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 […]

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ® Nominations Announced; ‘The King’s Speech’ and “The Fighter” on Top

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ® Nominations Announced; ‘The King’s Speech’ and “The Fighter” on Top

Nominees for the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2010 in five film and eight primetime television categories and for the SAG honors for film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles. ‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘The Fighter’ lead the field with 4 nominations each, followed by ‘Black Swan’ and ‘The Kids Are All Right’ with 3 nominations each.  ‘Winter’s Bone’ was not left out, picking up […]

Sundance Institute Announces $550,000 in Grants for Contemporary Issue Documentary Films

Sundance Institute Announces $550,000 in Grants for Contemporary Issue Documentary Films

Sundance Institute announced the twenty two Documentary Film Program grant recipients for Fall 2010. Selected feature-length documentary films, chosen from nearly 450 projects from 80 countries, will receive $550,000 in support. Two of the 22 projects listed below are to receive a grant from the Sundance | Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute, part of a $1.5 million three-year grant funded by Cinereach. A portion of the grant is for emergency or discretionary grants and support […]

Sundance Institute Announces Twelve Feature Film Projects For January Screenwriters Lab

Sundance Institute Announces Twelve Feature Film Projects For January Screenwriters Lab

Sundance Institute has selected twelve projects for the annual January Screenwriters Lab, to be held January 14-19, 2011 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. The Screenwriters Lab is a five-day writers’ workshop that gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work intensely on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking. Through one-on-one story sessions, fellows engage in an artistically rigorous process that offers them […]

41 Original Songs Queue for 2010 Oscar®

41 Original Songs Queue for 2010 Oscar®

Forty-one songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 83rd Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title: “Alice” from “Alice in Wonderland”“Forever One Love” from “Black Tulip”“Freedom Song” from “Black Tulip”“Bound to You” from “Burlesque”“Welcome […]

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 […]