Film Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival Top 10 Films in 2010

Toronto International Film Festival Top 10 Films in 2010

Toronto International Film Festival has compiled its list of the top 10 Canadian feature films and short films in 2010. “It’s a pretty diverse list, everything from micro-budget movies to international co-productions,” Steve Gravestock, TIFF’s associate director of Canadian programming said. In alphabetical order: Les Amours imaginaires: Xavier Dolan’s second film, following his acclaimed debut, J’ai tué ma mère, features a ménage a trois involving two friends, a young man and a young woman, competing […]

Big Changes for 2011 Staten Island Film Festival

Big Changes for 2011 Staten Island Film Festival

Big changes are planned for the the 2011 Staten Island Film Festival scheduled for June 8 – 12, 2011. First up the festival is moving and will not return to the College of Staten Island. Instead the festival will screen its films at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the Staten Island Zoo and the St. George Theatre with an additional screening at the Joan and Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center of Staten Island. Transportation concerns reportedly […]

Sean Penn Skips Dubai International Film Festival To Remain in Haiti With His Charity

Sean Penn Skips Dubai International Film Festival To Remain in Haiti With His Charity

Actor Sean Penn did not attend the Dubai International Film Festival where he was to accept the DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award at the Festival’s opening ceremony on December 12, 2010. The actor reportedly remained in Haiti with his charity the J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO), amid concerns for the charity’s staff in the wake of violent protests following the recent disputed presidential election In a statement, Penn said: ‘I am honoured to receive the […]

The 20th New York Jewish Film Festival in Manhattan, Jan. 12-27, 2011; Official Lineup Announced

The 20th New York Jewish Film Festival in Manhattan, Jan. 12-27, 2011; Official Lineup Announced

The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present the 20th annual New York Jewish Film Festival at the Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater, The Jewish Museum, and The JCC in Manhattan, Jan. 12-27, 2011. The festival’s 36 features and shorts from 14 countries—31 screening in their world, U.S. or New York premieres—provide a diverse global perspective on the Jewish experience. In celebration of the festival’s 20th anniversary, several film screenings will […]

Toronto After Dark Returns for Halloween in 2011; October 20-27, 2011

Toronto After Dark Returns for Halloween in 2011; October 20-27, 2011

Toronto After Dark Film Festival announced the dates of the 6th Annual Edition; and for 2011, will take over the legendary Bloor Cinema in Toronto for 8 “thrilling nights of cinematic mayhem” October 20-27, 2011. Fans attending previous years’ festivals have been the first to see new genre films as The Last Exorcism, Let The Right One In, Dead Snow, Repo: The Genetic Opera, Black Dynamite and Robogeisha. For filmmakers, Toronto After Dark’s 2011 ‘Call […]

51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival Awards

51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival Awards

Periferic (Outbound) by Bogdan George Apetri took the Best Feature Film Award – Golden Alexander at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival which ran December 3-12, 2010.  The Greek Film Critics Association (PEKK) Award was also given to Periferic (Outbound). The synopsis for Periferic (Outbound): “Matilda has one day at her disposal. Twenty-four hours in which, after going to her mother’s funeral on special leave, she must return back to the prison where she is serving her […]

5th Indie Grits Film Festival In Columbia, SC, To Be Held Apr. 13 – 17, 2011

5th Indie Grits Film Festival In Columbia, SC, To Be Held Apr. 13 – 17, 2011

The Indie Grits Film Festival recently named by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the 20 coolest film festivals returns for its 5th year, and will take place April 13-17, 2011 in Columbia, SC. “We were tired of films filled with caricatured rednecks and trailer parks so we created Indie Grits to showcase the exciting new work coming out of the Southeast. We embrace films and filmmakers from the fringes of the indie and experimental world, […]

David O. Russell To Receive Director Of The Year Award At 22nd Annual Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival Awards Gala

David O. Russell To Receive Director Of The Year Award At 22nd Annual Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival Awards Gala

