Filmmaker Mary Sweeney Named New Chairman Of Film Independent’s Board Of Directors

Filmmaker Mary Sweeney Named New Chairman Of Film Independent’s Board Of Directors

Filmmaker Mary Sweeney (The Straight Story, Baraboo) has been elected as the new sitting Chair of the Board of Directors for Film Independent. She takes over the position from outgoing Chair, filmmaker Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn Part I and II, Gods & Monsters), who has served as Chairman for the last three years. On the Executive Committee, Sweeney joins current Vice Chair, writer/director Rodrigo García (Mother and Child, In Treatment); Secretary, director/producer Alan Poul (The Backup Plan, The Newsroom, Rome) and newly seated Treasurer, Landmark Theatres C.E.O. Ted Mundorff. Condon will remain on Film Independent’s Executive Committee as a member-at-large.

Perspektive Deutsches Kino Program Lineup at 2013 Belinale, to Open with Stephan Lacant’s Freier Fall

Perspektive Deutsches Kino Program Lineup at 2013 Belinale, to Open with Stephan Lacant’s Freier Fall

Stephan Lacant’s film Freier Fall

The Perspektive Deutsches Kino program at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival will open with Stephan Lacant’s film Freier Fall. Max Riemelt (Kay), Katharina Schüttler (Bettina) and Hanno Koffler (Marc) are the protagonists in a love triangle, in which Marc and Bettina are expecting a child at the same time as Marc falls in love with his colleague Kay.

Three of the fictional films – Silvi (directed by Nico Sommer), DeAD (directed by Sven Halfar) andEndzeit (directed by Sebastian Fritzsch) – were self-produced by their respective filmmakers. Silvi is unmistakably set in Berlin. In it the 47-year-old title character (Lina Wendel) starts afresh after separating from her partner. DeAD is exquisite pulp fiction from Hamburg: following his mother’s suicide, cool Patrick (Tilman Strauß) shows up at his unknown father’s 60th birthday party and immediately makes it clear that things are about to escalate. And Endzeit  depicts survival after a catastrophe, when a young woman (Anne von Keller) turns hunter to still her hunger.

Two fictional film-academy works explore the boundaries between fictional and documentary film. Anne Zohra Berrached’s Zwei Mütter portrays in an almost documentary style a couple’s wish for a child (Sabine Wolf and Karina Plachetka) and their discovery that most sperm banks do not provide services to same-sex couples. In his 60-minute film Die Wiedergänger, director Andreas Bolm avoids presenting the world in documentary form, but instead seeks the point where fiction begins. The outcome is an artistically austere film about loss and eternal return.

Perspektive Deutsches Kino film lineup

Nine More Films Added to Competition Program for 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

Nine More Films Added to Competition Program for 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

Side Effects

Another nine films have been selected for the Competition Programme of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. Among the nine films is the International Premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum and the World Premiere of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi’s Parde (Closed Curtain).

5 Broken Cameras, Detropia Top 6th Annual Cinema Eye Honors

5 Broken Cameras, Detropia Top 6th Annual Cinema Eye Honors

5 Broken Cameras

5 Broken Cameras, Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi’s documentary about Israeli settlements encroaching upon Burnat’s Palestinian village, was named Outstanding Feature at the 6th Annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens last night.  

A slate of Oscar shortlisted films won in the other categories.  Dimitri Doganis received Outstanding Production for The Imposter, T. Woody Richman and Tyler H. Walk won for Outstanding Editing for How to Survive a Plague, Jeff Orlowski took Outstanding Cinematography for Chasing Ice and Oskar Gullstrand and Arvid Steen won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation for Searching for Sugar Man.

Lee Hirsch’s Bully received the Cinema Eye Audience Choice Prize.

Cinema Eye presented honors for Nonfiction Short Filmmaking to Robert-Jan Lacombe’sGood-bye Mandima (Kwa Heri Mandima), the Spotlight Award was presented to Wojciech Staron for Argentinian Lesson and the Heterodox Award for Narrative Filmmaking, went to Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours, that recognizes a narrative film that imaginatively incorporates nonfiction strategies, content and/or modes of production.

