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BAFTA announces 2017 BAFTA Student Film Awards finalists

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Finalists were chosen from the previously announced 45 shortlisted films.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the nine finalists for the 2017 BAFTA Student Film Awards. 

This year, select film schools worldwide were invited to submit up to nine films for consideration for four top prizes: the BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation presented by Laika, the Student Film Award for Documentary, the Student Film Award for Live Action Film, and the Special Jury Prize, selected by the event’s panel members.

The finalists are (listed alphabetically by film title):

Animation

Adam directed by Evelyn Jane Ross, Rhode Island School of Design

Once Upon A Line directed by Alicja Jasina, USC

The Wishgranter directed by Kal Athannassov, John McDonald and Echo Wu, Ringling College

Documentary

4.1 Miles directed by Daphne Matziaraki, Uc Berkeley

The Female Voice directed by Julia dos Santos of Goldsmiths, University of London

Living Behind Numbers directed by Martin Read, University »


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Nfts appoints school director

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Dr John Wardle succeeds Nik Powell at UK film school.

The National Film and Television School has appointed Dr Jon Wardle as the new director of the school, effective from 1 August 2017. 

Wardle, the current depity director, will succeed Nik Powell who has been director since September 2003.

He will become the fifth director in the school’s 46-year history. 

Commenting on his appointment, Wardle said: ‘I am thrilled to be taking over the running of the National Film and Television School, and will work hard to ensure that it builds on its world-wide reputation as one of the top institutions for learning about film, television and games. 

“I am looking forward to leading the school through its continuing and exciting period of growth and development towards and beyond the 50th anniversary of the school’s founding.”

Patrick McKenna, chair of the National Film and Television School’s board of governors, added: “I am delighted that Jon has accepted »


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Annapurna expands international footprint

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New partnerships to begin with Katheryn Bigelow’s Detroit

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna has entered into three new multi-year international distribution deals with Longride, Mars Distribution, and Eagle Pictures and Leone Film Group in select territories.

Longride and Mars will be handling the Japanese and French markets, respectively, with Eagle Pictures and Leone Film Group teaming up to handle Italy.

The partnerships will begin this summer with Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit, set for release in the Us on August 4, 2017. 

Each of the new deals will cover both theatrical and home entertainment for Detroit, as well as all subsequent Annapurna film titles in the respective territories.

The new partnerships build upon Annapurna’s growing international footprint, after the recently announced partnership with eOne covering Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Benelux, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Annapurna’s Kimberly Fox and Don Hardison negotiated the deal. »


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Screen Media Films acquires ‘Literally, Right Before Aaron’

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The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last month.

Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights for Ryan Eggold’s Literally, Right Before Aaron and plans a theatrical release later this year. 

Literally, Right Before Aaron centres on Adam who gets a call from his ex-girlfriend Allison telling him she’s getting married, Adam realises he is just not ready to say goodbye.

Against the advice of his best friend Mark, Adam decides to drive back home to San Francisco to attend the wedding in hopes of convincing himself and everyone else, including her fiancé Aaron, that he is truly happy for her.

After a series of embarrassing, hilarious, and humbling situations, Adam discovers the comedy in romance, the tragedy of letting go and the hard truth about growing up.

The film from Rizk Pictures and Is This Reel, stars Justin Long, Cobie Smulders, Ryan Hansen, John Cho, [link »


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Cirrina Studios announces animation ’The Extincts’

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The recently launched studio plans a 2019 release for their first animated feature.

Cirrina Studios, the recently launched entertainment finance, development and production company has announced its first animated feature film The Extincts.

Based on British writer Veronica Cossanteli’s novel of the same name, The Extincts centres on George Drake, a boy who goes to work on a farm hidden deep in the woods where he discovers a hidden cache of extinct and mythological creatures, one of which escapes and terrorizes the town in which he lives. 

The novel is published by Chicken House/Scholastic in the UK and in the United States by Henry Holt and worldwide in translation.

William “Bill” Joyce is set to direct the film, while David Lipman, president of production at Cirrina Studios, will write the adaptation. 

The film will be the first Cirrina Studios feature to start production at Dwarf Animation Studio in Montpellier, France.

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Rob Reiner’s 'Lbj' gets release date

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Woody Harrelson stars as the 36th Us President.

Electric Entertainment has set the North American theatrical release for Lbj for November 10, 2017.

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Jeffrey Donovan and Michael Stahl-David alongside Harrelson.

Lbj picks up the story as Senate majority Leader Lyndon Johnson loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy, played by Donovan.

Johnson agrees to be his young rival’s running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president. 

That all changes on November 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson, with his devoted wife Lady Bird by his side, is suddenly thrust into the presidency.

