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BFI, Aardman reveal £1m Development Lab for three animation features

Exclusive: Three teams selected for Lab from more than 100 applicants.

The BFI has partnered with Aardman Animations on a £1million Development Lab to help create new British animated feature films.

Two filmmaker duos and one individual filmmaker have been selected for the Lottery-funded Lab from more than 100 applicants, and are receiving funding and support over two years to develop their feature projects.

The teams have been working with Aardman’s story artists, producers, marketers and directors, including Nick Park – who is currently working on new Aardman feature Early Man – since June 2015.

David Sproxton, co-founder of Aardman, explained to Screen how the filmmakers will work with the studio: “They’ll develop [their projects] for two years, through outline, to treatment, to first draft script. Alongside that they’ll ramp up the visual elements, working on character design, setting design and the story reeling process.

“At the end, their pitch package will consist of some fantastic artwork, a sizzle
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BFI, Aardman launch £1m Development Lab to make new animation movies

Exclusive: Three teams selected for Lab from more than 100 applicants.

The BFI has partnered with Aardman Animations on a £1million Development Lab to help create new British animated feature films.

Two filmmaker duos and one individual filmmaker have been selected for the Lottery-funded Lab from more than 100 applicants, and are receiving funding and support over two years to develop their feature projects.

The teams have been working with Aardman’s story artists, producers, marketers and directors, including Nick Park – who is currently working on new Aardman feature Early Man – since June 2015.

David Sproxton, co-founder of Aardman, explained to Screen how the filmmakers will work with the studio: “They’ll develop [their projects] for two years, through outline, to treatment, to first draft script. Alongside that they’ll ramp up the visual elements, working on character design, setting design and the story reeling process.

“At the end, their pitch package will consist of some fantastic artwork, a sizzle
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BFI reveals 2016 Vision Awards

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Twenty-two emerging producers to receive up to £2.2m; almost 500 applicants.Scroll Down For Recipients

The BFI has announced the recipients of its 2016-18 Vision Awards, comprising 22 investments in up-and-coming UK producers.

The awards, generally spread over two years, are designed to enable producers to build and develop their companies, slates and creative relationships.

The BFI had intended to give 20 awards but increased that allocation to 22 in response to the number of strong applications it received. Almost 500 companies applied for the awards, which are backed by a total commitment from the BFI of £2.2m of National Lottery funding.

Fifteen of the awards are to women producers or partnerships, while eight of the companies are based outside of London, located in Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and York.

In a bid to foster sustainability, the third iteration of the Vision Awards will include an allowance to cover a producer’s fees and overheads of up to half
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Genesius picks up 'Starfish' starring Joanne Froggatt, Tom Riley

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Genesius picks up 'Starfish' starring Joanne Froggatt, Tom Riley
Exclusive: True-life drama stars Joanne Froggatt and Tom Riley.

Debbie Gray and Julian Gleek’s London-based Genesius Pictures has acquired UK distribution rights and international sales rights to Starfish, starring Joanne Froggatt [pictured] and Tom Riley.

The Little Film Company is in Cannes showing footage to the inspirational true-life story of a couple whose lives change forever when the man contracts a rare disease that leads to the loss of all four limbs and parts of his face.

Bill Clark wrote and directed and based his screenplay on interviews with the actual couple on whom the story is based.

Starfish is a Genesius Pictures presentation in association with Head Gear Films, Kreo Films and Unlimited Pictures of a Starfish Pictures Limited production with Origami Films Ltd, CrossDay and What’s The Story.

Pippa Cross, Mel Paton and Ros Hubbard produce and Gray is on board as executive producer with Robbie Little and Gleek, Diana Phillips, [link
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Genesius picks up British medical drama 'Starfish'

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Genesius picks up British medical drama 'Starfish'
Exclusive: True-life drama stars Joanne Froggatt and Tom Riley.

Debbie Gray and Julian Gleek’s London-based Genesius Pictures has acquired UK distribution rights and international sales rights to Starfish, starring Joanne Froggatt [pictured] and Tom Riley.

