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Daily indieWIRE Clicks: New Oscar Rules, “Weekend” On Top and More

Daily indieWIRE Clicks: New Oscar Rules, "Weekend" On Top and More

Today on indieWIRE, “Weekend” topped our critics’ list, the Academy changed up its campaign rules, we shared some tips on funding your documentary and much more.

Critical Consensus: Gay Romance “Weekend” Is The Critics’ Pick For This Weekend
Coming off an acclaimed run on the festival circuit, Andrew Haigh’s gay romance “Weekend” opens in New York this weekend (followed by a national rollout in the coming weeks) and it’s the pick of the week, according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.

Academy Spells Out Rule Changes for Oscar Campaigning
AMPAS unveiled an updated set of rules for how films eligible for the 84th Academy Awards can be marketed to Academy members, with changes on screening events that include filmmaker participation, digital delivery of movies to Academy members and use of social media.

Fantastic Fest Selects 8 to Compete for Next Wave Spotlight
Genre film festival Fantastic Fest has announced eight films from seven different countries to compete in the 2011 AMD & Dell “Next Wave” competition.

Watch: Promising, If Inaccurate, Trailer for Joshua Leonard’s Directorial Debut “The Lie”
“The Lie,” actor Joshua Leonard’s first solo directing credit, premieres its first trailer.

IFP Independent Film Week: 8 Quick Tips on How to Fund Your Documentary
IFP’s Independent Film Week is underway with a host of master classes, panels and conversations about financing, production, distribution and more. Among the several offerings Wednesday afternoon, IFP presented “Master Class: How to Fund Your Documentary” at the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in New York.

Sundance Institute Butters “ToasT” with $4,500 Commission
The Sundance Institute Theater Program announced today that it has selected Lemon Andersen as the recipient of a $4,500 commission to complete his new play, “ToasT.”

SFFS Awards $100,000 to Innovative Documentary Filmmakers
The San Francisco Film Society today announced the three winners of its inaugural SFFS Documentary Film Funds grants. A total of $100,000 will be awarded to help cover post-production costs of the filmmakers’ documentaries.

Weinsteins Rock to Sean Penn’s “This Must Be the Place”
The Weinstein Company has picked up Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino’s first English-language feature, “This Must Be the Place.”

Toronto Wrap: Best of Fest, Oscar Boosts, Winners and Losers
Anne Thompson on the winners and losers of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Updated List of Foreign Language Academy Award Submissions
The submission list for the 84th Annual Academy Awards’ foreign-language category has been been coming together, with over 30 countries having now announced their selections.

Other Israel Film Festival Branches Out Online and Releases Lineup
The 5th Annual Other Israel Film Festival, dedicated to showcasing the diversity of Israeli life with films about the country’s Arab citizens, has announced its full lineup.

200 Films Set for 2011 Abu Dhabi Film Festival
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival unveiled its 2011 lineup Wednesday with over 200 films from 43 countries joining this year’s roster.

Slamdance Announces “On The Road” Tour
Slamdance is going on the road this year with “On The Road,” its new traveling theatrical showcase which will screen the acclaimed documentary “Superheroes,” about actual community superheroes who patrol their streets, along with Andrew Putschoegl’s short film “Hello Caller.”

Lucy Walker and David Lowery Among 2011 Filmmakers Fund Grantees
New York summer screening series Rooftop Films has announced the grantees for its 2011 Filmmaking Fund.

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