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    AWARDS WATCH | Israel Picks "Band's Visit"; Estonia Selects "The Class"

    Eran Kolirin's "The Band's Visit," winner of seven Israeli Film Academy Awards yesterday (including best picture, director, script, actor and actress), has been selected as Israel's official entry for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category. The film, which screened recently at Tellu...

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    AP: Jon Stewart to return as Oscar host

    Jon Stewart will return as host of the Oscars in 2008. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced Wednesday that Stewart will host the 80th awards show Feb. 24 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. AP reports.

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    iW NEWS | "Counterfeiters" Is Austria's Oscar Pick

    Stefan Ruzowitzky's "The Counterfeiters" has been chosen as Austria's official entry for the 2008 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The film, which debuted earlier this year at the Berlin International Film Festival, will be released next year by Sony Pictures Classics and is set to screen n...

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    iW NEWS | FIND Looking for Spirit Submissions

    Film Independent announced the call for entries for the 2008 Spirit Awards, set for Saturday, February 23, 2008 in Santa Monica, CA (with a live TV broadcast on IFC). In the words of an announcement, "The Spirit Awards is a celebration of independent filmmakers who bring a unique vision and a spirit of independence to filmmaking." Budgets for nominees are capped at $20 million, according to FIND, with other criteria including: "1. Uniqueness of vision; 2. Original, provocative subject matter; 3. Economy of means (with particular attention paid to total production cost and individual compensation); 4. Percentage of financing from independent s...

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    iW NEWS | LA Film Critics Announce Date for 33rd Achievement Awards

    The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) will hold its 33rd annual film achievement awards ceremony on Saturday, January 12, 2008, Lael Loewenstein, the organization's president announced Wednesday. The event will take place at the InterContinental Los Angeles in Century City. The date of th...

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    iW NEWS | Javier Bardem, Mira Nair and IFC's Sehring to be Honored at '07 Gotham Awards

    Actor Javier Bardem, star of the upcoming Coen Brothers film "No Country For Old Men," will be honored with the international tribute at the 2007 Gotham Awards on November 27, 2007. The IFP event will also honor director Mira Nair ("The Namesake," "Monsoon Wedding," "Salaam Bombay!") with the filmmaker tribute while IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring will receive the industry tribute. Competitive nominees willl be announced on October 22nd for the ceremony, which this year will be held at the Steiner Studios in Brooklyn. The IFP indicated in an announcement that they intend to proactively "re-think how the public engages in awards s...

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    iW NEWS | Ballots Sent to 95 Countries for Foreign Oscar Consideration

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences mailed Foreign Language Film award entry forms to 95 countries, facilitating their submissions for the 80th Academy Awards. To qualify for the 2007 Awards, a film must be released in the submitting country between October 1, 2006, and September 30, 2007, and be publicly screened in 35mm or 70mm film or in a qualifying digital cinema format for at least seven consecutive days in a commercial motion picture theater. The dialogue track must be predominantly in a language or languages other than English. Accurate English subtitles are required. Entry forms and film prints must be received at the Aca...

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    NYT: Oscar Rules Regarding Producing Are Relaxed

    Bruised by disputes over which of a film's producers are entitled to a best-picture award, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, said it would now, "in a rare and extraordinary circumstance," consider crediting more than three producers as nominees. An eight-year-...

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    iW News | 33 Compete for 34th Student Academy Awards

    Thirty-three students from 16 colleges and universities have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 34th annual Student Academy Awards competition. Their films will be screened for and judged by Academy members, who will vote to select the winners. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards, along with accompanying cash prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000, may be presented in each of four categories. Winning filmmakers will participate in a week of industry-related and social activities, culminating in the awards ceremony on June 9. In the narrative category, the finalists are: "Deacon's Mondays," Destin Cret...

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    Reuters: "Four Minutes" best picture at German awards

    A powerful drama about an elderly piano teacher and her relationship with a young prison convict won best picture at the German Film Prize awards on Friday. "Vier Minuten" (Four Minutes) took the Lola award worth 500,000 euros ($680,500), decided by more than 800 members of the German Film Academy i...

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