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    Awards Watch: Directors Guild Changes Policy on Awards Screeners

    In a significant sign of the times, after long insisting that their 14,000 members only view contenders for Directors Guild of America awards on the big screen, the national board of the DGA is now allowing distributors to send award screeners to their membership.

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    IDA's DocuWeeks Program is Safe From New Academy Rules

    The IDA’s annual summer DocuWeeks program, which for 15 years has pursued its mission to help documentaries qualify for Oscar consideration, was in danger of being victimized by the Academy’s new rules. The IDA now says that it has resolved the issue and will be unhampered in its ability...

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    Watch the Trailers for the U.S. Finalists for 2012 Student Academy Awards

    The Academy selected 35 students from 20 colleges and universities in the U.S. as the finalists for the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards. The awardees are in the running to receive Gold, Silver, Bronze Medal awards as well as accompanying cash grants of $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000 respectively. T...

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    LatinoBuzz: Latin American Films Take Center Stage at the Box Office, Sometimes

    It’s rare for a film in Spanish or Portuguese to make it to a U.S. theater. Even within Latin America or Spain, it’s difficult for local films to compete against Hollywood blockbusters. Once in a while, against all odds, Latino films triumph at their local box office.

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    Indiewire Wins Webby for Best Movie and Film Site

    Just want to take a moment and congratulate all my colleagues at Indiewire particularly editor in chief Dana Harris for the big webby win. 

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    Tony Nominations: Good for Female Directors, Horrible for Female Writers

    Last June after a season where not a single female playwright was produced on Broadway it was announced that there would be at least five women with plays in the just ended 2011-2012 season.  Four of the expected plays opened: The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, Stick Fly by Lydia R. Diamond, Relat...

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    Academy Awards To Remain at Hollywood & Highland for 20 Years At Renamed and Upgraded Dolby Theatre

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to go through growing pains. One question is still wide open: when Tom Sherak ends his term, will new AMPAS president be Academy Governor Hawk Koch or his fellow Governor Phil Robinson? Another question has been answered: the 2013 Oscars will t...

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    Yoruba Richen Wins Tribeca Creative Promise Award for "The New Black" (Doc on Race, Sexuality & Church)

    Last night, director Yoruba Richen (Promised Land) was honored with the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access for her explosive new documentary, The New Black.

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    "War Witch," Wavumba, "Una Noche" Clean Up At 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Awards

    Excellent! 2 of the films I saw and reviewed positively on S&A picked up trophies: The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature went to War Witch (my review HERE), and the star of that film Rachel Mwanza, won the award for Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film; lastly, th...

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    "How 2 Steal 2 Million" Tops Winners At The 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)

    Among the highlights of last nights celebration in Lagos, Nigeria, which was hosted by Jimmy Jean-Louis, South African Charlie Vundla picked up the Best Director trophy for his feature film debut, the film noir thriller How 2 Steal 2 Million (photo above), which we've written about quite a ...

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