groening and Hopkins

    23-Oct-2006

  • UK's AAM adds downloads-to-own from Sony

    23-Oct-2006

    Following on their VOD deal announced in August, Arts Alliance Media (AAM) and Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) have struck anagreement for downloads-to-own.
  • Flanders Fest awards top prize to Ten Canoes

    23-Oct-2006

  • Fortissimo boards world sales for No Regret

    20-Oct-2006

  • UK Film Council gives P&A support to Volver

    20-Oct-2006

  • David Lean classics to be restored by 2008

    20-Oct-2006

  • EFP again hosts umbrella office at AFM

    20-Oct-2006

  • ContentFilm on board for Barker's Outpost

    19-Oct-2006

    ContentFilm Internationalhas acquired worldwide rights to and will co-finance the new action horror filmOutpost.
  • London's 50th festival opens with Last King Of Scotland

    19-Oct-2006

    The Times BFI London FilmFestival opened Wednesday night with the European premiere of Kevin Macdonald'sThe Last King OfScotland.
  • Death Defying Acts wraps London shoot

    18-Oct-2006

  • BBC Worldwide on board for African elephant feature

    17-Oct-2006

  • Arista, BBC and Capitol launch minority writing scheme

    17-Oct-2006

  • Fourteen short films nominated for Prix UIP

    17-Oct-2006

  • Abraham and Dornford-May pact for South African stories

    16-Oct-2006

    Producer EricAbraham and director Mark Dornford-May have announced a new collaboration toproduce theatre and film projects based on South African talent for aninternational audience.
  • Rotterdam's Bals Fund starts digital production grant

    16-Oct-2006

  • Daniel Thomas and Sue Milford join new Film Agency For Wales

    16-Oct-2006

  • Gillo Pontecorvo dies in Rome

    13-Oct-2006

  • FACT, FDA offer tools to fight UK film piracy

    13-Oct-2006

  • UK shoot starts next week for Grant's Coffee Sex You

    13-Oct-2006

  • London Children's Festival to open with Azur And Asmar

    12-Oct-2006

    The London Children's FilmFestival will run its second event Nov 18-26 presented by the Barbican and theIndependent Cinema Office in partnership with Film London. The festival willscreen 39 features and 30 shorts from 19 countries.
  • Jeremy Thomas to receive Screen International prize at European Film Awards

    12-Oct-2006

    Famed UK producer Jeremy Thomas has been selected to receive Screen International's Achievement In World Cinema Prize at the European Film Awards.
  • Eurimages backs 14 co-productions with $5.5m

    12-Oct-2006

  • David Tennant and Emily Blunt pair for UK's Wedding

    12-Oct-2006

    UK actors David Tennant and EmilyBlunt have signed on for the lead roles in CheerfulWeather For The Wedding, a project from London-basedClockwork Pictures. The shoot is planned for May 2007.
  • EFP presents four new films at New York Industry Screenings

    12-Oct-2006

    EuropeanFilm Promotion is launching its third edition of industry screenings in New York this year. Four newEuropean films will be presented at the Tribeca Screening Room on Oct 23 and 24to US distributors and buyers, festival scouts and cinema programmers.
  • Lucy Thomas takes promotions job at Paramount

    11-Oct-2006

  • High Point picks up Dutch horror Slaughter Night

    11-Oct-2006

  • Woolcock directs modern Exodus story

    11-Oct-2006

  • London Film Fest announces venues for 50-screen event

    11-Oct-2006

    The Times BFI London FilmFestival (Oct 18-Nov 2) has announced more details of its special 50-screensurprise film event in honour of the festival's 50th anniversary.
  • Jacques Toubon confirmed as Eurimages chair

    11-Oct-2006

    The Council of Europe'sproduction fund Eurimages has re-elected Jacques Toubon for a third term aschairman. Toubon called upon membersof the management board of Eurimage "to act in their countries to preservecultural diversity and ensure that the rights of directors and actors be fullyrecognised."
  • Northern Lights summit to host Refn talk and pitching session

    10-Oct-2006

  • New Wales film agency taps staffers

    10-Oct-2006

  • London Film Festival ramps up industry plans

    10-Oct-2006

  • Grierson nominees include Unknown White Male

    10-Oct-2006

  • Brooks starts Definitely, Maybe for Working Title

    10-Oct-2006

  • Benton and Jeffrey to head new Ingenious Securities

    10-Oct-2006

  • EFA announces nominees for European Discovery award

    10-Oct-2006

  • Robbie Williams hosts short-film competition

    10-Oct-2006

    Singer Robbie Williams is workingwith film-makers community Shooting People to encourage emerging film-makers tomake short films to complement his new album Rudebox.
  • Vue's Tim Richards gets entrepreneur award

    10-Oct-2006

  • Resfest to kick off world tour in Chicago

    9-Oct-2006

    Travelling digital arts andfilm festival Resfest will kick off in Chicago on Oct 19 before travelling to a total of 45 cities onsix continents. The festival, now in its 10th year, has announced dates for citiesincluding Paris (Oct 20-22), Rome (Nov 3-5), Singapore (Nov 10-12), London ...
  • Raindance honours The Wind and London To Brighton

    9-Oct-2006

    The 14th Raindance FilmFestival closed its 12-day event in London with Eduado Mignogna's The Wind, an Argentine family drama, taking its top jury prize.
  • Black Book takes best feature and director at Dutch awards

    9-Oct-2006

    Black Book (Zwartboek) was the big winner as The Dutch Cinema Awards, theGolden Calves, were presented during the Dutch Film Gala at the close of the 26thNetherlands Film Festival.
  • Rai takes on sales for two Rome titles

    9-Oct-2006

  • Dinard awards top prize to London To Brighton

    9-Oct-2006

  • New Welsh Film Agency sets up headquarters in Cardiff Bay

    9-Oct-2006

  • UK-French co-productions face testing times

    6-Oct-2006

    The new UK film tax credit may hamper thedevelopment of some co-productions but shouldn't stop UK and French producers from workingtogether. That was the message reiterated at the Franco-British co-productionmeeting hosted at this weekend's film festival in the French seaside town of Dinard.
  • Raindance to host Sean Lennon's Friendly Fire

    4-Oct-2006

  • Metrodome raises $3.8m for new company strategy

    2-Oct-2006

  • Pathe UK Distribution recruits Woodward from Icon

    2-Oct-2006

    Pathe hasappointed David Woodward as sales director, UK Distribution. He takes up his new post late 2006 afterleaving his current job as head of sales at Icon Film Distribution. In the Patherole, he replaces Neil Marshall who is departing Pathe after six years to becomedirector of sales for Warner Bros Pictures International UK. "David has theideal ...
  • Ray Winstone and Tilda Swinton back the BIFAs

    29-Sep-2006

    Actors Ray Winstone andTilda Swinton have become patrons of The British Independent Film Awards.
  • Norway backs Reprise in Oscar race

    29-Sep-2006

    Norway has submitted Joachim Trier's feature debut, Reprise, for consideration in the foreign-language Oscar race.
  • Cornwall recruits agency for film and TV push

    29-Sep-2006

    South West Screen andCornwall Film have appoined Cornish company Location Solutions South West tomarket the region to film and TV production companies. Location Solutions willmarket the UK's western-most county overthe next six months to national and international ...
  • UK Film Council delegation headed to Pusan

    29-Sep-2006

  • Wild Bunch takes on Death Of A President

    27-Sep-2006

  • Luxembourg has Oscar hopes for Justine

    27-Sep-2006

  • Sony strikes VOD deal with Telecom Italia

    26-Sep-2006

  • Pieter Jan Brugge recruited for Netherlands talk

    26-Sep-2006

    Producer/director Pieter JanBrugge will be the new guest of honour at this year's Binger - Screen International Interview at theNetherlands Film Festival on Friday.
  • LoveFilm sets up German operation

    26-Sep-2006

    LoveFilmis continuing its European expansion. The online DVD rental company,headquartered in London, haslaunched LoveFilm Deutschland in Germany. Inestablishing the German business, LoveFilm has struck a strategic partnershipwith postal and logistics company ...
  • Imax taps Peter Eiff as GM for EMEA

    26-Sep-2006

  • Sheffield DocFest to open with Paul Weller film

    25-Sep-2006

    The 13th SheffieldInternational Documentary Festival has announced some programme highlights forthis year's festival, which runs Oct 30-Nov 5.
  • Hungary submits White Palms for Oscar race

    25-Sep-2006

  • Inaugural Conch winners include Boom and De Lane Lea

    21-Sep-2006

    UK Post& Services held its inaugural Conch Awards in London tonightto recognise the audio industry.The best UK soundfacility award was shared by Boom and De Lane Lea.The ...
  • Cinematography legend Sven Nykvist dies in Sweden

    21-Sep-2006

    Swedishfilm-maker Sven Nykvist, a legendary cinematographer who worked on many IngmarBergman classics, died Wednesday in Stockholm. He was 83 and being treated fora form of dementia.
  • Gomes, Bier and Kaurismaki films added to Oscar longlist

    21-Sep-2006

  • Newcastle plans fourth Northern Lights festival

    21-Sep-2006

  • North West Vision plans October conference in Liverpool

    21-Sep-2006

  • Metrodome's wider losses in line with expectations

    20-Sep-2006

    UK distributor Metrodome reportedfinancial results for the first half of 2006, with pretax losses widening to $840,337(£445,000) against a loss of $389,010 (£206,000) last year. Turnover fell 11% from$3.13m (£1.66m) to $2.79 (£1.48m) year-on-year.
  • Skillset awards $188,800 to Slingshot's digital training

    20-Sep-2006

    Slingshot, the new UK-based digitalfilm production and distribution company, has won a$188,804 (£100,000) grant from Skillset for its new development scheme forwriters, directors and producers.
  • Peter Smith to head NBC Universal International

    19-Sep-2006

  • Rome's Extra programme to include Cobain documentary

    19-Sep-2006

  • Dinard competitors include London To Brighton

    19-Sep-2006

  • Philippe Cardon promoted at Warner Home Video

    19-Sep-2006

  • Universal strikes VOD deal for UK Freeview customers

    18-Sep-2006

  • British Film Commissioner Norris to join Framestore

    18-Sep-2006

    Visual effects company Framestore Ltd has appointed Steve Norris as managingdirector of its film interests. Norris will join Framestorein late November after leaving the post he has held for the past nine years, asBritish Film Commissioner with the UK Film Council.
  • Skillset backs new low-budget training from Film London

    18-Sep-2006

    Skillset has awarded $166,100(£88,509) to Film London for its new Microwave Training Programme.The training scheme, with a total budget of $255,183(£136,000), is part of Film London's new Microwave scheme for low-budgetfeature production. The Microwave scheme got 71 applications and hasshortlisted 11 projects to attend the Microschool, ...
  • Orange on board for Northern Lights production prize

    18-Sep-2006

  • New Manchester festival commissions film by Greg Hall

    15-Sep-2006

    The Manchester InternationalFestival has commissioned director Greg Hall and composer Steve Martland to create a new feature film that will premiere atthe inaugural festival in 2007.
  • Susanne Bier to direct UK shoot for The Duchess

    15-Sep-2006

  • Revolver and Shooting People team for Destricted short competition

    15-Sep-2006

  • Pinewood in partnership to fund Shepperton development

    14-Sep-2006

    UK studio company Pinewood Shepperton has announced plans to enter into a joint venture with Morley Fund Management to form a partnership that will further develop Shepperton Studio. Pinewood had previously announced plans for the expansion and growth at both Pinewood and Shepperton, and this new partnership will enable the work on Shepperton to begin later this year.Morley, a division of Aviva, has paid ...
  • ...while Metrodome nabs UK rights to Away From Her

    14-Sep-2006

  • London Film Festival to close with Inarritu's Babel

    14-Sep-2006

  • Vernon promoted to marketing head at Metrodome

    14-Sep-2006

  • Transmedia strikes UK deal for A Few Days In September

    13-Sep-2006

  • European Film Academy to honour Polanski

    12-Sep-2006

    The European Film Academywill give this year's lifetime achievement award to film-maker Roman Polanski. Polanski,who has been an actor, writer director and producer, will receive the honour atthe European Film Awards ...
  • AAM signs Newman deals for four more cinemas

    12-Sep-2006

  • European Film Awards picks longlist of 49 films

    11-Sep-2006

  • Arts Council, Film Council launch Single Shot programme

    11-Sep-2006

    The Arts Council England and the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund have launched Single Shot, a multi-platform touringprogramme of moving image projects. Single Shot will commission film and video projects - based on theconcept of a single unedited shot - by established artists and new talents.
  • Transmedia gets UK rights to Our Fathers and The Run

    11-Sep-2006

    New UK distributor Transmedia hasadded two more films to its slate: OurFathers and The Run.
  • Encounters to host Ken Russell and Frank Cottrell Boyce

    8-Sep-2006

  • Odeon and Sky pact for UK distribution joint venture

    8-Sep-2006

    Europe's leading exhibitor Odeon and pay TV company Sky have announced a new collaboration, Odeon andSky Filmworks, which will act as a UK distributor, signing titles directly from film-makers.
  • Rotterdam Festival recruits Marnix van Wijk

    8-Sep-2006

  • NPA to add new training for directors and scriptwriters

    8-Sep-2006

  • Holland Film Meeting selects 21 projects for pitches

    7-Sep-2006

    The 19thHolland Film Meeting, held Sept 29-Oct 1 during the Netherlands Film Festival,will present 21 feature film projects this year as part of the NetherlandsProduction Platform.The eightDutch and 13 European feature will be pitched to apanel of international producers and financiers. The Dutch films are eligiblefor ...
  • FilmFour promotes Carlton to senior commissioning editor

    7-Sep-2006

  • Raindance line-up includes world premiere of Ramones film

    7-Sep-2006

  • The Works adopts Bragason's Children

    6-Sep-2006

  • UK's Metropolitan Film School taps producer Jonny Persey as school director

    6-Sep-2006

    The Metropolitan Film School, basedat London's EalingStudios, has appointed Jonny Persey as its new school director. Persey is ...
  • Maja Dyekaer Giese joins Trust Film Sales as CEO

    6-Sep-2006

  • Peccadillo gets UK rights to Maximo Oliveros and Beyond Hatred

    6-Sep-2006

  • UK tax credit financier Brighthaven on board for Magicians

    6-Sep-2006

  • Parasol ends pact with Peccadillo, completes work on documentary Thief Of Hearts

    6-Sep-2006

    TheUK indie distributor formerly known as ParasolPeccadillo Releasing has now split into Parasol Pictures Releasing andPeccadillo Pictures, ending a five-year strategic alliance. Peccadillocontinues to be run by Tom Abell and Kahloon Loke. Parasol is run byChristian Martin.
  • PPS opens London post facility ilab

    6-Sep-2006

  • Metrodome gets UK rights to Days Of Glory (Indigenes)

    5-Sep-2006

  • ContentFilm completes acquisition of UAV and Allumination

    5-Sep-2006

  • Tartan gets UK and Irish rights to Taxidermia

    5-Sep-2006

    Tartan Films have acquired all UK and Ireland rights to Gyorgy Palfi's Taxidermia from Fortissimo Films. The film, Palfi's follow-upto his 2003 debut Hukkle,screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes ...
  • Australia submits Ten Canoes for foreign Oscar

    5-Sep-2006

  • Metrodome works with Moodysson for Container installation

    5-Sep-2006

  • FIPRESCI to give Grand Prix to Almodovar's Volver

    4-Sep-2006

  • Warner Home Video plans UK HD DVD and Blu-ray releases

    4-Sep-2006

    Warner Home Video has announced plans to deliver its firsttitles in the HD DVD and Blu-rayformats in the UK. The first releases in theformat, both recent films and catalogue titles, will be available in late 2006.Titles already announced for UK ...
  • EFA announces 12 nominees for audience awards

