Why Sundance, SXSW, and Funders Are Falling in Love With This Tiny Collective of Black Women Filmmakers

Meet the New Negress Film Society, which works outside the mainstream and is very happy to stay that way.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Tribeca 2017 Lineup: The Obamas’ Virtual Reality White House Tour Leads Experimental Storytelling Program

The Tribeca Film Festival announced today the lineup for its popular Storyscapes and Virtual Reality Arcade exhibitions.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

IndieWire’s Sundance 2017 Portrait Studio: Our Favorite Shots of the People Who Shaped This Year’s Festival

From film to TV, our exclusive photos of the artists, performers and storytellers who helped make Sundance 2017 one to remember.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Jordan Peele on Putting the ‘Monster of Racism’ Onscreen for Horror Debut ‘Get Out’

The comedian cited “The Stepford Wives” as inspiration for his social commentary thriller in a Q & A after a secret Sundance screening.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

‘L.A. Times’ Review: An Occasionally Funny Riff on Frustrated (and Frustrating) Angelenos – Sundance 2017

This hit-or-miss collection of L.A.-based, thirtysomething anxiety sketches feels thin, but shows hints of promise.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Sundance 2017: 10 Reasons Why This Year’s Festival Is Essential for Queer Cinema + MORE

The queer films, filmmakers, and talent everyone will be talking about in 2017.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The 2017 Berlin Film Festival announced 43 movies playing its Forum section, including 29 world premieres and 10 international premieres.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

SXSW 2017: Music Festival Adds 500 Artists to Lineup + MORE

Volker Schlondorff’s “Return to Montauk” will also play the Berlin festival.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The music portion of the festival runs from March 13 to 19 in Austin, TX.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption Draws Us Inside the Filmmaker’s Head

The unconventional convention celebrating music, art and film was curated by the director of “Twin Peaks,” but took attendees beyond that.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

‘Manchester By The Sea’ Leads The Buzz, And Other Telluride Film Festival Standouts

Other talking points include “Moonlight,” “Into The Inferno,” and the Oscar campaigns (plural) for Isabelle Huppert.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

New York Film Festival Announces James Gray’s ‘The Lost City of Z’ As Closing Night Selection + MORE

The highly anticipated film will have its world premiere at the fall festival.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Here are the 10 aspiring journalists participating in IndieWire’s workshop in Switzerland this year.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The festival has also announced a slew of Canadian shorts and four new “Rising Stars.”

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Locarno Film Festival 2016: ‘The Girl With All the Gifts’ and 4 More Must-See Films

The latest films from João Pedro Rodrigues and Matias Piñero are among the potential highlights of this year’s Swiss gathering.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Venice Film Festival Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Voyage of Time,’ ‘The Bad Batch,’ ‘Jackie’ and ‘Nocturnal Animals’

The annual festival unveils a packed slate of fall premieres.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

TIFF Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Magnificent Seven,’ ‘American Honey,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘Birth of A Nation’ + MORE

Setting aside awards season buzz, here are some of the titles from this year’s massive fall film festival that should be on your radar.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The festival’s Galas and Special Presentations sections already boast a number of festival favorites and early awards contenders.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Film Festival Roundup: BFI London To Open With ‘Queen Of Katwe,’ Michael Fassbender Honored By TIFF And More

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

2016 Locarno Film Festival Announces Full Lineup + MORE

The program offered five writers the opportunity to hone their writing and to foster close-knit friendships.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The festival will also honor Bill Pullman, composer Howard Shore, Roger Corman and several others.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Outfest 2016 Opens With A Heavy Heart And A Message of Hope + MORE

The latest film from “Divided We Fall” director Jan Hřebejk tackles Czech history in a way that the whole world should watch.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The LA LGBT film festival used its opening night celebration as a time for reflection, recognition and optimism.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

“The other day Paul Schrader said to me ‘You know what your problem is? You actually like doing this.'”

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Outfest 2016: 5 Great Films We’ve Seen (That You Should See Too) + MORE

The movies playing at LA’s biggest LGBT film festival that you should make time for.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Jesse Klein’s second feature is the only English-language movie in competition at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, but it would stand out regardless.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Cătălin Mitulescu’s third feature is an 88-minute two-hander that feels like it goes on for 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Karlovy Vary Review: ‘Kills On Wheels’ Is ‘The Professional’ Meets ‘Murderball’

Atilla Till’s charmingly violent new film, already a hit at the Hungarian box office, is a very different kind of empowerment story.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Film Festival Roundup: Nantucket and AFI Docs Announce Winners, PBS Online Film Festival Picks Lineup and More

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column.

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Submissions Deadline Approaches for San Sebastian Films in Progress 30 + MORE

Forget the Cannes jury awards. This year, the most famous film festival in the world showcased something much bigger than a couple of prize-winners: Women filmmakers and actors at the top of their game.

It was hard to miss how much the women before and behind the camera were front and center, dominating the conversation in Cannes…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

As we mounted the stairs of the Red Carpet for the last time, the Closing Night Awards for the Cannes International Film Festival were announced by the Jury President, George Miller, Director of “Mad Max: Fury Road”.  The eight additional members, four women and four men — Arnaud Desplechin, Kirsten Dunst, Valeria Golino, Mads Mikkelsen, László Nemes , Vanessa Paradis, Katayoon Shahabi and Donald Sutherland presented the awards…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Films in Progress, the twice-yearly event organized by the San Sebastian and Toulouse Festivals, is now receiving submissions for its 30th edition.

The initiative has the objective of promoting the completion of Latin-American feature films faced with difficulties at the post-production stage and of promoting their international distribution…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Halfway through the Cannes Film Festival, buzz is hearing about “Jackie”, now in post-production, an account of the days of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, directed by Pablo Larraín whose Directors’ Fortnight contender “Neruda” is receiving raves here…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Although they are neighboring countries, Poland and Lithuania have not had much cooperation in the field of cinema until recent years.

The first initiative to boost cinematic relations between the two countries comes in the form of a journey for producers from both countries on a sailing boat last year…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

5 Ways the Cannes Market Will Impact Indie Film

The red carpet at the 69th Cannes Film Festival may be the center of the film universe for 10 days starting on May 10, but the trenches of the independent film world are located away from the cameras at the Marché du Film, the marketplace where thousands of producers, distributors and sales agents gather every year to seek financing and breathe life into new projects…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

2016 Tribeca Film Festival Documentary Shorts: New York Then + MORE

The eighth annual Hola Mexican Film Festival, presented by DishLATINO,  the largest festival of cinema outside of Mexico, today announced a partial lineup of the 2016 festival schedule including opening and closing nights and four special showcase presentations. The festival runs May 13-22 with all screenings taking place at the Regal LA Live Stadium 14 Theatre, except for closing night which will be at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Theatre in downtown Los Angeles…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The second edition of the ‘Women in Motion’ program will take place in Cannes from May 11 to 22, 2016 at the 69th Festival de Cannes.

The year’s official poster is of Frances McDormand whose presentation at last year’s first edition illuminated gender bias practices within the film industry in the most captivating, funny and serious presentation of the several presentations given…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Against the backdrop of the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War, a full-day conference, "Refugee Voices in Film," will be held on the 18th of May at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, presented by the International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA), in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Marché Du Film…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The documentary shorts presented at the Tribeca Film Festival included both human stories and New York’s past. The films delved into themes of chaos, survival, and a glimpse into a life of the city that forever evolves but a time past that cannot be forgotten. After the screening, the filmmakers joined in for a Q&A…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

This is a "go to" festival for international filmmakers with Jewish films who want to have their films premiere in Hollywood. The 11th L.A. Jewish Film Festival May 18th through May 25.