As the nation mourns, Johnson must contend with longtime adversary and Attorney-General Bobby Kennedy and one-time mentor Georgia Senator Richard Russell as he »


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IMAX set to expand in France and Holland

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IMAX joins Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé for six new IMAX theatres.

IMAX Corporation has signed a hybrid joint revenue share agreement with Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé for six new IMAX theatres in France and Holland. 

Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé is the biggest cinema chain operator in France, the Netherlands and Switzerland. 

Five IMAX theatres featuring IMAX’s next-generation laser technology will be added to the exhibitor’s circuit in France, and one IMAX theatre will be added to its network in Holland. 

The deal was finalised during a meeting between the parties at the Cannes Film Festival.

The agreement, which follows a five-theatre deal the companies announced at the end of 2016, brings Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé total IMAX commitment to 28.

There will now be 17 theatres in France, seven in the Netherlands and four in Switzerland that are currently open or contracted to open.

“We’re extremely encouraged by the strong momentum and accelerated growth that IMAX continues »


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Takashi Miike's 'Blade Of The Immortal' cuts UK deal

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Exclusive: HanWay inks deal with Arrow Films, which plots “major” release.

Arrow Films has acquired all UK rights for Blade Of The Immortal from HanWay at Cannes Film Festival.

Takashi Miike’s samurai epic, based on Hiroaki Samura’s long-running manga of the same name, follows an immortal warrior who is enlisted by a young girl to avenge her parents’ slaughter at the hand of a group of master swordsmen.

Takuya Kimura (Hero), plays the lead alongside newcomer Hana SugisakiSôta Fukushi and Ebizô Ichikawa (13 Assassins) round out the cast with veterans Min Tanaka and Tsutomu Yamazaki

Arrow plans to release the film later this year.

The film was written by Tetsuya Oishi and produced by Jeremy Thomas, Misako Saka, and Shigeji Maeda, with Warner Bros Japan. 

The deal was negotiated by Mark Lane at HanWay Films on behalf of the filmmakers with Tom Stewart, acquisitions director of Arrow Films, who said of »


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Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi drama, Gurinder Chadha’s 'Viceroy’s House' sell for Pathé

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Pathé does brisk business across Cannes slate.

Pathé International saw brisk business on its Cannes slate, highlighted by a previously announced multi-territory deal with Focus for Lenny Abrahamson’s upcoming chiller The Little Stranger.

Also among sellers were Gurinder Chadha’s drama Viceroy’s House, which scored a Us deal with IFC, and Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming Silvio Berlusconi movie Loro, which will reunite the director with La Grande Bellezza lead actor Toni Servillo.

The movie, due to start production in July, sold to Germany (Dcm), Spain (Dea Planeta), Benelux (Belga), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Feelgood), Cis (Aone), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aero films), Ex Yougoslavia (McF), Hungary (Mozinet) and Israel (Lev). Pathé will distribute the film in France and Switzerland.

Dany Boon’s La Ch’tite Famille scored pre-sales in Germany (Concorde), Italy (Rai Cinema), Spain (Tripictures), Greece (Feelgood), Poland (Kinoswiat), Netherland (Paradiso) and Canada (Az films). 

The film goes into production next month and is scheduled »


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A24, Picturehouse partner for UK release of 'A Ghost Story'

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Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck supernatural drama set for August.

Us distributor A24 is partnering with Picturehouse Entertainment for the UK release of David Lowery’s A Ghost Story.

The supernatural drama, which stars Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, has been set for August 11.

A24 picked up the film ahead of its premiere at Sundance in January. There, Screen’s review called it a “small, simple story told with exquisite precision and control”.

The film stars Mara as a recently bereaved widow whose husband, played by Affleck, returns to their suburban home as a white-sheeted ghost.

Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston and Adam Donaghey produced. David Maddox was an executive producer.

A statement from A24 said that the company was “extremely extremely excited to be getting directly involved in UK distribution”.

“The UK is a vibrant and sophisticated market for cinema, and our films have consistently resonated with audiences there,” the statement read.

Clare Binns, Picturehouse »


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California buys world rights for Danish thriller '3 Things'

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen star.

California Filmes have acquired worldwide distribution rights (excluding Scandinavia) for 3 Things from TrustNordisk.

The deal was negotiated between Senior Sales Manager at TrustNordisk, Nicolai Korsgaard and Vice-president at California Filmes, Claiton Fernandes

Jens Dahl makes his feature directorial debut with the stylish thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Borgen).

The contained story is set mostly in a hotel, where police negotiate a witness protection deal with an explosives expert who is a robbery suspect. The man has three demands from the police, including that his former girlfriend is brought to him.

