Cmg adds 'Loving Vincent' sales in Cannes

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Cmg adds 'Loving Vincent' sales in Cannes
Exclusive: Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group has reported robust sales on the Croisette led by its hotly anticipated ‘painted animation’ starring Saoirse Ronan.

After closing a slew of deals on Loving Vincent in the run-up to Cannes, the upcoming film continues to entice buyers and the public alike, with Noeltner claiming that more than 110million people have watched the teaser.

Rights have gone in Japan (Parco), Scandinavia (Non-Stop), Italy (Adler), Colombia (CineColombia), and Israel (Shoval). Noeltner is in talks with interested parties for Us rights.

Loving Vincent chronicles the final days in the life of Vincent van Gogh and
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Disney, Triggerfish Launch Toon Story Lab

Disney, Triggerfish Launch Toon Story Lab
Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios has announced the launch of the Triggerfish Story Lab, an initiative backed by South Africa’s Dept. of Trade and Industry and the Walt Disney Co.

Buoyed by the success of its feature-length toons “Adventures in Zambezia” and “Khumba,” which both rank among the top-five grossing South African films of all time, Triggerish will be investing up to R44 million ($3.5 million) over the next three years in the Story Lab.

The goal is to give the next generation of African animators a chance to develop their ideas alongside Triggerfish’s global network of mentors. Selected talent will have a chance to turn their projects into a TV series or animated feature with an eye toward the global market.

“We are ready to bring a fresh voice to the world,” says Anthony Silverston, head of development at Triggerfish. “We believe there is extraordinary talent in Africa,
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Fandry, Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya to compete at International Children’s Film Festival of India

Fandry, Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya to compete at International Children’s Film Festival of India
The 18th International Children’s Film Festival of India has announced the competition lineup for 2013. Some of the well-known Indian films in competition are Nagraj Manjule’s Fandry [Read interview], Shilpa Ranade’s Goopi Gawaiya Bagha Bajaiya [Read interview] and Batul Mukhtiar’s Kaphal.

Organized by the Children’s Film Society of India, the biennial festival also known as The Golden Elephant will be held from November 14-20, 2013 in Hyderabad.

Competition Live Action

A Horse on the Balcony

Dir.: Hüseyin Tabak (Austria)

Tainá – an Amazon Legend

Dir.: Rosanne Svartman (Brazil)


Dir.: Ian Padrón (Cuba)

The Great Bird Chase

Dir.: Christian Dyekjær (Denmark)

Horizon Beautiful

Dir.: Stefan Jäger (Ethiopia, Switzerland)



Igor and the Cranes’ Journey

Dir.: Evgeny Ruman (Germany, Israel, Poland)


Dir.: Nagraj Manjule (India)


Dir.: Batul Mukhtiar (India)

Good Fellows


7 Days of Himmawari and her Puppies

Dir.: Emiko Hiramatsu (Japan)

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'Zambezia' refreshingly delightful (Ians Movie Review)

'Zambezia' refreshingly delightful (Ians Movie Review)
Film: "Zambezia"; Voiceovers: Jeremy Suarez, Samuel J. Jackson, Jennifer Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum, Richard E. Grant, Jamal Mixon, Jim Cummings; Director: Wayne Thornley; Rating: ** and 1/2

This animated film in 2D and 3D versions from South Africa is at par with any other such from Hollywood. It is innocently and delightfully mesmerising. It is also colourful and lively with a birdy - entertainment.

The film begins with Kai (Jeremy Suarez) a young, enthusiastic and lonely falcon living in the barren Katungu desert of Africa questioning his reclusive father, Tendai (Samuel J. Jackson), "Is living all about surviving?" when his father was training him to be the fastest lizard grabber.

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Adventures In Zambezia DVD Review

Director: Wayne Thornley

Starring: Jeremy Suarez, Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonard Nimoy and Richard E. Grant.

Certificate: U

Running Time: 79 minutes

DVD Extras: “Come Fly With Me” music video by Jewels Jaselle and Benj Heard and four featurettes.

