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Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto 30th anniversary it's a warp

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With a total of 335 films (including 109 world and 78 North American premieres), from 52 countries, screened over 10 days, the 30th Toronto International Film Festival wrapped on Saturday, September 17 with an awards cocktail at the Hilton Hotel Toronto. PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDThe People’s Choice Award is voted on by Festival audiences – known worldwide for their enthusiasm and love of cinema. The 2005 award goes to Gavin Hood's TSOTSI (UK/South Africa), based on the novel by Athol Fugard and ...

Film Festival Confidential an inside look by W Marshall

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“An intriguing inside look at one of the greatest Film Festivals in the world by one of the guys who started the whole thing.” – Norman JewisonThe book takes us behind the scenes and tells the secrets of the world’s best film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Sundance and many others. Film Festival Confidential is an all-access pass to the famous stars and parties, offering readers an irresistible mix of gossip, glamour and glitz.William Marshall, founder of the Toronto Film F...

Toronto Opens with World Premiere of Deepa Mehta’s WATER

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Toronto International Film Festival Opens with World Premiere of Deepa Mehta’s WATERToronto International Film Festival opening night was a triumph on September 8th with the premiere of Deepa Mehta’s dynamic film WATER. Finishing out her ode to the elements this is the final film in her trilogy, following FIRE (1996) and EARTH (1998). Mehta film brought a classic presents to the 30th anniversary of one on the largest film festivals in the world. Mehta’s element series FIRE and EARTH were...

30th Toronto will open with World Premiere of WATER

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Toronto International Film Festival will open with of World Premiere of WATERToronto International Film Festival is set to open on September 8th to the 17th, 2005. This will be the 30th anniversary of the top North American Film Festival and one of the most respected Festivals in the world. To date programmers have acquired to screen 11 world premieres, five international premieres, and nine North American premieres from 17 countries. Last years Festival was close to 350 films from over 50 count...

Montreal war of the fests: Atlantic Fest date challenged

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25th Atlantic Film Festival Blind-Sided by Festival International de Films de Montréal’s Recent Announcement of New DatesDuring a pivotal anniversary year, the 25th Atlantic Film Festival (AFF), September 15-24, 2005, has been blind-sided by the Festival International de Films de Montréal’s (FIFM) recent announcement of their new dates, September 18-25, which will completely overlap with those of AFF.“This is unacceptable,” said Gregor Ash, Executive Director, at a media conference in ...

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...

Victoria Independent Film & Video Fest wrapped

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VICTORIA INDEPENDENT FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL Film Festival Wraps with Record NumbersThe 11th annual Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival wrapped this year’s fete with unprecedented success.The interest from filmmakers around the world exceeded previous years with1086 entries coming through the doors. This increased profile allowed for further expansion of programming and enabled the Festival to bring many more talented filmmakers to the attention of local audiences and the media. The Fest...

Winnipeg NSI FilmExchange Festival line up

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NSI FilmExchange Canadian Film Festival in Winnipeg March 2 – 5, 2005.“We are very excited to confirm the Festival’s films,” said Director of Programming Liz Janzen. “Each of the directors has brought a unique story to the big screen – our audiences will be challenged, moved and entertained.”Director Noam Gonick’s latest film Stryker is the compelling story of an intense turf war between two street gangs in Winnipeg’s North End. Shot in Winnipeg last winter, Stryker will have i...

Palm Springs Festival Opens with Coach Carter

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Palm Springs International Film Festival opened this week to rave reviews with COACH CARTER. On hand were stars Samuel L. Jackson and Director Thomas Carter as they walked the Red-Carpet at the Palm Springs High School Auditorium. The Festival now in its 16th year has one of the most dynamic programs to date as a majority of the Foreign Oscar contention films and Premiere events that will be screened throughout the 12-day Festival which runs from January 6th to the 17th, 2005.Definitely a pres...

Program for Stockholm International Film Festival 2004!

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The festival program of the 15th Stockholm International Film Festival offers 170 films from more than 40 nations, divided into fourteen sections. The party begins on the 18th of November. We are proud to present this year¹s program! Stockholm XV CompetitionThe competition for directors making either their debut, second or third film offers innovative, thought-provoking productions by new sharp talents from all over the world. Half of the films entered in this year¹s competition are directed b...

Toronto Biz Buzz final

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As the Toronto International Film Festival came to a close yesterday with the announcements of its awards, there continued to be business announcements of new distribution deals that will bring many Toronto highlights into North American cinemas later this year.PALM PICTURES PICKS UP MEXICAN FILMIndie distributor Palm Pictures announced the pick up of North American rights to Cronicas,a Mexico-Ecuador co-production which debuted earlier this year in the Cannes Film Festival'sUn Certain Regard se...

Toronto final awards

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Although it does not have an official Competition or Jury as do fellow festivals in Venice, Cannes, Berlin or Sundance, winners at the Toronto International Film Festival are bellwethers of some of the important films that will come to cinemas and to other film events around the world.After presenting nearly 350 films from sixty countries over the past ten days, the 29th edition of the Festival wrapped yesterday with its annual Awards Brunch, held at the swanky Four Seasons Hotel. Wi...

