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Viewster Announces Global Winners of Online Film Festival

7 July 2014 12:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Online video service Viewster has announced the winners of the second edition of the Viewster Online Film Festival.

Centering on the theme “Relationship Status: It’s Complicated,” participants from all around the world submitted films for a chance to win a share of $100,000 Usd in prizes, as well as feedback from a panel of judges including independent film producer Ted Hope, actress Nora Tschirner and “Iron Sky” producer Timo Vuorensola.

The festival’s top prize of $70,000 was awarded to Ali Zare Ghanatnowi of Iran for his animated short film “Dad’s Fragile Doll.”  Second place went to Taegue Lim of South Korea for “Wrong,” with Sylvia Borges of Germany taking third for her comedy “Your Place,” and Adam Janisch of Poland in fourth for “Next.”

“When we started this festival competition, we just wanted to create a place for filmmakers to showcase their work and for film fans to discover creative international content, »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Munich Fest Honors Udo Kier with CineMerit Award

6 June 2014 4:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

German thesp Udo Kier will be honored by the Munich Film Festival with its CineMerit Award, given to an actor whose career spans Europe and the U.S.

Kier’s career is full of daring choices, and he’s worked with such icons as Andy Warhol (“Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein”), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (“Lili Marleen,” “Lola” and “Berlin Alexanderplatz”) and Lars von Trier (nine films including both volumes of “Nymphomaniac”).

In 1991, Kier made his first Hollywood film, “My Own Private Idaho,” from Gus Van Sant, and has acted in art films, genre films and Hollywood blockbusters.

Udo Kier is an actor who leaves a lasting impression, no matter what the role,” said festival director Diana Iljine in a statement. “He is an actor who is not afraid to take chances. And many of them have paid off. Udo Kier himself is a work of art.”

Previous recipients of the CineMerit Award include actors Julie Christie, »

- Carole Horst

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Australian cinema shines in Cannes

25 May 2014 3:47 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The best actor award for Charlie.s Country.s David Gulpilil in Certain Regard and a standing ovation for David Michôd's thriller The Rover capped off a memorable Cannes Film Festival and market for Australian cinema.

It was that rare combination of critical acclaim for the Aussie films that screened in the festival and a solid volume of deal-making for films that were sold at the market.

.We had consistent feedback from sales agents and buyers on the calibre of Australian talent and projects, which they are tracking with real interest,. Screen Australia head of marketing Kathleen Drumm tells If.

.Producers reported fewer but quality meetings as momentum around Australia continues to enable good marketplace access. However it remains hard to raise finance without high profile cast, directorial talent, demonstrable marketing hooks, clarity on audience and a budget that matches a project's commerciality.

.Sales for Australian films were solid despite the reported soft marketplace, »

- Don Groves

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Iron Sky producer talks sequel

16 May 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Sequel will be directed by Timo Vuorensola and will see several of the original cast return.

Iron Sky producer Tero Kaukomaa has revealed further details of Iron Sky The Coming Race, the $10m sequel to the original Nazis on the moon saga.

The film will again be directed by Timo Vuorensola. Several of the original cast will be returning, among them cult star Udo Kier, Julia Dietze and Stephanie Paul.

Earlier this month the film-makers behind the project began raising equity crowdfunding for Iron Sky Universe Ltd, the company owning the Iron Sky franchise.  A second sequel is being planned as is a prequel – and a special promo has already been shot.

The Iron Sky sequel is due to be shot in Babelsberg studios. A large part of the post-production will be done in Germany. The German co-producer is 27 Films Production. The producers have already received development support from the Finnish Film Foundation and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (Mbb »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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‘Iron Sky’ Sequel Raises $200,000 In 24 Hours

14 May 2014 11:41 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Cult hit Iron Sky has crowdfunded over $200,000 for a sequel and further development of the brand, including other films, video games and a TV series based on the Nazis-on-the-moon original.

The Finnish production company behind the film are now pitching the sequel, Iron Sky: The Coming Race, to buyers at Cannes Film Festival.

Iron Sky’s campaign is unique in that instead of simply accepting donations from fans, as did the recent Veronica Mars crowdfunding effort, the producers are actually selling shares in Iron Sky Universe, the company that owns the Iron Sky brand.

The crowdfunding campaign itself has been extended until Tuesday, 20th May, with plans to carry out a second round of funding in the works for later this year.

The original Iron Sky film was a riot, and definitely on the better end of the ‘they-know-they’re-shit B-movies’ spectrum, so hopefully the sequel will get picked up at Cannes. »

- Chris Wharfe

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Poland Lures Foreign Films as Local Biz Rises

14 May 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

You would never guess from the level of international co-productions heading toward Poland that the country remains one of the few in this corner of Europe without cash-back incentives.

Agnieszka Odorowicz, topper at the Polish Film Institute, is justifiably bullish on the rising number of such joint projects — currently at around 40 per year — but has said the lack of sweeteners is an issue that needs to be addressed. But even without them, the institute’s work is clearly reaping rewards.

Since 2005, some 130 production companies have set up shop in Poland, many of them capitalizing on financial support from the Pfi, which administers a film fund created through a tax on television, exhibitors and distribs passed a decade ago. More and more of these new players, the recipients of more than 500 film grants, are partnering with foreigners to the benefit of both parties. In 2014, the institute’s budget was $42 million for development, »

- Will Tizard

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Iron Sky Universe seeking shareholders

12 May 2014 4:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Company behind high-concept genre franchise are raising equity crowdfunding via Finland’s Invesdor.

The film-makers behind genre hit Iron Sky are raising equity crowdfunding for Iron Sky Universe, the company which owns the franchise.

It marks the first time in film history where the audience has a chance to purchase shares directly for their favoured franchise. The funding will take place via the Finnish service Invesdor.com and investors will become full shareholders in the company with a minimum investment of €250.

Iron Sky Universe aims to make the Iron Sky franchise into a multi-channel sci-fi saga produced and distributed in co-operation with its audience.

Tero Kaukomaa, head of business of Iron Sky Universe, commented: “We managed to produce the first Iron Sky with a pure rage boosted by the help from our audience. Now the target is to build a sufficient organisation to execute our production and distribution strategy.”

The core team of Iron Sky Universe consists »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Midnight Meat Train and The Devil Inside Directors Join Anthology Fear Paris

6 May 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Our collective attention here at Dread Central was most certainly captured earlier this year by the sales trailer for Fear Paris, an anthology of horror tales set to explore the dark underbelly of France's capital.

With three directors already attached, two more have just rounded out the list of contributors, and you'll find all the latest by reading on!

Bloody Disgusting reports that Midnight Meat Train director Ryuhei Kitamura and The Devil Inside's William Brent Bell have both readied their passports for a trip to Paris. They join the previously announced Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Hole), Xavier Gens (Frontier(s), Hitman), and Timo Vuorensola (Iron Sky).

Fear Paris is described as "genre-bending" with connected stories that will present a Paris unlike anything seen before. Check out the awesome sales trailer below to whet your appetite!

Casting is under way as the film will go into production this summer/fall. »

- John Squires

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Indie Spotlight

4 May 2014 9:47 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes DVD release details for Compound Fracture, trailers for Altergeist and Aftermath, first details on Danger Word, the Stage Fright call for submissions, and the lineup from Sci Fest in Los Angeles, a review of the second season of Holliston, and much more:

Compound Fracture DVD Release Details: “Level 33 Entertainment announced today the release of the highly anticipated horror feature film Compound Fracture coming to DVD and VOD on May 13, 2014. Bringing together three iconic figures in the horror pantheon, Compound Fracture stars Tyler Mane (Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s Hallowee), Muse Watson (Ben Willis in I Know What You Did Last Summer), and Derek Mears (Jason Voorhees in the new Friday The 13th). The movie will be available at all major retail and rental outlets including Walmart, »

- Tamika Jones

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Icaa response positive to cinema on demand initiative

29 April 2014 10:58 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

A cinema on demand service may be available in Australia later this year should the roll out of American web platform Tugg prove successful. The company, which has been operating in the Us since 2012 and has partnered with David Doepel's Leap Frog Films for its Australian roll out, works much the same as traditional crowdfunding models, only in this case interested parties pledge to buy movie tickets should a cinema agree to screen a certain film at a specified session time. The session only goes ahead (and credit cards are only charged) in the case there are enough people to make up a decent audience. Tugg co-founder Pablo Gonzalez spoke to Icaa Conference attendees yesterday about how offering a cinema on demand service can help cinemas attract new audiences, build new communities and attract patrons during quieter session times. "There is nothing to lose making cinemas available to audiences during typically quiet times, »