The Little Film Company is in Cannes showing footage to the inspirational true-life story of a couple whose lives change forever when the man contracts a rare disease that leads to the loss of all four limbs and parts of his face..

Bill Clark wrote and directed and based his screenplay on interviews with the actual couple on whom the story is based.

Starfish is a Genesius Pictures presentation in association with Unlimited Pictures of a Starfish Pictures Limited production with Origami Films Ltd, CrossDay and What’s the Story.

Pippa Cross, Mel Paton and Ros Hubbard produce and Gray is on board as executive producer with Robbie Little and Gleek, Diana Phillips, Claire Best and Peter Lang for Unlimited, Joanne Froggatt, Graeme
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‘Couple in a Hole’ VOD Review

Stars: Paul Higgins, Kate Dickie, Jérôme Kircher, Corinne Masiero | Written and Directed by Tom Geens

John (Higgins) and Karen (Dickie) used to have it all. They had uprooted from Scotland with their son to a small, yet idyllic cottage in the beautiful Pyrenees Mountain range of France. However, tragedy struck by the way of a fire that not only left them homeless, but even worse; childless. With their life destroyed, the pair decide to shut themselves off from the rest of the world and live off the land and take shelter in an isolated cave. After Karen is bitten by a deadly spider, John is forced to make his way in to the nearby town in search of some medicine for his wife. Although desperate to save his wife, an apparition of his recently deceased son causes him to panic and he begins to retreat. Thankfully, local farmer Andre (Kircher
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Brian Cox to star in 'Churchill'

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Brian Cox to star in 'Churchill'
Exclusive: Brian Welsh to direct drama about lead up to D-Day landing.

Brian Cox (The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) is newly attached to star in Churchill, a UK drama about the build up to the D-Day landings.

Brian Welsh, director of Bifa-winning feature In Our Name and TV series The Escape Artist, will direct historian Alex von Tunzelmann’s script, which is being sold at Afm by Embankment Films.

UK producers Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter of Salon Pictures produce the story of the tense build up to the D-Day landings and the relationship between British Prime Minister Churchill and his wife Clemmie.

Exhausted by years of war and plagued by depression, the script depicts Churchill as a shadow of the hero who has resisted Hitler’s Blitzkrieg. Should the D-Day landings fail, he is terrified he’ll be remembered as the architect of carnage.

Only the unflinching support of his unflappable wife Clementine
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Afm: Brian Cox to star in 'Churchill'

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Afm: Brian Cox to star in 'Churchill'
Exclusive: Brian Welsh to direct drama about lead up to D-Day landing.

Brian Cox (The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) is newly attached to star in Churchill, a UK drama about the build up to the D-Day landings.

Brian Welsh, director of Bifa-winning feature In Our Name and TV series The Escape Artist, will direct historian Alex von Tunzelmann’s script, which is being sold at Afm by Embankment Films.

UK producers Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter of Salon Pictures produce the story of the tense build up to the D-Day landings and the relationship between British Prime Minister Churchill and his wife Clemmie.

Exhausted by years of war and plagued by depression, the script depicts Churchill as a shadow of the hero who has resisted Hitler’s Blitzkrieg. Should the D-Day landings fail, he is terrified he’ll be remembered as the architect of carnage.

Only the unflinching support of his unflappable wife Clementine
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High Point merges with Starline Entertainment

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Exclusive: Staff, slate segue to existing UK sales and production outfit.

UK sales and distribution outfit High Point Films & TV has merged with existing UK production and sales company Starline Entertainment in a bid to grow and bring fresh impetus to both companies.

Key staff to transition to Starline as part of the rebrand include High Point MD Carey Fitzgerald, Julie Delaney, who becomes director of worldwide distribution, and Piers Nightingale, who assumes the role director of acquisitions.

Industry veteran Fitzgerald will remain MD of High Point, whose catalogue will be managed by Starline, while Delaney and Nightingale will work closely with existing Starline MD Ronald de Neef, himself a non-executive chair of High Point. All four will be shareholders in Starline.

