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Pierre Lescure re-elected as Cannes Film Festival president

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Lescure unanimously re-elected ahead of the festival’s 70th edition.

Pierre Lescure has been unanimously re-elected president of the Cannes Film Festival organising association.

Ahead of the festival’s 70th edition, the decision was made by the board of directors of the Association Française du Festival International du Film, renewing Lescure in the post he has occupied since July 2014.

His new three-year term will cover the period from 2018 to 2020.

As a journalist and co-founder of the Canal+ television channel, Lescure was president and CEO of the Canal+ group from 1994 to 2002. Between 2008 and 2014, he was a producer and COO at the Théâtre Marigny. Since 2015 he has been vice president at Molotov TV.

Alongside Pierre Lescure, Thierry Frémaux, delegate-general, will continue to oversee the festival’s official selection.

This year’s Cannes Film Festival will take place from 17 to 28 May, 2017. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Nfts launches free directing workshop aimed at increasing diversity

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Initiative is now open to applicants; the Nfts will fund a short film from each participant.

The National Film and Television School (Nfts) is launching a directing workshop aimed at increasing the number of women, people from Bame backgrounds and those with disabilities working professionally in screen directing.

There will be six places available on the first round of the workshop, potentially rising to 12 in the future.

Applications are now open for the course, which is free for participants with all costs covered by money raised through the Nfts Gala last year.

The selected applicants will begin with a two-day introductory session in March, followed by a four-week intensive training course in narrative filmmaking during the summer.

The end goal will be for each participant to produce a short film, with the Nfts covering production costs and crew coming from the school’s various courses.

All participants will also be guaranteed a subsequent interview for the Nfts »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Le Carré's 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' set for BBC1

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Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy is adapting the novel for The Night Manager producers The Ink Factory.

BBC1 is hoping to repeat the success of The Night Manager after ordering an adaptation of John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.

The broadcaster has again partnered with AMC to commission The Ink Factory to produce the spy thriller set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War, just after the construction of the Berlin Wall.

Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy will adapt the book, in which British intelligence officer Alex Leamas is offered a chance for revenge after many of his agents are exposed by East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt.

Read: The story behind ‘The Night Manager

The Ink Factory, the indie established by le Carré’s sons Stephen and Simon Cornwell, will produce the series in association with Kudos founder Stephen Garrett’s new drama indie Character Seven.

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold was commissioned »

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Shoot underway on zombie musical 'Anna And The Apocalypse'

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Exclusive: Mark Benton, Paul Kaye join Ella Hunt; Amp handles sales; Creative Scotland among backers.

Shoot on zombie comedy-musical Anna And The Apocalypse is underway in and around Glasgow, Scotland.

In the movie, a girl and her friends must fight – and sing – their way through a zombie invasion to reach the supposed safety of their school, not knowing if their parents and friends will still be alive when they get there.

Emerging UK actress Ella Hunt (Our Robot Overlords) stars in the title role alongside Mark Benton (ITV drama The Halcyon) who plays her father and Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones), who plays the wicked antagonist Savage.

Ryan McHenry, who wrote and directed the 2010 short film Zombie Musical upon which it is based, wrote the original script and was due to direct the feature but the filmmaker died of cancer in 2015 aged 27. He was best known for creating viral hit Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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