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Ifp Announces Project Forum Slate for Independent Film Week September 14-18, 2014

Ifp announced its 2014 slate of 133 new films in development and works in progress selected for its esteemed Project Forum at Independent Film Week. This one-of-a-kind event brings the international film and media community to New York City to advance new projects by nurturing the work of both emerging and established independent artists and filmmakers. Through the Project Forum, creatives connect with financiers, executives, influencers and decision-makers in film, television, new media and cross-platform storytelling that can help them complete their latest works and connect with audiences. Under the curatorial leadership of Deputy Director/Head of Programming Amy Dotson & Senior Director of Programming Milton Tabbot, this one-of-a-kind event takes place September 14-18, 2014 at Lincoln Center supporting bold new content from a wide variety of domestic and international artists.

“As we set to embark on our 36th Independent Film Week, we are impressed by the outstanding slate of both U.S. and international projects selected for this year’s Project Forum,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of Ifp. “We know that the industry will be as excited as we are with the accomplished storytellers and their diverse and boundary pushing films.”

Featured works at the 2014 Independent Film Week include filmmakers and content creators from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. From documentarians Tony Gerber ("Full Battle Rattle"), Pamela Yates ("Granito: How To Nail A Dictator"), and Penny Lane ("Our Nixon") to Michelangelo Frammartino ("Quattro Volte") and Alexis Dos Santos ("Unmade Beds"), as well as new work from critically acclaimed artists and directors Aurora Guerrero ("Mosquita y Mari"), Barry Jenkins ("Medicine for Melancholy"), Travis Matthews ("Interior. Leather. Bar") and Yen Tan ("Pit Stop").

Independent Film Week brings the international film and media community to New York City to advance new documentary and narrative works-in-progress and support the future of storytelling. The program nurtures the work of both emerging and established independent artists and filmmakers through the facilitation of over 3,500+ custom, one-to-one meetings with the financiers, executives, influencers and decision-makers in film, television, new media and cross-platform storytelling that can help them complete their latest works and connect with audiences. In recent years, it has also played a vital role in launching the first films of many of today’s rising stars on the independent scene including Rama Burshtein ("Fill The Void"), Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine"), Marshall Curry ("If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth LIberation Front"), Laura Poitras ("The Oath"), Denis Villeneuve ("Incendies") and Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild").

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New For 2014

Evenly split between documentary and narrative features, selected projects hail from throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada, as well Africa, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. New this year, Ifp will be including web series in it programming, as well as spotlighting Latin & Central American artists and content with 15 projects featured across all programs in the Forum.

In a joint effort to recognize the importance of career and creative sustainability, Ifp and Durga Entertainment have partnered on a new $20,000 filmmaker grant for an alumnus of Ifp. The grant is intended for active, working filmmakers who are also balancing a filmmaking career with parenting. The grant provides a $20,000 unrestricted prize to encourage the recipient to continue on her or his career path of making quality independent films. American directors or screenwriters working in narrative film who have participated in the Ifp Filmmaker Labs or Ifp Independent Film Week's Emerging Storytellers or No-Borders International Co-Production market are encouraged to apply by the deadline of August 8, 2014.

Narrative Feature Highlights

Narrative features and webseries in Rbc’s Emerging Storytellers and No Borders International Co-Production Market sections highlight new work from top emerging and established creative visionaries on the U.S. and international independent scene.

This year’s slate includes new feature scripts featuring directors Dev Benegal ("Road, Movie"), Alexis Dos Santos ("Unmade Beds"), Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin ("Now, Forager"), Michelangelo Frammartino ("Le Quattro Volte"),Terry George ("Hotel Rwanda"), Rashaad Ernesto Green ("Gun Hill Road"), Aurora Guerrero ("Mosquita Y Mari"), Barry Jenkins ("Medicine for Melancholy"),Alison Klayman ("Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"), Travis Mathews ("Interior. Leather Bar"), Stacie Passon ("Concussion"), Yen Tan ("Pit Stop"), as well as up-an-coming actor/directors Karrie Crouse ("Land Ho!") and Peter Vack ("Fort Tilden""I Believe in Unicorns").

