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  • 13 May 2006
    Scripts and Development

Duncraig Castle Dobsons go to Hollywood

  The story of the Dobsons family from the English midlands who gave up the rat race and bought a Scottish Castle to make into a dream home is to be turned into a Hollywood movie. American film giant Buena Vista is to finance a film showing their ill-fated attempt at communal living in a dilapidated stately home in the Highlands.     Their exploits were followed by millions of TV viewers in a fly-on-the-wall documentary as the 17-str...
04 June 2008
With less than a fortnight until Edinburgh Film Festival gets underway, the big question lingers - will the move to June work? On the one hand, Edinburgh in August is an invigorating and inspiring place, and set the film festival within a richer cultural backdrop than Cannes or Sundance coul...
17 August 2006
  UK Government Have Posted Two Videos on YouTube - for all the world to enjoy. Senior executives at the UK Cabinet Office have posted their first two short films - 'Transformational Government' and 'Sharing the leadership challenge', a slightly longer cli...
14 June 2006
  The UK's male-targeted Bravo channel has announced its first advertiser-funded programming commission, partnering with the British Army. The documentary series Everest: Man Versus Mountain, will screen the British Army's attempt on the summit of Mount Everest via the West Ridge...

  • 31 March 2006
    Festivals

Film Angels Festival Entry Call Kicks Off

A new festival aimed at screening films in the most relaxed setting possible - the British pub - is opening its doors for submissions. And films are already rolling in, with more than 50 entries so far. Behind the Angel Film Festival are website entrepreneur Chris Timms, writer Rick Dickerson and charity consultant Terrie McCann supported by sponsorship from Production Base and Casting Call Pro. Full details on the Angel Film Festival can be found here: http://ww...
08 June 2006
  From pop fans to combatants in Iraq, digital technology is creating a new generation of would-be Spielbergs. This is the digital world of DIY movie-makers,   What links the Beastie Boys, a graphic designer from Texas, and three National Guardsmen fighting in the Sunni Tri...
30 March 2006
  Top US movie theatre chain execs have dismissed calls to shorten the period between a film's release on the big screen and on DVD, saying it would be harmful to studios, theatres and consumers.   Some studio executives, including Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert ...
15 May 2009
Apologies for the quiet around here lately - I've been completely emerged in a family health crisis. I hope to pick things up in the next few days. Meantime here's some suprising news (by way of BoingBoing) from Markus Weiland, who has compared the license agreements from the main video sharing s...

  • 27 February 2007
    Internet

Doc Searls on the next target for open source: media distribution

Doc Searls, one of the authors of Cluetrain, has written an illuminating article on the missing link online between artists and audiences.. "Let's ignore the record companies for a minute. Instead, lets look behind them, back up the supply chain, to the first sources of music: the artists. Part of the system we need is already built for these sources, through Creative Commons. By this system, creative sources can choose licenses that specify the freedoms c...
29 November 2010
from the festival team From the 18th to the 28th of November the Discovering Latin America Film Festival (DLAFF) will reach its 9th edition exhibiting a compilation of the best recent film productions from Latin America. Award-winning films such as Argentine feature The Secret in Their Eyes (200...
02 June 2009
From Raindance: The final deadline for the 17th Raindance Film Festival is 19 June. Raindance is the UK’s leading independent film festival and each year more and more films achieve success after Raindance screenings. Recent triumphs include IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS (Independent Spirit Awar...
01 October 2008
FUTURE CINEMA will host the latest SECRET CINEMA screening in association with Nokia at an undisclosed location in LONDON on Friday 3rd October 2008. SECRET CINEMA is a groundbreaking concept that offers an exciting and unique cinematic experience to film fans in the UK. The locations of...

