Just before Cannes, where we welcome the new participants for the 2019 programme, these are the news about the new cohort as well as our latest batch of alumni stories:
ANNOUNCING 2019 PARTICIPANTS
Inside Pictures has announced the participants for the 2019 edition of the programme! The successful group were selected from high-calibre applications from industry subsectors including acquisitions, development, production, sales, distribution, finance, digital, talent management, marketing, legal and business affairs. This year’s cohort is comprised of 20 participants who come from 12 countries. Read more.
2019 INSIDE PICTURES AMBASSADOR
In 2019, our Inside Pictures Ambassador is Daniel Battsek. Daniel joined Film4 as Director in 2016, bringing 30 years’ production, development and distribution experience at the cutting edge of the independent sector from three continents to the organisation.
Since joining Film4, Battsek has greenlit films including Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE FAVOURITE, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY from writer/director Stephen Merchant, Pawel Pawlikowski’s COLD WAR, and Rungano Nyoni’s I AM NOT A WITCH, as well as acquiring the rights to Booker Prize winning author Graham Swift’s novel Mothering Sunday for development with Number 9 Films. Read more about Daniel Battsek.
For an up to date list of the fantastic speakers confirmed for the 2019 programme, see here.
John Mc Donnell’s (class of 2011, Fantastic Films) science-fiction thriller VIVARIUM has been selected for Cannes International Critics’ Week 2019. Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots, director Lorcan Finnegan’s second feature concerns a couple dealing with weird happenings in a mysterious housing development. John produced VIVARIUM together with Brendan McCarthy, with whom he founded the award-winning production company Fantastic Films. Read more.
Alexandra Hoesdorff’s (class of 2017, Deal Productions) project SAWAH by Adolf El Assal premiered at the Lux Film Fest in March, and has been presented at the Arab Film Festival Rotterdam, Beijing IFF in China, LECCE EFF in Italy, Abu Dhabi Festival, UAE, and recently in the MOOOV Festival in Belgium. Also, Alexandra’s latest production FLATLAND by South-African director Jenna Bass has been selected for 2019 Toronto IFF. Read more.
VIVARIUM (Dir: Lorcan Finnegan), producer: John Mc Donnell
Jonathan Halperyn (class of 2018) of Hero Squared serves an executive producer on the upcoming drama INFINITY POOL, written by Brandon Cronenberg, son of acclaimed director David Cronenberg. The drama centres around two couples on a holiday in an exotic luxury resort that takes a sinister turn. Celluloid Dreams has picked up the rights both as a co-production partner and as its international sales agent. Read more.
Reinier Selen (class of 2014) of Rinkel film is happy to announce that the TV series KEIZERSVROUWEN will be premiering in November with the largest public national broadcaster of the Netherlands, Avtrotros. The series was created and developed by Ian Ginn and is inspired by true stories. Rinkel Film has also secured funding for SONNE, a film directed, created and co-written by Jelle Nesna and shooting to start in August, and the co-production PLAYBOY PRIEST, which has received the highest grant from Film Fund Luxemburg’s March selections. Furthermore, the Dutch-Indian drama NASIR about a street salesman who belongs to the Islamic minority in India will be released later this year.
NASIR (director/writer: Arun Karthik), co-producer: Reinier Selen
Jakob Abrahamsson (class of 2013, NonStop Entertainment) has just won an award for the cinema that he co-founded, rebuild and now runs as CEO, Bio & Bistro Capitol in Stockholm. He was presented with the prize for Europe’s Best Classical Cinema by the International Cinema Technology Association, ICTA. “We’re flabbergasted and very, very happy,” he says. Congratulations! For more information: www.capitolbio.se