Producers and executive producers of note attached to participating projects include Jennifer Dubin and Cora Olson ("Good Dick"), Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams ("Hellion"),Laura Heberton ("Gayby"), Dan Janvey ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"), Kishori Rajan ("Gimme the Loot"), Adele Romanski ("The Myth of the American Sleepover"), Kim Sherman ("A Teacher"), Susan Stover ("High Art"), and Alicia Van Couvering ("Tiny Furniture").

Web Storytellers Highlights

For the first time this year, Ifp presents a dedicated spotlight within the Rbc’s Emerging Storytellers program for creators developing episodic content for digital platforms. The inaugural slate for the Web Storytellers spotlight includes new works from filmmakers Desiree Akhavan ("Appropriate Behavior", HBO’s Girls), Calvin Reeder ("The Rambler"), and Gregory Bayne ("Person of Interest"), as well as producers Elisabeth Holm ("Obvious Child"), Susan Leber ( "Down to the Bone"), and Amanda Warman ("The Outs,"Whatever This Is"). Two of the series participating are currently in post-production, and will be making their online debut in the coming months – Rachel Morgan’s Middle Americans, starring Scott Thompson, Carlen Altman, and Alex Rennie, and Daniel Zimbler and Elisabeth Gray’s Understudies, starring Richard Kind and David Rasche. [p Spotlight On Documentaries Highlights

The documentary selection includes new work from seasoned non-fiction directors such as Emmy winners Robert Bahar andAlmudena Carracedo ("Made in La"), Pamela Yates ("Granito: How to Nail a Dictator"),Ramona Diaz ("Imelda," "Don’t Stop Believin’") Gini Reticker ("Pray the Devil Back to Hell") Tony Gerber ("Full Battle Rattle"); from producers such as Court 13’s Benh Zeitlin and Dan Janvey ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"), Liran Atzmor ("The Law in These Parts"), Tim Williams ("Once In A Lifetime") and Hilla Medalia ("Web Junkie"), and follow-up second features from recent doc world “breakouts”Steve Hoover ("Blood Brother") Penny Lane ("Our Nixon"), Michael Collins ("Give Up Tomorrow"), and Michael Nichols and Christopher Walker ("Flex is Kings").

Exciting new work from debut documentary directors previously known for fiction films include Alex Sichel ("All over Me") with her personal doc The Movie about Anna, Lisa Cortés (producer, "Precious") with "Mothership: The Untold Story of Women and Hip Hop," and Daniel Patrick Carbone ("Hide Your Smiling Faces") with Phantom Cowboys.

Sponsors

Independent Film Week’s Premier sponsors are Royal Bank of Canada (Rbc) and HBO. Gold sponsors are A&E IndieFilms and SAGIndie. Silver sponsors are Durga Entertainment, Eastman Kodak Company, National Film & Video Foundation of South Africa and Telefilm Canada. Official Independent Film Week Partner is Film Society of Lincoln Center. Independent Film Week is supported, in part, by funds provided by the Ford Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council for the Arts and Time Warner Foundation.

About Ifp

The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution. The organization fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community through its year-round programs, which include Independent Film Week, Filmmaker Magazine, the Gotham Independent Film Awards and the Made in NY Media Center by Ifp, a new incubator space developed with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Ifp represents a growing network of 10,000 storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing 350 new feature and documentary works each year. During its 35-year history, Ifp has supported over 8,000 projects and offered resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers, including Debra Granik, Miranda July, Michael Moore, Dee Rees, and Benh Zeitlin. More info at www.ifp.org.
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'The Act of Killing' Wins 2013 Puma Impact Award

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'The Act of Killing' Wins 2013 Puma Impact Award
"The Act of Killing" won the 2013 Puma Impact Award, Puma and The Britdoc Foundation announced last night at a ceremony in New York City. The other nominated films are "Bully," "Give up Tomorrow," "The Interrupters" and "The Invisible War." The jurors for this year's Puma Impact Award -- Susan Sarandon, Ricken Patel, Gael Garcia Bernal, Zadie Smith, and Eric Schlosser -- selected "The Act of Killing" to win the 50,000 Euro award. Half the cash prize rewards the filmmakers for their creative efforts, while the other half is dedicated to supporting the film’s campaign for change. "The Invisible War" was awarded a special Jury Commendation. Of the winning film, the jury said: "'The Act of Killing’ is a staggering and unique work of art that stands above time and place and will enrich and empower everyone who has the privilege to see it for many years to come. Its
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Ifp Seeks First-Time Filmmakers in Post Production

Did you see Una Noche at Tff 2012? Writer/director Lucy Mulloy's harrowing tale of three Cuban teens who dream of fleeing to the United States mesmerized Festival audiences and critics alike. The film won prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival for Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature Film, Best Actor for both Dariel Arrechada and Javier Nunez Florian, and Best New Narrative Director for Mulloy. Along with support from the Tribeca Film Institute, Mulloy and Una Noche benefited greatly from the help they received at the Ifp's Filmmaker Labs. Ifp's Filmmakers Labs currently are inviting submissions for their 2013 season from first time filmmakers who are in perhaps the most challenging phase of their projects - post-production. The success of Una Noche and other Ifp Labs films such as Pariah, Give Up Tomorrow, and War Don Don is the best testament to the value of the program. Participation in Ifp Filmmaker Labs is free,
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LatinoBuzz: The Winners of the 3rd Annual Cinema Tropical Awards Are...

The winners of the 3rd Annual Cinema Tropical Awards were announced at a special event at the New York Times headquarters in New York City,celebrating the best of the Latin American film production of the year in five different categories:

- Best Feature Film

- Best Documentary Film

- Best Director, Feature Film

- Best Director, Documentary Film

- Best First Film

The Cinema Tropical Awards are presented in partnership with Voces, Latino Heritage Network of The New York Times and 92YTribeca, with the support of the Mexican Cultural Institute. Special thanks to Lucila Moctezuma and Mario Díaz.

Best Feature Film

- O Som Ao Redor / Neighboring Sounds (Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brazil, 2012)

Best Director, Feature Film

- MatÍAs Meyer, Los ÚLtimos Cristeros / The Last Christeros (Mexico, 2011)

Best Documentary Film

- El Salvavidas / The Lifeguard (Maite Alberdi, Chile, 2011)

Best Director, Documentary Film

- JosÉ ÁLvarez, CanÍCula (Mexico, 2011)

Best First Film

- El Estudiante / The Student (Santiago Mitre, Argentina, 2011)

The films were selected from a list of Latin American feature films with a minimum of 60 minutes in length that were premiered between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012. The winners and final nominees were selected by a six-member jury panel from a list of fiction and documentary films compiled from the selections of a nominating committee composed of 14 film professionals from Latin America, the U.S. and Europe (see list below).

Fiction Jury

Dennis Lim writes about film and popular culture for various publications including The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He is the founding editor of Moving Image Source, the online publication and research resource of the Museum of the Moving Image and was formerly the film editor of The Village Voice. His work has also appeared in The Believer, The Oxford American, Blender, Spin, Espous, Indiewire, New York Daily News, The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, and the film quarterly Cinema Scope, where he is a contributing editor. A member of the National Society of Film Critics and the editor of The Village Voice Film Guide (2006), he has served as a member of the New York Film Festival selection committee and he teaches in the Cultural Reporting and Criticism graduate program a New York University.

Matías Piñeiro is a filmmaker and professor at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His first feature-length work, El hombre robado / The Stolen Man (2007), won awards at the Jeonju International Film Festival and at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival. In 2009, his second feature, Todos mienten / They All Lie, premiered at Bafici (Buenos Aires Festival International de Cine Independiente), where it won two awards. It also won a prize at the Santiago Festival Internacional de Cine. In 2010, he was selected—along with James Benning and Denis Côté—to screen his third film, Rosalinda at the 11th Jeonju Digital Project. Piñeiro recently premiered his most recent film, Viola, at the Toronto Film Festival, and it's slated for a Us release in 2013. He earned a filmmaking degree from Universidad del Cine. His award-winning films have been screened around the world, including at Anthology Film Archives, Festival des 3 Continents, the Festival del film Locarno, the London Film Festival, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, the Museum of Modern Art, Rencontré Cinémas d’Amerique Latine de Toulouse, and the Viennale.

