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'Scaffolding', Hong Sang-soo triumph in Jerusalem

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Festival reveals the award winners from its 34th edition.

Scaffolding has won the best Israeli feature film prize at the 34th edition of the Jerusalem Film Festival.

The debut feature from director Matan Yair – produced by rising Israeli production outfit Green Productions – takes home a prize worth $28,000 (100,000 Ils).

Scaffolding also scooped the best actor prize for debutant Asher Lax and an honorary mention in the best cinematography category for DoP Bartosz Bieniek.

A jury consisting of Elle producer Saïd Ben Saïd, artist Yael Bartana, cinematographer Agnès Godard and Cíntia Gíl, director of film festival Doclisboa, said of the film: “For a film that combines the reality of a group of teenagers and the will of questioning cinema and the role of filmmaking. For its capacity of capturing the tenderness sometimes behind these kids’ violence, their capacity for love, their surprising imagination, in a society that places them in a marginal role forever.”

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Comic-Con: 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' cast toast Hall H

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Fox session kicks off film presentations at annual San Diego convention.

Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges took to the Hall H stage to talk up the action comedy sequel in Thursday’s first film session of Comic-Con.

Jonathan Ross hosted the panel at the San Diego Convention Center and director Matthew Vaughn kicked off proceedings by introducing the opening sequence of the film from London, where he is in the final stages of editing.

The footage showed Egerton in the lead role as Eggsy eluding would-be assassin and failed Kingsman applicant Charlie in a high-speed cab chase through London.

Joining the aforementioned stars on stage were Pedro Pascal, screenwriter Jane Goldman, and comic book co-creator Dave Gibbons.

“I seem to do a lot of shaving but that’s really all I can say,” Firth, who reprises his role as dapper senior spy Harry Hart, said of his »


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Comic-Con: Halle Berry and 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' cast amuse Hall H

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Fox session kicks off film presentations at annual San Diego convention.

Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges took to the Hall H stage to talk up the action comedy sequel in Thursday’s first film session of Comic-Con.

Jonathan Ross hosted the panel at the San Diego Convention Center and director Matthew Vaughn kicked off proceedings by introducing the opening sequence of the film from London, where he is in the final stages of editing.

The footage showed Egerton in the lead role as Eggsy eluding would-be assassin and failed Kingsman applicant Charlie in a high-speed cab chase through London.

Joining the aforementioned stars on stage were Pedro Pascal, screenwriter Jane Goldman, and comic book co-creator Dave Gibbons.

“I seem to do a lot of shaving but that’s really all I can say,” Firth, who reprises his role as dapper senior spy Harry Hart, said of his »


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Comic-Con: 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' panel

56 minutes ago

Fox session kicks off film presentations at annual San Diego convention.

Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Channon Tatum, Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges took to the Hall H stage to talk up the action comedy sequel in the first film session of Comic-Con.

Jonathan Ross hosted the panel at the San Diego Convention Center and Matthew Vaughn kicked off proceedings by introducing the opening sequence of the film from London, where he is in the final stages of editing.

The footage showed Taron Egerton in the lead role as Eggsy eluding would-be assassin and failed Kingsman applicant Charlie in a high-speed taxi cab chase through London.

Joining the aforementioned stars on stage were Pedro Pascal, screenwriter Jane Goldman, and comic book co-creator Dave Gibbons.

“I seem to do a lot of shaving but that’s really all I can say,” Firth, who reprises his role as dapper senior spy Harry Hart, said of his »


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Ifp unveils 2017 Ifp Film Week film and series line-up

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July 20 Update: Ifp’s 39th Film Week takes place September 17-21 in Brooklyn, New York.

The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) has announced more than 110 narrative and documentary features and 35 television, digital, web and app-based series to be presented at the 39th annual Ifp Film Week.

Films include Franka Potente’s directorial debut Home and Clea DuVall’s Layne in the No Borders Intrenattional Co-Production Market. Narrative Lab entries include Cubby by Mark Blane and Ben Mankoff, and Cathy Yan’s Dead Pigs.

Of the narrative selections, 70% of the entries are directed by “diverse creators” and 30% by women. The film selection was curated under the guidance of Ifp deputy director / head of programming Amy Dotson and senior director of programming Milton Tabbot.

The slate for Ifp’s Project Forum includes both scripted and non-fiction series (limited, mini and full season) in all formats and genres. 

This year’s serialised content slate includes scripted long-form series likeThe Commons, which »


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Wild Bunch inks Us deal for Cannes title '12 Days'

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Exclusive: Documentary capturing French psychiatric system premiered at Cannes.

