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Peter Taylor becomes the new director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival announced!

Peter Taylor, a film programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), one of Europe’s most significant annual showcases of cinema, has taken over the reins from Melanie Iredale as Festival Director at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. Iredale, who led Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival for the past five years, stood down after its most recent 10th edition to take a Deputy Director post at Sheffield Doc/Fest. A member of IFFR’s selection committee for its short...

German Films have elected a new board, producer Peter Herrmann, who succeeds Martin Moszkowicz

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The shareholders of German Films have elected a new board. The new supervisory board chairman is producer Peter Herrmann, who succeeds Martin Moszkowicz.   Mariette Rissenbeek, managing director of German Films: “With Peter Herrmann, we were able to win an experienced producer and Oscar®-winner and an absolute authority of the German and international film industry for our supervisory board. We look forward to working together with him. We would like to thank Martin Moszkowicz ...

Joel and Ethan Coen Presidents of the Jury for the 68th Festival de Cannes

Photo credit : Alison Cohen Rosa / Universal Pictures For the first time in the history of the Festival de Cannes, not one but two leading figures will chair the Jury.   Indeed, American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen have accepted the invitation from President Pierre Lescure and General Delegate Thierry Frémaux to become the Presidents of the 68th edition of the Festival.   "We look forward to returning to Cannes this year”, Joel and Ethan Coen said from the H...

Pawel Pawlikowski, director of the critically acclaimed Ida, invited at L’immagine e la parola

    © Agencja Gazeta The Polish filmmaker, director of the critically acclaimed Ida, is to be among the guests of the third spring-time literature event of the Festival del film Locarno. This year will also see Locarno hosting for the first time a session of AdaptLab, a workshop on the adaptation of literary works for the screen, developed by TorinoFilmLab and addressing industry professionals. The presence of Pawel Pawlikowski adds an extra facet to the program for L&...

Richard Linklater's speaks on camera about his Oscar-nominated film BOYHOOD Snapshots of Adolescence

    Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapsho...

Welsh-Egyptian filmmaker Sally El Hosaini will be in San Francisco this February for the Film Society's 9th Artist in Residence

Acclaimed Emerging Filmmaker Will Be in Residence February 2-15  with a Full Schedule of School Visits, Film Screenings, a Free Artist Talk and Networking Events The San Francisco Film Society has announced that Welsh-Egyptian filmmaker Sally El Hosaini will be in San Francisco February 2 - 15 for the Film Society's ninth Artist in Residence program. El Hosaini's packed two-week schedule will include programs in each of the Film Society's core areas -- education, exhibit...

Oscar-nominated Cinematographer Dick Pope on "Mr. Turner"

  Dick Pope's name may have been crapped up as he was nominated for an Academy Award, but there's nothing crappy about the reason for that nomination: his lensing of Mr. Turner. Click below for my discussion with the cinematographer about his visuals for Mike Leigh's biopic on J.M.W. Turner:   http://www.thalo.com/articles/view/995/cinematographer_dick_pope_throws_light_on_mr       ...

Meet Trevor Groth, Sundance Director of Programming

TREVOR GROTH, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING "In 1989, I was 17 and living in Salt Lake City when I drove my '79 Subaru Brat up the snowy canyon to Park City to experience Sundance for the first time. It truly felt like I'd gone to Oz. I’d found a magical place that would change my life forever. The films I saw and the people I met guided me down the yellow brick road towards programming for Sundance. I have the privilege of watching independent films and d...

Meet John Cooper

  JOHN COOPER, DIRECTOR, SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL “Finding a program of films you love every year is both an exhilarating and daunting task. I have put together an amazing staff that loves dialogue and discourse, understands the filmmaking community and is committed to building an audience for independent film. We trust each other and program from a place of passion for originality and excellence.” John Cooper has been a member of...

Sundance Programming team

Meet the programming team JOHN COOPER, DIRECTOR, SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL   TREVOR GROTH, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING DAVID COURIER, SENIOR PROGRAMMER SHARI FRILOT, SENIOR PROGRAMMER, CURATOR OF NEW FRONTIER CAROLINE LIBRESCO, SENIOR PROGRAMMER JOHN NEIN, SENIOR PROGRAMMER CHARLIE REFF, SENIOR PROGRAMMER KIM YUTANI, SENIOR PROGRAMMER ADAM MON...

Sundance Institute announced today the members of the six juries awarding prizes at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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Sundance Institute announced today the members of the six juries awarding prizes at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The Festival is the centerpiece of the year-round public programs for the Institute, which also hosts 24 residency labs and grants more than $2.5 million to independent artists each year. Comedian Tig Notaro will host the Festival's feature film awards ceremony on January 31 in Park City, which w...

Fantasporto gives tributes to producer and director Fernando Vendrell and to painter Manuela Mendes da Silva

The Portuguese personality to receive a Tribute in the festival is producer and director Fernando Vendrell.    Also Film Schools and universities are screening their latest productions and are going to have their annual meeting in Fantasporto . An art exhibition by renowned painter Manuela Mendes da Silva complete the program of Fantasporto 2015. The festival takes place at the Municipal Theatre Rivoli with the Official Opening on the 27th February, and till the 7th March. ...

Emmanuel Carrère, the French author, screenwriter and director will be the focus of the Festival del film Locarno’s spring event

  © Ed Alcock / MYOP Emmanuel Carrère, the French author, screenwriter and director will be the focus of the Festival del film Locarno’s spring event’s third edition, L’immagine e la parola (19 – 22 March).  The Festival has invited Carrère, a multi-faceted talent with a taste for formal experiment, to curate a program of screenings and encounters that will explore his creative world, and investigate relationships between film and the w...

