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Cieri Media Best Narrative

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Yes, although we have already congratulated Joe Basile for winning the Cieri Media Best Narrative Feature, we will congratulate him again! Because his film "West End" won this amazing award, he has also received a $1000 cash prize. Yes, $1000!   http://vimeo.com/54330274 ...

Michael Shannon & Kevin Spacey to Star in Elvis & Nixon for BLOOM

Academy Award® Nominee Michael Shannon (MAN OF STEEL, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD) will star as Elvis Presley alongside two-time Academy Award® Winner Kevin Spacey (AMERICAN BEAUTY, THE USUAL SUPSPECTS) who will star as Richard Nixon in the extraordinary true story ELVIS & NIXON. To be directed by Liza Johnson (HATESHIP LOVESHIP, RETURN), ELVIS & NIXON is based off a screenplay by Cary Elwes and Hanala and Joey Sagal. Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club, The Butler), a...

Living Legend Sophia Loren’s Top10 Fun Facts & AFI Star-Packed 2014 Fest Warms Up

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When Sophia Loren was tapped as the banner honoree of the 2014 AFI FEST presented by AUDI, it was no surprise that they also dubbed her “one of the last living legends” of Hollywood. But that only begins to explain the career of Loren, having come from the proverbial nowhere to grace screens worldwide with a kind of charisma unseen in the bevy of ‘dark-haired beauties’ before her. As AFI opens its annual gala tomorrow, h...

The Thai film industry kickstarts the AFM 2014 in style with a pre-market gala night presided over by the Princess of Thailand

  Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi was in Santa Monica last Thursday to preside over Thai Night 2014, a pre-American Film Market gala event attended by film professionals from Thailand and Hollywood.   Organized by the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) of the Thai Ministry of Commerce, the initiative organized on the eve of the American Film Market was aimed at promoting the Thai film industry in the U.S., and fostering g...

How to Work the American Film Market - tips from Jonathan Wolf

Jonathan Wolf, Executive Vice President of IFTA offers advice on how to work the American Film Market, giving tips on who should attend and what to bring to the marketplace.   Tomorrow the American Film Market (AFM) begins in Santa Monica, California, running from  November 5 – 12. AFM is one of the four largest film markets held annually around the world. The others are the European Film Market (EFM), held simultaneously with the Berlin International Film Festival; the Hong ...

Darren Aronofsky to be Jury President of the Berlinale 2015

American director, screenwriter and producer Darren Aronofsky will be Jury President of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. "Darren Aronofsky has distinguished himself as an outstanding protagonist in contemporary auteur cinema. In his artistic approach he consistently sounds out cinematic language and its aesthetic possibilities. I’m pleased to be able to welcome him as Jury President of the Berlinale 2015,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.   Fol...

Ross M. Dinerstein (THE PACT, MR. JONES, THE DIVIDE) has launched a new production, and post-production company called Campfire.

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Successful Producer Launches New Film, TV, Digital, Commercial, and Post Production Company CAMPFIRE   Prolific producer Ross M. Dinerstein (THE PACT, MR. JONES, THE DIVIDE) has launched a new venture – a multi-faceted film, television, digital content, commercial production, and post-production company called Campfire.   One of the most active independent producers in the industry, Dinerstein has produced or executive produced over 25 feature films in the last ten years. Con...

Reggie Watts takes the LAMVF Stage!

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LAMVF 2014 THIS WEEK + TIX ON SALE NOW Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.     ...

Katherine Lee joins Ivanhoe Pictures as Head of Production and Development/Asia

Ivanhoe Pictures, the US and Asia focused finance and production company, has named Katherine Lee its Head of Production & Development/Asia.  In the newly created role, she will oversee all of the company’s growing Asian film development and production activities.   Based out of Ivanhoe’s Beijing and Hong Kong offices, Lee will report to CEO John Penotti and will work closely with the company’s Beijing office.    “We are thrilled to add suc...

Cellar Door Film Festival Welcomes Guests to Inaugural Edition of CDFF!

CELLAR DOOR FILM FESTIVAL WELCOMES SPECIAL GUESTS TO INAUGURAL EDITION OF CDFF   Festival guest list includes Montreal filmmaker Maude Michaud and actor Alex Goldrich of DYS- OTTAWA, ON – Nov. 4, 2014 –  With the start of its inaugural season just days away, Ottawa’s Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) is set to host several exciting guests and filmmakers Among those coming to Ottawa for the festival are Montreal filmmaker Maude Michaud (pictured) and actor Al...

Alan Rickman will receive Krzysztof Kieslowski Award during the 22nd edition of Camerimage.

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The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE is above all a celebration of the artistry of filmmakers who do not stand in the limelight for most of the time, and prefer to stand behind, not in front of camera; a way of saluting those wonderful craftsmen for their efforts in turning cinema, medium brought to life for strictly entertainment purposes, into a true realm of art. Nevertheless, Camerimage is also vastly appreciative of the work of distinguished actors, arti...

Fun report on The World Cosplay Summit in Tokyo: Global Cosplayers Strut Their Stuff

  ©2014 TIFF   They call Japan the Holy Land of Manga, so that makes the city of Nagoya the sacred birthplace of the World Cosplay Summit. Launched in 2003 to bring together manga, animé and video-game fans — who are legion, as we now know —the WCS has been building bridges and vast social networks ever since. Beginning with just four countries and helping give rise to the Cool Japan initiative, the event now attracts thousands of p...

