The Locarno Film Festival will give its career award to Italian actor Toni Servillo during this summer's 62nd edition. Servillo, a two-time best actor winner at the David di Donatello Awards, also will take part in a Q&A session with audience members. The Italian fest runs Aug. 5-15.
A record 559 entries from students representing 103 U.S. colleges and universities have been submitted for the 2009 Student Academy Awards. Also, a record 57 entries from 39 countries have been submitted in the honorary foreign film category. Winners willl be announced June 13.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center will feature a program of Chinese cinema titled "On the Edge: New Independent Cinema From China 2009" at New York's Walter Reade Theater from April 24-26. The program opens with Zhang Lu's "Chongqing" and Ying Liang's "The Other Half."
GEN ART NODS
David Miller's "My Suicide" copped the Grand Jury Award for best feature at the 14th annual Gen Art Film Festival, which handed out its prizes during a closing-night party at New York's Club BLVD on Tuesday. The award for best short film went to Liliana Greenfield-Sanders' "Adelaide." Both films also took home audience awards.
A TALKING ROCK
Dwayne Johnson will serve as the keynote luncheon speaker at the MPAA's "Business of Show Business" symposium April 21 in Washington.