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Academy Nominates Record Number of Independent Films

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Oscar nominations on Monday. Independent films received recognition in several categories.   Chloe Zhao became the first woman of color nominated for Best Director for her film Nomadland. Zhao also picked up Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture nominations. Nomadland star Frances McDormand earned a nomination for… Read more »

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India’s Streaming Services Under New Regulations

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Prakash Javadekar, India’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting, announced a series of digital media laws targeted at social media and streaming services on February 25th. After several reports regarding inappropriate content from Netflix India and Amazon Prime Video, the government was pressured to create a new system for reporting and resolving censorship issues. These new… Read more »

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Announcing the 2021 Berlin Film Festival Winners

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The 71st Berlinale Film Festival just announced its 2021 winners. The event, which has been around since the Cold War, has developed a brand new online format for its public and global audiences to tune into since COVID-19 has forced industry coordinators to reimagine their usual event presentation. The decision to split the festival into… Read more »

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Alamo Drafthouse Files for Bankruptcy

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Independent dine-in theater chain Alamo Drafthouse Cinema announced last Wednesday that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will sell its assets to its senior lender group. This includes Altamont Capital Partners, affiliates of Fortress Investment Group, and the company’s founder, Tim League. The move will provide the financing the company needs to continue… Read more »

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Neurodivergent Film Festival Call for Submission

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A new genre of film festival focusing on an often-overlooked demographic has emerged in recent years: films made by and for neurodivergent individuals. The Neurodivergent Film Festival (NDFF) is currently open for submissions until March 15, 2021. The festival, which will occur on May 15, 2021, was created with the idea that neurodivergent people should… Read more »

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Film Independent Spirit Awards Moves Ceremony

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The Film Independent Spirit Awards just announced that their awards show would be breaking the current award show trend of pushing back the ceremony date by pushing the date of the Spirit Awards up two days to April 22, 2021. The ceremony will be broadcast live on IFC at 10:00 pm ET/7:00 pm PT. Nominees… Read more »

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Inaugural IF/Then x Hulu Short Documentary Lab Call

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Field of Vision‘s IF/Then Shorts initiative and Hulu Documentary Films have just announced a partnership that will offer $100,000 in grants and a year-log lab focused on development and distribution for short-documentary filmmakers based in North America. The IF/Then Shorts initiative was founded in 2017 as part of the Tribeca Film Institute and became part… Read more »