Made-in-Montana film earns Oscar nods

“Nebraska” nominated for six Academy Awards. HELENA – The Montana Film Office announces that Montana-shot film “Nebraska” was nominated for six Academy Awards this morning. The dramatic comedy directed by previous Academy Award-winner Alexander Payne, was nominated in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director (Alexander Payne), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Bruce Dern), […]

Reelz to Air 22nd Annual MOVIEGUIDE AWARDS, 3/1

The 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards will air on Reelz on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 2pm ET/ 11am PT, with an additional broadcast on Oscar Day, Sunday, March 2 at 2pm ET/ 11am PT. The ceremony is scheduled to take place on February 7 from the Universal Hilton at Universal City (Los Angeles). Bill Engvall, television personality and Blue Collar Comedy star will host the show. Confirmed presenters include Roma Downey, Mark Burnett, Andy Garcia, James Denton, Cory Oliver, Ali Landry, Kevin Sorbo, Holly Robinson & Rodney Peete, John Ratzenberger, Susan Ward, Jacob Latimore, AJ Michalka and Corbin Bernsen. Richie Sambora and AJ Michalka from Grace Unplugged will perform. Other presenters and performers will be announced at a later date.

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Nominate your favorite local artist for two annual awards

Nominations are being accepted until March 12 for candidates for the Farmington Area 2014 Artist-in-Residence and Distinguished Service to the Arts Awards.

Each year the Farmington Area Arts Commission proudly presents the two awards in celebration of the positive spirit of the arts and the talent in the community.

Last year’s awardees were aviation artist Robert Aikens (Artist-in-Residence) and The Farmington Art Foundation (Distinguished Service to the Arts).

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Spirit Awards Nominees Are Announced

Award Season Fever is about to reach epidemic proportions thanks to this morning’s announcement of the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominees. We are excited to reveal that the Best Feature nominees are: 12 Years a Slave, All Is Lost, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska.  (See the full list of nominees in all categories below.)

We’re especially thrilled this year that seven of the nominees are Film Independent Members: Neal Dodson (Producer, All Is Lost); Rose Troche (Producer, Concussion); Troche is also a Film Independent Fellow (Fast Track 2011); Michael H. Weber (Screenwriter, The Spectacular Now); Jill Soloway (Writer/Director, Afternoon Delight); Morgan Neville (Director, 20 Feet From Stardom); Julie Goldman (Producer, Gideon’s Army); and Aaron Douglas Johnston (Director, My Sister’s Quinceañera).

Now comes the fun part: the big vote—don’t forget: only Film Independent Members vote; join by December 6 to cast your vote— and, of course, the big show on March 1.


Best Feature
12 Years a Slave, All Is Lost, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska

Best Director
Shane Carruth, Upstream Color; J.C. Chandor; All Is Lost; Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave; Jeff Nichols, Mud; Alexander Payne, Nebraska

Best Screenplay
Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine; Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater Before Midnight; Nicole Holofcener Enough Said; Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Spectacular Now; John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave

Best First Feature
Blue Caprice, Director/Producer: Alexandre Moors; Producers: Kim Jackson, Brian O’Carroll, Isen Robbins, Will Rowbotham, Ron Simons, Aimee Schoof, Stephen Tedeschi; Concussion, Director: Stacie Passon, Producer: Rose Troche; Fruitvale Station, Director: Ryan Coogler; Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker; Una Noche, Director/Producer: Lucy Mulloy, Producers: Sandy Pérez Aguila, Maite Artieda, Daniel Mulloy, Yunior Santiago; Wadjda, Director: Haifaa Al Mansour, Producers: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul

Best First Screenplay
Lake Bell, In A World; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon; Bob Nelson, Nebraska; Jill Soloway, Afternoon Delight; Michael Starrbury, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

