First Look at Michael Fassbender in Tomas Alfredson’s ‘The Snowman’

It’s been over half-a-decade since we last saw the work of Tomas Alfredson on screen — his stellar follow-up to Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy — but he’s finally returning in 2017 with one of our most-anticipated films of the year. His latest feature is The Snowman, an adaptation of Jo Nesbø‘s novel, which also stars Rebecca Ferguson and Charlotte Gainsbourg, and follows Fassbender as detective Harry Hole who, upon finding a pink scarf on a snowman, searches for the missing woman.

“It’s got that Scandi-noir element to it, for sure. I think it’s going to be very rich. I love working with Tomas Alfredson. He’s an absolutely great filmmaker. And I think it’s going to be scary, and I think it’s going to be edge-of-the-seat stuff. I like it because Harry Hole’s a very flawed genius in his department of work.
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Tomas Alfredson, Pernilla August, Svt Link for ‘Bergman Revisited’

Goteborg — Tomas Alfredson, Pernilla August, Lisa Aschan and Jane Magnusson are among local filmmakers participating in “Bergman Revisited” – a series of new short films by Swedish directors, inspired by Bergman’s spirit and universe and backed by the Swedish Film Institute and Swedish pubcaster Svt.

Celebrating the centenary of Ingmar Bergman’s birth in 2018, “Bergman Revisted” will also feature shorts by Lisa Aschan and Jane Magnusson.

The centenary of Swedish legendary director Ingmar Bergman’s birth in 2018 looks set to spark major centenary events, one of the biggest being “Bergman Revisited, which was presented Monday at Sweden’s 40th Göteborg Film Festival by the chairman of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, Jan Holmberg. Also presenting were Swedish directors Tomas Alfredson, Jesper Walderstam and Jane Magnusson. The local filmmakers, six in all, will tap Sek 1 million ($110,000) from the Institute and Svt to make the films.

As Swedish producer and editor of Svt
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Get Charmed With The Quirky Trailer For Swiss Romcom Recycling Lily

Released in Swiss cinemas back in November, Recycling Lily looks to be the sort of film that very rarely travels internationally but I really wish would: A quirky, crowd pleasing romantic comedy executed with bags of style. In many ways what I see here from Pierre Monnard's debut feature reminds me a great deal of Swedish director Patrik Eklund (Flimmer) and it will likely run into the same sort of issues finding an international audience: It's too mainstream for the festival crowd and yet too odd to become a major crossover hit. Here's how Monnard describes the story:This offbeat comedy tells the story of a perfection-obsessed Bin Inspector, Hansjörg Sthäli, who falls for the wrong girl, Lily Frei, a charming waitress at his local diner...

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Karma Issues A Dire Warning In Clip From Patrik Eklund's Syndromeda

Patrik Eklund needs no introduction around these parts, the dry wit of the Oscar nominated Swedish director making him a big favorite right from his earliest short films. Eklund's debut feature, Flicker, was a major winner at Fantastic Fest last year and he's since shifted back into the world of shorts with a new piece - once again showcasing his typical darkly absurd comedy and love for fluffy kittens - titled Syndromeda.Soon to go out on the festival circuit there's an extended clip from the film online to whet the appetite. Take a look below....

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Mitchell Block Direct: Short Films -- Oscar-Expectations

Vol. I Issue 10 February 2013

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As this last weekend approached I was faced with marking my Academy Award ballot. This process is always really difficult. How does one sort out the “best” film or accomplishment of five or nine in the case of the Best Picture? For me it has been over 30 years of screenings. Thousand of films. Some really great films and many not so great. I also try to think what it means to be one of the nominees. What was the off-screen story but always more importantly what their contribution was to the work and how the film compares to others. What’s great about short films is that they can be made for almost nothing by a few filmmakers without a large budget, crew or cast.

The Academy has three nomination categories for films less than 41 minutes in length: short fiction, documentary and animation. Once nominated, there are public screenings and panels to celebrate the nominated films at the Academy in Beverly Hills. A group photograph of all the nominees is taken with a large Oscar in the lobby of the Academy headquarters. It is really a wonderful experience.