The 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present David O. Russell with the Director of the Year Award at its Awards Gala. Past Director of the Year honorees include Alexander Payne, Jason Reitman, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Anthony Minghella, Sean Penn and Ang Lee. Russell earned critical acclaim early in his career when he wrote and directed his first feature film, Spanking the Monkey. This film premiered at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, […]

7th Annual Artivist Film Festival Wrapped With The 2010 Artivist Awards; Prepares For New York City Festival This Week

7th Annual Artivist Film Festival Wrapped With The 2010 Artivist Awards; Prepares For New York City Festival This Week

The 7th Annual Artivist Film Festival just wrapped its December 1 – 4 run at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The festival concluded with The 2010 Artivist Awards on Saturday, December 4. In addition to the winning films listed below, actor Peter Fonda accepted the Artivist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Advocacy, Barbara Pyle received the award for Environmental Humanitarianism, and Avis Richards received the award for Community Advocate. ARTIVIST is the first […]

Sundance Institute Announces Films Selected To Screen As Part Of Sundance Film Festival USA On January 27, 2011

Sundance Institute Announces Films Selected To Screen As Part Of Sundance Film Festival USA On January 27, 2011

Sundance Institute announced the films from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival scheduled to screen in theaters in nine different cities, including the newly added Seattle, Washington Egyptian Theatre, on the evening of Thursday, January 27, 2011. The screenings are part of Sundance Film Festival USA, designed to introduce the Festival experience to film-loving audiences nationwide. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival opens January 20 and runs through January 30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden […]

Coen Brothers’ True Grit to Open the 61st Berlinale

Coen Brothers’ True Grit to Open the 61st Berlinale

The 61st Berlin International Film Festival will open with True Grit by Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen at the Berlinale Palast on February 10, 2011. “Joel and Ethan Coen stand for first-rate American independent cinema. With their penchant for irony, and off-the-wall characters and stories they have repeatedly captivated audiences,” comments Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick. “True Grit is a wonderful way to kick off the Berlinale 2011.” This re-interpretation of the Western classic […]

Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2011 Feature Film Competition

Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2011 Feature Film Competition

Slamdance today announced the 2011 Feature Competition slate for the 17th Annual Slamdance Film Festival taking place January 21-27, 2011 in Park City, Utah.  Slamdance will debut ten narrative and eight documentary feature films, 14 of which are World Premieres. With a record number of over 5,000 submissions, Slamdance has selected an exciting and eclectic slate of films, made by today’s up and coming independent filmmakers. The selected films have all been made on a […]

2010 Bahamas International Film Festival Winners Announced

2010 Bahamas International Film Festival Winners Announced

The winners were announced yesterday at the 7th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which wrapped on Sunday evening. The Ethiopian film, Ateltu, about Abebe Bikila the first African to win a gold medal and the first person in history to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the marathon, took the top Spirit of Freedom award for Narrative film. The official 2010 BIFF winners are: Spirit of Freedom (Narrative) ATLETU (Ethiopia) – written, […]

Santa Barbara International Film Festival To Honor Academy Award® Winning Actor Geoffrey Rush

Santa Barbara International Film Festival To Honor Academy Award® Winning Actor Geoffrey Rush

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Academy Award® winning actor Geoffrey Rush with the Montecito Award at the 26th edition of the Festival, which runs January 27– February 6, 2011. The Montecito Award was created in recognition of a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances in his/her career, and has previously been presented to Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts and Annette Bening, who was the […]

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Short Film Program; 81 Short Films from 21 Countries Selected from a Record 6,467 Submissions

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Short Film Program; 81 Short Films from 21 Countries Selected from a Record 6,467 Submissions

Sundance Institute announced the program of short films selected to screen at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. This year the Festival’s Short Film Program comprises 81 short films from U.S. and international filmmakers selected from 6,467 submissions up 6% over 2010. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The short films selected for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival are: U.S. NARRATIVE SHORTS This year’s […]

