Rooftop Films Announces 2010 Filmmaker’s Fund Recipients

Rooftop Films Announces 2010 Filmmaker’s Fund Recipients

Rooftop Films announced the recipients of their 2010 Filmmakers’ Fund grants. The Filmmakers’ Fund was created to allow deserving filmmakers, who are often forced to exhaust all available resources making one film, to complete their next film. One dollar of every ticket sold during the summer film festival goes into the Filmmakers’ Fund and back to filmmakers whose work was shown in the form of grants. In addition, Rooftop Films grants production services and mentorship […]

2010 Temecula Valley International Film Festival Winners

2010 Temecula Valley International Film Festival Winners

BEST FEATURE FILM LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Director: Matt Thompson Writer: Kent Moran Producers: Luke Moran, Kent Moran Executive Producer Charlkes Cook BEST SHORT FILM- It’s a Tie A SON’S WAR Writer/Director/Producer: Steven Edell Producers: Rain Breaw, Benjamin Wilkins abd Roman Kasparovsky THE BUTTERFLY CIRCUS Writer/Director/Producer: JOshua Weigle Co-Writer/Producer: Rebekah Weigle Producer: Angie Alvarez BEST ANIMATION: LET’S POLLUTE Writer/Director/Producer: Geefwee Boedoe BEST DOCUMENTARY 9000 NEEDLES Producer/Director: Doug Dearth Co-Producer: Douglas Busby BEST OF MUSICFEST First […]

2010 Savannah Film Festival Announces Competition Films

2010 Savannah Film Festival Announces Competition Films

The Savannah College of Art and Design announced the competition film lineup and jurors for its 13th annual Savannah Film Festival, scheduled for Oct. 30-Nov. 6 in historic downtown Savannah. Competitions will be held in the categories of narrative features, documentary features, professional shorts, animated shorts and student entries. This year’s films in competition come from almost a dozen different countries including Cambodia, Japan, Brazil, Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan. Among the 35 […]

2010 Sydney Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival announces first six films

2010 Sydney Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival announces first six films

Fantastic Planet, Sydney Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival announces the first six feature films of this year’s program. Festival director Dr. Dean Bertram is sure that “Sydney film fans are going to go crazy for the festival’s line-up this year. It covers an amazing gamut of genre films. Audiences will see a dark twist on the Santa legend, machete-wielding vigilantes, out-of-this-world conspiracies, a love-mad evil genius bent on world annihilation, cyber-Shakespeare, and Greek zombies. And […]

The 5th Annual Project Twenty1 Film & Animation Festival October 1st-3rd, Philadelphia

The 5th Annual Project Twenty1 Film & Animation Festival October 1st-3rd, Philadelphia

Project Twenty1, the Philadelphia-based film festival and competition, is holding its 5th annual Film & Animation Festival the weekend of October 1st through 3rd at the 350-seat International House theater at 3701 Chestnut St. This year’s festival is Project Twenty1’s largest ever, featuring 96 short & feature length films, including over 60 World Premieres. Among the films being screened: entries into this year’s 21-Day Filmmaking Competition, in which teams of filmmakers had three weeks to […]

San Francisco Film Society Presents Second Annual Taiwan Film Days, Oct 22 – 24

San Francisco Film Society Presents Second Annual Taiwan Film Days, Oct 22 – 24

The San Francisco Film Society in association with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco, Taiwan’s Government Information Office and Taiwan’s Tourism Board presents Taiwan Film Days, October 22 – 24 at Viz Cinema at the New People center, 1746 Post Street. This exciting showcase highlights the best of contemporary Taiwanese cinema and provides Bay Area audiences with unique opportunities to view bold new Taiwanese films and engage with visionary filmmakers. “We’ve enjoyed […]

Joint AFTRA and SAG National Board Approves Proposals for Primetime TV and Theatrical Negotiations

Joint AFTRA and SAG National Board Approves Proposals for Primetime TV and Theatrical Negotiations

The Joint National Board of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA, AFL-CIO) today met by videoconference plenary in Los Angeles and New York and approved a package of proposals for the upcoming Joint AFTRA Exhibit A and SAG TV/Theatrical Negotiations. SAG President Ken Howard and AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon will co-chair the negotiations. AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth and SAG National Executive Director David […]

