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Sundance and other Park City Festivals news, past and future.  January 22 - February 1, 2015  #sundance

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Sundance 2015 Newsletter n°2

This weekly newsletter reaches 182 000  subscribers.                       Read this online I Promote Film to Festivals I Promote Festivals to Filmmakers I Email us I Advertize in our Newsletters and eBlasts I  Filmfestivals.com was established in 1995, over the years we became the premier link between film and fest...

New CEO for The Africa Movie Academy Awards AMAA (Nigeria, June) - Submissions close February 10th.

It was announced during Sundance that Dayo Ogunyemi will step in as the new CEO of The Africa Movie Academy Awards AMAA Dayo Ogunyemi This year also marks the inauguration of Dayo Ogunyemi as the new CEO of AMAA. Mr. Ogunyemi, after serving on the board of the African Film Academy and as a film law expert for the WIPO, has spent the past two decades at the confluence of entertainment, media and technology with employment experience with Booz Allen & Hamilton's m...

2015 Sundance Film Festival Closing Night Awards Ceremony Hosted By Tig Notaro live video January 31st

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 Join us live January 31st and watch as Tig Notaro and special guests live present filmmakers with jury and audience awards. ...

KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK A film by Brett Morgen

  KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK invites you to experience Kurt’s life, art, and mind through his own unique lens, bringing you as close to the generation-defining icon as it’s possible to get. This first-ever fully authorized documentary feature blends Cobain’s personal archive of art, music (both his most famous and some that’s never been heard), written word, and never-before-seen home movies with animation and revelatory interviews fr...

FilmFestivals.com introduces the SHIFT72 Affiliate Programme

  It was announced today during Sundance 2015, by Bruno Chatelin and Ky Hacker (Shift72) that SHIFT72, the leading provider secure VOD platforms to the entertainment industry, has joined forces with filmfestivals.com to offer our audience an exclusive discount on your own VOD platform. If you're a content owner or creator, you can now distribute titles directly to your audience with your own branded platform while keeping 100% of the profit. For Festivals - Open ...

World of Tomorrow Wins Short Film Grand Jury Prize in Sundance

2015 Sundance Film Festival Announces Short Film Awards happy filmmaker  Don Hertzfeldt   Sundance Institute announced the jury prizes in short filmmaking at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The awards were presented at a ceremony in Park City, Utah; full video of the ceremony is at youtube.com/sff. The short film program at the Festival is the centerpiece of Sundance Institute’s year-round efforts to support short filmmaking, including a series of daylong worksh...

The Stanford Prison Experiment by Kyle Patrick Alvarez wins Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize in Sundance

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Sundance Institute and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award $60,000 In Science-in-Film Prizes at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival   Jonathan Minard and Scott Rashap (Archive) Receive Sundance Institute / Sloan Fellowship Jon Noble (Tyfus) and Cutter Hodierne and John Hibey (Otzi) Receive Sundance Institute / Sloan Commissioning Grants Park City, UT — Sundance Institute today announced the Science-in Film-Prizes that support the development and exhibition of new independent ...

Sundance Institute Selects Global Filmmaking Awards at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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Emerging Artists from Poland/Germany, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Ukraine Selected for Visionary Independent Film Projects Sundance Institute today announced the winners of the 2015 Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award presented by AJ+, in recognition and support of emerging independent filmmakers from around the world. The winning directors and projects are Haifaa Al Mansour, Be Safe I Love You (Saudi Arabia); K’naan, The Poet (Somalia); Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Luxembour...

Magnolia Pictures pick up world rights on Tangerine

"Tangerine," Sean Baker’s film produced by the Duplass Brothers and Through Films, has been one of the most critically acclaimed and groundbreaking films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.   PARK CITY, UT (January 27, 2015) – Magnolia Pictures announced today that the company is acquiring worldwide distribution rights to TANGERINE, which has been one of the most talked about films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Magnolia has acquired the film for a traditional...

Sales Estimate Report: Millions worth of Minimum Guarantees at your fingertips!

    Values Soar The distribution market heats up heading into EFM Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush acquired Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, about a loner high school senior forced to befriend a girl dying of cancer. The deal is reporte...

Power of Story Video: Visions of Independence at 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Kicking off Art of Film Weekend, a program celebrating the craft of filmmaking, join Robert Redford and George Lucas—two iconic filmmakers who epitomize the spirit of independence in American cinema—in conversation with critic Leonard Maltin. ...

Power of Story Video: Serious Ladies at 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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Join brilliant, fearless storytellers Lena Dunham (Girls), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project, The Office), Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black, Weeds), and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Saturday Night Live) with New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum as they discuss antiheroes and archetypes, using humor to crash through boundaries, as well as how far their art will go to tell the truth. The fascinating range of three-dimensional female characters on film and television these days suggests a sea chang...

