The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) announced the 2014 winners of the Emirates Film Competition and the International Short Film Competition. Below is the full list of winners.
WILD directed by Jean-Marc Vallée has been added to the lineup for 2014 Lone Star Film Festival. WILD was written by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (ABOUT A BOY, AN EDUCATION), directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB) and stars Academy Award-winner Reese Witherspoon. It world-premiered earlier this year at the Telluride Film Festival.
The European Film Academy will present Agnès Varda with the Lifetime Achievement Award for what they describe as her outstanding body of work. As a writer and director, Agnès Varda continues to be an important voice in French and European cinema as well as in the world of art. Her first film, LA POINTE COURTE (1954), was hardly shown but it already gave a glimpse of her very personal style and earned her the title of «grandmother of the French New Wave». Her film CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7, 1961) was selected at Cannes Festival and won the French Critics’ Award.
The 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival, which ran from October 16-26, ended with a sold-out closing night screening of Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. In the award ceremony preceding the closing night festivities, the festival presented a series of awards to this year's festival stand-outs. The Award for Best Narrative Feature went to The Duke of Burgundy directed by Peter Strickland, and the Award for Best Documentary Feature went to The Overnighters directed by Jesse Moss.
Here is the new OFFICIAL poster for A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, starring Oscar Isaac, and Jessica Chastain. A MOST VIOLENT YEAR will be open in NY and LA on December 31, 2014 and will expand in January 2015.
The 17th annual Arpa International Film Festival will be held November 14-16th, 2014 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. For the 17th year, the lineup includes award winning films including: As it Used to Be and Sombras de Azul, along with SXSW nominated, I Believe in Unicorns.
“We’re thrilled about this years festival line-up, which includes both domestic and international films and filmmakers, ready to showcase their work,” said Festival Director, Michael Ashjian. “It’s our goal to stay true to our mission in cultivating awareness of important topics that affect our society through the medium of film. We can’t wait to share these films with everyone!”
22 Canadian feature films, including 13 by first-time feature film directors and six directed by women, will screen at the upcoming 14th Annual Whistler Film Festival (WFF) taking place December 3 to 7, 2014 in Whistler, British Columba, Canada. 6 films will compete in the 11th annual Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film including AFTER THE BALL, BANG BANG BABY, FÉLIX AND MEIRA (Félix et Meira), MOUNTAIN MEN, RELATIVE HAPPINESS, and WOLVES (Les Loups).
After a two-year hiatus, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is back and will open December 4th with Ken Kwek’s Unlucky Plaza, a first for a Singaporean film. Unlucky Plaza is a story about one man's financial woes that spiral into a harrowing crisis. When he is further outdone by a financial scam, he takes a group of people hostage in a millionaire's bungalow and the crisis, captured on video, sparks an international outcry. A multi-character thriller from one of Asia's most exciting young filmmakers, Unlucky Plaza navigates among three narrative threads in order to create a dramatic statement about the things we do for money.
The documentary, I Am Big Bird, which had its world premiere at Hot Docs earlier this year and will screen at DOC NYC in November, will be released theatrically and on VOD in early 2015 via Tribeca Film. Directed by Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker, I Am Big Bird focuses on Caroll Spinney, who since1969, is the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Now at 80 years old, I Am Big Bird features incredible footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to celebrated performer.
The trailer is released for the Orson Welles documentary Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles from Oscar-winning filmmaker Chuck Workman. The film which was released at the Telluride Film Festival features interviews with with Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall, Anthony Perkins, Martin Scorsese, Sydney Pollack, Steven Spielberg. Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles opens on December 12th.
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