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Eastwood to Receive Spirit of Independence Award at LA Film Fest

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Film Independent announced today that Academy Award(R)-winning actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood will receive this year's Spirit of Independence Award at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival. The Spirit of Independence Award will be given to Eastwood at a special event on Thursday, June 28, sponsored by Target. Tony Bennett, who is the focus of a new documentary for which Clint Eastwood serves as executive producer, will present Eastwood with this honor. The Spirit of Independence Award event is ...

Tribeca Alumni Premiere At Sundance

Tuesday, January 20----Three filmmakers, whose young careers have been nurtured by Tribeca All Access (TAA), the Tribeca Film Institute program, will have world premieres of their films at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The Tribeca All Access program,now in its fourth year, selects thirty directors and screenwriters from an open call for submissions and provides them with one-on-one meetings with industry insiders. The 2007 Tribeca All Access participants will be announced in early March. A...

Sundance Announces Competition Juries

Friday, January 19-----At its first Press Conference, the 2007 Sundance Film Festival announced the members of the six juries awarding prizes at the Festival, which opened last evening. The juries are made up of twenty-four individuals selected from the global film community, each of whom are bringing a broad range of experience and a unique perspective on film. The award winners will be announced on the evening of January 27 at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at the Park Cit...

US Festivals getting funded by the Oscars between 5 and 50k

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The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences alerted the Port Townsend Film Festival today that it was selected as one of 28 U.S. film festivals to receive grants for calendar year 2007, Festival Grants Committee Chair Gale Anne Hurd announced today. The Port Townsend Film Festival, which completed its seventh festival last month, will receive $5,000. The fund will be used to bring filmmakers to the eighth annual festival next year, according to Peter Simpson, execu...

Aspen Filmfest preview

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The 28th annual Aspen Filmfest runs September 26 through October 1, 2006, in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. For six days this resort valley’s favorite fall party will host advance previews of new films and award-winning documentaries from six of seven continents, as well as a tribute to Harrison Ford. With the chance to be among the first in the States to see some films, as well as enjoy highlights from the festival circuit, Aspen audiences will have the opportunity to vote for their ...

“STIFF Nights”is a monthly screening series of indies

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“STIFF Nights”is a monthly screening series of Truly Independent Films kicking off with a couple indie gems. On Wednesday, September 6th at The Rendezvous’ (6:30PM) STIFF will be previewing for the press and their guests; Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell and High Score - the two up and coming indie films that will kick off the STIFF Monthly screening series on Thursday, September 14th, and Friday October 13th at Central Cinema. Please accept this invitation to come check out these t...

Shriekfest, the Los Angeles Film Festival Awards

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Shriekfest, the Los Angeles Film Festival and Screenplay Competition announces it's 2006 official selections and screenplay finalists!!! This year's festival takes place Sept 22-24 and Sept 29-Oct 1 at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose in Hollywood CA. For more information visit www.shriekfest.com The 2006 Official Selections! Schedule will up soon."Night of the Leben Tod" directed by Eric Forsberg"Firefly" directed by Pete Marcy"Point of Contact" directed by Hank Stone"Neighborhood Watch" directe...

The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down wins 5 LA Indie Awards

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The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down has picked up five LA Indie Awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Indie Film and the Audience Award, it was announced today by filmmaker Paul Sapiano. The film also collected the Jury Prize for Best Indie Directing, Best Indie Film Editing, and the Ensemble Indie Cast Award. The accolades come on the heels of the wildly popular film’s sell-out world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2006, and a much buzzed-about limited engagem...

Kirby Dick on his latest film This Film Is Not Yet Rated

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Industry Editor Sandy Mandelberger sat down with veteran documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick, whose lastest film, THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED, is one of the most talked about at the Festival. The film is an eye-opening investigation into the secret works of the Motion Picture Association of America, the official ratings board for films that are released in theaters. THIS FILM IS NOT RATED features spectacular (and sometimes spectacularly funny) interviews with such prestigious filmmakers as John Wat...

Los Angeles Film Festival Awards

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Film Independent [FIND] announced the winners for the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival. With the prestigious Target Filmmaker Award of $50,000 going to Mark Banning for Best Narrative Feature, Jellysmoke. The Target Documentary Award for Best Documentary Feature was won by Beth Bird for Everyone Their Grain of Sand. Both these talented independent filmmakers received a $50,000 unrestrictive check with hope that this will assist in continuing their creative talents of filmmaking for the future.The...

Roundup of festival awards winners

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The current busy film festival season has harvested a bonanza of awards for worthy films at a number of film festival events. The Provincetown International Film Festival, which held its ninth and most successful session from June 14 to 19, announced a host of awards at its Gala Closing Night Party at the Boatslip Resort overlooking beautiful Cape Cod Bay.The Best Dramatic Feature prize was won by HEIGHTS, the multi-character drama starring Glenn Close and James Marsden. The film, directed by Ch...

