The 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards; “Black Swan” Leads With A Record 12 Nominations

The 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards; “Black Swan” Leads With A Record 12 Nominations

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The winners will be announced at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. This year’s event will again take place at the Hollywood Palladium. This is the fourth year in a row that VH1 will broadcast the gala live on the network and the first year the show will […]

51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival Awards

51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival Awards

Periferic (Outbound) by Bogdan George Apetri took the Best Feature Film Award – Golden Alexander at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival which ran December 3-12, 2010.  The Greek Film Critics Association (PEKK) Award was also given to Periferic (Outbound). The synopsis for Periferic (Outbound): “Matilda has one day at her disposal. Twenty-four hours in which, after going to her mother’s funeral on special leave, she must return back to the prison where she is serving her […]

2010 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

2010 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) loves  “The Social Network” naming it the Best Picture of the Year, as well as voting its director David Fincher, “The Social Network” Director of the Year, and the screenplay written by Aaron Sorkin as Screenplay of the year. The 36th annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards ceremony will be held Saturday, January 15 at the InterContinental, Los Angeles. As previously announced, Paul Mazursky will receive the 2010 […]

5th Indie Grits Film Festival In Columbia, SC, To Be Held Apr. 13 – 17, 2011

5th Indie Grits Film Festival In Columbia, SC, To Be Held Apr. 13 – 17, 2011

The Indie Grits Film Festival recently named by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the 20 coolest film festivals returns for its 5th year, and will take place April 13-17, 2011 in Columbia, SC. “We were tired of films filled with caricatured rednecks and trailer parks so we created Indie Grits to showcase the exciting new work coming out of the Southeast. We embrace films and filmmakers from the fringes of the indie and experimental world, […]

David O. Russell To Receive Director Of The Year Award At 22nd Annual Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival Awards Gala

David O. Russell To Receive Director Of The Year Award At 22nd Annual Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival Awards Gala

The 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present David O. Russell with the Director of the Year Award at its Awards Gala. Past Director of the Year honorees include Alexander Payne, Jason Reitman, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Anthony Minghella, Sean Penn and Ang Lee. Russell earned critical acclaim early in his career when he wrote and directed his first feature film, Spanking the Monkey. This film premiered at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, […]

15 Features in Line for 2010 Achievement in Visual Effects Oscar®

15 Features in Line for 2010 Achievement in Visual Effects Oscar®

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 15 films have been selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 83rd Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Alice in Wonderland” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” “Clash of the Titans” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” “Hereafter” “Inception” “Iron Man 2” “The Last Airbender” “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning […]

7th Annual Artivist Film Festival Wrapped With The 2010 Artivist Awards; Prepares For New York City Festival This Week

7th Annual Artivist Film Festival Wrapped With The 2010 Artivist Awards; Prepares For New York City Festival This Week

The 7th Annual Artivist Film Festival just wrapped its December 1 – 4 run at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The festival concluded with The 2010 Artivist Awards on Saturday, December 4. In addition to the winning films listed below, actor Peter Fonda accepted the Artivist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Advocacy, Barbara Pyle received the award for Environmental Humanitarianism, and Avis Richards received the award for Community Advocate. ARTIVIST is the first […]

Sundance Institute Announces Films Selected To Screen As Part Of Sundance Film Festival USA On January 27, 2011

Sundance Institute Announces Films Selected To Screen As Part Of Sundance Film Festival USA On January 27, 2011

Sundance Institute announced the films from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival scheduled to screen in theaters in nine different cities, including the newly added Seattle, Washington Egyptian Theatre, on the evening of Thursday, January 27, 2011. The screenings are part of Sundance Film Festival USA, designed to introduce the Festival experience to film-loving audiences nationwide. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival opens January 20 and runs through January 30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden […]

Coen Brothers’ True Grit to Open the 61st Berlinale

Coen Brothers’ True Grit to Open the 61st Berlinale

The 61st Berlin International Film Festival will open with True Grit by Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen at the Berlinale Palast on February 10, 2011. “Joel and Ethan Coen stand for first-rate American independent cinema. With their penchant for irony, and off-the-wall characters and stories they have repeatedly captivated audiences,” comments Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick. “True Grit is a wonderful way to kick off the Berlinale 2011.” This re-interpretation of the Western classic […]

38th Annual Annie Nominations; “How To Train Your Dragon” Lead With 15 Nominations

38th Annual Annie Nominations; “How To Train Your Dragon” Lead With 15 Nominations

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood announced the nominations and award recipients for the 38th Annual Annie Awards.  “How to Train Your Dragon” lead the field with 15 nominations including feature, direction, writing and voice acting, followed by “Despicable Me” with 7 nominations. The Annie Awards are considered the animation film industry highest honors. Winners will be announced at the 38th Annual Annie Awards scheduled for Saturday, February 5, 2011 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, […]

Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2011 Feature Film Competition

Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2011 Feature Film Competition

Slamdance today announced the 2011 Feature Competition slate for the 17th Annual Slamdance Film Festival taking place January 21-27, 2011 in Park City, Utah.  Slamdance will debut ten narrative and eight documentary feature films, 14 of which are World Premieres. With a record number of over 5,000 submissions, Slamdance has selected an exciting and eclectic slate of films, made by today’s up and coming independent filmmakers. The selected films have all been made on a […]

2010 Bahamas International Film Festival Winners Announced

2010 Bahamas International Film Festival Winners Announced

The winners were announced yesterday at the 7th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which wrapped on Sunday evening. The Ethiopian film, Ateltu, about Abebe Bikila the first African to win a gold medal and the first person in history to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the marathon, took the top Spirit of Freedom award for Narrative film. The official 2010 BIFF winners are: Spirit of Freedom (Narrative) ATLETU (Ethiopia) – written, […]

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, […]