Friday, August 29, 2014

CAM, SODEC and NFB announce Regard sur Montréal residency


THE CONSEIL DES ARTS DE MONTRÉAL, SODEC AND THE NFB CREATE REGARD SUR MONTRÉAL, THE FIRST-EVER RESIDENCY FOR EMERGING, CULTURALLY DIVERSE FILMMAKERS

The Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) via its ACIC (Aide au cinéma indépendant – Canada) program have created the very first residency in Montreal for emerging, culturally diverse filmmakers. The $75,000 residency, known as Regard sur Montréal, will fund training, scriptwriting, production, post-production, as well as promotion and distribution of a short film. Announced today, this collaboration between the three levels of government is designed to ensure a greater presence for emerging, culturally diverse professionals working in film and television production. Cultural diversity is essential to fostering Montreal’s cultural development and boosting the city’s profile.

“Since 2006, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has been striving to ensure that the professional arts world mirrors the city’s social fabric, which is very multicultural,” the Chair of the Conseil, Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, explained. “By joining forces with SODEC and the NFB (ACIC), we’re expanding our efforts to support emerging talent and integrate culturally diverse artists into the film industry, a goal that fits perfectly with our priorities.”

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Harry Belafonte, Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki And Maureen O'Hara To Receive Academy's Governors Awards


The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 26) to present Honorary Awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Harry Belafonte. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

“The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’re absolutely thrilled to honor these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November.”

Additions announced for 2014 TIFF Industry


TIFF INDUSTRY PROGRAMME DELIGHTS DELEGATES WITH NOTABLE ADDITIONS
Master Classes with Barry Levinson and Ning Hao, Juliette Binoche at Talent Lab, star-studded lineups for Indiewire @ the Festival and the new Vimeo Industry Convergence Centre

The Toronto International Film Festival® announced additional experts and bold new partnerships to join the TIFF Industry programme today. The stellar lineup at the Glenn Gould Studio and Vimeo Industry Convergence Centre (250 Front Street West), home of the Festival Industry Conference, promises to impress and inspire delegates with an unrivalled experience for film industry professionals. Additional Conference speakers at the Glenn Gould Studio include Barry Levinson (Good Morning Vietnam, The Humbling), Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Rampart, Time out of Mind), Pierre-Ange Le Pogam (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Grace of Monaco), Terry Press (CBS Films), Jade Raymond (Ubisoft) and Col Needham (IMDB).

The Vimeo Industry Convergence Centre is an exciting addition to the Industry Conference venues, enabling the expansion of conference programming, relationship-building opportunities, cultural exchange and talent accelerator programmes which include Vimeo’s exclusive Filmmaker’s Guide to the (Distribution) Galaxy sessions.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Special guests to attend Stanley Kubrick: A Cinematic Odyssey at TIFF Lightbox


KUBRICK’S COLLABORATORS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY COME TO TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
Comprehensive Kubrick film retrospective includes appearances from special guests
Alan Cumming, Gary Lockwood, Keir Dullea, Douglas Trumbull, Jan Harlan and Christiane Kubrick

TIFF® announced today the lineup of special guests and events that will enhance the in-cinema experience and complement the upcoming exhibition celebrating the life and work of legendary film auteur Stanley Kubrick. Stanley Kubrick will make its Canadian premiere at TIFF Bell Lightbox on October 31, 2014 until January 25, 2015. More than a decade has passed since Kubrick was honoured with a retrospective in Toronto, and the exhibition will be accompanied by the comprehensive look at his oeuvre, Stanley Kubrick: A Cinematic Odyssey. Throughout the run of the retrospective several esteemed guests, scholars and Kubrick collaborators will introduce a number of screenings and explore the themes and continued influence of Kubrick’s work.

“Stanley Kubrick’s work remains one of the most important contributions to world cinema, forcing us all to think about who we are, and giving us a deeper look inside human nature,” said Jesse Wente, Director of Film Programmes, TIFF Bell Lightbox. “This extensive retrospective accompanied by introductions from family, friends and colleagues will offer new insights into the mind of a true cinematic genius and introduce a new generation of audiences to the power of his films.”

Monday, August 25, 2014

RIDM announces 10th anniversary of Doc Circuit Montréal


Doc Circuit Montreal marks its tenth birthday by bringing back some of its most successful activities and presenting new events and opportunities for the documentary community to meet, exchange and innovate.

BANDEAU JAUNE

EARLY BIRD EVENT


Early Bird Registration will open from September 2nd to 14th, allowing you to benefit from a savings, and to offer you priority for one-on-one meets with our slate of decision makers and consultants. Don’t miss out on this special 10th anniversary edition!

Five Finalists Selected for the $10K CMPA Feature Film Award


Award-winning producer Jennifer Jonas today announced the shortlist for the 9th annual Canadian Media Production Association’s (CMPA) Feature Film Producer’s Award. Jennifer is Chair of the national jury and last year’s recipient.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 at a special reception to mark the opening of the 39th Toronto International Film Festival ® on September 4th. Festival delegates are invited to attend the presentation being held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Filmmakers’ Lounge in the Glenn Gould Studio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), 250 Front Street West.

The award was created as a partnership with the Festival in 2006. It recognizes the vision and entrepreneurship of an outstanding Canadian producer whose body of work demonstrates commitment and passion for producing Canadian feature films.

2014 MTV Video Music Awards – winners


2014 “MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS” TAKE OVER THE LEGENDARY FORUM FOR AN INCREDIBLE NIGHT OF MUSIC FUELED BY EXPLOSIVE PERFORMANCES
JAY Z and Blue Ivy Presented the "Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award" to Beyoncé Who Ruled the Night Winning Three Additional Moonmen;
Miley Cyrus, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Lorde, 5 Seconds of Summer Take Home One Each

MTV hosted an epic night of music with unforgettable performances, unpredictable moments and heartfelt messages as the 2014 "MTV Video Music Awards" were held live at The Forum in Inglewood, CA.

Beyoncé welcomed MTV and the audience to her world as she built on her VMA legacy with a medley of songs from her visual album "Beyoncé." Always the trailblazer, Beyoncé celebrated where she is as an artist today and pulled back the curtain on her family life with poignant images from home movies showing her as a wife and mother. The backdrop throughout her performance reinforced messages of female empowerment and sampled a powerful quote and call to feminism from the prominent Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Call for submissions: Reel Asian film fest's 'So You Think You Can Pitch?' competition


Got a great idea for a dramatic, documentary, musical or experimental Short Film? We want to help you make it!

The 9th Annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival's pitch competition - So You Think You Can Pitch? awards two winning filmmaking teams (each from the Emerging Artist and Established Artist categories) with a production package & cash prize to kick-start and/or finish your short film.

Once again this year, two winning filmmaking teams will walk away with amazing prize packages that will help them kick-start and/or finish their short film. The two prize packages of cash for the Emerging Category and Established Category to cover High Definition or Standard Definition production and post services, artist’s fees and more. We are open to all your great films ideas, be it dramatic, documentary, musical or experimental, up to 30 minutes in length, as long as you feature an Asian member in a key creative role, either in front or behind the camera.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Seven new recipients of Shaw Media–Hot Docs Funds announced


$180,000 IN COMPLETION GRANTS AND DEVELOPMENT LOANS AWARDED TO TOP CANADIAN DOC PROJECTS

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Shaw Media are pleased to announce that seven projects have been chosen to receive a total of $180,000 in grants and no-interest loans from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds in its thirteenth round of disbursements. Established in April of 2008, the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds consist of a $3-million completion fund and a $1-million development fund that aim to provide Canadian documentary filmmakers with much needed financial support at critical stages in their projects.

With these seven projects, a total of 127 projects have received funding via Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds to date, with funding totalling $2,909,000 in completion grants and no-interest loans. The application process for the second round of 2014 funding will open September 24, 2014. For further information on the application process, eligibility requirements and deadlines, please visit www.hotdocs.ca/shawmedia.

Toronto International Film Festival names Friday, September 5 Bill Murray Day


TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NAMES SEPTEMBER 5 BILL MURRAY DAY
Special FREE screenings of Ghostbusters, Stripes and Groundhog Day
and the world premiere of St. Vincent

The Toronto International Film Festival® has dedicated one day of its 2014 edition to a celebration of the charismatic, wise-cracking, comedic genius of living legend Bill Murray. September 5 is Bill Murray Day and includes free public screenings of three comedy classics — Stripes, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters — leading up to the world premiere of the latest Murray-starrer, Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent. Though the Festival cannot Groundhog Day the Bill Murray Day, a contest will be held to reward Murray fans who attend all three free screenings. But, really, everyone is a winner on Bill Murray Day.

