Category: MTNF

Meet the New Filmmakers Awarded at TIFF ’17

Alongside Sundance and SXSW, the Toronto International Film Festival’s reputation for platforming new filmmakers continues to grow with a crop of new names scoring major awards at this year’s event. New Machine Magazine’s Ana Stefanovic delved deeper into the list of winners to reveal more insight about the newer filmmakers awarded. S. Craig Zahler – Brawl In Cell Block 99 Country: USA Award: The Grolsch…

Meet the New Award-Winning Directors from LA Film Festival ’17

Last month’s Los Angeles Film Festival saw a new crop of filmmakers awarded in an important Hollywood-based event that is known for shining a light on fresh screen talent, particularly in independent cinema. As part of our ongoing Festival Breakout series, New Machine Magazine editors profiled the main jury and audience award winners. Hosted by Film Independent, the festival ran this year from June 14-22….

Meet the Winners of the 2017 Palm Springs Shortfest

European directors have won 5 of the 7 major awards at the 2017 Palm Springs Shortfest as they continue to dominate significant American film festivals this season. Swiss filmmaker and graphics designer Jan-Eric Mack won the Best of the Festival Award and Best Student Live Action Short Over 15 Minutes for his 24-minute drama Facing Mecca. Jan-Eric is a Zurich University of the Arts film…

Meet the New Filmmakers Awarded at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

With the demand for quality film and television product seemingly at peak levels, the industry continues to look to major film festivals for discovering new screen talent. New York continues to rival Los Angeles for surfacing new filmmakers and no East Coast spectacle is more important than the annual Tribeca Film Festival, which has long held the reputation for championing fresh voices since it was founded…

International Filmmakers Shine at 2017 Aspen ShortsFest Awards

New European and Asian filmmakers continue to make their mark on Oscar-qualifying short film festivals this year, with 4 out of the 5 main awards at Aspen Shortsfest going to non-Americans. From a young Indian director who was able to masterfully cast non-actors in a remote setting, to an experimental short about vapid consumerism by a German animator, the 2017 Aspen shorts winners demonstrate that…

Meet the New Directors Awarded at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival

Founded in 1987, Austin’s SXSW Film Festival has become a lucrative launchpad for new and emerging filmmakers, particularly those who have sought the independent path. This year’s festival, which ran March 9-18, is of course part of the larger SXSW convention that sees both a music and technology portion in addition to film. Far from the industry spotlight of Los Angeles and New York, SXSW’s…

Berlinale 2017 Winners Signal a New Generation of Auteurs

In what started in 1951 as a post-war display of American cultural influence to counter the growing shadow of Soviet East Germany, the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) has become the highest profile European cinema event to kick start the festival calendar. Hundreds of films are screened each year, representing a truly global celebration of cinema. Since the 1960s, Berlinale has slightly pivoted away from…

New Faces Dominate 2017 Clermont-Ferrand Shorts Fest Awards

As traditional, the major prize winners at this year’s Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival went to a new crop of young filmmakers eager to make their mark. The 39th outing of the film festival held in southern France saw hundreds of short films screening over the week-long program, including a varied mix of live action, animation, documentary and experimental works. Fresh names such as Fernando…