Sundance’s Gilmore Boasts of a Bigger Competition, a New Venue, Better Movies, and a Commitment to Discovery (by Eugene Hernandez, November 30, 2004)

Eyeing a goal of becoming the discovery festival for both American and international cinema, on Monday organizers of the Sundance Film Festival unveiled an ambitious lineup of 60 feature titles screening in four competitive sections. The films, most world premieres and all at least U.S. premieres, will fill juried rosters in the Dramatic, Documentary, World Cinema Dramatic and World Cinema Documentary competitions. To accommodate the changes, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, Geoff Gilmore, announced Monday that planners will unveil a new 700-seat screening venue and an expanded industry
office for buyers and sellers.

“I am excited about these competitions,” Gilmore told indieWIRE simply, during an afternoon discussion of the lineup. “It invigorates me.” He added that he is enthused by the overall quality of this year’s roster, with many films featuring discoveries both on screen and behind the camera. “I have never been as excited about a competition that we have had in my 15 years of running this festival.”

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Michael Moore to Be Honored Tomorrow Night at Gotham Awards (by Brian Brooks, November 30, 2004)

“Fahrenheit 9/11” director Michael Moore will receive this year’s Filmmaker Award Wednesday night during the 14th annual Gothams, IFP/New York announced Monday. Nine honors will be presented during the event, which will air live on IFC for the first time, with the broadcast set for 9 p.m. ET.

Four competitive awards including best feature, best documentary, breakthrough actor, and breakthrough director will be handed out during the ceremony, taking place at Manhattan’s Pier 61. Also slated are four tributes including a filmmaker award for Lifetime Achievement to Mike Leigh, Gotham
Actor Award to Don Cheadle and Industry Lifetime Achievement Award to Dan Talbot and the ‘Celebrate New York’ salute to “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” (Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet expected) as well as the Filmmaker Tribute to Moore, who will give an acceptance speech via satellite. “Fahrenheit 9/11” is also nominated in the Best Documentary category.

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– Film ruled ‘not French enough’
“A Paris court has ruled that an acclaimed new film by the director of Amelie is not French enough to vie for French prizes. Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s ‘A Very Long Engagement,’ a French story filmed in French, has drawn rave reviews,” BBC
reports… [posted to indieWIRE Insider]