True passion for filmmaking

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THE SHORT FILMS OF FIVE NEW YORK HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO HIT THE BIG SCREENS OF L.A. FOR A SECOND TIME.PET STORE, IF THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD - WHO NEEDS GOD,AND HARMONY WILL SCREEN AT THE LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL AGAIN ON JUNE 26TH.Filmmakers Mark Sanders, Thomas Schuster, Laura Caccavo, Carly Wolff, and Ashish Amin might be in their teens, but when it comes to filmmaking they are talented beyond their years.This weekend they inspired L.A. moviegoers when their films screened at the 11th Annual...

In the city of Angels, The Los Angeles Festival flies again

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IN THE CITY OF ANGELS, THE LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL FLIES AGAINThe Los Angeles Film Festival took wing with an ideal opener, the North American premiere of David Jacobson’s Down In The Valley at the Cinerama Dome, Hollywood on Thursday, June 16. With an excellent cast and strong performances, the film captures the valley’s famous slackness with an apt tobacco-stained tanginess. Nocturnal images of snaking highways act as rivers of light isolating valley dwellers from the world and, as in th...

Film critic Elvis Mitchell guest curator at LA fest

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ELVIS MITCHELL AS GUEST CURATOR FOR THE 2005 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVALJUNE 16 – 26, 2005Dawn Hudson, Executive Director of Film Independent (FIND), announced Elvis Mitchell as the Guest Curator for the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival, which runs Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, June 26, 2005. In this official position, Mitchell will be selecting a number of special screenings and moderating discussions for the 2005 festival. Mitchell joins Festival Director, Richard Raddon and Director of Pro...

George Clooney to Receive Inaugural Spirit of Independence Award

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At yhe upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival (June 16 – June 26) George Clooney will receive the inaugural Spirit of Independence Award, and the Festival premier sponsor has increased the cash prize of the Target Documentary Award to an unrestricted grant of $50,000. On Saturday, May 14, the festival will celebrate these announcements at the 2005 Festival de Cannes on the Budweiser Yacht from 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. The Spirit of Independence Award will be given to Clooney at a special event on J...

Nicktoons fest Jury announced

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EXTOONS: THE NICKTOONS FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL JUDGESNew York, NY -- (May 19, 2005) -- The second annual Nextoons: The Nicktoons Film Festival is pleased to announce the judges for this year's festival: Actor Mark Hamill, "Avatar: The Last Airbender"Co-Creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Director/AnimatorMike Gabriel, and Feature Storyboard Artist and winner of theProducer's Choice Award in the first Nicktoons Film Festival Elizabeth Ito. ...

Berlin Today Awards will select from 174 digital film entries

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Following Berlin Talent Campus 2004, a total of 174 filmmakers from 47 countries have submitted their entries for the Berlin Today Award 2005. As this year's Berlin Today Award (BTA) films travel from film festival to film festival for screening to audiences and filmmakers around the world, the three new films which will compete for the 2005 award to be announced on February 16, 2005 during the Berlinale Talent Campus are in the middle of postproduction. With the support of the Medienboard Berli...

Monster Road to LA IFP Fest

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LA Film Festival Draws Animators and Fans to MONSTER ROAD Animators, and other recluses, braved a daylight screening of the documentary MONSTER ROAD at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Tuesday 24th to enjoy a rare public appearance of cult animator Bruce Bickford. The new film is an affectionate and revealing biography that updates the public on the continuing work of an artist who transforms his fevered dreams into film art.Director Brett Ingram is a fellow animator whose lens volleys between ...

H Berry and S.L. Jackson co chair IFP/LA Fest

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HALLE BERRY, SAMUEL L. JACKSON Serve as Co-Chairs for 2004 IFP/LA Film Festival, Neil Young is Artist In ResidenceHalle Berry and Samuel L. Jackson are serveing as Honorary Co-Chairs for the 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival. Also, musician and filmmaker Neil Young is assisting as Artist in Residence for this year’s festival.“Both Halle Berry and Samuel L. Jackson have been able to use their stature in the industry to support independent film, the Spirit Awards, and now the Los Angeles Film Fe...

MIFF moves to spring away from MIFED dates

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MIFF, the International Film Festival of Milan strikes an independent pose by moving to a spring date, separating it from previous complementary relations of simultaneity with the market. Nicknamed the Sundance of Europe, MIFF has seen an upsurge in participants, attendance and media focus in its previous October runs right before MIFED. The new spring date will propel it to new heights by giving MIFF an exclusive spotlight. “Now that AFM is moving to November, MIFF’s early spring setting...

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