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‘Flee,’ ‘My Sunny Maad,’ ‘The Crossing’ Win Big at 2021’s Hybrid Annecy Animation Festival

On Saturday evening, after a week of onsite and virtual screenings, conferences, masterclasses and panels, the Annecy Animation Festival announced the winners of its major prizes, joining the already announced Special Prizes from the night before. Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s “Flee” continued its winning form from the previous evening – it won best original music from […]
Tags: News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Flee, Annecy Animation Festival, Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Maad


France Televisions Unveils Animated Slate at Annecy

France’s public broadcaster France Televisions confirmed its status as one of Europe’s biggest financiers of animation during the Annecy festival where it unveiled its wide-ranging slate during a press conference. In 2020, which was marked by the pandemic and two lockdowns, the broadcaster invested 32 million euros in productions of French animated content, 2.3 million […]
Tags: Europe, News, France, Global, Annecy, France Télévisions, Annecy Film Festival


French Comics Artist Ugo Makes Feature Debut With Sci-Fi Animated ‘Arco;’ First Still Unveiled (EXCLUSIVE)

Ugo Bienvenu (aka Ugo), the popular French illustrator and comics author of “Préférence système,” is partnering up with veteran producer Valerie Schermann (“The Red Turtle,” “Paris, 13th District”) on his animated feature debut “Arco.” An ambitious science-fiction film, “Arco” is being co-developed and co-produced by Remembers, the outfit launched by Bienvenu and Félix de Givry, […]
Tags: News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Cannes film festival, Arco, Ugo, Bienvenu, Annecy Animation Festival, Ugo Bienvenu, Prima Linea, Valerie Schermann, Red Turtle Paris, Félix de Givry


Inaugural Annecy Residency Program Delivers Three Projects To Market

Conceived in 2019 and fielding its first call for projects at last year’s edition, Annecy’s Festival Residency program bore fruit this year, shepherding three projects to pitch sessions at the festival’s MIFA market. They benefitted from nearly six months of professional mentorship and institutional support. “For some time, festival director Mickaël Marin and I wanted […]
Tags: News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Annecy, MIFA, Annecy Animation Festival, Mickaël Marin


Autour de Minuit Drops Teaser For Nadia Micault’s ‘Shadows’ (EXCLUSIVE)

French arthouse shingle Autour de Minuit, which produced the Academy Award-winning animated short “Logorama,” has released the first teaser for Nadia Micault’s “Shadows,” awarded as a project with the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award at Cartoon Movie last March. Autour de Minuit is joined in co-production by Belgium’s Panique on what will be Micault’s first feature […]
Tags: News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Belgium, Annecy Animation Festival, Autour de Minuit, Autour de Minuit Drops Teaser For Nadia Micault, Logorama, Nadia Micault, Micault


BreakThru Films Bewitches Annecy Film Festival With ‘The Peasants’

On Friday, the team at BreakThru Films behind “The Peasants” – producer Sean Bobbitt, filmmaker Dorota Kobiela and writer-producer Hugh Welchman – took the stage at an Annecy Work in Progress screening to reveal to the world just what they’ve been working on since turning an experimental hand-painted biopic, 2017’s “Loving Vincent,” into one of […]
Tags: News, Global, Sean Bobbitt, Annecy Animation Film Festival, Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Loving Vincent, Breakthru Films, Annecy Work


Joe Mateo Bows ‘Blush,’ the First Short Film from Apple Original Films, Skydance Animation

“She was the air I breathed.” Emmy Award winning animator Joe Mateo takes that heartfelt concept and in “Blush,” his directorial debut, delivers what must rate as one of the most personal yet still resonant films at this year’s Annecy Animation Festival. The inaugural short from Apple Original Films and David Ellison’s Skydance Animation, bowing […]
Tags: News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, David Ellison, Annecy Animation Festival, Skydance Animation, Apple Original Films, Joe Mateo Bows, Joe Mateo


‘Mamma Mia!’ Musical Returns to London’s West End – Global Bulletin

THEATER Smash hit musical “Mamma Mia!” will return to London’s West End at the Novello Theatre from Aug. 25. The beleaguered U.K. theater sector is operating at a vastly reduced capacity for another month as the country’s full reopening was pushed back to July 19 from June 21. Unless COVID-19 cases, currently clocking in at […]
Tags: London, News, Global, West End, Abba, Mamma Mia, Global Bulletin


Indian Streamer SonyLIV Sets Global Expansion Plans With 40-Strong Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

