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Articles from September 2014

BBCW Buys Stake in Lookout Point
BBC Worldwide has bought a 35% stake in Simon Vaughan's production and distribution business Lookout Point.The move, which forms part of a renewed investment push by BBCW, is its first major deal in a number of years.BBCW and Lookout Point, which has...
BFI: Film Diversity Needs Own Conversation
EXCLUSIVE: Culture minister Ed Vaizey to meet BFI and industry during London Film Festival.Diversity in the film industry "needs its own conversation", BFI Film Fund director Ben Roberts has told ScreenDaily.Roberts acknowledged that diversity in the...
BIFA Joint Directors to Step Down
Tessa Collinson and Johanna von Fischer will leave the British Independent Film Awards at the end of the year.Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, the long-standing directors of the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) are to both step down at...
Casanova Variations
Dir: Michael Sturminger. France-Austria-Germany. 2014. 118minsFrom Fellini's Casanova to Malkovich's Casanova Variations, whenever the Venetian libertine sets foot onscreen, extravagance and indulgence are sure to follow. Following a lecherous heritage...
Cinesite Joins Forces with Shrek Producer
London-based visual effects company to open animation unit in Montreal and begin production on 3D feature Charming.UK digital visual effects company Cinesite is to create a slate of family animation features with 3QU Media, the new CG-animation production...
Eric Roth, Academy Originals
The Oscar-winning screenwriter of Forrest Gump is the subject of a short film about his craft. Enjoy the clip and read a bonus interview with Elbert Wyche.Among other things, the Academy Originals episode (a manageable five minutes long) reveals how...
Finnish Filmmaker Peter Von Bagh Dies
Finnish film historian, critic, documentary filmmaker Peter von Bagh - co-founder and director of the Midnight Sun Film Festival - has died aged 71When in 1985 Finnish directors Anssi Mänttäri, Aki and Mika Kaurismäki, and film historian Peter von Bagh...
Iceland Submits Life in a Fishbowl to Oscars
Iceland has selected Baldvin Zophoníasson's Life in a Fishbowl as its entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Oscar.Life in a Fishbowl, is directed by Baldvin Zophoníasson, who also writes along with Birgir Örn Steinarsson, and is produced by Júlíus...
iFeatures Shortlists Eight for Development
Eight teams have been selected from the iFeatures slate for further development funding, as the Creative England's low budget feature film initiative enters its full development phase.Three of the projects will be greenlit in early 2015, each with a...
Jeremy Thomas to Head London Film Festival Jury
Other jurors across London's competitions include Sally Hawkins, James McAvoy, James Corden and Dexter Fletcher.British producer Jeremy Thomas to to head the Official Competition jury at the 58th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 8-19).Thomas's career as...
Kosovo Submits First Ever Oscar Hopeful
Slovenia goes with Seduce Me, Bosnia selects With Mom, Macedonia opts for To The Hilt Kosovo has picked its first ever candidate for the Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award.Isa Qosja's Three Windows And A Hanging received its world premiere in competition...
Non-Stop Has Strong China Opening
CHINA BOX OFFICE: While Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and The Expendables 3 topped the box office over the week September 15-21, Liam Neeson starrer Non-Stop had a strong opening, grossing $7.28m in three days.Apes took a further $8.44m for a cumulative...
Pascal Breton Launches Federation Entertainment
Heading into MIPCOM, French television executive Pascal Breton has partnered with a group of film and television producers and showrunners to launch Federation Entertainment. Based in Paris with development and marketing offices in Los Angeles, Federation...
What We Did on Our Holiday
Dirs/scr: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin. UK. 2014. 95minsA beautifully written comedy-drama (but then Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin are masters of dialogue) that contains a central plot twist that throws the film on its head, What We Did On Our Holiday is...
Winnie Lau Joins Jet Tone Films
Wong Kar Wai's Hong Kong-based production company Jet Tone Films has appointed former Fortissimo Films executive Winnie Lau as Head of International Co-Production and Distribution.Based out of Jet Tone's Beijing and Hong Kong offices, Lau will oversee...
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