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2017 LA Film Festival Competition Lineup Announced! What’s Playing and How to See It.

‘Never Here’ Some wiseacre once observed that in Los Angeles, you’re really never more than 20 or so feet away from a screenplay. And whether a brad-bound hard copy yellowing in the sun of your Uber driver’s seat-pocket or a tidy .pdf open on the desktop of the hyper-focused cold brew enthusiast furiously typing away next to you at the coffee shop, the fact is undeniable: this town is virtually exploding with creativity. And sometimes the explosi...

'Hugo Villa Appointed as the new director of Los Cabos International Film Festival

  Hugo Villa Smythe has more than 30 years of experience in the filmmaking industry and is renowned for his work as producer, cinematographer, production advisor and government officer has been appointed by the board of Los Cabos Arte y Cultura...

USA Film Festival announced the winners

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USA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 39TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION On Sunday, April 30, 2017, the USA Film Festival announced the winners of the 39th Annual International Short Film & Video Competition.  The awards program took place on Closing Night of the 47th Annual USA Film Festival in Dallas.   Chosen from more than 600 international entries, the First Place Winning Films included:   FIRST PLACE / NARRATIVE Minh Tâm, Vincent Ma...

World Soundtrack Awards celebrates 100 years of jazz with Terence Blanchard

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World Soundtrack Awards celebrates 100 years of jazz with Terence Blanchard as central guest and David Shire as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award AT THE CENTENARY OF JAZZ, FILM FEST GENT CELEBRATES JAZZ MUSIC AT THE 17th WORLD SOUNDTRACK AWARDS WITH TERENCE BLANCHARD AS CENTRAL GUEST AND DAVID SHIRE AS RECIPIENT OF THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. ____________________________________________ ...

The Book of Henry to Open LA Film Festival

  At Film Independent, our mission is to champion creative independence in visual storytelling and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision.   ...

Neufchatel first 8 titles in competition

            THE FIRST 8 FILMS FROM THE OFFICIAL SELECTION The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival unveils the first 8 films from the official selection of its 17th edition (30 June – 8 July 2017). These new cinematic gems are but an appetizer for the rest of the programme, and will be shown as part of diverse sections such as the INTERNATIONAL COMPETITON and NEW CINEMA FROM ASIA, as well as out of competition crossover showings o...

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival announces film events, honoring John Sayles and Tommy Chong, May 24 - 28

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The 3rd Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, taking place in the magnificent mountain setting of Mammoth Lakes, California, has announced its line-up of screenings, which will include premieres, festival favorites and classic films. The five-day festival will take place May 24-28, 2017, beginning on Wednesday with the Opening Night Screening of Cheech and Chong's much-loved first feature UP IN SMOKE. Tommy Chong, one of its stars as well as its uncredited co-director, will be p...

Christina Aguilera, Ewan McGregor, Léa Seydoux casted in Scott Free’s sci-fi romance ZOE, by Drake Doremus

Christina Aguilera (Burlesque, ABC’s Nashville), Theo James (The Secret Scripture, Divergent series), Rashida Jones (The Social Network, Angie Tribeca) and Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings film franchise, Showtime’s Homeland) have joined Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor (Beauty and the Beast, Fargo, Miles Ahead) and Léa Seydoux (Spectre, The Grand Budapest Hotel) in Scott Free’s sci-fi romance ZOE, to be directed by Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Breath In), it w...

Seriously Hilarious: The Last Laugh Illuminates The Links Between Laughter & Survival

  What’s your favorite Holocaust joke? Don’t have one yet? Then you should see The Last Laugh which premiered to a standing ovation at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival and became an audience favorite at more than 60 fests throughout North America and around the world. The film opened theatrically in NYC March 3, followed by Toronto March 10 and LA March 17, before rolling out in a limited U.S. & North American release. It took Director – Write...

Celebrities Announced for Star-Studded Sunscreen Film Festival

Robert Davi (Die Hard, Goonies) to be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Joe Pantoliano will be presented with the Legacy Award. 2016's recipients were Paul Sorvino and Gary Busey.         Joe Pantoliano (Sopranos, Matrix)   ...

40 years of Star Wars Celebrations

George Lucas, John Williams and Kathleen Kennedy attend the 40 YEARS OF STAR WARS PANEL during the 2017 STAR WARS CELEBRATION at Orange County Convention Center on April 13, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** George Lucas, John Williams, Kathleen Kennedy   ...

A few facts on Göteborg Film Festival

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  Göteborg Film Festival, celebrating its 41st edition in 2018, is the leading film festival in Scandinavia, with 135 000 admissions, screening 450 features and shorts from 80 countries. Göteborg Film Festival is proud to present one of the largest festival awards in the world - the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film with a prize sum of 1 million SEK (€100 000) - as well as a number of other prizes including the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award and the Dragon Award...

The Greenwich International Film Festival To Honor Renée Zellweger and Christy Turlington

  The Greenwich International Film Festival today announced the honorees for the 3rd annual Changemaker Gala, which will take place on Thursday, June 1, 2017.  The Changemaker Awards honor artists who have used their public platform and the power of film to further positive social change.  This year, Renée Zellweger and Christy Turlington Burns, will be honored for their humanitarian work with ALS and Every Mother Counts, respectively. Past honorees include Freida ...

