Category: #screensparks

Universal Names 8 Filmmakers for new Directors Intensive Program

Universal’s motion picture group has named the first intake of filmmakers who will take part in the studio’s new program called Directors Intensive: Pitch to Premiere The program is a partnership between Universal, the Sundance Institute FilmTwo program and AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women.  The intensive program is “designed to introduce selected filmmakers to executives from Universal Pictures and Focus Features and offer a look inside…

British Film Institute Names 2017 Network@LFF Participants

The British Film Institute (BFI) has announced 17 filmmakers selected to take part in the 2017 NETWORK@LFF series of events during next month’s London Film Festival (LFF). The BFI-run initiative includes masterclasses, private screenings, networking opportunities and smaller one-to-one meetings with established industry folks over three and a half days. Visiting directors this year include Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), Cory Finley (Thoroughbreds), Rungano…

Tallinn Black Nights Announces 2017 First Feature Competition Lineup

The 2017 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has named five films that are vying for the Best First Feature competition program. Films chosen include the world premieres of Blerta Zeqiri’s The Marriage and Kabir Mehta’s Buddha.mov. The films are: Buddha.mov, dir Kabir Mehta, India, 2017 (World premiere) Home, dir Kim Jong-woo, South Korea, 2017 (International premiere) Resurrection, dir Kristof Hoornaert, Belgium, 2017 (International premiere) The…

France selects Robin Campillo’s ‘BPM’ for 2018 Oscar Submission

France’s National Cinema Centre announced this week that Robin Campillo’s BPM (Beats Per Minute) will represent France in the Best Foreign Language category at the 90th Academy Awards next year. The AIDS-related drama won the Grand Prix at Cannes this year and is set in Paris in the 1990s, when the French government was perceived as lagging behind in its response to the epidemic. Robin’s 2013 feature Eastern…

Sadrac Gonzales Perellon’s Debut Sci-Fi Horror Feature Sells at TIFF

The North American rights for Sadrac Gonzales Perellon’s sci-fi horror Black Hollow Cage has been sold to distributor levelFILM on the second day at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film won the Jury’s Choice Award for Feature Film at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) and was nominated at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival and the Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival The…

See the Trailer to Greta Gerwig’s Directorial Debut ‘Lady Bird’

The trailer for Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird has been released following the film’s premiere screening at Telluride over the weekend. 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…

2017 BFI London Film Festival Announces Shorts Competition Line-up

The 61st BFI London Film Festival has announced the list of short films that are competing as part of the official program. The Short Film Award recognizes short form works with a unique cinematic voice and a confident handling of chosen theme and content. This year the Festival is screening: Gabriel Abrantes, THE ARTIFICIAL HUMORS Phil Collins, DELETE BEACH Billie Pleffer, FYSH (International Premiere) Anna…

First Time Screenwriter Josh L. Gordon Sells Sci-Fi Script to WB

Former development assistant Josh L. Gordon has sold his first feature script to Warner Bros. The former president of production of Voltage Pictures Zev Forman is producing with Thomas Benski and Brian Levy of Pulse executive producing. The script is set in a world where artificial intelligence and mankind conflict. “In this scenario, a brilliant young engineer finds herself at the center of an eccentric billionaire’s…