This year’s Legacy Award was presented to the 1993 verite classic The War Room, which took viewers behind the scenes of the 1992 Bill Clinton campaign.  

The following is a complete list of Cinema Eye Honors winners for 2012:

2013 Oscar Nominations Announced, Beasts of the Southern Wild Surprises With 4 Nominations

2013 Oscar Nominations Announced, Beasts of the Southern Wild Surprises With 4 Nominations

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild surprised everyone when the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards® were announced today by this year’s Oscar host, Seth MacFarlane, and actress Emma Stone. The little film received four nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Behn Zeitlin, Best Adapted Screenplay, Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin and Best Actress, Quvenzhané Wallis. At the age of 9, Wallis is the youngest ever nominee of the Academy Award for Best Actress.

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

Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards

Film Independent Announces The 3 Films Nominated for the 2013 Jameson Find Your Audience Award

Film Independent Announces The 3 Films Nominated for the 2013 Jameson Find Your Audience Award

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives

Film Independent announced the nominees of the 2013 Jameson® FIND Your Audience Award, which is one of the four Film Independent Spirit Award filmmaker grants to be handed out at the January 12 nominee brunch. Funded by Jameson® Irish Whiskey, a Premier Sponsor of the awards, the $50,000 crash grant is designed to assist a feature narrative or documentary filmmaker in building the audience for his or her film. The winner will be highlighted at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 23, 2013. 

The nominees for the 2013 Jameson FIND Your Audience Award are:

Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2013 Jury

Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2013 Jury

Slamdance announced today the Jury for the 19th Annual Slamdance Film Festival, which includes many of the minds behind SXSW, Woodstock, etc. The Slamdance Awards will be presented on January 24th during the awards ceremony.

“We are thrilled to have such independent filmmaking revolutionaries judging this years diverse slate of films,” stated Peter Baxter, Slamdance President & Co-Founder.

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 2013 Slamdance Competition Jurors:

Mary Bacarella is New Managing Director of Seattle International Film Festival

Mary Bacarella is New Managing Director of Seattle International Film Festival

Mary Bacarella, a long-time Space Needle executive, has been named Seattle International Film Festival Managing Director effective February 1, 2013. Ms. Bacarella will lead the organization in tandem with Artistic Director Carl Spence and succeed Deborah Person, who has served as SIFF’s managing director since 2005. “Mary is the perfect choice to build on SIFF’s significant accomplishments and lead the organization going forward,” said Michelle Quisenberry, SIFF board president. “Mary has been involved with SIFF for 15 years […]

International Film Festival Rotterdam Announced The Nominees and Jury for 2013 Hivos Tiger Awards

International Film Festival Rotterdam Announced The Nominees and Jury for 2013 Hivos Tiger Awards

It Felt Like Love

The International Film Festival Rotterdam announced the sixteen nominees and the jury of the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition. The three winners of the Hivos Tiger Awards will be chosen by a jury of five, among them artist Ai Weiwei.

The winning films will be selected by Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamedarya – who has been banned from acting in film, theatre and television for the past two years, by Russian screenwriter and filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa (The Revue, My Joy), Dutch director Kees Hin (Shadowland) and artistic director of the Seville European Film Festival José Luis Cienfuegos. Chinese visual artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei (Fairytale, One Recluse) will not be able to attend the festival and will join the jury from his home in Beijing. 

The nominees 

Stories We Tell Wins Toronto Film Critics 2012 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award

Stories We Tell Wins Toronto Film Critics 2012 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award

Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley’s documentary inquiry into her tangled family history, has won the Toronto Film Critics Association’s 2012 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award and the $100,000 prize. This marks the second time the TFCA has honoured Polley for Best Canadian Film; she won for her first feature, Away From Her (2006). Stories We Tell also received the TFCA’s 2012 Allan King Documentary Award. Also nominated for the award were Bestiaire, directed by Denis Côté, and Goon, directed by Michael Dowse.  As runners-up, […]

Amour, Marley Receive Nominations For The EE British Academy Film Awards in 2013

Amour, Marley Receive Nominations For The EE British Academy Film Awards in 2013

Marley

Lincoln was the clear leader with ten nods when the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards were announced today in London. The Master and Amour have four nominations and and Silver Linings Playbook received three nominations. 