  • 16 August 2006
    Festivals

EIFF Announces 60th Edition Jury

  John Hurt Named as Jury Chair   Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), the longest continually running film festival in the world has announced the members of the Michael Powell Award jury that will preside over the landmark 60th edition. The 2006 jury includes award winning actor John Hurt, who will serve as Jury Chair, Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig, Irish writer John Banville, acclaimed Scottish Director Michael Caton-Jones and rock le...
24 January 2006
Ffresh is the annual film showcase  attended by students and lecturers of the moving image, as well as industry players who could boost or kick-start careers outsde the walls of Welsh academia. Ffresh Chair Maggie Russell,Head of Talent for BBC Wales spelt out the opportunity the showcase pr...
05 June 2010
from Salon Des Refusés  Salon des Refusés is a new opportunity for filmmakers frustrated by rejection from festivals. Taking place for the first time at Cinephelia West in London this September, Salon des Refusés has a simple philosophy: we only screens films that have been rejected by other fe...
23 May 2006
  Activity over the Indo-British film co-production treaty is building steadily towards signing of the final agreement that will put the treaty into full effect and it looks as though India's film minister is to be invited to London for the official signing. Culture Minister ...

  • 17 March 2010
    Festivals

Cambridge International Super 8 Film Fest from 22nd of April

from CIS8FF publicist Cambridge International Super 8 Film Festival - Free film festival from the 22nd of April 2010 to the 1st of May 2010 in Cambridge (UK). In 2009, the third Cambridge International Super 8 Film Festival was hailed a resounding success with more than 88 short films shown in four days! More than 20 filmmakers from all around the world joined the festival for a great  days of networking and film. The festival screenings run in partnership with Murra...
29 July 2006
  Play Games, Watch Football or Learn Eye Surgery This Saturday some young film fans won't be going to the cinema simply to watch Cars, Disney's new animated film about motor racing; they'll be able to race them, too. At Shepherds Bush in west London and si...
16 September 2008
From the LFF's official press release: Power to the Pixel;The Digital Distribution and Film Innovation Forum in partnership with The Times BFI London Film Festival returns for three days from 22-24 October at BFI Southbank and The Royal Society for Arts. In addition to a cutting-e...
18 November 2008
From Rebecca Day at the Scottish Documentary Institute, news of an incredible-looking series of documentary masterclasses: After well attended masterclasses and workshops with Jim Sutherland, Gaston Kabore and Fernanda Rossi and Andrey Paounov we're anxiously awaiting the visits...

  • 04 November 2008
    Environment & sustainability

Nos Enfants Nous Accuseront : New doc puts food under spotlight

The documentary Nos Enfants Nous Accuseront (Our Children Will Accuse Us) is released in France this Friday looking at the effect of agro-chemicals on the environment and human health, noting that young people today will be "the first generation in a very long time to be less healthy than their parents". Following in the footsteps of Jamie Oliver, the film focuses on a local village school canteen making the transition to organic food. (thanks Todd). &nb...
21 March 2007
 The E STINGS competition 2007 Yes, we're doing it again. The annual opportunity to weird us out with your crazed imaginations is here once more as E4 and Creative Review proudly present E STINGS 4. "The E STINGS competition has become something of an E4 institution," s...
23 April 2006
  British director Gurinder Chadha announced yesterday she will direct John Travolta and Jennifer Lopez in a big-screen version of the '80s TV show, Dallas.   The Bend it Like Beckham director said she signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to direct the film, which will s...
10 January 2008
NPA producer training is legendary. I can credit it with getting the know-how to set-up both Netribution and another (now successful) production outift as limited companies while I was still a student. I also later turned the information on incorporation - from the first class of their in...

  • 06 September 2010
    Contests

New writing competition Killer Script launches

Killer Script Launches! Bournemouth, Dorset – White Lantern Film has teamed up with screen actor Mem Ferda to launch the exciting movie script search, KILLER SCRIPT! [Editor's note - many years ago Mem Ferda posted an advert on Netribution offering himself as a lead actor for short films.] Mem’s undeniable appeal first came to the attention of the media when he made his screen debut in Guy Ritchie’s controversial film Revolver. Now with over 40 credits to his name, ...
28 March 2007
  Sony's Film Sale Back Door Platform It certainly looks that way to us - writes Charles Arthur of The Guardian Technical - particularly after talking to Matt Brown, executive vice president of Sony Pictures Europe, whose job it is to persuade us all to buy Blu-ray media. Former...
02 July 2006
  Northern Ireland has become one of the most successful nations in Europe in this scheme so far. The UK has regularly received the largest number of funding awards from the scheme and, within the UK, Northern Ireland has received the majority. 100% of all applications from Northern Irel...
12 March 2006
The UK Film Council is sponsoring the film category for the Commission for Racial Equality's Race in the Media Awards (RIMA).  Now in its second year, the film category is hoping to attract entries from the widest possible talent spectrum.  Applicants have until the 17 March to ...

