In Korea, the 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) wrapped with Andreas Prochaska’s Austria-Germany Alps cowboy co-production The Dark Valley picking up the Best of Puchon award.
Top Croatian winners are Number 55, The Reaper and Happy Endings; Concrete Night wins international competition.
Behind the films in the running for awards every season are the teams ensuring they are seen and talked about by the right people. Louise Tutt meets the awards whisperers who help great work to stand out from the pack.
The hustling started a year and a half before David O Russell’s American Hustle hit cinemas. Jeremy Kay speaks to the director and producers about the film’s high-speed, high-stakes production.
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave is a box-office hit in the US and has been attracting major awards attention, including 10 Bafta nominations. Andreas Wiseman speaks to the film-maker, star Chiwetel Ejiofor and other key members of the team about creating an unflinching film about slavery.
With 19 films submitted for the animated feature Oscar, John Hazelton explores how this year’s crop points to the way animated features might evolve.
Jeremy Kay talks to the team behind Captain Phillips about the challenges and rewards of recreating a real-life drama for the big screen.
The EE British Academy Film Awards are a cornerstone of the awards season. Andreas Wiseman looks at how the Baftas keep a British flavour while growing globally.
Saving Mr Banks tells the inside story of how Walt Disney persuaded reluctant author PL Travers to let him film Mary Poppins. Sarah Cooper speaks to the film-makers about a project which, like the story, spanned Australia, the UK and Hollywood.
The Moet British Independent Film Awards celebrate the diverse output of the UK film industry, and provide a significant platform for films and film-makers.
With effects-heavy films more visible than ever and films across the board including more individual visual-effects shots, John Hazelton surveys this year’s crowded field of awards contenders
The upcoming European Film Awards (Dec 7) will celebrate the diversity of European film-making, thanks to a voting body that refuses to follow the crowd. Louise Tutt looks at this year’s contenders
Pulling together the financing for an epic about the civil-rights movement was not easy, but Lee Daniels’ box-office hit The Butler has challenged conventional wisdom about audiences for African-American and political stories. John Hazelton reports.
For The Desolation of Smaug, the second part of his Hobbit trilogy, Peter Jackson had the tricky task of bringing the story’s raging, intelligent dragon to life. He tells John Hazelton about how the second film brings certain freedoms.
Ron Howard talks about the challenges and rewards of returning to independent film-making with Formula 1 character study Rush. He also tells Wendy Mitchell about the adventure of his new film Heart Of The Sea.
Costume designer and production designer Catherine Martin talks about upping the ante for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.
The August: Osage County ensemble is winning multiple nominations during this awards season. Director John Wells talks about cast concerns ahead of the shoot and why he insisted they all live together.
Paul Greengrass was drawn to Captain Phillips not only to work with Tom Hanks, but also to pay tribute to his merchant marine father.
The director talks to Jeremy Kay about why he knew Robert Redford was right for the challenging lead role in All Is Lost.
Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi come from wildly different backgrounds but find truth in their roles in Captain Phillips, they tell Jeremy Kay.
Enough Said is Nicole Holofcener’s most commercial work yet, but stays true to the film-maker’s devotion to character. She talks to Wendy Mitchell about working with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini.
Hugh Jackman took on darkest role yet for Prisoners’ Keller Dover, he tells Jeremy Kay.
Jake Gyllenhaal tells Jeremy Kay how people like Detective Loki in Prisoners need to get their gangster on.
Joel and Ethan Coen tell Jeremy Kay about the musical collaborations behind Inside Llewyn Davis, and give an insight into life on the Coen brothers’ set.
Oscar Isaac is one of 2013’s breakout stars for his role as the titular conflicted musician in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. He talks to Jeremy Kay.
Acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins talks to Jeremy Kay about creating a brooding, wet atmosphere for Prisoners.