Monday, 21 January 2008


Nominations announced for inaugural 'Cinema Eye Awards' for Nonfiction Filmmaking

Into Great Silence" and "Manda Bala (Send A Bullet)" lead with six nominations each¥ Five nominations for "Lake Of Fire"¥ Presenting Sponsor IndiePix announces Audience Choice Award¥ Awards to be presented March 18 at the IFC Centre, New York CityNew York, US - 21 January, 2008 - Nominations for the inaugural Cinema Eye Honoursfor Nonfiction Filmmaking were announced today at the Sundance Film Festival by thetwo Co-Chairs of the Awards Thom Powers, the Documentary Programmer and filmmaker AJSchnack, in conjunction with the presenting sponsor - the leadingonline distributor of independent films. The Awards are named after therevolutionary group of young filmmakers led by pioneering documentarian DzigaVertov.

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BAFTA 2008- Who will be the grand winner?

Atonement has received 14 nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2008. No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood have each received 9 nominations and La Vie en Rose has received 7.

The Bourne Ultimatum has 6 nominations, with American Gangster, The Lives of Others and Michael Clayton receiving 5 nominations each.

Atonement has been nominated in the categories Best Film, Best British Film, Director for Joe Wright, Adapted Screenplay, Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Sound, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair. Keira Knightley and James McAvoy have been nominated for Leading Actress and Leading Actor, with Saoirse Ronan receiving a Supporting Actress nomination.

No Country for Old Men has received three performance nominations: Javier Bardem and Tommy Lee Jones have both been nominated for Supporting Actor, with Kelly Macdonald nominated for Supporting Actress. The film’s other nominations are for Best Film, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing and Sound, with the Coen brothers receiving a Director nomination.

Daniel Day-Lewis has been nominated for Leading Actor for his performance in There Will Be Blood, with a Supporting Actor nomination going to Paul Dano. The film also received nominations for Best Film, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Music, Cinematography, Production Design and Sound.

La Vie en Rose has been nominated for Film Not in the English Language, Music, Production Design, Sound, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair. Marion Cotillard has been nominated for Leading Actress for her portrayal of Edith Piaf.

Paul Greengrass has been nominated for Director for The Bourne Ultimatum, which has also been nominated for Best British Film, Cinematography, Editing, Sound and Special Visual Effects.

American Gangster has been nominated for Best Film, Original Screenplay, Music, Cinematography and Editing.

George Clooney has received a nomination for Leading Actor for his portrayal of the title role in Michael Clayton, which was also nominated for Original Screenplay and Editing. Tom Wilkinson has received a Supporting Actor nomination and Tilda Swinton has been nominated for Supporting Actress for this film.

The Lives of Others has been nominated for Best Film and Film Not in the English Language, as well as receiving nominations for Director, Original Screenplay and Leading Actor for Ulrich Mühe.

Cate Blanchett has received nominations for both Supporting and Leading roles in I’m Not There and Elizabeth: The Golden Age respectively. Elizabeth: The Golden Age also received nominations for Production Design, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair.

The remaining Leading Actress nominations go to Julie Christie for Away From Her and Ellen Page for Juno. Juno also received a nomination for Original Screenplay.

Viggo Mortensen has been nominated for Leading Actor for Eastern Promises, which has also been nominated as Best British Film. Philip Seymour Hoffman has received a Supporting Actor nomination for Charlie Wilson’s War.

Control has been nominated for Best British Film, with Samantha Morton nominated for Supporting Actress and writer Matt Greenhalgh has been nominated for The Carl Foreman Award.

The other nominees for The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer for their First Feature Film are Chris Atkins (Taking Liberties), Mia Bays (Scott Walker: 30 Century Man), Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) and Andrew Piddington (The Killing of John Lennon).

This is England has been nominated for Best British Film and Original Screenplay

Joining The Bourne Ultimatum in the Special Visual Effects category are The Golden Compass, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Spider-Man 3 and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which has also been nominated for Production Design.

Make Up & Hair nominations have gone to Hairspray and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which has also been nominated for Costume Design.

The nominees for the Animated Film award are Ratatouille, Shrek the Third and The Simpsons Movie.

