BIFAs Sets Host
Asim Chaudhry, most recognized for his position as Chabuddy G in People Just Do Nothing, has been set as host for the 2021 British Independent Film Awards, which can happen on December 5. Back to a bodily version after a one-year digital hiatus, the ceremony is happening at London’s Old Billingsgate. Nominations have been unveiled final month, with Belfast and Boiling Point main the best way.
BAFTA Rising Star Jury
This 12 months’s BAFTA Rising Star jury will characteristic Andy Serkis, Sadie Frost and Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery. Overseen by BAFTA Chair Krishnendu Majumdar, the jury additionally options casting administrators Lucy Bevan and Leo Davis, producer Uzma Hasan, and expertise agent Ikki El-Amriti. The shortlist can be introduced on February 1, when voting opens to the general public. Previous winners of the prize embody John Boyega and Letitia Wright. The BAFTAs happen on March 13.
Red Sea Festival To Spotlight Female Filmmakers, Actors
The inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival (6-15 December) has mentioned it would highlight ladies by way of tributes, masterclasses and screenings. Among these to be celebrated are the nation’s first feminine Saudi filmmaker, Haifaa Al Mansour, French actress Catherine Deneuve, Egyptian actress Laila Eloui, and Egyptian cinema legend, Yousra. Eloui and Yousra will ship masterclasses. The pageant is because of display screen 135 movies, 38% of that are directed by ladies. Wadjda filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour mentioned: “I am incredibly honoured to return home to Saudi Arabia for the first edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival. Those of us who worked tirelessly with dreams of cinema finding a home here know what a truly monumental event this is for the Kingdom, the region and the world. I believe strongly in the power of art to foster positive development and opportunity in our community and hope that this festival serves as a strong foundation for a burgeoning industry that will nurture and amplify our stories and dreams well into the future. When I started making films years ago, the idea of working as a director seemed outlandish. But I knew that the world was curious to hear from us, to hear our side of the story, and that films from our part of the world would strike a chord with audiences around the world.”
NFT Studios Gets Investment
Production firm NFT Studios, which seems to fund its movies completely via non-fungible tokens, has obtained an funding of $1M from NFT Investments, which is headed up by govt chairman Jonathan Bixby, and NoFatEgo, the Los Angeles-based movie manufacturing firm owned by Niels Juul, who has credit together with being an exec producer on Scorsese’s The Irishman and Silence. NFT Studios’ first NFT-funded movie can be Juul’s comedy drama A Wing And A Prayer, which is the story of Brian Milton, the primary man to fly across the globe in a microlight.