PSIFF: Inside CITIZENFOUR with Filmmaker Laura Poitras & Reframing Ed Snowden

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Just as the biggest breaking story drops in her lap, filmmaker Laura Poitras is thinking ‘why did he choose me?’ The ‘he’ in question is then 29-year-old Edward Joseph Snowden, an outsourced infrastructure analyst working for a subcontractor to the NSA. And the rest is history. Encrypted emails came out of the blue to Poitras almost exactly two years ago, January, 2013.  The implications for average netizens were ast...

Sundance to offer Panels with Robert Redford, George Lucas and More Discussing the Craft of Filmmaking

Sundance Institute announced today that the 2015 Sundance Film Festival will take an unprecedented look at the art and craft of filmmaking with its new ‘Art of Film Weekend’ series of offscreen programming. The 2015 Festival, taking place January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, is the centerpiece public program for the Institute, which provides resources to independent artists on a year-round basis through its 24 annual residency labs and mo...

We ARE Charlie, we FOLLOW Charlie

I knew Georges Wolinski a bit, he was one the cartoonists which were assassinated January 7 by brainless extremists hitmen, he was a french icon, a very nice man (like all of them, really nice people) and of course an amazing talent... I remember the occasion I first met him, at Avoriaz Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, he was in the jury, and I was promoting Shocker by Wes Craven. We had built our office in the center of the ski resort to look like a top-security wing of a priso...

Marten Rabarts appointed Head of EYE International, a warm goodbye to Claudia Landsberger

Marten Rabarts replaces Claudia Landsberger as Head of EYE International. EYE International is responsible for the international promotion of Dutch films and the Dutch film industry. Rabarts, currently Head Development & Training at the National Film Development Corporation in India, formerly was the Artistic Director of Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam during 12 years. In his previous positions Marten Rabarts already thought and worked beyond the Dutch borders, always keeping a spec...

2015 Los Angeles, Italia - Film, Fashion and Art Fest will celebrate ‘The Voice’ on the 100th anniversary of his birth

    Homage To The Legendary Italian-American Performer Will Begin February 15th   Initiating the year marking the Centennial of Frank Sinatra’s birth, the 2015 Los Angeles, Italia - Film, Fashion and Art Fest will celebrate ‘The Voice’ with a series of initiatives that will take place between Italy and America, it was announced today by festival founder and producer Pascal Vicedomini. The 10th edition of the most eagerly anticipated Italian festival in the wo...

Carrie Fisher to Present the SAG 51st Life Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds

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 Carrie Fisher will present the 51st SAG Life Achievement Award to her mother, Debbie Reynolds, at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today. The presentation of the union's highest accolade will be the centerpiece of the annual Actors® ceremony which will be simulcast live on Sunday, January 25, 2015 on TNT and TBS at 8:00 p.m. (ET) / 5:00 p.m. (PT). SAG-AFTRA is honoring Debbie Reynolds for her career achievement and huma...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival to honour Jennifer Aniston

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to announce that it will present the prestigious Montecito Award to Jennifer Aniston in honor of her celebrated career, including this year’s inspirational performance in Cinelou Films’ Cake, directed by Daniel Barnz. The Tribute will take place on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the historic Arlington Theatre during the festival’s 30th edition.   The Montecito Award was created in recognition of a performer who has ...

Custo Barcelona New York Spring 2015 Show

By Maria Esteves The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York CUSTO BARCELONA Spring/Summer 2015 Skin Runway Show was held at the Salon in Lincoln Center, Sunday, September 7, 2014, 3:00 P.M. Barcelona’s Spring/Summer 2015 Ready-to-Wear Skin collection for men and women was inspired by the beauty of the body. Celebrities in attendance included TV show personality Nigel Barker, James Goldstein, TV show personality Alexander Jenkins (Miss J), actress Dascha Polanco, and singer/composer Henry Sa...

Actor and director Ulli Lommel turns 70

On 21 December the actor and director Ulli Lommel turns 70. When Rainer Werner Fassbinder made his first feature film, LOVE IS COLDER THAN DEATH, Lommel was already a known quantity in Germany, having played opposite such cinema greats as Maria Schell, Heinz Rühmann and Hildegard Knef in the 1960s. In 1969 he began a productive collaboration with Fassbinder, playing roles in films such as THE AMERICAN SOLDIER, BEWARE OF A HOLY WHORE and CHINESE ROULETTE. 1973 saw Lommel debut as a di...

Andy Siege introduces Beti and Amare at BIFF

Andy Siege with Festival Founder Leslie Vanderpoole during the lively Q&A. "Beti and Amare is set in 1930s Ethiopia where a young woman escapes Mussolini’s army and is almost attacked by bandits, were it not for the arrival of an otherworldly presence whom she befriends..." Andy surprises everyone mentionning his films was written in 2 and a half weeks and shot in three weeks, with a small crew and cast (including his production partner playing one of the parts)...

Interview with Chaz Ebert on the occasion of her tribute at BIFF 2014

Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert, the widow of Roger Ebert has received the Tribute Award in Harbour island, Eleuthera.   Mrs. Ebert is the Chairman and CEO of the Ebert Companies, including publisher of Rogerebert.com, and manages print publishing, television production, public speaking engagements, and organizes the annual Ebertfest film festival. She is also a producer, known for Ebert Presents At The Movies and Cannes Retrospectives. She is currently a subject of "Life Itself,&q...
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