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Zoe Elton, Mill Valley Head of Programming Tells All

I got to sit down with Zoe Elton, Director of Programming at The Mill Valley Film Festival 3 days before the close of this year's fest.  She's been with the Festival since it's inception 32 years ago, when she sort of fell into the position at random.  Previously she worked in England as a theatre director and writer.  Check out our conversation below to see what she has to say about the video art community in the 80s, how documentary has changed, it feeling like a "vintage year" fo...

Julien Balmer : Director of the Phangan Film Festival (Thailand)

Balmer is a film-maker himself. He envisions that the Phangan Film Festival will become a larger event including music, dance, discourses - a festival in celebration of the human spirit of sorts, where people meet and connect on a deeper level than is usual at regular film fests.

Karl Spoerri (Zurich Fest Artistic Director) comments his festival and the Polanski hiatus

I had the opportunity to interview Karl Spoerri Artistic Director of Zurich Film Festival a few days before the festival was over. Polanski's arrest  suddenly put the festival in the spotlight. It clearly was wrong unwanted publicity...but still publicity. This being said, my first question to Karl BC: What are you most proud of in the 2009 edition of Zurich festival? RS: A brilliant competition (30 films in 3 competitions) so beautiful, and the reaction in the audience wonde...

London Festival Artistic Director Sandra Hebron's introduction to this year's Festival

'What is the cinema, if not dreams?' I heard these words, spoken by a character in The Organization of Dreams, during the last days of selecting our programme, and they couldn't have come at a better time. Head down, mired in the discussion and the decision-making process about which films would make the final cut, they were a timely reminder that the pleasures and pull of cinema can't always be defined in conscious terms. We need films that appeal to our hearts as well as our heads. In...

Sandra Hebron

the dangerous hight

film about one girl who didnt notice nobody around

Nashwa Al Ruwaini

CAMBOFEST, Cambodia - 2009 Edition Venue Announcement & Sponsor Info

CAMBOFEST, Cambodia - 2009 Edition Venue Announcement & Sponsor Info   Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Cambodia’s first internationally recognized independent movie festival, CAMBOFEST: Film and Video Festival of Cambodia will commence its 3rd season on December 4th, 2009, running through December 6th (with sneak previews anticipated on December 3rd - including some Best Of CamboFest 2007/2008 Movies)   This year’s CamboFest will unspool near Cambodia...

Potenza IFF 2009 >> CALL FOR ENTRIES!!!

      Potenza IFF 2009 >> CALL FOR ENTRIES!!! Submit your film - not later than November 1st 2009 - to one of these competitions: > International FEATURE FILMS > International DOCUMENTARIES > International SHORT FILMS > BASILICATA SHORTS > UNIVERSITY SHORTS > MOBILE PHONE FILMS Awards: 30.000 euros in goods and services!!! Rules and entry form on: >>> TELL US YOUR STORIES! ...

35 Years of Telluride Film Festival told by Tom Luddy

Telluride Film Festival Co-Founder and Co-Director Tom Luddy recounts the early days of the Festival, and remembers some of the more fantastic moments and characters that make up our 35 year history.

World Film Festival of Bangkok director Victor Silakong

"New, young, hip, this is what we do best, and we'll be doing it again at the 7th edition of the festival in November 2009."

The San Francisco Film Society announces the appointment of Rachel Rosen as director of programming

Former Film Society Mainstay Returns to Help Lead Vastly Expanded and Enriched Organization As it Enters New Era of Growth The San Francisco Film Society announces the appointment of Rachel Rosen as director of programming, effective August 10, 2009.    Photo by Jesse Grant / WireImage   "We're thrilled to welcome Rachel back to a leadership role in the organization after her extraordinarily successful tenure in Los Angeles," said Graham Leggat, SFFS executiv...

3rd Annual Charleston International Film Festival - Official Logo

Pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Film Festival and excited for the new location at the original American Theater in historic downtown Charleston.  Expect the very best again this year, as we screen the top shorts, features and documentaries from emerging and veteran filmmakers from the Lowcountry and across the globe.  There will also be a screenplay competition, industry panels, and the hottest after parties in town.  For more information please visit regular...

BANGKOK INDIEFEST - ** Call for Entries Opens **

BANGKOK INDIEFEST - ** Call for Entries! ** Featuring the Best Thai and International Independent Movies! Bangkok IndieFest is newly launched independent movie festival in Bangkok, Thailand, showcasing the work of international and local Thai filmmakers.   Entries Now OPEN through WithoutaBox or with PDF Entry Form at: WWW.BANGKOKFEST.COM >> Categories Include: Fiction Features & Feature Documentaries Shorts * Animation * V...

