18 Films Submitted in the Animated Feature Film category for the 84th Academy Awards

18 Films Submitted in the Animated Feature Film category for the 84th Academy Awards

  Eighteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 84th Academy Awards®. The 18 submitted features are: “The Adventures of Tintin” “Alois Nebel” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” “Arthur Christmas” “Cars 2” “A Cat in Paris” “Chico & Rita” “Gnomeo & Juliet” “Happy Feet Two” “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil” “Kung Fu Panda 2” “Mars Needs Moms” “Puss in Boots” “Rango” “Rio” “The Smurfs” “Winnie the Pooh” “Wrinkles” […]

Shame, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Tyrannosaur lead British Independent Film Awards

Shame, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Tyrannosaur lead British Independent Film Awards

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Shame, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Tyrannosaur, led the nominations for the 14th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards with seven nods.  All three films are battling for the Best British Film Award, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor or Actress awards.  We Need to Talk About Kevin and Kill List each receive six nominations with Submarine following closely with five.

Tilda Swinton received a nomination for Best Actress for her performance in We Need To Talk About Kevin, along with Rebecca Hall (The Awakening), Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre), MyAnna Buring (Kill List), and Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur). Brendan Gleeson (The Guard), Neil Maskell (Kill List), Michael Fassbender (Shame), Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Peter Mullan (Tyrannosaur) were all nominated for Best Actor award.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, which will take place on Sunday 4 December at the Old Billingsgate in London.

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THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN to close 2011 AFI Fest

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN to close 2011 AFI Fest

Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures’ THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, directed by AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg, will have its North American Premiere as the Closing Night Gala of AFI FEST 2011. The film is based on the internationally beloved and irrepressible characters created by Hergé and stars Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. It is produced by Academy Award® winners Spielberg, Peter Jackson and […]

Aurélie Laflamme’s Diary and Ormie Win 2nd NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival

Aurélie Laflamme’s Diary and Ormie Win 2nd NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival

The second NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival, wrapped a the three-day festival for kids ages 3 – 18 and their families on Sunday and announced the winners of the best feature film and the best short film, as selected by the audiences. Aurélie Laflamme’s Diary (Le journal d’Aurélie Laflamme, Canada 2010), Christian Laurence’s delightful story about a teenager navigating the strange conventions of adolescence on planet Earth, tipped the scale slightly ahead of Jean-Christophe Roger’s […]

“Jo For Jonathan” by Maxine Giroux Takes the Top Prize at 2011 Gotham Screen Fest

“Jo For Jonathan” by Maxine Giroux Takes the Top Prize at 2011 Gotham Screen Fest

Best Feature: Jo For Jonathan, directed by Maxime Giroux

The 5th Annual Gotham Screen International Film Festival (GSIFF) is over after ten days of screenings and events in downtown New York. Highlights of the festival included the world premiere of US drama “40 West,” Singaporean production “Sandcastle” and popular Indian movie “Shuttlecock Boys.”

Festival director Michael Gunther said of the event, “We’re very proud of this year’s program, which featured no less than six world premieres, with films as diverse as US thriller ‘Occupant,’ Chinese documentary ‘He Film’ and indie road movie ‘Days Together.’ The move to the legendary Quad Cinema brought increased attendance and allowed us to dramatically broaden the program. We definitely feel at home in the new surroundings of Greenwich Village and hope to continue our growth, both creatively and audience-wise, in the next year.”{jathumbnail off}

We Need To Talk About Kevin Wins Best Film at BFI London Film Festival

We Need To Talk About Kevin Wins Best Film at BFI London Film Festival

Tilda Swinton’s latest film, We Need To Talk About Kevin, took the top prize at The 55th BFI London Film Festival. The film adapted from Lionel Shriver’s popular 2003 novel is about an American woman, Eva (Tilda Swinton), suffering from the fallout of a terrible crime committed by her teenage son, Kevin (Ezra Miller). BEST FILM: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, directed by Lynne RamsayOn behalf of the jury John Madden (Chair) said: “This […]

Nine Finalists for $15,000 for SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant

Nine Finalists for $15,000 for SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant

The San Francisco Film Society announced today the nine finalists for the third SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant and the grant prize of $15,000.  The finalists were selected from 57 applicants, and the winner will be announced in early December. FINALISTSChris Brown, San FranciscolandA young Iraqi war veteran is forced to turn to prostitution in order to survive in San Francisco. For information visit fannyannieanddanny.com. Jason Cortland, LumberjunkiesIn a small logging town in Northern Oregon, two brothers […]

Complete List of 45 Films Eligible for 2011 European Film Academy Awards

Complete List of 45 Films Eligible for 2011 European Film Academy Awards

THE ARTIST by Michel Hazanavicius

European Film Academy announced the 45 films in this year’s EFA Selection, the list of films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2011. With 32 countries represented, from A(ustria) to U(nited Kingdom), the list also covers a wide range of genres and themes from comedies about love, friendship, immigration and kidnapping to dramas about childhood, dysfunctional families and national traumas, from portraits of flawed leaders, surrealist animation and historical epics to an almost silent film in black & white.