A Conversation with Barry Levinson at Ivy Film Festival

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2017 Ivy Film Festival and The Creative Coalition present A Conversation with Barry Levinson Tonight, the Ivy Film Festival is proud to present a conversation with Barry Levinson, the Academy Award-winning director and Emmy Award-winning writer; moderated by Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition, the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan, advocacy organization of the entertainment industry. This keynote will highlight Levinson's personal insights on turning a passion for film into a...

Big Sky Doc Fest 2017 Highlights

Over 200 filmmakers and industry descended on BSDFF and Missoula, Montana joining nearly 20,000 attendees for a beautiful ten days in February, a whole lot of fantastic films, a compelling DocShop, and a content-rich Big Sky Pitch. BSDFF hosted the first ever IF/THEN Shorts Pitch with Tribeca Film Institute, a multimedia dance/film performance, a late night local music series, and 40 world premieres. It was truly a week to remember.  To all those who came to see, hear, ponder, discus...

Final Day of IFFLA 2017!

Final day of IFFLA 2017! Join us tonight for the IFFLA 2017 Awards Ceremony and Closing Night Gala, presenting the Los Angeles premiere of HOTEL SALVATION, starring Adil Hussain and Lalit Behl. The film tells a wry but heartfelt story about a son accompanying his father to the holy city of Varanasi, where the father will await the end of his life. Hussain will be in attendance at the Gala!  ...

Lineup of San Francisco Festival Feature Films Announced for SFFILM Screening Room

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Films from 60th Anniversary Program will Be Added to SFFILM’s Curated Streaming Service After Their Final Public Festival Screenings    SFFILM has re-launched the SFFILM Screening Roo...

2017 Seattle International Film Festival to open with The Big Sick

  The Opening Night Gala of the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) on Thursday, May 18 will feature the Seattle premiere of Amazon Studios’ The Big Sick. This festival favorite comes from a powerhouse team of beloved comedians including Kumail Nanjiani (best known for his acerbic and witty character in Silicon Valley), ind...

JimG, my former boss at Fox joins Paramount

CONGRATULATIONS JIM GIANOPULOS     JIM GIANOPULOS, LAGFF'S HONORARY AWARD RECIPIENT AT LAST YEAR'S ORPHEUS AWARDS   Viacom has announced that Jim Gianopulos has been appointed the new Chairman and CEO of its Paramount Pictures, effective April 3, 2017.  30 years ago or so Jimm Gianopoulos hired me to run UGC FOX Distribution, The joint Venture between french major and 20th Century Fox. I was offere the exciting challenge to build and run the new com...

Day Two of the Middle East Film and Comic Con 2017

It’s a wrap on Day Two of the Middle East Film and Comic Con 2017and boy what a day it has been! From meeting with Liam Cunningham and Kane to listening to an inspiring talk by the Falcon himself, we really did pull out all the stops!   The huge announcement of a partnership of Dubai Clusters Authority with Youtube to support VIDXB 2017 in collaboration with The Alliance took place at the press conference this afternoon. The press conference saw celebrity guests Anthony Mack...

The Maine Outdoor Film Festival Finalists

  The Maine Outdoor Film Festival Here are the Finalists: FROZEN PLAYGROUND - TJ Frongillo and Mac Lindsay - Cumberland SUMMER SESSIONS - Alex Blackie - Old Town MAINE: FROM THE COAST TO THE MOUNTAINS - Dylan Hall - Cumberland THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE - Jacob Christiansen - Kittery Point DOSE Y NIEVE - Zachary Treyball and Marty Wentworth - Brooksville ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: MAGUIRE ANUSZEWSKI - Lukas Grube, - Winthrop TWO COLD ...

Lucky (Harry Dean Stanton), Cortez - Writer, Director, Actor - Drago Sumonja

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Keep your eye out for Drago Sumonja who co-wrote the screenplay "Lucky" starring Harry Dean Stanton, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt, Ron Livingston and David Lynch - Directed by John Carroll Lynch. Lucky just premiered at the 2017 SXSW film festival.    Everything Harry Dean Stanton has done in his career, and his life, has brought him to his moment of triumph in “Lucky,” an unassumingly wonderful little film about nothing in particular and everything ...

IFF Panama: The Festival in Pictures April 2nd

  1.     Conversation with Eduardo Noriega & Juan Carlos Arciniegas  2.     Audience at Kinepolis 3.     World Premier La Matamoros 4.     Workshop: Film Making for Teenagers with Marcel Beltrán 5.     Free outdoor screening. Cinta Costera II 6.     Projection Q&A Play the Devil 7.     Industry boat party Lecture: &ldq...

The 64th Sydney Film Festival today announced 28 prominent new films to be featured in this year’s 7-18 June event,

The 64th Sydney Film Festival today announced 28 prominent new films to be featured in this year’s 7-18 June event, and the first of over 150 Festival guests: award-winning British filmmaker Nick Broomfield, director of the hotly anticipated Whitney Houston documentary Whitney ‘Can I Be Me’.    Also revealed in advance of the full program launch of 200+ films on Wednesday 10 May is a new Festival location:  Randwick’s iconic Ritz Cinema. &ldqu...

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