John Cassavetes Award (best feature made for under $500,000)
Computer Chess, Writer/Director: Andrew Bujalski, Producers: Houston King & Alex Lipschultz; Crystal Fairy, Writer/Director: Sebastiàn Silva, Producers: Juan de Dios Larraín & Pablo Larraín; Museum Hours, Writer/Director: Jem Cohen, Producers: Paolo Calamita & Gabriele Kranzelbinder; Pit Stop, Writer/Director: Yen Tan, Writer: David Lowery, Producers: Jonathan Duffy, James M. Johnston, Eric Steele, Kelly Williams; This is Martin Bonner, Writer/Director: Chad Hartigan, Producer: Cherie Saulter

Best Female Lead
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Julie Delpy, Before Midnight; Gaby Hoffmann, Crystal Fairy; Brie Larson, Short Term 12; Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now

Best Male Lead
Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave; Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis; Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station; Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club; Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Supporting Female
Melonie Diaz, Fruitvale Station; Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine; Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave; Yolonda Ross, Go For Sisters; June Squibb, Nebraska 

Best Supporting Male
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave; Will Forte, Nebraska; James Gandolfini, Enough Said; Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club; Keith Stanfield, Short Term 12

Best Cinematography
Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years a Slave; Benoit Debie, Spring Breakers; Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis; Frank G. DeMarco, All Is Lost; Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess

Best Editing
Shane Carruth & David Lowery, Upstream Color; Jem Cohen & Marc Vives, Museum Hours; Jennifer Lame, Frances Ha; Cindy Lee, Una Noche; Nat Sanders, Short Term 12

Best Documentary
20 Feet From Stardom, Director/Producer: Morgan Neville, Producers: Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers; After Tiller, Directors/Producers: Martha Shane & Lana Wilson; Gideon’s Army, Director/Producer: Dawn Porter, Producer: Julie Goldman; The Act of Killing, Director/Producer: Joshua Oppenheimer, Producers: Joram Ten Brink, Christine Cynn, Anne Köhncke, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Michael Uwemedimo, The Square, Director: Jehane Noujaim, Producer: Karim Amer

Best International Film
A Touch of Sin, (China), Director: Jia Zhang-Ke; Blue is the Warmest Color, (France), Director: Abdellatif Kechiche; Gloria, (Chile), Director: Sebastián Lelio; The Great Beauty, (Italy), Director: Paolo Sorrentino; The Hunt, (Denmark), Director: Thomas Vinterberg

17th Annual Piaget Producers Award
Toby Halbrooks & James M. Johnston, Jacob Jaffke, Andrea Roa, Frederick Thornton

20th Annual Someone To Watch Award
My Sister’s Quinceañera, Director: Aaron Douglas Johnston; Newlyweeds, Director: Shaka King; The Foxy Merkins, Director: Madeline Olnek

19th Annual Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award
Kalyanee Mam, A River Changes Course; Jason Osder, Let the Fire Burn; Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez, Manakamana

Robert Altman Award
Mud, Director: Jeff Nichols, Casting Director: Francine Maisler, Ensemble Cast:  Joe Don Baker, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Paul Sparks, Bonnie Sturdivant, Reese Witherspoon

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Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship

The Foundation’s Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship Program awards four $10,000 scholarships to graduate students ONLY to support and encourage them to pursue a career in children’s media and further the values and principles of Fred Rogers’ work. The scholarships are project-based and are not to be used for tuition.

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A Film Festival’s Greatest Quick Hits

‘2013 Sundance Film Festival Short Films’ at IFC Center

A diverse sampler, “2013 Sundance Film Festival Short Films” bundles together prizewinners and other notables from the most recent edition of the festival in Park City, Utah. As with many collections of shorts, there’s a slight danger of whiplash (to borrow the title of one selection) when each filmmaker introduces a look, sets a mood, sketches a story. Over the course of the eight-film selection, you might see a foulmouthed teacher berating a nervous drummer, photographs of working-class villagers by the sea in 1980s northern England, a dead man rising and pieces of furniture roaming the countryside in Ireland.

