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Attention, Filmmakers: Get Your Short Film Made with This Short Film Production Grant of Up to $20,000

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ScreenCraft, the media company and screenplay development consultancy has partnered with Bondit, the Beverly Hills-based media hedge fund, to form a short film production grant program. Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Apply to This Short Film Contest ScreenCraft is accepting rolling short film screenplay submissions in all genres for consideration, guaranteeing production on at least one project per quarter and up to ten projects per year. Grants will range from $10,000 to $20,000 based on the scale and merit of each selected short film production.  This short film production grant program comes on the heels of ScreenCraft’s inaugural short screenplay competition, which featured judges from Vimeo, the Cannes Film Festival and Maker Studios. "In administering the short screenplay competition it became exceedingly clear to us that there is an underserved international community of writers and filmmakers with exceptional short film projects in need of funding and »


- Paula Bernstein

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'Devil's Horse' Sinks Its Teeth Into Louisiana Folklore

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Here's your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. Devil's Horse Logline:a man is forced to face his divorce when he encounters a mythical beast and is the victim of a shocking act of violence. Elevator Pitch:"Devil's Horse" is a dark, dramatic comedy about Brad. Newly single, Brad finds himself back in his Louisiana hometown. The alienation from his roots and his clumsy attempt to cling to the past come to a head when, on a sweltering afternoon drive, Brad literally runs into a Louisiana myth — the mysterious half-man, half-wolf from Louisiana folklore known as the Rougarou. Quickly finding himself lost in the forest, he is initially hopeful when he »

- Indiewire

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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Actress

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Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence and Julianne Moore -- our five most recent winners in this category -- all have extremely baiting new films coming out this year, and it's entirely possible that they all come back and make this an epic race of almost all very recent winners. Could they be joined by a slightly less recent winner if Charlize Theron pulls a Sigourney Weaver and gets an all-too-rare (and extremely deserved) nomination for an action film with "Mad Max: Fury Road." Of those six potential nominees, two of them are in films we've already seen at either festivals or in theaters, and they join a very impressive roster of other lead performances that have already seen the light of day (or dark of the movie theater, as it were). There's actually considerably more contenders here that we've already seen than in the Best Actor category, »


- Peter Knegt

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2016 Oscar Predictions

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Here's our best guesses in a few major categories for the 88th Academy Awards, which we realize is still a bit of a way's away.  More updates to come (and more qualified predictions as we get a chance to see more 2015 releases). Best Picture Best Director Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay Best Animated Feature Best Foreign Language Film  (coming soon) Best Documentary Feature (coming soon) Best Cinematography (coming soon) Best Film Editing  (coming soon) Best Production Design  (coming soon) Best Costume Design (coming soon) Best Original Score  (coming soon) Best Original Song (coming soon) Best Visual Effects (coming soon) Best Makeup & Hairstyling (coming soon) Best Sound Mixing (coming soon) Best Sound Editing (coming soon) »


- Peter Knegt

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Vote for July Project of the Month: Will It Be 'Ms. Guidance,' 'Keep the Change,' 'The Sensitives,' 'My Friend Max' or 'The Interpreter'?

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The project which receives the most votes for Project of the Month will get a reported feature story about their project on Indiewire and will be in the running for Project of the Year.  Below are the five projects up for the prize. Click on the film title to learn more about each project (descriptions courtesy of the filmmakers):Ms. Guidance: "Ms. Guidance" is an irreverent and absurd dark comedy about trying to give up the dream that won't give up on you. Keep the Change: A man struggling to hide his autism falls in love with an autistic woman who challenges his desire to appear "normal." The Sensitives: Families struggle to reclaim their lives from the isolation of chronic illness and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (McS). My Friend Max: "My Friend Max" centers around a bullied young girl, Thea, and the strong bond that she shares with her imaginary friend, »


- Indiewire

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How I Shot That: Dp Brandon Trost on Shooting Sundance Darling 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl'

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As part of our "How I Shot That" series, Indiewire asked cinematographer Brandon Trost about his work on Marielle Heller's "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," which world premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and will hit theaters on August 7, 2015. Based on Phoebe Gloeckner's graphic novel, the period film starring Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard, Chris Meloni and newcomer Bel Powley was shot on location in San Francisco. The film marked a shift back to independent films for Trost, who in recent years has been working on big-budget comedies such as "The Interview," "Neighbors" and "This is the End." Read More: Marielle Heller, Bel Powley and Alexander Skarsgad Discuss Creativity and Gender at 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl' Screening What camera and lens did you use? Red Epic, C-Series Panavision anamorphic lenses How did you get involved with this project? It's funny. I got involved with this movie because. »


