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Palm Springs International Film Festival Honors & Awards 2021

The Palm Springs International Film Festival and Film Awards Gala is not presenting an in-person event this year, however the Palm Springs International Film Society is recognizing this year’s best in filmmaking. ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT will highlight all of the individual honoree announcements and present a tribute on February 11 announcing the honorees and films. If you miss it, you can also watch on February 20, on ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT WEEKEND. February 25, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGH...

Sundance Interview with the team behind First Date

Sundance 2021 Interview by Emmanuel Itier with  FIRST DATE Director Manuel Crosby, Producer-Actor Brandon Kraus and actors: Tyson Brown and Shelby Duclos. FIRST DATE, played in the NEXT category at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival: After being conned into buying a shady '65 Chrysler, Mike's first date plans with girl-next-door Kelsey implode as he finds himself targeted by criminals, cops, and a crazy cat lady.   Q: How did this film come together, tell me about the ...

Welcome to Stories Matter, Leslie Zemeckis' Cure for Lockdown

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Leslie Zemeckis is a filmmaker known for bringing lost voices of burlesque into the world with her film BEHIND THE BURLY Q, but she is also a champion of women who tell stories not just with their bodies in dance. Based in Santa Barbara, she’s a multi-hyphenate actor, writer, mentor, and more who has created "Stories Matter" as a way to tap under-heard voices. In 2020, Leslie was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of ...

Andra Day will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award for The United States vs. Billie Holiday

The Palm Springs International Film Awards today announced that Andra Day will be the recipient of the Breakthrough Performance Award for The United States vs. Billie Holiday.   “Few jazz vocalists are more beloved than Billie Holiday, and Andra Day brings Holiday and her iconic voice back to life through a sympathetic and nuanced portrayal that sheds new light on the U.S. government’s role in seeking to muzzle a homegrown legend,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner...

Anthony Hopkins to receive the Palm Springs PSIFF Career Achievement Award for The Father

The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced Anthony Hopkins is the recipient of the Career Achievement Award for The Father.    “Anthony Hopkins is one of the greatest and most respected actors of his generation, who has brought to the screen so many memorable performances from The Silence of the Lambs, The Remains of the Day, The Two Popes, Westworld and so many more. In The Father, Hopkins gives an outstanding emotional performance, his best in years, as an 80-...

Sundance Interview with WEIRDO NIGHT Director Mariah Garnett and actress Jibz Cameron aka “Dynasty Handbag”

WEIRDO NIGHT @ Sundance 2021.   Director Mariah Garnett and actress Jibz Cameron aka “Dynasty Handbag” interviewed by Emmanuel Itier for   When COVID times hit, things were already weird for legendary performance artist Dynasty Handbag. Yes, she did have a regularly scheduled feeding off of the live energy of humans during monthly performances at Zebulon in Los Angeles. But when quarantine emptied the place, she took her show to the next level&...

Running The Festival Circuit With MFF Join the panel Feb 9th

Join The Midwest Film Festival exclusively on Facebook Live on Tuesday, February 9th from 6 PM - 7 PM CST for a panel conversation led by industry pros. They'll share their vast knowledge and experience in running the festival circuit and the success they've had! Don't miss you!  ...

Writer Maja Jul Larsen wins the 2021 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize for Cry Wolf

Maja Jul Larsen, writer of Cry Wolf (Ulven kommer), is the recipient of the 2021 Nordic TV Drama Screenplay Award – this was announced at an online ceremony during TV Drama Vision at the Göteborg Film Festival. For the fifth consecutive year, the award for outstanding writing of a Nordic Drama series, was handed out at the 2021 online edition of Göteborg Film Festival’s TV Drama Vision. The NOK 200 000 award, funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond goes to the ma...

French actor selected in the Shooting Stars EFP program spotlighting the best upcoming acting talent from around Europe

Nicolas Maury french shooting star was shot remotely by Fabian Raabe! Shooting Stars recently all completed a “Distance Portraits” photoshoot, which was shot entirely remotely, by German photographer Fabian Raabe.  It’s a great example of how creative and innovative access to film talent can be in these difficult times and whilst we wait for the world to return to “normal”. This year’s edition of EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS, the European programme spotlig...

IFFR VIDEO: Big Talk: Mads Mikkelsen

With lead roles in films including Adam’s Apples (Anders Thomas Jensen, 2005), Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2009) and Jagten (Thomas Vinterberg, 2012), Mads Mikkelsen is one of the most high-profile faces in the highly successful Danish cinema. Mikkelsen has also acted up a storm further afield: large audiences recognise him from blockbusters such as Doctor Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and of course the Bond film Casino...

The seven greeks to watch

CHRISTOS NIKOU, PROMISING NEW DIRECTOR Christos Nikou, director of the Greek Oscar entry APPLES Christos Nikou’s debut APPLES has exceeded all expectations and is now running for an Oscar nomination (in the international feature film, screenplay and more categories). Christos has worked as assistant director to Yorgos Lanthimos, and has made award-winning short films. He is represented by the top Hollywood agency CAA and is preparing to embark on his first English feature FINGERNAILS, ...

Sacha Baron Cohen set to receive the SBIFF Outstanding Performer of the Year Award

Sacha Baron Cohen will receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at the 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. SACHA BARON COHEN   OUTSTANDING PERFORMER OF THE YEAR AWARD WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2021 ...

Delroy Lindo of Spike Lee's DA 5 BLOODS set to receive SBIFF’s American Riviera Award

Delroy Lindo is set to receive the illustrious American Riviera Award at the 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Lindo will be honored on Thursday, April 8th and will be recognized for his many attributes to the art of film over the years, and most recently, his work in Spike Lee’s DA 5 BLOODS from Netflix.  "I've been a big fan of Delroy since I saw him on stage on August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" in 1988.  H...

