Berlin International Film Festival Protests Sentences for Iranian Filmmakers

Berlin International Film Festival Protests Sentences for Iranian Filmmakers

The Berlin International Film Festival in a recent press release sharply condemned the harsh sentences handed down to the renowned Iranian director Jafar Panahi and his directing colleague Mohammed Rasulof. According to Tehran Times, “Last week, Panahi was sentenced by a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran to six years in prison, which is redeemable by paying a fine, and a 20-year ban on filmmaking activities. He has been accused of holding gatherings, […]

Epic Feature Film About Anguilla’s 1967 Revolution in Development

Epic Feature Film About Anguilla’s 1967 Revolution in Development

Massachusetts-based independent film production and marketing firm Pyrate Motion Picture Company, LLC (aka Pyrate Films) has announced plans to develop an epic feature film about the British West Indies island of Anguilla and its sensational, but little known 1967 to 1969 battle for economic, social, and political justice. Pyrate Films was launched in 2010 following a series of meetings in Anguilla with government ministers, including the Hon. Chief Minister Hubert Hughes, and several living patriots, […]

RIP: Bud Greenspan, Olympic Filmmaker

RIP: Bud Greenspan, Olympic Filmmaker

Bud Greenspan, the pioneering Olympic documentary filmmaker, died Saturday night. He was 84. His companion, Nancy Beffa, said the cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease. Mr. Greenspan was renowned for producing, directing and writing films about individual Winter and Summer Games, focusing on the uplifting stories of athletes facing triumph and tragedy. Read more … image source:DGA  

2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival Lineup

2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival Lineup

The 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announced its Galas, Premieres and Special Presentation programs.  The Festival launches on Thursday, January 6 with the French farce Potiche and wraps on Sunday, January 16 with The First Grader.  193 films from 68 countries, including 59 premieres (9 world, 17 North American and 33 U.S.), will unspool at the Festival, running from January 6-17 in Palm Springs, California. Commenting on the selection of films Festival […]

London Critics Circle Film Award; The King’s Speech Leads With 7 Nominations

London Critics Circle Film Award; The King’s Speech Leads With 7 Nominations

The King’s Speech, directed by Tom Hooper lead the the 2011 London Critics’ Circle Film Awards with seven nominations including lead actor Colin Firth up for both Best Actor and Best British Actor, Best Actress for Bonham Carter, Best Film and Best British Film. And the nominees are ACTOR OF THE YEAR Jeff Bridges – True Grit Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network Colin Firth – The King’s Speech Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine Edgar […]

A Radical New Approach And Transformation Planned For Next Year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival

A Radical New Approach And Transformation Planned For Next Year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival

The Edinburgh International Film Festival in its 65th year has hired James Mullighan to produce the ambitious transformation of next year’s Festival, the blueprint of which has been shaped by Mark Cousins, Tilda Swinton and a wider artistic team to be announced. Moving away from the traditional concept of Film Festivals, the blueprint that Cousins has developed is the theme of “All That Heaven Allows.”  It may cease to have a competition section or prizes, […]

2010 Florida Film Critics Circle’s Winners

2010 Florida Film Critics Circle’s Winners

  Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” was the top winner with four awards in the Florida Film Critics Circle’s annual honors, but “The Social Network” received Best Picture award in 2010.  The film about the founding of Facebook, won three awards, including Best Director (David Fincher) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin). Natalie Portman won Best Actress for her performance in “Black Swan,” and Colin Firth took Best Actor honors for his turn as King George VI in “The King’s Speech.”  Christian Bale […]

Eric Escobar is Winner of 2010 San Francisco Film Society / Hearst Screenwriting Grant

Eric Escobar is Winner of 2010 San Francisco Film Society / Hearst Screenwriting Grant

Eric Escobar has been selected to receive this year’s San Francisco Film Society/Hearst Screenwriting Grant for the continuing development of his script East County.  The Hearst Screenwriting Grant of $15,000 is given to a mid-career American screenwriter whose project expresses both a unique personal perspective and an artistic approach to the subject. The grant is open to those who have been practicing writers for at least five years and who have previously written a minimum of […]

