#Oscars2016 foreign-language submissions: Up-to-today October 8, there are 81 entries. Today Ethiopia, China, Algeria and Australia submissions.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

88th Academy Awards Foreign Language Film Submissions

Latest News - October 8 afternoon: AMPAS published the final list. Will comment after updating list plus all the other places.

China has a different movie, Panama is NOT in list.

October 8 morning: From different sources have info for Ethiopia and Singapore, but as the deadline was one week ago, will wait for the Academy list to include them IF films made it before the deadline. Nevertheless, so I will not forget, these are the films: Lamb for Ethiopia and 7 Letters for Singapore.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards Nominations

A record number of films are in contention for the 9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region’s highest accolade in film, with over 290 films from 41 Asia Pacific countries and areas In Competition. APSA was created to recognize, promote and award films that demonstrate cinematic excellence and films that best reflect their cultural origins of the vast Asia Pacific, a region that boasts dynamic and world-class talent.

For the first time in 2015, the APSA International Nominations Council will determine nominees in the prestigious APSA UNESCO Award achievement. The UNESCO Award is presented to a film practitioner and film from the region for the outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of the cultural diversity through the medium of film

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

2016 César Awards - Animation Short Films Selection

Today the French Academy (Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma) announced that the road to #César2016 starts today with the presentation of the twelve (12) animation short films that make the selection for this edition of the French awards.

Still believe that French animation is one of the best in the world (if not, THE best) and in this selection we find some outstanding examples of how developed animation is in that country.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

2016 Oscars Foreign-Language Film Submissions - A Graphic Selection

Waiting for the Academy to publish the list of accepted submissions to the foreign-language film category always feels long; but to make the wait a bit more light and to have some fun with the graphics from all the 76 submissions, a new "contest" comes to life when the Best Poster is selected.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

52nd Golden Horse Awards Nominations

Today organizers announced the nominations for the annual cinema awards and this year there were 427 submissions (153 feature films, 4 animation feature, 200 short films and 70 documentary, which is a big leap from last year's 364 submissions. Seventy-one (71) films made the second-round shortlist and 39 films (including shorts) were finally nominated.

Worth mentioning is that Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year Award goes to Hou Hsiao-Hsien. The Jury would like to acknowledge Hou’s dedication to film art as well as to the film industry, and he is also the soul of remarkable The Assassin. His achievement and uncompromising perseverance brings Taiwanese cinema to the international stage and sets an example for all filmmakers. The Lifetime Achievement Award this year goes to Li Li Hua.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

28th 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.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival Award Winners

Perhaps is my perception but seems that main awards tend to go to European and European co-productions movies which is interesting.  Awards ceremony was really fast which makes us wish the same speed to those traditionally-very-long awards ceremony in America.

I'm glad that a movie that is must be seen for me got the top award as I have to see everything by Rúnar Rúnarsson as his second feature film, Sparrows, seems will be as good as his first one, Volcano. Cheers! and congratulations to Iceland.

So that's it until next year!

63rd San Sebastian Opening Ceremony - Update: Also Closing Ceremony

In less than 3 hours watch the festival closing ceremony.

Watch fest Opening Ceremony in a few minutes... includes FIPRESCI Best Film of the Year award to Mad Max director George Miller.

Friday, September 25, 2015

XVI Sebastiane Award Winner

A few hours ago was announced the award winner and the winner is none other than Freeheld by Peter Sollett that has in the two leading roles Ellen Page and Julian Moore but also in the cast Steve Carrell and Michael Shannon.

All of us that have seen Academy Award winner documentary 2007 Freeheld by Cynthia Wade know that story is not easy-to-watch and just hope that film kept the story essence without too many creative licenses, sigh. Nevertheless I'm glad that this year lesbian interest films are winning awards at top festivals.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

European Discovery - Prix FIPRESCI Nominations

Today at the Oldenburg International Film Festival in Germany, the European Film Academy announced this year’s nominations for the European Discovery – 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 Member Dagmar Jacobsen (Germany), experts Mihai Chirilov (Cluj FF, Romania), Lynda Myles (Pandora Productions, UK) and Gerwin Tamsma (Rotterdam IFF, The Netherlands), as well as Krzysztof Kwiatkowski (Poland), Marco Spagnoli (Italy) and Neil Young (UK) as representatives of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. On invitation by the festival, the committee met in Oldenburg and decided on the following nominations.

40th Toronto International Film Festival Award Winners

Awards ceremony was quite informal, light and somehow fun-to-watch especially when the Platform jury took the stage and made us laugh (hard). Yes it was very unexpected to see Jia Zhang-ke, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Hollad doing light comedy but gee, it worked!!! Funny and fun-to-watch.

So, actually, there are several awards in Toronto fest, but will start with the Platform winners and then the others.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

28th European Film Awards - Documentary Selection

 It is with great pleasure that the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announce the first ever EFA Documentary Selection, a list of 15 European documentaries recommended for a nomination for this year's European Film Awards.

The change follows a decision by the EFA Board to “acknowledge the growing importance of European documentary cinema,” says Israeli producer Marek Rozenbaum, EFA Board Member on the documentary committee, “there is a growing number of excellent documentaries which have to be seen by the members.”

Monday, September 14, 2015

63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival Lineup - Update

Today with just a few days to go for opening day, organizers announced the jury of the Official Competition and yes, the president is none other than great Danish actress and director Paprika Steen.

On other news, organizers announced the Lurra Award (Earth in Basque-language) that will be presented to a film which best symbolizes environmental protection and peace. The award ceremony will be on September 25 and actress Bárbara Goenaga, producer Álvaro Longoria, reporter Carlos del Amor and Laura Pérez, Greepeace Spain Communications Director make the award jury.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

72nd Venice Film Festival Award Winners

After a so-so festival, especially after day four, great surprises in the award ceremony make this edition of La Biennale quite outstanding for Latin American cinema and to films that critics did NOT predict as favorites to win accolades, which always is great as a very refreshing breeze.

But my emotion is more for who did the films that got top awards as Lorenzo Vigas has behind him some of the great Latin American filmmakers and now he absolutely deserves to be equal to them; besides in his film is one my very favorite Latin American actors that always give outstanding performances, Alfredo Castro. Then you have always GREAT Pablo Trapero winning the Silver Lion and Charlie Kaufman the Grand Jury Prize!

Friday, September 11, 2015

30th Venice International Film Critics' Week Awards Winners

A few minutes ago the few awards in this autonomous section were announced and the big winner is Tanna by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler.

Here are some excerpts from the official press release.

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