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Glasgow FrightFest 2016 – The Line-Up

Kicking off with a special screening of The Forest with star Natalie Dormer in attendance, and finishing in racy rock-fuelled style with Sean Byrne’s The Devil’s Candy, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event returns to Glasgow Film Festival with another stellar line-up to shock, chill and thrill. A record thirteen films will screen from Thursday 25th February to Saturday 27th February, alongside a selection of unmissable shorts, guest director Q & A’s, great give-aways and a sneak preview of Paul Hyett’s Heretiks, with the popular director in attendance.

The line-up starts at 9pm on Thurs 25 Feb with the UK Premiere of The Forest starring Natalie Dormer searching for her twin sister in Japan’s most haunted location, the fabled Sea of Trees. The ‘Game of Thrones’ star is making her first appearance at Glasgow Film Festival and is thrilled to be headlining this gala event the
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Xyz Films' Werewolf Is a Real Party Animal

If you often find yourself itching to see a modern Scandinavian werewolf movie, then you're in luck because such a movie is getting ready to sink its teeth into our collective flesh. Read on for all the details about this Party Animal!

As per Variety, La-based Xyz Films has boarded the werewolf flick, which is co-penned by Dead Snow co-writer Stig Frode Henriksen. Cult Norwegian genre scribe-helmer Patrik Syversen (Hellfjord) will direct.

A horror film with action and comedic beats, Party Animal centers on a disillusioned young man who arranges a bachelor party for his best friend at a locked-down location. But he has to fight for his life when it turns out that the groom is a werewolf.

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Hellfjord Director Patrik Syversen Is A Party Animal

What next for Hellfjord and You Said What? director Patrik Syversen? Well, he's got a couple projects on the boil but the one we're most excited about around these parts is upcoming horror comedy Party Animal. A piece today in Variety pitches the film like this:a horror film with action and comedic beats, "Animal" turns on a disillusioned young man who arranges a bachelor party for his best friend at a locked-down location. But he has to fight for his life when it turns out that the groom is a werewolf.Dead Snow and Hellfjord co-writer Stige Frode Henriksen with Jacob Jarek (whose credits include Only God Forgives), Thor Sigurjonsson and Fredrik Pryser set to produce the pan-Scandinavian co-production, the producers being Danish, Icelandic and Norwegian, respectively.Syversen...

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Xyz Films Boards ‘Party Animal’ from Cult Norwegian Helmer Patrik Syversen (Exclusive)

Goteborg — Doing one of the things it does best — tapping into original genre talent from the four corners of the globe — L.A-based Xyz Films has boarded “Party Animal,” a werewolf pic from cult Norwegian genre scribe-helmer Patrik Syversen (“Hellfjord”), taking sales rights to what its producers bill as the first modern Scandinavian werewolf movie.

Screenwriter-actor Stig Frode Henriksen, a co-scribe on the “Dead Snow” zombie Nazi franchise, also co-penned “Animal.”

Twinning talent behind “Dead Snow,” and “Hellfjord,” seminal titles on the Nordic Noir scene, “Animal” adds to a Xyz Films slate that, for Berlin alone, features three buzzed-up Sundance titles – “The Raid 2,” “Killers,” and Sundance competition entry “Life After Beth” – plus three new acquisitions: Kevin Smith’s “Tusk,” Toa Fraser’s “The Dead Lands,” and Christopher Denham’s “Preservation.”

A horror film with action and comedic beats, “Animal” turns on a disillusioned young man who arranges a bachelor party
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Trans Atlantic Partners names 26 producers for 2013

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Trans Atlantic Partners names 26 producers for 2013
Exclusive: Participants include Germany’s Sol Bondy, Jennifer Fox [pictured] from the Us, and Canada’s Lauren Grant.

Trans Atlantic Partners (Tap), the intensive training and networking programme for European Canadian and American producers, has announced the 26 participants selected for this year’s programme.

Partners on the initiative, which is now four years old, are the Erich Pommer Institut in Potsdam, Germany (the creator of Tap), Strategic Partners in Halifax, Canada and Ifp in New York. The scheme also includes observer producers from India and Mexico.

Tap is supported by the Media Mundus Programme of the European Union, by Telefilm Canada, and Vff (Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film- und Fernsehproduzenten mbH) Germany.

The three training modules are taking place in Berlin, Halifax and New York City between June and September 2013. The selected producers also participate in the Atlantic Film Festival’s Strategic Partners and the Ifp’s Independent Film Week in New York.

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Int’l Producers Seize Digital Opportunities

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Int’l Producers Seize Digital Opportunities
Cannes — After the April 8-11 MipTV event wrapped and pavilions were packed away, it was clear that the contours of the international television program market have shifted.

In fact many people have stopped talking about “television programs” and merely refer to “content.”

The traditional broadcasters, already fighting for air because of the fragmentation of the TV market, now have to fend off the streaming platforms and other digital players when pursuing premium content.

With platforms like Netflix and Hulu ramping up content acquisition the market has tilted to the benefit of the distributors and producers.

New digital entrants — all hungry for content — were much in evidence at MipTV, a development that the market’s organizer Reed Midem is keen to encourage.

“The broadcasters and distributors are core, but it’s also important for Mip to build the bridges allowing new players to access the global TV ecosystem,” said Laurine Garaude,
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'Dead Snow' Director Tommy Wirkola Developing Dark Comedy Series at Showtime

'Dead Snow' Director Tommy Wirkola Developing Dark Comedy Series at Showtime
After having a solid enough box office (if not exactly a critical) success with his English-language debut "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," "Dead Snow" filmmaker Tommy Wirkola is reteaming with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's production company Gary Sanchez to develop a half-hour series at Showtime. According to Deadline, the untitled project is a dark comedy based on "Hellfjord," a TV series Wirkola created, wrote and produced in his native Norway with Kjetil Omberg, Terje Strømstad and Stig Frode Henriksen. The seven-part "Hellfjord" screened at Fantastic Fest last year, where programmer Todd Brown described it as falling "into the sweet spot between 'Hot Fuzz' and 'Twin Peaks.'" Read More: IFC Orders New Comedy Series from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, Bob Odenkirk and Ben Stiller The Norwegian series follows an Oslo police sergeant (played by Ali) who after an unfortunate incident involving a horse and a
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'Dead Snow' Director Tommy Wirkola Developing Dark Comedy Series at Showtime

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'Dead Snow' Director Tommy Wirkola Developing Dark Comedy Series at Showtime
After having a solid enough box office (if not exactly a critical) success with his English-language debut "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," "Dead Snow" filmmaker Tommy Wirkola is reteaming with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's production company Gary Sanchez to develop a half-hour series at Showtime. According to Deadline, the untitled project is a dark comedy based on "Hellfjord," a TV series Wirkola created, wrote and produced in his native Norway with Kjetil Omberg, Terje Strømstad and Stig Frode Henriksen. The seven-part "Hellfjord" screened at Fantastic Fest last year, where programmer Todd Brown described it as falling "into the sweet spot between 'Hot Fuzz' and 'Twin Peaks.'" Read More: IFC Orders New Comedy Series from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, Bob Odenkirk and Ben Stiller The Norwegian series follows an Oslo police sergeant (played by Ali) who after an unfortunate incident involving a horse and a
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Hellfjord Gets Us Remake at Showtime

Well, this is exciting news. Deadline is reporting that Norwegian writer/director Tommy Wirkola (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) is re-teaming with producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell for an English-language version of the superb TV comedy series Hellfjord for Showtime. While I seem to have been one of the only critics who liked Wirkola's anarchic Brothers Grimm update, it has just crossed Us$200 million at the global box office, and off the back of news that a sequel has been greenlit, it seems Wirkola is on a roll.Hellfjord is the story of a disgraced Oslo police detective who is banished to the remote climes of Northern Norway after accidentally killing his own horse. The bizarre small town of Hellfjord boasts an oddball population all aged...

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Showtime Buys Dark Comedy From ‘Hansel & Gretel’ Director, Will Ferrell & Adam McKay

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Exclusive: After collaborating on Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, the movie’s writer/director Tommy Wirkola and production company Gary Sanchez are reteaming, this time on the TV side. Norwegian filmmaker Wirkola and Gary Sanchez’s Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have set up a half-hour project at Showtime. The untitled dark comedy, now in development, is based on the 2012 Norwegian half-hour series, Hellfjord, which Wirkola created and produced with his partners Kjetil Omberg, Terje Strømstad and Stig Frode Henriksen through their Tappeluft Pictures. Wirkola, Henriksen, and Zahid Ali, the writers on the original seven-episode series, will also write the Showtime adaptation. Wirkola will direct the potential pilot and will executive produce with Ferrell and McKay. Described as in the vein of Hot Fuzz and Twin Peaks with a Nordic noir twist, Hellfjord centers on a disgraced Oslo police officer (Ali) who, after a freak horse accident, is banished to serve
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Review: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is Bloody Entertaining

After lampooning Quentin Tarantino and resurrecting Nazi zombies, Norwegian writer-director Tommy Wirkola finally gets to unveil his English language debut. True to form, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters proves to be a goofy, yet thoroughly entertaining romp that blends the Brothers Grimm with bloody violence to darkly comic effect.We have long been fans of Wirkola's work here at Twitch, who first caught our eye with his Kill Bill-inspired debut Kill Bujlo, before graduating to the international stage with Nazi zombie horror comedy, Dead Snow. Last year, he had a hand in writing the delightfully surreal television series Hellfjord, which screened in its entirety at Fantastic Fest to a rapturous reception, and now he has ascended to the big leagues, with the release of his Hollywood debut,...

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Glasgow FrightFest 2013 – The line-up (and a few thoughts)

Ah FrightFest how I love thee. Yes, my annual excursion to Scotland for Glasgow FrightFest continues this year, and I couldn’t be happier! This years line-up is strong, Very strong, with plenty of variety and some great film picks by Alan, Ian, Paul and Greg. Plus the appearance of Norwegian drama Hellsfjord! Of all the films showing this year there’s one that I most excited to see – Detention of the Dead… I’ve tried my hardest to cover the film as much as possible over the past year as it looks like my “cup of tea”, so for it to show at FrightFest is awesome (although to be fair I already knew that was in the line-up). However the real big surprise is the appearance of Neil Jordan’s Byzantium in the line-up – the Scottish crowd is notoriously “blood-thirtsy” so I hope Jordan’s film isn’t too sedate for the Glasgow crowd.
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A Man. A Horse. A Promo For Hellfjord.

Fantastic Fest got an early treat of upcoming Norwegian cult television series Hellfjord, with the entire series screening at the Texas festival prior to the October 9th debut in Norway. And the response? Oh, yes, it was rather good. Which is to be expected given that the bizarre comedy comes from the creative team behind Dead Snow with the hands on supervision of Rovdyr and You Said What director Patrik Syversen with talents such as the director of Cold Prey, Roar Uthaug, chipping in on an episode to episode basis. The goal was something akin to Twin Peaks meets Hot Fuzz and they very much get there.Hellfjord is the story of the urban police officer Salmander - second generation Pakistani immigrant - who after somewhat...
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Enter The Bizarre World Of Hellfjord With First Stills

Though we must continue to await some sort of video evidence of upcoming Norwegian miniseries Hellfjord - which should surely be online soon as the series launches in Norway October 9 and broadcaster Nrk is apparently already airing promos across the network - there is no need to keep you waiting entirely for a taste of the latest from the team behind Dead Snow. No, while video is in short supply, stills we have.Here's the back story for those who may have missed previous articles. Hellfjord is the joint creation of Tommy Wirkola and Stig Frode Henriksen - the principal creative minds behind Nazi zombie comedy Dead Snow, with Wirkola also at the helm of the upcoming Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters -  and star...
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Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: Hellfjord Is a Delightfully Surreal Descent Into Norway's Fishy North

