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The program of the International Film festival Summit Austin

    11:00am   Registration and Exhibit Floor Opens     12:15pm – 12:45pm   First-time IFFS Attendee Orientation Laurie Kirby, Esq Executive Director IFFS     1:15pm – 1:25pm   State of the Industry Address Laurie Kirby, Esq Executive Director IFFS     1:30pm – 2:30pm   Opening Keynote “Pushing the Boundaries” Ted Hope has been recognized as o...

16th Arab Film Festival opens in LA

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by Alex Deleon for <filmfestivals.com> The sixteenth edition of the Arab Film Festival (which travels to five cities in California) opened here on Friday, October 19 with a festive reception at the Screen writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. This is an intensive three day event which will screen as many films as can be squeezed into a long weekend. The opening night film was "Man Without a Cell Phone", a debut feature by Palestinian filmmaker Sameh Zoabi who has won various...

Ted Shugrue will be missed, my former boss at Sony Pictures till 1996

  Ted Shugrue waving and surrounded by his colleagues (Steve Klain, Duncan Clark, and Tony Manne to his right) Body language says he was happy... Ted Shugrue, the former head of Sony Pictures' overseas distribution division and president of Loews Cineplex International, died last Thursday fom liver cancer at the age of 62. In 1983, Shugrue became one of the first employees of the newly formed TriStar Pictures, where he was instrumental in building the distribution arm for TriStar (lat...

Guests at Forum Future of Film Festivals 2012 Katowice Poland

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    „Future of film festivals - between the Local and the Global": Film Forum guests list   The Forum is parrt of Ars Independent, organized by Anita Skwara for the Festival. THE AGENDA    September 24th at Rondo Sztuki 10:00 - 10: 30 welcome speech Introduction during which the managers will present goals and ideas of the Forum and intro-duce the attendees. "Authorial word&...

THE EMPLOYER has been selected as the Opening Feature for the 12th annual Shriekfest Film Festival.

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This World Premiere screening will take place on Friday, October 5th, 2012 at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. THE EMPLOYER is a psychological thriller starring Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) as the CEO of a mysterious corporation called Carcharius. After a series of interviews with five job applicants for a recently opened position with the company, the Employer gathers the five candidates together in a locked room. He informs them that they are about to experience t...

Dick Van Dyke Honored With 2012 SAG Life Achievement Award

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Dick Van Dyke, beloved actor, singer, dancer, writer and comedian, will receive SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor – the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Van Dyke will be presented the performers union’s most prestigious accolade, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET, ...

Interview with Ali Curi and Dr. Robert Rodriguez

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By Maria Esteves - July 30, 2012 Ali Curi (AC) is founder and president of the Hispanic Professionals Networking Group (HPNG), a premier organization dedicated to the education and advancement of Latino business leaders, corporate professionals and entrepreneurs in New York and Miami. Robert Rodriguez, PhD, (RR) is president of DRR Advisors, LLC, a management and diversity consulting firm that elevates the effectiveness of a business workplace. He was listed among the top 100 most...

Indebted

Director: Márton "Mara" Jelinkó.
Elli (Heidi Lindén), a university student, has a problem. Living in the poor area, but partying in the upscale clubs of the city is taking its financial toll, that can not be covered by her part time job as a cleaning lady. Even after her grandmothers antique necklace has been pawned, there just doesn't seem to be enough money for her lifestyle and to pay back the loans she has accumulated. So she decides to make money out of her one night stands and soon she settles into the lifestyle of a call-girl. Iiris (Kristiina Puukko), who has been forced into working with a small-time criminal group, has a problem of her own. She is in love with her colleague, Andrei (Juha-Tapio Arola), who doesn't even notice it. In a macho environment, where debts are collected via fists, there wouldn't be any room for the mushy stuff anyway. However, neighter of the women can foresee how much things will go wrong when Elli and Andrei meet one night and love springs its head up between them. Iiris is not going to just observe this from the sidelines and Elli is not going back to her old life without Andrei any more. Only when the women are forced to work together, do they come face to face with the facts that there are some mistakes that cannot be undone just like that. ”Indebted” is the debut feature as a director for Márton Jelinkó, who has worked in the Finnish independent scene as a cinematographer, for many years. It was made on a shoestring budget, using digital acquisition and utilizing an experimental improvisational method of working with the actors and combining that with the visual style of the camerawork.

Festival Employers -We streamline your staff and volunteer search!

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Festivals need to fill seasonal staff, internship and volunteer positions every year!  It becomes tireseome. Why spend so much of your and your festival's time, money and resources posting to numerous websites? There are two things that generally happen when you post on career websites.  Your post gets lost among all the other jobs in finance, medical, retail, etc.  Your post remains inactive and doesn't gererate much attention.  The other situation that  occurs is you receive candid...

New York: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2012

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Human Rights Watch, in cooperation with The Film Society of Lincoln Center, presented the 23rd edition of its film festival from June 14 – 18.  Headquartered in New York City the Human Rights Watch is a global non-governmental independent organization considered to be the leading force in   protecting human rights and identifying their violations. By shifting the focus of media and policy makers to violations and to the need for corrective actions HRW prepares the ground for effec...

Open Roads 2012: New Italian Cinema showcase

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New York:  Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, 2012 That foreign language films have hard time finding an audience in the United is no secrete unless they are programmed for a captive diaspora audience in specialty houses as is the case for most films for the Indian language speaking audience. After all as the L.A. Times reported recently the top five grossing foreign films did not generate more than $40 million in each of the last four years while films made in the US generated billions abr...

