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European Film Awards: The Year of The Romanian Film

Tuesday, December 4----------The year 2007 will be remembered for many things.....but one of the biggest surprises, at least in the worlds of film and media, has been the emergence of the former Communist state of Romania as the hottest film producing territory, not only in Europe, but also worldwide. Of course, a few international arthouse hits does not a thriving industry make, but if one wanted to get a sense of where the energy and inspiration in contemporary cinema could be coming from next...

IDFA Celebrates The World Of Documentary Film

 Tuesday, December 4--------IDFA, the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, concluded its 10-day marathon of films this past weekend with the announcement of its major awards. The Festival, which celebrated its twentienth anniversary this year amid an explosion of film attendance and a major change in screening venues, has emerged as one of the hallmark events on the documentary film calendar. Films from all over the world not only get screened at IDFA, but sales are made and developme...

STRANDED Wins Top Award At IDFA

 Tuesday, December 4--------IDFA, the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, concluded its 10-day marathon of films this past weekend with the announcement of its major awards. The Festival, which celebrated its twentienth anniversary this year amid an explosion of film attendance and a major change in screening venues, has emerged as one of the hallmark events on the documentary film calendar. Films from all over the world not only get screened at IDFA, but sales are made and developme...

22ND ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS CEREMONY

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22ND ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS CEREMONY By Maria Esteves – November 23, 2007 The 22nd Israel Film Festival 2007 (IFF) Awards Ceremony honoring humanitarian, cinematic, and lifetime achievement awards was held at the Directors Guild of America Theater, New York, Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 7:30 PM. The Closing Night Awards Ceremony acknowledging the best documentary, television drama, and feature film (Panavision Audience Choice) was held at the Clearview Cinemas, New York, Thursday, Nov...

Fifteen Documentaries Make The Short List For Oscar Gold

 Tuesday, November 20---------Fifteen documentary films have been selected for the "short list" of titles competing in the Best Documentary Feature category at the 80th Academy Awards. The Documentary Branch Screening Committee of the Academy of Television Arts And Sciences have viewed the eligible documentaries and branch members will now select the five 2007 nominees from this short list. Many of the films have been featured at leading film festivals around the world and some ...

International and Indie Film Winners at Fort Lauderdale FF

 Monday, November 12--------The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival ended last evening with a gala premiere screening of the Festival Closing Night Film, MIDNIGHT CLEAR, with director Dallas Jenkins and actor Stephen Baldwin in attendance. Prior to the screening, Gregory von Hausch, erstwhile Festival Director and the charismatic on-stage presence for the event, announced the major winners in a variety of categories.Winning Best Film honors was the French film THE DIVING BELL AND THE BU...

Fort Lauderdale FF Award Winners

 Monday, November 12--------The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival ended last evening with a gala premiere screening of the Festival Closing Night Film, MIDNIGHT CLEAR, with director Dallas Jenkins and actor Stephen Baldwin in attendance. Prior to the screening, Gregory von Hausch, erstwhile Festival Director and the charismatic on-stage presence for the event, announced the major winners in a variety of categories.Winning Best Film honors was the French film THE DIVING BELL AND THE BU...

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AFI FEST announced the audience and jury award winners today

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AFI FEST announced the audience and jury award winners today. Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all the filmmakers who submitted their films. JURY AWARDS Grand Jury Prize Shorts: SPIDER (Directed by Nash Edgerton) Grand Jury Prize for Feature: MUNYURANGABO (Directed by Lee Isaac Chung) Grand Jury Prize for Documentary: tie between AFGHAN MUSCLES (Directed by Andreas Mol Dalsgaard ) and OPERATION FILMMAKER (Directed by Nina Davenport) Best Animated short: I MET THE WALRUS ...

Funchal festival wraps a blissful 10 day event with the awards ceremony

On Saturday November 10, Funchal festival closed a blissful 10 day event with a gala ceremony at the large convention center in front of a 700 crowd.The laser Man show launched the evening.The prize list came with many surprises and moments of emotion from the selected talent.  The jury was composed of Elisa Tolomelli (producer), Bruno Chatelin (co founder of filmfestivals.com and fest21.com), Malu de Martino (director), José António Santos (Director of photography) and José Vieira...

European Film Award Nominations

 Monday, November 5---------The European Film Academy has announced the nominations for the 20th European Film Awards during this past weekend's Seville Film Festival. Academy members, who number over 1800, will now vote for the winners, which will be presented at the European Film Awards Ceremony in Berlin on December 1st. The nominees and ultimate winners should give an indication of what European films will be nominated for Oscar and BAFTA Awards later this season.BEST EUROPEAN FILM4 LUNI, ...

London Film Festival Announces Prizes At Closing Gala

 Friday, November 2---------At the Closing Gala of the 51st Times bfi London Film Festival, held last evening at the close of the 14-day festival marathon, a host of awards were announced. While the Festival does not have a Competition Section per se, films screening in its various sections are eligible for some special awards.The Sutherland Trophy is awarded to the director of the most original and imaginative first feature film screened at Festival. The winners were the French directing team ...

Paul Greengrass Honored At London Film Festival

 Wednesday, October 31--------Truth be told, I left the London Film Festival on Monday morning, October 29th (also my birthday in case anyone wants to send me a belated box of chocolates). So, unfortunately, I missed an event that I truly wanted to cover. But through the art of the press release, I am able to report that on that same Monday evening (when I was blowing out I won't tell you how many candles), the Times BFI London Film Festival along with trade publication Variety presented the 20...

