64 Short Films Selected for 2012 Sundance Film Festival

64 Short Films Selected for 2012 Sundance Film Festival

64 short films have been selected to screen as part of the Short Film program at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival will be January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

The Short Film program at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival is presented by Yahoo!. As part of its sponsorship, a special selection of short films from the Festival will be featured on Yahoo! Screen, Yahoo’s premium video destination, where an audience of millions will be able to vote for their favorite. The winning filmmaker will be presented with the Yahoo! Audience Award at the end of the Festival. {jathumbnail off}

2012 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films in Star Studded Premieres and Documentary Premieres Sections

2012 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films in Star Studded Premieres and Documentary Premieres Sections

The Sundance Film Festival revealed the films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2012 festival. The Festival will be held January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

The star studded lineup includes films directed by rapper/actor Ice-T, James Marsh, Rory Kennedy and Spike Lee.

PREMIERES
A showcase of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year from new and established directors. Presented by Entertainment Weekly. Each is a world premiere.

2 Days in New York / France (Director: Julie Delpy, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau) — Marion has broken up with Jack and now lives in New York with their child. A visit from her family, the different cultural background of her new boyfriend, her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and her upcoming photo exhibition make for an explosive mix. Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex Nahon. {jathumbnail off}

Melancholia But No Lars von Trier Wins at European Film Awards

Melancholia But No Lars von Trier Wins at European Film Awards

Melancholia

Melancholia was awarded the Best Film Prize at the 24th European Film Awards. The film also picked up the Carlo Di Palma European Cinematographer Award and the European Production Designer.  Director Lars von Trier did not attend but his wife Bente Froge accepted the award on his behalf.  He has taken a “vow of silence” after his Nazi remarks controversy at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

Many of the films from last year’s Oscar continued their winning streak, including Susanne Bier which won Best Foreign film at last  year’s Oscars won best director for “In a Better World,” and “The King’s Speech,” which won the Oscar for Best Film picked up the Best Actor prize for Colin Firth. Tilda Swinton received the Best Actress prize for her performance in“We Need to Talk About Kevin.” {jathumbnail off}

Tyrannosaur is The Big Winner at 14th Moët British Independent Film Awards

Tyrannosaur is The Big Winner at 14th Moët British Independent Film Awards

The winners of the 14th Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced at the star-studded ceremony, held at Old Billingsgate in London, which was hosted by actor and comedian Chris O’Dowd.

Best British Independent Film was won by Tyrannosaur with Lynne Ramsay picking up Best Director for We Need to Talk About Kevin, Olivia Colman Best Actress for Tyrannosaur and Michael Fassbender Best Actor for Shame. Vanessa Redgrave won Best Supporting Actress for Coriolanus and Michael Smiley Best Supporting Actor for Kill List

Tyrannosaur won the most awards on the night, picking up three trophies for Best British Independent Film, Best Actress and Paddy Considine was awarded The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director. Weekend won two awards for Best Achievement in Production and Most Promising Newcomer for Tom Cullen

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Keyhole Beats Canada Official Entry to Oscar to Take Top Prize at 2011 Whistler Film Festival

Keyhole Beats Canada Official Entry to Oscar to Take Top Prize at 2011 Whistler Film Festival

KEYHOLE, directed by Guy Maddin, beat Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar, Canada’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, to win the $15,000 Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film, at the eleventh annual Whistler Film Festival.

KEYHOLE, which had its Western Canadian premiere at the festival, stars Jason Patric, Isabella Rossellini and Udo Kier.

It is a rousing 1930s gangster picture set in a haunted house in which dream and waking life are seamlessly blended to isolate and expose universal feelings. The Jury says “Yahtzee!” and awarded KEYHOLE the Borsos award “for its inventiveness, audacity and humour.”

The other 2011 Borsos Competition finalists were 388 ARLETTA AVENUE, dir: Randall Cole, (ON – Western Canadian Premiere); CAFÉ DE FLORE,dir: Jean Marc Vallee (QC, Western Canadian Premiere); DOPPELGANGER PAUL, dir: Dylan Akio Smith, Kris Elgstrand (BC, Western Canadian Premiere); MARILYN, dir: Christopher Petry (BC – World Premiere); and MONSIEUR LAZHAR, dir: Philippe Falardeau, (QC, British Columbia Premiere) – Winner of Best Canadian Film At TIFF and Canada’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. {jathumbnail off}

Bollywood actor Dev Anand Dies In London After Heart Attack

Bollywood actor Dev Anand Dies In London After Heart Attack

Legendary Bollywood actor Dev Anand, the ‘Evergreen Romantic Superstar’ of Indian cinema, died after a heart attack in a London hotel on Saturday night. He was 88. Dev Anand, who was reportedly not feeling well, was in London for a medical checkup. His son Sunil was with him when he passed away. “It is with great sadness that the family of Mr Dev Anand announces his death,” his British representative Kenny Muir said in a […]