Distrib Films Us has acquired Us rights to Raymond Depardon’s documentary 12 Days (12 Jours), capturing the stories of vulnerable psychiatric patients hospitalised against their will through the special court-room hearings deciding their fate.

The company’s founding co-chief François Scippa-Kohn did the deal with Eva Diederix, head of sales at Wild Bunch which is handling international sales. The film is being lined up for an autumn release.

Under a new French law introduced in 2011, any hospital admitting a person against their consent has 12 days to submit a detention application to a special judge. Before the introduction of the law psychiatrists handled the decision.

Some 90,000 French citizens are sectioned in this way every year. Veteran French photographer and filmmaker Depardon filmed 72 such hearings, focusing on 10 of the cases he witnessed for the documentary.

12 Days premiered in a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival this year to strong reviews »


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Antalya Film Festival appoints Mike Downey as artistic director

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Producer Downey will curate new international competition strand.

The International Antalya Film Festival in Turkey has appointed Mike Downey as its new artistic director ahead of its 54th edition (which runs 21-27 October).

Downey (pictured) is an independent European film producer who has made more than 60 films, including Return To Montauk starring Stellan Skarsgård and recent Karlovy Vary title Dede.

Mirsad Purivatra, festival director of the Sarajevo Film Festival, also joins the Antalya team as a strategic consultant.

The festival will feature an international competition strand for the first time, which will be curated by Downey.

Once again, the event will support the Antalya Film Forum which connects film professionals in Turkey. It will be directed by Zeynep Atakan, producer of Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme D’or winning film Winter Sleep.

It will also feature gala screenings, a children and family section, a culinary section featuring four films on gastronomy and a retrospectives profiling films from two »


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'Game Of Thrones' creators reveal details about next series

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HBO announces Us series Confederate from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have revealed that their next series will be HBO drama Confederate, an alternative history story chronicling the events leading up to Third American Civil War.

The series will chart a world in which the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.

The story is set to follow a broad collection of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone — freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall.

The series will be written and created by Benioff and Weiss, who will also serve as showrunners on the series.

Partnering with them as executive producers and writers will be Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife) and [link=nm »


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BBC warns of talent pay inflation

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Corporation says it could lose stars to ITV, Sky, Netflix and Amazon.

The BBC has warned that the forced disclosure of star salaries will have a widespread inflationary impact on top-tier talent pay (reports Broadcast).

Director general Tony Hall said that revealing the pay for inhouse, on-screen talent earning more than £150,000 could result in the corporation losing stars to commercial rivals such as ITV, Sky, Netflix and Amazon.

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Poachers’ charter

He branded the measure, insisted on by the government as part of the BBC’s charter renewal process, a “poacher’s charter”. “We’ve always said that giving names could be inflationary and in the end it will drive up salaries by setting benchmarks and raising expectations,” said Hall. “It’s pushing wages up at a time when we’re bringing down costs, and undermining the competitiveness of the BBC.”

However, Hall said the »


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Marketing companies Intermission, Think Jam make first joint exec hire

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Exclusive: Former Substance marketing director Andrew Timms appointed.

Marketing agency Think Jam and video content specialists Intermission have announced their first joint executive hire, with Andrew Timms appointed as executive producer.

The role will see Timms, who has 15 years experience in digital marketing, work with both teams to ensure delivery of video content for clients.

Timms starting at Icon Film Distribution before moving to Substance Global in 2004, where he worked for 11 years, becoming a board member. Their campaigns included those for Avatar, Inception and The Lego Movie.

His new role starts 24 July and he will be based at both Intermission and Think Jam’s London offices, working across all clients.

Screen announced in February that Think Jam and Intermission joined forces through an equity partnership that saw both company’s take a stake in each other.

London, Birmingham, and La-based Think Jam specialises in digital campaigns for big name clients. The agency »


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Marketing companies Think Jam, Intermission make first joint exec hire

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Exclusive: Former Substance marketing director Andrew Timms appointed.

Marketing agency Think Jam and video content specialists Intermission have announced their first joint executive hire, with Andrew Timms appointed as executive producer.

The role will see Timms, who has 15 years experience in digital marketing, work with both teams to ensure delivery of video content for clients.

Timms starting at Icon Film Distribution before moving to Substance Global in 2004, where he worked for 11 years, becoming a board member. Their campaigns included those for Avatar, Inception and The Lego Movie.

His new role starts 24 July and he will be based at both Intermission and Think Jam’s London offices, working across all clients.

Screen announced in February that Think Jam and Intermission joined forces with an equity partnership that saw see both company’s take a stake in each other.

