Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Academy’s 2018 Student Award Competition Now Accepting Applicants

Student Winners Eligible for Oscar The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2018 Student Academy Awards competition. All Student Academy Award winners become eligible for Oscars consideration. For the fourth year, students are asked to submit their films online, using FilmFreeway, a widely used festival and competition platform. The U.S. competition is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students whose films are made within the curricular structure of […]

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Industry Master Calendar April 29, 2018 Film Festivals Here and Abroad

Welcome Below the Line Subscribers, The RiverRun Film Festival ends today, with the Independent Film Festival Boston 2018 continuing from last week until Wednesday, May 3rd. There are three different film festivals starting this week, from Connecticut all the way to the Czech Republic. Starting first is the International Festival of Animation, also known as Anifilm, in Trebon, Czechia. The New Haven International Film Festival begins Wednesday, with the Los […]

New Haven International Film Festival
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New Haven International Film Festival May 3rd through 5th

The New Haven International Film Festival celebrates its fourth annual year, with over 150 films covering a wide range of subjects such as Human Rights, Peace, Social Justice, LGBT, STRONG WOMEN, and many of the world’s inequalities and injustices, as well as narrative features, powerful documentaries, comedies, dramatic short films, amazing student films, animation, micro shorts and advertisements. NHIFF looks to inspire, inform, and empower the audience through some of […]

International Festival of Animated Films
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Anifilm 2018 – May 1st through 6th

Organized by the Citizens’ Association for the Support of Animated Film, the International Festival of Animated Films is exclusively celebrating animation with the goal of preserving and enhancing European cultural diversity. This festival is the only international competition festival of its kind in the Czech Republic. It introduces contemporary trends, methods, technologies and animation techniques, and supports well developed and brand new animation projects along with their authors, producers and […]

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
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Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival May 3rd through 12th

The 34th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is a key highlight of the annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month activities. The Festival is produced by Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, and has broad support from cinema artists and audiences alike. Since its founding in 1983, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has presented over 4,000 films, videos, and digital media works by Asian […]

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Backstabbing For Beginners Unveils Diplomatic Truths Within the United Nations

Back in 2012, Danish writer/director Per Fly (Drabet, The Inheritance) was introduced to Michael Soussan’s memoir Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy. The book is based on the true story of Michael Soussan, a former U.N. member and a first-hand witness to the 2002-2003 Oil-for-Food Program (OIP) scandal, within the United Nations. The OIP was specifically designed to feed hungry children in the Middle East. The scandal […]

Motion Picture Editors Guild

Motion Picture Editors Guild To Honor Lee Dichter, CAS with Fellowship & Service Award in New York

Lee Dichter. Photo credit: Sophie Dichter. This year, for the first time, the Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG) will be holding their award ceremony in New York. Legendary sound re-recording mixer, Lee Dichter, CAS, who is known for his work on Men In Black, Miller’s Crossing, Postcards from the Edge, Grey Gardens and more recently Doubt, The Reader and Julie & Julia, among many others, will be honored with the […]

Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dylan O'Brien, Director Wes Ball
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Director Series: Wes Ball Sheds Light on The Maze Runner Franchise

  In 2011, when an unknown short film entitled Ruin roamed the internet, it caught the attention of the studio executives at Fox, which led to the discovery of such a talent in Florida native, director Wes Ball. As Initial meetings ensued between the director and the studio, simultaneously someone had handed him The Maze Runner book and asked him what he would do with it. The newcomer immediately took […]

A Futile And Stupid Gesture
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David Wain Presents Netflix’s Homage to The National Lampoon in A Futile and Stupid Gesture

  Chronicling founder Doug Kenney’s creation of National Lampoon magazine, which ran from 1970 to 1998, David Wain’s Netflix feature, A Futile and Stupid Gesture (a phrase from Kenney’s Animal House feature film screenplay) offers a combination of show business success story and lovable romp, within a decidedly modest budget. “I had specific affinity for Doug Kenney’s work without really even knowing it,” said Wain of the comic mind which led to […]

Tiburon International Film Festival
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The Tiburon International Film Festival April 20th through 27th

The 17th annual Tiburon International Film Festival hosts a selection of independent feature and short films that range from dramas to comedies, musicals and student films. TIFF strongly believes in its motto:Understanding the World through Film, and uses this festival to create a platform for the independent filmmakers to express their talent and vision from any nation. It’s goal is one of cultural enrichment and heightened awareness through the medium of […]