TIFF to Screen Feature and Short Films on the 2011 Top Ten list

TIFF to Screen Feature and Short Films on the 2011 Top Ten list

TIFF kicks off the eleventh annual Canada’s Top Ten on January 5, 2012 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The event offers public screenings of feature and short films on the Top Ten list, introductions and Q&A sessions with filmmakers – including Guy Maddin, Philippe Falardeau, Jean-Marc Vallée and Nathan Morlando – and a panel featuring Canada’s Top Ten filmmakers discussing the gangster/crime genre in Canadian film. Canada’s Top Ten will run to January 15. Select films […]

97 Original Scores Eligible to Compete in 2011 Oscar® Race

97 Original Scores Eligible to Compete in 2011 Oscar® Race

Ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards®. The eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order by film title: “The Adjustment Bureau,” Thomas Newman, composer “The Adventures of Tintin,” John Williams, composer “African Cats,” Nicholas Hooper, composer “Albert Nobbs,” Brian Byrne, composer “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer “Anonymous,” Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser, […]

Black Film Critics Circle Picks 2011 Films, Dee Rees Best Director for PARIAH

Black Film Critics Circle Picks 2011 Films, Dee Rees Best Director for PARIAH

The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) voted “THE HELP” Best Film of 2011, Dee Rees Best Director for “PARIAH”, Viola Davis Best Actress for “THE HELP” and Olivier Litondo Best Actor for “THE FIRST GRADER”. The complete list of award winners include: Best Picture – THE HELPBest Director – Dee Rees for PARIAHBest Actor – Olivier Litondo for THE FIRST GRADERBest Actress – Viola Davis for THE HELPBest Supporting Actor – Albert Brooks for DRIVEBest […]

2012 Slamdance Film Festival Announces lineup for the Special Screenings and Short Programs

2012 Slamdance Film Festival Announces lineup for the Special Screenings and Short Programs

The 2012 Slamdance Film Festival taking place January 20 – 26, 2011 in Park City, Utah, announced the lineup for the Special Screenings and Short Programs for the 18th edition.

The Special Screenings Programs present a variety of acclaimed and visionary films by a diverse group of global filmmakers – from Hollywood iconoclasts to highly anticipated emerging directors.

The 2012 Shorts Program features 75 shorts, and include Special Screenings, Live Action Competition, Documentary Competition, Animation, $99 Special, Anarchy Shorts, and the world premiere of a special program of new Iranian shorts never seen outside the country, Made In Iran: 7 Short Premieres.

This year’s Slamdance short film competition slate features 32 live action shorts and 13 documentary shorts programmed both in blocks and in front of features, and 10 animated films programmed in a signature animation block.

A jury will present awards to short films in competition in the following categories: Narrative, Animation, and Documentary. Competition shorts are also eligible for the Spirit of Slamdance Award.

Out of competition shorts and programs include: $99 Special Short Harold’s Bad Day, a winner of the 2011 Slamdance Short Screenplay Competition, directed by Slamdance alum Jordan Brady. The $99 Special Program presentation is the culmination of an annual tradition in which filmmakers are challenged to make a short film in 99 days with a budget of $99 dollars.

Made In Iran: 7 Short Premieres, an out of competition shorts program, is a world premiere collection of recent Iranian shorts never seen outside the country, curated by Iranian-American filmmaker Ehsan Ghoreishi, featuring the work of emerging talents from across Iran.

Anarchy Shorts is a curated, non-competitive spotlight on unique and provocative filmmakers who have made visionary, experimental, cult, and underground films.

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Trailer for Documentary on Fashion Designer Halston

Trailer for Documentary on Fashion Designer Halston

The trailer for the upcoming Tribeca Film release ULTRASUEDE: IN SEARCH OF HALSTON, featuring interviews with an all-star cast including Liza Minnelli, Diane Von Furstenberg, André Leon Talley, Anjelica Huston, Bob Colacello, and Billy Joel, among others has been released. ULTRASUEDE: IN SEARCH OF HALSTON releases December 26, 2011 nationally On Demand via cable VOD, iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly and Vudu. It will open theatrically beginning in LA and NY in February 2012. No one represented the glamour, style, and […]

International Film Festival Rotterdam opens with 38 Témoins and closes with The Hunter

International Film Festival Rotterdam opens with 38 Témoins and closes with The Hunter

The world premiere of Lucas Belvaux’s 38 Témoins (38 Witnesses, France), starring Yvan Attal, Sophie Quinton and Nicole Garcia will open the 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam on January 25, 2012; the festival will close on February 4 with the screening of Daniel Nettheim’s The Hunter (Australia) starring Willem Dafoe, Frances O’Connor and Sam Neill. In 38 Témoins, Louise (Sophie Quinton) returns home to discover that while she was away on business in China her street […]

A Separation, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Artist Among London Critics’ Circle 2011 Nominees

A Separation, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Artist Among London Critics’ Circle 2011 Nominees