California Filmes is a dear and long-time partner for us and we are happy and confident that they will release the movie with great success - they were keen and excited about 3 Things from the very beginning when we presented the film, and we are sure that they will do a great job with »


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Sony Classics acquires Cannes title 'The Rider'

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Chloe´ Zhao’s film premiered in Directors’ Fortnight.

Sony Pictures Classics have acquired North America, Latin America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Eastern Europe rights to The Rider at Cannes.

Written and directed by Chloé Zhao, the film premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at this year’s festival and stars Brady Jandreau.

Jandreau plays as a once rising star of the rodeo circuit warned that his competition days are over after a tragic riding accident. Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau, Lane Scott and Cat Clifford also star.

Chloé Zhao said: “The films Sony Pictures Classics has distributed throughout the years have been of great inspiration to me. I’m very excited to find such a great home for The Rider.”

The Rider is produced by Zhao’s Highwayman Films, Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche of Caviar Films, and Mollye Asher. Caviar’s Michael Sagol and Jasper Thomlinson serve as executive producers.

The deal was »


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Helsinki to preview 'Iron Sky 2', 'Guardian Angel'

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New projects selected for Helsinki scheme.

Helsinki International Film Festival – Love and Anarchy will celebrate its 30th anniversary with the September 2017 edition, and has confirmed a new CEO, Anna Möttölä, who takes the reins from former CEO Sara Norberg.

Möttölä formerly worked at the National Audiovisual Institute and was a film critic for Finland’s biggest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat.

The industry programme, Finnish Film Affair (Sept 19-21) has confirmed a few of its works in progress selections.

The confirmed titles so far are:

Iron Sky: The Coming Race, the anticipated sci-fi sequel by Timo Vuorensola, Stupid Young Heart, the sophomore feature by Little Wing director Selma Vilhunen, Guardian Angel by Princess director Arto Halonen and starring Pilou Asbæk and Josh Lucas’ Untitled new project directed by Klaus Haro of Golden Globe nominated The Fencer.

In addition to around ten Works in Progress projects, Finnish Film Affair will present around ten works in development and around 15 completed films.

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Wolfgang Petersen's 'Four Against The Bank' scores key deals

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Exclusive: Das Boot director’s first film since 2006’s Poseidon.

Picture Tree International has pre-sold Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot) comedy Four Against The Bank, starring Til Schweiger, to Cis (Voxell Media), China (Beijing Shangzhou Media), Spain (Twelve Oaks), Poland (Monolith), Turkey (Sinema TV), Former Yugoslavia (Blitz), Taiwan (Av Jet) and airlines (Global Eagle).

The film marks Petersen’s first film as director since 2006’s Poseidon.

The crime comedy stars Schweiger, Matthias Schweighoefer, Michael ‘Bully’ Herbig and Jan Josef Liefers as four men, betrayed by a bank, who unite to take revenge. The cast also features Alexandra Maria Lara and Anje Traute.

Warner Bros. Germany released the film in German-speaking markets on Christmas Day last year, generating €9.1 million ($9.5 million) in Germany.

Meanwhile, Picture Tree’s Welcome To Germany has gone to Twelve Oaks (Spain), Turkey (Sinema TV), China (Hua Shi), Japan (Cetera), Eastern Europe (HBO) and Poland (Tvp).

Italy’s Draka has bought Tiger Girl and biopic [link=tt »


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Jayne Mansfield doc heads to America

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Exclusive: Film focuses on a bizarre episode of Mansfield’s personal life.

Gunpowder & Sky have acquired Us rights for Jayne Mansfield doc Mansfield 66/67 fromStray Dogs.

The film, directed by Todd Hughes and P. David Ebersole, follows the last two years of the movie star’s life and her association with notorious Hollywood satanist Anton Lavey, with whom she was rumoured to have had an affair.

Kenneth Anger, John Waters and Marilyn feature.

The Ebersole Hughes Company produced. Jake Hanly negotiated the deal on behalf of Gunpowder & Sky.

Read more:

The latest Cannes news, reviews and features »


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Wolfgang Peterson's 'Four Against The Bank' scores key deals

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Exclusive: Das Boot director’s first film since 2006’s Poseidon.

Picture Tree International has pre-sold Wolfgang Peterson (Das Boot) comedy Four Against The Bank, starring Til Schweiger, to Cis (Voxell Media), China (Beijing Shangzhou Media), Spain (Twelve Oaks), Poland (Monolith), Former Yugoslavia (Blitz), Taiwan (Av Jet) and airlines (Global Eagle).

The film marks Petersen’s first film as director since 2006’s Poseidon.

