Santa Barbara International Film Festival To Honor Academy Award® Winning Actor Geoffrey Rush

Santa Barbara International Film Festival To Honor Academy Award® Winning Actor Geoffrey Rush

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Academy Award® winning actor Geoffrey Rush with the Montecito Award at the 26th edition of the Festival, which runs January 27– February 6, 2011. The Montecito Award was created in recognition of a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances in his/her career, and has previously been presented to Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts and Annette Bening, who was the […]

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Short Film Program; 81 Short Films from 21 Countries Selected from a Record 6,467 Submissions

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Short Film Program; 81 Short Films from 21 Countries Selected from a Record 6,467 Submissions

Sundance Institute announced the program of short films selected to screen at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. This year the Festival’s Short Film Program comprises 81 short films from U.S. and international filmmakers selected from 6,467 submissions up 6% over 2010. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The short films selected for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival are: U.S. NARRATIVE SHORTS This year’s […]

2010 Wild Rose Independent Film Festival Winners

2010 Wild Rose Independent Film Festival Winners

The 8th annual Wild Rose Independent Film Festival announced this year’s award winners last month at the Awards Ceremony at the Fleur Cinema & Café. A total of 41 films were selected from over 400 submitted to the 2010 Wild Rose, with an additional 8 films invited to screen during the non-competitive portion; the Iowa Film Showcase series running Nov 7-11. Winning ten awards was “16 to Life,” the coming-of-age comedy filmed in the Marquette, […]

The Midwest Independent Film Festival To Announce The 2010 Best of the Midwest Awards

The Midwest Independent Film Festival To Announce The 2010 Best of the Midwest Awards

Tonight, Tuesday, December 7th, is the 2010 edition of the Best of the Midwest Awards, honoring the achievements of local Midwestern filmmakers who participated in the Midwest Independent Film Festival this year. Nominees for the 2010 BMAs: Best Music Video Bring Yourself, directed by Dan Bigelow for Oh My God Take Everything, directed by Otto Arsenault for Greg Laswell Race You, produced by Foundation Content for Elizabeth and the Catapult Love Song for Buddy, directed […]

The 2010 Zero Film Festival Delivers a Unique Blend of Independent Cinema, Music and Art to Los Angeles Audiences

The 2010 Zero Film Festival Delivers a Unique Blend of Independent Cinema, Music and Art to Los Angeles Audiences

Strictly word of mouth and staunchly “D.I.Y.”, the multi-city Zero Film Festival, which drew thousands of film and music lovers in New York and Miami, descends on Los Angeles December 8-11, bringing together an infectious mix of music, art and truly independent cinema. And, while the major film festivals continue to market films with multi-million dollar budgets and A-list talent as “independent”, the Zero Film Festival stays doggedly true to its core ethos. Though “Low-budget” […]

San Francisco Film Society Announces Winners of Fall 2010 KRF Filmmaking Grants

San Francisco Film Society Announces Winners of Fall 2010 KRF Filmmaking Grants

The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced the five winners of the fourth round of SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants. The grants are given twice annually to filmmakers for narrative feature films with social justice themes that will have significant economic or professional impact on the Bay Area filmmaking community. Between 2009 and 2013 the SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants will award more than $3 million, including a total of $275,000 already awarded. The panelists […]

2010 Whistler Film Festival Awards; The Whistleblower Wins Borsos Competition

2010 Whistler Film Festival Awards; The Whistleblower Wins Borsos Competition

The Whistleblower, directed by Larysa Kondracki won the $15,000 Borsos Competition for Best New Canadian Feature Film at the tenth annual Whistler Film Festival. The film, which had its Western Canadian premiere at the festival and stars Academy Award-winners Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave, is based on the true story of a Nebraskan police officer who takes a job working for the United Nations as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. The other 2010 Borsos Competition […]

