Film Festivals

2011 Berlin International Film Festival; Nader And Simin, A Separation is Big Winner

2011 Berlin International Film Festival; Nader And Simin, A Separation is Big Winner

Asghar Farhadi’s “Nader and Simin, A Separation” was the big winner at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival, taking the Golden Bear for best film, with best actor and actress prizes split among the films’ ensemble male and female cast, which included the director’s teenage daughter, Sarina. About the film: Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. She has already made all the necessary arrangements. Nader, however, is having second thoughts. […]

2011 Derby City Film Festival awards

2011 Derby City Film Festival awards

Louisville native Greg King and New Albany, Indiana filmmaker Ray Cart are among the winners of the top prizes at the 2011 Derby City Film Festival which was held February 18th through the 20th. Greg King and David Teague’s “Our House” took home Best Documentary and Cart’s “Queens of the Dead” won the Audience Choice award for favorite film. Cincinnati Filmmaker Michael Maney’s film “Meth” took home the award for Best Short Film and Actress […]

Legendary San Francisco Punk Rock Video Collective Target Video At The 2011 Sarasota Film Festival

Legendary San Francisco Punk Rock Video Collective Target Video At The 2011 Sarasota Film Festival

The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF), April 7-17, 2011 in Sarasota, FL, and legendary San Francisco based punk rock video collective Target Video announced a collaboration today that will see the Sarasota Film Festival present a program of Target’s legendary performance videos.  Entitled Futility Is Resistance: Treasures From The Target Video Archive (1977-84), the program features three nights of Target’s seminal, rarely seen punk rock performances. Shot by members of Target Video between 1977 and 1984, these […]

2011 Oxford Film Festival Winners; Mississippi Innocence Voted Overall Audience Favorite

2011 Oxford Film Festival Winners; Mississippi Innocence Voted Overall Audience Favorite

The 2011 Oxford Film Festival came to a close last weekend, and Mississippi Innocence, the non-competition documentary by filmmaker Joe York, took home the top prize for overall audience favorite.  Two years in the making and produced with Tucker Carrington and the Mississippi Innocence Project at the UM School of Law, Mississippi Innocence tells the compelling story of Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer, two men who combined spent over thirty years behind bars for crimes […]

The The Dam Short Film Festival 2011 Winners

The The Dam Short Film Festival 2011 Winners

The Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, Nevada just wrapped its 7th edition and announced the 2011 winners.  The festival The 2012 Dam Short Film Festival screened over 100 short films from all corners of the world with 38 film crews traveling to Boulder City. The next/upcoming – 2012 festival is scheduled for February 8-11, 2012. The 2011 Dam Short Film Festival Award Winners are:Audience Favorite – “Indestructible”Best Nevada Filmmaker – “Cowboy”Best Drama – […]

Texas Frightmare Weekend 2011 Add AUDITION star Eihi Shiina and TOKYO GORE POLICE director and special effects artist Yoshihiro Nishimura

Texas Frightmare Weekend 2011 Add AUDITION star Eihi Shiina and TOKYO GORE POLICE director and special effects artist Yoshihiro Nishimura

Texas Frightmare Weekend announced AUDITION star Eihi Shiina and TOKYO GORE POLICE director and special effects artist Yoshihiro Nishimura are confirmed to attend this year’s edition of the popular horror and genre convention (April 29 – May 1). This will mark the first time that Shiina has made an appearance of this nature in the United States. They join other high profile recent additions including influential horror and genre author and filmmaker Clive Barker (HELLRAISER, […]

8th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Competition Awards

8th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Competition Awards

The judges of the 8th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival have announced this year’s award winning films in the four competitive categories: Best Feature, Big Sky Award, Best Short Film and Best Mini Doc (under 15 minutes). The awards were announced Thursday evening at a ceremony at The Loft in downtown Missoula. The Feature Category winner will receive $1000, while the films in the other three categories will receive a cash prize of $500, […]

Sedona Film Festival Slates 145 Films For 2011 Event; “Sedona, The Motion Picture” Will Premiere; Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise To Attend

Sedona Film Festival Slates 145 Films For 2011 Event; “Sedona, The Motion Picture” Will Premiere; Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise To Attend

