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Telefilm Canada pledges C$8.1m for 14 films

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The funding body’s Canada Feature Film Fund allocation applies to the 2014-15 cycle and includes films from Kim Nguyen and features actors such as Dane DeHaan and Catherine Keener.

The projects selected for funding are:

Away From Everywhere (Justin S Simms);

Chokeslam (Robert Cuffley);

Coconut Hero (Florian Cossen);

Destroyer (Kevan Funk);

The Education Of William Bowman (Ken Finkleman);

Grand Unified Theory (David Ray);

The Sabbatical (Brian Stockton);

The Saver (Wiebke von Carolsfeld);

The Second Time Around (Leon Marr);

Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil: The End Of The End (Craig David Wallace);

Two Lovers And A Bear (Kim Nguyen);

Unless (Alan Gilsenan);

The Unseen (Geoff Redknap); and

Your Money Or Your Wife (Iain Macleod).

“I’m delighted to see the variety of genres and stories represented by these new productions, which truly reflect the diversity, scope and originality of Canadian filmmaking,” said Telefilm Canada executive director Carolle Brabant.

“This selection includes dramas, comedies and thrillers »


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Tom Gilroy wins screenwriting grant

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The writer has been awarded the 2015 Djerassi Residency Award / San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship to work on his script Our Lady Of The Snow.

Gilroy receives an all-inclusive, month-long accommodation in the Santa Cruz Mountains to provide uninterrupted work from September 8-October 7.

“To be awarded the Djerassi Residency is to receive both a short-term and long-term gift,” said Gilroy. “In the short term, immersion in the colony’s legendary natural beauty in September is perfect timing to complete the long journey that began last year with my script Our Lady Of The Snow receiving the Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grant.

“In the long term, to be in the presence of such an accomplished and varied group of fellow artists supplies the much needed affirmation any artist needs to keep up the fight and remember we are right and justified to do what we do – no small feat.”

Last year Sffs supported Gilroy’s Our Lady Of The »

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Morgan Neville's Keith Richards doc to debut on Netflix

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Documentary on the Rolling Stones guitarist made by the director of Oscar-winner 20 Feet From Stardom.

Netflix has announced is will premiere documentary Keith Richards: Under the Influence on September 18 for its members worldwide.

The film about the Rolling Stones guitarist and rock’n’roll legend has been directed by Morgan Neville, who made Oscar winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom.

Neville said: ““If there’s a Mount Rushmore of Rock ’n’ Roll, Keith’s face is surely on it. He has always represented the soul of rock music—for all of the light and dark shades that implies.

“To my relief, Keith Richards turned out to be a real man - full of humor, knowledge and wisdom. That’s the real Keith we’ve worked to capture in our film and I’m honored to bring it to ​a global audience via Netflix.”

Produced by RadicalMedia (The Fog of War), the film explores the genesis of Richards »


- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Toronto to open with 'Demolition'; world premieres for 'Trumbo', 'The Program'

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Tiff 40 to open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal.Scroll down for Galas, Special Presentation line-ups

The 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) will feature first looks for Jay Roach’s blacklisted screenwriter biopic Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston as well as Stephen FrearsLance Armstrong drama with Ben Foster.

Joining The Program on the roster of world premiere Gala screenings are Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adventure The Martian, Deepa Mehta’s gangster tale Beeba Boys and Kate Winslet Australian drama The Dressmaker.

Click here for five trailers of Tiff films

The festival will open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.

Hyena Road, the anticipated Afghan War film, will also receive a world premiere. Director Paul GrossPasschendaele opened Toronto in 2008.  

Among others there are first public screenings for Julie Delpy’s Lolo as well as two gay rights dramas in the form of Peter Sollett’s [link »


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Cte renews output deals with Hong Kong studios

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Hong Kong-based Celestial Tiger Entertainment (Cte) has renewed its exclusive, multi-year output deals with Hong Kong studios Emperor Motion Pictures (Emp), Mega-Vision Project Workshop (Mvpw) and Universe Entertainment.