The London Critics’ Circle announced the nominations today for its 32nd annual Film Awards and the nominations were lead by TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY and DRIVE, which both receive 6 nominations each Asghar Farhadi’s Golden Bear (Berlin) winner A SEPARATION and Lynne Ramsay’s WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN have received 5 nominations each whilst Michel Hazanavicius’ THE ARTIST and Steve McQueen’s SHAME have received 4 apiece. The London Critics’ Circle Film Awards in partnership with Virgin […]

39 Original Songs Eligible to compete for Oscar for Original Song

39 Original Songs Eligible to compete for Oscar for Original Song

Thirty-nine songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 84th 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: “The World I Knew” from “African Cats”“Lay Your Head Down” from “Albert Nobbs”“Star Spangled Man” from “Captain America: […]

Le Havre Awarded France’s Louis Delluc Prize

Le Havre Awarded France’s Louis Delluc Prize

Aki Kaurismaki’s Le Havre, starring Andre Wilms, Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Kati Outinen was awarded one of France’s top film honors, the winner of the 69th annual Louis Delluc Prize. Le Havre, Finland’s submission to the Academy for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Film, beat out a strong field of contenders that included The Artist, House of Tolerance, Hors Satan, Declaration of War, The Snows of Kilimandjaro, Tomboy and The Minister. In this warmhearted portrait of the French harbor city […]

265 Feature Films Eligible to Compete for 2011 Best Picture Oscar

265 Feature Films Eligible to Compete for 2011 Best Picture Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced yesterday that two hundred sixty-five feature films are eligible for the 2011 Academy Awards®. To be eligible for 84th Academy Awards® consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes […]

Jake Gyllenhaal, Mike Leigh Among International Jury at 2012 Berlin International Film Festival

Jake Gyllenhaal, Mike Leigh Among International Jury at 2012 Berlin International Film Festival

Anton Corbijn, Asghar Farhadi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jake Gyllenhaal, François Ozon, Boualem Sansal and Barbara Sukowa will join already announced Jury President Mike Leigh as the International Jury who will decide who will receive the Golden Bear and Silver Bears as well as the Alfred Bauer Prize of the 2012 Berlinale Competition. Mike Leigh (Jury President)Mike Leigh has made a name for himself as one of the most outstanding filmmakers of auteur cinema and protagonists of […]

First Films for the Competition and Berlinale Special of 2012 Berlin Film Fest

First Films for the Competition and Berlinale Special of 2012 Berlin Film Fest

The first five films for the Competition of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival and the Berlinale Special have been announced. The films for the Berlinale Special include the Indian-German co-production Don – The King Is Back, the documentary Marley by Kevin Macdonald from Great Britain and the USA, the Spanish film La chispa de la vida by Álex de la Iglesia, Guy Maddin’s Keyhole from Canada, as well as Werner Herzog’s documentary series Death […]

Jury of 7 Young Filmmakers Selected for Dialogue en perspective Award at 2012 Berlinale

Jury of 7 Young Filmmakers Selected for Dialogue en perspective Award at 2012 Berlinale

The Berlin International Film Festival (February 9 to 19, 2012) and the French-German Youth Office, is once again giving young film-lovers a chance to help decide who receives the “Dialogue en perspective” Award. For the second time, a jury member from a third country – Slovakia – is taking part. The seven jurors are: • Deniz Sertkol, 26, European mediastudies, Berlin• Franziska Hessberger, 25, freelance at Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Münster • Philipp Wolf, 24, studies literature, […]

Four New Films Added to 2012 Sundance Film Festival

Four New Films Added to 2012 Sundance Film Festival

Four new films have been added to the lineup for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival will be January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “Each of these four films is an accomplishment in its own right, and collectively, their addition to our program allows us to present a broader look at independent filmmaking. With these four films, […]

Recycling Life and In Out Tie for Best Doc at 2011 Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition

Recycling Life and In Out Tie for Best Doc at 2011 Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition

  The 16th Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition announced its winners and this year’s Best Short Film Award of the jury is split between Güçlü Yaman’s “Journey of No Return – Last Stop Frankfurt Airport” (Dönüşü Olmayan Yolculuk – Son Durak Frankfurt Havaalanı), and “Death” (Ölüm), co-directed by Uygar Şirin and Burcu Aykar Şirin. Best Documentary Award is also split between two films; “Recycling Life: I Found Dostoevski in […]

Diane Keaton’s Darling Companion to open 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Diane Keaton’s Darling Companion to open 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The World Premiere of the Sony Classics Pictures film Darling Companion, directed by Lawrence Kasdan and starring Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard, Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, and Ayelet Zurer will open the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 26-February 5, 2012). “We are incredibly privileged to have the world premiere of a Lawrence Kasdan film. The highly anticipated Darling Companion is a fantastic film to kick off the festival,” […]

The Descendants Named Best Film of the Year at 2011 Satellite Awards

The Descendants Named Best Film of the Year at 2011 Satellite Awards

Alexander Payne’s The Descendants was named the Best Film of the year by the International Press Academy at the organization’s 2011 Satellite Awards.

In a sharp twist from most of the other awards of the seasons, the Satellite award for Best Foreign Film was given to Mysteries of Lisbon and Best Documentary to Senna.

