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Ischia Legend Award to Dionne Warwick

Award to Be Presented On Opening Night of the 14th Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Fest (July 10th)   Legendary five-time Grammy® award-winner Dionne Warwick has been selected to receive the 2016 Ischia Global Film and Music Festival’s 2016 ‘Ischia Legend Award,’ it was announced here today by Festival founder-producer Pascal Vicedomini. The announcement comes on the heels of the recent revelation in Cannes that a biopic about the iconic singer will be made ...

Former Pixar director J.G. to helm 3D animated feature film HUMP for MovieBrats

Berlin-based production house MovieBrats Pictures lands at this year's Festival de Annecy/MIFA with the announcement that its 3D animated desert adventure HUMP will be directed by former Pixar director J.G. from a script by Sundance Film Festival Award winner director Amin Matalqa and Matthew Antonelli. HUMP tells the adventurous story of a clumsy camel, Rami, who sets out on an epic journey to find his best friend, a Bedouin boy named Omar. Joined by a cunning desert fox claiming to be a p...

Do not miss The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking from Dan Mirvish

Dan Mirvish (Co-founder, Slamdance Film Festival) just wrote a new book called "The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking."  It comes out August 23 from Focal Press/Routledge, but I'm happy to send you an advance PDF if you're interested in reviewing it for your site or something like that.   It's a non-fiction, comprehensive guide to the craft and culture of making indie films, and also serves as something of an oral history of the ...

Geena Davis cast in Don't Talk To Irene

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Following the success of the New York Times Critic Pick GUIDANCE, producers Alyson Richards and Mike MacMillan have re-teamed with Pat Mills for his sophomore feature comedy DON'T TALK TO IRENE.   Ed Gernon and Alyson Richards are Executive Producing for Edyson Entertainment.   Newcomer Michelle McLeod is cast in the lead along with Scott Thompson (Hannibal, Kids In The Hall), Bruce Gray (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, How I Met Your Mother) and Anastasia Philips (Bomb Girls, Skins)...

NIFFF 2016 – Guests and jury members!

  It’s D-7 before the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival kicks off. Now that we’ve unveiled the complete line-up as well as the guests for our two special programmes – Amazing Switzerland and El Dorado – the time has come to reveal who our other guests will be, and who will be part of the jury that will reward the best genre films shown in Neuch...

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words | Review

By Maria Esteves – June 24, 2016 Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words is a compelling and passionate music documentary about the life of legendary genius Frank Zappa (1940-1993). The extraordinary black-and-white and color archival footage superbly assembled chronologically by director Thorsten Schütte includes the 1963 interview with popular talk show host Steve Allen, international media coverage of Zappa invitation to Prague and powerful onstage performances as ban...

Lynette Wallworth awarded the inaugural Sydney UNESCO City of Film Award

    Lynnette Wallworth, the internationally renowned Sydney based filmmaker and artist, has been awarded the inaugural Sydney UNESCO City of Film Award. The award was presented at the Closing Night of the Sydney Film Festival. The $10,000 prize will be awarded annually by Screen NSW to an outstanding NSW-based screen practitioner whose work stands for innovation, imagination and impact. In addition to the cash prize, Lynette will be one of the first NSW-based ...

All colors by Kieślowski Exhibition in Brussels Film Festival

  The exhibition « All colors by Kieślowski » describing life and work of the Polish Artist is prepared on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of passing of the Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski. This event is organized by the Polish Representation to the EU with in cooperation of the Region of Lower Silesia and the support of IN SITU Foundation and SOKOLOWSKO.ORG. The pictures “All colors by Kieślowski”, will be exhibited during Brussels Film ...

Volker Schlöndorff named guest director for 43rd Telluride Film Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Press Contact: Shannon Goodwin Mitchell Telluride Film Festival shannon@telluridefilmfestival.org   43rd TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2016 GUEST DIRECTOR VOLKER SCHLÖNDORFF   June 16, 2016   BERKELEY, CA – Telluride Film Festival, presented by National Film Preserve LTD., is proud to announce its 2016 Guest Director, Volker Schlöndorff. The globally acclaimed German filmmaker, producer, writer and actor is set to sel...

18th International Cloud Expo New York

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By Maria Esteves – June 18, 2016 The 18th International Cloud Expo New York (CloudExpoNY 2016) commenced June 7-9, at Javits Center, NYC. Produced by SYS-CON Media, annually presents the world’s most innovative cloud technologies, IoT (Internet of Things), Big Data, Analytics, Web RTC (Web Real-Time Communication) and DevOps (Development and Operations); along with keynote presentations; conference sessions; panel discussions; workshops; exhibitors show floor; special events and op...

Exhibitors at MIFA happy to welcome President Hollande

Second surprise visit at the Market after Jeffrey Katzenberg. President Hollande came to Annecy for a short visit. Excellent news for the festival with such a strong recognition of the success (and hard work) behind the status of Annecy Festival and Mifa in the industry worldwide. ...

