Critics’ Choice Movie Awards 2011 Winners

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards 2011 Winners

“Inception” and “The Social Network” were the big winners with the Broadcast Film Critics Association, with ‘Inception’ picking up six trophies and “Network” grabbing four wins, including Best Director for filmmaker David Fincher. Unfortunately while “Black Swan” broke a Critics Choice Movies Award record for the most-nominated movie ever with 12 nods, Natalie Portman walked away with with the only award, the award for Best Actress. The full list of winners below: Best Picture “The […]

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Announces Official Selections for 2011 Festival

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Announces Official Selections for 2011 Festival

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has announced the official selections for their eighth annual event to be held in Missoula, Montana February 11-20, at the Historic Wilma Theatre.  The 140 film program, culled from nearly 1000 entries from all over the world will feature a live performance by indy rock band Yo La Tengo, a free opening night screening of Peter D. Richardsons How To Die In Oregon (sponsored by HBO Documentary Films), a retrospective […]

Full Frame Announces 2011 Festival Program News

Full Frame Announces 2011 Festival Program News

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced their Thematic Program, 2011 Career Award and the first US Premiere of the 2011 festival.  Rick Prelinger will curate a series around archival footage for the Festival’s 2011 thematic program. The 2011 Career Award will be presented to Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, who will present the US Premiere of their most recent film “Burma Soldier” at the 14th annual event. “I’m excited to have the opportunity […]

American indie film – PUTTY HILL – opens in NYC Feb. 18 | Trailer

American indie film – PUTTY HILL – opens in NYC Feb. 18 | Trailer

Cinema Guild announced that they will release Putty Hill, a film by Matt Porterfield.  An official selection of the Berlin International Film Festival and SXSW, among many others, and nominated for the Cinema Eye Heterodox Award (a new award category created to honor a narrative film that imaginatively incorporates nonfiction strategies), Putty Hill will open in New York at Cinema Village on February 18.  A national release will follow. A beautifully realized portrait of a close-knit […]

SAG and AFTRA Members Ratify New TV and Film Agreements

In national voting completed on Friday, members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild voted overwhelmingly to approve a new, three-year contract covering theatrical and television production under the Producer-Screen Actors Guild Basic Agreement and Television Agreement, Exhibit A to the AFTRA Network Television Code and the CW Supplement, which applies to both unions. AFTRA, SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers reached a tentative agreement […]

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig Donates To Milwaukee Film Festival + 2011 Dates Announced

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig Donates To Milwaukee Film Festival + 2011 Dates Announced

The Milwaukee Film Festival made two big announcements this week. First Baseball Commission Allan H. (Bud) Selig and wife Suzanne L. Selig renewed their support of the festival for another three years, totaling $400,000, including $100,000 in 2011 and increasing to $150,000 in both 2012 and 2013. The Selig family was one of the first major supporters of the festival in 2008, committing $100,000 for each of the 2009 and 2010 festivals. “Sue and I […]

USA Network to air 9/11 indie film ‘The Space Between’

USA Network to air 9/11 indie film ‘The Space Between’

The USA Network made its first ever independent film acquisition by snagging ‘The Space Between’, a drama starring Melissa Leo. Written and directed by Travis Fine, the movie premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. Montine McLeod (Academy Award® nominee Melissa Leo) is a world-weary flight attendant who is one more warning away from being fired for her unfriendly countenance with passengers. Alienated from her own family—her mother is dying of Alzheimer’s and her preacher […]

DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2010

DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2010

Directors Guild of America announced the nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for the year 2010. The winners will be announced at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011 in Los Angeles. LIXIN FANLast Train HomeEye Steel Film, ITVS, CanadaCouncil for the ArtsZeitgeist Films This is Mr. Fan’s first DGA Award nomination. CHARLES FERGUSONInside JobRepresentational PicturesSony Pictures Classics This is Mr. Ferguson’s first DGA Award nomination. ALEX GIBNEYClient 9: The […]

