EFA Unveils FIPRESCI Nominees For Best First Feature
The European Film Academy has unveiled nominees for the European Discovery 2013 FIPRESCI Prize. The award is presented annually as part of the European Film Awards to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film. This year’s nominees are Sweden’s Eat Sleep Die by Gabriela Pichler, Mikael Marcimai’s Sweden/Norway/Ireland/Finland co-production Call Girl, Italian actress-turned-director Valeria Golino’s Cannes Un Certain Regard title Miele, Germany’s Oh Boy from Jan Ole Gerster, and Spain’s The Plague by Neus Ballús. The nominated films soon will be submitted to the 2,900 EFA Members to select the winner. The prize will be awarded December 7 at the European Film Awards Ceremony in Berlin.

Nordisk Film TV Is Latest To Buy Keshet International’s ‘Rising Star’
Keshet International has sold yet another local version of its hit interactive competition show Rising Star. The most recent deal is with Banijay’s Nordisk Film TV and covers Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Deals with France, Russia and Germany were concluded at last week’s Mipcom TV market. “Entertainment shows are popular in the Nordic territories, and our audiences demand the most exciting, modern and riveting formats,” said Jacob Houlind, CEO of the Nordic Group at Banijay Group. “Rising Star brings something fresh and new to the genre while retaining the drama and emotion that make the best talent shows work.”

SPC’s Michael Barker To Keynote Film London Production Finance Market
Sony Pictures Classics Co-President and Co-Founder Michael Barker will deliver the keynote address at the Film London Production Finance Market on October 16. Barker will provide delegates and industry guests with an insight into successfully producing and distributing independent feature films, particularly assessing the role of SPC’s objectives, achievements and role in ensuring that independent features access the North American market. The production finance market takes place October 16 and 17 in association with the BFI London Film Festival and gathers 52 producers and 57 financiers from the international marketplace. Barker also will be part of a Senior Financiers Panel alongside Doug Hansen (Endgame Entertainment) and Ben Browning (Start Motion Pictures) who will discuss how the emerging online market is changing the shape of film finance.

Fintan Coyle Inks Deal With UK’s Boxatricks
Fintan Coyle, who co-devised game show The Weakest Link, has entered a creative agreement with format-creation company Boxatricks. The UK-based company was launched in September by British producers Colman Hutchinson and Steve Springford along with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire creators Michael Whitehill and David Briggs. Coyle will work with Boxatricks to create new formats for the international industry. Some of Coyle’s existing formats will also be brought in for co-development.

Pioneer Productions Hires Alisa Orr As Creative Director
UK-based factual producer Pioneer Productions has appointed Ailsa Orr to the newly created role of Creative Director. She joins the Tinopolis-owned indie from the BBC, where she was Head of BBC Television’s Innovation Unit. The new post is designed to help accelerate Pioneer’s diversification. Orr’s credits include the BBC’s Pompeii: The Last Day and Supervolcano for BBC One and Discovery. Pioneer’s recent projects include Storm City for Sky 3D, Drugged for National Geographic, Where Did Humans Come From? for Discovery, Is Our Weather Getting Worse? for Channel 4 and Extreme Homes for HGTV.