It wasn’t always like that. There were no special celebrations for the short or documentary films until the l980s. While the Foreign Language films had their seminar, nothing was done for these films. We tried to remedy that in the 1980s and started the Direct Cinema receptions and screenings with UCLA, USC and, a few years later, the Ida sponsored “Docuday” and the Academy started doing an annual reception for the shorts and documentary filmmakers. Today the Academy’s evening receptions for the short films, animated features (a relatively new Oscar category) and the documentaries are annual sell-out events. The filmmakers and their works are celebrated and it has become a highlight of the Oscar week for the filmmakers and those associated with the films.

When I first became a member of the Academy the short films and animation branch was headed by a number of extraordinary talents: T Hee, Saul Bass and June Forey. These three remarkable artists represented classic Disney animation (T. Hee), fiction and narrative short films (Saul Bass), and the television and theatrical films (June Forey, who voiced hundreds of characters.)

Saul Bass articulated the branch’s membership policy, “We want them to be part of our branch.” This liberal interpretation allowed documentary filmmakers like Ken Burns as well as voice artists and creatives like Stan Friedberg (and June Forey) to be part of a group that included IMAX filmmakers as well as classic character animation directors, colorists, layout artists, producers and other key short film and animation filmmakers. The animation filmmakers represent both the studio animators and the independent animators who work globally doing personal work as well as studio work. Other governors from 1979 to the present have included Hal Elias, who served on the Academy board for 37 years and was a short film publicist for MGM among other things; Bill Littlejohn, who worked on over 90 films as an animator ranging from Charley Brown, Peanuts Christmas Specials to working with the Hubleys’; Bill Scott, who acted and wrote over a hundred animated films, and Carl Bell, who worked on over 35 films at Disney in its animation department.

Unlike most of the other branches, the Short Films branch screens all of the submitted films in 16mm and 35mm and now in Digital Cinema, in an effort to find and nominate the best short films produced in the world. The branch rules allowed films to qualify in an effort to encourage more international entries in the 1990s by taking a first prize at key festivals in addition to the method that all Academy films can use to qualify, a theatrical week long (now three day for shorts) run in a theater in Los Angeles County. Branch screenings were expanded to New York to permit more members to participate in the nomination process in the 1990s. The final short listed screenings are in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Over one-third of the branch participates in the voting. The best change took place this year, sending DVD screeners to all Academy members of the short live action and animated nominated films. While this still won’t force members to watch them, members can’t claim they can’t see them. This is not only great for the branch but great for the nominated filmmakers. Who would not want to screen their short film for Academy members?

The process of the branch for selecting Nominees has remained unchanged for years—members screen the films in a theater rather than on DVDs, which is how the Documentary branch is dealing with the flood of feature docs and their unwillingness to trust committees. Nothing beats seeing films projected on a large screen with perfect sound and that is now lost. In a two step process, a committee (self selected from the branch membership) screens the films and the 15 films with the highest scores are short listed. The short listed films are then screened again and members vote.

The current Short Film Branch governors are Jon Bloom (pictured with the 2007 nominees), a 1983 fiction short nominee, filmmaker, editor and producer who chairs the branch, animator and Disney Creative Head and multi-Oscar winner, John Lasseter, and William "Bill" Kroyer,an award-winning director of animation and computer graphics commercials, short films, movie titles and theatrical films and faculty member Chapman College.

One of the challenges for the branch is how to grow live action producing members. With the addition of feature animation to the awards and the large number of feature animation films being released, the branch would like to have the most qualified animators to become members. The number of animators grows at a far faster rate than that of the live action filmmakers since only a few live action filmmakers can qualify for membership. The commercial success of animated features, the long production schedules and the large number of animators who work in qualifying positions allows for six plus individuals per picture to be eligible for membership. With five nominees a year, the number of individuals who can play a key role in two or three features becoming eligible for membership can easily approach 30 plus individuals annually. Add in the short animation nominees and competition for the limited new slots allocated to the branch can be brutal. The talent pool of animators is both astonishingly strong and suggests that Hollywood can easily double production from the 15 or so films made annually to 25 or 30 without having to compromise on talent.

Many of the filmmakers in the branch who make their Oscar nominated or winning live action short have made or are interested in making feature length works. A number of recent nominees or winners have made that transition. The following list looks at all of the live action nominees from 2001 to 2011, using the Internet Movie Database I looked up each nominee and listed what they reported they were doing professionally. Obviously, this is not intended to show everything. In each case, I listed credits or summarized credits shown in the IMDb listing.

