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Pinewood Group Strikes Deal With Prime Video to take UK Production Facilities at Shepperton Studios

Pinewood Group Strikes Deal With Prime Video To Take UK Production Facilities At Shepperton Studios

In a further commitment to the UK production industry, Prime Video today announced a landmark multimillion-pound long-term contract with Shepperton Studios for exclusive use of new production facilities at the Surrey studios for future original TV series and movie productions. The new facilities will comprise 9 sound stages, workshops and office accommodation, totalling approximately 450,000 square feet, and forming part of the wider redevelopment and expansion of Shepperton Studios, which will deliver approximately 1.2 million square feet of new studio space.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Pinewood Group as we continue to support, develop and invest in the world-leading UK creative industries,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “Shepperton has long been synonymous with top-tier television and movies and we’re proud that it will be home to many Prime Video original productions in the years to come.”

“As we continue to grow the number of original series we’re making in the UK, it is critical that these productions support and develop a diverse pipeline of talent,” added Dan Grabiner, head of UK Originals, Amazon Studios. “We’re excited to be collaborating with Pinewood Group and our production partners to create new opportunities for UK creatives.”

“We’re delighted to be welcoming Prime Video to our expanded Shepperton Studios,” said Paul Golding, chairman, Pinewood Group. “This landmark long-term commitment to Shepperton supports our considerable investment in this fantastic studio. Once construction is completed in 2023, Shepperton Studios will comprise 31 purpose-built stages, making it the second-biggest studio in the world.”

 

“We’ve supported our world-leading cultural and creative sector throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so as it bounces back,” said Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak. “It’s fantastic to see Prime Video expanding its UK presence and giving yet another boost to our rebounding economy. The investment will drive growth and create jobs with thousands of opportunities for the producers, actors and directors of tomorrow.”

“The UK”s film and production industry is rightly recognised as among the best in the world,” said Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries. “This multimillion-pound investment by Prime Video is a huge vote of confidence in the strength of our infrastructure and workforce and I hope encourages other firms to follow. I look forward to seeing all the fantastic film and TV created in this state-of-the-art facility in the years to come.”

 

The long-term commitment to studio space at Shepperton Studios aligns with Amazon Studios’ strategy of expanding its production footprint in the UK. The first UK-produced series, The Grand Tour, was launched on Prime Video in 2016; it was followed by All or Nothing sports documentaries featuring Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. Subsequent unscripted series launched regularly, like Clarkson’s Farm in the summer of 2021. Good Omens, the first UK-produced scripted original series, debuted on Prime Video in 2019; as a result of increased production, 2022 and 2023 will see the largest number of UK original series launching to date. These include The Devil’s Hour, a six-part thriller series produced by Hartswood Films starring Jessica Raine and Peter Capaldi; Jungle, a grime and drill music drama series from first-time TV producers Nothing Lost; The Rig, Wild Mercury’s six-part epic thriller series starring Martin Compston and Emily Hampshire; and Mammals, a six-part comedy-drama series written by Jez Butterworth and starring James Corden and Sally Hawkins.

Many of Amazon Studios’ major global series already call the UK home such as Citadel and The Power – with filming currently underway in Scotland on Anansi Boys and Good Omens Season Two. And in 2021, Amazon Studios announced its forthcoming Lord of the Rings series, The Rings of Power, will film Season Two in the UK. Amazon Studios has also signed overall deals with British creators including Neil Gaiman, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Sir Steve McQueen.

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39th Oscar-Qualified Tehran International Short Film Festival to be Held in Iran

39th Oscar Qualified Tehran International Short Film Festival To Be Held In Iran

The 39th edition of Tehran International Short Film Festival will be held as a preliminary event for the Academy Awards, as well as an Oscar-qualified festival, screening 60 short films by filmmakers from 35 countries all around the world, and the film receiving the Grand Prix in the international category will be eligible for Oscar consideration.

 

The 39th edition of Tehran International Short Film Festival, presided over by Mehdi Azarpendar, is held by the Iranian Youth Cinema Society, heralding the motto of “Variety in Genre” and will focus on the subject of genre, to be held in two categories of national and international competition. With in-person attendance, the festival is set to screen more than 60 short films in categories of fiction, documentary, animation, and experimental, in several competition sections; domestic and international, with filmmakers from 35 countries such as the US, France, Chile, Argentina, Japan, Germany, Austria, China, England, Italy, Poland, Lebanon, Canada, Kyrgyzstan, India, Spain, Finland, Switzerland, Denmark, Australia, Thailand, Croatia, Hungary, the Philippines, Lithuania, Romania, Pakistan, Indonesia, Morocco, Armenia, Luxemburg, Iraq, Turkey, and Iran. The jury members come from the following countries: Portugal, Turkey, Lithuania, Romania, and Iran. The international cinema instructors’ summit is held from October 19-24, 2022, in Mellat cinematic complex of Tehran.

Tehran International Film Festival is one of the most significant and prestigious short film festivals in the world, and it is an Oscar-qualified event, with good standing among global short filmmakers. This year, 5042 films from 131 countries have been submitted to this festival.

This cinematic event is among the 63 Oscar-qualified events in the world, one of the 9 international festivals in Asia, and one of the two Oscar-qualified events in the Middle East.

In the press conference held on Sunday 16 October 2022, in Bagh-e Ziba, Mehdi Azarpendar, the president of the 39th round of Tehran International Short Film Festival, stated, “Today’s festival is the most international cinematic event in Iran, and requires lots of prior planning. Last year, it was held from October 19-24, and since it was included in the Oscar-qualified festivals’ calendar, we felt that this international event should have a fixed date.”

He also added, “The total number of submitted films in the international category of the 39th Tehran Film Festival is 5042 films, 2925 of which belong to the genre of fiction, 689 animations, 804 documentaries, and 594 experimental films from 131 countries attending the international section of the 39th edition. In addition, France with 572 films, Spain with 401, India with 231, and the US with 221 works are the countries with the highest submitted works to this event. The next on the list is Brazil with 213 films, Germany with 191, Italy with 188, Russia with 162, Turkey with 149, Canada with 101, and Mexico with 86 films submitted.”

The festival president continued his remarks on the competition section of “National Competitions”, saying, “This section of the festival comprises 99 films including 47 fictions, 14 documentaries, 13 experimental movies, and 25 animations by Iranian filmmakers all across the country.”

Aiming for human and communal values, the category of “International Competitions” in this festival includes films in different sections of fiction, documentary, animation, and experimentals made outside Iran. The works submitted to this category must have been produced before 2021, with no prior screenings in other festivals of Iran.

The objectives of this festival comprise the following: identifying and introducing new talents in cinema, enhancing the position of short films as an independent and intellectual movement in Iranian cinema, updating the cinematic knowledge of filmmakers regarding the field of short films, strengthening the cycle of short film distribution via the provision of domestic and global marketing prerequisites, and the expansion and attraction of short film audiences.

The “20-39” specialized summits are attended by notable international and domestic instructors and students and enthusiasts of the craft, focusing on issues like creativity in work, lighting and cinematography, empiricism in work, interviewing the acting coach, screenplay, genre in short films, genre, form, style, similarities and differences, preparation and production, evaluation of short film genre samples, sound, visual effects, and production design.

Holding the “Literature and Cinema” fair is another agenda of this cinematic event, consisting of specialized cinematic books and the latest releases from the Iranian Youth Cinema Society. These publications include translations and compilations in fields as varied as production management in cinema, recommended stories for short film adaptation, debut filmmakers’ documentation, realism in fiction, genre-related articles, photography, music, experimental cinema, etc.

Unveiling the Cinema Graduates Center of the Iranian Youth Cinema Society and holding the first summit for them are other programs of the 39th round.

Tehran International Film Festival is held annually by the Iranian Youth Cinema Society which is the biggest filmmaking society in Iran, having 58 educational and filmmaking offices all across the country, besides being one of the largest filmmaking schools in the world when it comes to the number of works produced. Holding seven-month filmmaking courses, single-subject short-term courses, and Tehran International Short Film Festival as the most important short film event in the Middle East are among the activities of this society.

Great Iranian filmmakers have been introduced to the world via Tehran International Short Film Festival, including figures such as Asghar Farhadi, Bahman Ghobadi, Mehrdad Oskouei, Shahram Mokri, Reza Mirkarimi, Majid Barzegar, Saeed Roustayi, Mohsen Amiryoussefi, Ida Panahandeh, Arsalan Amiri, Arian Vazirdaftari, as well as other well-known Iranian filmmakers.

For more information:  www.tisff.ir/en/

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Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) 44th edition

Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) has taken very successful steps in the previous editions in cementing its position as one of the important platforms in the film industry in the Arab region. Hence I would like to offer my appreciation to the esteemed former festival presidents and their staff members.

Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) 44th Edition

The urgent question that I posed and liked to discuss with the CIFF team at the beginning of defining the features of the 44th edition was: Where do we go from here? How can the festival take new steps, in particular, in light of an artistic scene dominated by the specter of a world war that has changed the global economic landscape and directly affected us locally?

Hence the basic concept of our course, which the official poster of the festival sheds light on: cinema as a bridge between cultures. Indeed, war and politics divide, nevertheless art heals the wounds created by conflict and eventually becomes a language with an alphabet known and belonging to everyone.

It was also not possible for the local interest in the environment to go unnoticed, especially since environmental issues have become an urgent question discussed in several international festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival. We made an effort to pay special attention to the environment in our work as a film festival crew with tangible effort that makes a difference. The first step was to tackle the festival’s usage of paper. Therefore we decided to reduce the number of annual publications and focus on quality, not quantity, which is what this edition is all about. We invite our dear festival guests to work with us to maintain and promote environmentally friendly behavior, with regard to reducing the use of plastic and paper products as much as possible.

Finally, and in a step that we hope will be the beginning of a long-term project and role for the festival, we have decided to honor and preserve the rich history of Egyptian cinema by restoring two important films by prestigious late directors: Tawfiq Saleh’s Yawmiyyat Na’ib Fl Aryaf (Diary of a Country Prosecutor, 1969) and Ali Abdel Khaleq’s Ughnia ala al-Mamar (Passageway Song, 1972). The restored versions of the films will be screened as part of the festival’s programme.

We have tried to achieve many ambitions this edition, hoping that the challenges of this difficult year will not stop us. We thank all the partners and sponsors of the festival for their support, and we hope that the edition will be as much as everyone expects from us.

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44TH EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL DES 3 CONTINENTS-KEY EVENTS

The Festival des 3 Continents is back in 2022 for its 44th edition from November 18 to 27, with screenings in Nantes and in cinemas across the Loire-Atlantique region (Ancenis, Bouguenais, Clisson, Héric, La Turballe, Rezé, Sainte-Marie-sur-Mer, Saint-Herblain, and Saint-Nazaire).

The event will take place over 10 days, bookended by two weekends.

A wide range of dramas and documentaries from Africa, Latin America, and Asia will be presented in a programme of some 90 feature films, many of which are rare and will premiere at the festival.

THE PROGRAMME

In addition to the Official Selection of recent films, the Festival will host an homage to renowned Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters, 2018 Palme d’Or at Cannes), whose documentary works are little known. Other events include a voyage through Indian cinema of the 70s and 80s and, for the first time in the world, a complete retrospective of the works of Mike De Leon, a key figure in Filipino cinema. Festivalgoers will also have an opportunity to dive headfirst into the prolific and marginal work of Argentinian filmmaker Raúl Perrone and to enjoy the programme A Family Resemblance.

. Official Selection

The Official Selection, featuring an International Competition and Special Screenings, includes recent feature films (drama and documentary), most of which have never before been screened in France.

. Hirokazu Kore-eda: A Country at Heart

French audiences first discovered the work of Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda in the mid-90s. Maborosi (Maboroshi no Hikari,1995) and After Life (Wanafuru Raifu,1998) were screened in their year of release at the Festival des 3 Continents, the latter earning a Montgolfière d’Or award and establishing the filmmaker’s renown. Shortly thereafter, Distance (2001) and Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai, 2004) were selected for the Cannes Film Festival. With the release of each new film, French audiences developed an increasingly strong loyalty to the filmmaker, whose works paint a subtle portrait of Japanese society. This connection grew even stronger with the release of Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku, 2018), which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes that year. As we await the release of Broker (December 7, 2022), we will have the pleasure seeing his little-known documentary work. In presence of the filmmaker (to be confirmed).

