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Western Edge plot Star of Tomorrow Toby Fell-Holden’s feature debut

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Exclusive: Incident follows a teenage girl who is the subject of a witch hunt at her school.

Prevenge producers Western Edge Pictures and Gennaker Group are on board to produce and finance Toby Fell-Holden’s feature debut Incident.

Fell-Holden, a Screen Star of Tomorrow in 2016, received accolades for his short film Balcony, which won a Crystal Bear at last year’s Berlinale and was supported by Western Edge and Gennaker.

Incident is the contemporary story of a teenage girl who, after returning home from a foreign country, attempts to keep her past hidden when she becomes the subject of a witch hunt after an accident at her school.

Tom Kimberley and Ali Mansuri will produce the film, which will be exec produced by Vaughan Sivell (Prevenge, Third Star, Mr Calzaghe).

Fell-Holden commented: “I’m thrilled to have Wep and Gennaker’s continued support, their guidance has been invaluable and I’m excited to move forward on our
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Balcony wins double Iris Prize by Amber Wilkinson - 2016-10-24 08:11:34

Balcony won the Iris Prize and British Short Award Toby Fell-Holden enjoyed a double celebration last week, taking home the Iris Prize 2016 as well as the Best British award for his short film Balcony.

It was the first time in the prize's 10-year history that it was won by a UK filmmaker. The £30,000 prize will allow Toby to make a new short film in Wales, becoming the ninth Iris production.

Jury chair Cheryl Dunye said: “We felt that the director crafted a powerful film where not a single moment of its 17 minutes was wasted. The lead performance by Charlotte Beaumont was particularly outstanding as she took us on an internal transformation that left us speechless”.

“The film explored myriad social justice issues not only relevant to Lgbt filmmaking but also with those that intersect with race, class, and gender issues in both the UK and the world today”.

Fell-Holden said,
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BFI reveals Lff Net.Work participants

BFI reveals Lff Net.Work participants
Fifteen of Britain’s up and coming film-makers to attend five-day professional development programme.

The BFI has revealed the 15 writers and directors taking part in the Net.Work@Lff professional development programme at this year’s BFI London Film Festival (Oct 5-16).

This year’s Net.Work event focuses on emerging film-makers from British black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame) backgrounds from across the UK. The programme also mirrors the festival’s headline industry event, the Lff Black Star Symposium (Thursday, 6 October), which will be opened by British actor and producer David Oyelowo.

During the course of the five-day programme (Oct 6-10) which is supported by the BFI with National Lottery funding, the 15 writers and directors will be participating in masterclasses, screenings, networking and one-to-one sessions with visiting international film-makers and executives whose films are screening at the festival.

The delegates include Toby Fell-Holden, whose short Balcony won a Crystal Bear in Berlin’s Generation 14plus strand
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BFI reveals Lff Net.Work delegates

BFI reveals Lff Net.Work delegates
Fifteen of Britain’s up and coming film-makers to attend five-day professional development programme.

The BFI has revealed the 15 writers and directors taking part in the Net.Work@Lff professional development programme at this year’s BFI London Film Festival (Oct 5-16).

This year’s Net.Work event focuses on emerging film-makers from British black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame) backgrounds from across the UK. The programme also mirrors the festival’s headline industry event, the Lff Black Star Symposium (Thursday, 6 October), which will be opened by British actor and producer David Oyelowo.

During the course of the five-day programme (Oct 6-10) which is supported by the BFI with National Lottery funding, the 15 writers and directors will be participating in masterclasses, screenings, networking and one-to-one sessions with visiting international film-makers and executives whose films are screening at the festival.

The delegates include Toby Fell-Holden, whose short Balcony won a Crystal Bear in Berlin’s Generation 14plus strand
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‘Queen of Katwe’ Leads the Slate at 2016 Urbanworld Film Festival

‘Queen of Katwe’ Leads the Slate at 2016 Urbanworld Film Festival
“Queen of Katwe,” the Disney film directed by Mira Nair and starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, is among the films lined up to screen at the 20th Urbanworld Film Festival, the annual New York showcase of films from diverse creators.

Oyelowo will serve as one of the festival’s ambassadors this year, as will Ava DuVernay, the “Selma” director whose documentary “The 13th” will open the concurrent New York Film Festival. “Katwe,” soon to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and centering on a young Ugandan woman’s quest to become a chess champion, is one of about 70 films that will screen during the festival, which runs Sept. 21-25.

The full 2016 Urbanworld film slate follows:

Spotlight Presentations

Queen of Katwe – Directed by Mira Nair, Presented by Disney

Class Divide – Directed by Marc Levin, Presented by HBO Documentary Films

Black – Directed by Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah, Presented
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Raindance reveals 2016 line-up; Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley on jury

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Raindance reveals 2016 line-up; Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley on jury
This year’s festival will include an inaugural virtual reality strand and a co-production forum focused on UK-Ibero-American relations.Scroll down for line-up

The 24th Raindance Film Festival has revealed its line-up, with 90 feature films set to be screened in London September 21 – October 2.

