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Full listing for the 2016 New York Film Critics Circle

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Melissa Anderson VILLAGE VOICE   John Anderson FREELANCE   Michael Atkinson VILLAGE VOICE   Richard Brody THE NEW YORKER    Dwight Brown NNPA SYNDICATION/BLACKPRESSUSA.COM    Bilge Ebiri VILLAGE VOICE   David Edelstein NEW YORK MAGAZINE   David Fear ROLLING STONE   Marshall Fine FREELANCE/GENERAL MANAGER   Graham Fuller THECULTURETRIP.COM   Owen Gleiberman VARIETY   ...

13 Films Hires Greg Schenz as Vice President

Former Endgame executive Greg Schenz has joined international distribution and finance company 13 Films as Vice President of the company to spearhead the financing and packaging of feature film and television projects, it was announced by President of 13 Films Tannaz Anisi.   Schenz joins the company with immediate effect with a remit to expand the company’s activities. 13 Films will look to board productions at earlier stages in order to work closely with producers and filmmakers t...

Alex with Kyrgyz Director Mirlan Abdykalykov

With  Mirlan  Abdykalkov, director of the magnificent Kygyz film     SYTAK. (Heavenly Nomadic) ...

Alex with former Ukraine President at Molodist Opening

Amazing -- very first night in Kiev, at festival opening ceremony, I met Victor Yushchenko, former President of Ukraine! ~ 2005 -- 2010 Not bad for openers   ...

Southeast Asian Film Financing Project Market shortlist unveiled

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ScreenSingapore, together with the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA), today announced the first of its slate of film dignitaries who will be speaking at the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Conference, themed “New Independent: Producing for a Globalised Film Economy”. The second edition of the SAFF Project Market also released its shortlist, with 15 projects representing seven Southeast Asian nations.     Jean-Baptiste Babin ...

Merryl Streep attends Tokyo Opener 'Florence Foster Jenkins' screening and meets the festival

Ahead of the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) opening events on October 25 (Tue), a press conference for this year’s Opening Film, Florence Foster Jenkins, was held on October 24 (Mon), welcoming Oscarwinning star Meryl Streep. Florence Foster Jenkins is based on the true story of an endearing diva who became a legend when she attracted a full house at New York’s Carnegie Hall, despite being a terrible singer. Stephen Frears, director of The Queen and Philomena, teams ...

A Sunday in the Country: Liepe

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EFA eNEWS October 2016 On the 7th day the goddess of film looked back on what she created over the last days. She saw some wonderful people, she heard from them ideas and plans for something called “Future”, and she saw exciting things they created for a room they called “cinema”. So, she was satisfied and thought she should do something great. She created food, invented the schnaps and added some cute animals (a cat) to cuddle. Last but not least, she called th...

Masterclass by Asghar Farhadi today, a packed house, no photos allowed

    Farhadi was born in Homāyūnshahr (literally; auspicious city) . After 1979 the city was renamed due to Islamic Revolution to Khomeyni Shahr (literally; city of Khomeini) a city which located at Isfahan province nearby Isfahan city. He is a graduate of theatre, with a BA in Dramatic Arts and MA in Stage Direction from University of Tehran and Tarbiat Modares University, re...

Interview with Lamis Ammar for Sandstorm

When their entire lives shatter, two Bedouin women struggle to change the unchangeable rules, each in her own individual way. Written and directed by  Elite Zexer, starring   Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal, Hitham Omari The film plays in Antalya FF Out of Competition   ...

Sales Executive Kristen Figeroid Joins BLOOM as President of International Sales & Distribution

BLOOM announced today that Kristen Figeroid is joining the team as the President of International Sales & Distribution.  Figeroid will report to Alex Walton and will oversee the international licensing and distribution of BLOOM’s growing film slate.    BLOOM’s Alex Walton said: “Kristen comes with great experience, she is a highly regarded sales agent and incredibly well-liked among buyers, producers, and agents.  She has a great eye for material and...

Panel Spotlight: Festival Futures

      Kevin Lyman (4fini, Vans Warped Tour Owner-CEO) will moderate thisintersting panel at Fest Forums       “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”  These festival producers are leading the charge in this multib...

Visual Effects master Paul Franklin (Inception, Interstellar) has come on to direct the action thriller Resurface

FIRST TITLE GREENLIT UNDER PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN COVERT MEDIA AND BROKEN ROAD PRODUCTIONS   Visual Effects master Paul Franklin (Inception, Interstellar) has come on to direct the action thriller Resurface, it was announced today by Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson (District 9, W.) who is producing the film alongside Broken Road Productions’ Todd Garner (Knight and Day, True Memoirs of an International Assassin).   Written by Pete Bridges, writer of the upcoming Amblin En...

Cast of director Fritz Mitchell’s “It’s Time,” announced

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Mt. Philo Films announced today the cast of director Fritz Mitchell’s “It’s Time,” based on the heartwarming and true story of Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins and Brad Gaines. Emmy-nominated Pierson Fode´ (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) will star as Brad and Sedale Threatt Jr. (“Roots”, “Hap and Leonard”) will star as Chucky, with newcomer Bradford Gaines Jr. (son of Brad Gaines) as young Brad and Timmy Richardson (Tyler Perry...