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Audience Award Winners of 2011 Buffalo International Film Festival

Audience Award Winners of 2011 Buffalo International Film Festival

Cape No. 7

The Buffalo International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2011 Audience Awards selected by a direct vote from the audiences screening the films between October 7-23, 2011.

5th Annual Buffalo International Film Festival
Audience Awards

Best of Festival

1st Place:  Tie:  Cape No. 7, Taiwan, 2010

Tie: The Whisperer in Darkness, United States, 2011

Honorable Mention: Cultures of Resistance, United States, 2010
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AFI FEST announces the film retrospective curated by Guest Artistic Director Pedro Almodóvar

AFI FEST announces the film retrospective curated by Guest Artistic Director Pedro Almodóvar

AFI FEST has released the film retrospective curated by Guest Artistic Director Pedro Almodóvar for the 2011 festival. In addition to the screening of his film LAW OF DESIRE as An Evening With Pedro Almodóvar Gala presentation on Monday, November 7, Almodóvar’s program of classic horror films and thrillers are EYES WITHOUT A FACE (DIR Georges Franju, 1960), LE CERCLE ROUGE (DIR Jean-Pierre Melville, 1970), NIGHTMARE ALLEY (DIR Edmund Goulding, 1947) and THE KILLERS (DIR […]

First Look at the Doc NYC Film Festival

First Look at the Doc NYC Film Festival

 

The Island President

The Doc NYC Film Festival is kicking off at the IFC Center on 6th Avenue on November 2nd through November 10th 2011. Vimooz’s Francesca McCaffery is covering the Festival, and here are some of the first highlights of what is proving to be a truly inspiring, not-to-be-missed line-up:

 

The Island President: If you only go see a few films at the Doc NYC Film Festival this year, Jon Shenk’s “The Island President” should be at the very top of your list. Focusing on the pint-sized President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives Islands (the country comprised of a thousand scattered islands, South of India) and his amazing quest to crush the threat of global warming- which is literally threatening the life of the Island’s inhabitants. (The Maldives are literally sinking at a stomach-lurching rate, due to the additional CO2 in the air, which is raising ocean water levels.) Learning about his twenty years as a political activist and political prisoner before he was elected- this movie is a tribute to a brilliant, illuminating spirit, and absolutely MUST be seen. (Radiohead does the soundtrack, another great reason to see it!)  {jathumbnail off}

AFI FEST 2011 Announces World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Shorts programs

AFI FEST 2011 Announces World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Shorts programs

AFI FEST announced the remaining programs and films that will screen in the festival’s World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Shorts programs at the 25th edition this November. 

The festival describes each programs as “World Cinema showcases the most anticipated and prize-winning international films of the year, Breakthrough highlights works discovered only through the submissions process and Midnight’s eclectic selection presents films with provocative and unexpected ideas.” {jathumbnail off}

Gotham Independent Film Awards Announce 2011 Nominees

Gotham Independent Film Awards Announce 2011 Nominees

Best Feature Nominee – Meek’s Cutoff

The IFP’s Gotham Independent Film Awards™ nominations were announced today; twenty four films will compete in six competitive categories for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Best Ensemble Performance, and Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.

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Rooftop Films Announce their Filmmakers’ Fund Grantees

Rooftop Films Announce their Filmmakers’ Fund Grantees

  Rooftop Films is not only known for its Summer festival, they also support the filmmakers whose work they screen to help make new movies through the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund. Rooftop Films announced the recent recipients of their Filmmakers’ Fund Grantees: Lucy Walker’s short documentary The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (Filmmakers’ Fund Grantee ’11) has been named among eight shortlisted contenders for the 84th Academy Awards’ best Documentary Short Subject category, of which three […]

Entertainment Industry Expresses Concern for Imprisoned Iranian Filmmakers

Entertainment Industry Expresses Concern for Imprisoned Iranian Filmmakers

Imprisoned Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi

Numerous entertainment industry organizations have issued statements in support of the six imprisoned Iranian filmmakers. According to the press release, “In September 2011, the Iranian government arrested six independent filmmakers for allegedly working with the BBC, on charges including espionage and treason. Along with the ongoing house arrest of director Jafar Panahi and the prior arrest of actress Marzieh Vafamehr, who was later sentenced to one year in prison and 90 lashes, the arrests sparked outrage from filmmaking communities within Iran and around the world. Prior to the release of two of the filmmakers, all six were denied access to their lawyers and families, who were forced to remain silent. ” {jathumbnail off}

