Category: Markets & Festivals

Disney Unveils ‘Moon Girl’ Musical Shorts Series, ‘Big City Greens’ Season 5 Order and First-Look Clip for ‘Disney Junior’s Ariel’...

Disney Branded Television continues its long and fruitful relationship with the Annecy Animation Festival today with an annual presentation of project greenlights and series renewals. The company is also sharing first looks at exciting upcoming shows and specials from its preschool and kid-focused slate. Detailed descriptions of the titles showcased in this year’s presentation are […] Go to Source

French Animation Distributor Eurozoom Inks Strategic Alliance with Special Touch Studios, takes Four Titles to Annecy Animation Festival (EXCLUSIVE)

Eurozoom, a leading French distributor for Japanese animation, has forged a strategic partnership with major French animation producer Special Touch Studios, led by founder and CEO Sebastien Onomo. “We both share the same passion for animation and want to tell bold stories with a particular attention to professional diversity,” said Eurozoom’s CEO-Founder Amel Lacombe, who […] Go to Source

Framestore Company 3 Group Appoints Lincoln Wallen as Chief Technology Officer

Framestore Company 3 Group (FC3) has appointed Lincoln Wallen as its new group chief technology officer. FC3 is best known for color grading and has done high-profile work on upcoming animated and live-action titles, including “Deadpool &  Wolverine,” “Wicked,” “Transformers: One” and “Despicable Me.” The latter two are getting special presentations at this week’s Annecy […] Go to Source

Twelve-Time Grammy Winner Ruben Blades Provides Original Song to Animated Climate Change Feature ‘Black Butterflies’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Twelve-time Grammy-winning Panamanian musician, actor and human rights activist Ruben Blades has provided an original song for the Spanish-Panamanian animated climate change movie “Black Butterflies” from director David Baute. The film will world premiere in the Contrechamp competition at this year’s Annecy Animation Festival. Animated in 2D, and painstakingly researched by Baute, “Black Butterflies” is […] Go to Source

‘Agua Dulce,’ ‘Bolla,’ ‘Knightmares’ Head to Annecy Animation Festival’s La Liga Focus (EXCLUSIVE)

The Costa Rican tale of a grandfather’s lifetime care for his family, “Agua Dulce,” Mexican eco-themed elf story “Bolla” and teen horror tale “Knightmares” are among the six projects to be pitched June 12 at the Annecy Animation Festival’s Mifa Market. These are presented by La Liga, an umbrella association jointly founded in 2018 by […] Go to Source

Woody Allen-Narrated Animated Short ‘Mr. Fischer’s Chair’ Heads Into Production, Shares First Look at Concept Art (EXCLUSIVE)

A quarter-century after lending his voice to Z in Disney’s CG feature “Antz,” Woody Allen is set to return to the recording booth and narrate the upcoming Spanish animated short “Mr. Fischer’s Chair,” which will formally add several key co-producers during this year’s Annecy Festival. The film’s directors have also given Variety an exclusive look […] Go to Source

Argentina’s ‘Cris Miro,’ Bio Series About Iconic Trans Artist, Debuts Late June on TNT, Flow and Max (EXCLUSIVE)

Argentine bio series “Cris Miro” is slated to debut on TNT, Flow and Max across various territories in late June. While cable network TNT will be airing the series every Sunday from June 23 in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile, local platform Flow will stream the series in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay starting June 24. Max […] Go to Source

Cannes Awards: Female-Centered Stories Win Big in Cannes, as Sean Baker’s ‘Anora’ Wins Palme d’Or

CANNES — Nine years after being named one of Variety’s Directors to Watch, Sean Baker won the Palme d’Or for “Anora,” a rowdy whirlwind romance between an exotic dancer (Mikey Madison) and the obscenely rich son of a Russian oligarch (played by Mark Eydelshteyn). Baker is the first American filmmaker to cinch the festival’s top prize […] Go to Source

Global Documentary Industry Leaders Talk Equity in Nonfiction Filmmaking at Cannes Docs

In a global context described by some as the Golden Age of documentary and by others as the Corporate Age of documentary, the Marché du Film’s Cannes Docs sidebar dedicated its May 20 talk to the question of a “Universal Values System in Documentary: Dismantling Borders for Greater Equity.” Moderated by Devika Girish, editor of […] Go to Source

Sandra Hüller, Sean Baker, Laura Poitras Call for Solidarity With Mohammad Rasoulof and Iranian Filmmakers in Open Letter (EXCLUSIVE)

International filmmakers are calling for solidarity with Mohammad Rasoulof and persecuted filmmakers in Iran in an open letter, shared with Variety.  Rasoulof – about to screen his latest film “The Seed of the Sacred Fig” in Cannes’ main competition – was sentenced to imprisonment and torture by the Islamic Republic of Iran. He fled the […] Go to Source

