California Independent Film Festival Moving

California Independent Film Festival Moving

After just one year in Orinda, the ContraCostaTimes is reporting that the California Independent Film Festival is moving just a few miles down the road to Moraga and The New Rheem Theatre. Cost was the driving force behind the decision, said festival founder and President Derek Zemrak. Whereas festival organizers had to pay to use the Orinda Theatre, they operate the Rheem themselves. The festival moved to Orinda last year after seven years in Livermore, also […]

2010 Virginia Film Festival Announces Winners

2010 Virginia Film Festival Announces Winners

Josh Radnor’s happythankyoumoreplease captured the Audience Favorite Award for Best Narrative Feature for the recently-wrapped, and record-setting, 2010 Virginia Film Festival. Radnor’s happythankyoumoreplease also earned the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In happythankyoumoreplease “Six New Yorkers juggle love, friendship, and the keenly challenging specter of adulthood. Sam Wexler is a struggling writer who’s having a particularly bad day. When a young boy gets separated from his family on the subway, Sam makes […]

Pamela Anderson Wants To Do Bollywood

Pamela Anderson Wants To Do Bollywood

Pamela Anderson is currently starring in Big Boss, India’s version of Big Brother and reportedly said that she is a fan of Bollywood and would love to re-launch her career there. ‘Bollywood is funny, colourful with a lot of song and dance, exactly what I’d love to do in a movie,’ she said. The trouble is, her children back in California are holding her back, but Anderson has thought of a compromise to ensure she […]

15 Documentary Features Advance In 2010 Oscar® Race

15 Documentary Features Advance In 2010 Oscar® Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards®. One hundred-one pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company: “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer,” Alex Gibney, director (ES Productions LLC) “Enemies of the People,” Rob Lemkin and […]

Palm Springs International Awards Gala and Film Festival Issues A Reward for Info in Murder of Publicist Ronni Chasen

Palm Springs International Awards Gala and Film Festival Issues A Reward for Info in Murder of Publicist Ronni Chasen

The Palm Springs International Awards Gala and Film Festival has issued a reward of $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murder of Ronni Chasen, who was shot and killed in the early hours on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. The festival was reportedly a client of Ronni Chasen. According to the NY Times, “Early Tuesday, Ms. Chasen, 64, was shot repeatedly in the chest while driving on […]

Colin Firth and Natalie Portman to be honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF)

Colin Firth and Natalie Portman to be honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF)

The 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Colin Firth and Natalie Portman with the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Actor and Actress, respectively. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will kick off the 2011 awards season on Saturday, January 8 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart. Firth and Portman will join previously announced honorees Javier Bardem, Jennifer Lawrence and Carey Mulligan. The […]

24th Leeds International Film Festival Award Winners

24th Leeds International Film Festival Award Winners

The 24th Leeds International Film Festival has announced the winners of its several competitions. “Tuesday, After Christmas” by Radu Muntean wins the Golden Owl Award at the 24th Leeds International Film Festival 2010. A Special Mention wentto Hitoshi Yazaki’s “Sweet Little Lies”. “Tuesday, After Christmas”  is “an exquisitely crafted portrait of a married man who has fallen in love with another woman, and a stunning example of the Romanian New Wave. The subtelty and compassion with which […]

Joel Mchale To Serve As Host For 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Joel Mchale To Serve As Host For 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced today that Joel McHale, star of NBC’s Community, will serve as host for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards.  The 26th edition of the awards will be held at the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m.  The ceremony will air exclusively on IFC in primetime on February 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. […]

Tribeca Film Acquires Powerhouse Drama The Bang Bang Club

Tribeca Film Acquires Powerhouse Drama The Bang Bang Club

Tribeca Film has acquired US rights to The Bang Bang Club, a gripping drama based on the incredible lives of a group of young photojournalists whose graphic images drew the world’s attention to South Africa during the last stages of apartheid while enduring the stresses, tensions, and moral dilemmas of working in situations of extreme conflict. The Bang Bang Club was the name given to four young photographers, Greg Marinovich, Kevin Carter, Ken Oosterbroek and […]