Columbian film Porfirio Wins The Best Film at 2011 International Film Festival of India

Columbian film Porfirio Wins The Best Film at 2011 International Film Festival of India

The 42nd International Film Festival of India 2011 closed today with the screening of  ‘The Lady’ directed by acclaimed French Director Luc Besson, starring Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis. At the closing ceremony, a one minute silence was observed to pay tribute to the Brazilian Director, Oscar Maron Filho, who passed away during the festival. The Colombian film ‘Porfirio’ directed by Alejandro Landes and produced by Franciso Aljure won the coveted Golden Peacock Award for […]

Nostalgia for the Light and Poster Girl Win at 2011 International Documentary Association Documentary Awards

Nostalgia for the Light and Poster Girl Win at 2011 International Documentary Association Documentary Awards

Nostalgia for the Light was awarded the Best Feature and Poster Girl won the Best Short at the 27th annual International Documentary Association Documentary Awards.

In Nostalgia for the Light, Chilean director Patricio Guzman travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest desert on earth. Here, the sky is described as being so translucent that it allows astronomers to see the boundaries of our universe. Yet the Atacama Desert climate also keeps human remains intact: pre-Columbian mummies; explorers and miners; and the remains of disappeared political prisoners.

In Poster Girl directed by Sara Nesson and Mitchell W. Block, former cheerleader and Army Magazine cover subject Robynn Murray deals with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder following her return from Iraq.

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Peruvian film Octubre Wins Best Film of the Year at 2nd Cinema Tropical Awards

Peruvian film Octubre Wins Best Film of the Year at 2nd Cinema Tropical Awards

The Peruvian film Octubre / October by Daniel and Diego Vega was the winner of the award for Best Feature Film of the Year, whilst Chilean film Nostalgia de la luz / Nostalgia for the Light by Patricio Guzmán was named Best Documentary Film at the 2nd Cinema Tropical Awards, which celebrates the best of the Latin American film production. October, the Vega brother’s debut feature film was the Jury Prize winner at the Un […]

War Horse and Drive Lead Satellite Awards nominations

War Horse and Drive Lead Satellite Awards nominations

Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” and Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” led the Satellite Awards nominations with seven nods each, including Best Picture and Best Director. The nominations included many small budget and independent studio releases, accounting for 6 of the 10 Best Picture nominations. Actress in a Motion PictureVera Farmiga     Higher Ground     Sony Pictures ClassicsMichelle WIlliams     My Week with Marilyn     The Weinstein CompanyEmily Watson     Oranges and Sunshine     Cohen Media GroupCharlize […]

Kinyarwanda, Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Audience Award Winner, In Theaters Today

Kinyarwanda, Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Audience Award Winner, In Theaters Today

Kinyarwanda, winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Audience Award opens in theaters today. During the Rwandan genocide, when neighbors killed neighbors and friends betrayed friends, some crossed lines of hatred to protect each other. At the time of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the Mufti of Rwanda, the most respected Muslim leader in the country, issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from participating in the killing of the Tutsi. As the country became a […]

Five Documentaries to Compete for Producers Guild of America Award

Five Documentaries to Compete for Producers Guild of America Award

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture nominees that will advance in the voting process for the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards. The nominated films, listed below in alphabetical order, are: BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST   Television series nominations for the 2012 Producers Guild Awards will be announced December 7, 2011. All other nominations for the 2012 Producers Guild Award categories will […]

Happy-Go-Lucky Director Mike Leigh to be Jury President of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival

Happy-Go-Lucky Director Mike Leigh to be Jury President of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival

British film director Mike Leigh of Happy-Go-Lucky fame will be the Jury President of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. Leigh who has directed more than 20 films, made his directorial debut in 1972 with Bleak Moments, which went on to win the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. In Cannes he won the Best Director Award in 1993 for Naked, and the Palme d’Or in 1996 for Secrets and Lies, which in itself […]

Drafthouse Films to release documentary on The Wild Untold Stories of Cannon Films

Drafthouse Films to release documentary on The Wild Untold Stories of Cannon Films

Drafthouse Films will release Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films in the U.S. From acclaimed cult film documentarian Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood, Machete Maidens Unleashed), the film centers on the story of two Israeli-born, movie-obsessed cousins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who in pursuit of the “American dream” launched an indie studio that would produce over 120 exploitation films from 1979-1989 turning a renegade outfit into the proclaimed “seventh Hollywood major.” […]

National Board of Review Picks its Best Films of 2011

National Board of Review Picks its Best Films of 2011

The U.S. National Board of Review announced its picks for the best films and performances of 2011 on Thursday, and awarded prize for top film to Hugo and Best Director to its director, Martin Scorsese.

