Film Festival News - Lineups, Announcements


The 2015 edition of AFI Fest wraps up tonight with the gala premiere of The Big Short. But before things get swept up at Hollywood & Highland, the festival has announced its Jury and Audience Awards for this year's fest.... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

AFI Fest 2015: VR Tech Showcase Takes Place This Weekend

There's no doubt that "Virtual Reality" and "Immersive Storytelling" are buzzworthy terms in media these days. With consumer-ready VR setups just around the corner and first-person narratives (like Hardcore) already arriving, it feels like we are right on the precipice... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

AFI Fest Announces Full 2014 Lineup

If you're an Angelino like myself then chances are you covet early November as that time to catch up on all the buzz-worthy film festival faves that come roaring into town courtesy of AFI Fest. This year, of course, is... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Watch The Intense U.S. Trailer For Katrin Gebbe's NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN

Take a moment to watch the brand new U.S. trailer for Katrin Gebbe's horror/drama Nothing Bad Can Happen. Drafthouse Films will release the film in U.S. cinemas on June 27th (which means a Canadian stop here in Toronto at tiff... More »
By Andrew Mack   

AFI Fest 2013 Includes Films From Ti West, Ari Folman, Kim Ki-duk, Plus BORGMAN!

The fine folks at the American Film Institute announced the rest of their line up for the 2013 edition of AFI Fest today and it's a mighty pretty looking bunch of 2013 festival faves from every corner of the globe.... More »
By Ben Umstead   

AFI Fest 2012 Announces Midnight, World Cinema, Breakthrough, and Shorts Lineups

Los Angeles's big awards season festival, AFI Fest will kick off on November 1 and they've just announced the lion share of the rest of their film programming (see the announcement of Young Americans and New Auteurs from a... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

AFI Fest 2012 Announces Seimetz, Cronenberg, Lindholm in Young Americans and New Auteurs Programs

It's less than a month until the kickoff of Los Angeles's AFI Fest 2012 on November 1, and we have the first lineup bulletin for you out today. Announced so far are the Young Americans and New Auteurs sidebars featuring... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

THE COLLAPSED Gets U.S. And German Distro!

Congrats to local filmmaker Justin McConnell and his cast and crew of Canadian PA flick The Collapsed. Repped by the fine lads at Raven Banner Entertainment they sealed the deal at AFM2011 for American distribution, as well as more overseas... More »
By Andrew Mack   


AFI Fest 2011 wraps up tonight with the closing gala premiere of The Adventures of Tintin. Awards were handed out this morning to a crowded Roosevelt Ballroom which attendees were informed hosted the very first Academy Awards ceremony. There was... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

AFM 2011: Mark Hartley To Do The ELECTRIC BOOGALOO

The American Film Market is now winding down but not without word of one more fascinating project making the rounds first.Australian director Mark Hartley rose to international attention thanks to his documentaries Not Quite Hollywood and Machete Maidens Unleashed. And... More »
By Todd Brown   

AFM 2011: Paul Andrew Williams' SONG FOR MARION Goes To The Weinstein Company

Best known for darker fare such as London To Brighton, The Cottage and Cherry Tree Lane, UK director Paul Andrew Williams took a dramatic - you might even say risky - turn into more arthouse fare with his latest effort,... More »
By Todd Brown   

AFM 2011: MONSTER BRAWL And EXIT HUMANITY Land Multi-Territory Sales Deals

Canadian indie genre imprint Foresight Features are having themselves a quality time at the American Film Market, having just announced a fistful of international distribution deals for each of their films Monster Brawl and Exit Humanity.FORESIGHT FEATURES FLYING HIGH AT... More »
By Todd Brown   

AFM 2011: Elijah Wood Is Alex Aja's MANIAC

Frodo is getting a makeover in the Alexandre Aja produced remake of William Lustig's cult 1980 horror hit Maniac.Wood will be taking the lead role in the Franck Khalfoun (P2) directed remake scripted by Aja and his regular writing partner... More »
By Todd Brown   

AFM 2011: Animetropolis And IDA Bringing TAILCHASER'S SONG To The Big Screen

American and Japanese forces are teaming up to bring Tad Williams' fantasy novel Tailchaser's Song to the big screen. It has just been announced that US production house Animetropolis is teaming with Japan's IDA - the animation studio responsible for... More »
By Todd Brown   

AFM 2011: YOU'RE NEXT Star Sharni Vinson Joins Mark Hartley's PATRICK

While producers continue piecing together the financing for Mark (Not Quite Hollywood, Machete Maidens Unleashed) Hartley's long gestating remake of Australian cult classic horror film Patrick, the project has taken a big step forward with some significant cast attachments. The... More »
By Todd Brown   

AFM 2011: Drafthouse Films Picks Up BULLHEAD and CLOWN for North America

Crime drama Bullhead and raucous comedy Clown, two of the best films from this year's Fantastic Fest, have been acquired by Drafthouse Films for distribution in North America. Bullhead, Belgium's submission for Academy Award consideration as Best Foreign Language... More »
By Peter Martin   

AFI Fest 2011 Preview: 10 to Watch - New Autuers, Young Americans & Midnighters

AFI Fest 2011 kicks off tonight with the world premiere of J. EDGAR. We took a look at that film amongst our Galas & Specials Preview as well as choosing 10 films for our World Cinema Preview. Now we turn... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

AFI Fest 2011 Preview: 10 to Watch - World Cinema

Yesterday we brought you a look at 10 films from the Galas & Specials programs ahead of Thursday's kick off of Hollywood's AFI Fest 2011. Today we've got a preview of a few highlights from the extensive World Cinema program.... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

AFM 2011: Thai teens want revenge in BANGKOK KUNG FU!

Thai writer-director Yuthlert Sippapak caught my attention with his bizarre genre-bending horror comedy RAHTREE: FLOWER OF THE NIGHT back in 2003 and has long enjoyed plenty of love on these pages, not least for his recent one-two punch of FRIDAY... More »
By James Marsh   

AFM 2011: Gorgeous English-friendly trailer for Gordon Chan's MURAL

A project that started life as a proposed sequel to his 2008 supernatural drama PAINTED SKIN, Gordon Chan's MURAL has since taken on a life of its own and proved to be a substantial holiday season hit with Mainland Chinese... More »
By James Marsh   
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