Kaliber 35 Munich international Short Film Festival in full gear

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June 21-27, 2012 35 SHORT FILMS FROM 25 COUNTRIES AS BAVARIAN PREMIERES After several months of viewing over 1.100 submissions and nearly as many films sought out in own research, we put together an International Competition that takes the world's best short films to Munich for their Bavarian premieres. Like in previous years, we arranged the films in tasty programs, named after the five flavors SWEET, SOUR, SALTY, BITTER and UMAMI. In addition to the International Competition ther...

Industry elites discuss ‘Cinema of the Future’ at CFG-Barco’s digital film summit

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Beijing, China, 13 June 2012 – CFG-Barco (Beijing) Electronics Co. Ltd. (CFG-Barco), a joint venture founded by Barco and China Film Group, today held its ‘Cinema of the Future – 2012 CFG-Barco Digital Film Summit’ in Suzhou. The summit showcased the ‘Cinema of the Future’, presenting Barco’s leading technologies and total solution for the digital cinema industry.   Over 130 experts in China’s film industry participated in the summit, discussing the concept of the ‘cinema ...

A Day on Set, Set Me Free

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It’s Never Too Late – How a Day on Set Set Me Free I’ll admit it. I had given up on film, forever.  I was 37, had two toddlers with special needs, found myself living in the middle of Central Pennsylvania and handled mindless data entry for my husband’s family business.  My high haired, heavily made-up, mini-skirt wearing days were over.  I traded in auditions for doctor’s appointments and pageants for Pampers.  I wrote letters to medical assistance instead of writing screen...

Io Sono LI at Kino Otok Isola

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„Io Sono Li, “ said the Chinese illegal Shun Li in the film Io Sono Li (Shun Li and The Poet) directed by Andrea Segre, gorgeous Italian film director. Kino Otok Isola proves again a quality bringing out the awarded Italian film, starring with Rade Sherbedgia and only Chinese (actually Mandarin speaking) actress Zhao Tao. Zhao Tao is a Chinese actress with no knowledge of English, Italian or any other than Mandarin language at all and is Jia Zhang-ke’s muse in Platform and The World. In ...

‘BAAD EL MAWKEAA’ (‘AFTER THE BATTLE’, 2012) Cannes presentation

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BAAD EL MAWKEAA (AFTER THE BATTLE) at Cannes 2012

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   The French-Egyptian co-production ‘BAAD EL MAWKEAA’ (‘AFTER THE BATTLE’, 2012) held its world premier at the 65th Cannes film festival in competition. Egytian director Yousry Nasrallah and cast attended a press conference on May 17th, 2012. Read an excerpt of the conference below: Q: Did you have the feeling that you might have consequences from making this movie? Nahed: Yes. With every movie. But I feel an artist freedom and I enjoy it so I can’t fight. Q:...

‘BAAD EL MAWKEAA’ (‘AFTER THE BATTLE’, 2012)

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GREEK FILMMAKERS ‘GO FOR THE GOLD’ IN HOLLYWOOD AT LOS ANGELES GREEK FILM FESTIVAL (May 31 - June 3, 2012)

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In the spirit of the ongoing global ‘quest for the gold' born in Athens, Greece, over two centuries ago, filmmakers will experience their own moment of triumph as they step onto the red carpet at Hollywood's famed Egyptian Theatre, May 31st, for the opening night of the 2012 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, to culminate June 3rd with the prestigious Orpheus Awards ceremony.   While the people of Greece confront unprecedented challenges, their heartache shared by Gre...

Im Sang-Soo presents The Taste of Money in competition

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Im Sang-Soo © RR Money, power and subjugation, these are recurring themes in the cinema of Im Sang-Soo. With The Taste of Money, the Korean returns to the Competition two years after The Housemaid and explores cupidity, one of the great ills of the country, according to the director.   "Korean people, whether they are rich or poor, have become obsessed with money." From this premise, Im Sang-Soo imagines the story of Young-jak, the personal assistant t...

Abu Dhabi Film Commission (part of twofour54) announces the launch of the region’s first incentive scheme

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twofour54, the media & creative industries hub and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission (part of twofour54), have launched the region’s first incentive scheme as it looks to accelerate Abu Dhabi as the first choice for international and regional producers needing location, production and post-production services. The scheme will be operational from September 1st.  The incentive, in the form of a rebate of up to 30% of qualifying spend in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, will be available fo...

Baad el Mawkeaa (After the Battle) showing at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17

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    BAAD EL MAWKEAA (AFTER THE BATTLE)  SYNOPSIS: Mahmoud was one of the horsemen coerced by lowly henchmen for Mubarak's regime into carrying out attacks on protesters in Tahrir Square on February 2, 2011. He has since lost his job. Humiliated and ostracized, he lives near the Pyramids with his wife and sons. His family is on the brink of despair when he meets Reem, a secular Egyptian divorcee who works in advertising. She is a fervent revolutiona...

Scalene a CFF Winner!

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Zack Parker and ‘Scalene’ continue to ride CFF success Two decades spent working in and around movies is beginning to pay dividends for filmmaker Zack Parker, and he credits the recognition he received at the 2011 Cincinnati Film Festival for helping to push his film Scalene to greater heights. Parker was named Best Director and Scalene Best Narrative Feature at the Cincinnati Film Festival in September, and coupled with his Grand Jury Prize at Dances With Films in Los Angeles earlier...

Senna picks up three awards at focal awards

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    The ninth annual FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive took place last night at The Lancaster London Hotel, with winning entries spanning the decades and unearthing stunning footage illustrating a wide variety of topics, including life in the former USSR, racial segregation, the passion of motor racing and the chilling beauty of degraded film.   The standout project at this year's awards was Senna (Working Title/Universal Pictu...
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