Film Festivals

11th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival Award Winners; “The Bad Penny” Wins Golden Palm Award”

11th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival Award Winners; “The Bad Penny” Wins Golden Palm Award”

“The Bad Penny,” a feature-length drama directed by Todd Bellanca, starring Tom Arnold and Bai Ling, received the Golden Palm Award at the 11th Annual International Beverly Hills Film Festival (BHFF) closing Gala Awards ceremony.  The Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film went to “The Chicago 8,” from writer/director Pinchas Perry, starring Danny Masterson, Gary Cole and Orlando Jones.  The Jury Award for Best Feature Film went to “Polish Bar” from director Ben Berkowitz. […]

2011 DALLAS International Film Festival Announces Award Winners; JESS + MOSS Wins Best Film

2011 DALLAS International Film Festival Announces Award Winners; JESS + MOSS Wins Best Film

Clay Jeter’s JESS + MOSS

Clay Jeter’s JESS + MOSS was announced as the winner of the $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature and Anne Buford‘s ELEVATE received the $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2011 DALLAS International Film Festival. On receiving her award, Buford declared that the $25,000 would be donated back to the SEEDS ACADEMY, the one-of-a-kind boarding school in Senegal for basketball players.

Legendary actor, director and producer Peter Fonda presented the Target Filmmaker Awards to both the documentary and narrative feature winners.

The Narrative Feature competition jury also gave a Special Jury Prize to Dave Boyle’s SURROGATE VALENTINE for Goh Nakamura’s acting and an Honorable Mention for Darragh Byrne’s PARKED.  The documentary competition jury gave a Special Jury Prize to Joseph Mantegna’s NORMAN MAILER: THE AMERICAN.

13th Wisconsin Film Festival | Argentinian film, Anita voted Best Film

13th Wisconsin Film Festival | Argentinian film, Anita voted Best Film

The 13th Wisconsin Film Festival wrapped five days of screening 211 movies, presenting more than 120 filmmakers and special guests at the nine downtown Madison and campus theaters that opened their doors to 35,858 audience members. The Argentinian film, Anita, was voted Audience Award for Best Narrative Film. In the film, Anita, an adult with Down Syndrome, must navigate the chaos that develops when a bomb explodes on a Buenos Aires street, separating her from […]

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Honors Oliver Stone with Founder’s Directing Award

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Honors Oliver Stone with Founder’s Directing Award

Oscar winning director Oliver Stone will receive the Founder’s Directing Award at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival scheduled to run April 21 – May 5, 2011. The Founder’s Directing Award is presented each year to a master of world cinema and is given in memory of Irving M. Levin, visionary founder of the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1957. San Francisco, CA — The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Oliver […]

Cannes Film Festival Unveils 2011 Poster Featuring Sexy Faye Dunaway 1970

Cannes Film Festival Unveils 2011 Poster Featuring Sexy Faye Dunaway 1970

The official poster of the 64th Cannes Film Festival was unveiled and it features a photo of Faye Dunaway taken by Jerry Schatzberg in 1970.  Jerry Schatzberg is a filmmaker from New York who won the Palme d’Or in 1973 for Scarecrow. Faye Dunaway had the starring role in Schatzberg’s first film Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970), which has been restored by Universal Pictures. The restored film will be distributed in France by Carlotta […]

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Adds Two More Films to Lineup

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Adds Two More Films to Lineup

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) has added two more films to its feature lineup: a world premiere of Tony Kaye’s drama Detachment and a work-in-progress screening of Stephen C. Mitchell’s Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan, New York.

Garden State Film Festival 2011 Winners; Expecting Mary is Audience Choice

Garden State Film Festival 2011 Winners; Expecting Mary is Audience Choice

The ninth annual Garden State Film Festival, announced its 2011 winners at its awards dinner Sunday.  “Expecting Mary” was a big winner taking home both the Audience Choice award and the Bud Abbott Award for Feature-Length Comedy. The comedy-drama film directed by Dan Gordon and starring Elliott Gould and Linda Gray, tells the story of a pregnant young Mary, who has had all the trappings of an upscale life, but it’s only when she finds […]