Frida Torresblanco served as a producer in Spain working on film including The Dancer Upstairs, directed by John Malkovich and starring Javier Bardem, as well as Susan Seidelman’s Gaudi Afternoon. She moved to New York City in 2002 to launch and lead Alfonso Cuaron’s film production company, Esperanto, where she served as Executive Producer and Creative On-Set Producer for The Assassination of Richard Nixon (directed by Niels Mueller, starring Sean Penn), among others. In 2006, Frida joined Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro to produce El laberinto del Fauno / Pan’s Labyrinth (Three Oscars & another three Oscar nominations; three wins & five BAFTA nominations; a nomination for the Palm d’Or and a Golden Globe). The Hollywood Reporter named Frida one of the 50 most powerful Latinos in Hollywood. She also produced Rudo y Cursi (directed by Carlos Cuarón, starring Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna). In 2010, Frida launched her new film production company, Braven Films, with partners Eric Laufer and Giovanna Randall. Her next project, Magic Magic, produced through Braven Films, will star Michael Cera, Juno Temple and Emily Browning.

DocuMentary Jury

Ryan Harrington is the Director of Documentary Programs at the Tribeca Film Institute where he oversees the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, the Tfi Documentary Fund, Tribeca All Access documentary program and the Latin America Media Arts Fund while developing other initiatives and programs that support non-fiction filmmaking. Recent Tfi successes include Give Up Tomorrow, If a Tree Falls, The Redemption of General Butt Naked, The Oath, Enemies of the People, Marathon Boy and Donor Unknown. Independently he is currently working on the feature doc Hungry in America, with filmmakers Kristi Jacobson & Lori Silverbush and Participant Media, that explores why so many people in the USA go without food, and what can be done about it. Harrington managed production for A&E IndieFilms, the theatrical documentary arm of the A&E Network, for four years. Throughout his time there he championed the Oscar-nominated films Murderball and Jesus Camp, and the Sundance hits My Kid Could Paint That and American Teen.

Paula Heredia is a director and editor based in New York. She was awarded an Emmy for the HBO documentary In Memoriam, NYC 9/11/01, and an Ace Eddie Award for the acclaimed documentary Unzipped. Her directorial work includes the documentaries George Plimpton and the Paris Review, Ralph Gibson, and The Couple in the Cage. Her dramatic work includes Having a Baby, Tras La Ventana, Slings and Arrows, and La Cena de Matrimonio. Her short film La Pájara Pinta premiered at the Lincoln Center Film Society LatinBeat Film Festival. Heredia’s editorial work can be seen in the HBO feature-length documentary Addiction, which received the 2007 Emmy Governors Award, and Alive Day Memories—Home from Iraq, executive produced by James Gandolfini for HBO. Her new edit, The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not for Sale and Jacques D'Ambois in China, will air on HBO this summer. Other editorial credits include: Modulations Cinema for the Ear, The Vagina Monologues, Finding Christa and Free Tibet. Paula’s work and creative process is featured in the book: The Art of the Documentary by Megan Cunningham. With partner Larry Garvin, she co-founded Heredia Pictures, heads the international committee of New York Women in Film and Television and serves on the board of advisors of Tribeca All Access and Clementina, Inc.

Chi-hui Yang is a film programmer, lecturer and writer based in New York. As a guest curator, Yang has presented film and video series at film festivals and events internationally, including MoMA's Documentary Fortnight, Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (“The Age of Migration”), Seattle International Film Festival, Washington D.C. International Film Festival and Barcelona Asian Film Festival. From 2000-2010 he was the Director and Programmer of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the largest showcase of its kind in the Us. Yang is also the programmer of “Cinema Asian America,” a new On-Demand service offered by Comcast and currently a Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute.

Nominating Committee

- Isabel Arrate Fernandez, Idfa, The Netherlands

- Hugo Chaparro, film critic, Colombia

- Lucile De Calan, programmer, Biarritz Latin American Film Festival, France

- Denis de la Roca, programmer, Abu Dhabi Film Festival

- Mara Fortes, programmer, Morelia Film Festival

- Erick Gonzalez, programmer, Valdivia Film Festival, Chile

- Elías Jiménez, director, Festival Ícaro, Guatemala

- Roger Alan Koza, film critic and programmer, Filmfest Hamburg, Ficunam, Mexico

- Janneke Langelaan, Hubert Bals Fund, The Netherlands

- Diego Lerer, film critic, Argentina

- Rosa Martinez Rivero, film producer, Argentina

- Christian Sida-Valenzuela, director, Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

