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Natural Sciences wins at Guadalajara

30 March 2014 10:45 AM, PDT

Echo of the Mountain also scoops a top prize at the film festival in Mexico.Scroll down for full list of winners

Matias Lucchesi’s debut feature Natural Sciences (Ciencias naturales) scooped a top prize, the Golden Mayahuel and €14,700 ($20,000) in cash, in the Ibero-American competition of the 29th Guadalajara Film Festival (Ficg), March 21-30.

The Argentinian production follows an adolescent girl’s quest to reconnect with her estranged father and was launched last month at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Generation Kplus Grand Prix.

Sold by Urban Distribution, it beat competition from 18 other titles to take the top prize and also received the best screenplay award and the Feisal (Latin American Film Schools) trophy.

Lead stars Paula Herzog and Paola Barrientos shared the best actress prize.

Echo of the Mountain (Eco de la Montana), a documentary directed by veteran Nicolas Echevarria, won the prize for best Mexican film, which included »


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Alexander Payne among Lmga winners

29 March 2014 7:19 PM, PDT

Staff at the Location Managers Guild Of America (Lmga) have announced the winners of its first Annual Location Managers Guild Of America Awards.

Ilt Jones won Outstanding Achievement By A Location Professional – Feature Film for Iron Man 3, while Robert Boake won corresponding TV honours for Game Of Thrones.

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty took the award for Outstanding Location Feature Film and once again Game Of Thrones prevailed in the TV category.

The prize for Outstanding Film Commission went to Albuquerque, which has hosted Breaking Bad and Lone Survivor, among others.

Lmga president Nancy Haecker presided over the ceremony as Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs presented Alexander Payne with the Eva Monley Award for his “dedicated understanding of the power of quality locations to enhance a story.”

Payne is currently filming at a quality location and was unable to attend the ceremony.

Cinematogrpher Haskell Wexler received the Humanitarian Award from Billy Crystal, while the Lifetime »


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Alexander Payne among Lmga honourees

29 March 2014 7:19 PM, PDT

Staff at the Location Managers Guild Of America (Lmga) have announced the winners of its first Annual Location Managers Guild Of America Awards.

Ilt Jones won Outstanding Achievement By A Location Professional – Feature Film for Iron Man 3, while Robert Boake won corresponding TV honours for Game Of Thrones.

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty took the award for Outstanding Location Feature Film and once again Game Of Thrones prevailed in the TV category.

The prize for Outstanding Film Commission went to Albuquerque, which has hosted Breaking Bad and Lone Survivor, among others.

Lmga president Nancy Haecker presided over the ceremony as Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs presented Alexander Payne with the Eva Monley Award for his “dedicated understanding of the power of quality locations to enhance a story.”

Payne is currently filming at a quality location and was unable to attend the ceremony.

Cinematogrpher Haskell Wexler received the Humanitarian Award from Billy Crystal, while the Lifetime »


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Dodge College unveils Women In Focus event

28 March 2014 11:42 AM, PDT

Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts will present its 15th Annual Women in Focus Conference on April 11.

Warner Bros president of worldwide marketing and international distribution Sue Kroll, The Master producer JoAnne Sellar and CBS Films co-president Terry Press will speak.

DreamWorks Animation chief marketing officer, Dawn Taubin, a former Dodge College professor of public relations and advertising, will moderate the event.

“The insights offered by the incredible women who have joined us over the years have been both inspirational and enlightening,” said Dodge College dean Bob Bassett. “They have truly helped guide the next generation of filmmakers as they seek to enter the industry.” »


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Factory 25 snaps up Apocalypse

28 March 2014 8:46 AM, PDT

The distributor has acquired world rights to has acquired world rights to Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film by Hanley Banks.

This shot concert documentary follows the enigmatic Drag City singer-songwriter and lo-fi pioneer on a two-week tour from California to New York. 

Factory 25 will release the film digitally on April 15 and it premieres theatrically in New York on May 2 and will play throughout the spring.  »

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Luff renamed London Screenings

28 March 2014 7:50 AM, PDT

Event for international buyers to be held in London June 23-26.

