Lost in Karastan review – crazy caper with social-realist plausibility
// 1st of February, 2016
Matthew Macfayden is a convincingly conceited director on the rocks who is seduced by a dictator’s offer of another shot at success.
Life is a Trumpet World Premiere at Warsaw Film Festival 2015
// 5th of November, 2015
Antonio Nuic’s film, Life Is A Trumpet, world-premiered recently at the Warsaw Film Festival and will be released in Croatia on 1st December. It is a co-production between Croatia's Propeler Film, Slovenia's Staragara, Serbia's Baš Čelik, Montenegro's Artikulacija, and UK’s Film and Music Entertainment.
Film and Music Entertainment and 20 Steps Lauch first Kickstarter Campaign For the Film Dede by Mariam Khatchvani
// 5th of November, 2015
F&ME is supporting our great Georgian friends in finding the final part of funding for their amazing feature film Dede
After Mariam made her short film Dinola in 2013, which was hugely successful winning many awards around the world, she and producer Vladimer Katcharava were invited by the Sundance Institute to attend their 2015 Screenwriter’s Lab. Where with lots of help and inspirational tutoring from famous film-makers such as Tobias Lindholm and Catherine Hardwicke, they finished the full length screenplay and started shooting.
I WANT TO BE LIKE YOU - WRITTEN BY Ida scribe Rebecca Lenkiewicz starring rising Irish Actor Barry Keoghan - begins shooting in London this week
// 1st of October, 2015
Antonio Saura’s Latido Films Takes on World Sales. Production moves on to Bulgaria and Belgium later in September.
In her first film outing since penning the Academy Award Winning screenplay of IDA, British writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz and AVE director Konstantin Bojanov’s feature film I Want To Be Like You, has begun shooting on location in London , prior to moving to Bulgaria, Belgium and back to London in October.
Surfing legend Robby Naish narrates PAUL – in Official Selection in San Sebastian
// 14th of August, 2015
Produced by JaJa Film Productions in co-production with Arteffects, and executive produced by UK producer Mike Downey from Film and Music Entertainment. PAUL is a documentary film about a 13 year old boy from the Dunoon township in Cape Town, South Africa, named Paul. Paul has a dream, a dream he thinks about all day; he wants to be surfer. But boys from Dunoon township don’t surf. There is no transportation to the beach and there is no money for equipment. Fortunately, there is a non-profit organization that picks up Paul to go surfing at the white beaches of Blouberg.
Pula Film Festival 2015
// 6th of August, 2015
The Pula Film Festival took place from 18 to 26 July 2015 in the ancient roman city of Pula. The documentary film Streetkids United II - The Girls From Rio was selected for the Dizalica program (youth program) and the Street Child World Cup Photo Exhibit, shown at Galerija Makina, was also part of the official festival program. Streetkids United II - The Girls From Rio was also selected for the HT VOD platform MaxTV in Croatia and both the film and the exhibit received a fair share of publicity.
LOST IN KARASTAN RELEASED IN GERMANY AND IN GEORGIA
// 3rd of June, 2015
"If You Love me" by Gigi Dedalamazishvili
"Lost in Karastan" released on 14 May in Georgia: http://www.gnfc.ge/eng/news/552
"Lost in Karastan" released on 21 May in Germany
"Ben Hopkins has achieved an incisive film about the joys and pains of an auteur filmmaker" (programmkino.de)
"A well-made culture-clash comedy, in which director Ben Hopkins pokes fun at the quirks of his line of work" (kunst + film)
LONDON'S FILM AND MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT PACTS WITH GEORGIA'S 20 STEPS PRODUCTIONS FOR A TRIO OF FEATURES
// 19th of May, 2015
Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) have pacted with Tbilisi-based 20 Steps Productions and The Caucasian Film Service on a three picture deal to be shot in the 2015/16 period.
'Lost in Karastan' picked up for UK release
// 12th of May, 2015
Political satire starring Matthew Macfadyen co-written by Ida’s Pawel Pawlikowski.
Black comedy Lost in Karastan has been picked up by Bulldog Films for a UK theatrical release this autumn alongside a simultaneous digital rollout.
Ida Scribe, Rebecca Lenckiewicz joins with Cannes alumnus Konstantin Bojanov on I Want To Be Like You
// 8th of May, 2015
Starring rising Irish Actor Barry Keoghan and Golden Globe/Academy Award Nominee Klaus Maria Brandauer
Ida Scribe, Rebecca Lenckiewicz joins with Cannes alumnus Konstantin Bojanov on I Want To Be Like You, starring rising Irish Actor Barry Keoghan and Golden Globe/Academy Award Nominee Klaus Maria Brandauer. Antonio Saura’s Latido Films Takes on World Sales. Shooting summer 2015.
The ‘bright future’ of Oleg Sentsov
// 19th of February, 2015
F&ME’s Managing Director Mike Downey is the deputy Chairman of the European Film Academy. This is an article he wrote on behalf of the board of the Academy for Open Democracy on 17th February 2015. It was written to help raise awareness and draw attention to Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker accused of terroism and currently being detained in prison whilst he awaits trial in April this year.
Breathe — Umphefumlo at the Polish Film Institute’s 10th anniversary celebration at the 2015 Berlinale
// 9th of February, 2015
Mandisi Dyantyis, Mhlekazi "Wha Wha" Moseia, Mike Downey, Mark Dornford May - the team of Berlinale Special movie "Breathe - Umphefumlo" attend the Polish Film Institute’s 10th anniversary celebration at the 2015 Berlinale.