Under the terms of the deals, Cte has secured first and exclusive pay-tv rights, as well as pay-per-view (PPV), video-on-demand (VOD) and over-the-top (Ott) rights, to each studio’s upcoming slate of movies for Cte’s Celestial Movies channel in Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.

Upcoming Emp productions include Heaven In The Dark, a drama reuniting Jacky Cheung and Karena Lam who both starred in July Rhapsody in 2002; Fruit Chan’s suspense thriller Kill Time, starring Ethan Ruan and Angelababy; and The Mobfathers, starring Anthony Wong and Chapman To.

Mvpw’s slate includes the third installment of blockbuster franchise From Vegas To Macau, which will star Andy Lau in addition to Chow Yun Fat and Nick Cheung. Mvpw is also in pre-production on The Invincible 12, which marks the 100th film from »


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San Sebastian unveils New Directors titles

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The 13 films competing for a $55,000 prize include Scott Graham’s Iona and Hans Christian Berger’s After Eden.Scroll down for full line-up

The San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 18-26) has revealed the 13 films competing for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award, which includes a prize of $55,000 (€50,000).

The New Directors section, comprising first or second works by international filmmakers, includes Iona, Scott Graham’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed Shell, which world premiered at San Sebastian in 2012.

Iona stars Ruth Negga as the title character who takes her teenage son to the island where she was born so they can hide from a violent crime.

New Directors line-up

Synopses provided by the festival

After Eden

Hans Christian Berger (Canada)

A tale of love and temptation in the age of Internet pornography. A reclusive university student tracks down his favourite porn star in the real world and becomes her anonymous follower - until he finds the courage to connect in person »


- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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'Amy' set for Sarajevo Summer Nights

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Sarajevo Film Festival’s Laško Sumer Nights line-up revealed.

The 21st Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 14-22) has unveiled the titles that will make up its Laško Sumer Nights strand, screened at the Open Air Cinema Vatrogasac.

The selection includes Amy Winehouse documentary Amy, directed by Asif Kapadia, which debuted at Cannes, and Laura Poitras’s Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour.

Other titles include:

B-Movie: Lust & Sound In West-Berlin 1979-1989 (Germany)

Dirs: Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange

Cobain: Montage Of Heck (Us)

Dir: Brett Morgen

A German Youth (Fra-Swi-Ger)

Dir: Jean-Gabriel Périot

One Day In Sarajevo (B&H, Aus)

Dir: Jasmila Žbanić

Paco De Lucía: A Journey (Spain)

Dir: Curro Sánchez

The Wolfpack (Us)

Dir: Crystal Moselle »


- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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'The High Sun' is big winner in Pula

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The 62nd Pula Film Festival wrapped in Croatia on Saturday with its Best Croatian Film of the year award going to Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun. 

The win could have been anticipated as The High Sun is one of the best received Croatian productions in years, winning rave reviews upon its premiere in Cannes in May.

TheHigh Sun won seven prizes at Pula, including the critics award. It won the Grand Golden Arena for Best Festival Film, and the jury said it chose “the film that has the ability to reach out to the viewers with its message through the great articulated narrative structure and the original actors’ performances.”

The film also won: Golden Arena for Best Director for Dalibor Matanić; Golden Arena for Best Actress for Tihana Lazović; Golden Arena for Best Supporting Actress for Nives Ivanković; Golden Arena for Best Supporting Actor for Dado Ćosić; and Golden Arena for Best Costume Design for Ana »


- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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'Moon Dogs' begins Scotland shoot

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Coming-of-age film marks feature debut of Downton Abbey director Philip John.

Principal photography has begun on Moon Dogs, a UK-Irish co-production that will film throughout Scotland over the summer.

Up Helly Aa Films and Ripple World Pictures produce the coming-of-age feature, which follows two teenage stepbrothers - Michael (Jack Parry Jones) and Thor (Christy O’Donnell) - on a road trip from Shetland to Glasgow, and the enigmatic Caitlin (Tara Lee) who comes between them.

