Monday, May 13, 2013
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories of LGBT people and issues that build support for equality.
At the ceremony, filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom presented GLAAD's Golden Gate Award to her husband, Gavin Newsom. In accepting the award, Newsom said, "There's one fundamental that defines the best of this city, and the best of this organization, and that is we don’t tolerate our diversity, we truly celebrate our diversity. We highlight all those wonderful and interesting differences, but at the end of the day we unite around our common humanity. As Dr. King so eloquently said, 'We are all bound together by a web of mutuality.' We're all in this together."
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Leading the way with 13 nominations were Daniele Vicari's Diaz and Giuseppe Tornatore's La migliore offerta (The Best Offer). The former received mentions for Best Film, Best Director, Best Producer and Best Supporting Actor (Claudio Santamaria). The latter was nominated in the top categories of Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Producer, but not in any of the acting categories.
The other nominees for Best Film were Gabriele Salvatores's Educazione siberiana (Siberian Education), Bernardo Bertolucci's Io e te (Me and You), and Roberto Ando's Viva la liberta (Long Live Liberty). Ando, however, was the only Best Picture nominee to miss out on a Best Director nod. The fifth spot went to Matteo Garrone for Reality.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
“City to City looks for cinematic hot spots around the world," said Bailey. “We want to introduce our audience to new generations of filmmakers unafraid to rewrite the rules. When we started thinking about the startlingly original films emerging recently from this ancient and contemporary city, the perfect choice for us this year was Athens."
Monday, May 6, 2013
- Programme features 80 films, free exhibitions and guests including Chen Kaige, Johnnie To and Jackie Chan -
- Tickets on sale May 21 at 10 a.m. for TIFF Members, May 27 at 10 a.m. for non-members -
Noah Cowan, Artistic Director, TIFF Bell Lightbox, announced today details for a comprehensive exploration of Chinese film, art and culture. A Century of Chinese Cinema features a major film retrospective of over 80 titles, sessions with some of the biggest names in Chinese cinema, and a free exhibition featuring two internationally acclaimed visual artists. The flagship programme of the summer season, A Century of Chinese Cinema runs from June 5 to August 11, 2013.
"A Century of Chinese Cinema exemplifies TIFF's vision to foster new relationships and build bridges of cultural exchange," said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. "If we are, indeed, living in the Chinese Century, it is essential that we attempt to understand what that entails. There is no better way to do so than through film, which encourages cross-cultural understanding in our city and beyond."
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Toronto, May 6, 2013 – Hot Docs has wrapped its 20th anniversary edition with record-breaking audience numbers reaching an estimated 180,000. The 11-day event featured 418 public screenings—
157 of which went rush—of 204 films on 16 screens across Toronto, an internationally renowned conference and market for documentary professionals, and Docs for Schools, a phenomenally popular education program for youth. New this year, Hot Docs presented the Scotiabank Big Ideas series, featuring live onstage discussions with documentary subjects Anita Hill, Roméo Dallaire, Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss, and celebrated its 20th anniversary with a free outdoor screening to thank its loyal audiences. The Festival welcomed 180 guest filmmakers and 55 guest subjects from across Canada and around the world to present their films and take part in special post-screening Q&A sessions with audiences. Official film selections were chosen from a total of 2386 films submitted to the Festival.
Women directors swept the top honours with Cate Shortland winning Best Direction in a Feature Film for her German-language World War II drama Lore; Rachel Perkins winning for Best Direction in a TV Drama Series for Redfern Now (Pretty Boy Blue); and Jessica Hobbs winning for Best Direction in a TV Mini Series for Devil's Dust (Parts 1 & 2). Grace McKenzie won for Best Direction in a Documentary Feature for Audrey of the Alps and Madeleine Parry took Best Direction in a Documentary (Stand Alone) for Meatwork.
Jessica Redenbach took out the Award for Best Direction in a Short Film for Tender, Jennifer Peedom for Best Direction in a Documentary Series for Life at 7.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Between volleys of jokes by headliner Rob Schneider host Aisha Tyler, 18 of 67 total awards were handed out. Justin Chon of the Twilight movies presented, as did Lake Bell, writer, director and star of In A World…, a critically acclaimed new comedy which has its dramatic climax at a Golden Trailer Awards ceremony.
