40th New Directors/New Films (March 23 – April 3) Announces Lineup

40th New Directors/New Films (March 23 – April 3) Announces Lineup

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the full lineup for the 40th edition of New Directors/New Films (March 23 – April 3). Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, the film festival will screen 28 feature films (24 narrative, 4 documentary) representing 22 countries. The opening night feature is J.C. Chandor’s MARGIN CALL. Screening on Wednesday, March 23, at 7:00PM at MoMA, […]

Music Box Films to release Bobby Fischer Against the World Documentary Film

Music Box Films to release Bobby Fischer Against the World Documentary Film

Music Box Films announced that it has acquired all US Theatrical, DVD, and Digital Rights to Liz Garbus’ film Bobby Fischer Against the World which recently screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in the prestigious Documentary Premieres Section. The deal was negotiated by David Koh & Stanley Buchthal of LM Media GmbH on behalf of the Director and Producers along with Ed Arentz & Bill Schopf of Music Box Films. HBO Documentary Films plans […]

IFC Midnight to release Jim Mickle’s Stake Land April 22nd

IFC Midnight to release Jim Mickle’s Stake Land April 22nd

IFC Midnight announced that the company is partnering with MPI Media Group and its subsidiary Dark Sky Films to release director Jim Mickle’s (MULBERRY STREET) STAKE LAND. The critically-acclaimed apocalyptic thriller was produced by Larry Fessenden, Peter Phok, Adam Folk, Brent Kunkle and Derek Curl.  STAKE LAND stars Connor Paolo (“Gossip Girl”), Danielle Harris (HATCHET II), Kelly McGillis (THE ACCUSED), Nick Damici, and Michael Cerveris (FRINGE). Damici and Mickle co-wrote the screenplay, which was the […]

Film Independent Selects 5 Emerging Filmmakers For 2011 Directors Lab

Film Independent Selects 5 Emerging Filmmakers For 2011 Directors Lab

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced the filmmakers and film projects for its 10th annual Directors Lab, sponsored by Kodak.  Taking place in Los Angeles from now until the end of March, the Directors Lab is an intensive nine-week program designed to assist directors with strong, original voices develop new narrative feature films, improve their craft, and advance their filmmaking careers in a […]

2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards Winners; The King’s Speech named Best Film

2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards Winners; The King’s Speech named Best Film

The King’s Speech was named Best Film at tonight’s Orange British Academy Film Awards, held at London’s Royal Opera House. The film also won six other awards: Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay and Original Music, as well as a trio of performance awards for Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth, who wins the Leading Actor BAFTA for the second year running. Natalie Portman was awarded the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her performance […]

Derby City Film Festival Opens Friday February 18th

Derby City Film Festival Opens Friday February 18th

Derby City Film Festival opens this Friday February 18th, 68 films to screen during the three day festival, including 25 international films and 20 from Kentucky filmmakers. The festival will open with a short film screening group from The Bob Rogers Group (BRG), a production company based in Louisville. The BRG film program of 8 short films will be free to attend and begin at 6:00 PM on February 18th. The official opening night film […]

Screen Media Films to release ‘FUBAR: Balls to the Wall’

Screen Media Films to release ‘FUBAR: Balls to the Wall’

Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights to FUBAR: BALLS TO THE WALL, Michael Dowse’s hilarious look into the lives of headbangers Dean and Terry that stars Paul J. Spence and David Lawrence, prior to its U.S. premiere at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival.  The deal was announced by the company’s President, Robert Baruc, who plans to release the film on VOD and home video on April 19, 2011. Headbanger relics, Terry (Dave Lawrence) […]

Roadside Attractions to Distribute Sundance Audience Award Winner ‘Circumstance’

Roadside Attractions to Distribute Sundance Audience Award Winner ‘Circumstance’

Roadside Attractions will distribute Maryam Keshavarz’s CIRCUMSTANCE, which Participant Media acquired at the Sundance Film Festival. Winner of this year’s Sundance Audience Award, the film is set in contemporary Iran, where a wealthy family struggles to contain a teenager’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession. The film is targeted for a summer 2011 release. Directed by Maryam Keshavarz, the cast includes Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa, Nasrin Pakkho, Sina […]

