Film from 2013 Sundance Film Festival To Screen in 10 Indie Theaters Across US on January 31

Film from 2013 Sundance Film Festival To Screen in 10 Indie Theaters Across US on January 31

Afternoon Delight

Films from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival will screen in 10 independent theaters in cities across the country on January 31 as part of the Sundance Film Festival USA initiative. Audiences in 10 cities will have the opportunity to share in the excitement of discovery of a film fresh from the  2013 Festival as well as hear directly from the filmmaker about their work.

Each of 10 filmmakers will travel to one of the following cities: Ann Arbor, MI; Boston, MA; Brooklyn, NY; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Nashville, TN; Orlando, FL; San Francisco, CA; and Tucson, AZ.  In each city, the filmmaker will introduce and screen their film and participate in a Q&A with the audience.

Palm Springs International Film Festival to Honor Bradley Cooper, Sally Field, and Argo

Palm Springs International Film Festival to Honor Bradley Cooper, Sally Field, and Argo

Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook

The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor actor Bradley Cooper, actress Sally Field and the cast of Argo.  The Festival runs January 3-14, 2012.

Bradley Cooper will be presented with the Desert Palm Achievement Award for acting, Academy Award® winning actress Sally Field with its Career Achievement Award, and the film Argo with its Ensemble Performance Award.  

Bradley Cooper is currently starring in the Weinstein Company’s Silver Linings Playbook, a family drama, comedy and love story based on the bestselling novel by Matthew Quick, written and directed by David O. Russell.  Pat Solution has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and after spending 8 months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation.  All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet – and to share their family’s obsession with their favorite Philadelphia football team.  When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.  Cooper served as an executive producer on the film and stars in it along with Jennifer Lawrence, Robert Demuro, Jackie Weaver, Anuran Khmer and Chris Tucker.

Cooper received Best Actor from the National Board of Review and is nominated for a Best Male Lead Independent Spirit Award.  Past honorees of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Jeff Bridges, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and John Travolta.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival to Honor Actress Amy Adams with the Cinema Vanguard Award

Santa Barbara International Film Festival to Honor Actress Amy Adams with the Cinema Vanguard Award

  The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor award winning actor Amy Adams with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Thursday, January 31, 2013. She will be honored for her exceptional performance in this year’s The Master with a tribute at the 28th edition of the Festival, which runs January 24 – February 3, 2013. Adams, a three- time Academy Award® nominee and just awarded Best Supporting Actress by the L.A. Film Critics Association, portrayed […]

Amour and The Master Among LA Film Critics Best Films of 2012

Amour and The Master Among LA Film Critics Best Films of 2012

The Master

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association picked “Amour” Michael Haneke’s film about an elderly couple dealing with ageing and dementia “as the best film of 2012. “The Master” which stars Joaquin Phoenix as a World War II veteran who comes under the sway of a charismatic cult leader was chosen as best-picture runner-up.

“The Master” did win four awards including best director for Paul Thomas Anderson, best actor for Joaquin Phoenix, supporting actress for Amy Adams and production design for David Crank and Jack Fisk.

38th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Winners:

BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO And Winners of 15th Moët British Independent Film Awards

BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO And Winners of 15th Moët British Independent Film Awards

BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO

The 15th Moët British Independent Film Awards winners were announced at the star-studded ceremony on Sunday night and BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO won the most awards on the night, picking up four trophies for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Achievement In Production and Best Technical Achievement. THE IMPOSTER won two awards: Best British Documentary and The Douglas Hickox Award (Directorial Debut) for Bart Layton, matching the tally for BROKEN which also won two for Best British Independent Film and Best Supporting Actor. SIGHTSEERS won Best Screenplay and THE HUNT was awarded Best International Independent Film. James Floyd picked up the Most Promising Newcomer Award for his role in MY BROTHER THE DEVIL.

Best British Independent Film was won by BROKEN with Peter Strickland picking up Best Director for BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO; Andrea Riseborough won Best Actress for SHADOW DANCERand Toby Jones won Best Actor for BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO. Olivia Colman collected her second BIFA in two years, this time for Best Supporting Actress for HYDE PARK ON HUDSON and Rory Kinnear took home Best Supporting Actor for BROKEN.

 

The Moët British Independent Film Awards winners for 2012 (bold): 

104 Original Scores in 2012 Oscar Race

104 Original Scores in 2012 Oscar Race

One hundred four scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 85th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:

Tribeca Film, Focus World To Release GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY starring Penn Badgley

Tribeca Film, Focus World To Release GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY starring Penn Badgley

Greetings from Tim Buckley, described as “a captivating exploration of two generations of musicians – Tim and Jeff Buckley” will be released in the US by a partnership withTribeca Film and Focus World, the alternative distribution initiative owned and operated by Focus Features. The film which had its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival is directed by Dan Algrant (People I Know), co-written by Emma Sheanshang, David Brendel, and Algrant, and stars Mr. […]

Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2013 Feature Film Competition Lineup

Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2013 Feature Film Competition Lineup

Best Friends Forever

The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival which coincides with the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT each year, announced their Narrative and Documentary Feature Competition Programs. The Feature Competition Programs present breakthrough films by first-time feature film directors from around the world. The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival will showcase 22 feature-length competition films – 12 Narrative Films and 10 Documentary Films, including 13 World Premieres and 7 US Premieres. 

