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Programme for Raindance Film Festival 2017 Revealed

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A festival that has continuously championed the best in independent filmmaking from the UK and abroad, ready to celebrate its 25th year.

Today has seen the grand reveal of the 2017 Raindance Film Festival programme, which will take place from Wednesday 20th September until Sunday 1st October in London’s West End.

Boasting the likes of Starred Up’s Jack O’Connell, The Descent director Neil Marshall, Trainspotting’s Ewan Bremner and former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston on the jury this year, the festival will be opened up by Atsuko Hirayangi’s Oh Lucy!, starring Penny Dreadful star Josh Hartnett.

The full programme can be found below…

THE FEATURE FILMS IN COMPETITION

Maya Dardel – Directors Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak (USA)

Mukoku – Director Kazuyoshi Kumakiri (Japan)

Noise – Director Koichiro Miki (Japan)

The Constitution – Director Rajko Grlc (Croatia)

Hello Again – Director Tom Gustafson (USA)

The Traveller – Director Hadi Ghandour (France, Lebanon)

Swaying Mariko – Director Koji Segawa (Japan)

High & Outside: A Baseball Noir – Director Evald Johnson (USA)

Black Hollow Cage- Director Sadrac González-Perellón (Spain)

Djam- Director Tony Gatlif (France)

Mukoku

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

The Family I Had – Directors Katie Green and Carlyle Rubin (USA)

RiverBlue: Can Fashion Save the Planet? – Directors David McIlvride and Roger Williams (Canada)

On Yoga The Architecture of Peace – Director Heitor Dhalia (Brazil, USA)

Bluefin – Director John Hopkins (Canada)

Speak Up – Directors Stéphane de Freitas and Ladj Ly (France)

The Family I Had

THE DISCOVERY AWARD – BEST DEBUT FEATURE

A Trip to the Moon – Director Joaquin Cambre (Argentina)

I Still Hide To Smoke – Director Rayhana Obermeyer, (France)

Scaffolding – Director Matan Yair (Israel, Poland)

Children of the Night – Director Andrea De Sica (Italy)

The Story of a Satellite – Directors Sonia Albert-Sobrinoa and Miriam Albert-Sobrino (Spain)

Children Of The Night

BEST UK FEATURE

In Another Life – Director Jason Wingard

Stooge – Director Madeleine Farley

The Dark Mile – Director Gary Love

Edie – Director Simon Hunter

Isolani – Director R. Paul Wilson

The Dark Mile

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM

Game – Director Jeannie Donohoe (USA)

Goddess – Director Karishma Dube (India, USA)

Lethe – Director Dea Kulumbegahsvili (France, Georgia)

Mixtape Marauders – Director Peter Edlund (USA)

Viola, Franca – Director Marta Savina (Italy)

Mixtape Marauders

BEST UK SHORT FILM

Work – Director Aneil Karia

Diagnosis – Director Eva Riley

CLA’AM – Director Nathaniel Martello-White

Wild Horses – Director Rory Alexander Stewart

46.0 – Director Joseph A. Adesunloye

Cla’am

BEST INTERACTIVE NARRATIVE VR EXPERIENCE

Life Of Us – Directors Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin (USA)

Manifest 99 – Directors Adam Volker and Bohdon Sayre (USA)

Ray – Director Rafael Pavón (Spain)

Treehugger: Wawona – Directors Robin McNicholas, Barney Steel and Ersin Han Ersin (UK)

BEST MOBILE INTERACTIVE VR EXPERIENCE

Horizons – Director Yuli Levtov (UK)

In the Eyes of the Animal – Directors Robin McNicholas, Barney Steel and Ersin Han Ersin (UK)

The Unfinished – Director Balthazar Auxietre (France)

Virtual Virtual Reality – Directors Samantha Gorman and Adam Veal (USA)

BEST CINEMATIC NARRATIVE VR EXPERIENCE

Alteration – Director Jérome Blanquet (France)

Broken Night – Directors Alon Benari and Tal Zubalsky (USA)