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Golden Globes Nominations List 2014

The nominations for the 2014 Golden Globe awards are finally here, and the list contains some star-studded names!

Here’s a preview of who is nominated for the prestigious award: Kerry Washington as Best Actress in a Drama for Scandal, Hayden Panettiere for Nashville and Monica Potter for Parenthood in the Best Supporting Actress category, Breaking Bad for Best Drama Series, Gravity for Best Motion Picture – Drama, American Hustle for Best Motion Picture – Comedy, Sandra Bullock for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor in a Comedy for Wolf of Wall Street, Jennifer Lawrence for Supporting Actress for American Hustle, and many more!


The 2013 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards

The Detroit Film Critics Society is pleased to announce the best of 2013 in ten categories. The society was founded in Spring 2007 and consists of a group of twenty Michigan film critics who write or broadcast in the Detroit area as well as other major cities within a 150-mile radius of the city including Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Flint, Michigan.


Film Production News – Film Festivals – South Carolina Film Commission

ROCK HILL – The Underexposed Film Festival took place Thursday, November 14th through Saturday, November 16th at the Community Performance Center, showcasing 39 films accepted into competition and 17 films curated by Karen Collins. The juried competition was open to independent filmmakers of all levels, and featured narrative, documentary, animated and experimental films running forty-five minutes or less. The winners of the 2013 Underexposed Film Festival were announced at an award ceremony that immediately followed the final screening on Saturday, November 16, 2103 at the Community Performance Center, 249 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC.

A panel of six judges from the film industry and academia selected the 39 films to be presented in the juried competition. Cash prizes totaling $1,950 were awarded. In addition to first, second, and third place and audience choice awards, new categories were introduced recognizing the best female director and best student film.


2014 Gracies Call for Entries

Early Bird Rates Expire Friday, December 6 At Midnight PST
To be eligible, payment and entry information must be submitted via our online system at that time.

Hard copy materials can arrive no later than Wedneday, December 11.

 The Gracie Awards encourages the realistic and faceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news and other programs. 

Entry Site and Categories All entries must be submitted through our entry site, where we also provide category listings and prices. We are pleased to now offer Interactive Media entry types, as well as new categories in both Television and Radio.

National Children’s Alliance PSA put together by New Hampshire filmmakers

Today is World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse, and a group of New Hampshire filmmakers recently came together to create a PSA, pro bono, for the National Children’s Alliance. That PSA, directed by Kevin
Gendron, a resident of Exeter and a freshman at Syracuse University, will air this evening on Comedy Central during the 11:30 p.m. airing of The Colbert Report. The PSA stars seacoast-based actress Constance Witman and Elle Shaheen (Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s granddaughter).

It is being launched nationally and can be viewed on YouTube here: Be sure to spread the word. Share the link, and tweet it using #standupstepforward, or like it on Facebook at It’s a great project put together by our New Hampshire industry members! Congratulations!


Beachwood High School student wins at International Student Film Festival Hollywood

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – She is only 16 years old, but Beachwood High School junior Maria Alvarez is already making her mark on the international film world.

Beachwood High School junior Maria Alvarez’s short film, “Difference of Opinion,” was the winner in the Best High School Experimental Film category at the International Student Film Festival Hollywood on Oct. 27 in California.

“I was totally shocked because this is the first big festival that I’ve ever entered,” Alvarez said. “I’ve been going to festivals to see movies and it’s so weird to think of mine actually being screened at one.”


Recipients of 2013-2014 Colorado Creates Grants Announced

More than $1 million awarded to support arts and culture activities in 26 counties

DENVER – September 23, 2013 ­- Colorado Creative Industries today announced recipients for the 2013 – 2014 Colorado Creates grant program. A total of 150 grants were awarded in 26 counties across the state totaling $1,125,000. The agency’s grants benefit both small and large communities, and over 50% of grant funds are awarded in towns and cities located outside the Denver metro area.

Colorado Creates is Colorado Creative Industries’ largest grant program, providing critical financial support that helps nonprofit cultural organizations and government agencies produce and present arts and cultural activities, bringing jobs to their communities and enhancing their quality of life.

Grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis and provide a seal of excellence that helps organizations leverage local and national funds.

“These grants support the artists and creative entrepreneurs who are critical to Colorado’s economy,” said Margaret Hunt, Director of Colorado Creative Industries. “There are over 186,000 jobs in our state’s creative sector, making it the fifth largest employment cluster. By investing in this sector’s vitality, the state builds its reputation as a premier creative hub and reaps significant economic returns.”

The grant awards are for activities that take place between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014. A complete list of this year’s grant recipients by county is available online at

New Filmmakers Los Angeles

Film Submissions

NewFilmmakers screens monthly at AT&T Center. We program a few months in advance in order to give filmmakers a chance to promote their work. Before submitting your film, please be sure to read our Terms and Conditions.

NFMLA only notifies of acceptances. If you would like a status update on the submission of your film, please email

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Winners of the 2013 California Film & TV Tax Credit Program

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The California Film Commission announced in a press release last month that it has selected 31 productions to receive this year’s California Film and Television Tax Credit. Among the lucky winners are feature films Purge 2 and The Wash, and popular television series Switched At BirthEntouragePretty Little Liars,Bunheadsand Rizzoli & Isles.


Among the 380 applications submitted by producers, the Film Commission approved 14 features, 14 basic cable TV series and three movies of the week.

“The record number of applications this year serves as affirmation that the production industry wants to stay at home in California,” stated executive director. “But tax credits now drive much of the decision making process, and sadly many projects that weren’t selected to receive California credits will be shot elsewhere.”

Other 2013 selections include features Bordering on Love, The Dating Game Killer, Havenhurst, The Meddler, Mission Blacklist, Shangri-La Suite and Sweetwater. TV series winners include Hit the Floor, Lost Angels andKing & Maxwell. And among the TV movies selections are Babycakes, Cloudy with a Chance of Love and Roll with It.

Past recipients of the California Film and Television Tax Credit include Oscar Best Picture winner Argo, Gangster SquadThe Call, and TV series Body of Proof.

Since California can only allot $100 million in credits each year, less than 10% of the applications submitted can receive the credit.

The Film Commission estimated that the 31 projects approved will spend at least $771 million in California and will employ approximately 2,980 cast members, 3,730 crew members and 80,680 extras/stand-ins.

The four-year-old film tax credit program has brought in $4.67 billion in direct spending within the state, including $1.59 billion in wages paid to “below-the-line” crew members.

The selection results – as always – can change. Last year, 28 projects were announced initially but 75 projects ultimately were cleared for the 2012 tax credit allocation.

Below is the breakdown of projects approved for this year’s film and television tax credit:

Feature Films: 14 projects (2 studio / 12 independent)
TV Series: 12 projects
Relocating TV Series: 2 projects
Movie-of-the-Week (MOW): 3 projects (1 studio / 2 independent)
Mini-Series: 0

The California Film Commission

The California Film Commission is a Reel-Scout client. The film office’s main mission is to foster motion picture, television and commercial production in the state. It supports productions of all sizes and budgets, especially those that stimulate and preserve production spending, jobs and tax revenues in California. 

The Film Commission has an extensive digital location library (powered by Reel-Scout), offers location assistance and many other production-related resources.

Browse California’s film locations.

Film production incentives — by the state

Map_of_USA_showing_state_namesMany states offer tax credits, rebates and other incentives to Hollywood film productions.

