Sunday, March 31, 2013
The top winner of the event was Emmanuel Quindo Palo's Sta Nina (Philippines). It won Best Picture - Drama as well as Best Actress (Alessandra de Rossi) and Best Supporting Actress (Anita Linda).
The Malaysian film Songlap by Effendee Mazlan and Fariza Azlina Isahak was also a multiple prize-winner. It took Best Picture - Action and Best Actor (Shaheizy Sam).
The Best Picture - Comedy winner was another Malaysian film, Istanbul Aku Datang by Bernard Chauly. Malaysia's Hanyut by U-Wei Haji Saari was given a Special Honour Award. Saari incidentally was the head of the nominating jury.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
This September, Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! returns to the Toronto International Film Festival® for its 14th consecutive year!
Six participant teams have six minutes to pitch their feature film idea to a live audience of over 200 industry professionals. The winner, selected by a jury of international industry experts, will be awarded $10,000 CAD from Telefilm Canada to develop the project further.
Congratulations to Ian Harnarine, winner of the 2012 Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! competition for his project Doubles with Slight Pepper!
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Toronto After Dark Film Festival is one of the world’s leading showcases of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films. Now in its 8th year, the critically acclaimed annual event, screens thrilling new feature films and shorts from around the world, and a number of Toronto After Dark titles can also be found amongst the Official Selections of the Sundance, South By South-West (SXSW), Tribeca, and Cannes film festivals.
On a local level, the festival has grown to become a signature event in Canada’s largest city, enjoying an annual attendance of over 10,000 enthusiastic film fans and 100-plus members of press and industry. In a poll of local filmgoers, Toronto After Dark was also voted Runner-Up for Best Film Festival in the City.
The Innoversity Pitch Competition offers four talented teams a chance to make their production dream come true. Winners in each category will receive development funds, post-production services and professional mentorship - everything you need to launch your project. The deadline for entries is April 15, 2013 at 11:59pm EST.
The four possible categories are 1. TV: Scripted; 2. TV: Unscripted; 3. Digital Media Storytelling; and 4. Short Film.
Filmmakers will have only 3 weeks to tweet their pitch for a short film on ‘food’. The 140-character pitches will then be judged by both organisations and a shortlist of 6 will be asked to film their pitches and submit them to Your WorldView. The winner will be announced at the ‘I’ve pitched. Now what?’ session on Friday 3 May and via Twitter at the 20th Hot Docs, running from 25 April to 5 May 2013. The winner will receive a grant of £1,000 to turn their idea into a reality.
Mascara & 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. The festival strives to support independent film, promote all types of thought-provoking dark art and human passions to the extreme: horror, experimental, post-apocalyptic, film noir, horror-comedy, gore, dark fiction, dark fantasy, dark animation, dark science-fiction and most dramas. Any film of the imagination that steps out of the ordinary. Intense, disturbing, provocative, unclassifiable material. Low budget works with high production value.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Two films dominated the evening. Radu Jude's Toată lumea din familia noastră (Everybody in Our Family) came away with six awards including the top awards of Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Şerban Pavlu), Best Supporting Actor (Gabriel Spahiu), Best Supporting Actress (Mihaela Sîrbu) and Best Screenplay.
However, Silviu Purcărete's Undeva la Palilula (Somewhere in Palilula) managed to scoop more awards overall with seven, all in the technical and craft categories. It had led the nominations with eleven. The film's cinematographer Adrian Silișteanu picked up an additional prize from the Romanian Society of Cinematographers.
The international jury of the 31st FIFA, presided over by Olivier Kaeppelin, director of the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul-de-Vence (France), revealed the 12 prizewinners from 8 countries at the Awards Ceremony held at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts last Saturday, March 23. The other jury members included American filmmaker and composer Michael House; New Brunswick producer, director and screenwriter Monique LeBlanc; Quebec producer Michel Ouellette; and Belgian producer-director Françoise Wolff.
The winner for Theatrical Feature Cinematography was Kamal Derkaoui for his work on The Tall Man by Pascal Laugier and starring Jessica Biel. For Documentary Cinematography, the winner was Vic Sarin for the shooting his own documentary Desert Riders.
In the television categories, the winners included Paul Sarossy for The Borgias and Glen Winter for Arrow.
