HBO is behind Project Nim

HBO is behind Project Nim

Just days before its premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema documentary competition, HBO announced that it has picked up all domestic rights to the documentary Project Nim. Project Nim is directed by James Marsh and produced by Simon Chinn, the team behind the Oscar winning documentary Man on Wire. From the Oscar-winning team behind Man on Wire comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who, in the 1970s, became the […]

2011 Berlin International Film Festival to Honor Iranian Filmmaker Panahi

2011 Berlin International Film Festival to Honor Iranian Filmmaker Panahi

In support of the convicted Iranian director Jafar Panahi, the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival is launching a number of initiatives at the upcoming Berlinale. In 2011 the Berlinale will show several films by Jafar Panahi in a number of its sections. The first of his films to be screened at this year’s Berlinale will be the award-winning film Offside (2006, Silver Bear) on February 11 at 4:30 pm in the Berlinale Palast. On the […]

61st Berlin International Film Festival Panorama 2011 with Renowned Directors, Three Films on India and Many New Discoveries

61st Berlin International Film Festival Panorama 2011 with Renowned Directors, Three Films on India and Many New Discoveries

The 61st Berlin International Film Festival unveiled the films in the Panorama 2011 section. The themes of many first films are daring and hence inspiring, as seen in the work of Israeli filmmaker Michal Aviad who, set against the backdrop of the interminable Palestinian-Israeli conflict, has her protagonists work through traumas in Lo Roim Alaich (Invisible), or with French director Céline Sciamma whose Tomboy portrays the coming of age of a boy in a girl’s […]

The Competition programme of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival

The Competition programme of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival

The selection for the Competition programme of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival has been completed. It includes 22 films, 16 of which will be competing for the awards. In addition there will be two special screenings: In solidarity with the convicted Iranian director Jafar Panahi, his film Offside will be presented on February 11, the anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. Also, the European premiere of Werner Herzog’s 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams will […]

2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards Nominations | Complete List

2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards Nominations | Complete List

The full list of nominees for the 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards were announced today at BAFTA’s headquarters. The King’s Speech received 14 nominations including Best Film and Outstanding British Film. Tom Hooper is nominated for Director, Colin Firth is nominated for Leading Actor and co-stars Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush are nominated for Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor.

The King’s Speech to close 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam | Trailer

The King’s Speech to close 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam | Trailer

Following up its win at the Golden Globes for Best Actor (Colin Firth), and its buzz for the upcoming Oscars and BAFTAs, The King’s Speech was announced as the closing film for the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam on Saturday 5 February. Directed by Tom Hooper The King’s Speech gives an intimate insight into the British royal family on the eve of World War II. The King’s Speech is the true story of King George […]

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Jury Members

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Jury Members

Sundance Institute announced members of five juries awarding prizes at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival which runs January 20-30, 2011. The juries are comprised of 23 individuals spanning the global arts community. Juror photos and extended biographies, in addition to the complete Festival lineup and schedule, are available at www.sundance.org/festival. All awards will be announced the evening of January 29 at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony. The Short Film Awards will also be […]

41st Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale Forum Film Lineup

41st Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale Forum Film Lineup

The Berlin International Film Festival announced the films in the programme of the 41st Berlinale Forum, with most of the films revolving around family, relationships and identity. Artist Kelvin K. Park’s documentary Cheonggyecheon Medley places the threatened demolition of a traditional metalworking district in the city of Seoul within the complex wider context of Korean history and social structures. The Dutch film De Engel van Doel (An Angel in Doel) deals with the destruction of […]

Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust (ZIFFT) Executive Director Arrested, Charged With Forgery

Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust (ZIFFT) executive director Nakayi Zivayi Rose Matema was arrested in November last year after allegedly presenting a document with a forged signature of one of the signatories, Rachel Pfungwa Kupara, intending intending to withdraw $700 from the organization’s account reports Newsday Zimbabwe. Prior to that Matema, had initially withdrew $2, 500 from the ZIFFT account in September last year after she had allegedly forged Kupara’s signature on a ZIFFT indemnity […]

68th Golden Globe Awards Winner; Complete List

68th Golden Globe Awards Winner; Complete List

“The Social Network”was the big winner at last night’s Golden Globes taking home the prizes for Best Motion Picture – Drama, along with Best Director – Motion Picture for its director, David Fincher, and Best Screenplay – Motion Picture for its writer, Aaron Sorkin, Colin Firth was  was awarded Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for “The King’s Speech” and Natalie Portman received the award for Best Performance by an […]

22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Festival Winners

22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Festival Winners

The 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival held from January 6-17, 2011 announced this year’s award winners after screening 205 films from 69 countries, including 41 of the 65 foreign language entries for this year’s Academy Awards®. This year’s Festival attendees selected The Whistleblower (Canada) directed by Larysa Kondracki, as the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.  Based on a true story, this tough-minded and unsparing conspiracy thriller follows an American cop to […]

RIP: Oscar-nominated British actress Susannah York

RIP: Oscar-nominated British actress Susannah York

British actress Susannah York, one of the leading stars of British and Hollywood films in the late 1960s and early 1970s, has died in London at the age of 72.  York reportedly died of cancer Saturday at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. York was nominated for an Oscar for the 1969 classic “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” and also starred in “A Man for All Seasons” and other classic films from that era. In […]

Zee Cine Awards 2011; ‘Dabangg’ is Big Winner

Zee Cine Awards 2011; ‘Dabangg’ is Big Winner

The Bollywood Zee Cine Awards 2011 ceremony was recently held in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore and the film “Dabangg” was the big winner.  The Bollywood film took home the top awards including Best Film, Most Promising Director, Best Music, Most Promising Debut Director and Best Screenplay. The Zee Cine Awards 2011 winners: Best Actor Male Shah Rukh Khan – My Name Is Khan Best Actor Female Vidya Balan – Ishqiya Best Film Dabangg Best Director […]

