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‘My Indiana Muse,’ a film by Ric and Jen Serena, won the audience award for best documentary feature at the 27 th annual Florida Film Festival. The spouses are graduates of Seminole High School in Sanford.

Florida Film Festival announces winners

‘My Indiana Muse,’ a film by Ric and Jen Serena, won the audience award for best documentary feature at the 27th annual Florida Film Festival. The spouses are graduates of Seminole High School in Sanford.

The festival on Monday announced winners in 14 categories. The 10-day event started April 6 and concluded Sunday in Maitland and Winter Park.

‘Prison Logic,’ directed by Romany Malco Jr., for audience award. Malco, an actor known for ‘Weeds’ and ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin,’ shot the film in Miami and Orlando.

Christina Parrish and Andrew Dismukes, who collected a special jury award for performance for ‘Call Me Brother.’ They were directed by David Howe.

‘Let My People Vote,’ directed by Gilda Ann Brasch, for audience award for best short film. The film explores activist Desmond Meade’s work as head of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.

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Beijing Festival Sends out Mixed Messages

The eighth edition of the Beijing International Film Festival gets under way Sunday night. A spectacular ceremony, some 25 miles away from downtown Beijing will kick off a week of cinema-related celebrations that look little like any other major film festival.

Baffling many in the industry, the festival lineup boasts both notable exclusions, and perplexing inclusions. A decision earlier this month to exclude the previously announced “Call Me By Your Name” was shock enough to produce a few ripples in the normally tightly-controlled Chinese Internet. And it further underlines the increasingly hard line being taken by Chinese regulators against LGBT content.

Additionally, some seven South Korean films – including Hong Sang-soo-directed pair “Claire’s Camera” and “The Day After,” and 2017 blockbuster “The Battleship Island” – played in Wanda and CGV multiplexes in a week of pre-festival screenings.

This the first time in more than 20 months that Korean made titles have been allowed to play in China. The Middle Kingdom began an undeclared cold war against South Korean goods and services in July 2016, when the South Korean government was moving towards a decision to install the THAAD anti-missile system. “It is the first time a movie made only in Korea has been screened in China in two years, except for films co-produced by Korea and China,” an official related with the film industry in Beijing said.

The competition section is a hodge-podge of films from the 2017 festival circuit (Samuel Benchetrit’s “Dog” and Saul Dibb’s “Journey’s End”), others from China’s political friends, and the incongruously the Hong Kong-Chinese blockbuster “Operation Red Sea,” that is now the second highest grossing movie ever in China. Lending his considerable prestige is Wong Kar-wai, as president of the jury which will select the winners of the Tiantan prize.

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  • Date: 2018-04-15T04:16:48+00:00
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Preview: With 200 movies spread over 10 days, the Atlanta Film Festival hits its stride

Now in its 42nd’year, the Atlanta Film Festival — kicking off its 10-day run today — is one of the nation’s oldest. But for all its longevity, due to many staffing and management changes over the years, it sometimes seemed to be in a state of perpetual reinvention.

‘When you look back at the history of the festival, there haven’t been many people that made it for that long,’ says associate director Cameron McAllister. ‘Now, people with the festival are in their third, fourth or fifth years, and we’re building on previous years in terms of the programming and in terms of our outreach in the community. This year feels like the new peak for us.’

The festival, with screenings taking place at the Plaza Theatre, features over 200 narrative features, documentaries and shorts from 55 countries (56 if you factor in Hong Kong).

‘It’s a special place to be right now and the programming is incredible,’ McAllister says. ‘We’re really grateful for what independent film has given us this year.’

In a sign of that gratitude, the festival has created a handful of special awards to honor filmmakers involved with this year’s festival.