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Seattle Film Festival Announces Catalyst Screenplay Prizes

The Seattle International Film Festival has announced the winners of its second annual Catalyst Screenplay Competition, with “The Tiger and the Protected” by Jeff Scott taking the top award.

The screenplay will receive a live read-through on the final weekend of the festival on June 10. The festival runs May 18 through June 11 at venues in Seattle and surrounding cities.

The competition aims to connect strong scripts with independent directors and producers who are alumni of the festival’s Catalyst program.

“We at Siff are extremely excited by the incredible array of talent brought to the Festival through the Catalyst Screenplay Competition. The filmmaking process all begins with a strong screenplay, and we are honored to take part in supporting new talent in the independent film industry,” said Executive Director Sarah Wilke.

Interim Artistic Director Beth Barrett said, “The script is where it all begins: characters, stories, and those memorable lines we
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Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees

Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees
American Sniper,” “Big Hero 6,” “Birdman,” “The Lego Movie” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” have been nominated by the Motion Picture Sound Editors for the 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, to be held Feb. 15 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

The Mpse announced nominees in 20 categories Wednesday.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

Darren Aronofsky will receive the filmmaker award, and Skip Lievsay will receive the career achievement award.

The entire nominations list:

Feature Animation

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios
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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations

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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations
Hollywood’s sound pros nominated Birdman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for three awards apiece as the Motion Picture Sound Editors unveiled nods for its 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment work of the year.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

This year’s Golden Reels will additionally honor Noah director Darren Aronofsky with the Mpse’s annual Filmmaker Award. Oscar winner Skip Lievsay, known for his work
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Visual Effects Society Honors Christopher Nolan's "Inception"

Christopher Nolan's "Inception" dominated the 9th annual Visual Effects Society Awards winning the top prize of Outstanding Visual Effcts in a VFX-driven feature. The mind-bending film won all four categories that it was nominated for.

DreamWorks Animations' "How to Train Your Dragon" also received love from the Ves sweeping the feature animation categories including Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature.

The ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton, also paid homage to Nolan by giving him the inaugural Ves Visionary Award. The great Ray Harryhausen was given the much-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.

Here's the complete list of the winners of the 9th annual Visual Effects Society (Ves) Awards (Check our Awards Avenue for complete winners/nominees for all award-giving bodies):

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture

Inception

Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Mike Chambers, Matthew Plummer

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture

Hereafter

Michael Owens,
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"Inception" Tops Visual Effects Society Nominations!

The Visual Effects Society (Ves) has announced the nominees for the 9th Annual Ves Awards ceremony recognizing outstanding visual effects artistry in 24 categories of film, animation, television,

commercials and video games.

Christopher Nolan's "Inception" dominated the nominations receiving four nods. Nolan will also be honored at the event with the inaugural Ves Visionary Award. Ray Harryhausen will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Ves Awards will take place on Tuesday, February 1 and will air exclusively on Reelzchannel Saturday, February 19 at 10p Et/Pt with encore presentations throughout February.

Here's the complete list of nominees for the 9th Annual Ves Awards:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion

Picture

Inception

Paul Franklin Visual Effects Supervisor

Chris Corbould Special Effects Supervisor

Mike Chambers Visual Effects Producer

Matthew Plummer Visual Effects Producer

Iron Man 2

Ben Snow VFX Supervisor

Ged Wright VFX Supervisor

Janek Sirrs VFX Supervisor

Susan Pickett VFX
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