Global Showbiz Briefs: BFI & Aardman Animations Partner For Toon Features; Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason Toplines ‘The Serious Game’; More

The British Film Institute is partnering with Aardman Animations are launching a new scheme backed by £1 million of lottery funding to help support the development and production of new animated feature films and the creative talent aardman animationsmaking them. The BFI will provide funding for up to two years to three filmmakers or filmmaker teams to develop their projects with dedicated development support through the BFI Aardman Animation Development Lab. The process for developing animated feature films is lengthy and expensive limiting the opportunities for British filmmakers. Wallace & Gromit producer Aardman will work with the filmmakers – animators, writers, directors, producers – to shape their ideas with the aim of emerging with a set of greenlight-ready materials for their films, ready to advance to production. The closing date for applications is November 28.

The Serious GameSwedish actor Sverrir Gudnason will topline The Serious Game, directed by Pernilla August and scripted by Lone Scherfig based on the novel by Hjalmar Söderberg. It tells a tale about the illusions of love and the consequences that sometimes follows — a story about passionate and deeply felt love set in the early 20th century Stockholm. Produced by Patrik Andersson and Frida Bargo, The Serious Game is will be released in Sweden by Nordisk Film Distribution in spring 2016.

Tomek Bagiński’s Ambition, starring Aidan Gillen and Aisling Franciosi, will have its international premiere October 24 in London as part of Days of Fear and Wonder, the BFI’s celebration of sci-Fi film and television. Shot on location in Iceland, the film tells of a young apprentice (Franciosi) struggling to master nanotechnology on an alien world and prove herself to Gillen’s enigmatic master. Will her herculean goals remain tantalisingly out of reach, or will she fulfill them and in the process, change life as we know it? Here’s the new trailer:

Image (1) Ripper-Street__140523025227.jpg for post 734877Amazon will make Season 3 episodes of British drama Ripper Street available for streaming every Friday starting November 14. Subscribers will be able to a special extended “Amazon cut” of all eight episodes of the new season including exclusive scenes that won’t be shown on the BBC. Starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg and MyAnna Buring, the third season continues to portray the lives of the men and women who live on the violent streets of late Victorian Whitechapel.

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