Film Festivals

24th Leeds International Film Festival Award Winners

24th Leeds International Film Festival Award Winners

The 24th Leeds International Film Festival has announced the winners of its several competitions. “Tuesday, After Christmas” by Radu Muntean wins the Golden Owl Award at the 24th Leeds International Film Festival 2010. A Special Mention wentto Hitoshi Yazaki’s “Sweet Little Lies”. “Tuesday, After Christmas”  is “an exquisitely crafted portrait of a married man who has fallen in love with another woman, and a stunning example of the Romanian New Wave. The subtelty and compassion with which […]

Calgary International Film Festival Lays Off Almost All Fulltime Staff

Calgary International Film Festival Lays Off Almost All Fulltime Staff

A decline in funding has forced the Calgary International Film Festival to lay off most of its full-time staff, including the director of programming, Trevor Smith, director of operations Christian Argyll and sponsorship marketing manager Danielle Kondruk, leaving executive director Jacqueline Dupuis as the only full-time staff member. The decision to lay off the three staff members was made by Dupuis and the festival’s 10-member volunteer board of directors with the hope it will be […]

Record-breaking Year For Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival

Record-breaking Year For Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival

The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival has reported that this year was a record-breaking year for the festival, with the highest ticket sales ever. Over 18,400 tickets were sold, compared to the approximately 17,900 sold last year. The Festival presented Audience Awards for: Best Feature, Best Debut Feature, Best Short, and Best Documentary. Audience Awards determined by popular vote of the audience. Best Feature. Bride Flight Best Debut Feature. Like Stars on Earth Best Documentary. […]

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2011 dates announced!

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2011 dates announced!

CMJ Network, Inc. has announced the dates for its 2011 CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival. The festival will take place from Tuesday, October 18 to Saturday, October 22, 2011 in New York City. The annual festival, celebrating its 31st year, will once again be headquartered in downtown Manhattan with daytime events including panel sessions, exhibitors’ loft and registrant lounge, seminars and other special events source: CMJ

2010 edition of the Damascus International Film Festival Awards

2010 edition of the Damascus International Film Festival Awards

The Algerian film “The Outlaws” by  director Rachid Bouchareb won the Gold Award and the Best Arab Film Award at the 18th edition of Damascus International Film Festival. The Silver Award went to the Iranian film “Please Do Not Disturb”, directed by Mohsen Abdolvahab and the Bronze to the Syrian film “September Rain”, by director Abdellatif Abdelhamid. Turkish director Reha Irdem received the Mustafa al-Akkad Award for Direction for his film Cosmos. The Jury Award […]

West Virginia International Film Festival This Weekend

West Virginia International Film Festival This Weekend

JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, a documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old, is one of the films screening this weekend as part of the West Virginia International film festival. The festival kicks off Thursday night at the West Virginia State University Capitol Center Theater on Summers Street with a screening of the documentary Papers, the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they […]

Canberra International Film Festival 2010 Audience Award Winners

Canberra International Film Festival 2010 Audience Award Winners

Mexican film, “On Childhood”, from director Carlos Carerra bested “Uninhabited” and “Monsters” to take home the Audience Award for Best International Feature Film at the 2010 Canberra International Film Festival in Canberra, Australia. The festival described the film as “A visual masterpiece set in the slums of Mexico, this crime thriller sees a ghost help a young boy deal with the violent father he worships and fears.” Ten-year-old Francisco is no innocent boy, growing up […]

2010 Cinema Arts Festival Houston Draws Stellar Guests; Features Selection of World’s Best Films About Art and Artists

Of the hundreds of film festivals held each year in the U.S., Cinema Arts Festival Houston, held November 10-14, 2010, is the only festival specifically programmed to celebrate films by and about visual, performing, and literary artists.  With support from city leaders, enthusiastic patrons and a highly developed network of arts organizations, the festival is a truly civic project, conceived to highlight one the most vibrant and diverse arts communities on earth. Joining for the […]

