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  The first annual Baja International Film Festival, to be held November 14-17 in Los Cabos, Mexico, has announced the membership of its 2012 advisory board, along with the breakdown of this year’s award categories and prizes.   The inaugural board includes such esteemed industry members as acclaimed actor/filmmaker Edward Norton, filmmaker Carlos Reygadas, recent winner of Best Director at Cannes, actor/producer Kuno Becker, producer Lucas Akoskin, The Creative Coalition CEO...

The awards - Maverick Movie Awards

MAVERICK AWARDS for all of the below categories will be given to one feature AND one short or, accordingly, one individual from each category. Award-winners will be selected from a list of honorees comprised of two to ten nominees in Features and two to fifteen nominees in Shorts. The MMA categories are:       BEST PICTURE  All genres of narrative, documentary, animated, musical, experimental, and/or performance-based pictures will be considered for this award.  ...

Submit to Maverick Movie Awards

      Maverick Movie Awards, Year 5 submit now. We’re Moviemakers Honoring Moviemakers with... 42 Maverick Awards and Up to 14 Nominations in 21 Categories   CATEGORIES Feature-length Movies (70-180 minutes) Short-length Movies (1-69 minutes) Student-made Movies (Features and Shorts) FEATU...

The Maverick Movie Awards

5 Annual September 14, 2013 to September 15, 2013
    MISSION STATEMENT
The Maverick Movie Awards was founded by moviemakers who have been through the glorious highs and crushing lows of the international film festival circuit; from these shared experiences came the calling to create a real alternative to the nepotism, politics, and commercialism that defines far too many festivals and competitions.

Our goal is to help talented moviemakers achieve the recognition they deserve by awarding movies with unique style, exceptional craft, and the power to communicate.

By championing great movies – regardless of origin, genre, or budget – our hope is to re-ignite the spirit of the major film festivals and distribution pioneers by celebrating great cinema above glitz and glamour.



    MAVERICK MOVIE AWARDS SUMMARY
The Maverick Movie Awards exists to honor all facets of moviemaking form, function, style, and craft. A level playing-field where a movie’s lack or excess of a budget is immaterial, its absence or abundance of star power is inconsequential, and its humble or lofty origins are irrelevant, any and all independent, underground, student, and studio films are eligible to receive a Maverick Award.

Celebrating narratives, documentaries, experimental films, and the vast diversity of moving pictures expression, the MMA has recognized everything from big-budget pictures to low-budget indies, global issue documentaries, screwball comedies, computer-animated movies, action-horror flicks, video art, microcinema, music videos, webisodes, and everything in-between. Each movie’s successful execution of intent as a whole, on its own terms, is considered first and then the quality of its parts. So in addition to standard award categories like Best Picture and Best Director, the MMA prides itself on saluting oft overlooked disciplines, including stunts, special effects makeup, original music, and more.

Except for advertising and industrial work, all motion picture creators are encouraged to submit. As a cooperative of moviemakers honoring moviemakers with no theater or online screening events, the MMA will not jeopardize premiere status for any other competition or festival submission.



    MORE ABOUT US
The Maverick Movie Awards’ founders and judges are all entertainment industry insiders and outsiders (not mere academics, critics, fans, or dabblers) with backgrounds as varied as our work. In fact, everyone involved in the MMA’s judging process has been a collaborator on a theatrically-released movie, a television or video release, or a top-ten film fest official selection.

But we’re not telling you who we are. No siree! We must maintain our secret identities in order to preserve the integrity of our judging process. The self-interest we will cop to is the need to protect the careers we’ve built in the ‘small, small world’ known as the entertainment industry and a desire to avoid retaliation on the World Wide Web from those whose work we “fail” to recognize.

And if those aren’t good enough reasons for you then please consider that, unlike far too many film festivals and competitions, we are NOT doing this for our greater glory. We do what we do at the Maverick Movie Awards for our fellow moviemakers; these talented folks are the ones with the names to know.

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53rd TIFF Awards

  -OFFICIAL 53rd TIFF PRESS RELEASE- 53rd TIFF: The awards (11/10/2012) THE AWARDS The International Jury of the 53d Thessaloniki International Film Festival comprised of: Thomas Elsaesser, Film theorist and academic, Germany, Jury President Laufrey Gudjonsdottir, Programmer, consultant, founding director of the Icelandic Film Center, Iceland Ole Christian Madsen, Director, Denmark Joao Pedro Rodrigues, Director, Portugal Thymios Bakatakis, Cinematographer, Greece Bestows: THE AW...

