San Seb seven

The latest films from Daniel Burman, Christopher Honore, Kim Ki-duk and Jaime Rosales will compete at September's 56th annual San Sebastian International Film Festival, organizers said Thursday as they revealed the first seven titles in the official section. Burman will bring "The Empty Nest" and Honore will have "La Belle Personne." Korean director Ki-duk will screen "Bi Mong" (Dream), and Rosales returns with "Tiro en la Cabeza" (Shot in the Head).

Munich lauds muller

"Morscholz," a drama set in small-town Germany, earned the Munich Film Fest's director prize for Timo Muller on Thursday. "Morscholz" almost didn't make it to Munich when Muller ran out of money and state subsidy body FFF Bayern had to supply the cash for a 35mm print for the fest. Heiko Martens took the screenplay nod for "Fool's Game," Susanne Wolff won best actress for her roles in "The Stranger in Me" and "Lucky People," and Markus Tomczyk was named best actor for "Professor Braams — The Innocent Murderer."

Locarno eyes Future

Locarno Film Festival organizers said Thursday that the fest's Leopards of the Future sidebar will feature a special film improvisation lab and a tribute to the Swiss Group for Animated Film, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The lab will feature a competition between teams of students who will make films over a four-day span. The tribute will feature screenings of 14 selected animated shorts.