French TV fiction sales and presales hit $61 million in 2008, the highest figure since 2000.
The Smithsonian Channel has acquired U.S. pay TV rights to Gallic docu series "Apocalypse: The Second World War."
Palme d'Or winning Gallic helmer Laurent Cantet ("The Class") will head the main competition jury at this month's San Sebastian Festival.
Ventana Sur, the ambitious new Latin American film market, will launch a Primer Corte showcase for first-cut versions of movies from Latin America.
The San Sebastian Festival has created a new section: the Zinemira-Basque Film Showcase.
On Screen Films has bought Mexican theatrical and DVD rights to Argentine B.O. hit "A Boyfriend for my Wife." Deal was negotiated by the pic's sales agent, FilmSharks Intl.
The fact that a French company's producing "Iron Man" -- or that France's Moonscoop is making toon skein "The Fantastic Four" with Marvel -- is a mark of the growth of Gallic toons.
"The White Ribbon" has won the Intl. Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) Grand Prix.
Autumn circuit highlights
Unfolding in the Belle Epoque splendor of Biarritz, and showcasing the lion's share of French TV shows a strategic month before Mipcom, TV France Intl.'s Rendez-Vous is an event few Euro buyers miss.
Domestic Film DAILY
PROVIDED BY: Box Office
Lucy1Daily:$11.8M Cumulative:$43.9M Universal Pictures -21.55%
Hercules2Daily:$8.5M Cumulative:$29.8M Paramount Pictures -16.73%
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes3Daily:$5.3M Cumulative:$172.5M Fox -20.58%