    4-Sep-2006

  • Oliver Stone recruited for BAFTA's David Lean Lecture

    4-Sep-2006

  • Bostock named to new post as sales director of ITN Source

    4-Sep-2006

  • Aardman launching mobile channel with Orange

    1-Sep-2006

    Aardman Animations, producers of hits including Wallace & Gromit, is launching itsown mobile channel on the Orange TV service.The Aardman Animations channelwill run a video loop of content which will be refreshed weekly. The channelwill include Aardman's own work plus otherinternational animated content. The mobile content will be created in-house ...
  • Arts Alliance strikes VOD deal with Icon

    31-Aug-2006

  • One Eyed Films boards production of new Marins film

    31-Aug-2006

    The UK-based company OneEyed Films, which specialises in Latin American films, has come on board as oneof the producers of Embodiment Of Evil, a horror film to be directed by Brazilian cultfigure Jose Mojica Marins,who has made more than 40 films. The other producers are Olhosde Cao, Gullane Filmes and Marins.
  • Greenaway to start Nightwatching shoot next week

    30-Aug-2006

  • European Film Promotion continues Toronto initiatives

    30-Aug-2006

  • Gale Force 10 to premiere on eve of Flanders festival

    30-Aug-2006

  • London's Frieze Art Fair comissions five short films

    30-Aug-2006

  • Rockets Redglare! documentary film-maker dies

    30-Aug-2006

    Film-makerLuis Fernandez de la Reguera, 39, died Aug 14 after amotorcycle accident in New York State.
  • UK Post announces more Conch nominees

    30-Aug-2006

    Industrygroup UK Post has announced the remaining shortlists for its inaugural audioawards The Conch. Judges areDavid Brady of Soho Editors, Delissa Needham ofUnicorn, Nick Godwin of WAGtv, Paul Mac of AudioMedia Magazine, Ray Gillan of Warner Bros, John Andrews of InstituteBroadcast Sound, Ben Nemes of Scrub, Jules ...
  • Dubai announces hefty prizes with new Arab competition

    29-Aug-2006

    The Dubai International Film Festival has announcedthat its new Muhr Awards For Excellence In Arab Cinema will carry prize moneyof $325,000 (AED 1.2m).The Muhr awards, whose name means young horse inArabic, will honour film-makers in feature, documentary and short categories. The ...
  • World's Fastest Indian sweeps New Zealand awards

    24-Aug-2006

    The World's Fastest Indian drove away with sevenprizes at the 2006 Air New Zealand Screen Awards.
  • New outfit Diffusion takes UK rights to Mutual Appreciation

    24-Aug-2006

  • Harness wins UK Film Council's 25 Words Or Less scheme

    24-Aug-2006

  • Oli Harbottle joins UK distributor Dogwoof

    24-Aug-2006

  • Saari's Kasting wins horror short competition

    24-Aug-2006

  • Von Sychowski joins London's Deluxe Laboratories

    24-Aug-2006

    Patrickvon Sychowski has joined Deluxe Laboratories in London as director of digital business development.Hehad been of director of business development at Unique Digital Ltd., and priorto that was a senior analyst at Screen Digest.VonSychowski will complete the creation of DeluxeDigital ...
  • New competition launched for UK screenwriters

    23-Aug-2006

  • Abdulhamid Juma takes new post in Dubai

    23-Aug-2006

    Dubai Technology and MediaFree Zone Authority (DTMFZA) has appointed Abdulhamid Juma as deputy director general.As part of his role, Juma willsupervise overall management of the Dubai International Film Festival. He isone of the festival's founders. ...
  • Artsworld to upgrade BFI classics to HD

    23-Aug-2006

  • Hunter and Gardner to head Glasgow festival

    23-Aug-2006

    AllanHunter and Allison Gardner will serve as joint directors of the third GlasgowFilm Festival (Feb 15-25, 2007). The festival'sprogramme of international and Scottish features and documentaries will beannounced in January.Hunter ...
  • Birds Eye View to host documentary festival

    22-Aug-2006

  • Richard Laxton starts shoot for The Allotment

    22-Aug-2006

    Warp Films and Art in Action have started shooting a comedywith the working title of The Allotment.Richard Laxton, who recentlycompleted Life & Lyrics, willdirect from a script by Frank Cottrell Boyce with Carl Hunter. The Allotment follows a refugee familytrying to fit into the community of their gardening allotment. The ...
  • Europa Cinemas names jury for Venice Days prize

    22-Aug-2006

  • Billi Productions plans to expand CGI short into feature

    20-Aug-2006

    BilliProductions and Glasgow Animation are seeking to turn their animated short filmSir Billi into a full-lengthfeature.Theproducers ...
  • Really Terrible Orchestra takes EIFF short doc prize

    20-Aug-2006

    TheEdinburgh International Film Festival has given its short Scottish documentaryaward to Edward Brooke-Hitching for The Really Terrible Orchestra.
  • London shoot to start for horror film Credo

    18-Aug-2006

    Alto Films starts principal photography next week on itsfirst feature, Credo.The ...
  • Steven Leighton moves to Fox Home Entertainment UK

    16-Aug-2006

  • Pusan to give filmmaker of the year prize to Andy Lau

    16-Aug-2006

    The Pusan International FilmFestival has announced that Andy Lau will receive this year's Asian Filmmakerof the Year award. The festival said it applauded "Lau's dedication ofsearching for Asian filmmaking talents and promoting Asian cinema as a producerand actor'During the past two decades, Lau has proven himself as one of thecelebrities committed to ...
  • CJ moves into English fare with Kang's West 32nd

    16-Aug-2006

  • John Stanley leaves Fox for Warner UK

    16-Aug-2006

    John Stanley is leaving hispost at Twentieth Century Fox UK to become managing director of Warner HomeVideo UK. He replaces Neil McEwan,who departed Warner Bros. a few weeks ago.
  • Martial arts feature Underground starts UK shoot

    15-Aug-2006

    Park Entertainmentand Intense Productions have started principal photography on announce thatprincipal photography on Underground.The action featureis set in the UK suburbs, where anunderground tournament pits a dozen fighters against each other. ...
  • Sheffield Documentary Festival plans new pitching programme

    15-Aug-2006

    The Sheffield International Documentary Festival has created a newpitching programme, The MeetMarket,to be launched at this year's festival (Oct 30-Nov 5).
  • Edinburgh starts new Diamond Awards

    14-Aug-2006

    TheEdinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), which opens tonight with theworld premiere of Douglas Mackinnon's The Flying Scotsman, is introducing a newset of awards at its 60th anniversary event. The new Diamond Awardswill "acknowledge excellence in cinema in celebration with the spirit of EIFF."Theinaugural ...
  • Screen West Midlands starts talent awards

    14-Aug-2006

  • Metrodome launches children's DVD label

    10-Aug-2006

  • Peep Show team to shoot feature Magicians

    10-Aug-2006

  • FilmFour backs Irish comedy Garage

    10-Aug-2006

  • Rushes Soho Shorts gives top prize to Tom Harper's Cubs

    10-Aug-2006

  • San Sebastian plans Emigrants retrospective

    10-Aug-2006

  • Sarah Goodwin joins UK sales company Independent Film Sales

    10-Aug-2006

    Sarah Goodwin has joinedLondon-based Independent Film Sales (IFS) as salesand marketing manager.Goodwin previously held a similarpost at Vine International Pictures, where she worked on projects fromdirectors such as Peter Greenaway, Alan Rudolph andTerry Jones. The sales company's slate ...
  • Vue to launch Adventure Film Festival

    10-Aug-2006

  • London's 50th festival to open with Last King Of Scotland

    9-Aug-2006

    The Times BFI London FilmFestival will open its 50th edition on Oct 18 with the Europeanpremiere of Kevin Macdonald's The LastKing Of Scotland.
  • Icon launches home entertainment division

    9-Aug-2006

  • UK's Uli Meyer starts production on $30m MonsterMania!

    8-Aug-2006

    London-based Uli Meyer Animation has started production on MonsterMania!, a $30m computer-animatedfeature. MichaelMarshall Smith and Stephen Jones wrote the script for the monster comedy/adventure,which is based on an idea by Uli Meyer, Jones andSmith. MonsterMania! has beenin active development for three years. Uli Meyer Animation will co-produce withIndia's Ittina Animation Studios and Switzerland's ...
  • Marcus Alexander joins CFX digital intermediates division

    8-Aug-2006

  • Online pirate DVD seller busted in London

    8-Aug-2006

  • Pusan adds Midnight Passion section

    8-Aug-2006

  • Wysiwyg plans Oct UK release for Hall's The Plague

    8-Aug-2006

  • Parker's I Really Hate My Job starts London shoot

    7-Aug-2006

    DirectorOliver Parker has started shooting comedy I Really Hate My Job in London. Neve Campbell, Shirley Henderson,Alexandra Maria Lara, Anna Maxwell Martin and Oana Pellea star.
  • Brian De Palma to talk at Edinburgh

    7-Aug-2006

  • Dubai opens submissions for new Arab competition

    7-Aug-2006

  • Rome selects 12 film-makers for production market

    4-Aug-2006

    The inaugural Rome Film Festhas announced the 12 participants for its New Cinema Network, a co-productionforum along the lines of Rotterdam'sCineMart.
  • John Hurt to lead Edinburgh's Powell jury

    4-Aug-2006

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival(EIFF), which holds its 60th event from Aug 14-27, has announced thejury for this year's Michael Powell Award. Actor ...
  • Sony strikes VOD deal with Arts Alliance

    3-Aug-2006

    Sony Pictures TelevisionInternational and Arts Alliance Media have struck a deal to offer Sony filmsfor rentals online. The video-on-demand (VOD) deal gives AAM the right to digitally distribute 180 of SonyPictures' back catalogue titles, including TaxiDriver and Gandhi, as well as newreleases over the next three years such as Spider-Man3.
  • Film London continues festival and training funds

    3-Aug-2006

  • ICA takes UK rights to Eric Steel's The Bridge

    1-Aug-2006

    DistributorICA Films has taken UK theatrical and DVD rights to The Bridge,while Channel 4 has obtained the UK TV rights. FortissimoFilms is handling sales for the Eric Steel's documentary, which will screen atthe London Film Festival.
  • Levy tapped as chairman for Film Business Academy

    31-Jul-2006

    AlainLevy, Chairman and CEO of EMI Music, has been appointed chairman of the Film Business Academy's advisory board at Cass Business School in London.
  • Pinewood says 007 stage will need rebuilding after fire

    31-Jul-2006

  • Rowntree Trust launches new documentary fund

    31-Jul-2006

  • Tartan's De Casto to oversee US and UK operations

    28-Jul-2006

    Tartan Films has expandedthe role of UK-based managing director Laura De Castoto also run Tartan USA in addition to her UK duties. She has become managing director of US theatrical and home entertainment, effectiveimmediately.
  • MediCinema starts first project in Scotland

    28-Jul-2006

  • Chris Cornell recruited for next Bond soundtrack

    27-Jul-2006

  • Raindance to open with Brothers Of The Head

    27-Jul-2006

  • Universal expands UK downloads through BT

    26-Jul-2006

    Universal Pictures growing its download and VODbusiness in the UKthrough a new deal with British Telecommunications (BT). This follows onearlier deals with LoveFilm and Wippit.
  • Cambridge festival sets attendance record

    25-Jul-2006

  • Arrests made in north London pirate DVD operation

    25-Jul-2006

    Authoritieshave arrested 11 pirate DVD sellers working in Leyton Mills Retail Parkin northeast London.Theshopping area had had an ongoing problem with ...
  • Pinball Films wraps UK, German shoot for Horner's KAZ

    25-Jul-2006

  • UK Post announces shortlist for new audio awards

    25-Jul-2006

    Industrybody UK Post has announced the shortlist for its inaugural Conch awards, whichwill honour the audio industry.
  • Ireland establishes new Academy to run awards

    24-Jul-2006

    Ireland's arts minister John O'Donoghue has announced the creation of a new Irish Film and Television Academy.
  • UK's Cinema Extreme open for next round of shorts funding

    24-Jul-2006

    Cinema Extreme, the short film initiative from FilmFour and the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund, is taking applications for its new funding round.
  • Film London revamps local film funds

    21-Jul-2006

    Film London has started the London Borough Film Fund Challenge to stimulate local film-makingacross the city.
  • Britdoc speakers include Broomfield and Maysles

    20-Jul-2006

    The firstBritdoc festival, in association with Nokia, has announced some top documentaryfilm-makers participating in masterclasses and panels.
  • Universal partners with Telefonica for Spain downloads

    20-Jul-2006

    Universal Pictures Iberia is partnering with Telefonicade Espana to launch the first legal download-to-own filmservice in Spain.
  • BBC veterans plan feature based on Shoebox Zoo

    20-Jul-2006

  • FilmFour moves from subscription to free channel

    20-Jul-2006

    Channel 4's film channel FilmFour will transition from a paid subscription serviceto a free channel with a relaunch on July 23.
  • Barbican to present season devoted to Jeremy Thomas

    20-Jul-2006

  • Sheffield DocFest unveils early plans for autumn event

    19-Jul-2006

  • Hannah McGill tapped for Edinburgh post

    19-Jul-2006

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival(EIFF) has appointed Hannah McGill as its new artistic director. She replacesShane Danielsen, who will step down after nextmonth's festival as his five-year tenure comes to its scheduled end. McGill starts her post on Sept 1. She hasbeen working with EIFF since ...
  • India, UK start short documentary scheme

    19-Jul-2006

    Eight Indian film-makers will be given the chance to create athree-minute documentary film under the new Independence In3 Minutes scheme. The shorts programme is timed to the 60thanniversary of India'sindependence from the UK.
  • UK's Cinesite lands work on The Golden Compass

    18-Jul-2006

    UK post-production company Cinesite has been struck a major deal for visual effectswork on New Line's forthcoming The GoldenCompass.
  • Artificial Eye buys three more post-Cannes

    18-Jul-2006

  • Lenny Crooks to take over UK's New Cinema Fund

    18-Jul-2006

    TheUK Film Council has appointed Lenny Crooks as the new head of the New CinemaFund, effective Sept 18. His initial contract is for a two-year term, with theoption to extend by a further two years.
  • UK exhibitor Vue offers chapter with Stormbreaker tickets

    18-Jul-2006

  • Poland's Era New Horizons to open with Volver

    17-Jul-2006

  • New Cinema Fund backs Roeg's Puffball

    13-Jul-2006

    The UK Film Council's NewCinema Fund has given funding to two film-makers at very different stages intheir careers: 78-year-old Don't Look Now veteranNicolas Roeg and first-time feature director PaulAndrew Williams.
  • Internet doc Loose Change eyes theatrical run

    13-Jul-2006

  • Anand Tucker set to shoot new project for Number 9 and FilmFour

    12-Jul-2006

  • New Britdoc festival names 20 features in competition

    10-Jul-2006

    Britdoc, a new international feature documentary festivalbeing launched by the Channel 4 British Documentary Film Foundation, hasannounced the 20 films in its two feature competition sections.
  • Six South African writers win development competition

    7-Jul-2006

    The UK Film Council'sDevelopment Fund and South Africa's National Film and Video Foundation's "25Words Or Less" competition has named its first six recipients of funding.
  • Fintage House to open Toronto office

    7-Jul-2006

    Entertainment companyFintage House has announced an expansion of NorthAmerican operations. Maarten Melchior will transfer from Fintage's Netherlands-based headquarters to open an officein Toronto that will coordinate Fintage'sfilm and TV activity in Toronto, ...
  • UK's digital network shows 50th film

    7-Jul-2006

    Digitalfilm services company Arts AllianceMedia has announced that Momentum Pictures' District13, opening in the UK today, is the 50th feature they have beendigitally encrypted and shown on the UK Film Council's Digital Screen Network. TheDSN is Europe's ...
  • Belgium's Kinepolis to digitise entire network

