Festival News: The Winners of Sundance 2014

first_imgCinematography Award: U. S. DocumentaryE-TEAM / Ross Kauffman & Rachel Beth Anderson Screenwriting Award: World Cinema DramaticBlind / Eskil Vogt U. S. Grand Jury Prize: DocumentaryRich Hill U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Musical ScoreKumiko, the Treasure Hunter / The Octopus Project A record audience welcomes the winners of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.Every year the film industry descends on Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. The festival, which began in 1978, has become one of the worlds most prestigious and talked about film events…and this year was no exception.With a record number of submissions, 2014 was a great year for Sundance. Fierce weather and even fiercer competition was on display all across the beehive state (I kid you not…Utah is really called The Beehive State!) The winners were crowned, gaining film immortality and most importantly, they can put those festival laurels on their DVD cover!Here are the winners of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival: Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. DramaticThe Skeleton Twins / Craig Johnson & Mark Heyman Short Film Special Jury Award for Direction and Ensemble ActingBurger Editing Award: U. S. DocumentaryWatchers of the Sky World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: DocumentaryReturn to Homs Short Film Grand Jury PrizeOf God and Dogs Directing Award: U. S. DramaticFishing Without Nets / Cutter Hodierne World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble PerformanceGod Help the Girl Cinematography Award: World Cinema DramaticLilting / Ula Pontikos Short Film Special Jury Award for NonfictionLove. Love. Love. Audience Award: Best of NEXTImperial Dreams Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary20,000 Days on Earth / Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard Audience Award: World Cinema DramaticDifret U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Intuitive FilmmakingThe Overnighters Directing Award: U. S. DocumentaryThe Case Against 8 / Ben Cotner & Ryan White Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic52 Tuesdays / Sophie Hyde Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary20,000 Days on Earth Short Film Jury Award: AnimationYearbook Cinematography Award: U. S. DramaticLow Down / Christopher Blauvelt World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematic BraveryWe Come as Friends U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Use of AnimationWatchers of the Sky Short Film Jury Award: NonfictionI Think This is the Closest to How the Footage Looked For more info on Sundance including how to submit your film to be screened in 2015 check out the Sundance website.Let the countdown begin until next year:COUNTDOWN WEBSITEWhat was your favorite film of Sundance 2014? Should someone else have been in the list of winners? Share your thoughts in the Comments below! Audience Award: U. S. DramaticWhiplash Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film PrizeI Origins Audience Award: U.S. DocumentaryAlive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory Short Film Jury Award: US FictionGregory Go Boom Short Film Jury Award: International FictionThe Cut Audience Award: World Cinema: DocumentaryThe Green Prince World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: DramaticTo Kill a Man Short Film Special Jury Award for Unique VisionRat Pack Rat U. S. Grand Jury Prize: DramaticWhiplash U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough TalentDear White People / Justin Simien Short Film Audience AwardChapel Perilous Cinematography Award: World Cinema DocumentaryHappiness / Thomas Balmès & Nina Bernfeldlast_img read more

Video of SP MLA’s communal appeal goes viral

first_imgIn a video that went viral on Monday, Nahid Hasan, SP MLA from Kairana, was heard making a communal appeal to Muslims to not buy goods from shopkeepers close to the BJP. “Buy your grocery from Jhijhana or Panipat [neighbouring towns]. If you take this pain for a month, these shopkeepers would understand your value. Their homes run because we buy goods from them. Still we have to suffer,” he was heard saying. He also described the administration as “BJP-minded.”Later, he clarified that he was speaking for the poor. “I was speaking for the vendors who were being forcibly removed from the market by the administration that is biased towards the BJP supporters,” he alleged. Panel set upThe Shamli police have taken cognisance of the video. Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar said he had constituted an inquiry committee under Additional Superintendent of Police Rajesh Srivastava that would check the veracity of the video and the context of the appeal made by the MLA and submit its report in a day. “Following the orders of the district magistrate, we are undertaking an anti-encroachment drive in the town. We are removing squatters from the government land. It is not against vendors of any one community,” Mr. Srivastava told The Hindu. He said the administration was not taking any chances during the festival season in the communally sensitive city.last_img read more

Centre, State finding new ways to eject foreigners: Himanta Biswa Sarma

first_imgAssam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the Centre and the State governments have been discussing new ways to eject foreigners after the “disappointment” with the National Register of Citizens (NRC).The final NRC published on Friday excluded 19,06,657 people from a total of 3.29 crore applicants. The excluded people are not technically foreigners, as they have legal options to challenge their status.“I don’t think this is the final list. There are many more to come,” Mr. Sarma said, adding that efforts were on to explore ways to ferret out more foreigners from the State.Assam’s indigenous people believe there are at 40 lakh foreigners or illegal immigrants in the State. The July 2009 petition in the Supreme Court that triggered the exercise claimed the State had 41 lakh foreigners.Mr. Sarma did not specify the measures being discussed, but one of the ways is believed to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to let the allegedly persecuted non-Muslims from India’s neighbourhood – Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan – be absorbed as citizens.The final NRC exclusion list is believed to contain the names of many Hindu Bengali people, the BJP’s vote bank. The party has been unhappy with the final NRC. 19 lakh people left out of Assam’s NRC Final List. What next?Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:5001:50 Watch | Assam’s NRC Final List is outlast_img read more