Wavescape Surf Film Festival Cape Town, December 1 – 19, 2010

Wavescape Surf Film Festival Cape Town, December 1 – 19, 2010

The seventh annual Wavescape Surf Film Festival kickstarts the 2010 summer season in Cape Town with a bumper crop of adrenaline-charged surf movies. Presented by the Save Our Seas Foundation, the festival (from December 1 to 19) focuses on the critical plight of the world’s oceans, and surfing development in South Africa. The festival begins with the Wavescape Surfboard Art Exhibition from December 1 to 7 at the trendy Cape Town restaurant Depasco Cafe. Twelve […]

“The King’s Speech” To Close 2010 Bahamas International Film Festival

“The King’s Speech” To Close 2010 Bahamas International Film Festival

Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool today announced the final program details for the 7th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 1-5, 2010 in Nassau. The Weinstein Company’s highly acclaimed period drama “The King’s Speech” has been selected as this year’s closing night film. Based on the true story of the Queen of England’s father and his remarkable friendship with maverick Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue “The King’s […]

Sony Pictures Classics’ Acclaimed Comedy “Tamara Drewe” To Open 2010 Bahamas International Film Festival

Sony Pictures Classics’ Acclaimed Comedy “Tamara Drewe” To Open 2010 Bahamas International Film Festival

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), announced that Sony Pictures Classics’ acclaimed comedy “Tamara Drewe” will be the opening film at this year’s festival, which takes place December 1-5 in Nassau. The special event screening will take place on Wednesday, December 1s at the Atlantis Theatre on Paradise Island. The announcement was made by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. Directed by two time Academy Award® nominee Stephen Frears (“High Fidelity,” “The Queen,” “Dangerous […]

W Magazine Launches First Online Film Festival: Fashion on Film

W Magazine Launches First Online Film Festival: Fashion on Film

W Magazine announced today the launch of its inaugural online film festival: Fashion on Film, the definitive online destination for fashionable films, artful videos and designer shorts, featuring the premiere of a short documentary, The Remaking of W. “W is known for its images and now we will be known for images in motion,” says Editor-in-Chief Stefano Tonchi. “Fashion on Film will showcase the stories of people with style, featuring a talented, eclectic roster of […]

2010 Ojai Film Festival Awards

2010 Ojai Film Festival Awards

Soenke Wortmann’s “Pope Joan” was awarded Best Narrative Feature, and Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath’s “Enemies of the People” was awarded Best Documentary Feature at the 2010 Ojai Film Festival. Nominated for three German Film Awards including Best Costumes, Production Design and Supporting Actress, Pope Joan (in German with English subtitles) is described as “She is the legend that will not die – Pope Joan, the 9th century woman who disguised herself as a man […]

Utah’s First Salty Horror International Film Festival

Utah’s First Salty Horror International Film Festival

The first ever Salty Horror International Film Festival, Utah’s first ever film festival for horror and sci-fi/horror, wrapped on Sunday November 7, 2010. Deadderrickreviews did a great review of the festival but here are the top winners. The Demon Chaser challenge (created by Brian Higgins) was a challenge to create a short horror film with four rules: 1. It had to contain salt in it! 2. It had to be completed within 36 hours of […]

DOC NYC Winners Announced

DOC NYC Winners Announced

  To Be Heard by directors Roland Legiardi-Laura, Edwin Martinez, Deborah Shaffer and Amy Sultan won both the Viewfinders Grand Jury Prize and Metropolis Grand Jury Prize at the DOC NYC Film Festival. Karina, Pearl and Anthony are three New York teenagers in a radical poetry workshop called Power Writing that has a profound affect on their lives. Putting pen to paper they’re able to imagine a future where fathers aren’t in jail, mothers aren’t […]

Lou Reed Will Host Canadian Premiere of “Red Shirley” at Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)

Lou Reed Will Host Canadian Premiere of “Red Shirley” at Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) will welcome musician turned filmmaker Lou Reed to its 13th edition. Mr. Reed will present his first film, Red Shirley, on Monday, November 15 at 9 p.m. at the Cinémathèque québécoise. Red Shirley, a 99-year-old formally known as Shulamit Rabinowitz, is the star of this film co-directed by her cousin, none other than former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed. Rabinowitz lived through the devastation of the First World War; and fled Poland for […]

