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The Adders 2008 - The All Youth Academy Awards, call for entries

Alex Campbell writes in about a promising new film festival and awards run by, and for, young people (which means people under 19, apparently):

"The Adders 2008 is the future for British film-making. It allows young film-makers work to be showcased to a wider audience and for industry professionals to get a taste of where the future of film-making will come from. Including live music performances and the presentation of the brand new Youth Academy Awards this will be a night like no other."



Recent awards: Sick in Houston, Tantric Tourists in London and I Refuse To Forget wins feature funds

A quick roundup of recent award winners 

sick_poster.jpgWe're pleased to hear that Alexander Snelling's debut feature Tantric Tourists, covered here recently, picked up the Best UK Debut at the East London Film Festival, where it had its Gala Premiere.  

Mike Rymer's 15k short Sick, dealing with mental illness, has picked up the Gold award at the 41st Houston Film Festival. Endorsed by the Samaritans, the film looks at anxiety and depression and was funded almost entirely by NHS charitable trusts after development at the Wales Screen Academy.

Meanwhile the winner of online community Filmaka 's web contest has been anounced as I Refuse to Forget by 21-year-old Nuru Rimington-Mkal. The tender tail of sensory memories of love won acclaim from Jury member Neil LaBute. Nuru will now, apparently, get to direct his own feature, funded by Filmmaka. Next year's contest, with the prize of getting a feature produced, has been announced with the theme of 'Behind Closed Doors'. 


Submit to Raindance Film Festival 2008!

The Raindance Film Festival is probably the UK's leading independent film festival, and is currently looking for submissions for 2008. Here's what they submitted to Netribution:

We want you to be a part of it! We are currently accepting submissions from ALL OVER THE GLOBE.

Have a fantastic short film? The next-big-thing-feature?

Represent your corner of the world and send us your work!

For our Film Festival Toolkit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a quick and comprehensive look into Raindance!

For more information, feel free to contact us at 44-207 287 3833. 



Old men's blood for Atonement.. Oscar noms announced

no-country-for-old-men.jpg No Country for Old Men and There Will be Blood lead the Oscar nominations with 8 nods apiece. Atonement, fresh from a Golden Globes win, and Michael Clayton picked up seven, with Ratatouille taking 5 and indie hits Juno / The Diving Bell and the Butterfly both picking up 4. 

Best foreign language film
Beaufort, Israel
The Counterfeiters, Austria
Katyn, Poland
Mongol, Kazakhstan
12, Russia



Hollywood seeks Atonement at the Globes redux

atonement500.jpgAfter years of efforts, the unions of LA have done what no awards show producers has ever succeeded in doing - getting the winners announced in under an hour. At Sunday's Golden Globes Press Conference , Britflick Atonement picked up Best Film, while UK-shot and set Sweeney Todd picked up Best  Musical or Comedy. Other winners include Daniel Day Lewis for There Will be Blood, Julie Christie for Away from Her and director Julian Schnabel for Ronald Harwood' s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which also picked up best foreign film. Ricky Gervais won best comedy series for Extras. Full list follows.




Control takes five BIFAs as the only true indie in competition

controlstill Anton Corbijn's Control took five awards at the British Independ Film Awards, hosted at the Roundhouse, Wednesday night. Paddy Considine's short, staring Peter Mullan, picked up best short film. Special Award were given to Ray Winstone, Daniel Craig and the Artificial Eye founders.

Adam Dawtrey in Variety has pointed out that Control was the only film competing for Best Picture that was genuinely a British independent films - the rest were part financed by US majors. The winners below:


Sky Movies Indie To Broadcast 20th European Film Awards

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Over one thousand guests will gather for the 20th anniversary of the European Film Awards at Berlin Arena. Sky Movies Indie will present extended highlights of the ceremony in a 90-minute programme on 3rd December 2007.

The hosts for this year's awards will be French actress Emmanuelle Beart and German actor Jan Josef Liefers and special guests will include French screen siren Jeanne Moreau. Legendary director Jean-Luc Godard will receive an honorary award at the ceremony.

Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies and SBO said,

"The European Film Awards are one of the biggest nights in the European film calendar and Sky Movies is delighted to be associated with such a prestigious event."

The announcement follows on from Sky's recent launch of SBO World in September, one of the largest on-demand World Cinema services anywhere with over 150 titles - many of which are exclusive to the service in the UK.  


British Independent Film Awards take place on Wednesday

The British Independent Film Awards are just two days away. One of the nominees is a film that has been covered extensively here on Netribution, Extraordinary Rendition, which is up for Best Achievement in Production. The full list of nominees and jury members after the jump...



Gaelic film director cries foul on BAFTA's Oscar snub


Seachd: The Inaccessible PinnacleThe director of the Scottish Gaelic film Seachd has called "foul" on BAFTA's decision not to put forward an official British entry film in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars, suggesting one member of the selection committee, a Scottish producer, may have had a commercial conflict of interest when sitting in judgment on their film, which was warmly received by press and public when it premiered at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival.