‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ To Close Camerimage Fest
Camerimage, the international film festival of the art of cinematography, said today that Ben Stiller’s new comedy-drama The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty will close the 21st edition of the festival, which runs November 16-23 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Stiller also stars in the film alongside Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn and Adam Scott. Also, director Terry Gilliam and cinematographer Nicola Pecorini will present their sci-fi drama The Zero Theorem as the second opening film (following Saving Mr. Banks), which will be part of the festival’s Opening Gala at the Opera Nova. Gilliam received the fest’s Camerimage Special Award to the Director with Unique Visual Sensitivity in 2009, when he and Pecorini presented their film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
Nominations For 7th Asia Pacific Screen Awards Announced
Nominations for the seventh annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards were unveiled today. Six movies will vie for Best Feature Film: Omar (Palestine), The Past (France, Italy), Like Father, Like Son (Japan), The Turning (Australia), With You, Without You (Sri Lanka) and Television, the first film from Bangladesh ever to earn an Asia Pacific nom. The mentions for When I Saw You (Jordan) and Wadjda (Saudi Arabia) also are the first for their respective countries. Five films earned two mentions apiece: Television, Like Father, Like Son, The Old Man, The Past and My Sweet Pepperland (Iraq-Kurdistan-France-Germany). In all, 39 films from 21 Asia Pacific nations are up for the awards, which will be handed out December 12 at City Hall in Brisbane, Australia. The full is of nominees is here.
Warner Bros Unit Re-Ups With Vision Independent Productions
Warner Bros International Television Production has inked a new three-year deal for international distribution rights to upcoming television formats from Ireland’s Vision Independent Productions. The companies renewed their existing deal that dates to 2011. Formats from VIP that have been locally adapted internationally through commissions secured by WBITVP include The Hit, Operation Transformation and The Secret Chef.
Ajyal Youth Film Festival Unveils 65-Title Lineup
The inaugural Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha, Qatar, has unveiled its lineup of 65 films from 30 nations. The Middle East and North Africa premiere of Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and five other anime classics will be part of a tribute to the Japanese art form. The fest also will feature an Otaku cosplay event that is open to residents and visitors and will award participants across numerous categories. Among the scheduled workshops are The Making of a Comic Book, Qatari Japanese Traditional Games, Cosplay Costume Making, Cosplay Hair & Makeup, Origami Making, Introduction to Shogi, Anime History, Qartoon; and Anime Stop Motion. The Made in Qatar segment will include 11 films by Qatari nationals and residents, and there will be Special Screenings of films from the U.S., Brazil, Canada, France, Mexico, Palestine, Qatar, Spain and the UK. Presented by the Doha Film Institute, the fest runs November 26-30.