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 […]

Weinsteins Partners with Icon on film Financing and Production Fund

Weinsteins Partners with Icon on film Financing and Production Fund

This probably won’t help the majority of true independent films, but The Weinstein Company announced on Monday that they are partnering with Icon UK Group to launch a new film finance and production fund to buy or produce films with budgets between $5 million and $20 million. The Weinstein Co., run by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, will handle U.S. distribution, while Icon UK will handle distribution in Britain. Other territories would be split between […]

The Moët British Independent Film Awards Announce Nominations And Jury For 13th Edition

The Moët British Independent Film Awards Announce Nominations And Jury For 13th Edition

The nominations and jury members for the thirteenth annual Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced today, Monday 1st November at St Martins Lane, London by Jared Harris. Joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson said: “This year’s nominations truly reflect the scope of independent filmmaking in the UK and regardless of budget each category showcases the wealth and variety of talent committed to making quality British films.” […]

Protesters At Rome Film Festival Opening Night

Protesters At Rome Film Festival Opening Night

The opening ceremony of the Rome Film Festival was marred by a protest over the Italian government’s drastic cuts to funds for cultural events, with some 800 people storming the red carpet. Keira Knightley and Eva Mendes, whose film “Last Night,” opened the festival, were whisked into the theater alongside the rest of the film’s cast, surrounded by bodyguards. The film, which also casts “Avatar” star Sam Worthington and French actor Guillaume Canet, opened the […]

Savannah Film Festival Presents Miles Teller With the ‘Discovery Award’ October 31

Savannah Film Festival Presents Miles Teller With the ‘Discovery Award’ October 31

The 13th annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by SCAD, presented Miles Teller with the  “Discovery Award” on October 31. Teller admitted to being humbled by the honor. “This is my first film award – my very first one,” he said upon accepting the award. “The Discovery Award has a certain amount of pressure to it,” he quipped. “I have to live up to the expectation and also prove that SCAD made the right choice.” Teller, […]

RIP: Director George Hickenlooper

RIP: Director George Hickenlooper

George Hickenlooper, director of Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, Dogtown, Mayor of Sunset Strip and Factory Girl, died suddenly in Denver on Saturday at the age of 47. Hickenlooper was in Denver to promote his latest film, Casino Jack, at the Starz Denver Film Festival. The 33rd Starz Denver Film Festival will be devoted to director George Hickenlooper, the Denver Film Society announced Saturday night.   source: Deadbolt  

Monster’s Ball Screenwriter Injured in NY Subway Accident

Monster’s Ball Screenwriter Injured in NY Subway Accident

Screenwriter Will Rokos, who earned an Academy Award nomination for “Monster’s Ball” was in critical but stable condition after he was clipped in the head by a train while leaning over a subway platform in New York City.  The NY Post reports, that cops said Rokos was waiting for a train Saturday afternoon when he leaned over to peer down the tunnel. The train barreled into the station striking Rokos in the head. The impact […]

The 4th Annual Other Israel Film Festival in New York Announces Films And Special Events

The 4th Annual Other Israel Film Festival in New York Announces Films And Special Events

The 4th Annual Other Israel Film Festival will take place from November 11th – November 21st.  Since its establishment, The Other Israel Film Festival showcases the diversity of Israeli life with award-winning films and open discussions on the margins of Israeli society that is rarely seen by the mainstream, let alone presented to American audiences. Among those are the country’s Arab population (Christian, Muslim, Bedouin and Druze) that makes up 20% of Israel’s population, as […]

The 2010 ISFF Awards Announced!

The 2010 ISFF Awards Announced!

The 2010 jury, consisting of Carl Zimmer, Valerie Weiss and Randy Olson, have selected “An Eyeful of Sound” as the winner of the Nature Scientific Merit Award. The Nature Scientific Merit Award is awarded to a short film that exemplifies science in narrative filmmaking in a compelling, credible and inspiring manner. People’s Choice Award – $1,000 The audience of the 3rd Annual Imagine Science Film Festival has selected “Marius Borodine”as the winner of the Nature […]

BFI London Film Festival Announces 2010 Awards Winners

The 54th BFI London Film Festival announced its winners at the high profile awards ceremony held at London’s LSO St Luke’s. The five awards were presented by some of the most respected figures in the film world.

BEST FILM: HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER, directed by Alexei Popogrebsky
Celebrating the most original, intelligent and distinctive filmmaking in the Festival, the Best Film award, presented in partnership with American Express, has been judged by an international jury chaired by actress Patricia Clarkson alongside fellow jurors including Gabriel Byrne. The award for Best Film was presented by Patricia Clarkson to Alexei Popogrebsky for HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER.