Film Independent Spirit Awards 2012 Filmmaker Grant Winners Announced

Film Independent Spirit Awards 2012 Filmmaker Grant Winners Announced

Film Independent announced the winners of its four Spirit Awards filmmaker grants on Saturday at its annual Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch hosted by Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson. Mark Jackson, director of Without, received the Audi Someone to Watch Award, which recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award, which is in its eighteenth year, includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Audi of America. The finalists […]

The Artist and Incdendies Among French Lumière Award Winners

The Artist and Incdendies Among French Lumière Award Winners

The Artist won best film at the Lumière Awards, aka the French Golden Globes, and leading actress Bérénice Bejo received the award for Best Actress. Poliss received two awards including Best Director for Maïwenn Le Besco, and Best Cinematography for Pierre Aim.  Best screenplay went to Jean-Louis Milesi and Robert Guediguian for The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Denis Villeneuve received the prize for best Francophone picture from outside France for Incendies. Omar Sy won Best Actor […]

Daniel Radcliffe To Announce The 2012 BAFTA Film Awards Nominations

Daniel Radcliffe To Announce The 2012 BAFTA Film Awards Nominations

  On Tuesday 17 January, actors Daniel Radcliffe and Holliday Grainger will join BAFTA’s Chairman Tim Corrie to announce the nominations for the 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards. BAFTA Chief Executive Amanda Berry, Chair of the Film Committee Nik Powell and Pippa Harris Deputy Chair of the Film Committee will also be in attendance. The Orange British Academy Film Awards, hosted by Stephen Fry, will take place on Sunday 12 February 2012.

Michael Fassbender of Shame Among 2012 Irish Film and Television Academy Nominees

Michael Fassbender of Shame Among 2012 Irish Film and Television Academy Nominees

The Irish Film and Television Academy announced the nominees for the 9th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards, which takes place on Saturday 11th February 2012 . Academy CEO, Aine Moriarty stated that: “The Irish Film & Television Awards is Ireland’s showcase to the world of what our small but outstanding film and television community has to offer: excellent and challenging feature films and dramas; entertaining television and engaging factual content. The Irish industry consistently […]

Generation Program is Complete for 2012 Berlin Film Fest

Generation Program is Complete for 2012 Berlin Film Fest

A total of 58 short and full-length films from 32 countries have been selected for the Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competitions for 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.

Eleven children from Berlin between the ages of eleven and 14 as well as seven young adults have been invited to be on the Children’s and Youth Juries. They will award Crystal Bears for the best short and feature-length films.

Generation 14plus

Comes A Bright Day (Great Britain, by Simon Aboud) – Against the backdrop of an armed robbery at a London jewellers, much more is at stake than money. Where diamonds are involved, love is not far. Cast: Craig Roberts, Imogen Poots, Kevin McKidd, Timothy Spall and others. World Premiere

Lal Gece (Night of Silence, Turkey, by Reis Çelik) – When the groom lifts the bride’s veil, he is looking into the face of a 14-year-old girl. As tradition has it, a night in the bridal chamber seals the marriage. Cast: Ilyas Salman, Dilan Aksüt and others. World Premiere

Maori Boy Genius (New Zealand, by Pietra Brettkelly, documentary) – A young Maori, Ngaa Rauuira, is the chosen one. He fights with all his heart for the cultural concerns of his people. And they see Aotearoa’s (New Zealand’s) next Premiere Minister in him. World Premiere

Nosilatiaj. La Belleza (Beauty, Argentina, by Daniela Seggiaro) – Yolanda is a housemaid for a “Criolla” family. In the Wichi culture from which the girl comes, beautiful long hair has great meaning. The film tells about a painfully cutting experience. World Premiere

Snackbar (Netherlands, by Meral Uslu) – Ali’s snack bar is a refuge for a gang of local youth of Moroccan descent. They quarrel, laugh and fight there every day. When it gets out of hand, Ali intervenes. World Premiere

Two Little Boys (New Zealand, by Robert Sarkies) – Friends since early childhood, nothing can separate Deano and Nige, not even death. Until the tragic accident with a Norwegian football star. Cast: Bret McKenzie, Hamish Blake and others. World Premiere

Una Noche (One Night, USA/Cuba/Great Britain, by Lucy Mulloy) – Florida is their last hope. Only 90 miles separate life in Havana from the freedom they long for. Elio and Raul build a raft, but then Lila joins them. That was not the plan. World Premiere

As announced earlier, the programme also includes the following films:

Electrick Children (USA, by Rebecca Thomas) – WP
Joven & Alocada (Young & Wild, Chile, by Marialy Rivas) – EP
Kronjuvelerna (The Crown Jewels, Sweden, by Ella Lemhagen) – IP
Magi I Luften (Love Is In The Air, Denmark/Sweden, by Simon Staho) – IP
Mustafa’s Sweet Dreams (Greece/Great Britain, by Angelos Abazoglou) – WP
ORCHIM LeREGA (Off White Lies, Israel/France, by Maya Kenig) – EP
Un Mundo Secreto (A Secret World, Mexico, by Gabriel Mariño) – WP
Wandeukyi (Punch, Republic of Korea, by Han Lee) – EP

Generation Kplus

ARCADIA (USA, by Olivia Silver) – In Arcadia, California, everything is going to be fine, Tom promises his children. He loads them into the car and travels across the entire country. More than anything else, 12-year-old Greta hopes to see her mother again. Cast: Ryan Simpkins, John Hawkes and others. World Premiere

GATTU (India, by Rajan Khosa) – The sky is full of kites and none flies as high or fast as Kali. In order to beat the black kite, Gattu has to reach for the sky. International Premiere

Isdraken (The Ice Dragon, Sweden, by Martin Högdahl) – Whales cry when they lose their herds. Banished by the youth welfare office to northern Sweden, Mike knows the feeling. It’s only when he meets the very cool Pi that the ice begins to melt. World Premiere

Kikoeteru, furi wo sita dake (Just Pretended to Hear, Japan, by Kaori Imaizumi) – Her spirit will protect you! After her mother’s death, Sachi’s only hope is spiritual comfort. But what if there’s no such thing as ghosts? International Premiere

Pacha (Bolivia/Mexico, by Hector Ferreiro) – A shoeshine boy gets caught up in the turmoil of the Bolivian “gas war”. In the streets the Indigenous population is protesting for their rights, while in his dreams the boy is walking the paths of his culture. World Premiere

Zarafa (France/Begium, by Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie, animation) – Maki has only just made friends with Zarafa, when the orphaned baby giraffe is given to the King of France as a gift. A richly illustrated adventure, from Africa to Paris. International Premiere

As announced in the first press release, the programme also includes the following films:

Kauwboy (Netherlands, by Boudewijn Koole) – WP
Die Kinder vom Napf (The Children from the Napf, Switzerland, by Alice Schmid) – IP
Lotte ja kuukivi saladus (Lotte and the Moonstone Secret, Estonia/Latvia, by Janno Põldma and Heiki Ernits) – IP
The Mirror Never Lies (Indonesia, by Kamila Andini) – EP
Nono (Philippines, by Rommel Tolentino) – EP
Patatje Oorlog (Taking Chances, Netherlands, by Nicole van Kilsdonk) – IP

Out of Competition

Vierzehn (Fourteen, Germany, by Cornelia Grünberg, documentary) – Soon their lives revolve around diapers, not parties. Four 14-year-old girls and their babies. An exciting new phase is beginning before they have had time to live out the last one. World Premiere

The Monkey King – Uproar in Heaven 3D (People’s Republic of China, by Da Su and Chen Zhihong) – 130,000 hand-painted water colours and voices from the Peking Opera are brought back to life in the elaborately restoration of this famous classic. A wonderfully entertaining animation film: now in 3D. International Premiere {jathumbnail off}

Glasgow Short Film Festival Announces Selection For 2012 International And Scottish Competitions

Glasgow Short Film Festival Announces Selection For 2012 International And Scottish Competitions

Glasgow Short Film Festival announced the selection for the 2012 competitions. Sixty-nine films will screen across International and Scottish competitions, including five Scottish films which have been selected for both competitions. The selection includes seven World Premieres, one International Premiere, three European Premieres, twenty-one UK Premieres and twenty Scottish Premieres.

Amongst the selected films are two films by Scottish musicians: John Maclean (The Beta Band) presents Pitch Black Heist, featuring Michael Fassbender, and Douglas Hart (The Jesus & Mary Chain) presents his fiction debut Long Distance Information, featuring Peter Mullan. Anarchic American animator Bill Plympton presents Guard Dog Global Jam, an extraordinary remake of his 2005 film Guard Dog, for which he enlisted seventy animators via the internet, each recreating a shot in their own style.

Audience favourite and multi-award winning Las Palmas, by Swedish filmmaker Johannes Nyholm, features a toddler interacting with puppets to hilarious effect. Belgian filmmaker Rachel Lang presents the UK Premiere of her film White Turnips Make It Hard To Sleep, which recently won the prestigious Ingmar Bergman Award at Uppsala Short Film Festival. Kirkcaldy Man, Julian Schwanitz’s haunting documentary in search of champion darts player Jocky Wilson, makes its debut UK screening.

Each competition will be judged by an international jury of filmmakers, curators and writers, who will select the film they consider the most innovative and outstanding work in each programme. Audiences attending competition programmes will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite to win the Audience Award in each competition.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

15 Summers Later
Scottish Premiere / Perdo Collantes / Spain / 2011 / 5 min / Fiction {jathumbnail off}

Finalists Named for 24th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award

Finalists Named for 24th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award

The authors and screenwriters of A Dangerous Method; The Descendants; Jane Eyre; Moneyball; and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy have been named finalists for the 24th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. The 2012 finalists, in alphabetical order by film title, are: screenwriter Christopher Hampton for A Dangerous Method, adapted from the nonfiction book A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein by John Kerr and the 2002 stage play The Talking Cure by […]

The Artist Nominated for American Society of Cinematographers Award

The Artist Nominated for American Society of Cinematographers Award

Guillaume Schiffman, AFC (The Artist), Jeff Cronenweth, ASC (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Robert Richardson, ASC (Hugo), Hoyte van Hoytema, FSF, NSC (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), and Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC (The Tree of Life) have been nominated in the feature film category of the 26th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards. The winner will be announced at the ASC Awards celebration at the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom on February […]

The Artist is Big Winner at Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

The Artist is Big Winner at Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

The silent film “The Artist” won Best Picture, Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius, Best Costume Design and Best Score at the 2012 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Other award winners included Best Suppporting Actor for Christopher Plummer in the “Beginners,” Best Foreign-Language Film for “A Separation” and Best Documentary Feature for the HBO film “George Harrison: Living in the Material World.” The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association to […]

Film Independent Appoints Sean Mc Manus & Josh Welsh As Co-Presidents

Film Independent Appoints Sean Mc Manus & Josh Welsh As Co-Presidents

The Film Independent Board Chairman Bill Condon announced that Senior Director Sean Mc Manus and Director of Artist Development Josh Welsh have been appointed to newly created positions of Co-Presidents. They succeed Executive Director Dawn Hudson, who departed in June to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as CEO. In their new positions, Mc Manus and Welsh will work together to lead the organization and run its year-round programs that nurture independent […]

French drama Domain Opens Exclusively February 3 at SF Film Society Cinema

French drama Domain Opens Exclusively February 3 at SF Film Society Cinema

The French drama film, Domain (Domaine), that explores the perversely close relationship between a magnetic and alcoholic woman and her 17-year-old nephew who is coming to terms with his sexuality, opens an exclusive San Francisco engagement February 3 at SF Film Society Cinema. This moody, contemplative drama explores the unusually intimate relationship between an aunt and her nephew. Nadine (Betty Blue’s Béatrice Dalle), a single mathematician in her 40s, is struggling with alcoholism. She’s worldly, […]

Oscar Nomination Ballots Due January 13

Oscar Nomination Ballots Due January 13

Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences must return their completed Oscar nominations ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, January 13; ballots received after that deadline will not be counted. The 5,783 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences must return their completed Oscar nominations ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, January 13. Ballots received after that deadline […]

Jonathan Erland to receive Academy’s John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation

Jonathan Erland to receive Academy’s John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation

Visual effects technologist Jonathan Erland will receive the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 11, 2012. Visual effects technologist Jonathan Erland has been voted the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The award – a medallion – will be presented at the Scientific and Technical Awards […]

Directors Guild of America Award Announces Nominees for Best Documentary Director of 20122

Directors Guild of America Award Announces Nominees for Best Documentary Director of 20122

The Directors Guild of America announced the nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for the year 2011. “The remarkable documentaries made by this year’s nominees take audiences on a journey, whether casting light on injustice or exploring the human condition in all of its nuance, cruelty, creativity and triumph,” said Hackford.  “Our nominees represent the best in documentary filmmaking and I congratulate each of them on a job well done.” The winners will be […]

Horror Film Cabin in the Woods to open 2012 SXSW

Horror Film Cabin in the Woods to open 2012 SXSW

The world premiere of the horror film, The Cabin in the Woods, will open SXSW 2012. Described as ‘ Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen” … the film takes the horror genre, shakes it down, and smacks it upside the head. The Cabin in the Woods also marks Emmy®-nominated writer Drew Goddard’s (Cloverfield, Lost, Alias) first foray into directing, and stars Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Anna Hutchison, Chris […]

