Film Festivals

Billy Bob Thornton’s The King of Luck, documentary about Willie Nelson, to close 2011 SXSW

Billy Bob Thornton’s The King of Luck, documentary about Willie Nelson, to close 2011 SXSW

Billy Bob Thornton’s The King of Luck, a documentary about Willie Nelson, was announced as the Closing Night Film of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival, scheduled to be screened on Saturday, March 19,.  SXSW also announced additional features and shorts for the 2011 event, including a work-in-progress screening of Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids, starring (and co-written by) Kristen Wiig and produced by Judd Apatow, Umshini Wam, a short film from Harmony Korine […]

First Santa Catalina Film Festival scheduled for May 6-8 2011, in Avalon, Santa Catalina Island

First Santa Catalina Film Festival scheduled for May 6-8 2011, in Avalon, Santa Catalina Island

The inaugural Santa Catalina Film Festival will be held May 6-8, 2011, in Avalon, Santa Catalina Island.  The Santa Catalina Film Festival (SCFF) is a three day festival celebrating independent film with screenings all weekend in addition to discussion panels with top film industry executives. Guests in attendance to include actor and environmental advocate, ED BEGLEY, Jr. who joins Multi-platinum Grammy Award-winners ALL-4-ONE, Emmy-winner and Grammy-nominated WAYNE BRADY, along with the cast of Disney’s Wizards […]

2011 Tribeca Film Festival to Open with the World Premiere of Cameron Crowe’s The Union

2011 Tribeca Film Festival to Open with the World Premiere of Cameron Crowe’s The Union

Elton John and Leon Russell from the The Union. photo credit: Joseph Guay

The world premiere of Cameron Crowe’s documentary The Union will open the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express. A performance by the film’s subject – Elton John – will follow the free, outdoor screening to kick off the Festival’s 10th edition and thank the New York City community for its ongoing support. The Union will premiere on Wednesday, April 20 at the North Cove at the World Financial Plaza. The 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 20 through May 1, 2011.

One World uses “Empty Chair” to draw attention to imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo

One World uses “Empty Chair” to draw attention to imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo

One World International Film Festival running in Prague from March 8 to 17, 2011 will use an “Empty Chair” to draw attention to imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.  The Chinese dissident had been sentenced to 11 years in jail. During the One World festival viewers will come across an empty chair with the poster ofLiu in screening halls. In 2009, People in Need gave its Homo Homini award to the Chinese intellectual and […]

13th annual Washington D.C. Independent Film Festival to close with special screening of The Blair Witch Project

13th annual Washington D.C. Independent Film Festival to close with special screening of The Blair Witch Project

The 13th annual Washington D.C. Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) will take place March 3-13, 2011.  DCIFF will showcase more than 100 features, shorts, animations, and documentaries created btalented artists from around the world. Films are grouped by theme into 26 different sessions. This year’s festival will close on March 13 with a special screening of The Blair Witch Project and an appearance by Eduardo Sanchez, the film’s writer an co-director. The official Selection of Animated […]

Cleveland International Film Festival to open with Hamill and close with Soul Surfer

Cleveland International Film Festival to open with Hamill and close with Soul Surfer

The 35th Cleveland International Film Festival, scheduled for March 24 to April 3, 2011, will open with Oren Kaplan’s Hamill, based on Ohio wrestler Matt “The Hammer” Hamill; and close with Sean McNamara’s Soul Surfer. HAMILL, directed by Oren Kaplan, is an inspirational story of hope, perseverance, and the unbreakable belief in one’s dream. Starring Russell Harvard, Raymond Barry, Shoshannah Stern, and Michael Anthony Spady, the film is set to open the 35th Cleveland International […]

2011 Hong Kong International Film Festival To Open with Don’t Go Breaking My Heart and Quattro Hong Kong 2

2011 Hong Kong International Film Festival To Open with Don’t Go Breaking My Heart and Quattro Hong Kong 2

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) announced Miriam YEUNG as the ambassador of the 35th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF); and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, by the Hong Kong film industry’s duo of Johnnie TO and WAI Ka-fai; and Quattro Hong Kong 2, jointly directed by four award-winning filmmakers as the two opening films of this year. In Don’t Go Breaking My Heart Louis KOO plays a high-flying playboy who has […]

Full Frame Announces 2011 Opening Night Film; U.S. Premiere of “Guilty Pleasures”

Full Frame Announces 2011 Opening Night Film; U.S. Premiere of “Guilty Pleasures”

The 14th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will open with the U.S. Premiere of “Guilty Pleasures.” Director Julie Moggan’s vibrant feature traces the experiences of five individuals from around the world marked by their particular connections to Mills & Boon romance novels. We meet a successful romance novelist whose female pseudonym produces countless bestsellers, a male cover model in search of a soul mate and three women enraptured by paperback romances, whose perceptions of […]

“The Lutefisk Wars” to open 2011 Fargo Film Festival

“The Lutefisk Wars” to open 2011 Fargo Film Festival

The Fargo Film Festival announced its 2011 program schedule complete with screening times and locations.  The festival opens on Tuesday, March 1 with “The Lutefisk Wars,” a regionally produced feature film, shot in a faux documentary style, which follows the comic misadventures of a neighborly Norwegian, a heated rivalry and a mysterious recipe. Sojourner Pictures, Los Angeles, Calif., is presenting the Midwest premiere of “The Lutefisk Wars,” a regionally produced feature film, shot in a […]

Seattle International Film Festival Expands to Renton

Seattle International Film Festival Expands to Renton

The Seattle International Film Festival continues to expand to new communities outside Seattle, adding Renton as a SIFF venue in 2011.  Renton screenings will take place May 20-26 at the IKEA Performing Arts Center.  A special Opening Night Screening will take place in Renton on May 20, with a gala reception following at the Renton Pavilion Event Center. “SIFF is extremely pleased to bring Festival programming to communities throughout the region and continue to broaden […]

Gen Art Film Festival is Back; To Hold Next festival in NYC, June 2011

Gen Art Film Festival is Back; To Hold Next festival in NYC, June 2011

Just a year after declaring bankruptcy, Gen Art is back. Gen Art announced that it has been acquired by Sandow Media and its first 2011 event will be the 16th annual Gen Art Film Festival in New York.  This year the festival will run in June. With its acquisition by Sandow Media, Gen Art is proud to announce it has relaunched under new leadership with an exciting slate of events and programs.  Sandow Media acquired […]

Fifth Annual GI Film Festival Scheduled for May 9-15, 2011 in Washington, DC

Fifth Annual GI Film Festival Scheduled for May 9-15, 2011 in Washington, DC

The GI Film Festival, the nation’s only film festival dedicated to the American Armed Forces, will celebrate its fifth anniversary May 9-15, 2011 in Washington, DC. The week-long festival, held during Armed Forces Appreciation Month, will bring Hollywood and the military together to create a venue for artists to tell the story of the American soldier, both past and present. The festival will feature dozens of film premieres, as well as seminars and nightly events, including […]

Glasgow Film Festival returns February 17–27, 2011

Glasgow Film Festival returns February 17–27, 2011

The Glasgow Film Festival returns for it’s seventh year to the city of Glasgow, Scotland,  from February, 17–27, 2011.  The Festival will open on Thursday 17 February with the UK gala premiere of François Ozon’s crowd-pleasing comedy Potiche starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. Set in small-town France in the 1970s, the film is pure delight, combining hilarious farce with withering social commentary. Catherine Deneuve has one of the best roles of her recent career […]

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 […]