    6-Jul-2006

    Belgian exhibitor Kinepolis is planning the first full nationwide digital conversion of a theatre network in Europe. Its 130 cinemas will be fitted with digital Barco projectors through a new deal Kinepolis struck with Thomson's Technicolor Digital Cinema.
  • Beyond Films promotes Stephen Kelliher

    6-Jul-2006

  • Films Sans Frontieres to remake The Blue Angel

    6-Jul-2006

  • BBC Films to collaborate with TV's comedy arm

    5-Jul-2006

    As it aims to diversify its feature filmslate, BBC Films is working together with BBC Comedy's team of writers andproducer to develop comedic feature films. The announcement was made by DavidThompson, head of BBC Film and Kenton Allen, creative head of BBC Comedy Talentand Comedy North. BBC's head of comedy Jon Plowman is also on board for thecollaboration.
  • Tartan gets UK rights to Rankin and Cottam's Saints

    4-Jul-2006

    Distributor Tartan Films has acquired UKand Irelandrights to The Lives OfThe Saints, directed by photographer and publisher Rankin and Chris Cottam. The debut will have its world premiere in competitionat the 2006 Locarno ...
  • Eurimages announces latest funding of $5.4m

    3-Jul-2006

    The board of Eurimages has decided to support 12 features in its latest funding round, marking a total amount of $5.4m (Euros 4.2m).
  • Eurimages announces latest funding of $5.4m

    3-Jul-2006

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  • UK anti-piracy group adds theatrical investigator

    3-Jul-2006

    The UK's Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) is clamping down on camcorder use in UK cinemas by creating the new role of theatrical investigator.
  • Paramount on board for feature based on Olympic short

    29-Jun-2006

  • Universal brings downloads to own to France

    29-Jun-2006

  • Cambridge Festival to open with UK premiere of Volver

    29-Jun-2006

  • Serotonin, Hope & Glory and Spice Factory partner for Bhopal

    28-Jun-2006

  • Edinburgh picks Reed's Odd Man Out for closing night

    27-Jun-2006

    The Edinburgh International FilmFestival (EIFF) announced that Carol Reed's 1947 film noir Odd Man Out will be the closing-night film at this year's 60thanniversary festival. The film opened the same year that the festival waslaunched, and a digitally restored version will be shown in Edinburgh (as well being shown in September in UK theatres through Park Circus).
  • Fortissimo gets four Hal Hartley features

    26-Jun-2006

    Sales company Fortissimo Films has struck a dealwith director Hal Hartley and his Possible Films to add four of his films tothe Fortissimo library.Marking the first time Hartley has worked withFortissimo, the company is taking rights to 1990's Trust, 1995's Flirt, 1997'sHenry Fool and 2005's The Girl From Monday. Hartley ...
  • Spain's Cinema Jove gives top prize to Ryna

    26-Jun-2006

  • Oxfam Novib signs on as IDFA principal sponsor

    23-Jun-2006

  • Capitol promotes Schoukroun to head of sales

    23-Jun-2006

    Capitol Films has promotedEve Schoukroun to head of sales and has recruitedJames Norrie as its new sales director. Schoukroun replaces Simon Crowe, who has been with Capitolsince October 2004 and is leaving at the end of June to work with new UK-basedsales company Velvet Octopus.
  • UK's Slingshot plans 10 digital features in 3 years

    22-Jun-2006

    Slingshot, a new UK-baseddigital film production and distribution company, hasannounced plans to finance, produce and distribute a slate of 10 low-budgetfeature films over the next three years.
  • Icon promotes Buckner to senior sales manager

    22-Jun-2006

  • Lucy Moore wins new UK horror prize

    22-Jun-2006

  • Report says film business will hit $104.5bn in 2010

    21-Jun-2006

  • UK film to get same proportion of Lottery funds from 2009-2019

    21-Jun-2006

  • Woody Allen casts Hayley Atwell in next film

    21-Jun-2006

    WoodyAllen has cast Hayley Atwell, one of Screen International's 2006 Stars ofTomorrow, to star opposite Ewan McGregor, ColinFarrell and Tom Wilkinson in his next film.
  • Rising Star starts building Russia's largest multiplex

    21-Jun-2006

  • Joe Wright starts UK shoot for Atonement

    21-Jun-2006

    Working Title Films startedprincipal photography on Monday for Joe Wright's Atonement, the follow-up to his debut film Pride & Prejudice.
  • Vue in management buyout worth $645m

    20-Jun-2006

  • Stephen Frears joins board of EM Media

    20-Jun-2006

  • Bird's Eye View takes women's shorts on UK tour

    20-Jun-2006

  • Bawke and The Danish Poet among top winners at Worldwide Short Film Festival

    19-Jun-2006

    The Canadian Film Centre'sWorldwide Short Film Festival wrapped this weekend, handing out 10 awards andmore than $125,000 in cash and prizes.
  • Aardman content goes to M1 in Singapore

    19-Jun-2006

  • London Film School hosts panel featuring Mike Leigh

    19-Jun-2006

  • Indian Film Awards headed to Yorkshire

    16-Jun-2006

    The International IndianFilm Academy (IIFA) Awards has selected Yorkshire to host the 2007 ceremony.
  • Britdoc plans sessions for science and politics

    16-Jun-2006

  • Strongroom and Air combine post-production business

    16-Jun-2006

    The post-productiondivisions at Strongroom and Air have been combined asBreathe Post Production. Breathewill offer a range of HD editing, graphics and finishing facilities for videoand audio post production at both its Hampstead and Shoreditch locations in London.
  • London to host second Short Film Summer School

    15-Jun-2006

    London's Curzon Soho is hosting thesecond Short Film Summer School (SFSS) from July 12-15.
  • SPI takes Eastern Europe rights to 9 Cannes titles

    14-Jun-2006

  • SPI takes Eastern Europe rights to 9 Cannes titles

    14-Jun-2006

  • Three arrests made in Wales over film piracy

    14-Jun-2006

  • The Works takes UK rights to Shortbus

    14-Jun-2006

  • International Indian Film Academy weekend opens in Dubai

    14-Jun-2006

  • UK police arrest 10 in film piracy raids

    13-Jun-2006

  • UK's Contender takes Suburban Mayhem

    13-Jun-2006

    UK distributor Contender Entertainment Group has takenall rights to Suburban Mayhem fromsales company Fortissimo Films.Thefilm, in Cannes official selection, is Contender's first non-Asianfilm acquisition and its second deal with Fortissimo following Tsui Hark's ...
  • Ken Russell to shoot Moll Flanders in Croatia

    13-Jun-2006

  • London film delegates to visit Shanghai

    13-Jun-2006

  • Guillermo Del Toro to speak at Screenwriters' Festival

    12-Jun-2006

    The International Screenwriters' Festival has added Guillermo Del Toro toits speakers slate. The writer-director, whose Pan's Labyrinth just premiered in Cannes, will be at the UK-basedfestival on June 28 to discuss and show his work with film writer Nigel Floyd.
  • Swipe takes on Earthlings and Real Time

    12-Jun-2006

    London-based filmproduction, sales and distribution company SwipeFilms has signed a two-film deal with Shoreline Entertainment, acquiring Earthlings and Real Time.
  • Central Europe could see admissions boom by 2010

    12-Jun-2006

    Cinema admissionsin central Europe could pass 80 million by 2010, an increaseof 40%, according to a new report from Dodona Research.
  • Bradfield joins Tartan Video in new marketing post

    12-Jun-2006

  • Kapakas starts shooting Uranya in Crete

    9-Jun-2006

    Writer-director CostasKapakas has started shooting his second feature Uranya in Crete.
  • Magnet Films to start UK shoot for In Your Dreams

    8-Jun-2006

    UK-based Magnet Films willstart production June 14 on romantic comedyIn Your Dreams.The $5.8m (£3.15m) projectstars Dexter Fletcher, Parminder Nagra,Linda Hamilton, Sarah George, Elize Du Toit and Robert Portal.Gary Sinyoris writing, directing and producing. ...
  • Ruby Red Chequer finishes UK shoot

    7-Jun-2006

    Writer/director Jan Dunn and producer Elaine Wickhamof Medb Films have completed shooting for theirsecond feature film, Ruby Red Chequer.The project stars Bob Hoskins, JosianeBalasko and Jody Latham in the story of a Britishwidower who falls for his foreign neighbour. The 19-day shoot started in Kent ...
  • Laura Hardman rejoins Cornwall Film Festival

    7-Jun-2006

    LauraHardman has rejoined the Cornwall Film Festival as festival director aftertaking maternity leave during the 2005 event.
  • Carolina Herrera starts new film awards with UK's NFTS

    6-Jun-2006

  • Pathe's busy Cannes led by Loach's Barley

    6-Jun-2006

  • UK producers plan remake of The House On Straw Hill

    5-Jun-2006

  • Arts Alliance upgrades UK digital screens to JPEG2000

    5-Jun-2006

    Digitalcinema services company Arts Alliance Media (AAM) has upgraded all 50 QuVIS servers installedduring Phase 1 of the UK Film Council's Digital Screen Network to be JPEG2000compatible. Thisbrings the network in line with the new standards being adopted by the DigitalCinema Initiative, a consortium of Hollywood studios. ...
  • UK's Firefly plans film about Beslan tragedy

    5-Jun-2006

  • Bruce Everett joins Pinewood Shepperton

    5-Jun-2006

    Pinewood Sheppertonhas appointed Bruce Everett as strategy director for post production.
  • Raindance jury to include Lou Reed and Judi Dench

    5-Jun-2006

  • Nic Roeg to present masterclass at Screenwriters Festival

    2-Jun-2006

    The first InternationalScreenwriters Festival, scheduled for June 27-30 in Cheltenham, has added a masterclass with Nicolas Roeg and Allan Scott, director and screenwriter of classic Don't Look Now.
  • UKFC, Pathe and BBC start new development fund

    2-Jun-2006

    Pathe and BBC Films areworking with the UK Film Council's Development Fund to launch a new fund todevelop film projects.
  • Cinema Expo award goes to Francis Veber

    2-Jun-2006

    CinemaExpo International will present this year's lifetime achievement award toFrench director, producer and writer Francis Veber.
  • Magnolia strikes US deal for Severance

    2-Jun-2006

    Magnolia Pictures has takenUS rights for Severance, sold by HanWay Films during the Cannes Market.
  • EEAP signs licensing deal with The Weinstein Company

    1-Jun-2006

    Berlin-based licensing and distribution company EasternEuropean Acquisition Pool (EEAP) has struck a licensing agreement with TheWeinstein Company for exclusive rights to distribute a group of 15 WeinsteinCompany films in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, ...
  • Sweden shuts down file swappers The Pirate Bay

    1-Jun-2006

    Swedish authorities haveshut down The Pirate Bay, a file-swapping site that had been used for onlinepiracy of films, music, software and games.
  • IFP Market adds cash documentary prizes

    1-Jun-2006

    IFP has announced the first cash prizes for the IFP Market.IFP and The Fledgling Fund are presenting $20,000 in new cash awards to documentaryfilmmakers during the 28th annual IFP Market in New York from September17-21. The two juried awards of $10,000 will ...
  • MGM splits with Sony for home video business

    1-Jun-2006

    Aspart of ongoing business changes, MGM is severing some of itsties with Sony. MGM will no longer split itshome entertainment business between Sony Pictures Entertainment and 20th CenturyFox and will instead only work with Fox.
  • Universal plans new VeggieTales film

    1-Jun-2006

    UniversalPictures is planning an early 2008 worldwide launch for the next VeggieTales film. CG animated feature The Pirates Who Don'tDo Anything - A VeggieTales Movie is being developedwith family media company Big Idea and the franchise's creative team of Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki.
  • Miramax acquires Waititi's Eagle vs. Shark

    1-Jun-2006

    MiramaxFilms has acquired the North American rights to comedy Eagle vs. Shark, the debut feature from TaikaWaititi, previously nominated for an Oscar for his shortTwo Cars One Night.
  • Brian Robertson named chair of FACT

    1-Jun-2006

    The Federation Again Copyright Theft (FACT) in the UK has appointed Brian Robertson as its chairman, effective immediately.
  • IMG to buy UK production company Tiger Aspect

    1-Jun-2006

    IMG Media has struck a deal to acquire London-based production company TigerAspect Group, including its subsidiaries Tigress, US-based TTP and film division TigerAspect Pictures.
  • Outfest to open with Puccini For Beginners

    1-Jun-2006

  • Santa Barbara festival starts Kirk Douglas award

    1-Jun-2006

    TheSanta Barbara International Film Festival has announced plans to inaugurate itsnew Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film with a presentation to Douglasthis summer.Thefestival will present Douglaswith the new award at a black-tie gala on July 30. The award is expected ...
  • Sullivan plans modern take on The Magic Flute

    31-May-2006

    FollowingKenneth Branagh's UK adaptation of The Magic Flute, which is inpost-production now, Canadian producers Sullivan Entertainment are planningtheir own feature based on the classic opera.
  • Palm Pictures acquires Cannes hit Ten Canoes

    31-May-2006

    PalmPictures has acquired the North American rights to Rolf de Heer'sTen Canoes.
  • Soda acquires Bier's After The Wedding

    31-May-2006

  • Artificial Eye nabs four more from Cannes

    30-May-2006

    UK distributor Artificial Eye has announced a number of acquisitions from Cannes.
  • Artificial Eye nabs four more from Cannes

    30-May-2006

  • Tartan takes US rights to Election and Election 2

    30-May-2006

  • Chapman to head UK Film Council's LA office

    30-May-2006

  • Dogwoof gets UK rights to Grbavica

    25-May-2006

  • Tartan gets US rights to The Page Turner

    25-May-2006

  • Hunchback planned as $10m UK-Poland co-production

    24-May-2006

  • Momentum strikes deals for P.S and Spring Break

    24-May-2006

    Momentum has acquired the UK rights to P.S. I LoveYou from Summit Entertainment and the UK and Spanish rights to Spring Break In Bosnia from QED.Richard LaGravanese will direct the big-screenadaptation of the P.S. I Love You by Irish author Cecelia Ahern. Hilary Swank will star. ForrestGump's Wendy Finerman will produce.
  • New UK festival Britdoc adds pitching forum

    24-May-2006

    Nokia has come on board as a principal sponsor ofBritdoc, the UK's new international documentary festival. The event isscheduled for July 26-28 in Oxford.The festival has announced a documentary featurepitching forum, presented by Channel 4 offshoot More4, for UK film-makers topitch ...
  • Thessaloniki festival to welcome Wenders and Salles

    24-May-2006

  • Arista gears up for Scribes 2 programme

    24-May-2006

  • McBurney and Teller to curate Katrin Cartlidge Foundation

    24-May-2006

    The Sarajevo FilmFestival has announced that UK actor Simon McBurney and photographer JuergenTeller will be the curators of the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation this year.
  • Towel Talk wins 24-Hour Film Challenge

    24-May-2006

    UK-based production company Wysiwygwon the 24-Hour Film Challenge with its short mystery/comedy Towel Talk.The challenge, held inCannes, has teams of film-makers making a film of five minutes or less during a24-hour period.Towel Talk was made by Tom Swanston, Cauri Jaye and MatthewGolding and stars Jonathan Rhodes. Wysiwyg was in Cannes to sellfive completed films in the market and also has several features in development.
  • UK Post starts new audio post-production awards

    24-May-2006

    UK Post has startedplanning the inaugural Conch Sound Awards. The awards will honour those whowork in audio post-production in film, TV and commercials.The first ceremony will beheld September 21 at the Radisson Edwardian Mayfair's cinema in London.Industry group UK post hasnomination applications available online.After initial nominations, industry experts ...
  • Edinburgh festival adds documentary award

    23-May-2006

    TheEdinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has announced special plans forits 60th festival, to be held August 14-27.
  • Field and Al Ali named artistic directors for Dubai festival

    23-May-2006

    The DubaiInternational Film Festival has unveiled new artistic directors for 2006, MasoudAmralla Al Ali and Simon Field, who will program films from the Arab andnon-Arab worlds respectively.
  • Jodorowsky plans new film King Shot

    23-May-2006

  • Punk Cinema plans Gigolos follow-up later in 2006

    23-May-2006

    UK production company PunkCinema has commissioned the writers and actors its film The Gigolos to write a follow-up.
  • Tartan strikes deals for Princess and The Right of the Weakest

    22-May-2006

    Tartan Films has acquired all North American, UK and Irish rights to DirectorsFortnight title Princess by Anders Morgenthaler and all UK and Irish rights toCannes competition title The Right Of The Weakest by Lucas Belvaux.The company also acquired UK and Irish rights to Back to Normandie, ...
  • Apted recruited to direct Goal! 3

    21-May-2006

  • Film Four, Intermedia on board for Baghdad Blog

    21-May-2006

    FilmFour andIntermedia will work together on a feature film adaptation of Baghdad Blog, written by Iraqi architect Salam Paxabout his daily life in Baghdad before, during and after the invasion.
  • FilmFour backs Hillcoat's Death Of A Ladies Man

    20-May-2006

    After earlier Cannesannouncements to back the next films from Michael Winterbottom and Ken Loach,FilmFour has announced another new film on its slate.
  • Firth, Weisz and McKellen sign on for The Colossus

    20-May-2006

    Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, Ian McKellen and Susan Sarandonhave signed on to star in The Colossus for director Sean Mathias.Katselas Films' political thriller is based on AnnHarries' novel Manly Pursuits. Lisa Katselas, who previously worked on RichardIII and MrsDalloway,will produce. Mathias co-wrote the screenplay with Myer ...
  • Optimum takes UK rights for seven features

    20-May-2006

    UK distributor Optimum hasacquired UK rights to seven new features.
  • UK's Warp X unveils first six low-budget features

    20-May-2006

  • ContentFilm gets Tribeca title I'm Reed Fish

    19-May-2006

    UK-basedContentFilm has taken on international rights for I'm Reed Fish, which premiered at the Tribeca FilmFestival.
  • David and Kastner launch UK-based sales company 111 with Opa!