Winners Announced at the 13th Moet British Independent Film Awards

Winners Announced at the 13th Moet British Independent Film Awards

The winners of the 13th edition of The Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced at the glittering ceremony held at Old Billingsgate which was hosted by James Nesbitt. Best British Independent Film was won by The King’s Speech with Gareth Edwards picking up Best Director for Monsters, Carey Mulligan Best Actress for Never Let Me Go and Colin Firth Best Actor for The King’s Speech. Joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards Johanna […]

R.I.P.: Actor-Director-Producer Manish Acharya; Died After Falling Off A Horse

R.I.P.: Actor-Director-Producer Manish Acharya; Died After Falling Off A Horse

Bollywood and Hollywood is mourning the death of 40-year-old actor-director-producer Manish Acharya who passed away in Matheran in Maharashtra, India. Acharya was reportedly on a holiday with his wife and two children when he fell off a horse and hit himself on the head. He was rushed to the Ambani Hospital in Nerul but was declared dead by doctors Saturday. Acharya studied filmmaking at the New York University and did his MFA in Film Directing […]

2010 IDA Documentary Award, Lucy Walker’s ‘Waste Land’ Awarded ‘IDA PARE LORENTZ AWARD’

2010 IDA Documentary Award, Lucy Walker’s ‘Waste Land’ Awarded ‘IDA PARE LORENTZ AWARD’

Lucy Walker’s ‘Waste Land’ took the top 2010 IDA Documentary Award, ‘IDA PARE LORENTZ AWARD’ as well as the the IDA Award for Best Documentary Feature. Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio. There, he photographs an eclectic band of catadores–self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was […]

African Diaspora International Film Festival Kicks Off Its Second Week In New York City

African Diaspora International Film Festival Kicks Off Its Second Week In New York City

The African Diaspora International Film Festival kicks off its second week on Saturday, December 4. Set in New York City, the festival presents the diversity of the Black experience through a wide selection of thought provoking films and documentaries. One hundred and six films make up the festival this year, with 25 US premieres and 39 New York premieres. Over the next two weeks, the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) has partnered with local […]

Peter D. Richardson’s New Feature Documentary, “How To Die In Oregon” Headed To Sundance Film Festival And HBO

Peter D. Richardson’s New Feature Documentary, “How To Die In Oregon” Headed To Sundance Film Festival And HBO

Peter D. Richardson’s new feature documentary, “How to Die in Oregon”, will premiere in competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and will have its broadcast premiere on HBO in 2011. 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. “How to Die in Oregon” tells the stories of terminally ill Oregonians, […]

Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture Nominations For The 2011 Producers Guild Awards

Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture Nominations For The 2011 Producers Guild Awards

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced the Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture nominees for the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards. The nominated films, listed below in alphabetical order, are: Client 9: The Rise And Fall Of Eliot SpitzerEarth Made Of GlassInside JobSmash His CameraThe Tillman StoryWaiting For ‘Superman’ Nominations for the other Producers Guild Award categories will be announced January 4, 2011, along with the individual producers. The 2011 Producers Guild Awards ceremony will take […]

IFC Films Acquires World Rights To Director Joe Swanberg’s Uncle Kent

IFC Films Acquires World Rights To Director Joe Swanberg’s Uncle Kent

IFC Films announced today that the company has acquired worldwide rights to director Joe Swanberg’s UNCLE KENT. The film, which stars Kent Osborne, Jennifer Prediger, Josephine Decker, and Swanberg himself, will premiere as part of the Spotlight section of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. UNCLE KENT follows a kid’s show cartoonist in Los Angeles as he spends a weekend trying to sleep with his visiting house guest – a woman from New York who he […]

The Social Network Named 2010 Best Film Of The Year By The National Board Of Review

The Social Network Named 2010 Best Film Of The Year By The National Board Of Review

The National Board of Review named The Social Network the 2010 Best Film of the Year.  Directed by David Fincher, this timeless drama explores the moment at which Facebook, the most revolutionary social phenomenon of the new century, was invented and the resulting lawsuits. The film was released on October 1st by Columbia Pictures. Below is a full list of the awards given by the National Board of Review:   Best Film: The Social Network […]