Cleveland International Film Festival wraps without Closing Night Film

Cleveland International Film Festival wraps without Closing Night Film

A record-breaking audience of more than 78,000 people attended this year’s 35th Cleveland International Film Festival, but, there was no closing-night film. The screening of the scheduled film “Soul Surfer,” was cancelled after the print of the film was assumed lost when it never arrived at the festival. Although some ticket holders requested refunds, many were allowed to see other films including a last minute additional screening of the opening night film, “Hamill.” Awards were […]

2011 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival report another record-breaking year + Winners

2011 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival report another record-breaking year + Winners

The 17th San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) which ran March 9 – 13, 2011 announced that it had another outstanding year, surpassing income and attendance goals. Festival Director, Wendy Eidson, is delighted with the growth in ticket and pass sales, which topped last years sales by over 40%. “Early numbers are indicating that we have well surpassed our festival income goals, as well as having increased the number of attendees, both local and […]

2011 Fallbrook Film Festival Screens 71 Films; Military Films Make the Cut

2011 Fallbrook Film Festival Screens 71 Films; Military Films Make the Cut

The 2011 Fallbrook Film Festival will run April 8, 9 and 10 at the UltraStar Cinemas at River Village in Bonsall. “We have a wonderfully eclectic lineup of films in the festival this year. There truly is something of each ‘flavor.’ We have ethnic films, hip hop, thrillers, documentaries, sci-fi, family films, films about immigration, fantasies — you name it! And many of the filmmakers will be present for Q&As with the audience.” The festival […]

Charleston International Film Festival Announces 2011 Official Selections

Charleston International Film Festival Announces 2011 Official Selections

The 4th Annual Charleston International Film Festival (CIFF), scheduled to run five days May 18-22, 2011 in South Carolina, announced its 2011 Official Selections. With a lineup of over 70 films from 9 countries, the CIFF will expand from one to three venues.  The American Theater on King St. will serve as the hub where the majority of the films will be shown, Cinebarre will be screening multiple blocks, and the Hippodrome will be hosting […]

RiverRun International Film Festival Adds 3 New Films to 2011 Lineup

RiverRun International Film Festival Adds 3 New Films to 2011 Lineup

RiverRun International Film Festival has added three feature films to its Festival lineup. The films, MISS REPRESENTATION, ANOTHER EARTH and THE TREE, will be shown as part of RiverRun’s Special Screenings. With the addition of these features, RiverRun will screen a total of 121 films. 2011 Film Additions MISS REPRESENTATION – USA / Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom / 89 min. – Filled with interviews with journalists, scholars and politicians like Katie Couric, Gloria Steinem and […]

Lunatics, Lovers and Poets and all the Winners of 2011 Fort Myers Film Festival

Lunatics, Lovers and Poets and all the Winners of 2011 Fort Myers Film Festival

The Fort Myers Film Festival held March 24-27, 2011 announced its 2011 winners in the Documentary, Features, Shorts, Short Shorts, Strictly Local, Diverse/Latin and Faith & Inspirational categories. The winners: Documentary — “Fambul Tok,” by Sara Terry, in which victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war come together. Features — “Lunatics, Lovers and Poets,” directed by John Scoular and about a struggling novelist. Shorts — “Prayers for Peace,” a narrative stop-motion animation directed […]

2011 Method Fest CANCELLED

2011 Method Fest CANCELLED

In a message on their website, the Method Fest Independent Film Festival in Calabasas, California, announced that they are cancelling the 2011 festival. The festival which began 13 years ago in Pasadena and moved to Calabasas in 2000 gets its name from the naturalistic “method” style of acting used by many top performers including Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman. The Method Fest Independent Film Festival announcement: The festival will continue, with the […]

“The First Grader” + All Winners of 2011 Palm Beach International Film Festival

“The First Grader” + All Winners of 2011 Palm Beach International Film Festival

The 16th Palm Beach International Film Festival held March 23 – 31, 2011, announced the festival jury winners and audience picks for best feature film, best documentary and best short film. The British film, ‘The First Grader’ took the top prize for best feature film, and ‘The Rescuers’ took the top prize for best documentary film. The PBIFF’s awards: Best feature film – “The First Grader” Directed by Justin Chadwick and starring Naomie Harris, Tony […]