    19-May-2006

  • FilmFour backs Ken Loach's These Times

    19-May-2006

    FilmFour willwork with Ken Loach on his next feature, with a working title of These Times.
  • Sarah Alexander joins Stardust cast

    19-May-2006

    Actress Sarah Alexander has joined the cast of Matthew Vaughn's fantasyepic Stardust. She will play Empusa, a 400-year-old witch.The film also stars Robert de Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes andnewcomer Charlie Cox.Filming starts in June. Alexander has appeared on UK TV shows including Coupling and Green Wing and she alsorecently filmed Amy Heckerling's I Could Never Be Your Woman.
  • Young Films stars Gaelic-language Seachd

    19-May-2006

  • FilmFour backs Winterbottom's Italy-set Genova

    18-May-2006

    FilmFour hasannounced plans to continue its relationship with Michael Winterbottom andAndrew Eaton's Revolution Films by financing Winterbottom's next feature Genova.
  • High Point adds Bride Flight and Dennis P to Cannes slate

    18-May-2006

    London-based sales andproduction company High Point Films has taken world rights (excluding Benelux)for Bride Flight and Dennis P.
  • Optimum starts music, audio books division

    18-May-2006

  • Tartan takes UK, Ireland rights to Mr Lonely

    18-May-2006

    Tartan Films has taken onall UK and Ireland rights to Harmony Korine's Mr Lonely, which is currently shooting on location in Panama,Scotland and Paris.
  • Film Connection gets Brazil rights to The Gigolos from Punk Cinema

    18-May-2006

    Film Connection has taken Brazilian rights to TheGigolos, the debut feature from new UK company Punk Cinema.
  • Gatti-Pascual to work with Film London's Microwave scheme

    18-May-2006

    Producer Sol Gatti-Pascual hasjoined Film London's micro-budget feature film fund Microwave as a freelancecreative executive.
  • Paramount appoints key execs in new international unit

    18-May-2006

    ParamountPictures International has announced a number of key appointments for its newLondon-based international distribution arm, which will become operational inJanuary 2007.
  • Tartan takes UK, US rights to Ghost of Mae Nak

    18-May-2006

  • UK distributor Soda Pictures adds two to team

    18-May-2006

  • UK Film Council awards $1.2m from Development Fund

    17-May-2006

    The UK Film Council hasannounced funding for nine new film projects through its Development Fund.
  • Capitol takes on sales for Beresford's Mansions

    17-May-2006

  • Momentum gets UK and Spanish rights to Cholera

    17-May-2006

    Momentum has acquired the UKand Spanish rights to Cannes market title Love In The Time Of Cholera.
  • Dubai sets third festival dates for December 10-17

    17-May-2006

    The DubaiInternational Film Festival has announced the dates for its third edition,which will be held December 10-17, 2006. The festival will inaugurate theSheikh Zayed Lifetime Achievement Award to honor a film industry personalitywho has built "cultural bridges on the world stage." Three otherlifetime achievement awards will be presented to artists from Asia, Hollywoodand the Arab world.
  • Mike Leigh picked for Heart of Sarajevo award

    17-May-2006

    Mike Leigh will receive this year's honourary Heart of Sarajevo awardat the Sarajevo Film Festival. Leigh has previously visited the festival to show Topsy-Turvy in 2000, to receive a tribute in 2002, andto serve on the competition jury in 2004. 'His presence and support has done a great deal in increasing thevisibility ...
  • MPA appoints Halli Kristinsson to Brussels-based post

    17-May-2006

    The Motion PictureAssociation (MPA) has appointed Halli Kristinsson to the position of VP andregional director, anti-piracy, for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
  • UK distributor Revolver plans Kidulthood TV show

    16-May-2006

    Film distributor Revolver Entertainment has announced plans to turn itscontroversial UK feature Kidulthood into a TV serial drama.
  • Anne-Marie Duff signs on for Bed Blockers

    16-May-2006

    Anne-Marie Duffwill star in Alan Entwistle's UK black comedy/satire Bed Blockers. Duff previously starred in TheMagdalene Sisters andTV's Shameless and TheVirgin Queen.
  • EastWest on board for Yarik sales

    16-May-2006

  • Head Gear, Spice Factory start completion fund

    16-May-2006

    UK producers and financiers MichaelCowan of Spice Factory and Phil Hunt of Head Gear Films have launched a new fund for features needed completion financing.
  • Swipe Films starts UK/Ireland student screenwriting competition

    16-May-2006

    London-based filmproduction, sales and distribution company Swipe Films has launched a newscreenwriting competition for UK and Irish students.
  • MPA appoints Thomas Dillon to anti-piracy post

    15-May-2006

  • Eurimages backs nine new European co-productions

    12-May-2006

    Eurimages, the Council of Europe's film fund, has announced aslate of nine films to receive its latest round of support. Eurimageswill back the European co-productions with a total investment of $3.6m (Euros2.8m).
  • Prime becomes Ireland's first digital film release

    12-May-2006

    Ireland's Digital Cinema Limited(DCL) is working with distributor Momentum Pictures to handle Ireland's first digital film release.Momentum'sPrime will open today on ...
  • New Writers' Circle recruits UK writers including Toby Young

    11-May-2006

  • Screen Yorkshire gets record $18.7m in funding

    11-May-2006

    Screen Yorkshire, one of the UK's regional screen agencies, announced that it hasreceived a record $18.7m (£10m) in funding over the next four years fromregional development agency Yorkshire Forward.
  • Tartan gets UK rights to Re-Cycle and Look Both Ways

    11-May-2006

    TartanFilms has taken all UK and Ireland rights totwo selections at Cannes 2006, the Pang Brothers' Re-Cycle from Thailand andSarah Watt's Look Both Ways from Australia. ...
  • Bafta sets 2007 awards for February 11

    11-May-2006

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta)has announced that 2007 Orange British Academy Film Awards will take place onSunday, February 11. The awards are sponsored for the tenth year in a row by mobile phonecompany Orange. BBC ...
  • Initialize launches new UK scheme for female producers

    11-May-2006

  • MPA's Jimmy Katz dies in Brussels

    11-May-2006

  • Short film script prize to launch in Cannes

    11-May-2006

    SeveralEuropean screenwriting magazines are working together to launch an award forthe best short film screenplay as part of Critics Week at Cannes 2006.The GrandCru Award of $2550 (Euros 2,000) will be presented to the writer of the bestscreenplay among the short films selected for Critics Week.
  • Gurassa named chairman of LoveFilm

    10-May-2006

  • Word of Mouth picks up The Gigolos and KZ

    10-May-2006

    NewLondon-based distributor Word of Mouth Films has signed two new films, The Gigolos and KZ, for UK distribution.
  • Producer Christine Langan to join BBC Films

    10-May-2006

    UK producer Christine Langan will join BBC Films as a producer/executive producer at the beginning of September.
  • Universal offers download-to-own films in Scandinavia

    10-May-2006

  • InFrame adds four to slate ahead of Cannes

    9-May-2006

    UK-based sales agent InFrame has added four films to its slate ahead of Cannes: Oliver Rihs's Black Sheep, ValeskaGrisebach's Sehnsucht (Longing),Sean Hogan's Lie Still, and Oscar L Costo's Shanghai Red.
  • Cinema Expo to honour Narnia and Shrek director

    9-May-2006

    Cinema Expo International will honour directorAndrew Adamson with the convention's 2006 International Filmmaker of the Yearaward. Adamson directed The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, which has grossed more than$735m worldwide. He previously directed Shrek and Shrek 2.
  • Thema plans Rachmaninoff feature Lilacs

    9-May-2006

  • UK DVD piracy efforts go to the dogs

    9-May-2006

  • Whole New Thing tops at Commonwealth

    9-May-2006

  • Lithuanian Film Studios moves into financing

    8-May-2006

    Lithuanian Film Studios has announced a long-termcommitment to co-finance select projects that are produced at its studio. To launch the new strategy, the studio has partneredwith Los Angeles-based Little Film Company to finance, produce and distribute theaction thriller War of the Dead. Finnish director Marko Makilaaksowill start shooting the ...
  • Shaun Woodward named new film minister in UK

    8-May-2006

    The UK has a new film minister as Shaun Woodward has beennamed the new Creative Industries and Tourism Minister, replacing James Purnell.
  • Lumina's Panic Attack label to represent thriller Reverb

    8-May-2006

    London-based sales company Lumina Films will be handlingthe worldwide rights (including UK) for supernatural thriller Reverb.The film is being handled by Lumina's thriller label PanicAttack.Reverb stars rising UK ...
  • The Works to handle sales for Falardeau's Congorama

    5-May-2006

    UK-based sales company The Works International has takenrights to Philippe Falardeau's Congorama, premiering as theclosing-night film in Directors Fortnight at Cannes.
  • UK's Northern Film and Media funds three local documentaries

    5-May-2006

  • UK's Jan Dunn recruits Bob Hoskins for Ruby Red Chequer

    4-May-2006

    Writer/directorJan Dunn and producer Elaine Wickham of Medb Films are following up their British Dogme film Gypo with a second feature, Ruby Red Chequer.
  • UIP CEO Stewart Till named chairman of football club

    4-May-2006

    Stewart Till, the CEO ofUnited International Pictures, has been appointed as the new chairman of UK football club Millwall.
  • Pathe and Vertigo set to start Nick Love's Outlaw

    4-May-2006

    Pathe Productions and Vertigo Films are planning a May 12start date for Nick Love's Outlaw.
  • Swipe takes worldwide sales on thriller Flourish

    4-May-2006

    London-basedSwipe Films has picked up worldwide sales rights on Flourish, a feature that will have its debut at the Cannes Market. Thethriller stars Jennifer Morrison as a babysitter who helps investigate a younggirl's mysterious disappearance. Morrison,who ...
  • High Point adds four films to Cannes slate

    3-May-2006

    High Point Films hasadded four features to its sales slate ahead of Cannes. The London-based film and TV sales and production companyhas picked up world rights to Zoo RangersIn India, Hell in Tangier,Under The Ice, and Doomstown.
  • Vertigo, Pathe gear up for cop thriller WAZ

    3-May-2006

    Pathe Pictures International and Vertigo Films will startprincipal photography May 8 for New York-set thriller WAZ. Tom Shankland, who previouslydirected Bafta-nominated shorts Bait and Going Down,makes his feature directorial debut.
  • Pope joins UK's NPA as CEO

    3-May-2006

  • Fletcher promoted to distribution head at Pathe

    2-May-2006

    Pathe Entertainment has promoted John Fletcherto MD of distribution from his current post of creative director.
  • Cinema Expo to honour Warner Bros pair

    2-May-2006

    CinemaExpo International announced that it will award its 2006 internationalachievement in distribution and marketing award to Warner Bros PicturesInternational's Monique Esclavissat and Con Gornell.Escalvissat serves asexecutive VP of European distribution and Gornell asexecutive VP or European marketing. They have worked on recent hits ...
  • Rotterdam festival to curate film programme at Holland Festival

    2-May-2006

    The International FilmFestival Rotterdam (IFFR) is collaborating for the first time with performingarts festival the Holland Festival.The organisations willpresent a programme of 20 films in Amsterdam from June 8-11, duringthe 59th Holland Festival (June 2-25). IFFR will curate the new film section,which ...
  • The Works takes on Scenes of a Sexual Nature

    27-Apr-2006

    The Works International hastaken on international sales for Ed Blum's Scenesof a Sexual Nature, which will have its market debut at Cannes.
  • Canadian, Greek shoot starts for Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces

    27-Apr-2006

  • Finland's Salmenpera starts Man's Job shoot

    27-Apr-2006

  • UK 's Digital Screen Network heads into phase two

    13-Apr-2006

    The UK FilmCouncil-backed Digital Screen Network is cleared to go into phase two of itsinstallations.
  • UK Film Council's P&A Fund supports 19 films

    11-Apr-2006

  • Working Title, Tiger Aspect plan May 15 start for Bean II

    10-Apr-2006

  • Fox launches theatrical and DVD business in Russia

    10-Apr-2006

    TwentiethCentury Fox International is establishing a theatrical and home entertainmentventure in Russia.Michael Schlicht, founder of leading Russiandistributor Gemini Film, will serve as managing director of Fox's new Russianbusiness.GeminiFilm's Russian office, which had been Fox's partner in Russia ...
  • Da Vinci Code cleared in copyright case

    7-Apr-2006

  • UK pirate DVD raid results in five arrests

    7-Apr-2006

    The UK's Federation AgainstCopyright Theft (FACT) worked with London's Metropolitan Police and Waltham Forest TradingStandards to raid a major pirate DVD manufacturing facility in Leyton, northeast London.
  • Carnaby, Boda team for thriller starring Jaime Winstone

    7-Apr-2006

    First timefeature writer-director David Evans has started principal photography on Daddy's Girl, a psychological thriller.
  • UK's Video Island and LoveFilm plan 50-50 merger

    6-Apr-2006

    The UK's top online DVD rental companies,LoveFilm and Video Island, have announcedplans for a 50-50 merger.
  • TWI to acquire UK's Darlow Smithson Productions

    6-Apr-2006

    Sports media company TWI has announced that it will acquire London-based DarlowSmithson Productions, best known in the film world for its first feature, Touching The Void.
  • New UK documentary festival to launch in July

    6-Apr-2006

    The Channel 4 British Documentary Film Foundationis launching a new UK-based documentary festival, Britdoc, to be held at Keble College in Oxfordfrom July 26-28.
  • UK Film Council supports 19 new shorts

