Category: #screensparks

Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ Makes $93,903 per Screening in Debut Weekend

The debut film from actor Greta Gerwig’s has scored big in its opening weekend, earning over $90,000 in ticket sales per screening. The comedy stars Saoirse Ronan as a rebellious girl who dreams of fleeing small town Sacramento for New York City. The script was written by Greta, and is generally considered semi-autobiographical. Laurie Metcalf costars as her mother, alongside Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée…

David Freyne’s ‘The Cured’ Sells UK/Ireland Rights

Irish director David Freyne’s feature debut The Cured has sold its UK and Ireland rights after a successful world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Ellen Page stars in a unique take on the zombie genre, which is set in a world where former zombies are discriminated against by the general population. David had previously won the Audience Award Best Irish Short at the Cork…

J.Y Chun Discusses Her New Short ‘Cover’

New York-based filmmaker J.Y Chun chats to Film Courage about her second short film Cover, which is about a reclusive potter and mysterious pianist who cross paths in a series of chance encounters until they confront each other head-on, in disguise. Read the full Q&A on Film Courage’s website.

Eurimages supports 30 new co-productions, many for new filmmakers

The Eurimages Fund has announced that it will fund 30 new projects to a total of €5,598,535. The successful filmmakers include both established and emerging directors, with a significant percentage being female. Eurimages is run by the Council of Europe with the goal to fund the development of co-productions through to distribution and to collaborate across borders. The list of projects: The Extraordinary Voyage of…

Fin Edquist’s debut thriller Bad Girl scores North American theatrical release

Australian filmmaker Fin Edquist’s debut thrillerBad Girl has secured a US release, with distributor The Asylum acquiring the North American rights. The Asylum will release Bad Girl via a unconventional approach that includes a partnership with US national cinema chain Cinemark, who will host a weekly series of horror, cult, sci-fi and grindhouse films. This is Fin’s first go behind the camera after working as a…

Mirrah Foulkes Debut Feature Casts Mia Wasikowska.

Australian director Mirrah Foulkes (pictured) has cast actress Mia Wasikowska as the lead in her feature directorial debut Judy and Punch. The film, which is a reinterpretation of the famous Punch and Judy story, is Mirrah’s followup to a successful run making short films, including Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke (won at the Sydney Film Festival), Florence Has Left the Building  (won an AACTA Award for…

Fresh Names Dominate Major Awards at 2017 Filmfest Hamburg

Up-and-coming filmmakers Chloé Zhao (pictured), Sean Baker, Eliza Hittman and Nele Wohlatz were among the award winners at the 25th edition of Hamburg Filmfest. Chloe’s film The Rider, which wowed audiences both in Cannes and at the New York Film Festival, scored the main CICAE’s Art Cinema Award. Tangerine director Sean Baker won the Filmfest Hamburg Critics Prize for his Willem Defoe-starring follow up The Florida…