April 24, 2014

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Jon Fitzgerald is the new Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival

The Hollywood Film Festival announces the appointment of Fest veteran Jon Fitzgerald as Executive Director of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Festival.
“Jon’s experience in the online, film festival, and worldwide film communities will be a great asset to the growth and new direction of our Festival,” said Carlos de Abreu, founder of the Hollywood Film Festival.
As a co-founder and former executive director of Slamdance, AFI Fest, Santa Barbara and Abu Dhabi film festivals among others. In addition, in 2012 he launched CineCause, a philanthropic platform, connecting socially relevant films to related causes.
Fitzgerald will be working closely with festival founder Carlos de Abreu, and will be in charge of development, artistic direction, programming, marketing and overall Festival management, as well as the Hollywood Gives Back® Project.

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The Festival is excited about the integration of several new components for the 2013 edition, led by Fitzgerald. One of the core missions has always been to “bridge the gap” between Hollywood and the global creative community. The Festival will take this concept to the next level with the new Hollywood Network® program. With film presentations taking place in the heart of Hollywood, the Festival presents a valuable screening platform for independent filmmakers, while providing for access to the studios and industry at large. The event will initiate a series of meetings between independent filmmakers and Hollywood industry professionals.
In addition, the Festival will combine sister organization Hollywood Gives Back® with CineCause, showcasing the other side of Hollywood, celebrating the Industry’s creative artists who have supported causes around the world. These efforts will be presented through the CineCause Spotlight section of the Festival, connecting social impact films with related causes.
The third new element will take place online. With filmmakers always looking for broad exposure, this year the Festival is pleased to be offering a select number of short films to Internet audiences, providing streaming opportunities to industry professionals and the online community.
“I’m very excited to have the chance to build on the success of the Hollywood Film Festival, and look forward to incorporating these new elements. Filmmakers will have opportunities to expand their connections, leverage entertainment to recognize important causes and broaden their reach to the online community, here in the film capital of the world,” says Fitzgerald.
The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Festival is now open for submissions in the follow genres: Features (all genres [...]

Hot Docs Announces 28 Films in Special Presentations Program

Hot Docs is pleased to announce 28 documentary features that will be part of the Special Presentations program at the 2013 Hot Docs Festival, April 25 to May 5.
The program will include three world premieres: AJ Schnack’s CAUCUS, a behind-the-scenes look at the Republican candidates of the Iowa caucus; Barry Avrich’s PREPARE FOR THE WORST, a portrait of comedy icon David Steinberg; and Gus Holwerda’s THE UNBELIEVERS, which follows Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss as they spread the word about the importance of science and reason.
Award-winners from the recent international festival circuit include BLOOD BROTHER (Grand Jury Prize: Documentary, and Audience Choice Award: Documentary, Sundance 2013), GIDEON’S ARMY (Documentary Editing Award, Sundance 2013), PUSSY RIOT-A PUNK PRAYER (World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize, Sundance 2013), THE MACHINE WHICH MAKES EVERYTHING DISAPPEAR (World Cinema Directing Award: Dramatic, Sundance 2013), and WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? (World Cinema Cinematography Award: Documentary, Sundance 2013).
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The program will also present a special 20th anniversary screening of THE WAR ROOM, with filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus in attendance.
The full selection of films to screen at Hot Docs 2013 will be announced on March 19, including the 2013 opening night film.
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Drumroll… Sundance Film Festival Awards Announced

Sundance Film Festival announces the 2013 awards. Congratulations award winners!
U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic – Fruitvale
U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary – Blood Brother
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic – Jiseul
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary – A River Changes Course
Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic – Metro Manila
Audience Award: World Cinema: Documentary – The Square
Audience Award: U. S. Dramatic presented by Acura – Fruitvale
Audience Award: U.S. Documentary presented by Acura – Blood Brother
Audience Award: Best of NEXT – This is Martin Bonner
Directing Award: U. S. Dramatic – Afternoon Delight
Directing Award: U. S. Documentary – Cutie and the Boxer
Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic – Crystal Fairy
Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary – The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear
Cinematography Award: World Cinema Dramatic – Lasting
Cinematography Award: U. S. Documentary – Dirty Wars
Cinematography Award: U. S. Dramatic – Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Cinematography Award: U. S. Dramatic – Mother of George
Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary – Who Is Dayani Cristal?
U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking – Inequality for All
U. S. Documentary Special Jury award for Achievement in Filmmaking – American Promise
U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting – Miles Teller & Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now
U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Sound Design – Shane Carruth & Johnny Marshall, Upstream Color
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award – Circles
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Punk Spirit – Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer
Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary – The Summit
Editing Award: U. S. Documentary – Gideon’s Army
Screenwriting Award: World Cinema Dramatic – Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic – In A World…
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize – Computer Chess
Short Film Grand Jury Prize – The Whistle
Short Film Jury Award: US Fiction – Whiplash
Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction – The Date
Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction – Skinningrove
Short Film Jury Award: Animation – Irish Folk Furniture
Short Film Special Jury Award for Acting – Joel Nagle, Palimpsest
Short Film Special Jury Award – Kahlil Joseph, Until the Quiet Comes
Short Film Audience Award, Presented by YouTube – Catnip: Egress to Oblivion
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Robert Redford on Sundance Film Festival, Awards Live Stream and More