Some observations about 11 years of Live Action Short Film Academy Award Nominees:

There were 86 nominations (out of a possible 110) This is because in some years only three films were nominated and in some cases only one filmmaker from a film was eligible for a nomination. Non-us based filmmakers dominate this category. Despite the huge number of short films being made annually in the Us, a majority of the nominated films come from filmmakers based abroad. In part this is due to the government subsidies available, but it is also due to the strong training programs, commercial support for the short films and a rich tradition of theatrical shorts. This year (2012) four of the five films in the live action category are from Us filmmakers. This is an unusual year. Few filmmakers have more than one nomination, only a handful of the nominees have made multiple Academy worthy short films. As one might expect, many of the filmmakers have continued their film work in television, some in features. The European Oscar winners (vs nominees) have done better at snagging features after a win than have their American counterparts. Again, this is likely a function of government support for entry features. Perhaps one of the short films seem to have been turned into a feature (or television) film. Some of the short films are intended to be sizzle reels for features, but it is not clear why so few of the nominated short films have been turned into features. A number of the Oscar winners have not continued working in film. No record of future productions are shown on IMDb. It would be interesting to see what they are doing now. Two of the Oscar winners have written critically award winning screenplays, one received two Academy Award nominations for his screenwriting. None of these nominees have gone on to win Oscars in directing or producing for feature films.

The data is from the Academy and the IMDb databases.

Apologies in advance, if credits were missed or other factual errors were made. In a week we’ll be able to add this year's winner.

2001 (74th)

Short Film (Live Action) (* won Academy Award)

*the accountant -- Ray McKinnon: Two Features: Randy and the Mob 2007 and Crystal 2004 Lisa Blount: Produced these features. Copy Shop -- Virgil Widrich Gregor's Greatest Invention -- Johannes Kiefer A Man Thing (Meska Sprawa) -- Slawomir Fabicki, Two Features: Loving 2012, Retrieval 2006 (Also wrote) Bogumil Godfrejow Has shot multiple features Speed for Thespians -- Kalman Apple, Shameela Bakhsh

2002 (75th)

Short Film (Live Action)

Fait D'Hiver -- Dirk Beliën, Anja Daelemans produced Comrade Kim Goes North I'll Wait for the Next One... (J'Attendrai Le Suivant...) -- Philippe Orreindy, Thomas Gaudin Inja (Dog) -- Steven Pasvolsky Feature, Deck Dogz Joe Weatherstone, produced episodic television. Johnny Flynton -- Lexi Alexander, directed 3 features: Lifted, Punisher: War Zone and Green Street Hooligans Alexander Buono as a Dp has shot series and features *This Charming Manon (Der Er En Yndig Mand) -- Martin Strange-Hansen, Mie Andreasen produced both features, series and documentaries.

2003 (76th)

Short Film (Live Action)

Die Rote Jacke (The Red Jacket) -- Florian Baxmeyer Multiple television films and series Most (The Bridge) -- Bobby Garabedian, William Zabka Mr. Zabka has appeared as an actor in numerous films and television shows Squash -- Lionel Bailliu Features: Fair Play and Denis (in post) (A) Torzija [(A) Torsion] -- Stefan Arsenijevic Directed: Lost and Found, Love and Other Crimes, and Do Not Forget Me Istanbul *Two Soldiers -- Aaron Schneider,Asc (Cinematographer numerous credits) and feature, Kiss the Girls, Andrew J. Sacks Series The Closer (98 episodes) and Major Crimes.

2004 (77th)

Short Film (Live Action)

Everything in This Country Must -- Gary McKendry Directed Killer Elite, Joseph and the Girl Little Terrorist -- Ashvin Kumar Produced and Directed features (2) and documentaries (2) 7:35 in the Morning (7:35 de la Mañana) -- Nacho Vigalondo Directed and written multiple films, series, shorts Two Cars, One Night -- Taika Waititi, Acted and directed and written multi television and films Ainsley Gardiner Nz based producer of multiple shorts, television and feature films *Wasp -- Andrea Arnold Actor, director and writer of numbers films, television programs

2005 (78th)

Short Film (Live Action)

Ausreisser (The Runaway) -- Ulrike Grote Ms. Grote has acted in over 42 programs, features, television series and films Cashback -- Sean Ellis, Director/Writer Metro Manila, The Broken Lene Bausager Producer, The Broken, Ginger and Rosa The Last Farm -- Rúnar Rúnarsson, Director/Writer Volcano, Thor S. Sigurjónsson Produced multiple features Our Time Is Up -- Rob Pearlstein, Director/Writer multiple television and a feature Pia Clemente Producer, documentaries *Six Shooter -- Martin McDonagh Writer/Director Seven Psychopaths, In Bruges