CAMERIMAGE invites Roland Joffe to head the Main Competition Jury and a total 62 jury members

CAMERIMAGE, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has assembled a stellar roster of esteemed individuals from the world of cinema to serve as jurors in its competition categories. Below are the 2014 jury members announced today! The festival runs from November 15th – 22nd in Bydgoszcz, Poland.   Main Competition Roland Joffé – Jury President (director, producer; The Killing Fields, The Mission, Vatel) Christian Berger (cinematograp...

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...

Over 300 Film Professionals Sign Appeal to Free Oleg Sentsov

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  European Film Academy and French Directors’ Guild support Ukrainian Filmmaker   The filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was involved in supporting the Euro Maidan protests in Kiev and who has opposed the annexation of Crimea by Russia, was arrested by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) in his house in Simferopol on 10 May and brought to Moscow where he is still detained and awaiting trial. His trial was supposed to be on 11 October and has just b...

EFA Honours french filmmaker Agnès Varda

  Agnès Varda photo by Julia_Fabry©cine-tamaris   In recognition of a unique and dedicated contribution to the world of film, the European Film Academy takes great pleasure in presenting Agnès Varda with the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for her outstanding body of work.   As a writer and director, Agnès Varda continues ...

Interview with Shreya...the comic highlight of 'Super Nani'

From sexy to fat, ugly, mad, bitchy, irritating and essentially, extremely funny! Shreya Narayan in a tete-a-tete on Super Nani, her first full-blown comedy role Q: Super Nani releases this Friday. A big release for you in a long while... A: I have knots in my stomach! I am returning to work after long with this film. It was shot over a period of one-and-a-half year, coinciding with the time I was busy with my mothers illness. She passed away while it wrapped up. She was excite...

Master Class In Acting with Rob Adler at Bahamas fest 2014

  Saturday, December 6, 2014 10:00am - 1:00pm Find inspiration.  Get unstuck creatively.  Get out of your head and into the moment with Top Hollywood Acting coach Rob Adler in his (one day?) master class in acting and presence for the camera.  Rob Adler is, an on-camera coach for Lionsgate, Disney, FOX, NBC, ABC, and a faculty member of the University of Southern California. He has also taught at CalArts, the Geffen Playhouse, American Music & Dra...

Meet Ryan Stubbs the Artist behind BIFF 2014 Poster

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Supernatural Asian Drama, FREEDOM DEAL: Mobile Screenings in Cambodia

  Camerado's original supernatural Asian historical dramatic movie, FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky, set along the Cambodia-Vietnam border in 1970 during the Vietnam conflict, continues to enjoy popular support and appreciation internationally - and on the ground in Cambodia in well. A series of October 2014 sidewalk and street screenings in Phnom Penh and in the rural Cambodian countryside, demonstrated conclusively a striking level of popular local support for this pion...

Spielberg to Shoot New Cold War Drama in Poland in November

What do you get when you take Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, a script by the Coen Brothers, a musical score by John Williams, and a plot based on one of the most pivotal events of the Cold War? You get St. James Place, the director's latest production, which just wrapped its first leg of principal photography in New York. St. James Place tells the story of what became the first spy prisoner exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union, following the shoot-down on May 1, 1960, ...

Thai Film industry celebrates close ties with Hollywood

HRH Princess Ubolratana to preside film industry event in Santa Monica marking increasing cooperation between the Thai and American Film Industries Presided over by Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, Thai Night 2014 will be the occasion to celebrate a long history of friendship between Thailand and Hollywood, and foster new collaborations.   Held on Thursday October 30th, 2014, in Santa Monica, California, the event will put the focus on Thai-US c...

Philip Kaufman to receive the coveted ‘Lifetime Achievement Award for Directing’ at the 22nd edition of Camerimage

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It was announced today that Oscar® nominee Philip Kaufman (“Quills,” “The Right Stuff,” “Henry & June”) will receive the coveted ‘Lifetime Achievement Award for Directing’ at the 22nd edition of Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, this November (November 15th – 22nd).   The ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ recognizes exceptional filmmakers who have changed the way movies are made wi...

Hungarian Film Week is over, as the smoke clears ...

THE CURRENT CRISIS IN HUNGARIAN FILM -- AFTER THE FILM WEEK  by Alex Deleon <filmfestivals.com>          Ágnes Havas, Film Fund CEO, address the Crowd at Hungarian Film Week closing Celebration   The interest is already waning. Or to put it more bluntly, nobody cares ~~ About the films or even the crisis itself. There are two reasons to this:  After the Film week, the films hardly ever get to the viewers. There are no real budg...

Tickets Now on Sale for Cellar Door Film Festival!

  The Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) is excited to announced that tickets are now available for the inaugural edition of the festival! CDFF invites film fans to purchase advance tickets online at a discounted price of $9, while tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the event(s) for $12 (cash only). All screenings take place at Club SAW in Arts Court, 67 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON. Tickets may be purchased here: https://www.uniiverse.com/cdff2014 Screenings are as follo...
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