BAFTA has set the dates for its next EE British Academy Film Awards and their LA-based cousins, the British Academy Britannia Awards. The BAFTAs will be held in London on Sunday February 10, 2019 honoring the best work of any nationality seen on British cinema screens. The Britannias will be handed out at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Friday October 26, 2018. That ceremony is BAFTAs most prestigious event outside the UK, where Brits and anglophiles celebrate exceptional members of the international creative community who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image. The honors recognize outstanding British talent and exceptional international talent by virtue of their strong connection to the British industry through their body of work.
Filming has begun on Canadian thriller Nowhere, helmed by first-time feature director Thomas Michael. Wynona Earps Kate Drummond and Cardinals Rya Kihlstedt star in the story of a mother on a desperate search for her daughter who has gone missing following a basketball team hazing gone wrong. Drummond is the mother and Kihlstedt plays the coach who joins in the search while fiercely protecting her team. Michael is directing from a script he co-wrote with Paolo Mancini; the pair is producing via their respective companies, Fella Films and Paunch Pictures. Shooting will continue through mid-May in and around North Bay, Canada. Nowhere is slated for release in 2019 by Level Film in Canada and by Mar Vista Entertainment in the U.S.
With two weeks to go before the 71st Cannes Film Festival begins unspooling on the French Riviera, organizers have set the members of the Short Films and Cinéfondation jury. As previously announced, French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello is president with German director, writern producer Valeska Grisebach; Lebanese filmmaker and artist Khalil Joreige; French-Lithuanian director and writer Alanté Kavaîté; and French actress Ariane Labed also serving. The jury will award the Short Film Palme dOr at the main prize ceremony and will also be handing out kudos to three of the 17 student films shown in the Cinéfondation section. Cannes runs May 8-19.