SXSW Film Announces 2011 Midnight Feature & Shorts

SXSW Film Announces 2011 Midnight Feature & Shorts

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced the features in the Midnighters and SXFantastic sections, as well as the complete short films lineup, which will debut at this year’s Festival, which runs from March 11 – 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The SXSW Film Festival will open on Friday, March 11, 2011 with Duncan Jones’ Source Code. In addition to nine full days of film screenings, SXSW Film will ultimately feature over […]

Tribeca Film acquires Janie Jones starring Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue and Brittany Snow

Tribeca Film acquires Janie Jones starring Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue and Brittany Snow

Tribeca Film has acquired all U.S. rights to Unified Pictures’ Janie Jones and will release the film theatrically in multiple U.S. markets, as well as on video-on-demand and other platforms in the summer of 2011. The authentic and charming rock ‘n’ roll road trip drama about a father and daughter finding their way to each other through music stars Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Alessandro Nivola (Coco Before Chanel), Academy Award® nominee […]

DALLAS International Film Festival Announces First Twelve Titles

DALLAS International Film Festival Announces First Twelve Titles

The DALLAS International Film Festival announced today the first twelve films that will screen at this year’s fifth festival (March 31 – April 10) including four world premieres and one U.S. premiere.  The festival announced three films set for its Texas Competition, two films in its Family Friendly section and the first film selected for a brand new India Spotlight series. Films entered into the narrative feature and narrative documentary competition will once again have […]

Big Sky 2011 Opens Friday with Free Screening of How To Die In Oregon

Big Sky 2011 Opens Friday with Free Screening of How To Die In Oregon

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival kicks off its 8th year this Friday at the historic Wilma Theatre in downtown Missoula with a FREE screening of Peter D. Richardson’s film, HOW TO DIE IN OREGON, sponsored by HBO Documentary Films. Making its Montana premiere in the festival’s American Spectrum strand, HOW TO DIE IN OREGON tells the stories of terminally ill Oregonians as they decide whether to end their life under the state’s Death with Dignity […]

Magnolia Catches SXSW Marijuana Documentary ‘Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja’ | Trailer

Magnolia Catches SXSW Marijuana Documentary ‘Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja’ | Trailer

  Magnolia Pictures announced they have acquired SQUARE GROUPER: THE GODFATHERS OF GANJA, a wildly entertaining doc about pot smuggling in 1970s South Florida from Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman of rakontur, the filmmakers behind the globally popular Cocaine Cowboys series and ESPN’s The U. Named after the bales of marijuana that were often caught in the warm Florida coastal waters by unsuspecting fishermen, SQUARE GROUPER is a vivid portrait of South Florida’s pot smuggling […]

26th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award Winning Films Announced

26th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award Winning Films Announced

The 26th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2011 festival competition.  Commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, “This year in particular, I have been incredibly impressed by our film lineup. Each of the films possessed their own unique quality, creating one of the most diverse and interesting programs yet.” The esteemed Jury for the 2010 SBIFF included: actor Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future); SBIFF originator Phyllis de Picciotto; actor […]

2011 Göteborg International Film Festival’s Dragon Award; She Monkeys takes top Dragon Award

2011 Göteborg International Film Festival’s Dragon Award; She Monkeys takes top Dragon Award

Lisa Aschan’s feature debut She Monkeys took the top award – the Dragon Award Best Nordic Film at 2011 Göteborg International Film Festival’s Dragon Award Gala on Saturday night in Scandinavia. She Monkeys also received the FIPRESCI Award, which is handed out by the international federation of film critics. The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award was given Blue Valentine, directed by Derek Cianfrance. The list of awards:Dragon Award Best Nordic Film: She Monkeys by Lisa […]

Catalina Island to host the 1st Annual Avalon International Film Festival

Catalina Island to host the 1st Annual Avalon International Film Festival

The first annual Avalon International Film Festival (AIFF) to be held March 25-27, 2011, at the Catalina Casino Theatre and Ballroom, Avalon Bay on Catalina Island, California. The festival will spotlight works from around the world created by both amateur and professional filmmakers in categories ranging from short animations to international feature films and documentaries. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to produce this unique and prestigious festival for Hollywood executives and filmmakers alike in […]