Here’s a list of the major tax credit and rebate programs (eligibility requirements differ from state to state; some states cap their incentives; where rates vary, the maximum available rate is listed):

42 percent » Michigan

37 percent » Oklahoma

35 percent » Missouri

32 percent » Tennessee

31 percent » West Virginia

30 percent » Alaska, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, Washington

25 percent » Alabama, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Wisconsin

22 percent » Florida

20 percent » Hawaii, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, South Carolina

17 percent » Texas

15 percent » Arkansas, Wyoming

14 percent » Montana

12 percent » Maine

10 percent » Colorado

Variable » Virginia

None » Arizona, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont

Source: Motion Picture Association of America

Coens’ new film takes Cannes Grand Prize

The Coen Brothers took the Grand Prize (actually second prize, after the Palme d’Or) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival on Sunday for “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the story of an early 1960s folk singer in New York. The Atlantic called it “‘Fargo’-level good,” about the highest praise there is. John Goodman is in it (yay!). Frances McDormand is not (boo!). And there’s a cat. Here’s the “official teaser trailer.” It’s out in the U.S. on Dec. 20, which seems like a very long time from now.


Nominate a festival for MovieMaker‘s Coolest Film Festivals!

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When we announced our Coolest Festival call for entries in April, we had no idea the response we’d receive. We expected to be wading through hundreds of submissions. Instead, you the readers, literally deluged us with thousands of nominations.

Because of that overwhelming response, we’ve decided to rethink our approach to the Coolest Festivals list altogether. In years past, we’ve published a list of the 25 Coolest Festivals—all chosen by the MovieMaker editors. This year, though, we’re handing over the Coolest Festivals list to you: Our moviemaking, movie-watching readers.

What’s more, we’re drastically expanding the categories. After combing through the initial data, we realized that there are a number of discreet categories (e.g. horror, comedy, environmental, LGBT, etc.) that shouldn’t necessarily be competing with dissimilar fests for the designation of Coolest Festival. The Chatanooga Comedy Film Festival isn’t vying for the same demographic as the Witchita Horror Festival of Film—so why should they be judged by the same criteria?

Therefore, for the 2013 edition of MovieMaker‘s Coolest Film Festivals list we’re accepting nominations in 15 separate categories! Ranging from the general to the specific, we’ve done our best to represent the full gamut of places you can submit your film.

Since most festivals still fall into the “general” category (Toronto, Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, San Francisco, etc.), we will be ranking the top 25, non-genre film festivals separately. For the content-specific fests (horror, comedy, LGBT, sports, student, etc.) we’ll be ranking the top five festivals in each category.

For the next month, we’re opening the nominations process back up to our readers. Whether you’re a moviemaker, a festival director, or simply a film lover, let us know about your favorite film festival by submitting your nomination using the form below. After we’ve collected all the nominations, you the readers will then help us pick the winners in each category during a vote off during July and August (more info on that, soon).

Winners in all 15 categories will receive a special laurel from MovieMaker, commemorating the win. The 24 runners-up in the general category, and the 4 runners-up in each of the sub-categories, will receive a badge designating them a “MovieMaker Coolest Film Festival.”

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2013 WGAW Awards Announces Talent

By NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief | Thursday February 14, 2013 @ 10:22pm PST

Executive Producer Cort Casady and Talent Producer Carole Propp have confirmed additional presenters to the talent line-up for the 2013 Writers Guild Awards L.A. ceremony this Sunday: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Modern Family co-stars Julie Bowen and Rico Rodriguez, Jane Lynch (Glee), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), Viola Davis (The Help), Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Stana Katic (Castle) joining her co-star Nathan Fillion, Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and co-star Adam Scott, Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Walton Goggins (Justified), Alfred Molina (Monday Mornings), Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Sam Waterston (The Newsroom), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), filmmaker Mark Duplass (The Mindy Project), screenwriters Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (The Hangover), and Key And Peele co-creators/co-stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.

The show will be directed by Joe DeMaio with Dave Boone returning as the show’s head writer. Contributing creative direction is the WGAW’s Awards Committee including Karen Harris (chair), Steve Chivers, Patrick Doody, Shelly Goldstein, Laurie Parres, and Scott Saltzburg.

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio and promotional writing, and graphic animation.  The awards will be presented jointly in all competitive categories during simultaneous ceremonies in New York at the B.B. King Blues Club and in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE.