2011 César Awards; Quentin Tarantino to Receive Honorary Award

2011 César Awards; Quentin Tarantino to Receive Honorary Award

Alain Terzian, the president of the Académie des arts et techniques du cinéma announced this year’s César Awards aka French Oscars. Terzian also confirmed that Quentin Tarantino will receive the ceremony’s honorary award, and will accept the award in person. Xavier Beauvois’ Of Gods and Men lead with 11 nominations, and Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer with 8 nominations. The full list of nominees: Best Movie L’arnacoeur by Pascal Chaumeil Le nom des gens by […]

Official Lineup of 28th Annual Miami International Film Festival

Official Lineup of 28th Annual Miami International Film Festival

Launching a new chapter with a new executive director, the official lineup of the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), was announced today replete with Red Carpet Gusman Galas, Premieres, Competition Categories and Awards, REEL Education Seminars and other special presentations that make up the Festival,s showcase of more than 100 films from 40 countries during the 10-day event, which runs March 4-13, 2011. The Festival launches on […]

Knight Grand Jury Prize Finalists Announced for 2011 Miami International Film Festival

Knight Grand Jury Prize Finalists Announced for 2011 Miami International Film Festival

Twenty-nine films will vie for three Knight Grand Jury prizes in March at the 2011 Miami International Film Festival. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation sponsors the grand jury prizes for the festival, which is produced and presented by Miami Dade College. “These prizes help place the festival – and Miami’s growing film scene – on the world stage,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president/arts and Miami program director for Knight Foundation, which has […]

Gary International Black Film Festival: February 11-13, 2011 | Film Trailers

Gary International Black Film Festival: February 11-13, 2011 | Film Trailers

The Gary International Black Film Festival (GIBFF), a three-day cultural event that brings independent Black film to Gary audiences, returns February 11 – 13, 2011. The festival will open with Director and NAACP Image Award Nominee, Ava DuVernay’s I Will Follow; starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Tracie Thoms and Omari Hardwick I WILL FOLLOW is a film about letting go, and about the surprising thirst for life we experience after the death of someone we love. Written […]

‘Potiche’ to open 34th Portland International Film Festival

‘Potiche’ to open 34th Portland International Film Festival

The 34th Portland International Film Festival opens Thursday, February 10, at the Newmark Theater in the Portland Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA) with the French film Potiche from director François Ozon (Under the Sand, Swimming Pool, 8 Women). This light-hearted, sharp-tongued comedy stars two of the most acclaimed and beloved French actors of all time, Catherine Deneuve (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Belle de Jour, Indochine) and Gérard Depardieu (The Last Metro, Jean de Florette, Cyrano […]

Ford Foundation Launches $50 Million Fund for Next Generation of Documentary Filmmakers

Ford Foundation Launches $50 Million Fund for Next Generation of Documentary Filmmakers

One day before the start of the Sundance Film Festival, a program of the Sundance Institute, and its gathering of independent filmmakers from around the world, the Ford Foundation announced a five-year, $50 million initiative to help find and support a new generation of filmmakers whose works address urgent social issues. The new initiative, called JustFilms, will invest $10 million a year over the next five years to support and expand the community of filmmakers […]

Sony Grabs The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Sony Grabs The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

The Sundance Film Festival hasn’t even started yet and another documentary film has reportedly been acquired. Reelmovienews is reporting that the documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold which is set to premiere Saturday at the festival has been acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions for distribution in U.S. and Canada. Acclaimed filmmaker and master provocateur Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) returns to the Sundance Film Festival with tongue-in-cheek perfection as he examines the world of […]

Official Selections – 2011 New Directors/New Films Film Festival

Official Selections – 2011 New Directors/New Films Film Festival

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the six official selections for the 2011 New Directors/New Films Film Festival running March 23 – April 3,2011. Representing six countries from around the world, the initial six selections are Pia Marais’ AT ELLEN’S AGE (Germany), (Canada), Denis Villeneuve’s INCENDIES (Canada/France), Bogdan George Apetri’s OUTBOUND (Periferic) (Romania), Nicolás Pereda’s SUMMER OF GOLIATH (Verano de Goliat) (Mexico) and Hongqi Li’s WINTER VACATION (Han […]

Sundance Selects goes for Errol Morris’ documentary Tabloid

Sundance Selects goes for Errol Morris’ documentary Tabloid

Sundance Selects announced yesterday that the company is acquiring North American rights to Errol Morris’ highly acclaimed documentary TABLOID.  The dark, funny and altogether surreal film was one of the standout hits at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival winning indieWIRE’s critics poll for Best Documentary.   The film was produced by Morris regular collaborators Julie Bilson Ahlberg (THE FOG OF WAR, STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE), and Mark Lipson, (THE THIN BLUE LINE, co-produced FAST, CHEAP AND […]

HBO is behind Project Nim

HBO is behind Project Nim

Just days before its premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema documentary competition, HBO announced that it has picked up all domestic rights to the documentary Project Nim. Project Nim is directed by James Marsh and produced by Simon Chinn, the team behind the Oscar winning documentary Man on Wire. From the Oscar-winning team behind Man on Wire comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who, in the 1970s, became the […]

2011 Berlin International Film Festival to Honor Iranian Filmmaker Panahi

2011 Berlin International Film Festival to Honor Iranian Filmmaker Panahi

In support of the convicted Iranian director Jafar Panahi, the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival is launching a number of initiatives at the upcoming Berlinale. In 2011 the Berlinale will show several films by Jafar Panahi in a number of its sections. The first of his films to be screened at this year’s Berlinale will be the award-winning film Offside (2006, Silver Bear) on February 11 at 4:30 pm in the Berlinale Palast. On the […]

61st Berlin International Film Festival Panorama 2011 with Renowned Directors, Three Films on India and Many New Discoveries

61st Berlin International Film Festival Panorama 2011 with Renowned Directors, Three Films on India and Many New Discoveries

The 61st Berlin International Film Festival unveiled the films in the Panorama 2011 section. The themes of many first films are daring and hence inspiring, as seen in the work of Israeli filmmaker Michal Aviad who, set against the backdrop of the interminable Palestinian-Israeli conflict, has her protagonists work through traumas in Lo Roim Alaich (Invisible), or with French director Céline Sciamma whose Tomboy portrays the coming of age of a boy in a girl’s […]

The Competition programme of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival

The Competition programme of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival

The selection for the Competition programme of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival has been completed. It includes 22 films, 16 of which will be competing for the awards. In addition there will be two special screenings: In solidarity with the convicted Iranian director Jafar Panahi, his film Offside will be presented on February 11, the anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. Also, the European premiere of Werner Herzog’s 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams will […]

2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards Nominations | Complete List

2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards Nominations | Complete List

The full list of nominees for the 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards were announced today at BAFTA’s headquarters. The King’s Speech received 14 nominations including Best Film and Outstanding British Film. Tom Hooper is nominated for Director, Colin Firth is nominated for Leading Actor and co-stars Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush are nominated for Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor.

The King’s Speech to close 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam | Trailer

The King’s Speech to close 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam | Trailer

Following up its win at the Golden Globes for Best Actor (Colin Firth), and its buzz for the upcoming Oscars and BAFTAs, The King’s Speech was announced as the closing film for the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam on Saturday 5 February. Directed by Tom Hooper The King’s Speech gives an intimate insight into the British royal family on the eve of World War II. The King’s Speech is the true story of King George […]

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Jury Members

2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Jury Members

Sundance Institute announced members of five juries awarding prizes at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival which runs January 20-30, 2011. The juries are comprised of 23 individuals spanning the global arts community. Juror photos and extended biographies, in addition to the complete Festival lineup and schedule, are available at www.sundance.org/festival. All awards will be announced the evening of January 29 at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony. The Short Film Awards will also be […]

41st Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale Forum Film Lineup

41st Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale Forum Film Lineup

The Berlin International Film Festival announced the films in the programme of the 41st Berlinale Forum, with most of the films revolving around family, relationships and identity. Artist Kelvin K. Park’s documentary Cheonggyecheon Medley places the threatened demolition of a traditional metalworking district in the city of Seoul within the complex wider context of Korean history and social structures. The Dutch film De Engel van Doel (An Angel in Doel) deals with the destruction of […]

Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust (ZIFFT) Executive Director Arrested, Charged With Forgery

Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust (ZIFFT) executive director Nakayi Zivayi Rose Matema was arrested in November last year after allegedly presenting a document with a forged signature of one of the signatories, Rachel Pfungwa Kupara, intending intending to withdraw $700 from the organization’s account reports Newsday Zimbabwe. Prior to that Matema, had initially withdrew $2, 500 from the ZIFFT account in September last year after she had allegedly forged Kupara’s signature on a ZIFFT indemnity […]

68th Golden Globe Awards Winner; Complete List

68th Golden Globe Awards Winner; Complete List

“The Social Network”was the big winner at last night’s Golden Globes taking home the prizes for Best Motion Picture – Drama, along with Best Director – Motion Picture for its director, David Fincher, and Best Screenplay – Motion Picture for its writer, Aaron Sorkin, Colin Firth was  was awarded Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for “The King’s Speech” and Natalie Portman received the award for Best Performance by an […]

22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Festival Winners

22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Festival Winners

The 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival held from January 6-17, 2011 announced this year’s award winners after screening 205 films from 69 countries, including 41 of the 65 foreign language entries for this year’s Academy Awards®. This year’s Festival attendees selected The Whistleblower (Canada) directed by Larysa Kondracki, as the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.  Based on a true story, this tough-minded and unsparing conspiracy thriller follows an American cop to […]

RIP: Oscar-nominated British actress Susannah York

RIP: Oscar-nominated British actress Susannah York

British actress Susannah York, one of the leading stars of British and Hollywood films in the late 1960s and early 1970s, has died in London at the age of 72.  York reportedly died of cancer Saturday at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. York was nominated for an Oscar for the 1969 classic “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” and also starred in “A Man for All Seasons” and other classic films from that era. In […]

Zee Cine Awards 2011; ‘Dabangg’ is Big Winner

Zee Cine Awards 2011; ‘Dabangg’ is Big Winner

The Bollywood Zee Cine Awards 2011 ceremony was recently held in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore and the film “Dabangg” was the big winner.  The Bollywood film took home the top awards including Best Film, Most Promising Director, Best Music, Most Promising Debut Director and Best Screenplay. The Zee Cine Awards 2011 winners: Best Actor Male Shah Rukh Khan – My Name Is Khan Best Actor Female Vidya Balan – Ishqiya Best Film Dabangg Best Director […]