DAILY NEWS: AMPAS Nixes Internet Films; Karlovy Vary Set; Hamptons Cash
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>>AMPAS Disqualifies Web-based Films from Oscars; Movie Must Premiere in Theaters First
(indieWIRE/6.16.00) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
(AMPAS) have voted to disqualify from Oscar consideration any film that
screens on the Internet prior to its theatrical release. The decision was
made Tuesday night by the Academy’s Board of Governors.
The Academy has decided to treat an Internet screening like a television
airing, indicating, “The rulings emphasized the organization’s longstanding
principle that its province is theatrical motion pictures as distinct from
pictures experienced as lone viewing.”
Commenting on the ruling, Academy Executive Director Bruce Davis said, in a
prepared statement, “The Board just wants to make it crystal clear, so that
in the rush to embrace new technologies, a legitimate theatrical motion
picture doesn’t inadvertently jeopardize its eligibility.”
The official Academy rules booklet, including other minor changes, will be
available from AMPAS in early August. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Karlovy Vary Set for 35th Film Festival
(indieWIRE/6.16.00) — The 35th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
(July 5 – 15, 2000) has unveiled the lineup for its uncoming event, incuding
competition films, American independents, Czech films, movies from Central
and Eastern Europe, retrospectives, and tributes.
Based at the Thermal hotel in the small town of Karlovy Vary (outside of
Prague), the long-running event (founded in the same year as the Cannes and
Locarno festivals), will screen 19 films in its international feature
competition and more than two dozen movies in its documentary competition.
In the “Forum of Independents” showcasing work from the US and around the
world, the Festival will offer Mary Harron‘s “American Psycho” and Chris Smith‘s “American Movie,” Milton Moses Ginsberg‘s “Coming Apart,” Nicholas Winding Refn‘s Danish film, “Bleeder,” Erick Zonca‘s French film, “Le petit voleur” (Smalltime Thief) and Khyentse Norbu‘s “Phorpa” (The Cup) from Bhutan.
Among the Cannes films screening in Karlovy Vary are Lars Von Trier‘s
“Dancer in the Dark,” Edward Yang‘s “Yi Yi” (A One and A Two), and Darren Aronofsky‘s “Requiem for a Dream.”
The chairman of the Festival jury will be director Abbas Kiarostamie (“The
Wind Will Carry Us“) from Iran, he will be joined by Yugoslav director
Srdjan Karanovi (“A Film with No Name“), Kazakh director Ermek Shinarbayev, German actress and director Dana Vavrova, Spanish actress and director Itziar Bollein and Israeli director Arik Kaplun. Richard Leacock will head the Festival’s doc jury.
[For more information, visit: http://www.iffkv.ca.]
>> Hamptons Fest Adds Major Cash Prize for Sci-Tech Film
(indieWIRE/6.16.00) — The Hamptons International Film Festival (October 11 – 15, 2000), embarking on its eighth annual festival this fall, announced a
significant cash prize for a winning film. In conjunction with the Alfred
P. Sloan Foundation, the Festival will offer $25,000 to “a feature fiction
film that explores science, mathematics, and technology themes with
originality and insight.” The festival announcement continued, “Eligible
films will convey these sciences as a central part of the film’s structure,
character development, plot or theme. The film should have potential for
Additionally, the Festival announced yesterday that filmmakers vying for the
Festival’s “Golden Starfish Award” may not have screened at more than three
film festivals worldwide — the Starfish prize offers an in-kind goods and
services package valued at $165,000 for dramatic and $10,000 for documentary
films. The Festival deadline is for features is June 30th (the shorts
deadline has passed).
[For more information, visit: http://www.hamptonsfest.org.]