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Wallimage supports the feature debut from Delphine Girard - Production / Funding - Belgium

Wallimage supports the feature debut from Delphine Girard - Production / Funding - Belgium
At its 104th session, the Walloon regional investment fund decided to support 10 projects with a total of €1.5 million. At its 104th session, the Walloon regional investment fund Wallimage has granted its support to 10 new projects. Standing out among them are two Belgian feature debuts, from Delphine Girard and Mathias Sercu. Last January, young filmmaker Delphine Girard won the ArteKino International Award as part of the Coproduction Village of Les Arcs Film Festival, for her feature debut, Most Alive. The director was also noted a few months ago for her short film Une soeur, which qualified for the final round of the Oscars. Her feature debut reunites her with the excellent cast of her short film, who will be joined by Canadian actress Anne Dorval. The film is produced by Belgian...
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First BIFA Winners; Fremantle Settles ‘Masked Singer’ Dispute; Efp Sundance Hub – Global Briefs

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First BIFA Winners; Fremantle Settles ‘Masked Singer’ Dispute; Efp Sundance Hub – Global Briefs
BIFA Craft Winners

The first batch of winners have been announced from this year’s British Independent Film Awards, with nine of the craft categories unveiled. Remi Weekes’ His House, which is nominated for 16 BIFAs in total, won two prizes: Best Effects and Best Production Design. Philippa Lowthorpe’s Misbehaviour also took two: Costume Design and Make Up & Hair. Lucy Pardee was awarded Best Casting for Rocks. Saint Maud, which leads the overall noms field with 17, won Best Cinematography. The Father took Best Editing. Mogul Mowgli won Best Music. Best Sound went to The Reason I Jump. The full list of BIFA winners will be announced next month on a yet to be confirmed date.

Fremantle Settles Ukrainian ‘Masked Singer’ Dispute

Fremantle has settled a format dispute over the Ukrainian version of The Masked Singer. Fremantle and TV channel Ukraine threatened to sue 1+1 Media, arguing that its show Maskarad — an
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The Hypnosis emerges as the most popular project at the Les Arcs Coproduction Village - Les Arcs 2020 – Industry Village

The Hypnosis emerges as the most popular project at the Les Arcs Coproduction Village - Les Arcs 2020 – Industry Village
The feature debut by Sweden’s Ernst De Geer has beaten Delphine Girard’s Most Alive and Nathalie Biancheri’s So, Perfect on the podium of projects that piqued the most interest. Of the 18 titles in development that were showcased at the Coproduction Village (organised online from 20-22 January), part of the Industry Village at the 12th Les Arcs Film Festival, it was the Swedish project The Hypnosis that piqued the most interest among international sales agents, co-producers and distributors. The story of the feature debut by Ernst De Geer (who turned heads with the short film The Culture), which he wrote together with Mads Stegger, uses the style of a comedy-drama bordering on the absurd to explore the question of whether it’s really such a good idea to always be yourself. Vera (30) and André (30) are a couple who get the chance to pitch their startup business at a prestigious.
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Projects Paradise Bleeding and Le plus vivant win awards at Les Arcs - Les Arcs 2020 – Industry Village/Awards

Projects Paradise Bleeding and Le plus vivant win awards at Les Arcs - Les Arcs 2020 – Industry Village/Awards
Germany’s Sabine Ehrl bags a prize at the Talent Village while Delphine Girard’s first feature film project triumphs at the Co-Production Village. Unfolding within the Industry Village of the 12th Les Arcs International Film Festival, the Talent Village (whose selected young filmmakers had also made their way to the French capital) and the Co-Production Village have now delivered their awards. Decided upon by a jury composed of Florence Gastaud, Cécile Salin and Amos Geva, the T-Port Award for the Talent Village’s best project went to Paradise Bleeding by Germany’s Sabine Ehrl, a project which "offers a brave message about the society the filmmaker grew up in, bringing a level of energy and soul which can even be felt in these early stages of the project." Written by the director herself, the story plunges the viewer into a small...
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Damien Manivel’s ‘Magdala’ scoops €50,000 Eurimages Les Arcs award

Damien Manivel’s ‘Magdala’ scoops €50,000 Eurimages Les Arcs award
Les Arcs Works in Progress and Co-production Village events took place online from January 20 to 22,

French director Damien Manivel’s upcoming feature Magdala, inspired by the final days of Mary Magdalene, has scooped the €50,000 Eurimages Lab Project Award at the Work in Progress event of Les Arcs Film Festival.