53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival Awards

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 The International Jury of the 53d Thessaloniki International Film Festival comprised of:   Thomas Elsaesser, Film theorist and academic, Germany, Jury President Laufrey Gudjonsdottir, Programmer, consultant, founding director of the Icelandic Film Center, Iceland Ole Christian Madsen, Director, Denmark Joao Pedro Rodrigues, Director, Portugal Thymios Bakatakis, Cinematographer, Greece     THE AWARDS     Best Feature Film Award - Golden Alexander ...

Andy Garcia at the 35th Starz Denver Film Festival!

    Andy Garcia In-Person this Friday  at the 35th Starz Denver Film Festival   Andy Garcia to receive the 2012 George Hickenlooper Honorary Award following a screening of The Man from Elysian Fields    Friday, November 9th - 9:30pm TICKETS ON SALE NOW CLICK HERE for tickets. &nbs...

BAHMAN GHOBADI PRESS CONFERENCE 53rd TIFF

                              -OFFICIAL 53rd TIFF PRESS RELEASE- BAHMAN GHOBADI PRESS CONFERENCE 53rd TIFF   Iranian filmmaker of Kurdish ethnicity Bahman Ghobadi gave a press conference Sunday, November 4, 2012, in the context of the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival. Festival director Dimitri Eipides attended. This year’s edition of the festival is hosting a tribute to the work...

53rd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL / 2 - 11 NOVEMBER 2012

                              -OFFICIAL 53rd TIFF PRESS RELEASE- 53rd TIFF: Opening Ceremony (11/3/2012) OPENING CEREMONY The curtain rose on the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival on Friday, November 2, 2012 with a simple ceremony. The opening ceremony took place at the packed Olympion Theater, with the jazz and swing rhythms of the band Milky Lady & the Cookies and the lindy hop Jitter...

Top Bollywood director Yash Chopra "the king of romance" passes away at eighty

by Alex Farba-Deleon     The dean of Indian film directors, Yash Chopra, passed away on October 21 at the age of eighty. Yash Chopra was not just another Bollywood director --he was one of the world's top craftsman of the seventh art although he always crafted his films to suit the taste of the Indian audience, which is the main reason he remains practically unknown in the West.   In Asia where Bollywood films are far better known than here Chopra was honored ...

Rebecca Thomas' Debut Feature ELECTRICK CHILDREN Starring Julia Garner, Rory Culkin @ AFI Fest in Los Angeles

Stunning ELECTRICK CHILDREN is Rebecca Thomas' debut feature film, surprising as that may be. The movie tells the story of 15 year-old Rachel, played wonderfully by Julia Garner, who lives on a fundamentalist Mormon homestead in the Utah desert, just outside Las Vegas. On her 15th birthday Rachel must answer routine questions about her life, recorded on tape deck. Fascinated with the tape deck, later that night she creeps into the basement to find it.  When she discovers a rock mus...

Elin Kling X Guess By Marciano Capsule Collection Launch

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  Elin Kling X Guess By Marciano Capsule Collection Launch       Elin Kling X Guess By Marciano Capsule Collection Launch; East Sydney, Australia ...   East Sydney, Australia, and yet another product / fashion launch, with the usual splash of celebrities.   Firstly, Marciano is a leading lifestyle brand by Guess, so with that out of the way, a bit of colour banter to keep you interested with a bit of back story...   It's said "celebrity ...

Maxim Australia Celebrates Hot 100 At Halloween Bash With Special Guest Sophie Monk

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  Maxim Australia Celebrates Hot 100 At Halloween Bash With Special Guest Sophie Monk         Maxim Australia Celebrates Hot 100 At Halloween Bash With Special Guest Sophie Monk;  Marquee, Sydney – The Star...   Maxim Australia enjoyed its Hot 100 Halloween Bash - party at Sydney's famous Marquee nightclub tonight.   It was obvious to the trained eye that one or two VIP's - high rollers, hot models and blonde's a plenty were...

The Voice's Prinnie and Mahalia Singing With 600,000 Kid's in Sydney; Haberfield Public School

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    The Voice performing artists and Haberfield Public School teams up to break record...   Stars from popular reality TV show, The Voice, Prinnie and Mahalia, performed at Haberfield Public School Signing With 600,000 Kids Across The Country to make it Australia’s Biggest Music Gig of its kind.   Hundreds of thousands of school children across Australia sang the same song at the same time on the same day in Australia’s biggest annual school ...