    6-Apr-2006

    TheUK Film Council has announced short film projects that will receive fundingthrough the New Cinema Fund's Digital Shorts Plus programme.
  • Fauveau to head Paramount Home Entertainment France

    5-Apr-2006

  • Universal appoints new MDs for Scandinavia, Iberia

    5-Apr-2006

    Universal Pictures International (UPI) has appointed Ivor Viljoen as managing director of Universal Pictures Nordic (encompassing Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland) and Edgar Adelmund as managing director of Universal Pictures Iberia (Spain and Portugal).
  • ContentFilm says revenue is up 72% over last year

    5-Apr-2006

  • Commonwealth festival to open with Life With My Father

    3-Apr-2006

    Manchester's fifth-annual Commonwealth Film Festival will open on April 28 with Sebastien Rose's Canadian drama Life With My Father.
  • James McAvoy on board for Joe Wright's Atonement

    3-Apr-2006

    James McAvoy has joined the cast of Working Title Films' production of Atonement, starring alongside Keira Knightley.
  • London's first East End Film Festival recruits industry experts

    3-Apr-2006

    London's East End Film Festival has announced the programme for its inaugural event, to be held April 27-May 4. The festival opens with Richard E. Grant introducing the London premiere of his directorial debut Wah-Wah.
  • Romantic comedy All Bar Love to start London shoot

    31-Mar-2006

    Romantic comedy All Bar Love will start shooting in London on April 3.
  • BBC Films developing Andy McNab's Boy Soldier

    31-Mar-2006

    BBC Films has acquired the film rights to Andy McNab and Robert Rigby's thriller Boy Soldier and its sequel Payback.
  • Future Films invests up to $35m in seven new features

    31-Mar-2006

    UK-based production and film financing company Future Films has announced its involvement in seven feature films now in production.
  • UK's Metrodome acquires three films from Sundance and Berlin

    31-Mar-2006

    UK distributor Metrodome has announced three new acquisitions on the heels of Sundance and Berlin. The company has struck deals for Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer's Quinceanera, Lukas Moodysson's Container, and Xavier Palud and David Moreau's Them.
  • Warner Bros signs Dutch download-to-own deal

    31-Mar-2006

    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has struck a licensing deal with Dutch retailer Free Record Shop to offer 100 Warner Bros. films through Free Record Shop's new video-on-demand service.
  • Carlton, Screenvision create pan-Europe ad post

    31-Mar-2006

    London-based Carlton Screen Advertising and Paris-based Screenvision Europe have established a new post to work on Pan-European cinema advertising campaigns.
  • Odeon to show World Cup matches in UK cinemas

    31-Mar-2006

    UK exhibitor Odeon Cinemas has announced plans to show select 2006 World Cup Matches in High Definition Television on its cinema screens.
  • Skillset, Samuelson launch new scheme for emerging producers

    30-Mar-2006

    UK training body Skillset and production companySamuelson Productions have launched a new producer training programme.
  • UK publicity firm Premier PR acquires McDonald & Rutter

    29-Mar-2006

    UK public relations agency Premier PRhas acquired another London-based publicity company, McDonald & Rutter.
  • Film London launches trainee programme

    29-Mar-2006

    Film London has now opened traineeapplications for its new Company Placement Scheme, which is offering six-monthpaid posts at film and TV production companies. Film London already has thescheme's six companies on board: Karen Hamilton Productions, TwofourProductions, Diverse Productions, Number 9 Films, Tigerlily ...
  • Pinewood profits slump due to UK tax uncertainty

    29-Mar-2006

    Film studio Pinewood Shepperton reported disappointing financial results on Tuesday, blaming the UK film tax uncertainty of the past year and the overall downturn in UK film production.
  • LoveFilm strikes download deal with Momentum Pictures

    28-Mar-2006

    LoveFilm has struck a deal with UK distributor Momentum Pictures to add Momentum titlesto its film download service.Momentum will initially supply 100 titles fordownload at LoveFilm, including films such as Bowling for Columbine, The Mother, The Centre ofthe World, Stander, and ...
  • Richard Attenborough starts Belfast shoot for Closing The Ring

    28-Mar-2006

    Director Richard Attenborough started production Monday in Belfast on Closing The Ring,an epic love story that stars Shirley MacLaine,Christopher Plummer, Mischa Barton, Brenda Fricker, and Pete Postlethwaite. Jo Gilbert is producing with Attenborough, with Martin Katzco-producing.
  • UK Film Council announces investment in three new films

    28-Mar-2006

    The UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund has announcedsupport of three new films in production, Pawel Pawlikowski's TheRestraint of Beasts, Neil Hunter and Tom Hunsinger'sSparkle, and Sarah Gavron's Seven Seas.The New Cinema Fund's investment in The Restraint of Beasts is $1.1m(£650,000). As reported by ScreenDaily in February, Pawlikowski's black comedy stars Rhys ...
  • Troma clips headed for mobile phones

    27-Mar-2006

    Zone Vision Network's ZoneMobile has struck a deal with Juice Mobile and Lloyd Kaufman's Troma Films to distribute film clips through mobiledevices. The clips will beavailable starting in mid-April through Zone's new Horror Channel WAP site. The deal will offer ...
  • Vividas, Prime Time offer stream of The Secret

    27-Mar-2006

    Videotechnologies company Vividas is working with Melbourne's Prime TimeProductions to offer a feature length film stream over the Internet.The Secret, produced by Prime Time's Rhoda Byrne,is a 95-minute feature that the producers claim "reveals the great secret ofthe universe."
  • NPA chooses I Love You, Joseff Hughes

    27-Mar-2006

    The UK's New ProducersAlliance (NPA) has named Sandra Gorel's I Love You, JoseffHughes the winning film in its annual shorts competition.
  • Ken Loach to close Celtic festival

    27-Mar-2006

    Film-maker Ken Loach will deliver the closing interview at this year'sCeltic Film and Television Festival, to be held in Falmouth, Cornwall. The 27th Celtic festival will run from March 29-31, with Loach's talk ending the event on March 31. Other speakers ...
  • The Proposition takes top honours at Bermuda festival

    27-Mar-2006

    John Hillcoat'sThe Proposition took the Mary-Jean Mitchell Green award for bestnarrative feature at the ninth Bermuda International Film Festival.
  • Croall named director of Sheffield documentary festival

    24-Mar-2006

    The SheffieldInternational Documentary Festival has appointed Heather Croallas its new director.She starts her newpost in early April and this year's Sheffield event will be held October 30-November 5. Croall was previously director ofAustralian International Documentary Conference. She also previously worked forthe South Australian ...
  • The Baker to start Wales shoot for Grandville, Picture Farm

    24-Mar-2006

    Grandville Pictures and Picture Farm Ltd. willstart principal photography on March 27 for The Baker, the feature film debutfrom writer/director Gareth Lewis.
  • Hahn's Midsummer Madness starts Latvian shoot

    24-Mar-2006

    Alexander Hahn's Midsummer Madness (Janu Nakts) starts principal photography this weekend in Riga, Latvia.
  • Universal offers downloaded Kong for keeps

    23-Mar-2006

    Universal ispartnering with DVD rental service LoveFilm tooffer UK customers a movie download-to-own service.
  • UK industry gives cautious welcome to tax changes

    22-Mar-2006

    With the UK's new film tax credit set to go into effect April 1, the government has finally provided details about its new tax regime.
  • Government announces details of UK film tax regime

    22-Mar-2006

    With the UK's new film tax credit set to go into effect in just11 days, the government has finally provided details about its new tax regime.
  • Tartan starts DVD label for exploitation films

    22-Mar-2006

    UK theatrical and home videodistributor Tartan has launched a new DVD label devoted to cult exploitationfilms, Tartan Grindhouse.
  • The Works signs DVD deal with Universal Pictures UK

    22-Mar-2006

    The Works UK distribution has just signed an exclusive home entertainment output deal with Universal Pictures UK.
  • Tartan takes UK and Irish rights to Driving Lessons

    21-Mar-2006

    Distributor Tartan Filmshas acquired all UK and Ireland rights to Driving Lessons, starring Julie Walters, Rupert Grint,and Laura Linney. The film is the directorialdebut from Mrs Brown screenwriterJeremy Brock, who also ...
  • American Dreamz opens ninth Bermuda festival

    17-Mar-2006

    The ninth Bermuda International Film Festival willkick off tonight with a screening of Paul Weitz's American Dreamz,a satire of American politics and show business starring Dennis Quaid, Willem Dafoe, Hugh Grant and Mandy Moore. The festival has expanded to a nine-day event thisyear, and will close March 25 with Julian Jarrold'sBritish ...
  • Script Factory, Skillset start programme for crossover film writers

    17-Mar-2006

    UK training organizations The Script Factory and Skillset have announced a new initiative, Writers' Circle,to find new screenwriters from the worlds of theatre, literature, TV, radio,and stand-up comedy. The ...
  • UK's Forward scores Yates, Cole and Cattaneo projects

    16-Mar-2006

    Forward Films foundersTracy Brimm and Kate Myers are working on their firstslate of 10 features in development, with directors including Peter Cattaneo, John Crowley, David Yates and Nigel Cole.Brimm and Myers quietly startedthe London-based production company in January 2004 after meeting years earlieras colleagues at ICM -- Brimm in Los ...
  • Goal! 3 goes ahead with plans for World Cup shoot

    16-Mar-2006

    Milkshake Films hasconfirmed that it will go ahead with previously announced plans to shoot atthis summer’s World Cup in Germany for the final instalment in its football trilogy, Goal! 3.
  • Arts Alliance Media partners for Norwegian digital rollout

    15-Mar-2006

    Arts Alliance Media has announced two steps forward forEuropean digital cinema.
  • London's Met Police forms filming unit

    15-Mar-2006

    London'sMetropolitan Police is forming its first Metropolitan Police Filming Unit.The dedicated police team will supportfilming in the capital. A team of officers, trained in both film issues andassociated police procedure, will provide a single point of contact for filmingrequests requiring police assistance.The ...
  • New Line plans open auditions for Golden Compass star

    14-Mar-2006

    New Line Cinema has announced a UK-widecasting call to find a young actress to play the lead role, LyraBelacqua, in its forthcoming feature The Golden Compass. Shopgirl director AnandTucker will direct The Golden Compass,the first in New Line's planned trilogy based on Philip Pullman's His Dark ...
  • King Kong takes top prize at Empire Awards

    14-Mar-2006

    UK filmmagazine Empire crowned King Kong thebest film at its awards last night in London. Kong beat fellow nominees Star Wars Episode III:Revenge Of The Sith, War OfThe Worlds, Crash, and Sin City."Thisfilm was made with ...
  • UK's First Light launches new competition in North East

    13-Mar-2006

    FirstLight, the UK Film Council's youth filmmaking scheme, has started a newcompetition in the North East. The Futures in Motion competition will be opento 170 schools and 43 youth groups.Studentswill submit a short film proposal about how Lottery funding has impacted theircommunity. The winning group will work with film and advertising ...
  • Lionsgate UK acquires Richard E. Grant's Wah-Wah

    9-Mar-2006

    Lionsgate UKhas acquired Richard E. Grant's Wah-Wah for UKdistribution. Grant, who has acted in films including Withnail & I and Gosford Park, made hisdirectorial debut with the drama, a semi-autobiographical portrait of hischildhood in Swaziland.Gabriel Byrne, Emily Watson, ...
  • Bafta elevates video games industry on par with TV and film

    9-Mar-2006

    The British Academy of Film andTelevision Arts (Bafta) has boosted its recognitionof the video games industry. Bafta has now made videogames equal to film and television, and will put increased emphasis on theBritish Academy Video Games Awards. The gamesawards ...
  • Warp Films kicks off low-budget arm Warp X

    9-Mar-2006

    UK production company WarpFilms has opened its new low-budget division Warp X, part of the new low-budgetfilm scheme started by the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund and FilmFour, with funding from regional screen agencies EMMedia and Screen Yorkshire, and support from distributor Optimum Releasing.(Michael Kuhn's Qwerty Films is also working with the scheme and will establishits own low-budget arm independently of Warp.)
  • Cast lines up for Vaughn's Stardust

    8-Mar-2006

    Robert De Niro,Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, and Sienna Miller have joined the cast of Matthew Vaughn's Stardust. The fantasy love story is about a young man(Cox) travelling into a magical world to win the heart of his beloved (Miller).Vaughn wrote ...
  • FACT adds more information to website

    7-Mar-2006

    The UK's Federation Against CopyrightTheft (FACT) has re-launched its website with more emphasis on newsand information for the media as well as updates on currentlegislation related to film piracy and a web-based form for consumers to reportpirate activities.
  • Oscar win for Inside Pictures alumni

    7-Mar-2006

    Two alumni of the Skillset's training programme Inside Pictures have won an Oscar. Producers Kenton Allen and Mia Bays, who met on the 2002 Inside Pictures programme, won for the Academy Award for short film Six Shooter, directed by Martin McDonagh.
  • Horgan to take MD role at UIP following restructure

    6-Mar-2006

    John Horgan will serve as managing director of UIP following its restructuring at the end of the year, the company announced.
  • UK to recognise film societies on March 11

    6-Mar-2006

    TheBritish Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) will hold its national Film Societyof the Year Awards ceremony at the National Film Theatre in Londonon March 11. AnthonyMinghella will present the awards, now in their 60thyear. "Iam ...
  • Flood surges forward in South Africa, London

    2-Mar-2006

    TonyMitchell's disaster film Flood hasstarted shooting, with a cast including Robert Carlyle, JessalynGilsig, Tom Courtenay, Joanne Whalleyand David Suchet. Power'sJustin Bodle is producing alongside Peter McAleese. The film is production from the UK's Power, known for its TV dramas andminiseries, with South Africa's ...
  • Thema starts Russian shoot for In Transit

    2-Mar-2006

    UK/Russianco-production In Transit started productionin St Petersburg yesterday. TomRoberts, who has directed dozens of documentaries for BBC, PBS, and Channel 4,will make his narrative directorial debut.Thecast features John Malkovich, Thomas Kretschmann, ...
  • Working Title lines up March shoot for Hot Fuzz

    1-Mar-2006

    Working Title has confirmed that Hot Fuzz, the new film from Shaun of the Dead co-creators EdgarWright and Simon Pegg, will start shooting in Marchin the UK.Wright will direct the action comedy, which heco-wrote with Pegg. The action ...
  • British cinematographers announce 2006 award nominees

    1-Mar-2006

    The British Society ofCinematographers has announced the 2006 nominations for its best cinematographyaward.
  • Miramax gets North American rights to Becoming Jane

    1-Mar-2006

    Miramax has taken North American rightsto Becoming Jane, starring AnneHathaway as young novelist Jane Austen.
  • Skillset picks 26 for Guiding Lights mentor programme

    1-Mar-2006

    Skillset, the Sector SkillsCouncil, and training provider Lighthouse have announced the 26 successfulapplicants for mentoring scheme Guiding Lights. The scheme runs for 12months and pairs the applicants with established mentors including directors Paul Greengrass, GurindaChadha, Peter Cattaneo, andStephen ...
  • Arista planning UK development conference in April

    1-Mar-2006

    Arista Development is planningits third Business of Development Conference, to be held in London on April25-26.
  • Oscar shorts on sale at iTunes

    28-Feb-2006

    Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures have struck a deal to offer this year's five live action shorts Oscar nominees for paid download at the iTunes Music Store. Also, Shorts International and Magnolia are working with UK exhibitor Picturehouse Cinemas to release a program of the Oscar-nominated shorts to 14 cinemas across the UK before the Oscarsceremony on Sunday.The ...
  • UK Film Council honours young filmmakers

