Texas Frightmare Weekend 2011 Add AUDITION star Eihi Shiina and TOKYO GORE POLICE director and special effects artist Yoshihiro Nishimura

Texas Frightmare Weekend 2011 Add AUDITION star Eihi Shiina and TOKYO GORE POLICE director and special effects artist Yoshihiro Nishimura

Texas Frightmare Weekend announced AUDITION star Eihi Shiina and TOKYO GORE POLICE director and special effects artist Yoshihiro Nishimura are confirmed to attend this year’s edition of the popular horror and genre convention (April 29 – May 1). This will mark the first time that Shiina has made an appearance of this nature in the United States. They join other high profile recent additions including influential horror and genre author and filmmaker Clive Barker (HELLRAISER, […]

8th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Competition Awards

8th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Competition Awards

The judges of the 8th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival have announced this year’s award winning films in the four competitive categories: Best Feature, Big Sky Award, Best Short Film and Best Mini Doc (under 15 minutes). The awards were announced Thursday evening at a ceremony at The Loft in downtown Missoula. The Feature Category winner will receive $1000, while the films in the other three categories will receive a cash prize of $500, […]

Sedona Film Festival Slates 145 Films For 2011 Event; “Sedona, The Motion Picture” Will Premiere; Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise To Attend

Sedona Film Festival Slates 145 Films For 2011 Event; “Sedona, The Motion Picture” Will Premiere; Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise To Attend

With the strongest field of foreign films in its 17-year history and a diverse lineup of shorts, documentaries, animations and full-length features, the Sedona International Film Festival will screen 145 films – including “Sedona, The Motion Picture” – at three venues from Feb. 20-27. Comedian Jonathan Winters will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Festival — following a screening of a film featuring the renowned funny man, “Certifiably Jonathan” — in a presentation by […]

Sony Classics to distribute Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND

Sony Classics to distribute Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND

Sony Pictures Classics announced that they have acquired the rights in North America, Australia and New Zealand to Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND.  Academy Award(R) nominee Vera Farmiga also stars in the film, alongside Academy Award(R) nominee John Hawkes, Donna Murphy, and Joshua Leonard.  Carolyn S. Briggs and Tim Metcalfe penned the script based on Briggs’ memoir “This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost.” HIGHER GROUND was in US dramatic competition […]

Winners of the 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards

Winners of the 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards

The winners of the 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards were announced at a gala ceremony held at Dublin’s Convention Centre Saturday 12th February 2011.  Broadcasting live on Irish television, 37 IFTA Awards were announced in categories across feature film and television. Speaking about the event the winners of IFTA 2011, Áine Moriarty Chief Executive of the Irish Film & Television Academy said: “In what has been a wonderful night of celebration for the […]

RIP: David F. Friedman, Horror Film Pioneer, Dies at 87

RIP: David F. Friedman, Horror Film Pioneer, Dies at 87

David F. Friedman, a film producer who cheerfully and cheesily exploited an audience’s hunger for bare-breasted women and blood-dripping corpses in lucrative low-budget films like “Blood Feast” and “Ilsa: She-Wolf of the S.S.,” died on Monday in Anniston, Ala. He was 87. The cause was heart failure, said Mica Brook Everett, a relative who was also his caretaker. Mr. Friedman had lost his hearing and his eyesight about 10 years ago, she said. Part carnival […]

40th New Directors/New Films (March 23 – April 3) Announces Lineup

40th New Directors/New Films (March 23 – April 3) Announces Lineup

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the full lineup for the 40th edition of New Directors/New Films (March 23 – April 3). Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, the film festival will screen 28 feature films (24 narrative, 4 documentary) representing 22 countries. The opening night feature is J.C. Chandor’s MARGIN CALL. Screening on Wednesday, March 23, at 7:00PM at MoMA, […]

Music Box Films to release Bobby Fischer Against the World Documentary Film

Music Box Films to release Bobby Fischer Against the World Documentary Film

Music Box Films announced that it has acquired all US Theatrical, DVD, and Digital Rights to Liz Garbus’ film Bobby Fischer Against the World which recently screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in the prestigious Documentary Premieres Section. The deal was negotiated by David Koh & Stanley Buchthal of LM Media GmbH on behalf of the Director and Producers along with Ed Arentz & Bill Schopf of Music Box Films. HBO Documentary Films plans […]