This year’s jury will be comprised of Stephen Fry (V For Vendetta), Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies), Jack Davenport (Pirates Of The Caribbean), Nicholas Pinnock (Top Boy) and American artist David Datuna.

They will preside over awards for a competition line-up that features the international premiere of Stephen Elliott’s After Adderall, a semi-autobiographical story about the production of the film adaptation of Elliott’s memoirs. Receiving its European premiere will be Japanese director Yoshiyuki Kishi’s A Double Life, about a young woman who is assigned to follow a stranger.

Among the seven UK premieres playing in competition are Indian drama [link=tt
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The Busan International Short Film Festival announces the International and Korean Competition

The organizers of the festival have announced the films that will compete for the Korean and International Section.

This year the Korean Competition will showcase 17 films (14 fictions, 1 experimental, 1 documentary and 1 animation) and the International Competition consists of 37 films (28 fictions, 5 documentaries, 3 experimental and 1 animation). The 33rd Busan International Short Film Festival (Bisff) will take place from April 22th to 26th at the Busan Cinema Center in Busan (South Korea). We will keep you updated as soon as more information about the films is available.

Korean Competition

Ga Hyang: a road of no return by Kim Youngjae (Fiction)

The Plants: Jakarta Monorail 103 by Park Yongseok (Experimental)

My fact_or_y by Park Koonje (Documentary)

New Rapids by Choi Jungmoon (Fiction)

iLuv by Park Junghwan (Fiction)

The Transfer Student by Park Jiin (Fiction)

Bargain by Lee Chunghyun (Fiction)

Seol-hee by Bae Yeonhee (Fiction)

Fangs by Shin Jonghun (Fiction)

Like soldiers, like children by
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Berlin: 'Mellow Mud' wins Crystal Bear; 'Plants' wins Grand Prix

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Winners revealed in Generation 14plus strand of the Berlinale.

Latvia’s Mellow Mud (Es esmu šeit) has won the Crystal Bear for Best Film in the Generation 14plus strand of the Berlin Film Festival (Feb 11-21), as voted by the ‘youth jury’.

The feature debut of Latvian director Renārs Vimba received its world premiere in the youth strand of the Berlinale and centres on a 17-year-old girl and her little brother who keep the death of their grandmother secret in an attempt not to lose their home.

Mellow Mud was acquired by sales outfit Pluto Film ahead of the festival and introduced to buyers at the Efm.

The jury said of the feature: “We were particularly impressed by a film that managed to create powerful and expressive images in spite of its spare dialogue and understated performances.

“Thanks to a convincing portrayal of the female protagonist, we were able to accompany her on a journey that movingly
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Oscar Pistorius documentary in the blocks

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Oscar Pistorius documentary in the blocks
Exclusive: Vaughan Sivell to follow Mr Calzaghe with new feature doc for Western Edge Pictures.

Building on the success of boxing story Mr Calzaghe (sold by Content and with a UK release by eOne), Western Edge Pictures is now producing Oscar Pistorius: Killing A Dream.

Vaughan Sivell, founder of Western Edge and director of Mr Calzaghe, will again direct the new feature documentary, set to be delivered by early 2017.

The film, which will start shooting in March, will explore the tragedy of Reeva Steenkamp’s death; alongside a look at South Africa’s turbulent recent history. “For us it’s the story of South Africa alongside the story of Oscar, it’s so cinematic, it’s a real once-in-a lifetime project in terms of scale,” Sivell said.

The new film about the Paralympic athlete will be made in exclusive collaboration with journalist Gareth A Davies, who has known Pistorius since he was 16 years old. The production
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Berlin Film Festival Completes Lineup of Kids and Youth Films Section

London — The Berlin Film Festival’s kids and youth films section, Generation, has completed its lineup.

The films explore and challenge contradictions surrounding concepts of childhood, such as being child-like and being an adult, and what is forbidden and what is permitted, the festival said.

“Young people worldwide are constantly confronted by dystopic realities not of their own making,” Maryanne Redpath, head of Generation, said. “In the diverse films of this year’s program we see them taking matters into their own hands.”

A total of 63 feature-length and short films produced or co-produced in 35 countries have been invited to take part in the two competitions, Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus. The program was selected from around 2000 feature-length and short films submitted to Generation this year, which is more than in any year previously.

Generation 14plus

(Film descriptions courtesy of the Berlin Film Festival)

6A – Sweden

By Peter Modestij

Bullying, skipping school,
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Moet British Independent Film Awards Winners

Last night the Moet British Independent Film Awards were dished out at a red carpet ceremony in London. The big winner on the night was the superb Ex Machina, which picked up most of the main awards, including Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay for Alex Garland and Outstanding Achievement in Craft for its Visual Effects, by Andrew Whitehurst.

Elsewhere, Saoirse Ronan picked up Best Actress for Brooklyn and Tom Hardy won Best Actor for his dual role as Ronnie and Reggie Kray in Legend.