Indian video streaming platform SonyLIV is set to go global by October and has a robust slate of 40 shows in the works. In the last four weeks, the service has been given a soft launch across 28 global territories including the European Union, U.K., the Middle East and North Africa, Singapore, Australia and New […]
Tags: Asia, News, India, Global, Middle East, Hansal Mehta, SonyLIV, European Union U K, Danish Khan, North Africa Singapore Australia


Madrid Prepares Animation Incentives, Creation of a Toon, VFX Hub

Isabel Díaz Ayuso, president of Madrid Region announced Friday that she aims to transform Madrid into will the most important animation and VFX “hub” in Southern Europe, via an ambitious plan for incentives and other support programs. The result, Díaz Ayuso added, will be the creation of employment in this buoyant sector.” Madrid’s president made […]
Tags: News, Global, Spain, Animation, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Madrid, Southern Europe, Madrid Region, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, Díaz Ayuso


Syria Revolution-Turned-Civil War 10 Years Later: Filmmakers Reflect on the Ongoing Crisis

Ten years after the Syrian revolution that rapidly turned into civil war, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, tens of thousands have disappeared — believed to have been tortured and killed in government prisons — and an estimated 13 million, more than half of Syria’s prewar population, have been forcibly displaced. Filmmakers on […]
Tags: News, Global, Syria, Ossama Mohammed, Waad al-Kateab, Hasan Kattan, Layla Abyad


‘Luca’ Filmmakers to Discuss Making of the Pixar Adventure in a Free PreVIEW Virtual Event

The filmmakers behind “Luca,” Pixar’s latest animated adventure, will discuss the film in a free PreVIEW event on Monday, June 21, at 10 a.m. PT. The movie, which opened Friday, June 18, at theaters and on Disney Plus, follows best friends Luca and Alberto, who are sea creatures masquerading as human boys as they explore […]
Tags: News, Global, Pixar, Luca, Alberto, VIEW Conference


First Look: MPX Launches Coming-of-Age Horror Movie ‘Student Body’ at Cannes Virtual Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Motion Picture Exchange has acquired worldwide sales rights on the coming-of-age horror film “Student Body,” and will be launching it out of the Cannes Virtual Market next week. Written and directed by Lee Ann Kurr in her feature debut, the film features Montse Hernandez (“Lowriders,” “Jane the Virgin”), Cheyenne Haynes (“Camping”), Harley Quinn Smith (“Cruel […]
Tags: News, Global, Cannes film festival, Cannes, Harley Quinn Smith, Cannes Virtual Market, Motion Picture Exchange, Lee Ann Kurr


MK2 Films Boards Musical Film ‘Don Juan’ With Tahar Rahim, Virginie Efira (EXCLUSIVE)

MK2 Films has acquired worldwide sales rights to “Don Juan,” Serge Bozon’s comedy weaving singing, dancing and romance with Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian”) and Virginie Efira (“Benedetta”). Rahim stars as Laurent, a stage actor who gets jilted on his wedding day and embarks on a quest to seduce every woman he meets in order to […]
Tags: News, Global, Cannes film festival, Don Juan, Laurent, Tahar Rahim, Virginie Efira, Mk2 Films, Tahar Rahim Virginie Efira, Don Juan Serge Bozon, Virginie Efira Benedetta Rahim


MK2 Films Boards Musical Film ‘Don Juan’ With Tahar Rahim, Virginie Efira; First Still Unveiled (EXCLUSIVE)

MK2 Films has acquired worldwide sales rights to “Don Juan,” Serge Bozon’s musical romantic comedy with Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian”) and Virginie Efira (“Benedetta”). Rahim stars as Laurent, a stage actor who gets jilted on his wedding day and embarks on a quest to seduce every woman he meets in order to mend his broken […]
Tags: News, Global, Cannes film festival, Don Juan, Laurent, Tahar Rahim, Virginie Efira, Mk2 Films, Tahar Rahim Virginie Efira, Don Juan Serge Bozon, Virginie Efira Benedetta Rahim


‘Game of Thrones’ Co-Executive Producer Vince Gerardis Unveils Italian Project ‘Provvidenza’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“Game of Thrones” co-executive producer Vince Gerardis is developing “Provvidenza,” a prequel to Italy’s national literary classic “I Promessi Sposi” (The Betrothed) to be set in a 16th-century plague-stricken Milan that is dirty, dark, lethal and corrupt. After setting up a Rome-based company called CIAO, Gerardis — who specializes in packaging big world-building film and […]
Tags: Milan, News, Global, Rome, Italy, Game Of Thrones, Vince Gerardis, I Promessi Sposi