  • 26 January 2006
    Documentary

Horrors of Fallujah Siege Documented by Iraqi Journalist

Ali Fadhil is perhaps best known for his documentary film on the aftermath of the US siege on Falluja in November, 2004. In the assault, American and Iraqi forces surrounded Fallujah, expelling the city’s residents, bombing hospitals and shelling buildings. The documentary, "Fallujah - The Real Story" was produced last year by Guardian Films for Channel Four News. Whole neighborhoods were attacked and relief workers were denied access. When the dust had se...
28 July 2006
  Bookseller Follows Coffee Shop Into Film Internet retailer Amazon.com is making its first foray into the big-screen movie business after buying an option to develop a film from Keith Donohue's fantasy novel "The Stolen Child." Amazon said it will not co-finance...
12 July 2006
"At the same time, 50 other people are currently in prison in China for writing about ‘subversive’ subjects online,” Chinese blogger and documentary filmmaker Hao Wu has been released by the Chinese authorities after nearly five months in detention. His release was ...
22 March 2010
from SYFN publicist The South Yorkshire Filmmakers’ Network (SYFN) is staging their music video competition ‘2Weeks 2Make It’ for the 4th time. Since 2005 ‘2Weeks 2Make It’ brings together filmmakers with Northern upcoming musicians. Paired up in random teams, bands and filmmakers have two week...

  • 23 July 2006
    Politics

Peace Activist heads to Lebanon to get less 'biased' coverage

Caoimhe Butterly, an Irish social justice activist and one of Time Magazine's Heroes of 2003 is heading to the Lebanon next week. She is aiming to get more impartial and unbiased reportage from the ground of the desperate situation in the country, amidst western indifference and what she describes as 'sanitised' reporting in the mainstream media. Having spoken with people she had met in Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut and the South of Lebanon l...
30 July 2007
  British films by directors Kenneth Branagh, Ken Loach and Peter Greenaway are in competition for the top prize at this year's Venice Film Festival. British and US films dominate this year's selection, with Atonement, starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, previously a...
28 November 2007
Anton Corbijn's Control took five awards at the British Independ Film Awards, hosted at the Roundhouse, Wednesday night. Paddy Considine's short, staring Peter Mullan, picked up best short film. Special Award were given to Ray Winstone, Daniel Craig and the Artificial Eye founders. ...
05 January 2007
 London's legendary limited length film love-in goes live Saturday.  Kate and Phil are returning to the ICA, Curzon Soho and Roxy Bar once again for nine days of  sweet and sour short films.   There's the Brothers Blaine back catalog, Allison Murray...

  • 19 May 2006
    Film industry

Paramount Unveils New Speciality Film Unit

  Paramount Pictures has unveiled a new division  - Paramount Vantage -  releasing low-budget films with broad appeal to capture indie film audiences. Studio chairman Brad Gray is reshaping Paramount and the new unit is a first move for John Lesher, who recently took the reins at Paramount's specialty film unit, Paramount Classics.   Paramount Vantage plans to release eight to 10 films a year from low-budget comedies and horror films to...
24 March 2010
from Content Republic's publicist "It’s a wolf eat duck world. But it’s a world where little boys can find extraordinary courage and catch the wolf!" Content Republic are pleased to announce that BREAKTHRU FILMS’ OSCAR® WINNER PETER & THE WOLF is now available to watch online. Peter & the Wo...
27 January 2010
from Studio Beyond PR: STUDIO BEYOND - A NEW ONLINE BUSINESS PLATFORM IS NOW ACCESSIBLE TO ALL FILMMAKERS AND TV PROFESSIONALS WORLDWIDE For the first time ever, film makers can access movie-making resources online through a new global online business platform. Studio Beyond harnesses the I...
23 April 2008
  From Sam Goldblatt of the 48 Hour Film Project:  The 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) will tour to Edinburgh for the first time ever in 2008.  Over the May 16-18 weekend, Filmmakers from all across Scotland will compete to write, shoot and edit...