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    "Heartbeats" & "Prey" Go to IFC

    IFC Films has picked up U.S. rights to Canadian director Xavier Dolan's "Heartbeats" and Antoine Blossier's "Prey" from Paris-based Rezo, the company announced Wednesday in Cannes. "Heartbeats" will be released via its IFC in Theaters platform which brings independent movies to on-demand viewers at ...

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    Magnolia Nabs Gibney's Eliot Spitzer Doc

    Magnolia Pictures announced that it has acquired US rights to Alex Gibney's untitled Eliot Spitzer documentary. Produced by A&E IndieFilms and Wider Film Projects, the film looks at the former Governor of New York, following Eliot Spitzer's career from his days as an attorney general committed to ba...

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    In Cannes, Hope's Raised Then Dashed Over Filmmaker's Imprisonment in Iran

    Confusion is surrounding an announcement in Cannes that detained Iranian director Jafar Panahi would be freed today. The news was contrasted by word that Panahi's incarceration may be extended and that the filmmaker would in fact begin a hunger strike.

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    Silverdocs Opens with "Freakonomics," Closes with "Tillman" Doc

    Magnolia Pictures' "Freakonomics," with its all-star lineup of documentarians, will open the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival. The festival announced that Amir Bar-Lev's Sundance title, "The Tillman Story," will close the festival. Silverdocs runs from June 21 to 27 in th...

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    Miranda July has a "Future" with the Match Factory

    "The Future," Miranda July's follow up to 2005's Sundance and Cannes-award winning "Me and You and Everyone We Know," has been acquired by the Match Factory. The film, starring July and Hamish Linklater ("Fantastic Four"), recently wrapped principal photography in Los Angeles. "The Future" follows a...

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    Red Dragon To Release Sundance's "Douchebag"

    Drake Doremus's Sundance Film Festival entry "Douchebag" has been acquired for U.S. distribution by Red Dragon, it was announced today. Founded in 2008 by entrepreneur investor Franck Dubarry, Red Dragon will partner on the project with former William Morris Independent head Cassian Elwes, along w...

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    LAFF Announces Additional Programming

    Film Independent today made a number of programming announcements for the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival, which will take place June 17-27.

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    Magnolia Takes Gast's Doc "Smash His Camera"

    Magnolia Pictures announced today that it has acquired world rights to "Smash His Camera," the new documentary from Academy Award winning director Leon Gast (When We Were Kings), which won the Best Director award at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Produced by Adam Schlesinger and Linda Saffire, ...

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    Box Office: Cannes Alums "Longlegs" and "Eric" Debut; "Gift Shop" Hits $1 Million

    While all eyes were on the 2010 Cannes Film Festival this weekend, some specialty films quietly made their box office arrivals Stateside.

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    Academy Awards $500,000 to Nonprofits

    The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences today announced the recipients of its Academy Foundation's annual Institutional Grants program, awarding $500,000 to 73 film-related nonprofit organizations, up from 64 last year, and the largest number of recipients in this category to date.

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