For over 6 years the Indie Spirit Film Festival has been an annual event for filmmakers (professionals and students) and film lovers alike held in the beautiful setting of Colorado Springs, Colorado. With a superb program of feature films, shorts, docs, animation, and many other films from around the world. Nighthawks has been selected to compete in its 7th edition and we are delighted to be a part of this wonderful celebration of independent cinema.
NIghthawks has been selected in the 2014 lineup of the Portobello International Film Festival in London. The Portobello Film Festival is one of the Biggest and most important film festivals in the UK. Besides the screenings, the festival includes music events, film workshops and discussions with top film directors. Nighthawks will be playing in the Thriller section on the !0th of Septimber along with a selection of other exciting films.
It has been a while unfortunately since our last update but we are proud to be able to say Nighthawks has been selected is several more international film festivals and has been received very positively. Among the festivals which have accepted us are the LAAPFF (Los Angles Asia Pacific Film Festival) a wonderful platform which allowed may people to enjoy it.
Soon thereafter the film was screened at the Independent Filmmakers Showcase IFC also in LA
We've also had our Italian Premiere at the SIFF (Salento International FF) in the beautiful region of Puglia along the Adriatic Sea.
Last but not least, the film was included in the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival.
We are now expecting responses from several other festivals and are confident there will be more to come very soon
It's official: nighthawks wins Best Foreign Film at 15 minutes of Fame on Cocoa Beach!
In a first for the popular 15 Minutes of Fame independent film festival, a Chinese-language ‘film noir’ has won Best Foreign Film. In a last minute twist, the film also win "Audience's Favorite!
Based on true stories, Nighthawks dramatically confronts corruption and highlights the impact of the Internet on China sub-culture. “A lot of what you hear and see in this movie is based on fact…real situations, real people, real discussions online” said Lupori. “In fact a lot of the script is lifted verbatim off Chinese social networks.”
The film is the first film shot in the Shanghainese dialect and Mandarin Chinese to win such an accolade.
Bright Shadow Films Managing Director and Nighthawks Producer Charlie Moretti flew from Shanghai to Florida especially to attend the film festival. “I am absolutely thrilled and honored to be here to receive this special prize. The reaction to the film here in Florida has surpassed expectations. This award goes to prove that the theme we address is indeed a universal one and one that can impact anyone with a social network literally overnight.”
The 15 Minutes of Film Independent Film Festival is highly respected in the industry for celebrating independent filmmakers. The festival is now in its fifth year and is organized, funded and judged by Ray and Migdalia Etheridge.
“This is completely unexpected. It is wonderful to be acknowledged for a piece of work that I have been so passionate about for the past two years.” Gianpaolo added. “I set out to make a short film about a topic that is very close to my heart, and to now be awarded Best Foreign Film has completely blown me away.”
“I’m also very, very pleased for the whole team who all worked so hard to get this movie to where it is today. For an independent Chinese language film to be recognized on the international circuit is a huge credit to the actors, the crew and the production team.” said Lupori.
Nighthawks deals with the very hot topic of rumor mongering on the Internet in China and illustrates how dramatically the internet can change the lives of the man and the woman on the street… in little more than just 14 minutes.
Festival organizers Ray and Migdalia Etheridge added that Nighthawks "is a very intriguing look at how China's exploding network of social media is changing public opinion and political views from behind closed doors" which might also explain why the film won "Audience Favorite" at the Film Festival.
nighthawks has been nominated to Best Foreign Film by Ray and Migdalia Etheridge, Competition Selectors of the 5th edition of the 15minutes of Fame Film Festival.
nighthawks' Festival screening:
The film will be shown at 11am on Saturday, November 11th, at the International Palms Resort in Cocoa Beach, FL. We look forward to seeing you there!