London, Birmingham, and La-based Think Jam specialises in digital campaigns for big name clients. The agency »


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Julia Roberts drama 'Homecoming' lands at Amazon Studios

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Universal Cable Productions and Anonymous Content to produce.

Amazon Studios has prevailed in the race to secure global rights to the upcoming psychological thriller series Homecoming starring Julia Roberts.

Sources confirmed to Screen that Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail will direct and serve as executive producer on the half-hour drama being produced by Universal Cable Productions and Mr. Robot producer Anonymous Content.

Amazon is understood to have ordered two seasons of Homecoming, which is based on a fiction podcast by Gimlet Media about caseworker at a top secret government facility and a soldier.

Roberts would play the caseworker in what has become another TV project on her to-do list after HBO made a development deal last month for Annapurna Television’s limited series Today Will Be Different.

Podcast creators Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg are adapting the screenplay from the source material, which starred Catherine Keener and Oscar Isaac.

Esmail is producing via his Esmail Corp alongside »


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Ifp unveils 2017 Ifp Film Week series line-up

19 July 2017 10:51 AM, PDT

Ifp’s 39th Film Week takes place September 17-21 in Brooklyn, New York.

The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) has announced more than 35 television, digital, web and app-based series to be presented at the 39th annual Ifp Film Week.

The slate for Ifp’s Project Forum includes both scripted and non-fiction series (limited, mini and full season) in all formats and genres. 

This year’s serialised content slate includes scripted long-form series likeThe Commons, which Laura E Davis wrote, directed and served as executive producer on, and scripted short-form series such as Caught In The Web, written and directed by Stian Hafstad

Also featured is a non-fiction long-form category with six films including director Cumari: Rainforest To Table, directed and produced by Patricia FInneran, and non-fiction short-form series like Waking Dream, directed by Theo Rigby and produced by Rebekah Fergusson.

Under the curatorial leadership of Amy Dotson, Ifp’s deputy director and head of programming and Milton Tabbot, [link »


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Ifp unveils 2017 Ifp Film Week series lineup

19 July 2017 10:51 AM, PDT

Ifp’s 39th Film Week takes place September 17-21 in Brooklyn, New York.

The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) has announced more than 35 television, digital, web and app-based series to be presented at the 39th annual Ifp Film Week.

The slate for Ifp’s Project Forum includes both scripted and non-fiction series (limited, mini and full season) in all formats and genres. 

This year’s serialised content slate includes scripted long-form series likeThe Commons, which Laura E Davis wrote, directed and served as executive producer on, and scripted short-form series such as Caught In The Web, written and directed by Stian Hafstad

Also featured is a non-fiction long-form category with six films including director Cumari: Rainforest To Table, directed and produced by Patricia FInneran, and non-fiction short-form series like Waking Dream, directed by Theo Rigby and produced by Rebekah Fergusson.

Under the curatorial leadership of Amy Dotson, Ifp’s deputy director and head of programming and Milton Tabbot, [link »


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BFI announces details of £50,000 bursary for emerging filmmakers

19 July 2017 10:13 AM, PDT

Award will be handed out at 2017 Luminous fundraising gala.

The BFI has announced details of its £50,000 ($65,165) bursary, which will be presented at their 2017 Luminous fundraising gala on 3 October 2017.

The bursary will be awarded to an emerging UK-based writer and/or director premiering their first or second feature at the London Film Festival (Lff).

The jury of director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), Amanda Nevill (CEO, BFI) and Christoph Grainger-Herr (CEO of Iwc Schaffhausen) will select a winner from a shortlist of three filmmakers.

A panel including Clare Stewart (director of the Lff) and Ben Roberts (director of the BFI Film Fund) will draw up the shortlist.

The inaugural bursary in 2016 was won by Hope Dickson Leach for her debut The Levelling (pictured), which received a theatrical release this May.

Hope Dickson Leach said: “This last year has been a wild ride. Promoting my debut film as well as exploring future opportunities is all-encompassing, and having »


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BFI announce details of £50,000 bursary for emerging filmmakers

19 July 2017 10:13 AM, PDT

Award will be handed out at 2017 Luminous fundraising gala.

The BFI has announced details of its £50,000 ($65,165) bursary, which will be presented at their 2017 Luminous fundraising gala on 3 October 2017.

The bursary will be awarded to an emerging UK-based writer and/or director premiering their first or second feature at the London Film Festival (Lff).

The jury of director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), Amanda Nevill (CEO, BFI) and Christoph Grainger-Herr (CEO of Iwc Schaffhausen) will select a winner from a shortlist of three filmmakers.

