Gotham Independent Audience Awards

IFP East has announced the Gotham Awards nominations, which include some very odd choices – like nominating Melanie Lynskey for Breakthrough Actor, when her breakthrough role was opposite Kate Winslet in the 1994 Peter Jackson classic Heavenly Creatures. But more fun than those are the interactive Gotham Independent Film Audience Awards – for which voting begins today.

Beauty is Embarrassing is the nominee qualified through the Nashville Film Festival (our Narrative winner – The Intouchables – is ineligible because this award is for American films only), but joining Neil Berkeley’s doc (coming back to the Belcourt October 30 through November 1) are 2012 NaFF selections Brooklyn Brothers Beat the BestTrash Dance and Under African Skies, which was runner-up to Beauty is Embarrassing here in Nashville.

See the complete list and make sure to vote!

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2012 / 2013 Awards Calendar

IndieWire has created a great calendar for the upcoming onslaught of awards. It all starts this Thursday with the announcement of the nominees for the Gotham Awards.

Look for those nominees and other awards news & analysis here as the season rolls along.

Oscars Announce Short Subject Doc Short List

Eight documentary shorts have been placed on the short list for the Academy Awards, including Cynthia Wade’s Mondays at Racine, which played the festival this past April. Also on the list, Rachel Grady, who was on the 2009 NaFF Documentary Jury.

Here’s the complete list:

The Education of Mohammad Hussein, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
Inocente, directed by Sean Fine
Kings Point, directed by Sari Gilman
Mondays at Racine, directed by Cynthia Wade
Open Heart, directed by Kief Davidson
ParaÍso, directed by Nadav Kurtz
The Perfect Fit
, directed by Tali Yankelevich
Redemption, directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

Congratulations to all the filmmakers.

The final list of nominees will be announced on January 10, 2013.

3 NaFF Short Docs Named Finalists

Cinema Eye Honors has named 10 short documentaries that will compete for their top prize and fully 30% of them screened at this past April’s Nashville Film Festival.

Dustin Guy Defa’s wonderfully disturbing Family Nightmare, Afarin Eghbal’s animated documentary Abuelas, and NaFF winner for Best Documentary Short, Matt Lenski’s Meaning of Robots – a documentary about an elderly man’s quest to make a robot porno (if you didn’t believe us, or the jury that it’s really good – this should finally convince you!).

Congrats to all of the filmmakers.

See the entire list at Cinema Eye’s website.

66 Countries Submit for Oscars Foreign Film

While not 100% official, yet, it appears that 66 nations will compete for Best Foreign Language Film at 2013 Academy Awards.

Included in that list are three four (see below) films from the 2012 Nashville Film Festival:

France submitted The Intouchables, which won the Southwest Airlines Audience Award for Best Narrative. Slovenia submitted A Trip which won the Best New Director prize. And Thailand submitted Headshot, which was featured in the World Cinema program and was just released into theaters in New York and LA.  Updated: Missing from the IndieWire list at the time of writing, Greenland has selected Inuk as it’s submission.

Other films of note include the first non-Aboriginal submission from Australia (Lore is in German) and Kenya has submitted for the first time in their nation’s history.

Michael Haneke’s Amour is the submission from Austria. Norway submitted the most expensive film in their nation’s history, Kon-Tiki, which was a hit at the Toronto Film Festival but still lacks a US distributor. Pablo Lorrain’s No, from Chile, was also well-received up north. It stars Gael Garcia Bernal, well-known to Academy voters, so they may pull off their first nomination.

See the complete list, go to IndieWire.