Toronto film buzz 1

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TORONTO BIZ BUZZ 1SONY PICTURES CLASSICS HAS A RECORD TORONTOThe first few days of the Toronto International Film Festival has seen a spurt of buying for US distributor Sony Pictures Classics. The company already has a record six films screening in Toronto, including Festival opener Being Julia (directed by Istvan Szabo), Pedro Almodovar’s Bad Education, Zhang Jimou’s House of Flying Daggers, John Duigan’s Head In The Clouds, and Al Pacino-starrer The Merchant of Venice, has announced som...

Canadian films shine on their home turff at TIFF

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With over 350 films being screened and over 2000 industry professionals in attendance, the Toronto International Film Festival is a crowded but important launching pad for the best new films from Canada’s prolific film industry.In the past, all Canadian films were relegated to the Perspective Canada section, which provided a strong promotional platform but also was criticized by many in the Canadian film industry as a kind of “film ghetto”. This year, the Festival has decided to “desegre...

Toronto opens with Being Julia

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Toronto International Film Festival Opens with BEING JULIAThe 29th annual Toronto International Film Festival is one of the largest Festivals in the world. Not a Market unlike the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto highlights films from all around the world with a focus on film and less hype. With 328 films that will screen during the 29th Toronto International Film Festival, over half are World Premieres. The Festival is set to run from September 9th to the 18th 2004, in Toronto, Canada and the ...

Toronto treats: what's on your plate

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Gala Presentations showcase high-profile premieres and films that appeal to a mainstream audience, all presented in the luxurious Roy Thomson Hall. Galas include a mix of Canadian, American, and international films. BEING JULIA, BEYOND THE SEA, FIVE CHILDREN AND IT, I Ì HUCKABEES, and STAGE BEAUTY are some of the films included in the programme this year.Detailed list:Arsène Lupin Jean-Paul Salomé Being Julia István Szabó Beyond the Sea Kevin Spacey Clean Olivier Assayas Downfall Oliver Hir...

Solid Line Up for Toronto fest

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Toronto festival (Sept. 9-18) has revealed its full line upGALA PRESENTATIONSWorld PremiereARSÈNE LUPIN (F)Jean-Paul Salomé, France / United Kingdom / Spain / Italy, 2004World PremiereBEING JULIA (F)István Szabó, Canada / United Kingdom / Hungary, 2004World PremiereBEYOND THE SEA (F)Kevin Spacey, United Kingdom / Germany, 2004North American PremiereCLEAN (F)Olivier Assayas, France / United Kingdom / Canada, 2004World PremiereDOWNFALL (F)Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004World PremiereFIVE CH...

New Festival players launch FCG in Cannes

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Former Film fest directors Jon Fitzgerald and Mitch Levine announce the launch of Festival Consulting Group (FCG), a company devoted to serving the film festival community. Supported by a comprehensive website, FestivalConsulting.com, the Company will offer a complete range of services – from Sponsorship to Strategic Planning to Production Services – and virtually everything in between. The announcement was made at a reception at the Plage des Palmes Café in Cannes, co-hosted by Film Find...

Transilvania International Film Festival program

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Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) - Third edition Romanian Film Promotion is organizing between May 28th – June 6th 2004, in Cluj-Napoca, The Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), the only film festival in Romania solely intended for feature-films.City of Cluj is the main cultural centre of Transilvania and is located within an area known for its past, as part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and which has a great tourism potential. Cluj is an old town, has a long aca...

Tiburon fest awards Italian and spanish filmmakers

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The winners of the best films and filmmakers (Golden Reel Awards) were announced in a ceremony with many filmmakers and foreign dignitaries in person. TIFF congratulates all the winners. Best Film: The Gift (Italy), by: Michelangelo FrammartinoBest Director: Ventura Pons, Anita Takes A Chance (Spain)Best Screenplay: Nawfel Saheb-Ettaba, for: The Bookstore (Tunisia)Best Cinematography: Kirill Davidoff, for: The Gun (USA)Best Documentary: Aging Out (USA), by: Roger Weisberg & Vanessa Roth; &: En...

Miami Film Fest:: Treasures in the Dark

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MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL: TREASURES IN THE DARK (WHILE THE SUN IS SHINING) "The sun is still shining", a visiting filmmaker groaned. "Will anyone come to sit in the dark and see my film?" The answer was a resounding YES, as the Miami Film Festival wrapped its most successful session in years this past weekend. Re-energized by the leadership of former Sundance topper Nicole Guillemet, the Festival clearly has tapped into a winning formula of international premieres, American independent films and an i...

Miami Film Fest:: Treasures in the Dark

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MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL: TREASURES IN THE DARK (WHILE THE SUN IS SHINING) "The sun is still shining", a visiting filmmaker groaned. "Will anyone come to sit in the dark and see my film?" The answer was a resounding YES, as the Miami Film Festival wrapped its most successful session in years this past weekend. Re-energized by the leadership of former Sundance topper Nicole Guillemet, the Festival clearly has tapped into a winning formula of international premieres, American independent films and an i...
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