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Toronto Film Festival Announces Jury for New Director Program Platform

15 July 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Acclaimed international directors Claire Denis, Agnieszka Holland and Jia Zhang-ke will serve as the inaugural jury of Platform — the Toronto International Film Festival’s new program showcasing roughly a dozen films by mid-career directors — it was announced today.

The jury will award $25,000 to the best film in Platform at the fest’s awards ceremony on September 20.

“We have a long history with Zhang-ke, Claire and Agnieszka,” said festival director and CEO Piers Handling. “They are master filmmakers with unique voices that we have championed throughout the years, both at the festival and in our year-round programming.”

Chocolat,” “Trouble Every Day” and “Bastards” are among several Denis films that have screened at the festival over the past 16 years. Denis is currently cowriting, with Zadie Smith, an English-language sci-fi pic. Holland’s Toronto Festival movies include “Europa Europa,” “Washington Square” and “In Darkness.” Almost all of Zhang-ke’s films, including “Platform, »

- Jennie Punter

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Denis, Jia, Holland to lead first Tiff Platform jury

15 July 2015 5:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Festival selects trio to judge first competitive section, aimed at ‘auteur films’; Cameron Bailey talks strand.

The Toronto International Film Festival (September 10-20) has selected directors Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin), Claire Denis (Beau Travail) and Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness) as the jury for its new auteur-focused programme Platform, the festival’s first competitive strand.

Speaking exclusively to Screen, Cameron Bailey, artistic director of Toronto International Film Festival, said of the inaugural jury: “For me this is a dream team. Platform is named in part after Zhang Ke’s film of the same name, it’s an inspiration for the kind of cinema that we wanted to highlight.”

“Denis has been at our festival many times before with her films, she’s also worked with our talent lab,” he continued. “We highly admire her cinema and her cinematic mind, the way she thinks about film.”

“Holland has worked through so many different generations and styles »

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Denis, Zhangke, Holland to lead first Tiff Platform jury

15 July 2015 5:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Festival selects trio to judge first competitive section, aimed at ‘auteur films’; Cameron Bailey talks strand.

The Toronto International Film Festival (September 10-20) has selected directors Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin), Claire Denis (Beau Travail) and Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness) as the jury for its new auteur-focused programme Platform, the festival’s first competitive strand.

Speaking exclusively to Screen, Cameron Bailey, artistic director of Toronto International Film Festival, said of the inaugural jury: “For me this is a dream team. Platform is named in part after Zhang Ke’s film of the same name, it’s an inspiration for the kind of cinema that we wanted to highlight.”

“Denis has been at our festival many times before with her films, she’s also worked with our talent lab,” he continued. “We highly admire her cinema and her cinematic mind, the way she thinks about film.”

“Holland has worked through so many different generations and styles »

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Too Pretty To Use: 13 amazing pieces of napkin art

29 June 2015 8:19 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For the last few years, the Kirby parents have been making their sons the envy of the lunchroom by tucking customized napkins in with their sandwiches. Now with two kids in school, the Kirbys produce Two pieces of art five days a week. To chronicle this journey, they’ve been uploading each piece to both Blogspot and Tumblr. As their sons have grown older, the subject matter of the Kirby napkins has changed, though a few constants remain. It appears you never really outgrow Star Wars. Anyone who frequents my blog knows that particular affection is a lifelong addiction. I collected a baker’s dozen of my favorites from their Hundreds of images: Be sure to check them all out! #1: Star Wars - A New Generation Image Credit: KMKirby #2: Hunger Games - An Uncomfortable Truth Image Credit: KMKirby #3: Monty Python Monopoly Image Credit: KMKirby #4: Lego Batman: »

- Donna Dickens

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Polish Film Institute Helps Filmmakers Navigate Global Campaigns

17 May 2015 9:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With a dizzying number of film fests operating throughout the year and more launching all the time, navigating the optimal path to success abroad is a greater challenge than ever, as the Polish Film Institute’s Izabela Kiszka-Hoflik knows well.

Charged with the org’s substantial foreign fest support role, she oversees the investment of some $2.8 million annually to support the promotion of Polish films internationally, sending local pics and filmmakers around the world.

Kiszka-Hoflik also coordinates campaigns for the major worldwide awards, including top international festivals, and in the races for the Oscars, the European Film Awards and the U.K.’s Bafta.

Help for fund-challenged Polish producers, who are often short-handed or short of experience with international marketing campaigns, covers everything from travel expenses, translation and creating film prints and DCPs, to posters, Web design and appointing press agents.