- Emily Blatchford

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Cinema on demand: crowd funding in exhibition

29 April 2014 10:58 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

A cinema on demand service may be available in Australia later this year should the roll out of American web platform Tugg prove successful. The company, which has been operating in the Us since 2012, works much the same as traditional crowdfunding models, only in this case interested parties pledge to buy movie tickets should a cinema agree to screen a certain film at a specified session time. The session only goes ahead (and credit cards are only charged) in the case there are enough people to make up a decent audience. Tugg Co-founder Pablo Gonzalez spoke to Icaa Conference attendees yesterday about how offering a cinema on demand service can help cinemas attract new audiences, build new communities and attract patrons during quieter session times. "There is nothing to lose making cinemas available to audiences during typically quiet times," Gonzalez told If. "Ninety percent of Tugg events in the Us »

- Emily Blatchford

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Sports drama Final Four lands an Angry Boy

9 April 2014 4:48 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Angry Boys. Clyde Boraine has joined the cast of Final Four, a feature drama inspired by the true story of a group of Aussies who played in the Us college basketball league.

Neophyte actor /producer Josh Howlett came up with the idea after watching a story on Espn.s Aussies Abroad which chronicled how five Aussies were recruited by Saint Mary.s College near San Francisco and contributed to the team.s greatest success in 50 years.

Robert Lewis Galinsky is writing the screenplay and serving as executive producer. Howlett will produce via his new company Handmade Media in league with a Us producer whom he declines to name until the project is fully funded.

He said roughly half the development budget has been raised from private investors and the plan is shoot the film next year, two-thirds of it on location in the Us. Howlett and Galinsky have a short-list of Us directors. »

- Don Groves

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Aussies win $US70,000 in online competition

2 April 2014 2:02 AM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Australian director Jeremy Brull.s The Justice Lease has won the top prize of $US70,000 in an online festival.

Shot for just $7,000, the web series features real-life versions of Superman, Batman, Aquaman and The Hulk as they struggle to live together in an Australian share-house.

The prize was awarded by the advertiser-supported Video-on-Demand service Viewster in the inaugural Viewster Online Film Fest (#Voff). The theme was When Life Gives You Lemons...

The judges were Us producer Ted Hope, who is CEO of Fandor, Finnish director/creator of Iron Sky Timo Vuorensola and German actress Nora Tschirner.

The judges said: .The episode Man of Steel was very well constructed and extremely funny.. They indicated they really want to see what.s going on in the director.s head.

Brull, who shot The Justice Lease with co-producer Paul Michael Ayre, said: .After a year of struggling to get this series out to the masses, »

- Don Groves

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European VOD Service Viewster Kicks Off $100,000 Online Film Competition

14 March 2014 1:22 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

European VOD service Viewster has launched its first-ever online film festival, putting up $100,000 in prize money for the best short or feature submitted by users of its online platform. The Viewster Online Film Festival launched Friday with some 84 entries and will run for the next two weeks. Anyone can sign up to Viewster (at Viewster.com) to watch the submissions and rate them. The top 10 titles will go on a short list. Then a jury, made up of U.S. producer Ted Hope (21 Grams), Finnish director Timo Vuorensola (Iron Sky) and German actress Nora

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Australian thriller adds two key cast

23 February 2014 5:58 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Aaron Pedersen and Mark Leonard Winter have been added to the cast of The Fear of Darkness, writer-director Chris Fitchett.s supernatural thriller which starts shooting on March 6 on the Gold Coast.

They join the already announced cast of Maeve Dermody, Penelope Mitchell and Damien Garvey.

Mitchell (Hemlock Grove, The Vampire Diaries) will play Skye Williams, a patient in a psychiatric clinic who is accused of a gruesome murder. Dermody (Serangoon Road, Griff the Invisible) is Dr Sarah Faithfull, an empathetic psychiatrist who believes there is more to the case.

Pedersen, who played the lead in Ivan Sen.s Mystery Road and is a regular in the ABC Jack Irish telemovies,. will portray Dr Nicholas Trengrove, a criminal psychologist who tries desperately to ensure that those around him stay grounded and not surrender to any imagined horrors in the dark.