Opening night on May 18 will be a grand, red carpet, star-studded gala at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Withoutabox Launches Free Film Festival Judging Application for Amazon Fire TV (Exclusive) + MORE

Amazon’s Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is continuing to enhance its offerings on Withoutabox, the submission service for film festivals and filmmakers. Being a film festival juror just got a whole lot easier. 

Since 2001, Withoutabox has logged nearly 3 million fest submissions…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The international television and content festival SeriesFest has announced its official selections that will take part in their Independent Pilot Competition. For the festival’s "second season," 34 titles in competition (full line-up below) will compete for Best Pilot, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Writer in the categories of Drama and Comedy, along with the Audience Award…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Cannes'16: Report on Gender Equality in the European Film Industry

The European Women’s Audiovisual Network has released a report supported by KERING focused on the issue of women in the entertainment industry. The report is titled "Where Are the Women Directors?"
To download the report in English or French visit HERE

This new study was organized and managed by the EWA Network and carried out with the support and collaboration of its research partners between 2006 and 2013…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

South East European Film Festival Los Angeles 2016 Brings Oscar Entries and Focuses on Exile + MORE

Throughout the year Los Angeles hosts a great number of festivals focused on highlighting the cinema of specific geographic regions or countries. Among them, the annual South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles allows American audiences the opportunity to experience films from about 18 countries of South East Europe, showcasing diversity of cultures and cinematic talents…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

As many of you film lovers may have seen, the LA Film Festival on Tuesday released their 2016 lineup, and numerous S&A featured filmmakers have been selected. Check out Tambay’s post on the Fest here.

Among them is British director Shola Amoo’s “A Moving Image,” a multimedia feature film about gentrification in Brixton, incorporating fiction, documentary and performance art, which is in the World Fiction Competition…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

5 New Must-See Documentaries From the 2016 Hot Docs Festival

READ MORE: Hot Docs 2016 Announces Full Lineup

Documentaries are flourishing on film and television alike, but few film festivals provide a platform for the art form on the scale of the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, which opens its 26th edition this week in Toronto. The widely-attended event unites influential figures in the non-fiction filmmaking community with general audiences eager to consume a broad spectrum of new work…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Rita Stanelytė on the 'Meeting Point' Industry Initiative at the Vilnius Film Festival 2016 + MORE

At the Tribeca Talks series at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, filmmaker Ira Sachs ("Love is Strange") interviewed U.K. writer and director Andrea Arnold about writing, filmmaking, and surrendering.

In 2005 Arnold’s short film, Wasp, earned an Academy Award. She also received two BAFTA awards and two jury prizes at Cannes, as well as a multitude of festival accolades for her films, "Milk," "Dog," "Red Road," "Fish Tank" and "Wuthering Heights…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

At this year’s “Meeting Point Vilnius”, the industry event of the Vilnius Film Festival, now in its 21st edition, We sat down with its head of industry, Rita Stanlytė, and discussed the event, its role in the promotion of Lithuanian films, its focus and plans for the future but also the current state of the Lithuanian film industry…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

While in Panama for the film festival, one of the notable people I met was Jorge Ameer.

Jorge left his home in Panama at age 16 in the late 1980s due to political unrest and civil instability.  The country’s dictator and drug king Noriega was recruiting young men to fight in his military army as the looming confrontation with the United States approached…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

READ MORE: The 2016 Indiewire Tribeca Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival
"All This Panic"
Jenny Gage’s subtly directed "All This Panic" is like a female version of "Boyhood": This delicate non-fiction effort follows an ensemble of young women from the final years of high school into their early college days, weaving three years of parties, fights and hangout sessions into a rich treatise on what it means to grow up…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

IFF Panama 2016 Winners People’s Choice: Interview with the Makers of “Salsipuedes”

The International Film Festival of Panama offers audiences the chance to vote for their favorite films.

The audience at the Panama Film Festival is very engaged, interested and enthusiastic. The questions during the Q&A are unique.  Not once did I hear that old chestnut, ”What was the budget of the film?”  They care about the subject, the characters and the filmmakers themselves and often add to-the-point personal comments rather than simply ask questions…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon on the 'Bromance' Between 'Elvis and Nixon' + MORE

Idina Menzel has been the driving force behind some of musical theater’s biggest phenomenons of recent years, including one of Broadway’s longest-running modern shows, the "Wizard of Oz" prequel "Wicked," and Disney’s own smash hit feature "Frozen," for which she provided key voice talent…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Annecy International Animated Film Festival with the renowned filmmaking team Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog) to present a never-before-seen exclusive preview of the upcoming comedy adventure film Moana, which features an adventurous teenager who, with help from demigod Maui, sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and save her people…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

At the center of Liza Johnson’s "Elvis and Nixon" are the two titular men, played by actors who faced an insane challenge – take two of the 20th century’s most famous, most parodied figures, and make them feel like human beings. And there’s no denying that Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley, and Kevin Spacey as President Richard Nixon, are singular interpretations of these figures…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Dominican and Panamanian Works-in-Progress Win at IFF Panama + MORE

Two works-in-progress will be screened at the Cannes Market.  Primera Mirada, a privately funded works-in-progress showcase, formed to promote Central America and Caribbean cinema, screened five films out of a total submission of 46 works-in-progress during the Panama Film Festival.

Evaluated by an international jury during the International Film Festival of Panama 2016, two works in post-produciton won awards and three won kudos as well…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The 2016 Illuminate Film Festival, which will take place June 1 – 5, 2016 in Sedona, Arizona has announced the official line up of films for the 3rd annual event. The only film festival of its kind, the Illuminate Film Festival offers a collection of over 20 feature length and short films from around the world, exploring the year’s best in conscious cinema, as well as eye opening and thought provoking panels and conversations that will expand minds and inspire dialogue…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Welcome to the Opening Night of the Tribeca Film Festival 2016!

Although paintings, architecture and sculpture are often revered in the art world, fashion and film are undeniably art forms as well.  From the initial stages of the creative process, the implementation and collaborative phases, to the end result of hosting the world-renowned Gala at ‘The Metropolitan Museum of Art,’ with the most influential names in society wearing photography worthy designer dresses, the decisive, Anna Wintour, is one of the main driving forces behind the major fashion fundraising exhibition, held annually, on "The First Monday in May…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Best of the Week: from CinemaCon Disruptors to Amazon at Cannes + MORE

CinemaCon:

How The Screening Room Succeeded at CinemaCon (But Not How Sean Parker Hoped)

Can Universal Top Its 2015 Records? 

Screen Talk: CinemaCon, Cannes and the Future of Movies

James Cameron Slams Sean Parker, Announces Four ‘Avatar’ Sequels 

Warren Beatty Finishes His Howard Hughes Movie for the Fall

Netflix We Ain’t Scared of You: Warner Bros…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival is officially under way and if you don’t live in the immediate New York area (or don’t feel like taking your chosen form of transportation to get there), there’s still a way to be part of the festivities. Fortunately, many of the titles from past years are now available to stream through a variety of platforms…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Frameline, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in style. The festival announced its opening and closing films, both of which will screen at San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre.

