Thursday, February 28, 2013
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.”
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
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.”
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
"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."
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
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
“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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
"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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
THE SCREEN FROM MARCH 20 TO 23 AT
THE 2013 CANADIAN FILM FEST
The festival kicks off with Toronto premiere of Martin Doepner’s The Storm Within
Public tickets on sale March 4 at canfilmfest.ca
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 www.canfilmfest.ca.
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
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).
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
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.
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'.
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).
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
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.
GOLDEN BEAR for the Best Film
Poziţia Copilului (Child's Pose) by Călin Peter Netzer
JURY GRAND PRIX (Silver Bear)
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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
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.”
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
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.