Big Winners At The Rome Film Festival

 Monday, October 29-------Ending what was undoubtedly a highly successful sophomore edition, the Cinema: Rome Filmfest announced its major awards at a gala Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening, in conjunction with a live concert event saluting and playing the music of Italian master composer Ennio Morricone. The Festival delivered on the glamour and the glitz, while also highlighting many worthy films in its various film sections.The Popular Jury of the official Competition Section, made up of...

The Big Winners At The Rome Film Festival

 Monday, October 29-------Ending what was undoubtedly a highly successful sophomore edition, the Cinema: Rome Filmfest announced its major awards at a gala Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening, in conjunction with a live concert event saluting and playing the music of Italian master composer Ennio Morricone. The Festival delivered on the glamour and the glitz, while also highlighting many worthy films in its various film sections.The Popular Jury of the official Competition Section, made up of...

This year's Turks and Caicos Fest jury recognized winners both Latin cinema and Bollywood

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The Third Annual Turks & Caicos International Film Festival (TCIFF), which celebrates the fusion of cinema and music, came to a successful close on Sunday, October 21, 2007. The Festival, organized by Executive Directors Jasmine Guy and Terrence Duckette, ran from October 16-21, screened 6 features, 12 documentaries and 11 shorts at both The Regent Palms Theatre and the outdoor beach screen at the Alexandra Resort, the Festival’s host hotel. Program Director, Karolyn Ali scheduled the Best...

Shriekfest Horror/SciFi Film Festival announces it's 2007 winners!

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  Best Feature Film: "The Chair" Directed by Brett Sullivan.Best Short Film: "A.W.O.L" Directed by Jack Swanstrom.Best Super Short Film: "No Sanctuary" Directed by Dan Lovallo.Best Feature Screenplay: "The Lost Girl" written by Michael Mongillo.2nd Place Feature Screenplay:  "Horror World" written by Rolfe KanefskyBest Short Screenplay: "Safe Passage" written by Michael RaymondPretty/Scary Award: "The Cellar Door" Directed ...

Hamptons International Film Festival presented its Golden Starfish Awards

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 The 15th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival presented its Golden Starfish Awards at a ceremony held at the UA Cinema in East Hampton, NY on Saturday, October 21, 2007. The 2007 HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL celebrates its 15th anniversary – a decade and a half of premieres, screenings, programs & events, tucked away amongst the changing leaves and quiet beaches of fall in the East End. The Hamptons is where talent, industry and audiences come together exchanging ideas, e...

Corona Cork Film Festival in Ireland: Award Winners

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International JuryDieter WiecorekPaddy JolleyFelicity Sparrow Best International Short Film AwardTolyaDir. Rodeon BrodskyIsrael Special Mentions:The Tube With A HatDir. Radu JudeRomania Suburban TrainDir. Maciej CuskePoland Prix UIP Cork for Best European Short FilmThe Apology LineDir. James LeesEngland Special Mention:FrankieDir. Darren ThorntonIreland International Jury StatementThe International Jury comment on the variation and high calibre of films in this year’s International Short...

The Third Annual Turks & Caicos International Film Festival, which celebrates the fusion of cinema and music gave its awards

Lalo Guerrero Receives Best Documentary, Best Director and Best Song;Guru Receives Best Feature and Best Song; Marc Anthony Receives Best Actor for El CantanteThe Third Annual Turks & Caicos International Film Festival, which celebrates the fusion of cinema and music, came to a successful close on Sunday, October 21, 2007. The Festival, which ran from October 16-21, screened 6 features, 12 documentaries and 11 shorts at Palm Theatre or the outdoor beach screen at the Alexandra Resort, the Fe...

All Eyes On Sophia.....Loren, That Is

 Friday, October 19----------Even though Queen Elizabeth is in town (not the real royal but the one played by Cate Blanchett in ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE), and despite the fact that such industry heavyweights as Francis Ford Coppolla, Sidney Lumet and Tom Cruise are somewhere here in the Eternal City for screenings of their films this weekend, all eyes will be on Sophia tonight.....Sophia Loren that is. The iconic actress will walk the Red Carpet in advance of the screening of a new documentary...

Julian Schnabel Film Wins Sloan Award At Hamptons FF

 Thursday, October 18-------THE DIVIING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, the latest film from painter-turned-director Julian Schnabel has won the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize, which will be presented at the Hamptons International Film Festival this weekend. For the 8th consecutive year, the $25,000 cash prize is being awarded to a feature-length film that explores science and technology themes in fresh, innovative ways and depicts scientists and engineers in a realistic and compelling...

European Film Academy Awards French Documentary

 Tuesday, October 16------The European Film Academy, which among other things, bestows prizes for the best European films of the year, has awarded its Prix ARTE for Best Documentary to a French film, LE PAPIER NE PEUT PAS ENVELOPPER LA BRAISE (Paper Cannot Wrap Up Embers), directed by Rithy Panh. The award will be presented during the 20th European Film Awards Ceremony at at Berlin’s Arena on Saturday, December 1. In co-operation with the European cultural channel ARTE, the European Film Aca...

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