2006 (79th)

Short Film (Live Action)

Binta and the Great Idea (Binta Y La Gran Idea) -- Javier Fesser, no other credits shown Luis Manso Produced multiple features Éramos Pocos (One Too Many) -- Borja Cobeaga Writer, multi films and television series Helmer & Son -- Søren Pilmark no other credits, Kim Magnusso Producer over 100 film, television films (4 Best Short Film Academy Award nominations) Won for Ernst & Lyset The Saviour -- Peter Templeman, no other credits Stuart Parkyn, Producer, multi-short film credits *West Bank Story -- Ari Sandel Director, one short, one documentary

2007 (80th)

Short Film (Live Action)

At Night -- Christian E. Christiansen, Directed, Features and television series Louise Vesth Producer, multi features Il Supplente (The Substitute) -- Andrea Jublin

*Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets) -- Philippe Pollet-Villard Actor and director short films, a television film

Tanghi Argentini -- Guido Thys, Director, Multiple television series Anja Daelemans, nominated for 2 Short Film nominations (Gridlock, 2002) Producer/Pm various The Tonto Woman -- Daniel Barber, Directed The Keeping Room, Harry Brown Matthew Brown Produced 2 shorts

2008 (81st)

Short Film (Live Action)

Auf der Strecke (On the Line) -- Reto Caffi Manon on the Asphalt -- Elizabeth Marre, Director, Television series Olivier Pont Director, Television series New Boy -- Steph Green, Director Run and Jump Tamara Anghie Producer Run and Jump The Pig -- Tivi Magnusson, Producer Over 64 titles many short films, Dorte Høgh Writer multiple series, (Directed The Pig) *Spielzeugland (Toyland) -- Jochen Alexander Freydank Producer of multiple television series

2009 (82nd)

Short Film (Live Action)

The Door -- Juanita Wilson, Director As If I Am Not There James Flynn Multiple Producer credits for over 50 titles, television and theatrical Instead of Abracadabra -- Patrik Eklund, Director, Television film and feature Mathias Fjellström Kavi -- Gregg Helvey Miracle Fish -- Luke Doolan, Multiple credits as editor Drew Bailey Multiple credits as Assistant Director *The New Tenants -- Joachim Back, no other credits shown as a director, Tivi Magnusson This is Mr. Magnusson’s first Academy Award and second nomination. See 2008.

2010 (83rd)

Short Film (Live Action)

The Confession -- Tanel Toom The Crush -- Michael Creagh *God of Love -- Luke Matheny Feature Love Sick and multiple Television series episode Na Wewe -- Ivan Goldschmidt Wish 143 -- Ian Barnes, Multiple directing credits Television Samantha Waite Credits as production coordinator on multiple titles

2011 (84th)

Short Film (Live Action)

Pentecost -- Peter McDonald, Credits as actor Eimear O'Kane Credits as Producer on The Shadows and on television programs. Raju -- Max Zähle, Director, Television series Stefan Gieren Producer-Writer credit on feature film, Kunduz: The Incident at Hadji Ghafur *The Shore -- Terry George, Writer Two Oscar nominations for screenplays In the Name of the Father and Hotel Riwanda Producer and director on films and television series Oorlagh George Numerous credits as Assistant on features, documentaries and television shows Time Freak -- Andrew Bowler Writer and actor in a short film Gigi Causey Production manager, producer shorts, series and films


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Mitchell Block specializes in conceiving, producing, marketing & distributing independent features & consulting. He is an expert in placing both completed works into distribution & working with producers to make projects fundable. He conducts regular workshops in film producing in Los Angeles and most recently in Maine, Russia and in Myanmar (Burma).

Poster Girl, produced by Block was nominated for a Documentary Academy Award and selected by the Ida as the Best Doc Short 2011. It was also nominated for two Emmy Awards and aired on HBO. He is an executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Carrier, a 10-hour series that he conceived & co-created. Block is a graduate of Tisch School and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He is a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Television Academy, a founding member of BAFTA-la and has been teaching at USC School of Cinematic Arts since 1979. Currently Block teaches a required class in the USC Peter Stark Producing Program.


