Film Festivals

George Clooney to be honored at 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival

George Clooney to be honored at 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival

The 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award® winner George Clooney with its prestigious Chairman’s Award for The Descendants and The Ides of March. “George Clooney brings new definition to the word ‘star,’” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “A consummate actor, director, producer and screenwriter, he’s demonstrated that no discipline within the film industry is beyond his reach.  In The Ides of March as an actor, director, producer and […]

Academy Awards $455,000 to US Film Festivals in 2012

Academy Awards $455,000 to US Film Festivals in 2012

The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded $455,000 to 25 U.S. film festivals for the 2012 calendar year.

The 2012 film festival grants allocations are as follows: {jathumbnail off}

Final Deadline For Entries For 55th San Francisco International Film Festival.

Final Deadline For Entries For 55th San Francisco International Film Festival.

The San Francisco Film Society is now accepting submissions for the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival. Works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered. The final deadline for short films is Monday, December 5; and the final deadline for features is Monday, December 12. The Festival’s Golden Gate Awards include a juried award for Best Documentary Feature with a $20,000 prize; Best Bay Area Documentary Feature with a $15,000 prize; and awards totaling […]

Mamitas wins Best Film at Inaugural Napa Valley Film Festival

Mamitas wins Best Film at Inaugural Napa Valley Film Festival

Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced its Jury and Audience Awards for the inaugural film festival which ran November 9 – 13, 2011.

The coming-of-age film Mamitas, based on director Nicholas Ozeki’s award-winning short film of the same name took the top prize Best Narrative and the cash award of $10,000. In the film, cocky teenager and self-proclaimed Casanova Jordan Juarez thinks he knows everything about girls. But one day, while teaching his best friend how to pick up “hot mami chulas,” he learns just what it means to be a man who can truly connect with a woman.

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Bahamas International Film Festival Announces 2011 Official Film Lineup

Bahamas International Film Festival Announces 2011 Official Film Lineup

“The Rum Diary” starring BIFF’s 2009 Career Achievement tributee and Bahamian home owner, Johnny Depp, will open the 8th Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) on Thursday, December 1st while sports dramedy “Breakaway” starring Rob Lowe will close the festival on Sunday, December 4th.

This year, the Festival, which takes place December 1-4, 2011 in Nassau, will showcase 68 films from 33 different countries, including 42 features of which several are international premieres and all are Bahamian premieres. The four competition categories at BIFF are Spirit of Freedom: Narrative; Documentary; New Visions; First Look; and Short Film. Special sections include Caribbean and Environmental sidebars as well as a World Cinema showcase.

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Chinese non-fiction and work by Ai Weiwei to be screened at Film Festival Rotterdam

Chinese non-fiction and work by Ai Weiwei to be screened at Film Festival Rotterdam

Recent films by Chinese documentary makers and films by versatile artist Ai Weiwei will be screened during the 41st edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The films highlight hidden aspects of Chinese society in an intimate and surprising way. These films and Ai’s work will be shown in Hidden Histories, a themed program of the IFFR main Signals section. Signals: Hidden Histories What the films in Hidden Histories have in common is that their […]

Durban International Film Festival Announces 2012 Dates, and Call for Films

Durban International Film Festival Announces 2012 Dates, and Call for Films

The 33rd DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will take place from July 19 to 29, 2012, and will present over 200 screenings of films from around the world, with a special focus on films from South African and Africa. Screenings will take place throughout Durban, South Africa,  including township areas where cinemas are non-existent. The festival will also offer an extensive seminar and workshop programme featuring local and international filmmakers.  2012 will also see the return […]

WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT and the Complete List of Winners of 2011 AFI FEST

WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT and the Complete List of Winners of 2011 AFI FEST

AFI FEST 2011 announced the features and short films that took home this year’s Audience and Jury Awards. The audience voted the lesbian themed drama, WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT by first-time writer/director, Alexandra-Therese Keining the winner in the Breakthrough Section.

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Aaron Eckhart, James Marsden, Jay and Mark Duplass honored at 2011 Savannah Film Festival

Aaron Eckhart, James Marsden, Jay and Mark Duplass honored at 2011 Savannah Film Festival

 

The 14th annual Savannah Film Festival rounded out a full week of special screenings and award presentations by honoring Golden Globe-nominated actor Aaron Eckhart (“The Dark Knight,” “Erin Brockovich”), actor James Marsden (“27 Dresses,” “X-Men”) and the writing/directing brother team of Jay and Mark Duplass (“Cyrus,” “The Puffy Chair”) during the event’s closing weekend. {jathumbnail off}

Australian Film ‘Wedding Party’ Leads Winners of 2011 Bel-Air Film Festival

Australian Film ‘Wedding Party’ Leads Winners of 2011 Bel-Air Film Festival

The Fourth Annual Bel-Air Film Festival was held in from October 12th-17th, and included screening 36 Feature, Documentary, Short, and Student Films.  “The 2011 Bel-Air Film Festival is proud to have showcased the work of filmmakers that have expressed their creativity and innovative spirits, and we are pleased to announce this year’s winners.” –Melody Storm, President of Bel-Air Film Festival.