The films being screened are Theatre 1, Campaign, Peace, and Theatre 2. All films will be screened in the original Japanese with English subtitles. After the screenings, discussions will take place in English.
Soda takes a verité approach and believes that "a filmmaker should minimize preconceived ideas and should simply learn from the crude reality captured on camera," encouraging the view to form their own opinions about the images they see with little interference from the filmmaker.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Skyfall picked up Best Film, with director Sam Mendes also winning Best Director and a special Empire Inspiration award for good measure. The awards, voted for by fans, also saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey take Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Best Actor for Martin Freeman, while Jennifer Lawrence was voted Best Actress for The Hunger Games.
Elsewhere, Sightseers won Best British Film and Headhunters took Best Thriller, while Best Comedy went to Ted. Hammer's The Woman In Black was Best Horror, and its star Daniel Radcliffe won an Empire Hero prize. Best Male Newcomer was The Impossible's Tom Holland, while Samantha Barks was Best Female Newcomer following her turn in Les Misérables.
Big Miracle by Ken Kwapis was named winner for the Feature Film award. The drama starring John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore is about a reporter who gets help from his ex-girlfriend to save a family of trapped whales. It won against competition from Darling Companion, Delhi Safari and To the Arctic.
Television winners included the series Harry's Law, Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, and the Discovery Channel's Ivory Wars.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
The Hunger Games by Gary Ross was the winner of Favourite Movie. The series of books by Suzanne Collins also won for Favorite Book.
Kristen Stewart took two awards on her own. She won Favorite Movie Actress for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 and Favorite Female Buttkicker for Snow White and the Huntsman.
Three films dominated this year’s awards. Sister won in the Best Fiction Film and Best Screenplay categories. More than Honey took the Best Documentary Film and Best Film Score awards, while Hiver Nomade (Winter Nomads) won the Best Cinematography Award as well as the Special Award of the Academy.
The 2013 Best Actress/Actor awards went to Sibylle Brunner, Kacey Mottet Klein and Antonio Buil. All winners received a “Quartz” trophy, designed by French artist and sculptor, Jean Mauboulès.
The top winner of the night was Carly Rae Jepsen who claimed Artist of the Year to go with her wins for Single of the Year (Call Me Maybe) and Most Played Independent Artist or Group of the Year. Her win was greeted with boos by the live audience.
Metric had a good night, winning Group or Duo of the Year to go with a win for Best-Selling Independent Release of the Year for Synthetica. Their win and performance was enthusiastically received by the crowd.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Jump Cuts is open to young amateur filmmakers in grades 9–12. All submissions must be accompanied by a completed Jump Cuts submission form, which must be signed/approved by a responsible parent or guardian.
Entrants must be residents of Ontario. Adult participation limited to a supervisory or actor role. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2012.
Toronto – Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund (“Fund”), in association with premium pay television networks Astral's The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central, today announces the re-launch of the “Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund's Shorts-to-Features Program” to encourage emerging Canadian filmmaking talent.
Previously called the “Short Film Program,” the initiative has been renamed to further reinforce the connection between the calling card short and the feature film version. New to the program is a boost in funding from the addition of Movie Central, additional script-development support from The Fund, and the potential of additional financial support from various Provincial agencies and production service providers.
The divisive big budget production Cloud Atlas by Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski and Germany's own Tom Tykwer led the nominations with nine. Its nods included Best Film and Best Director, but none of the acting categories despite its all-star cast. It received mentions in all the technical categories including Makeup – which controversially portrayed actors crossing race and gender lines.
Next with eight nominations was Jan Ole Gerster's bleak comedy Oh Boy. Its nominations included Best Film Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Tom Schilling), Best Supporting Actress (Friederike Kempter) and Best Supporting Actor (Michael Gwisdek).
EAST is calling for youth between the ages of 15 to 19 who are interested in videography for the EAST Documentary Collective!
Presented by Scarborough Arts, EAST is a project creating a buzz and attracting attention from aspiring young musicians, new media journalists and youth interested in getting into the arts and entertainment industry. EAST is made up of three components: Project Management Collective, Music Collective and Documentary Collective.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Juan Andrés Arango’s La Playa D.C. will make its Canadian premiere when it opens the thirteenth annual film programme of the multi-disciplinary festival. A native-born Bogotáno, writer/director Arango has trained and worked in his homeland, Canada and the Netherlands. He returned to Bogotá to shoot La Playa D.C., his debut feature, which he will personally present on March 27 at 7:30pm at Jackman Hall inside the Art Gallery of Ontario.
