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    IW NEWS | IFP to Honor NYC's Mayor Bloomberg at Gotham Awards

    The Independent Feature Project (IFP) will honor New York's Mayor, Michael Bloomberg at the 2007 Gotham Awards. The Mayor will be saluted for for his work supporting film production in New York City. "The Bloomberg administration understands that independent production is the lifeblood of New York's...

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    Uninvited: "The Band's Visit" Turned Away by AMPAS, Middle East Fests

    "The Band's Visit," it turns out, has not been welcomed with open arms. While first-time filmmaker Eran Kolirin's much-beloved movie about a group of Egyptian musicians astray in Israel won a special prize in Cannes, a distribution pact with Sony Pictures Classics and was looking like a shoo-in as a foreign-language Oscar nominee, the fish-out-of-water comedy has recently faced a series of roadblocks. In the same week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) deemed "The Band's Visit" ineligible for the foreign-language category because it contained too much English dialogue, the film found itself at odds with two Middle Eastern f...

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    iW NEWS | "The Band's Visit" Oscar Hopes Uncertain due to English Content

    The Jerusalem Post is quoting an Israeli television report that Israel's submission for best foreign-language Oscar consideration, "The Band's Visit" -- which recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival -- has been disqualified from the race for "containing too much English-language dialogue." indieWIRE has attempted to gain independent confirmation from the film's U.S. distributor Sony Pictures Classics as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A Sony Classics insider told indieWIRE tonight that the distributor is awaiting a discussion with the Academy on the pending matter. The issue was also addressed in ...

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    iW NEWS | Academy Shortlists 8 Doc Shorts

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the narrowed field from 23 eligible contenders to 8 in the Documentary Short Subject category. They are "Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy," "Freeheld," "If It Happens," "La Corona," "Ochberg's Orphans," "Portraits of a Lady," "Salim Baba" and "Sari...

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    iW NEWS | IDA Award Nominations Announced

    The IDA has announced their 2007 nominees for the International Documentary Association Awards in seven categories spanning film and television. The nominees in the feature film category are Dan Klores' "Crazy Love," Richard E. Robbins' "Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience," Michael Moore's "Sicko," Alex Gibney's "Taxi To the Dark Side" and Mary Olive Smith's "A Walk To Beautiful." In the short film category, the nominees are Zam Salim's "Black and White," Alice Elliott's "Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy," Mariam Jobrani's "The Fighting Cholitas," Cynthia Wade's "Freeheld" and Yoni Brook's "A Son's Sacrifice." "Operation Homecomin...

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    WORLD CINEMA | The Foreign-Language Oscar Race: Where (Almost) Anything Can Happen

    You've got to hand it to Bulgaria, Chile, and the Philippines: Year after year, the countries proudly enter their most celebrated films into the race for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film--with not a chance in hell of winning. And poor Portugal: it holds the record for most submission...

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    AWARDS WATCH | AMPAS Streamlines Oscar Doc Rules

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has changed the rules for qualification in the feature and short documentary categories at the 81st Academy Awards, eliminating the multi-city theatrical rollout requirement. "By eliminating the multi-city rollout requirements we have significantly simplified the Academy rules while still retaining the core intent to ensure that we honor nonfiction work created for theatrical distribution," said doc branch chair Michael Apted, in a statement. "We believe the new rules will successfully eliminate from consideration documentaries made principally for television, the Internet or anywhere else." The...

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    iW NEWS | Blanchett to be Honored in Santa Barbara

    Cate Blanchett will be honored with the Modern Master Award early next year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The presentation will be a signature event during the 23rd Annual Santa Barbara fest, set for January 24 - February 3 in California. Blanchett is at the center of two upcoming releases, Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There" and Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth: The Golden Age." "Cate Blanchett is the most consummate actor," commented festival head Roger Durling, in a statement, "and portraying Queen Elizabeth and Bob Dylan in the same year - and so indelibly - is pure alchemy. We're so eager to honor her in the upcoming festival." ...

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    iW NEWS | Four Debuts Up for European Discovery Award

    A committee comprsed of several FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) members have selected four nominees (out of a total of 63 submitted films) for the 2007 European Discovery Award: Israel's "The Band's Visit," directed by Eran Kolirin; Anton Corbijn's Ian Curtis docudrama "Control," from the UK; Jan Bonny's "Counterparts," from Germany; Ozer Kiziltan's "A Man's Fear of God," a Turkey/Germany co-production. As part of the European Film Awards, the European Discovery award is presented to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film. The nominated films will now be made available to all 1,800 members of th...

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    Reuters: India nominates flop period film to Oscars

    India's official entry for the Oscars in the best foreign film category is a flop period film featuring grand palaces, camels and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan. "Eklavya: The Royal Guard," which was selected from among five films, is about palace intrigue and the loyalty of an old guard who c...

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