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

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

Still

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