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Short and Swede

Göteborg is the home of Scandinavia’s most important international film festival, offering one of the world’s most generous prizes: a Dragon Award of 1 million Swedish kronor (nearly 158 000 Usd) for Best Nordic Film. But comparatively speaking, the festival’s short film award is even more remarkable: this year, a selection of Swedish films up to 15 minutes in length competed for a ‘Startsladden’ award of 938 000 kronor (about 148 000 Usd) in funding and equipment. The winner was ‘The Day my Dad was Shot’ (‘Gabriel och Lasermannen’, dir. Babak Najafi), a documentary recording the impact of a gunman’s shooting spree on the life of a young man whose father was injured. This year, the festival also hosted a ‘Startsladden Retrospective’, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the competition by screening the winning films from previous years.

Göteborg’s spotlight on short film extends far beyond its Swedish shorts competition. In addition to the
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Mama's Boys Will Woo The Girl With The Awesome Power Of Metal

The power of metal knows no borders. Hair rock knows no bounds. It is everywhere. And it is funny everywhere. And this is the basis of Ulf Malmros' upcoming comedy Mama's Boys (aka Metal Brothers). It has flowing locks and double kick drums. Oh, yes. And it looks very, very funny.Bröderna Hårdrock is a film about two brothers who are planning a heavy metal convention in their sleepy village. Their mother, the village priest, worries about them and wants them to settle down and have families. A young female teacher and line dance instructor in the village sets both their hearts beating faster and, unaware of each other's feelings, they enter a battle to win her affections.From the producers from Patrik Eklund's recent Fantastic Fest...
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Fantastic Fest Awards Announced

The world premiere of FilmDistrict’s Red Dawn reboot will close The Austin-based genre fest today. Well, if you didn’t already hear, Lithuanian sci-fi romantic thriller Vanishing Waves was the big winner by picking up four awards including Best Feature, Best Director (Kristina Buozyte), Best Screenplay (Bruno Samper, Buozyte), and Best Actress (Jurga Jutaite).

Have you ever dreamed of being inside the head of another person – a beloved one or your rival ? Have you ever wished to experience the ideal relationship, where two minds come into total fusion? “Vanishing waves” – a sci-fi melodrama. Following solid scientific experiment, based on the neural transfer, a young inhibited man will live an astonishing journey in the comatose woman anonymous mind. This contemporary tale is exploring the nature of desire by exposing links and contradictions between the human body and the mind.

Here Comes the Devil, Adrian Garcia Bogliano‘s homage to 70s horror films,
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Fantastic Fest Announces it 2012 Award Winners

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Fantastic Fest is almost at its end, which means it’s of course time for the one and only Fantastic Awards!

Now I could waste your time for a few paragraphs on the apparent ridiculousness of holding an Award Ceremony at the half-way point of a festival, but instead I’m going to save my tirades for more important matters, and just assume that Festival Organizers worldwide know what they’re doing. What I Will give you though is a list of this years Award Winners!

As you look through the list of winners, you may want to take note of a few key films and add them to your “To Screen” list. One of them is Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s homage to 70’s horror film’s Here Comes The Devil, which became the first film in Fantastic Fest history to completely Sweep the Horror Features
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Flicker | Review - Fantastic Fest 2012

The quaint Swedish town of Backberga appears to be living in the 1970s, at least judging from the characters' fashion sense and the architectural design. Backberga is best known as the home to Universal Communication Development -- otherwise known as Unicom -- a telecom company that has also failed to keep up with the world around it. The old white guys who run Unicom are completely clueless as to why they are stuck in a technological quagmire. Their solution: hire a hip, young marketing guy to whip up some new corporate branding. No one seems to realize that Unicom's biggest problems are related to the recurring black-outs which repeatedly leave Backberga in the dark. The first power outage is accidentally caused by couple of hapless Unicom electrical engineers -- Roland (Jimmy Lindström) and Jörgen (Olle Sarri) -- and it is this event that serves as the catalyst that sets the
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Patrik Eklund's Flicker Tops Fantastic Fest Awards!