Porter+Craig Film and Media Distribution Acquires Global Rights to Fado Filmes’ ‘Nothing Ever Happened’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Porter+Craig Film and Media Distribution, run by veteran industry executives Jeff Porter and Keith L. Craig has acquired worldwide rights to Gonçalo Galvão Teles’ “Nothing Ever Happened.”  The film has enjoyed considerable success on the festival circuit, including awards in the CinEuphoria Awards, Cinequest, Chicago Latino Film Festival, Mostra Internacional de São Paulo and Punta Del Est […] Go to Source

Brutal Donald Trump Biopic ‘The Apprentice’ Gets 8-Minute Cannes Standing Ovation as Director Says ‘It’s Time to Make Movies Political...

Even in Cannes, it’s hard to avoid Donald Trump. “The Apprentice,” the story of the 45th and possibly 47th president’s early years as a real estate developer, earned a eight-minute standing ovation on Monday. It’s probably safe to assume that the film festival crowd isn’t a MAGA-heavy one, so it helps that “The Apprentice” paints […] Go to Source

Film Factory Takes Global Rights to ‘Ex Machina’-Inspired Spanish Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Singular’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Barcelona-based sales company Film Factory has picked up global rights to Alberto Gastesi’s sci-fi thriller “Singular,” a former Sitges Pitchbox winner that will begin shooting this month. “Singular” is the story of Diana, a university professor who works with artificial intelligence linguistic models. When Martín, Diana’s ex and the father of her late son Martín, […] Go to Source

Urban Sales Racks Up Deals on Animation ‘Into the Wonderwoods’ Ahead of Cannes World Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

Urban Sales has closed a raft of deals on the upcoming animated feature “Into the Wonderwoods” ahead of its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Special Screenings section. The film, which bows with a special screening May 22 at the prestigious French fest, has sold to 45 territories, the Paris-based sales outfit […] Go to Source

Somali Filmmaker Mo Harawe Makes History in Cannes With Intimate Family Drama ‘The Village Next to Paradise’

After making waves on the festival circuit with a pair of heralded short films, Somali filmmaker Mo Harawe makes his auspicious feature debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with “The Village Next to Paradise,” which premieres May 21 in the French fest’s Un Certain Regard section — the first feature from the African nation […] Go to Source

Burna Boy, Mandla Dube Headline Latest Slate From Pape Boye and Logical Pictures’ Black Mic Mac Production Banner (EXCLUSIVE)

Nigerian Afrobeat megastar Burna Boy and fast-rising South African filmmaker Mandla Dube are among the names headlining the new slate from Black Mic Mac, the production banner championing African and Middle Eastern talent that was launched last year by production and sales vet Pape Boye and Logical Pictures. The line-up includes close to a dozen […] Go to Source

Carlos Saura’s ‘The Hunt’ Gets Modern-Day ‘Revision,’ Rolls in July (EXCLUSIVE)  

“La Mesías” star Carmen Machi, Almodóvar muse Rossy de Palma and Blanca Portillo, a Cannes best actress co-winner for Almodóvar’s “Volver,” are set to star in “The Prey” (“Dia de Caza”), billed as a contemporary revision of Carlos Saura’s 1965 pic “The Hunt,” quite possibly his crowing achievement. The film is set to shoot in […] Go to Source

‘Poltergeist’ Child Star Heather O’Rourke Doc Leads Indiecan Cannes Market Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

Veteran film producer and distribution executive Avi Federgreen’s Toronto-based sales company Indiecan Entertainment International has unveiled its Cannes Film Market slate. Leading the slate is “She Was Here,” a documentary that delves into the life of beloved child actress Heather O’Rourke, famed for her role in the “Poltergeist” and known for the line “They’re here.” […] Go to Source

Glen Powell, Anthony Mackie and Laura Dern to Star in John Lee Hancock’s Cancer Trial Drama ‘Monsanto’

Glen Powell, Anthony Mackie and Academy Award winner Laura Dern have signed on to star in “Monsanto,” the latest film from writer-director John Lee Hancock (“The Blind Side,” “Saving Mr. Banks”). The film follows the true story of young, untried attorney Brent Wisner (Powell), who in 2019 took on a seemingly insurmountable case against the […] Go to Source

‘Titane’ Director Julia Ducournau’s Next Project to Star Golshifteh Farahani, Tahar Rahim; FilmNation and Charades Launching Sales

 FilmNation and Charades are teaming up to present “Alpha,” the new film from Julia Ducournau, to buyers at Cannes. It’s the same place where Ducournau caused a sensation with 2021’s “Titane,” her subversive and divisive body horror film, which won the  Palme d’Or, the festival’s top award. Ducournau became the second female director to win […] Go to Source

Billed as a New ‘The Crown,’ ’Maxima’ Sells for Beta Film to Spain’s Atresmedia TV

