Thursday, February 28, 2013

Canadian Screen Awards 2013 – winners pt 2

2013 Canadian Screen Awards Presented in Drama, Children’s or Youth, Comedy and Variety Categories

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) is pleased to announce 46 Canadian Screen Award winners in Drama, Children’s or Youth, Comedy and Variety categories, including the winners of four Academy Special Awards. Tonight’s Canadian Screen Awards Gala hosted by CTV journalist Seamus O’Regan at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre is the second of three awards' evenings hosted by the Academy.

“The Academy has always promoted and celebrated the best in Canadian screen talent, and we are thrilled to continue that legacy in a new and exciting chapter,” says Martin Katz, Academy Chair. “We are proud to present the brand new Canadian Screen Awards statues to tonight’s winners.”

2013 Robertprisen (Danish film awards) – winners

The Danmarks Film Akademi (Danish Film Academy) held the ceremony for their 30th annual Robertprisen or Robert Awards for Danish film.

The top prize-winner of the night was Kapringen (A Hijacking) by Tobias Lindholm. Not only did it win for Best Film but it captured Best Actor (Søren Malling), Best Screenplay, Best Sound and Best Editing. The story is about a hostage situation on a ship overtaken by Somali pirates.

Nikolaj Arcel's En kongelig affære (A Royal Affair) picked up more awards, however. It had led the nominations with nods in every eligible category and ended up with nine awards. Among the wins were Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) and Best Supporting Actress (Trine Dyrholm). Dyrholm also won for Best Actress in a tie with Bodil Jørgensen for Hvidsten Gruppen (This Life).

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Canadian Screen Awards 2013 – winners pt 1

The Academy Announces Canadian Screen Award Winners in News & Sports, Documentary, Lifestyle and Reality Categories

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (Academy) is pleased to announce 46 Canadian Screen Award winners in News & Sports, Documentary, Lifestyle and Reality programming categories, including the winners of six Academy Special Awards. Tonight’s gala hosted by comedian Steve Patterson (The Debaters) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre is the first of three awards’ evenings the Academy will host.

“This is an exceptionally memorable night in the history of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television,” says Martin Katz, Academy Chair. “Sunday March 3rd at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts marks the first Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast, but tonight is truly the first time these brand new statues have ever been awarded.”

Call for submissions: 2013 Arirang Korea Smartphone Film Festival

A call for submissions has been announced for the 2013 Arirang Korea Smartphone Film Festival. Deadline for entry is Tuesday, April 30, 2013. You will be notified by May 10, 2013.

Arirang Korea Smartphone Film Festival introduces a new way of filmmaking by challenging aspiring filmmakers and the general public to use a smartphone device in production. In addition, we have added a new submission category for DSLR users.

Call for submissions: WMT fund for Asian-Canadian playwrights

What is the Wuchien Michael Than Foundation Fund (WMT Foundation Fund)?

The primary purpose of the Wuchien Michael Than Foundation (WMT Foundation) is the development and nurturing of theatre arts in Canada, with particular emphasis on new works by Asian-Canadian playwrights, and the development of emerging talent in the Asian-Canadian theatre community.

The WMT Foundation Fund has been established – in partnership with the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) – to provide financial support for a range of activities in keeping with the overall mission of the WMT Foundation.

Call for submissions: Mascara and Popcorn Film Festival


MASCARA AND POPCORN is a film festival that delves into the horror genre for the most part, as well as the experimental, the weird and the wonderful. Mascara and Popcorn also showcases projects that go beyond film: theatre, music, fundraisers and live performances within the underground arena, helping entrepreneurs and artists connect and kick start opportunities for themselves. Any film of the imagination that steps out of the ordinary. Intense, disturbing, provocative, unclassifiable material. Low budget works with high production value. The festival features a competition and offers additional promotional opportunities within the global festival market.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC) Awards 2013 – nominations

The Canadian Society of Cinematographers has announced the nominations for the 56th Annual CSC Awards.

The nominees for Theatrical Feature Cinematography are Kamal Derkaoui for The Tall Man, Philippe Lavalette for Inch’Allah, and Brendan Steacy for The Lesser Blessed.

Cinematographers with multiple nominations include Adam Dabrowski, Nick Vyfschaft, Allan Leader, Kirk Neff, Vic Sarin, Pasha Patriki and Glen Winter.

Monday, February 25, 2013

2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Feb 26-Mar 7

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns for its 10th year in Toronto with a 10-film lineup of politically charged, inspiring and empowering stories covering themes of oppression, struggle and resilience. The Festival opens on February 26, 2013 at TIFF Bell Lightbox with Lise Birk Pedersen’s Putin’s Kiss (2012), a documentary/coming-of-age story about life in contemporary Russia as experienced by Masha Drokova, a middle-class youth activist and member of the anti-fascist group Nashi. The Human Rights Watch Film Festival is a co-presentation between Human Rights Watch and TIFF, and runs until March 7.

The Festival features selections from a range of global territories, including the Middle East, Russia, North Korea, Africa, Indonesia and South America. One of the films particularly relevant to Canadians is legendary Canadian filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin’s The People of the Kattawapiskak River (2012), a documentary that takes viewers to Northern Ontario's Attawapiskat First Nation, where crushing poverty and a housing crisis have made international headlines.

85th Academy Awards speeches

Here are excerpts from the speeches at last night's 85th Annual Academy Awards.

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Thank you. Thank you so much, Mr. De Niro, Mr. Arkin, Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Jones, my respect. My… my unlimited gratitude goes to Dr. King Schultz. That is, of course, to the creator and the creator of his awe-inspiring world – Quentin Tarentino. And I thank Jamie Foxx and Leo DiCaprio. Sam Jackson and Kerry Washington. ... We participated in a hero’s journey – the hero here being Quentin. And you scale the mountain because you’re not afraid of it. You slay the dragon because you’re not afraid of it and you cross through fire because it’s worth it. I borrowed my character’s words so sorry – couldn’t resist. Thank you.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

85th Academy Awards – winners

The Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences held the Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 tonight at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. The gala was hosted by Ted writer/director and Best Song nominee Seth MacFarlane.

Ben Affleck's Argo led the night winning Best Picture as well as Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. Both Affleck and writer Chris Terrio acknowledged Canada and Iran in their speeches.

Life of Pi by Ang Lee won the most awards, however. Lee upset Steven Speilberg for Best Director as he did in 2005 when his work on Brokeback Mountain won over Spielberg's for Munich (coincidentally, both times Lee eventually lost Best Picture which was presented by Jack Nicholson). Canadian composer Mychael Danna won for Music – Original Score. The magical-realist film also won for Cinematography and Visual Effects.

2013 Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards – "winners"

This year saw yet another Razzie sweep, but this one was incomplete: Although The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 went into the 33rd Annual Razzie Awards race with a near-record 11 nominations (more nods than there were categories) it only managed to "win" seven spray-painted statuettes, including Worst Picture, Worst Actress (Kristen Stewart) Worst Supporting Actor (Taylor Lautner), Worst Screen Couple (Lautner and 12 year-old Mackenzie Foy) and Worst Screen Ensemble. Throw in Worst Remake/Rip-Off or Sequel and Worst Director for Bill Condon, and the fifth and final Twilight film is 2012's most-Razzed movie.

But Twilight S.B.D. #2 (as Razzie wags prefer to refer to it) still fell short of last year's unprecedented all-ten-category sweep by Adam Sandler's Jack & Jill. Sandler wasn't totally over-looked, though: The aging, schlubby comic took the Worst Actor Razzie for the second year in a row, and his film That's My Boy bested Twilight for Worst Screenplay by a single vote. In the 10th category, Worst Supporting Actress, Razzie voters chose pop singer Rihanna, making her big screen debut in Battleship, by a landslide.

ACTRA Awards in Toronto 2013 – winners

ACTRA Toronto presented the 11th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto at The Carlu last night. The gala evening was hosted by Elvira Kurt with live music by multiple Maple Blues nominee, Shakura S'Aida.

"It's worth noting, I think, that this year's fantastic winners starred in three independent Canadian films: Requiem for Romance, a short animated film by Jonathan Ng, Picture Day by Kate Melville and The Disappeared by Shandi Mitchell. All writer-directors and two of them female," said President, David Sparrow. "Groundbreaking representation on lots of levels."

Film Independent Spirit Awards 2013 – winners

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to Silver Linings Playbook, The Sessions and The Perks of Being A Wallflower at last night’s 28th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Beasts of the Southern Wild, Magic Mike, Amour and The Invisible War also received awards at the ceremony, which is held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.

Tune in to IFC tonight at 10:00 pm ET/PT to catch all the action at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards, with actor and writer Andy Samberg hosting. Highlights include: Samberg’s trademarked digital shorts and a surprise, courtesy of web phenomenon Bad Lip Reading.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2012 – winners

This evening at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Victoria, the Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA) held their 6th Annual AFCA Awards for the best films of 2012.

Wayne Blair's The Sapphires took the top prize in winning Best Film. It also won for Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Mauboy) and Music Score. The comedy is about a group of Aboriginal women singers in the 1960s.

Lore by Cate Shortland won the most awards, however. It won for Best Director, Actress (Saskia Rosendahl), Screenplay, Cinematography and Production Design. The film is a World War II drama that is almost completely in German.

Friday, February 22, 2013

2013 Genesis Awards – nominations

Big Miracle, Darling Companion, Delhi Safari and To the Arctic have been nominated for the Humane Society of the United States’ 27th Annual Genesis Awards. The Genesis Awards honor news and entertainment media “for their role in raising awareness of animal issues.”

“For 27 years, the Genesis Awards have celebrated the power of the media to shed light onanimal protection issues,” stated Beverly Kaskey, senior director of HSUS’ Hollywood Outreach and executive producer of The Genesis Awards Benefit Gala announcing this year’s nominees. “This year one nominee, Big Miracle, reflects the Genesis credo with its true account of how one TV reporter’s story triggers a worldwide effort to save a family of imperiled whales, proving that the media can and does make a difference.”

ICG Publicists Awards – winners

50th Annual ICG Publicists Awards Salute Kirk Douglas with Lifetime Achievement Award. Argo, USA Network, and Marvel Studios Receive Honors. Robert Downey Jr., Sally Field, Corbin Bernsen, Matt Bomer, Piper Perabo and Robert Knepper Among Presenters.

Close to a thousand Hollywood publicity and marketing executives, producers, studio and network executives, celebrities, and press gathered for the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) 50th Annual Publicists Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel today. Theo Von, star of Yahoo!’s Prime Time In No Time, hosted.

Kirk Douglas received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Ron Meyer, president and COO of Universal Studios. In a surprise appearance Robert Downey Jr. presented the Motion Picture Showmanship Award to Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, while the Television Showmanship Award went to the co-presidents of USA Network, Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel, presented to them by star of Covert Affairs, Matt Bomer and Piper Perabo, star of the network’s White Collar.
Surprise presenter Sally Field awarded publicist Heidi Schaeffer of PMK/BNC with this year’s Les Mason Award, the highest honor publicists can pay to one of their own.

César du cinéma 2013 – winners

France's Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma held the the 38th annual César du cinéma gala ceremony tonight at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Presiding over the evening was actor and producer Jamel Debbouze, with Antoine de Caunes as master of ceremonies.

Michael Haneke's Amour led the night with five wins. They were all in the top categories – Best Film, Director, Original Screenplay, Actor (Jean Louis Trintignant) and Actress (Emmanuelle Riva).

Jacques Audiard's De rouille et d’os (Rust and Bone) was next with four awards. In addition to Best Adapted Screenplay, it won for Breakthrough Performance – Actor (Matthias Schoenaerts), Editing and Original Music.

The historical costume drama Les Adieux à la reine (Farewell, My Queen) by Benoit Jacquot received three awards in the craft categories, winning for Cinematography, Costumes and Production Design.

Kerala State Film Awards 2013 – winners

Best Film

Best Second Film

Best Actor

Call for submissions: Soulo Theatre Festival

Toronto has a new festival that celebrates the best of solo theatre and how to do it yourself. They have put out a call for submissions for their inaugural festival.

SoulOTheatre is a program developed at Toronto’s Ryerson University by Tracey Erin Smith. Her courses guide you through the process of writing, creating and performing a 10-minute solo show. The festival will present a variety of works as well as workshops and panel discussions to help create work that enhances our lives and feeds the soul.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (RVCQ), Feb 21-Mar 3

The 31st edition of Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois kicks off tonight with a gala presentation of Roche Papier Ciseaux (Rock Paper Scissors) by Yan Lanouette Turgeon. This is the world premiere of the film which stars Roy Dupuis, Remo Girone, Samian, Roger Léger, Frédéric Chau and Fanny Mallette. This is Yan Lanouette Turgeon's feature debut.

The closing night film will be Le météore (The Meteor) by François Delisle. The film is a drama about a man serving a fourteen year sentence and the dedication of his mother and wife.

Other features screened include the Oscar-nominated Rebelle (War Witch) by Kim Nguyen, Roméo onze (Romeo Eleven) by Ivan Grbovic, Camion by Rafaël Ouellet, and Xavier Dolan's Laurence Anyways. Documentaries screening include China Heavyweight and The Fruit Hunters by Yung Chang, Le chant des ondes (Wavemakers) by Caroline Martel, Rivières perdues (Lost Rivers) by Caroline Bâcle and Jeppe on a Friday by Shannon Walsh.

10th Glenn Gould Prize goes to Robert Lepage

Innovative playwright, actor and director of theatre, opera, circus and film, Robert Lepage is the Tenth Glenn Gould Prize Laureate. Mr. Lepage has won international critical acclaim and audience applause for his groundbreaking and influential works that fuse diverse media into cohesive stories that surprise, challenge and delight.

"I would like to congratulate our jury on an inspired selection," said Brian Levine, Executive Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation. "Robert Lepage is an artist whose dreams have expanded the realm of possibility and whose work transcends all boundaries. His work illuminates the human condition in that same sprit of innovation and idealism that motivated Glenn Gould. We feel his selection as Laureate marks a new milestone in the history of The Glenn Gould Prize and The Glenn Gould Foundation."

"It is a good thing to celebrate excellence but I do think it is important to define what "excellence" is. For me, the excellence of an artist should not be measured only by his successes and achievements but also by his courage and capacity to constantly put himself in danger," stated Robert Lepage. "Trial, error and at times even public humiliation are as much part of the process of defining one's uniqueness. It means surviving both the highs of being ahead of the curve and the defeated feeling of trailing behind."

2013 Montréal en Lumière, Feb 21-Mar 3

The 14th Montréal en Lumière kicks off tonight at the Quartier des Spectacles. The festival is a broad-ranging affair with shows and concerts of all kinds as well as fine dining and drinks. The opening show at Théâtre Maisonneuve will be La Pista Tango and blends circus arts, tango and illustration.

Featured concerts include Alain Lefèvre, Diana Krall and The Zombies. The food spotlights will be on Buenos Aires, Philadelphia and Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, with Argentinean chef Francis Mallmann as honourary president. As always, there will be many free activities and events. The festival draws to a close with the annual Nuit blanche.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Saturn Awards 2013 – nominations

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the leading film with nominations for the prestigious Saturn Awards presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Peter Jackson’s return to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth received 9 nominations. Other films receiving major nominations include Ang Lee’s Life of Pi (8 nominations), and the 23nd entry in the James Bond franchise, Skyfall (7 nominations).

Comic book icons-turned-cinematic spectacles, Marvel’s The Avengers and Christopher Nolan’s triumphant conclusion to his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, followed closely behind with 6 nominations each, along with the epic musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic Les Misérables. Warner Bros. received a leading total of 23 nominations, while Sony Pictures and Universal Pictures each received 14 nominations for their ambitious slate of films released last year.

BRIT Awards 2013 – winners

Emeli Sandé tops off a phenomenal year by picking up the coveted MasterCard British Album Award as well as British Female Award

Tonight’s BRIT Awards, hosted for the fourth time by James Corden, were the perfect celebration of a vintage year. Muse started proceedings with an explosive performance featuring a huge orchestra and fireworks, setting the tone for the evening. 2012 was an extraordinary year for British music both at home and abroad.

This time last year saw Emeli Sandé win her first ever BRIT Award when she was chosen as the Critics’ Choice winner. 12 months on she scoops the biggest Award of the night, the MasterCard British Album Award, for her debut album ‘Our Version Of Events’ which has now been certified four times platinum and is close to sales of 1.5 million worldwide. Emeli was also honoured with the British Female accolade and gave a stunning performance for the BRITs finale.

2013 Reel Artists Film Festival, Feb 20-24

Canadian Art Foundation Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Reel Artists Film Festival
North America’s Only Festival of Documentary Films About Visual Art and Artists

The 10th annual Reel Artists Film Festival, which runs from February 20 to 24, 2013, presents a selection of international feature-length and short documentaries that address challenges and questions raised by artists both in front of and behind the camera. Through these films, subjects are revealed, experimental processes unfold, and events are staged. It is with these three categories in mind—subject, process, event—that we celebrate RAFF’s anniversary and anticipate its future.

2013 Rhubarb Festival, Feb 20-Mar 3

The 34th Rhubarb Festival kicks off tonight at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

For two weeks, over 100 local and international artists transform Buddies in Bad Times Theatre into a hotbed of creativity and experimentation, sharing new ideas in contemporary theatre, performance art, dance, and music with adventure-loving audiences.

One of the few critic-free environments available to local artists, Rhubarb is the place to see the most adventurous ideas that artists have to offer and to catch your favourite performers venture into uncharted territory. This year, look for familiar faces, new partnerships, and artists you may have never seen before.

2013 Costume Designers Guild (CDG) Awards – winners

The winners of the 15th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards were announced last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The Guild handed out competitive awards for costume design excellence in seven categories in film, television and commercial. Four honorary awards were also presented at the Awards Gala.

For Excellence in Contemporary Film, the winner was Skyfall costume designer Jany Temime. Jacqueline Durran won the Period Film category for her work on Anna Karenina. The award for Fantasy Film was granted posthumously to the renowned Eiko Ishioka for her designs on the Snow White film Mirror Mirror.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

2013 Canadian Film Fest announces programming


The festival kicks off with Toronto premiere of Martin Doepner’s The Storm Within
Public tickets on sale March 4 at

The executive director of the Canadian Film Fest (CFF), Bern Euler, is delighted to announce the complete lineup for the 7th edition, which includes the Toronto Premiere of The Storm Within (Rouge Sang) as the Opening Night Film. Boasting six feature films alongside nineteen short films, the Canadian Film Fest will take place at The Royal from March 20-23, 2013. For more information on the Canadian Film Fest visit

2013 Juno Awards – nominations

Carly Rae Jepsen leads the pack with five nominations!

The nominees for the 2013 JUNO Awards were announced by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at a press conference in Toronto this morning, as Canada’s top artists now get ready for a trip to the Prairies during JUNO Week in Regina and Moose Jaw, April 15 – April 21, 2013.

It was also announced that 2013 JUNO Award nominees Carly Rae Jepsen, Billy Talent, Marianas Trench and Michael Bublé will perform during the Sunday, April 21 broadcast from Regina’s Brandt Centre. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks! Bublé, the host of The 2013 JUNO Awards Broadcast, airing live on CTV, is also nominated this year and will contend for the JUNO Fan Choice Award.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Etoiles d'Or du Cinéma 2013 – winners

This evening, l'Académie de la presse du cinéma français (Academy of French Cinema press) held a ceremony at the Théâtre du Châtelet to present the winners of the 14th Annual Etoiles d'Or du Cinéma (Golden Stars of Cinema).

Jacques Audiard's topped the awards with five wins. In addition to the top prize of Best Film, it won for Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actress (Marion Cotillard), Male Newcomer (Matthias Schoenaerts) and Original Music.

Michael Haneke won out over Audiard, however, in taking Best Director for Amour. The film about an elderly man taking care of his wife who has suffered a stroke also won Best Actor (Jean-Louis Trintignant).

2013 MPSE Golden Reel Awards – winners

The Motion Picture Sound Editors held its 60th MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony last night at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles, in recognition of sound editors' work in film, television, animation and computer entertainment media.

Ang Lee's Life of Pi was the top winner of the night. It won the sound editing prizes for Music in a Feature Film and Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Film. In addition, director Ang Lee received the Filmmaker Award as was previously announced.

The winner for Music in a Musical Feature Film was Tom Hooper's Les Misérables. The James Bond film Skyfall by Sam Mendes won for SOund Effects and Foley in a Feature Film.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

2013 Writers Guild Awards – winners

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) hosted simultaneous ceremonies tonight in New York at the B.B. King Blues Club and in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott L.A. for the 2013 Writers Guild Awards. Nathan Fillion hosted the event.

The top winners tonight were the political thrillers. Zero Dark Thirty by Mark Boal about the hunt for Osama bin Laden won Best Original Screenplay. Chris Terrio's story about hostages escaping from Iran Argo won for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Malik Bendejelloul's Searching for Sugar Man won for Documentary writing. The film is about a little-known American musician who became an iconic figure in apartheid-era South Africa.

2013 Premios Goya (Spanish film awards) – winners

The Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España (Spanish Academy of Cinematic Art and Science) held the 27th Annual Premios Goya (Goya Awards) ceremony this evening at Centro de Convenciones y Congresos Príncipe Felipe in Madrid. The host of the event was comedian, actress and television hostess Eva Hache.

Pablo Berger's Blancanieves, the black-and-white silent film loosely based on the Snow White fairy tale, dominated the night with ten wins. It had led the field with eighteen nominations. Its wins included Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress (Maribel Verdú) and Best New Actress (Macarena García).

The gala suffered an embarrassing moment as Best Original Song presenters Adriana Ugarte and Carlos Santos mistakenly announced the winner as "Líneas paralelas" by Víctor M. Peinado, Pablo José Fernández Brenes and Pablo Cervantes Gutiérrez from the film Els nens salvatges (The Wild Boys). As the musicians went up to receive their award, the presenters apologized and announced the correct winner as "No te puedo encontrar" by Pablo Berger and Juan Gómez 'Chicuelo'.

2013 ACE Eddie Awards – winners

Argo (edited by William Goldenberg, A.C.E.) and The Silver Linings Playbook (edited by Jay Cassidy, A.C.E. and Crispin Struthers) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) respectively at the 63rdAnnual ACE Eddie Awards tonight where trophies were handed out in ten (10) categories of film, television and documentaries.

The black-tie ceremony was held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with over 1,000 in attendance to celebrate the year’s best editing. Brave (edited by Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E. & Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E.) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film and Searching For Sugar Man (edited by Malik Bendjelloul) won Best Edited Documentary (Feature).

Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards 2013 – winners

The Cinema Audio Society presented the 49th Annual CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2012 last night at the Crystal Ballroom of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. KTLA Entertainment Reporter Sam Rubin returned again this year to host the ceremony.

The top award for Motion Picture – Live Action went to Les Miserables for its complex and demanding requirements arising from director Tom Hooper's ambitious goal of recording the singing live, and without any pre-recorded tracks or accompaniment.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Edduverðlaunin 2013: Edda Awards for Icelandic film/TV – winners

The Íslenska kvikmynda- og sjónvarpsakademían (Icelandic Film and Television Academy) hosted the ceremony for the 15th Annual Edduverðlaunin or Edda Awards tonight at Hörpu in Reykjavík.

Baltasar Kormákur's Djúpið (The Deep) with eleven wins from its leading sixteen nominations. Its wins included Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson), Cinematography and Editing.

Óskar Þór Axelsson's Svartur á leik (Black's Game) picked up three awards. It won for Best Screenplay and the two supporting acting awards went to actor Damon Younger and actress María Birta Bjarnadóttir.

Berlin Film Festival 2013 Awards – winners

Complete list of winners for the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival

GOLDEN BEAR for the Best Film
Poziţia Copilului (Child's Pose) by Călin Peter Netzer

Epizoda u životu berača željeza (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker) by Danis Tanović

ALFRED BAUER PRIZE (Silver Bear) - in memory of the Festival Founder – for a feature film that opens new perspectives
Vic+Flo ont vu un ours (Vic+Flo Saw a Bear) by Denis Côté

Friday, February 15, 2013

Être chinois au Québec (Being Chinese in Quebec) screening Feb 15

Productions Multi-Monde, in association with Diffusion Multi-Monde, are proud to present the new documentary Être chinois au Québec (Being Chinese in Quebec): A Road Movie. The film will be screened at the Montreal Chinese Cultural and Community Centre in Chinatown on Friday, February 15 at 7:00 pm, in the context of Chinese New Year celebrations.

The documentary follows Bethany Or andParker Mah, two young members of the community who have decided to call Quebec their home, as they set out across the province to explore their identity and their roots

Through the vibrant neighbourhoods of Quebec’s largest city, Montréal, and along the winding roads of Quebec to the “end of the world”, Gaspé, Bethany and Parker meet an engaging group of Quebecers of Chinese origin. They are strong, outspoken characters carving out a place in the Quebec of today, where the debate about identity and language are constant subjects of discussion.

TIFF Next Wave Film Festival 2013, Feb 15-17

The second annual TIFF Next Wave Film Festival, programmed for youth aged 14 through 18, delivers the best in film from around the globe, along with an exciting slate of special guests, interactive workshops and a 24-Hour Film Challenge for young filmmakers.

The festival kicks off tonight with the TIFF Next Wave Battle of the Scores. After being given three weeks to compose an original score for an original short film, six high-school bands from across the city will perform their soundtracks live on stage to accompany the screening of the films (created for the competition this year by emerging filmmaker Ben Roberts). The winning band will be determined by a panel of esteemed judges from the Toronto music and film community. There will also be an additional prize based on audience vote.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

2013 WGC Screenwriting Awards – nominations

The Writers' Guild of Canada has announced the nominees for the 2013 WGC Screenwriting Awards.

This year, more than 145 scripts were nominated for awards. First-round judging put forward 29 finalist scripts across the Awards’ seven categories. In all, 37 screenwriters are up for awards.

The nominees for Best Movie or Miniseries were the scripts for The Phantoms by Andrew Wreggitt, Picture Day by Kate Melville, The Samaritan by Elan Mastai & David Weaver, and Still by Michael McGowan.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

South African Film and Television Awards 2013 – nominations

The National Film and Video Foundation announced the nominees for the 7th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) tonight at an official announcement event at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg.

Die Wonderwerker (The Miracle Worker) by Katinka Heyns led the field with ten nominations. Its mentions included Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Dawid Minnaar), Best Actress (Elize Cawood) and Best Writing. The film is about an encounter between Afrikaans poet and naturalist who suffers from malaria, and while recovering with a family on their farm he falls in love with the farmer's daughter.

Material by Craig Freimond followed closely with nine nominations, including Best Feature Film, Best Director and Best Actor (Riaad Moosa). Semi-Soet by Joshua Rous was next with eight nominations and Otelo Burning by Sara Blecher. Both were also nominated for Best Feature Film, but missed on Best Director.

Kids' Choice Awards 2013 – nominations

Nickelodeon has announced the nominations for the 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards. Voting begins on Thursday, February 14 online in 22 categories.

Joss Whedon's The Avengers led the field with six nominations. It was nominated for Favorite Movie, Favorite Movie Actress (Scarlett Johansson), Favorite Male Buttkicker (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth), Favorite Female Buttkicker (Scarlett Johansson), and Favorite Villain (Tom Hiddleston).

The Hunger Games by Gary Ross picked up four nominations. In addition to Favorite Movie, Jennifer Lawrence received mentions for Favorite Movie Actress and Favorite Female Buttkicker, while the series was nominated for Favorite Book.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

1st Toronto Black Film Festival, Feb 13-17

The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) launches the inaugural festival running from February 13th–17th. TBFF is proud to celebrate diversity within the black community through films that matter. With exciting films from all over the world, an online program, an industry panel and parties, the first edition of the TBFF shines a cinematic spotlight on Toronto's Black History Month celebrations. TBFF will open with Kenya's official selection for this year's Oscars, Nairobi Half Life, playing February 13th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Global Toronto, the Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world. Building on the three year relationship between Global Montreal and the Montreal International Black Film Festival, TBFF connects black films to viewers of all colours and ethnic origins. We recognize the differences that make us unique and celebrate the shared values that bring us together. Films illuminate, entertain and invite audiences to see the world from another person's experience. Coming together through art allows members of all cultural communities to better understand one another.

International Cinephile Society Awards 2013 – winners

The International Cinephile Society has announced the winners for their 10th annual ICS Awards.

The strange journey from life to death, the identities we choose and change along the way, fuel a dazzling display of cinematic imagination in Holy Motors, which has won top honors from the International Cinephile Society as the best picture of 2012. Enigmatic filmmaker Leos Carax also took home prizes for best director and film not in the English language, while Denis Lavant’s chameleonic tour de force brought him the best actor win.

As Amour’s long-term lovers who together face debility and death, 85-year-old legend Emmanuelle Riva swept away the best actress field while steadfast Jean-Louis Trintignant earned runner-up honors in best actor.

Call for submissions: U of T Film Festival

The 12th annual U of T Film Festival is accepting short videos of any length, genre and topic.

Film/video installation art also welcome. Installations will be exhibited at our receptions before and after the screening. We will look at everything but priority will be given to submissions from University of Toronto students, staff, alumni & members of Hart House.

Special Contest this year: “Fool me Once…” Special prizes for the best short video on the theme of “fools”.

Call for submissions: Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced its call for submissions to the 38th edition of the festival.

The accept films from Canada and elsewhere, but for non-Canadian films they generally accept only feature-length films of 60-minutes or longer. For Canadian films, they accept any running time, with features considered to be 50 minutes or longer and short films to be under 50 minutes. Canadian films are those that are produced or co-produced in Canada and directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Call for submissions: Telefilm Canada's New Voices Award

A call for submissions has been announced for the TELEFILM CANADA New Voices Award, formerly known as the Golden Quill Award.

The TELEFILM CANADA New Voices Award is awarded to five emerging screenwriters across Canada. The award provides each winner with a complimentary registration to the fourth annual Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC) (April 6-7 2013), plus an exclusive lunch with Glenn Cockburn – Founder of the TSC and President of Meridian Artists Literary Agency. Two of the five award winners will be selected based on their diverse background.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Preis der deutschen Filmkritik (German Film Critics Awards) – winners

The Verband der deutschen Filmkritik (Association of German Film Critics) announced the winners of the Preis der deutschen Filmkritik (German Film Critics Awards) for the best films of 2012 at the Internationalen Filmfestspiele Berlin (Berlin International Film Festival, or Berlinale).

The top prize of Best Film went to Christian Petzold's Cold War drama Barbara. It had been competing against Dietrich Brüggemann's Drei Zimmer/Küche/Bad (Move), Jan Ole Gerster's Oh Boy!, Hans-Christian Schmid's Was bleibt (Home for The Weekend), and David Wnendt's Kriegerin (Combat Girls). Barbara also won for Best Editing.

Gerster's comedy Oh Boy! didn't score for Best Film but still managed to win for Best Debut Film as well as Best Music. The film portrays a day in the life of Niko, a university dropout who wanders the streets of Berlin after his girlfriend breaks up with him, his father cuts off his allowance, and a psychiatrist confirms his “emotional imbalance.”

American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards – winners

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC; Balazs Bolygo, HSC; Kramer Morgenthau, ASC; Florian Hoffmeister; and Bradford Lipson claimed top honors in the four competitive categories at the 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement, which was held here tonight at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

Deakins won the ASC Award in the feature film competition for SKYFALL. Bolygo and Morgenthau tied in the one-hour television episodic category for Cinemax’s HUNTED and HBO’s GAME OF THRONES, respectively. Hoffmeister won the TV movie/miniseries award for PBS’ GREAT EXPECTATIONS, and Lipson was the recipient of the half-hour television episodic category for FX’s WILFRED.

The ASC Award for best feature was presented by Emmy®-nominated actor John Slattery. Deakins, who was regrettably not able to attend, has previously won ASC Awards for THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1995) and THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (2002). His other ASC nominations include FARGO (1997), KUNDUN (1998), O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (2001), NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2008), THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (2008), REVOLUTIONARY ROAD (2009), THE READER (2009), and TRUE GRIT (2011). He also received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

2013 Grammy Awards – winners

The Recording Academy held the 55th Annual Grammy Awards tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show was hosted by LL Cool J.

Mumford & Sons won the Album of the Year award for Babel at the conclusion of the ceremony. They also won for Long Form Music Video.

Gotye was a surprise winner for Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used to Know" featuring Kimbra. The song also won for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and the album Making Mirrors won for Best Alternative Music Album.

The Black Keys were three-time winners for Best Rock Performance, Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance and Best Rock Song. Jay-z and Kanye West picked up three awards for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song. Skrillex also won three awards for Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Remixed Recording, Non-classical.