Dubai International Film Festival to honor Actor Sean Penn with 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award

Dubai International Film Festival to honor Actor Sean Penn with 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award

The Dubai International Film Festival named American film icon and international social and political activist Sean Penn as its Western honoree for 2010. Penn, whose career spans nearly three decades, more than 45 films and notable successes as producer, director, actor and screenwriter, will accept the DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award at the Festival’s opening ceremony on December 12, 2010. “Sean Penn is without a doubt one of the finest talents of our generation, an outstanding […]

21st Stockholm International Film Festival Award Winners

21st Stockholm International Film Festival Award Winners

Winter’s Bone by Debra Granik was the big winner at the Stockholm International Film Festival Award taking the prizes for Best Film, Fipresci – The International Film Critics Prize for Best Film, and lead actress, Jennifer Lawrence, taking the best prize for Best Actress.

2nd Cheyenne International Film Festival Is Scheduled For May 20 – 22, 2011

2nd Cheyenne International Film Festival Is Scheduled For May 20 – 22, 2011

The 2nd Cheyenne International Film Festival (CIFF2) is scheduled for May 20 – 22, 2011 at the historic Atlas Theater in Downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming. Set to make its big screen premiere is “Cordially, Georgia O’Keeffe“. The film chronicles a visit by artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her sister, Claudia, to Ward, Colorado in 1917. The two sisters boarded a train in Canyon, Texas and wound their way through New Mexico and Colorado eventually to Ward, a […]

IFC Films To Release in The US Pierre Thorentton’s French documentary “Yves Saint Laurent: L’Amour Fou”

IFC Films To Release in The US Pierre Thorentton’s French documentary “Yves Saint Laurent: L’Amour Fou”

In the wake of the moderate success of fashion films “Valentino The Last Emperor” and “The September Issue,” IFC Films announced that the company is acquiring the U.S. rights to Pierre Thorentton’s French documentary “Yves Saint Laurent: L’Amour Fou.” “Upon Yves Saint Laurent’s death, his life companion Pierre Berge decided to sell their private art collection, a sale considered to be “the auction of the century.’ Each object and art piece seemed to tell a […]

Rapper Ja Rule To Star In Christian Movie

Rapper Ja Rule To Star In Christian Movie

Rapper Ja Rule will reportedly be starring in faith-based movie called “I’m in Love with a Church Girl,” alongside Stephen Baldwin and Adrienne Bailon. According to Examiner, the film which was written by Pastor Galley Molina while in prison serving a five year sentence in 1996, tells the story of how he was at the top of a major drug operation in the mid 1990’s and miraculously turned his life around.  This is the debut […]

Peter Fonda to Accept Artivist Award at 7th Artivist Film Festival Awards

Peter Fonda to Accept Artivist Award at 7th Artivist Film Festival Awards

The Artivist Collective will announce the Artivist Award winners at the 7th Annual Artivist Film Festival. These awards honor those artists whose exemplary work in their community stands out as a shining example of one’s ability to change the world for the better. Actor Peter Fonda will accept the Artivist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Advocacy, Barbara Pyle will receive the award for Environmental Humanitarianism, and Avis Richards will receive the award for […]

Winners of the 47th Golden Horse Awards

Winners of the 47th Golden Horse Awards

The 47th Golden Horse Awards, Chinese Oscars, were recently presented in Taipei. When Love Comes by Chang Tso-chi, a drama centered on a teenage daughter in a dysfunctional family, was the big winner taking home awards for Best Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. The complete list of winners include: Best Feature Film When Love ComesChang Tso Chi Film Studio Best Documentary Hip-Hop StormProfessor Jean May Tsiang Foundation (CNEX) Best Short Film MagabahaiPatrick TU […]

2010 International Film Festival of India International Competition Section Lineup

2010 International Film Festival of India International Competition Section Lineup

International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2010 will present a feast of 18 films in the International Competition Section. Previously restricted to feature films from Asia, Asia Pacific, Africa and Latin America, this year the International Competition Section has been made open to all feature films from across the world. 18 films (15 foreign and 3 Indian) feature films have been short listed for in this Section. The following are the Films shortlisted for the […]

21st Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe) award-winners

21st Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe) award-winners

Giorgos Lanthimos’ film Kynodontas (Dogtooth) took the top prize, KINGFISHER Award, at the 21st Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe) held in the Slovenian capital, November 10 – 21. Dogtooth, the film about a husband and wife who keep their children imprisoned within their house and pretend that this is normal, has won numerous film festivals awards including the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and has officially […]

Snow Film Fest NYC Presented By Skullcandy Announces 2010 Awards

Snow Film Fest NYC Presented By Skullcandy Announces 2010 Awards

The first annual Snow Film Fest NYC (SFFNYC) held November 19th and 20th in New York City announced the winners: Best 2010 Ski Film: THE WAY I SEE IT. Matchstick Productions brings the audience a work of epic proportions, catching the best athletes doing what the do best- skiing faster, spinning while flipping and grabbing and stalking the deepest stashes of snow, while still reminding the audience what makes this sport so special: adventure, passion, […]

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 […]