The Sundance Director’s Lab is currently wrapping at the Sundance Institute in Utah, and we have two filmmakers blogging about their experience. First up is Uzbekistan writer/director Saodat Ismailova, whose project, 40 Days of Silence, is described like this: “Four generations of women under one roof in Uzbekistan look to each other for comfort as they try to overcome their destinies.” Yesterday, June 19th, the director’s lab came to the end. When I look back at the past three weeks of my life it already seems like it was more than a year ago… I will simply divide the process […]
The Sundance Institute has announced the inaugural Shortslab: LA, a three-part, all-day workshop that will offer filmmakers inside guidance through the development, production, and exhibition of short films. Shortlabs: LA will be held Saturday, July 31st at the Downtown Independent Theater (251 South Main Street) in Los Angeles. Tickets are $150. For information or to purchase tickets visit: www.sundance.org/shortslab Here is the workshop schedule: Story Development (9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.): Acclaimed filmmakers including Sundance Film Festival alumni share their experiences working with short-form during their careers. These tales from the trenches will focus on conceptualization and script development. Participants […]
This July 9-29, Sundance will debut its first Sundance Institute Theatre Lab East Africa on the island of Manda, off the coast of Kenya. This Lab, guided by Philip Himberg, Producing Artistic Director of Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, will help artists with the creative process and the development of their projects. Much like the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, Sundance Institute East Africa will involve shared training and mentorship. According to Himberg, this East African partnership honors African cultural customs, but also breaks new grounds. Fellows and participants come from all over the region. 2010 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in East […]
The Brooklyn International Film Festival (BiFF) has announced its 2010 winners. The 13th annual BiFF ran from June 4th- 13th at indieScreen in Williamsburg and at Brooklyn Heights Cinema. Winners were selected from over 101 film film premieres. A total of $50,000 in prizes and services were awarded to the winners. Here is the list of awards: GRAND CHAMELEON AWARD THE MINUTEMEN MOVIE by Corey Wascinski Best Narrative Feature GABI ON THE ROOF IN JULY by Lawrence Michael Levine Best Documentary THE MINUTEMEN MOVIE by Corey Wascinski Best Narrative Short NAISSANCES by Anne Émond Best Animation SPUTNIK 5 by Susanna […]
The 22nd NewFest, New York’s LGBT Film Festival announced its winners over the weekend. Top winners include Xavier Dolan’s I Killed My Mother for Best Narrative Feature and The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls by Leanne Pooley for Best Documentary. The Festival took place June 3-13 in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. List of winners Jury Awards: Best Narrative Short: “Curious Thing” by Alain Hain Best Documentary Short: (Tie) “At Night I Was Beautiful” by Steven Wilsey; “Last Address” by Ira Sachs Best Documentary Feature: “The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls” by Leanne Pooley Best Narrative Feature: “I Killed My Mother” by […]
The 36th Seattle International Film Festival end this weekend with audiences flocking to the 25 day fest as nearly 20% increase from last year. From May 20-June 13, the festival had shown 408 films. The awards ranged from the audience-selected Golden Space Needle Awards; the five juried Competition Awards, as well as the FIPRESCI Award for Best American Film. Borys Lankosz‘s The Reverse won the narrative Grand Jury Prizee , while Marwencol, directed by Jeff Malmberg, took home the doc Grand Jury Prize. The winners of the Jury and Audience Awards are below. SIFF 2010 Best New Director Grand Jury […]
This year’s annual Labor Day ritual in Navada, Burning Man, will also be the site of the inaugural Black Rock City Film Festival (BRCFF), a festival dedicated to shorts which will take place on August 31, 2010. BRCFF is now calling for entries. The fest is seeking shorts— anything under 30 min— that will appeal to the Burning Man crowd. The regular deadline is July 1, and the late deadline is July 15. Learn more about submitting your film here.
This summer, Aspen Film and Aspen Institute are joining forces to present New Views: Premiere Documentaries, a series that features acclaimed documentaries and filmmakers. New Views debuts on July 8 at the Aspen Ideas Festival, and it will continue on Monday evenings from Jul 19- August 9. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director or a special guest. Five new documentaries exploring music, visual art, and photography will premiere at the festival. Click here to learn more. The New Views Line up: July 8: The Furious Force of Rhymes The Aspen Institute presents an advance […]
NBC Universal’s Short Cuts Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 2010 edition. Previously known as “Comedy Short Cuts,” the festival, now in its 5th year, has expanded to include drama, horror, and sci-fi. The deadline for submissions is August 13th. Prizes for finalists include an opportunity to pitch NBC Digital Studios, and the winner will receive a pilot script deal with Universal Media Studios. The semi-finals of this bi-coastal fest will take place in New York in September 2010 and the finals will happen in Los Angeles on October 20. Learn how to submit your short here.
Do not ask for whom Kevorkian tolls, Kevorkian tolls for Stranger Than Fiction. Last night, the spring season of the IFC series came to a close with Kevorkian, Matthew Galkin’s profile of the controversial right-to-die-activist’s recent run for Congress. During the nineties, Kevorkian assisted in the suicides of over one hundred people, becoming the center of a media fire storm, a storm he stoked by sending a tape of himself injecting a terminally-ill man with an overdose of drugs to 60 Minutes and then daring prosecutors to come after him. They took him up on his offer. Determined to provoke […]