Wednesday, 27 November 2013

ON THE REEL: Regional video competition now seeking entries + 12 Years A Slave tops Indie Spirit Awards noms

TAKING THE LEAD: The epic slavery drama 12 Years A Slave has earned a leading seven nominations heading into this year's Independent Spirit Awards (set for March 1 in Santa Monica), with Alexander Payne's midWestern family saga Nebraska coming in close behind with six bids. Both films are in the running for Best Feature, alongside All Is Lost, Frances Ha and the Coen brothers' latest prize bait Inside Llewyn Davis. This year's Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Fruitvale Station leads contenders for Best First Feature, ranking highly among Blue Caprice, Concussion, Una Noche and Wadjda. Meantime, given its position of prominence among the Spirit and the recent Gotham Film Awards nominees, 12 Years A Slave (hailed by critics for its grit and powerful performances by Chiwetel Ejiofore, Michael Fassbender and sensational newcomer Lupita Nyong'o) is widely considered the Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture. 

SCREEN TEST: The Second Annual Caribbean Science, Film and Video Competition has put out a call for interested participants to submit their imaginative video ideas for consideration by January 30. The film contest, being held under the theme "Adding Value to Local Foods," is open to anyone aged 18-35 years and who are able to mobilize a team of innovators. Over £10,000 in prizes is up for grabs. The top five finishers will also get to attend the 2014 Caribbean Tales Festival in Toronto. For more info and to see the full competition guidelines, visit

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