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Surprise! David Fincher didn't win the Best Director award. But King Colin (pictured above, arriving with Livia Giuggioli for the Oscars ceremony) did exactly as everyone predicted, winning the Best Actor award.
Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve has picked up another laurel at VIFF. After Incendies was chosen as Canada's foreign film nomination for the Oscars, and winning best film at TIFF, he won the ET Canada Award for Best Canadian Feature Film, a juried award that comes with $20,000 prize-money.
I caught a couple of last-minute, random films this week at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Today (Saturday 2nd) is the final day of the Vancouver Film and TV Forum, New Filmmakers Day.
Movie rental giant Blockbuster has filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York.
In a release the company said that business would continue as normal at its U.S. stores, although its recapitalization plan should reduce the Company's indebtedness from nearly $1 billion currently to an estimated $100 million or less when implemented.
Sony is running a competition for budding 3D filmmakers (closing date: 9 July 2010). The winning entries will be used on its in-store demo Blu-ray disc and given to purchasers of its new line of Sony BRAVIA 3D TVs.
Adobe's new line of editing suites - CS5 - were launched with great fanfare on Monday. Among them is the video editing package, Production Premium CS5, which looks to build on the strengths of Adobe Production Premium CS4, as well as iron out some of its wrinkles.
The Hurt Locker was expected to fare well at the Oscars, but even the team behind the Afghanistan-set feature looked like they never dreamed of doing quite as well as this. In the end, they took six Oscars, including the big two - Best Picture and Best Director, for Kathryn Bigelow (as I predicted in my Oscars preview).
True to form, it was documentaries that swept up most of the awards at this year's VIFF. There were plenty of docs to chose from this year with nearly half of the festival’s feature and mid-length films being nonfiction (there were 103 nonfiction and 134 dramas in total).