Masterclass with John Kricfalusi, aka John K

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Creator-Producer John Kricfalusi, aka John K., presented his latest short, Cans without Labels, at the start of the week, and is back today for a Masterclass at the Annecy Meetings. This budding creative introduced the Golden Age cartoon era in the 90s with the Mighty Mouse series and then he rocked our worlds with Ren and Stimpy. Come and meet this Canadian cartoonist who revolutionized animation styles and techniques.   ...

Japanese reception at Mifa

  Wines and Saké! Merci to IRIE Yoshiro from the Agency of Cultural Affairs ...

Politics and Animation meet in Annecy with Hollande's visit to MIFA

François Hollande's "surprise" visit to the Market put the city in high security mode. To my festival goer's knowledge it is a first in festivals history in France where the president attends one of our festivals in France. A nice achievement for CITIA the team running Annecy Festival and Market ...

Video Interview of Shuzo John Shiota - MIFA

 Interview of Shuzo John Shiota - President of Polygon Pictures Inc - MIFA 2016 MIFA: What are the biggest challenges facing the animation industry today? Shiota:  The challenge is also a big benefit that we have been seeing in the past two years.  Because of the advent of the streaming video like the Netflixes, the Amazons, and the Hulus, there is suddenly a huge window of opportunity to show our work whereas before our genre, which is anime. &nb...

Video Interview of Rachid El Guerrab - Project Lead - Google Spotlight Stories - MIFA 2016

Interview of Rachid El Guerrab - Project Lead - Google Spotlight Stories - MIFA 2016 ...

Video Interview of Philippe Alessandri - Chairman of French Animation Producer's association SPFA - MIFA 2016

Interview of Philippe Alessandri - Chairman of French Animation Producer's association SPFA - MIFA 2016 ...

MIFA Interview of Margie Cohn DreamWorks Television

Interview of Margie Cohn - Head of Animation DreamWorks Television ...

Eamonn Butler explained how Cinesite has greatly evolved since opening under Kodak in 1991.

Originally a test site for Cineon, Cinesite is now a leader in VFX. The company went independent in 2012 and has now fulfilled a long-held creative ambition to move into feature animation. Eamonn Butler originally trained under veteran Disney animator David Brain before joining Disney Feature Animation in California, where he worked on several animated classics. After a successful career transition into visual effects in London, he co-founded Cinesite's new f...

Jeffrey Katzenberg attends Guillermo del Toro Masterclass in Annecy

Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of the founders of DreamWorks SKG, which brought forth DreamWorks Animation, wanted to come to the Festival to attend Guillermo del Toro’s Masterclass.  The producer behind international hits like The Prince of Egypt, Chicken Run and Madagascar, he also worked at Disney on the famous features Aladdin, The Lion King and others.  The Annecy Festival wanted to commemorate his achievements by giving him a Golden Tick...

The 2016 Mifa & Variety’s Animation Personality of the Year Award is going to Aardman founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton.

Created in 2015, this award pays tribute to figures who have contributed to the evolution of the animation industry. It’s only natural that the Annecy Festival decided to give it to the two who started up Aardman Animations, the Bristol-based studio that’s produced funny and original international sensations like Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.  A fitting reward for these two animation icons who are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their studio ...

Annnecy will offer it's Honorary Cristal to Didier Brunner : Kirikou is happy

This year, the Annecy Festival has chosen to present Didier Brunner with the Honorary Cristal. Founder of Les Armateurs production studio and currently at the helm of Folivari, he’s known for producing poetic animation sensations. After studying Theatre at the Sorbonne in Paris, he started working in film as a director’s assistant, then as a director. He then created the Trans Europe Film company, where he produced the series Des Chats amongst others. In 199...

2016 Obie Awards Photos

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By Maria Esteves – May 26, 2016 The 61st Annual 2016 OBIE Awards honoring Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater exceptional achievements of 2015-2016, hosted by two-time OBIE host and OBIE winning actress Lea Delaria (1998 OBIE recipient, On The Town) was held at the historic Webster Hall ballroom, New York, Monday, May 23, 7:00 pm. GUARDS AT THE TAJ received two OBIES including Best New American Play, TAMARA TUNIE received an OBIE for her Performance in Familiar; and Lifetime Achiev...

Oscar-nominated director Felix van Groeningen is the mentor for FUTURE FRAMES 2016

Oscar-nominated director Felix van Groeningen ("The Broken Circle Breakdown") is the mentor for FUTURE FRAMES 2016 Please click here to watch the new FUTURE FRAMES Trailer 2016 presenting the work of the ten young filmmakers European Film Promotion and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival are thrilled to announce that the acclaimed Belgian director Felix van Groeningen - fresh from receiving the Directing Award: World Ci...
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