2011 Annie Awards

2011 Annie Awards

DreamWorks Animation’s “How To Train Your Dragon” won top honors as the Best Animated Feature at the 38th Annual Annie Awards on Saturday, February 5 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Best Animated Short Subject was presented to Pixar’s ‘Day & Night’; Best Animated Television Commercial to Duck Studios ‘Children’s Medical Center’; Nickelodeon’s ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ was honored as Best Animated Television Production for Children and Playdead’s ‘Limbo’ won Best Animated Video Game. A new category, Character Animation […]

2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam Winners of Tiger Awards

2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam Winners of Tiger Awards

The winning films of the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced and the three Tiger Awards were granted to feature débuts: * The Journals of Musan by Park Jung-Bum (South Korea) * Finisterrae by Sergio Caballero (Spain, 2010) * Eternity by Sivaroj Kongsakul (Thailand, 2010, supported by the Hubert Bals Fund). On the occasion of IFFR’s 40th jubilee edition, the one-off and shared Return of the Tiger Award went to Oki’s Movie by Hong […]

2011 Writers Guild Awards; Inside Job Wins for Documentary Screenplay

2011 Writers Guild Awards; Inside Job Wins for Documentary Screenplay

The 2011 Writers Guild Awards – Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) – announced the winners for outstanding achievement in writing for movies, television, and videogames of 2010 over the weekend. In the movies and documentary categories, Inception took the award for Original Screenplay, The Social Network took the award for Adapted Screenplay and Inside Job received the award for Documentary Screenplay. The complete list of 2011 […]

Barney’s Version Leads the 31st Annual Genie Awards with 11 Nominations

Barney’s Version Leads the 31st Annual Genie Awards with 11 Nominations

The nominations for the 31st Annual Genie Awards were announced by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television at press conferences in Toronto and Montreal. Leading the pack with 11 nominations is Barney’s Version, including nods for Best Motion Picture and Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Giamatti). Following closely behind is Incendies with ten nominations including Best Motion Picture and Achievement in Direction (Denis Villeneuve). The 2011 Special Awards were also […]

54 Films Slated for 2011 Boulder International Film Festival Feb. 17-20

54 Films Slated for 2011 Boulder International Film Festival Feb. 17-20

The 7th Annual Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF), voted “one of the coolest film festivals in the world” by MovieMaker magazine, is already making headlines with a star-studded lineup of celebrity guests and today is rolling out its action-packed program. The Festival takes place in scenic Boulder, Colo., Feb. 17-20, and will bring films, filmmakers and international fans together for a four-day celebration of the fine art of filmmaking. The Festival kicks off Thursday, Feb. […]

2011 South by Southwest Film Festival Feature Lineup Announced

2011 South by Southwest Film Festival Feature Lineup Announced

South by Southwest Film Festival announced the features lineup for the 2011 Film Program. These films join others previously announced, including Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, Greg Mottola’s Paul, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop by director Rodman Flender, and the opening night World Premiere, Duncan Jones’ Source Code. NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION 96 MINUTES Director & Writer: Aimée Lagos (World Premiere) A Year in Mooring Director: Chris Eyre, Writer: Peter Vanderwall (World Premiere) American Animal Director & Writer: […]

Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris to open 2011 Festival de Cannes

Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris to open 2011 Festival de Cannes

Midnight in Paris, the new film by Woody Allen will open the Festival de Cannes on May 11th in the Lumière Theatre, in the presence of the Jury presided by Robert De Niro. The romantic comedy, which was shot last year in the French capital, brings together a broad international cast, including Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard, as well as Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Gad Elmaleh and Léa Seydoux. Following London […]

Sundance Film Festival: Anchor Bay to release The Son of No One | Trailer

Sundance Film Festival: Anchor Bay to release The Son of No One | Trailer

  Anchor Bay has reportedly acquired controversial Dito Montiel’s controversial cop drama The Son Of No One, which premiered at 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Channing Tatum, Tracy Morgan, Katie Holmes, Ray Liotta, with Juliette Binoche and Al Pacino and was the subject of numerous articles that claimed an “exodus” of walk outs at an early Sundance Film Festival screening The Son of No One is a police thriller about a young cop […]

