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Tuesday, September 9-------"It's the quietest Toronto Film Festival that I can remember", one prominent distributor commented to me yesterday. But despite the indie sector being in a cautious mood, a number of Toronto films have announced major distribution deals.Less than 24 hours after it won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Darren Aronofsky's drama The Wrestler has been picked up for U.S. distribution by Fox Searchlight, the specialty division of 20th Century Fox (the...

Toronto Film Festival Facts And Figures

Saturday, September 6-------The facts and figures of this year's  Toronto International Film Festival go something like this: 312 films from 64 countries, including 249 feature-length films, 76 per cent of which are world, international or North American premieres, and 61 of which are feature directorial debuts. Aside from close to 1500 international members of the press and the film industry, the Festival is also welcoming over 500 international stars and special guests on the red carpet. T...

The Venice/Toronto Connection

 Wednesday, September 3--------What is it like when two of the major film festivals on the international circuit actually overlap? A mix of competition and cooperation it seems. As the Toronto event takes a deep breath in anticipation of its big opening tomorrow and the Venice Film Festival exhales after nearly 10 days of movie madness, the next few days sees a rare overlapping of two major film showcases, 5000 miles apart.The accent of both events are in apparent transition. Venice is  makin...

46th New York Film Festival Opens Friday, September 26, 2008

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By Maria Esteves - August 14, 2008  The  46th New York Film Festival (NYFF) will be held at the Walter Reade Theater, Friday, September 26 - Sunday, October 12, 2008. The festival presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, annually showcases the best in American and International cinema. This year's Opening Night, Centerpiece, and Closing Night Premiere films are THE CLASS (Entre les murs), directed by Laurent Cantet, The Ziegfeld Theater/Avery Fisher Hall, Friday, September 26; CHA...

Venice International Film Festival line up

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The 65th Venice International Film Festival, organised by the Venice Biennale, will take place at Venice Lido from August 27th to September 6th 2008. The aim of the Festival is to encourage the awareness and the promotion of all the various aspects of international cinema as art, entertainment and industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance. Marco Müller will be the director of this edition, continuing the work he began in 2004. The line-up of the 65th Venice Film Festival includes the follo...

Tropfest NY, the world’s largest short film festival

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Establishing itself as a New York film tradition on par with its Down Under namesake, Tropfest NY, the world’s largest short film festival, today announced it will return to downtown Manhattan for its third year on Friday, September 26, 2008. Previously presented at Trofest@Tribeca in association with the Tribeca Film Festival, Tropfest NY 2008 marks the first time the free public outdoor festival will be presented independently by Tropfest and its founder John Polson. Tropfest NY will bring a...

Americans Hold Off On Buying At Cannes

 Friday, May 23------The whooshing sound that you hear is the rapid departure of film professionals leaving in droves as the Cannes Film Festival enters its final weekend. In fact, professionals have been leaving en masse since Wednesday, with film sales offices at the Marche du Film and the local hotels virtual ghost towns. The American distribution contingent, which were on the Croisette in great numbers, have left Cannes without many major acquisitions. The tepid Cannes market continued what...

Ben Affleck directorila breakthrough saluted at Hollywood Awards

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The 11th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, will take place on October 22, 2007, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.Oscar(r)-winner Ben Affleck will be honored with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Director of the Year Award," Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly will receive the "Hollywood Supporting Actress of the Year Award," and producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan will receive the "Hollywood Producers of the Year Award."The "Hollywood Awards" wi...

Deauville Tributes

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The thirty-third edition of the American Film Festival of Deauville will take place this year :From Friday, August 30th to Sunday, September 9th, 2007 Cinema is an art and as such, has its codes and its history.Just as music didn’t start with the Beatles, cinema didn’t start with George Lucas.There was Mozart, and even before, Guillaume de Machaux ; just as for the cinema there were Griffith, McCarey, Keaton, Chaplin, Capra, Ida Lupino…Here is the screenplay the Festival wants to direct: t...

Interview With Jared Leto of CHAPTER 27

Wednesday, January 24-----Jared Leto is the thinking man's Orlando Bloom. Possessed of a handsome face, a lithe body, piercingly deep eyes and an infectious smile, Leto is one of the few in Young Hollywood who shows no vanity in his screen performances. This is more than evidenced in his starring role as the chubby and erratic Mark David Chapman, the young man who, on a cold December night in 1980 in New York City, pointed his gun at music legend John Lennon and robbed the world of a man know...

Sundance Announces Competition Juries

Friday, January 19-----At its first Press Conference, the 2007 Sundance Film Festival announced the members of the six juries awarding prizes at the Festival, which opened last evening. The juries are made up of twenty-four individuals selected from the global film community, each of whom are bringing a broad range of experience and a unique perspective on film. The award winners will be announced on the evening of January 27 at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at the Park Cit...

Stockholm Award Winners

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The jury of 2006 has spoken, and presents all of the winners at the 17th Stockholm International Film Festival. For the second time in festival history, the desirable honorary award for best film is presented to a female director. The Bronze Horse for Best Film 2006 goes to Sherrybaby by Laurie Collyer. Best film: Sherrybaby by Laurie Collyer The jury’s motivation: “A pure and heartbreaking work about survival and dignity. It takes you on a desperate quest for love, through a landscape of ...

