On Monday, the Tribeca Film Festival announced festival dates and submission deadlines for its 11th annual event. Tribeca will be held April 18-29, 2012 in New York City, and the deadlines to submit films to the festival are as follows:

The Tribeca Film Institute, the year round nonprofit arts organization designed to empower filmmakers through grants, professional development and support, has announced submissions opened today for Tribeca All Access (TAA), TFI Documentary Fund, Latin America Media Arts Fund and the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund.

September 19, 2011 – SUBMISSIONS OPEN




Deadlines for filmmakers to submit for the 2012 Tribeca Film Institute programs are:

August 8, 2011 – SUBMISSIONS OPEN

October 10, 2011 – DEADLINE

Full press release below:

New York, NY (August 8, 2011) – The Tribeca Film Festival announced today that the 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival will be held April 18 – April 29, 2012 in New York City. The Festival has announced a Call for Submissions for narrative and documentary features as well as for short film entries.

In addition, the Tribeca Film Institute, the year round nonprofit arts organization, has announced submissions opened today for Tribeca All Access (TAA), TFI Documentary Fund, Latin America Media Arts Fund and the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund.

Deadlines to submit U.S. and International films for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival are as follows:

September 19, 2011 – SUBMISSIONS OPEN




Deadlines for filmmakers to submit for the 2012 Tribeca Film Institute programs are:

August 8, 2011 – SUBMISSIONS OPEN

October 10, 2011 – DEADLINE

Starting September 19, 2011, submission forms and complete information regarding eligibility for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival will be available at http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival. Questions regarding submissions may be directed to entries@tribecafilmfestival.org or by calling 212-941-2305.

Submission forms and complete information regarding eligibility for the 2012 Tribeca Film Institute programs are now available at http://www.tribecafilminstitute.org. Questions regarding submissions may be directed to institute@tribecafilminstitute.org or by calling 212-274-8080.

About Tribeca Film Festival:
Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture.

The Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.

Since Tribeca’s founding through 2011, the Tribeca Festival has screened over 1200 films from over 80 countries and it has attracted an international audience of more than 3.5 million attendees and generated an estimated $725 million in economic activity for New York City.

About Tribeca Film Institute:
The Tribeca Film Institute is a 501(c)3 year round nonprofit arts organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001. TFI empowers filmmakers through grants and professional development, and is a resource and advocate for individual artists in the field. The Institute’s educational programming leverages an extensive film community network to help underserved New York City students learn filmmaking and gain the media skills necessary to be productive citizens and creative individuals in the 21st century. Administering a dozen major programs annually, TFI is a critical contributor to the fabric of filmmaking and aids in protecting the livelihood of filmmakers and media artists.

For more information and a list of all TFI programs visit http://www.tribecafilminstitute.org/


Like Crazy,” an indie love story that received quite a bit of positive attention at Sundance this year, is becoming a huge rebound for writer/director Drake Doremus, as his debut film, “Douchebag,” was not well received.

With a domestic gross of about $20,000, the dramedy “Douchebag” tanked when it was released in October 2010.

“Like Crazy,” won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture and the Special Jury Prize for Best Actress (Felicity Jones). The ultra-low budget film was purchased by Paramount Vantage for $4 million, making it the biggest sale at this year’s festival.

Anne Thompson talked with Doremus on Monday, and he’s already under way on his next film, which is currently untitled. He said the project will also star Jones, who will work alongside Guy Pearce and Amy Ryan in this thrilling, relationship drama set in upstate New York.

In the interview with Thompson, Doremus said he is becoming “less funny.”

“I’m certainly more fascinated with drama. My films are going in that direction. You can’t force filmmaking, it has to come to you organically. I’m just rolling with it, down this path.”

Doremus shot “Like Crazy” on a Canon 7D, an 18 megapixel SLR with HD video recording, as noted by Ryan Koo. Doremus told Thompson he would shoot 30-minute takes, running through the scenes four or five times without starting and stopping, making adjustments. He would keep the camera rolling. “It’s like an organic jazz odyssey,” he said.

“Like Crazy” is a romance drama about an American student (Anton Yelchin) who falls in love with a British college student (Jones), who becomes banned from the United States when she overstays her visa.

The film opens in select theaters October 28, and check out the trailer below that was released earlier this week.

For those of you who are anticipating another indie love story this fall, you’re in luck. The trailer for Drake Doremus’ “Like Crazy” is now available for your viewing pleasure.

The film was rather successful at Sundance this year, as it took home the Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture. “Like Crazy” was also awarded the Special Jury Prize for Best Actress, recognizing British actress Felicity Jones.

“Like Crazy” tells the story of a love affair between a British college student (Jones) and an American (Anton Yelchin), which becomes complicated by an expired visa.

Jennifer Lawrence, who broke into the indie film scene with “Winter’s Bone,” which took home the Grand Jury Prize for Drama at Sundance in 2010, also makes a brief appearance in the trailer.