32nd Durban International Film Festival, July 21-31, 2011

32nd Durban International Film Festival, July 21-31, 2011

The Durban International Film Festival in Durban, South Africa, has announced that its 32nd edition will take place from 21 to 31 July 2011. The festival will present over 200 screenings of films from around the world, with a special focus on films from South African and Africa. Screenings will take place throughout Durban including township areas where cinemas are non-existent. The festival will also offer an extensive seminar and workshop programme featuring local and […]

Art Directors Guild (ADG) 15th Annual Excellence in 2010 Production Design Awards

Art Directors Guild (ADG) 15th Annual Excellence in 2010 Production Design Awards

The Art Directors Guild (ADG) announced winners of its 15th Annual Excellence in 2010 Production Design Awards in nine categories of film, television, commercials and music videos during black-tie ceremonies at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The awards took place before an audience of more than 650 persons, including guild members, industry executives, studio heads and press. ADG Chairman Thomas A. Walsh presided over the awards ceremony with Paula […]

2011 Annie Awards

2011 Annie Awards

DreamWorks Animation’s “How To Train Your Dragon” won top honors as the Best Animated Feature at the 38th Annual Annie Awards on Saturday, February 5 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Best Animated Short Subject was presented to Pixar’s ‘Day & Night’; Best Animated Television Commercial to Duck Studios ‘Children’s Medical Center’; Nickelodeon’s ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ was honored as Best Animated Television Production for Children and Playdead’s ‘Limbo’ won Best Animated Video Game. A new category, Character Animation […]

2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam Winners of Tiger Awards

2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam Winners of Tiger Awards

The winning films of the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced and the three Tiger Awards were granted to feature débuts: * The Journals of Musan by Park Jung-Bum (South Korea) * Finisterrae by Sergio Caballero (Spain, 2010) * Eternity by Sivaroj Kongsakul (Thailand, 2010, supported by the Hubert Bals Fund). On the occasion of IFFR’s 40th jubilee edition, the one-off and shared Return of the Tiger Award went to Oki’s Movie by Hong […]

2011 Writers Guild Awards; Inside Job Wins for Documentary Screenplay

2011 Writers Guild Awards; Inside Job Wins for Documentary Screenplay

The 2011 Writers Guild Awards – Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) – announced the winners for outstanding achievement in writing for movies, television, and videogames of 2010 over the weekend. In the movies and documentary categories, Inception took the award for Original Screenplay, The Social Network took the award for Adapted Screenplay and Inside Job received the award for Documentary Screenplay. The complete list of 2011 […]

Barney’s Version Leads the 31st Annual Genie Awards with 11 Nominations

Barney’s Version Leads the 31st Annual Genie Awards with 11 Nominations

The nominations for the 31st Annual Genie Awards were announced by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television at press conferences in Toronto and Montreal. Leading the pack with 11 nominations is Barney’s Version, including nods for Best Motion Picture and Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Giamatti). Following closely behind is Incendies with ten nominations including Best Motion Picture and Achievement in Direction (Denis Villeneuve). The 2011 Special Awards were also […]

54 Films Slated for 2011 Boulder International Film Festival Feb. 17-20

54 Films Slated for 2011 Boulder International Film Festival Feb. 17-20

The 7th Annual Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF), voted “one of the coolest film festivals in the world” by MovieMaker magazine, is already making headlines with a star-studded lineup of celebrity guests and today is rolling out its action-packed program. The Festival takes place in scenic Boulder, Colo., Feb. 17-20, and will bring films, filmmakers and international fans together for a four-day celebration of the fine art of filmmaking. The Festival kicks off Thursday, Feb. […]

2011 South by Southwest Film Festival Feature Lineup Announced

2011 South by Southwest Film Festival Feature Lineup Announced

South by Southwest Film Festival announced the features lineup for the 2011 Film Program. These films join others previously announced, including Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, Greg Mottola’s Paul, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop by director Rodman Flender, and the opening night World Premiere, Duncan Jones’ Source Code. NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION 96 MINUTES Director & Writer: Aimée Lagos (World Premiere) A Year in Mooring Director: Chris Eyre, Writer: Peter Vanderwall (World Premiere) American Animal Director & Writer: […]