Waste Land, closing film of this year’s RIDM

Waste Land, closing film of this year’s RIDM

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) announced the closing film for its 13th edition. Directed by Lucy Walker, Waste Land has won the Audience Award in Sundance and the Amnesty International and Panoramic Audience Award at the Berlinale. In exile in the United States following a gunshot wound to his leg, Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz enjoys the enviable international notoriety that has come from his work: an intermingling of photography and domestic, industrial matter. With […]

Les Fros will be the opening film of this year’s Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)

The grand premiere of Les Fros, the second feature by the Mont Laurier-based director Stéphanie Lanthier, kicks off the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) on November 10. Produced by DOC Productions and co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada, Les Fros takes us inside the world of Abitibi’s brush cutters. Every year, workers from Romania, Mali, Russia and Albania travel north to swell the ranks of local cutters. For long months, they toil in […]

Naples International Film Festival 2010 Winners

Naples International Film Festival 2010 Winners

“Bedrooms,” directed by Michael D. Olmos and Youssef Delara, was announced as the winner of Best Feature film award at the Naples International Film Festival’s closing ceremonies Sunday evening at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts. Bedrooms is an evocative drama about the walls that separate people, the heartbreak and infidelity that are often the result and the redemption that is possible when we choose to speak the truth and tear those walls down. […]

2010 Kerry Film Festival Award Winners

2010 Kerry Film Festival Award Winners

The Kerry Film Festival, in Kerry, Ireland, which is celebrating eleven years of bringing film to Kerry, announced the winning short films from the 2010 edition of the festival. The 2010 Kerry Film Festival Award Winners are:Children’s Audience Award, THE END IS NIGHT, James Cotter When a farmer discovers an ancient amulet with the power to destroy the world, he does what any of us would do… Audience Award, CHRISTMAS SWIM, Keith Mannix While for […]

2010 Sheffield International Documentary Festival Awards

2010 Sheffield International Documentary Festival Awards

Sheffield Doc/Fest, which describes itself as “bringing the international documentary family together to celebrate the art and business of documentary making for five intense days in November” recently wrapped and announced its 2010 winners. “Pink Saris” bested nominees “12th & Delaware,” “The Embrace of The River,” “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” “Marwencol,” “Nostalgia for the Light,” “Russian Lessons,’ and “Secrets of The Tribe” to take top prize for The Special Jury Award. Pink Saris: […]

Jane Russell to receive Lifetime Achievement in Acting Award from Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Jane Russell to receive Lifetime Achievement in Acting Award from Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Actress Jane Russell will be honored with The Lifetime Achievement Award by Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. The event is SOLD OUT. She was working as a receptionist at a doctor’s office when discovered by producer and studio mogul Howard Hughes and director Howard Hawks. Hughes signed her to a seven-year contract at his RKO Studios and she was cast as the female lead in “The Outlaw.” Russell followed “The Outlaw” with a number of […]

2010 Cucalorus Film Festival Selections

2010 Cucalorus Film Festival Selections

Cucalorus Film Festival returns to the historic port city of Wilmington, North Carolina for its annual cinematic celebration this November 11-14th.  Film selections include Gaspar Noe’s cinematic wonder Enter the Void, Sundance World Cinema documentary winner The Red Chapel by Mads Brügger, and a healthy list of additional independent and international titles. More than 120 films are expected on the final lineup including. Narrative Features – highlights:Enter the Void (France) – Gaspar Noé:One of the […]

18th Damascus International Film Festival Lineup

18th Damascus International Film Festival Lineup

Mr. Mohammed Al-Ahmad, Director General of the National Film Organization, nveiled the lineup for the 18th Damascus International Film Festival during a press conference held at Al-Kindy Theater in Damascus, Syria.  Mr. Al Ahmad emphasized the importance of Damascus Film Festival and the important role it plays in improving cinema production in Syria. The 18th Damascus International Film Festival will start on Sunday 7th Nov. at Dar Al Assad for Culture & Arts with screening […]