31st BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival closes

The 31st BFI London LGBT Film Festival came to a close on March 26. Over the ten days of the Festival, BFI Flare screened 58 features and 80 short films and reached UK audiences of over 27,000 at BFI Southbank and through BFI Player. 187 filmmakers represented 13 countries covering global LGBT cultures, including Iraq,…

Screenwriter Peter Morgan receives BFI Fellowship

Peter Morgan CBE, screenwriter of such films as The Queen and Frost/Nixon, was awarded the BFI Fellowship at the annual BFI Chairman’s dinner on February 21. The award was presented to Morgan by Dame Helen Mirren, who famously played Queen Elisabeth in Morgan’s 2006 film The Queen, directed by Stephen Frears. On presenting Morgan with…

Nine films eligible for Best Foreign Language Oscar 2017

Here is the list of the nine features that will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film for the 89th Academy Awards, which was selected from an original list of 85 titles previously considered in the category: Australia, “Tanna,” Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, directors; Canada, “It’s Only the End of…

Winners of inaugural Macao film festival announced

The 1st International Film Festival & Awards Macao in Southern China came to an end on December 14. A jury headed by filmmaker Shekhar Kapur announced the winners of this inaugural edition during an award ceremony. Commenting on the first edition of what aims to be a major film event of the year, President of…