The International Press Academy is a group of entertainment journalists formed by a former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association 15 years ago.

MOTION PICTURES

Motion Picture: “The Descendants”

Actress in a Motion Picture: Viola Davis, “The Help”

Actor in a Motion Picture: Ryan Gosling, “Drive”

Actress in a Supporting Role: Jessica Chastain, “The Tree of Life”

Actor in a Supporting Role: Albert Brooks, “Drive”

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn, “Drive”

Screenplay, Original: “The Tree of Life,” Terrence Malick

Screenplay, Adapted: “The Descendants,” Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, Nax Faxon

Foreign Film: “Mysteries of Lisbon”

Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media: “The Adventures of Tintin”

Motion Picture, Documentary: “Senna”

Original Score: “Soul Surfer,” Marco Beltrani

Original Song: “Lay Down Your Head” from “Albert Nobbs,” Brian Byrne and Glenn Close

Cinematography: “War Horse,” Janusz Kaminski

Visual Effects: “Hugo,” Robert Legato

Film Editing: “The Guard,” Chris Gill

Sound (Editing and Mixing): “Drive,” Dave Patterson, Lon Bender, Robert Fernandez, Victor Ray Ennis

Art Direction & Production Design: “The Artist,” Gregory S. Hooper, Laurence Bennett

Costume Design: “Water for Elephants,” Jacqueline West {jathumbnail off}

Martha Marcy May Marlene and The Tree of Life Win With Chicago Film Critics

Martha Marcy May Marlene and The Tree of Life Win With Chicago Film Critics

The Chicago Film Critics Association voted “The Tree of Life” the Best Picture of 2011, director Terrence Malick received the prize of Best Director and one of the film’s stars,  Jessica Chastain was awarded the win for Best Supporting Actress. “Martha Marcy May Marlene” was also a top winner with wins for Elizabeth Olsen – Promising Performer and director Sean Durkin – Promising Filmmaker. Michael Shannon was awarded Best Actor for “Take Shelter” and Michelle […]

The Descendants is Big Winner With Florida Film Critics Circle

The Descendants is Big Winner With Florida Film Critics Circle

The film “The Descendants” was crowned the big winner of 2011 by the Florida Film Critics Circle’s (FFCC) , taking the wins for Best Picture, Supporting Actress (Shailene Woodley) and Adapted Screenplay (Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash). Michael Hazanavicius won Best Original Screenplay for his critically acclaimed silent film “The Artist,” which finished a close second behind “The Descendants” for Best Picture. In other awards, Michael Fassbender won Best Actor for his portrayal of […]

Spirit Awards returns to its traditional Saturday afternoon

Spirit Awards returns to its traditional Saturday afternoon

The 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards returns to its traditional Saturday afternoon on February 25, 2012, in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, to air later that evening at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on IFC. The 2012 Spirit Award nominees will be announced on Tuesday, November 29. Last year’s host was comedian and actor Joel McHale, with major winners including Fox Searchlight’s Black Swan, which won Best Feature, Best Director, Best Female Lead, and […]

CineMart 2012 presents 36 film projects

CineMart 2012 presents 36 film projects

CineMart, the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s co-production market has selected 36 film projects (from 465 entries) which will be presented to approximately 850 potential co-financiers. Reputed filmmakers such as Kelly Reichardt, Ruben Östlund, Quintin Dupieux, Athina Rachel Tsangari and Úrszula Antoniak will launch their new projects. The selection further includes feature length débuts, a project from a director with a film in Tiger Awards Competition and films participating in the BOOST!-program, a collaboration with the […]

Actor Christian Bale Starring in Chinese Film The Flowers of War Roughed Up in China

Actor Christian Bale Starring in Chinese Film The Flowers of War Roughed Up in China

Actor Christian Bale who is in China for the premiere of his latest movie, “The Flowers of War,” was reportedly roughed up by Chinese government-backed guards on Thursday when he tried to visit lawyer, Chen Guangcheng who has been  imprisoned in his home by authorities, along with his wife and child, since his release from prison in September 2010. The incident was captured by a CNN camera crew who accompanied Christian Bale on the eight-hour […]

Werner Herzog 2 Docs Among 2012 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Nominess

Werner Herzog 2 Docs Among 2012 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Nominess

“The Tree of Life,” led the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards with seven nominations including Best Picture and nods for Malick for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, Brad Pitt for Best Supporting Actor, Jessica Chastain for Best Supporting Actress, Emmanuel Lubezki for Best Cinematography and Hunter McCracken for Most Promising Performer. Critics favorite, “The Artist,” garnered filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius nods for Director and Original Screenplay as well as nominations for Original Score and a […]

Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) to honor Gary Oldman with the International Star Award

Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) to honor Gary Oldman with the International Star Award

The 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), which runs January 5-16, 2012, will present Gary Oldman with the International Star Award.  The International Star Award recognizes an actor or actress who has achieved both critical and commercial international recognition throughout their body of work. Oldman is currently starring in Focus Features’ Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, directed by Tomas Alfredson and based on the novel by John le Carré. “Gary Oldman is a performer […]