DAILY NEWS: National Board Names Top Films; IFILM and FilmTrust
by Eugene Hernandez and Maud Kersnowski/indieWIRE
>> NBR Names "Quills" Top Film of 2000; "Hank Greenberg" Takes Doc Prize and "Crouching Tiger" Wins Foreign Honor
(indieWIRE/ 12.7.00) -- Philip Kaufman's "Quills," a story about the Marquis de Sade," won the award for Best Film of 2000 from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. The group announced its top ten yesterday, along with awards in directing, writing, acting and other categories. The Board's
selections are typically an early indicator of other awards season notices, including the annual Academy Awards.
Steven Soderbergh won the award for Best Director, for his work on "Traffic" and "Erin Brockovich," while the prize for Best Writing went to Ted Tally for "All the Pretty Horses."
Aviva Kempner's "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg" has been named Best Documentary and Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Tiger" nabbed the award for Best Foreign Film.
The award for Best Actor went to Javier Bardem for "Before Night Falls," while Julia Roberts was honored for "Erin Brockovich." Joaquin Phoenix was recognized as Best Supporting Actor for "Quills" and Lupe Ontiveros won the Best Supporting Actress prize for "Chuck and Buck." The award for Breakthrough Performance went to Michelle Rodriguez for "Girlfight" and the Outstanding Young Actor award went to Jamie Bell for "Billy Elliot." Actress Björk, star of "Dancer in the Dark" was singled out, winning the prize for Outstanding Dramatic Musical Performance by an Actress.
A list of the National Board of Review of Films' Ten Best Films of 2000
4. "You Can Count on Me"
5. "Billy Eliot"
6. "Before Night Falls"
8. "Wonder Boys"
10. "Dancer in the Dark"
The National Board of Review (NBR) began its annual top ten list in 1919.
The organization was founded as the National Board in 1909 in NYC as a protest
to Mayor George McClennan's revocation of exhibition licenses on the grounds
that, in the words of the NBR, "the new medium degraded the morals of the
community." The National Review Committee was formed as an anti-censorship
group, according to the NBR, "that endorsed films of merit and encouraged
the new 'art of the people' that was transforming America's cultural life.
Among its more than 100 members are teachers, editors, screenwriters,
historians and film students. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> FilmTrust Acquires IFILM Software Assets in Bid to Take On Creative Planet
(indieWIRE/ 12.7.00) -- FilmTrust, an emerging business-to-business
entertainment industry site, further positioned itself as a competitor of
established industry leader Creative Planet by acquiring IFILM's collection
of below-low-the-line production software. In exchange for significant
preferred equity IFILM, the leading film portal and directory, handed over
PRODUCTIONpro, LOCATIONpro and JOBpro.
The deal enables IFILM to focus on their primary business of being an
entertainment portal and selectively expand their above-the-line ventures,
such as the Hollywood Creative Directory. IFILM will advise and promote
FilmTrust as part of the partnership.
With the addition of the IFILM pro series, FilmTrust creates a paperless
web-based or wireless production office for films, TV series and
commercials. Currently, FilmTrust's ASP provides budgeting, accounting,
procurement and payroll services. The e-procurement runs on a seamless
reverse auction model, where vendors bid on projects. In October, FilmTrust
announced a partnership with IBM to further explore the e-marketplace for
the entertainment industry.
While e-procurement will certainly find its way into the film production's
main stream, Creative Planet still dominates much of the software market.
The majority of film productions both in and out of Hollywood use some, if
not all, of Creative Planet's Movie Magic software, particularly Movie Magic
Budgeting. In addition, Creative Planet just received $30 million in
financing from the UK-based United News & Media PLC. [Maud Kersnowski]