- Paula Bernstein

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Watch: Surfer Carissa Moore Fights Body Criticism in Exclusive 'What Makes Us' Docuseries Clip

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Read More: LatinoBuzz: 20 Years After Leaving, Two Sisters Return to the Hippie Commune Where They Were Born in 'American Commune' Documentary Carissa Moore became the youngest world surfing champion, male or female, at 18 years old. After receiving the World Title, she faced severe criticism because of her body -- not her abilities as a surfer. She struggled with the pressure and constant evaluation of her body, and even began to lose surfing competitions as a result. In "Riss," a documentary segment out of Espnw's docuseries "What Makes Us," Moore discusses these challenges in her own words. Rena Mundo Croshere and Nadine Mundo's "What Makes Us" premieres this summer, with a new mini documentary premiering periodically throughout the summer. The series focuses on different female athletes throughout the world and includes insight into their rise to fame and the challenges associated with it. "Riss" premiered today on espnW's. »


- Kaeli Van Cott

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Watch: Best Drama Actress Nominees Bring You Up Close In Emmy Roundtable

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Read More: 22 Surprises and Snubs from the 2015 Emmy Nominations Though the Emmys are more than a month away, you can now watch the first of seven roundtables uploaded by The Hollywood Reporter as part of a series leading up to the award ceremony in September.  Lizzy Caplan ("Masters of Sex"), Maggie Gyllenhaal ("The Honorable Woman"), Taraji P. Henson ("Empire"), Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story: Freak Show"), Viola Davis ("How To Get Away With Murder") and Ruth Wilson ("The Affair") all took part in the Best Drama Actress roundtable to share their personal experiences with race, sexism, age and typecasting in Hollywood, and how those issues have affected their work. The nominees also revealed a few anecdotes surrounding the characters for which they are nominated, from Henson's inspiration for the fiery Cookie Lyon to Wilson's wish for her contract to state that "For every female orgasm, there had to »


- Jessica Cariaga

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'Transparent' Season 2 (Finally) Lands Release Date; Jeffrey Tambor, Jill Soloway Preview a 'Year of Revolution'

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"I walked home and said, ‘'That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do as an actor.'" If expectations for "Transparent" Season 2 weren't high enough after its Golden Globe wins earlier this year, as well as its recent boatload of Emmy nominations, Jeffrey Tambor certainly did his part to raise them Monday afternoon. Speaking at Amazon's "Transparent" panel alongside series creator Jill Soloway, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Judith Light, Alexandra Billings and Bradley Whitford, Tambor and the rest of his cast heaped praise on not just what's come before, but what people will soon see. Read More: Watch: 'Transparent,' 'Jane the Virgin' and 'The Goldbergs' Creators Reveal Comedy Secrets The second season of Soloway's critical smash will debut December 4 exclusively to Amazon Prime subscribers, and the cast seemed even higher on this season than the last. Part of that excitement was built around the addition of a »


- Ben Travers

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Monterey Media Acquires Award-Winning Drama 'of Mind and Music'

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Read More: Monterey Media Acquires Award-Winning Drama 'Childless' Monterey Media has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights for the New Orleans-set drama, "of Mind and Music," based on the book "Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind" by Nicolas Bazan. The film follows a street musician suffering from memory loss and the neuroscientist determined to help her the best he can. Directed by Richie Adams, "of Mind and Music" combines New Orleans' quintessential jazz scene with the element of hope in a seemingly hopeless situation to depict the unlikely bond that forms between the two. Aunjanue Ellis, Joaquim de Almeida, Bill Cobbs and Sharon Lawrence star. "I was enchanted by this film from the first moment. It resonates long afterward lyrically like a dance of the heart," said Ms. Jere Rae-Mansfield, Managing Partner of Monterey Media. The film has garnered acclaim on the festival circuit, including Jury. »


- Meredith Mattlin

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Alec Baldwin and Randy Mastro to Serve as Co-Chairmen of Hamptons International Film Festival