Closing out the festival this year will be the world premiere of "Looking," the two hour finale to the HBO TV series that wrapped its second season last March…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The Tribeca Film Festival, like many other fests, has revealed an interest in television, launching the Tune In program to showcase great episodic content to come. We’ve covered what’s in the works with the initial announcement, but there’s so much content that you might appreciate us narrowing it down — just a little bit…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

COLCOA Announces 20th Anniversary Line-Up + MORE

The Franco-American Cultural Fund, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has announced the program for the 20th COLCOA French Film Festival that will run April 18-26 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. The festival will showcase a record 70 films and television series – among them 64 in competition for COLCOA Awards – including four World Premieres, seven International Premieres, 19 North American or U…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

As expected, the Cannes lineup includes five films from Amazon Studios. When Hollywood scion Roy Price (son of Frank), hired producer Ted Hope and distributor Bob Berney, it was clear that Price wanted bona fide film veterans with indie film pedigrees. Both have been in the Oscar sweepstakes, and boast deep relationships with filmmakers…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Today marks the annual ritual which feels almost like torture — the unveiling of the Cannes Film Festival lineup. This year the main competition boasts three female directed films out of 20 — that’s 15 percent. Last year it was two out of 19. Cannes is one of the biggest media events in the world. This year there are a bunch of movies about women, but when women are not visible as the storytellers or the visionaries, the message it sends is that we are not good enough to tell these stories and that the way we tell them is inferior…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Why You Should Care About the Tribeca Film Festival (Analysis)

With the Tribeca Film Festival kicking off this week, Indiewire will be covering the major New York event from every angle, from reviews to events and more. But why should you care? Three members of Indiewire’s film team — deputy editor and chief critic Eric Kohn, senior film critic David Ehrlich and film editor Kate Erbland — traded emails this week to address that question…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Robert De Niro on the Future of Entertainment: Audience Engagement is Key

Robert De Niro co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival 15 years ago, but that doesn’t make him an expert on its content. In an interview alongside co-founder and producer Jane Rosenthal last week, the actor confessed that he had yet to dig into the lineup. "I haven’t looked at the films yet," he said…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

FRIDAY: USC's School Of Cinematic Arts Annual "First Frame" Showcase

USC’s School of Cinematic Arts presents First Frame 2016, the annual showcase featuring the latest achievements in animation from students and alumni in the John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts (Hench-DADA), it was announced by Hench-DADA Chair, Tom Sito.

 

The showcase will feature work spanning all forms of animation including experimental and character, hand-drawn, stop motion, digital 2D and 3D, and virtual reality…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

12 Unique Visions We Are Excited to See at the 35th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival + MORE

Numerous sections that range from those that focus on particular geographical regions, to one that highlights features crafted by homegrown talent, another formed by stories about people who have left their hometowns to find a better life elsewhere, and even one that honors Minnesota’s Scandinavian heritage, are some of the blocks that build the extensive and boldly curated program of the 35th Minneapolis St…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Forging a career out unforgettable performances in both independent classics and studio fare as well countless television roles, Rosie Perez is one of the most successful and well-regarding Latina actresses working in the tumultuous entertainment industry. Her unquestionable talent has helped her surpass the unspoken and hindering stereotypes that plague Hollywood, and though the road has been anything but easy, her prolific body of work speaks for itself…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

“About three years ago, a 20-year-old boy was murdered in Santiago because he was gay. He was tortured for hours: his legs broken, a swastika carved on his stomach using shattered bottles, a piece of his ear torn out. By coincidence, that young boy was a fan of my work as a musician and I knew who he was because we’d spoken a couple of times…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

While documentaries with famous subjects or topical issues hog the headlines, the Art of the Real showcase at New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center continues to provide a refreshing contrast. Running April 8 – 21, the program offers a global survey of innovative filmmaking techniques that toy with the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

IFF Panama First Look: Five Works in Progress + MORE

This Thursday, April 7th, there will be an inaugural press conference at 2:30 p.m. in American Trade Hotel’s Salon Viejo. The interview will be headed by the directors of IFF Panama, the President of IFF Panama Foundation, the Minister of Commerce and Industry (MICI), and the actors Luis Silva -protagonist of the movie "From Afar," winner of the Golden Lion of Venice- and the talented Luis Alberto García, who heads the cast of "Viva," which will open the festival…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

In its mission to be a platform for the development of projects in Central America and the Caribbean, First Look/ Primer Mirada of the Industry Section of IFF Panama grants aid for the completion of feature films are in post-production to increase their visibility in the international film market…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Los Angeles Film Festival 2016 Opening Night Film Is 'Lowriders'; Ryan Coogler is Guest Director + MORE

With the Spirit Awards behind them, Film Independent is ramping up for this summer’s the 2016 LA Film Festival (June 1-9). And they’ve chosen their opening nighter: Ricardo de Montreuil’s coming-of-age East L.A. drama "Lowriders" will play June 1 at the ArcLight Hollywood Cinerama Dome…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The Industry Program of the International Film Festival of Panama connects local film industry members with international representatives to identify new and creative possibilities for the production, marketing, and distribution of films.

At the same time, a vibrant and diverse group of film industry insiders support IFF Panama’s educational and training activities in the form of workshops, free screenings, presentations, and master-classes for industry members, students and youth…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Visual Communications (VC), the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, announced the Opening, Closing and Centerpiece film programs for the upcoming 32nd edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) running April 21-28, 2016. This annual film celebration will be presented across Los Angeles from Little Tokyo to Downtown Los Angeles to Koreatown and to West Hollywood featuring 140 films from over 20 countries…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Hot Docs has announced 14 documentary features that will screen in this year¹s Special Presentations program, joining 15 selections previously announced. Special Presentations features a high-profile collection of world and international premieres, award winners from the recent international festival circuit and works by master filmmakers or featuring some star subjects…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Qumra: James Schamus Discusses the Filmmaking Process in Extensive Master Class and Interview

In the Qumra Master Class 2016 where James Schamus and Richard Peña, former long-time head of Lincoln Film Society in NYC, carried on an informal and open-ended discussion, James gave a personal view of himself before going into the professional ins and outs of his film production and distribution life…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Family Films at the IFF Panama 2016 + MORE

Children’s and Family films often get short shrift from the professional film community. They are shunted to a special section. But at some festivals, they get their due. Panama International Film Festival is one of Latin America’s best stages to show these films.

READ MORE: Panama: The Next Big Country for Latin American Films? 

Andrés Waissbluth’s "Elephant, the Horse"  is inspired by the lives of Lalo and Roberto Parra…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

This weekend New Yorkers will have a change to dive into a selection of the best recent Canadian cinema thanks to a showcase created by TIFF and Telefilm Canada appropriately called "See the North." On April 1, 2 and 3 2016, audiences at the IFC Center in New York City will be treated to this curated program of Canada’s finest creative talent, with directors in attendance for intros and Q+A’s…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

SIGGRAPH Opens Registration for its 2016 Event In Anaheim

Registration is now open for SIGGRAPH 2016, the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational experience showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques. With the tagline “Render the Possibilities,” SIGGRAPH 2016 will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, 24-28 July 2016…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Cannes: Woody Allen’s' 'Café Society,' Starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, to Open Festival

As expected, Cannes director Thierry Fremaux has selected Woody Allen’s latest, "Café Society," to open the 69th Festival International du Film de Cannes (May 11 to 22). The film will make its world premiere on Wednesday 11 May in the Palais des Festivals’ Grand Théâtre Lumière, per usual for Woody Allen, as an Official Selection Out of Competition title…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Robert De Niro's Anti-Vaccine Controversy: When Did Tribeca Screw Up?

The Tribeca Film Festival has weathered criticism before, but nothing like the events of this past weekend. After generating backlash from the film community and beyond for programming "Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe," a documentary directed by anti-vaccine activist Andrew Wakefield, the festival issued two statements defending the decision to show the film before announcing on Saturday that it had been pulled the lineup…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Official Poster for the 69th Festival de Cannes Revealed + MORE

The official poster for the 69th Festival de Cannes, taking place from 11 to 22 May and presided over by Australian director George Mille, was designed using stills from Jean-Luc Godard ‘s film "Contempt." 

