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Interview with Director Thiago Dadalt for 'DUKE' (2018) @ NVFF

  Thiago Dadalt Brazilian born Los Angeles, California resident Thiago Dadalt is an award-winning and celebrated writer, director and editor. He got his start in the entertainment business as a teenager by writing and directing plays in a Minas Gerais, Brazil. After moving to Sao Paolo at the age of 17, he got work as an editor for a production company then later as a 1st assistant director to high profile Brazilian advertising directors, of whose clients included Unilever, Merc...

Interview with Actor/Producer/Director Jeff Grace @ NVFF

Actor/Producer/Director Jeff Grace began his entertainment career on the stage at Improv/Olympic in Chicago, Illinois. After moving to LA, he wrote for IFC's The Henry Rollins Show then later went on to make performance appearances on major TV series Mad Men, How I Met Your Mother, Silicon Valley, Narcos and more. As producer, he his titles include: The Scenesters (2009), It's A Disaster (2012), Mothers & Daughters (2016) and Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2016), which was his di...

Interview with Writer/Director/Producer Vanessa Knutsen for 'Only Humans' (2018) at NVFF

Director Vanessa Knutsen Film still of Ivy Matheson and Micah Hauptman  Vanessa Knutsen's feature film Only Humans (2018), an arresting and lyrical tale about love in varying forms, is making its way around international film festivals; it most recently screened at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Known for her work on such high profile films as The Interpreter (2005), Maps to the Stars (2014) and The Deep End (II) (2008), Only Humans is her directorial debut.   Is the...

Interview with Mike Wozniak for SUMP (2017)

Mike Wozniak  Jeany Spark and Gemma Whelan in SUMP.  Actor Mike Wozniak, known for his work in TV series MAN DOWN (2013-2017) and THE MOONSTONE (2016), made his directorial debut with the short film SUMP (2017), a dark and ironic tale set in England after a tragic diving accident. The film screened at the 2018 Palm Springs International Shortfest.  I interviewed Mike about his experience making the film. Here is what he had to say:   Were the events in SUMP based on a...

Berlinale Special welcomes the regulars François Ozon, Fatih Akin...

Berlinale 2019: François Ozon, Marie Kreutzer, Denis Côté, Fatih Akin, Angela Schanelec, and Emin Alper in the Competition / Heinrich Breloer, Zoya Akhtar, and Charles Ferguson in the Berlinale Special   The first nine films have been selected for the Competition and the Berlinale Special of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.   Alongside the previously announced opening film, The Kindness of Strangers by Lone Scherfig, six productions and co-productio...

Juliette Binoche Will Head the 2019 Berlinale International Jury

The French actress and Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche will serve as president of the International Jury at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.   “I’m very pleased that Juliette is president of the 2019 International Jury. The festival shares a strong connection with her, and I’m very happy that she’ll be returning to the festival in this distinguished position,” says Dieter Kosslick, Director of the Berlinale.   “Thank you for t...

The 10 best up-and-coming actors from Europe selected for Shooting Stars in Berlin

  Ireland AISLING FRANCIOSI Sweden ARDALAN ESMAILI FYR of Macedonia BLAGOJ VESELINOV Poland DAWID OGRODNIK Denmark ELLIOTT CROSSET HOVE Germany EMMA DROGUNOVA Norway INE MARIE WILMANN Iceland KRISTIN THORA HARALDSDóTTIR Serbia MILAN MARIC Estonia REA LEST now in its 22nd year – will present ten of the best up-and-coming acting talents from Europe who are deemed ready to step...

LA Sparks Christine Simmons to come on board January 2019 as Academy COO

LA Sparks President and COO to come on board January 2019   The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named Christine Simmons to the position of Chief Operating Officer, it was announced today by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. Simmons, president and COO of the Los Angeles Sparks, will assume her new role in January, reporting directly to Hudson. Simmons will be responsible for the day-to-day management and enhancement of the Academy’s inter...

Dieter Kosslick Honoured With Special Medallion in Telluride

  Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick was honoured with the Special Medallion on September 2, 2018 at the 45th Telluride Film Festival. The well-known US film festival annually bestows the award on “a hero of cinema - an organization or individual - that preserves, honors and presents great movies”. Past recipients include the Criterion Collection, HBO, Ted Turner, Stanley Kauffmann, Manny Farber, Pierre Rissient, Leonard Maltin, Serge Bromberg and the UCLA Film & Televisi...

Dieter Kosslick has been the First Recipient of Force-of-Nature Filmmaking Award

  In 2018 the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab in Jerusalem — a programme to promote filmmakers’ projects launched by the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in 2011 — is presenting the Force-of-Nature Filmmaking Award for the first time. This annual award is conceived to honour extraordinary personalities committed to the development of world cinema.   Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick was its very first recipient. He will be presented with the Force-of-...

The Arsenal Board of Directors to Take On the Interim Leadership of the 2019 Berlinale Forum

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The board of directors of Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art e.V., which consists of Milena Gregor, Birgit Kohler and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, is to take on the interim leadership of the 2019 Forum (see also the press release from May 16, 2018).   Arsenal has organised the Forum as an independent section of the Berlinale since its very first edition in 1971 and its board of directors has been closely involved in the Forum’s selection process, conceptual development ...

Sundance Institute Announces Inaugural Class of Momentum Fellows

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  Reimagined Program Expands Former Women at Sundance Fellowship to Include Artists from Underrepresented Communities; Alexandria Bombach (On Her Shoulders) and Yance Ford (Strong Island) Among Artists Supported    Sundance Institute announced today the eight members of the inaugural class of the Momentum Fellowship, a full-year program of deep, customized creative and...

