Film Festivals

2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Official Lineup

2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Official Lineup

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) announced its line-up for 2011, offering films representing 49 countries.  The Festival begins Thursday, January 27 and continues through Sunday, February 6, 2011. “We’ve taken a queue from Christopher Nolan’s INCEPTION – “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger,” and so we have decisively and dynamically made our 26th festival grander in every way,” proclaims SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. OPENING & CLOSING NIGHT GALAS SBIFF […]

Wasted Youth opens 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam

Wasted Youth opens 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam

The 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam will open on Wednesday 26 January with the world première of the Greek film Wasted Youth, a fiction film also selected for the festival’s Tiger Awards Competition. Wasted Youth is set during a hot summer day in Athens. A sixteen-year-old skater and his friends are amusing themselves in the big city. A middle-aged man struggles to take care of his family, through work that he hates and mounting stress. […]

2011 Derby City Film Festival Finalists and Acting Nominations

2011 Derby City Film Festival Finalists and Acting Nominations

Over 200 films were submitted for the 2011 Derby City Film Festival which takes place February 18th – 20th, 2011. From those submissions, 41 were selected for competition and will be screened during the three day festival. Finally, 11 films were handed to the jury for award consideration in three categories; Feature Film, Short Film and Documentary Film. The finalists in the Feature Film category are: “Almost Nothing Good Happens”, Kentucky – Directed by Tom […]

61st Berlinale: World Cinema in the Panorama Lineup

61st Berlinale: World Cinema in the Panorama Lineup

24 films have been selected so far, to be presented in the Panorama section of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival scheduled for February 10 – 20, 2011. The selection includes names like José Padilha (who won the Golden Bear in 2009 for Tropa de elite), Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors) and Macedonian director Milcho Manchevski, as well as newcomers like Marie Kreutzer (Austria), Jan Schomburg (Germany) and Michaël R. Roskam (Belgium). Returning to the […]

2011 Oxford Film Festival Lineup

2011 Oxford Film Festival Lineup

The Oxford Film Festival in Oxford, Mississippi announced their February 10-13, 2011 festival films, panels, workshops and conversations to play on February 10 at the Lyric Theatere, and February 11-13 at Malco Theater. Opening the festival on Thursday, February 10 will be a special Thacker Mountain Radio show, a partner in presenting the film festival. The evening will continue with a screening of two short films. Les Blank’s “Werner Herzog Eats his Shoe,” and Ray […]

2011 Sundance Film Festival Adds Silent House To Line Up

2011 Sundance Film Festival Adds Silent House To Line Up

Sundance Institute announced that filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water) will return to the Sundance Film Festival with their latest feature, Silent House, which will have its world premiere in the out-of-competition Park City at Midnight section. The Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30, 2011 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival. Following Open Water, which screened at the 2004 Sundance […]

36th Metro Manila Film Festival Winners; Ai Ai, Dolphy Sweeps Major Awards

36th Metro Manila Film Festival Winners; Ai Ai, Dolphy Sweeps Major Awards

The third installment of the comedy franchise “Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na ’To” won seven of the 21 awards including Best Picture, in the 36th Metro Manila Film Festival that ends on January 7. The film, which centers on the life of the fictitious former president Ina Montecillo and her 12 kids, also won for Wenn Deramas the Best Director award. Here is the complete list of the 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival winners: […]

Michael Douglas To Be Honored at 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards

Michael Douglas To Be Honored at 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards

The 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), which runs runs January 6-17, 2011,  will present Academy Award winner Michael Douglas with the Icon Award.  The Icon Award honors a creative talent who, through the course of his or her career, has created a body of work which symbolizes the highest level of achievement in the motion picture art form. Festival Director Darryl Macdonald said, “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to honor Michael […]

Berlin International Film Festival Protests Sentences for Iranian Filmmakers

Berlin International Film Festival Protests Sentences for Iranian Filmmakers

The Berlin International Film Festival in a recent press release sharply condemned the harsh sentences handed down to the renowned Iranian director Jafar Panahi and his directing colleague Mohammed Rasulof. According to Tehran Times, “Last week, Panahi was sentenced by a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran to six years in prison, which is redeemable by paying a fine, and a 20-year ban on filmmaking activities. He has been accused of holding gatherings, […]

2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival Lineup

2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival Lineup

The 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announced its Galas, Premieres and Special Presentation programs.  The Festival launches on Thursday, January 6 with the French farce Potiche and wraps on Sunday, January 16 with The First Grader.  193 films from 68 countries, including 59 premieres (9 world, 17 North American and 33 U.S.), will unspool at the Festival, running from January 6-17 in Palm Springs, California. Commenting on the selection of films Festival […]

A Radical New Approach And Transformation Planned For Next Year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival

A Radical New Approach And Transformation Planned For Next Year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival

The Edinburgh International Film Festival in its 65th year has hired James Mullighan to produce the ambitious transformation of next year’s Festival, the blueprint of which has been shaped by Mark Cousins, Tilda Swinton and a wider artistic team to be announced. Moving away from the traditional concept of Film Festivals, the blueprint that Cousins has developed is the theme of “All That Heaven Allows.”  It may cease to have a competition section or prizes, […]

2010 Dubai International Film Festival Winners

2010 Dubai International Film Festival Winners

The 2010 Dubai International Film Festival draw to a close over the weekend and handed out its annual Muhr Awards. This year the festival featured a line-up of 157 films from 57 countries, including 41 world premieres, 13 international premieres, 58 Middle East premieres and 32 Gulf premieres. Nayla Al Khaja’s “Bored,” about a young Emirati couple, on their honeymoon, took the top prize. “Their approach to the relationship and commitment to the marriage is […]