Directed by Philip John (Being Human, Downton Abbey), the film was written by Scottish writing duo Raymond Friel and Derek Boyle (The Calcium Kid).

The soundtrack will be composed by Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Moon Dogs marks the first feature for theatrical release from Scottish-based Welsh producer Kathy Speirs, and is a co-production with Irish production company Ripple World Pictures.

Ken Marshall (Song for Marion, Filth), is executive producer with co-producers Suzanne Reid (What We Did On Our Holiday), [link »


- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Martine Reicherts named Creative Europe head

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Xavier Prats Monné to take a new EC role.

Luxembourg-born Martine Reicherts has been appointed as the new head of the European Commission’s (EC) Directorate-General Education and Culture (Dg Eac) as part of an executive reshuffle.

A lawyer by training, she is the successor to the Spaniard Xavier Prats Monné, who had held the post since last August and will now be taking up a new position as head of the EC’s health and food safety directorate Dg Sante from September.

Reicherts, who had served as the Director-General for the Commission’s Luxembourg-based Publications Office (aka Dg Op) since August 2007, will be responsible at Dg Eac for the EC policies in the fields of culture, youth and sports as well as for the Creative Europe programme.

The changes in the Commission’s reshuffle also sees Robert Madelin, who had been responsible as Director-General for Communications, Networks, Content and Technology at Dg Cnect, becoming a Senior »


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Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk' to open Tokyo film festival

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Director Bryan Singer to head the main competition jury.

Robert ZemeckisThe Walk, a 3D biographical thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, will open the 28th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival (Oct 22-31). 

The festival, to be held in Roppongi Hills and other venues, will close with Tetsuo Shinohara’s Terminal, a romance drama based on the novel by Shino Sakuragi.

Tiff is lengthening this year’s festival by a day and adding screening locations at theatres in Tokyo’s bustling Shinjuku district, as well as the Kabukiza Theatre for a second year, saying it needed more time and space due to an expansion of its programme.

“We’d like to give more wide ranging screenings so that more people can come,” said Tiff managing director Nobushige Toshima in presenting the festival outline.

The festival has added three new sections to its programme: Panorama, Japan Now and »


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‘Steve Jobs’ to screen at Nyff

27 July 2015 4:04 PM, PDT

Danny Boyle’s biopic starring Michael Fassbender as the digital age visionary who changed the face of personal computing, telephony and music will screen on October 3 as the centrepiece screening of the 53rd New York Film Festival.

Festival top brass Tweeted the news on Monday in a statement that pointedly did not say the event would mark the film’s world premiere, leaving open the likelihood of an early autumn world premiere.

Two of Boyle’s more recent films – 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire – launched at Telluride before journeying north to Toronto.

Universal has set an October 9 North American release for Steve Jobs, which is based on Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of the Walter Isaacson biography published in 2011.

Nyff director and selection committee chair Kent Jones described the film as “dramatically concentrated, yet beautifully expansive; it’s extremely sharp; it’s wildly enertaining, and the actors just soar.”

Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels and Seth Rogen – the latter as Jobs »


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Sadie Katz to star in 'Blood Feast' remake

27 July 2015 2:01 PM, PDT

The actress joins Robert Rusler and Caroline Williams on Us-based Gundo Entertainment’s splatter film remake.

Marcel Walz direct will direct Blood Feast, which is scheduled to shoot from September 1-25 in the Us, France and Germany.

The story focuses on a family man who works night shifts at a museum of ancient Egyptian culture where he falls under the influence of a statue of the goddess Ishtar.

Ryan Nicholson, whose credits include Scary Movie and Riddick, will head the make-up department.

According to the producers Herschell Gordon Lewis, director of the original Blood Feast, has expressed his full support for the remake.

“This project makes one of my longest dreams come true,” said Walz. “To realise the remake of the cult movie Blood Feast feels like winning the lottery to me.||

“The fact that the production studio gives me all their trust is an honour. I have very much respect for the realisation of this movie »


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'Second Mother' to open Sarajevo Film Festival

27 July 2015 11:19 AM, PDT

Sundance award-winner to open festival; Dagur Kári’s Tribeca winner Virgin Mountain to close.

