Maryland Film Festival Announces First Round of 2012 Titles

Maryland Film Festival Announces First Round of 2012 Titles

The 14th Maryland Film Festival scheduled to take place May 3-6 in downtown Baltimore, today announced its first round of 2012 titles! All U.S.-made feature films will be presented by their filmmakers. The first 12 announced titles are: THE ATOMIC STATES OF AMERICA (Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce)The documentary team who explored museum politics in THE ART OF THE STEAL and hard-rock hard living in LAST DAYS HERE return with this shocking expose of the […]

Tim Roth to be president of the Un Certain Regard Jury at 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Tim Roth to be president of the Un Certain Regard Jury at 2012 Cannes Film Festival

English actor and director Tim Roth will be the president of the Un Certain Regard Jury, part of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection. He is an English actor who began his career in television before moving on to cinema with The Hit directed by Stephen Frears, Tim Roth made his first appearances at Cannes with Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino (Palme d’or, 1994)  which earned him international renown. In 1995, […]

Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love to Open 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival

Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love to Open 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival

The North American Premiere of Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love will double as the opening night film for the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival. Written and directed by Woody Allen, To Rome With Love is a story about a number of people in Italy – some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors – and the romances and adventures and predicaments they get into. The film stars Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, […]

569 Films in Competition for 2012 Student Academy Awards

569 Films in Competition for 2012 Student Academy Awards

Fifty-one entries from 29 countries, along with 518 entries from students representing 105 U.S. colleges and universities, are in competition for the 2012 Student Academy Awards. The competition – now in its 39th year – will culminate in the awards presentation, on Saturday, June 9, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The presentation will include screenings of the winning films. The Academy established the Student Academy […]

Three Film Projects Win 2012 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund Awards

Three Film Projects Win 2012 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund Awards

Three film projects, Unmanned, Computer Chess and Resonance, will receive financial and creative support from the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The film projects will be awarded a total of $150,000 and will be recognized at the annual Tribeca Film Festival, taking place April 18-29, 2012. The projects, which all emphasize science and technology in their storylines, focus on subjects including a new style of war fought by remote […]

No More, the Reno Film Festival to End

No More, the Reno Film Festival to End

The recession has not been kind to film festivals, and VIMOOZ can confirm that the Reno Film Festival has also fallen to the economic downturn and has decided to end. The press release: After careful review and consideration, evaluation of past 12 years performance and economic conditions, including grant availability, the Board of Directors of the Reno Film Festival has voted unanimously to cease operation and dissolve the organization effective June 30, 2012. “Naturally we’re […]

Inaugural Unreal Film Festival to run November 9 – 11 in Memphis, TN to

Inaugural Unreal Film Festival to run November 9 – 11 in Memphis, TN to

There is a new film festival in Memphis, TN, called the Unreal Film Festival.  This is the first year of the festival which is designed as a genre film festival inside a comic convention.  The festival is currently open to entries and will be until June 15th.  The winners will be announced on July 15th and the winning films will be screened at the festival on November 9-11, 2012 at the Hilton Hotel in Memphis, […]

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Announces 2013 Dates

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Announces 2013 Dates

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has set Thursday, January 24 through Sunday, February 3, 2013 as the dates for the 28th edition of the festival, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director, Roger Durling. Comments SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, “The 27th edition was an exciting one for us – full of changes and growth with our first ever acquisitions program. Now in the midst of preparations for the 28th edition – we […]

Inaugural Film Festival Week – LA Set to Run April 11-19 in Hollywood, CA

Inaugural Film Festival Week – LA Set to Run April 11-19 in Hollywood, CA

The newly created Film Festival Week – LA will be held April 11-19,2012 in Hollywood, CA, at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood (Chaplin Building). Organizers programmed selections for ITN DISTRIBUTION FILM & WEBISODE FESTIVAL; LA FILM, TV & WEBISODE FESTIVAL; INDEPENDENT FILM QUARTERLY FILM & WEBISODE FESTIVAL; NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (NYIFF). FILM FESTIVAL WEEK HIGHLIGHTS: ITN DISTRIBUTION FILM & WEBISODE FESTIVAL: ASHES: The story of two brothers from the inner city whose […]

Tribeca Unveils Lineup for 2012 Tribeca Online Film Festival

Tribeca Unveils Lineup for 2012 Tribeca Online Film Festival

Babygirl

The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) today unveiled the lineup and programming for the third edition of Tribeca Online Film Festival. Audiences across the country will get front row access to the exclusive Festival content and hear filmmakers and industry leaders talking about the future of the industry as TFF’s 11th edition runs concurrently in lower Manhattan from April 18 to 29.

Four world premiere feature selections from the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, and five short films, three of which are world premieres, will be available during the online Festival.

Online viewers will be able to vote for the Best Tribeca Online Feature Film, a prize of $10,000, and the Best Tribeca Online Short Film, a prize of $5,000. Winners will be announced at the Tribeca Film Festival Awards on April 26. There will also be a social voting competition, based solely on popularity: the number of “likes” that film accrues on the Tribeca Online Film Festival film detail page. The feature film and the short film that drive the most Facebook likes on the page will each receive a separate $500 prize. Winners will be announced on April 30.

The complete list of feature films streamed on the Tribeca Online Film Festival is as follows:

Babygirl, directed and written by Macdara Vallely. (Ireland, USA) – World Premiere, Viewpoints. For as long as she can remember, Bronx teenager Lena has watched her mom Lucy squander her life on a series of deadbeat men. When Victor, her mom’s latest boy toy, starts hitting on Lena, she sets up a trap to expose Victor for the creep he is… but the plan backfires. Macdara Vallely crafts a heartfelt drama about the emotional highs and lows in the moment between childhood and adulthood.

On The Mat

On The Mat, directed and written by Fredric Golding. (USA) – World Premiere, Viewpoints and Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. Achieving greatness in high school wrestling requires a level of devotion unmatched perhaps by any other sport. That greatness has become a yearly expectation at Lake Stevens High, winner of seven Washington state championships in the past 10 years. Narrated by Lake Stevens wrestling alum Chris Pratt (Moneyball), this riveting documentary follows the team over the course of a season as they fight through injuries and academic issues to maintain their school’s legacy.

The Russian Winter

The Russian Winter, directed by Petter Ringbom. (Russia) – World Premiere, Spotlight. Brooklyn-born John Forté was a Grammy-nominated musician in The Fugees at 21 and a federal prison inmate at 26. When his prison sentence was remarkably commuted in 2008, Forté was given a second chance to share his talents with the world. Chronicling his concert tour across Russia, this inspirational documentary takes us on Forté’s personal journey—one that’s as much about having his voice heard as having his music heard. In English, Russian with subtitles.

Town of Runners

Town of Runners, directed by Jerry Rothwell. (UK) – World Premiere, Viewpoints. Over the past two decades the small, rural Ethiopian town of Bekoji has been the unlikely home to numerous Olympic champion long-distance runners, whose athletic success has paved the way for a generation of young Ethiopians searching for a better future. With a keen artistic eye, TFF award winner Jerry Rothwell (Donor Unknown) follows two teenage track hopefuls who face the challenge of growing up and striving for greatness in a developing nation. In Amharic, Oromo with subtitles. {jathumbnail off}

Film Lineup is Complete for 2012 Montclair Film Festival and Tickets Go On Sale

Film Lineup is Complete for 2012 Montclair Film Festival and Tickets Go On Sale

Opening Night Gala film ‘The Oranges’

Tickets are now on sale for the 2012 Montclair Film Festival running May 1 – May 6, 2012 in Montclair New Jersey. The festival will present over 45 films with live participation by over 50 special guests including Kathleen Turner, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Moore, Patrick Wilson, and Oliver Platt.

