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Fantastic honor

AMSTERDAM — Terry Gilliam will be honored with a career achievement award during the 23rd edition of the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, organizers said Thursday. The festival, which opens with Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth," runs April 18-25. With the career nod, the AFFF pays tribute to a director who "never allows his fantasy to be limited in any way." The festival also will screen a selection of Gilliam's major films. His credits include "Brazil," "The Fisher King," "Twelve Monkeys" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

Men of vision

BRUSSELS — Oscar winners Istvan Szabo, Ennio Morricone and Jean-Claude Carriere will be among the 500 film and broadcasting figures decending on Lucerne, Switzerland, for the May 3-5 Eurovision Summit. The gathering, hosted by the European Broadcasting Union, will showcase upcoming programs for buyers and include debates on key broadcasting issues. Other personalities due at the summit include Emmy-winning Danish producer Peter Thorsboe, veteran entertainment executive Rick Senat and Illuminations Television boss John Wyver.

Belle of the Boll

COLOGNE, Germany — Boll AG, the production shingle headed by German B-movie king Uwe Boll ("BloodRayne"), has inked a distribution deal that will see EuroVideo handle Boll AG's films for German-speaking Europe. While most of Boll's films have been flops at the boxoffice, his genre titles have proved winners on DVD. Euro-Video product manager Michael Muellner cited such video game adaptations as "Alone in the Dark," which spent several weeks on Germany's rental and sell-through charts, as the main incentive for the deal.