Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom Lead 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom Lead 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

Silver Linings Playbook

Actors Anna Kendrick, Zoe Saldana, and Common announced the nominations for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards this morning. Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom  led with 5 nominations each; followed by Keep the Lights On , Beasts of the Southern Wild and Middle of Nowhere   with 4 nominations each. Nominees for Best Feature include Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, Keep the Lights On, Moonrise Kingdom, and Silver Linings Playbook.

Starlet was selected to receive the annual Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

Winners will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 23, 2013. 

The complete list of nominess

Canada’s Whistler Film Festival to Open 2012 Edition With Michael McGowan’s STILL

Canada’s Whistler Film Festival to Open 2012 Edition With Michael McGowan’s STILL

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The Whistler Film Festival opens on Wednesday, November 28 and runs through Sunday, December 2, 2012 in Whistler, British Columbia Canada.

Canadian writer and director Michael McGowan’s STILL (Western Canadian Premiere) is this year’s WFF Opening Night Gala presentation, an inspirational film based on the true story of 88 year old Craig Morrison, who took on the bureaucrats and the challenges of building a home from scratch with equal aplomb. WFF’s Closing Night Gala film is the World Premiere of THE SHEEPDOGS HAVE AT IT by Canadian director, John Barnard and featuring Saskatchewan rock band The Sheepdogs.

Additional World Premieres include: BIRD CO. MEDIA by Vancouver director Jason Bourque, THE MOVIE OUT HERE directed by David Hicks, MAD SHIP directed by David Mortin, STATUS QUO? directed by Karen Cho; and TEMPTING FEAR directed by Mike Douglas.

The complete 2012 lineup:

Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom Among Winners of 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards

Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom Among Winners of 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards

 

The 22nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards were held last night in New York City at the Cipriani Wall Street, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom took the top prize for Best Feature Film and How to Survive a Plague took the best prize for Best Documentary.

Benh Zeitlin won the Best Director award for his work on the superb indie drama, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and Jared Leto’s documentary, “Artifact,” received the Gotham Independent Film Audience Award, voted online.

In addition the awards (see more below) Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, David O. Russell and Jeffrey Skoll received Career Tributes.

The complete list of awards:

Beyoncé Documentary to Premiere on HBO on February 16, 2013

Beyoncé Documentary to Premiere on HBO on February 16, 2013

 

Multiple Grammy winner, entrepreneur and actress Beyoncé will be the focus of an intimate feature-length HBO documentary film debuting Feb. 16, 2013, directed by the superstar herself.

The film is described as a multi-faceted portrait of the 16-time Grammy Award-winning singer, businesswoman, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, wife and mother, showing off the extraordinary gifts that have made her a global phenomenon, and stripping away the veneer of stardom. It includes extensive first-person footage, some of it shot by Beyoncé on her laptop, in which she reflects on the realities of celebrity, the refuge she finds onstage and the transcendent joy of becoming a mother last year.

Beaufort International Film Festival Announces 2013 Dates

Beaufort International Film Festival Announces 2013 Dates

The Beaufort International Film Festival returns to the historic waterfront city for its seventh year and will feature approximately 30 independent films and screenplays between February 13 and 17, 2013 at the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center for the Performing Arts.  The festival concludes with an awards ceremony on February 17. The schedule will be announced in early 2013

Turkish Film Beyond The Hill Wins Top Prize at Sixth Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Turkish Film Beyond The Hill Wins Top Prize at Sixth Asia Pacific Screen Awards

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 23: Actor Tamer Levent, director/producer Emin Alper and producer Enis Kostepen accept the award for Best Feature Film, Beyond the Hill at the the sixth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards on November 23, 2012 in the Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Image.net)

First time writer/director Emin Alper’s TEPENIN ARDI (BEYOND THE HILL, Turkey/Greece) won the top prize, the Best Feature Film award at the sixth Asia Pacific Screen Awards, on Friday night  in Brisbane, Australia. 

In the film set in the quiet foothills of Turkey, Faik lives an isolated existence. When his second son brings his boys for a visit, Faik takes the opportunity to pontificate about the law of the land, as he sees it. He shares one unsolicited thought after the next, most particularly focusing on the elusive nomads whom he suspects have been trespassing on his property. The day and night wear on, and each member of the clan takes his turn entrusting the film’s audience with his own dark secret. 

Also from Turkey, writer/director Reis Çelik received the award for Best Screenplay for LAL GECE (NIGHT OF SILENCE) and the award for Achievement in Cinematography went to Touraj Aslani for Bahman Ghobadi’s FASLE KARGADAN (RHINO SEASON), a co-production between Iraqi-Kurdistan and Turkey.

See Press Release:

Deadlines Approaching for Filmmaker Entries to 56th San Francisco International Film Festival

Deadlines Approaching for Filmmaker Entries to 56th San Francisco International Film Festival

The San Francisco Film Society is now accepting submissions for the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival, recognized throughout the world as an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in one of the country’s most beautiful cities. Works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered. The final deadline for short films Monday December 3, and the final deadline for features Monday December 10.