The Opening Night Gala (May 1) will present the New Jersey comedy, The Oranges. Set in suburban New Jersey, Hugh Laurie (House M.D.) and Catherine Keener (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) play a couple whose best friends and neighbors are Oliver Platt (Love and Other Drugs) and Allison Janney (The West Wing). Their comfortable existence goes awry when a prodigal daughter played by Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) returns and sparks an affair. The ramifications affect all of the family members in unexpected and hilarious ways. {jathumbnail off}

 

A Separation to Receive European Commission’s first EU Media Prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival

A Separation to Receive European Commission’s first EU Media Prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, director of A Separation (Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film) and his producer, Memento Films Production’s Alexandre Mallet-Guy, will be awarded the European Commission’s first EU Media Prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Farhadi and Mallet-Guy will receive the award for their new project that will be filmed in France and in French in the Fall. “In these times when certain politicians are trying to turn the beautiful rainbow of […]

Actor Armand Assante’s Dialogue From the Steppes Among Winners of 2012 Gasparilla International Film Festival

Actor Armand Assante’s Dialogue From the Steppes Among Winners of 2012 Gasparilla International Film Festival

“Dialogue From the Steppes,” a short film written and directed by actor Armand Assante (“Mambo Kings,” “Private Benjamin”) won the top documentary short prize at this year’s Gasparilla International Film Festival. “Dialogue From the Steppes” is described as Armand Assante’s presentation based on his own observations and feelings for the people of Kazakhstan. about the formation of an independent state, through several periods of Kazakhstan’s development, including the war years, closing of Semipalatinsk testing site, […]

2012 Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival CANCELED

2012 Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival CANCELED

The 2012 Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival which had been scheduled for September, has been canceled, organizers announced Thursday. The PE website reported that founder and Executive Director Jo Moulton said organizers are restructuring the annual event and the festival will return in 2013. Moulton said that, after 17 years, it was a difficult decision, but a combination of factors led organizers to conclude it was the right thing to do including a […]

Bully Expands in Wider Release After New PG13 Rating

Bully Expands in Wider Release After New PG13 Rating

The controversial new documentary “Bully,” was given a PG-13 rating by the Classification and Rating Administration on Thursday, clearing the film for wider release in theaters by the film distribution company, Weinstein Company. The ratings board had initially given “Bully” an R rating for harsh language, but after earlier unsuccessful appeals, the Weinstein Company decided to release the film with no rating. This week though, the Weinstein Company and Lee Hirsch, the director and a […]

Penny Stock by Grainger David Wins Tribeca Film Institute Alfred P. Sloan Foundation $50,000 Student Grand Jury Prize For Screenwriting

Penny Stock by Grainger David Wins Tribeca Film Institute Alfred P. Sloan Foundation $50,000 Student Grand Jury Prize For Screenwriting

  Penny Stock by Grainger David of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts was selected as the “best-of-the-best” screenplay, and the recipient of the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Student Grand Jury Prize for Screenwriting $50,000 grant from the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI). Grainger David from Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina will receive a $30,000 cash prize, as well as an additional $20,000 to be used in direct support of the project.  The award includes year-round […]

Academy Award Nominee Laura Linney to be Honored at 2012 Dallas International Film Festival Plus More Films Confirmed For Lineup

Academy Award Nominee Laura Linney to be Honored at 2012 Dallas International Film Festival Plus More Films Confirmed For Lineup

The Dallas International Film Festival continues to make news with the upcoming festival including the announcement that three-time Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Laura Linney will be honored with a Dallas Star Award at the Dallas Film Society Honors. Todd Louiso’s HELLO I MUST BE GOING and Marius A. Markevicius’ THE OTHER DREAM TEAM will be screened in DIFF’s coveted Saturday and Thursday Centerpiece slots respectively. Also, the previously announced LIBERAL ARTS is […]

WWE Superstars Kelly Kelly and Rey Mysterio Among Sports Related Programming and Guests at 2012 Sarasota Film Festival

WWE Superstars Kelly Kelly and Rey Mysterio Among Sports Related Programming and Guests at 2012 Sarasota Film Festival

The Sarasota Film Festival announced sports related programming and guests for the upcoming 2012 festival. Tino Wallenda and the Flying Wallenda family will attend the World Premiere screening of THE SHOW MUST GO ON on Friday, April 20th. THE SHOW MUST GO ON explores the unique familial bond that exists within the high flying Wallenda clan who, despite the true risks of their dangerous high wire act and the economic reality that threatens their livelihood, […]

‘After’ and ‘Beauty is Embarrassing’ open ‘BIG EASY EXPRESS’ and ‘Paul Williams Still Alive’ to close 2012 Nashville Film Festival

‘After’ and ‘Beauty is Embarrassing’ open ‘BIG EASY EXPRESS’ and ‘Paul Williams Still Alive’ to close 2012 Nashville Film Festival

Continuing a trend started several years ago, two films will officially open and close the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) when it takes place April 19-26, 2012 at the Regal Green Hills Cinemas. Previously announced official selection “Beauty is Embarrassing” and the World Premiere of “After” will share the opening honors, while recently announced selections “BIG EASY EXPRESS,” and “Paul Williams Still Alive” will close it out. Written and directed by Ryan Smith, “After “ tells […]

GI Film Festival Releases 2012 Film Lineup on its Website

GI Film Festival Releases 2012 Film Lineup on its Website

The award-winning GI Film Festival (GIFF),described as “the nation’s only military film festival,” announced the film program for its 2012 event, which will take place Tuesday, May 15, through Sunday, May 20, 2012, in Washington, DC. Overall, the sixth annual GIFF film line-up offers 42 film screenings, movies that represent every branch of the military and span five wars. Over the course of the six-day event, the festival said that it will offer 23 narrative […]

China Heavyweight from 2012 Sundance Film Festival Gets a US Release

China Heavyweight from 2012 Sundance Film Festival Gets a US Release

Zeitgeist will release in the US, Yung Chang’s latest film ‘China Heavyweight’ that premiered earlier this year at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. A Summer 2012 release date is planned. In southwestern China, a Master coach recruits poor rural teenagers and turns them into Western-style boxing champions. Through hard work and discipline, these boys and girls come of age, trained in the art of boxing and the game of life. They are filled with Olympic […]

Morgan Spurlock’s New Documentary MANSOME a Hilarious Look at Metrosexuals and Mens Grooming Habits

Morgan Spurlock’s New Documentary MANSOME a Hilarious Look at Metrosexuals and Mens Grooming Habits

Oscar and Emmy Award-nominated director/producer Morgan Spurlock’s new documentary film MANSOME has a release date. The film which is scheduled to have its world premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival on April 21st, will open in limited release in several major cities nationwide including New York and Los Angeles beginning May 18th. MANSOME  was written, directed and produced by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold) and executive produced by DumbDumb […]

Tribeca Film Festival to Host Events Exploring Future Of Storytelling In The Digital Age

Tribeca Film Festival to Host Events Exploring Future Of Storytelling In The Digital Age

Tribeca today announced two new forward-looking events to take place during the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) that will assemble a first-rate collection of thought leaders spanning the worlds of film, media, gaming, technology and society. The Tribeca Film Institute’s Interactive Day will explore the future of storytelling in the digital age, through an all-day conference on April 23, made possible by the Ford Foundation. Tribeca’s long-running Future of Film blog will expand its successful online […]

QUEEN OF VERSAILLES from 2012 Sundance Festival to Premiere on Bravo in 2013

QUEEN OF VERSAILLES from 2012 Sundance Festival to Premiere on Bravo in 2013

The documentary, THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, directed by filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield – who won Best Director at Sundance 2012 for the documentary, will premiere in 2013 on Bravo. THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES was filmed over three years and is described as an insightful and entertaining documentary about billionaires Jackie and David Siegel, who are constructing the largest house in America – a 90,000 square foot dream home modeled after the palace of Versailles. […]