    28-Feb-2006

    FirstLight, the UK Film Council's initiative for young filmmakers, presented itsawards in London today. The winners were TheEnchanted Gourd by East Riding School Improvement Service for bestanimation, Come Play by Calling theShots for best horror, Ice House byCre8 Studios for best thriller, Babes byAll Change Arts for best documentary, ARight Mayor by Intuition PPIMS forbest comedy, The Loneliness ...
  • UK film marketers launch film channel on Sky Digital

    27-Feb-2006

    Digital TV company etv and the UK film industry group AllIndustry Marketing are partnering on a new Sky Digital channel, Eat Cinema,that will be devoted to promoting current films to consumers.
  • Redbus rebranded as Lionsgate UK

    23-Feb-2006

    UK independent film distributor Redbus Film Distribution has rebranded as Lionsgate UK.
  • Devereux named deputy chair of British Screen Advisory Council

    23-Feb-2006

    Mark Devereux,senior partner at law firm Olswang, has been named adeputy chair of the British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC).
  • Metropolitan Police starts new film piracy unit with FACT

    23-Feb-2006

    The Metropolitan Police's Economic and Specialist Crime Command in London isworking in partnership with the Federation AgainstCopyright Theft (FACT) tolaunch a new police unit to combat film piracy.
  • UK film industry welcomes BBC investment

    23-Feb-2006

    The UK film industry has given a largely enthusiastic welcome to the BBC's announcement that it is increasing its investment in film.Thenews, following a couple of months after the announcement of a new tax credit, has certainly changed the mood of film-makers.
  • BBC earmarks more than $500m for UK cinema

    22-Feb-2006

    The BBC has announced a substantial increase inits intended film production and acquisition budget.
  • Dogwoof picks up two Berlinale titles

    21-Feb-2006

    UK distributor DogwoofPictures has picked up two titles out of the Berlinale, Man Push Cart and Brasileirinho.
  • Artificial Eye picks up Offside and It's Winter

    21-Feb-2006

    UK distributor Artificial Eye has acquiredboth of the Iranian films that played in Competition at the Berlin FilmFestival. The first is Jafar Panahi'sOffside,shared winner of the Silver Bear about a girl who disguises herself as a boy towatch a football match in Tehran. The distributoralso acquired Rafi Pitts' Zemestan (It's Winter), about a factory worker ...
  • The Works does brisk business for Guantanamo

    20-Feb-2006

    London-based sales company The Works had a busymarket in Berlin, led by sales for Michael Winterbottom'sSilver Bear winner, The Road to Guantanamo. Deals were struck with Alta for Spain, Art Film for Brazil, ...
  • Richard Fox honoured in France

    20-Feb-2006

    The French CulturalMinistry in Paris will today name Richard Fox,executive VP of Warner Bros. International, a Chevalier de l'Ordredes Arts et des LettresRenaud Donnedieude Vabres, minister of culture and communication,will present the award. The Chevalier is the highest honourin L'Ordre ...
  • BAFTA 2006 winners in full

    19-Feb-2006

    Best FilmBrokeback Mountain (Diana Ossana/James Schamus)
  • Brokeback Mountain dominates the BAFTA awards

    19-Feb-2006

    Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain was the clear winner at this year's BAFTA awards.
  • Brock Norman Brock joins Vertigo Films

    17-Feb-2006

    Brock Norman Brock has joinedVertigo Films to help produce and develop the UKproduction and distribution company's new slate. Brock was formerly acting head ofthe Premiere Fund at the UK Film Council, where he worked on films including Gosford
  • Big-name directors line up for Cinema 16 short films

    16-Feb-2006

    DVD label Cinema16 has recruited A-list directorsincluding George Lucas, Tim Burton, Alexander Payne, Todd Solondz,Gus van Sant and DA Pennebakerfor its first US edition.
  • Cast confirmed for Pinball Films' Kaz

    16-Feb-2006

    Nora Von Waldstattenand Gary Lewis are set to star in Pinball Films' Kaz, directed by Ashley Horner.
  • Momentum Pictures picks up seven titles at Berlin

    16-Feb-2006

    UKdistributor Momentum Pictures has picked up seven titles during a busy Berlin.The acquisitions include Andrew Lau's forthcoming thriller The Flock from Bauer-Martinez; comedy Bandidas starring Selma Hayek andPenelope Cruz from Europacorp; Gregg Araki's Smiley Face starring Anna Faris from First Look; and the new Mike Leigh project thatwill start shooting ...
  • 'Chico time' for the big screen

    14-Feb-2006

    Chico Slimani, one of the contestant's on UK television's talentcompetition The X Factor, is set toappear in a feature film based on his real adventures of his former career as amale stripper. Slimani will co-produce and hasco-written the script with director Helen Grace and his brother, actor JC Mac. The ...
  • Revolution signs first-look TV deal with Channel 4

    14-Feb-2006

    Revolution Films, the UK production company founded by producer Andrew Eaton and directorMichael Winterbottom, has set up a new televisiondivision and signed an exclusive first-look deal with Channel 4. Kate Ogborn, an independent producer at TheBureau and the former executive producer at regional screen agency EM Mediawill head the TV arm. Ogborn recently executiveproduced ...
  • Revolution plans multi-platform release for Guantanamo

    13-Feb-2006

    Revolution Films is planning a simultaneous UK theatrical, DVD, andInternet release for Michael Winterbottom's The Road To Guantanamo, which will haveits world premiere Tuesday in Berlin's competition.
  • Capitol unleashes Pawlikowski's Beasts

    12-Feb-2006

    Rhys Ifans, Eddie Marsan, and Ben Whishaw, who is setvault to fame in the lead role of Tom Tykwer's Perfume later this year, will star in Pawel Pawlikowski's next film The Restraint Of Beasts. Capitol Films has boarded as worldwide sales agent.Pawlikowskiand his My Summer ...
  • Duvall, Spacek, Freeman to star in drama Get Low

    11-Feb-2006

    Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, andMorgan Freeman are attached to star in Depression-era drama Get Low, directed by Aaron Schneider,who won an Oscar in 2004 for his short TwoSoldiers.
  • London and Shanghai form film partnership

    10-Feb-2006

    London and Shanghai have announced a new city-to-city partnership to support film culture,education, and industry.
  • Mike Leigh's next film lands at Summit for worldwide sales

    10-Feb-2006

    Summit Entertainment has taken on worldwide sales excluding the UK to Mike Leigh's upcoming untitled film. The project will be financed by Ingenious, FilmFour, the UK Film Council's Premiere Fund, and Summit.
  • Vision In Production to make Princess Diana death thriller

    10-Feb-2006

    UK production company Visionin Production (VIP) has acquired the rights to Jon King and John Beveridge's PrincessDiana: The Hidden Evidence and plansto shoot a thriller based on the book.
  • Brokeback rides away with London Critics prizes

    9-Feb-2006

    Continuing its awards season kudos, Brokeback Mountain received the top honours at the London Critics' Circle Awards. Ang Lee won for best director and the film won the group'sbest film award. The other prizes were less predictable: Bruno Ganz won best actor for Downfall(which ...
  • Intandem Films comes to Berlin with a slate of eight

    9-Feb-2006

    London-based financing, sales, and distribution company Intandem Films comes to Berlinwith a slate of eight new pictures.
  • Boreman named head of film buying for Vue in UK

    9-Feb-2006

    UKexhibition company Vue Entertainment has named Stuart Boreman as its newdirector of film buying. He takes the post immediately.
  • Young Hannibal wraps Czech shoot

    8-Feb-2006

    Director PeterWebber has wrapped principal photography on YoungHannibal: Behind the Mask, after a 14-week shootin the Czech Republic. The Dino De Laurentiis production is made with partners Quinta Communications and Ingenious Film Partners. The UK'sZephyr ...
  • Odeon to open Braehead cinema in March

    8-Feb-2006

    Cinema chain Odeon is planning to open anew 12-screen, $8.7m (£5m) cinema in Braehead, near Glasgow.
  • Ecosse teams with Walden, Beacon and Revolution for feature

    8-Feb-2006

    UK-based Ecosse Films is teaming with US heavyweights Walden Media,Beacon Pictures, and Revolution Studios for the fantasy film The Water Horse.
  • Human Rights Watch Festival to open with Land of the Blind

    7-Feb-2006

    The Human Rights WatchInternational Film Festival will host its 10th annual London event this year from March 15-24 at six venues.
  • London's Chocolate Chilli Films takes on The Angel of Mons

    7-Feb-2006

    London-based production company Chocolate Chilli Films hasoptioned the script The Angel of Mons as the second feature on its slate.
  • Ball named chairman of Ingenious Media Active Capital

    7-Feb-2006

    TonyBall, the former CEO of British Sky Broadcasting, has been named the chairmanof Ingenious Media Active Capital (IMAC). IMAC namedNeil Blackley as its non-executive director. He was formerly the head of UK and European Media Research at Merrill Lynch. IMAC isthe media investment ...
  • Lexington launches fund to develop UK projects

    7-Feb-2006

    Lexington Film Management, a newcompany set up by the founders of London-based production company Golconda Films, is launching a UK film fund,The Lexington Film Fund LLP, to invest in development of British qualifyingfeature films. The fund seeks to raise $1.75m-$ 5.24m (£1m-£3m).Organizers said the fund will"target latter stage ...
  • Rogers & Cowan launches London film office

    7-Feb-2006

    Entertainment PR and marketing companyRogers & Cowan has opened a UK filmdivision in London. The office will concentrate on UK filmrelease campaigns, European film festivals, and international publicitycampaigns.
  • Capitol takes on sales for Paddy Breathnach's Shrooms

    7-Feb-2006

    London-basedCapitol Films is handling worldwide sales for Paddy Breathnach'sShrooms, set to start shooting this spring.
  • Minghella, Craig to judge UK's youth shorts

    6-Feb-2006

    The UK Film Council has recruited some high profile judges for its FirstLight Film Awards: actors Daniel Craig, Martin Freeman and Martin Clunes,director Anthony Minghella, TV presenter David Attenborough, comedienne Jenny Eclair.
  • AV Pictures to handle sales for thriller Played

    6-Feb-2006

    AV Pictures has taken on sales for featurefilm Played and will be showing apromo reel of the project at Berlin's European Film Market.
  • Nielsen NRG and Arts Alliance form research alliance

    6-Feb-2006

    NielsenNRG and Arts Alliance Media have formed a strategic alliance to offer newresearch services to film distributors.Theresearch ...
  • Pathe, MTV, Vertigo Start Dirty Sanchez Film

    3-Feb-2006

    Pathe Pictures, MTV FilmsEurope and London-based Vertigo Films have teamed up to start production on Dirty Sanchez: TheMovie.Pathe will distribute the filmin the UK and PathePictures International ...
  • Minghella renews role as BFI chair

    31-Jan-2006

    Director Anthony Minghella hasbeen reappointed as chair of the British Film Institute.
  • Film London launches low-budget film scheme

    31-Jan-2006

    Screen agency Film London has announced a new low-budgetfilm scheme in the UK,Microwave, which will fund ten low-budget films in the next three years.
  • Arista's Adept 3 goes to Cinemart

    27-Jan-2006

    Arista Development has announced that it has entered a new sponsorship and partnership agreement with Cinemart at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
  • Film and TV shooting up 18% in London

    26-Jan-2006

    UK film production may have had a down year in 2005 - with overall film production spending down 31% -- but filming in London was up 18%, according to agency Film London.
  • Shelton, Clarke join London's Capital FX

    26-Jan-2006

    London post-production company Capital FX has expanded its team, with Rod Shelton joining as head of digital intermediate and Liz Clarke joining as head of sales and marketing.
  • Silverline takes rights to UK film Displaced

    25-Jan-2006

    Silverline Entertainment has takenon worldwide rights to the science fiction adventure film Displaced. The UKproject, currently in post-production, is directed by Martin Holland and producedby Mark Strange.
  • FACT battles DVD piracy in Glasgow, London

    24-Jan-2006

    FACT, the UK's Federation Against CopyrightTheft, announced that a police raid on a Glasgow flat has closed the largest illegal DVDdistribution facility discovered in Scotland to date. More than 25,000 DVDs were seized.
  • The Works gets on board Winterbottom's new film

    23-Jan-2006

    London-based sales company The WorksInternational has acquired the international sales rights to Michael Winterbottom's TheRoad to Guantanamo, which will premiere incompetition at the Berlin Film Festival.
  • Britdoc provides support for Sundance doc Black Gold

    20-Jan-2006

    Britdoc, the Channel 4Documentary Film Foundation, is providing completion and marketing funding forthe documentary Black Gold, directedby Nick and Marc Francis.Black Gold looks at the global economy through the story of hugely profitablemultinational coffee companies and the coffee farmers in some of the world'spoorest countries ...
  • UK Production looks healthier for 2006

    19-Jan-2006

    With news earlier this weekthat UK production spending was down 31% in 2005, theindustry is on shaky ground going into 2006. The good news is that 2006 isexpected to be a stronger year in terms of both inward investment from Hollywood and wholly UK films, thanks in large part to the new film taxcredit announced in ...
  • The Constant Gardener leads Bafta nominations

    19-Jan-2006

    The Constant Gardener leads the nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards with 10 nominations. Brokeback Mountain and Crash followed with nine each. Good Night, And Good Luck, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Pride & Prejudice each scored six nominations, and Capote has five.
  • New UK festival will combine two French events

    18-Jan-2006

    Thefirst Renault French Film Festival will be presented at nine UK cities - London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, ...
  • Ireland leads Celtic fest nominations

    17-Jan-2006

    The Celtic Film and Television Festival has announced the awards shortlist for its 27th annualfestival, which recognizes works from the Celtic countries and regions (Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, Scotland and Wales). ...
  • UK production spending down 31% in 2005

    16-Jan-2006

    As expected, 2005 wasn't abanner year for UK film production as film tax breaks uncertainty and a strong pound hurtthe industry. According to figures from the UK Film Council, film productionspending in the UK was £559m ($988m) in 2005, down 31% from 2004's £810.3m ($1432m). That'sfar below 2003's record year of £1.16bn ($2.05bn). During ...
  • Moonstone names directors for filmmakers' lab

    13-Jan-2006

    Moonstone International has announced the participants forits ninth Filmmakers' Lab, to be held in Wexford, Ireland, from January26-February 10. The participatingdirectors are selected from applicants across Europe who areworking on feature films for an international audience. This year's directorsand films are: Terry McMahon's ...
  • UK Film Council offers P&A support to new releases

    11-Jan-2006

    The UK Film Council has announced some ofthe latest recipients of funding from its Print and Advertising Fund. Among January's theatrical releases in theUK, the P&A fund is providing Redbus with $351,920(£200,000) for its release of Michael Winterbottom's A Cock and Bull Story, Icon $93,258 (£53,000)for Woody Allen's Match Point, Guerilla Films ...
  • Aardman names Stephen Moore COO and features head

    11-Jan-2006

    Stephen Moore has joined UK-based animation company Aardmanas head of features and chief operating officer, starting immediately.Moore comes onboard the Aardman team after relocating back to the UKafter eight years in Los Angeles aspresident of international for Twentieth Century Fox. He oversaw both thetheatrical and home ...
  • Beyond Films gets on board for Dragnet and Almost Adult

    11-Jan-2006

    Sales company Beyond Filmshas acquired the rights to two films currently shooting, Steve Hudson's Dragnet and YousefAli Khan's Almost Adult.Dragnet stars Robert Carlyle, Gary Lewis, and Martin Compston in the story of a young fisherman who decides tosave the family business by trafficking in illegal immigrants.
  • Investment in UK films down a third in 2005

    10-Jan-2006

    Investment in UK-linked filmswas $1.1 billion (£699.1 million) into 78 films in 2005, down 27% from 2004'sinvestment of $1.7 billion (£960 million) in 68 projects, according to figuresfrom ScreenFinance.
  • EFP names 21 actors in Berlin's Shooting Stars

