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Nyff: How America’s Smartest Festival Can Make or Break the Quest for Oscars

29 September 2017 2:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying,” starring Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne as a trio of Marine vets, met a mixed reception opening night at the 55th New York Film Festival, as attendees of the glittery opening-night gala at Alice Tully Hall read the trade reviews at the Tavern on the Green afterparty.

As a platform, the Nyff is alluring. Not only does it provide Oscar-level prominence, but there’s an element of auteurist approval: It’s the sophisticated American festival that truly loves film for film. However, that’s also one of the reasons that it can be a bigger risk: Like Cannes, highbrow festivals often mean critics with highbrow expectations. And when they aren’t met, the fall can seem extra-steep.

Nyff Director Kent Jones, who calls awards season a “cottage industry,” doesn’t even track the festival’s Oscar record; getting picked for the Nyff is its own reward. »

- Jenna Marotta

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Variety Launching Animation Is Film Festival With Annecy and Gkids

16 June 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Producer and distributor Gkids, the Annecy International Animation Festival, and Variety magazine are partnering to launch Animation Is Film, an annual event in Los Angeles. The first edition will run Oct. 20-22 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatre in Hollywood.

The inaugural event will showcase 20 programs including feature films in competition, special presentations, retrospectives, and short film programs.

The festival aims to fill a gap in the U.S. market by establishing a world-class animation festival on par with major events in Europe and Asia. Located in the world capital of animated filmmaking, the festival will be a showcase for excellence in animation and for filmmakers who push the boundaries of their art.

Championing and supporting women filmmakers and filmmakers from a wide range of cultural, economic, and national and geographic backgrounds will also be a key mission of the festival.

Gkids has scored nine animated feature Oscar nominations, with films »

- Variety Staff

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