Among other kudos, the Skyfall promo took Best Action, and Best Documentary went to the Brooklyn Castle trailer, and Best Video Game went to the Tomb Raider preview. The 18 show awards are listed below. The full list, which includes the best of the year in TV Spots, posters, foreign trailers, festival trailers and more, can be found on the Golden Trailer website.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award
WHEN I WALK (D: Jason DaSilva; P: Jason DaSilva, Alice Cook; USA, Canada)
Sponsored by the Documentary Organization of Canada, the award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs.
An additional screening has been added on Sunday, May 5, at 6:30 pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The finalists are (listed alphabetically by film title):
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Saturday, April 27, 2013
The top winner of the night was the comedic feature Oh Boy by Jan Ole Gerster. It won six prizes total including Beat Film – Gold. It also won for Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor (Tom Schilling), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Gwisdek), Best Editor and Best Film Music.
The winner for Best Film – Silver was Hannah Arendt by Margarethe von Trotta. It also won for Best Actress (Barbara Sukowa). The Best Film – Bronze winner was Cate Shortland's Lore.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
On the feature film side, the awards were led by Rufus by Dave Schultz with eight mentions. Its nominations included Best Dramatic Feature Film, Best Director (Drama over 30 Minutes) and Best Screenwriter (Drama over 30 Minutes).
It competes for Best Dramatic Feature Film against Cody Fitz by Kurtis David Harder, Ferocious by Robert Cuffley, Kept by Krunoslav Malnar, and PSEUDO Blood Of Our Own by Gursimran Dhillon.
Other highly-anticipated features screening during the festival include After Tiller by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson; Bà nội by Khoa Lê; Buying Sex by Kent Nason and Teresa MacInnes; The Defector: Escape from North Korea by Ann Shin; Dragon Girls by Inigo Westmeier; Fuck for Forest by Michał Marczak; The Last Black Sea Pirates by Svetoslav Stoyanov; Last Woman Standing by Lorraine Price and Juliet Lammers; Oil Sands Karaoke by Charles Wilkinson; Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer by Maxim Pozdorovkin and Mike Lerner; Terms And Conditions May Apply by Cullen Hoback; The Unbelievers by Gus Holwerda; and Winter, Go Away! by Sofia Rodkevich, Anton Seregin, Madina Mustafina, Elena Khoreva, Anna Moiseenko, Dmitry Kubasov, Askold Kurov, Nadezhda Leonteva, Alexey Zhirayakov and Denis Klebleev.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The winner for Best Movie or Miniseries was the CBC television movie The Phantoms by Andrew Wreggitt. It won against Picture Day by Kate Melville, The Samaritan by Elan Mastai & David Weaver, and Still by Michael McGowan.
The Société des Réalisateurs de Films (Film Directors' Guild) has announced the films for their 45th Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors' Fortnight), the last of the Cannes Festival sidebars.
17 of the 21 films that will screen are world premieres. Unfortunately, none of the selections are from Canadian filmmakers. Women are underrepresented as usual, though not as badly as in the official selection. Among the women directors is Belgian actress Yolande Moreau from the cast of last year's closing film Camille redoubles (Camille Rewinds). She presents her directorial debut Henri.
The 45th Quinzaine des Réalisateurs takes place May 16–26, 2013, starting one day after the launch of the Festival de Cannes.
Monday, April 22, 2013
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main festival which announced its programming last week.
Among the selected films is Le Démantèlement (The Dismantlement) by Canada's Sébastien Pilote.
The Closing Film will be announced at a later date. The 52nd Semaine de la Critique du Festival de Cannes takes place from May 16-24, 2013. The 66th Festival de Cannes itself runs from May 15-26, 2013.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Host and Canadian musical icon Michael Bublé kicked off the night’s festivities with a pre-taped segment that showcased his trademark humour and charisma, and featured him seeking advice from celebrity friends such as Kelly Ripa, Russell Peters, Gerard Butler and Dr. Phil. Bublé hit all the right notes throughout the evening’s festivities, including his performance of “It’s A Beautiful Day,” the first single of his new studio album TO BE LOVED, which is released in Canada tomorrow.
