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The 2018 Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Utah

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

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It was announced in 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. The Africa Movie Academy Awards will take place in June this year and the nomination event is scheduled for April in continuation of the tradition of celebrating the best in the business of film making across Africa and beyond.
Entries are open to all black filmmakers, who appreciate recognition as well as reward for their work in cinema on the acclaimed AMAA platform. SUBMIT by Feb 10. introduces the SHIFT72 Affiliate Programme

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

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

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 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 workshop...


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...

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

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

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

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

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

  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

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 

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...

James Ransone brings TANGERINE to Sundance, a film by Sean Baker

A Film by Sean Baker In TANGERINE, James Ransone plays Chester, a pimp who may or may not have cuckolded his girlfriend, working girl Sin-Dee (Kiki Kitana Rodriguez). Ransone's performance is punctuated by a deft comic timing and is so incredibly believable -- you would think that Sean Baker discovered him in off the streets in a casting all if, you know, he didn't have quite the impressive roster of acting credits. Ransone has graced the small screen with featured roles in HBO'...

Soul Captain Films had a special Park City screening of charlie

No one ever listened to charlie, until he stopped talking. 'charlie' is the story of a young man who goes hysterically mute when choosing to leave his abusive past behind. It's Christmas Eve as he stumbles upon the Sanderson family who take him in as their own. Charlie's silence acts as a mirror for the Sanderson family who discovers what bravery, compassion, and accepting one's self are all about. Starring Shawn Ryan (Bones), Jim O' Heir (Parks and Rec), Mo Collins (MA...

Inaugural Horizon Award to Honor Up-And-Coming Female Filmmaker Verónica Ortiz-Calderón

The inaugural Horizon Award will be presented to Syracuse University student Verónica Ortiz-Calderón for her film Y Ya No Te Gustas (And You Don’t Like Yourself Anymore). The award’s co-founders, producers Lynette Howell, Christine Vachon, and Cassian Elwes, made the announcement today at the Sundance Film Festival.   The Horizon Award was created to celebrate and provide mentorship opportunities for talented, up-and-coming female filmmakers. The prize includes a...

Withoutabox announces the renewal of their long-term relationship with Sundance Institute

WaB has served as the Film Festival's official submission platform since 2008, helping thousands of filmmakers submit their films for consideration for the official program, and  will continue to be your go-to source for the festival's official call for entries. With thousands of cinema fans, filmmakers, festival programmers, movers, and shakers from around the world making their way to Park City to experience the exceptional showcase of emerging films, we applaud the filmmaker...

Director Anne Sewitsky (Happy, Happy) makes her return to Sundance Film Festival with the feature length film, Homesick.

Director Anne Sewitsky (Happy, Happy) makes her return to Sundance Film Festival with the feature length film, Homesick. Starring effervescent, international talent to watch Ine Wilmann and Swedish actor Simon J. Berger (Call Girl), Homesick follows the complicated bond between a brother and sister. The Norwegian film premieres as part of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Sundance takes place January 22 – Febru...

Catch 14 New Films Through Sundance Institute's #ArtistServices Program

Fourteen Independent Films Made Digital Debut Today during Sundance on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and VUDU   Films Include Sundance Film Festival and Institute Titles and Others from Austin Film Society, Cinereach, IFP and the San Francisco Film Society Sundance Institute has announced a new collection of fourteen independent films that make their digital debut today, January 21, 2015 on a variety of platforms and storefronts, via the Institute’s #ArtistServices program.&nb...

Sundance 2015 | NEXT screens Matt Sobel's TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

SYNOPSIS A Nebraskan family reunion couldn’t seem more backwards to a Californian teenager. If Ryder (Logan Miller, THE BLING RING) had his way, he’d choose a moment just like this to show his conservative relatives his true colors, the bigger the scene the better. For his mother’s sake however, Ryder agrees to keep quiet, save parading around the picnic in his most audacious pair of short-shorts. Ryder’s antics raise dubious eyebrows from his hardened cowboy relatives...

2015 Sundance Film Festival ‘A Celebration of Music in Film’ Concert Shines a Spotlight on Songs of Nina Simone

Performances by Common, Erykah Badu, Aloe Blacc, Kate Davis and Andra Day 2015 Sundance Film Festival’s ‘A Celebration of Music in Film’ concert on January 25 offered a tribute to jazz icon Nina Simone, who is the subject of What Happened, Miss Simone?, from director Liz Garbus and making its world premiere in the Festival’s Documentary Premieres section. Performing at the event will be Common, Erykah Badu, Aloe Blacc, Kate Davis, Andra Day and Al Schackman, Sim...

Dope has its World Premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festiva

Written and Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood, Brown Sugar)    Starring:
 Shameik Moore (Cartoon Network’s “Incredible Crew”), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Kiersey Clemons (Amazon’s “Transparent”, MTV’s “Eye Candy), Kimberly Elise (VH1’s “Hit the Floor”, For Colored Girls), Keith Stanfield (Selma, Short Term 12), Blake Anderson (Comedy Central’s “Workaholics”), Zoe ...

The Hunting Ground Chosen for Doc Award – Gala/Park City

The Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative Award Gala held at Nikki Beach at Riverhorse on Main in Park City Kirby Dick’s documentary, The Hunting Ground, will receive the 2015 Spotlight Initiative Award for Outstanding Documentary.  Mr. Dick will accept the Award for the film and joins other Spotlight Award Recipients -- Zoë Kravitz, Kellan Lutz and Jeffrey Tambor -- on the mainstage of The Creative Coalition’s upcoming Gala in Park City.  The Gala evening is a...

First Look! Sundance Film DIGGING FOR FIRE Starring Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt

Joe Swanberg's new feature film DIGGING FOR FIRE starring Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick and Mike Birbiglia.    Premiere - Joe Swanberg's DIGGING FOR FIRE (Acquisition Title / Domestic and International Sales: Alicia Van Couvering)   The discovery of a bone and a gun sends a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend. DIGGING FOR FIRE is directed by Joe Swanberg, co-written by Jak..




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