The crime comedy stars Til Schweiger, Matthias Schweighoefer, Michael ‘Bully’ Herbig and Jan Josef Liefers as four men, betrayed by a bank, who unite to take revenge. The cast also features Alexandra Maria Lara and Anje Traute.

Warner Bros. Germany released the film in German-speaking markets on Christmas Day last year, generating €9.1 million ($9.5 million) in Germany.

Meanwhile, Picture Tree’s Welcome To Germany has gone to China (Hua Shi), Japan (Cetera), Eastern Europe (HBO) and Poland (Tvp). Italy’s Draka has bought Tiger Girl and biopic Egon Schiele. »


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mk2 acquires Danielle Lessovitz's Cannes title 'Port Authority'

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Exclusive: Danielle Lessovitz was a “key artistic collaborator” on Directors’ Fortnight title Mobile Homes.

Paris-based mk2 has acquired world sales rights on Danielle Lessovitz’s debut feature Port Authority, a tragic love story set against the backdrop of the Bronx which is due to shoot this autumn.

The $2m production will be the debut feature of San Francisco-born, New York-based Lessovitz, who is described as a “key artistic collaborator” on Vladimir de Fontenay’s Mobile Home, which premieres at Directors’ Fortnight this year.

The deal was struck between mk2 films and the film’s lead producer Virginie Lacombe of Madeleine Films. Netherlands production house Keplerfilm is co-producing.

The story revolves around Paul, a teenager living in a youth shelter in NYC, who meets Wye who belongs to the “ball community” and expresses herself through “voguing” - a queer dance style inspired by the poses struck by fashion models.

When Paul realizes Wye was born a boy he »


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'Borg/McEnroe' star Sverrir Gudnason joins 'Imagine Murder'

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Exclusive: Nordic noir inspired by infamous real-life Icelandic murder case.

Sverrir Gudnason, the actor who plays Bjorn Borg in Janus Metz’s sports drama anticipated Borg/McEnroe, is attached to star in Nordic noir feature Imagine Murder.

The film will shoot in Iceland in 2018 and is inspired by the true story of an infamous Icelandic murder case from 1974, when a young couple was accused of murdering two disappeared men and were systematically broken down by the police until they confessed. The case recently inspired the documentary Out Of Thin Air.

Thorsteinn Bachmann (Trapped) will also star.

Eagle Egilsson, whose credits include The Blacklist and CSI Miami, will direct.

Producers are Icelandic veterans Ingvar Thordarson and Julius Kemp, whose credits include box office hit Life In A Fishbowl and Bothersome Man. 

Deals already done include to Pandastorm for Germany and to Scanbox for Scandinavia. »


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Benedict Cumberbatch mindfulness documentary scores key deals

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Exclusive: Us, Germany, Australia, Latin America among deals for ‘Walk With Me’.

WestEnd Films has closed key deals on Benedict Cumberbatch-narrated mindfulness documentary Walk With Me, which premiered at SXSW.

The Speakit Films’ title is directed by Marc J. Francis (Black Gold) and Max Pugh (The Road to Freedom Peak).

Rights have gone to the Us, as part of a co-acquisition between Gathr Films and Kino Lorber, to Benelux (Cinemien), Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Dcm), Australia and New Zealand (Village Roadshow), Latin America (Energia), Italy (Feltrinelli), Japan (Gaga), China (Jetsen Huashi Wangju Cultural Media Co), Hong Kong (Cinehub), Korea (Tcast), Taiwan (Encore) and Thailand (Doc Club).

Shot over three years, Walk With Me goes deep inside a Zen Buddhist community which practices the art of mindfulness with their famous teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.

Footage of the monastic life is paired with Cumberbatch reading from insights from Thich Nhat Hanh’s early journals.

The Revenant and Birdman »


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Iñárritu shines in Cannes Vr push

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Carne y Arena was the highlight of this year’s Vr crop at the festival.

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s lauded Carne y Arena was the star of Cannes’ Vr offering this year but the Marche’s innovation hub Next also offered up plenty of debate and experiences.

Among companies to showcase Vr compilation experiences were Arte, Telefilm Canada, Cnc and China’s Polyhedron Vr Studio.

San Francisco-based operation Penrose Studios screened the first episode of Arden’s Wake, an immersive 15-minute experience, which tells the story of a young girl living with her father in a lighthouse.

The experience was created with Penrose’s software Maestro, which allows their development team to fully collaborate in a virtual space.

Read: ‘The Revenant’ director Iñárritu’s Cannes Vr project: report

Meanwhile, Zach Richter of Within screened an immersive 360 rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, using Lytro’s Immerge camera.

In the booked-out interactive effort Ximoan, part of the »


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