- Hebe Tabachnik, programmer, Los Angeles and Palm Springs Film Festivals

- Sergio Wolf, film programmer, Argentina
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No miss: Award winning Doc 'Give Up Tomorrow' comes October 4 on PBS (Video)

Tune in alert for the story of Paco Larrañaga and his harrowing journey through the Filipino justice system, as told by Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco in the gripping new documentary Give Up Tomorrow, filmed over six years in the Philippines, United States, Spain and Great Britain. PBS Pov brings the Philippines. .Trial of the Century. to the smallscreen, as it pits two grief-stricken mothers against each other as international community debates whether to save or execute one young man. From PBS The story reads as if it were ripped out of the pages of a suspense novel: As a tropical storm beats down on an island in the Philippines, two sisters leave work and never make
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2012 La Asian Pacific Film Festival announcement | Laapff

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Announces 188 Outstanding Films For 2012 Edition Presented By Visual Communications

Southern California.s Largest Asian Film Festival Runs May 10 . 20, 2012, Will Present 188 Films From

Over 20 Countries Featuring World Premieres, Sneak Previews; Showcasing Documentaries and Narratives

Focusing on the Voices of Asian Americans and Asian Peoples from Around the World.

The Launch of the C3: Project Market and the Vc Film Development Fund

Festival Opening Night Selection Shanghai Calling, Directed By Festival Alum Daniel Hsia, Starring: Daniel Henney, Eliza Coupe and Bill Paxton.

Centerpiece Presentations, SXSW favorite Sunset Stories, Directed by Ernesto Foronda and Silas Howard; Sundance Winner Valley Of Saints directed by Musa Syeed. Saturday Night Gala Yes, We.Re Open, directed by Festival Alum Richard Wong.

Joyful Reunion Directed by Tsao Jui Yuan, Selected as Closing Night Gala Presentation.

Visual Communications (Vc), the nation.s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, announced its
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Ifp Independent Filmmaker Labs Open For Submissions

The Ifp’s unique Independent Filmmaker Labs are now accepting applications for the 2012 programs. The Labs, which consist of year-round mentorship for first-time filmmakers along with focused seminar and instruction weeks, have recently seen alumni success at Sundance (Terrence Nance’s An Oversimplification of Her Beauty), Slamdance (Keith Miller’s Grand Prize winner Welcome to Pine Hill), in theaters (Dee Rees’s Pariah) and, upcoming, at Berlin (Lucy Mulloy’s Una Noche), SXSW (Matt Ruskin’s Competition title, Booster), and on TV (the Pov screening of Michael CollinsGive Up Tomorrow).

From Ifp:

Ifp’s unique year-long mentorship program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most: through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films. Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (

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"Senna" Among the 2012 Cinema Eye Nominees

The Cinema Eye Honors revealed the nominees for the 5th Annual Awards honoring Non-Fiction Filmmaking. Winners will be announced on January 11. Here's the list of the 2012 Cinema Eye Honors:

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking:

"The Arbor," Directed by Clio Barnard, Produced by Tracy O.Riordan

"Senna," Directed by Asif Kapadia; Produced by James Gay-Rees, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner

"Project Nim," Directed by James Marsh, Produced by Simon Chinn

"Position Among the Stars," Directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich, Produced by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich

"Nostalgia for the Light," Directed by Patricio Guzmán, Produced by Renate Sachse

"The Interrupters," Directed by Steve James, Produced by Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James

Outstanding Achievement in Direction:

Clio Barnard for "The Arbor"

Leonard Retel Helmrich for "Position Among the Stars"

Patricio Guzmán for "Nostalgia for the Light"

Steve James for "The Interrupters"

Danfung Dennis for "Hell and Back Again"

Outstanding Achievement in Production:

Erik Nelson
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Christian-Muslim Relationships, Ayrton Senna, Justin Bieber: 2012 Cinema Eye Honors Nominations

Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light From the the remains of political prisoners buried in Chile's Atacama desert to Muslim-Christian relationships within a (very large) family in Indonesia: Clio Barnard’s The Arbor, Steve James’ The Interrupters, Patricio Guzmán’s Nostalgia for the Light, Leonard Retel Helmrich’s Position Among the Stars, James Marsh’s Project Nim and Asif Kapadia’s Senna are all in the running for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking at the 2012 Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking. It's the first time that six films are competing for the top Cinema Eye award. Seven documentaries received four nominations each, the highest number this year: Tristan Patterson’s Dragonslayer, Danfung DennisHell and Back Again, The Arbor, The Interrupters, Nostalgia for the Light, Position Among the Stars and Senna. In all, 33 films from 12 countries are vying for Cinema Eye awards in 11 categories. The five nominees for
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Vote: Give Up Tomorrow Nominated for Gotham Audience Award

Film lovers, here's your chance: another opportunity for Your voice to be heard and for you to support quality independent films. Vote for our Heineken Audience Award winner, Give Up Tomorrow, one of the Tff 2011 alumni up for the Gotham Independent Film Audience Award. Starting today, viewers far and wide can vote for the Gotham Independent Film Audience Award, which will be presented at the Gotham Awards in New York on Monday, November 28, hosted by Ifp. We're thrilled to announce that Give Up Tomorrow, which won the Tff 2011 Heineken Audience Award, is one of the 29 films that Gotham carefully selected for their Audience Award. Give Up Tomorrow is director Michael Collins' documentary, a murder-mystery meets expose that investigates the disappearance of two sisters one stormy night in the Philippines in July 1997. For the following 13 years, the case became the center of national concern as student Paco ...
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Michael Collins on "Utilizing Your First Ever Film Festival"

Toronto International Film Festival begins tomorrow. Getting you film to a festival is a dream come true for most filmmakers. But it is so easy to overlook the great opportunities that are right before you when you attend a festival. Today, doc filmmaker Michael Collins, shares some of the lessons he's learned from his initial experience at Tribeca. Give Up Tomorrow (Tribeca) Written by Michael Collins (Director/Producer) For us, the road to Tribeca was extremely long, and sometimes quite grueling. Give Up Tomorrow is our first documentary feature and it took us more than 6 years to complete. Along the…
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Watch: Free Paco Now!

One of the nicest moments at Tff 2011 was last Saturday's inspired chant of 'Free Paco Now' - led by co-Founder Jane Rosenthal - when the director (Michael Collins) and producer (Marty Syjuco) of Give Up Tomorrow took the stage to accept the 2011 Heineken Audience Award. Throughout the Festival, audiences were moved by the story of Paco Larranaga, a young man imprisoned in the Philippines for the murders of two sisters. The film makes a strong case for his innocence, and an earlier grassroots campaign led to his removal from Death Row and his placement in a prison in Spain. (Paco is a dual citizen of Spain and the Philippines.) Paco has been incarcerated for 14 years, with no end in sight. For more information on the film, and how people can get involved with the Free Paco Now campaign, visit the official Give Up Tomorrow website. Or follow the film on Facebook.
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Tribeca 2011: Award Winners

You can tell how massive and diverse a festival like Tribeca is by the fact that I saw 10 features and a whole bunch of shorts, yet only one film I saw won an award and none received special mention. I want to congratulate Rider & Shiloh Strong for winning best online short for their amazing film, The Dungeon Master. I have been pushing it as my favorite short of the festival and apparently many people agreed with me. Below is the list of all the winners & special mentions. Congratulations to all of them and congrats to everyone who just played at the festival, which is a huge honor by itself.

World Narrative Competition Categories:

The jurors for the 2011 World Narrative Competition were Souleymane Cissé, Scott Glenn, David Gordon Green, Rula Jebreal, Art Linson, Jason Sudeikis and Dianne Wiest.