2010 Ghana Movie Awards (Mags) Nominations; Sinking Sands By U-S Based Ghanaian Film Maker Leila Dzansi, Leads With 13 Nominations

2010 Ghana Movie Awards (Mags) Nominations; Sinking Sands By U-S Based Ghanaian Film Maker Leila Dzansi, Leads With 13 Nominations

Sinking Sands written and directed by U-S based Ghanaian film maker Leila Dzansi, received a total of 13 nominations for the upcoming Ghana Movie Awards (MAGs), scheduled for December 25.  Ama Ghana, the most nominated local movie, received 12 nominations. Sinking Sands with a reported budget of $1.5 million, is the story of Jimah and Pabi, who are a match made in heaven until an accident leaves Jimah with a scar that alters his physical […]

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films In Next (), Spotlight, New Frontier And Park City At Midnight

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films In Next (), Spotlight, New Frontier And Park City At Midnight

Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections NEXT (<=>), Spotlight, New Frontier, Park City at Midnight, as well as a new Native Showcase. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival. Trevor Groth, Director of Programming said, “The Sundance Film Festival is uniquely a […]

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films To Screen In The Out-Of-Competition Premieres And New Documentary Premieres

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films To Screen In The Out-Of-Competition Premieres And New Documentary Premieres

Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premieres and new Documentary Premieres sections of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. “2011 sees the majority of films in the Premieres section coming from outside the studios, illustrating that independent film is both robust and broadening its scope,” said John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film […]

Winners Of The 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards Announced – Aftershock Wins Best Feature Film

Winners Of The 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards Announced – Aftershock Wins Best Feature Film

Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock), from the People’s Republic of China, has won the Best Feature Film Award at the 4th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), announced this evening at a stunning ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Chinese actor Chen Daoming received the Best Performance by an Actor award for the same film, which is the highest grossing domestic film of all time at the Chinese box office. President of the International Jury for […]

15th Satellite Awards Nominees

15th Satellite Awards Nominees

“127 Hours” received nine, and “The King’s Speech” six, putting them among the top nominees in the this year’s Satellite Awards, which is given out annually by the International Press Academy. “Black Swan,” and “The Kids Are All Right,” were not too far behind with each receiving five nominations. The awards will be given out at the awards luncheon on December 19th in the Los Angeles Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The nominees: […]

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films In Competition

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films In Competition

Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to the four Competition Categories, the Festival presents films in six out-of-competition sections to be announced on December 2. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival. […]

Sundance Institute Announces Inaugural Film Forward Slate Of Films

Sundance Institute Announces Inaugural Film Forward Slate Of Films

Following up on last month’s announcement of the Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue initiative, Sundance Institute announced today the ten films selected to participate in the inaugural year of this cultural exchange program. The first Film Forward slate includes five American and five international films which will be presented in collaboration with public and private partners. These films and their filmmakers will kick off the ambitious project in New York and Tunisia in December. The […]

Derby City Film Festival Announces Juors And Workshops

Derby City Film Festival Announces Juors And Workshops

The Derby City Film Festival today announced the jurors for the 3rd edition of the festival which runs February 18th through 20th, 2011. The jurors represent a variety of professional entertainment areas and each are respected in Louisville and throughout the region in their fields. They include: – Archie Borders, is a Producer and Director with over twenty years experience in film making and production and owner of BWK Media Group. – Kelly K has […]

Rodney Ray’s ‘Flag of My Father’ in New Orleans film festival

Rodney Ray’s ‘Flag of My Father’ in New Orleans film festival

New Orleans local land surveyor Rodney Ray’s second major film, “Flag of My Father” featuring renowned actors William Devane and John Schneider, will be screened at the Big Easy International Film Festival in New Orleans. The  film, which was produced and shot in northeastern Louisiana, revolves around a U.S. military nurse who serves in Iraq and struggles to convince her older siblings to let her have the flag from her father’s casket. John Schneider plays […]