From the creators of Dead Snow, Cold Prey and You Said What (so pretty much every talented Norwegian currently making movies) comes this delightfully weird and wonderful television series, following a disgraced city police officer as he sees out his final days in uniform in the remote and incredibly strange fishing town of Hellfjord. Tommy Wirkola is a name that should be familiar to many readers of Twitch, as he is the main creative force behind Norwegian Nazi zombie comedy Dead Snow. The success of that film landed him writer/director duties on the forthcoming Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton starring as ass-kicking siblings in an invigorated and action-packed re-interpretation of the Brothers Grimm's classic fairy-tale. Before that hits...
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Fantastic Fest: In ‘Hellfjord,’ The Fjords Are Not What They Seem

In a day where shows are made, remade, and rehashed to remade again so that they become a Möbius strip of canned tedium that screams into a void paying as much attention to it as it does a mosquito bite, to see something pass by on its own set of legs is a mind-numbing pleasure. And what a set of gams Hellfjord has on it. From the very beginning, it wastes no time in piquing interest, it has a sale to make and wants to make sure everyone buys in. Hellfjord starts with Salmander (Zahid Ali) getting transferred from his position in the Oslo police force. He is a lightning rod of a PR nightmare due to actions involving his horse, Gunnar, at the Independence Day parade, actions that left many people traumatized. Unable to can him instantly due to technicalities, the department’s next best option is to ship him far, far
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Final Wave of Fantastic Fest 2012 Films Announced

Austin, TX-Wednesday, September 12, 2012- Fantastic Fest is thrilled to announce the final installment of programming for Fantastic Fest 2012, including the world premiere screening of The Collection. Fantastic Fest will take place September 20-27 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

American Mary (2011)

Us Premiere

Directors – Jen and Sylvia Soska, 95 mins

Disillusioned with her chosen profession and perpetually broke, medical student Mary Mason finds herself drawn into a shady world of underground surgery and body modification.

Antiviral (2012)

Us Premiere

Director – Brandon Cronenberg, 110 mins

Syd March makes people sick, infecting them with viruses harvested to order from celebrities, but gets more than he bargained for when his most famous source dies from a virus Syd has just infected himself with.

Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

Us Premiere

Director – Peter Strickland, 92 mins

Strange things occur after a British audio technician is summoned to Italy to work on a gory giallo film.

Besties (2012)

World Premiere

Director – Rebecca Perry Cutter,
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Final Wave of Fantastic Fest 2012 is Unleashed

Wow! I literally just jumped up for joy hearing this final wave. I think that this might be my favorite selection of films since I have been attending. Films like American Mary, Antiviral, Berberian Sound Studio, the remake of Who Can Kill A Child? – Come Out and Play and the World Premiere of the sequel to The Collector! These films plus a few others just caps off what I’m sure will be my favorite Fantastic Fest yet!

Also, for those keeping score, Michael picked 7 movies that are definitely showing while I picked 6. However, this could change once the secret screenings show. Again, Fantastic Fest starts next Thursday and we plan to have reviews, interviews and possibly video & audio blogs. Anyway, here’s the announcement:

From the Press Release:

Fantastic Fest is thrilled to announce the final installment of programming for Fantastic Fest 2012, including the world premiere screening of The Collection.
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Fantastic Fest 2012: Final Wave Announced; American Mary, Antiviral, The Collection Among the Highlights

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If the films announced so far weren't enough to get you to travel to Austin later this month, this last wave of programming should have you packing your bags immediately! Read on for details.

From the Press Release:

Fantastic Fest is thrilled to announce the final installment of programming for Fantastic Fest 2012, including the world premiere screening of The Collection. Fantastic Fest (official site here) will take place September 20-27 in Austin, Texas, at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

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American Mary (2011)

Us Premiere

Directors - Jen and Sylvia Soska, 95 mins

Disillusioned with her chosen profession and perpetually broke, medical student Mary Mason finds herself drawn into a shady world of underground surgery and body modification.

Antiviral (2012)

Us Premiere

Director - Brandon Cronenberg,
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