First Look at ‘How to Please a Woman,’ Starring ‘Veep’s’ Sally Phillips; Beta to Debut Footage at Cannes Virtual Market (EXCLUSIVE)

The leading sales, finance and production outfit Beta Cinema will present first footage from the upcoming Australian comedy drama “How to Please a Woman” at next week’s Pre-Cannes Screenings. Variety has been given the first still from the film, starring Sally Phillips, whose credits include the “Bridget Jones’s Diary” movies, and a recurring guest role […]
Tags: News, Global, Beta Cinema, Cannes film festival, Cannes, Sally Phillips, Bridget Jones, How to Please a Woman, Cannes Screenings Variety


UFO Distribution Takes France on Alberto Vázquez’s ‘Unicorn Wars’

UFO Distribution has taken French rights on the Charades-sold “Unicorn Wars,” an Alberto Vázquez apocalyptic fantasy tale that got a Work in Progress session on Thursday at the Annecy Animation Festival. UFO was tempted to pick up the rights for “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children” years ago, Stéphane Auclaire at UFO Distribution told Variety, adding: “The […]
Tags: News, France, Global, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Variety, Annecy Animation Festival, Alberto Vazquez, Unicorn Wars, Annecy Animation Festival UFO, Stéphane Auclaire, UFO Distribution


Jacques Audiard, Léa Mysius Pay Tribute to Cannes’ Critics’ Week for Sidebar’s 60th Anniversary (EXCLUSIVE)

Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker Jacques Audiard (“A Prophet,” “Dheepan”) and rising director Léa Mysius reminisce about presenting their respective debut features, “See How They Fall” and “Ava,” at Cannes’ Critics’ Week in an exclusive video celebrating the 60th anniversary of the sidebar. Under the helm of Charles Tesson since 2011, Critics’ Week, which is dedicated to […]
Tags: News, Global, Cannes film festival, Cannes, Jacques Audiard, Ava, Cannes' Critics Week, Charles Tesson, Dheepan, SIDEBAR, Léa Mysius, Jacques Audiard Léa Mysius Pay Tribute


Video: Jacques Audiard, Léa Mysius Pay Tribute to Cannes’ Critics’ Week For Sidebar’s 60th Anniversary (EXCLUSIVE)

Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker Jacques Audiard (“A Prophet,” “Dheepan”) and rising director Léa Mysius reminisce about presenting their respective debut features, “See How They Fall” and “Ava,” at Cannes’ Critics’ Week in an exclusive video celebrating the 60th anniversary of the sidebar. Under the helm of Charles Tesson since 2011, Critics’ Week, which is dedicated to […]
Tags: News, Global, Cannes film festival, Jacques Audiard, Ava, Cannes' Critics Week, Charles Tesson, Dheepan, Léa Mysius, Cannes ' Critics ' Week For Sidebar


Suma Capital Acquires 40% Stake in Spanish Distributor A Contracorriente

Barcelona-based private investment fund Suma Capital has taken a 40% stake in Adolfo Blanco’s A Contracorriente Films, aimed to boost the Spanish distributor’s movie acquisition capacity, to transform it into one of Europe’s leading indie distribution houses. Estimated at about €15 million ($17.9 million), the investment combines a capital increase with the purchase of shares […]
Tags: Europe, News, Global, Barcelona, Adolfo Blanco, A Contracorriente Films, Suma Capital Acquires, Suma Capital


Spain’s Mago, France’s Godo and Mexico’s Apapacho Join for ‘Polinopolis’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Spain’s Mago Production will produce the animated TV series “Polinopolis” in co-production with France’s Godo Films and Mexico’s Apapacho Films. Barcelona-based Goldbee will handle international sales. Also co-producing are public broadcasters TVE and TVC in  Spain, as well as Argentine state kids channel Pakapaka, and the Catalan Institute of Cultural Companies (ICEC). The series is […]
Tags: News, Mexico, France, Global, Spain, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, TVC, TVE, Godo, Annecy Animation Festival, Annecy Festival, Mago France, Mago Production, Godo Films, Apapacho Films Barcelona


Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta Film ‘The Crusade’ Selected as Cannes Adds Environmental Films to Line-Up

