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StudioCanal and Aardman to Sell Animated Feature 'Shaun the Sheep' at Cannes Market

Europe's largest production company StudioCanal is teaming with UK-based Aardman Animations to develop the British animated kids' series "Shaun the Sheep," about an unusually intelligent farm animal, for the big screen. They plan to sell the film to buyers at the Cannes market this year.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 25, 2013 1:53 PM
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FatLabs Composer Vikas Kohli Heads to Cannes and HotDocs (VIDEO)

Indo-Canadian composer Vikas Kohli of FatLabs has two films gearing up for the festival circuit.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 25, 2013 12:54 PM
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Tribeca Announces 10th Annual All Access Awards, Winners Include Terence Nance

Tribeca Film Institute has announced recipients of the 10th Annual Access Awards, which offers year-round support for burgeoning filmmakers and their incomplete projects.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 25, 2013 11:53 AM
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Sundance Selects and IFC Appoint Three New Execs for Marketing and Publicity

Sundance Selects/IFC Films has just appointed three new executives to head their marketing and publicity departments for the company's distribution labels.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 24, 2013 4:36 PM
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Oscilloscope Acquires Indie 'Breakup at a Wedding,' Produced by Zachary Quinto

Oscilloscope Laboratories -- currently rolling out Matteo Garrone's Cannes hit "Reality" across the US -- announced today its acquisition of "Breakup at a Wedding," the debut feature by short film director Victor Quinaz. The film will be released June 18th across all VOD platforms, with select screenings and a college tour beforehand.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 24, 2013 4:32 PM
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Gus Van Sant Makes a Bid for 'Fifty Shades of Grey' with Steamy Alex Pettyfer Sex Scene

Most of the steamy buzz surrounding the film adaptation of E.L. James' erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" remains cloaked in rumor. But we do know that the film will likely be rated NC-17 and that Gus van Sant has just shot a sex scene with "Magic Mike" star Alex Pettyfer in a bid for the director's chair.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 24, 2013 2:31 PM
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SundanceNow Kicks Off May Doc Club Series with Jennifer Fox's Six-Hour 'Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman'

TIFF documentary programmer Thom Powers curates a monthly series for the On Demand service SundanceNow entitled "Spin the Globe," and May's spotlight film is Jennifer Fox's six-hour, Danish-funded documentary "Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 24, 2013 2:18 PM
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'The Opportunist' Heads to Cannes as Sole American Short in Competition (VIDEO)

"The Opportunist," a short film written and directed by David Lassiter, has been selected as the sole US short to compete at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The short will screen as part of the International Critics' Week (see the Cannes sidebar's feature film lineup here) and is the only American short anywhere in competition at the festival.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 24, 2013 12:59 PM
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Cannes Announces Director-Dominated Jury, Unveils Producers on the Move Lineup

The Cannes Film Festival has revealed the members of Steven Spielberg's 2013 jury: this year, directors dominate. Lynne Ramsay ("We Need to Talk About Kevin"), Cristian Mungiu (whose "Beyond the Hills" racked up prizes in last year's main competition), Ang Lee ("Life of Pi") and Japanese director Naomi Kawase will all deliberate over the best films in the main competition.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 24, 2013 11:35 AM
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Karlovy Vary Film Festival Appoints Agnieszka Holland as Jury President, Honors Oliver Stone

The 48th Annual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czech Republic announced today that American auteur Oliver Stone will be honored with the Crystal Globe Award for outstanding artistic contributions to world cinema. In addition, thrice-Oscar nominated Polish director Agnieszka Holland will serve as president of the jury.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 23, 2013 2:39 PM
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