A panel including Clare Stewart (director of the Lff) and Ben Roberts (director of the BFI Film Fund) will draw up the shortlist.

The inaugural bursary in 2016 was won by Hope Dickson Leach for her debut The Levelling (pictured), which received a theatrical release this May.

Hope Dickson Leach said: “This last year has been a wild ride. Promoting my debut film as well as exploring future opportunities is all-encompassing, and having »


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Rebooted Fortissimo Films acquires 'Wrath Of Silence'

19 July 2017 8:32 AM, PDT

Xin Yukun’s arthouse drama revolves around two missing children.

Newly rebooted Fortissimo Films has picked up international rights to Chinese filmmaker Xin Yukun’s Wrath Of Silence, which is playing as the closing film of this year’s First International Film Festival (July 21-30).

Set in China’s Northeast, the arthouse drama revolves around two missing children in a region where coal-hungry corporations are eyeing the few remaining plots on a mine-rich mountain.

Starring Jiang Wu (A Touch Of Sin) and Song Yang (The Grandmaster), the film is produced by Bingchi Pictures, Hehe Pictures, Taihe Zeruo Culture Investment and Khorgos Taihe Digital Entertainment Cultural Development Co.

As previously reported, Hehe Pictures is in the process of acquiring Fortissimo although it remains unclear whether the financing on the deal has been completed at a time when Chinese authorities are clamping down on capital leaving the country.

“Fortissimo has always championed young Asian filmmakers and we are very »


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Highest paid actors at the BBC revealed

19 July 2017 6:05 AM, PDT

Derek Thompson and Amanda Mealing are top actors on the list.

The BBC has revealed the salaries of all journalists, presenters and actors who earn £150,000 or more.

The annual report shows that Casualty and Holby City stars are the highest paid actors at the corporation, with Derek Thompson, who plays Charlie Fairhead in Casualty, the best paid, earning £350,000 to £399,999 in 2016.

Second is Holby City star Amanda Mealing, who was paid £250,000 to £299,999.

Actors in the £200,000 and £249,999 bracket include Danny Dyer and Adam Woodyatt (both EastEnders), Rosie Marcel (Holby City), Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, Sir David Jason (Still Open All Hours) and Emilia Fox (Silent Witness).

There are 21 actors are on the 96-strong list, with 12 women and nine men.

Speaking this morning on BBC radio, former BBC chairman Lord Grade called the government’s insistence that talent pay be disclosed “distasteful and disturbing”.

“If the government was concerned the BBC wasn’t getting value for money they should »


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BBC salaries: corporation falls short on Bame, gender gap pay

19 July 2017 4:10 AM, PDT

Just 11% of top talent from diverse background.

Just one-tenth of the BBC’s top on-screen talent is from a black, ethnic, minority background (Bame), the corporation’s Annual Report has revealed (reports Broadcast).

Bame stars make up 11% of the corporation’s top earners, with the likes of BBC Radio DJ Trevor Nelson and newsreader George Alagiah among the highest paid, with salaries of between £250,000 and £300,000.

Radio 4 Today programme presenter Mishal Husain earns between £200,000 and £250,000, less than half than her colleague John Humphrys’ £600,000-£650,000 salary.

Across the BBC, some 14% of its workforce is from a Bame background, in line with the national average.

Bame stars’ salaries pale in comparison with some of the corporation’s biggest earners, which include Radio 2 presenter and former Top Gear host Chris Evans, who topped the payroll with a salary of around £2.2m.

Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman, who also hosted a Michael Buble special at Christmas and Film 2016, was the highest »


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BBC salaries: corporation falls short on Bame pay

19 July 2017 4:10 AM, PDT

Just 11% of top talent from diverse background.

Just one-tenth of the BBC’s top on-screen talent is from a black, ethnic, minority background (Bame), the corporation’s Annual Report has revealed (reports Broadcast).

Bame stars make up 11% of the corporation’s top earners, with the likes of BBC Radio DJ Trevor Nelson and newsreader George Alagiah among the highest paid, with salaries of between £250,000 and £300,000.

Radio 4 Today programme presenter Mishal Husain earns between £200,000 and £250,000, less than half than her colleague John Humphrys’ £600,000-£650,000 salary.

Across the BBC, some 14% of its workforce is from a Bame background, in line with the national average.

Bame stars’ salaries pale in comparison with some of the corporation’s biggest earners, which include Radio 2 presenter and former Top Gear host Chris Evans, who topped the payroll with a salary of around £2.2m.

Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman, who also hosted a Michael Buble special at Christmas and Film 2016, was the highest »


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