This 69th Festival de Cannes poster was designed by Hervé Chigioni and his graphic designer Gilles Frappier…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

In an unprecedented move, the Tribeca Film Festival has pulled the controversial anti-vaccination documentary "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe" from its schedule. 

The film’s director, Andrew Wakefield, is a former UK surgeon and medical researcher. He is best known for a 1998 research paper, later declared fraudulent, that claimed a link between vaccination and autism…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Qumra, Arabic for Camera, Works to Help First and Second Time Filmmakers of MENA + MORE

The second edition of Qumra, March 4 – 9, organized by the Doha Film Institute has wrapped. Through a series of one-on-one meetings, consultations and tutorials, delegates at Qumra – the producers and directors associated with the 33 projects from 19 countries selected for the industry program – are provided with deep insights on how their films can find their voice in the global film market…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Film submissions for the 20th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival are now open. The festival takes place from November 11-27, 2016. In addition, filmmakers can now submit films for the youth and children’s film festival Just Film, a sub-festival of Black Nights, running from November 11-20, 2016…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) has announced the official program for its 10th year anniversary in Tampa, Florida. The 10th annual festival will be held March 30-April 3 at the Tampa Theater and Ybor City’s Carmike Cinemas. With 115 films, the festival will host international and regional premieres of narrative features, documentaries and short films around the world, special tributes, master classes, panel discussions and much more…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Cannes: Valerie Donzelli Leads Semaine de la Critique Jury + MORE

To celebrate its 55th edition, the Cannes Film Festival’s La Semaine de la Critique (Critics Week) will celebrate the emerging talent discoveries since 2011, which marked the 50th anniversary of the oldest sidebar in Cannes. Critics Week is also mounting Five Talents Talks with this year’s young auteurs on the Nespresso Beach…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The two-week-long 59th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) launches Opening Night with Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen comedy of manners "Love & Friendship" (Amazon/Roadside Attractions, May 13), starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny. The movie debuted at Sundance, along with another literary adaptation, writer-producer-turned-director James Schamus’s "Indignation" (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions, 2016), a 50s coming-of-age story starring Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon,  which is based on a Philip Roth novel and will play April 30th in the festival’s Centerpiece slot…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

TCM Classic Film Festival Brings Francis Ford Coppola to Hollywood + MORE

As part of the TCM Classic Film Festival, on April 29 Northern California auteur Francis Ford Coppola ("The Godfather Saga," "Apocalypse Now"), winner of five directing Oscars, will place his hands and feet in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

This year’s 2016 SXSW Film Festival featured a lot of new work worthy of anticipation, from a work-in-progress screening of the raunchy animated comedy "Sausage Party" to another party movie from Richard Linklater. There were some appealing television offerings (get ready for "Preacher"), some unorthodox studio projects (hello, "Keanu") and a peek at the future of storytelling…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

31st Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) Wraps

The International Film Festival in Guadalajara (FICG31) celebrated its 31th anniversary this year and moved to the center of town, a move toward regaining its early luster within the galaxy of younger festivals now competing for resources in México. With its myriad of activities beyond the mere programming of films, its mentoring other festivals such as Puerto Vallarta and Oaxaca, I would give it two thumbs up…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

San Francisco Film Society Announces Films in Competition for Golden Gate Awards, 35% Female-Helmed + MORE

If you can look past the cultural chaos that is SXSW, there’s another kind of spectacle that takes place in the space between — where the movies that are bigger than anything a SXSW competition filmmaker could imagine, but smaller, stranger, or riskier than almost everything else that comes from the studios…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

This 66th edition of the Berlinale did not focus so much on films as it did on issues, especially the issue of mass migration including Germany’s one million immigrants being welcomed by Angela Merkel. The sentiment of the Berlinale was expressed by Festival Director Dieter Kosslick in his introductory comment, “We are 90 million Germans…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The San Francisco Film Society has announced the films in competition for the Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature Golden Gate Awards, which will be presented at the San Francisco International Film Festival running from April 21-May 5.

Of the 20 films in competition, seven, or 35 percent, were directed by women…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

It’s looking as though Jodie Foster’s "Money Monster" will make its world premiere at Cannes. The drama, starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, hasn’t officially been confirmed as part of the lineup by the festival, but Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and other outlets are reporting that the film will screen at Cannes, likely in advance of its May 13 U…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

7 Great Films From the 2016 New Directors/New Films Series + MORE

READ MORE: SXSW 2016 Coverage From Indiewire

For years, Pixar has been the high water mark for giving life to inanimate objects, but the R-rated comedy "Sausage Party" takes that tradition to edgier extremes. An unlikely passion project eight years in the making from co-writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the movie envisions talking food products in a grocery store who cuss and screw their way through a 90-minute romp…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Ethan Hawke came into SXSW with two movies that show his range as an actor in his 45-year-old prime.

In writer-director Robert Budreau’s low-key biopic "Born to Be Blue" (IFC, March 25), he plays melancholy jazzman Chet Baker, and in Ti West’s gritty western "In a Valley of Violence," he’s a damaged ex-soldier with nothing to lose but his horse and beloved dog…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Every year, the SXSW Film Festival celebrates its midpoint by doling out a series of juried awards for both its feature film and short film sections, along with special accolades for film design (from posters to titles) and a series of special awards that honor the unique history of the festival. It’s a hell of a way to commemorate the nine-day festival, and it’s also a great barometer of some major indie talents emerging on the scene…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

READ MORE: ‘The Fits,’ ‘Neon Bull’ Headline First Wave of New Directors/New Films Selections

Steven Spielberg. Spike Lee. Kelly Reichardt. Christopher Nolan. All of these filmmakers premiered their early works at the New Directors/New Films series, which has a long track record for heralding fresh talent…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

2016 Tribeca Film Festival TV Lineup Includes 'The Good Wife' Farewell and 'Six Feet Under' Tribute

The Tribeca Film Festival announced today an incredibly robust lineup of television-themed programming, including some much-anticipated premieres and tributes to currently airing shows. The schedule features an impressive range of programming, from hard drama to stoner comedy to documentary, as well as a number of breakout conversations and unique experiences…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

SXSW Film 2016 Honors the Past While Facing an Exciting, Gaudy and Uncertain Future

The night before the SXSW Film Festival got under way, Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, defended his communal love of film in theaters. "In pursuing the new future, we cannot decimate the past," he said in his acceptance speech as one of the honorees at the Texas Film Awards, the annual benefit for Richard Linklater’s now 30-year-old Austin Film Society…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

SXSW Day 1: Obama Disrupts Festival, Meets Digital Players, Hits Interactive + MORE

Amid concerns that President Barack Obama’s arrival on day one of SXSW might hijack the popular interactive/film/music conference, many film journalists stayed away from the packed Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, as snipers set up positions around the perimeter and on the roof of an opposite high-rise in advance of the POTUS arrival…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

At Guadalajara’s 14th Market (4-9 March), European Film Promotion worked together with five European sales companies on marketing campaigns of seven European films from five different countries via Film Sales Support (FSS). FSS is backed by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Program of the European Union and facilitates sales of European films to Mexico and other countries in South America…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Amid concerns that President Barack Obama’s arrival on day one of SXSW might hijack the popular interactive/film/music conference, many film journalists stayed away from the packed Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, as snipers set up positions around the perimeter and on the roof of an opposite high-rise in advance of the POTUS arrival…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

A few hours after President Barack Obama lands in Austin to deliver a keynote at SXSW, the festival rolls out the red carpet for one of its homegrown heroes: Richard Linklater, whose college baseball comedy "Everybody Wants Some!!" serves as the opening night entry for the film festival. While Obama and Linklater hail from different universes of productivity, they’re similarly effective at galvanizing a community…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