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Read More: Hamptons International Film Festival Announces 14th Annual Screenwriters' Lab Alec Baldwin and Randy Mastro are now the co-chairmen of the board of directors of the Hamptons International Film Festival, taking over for one of Hiff's founders, Stuart Match Suna, after his 18 years as chairman. Mastro, a well-known lawyer and professor and a 9-year member of Hiff's board, said, "I’m honored to be serving with Alec and expand what Stuart Match Suna has already successfully done with Hiff." Baldwin, who has been a member of the board for ten years, expressed excitement as well, saying, "Stuart Match Suna has had a clear vision for Hiff ever since its inception, and I feel very privileged to have been part of such a passionate team." The two will begin serving as co-chairs starting after this coming festival in the fall.  The 23rd Hamptons International Film Festival will take place from »


- Meredith Mattlin

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Watch: Matthew Broderick and Alice Eve Share A 'Dirty Weekend' in New Trailer

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Read More: Tribeca Review: Neil Labute’s ‘Dirty Weekend’ Starring Matthew Broderick And Alice Eve After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, "Dirty Weekend," Neil Labute's comedy about coworkers who get close after a weekend of sharing secrets, is hitting theaters next month. The film stars Matthew Broderick and Alice Eve. Broderick is no stranger to coming-of-age stories, and this coming-of-middle-age story finds him stuck in Albuquerque with a coworker (Alice Eve) during a layover. The pair wander around the city prying to find out each other's pasts and secrets. As the day goes on, they reveal more and more to each other and learn about one another's past lives, while indulging in the more intimate as well.  Watch the trailer above. The film opens in theaters on VOD on September 4. Tribeca Exclusive: Alice Eve and Matthew Broderick in Poster for Neil Labute's 'Dirty Weekend »


- Meredith Mattlin

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'The Cove' Director Made Endangered Animals and Cecil the Lion Come to Life on the Empire State Building

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Read More: New Yorkers, Look Up: The Empire State Building is Making New York City a Real Concrete Jungle A huge Cecil the Lion was projected onto the Empire State Building on Saturday as part of the "Projecting Change on the Empire State Building" initiative. Founder of the Oceanic Preservation Society and "The Cove" director Louie Psihoyos developed the initiative, aiming to raise awareness about endangered animals. Cecil, whose killing has gained international media attention, was one of 33 animals who was featured on the southern face of the Empire State Building. Psihoyos' initiative pairs perfectly with his latest film, "Racing Extinction." Similar to the style of "The Cove," the documentary follows the journey of activists, scientists and Psihoyos himself as they try to draw attention to humans' role in the extinction of many of Earth's species.  "Projecting Change on the Empire State Building" grabbed the attention »


- Kaeli Van Cott

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Watch: Los Angeles is Burning in 'Fear the Walking Dead' Trailer

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Read More: Watch: 'Fear the Walking Dead' Teasers Will Scare You Two Seconds at a Time This 30-second long sneak-peak at AMC's new "Walking Dead" prequel shows Los Angeles from a birds-eye-view, on the night that crisis strikes. "Fear the Walking Dead" will deal with the zombie-making virus as it first breaks out, and this time-lapse view of the City of Angels as it is blacked out and engulfed in flames gives us some perspective as to the magnitude of the impending disaster.  The show, created by "The Walking Dead's" Robert Kirkman, will premiere on AMC on August 23rd 2015.  Read More: Watch: 'Fear The Walking Dead' Full Trailer Shows the Terrifying Beginning of Our Gruesome End »


- Sara Itkis

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Watch: Oscar Isaac Really Wants To Be Mayor In New 'Show Me A Hero' Trailer

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HBO's new "Show Me a Hero" trailer showcases a noble, optimistic Oscar Isaac as he finds himself thrust into the uproar against the effort to desegregate public housing in 1980s New York.  Read More: 6 Must-Watch TV Shows and Movies on HBO Now in August 2015, From 'Birdman' to 'Show Me a Hero' "Show Me a Hero," based on the Lisa Belkin nonfiction work of the same name, looks to explore the corrosive relationship between American politics and the residents of urban New York and stars Isaac as Nick Wasicsko, a police officer turned mayoral candidate. Created by David Simon and directed by Paul Haggis, "Show Me a Hero" will center around the controversy of Wasicsko's efforts to build a small number of low-income housing units in the predominately white neighborhoods of Yonkers, New York.  The miniseries takes its title from an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote: "Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy, »


- Jessica Cariaga

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5 Must-See New Genre Films From the Fantasia International Film Festival

