Thursday, November 20, 2014

87th Academy Awards Live Action Short Film Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that ten (10) live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards. One hundred forty-one (141) pictures had originally qualified in the category.

איה‎ Aya, Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis, France and Israel, 40'
Baghdad Messi, Sahim Omar Kalifa, UAE and Belgium, 19'
Boogaloo and Graham, Michael Lennox, UK, 14'
Chofesh Gadol (Summer Vacation), Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon, Israel, 22'
La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak (Butter Lampe), Hu Wei, France and China, 15'
Carry On, Yatao Li, USA and China, 17'
Xe tải của bố (My Father's Truck), Maurício Osaki, Brazil, 15'
Parvaneh, Talkhon Hamzavi, Switzerland, 25'
The Phone Call, Mat Kirkby, UK, 20'
SLR, Stephen Fingleton, UK and Ireland, 22'

Monday, November 17, 2014

2015 César Awards - Les Révélations Selection

Today in Paris was the announcement of the thirty-two (32) actors that were selected by the Academy as the Newcomers Selection.

The actresses from Respire by Mélanie Laurent and Bande de Filles by Céline Sciamma plus the actors of La Crème de la Crème by Kim Cahpiron make those three films the most honored in this selection.

Now French Academy members will vote to select the nominees in the 2015 César Awards Best Female Newcomer and Best Male Newcomer categories.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

27th European Film Awards Nominations

At the Seville European Film Festival the European Film Academy announced the nominations for the 27th European Film Awards and there are no major surprises for me as believe 2013-2014 was a year with outstanding cinema from not so "traditional" cinema countries as you can see that there is no major nomination for a French film even when there are several for French co productions and the same can be say for German cinema. Sight. Nevertheless seems that this year Denmark is the country with most nods thanks to many co productions of extraordinary films like Ida, Nymphomaniac and Force Majeure.

Not surprisingly as in my opinion really deserves all the honors that has and will get, Ida leads the pack with five (5) nominations and one win (Best Cinematography); nominations are for major categories that include film, directing, screenplay and two acting nods. Not far is Leviathan with four nominations (film, directing, screenplay and acting), followed by Nymphomaniac, Winter Sleep, and Locke with three nods each and Force Majeure, Two Days, One Night and Human Capital with two each.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

27th European Film Awards: Documentary Nominations

The European Film Academy proudly announces the six nominations in the category European Documentary.

A committee consisting of EFA Board Members Antonio Saura (producer, Spain) and Ada Solomon (producer, Romania), EFA Member Signe Byrge Sørensen (producer, Denmark), as well as documentary experts Claas Danielsen (Germany), Ally Derks (Netherlands) and Jacques Laurent (Belgium) decided on the following nominations.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

87th Academy Awards Short Animated Film Shortlist

Ten (10) short animated films, out of 58 submissions that originally qualified, advance to the next stage where up to 5 short films will be officially selected for the category.

These are the 10 short animated films.

The Bigger Picture, Daisy Jacobs, UK, 8'
Coda, Alan Holly, Ireland, 9'
The Dam Keeper, Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, USA, 18'
Duet, Glen Keane, USA, 4'
Feast, Patrick Osborne, USA
Footprints, Bill Plympton, USA, 4'
Me and My Moulton, Torill Kove, Canada, 14'
The Numberlys, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, USA, 12'
A Single Life, Joris Oprins, Marieke Blaauw and Job Roggeveen, Netherlands, 3'
Symphony No. 42, Réka Bucsi, Hungary, 10'

87th Academy Awards Animated Feature Submissions

Twenty (20) animated feature films have qualified for Academy Awards consideration, triggering the possibility that when the Oscar nominations are announced, there will be as many as five nominees in the category.

Under Academy rules, if there are 16 or more animated features in a given year, then the animated feature film awards screening committee may nominate up to five of the films.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

8th Asia Pacific Screen Award Nominations

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today announced nominees for the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), with 36 films from 21 Asia Pacific countries and areas vying for the region’s highest accolade in film. The Awards recognize and promote cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the world’s fastest growing film region: comprising 70 countries and areas, 4.5 billion people, and responsible for half of the world’s film output.

Winners in the feature film categories will be determined by the 2014 APSA International Jury, headed by the internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi. Two additional major awards for outstanding achievement will be presented at the ceremony: The UNESCO Award for outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through film and the FIAPF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film which celebrates a film practitioner from the region whose career and actions contribute strongly to the development of the film industry.

Monday, October 27, 2014

For Your Consideration: Foreign-Language Film 2015 Oscar Category Predictions

Guessing the nine films that will make the category shortlist out of the 83 entries is no easy task especially when more than half the entries come from film festivals and many seem to be out of the ordinary films, some by outstanding established directors while others by just starting directors. Then if you think you guessed right from the buzz films have, you have seen some films and/or pundits claim films are good, you will discover that all you know might be wrong as you are NOT representative of the actual voters, the Academy members in the foreign-language committee that will select the nine films in the shortlist.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

2014 Independent Film Awards

This year will do the same as last year with only listing the winners of the three Indie Awards, two in US and one in UK. We start today with the Gotham nominations and post will become final on February 15 with the Spirit Award winners.

