NEWS CANNES BRIEFS
Escape hits US, Australia TrustNordisk’s action-adventure Escape has sold to eOne for the US and Rialto Distribution for Australia.
Jinga’s Timer clocks sales Jinga Films is selling out on Jac Schaeffer’s romantic comedy Timer, which has gone to Comart for South Africa, Underground for Spain, CDF for Italy and MG for former Yugoslavia.
Dead lives in France UK black comedy Dead In France has struck a French theatrical deal with Atypik Films. The deal was negotiated by Arnaud De Frémond, Eric Boqueho and Benjamin Delaporte of Atypik Films and Brian Levine of Delacheroy Films.
Baltic Bridge sets slate The Baltic Bridge East by West, the venture to foster co-productions between the EU and CIS countries and Georgia, has announced its first slate with titles including Bakur Bakuradze’s The General. » Full stories on ScreenDaily.com
CNC details World Cinema Fund
BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW France’s National Cinema Centre (CNC) has unveiled more details of its World Cinema Fund which launched at the beginning of May, replacing the Fond Sud and Aid to Foreign Language Films. “We have received some 90
submissions in the fi rst call,” CNC president Eric Garandeau revealed at the body’s annual Cannes conference on Tuesday. The first selected projects are
due to be announced at the end of July. A second call for projects will
take place between June 4-15. Sub- missions can be made online only. Other calls are scheduled for the end of August and October. The new $7.6m subsidy is run
jointly by the CNC, cultural body the Institut Francais, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of For- eign and European Affairs. Its selection process is divided
into two categories: one for debut and second-time directors, and one for established fi lm-makers. A CNC-run committee, led by
Cannes Cinéfondation chief Georges Goldenstern, will select
the projects by established direc- tors. The Institut Francais is respon-
sible for the selection of fi rst and second-time projects. Its commit- tee is headed by Argentinian screenwriter and director San- tiago Amigorena. The amount granted to individ-
ual selected projects will be up to $316,000 for projects prior to pro- duction and $63,000 for fi lms in post-production. The CNC expects to back some
40-60 productions over a 12-month period.
The annual Colombia party went off with its customary bang on Saturday night. Pictured (from left) are Claudia Triana of Proimagenes, Alejandro Santo Domingo of SabMiller, model Julie Henderson, Munir Falah of Cine Colombia, Cristina de Lebrija and Alejandro Lebrija from Gussi.
Russia, Kazakhstan launch LA talent initiative
The Russian Cinema Fund (RCF) and the producers’ guild of the Republic of Kazakhstan have launched a joint Los Angeles ini- tiative. Los Angeles-based Hive Studio
has organised the joint venture, which will give Russian and Kaza- khstani directors and producers the opportunity to learn new skills through placements at companies such as Inferno and Film Finances. The countries’ most gifted
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actors will be sent to study in Los Angeles acting schools for three to six months. Other plans include a three-day showcase of Russian fi lms in Hollywood next February. Meanwhile, Russian journalist
Nellee A Holmes has been named US rep of the Russian Cinema Fund. She has 20 years’ experi- ence covering Hollywood and is a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The RCF has assembled an impressive line-up of speakers for
the special focus on the US and Canadian film industries at this year’s Moscow Business Square (June 25-27), the business plat- form of the Moscow International Film Festival. Russia-US co-productions,
international marketing strategies, the advantages and disadvantages of the current Russia-Canada co- production agreement and com- parative educational models are some of the topics being discussed in round-tables and panels.
Speakers will include producer
Paula Wagner, PR veteran Leslee Dart, manager and consultant Rick Nicita, ICM talent agent David Unger, Cross Creek Pictures president Brian Oliver, fi nancing and packaging expert Hal Sadoff, The Mask director Chuck Russell, Russian producer Alexander Rod- nyansky and the MPA’s Christo- pher Marcich. Screen’s Mike Goodridge will be
moderating three of the panels at Business Square.
Rust And Bone hits big in France
BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW Jacques Audiard’s Competition title Rust And Bone was the top new fi lm at the French box offi ce in its first five days on release, starting on May 16. According to fi gures from box-
offi ce specialist Rentrak, 517,244 people saw Rust And Bone in its fi rst weekend. UGC Distribution released the picture on 394 copies, achieving an average of 1,131
admissions per screen. Wes Anderson’s Cannes opening fi lm Moonrise Kingdom was second. The fi lm distributed by StudioCa- nal on 284 copies, garnered 172,709 entries for an average of 608 entries per screen. In the overall five-day chart,
Rust And Bone came in second after Dark Shadows, which attracted 579,826 spectators in its second week on release by WBI.
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