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Read More: Why Indie Horror Films Are Doing Better Than Ever Now in its 19th year, Montreal's Fantasia Festival is not only one of the world's longest cinematic marathons – it runs for three solid weeks on the urban campus of Concordia University – it's one of the most welcoming and inclusive to its filmmakers. Though it has long ranked as North America's premiere genre film festival, its roster of international horror, sci-fi, action movies and visionary cinema has rich, surprising depths and detours that defy easy categorization. Fantasia makes a reliable barometer of everything from Asian pop and auteur developments to the latest low-budget zombie hayride, as well as a kind of rallying point for emerging Quebecois talents – the hometown team behind the post-apocalyptic, '80s-loving comedy revel "Turbo Kid" got a conquering hero's welcome. But its curatorial reach can be stealthily acute. It'll flip ya. Here's a look at five »


- Steve Dollar

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Watch: Patrick Stewart Is Walter F*cking Blunt In First Official 'Blunt Talk' Trailer

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Starz recently dropped the first trailer for their new comedy "Blunt Talk," featuring none other than Sir Patrick Stewart as "America's most trusted newsman. Maybe." Read More: Watch: Patrick Stewart Flexes His Comedy Muscles in New 'Blunt Talk' Featurette The new series was created by Jonathan Ames and executive produced by Seth MacFarlane, starring Stewart as a British newscaster on American cable television. The trailer gives us a hearty glimpse of Stewart's Walter Blunt, recently disgraced and seeming to want nothing more than to turn his life around for the better -- despite doing absolutely nothing to prove it. Instead, we get to see him stuff his face in a precise cocktail of speed and cocaine.  "Blunt Talk" premieres Starz on August 22 at 9pm on Starz. Check out the trailer above. Read More: Watch: Patrick Stewart Goes Wild In New 'Blunt Talk' Teaser »


- Jessica Cariaga

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Watch: Intense Full-Length 'The Assassin' Trailer Will Get Your Blood Pumping

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Read More: Watch: Cannes-Winning Martial Arts Epic 'The Assassin' Slays with First Teaser A new full-length trailer for "The Assassin," now with English subtitles, is as enthralling as it is cinematically beautiful. The drama earned director Hou Hsiao-Hsien the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.  The story follows a young exiled girl trained to assassinate corrupt officials in 9th century China. After she is tasked with killing her cousin--to whom she previously had been betrothed--she must choose between her mission and her heart. Aside from an intense story of romance, violence and loyalty, the cinematography of "The Assassin" appears both meticulously crafted and expertly executed, with gorgeous results.  Watch the trailer above. Well Go Entertainment plans to release the film in the U.S. soon, with no release date set yet. Read More: Cannes: 'The Assassin' and 'Mountains May Depart' Present Exciting New »


- Meredith Mattlin

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Watch: Exclusive 'Adult Beginners' Behind-the-Scenes Clip Has Nick Kroll and Rose Byrne Talking Script and Improv

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Read More: Tiff Review: 'Adult Beginners' Starring Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne & Bobby Cannavale "Adult Beginners," a comedy about being forced to grow up all over again, is gearing up for its DVD release and Indiewire is excited to premiere an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip about the script of the film.  The comedy follows a young entrepreneur (Nick Kroll) whose business suddenly fails, forcing him to visit his pregnant sister (Rose Byrne) in the suburbs to live with her and her husband (Bobby Cannavale) and to nanny their child. "Adult Beginners" also features Jane Krakowski, Bobby Moynihan, Mike BirbigliaJosh Charles and Joel McHale. Nick Kroll and Rose Byrne discuss deviating from the script in the "Making Of" clip above -- in one scene, the siblings video chat with their parents in a relatable Skype talk, one that was mostly improvised according to the actors. "Adult Beginners" will be on DVD on August. »


- Meredith Mattlin

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Arc Entertainment Acquires Dakota Johnson Drama 'Chloe and Theo'

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Read More: Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Renovates Mr. Grey's Playroom for Dakota Johnson in Unaired Sketch Arc Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Ezna Sands' drama-comedy, "Chloe and Theo," which stars Dakota Johnson, Mira Sorvino, Larry King and Theo Ikummaq.  The film tells the story of Theo, an Inuit man who travels to New York City to tell world leaders about the devastating effects of global warming. When he arrives in the city, he meets a homeless girl named Chloe, who is enthusiastic and has a huge passion for Bruce Lee. Together, they form an unlikely friendship.  "Chloe and Theo" will be released in theaters and on VOD on September 4.  Read More: Watch: Mira Sorvino on Speaking 5 Languages, Comedy and Her Role in BBC America's Drama Series 'Intruders' »


- Kaeli Van Cott

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