Embattled Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei sent an empty chair to the Stockholm Film Festival. The dissident who is one of the world's best known living artists made the gesture in protest of Chinese authorities who have forbidden him to leave the country.
AFI Fest gave details of the remainder of its 2013 program Tuesday, listing films that will screen in its World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema's Legacy and Presentations sections.
Non-fiction takes the spotlight at the upcoming CPH: DOX (Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival) taking place mid-November. The lineup this year includes 200 films with 57 making their world or international premieres.
Lee Daniels' The Butler will open the Mumbai Film Festival October 17, launching the event's lineup of over 200 films from 65 countries. The lineup includes Inside Llewyn Davis and other titles from the upcoming NYFF.
Fantastic Fest capped off its list of winners with Frank Pavich's doc Jodorowsky's Dune winning the genre festival's Audience Award and Best Documentary prize, while Ari Folman's The Congress took Best Picture in the festival's Fantastic Features category.
The International Rome Film Festival unveiled several of its competition films joining its lineup. Spike Jonze's Her, which will close the upcoming New York Film Festival will screen in the event's 8th edition which opens November 8.
Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Dermot Mulroney and director John Wells were on hand Tuesday, capturing headlines and touting their Oscar-tipped feature August: Osage County, while filmmakers and stars also used media attention to call on Egypt to release a local filmmaker.
The Toronto International Film Festival typically has a big Saturday night with many competing events hosted by distribution companies to celebrate their TIFF films, many of which will be headed to the New York Film Festival later this month.
Oscar night is still nearly six months away, but that hasn't stopped insiders in Toronto from proclaiming Steve McQueen's "12 Years A Slave" a frontrunner for best picture.