2010 Rome Film Festival Winners

2010 Rome Film Festival Winners

Director Olias Barco’s ‘Kill Me Please’, won the Marc’Aurelio Jury Award for Best Film at the Rome Film Festival. The Belgian film is described as “An irresistible, grotesque black comedy, shot in black and white, and very politically incorrect.” Medical pioneer Dr Kruger (Aurélien Recoing) wants to rectify suicide. His dream is to create a therapeutic framework where suicide is no longer a tragedy but a simple, medically assisted act. His exclusive clinic attracts a […]

Third Annual 2010 Bel-Air Film Festival Announces Winners

Third Annual 2010 Bel-Air Film Festival Announces Winners

The 2010 Bel-Air Film Festival (BAFF) held its third annual event October 14th-19th. The festival screened 58 films; venues included the UCLA James Bridges Theater and Clarity Theaters, Beverly Hills. Opening night included a special screening of Walk a Mile in My Pradas starring Tom Arnold. Actress Christina Collard hosted the evening and honored Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills 90210) with the “Best Actor Award,” Kathy Najimy (Sister Act, King of the Hill ) with […]

Gallaudet University in DC Hosts WORLDEAF Cinema Festival

The nominations are in for WORLDEAF Cinema Festival’s (WDCF) filmmaker award competition taking place Nov. 4 through 7 at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.  Out of a staggering 173 submissions from 132 filmmakers from 30 countries, the 11-member judging committee has selected 17 films from seven countries.  A complete list of the nominated films is below. Films were submitted in five professional categories, including Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Short, Best Mini-15 and Best Film […]

New Media Film Festival Saturday Panels and Screenings

The New Media Film Festival announce the second full day of entertainment and industry panels and screenings for the San Francisco Bay Area event starting  at 9:00 AM, Saturday, November 6, 2010. The two-day event will have something for everyone from SRC (Socially Responsible Content), Animation, Short Films, Documentary and Narrative Features, to original Web Series programming. Industry panelists include thought-leaders from the technology and entertainment industries. The two-day event is being held at the […]

Palm Beach State College to host Multicultural Film Festival Nov. 17-20

Palm Beach State College is hosting its second Multicultural Film Festival Nov. 17-20 as part of the College’s ongoing diversity initiatives. Organized by the College’s District Diversity Committee, the event includes seven films covering suchtopics as race relations, slavery, the Holocaust, immigration and homosexuality. Films will be shown on different days and times at campuses in Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade. It is free and open to the public. General […]

CINEMA EYE Announces Nonfiction Film Nominees for 2011 HONORS

CINEMA EYE Announces Nonfiction Film Nominees for 2011 HONORS

Nominations were announced last night in the United Kingdom for the 2011 Cinema Eye Honors, recognizing excellence in artistic achievements in nonfiction filmmaking. LAST TRAIN HOME by Canadian/Chinese filmmaker Lixin Fan received a record-tying seven nominations.  The film, which tells the story of a migrant family traveling across China looking for work, was nominated for Outstanding Feature, Direction, Production, Cinematography, Editing, International Feature and Audience Choice.  Director Fan is nominated in six of those categories, […]

Academy Awards $450,000 to U.S. Film Festivals in 2011

Academy Awards $450,000 to U.S. Film Festivals in 2011

The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded $450,000 to 30 U.S. film festivals for the 2011 calendar year, Festival Grants Committee Chair Buffy Shutt announced today. The Chicago International Film Festival will be the recipient of a multiyear grant for its World Cinema Spotlight program. It will receive a total of $150,000 over a three-year period. The Nashville Film Festival and the New Orleans Film Festival are each […]

2010 Teaneck International Film Festival

2010 Teaneck International Film Festival

The 5th annual Teaneck International Film Festival will be held Friday-Sunday, November 19-21, 2010 in Teaneck, NJ. According to the festival website, the films being presented this year as part of the “Official Selection” all have an important story to tell relating to our theme – “Activism: Making Change” . From civil rights, to gay rights, to the immigration issue, to corporate greed, to nuclear disarmament, to environmental awareness, to health care, the stories being […]

AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi Announces 8 Red Carpet Galas

AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi today announced its Centerpiece Galas, featuring ABEL (DIR Diego Luna), BARNEY’S VERSION (DIR Richard J. Lewis), BLUE VALENTINE (DIR Derek Cianfrance), CASINO JACK (DIR George Hickenlooper), THE COMPANY MEN (DIR John Wells) and an ensemble Tribute to THE KING’S SPEECH with director Tom Hooper and actors Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.

 

Also announced today are the films that will be presented as Special Screenings: The U.S. premiere of AMIGO (DIR John Sayles), CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (DIR Werner Herzog) in 3-D, MADE IN DAGENHAM (DIR Nigel Cole) and RABBIT HOLE (DIR John Cameron Mitchell).

AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi Announces Young Americans And New Auteurs Titles

AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi Announces Young Americans And New Auteurs Titles

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AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi announced that free tickets will be made available to the general public on October 28; AFI members will have advance access to free tickets on October 27.

The festival also revealed the feature films that will screen in its first-ever Young

Americans section and the New Auteurs section, as well as four new feature film awards. AFI FEST 2010 will take place in Hollywood, California at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel from November 4-11, 2010. {jathumbnail off}

AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi Announces Complete Lineup Of Special Presentations

AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi announced the full slate of Special Presentations to be offered during the festival, including three new events that have been added to the program: CINEMA’S LEGACY WITH SCREENWRITER AARON SORKIN on November 7; ON ACTING – A CONVERSATION WITH HALLE BERRY on November 9; and a secret screening in Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on November 9 at 9:30 p.m featuring an upcoming major Hollywood release. The title of the secret […]

Black Swan To Open Virginia Film Festival

Black Swan To Open Virginia Film Festival

The 23rd Annual Virginia Film Festival kicks off tonight (the festival runs November 4 – 7) and will feature more than 100 films, including high-profile, first-run features, beloved classics and cutting-edge documentaries and engaging shorts. The weekend will also feature an array of high-profile guests, special events, parties and community events in a weekend designed to spotlight and illuminate cinema’s unique power to enlighten and entertain. The Virginia Film Festival is presented by the University […]

Savannah Film Festival Honors Liam Neeson with the Achievement in Cinema Award

Savannah Film Festival Honors Liam Neeson with the Achievement in Cinema Award

The 13th annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by SCAD, presented Liam Neeson with the Achievement in Cinema Award on November 2, 2010. “I’m humbled and embarrassed but it’s lovely to be here at this extraordinary festival,” said Neeson upon acceptance of his award. “I’m the luckiest man in the friggin’ world.” He dedicated the award to the crews he’s worked with on his sets.  “They inspire me and I accept this award for them.  They […]

Reeling 2010 Opens On November 4th

Reeling 2010 Opens On November 4th

Reeling 2010, the second-oldest LGBT film festival in the world, opens its 29th year on November 4th, showcasing innovative gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender films from around the world. Reeling will take place at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark St.), the Festival’s home base at Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark St.) and, for the first time in festival history, Instituto Cervantes (31 W. Ohio St.) and ShowPlace ICON (150 W. Roosevelt Rd.). For […]

Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival in Toronto, Canada

Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival in Toronto, Canada

This Friday, November 5th, the nine-day Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, kicks off with a screening of Carl Bessai’s Repeaters. The film follows three rehabilitation residents as they are forced to relive the same day over and over. With over 20 programs of feature and short films, the films’ themes are diverse, ranging from the startling journey of Ron Hynes in The Man of a Thousand Songs to the inner battles of […]

