“Timbuktu” takes Ecumenical Prize at Cannes

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  by Abderrahmane Sissakoa  From the press release: This film tells the story of the life and dignified resistance of men and women in Timbuktu who seek to live according to their culture and traditions while at the same time integrating modern communication media. The film is a strong yet nuanced denunciation of an extremist interpretation of religion. The Ecumenical Jury Prize honours the film's high artistic achievement and its humour and restraint. While offering a critique of … [Read more...]

Catholics in Media to award “The Monuments Men”, “Cesar’s Last Fast” and “CBS Sunday Morning” on June 1

CIMA Invitation 2014

  Do consider coming to our annual awards event this year on June 1! The invitation is above. For tickets click here on Catholics in Media Award Tickets (and for advertising opportunities). Participating in the Mass overlooking the Pacific Ocean is beautiful.Cesar’s Last Fast is a feature documentary film about the private sacrifice and spiritual conviction behind Cesar Chavez’s struggle for the humane treatment of America’s farm workers, and the impact of Chavez’s legacy. The film is built … [Read more...]

Sundance Film Festival captures human experience (final blog post from Sundance)

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My final blog post about Sundance 2013:In this year's Sundance Film Festival, the first I've attended, women made half of the approximately 200 films screened. This is a milestone even for a festival that has celebrated independent filmmaking from its beginning in the early 1980s.The cinematic lineup of the 2013 festival, held Jan. 17-27, included films from 39 countries and 51 first-time filmmakers. I saw only 21 films in competition or premiering at the festival (and three others), but … [Read more...]

Catholic Christian criteria for awarding films

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 SIGNIS and INTERFILM Criteria for Juries I have had the privilege of serving on Catholic and Ecumenical Juries at Berlin (2004), Venice (2000, 2010), and Locarno (2006). Here are the criteria that SIGNIS, the World Catholic Organization for Communication, and INTERFILM (the International Interchurch Film Organization), have developed to inform and guide jury members as they discern winning films:The Ecumenical Jury makes awards to films and to filmmakers according to the c … [Read more...]

Cannes 2012 Ecumenical Jury Prize “The Hunt” & “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

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Catholics in Media Awards: honorees announced

19th Annual Catholics in Media Awards c/o Catholics in Media Associates 12400 Ventura Blvd. PMB 228 Studio City, CA 91604 818.907.2734 www.catholicsinmedia.org catholicsinmedia@aol.com 19th Catholics in Media Awards to Hugo, Modern Family, I Am & The Way at April 29th Awards Program“Bold and Beautiful” Star John McCook to MC Ubiquity Pictures CEO Barbara M. Gangi is Honorary Chairperson  (Los Angeles, CA, April 2, 2012) – The Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA) 19th Annual Mass and Awards … [Read more...]

A (Dinner) Prayer for Film & TV Writers via the Humanitas Prize

A couple of  Saturdays ago I received a call from Soozie Eastman, Director of Programs for the  Humanitas Prize. For the second year I was going to be one of the script readers to decide on which ones will receive this prestigious award trophy and cash prize. All the readers for television and film scripts were having dinner together that evening to pick up the parcels and share some inspiration. Soozie asked me to say grace.I thought I would share this on my blog so that everyone could join i … [Read more...]

“Brothers” and “Bandslam” to receive Gabriel Awards

45th Annual Gabriel Awards to Brothers; Bandslam; Gifted Hands; KNOM Radio (Alaska); WWJ-AM Radio (Southfield, MI); and CatholicTV (Watertown, MA); receive station honors; Univision KTVW Channel 33 (Phoenix) and EWTN honored for Spanish-language programmingThe Gabriel Award winners for 2010 have been announced. This year’s honorees include two motion pictures, fourteen television programs, ten radio programs and four Spanish-language television programs. The annual awards are presented to f … [Read more...]

Sr. Rose’s Oscar Picks 2010

The Oscars 2010: Movies that Connect UsForty-two feature films have been nominated in a variety of categories for the  82nd Academy Awards  that will take place at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles on March 7.  In a throw back to the 1930’s and 1940’s, when anywhere between eight and twelve films were nominated for Best Picture, the Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) decided in 2009 to expand the category to ten feature films so that additional deserving films might be consid … [Read more...]


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