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RIP Arthur Hiller Oscar®-nominated director and former Academy president

Oscar®-nominated director and former Academy president Arthur Hiller died this august in Los Angeles of natural causes.  He was 92. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved friend Arthur Hiller,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “I was a member of the Board during his presidency and fortunate enough to witness firsthand his dedication to the Academy and his lifelong passion for visual storytelling.  Our condolences go out to his lo...

CinefestOZ 2016 Film Prize Jury Chair announced

CinefestOZ, Australia’s premier destination film festival, is delighted to announce that award-winning Australian feature film and documentary director Gillian Armstrong has accepted the role of Jury Chair for the 2016 Festival. Armstrong is one of Australia’s most successful and respected filmmakers. Her feature film directorial debut, My Brilliant Career, adapted from the breakthrough Miles Franklin feminist novel, was a huge success both here and abroad, launching the careers of...

Lorenzo di Bonaventura to be honored with Zurich Career Achievement Award

    Legendary Producer Will Present His Latest Film “Deepwater Horizon” at the Festival     The Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) announced today that legendary movie producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (“Transformers” and “GI Joe” franchises” “RED,” “Salt”)  will be the recipient of ZFF’s coveted ‘Golden Eye’ Career Achievement Award at this year’s Festival, taking place September 22 &nd...

Hugh Grant will receive the Zurich Golden Icon Award at this year’s Festival, taking place September 22 – October 2

  Grant’s Latest Film “Florence Foster Jenkins”, Directed by Stephen Frears and Co-Starring Meryl Streep, To Screen in Zurich   The Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) announced today that Hugh Grant will receive the coveted Golden Icon Award at this year’s Festival, taking place September 22 – October 2. The announcement was made by ZFF Directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht.   Serving as the Festival’s most prestigious symbol of recogniti...

New Additions to the BIFF X Team!

New Co-Director Tilke Hill - Prior to stepping up as co-director, Tilke operated as Buffalo International Film Festival's first Diversity Development Director. She is also the CEO of The New Hotness, Inc. (TNH) a new media company with a social mission - inclusion of underrepresented voices on and of screen. She is also the show runner (creator/writer/ep) of her company's first in-house production - Why I Murdered My Roommate - a new television series in which Buffalo plays a...

Oldenburg honors Auteur Christophe Honoré with Retrospective

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“I really treasure the lessons I learned from the New Wave, because as soon as I feel a subject is taking over in my films I tend to sabotage my screenplays to give more space, some freedom to invent form.”     ...

The competitors for the Horizontes Award

Juan Andrés Arango, Daniel Burman, Amat Escalante, Alejandro Fernández Almendras, Carlos Lechuga and Christopher Murray, among the competitors for the Horizontes Award Five former participants in last year’s Films in Progress will this year feature in the selection of the best in Latin American cinema   The Horizontes Latino selection, consisting of feature films not yet screened in Spain, produced totally or partially in Latin America, is made up of thirteen films,...

Post-Brexit: What Now? by Mike Downey, Deputy Chairman of the EFA Board

The UK’s eventual departure from the EU family is one which the European Film Academy regrets, however, like many institutions is waiting to see which form this split will actually take in the fullness of time. The fact is that from the EFA perspective as an organisation that includes all Council of Europe countries as well as Israel and Palestine it will be very much business as usual as the participation of our UK membership and UK films in our selection process wi...

When Stellan Skarsgård Calls About His New Movie In Order of Disappearance, You Better Answer

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent The first thing you hear when Stellan Skarsgård and Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland call at 8:00 am LA time for a phone interview from New York is Stellan’s unmistakable laugh. This is a far cry from the stoic Nils he plays in their new movie In Order of Disappearance that opens Aug. 26. Between the -40 celsius setting and the operatic violence, whereby Skarsgård picks off a succession of formidable enemies, including Bru...

The Jury at Animaze 2016

LUC CHAMBERLAND Luc Chamberland was born in St. Lambert, Montreal and was raised on a early intense diet of Television, comic books and animated cartoons. He studied Cinema at Concordia University and backpacked his way through Europe. For twenty years he lived and worked, directing commercials in Paris, Berlin, Munich, Budapest, Rome and mainly London. His animation credits include Asterix, Spielberg’s Fievel Goes West, We’re Back, and Space Jam. For Dreamworks, he was t...

Animaze Speakers at the conferencce program

   Animaze Speakers Dave Sidaway News photographer, Montreal Gazette Mary Hughson Graphic Artist, Montreal Gazette Gerald Potterton Director 3x Academy Award nominee, My Financial Career, The Railroader, Heavy Metal Aislin Cartoonist, Montreal Gazette Marie-Claude Beauchamp Co-Founder, CarpeDiem Film & TV ...

Isabelle Adjani attends Montreal with Carole Matthieu by Louis-Julien Petit

Isabelle Adjani, icon of the French cinema, will attend the 40th Montreal World Film Festival  to accompany the showing Carole Matthieu the new film by Louis-Julien Petit (Discount) in the World Greats section.  ”One of the best known stars of international cinema, Ms. Adjani is an actress of immense versatility and talent and we will have the great honour of having her presence once again grace the Festival,” declared MWFF president Serge Losique.  ...

American film star Willem Dafoe to attend Montreal with his film My Hindu Friend by Hector Babenco

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American film star Willem Dafoe, a favourite actor of such directors as Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, Oliver Stone, Alan Parker, William Friedkin, Lars von Trier, Paul Schrader, Abel Ferrara and Sam Raimi, will be in Montreal to accompany the showing of My Hindu Friend, the last film by Hector Babenco (Pixote, Kiss of the Spider Woman) , who died last month in Brazil. “We are especially proud to present the last film of this great director,” declared Montreal World Film...

Jury of the first feature Prize

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MARIANGIOLA CASTROVILLI   Mariangiola Castrovilli was born in Rome where she attended the International University of Journalism Pro Deo, now Luiss. She worked for RAI as a journalist and programmer- director, and for the newspaper Il Giornale, then contributed to leading European newspapers. A member of FIPRESCI, she served on numerous juries including  those at Karlovy Vary and San Sebastian. She is a member of the National Union of Italian Film Journalists, which each year...

AWS Summit New York 2016 Opening Keynote Photos

By Maria Esteves – August 13, 2016 The Amazon Web Services Summit New York 2016 (AWSSNY16) Opening Keynote Presentation with Dr. Werner Vogels, chief technology officer of AWS commenced Thursday, August 11, 10AM at Javits Convention Center. Vogels announced the launch of Application Load Balancer, derail architecture framework, launch of RDS for Aurora, two EBS updates, service oriented architect, container management service, micro services, launch of Amazon Kinesis Analytics, creati...

Werner Vogels Opening Keynote at AWS Summit New York 2016

By Maria Esteves – August 13, 2016 The Amazon Web Services Summit New York 2016 (AWSSNY16) Opening Keynote Presentation with Dr. Werner Vogels, chief technology officer of AWS commenced Thursday, August 11, 10AM at Javits Convention Center. Vogels keynote announcements included the launch of RDS for Aurora, launch of Amazon Kinesis Analytics, creation of executable reference architectures for serverless applications, launch of IPv6 Endpoints for Amazon S3, launch AWS Key Management Se...

Zurich Film Festival Celebrates with Retrospective and Lifetime Achievement Award for Producer Marcel Hoehn

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   Swiss Producer Marcel Hoehn will receive the 12th Zurich Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Hoehn’s production company, T&C Film, has hugely influenced the Swiss film scene over the past 40 years. To celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary, the festival will show a comprehensive selection of his most important works. Marcel Hoehn is regarded as the most successful producer of the New Swiss Cinema. His career began in 1978 with Rolf Lyssy’s ...

Ellen Shanman has come on board to pen the live action remake of the insanely popular Japanese series TIGER & BUNNY.

Up and coming screenwriter Ellen Shanman is set to pen the adaptation of TIGER & BUNNY for Imagine Entertainment, All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW), and BANDAI NAMCO Pictures who are developing and producing the English-language live action feature film based on the smash hit Japanese anime series and feature films. Ellen Shanman is the author of two novels from Random House/Bantam Dell, ‘Right Before Your Eyes’, and ‘Everything Nice’ which she adapted for Charli...

Interview with Ken Loach Piazza Grande – I, Daniel Blake

  Foto di Alessio Pizzicannella   Ken Loach, welcome back to Locarno. What is your fondest memory of Piazza Grande, where you were awarded with the Pardo d'onore in 2003? My overriding memory is the enormity of the screen and the audience, the warmth of its response. I can't think a more impressive size to show a film. It's a spectacul...

Interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky Pardo d'onore Swisscom 2016

  Foto di Alessio Pizzicannella Poesía sin fin is by far your most personal movie in many ways, it deals with your own story. How much is fictional and what has been taken from real life? I wrote a book, La danza de la realidad (The Dance of Reality), which goes from my childhood until today. Now I’m trying to do the movie...

Paul Haggis to keynote at Script to Screen Summit | September 9, 2016 • Toronto, Canada

Register with a 30% discount ! You have the Script We have a way to get it to the Screen. A Keynote Conversation with: Paul Haggis, Award-winning Director, Writer and Producer: Show me a Hero. That’s the name of the new HBO mini-series, directed by Paul Haggis, which is rather fitting, consid...

Alberto Rodríguez, Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Jonás Trueba to compete in the Official Selection of the San Sebastian Festival

J.A. Bayona will present “A Monster Calls”, out of competition, and the latest works by Diego Galán and Jo Sol will enjoy special screenings in the framework of the Official Selection   Share on Facebook   Share on Twitter Images in high resolution Nine titles with Spanish production will form part of the New Directors, Horizonte...

Sigourney Weaver, star of ''A Monster Calls to receive The Donostia Award

  Sigourney Weaver, star of ''A Monster Calls (Un monstruo viene a verme)'', Donostia Award at the 64th edition of the San Sebastian Festival The European premiere of J.A. Bayona’s ''A Monster Calls (Un monstruo viene a verme)'' will be presented in the Official Selection out of competition     The Official Selection of the 64th San Sebastian Festival will include the European premiere of the latest movie by J.A. Bayona, A Monster Calls...

Sunscreen Film Fest appoints Ryan Tarrant as New Co-Executive Director

     Local community leader brings experience and leadership to new position.    Community and business leader Ryan Tarrant has been named the Co-Executive Director of the Sunscreen Film Festival. Tarrant will share duties with current Exec. Director Dwight Cenac II.  Tarrant has been a part of the Film Festival’s Board of Directors for the past two years.   “It&rsqu...

Harvey Keitel to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award

          Locarno69 celebrates and pays tribute to the multi-faceted talents of a major actor: Harvey Keitel. In addition to the awards ceremony on the Piazza Grande on August 6, the tribute will also include a screening of Smoke by Wayne Wang, winner of the Prix du Public UBS at Locarno in 1995.   He is the face of Sport, The Wolf, Hal, Charlie, Auggie, Rocco or simply the “lieutenant”. Locarno is awarding one of the greatest of H...
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