14 Women Directors Included in Second Half of Tribeca Fest’s Feature Film Lineup + MORE

This year’s SXSW Film Festival is mere hours from kicking off in Austin, Texas, complete with a packed slate that should keep festival attendees pretty happy in between bouts of chowing down breakfast tacos and basking in the good ol’ Texas sunshine. As ever, the festival features a strong lineup of both fresh premieres and festival favorites, much of which is bursting with new talent…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The San Francisco Film Society has revealed the films in competition for the Golden Gate Awards (GGA), which will distribute nearly $40,000 in total prizes this year in various narrative and documentary categories. SFFS is continuing its support for emerging global film artists in the United States via the Golden Gate Awards, which have been presented at the San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) since its inaugural year in 1957…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The Tribeca Film Festival has announced the second half of its feature slate for 2016. This newly announced 55-film lineup is 25% female directed, with the work of 14 women directors being featured across the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screenings programs, as well as the 10th annual Tribeca/ESPN Film Festival…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Whistler Film Festival Opens Call for Submissions + MORE

The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is seeking submissions for its 16th annual festival, which runs from November 30th to December 4th, 2016 and will feature up to 90 films comprised of approximately 45 features and 45 shorts. Canadian and International filmmakers are invited to submit films of all lengths and genres by the following deadlines: April 30th for early film submissions (discount on application); June 30th for regular film deadline; and July 31st for late film deadline with the extended late film deadline on August 15th…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival director Tiina Lokk, and Estonian Golden Globe and Oscar nominated producer Ivo Felt, ("Tangerine," and "The Fencer,") sponsored a cocktail this week at the headquarters of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association HFPA on N. Robertson Blvd…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Films in Progress is the professional platform, which supports the production of Latin American feature films contributing to their completion and international circulation. Organized by the San Sebastian and Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse Festivals, Films in Progress promotes meeting, dialogue and interaction between professionals from the Latin American and European film worlds, fostering the diversity and talent of independent filmmakers…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

READ MORE: Ethan Hawke, Jake Gyllenhaal and More Headline 2016 SXSW Features Lineup

There’s no reason not to get excited about the bigger films at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, which include a work-in-progress look at the R-rated animated comedy "Sausage Party" co-directed by Seth Rogen and the clearly outrageous dog-in-peril romp "Keanu" that reunites "Key & Peele" stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (also playing as a very exciting work-in-progress screening)…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

READ MORE: Meet the Locarno Critics Academy Class of 2015

This summer, Indiewire will continue its efforts to support the next generation of film criticism with the fifth edition of the Critics Academy at the Locarno Film Festival. Applications will be accepted between now and May 9, with selected candidates notified by May 27…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

'The Automatic Hate': A 'Romeo and Juliet' Story Turns Incestuous + MORE

Today, the 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival announced the second half of its feature slate including 55 feature films, 43 of which are world premieres. Tribeca announced their Spotlight, Midnight, Centerpiece and Special Screening sections, along with the Work In Progress screenings and the feature film lineup for the 10th annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The most important movie of the 2016 True/False Film Festival may turn out to be a 30-minute short produced by three students from the University of Missouri. "Concerned Student 1950," which was only completed on Wednesday, debuted at 11:30 on a Saturday night, but the audience of a thousand-plus viewers who filled the Missouri Theater in downtown Columbia was electric, cheering the heroes and booing the villains as the film chronicled the protests that erupted after Mizzou’s administration turned a blind eye racist incidents on campus…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Director Justin Lerner likes to pitch his effectively eerie family drama "The Automatic Hate" as a combo of Thomas Vinterberg’s "The Celebration" and Robert Altman’s "The Long Goodbye." A shrieking Dogme95 incest drama meets a Raymond Chandler potboiler? I was intrigued…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Watch: Diego Luna Gives Remezcla an Intimate Look at 'Mr Pig,' His Mexico-Set Road Movie + MORE

READ MORE: True/False Film Festival: Why It Makes Sense To Have a Secret Screening Before Your World Premiere

In November of last year, protests led by a group of African American students at the University of Missouri erupted and caused a national media storm. Last night, only four months after the events that led to the resignation of school President Tim Wolfe, the True/False Film Festival premiered "Concerned Student 1950," a 30 minute documentary about the protests made by undergraduates at the university…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Remezcla talked to Diego Luna about directing "Mr. Pig" during the Sundance Film Festival. They tagged along to his world premiere screening and took him on a ski lift ride the next morning. He shared his fears about filmmaking, the joy that sharing his art with an audience brings, and why he thinks his daddy issues make it into all his movies…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

This year we are seeing many films from MENA, that is an acronym for the Middle East and North Africa. More commonly called “Arab” cinema, (though the term is inaccurate because several countries in the region are not actually “Arab”) the films of this region are winning many awards and garnering much interest worldwide…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Qumra, the annual industry event by the Doha Film Institute designed to nurture the development of emerging filmmakers, will welcome more than 100 industry professionals, including international film festival directors, producers, fund managers, script consultants, distributors and other experts during its second edition to be held from March 4 to 9, 2016…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2016 Competition Lineup That's 33% Female-Helmed

The competition slate for the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival has been announced. The 15th edition of the New York-based festival features three competition sections: U.S. Narrative, International Narrative and World Documentary. Of 18 films in the Narrative Competitions (U.S. and International), five are directed or co-directed by women — 28%…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

2016 Tribeca Film Festival Lineup: 6 Hidden Gems + MORE

With Sundance in the can, Berlin in the rearview, SXSW on the horizon, and Cannes looming off in the distance, tis the season for film festivals. And so, fittingly, today the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival announced its opening line-up, unveiling the slates for the U.S. Narrative, International Narrative, Viewpoints, and World Documentary Competition sections…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The Coen brothers, who recently participated in a Berlin Film Festival tribute to their old friend Ben Barenholtz, who helped them start their long careers, will show on April 30 at the Castro Theatre a recent restoration of their first feature "Blood Simple" (1984) at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May 5)…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

READ MORE: Tribeca Film Festival Announces First Half of Feature Slate, Including ‘Equals,’ ‘High-Rise’ and More

The Tribeca Film Festival shows up on the calendar each year to give New York plenty of red carpet action in the weeks leading up to Cannes, but that’s not the whole story. While it follows Austin’s SXSW Film Festival by a whole month, in recent years Tribeca has become a draw for both smaller narrative films seeking broader exposure and high quality documentary discoveries…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

It is often said that it takes talent and luck to land a role. Today, proactivity and grace are added to this list of skillsets. In contemporary times, recognition seems less of a far-fetched notion than before thanks to the state of the art technology and interconnectivity. However, film festivals of the likes of Berlin play a substantial role as the gridiron for the discovery of new European talent as well as the creation of new roles and new relations, prompted by the ever so popular and widespread practice of co-productions on European turf…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

A Conversation with 2016 Athena Film Festival Award Winner Writer and Director Karyn Kusama

At the 2016 Athena Film Festival held at Barnard College in New York City, writer and director Karyn Kusama presented a Master Class in directing. Offering honest and often humorous anecdotes about working and surviving in the film industry, (it took her ten years after graduating from NYU film school to find representation), Kusama shared insightful advice to the audience of screenwriters and filmmakers…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

WATCH: Oscar Winner, 'Shape Shifter' Brie Larson on the Challenges of Making 'Room' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Rising indie distributor A24 harbored high awards hopes for Lenny Abrahamson’s intense prison escape drama "Room," so they took the film to world premiere at Telluride, where it popped with audiences and critics, and then to Toronto — both of which Larson thanked in her winsome Oscar acceptance speech for giving the movie "a platform…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Doha Film Institute Selects 33 Projects from 19 Countries to Participate in Second Edition of Qumra + MORE

