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2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films in U.S. and World Competitions, NEXT

Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition NEXT <=> section of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance Institute said, “Every great film starts with an idea, and it is a testament to artists that they continually find new ideas, new stories, new points of view and...

Berlinale NATIVe – a journey into indigenous cinema

  Photo: www.markrogers.com.au Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson as Samson & Delilah (AUS 2009; directed by Warwick Thornton) The 2013 Berlinale will see the launch of a special series devoted to the cinematic story-telling of Indigenous peoples worldwide: “NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema.” The programme will introduce audiences to the milestones of Indigenous filmmaking and includes features, documentaries and short films. With the ...

Robert Pattinson comes to Sydney for The Twilight Saga; Premiere tonight

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  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn; Sydney, Australia red carpet premiere...         ROBERT PATTINSON COMES TO SYDNEY FOR THE TWILIGHT SAGA...   ROBERT PATTINSON TO TOUR SYDNEY FOR THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2</b>   HOYTS DISTRIBUTION is thrilled to announce that ROBERT PATTINSON, star of the upcoming release of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2 will be coming to Australia to promote the final instalment in the globa...

Robert Pattinson comes to Sydney for The Twilight Saga

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  Robert Pattinson comes to Sydney for The Twilight Saga   Photography by Eva Rinaldi   ROBERT PATTINSON COMES TO SYDNEY FOR THE TWILIGHT SAGA...   ROBERT PATTINSON TO TOUR SYDNEY FOR THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2   HOYTS DISTRIBUTION is thrilled to announce that ROBERT PATTINSON, star of the upcoming release of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2 will be coming to Australia to promote the final instalment in the global phenomenon. &nb...

AFM (Oct. 31-Nov. 7) will kick off with more than 50 new exhibiting companies

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The American Film Market (AFM), set for Oct. 31-Nov. 7 in Santa Monica, will kick off with more than 50 new exhibiting companies.  National organizations from Australia, Dominican Republic, Panama, Russia and Thailand will also have a presence at AFM for the first time. New exhibitors hail from more than 18 countries and include such companies as: Altitude Film Sales (William Clarke and Andy Mayson), Embankment Films (Hugo Grumbar and Tim Haslam), Good Universe (Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane...

Interview with actor Akin Gazi

    Interview with English/Turkish Cypriot actor Akin Gazi, the hot new face of BIG cinema ('The Devil's Double', 2011; 'Black Gold' 2011; and now 'Zero Dark Thirty', 2012). Look out for this up and coming mega talent. He has already been on the side of buses in Qatar... Will UK be next? Read our up close and personal interview below.   ME: How did you get into acting and when did you know that you want to act? AKIN: When I was a child I loved spending time in my imaginat...

'A Trip' ('Izlet', 2011) will contend for Oscars 2013.

The Slovenian film ‘A Trip’ (‘Izlet’, 2011) by writer/director Nejc Gazvoda will represent Slovenia at the 2013 Oscars. Out of all international films contending for the ‘Foreign Film’ category, only one will win for 'Best Foreign Film'. The 85th Academy Awards will take place Feb. 24, 2013. 'A Trip' has received nominations and awards at international film festivals the world over. It won ‘Best Screenplay’ by Nejc Gazvoda, ‘Best Acting&r...

“TRASHED” HITS PICCADILLY AND TAKES JEREMY IRONS ON A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY, DISBELIEF AND HOPE

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM 'Sally Fischer Public Relations' “TRASHED” (2012) screened Saturday, September 29 at 9:00PM at the Apollo Piccadilly Cinema in London Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons and Academy Award-winning composer Vangelis attended screening “TRASHED” HITS PICCADILLY AND TAKES JEREMY IRONS ON A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY, DISBELIEF AND HOPE   London, UK: Candida Brady brings her hot topic film "TRASHED" to the Raindance Film Festiva...

The 8th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival

The 8th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival (www.hollyshorts.com) wrapped with a standing room only awards ceremony at Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. The ceremony was hosted by Amy Paffrath, host of MTV’s Jersey Shore After Hours. The HollyShorts Best Overall Short Film prize, which wins a $10,000 in post production and finishing services package from Company 3 went to “ASAD”. Director Bryan Buckley was on hand to accept. The HollyShorts Best Director Award which ...

Montreal World Film Festival launched with Million Dollar Crocodile...and 212 feature films

  212 feature films (110 world or international premieres)  16 medium length films (12 world or international premieres)  144 short films (94 world or international premieres)  60 films in the Canadian Student Film Festival   A Chinese film “Million Dollar Crocodile” for the opening                              ...

Australia and US filmmakers dominate 2012 Iris Prize shortlist

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  films selected from 14 countries for the world’s largest gay and lesbian short film prize   10 US filmmakers make the final closely followed by 6 from Australia and 5 from the UK.   Venezuela make the final for the first time joining, Canada, Germany, Brazil, Israel, France, Norway, Austria, Ireland, India, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, US and UK.   Australian filmmake...

Hollyshorts full line up of best shorts: A to Z

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FULL LINEUP FOR 8TH ANNUAL HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED 300 Projects In-Competition, 50 World Premieres---Short Form Content Representing 20 Countries 2012 HollyShorts Visionary Award Honoree Joe Carnahan Set To Present Special Screening of his  Paramount Pictures Acclaimed Feature Narc Preceded By the Showcase of His Short Film For Sale By Owner Fest Unleashes It's 2nd Annual HollyShorts Indie Film Summit With Panels and Case Studies from Producers Guild of America, Int...