    10-Jan-2006

    European Film Promotion hasannounced the actors for the 2006 Shooting Stars programme. The 21 Europeanactors will be part of a series of promotional events (February 11-13) at theBerlin International Film Festival and at later film festivals in Europe.
  • Orange and BAFTA nominees for rising star acting award

    10-Jan-2006

    Mobile communications company Orangehas announced the five nominees for its new Orange Rising Star Award, to bepresented at the 2006 BAFTAs. The five actorsnominated are Gael Garcia Bernal, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, James McAvoy,and Michelle Williams.
  • Sky starts movie download service with 200 titles

    10-Jan-2006

    On the heels of LoveFilm's launch of a 500-title library of film downloads in the UK, satellite TV company Sky is also offering digital downloads of films to customers' computers.
  • BAFTA voters can't play Munich DVDs due to blunder

    9-Jan-2006

    The saga of the Munich DVD screeners sentto BAFTA members continues. BAFTA voters finally received the DVDs on Saturday,but found that they were Region 1 DVDs encrypted in the Cineaanti-piracy format, so not able to play on any UK Cineaplayers.
  • LoveFilm to offer VOD service to Intel Viiv platform

    9-Jan-2006

    UK online DVD rental companyLoveFilm.com is building on its recently announced video on demand service bystriking a new deal with Intel.LoveFilm will offer moviesfor download through the new Intel Viiv platform,which is used for networking of digital entertainment.
  • BBC FOUR announces nominees for world cinema prize

    6-Jan-2006

    BBC FOUR has announced the nominations for its third annual world cinemaaward. Thisyear's shortlist is: Wong Kar Wai's2046, Oliver Hirschbiegel's Downfall,Zhang Yimou's Houseof Flying Daggers, Agnes Jaoui's Look at Me, Alejandro Amenabar's The SeaInside, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul'sTropical Malady. Thenominees were selected by UK ...
  • Bafta's first round of voting shows early frontrunners

    6-Jan-2006

    As of this morning, Baftamembers are starting their second round of voting for the British Academy's annual film awards,with The Constant Gardener leadingthe first-round shortlist in the major categories. The Bafta second-roundvoting shortlist for ...
  • Anchor Bay CEO dies of heart failure

    6-Jan-2006

    Mo Claridge,CEO of UK home video company AnchorBay Entertainment, passed away on Christmas Day at age 54. The cause of deathwas heart failure.Claridge joined Anchor Bay four years ago when ...
  • Baker Street launches Take 9 fund for UK films

    5-Jan-2006

    London-basedfilm financing company Baker Street Media Management has launched its latestequity fund, Take 9, to invest in British film productions. Baker Street saidTake 9 would seek to raise up to $22m (£12.5m) in cash from private investors, tosupport ...
  • Soda picks up UK rights to Song of Songs

    3-Jan-2006

    Soda Pictures has taken UK and Ireland rights to Josh Appignanesi'sdebut feature Song of Songs.Natalie Press, who previously starred in My Summer of Love, stars alongsidenewcomer Joel Chalfen in the story of a brother andsister in London's ...
  • BAFTA Munich screeners hit delays

    3-Jan-2006

    The first round of voting forthis year's BAFTAs closes on Wednesday, which will bebefore voters have a chance to watch screeners of one awardsfavourite, Steven Spielberg's Munich.
  • Sheffield Doc Fest To Launch UK Tour in February

    3-Jan-2006

    The Sheffield InternationalDocumentary Festival will launch its UK tour at the National Film Theatrein London from February 2-5. The tour, in its seventh year,includes highlights from the Sheffield festival held in October. ...
  • Pride & Prejudice Leads London Critics nominations

    22-Dec-2005

    The London Critics Circlehas announced nominees for its annual film awards, with Pride & Prejudice leading the way with eight nominations. The Constant Gardener was close behindwith seven nominations. UIP was the UK distributor with the most nominations at 20 ahead ofPathe's 14.
  • Lovefilm to offer 500 titles in new VoD service

    19-Dec-2005

    Lovefilm, the online DVDrental company, has launched the first UK mass-market film download service. Lovefilm expects to offerabout 500 titles by early 2006, and downloads will be priced from £2.99.The VoD servicehas signed content deals with Warner Bros. including titles such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's ...
  • Momentum picks up UK, Spanish rights to Miss Potter

    16-Dec-2005

    MomentumPictures has acquired UK and Spanish rights to Beatrix Potter biopic Miss Potter. Thefilm is set to start Renee Zellweger as thechildren's book author and Ewan McGregor as herpublisher and love interest. ChrisNoonan (Babe) is directing the film,which will shoot ...
  • Film London seeking companies for new work placement scheme

    12-Dec-2005

    Film London hasstarted a new scheme to create paid work placements for film industry traineesworking in London. Under the new programme,Film London will provide up to six selected companies with 75% of the totalsalary of the placement for up to six months, HR support including trainingplans, and general recruitment ...
  • Cinematographer Adrian Biddle dies aged 53

    9-Dec-2005

    British cinematographer Adrian Biddle, who most recently worked onV for Vendetta, died December 7.
  • Prescience launches new fund before UK's Section 48 expires

    9-Dec-2005

    UK-based Prescience Film Finance has launchedits latest investment offering, Prescience Film Partners LLP, a film financingpartnership being promoted by financial services group Smith & Williamson.
  • Skillset offers support to women returning to film work

    9-Dec-2005

    UK training body Skillsethas announced a new initiative to help women working in film return to work.
  • Women in Film and TV hands out annual awards

    9-Dec-2005

    UK industry group Women in Film and Television(WFTV) announced its 15th annual awards today in London.
  • Pact names members of 2006 council

    8-Dec-2005

    Pact, the UK producers group, has confirmed that the 2006 PactCouncil elections have confirmed the following council leaders. Alex Graham ofWall to Wall will serve as chair; Malcolm Brinkworthof Touch Productions will serve as vice chair, TV; Andrea Calderwoodof Slate Films will serve as vice chair, film; Jonathan Peel of Millimages UK will serve as vice chair, animation; andAnthony Lilley of ...
  • Missing In Action Plans 2006 Shoot For The Sycamores

    8-Dec-2005

    Missing In Action Films, theUK production banner formed by Mia Bays, isplanningan early 2006 shoot for its first narrative feature film, Neil Hunter andNatalie Sirett's TheSycamores. Thefilm is a mysteryset in the 1970s. Bays is producing with David Parfitt, producer ofShakespeare in Love, on board asexecutive ...
  • Picture Players wraps The Killing Of John Lennon

    8-Dec-2005

    UK-basedPicture Players has finished principal photography on its first feature film, The Killing of John Lennon.AndrewPiddington wrote and directed the film about MarkDavid Chapman, who shot John Lennon in 1980. Newcomer Jonas Ball plays Chapman.ProducerRakha Singh is making his feature film debut ...
  • Eureka gets UK rights to Junebug

    7-Dec-2005

    UK DVDdistributor Eureka plans to move into theatrical releasing after licensingall UK rights for Phil Morrison's Junebug.
  • London's Everyman Expands Into Production

    7-Dec-2005

    Everyman Media, the holding company behind theEveryman Cinema Club in London, is targeting investors toco-finance short and feature-length films by emerging directors. Everyman said it would seek to produce a slate of"original stories in commercial genres that are both set and shot in the UK." ...
  • UK industry greets tax news with relief

    6-Dec-2005

    The UK film industry is largely cheering yesterday's announcement about new film tax laws, but seeking further clarity about aspects of the plans such as co-production rules and the transition period to the new system.
  • ...but films will need to pass a cultural test

    5-Dec-2005

    The UK government has announced details of a new "cultural test" to decide eligibility for its new film tax credit.
  • Britain's film industry back in 'business' after tax relief proposal

    5-Dec-2005

    The long-awaited reform of UK film tax policy revealed yesterday has been widely welcomed by leading industry figures. Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown yesterday announced a new net rate of tax relief of 16% for larger-budget films and 20% for lower-budget films.
  • Soda Pictures takes two from Celluloid Dreams

    5-Dec-2005

  • Constant Gardener wins best film at British indie awards

    1-Dec-2005

    The Constant Gardener was the big winner at the eighth-annual British Independent Film Awards in London on Wednesday night. The film won the top prize ofBest British independent film, with Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz also claiming the best actor and actress prizes.
  • Balhetchet named chair of UK's WFTV

    1-Dec-2005

    UK-based Women in Film and Television has appointed Sophie Balhetchet as its new chair.
  • High Point invests in thriller The Front Line

    1-Dec-2005

    London-based sales company High Point Films has invested "a substantial sales guarantee" against world rights for The Front Line, a feature film being directed by David Gleeson. Nathalie Lichtenthaeler's Wide Eye Films is producing.
  • Parasol takes UK video rights to Bollywood and Vine

    1-Dec-2005

    Parasol Peccadillo Releasing has licensed UK home video rights to Edward Jordon and Donald Farmer's comedy Bollywood and Vine. Parasol plans a video and DVD release in spring 2006.
  • BAFTA to consider 246 films for nominations

    30-Nov-2005

    Thereare 246 films being considered for BAFTAnominations this year.
  • Brighton hosts convergence conference

    30-Nov-2005

    The Screen East MediaNetwork will host d-media, the Digital Media Conference, on December 1-2 at theGrand Hotel in Brighton. The theme of the conference is "convergence is areality: how to thrive in the 'converged' world."Theconference will discuss the changing role of games, TV, film and animation andemerging distribution platforms.
  • Grierson Trust Honours Kahn's My Architect

    29-Nov-2005

    The Grierson Trust's British Documentary Awards have announced its 2005 winners. Most of the awards are given to TV documentaries, but the UK Film Council award for best international cinema documentary went to Nathaniel Kahn's My Architect.
  • Troika launches London-based talent agency

    29-Nov-2005

    Talent industry veterans Michael Duff, Conor McCaughan and Melanie Rockcliffe have formed a new London-based talent agency, Troika.
  • Spanish short takes big prize at UK's Brief Encounters

    28-Nov-2005

    The UK's largestshort film festival, Brief Encounters, has awarded its international jury prizeto Spanish short Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! by Marcal Fores.
  • Andrea makes something of Big Nothing as filming begins

    28-Nov-2005

    Jean-BaptisteAndrea will start principal photography on December 4 for the black comedy BigNothing.
  • Birmingham to host film-literature conference

    28-Nov-2005

    Birmingham's Midlands Arts Centre will host the Lost in Adaptation conference, exploring the links between film and literature, from December 2-4.
  • Polish fest honours Fiennes, Menzel, Delli Coli

    28-Nov-2005

    Poland's Camerimage Festival has awarded its Krzysztof Kieslowski award to actor Ralph Fiennes.
  • Roger Michell Starts London Shoot For Venus

    28-Nov-2005

    Director Roger Michell has started principal photography on his next feature, Venus, which is described as a "coming of very-old-age story."
  • European sales initiative announces first results

    24-Nov-2005

    European Film Promotion's Film Sales Support initiative hasannounced its first sales results, with 35% of its supported features films anddocumentaries selling for local distribution after festival screenings.
  • New joint MD at Capitol predicts bumper Berlin

    24-Nov-2005

    The new joint managing director of London-basedCapitol Films, Nick Hill, is predicting an "incredibly busy" European Film Market in Berlin.
  • UK Film Council renews completion funds for short film

    24-Nov-2005

    The UK Film Council's NewCinema Fund has announced that its completion fund for short film-makers willdistribute ($90,000) £50,000 in post-production funds during 2006.
  • Pathe signs nine new deals for Frears' The Queen

    23-Nov-2005

    Pathe Pictures International has announced a slew of deals closed at the recent American Film Market.
  • Apted starts UK shoot for Walden's Amazing Grace

    22-Nov-2005

    Director Michael Apted has started principal photography on Amazing Grace, a feature film about antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce.
  • Greengrass starts shooting 9/11 re-enactment at Pinewood

    22-Nov-2005

    Director Paul Greengrass has started principal photography on his9/11 feature film Flight 93 for Universal Pictures and Working Title Films in associationwith Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.
  • New ending Pride on 12 UK screens

    22-Nov-2005

    Universal plans a 12-screenUK release of the alternate version of Pride & Prejudice that was recentlyunveiled in the US.
  • Northern Lights shine on UK production issues

    21-Nov-2005

    The UK needs to focus on building a low-budget production base and to stand up more strongly for its interests, visitors to this year's Northern Lights FilmFestival's Industry Summit, held in Newcastle upon Tyne heard.
  • Online rental to take half the home DVD market by 2009

    17-Nov-2005

    By 2009, more than half of the UK's home videorentals will be online transactions, according to a new report from ScreenDigest.
  • Frears wraps shoot for The Queen

    17-Nov-2005

    Stephen Frears has completed principal photography on his new feature The Queen. Shooting wrapped in Paris on November 10 after a nine-week shoot on location in Scotland and around London.
  • UK Film Council to support South African writers

    17-Nov-2005

    Ahead of the planned signing of a UK-South African co-production treaty, the UK Film Council has announced a partnership with South Africa's National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) to launch a new initiative for South African writers.
  • Churches out to boost the lion's share of the box office

    16-Nov-2005

    Disney and Buena VistaInternational are working with Christian groups to spread the word about theforthcoming release of The Chronicles ofNarnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
  • UK film 'parliament' to debate industry's global role

    16-Nov-2005

    The UK's Independent FilmParliament is hosting a forum November 30 at the Insitut Francais in London.Among those expected to debate film policy will be Nik Powell of theNational Film and Television School, John Woodward of the UK Film Council,producer Chris Atkins and author Peter S. Grant.
  • Australian VoD licenses Granada International films

    16-Nov-2005

    Australianvideo-on-demand company Reeltime has signed a dealwith Granada International to license select film and television programmesfrom Granada's library.OnceReeltime launches in early 2006, the Granada content will be made available to all of its ISPpartners.Thedeal ...
  • Blank Slate for UK ethnic minority film-makers

    16-Nov-2005

  • Too Good To Be True Film-makers bank on pixel sell

    16-Nov-2005

    Following in the footstepsof a startlingly simple online marketing scheme launched this year,two UK screenwriters are raising funds online to develop theirfeature films.
  • Ferrara to be honoured at Sarajevo festival

    15-Nov-2005

    TheSarajevo Film Festival will celebrate the work of Abel Ferrara during thefestival's 12th edition, to be held August 18-26, 2006.
  • New film agency to be established in Wales

    15-Nov-2005

    The Welsh Development Agency and the Arts Council of Wales(ACW) have announced plans to establish a new film agency, Ffilm Wales.
  • BAFTA/LA hands out Britannia awards

    11-Nov-2005

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)'s LA branch gave out its highesthonours at the 2005 Britannia Awards last night.
  • Revolver picks up Herzog and Huda for 2006

    11-Nov-2005

    UK distributor Revolver Entertainmenthas acquired two films for release in early 2006: Werner Herzog's documentary Grizzly Man and MenhajHuda's adolescent story Kidulthood.Grizzly Man, set for a February ...
  • Carnahan Starts Shooting Smokin' Aces

    10-Nov-2005

    Director Joe Carnahan has started principal photography on dark action comedy Smokin' Aces, a Universal Pictures and Working Title Films production. The feature is shooting on location in Lake Tahoe and Los Angeles.
  • Edinburgh artistic director steps down after five years

    10-Nov-2005

    The EdinburghInternational Film Festival has confirmed that Shane Danielsenwill step down as artistic director after the 60th festival in August 2006.The move isanticipated as Danielsen has said since hisappointment in 2001 that he planned to say for five festivals.The ...
  • Sheffield documentary festival heads to Chile

    10-Nov-2005

    The UK's Sheffield InternationalDocumentary Festival has announced that it will hold a three-day seminar inSantiago de Chile during the Festival Internacional de Documentales de Santiago(FIDOCS).The Catholic University of Chile andthe British Council are organising the seminar, to be held November 30 toDecember 2. The ...
  • Attenborough closes the ring with ContentFilm

