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Articles from January 2014

12 Years a Slave Tops UK Box Office
eOne's awards contender posts excellent $4.1m (£2.5m) debut from 207 sites to dethrone American Hustle.Following its ten BAFTA nominations and Golden Globe win for best dramatic film, 12 Years A Slave has got off to a stirring start at the UK box office,...
Adrien Brody, Sam Neill Join Backtrack
EXCLUSIVE: Production underway on thriller sold by Bankside, distributed by Madman.Principal photography is underway in Australia on writer-director Michael Petroni's sophomore thriller Backtrack, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill (seen in this exclusive...
BBFC Unveils New Horror Guidelines
Horror films to be more closely scrutinised under new certification guidelines.The British Board of Film Classification is to pay more attention to the impact of gore and strong visuals in horror films under new certification guidelines revealed today.Greater...
Berlinale Shorts Line-Up Revealed
Selection competing for the Golden Bear includes films from 21 countries.A total of 25 films from 21 countries will compete for the Golden Bear for Best Short Film and the Silver Bear Jury Prize at the 64th Berlinale (Feb 6-16). The jury comprises Indonesian...
BFI Launches US Distribution Fund
Pilot P&A fund to launch at Sundance to help UK films break into North America.The British Film Institute (BFI) has launched a pilot scheme to help eligible UK films premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival attract theatrical distribution and...
Brazilian Box Office Growth Continues
The Brazilian box office was up for the eighth consecutive year in 2013 as a result of strong performances from local films.Domestic films accounted for R$299.7m ($127m) of the R$1.7bn ($720m) total in 2013, according to the figures announced by Filme...
Canadian Academy Unveils Nominees
The Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced the Canadian Screen Awards nominees."We are exceedingly proud today to reveal the nominees for the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards," said Academy chair Martin Katz. "This was a year marked by...
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Jeremy Kay speaks to the Harvard graduate about the feature version of his prize-winning 2013 short.Genre storytelling, Sundance Film Festival head honcho John Cooper has noted, has emerged as a device by which this year's film-makers suck us into otherwise...
Ed Vaizey to Probe Diversity Stats
Ed Vaizey, minister for UK Culture, Communications and Creative Industries is calling on senior figures in TV, film and arts to explain the lack of diversity in their industries at a ministerial roundtable next week.Fresh analysis of Skillset census...
EFM First-Timers Line Up
More than 20 companies have already been confirmed as first-time exhibitors at next month's European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin.Market debutants from Asia will include Ablaze Image, a new international sales and distribution company based in Taiwan...
Globes: Slave, Hustle Best Films
The Oscar battle-lines have been drawn. 12 Years A Slave scooped best dramatic film at the 71st Golden Globe Awards in its only win while American Hustle triumphed in three categories including best comedy or musical.Click here for full list of winnersThe...
Golden Globes 2014: Winners
Full list of winners for the 2014 Golden Globes Awards as voted for by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.FILM AWARDSBest motion picture - dramaWinner: 12 Years A SlaveCaptain PhillipsGravityPhilomenaRushBest motion picture - musical or comedyWinner:...
Michael Tully, Ping Pong Summer
The Austin-based director speaks to Wendy Mitchell about his "deeply personal" latest feature.You could call it fate that Michael Tully finished shooting his long-gestating love letter to Ocean City, Maryland, just hours before Hurricane Sandy hit."We...
Natalia Smirnoff, Lock Charmer
Jeremy Kay talks to the Argentinian director about her Sundance World Cinema Dramatic entry.Argentinian director Natalia Smirnoff got the idea for World Cinema Dramatic entry Lock Charmer (El Cerrajero) after she locked herself out of her house."[The...
NATO Responds to Theatre Shooting
EXCLUSIVE: Top brass at the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) stressed that cinemas remained safe environments as they issued a statement on Monday (13) expressing sympathy for the victims of a Florida shooting.The NATO statement followed...
Rotterdam Confirms Bright Future, Spectrum Selections
Picks include the latest documentary from Ai Weiwei [pictured].The International Film Festival Rotterdam has unveiled the selections for its Bright Future and Spectrum programmes (list of premiere titles below).Across both sections there are 37 world...
Russian Focus at Goteborg 2014
Russian feminist punk rock protest group Pussy Riot is on the poster and Russia is in focus at Sweden's 37th Göteborg International Film Festival (Jan 24-Feb 3) - the largest showcase in the Nordic countries. The selection of 20 films "is both artistically...
Shosh Shlam & Hilla Medalia, Web Junkie
Elbert Wyche talks to the Israeli film-makers about their Sundance World Cinema Documentary selection.Chinese authorities granted surprising access to Israeli film-makers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia for their World Cinema Documentary selection Web...
Stallone Talks Shakespeare and Schwarzenegger
Sylvester Stallone made his London West End debut at the weekend as he strode the boards at the city's illustrious London Palladium.In truth he was taking part in an on-stage interview with British TV chat show host Jonathan Ross for 'An Evening With...
Stuart Murdoch, God Help the Girl
The Scottish musician talks to Wendy Mitchell about his feature directorial debut.Belle & Sebastian leader Stuart Murdoch makes his feature directorial debut with God Help The Girl. It's been a long time coming, as he says he's had filmmaking ambitions...
Sundance 2014: The Winter's Tale
Sundance's John Cooper and Trevor Groth celebrate the US and international independent scene ahead of the festival¹s 30th anniversary. Jeremy Kay reports.John Cooper and Trevor Groth have about as much use for platitudes and soundbites as the Sundance...
TFI Doc Fund Announces Grantees
The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) have unveiled the 11 2014 TFI Documentary Fund grantees who collectively will receive $150,000.TFI also announced winners of the second annual TFI/ESPN Prize and of the inaugural Influence Award stemming from its partnership...
Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, Difret
The Ethiopian filmmaker talks to Elbert Wyche about his drama, which plays at Sundance."Difret in its widest meaning is courage," says Zeresenay Berhane Mehari. "The second meaning is the act of being raped."Mehari's Ethiopian World Cinema Dramatic competition...
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