The Cannes Film Festival has added seven films addressing environmental concerns to its 2021 line-up. “La Croisade” (The Crusade, France) by actor-director Louis Garrel, stars himself, Laetitia Casta and Joseph Engel. It was co-written by legendary screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière who died last year. The festival describes the film as: “A fiction in which the children […]
Tags: News, Global, Cannes film festival, Cannes, Jean Claude Carrière, Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta, Louis Garrel Laetitia Casta, Cannes Adds Environmental Films, La Croisade The Crusade France, Joseph Engel


WarnerMedia Sets European Country Manager Roles for Sylvia Rothblum, Pierre Branco and Jamie Friend

WarnerMedia Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has added country manager roles for seasoned company executives Sylvia Rothblum, Pierre Branco, and Jamie Friend. Rothblum is now country manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, in addition to her current role as head of TV distribution for the region. During her 20-year tenure at the company […]
Tags: News, Global, Middle East, Switzerland, Germany Austria, Africa EMEA, WarnerMedia, Iris Knobloch, Priya Dogra, Sylvia Rothblum Pierre Branco, Jamie Friend, WarnerMedia Europe, Jamie Friend Rothblum


Bérénice Bejo Joins Nanni Moretti-Starrer ‘Colibrì’ Which Kicks off Sales at Virtual Cannes (EXCLUSIVE)

Oscar-nominated French actor Bérénice Bejo (“The Artist”) has joined Pierfrancesco Favino (“The Traitor”), Nanni Moretti, and the Italian cast of romantic drama “Il Colibrì,” which has started shooting in Rome. Fandango Sales is launching sales at the virtual Cannes market on this high-profile drama directed by Francesca Archibugi (“A Question of the Heart”) based on the […]
Tags: News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Berenice Bejo, Cannes, Nanni Moretti, Cannes Market, Pierfrancesco Favino, Bérénice Bejo Joins Nanni Moretti Starrer, Rome Fandango Sales, Francesca Archibugi


Netflix Teases ‘Tentpole’ African Feature at Global Outreach Panel

Speaking at a Netflix recruitment panel at the Annecy Animation Festival on Wednesday, filmmaker Michael Francis Williams (“David Makes Man”) dropped new details about the animated feature he is co-directing for the global streamer. “It’s the first movie of this size set in Africa, and that’s what brought me to the project,” said Williams, who […]
Tags: News, Africa, Global, Netflix, Williams, Festivals, Annecy Animation Festival, Michael Francis Williams, Global Outreach Panel


Alê Abreu: ‘I’ve Used the Entire Color Spectrum’ – On His Annecy Project ‘Perlimps’

Brazilian director Alê Abreu and his team gave Annecy audiences a first look of his much anticipated new feature film “Perlimps” on Thursday, also sharing his fluid storyboarding process and the methods he uses to create his unique visual style. The Oscar-nominated director of “Boy and the World” and his assistant director Viviane Guimaraes spoke […]
Tags: News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Annecy, Annecy Animation Festival, Ale Abreu, Annecy Festival, Viviane Guimaraes


TF1 Studio Scores Big Deals on Philippe Lacheau’s Comedy ‘Superwho’ (EXCLUSIVE)

TF1 Studio has unveiled a raft of major pre-sales on “Superwho,” an action-packed comedy directed by Philippe Lacheau, in the run up to the Pre-Cannes Screenings, where the film will have its virtual world premiere on June 23. Lacheau, who stars in his movie, is behind some of France’s biggest comedy hits in recent history, […]
Tags: News, France, Babysitting, Global, Philippe Lacheau, TF1 Studio


TF1 Studio Scores Big Deals on Action-Packed Comedy Philippe Lacheau’s ‘Superwho’ (EXCLUSIVE)

TF1 Studio has unveiled a raft of major pre-sales on “Superwho,” an action-packed comedy directed by Philippe Lacheau, in the run up to the Pre-Cannes Screenings, where the film will have its virtual world premiere on June 23. Lacheau, who stars in his movie, is behind some of France’s biggest comedy hits in recent history, […]
Tags: News, France, Babysitting, Global, Philippe Lacheau, TF1 Studio


Pathé Steps Into Upscale Drama With Napoleon, Black Musketeer Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Pathé, France’s leading film studio and owner of the country’s largest theatrical circuit, is set to leap into television with a dedicated division and an ambitious drama slate from well-known filmmakers. The new division will be headed by Aude Albano, a former senior executive at Capa Drama, whose track record includes the French-produced international hit […]
Tags: News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Napoleon, Pathe, Aude Albano, Capa Drama, Pathé France, Ardavan Safaee



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