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2015 Palm Springs International Shortfest Festival Winners

Marta Rosa (USA/Mexico), Barbara Cigarroa "Carry On" Receives Best of the Festival Award "Submarine" Receives Future Filmmaker Award; "The Way of Tea", "Body Team 12" and "Bear Story" Receive Audience Awards; PALM SPRINGS, CA (June 21, 2015) – The 2015 Palm Springs International ShortFest, the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America, announced its Festival award winners on Sunday, June 21, 2015. 330 short ...

Palm Springs Shortfest Forums:

Jason Reitman Serves as Keynote Speaker; Representatives from Anonymous Content, The Black List, CAA, CSA, Fandor, ICM Partners, IndieGogo, Preferred Content, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and many others The Palm Springs International ShortFest is best known for its award-winning film shorts, but each year the Festival also welcomes a long guest list of filmmakers and industry attendees for the ShortFest Forums’ Panels and Roundtables. Academy Award nominated director ...

Ash Brannon Writes and Directs China-US Co-Production Animation Film ROCK DOG (2015)

Actor EDDIE IZZARD (Boychoir, Valkyrie, Ocean’s Thirteen and Ocean’s Twelve), one of the leading voices of ROCK DOG, accompanied Academy® Award nominated writer-director ASH BRANNON (Surf’s Up, Toy Story 2) in Cannes to promote their new animated film ROCK DOG (2015). Film Origin: US/China Language: English Genre: Animation Running Time: 82 minutes Director: Ash Brannon Writer(s): Ash Brannon / Kurt Voelker Producers: Amber Wang, David B. Miller, Lou Rui Executive Pro...

2015 Palm Springs Shortest Kicks Off With Opening Night Films

WHO: Expected to attend Opening Night are: Director Adriano Valentini (The Age of Insecurity: Little Men), Director Alexis Van Stratum (Albertine), Director Michael Phillis and Producer Alexa Fraser-Herron, (Mini Supreme), Producer A.J. Kelly (Warning Labels). ShortFest Programming and Executive Director Darryl Macdonald, Forums Producer Helen du Toit, and filmmakers from around the world. WHAT: This year’s opening night screening titled “Make ‘Em Laugh” on Tuesday, Ju...

American Film Market (AFM) Launches New Initiatives For 2015

China Conference, Networking Receptions, Cinando Subscriptions Lead the New Programs LOS ANGELES (June 16, 2015) – The 2015 American Film Market (AFM) has unveiled several new initiatives ahead of this year’s event. These include the addition of two new conferences: The AFM China Conference and the AFM Festival Conference. Additionally, Carousel Cocktails will offer producers and filmmakers new networking opportunities and, for the first time, AFM and Cinando are providing all reg...

Palm Springs International Shortfest Announces Line-Up For 2015

Festival to Showcase Shorts Directed by Katie Holmes, Bryce Dallas Howard, Tara Fitzgerald and Starring Troian Bellisario, John Cusack, Loretta Devine, Robert Forster, Taissa Farmiga, Patrick Fugit, Janeane Garofalo, Kat Graham, Richard E. Grant, Matt Groening, Jimmy Kimmel, Kate Mara, Rose McGowan, Sandra Oh, Jason Patric, Zachary Quinto, Amber Tamblyn, Danny Trejo, Rufus Wainwright and Kristen Wiig Palm Springs, CA, June 2015 – It’s time to put on your shorts for the 2015 Palm S...

DHEEPAN (2015) by Jacques Audiard; A Review.

Every year, Cannes Film Festival movie-goers try to predict what the Palm d'Or winner will be. There are always the audience favorites and big buzz films; but more often than not, it's the film least expected to win that rises to the top taking home the highly besought golden palm. This year, that film was DHEEPAN by renown French director Jacques Audiard. While Audiard was awarded the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2009, he took away his first Palm d'Or this year with DHEEPAN. The film ...