Emmanuelle Riva is nominated in Leading Actress for Amour, which is also nominated in Film Not in the English Language. Director, Michael Haneke received nominations for Director and Original Screenplay.

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have Leading Actress and Actor nominations for Silver Linings Playbook, which is also nominated for Adapted Screenplay.

The Imposter and McCullin are both nominated in Documentary. The filmmakers behind both films are nominated for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Director Bart Layton and Producer Dimitri Doganis for The Imposter and Director David Morris and Director/Producer Jacqui Morris for McCullin. Also nominated in the Documentary category are: Marley, Searching for Sugar Man and West of Memphis.

Moonrise Kingdom is nominated for Original Screenplay. Beasts of the Southern Wild is nominated in the Adapted Screenplay category. 

Headhunters, The Hunt and Untouchable are all nominated in the Film Not in the English Language category, alongside Amour and Rust and Bone.

The EE British Academy Film Awards, hosted by Stephen Fry, take place on Sunday 10 February at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. 

Complete list of 2012 NOMINATIONS (presented in 2013)

First selections Announced for Bright Future and Spectrum Sections at 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam

First selections Announced for Bright Future and Spectrum Sections at 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam

Grenzgänger, Florian Flicker

The first selections for the 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam‘s main sections Bright Future and Spectrum were released and among the many world and international premieres are new works by famous directors Bernardo Bertolucci, Ulrich Seidl, Olivier Assayas, Nakata Hideo and by numerous young talents. 

The festival will screen the world premiere of The Complex by Nakata Hideo, director of horror movies (The Ring). Also from Japan comes Japan’s Tragedy by Kobayashi Masahiro, a family drama dedicated to the victims of the 2011 tsunami. Indonesian director Garin Nugroho presents Soegija, a large-scale historical drama that focuses on the life of the first native Indonesian bishop Soegijapranata. Also from Indonesia, Kusuma Widjaja Putu presents his first feature film On Mother’s Head, picturing daily life on the island of Bali. 

2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Announces Film Lineup

2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Announces Film Lineup

Wasteland

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), begins Thursday, January 24 and continues through Sunday, February 3, 2013, announced its film line-up for 2013. 

SBIFF 2013 will kick off with the U.S. Premiere of Disconnect, directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård and Max Thieriot. Disconnect holds a mirror up to our community and our obsession with all things technical. The story introduces us to a vast collection of characters: A lawyer, an estranged couple, a widowed ex-cop and an ambitious journalist who are all strangers, neighbors and colleagues whose stories collide in this compelling drama about ordinary people desperate for a human connection. Filmed with a somewhat voyeuristic style, Disconnect marks the first fiction feature from Henry-Alex Rubin, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Murderball, from an original screenplay by Andrew Stern. 

On Closing Night, SBIFF will present the U.S. Premiere of Wasteland, written and directed by Rowan Athale, marking his feature directing debut, and starring Matthew Lewis, Timothy Spall and Iwan Rheon. In this exhilarating heist thriller, a young ex-con hooks up with his best mates to embark on a wild — and risky — revenge scheme after being framed by a local drug kingpin. 

SBIFF will present an International Gala Screening of Pablo Larraín’s film, “No,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal. The film, which is about an ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum, was a favorite at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and winner of their Art Cinema Award. Director Pablo Larraín and Gael Garcia Bernal will attend.

Below is the list of World and US Premiere films, followed by the list of titles by sidebar category. 

Directors Guild of America Announces Nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2012

Directors Guild of America Announces Nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2012

Life of Pi

The Directors Guild of America announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2012. The winner will be named at the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 2, 2013.

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

BEN AFFLECK
Argo
(Warner Bros. Pictures)  
This is Mr. Affleck’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.

KATHRYN BIGELOW
Zero Dark Thirty
(Columbia Pictures)
This is Ms. Bigelow’s second DGA Feature Film Award nomination. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Hurt Locker in 2009. 