Festival of New German Cinema in LA – Oct. 20-24

Festival of New German Cinema in LA – Oct. 20-24

American audiences have been treated to an amazing spectrum of German films over the years.  The past decade has been no exception. Having won two Oscars® for Best Foreign Language Film and having been nominated six times during the last eight years is proof that German films are a force on the international film scene.   The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles is delighted that German Currents, the fourth annual showcase of recent German films is returning this […]

Academy Grants $50,000 to Telluride Film Festival

Academy Grants $50,000 to Telluride Film Festival

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded a $50,000 grant to underwrite the 2010 Telluride Film Festival’s Guest Director program, this year featuring novelist and screenwriter of “The English Patient,” Michael Ondaatje. This is the third consecutive year that the Academy has funded the program. In 2008 the festival’s guest director was Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian political philosopher and cultural critic; in 2009, it was Alexander Payne, the director and Oscar®-winning screenwriter […]

David Lynch Named AFI Fest Guest Artistic Director

David Lynch Named AFI Fest Guest Artistic Director

AFI FEST presented by Audi announced today that award-winning filmmaker and artist David Lynch will serve as its first-ever Guest Artistic Director. AFI FEST 2010 will take place November 4 through 11 in Hollywood, California at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Lynch has also created artwork that will serve as the official image of the 24th annual festival. In addition, as Guest Artistic Director, Lynch will program a special sidebar of films that influence and inspire him and present these films at the festival in November. His film selections will be announced in October. {jathumbnail off}

Swedish Film “The Girl” Opens in the US

Swedish Film “The Girl” Opens in the US

Olive Films will present the US Theatrical release of THE GIRL, a film by Fredrik Edfeldt.  THE GIRL premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, and was selected as one of ten films in the Variety Critic’s Choice program at the 2009 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.  THE GIRL will open in New York at Cinema Village on September 17 and in Los Angeles at Laemmle Sunset 5 on October 1.  Other cities will follow. In a lonely […]

Estonian Film The Temptation Of St. Tony Opens In NYC On September 17 And In LA On October 1

Estonian Film The Temptation Of St. Tony Opens In NYC On September 17 And In LA On October 1

Olive Films will present the US Theatrical Release of THE TEMPTATION OF ST. TONY, a film by Velko Õunpuu. This film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. THE TEMPTATION OF ST. TONY will open in New York at Cinema Village on September 17, and in Los Angeles at Laemmle Sunset 5 on October 1.  Other cities will follow. To appreciate Veiko Õunpuu’s artful tale of moral confusion, let’s begin where […]

German Film “V I S I O N” Opens In NYC On October 13, And In Los Angeles On November 5.

German Film “V I S I O N” Opens In NYC On October 13, And In Los Angeles On November 5.

Zeitgeist Films will present the US theatrical release of VISION, a film by Margaretha von Trotta. Official Selection – Telluride and Toronto film festivals, VISION will have its theatrical premiere at Film Forum in NYC on October 13, and will open in Los Angeles at Laemmle theaters on November 5.  A national release will follow. Hildegard von Bingen was truly a woman ahead of her time. A visionary in every sense of the word, this famed 12th-century Benedictine nun was a […]

Raquel Welch To Receive Icon Award At Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival

Raquel Welch To Receive Icon Award At Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival

The Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival (TVIFF) announced today that Raquel Welch, sex symbol of the 1960s and 1970s and current best-selling author will be given the Icon Award at the 16th Annual festival, September 15-19, 2010.  Welch will receive the award in person at an open to the public, star-studded, black tie gala on closing night of the festival.  Known for her glamour and beauty, Welch has sustained a high profile career […]

AMER A Film By Hélène Cattet And Bruno Forzani Will Open In NYC & LA On October 29

AMER A Film By Hélène Cattet And Bruno Forzani Will Open In NYC & LA On October 29

Olive Films will present the US theatrical release of AMER, a feature debut by  Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani.  Official selection at New Directors New Films, SXSW, Seattle International Film Festival, and winner of multiple international festival awards, AMER will have its theatrical release in New York at Cinema Village and in Los Angeles at Sunset 5 on Friday, October 29, 2010.  Other cities will follow. Ana (Marie Bos) is confronted by Body and Desire at three key moments of her life. Her carnal search […]