It was never a question of maybe. Carly Rae Jepsen was the evening’s big winner with three JUNO Awards. Having already picked up the JUNO Award for Pop Album of the Year (sponsored by TD) at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, she added two more statuettes to her collection during the broadcast: the JUNO Award for Album of the Year (sponsored by Music Canada) for KISS and Single of the Year for “Call Me Maybe.” She also graced the stage to perform a medley featuring the catchy pop song, which dominated airwaves and social media over the last year.
WIth the home-field advantage, Nigerian films led the night. Kenneth Gyang's Confusion Na Wa won Best Film in addition to Best Nigerian Film. Niji Akanni's Heroes And Zeros won for Best Director, as well as for Editing and Screenplay. The late Nigerian actor Justus Esiri won Best Actor for Assassins Practice.
The winner for Best Documentary was Nigeria's Fuelling Poverty by Ishaya Bako, a film about a strike to protest government gasoline subsidies to corporations and the wealthy. The film had been banned by the Nigerian government and declared a national threat that was “highly provocative and likely to incite or encourage public disorder and undermine national security”.
The winner for Outstanding Film – Wide Release was Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The Outstanding Comedy Series award went to The New Normal. Former President Bill Clinton and entertainment lawyer Steve Warren were presented with special awards.
Following is a complete list of GLAAD Media Awards presented on stage, and the individuals that accepted the awards.
Friday, April 19, 2013
The nominees for Best Editing in a Feature Length are Adam Locke-Norton for A.J. Bond's Stress Position, Stephen Philipson Sara St. Onge's Molly Maxwell, Dev Singh for Kate Miles Melville's Picture Day, Matt Hannam for Brandon Cronenberg's Antiviral, and Roderick Deogrades for Michael McGowan's Still Mine.
Gordon Rempel was nominated twice, for his work on the series She Made Them Do It and the short film The Weather Girl. Joycelyn Poon was nominated twice in the Animation category for Oh No! It’s an Alien Invasion, Episode: The Royal Flush / Brainlings on Ice; and Babar and the Adventures of Badou, Episode: Babar the Pirate / Stripes vs. Scales.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The only double nominees were Emeli Sande with Next To Me, Plan B for Ill Manors, and Alt-J were the only people to receive more than one nomination. For Best Song Musically and Lyrically, Emeli Sande competes against Bat For Lashes with Laura, and Jake Bugg with Two Fingers. Ill Manors by Plan B (rapper Ben Drew) uses samples of the 2011 London riots and the fourth movement of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony.
The Festival de Cannes has announced their lineup for the 66th edition of the festival. Sadly, there is a dearth of women directors again. Last year, there were no women in competition; this year, there is only one woman in competition, and she just happens to be the sister-in-law of France's former President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Canadian director Chloé Robichaud from Montreal will unveil her debut feature Sarah préfère la course (Sarah Would Rather Run) in the Un certain regard section. She presented her short film Chef en meute at the Festival de Cannes last year in the official competition section.
The 66th Annual Festival de Cannes runs May 15-26, 2013.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Leading the field was Kristina Buožytė's erotic sci-fi feature Aurora (Vanishing Waves) with nine nominations. The film portrays a young male scientist who connects with the brain waves of a female coma patient and engages in a romantic yet surreal relationship with her. In addition to Best Feature Film, it will compete for Best Director, Best Actor (Marius Jampolskis), Best Actress (Jurga Jutaitė), Best Script, Best Cinematographer, and Best Composer. Producer Ieva Norvilienė and the effects team were both recognized in the Best Professional Work category.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Nine films will compete in 2013 for the Short Film Palme d’or, to be awarded by Jane Campion, President of the Jury, at the Closing Ceremony of the 66th Festival de Cannes on 26th May.
For the first time, a Palestinian film will take part in the Short Films Competition.
The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, presided by Jane Campion, will nominate the prize-winners for the Short Film Competition and the Cinéfondation Selection.