    7-Nov-2005

    ContentFilm Internationalhas taken worldwide rights to Richard Attenborough's forthcoming epic, ClosingThe Ring. ContentFilm isco-financing the film with the Bank of Ireland.
  • Intandem, Spice Factory set up FearFactory

    7-Nov-2005

    UK-based financing, salesand distribution company Intandem Films, production company Spice Factory UK,and producers Colin Pons of Studio of the North and Mark Thomas of BallparkProductions have set up a new venture, FearFactory, to produce horror films andpsychological thrillers.
  • Lumina launches thriller label Panic Attack

    7-Nov-2005

    UK-based production andsales company Lumina Films is launching its thriller label Panic Attack withDan Reed's Straightheads,starring Gillian Anderson, Danny Dyer and Anthony Calf.
  • Adept screenwriters join UK programme

    6-Nov-2005

    Aristahas announced the eight screenwriters selected for its Adept 3 screenwritingprogramme, funded by Skillset (and the UK Film Council), the MEDIA Programmeand Arista's Writer Scholarship Fund.
  • Baldwin named CEO of UK production outfit Storitel

    6-Nov-2005

    Bob Baldwin (pictured) has been named CEO of UK-basedproduction company Storitel, which also announced that it has established afeature film development fund to provide initial capital for UK and foreignprojects.
  • IAC, Sequence Film pick up worldwide sales on Teresa

    6-Nov-2005

    UK-based sales company IAC Films and its sisterproduction company Sequence Film have taken on worldwide sales and distribution(outside Spain) for Ray Loriga's Teresa.The Lolafilms production, produced by Andres VicenteGomez, stars Paz Vega, Geraldine Chaplin and Leonor Watling in the story of St.Teresa of Avila.IAC is also selling Lolafilm's The Feast of theGoat.
  • Blue Star takes on sales of three Cameo FJ titles

    4-Nov-2005

    Blue Star Movies has come onboard for international sales of three films from LA-based production companyCameo FJ Entertainment: Erik MacArthur's Bottoms Up and Josef Rusnak's Victims, which are both in final post-production, and DerekCianfrance's Blue Valentine, inpre-production.
  • Hanway takes on Polley, Jarrold projects to sell

    4-Nov-2005

    HanWay Films hasacquired international sales rights to two projects in pre-production: BecomingJane from Kinky Boots director Julian Jarrold starring AnneHathaway, and Away From Her, actress Sarah Polley's feature directorial debut starringVanessa Redgrave.
  • Optimum, Madman join forces on home video front

    4-Nov-2005

    UK distributor OptimumReleasing is teaming with Aussie distributor Madman Entertainment for a jointventure home entertainment business, Optimum Madman.
  • UK Film Focus sets dates for June 2006

    4-Nov-2005

    The London UKFilm Focus has announced the dates for its third sales showcase, to be heldJune 26-29.
  • Woody Allen's second UK film gets a title: Scoop

    4-Nov-2005

    Woody Allen'snext film finally has a title: Scoop.
  • Bedford, Geronimo form production joint venture

    3-Nov-2005

    New York-based BedfordEntertainment and Belfast-based Geronimo Productions have formed a jointventure, Mick 'n' Mack Productions, to produce a slate of feature films to beshot in Northern Ireland and the UK.
  • Blue Star CEO Maggi steps back to set up financing outfit

    3-Nov-2005

    European production andsales company Blue Star Movies has announced that Pietro Dioni and IreneMasiello have taken over as managing directors, overseeing day-to-dayoperations of the business, while former CEO Pete Maggi will assume the titleof Chairman and kick start his new financing company, Movie Finance.
  • Momentum, Aurum buy The Hoax for UK and Spain

    3-Nov-2005

    UK distributor MomentumPictures and its Spanish sister company Aurum Producciones have acquired threefilms for release in 2006: Lasse Hallstrom's The Hoax for the UK and Spain, Mark Neveldine and BrianTaylor's Crank for Spain, andGavin Hood's Tsotsi for the UK.Momentum's vice president of acquisition Lara Thompson spearheaded all threedeals.
  • Fortissimo sells new territories on UK drama Snow Cake

    3-Nov-2005

    Fortissimo Filmshas sold UK feature Snow Cake to several more territories.
  • Moviehouse boards UK mockumentary Exhibit A

    3-Nov-2005

    UK-based salescompany Moviehouse Entertainment has come on board for Dom Rotheroe's ExhibitA, a psychologicalmockumentary that recently wrapped shooting in the UK.
  • Pathe, Reason team on Apted's football documentary

    2-Nov-2005

    Pathe Pictures and LA-based ReasonPictures are teaming up for Michael Apted's new feature documentary aboutfootball around the world.
  • Aardman Licenses Mobile Content In Global Deals

    2-Nov-2005

    Aardman Animations, theUK-based company behind Wallace and Gromit, has signed a numberof deals licensing its content for mobile phone platforms. Tied to the release of Wallaceand Gromit: The ...
  • Indie thriller shoots in Oxford and London

    2-Nov-2005

    UK-based Cat's Paw Productions hasstarted production on low-budget independent film Framed on location in Oxfordand around London. Shooting started on September 28 and will continue throughNovember 6.
  • Indie thriller shoots in Oxford and London

    2-Nov-2005

    UK-based Cat's Paw Productions hasstarted ...
  • Rotunda starts crime shoot in UK second city

    2-Nov-2005

  • ContentFilm chairman talks up restructured company at AGM

    1-Nov-2005

    ContentFilm chairman Alton Irbysaid that the company has seen at "encouraging results" after its acquisitionof the Fireworks International library and restructuring. Since the Fireworksdeal closed in July, that TV and film library has generated $10 million in cashflow and $4.5 in new contractual sales. Speaking at the company's annualgeneral meeting, Irby noted that ContentFilm International had shifted itsfocus from selling its self-produced films ...
  • Vaughn sprinkles Stardust on struggling UK industry

    28-Oct-2005

    The beleagured UKindustry has received a much-needed boost with news that British directorMatthew Vaughn is planning to shoot his next film primarily on home soil.
  • Gaule takes High Point global sales role

    28-Oct-2005

  • Foreign producers take issue with UK tax proposals

    27-Oct-2005

    The UK is in danger of losing its status as a topco-production partner for international film-makers if the government pressesahead with its new tax proposals, foreign producers argued at a heated filmseminar this week.
  • Glawogger's Death takes London's Grierson prize

    27-Oct-2005

    The Times bfi London Film Festival has givenits inaugural Grierson Award to Michael Glawogger for Workingman'sDeath.
  • Newcastle's Northern Lights fest plans industry summit

    27-Oct-2005

  • UK's Trinity acquires Magician from Moviehouse

    27-Oct-2005

  • Cock And Bull to open European Union Film Showcase

    26-Oct-2005

  • Mrs Henderson, The Libertine lead BIFA nods

    25-Oct-2005

    Stephen Frears' Mrs Henderson Presents and Laurence Dunmore's The Libertine lead the 2005 British Film Award (BIFA) nominations,announced today in London. Each ofthose films scored eight nods, followed by seven for Fernando Mereilles' TheConstant Gardener.
  • Brief Encounters unveils shorts festival line-up

    24-Oct-2005

    The 11th Brief Encountersfestival in Bristol has announced a line-up of more than 200 short filmsfor this year's event, which runs November 23-27 at the Watershed Media Centre.
  • Nina's Heavenly Delights cranks up in Glasgow

    24-Oct-2005

  • Video Island extends rental deal with Tesco

    24-Oct-2005

    Online DVD rental service Video Island has extended its partnership with UK retailer Tesco.com for at least two more years.
  • Glitzy Gardener opens London festival

    20-Oct-2005

    The 49th Times bfi London Film Festival opened amid torrential rain on Wednesday night (Oct 19) witha gala screening of Fernando Meirelles' TheConstant Gardener. The director was in attendance along with stars Ralph Fiennes,Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, and author John Le Carre, who wrote ...
  • Moviehouse takes on sales for UK teen comedy Popcorn

    20-Oct-2005

  • Palm takes North American rights to Machado's City

    20-Oct-2005

    Palm Pictures has picked upNorth American and Caribbean rights for Sergio Machado's Lower City (Cidade Baixa) from sales outfit Lumina Films.
  • Shoreline, Matador embark on Dark Corners shoot

    20-Oct-2005

    Shoreline Entertainment and Matador Pictures recently started principalphotography on horror thriller DarkCorners. Shooting started October 11 in London.
  • Working Title cranks up Sixty Six

    20-Oct-2005

    WorkingTitle Films started principal photography in London for its coming-of-age comedy Sixty Six.
  • Djurkovic wins Sheffield Doc fest's Jerwood prize

    19-Oct-2005

  • Producers warn of uncertainty for UK film financing

    18-Oct-2005

    UK film financing is stillploughing through choppy waters as the consultation period for the new taxbreaks comes to an end this Friday (Oct 21).
  • Hollywood Classics launches InFrame sales agency

    17-Oct-2005

    HollywoodClassics, a decades-old distributor of classic films, is launching a new salesagency devoted to contemporary independent films.
  • Intandem takes on sales for Nobody's Hero

    13-Oct-2005

    Intandem Films has taken on international sales for Jason Lehel's forthcoming drama Nobody's Hero, which the company is also executiveproducing. The film follows a soldier from the Iraq war who tries to return to normal life back home.
  • London to host inaugural Children's Film Festival

    12-Oct-2005

  • Carnaby takes on sales for Pensmith's Much Too Young

    11-Oct-2005

  • Canary snaps up top Raindance prize

    10-Oct-2005

    The 13th annual Raindance Film Festival wrapped in London on Sunday with AkihikoShiota's Canary from Japan taking the top competitionprize. The film is about a 12-year-old boy who is raised by a cult. Lou Ma Ho's A Monk'sAwakeningfrom France ...
  • Dinard honours Father's Den

    10-Oct-2005

    Three films already familiarto UK audiences - In My Father's Den,Festival, and Ladies in Lavender- were the winners at the 16th Dinard British Film Festival (Oct 6-9).
  • UK's World Cinema names Kelly as managing director

    10-Oct-2005

  • Bond looks outside UK for Casino Royale shoot

    6-Oct-2005

    Very little of theforthcoming James Bond feature Casino Royale is to shoot at the 007franchise's traditional home, the UK's Pinewood Studios, according to thefilm's director Martin Campbell.
  • Love embarks on London shoot for Carnaby

    30-Sep-2005

    CarnabyFilms has started a five-week shoot in London for its romantic comedy AreYou Ready For Love'
  • Holroyd joins UK's Casarotto Ramsay agency

    30-Sep-2005

    Rachel Holroyd will joinUK-based Casarotto Ramsay & Associates as an agent, effective November 1. H
  • Till says 'too early' to predict post-UIP plans

    30-Sep-2005

    United International Pictures chairman and CEO Stewart Tilltold ScreenDaily.com today that it's "much tooearly" to predict his career path after UIP's planned restructuring at the endof 2006.
  • Corbijn takes Control with Joy Division biopic

    29-Sep-2005

    Rock photographer and musicvideo director Anton Corbijn is preparing for an early 2006 shoot for his firstfeature film, tentatively titled Control, about the life of the late JoyDivision singer Ian Curtis.
  • Arista launches third Adept programme for UK screenwriters

    29-Sep-2005

  • Experts say 'tipping point' has arrived for digital cinema

    28-Sep-2005

    After years of predictionsand speculation, digital cinema is finally becoming a reality, Thomas Hoegh,CEO of Arts Alliance Media, told a Screen International conference inLondon on Tuesday.
  • Miramax veteran Dickinson to head PMK/HBH London

    23-Sep-2005

    Influential publicity firmPMK/HBH has announced that James Dickinson will head its new London office.Dickinson had been Director of International Publicity at MiramaxInternational, a post he departs today.
  • Orr joins Independent Film Sales in charge of acquisitions

    23-Sep-2005

  • UK MEDIA Desk organises co-production forum

    23-Sep-2005

  • Revolver snags UK rights to 13, Ballets Russes

    22-Sep-2005

  • Industry execs sign up for Skillset mentoring scheme

    16-Sep-2005

  • European Film Academy unveils awards shortlist

    15-Sep-2005

    The European Film Academyhas announced 46 films in its shortlist for this year's European Film Awardsnominations.
  • Starter For Ten cranks up in London

    14-Sep-2005

    Principalphotography started on September 5 on feature Starter for Ten, producedby Tom Hanks' Playtone in association with Sam Mendes' Neal Street Productionsfor HBO Films. The film is produced in association with the BBC. Shootingwill ...
  • London Film Festival unveils full line-up

    14-Sep-2005

    The Times bfi London Film Festival (Oct 19-Nov 3) unveiled its fullline-up today and pledged to follow on last year's long-term strategy to expandindustry services.
  • Meadows cranks up This Is England

    13-Sep-2005

    Shane Meadows will startshooting his fifth feature, tentatively titled This is England, onlocation in Nottingham and Grimsby starting on Wednesday.
  • Transmedia takes UK rights to Daly's Aryan Couple

    13-Sep-2005

  • Nayar's The Thread unspools in India, UK

    12-Sep-2005

  • RESFEST kicks of global tour in New York this week

    12-Sep-2005

  • Rumley's Home Of The Dead cranks up in UK

    12-Sep-2005

    Volcano Entertainment andVita Pictures have started principal photography on psychological drama TheLiving in the Home of the Dead in Wiltshire, southern England. Simon Rumley, whopreviously directed Club Le Monde, The Truth Game, and StrongLanguage, is writing and directing with Nick O'Hagan producing. ...
  • Dinard unveils festival of British film line-up

    11-Sep-2005

    The 16th DinardFestival of British Film, the France-based film festival for British featuresto be held October 6-9, has selected the six titles for this year'scompetition.
  • Cougar, BBC snap up rights to La Plante's Widows

    8-Sep-2005

    UK production company CougarFilms and BBC Films have struck a deal to acquire the film rights to Lynda LaPlante's TV series Widows from Walt Disney Studios.
  • European Film Academy honours legend Connery

    8-Sep-2005

    The European FilmAcademy announced that it will present its 2005 lifetime achievement award toSir Sean Connery. The academy citedthe acting legend's "impressive dedication to the world of film,"appearing in more than 70 films in his lengthy career. Last year's recipientwas Spanish director Carlos Saura.This year'sEuropean Film Awards will be held on December 3 in Berlin. Sir Sean and LadyConnery are expected to attend the ceremony, where 18 other awards will begiven. As announced ...
  • Sheffield sharpens its act with extended programme

    8-Sep-2005

    The 12th Sheffield International Documentary Festival,running October 10-16, will kick off a new strand of industry events with thisyear's festival.
  • Industry weighs up impact of UIP overhaul

    7-Sep-2005

    Universal Pictures andParamount Pictures' announcement on Tuesday night that they are restructuringtheir joint international distribution venture, United International Pictures(UIP), comes as little surprise given the growing importance of the internationalmarket.
  • Raindance to open with Devil documentary

    6-Sep-2005

    Jeff Feuerzeig's documentaryThe Devil and Daniel Johnston, about the cult musician and songwriter,will kick off the 13th Raindance Film Festival in London on September 28. Thefilm previously won the best director prize at Sundance.
  • Gone With The Wind named as top grossing film of all time

    5-Sep-2005

    Gone With The Wind is the top grossing film of all time based oninflation-adjusted figures, according to new research by Screen Digest and datafrom Box Office Ginca.
  • Gilliam makes Grimm return to the big screen

    13-May-2005

    TerryGilliam hasn't released a film for seven years but he's fielding two in 2005 - Tidelandand The Brothers Grimm, set for a splashy bow today whenMiramax unspools 20 minutes of footage in Cannes with Gilliam, star MonicaBellucci and producer Chuck Roven in attendance.

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