Jerry Weintraub documentary His Way headed to HBO

Jerry Weintraub documentary His Way headed to HBO

Legendary film producer and personal manager Jerry Weintraub steps out from behind the scenes as he takes his turn in the spotlight with the feature-length documentary HIS WAY, acquired by HBO Documentary Films from Polsky Films. Directed by Oscar® nominee Douglas McGrath, produced by Emmy®- and Peabody-winning documentary producer Graydon Carter, Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky, and executive produced by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh and Audrey Rosenberg, HIS WAY chronicles the five-decade career of the […]

Passione to Open and Soul Surfer to Close 2011 Cinequest Film Festival

Passione to Open and Soul Surfer to Close 2011 Cinequest Film Festival

The 2011 Cinequest Film Festival which takes place March 1-13 in San Jose, announced the two features that will bookend the upcoming Festival. John Turturro’s Italian music documentary Passione will be the official Opening Night Film while Sean McNamara’s Soul Surfer will serve as the official Closing Night film. John Turturro (“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” “Transformers,” “The Big Lebowski”) will also be on hand, Opening Night, March 1, 7pm, to present his film and […]

2011 New York International Children’s Film Festival Lineup

2011 New York International Children’s Film Festival Lineup

The 2011 New York International Children’s Film Festival, which runs March 4-27, 2011 in New York City announced its complete lineup. The festival will open with “Mars Needs Moms” a Special Preview Screening of Disney’s new 3D space adventure comedy. Films on lineup include: “Aurelie Laflamme’s Diary” – US Premiere, Canada. A quirky coming-of-age comedy about ‘tween Aurelie, whose endearing clumsiness positions her as a pitch-perfect, French-Canadian version of a Judy Blume character. (Ages 8 […]

BEGINNERS film to close 2011 Sarasota Film Festival | Trailer

BEGINNERS film to close 2011 Sarasota Film Festival | Trailer

The Sarasota Film Festival, which takes place April 7-17th, 2011 announced that writer/director Mike Mills’ Beginners, a Focus Features release, has been selected as the Closing Night Film of the 13th Annual Festival, to screen on Sunday, April 17th. Beginners, which premiered at 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, stars Christopher Plummer who will be in attendance at the Festival to receive this year’s Cinema Master Award. From writer/director Mike Mills comes a comedy/drama about how […]

Oscilloscope acquires Evan Glodell’s directorial debut BELLFLOWER; In Theaters this Summer

Oscilloscope acquires Evan Glodell’s directorial debut BELLFLOWER; In Theaters this Summer

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired Evan Glodell’s directorial debut BELLFLOWER, which screened in the NEXT category at 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Oscilloscope plans a U.S. theatrical release this summer. The film was written and directed by Glodell and stars Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, Tyler Dawson, Rebekah Brandes, and Vincent Grashaw, who also produced the film through Coatwolf Productions, his company with Glodell. An apocalyptic love story for the Mad Max generation, Evan Glodell’s impressive feature debut paints […]

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network add Yoav Potash’s documentary “Crime After Crime” | Trailer

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network add Yoav Potash’s documentary “Crime After Crime” | Trailer

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced that it has acquired Yoav Potash’s documentary “Crime After Crime.”  Crime After Crime screened at 2011 Sundance Film Festival in U.S. Documentary Competition category. In 1983, Deborah Peagler, a woman brutally abused by her boyfriend, was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for her connection to his murder. Twenty years later, as she languished in prison, a California law allowing incarcerated domestic-violence survivors to reopen their cases was passed. Enter a pair […]

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®; Hail to “The King’s Speech”

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®; Hail to “The King’s Speech”

Screen Actors Guild presented its coveted Actor® statuette for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2010 at the “17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®” in ceremonies attended by film and television’s leading actors, held Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. Honored with individual awards were Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo and Natalie Portman for performances in motion pictures and Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Claire Danes, Julianna Margulies, […]

Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2010; Tom Hooper Wins for The King’s Speech

Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2010; Tom Hooper Wins for The King’s Speech

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2010 were announced over the weekend and Tom Hooper won the DGA’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The King’s Speech. The DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally served as a near-perfect barometer for the Academy Award for Best Director. Only six times since the DGA Award’s inception in 1948 has the winner not gone on […]