Sydney Good Dog Fest ready to kick off

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THE SYDNEY GOOD DOG!   INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 17-19 AUGUST 2012     The Good Dog! International Film Festival launches 17 August 2012 with the feature film “My Dog – an unconditional love story” starring fashion leader Isaac Mizrahi and his beloved dog Harry as well as other celebrities and their dogs. Trailer can be seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Qp-NNtihDY Featured in the film are visits to Glenn Close and her playful dogs at her home; Richard Gere and Carey L...

A record number of attendants at Fantasia's Industry Rendez-Vous

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After announcing the creation of Fantasia’s Industry Rendez-Vous and the Frontières International Co-Production Market (including the addition of Off-Frontières projects), Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival has now confirmed a record number of attendees from the film industry at the festival.   A total of 250 film professionals are scheduled to attend Fantasia during its second weekend, July 26 to 29, to participate in its Industry Rendez-Vous and Frontières International ...

Josh Leake Wins the MPA Top Prize for “Emptys” At TROPFEST Short Film Festival

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After nearly eight hours of programming and in front of a capacity crowd of more than 10,000 people, Tropfest – the world’s largest short film festival - concluded in New York with Josh Leake of Portland, Oregon claiming the top prize for a film called “Emptys,” made for merely $1,300 dollars. The aspiring filmmaker beat out seven other hopefuls in the first ever U.S. Tropfest competition, and earned $20,000 from the Motion Picture Association (MPA).  Alexander Poe came in second and Ma...

John Ford Film Symposium in Dublin, June 7 - 10

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Both Ingmar Bergman and Orson Welles called him their favorite director. On set, John Wayne called him “Coach”. Jimmy Stewart referred to him simply as “Boss”. In a career that spanned over 60 years, few directors have rivaled John Ford in terms of creative output, popular success, critical acclaim or overall influence on the craft of cinema. And from June 7th to 10th, Ford fans and scholars will converge on Dublin for the inaugural John Ford Ireland Film Symposium, organized by the Iris...

VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS! (2011) –(LONG LIVE THE ANTIPODES!)

            Victor Kossakovsky’s VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS! (2011) –(LONG LIVE THE ANTIPODES!) premiered this year at the 68th Venice Film Festival and most recently screened to audiences at the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival. It is for me one of the most memorable documentaries since Ron Fricke’s BARAKA (1992), similar in form as a type of guided meditation which takes us ar...

VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS! (2011) –(LONG LIVE THE ANTIPODES!)

            Victor Kossakovsky’s VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS! (2011) –(LONG LIVE THE ANTIPODES!) premiered this year at the 68th Venice Film Festival and most recently screened to audiences at the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival. It is for me one of the most memorable documentaries since Ron Fricke’s BARAKA (1992), similar in form as a type of guided meditation which takes us a...

The DC Shorts Film Festival (September 6-16, 2012) and Screenplay Competition (october 13) calling now

      The DC  Shorts Film Festival (September 6-16, 2012) showcases the largest audience-driven collection of short films in the USA.  Now in our 9th year, we expect hundreds of filmmakers and thousands of audience members mix, mingle and explore the world of short cinema.  DC Shorts is unique among film festivals -- all entries receive feedback and scores from the judging panels - a point which impressed MovieMaker Magazine to name us as "on...

European Premieres at ÉCU 2012!

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ÉCU 2012 is hosting a huge number of films from all over the world and we are lucky enough to be the stage for several films making their European debut! So not only will cinemas full with ÉCU audience members be witnessing these talented works but it is just the beginning for these filmmakers and their films. The ÉCU European Independent Film Festival does not take this responsibility lightly and is hard at work making sure this festival is going to be the best one yet. With a range of a...

Handa Opera On Sydney Harbour; Red Carpet

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Earlier this evening Mrs Macquarie’s Chair hosted the red carpet event for Handa Opera. It was one for Opera buffs and a few politicians showed up also, including NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell. Fortunately the rain stayed away, which was a relief for organisers. Well done to everyone who helped organise the event, and we wish them commercial success with the production which is understood to be world class. Press Release La Traviata: Handa Opera On Sydney...

The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Short Film selection

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The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by founding sponsor American Express, today announced its lineup of 60 short films, 26 of which are world premieres. For the second year running, the recipient of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Narrative Short award will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. The 2011 TFF Narrative Short Pentecost was n...

Stars Outshine Lightening for Tropfest’s 20th Birthday

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Alethea Jones, from Melbourne won Tropfest’s 20th Birthday competition.  Jones’s film “Lemonade Stand” was awarded first prize by a stellar judging panel of Oscar Winners - Geoffrey Rush, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and acclaimed actresses Toni Collette and Asher Keddie.   Australian directors Alex Proyas and Kieran Darcy-Smith, visiting New Yorker - screenwriter Charles Randolph, Tropfest Arabia Winner Jassem Al Jabbouri and 2011 Movie Extra Tropfest winner ...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival announces line-up

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival  London, 21-30 March  ff.hrw.org   19 Films Address Economic Inequality and Consequences Worldwide (London, 10 February 2012) – The 16th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from 21-30 March, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today. The international feature programme includes 15 documentaries and 4 dramas, from Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, the Canary Islands, Ethiopia, Iraq, Ita...
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