Olivia Colman won her third Bifa for her Best Supporting Actress performance in The Lobster. Brendan Gleeson made it two years in a row, winning Best Supporting Actor for Suffragette this year after taking away Best Actor for Calvary last year.

Colin Farrell presented the Most Promising Newcomer award to Abigail Hardingham for her breakthrough performance in Nina Forever.

Here are the nominees,
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Ex Machina the big winner at 2015 Moet British Independent Film Awards

The 2015 Moet British Independent Film Awards took place in London tonight, with Alex Garland’s Ex Machina taking home four awards in Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay (Garland), and Outstanding Achievement in Craft (Visual Effects: Andrew Whitehurst).

In the acting categories, Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and Tom Hardy (Legend) won Best Actress and Best Actor, while the supporting awards went to Olivia Colman (The Lobster) and Brendan Gleeson (Suffragette).

Here’s a full list of the winners, and you can watch a stream of the ceremony here…

Best British Independent Film sponsored by Moët & Chandon

45 Years Tristan Goligher, Andrew Haigh

Amy James Gay-Rees, Asif Kapadia

Ex MacHina Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Alex Garland

The Lobster Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos

MacBeth Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Laura Hastings-Smith, Todd Louiso, Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie, Justin Kurzel

Best Director

45 Years Andrew Haigh

Amy Asif Kapadia
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BIFAs 2015: full list of winners

BIFAs 2015: full list of winners
Sci-fi Ex Machina wins four, including Best British Independent Film; re-watch the ceremony here.

The 2015 Moet British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) were held at Old Billingsgate Market in London on Dec 6, where Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster led the nominations with seven nods.

But it was sci-fi Ex Machina that won the night, with four awards including Best British Independent Film. Full report here.

BIFAs 2015Best British Independent Film

Ex Machina, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Alex Garland

45 Years, Tristan Goligher, Andrew HaighAmy, James Gay-Rees, Asif KapadiaThe Lobster, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos LanthimosMacbeth, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Laura Hastings-Smith, Todd Louiso, Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie, Justin KurzelBest Director

Alex Garland, Ex Machina

45 Years, Andrew HaighAmy, Asif KapadiaThe Lobster, Yorgos LanthimosMacbeth, Justin KurzelBest Actress

Saorise Ronan, Brooklyn

Marion Cotillard, MacbethCarey Mulligan, SuffragetteCharlotte Rampling, 45 YearsAlicia Vikander, The Danish GirlBest Supporting Actress

Olivia Colman, The Lobster

Helen Bonham Carter, SuffragetteAnne-Marie Duff, SuffragetteSienna
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Six nominations for Macbeth in British indie awards

Film4 has received a total of 41 nominations for the films it has backed at this year.s British Independent Film Awards, including six for Justin Kurzel's Macbeth.

Macbeth is in contention for best British independent film, best director, lead actor Michael Fassbender, lead actress Marion Cotillard, support actor Sean Harris and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw.

The film will soon be available on Amazon Prime Video in an exclusive streaming deal negotiated by the Us distributor, the Weinstein Co. According to one report that deal is worth $US4 million.. Macbeth opens in limited theatrical release in the Us on December 4.

Another film co-produced by See-Saw Films, Slow West, scored a nomination for John Maclean as best debut director.

Yorgos Lanthimos.s The Lobster tops the list with seven nominations. Andrew Haigh.s 45 Years and Macbeth each received six while. Alex Garland.s Ex Machina and Asif Kapadia.s Amy garnered five each.
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Nominations announced for 2015 Moet British Independent Film Awards

This morning, the nominations for the 2015 Moet British Independent Film Awards have been announced, with The Lobster leading the pack with seven nods, including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Producer of the Year, Best Actor (Colin Farrell), Best Supporting Actor (Ben Whishaw) and Best Supporting Actress (Olivia Colman).

Following hot on The Lobster’s heels are 45 Years and Macbeth with six nominations apiece, followed by Amy, Brooklyn and Ex Machina with five. In total, 28 different British films have been nominated. Check out a full list of the nominees here…

Best British Independent Film sponsored by Moët & Chandon

45 Years Tristan Goligher, Andrew Haigh

Amy James Gay-Rees, Asif Kapadia

Ex MacHina Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Alex Garland

The Lobster Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos

MacBeth Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Laura Hastings-Smith, Todd Louiso, Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie, Justin Kurzel

Best Director

45 Years Andrew Haigh
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'The Lobster' leads 2015 Bifa nominations

'The Lobster' leads 2015 Bifa nominations
The Lobster received seven nominations; 45 Years and Macbeth received six each.

Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster topped this year’s Moet British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) nominations, which were presented in London this morning (Nov 3) by Gemma Chan and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

The film garnered seven nods including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Producer of the Year.

Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth both received six nominations each, receiving acting nods for stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay for the former, and Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender for the latter.

Asif Kapadi’s documentary Amy, which told the story of the late singer Amy Winehouse, received five nominations, as did John Crowley’s period drama Brooklyn.

Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise and Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette each received four nominations.

Alongside The Lobster, the titles also nominated for Best British Indepedent Film were: 45 Years, Amy, Ex Machina and [link
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