Directors and producers from 19 countries are attached to 13 narrative feature films, 10 feature documentaries and 10 short films participating in the 6 day program of industry sessions designed to progress their projects and prepare them for international markets. The emphasis is on supporting first-and-second-time filmmakers with projects in development and post-production…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

COLCOA French Film Festival, "9 Days of Film Premieres in Hollywood," and its producer, the Franco-American Cultural Fund, have  announced the Focus on a Filmmaker program as well as an exclusive line up of predominantly digitally restored French Classics, presented as World, International or U…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Filmmakers James Schamus and Joshua Oppenheimer Unveiled as Final Two Qumra Masters

The second edition of Qumra, March 4 – 9, the industry development event organized by the Doha Film Institute to nurture emerging voices in cinema with a focus on first and second-time filmmakers, will include as Masters, James Schamus and Joshua Oppenheimer along with Naomi Kawase, Aleksandr Sokurov and Nuri Bilge Ceylan participating in a series of master classes and one-on-one sessions with selected Qumra filmmakers and their projects along with screenings and Q&A sessions for Doha audiences throughout the week…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

US in Progress Paris 2016 Launches its Call for Entries for U.S. Films in Post + MORE

Cinema Tropical, the acclaimed New York-based organization dedicated to promoting Latin American cinema in the United States, is celebrating its 15th Anniversary with the 2016 edition of the Cinema Tropical Festival presented with the Museum of the Moving Image. Presenting six feature films from Argentina, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, and Puerto Rico, the festival will feature select winners and nominees from the 6th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards, which were announced at a special ceremony at the New York Times Company headquarters last month…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

US in Progress Paris, a three-day works in progress event targeted at American independent filmmakers and European buyers, will take place in the scope of Champs-Elysées Film Festival on June 07-14 2016 in Paris.

The event is looking for 5 U.S. independent films at post-production stage (rough & fine cuts)…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Attention, Filmmakers: Hamptons International Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions + MORE

READ MORE: Hamptons International Film Festival Announces ‘Spotlight’ and Carol as Centerpiece Films

The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) announced this morning that the submission process for its 24th year has officially begun. Documentary filmmakers may especially want to pay attention to the festival this year as HIFF is an Academy Award-qualifying festival for the Documentary Short Subject award…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

READ MORE: Watch: Explore the History of Eberfest in Exclusive Documentary Featurette

Though Roger Ebert passed away three years ago, his legacy continues to live on each year when Chicago cinephiles gather in Champaign, Illinois for Ebertfest. 2016 marks the festival’s 18th year, and organizers and host Chaz Ebert have just announced the first wave of special screenings and festival attendees…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Berlin Review: Golden Bear Winner 'Fire at Sea' Offers a Superb Snapshot of the Refugee Crisis + MORE

Italian Gianfranco Rosi’s powerful and apposite documentary "Fire at Sea," made in the eye of the storm of the refugee crisis, has won the Golden Bear in Berlin.

It is the second major film festival where Rosi has scooped the top prize, following his Golden Lion in Venice for "Sacro Gra," in 2013…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

One of the two documentaries in competition at this year’s Berlinale happens to chime with the festival’s vocal and practical support of the refugees that have arrived in the city. But there’s nothing faddish about the presence of Gianfranco Rosi’s “Fire At Sea” ("Fuocoammare") in the line-up, as is confirmed by the fact that it remains one of the most persistent favorites for the Golden Bear…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

TV Series 'Babylon Berlin' by Tykwer, Borries and Handloegten Starts Shooting in April + MORE

This is the third of three dispatches from the 2016 Gothenburg International Film Festival. 

As the largest film festival in Scandinavia, the world’s leader in gender equality, the Gothenburg International Film Festival would be expected to showcase a multitude and a variety of works by female filmmakers…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

One of the two documentaries in competition at this year’s Berlinale happens to chime with the festival’s vocal and practical support of the refugees that have arrived in the city. But there’s nothing faddish about the presence of Gianfranco Rosi’s “Fire At Sea” ("Fuocoammare") in the line-up, as is confirmed by the fact that it remains one of the most persistent favorites for the Golden Bear…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

"Babylon Berlin," the path-breaking joint serial project of X-Filme, ARD Degeto, Sky and Beta Film, is finalizing its pre-production and will start shooting in April. The high-end series, set in the roaring 1920s in Berlin, will be produced until the end of the year. Created by showrunner Tom Tykwer (“Sense 8”, “Cloud Atlas”, “Run Lola Run”) and his writer/director team Achim von Borries (“Alone in Berlin”) and Hendrik Handloegten (“Good Bye, Lenin”), "Babylon Berlin" stars “Generation War”-lead Volker Bruch and multiple-award-winning and up-and-coming actress Liv Lisa Fries (“She Deserved It”)…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The Sun Valley Film Festival has revealed the finalists for its 2016 competitions, including The Film Lab, Screenwriters Lab High Scribe, Nat Geo WILD TO INSPIRE, and One Potato. 

READ MORE: "Sun Valley Film Festival Slate Features ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity,’ ‘I Saw the Light’ (EXCLUSIVE)"

The Film Lab 
Hosted by Sundance director of programming Trevor Groth, The Film Lab, which presents two films in their final post-production stage…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

True/False Film Festival Unveils 2016 Lineup + MORE

The always-imaginative programming at True/False, founded in 2004 by festival organizers David Wilson and Paul Sturtz, also includes Brian Oakes’ "Jim: The James Foley Story," which won the Audience Award at Sundance and recently aired on HBO, and Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s portrait of legendary TV writer and producer Norman Lear, "Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Michael Moore has surprised Berlinale audiences with a special video message explaining his absence at the festival. In it, the director, who is recovering from pneumonia, spoke of his pride in the fact that “this is the first time ever that a film has been introduced by a man in his bathrobe. I hope that counts for something…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Berlin Review: Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Commune' Packs an Emotional Punch + MORE

After adeptly dipping his toe into the very English material of “Far From The Madding Crowd,” terrific Danish director Thomas Vinterberg returns to home soil for his new film. “The Commune” (“Kollektivet”) isn’t as dark as most of his output, from “Festen” to “The Hunt,” but despite its nostalgic comic surface it packs a characteristic emotional punch…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Watch this on The Scene.
"The New Yorker Presents" debuted its first two shows at Sundance, where I sat down with series showrunner Kahane Cooperman (winner of 11 Emmys and 2 Peabodys as executive producer of Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show”) and Jigsaw Productions’ Stacey Offman. The series debuts February 16th on Amazon…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Will Alex Gibney ever run out of conspiracies and evildoing to expose? Of course not, and there’s no better man for the job. With his new documentary “Zero Days,” Gibney turns his tenacious, headline-friendly and extremely well-sourced attentions to cyber war — that fanciful-sounding but very real, very dangerous newcomer to the world of state malfeasance…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Meryl Streep rarely minces words, but when asked last week about the issue of diversity, and the lack of it on the Berlinale jury of which she’s currently serving as president, the legendary performer hedged — and blundered into a rare controversy. To hear her remarks in context is to know that it wasn’t nearly as bad as the flippant "We’re all Africans, really" that circulated in the press and on social media…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

All you really need to know about the GLAS Animation Festival in Berkeley, March 3rd through 6th, is answered below in this newly released trailer:

The final schedule for GLAS Animation Festival 2016 is online here. To enjoy all the benefits of GLAS 2016 and to be able to attend every event at the inaugural festival in Berkeley, register here for a Festival Pass…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Berlinale: Jury Announces Winners of the Film Prize of Robert Bosch Stiftung + MORE

Bob Hawk is the Pierre Rissient of American Independent Films. Pierre was for French cinema what Bob is to American independent cinema. When he discovered a film and told Cannes about it, Cannes programmed it. Those who know Pierre and those who know Bob know that their influence cannot be quantified by the number of films they have fostered in one way or another…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The Robert Bosch Stiftung, which continues the charitable pursuits of the founder of the company and the foundation Robert Bosch (1861 – 1942), has revealed the three Film Prize winners during Berlinale Talents.