The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival will take place January 18 – 24, 2013 in Park City, Utah, at the Treasure Mountain Inn: 255 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060. 

The lineup.

2013 Sundance Film Festival Unveils Short Film Lineup

2013 Sundance Film Festival Unveils Short Film Lineup

When the Zombies come

65 short films have been selected from a record 8,102 submissions (427 more than for the 2012 Festival) to screen at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. 

Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The Short Film section of our 2013 Festival is comprised of bold works by adventurous filmmakers who have mastered creative ways to embody their unique perspectives in the short form onscreen. The selections represent the immensely varied and dynamic approaches to storytelling that will inspire audiences with their huge accomplishments within a limited timeframe.”

The Short Film program is presented by YouTube.

Bronx International Film Festival to Kick Off On December 6th with French Film Vole Comme Un Papillon

Bronx International Film Festival to Kick Off On December 6th with French Film Vole Comme Un Papillon

Vole Comme Un Papillon

The world premiere of the French film Vole Comme Un Papillon will open the 10th Annual Bronx International Film Festival on Thursday, December 6th, 2013,  at the Lovinger Theater at Lehman College, in the Bronx, New York City. 

Vole Comme Un Papillon directed by Jerome Maldhe and starring Max Gomis, Sabrina Ouazani, Hammou Graia, and Zaher Rehaz; is about Youssef who lives in a dormitory town and has just celebrated his 13 years. His best friend, Ladji, is plunged into the coma recently. When Youssef learns that the culprit is other one than his brother, he sees his family tearing under the eyes and tries to pick up the pieces.

The three-day festival runs through Saturday December 8, at Lovinger Theater at Lehman College and includes more than 30 shorts, documentaries, animated and feature-length movies.

The complete lineup:

New York Film Critics Circle Names Zero Dark Thirty as Best Picture of 2012

New York Film Critics Circle Names Zero Dark Thirty as Best Picture of 2012

Zero Dark Thirty

Kathryn Bigelow’s war drama Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, was named Best Picture by the New York Film Critics Circle. The film also won the awards for Best Director (Bigelow) and Best Cinematographer (Greig Fraser). Ken Burns’ The Central Park Five won the award for Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary), Amour won the award for Best Foreign Film, and David France How To Survive A Plague won the award for Best First Film.

2012 Awards

Sundance Film Festival Announces Premieres and Documentary Premieres Films

Sundance Film Festival Announces Premieres and Documentary Premieres Films

Don Jon’s Addiction

Sundance Film Festival announced the films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2013 festival scheduled to run January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Films on the lineup include Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, Don Jon’s Addiction, about a selfish modern-day Don Juan attempts to change his ways. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, and Tony Danza.

The complete lineup

15 Documentary Features Advance in 2012 Oscar Race

15 Documentary Features Advance in 2012 Oscar Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards®. One hundred twenty-six pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:    “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” Never Sorry LLC   “Bully,” The Bully Project LLC   “Chasing Ice,” Exposure   “Detropia,” Loki Films   “Ethel,” Moxie Firecracker Films   “5 Broken Cameras,” Guy DVD […]

AMOUR is the Big WInner at the 25th European Film Awards

AMOUR is the Big WInner at the 25th European Film Awards

Michael Haneke’s film about an elderly couple dealing with ageing and dementia swept the 25th European Film Awards taking home the awards for European Film of the Year, European Director, European Actor, and European Actress.  At the awards ceremony in Berlin the following awards were presented:  EUROPEAN FILM 2012:AMOURFrance / Germany / Austria, 127 minwritten & directed by Michael Hanekeproduced by Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka & Michael Katz  EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2012:Michael Haneke for AMOUR  EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2012:Emmanuelle Riva in AMOUR  EUROPEAN ACTOR 2012:Jean-Louis […]

2013 Producers Guild Awards Announces Documentary Motion Picture Nominations

2013 Producers Guild Awards Announces Documentary Motion Picture Nominations

  The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced the Documentary Motion Picture nominees for the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The nominated films, listed below in alphabetical order, are: A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED THE GATEKEEPERS THE ISLAND PRESIDENT THE OTHER DREAM TEAM SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN All other nominations for the 2013 Producers Guild Award categories will be announced on January 3, 2013. All 2013 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on January 26, 2013 […]

11 Live Action Shorts Advance in Oscar Race

11 Live Action Shorts Advance in Oscar Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 11 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards®.  A tie in the nominations balloting resulted in 11 films being shortlisted.  One hundred twenty-five pictures had originally qualified in the category.  The 11 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “A Fábrica (The Factory),” Aly Muritiba, director (Grafo Audiovisual)“Asad,” Bryan Buckley, director, […]