Film London’s annual export event the London UK Film Focus (Luff) is being renamed as London Screenings for its 11th edition running June 23-26.

The event’s breakthrough strand for emerging talents is now open for applications (deadline April 24). More info here.

The four day event is for UK films and UK sales companies’ offerings to be showcased to international film buyers.

Film London works in partnership with the BFI on London Screenings, which are also backed by the Mayor of London, Film Export UK and UK Trade & Investment.

Adrian Wootton [pictured], Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission said: “I am delighted to launch the London Screenings - by building on a hugely successful decade of Luff we are working with the BFI and our other industry partners to refine the event to ensure it continues to be the best possible platform »


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Captain America again leads UK buzz

28 March 2014 7:31 AM, PDT

British prison drama has impressive 45% intent to view.

Ahead of today’s launch, Captain America: The Winter Soldier leads the online buzz in the UK for a second week in a row. Of more than 17,000 online mentions, 31% included intent to view.

Second in the chart was Muppets Most Wanted, followed by holdover British prison drama Starred Up — the latter had 45% intent to view.

For an explanation of the Way to Blue chart and its methodology, which tracks ‘overall buzz’ and important ‘intent to view’ buzz, click here.

To view the chart in pdf format click here. »


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Ritzy staff to ballot on strike action

28 March 2014 6:18 AM, PDT

Ken Loach calls decision not to pay staff London Living Wage “shocking” and “hypocritical”.

Staff at the Ritzy cinema in London are to ballot on strike action after a long-running pay dispute with cinema operator Picturehouse.

Workers are calling for the exhibitor to pay all staff the London Living Wage of £8.80 per hour, a demand Cineworld-owned Picturehouse refuses to meet.

Approximately 90% of the Ritzy’s 100 staff are Bectu members, according to the union, which will post the ballot results on its website on Monday.

The union has been leafleting outside the cinema this week after Acas-mediated talks between the two parties broke down in February.

Meanwhile director Ken Loach has waded into the dispute, expressing outrage at the exhibitor’s stance:

“It’s unforgivable not to pay the London living wage,” the veteran director told Screen. “It’s really shocking. Particularly since the same cinema hosts the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and sells Fair Trade Coffee »


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Bright Days Ahead to open Rendez-Vous

28 March 2014 2:31 AM, PDT

Fifth edition of annual showcase of contemporary French cinema to take place in key cities across the UK from April 23-28.

Marion Vernoux’s Bright Days Ahead (Les Beaux Jours) will open this year’s Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.

Vernoux and lead actress Fanny Ardant will be in attendance at the Curzon Soho in London for a post-screening Q&A.

Run by UniFrance Films and the Institut français in London, the fifth edition of the annual showcase of contemporary French cinema will take place in key cities across the UK. As well as at the Curzon Soho and Ciné Lumière, films will screen in Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Nottingham, Oxford and at the Duke of York’s in Brighton.

Speaking to Screen, Isabelle Giordano, executive director of UniFrance Films, says the focus of this year’s showcase is to highlight burgeoning talent in France.

“What I would like to do for this edition is to focus on the »


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Sundance London adds The One I Love

28 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT

Charlie McDowell’s film will get international premiere.

Sundance London has added another feature film to its 2014 line-up.

The festival will include the international premiere of The One I Love, directed by Charlie McDowell and written by Justin Lader.

The story is about a couple on the brink of separation who go for a weekend getaway, where an unexpected discovery forces them to re-examine their lives. The film stars Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss and Ted Danson.

Sundance London announced its full programme of films, music events and panels earlier this week. »


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'71 nears sell-out for Protagonist

28 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Yann Demange’s well-received feature debut sells around the world.

Protagonist has confirmed a slew of deals on Yann Demange’s well-received Berlin competition thriller ‘71.

Deals have closed with Ad Vitam for France, eOne for Australia and New Zealand, Ascot Elite for Germany and Switzerland, Good Films for Italy, Elevation Pictures for Canada, Vertigo Films for Spain, Non Stop Entertainment for Scandinavia, Lusomundo fpr Portugal, Seven Films for Greece, Fida for Turkey, Aya Pro for Japan, Sundream for Hong Kong, and Front Row for the Middle East.