Let’s hope this film will have more success than “The Art of Getting By,” a teen romance set in New York City starring Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts which witnessed a disappointing domestic gross of about $1.5 million earlier this summer.

Judging from scenes with forlorn tears opposite of those with playful romance, this film will either end with the audience longing for youth, or a box of tissues.

“Like Crazy” opens October 28 and is being distributed by Paramount Vantage.

On July 24, 2010 thousands of people from around the world submitted video footage in hopes of being selected be part of a feature-length, experimental documentary.  “Life in a Day” features video clips shot only on July 24 that provide insight into the lives of people from all corners of the globe.

The filmmaking team selected from 4,500 hours of submitted footage from 192 countries, and
YouTube and National Geographic teamed up to present the film.

“Life in a Day” premiered at Sundance this January and screened at various venues across the United States on July 24, one year after the videos were taken and submitted.

Kevin Macdonald, the director of the film, participated in a Q&A with audience members at a screening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Director Kevin Macdonald and Daniel Battsek, president of National Geographic Films, discuss the "Life in a Day" at the New York premiere. Photo by Eva Hill

Macdonald said the film required generosity from participants, because people were sharing their lives without monetary gain. He said the filmmaking team had to work with the footage they were given.

“I wanted the material to speak to me without preconceptions and structure, so characters reappear and add suspense,” he said.

Macdonald referred to the film and the day the footage was taken as a “little, frozen drop of time.”

“You could go back in seven years and get people to film again and see how their lives have changed,” he said.

“Life in a Day” opens in select theaters July 29. Check out the National Geographic version of the trailer below.

On Dec. 1, the Sundance Institute announced the lineup of films for the 2011 U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Festival. The festival spans over 10 days, from Jan. 20-30 in various cities in Utah.

There were 115  films selected for this year’s festival, and all were feature length. Twenty eight countries are represented in film making, and judges selected from 3,812 submissions.

The competition categories include: world cinema documentary, world cinema dramatic, U.S. documentary and U.S. dramatic.

Summit Entertainment has scheduled the release date for “The Beaver,” a film directed by Jodie Foster, for spring 2011. Summit also recently released the film’s first still photo and trailer.

The film, starring Mel Gibson, tells the tale of a man who is on a journey to rediscover his family and restart his life. But when a beaver hand puppet come into the picture, his life drastically improves. “The Beaver” co-stars Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence.

With child custody battles and a complicated situation with an ex-girlfriend, Gibson didn’t help the films prospects of entering theaters on time, but the delay may have also been attributed to the change of directors and cast members, according to Cinematical.

The Three Stooges are scheduled to make a comeback, as production for the film is set to begin on March 14, 2011. With an approved script and producers, all the film is missing are the definite roles of the stooges.

Originally, the film was going under production with MGM Studios, but will be switched over to  20th Century Fox. Unlike the television series, the film will be broken up into three, 27-minute shorts of slapstick comedy and humor, but still retaining the original theme songs. CNN gives readers the opportunity to choose who they would like to see star in the film; the answers range from Glenn Beck, Conan O’Brian and Seth Rogan.

Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro were the original picks, but have announced plans to bow out, for various reasons. The directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, said they are willing to cast both well-known and unknown actors to fill the roles. No new names have been released, but casting is already underway for the parts.

Read more about the film on Firstshowing.net

Film Independent, a nonprofit art organization, Spirit Awards announced its nominees for 2010 on Nov. 30. Joe McHale, American actor and television personality, will host the show Feb. 26 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Award categories include: best feature, best screenplay, best director and best documentary. “Winter’s Bone” leads in nominations in seven different categories. Get a full list of categories and nominees on Filmmaker, and watch the nomination announcement on Spirit Awards’ website.

The Gotham Independent film awards will host a charity auction to benefit the Independent Filmmaker Project, IFP. The auction will run from Nov. 22 to Dec. 2, 2010. The nonprofit organization, IFP, is the largest and oldest independent filmmaker organization in the United States.

Anyone can post a live bid on the items through Ebay and the prices start at $500.

Some of the items available for bidding include: a game of ping pong with Susan Surandon, two tickets to Saturday Night Live, backstage passes to “Time Stands Still” and a meet-and-greet with actress Christina Ricci.


Insurge, a subdivision of Paramount, just launched the trailer for its first production, “Justin Bieber: Never say Never.”

Paramount initially planned on committing $1 million to Insurge to produce 10 films, each with a $100,000 budget. Over the course of half a year, the smaller studio remains undefined. The label may not stick to its $100,000 mandates, because of the success of “Paranormal Activity,” which lead to the creation of the studio.

As of now, there is only one homegrown production within the studio, and that’s the 3D Justin Bieber concert documentary, “Never Say Never.” According to Variety, the Insurge is using social media to promote the film, and it will be in theaters Feb. 14, 2011.

Read more about Insurge, Paramount and “Never say Never” on Filmmaker.