LOS ANGELES, April 24, (RTRS): “The Revenant” just keeps on winning.
The Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer, which counts three Oscars among its many trophies, also took the top prize for outstanding locations in a period film at the 3rd annual Location Managers Guild International Awards, which honor the contributions of location pros and film commissions.
The pic, helmed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, became famous – some would say notorious — for its long, difficult shoot in frigid locations in Canada and Patagonia.
“Sicario” directed by Denis Villeneuve and shot along the embattled border between the US and Mexico, won for outstanding locations in a contemporary film.
In television, season 5 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was honored for outstanding locations in a period TV series and Netflix’s “Sense8” took the trophy for outstanding locations in a contemporary series.
The LGMI Awards ceremony took place at the Alex Theatre in Glendale before an audience of 500, including LMGI members, industry execs and press. Location manager David Doumeng served as host.
Also at the ceremony, actor Tony Revolori (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) presented director Wes Anderson with the Eva Monley Award. Jeff Goldblum accepted the award on Anderson’s behalf.
Actress Amy Brenneman (“The Leftovers”) and director/executive producer Brad Silberling (“Jane the Virgin”) were honored with LMGI’s Humanitarian Award for their work with numerous charities and their commitment to social responsibility.
Director Michael Mann presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to supervising location manager Janice Polley (“Insurgent”)
Teamsters Local 399 head Steve Dayan (“City of Angels”) was presented with the Trailblazer Award by California Film Commission executive director Amy Lemisch and location manager Ilt Jones (“Transformers”).
Additional presenters included actor Christopher Guest (“The Princess Bride”), actress/director Melanie Mayron (“Jane the Virgin”), actress/comedienne Milana Vayntrub (“Life Happens”), actress Jillian Armenante (“Fresh Off the Boat”) and Association of Film Commissioners International executive director Kevin Clark.
LOS ANGELES: Argentinian thriller “Paulina” (aka “La Patota”) won the top prize Tiantan Award at the closing ceremony of the Beijing International Film Festival (April 16-23.)
Directed by Santiago Mitre, the film also picked up the best screenplay and best actress (Dolores Fonzi) awards at a ceremony on Saturday night held some 40 km away from the city center in Huairou.
The best director award went to Denmark’s Christina Rosendahl for her film, “The Idealist.” Louis Hofman was named best actor for his role in another Danish film “Land of Mine” (aka “Under Sandet”.) China’s “Go Away, Mr Tumor” was given the best visual effects award.
The competitive section was announced only days before the festival began. It came as a surprise, as many in the industry had been led to believe that the BJIFF had become a non-competitive festival. The jury was headed by Brett Ratner.
The sixth edition of the festival again included a film market, a conference series and a project pitching section. The popularity of the pitching sessions continued to boom with the number of projects submitted increasing by half to 674.
The market, relocated this year to the conference center of the Beijing International Hotel in Jianguomen, was dominated by small Chinese production companies and service suppliers ranging from legal services, to data and finance. There was also a significant presence for Korean and Taiwanese firms seeking to sell services and locations to Chinese producers
Away from the market, the event was also host to official delegations of film makers from Australia and the UK. Organizers claimed that the festival and market saw $2.5 billion (RMB16 billion) of deals concluded.