Further deals are understood to be closing for South Korea, Latin America, India, Indonesia, Eastern Europe and Benelux.

Roadside Attraction and Black Label Media have Us rights. StudioCanal will release in the UK later this year.

Top Boy director Demange’s taut feature debut stars Jack O’Connell as a young British soldier who is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971.

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Lionsgate UK takes Absolutely Anything

28 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Lionsgate has picked up UK rights to Terry Jones’ comedy Absolutely Anything from Gfm Films.

Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale lead cast in Monty Python star Jones’ first film (as director) in 18 years, which got underway in the UK on Monday (24).

The deal was struck between Michael Ryan for Gfm Films, producer Ben Timlett and Zygi Kamasa and Nick Manzi for Lionsgate.

Lionsgate will release the film in the UK between April and July 2015.

Interview: Terry Jones

Absolutely Anything follows a disillusioned school teacher (Pegg) who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wants, a challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens watching him from space.

The Aliens will be voiced by Jones himself alongside Monty Python collaborators John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Eric Idle.

The film’s supporting cast includes Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Eddie Izzard, Joanna Lumley, Rob Riggle and Robin Williams, who voices »


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Zurich 2014 to spotlight India

28 March 2014 1:49 AM, PDT

India named guest country for 10th Zurich Film Festival

The 10th Zurich Film Festial (Sep 25-Oct 5) is to focus on India in this year’s New World View section.

Zff will screen ten new feature and documentary films by emerging Indian filmmakers and a short film block.

India produces between 800 and 1,000 films annually. But rather than focus on Bollywood, Zff will focus on latest developments in the type of auteur film that first came to the world’s attention in the mid 50s thanks to such luminaries of the so-called Indian New Wave as Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen.

In explaining the decision to choose India, Zff co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri said: “New Indian cinema has experienced an upsurge in recent years, and not just on the subcontinent.”

“New projects have been realised over the past few years that undermine common stereotypes. The movement from mainstream to independent cinema is unmistakable. This development »


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Zurich 2014 to focus on India

28 March 2014 1:49 AM, PDT

India named guest country for 10th Zurich Film Festival

The 10th Zurich Film Festial (Sep 25-Oct 5) is to focus on India in this year’s New World View section.

Zff will screen ten new feature and documentary films by emerging Indian filmmakers and a short film block.

India produces between 800 and 1,000 films annually. But rather than focus on Bollywood, Zff will focus on latest developments in the type of auteur film that first came to the world’s attention in the mid 50s thanks to such luminaries of the so-called Indian New Wave as Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen.

In explaining the decision to choose India, Zff co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri said: “New Indian cinema has experienced an upsurge in recent years, and not just on the subcontinent.”

“New projects have been realised over the past few years that undermine common stereotypes. The movement from mainstream to independent cinema is unmistakable. This development »


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Screen Australia backs Armfield, Davis

28 March 2014 1:14 AM, PDT

Candy director Neil Armfield will adapt gay memoir Holding The Man, one of five projects backed in Screen Australia’s latest funding round.

Screen Australia will invest in Holding The Man, an adaptation of a popular gay memoir from director Neil Armfield (Candy), and A Long Way Home, from Garth Davis, Jane Campion’s co-director on the series Top Of The Lake.

The government agency also decided this week to put finishing funds into Infini, a follow-up to debut film Gabriel for writer/director/producer Shane Abbess, and into two feature-length documentaries.

“It is ultimately a love story about gay soulmates and we haven’t seen much of that in cinema,” Holding The Man producer Kylie du Fresne (The Sapphires) told ScreenDaily. “We think it’s good timing because of the worldwide debate on gay marriage. It’s not what the film is about but it is part of why Tim (Conigrave) wrote his memoir.”

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Screen Australia backs Armfield, Davis, Abbess

28 March 2014 1:14 AM, PDT

Candy director Neil Armfield will adapt gay memoir Holding The Man, one of five projects backed in Screen Australia’s latest funding round.