HOW TO ENTER  Entry form and information: sffs.org

Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt and Other Winners of 2012 Leeds International Film Festival

Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt and Other Winners of 2012 Leeds International Film Festival

Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt

The 26th Leeds International Film Festival ended on Sunday November 18th, after 18 days packed with 270 screenings and events, and an audience of 35,000. The Hunt was voted by Leeds 2012 audiences as overall favorite from 140 feature films, and a record 14,196 completed votes were cast. 

The film is described by the festival as Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg’s best film since Festen, The Hunt is a gripping, provocative and devastating drama about a respected member of a close-knit Danish community whose life is destroyed when a young girl accuses him, falsely, of abuse. Winner of Best Actor in Cannes, Mads Mikkelsen plays Lucas, a 40-year-old, good-natured primary school teacher who is recently divorced and trying to rebuild his relationship with his son. Once the accusation is made, Lucas is deemed guilty by the community-turned-mob, ostracized, and hunted by his former friends and neighbors.

Other winners include: 

Jewish Film HAVA NAGILA (The Movie) – opens in NYC on March 1 and in LA on March 15

Jewish Film HAVA NAGILA (The Movie) – opens in NYC on March 1 and in LA on March 15

Hava Nagila (The Movie), directed by Roberta Grossman and produced by Marta Kauffman (Friends) will open in theaters in NYC, LA and Miami in February 2013. The film had its World Premiere at a sold-out screening at the Castro Theater for the Opening Night of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, and will open and close dozens of upcoming Jewish film festivals around the world.  A national release will follow.

Steve McQueen SHAME Leads Nominations for the 25th European Film Awards

Steve McQueen SHAME Leads Nominations for the 25th European Film Awards

Steve McQueen SHAME

At the Seville European Film Festival the European Film Academy announced the nominations for the European Film Awards 2012.

Nominated are:

EUROPEAN FILM 2012:

AMOUR (Love) 

Austria/France/Germany, 127 min

Written & directed by Michael Haneke 

Produced by Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka & Michael Katz

 

BARBARA 

Germany, 105 min

Written & directed by Christian Petzold  

Produced by Florian Koerner von Gustorf & Michael Weber

 

CESARE DEVE MORIRE (Caesar Must Die) 

Italy, 76 min

Directed by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani 

Written by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, in collaboration with Fabio Cavalli 

Produced by Grazia Volpi

 

INTOUCHABLES (Untouchable) 

France, 108 min

Written & directed by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano 

Produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou & Laurent Zeitoun

 

JAGTEN (The Hunt) 

Denmark, 111 min

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg 

Written by Thomas Vinterberg & Tobias Lindholm 

Produced by Morten Kaufmann & Sisse Graum Jørgensen

 

SHAME 

UK, 96 min

Directed by Steve McQueen 

Written by Steve McQueen & Abi Morgan 

Produced by Iain Canning & Emile Sherman

Any Day Now Starring Alan Cumming Opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 14th

Any Day Now Starring Alan Cumming Opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 14th

Music Box Films will release “Any Day Now” in New York and Los Angeles on December 14th.

Directed by Travis Fine, and starring Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Frances Fisher, Gregg Henry, Chris Mulkey, Any Day Now tells a story of love, acceptance, and creating your own family. 

In the late 1970s, when Marco (Isaac Leyva), a teenager with down syndrome who’s been abandoned by his mother, is taken in by committed couple Rudy (Alan Cumming) and Paul (Garret Dillahunt), he finds in them the family he’s never had.  However, when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by the authorities, Rudy and Paul must fight a biased legal system to adopt the child they have come to love as their own.  

21 Animated Features Submitted For 2012 Oscar Race

21 Animated Features Submitted For 2012 Oscar Race

A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman

Twenty-one features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®.

The 21 submitted features, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

    “Adventures in Zambezia” 
    “Brave” 
    “Delhi Safari” 
    “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” 
    “Frankenweenie” 
    “From Up on Poppy Hill” 
    “Hey Krishna” 
    “Hotel Transylvania” 
    “Ice Age Continental Drift” 
    “A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman” 
    “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” 
    “The Mystical Laws” 
    “The Painting” 
    “ParaNorman” 
    “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” 
    “The Rabbi’s Cat” 
    “Rise of the Guardians” 
    “Secret of the Wings” 
    “Walter & Tandoori’s Christmas” 
    “Wreck-It Ralph” 
    “Zarafa”

TALAASH Starring Bollywood megastar Aamir Khan Opens in Theaters on November 30 | Trailer

TALAASH Starring Bollywood megastar Aamir Khan Opens in Theaters on November 30 | Trailer

  

Bollywood superstarAamir Khan makes his long-awaited return to the big screen, in the mystery thriller TALAASH which opens in theaters worldwide on November 30. The award-winning actor and producer will be joined by not one, but two of India’s most popular actresses – Rani Mukherji and Kareena Kapoor.

TALAASH finds Khan playing an inspector investigating the death of a film star which could be an accident, or a crime. Following the suspicious death of a popular film star who plunged into the waters in his car, Inspector Shekhawat (Aamir Khan) investigates in order to determine whether it was an accident, or a crime. To find the truth in this complex case, he will be forced to confront his past.

