-Fantasia’s latest announcements also include a special screening of Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” in addition to a lifetime achievement award for genre maestro Larry Cohen. Japan’s Yuasa Masaaki will attend the festival to premiere two new animated features, the musical romcom “Night Is Short, Walk on Girl” and the gothic/J-pop mashup (seriously) “Lu Over the Wall.” Among the other films in the First Wave section is the world premiere “Lowlife,” from director Ryan Prows. In announcement, the festival called the film “one of the most gobsmacking crime film discoveries that we’ve come across in years.”
-The 52 edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has announced four films that will be a part of its Out of Competition Section. These include “November,” the black-and-white Estonian horror-fantasy directed by Rainer Sernet, “Free and Easy,” a black comedy from Hong Kong that won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance, “Son of Granite,” a documentary about Irish musician Joe Heaney, and the Indian drama “Juze.” The festival runs June 30 – July 8.
-The Sheffield Doc/Fest announced the winners of its 24th edition. The Grand Jury Award went to Matthew Heinemann’s “City of Ghosts,” which Amazon acquired out of the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The film follows the Syrian citizen journalist group Raqqa Is Being Slathered Silently. An honorable mention went to recent Netflix acquisition “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” while the audience award went to “The Work,” which follows group therapy participants in Folsom Prison and won the grand jury prize at the SXSW Film Festival in March.
-The Hamptons International Film Festival SummerDocs series returns for the ninth year with a range of new nonfiction works. The series opens July 8 with “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press” and also includes the big-game hunting documentary “Trophy” on July 29. In August, the series will screen “Take Every Wave: The Life Laird Hamilton and the Whitney Houston portrait “Whitney.” It closes with “Icarus,” the doping scandal documentary that made waves at Sundance in January.
-The sprawling Seattle International Film Festival wrapped its 25-day program of 400 films by announcing the winners of theGolden Space Needle Audience Awards. Rodrigo Grande’s “At the End of the Tunnel” won Best Film, while Peter Bratt’s “Dolores” won Best Documentary. Grande also won Best Director.
-The 10th annual Las Vegas Film Festival announced its jury winners, including best short winner “Shy Guys,” best animation winner “Pussy” and Best Vegas Cinema winner “Mary Shelleys Fankenweed.” Justin Chon’s “Gook,” a 2017 Sundance premiere, won Best Feature.
-The Jewish Film Institute will award veteran documentarian Joe Berlinger (best known for his “Paradise Lost” trilogy, co-directed by Bruce Sinofsky) with the 2017 Freedom of Expression Award. Berlinger will be presented the award as part of the 37th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, which runs July 20 – August 6.
-The 20th annual Brooklyn Film Festival wrapped on Sunday with a ceremony at Windmill Studios, handing out a total of $50,000 in products and film services. New York premiere “Lupe Under the Sun” received the Grand Chameleon Award and the Best Narrative Feature award. Catherine Eaton’s “The Sounding” received the Audience Award for Feature Narrative, while Kyle Eaton’s “Shut Up Anthony” took the Spirit Award for Feature Narrative. The Best Documentary award was split by Chris Kelly’s “A Cambodian Spring” and Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s “An Insignificant Man.”
-The 20th edition of Dances With Films concluded on Sunday evening at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood, where writer-director Lliam Worthington’s “OneLess God” won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature. “Eliza Sherman’s Revenge” won an honorable mention.