The process proved its merits during the 2014 Oscar campaign »

- Will Tizard

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Ian Olds, Geremy Jasper, Boots Riley & Laure de Clermont Tonnerre Among Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grant Finalists

10 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

If you’re looking for a comprehensive overview of the not so distant future in American indie film, a reliable sampling is usually found in the bi-annual Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants finalist (and future winners) lists. Grants will be awarded next month, but this finalists’ list overviews a look into the 2016-17 pool of talent and feature films. Among the trio of items that are in various stages of production and we’re keeping tabs on, we have Ian Olds (docu helmer of Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi) who moved into fiction feature filmmaking with The Fixer. Produced by Caroline von Kuhn (Camden Int. Film Fest Managing Director and docu field expert), this is said to include supporting players in the shape of Melissa Leo and James Franco. And speaking of Franco…, Travis Mathews from Interior. Leather Bar. fame has Oscillate Wildly next in line. Beasts of the Southern Wild »

- Eric Lavallee

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Sffs / Krf grantees unveiled

9 April 2015 9:52 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The San Francisco Film Society (Sffs) and Kenneth Rainin Foundation (Krf) have selected the finallists for the latest round of Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants.

Up to $300,000 will be awarded to one or more narrative feature film projects at various stages of production. Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants are awarded twice annually to narrative feature films that will have “significant economic or professional impact on the Bay Area filmmaking community.”

To date more than $2.8m has been awarded since the launch of the Film Society’s flagship grant programme in 2009. Winners of the spring 2015 Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grants will be announced in May.

Spring 2015 Sffs / Krf Filmmaking Grant Finallists

Blustar – Stella Kyriakopoulos, co-writer-director and Margaret Shin, co-writer

Screenwriting

Chickenshit – Jessica dela Merced, writer-director

Screenwriting

The FixerIan Olds, writer-director, and Caroline von Kuhn, producer

Production

Freeland – Mario Furloni and Kate McLean, co-writer-directors

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Jones – Sally El Hosaini, writer-director

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The Last Black Man In San FranciscoJoseph Talbot, writer-director »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Polish Film Institute Chief Celebrates as ‘Ida’ Becomes First Polish Movie to Win Foreign-Language Film Oscar

23 February 2015 6:18 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Polish Film Institute chief Agnieszka Odorowicz has lauded the Oscar win for Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida” as recognition of the “strength and originality of Polish cinema.”

The film, which was co-financed by the Pfi, is the first Polish movie to win an Academy Award in the foreign-language film category. The victory coincides with the Pfi’s 10th anniversary.

“The Academy recognized the strength and the originality of Polish cinema. I am very happy tonight, and I would like to extend my most heartfelt congratulations to the filmmakers,” Odorowicz said. “The fact that a Polish film received this Academy Award also serves as a beautiful and symbolic crowning of 10 years of Polish Film Institute activity in supporting Polish cinema.”

Nine Polish films have been nominees in the Oscar’s foreign-language film category, most recently Agnieszka Holland’s “In Darkness” in 2011, and Andrzej Wajda’s “Katyn” in 2007.

Ida” was co-produced by »

- Leo Barraclough

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #75. Agnieszka Holland’s Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead

6 January 2015 7:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead

Director: Agnieszka Holland // Writers: Agnieszka Holland, Olga Tokarczuk

After working heavily in television since her last celebrated film, 2011’s In Darkness (which received an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language Film), Polish auteur Agnieszka Holland finally looks to be readying a new feature after a year that saw her revamp ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ as a tv mini-series, as well as her more notable project, Burning Bush. Based on the novel by Olga Tokarczuk, one of the most famous figures in contemporary Polish literature, adapting the novel for the screen has been a labor of love for Holland who has been wanting to make the project for some time. Last summer it as announced that filming would begin at the end of the year and casting was underway, while Holland’s DoP from In Darkness, Jolanta Dylewska, was on board. We’re hoping it’s still underway, »

- Nicholas Bell

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The Geographic Setup of the Oscar’s Foreign-Language Category in the 21st Century

5 January 2015 9:06 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

The nine foreign-language films shortlisted by the Academy hail from three continents: South America, Europe and Africa. From South America, Argentina’s Wild Tales and Venezuela’s The Liberator made the list. From Africa, Mauritania’s Timbuktu did as well. From Europe, Estonia’s Tangerines, Georgia’s Corn Island, the Netherlands’ Accused, Poland’s Ida, Russia’s Leviathan and Sweden’s Force Majeure all made the top nine.

This year could mark the first Oscar nomination for Estonia, Georgia, Mauritania (whose film was the country’s first Oscar-submitted film) and Venezuela. Argentina, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden have each received two Oscar nominations in the past 14 years. Of those four countries, Argentina is the only one to win an Oscar, which it did in 2010 for The Secret in Their Eyes. If Russia lands a nomination, it will be the country’s second in the 21st century. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Ten Oscar-Nommed Foreign-Language Films About Jewish WWII Experiences

2 January 2015 9:07 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Set in 1960s Poland, Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white drama Ida focuses on faith and identity after family secrets are revealed. Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) is a young orphan brought up in a convent preparing to take her vows to become a nun. When told she must visit her aunt, her only living relative, Anna discovers she’s Jewish, her name is actually Ida and her parents were killed in WWII. Anna/Ida and her aunt embark on a journey to learn more about the family’s history and discover the truth about what happened.

The film landed on the Oscar shortlist for best foreign-language film and was nominated for a Golden Globe in the same category.

A number of foreign films focused on WWII have done well at the Oscars throughout the years. Ones based on real events include The Counterfeiters (2007), about the Nazis’ attempt to »

- Anjelica Oswald

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