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 […]
The Krakow Film Festival ended yesterday closing its landmark 50th year. The oldest film festival in Poland, Krakow Fest is one of the most beloved events spotlighting the work of docs, animation and shorts in Europe. This year’s Documentary Competition had two winners: Sanya and Sparrow, directed by Andriej Griazew, about the early consequences of capitalism in the Soviet Union, and the Golden Horn winner Beyond This Place, directed by Kaleo La Belle, about inter-generational drama between a father and son. The winners of the Silver Horns in the same category were Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, who chronicled the […]
The 2010 Chicago Underground Film Festival, to be held June 24-July 1, will be honoring experimental film guru Jonas Mekas with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Mekas will attend a number of festival screenings, including that of the new documentary Visionaries: Jonas Mekas and the (Mostly) American Avant-Garde, at which he will participate in a Q&A with director Chuck Workman. Here is the complete CUFF lineup: June 24 8:00 p.m.: The Wild Hunt, dir. Alexandre Franchi. A jilted boyfriend enters the strange world of medieval re-enactments in a desperate bid to win his girlfriend back. June 25 6:00 p.m.: World’s Largest, […]
Outfest 2010: The 28th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will screen 147 films from 23 countries and host panels and events throughout the city, from July 8-18. Opening with Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman‘s Howl and closing with J.B. Ghuman, Jr.’s Spork, Outfest will have two other gala screenings as well as a number of special screenings of LGBT classics like Clueless and Hustler White. Here is the complete list of Outfest features: Opening Night Gala – HOWL, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (July 8 at 8:00pm – Orpheum Theatre) Closing Night Gala – Spork, J.B. Ghuman, Jr. […]
Out of 390 applicants from 23 countries, the Tribeca Film Institute and Gucci announced yesterday the seven recipients of the 2010 Gucci Tribeca Documentary fund, whose projects highlight globally important social issues. The projects that will receive a total of $100,000 in grant money are : African Deep, Directed and Produced by Rachel Boynton. – (USA) African Deep is a riveting adventure about the heated quest for oil in the deep waters off West Africa’s coast. Shot over the course of four years, at a time of rising demand for energy and increasing competition for resources worldwide, the film takes […]
After hit screenings at SXSW and HotDocs, Alexandre O. Philippe‘s The People vs. George Lucas will be shown at four film festivals this month: Edinburgh International, LA, AFI’s Silverdocs, and Munich. Philippe’s film examines the relationship between filmmaker George Lucas and his fans over the past thirty years. PvG is one of six documentaries at SILVERDOCS nominated for the WGA Documentary Screenplay Award this year. You can catch the film at any of the following screenings: Edinburgh International Film Festival: June 18 @ 7:45pm (Filmhouse 1) June 19 @ 3:30pm (Filmhouse 1) Los Angeles Film Festival: June 23 @ 8:30pm […]