The Tragic Story of Betty Corrigall – Director Peter Boyd Maclean (UK)

UTURN – Directors Nathalie Mathe and Ryan Lynch (USA)

BEST DOCUMENTARY VR EXPERIENCE

First Impressions – Directors Francesca Panetta and Nicole Jackson (UK)

Iranian Kurdish Female Fighters – Director Namak Khoshnaw (Iraq, UK)

Songs of the Vine – Directors Maira Clancy and Blake Montgomery (USA, Peru)

¡Viva La Evolución! – Director Fifer Garbesi (Cuba)

BEST ANIMATION VR EXPERIENCE

Arden’s Wake – Director Eugene Chung (USA)

Dear Angelica – Directors Wesley Allsbrook and Saschka Unseld (USA)

Rain or Shine – Director Felix Massie (UK)

Song of the Sea – Directors Jerrica Cleland and Tomm Moore (Ireland, UK, Denmark)

BEST MUSIC VR EXPERIENCE

Beethoven’s Fifth – Director Jessica Brillhart (USA)

Chapita: Mind Enterprises – Director Eran Amir (UK)

Floating Points: Peroration Six – Director Fabien Coupez (USA)

Reeps One: Does Not Exist – Directors John Hendicott and Gawain Liddiard (UK, USA)

BEST BRANDED VR EXPERIENCE

Manchester City – Match Day – Director Adam May (UK)

Snatch VR Heist Experience – Directors Rafael Pavón and Nicolás Alcalá (Spain, USA)

The Chainsmokers Paris VR – Directors Brynley Gibson and Russell Harding (UK)

Welcome To Laphroaig – Director Darren Emerson (UK)

BEST SENSUAL VR EXPERIENCE

Come! (Viens!) – Director Michel Reilhac (France)

In My Shoes: Intimacy – Directors Jane Gauntlett and Andrew Somerville (UK)

Second Date – Director Jennifer Lyon Bell, Netherlands (USA)

Through You – Directors Saschka Unseld and Lily Baldwin (USA)

BEST SOCIAL IMPACT VR EXPERIENCE

42 Days – Director Animal Equality (USA, Spain)

Aftershock: Nepal’s Untold Water Story – Director Catherine Feltham (UK)

Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon – Directors James Manisty and Grace Boyle (UK, Brazil)

You Are There. On The Road To Ending Polio – Directors Peter Collis and Vanessa Moussa (UK, USA, France, Switzerland)

BEST SOUND DESIGN VR EXPERIENCE

Life Of Us – Directors Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin (USA)

Reeps One: Does Not Exist – Directors John Hendicott and Gawain Liddiard (UK, USA)

The Resistance of Honey – Director Peter Boyd Maclean (UK)

The Tragic Story of Betty Corrigall – Director Peter Boyd Maclean (UK)

BEST INTERNATIONAL WEB SERIES

The Adventures of A Broken Heart – Director Ariel Martínez Herrera (Argentina)

High Life – Directors Glen Dolman and Luke Eve (Australia)

The Break Up List – Director Aaron Khoo (Singapore)

Jezebel – Director Julien Bittner (France)

Save Me – Directors Fab Filippo and Dylan Pearce (Canada)

Clash of the Narratives – Director Robin Forestier-Walker

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James Cameron Confirms Avatar Sequels Have Wrapped Production

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In a video message, the director of the two highest-grossing films of all time (Avatar and Titanic) praised the ensemble of actors who have been filming Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 since September 2017.

“Hi, James Cameron here and today I’m coming to you from the set of the Avatar sequels — and behind me you can see our performance-capture stage. Today we’re capturing some stunt scenes filming some stunt scenes but our principal cast are all wrapped: Sam [Worthington], Zoe [Saldana], Sigourney [Weaver], Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet.”

The Oscar-winning filmmaker added: “They’re done now but they gave us incredible performances. And I can’t tell you how proud I am of the work that they did on these films.”

Avatar 2 is due in theaters on December 18, 2020, and will be followed by Avatar 3 on December 17, 2021. Two additional sequels are planned after that if the first pair deliver the kind of box-office success that Fox and Cameron are expecting.

