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BURBANK, Calif.  – The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum (AEF) has awarded its annual Faculty Grants to Tom Bancroft (Azusa Pacific University), Soyeon Kim (California State University, Long Beach), Kaho Albert Yu (City University of Hong Kong, School of Creative Media), and Zachary Zezima (California University, Los Angeles). The AEF Faculty Grant program is designed to provide support for individuals or groups with reasonable expenditures associated with research, scholarly activity or creative projects in the field of animation, and were open to both full- and part-time teachers at accredited post-secondary institutions. AEF reviewed applicants from all over…

 A documentary on Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning drama “The Salesman” is scheduled to premiere in Tehran in the near future. “About the Salesman” directed and produced by Vahid Sedaqat and Tahmineh Monzavi will be screened at the Art and Experience Cinemas, which are dedicated to screening art films, Farhadi has announced on his Telegram channel. The documentary shows how the idea of making the film began to form and how the various stages of production were completed. Top film critics such as Godfrey Cheshire, Peter Bradshaw, Fabio Ferzetti, Philippe Rouyer, Michel Ciment, and Hushang Golmakani also speak about the acclaimed movie…

Cultural entrepreneur Vera Mijojlic, the founder and director of the South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles, was among five women who were honored at West Hollywood’s 23rd annual Women in Leadership Awards event on Wednesday, April 28. The Award was presented to her by Jamie Adler, designer and business leader, and daughter of Phyllis Morris. “This award is a recognition for the entire SEEfest team which makes the festival possible, and I share it with all of them,” says Mijojlic. “I am personally honored to receive the award named after a pioneering business woman, Phyllis Morris, who was a trailblazer and a…

The music industry has seen its fair share of format changes over the past decade.  But it’s hard to imagine, for example, an album not receiving a Grammy because it isn’t available in record stores. Which is sort of what’s happening in the movie world.  Now, one of the most prestigious film festivals — the Cannes Film Festival — has decided to ban Netflix movies from receiving awards.  The reason is that they aren’t distributed into traditional theaters. In effect, Cannes is declaring that a movie is not worthy of an award because it’s viewed on a different-sized screen. Cannes Film…

 Iranian documentary filmmaker Kamran Shirdel was recently awarded the Italian Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI. This is the first class Order of Merit of the Italian Republic awarded for contributions in the fields of literature, music, economy, public service, social, philanthropic, and humanitarian activities. Shirdel received the award during a ceremony held at the Italian Embassy here in Tehran. Documentarian Shirdel is the first Iranian filmmaker who has received the Italian medal. “Kamran Shirdel is no doubt the father of Iran’s modern cinema, especially in social documentary cinema. He has played a major role in introducing and promoting Italian neo-realism.…

As the curtain fell on the 19th National Film Festival, “Volubilis” and “House in the Fields” carried home the evening’s highest honors. Hosted at Tangier’s Ahmed Boukmakh Cultural Center, Saturday’s closing ceremony was the finale to a week of film screenings, debates, and retrospectives. The Moroccan Center of Cinematography (CCM) orchestrated the festival, which ran from March 9-17 and offered a space for fresh talent to debut and seasoned professionals to reconvene. The festival’s jury panel was comprised of critics, directors, curators, and professors. The president of the panel, Rasha Salti, addressed the audience remotely via video; she commended the gender balance…

GUADALAJARA — The excitement surrounding Guillermo del Toro’s presence at Mexico’s Guadalajara Film Festival reached fever pitch by the end of last week, and manifested itself as a rousing standing ovation when the director made his first appearance at this year’s 33rd edition of the Guadalajara Film Festival. It had long been planned that the director would come back to his home town to open a theater in his name and give a masterclass. That was before the genial Mexican won best director and best picture at last Sunday’s Academy Awards. Spots for Saturday’s scheduled masterclass filled immediately when an astounding 30,000 requests for entry…

Ahmad Zayeri’s film, which tells the story of a Syrian child, will compete in the 16th annual Garden State film festival in New Jersey, United States. The ‘Saad’s Olive Tree’ film is directed by Iranian director Ahmad Zayeri and tells the story of a Syrian girl who has lost his sight in an explosion when he was playing. The Iranian director’s film has so far won awards in different international competitions including the Best Short Film Award in 2017 Eearl’s Court Film Festival in London, UK and the best screenplay of the 14th edition of the Kinofilm Festival in Manchester,…

There’s no denying that women are underrepresented in Hollywood, and especially behind the camera. A 2017 study released by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film found that only 11 percent of the top 250 grossing films of 2017 were directed by women—up from 7 percent in 2016—and only 11 percent were written by women, a two-point drop from the year before. Those numbers are not encouraging. But women have made Hollywood history recently. Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, was the third-highest grossingmovie of 2017 with more than $412 million. And this week comes another milestone. Hitting theaters March 9,…

A Fantastic Woman Wins Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Other nominees were The Insult (Lebanon), Loveless(Russia), Body and Soul (Hungary) and The Square (Sweden). Chile, A Fantastic Woman , Director: Sebastián Lelio A Fantastic Woman (Spanish: Una mujer fantástica) is a 2017 Chilean drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. https://vimeo.com/258549064

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