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Obama On Film And On The Web

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor President Barack Obama is, if nothing else, very telegenic.....the camera simply loves him and cannot get enough. This fact plus his historic ascendancy in a mere two years from junior Senator to the top political leader of the world is an astounding one that will certainly be the stuff of legend in years to come. But for the moment, we are living that legend and the media fascination on and surrounding Obama is electric. Afte...

Late Deals As Sundance Eases Into Final Weekend

 Friday, January 25---------Although the Sundance Film Festival continues through this Sunday, with the culminating Awards Ceremony to be held on Saturday night, many film professionals have already skipped town, mulling the films they have seen (bid or passed on) and, frankly, warming up their external digits after 9 days of frigid weather. What began as a barren landscape for dealmaking has made a rebound, although Festival veterans have described this year's event as very lowkey compared to ...

Late Deals As Sundance Eases Into Final Weekend

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Although the Sundance Film Festival continues through this Sunday, with the culminating Awards Ceremony to be held on Saturday night, many film professionals have already skipped town, mulling the films they have seen (bid or passed on) and, frankly, warming up their external digits after 9 days of frigid weather. What began as a barren landscape for dealmaking has made a rebound, although Festival veterans have described this year's event as very lowkey compared to earlier years (a result of th...

Zagreb Fest day 4: debutant and winners unite

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On the fourth day of the Festival new authors whose films are on today’s program introduced themselves to the press. Shira Geffen, director of 'Jellyfish', came to Zagreb without her husband Etgar Keret, film co-director and author of a short story turned into a film by Goran Dukić, 'Wristcutters: A Love Story' Shira, who also wrote the screenplay for 'Jellyfish' began by saying: 'So far I've worked in theatre, this is my first excursion into the world of film. Theater direction is simple...

Abu Dhabi announces the Official Competition

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The Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi announces the Official Competition slate, with filmmakers competing for the coveted Black Pearl awards. “The production support awarded with the Black Pearl is truly one-of-a-kind,” said Nashwa Al-Ruwaini. “We are confident that it will help propel its recipient into the next level of filmmaking.”“We are thrilled with the line-up of films we have in Competition,” said Festival Director Jon Fitzgerald. “They represent world-...

We Are Together and Billy the Kid top prizes at Edinburgh

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The Awards for the 61st EIFF have been presented, with Control, We Are Together and Billy the Kid scooping the top prizes.It's been another special year at the EIFF and the prizes for the 61st edition of the Film Festival were today presented at an exclusive ceremony at the capital's Caledonian Hilton.Anton Corbijn's fantastic Control was a double winner - the director picking up the prestigious Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film and lead actor Sam Riley winning the PPG Award...

We Are Together and Billy the Kid top prizes at Edimburgh

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The Awards for the 61st EIFF have been presented, with Control, We Are Together and Billy the Kid scooping the top prizes.It's been another special year at the EIFF and the prizes for the 61st edition of the Film Festival were today presented at an exclusive ceremony at the capital's Caledonian Hilton.Anton Corbijn's fantastic Control was a double winner - the director picking up the prestigious Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film and lead actor Sam Riley winning the PPG Award...

Julie Delpy’s “Two Days in Paris” Will Close The Edinburgh Festival

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At a press conference at Filmhouse in Edinburgh this morning, Artistic Director Hannah McGill announced the final programme details for the 61st edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). This year, the Festival will showcase one hundred and twenty feature-length films from thirty one countries, including one hundred and one new features of which twenty five are world or international premieres and sixty eight are UK premieres. Highlights include Anton Corbijn’s “Control”...

Durban International Film Festival

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The 28th Durban International Film Festival 20 June to 1 July 2007 With over 200 films from 77 countries, the 28th Durban International Film Festival, from 20 June to 1 July, offers a selection of the finest in world cinema, spread over more than 300 screenings at 24 venues across the Durban district. The festival also provides an extensive programme of free workshops and seminars to inspire young filmmakers and stimulate the film industry in KwaZulu-Natal. The festival opens on 20 June with the...

Tribeca Cadillac Award Revealed

Saturday, May 5--------The Cadillac Audience Award , voted on by Festival audiences, was announced this evening as the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival moves towards the finishing line. The Award winner is WE ARE TOGETHER (Thina Simunye),  a documentary film from the U.K. directed by Paul Taylor and produced by Paul Taylor and Teddy Liefer. The film tells the story of children in the South Africa Agape Orphanage, most of who have lost their loved ones to AIDS.  Told with compassion and grace, thi...

Cadillac Audience Award Winner Announced

Saturday, May 5--------The Cadillac Audience Award , voted on by Festival audiences, was announced this evening as the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival moves towards the finishing line. The Award winner is WE ARE TOGETHER (Thina Simunye),  a documentary film from the U.K. directed by Paul Taylor and produced by Paul Taylor and Teddy Liefer. The film tells the story of children in the South Africa Agape Orphanage, most of who have lost their loved ones to AIDS.  Told with compassion and grace, thi...

Top Ten on the 47th Krakow Film Festival

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For the first time Krakow Film Festival will present feature–length documentaries in a competitive section. Ten films from amongst 200 have been chosen by Krzysztof Gierat – Festival Director. These documentaries are a real must for the audience of the 47th Krakow Film Festival. Diversity of the topics mentioned and courage of the directors to raise controversial issues make these screenings strong points of the Festival’s programme. Krzysztof Gierat says: The thing that interests me while...

Denmark Sweeps IDFA Awards

Monday, December 4---- The 19th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) came to a rousing end on Saturday evening, with the awarding of the IDFA prizes in a number of categories. Films from Denmark made a remarkably strong showing, winning several major prizes at the Awards Ceremony held at De Zwijger, an Amsterdam hotspot. The VPRO Joris Ivens Award for the best long documentary was presented to Danish director Pernille Rose Grønkjær for her documentary THE ...

Denmark Sweeps IDFA Awards

Monday, December 4---- The 19th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) came to a rousing end on Saturday evening, with the awarding of the IDFA prizes in a number of categories. Films from Denmark made a remarkably strong showing, winning several major prizes at the Awards Ceremony held at De Zwijger. The VPRO Joris Ivens Award for the best long documentary was presented to Danish director Pernille Rose Grønkjær for her documentary THE MONASTERY--MR. VIG &...

Film In Focus: WE ARE TOGETHER

Sunday, November 26----The on-going struggle of combatting AIDS in Africa is the focus of UK director Paul Taylor's powerful film WE ARE TOGETHER, which is having its world premiere screening this evening at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (idfa). The film, a debut by its director, is competing in the First Appearances section of the Festival. The devastation of the AIDS epidemic is told through the story of a 12 year old South African girl named Slindile, who lives at ...

What 's cooking for Palm Beach fest: When Do We Eat?” opener

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World Premiere of “When Do We Eat?” opens the fest U.S. Premiere of “Checking Out” to closeOver 150 films headline fest with 11 World PremieresOver a 150 diverse films will screen at the Palm Beach International Film Festival event, including features, documentaries and shorts. The eight-day Fest will introduce 11 world premieres, 6 U.S. premieres and 43 Florida premieres, including 30 international films.“This is an exciting year for us--we have reached the milestone of our 10th anni...

Action Cut awards from the first edition

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THE ACTION/CUT 2004GRAND PRIZE SHORT FILM AWARD“THE 17th MAN” Directed by Yimeng JinWritten by Yimeng Jin & Adam J. KrepsProduced by Brooke Krinsky, Brett Jacobsen, Adam J. KrepsSynopsis: A dark-tale thriller about a best-selling author haunted by his fictitious femme fatalewhen she comes to life after he tries to put an end to her in his final book "The 17th Man”…a psychological mind-game of deception ensues and only one can survive!This film was produced at the Florida State University...
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