2010 Dubai International Film Festival Winners

2010 Dubai International Film Festival Winners

The 2010 Dubai International Film Festival draw to a close over the weekend and handed out its annual Muhr Awards. This year the festival featured a line-up of 157 films from 57 countries, including 41 world premieres, 13 international premieres, 58 Middle East premieres and 32 Gulf premieres. Nayla Al Khaja’s “Bored,” about a young Emirati couple, on their honeymoon, took the top prize. “Their approach to the relationship and commitment to the marriage is […]

2010 Satellite Awards; The Social Network and Inception Lead With 3 Wins

2010 Satellite Awards; The Social Network and Inception Lead With 3 Wins

The 2010 Satellite Awards took place last night, Sunday, December 19, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles and “The Social Network” continued its awards domination by taking the prizes for Best Film (Motion Picture, Drama), Best Director and Best Screenplay, Adapted. “Inception” did tie with “The Social Network” also taking home 3 awards including Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Best Art Direction & Production Design. The 2010 motion picture awards: […]

Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association 2010 Picks

Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association 2010 Picks

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association voted the THE SOCIAL NETWORK as the best film of 2010; rounding out the composite list of the top 10 films of the year were THE KING’S SPEECH (2), BLACK SWAN (3), 127 HOURS (4), WINTER’S BONE (5), INCEPTION (6), THE FIGHTER (7), TRUE GRIT (8), THE TOWN (9) and THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (10). Best Actor – James Franco for 127 HOURS. Runners-up – Colin Firth for […]

Houston Film Critics Society 2010 Picks

Houston Film Critics Society 2010 Picks

The Houston Film Critics Society on Saturday named The Social Network the best film of 2010; and also named the film’s David Fincher best director, the film’s Aaron Sorkin best screenwriter and Jesse Eisenberg best actor. The 2010 nominees and winners: Best picture: The Social Network 127 Hours, Black Swan, Inception, Kick Ass, The Kids are All Right, The King’s Speech,  Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter’s Bone Best director: David Fincher, The Social Network […]

2010 Chicago Film Critics Nominations

2010 Chicago Film Critics Nominations

David Fincher’s “The Social Network” lead the Chicago Film Critics on Friday with eight nominations, including Best Picture, Director and Actor. “The King’s Speech,” “Black Swan,” “Winter’s Bone” and “True Grit” followed up each with six nominations. The CFCA nominations for 2010: PICTURE: “Black Swan,” “Inception,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” “Winter’s Bone.” DIRECTOR: Darren Aronofsky for “Black Swan,” David Fincher for “The Social Network,” Debra Granik “Winter’s Bone,” Tom Hooper for “The King’s […]

2010 Indiana Film Critics Top Films; “Social Network” Voted Top Film

2010 Indiana Film Critics Top Films; “Social Network” Voted Top Film

The Indiana Film Journalists Association announced its annual film awards and “The Social Network” took top honors, winning best film as well as Aaron Sorkin for best screenplay. Natalie Portman was named best actress for “Black Swan.” James Franco won best actor for “127 Hours.” 2010 Winners: Best film of the year Winner: “The Social Network” Runner-up: “Inception” Other finalists: “127 Hours,” “Black Swan,” “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” “The Fighter,” “Never Let Me Go,” […]

2010 Anchorage International Film Festival Golden Oosikar Awards

2010 Anchorage International Film Festival Golden Oosikar Awards

The Anchorage International Film Festival just wrapped its 10th edition and awarded its 2010 Golden Oosikar Awards to the top films, with “The Wild Hunt,” by Alexandre Franchi taking the top prize for Best Film. A modern medieval saga, The Wild Hunt tells the story of Erik Magnusson, a young man who decides to follow his estranged girlfriend Evelyn into a medieval re-enactment game when he discovers that she has been seduced by one of […]

Raoul Ruiz’ Mysteries of Lisbon Awarded France’s Le Prix Louis-Delluc Prize

Raoul Ruiz’ Mysteries of Lisbon Awarded France’s Le Prix Louis-Delluc Prize

Raoul Ruiz’ Mysteries of Lisbon was awarded the Louis Delluc prize for Best French film of the year beating out a competitive field of films that included “Carlos,” Olivier Assayas, “The Ghost Writer,” Roman Polanski, “Of Gods and Men,” Xavier Beauvois, “On Tour,” Mathieu Amalric, “The Princess of Montpensier,” Bernard Tavernier, “White Material,” Claire Denis and “Young Girls in Black,” Jean-Paul Civeyrac. Based on a famous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel, Raul Ruiz’s Mysteries of Lisbon follows […]