Backcountry Film Festival Comes To Boise

Backcountry Film Festival Comes To Boise

The Backcountry Film Festival makes a stop in Boise this week, November 4, 2010.  Included in the lineup is Deeper from Teton Gravity Research. It won Best of Festival and features boarder Jeremy Jones in a quest for untouched terrain. Other highlights include Best Short Film Desert River from Sweetgrass Productions and Whiteback Warrior from TreeFight and Snaz Media about the decline of whitebark pines due to climate change and what’s being done to save […]

MGM Files for Bankruptcy

MGM Files for Bankruptcy

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday as part of a reorganization plan that would help it shed more than $4 billion in debt and hand control over to a group of hedge fund creditors. Read more in the NY Times

Javier Bardem to be honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival

Javier Bardem to be honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival

The 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award winner Javier Bardem with the International Star Award at its Awards Gala. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will kick off the 2011 awards season on Saturday, January 8. The International Star Award recognizes an actor or actress who has both critically and commercially made the successful cross over from foreign-language films to mainstream international recognition. Bardem will join previously announced honorees […]

IFC to Re-Release ‘Shoah’ For 25th Anniversary

IFC to Re-Release ‘Shoah’ For 25th Anniversary

IFC Films has acquired rights to “Shoah.” Directed by Claude Lanzmann, the nine-and-a-half hour documentary received almost universal critical acclaim for its look at Holocaust survivors when it premiered in 1985. For the film’s 25th Anniversary, IFC plans to rerelease “Shoah” in New York City on Dec.10 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, and on Dec. 24 at IFC Center. A national rollout will follow in 2011. Twelve years in the making, “Shoah” features interviews with survivors, […]

Neil Diamond’s Reel Injun wins Gemini award for best documentary

Neil Diamond’s Reel Injun wins Gemini award for best documentary

The documentary Reel Injun, by Canadian filmmaker Neil Diamond, won the Canada Award for best documentary at the first of two 2010 Gemini Awards Industry Galas. Diamond’s documentary “Reel Injun,” an examination of Hollywood’s treatment of Native Americans through the years, also airs as a PBS “Independent Lens” selection. In it, he draws on many of the films from Hollywood antiquity he watched while coming of age in “Reel Injun” basically covers a century of […]

‘Box Elder’ Headed to Video On Demand

‘Box Elder’ Headed to Video On Demand

“Box Elder,” a movie about “dudes being dudes” and highlighting Columbia college is headed to video-on-demand, which is an excellent thing for an independent film. Starting Monday, the film will be available for at least 90 days on cable and satellite Video On Demand throughout the U.S. and Canada. The number of people who view the film during its 90-day trial will determine how long it will remain available on cable and satellite Video On […]

Actress Annette Bening To Be Honored At Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Actress Annette Bening To Be Honored At Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Three-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening, who has received critical acclaim this year for her performances in The Kids Are All Right and Mother and Child, will be honored with the American Riviera Award at the 2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). I fell in love with Annette Bening the moment I saw her on Broadway in Coastal Disturbances in 1987, commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “It was one of those ‘a star […]

2010 Tokyo International Film Festival Award Winners

2010 Tokyo International Film Festival Award Winners

“Intimate Grammar” was the big winner at the 2010 Tokyo International Film Festival. Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix was given to Intimate Grammar directed by Nir Bergman. Sarah’s Key directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner received double Awards; Award for Best Director and Audience Award, and POST CARD directed by Kaneto Shindo was awarded the Special Jury Prize! The complete list of winners include:

Independent Lens Programs From PBS and “The Parking Lot Movie” Now on iTunes

Independent Lens Programs From PBS and “The Parking Lot Movie” Now on iTunes

Select programming from the PBS Emmy® Award-winning weekly documentary series “Independent Lens” are nowl be available for purchase on iTunes. “The Parking Lot Movie,” directed by Meghan Eckman, will be the first film available from the 2010 Fall season of Independent Lens for purchase. Droll and quirky, “The Parking Lot Movie” — a brainy Slacker for the post-new millennium — follows a unique rite of passage as a select group of over-educated attendants use their […]