2014 British Independent Film Awards
Nominations: Press Release
Awards Ceremony: December 7th, 2014
Official Site here.
Comments: The highest number of nominations this year goes to ‘71 with nine (9) nominations including Best British Independent Film; Best Director and Debut Director for Yann Demange; Best Screenplay for Gregory Burke; Best Actor for Jack O’Connell and Best Supporting Actor for Sean Harris. Pride picked up seven (7) nominations and Catch Me Daddy, Frank and Mr Turner picked up five (5) nominations each.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

87th Academy Awards Documentary Short Subject Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 87th Academy Awards has been narrowed to eight (8) films, of which three to five will earn a nomination. Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 58 eligible entries and selected the following eight.

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Ellen Goosenberg Kent, USA, 47 min
Joanna, Aneta Kopacz, Poland, 45 min
Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, Jeff Dupre, USA, France and China, 38 min
The Lion's Mouth Opens, Lucy Walker, USA, 15 min
Nasza klątwa (Our Curse), Tomasz Śliwiński, Poland, 28 min
One Child, Zijian Mu, USA and China, 40 min
La Parka (The Reaper), Gabriel Serra Argüello, Mexico, 29 min
White Earth, Christian Jensen, USA, 20 min

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2015 Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions Facts - Update 1

Update: We already know that there were a record 83 submissions to Oscars foreign language film category as AMPAS published the list with six more countries that didn't made public announcements until after AMPAS list appeared. I'm almost sure that Academy administrative personnel HAVE NOT seen the 83 movies, much less Academy members, so in the next few months we can get some news about disqualified films due to reasons related to not fulfilling the rules (too much English, not enough film ownership from country that submitted, not locally screened before deadline or screened less than 7 days, etc).

Monday, October 13, 2014

27th European Film Awards: European Discovery - Prix FIPRESCI Nominations

The European Film Academy congratulates the nominees for the EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2014 – Prix FIPRESCI, an award presented annually as part of the European Film Awards to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film.

This year’s nominations were determined by a committee comprised of EFA Board Members Ilann Girard (France) and Dagmar Jacobsen (Germany), EFA Members Paul Negoescu (Romania) and José Luis Cienfuegos (Spain), as well as Krzysztof Kwiatkowski (Poland), Marco Spagnoli (Italy) and Neil Young (UK) as representatives of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics.

Monday, October 06, 2014

27th European Film Awards - Short Film Nominations

The European Film Academy and EFA Productions are proud to present this year's short film nominations. At each of the 15 participating film festivals, an independent jury presented one European short film in competition with a nomination in the short film category of the European Film Awards.

These are the Nominations.

დინოლა Dinola, Mariam Khatchvani, Georgia, 14' - fiction, Grimstad Short Film Nominee
Fal (Wall), Simon Szabó, Hungary, 11' - fiction, Tampere Short Film Nominee
Hätäkutsu (Emergency Calls), Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen, Finland, 15' - documentary, Sarajevo Short Film Nominee

Saturday, September 27, 2014

62nd San Sebastian International Film Festival Award Winners

This year edition was a "bit" gray for me. Started with a "bit" boring opening ceremony with lots of film clips showing that I was already aware of the "interesting" films, so I lost interest. Sigh. But well, today is the closing ceremony and yes, will try to watch it live to find the award winners or at least learn them via twitter.

The awards ceremony started a "bit" late and was rushed at moments. Nevertheless I am really glad that Paprika Steen was honored for her performance in Bille August latest movie. Have the spontaneous impression that this year there are many awards for Spain cinema, which is great- and hope that the quality of Spanish films to come has improve ... we'll find out sooner than later.  Sigh.

Monday, September 22, 2014

27th European Film Awards - Animated Feature Film Nominations

The European Film Academy proudly announces the three nominations in the category European Animated Feature Film 2014

A committee consisting of EFA Board Members Marek Rozenbaum, producer (Israel) and Roberto Cicutto, producer (Italy), as well as Doris Cleven (Director Anima, Belgium), Wolfgang Spindler (journalist, Euronews, France) and Caroline Cor (production analyst, feature films department, CNC, France), all three of them representatives of Cartoon the European Association of Animation Film, decided on the following nominations:

Jack et la mécanique du coeur (Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart), Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla, France and Belgium
A 19th-century drama about a man whose heart was replaced with a clock when he was born.

Minuscule - La vallée des fourmis perdues (Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants), Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud, France and Belgium
In a peaceful forest, the remains of a picnic trigger a ruthless war between rival ant colonies, obsessed with gaining control of the same prize: a box of sugar cubes!

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