2010 Wild Rose Independent Film Festival Winners

2010 Wild Rose Independent Film Festival Winners

The 8th annual Wild Rose Independent Film Festival announced this year’s award winners last month at the Awards Ceremony at the Fleur Cinema & Café. A total of 41 films were selected from over 400 submitted to the 2010 Wild Rose, with an additional 8 films invited to screen during the non-competitive portion; the Iowa Film Showcase series running Nov 7-11. Winning ten awards was “16 to Life,” the coming-of-age comedy filmed in the Marquette, […]

The Midwest Independent Film Festival To Announce The 2010 Best of the Midwest Awards

The Midwest Independent Film Festival To Announce The 2010 Best of the Midwest Awards

Tonight, Tuesday, December 7th, is the 2010 edition of the Best of the Midwest Awards, honoring the achievements of local Midwestern filmmakers who participated in the Midwest Independent Film Festival this year. Nominees for the 2010 BMAs: Best Music Video Bring Yourself, directed by Dan Bigelow for Oh My God Take Everything, directed by Otto Arsenault for Greg Laswell Race You, produced by Foundation Content for Elizabeth and the Catapult Love Song for Buddy, directed […]

The 2010 Zero Film Festival Delivers a Unique Blend of Independent Cinema, Music and Art to Los Angeles Audiences

The 2010 Zero Film Festival Delivers a Unique Blend of Independent Cinema, Music and Art to Los Angeles Audiences

Strictly word of mouth and staunchly “D.I.Y.”, the multi-city Zero Film Festival, which drew thousands of film and music lovers in New York and Miami, descends on Los Angeles December 8-11, bringing together an infectious mix of music, art and truly independent cinema. And, while the major film festivals continue to market films with multi-million dollar budgets and A-list talent as “independent”, the Zero Film Festival stays doggedly true to its core ethos. Though “Low-budget” […]

2010 Whistler Film Festival Awards; The Whistleblower Wins Borsos Competition

2010 Whistler Film Festival Awards; The Whistleblower Wins Borsos Competition

The Whistleblower, directed by Larysa Kondracki won the $15,000 Borsos Competition for Best New Canadian Feature Film at the tenth annual Whistler Film Festival. The film, which had its Western Canadian premiere at the festival and stars Academy Award-winners Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave, is based on the true story of a Nebraskan police officer who takes a job working for the United Nations as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. The other 2010 Borsos Competition […]

African Diaspora International Film Festival Kicks Off Its Second Week In New York City

African Diaspora International Film Festival Kicks Off Its Second Week In New York City

The African Diaspora International Film Festival kicks off its second week on Saturday, December 4. Set in New York City, the festival presents the diversity of the Black experience through a wide selection of thought provoking films and documentaries. One hundred and six films make up the festival this year, with 25 US premieres and 39 New York premieres. Over the next two weeks, the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) has partnered with local […]

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films In Next (), Spotlight, New Frontier And Park City At Midnight

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films In Next (), Spotlight, New Frontier And Park City At Midnight

Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections NEXT (<=>), Spotlight, New Frontier, Park City at Midnight, as well as a new Native Showcase. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival. Trevor Groth, Director of Programming said, “The Sundance Film Festival is uniquely a […]

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films To Screen In The Out-Of-Competition Premieres And New Documentary Premieres

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films To Screen In The Out-Of-Competition Premieres And New Documentary Premieres

Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premieres and new Documentary Premieres sections of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. “2011 sees the majority of films in the Premieres section coming from outside the studios, illustrating that independent film is both robust and broadening its scope,” said John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film […]

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films In Competition

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films In Competition

Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to the four Competition Categories, the Festival presents films in six out-of-competition sections to be announced on December 2. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival. […]

Derby City Film Festival Announces Juors And Workshops

Derby City Film Festival Announces Juors And Workshops

The Derby City Film Festival today announced the jurors for the 3rd edition of the festival which runs February 18th through 20th, 2011. The jurors represent a variety of professional entertainment areas and each are respected in Louisville and throughout the region in their fields. They include: – Archie Borders, is a Producer and Director with over twenty years experience in film making and production and owner of BWK Media Group. – Kelly K has […]