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A Little Closer Wins Top Jury Prize at 2011 Indie Memphis Film Festival

A Little Closer Wins Top Jury Prize at 2011 Indie Memphis Film Festival

The 14th Indie Memphis Film Festival ran November 3rd thru 6th, and wrapped on Sunday night with its awards ceremony.  A Little Closer by director Matthew Petock took the top Jury prize for best film. In the film, set in rural Virginia, Sheryl struggles to balance her work as a housekeeper and raising her two sons, fifteen year-old Marc and eleven year-old Stephen. Hoping to meet the love of her life and bring home a father for her boys, she frequents a depressing, weekly mixer for the towns aging singles set. Meanwhile, Marc is desperate to lose his virginity, and spends his days working at a used car lot. And his brother Stephen, in the throes of sexual discovery, becomes infatuated with his schoolteacher while struggling to win the approval of a group of peers who adamantly detest her.

Heaven + Earth + Joe Davis, directed by Peter Sasowsky won the Jury award for Best Documentary.  The film takes the viewer with Joe Davis,a peg-legged artist and motorcycle mechanic from Mississippi, around the world and into the visual and philosophical landscape of his art.

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Founder Sophoan Sorn to Serve As guest curator and director of the 2012 San Joaquin International Film Festival

Founder Sophoan Sorn to Serve As guest curator and director of the 2012 San Joaquin International Film Festival

Founder Sophoan Sorn will serve as guest curator and director of the 5th San Joaquin International Film Festival (SJIFF5), taking place January 12th-14th, 2012 at the Stockton Empire Theatre on the Miracle Mile, and January 15th at the Janet Leigh Theatre at University of the Pacific. Sophoan Sorn is presently director of San Francisco’s Berlin & Beyond Film Festival. Sorn inaugurated SJIFF in June of 2008. During his three-year tenure through 2010, he expanded SJIFF […]

Inuk Wins Real Big at 2011 Savannah Film Festival

Inuk Wins Real Big at 2011 Savannah Film Festival

The Savannah College of Art and Design held its 14th annual Savannah Film Festival, October 29 – November 5, 2011 in historic downtown Savannah, Georgia and wrapped with honoring the best films that screened at the festival. This year’s competition films competed for more than $80,000 in cash and prizes.

The Greenlandic film ‘Inuk’ ddirected by American Mike Magidson was the big winner, taking home the awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Director, and Best Editing.

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The Corridor and Beg Tie For Best Feature Films at 2011 Flickers RI International Horror Film Festival

The Corridor and Beg Tie For Best Feature Films at 2011 Flickers RI International Horror Film Festival

Despite rain, snow and even power outages, the 12th Flickers RI International Horror Film Festival drew crowds to the see the 42 films that were screened during the “cinematic symphony of horror”, October 27th-30th, 2011.

Attending this year were the cast and crew from eight of the international films screened during the Festival including Imposter, Vampyre Compendium, Beg, Inkubus, and Last Seen on Delores Street for their premieres along with directors and producers Marc Masciandaro, Matteo Bernardini from Italy, Devi Snively, Augustin Fuentes, and Kevin and Shanna MacDonald.

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2011 Savannah Film Festival honors Oliver Stone, Ellen Barkin and Ray Liotta

2011 Savannah Film Festival honors Oliver Stone, Ellen Barkin and Ray Liotta

Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning writer/director Oliver Stone was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th annual Savannah Film Festival on Thursday, Nov. 3.  Stone dedicated his award to native Savannahian and well-known publicist Bobby Zarem, whom he has known for more than 30 years. “The memory of my achievement lies in Savannah, a city Bobby loves so much,” said the award-winning director. Stone ended with, “I got your back, Bobby.”  {jathumbnail off}

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN to close 2011 AFI Fest

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN to close 2011 AFI Fest

Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures’ THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, directed by AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg, will have its North American Premiere as the Closing Night Gala of AFI FEST 2011. The film is based on the internationally beloved and irrepressible characters created by Hergé and stars Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. It is produced by Academy Award® winners Spielberg, Peter Jackson and […]

Aurélie Laflamme’s Diary and Ormie Win 2nd NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival

Aurélie Laflamme’s Diary and Ormie Win 2nd NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival

The second NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival, wrapped a the three-day festival for kids ages 3 – 18 and their families on Sunday and announced the winners of the best feature film and the best short film, as selected by the audiences. Aurélie Laflamme’s Diary (Le journal d’Aurélie Laflamme, Canada 2010), Christian Laurence’s delightful story about a teenager navigating the strange conventions of adolescence on planet Earth, tipped the scale slightly ahead of Jean-Christophe Roger’s […]

“Jo For Jonathan” by Maxine Giroux Takes the Top Prize at 2011 Gotham Screen Fest

“Jo For Jonathan” by Maxine Giroux Takes the Top Prize at 2011 Gotham Screen Fest

Best Feature: Jo For Jonathan, directed by Maxime Giroux

The 5th Annual Gotham Screen International Film Festival (GSIFF) is over after ten days of screenings and events in downtown New York. Highlights of the festival included the world premiere of US drama “40 West,” Singaporean production “Sandcastle” and popular Indian movie “Shuttlecock Boys.”

Festival director Michael Gunther said of the event, “We’re very proud of this year’s program, which featured no less than six world premieres, with films as diverse as US thriller ‘Occupant,’ Chinese documentary ‘He Film’ and indie road movie ‘Days Together.’ The move to the legendary Quad Cinema brought increased attendance and allowed us to dramatically broaden the program. We definitely feel at home in the new surroundings of Greenwich Village and hope to continue our growth, both creatively and audience-wise, in the next year.”{jathumbnail off}

We Need To Talk About Kevin Wins Best Film at BFI London Film Festival

We Need To Talk About Kevin Wins Best Film at BFI London Film Festival

Tilda Swinton’s latest film, We Need To Talk About Kevin, took the top prize at The 55th BFI London Film Festival. The film adapted from Lionel Shriver’s popular 2003 novel is about an American woman, Eva (Tilda Swinton), suffering from the fallout of a terrible crime committed by her teenage son, Kevin (Ezra Miller). BEST FILM: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, directed by Lynne RamsayOn behalf of the jury John Madden (Chair) said: “This […]

Audience Award Winners of 2011 Buffalo International Film Festival

Audience Award Winners of 2011 Buffalo International Film Festival

Cape No. 7

The Buffalo International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2011 Audience Awards selected by a direct vote from the audiences screening the films between October 7-23, 2011.

5th Annual Buffalo International Film Festival
Audience Awards

Best of Festival

1st Place:  Tie:  Cape No. 7, Taiwan, 2010

Tie: The Whisperer in Darkness, United States, 2011

Honorable Mention: Cultures of Resistance, United States, 2010
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AFI FEST announces the film retrospective curated by Guest Artistic Director Pedro Almodóvar

AFI FEST announces the film retrospective curated by Guest Artistic Director Pedro Almodóvar

AFI FEST has released the film retrospective curated by Guest Artistic Director Pedro Almodóvar for the 2011 festival. In addition to the screening of his film LAW OF DESIRE as An Evening With Pedro Almodóvar Gala presentation on Monday, November 7, Almodóvar’s program of classic horror films and thrillers are EYES WITHOUT A FACE (DIR Georges Franju, 1960), LE CERCLE ROUGE (DIR Jean-Pierre Melville, 1970), NIGHTMARE ALLEY (DIR Edmund Goulding, 1947) and THE KILLERS (DIR […]

First Look at the Doc NYC Film Festival

First Look at the Doc NYC Film Festival

 

The Island President

The Doc NYC Film Festival is kicking off at the IFC Center on 6th Avenue on November 2nd through November 10th 2011. Vimooz’s Francesca McCaffery is covering the Festival, and here are some of the first highlights of what is proving to be a truly inspiring, not-to-be-missed line-up:

 

The Island President: If you only go see a few films at the Doc NYC Film Festival this year, Jon Shenk’s “The Island President” should be at the very top of your list. Focusing on the pint-sized President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives Islands (the country comprised of a thousand scattered islands, South of India) and his amazing quest to crush the threat of global warming- which is literally threatening the life of the Island’s inhabitants. (The Maldives are literally sinking at a stomach-lurching rate, due to the additional CO2 in the air, which is raising ocean water levels.) Learning about his twenty years as a political activist and political prisoner before he was elected- this movie is a tribute to a brilliant, illuminating spirit, and absolutely MUST be seen. (Radiohead does the soundtrack, another great reason to see it!)  {jathumbnail off}

AFI FEST 2011 Announces World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Shorts programs

AFI FEST 2011 Announces World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Shorts programs

AFI FEST announced the remaining programs and films that will screen in the festival’s World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Shorts programs at the 25th edition this November. 

The festival describes each programs as “World Cinema showcases the most anticipated and prize-winning international films of the year, Breakthrough highlights works discovered only through the submissions process and Midnight’s eclectic selection presents films with provocative and unexpected ideas.” {jathumbnail off}