During a riotous night of high praise and beer swigging, the Fantastic Fest Awards were dished out to the cream of the festival, with more categories and winners than ever before. Patrik Eklund's wry Swedish ensemble comedy Flicker took the top honour of the night, the Amd Next Wave award for Best Film, Robert Wilson & Jason Lapeyre's I Declare War won the Audience Award, Kristina Buozyte's Vanishing Waves won the Fantastic Feature prize, Adrian Garcia Boliano's Here Comes The Devil swept the Horror Features category, Dutch comedy New Kids Nitro bagged the Gutbuster Comedy award and Michael Stephenson's The American Scream won the inaugural Best Documentary prize. As is customary, winners were invited to the stage to chug down a celebratory beer in their trophy...
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Fantastic Fest Awards Announced; Vanishing Waves Wins 4 Awards, Here Comes The Devil Sweeps Horror Category

Fantastic Fest has announced this year's awards winners.  Vanishing Waves was the big non-horror, non-comedy winner by picking up four awards including Best Feature, Best Director (Kristina Buozyte), Best Screenplay (Bruno Samper, Buozyte), and Best Actress (Jurga Jutaite).  On the horror side, Here Comes the Devil pulled a sweep by winning Best Picture, Best Director (Adrián García Bogliano), Best Screenplay (Bogliano), Best Actor (Francisco Barreiro), and Best Actress (Laura Caro).  It's worth noting that special mentions in the horror category went to Hajime Ohata (Best Screenplay) and Katherine Isabel (Best Actress).  Finally, the Audience Award went to I Declare War (a film I found quite charming), the well-directed and funny Flicker won the "New Wave" Spotlight competition, The American Scream won Best Documentary, and New Kids Nitro won Best Comedy. Hit the jump for a full list of winners, and click here for all of our Fantastic Fest 2012 coverage. Here's
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Fantastic Fest 2012 Winners

Fantastic Fest has announced the 2012 Fantastic Fest Award winners. With all the great films screening at the Fest, they had quite a time choosing the best and most striking films of the festival.

Look for more coverage from Travis Keune in the coming days. Check out his Fantastic Fest review of Frankenweenie here and Dredd 3D here.

Audience Award (Presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter)

I Declare War (dir. Robert Wilson & Jason Lapeyre)

Amd “Next Wave” Spotlight Competition

Best Picture: Flicker (dir. Patrik Eklund)

Best Director: Charles de Lauzirika (Crave)

Best Screenplay: Max Porcelijn (Plan C)

Best Actor: Michael Eklund (Errors of the Human Body)

Best Actress: Alina Levshin (Combat Girls)

Fantastic Features

Best Picture: Vanishing Waves (dir. Kristina Buozyte)

Best Director: Kristina Buozyte (Vanishing Waves)

Best Screenplay: Bruno Samper, Kristina Buozyte (Vanishing Waves)

Best Actor: Rene Bitorajac (Vegetarian Cannibal)

Best Actress: Jurga Jutaite (Vanishing Waves)

Horror Features

Best Picture: Here Comes the Devil (dir.
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'I Declare War,' 'Vanishing Waves,' and 'Here Comes the Devil' Win at 2012 Fantastic Fest

'I Declare War,' 'Vanishing Waves,' and 'Here Comes the Devil' Win at 2012 Fantastic Fest
Kristina Buozyte's "Vanishing Waves" cleaned up at Fantastic Fest, winning Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, while Jurga Jutaite won the Best Actress award for her performance in the Lithuanian director's film.  Robert Wilson and Jason Lapeyre's "I Declare War" won the Audience Award at the Fest and "Here Comes the Devil" was awarded Best Picture in the Horror Feature Category.  A this year's festival, Amd presented "Next Wave" awards to specifically honor emerging filmmakers; the "Next Wave" award went to Patrik Eklund for "Flicker." The complete list of winners from 2012 Fantastic Fest is listed below: Audience Award (Presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter) I Declare War (dir. Robert Wilson & Jason Lapeyre)   Amd "Next Wave" Spotlight Competition Best Picture: Flicker (dir. Patrik Eklund)   Best Director: Charles de Lauzirika...
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Fantastic Fest 2012: Fantatsic Fest Awards Announced

One of the greatest film festivals on the face of the planet, Fantastic Fest in Austin Texas, has unveiled their award winners for 2012, and it's quite an impressive list to say the least. Read on to see who's taking home some fantastic memories!

From the Press Release

Fantastic Fest is thrilled to announce this year's Fantastic Fest Award winners. It's a terrible task to pick favorites and single out any of the magnificent films that played at this year's festival, but our esteemed team of jurors have done the nearly impossible and chosen the best and most striking films of the festival.

