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Articles from March 2012

Ben Roberts Named Director of BFI Film Fund
Roberts had been CEO of Protagonist Pictures.Ben Roberts has been hired as the new Director of the BFI Film Fund. His start date in the position is not yet confirmed.Roberts, 36, is currently CEO of sales company Protagonist Pictures, which he helped...
Blind Detective, Switch Make Media Asia Bow
Hong Kong's Media Asia is introducing two high-profile projects at Filmart - Johnnie To's crime drama Blind Detective and Jay Sun's action drama Switch.Starring Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng, Blind Detective tells the story of a former detective, forced to...
Bruno Wu, Justin Lin Form Perfect Storm Entertainment
Ambitious Wu's Seven Stars Film Studios has created a joint venture with Lin to create a feature slate in the first of three multi-million dollar collaborations with leading filmmakers that Seven Stars expects to unveil in the coming weeks.The move comes...
Deals Round-Up: Well Go, Tribeca Film Bulk Up Slates
Well Go USA has acquired all North American rights from Huayi Brothers Media to Tai Chi O, the first in a planned trilogy of films from Detective Dee And The Mystery Of Phantom Flame producer Chen Kuofu.Stephen Fung directed Tai Chi O, about a talented...
Disney's John Carter Adds $41M in Modest Int'l Weekend
In its second weekend the studio's sci-fi adventure brought in a further $40.7m according to estimates to raise the international running total to $126.1m. On the same day (18) PPI registered an extraordinary achievement as Ghost Protocol crossed $100m...
Distribution Workshop Launches Tycoon, Christmas Rose
Distribution Workshop, the Hong Kong-based sales arm of Chinese studio Bona Film Group, is attending Filmart with a slate of hot new projects including gangster thriller The Last Tycoon starring Chow Yun Fat.To be directed by Wong Jing, the film tells...
Emperor Fights Fire with Derek Kwok, Nicolas Tse
Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) is launching a big-budget fire-fighting drama at Filmart, to be directed by hot up-and-coming filmmaker Derek Kwok with Nicholas Tse heading the cast.The as-yet-untitled project is scheduled to start shooting...
Fortissimo Goes Full Circle
Fortissimo Films has picked up international rights outside China to Zhang Yang's upcoming feature Full Circle.Currently in post-production, the film revolves around a group of lively senior citizens in a nursing home whose lives are invigorated when...
French Film World Descends on Paris Book Fair
Some 200 producers sign up for professional rights market run by Society of French Language Publishers (SCELF) during the Paris Salon du Livre.The French film industry was out in force over the weekend at the annual Salon du Livre in Paris, an increasingly...
iFeatures2 Opens for Submissions
Creative England's low budget film-making scheme has been extended across the UK; 3 projects will be greenlit to shoot on budgets of £350,000 with backing from the BFI Film Fund, BBC and Skillset.The second round of low budget film-making scheme, iFeatures,...
Iran's A Separation Leads Asian Film Awards
Asghar Farhadi's A Separation was the big winner at the Asian Film Awards last night scooping best film, best director, best screenwriter and best editor.The Iranian drama, which was awarded best foreign-language film at this year's Academy Awards, was...
Khoo Fills Urn, Engages Apprentice
Gorylah Pictures, one of two production labels run by Singapore filmmaker and Asian Film Awards jury president Eric Khoo, is joining forces with Clover Films and MM2 Entertainment to co-produce supernatural thriller Inside The Urn (working title), to...
Kids Transmedia Project High Five Gets Second Edition
The High Five Cross-Media Content for Kids initiative will get a second edition running November 2012 to March 2013.The project is organised by the Nordisk Film & TV Fond in collaboration with Power To The Pixel.The goal of High Five is to develop...
Love in the Buff
Dir: Pang Ho-cheung. Hong Kong, China. 2012. 112minsWith 2010's Love In A Puff, writer-director Pang Ho-cheung (Dream Home, Exodus) scored an unlikely triumph with a chain-smoking and very chatty rom-com almost with audience word-of-mouth alone. Latching...
Screen's Filmart Panel Explores Online Access to China, Rest of Asia
How to monetize expensive TV and film content online in Asia was the topic in the opening Filmart panel yesterday "New Prospects for Online Distribution Of Entertainment Content" which featured speakers from Chinese web platforms Youku and Qiyi.Although...
Sweden's Tre Vanner Sets Up in Norway with Fossum Books Deal
Tre Vanner to open offices in Oslo as it expands Norwegian projects.Sweden's most expansive independent production company, Stockholm-based Tre Vänner, is setting up shop in Norway, having acquired the film rights for 10 thrillers by Norwegian author...
The Devil Inside Possesses UK Box Office
Paramount's found footage horror knocks John Carter from top spot and holds off strong fellow newcomer 21 Jump Street; The Woman in Black crosses £20m.Following its record breaking US opening at the start of the year, Paramount's The Devil Inside took...
The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists
Dir: Peter Lord. UK-US. 2012. 88minsSwashbuckling family adventure on the high seas is the name of the game in the latest stop-motion animated film from British company Aardman (the company that made the Wallace And Gromit films), and while unlikely...
Turkish Cinema Gets First Push at Filmart
Turkish cinema will have a presence for the first time at Filmart this year, through a booth organised by Turkey's Izmir Cinema Association (ICA).ICA will be promoting new Turkish cinema which has been released or screened at film festivals over the...
Wanda to Release Warrior in China
Wanda Media has acquired mainland China distribution rights to Taiwanese Wei Te-sheng's war epic Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale.Wanda Media is the film production and distribution arm of Chinese real estate conglomerate Wanda Group and the sister...
Youku Launches Year-Long Beautiful Programme
China's leading internet TV site is to launch its third annual original content inititative featuring four "micro-movies" from names including Tsai Ming-liang and Ann Hui.Youku Inc, China's leading internet TV site which trades on the New York Stock...
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