Grand opening of The Amazonas Festival in Manaus at Theatro Amazanos

We chatted With the state secretary of culture,  Robeiro Bragas about the successful screening of theopening film (Buddies, 3 kids with down syndrome, who escape their institution for a wild ride (with guns love and laughters) Sharing a drink at the lavish diner cocktail opening ceremony, held outside the Theatre. Robeiro remembered founding this festival 9 years ago with Lionel Chouchan (PublicSystem) the man who managed 150 festivals (so far, counting each edition of Deauville, Avori...

Brazilian film "Colegas", by Marcelo Galvão, opens the Amazonas Film Festival

                          Starred by three actors with Down syndrome, the Brazilian film "Colegas" (2012), winner of the Kikito award as best film of Gramado Film Festival, will be shown during the opening ceremony of the ninth edition of Amazonas Film Festival (AFF), Saturday (3). The feature film is directed by Marcelo Galvão and tells the story of the characters Stallone (Ariel Goldenberg), Ani...

Celebrities of national cinema walk on the red carpet and Zelito Viana will be honored

                      Celebrities of Brazilian cinema such as Otávio Augusto, Gracindo Junior, Marcos Paulo, Toni Garrido, Leticia Sabetella, Gisele Fraga, Bruno Garcia, Zelito Viana, Antonio Pitanga and the actress Ana Lucia Torres as guest of honor, among others, will be on the red carpet, opposite the Amazonas Opera House this Saturday the 3rd at 6:45 pm, interacting with the audience. Everything for the opening c...

14th Annual EROS Film Festival ready to kick

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 14th Annual EROS Film Festival - From Iran to Ganymede: Strange Encounters, Best Friends and Family Ties   Out Film CT, the organizer of Connecticut’s two annual LGBT film festivals, is pleased to announce the line-up for the 14th EROS Film Festival, which takes place Nov. 7 – 11 at Cinestudio, on the campus of Trinity College. The event is sponsored by EROS (Encouraging Respect Of all Sexualities), Trinity’s gay/straight student alliance, and showcases a broa...

Peter Fonda is Chairman of the 2012 jury in Stockholm Festival

    This year we welcome legendary actor Peter Fonda to the Stockholm International Film Festival. Peter Fonda will head this year’s jury of five and decide which will receive the prestigious Bronze Horse for Best Film.      This year’s jury members will hand out the festival’s heaviest prize, the 7. 3 kilo heavy Bronze Horse to the Best Film i the Stockholm XXIII Competition category. The jury also give out the Aluminium Horse in seven categories:...

Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” To Open Plus Camerimage Festival with “Side by Side”

PLUS CAMERIMAGE, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, announced today the heads of the juries who will preside over the eight competition sections at the 20th anniversary edition of the festival taking place November 24th – Dec 1st.   It was also revealed that the Festival will hold the Polish premiere of the highly anticapted ‘Life of Pi,” directed by Ang Lee, with cinematography by Claudio Miranda, who will be in attenndence. The film will be p...

Chile in focus at the 36th Goteborg Film Festival

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Today we're revealing the festival's focus and announcing the first four films from the programme for 2013! For its 36th year, Göteborg International Film Festival has decided to spotlight Chilean film. 40 years after Pinochet's military coup d'état, Chile's film industry is once again blooming with a wave of young Chilean filmmakers finding success abroad.  During the military dictatorship, many people were persecuted and killed as a result of their political opinions. The o...

Russian Film Festival,in Bangkok

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Russian Film Festival, in Bangkok It seems to be an epidemic of Film Festivals , in Bangkok, this year ! The first-ever Indian Festival’s gone, and now, it’s the first-ever Russian Film festival. Soon, there will be the World Film Festival of Bangkok (16 Nov - 25 Nov). The Russians are celebrating their 150th Anniversary of relations with Thailand ,and what better way to celebrate, than through Cinema? The ‘ Russian W...

New competition of the Black Nights highlights feature debuts from Baltic Sea Region

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Feature debuts from the Baltic and Nordic countries compete in the the new Tridens Herring competition programme judged by an international jury, among others Kiki Sugino. Tridens Herring feature debut competition replaces the previous Baltic competition aiming to present young talent from around the Baltic Sea. „In the recent years many young and interesting film makers have emerged in the Baltic film industry, who are up to a comparison even in the context of very strong film countries....

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