Jean-Michel Cousteau Speaks About Ocean Futures and ODYSSEA 3D at 68th Cannes Film Festival

Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, was born May 6, 1938 and is a French explorer, environmentalist, teacher, and filmmaker. He has produced over 80 documentaries and now working on a number of international environmental initiatives including Ocean Futures and Ambassadors of the Environment. Cousteau appeared at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival to promote his nearly finished film ODYSSEA 3D, which reveals an up close and personal look at the under water world today and ...

Icelandic film RAMS wins top prize in Un Certain Regard

The Icelandic film Rams, by Grímur Hákonarson, has won the Prix Un Certain Regard, the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival. This is the first time that an Icelandic feature film has won a prize at Cannes, so this is understandably a great honor for all involved in the making of the film and for the Icelandic film community in general. Rams is set in a remote Icelandic farming valley, where two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years ha...

Find Out How You Can Help Finish ORSON WELLES'S Last Film!

Photo credit to Lauren Faretta Filip Jan Rymsza, 37, is a Polish-born producer and filmmaker. He resides in Los Angeles, where he manages Royal Road Entertainment, an independent production company. During the 68th Cannes Film Festival, Filip announced the launch of an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for the finishing of legendary filmmaker, Orson Welles' last and never before seen film, 'The Other Side of the Wind'. Since his death in 1985, Welles’ film was embroiled in ...

THE WATER DIVINER (2015) opens 16th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival

The 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) proudly announces THE WATER DIVINER as its Opening Night film. The screening of THE WATER DIVINER will take place on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at 7:30pm at Lido Live (3459 Via Lido) followed by a gala reception at Fashion Island (401 Newport Center Drive). The 16th annual NBFF will run from April 23rd – April 30, 2015. The Festival will end its eight-day run with the World Premiere of NO STRANGER THAN LOVE on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7:30p...

Undiscovered Artists Celebrated in ‘Know New Art’ Campaign for 16th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival

Undiscovered Artists Celebrated in ‘Know New Art’ Campaign for 16th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival Advertising Agency RPA Teams with Biscuit Filmworks and Cut + Run to Create Striking Video https://youtu.be/T7ccijNdSpg To build interest and intrigue in the 16th annual Newport Beach Film Festival, taking place April 23–30, 2015, an integrated ad campaign, “Know New Art,” is designed to captivate and garner attention for the talented artists among us who hav...

2015 Sonoma Film Festival Winners

2015 SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS The Sonoma International Film Festival’s 18th edition came to a rousing close Sunday night following five spectacular days that featured a wide variety of films from around the world, infused with gourmet food and the best of local wines, serving up a bountiful cinematic feast. “We are already looking forward to our 19th. Our 18th reached a new high of films from around the world, filmmakers who will make a difference in our lives a...

Fourth Annual Sun Valley Film Festival Announces Festival Lineup

“Fourth Annual Sun Valley Film Festival Announces Festival Lineup” • Clint Eastwood to Receive Lifetime Vision Award • Bruce Dern and Bill Paxton to Speak at Festival Coffee Talks • Signature Panels, Parties and Over 60 Films Fill the Weekend Sun Valley, ID-The Sun Valley Film Festival, presented by Zions Bank, announced its film lineup today. The Festival will honor Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood with its inaugural Lifetime Vision Award at the 4th annual Festival, ...

30th SBIFF Maltin Modern Master Award Honoring Michael Keaton

Saturday night at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Arlington Theater was a treat for all in attendance. Michael Keaton, while being celebrated for his body of work, is a wonderfully animated storyteller, regaling the audience with in-depth tales of his experience as an actor. The evening began with a welcome by actress Andie MacDowell, his co-star from Multiplicity. Throughout the festivities videotaped congratulatory messages played from friends and co-stars Jeff Bridge...