Day Nine of the Festival was dominated by a film that garnered significant conjecture even prior to its Friday night premiere at Eccles.
Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad offered a pair of thoughtful and idiosyncratic performances portraying Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in Joshua Michael Stern’s poignant biopic, jOBS.
Also featured on the eve of closing night coverage is the first-ever adaptation of a David Sedaris story in Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s slick drama C.O.G…
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Sundance Film Festival: Toy’s House, Meet Brie Larson, Live Streams, Photos, and More – Day 8

Isaiah Washington Thrills in Blue Caprice, Toy’s House Teems with Nostalgia
Day Eight of our 2013 Sundance Film Festival coverage examines an incongruent slate of films in terms of both style and story. Alexandre Moors’ taut sniper thriller Blue Caprice manages a slick recreation of the Beltway sniper rampage, while Jordan Vogt-Roberts crafts a thoughtful coming-of-age comedy with Toy’s House.
Also featured is first-timer Randy Moore’s enigmatic and provocative drama Escape From Tomorrow …
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Sundance Film Festival: The Morning After ‘The East,’ ‘We Steal Secrets,’ ‘Volunteer Love,’ Photos, and More… – Day 7

Exploring Film Music and the Phenomenon of Julian Assange. Also known as Volunteer Appreciation Day in deference to the 1,800+ charitable men and women who are the oil to the Festival machine—featured a pair of discussions about music’s vital role in film and the premiere of We Steal Secrets, a shocking exploration into the phenomenon that is Julian Assange.
A whopping 27 panelists participated in a panel titled “Music and Film: The Creative Process,” which gathered directors and composers for a dialogue about the chemistry of their crafts…
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Sundance Film Festival: Shorts Awards Ceremony, Cutie and the Boxer, and In a World – Day 6

The closing days of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival are imminent, indicated by a flurry of awards ceremonies on Day Six. Our annual favorite, the always irreverent Shorts Awards were held last night at Jupiter Bowl, where 7 awards were distributed on the merits of animation, acting, and more.
Zachary Heinzerling?s Cutie and The Boxer, an intimate portrait of famous boxing painter Ushio Shinohara, and In a World…, Lake Bell?s charming depiction of the voice-over industry, also both screened for Park City audiences
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Upstream Color, Narco Cultura, Women at Sundance, and Digi Distribution Tips

Shane Carruth’s pleasantly incomprehensible Dramatic Competition entry Upstream Color—his highly-anticipated follow up to the 2004 Grand Jury Prize winner Primer—delivered yet again and on an even more enigmatic level on Monday.
Also featured in our Day Five coverage is Shaul Schwarz’s jarring and disturbing depiction of Mexican drug cartels and the appalling glamorization of their work in local culture. Revisit all of the highlights from Day Five of the Sundance Film Festival.
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Sundance Film Festival: Backup Singers Front and Center, Delpy and Hawke Return with Before Midnight – Day 4

Rounding out our weekend coverage was the third installment in Richard Linklater?s ?Before? series (Before Midnight), which revisits Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine?s (Julie Delpy) protracted love story nine years after the events of Before Sunset.
Day Four also featured a soulful offering of performances from the subjects of early Sundance favorite Twenty Feet From Stardom, and the stirring premiere of the Documentary Premieres film Linsanity
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Sundance Film Festival: “Fruitvale” Recounts BART Police Shooting, Doremus Premieres “Breathes In” – Day 3

Day Three of the Sundance Film Festival ushered in three highly-anticipated premieres, appearances from Michael B. Jordan and Kaya Scodelario at Cinema Café, and the annual Directors Brunch at Sundance Resort.
Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale and Drake Doremus’ Breathe In made their world premieres, while Valentine Road emerged as another important voice in the ongoing public dialogue about gun control. Relive the first Saturday of the Festival through our on-the-ground coverage of Day Three.
Sundance is dispatching its writers to daily screenings and events to capture the 10 days of festivities during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. To read more about Sundance Film Festival.
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