8 items from 2014
We here at Sound On Sight believe horror transcends explicit gore, jump scares or supernatural content, which is why you’ll soon notice our list ranges from independent art films to psychological thrillers to parodies, satire and more. Surprisingly, vampires lead the pack this year, along with found footage flicks, but there are a few comedies, one remake and even some strange love stories as well.
Every other year, I’ve published the list of best horror films based solely on my picks, but this year, Sound On Sight editor Justine Smith and Sos contributor Felix Vasquez Jr. also participated. Since we couldn’t agree with what is the best horror film of 2014, we decided to publish the list in alphabetical order. That said, here are our individual picks:
Ricky D- Under the Skin
Justine Smith – Cybernatural
Felix Vasquez Jr. - The Babadook
This list is in alphabetical order
Last year Stockholm world preemed Sofia Norlin’s “Broken Hill Blues,” the first film to come out of the festival’s fund for emerging female directors. “Broken Hill Blues” went on to the Berlin and Tribeca festival, while cinematographer Petrus Sjovik earned a Guldbagge Award, Sweden’s highest accolade.
The Stockholm Film Festival continues to screen female filmmakers. This year 60 out of 200 directors at the festival are women. The second feature to come from the fund is Amanda Adolfsson’s debut, “Young Sophie Bell,” above, premiering at the fest on Nov. 12.
The films come out of a successful program launched in 2011, when the Stockholm Film Festival introduced the Feature Film Award for female directors, with telecoms giant Telia as the main financier, and also with support from the Swedish Film Institute, Europa Sound & Vision and Dagsljus and with NonStop Entertainment as a distribution partner. In 2012 Swedish Television joined as a supporter. »
- Jon Asp
Outgoing director of the London Film School to join Australian Film School.
Ben Gibson, the departing director of the London Film School, has been appointed to a new senior role at Aftrs, the Australian Film Television & Radio School, as director, degree programs. He will start work in Sydney in September.
Gibson will play a key leadership role in ensuring the successful delivery and development of a new three-year Aftrs Bachelor of Arts (Screen) degree and Aftrs Screen and Screen Business Masters degrees, which are being restructured and relaunched for 2015.
Prior to joining the Lfs in 2001, Gibson worked as a film distributor and independent producer, and as head of production at the British Film Institute (BFI) from 1988 to 1998.
His production and executive production credits include Terence Davies’ The Long Day Closes, Derek Jarman’s Wittgenstein, John Maybury’s Love is the Devil, Carine Adler’s Under the Skin and Jasmin Dizdar’s Beautiful People, as well as »
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Out in Park City, the film market has been heating up in recent days, and one of the biggest companies to make their mark so far has been A24.
The distribution/production company has been very much on the rise since their debut last year with Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, with releases including Ginger & Rosa, Spring Breakers, and most recently The Spectacular Now.
So it should come as no surprise then that they are keen to cement their status, announcing that they have acquired U.S. rights to Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, led by Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.
The acquisition is their third at the festival, having already »
- Kenji Lloyd
At an intimate press launch earlier this evening, the programme for the 2014 Glasgow Film Festival – which boasts a vast array of UK, European and World premieres and runs February 20 – March 2 – was announced.
The festival, which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary, will open on February 20 with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, before closing on March 2 with the Scottish premiere of Under the Skin, which was partly shot in and around the city itself.
Over the course of the festival’s ten day run, films old and new will screen at various venues across the city, while unique, once-in-a-lifetime events, such as a mysterious descent into the unexplored depths of Glasgow Central Station, will award film fans the opportunity to make some everlasting memories.
New films scheduled to screen include 20 Feet from Stardom, The Double, A Long Way Down, Mood Indigo and Starred Up, while classics »
- Jamie Neish
The Lfs board is now looking to appoint a new director who will likely assume the role from next autumn.
Gibson will remain active at the school until the transition to the new director.
Gibson has been instrumental in raising the profile of the Lfs in the UK and abroad and has also overseen the school’s long-gestating transition from Covent Garden to the Barbican.
In December 2013, the school announced its first major funding towards the transfer, with a move planned for 2016, the same year the school celebrates its 60th birthday.
Gibson told ScreenDaily: “It has been an engrossing pleasure to lead this dynamic and important institution since 2000. Lfs is a wonderful place to work and learn, and the privilege of teaching and supporting talented, collaborative and clear-eyed »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
While many modern cinephiles are going gaga for adventurous producers like Annapurna Pictures ("Zero Dark Thirty," "The Master," "Her," and "American Hustle," to name a few), there's also another game in town that's quietly building up an impressive roster. Barely a year old, indie distribution company A24 has made quite a name for itself in the last year for acquiring domestic rights to auteur-driven indie fare such as Sally Potter's "Ginger & Rosa," Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," and James Ponsoldt's "The Spectacular Now" (some of our favorite films of the past year). 2014 is shaping up to be another banner year for the company that seems to be taking over the niche Film District filled when they first began (they've now been folded into Focus Features). So far, the company has five films set for 2014 and three of them just received release dates. »
- Edward Davis
As awards season draws nearer and best-of-the-year lists keep rolling in, there's only one thing left to do: get excited about what comes next. Here are 10 films you won't want to miss in 2014.
1. Adieu au language (Directed by Jean-Luc Godard)
Jean-Luc Godard, master of the French Nouvelle Vague, proved with 2010's extraordinary Film Socialisme that he remains among the most accomplished filmmakers working. His latest effort, the 3-D experiment Adieu au language (Goodbye to Language), looks no less ambitious or exciting, as the three-minute trailer released over the summer quite compellingly suggests.
2. Under the Skin (Directed by Jonathan Glazer)
The best film at 2013's Toronto International Film Festiva »
8 items from 2014
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