AFM: ​FrightFest vampire horror ‘Redwood’ gets sales deal

Directed and written by Screen International’s Horror Rising Star nominee Tom Paton (Pandorica) and produced by Brussels-based Stern Pictures, the film charts the story of two backpackers in a secluded national park who disturb a nest of hungry vampires.

Cast includes Mike Beckingham (Birdwatcher), Tajana Nardone (Medici: Masters Of Florence) and Buffy The Vampire Slayer actor Nicholas Brendon.

The film, whose trailer has racked up more than 300,000 online views, will premiere to buyers at the American Film Market (AFM).

Paton said: “Redwood has received such a huge wave of attention from the genre scene, that it really needed the right partner to bring it to market. I couldn’t think of a better home than Carnaby and I’m excited to work with Andy and the team.”

Andrew Loveday, CEO, Carnaby International added: “We are enormously proud to be working alongside such a talented team on this picture. Following its world premiere at FrightFest, there’s been a real buzz about this feature and we’re excited to bring it to market.”


‘Sticky Notes’ to Screen at Napa Valley Film Festival


The West Coast premieres of “The Book of Love” and “Sticky Notes” have been set for the sixth annual Napa Valley Film Festival during Nov. 3-9.

The two titles are part of the 10 films in the Narrative Feature Film lineup for juried competition along with 10 titles in the Documentary Feature competition. The awards ceremonies will take place Nov. 12 at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville.

“Sticky Notes” stars  Rose Leslie as an emotionally detached backup dancer living in Los Angeles who, returns to Florida to take care of her estranged father, played by Ray Liotta, after he is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Directed by Amanda Sharp.

Carnaby at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016

The line-up for the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has been unveiled by artistic director Mark Adams.

This year’s EIFF (June 15-26) will comprise a total 161 features from 46 countries including: 22 world premieres, five international premieres, 17 European premieres and 85 UK premieres.

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Highlights include the UK premiere of Disney-Pixar animation Finding Dory, in-person events that include US indie filmmaker Kevin Smith and Sex & The City actress Kim Cattrall, and the opening and closing gala world premieres of the previously announced Tommy’s Honourand Whisky Galore!.

Old classics will be re-imagined with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing the score to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial live at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre and the world premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of Highlander, celebrating its 30th anniversary with star Clancy Brown in attendance.

The Best Of British strand will include 12 titles that will compete for the Michael Powell Award (see below), including opening film Tommy’s Honour and The Library Suicides, the debut feature of director Euros Lyn, whose TV work includes Daredevil, Sherlock, Black Mirror and Doctor Who.

Also in Best of British is the world premiere of Chris Foggin’s coming-of-age drama KIDS IN LOVE, starring Will Poulter and Cara Delevingne; Jane Gull’s Down’s syndrome drama My Feral Heart; the world premiere of Graeme Maley’s Nordic noir A Reykjavik Porno; Simon Dixon’s mercenary drama Tiger Raid; and Benjamin Turner’s Ibiza-set crime thriller White Island, also a world premiere.

As previously announced, the festival will open with the world premiere of Tommy’s Honour, starring Peter Mullan and Jack Lowden, and will close with the world premiere of Whisky Galore!, starring Gregor Fisher, James Cosmo and Eddie Izzard.

Scottish actor Rose Leslie will star alongside Ray Liotta and Gina Rodriguez in family drama STICKY NOTES, from director Amanda Sharp.