Stockholm Fest Best Film goes to Sherrybaby by Laurie Collyer

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The jury of 2006 has spoken, and presents all of the winners at the 17th Stockholm International Film Festival. For the second time in festival history, the desirable honorary award for best film is presented to a female director.The Bronze Horse for Best Film 2006 goes to Sherrybaby by Laurie Collyer.Best film: Sherrybaby by Laurie CollyerThe jury’s motivation: “A pure and heartbreaking work about survival and dignity. It takes you on a desperate quest for love, through a landscape of strug...

Hawai Film Fest Awards Golden Orchid toLove for Share

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LIST OF AWARDS1 HALEKULANI GOLDEN ORCHID FOR BEST FEATURE FILM LOVE FOR SHARE (director Nia Dinata, Indonesia)2 HALEKULANI GOLDEN ORCHID FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY TIME AND TIDE (directors Julie Bayer and Josh Salzman, Tuvalu, USA) Special jury award for SHARKWATER (director Rob Stewart, Canada)3 FILM IN HAWAII AWARD LOST4 NETWORK FOR PROMOTION OF ASIAN CINEMA AWARD 4:30 (director Royston Tan, Singapore)5 EASTMANN KODAK AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY Matthew Libatique, ASC6 ...

Hamptons Festival presented its Golden Starfish Awards

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The 14th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival presented its Golden Starfish Awards at a ceremony held at Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY on Saturday, October 21, 2006.The 2006 HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL celebrated its 14th annual celebration of premieres & screenings; programs & events; talent & industry. The natural beauty of the Hamptons, combined with its legendary glamour, make for the perfect setting to display and debut some of the finest international films in the world. ...

Ten Canoes wins at Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent

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Ten Canoes wins the 33rd edition of the Flanders International Film Festival - GhentTen Canoes by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr has won the Grand Prize for Best Film at the 33rd Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent. The international jury, under the chairmanship of Jan Harlan, announced the winner on Saturday evening. The ceremony was followed by a screening of the closing film Black Book in the presence of director Paul Verhoeven. The Festival was closed in style with a masked ball at ...

33rd Flanders Film Festival - Ghent focuses on Stanley Kubrick

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With 169 feature-length films and 65 short films, collectively good for 19,468 minutes of cinema and 596 screenings spread over 14 days, Ghent will once again be transformed into the City of Film during the period of October 11 through October 21. The 33rd edition of the Flanders Film Festival - Ghent focuses on film legend Stanley Kubrick, pays homage to Belgian-French director Agnès Varda, and draws more than 150 talented guests from the world of film to the Flemish city. The Festival actual...

Flanders Film Festival - Ghent focuses on Stanley Kubrick

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With 169 feature-length films and 65 short films, collectively good for 19,468 minutes of cinema and 596 screenings spread over 14 days, Ghent will once again be transformed into the City of Film during the period of October 11 through October 21. The 33rd edition of the Flanders Film Festival - Ghent focuses on film legend Stanley Kubrick, pays homage to Belgian-French director Agnès Varda, and draws more than 150 talented guests from the world of film to the Flemish city.The Festival actually...

Toronto Opens with The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

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Toronto Opens 2006 Festival with World Premiere of “The Journals of Knud Rasmussen”The largest and one of the most respected Film Festivals in the world will open its doors to the public with Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn's “The Journals of Knud Rasmussen". Their last film "Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner),” had won the Camera D'or in Cannes and then the prize for best Canadian film here in Toronto in 2001. Festival Co-Director Noah Cowan felt that this was one of the most important film...

Oldenburg International Film Festival 2006 ready to go

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From 6th to 10th September, the “German Sundance“ festival will turn the contemplative city in Northern Germany into a mecca for film enthusiasts.This year´s opening film is “Vineta” by Franziska Stünkel, who gained international reputation with her short films. Her testosterone-laden debut features some of the most prominent German actors and tells the story of an architect coming to the edge of reason while trying to build the perfect city. The International Section shows a series o...

Today's News: Thursday May 25

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Premiers Today at the Palais both "Days of Glory" and "The Family Friend" debut in the Lumiere Theatre. Salvador's Star Un Certain Regard film "Salvador" features Daniel Bruhl. He is the son of a Spanish mother and a German father. The role was the actors biggest career challenge. He had to learn how to speak Catalan. But Salvador is ot Bruhls first film here in Cannes. He stared in "The Edukatos" in competition in 2004 lastyear was in out of competition "Joyeux Noel". Bruhl just finished sh...

Kirby Dick on his latest film This Film Is Not Yet Rated

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Industry Editor Sandy Mandelberger sat down with veteran documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick, whose lastest film, THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED, is one of the most talked about at the Festival. The film is an eye-opening investigation into the secret works of the Motion Picture Association of America, the official ratings board for films that are released in theaters. THIS FILM IS NOT RATED features spectacular (and sometimes spectacularly funny) interviews with such prestigious filmmakers as John Wat...

35th International Film Festival Rotterdam line up complete

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35th International Film Festival RotterdamJanuary 25 – February 5, 2006Rotterdam festival to screen 53 world-, 19 international and 20 European premieresThe 35th International Film Festival Rotterdam will include 92 feature length premieres. These can be divided into 53 world-, 19 international and 20 European premieres. The program is decidedly focused on young, innovative and independent film-making – and decidedly from all corners of the world. As usual, the programme contains a mixture o...
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