Helena Bonham Carter And Liam Neeson Honoured At 13th Moët British Independent Film Awards

Helena Bonham Carter And Liam Neeson Honoured At 13th Moët British Independent Film Awards

Helena Bonham Carter will receive the coveted Richard Harris Award and Liam Neeson The Variety Award at the 13th Moët British Independent Film Awards. The Richard Harris Award was introduced in 2003 in honour of Richard Harris and recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.  Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent and most recently Daniel Day-Lewis in 2009. For over a decade Helena Bonham Carter has been […]

Calgary International Film Festival Lays Off Almost All Fulltime Staff

Calgary International Film Festival Lays Off Almost All Fulltime Staff

A decline in funding has forced the Calgary International Film Festival to lay off most of its full-time staff, including the director of programming, Trevor Smith, director of operations Christian Argyll and sponsorship marketing manager Danielle Kondruk, leaving executive director Jacqueline Dupuis as the only full-time staff member. The decision to lay off the three staff members was made by Dupuis and the festival’s 10-member volunteer board of directors with the hope it will be […]

Record-breaking Year For Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival

Record-breaking Year For Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival

The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival has reported that this year was a record-breaking year for the festival, with the highest ticket sales ever. Over 18,400 tickets were sold, compared to the approximately 17,900 sold last year. The Festival presented Audience Awards for: Best Feature, Best Debut Feature, Best Short, and Best Documentary. Audience Awards determined by popular vote of the audience. Best Feature. Bride Flight Best Debut Feature. Like Stars on Earth Best Documentary. […]

OWN:Oprah Winfrey Network Acquires Three Documentaries

OWN:Oprah Winfrey Network Acquires Three Documentaries

After applying her Midas touch to the book publishing world with her book club, talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey is looking to do the same to the film world with a documentary club. OWN:Oprah Winfrey Network has announced it has acquired three films, “One Lucky Elephant,” “65_RedRoses” and “Most Valuable Players,” that will join the upcoming monthly documentary film club lineup “One Lucky Elephant” When Flora the elephant loses her zest for performing, circus producer, David […]

Australian Raid Targets Banned Gay Zombie Film

Australian Raid Targets Banned Gay Zombie Film

Canadian director Bruce LaBruce’s controversial gay porn horror film LA Zombie, which stars a French porn star as a schizophrenic homeless man who believes he is a cannibalistic ghoul,” and depicts homosexual sex, full-frontal male nudity, and necrophilia, was withdrawn from the Melbourne International Film Festival in July after it failed to get a pass from the Australian Film Classification Board. The film still had a public screening at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival, but […]

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2011 dates announced!

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2011 dates announced!

CMJ Network, Inc. has announced the dates for its 2011 CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival. The festival will take place from Tuesday, October 18 to Saturday, October 22, 2011 in New York City. The annual festival, celebrating its 31st year, will once again be headquartered in downtown Manhattan with daytime events including panel sessions, exhibitors’ loft and registrant lounge, seminars and other special events source: CMJ

15 Animated Features Line Up for 2010 Oscar® Race

15 Animated Features Line Up for 2010 Oscar® Race

Fifteen features have been accepted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 83rd Academy Awards®. The 15 features are: “Alpha and Omega” “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” “Despicable Me” “The Dreams of Jinsha” “How to Train Your Dragon” “Idiots and Angels” “The Illusionist” “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” “Megamind” “My Dog Tulip” “Shrek Forever After” “Summer Wars” “Tangled” “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” “Toy […]

The Human Experience Doc Receives Local Catholic Help

The Human Experience Doc Receives Local Catholic Help

Documentary film “The Human Experience” produced by Grassroots Films of Brooklyn, New York, is getting some marketing help from some local Catholic organizations in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Six screenings of the film are planned for next week in Kalamazoo as part of a “Welcome Home for Christmas” campaign aimed at lapsed , said Steve Goffeney, executive director of the organization planning it, Newman’s Bookshoppe: The Catholic Information Center of Southwestern Michigan. The film that was named […]