2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces African Cinema Program and Films In Competition

2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces African Cinema Program and Films In Competition

The 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival announced today a new program highlighting African Cinema as well as films selected to compete for the FIPRESCI Award, New Voices/New Visions Award and John Schlesinger Awards.  The Festival will screen 40 of the 65 official submissions to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Foreign Language Film.  The Festival will announce its complete line-up of films next week. “Our African films showcase reflects our […]

R.I.P.: Writer, Director Blake Edwards

R.I.P.: Writer, Director Blake Edwards

Blake Edwards, a writer and director behind such hits like “Victor/Victoria” (1982) “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) “The Pink Panther” (1963) and “Pink Panther” movies, died Wednesday night in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 88. His publicist, Gene Schwam, said the cause was complications of pneumonia. Mr. Edwards’s wife, the actress Julie Andrews, and other family members were at his side at St. John’s Health Center, Mr. Schwam said. Read more …

2010 Las Vegas Film Critic Society Sierra Awards

2010 Las Vegas Film Critic Society Sierra Awards

  The Las Vegas Film Critic Society presents its “Sierra” awards each year for the best in film, including The William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award, which is named for the Academy Award winning actor. 2010 Sierra Award winners Best Picture “The Social Network”   Best Actor James Franco, “127”   Best Actress Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”   Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale, “The Fighter”   Best Supporting Actress Amy Adams, “The Fighter”   Best Director […]

Duncan Jones’ “Source Code” to Open 2011 SXSW Film Festival

Duncan Jones’ “Source Code” to Open 2011 SXSW Film Festival

Duncan Jones’ new film “Source Code” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga and Michelle Monaghan will open 2011 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW). This is the second feature from Jones, the son of David Bowie, whose first feature film, “Moon”also screened at SXSW in 2009. The synopsis: Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes with a jolt to find himself on a commuter train heading into Chicago. Although the other passengers all seem to […]

German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl to receive Honorary Golden Bear at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival

German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl to receive Honorary Golden Bear at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival

German actor and artist Armin Mueller-Stahl will be awarded an Honorary Golden Bear at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. “Today Armin Mueller-Stahl is celebrating his 80th birthday. We wish him the very best and are delighted we’ll be awarding this extraordinary artist the Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement in February,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick. Armin Mueller-Stahl is one of Germany’s biggest stars of international renown. Winner of numerous awards, he has played […]

2010 Berlin International Film Festival; Changing Locations and the First Films in Berlinale Generation

2010 Berlin International Film Festival; Changing Locations and the First Films in Berlinale Generation

Some 60 feature and short films will celebrate their premieres at the House of World Cultures, Generation’s new main venue at the upcoming 61st Berlin International Film Festival scheduled for February 10 – 20, 2011. Twelve feature-length films have already been confirmed. “With each film our excitement about the House of World Cultures is mounting. We want to invite Berlinale visitors to a change of location, in a spectacular cinema, and to the greatly diverse […]

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ® Nominations Announced; ‘The King’s Speech’ and “The Fighter” on Top

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ® Nominations Announced; ‘The King’s Speech’ and “The Fighter” on Top

Nominees for the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2010 in five film and eight primetime television categories and for the SAG honors for film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles. ‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘The Fighter’ lead the field with 4 nominations each, followed by ‘Black Swan’ and ‘The Kids Are All Right’ with 3 nominations each.  ‘Winter’s Bone’ was not left out, picking up […]

Sundance Institute Announces $550,000 in Grants for Contemporary Issue Documentary Films

Sundance Institute Announces $550,000 in Grants for Contemporary Issue Documentary Films

Sundance Institute announced the twenty two Documentary Film Program grant recipients for Fall 2010. Selected feature-length documentary films, chosen from nearly 450 projects from 80 countries, will receive $550,000 in support. Two of the 22 projects listed below are to receive a grant from the Sundance | Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute, part of a $1.5 million three-year grant funded by Cinereach. A portion of the grant is for emergency or discretionary grants and support […]