The nominees for the Orange Rising Star Award, announced earlier this month, are Shia LaBeouf, Sienna Miller, Ellen Page, Sam Riley and Tang Wei. This audience award is voted for by the British public and presented to a young actor or actress who has demonstrated exceptional talent and ambition.

The Orange British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 10 February at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. They will be hosted by Jonathan Ross for the second year running.


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B3 ‘supercharges’ revolutionary feature film project for Film4

B3 seeks to redefine the notion of ‘British Cinema’and is looking for the next distinctive British feature film.
B3 FeatureLab is an innovative 12-month feature film development initiative created by B3 Media in partnership with the Binger Film Lab, Film4 and Skillset.
B3 FeatureLab aims to fast forward the filmmaking process for people who are ready to make the leap to a full-length feature film for commercial release. Not everyone will get that far but we’ll help you give it your best shot.
The B3 FeatureLab will kick off with a ‘discovery training week’ in London where you’ll develop a treatment and extended story outline. You’ll also get the chance to discuss your aspirations and hopes with executives from Film4, key industry figures and international filmmakers.
We’re particularly interested in writers, directors or writer/director teams, from black and minority ethnic backgrounds currently under-represented in film and TV. We’re also looking for talent from radio, TV, theatre and visual arts. If you understand the building blocks of drama and narrative and have something different to say, then we want to hear from you.
If you submit your idea, we’ll choose the ones to get hands-on support from some of the best film professionals around. Whether it’s script development, production, marketing or distribution, we’ll be covering all aspects of getting a feature film from idea to TV or the big screen.
But you’ll need to be quick.

The deadline for applications isMonday 4 February 2008

For further information check out our website:

If you have any further queries, please call us0207 274 2121


Raindance Film Festival 2008 is now open for submissions.

If you have a short, documentary or feature you would like to be considered for this year's festival 1-12 October, please send it in!Details and instructions of how to submit

iDOCs to host Pangea Day event in London!

Submit Your Film!

Submissions close February 15, 2008.

Pangea Day :: Call for Entries

If you had the world’s attention for just a few minutes, what story would you tell? On May 10, the opportunity is yours.

We’re looking for short films that will make people laugh, pause and think. They can be fiction, non-fiction, real-life, or animation.

Above all, they should tell a story that someone else on the other side of the world will be able to relate to.

We will be offering a $3000 licensing fee to every featured Pangea Day filmmaker.

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Dear Members, Friends and Colleagues,
The New Producers Alliance is writing to voice it's concern at the current restructuring of the arts departments within the British Council and the consequent closure of the film department.
As you are probably well aware the British Council Film Department has provided essential services to the independent filmmaking community and it is out of respect for the work of the department that we are writing.The film department was already forced to take on a staff reduction last year so this would not appear to be an isolated attempt to dilute it's operations.
I would urge you to e-mail your concerns over the removal of the film department, the restructuring and the lack of public and industry consultation to (CEO) and (Head of Arts)
I would also urge those of you who are members of other membership organisations to pass on these concerns to your organisation and it's membership.

These proposals are being implemented as we write and I would urge you to act quickly.

Filmmakers look to Sundance buying spree


Richard Leacock To Receive Outstanding Achievement Award At Hot Docs 2008

Hot Docs, the major Canadian documentary festival, has announced that filmmaker Richard Leacock will be the recipient of its Outstanding Achievement Award, at this year's festival, running from 17th - 27th April. As part of the honour, the festival will screen a retrospective celebrating his triumphant career during the festival, now in its 15th edition.Hot Docs will also present its Doc Mogul Award, which is given to an individual who, over the course of his or her career, has made an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry, both in their home countries and abroad. This year, Hot Docs will fete the BBC’s Nick Fraser for embodying all the qualities one would expect from a “doc mogulâ€. A key figure in the international documentary community, Fraser will be presented with his award at a special event during the Hot Docs Festival.For more details see

iDOCs- Check it out!!!

iDOCs is a hub for activist filmmakers and the grass-roots NGO community. As a non-profit organisation we run a series of Media education and training conferences, mini-workshops and screenings for Non Governmental (NGO) and volunteer based organisations. The primary focus is to give you the tools so that you can …Create the Change.