Sundance Institute Announces $550,000 in Grants for Contemporary Issue Documentary Films

Sundance Institute Announces $550,000 in Grants for Contemporary Issue Documentary Films

Sundance Institute announced the twenty two Documentary Film Program grant recipients for Fall 2010. Selected feature-length documentary films, chosen from nearly 450 projects from 80 countries, will receive $550,000 in support. Two of the 22 projects listed below are to receive a grant from the Sundance | Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute, part of a $1.5 million three-year grant funded by Cinereach. A portion of the grant is for emergency or discretionary grants and support […]

Sundance Institute Announces Twelve Feature Film Projects For January Screenwriters Lab

Sundance Institute Announces Twelve Feature Film Projects For January Screenwriters Lab

Sundance Institute has selected twelve projects for the annual January Screenwriters Lab, to be held January 14-19, 2011 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. The Screenwriters Lab is a five-day writers’ workshop that gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work intensely on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking. Through one-on-one story sessions, fellows engage in an artistically rigorous process that offers them […]

41 Original Songs Queue for 2010 Oscar®

41 Original Songs Queue for 2010 Oscar®

Forty-one songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 83rd Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title: “Alice” from “Alice in Wonderland”“Forever One Love” from “Black Tulip”“Freedom Song” from “Black Tulip”“Bound to You” from “Burlesque”“Welcome […]

61st Berlin International Film Festival Announces First 8 Competition Films

61st Berlin International Film Festival Announces First 8 Competition Films

The first eight titles for the Competition programme of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival have been confirmed. In addition to the opening film True Grit by Joel and Ethan Coen another seven productions and co-productions have been selected. They include films from Turkey, the Netherlands, Israel, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the USA. So far the following films have been selected: Bizim Büyük Çaresizligimiz (Our Grand Despair)Turkey / Germany / Netherlandsby Seyfi Teoman […]

2011 Derby City Film Festival Announces Selections

2011 Derby City Film Festival Announces Selections

The Derby City Film Festival today announced the selected films for the 2011 edition. In total 67 films will screen during the three day festival which will be held February 18th – 20th, 2011 at the Clifton Center. Of those screening, 41 of the films have been selected for competition. 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 […]

Toronto International Film Festival Top 10 Films in 2010

Toronto International Film Festival Top 10 Films in 2010

Toronto International Film Festival has compiled its list of the top 10 Canadian feature films and short films in 2010. “It’s a pretty diverse list, everything from micro-budget movies to international co-productions,” Steve Gravestock, TIFF’s associate director of Canadian programming said. In alphabetical order: Les Amours imaginaires: Xavier Dolan’s second film, following his acclaimed debut, J’ai tué ma mère, features a ménage a trois involving two friends, a young man and a young woman, competing […]

Big Changes for 2011 Staten Island Film Festival

Big Changes for 2011 Staten Island Film Festival

Big changes are planned for the the 2011 Staten Island Film Festival scheduled for June 8 – 12, 2011. First up the festival is moving and will not return to the College of Staten Island. Instead the festival will screen its films at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the Staten Island Zoo and the St. George Theatre with an additional screening at the Joan and Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center of Staten Island. Transportation concerns reportedly […]

Sean Penn Skips Dubai International Film Festival To Remain in Haiti With His Charity

Sean Penn Skips Dubai International Film Festival To Remain in Haiti With His Charity

Actor Sean Penn did not attend the Dubai International Film Festival where he was to accept the DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award at the Festival’s opening ceremony on December 12, 2010. The actor reportedly remained in Haiti with his charity the J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO), amid concerns for the charity’s staff in the wake of violent protests following the recent disputed presidential election In a statement, Penn said: ‘I am honoured to receive the […]

The 20th New York Jewish Film Festival in Manhattan, Jan. 12-27, 2011; Official Lineup Announced

The 20th New York Jewish Film Festival in Manhattan, Jan. 12-27, 2011; Official Lineup Announced

The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present the 20th annual New York Jewish Film Festival at the Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater, The Jewish Museum, and The JCC in Manhattan, Jan. 12-27, 2011. The festival’s 36 features and shorts from 14 countries—31 screening in their world, U.S. or New York premieres—provide a diverse global perspective on the Jewish experience. In celebration of the festival’s 20th anniversary, several film screenings will […]

68th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations; All Hail “The King’s Speech”

68th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations; All Hail “The King’s Speech”

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations were announced this morning and The Kings Speech lead the field with 7 nominations followed by The Fighter and the critics’ favorite The Social Network with 6 nominations. The 68th Annual Golden Globe® Awards will air LIVE coast-to-coast on Sunday, January 16, 2011 on NBC from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST) /8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel with host Ricky Gervais. The complete list of nominations: BEST MOTION […]

National Board of Review’s 2010 Film Awards

National Board of Review’s 2010 Film Awards

The National Board of Review announced their film awards for 2010. No real surprises on the list. Best Film: The Social Network Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network Best Actor: Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network Best Actress: Lesley Manville, Another Year Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter Best Supporting Actress: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom Best Foreign Language Film: Of Gods and Men Best Documentary: Waiting for “Superman” Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3 […]

RIP: Documentary Filmmaker J. Michael Hagopian

RIP: Documentary Filmmaker J. Michael Hagopian

Armenian-American documentary filmmaker J. Michael Hagopian, whose 70 educational and documentary films have won more than 160 national and international awards, including two Emmy nominations, died Dec. 10 in his Thousand Oaks, Calif., home. He was 97. Click here to read more..

2010 New York Film Critics Awards; New York Critics Like The Social Network Too

2010 New York Film Critics Awards; New York Critics Like The Social Network Too

The New York Film Critics Circle announced their awards for the best films of 2010 on Monday night and again, The Social Network is the top film of the year. As reported by the NJ.com, this year’s voting, held at New York’s Regency Hotel and done by secret ballot, took nearly four hours. The prizes will be awarded at a gala dinner on January 10th at the Manhattan nightspot, Crimson. The list of winners: Best […]

2010 Toronto Film Critics Association; The Social Network Wins Big Again

2010 Toronto Film Critics Association; The Social Network Wins Big Again

The Toronto Film Critics Association has announced its 2010 winners and what is becoming very much expected, David Fincher’s The Social Network took the top prizes including Best Picture, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg), Best Supporting Actor (Armie Hammer) and Best Screenplay. Not to be ignored is the documentary “Exit Through The Gift Shop” Winner of Best Documentary Feature and Best First Feature; and Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone.” […]

Toronto After Dark Returns for Halloween in 2011; October 20-27, 2011

Toronto After Dark Returns for Halloween in 2011; October 20-27, 2011

Toronto After Dark Film Festival announced the dates of the 6th Annual Edition; and for 2011, will take over the legendary Bloor Cinema in Toronto for 8 “thrilling nights of cinematic mayhem” October 20-27, 2011. Fans attending previous years’ festivals have been the first to see new genre films as The Last Exorcism, Let The Right One In, Dead Snow, Repo: The Genetic Opera, Black Dynamite and Robogeisha. For filmmakers, Toronto After Dark’s 2011 ‘Call […]

Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Marisa Tomei and Oprah Winfrey Lead List of Oscar® Presenters

Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Marisa Tomei and Oprah Winfrey Lead List of Oscar® Presenters

Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Marisa Tomei and Oprah Winfrey will present on the 83rd Academy Awards®, telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

2010 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

2010 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

The Boston Society of Film Critics announced its pick of films for 2010 and awarded an astonishing 5 prizes to The Social Network, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. The 2010 Awards ceremony will be held on 01/30/2011 at the Brattle Theater, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The winners: Best Picture: The Social Network Best Actor: Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network Best Actress: Natalie Portman for Black Swan Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale for […]

AFI Honors Top Ten Most Outstanding Motion Pictures and Television Programs of 2010

AFI Honors Top Ten Most Outstanding Motion Pictures and Television Programs of 2010

American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2010, AFI’s almanac that records the year’s most outstanding achievements in film, television, and other forms of the moving image arts. AFI Movies Of The Year Black SwanThe FighterInceptionThe Kids Are All Right127 HoursThe Social NetworkThe TownToy Story 3True GritWinter’s Bone

2010 Australian Film Institute Awards; Gangster Film “Animal Kingdom,” Breaks Records With 8 Awards

2010 Australian Film Institute Awards; Gangster Film “Animal Kingdom,” Breaks Records With 8 Awards

“Animal Kingdom,” written and directed by David Michod swept the the Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards at the weekend, taking 10 awards including Best Film, and Best Direction out of a record 18 nominations. “Animal Kingdom,” often described as the “Australian gangster film” also took the award for Best Original Screenplay. Winners 2010 SAMSUNG MOBILE AFI AWARDS CEREMONY SAMSUNG MOBILE AFI AWARD FOR BEST FILM Winner: Animal Kingdom. Liz Watts. Other Nominees: Beneath Hill 60. […]

The 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards; “Black Swan” Leads With A Record 12 Nominations

The 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards; “Black Swan” Leads With A Record 12 Nominations

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The winners will be announced at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. This year’s event will again take place at the Hollywood Palladium. This is the fourth year in a row that VH1 will broadcast the gala live on the network and the first year the show will […]

51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival Awards

51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival Awards

Periferic (Outbound) by Bogdan George Apetri took the Best Feature Film Award – Golden Alexander at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival which ran December 3-12, 2010.  The Greek Film Critics Association (PEKK) Award was also given to Periferic (Outbound). The synopsis for Periferic (Outbound): “Matilda has one day at her disposal. Twenty-four hours in which, after going to her mother’s funeral on special leave, she must return back to the prison where she is serving her […]

2010 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

2010 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) loves  “The Social Network” naming it the Best Picture of the Year, as well as voting its director David Fincher, “The Social Network” Director of the Year, and the screenplay written by Aaron Sorkin as Screenplay of the year. The 36th annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards ceremony will be held Saturday, January 15 at the InterContinental, Los Angeles. As previously announced, Paul Mazursky will receive the 2010 […]

5th Indie Grits Film Festival In Columbia, SC, To Be Held Apr. 13 – 17, 2011

5th Indie Grits Film Festival In Columbia, SC, To Be Held Apr. 13 – 17, 2011

The Indie Grits Film Festival recently named by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the 20 coolest film festivals returns for its 5th year, and will take place April 13-17, 2011 in Columbia, SC. “We were tired of films filled with caricatured rednecks and trailer parks so we created Indie Grits to showcase the exciting new work coming out of the Southeast. We embrace films and filmmakers from the fringes of the indie and experimental world, […]

David O. Russell To Receive Director Of The Year Award At 22nd Annual Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival Awards Gala

David O. Russell To Receive Director Of The Year Award At 22nd Annual Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival Awards Gala

The 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present David O. Russell with the Director of the Year Award at its Awards Gala. Past Director of the Year honorees include Alexander Payne, Jason Reitman, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Anthony Minghella, Sean Penn and Ang Lee. Russell earned critical acclaim early in his career when he wrote and directed his first feature film, Spanking the Monkey. This film premiered at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, […]