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38th Annual Annie Nominations; “How To Train Your Dragon” Lead With 15 Nominations

38th Annual Annie Nominations; “How To Train Your Dragon” Lead With 15 Nominations

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood announced the nominations and award recipients for the 38th Annual Annie Awards.  “How to Train Your Dragon” lead the field with 15 nominations including feature, direction, writing and voice acting, followed by “Despicable Me” with 7 nominations. The Annie Awards are considered the animation film industry highest honors. Winners will be announced at the 38th Annual Annie Awards scheduled for Saturday, February 5, 2011 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, […]

San Francisco Film Society Announces Winners of Fall 2010 KRF Filmmaking Grants

San Francisco Film Society Announces Winners of Fall 2010 KRF Filmmaking Grants

The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced the five winners of the fourth round of SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants. The grants are given twice annually to filmmakers for narrative feature films with social justice themes that will have significant economic or professional impact on the Bay Area filmmaking community. Between 2009 and 2013 the SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants will award more than $3 million, including a total of $275,000 already awarded. The panelists […]

Winners Announced at the 13th Moet British Independent Film Awards

Winners Announced at the 13th Moet British Independent Film Awards

The winners of the 13th edition of The Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced at the glittering ceremony held at Old Billingsgate which was hosted by James Nesbitt. Best British Independent Film was won by The King’s Speech with Gareth Edwards picking up Best Director for Monsters, Carey Mulligan Best Actress for Never Let Me Go and Colin Firth Best Actor for The King’s Speech. Joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards Johanna […]

R.I.P.: Actor-Director-Producer Manish Acharya; Died After Falling Off A Horse

R.I.P.: Actor-Director-Producer Manish Acharya; Died After Falling Off A Horse

Bollywood and Hollywood is mourning the death of 40-year-old actor-director-producer Manish Acharya who passed away in Matheran in Maharashtra, India. Acharya was reportedly on a holiday with his wife and two children when he fell off a horse and hit himself on the head. He was rushed to the Ambani Hospital in Nerul but was declared dead by doctors Saturday. Acharya studied filmmaking at the New York University and did his MFA in Film Directing […]

2010 IDA Documentary Award, Lucy Walker’s ‘Waste Land’ Awarded ‘IDA PARE LORENTZ AWARD’

2010 IDA Documentary Award, Lucy Walker’s ‘Waste Land’ Awarded ‘IDA PARE LORENTZ AWARD’

Lucy Walker’s ‘Waste Land’ took the top 2010 IDA Documentary Award, ‘IDA PARE LORENTZ AWARD’ as well as the the IDA Award for Best Documentary Feature. Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio. There, he photographs an eclectic band of catadores–self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was […]

Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture Nominations For The 2011 Producers Guild Awards

Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture Nominations For The 2011 Producers Guild Awards

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced the Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture nominees for the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards. The nominated films, listed below in alphabetical order, are: Client 9: The Rise And Fall Of Eliot SpitzerEarth Made Of GlassInside JobSmash His CameraThe Tillman StoryWaiting For ‘Superman’ Nominations for the other Producers Guild Award categories will be announced January 4, 2011, along with the individual producers. The 2011 Producers Guild Awards ceremony will take […]

IFC Films Acquires World Rights To Director Joe Swanberg’s Uncle Kent

IFC Films Acquires World Rights To Director Joe Swanberg’s Uncle Kent

IFC Films announced today that the company has acquired worldwide rights to director Joe Swanberg’s UNCLE KENT. The film, which stars Kent Osborne, Jennifer Prediger, Josephine Decker, and Swanberg himself, will premiere as part of the Spotlight section of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. UNCLE KENT follows a kid’s show cartoonist in Los Angeles as he spends a weekend trying to sleep with his visiting house guest – a woman from New York who he […]

The Social Network Named 2010 Best Film Of The Year By The National Board Of Review

The Social Network Named 2010 Best Film Of The Year By The National Board Of Review

The National Board of Review named The Social Network the 2010 Best Film of the Year.  Directed by David Fincher, this timeless drama explores the moment at which Facebook, the most revolutionary social phenomenon of the new century, was invented and the resulting lawsuits. The film was released on October 1st by Columbia Pictures. Below is a full list of the awards given by the National Board of Review:   Best Film: The Social Network […]

2010 Ghana Movie Awards (Mags) Nominations; Sinking Sands By U-S Based Ghanaian Film Maker Leila Dzansi, Leads With 13 Nominations

2010 Ghana Movie Awards (Mags) Nominations; Sinking Sands By U-S Based Ghanaian Film Maker Leila Dzansi, Leads With 13 Nominations

Sinking Sands written and directed by U-S based Ghanaian film maker Leila Dzansi, received a total of 13 nominations for the upcoming Ghana Movie Awards (MAGs), scheduled for December 25.  Ama Ghana, the most nominated local movie, received 12 nominations. Sinking Sands with a reported budget of $1.5 million, is the story of Jimah and Pabi, who are a match made in heaven until an accident leaves Jimah with a scar that alters his physical […]

Winners Of The 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards Announced – Aftershock Wins Best Feature Film

Winners Of The 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards Announced – Aftershock Wins Best Feature Film

Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock), from the People’s Republic of China, has won the Best Feature Film Award at the 4th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), announced this evening at a stunning ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Chinese actor Chen Daoming received the Best Performance by an Actor award for the same film, which is the highest grossing domestic film of all time at the Chinese box office. President of the International Jury for […]

15th Satellite Awards Nominees

15th Satellite Awards Nominees

“127 Hours” received nine, and “The King’s Speech” six, putting them among the top nominees in the this year’s Satellite Awards, which is given out annually by the International Press Academy. “Black Swan,” and “The Kids Are All Right,” were not too far behind with each receiving five nominations. The awards will be given out at the awards luncheon on December 19th in the Los Angeles Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The nominees: […]

Sundance Institute Announces Inaugural Film Forward Slate Of Films

Sundance Institute Announces Inaugural Film Forward Slate Of Films

Following up on last month’s announcement of the Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue initiative, Sundance Institute announced today the ten films selected to participate in the inaugural year of this cultural exchange program. The first Film Forward slate includes five American and five international films which will be presented in collaboration with public and private partners. These films and their filmmakers will kick off the ambitious project in New York and Tunisia in December. The […]