Dear Filmmakers...

Dear Filmmakers, The Valley Film Festival (VFF) is currently engaged in watching your shorts, features, music videos, trailers, etc., but it hasn't stopped us from getting excited about the emails you've been sending, asking about the status of our programming and telling us why it's important to you to screen with VFF. It gives us a warm & fuzzy feeling to hear your stories and ask that you keep them coming.    Since launching VFF in 2000, one...

Hi there!

Hi there, I live in South Western Australia and have begun prep for the SW Film Festival. Calls for film submissions should commence late 2009 early 2010. We will be looking for films from a wide range of genre including docos on climate change, environment, bios on prominent activists, genocide ... Any assistance would be welcome!   Alex ...

Doha Fest appoints Amanda Palmer Executive Director

Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) today announced key members of the team that will head up the inaugural 2009 Festival. Amanda Palmer, head of entertainment for Al Jazeera English, has been named DTFF Executive Director. Palmer will lead the Festival and work with a team from Tribeca that includes Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises, to shape the program. Locally the team will include Arab documentary and short films expert Mohamed Maklouf, serving as the festival's ...

CamboFest, Cambodia & the new Bangkok IndieFest : "2 Fests / One Entry Fee"

:: Filmmakers submit to 2 Fests in SE Asia for One Fee :: CamboFest [Cambodia] & the newly launched Bangkok IndieFest [Thailand] are now enabling filmmakers to submit to both fests for one entry fee-- Bangkok IndieFest officially launches and announces its call for entries at the beginning of August - but filmmakers are able to access the "2 Fests / One Fee" special now by visiting the submissions page on the CamboFest website:

New York International Independent Film & Video Festival Returns to LA with Star Studded Indie Line-Up

Public Relations Contact:                                       Nicole Holland Phone: 702-361-1430 Fax: 702-361-6309 “THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES FOR 8 DAYS OF 100 SCREENINGS, RED CARPET PREMIERES, PARTIES, PANELS AND AWARDS CEREMONY & A NEW FEST PRESIDENT, ABEL FERRARA, THE KING OF INDIE FILM!”Featuring the talents of Susan Sarandon; Taryn Man...

Harlan Jacobson appointed Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Film Festival

Jacobson will curate the 18th½ Philadelphia Film Festival in October 15-18, 2009 The Philadelphia Film Society is pleased to announce that it has appointed Harlan Jacobson as the new Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Film Festival.  Jacobson begins immediately, and will curate the selection of films for the 18th½ Philadelphia Film Festival, scheduled for October 15, 2009 - October 18, 2009 at multiple venues throughout Philadelphia. Harlan Jacobson has covered the film i...

:: Pictures of CamboFest's 2008 Grabay Meas (Golden Buffalo) Trophy ::

Tim Pek, winner of CamboFest's 2008 Grabay Meas ("Golden Buffalo") Award for Best Movie ["The Red Sense"] in the Cambodian filmmaker local showcase can now be seen here-->         ...

Cambodian Filmmakers living abroad & in Cambodia: Seeking Cambodian Films & Videos for CAMBOFEST 2009 and Asia Pacific Screen Aw

Seeking Cambodian Films & Videos for CAMBOFEST 2009 and Asia Pacific Screen Awards Seeking Cambodian Films & Videos for CAMBOFEST 2009 *** CamboFest to nominate Cambodian & Cambodian-themed films for 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards *** CAMBOFEST: Film, Video and Animation festival of Cambodia ( recently announced its appointment as the Official Submission Organization for Cambodia for the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). CamboFest w...


FESTIVAL DIRECTOR AND FESTIVAL COORDINATOR REQUIRED Cornwall Film Festival is a vibrant Festival focusing on Cornish filmmaking, offering local and national premieres, master classes, workshops, discussions and parties for everyone from the enthusiast to the professional. The Festival runs from 12th - 15th November 2009 across two venues offering the opportunity to see Cornish Filmmaking at it's best.The Festival requires a Director and a Festival Coordinator to organise the 2009 Cornwall Film ...

Hilary Helstein -- Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival in the spotlight

Stephanie RONNET:  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, your background? Hilary HELSTEIN: I’m originally from New York with a background in theatre.  But my passion for theater, film and the arts quickly turned me to documentary filmmaking. My own film As Seen Through These Eyes, narrated by Maya Angelou has been screened internationally and garnered 8 awards to date. It has afforded me the wonderful opportunity to participate in many film festivals and meet hugely talented people...


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