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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...

26th PSIFF Presents Rosamund Pike With Breakthrough Performance Award

  The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) presents Rosamund Pike with the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala also presented awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12. “Rosamund Pike perfectly taps into Gillia...

26th PSIFF Presents Actor J.K. Simmons With Spotlight Award

The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) presents J.K. Simmons with the Spotlight Award at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala presented awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala was held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12. “Throughout his career J.K. Simmons had played a wide range of roles from tough guys in “...

Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Awards Buzz Program

Image from Concrete Night (Finnish: Betoniyö), 2013 Palm Springs, CA – The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), scheduled January 2-12, 2015, announced the films selected to compete for the FIPRESCI Award in the Awards Buzz section. The Festival will screen 50 of the 83 official submissions to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Foreign Language Film. Additional film programs will be announced in the upcoming weeks.   The Awar...

Richard Linklater to Receive Sonny Bono Visionary Award @ 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards

Palm Springs, CA – The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present two-time Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include Academy Award® winning filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, and Michel Hazanavicius. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at th...

Reese Witherspoon to Receive the Chairman's Award @ 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival

Palm Springs, CA – The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award® winning actress Reese Witherspoon with the Chairman’s Award for Wild at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Rosamund Pike and J.K. Simmons. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Conventi...

David Oyelowo to Receive Breakthrough Performance Award @ PSIFF Awards Gala

Palm Springs, CA – The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present David Oyelowo with the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor for his critically acclaimed performance as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s Selma at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon and the cast of The Imitation Game. Pres...

2014 Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) Festival Award Winners!

Sold-Out Shows, Celebrity Tributes, and Inspired Films Paired with Incredible Food and Wine. Capping off a successful week of culinary, wine and film excellence the 4th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at City Winery on Sunday, November 16, 2014. The Festival, held from November 12-16 screened 125 films showcasing the year’s best new independent films in 14 unique screening venues in the four postcard-perfect towns of ...

Tributes of the 55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival. October 31 – November 9, 2014.

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  TRIBUTES: Three exceptional contemporary directors and one of cinema’s most distinguished actresses will be honored this year during the 55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival. German actress and singer Hanna Schygulla will attend the festival and will be given an award for her contribution to film, while tributes will be presented to the work of Swedish director Roy Andersson, Hungarian Kornél Mundruczó and American Ramin Bahrani – the latter two will a...

55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival opens today

The Cut, 2014, Fatih Akin OPEN HORIZONS The Open Horizons section of the 55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival comprises films that, although varied in their thematic concerns and aesthetic approaches, create a multi-faceted portrait of the most recent and noteworthy international film production. Running in parallel, the Special Screenings section presents the newest additions in the work of renowned auteurs. Some of this year’s most impressive films will be screened as part ...

Fourth Annual Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Film Line-Up, Special Events and Celebrity Tribute Honorees

  Celebrity Tributes include Kevin Costner and Jeremy Jordan. Notable Attendees include Shailene Woodley, Mike Myers, Shep Gordon, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Tate Donovan, Chris Messina, Joe Carnahan, Angela Kinsey, Carla Gugino, Melanie Lysnkey, Ned Benson, Richard LaGravenese, Matthew Lillard, James Keach and More Napa, California – The fourth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announces its complete line-up, Opening Night & Gala screenings, special events and honorees fo...

SBIFF Celebrates 30th Edition with U.S. Premiere of Richard Raymond's "Desert Dancer"

Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, will kick 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. “Raymon...

The 4th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), scheduled for November 12-16, 2014

The 4th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), scheduled for November 12-16, 2014, announced its Narrative and Documentary feature film competition lineups as well as Jury members. The 2014 Festival will screen 22 feature films in competition. The full film program line-up, including out-of-competition special presentations, sneak previews of awards season contenders, and narrative, documentary and animated shorts, will be announced in September. “Our thoughts are with everyone in the...

'90 Days' (2014). Interview with Director Timothy Yeung

Toronto based filmmaker Timothy Yeung has wowed audiences worldwide with his breakthrough award-winning short film '90 Days' (2014). The film is a comment on the dark side of contemporary Hong Kong where many arrive with big dreams for a new life but end up finding only hardship and a fight for survival. '90 Days' is the length of time Li jan, a young female Chinese immigrant, has on her Hong Kong tourist visa to make a new life for herself. Sadly, during her quest and urgency ...

3rd Brasilia International Film Festival (BIFF) Features Guest Geraldine Chaplin

The 3rd edition of annual Brasilia International Film Festival (BIFF) takes place 28 August - 06 September, 2014. BIFF held its grand opening on Thursday 28 August with beloved screen legend Geraldine Chaplin gracing the festival with her presence; festival attendees say, "Geraldine truly shined". A large international cinema gala was held opening night for the reception of actress Geraldine Chaplin. During the duration of BIFF, the actress will be honored with an homage to her life ...

'One Armed Man' (2014). Interview with Director Tim Guinee

Actor/writer/director Tim Guinee, who has starred in Homeland, Revolution and The Good Wife recently made his directorial debut with short film One Armed Man (2014) by writer Horton Foote. The short film was the Grand Jury Winner for Best Short Film at the USA Film Festival and was a Grand Jury Nominee at SXSW, amongst others. The film was executive produced by Tim's close friend Philip Seymour Hoffman and is dedicated to his memory. One Armed Man is the story of CW Rowe, wealthiest man i...

'Aban +Khorshid'. Interview with producer Tommee May

It is hard to imagine that even today we live in a world full of hate and intolerance, especially in matters of love. While many still argue about the morality of homosexuality all over the world, some have become martyrs in places where same sex love is punishable by death. "Aban + Khorshid" tells the true story of two young men who were executed for being homosexual and merely for loving each other. Tommee May’s short film "Aban + Khorshid" screened at the Cannes Fi...

The Tide Keeper (2014). Interview with filmmaker Alyx Duncan.

“Who knows how to stem the tide except through dreams?” Stunning short film 'The Tide Keeper' (2014) by New Zealand newcomer Alyx Duncan is a mesmerizing metaphor of the concept of time through the movements of the tides. Have you ever felt the panicked sensation of time running out and you not accomplishing what you feel you need to do in the short time you have on this earth? Duncan's film emits the feeling of choking anxiety of lost time through breathtaking images ...
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