The post-production showcase is a key prong of Les Arcs’ professional Industry Village and usually takes place within the framework of the festival’s physical event in the French Alps in December.

It moved online this year due to the pandemic, presenting 17 upcoming films in post-production to some 550 registered film professionals,
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Les Arcs Film Festival’s Industry Village Unveils Winners

Les Arcs Film Festival’s Industry Village Unveils Winners
Les Arcs Film Festival’s Industry Village, one of the many events that switched to virtual due to the pandemic, has unveiled its award-winning projects, which include Delphine Girard’s “Most Alive,” Damien Manivel’s “Magdala” and Sabine Ehrl’s “Paradise Bleeding.”

The event has a stellar track record when it comes to unveiling projects that go on to premiere at prestigious festivals and win awards. Recent alumni include Alex Camilleri’s Malta-set movie “Luzzu,” which will compete at this year’s Sundance, as well as Charlene Favier’s “Slalom,” which was part of Cannes 2020’s Official Selection, and just won the Lumieres Award in France for best female newcomer award (for Noée Abita).

“Paradise Bleeding” was one of the eight projects pitched as part of the Talent Village, a development workshop and platform for emerging talent launched by Les Arcs in 2018. The project won the T Port-Award from a jury comprising producer Florence Gastaud,
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Les Arcs moves Co-Production Village to January in Paris; unveils selection

Les Arcs moves Co-Production Village to January in Paris; unveils selection
New Projects by Paulo Miranda Maria, Delphine Girard, Mans Mansson are in the line-up.

The 12th edition of France’s Les Arcs Film Festival is moving its industry component to January 2021 but keeping the festival itself in December.

Les Arcs Industry Village will run as a hybrid online-physical event and will be based in Paris. The programme, which is headlined by the Co-production Village and Works-in-Progress events, will take place physically in Paris, from January 17-18, and online from January 20-21.

The festival component will retain its previously announced dates of December 12-19. It is expected to go ahead mainly online,
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Les Arcs moves Co-Production Village to January in Paris

Les Arcs moves Co-Production Village to January in Paris
New Projects by Paulo Miranda Maria, Delphine Girard, Mans Mansson are in the line-up.

The 12th edition of France’s Les Arcs Film Festival is moving its industy component to January 2021 but keeping the festival itself in December.

Les Arcs Industry Village will run as a hybrid online-physical event and will be based in Paris. The programme, which is headlined by the Co-production Village and Works-in-Progress events, will take place physically in Paris, from January 17-18, and online from January 20-21.

The festival component will retain its previouly announced dates of December 12-19. It is expected to go ahead mainly online,
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Oscars 2020: How to Stream and Watch Online

Awards season officially comes to a close on Oscar Sunday.

The 92nd Academy Awards will be held at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Feb. 9 and air live on ABC at 5 p.m. Pt/8 p.m. Et. Red carpet coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. Pt/6:30 p.m. Et. Viewers will be able to live-stream the awards show on abc.com or on the ABC app via DirecTV Now, Hulu, PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV.

The ceremony, which is going hostless again, will include appearances from this year’s nominees, as well as presenters Salma Hayek, Brie Larson, James Corden, Regina King, Lin-Manuel Miranda and more. Additionally, the show will feature performances from Cynthia Erivo, Idina Menzel, Elton John, Chrissy Metz, Randy Newman and five-time Grammy winner Billie Eilish.

A special tribute for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna is scheduled to take place during the ceremony. The pair,
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‘2020 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action’: Film Review

‘2020 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action’: Film Review
At the Golden Globes, “Parasite” director Bong Joon Ho challenged audiences by saying, “Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” That obstacle may exist in most of the feature categories (where only “Parasite” and Pedro Almódovar’s “Pain & Glory” managed to clear the hurdle), but when it comes to shorts, the Academy doesn’t have quite the same hang-ups about whom to nominate. Sadly, that open-mindedness doesn’t seem to translate to voting. Just three foreign-language entries have earned the prize in the last decade, which should make voting in your Oscar pool relatively easy: It’s not the best, but “The Neighbors’ Window” is the only 2020 contender filmed in English. Now, , and easy to access via ShortsTV, which topped its own box office record with this latest batch.