Last Week to Check Out DOC NYC Fest at the IFC Center and SVA Theaters!

We told you guys about it last week, but this year’s DOC NYC Fest is truly shaping up to be one of the premiere film festivals in the entire City. The programming is impeccable, on-point, and there is an almost giddy feeling in all of the recent screenings- whether it was watching the astounding doc about story-book creator and illustrator Tomi Ungerer (whose work turned towards pornography later in life)  in director Brad Bernstein’s nspiring Far […]

Last Week to Check Out Amazing DOC NYC Fest at the IFC Center and SVA Theaters!

We told you guys about it last week, but this year’s DOC NYC Fest is truly shaping up to be one of the premiere film festivals in the City. The programming is impeccable, on-point, and there is an almost giddy feeling in all of the recent screenings- whether it was watching the astounding doc about story-book creator and illustrator Tomi Ungerer (whose work turned towards pornography later in life)  in director Brad Bernstein’s nspiring Far Out […]

10 Animated Shorts Move Ahead in 2012 Oscar Race

10 Animated Shorts Move Ahead in 2012 Oscar Race

  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards®. Fifty-six pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: Adam and Dog,” Minkyu Lee, director (Lodge Films) “Combustible,” Katsuhiro Otomo, director (Sunrise Inc.) “Dripped,” Léo Verrier, director (ChezEddy) “The Eagleman Stag,” Mikey Please, director, and […]

French, Jewish, Gay comedy Let My People Go to be Released in US in January 2013

French, Jewish, Gay comedy Let My People Go to be Released in US in January 2013

  The French, Jewish, Gay comedy Let My People Go! is coming to America; the film by Mikael Buch will open at the Quad Cinema in New York on January 11 and in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Royal and Town Center on January 18, 2013.  A national release will follow. Described as, A sweet and hilarious fusion of gay romantic comedy, Jewish family drama and French bedroom farce, Mikael Buch’s Let My People Go! follows the […]

The Show Still Goes On: Doc NYC Starts Tonight at IFC Center in NYC

The Show Still Goes On: Doc NYC Starts Tonight at IFC Center in NYC

DOC NYC – Yes- The Show (Still) Goes On! November 8-15 at the IFC Center and SVA Theatre Festival to Partner with Echelon Donates for City Harvest Food Drive During Event to Benefit Hurricane’s Neediest Victims “One of the city’s grandest events.” – The Wall Street Journal “[Has] shot to the top tier of our most essential festivals list.” – New York Magazine Jared Leto brings his film-about-his-band Artifact to the Opening Night of the […]

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Korean Film Nameless Gangster Among Nominees for 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Korean Film Nameless Gangster Among Nominees for 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Bumchoiwaui Junjaeng (Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time, Republic of Korea)

Nominees in the sixth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) were announced with 34 films from 18 Asia Pacific countries and areas nominated in the region’s highest accolade in film.

The five films nominated for Best Feature Film are Khers (Bear, Islamic Republic of Iran), Tepenin Ardi (Beyond the Hill, Turkey, Greece), Orda (The Horde, Russian Federation), Bumchoiwaui Junjaeng (Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time, Republic of Korea) and Wu Xia (Hong Kong (PRC), People’s Republic of China).

All winners in the sixth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be announced on Friday November 23 in Brisbane, Australia.

The 2012 Official Nominations listed below:

8 Doc Shorts on Oscar’s 2012 Shortlist

8 Doc Shorts on Oscar’s 2012 Shortlist

Open Heart

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 85th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar® nominations.

The eight films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: 

Three Documentaries Nominated for European Film Awards

Three Documentaries Nominated for European Film Awards

The European Film Academy announced the three films nominated in the category EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY 2012.  HIVER NOMADE (Winter Nomads)Switzerland, 90 minDIRECTED BY: Manuel von StürlerWRITTEN BY: Claude Muret & Manuel von StürlerPRODUCED BY: Elisabeth Garbar & Heinz Dill LONDON – THE MODERN BABYLONUK, 128 minDIRECTED BY: Julien TemplePRODUCED BY: Amanda Temple & Stephen Malit LE THÉ OU L‘ELECTRICITÉ(Tea or Electricity)Belgium / France / Morocco, 93 minWRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Jérôme le MairePRODUCED BY: […]

Five Debut Films Nominated for EFA Discovery Award

Five Debut Films Nominated for EFA Discovery Award

10 TIMER TIL PARADIS (Teddy Bear)

The European Film Academy announced the nominees for the EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2012 – Prix FIPRESCI, an award presented annually as part of the European Film Awards to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film. 

NOMINATED ARE:

Starlet from SXSW Festival to Open in NY and LA on November 9th

Starlet from SXSW Festival to Open in NY and LA on November 9th

Starlet, directed by Sean Baker, and official selections at SXSW Film Festival 2012 and Locarno Film Festival 2012, will open in New York and Los Angeles on November 9th.

Starlet explores the unlikely friendship between 21-year-old Jane played by Dree Hemingway, and 85-year-old Sadie played by Besedka Johnson. Besedka Johnson is the winner of the OUTSTANDING ACTING award at SXSW Film Festival 2012.