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    HONOR ROLL '08 | "Ballast" Director Lance Hammer

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a daily December series that will feature new or previously published interviews and profiles of some of the year's best filmmakers, writers, actors and actresses.

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    iW NEWS | Hammer To Nail Awards Laud Hammer, "Frownland"

    The inaugural Hammer to Nail Awards, presented by contributors to Hammer To Nail, an organization created " to champion the most adventurous, ambitious, provocative, and exciting low-budget American narrative cinema of the very moment," were announced this past Friday. Honoring American narratives made for under one million dollars that either premiered or received some form of a theatrical release in 2008, awards included the Golden Hammer Award, given to director Lance Hammer for his work on "Ballast," the Silver Nail Award, given to "Prince of Broadway"'s Sean Baker, and the Best Film of 2008 Award, given to Ronald Bronstein's "Frownland."...

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    iW NEWS | "Panda" Scores 17 Annie Nods

    Dreamworks' "Kung Fu Panda" led the International Animated Film Society's annual Annie Award nominations, taking 17. It doubled its nearest competitors, "Bolt" and "WALL-E," which managed 9 and 8, respectively. All three films will compete in the awards' Best Animated Feature category, alongside "$9.99" and "Waltz With Bashir." Three of "Panda"s nods came in the voice acting category, where Dustin Hoffman, James Hong and Ian McShane will compete against WALL-E himself, Ben Burtt and "Bolt"'s Mark Walton. "WALL-E"'s most notable snub came in the writing category, where "Panda," "Bashir," "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" and "Dr. Suess' Horton He...

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    iW NEWS | European Film Awards Announce Presenters

    The 21st European Film Awards have announced a line-up of actresses and actors who will present awards. They include Marianne Faithfull, Julia Jentsch, Paprika Stein, Andrzej Chyra, Mads Mikkelsen, Kim Rossi Stuart, and Santiago Segura. The music for the evening will come from Denmark's popular Dr B...

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    AWARDS WATCH '08 | Back and Forth: Gothams Speculation and the Always Evolving State of Oscar Buzz

    Continuing this year's awards season coverage in indieWIRE, editor-in-chief Eugene Hernandez and assistant editor Peter Knegt chatted via instant message about the ever-evolving race. Topics for this installment include a look at the upcoming Gotham Independent Film Award, the box office performance...

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    AWARDS WATCH '08 | "Slumdog" Wins Big At British Indie Awards

    Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" led the winners at the British Independent Film Awards, which were handed out at London's Old Billingsgate Market earlier this evening. "Slumdog" took the nights top prizes for best picture and best director, and also won an award for Dev Patel as most promising n...

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    AWARDS WATCH '08 | "Australia," "Milk," "Slumdog" Lead Satellite Nods

    Baz Luhrmann's "Australia" led the 13th Annual Satellite Award nominations, which were announced today by the International Press Academy. However, "Australia"'s nine nominations were mainly in the artistic and technical categories. It failed to make the cut for the Motion Picture, Drama category,...

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    iW NEWS | 2009 European Film Awards Head To The Ruhr

    The European Film Academy and EFA Productions have announced that next year's European Film Awards will take place in Essen in Germany's Ruhr Area. This move is a change from the regular system which brings the European Film Awards to Berlin, home of the European Film Academy, every two years. In the years in between the awards ceremony is held in different European film capitals such as London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Warsaw, and this December, Copenhagen. As a first highlight of the European Capital of Culture year "RUHR 2010" the 2009 European Film Awards are Berlin's contribution to that celebration. The annual awards ceremony celebrates...

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    AWARDS WATCH '08 | Back and Forth: Debating The Doc Shortlist and More

    Continuing this year's awards season coverage in indieWIRE, editor-in-chief Eugene Hernandez and assistant editor Peter Knegt chatted yesterday via instant message about the ever-evolving race. Topics for this installment include a look at the recently announced shortlist for the documentary feature...

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    iW NEWS | "Young@Heart" Among Early IDA Award Winners

    Winners for the International Documentary Association's 2008 IDA Documentary Awards competition were announced in several major categories ahead of the awards ceremony, to be held December 5th at the Directors Guild Theater in Los Angeles. For television, Ira Glass' "This American Life" won the Continuing Series Award for the second year in a row, while the Limited Series Award went to Denis Poncet, Jean Xavier De Lestrade and Remy Burkel's eight part series "Sin City Law." In the film categories, Stephen Walker's "Young@Heart" won the IDA/Alan Ett Music Documentary Award. The IDA/Pare Lorentz Award, in homage to the filmmaker's legacy, was ...

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