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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 ...

Homophonia (2014). Interview with filmmaker Jim Jermanok.

One of the very special films selected to screen at this year's prestigious Palm Springs International Short Film festival was New York filmmaker Jim Jermanok's film 'Homophonia' (2014), an ironic comedy about America's seemingly endless debate on gay marriage rights. This is certainly a topic every American holds an opinion about, and this film tackles it from an East Coast and down to earth humane perspective. I recently asked Jim to say a few words about his film: JIM: ...

Claude Lelouch's 'We Love You, You Bastard' Wins Audience Award at SBIFF Inaugural The Wave

Claude Lelouch's 'We Love You, You Bastard' Wins Audience Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival Inaugural The Wave Film Festival. July 15-19, 2015 - THE WAVE FESTIVAL - FRENCH CINEMA MICKEY DUZDEVICH NAMED THE WAVE FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Santa Barbara, CA –SBIFF’s brand new summer film showcase “The Wave Film Festival” concluded on Sunday with Claude Lelouch's heartfelt family saga We Love You, You Bastard named as Audience Award winner. This ...

'The Last Impresario' by Grace Otto.

'The Last Impresario' (2013) by Grace Otto, about producer Michael White- "A feature documentary about the man who changed British culture, one show at a time." Everyone loves to hear about the who's who in the glamorous world of cinema, but few ever hear about the producers who work diligently, usually for years, behind the scenes to make the films; a bizarre fact as no movies would ever be made without the producer. If film is a child, then the producer would be its pa...

'A Truth in Silence' (2014). Interview with writer/producer Felipe Pina

  Based on true events, American writer/producer Felipe Pina's short film 'A Truth in Silence' (2014) takes a peak inside a mother's life who lived under domestic abuse for 17 years. The film participated at this year's Palm Springs International Shortfest film market and most recently chosen for official selection at the LA International Shortfest.   I interviewed Felipe about his film, which is inspired by his mother's life. Here is what he had to say: M...

'Time to Kill' @ 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest.

"Time to Kill" (2014) by director Justin Rettke is a short film about the long wait of a hitman as he spends all night inside his target's apartment anxiously anticipating his return home. The film most recently screened at the prestigious 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest.   Interview with Cindy Hong, Justin Rettke, and Christopher Wood on 'Time to Kill': ME: You are a producer of the film. How was it brought to you and what made you feel you wanted to he...

'MARACANÁ': The Football Legend' (2014) by Sebastián Bednarik

MARACANAZO: THE FOOTBALL LEGEND (MARACANÁ) They say that in Brazil the second most important thing to breathing is futebol (aka 'soccer'). 2014 sees the World Cup of soccer hosted in Brazil for the first time since 1950. It is easy to see by the contagious passion that all 32 competing teams display as they vie to the death in hopes of winning the cup, and the grand scale of work the Brazilians have put into pulling off a successful FIFA competition, just how important this spo...

SBIFF Reveals Inaugural 'The Wave' Film Festival Program Featuring French Cinema; July 16-20, 2014

SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL REVEALS INAUGURAL THE WAVE FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAM FEATURING FRENCH CINEMA JULY 16-20 2014   Santa Barbara, CA –SBIFF’s brand new summer film showcase “The Wave Film Festival” announces its highly anticipated line up for the inaugural year. This first edition will focus solely on an eclectic mix of eleven brand new French films, sure to delight the hungry cinephiles of Santa Barbara. The five day festival begins Wednesday J...

“The Sun Can Blind” (O Sol Pode Cegar) @ 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest

“The Sun Can Blind” (O Sol Pode Cegar) (Brazil) by writer/director Toti Loureiro screened at the 20th Palm Springs International Shortfest. Made on a shoestring budget, the film wowed audiences for its gritty realism and naked truth about hard social life in Brazil's metropolis Sao Paolo. Paulo is a Paulista (native of Sao Paulo) who begins an affair with his maid, Maria. The two of them begin to feel growing emotions for each other as their intimacy intensifies but when Paolo ...

2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest Announces Festival Winners

Carry On Receives Best of the Festival Award Whisker Receives Future Filmmaker Award; Dragula, Showfolk and Bendik & the Monster Receive Audience Awards Joanna, 90 Days and Tyres Each Receive 2 Awards. PALM SPRINGS, CA (June 22, 2014) – Celebrating its 20th birthday, the 2014 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 22, 2014. 330 short films screened through...

Forums and Panels of 20th Edition Palm Springs Shortfest

Palm Springs Shortfest Forums and Panels. Master Classes with Ted Hope and Allison &Tiffany Anders; Representatives from Anonymous Content, CAA, CSA, ICM Partners, Karga Seven Pictures, Nickelodeon, Participant Media, Preferred Content, Sundance Film Festival, TNT, Tribeca Film Festival, Toronto International 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 o...
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