Winter, who appears in Craig Monahan.s upcoming drama Healing »

- Don Groves

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Casting set for supernatural thriller

10 February 2014 2:02 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Maeve Dermody, Penelope Mitchell and Damien Garvey have been cast in The Fear of Darkness, a supernatural thriller from writer-director Chris Fitchett which starts shooting March 6 on the Gold Coast.

Dermody (Serangoon Road, Griff the Invisible) will play a brilliant young psychiatrist who is forced to confront the dark creature that dwells deep within her when she investigates the disappearance of a female university student.

Mitchell, who was a regular in the Us TV series Hemlock Grove and appears in The Vampire Diaries, plays a patient in a psychiatric clinic who is accused of a gruesome crime.

Damien Garvey (Rake, Network Ten.s upcoming Secrets & Lies) will portray a cop who investigates the disappearance. Casting of two other key roles is due to be confirmed shortly.

The project was developed through Screen Queensland.s low budget feature film initiative. The producer is Mark Overett (Iron Sky, Separation City,. Unfinished Sky »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Iron Sky: The Coming Race Logo Teaser Trailer

9 February 2014 11:29 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In 2012, the big hit of Berlin Film Festival was Iron Sky, the Fenno-German-Australian sci-fi comedy about the imminent return of the Nazis from the Dark Side of the Moon. The film was a hit worldwide, and the sequel has been planned ever since the release. A brief teaser trailer has been released for the upcoming sequel Iron Sky: The Coming Race, which you can check out below.

During Berlin Film Festival 2014, the wraps around the sequel are slightly cracked open. With the announcement of the writer and backed by both Mbb in Germany and Fff in Finland, the filmmakers start looking for a prominent sales company for Iron Sky sequel, titled Iron Sky: The Coming Race.

Writer Dalan Musson has joined the production. Musson is a Us screenwriter whose credits include Rangarok and Blood Wars, features written for Warner Bros. under a two picture deal. Dalan also wrote Jeremiah Harm, »

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Iron Sky: The Coming Race Logo Teaser, New Details

9 February 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Director Timo Vuorensola, Germany's Mbb and Finland's Fff are revealing the first details about Iron Sky sequel, Iron Sky: The Coming Race . The 2012 sci-fi comedy was a surprise hit and a sequel has been planned ever since its release. Writer Dalan Musson has joined the production. Musson's credits include Ragnorok and Blood Wars . He also wrote Jeremiah Harm , based on the graphic novel series of the same name and to be directed by Vuorensola. Here's how they describe Iron Sky: The Coming Race : 20 years ago Earth was ruined in a nuclear apocalypse. What's left of humanity is trapped on the Moon - which is now falling apart as well. Mankind's only hope is to send a small team into the Center of the Earth to retrieve the mythical Holy Grail. All that stands in »

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Watch The First Iron Sky 2 Teaser

8 February 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The Moon Nazis are coming back for more! With the European Film Market under way Iron Sky director Timo Vuorensola and his team have launched the first teaser for the upcoming sequel, Iron Sky: The Coming Race. And while very much a tease - effectively just unveiling the new logo with a touch of voice over - Iron Sky fans are a rabid lot who will no doubt want to take a look. Here's the official word on the film:In 2012, the big hit of Berlin Film Festival was Iron Sky, the Fenno-German-Australian scifi comedy about the imminent return of the Nazis from the Dark Side of the Moon. The film was a hit worldwide, and the sequel has been planned ever since the release.During...

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Berlin: Dalan Musson to Write Sequel to ‘Iron Sky’ (Exclusive)

5 February 2014 10:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

U.S. scribe Dalan Musson has been tapped to pen Timo Vuorensola’s “Iron Sky: The Coming Race,” a sequel of the Finnish/German/Australian sci-fi spoof about Nazis on the moon.

Project reteams Musson (“Ragnorok”) and Vuorensola, who worked together on Warner Bros.’ “Jeremiah Harm,” based on the action/sci-fi comicbook.

The Finnish Film Foundation and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg have come board to finance the film, which is produced by Tero Kaukomaa via the newly launched company Iron Sky Universe, and co-produced by Oliver Damian from German shingle 27 Films.

With an estimated budget of $13 million, “The Coming Race” is one of the most ambitious projects being developed in Finland.

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- Elsa Keslassy

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