March 21 – 24, 2013
Jackman Hall (AGO – 317 Dundas St. W.)
Water. We send probes to other planets seeking that telltale marker of life. Meanwhile, the fate of our water here on Earth looms as our greatest threat.
The 2nd annual Water Docs International Film Festival is a unique event weaving the leading voices of water awareness with the expressive power of great filmmaking. Produced by the water issues group Ecologos, Water Docs this year will present 17 films, accompanied with director and guest speaker Q&As. All screenings will take place at Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), 317 Dundas St. W., from March 21 – 24, 2013.
The evening's top winners were Carly Rae Jepsen and Marianas Trench. Jepsen won two awards, taking the Sennheiser Chart Topper Award and also claiming the SOCAN song of the year for her blockbuster hit Call Me Maybe, co-written by Tavish Crowe and Marianas Trench's frontman Josh Ramsay.
Ramsay's Marianas Trench was also named winner of the Fan's Choice Award. No one else picked up more than one award at the event.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Other feature films being presented include Shandi Mitchell's The Disappeared, Josh Jensen's The Scene: An Exploration of Music in Toronto, and Please Kill Mr. Know It All by Sandra Feldman and Colin Carter. The Closing Night screening will be Alex Boothby's Mr. Viral.
Kieran Darcy-Smith's Cambodia-set Wish You Were Here dominated the night with five wins including Best Film. It also won for Best Actor (Joel Edgerton), Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and tied for Best Supporting Actor (Antony Starr) with Ryan Corr of Not Suitable For Children.
The Best Director trophy, however, went to Cate Shortland for her German-language World War II drama Lore. The film's star Saskia Rosendahl won earned the film an additional prize for Best Performance by a Young Actor.
Wayne Blair's hit The Sapphires had also led along with Wish You Were Here with nine nominations. It came away with just two awards, for Best Cinematography and Original Music Score.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
“Last year we were honoured to have among our Asian Film Summit guests filmmakers Chen Kaige, Mira Nair and Eli Roth, film executives Harvey Weinstein, Bill Kong, Chris Dodd, Nina Lath Gupta and Stuart Ford, and global superstar Jackie Chan,” said Bailey. “We're looking forward to welcoming another stellar lineup of key influencers and film leaders from both sides of the Pacific.”
In addition to music performances, Canadian Music Week presents the second annual Canadian International Comedy Festival and the sixth annual CMW Film Fest. The comedy festival begins tomorrow night at various venues, while the film portion of the festival will take place from March 21 to 23 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. They will also host a conference and trade show.
"This year’s festival is about looking back and celebrating our 20th anniversary, and also looking forward,” says Hot Docs director of programming Charlotte Cook. “This year we are celebrating, big ideas, innovation and the future. We will have many new and exciting experiences at the festival to give back to the local, and filmmaking, community that have supported us for two decades. This festival is for them."
In addition to the opening night World premiere of Shawney Cohen’s THE MANOR, a first-time filmmaker’s intimate tragi-comic family portrait, other notable films in the Special Presentations program include: Gus Holwerda’s THE UNBELIEVERS, which follows renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss advancing the importance of science and reason; AJ Schnack’s CAUCUS, a behind-the-scenes look at the 2012 Iowa Caucus; Malcom Ingram’s CONTINENTAL, a stylish portrait of the legendary NYC gay bathhouse; Lucy Walker’s THE CRASH REEL, a high adrenaline look at snowboarder Kevin Pearce’s fighting for his life; Penny Lane’s OUR NIXON, a revealing look at one of the most controversial presidencies in US history; Marta Cunningham’s VALENTINE ROAD, depicting a heartbreaking tragedy in which at an eighth-grader fatally shoots his LGBTQ classmate; and Raoul Peck’s FATAL ASSISTANCE, a portrayal of the failure and corruption behind international aid post-disaster.
Monday, March 18, 2013
The acclaimed and somewhat controversial Chinese film 浮城谜事 (Mystery) by 娄烨 (Lou Ye) led the night with three wins including Best Film. Actress 齊溪 (Qi Xi) won for Best Newcomer, and the team of 梅峰 (Mei Feng), 于帆 (Yu Fan) and 婁燁 (Lou Ye) won Best Screenwriter.
Also winning three awards was the Iranian and Turkish co-production Rhino Season by Bahman Ghobadi. It won for Best Cinematographer, Production Design and Visual Effects.
Japan's 北野武 (Kitano Takeshi) won Best Director for アウトレイジ ビヨンド (Outrage Beyond). Filipino actors won both lead acting awards. Eddie Garcia took Best Actor for Bwakaw while Nora Aunor won Best Actress for Thy Womb.
The top honour in the feature film category goes to Paan Singh Tomar (Hindi) produced by UTV Software communications Ltd. and directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia . In non-feature film category, the top honour Best Film goes to Shepherds of Paradise (Gojri & Urdu) produced and directed by Raja Shabir Khan. In Best Writing on Cinema section, the book Silent Cinema in India – A Pictorial Journey (English) written by B.D. Garga and published by Harper Collins Publisher India has bagged the top honour, whereas Shri P.S. Radhakrishnan has been declared the Best film Critic.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
The Oscar-nominated Rebelle (War Witch) by Kim Nguyen dominated the night by winning eight Jutras from its nine nominations. It won for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Rachel Mwanza), SUpporting Actor (Serge Kanyinda), Editing, Cinematography and Sound.
Xavier Dolan's Laurence Anyways had led with ten nominations. It won three awards for Best Art Direction, Best Make-Up and Best Hair.
The awards were spread around very evenly . The high-seas drama Kapringen (A Hijacking) by Tobias Lindholm claimed the top prize of Best Danish Film. The foreign film winners were Michael Haneke's Amour and Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene.
The Best Documentary went to Putins kys (Putin’s Kiss) by Lise Birk Pedersen. Joshua Oppenheimer's remarkable documentary The Act of Killing was presented with a Special Bodil Award.
Panel Discussion – The Art of Adaptation: From Faithful to Ruthless
Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons presented the Ally Award to Hollywood director Brett Ratner. Ratner and GLAAD, in partnership with Comcast, launched the "Coming Out for Equality" PSA campaign at the show and attendees were treated to special screenings of the videos produced and directed by Ratner. The GLAAD "Coming Out for Equality" PSA Series features a diverse group of straight celebrities and athletes "coming out of the closet" as supporters of equality and calling for other Americans to speak out.
The top SAFTA winner was Material by Craig Freimond. The comedy about a young Muslim man who wants to become a stand-up comedian against his father's wishes won five awards, for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Riaad Moosa), Best Supporting Actor (Vincent Ebrahim) and Best Sound.
Die Wonderwerker (The Miracle Worker) by Katinka Heyns had led with ten nominations. It won two awards, for Best Writing Team of a Feature Film and Best Editor.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Leading with 11 nominations was the South African film Elelwani by Ntshavheni Wa Luruli. The story is about an educated young woman whose return home to her rural family results in her being caught between traditional Venda culture and modern society. Its nominations included Best Film, Best Film in an African Language, Best Director and Best Actress (Florence Masebe).
Next with nine nominations was Kenya's Nairobi Half Life by David Kitounga. It also receive nominations for Best Film, Best Film in an African Language and Best Director, as well as acting mentions for Best Supporting Actor (Olwenya Maina) and Most Promising Actor (Joseph Wairimu).
Friday, March 15, 2013
Now in its third year, Bell Free Weekend returns on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, when you can see our programme of great family films, participate in fun family activities, and see any of our regular film screenings at TIFF Bell Lightbox absolutely free, courtesy of Bell!
Films and Activities on Bell Free Weekend
The top winners was Prasad by Manoj C Satti. In addition to taking First Best Film, it won for Best Actor (Arjun Sarja) and Best Child Artist (Master Sankalp). The winner for Second Best Film was Kurmavatara by Girish Kasaravalli. It also won for Best Story Writer (Ku Veerabadrappa) and Best Cinematographer.
The Third Best Film winner was Allide Nammane Illi Bande Summane by Gopi Peenya. It also was a three-time winner, also claiming Best Dialogue Writer (Gopi Peenya) and Best Editing.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The winner for Best Film Documentary was The Impact of a Cow Given to the People of Rwanda by Ishmael Ntihabose. Ntihabose was the executive producer and co-writer of the Sundance award-winning film Kinyarwanda.
The Best Short Film was Kivuto while the People's Choice for Best Movie was Ibanga.
THE FATWA – SALMAN’S STORY AND ROAD MOVIE, A PORTRAIT OF JOHN ADAMS
Montréal – The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) is proud to present its Opening Night and Awards Ceremony in one of Montreal’s finest cultural institutions: the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The film The Fatwa – Salman’s story by Jill Nicholls will open the FIFA’s 31st edition on Thursday, March 14 at 8 p.m. and on the eve of the closing of the Festival, the film Road movie, un portrait de John Adams / Road Movie, a Portrait of John Adams by director Mark Kidel will be presented on the Awards Ceremony, held on Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m.
MONITOR 9 is a unique platform for independent work that brings together poignant films and videos that explore bodies in flow. Programmer Nahed Mansour employs the notion of global flows, through which the artists negotiate various mediascapes, technoscapes, financescapes, ethnoscapes and ideoscapes in their work.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Regent Park Film Festival is Toronto’s only free-of-charge, multi-cultural, film festival dedicated to showcasing the best local and international film and video works. The stories we celebrate resonate with the inner city, community-driven, trans-national, transient context of Regent Park, as well as with other similar communities in Toronto, across Canada and all over the world. We encourage local, national and international participation.
The Regent Park Film Festival is in its 11th year of connecting community and film to present a unique festival experience for audiences and filmmakers alike. All activities at the Regent Park Film Festival are free-of-charge; we provide free childcare and pay artist fees.
Community Connections links Torontonians to important social issues of our time through the work of local filmmakers. The screenings will simultaneously support the outreach and awareness- raising efforts of GTA community groups and the audience development efforts of filmmakers. All screenings will be followed by a moderated audience discussion forum with the filmmaker, participants from the film, and other experts.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
From Olympic arts and comedy to new and emerging talent, this year's South Bank Sky Arts Awards once again celebrated the best of British culture and achievement. In a ceremony attended by some of the most illustrious patrons, practitioners and performers in the arts, the winners in visual art, theatre, opera, dance, comedy, classical music, pop, TV drama, literature and film were presented with their awards.
The winners are:
Kamal's controversial portrait of the "father of Malayalam cinema" J. C. Daniel Celluloid dominated the awards with seven prizes. Not only did it win Best Film, but its wins also included Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Mamtha Mohandas) and Best Music Director.
Madhupal's Ozhimuri was next with four awards. The film about the loss of the matrilineal system in the 1940s ("Ozhimuri" means "divorce record") was named Second Best Film and captured the top acting prizes for Lal and Swetha Menon (who was also recognized for her work in Ithramathram).
Adapted from the famous novel by American author Francis Scott Fitzgerald and set against the roaring twenties on the East Coast of the United States, the film depicts the romantic and tragic figure of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), as narrated by his friend Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). Carey Mulligan is Daisy Buchanan, whose husband is played by Joel Edgerton. This prestigious occasion will also be graced with the presence of Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, as well as the American pop star, rapper Jay-Z.
Monday, March 11, 2013
The conference will be open to fifteen mid-career producers who are actively looking to option a property, and fifteen writers who have written adaptation(s) and are looking for a literary agent and/or a producer. Both authors looking to adapt their novels into a feature film or documentary, and screenwriters with completed or adapted scripts nearing completion, are encouraged to apply. Producers and writers must have a minimum of one feature film and/or two short film credits. Novelists should have a minimum of one published work to their name.
The South African film Otelo Burning by Sara Blecher was the night's top film winning four awards including Best Movie (Overall). It also won three craft awards for Best Art Director, Best Make-up Artist and Best Lighting Designer.
Also capturing four awards was another South African film, Man on Ground by Nigerian director/actor Akin Omotoso. It won Best Director, as well as Best Cinematographer, Picture Editor and Sound Editor.
"Reel Asian is Canada’s largest and longest-running showcase dedicated to contemporary Asian cinema and media arts from Asia, North America and all over the world. Annually, the festival attracts thousands of attendees to screenings, industry events and galas. We invite you to submit new independent films and videos of all genres by and/or about East, South and Southeast Asians. The 17th Annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival will take place November 5-10 in Toronto and November 15-16 in Richmond Hill."
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