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Does Cameo for Indie Film “Deep in the Heart”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Does Cameo for Indie Film “Deep in the Heart”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently filmed a cameo in the independent film “Deep in the Heart”, a filmed based on the life of Richard  Wallrath. Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a little time away from official state business this week to shoot a cameo for an upcoming independent film. The Republican governor made the cameo Thursday for “Deep in the Heart.” The producers said the governor was so instrumental in bringing the film to Texas […]

2011 Film Independent Spirit Award Filmmaker Grant Winners Announced

2011 Film Independent Spirit Award Filmmaker Grant Winners Announced

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced the winners of its four filmmaker grant awards at the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant and Nominee Brunch held at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood.  Sandra Oh and Terrence Howard hosted the casual event and handed out the honors. Winners for the additional categories will be revealed at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica beach […]

42nd NAACP Image Awards Nominations Announced

42nd NAACP Image Awards Nominations Announced

The NAACP announced the nominees for the 42nd Annual Image Awards.  Nominees for Outstanding Motion Picture include “For Colored Girls” (Lionsgate/34th Street Films), “Just Wright” (Fox Searchlight Pictures), “The Book of Eli” (Warner Bros. Pictures), “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features) and “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?” (Lionsgate). Other nominees for Motion Picture and Documentary awards include: MOTION PICTUREOutstanding Motion Picture• “For Colored Girls” (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)• “Just Wright” (Fox Searchlight […]

6 more films in the SXSW 2011 Film program | Trailers

6 more films in the SXSW 2011 Film program | Trailers

  South By Southwest Film Festival has announced 6 more films in the SXSW 2011 Film program. They join the previously announced 2011 Opening Night Film, Duncan Jones’ Source Code. The complete lineup will be announced in February. The Beaver (World Premiere) Director: Jodie Foster (Centerpiece Screening, Wednesday, March 16) Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin & Jennifer Lawrence Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (World Premiere) Director: Rodman Flender The Innkeepers (World Premiere) Director: Ti […]

61st Annual American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards

61st Annual American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards

The American Cinema Editors announced  its nominees on Friday for the 61st annual Eddie Awards in film, TV and documentaries. The winners will be announced at the 61st annual ACE awards ceremony Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. NOMINEES FOR 61st ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC): Black Swan Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E. The Fighter Pamela Martin Inception Lee Smith, A.C.E. The King’s Speech Tariq Anwar The Social Network Angus Wall, A.C.E. & […]

IFC Acquires ‘Brighton Rock’ starring Helen Mirren | Trailer

IFC Acquires ‘Brighton Rock’ starring Helen Mirren | Trailer

IFC Films has grabbed the U.S. rights to director Rowan Joffe’s debut feature Brighton Rock. Joffe, whose previous writing credits include 28 Weeks Later and The American, adapted the script from Graham Greene’s 1939 iconic crime novel of the same name. Produced by Paul Webster (Atonement, Eastern Promises) and co-produced by Paul Ritchie (Nowhere Boy, Slumdog Millionaire), the film stars Sam Riley (Control), Andrea Riseborough (Never Let Me Go), John Hurt (Immortals), and Helen Mirren […]

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards 2011 Winners

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards 2011 Winners

“Inception” and “The Social Network” were the big winners with the Broadcast Film Critics Association, with ‘Inception’ picking up six trophies and “Network” grabbing four wins, including Best Director for filmmaker David Fincher. Unfortunately while “Black Swan” broke a Critics Choice Movies Award record for the most-nominated movie ever with 12 nods, Natalie Portman walked away with with the only award, the award for Best Actress. The full list of winners below: Best Picture “The […]

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Announces Official Selections for 2011 Festival

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Announces Official Selections for 2011 Festival

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has announced the official selections for their eighth annual event to be held in Missoula, Montana February 11-20, at the Historic Wilma Theatre.  The 140 film program, culled from nearly 1000 entries from all over the world will feature a live performance by indy rock band Yo La Tengo, a free opening night screening of Peter D. Richardsons How To Die In Oregon (sponsored by HBO Documentary Films), a retrospective […]

Full Frame Announces 2011 Festival Program News

Full Frame Announces 2011 Festival Program News

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced their Thematic Program, 2011 Career Award and the first US Premiere of the 2011 festival.  Rick Prelinger will curate a series around archival footage for the Festival’s 2011 thematic program. The 2011 Career Award will be presented to Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, who will present the US Premiere of their most recent film “Burma Soldier” at the 14th annual event. “I’m excited to have the opportunity […]

American indie film – PUTTY HILL – opens in NYC Feb. 18 | Trailer

American indie film – PUTTY HILL – opens in NYC Feb. 18 | Trailer

Cinema Guild announced that they will release Putty Hill, a film by Matt Porterfield.  An official selection of the Berlin International Film Festival and SXSW, among many others, and nominated for the Cinema Eye Heterodox Award (a new award category created to honor a narrative film that imaginatively incorporates nonfiction strategies), Putty Hill will open in New York at Cinema Village on February 18.  A national release will follow. A beautifully realized portrait of a close-knit […]

SAG and AFTRA Members Ratify New TV and Film Agreements

In national voting completed on Friday, members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild voted overwhelmingly to approve a new, three-year contract covering theatrical and television production under the Producer-Screen Actors Guild Basic Agreement and Television Agreement, Exhibit A to the AFTRA Network Television Code and the CW Supplement, which applies to both unions. AFTRA, SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers reached a tentative agreement […]