The low-budget Scots movie that scooped a prestigious award at Cannes last week is set to be seen by film fans all over the world after it was bought up by a raft of international distributors at the French festival. Red Road, made by the Glasgow production company, Sigma Films, won the Jury Prize at Cannes last Sunday. It was also nominated for the festival's top award, the Palme D'Or.
There's a stronger showing from EU member countries with a 100% increase in the Cannes Market this year. Market Director Jerôme Paillard also reports a 25% surge from Asia and the market website is now a year-round tool for doing film business. The market is open until 27th May.
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown continued to stay warm with moviegoers and stayed top of the box office charts for the third week running. The comic tale of Manny the mammoth and Sid the sloth held off the horror film Silent Hill to stay at the number one spot. It has taken £24.6 million pounds since its release, according to Screen International.
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar is fast emerging as the contender to Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan for the Bollywood overseas heartthrob tag. UK opening weekend for his latest film made it no 10 in UK box office, on a par with many Hollywood movies.
British film export event, the London UK Film Focus is looking for feature films to screen in its Breakthrough strand, supported by UK Trade & Investment.
Lovefilm and Video Island Inc, the owner of screenselect.co.uk, are to merge.
Video Island's chief executive Simon Calver said the move won't affect customers in the short term. “There will be no change, it's business as usual,” he said. However, he added, the two companies will start trading as one brand, Lovefilm, within six months.
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.
A US film distributor has signed to release The Road to Guantanamo, about three British Muslims held at the detention camp, in the US and Canada. Roadside Attractions will distribute the film by British director Michael Winterbottom.