The audience awards are presented by accounting firm Maxwell Locke & Ritter, who provided the certified tabulation of ballots this year and are the exclusive accounting sponsor of Fantastic Fest. Amd is the presenter of the prestigious "Next Wave" Awards, which honors emerging filmmakers. The winner of the "Next
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Fantastic Fest 2012: Flicker Review

Patrik Eklund's Flicker may not add up to a rewarding conclusion, but it certainly adds up to a colorful, adorable movie where Eklund's strong direction manages to keep a strong hold over five different storylines each with its own emotional vibe.  The film moves between guilt, absurdity, pity, back around to absurdity, fear, frustration, and then meets up with our old friend absurdity.  Flicker never comes off as a surreal experience, nor does it seem to have much of a point, but it shows off a delightfully off-kilter world held together by sweet characters and steady, confident direction. Flicker has five interconnected stories all under the umbrella of Unicom ("Universal Communication Development"), a telecom company.  Kenneth (Jacob Nordenson) is a mid-level employee who can't catch a break; Tord (Kjell Bergqvist) is the company's discourteous boss who's looking for a new marketing strategy after their previous one is a (painfully
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Fantastic Fest Announces 2012 Amd Next Wave Filmmaker Spotlight

Fantastic Fest recently announced the lineup of 8 films from 7 different countries being showcased in the 2012 Amd Next Wave competition. This annual sidebar of Fantastic Fest recognizes outstanding new talent in genre filmmaking. Many of these films being shown at Fantastic Fest will mark their U.S. or World premieres. The winning filmmaker will be awarded $1,000 cash prize and Amd based computer hardware featuring their latest Accelerated Processing Unit (Apu).

Combat Girls (2011)

North American Premiere

Director – David Wnendt, 103min

The debut feature from director-writer David Wnendt is a bleak tale of two girls who, for very different reasons, get swept up in the resurgent Neo-Nazi movement in Germany.

Conspiracy, The

World Premiere

Director – Christopher MacBride, 85min

Two young documentary filmmakers are drawn into a shadowy world of secret societies when the subject of their film simply disappears. Have his investigations led to his demise?

Crave (2012)

U.S. Premiere

Director – Charles de Lauzirika,
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Fantastic Fest 2012: Amd Next Wave Filmmaker Spotlight; Bumper Contest Details Announced

More details have been announced for the upcoming Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, including the 2012 Amd Next Wave competition films and the event's bumper contest, where filmmakers are invited to create outrageous and entertaining 30-second videos.

From the Press Release:

Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the U.S., is pleased to announce the 2012 Amd Next Wave competition, which recognizes outstanding new talent in genre film directing. Eight films from seven different countries have been selected to compete in the latest installment of this annual international competition.

These up-and-coming filmmakers are at the beginning of their movie careers and may well become the next generation of talent to shape the film industry for decades to come. The Amd Next Wave competition films will debut at Fantastic Fest, many in world and U.S. premiere screenings and compete for the highest honor of the festival.

The winning filmmaker will
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Fantastic Fest Unveils Eight Film Next Wave Slate

The Next Wave competition has firmly established itself as the marquee program at Austin's Fantastic Fest and why not? Last year's winner - Michael Roskam's Bullhead - went on to garner an Oscar nomination and the list of filmmakers that have participated in the program is long and impressive.So, what's coming this year? The feature debut by Oscar nominated short film director Patrik Eklund, for one. Bleak Korean animation. Norwegian crime comedy. Canadian conspiracy theorists. It's a wildly diverse, eight film competition this year. Check the complete list below: Fantastic Fest Announces The 2012 Amd Next Wave Filmmaker Spotlight   Austin, TX--Wednesday, August 29, 2012 --- Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the U.S., is pleased to announce the 2012 Amd Next...
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The Full Lineup of Movies Announced for 66th Annual Edinburgh Film Festival 2012

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Cannes is now over which means it’s time to move to Britain as the Edinburgh Film Festival kicks off!

We’ve just been sent the full line-up for the 2012 Edinburgh Film Festival which is now in it’s 66th year. We have our people (Jamie, Steven and Emma) on the ground at the event right now ready to catch as many films as they possible can throughout the next wee or two as we get to see 121 new features and 19 world premieres.

I’ll let the full press release below do the talking but let us know what you’re looking forward to in the comments section below.

World Premieres:

Berberian Sound Studio Borrowed Time Day Of The Flowers Exit Elena Flying Blind Fred Future My Love Guinea Pigs Here, Then Leave It On The Track The Life And Times Of Paul The Psychic Octopus Life Just Is Mnl
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