Filmmaker Jane Campion will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award from the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE, Local 800) at the 26th Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards.

“We are thrilled to fete acclaimed director Jane Campion among our celebrated filmmakers this year. Long a film-maker’s filmmaker, Campion’s exacting use of design and style to fully realize her storytelling have made a significant contribution to the visual language of film, while authoring and fostering the genesis of environments that extend the audience experience far beyond the page. Her ability to tell stories and capture moments that marry the interior voice with the expansive visual voice of carefully crafted frames has led to the creation of numerous impactful images that will continue to influence narrative story tellers and touch the hearts and minds of viewers for years to come,” said Coates.

The 26th Annual ADG Awards returns to a live event on  March 5. at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Nominations for the ADG Awards will be announced on Monday.

Palm Springs Film Festival Present FIPRESCI  Award to ‘A Hero’ and ‘Titane’

The Palm Springs Film Festival was canceled this year due to the COVID surge, but the juries convened anyway to bestow prizes. The FIPRESCI award went to Mexico’s “Prayers For the Stolen,” directed by Tatiana Huezo, which also received the Ibero-American Award. Asghar Farhadi’s “A Hero” won both the FIPRESCI actor and screenplay prizes, as well as the MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award. Julia Ducournau’s “Titane” received the FIPRESCI actress prize, while “Flee” received the documentary award. “Happening” won the New Voices New Visions award.

‘Dune,’ ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’ Among Set Decorators Society of America Nominations

The Set Decorators Society of America announced its nominations for the upcoming SDSA Awards Film-2021 with “Dune,” “West Side Story” and “The Power of the Dog” all landing nominations.

The SDSA nominations celebrate décor, design and excellence in the art of Set Decoration for Film.

“Coda,” “Don’t Look Up,” “Hand of God, “No Time to Die” and “The Lost Daughter are nominated for Best Achievement In Decor/design Of A Contemporary Feature Film.

“Being the Ricardos,” “House of Gucci,” Licorice Pizza,” “Nightmare Alley and “The Power of the Dog” landed Best Achievement In Decor/design Of A Period Feature Film, while “Dune,” “The King’s Man,” “Matrix Resurections,” “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “The Tragedy of Macbeth” earned nominations in Best Achievement In Decor/design Of A Fantasy Or Science Fiction.

Best Achievement In Decor/design Of A Musical Or Comedy Feature Film nominations went to “Cruella,” Cyrano,” “The French Dispatch,” “Tick, Tick, Boom!” and “West Side Story.”

Voting for the winners begins Feb. 2 and ends Feb. 11. The SDSA’s winners will be announced on Set Decor’s YouTube page on Feb. 22.

HBO Max Launches 6th Annual Asian Pacific American Visionaries (APAV) Short Film Competition

Submissions opened Tuesday for the competition, which serves to showcase cinematic storytellers of AAPI descent. The top three winners earn cash prizes and the opportunity to have their projects premiere on HBO Max, following their theatrical screening at the 2022 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

This year’s theme is the “Power of Love” and emerging storytellers are asked to submit projects that center and portray ways in which Asian Pacific Americans perceive and show love in their relationships, friendships, or families.

“Hacks” actor Poppy Liu serves as the ambassador and spokesperson for the 2022 HBO Max Visionaries program.

For complete rules and guidelines, visit hbomaxvisionaries.com. All submissions are due by March 1st at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Gold House Launches Gold List Honoring Outstanding Asian Achievements

Gold House and CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) are launching the 2022 Gold List to highlight outstanding work by Asian filmmakers and talent in the past year to ensure they receive due recognition ahead of the high-profile awards race.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings leads with wins for Best Picture, Director (Destin Daniel Cretton), Supporting Actor (Tony Leung), and Supporting Actress (Awkwafina), while Japanese film Drive My Car, animated documentary Flee, and independent fantasy film The Green Knight were recognized across multiple categories as well.

Gold List spans 13 categories (including two new categories since the inaugural 2021 list) and serves as an extension of the successful #GoldOpen movement, which propels multicultural films to the top of the box office, including hits like Crazy Rich Asians and Parasite. While notable Asian-helmed films have reached massive commercial success (4 of the top 10 movies at the 2021 domestic box office were led by Asian writer-directors), the future of these films continuing to be greenlit also relies on creative acclaim—which has been glaringly lacking for Asian projects and their creators.

American Cinematheque’s Tribute to the Crafts Moves to March

American Cinematheque’s Tribute to the Crafts, previously scheduled for Jan. 26 will now move to March 7. The evening will take place at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

Tribute to The Crafts will honor those who are at the very heart of filmmaking and have exhibited extraordinary work behind the camera, over the past year. Among the artisans being honored are “The Power of the Dog” cinematographer Ari Wegner, “Cruella” costume designer Jenny Beavan, “Dune” editor Joe Walker, composer Nicholas Britell for “Don’t Look Up” and the hair and makeup team behind “House of Gucci” — Jana Carboni, Giuliano Mariano, Göran Lundström, Sarah Tanno and Frederic Aspiras

CSA Moves 37th Artios Awards to Intimate Member Virtual Celebration

Casting Society of America (CSA), today announced that it will be moving the 37th Annual Artios Awards, originally planned as an in-person gala on March 17  to an intimate member virtual celebration.

“We made this decision in the best interest of CSA members and guests to stay safe,” said CSA President Kim Williams. “On March 17th we look forward to recognizing the incredible work of our members over the past year and will announce what that will look like in the coming weeks. Though we won’t be together in-person that day, we will still celebrate the nominees and winners of the 37th Artios Awards.”

Outfest Queer Brunch at Sundance Returns Virtually for 26th Year

Outfest announced today a series of virtual Sundance on Main St.  events that will celebrate their commitment to queer storytelling from diverse perspectives including the virtual return of the annual Outfest Queer Brunch and three filmmaker panels, presented by Acura. The organization is also currently celebrating their 40th anniversary year.

“Embracing this virtual shift for a second year at Sundance increases our ability to bring Outfest’s programming to even more members of our community, not just those who happen to be in Park City. The OutMuseum creates an accessible experience for impactful queer voices to share their stories and for audiences to receive them, which makes it an ideal home to broadcast these Queer House conversations around some of the most exciting LGBTQ+ stories at the festival this year” said Damien S. Navarro, Executive Director of Outfest.

Panel highlights include a discussion with “Am I OK?” filmmakers and life partners Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne on their unique creative collaboration on the film alongside screenwriter Lauren Pomerantz. That panel is co-presented by ReFrame, a project founded by the Sundance Institute and Women in Film, and is led by life and creative partners Andria Wilson Mirza and Fawzia Mirza. Outfest and GLAAD will co-present a panel exploring the popular notions of “visibility” and “representation” as they pertain to trans stories onscreen with the core creative team behind “Framing Agnes”: director Chase Joynt, Morgan M. Page, and Jules Gill-Peterson. Other sponsors include IMDb and The Atlantic.