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LUFF lines up 3D premiere of Vertigo’s Horrid Henry

BY GEOFFREY MACNAB Horrid Henry: The Movie 3D, star- ring Anjelica Huston and Richard E Grant and produced by Vertigo Films and Novel Entertainment, headlines the premieres at this year’s London UK Film Focus (LUFF), the screening event which brings international buyers to London to see UK films. Represented by Protagonist

Pictures, this is the first 3D movie to screen at LUFF. The film will be

looking to secure international sales at the only event dedicated to supporting the export of new UK films and UK film companies. Other premieres at LUFF

include gang movie Sket, directed by Nirpal Bhogal and starring Ashley Walters, which is being sold by AV Pictures. Also screen- ing is A Thousand Kisses Deep, directed by Dana Lustig, which stars Dougray Scott, Emilia Fox and Jodie Whittaker and is pre-

Northern Ireland Screen unveils Terry George teaser

in the market here. AV Pictures is selling Hotshot Films’ Jump, an urban fairytale which filmed in Derry and Belfast and was directed by Kieron J Walsh (When Brendan Met Trudy). The Salt Company is represent-

George (left) with DaCosta and Fraser

BY MIKE GOODRIDGE Northern Ireland Screen will present a two-minute promo teaser from Terry George’s siege comedy Whole Lotta Sole, starring Brendan Fraser and Yaya DaCosta, at its net- working chairman’s lunch today in Cannes. The film, still shooting in Belfast, is being sold here by Essential Entertainment. Delivery is planned for winter 2011. Northern Ireland Screen

invested in the film supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The organisation is also promoting four films showcasing

ing two films funded by Northern Ireland Screen — comedy horror film Grabbers, directed by Jon Wright, and Nick Hamm’s Killing Bono, which opened this year’s Belfast Film Festival. Meanwhile, Belfast’s Chris Mar-

tin and Revolution Films’ Andrew Eaton will be at the lunch tomor- row to talk up Good Vibrations. In pre-production, the project has secured an international sales agent in The Works, and is now fully financed and set to go into production in late summer. Screening in Short Film Corner

is Yuki, a Northern Ireland/Japan co-venture written and directed by Jonathan Beer about a girl dealing with her mother’s myste- rious illness.

sented by Goldcrest Films Inter- national. LUFF, now in its eighth year,

will welcome more than 120 inter- national film buyers and festival directors from June 27-30. The 2011 edition sees a new strategic partnership with the British Film Institute, which has invested in it. Organisers claim the event gen-

erates significant income and last year resulted in approximately $3m worth of sales.

“Film London remains as com-

mitted as ever to supporting the film business in the UK capital and UK film-makers. Over the last eight years, LUFF has proven its value to the industry in providing a unique platform for UK films to reach international audiences, which is why, despite recent cut- backs, LUFF is returning this year,” said Helena Mackenzie, head of inward investment and business development at Film London.

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Flanders starts its $36k grant

BY GEOFFREY MACNAB Location Flanders has launched its $36,000 (¤25,000) location grant. Once every year, the grant will be awarded to a foreign film or TV series which extensively puts Flanders in the spotlight as a film location. The grant covers the fees and

costs of a professional location scout, location fees, the use of local film professionals and the rent of audiovisual materials and facilities. In addition, the local film

offices of Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Leuven, Mechelen and Ostend will fully assist the funded production by offering their serv- ices for free. Producers who submit a com-

pleted application and pass a cultural test are eligible for the location grant, and the successful project is selected by a jury. Feature films or TV series

Principal photography began this week on Blind Watching, the follow-up to Andrzej Jakimowski’s Tricks. The $2.9m (€2.1m) English-language drama stars Edward Hogg and Alexandra Maria Lara alongside a cast of largely blind children. The shoot takes place in Lisbon, Portugal, and in a convent school orphanage in the city of Evora. The project is a Poland-France-Portugal co-production between ZAiR, KMBO and Filmes do Tejo II Multimedia. Mike Downey of the UK’s Film & Music Entertainment co-produces.

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which favour Flemish locations and possibly a local subject mat- ter have a better chance of quali- fying for the grant. In terms of historic Flanders-set themes, the upcoming centenary of the First World War is an obvious mile- stone which film-makers might consider. Grant applicants can also find

inspiration in literature or use an original story with contemporary Flanders as a background. The application deadline for

the first location grant is Septem- ber 30. The winning project will be announced in November.

Ranvaud scores with international arm

BY GEOFFREY MACNAB Globetrotting producer Donald K Ranvaud has revealed details of his new venture, Buena Onda International. Based in Italy, the company will

focus on production and sales. It will be a sister company to Lon- don-based Buena Onda Films. Its initial slate will be headlined by Italian comic-book artist Carlo Ambrosini’s action-adventure Dix, about a Dutch detective investi- gating crimes tied to the art world. Buena Onda International is

expected to announce details of a new production fund soon. In Rome last weekend at cele-

Ari Folman will serve as the president of the feature film Competition jury at this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival. The Israeli director previously came to Sarajevo in 2008 to present Waltz With Bashir.

n 12 Screen International at the Cannes Film Festival May 14, 2011

brations of AC Milan’s victory in the Italian league, football fanatic Ranvaud pitched Dix to Milan’s Dutch player Clarence Seedorf. In Cannes, Ranvaud is looking for

Don Ranvaud with Clarence Seedorf

a Dutch co-producer for the film. Ranvaud is one of the produc-

ers on Anthony Lucero’s Richard Brautigan film, For Richard, which is almost complete. The intention is to release For

Richard around the same time as Walter Salles’ Jack Kerouac adap- tation On The Road (Kerouac and Brautigan were both associated with the Beat movement). Both projects should be ready for the autumn markets.

For Richard tells the story of US

novelist and poet Brautigan, who committed suicide in 1984. It fea- tures interviews with Salles, Wim Wenders and Bob Rafelson, among others. The documentary is expected to

herald a renewal of interest in Brautigan’s work. Several of his books are in the frame to be made into movies, including A Confed- erate General From Big Sur and The Abortion. Ranvaud is close to completing

Dario Nardi’s Sadourni’s Butter- flies, about a dwarf clown impris- oned for a crime of passion who goes to extreme measures to change his physical appearance following his release. Ranvaud produced and is handling sales on the film, likely to surface at a festi- val in the autumn.

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