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Awards; Like Crazy Wins Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Awards; Like Crazy Wins Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic

The Jury, Audience, NEXT! and other special award-winners of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival were announced last night at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony The Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented to How to Die in Oregon, directed by Peter D. Richardson. In 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. How to Die in Oregon gently enters the lives of terminally ill Oregonians to illuminate the power of death with dignity. The Grand […]

Sundance Film Festival: Focus Features Acquires ‘Pariah’

Sundance Film Festival: Focus Features Acquires ‘Pariah’

In their first 2011 Sundance Film Festival acquisition, Focus Features has picked up worldwide rights to writer-director Dee Rees’ ‘Pariah.’ Pariah screened in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category and featured a cast that includes Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Kim Wayans, Charles Parnell, and Aasha Davis. At the club, the music thumps, go-go dancers twirl, shorties gyrate on the dance floor while studs play it cool, and adorably naive 17-year-old Alike takes in the scene with […]

Sundance Film Festival: Roadside Attractions Acquires Miranda July’s second feature The Future

Sundance Film Festival: Roadside Attractions Acquires Miranda July’s second feature The Future

In their third pick-up of Sundance 2011, Roadside Attractions has acquired all North American rights to Miranda July’s second feature THE FUTURE. ‘The Future premiered at 2011 Sundance Film Festival and features a cast including Hamish Linklater, Miranda July, David Warshofsky, Isabella Acres, and Joe Putterlik. In the eagerly anticipated follow-up to her Camera d’Or winning debut, internationally acclaimed artist and author Miranda July writes, directs and stars alongside Hamish Linklater in the story of […]

Sundance Film Festival: New Video Acquires ‘The Flaw’ Documentary

Sundance Film Festival: New Video Acquires ‘The Flaw’ Documentary

New Video announced that the Company has acquired THE FLAW , a new documentary directed by British filmmaker David Sington (In the Shadow of the Moon) which made its U.S. premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and will be released under New Video’s Docurama Films brand later this year. The film’s title was inspired by former U.S. Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan’s acknowledgment that he’d found a flaw in his model of how the world […]

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter

Sony Pictures Classics announced that they have acquired the rights in North America, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand to Take Shelter. The film is written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories) and stars Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Katy Mixon and Kathy Baker. The film is in dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Take Shelter is produced by Tyler Davidson under his Strange Matter Films banner, and Sophia […]

Sundance Film Festival: Lionsgate Acquires Lee Tamahori’s thriller ‘The Devil’s Double’

Sundance Film Festival: Lionsgate Acquires Lee Tamahori’s thriller ‘The Devil’s Double’

Lionsgate has reportedly closed the deal for North American rights on Lee Tamahori’s thriller ‘The Devil’s Double’ where premiered at 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film centers on Dominic Cooper’s breakout role as Uday Hussein and his body double Latif Yahia. The cast also includes Ludivine Sagnier, Mimoun Oaissa, Raad Rawi, and Philip Quast Based on actual events, The Devil’s Double recounts the remarkable tale of Latif Yahia, an Iraqi army lieutenant who was summoned […]

Sundance Film Festival: IFC Films Acquires romantic thriller PERFECT SENSE

Sundance Film Festival: IFC Films Acquires romantic thriller PERFECT SENSE

IFC Films announced from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to director David Mackenzie’s romantic thriller PERFECT SENSE, which had its world premiere in the Premieres section this week. Directed by Sundance alum Mackenzie (who was at the festival in 2009 with Spread), with a screenplay by Kim Fupz Aakeson, the film reunites Mackenzie with star Ewan McGregor (who he directed in the critically acclaimed Young Adam).  The […]

Sundance Film Festival: IFC Films and Sony Pictures Acquire ‘Salvation Boulevard’

Sundance Film Festival: IFC Films and Sony Pictures Acquire ‘Salvation Boulevard’

IFC Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) announced from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival that the companies are partnering to acquire North American rights to George Ratliff’s ‘Salvation Boulevard’, which premiered this week in the festival’s Premieres section. The film, with a screenplay by Ratliff (whose previous films include Hell House and Joshua) and Doug Max Stone, based on the novel by Larry Beinhart, stars Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Greg Kinnear, Jim […]