AFM Conferences Line UP 2016

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AFM Conferences give attendees knowledge, insight, access, value and a rare opportunity to hear from the industry’s global thought leaders, decision makers and experts who all converge annually at the AFM. Everything is covered – from treatment to screen!     Thursday, November 3 China Conference sponsored by China Beijing Film Delegation   9:15am – 10:45am Producing in China ...

Annette Bette Kellow- the period English rose rising to International Stardom

Annette Bette Kellow is widely known in the UK for her vintage dance and acting roles in film, but she has now played two period International roles, both set in early century worlds. Harley and the Davidsons has just been released on Discovery Channel with an audience of 4.5million viewers on its first showing whilst BBC's Taboo, starring Tom Hardy is to be released early 2017. Taking a break from her new live show Glitterati, Annette explained that, 'Through dance, acting and movemen...

Audrey Tautou and vintage cars are the stars of the 53rd opening of Antalya Fest

French Star Audrey Tautou Honor Award at the festival, with Festival President, sec Menderes TÜREL and agriculture and animal Minister...   ...

Hugh Hudson heads Jury for International Antalya Film Festival’s International Competition

        The jury lineup for the International Competition of the 53rd International Antalya Film Festival has been completed. British filmmaker Hugh Hudson will serve as president, alongside Andie MacDowell, Rutger Hauer, Najwa Najjar, Nursel Köse, Wash Westmoreland and Mirsad Purivatra.   Organized by Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, these respected film industry professionals will perform their duties between 16-23 October, 2016.   The jury will be ...

EDN Online Pitching Session: Women in Opposition

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  EDN - European Documentary Network is calling all filmmakers to submit their documentary projects for EDN's upcoming online pitching session focusing on 'Women in Opposition'. The unique format allows filmmakers to pitch their projects to financiers and decision makers in an online video conference. The submission deadline is 11 November 2016 at noon. EDN Online Pitching Sessions offer filmmakers and producers an easy and innovative way to enter the market and get access ...

Chelsea Festival 2016 Jury

The Chelsea Film Festival Official 2016 Jury will select the Grand Prix Award ($10,000 camera package sponsored by Panavision), Petite Prix Award ($5000 camera package sponsored by Panavision) and 22 other prizes. • Jayce Bartok JAYCE BARTOK has appeared in numerous films and television shows as an actor, most notably Richard Linklater’s SUBURBIA, Sam Raimi’s SPIDERMAN and Tom McCarthy’s THE STATION AGENT. TV Series appearances include frequent roles on THE FOLLOWI...

Interview with Jonathan Wolf Managing Director of AFM

(Jonathan in Cannes) Jonathan Wolf has been Managing Director of AFM (American Film Market) since 1998. He has been a visionary and passionate independent film advocate and pivotal force in the film industry for over two decades. I interviewed him in the Dubai Pavilion at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. Here is what he had to say:   Vanessa McMahon Can you explain, for people who don't know, how important is the American Film Market in relation to the Cannes Film Fes...

AFI Tribute and Gala Screening of ELLE will Celebrate Isabelle Huppert's Career

AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi will honor acclaimed actress Isabelle Huppert with a Tribute and a Gala screening at the festival. The Tribute will celebrate her storied career and will include a conversation with the actress, followed by a Gala screening of Sony Pictures Classics’ ELLE (directed by Paul Verhoeven) on Sunday, November 13. In ELLE, Isabelle Huppert plays Michèle, who seems indestructible, bringing the same ruthless attitude to her lo...

Katharine DeShaw named Managing Director, Advancement and External Relations at The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

  Katharine DeShaw, Photo by Brant Brogan The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures today announced the appointment of Katharine DeShaw as its Managing Director, Advancement and External Relations. Beginning on November 1, DeShaw will direct all aspects of fundraising, including completion of the $388 million capital campaign to support the new Museum, now under construction. She will play a key leadership role in expanding external relations efforts, including community and civic outr...

Wajda, the Iron Man of Polish Cinema leaves the scene at ninety

in Memoriam by Alex Deleon   I Must say that I was a little shocked to hear the news last night on Kossuth Radio, Budapest, of the passing of Andrzej Wajda, the Polish cinema  maestro. Not that it is surprising when a man of ninety finally cashes in his chips, but Wajda who just delivered his 47th feature film this year, "Afterimage" ('Powidoki', released in September 2016) was the kind of director you kind of expected to keep truckin' until a hundred. H...

Mirja Wester the New CEO appointed at Göteborg Film Festival

Mirja Wester takes over as CEO of Göteborg Film Festival. Mirja is well-established in the film industry and has worked at the festival for several years in different capacities, most recently as Festival Manager. “Motion pictures are becoming increasingly important in shaping the way people view the world. Therefore, it is also increasingly important to portray diversity in film narratives. G&o...
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