13th Annual 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition and Student Screenwriting Competition @ SBIFF

Santa Barbara, CA -- The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, which runs January 27-February 7, announced the finalists for the 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition and Student Screenwriting Competition, presented by Relativity Education. The festival is excited to also announce that the new presenting sponsor will award the competition's four winners with full scholarships to the Relativity Education LA-based summer workshops, along with a digital...

30th SBIFF celebrates U.S. Premiere of Richard Raymond's "Desert Dancer".

Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, kicked off Opening Night with the U.S. Premiere of Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer at the historic Arlington Theatre on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Directed by Richard Raymond and starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen and Marmama Corlett, Desert Dancer tells the true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in a suppressed society. “Raymond h...

SBIFF Honors Damien Chazelle, Richard Linklater, Bennett Miller, Laura Poitras, and Morten Tyldum

As part of the 30th Anniversary celebration, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will expand its ever popular director’s panel into the Outstanding Directors of the Year Award, presenting to some of the most talked about and innovative filmmakers from the past year. The tribute will begin at 8pm on Wednesday, February 4 at the Arlington Theatre and will be moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg. Filmmaking is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by the direc...

"Concrete Night" (Betoniyö) at 26th PSIFF

One of my favorite films at this year's festival was undoubtedly 'Concrete Night' (Betoniyö), 2013, by Finnish director Pirjo Honkasalo. Stunningly shot in black and white, this noir anti-coming-of-age story is about a 14-year-old, Simo, who prematurely becomes a tormented young man overnight. While most young adults the same age are enjoying the carefree life of high-school, friends and the opposite sex, Simo faces the dark side of life through a series of escalated traumati...

Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces 2016 Dates

Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces 2016 Dates Palm Springs, CA – The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has announced that the dates of next year’s festival will be January 1-11, 2016, for the 27th edition.   The festival will host a New Year’s Eve celebration for all attending festival guests on Dec. 31 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival will begin on Friday, January 1 with all day screenings and the Opening Night screen...

26th PSIFF Festival Winners.

Corn Island (Simindis kundzuli). Georgia, 2014, 100 Minute Running Time   26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Winners: Selma Receives Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature; Keep On Keepin’ On Receives Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Doc Feature. Leviathan Receives FIPRESCI Prize; Haluk Bilginer and Anne Dorval Receive FIPRESCI Acting Prizes; No One’s Child Receives New Voices/New Visions Award; Flowers Receives Cine La...

26th PSIFF 27 Films Cine Latino Award

Flowers (Loreak). Spain, 2014, 99 Minute Running Time The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) 27 films that were eligible for the Cine Latino Award were presented in the Ibero-American section at the Festival. Sponsored by the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) and the University of Guadalajara Foundation/USA, the winner, 'Flowers', received a $10,000 cash prize.   “What does it mean to be Latino or Ibero-American? We often e...

26th PSIFF Screens Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist

The 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will screen eight of the nine films selected to advance in the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards®. The Festival, held from held from January 2-12, 2015, will screen 50 of the films that had originally qualified in this category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: · Wild Tales (Argentina), Director Damián Szifrón · Tangeri...

26th PSIFF Festival Line-Up

The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) complete line-up including Premieres, New Voices/New Visions and Modern Masters. 192 films from 65 countries, including 65 premieres (7 World, 5 International, 20 North American and 33 U.S.) will unspool at the Festival, running from January 2-12, 2015 in Palm Springs, California. For a complete list of films visit: www.psfilmfest.org. “This year’s lineup is particularly noteworthy not only for the overall excellence...

26th PSIFF Focuses on 20 Eastern Europe Films in a Program Titled 'Eastern Promises'

The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) launched on Friday, January 2 with the opening night screening of the Golden Globe nominated "Selma" directed by Ava Duvernay. The Festival will wrap on Sunday, January 11 with the US premiere of Boychoir directed by François Girard. New this year, the festival will focus on 20 films from Eastern Europe in a program titled Eastern Promises. The festival runs January 2-12, 2015. "We are thrilled to launch th...
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