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Articles from November 2013

AFM 2013: Market Forces
This year's American Film Market (Nov 6-13) will take place against a backdrop of US economic instability, but it's the small screen that is likely to be the hot topic of conversation, as Jeremy Kay reportsThe 11th hour intervention by Congress last...
Anderson, Jonze to Meet Rome Audiences
'Movie Talks' will also feature John Hurt, Jonathan Demme and Roman Coppola among others.The 8th Rome film Festival (Nov 8-17) will again offer audiences on-stage conversations with actors and directors.Those taking part in the Movie Talks series include...
BAFTA to Host Emma Thompson Event
Saving Mr Banks star to talk on stage about her career on stage and screen.BAFTA and Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson is to discuss her craft and career at a BAFTA A Life In Pictures event on Nov 24. The event will take place at BAFTA's headquarters...
Beyond the Edge Picked Up for UK
Agreements signed with Metrodome in the UK among others.Distribution deals for 3D Everest documentary Beyond the Edge have been secured by Altitude Film Sales for key territories including the UK (Metrodome), German-speaking Europe (Polyband), Japan...
Bonds Put Safety First
Traditionally regarded with wariness by European and Asian producers, completion bonding is an increasingly important part of any production. Geoffrey Macnab explores the landscapeFor US and UK independent producers and financiers, completion bonding...
Breaking through in China
The most striking fact I learned about the Chinese film industry this year is that more than 700 local films are produced each year. Only a fraction of those break through at the box office, of course, but the ambition and output has to be admired.No...
Content Brings Nightmare to AFM
EXCLUSIVE: Content will commence sales here on The Nightmare, the latest genre title from its Preferred Film & TV joint venture with producer Ross Dinerstein and Kevin Iwashina.Rodney Ascher of Room 237 fame will direct the horror documentary about...
Craziest Thing You've Seen at AFM?
Execs from Exclusive Media, Protagonist, SC Films and more spill the beans."I remember a rival sales agent rehanging all of a competitor's posters upside down overnight. The reactions in the morning were priceless." Gabrielle Stewart, SVP international...
Exclusive to Sell Shomer, Dark, Cat
Exclusive Media has picked up international rights to the supernatural thrillers Shomer and Out Of The Dark and the crime caper Murder Of A Cat.Lawrence Bender, Lauren Selig and Ray Ricord are producing Shomer, which is in pre-production and centres...
Gaumont Takes on When Animals Dream
EXCLUSIVE: French sales company to unveil teaser and first images of coming-of-age-horror tale.Gaumont has picked up sales on Danish filmmaker Jonas Arnby's When Animals Dream about a young girl who is hunted down by the inhabitants of her remote fishing...
John Smith Wins Film London Jarman Award
London-based artist film-maker John Smith has won the 2013 Film London Jarman AwardThe award was announced today at the Whitechapel Gallery, London.As winner, Smith received £10,000 and a film commission for Channel 4's short-form arts strand, Random...
K5 Kicks for Next Goal Wins
EXCLUSIVE: K5 International has boarded documentary feature Next Goal Wins directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison.The feel-good movie is about the stunning comeback of the American Samoa football team. They suffered a world-record 31-0 defeat in 2001...
Les Arcs Unveils Competition Titles
Love is the Perfect Crime and The Notebook among competition titles.Scoll down for competition line-upFrance's end-of-year, alpine Les Arcs European Film Festival has unveiled the line-up for its fifth edition (Dec 14-21).In a joint statement, the event's...
Lionsgate Boards Point Break
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate International has added the high-octane thriller to its crop of new AFM titles alongside Mortdecai, Gods Of Egypt and Love & Mercy.Ericson Core will direct Alcon Entertainment's reimagining of iconic 1991 action thriller Point...
QED to Sell Strange but True
EXCLUSIVE: QED International arrives at AFM with worldwide rights to the noir thriller Strange But True starring Imogen Poots, Bill Paxton and Melissa Leo.Alex and David Pastor will direct based on John Searles' novel about a young woman who discovers...
Showbox Makes Divine Move
EXCLUSIVE: Jung Woo-sung stars in Jo Bum-gu's underground gambling thriller.Major South Korean investor/distributor Showbox/Mediaplex has added The Divine Move, starring Jung Woo-sung, to its AFM sales slate.Directed by Jo Bum-gu, whose credits include...
Solution Talks Up Fade Out
Aaron Eckhart will star in the psychological thriller Fade Out which The Solution Entertainment Group introduces at AFM this week.Robert Salerno will direct from a screenplay by Michael Cristofer. Anthony Bregman of Likely Story and Naomi Despres of...
Stalled M.I.A. Doc Begins Shoot
BRITDOC backs feature that was on hold due to funding issues.Production has begun in London on a feature documentary about the life of musician M.I.A.The film is directed by Steve Loveridge, who reportedly stepped down from making the documentary in...
Stars of Tomorrow 2013: Brits in LA
Introducing the rising talents among US-based UK actors, writers and directors whose work is destined to grace our screens for years to come.Click here for the digital editionOne of Screen's most popular, and rewarding, initiatives is our UK Stars of...
Taylor Kitsch Joins Umedia's Exit 147
EXCLUSIVE: Battleship and Friday Night Lights star Taylor Kitsch is attached to star in thriller Exit 147, one of three new films being introduced by Umedia at the AFM.In Exit 147, Kitsch stars as a sadistic cop who plays mind games with a young traveller...
US-China Summit: 'Trick Is Finding Common Ground'
"Please don't worry, come to China." That was the message delivered by China Film Co-production Corporation president Zhang Xun [pictured] at the US-China Film Summit in downtown Los Angeles today.Zhang was one of the luncheon speakers at the event,...
Will Poulter Logs onto Metro's iBoy
EXCLUSIVE: Adam Randall to direct London-set thriller, written by Screen Star of Tomorrow Joe Barton.We're The Millers and Son of Rambow star Will Poulter is to lead the cast in the adaptation of well-received superhero novel iBoy, about a teenage boy...
Zach Braff Talks Wish I Was Here
Zach Braff is back behind the camera, directing his first feature in nine years. He tells Jeremy Kay why he was right to get help from thecrowdfunding platform, Kickstarter.When Zach Braff couldn't find the right financier to back his new feature, Wish...
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