AFI FEST officially announces its 2011 dates

AFI FEST officially announces its 2011 dates

AFI FEST, celebrating its 25th year in 2011, will take place November 3 through 10 in Hollywood, California at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 Theatres at the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Egyptian Theatre of the American Cinematheque and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The American Film Market (AFM), will be held November 2 through 9. Submissions are now open and filmmakers are invited to submit narrative, documentary, experimental, animated and short […]

2011 DALLAS International Film Festival Adds More Films and New Honorees

2011 DALLAS International Film Festival Adds More Films and New Honorees

The DALLAS International Film Festival scheduled for March 31 – April 10, 2011 have added two new Honorees to the slate of DALLAS Star Award recipients – writer, producer and director Scott Z. Burns (THE INFORMANT, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM) and posthumously to Texas legend and Academy-Award winner Horton Foote (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, TENDER MERCIES). Horton Foote and Scott Z. Burns join Ann-Margret and Steve James on the 2011 roster of DALLAS Star Award recipients […]

RiverRun has officially announced its 2011 Jurors; incl. True Blood actress Lindsay Pulsipher

RiverRun has officially announced its 2011 Jurors; incl. True Blood actress Lindsay Pulsipher

The RiverRun International Film Festival officially released today the full list of competition jurors for the 13th annual Festival returning to Winston-Salem April 8 -17. These jurors will be responsible for determining the best film in RiverRun’s competitive sections: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts and Animated Shorts. A number of jurors will also be presenting works in the non-competitive categories. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Narrative Features, will present her film, I Will Follow, […]

2011 San Francisco Women’s International Film Festival Features Films Directed by Women

2011 San Francisco Women’s International Film Festival Features Films Directed by Women

The 2011 San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival runs April 6- April 10, 2011 at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco. The films in the festival represent the lives of women all over the globe and were directed and /or co-directed by women, including the opening night film from Uganda, Raymonde Provencher’s ‘riveting and jaw-dropping’ documentary, GRACE, MILLY, LUCY…CHILD SOLDIERS. The 7th Annual SFIWFF proudly opens with Raymonde Provencher’s riveting and jaw-dropping documentary, GRACE, MILLY, […]

Edward Burns’ Newlyweds is Closing Night Film for 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Edward Burns’ Newlyweds is Closing Night Film for 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) will close with the world premiere of Edward Burns’ Newlyweds on Saturday, April 30, at BMCC TPAC.

Newlyweds is the tenth film written and directed by Ed Burns and the sixth to premiere at TFF. Burns, who wrote, directed and stars in Newlyweds, has had a strong connection with TFF since its founding. Ash Wednesday world premiered as part of the inaugural TFF lineup in 2002, and Looking for Kitty, Purple Violets and Nice Guy Johnny have also been Festival premieres over subsequent years.

Free Events at 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Free Events at 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), is bringing back its free community events: the Tribeca Drive-In (April 21-23), Family Festival Street Fair (April 30), Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day (April 30), and free panel series, “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper” and “Tribeca Talks: Industry” (April 23-30).

For the first time this year, Festival-goers, athletes and the general public will also have the opportunity to partake in the new NYFest (April 23), the city’s first Film and Entertainment Soccer Tournament

Czech film “Novel for Men” to Open 2011 Tiburon International Film Festival

Czech film “Novel for Men” to Open 2011 Tiburon International Film Festival

The 10th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF), is set for April 7-15, 2011 in Tiburon, California. TIFF will be showcasing over 140 films from 55 countries. The Opening Film is “Novel for Men” directed by Tomas Barina from Czech Republic. “Novel for Men” will be making its International Premiere. Novel for Men tells the story of three siblings – Cyril, Bruno and Aneta. The strong bond that formed among them after their parents’ tragic […]

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Special Events and Tribeca Talks® panel series

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Special Events and Tribeca Talks® panel series

Grandma, A Thousand Times

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) announced its lineup for the 2011 Special Events and Tribeca Talks® panel series. The component programs are “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie,” “Tribeca Talks: Industry,” “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper, hosted by Barnes & Noble,” the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival panel, and new this year, in celebration of the tenth Festival, the “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series,” featuring one-on-one conversations with acclaimed filmmakers, plus the premiere of five new documentary films and a one-of-a-kind videogame-film event.