In the video message, Cameron then turned to a different project as he explained the ambition and artistry of Alita: Battle Angel , which reaches theaters in February.

Cameron fell in love with the namesake source material, the cyberpunk saga created by Yukito Kishiro in the 1990s, and flirted with making it into a movie in the mid-2000s but ultimately set it aside in favor of making the first Avatar.

In 2015, director Robert Rodriguez (Sin CitySpy Kids) came on board as director for Alita with  Cameron producing (along with his longtime partner, Jon Landau). The film’s approach — a dreamy futuristic setting yet with photorealistic anime visuals — is being billed as a game-changer (not unlike Cameron’s Terminator 2 and Avatar) but that could be an elusive sell to moviegoers.

Which explains why Cameron was using his Avatar publicity and social media megaphone to tether the two franchises and boost the fledgling Alita.

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Best Popular Category Had ‘Stake Driven Through Its Heart’, But Isn’t Dead Says Oscars President

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John Bailey, the president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (who oversees the Oscars), has spoken candidly about the awards show’s bid to bring in more viewers with a distinct ‘Best Achievement in Popular Film’ award.

You’ll remember it as being the category that suffered a very public and embarrassing controversy in which Academy members openly rejected it earlier in the year, prompting the organisation to ‘temporarily shelve’ their plans until they could conduct a proper review. Speaking at the EnergaCamerimage Film Festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Bailey stated that the award had “seemed like a good idea, the board approved it, announced it, but we got a lot of pushback.”

“So the board reconsidered and tabled it – which is not to say that the idea is dead. Even after a stake was driven through its heart, there’s still interest.”

The Academy has a “generous” deal with ABC, who have agreed to fund and air the telecast until 2028. The challenge, in those intervening years, is to somehow save the show from haemorrhaging even more viewers. As Bailey says: “We have another decade, and we’re already starting to deal with the problem. There’s desire to expand the awards to millennials, many of whom do not have TV.”

ABC, who are majority-owned by the Walt Disney Corporation, may take some umbrage with the idea of no longer being the sole home of the Oscars, but one idea that has been repeatedly floating around is to air the telecast on the forthcoming Disney+ streaming service – a more palatable option, perhaps, for younger viewers.

However, when it comes to the concept of new categories that aren’t Best Popular, Bailey was considerably more cagey. Asked if we could see awards for motion-capture, stunt-performers, or achievements in casting, the president said: “A number of different crafts would like to be represented and there are ongoing discussions about creating new branches, but right now we’re trying to reduce the size of the board. However, nothing is written in stone.”

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Pedro Pascal Confirmed To Be Under The Helmet Of The Mandalorian

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Game of Thrones and Kingsman: The Golden Circle actor Pedro Pascal has been officially named as the man under the helmet of the titular bounty hunter of Star Wars: The Mandalorian.

Little is known of the steaming-first live-action series, which will air on Disney+, save for a brief synopsis: “After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic...”

Helmed by showrunner Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book), the series recently announced its first crop of directors. Of note to Star Wars die-hards was the news that Dave Filoni, showrunner of fan favourite animated shows Clone Wars and Rebels, would be directing the series’ premiere episode. Meanwhile, Thor: Ragnarok’s beloved eccentric director Taika Waititi will helm an episode, along with Bryce Dallas Howard (daughter of Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard), Rick Famuyiwa (Hope), and Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones).

In Star Wars canon, the Mandalorians are a fierce race of armoured warriors that exist in tribal ‘families’, and who – until the dawn of the Clone Wars – largely kept out of the way of the rest of the galaxy. Following the devastation of their kind in the galactic civil war their numbers dwindled, until few remain by the time of the new show (roughly seven years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and twenty-three years before The Force Awakens). The race are an integral part of the Star Wars mythos, and even once warred with the Jedi Knights.

Pascal’s involvement had been heavily rumoured for the past month. The Mandalorian is currently awaiting a release date.

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