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Una Morera Joins Bond/360 as Director of Distribution

19 January 2017 10:46 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Industry veteran Una Morera has been named director of distribution for indie film distributor and documentary specialist Bond/360, Variety has learned exclusively.

The hire was announced Thursday on the opening day of the Sundance Film Festival. Morera will be responsible for executing cross-platform communications strategy for Bond/360 releases.

Before joining Bond/360, Morera served as director of programming for Lionsgate’s Tribeca Shortlist Svod in New York. She had also worked as senior content programmer for Svod in Colorado since 2005.

Morera has produced and directed documentary shorts and worked as a development executive for Jane Berliner and Handprint Entertainment.

Bond/360’s upcoming slate includes “Strike a Pose,” “The Settlers,” “Karl Marx City,” and “God Knows Where I Am.”

“Una Morera is an experienced documentary marketing professional,” said Bond/360 COO Elizabeth Sheldon. “She has a deep knowledge of the documentary landscape and an unrelenting passion to connect audiences with films across platforms. »

- Dave McNary

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BBC Partners With Britdoc Foundation to Fund Documentaries

19 January 2017 6:11 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The BBC has formed a partnership with nonprofit organization Britdoc Foundation to fund up to four documentaries a year, primarily for the broadcaster’s renowned “Storyville” series.

The co-funding agreement is for three years, the BBC said Thursday. Kate Townsend, commissioning editor for “Storyville,” which normally airs on BBC Four, will serve as the editorial lead for the partnership.

“‘Storyville’ has a proud tradition of showcasing the very best in international film-making and I’m delighted that we will be working with Britdoc to develop a fantastic slate of new films for our audience,” Townsend said in a statement. “Britdoc’s collaborative approach is an opportunity to create new connections with documentary makers in the UK and around the world and bring fresh thinking to ways in which documentary films can reach audiences on new platforms.”

The deal recognizes the BBC as the exclusive U.K. broadcast partner of Britdoc and will allow the BBC to acquire »

- Robert Mitchell

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Goteborg Film Festival unveils 450 film line-up

11 January 2017 4:12 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

World premieres include Fanny Ardant’s Stalin’s Couch [pictured], Elisabeth E. Schuch’s The Book Of Birdie, Erlingur Ottar Thoroddsen’s Rift, and Manuel Concha’s Blind Alley.

Goteborg Film Festival has announced its programme of nearly 450 films from 84 countries to screen during the festival’s 40th anniversary edition (Jan 27-Feb 6).

As reported earlier, the festival will kick off with Dome Karukoski’s Tom Of Finland.

The eight films (all world premieres) competing for the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film – with a prize of $110,500 (Sek 1m) — are as follows:

Tom Of Finland by Dome Karukoski (Finland/Sweden/Denmark/Germany/Us)Beyond Dreams by Rojda Sekersöz (Sweden)The Ex-wife by Katja Wik (Sweden)Heartstone by Gudmundur A. Gudmundsson (Iceland/Denmark)Sámi Blood by Amanda Kernell (Sweden/Denmark/Norway)Little Wing bySelma Vilhunen (Finland)The Man by Charlotte Sieling (Denmark)Handle With Care by Arild Andresen (Norway)

The Nordic documentary competition includes:

Citizen Schein by Maud Nycander, [link »

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'La La Land' Leads the 2017 BAFTA Awards Nominations with 11 Total

10 January 2017 2:14 PM, PST | | See recent news »

With the Golden Globes out of the way, and the Oscar noms coming up, it's time for the Brits to reveal their favorites. The nominations for the 70th Annual BAFTA Awards (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) were announced today. The top film is La La Land, with a grand total of 11 nominations, followed by Arrival and Nocturnal Animals scoring nine nominations each. The BAFTAs have a large set of categories similar to the Oscars, and they always feature some very unique picks among the nominees. This year's Best Film line-up: Arrival, I, Daniel Blake, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. Five great films. Here's the complete list of nominations for this year's 70th Annual BAFTAs (via Best Film Arrival I, Daniel Blake La La Land Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Outstanding British Film American Honey Denial Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them I, »

- Alex Billington

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Arrival and La La Land lead the 2017 BAFTA nominations

10 January 2017 8:22 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Arrival and La La Land lead the 2017 BAFTA nominationsArrival and La La Land lead the 2017 BAFTA nominationsAdriana Floridia1/10/2017 11:22:00 Am

The BAFTAs are the British equivalent of the Oscars, and although the awards are given overseas, they still factor into the American awards race.

Yet again, we see the same three films having a strong presence here: La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. However, BAFTA is also spreading the love to other awards favourites like Arrival, Nocturnal Animals, and Lion.

Some interesting omissions here include Denzel Washington for Fences. His co-star Viola Davis is nominated in the supporting category, but it looks as though BAFTA went for other potential Oscar contenders Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge and Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic. They're also the first major awards body to nominate Jake Gyllenhaal's leading performance in Nocturnal Animals.

The British film and Palm D'Or winner I, »

- Adriana Floridia

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2017 BAFTA Nominations Spotlight The Usual Suspects; La La Land, Arrival All Up For Awards

10 January 2017 6:55 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With little over a month to go until the big night, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has unveiled the 2017 BAFTA nominations, and it’s Damien Chazelle’s La La Land that leads the charge.

Following its historic turn at last weekend’s Golden Globes ceremony – Chazelle’s old-timey musical walked away with seven wins, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor/Actress gongs for Ryan Gosling and Emma StoneLa La Land continues its strong run in this year’s awards season with BAFTA nominations in all of the major categories.

For Best Film, it’ll be competing against Arrival, Manchester By the Sea and Moonlight – three formidable and worthy opponents that have collected scores of nominations between them – along with I, Daniel BlakeKen Loach’s profound and perceptive portrayal of unemployment and its subsequent stigma in northerly England. By and large, the official BAFTA »

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Baftas 2017 analysis: 'La La Land' soars, diversity debate simmers

10 January 2017 5:43 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Silence and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk among shutouts; #Baftassowhite a non-starter.Baftas 2017Baftas 2017: full list of nominations‘La La Land’ leads the way with 11 nominationsBaftas 2017: nominees’ reactionsBaftas 2017: eOne and Lionsgate score record number of nominations

One day after setting a record for most wins at the Golden Globes, La La Land continued its fine awards season by claiming 11 Bafta nominations, the joint-most since The Artist scored 12 nominations five years ago.

As predicted, Damien Chazelle’s throwback musical-romance scored nominations in most leading categories including best film, director, actor, actress, original screenplay and cinematography.

Lionsgate will now make the feel-good musical its widest ever UK release this weekend (603 screens), pushing it out on more screens than its flagship franchise The Hunger Games.

La La Land has been on a high since it wowed audiences at Venice in September and with Ampas voting set to end on Friday it is tightening its grip on »

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La La Land leads BAFTA nominations by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-01-10 12:02:17

10 January 2017 4:02 AM, PST | | See recent news »

La La Land received 11 nominations, including Lead Actor and Actress for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone Fresh from sweeping the board at the Golden Globes, La La Land is leading the charge in this year's BAFTA nominations with 11 nods.

The musical, directed by Damien Chazelle won a record-breaking seven Golden Globes on Sunday and is out in the UK this Friday (January 13).

There were nine nominations each for Denis Villeneuve's thoughtful science fiction adaptation Arrival and Tom Ford's psychological drama Nocturnal Animals.

The Outstanding British film award category will see established names Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake) and Andrea Arnold (American Honey) vie against first-time feature directors Pete Middleton and James Spinney (Notes On Blindness) and Babak Anvari (Under The Shadow), with David Yates' blockbuster Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and Mick Jackson's Holocaust drama Denial rounding out the category.

Here is the full list »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Baftas 2017: eOne and Lionsgate score record number of nominations

10 January 2017 12:05 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Arrival helped eOne top the overall list, while Lionsgate was bouyed by La La Land.Baftas 2017Baftas 2017: ‘La La Land’ leads the way with 11 nominationsBaftas 2017: full list of nominationsBaftas 2017: nominees’ reactionsBaftas 2017 analysis: ‘La La Land’ soars, diversity debate simmers

Entertainment One (eOne), the UK’s leading indie at the box office in 2016, has topped the list of distributors nominated for Bafta film awards this year with 20 nods, a company record.

Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival was the company’s top title, securing nine nominations, the joint second-highest for an individual film.

Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake received five nominations, while Pablo Larrain’s Jackie received three. Further eOne titles to secure nods included Captain Fantastic, Denial, and The Girl On The Train.

Impressively, Lionsgate secured a record 18 nominations, including 11 for red hot favourite La La Land, the highest individual total on the day.

The company also received five nods for Mel Gibson’s [link »

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Baftas 2017: full list of nominations

9 January 2017 11:50 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sophie Turner and Dominic Cooper presented this year’s nominations.Baftas 2017‘La La Land’ leads the way with 11 nominationsBaftas 2017: nominees’ reactionsBaftas 2017: eOne and Lionsgate score record number of nominationsBaftas 2017 analysis: ‘La La Land’ soars, diversity debate simmers

Bafta chair Jane Lush was joined by Sophie Turner and Dominic Cooper to announce the nominations for the Ee British Academy Film Awards in London on January 10 2017.

The awards will take place on Feb 12 at the Royal Albert Hall and will be hosted once again by Stephen Fry. The show will be broadcast on BBC One.

2017 nominationsBEST Filmarrival Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron RyderI, Daniel Blake Rebecca O’BrienLA La Land Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc PlattMANCHESTER By The Sea Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. WalshMOONLIGHT Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele RomanskiOUTSTANDING British Filmamerican Honey Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Pouya Shahbazian, Jay Van HoyDENIAL Mick Jackson, Gary Foster, [link »

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