 

. Indian Autumn

Autumn, the most clement season in India, is the perfect time to take a tour of Indian cinema from the 1970s and 80s through films that are unknown, forgotten, or overlooked. Fifteen films pay tribute to the aesthetic diversity of a filmmaking industry that is too often reduced to Bollywood. Filmed in a range of languages including Hindi, Malayalam, Urdu, Bengali, Tamil, and Gujarati, the films in this programme speak of the immensity of a country whose cinema industry is rich and multifaceted. Indeed, some films feature singing and dancing and falling in love, but what truly excites us is the profound desire of moviemaking that they emanate.

 

Mike De Leon: A Life in (Moving) Pictures

Those who attended the recent theatrical releases of the works of Lino Brocka, the biggest name in Filipino cinema, may recall having seen Mike De Leon’s name in the credits of Manila in the Claws of Light (Maynila sa mga kuko ng liwanag, 1975). A little-known and thus noteworthy fact is that Mike De Leon was both producer and director of photography for the film; this detail might seem insignificant were it not for the fact that now, with the release of his latest film, this world-premiere retrospective reveals a lifetime dedicated to cinema, like his family before him. Psychological thrillers, film noir, love stories, realistic films and fantasies: Mike De Leon’s films avoid being pigeonholed and, as if emerging from the darkness (of his native country), bring to light works imbued with remarkable stylistic power.

. Raúl Perrone: The Straight Shooter from Ituzaingó

For the past 30 years, and with nearly 60 films to his credit, Raúl Perrone has been a giant in Argentine cinema, albeit surprisingly on its fringe. Independent even of his country’s independent film scene, Perrone is bound exclusively through his life and his work to his birthplace of Ituzaingó (in Corrientes, an hour from Buenos Aires), which he only ever leaves for brief periods. He seeks neither fame nor recognition: he simply makes films. These can be compared to unpredictable subjective drawings as precise in their depiction of the reality of the people around him as they are open to the influence of unpredictable imaginary forces; and to conversing freely with other arts such as cinema itself, painting, and literature…

. A Family Resemblance

Cinema, like literature before it, is in its element when it comes to family. Laboratories exploring personal passions by giving free rein to the excesses of imagination, other people’s families are always a bit like our own: perhaps far removed from our actual experiences, yet they couldn’t be more… familiar. From a clash between two very different families in Parasite, to the burden of tradition in Sofia; a story of adoption in Gran Torino; and a retake on personal memories in La Ciénaga, while clear differences exist between the films in this programme, they are all part of the same extended family and any resemblance between them is no coincidence. This programme is aimed at all audiences. In addition, the Festival has compiled an educational guide for secondary-school teachers; this programme is also our invitation to their students to the Festival des 3 Continents.

. First Steps Towards the 3 Continents

First Steps Towards the 3 Continents offers a selection of films for children aged 3 and up and their families. This year features premiere screenings of films with age-specific programmes for pre-school and primary-school children.

The full programme of the 44th edition of the Festival des 3 Continents will be revealed at a press conference on November 3, 2022.

. 2022 Festival Poster

“A group of children and a pensive old man in a coastal landscape belonging to a modest village in Kerala in the late 1970s: imbued with a gentle meditative feel, this image taken from the restored version of the magnificent film Thampu by Govindan Aravindan will be the emblem of our 44th festival. Cinema as a link or a meeting point between generations, film as a potential locus for people to gather and share perspectives: as said by the late Jean-Luc Godard, ‘Cinema is not timeless; rather, it is time itself.’ And a film temporality, no matter where it is from, becomes our own.”
—Jérôme Baron, Artistic Director (Festival des 3 Continents)
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The 2022 festival poster was created by LESBEAUXJOURS graphic design studio.

The Full Programme Of The 44th Edition Of The Festival Des 3 Continents Will Be Revealed At A Press Conference On November 3, 2022.

© Thampu (1978) by Govindan Aravindan/courtesy of Film Heritage Foundation (India) © lbj

 

 

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