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Michael Caine awarded at Raindance Film Festival



Actor Michael Caine receiving award at the Dorchester Hotel in London
British actor Michael Cane received the Raindance Icon Award at the Dorchester | Photo: Ana Blumenkron

A hybrid Raindance Film Festival is showcasing indie productions online and in several cinemas across London.

The 29th edition of the United Kingdom’s largest independent film festival started on October 27th with a UK theatrical premiere of Michael Caine’s latest film, ‘Best sellers’, directed by Lina Roessler. The 88-year-old actor stars alongside Aubrey Plaza as a cranky retired author who reluctantly embarks on a final book tour to help out a young publisher. The premiere was followed by a party at The Dorchester hotel, in London, where the Academy Award and BAFTA winning British actor received this year’s Raindance Icon Award.

“Britain excels at independent film,” says Michael Caine. “The British Film Industry makes exceptional independent films, some of which I’ve have the pleasure to act in. I am honoured and proud to be a part of the British Film Industry. It’s a place where low-budget films can thrive, where all kinds of stories can be told, and where people from all backgrounds can prosper. Raindance is a vital part of this. I’m deeply honoured to receive this year’s Raindance Icon Award.”

Elliot Grove, the Canadian-born film producer who founded the Raindance Film Festival in 1993, added:

“Michael Caine is a true icon. His incredible career has taken him from Alfie to Zulu, and from Italian jobs to Hollywood blockbusters – yet throughout it all, Michael Caine has remained true to his roots. He champions our indie film industry every time he appears in a low budget British film.”.

The Raindance Icon Award is a natural evolution of Raindance’s Auteur Award, whose recipients were directors Terry Gilliam, Guy Richie and Ken Loach.

Renamed the Raindance Icon Award in 2019, this annual award now has a broader mandate to honour and celebrate the true icons of independent cinema: those who have made an enduring impression via the medium of film. Previous Raindance Icons are Olivia Colman, Jude Law and Sally Hawkins.

The closing gala of the Raindance Film festival will feature “Medusa”, production directed by Anita Rocha Silveira and a Cannes Directors’ Fortnight contender about gender violence in Brazil.

To find out more about the festival and book tickets, visit:

Marcio Delgado is a Journalist, Producer and Influencer Marketing Manager working with brands and publications in Europe, America and Asia.


The Best FIFA Awards to be broadcast online on January 17th



Trophy Fifa awards
Event will not be televised but FIFA will be streaming it live from on their website and social media

The sixth edition of The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony will be held as a virtual TV show to be broadcast tonight, January 17th.

Presented by sports journalist and broadcaster Reshmin Chowdhury, who works for BT Sport, talkSPORT and the BBC, and former Newcastle United FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC football player Jermaine Jenas, the awards ceremony crowning of The Best of the season will not be televised but FIFA will be streaming it live from Zurich, on their website and FIFA’s YouTube channel.

Earlier this month FIFA announced the finalists for The Best FIFA Women’s Player and The Best FIFA Men’s Player awards.

The final three nominees for The Best FIFA Women’s Player are (in alphabetical order):

  • Jennifer Hermoso (Spain / FC Barcelona)
  • Sam Kerr (Australia / Chelsea FC Women)
  • Alexia Putellas (Spain / FC Barcelona)


The final three nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Player are (in alphabetical order):

  • Robert Lewandowski (Poland / FC Bayern München)
  • Lionel Messi (Argentina / FC Barcelona / Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Mohamed Salah (Egypt / Liverpool FC)


These two awards are given to the outstanding players in women’s and men’s football as voted for by an international jury respectively comprising the current coaches of all women’s/men’s national teams (one per team), the current captains of all women’s/men’s national teams (one per team), one specialist journalist from each territory represented by a national team and fans registered on

Portraits of presenters Reshmin Chowdhury and  Jermaine Jenas

Sports journalist Reshmin Chowdhury and former football player Jermaine Jenas will present the event

All the winners of The Best FIFA Football Awards 2021, including the recipients of the FIFA Fan Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award, will be crowned on 17 January during a TV show broadcast live from the Home of FIFA in Zurich from 19.00 (CET).

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Exhibition featuring Turner Prize winner continues until 12 January 2022



Array Collective members
Established in 1984, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art

The Turner Prize 2021 has been awarded to Array Collective. The £25,000 prize was presented, last year, by Pauline Black, the lead singer of 2 Tone pioneers, The Selecter, during a live broadcast on the BBC. A further £10,000 was awarded to each of the other nominees. A Turner Prize exhibition is being held at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry as a highlight of its City of Culture in 2021.

The jury awarded the prize to Array Collective for their hopeful and dynamic artwork which addresses urgent social and political issues affecting Northern Ireland with humour, seriousness and beauty. The jury were impressed with how Belfast-based Array Collective were able to translate their activism and values into the gallery environment, creating a welcoming, immersive and surprising exhibition. The jury commended all five nominees for their socially engaged artworks, and how they work closely and creatively with communities across the breadth of the UK. The collaborative practices highlighted in 2021’s shortlist also reflect the solidarity and generosity demonstrated in response to our divided times.

One of the world’s best-known prizes for the visual arts, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. For the first time, this year’s Turner Prize jury selected a shortlist consisting entirely of artist collectives and artist-run projects: Array Collective, Black Obsidian Sound System, Cooking Sections, Gentle/Radical and Project Art Works.

The members of the Turner Prize 2021 jury were Aaron Cezar, Director, Delfina Foundation; Kim McAleese, Programme Director, Grand Union; Russell Tovey, Actor; and Zoé Whitley, Director, Chisenhale Gallery. The jury was chaired by Alex Farquharson, Director, Tate Britain.

The current exhibition is a highlight of Coventry’s UK City of Culture 2021 celebrations. Herbert Art Gallery and Museum champions Coventry’s culture, city and arts and is one of the UK’s leading regional museums. As part of its preparations for City of Culture 2021, the museum underwent a major redevelopment of its gallery spaces in anticipation of the Turner Prize exhibition. In parallel to the Turner Prize exhibition, Coventry also hosts ‘Coventry Biennial 2021: Hyper-Possible’ across Coventry and Warwickshire.

The exhibition of the five shortlisted collectives at The Herbert Art Gallery & Music continues until 12 January 2022. Entry is free.

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Deadline for Biennale College Teatro applications is 17 January



Performers at a Biennale presentation

The Biennale College Teatro is still accepting online applications for 2022.

Aimed at performers (both from Italy and abroad) aged 18-40 for the production of two original creations to be performed outdoors and complying with the concept of the Festival in 2022: Red, the call will be open until 17 January 2022.
Two further opportunities, aimed at Italian directors aged 18-35 and Italian authors aged 18-40, are also accepting applications.

The international call for applications dedicated to the performance was launched in 2020 and now gets to the second edition. After the selection phase, two artists will be selected and are expected to develop their original outdoor performance in Venice and its environment, in compliance with the concept chosen for the next Biennale Teatro: Red. The development and production phase will have Italian directors Stefano Ricci and Gianni Forte as tutors, and will come to an end with the presentation of the two performances at the Biennale Teatro 2022.


“Out of the necessity to build a performative gesture in everyday social environments, the theatrical act will settle in vital spaces reaffirming the sense of collectivity that art must bring to people. We acknowledge the great interest that performative artists raise throughout the world today, so deeply connected as they are with Visual Arts, Music and Dance. La Biennale di Venezia thus considers it important and necessary to invite international artists to deal with a type of scenic writing – such as the site-specific performance – that is particularly suitable for the narrative of contemporary issues” – says Stefano Ricci.


To find out more about how to apply, visit: 

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