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 […]

2011 Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival Lineup Include Films About Strong Women

2011 Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival Lineup Include Films About Strong Women

This year’s Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival opens today, Wednesday with Anita, an Argentine drama about an adult with Down syndrome lost in Buenos Aires after a terrorist attack; and ends December 12 with the Israeli film Jaffa, a film about how a family tragedy forces a young Jewish woman to reassess her interfaith romance with a Palestinian man. Stories about strong women drive the official lineup with films like Berlin ’36, a biography of […]

2011 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced

2011 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced

Nominations were announced this morning for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards.  Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner served as presenters and 2011 Spirit Awards host Joel McHale was also on hand.  Nominees for Best Feature include 127 Hours, Black Swan, Greenberg, The Kids Are All Right and Winter’s Bone. Please Give was selected for the Robert Altman Award, which is given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. 2011 SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS BEST […]

Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund Announces Fourteen Projects For World Premiere At The 2011 Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival

Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund Announces Fourteen Projects For World Premiere At The 2011 Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival

The BigPond Adelaide Film Festival (BAFF) announced its 2011 slate of new screen works which have received funding through the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund (AFFIF) and will world premiere at the 2011 festival.  The list includes three fiction and four factual features, three cross platform works and four short films. Festival Director Katrina Sedgwick says, ‘Each of the Festival fund directors have previously created works that have delighted local and international audiences, and here […]

2011 Palm Beach International Film Festival Returns To 9-Day Schedule

2011 Palm Beach International Film Festival Returns To 9-Day Schedule

The Palm Beach International Film Festival returns for 16th year, but it’s returning to its nine-day schedule after reducing to a budget-cutting five days in 2010, reports the Palm Beach Daily News. The festival will be held March 23-March 31, 2011 at various venues throughout the county. It’s moved from its usual April dates to avoid conflicting with the new Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival and the Delray Beach Film Festival, the festival Executive […]

10 Animated Shorts and 10 Live Action Shorts Stay Alive in 2010 Oscar® Race

10 Animated Shorts and 10 Live Action Shorts Stay Alive in 2010 Oscar® Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films and 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards®. Thirty-three animated short films and seventy-six live action short films had originally qualified in the category. The 10 animated short films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company: “The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger,” Bill Plympton, […]

2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards; ‘Winter’s Bone’ Wins Big

2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards; ‘Winter’s Bone’ Wins Big

Debra Granik’s ‘Winter’s Bone’ followed up a big win at the recent Stockholm International Film Festival and the winner of the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, to take the top prize of Best Film in addition to Best Ensemble Performance Award at the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards ceremony in New York City. The Gotham Independent Film Awards™ is one of the leading awards for independent film and the first major honors of the […]

R.I.P. – Filmmaker Irvin Kershner

R.I.P. – Filmmaker Irvin Kershner

Irvin Kershner, who directed the Star Wars sequel “The Empire Strikes Back” and the James Bond film “Never Say Never Again,” has died at age 87. Kershner died Saturday at his Los Angeles home following a 3½-year battle with lung cancer, said longtime friend and Hollywood publicist Dick Guttman. Read more.

Dole Loses In Court, And Has To Pay Filmmakers $200,000

Dole Loses In Court, And Has To Pay Filmmakers $200,000

A Los Angeles judge today ruled against the food company Dole, and awarded $200,000 in attorneys fees and costs as punishment for filing a defamation lawsuit against the filmmakers behind the documentary Bananas!*. Here is the press release from the filmmakers: Holding that the film Bananas!*, a “documentary on the topic of [Dole’s] treatment of its workers and use of pesticides” was an exercise of the “right of free speech,” a Los Angeles Superior Court […]

Academy Award ® Winner Alan Arkin to Receive Bahamas International Film Festival Career Achievement Award

Academy Award ® Winner Alan Arkin to Receive Bahamas International Film Festival Career Achievement Award

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced that Academy Award® winner Alan Arkin ( Little Miss Sunshine, ) will be honored with the prestigious Career Achievement Award at this year’s Film Festival, taking place December 1-5 in Nassau. Arkin will be on hand for the tribute, with the special award presentation coming from actress Abigail Breslin, who received an Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actress starring alongside Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine. BIFF’s Career Achievement […]

Kristin Scott Thomas’ “Sarah’s Key” To Kick Off 20111 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Kristin Scott Thomas’ “Sarah’s Key” To Kick Off 20111 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, January 27 – February 6, will open the 2011 Festival with the film SARAH’S KEY. Already receiving critical acclaim across the world, the French film will make its U.S. premiere at the Santa Barbara Festival’s opening night event. The film stars Kristin Scott Thomas and is directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, both of whom are scheduled to be in attendance. Opening night will take place at the Arlington Theatre on […]

R.I.P. – Oscar-nominated director Mario Monicelli dies at 95, jumps from Rome hospital window

R.I.P. – Oscar-nominated director Mario Monicelli dies at 95, jumps from Rome hospital window

Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter Mario Monicelli, considered one of the fathers of the Italian comedy of the 1940s-1960s, died Monday after jumping from a fifth-story hospital window, the hospital said. He was 95. Monicelli was being treated at Rome’s San Giovanni hospital for pancreatic problems and leaped to his death Monday night, said Anna Scoltore, who heads the hospital’s media office. She said he had been admitted a few days ago and that it appeared […]

James Franco and Anne Hathaway to Host Oscar® Show

James Franco and Anne Hathaway to Host Oscar® Show

James Franco and Anne Hathaway will serve as co-hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards®, Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. Both have previously appeared on the telecast but not in hosting capacities. “James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons— fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27,” said Cohen […]

R.I.P. – Actor Leslie Nielsen

R.I.P. – Actor Leslie Nielsen

Actor Leslie Nielsen died Sunday of complications from pneumonia, his family said as reported on CNN. Nielsen, 84, died in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, surrounded by his wife and friends.

Bertrand Tavernier’s ‘The Princess Of Montpensier’ Will Be The Closing Film At The 41st International Film Festival Of India (IFFI)

Bertrand Tavernier’s ‘The Princess Of Montpensier’ Will Be The Closing Film At The 41st International Film Festival Of India (IFFI)

French director Bertrand Tavernier’s ‘The Princess of Montpensier’ will be the closing film at the 41st International Film festival of India (IFFI) on December 2nd. The film which competed at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival is a French period romance drama and focuses on a young woman who is forced into marriage while in love with another man. The ‘Ghost Writer’, directed by Roman Polanski, will be the mid-fest film.  

Thessaloniki International Film Festival To Open With Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours”

Thessaloniki International Film Festival To Open With Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours”

The 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival will open on December 3rd with Danny Boyle’s “127 hours”. Boyle’s follow-up to his Oscar winning film “Slumdog Millionaire” is based on the book by Aron Ralston and tells the heroic adventures of the young climber Aron Ralston played in the film by James Franco. Other films in the festival include 20 films to be screened in the Open Horizons section: The Hunter by Rafi Pitts (Shekarchi, Germany/Iran, 2010) […]