Filmmaker Neil Truglio First Feature ‘We Are the Sea’

Filmmaker Neil Truglio First Feature ‘We Are the Sea’

It took seven years but Colorado filmmaker Neil Truglio, has written and directed his very first feature film, We Are the Sea. The film tells the story of Sean (Jeff Childress), a teacher who is struggling with conflict in his family and within himself. Sean’s mother (Laura Cuetara) is of no help as she is still dealing with the death of her husband. His ex-wife (Lauren Shealy) only reminds him of the distance he feels […]

Bollywood Film Guzaarish Upsets Medical Community

Bollywood Film Guzaarish Upsets Medical Community

The Indian medical community is upset with producers of the Bollywood film Guzaarish after posters were released showing the lead actress holding a cigarette. Doctors think it is sending a wrong message to the youth on smoking. The medics are also reportedly upset with BEST, which is a government entity, for allowing such posters to be displayed on their vehicles. “We are going to write a letter to BEST and request the filmmakers to remove […]

2010 edition of the Damascus International Film Festival Awards

2010 edition of the Damascus International Film Festival Awards

The Algerian film “The Outlaws” by  director Rachid Bouchareb won the Gold Award and the Best Arab Film Award at the 18th edition of Damascus International Film Festival. The Silver Award went to the Iranian film “Please Do Not Disturb”, directed by Mohsen Abdolvahab and the Bronze to the Syrian film “September Rain”, by director Abdellatif Abdelhamid. Turkish director Reha Irdem received the Mustafa al-Akkad Award for Direction for his film Cosmos. The Jury Award […]

Animal Kingdom And Mao’s Last Dancer Lead The Nominations For The 2010 Australia Inside Film Awards

Animal Kingdom And Mao’s Last Dancer Lead The Nominations For The 2010 Australia Inside Film Awards

In a Samson and Goliath tale, the gritty crime drama Animal Kingdom shares the lead in nominations with box-office hit Mao’s Last Dancer despite the latter pulling in almost three times the box office numbers making over $15 million locally. Both films are up for seven awards at the Australian Inside Film IF Awards ceremony in November. Animal Kingdom, which has received international critical acclaim and received the prestigious World Cinema Jury Prize at the […]

RIP: Director Luis Garcia Berlanga

RIP: Director Luis Garcia Berlanga

Director, Luis Garcia Berlanga of Spain, passed away on Saturday at his home in Madrid,  Spain’s film academy announced via the BBC. He was 89 years. Berlanga was best known for the 1952 satirical comedy Bienvenido, Mr Marshall! (Welcome, Mr Marshall!). He was nominated three times for the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or award; and his film, Placido, was nominated in 1961 for the Academy Award for best foreign language film.  

Ethiopia’s First Contender For Academy Award For Best Foreign Language Film With (Ateltu) “The Athlete’.

Ethiopia’s First Contender For Academy Award For Best Foreign Language Film With (Ateltu) “The Athlete’.

Ethiopia has its first contender for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film with (Ateltu) “The Athlete’. Co-directed by Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew, the low budget independent film is about Ethiopian barefoot marathon runner, Abeba Bikila who became the first black African to win an Olympic gold medal. Rasselas Lakew, who also wrote the screenplay, plays Abeba Bikila. Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefoot Ethiopian man stunned the world by […]

San Francisco Film Society Announces Finalists For 2010 SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant

San Francisco Film Society Announces Finalists For 2010 SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant

The San Francisco Film Society announced today the finalists and honorable mention for the second SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant. The grant of $15,000 will be awarded to a mid-career screenwriter who has been a practicing writer for at least five years and who has previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay. The grant is open to writers residing in the United States whose project expresses both a unique personal perspective and an artistic approach to […]