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All the Buzz on Film Festival Awards, Celebrity Tributes and the Film Awards Season.

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RANG DE BASANTI Wins Top Award At Indian Film Honors

Tuesday, June 12------RANG DE BASANTI, a politically charged epic set in the 1920s, was the big winner at the International Indian Film Academy Awards, Bollywood's answer to the Oscars, held on Saturday night. The awards, voted on by fans, were handed out in front of an audience of 12,000 enthusiastic fans at Hallam Auditorium in the city of Sheffield, in the North of England. The cream of the Indian film industry gathered for an evening-long pagaent of Bollywood stars, musical performances ...

2007 FESTROIA Award Winners

  Sunday, June 10------The 23rd edition of FESTROIA: Festival Internacional de Cinema came to a dramatic close last evening as awards were announced in a dozen categories at the concluding ceremonies of the Festival in the Forum Luisa Todi in the coastal resort of Setubal, Portugal. BORDER POST, a wry political satire set in a small border post on the Yugoslav-Albanian border in 1987, won the Golden Dolphin as Best Film of the Festival. The film, written and directed by Rajko Grlic, also won a ...

Christopher Lee To Be Honored At Festroia

 Thursday, June 7-----Even though he has acted in almost 300 films, ranging from comedies to westerns to dramas to sci-fi epics, it is hard to think of Christopher Lee and not instantly conjure up the image of Count Dracula stalking another victim for fresh blood.  In Setubal, Portugal on Saturday evening, Lee will receive the Lifetime Achievement Dolphin Award at Festroia for over 60 years as an iconic actor of the screen, joining such previous luminary winners as Kirk Douglas, Robert Mit...

MTV Movie Awards Bring Out Hollywood Elite

Tuesday, June 5------The MTV Movie Awards are the Oscars for the cool, hip crowd.....and last night's ceremonies in Los Angeles were their typically outrageous and unconventional. Hollywood's elite definitely does show up for these awards----which give the films and performers instant "street cred". The Awards are voted online by the MTV crowd.....the 18-35 year olds who have the potential to create blockbusters and cult hits. The ceremonies were emceed by Sarah Silverman, the ...

Webby Awards For Film Announced

  Thursday, May 31-----The Webby Awards, which honor excellence in web design and creation in a host of different industries, has announced its Film winners. The awards gala will be held in New York City next week, with selected winners showcased at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens.Webby Award Winners in Film:MOVIE AND FILMWebby Award WinnerAgency/Credited Organization Pan's Labyrinth  Picturehouse / Deep FocusPeople's Voice Winner Pan's...

The Other Cannes Awards

Tuesday, May 29------While the Main Competition Awards at the Cannes Film Festival generally get the lion's share of press (particularly the Palme d'Or, the Festival's highest honor), there are a number of other awards that are equally significant. Each one of the parallel sections of the Festival (Un Certain Regard, Directors Fortnight and the International Critics Week) bestows its own prizes. In addition, film critics and other guilds have their own set of awards. All in all, a pr...

Romanian Film Wins Cannes Palme D'Or

Sunday, May 27-------The Romanian film 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS by director Cristian Mungiu (whose celebrated debut film THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU was cited by US film critics as one of the best of last year) has won the prestigious Palme D'Or at the 60th Cannes Film Festival. The film, which was picked up for US distribution by IFC First Take, is the first film from Romania so honored. The prizes in all categories were presented prior to the Closing Night screening of the Quebec fi...

Persians Versus Pirates At The MTV Movie Awards

 Thursday, May 24------Persians are battling Pirates for top honors at this year's MTV MOVIE AWARDS, which will be held in Los Angeles and broadcast live on June 3. Awards are determined by the audience, who still have another week to vote for their favorites. Simply log on to the website: this is hardly your mother's Oscar ceremonies (not much dignity and decorum here), the MTV MOVIE AWARDS has an international viewing audience that rivals the A...

Sir Anthony Hopkins To Be Honored At Seattle FF

 Tuesday, May 22------Oscar-winning actor and eminence grise Sir Anthony Hopkins will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Wednesday, May 30 at the Seattle International Film Festival (which opens tomorrow evening). Hopkins will be presented with the Award during a special tribute evening at Seattle's Egyptian Theatre. The event will include an onstage interview, film clips and a question & answer session from the audience followed by a screening of his Oscar-nominated rol...

International Emerging Talent Film Festival Award Winners

Thursday, May 17--------Having a film festival just before Cannes in the neighboring city-state of Monaco is either a brilliant idea or one fraught with challenges. The organizers of this inaugural event wisely decided to ignore the giant to their south and just proceed with their mission. And their mission is a laudable one… discover and promote promising cinema talents, to encourage dialogue between filmmakers, to promote cultural diversity and international understanding and to discuss ...

Student Film Trailer Competition Nears Entry Deadline

Monday, May 14-----The deadline is only two weeks away (May 31) for student entries for the HBO Films/Film Society of Lincoln Center nationwide competition to create the film trailer that will precede film screenings at the Film Society's annual New York Film Festival (September 28 - October 14, 2007) and other programs during the year. The winner will receive a check for $5,000 and a trip to New York for the trailer’s premiere, as well as a line credit at the end of the trailer, which wil...

Tribeca Cadillac Award Revealed

Saturday, May 5--------The Cadillac Audience Award , voted on by Festival audiences, was announced this evening as the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival moves towards the finishing line. The Award winner is WE ARE TOGETHER (Thina Simunye),  a documentary film from the U.K. directed by Paul Taylor and produced by Paul Taylor and Teddy Liefer. The film tells the story of children in the South Africa Agape Orphanage, most of who have lost their loved ones to AIDS.  Told with compassion and grace, thi...

2007 Tribeca Film Festival Winners

Friday, May 4-------The 6th annual Tribeca Film Festival, announced its jury awards at a gala dinner last evening at Jing Fong restaurant in New York's fabled Chinatown. The World Competition winners were chosen from 18 narrative and 16 documentary features from 25 countries. Two awards were also given to honor New York films, which were chosen from 14 narrative and eight documentary features.  Of the 62 short films in competition, awards were given for best narrative, best documentary an...

Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards

  Monday, April 30------The Tribeca Film Institute announced the winners of the fourth Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards.  Tribeca All Access (TAA) is a program designed to help foster relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities. At ceremonies held over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Center, the following winners were honored:NARRATIVE SECTION PRIZE: Ben Rekhi for his current screenplay WASTE, which tells the story ...

Winners Of The 12th Palm Beach International Film Festival

    Thursday, April 26-------The Palm Beach International Film Festival reached its climax this evening with the announcement of its jury and audience awards for Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Director, Screenplay and Performances. Jury winners and Audience Choice Awards were announced at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony held at the Delray Beach Marriott, the official Festival hotel.   The Award for Best Feature Film went to TIED HANDS, a family drama from Israel, direct...

Palm Beach Film Festival Gala Honorees

         Wednesday, April 25----Veteran Producer Anant Singh, Newcomer Actress Q'Orianka Kilcher, Film Legend Margaret O’Brien and Acting Giant  Malcolm McDowell were honored on Saturday evening at the Palm Beach International Film Festival Gala, held at the swanky Boca Raton Club and Resort.Sandy Mandelberger, Awards Watch Editor...

Palm Beach Film Festival Honors Cinema Greats

Margaret O'Brien in the 1940sSunday, April 22-------The cultural, business and political elite of Palm Beach County were in black tie and evening gowns last evening, as the Palm Beach International Film Festival held its annual Awards Gala, honoring an intriguing cross-section of filmmakers, actors and a true film legend. Held at the swanky Boca Raton Resort and Club, the evening was a celebration of the Festival, the celebrity honorees, and a fundraiser for the Festival's commitment to...

Sarasota Film Festival Award Winners

 Monday, April 23----The Sarasota Film Festival Competition and Audience Awards were announced at a reception hosted by Metro Coffee & Wine, on Saturday afternoon, during the Festival's final weekend. The awards, which have a a cash value of $5000 for the filmmaker, were introduced by Festival Director of Programming, Tom Hall and Festival Programmer, Holly Herrick.  2007 SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL AWARDSNarrative Feature Competition Award: WAITRESS, directed by Adrienne Shelly.Documenta...

SHARKWATER Takes A Bite Out Of Gen Art

 Thursday, April 19-----SHARKWATER, the eco-activist documentary by Canadian director Rob Stewart, took the Acura Grand Jury Feature Film Award, with a cash prize of $10,000,  at the Gen Art Film Festival Awards Ceremonies on Tuesday night.  The film has already won eleven major international awards, and opened theatrically earlier this month in its native Canada with a record-breaking opening weekend (beating out such high profile documentaries as the Oscar winning AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH an...

Child Star Margaret O'Brien To Be Honored At Palm Beach Film Festival

 Tuesday, April 17-----The 12th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF), which begins this Thursday evening, will honor former child star Margaret O’Brien with the Legend In Film Award at its black-tie Awards Gala at the Boca Raton Resort & Club on Saturday evening, April 21st. Earlier on Saturday,  Ms. O’Brien will appear at a special mid-day screening of MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1943), her best known film, at the Sunrise Theatres, Mizner Park in Boca Raton. Following the s...

Steve Buscemi To Receive World Cinema Award at Sarasota Film Festival

Friday, April 13----Actor/director Steve Buscemi, one of indie film's luminaries, will be honored with the World Cinema Award at the Sarasota Film Festival, which begins this evening in the Florida Gulf Coast resort city. Buscemi, best known for his turns in FARGO and RESERVOIR DOGS, will attend the Festival for two special event evenings.On Tuesday, April 17th, Buscemi wil participate in the Festival's A Conversation With....At The Historic Asolo Theater, an opportunity for audiences...

The Divine Diane Feted At Lincoln Center

Tuesday, April 10-----The divine Diane, Keaton that is, was literally in the spotlight as the Film Society of Lincoln Center held its annual Gala Tribute Monday night, honoring Keaton's nearly forty year career. Celebrity presenters paying homage included frequent collaborator (and one-time partner) Woody Allen, Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Candice Bergen and Sarah Jessica Parker and a who's who of longtime friends in the audience including Jeff Daniels, Carol Kane and ...

Sarasota FF Salutes Edward Norton and Brian Koppelman

Thursday, April 5----The Sarasota Film Festival, which begins its 9th edition next week, will salute Academy Award nominated actor Edward Norton and writer/producer Brian Koppelman (who recently teamed as actor and producer of the critically acclaimed THE ILLUSIONIST) at its April 14th gala "The Reel Experience at The Lake Club.”  Mr. Norton will be honored with the Festival’s Humanitarian Award, with Koppelman receiving an Excellence in Screenwriting honor for his work (which includes...

Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton

  Tuesday, April 3---------The Film Society of Lincoln Center presents its annual Gala Tribute to the Oscar-winning and much-loved actress Diane Keaton on Monday, April 9th. The evening will include highlights selected especially for this occasion from the actress’ extensive body of work, on-stage salutes from friends and colleagues, and personal remarks by Ms. Keaton.Ms. Keaton will be toasted and praised by such presenters as Woody Allen, Steve Martin and Martin Short, The Allen-Keaton p...

Heddy Honigmann Honored With Two Festival Awards

  Friday, March 30------Celebrated Dutch documentary filmmaker Heddy Honigmann is being honored by two back-to-back film festivals next month. The prolific director will be honored at both the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, where she will be presented with the prestigious Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award, and the San Francisco Film Festival will similarly honor her with its Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award, honoring the lifetime achievement of a singul...