TOM HOOPER 
Les Misérables
(Universal Pictures)
This is Mr. Hooper’s second DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The King’s Speech (2010) and was previously nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Mini-Series for John Adams in 2008.

ANG LEE 
Life of Pi
(Twentieth Century Fox)
This is Mr. Lee’s fourth DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and was nominated for Sense and Sensibility in 1995.

STEVEN SPIELBERG 
Lincoln
(Dreamworks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox)
This is Mr. Spielberg’s eleventh DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film three times for Saving Private Ryan (1998),Schindler’s List (1993) and The Color Purple (1985). He was also nominated in this category for Munich(2005), Amistad (1997), Empire of the Sun (1987), E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Jaws (1975). Mr. Spielberg was honored with the DGA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. 

Dutch Film The Resurrection of a Bastard to Open 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam

Dutch Film The Resurrection of a Bastard to Open 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam

The world premiere of De wederopstanding van een klootzak (The Resurrection of a Bastard) by Guido van Driel will open the 42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam on Wednesday 23 January. The film stars Yorick van Wageningen (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Juda Goslinga and Goua Robert Grovogui. Recently deceased Dutch actor Jeroen Willems plays in one of the smaller roles. 

The Resurrection of a Bastard, Van Driel’s fiction feature début, is also selected for the festival’s Hivos Tiger Awards Competition.

OSCAR Host Seth Macfarlane Joins Emma Stone To Announce Oscar Nominations

OSCAR Host Seth Macfarlane Joins Emma Stone To Announce Oscar Nominations

Emma Stone in The Help

Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards® will be announced by the show’s host, Seth MacFarlane, and actress Emma Stone on Thursday, January 10. This will be the first time since 1972 that an Oscar show host has participated in the nominations announcement.

MacFarlane and Stone will unveil the nominations at a 5:30 a.m. PT news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where hundreds of media representatives from around the world will be gathered.

Amour Tops National Society of Film Critics 2012 Awards

Amour Tops National Society of Film Critics 2012 Awards

Amour

The National Society of Film Critics voted Michael Haneke’s “Amour” the best film of 2012. Amour also won the award for Best Actress for Emmanuelle Riva and Best Director for Michael Haneke. Amour is now definitely considered an Oscar frontrunner.

A full list of the other awards follows.

French Film Azad Wins 15th Arpa International Film Festival

French Film Azad Wins 15th Arpa International Film Festival

BEST DOCUMENTARY Feature Award for THE SUFFERING GRASSES WHEN ELEPHANTS FIGHT, IT IS THE GRASS THAT SUFFERS

The 15th Arpa International Film Festival (AFFMA.org) ran from Thursday, November 29 to Sunday, December 2, 2012, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, and showcased over 60 films from around the globe.

The festival culminated with a Gala event and awards ceremony at which filmmakers, sponsors, and honored guests were celebrated. 

BEST PICTURE was awarded to Nicolas Tackian for his French drama AZAD

BEST DIRECTOR kudos was delivered to Caner Alper and Mehmet Binay for the Turkish film ZENNE DANCER.

BEST SCREENPLAY Award was given to Arshaluys Harutyunyan for the Armenian drama WANDERING

The BEST DOCUMENTARY Feature Award for THE SUFFERING GRASSES: WHEN ELEPHANTS FIGHT, IT IS THE GRASS THAT SUFFERS was presented to Yara Lee.

Eddie Deleon Melikyan accepted the award for BEST SHORT FILM for directing JUST LIKE HER.

Silver Linings Playbook, Searching for Sugar Man Among 2013 Writers Guild Awards Screen Nominations

Silver Linings Playbook, Searching for Sugar Man Among 2013 Writers Guild Awards Screen Nominations

Searching for Sugar Man

Silver Linings Playbook and Searching for Sugar Man made the list when the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2012. Winners will be honored at the 2013 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2013, during simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

Nominees are

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Announces 2013 Film Lineup, Opens With Nina Davenport’s First Comes Love

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Announces 2013 Film Lineup, Opens With Nina Davenport’s First Comes Love

First Comes Love

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival announced the official selections for the 10th annual festival, being held February 15-24, 2013 at the Historic Wilma and Crystal Theaters in downtown Missoula, Montana.  The 2013 program was curated from more than 1000 entries from around the globe.  The opening night film, Nina Davenport’s “First Comes Love,” will be free and open to the public, courtesy of HBO Documentary Films.