A much talked-about title at the London TV Screenings and Canneseries, sparking inevitable comparisons with “The Crown,” Beta Film Dutch royal family love story “Maxima,” has clinched another major territory sale, with Atresmedia TV acquiring exclusive broadcast rights in Spain.  Based on the life of Maxima of Holland before she became queen, and especially her […] Go to Source

‘Stan Lee’s Lucky Man’ Showrunner Neil Biswas, ‘The Arbor’ Star Manjinder Virk Launch Riverbird Films, Reveal Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

British talents, writer-director Neil Biswas and actor-writer-director Manjinder Virk, have launched multi-platform, independent production company Riverbird Films. Virk’s breakthrough role as an actor was Peter Kosminsky’s BAFTA-winning Channel 4 drama “Britz,” alongside Riz Ahmed. She starred in Clio Barnard’s debut feature “The Arbor” for which she was nominated for best actress and newcomer at the […] Go to Source

Amanda Plummer, James Russo, Ulrich Thompson Board Uwe Boll’s Migrant Thriller ‘Run’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Amanda Plummer of “Pulp Fiction” and “Star Trek: Picard” fame and veteran thesps James Russo and Ulrich Thompson (“The Celebration”) have joined Uwe Bolls’s forthcoming migrant crisis thriller “Run.” Set to start shooting in Croatia on April 17, the film focuses on a group of desperate migrants as they reach the Italian coast after a […] Go to Source

‘Becoming Karl Lagerfeld’ Gets 3-Minute Standing Ovation in Cannes: ‘Watching Daniel Bruhl Transform Was…Crazy’

Cannes stood up for Daniel Brühl, as his new Disney+ show “Becoming Karl Lagerfeld” earned a 3-minute standing ovation on Sunday.  Premiering out of competition, it captures the late German designer before morphing into the instantly recognizable figure that took pop culture by storm. And, courted by young Jacques de Bascher (Théodore Pellerin), finally opening […] Go to Source

NBCUniversal, BBC Execs Talk ‘The Traitors’ Follow-Up, ‘Destination X’: ‘We Are Entering a Golden Age of Unscripted’

CANNES —  “Where Are You?” a screen asked behind speakers at a MipTV panel for “Destination X,” one of the most-awaited new formats in the world.  Some audience members at the panel, may have been asking the same thing.  Co-commissioned by the BBC and NBCUniversal as part of their international formats pact, “Destination X” is […] Go to Source

Scandinavian Powerhouse REinvent Adds ‘L/over’ Starring Krista Kosonen, ‘Hybris’ to MipTV Slate, Led by Canneseries’ ‘Dark Horse,’ ‘Painkiller’ (EXCLUSIVE)

One of the Nordic region’s biggest providers of premium series, Copenhagen-based REinvent International Sales, will make a splash at this week’s Canneseries festival and MipTV market. For the second consecutive year, the sales, financing and packaging banner has two titles in competition: the Danish drama thriller “Dark Horse”, due to world premiere in the main […] Go to Source

‘Deadlock,’ ‘Lady Bird Diaries’ Director Dawn Porter Sketches Roadmap for Documentary Makers in Challenging Marketplace at Cannes’ MipDoc

MipDoc keynote speaker Dawn Porter is coming to Cannes to discuss not only the challenging doc marketplace, but also how to work and prosper within it. In the last few years the doc industry has favored a handful of big-name filmmakers, like Porter, who are commissioned to make one-off films or docuseries. Over the last […] Go to Source

Unsteady World Fuels Appetite for Small Screen Solutions As TV Biz Asks ‘What More Can We Do?’

An acute sense of instability will inform much of the content bought and sold on the MipTV floor, though the symptoms might manifest themselves beyond doom and gloom. Somewhat unsurprisingly, given an unrelenting remit of climate anxieties and global unrest, this tendency has left no genre untouched. “Obviously the world in which we live is […] Go to Source

How Television Markets Are Reinventing Themselves Amid Economic Industry Challenges

Both MipTV and the wider TV business are at an inflection point. Times are tight for audiovisual producers, as the total pay-TV revenue pool continues to diminish, while streaming growth decelerates and consumers hit their subscription thresholds, altogether making for a pinched economic climate. Now, against these headwinds – and against competition from other showcases […] Go to Source

‘Seven Winters in Tehran,’ ‘Jaggi’ Win Inaugural Cinevesture Festival

Steffi Niederzoll’s Berlin, CPH: DOX and El Gouna-winning documentary “Seven Winters in Tehran” added another award to its collection with the best international film honor at India’s inaugural Cinevesture International Festival (CIFF). Anmol Sidhu’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards nominee “Jaggi” won best Indian film and Elham Ehsas’ BAFTA and Clermont-Ferrand nominee “Yellow” was named as […] Go to Source