2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films in Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier

2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films in Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier

Gangs of Wasseypur

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival announced the films to screen in the out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier, as well as the installations and performances to be featured in the Festival’s New Frontier venue. The Festival takes place January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

The 2013 edition of New Frontier will showcase films, media installations, multimedia performances, transmedia experiences and panel discussions that explore the convergence of film, art, new media technology and storytelling. 2013 will mark the seventh year of New Frontier

The films include:

Life of Pi Among 10 Films in Visual Effects Oscar Race

Life of Pi Among 10 Films in Visual Effects Oscar Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 85th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order:      “The Amazing Spider-Man”     “Cloud Atlas”     “The Dark Knight Rises”     “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”     “John Carter”     “Life of Pi”     “Marvel’s The Avengers”     “Prometheus”     “Skyfall”     “Snow White and the Huntsman” The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on […]

Anne Chaisson is New Executive Director of Hamptons International Film Festival

Anne Chaisson is New Executive Director of Hamptons International Film Festival

  The Hamptons International Film Festival announced the appointment of Anne Chaisson as the new executive director. Chaisson, who has long been associated with the Festival, serving as Advisory Co-Chair since 2003, will begin her new post at the end of November. The festival has also promoted David Nugent to artistic director. Nugent has served as director of programming at the festival since 2008. He has also been teaching Documentary film history, and American Independent […]

2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Film Lineup

2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Film Lineup

Upstream Color

Films starring Casey Affleck, Jessica Biel, Ellen Page were among the lineup selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition NEXT <=> section of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

For the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, 113 feature-length films were selected from 12,146 submissions. Of the feature film submissions, 2,070 were from the U.S. and 1,974 were international. 98 feature films at the Festival will be world premieres.

The complete lineup of films

Actress Jennifer Lawrence, Actors Ben Affleck, and Robert DeNiro to be Honored at 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Actress Jennifer Lawrence, Actors Ben Affleck, and Robert DeNiro to be Honored at 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Academy Award® nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence, director, producer and actor Ben Affleck, and actor Robert DeNiro at the 28th edition of the Fest, which runs January 24 -February 3, 2013. Lawrence will be presented with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award celebrating her performances in The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook. Starring alongside Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O. Russell, Lawrence plays the vulnerable and complex Tiffany, […]

Palm Springs International Film Festival to honor Robert Zemeckis, Naomi Watts and Helen Hunt

Palm Springs International Film Festival to honor Robert Zemeckis, Naomi Watts and Helen Hunt

  Director Robert Zemeckis, along with actresses Naomi Watts and Helen Hunt at the Awards Gala will be honored at the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festivalwhich runs January 3-14, 2013. PSIFF will present Academy Award® winning director Robert Zemeckis with the Director of the Year Award for Flight, Naomi Watts with the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award and Academy Award winner Helen Hunt with the Spotlight Award. Zemeckis directed Paramount Pictures’ dramatic thriller Flight, starring Denzel Washington currently in theaters. Watts stars in the Summit Entertainment film The Impossible, based on […]

2012 Arpa International Film Festival Showcasing Armenian Films Opens in LA November 29 with Comedian Jamie Kennedy’s LOST & FOUND IN ARMENIA

2012 Arpa International Film Festival Showcasing Armenian Films Opens in LA November 29 with Comedian Jamie Kennedy’s LOST & FOUND IN ARMENIA

LOST & FOUND IN ARMENIA

The 15th annual Arpa International Film Festival opens on Thursday November 29 and runs through December 2, 2012 at The Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, California showcasing over 60 feature films, documentaries and short films  from  17 countries.   

This year’s N. American bows include Tobias Tobbell’s  (The Drummond Will) British thriller CONFINE starring Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) and supermodel Daisy Lowe in her feature debut .  Also showing for the first time in N.America is Aram Sukiasyan’s  rock opera WANDERING. ‘Wandering’ is the first such film made in Armenia.

West Coast feature premieres include Nicolas Tackian’s French drama AZAD and  Ajay Singh’s endearing family film UPSIDE DOWN (Khalti Doka Varti Paay).  The latter film from India was an official selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival’s World Cinema section.

These films join the North American premiers of the opening night film Gor Kirakosian’s comedy LOST & FOUND IN ARMENIA (USA), Centerpiece Program Sebastian Siegel’s documentary AWAKENING WORLD (USA),  the taboo breaking  ZENNE DANCER (TURKEY) and Closing Night Film Armenia’s Official Submission to the Foreign Language Category at the 85th Academy Awards® Natalya Belyauskene’s powerful drama IF ONLY EVERYONE (Armenia) . The Festival will also host acclaimed filmmaker Tsvetana Paskaleva’s revival screening of WOUNDS OF KARABAKH (1994) and Hrach Keshishyan’s special sneak peak of his forthcoming 2013 historical epic feature film, NJDEH. Both filmmakers will be in attendance at Arpa International Film Festival.

15th Annual Arpa International Film Festival Program

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