IFC Midnight to release Jim Mickle’s Stake Land April 22nd

IFC Midnight to release Jim Mickle’s Stake Land April 22nd

IFC Midnight announced that the company is partnering with MPI Media Group and its subsidiary Dark Sky Films to release director Jim Mickle’s (MULBERRY STREET) STAKE LAND. The critically-acclaimed apocalyptic thriller was produced by Larry Fessenden, Peter Phok, Adam Folk, Brent Kunkle and Derek Curl.  STAKE LAND stars Connor Paolo (“Gossip Girl”), Danielle Harris (HATCHET II), Kelly McGillis (THE ACCUSED), Nick Damici, and Michael Cerveris (FRINGE). Damici and Mickle co-wrote the screenplay, which was the […]

Film Independent Selects 5 Emerging Filmmakers For 2011 Directors Lab

Film Independent Selects 5 Emerging Filmmakers For 2011 Directors Lab

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced the filmmakers and film projects for its 10th annual Directors Lab, sponsored by Kodak.  Taking place in Los Angeles from now until the end of March, the Directors Lab is an intensive nine-week program designed to assist directors with strong, original voices develop new narrative feature films, improve their craft, and advance their filmmaking careers in a […]

2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards Winners; The King’s Speech named Best Film

2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards Winners; The King’s Speech named Best Film

The King’s Speech was named Best Film at tonight’s Orange British Academy Film Awards, held at London’s Royal Opera House. The film also won six other awards: Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay and Original Music, as well as a trio of performance awards for Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth, who wins the Leading Actor BAFTA for the second year running. Natalie Portman was awarded the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her performance […]

Derby City Film Festival Opens Friday February 18th

Derby City Film Festival Opens Friday February 18th

Derby City Film Festival opens this Friday February 18th, 68 films to screen during the three day festival, including 25 international films and 20 from Kentucky filmmakers. The festival will open with a short film screening group from The Bob Rogers Group (BRG), a production company based in Louisville. The BRG film program of 8 short films will be free to attend and begin at 6:00 PM on February 18th. The official opening night film […]

Screen Media Films to release ‘FUBAR: Balls to the Wall’

Screen Media Films to release ‘FUBAR: Balls to the Wall’

Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights to FUBAR: BALLS TO THE WALL, Michael Dowse’s hilarious look into the lives of headbangers Dean and Terry that stars Paul J. Spence and David Lawrence, prior to its U.S. premiere at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival.  The deal was announced by the company’s President, Robert Baruc, who plans to release the film on VOD and home video on April 19, 2011. Headbanger relics, Terry (Dave Lawrence) […]

Roadside Attractions to Distribute Sundance Audience Award Winner ‘Circumstance’

Roadside Attractions to Distribute Sundance Audience Award Winner ‘Circumstance’

Roadside Attractions will distribute Maryam Keshavarz’s CIRCUMSTANCE, which Participant Media acquired at the Sundance Film Festival. Winner of this year’s Sundance Audience Award, the film is set in contemporary Iran, where a wealthy family struggles to contain a teenager’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession. The film is targeted for a summer 2011 release. Directed by Maryam Keshavarz, the cast includes Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa, Nasrin Pakkho, Sina […]

SXSW Film Announces 2011 Midnight Feature & Shorts

SXSW Film Announces 2011 Midnight Feature & Shorts

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced the features in the Midnighters and SXFantastic sections, as well as the complete short films lineup, which will debut at this year’s Festival, which runs from March 11 – 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The SXSW Film Festival will open on Friday, March 11, 2011 with Duncan Jones’ Source Code. In addition to nine full days of film screenings, SXSW Film will ultimately feature over […]

Tribeca Film acquires Janie Jones starring Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue and Brittany Snow

Tribeca Film acquires Janie Jones starring Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue and Brittany Snow

Tribeca Film has acquired all U.S. rights to Unified Pictures’ Janie Jones and will release the film theatrically in multiple U.S. markets, as well as on video-on-demand and other platforms in the summer of 2011. The authentic and charming rock ‘n’ roll road trip drama about a father and daughter finding their way to each other through music stars Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Alessandro Nivola (Coco Before Chanel), Academy Award® nominee […]