Native Filmmaking Highlighted At 2011 Sundance Film Festival

Native Filmmaking Highlighted At 2011 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Institute announced the details for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival’s presentation of films by Native filmmakers and the annual Native Forum. In all, 11 Native communities will be represented: Tsilhqot’in, Métis, Ngāti Rangi, Atihaunui a Paparangi, Navajo Nation, Hopi, Laguna Pueblo, Iñupiaq, Taranaki/Ngati Tama Ngati Mutunga, Native Hawaiian and Māori. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. FILM SELECTIONS FOR THE 2011 NATIVE […]

Oscar-Winning Director Oliver Stone to be Honored at 2011 Boulder International Film Festival

Oscar-Winning Director Oliver Stone to be Honored at 2011 Boulder International Film Festival

The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) announced yesterday that Oliver Stone, Academy Award-winning film director, producer and screenwriter, will be honored with a “Master of Cinema Award” on Closing Night of the 2011 festival on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colo. “We are honored to have Stone attending the 2011 Boulder International Film Festival,” said Kathy Beeck, festival co-founder and director. “He’s a brilliant writer, director, and producer who is a […]

‘Akunin,’ and ‘Breathless’ win 2010 Kimena Junpo Awards | Trailer

‘Akunin,’ and ‘Breathless’ win 2010 Kimena Junpo Awards | Trailer

Akunin (Villain) directed by Lee Sang-il was awarded the Kinema Junpo Award for Best Japanese Film in 2010, and the Korean film Breathless by Yang Ik-Joon, received the award for Best Foreign Film. Kokuhaku (Confessions) came in second in the Kinema Junpo for Best Japanese Film, followed by Takahisa Zeze’s Heaven’s Story, Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins was fourth, and Sawako Decides came in fifth. In the Best Foreign Film category. Invictus was second, District 9 third, White Ribbon fourth, and Hurt Locker fifth. The Kinema Junpo Awards are […]

“Incendies” wins the 2010 Toronto Film Critics Association’s Rogers Best Canadian Film Award | Trailer

“Incendies” wins the 2010 Toronto Film Critics Association’s Rogers Best Canadian Film Award | Trailer

Denis Villeneuve’s “Incendies” triumphed over “Splice”, directed by Vincenzo Natali, and “Trigger”, directed by Bruce McDonald to win the 2010 Toronto Film Critics Association’s Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.  “Incendies” is described as the epic adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad’s complex stage play about Quebec siblings who uncover their immigrant mother’s tortured history. To encounter a film of heart-wrenching tragedy, mythic proportions and sweeping visual majesty is rare, but such are the riches of Denis Villeneuve’s […]

25th Goya Awards; “The Last Circus” with 15 Noms + Ryan Reynolds Nominated for Best Actor

25th Goya Awards; “The Last Circus” with 15 Noms + Ryan Reynolds Nominated for Best Actor

Balada Triste de Trompeta (The Last Circus) by Alex de la Iglesia led the nominations for the Spanish Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ 25th Goya Awards, with 15 nods; Pa Negre (Black Bread) by Agustí Villaronga followed closely with 13 nominations and Buried by Rodrigo Cortés with 10 nominations. Big surprise on the list, Ryan Reynolds was nominated for best actor for his performance in Buried. The awards will be presented on February […]

The 19th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival Announces 2011 Dates

The 19th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival Announces 2011 Dates

The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) announced this year’s festival dates, Thursday, October 13 – Monday, October 17, 2011. The festival, which is usually held over Columbus Day Weekend, is launching one week later in 2011 in order to honor Yom Kippur, which falls during Columbus Day Weekend this year. HIFF plans to return to its regular Columbus Day Weekend dates in 2012 (October 4 – 8, 2012) to celebrate its 20th Anniversary. “We are […]

Vancouver Film Critics’ Circle 2010 Awards

Vancouver Film Critics’ Circle 2010 Awards

The Vancouver Film Critics’ Circle named The Social Network the best film of the year, with Fincher as best director and Aaron Sorkin as the writer of the best screenplay.  Colin Firth picked up the award for Best Actor for The King’s Speech while newcomer Jennifer Lawrence took the award for Best Actress for her performance in Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone. The complete list of awards: Best film: The Social Network Best actor: Colin Firth, […]

Fourteen films for 2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam Tiger Awards Competition

Fourteen films for 2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam Tiger Awards Competition