Director Delphine Girard’s “A Sister” is driven largely by dialogue,
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Best Live Action Short preview of all 5 nominees will help with your Oscars 2020 prediction

Best Live Action Short preview of all 5 nominees will help with your Oscars 2020 prediction
According to the odds in our predictions center, “Brotherhood” seems to be the overwhelming favorite to win this year’s Oscar for Best Live Action Short. These odds are derived from the forecasts that are being made by our Expert film journalists, Gold Derby Editors, Top 24 Users (our top Oscar predictors from last year) and the thousands of Gold Derby readers who participate in our predictions center.

But is “Brotherhood” really that out front for Sunday’s ceremony? Could one of the other nominees pull off an upset? Let’s examine all five of this year’s nominees, in order by their current Gold Derby odds.

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Brotherhood” (odds of winning: 17/5)

Mohamed, who lives in rural Tunisia with his wife and two of his sons, becomes very suspicious when his oldest son, Malek, unexpectedly returns home from Syria. The fact that Malek has returned with a new wife,
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Oscar shorts 2020 review – gripping drama and emotional animation

This year’s nominated films range from a Tunisian sheep farm to the scene of an appalling ferry disaster while movingly depicting the agony of dementia

The short films nominated for this year’s Oscars in the live action, animated and documentary categories feel very different from the Bafta shorts – there is a bit less offbeat wit and singularity on show. The Academy Awards contenders are generally sleeker, glitzier, more sentimental and more deferential to the Hollywood mainstream, although there is one nominee for both: Carol Dysinger’s Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl), which won the Bafta.

Among the live-action shorts, my vote goes to Delphine Girard’s Une Soeur (A Sister), in which a terrified woman who is in the passenger seat of a car driven by a rapist has been given permission by him to call her sister from her mobile, but
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‘2020 Oscar Shorts: Live Action’ Film Review: Nominees Represent Various Genres, But All Are Effective

It’s nothing less than astounding — in an era where films as short as an early Lumière Brothers reel can capture the cultural imagination on a daily basis — that live-action short films are rarely given their due as an art form. The typical moviegoer probably hasn’t seen any of the live-action short films nominated for an Academy Award this year, which is a pity, because as always they are missing out on striking, deft, thoughtful, and sometimes very funny films.

At least audiences will have an opportunity to explore the Oscar-nominated live-action shorts when ShortsTV releases all the short-subject nominees in their own, separate programs. It’s an opportunity for films from across the globe to share the silver screen, bringing filmmakers and audiences close together, sharing experiences of strife and wonder, and reminding us all that humanity is a collective, not singular, concept.

None of the nominees embrace
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Oscar Live Action Shorts All Feature Familial Relationships

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Oscar Live Action Shorts All Feature Familial Relationships
Most nominees in this year’s live-action short category involve familial relationships. Only one is in English — two were shot in Tunisia — but they all tell stories that transcend cultures. Three women were nominated in this category.

Brotherhood

Meryam Joobeur and Maria Gracia Turgeon

Traveling through northern Tunisia, Tunisian-Canadian filmmaker Joobeur encountered two freckle-faced, red-headed shepherds who refused to let her take their photo. “There was something spectacular about the place, the men and their faces,” she says. Knowing men from the area have been recruited to fight with Isis in Syria, she decided to write a script. “I wanted to do a film about the homecoming and what happens to the family when the son returns, how it destroys the family.” Adds producer Turgeon, “We’re seeing the subject through the intimate lens of family.” Persuading the camera-shy Mechergui brothers — Malek, Chaker and Rayene — to act in “Brotherhood” wasn
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Oscar Short Nominees Discuss Creating Fiction From Bits of Reality

As with every year, the 2020 nominees for the Oscars’ short film categories cover a wide range of topics, but as their creators noted at TheWrap and ShortsTV’s showcase, they are all connected by how they drew their inspiration from real-life encounters.

TheWrap awards editor Steve Pond spoke on Monday with directors and producers of the five nominated films in the Best Live Action Short category, as well as Siqi Song, director of the Best Animated Short nominee “Sister.” Song’s stop-motion animated film tells the story of a boy sharing memories of living with his younger sister…though it comes with a rug-pull twist rooted in Song’s personal connection to China’s one-child policy.

“I was born and raised in China, and I was a younger sibling to an older brother,” Song said. “My parents told me that it was against the law to have more than one
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Oscars 2020: The Best Live-Action Shorts Nominees, Ranked From Worst to Best

Oscars 2020: The Best Live-Action Shorts Nominees, Ranked From Worst to Best
Look closely: thematic bonds link this year’s five Best Live-Action Short Film contenders, even if they don’t appear to be tightly connected. There are the usual “kids in peril” offerings, a pair of differently-bent projects about modern connection and voyeurism, and a timely examination of what happens after war has seemingly ended.

And yet, for all the myriad tones and narratives tucked inside this year’s five compelling nominees, each of them is run through with one prevailing emotion: hope. It’s hope in many forms, of course, but each of the nominees is built on an hope for something better, something bigger, something more.

Of course, those desires don’t always lead into the easiest of situations, and not every character actively participates in even considering the possibility of dreaming of more, but nonetheless, this year’s live action shorts open windows into worlds all deserving of that next step.
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Oscar-Nominated ‘A Sister’ Shows MyFrenchFilmFestival Shorts Competition Caliber

Oscar-Nominated ‘A Sister’ Shows MyFrenchFilmFestival Shorts Competition Caliber
Unifrance’s MyFrenchFilmFestival (Mfff) is back this year, giving thousands of fans of French-speaking cinema from around the world an opportunity to see films reaching the end of their festival runs. This year’s competition received a late boost when Delphine Girard’s “A Sister,” one of the 10 shorts in competition, was nominated for the best live-action short Oscar on Monday.

This year’s Mfff competition has placed a special emphasis on genre films and animation.

In the case of the former, Axel Scoffier and Antoine Cordier, coordinators of the selection, explained in a joint statement that “this is the result of a growing taste among contemporary French filmmakers for blurring lines of genres and playing with fantasy codes. We wanted this selection to reflect that.”

“From the very beginning of the festival, one of the goals has been to highlight animation as a very rich and creative part of the French production,
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‘A Sister’ Director Delphine Girard on Her Oscar-Nominated Short

‘A Sister’ Director Delphine Girard on Her Oscar-Nominated Short
Delphine Girard’s 16-minute Belgian thriller “A Sister” gave this year’s MyFrenchFilmFestival (Mfff) shorts competition a shot in the arm earlier this week, when the film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film.

Shot from the backseat of an unnerving rural car ride and across the desks of an emergency call center, “A Sister” unravels for its viewers as it does for the protagonist, a late-night operator who gets what initially seems a mistaken call. On the other end is a shaky-voiced woman having half a conversation that doesn’t make much sense until small clues in her dialogue make it clear she’s in an unsafe situation, but unable to talk about it.

Despite the film’s positive critical reception and high scores across online aggregating sites, its modest festival run and lack of major competition appearances at events like Clermont-Ferrand or Cannes – common
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How to Watch This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Films

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How to Watch This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Films
The 2020 Oscar nominations have been announced, and if you are looking to catch up on the most this season’s most talked-about films — such as “Joker” and “Parasite” — before the awards show, we’ve gathered up the best ways to watch or stream all the original films, documentaries, and animated shorts competing this season. “Parasite” is one of the latest films to hit digital release, though it’s currently only available for digital purchase, not rental.

Todd Phillips’ “Joker,” a comic-book origin story about Batman’s biggest nemesis, triumphed at the nominations with 11 nods, the most of any film; including best picture, best director for Phillips and best actor for Joaquin Phoenix.

Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Martin Scorsese’s mob epic, “The Irishman” and Sam Mendes’ World War I drama, “1917” followed with 10 nominations (See the full list here).

The Academy Awards will take place
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Film News: 2020 Oscar Nominations Seem Golden Globe-ish

Chicago – In a sense of deja vu from the recent Golden Globe Awards, the nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards has been named on January 13th, 2020. This breaks a precedent of the last ten years, with the Oscar ceremony moved up to February 9th from it’s usual position in late February to early March.

Nine films were named in the Best Picture category, with “Little Women” and “Ford vs. Ferrari” joining the seven other films recognized by the Golden Globes (including Best Foreign Language Film Globe winner “Parasite”). “Joker” led the numbers game with 11 nominations, with 10 nods for “1917,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “The Irishman.” The Best Actress category was exactly the same as the Globes (Drama), and Leonardo Di Caprio is the only difference in the Best Actor column. As at the Golden Globes, the directing category is the same five men, again snubbing Greta Gerwig for “Little Women.
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