Film Festivals

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 […]

2010 Anchorage International Film Festival Golden Oosikar Awards

2010 Anchorage International Film Festival Golden Oosikar Awards

The Anchorage International Film Festival just wrapped its 10th edition and awarded its 2010 Golden Oosikar Awards to the top films, with “The Wild Hunt,” by Alexandre Franchi taking the top prize for Best Film. A modern medieval saga, The Wild Hunt tells the story of Erik Magnusson, a young man who decides to follow his estranged girlfriend Evelyn into a medieval re-enactment game when he discovers that she has been seduced by one of […]

2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces African Cinema Program and Films In Competition

2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces African Cinema Program and Films In Competition

The 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival announced today a new program highlighting African Cinema as well as films selected to compete for the FIPRESCI Award, New Voices/New Visions Award and John Schlesinger Awards.  The Festival will screen 40 of the 65 official submissions to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Foreign Language Film.  The Festival will announce its complete line-up of films next week. “Our African films showcase reflects our […]

Duncan Jones’ “Source Code” to Open 2011 SXSW Film Festival

Duncan Jones’ “Source Code” to Open 2011 SXSW Film Festival

Duncan Jones’ new film “Source Code” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga and Michelle Monaghan will open 2011 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW). This is the second feature from Jones, the son of David Bowie, whose first feature film, “Moon”also screened at SXSW in 2009. The synopsis: Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes with a jolt to find himself on a commuter train heading into Chicago. Although the other passengers all seem to […]

German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl to receive Honorary Golden Bear at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival

German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl to receive Honorary Golden Bear at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival

German actor and artist Armin Mueller-Stahl will be awarded an Honorary Golden Bear at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. “Today Armin Mueller-Stahl is celebrating his 80th birthday. We wish him the very best and are delighted we’ll be awarding this extraordinary artist the Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement in February,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick. Armin Mueller-Stahl is one of Germany’s biggest stars of international renown. Winner of numerous awards, he has played […]

2010 Berlin International Film Festival; Changing Locations and the First Films in Berlinale Generation

2010 Berlin International Film Festival; Changing Locations and the First Films in Berlinale Generation

Some 60 feature and short films will celebrate their premieres at the House of World Cultures, Generation’s new main venue at the upcoming 61st Berlin International Film Festival scheduled for February 10 – 20, 2011. Twelve feature-length films have already been confirmed. “With each film our excitement about the House of World Cultures is mounting. We want to invite Berlinale visitors to a change of location, in a spectacular cinema, and to the greatly diverse […]

61st Berlin International Film Festival Announces First 8 Competition Films

61st Berlin International Film Festival Announces First 8 Competition Films

The first eight titles for the Competition programme of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival have been confirmed. In addition to the opening film True Grit by Joel and Ethan Coen another seven productions and co-productions have been selected. They include films from Turkey, the Netherlands, Israel, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the USA. So far the following films have been selected: Bizim Büyük Çaresizligimiz (Our Grand Despair)Turkey / Germany / Netherlandsby Seyfi Teoman […]

2011 Derby City Film Festival Announces Selections

2011 Derby City Film Festival Announces Selections

The Derby City Film Festival today announced the selected films for the 2011 edition. In total 67 films will screen during the three day festival which will be held February 18th – 20th, 2011 at the Clifton Center. Of those screening, 41 of the films have been selected for competition. 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 […]

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 […]