Ang Lee to Receive 2021 BAFTA Fellowship – Global Bulletin

In today's Global Bulletin, Ang Lee is honored with this year's BAFTA scholarship. Locarno Pro opens the call for its Alliance 4 Development project platform. and Dandelooo's "The Upside Down River" gets a PR boost when its creator wins the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has selected two-time Oscar winner and multiple BAFTA winner Ang Lee with the fellowship for this year's 74th EE British Academy Film Awards, which take place on April 11th.
Each year, the BAFTA scholarship is awarded as the highest academy award an individual can receive for an outstanding career in film, gaming, or television. Lee joins a prestigious list of past Fellowship recipients including Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Mel Brooks and Ridley Scott.
Lee broke into the international scene in the 1990s with his Taiwanese comedy trilogy "Father Knows Best", including the Berlin Golden Bear winner "The Wedding Banquet", which also received an Oscar, and "Eat Drink Man Woman", a BAFTA nominee in 1995.
Its mainstream profile received a huge boost in 2001 when Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon took the breath away, received a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars, and won the BAFTA's "Best Non-English Language" award. Lee has since won two Academy Awards for Best Directing for his work on Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi.
"England has been particularly good for me in my career, especially with Sense and Sensibility, which was like a second film school to me," Lee said in a statement announcing his fellowship. "It is a tremendous honor to receive the Bafta Academy Fellowship and to be one of such brilliant filmmakers."
CATALOG
Studiocanal has acquired worldwide sales and distribution rights for the Romulus Film library, including John Huston's “African Queen”, “Moulin Rouge” and “Beat The Devil” as well as Laurence Olivier's BAFTA winner “Richard III”, Philip Leacock's “Appointment in London ”and includes Jack Clayton's Oscar and BAFTA winner“ Room At The Top ”.
The company was founded in 1948 by John and James Woolf, the sons of C. M. Woolf, who produced early films with Alfred Hitchcock and played an important role in the distribution and production of the burgeoning British film industry in the 1920s and 30s. The company is still owned by the Woolf family, whose dedication to British cinema spans a century.
Studiocanal's list of library releases planned for 2021 includes the 4K restoration of Ousmane Sembène's groundbreaking Senegalese classic "Mandabi" ("The Money Order") in cinemas and Blu-ray, DVD, digital in June.
FESTIVALS
The Alliance 4 Development of Locarno Pro, a Locarno Festival initiative for film projects in development from Switzerland, France, Germany and Italy, has opened the call to interested participants and will accept applications by May 7th.
As part of the program, two films from each country and a third from Switzerland will be selected to take part in the Locarno Pro Days, which will take place from 6 to 8 August. The nine participating teams will be introduced in a series of pitching sessions, one-on-one interviews, workshops and panel discussions on various key issues important to independent filmmakers.
ANIMATION
Dandelooo's French animation studio "The Upside Down River", a nine-part series adaptation of Jean-Claude Mourlevat's novel "La rivière à l'envers" commissioned by Canal Plus, received a major PR boost when the author became the youngest recipient of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the renowned Swiss prize for children's literature.
Dandelooo's Valence-based studio Ooolala will produce the 2D series with the Canal Plus family. Paul Leluc (“The Wolf”) is directing a script that was adapted by writers Jean Regnaud and Marie de Banville (“Tobie Lolness”) from “Ernest & Celestine”. Dandelooo will handle international distribution and plans to release the film in early 2022.
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