Academy Rules Change Official for Documentary and Short Films Category

Academy Rules Change Official for Documentary and Short Films Category

Its official. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has changed the rules for the documentary and short films category for the 85th Academy Awards. The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved documentary and short films rules for the 85th Academy Awards at its most recent meeting (December 6). The most significant changes expand members’ opportunities to view contending films, enabling more members to participate in the […]

Interview with Cyril Tuschi, Director of the fascinating new documentary “Khordorkovsky”

Interview with Cyril Tuschi, Director of the fascinating new documentary “Khordorkovsky”

Written by Francesca McCaffery Cyril Tuschi’s new documentary film, Khordorkovsky, tells the story of oligarch Mikhail Khordorkovsky, then the wealthiest man in Russia before his arrest by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in 2003. Tuschi has directed short films and music videos, and his feature was Slight Changes in Temperature and Mind in 2004. A former night club owner, theater worker, and philosophy student, Tuschi has  the open mind, gentle humor and rigorous intellect needed to […]

IFFR Bright Future announces full selection

IFFR Bright Future announces full selection

The Bright Future 2012 program section in which the International Film Festival Rotterdam presents debut or second feature films, will include thirteen world premières as well as fourteen international premières from all corners of the world. Four films were supported by the IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund and six films were presented as projects at CineMart. The number of films in Bright Future has been brought back from eighty-four in IFFR 2011 to sixty-eight during IFFR 2012. The festival is expecting nearly all directors in this section to attend the festival.

World Premieres in Bright Future 2012
Argentina: TO LA CANTÁBRICA by Ezequiel Erriquez is a coming of age film set in the outskirts of Buenos Aires during the economic crisis of the late 1990’s.

Canada: THE ULTIMATE PRANX CASE by Influenz films. In 2010, three boys had a prank with a girl at school and streamed it live on Internet. What started as an innocent joke soon got completely out of hand.

Colombia, Argentina, France: CORTA by Felipe Guerrero. The hypnotic rhythm of the timeless (but rapidly disappearing) craft of harvesting sugarcane is masterfully reflected in this 16mm film, resulting in a contemplative and pure cinematic experience. Hubert Bals Fund-supported film.

France: PAR EXEMPLE, ELECTRE by Jeanne Balibar & Pierre Léon. In this eclectic homage to the Greek tragedy, Balibar and Léon are free of any convention.

India: CARNIVAL by Madhuja Mukherjee. Exciting film shot in overcrowded Kolkata during a Hindu festival merges documentary and fiction, evoking notions of joy and sadness.

Indonesia: PARTS OF THE HEART by Paul Agusta. Eight contemplative short films show stages in the love life of Peter, a gay in Jakarta.

Israel: ROOM 514 by Sharon Bar-Ziv. In this realistic and disturbing debut, a young female soldier fights against the abuse of power in the army.

The Netherlands: WAVUMBA by Jeroen van Velzen. A debut that follows an old fisherman in Kenya who immerses himself in a world of stories.

Spain: DRESS REHEARSAL FOR UTOPIA by Andrés Duque. Autobiographical drama is mixed with general, politico-cultural concepts. It all starts with a trip to Mozambique to seek film material shot there.

Switzerland, Azerbaijan: HE WAS A GIANT WITH BROWN EYES by Eileen Hofer.
Having grown up in Switzerland all her life, Sabina is now ready to return home to her father in Azerbaijan. Adolescence, separation and self-discovery.

Ukraine: GAAMER by Oleg Sentsov. The protagonist is a young Gamer who is great at shooting enemies in Quake but not so successful in real life.

USA : NOW, FORAGER: A FILM ABOUT LOVE & FUNGI by Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin.
A couple is picking wild mushrooms to sell to chic restaurants. One of them offers her a job. While her culinary star is rising, their relationship goes downhill; THE GREAT NORTHWEST by Matt McCormick. Fifty years after four women embarked on a journey through the Northwest of America, director McCormick finds their scrapbook in a thrift shop and decides to repeat their journey.

(See full list of Bright Future premieres below, see complete line up of Bright Future on www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com) {jathumbnail off}

 

The Interrupters Win Two Top Awards at 5th Cinema Eye Honors

The Interrupters Win Two Top Awards at 5th Cinema Eye Honors

Steve James’  The Interrupters, about violence mediators in Chicago, took two top awards at the 5th Annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking at the Museum. James took the prize for Outstanding Achievement in Direction, and the film was named as this year’s winner for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking.  It is the first time that a film has received both the Feature Film and the Directing award in the history of Cinema Eye.  “Tonight, I don’t care about the Oscars!” James said.

Cinema Eye presented an award for Nonfiction Short Filmmaking, going to the late Tim Hetherington’s Diary (accepted by his parents),  as well as the Heterodox Award for Narrative Filmmaking, going to Mike Mills’ Beginners.

This year’s Legacy Award was presented to the landmark 1967 documentary, Titicut Follies, a stark and graphic portrayal of the conditions that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Cinema Eye also awarded its first-ever Hell Yeah Prize, given to filmmakers who have created works of incredible craft and artistry that also have significant, real-world impact, to Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky for their HBO Documentary Films trilogy Paradise Lost, which played a critical role in securing the release from prison of the wrongly prosecuted and convicted West Memphis Three. Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky and Jason Baldwin, one of the West Memphis Three, accepted the award.

“The Hell Yeah Award, right! It’s always been no, no, no,” said Baldwin. “Since August, my life has begun.”

“It’s been a dream come true for us,” said Berlinger. “You can make a difference when you make these films. We’ve had this amazing journey the past 20 years. We’re really appreciative of HBO.”

The following is a complete list of Cinema Eye Honors winners for 2012: {jathumbnail off}

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Announces Official Selections for 2012 Festival

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Announces Official Selections for 2012 Festival

Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has announced the official selections for their ninth annual event to be held in Missoula, Montana February 17-26, 2012, at the Historic Wilma Theatre.  The 144 film program, culled from nearly 1000 entries from all over the world will feature a free opening night screening of Matthew Akers’s new film Marina Abramovi  The Artist is Present .

The Festival will feature three venues this year – two screens at the Wilma and a third at the Crystal Theater, 515 South Higgins on the Hip Strip.  “This is going to be an incredibly exciting year,” said Festival Director, Mike Steinberg. “The energy and joy inherent in this year’s line-up is a reflection of the enormous support we have seen from our community and our national and local sponsors”.

The Official Selections for the 2012 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival:

OPENING NIGHT FILM
Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present (Director: Matthew Akers)
Free Screening sponsored by HBO Documentary Films
(Filmmakers in Attendance)

CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Under African Skies    (Director: Joe Berlinger)

FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
Andrew Bird: Fever Year (Director: Xan Aranda)
Battle For Brooklyn (Directors: Suki Hawley & Michael Galinsky)
Calvet (Director: Dominic Allan)
The Carrier (Director: Margaret Betts)
Chasing Ice (Director: Jeff Orlowski)
Faceless (Director: Jason Lapeyre)
Laura (Director: Fillipe Gamarona Barbosa) {jathumbnail off}

Pink Ribbons Exposes Breast Cancer Fundraising Marketing Gimmicks

Pink Ribbons Exposes Breast Cancer Fundraising Marketing Gimmicks

Pink Ribbons, Inc., which had its world premiere in September 2011 at the Toronto International Film Festival and its European premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, opens theatrically on over 30 screens in cities across Canada, beginning February 3, 2012. In the documentary film Pink Ribbons, Inc.  director Léa Pool talks to women with breast cancer, experts, authors, activists and medical researchers, as well as the leading players in breast cancer fundraising and […]

Inaugural Montclair Film Festival Hires Festival Director

Inaugural Montclair Film Festival Hires Festival Director

The inaugural Montclair Film Festival has hired the festival director duo of Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen to organize and program the 2012 Festival. Thom and Raphaela started New York’s documentary film festival DOC NYC as well as the IFC Center’s documentary series Stranger than Fiction.  Thom is also a programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival. The board of directors includes Colbert and his wife Evelyn McGee-Colbert. The Montclair Film Festival will take place May […]

Call For Entries for the inaugural edition of the Montclair Film Festival

Call For Entries for the inaugural edition of the Montclair Film Festival

Submissions are now open for the inaugural edition of the Montclair Film Festival.  MFF will be accepting feature films (55 min. or longer) for the following program strands: COMEDY COMPETITION – These films showcase a wide range of comedic expression including independent, international, documentary, and animation. They are eligible for a jury prize. FICTION SHOWCASE – Films surveying outstanding achievements in American and International fiction. DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE – Films surveying outstanding achievements in contemporary documentary […]

New York International Film Festival Accepting Entries for 2012 LA

New York International Film Festival Accepting Entries for 2012 LA

  The New York International Film Festival (NYIFF) in Los Angeles 2012 is now open and accepting entries (features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, animations, webisodes, TV pilots, screenplays, etc.) for the 2012 LA Festival. Festival dates: April 12th-19th, 2012. Festival screenings will take place exclusively at Raleigh Studios located at 5300 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038. The Deadline for entering is January 21st, 2012. If you are mailing your submission, it must be POSTMARKED by […]