The top 10 independent Films (in alphabetical order) included 50/50, Another Earth, Beginners, A Better Life, Cedar Rapids, Margin Call, Shame, Take Shelter, We Need To Talk About Kevin, and Win Win

The indie films Pariah and the documentary Crime After Crime were singled out to receive the NBR Freedom of Expression.

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Bollywood actor, filmmaker, and activist Puneet Issar Tackles Discrimination in I Am Singh

Bollywood actor, filmmaker, and activist Puneet Issar Tackles Discrimination in I Am Singh

I Am Singh, a new film directed by a veteran Bollywood actor, Puneet Issar, opens today in 50 theaters across North America. It explores the untold story of Sikhs in the post-9/11 U.S. who were subject to discrimination and violence, and targeted as possible terrorists. It is Issar’s second film as director, and he also acts in it. The film does not have a Bollywood star-studded cast, like his first film had. The actor/director told […]

2012 Student Academy Awards Competition Now Accepting Entries

2012 Student Academy Awards Competition Now Accepting Entries

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now accepting entries for its 2012 Student Academy Awards competition. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards, along with cash prizes, may be presented to student filmmakers in the following categories: Alternative, Animation, Narrative, Documentary and Foreign Student Film. The rules and online application forms are available at: http://www.oscars.org/saa. The U.S. competition is open to all full-time college and university students at accredited institutions, whose films are […]

New Director and Staff for Sarasota Film Festival

New Director and Staff for Sarasota Film Festival

Tom Hall, who has served the festival as Director of Programming (2004-2009) and Artistic Director (2009-2011), has been named Director of The Sarasota Film Festival. In addition, Magida Diouri will be the new Programmer and Veronica Pastore the new Associate Director of Marketing for the 2012 Festival.   Former SFF Director of Programming Holly Herrick will remain with the SFF as Director of SFF Women, a program designed to promote independent filmmaking, collaboration, awareness and film […]

10 Animated Shorts in Race for 2011 Oscar

10 Animated Shorts in Race for 2011 Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards®. Forty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company: “Dimanche/Sunday,” Patrick Doyon, director (National Film Board of Canada) “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, directors (Moonbot Studios LA, […]

2012 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films to Screen in Out-of-Competition

2012 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films to Screen in Out-of-Competition

I AM NOT A HIPSTER

The Sundance Film Festival today announced the films selected to screen in the out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, NEXT and New Frontier at the 2012 festival to take place from January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In many ways, the extremes of the Festival’s program are most readily apparent in our out-of-competition sections, which showcase the wildest comedies, the most terrifying horror films and uncompromised visions from singular voices springing up from around the country and the world. We hope audiences experiment with their film selections to an equal degree as these filmmakers have experimented with their storytelling.” {jathumbnail off}

 

IFFR 2012 to present film and visual arts from the Arab world

IFFR 2012 to present film and visual arts from the Arab world

Power Cut Middle East, a themed program within the IFFR’s main Signals section, presents recent films and visual art works from the region with a focus on Syria and Egypt. The program, a collaboration with Hivos Culture Fund, consists of short films, documentaries, feature films and visual art installations guided by discussions, lectures and artist talks. Since the change of power in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, a revolutionary spirit runs through several Middle Eastern countries. […]

Viola Davis honored as Outstanding Performer of the Year by Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Viola Davis honored as Outstanding Performer of the Year by Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced that it will present award-winning actress, Viola Davis with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award for her ‘compelling’ performance in Tate Taylor’s The Help at the 27th edition of the Festival which runs January 26 – February 5, 2012. Davis captivated audiences and critics alike last summer with her portrayal of African American housemaid “Aibileen Clark.” Set in Jackson, Mississippi, during the 1960s, “The Help” chronicles […]

Kevin Smith is Pissed at Independent Spirit Awards for Not Nominating His Film

Kevin Smith is Pissed at Independent Spirit Awards for Not Nominating His Film

The Independent Spirits were announced yesterday, and Kevin Smith was not one of the happy ones. He took to twitter to express how he really felt about his film ‘Red State’ not receiving a single nomination. How the fuck did the @SpiritAwards NOT nominate Michael Parks? Nor John Goodman? Nor Melissa Leo? Fuck your idiotic organization. #FakeIndie Red State, which is released on DVD and Blu-Ray did have a limited tour/run to allow the film […]

Coming Soon Forest Whitaker and Common to Star in indie film Pawn

Coming Soon Forest Whitaker and Common to Star in indie film Pawn

According to VIBE online, Forest Whitaker will star alongside rapper Common, in the upcoming indie film Pawn. Written by Jay Anthony White, the plot centers around an ex-con, who gets caught in between the Feds, local police and the mob. The film will start production on December 1st.