In addition to special programming events and the competitive selections, the 10th Big Sky Documentary Film Festival will celebrate a decade of non-fiction movie programming with a “Best 10 of 10” series, re-screening some of the greatest films ever shown at Big Sky.  This special “Best of” screening series is sponsored by Humanities Montana.  Additionally, the 2013 Retrospective Series will feature MacArthur Fellow, Stanley Nelson.  Nelson’s films have aired on the prestigious PBS series’ American Experience, American Masters, and Independent Lens.  In 2006 his film “Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple” was shortlisted for the Academy Awards in the Documentary Feature category.

The Big Sky Doc Shop, an industry-focused four-day event that offers documentary filmmakers opportunities for networking, discussion, and professional development, through workshops, panels, and the annual Big Sky Documentary Pitch session will begin Monday, February 18th. The Documentary Pitch Session panelists include some of the top non-fiction commissioning editors in television representing BBC Storyville, POV/The American Documentary, CNN, ITVS, and the Sundance Documentary Fund.

2013 OFFICAL SELECTIONS

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty Among 2013 Cinema Eye Heterodox Award Nominees

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty Among 2013 Cinema Eye Heterodox Award Nominees

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Five films are nominated for the 2013 Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking Heterodox Award.  The Cinema Eye Heterodox Award honors a narrative film that imaginatively incorporates nonfiction strategies, content and/or modes of production.  The nominees are: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Ceasar Must Die (Cesare deve morire), Craig Zobel’s Compliance, Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours, Pablo Larraín’s No, and Terence Nance’s An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. Previous winners of the award were Matt Porterfield’s Putty Hill (2011) and Mike Mills’ Beginners(2012).

The 2013 Heterodox Award will be presented at the 6th Annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking on January 9 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, New York.

The Five Nominees for the 2013 Cinema Eye Heterodox Award:

HBO Announces Lineup of Documentaries for the First Half of 2013

HBO Announces Lineup of Documentaries for the First Half of 2013

MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD

HBO has released its lineup of documentaries for the first half of 2013. Among the films are MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, from Alex Gibney (HBO’s Oscar(R)-winning “Taxi to the Dark Side), exposing the systematic abuse of power in the Catholic Church; WHICH WAY IS THE FRONTLINE FROM HERE?: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TIM HETHERINGTON, from Sebastian Junger (the Oscar(R)-nominated “Restrepo”), an unflinching portrait of the late war photographer and filmmaker; and 50 CHILDREN: THE RESCUE MISSION OF MR. AND MRS. KRAUS, the never-before-told story of one couple’s courage during the Holocaust.

Upcoming HBO documentaries include (in chronological order):

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Host 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Host 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony

  Actor, writer and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt who has appeared in seven films at the Sundance Film Festival, including Mysterious Skin, Brick, and (500) Days of Summer will host this year’s, 2013 Sundance Film Festival feature film Awards Ceremony on January 26, 2013, in Park City, Utah. Gordon-Levitt’s feature film directorial debut, Don Jon’s Addiction, will also screen in the out-of-competition Premieres section at the 2013 Festival, and Gordon-Levitt is an Artist Trustee of Sundance Institute. The Festival takes place January […]

2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival to Honor Actor Leonardo DiCaprio

2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival to Honor Actor Leonardo DiCaprio

  The 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in its 28th year, will honor Academy Award® nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio with the American Riviera Award. DiCaprio, whose latest film Django Unchained was released to critical acclaim and box office success this Christmas, will be honored on Friday, February 1 at the Arlington Theatre. “We are thrilled to be honoring Leonardo DiCaprio with the American Riviera Award, in a year where he has shown us another […]