DALLAS International Film Festival Announces First Twelve Titles

DALLAS International Film Festival Announces First Twelve Titles

The DALLAS International Film Festival announced today the first twelve films that will screen at this year’s fifth festival (March 31 – April 10) including four world premieres and one U.S. premiere.  The festival announced three films set for its Texas Competition, two films in its Family Friendly section and the first film selected for a brand new India Spotlight series. Films entered into the narrative feature and narrative documentary competition will once again have […]

Big Sky 2011 Opens Friday with Free Screening of How To Die In Oregon

Big Sky 2011 Opens Friday with Free Screening of How To Die In Oregon

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival kicks off its 8th year this Friday at the historic Wilma Theatre in downtown Missoula with a FREE screening of Peter D. Richardson’s film, HOW TO DIE IN OREGON, sponsored by HBO Documentary Films. Making its Montana premiere in the festival’s American Spectrum strand, HOW TO DIE IN OREGON tells the stories of terminally ill Oregonians as they decide whether to end their life under the state’s Death with Dignity […]

Magnolia Catches SXSW Marijuana Documentary ‘Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja’ | Trailer

Magnolia Catches SXSW Marijuana Documentary ‘Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja’ | Trailer

  Magnolia Pictures announced they have acquired SQUARE GROUPER: THE GODFATHERS OF GANJA, a wildly entertaining doc about pot smuggling in 1970s South Florida from Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman of rakontur, the filmmakers behind the globally popular Cocaine Cowboys series and ESPN’s The U. Named after the bales of marijuana that were often caught in the warm Florida coastal waters by unsuspecting fishermen, SQUARE GROUPER is a vivid portrait of South Florida’s pot smuggling […]

26th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award Winning Films Announced

26th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award Winning Films Announced

The 26th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2011 festival competition.  Commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, “This year in particular, I have been incredibly impressed by our film lineup. Each of the films possessed their own unique quality, creating one of the most diverse and interesting programs yet.” The esteemed Jury for the 2010 SBIFF included: actor Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future); SBIFF originator Phyllis de Picciotto; actor […]

2011 Göteborg International Film Festival’s Dragon Award; She Monkeys takes top Dragon Award

2011 Göteborg International Film Festival’s Dragon Award; She Monkeys takes top Dragon Award

Lisa Aschan’s feature debut She Monkeys took the top award – the Dragon Award Best Nordic Film at 2011 Göteborg International Film Festival’s Dragon Award Gala on Saturday night in Scandinavia. She Monkeys also received the FIPRESCI Award, which is handed out by the international federation of film critics. The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award was given Blue Valentine, directed by Derek Cianfrance. The list of awards:Dragon Award Best Nordic Film: She Monkeys by Lisa […]

Catalina Island to host the 1st Annual Avalon International Film Festival

Catalina Island to host the 1st Annual Avalon International Film Festival

The first annual Avalon International Film Festival (AIFF) to be held March 25-27, 2011, at the Catalina Casino Theatre and Ballroom, Avalon Bay on Catalina Island, California. The festival will spotlight works from around the world created by both amateur and professional filmmakers in categories ranging from short animations to international feature films and documentaries. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to produce this unique and prestigious festival for Hollywood executives and filmmakers alike in […]

32nd Durban International Film Festival, July 21-31, 2011

32nd Durban International Film Festival, July 21-31, 2011

The Durban International Film Festival in Durban, South Africa, has announced that its 32nd edition will take place from 21 to 31 July 2011. The festival will present over 200 screenings of films from around the world, with a special focus on films from South African and Africa. Screenings will take place throughout Durban including township areas where cinemas are non-existent. The festival will also offer an extensive seminar and workshop programme featuring local and […]

Art Directors Guild (ADG) 15th Annual Excellence in 2010 Production Design Awards

Art Directors Guild (ADG) 15th Annual Excellence in 2010 Production Design Awards

The Art Directors Guild (ADG) announced winners of its 15th Annual Excellence in 2010 Production Design Awards in nine categories of film, television, commercials and music videos during black-tie ceremonies at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The awards took place before an audience of more than 650 persons, including guild members, industry executives, studio heads and press. ADG Chairman Thomas A. Walsh presided over the awards ceremony with Paula […]