Interview with Weihnachtsfilmfestival's André Kirchner - Berlin's eclectic Christmas Film Festival

(© Teresa Vena)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The third annual Weihnachtsfilmfestival 2018 is right around the corner, running from Friday, December 21st to Monday, the 24th at Moviemento Kino Berlin. It may be centered around Christmas but don't be fooled, it's an eclectic mix of festive and not so festive films. Festival director André Kirchner says that although his first unconventional Christmas Film Festival in 2016 started out as an ...

Interview with Director Thiago Dadalt for 'DUKE' (2018) @ NVFF

  Thiago Dadalt Brazilian born Los Angeles, California resident Thiago Dadalt is an award-winning and celebrated writer, director and editor. He got his start in the entertainment business as a teenager by writing and directing plays in a Minas Gerais, Brazil. After moving to Sao Paolo at the age of 17, he got work as an editor for a production company then later as a 1st assistant director to high profile Brazilian advertising directors, of whose clients included Unilever, Mercedes-B...

Interview with Actor/Producer/Director Jeff Grace @ NVFF

Actor/Producer/Director Jeff Grace began his entertainment career on the stage at Improv/Olympic in Chicago, Illinois. After moving to LA, he wrote for IFC's The Henry Rollins Show then later went on to make performance appearances on major TV series Mad Men, How I Met Your Mother, Silicon Valley, Narcos and more. As producer, he his titles include: The Scenesters (2009), It's A Disaster (2012), Mothers & Daughters (2016) and Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2016), which was his director...

Focus Interview with Ingrid Jean-Baptiste, Founder of the Chelsea Film Festival

  The Chelsea Film Festival takes place in New York at the SVA Theatre each October. This international film festival founded by French actress Ingrid Jean-Baptiste, is dedicated to supporting emerging and independent films from around the world. We asked Ingrid a few questions about the festival... What led you to start the Chelsea Film Festival? Ingrid Jean-Baptiste : After a dreadful car accident on September 5th of last year, my acting c...

Jeannie Epper, Melissa Stubbs, and Lisa Hoyle to be honored at Artemis Women In Action Film Festival

Jeannie Epper, Melissa Stubbs, and Lisa Hoyle Artemis Women In Action Film Festival Proudly Announces Three World Class Stunt Honorees for Their 5th Edition. “ . . . I wouldn’t have wanted another job. I was chasing cowboys and jumping off buildings. That’s what I wanted to do. My dad wasn’t very happy. He was going to bring me up a lady. But when he died, he told his caregiver (and I can say this now that my brothers and sisters are all passed) that he wishe...

Jonathan Pryce will receive the 2018 Capri Hollywood – The International Film Festival’s "Legend Award"

The award-winning British actor Jonathan Pryce, who is receiving international acclaim for his extraordinary performance in Biorn Runge’s “The Wife,”  and expected in 2019 for his role as Pope Francis in Fernando Meirelles’ movie “The Pope,” will receive the 2018 Capri Hollywood – The International Film Festival’s "Legend Award" on December 30th on the Italian Island. The Festival’s 23rd edition, which runs from December 27, ...

Marguerite short-listed at Oscars!

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We are so excited to announce that one of the short films featured in our 2018 festival, "Marguerite" directed by Marianne Farley, has been short-listed for an Academy Award! Congrats to the filmmakers! We are honored to have featured your film in our festival!     Want to submit? Visit: https://www.nycindieff.com/submissions/submit ...

Spike Lee to Receive Career Achievement Award in Palm Springs

The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Spike Lee with the Career Achievement Award at its annual Film Awards Gala.  The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight, and presented by American Express, will be held on Thursday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-14.    "Spike Lee has been an outstanding warrior for equal rights ...

PSIFF will present Bradley Cooper with the Director of the Year Award for A Star is Born

  The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Bradley Cooper with the Director of the Year Award for A Star is Born at its annual Film Awards Gala.  The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight, and presented by American Express, will be held on Thursday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-14.    "Bradley Cooper ma...

Glenn Close to receive the Icon Award @ The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF)

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The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Glenn Close with the Icon Award at its annual Film Awards Gala for her performance in The Wife.  The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight and presented by American Express, will be held on Thursday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-14.   "Glenn Close is a rare and enduring talent who has c...

Introducing: Scenario by PR veterans Steven Wilson Ron Hofmann and Hayley Scheck Antonian

This week marks the start of a new communications company called Scenario. The new PR firm launcehed by Steven Wilson Ron Hofmann and Hayley Scheck Antonian embarks on a journey of providing the excellent PR, marketing and communications service that you would expect from each of the veterans co founders, combined with the nimble, client-focused, care, creativity and resourcefulness you would expect from a boutique firm.   Steven Wilson mentionned " We have partnered with reno...

3,600 donors to honour Piers's 36 years with TIFF

Dear Film Lover, After 36 years with TIFF, my friend Piers Handling is retiring. I’ve known and worked alongside Piers for so long now, it’s hard to know what to say. There are so many memories, and there is so much to be proud of. Under Piers's leadership, TIFF grew into a globally recognized film festival and one of the strongest cultural institutions in Canada. But it also grew into a community of film lovers that feel like an extended family to me and so many...

Say thank you to Piers Handling before he retires after 36 years with TIFF

Film Lover – I grew up in Thedford, Ontario, and when I moved to Toronto to pursue my love of film, I never imagined I’d get so lucky. In the first few weeks, I stumbled upon TIFF Cinematheque — a world-class cinema that’s become my second home. I was finally able to see the films I loved, and films I’d never heard of, on the big screen. I was enthralled. But even more than the films, what changed ...
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