The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature . She Monkeys (Apflickorna), directed by Lisa Aschan,
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Tribeca Film Festival '11 | Rounding Up the Coverage

The 10th Tribeca Film Festival closed over the weekend with the premiere of Edward Burns' "Newlyweds." The festival announced that Michael Collins' doc "Give Up Tomorrow" won the Audience Award, adding to the prize winners handed out last Thursday in which "She Monkeys" and "Bombay Beach" took the festival's top prizes. In all, 43 features screened at the festival, which was founded to give Lower Manhattan an economic boost following ...
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Give Up Tomorrow Wins Heineken Audience Award at Tribeca Film Festival

Give Up Tomorrow Wins Heineken Audience Award at Tribeca Film Festival
Give Up Tomorrow’ has won this year’s Heineken Audience Award from the Tribeca Film Festival (Tff). Director Michael Collins accepted the award, which honors the year’s best feature film, and was awarded with a cash prize of $25,000. The announcement was made during the festival’s wrap party on April 30, 2011. Audiences attending the Tff were able to vote for their favorite movie after attending Tff screenings. Films in the World Narrative Competition, World Documentary Competition, Viewpoints, Spotlight and Cinemania sections were all eligible to be nominated for the award. ‘Give Up Tomorrow’ was also a Tff Special Jury Mention in the World Documentary Competition. It was well received by...
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'Give Up Tomorrow Claim Audience Award at Tribeca

The Tribeca Film Festival won’t wrap until later today with the closing-night screening of Ed Burns' Newlyweds but the festival announced the Heineken Audience Award Winner last night as director Michael Collins’ documentary Give Up Tomorrow. Collins and his crew followed the story of 19-year-old Paco Larrañaga who was arrested for the kidnapping, rape and murder of two sisters on the island of Cebu in the Philippines despite photographs and eyewitnesses placing him far from the scene of the crime. In the spirit of a true crime drama, Collins followed Paco's ordeal for more than a decade and revealed how ethnic and class bias played a major role in his arrest.
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'Give Up Tomorrow Claim Audience Award at Tribeca

The Tribeca Film Festival won’t wrap until later today with the closing-night screening of Ed Burns' Newlyweds but the festival announced the Heineken Audience Award Winner last night as director Michael Collins’ documentary Give Up Tomorrow. Collins and his crew followed the story of 19-year-old Paco Larrañaga who was arrested for the kidnapping, rape and murder of two sisters on the island of Cebu in the Philippines despite photographs and eyewitnesses placing him far from the scene of the crime. In the spirit of a true crime drama, Collins followed Paco's ordeal for more than a decade and revealed how ethnic and class bias played a major role in his arrest.
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'Give Up Tomorrow Claim Audience Award at Tribeca

The Tribeca Film Festival won’t wrap until later today with the closing-night screening of Ed Burns' Newlyweds but the festival announced the Heineken Audience Award Winner last night as director Michael Collins’ documentary Give Up Tomorrow. Collins and his crew followed the story of 19-year-old Paco Larrañaga who was arrested for the kidnapping, rape and murder of two sisters on the island of Cebu in the Philippines despite photographs and eyewitnesses placing him far from the scene of the crime. In the spirit of a true crime drama, Collins followed Paco's ordeal for more than a decade and revealed how ethnic and class bias played a major role in his arrest.
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'Give Up Tomorrow Claim Audience Award at Tribeca

The Tribeca Film Festival won’t wrap until later today with the closing-night screening of Ed Burns' Newlyweds but the festival announced the Heineken Audience Award Winner last night as director Michael Collins’ documentary Give Up Tomorrow. Collins and his crew followed the story of 19-year-old Paco Larrañaga who was arrested for the kidnapping, rape and murder of two sisters on the island of Cebu in the Philippines despite photographs and eyewitnesses placing him far from the scene of the crime. In the spirit of a true crime drama, Collins followed Paco's ordeal for more than a decade and revealed how ethnic and class bias played a major role in his arrest.
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Tribeca 2011 Announces Audience Award

The 2011 Tribeca FIlm Festival names its Heineken Audience Award Winner… “Give Up Tomorrow.”

The film’s director receives a cash prize of $25,000 for the audience-voted honor.

For the official word, read below:

Give Up Tomorrow received a Special Jury Mention in the World Documentary Competition at this year’s Tff and played to rapturous response and standing ovations. The film was also supported by the Tribeca Film Institute’s Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, and the filmmaker is an alumnus of the Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access program.

The film tells the story of culinary student Paco Larrañaga, who, at 19 years old in 1997, was arrested for the kidnap, rape, and murder of two sisters on the provincial island of Cebu in the Philippines. Despite demonstrable evidence of his innocence, including 40 eyewitnesses and photographs placing him hundreds of miles from the scene, Paco’s legal ordeal was only just beginning.
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