With the strongest field of foreign films in its 17-year history and a diverse lineup of shorts, documentaries, animations and full-length features, the Sedona International Film Festival will screen 145 films – including “Sedona, The Motion Picture” – at three venues from Feb. 20-27. Comedian Jonathan Winters will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Festival — following a screening of a film featuring the renowned funny man, “Certifiably Jonathan” — in a presentation by […]

40th New Directors/New Films (March 23 – April 3) Announces Lineup

40th New Directors/New Films (March 23 – April 3) Announces Lineup

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the full lineup for the 40th edition of New Directors/New Films (March 23 – April 3). Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, the film festival will screen 28 feature films (24 narrative, 4 documentary) representing 22 countries. The opening night feature is J.C. Chandor’s MARGIN CALL. Screening on Wednesday, March 23, at 7:00PM at MoMA, […]

Derby City Film Festival Opens Friday February 18th

Derby City Film Festival Opens Friday February 18th

Derby City Film Festival opens this Friday February 18th, 68 films to screen during the three day festival, including 25 international films and 20 from Kentucky filmmakers. The festival will open with a short film screening group from The Bob Rogers Group (BRG), a production company based in Louisville. The BRG film program of 8 short films will be free to attend and begin at 6:00 PM on February 18th. The official opening night film […]

SXSW Film Announces 2011 Midnight Feature & Shorts

SXSW Film Announces 2011 Midnight Feature & Shorts

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced the features in the Midnighters and SXFantastic sections, as well as the complete short films lineup, which will debut at this year’s Festival, which runs from March 11 – 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The SXSW Film Festival will open on Friday, March 11, 2011 with Duncan Jones’ Source Code. In addition to nine full days of film screenings, SXSW Film will ultimately feature over […]

DALLAS International Film Festival Announces First Twelve Titles

DALLAS International Film Festival Announces First Twelve Titles

The DALLAS International Film Festival announced today the first twelve films that will screen at this year’s fifth festival (March 31 – April 10) including four world premieres and one U.S. premiere.  The festival announced three films set for its Texas Competition, two films in its Family Friendly section and the first film selected for a brand new India Spotlight series. Films entered into the narrative feature and narrative documentary competition will once again have […]

Big Sky 2011 Opens Friday with Free Screening of How To Die In Oregon

Big Sky 2011 Opens Friday with Free Screening of How To Die In Oregon

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival kicks off its 8th year this Friday at the historic Wilma Theatre in downtown Missoula with a FREE screening of Peter D. Richardson’s film, HOW TO DIE IN OREGON, sponsored by HBO Documentary Films. Making its Montana premiere in the festival’s American Spectrum strand, HOW TO DIE IN OREGON tells the stories of terminally ill Oregonians as they decide whether to end their life under the state’s Death with Dignity […]

26th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award Winning Films Announced

26th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award Winning Films Announced

The 26th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2011 festival competition.  Commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, “This year in particular, I have been incredibly impressed by our film lineup. Each of the films possessed their own unique quality, creating one of the most diverse and interesting programs yet.” The esteemed Jury for the 2010 SBIFF included: actor Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future); SBIFF originator Phyllis de Picciotto; actor […]

2011 Göteborg International Film Festival’s Dragon Award; She Monkeys takes top Dragon Award

2011 Göteborg International Film Festival’s Dragon Award; She Monkeys takes top Dragon Award

Lisa Aschan’s feature debut She Monkeys took the top award – the Dragon Award Best Nordic Film at 2011 Göteborg International Film Festival’s Dragon Award Gala on Saturday night in Scandinavia. She Monkeys also received the FIPRESCI Award, which is handed out by the international federation of film critics. The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award was given Blue Valentine, directed by Derek Cianfrance. The list of awards:Dragon Award Best Nordic Film: She Monkeys by Lisa […]

Catalina Island to host the 1st Annual Avalon International Film Festival

Catalina Island to host the 1st Annual Avalon International Film Festival

The first annual Avalon International Film Festival (AIFF) to be held March 25-27, 2011, at the Catalina Casino Theatre and Ballroom, Avalon Bay on Catalina Island, California. The festival will spotlight works from around the world created by both amateur and professional filmmakers in categories ranging from short animations to international feature films and documentaries. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to produce this unique and prestigious festival for Hollywood executives and filmmakers alike in […]

32nd Durban International Film Festival, July 21-31, 2011

32nd Durban International Film Festival, July 21-31, 2011

The Durban International Film Festival in Durban, South Africa, has announced that its 32nd edition will take place from 21 to 31 July 2011. The festival 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 including township areas where cinemas are non-existent. The festival will also offer an extensive seminar and workshop programme featuring local and […]

2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam Winners of Tiger Awards

2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam Winners of Tiger Awards

The winning films of the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced and the three Tiger Awards were granted to feature débuts: * The Journals of Musan by Park Jung-Bum (South Korea) * Finisterrae by Sergio Caballero (Spain, 2010) * Eternity by Sivaroj Kongsakul (Thailand, 2010, supported by the Hubert Bals Fund). On the occasion of IFFR’s 40th jubilee edition, the one-off and shared Return of the Tiger Award went to Oki’s Movie by Hong […]

54 Films Slated for 2011 Boulder International Film Festival Feb. 17-20

54 Films Slated for 2011 Boulder International Film Festival Feb. 17-20

The 7th Annual Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF), voted “one of the coolest film festivals in the world” by MovieMaker magazine, is already making headlines with a star-studded lineup of celebrity guests and today is rolling out its action-packed program. The Festival takes place in scenic Boulder, Colo., Feb. 17-20, and will bring films, filmmakers and international fans together for a four-day celebration of the fine art of filmmaking. The Festival kicks off Thursday, Feb. […]

2011 South by Southwest Film Festival Feature Lineup Announced

2011 South by Southwest Film Festival Feature Lineup Announced

South by Southwest Film Festival announced the features lineup for the 2011 Film Program. These films join others previously announced, including Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, Greg Mottola’s Paul, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop by director Rodman Flender, and the opening night World Premiere, Duncan Jones’ Source Code. NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION 96 MINUTES Director & Writer: Aimée Lagos (World Premiere) A Year in Mooring Director: Chris Eyre, Writer: Peter Vanderwall (World Premiere) American Animal Director & Writer: […]

Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris to open 2011 Festival de Cannes

Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris to open 2011 Festival de Cannes

Midnight in Paris, the new film by Woody Allen will open the Festival de Cannes on May 11th in the Lumière Theatre, in the presence of the Jury presided by Robert De Niro. The romantic comedy, which was shot last year in the French capital, brings together a broad international cast, including Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard, as well as Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Gad Elmaleh and Léa Seydoux. Following London […]

Passione to Open and Soul Surfer to Close 2011 Cinequest Film Festival

Passione to Open and Soul Surfer to Close 2011 Cinequest Film Festival

The 2011 Cinequest Film Festival which takes place March 1-13 in San Jose, announced the two features that will bookend the upcoming Festival. John Turturro’s Italian music documentary Passione will be the official Opening Night Film while Sean McNamara’s Soul Surfer will serve as the official Closing Night film. John Turturro (“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” “Transformers,” “The Big Lebowski”) will also be on hand, Opening Night, March 1, 7pm, to present his film and […]

2011 New York International Children’s Film Festival Lineup

2011 New York International Children’s Film Festival Lineup

The 2011 New York International Children’s Film Festival, which runs March 4-27, 2011 in New York City announced its complete lineup. The festival will open with “Mars Needs Moms” a Special Preview Screening of Disney’s new 3D space adventure comedy. Films on lineup include: “Aurelie Laflamme’s Diary” – US Premiere, Canada. A quirky coming-of-age comedy about ‘tween Aurelie, whose endearing clumsiness positions her as a pitch-perfect, French-Canadian version of a Judy Blume character. (Ages 8 […]

BEGINNERS film to close 2011 Sarasota Film Festival | Trailer

BEGINNERS film to close 2011 Sarasota Film Festival | Trailer

The Sarasota Film Festival, which takes place April 7-17th, 2011 announced that writer/director Mike Mills’ Beginners, a Focus Features release, has been selected as the Closing Night Film of the 13th Annual Festival, to screen on Sunday, April 17th. Beginners, which premiered at 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, stars Christopher Plummer who will be in attendance at the Festival to receive this year’s Cinema Master Award. From writer/director Mike Mills comes a comedy/drama about how […]