The Film Prize for the documentary film project went to the Lebanese-German documentary "Miguel ‘s War" by director Eliane Raheb and co-producers Lissi Muschol and Margot Haiböck…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Berlin Review: Cynthia Nixon is Excellent as Emily Dickinson in Terence Davies' 'A Quiet Passion' + MORE

Backing singers are rarely name-checked, let alone encouraged to let their own personalities shine alongside that of the star they’re supporting. So the fact that an extraordinarily gifted group of male dancers was front and centre of Madonna’s acclaimed and controversial Blond Ambition Tour of 1990, and the accompanying backstage documentary “Truth or Dare”, was incredibly significant…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Considering the enigma of Emily Dickinson’s life, her reclusiveness, her being largely unpublished while alive and the posthumous popularity of her work, the poet is an ideal subject for a film biography, something that might ignite an image of her in the audience’s imagination. Terence Davies, that most sensitive and, himself, poetic of artists, would seem an ideal person to accomplish that task…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

READ MORE: Terence Davies and His ‘Quiet Passion’ Cast Talk Emily Dickinson in Berlin

Who else but Terence Davies could condense Emily Dickinson’s life into a question of religious rebellion? With "A Quiet Passion," the Liverpool-born auteur interprets the nineteenth century poet as a tailor-made conduit for his chief concerns and interests: family, patriarchy, death and Catholicism…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Berlin Review: In 'L'Avenir,' Isabelle Huppert Takes Stock of Her Life + MORE

Women were all over the recent Sundance Film Festival, from many films directed and produced by them to a series of events celebrating the rise of women’s power. 

The Producer’s Brunch was dominated by keynoters Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler, whose 20-year-old Killer Films has produced 80 movies including "Still Alice" and 2016 Oscar contender "Carol" and boasted four films at the festival ("Wiener Dog," "Frank and Lola," "Goat" and "White Girl")…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Mia Hansen-Løve’s films have always demonstrated a maturity of insight beyond her years, which she’s applied to her observations on people her own age or younger. Now 35, with her fifth feature "L’Avenir" ("Things To Come") she’s looking ahead of herself for the first time, and to the experience of a middle-aged woman suddenly forced to reappraise her life…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Berlin Review: With 'Midnight Special,' Jeff Nichols Offers Up a Very Special Sci-Fi Thriller + MORE

After the Huck Finn-like "Mud," a coming-of-age fable rooted on terra firma, Jeff Nichols returns to the supernatural portent of his earlier "Take Shelter," with all manner of bells on. Doffing its cap overtly to John Carpenter, less obviously to Spielberg, but with Nichols’ perennial preoccupations intact, this is a family drama, chase movie and science-fiction thriller rolled into one fascinating and immensely gripping package…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

I’m not sure if any bad cops in the whole genre of  bad cop comedy have paid so little lip service to actual policing as the pair in John Michael McDonagh’s "War on Everyone."  And I’m not sure that the genre has produced such an irresistibly funny film.

When we first see New Mexico police officers Bob Balaño (Michael Peña) and Terry Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård), they are speeding after a Marcel Marceau look-alike who’s on foot…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Filmmaker Kirsten Johnson will be feted at the 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Johnson will receive this year’s Tribute Award and have her 27-year career behind the camera showcased in a retrospective at the festival. Among the scheduled films is "Cameraperson," her widely acclaimed documentary feature that premiered at Sundance last month…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Locarno Film Festival to Highlight Polish Filmmakers This Summer

READ MORE: How Did a Black-and-White Polish Film Become the Year’s Surprise Foreign-Language Hit?

The Locarno Film Festival has announced it will be collaborating with the Polish Film Institute and Fundacja Polskie Centrum Audiowizualne to bring five to seven films in various stages of post-production to the festival this year in order to be developed…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Rachid Bouchareb's Topical New Feature 'Road to Istanbul' to Premiere in Berlin + MORE

READ MORE: Happy Pride Month: Here’s 43 Great LGBT Films To Help You Celebrate

The BFI announced today that it will host first-time feature filmmaker Ben A. Williams’ adaptation of "The Pass" at the opening night ceremony of this year’s BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. As the UK’s longest running LGBT film event, the Flare features 50 hand-chosen submissions from nearly 23,000 submissions…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

French-born Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb’s new film "Road to Istanbul" (La route des lacs) is premiering at this year’s Berlinale in the Panorama section. This is a film that looks particularly interesting to me as it deals with a mother and her only daughter – a 20-year-old who has left Belgium to join ISIS…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Markham Street Films is excited to announce that rising stars Devery Jacobs ("Rhymes for Young Ghouls") and Imogen Waterhouse ("Nocturnal Animals"), are on board to star in "Level 16," the new Young Adult thriller from the Toronto-based production company. Devery and Imogen will join Sara Canning ("The Vampire Diaries, ""War for the Planet of the Apes"), who is on board to play Ms…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The Doha Film Institute, in partnership with the Torino Film Lab, will host two script development and screenwriting workshops to mentor local and regional talent, and support the future development of film and creative industries within the MENA region.

The partnership between the two organizations is aimed at training and capacity development, and will focus on enhancing script-writing skills and explore the universal appeal of local and regional films…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

9 Exciting New Films at This Year's Berlin International Film Festival + MORE

Argentine director Daniel Burman will premiere his latest work "The Tenth Man" (El rey del Once) as part of the Berlinale’s Panorama section on February 12, 2016. Burman’s previous directorial effort "The Mystery of Happiness" became a local box-office success when it opened in Argentina back in 2014 and was distributed in the U…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Claudia Landsberger, after 20 years as head of international promotion for Holland Film (now Eyeworks) where she was known and loved by so many people and helped the Dutch win two Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, has gone independent. Idan Haguel’s "Inertia," which will premiere in the Berlinale Forum, is the first film she has engaged in selling through Baseworx For Film, so check it out as she is known for her good taste in films…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

READ MORE; 2016 Berlinale Completes Competition Lineup For 2016 Edition

The 66th of the Berlin International Film Festival — aka the Berlinale — which runs February 11-21, kicks off with an out-of-competition screening of the Coen brothers’ "Hail, Caesar!" The Coens have come a long way since their debut feature "Blood Simple" in 1984…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Representing eight of the 10 films nominated for Original and Adapted Screenplay at this year’s Oscars, there’s a very good chance that at least one of the nine screenwriters on the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s "It Starts with the Script" panel will be on stage at the Kodak Theatre later this month…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The BFI has awarded National Lottery funding to the Yorkshire Screen Industries Hub through its Creative Clusters Challenge Fund which aims to support the growth of emerging screen sector centers outside London and the South-East and enable the UK film, TV and games industry to expand and maintain its competitiveness in a global industry…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

White Female Gaze: How This Year's Sundance Confronted Racial Tensions in America (and Beyond)

Editor’s note: This is the first of three dispatches on the 2016 Sundance Film Festival written by participants in this year’s Roger Ebert Fellowship for Film Criticism. For more on this year’s participants, go here.