Any animated effort made outside the realms of Disney-Pixar is always going to struggle to make an impression with critics. The beauty in their storytelling, along with their glorious and faultless computer animation, show the studio team-up with the House Of Mouse has the smarts to appeal to both children and adults. Consistently churning out genuine masterpieces. Few others have made an indelible mark but Dreamworks’ first two Shrek movies, How To Train Your Dragon and Despicable Me mark highlights in the (Pixar-less) genre, while Anime house, Studio Ghibli’s hand-drawn efforts continue to impress away from Hollywood. Not forgetting the charm of the UK’s very own Aardman Animation.
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Trailers and Info on 2012's New Animated Oscar Contenders

Yesterday when I showed you the list of the 21 Animated Feature contenders for the 2013 Oscars there were five films I didn't yet have information on -- Adventures in Zambezia, Delhi Safari, Hey Krishna, The Mystical Laws and Walter & Tandoori's Christmas. Well, I did a little scrounging and have come up with details on all five including trailers for each and only one of them is lacking subtitles. I have included information on all five below along with their trailers and, again, you can check out the full list of contenders here and I will be updating my Best Animation predictions very soon. Adventures in Zambezia Director: Wayne Thornley Voice Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Leonard Nimoy, Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Richard E. Grant, Jeremy Suarez and Jenifer Lewis Synopsis: Frustrated with his isolated upbringing, a young falcon journeys to the bird city of Zambezia, leaving his home and father to make a life for himself.
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Michael Haneke’s “Amour” wins top prize at Durban International Film Festival 2012

Michael Haneke’s “Amour” wins top prize at Durban International Film Festival 2012
Michael Haneke’s Amour

Love (Amour) directed by Michael Haneke won the Best Feature Film award at the 33rd edition of the Durban International Film Festival that announced its award-winners on July 28, 2012.

The Best First Feature Film prize went to Julia Leigh for Sleeping Beauty (Australia).

The Best South African Feature Film was awarded to Adventures in Zambezia (South Africa), directed by Wayne Thornley.

The Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award went to Malika Zouhali-Worral and Katherine Fairfax Wright’s film Call Me Kuchu which focuses on attacks on gays in Uganda.

The full list of awards is:

Best Film: Love (Amour) (France, Austria, Germany), directed by Michael Haneke

Best South African Feature Film: Adventures in Zambezia (South Africa), directed by Wayne Thornley

Best First Feature Film: Sleeping Beauty (Australia), directed by Julia Leigh

Best Director: Benh Zeitlin for Beasts Of The Southern Wild (USA)

Best Actress: Deanie Ip in
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Abigail Breslin Joins Halle Berry in Brad Anderson’s The Hive

Abigail Breslin sure has an affinity for horror movies. She was that quiet little girl leaving glasses of water everywhere in M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs in 2002, then had a starring role alongside Homeland star Damien Lewis in Keane, and co-starred with Emma Stone in Zombieland. And now she will star alongside Halle Berry in another horror flick called The Hive.

Variety says that Breslin will star in Brad Anderson’s newest movie, The Hive, which follows a 9-1-1 operator (Berry) who must work to save a young girl (Breslin), who is being attacked by a serial killer. The movie was to be directed by Joel Schumacher, but he was replaced by Anderson. The Hive was written by Rich D’Ovidio.

Breslin was last seen in Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve and has two films coming out this year: Stanley M. Brooks’s Perfect Sisters and Wayne Thornley’s animated Zambezia.
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Animated Flick ‘Zambezia’ Gathers Impressive Cast.

South Africa’s first 3D animated feature Zambezia has assembled quite the cast to provide the characters voices. Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park) and Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek) have been recruited to star in the movie which is currently in production in Cape Town.

The animated tale, directed by Wayne Thornley, will focus on the exploits of a young falcon that must protect his beloved community of the South African waterfalls of Zambezi.

Source: Screendaily
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Nimoy, Breslin, Goldblum Voice "Zambezia"

Leonard Nimoy, Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum and Samuel L. Jackson have joined the voice cast for 3D animated feature "Zambezia" for Triggerfish Animation Studios says Screen Daily.

The action is set near one of the giant waterfalls along the Zambezi river in a bird sanctuary led by the wise and battle-tested Fish Eagle Sekhuru (Leonard Nimoy). The story follows a young flying daredevil falcon who leaves to join the Hurricane defense flyers.

Richard E. Grant, Jennifer Lewis, Jim Cummings and Jeremy Suarez also voice characters in the film which Wayne Thornley directs from a screenplay by Andrew Cook, Anthony Silverston and Raffaella Delle Donne. The project is currently in production in Cape Town, South Africa.
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