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California takes Quaid The Little Film Company has licensed the Dennis Quaid thriller Beneath The Darkness to California Filmes for all Latin America.




Breakfast with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group 8:00-10:00

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group invites you to a breakfast with entertainment representatives from Mandarin Oriental London. To attend please RSVP:

EIS gateway to bigger budgets for independents


A film finance session covering the changes to the Enterprise Investment Scheme, and how it will be more attractive to investors and more flexible for producers as a key source of production funding in the future.

An A-Z of cross-media in 60 minutes 14.00-15.00

Audiences are interacting and engaging with stories across ever-evolving platforms, devices and places. How can filmmakers and media companies design their stories across media, find new financing partners and extend the life and the value proposition of their film properties?

We Need to Talk About Kevin: Tilda Swinton, director Lynne Ramsay and producer Luc Roeg


Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton with one of the UK’s most highly-regarded filmmaking talents, Lynne Ramsay, and producer Luc Roeg discuss this year's much anticipated film We Need To Talk About Kevin (In Competition, Cannes 2011). They will talk about their creative collaboration, working with critically-acclaimed actor John C Reilly and Oscar® nominated cinematographer Seamus McGarvey (Atonement).

Working with the UK

TODAY’S 1-2-1 SURGERIES: Career coaching

Finance advice with RSM Tenon Co-producing with the UK

How to qualify as a British film: the Cultural Test Filming in the UK


Join us for this session for answers to questions about working with the UK including the Cultural Test, tax relief, co-production, funding, financing and filming in the UK.

15.00-17.00 13.30-15.30 10.45-12.45

11.00-13.00 15.00-17.00


Breakfast with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group 8:00-10:00 Go green without going into the red


Show me the money: Festivals and their place in the distribution business n 6 Screen International at the Cannes Film Festival May 14, 2011

UK Film Centre Pavilion No 120, Village International Telephone: 04 93 99 86 17. Open 09:00 - 18:00


Truth or dare: Dilemmas for documentary 14.15-15.15 Do-it-yourself: Online marketing campaigns 15.30-16.30 In the spotlight: Director Rebecca Daly


AWP gets action duo LA-based American World Pictures has added the sci-fi action titles Sand Sharks and Dragon Wasps to its market slate.

Basinger in OverWall Kim Basinger and Nick Stahl are attached to star with Freddy Rodriguez in Over The Wall, which Indomina is representing for worldwide sales here.

Shoreline closes pair Morris Ruskin’s Shoreline Entertainment has closed a two-film deal for Hannover House to release theatrically in the US Johnny O’Reilly’s The Weather Station and Iria Gomez Concheiro’s The Cinema Hold Up (Asalto Al Cine) .

ARTE backs Pixel prize ARTE is again supporting the $9,700 Pixel Pitch Prize at Power To The Pixel’s annual Cross- Media Forum during the BFI London Film Festival in October.

High Point for Liang Carey Fitzgerald’s High Point Media Group has snapped up Roseanne Liang’s My Wedding And Other Secrets, already a hit in New Zealand where it was released by Sony, and Australian drama Surviving Georgia, which stars singer Holly Valance.

Starfield hot for Dance’s Now

BY GEOFFREY MACNAB Charles Dance will direct Now And Then for Paul Raphael’s Starfield Produc- tions. Fanny Ardant is attached and Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry are in talks. Malcolm James adapted the screenplay based on William Corlett’s novel, about the dangers of first love. Raphael will also pro-

duce Bahman Ghobadi’s new project Foreign Ducks (working title), a drama about football in Kurdistan. Here in Cannes, Raphael

has also revealed David Tennant will star in Ben Hopkins’ UK-Turkey co- production A Miracle. Ten-

nant will play a London teacher who goes to Turkey on an unlikely money-mak- ing scheme. It will be made by Har

Films and Starfield (who collaborated on Philippe Aractingi’s Under The Bombs). Starfield and Har are also

collaborating on Aractingi’s Where There’s A Will, about a Middle Eastern man who comes to London to claim his inheritance and meets a dishonest relative. Also being planned by

Starfield is Marek Losey’s action thriller The Night Climbers, about a daredevil secret society at Cambridge University.

Autlook has picked up worldwide rights to Egyptian belly-dancing documentary At Night They Dance, screening in Directors’ Fortnight. The fly-on-the-wall doc explores the hard-knock reality of an Egyptian clan just before the spring revolution. Geoffrey Macnab

Topanga for Freerunner

BY JEREMY KAY Lawrence Silverstein has launched Santa Monica- based sales and production company Topanga Pictures and is in the market talking up the Sean Faris and Danny Dyer parkour action film Freerunner. The company will focus

Cosmo finds Place, deal

BY GEOFFREY MACNAB New Denmark-Germany feature film A Place Under The Sun (working title), announced here in Cannes, will be directed by Martin P Zandvliet (Applause) and produced by Mikael Rieks. Zandvliet is directing the

film and developing the script along with Nikolaj Steen. Producer Rieks is in

Cannes looking for interna- tional investors and co-pro- ducers for the project, which is due to shoot next year. News of the project came

as Cosmo announced a first-look deal with Nordisk Film. Nordisk will be back- ing A Place Under The Sun and will handle the film’s Scandinavian distribution.

on high-end commercial fare catering to the global marketplace. Silverstein is the new entity’s CEO with Jeremy Sklar on board as director of creative affairs. Freerunner has pre-sold

to Image Entertainment in the US, eOne in the UK and Tiberius in Germany.

SUTHERLAND CONFESSES WITHIMAGE Image Entertainment is in talks to obtain rights to web series The Confession, starring Kiefer Sutherland as a hitman and John Hurt, and plans to reconfigure it into a feature. The deal would see Image take home entertainment and digital rights.

Jeremy Kay

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