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 […]

2010 Online Film Critics Society Award Nominees

2010 Online Film Critics Society Award Nominees

The Online Film Critics Society announced its nominees for the 2010 OFCS Awards.  The Online Film Critics Society describes itself as “the largest, most respected organization for critics whose work appears primarily on the Internet.” OFCS members will submit their final votes over the next few days, and winners will be announced Monday, January 3, 2010. Best Picture Black Swan Inception The Social Network Toy Story 3 True Grit Winter’s Bone Best Director Darren Aronofsky, […]

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, […]

Epic Feature Film About Anguilla’s 1967 Revolution in Development

Epic Feature Film About Anguilla’s 1967 Revolution in Development

Massachusetts-based independent film production and marketing firm Pyrate Motion Picture Company, LLC (aka Pyrate Films) has announced plans to develop an epic feature film about the British West Indies island of Anguilla and its sensational, but little known 1967 to 1969 battle for economic, social, and political justice. Pyrate Films was launched in 2010 following a series of meetings in Anguilla with government ministers, including the Hon. Chief Minister Hubert Hughes, and several living patriots, […]

RIP: Bud Greenspan, Olympic Filmmaker

RIP: Bud Greenspan, Olympic Filmmaker

Bud Greenspan, the pioneering Olympic documentary filmmaker, died Saturday night. He was 84. His companion, Nancy Beffa, said the cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease. Mr. Greenspan was renowned for producing, directing and writing films about individual Winter and Summer Games, focusing on the uplifting stories of athletes facing triumph and tragedy. Read more … image source:DGA  

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 […]

London Critics Circle Film Award; The King’s Speech Leads With 7 Nominations

London Critics Circle Film Award; The King’s Speech Leads With 7 Nominations

The King’s Speech, directed by Tom Hooper lead the the 2011 London Critics’ Circle Film Awards with seven nominations including lead actor Colin Firth up for both Best Actor and Best British Actor, Best Actress for Bonham Carter, Best Film and Best British Film. And the nominees are ACTOR OF THE YEAR Jeff Bridges – True Grit Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network Colin Firth – The King’s Speech Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine Edgar […]

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 Florida Film Critics Circle’s Winners

2010 Florida Film Critics Circle’s Winners

  Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” was the top winner with four awards in the Florida Film Critics Circle’s annual honors, but “The Social Network” received Best Picture award in 2010.  The film about the founding of Facebook, won three awards, including Best Director (David Fincher) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin). Natalie Portman won Best Actress for her performance in “Black Swan,” and Colin Firth took Best Actor honors for his turn as King George VI in “The King’s Speech.”  Christian Bale […]

Eric Escobar is Winner of 2010 San Francisco Film Society / Hearst Screenwriting Grant

Eric Escobar is Winner of 2010 San Francisco Film Society / Hearst Screenwriting Grant

Eric Escobar has been selected to receive this year’s San Francisco Film Society/Hearst Screenwriting Grant for the continuing development of his script East County.  The Hearst Screenwriting Grant of $15,000 is given to a mid-career American screenwriter whose project expresses both a unique personal perspective and an artistic approach to the subject. The grant is open to those who have been practicing writers for at least five years and who have previously written a minimum of […]