BIFA CRAFT Winners
The first batch of winners was announced at this year’s British Independent Film Awards, with nine of the craft categories revealed. Remi Weekes His house, nominated for 16 BIFAs in total, won two awards: Best Effects and Best Production Design. Philippa Lowthorpe’s Misbehavior also took on two: costume design and makeup and hair styling. Lucy Pardee received the award for best casting for Rocks. Saint maud, who leads the overall name standings with 17, won best photograph. The father won the best editing. Mogul Mowgli won the best music. Best sound went to The reason I’m jumping. The full list of BIFA winners will be announced next month on a date yet to be confirmed.
Fremantle settles Ukrainian ‘masked singer’ dispute
Fremantle settled a format dispute over the Ukrainian version of The masked singer. Fremantle and the Ukraine TV channel threatened to sue 1 + 1 Media, claiming that its show Maskarad – an adaptation of an old format entitled Mysteries in the spotlight – infringed the intellectual property of The masked singer, which is owned by MBC of Korea. As part of the settlement, 1 + 1 Media agreed to a number of changes, including that no more than half of the masked artists on Maskarad sing as part of their act, while two celebrities must be unmasked in each episode. Separately, Fremantle and Ukraine have agreed not to incorporate elements of Maskarad in The masked singer, such as episodes featuring a mix of different talents. Tony Stern, Senior Vice President of Commercial and Commercial Affairs at Fremantle, said: “We are very pleased that this dispute has been resolved amicably. It is extremely important that where formats contain similar characteristics, format owners, broadcasters and producers ensure that the differences between them are maintained so that each remains clearly distinct. We are happy that this has been recognized by all parties here. “
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Sundance VET Hub
European Film Promotion, the body responsible for promoting European films around the world, partners with Sundance to launch the inaugural edition of EUROPE! Hub, this year in virtual form due to the ongoing pandemic. There are 12 Euro films in the World Cinema Dramatic and World Cinema Documentary competitions this year, with other titles in the wider program. The initiative, which focuses on North American distributors, will include events, while EFP’s film sales support program has already avoided incentives to market several of the titles.
Discovery + Orders Children of God Series
Discovery +, Discovery’s new streaming service, commissioned Mentorn to produce a five-part series on the famous cult of the Children of God. Work titled Children of the cult, the series will tell the story of three British women who were born into the distorted Christian community, but then escaped and attempted to bring down the group. Clare Laycock, SVP, Head of Lifestyle and Entertainment Brands at Discovery, said: “This in-depth documentary series exposes one of the world’s most prolific and horrific cults through the testimonies of three amazingly British women. courageous. Mentorn has done a remarkable job of combining interviews and archival content to create a dramatic narrative-style documentary series that will absolutely resonate with our Discovery + subscribers. Mentorn’s executive producer is Bernie Kay, series editor is Alicia Kerr, and series director is Hugh Ballantyne.
The winners of the Arcs industry
The Les Arcs Film Festival in France crowned the winners of its Industry Village program. Heavenly bleeding by Sabine Ehrl was named best project at the Talent Village. Delphine Girard The most alive won the prize for the best project at the co-production village. The Eurimages Lab Project Awards, worth 50 K €, went to Magdala directed by Damien Manivel. The TirteFilm Award of 10K € went to Clara Sola directed by Natalie Alvarez Mesen. The Alphapanda Audience Engagement prize of € 5k was awarded to Reflection by Valentyn Vasyanovich. The activity of the festival industry has taken place digitally this year.
Red Sea Lodge returns
Saudi Arabia’s Read Sea International Film Festival has announced that its $ 100,000 development program, the Red Sea Lodge, will return for a second edition, again in partnership with TorinoFilmLab. The initiative provides training, mentoring, creative and professional development to filmmakers in the Arab world. A total of 12 project teams – six from Arabia and six from the Arab world – will be selected to participate in five workshops. Two of the films will receive a production grant of $ 100,000 each. Applications close February 27 and the first workshop starts April 3.