Film Festival Programmers Speak in Favor of Hybrid Events in Coronavirus Year

The hybrid festival model, combining in-theater screenings and online playout, that emerged during coronavirus lockdown periods may help festivals reach a wider audience, said panelists at a Singapore International Film Festival talk on Wednesday. The transition from programming traditional festivals to putting together online ones initially posed tech problems, said Anderson Le, festival consultant and […]

Malaga Festival Director Juan Antonio Vigar on Spanish-Language Market Trends, Series, New Talent

Few figures in the Spanish film industry dress as formerly, or as well, as Malaga Intl. Film Festival director Juan Antonio Vigar. But then he takes his job very seriously indeed. While many other Spanish festival directors have more or less maintained the formats of their events, Vigar has innovated constantly since taking over in […]

Spain’s Malaga Festival Builds, Broadens in Reach, Industry Heft

Launched in 1998 to promote Spanish cinema, the Malaga Festival once promised a fantastic shot of Spring sunshine, a competition whose winners were maybe unlucky not to get to Cannes, an annual state of the business pronouncement from Spain’s producer association Fapae, and screaming fans around the red carpet, proving Spain had a new, TV-based […]

Zhang Yimou’s Censored ‘One Second’ to Debut at Government-Run Golden Rooster Festival

Zhang Yimou’s censored film “One Second” apparently now finds itself in the Chinese government’s good books: it has been given pride of place as the opener at the government-run Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival. The film was initially set to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2019. But its treatment of […]

Macao Festival Unveils Lineup for Fully Online Edition

Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut “Falling” and the already acclaimed Chinese film “The Cloud in her Room” form part of the 11-title competition section announced by the International Film Festival & Awards Macao. The festival will take place entirely online this year, running Dec. 3-8. The competition, which focuses on first and second films, also includes: […]

Locarno Film Festival Appoints Giona Nazzaro as Artistic Director

Italian film critic Giona A. Nazzaro, former head of the Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week, has been appointed the new artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival. His appointment comes just over a month after Lili Hinstin stepped down from the role in a shock departure. More to follow.   Variety

Edmund Yeo Makes In-Person Tokyo Festival Visit for ‘Malu’ Premiere

Due to ongoing travel restrictions, overseas guests have been in short supply at this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival. Malaysia’s Edmund Yeo is a rare exception. The filmmaker endured two-week quarantine in order to attend the world premiere of his “Malu,” a film which tracks a long-lasting discord between beautiful sisters, and unfolds in Malaysia […]

‘Cowboys’ and ‘Welcome to the USA’ Take Home Top Prizes at NewFest LGBTQ Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)

“Cowboys and “Welcome to the USA” were awarded the top prizes at the 32nd annual NewFest LGBTQ Film Festival. Top honors went to writer and director Anna Kerrigan for “Cowboys,” who took home the Grand Jury Prize for narrative feature, while director Assel Aushakimova’s “Welcome to the USA” won the Grand Jury Prize for international […]

Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘Another Round’ Wins Best Film at BFI London Film Festival

Thomas Vinterberg’s film “Another Round,” starring Mads Mikkelsen, has taken home the top prize at this year’s BFI London Film Festival. “Another Round” won the Audience Award for best film, while “The Painter and the Thief,” directed by Benjamin Ree won best documentary; Tommy Gillard’s “Shuttlecock” was the best short film and “To Miss the […]

Michel Audiard’s ‘Hidden Gem’ of French Post-War Noir, ‘The Night Affair,’ Showcased at the Lumière Festival

The hallmarks of screenwriter Michel Audiard – slang-laden dialogue, absurd situations and explosive confrontations – are all in evidence in Gilles Grangier’s “The Night Affair” (“Le Désordre et la nuit”), screening at the Lumière Film Festival as part of the program marking the centenary of Audiard’s birth. The celebration features 18 films scripted by Audiard, […]

Danny Trejo to Appear at Inaugural OndaLive! Chicano Festival

Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin and Paul Rodriguez are some of the celebs who are taking part in a new virtual Chicano cultural celebration. Marin and singer Marisol “La Marisoul” Hernandez of La Santa Celilia will co-host Ingeñuity’s OndaLive! Chicano Music + Culture Fest presented by AARP. The three-day fan gathering kicks off on Oct. 27. […]

Chloe Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ Selected to Open Denver Film Festival — Film News in Brief

Monday, Oct. 12 Denver Festival Schedules Drive-In Showings  The 43rd Denver Film Festival will open on Oct. 22 with a drive-in showing of Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland,” starring Frances McDormand, at the Red Rocks Park. The festival will be mostly virtual but will also hold drive-in showings of “Nine Days” as its Centerpiece title on Oct. 24 […]

‘Quo vadis, Aida?’ Wins International Competition at Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival

Jasmila Žbanić’s “Quo Vadis, Aida?” and Azra Deniz Okyay’s “Ghosts” won best film in the international and national competitions, respectively, at Turkey’s Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, the 57th edition of which concluded on Saturday. Unable to attend the festival due to the pandemic, Žbanić sent a video message in which she said: “This film […]

Oliver Stone, Viggo Mortensen, Mads Mikkelsen Brave Clampdown as Lyon’s Lumière Festival Opens On Site

“Ouf!” – “Phew!” in French: the sigh of relief was the first word to appear in the inaugural clip at the opening ceremony of Lyon’s Lumière Festival, which kicked off on Saturday night as the city was put on maximum alert amid the coronavirus pandemic. While attendance numbers are limited, cinemas remain open in France […]

Mill Valley Film Festival Steers Toward Drive-In Screening Experience

The 43rd iteration of the Mill Valley Film Festival may not look as it has in previous years due to COVID-19 with many of its sections navigating online, but that in no way detracts from what the fest, running Oct. 8-18, will and already has accomplished on the artistic front. One of Mill Valley’s most […]

China’s Pingyao International Film Festival Lineup Packed With Venice Titles, New Chinese Fare

The Pingyao International Film Festival, founded by Chinese helmer Jia Zhangke and former Venice head Marco Muller, has released its full lineup of global and local films. The selections in the two main sections focus on first or second features. The festival is set to take place from Oct. 10-19 in the ancient city of […]

James Cameron to Feature at Bristol’s Wildscreen Festival – Global Bulletin

In today’s Global Bulletin, James Cameron heads to Bristol for Wildscreen Festival, Cairo Film Festival moves its dates back a month, Canal Plus ups its stake in MultiChoice Group Ltd., Wheelhouse Entertainment announces a U.S. version of “The Wonderbox,” and Fugitive partners with MO Studios on two new series. FESTIVALS Wildscreen Festival today announced that […]

Cannes Announces Official Lineup for This Year’s Canceled Film Festival

Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch,’ Pixar’s ‘Soul’ and more. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] News

Kendall Jenner Agrees to Pay $90,000 in Fyre Festival Lawsuit

The lawsuit claims Jenner was paid $ 275,000 to post about Fyre Festival on Instagram. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] News

The Cannes Film Festival Has Officially Been Postponed — Again — Due to Coronavirus

France’s most prestigious film festival will no longer take place ‘in its original form.’ [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] News

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