It’s fitting that in the era of #OscarsSoWhite, this year’s Sundance movies took a more critical look at whiteness…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Sundance '16: 'The Lure' Director Agnieszka Smoczynska on Bringing Her 80s Mermaid Tale to Life + MORE

Paul Feig has been named the recipient of the inaugural Athena Leading Man Award by the Athena Film Festival, an annual celebration of women and leadership.  The "Ghostbusters" helmer is the first man to be honored by the Festival. 

Check out Feig’s ridiculously impressive filmography to get a sense of why a female-centric film festival would recognize the director, producer, screenwriter and actor…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Be forewarned, this article contains spoilers.

100% original Polish mermaid musical, "The Lure" directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska in the Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Section is Agnieszka’s first film and is an accomplished, multi layered send-up of a pair of mermaid sisters.

More siren-like than the little mermaid we know and love, the film is reminiscent of Hans Christian Anderson’s Little Mermaid and Le Motte Fouque’s Ondine…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The Athena Film Festival will present the director, producer, and screenwriter with its inaugural Athena Leading Man Award on Saturday, February 20, recognizing Feig for a body of work that’s proven female-led comedies can attract both critics and audiences — from his big-screen breakout, 2011’s "Bridesmaids" to "The Heat" (2013), "Spy" (2015), and his highly anticipated "Ghostbusters" remake (July 15), starring Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and frequent collaborator Melissa McCarthy…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Access often makes the difference between a good and a great documentary. When the family of the late freelance war journalist James Foley—who was executed on camera by Isis for the world to see, something that is not shown in HBO’s "Jim: The James Foley Story"—decided to pursue a documentary about their son, they went to one of his oldest friends, New York graphic designer and filmmaker Brian Oakes ("Living with Lincoln")…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Watch: Elisabeth Moss on Struggling Not to Be the Victim in 'The Free World' (Sundance Exclusive) + MORE

READ MORE: Here Are the Winners of the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival

The Slamdance Film Festival may take place in parallel to Sundance, but it’s not a cultural behemoth like the bigger Park City gathering. But the festival, founded in 1995, which has helped to spur the careers of Christopher Nolan and Lena Dunham, is replete with promising shoestring films and young performers on the cusp of critical recognition…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

This year’s lineup also includes several favorites from the festival circuit, such as Trey Edward Shults’ 2015 SXSW prizewinner "Krisha," Joachim Trier’s Cannes competition entry "Louder Than Bombs," Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic "Miles Ahead," and popular Sundance 2016 selection "The Fits…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

READ MORE: Sundance Review: ‘The Free World’ Starring Boyd Holbrook, Elisabeth Moss & Octavia Spencer

Describing the inspiration for his work during an "Indiewire in Conversation at Chase Sapphire on Main" panel at the Sundance Film Festival last week, writer-director Jason Lew remarked, "I’m always attracted to characters that dwell on the outside and feel very uncomfortable in the world…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

LatinoBuzz: Winners of 33rd Edition CineMart Include Academy Award-Nominee Ciro Guerra's New Project + MORE

Urbanworld Film Festival has opened submissions for the 20th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival , to be held September 21 – 25, 2016 in NYC.

The five-day festival includes narrative features, documentaries, short films, spotlight screenings and conversations, live staged screenplay readings, the Urbanworld Digital track focused on digital and social media, and Urbanworld Music, which highlights emerging talent in live performances during after party events…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Sony Pictures Classics did not sit on the Sundance sidelines as Amazon and Netflix gobbled up media attention.

They left this year’s fest with four films to fill out their 2016 release slate, not to mention the two high-profile movies they showcased at the fest, Don Cheadle’s jazzy bio-portrait "Miles Ahead" (April 1)— which they picked up for the world after it was scheduled to close the New York Film Festival— and Rebecca Miller’s romantic triangle comedy "Maggie’s Plan" (May 20), starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore as brainy and confused New York academics…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

South by Southwest has announced the bulk of its 2016 lineup, and eight of twenty films in competition are female-helmed or co-helmed: That amounts to a not-at-all shabby 40%. In 2015, only 25% of the films in competition were directed or co-directed by women. What a difference a year makes — in the Competition sections, at least…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The CineMart 2016 awards have been announced marking the close of the 33rd edition of the co-production market. German production "Berlin Alexanderplatz" was awarded the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €20,000, which is given to a project presented by a European producer…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

2015 was a successful year regarding the quantity and quality of foreign productions shot in Poland. At the beginning of the year, Anne Fontaine (“Coco Before Chanel,” “Perfect Mothers”) filmed a French-Polish co-production “Agnus Dei” in Warmia, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Ethan Hawke, Jake Gyllenhaal and More Headline 2016 SXSW Features Lineup + MORE

READ MORE: Richard Linklater’s ‘Everybody Wants Some’ to Open 2016 SXSW Film Festival

After teasing some of the features that would be included in this year’s slate — from Richard Linklater’s festival opener "Everybody Wants Some" to Jeff Nichols’ "Midnight Special" and "Pee-wee’s Big Holiday," among others — the 2016 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has announced a handful of features sections from the 23rd edition…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Anyone paying attention to the SXSW Film Festival — or, for that matter, the American independent film scene — will recognize plenty of names in this year’s lineup. Standup comedian-turned-filmmaker Mike Bibiglia follows his breakout hit "Sleepwalk With Me" with "Don’t Think Twice," the story of an improv group facing big changes, with a cast headlined by Keegan-Michael Key…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

New films from Mike Birbiglia ("Sleepwalk with Me"), Ti West ("The Innkeepers"), and a doc from studio exec-turned-director Susan Glatzer highlight the latest additions to SXSW’s feature film lineup, set to open March 11 with the world premiere of Richard Linklater’s "Everybody Wants Some…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Although Kenneth Lonergan’s "Manchester by the Sea" went unrecognized at Sundance’s awards on Saturday because it played out of competition — though Amazon’s $10 million deal for the film is still a nice consolation prize — it overwhelmingly dominated Indiewire’s annual Sundance Critics Poll…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Representing eight of the 10 films nominated for Original and Adapted Screenplay at this year’s Oscars, there’s a very good chance that at least one of the nine screenwriters on the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 2016 "It Starts with the Script" panel will be on stage at the Kodak Theatre later this month…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

The Women of Sundance 2016 [PHOTOS] + MORE

After Saturday’s awards and yesterday’s final screenings, the book has now been closed on Sundance 2016. So what should we take away from this annual Utah cinematic retreat?

One possible lasting impression: Women once again made some vital and lasting contributions to this year’s slate. Whether it was in front of the camera or as a director, writer, producer, editor or documentary subject (like Laura Albert, pictured above, from "Author: The JT LeRoy Story"), Sundance 2016 brought a variety of women to the attention of the film world…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

READ MORE: The 2016 Indiewire Sundance Bible: All the Reviews, Interviews and News Posted During The Festival

"All These Sleepless Nights"During a festival that saw multiple titles blur the lines of the traditional documentary, Michal Marczak’s "All These Sleepless Nights" made the strongest case for foregoing those genre distinctions altogether…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

Sundance Docs 2016: The People Who Made and Lived Them [PHOTOS] + MORE

This event is really one of the best at the festival. It’s fun to preach to the choir, and know that, of all the audiences we could ever ask for, to speak about why we do what we do, and how, you guys will truly get it. 

A producer friend told us a joke about what it’s like to be a producer: You throw an amazing party…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »

It takes a team to make a film. When that film is a documentary, it takes a very special kind of team. 

Sometimes documentary subjects are elusive enigmas, hard-to-pin-down talent that aren’t exactly willing participants. But there’s something magical about seeing all the people behind a great doc in one place, especially when they’re within hours of sharing their creation with the world for the first time…

Continue Reading On indiewire.com »