Bingham Ray named new Exec Director of San Francisco Film Society

Bingham Ray named new Exec Director of San Francisco Film Society

  Bingham Ray has been appointed the new executive director of the San Francisco Film Society effective November 7, 2011.  Ray comes to the San Francisco Film Society from New York City, where he recently served as the first run programming consultant to the Film Society of Lincoln Center, executive consultant to the digital distribution company SnagFilms and adjunct professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. “This opportunity defines the phrase ‘too […]

Ashland Independent Film Festival has a new Executive Director

Ashland Independent Film Festival has a new Executive Director

The Ashland Independent Film Festival has a new Executive Director. She is Anne Ashbey Pierotti, and she will succeed Tom Olbrich on November 1.  Pierotti is already well known to the festival, having served on the Ashland Independent Film Festival’s board of directors from 2006 to June of 2011 and was the board’s President from 2008 to 2010. “I am deeply honored to have been selected for this position,” said Pierotti. “I look forward to […]

Review: Lost in Long Island, Audience Award, Best Film at Hamptons Film Fest

Review: Lost in Long Island, Audience Award, Best Film at Hamptons Film Fest

I feel lucky. Of all the films playing at the 2011 Hamptons International Film Fesival, I picked a winner. On Saturday afternoon, along with a packed audience, I saw the film, Hard Times, Lost in Long Island – the Audience Winner for Best Documentary at the festival. The film skillfully documents the lives of Long Islanders in the face of the economic downturn. It follows several Long Island residents who lost their jobs at various […]

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Unveils New Website

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Unveils New Website

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival has unveiled its new website design just in time for the 26th edition which runs October 21 – November 11, 2011 The festival kicks off with the film, About Fifty, previously titled Fifty Nothing, directed by Thomas Johnston. The film is described as “A “coming-of-age story about the coming of age,” Thomas Johnston’s comedy tackles a very timely subject in these times of aging baby-boomers: what happens when youth, […]

7 Screenwriters Win 2011 Nicholl Fellowships

7 Screenwriters Win 2011 Nicholl Fellowships

Seven screenwriters have been selected as winners of the 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The 2011 Nicholl Fellows are (listed alphabetically by author): Chris Bessounian & Tianna Langham, Los Angeles, Calif., “Guns and Saris” Dion Cook, Altus, Okla., “Cutter” John MacInnes, Los Angeles, Calif., “Outside the Wire” Matthew Murphy, Culver City, Calif., “Unicorn” Abel Vang & Burlee Vang, Fresno, Calif., “The […]

REVIEW: To be Heard at the Hamptons Film Festival

REVIEW: To be Heard at the Hamptons Film Festival

‘To be Heard’ was heard loud and clear at the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival. The documentary, directed by Roland Legiardi-Laura, Amy Sultan, Deborah Shaffer and Edwin Martinez, played to a very attentive audience.

Shot with casual immediacy over four years, this inspiring and poignant documentary follows three high school friends as they overcome the challenges of daily life in the Bronx through poetry, expressing their personal hopes and frustrations. Empowered by the message of a radical poetry workshop whose motto is, “If you don’t learn to write your own life story, someone else will write it for you,” Anthony, Pearl, and Karina emerge as a group of accomplished, self-aware artists. These teenage friends––the “Tripod,” as they call themselves––use their creativity to alter their circumstances and, ultimately, write their own life stories. {jathumbnail off}

Two Award Winning Documentaries Premiere on Cable TV This Month

Two Award Winning Documentaries Premiere on Cable TV This Month

Two award winning documentaries will premiere on tv/cable this week.  The Education Of Dee Dee Ricks debuts October 27, exclusively on HBO, in conjunction with national breast cancer awareness month; and Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s Miss Representation premieres on OWN on October 20th. A self-made millionaire living on New York City’s Upper East Side, 39-year-old Dee Dee Ricks seemed to have it all – until she was diagnosed with aggressive stage II breast cancer. Insured and […]

HARD TIMES: LOST ON LONG ISLAND, and THE ARTIST Take The Top Prizes at 2011 Hampton Film Fest

HARD TIMES: LOST ON LONG ISLAND, and THE ARTIST Take The Top Prizes at 2011 Hampton Film Fest

The hometown film, Marc Levin’s HARD TIMES: LOST ON LONG ISLAND, and THE ARTIST directed by Michel Hazanavicius took the audience awards tonight at the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival.

HARD TIMES: LOST ON LONG ISLAND follows a group of Long Island residents as they courageously describe the effect that their long time unemployed status has had on their families, finances, and ultimately their American dream; and THE ARTIST is a  comedic tribute to silent film starring Jean Dujardin.  {jathumbnail off}

Reviews of OK, Enough Goodbye and Scenes of a Crime at 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival

Reviews of OK, Enough Goodbye and Scenes of a Crime at 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival

The 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival continues through Monday, October 17, 2011, but Saturday proved to be a very popular day for festival goers. With a packed day of screenings, it was frustrating because many of the great films and events (like TV channels) all seem to be happening at the same time, so it was really hard to pick and choose.

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