Fourteen films have been selected for International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)’s Tiger Awards Competition 2011.  The winners will be announced during the Tiger Awards Ceremony on Friday, February 4. The complete lineup, comprising first or second feature films include: Chitra sutram / The Image ThreadsVipin Vijay, India, 2010, 104’, Hubert Bals Fund, European premiereA tale about a computer teacher, a black magician and a cyber creature who are predestined for online and offline encounters. The […]

Directors Guild of America Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for the year 2010

Directors Guild of America Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for the year 2010

Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2010. The winner will be named at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011. 1. DARREN ARONOFSKY, Black Swan (Fox Searchlight Pictures) This is Mr. Aronofsky’s first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. 2. DAVID FINCHER, The Social Network (Columbia Pictures) This is Mr. Fincher’s second DGA Feature […]

7th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) in Jersey City Official Lineup

7th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) in Jersey City Official Lineup

The 7th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) in Jersey City, New Jersey, will be held this year at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, presenting an exciting selection of films from around the world including Ghana, Brazil and the U.S., to coincide with the Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, January 14 – 16. Opening Night Film: WHITE BOY BROWNJersey City PremiereUSA, 2009, 88 min, drama, English, Sean Sawyer dir.Armed with only a very important letter, […]

Winners of Bollywood’s 17th Annual Star Screen Awards 2011

Winners of Bollywood’s 17th Annual Star Screen Awards 2011

Udaan won top honors at Bollywood’s 17th Annual Star Screen Awards wining both best film, and its director Vikramaditya Motwane wining best director at the ceremony held last week in Mumbai. In the film, Rohan, after being abandoned for eight straight years in boarding school, returns to the small industrial town of Jamshedpur and finds himself closeted with an authoritarian father and a younger half brother who he didn’t even know existed. Forced to work […]

Roadside Attractions likes “The Music Never Stopped”

Roadside Attractions likes “The Music Never Stopped”

Talk about a preemptive strike, Roadside Attractions has acquired 2011 Sundance Film Festival opening night drama “The Music Never Stopped.” Based on Oliver Sacks’s case study “The Last Hippie,” director Jim Kohlberg’s first feature explores a family divided by the culture clash of the 1960s. Almost 20 years after their teenage son Gabriel (Lou Taylor Pucci) ran away from home, Henry (J.K. Simmons) and Helen Sawyer (Cara Seymour) learn that he has turned up in […]

BAFTA Nominees Announced For Film Not in the English Language

BAFTA Nominees Announced For Film Not in the English Language

In addition to the longlist, the nominations for the Film Not in the English Language Award aka Foreign Language films, to be presented at the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2011 are as follows: BiutifulThe Girl With The Dragon TattooI Am LoveOf Gods And MenThe Secret In Their Eyes The nominations in other categories will be announced on Tuesday 18 January, 2011.

Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2011 Releases the Longlist

Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2011 Releases the Longlist

British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the Longlist for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2011. The Longlist is the result of Round One voting by members of the Academy. With 207 films entered this year, the first round of voting reduces the list of eligible films to fifteen in each category . Round Two voting, which opens today, will reduce these fifteen contenders down to the five nominations in each category**. […]

2010 National Society of Film Critics Awards + Statements

2010 National Society of Film Critics Awards + Statements

The members of the National Society of Film Critics which is made up of 61 of the country’s most prominent movie critics, held its 45th annual awards voting meeting at Sardi’s Restaurant in New York City January 8, 2011. Here are the result: Best Actor: Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network Best Actress: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Vincere Best Actor In A Supporting Role: Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech Best Actress In A Supporting Role: Olivia Williams, The […]

Sundance Institute, YouTube And Acura To Make 12 Short Films From 2011 Sundance Film Festival Available For Free On YouTube Screening Room

Sundance Institute, YouTube And Acura To Make 12 Short Films From 2011 Sundance Film Festival Available For Free On YouTube Screening Room

Sundance Institute announced a collaboration with YouTube to make available, in the YouTube Screening Room, 12 short films from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival as well as eight classic short films from Institute alumni and earlier Festivals. Each YouTube Screening Room series is scheduled to run for a span of six weeks. The first launch date is January 6, 2011 and will continue to release through February 3, 2011. These presentations are made possible by […]