2010 New York Surf Film Festival Announces International Film Program

2010 New York Surf Film Festival Announces International Film Program

The New York Surf Film Festival(NYSFF), presented by JetBlue Airways and The Dominican Republic, has put the final touches on this year’s features program. Ten officially selected feature length films and two cult classics are set to be screened September 24th- 26th at the legendary Tribeca Cinemas in downtown Manhattan. The 2010 New York Surf Film Festival features program will provide a spectrum of cinematic viewpoints from established and emerging surf filmmakers. The program will […]

Brownlow, Coppola, Godard and Wallach to Receive Academy’s Governors Awards

Brownlow, Coppola, Godard and Wallach to Receive Academy’s Governors Awards

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted last night to present the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producer-director Francis Ford Coppola and Honorary Awards to historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, director Jean-Luc Godard and actor Eli Wallach. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 2nd Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 13, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®. “Each of these […]

Oscar-wining actor Ernest Borgnine Featured in Indie Film “Enemy Mind”

Oscar-wining actor Ernest Borgnine Featured in Indie Film “Enemy Mind”

Enemy Mind, a science fiction-style film written, produced and directed by a Coachella Valley-based cast and crew, is now available on DVD. The film was shot on location in the Salton Sea area of Imperial Valley in early 2010, and completed on a shoestring budget. “I still can’t believe we did this with only $9,000,” marvels Palm Springs resident Xu Razer, who plays a futuristic terrorist in the film and is also credited as co-producer. […]

“Focused On Excellence” Documentary Chronicles South Korean Athletes And Their Quest To Become The Best

World renowned sports production and distribution company Jalbert Productions International (www.jalbertfilm.com) today debuted “Focused On Excellence” a special television documentary (click on link to view http://tinyb.it/743C58FE750).  Director Jay Jalbert and his globe trekking team chronicled the pride, focus and determination of eight inspirational and influential South Korean athletes and their quest to become the best.  “Focused on Excellence” subtly and effectively weaves visual and artistic cinematography to tell the story of each athlete’s struggles and […]

San Francisco Film Society Announces Finalists for Fall 2011 Djerassi Screenwriting Residency Award

San Francisco Film Society Announces Finalists for Fall 2011 Djerassi Screenwriting Residency Award

San Francisco Film Society announced the six finalists for the 2011 Djerassi Residency Award/San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship. The fellowship is part of the Film Society’s suite of filmmaker services designed to foster creativity and further the careers of independent filmmakers. The Djerassi Resident Artists Program, located 40 miles south of San Francisco in the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, offers living and studio accommodations and all meals at no cost to […]

The Los Angeles Amazigh Film Festival 2010

The Los Angeles Amazigh Film Festival 2010

In 2007, Tazzla Institute initiated a new project in keeping with its commitment to educate American audiences about the African Amazigh (Berber and Tuareg) culture, “The Los Angeles Amazigh Film Festival.” The third annual celebration of this festival will occur on Saturday, October 30, 2010 (Amazigh calendar year 2960). The Festival, sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs, city of Los Angeles, the Amazigh Cultural Association in America (ACAA), and the Hagan Law Firm of […]

5 Scientific Achievements in Competition for 83rd Academy Awards

5 Scientific Achievements in Competition for 83rd Academy Awards

The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 15 scientific and technical achievements have been selected for further awards consideration. The list is made public to allow individuals and companies with similar devices or claims of prior art the opportunity to submit their achievements for review. The deadline to submit additional entries is Tuesday, August 31. The committee has selected the following methods or devices […]

SFFS Announces Schedule for NY/SF Int’l Children’s Film Festival, Sept 24-26

SFFS Announces Schedule for NY/SF Int’l Children’s Film Festival, Sept 24-26

The San Francisco Film Society and the New York International Children’s Film Festival present the first NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival, a three-day celebration of diverse, enlightening, inspiring and entertaining films for kids ages 3 – 18 and their families, September 24 – 26 at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema. NY/SFICFF features short, feature, animated and documentary films from around the world with filmmaker guests in attendance, a special Opening Night party and an interactive director’s […]