In its new guise Starline will continue to handle features for international sales but will also take on more alternative content such as transmedia and web series and will look to pursue more direct and event-based
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U.K.’s Nfts Rules at Int’l Film School Awards

U.K.’s Nfts Rules at Int’l Film School Awards
London — Students from the U.K.’s National Film and Television School have won all three prizes at the annual awards of Cilect, the international association of film and television schools.

It’s the first time in the 58-year history of Cilect, which reps 160 film and TV schools from 60 countries, that students from the same school have won in all three categories — fiction, documentary and animation.

Head Over Heels,” which was penned and helmed by Timothy Reckart, and produced by Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, won the animation prize. It was the only student film nommed for an Oscar this year. “After,” written and directed by Lukasz Konopa, won the docu prize. “The Mass of Men,” scripted and helmed by Gabriel Gauchet, was awarded the prize for fiction.

Cilect exec director Stanislav Semerdjiev said: “I am astonished. For the first time in the history of the competition we have a situation
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Mel Raido to Co-star with Gemma Arterton in ‘Gemma Bovery’

Mel Raido to Co-star with Gemma Arterton in ‘Gemma Bovery’
Mel Raido is set to star in the indie “Gemma Bovery” with Gemma Arterton.

Anne Fontaine is directing with Philippe Carcassonne and Faye Ward producing.

Pic is from Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel, which is loosely based on Gustave Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary” and is about a young English woman who marries and moves to rural France.

Raido will play a charming food writer and critic who is also the ex-boyfriend of Bovary.

Raido, who is repped by Emptage Hallett, Dba and Mosaic, was most recently seen in “In Our Name.”
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'Mayday': New BBC One all-star thriller - watch trailer

BBC One's new highly-anticipated drama series Mayday has released a new trailer ahead of its premiere on Sunday night.

The series - which stars Sophie Okonedo, Aidan Gillen, Peter Firth and Lesley Manville - will be stripped across next week from Sunday until Thursday in five episodes.

Watch the trailer for Mayday:

Written by Ben Court and Caroline Ip (Whitechapel) and directed by Brian Welsh (Black Mirror, In Our Name), the drama centres on the disappearance of a village's 14-year-old May Queen.

Mayday premieres on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.
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The Truffles 2011 – The HeyUGuys Movie Awards – Part 2

Welcome to the second part of The Truffles – the HeyUGuys Movie Awards in which our team dole out an alternative set of awards to the great and good of this year’s cascade of movies.

You can read Part 1 by clicking here and read on to see which cinematic heroes are hoisted high above the crowd and which are dragged into a nearby corner and pummelled.

Here are more unique awards as we take on the year that was…

Jon Lyus

The Charles Manson Sing-a-long Award – John Hawkes in Martha Marcy May Marlene

A show stopping moment from one of my highlights of the cinematic year. Elizabeth Olsen was rightly lauded for her magnetic central performance in Sean Durkin’s film, but it was Sarah Paulson and John Hawkes who stood out for me. What stuck with me most was the moment when Hawkes’ latent anger is given an outlet
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Feature Interview: Downton Abbey Star Joanne Froggatt

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Joanne Froggatt in Downton Abbey.

By Kieran Kinsella

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On Sunday, Downton Abbey returns to British TV as season two gets underway. When it airs, award winning actress Joanne Froggatt and many of the other stars of the show will be thousands of miles away attending the Emmys in Los Angeles. The hit drama has been nominated for no less than 11 awards. Joanne whose past credits include Robin Hood, The Street and Life on Mars, recently took time out from her hectic schedule to talk to Best British TV about Downton Abbey, the Emmy’s and her other acting work.