Anna Muylaert’s The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) is to open the 21st Sarajevo Film Festival on August 14.

Brazilian director Muylaert will be in attendance at Sarajevo’s impressive open air theatre for the screening of the film, in which the estranged daughter of a live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, breaking down unspoken class barriers that exist within the home.

The film debuted at Sundance in January where actors Regina Casé and Camila Márdila picked up the Special Jury Prize. It went on to win the Panorama Audience Award at Berlin in February and the jury prize for best screenplay at RiverRun.

Sarajevo has also announced that Dagur Kári’s Virgin Mountain (Fusi) will close the festival on August 22.

Kári will present the screening alongside lead actor Gunnar Jónsson, who plays a 43-year-old that still lives with his mother and whose monotonous »


- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Elle Fanning eyed for 'All The Bright Places'

27 July 2015 10:57 AM, PDT

Miguel Arteta will direct Demarest Media and Mazur/Kaplan’s adaptation of the Jennifer Niven Ya novel.

Fanning is attached to star in the film about a girl who is inspired to live from a boy who intends to die. Niven, who founded the online teen literary magazine Germ, will adapt the screenplay.

Arteta most recently directed Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for Disney as well as Cedar Rapids and Youth In Revolt

Demarest Media will finance and produce All The Bright Places alongside Mazur/Kaplan, who brought the package to them.  

Leif Lillehaugen will shepherd the project for Demarest and Ally Israelson for Mazur/Kaplan.  »


- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Indican Pictures acquires 'Death Valley'

27 July 2015 10:39 AM, PDT

Exclusive: The distributor has picked up all North American rights to the noir thriller and has set an October 20 release.

Death Valley centres on four strangers on a drunken wedding dash from Los Angeles to Las Vegas who hit a mysterious woman in the desert and must overcome injuries, the elements and ultimately each other to survive.

Tj Scott of Cinematic Pictures, Brad MacPherson of Lucky Eight Pictures and Taylor Williams of The Shot Clock produced.

Katrina Law, Lochlyn Munro, Victoria Pratt and Nick E Tarabay star. Scott also directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with MacPherson. »


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Venice reveals 2015 juries

27 July 2015 6:10 AM, PDT

Competition jury includes Elizabeth Banks, Lynne Ramsay, Diane Kruger and Hou Hsiao-hsien.

The Venice Film Festival (Sept 2-12) has revealed the members of its three international juries -  Venezia 72, Orizzonti (Horizons) and ‘Luigi De Laurentiis’ Venice Award for Best Debut Film.

The Venezia 72 Competition jury, headed by Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón, will comprise:

French author, screenwriter and director Emmanuel Carrère, author of bestsellers Limonov (2011) and Le Royaume (2015);

Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for Winter Sleep;

Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski, director of Ida, winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film earlier this year;

Italian director Francesco Munzi, in competition at last year’s Venice with Black Souls, winner of nine David di Donatello awards from the Italian Academy;

Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice 1989 for A City of Sadness, and in competition at this year’s Cannes »


- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Cuba's 'Behavior' wins at Skip City in Japan

27 July 2015 4:49 AM, PDT

The Japenese festival that focuses solely on digital cinema reveals its 2015 winners.

The 12th Skip City International D-Cinema Festival (July 18-26), which highlights films shot on the digital format and only consider directors with fewer than four feature credits, has revealed its winners.

Cuban drama Behavior won the grand prix Sony d-cinema award, which comes with a prize of $8,100 (1,000,000 yen).

Ernesto Daranas’s film, which tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who provides for his drug-addicted mother by training fighting dogs with a man who may be his father, was recently nominated in seven categories at the Platino awards.

Mexican filmmaker Jorge Pérez Solano picked up the best director award for his film La Tirisia.

The best screenplay award went to Mark Noonan for You’re Ugly Too, which premiered in Berlin this year.

Director Hanae Uchida was presented with the Skip City award for her film For The Love Of Life: Living For Tomorrow; the winner »


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