Leslie Odom, Jr. is the recipient of the Spotlight Award, Actor for One Night in Miami

The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Leslie Odom, Jr. is the recipient of the Spotlight Award, Actor for One Night in Miami.  “Leslie Odom, Jr. is a truly talented performer. In his latest project, One Night in Miami, Odom Jr. brilliantly portrays singer Sam Cooke with charisma and tenacity, as he joins iconic figures Malcolm X, Cassius Clay and Jim Brown in this fictionalized account that is based on their actual meeting,” said Festival Chairman Ha...

VIDEO Clermont-Ferrand 2021: Online Masterclass with Jean-Marc Vallée

Exceptional online masterclass with the Quebec filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, hosted by Lebanese journalist Abla Kandalaft.     Jean-Marc Vallée OC (born March 9, 1963) is a Canadian filmmaker, film editor and screenwriter. After studying film at the Université de Montréal, Vallée went on to make a number of critically acclaimed short films, including Stéréotypes (1991), Les Fleurs magiques (1...

The Preselection Committee of the 6th Beyond Borders 2021

        BEYOND BORDERS International Documentary Film Festival Castellorizo island, Greece, August 22nd – 29th 2021 «Castellorizo-The Aegean island where documentaries meet History & Culture»       The preselection committee of the 6th edition of «Beyond Borders» International Documentary Film Festival of Castellorizo island, Greece, this year is made up of disting...

The french got talent: 8 french professionals in the "French Talents group"

Berlinale Talents is very proud to announce the selection of 205 film professionals - 113 women, 84 men and 8 who preferred to not state their gender and/or - from 65 countries for the 19th edition of Berlinale Talents, which takes place under the theme DREAMS. In our most recent press release you'll find more info about this year's edition and our Talents as well as links to their Talent profiles/projects:   We are very happy to let you know that 8 of the chosen filmmakers are ...

Golden Bear winners only in the International Jury of the 71st Berlinale

International Jury of the 71st Berlinale (from t. l. to b. l. clockwise): Adina Pintilie, Nadav Lapid, Mohammad Rasoulof, Jasmila Žbanić, Gianfranco Rosi, Ildikó Enyedi. © Photo: see single portrait   With the 71st Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale is entering into new territory. The festival will take place in two stages. As already announced, the Industry Event kicks off from March 1 to 5, 2021. From June 9 to 20, the Berlinale will invite the ...

Day 1 Rotterdam Panel "Festival Programmers: Where Are We Now?"

The last year brought about a radical change in how festivals ran, with the unavoidable pivot to the online or hybrid festival. There was also much collective and personal soul-searching. As we gear up for another year of uncertainty with festivals, yet with a bit more perspective, how are festival programmers feeling about the future and how are they evolving their approach to programming? Moderated by Michelle Carey (IFFR) with Cecil...

Sundance Interview: MOTHER SCHMUCKERS by Lenny and Harpo Guit

Sundance 2021 Midnight selection: MOTHER SCHMUCKERS by Lenny and Harpo Guit Two low-down, rotten brothers named Issachar and Zabulon are starving and can’t seem to scrounge up a meal anywhere. Things only get worse when they lose the beloved dog belonging to their mom, Cashmere, who kicks them out of the family apartment until they return her nippy little January Jack. Things are going to get uncomfortably bizarre with these two dopes on the run in the ruthless urban jungle of B...

Sundance Institute Announces Marja Bål Nango as 2021 Merata Mita Fellow

Now in its Sixth Consecutive Year, Fellowship Honors Artistic Contributions of Late Māori Filmmaker Marja Bål Nango Photo: Kaja Smith Sundance Institute today announced Marja Bål Nango (Sámi) as the 2021 recipient of the Merata Mita Fellowship, an annual fellowship named in honor of the late Māori filmmaker Merata Mita (1942-2010). The announcement was delivered today at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival’s Native Forum Celebration by N. Bird Runningwa...

Delroy Lindo of DA 5 BLOODS to receive SBIFF’s American Riviera Award

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Delroy Lindo is so convincing in Spike Lee's DA 5 BLOODS, it feels like a documentary. But this latest outing is only a fraction of the deeply gifted Lindo's oeuvre. When he receives the American Riviera Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) this Spring, the full measure of a storied career will be celebrated. Read on... SANTA BARBARA, CA: Delroy Lindo is set to receive the illustrious American Riviera Aw...

TCM honors legend, icon Cicely Tyson on Jan. 31

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent It surprises many to realize Cicely Tyson (1924-2021) was once married to Miles Davis, and when she passed away on Jan. 28 at 96 years of age, younger audiences may have only remembered her from THE HELP. But her life was a wild ride of unexpected connections. Tyson modeled for Vogue, after being "discovered" on the pages of Ebony. The eloquent and preternaturally graceful actress received her first EMMY for "The Autobiography of ...

RIP Dimitri Eipides : Festival du Nouveau Cinéma plans a tribute to his memory

    "As our 50th anniversary approaches, we learned with great sadness that Dimitri Eipides has passed away following a lengthy illness. Dimitri played a very important role in discovering new talents and emerging filmmakers who later shot to international renown. He took an active part in developing the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF), the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) after founding the Montr...

Welcome to The (free) AFM video Sessions!

  Every Wednesday AFM 2020 Participants will receive by email two recorded sessions they might have missed. We hope these continue to bring you actionable information that can be applied to your own projects and businesses as well as inspiration for your work during these challenging times. We encourage you to watch, share and discuss The AFM Sessions with your colleagues and peers.             &...


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