In Downton Abbey, your character Anna has been involved in a romance with Mr Bates. There is a bit of an age gap between the two and he is a man with a past but
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In Our Name Movie Review

In Our Name Movie Review
Title: In Our Name Writer-director: Brian Welsh Starring: Joanne Froggatt, Mel Raido, Andrew Knott, Chloe-Jayne Wilkinson, Janine Leigh, Shah Amin A British coming-home-from-war drama that toes the line between pedestrian and interesting, though tilting toward the former, ‘In Our Name’ connects chiefly as a gender-shift curiosity given its main focus on a female soldier. Joanne Froggatt’s engaging performance, which picked up the Most Promising Newcomer prize at this past year’s British Independent Film Awards, is the chief selling point of writer-director Brian Welsh’s sophomore outing, which otherwise cycles through the expected interpersonal difficulties of trying to readjust to civilian and married life. ‘In Our Name’ opens with Suzy Jackson (Froggatt) returning...
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From Britain With Love

From Britain With Love, a showcase of new independent British cinema, continues its run in New York and across the Us. After kicking off last week as part of the opening festivities at the splendid new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at New York's Lincoln Center, From Britain With Love continues through July in NYC and beyond, including downtown at the IFC Center. From Britain With Love is a 6-film series presented by Film Society of Lincoln Center, UK Film Council, and Emerging Pictures, bringing the freshest British independent cinema 'across the pond' to Us art-house audiences. And the lineup has it all - stylish period production (Toast), fiercely intense performances (In Our Name), colorful adventures covering a continent (Africa United) - so whatever type of movie you fancy, we reckon this series has it. The festival officially began on June 11 at Lincoln Center with the Us premiere of Toast,
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British film industry must target Us market

A new, groundbreaking scheme designed to boost the export of independent UK films to the Us will receive no future funding, leaving a huge gap in the market, according to industry insiders. From Britain with Love - the last initiative by the UK Film Council’s Export Unit - will showcase six independent UK films including Toast starring Helena Bonham Carter and In Our Name with Downton Abbey actor, Joanne Froggatt, across more than 30 Us cities and towns from June ...
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Fast track to success for young British actors

American TV made stars of Hugh Laurie and Dominic West, bypassing the traditional stage to screen route. Now two schemes hope to exploit this new path for emerging talent

A talented British actor may have to toil for a long time in the Us before hitting paydirt. But when that sought-after role in a primetime drama series comes along, it can fund a year of acting on the English stage, boost an established performer's profile and perhaps even provide a stepping stone to Hollywood.

It has worked for many British stars, from Dominic West, who starred in The Wire and is now wowing audiences in Simon Gray's Butley, to the comedian Hugh Laurie, whose role in House has made him an international celebrity. Ian McShane's delayed Us success in the western series Deadwood, meanwhile, has now seen him join an A-list cast in the summer blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
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Fast track to success for young British actors

American TV made stars of Hugh Laurie and Dominic West, bypassing the traditional stage to screen route. Now two schemes hope to exploit this new path for emerging talent

A talented British actor may have to toil for a long time in the Us before hitting paydirt. But when that sought-after role in a primetime drama series comes along, it can fund a year of acting on the English stage, boost an established performer's profile and perhaps even provide a stepping stone to Hollywood.

It has worked for many British stars, from Dominic West, who starred in The Wire and is now wowing audiences in Simon Gray's Butley, to the comedian Hugh Laurie, whose role in House has made him an international celebrity. Ian McShane's delayed Us success in the western series Deadwood, meanwhile, has now seen him join an A-list cast in the summer blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
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Helena Bonham Carter Talks "Toast," Perfumes, and Hypnotizing Johnny Depp

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Helena Bonham Carter Talks
Despite the fact that Helena Bonham Carter is currently in England filming Tim Burton's reimagining of the '60s TV series "Dark Shadows," she's sending her best to America. And she isn't alone. As the digital distributor Emerging Pictures did last fall for a selection of Australian hits that wouldn't have made it to U.S. theaters otherwise, the company is teaming up with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the UK Film Council to bring a group of six acclaimed British films Stateside, kicking off with "Toast," a '60s set coming-of-age story based on food writer Nigel Slater's memoir with Freddie Highmore as his teen surrogate who must compete for the attention of his gruff father against a cleaning woman (Bonham Carter) whose heavenly lemon meringue pie masks the tartness she demonstrates upon becoming the boy's stepmother.

However, that's nearly the only thing about the
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