Cinema Cafe Video: Saoirse Ronan and Toni Collette @ 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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Join Toni Collette and Saoirse Ronan (Stockholm, Pennsylvania, Brooklyn) with Cara Buckley (The New York Times) live at Sundance Film Festival's Cinema Café.  ...

Cinema Cafe Video: Doug Aitken and Guy Maddin at 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Join Doug Aitken (Station to Station) and Guy Maddin (The Forbidden Room) with Dennis Scholl (Knight Foundation) live at Sundance Film Festival's Cinema Café. Our daily series of informal chats rounds up special guests for thought-provoking discussions. ...

Sundance premiere of CITY OF GOLD in the Documentary Competition

  CITY OF GOLD Premiere in Documentary Competition at 2015 Sundance Film Festival with Confirmed attendees : CITY OF GOLD Director Laura Gabbert (NO   IMPACT MAN: THE DOCUMENTARY, SUNSET STORY), Pulitzer Prize Winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold, Bricia Lopez of Guelaguetza, Wesley  Avila of Guerilla Tacos, and Minh Phan of 'Porridge and Puffs' in Hollywood,  all restaurants featured in the film. CITY OF GO...

Sundance World premiere of TIG Documentary about Standup Comedian's Year of Putting her Life Back Together

  Co-Directed by Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York  (TIG 2015 Sundance Film Festival - U.S. Documentary Section)   Kristina Goolsby Attending talent AT THE WORLD PREMIERE were :Stephanie Allynne, Bret Mckenzie, Jemaine Clement, Gregg Turkington  "Good evening, I have cancer," comedian Tig Notaro famously announced in 2012 during a set at a comedy club in Los Angeles. "Everyone having a good time? I have cancer." In just 30 minutes, Notaro used he...

Chad Gracias's Russian Woodpecker, Paranoid Conspiracy Documentary Receives New Poster

THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER        Fedor Alexandrovich is a radioactive man. He was four years old in 1986, when he was exposed to the toxic effects of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown and forced to leave his home. Now 33, he is an artist in Ukraine, with radioactive strontium in his bones and a singular obsession with the earth-changing catastrophe - why did it actually happen? Was there more to the story than the Soviet government let on? And, most importantl...

Sundance Institute Selects Stephanie Langhoff for Sundance Institute | Red Crown Producer’s Award

Sundance Institute and Red Crown Productions announced today Stephanie Langhoff, producer of The Bronze, as this year’s recipient of the Sundance Institute | Red Crown Producer’s Award. Through the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, the Award grants $10,000 to an emerging producer of a film at the Sundance Film Festival. The award recognizes bold vision and a commitment to continuing work as a creative producer in the independent space.  Past award recipients include...

PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS World Premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

  Written & Directed by: Jim Strouse (Grace is Gone)   Starring: Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords”), Regina Hall (The Best Man series, Think Link a Man series), Jessica Williams (“The Daily Show” Correspondent, “Girls”), Michael Chernus (“Orange is the New Black,” Captain Phillips), Stephanie Allynne (“Comedy Bang! Bang!” “Ma...

World premiere of HOT GIRLS WANTED in Sundance

world premiere of HOT GIRLS WANTED, which will debut at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Documentary Competition. Red carpet begins at 2:15 PM at Temple Theatre. Directed by the filmmaking team Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus (Sexy Baby), both former Miami Herald journalists, HOT GIRLS WANTED is one of the most anticipated documentaries at this year’s festival. Hot Girls Wanted is a first-ever look at the realities of the professional “amateur” p...

CNN Films to Launch Short Films Strand with THE 414S: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS

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  Film Acquired as 2015 Sundance Film Festival opens, THE 414S: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS will debut as CNN FILMS short film series in partnership with CNN Digital Studios online   CNN Films announced today a new series of short films representing a collaboration between CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios.  CNN Films makes the announcement concurrently with an acquisition of THE 414s  which will have its World Premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, continuing the m...

World Premiere of THE HUNTING GROUND – Film in the Documentary Premieres Category at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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Writer/Director Kirby Dick, Producer Amy Ziering, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, and additional guests from the film From the team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, comes a startling exposé of sexual assaults on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families.  Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice &...

Exclusive FIRST LOOK of Brett Morgen’s highly anticipated documentary, COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK

First look image from Universal Pictures International Entertainment Content Group & HBO Documentary Films’ COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK (please note that this is the international title). This first ever, fully-authorized doc feature blends Cobain’s personal archive of art, music, written word, and never-before-seen home movies, with animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest confidantes. Produced by Universal Pictures International Entertainment Content Group...

THE WOLFPACK Crystal Moselle's Fascinating Documentary Receives New Poster

The six Angulo brothers have spent their entire lives locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Nicknamed "the Wolfpack," they're all exceedingly bright, are homeschooled, have no acquaintances outside their family and have practically never left their home.   All they know of the outside world is gleaned from the films they watch obsessively and recreate meticulously, using elaborate homemade props and costumes. For ye...
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