Free screenings of three of Murray’s classic comedies with frequent collaborators, director Ivan Reitman and the late, great Harold Ramis — who directed, co-wrote and co-starred with Murray — will be presented at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 5 beginning at 10am.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

2014 TIFF and NFB celebrate Norman McLaren's 100th Birthday


TIFF AND NFB MARK ANIMATION LEGEND NORMAN MCLAREN’S 100TH BIRTHDAY ON FESTIVAL STREET

On the evening of Sunday, September 7, 2014, the centenary of the birth of National Film Board of Canada (NFB) film and animation legend Norman McLaren will be celebrated with a free program of outdoor screenings, accompanied by live music, as part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s pedestrian walk on King Street West, “Festival Street.”

Entitled Re-Sounding the Films of Norman McLaren, and created especially for TIFF, this program features seven short films from McLaren’s legendary oeuvre, with original scores written and performed live by Toronto pop/psychedelic/experimental group Absolutely Free. McLaren’s films will be projected onto a wall especially painted for this event, which is presented by TIFF in collaboration with the NFB.

2014 TIFF announces filmmaker guest list and additional info


COMING THIS SEPTEMBER: FILMMAKERS AND TALENT FROM AROUND THE GLOBE DESCEND ON THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival® attracts an unparalleled roster of celebrated film talent during the 11-day event, running September 4 to 14, 2014. Filmmakers expected to present their world premieres in Toronto include: Noah Baumbach, Mia Hansen-Løve, Alan Rickman, Chris Rock, Ning Hao, Philippe Falardeau, Susanne Bier, Oren Moverman, Michael Winterbottom, Ruba Nadda, Antoine Fuqua, Alanis Obomsawin, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Christian Petzold, Isabel Coixet, Sophie Barthes, Bent Hamer, Lone Scherfig and Roger Waters.

The Festival also welcomes thousands of producers and other industry professionals bringing films to us.

2104 TIFF announces Mavericks, TIFF Kids, and final selections


MAVERICKS PROGRAMME PRESENTS CAPTIVATING CONVERSATIONS WITH LEADERS AND LEGENDS IN THE FILM WORLD
In-person appearances by Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Denzel Washington, Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche, Jon Stewart, Dan Savage, Julie Taymor and more

The Toronto International Film Festival® invites audiences to step into the unparalleled experience of its Mavericks programme, featuring intimate conversations with leaders in the film world and beyond. Offering engaging, in-depth discussions and revealing anecdotes about their latest projects, this year’s prestigious lineup of special guests includes filmmakers David Thorpe, Julie Taymor, Antoine Fuqua and Jon Stewart; actors Robert Duvall, Denzel Washington, Reese Witherspoon, Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche; and journalists Maziar Bahari and Dan Savage.

“The Mavericks programme offers Festivalgoers an exclusive opportunity to sit in on thoughtful and engaging onstage exchanges with the crème de la crème of the film industry and other lively personalities,” said Mavericks lead programmer Thom Powers. “From daring directors to onscreen legends, our guests promise to captivate audiences with their remarkable and candid stories.”

2014 TIFF announces Discovery programme selections


TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL’S DISCOVERY PROGRAMME PRESENTS 39 REMARKABLE WORKS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

The Toronto International Film Festival® highlights 39 first and second feature films made by exceptional filmmakers from Canada and around the world in the Discovery programme. The lineup showcases brave films representing diverse perspectives and global voices from Pakistan, Vietnam, Kurdistan, Kenya, Ukraine, Brazil, Spain and more.

“Christopher Nolan, Steve McQueen, Lynne Ramsay and David Gordon Green all presented their first features in our Discovery section,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “It's a great place to spot new talent first.”

Thursday, August 14, 2014

2014 TIFF announces programming for TIFF Industry, Asian Film Summit, Doc Conference


SUSANNE BIER, BEAU WILLIMON, TED HOPE, SUE KROLL, DOUGLAS TRUMBULL AND PALMER LUCKEY AMONG 180 INFLUENTIAL GUESTS IN AN INCOMPARABLE INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE OVER 7 DAYS AT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

TIFF Industry provides delegates with an opportunity to partake in a wealth of knowledge, to experience and learn about exciting new advancements from leaders in the art and business of cinema during the 39th Toronto International Film Festival®. This year’s programme includes Moguls sessions with Claudia Bluemhuber (Silver Reel Entertainment) and Susanne Bier (A Second Chance); panel discussions with celebrated filmmakers and trailblazing industry experts, including Snowpiercer producer Lee Tae Hun, independent producer Ted Hope and Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval; and visionary effects artist Douglas Trumbull will present a ground-breaking film project (UFOTOG) with the support of Christie®, a leading cinema projector manufacturer and 14-year Festival partner.