Screen Australia will invest in Holding The Man, an adaptation of a popular gay memoir from director Neil Armfield (Candy), and A Long Way Home, from Garth Davis, Jane Campion’s co-director on the series Top Of The Lake.

The government agency also decided this week to put finishing funds into Infini, a follow-up to debut film Gabriel for writer/director/producer Shane Abbess, and into two feature-length documentaries.

“It is ultimately a love story about gay soulmates and we haven’t seen much of that in cinema,” Holding The Man producer Kylie du Fresne (The Sapphires) told ScreenDaily. “We think it’s good timing because of the worldwide debate on gay marriage. It’s not what the film is about but it is part of why Tim (Conigrave) wrote his memoir.”

That memoir »


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Abraham assures continuity at Film4

28 March 2014 12:05 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Channel Four chief executive discusses Tessa Ross’ departure and future strategy.

Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham has told ScreenDaily that Film4’s formula of supporting a combination of new voices and established indie talent “will remain the same” after Tessa Ross’ departure in September.

Ross’ unexpected departure has prompted a swell of praise for the executive, but also concern from some industry about stability within the broadcaster’s film arm, which is yet to replace deputy head of film Katherine Butler, who departed in February to join indie Raw TV, and is now to lose its figurehead.

“There is no hole to fill,” assured Abraham. “Tessa will be around until September and there is strength and breadth in the team who are currently handling large parts of the slate.”

Abraham said that current and future projects on Film4’s slate would get the team’s full attention during the transition.

“It’s a reasonable »


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David Abraham assures continuity at Film4

28 March 2014 12:05 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Channel Four chief executive discusses Tessa Ross’ departure and future strategy.

Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham has told ScreenDaily that Film4’s formula of supporting a combination of new voices and established indie talent “will remain the same” after Tessa Ross’ departure in September.

Ross’ unexpected departure has prompted a swell of praise for the executive, but also concern from some industry about stability within the broadcaster’s film arm, which is yet to replace deputy head of film Katherine Butler, who departed in February to join indie Raw TV, and is now to lose its figurehead.

“There is no hole to fill,” assured Abraham. “Tessa will be around until September and there is strength and breadth in the team who are currently handling large parts of the slate.”

Abraham said that current and future projects on Film4’s slate would get the team’s full attention during the transition.

“It’s a reasonable »


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Warners, Fox roll out big guns

27 March 2014 9:03 PM, PDT

The last two of the Us majors to present their slate to attendees brought suitable star-power and razzmatazz to the final day of CinemaCon in Las Vegas (27).

Fox executives wowed the crowd with stirring footage from upcoming summer release Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes as well as a clip from Dreamworks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2.

Shailene Woodley, star of the number one Us film Divergent, talked about counter-programmer The Fault In Our Stars, while Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann introduced a scene from comedy The Other Woman.

Studio chairman Jim Gianopulos hosted the session, which included mentions of other 2014 releases including Ya adaptation The Maze Runner and Gone Girl from David Fincher.

Distribution president introduced Gianopulos and was promptly surrounded by samba dancers to mark imminent release Rio 2 (pictured).

The Warner Bros heirarchy brought on Clint Eastwood to talk up musical Jersey Boys while Gareth Evans presented footage from Godzilla »


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Provincetown honour for Cronenberg

27 March 2014 7:33 PM, PDT

The Canadian auteur will collect the Filmmaker On The Edge Award at this year’s 16th annual festival on Cape Cod.

The award will be presented by Piff resident artist John Waters at a ceremony during the festival, set to run from June 17-23 in in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The festival will host a special drive-in double bill of Videodrome and The Fly on June 19 and Naked Lunch will be added to the programme as a tribute.

“We are thrilled to be honouring David Cronenberg – a compelling and transformative filmmaker who perfectly represents filmmaking on the edge,” said Mitch Levine, newly-appointed executive director of the Provincetown International Film Festival and CEO of the Provincetown Film Society. “We look forward to both celebrating and learning from this great cinema artist at our festival.” »


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